Stellenbosch Umasipala

Adv. Gesie van Deventer
Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality
19 September 2018

The Stellenbosch Municipality is leaving no stone unturned in its pursuit to identify and preserve its rich and diverse heritage. Towards the end of 2015 the Municipality, through the Cape Winelands Professional Practices in Association (Pty) Ltd., launched a ground-breaking Heritage Project that seeks to identify, classify and map the full heritage of every corner of our landscape.

This in-depth mapping of our cultural and environmental heritage is the first of its kind in Africa and is considered to be one of only five similar studies worldwide. It will produce an advanced Heritage Inventory that identifies all heritage resources and measures their significance. The inventory will be a living document that can be expanded when required and will inform our Conservation Management Plan (CMP) to ensure compliance with the National Heritage Resources Act.

The value of our heritage resources has been highlighted repeatedly since 2009, when the Cape Winelands was placed on the UNESCO Tentative List of World Heritage Sites. It is also a major contributing factor to our local economy.

The Stellenbosch Municipal area is dotted with a wide array of sites that are of great cultural, environmental and historical significance. Diverse peoples have long inhabited these iconic valleys, each leaving their own mark on the landscape and on history – a history that must be preserved for future generations. Due to the complex evolution of our landscape over many centuries and the historical factors involved, a key to the Heritage Project method has been to devise ways of analysis and synthesis across ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ and at different scales of consideration.

The project is thus comprised of five phases:
• Phase 1: Concepts and Method;
• Phase 2: Survey and Draft Heritage Inventory;
• Phase 3: Report on the Draft Heritage Inventory;
• Phase 4: Draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP);
• Phase 5: Training of municipal staff.

Phases one, two and three have been successfully completed following public participation processes and the reports have been approved by Heritage Western Cape. Phase 3 produced a consolidated, interactive online map of all Heritage Resources, with links to detailed heritage significance sheets for every Landscape Unit, Townscape Unit as well as individual Heritage Sites and Structures. The reports were made public and were approved by Heritage Western Cape in May 2018. All reports and relevant documentation is available from the Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation’s website:

The CMP is the next phase of the project and maps out a process for the municipality to manage its heritage resources in a rational, systematic and practical way that will protect features of cultural significance, while ensuring that continued informed development of the cultural landscape can occur. It will assist municipal officials in their assessment of development applications, to ensure that their decisions recognise heritage significance and promote constructive action to maintain such significance. We look forward to receiving the inputs and proposals of our residents when the CMP is presented for public comment later this year. We invite the public to partner with us, ensuring that their perspectives of the cultural significance of the townscapes and landscapes are incorporated into the final plan.

Mayor van Deventer said “the Heritage Project shows that Stellenbosch is a Municipality that truly cares about its heritage. We have revolutionised the way that local governments view heritage preservation and believe that our approach will make us an example of national and international best practice. Our methods demonstrate our firm commitment to heritage conservation and the continued informed development of our shared cultural landscape.”


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Adv. Gesie van Deventer
11 September 2018

After careful consideration and following recommendations by Provincial and National Government, I am pleased to announce that water restrictions in our Municipality will be reduced from Level 6B to Level 5 from 1 October 2018.

The recent winter rains have helped our dams to recover and the Western Cape Water Supply System’s dams are now at a 68% capacity.

I would like to give special credit to our residents and businesses for their cooperation over the past few months. Thanks to the immense water saving efforts by our communities, water consumption was kept far below average, allowing our reservoirs to replenish faster and helping us to get through the drought together. I would like to thank each and every person who worked with us by sticking to the 50 litre per day rule. Your efforts have helped our region to cut water consumption so drastically that it is being talked about the world over.

We are however not out of the woods yet and residents must continue to save water. Under Level 5 water restrictions each person is allocated 70 litres per day instead of 50 litres. The use of municipal drinking water for gardens, water fountains, the topping up of swimming pools, hosing down of paved areas and washing of vehicles is still prohibited. For more details on what Level 5 water restrictions entail, please contact our Water Department on 021 808 8215 / 8953 / 8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is important to note that water tariffs in our Municipality was capped on Level 4 water rates. This was done in order to shield our residents from higher water tariffs that accompany Level 5 and 6 restrictions. As a result, tariffs will remain unchanged until such time that we go below Level 4 restrictions.

We encourage residents to continue to work with us by using water sparingly.

Adv. Gesie van Deventer
07 September 2018

The new Groendal Library in Franschhoek is a state-of-the-art green building that will provide access and opportunity for learning to the Groendal community. It is also one of the first libraries in the province equipped with a visually impaired section.

14 August 2018



Following a positive meeting between the Municipality and representatives of the Kayamandi community yesterday, an agreement has been reached on the way forward.  The meeting was facilitated by the Provincial Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Chris Nissen. The Sherriff of the Court and South African Police Service also attended the discussions.

All the stakeholders resolved that differences must be set aside to find a way forward to the illegal occupation of a piece of private land next to Kayamandi. As a result of this agreement, the Municipality can continue service delivery to the residents of Kayamandi.

Under this agreement, all parties agreed to the following -

1. That a joint monitoring committee be established inclusive of:
• The Sherriff of the court;
• A Director from the Municipality supported by municipal officials;
• Five Kayamandi Community Leaders;
• and SAPS.
2. That an independent audit of occupiers of the illegal structures be undertaken by the Municipality;
3. That legal processes must continue without any interference (The Municipality has been added as a respondent in an eviction case scheduled to appear before court on 21 August 2018 - therefore this matter is sub judice and we cannot comment on the legal proceedings);
4. That existing municipal projects and service delivery in the area continue with immediate effect and without interference;
5. That no new structures shall be erected;
6. That the joint monitoring committee will monitor and ensure that no new structures are erected;
7. That the Municipality continue with efforts to acquire land;
8. That the Executive Mayor requests a meeting with the Provincial Minister of Human Settlements.

The Executive Mayor, the Sherriff of the Court and the Provincial Human Rights Commissioner have already signed the memorandum of agreement. It is expected that representatives of the community groups and the SAPS will sign the agreement today (14 August 2018).


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8 August 2018

Geraldine Mettler - Municipal Manger

We are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between all stakeholders, regarding the unrest in Kayamandi.

The Sheriff, SAPS, municipal officials, community leaders and representatives from the Human Rights Commission were present for the discussion and agreement.

The Kayamandi stakeholders have agreed that no further land invasions will take place and that no new structures will be erected. The Municipality has agreed that service delivery to the area will return to normal.

It was further agreed that talks on the way forward will continue on Monday, 13 August 2018 and an agenda for Monday’s discussions has been agreed upon. Discussions will include the land interdict and the role of the municipality in the land issue.

All parties agreed that if the conditions are not adhered to, the full extent of the law will be enforced.

We are pleased that service delivery to Kayamandi can now resume.


Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724