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Waste Material Recovery Facility Commissioned

Mayor Gesie van Deventer recently opened the municipality’s new waste material recovery facility which will dramatically cut the amount of waste going to landfill.

Mayor Gesie van Deventer launched a brand new waste material recovery facility (MRF) in Stellenbosch on 25 March 2021. The facility will service the entire municipal area.

This state of the art facility will serve as a place where recyclables are taken to, grouped, baled and provided to companies for use as raw material in the manufacturing of new products. The sorted recyclables have a much higher value than mixed recyclables and will be easily accepted into the booming recycling market. The facility also features a public drop-off area, which will allow residents to bring garage and recyclable waste to dispose of responsibly.

No More Organic Waste to Landfill – by 2027

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Composting is the preferred solution for most organic waste

Local authorities have had headaches because of a lack of landfill space for several years. Stellenbosch Municipality currently transports its waste to a private landfill site, while a high voltage powerline is moved that bisects the Stellenbosch landfill site to make way for another cell to extend the life of the site. (It will reopen in 2024.) Increasing emphasis on recycling saw a state-of-the-art material recovery centre being opened in 2021, household recycling programmes implemented and building rubble being separated, crushed and turned into bricks. Organic waste is the next target in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

At the January 2022 Stellenbosch Town Council meeting an Organic Waste Diversion Plan (OWDP) which aims to reduce the volume of organics waste that goes to landfills was approved for public participation.

Stellenbosch Municipality channels R1.2 million towards food relief programme

STATEMENT BY EXECUTIVE MAYOR GESIE VAN DEVENTER

During this challenging time of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent national lockdown, our poor communities have been particularly hard hit.

As a caring local government, we are making every effort to provide support to our residents in need within our legal government framework. Out of this, #StellenboschUnite was born. It  is a collaborative aid action purposed to provide social support to vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 pandemic and brings together Stellenbosch Municipality, Stellenbosch University, Visit Stellenbosch (civil society), Stellenbosch Civil Advocacy Network (representing the non-profit sector) and the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust (administrators). To date, this initiative was largely funded by private donors, which we are extremely grateful for.

COVID-19: Stellenbosch Implements Several Steps to Help Communities and Flatten the Curve

Cleaning and disinfecting public areas - Stellenbosch CBD. Other areas are to follow.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LETTER ISSUED TO STELLENBOSCH COMMUNITIES BY MAYOR GESIE VAN DEVENTER TODAY, 06 APRIL 2020

Dear Resident

It is sad but indisputable that we have been hit very hard by the outbreak of COVID-19.  I know however, that we are a resilient, courageous and caring community who tackles all challenges with innovation and determination. I have no doubt that our community will therefore make it through this crisis, more resilient and stronger than before.

Another 48 Residents Become Homeowners

Ms Anna van Wyk was one of the residents who received her title deed from Mayor van Deventer.

On 18 March, just before the Human Rights Day longweekend, Stellenbosch Municipality handed over another 48 title deeds to beneficiaries in Mooiwater, Franschhoek today.  The Executive Mayor, Gesie van Deventer, was joined by members of the Mayoral Committee to hand over these title deeds.

Letter from the Mayor: More Relief

Dear Resident

This is a strange and difficult time for all South Africans and indeed for many residents of our municipality. The economic impact of the national lockdown can be seen and felt across the country and many of our residents are struggling to make ends meet as most businesses are closed and incomes are affected. For this reason, my administration has continued with its efforts of finding smart ways of helping our communities.

Council already adopted a number of financial relief measures on 25 March 2020, including the deferment of payment of rates under certain circumstances, an increase in free water allocation to indigent households and the suspension of all credit control measures until the end of the lockdown period. Yesterday, I approved another financial relief item that the interest rate set out in our Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy be changed to 0% for April, May and June 2020.

This means that no interest will be charged on accounts that have not been paid for April, May and June 2020. This is an important relief measure towards our residents who are struggling financially. It will also ensure that anyone who does not receive their municipal account on time, due to delays in printing and challenges with the South African Post Office, will not unfairly be charged interest. We encourage all residents and businesses with the means to pay accounts on time, to continue to do so as these funds are needed to continue with service delivery.

Dlamini-Zuma’s Department Will Not Deter DA-Led Stellenbosch from Supporting Struggling Residents

Dr Leon Schreiber MP – DA Constituency Head: Stellenbosch Municipality

(Statement by Dr Leon Schreiber MP – DA Constituency Head: Stellenbosch Municipality)

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is concerned by comments made by officials from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) that the department does not support DA-led Stellenbosch Municipality’s efforts to provide desperately-needed rates relief to businesses and households negatively affected by the ANC lockdown crisis.

Officials in the department, which is led by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, made the comments on Friday during a parliamentary portfolio committee meeting.

Covid Claims Two Councilors

Cllrs Manie Pietersen (left) and Derrick Hendrickse.

Two members of the Stellenbosch Town Council passed away from Covid-19, only three days apart.

EFF Councilor Derrick Hendrickse (55) passed away at the Stellenbosch Mediclinic on Monday, 4 January 2021. On Thursday, 7 January 2021, DA Councilor Manie Pietersen (64) passed away at the same hospital.

Clean Audit for Stellenbosch a Beacon of Hope, Says DA

Stellenbosch Municipality Logo

The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced on Monday, 28 June 2021, that “Stellenbosch Municipality, under the leadership of Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer, her DA caucus and a team of capable administrators, has obtained a clean audit from the Auditor-General of South Africa for the 2019/2020 financial year.”

The DA said in its press release that “This outcome confirms that taxpayer money is honestly and transparently managed by the DA-led Stellenbosch Municipality. It illustrates what is possible when voters elect a DA government that does not tolerate cadre deployment and corruption, and instead appoints officials on the basis of merit and their ability to get things done.”

Mayor Opens Art & Craft Market

After officially opening the Franschhoek Art & Craft Market Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer inspected the goods on offer. In the photo above she tries out a tea set sold by one of the traders, Ms Tarauai.

It’s been a long time coming but the new stalls for informal traders next to the town hall are finally being used. Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer officiated at the opening of what is now dubbed the Franschhoek Art & Craft Market on Friday, 13 November.

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