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News

12 September 2017

Oudtshoorn Swinging bridge temporarily closed

The suspension bridge in Church Street will be closed indefinitely due to serious structural damages. “The public and tourists are urged not to make use of the swinging bridge until it has been repaired and declared safe for use,” the technical services director, Mr. Christ Koch has warned today. Read more >
07 September 2017

Oudtshoorn Munisipaliteit se Oudit Komitee aktief

Die Munisipale Oudit Komitee het op 24 Augustus 2017 vir die eerste keer in die finansiële jaar byeengekom. Hulle is verplig om, volgens die Municipal Financial Management Act (MFMA), ten minste 4 keer per jaar te vergader. Read more >
05 September 2017

Mayor Sylvester announces Council’s Bursary Programme

Executive Mayor Colan Sylvester has, on 29 August 2017, announced the Council’s Bursary Award Programme in an information session. Read more >
01 September 2017

Phelophepa Gesondheidstrein ontvang woorde van waardering

Die uitvoerende burgemeester, Colan Sylvester, tesame met die provinsiale minister van Finansies, Dr. Ivan Meyer, het op 29 Augustus 2017 die Phelophepa Gesondheidstrein besoek om hulle waardering uit te spreek aan die professionele dokters en werkers wat hulle mediese dienste beskikbaar stel aan die gemeenskap van Oudtshoorn. Read more >
01 September 2017

Burgemeester kondig sy beurs toekennings program aan

Op 29 Augustus 2017 het die uitvoerende burgemeester, Colan Sylvester, en die raad met ‘n paar onderwysers van hoërskole in Oudtshoorn bymekaar gekom om sy beurs toekenningsprogram aan te kondig. Die fokuspunt was om die vennootskap tussen skole en die munisipaliteit te herstel om meer jongmense te lok na plaaslike regering sektor. Read more >
31 August 2017

Premier Zille delivers progress update on drought disaster interventions in municipalities

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille today announced progress on interventions the Province is staging in municipalities, as part of the Drought Disaster declaration. She was joined by Local Government MEC Anton Bredell and a team of expert officials. Read more >
31 August 2017

WC Provincial finance Minister pleased with Oudtshoorn’s Improving finances and governance

Western Cape Minister for Finance, Dr. Ivan Meyer has, during his oversight meeting on Tuesday, 29 August 2017, lauded Oudtshoorn Municipality for its status-quo report on its finances, management functionality and leadership. Read more >
23 August 2017

Transnet-Phelophepa Healthcare Train is in town

The Transnet-Phelophepa Healthcare Train will arrive in Oudtshoorn this coming weekend to start with the services on Monday, 28 August 2017. Read more >
17 August 2017

Municipality moves Vrede Street homeless people to a new shelter

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has moved the homeless families that have, for months made makeshift homes in Vrede Street, to a new shelter in Jubilee Street. Many concerned citizens of the greater Oudtshoorn have raised concerns about the living conditions at Vrede Street also citing the cold weather that the people have to endure. Read more >
16 August 2017

Diesel truck accident causes contamination at Grootrivier - Residents warned not to use water

Residents at Valkenskraal near De Rust are urged not to use the Grootrivier water both for human consumption and live stock following diesel spillage into the river on Tuesday afternoon (15 August). Read more >
15 August 2017

Greater Oudtshoorn awarded the best Upgraded Informal Settlements Programme

The Oudtshoorn Municipal Human Settlements Department has been granted the Best Upgraded Informal Settlements Programme (UISP) award in the Western Cape 2017 Govern Mbeki Awards held at the Lord Charles Hotel on Friday evening, 11 August 2017. Read more >
15 August 2017

Oudtshoorn Munisipaliteit vier vrouedag

Oudtshoorn munisipaliteit het op Vrouedag, 09 Augustus 2017, ‘n middag van kuier en gesels met die verskillende vroue in die gemeenskap aangebied. Die doel van hierdie samekoms was om vroue van die dorp weer bymekaar te bring om saam met mekaar te werk en te streef om beter met mekaar te leef. Read more >
01 August 2017

Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Tourism visits Oudtshoorn on Tuesday, 01 August 2017

The Portfolio Committee on Tourism will conduct oversight in Western Cape, starting tomorrow (Tuesday, 1 August 2017) in Oudtshoorn and ending on Friday, 4 August 2017 at the Provincial Tourism Wesgro offices in Cape Town. The purpose of the oversight is to meet with the local tourism authorities where seven municipalities will make presentations to the Committee, assess the state of tourism and view social responsibility initiative projects in the province. Read more >
18 July 2017

161 inwoners van De Rust ontvang transport-aktes

Vir eerste huiseienaars is dit een van dié belangrikste dokumente wat hulle in hul besit kan hê, het burgemeester, Colan Sylvester, gesê toe hy inwoners van De Rust toepreek met die oorhandiging van 161 transport-aktes op Donderdag, 13 Julie 2017. Read more >
11 July 2017

Oudtshoorn Municipality turnaround on track

Following ten months in charge, the new Oudtshoorn Council leadership is happy to announce that the turnaround of Oudtshoorn is proceeding well. Significant work has been done to date including addressing the out of control creditors account the new council inherited. Read more >
28 June 2017

Oudtshoorn Munisipaliteit gaan voort met die herlewing van die Sportfees

Oudtshoorn munisipaliteit se visie is om Oudtshoorn as die sportmekka van Suid-Afrika te vestig, en poog daarom met die samewerking van Departement van Sport en Kultuursake om weer die sportfees op die been te bring. Die sportfees skop amptelik af op 01 Julie 2017 tot 08 Julie 2017. Read more >
28 June 2017

Water: Declaration signed by Provincial, Municipal Leadership

Premier Helen Zille, Provincial Ministers as well as Mayors from across the Western Cape, signed a Municipal Declaration with regards to long term water security for the province in Worcester today. Read more >
28 June 2017

Transnet-Phelophepa gesondheidsorg-trein is in die dorp

Die Transnet-Phelophepa gesondheidsorg-trein bring gesondheid en hoop aan duisende landelike Suid-Afrikaners wat toegang tot gesondheidsorgfasiliteite benodig. Hierdie trein bring kwaliteit mediese sorg in die mees afgeleê gemeenskappe, volgens die aangehegde persverklaring. Read more >
28 June 2017

Groter Oudtshoorn se landelike gebiede kry sonkrag

Oudtshoorn munisipaliteit is die eerste in die Weskaap wat meemaak aan die sonkragprojek en soos die uitvoerende burgemeester, rdl Colan Sylvester gesê het, is Oudtshoorn een van die ideale plekke wat sonkrag effektief kan benut siende dat die dorp baie son dae het. Read more >
28 June 2017

Oudtshoorn munisipaliteit begin opvoedkundige bewusmaking oor dwelmmisbruik

Oudtshoorn munisipaliteit het die inisiatief aan die dag gelê om ‘n seminaar oor dwelmmisbruik te hou op Woensdag, 21 Junie 2017 met alle relevante belanghebbendes. Die doel van hierdie seminaar was vir opvoedkundige bewusmaking en voorkoming van dwelms. Idees, probleme en oplossings is op die tafel gelê en gesamentlik bespreek. Read more >
15 June 2017

Greater Oudtshoorn celebrates youth day

Youth day celebrations will be hosted by Oudtshoorn Municipality in collaboration with various stakeholders of the community of the Greater Oudtshoorn on Friday, 16 June 2017. Read more >
08 June 2017

Kragonderbreking in the KKLWVS gebied

Die oostelike boorgatvelde van die Klein Karoo Landelike Watervoorsieningskema (KKLWVS) is al sedert Dinsdagnag sonder krag en die skema se Watersuiweringswerke te Dysselsdorp ook. Read more >
08 June 2017

Western Cape Government launches humanitarian campaign after Knysna fires and storm

Western Cape Cabinet Ministers today launched an urgent humanitarian effort in the wake of the devastating fires and storms in the Eden District of the Southern Cape. Read more >
08 June 2017

Oudtshoorn lends support to Knysna fire disaster

Oudtshoorn Municipality has on Wednesday night (7 June 2017) teamed up with the Infantry School of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help extinguish Knysna fires. Read more >
08 June 2017

Situation Report: Severe Weather Event: 6 – 8 June 2017

The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre continues to manage a range of crisis around the province as the storm continues to rage. All stakeholders remain in play with resources being deployed with utmost urgency where needed. Read more >
07 June 2017

Update severe weather conditions: Greater Oudtshoorn

No major incidents have so far been reported in the Greater Oudtshoorn. Our emergency services are monitoring the weather situation very closely. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors and avoid movements closer to trees. Read more >
06 June 2017

Oudtshoorn munisipaliteit ontvang watertenke vanaf Eden Distriks munisipaliteit

“Dit is wonderlik om te weet dat Eden Distriks munisipaliteit homself daargestel het as hulpmiddel vir Oudsthoorn munisipaliteit,” het uitvoerende burgemeester, Colan Sylvester gesê met die ontvangs van vyftien (5 000 liter) watertenke wat geskenk was deur Eden Distriks munisipaliteit op Donderdag, 1 Junie 2017. Read more >
06 June 2017

Important severe weather warning - cabinet confirms instruction for one day closure of all schools tomorrow

An extraordinary meeting of the Western Cape Cabinet was held this morning regarding the incoming storm. Provincial Disaster Management and the South African Weather Service briefed cabinet on the possible impact of the severe weather. Read more >
01 June 2017

Newly approved Oudtshoorn budget ‘a new era to clean governance’

Oudtshoorn Municipality’s 2017/2018 budget which was approved by Council on 30 May 2017 at a special council meeting, is according to the Executive Mayor Colan Sylvester, the beginning of a new era of clean governance and prudent financial management. Read more >
23 May 2017

Die vuil strate is kommerwekkend vir die Burgemeester

Die Uitvoerende Burgemeester, Colan Sylvester, sê dat dit vir hom ‘n bron van kommer is dat die dorp se strate net nie kan skoon bly nie, nadat ‘n bewustheid en skoonmaak operasie begin was op 15 Mei 2017. Dieselfde gebiede is twee maande terug deur die munisipaliteit, Afriforum en die Toerisme Transformasie Missie (TTM), met behulp van die inwoners skoongemaak, voeg die burgemeester by. Read more >
23 May 2017

Bay TV visits Oudtshoorn tourist attractions

The Bay TV crew that visited Oudtshoorn during the past weekend was astonished by a variety of tourist attraction the greater Oudtshoorn offers to tourists. Read more >
17 May 2017

Oudtshoorn joins Cross Cape cycle route that is set to attract thousands of tourists to rural towns across the Western Cape

Executive Mayor of the greater Oudtshoorn Aldm Colan Sylvester handed over a small bicycle chain to Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, a souvenir at a commemoration of Oudtshoorn as the forth stop of the new Cross Cape Cycling Route held at Mooiplas Guest House, Volmoed in Oudtshoorn on Monday, 15 May 2017. Read more >
16 May 2017

Oorhandiging van huise in Rosevalley

Die Burgemeester, Rdh Colan Sylvester, het op Maandag, 15 Mei met die amptelike oorhandiging van agt huise in Rosevalley, aan die begunstigdes genoem dat die ontvangs van hul eie huise moet uitstaan as een van die groot oomblikke in hul lewe. Read more >
16 May 2017

Electricity supply restored

Electricity supply that was lost yesterday in the Northern parts of Oudtshoorn has been restored this afternoon (Tuesday, May 16, 2017). Read more >
16 May 2017

Electricity supply failure to be restored this afternoon

Northern parts of Oudtshoorn have on Monday evening, 15 May 2017 experienced power failure due to a tree that fell on the electricity lines. Read more >
10 May 2017

Update: Oudtshoorn water now drinkable

The Municipality is pleased to announce that the residents of the greater Oudtshoorn can now use the town’s water for human consumption. Read more >
29 April 2017

Two of Oudtshoorn's political heroes get National Orders Awards

Oudtshoorn Mayor Colan Sylvester wishes to congratulate two late Oudtshoornites, David Mbulelo "Spi" Grootboom and Reginald "Reggie" Oliphant who were awarded at the Presidential National Orders today (28 April 2017). Read more >
21 April 2017

Oudtshoorn water update: Latest water tests results

The latest bacteriological results of Oudtshoorn’s drinking water indicate a noticeable improvement in the quality of our water. Although we are confident that our water poses no health risk for our consumers, we are compelled by law to issue a warning to consumers about potential health risks involved when drinking our water. Read more >
20 April 2017

Oudtshoorn water update

The latest organic water samples results indicate that the water is safe for human consumption except for two areas; Wesbank north and southern parts of Jan van Riebeeck Road, said the director of Technical services, Chris Koch during a press conference yesterday. Read more >
13 April 2017

Closing of municipal offices for Easter weekend

Notice is hereby given that the municipal offices will be temporarily closed on Thursday, 13 April 2017 at 13:00. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 at 07h30. Read more >
12 April 2017

Discoloured Oudtshoorn water are being tested

Oudtshoorn water have discoloured following recent flash floods in the greater Oudtshoorn over the past weekend. The discolouring of the water from the Koos Raubenheimer dam is, according to the Municipal Water Department, caused by the mud as well as remains of the burnt vegetation in the water catchment area. Read more >
10 April 2017

Boodskap aan Feesgangers van Uitvoerende Burgemeester van Oudtshoorn

Dit is met ‘n vuurwarm karoo welkom dat ons u ontvang in ons midde. Bring u plesierige geaardhede, u asemrowende kunste en fenominale feestelike dramas en geniet die 23ste Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees met alles wat dit u bied. Read more >
10 April 2017

Evita Bezuidenhout to be conferred Freedom of the Town award today

The Executive Mayor, Aldm Colan Sylvester will, this afternoon bestow the Freedom of the City to Dirk-Pieter Uys for the character of Evita Bezuidenhout in the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) this afternoon. Read more >
10 April 2017

Municipality paying attention to disgruntled housing applicants

The Oudtshoorn Municipal Human Settlement Department has opened an appeal process to allow unhappy housing beneficiaries opportunity to contest the recently released allocation list. Read more >
29 March 2017

The history and future of Riemvasmaak / Rosevalley

In 2016 Oudtshoorn Municipality, after installing Civil Services, started building units, which consists of 67 single units, 46 semi-attached units and 222 double storey duplex units in Riemvasmaak/Rosevalley. Read more >
24 March 2017

Burgemeester help TTM met skoonmaakprojek

Die Burgemeester, Rdh Colan Sylvester, het sy hand in die ploeg geslaan en gehelp met die skoonmaak in ‘n gedeelte van Riemvasmaak op Woensdag, 22 Maart 2017. Rdh Colan Sylvester het sy handskoene en masker opgesit en gesê “ soms moet jy self inspring en doen wat jy sê andere moet doen”. Read more >
23 March 2017

Burgemeester bedank almal vir die reuse sukses van die maskerbal

“Die aand was ‘n wonderlike sukses, en ek is dankbaar vir al die borge en gaste wat die aand vir ons moontlik gemaak het.” het Burgemeester Colan Sylvester gesê. Die eerste burgemeester maskerbal het sowat R77000.00 ingesamel. Read more >
17 March 2017

Signing of the MOU between Oudtshoorn Municipality and Western Cape Department of Social Development

“It is an historic moment whereby Oudtshoorn Municipality signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Province.” said the Executive Mayor. Colan Sylvester, at the ceremony held this morning in the council chambers. Read more >
16 March 2017

Groundbreaking Municipal App to enhance participatory democracy

Oudtshoorn Mayor, Colan Sylvester has hailed the ground-breaking citizen engagement mobile application (APP), which is set to provide easy and direct municipal communication, as a game-changer that will enhance participatory democracy. Read more >
15 March 2017

Oudtshoorn to bolster traffic visibility and enforcement

Oudtshoorn Municipality’s traffic department has started an awareness campaign that will focus on service delivery to the community. The municipality wants to ensure visibility of traffic officers and enforcement of the law in and around town. Read more >
13 March 2017

Mayor's press conference on status of the municipal finance

In August 2016, this Council took over a Municipality with financial mismanagement that carried on through the previous political term, leaving the Municipality in serious financial despair, with no money at all in the bank, and creditors knocking down the door. Read more >
02 March 2017

Council avails three buildings for social causes

The issue of people living in the streets is viewed seriously by the Municipality and has been a focus area of discussion between the municipality and the department for the past year. Read more >
27 February 2017

Dysselsdorp urged to use water sparingly

Dysselsdorp residents are urged to use water sparingly. No water is being pumped to the reservoirs at the moment due to a breakage of the main water pump and subsequent flooding of Dysselsdorp WTW pump station this morning. Serious damage were also reported on the electrical switchgear systems inside the pump station. Read more >
27 February 2017

Mayor sympathizes with Municipal Manager who lost his son

The Municipal Manager of Oudtshoorn Mr. Allen Paulse has lost his son to a gruesome accident in George this past weekend. Dino Paulse (22) was one of three people who passed away in an accident that occurred in York Street in George in the early hours of Sunday, 26 February 2017. Read more >
22 February 2017

De Rust Water still not drinkable after latest tests

De Rust water is still not drinkable, the latest water tests results revealed on Wednesday morning after samples were taken on Monday this week. Read more >
22 February 2017

Mayor’s message of condolences after passing on Aldm James Swigelaar

The Executive Mayor, Cllr. Colan Sylvester has learnt with shock of the passing on of one of the greatest leaders of the town, Alderman James Swigelaar. Swigelaar was a former Mayor of the greater Oudtshoorn an alderman, a long serving senior member of the Oudtshoorn Municipal Council. Read more >
15 February 2017

Eerste Jaarlike Burgemeester Maskerbal

Die uitvoerende burgemeester, Rdl Colan Sylvester, het die nood in Oudtshoorn gesien en sy hart gaan uit na ons minderbevoorregte kinders en vroue wat dag in en dag uit deur armoede geraak word. Read more >
15 February 2017

Parkeermeter stelsel

Lede van die publiek word genooi om hulle opinie en idees te lug oor die parkeermeter stelsel wat die Oudtshoorn Munisipaliteit van stapel wil stuur. Read more >
08 February 2017

AG impressed with Oudtshoorn’s recovery

The Auditor General (AG), Kimi Makwetu has last week visited Oudtshoorn to meet the new leadership and management of the town. Mr. Makwetu held a meeting with the Executive Mayoral Committee, municipal manager and directors on Friday, 3 February 2017. Read more >
01 February 2017

Appointments of Municipal Manager and two directors concluded

Mr. Allen Paulse has officially been appointed as new Municipal Manager of Oudtshoorn Municipality following the concurrence of Minister Anton Bredell of the Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. Read more >
01 February 2017

Municipality confirms official vehicle accident

The Oudtshoorn Municipality wishes to confirm that an accident occurred on Friday 27 January 2017 at approximately 19h28 on the N12 between Oudtshoorn and De Rust. Read more >
01 February 2017

Appointments of Municipal Manager and two directors concluded

Mr. Allen Paulse has officially been appointed as new Municipal Manager of Oudtshoorn Municipality following the concurrence of Minister Anton Bredell of the Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. Read more >
25 January 2017

Inwoners gooi mis

Rdh Colan Sylvester, burgemeester, pleit dat die inwoners asseblief hulle vullis in die grootmaat vullishouers gooi en nie langsaan nie, soos in die meeste gevalle. Read more >
25 January 2017

Municipal citizen engagement application to enhance communication

The introduction of a “Citizen Engagement Application” to the community and stakeholders of the Greater Oudtshoorn is set to take communication between the Municipality and the citizens to another level. Oudtshoorn Municipal Manager, Allen Paulse announced on Monday, 23 January at a Special Council Meeting that Oudtshoorn has been chosen as one of the five Municipalities in the Western Cape to form part of the pilot rollout of the Municipal Citizen Engagement Application in the current financial year. Paulse added, “Of the five Municipalities, we have been fortunate to be selected to be the first to launch; most probably before end of March 2017.” Read more >
18 January 2017

Break-in at Oudtshoorn Municipality over the past weekend

Oudtshoorn Municipality reported a break-in incident with the South African Police Service (SAPS) after intruders entered the Information Technology (IT) offices through a window over the weekend a stole a number of items from the offices. Read more >
13 January 2017

Nuwe jaar boodskap van die Burgemeester

Rdh Colan Sylvester, uitvoerende burgemeester, wil almal 'n voorspoedige nuwe jaar gevul met groot vreugde en geluk toewens. Read more >
13 January 2017

Congratulations to our top achievers matric class of 2016

The Executive Mayor, Aldm Sylverster, held a breakfast on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 in appreciation and recognition to the top matric achievers of the Class of 2016 to motivate them towards their future. Read more >
13 January 2017

Uitvoerende Burgemeester vier saam eerste skooldag in De Rust

Terwyl die skoolkinders oulik in enkel rye sit, het hulle aandagtig aan die Uitvoerende Burgemeester, Rdh Colan Sylvester, geluister terwyl hy hulle toegespreek het en vir van hulle geluk gewens het met hul eerste skooldag. Read more >
13 January 2017

Executive Mayor congratulates the class of 2016

As the Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn I would like to congratulate the 2016 Grade 12 learners who have passed. You have not only made yourselves proud, but also your parenents, families and the greater Oudtshoorn. You are now reaping fruits of your 12-year resillience and hard work. Read more >
06 January 2017

Municipality gives bottled water to water stressed De Rust

Oudtshoorn Municipality is offering bottled water to the residents of the water stressed area of De Rust. The remains of the recent fires that hit Oudtshoorn, stormed into the water stream following Thursday’s rains causing discolouring in the water. The water supply to De Rust has therefore been discontinued. Read more >
15 December 2016

Blykie van waardering aan afgetrede munisipale personeel

“U is onlosmaakbaar deel van die munisipaliteit,” dit is met hierdie woorde wat die uitvoerende burgemeester, Rdh Colan Sylvester, sy erkenning uitgespreek het aan die afgetrede munisipale personeel tydens ‘n geselligheid op 15 Desember 2016. Read more >
15 December 2016

Veld fires erupt in Oudtshoorn

Veld fires have erupted in the Rust en Vrede waterfall area in the North of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo. Firefighters from the Oudtshoorn Municipality, Eden District Municipality and Cape Nature have had their hands full since Wednesday afternoon, 14 December extinguishing the fire. Read more >
12 December 2016

Oudtshoorn gets new wheels to rollout services

Oudtshoorn Municipality has received first 20 of the 40 brand new vehicles that have been leased to roll out services faster and efficiently. The Executive Mayor, Aldm Colan Sylvester and some members of the Mayoral Committee visited the fleet management unit to receive the vehicles on Thursday, 8 December 2016. Read more >
12 December 2016

Mayor Sylvester gives an early Christmas present to water-scarce area of Volmoed outside Oudtshoorn

On the 8th of December 2016 residents in the Volmoed area received an early Christmas when the Executive Mayor, Aldm Colan Sylvester paid a surprise visit distributing thousands of litres of water. Access to clean drinking water is a huge challenge in the farms surrounding Oudtshoorn; these farm residents fetch water far away from their homes. Read more >
06 December 2016

Oudtshoorn advances from adverse to qualified audit opinion

Oudtshoorn Municipality has received a qualified Audit opinion for the 2015/2016 financial year, an improvement from an adverse opinion received in the prior financial year. The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Aldm Colan Sylvester has congratulated the municipality for the improvement. “This progression is welcome, and can be attributed to Intervention team since the bigger portion of the financial year was under the auspices of the administration.” Read more >
23 November 2016

Oudtshoorn officials urged to pay their municipal accounts

The acting Municipal manager, Mr. Allen Paulse has given the Oudtshoorn Municipal officials 5 days to settle their municipal accounts, in an internal communication issued to all officials. “Charity begins at home,” Paulse said, “our officials and councillors must be exemplary to the broader community as responsible public servants and public representatives.” Read more >
17 November 2016

Physically-challenged housing recipients celebrate in Bongolethu, Oudtshoorn

Residents of Bongolethu, Oudtshoorn celebrated when receiving their long awaited homes from Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela on 15 November. Among the housing recipients were physically challenged Mr David Jansen and Ms Nomayeza Banjatwa who suffers from impaired hearing. The elderly Ms Roseline Pockpas also celebrated when opening the door to her new home. Read more >
16 November 2016

Mayor’s 100 days service delivery plan to yield good results as Road repair drive kicks-off

The Executive Mayor’s 100 days service delivery plan gains momentum as more than 30 Streets damages are set to benefit from a R2 Million road-repair programme within the next month. Read more >
16 November 2016

Local sport stars to be honoured in the Greater Oudtshoorn Mayoral Sport Awards 2016

The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn Cllr. Colan Sylvester will on 24 November honour the town’s sports men and women in the Greater Oudtshoorn Mayoral Sport Awards to be held at the Municipal Banquet Hall at 18:30 for 19:00. Read more >
14 November 2016

Physically disabled beneficiaries will be in the spotlight in the Oudtshoorn housing handover tomorrow

Tomorrow 15 November 2016 the Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela will handover more than fifty houses in Bongolethu, in Oudtshoorn. Read more >
04 November 2016

Mayor wishes Oudtshoorn’s Toy Ungerer well for tomorrow’s 400m final

The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Cllr. Colan Sylvester wishes Oudtshoorn’s Gold medallist Toy Ungerer well for tomorrow’s 400m finals at the Perth 2016 World Masters Athletic Championship in Australia. Ungerer, who has so far been competing excellently was earlier this week applauded by Cllr. Sylvester for a sterling performance she displayed at the Championships since last week. Read more >
04 November 2016

Executive Mayor mourns the death of Jans Rautenbach

The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn Cllr. Colan Sylvester expressed his condolences for the demise of Jans Rautenbach this week. An altruistic Rautenbach also a former chairperson of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) now Kunste Onbeperk during 2000 to 2001 passed away at the age of 80 on Wednesday, 02 November 2016 in a hospital in Mossel Bay, due to complications relating to pneumonia. Read more >
26 October 2016

Reggie Oliphant Street to get an upgrade

The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Cllr. Colan Sylvester has on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 officially launched the upgrade of Reggie Oliphant Street in Smartie Town. The partially upgraded Reggie Olifant Street in Ward 5 will be constructed as an Oudtshoorn-based contractor will commence with the paving of on Wednesday, 26 October 2016. Cllr. Sylvester accompanied by Ward 5 Councillor Hendrik Ruiters visited Reggie Olifant Street to officially announce the upgrade. Read more >
19 October 2016

Cango Caves re-opened and operations running smooth

Cango Caves have re-opened this morning with the first tour commencing at 09:00 as staff turned up to guide tours. Several bus groups and individual tourists from as far as Israel have yesterday been turned away as the news of the tremor emerged. Some of the workers were still in shock and consequently withheld their services concerned about their safety. The Cango Caves were then closed and no tour could be continued. Read more >
18 October 2016

Cango Caves remained closed on Tuesday

Operations could not continue on Tuesday at the Cango Caves due to a low grade tremor that occurred at approximately 08:25. Despite management giving a go-ahead for operation to resume at the Cango Caves’ at 12:00 today, some of the workers were still in shock and later withheld their services concerned for their safety. The Cango Caves were consequently closed and no tour could be continued. Read more >
18 October 2016

Cango Caves resumes tours after slight tremor

The Cango Caves, which have been temporarily closed this morning due to a low grade tremor, have been reopened at 12:00 today. The Eden District Municipality’s Disaster Management has given the town’s management team a go-ahead to resume tours at the Cango Caves. Read more >
18 October 2016

Seismologists investigate as Oudtshoorn experiences slight tremor

A slight tremor occurred along the Cango fault line north of Oudtshoorn at approximately 08:30 this morning. According to the Eden District Disaster Management, the tremor was measured at 3.4 on the Richter scale and is calculated at 6km into the ground. Council for Geoscience is currently ascertaining the point of origin. Read more >
12 October 2016

Municipality meets with citizens to prepare a 5-year integrated development plan

The Oudtshoorn Municipality is currently holding a series of public participation meetings to gather inputs for the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for 2017 to 2022. The Meetings are also discussing the Ward Committee establishment structure. In his presentation, Mr. Luvuyo Masola, the Municipal IDP manager explained that as stipulated in the Municipal Systems Act, “Each municipal council must, within a prescribed period after the start of its elective term, adopt a single, inclusive and strategic plan, which will be reviewed annually”. Read more >
11 October 2016

Drug action rehabilitation committee established

The Oudtshoorn Municipality in collaboration with stakeholders interested in fighting substance abuse established a Local Drug Action Committee that will be championed by the Executive Mayor, Cllr. Noluthando Mwati who has been vested to lead the social responsibility cluster of the Municipality by Council leadership. Read more >
05 October 2016

Oudtshoorn scoop 1st Runner-up in the Provincial Human Settlements’ Govan Mbeki Awards

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has been conferred the 1st Runner up position for the Best Informal Settlement Upgraded Program in the annual Govan Mbeki Awards hosted by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements recently. Read more >
26 September 2016

Induction programme for new Council commences

The newly elected councillors of the greater Oudtshoorn started a week long Integrated Councillor Induction Programme (ICIP) conducted by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) on Monday, 19 September at the Thusong Service Centre. Read more >
20 September 2016

Clean up campaign launched

The Deputy Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn Council Cllr. Noluthando Mwati has officially launched a clean-up campaign attached to the Council’s 100 Days service delivery plan on Monday, 19 September 2016. Addressing attendees of the launch consisting of councillors, management, workers and some residents, Cllr Mwati said the clean-up may have economic spin-offs for the greater Oudtshoorn. “We cannot employ each and every person, but as we are doing this programme cleaning our town, there may be more opportunities being created as investors may be interested to invest in our town,” she said. Read more >
02 September 2016

Deputy Mayor applauds the Western Cape Integrated Transport Skills and Development Programme for local taxi drivers

The newly elected deputy Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, councillor Noluthando Mwati praised a Western Cape Integrated Transport Skills and Development programme that offers to empower 20 local taxi drivers an opportunity to learn and earn a National Certificate in Professional Driving. Cllr. Mwati, flanked by the Speaker, Cllr. Julia le Roux Krowitz and some councillors visited a training programme on 25 August 2016 taking place at the Department of Transport and Public Works site situated in Voortrekker road to acquaint themselves with this professional driving course. Read more >
26 August 2016

NERSA keur ‘n gedeelte van die Munisipale beswaar teen hoë elektrisiteitstariewe goed

Hiermee wil die munisipaliteit u in kennis stel dat NERSA (Nasionale Energie Reguleerder van Suid-Afrika) die finale elektrisiteitstariewe vir Oudtshoorn Munisipaliteit vir die finansiële jaar 2016/2017, goedgekeur het op 08 Augustus 2016 na die munisipaliteit ‘n beswaar geloods het ten opsigte van sommige van die elektrisiteitstariewe. Read more >
23 August 2016

A Gift for CJ Langenhoven Library - Handover of chess equipment

On the 23rd of August 2016 the Provincial Minister of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports in the Western Cape Miss Anroux Marais handed over a set of six Chess board equipment, to the CJ Langenhoven Library in Oudtshoorn. The Provincial Minister said “I wish to give this to all the libraries in the province. This equipment will help enhance the performance of children in schools and it will also help solve problems, as there are lots of problems to solve in this board game, one has to think about any move they make and take responsibility for that movement”. Read more >
19 August 2016

Speaker assures participation of SARCO councillor candidate in Council activities

A proportional candidate for the South African Religious Civic Organization (SARCO) who could not attend the Oudtshoorn Municipal Council first meeting, will forthwith participate in the activities and business of Council, the Speaker of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Cllr. Julia le Roux Krowitz has confirmed. A group of SARCO members visited the Oudtshoorn Municipality’s headquarters on Friday morning, 19 August 2016 demanding answers for the alleged exclusion of their member from the Inaugural meeting on 16 August 2016. Read more >
18 August 2016

Oudtshoorn Municipal Council welcomed

The 25-member Oudtshoorn Municipal Council has been officially welcomed on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at its inaugural meeting. The newly elected Executive Mayor, Cllr. Colan Sylvester of the Democratic Alliance (DA) his deputy is Noluthando Mwati (DA) while Cllr. Julia le Roux Krowitz (DA) has been elected as Speaker. Read more >
10 August 2016

More Extensions Available for Account Enquiries

The Oudtshoorn Municipality is experiencing a high volume of in-coming calls since last week. Personnel at the switchboard are having their hands full answering and transferring calls to various departments. Read more >
28 July 2016

Administrator apologises to the greater Oudtshoorn on a Day of Abasement

The administrator of the greater Oudtshoorn, Mr. Kam Chetty has humbled himself and apologized for the abused trust placed in the Municipality by the citizens of Oudtshoorn when delivering his confession and repentance during a day of Abasement event organized by the local ministers recently. Flanked by local religious leaders Chetty told the fully packed de Jager Sport Complex on Sunday, 24 July that the evil forces of divisions and mismanagement destroyed our united fellowship and shattered our social cohesion that defined our humanity. Read more >
28 July 2016

Black Rubbish Bags to be delivered as new Financial Year starts

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has recently not been delivering rubbish black bags to its 25 000 households quarterly as it has been in the earlier years. The Intervention team nevertheless, promises to raise the bar as the new financial year commences in July 2016 despite the financial constraints that are still lingering. Read more >
28 July 2016

Financial Recovery Plan Published for Public’s Comments

A Financial Recovery plan aimed at securing the Oudtshoorn Municipality’s ability to meet its obligation to provide basic services for its financial commitments has been released for inspection and comments of the local residents and stakeholders. “The Financial Recovery Plan is prepared as a result of a mandatory provincial intervention referred to in Section 139 of the Constitution read together with Section 142 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA),” said Mr. Kam Chetty, the town’s administrator. Read more >
26 July 2016

Oudtshoorn gets an Agri-Park

The Agri-Park programme is one of the key interventions of government. The Programme is led by the Department of Land Affairs and Rural Development and supported by Department of Agriculture and Provincial Government. After receiving numerous submissions, Oudtshoorn has been identified as the site for the Agripark in the Eden District – by the lead Departments. Read more >
01 June 2016

Oudtshoorn Municipality Approves Financial Rescue Budget

The Oudtshoorn Municipal budget which was passed last week is according the town’s administrator, Mr. Kam Chetty the first step towards financial recovery and an exercise in what he termed as ‘financial funambulism’. Read more >
26 May 2016

Administrator Incensed about bags of Shredded Paper found in a Secluded Office

The Administrator of the Greater Oudtshoorn Mr. Kam Chetty expressed serious concern following a discovery of more than 20 rubbish black plastic bags full of shredded paper found in a secluded Municipal office this week. Read more >
12 May 2016

Municipality Bolsters Security after a Break-In at its Headquarters

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has on Wednesday, 11 May 2016, registered a criminal case with the South African Police Service after a burglary was discovered in the offices of the acting Municipal Manager, Mr. Allen Paulse and the Administrator, Mr. Kam Chetty. A damaged door handle and door linking the offices of the Acting Municipal manager and Administrator was discovered on Tuesday, 10 May by the newly acting Director for Community Services, Mr. Thomas Matthee. Read more >
12 May 2016

Spiritual leaders pledge to support the Administrator’s plea for Divine Intervention

Administrator, Mr. Kam Chetty has appealed to Spiritual Leaders to assist in the recovery of Oudtshoorn Municipality and to collectively address the problems of the Greater Oudtshoorn. “Your presence gives us hope and the strength we require – we previously had administrators in this town, with marginal changes - this means there was something missing in the past interventions,” Mr. Chetty told the approximately 50 church leaders in a meeting held on 28 April 2016 at Toekomsrus Community Hall. Read more >
12 May 2016

Residents comment on the Oudtshoorn Municipal Draft Budget & IDP

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has between 25 April 2016 and 5 May 2016 held a series of public participation meetings to consult with the citizens of the Greater Oudtshoorn about the draft budget and Integrated Development Planning (IDP) review for the 2016/17 financial year. The Administrator Mr. Kam Chetty gave an overview of the Municipal Status quo since the inception of the Intervention into the Oudtshoorn Municipality in all meetings. He was accompanied by a delegation consisting of the Intervention team, councillors and Municipal officials. Read more >
04 May 2016

Oudtshoorn Youth Café to Open in May this Year

The youth of the broader Oudtshoorn will soon be the beneficiaries of another breakthrough initiative of the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD). It is envisaged, that the Oudtshoorn Youth Café will open its doors on 24 May this year, with the aim to develop and grow the youth of Oudtshoorn. By opening these Cafés in the Western Cape, DSD would want to see that every young person in the Province will be inspired, educated, responsible, independent, healthy and a productive citizen by the age of 25. Read more >
28 April 2016

Foreign Ethiopian Nationals Donate Groceries Worth R33 000 to Locals

Ethiopian nationals belonging to the Christ for All Mission Mobilization International Organization (CFAMMIM) opened their hearts to 100 impoverished families in the Greater Oudtshoorn when they handed over food hampers as part of the church’s outreach programme. The CFAMMIM which consists of Ethiopian nationals, mostly, Spaza shops owners in the townships in Oudtshoorn handed over the groceries hampers worth R 330 each in partnership with the Oudtshoorn Municipality on 21 April 2016 at the Toekomsrus Community Hall. Read more >
23 March 2016

Oudtshoorn Municipality suspends its Senior Manager

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has suspended Mr. Ronnie Lottering, a Director for Community Services pending further investigation which may lead to a disciplinary hearing in the near future. Mr. Lottering who has for the past two years acting as Municipal Manager preceding the Municipality’s placement under administration has been served with a formal suspension notice on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 in terms of the Disciplinary Regulations of 2010 for senior managers. Read more >
11 March 2016

Oudtshoorn’s former Acting Chief Financial Officer resigns

The Administrator of the Oudtshoorn Municipality, Mr. Kam Chetty, wishes to confirm that the former acting Chief Financial Officer in the municipality, Mr. Francois Human, has resigned with a three month notice period. Read more >
11 March 2016

Career Exhibition

Various Government Departments, NGO’s, Private Organizations, Colleges and Universities will be giving out information on possible learner ships, Internships, Bursaries and Apprenticeship. Career Advisors will also be available for those who are not certain on which career path to follow. Read more >
11 March 2016

Public Invitation to Submit Representations to the Annual Report 2014/2015 Financial Year

In terms of section 127(5)(2)(a)(i)(ii)of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, the Oudtshoorn Municipality hereby gives public notice that the annual reports for 2014/2015 financial year had been tabled before Council on 22 February 2015. Read more >
11 March 2016

Oudtshoorn Council approves Adjustment Budget 2015/16

The Oudtshoorn Municipality Council passed the town’s adjustment budget for 2015/2016 at a Special Council meeting with the Administrator early this week. The Mid-Year financial report which was also tabled before the Administrator and Council shows that the Municipality’s financial position is still very critical, particularly the cash flow. This can be attributed to the fundamentally flawed initially approved budget for the 2015/2016 financial year in respect of the principles applied in the compilation thereof which negated the strive towards financial sustainability to the extent that the municipality currently finds itself in severe financial distress. Read more >
Last published 09 February 2016