Oudtshoorn, 13 August 2020 – The newly elected leadership aims to bring absolute stability in the Greater Oudtshoorn to ensure service delivery to the communities of the Greater Oudtshoorn, the Executive Mayor, Cllr. Chris Macpherson.
Following the election of new leadership last week, the Council appointed Mr. Gerald de Jager the municipal chief financial officer to act as municipal manager. Council has also stabilized the layer directly accountable to the municipal manager.
“All directorship vacant positions were temporarily filled in last week pending the permanent appointments. Mr. Louis Fourie, a retired expert in local government finance has been appointed as acting chief financial officer, while Mr. Chris Swart, a senior manager for water and sewer was appointed to act in the position of director for technical services,” Mayor Macpherson said.
“We are aware of the plethora of challenges facing the Municipality at this stage and potentially causing a great concern by the general public of the Greater Oudtshoorn, although we cannot guarantee that all of the problems will be resolved immediately, we can assure the community of the Greater Oudtshoorn that all challenges are being attended to,” Cllr. Macpherson added.
It was important to us to stabilize top management first, which we did last week. This week the municipal manager among others revisits the back-to-work plans for all departments to ensure effective service delivery, regardless the COVID19 pandemic that is facing us.”
Council will prioritise to finalise issues such as the Webber Wentzel report and an assessment of all wards in the Greater Oudtshoorn will be conducted to pay attention to the functionality of wards. Council has this week set aside a workshop to deliberate on a number of key issues with particular focus on finances, to take to town forward.
Council remain highly concern about the rapidly escalating number of COVID19 confirmed cases in the Greater Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is one of the two towns in the Garden Route (alongside Mossel Bay) that experiences drastic increases on the infections.
“As of Monday, 10 August 2020 the COVID19 confirmed positive cases in the Greater Oudtshoorn totalled 737 with 405 recoveries. We urge the citizens and businesses of the Greater Oudtshoorn to adhere to the COVID19 regulations.”
We will visit some areas of concern within the Greater Oudtshoorn that are affected by Covid19 including businesses. Being acutely aware of the economic pressure the town and the entire country is enduring under COVID19, we continue to allow relief within realistic means to ease the financial burden for our citizens and businesses.
In a special council meeting last week, Council extended the COVID19 relief on municipal accounts for the citizens and businesses.
“We count on the cooperation, support and patience of our citizens, stakeholders and businesses during this difficult time,” Macpherson concluded.Last published 13 August 2020
The Oudtshoorn Traffic Department office has been temporarily closed due to a COVID19 related incident. The office has been closed with immediate effect and will reopen on 18 August 2020. This means that no services will be rendered for Motor vehicle registrations, driving licences and roadworthy testing. The special services that were scheduled for 15 August 2020 have also been cancelled.
VEHICHLE LICENCE RENEWAL SERVICES AVAILABLE ONLINE
Please note that the vehicle renewal service is available online for renewal for August and September.
Download your vehicle licence renewal notice (MVL 2) by following the online registration process on the RTMC website by using the following link:
Create your profile first. This will enable you to register now and get your paperwork in order before the Traffic Department opens again.
Deposit the correct vehicle licence fee (the total amount indicated on the MVL2) into the Municipality's bank account of which the details are:
(FLRT): Cllr. Julia le Roux-Krowitz (Speaker), Cllr. Chris Macpherson (Executive Mayor) and Cllr. Gavin Juthe (Deputy Executive Mayor)
Oudtshoorn, 05 August 2020 – Councillor Chris MacPherson of the Democratic Alliance (DA) has been elected as the new executive mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn in a virtual Council meeting held on Tuesday, 4 August 2020.
The mayoral position became vacant after the former executive mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Colan Sylvester, resigned from office in the Oudtshoorn Municipal Council in June 2020. Cllr. MacPherson was subsequently declared by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as a new councillor for the DA in the Oudtshoorn Council with effect from 3 July 2020.
In the same meeting yesterday, Cllr Gavin Juthe of the South African Religious Civic Organisation (SARCO) was elected as the town’s new deputy executive mayor and was also tasked with the responsibility to oversee the Strategic Services Department. He replaces Cllr. Noluthando Mwati who tendered her resignation as a deputy executive mayor during the Council meeting yesterday.
On Wednesday morning (5 August 2020), Mayor Macpherson announced his Executive Mayoral Committee (MAYCO) in a media briefing held at the Oudtshoorn Council Chambers. The members of the MAYCO are as follows:
The Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC), a Section 79 committee, will be chaired by Cllr. Diswayne Maarman of the Economic Freedom Front (EFF). Cllr. Julia le Roux-Krowitz remains the speaker of the Council.
“A multi-party cooperative agreement for the governance of the Greater Oudtshoorn, has been achieved,” said Mayor Macpherson. “I take my hat off to all political parties that have decided to work together to take the town forward.”
The new leadership also intends to stabilize the administration in Oudtshoorn Municipality, by appointing an acting municipal manager, chief financial officer and senior legal manager. “We will approach the Provincial Government to assist us with secondments to the various departments mentioned above,” Mayor Macpherson concluded.
(FLTR): Cllr. George Kersop (Chairperson Finance), Cllr. Johan Fourie (Chairperson Community Services), Cllr. Noluthando Mwati (Chairperson Human Settlements), Cllr. Chris Macpherson (Executive Mayor), Cllr. Gavin Juthe (Deputy Executive Mayor and Cllr. Vlancio Donson (Chairperson Technical Services)Last published 05 August 2020
Dr. David Piedt. (Photo by Hans van der Veen)
Oudtshoorn, 28 July 2020 – “We are deeply saddened by the passing on of one of the greatest leaders the town has ever had, Dr. David Piedt (80),” said the acting Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Cllr. Noluthando Mwati.
“The passing on of Dr. Piedt has robbed the Klein Karoo of one of its finest intellectuals and community activists.” Mwati added. “Dr. Piedt, one of the founders of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), passed away while he was pioneering for the establishment of the Greater Oudtshoorn as an education and knowledge hub.
He was the coordinator of the Greater Oudtshoorn Vision 2030 sector of Education which among others, was aimed at establishing a university satellite campus in Oudtshoorn.
“On behalf of the Greater Oudtshoorn, I would like to convey our heartfelt and deepest condolences to the family of David Piedt and the entire community of the Greater Oudtshoorn.”
Dr. Piedt passed away on Monday, 27 July 2020, following a battle with COVID19 related sickness.Last published 28 July 2020
Oudtshoorn, 13 July 2020 - The Oudtshoorn Municipality is pleased to announce that refuse collection will continue tomorrow in the Greater Oudtshoorn with slight changes, due to a two-day refuse collection backlog caused by COVID19 infections in the Cleansing Unit.
According the Community Services Directorate, alternative measures have been put in place to resume collection of refuse removal in Oudtshoorn, even though it may not be at the same service level standards that the citizens are used to before COVID19 related interruptions.
We remain committed to ensure that the citizens of the Greater Oudtshoorn enjoy the well-deserved and much needed basic service.
The uncollected garbage of Friday 10 July 2020 and Monday 13 July 2020 has been prioritised and will be collected on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 as from 12:00.
Refuse collection of Tuesday and Wednesday (14 & 15 July 2020) will be collected on Wednesday, 15 July 2020. Refuse collection on Thursday, 16 July and onwards will continue as normal. Should there be any changes in this plan, we will communicate accordingly.
Good news for the Dysselsdorp and De Rust Residents is that refuse collection in these areas will continue as normal.
We urge the community of the Greater Oudtshoorn to continue to work with the Municipality to ease the pressure by avoiding illegally dump household garbage in open spaces. We have noted that illegal dumping has increased drastically for the past few days, and thereby complicating the situation even further. We depend on the cooperation of the citizens to ensure that our beautiful town stays clean.
We would like to thank the citizens of the Greater Oudtshoorn for their patience during this very difficult time of lives. The impact of COVID19 is hitting the essential staff of Oudtshoorn Municipality very hard, in particular Cleansing Services.
To prevent further infections to the staff and the public, the affected Cleansing Services unit stall will remain on quarantine and isolation until Monday 27 July 2020. The Cleansing services include refuse removal, open spaces and street sweeping.Last published 14 July 2020
FLTR: Gideon Badenhorst, Cllr Noluthando Mwati, Cllr Chris MacPherson, Cllr Julia le Roux-Krowitz and Reginald Smit
Oudtshoorn, 13 July 2020 – Councillor Chris MacPherson has been sworn in as councillor at the Oudtshoorn Council Chambers today.
MacPherson effectively joined the Oudtshoorn Municipal Council on 3 July 2020 when the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declared him a new councillor for the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Oudtshoorn Council.
Macpherson, who is former member of the Oudtshoorn Council, replaces the former executive mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Colan Sylvester who ceased to hold office of councillor in the Oudtshoorn Council in June 2020.
The Acting Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Councillor Noluthando Mwati, Speaker Councillor Julia le Roux-Krowitz and Mr. Reginald Smit, acting municipal manager were present during the swearing of councillor MacPherson this morning.
A local attorney, Gideon Badenhorst was the commissioner of oath.Last published 14 July 2020
Oudtshoorn, 10 July 2020 – Refuse collection which was interrupted yesterday (9 July 2020), due to the news of a COVID19 infection among the cleansing services workers, has been completed today.
A team of workers from the community services department that are not part of the refuse collection team, removed all remaining bags on the streets in parts of Oudtshoorn where collection of refuse was due on Thursday.
The team consisted of street sweepers, cleansing supervisors and other general workers within the community services department.
Should there be any refuse bags lying around that were supposed to be collected on Thursday, residents are requested to call the Control Room which is available 24/7 on 0442037800 for collection.
Friday’s refuse removal will be collected on Monday, 13 July 2020, together with Monday’s collection.Last published 10 July 2020