Oudtshoorn, 09 July 2020 – Refuse collection in the Greater Oudtshoorn has been interrupted today following information of a confirmed COVID19 infection among the cleansing services personnel.
Some of the refuse bags could not be collected today. The Cleansing Services Department has further confirmed that no further refuse collection will be done tomorrow. The services will resume on Monday, next week. Residents are whose refuse bags were not collected today are advised to take their bags back from the streets for next collection next week.
The interruption of cleansing services will also affect cleaning of open spaces. Residents are urged not to litter or dumb their refuse in open spaces.
The personnel who have been in direct contact with the confirmed COVID19 positive case in this department have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and observe any COVID19 symptoms they may develop. Those officials that had indirect or no contact with the confirmed COVID19 positive case will resume their duties on Monday next week.
Meanwhile, the Strategic Services offices situated at St. Johns Street have also been temporarily closed today also due to a COVID19 related incident. The offices will reopen on Monday, 13 July 2020.
The re-opening of the Finance pay offices that would have been on Friday, 10 July 2020 has not been moved to Monday, 13 July 2020 for reopening. These offices were temporarily closed on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 due to a confirmed COVID19 related infection in the staff.
The Traffic Department, which was also temporarily closed due to a COVID19 related incident remain closed and has been scheduled to reopen on Thursday, 16 July 2020.
Residents of the Greater Oudtshoorn are urged to continue to protect themselves from COVID19 infection by continuously washing their hands with soap, keep safe social distancing and stay at home.Last published 10 July 2020
Oudtshoorn, 9 July 2020 – Oudtshoorn Municipality is attending to a number of complaints relating to the strong winds that have caused damages in parts of the Greater Oudtshoorn since last night and throughout the day today.
Some formal and informal houses’ roofs have been blown away by the strong winds in Matjiesrivier, De Kombuys (both North of Oudtshoorn) and in Volmoed (South West of Oudtshoorn), while a tree fell over a bakkie in Oak Street. We’ve received reports of trees that had fallen in De Rust.
Meanwhile, the power poles in Matjiesrivier, Schoemanshoek and De Kombuys broke damaging power line and causing unexpected power outages in these areas.
The contractor is attending to the damages caused by the strong winds to repair/replace about 9 poles. The 11 000 volts power lines are lying on the ground. Farmers in this area have also been contacted to communicate with and warn the residents in their farms about the potentially dangerous lines.
Municipal officials are responding to the various complaints from parts of the Greater Oudtshoorn. Any related complains may be reported to 044 203 7800.Last published 09 July 2020
Oudtshoorn, 8 July 2020 – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declared Christiaan MacPherson, a new Councillor for the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Oudtshoorn Council with effect from 3 July 2020.
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.
Councillor Noluthando Mwati, who holds a position of Deputy Mayor has since acted as Executive Mayor for the Greater Oudtshoorn. Cllr. Mwati is still acting as Mayor until the Council elects an Executive Mayor.Last published 08 July 2020
Oudtshoorn, 06 July 2020 – The Municipality’s main building and all municipal pay offices in the Greater oudtshoorn have been temporarily closed with effect from Tuesday, 07 July 2020 till Thursday, 09 July 2020, due to a confirmed COVID19 positive infection.
The temporary closure affects pay offices include Bongolethu, Bridgton, Dysselsdorp and De Rust. Information available at present suggests that in addition to the Municipal main building’s pay office the above offices are also affected.
The offices will reopen on Friday, 10 July 2020. Arrangements have already been done for the offices to be disinfected on Tuesday, 07 July 2020. Citizens and businesses are requested to make payments of their municipal accounts using the following payment options:
Payments into municipal accounts may, meanwhile be paid at Shoprite, Checkers, Pick & Pay and Spar. Cashiers at these outlets are able to inform consumers of the amount due for payment for the current month.
Alternatively, EFT Payments options for Municipal accounts can be paid to the following account number:
Account enquiries may be sent to email@example.comLast published 07 July 2020
Oudtshoorn, 3 July 2020 – It is sad to announce that the Greater Oudtshoorn has recorded its first two deaths as a result of COVID19 related sicknesses.
“We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased ones. We empathise with the families and loved ones that had to undergo this difficult time of grief,” said the acting Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Councillor Noluthando Mwati.
“We appeal to the community to support one another other during this very difficult time in our lives. This is the time that we need to support each other more than ever before. People that have been infected and affected by COVID19 need support and not stigmatisation,” acting Mayor Mwati added.
As the number of confirmed positive cases are increasingly rapidly and the general community of the Greater Oudtshoorn is asked to apply the safety protocols as individuals and in businesses.
To date, a total number of 79 COVID19 confirmed cases have been registered with 29 recoveries and 50 active cases.
MUNICIPAL OFFICES TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE IN COVID19 RELATED DISINFECTION
Meanwhile, the Oudtshoorn Municipality’s main offices in Voortrekker Road have been temporarily closed today, 3 July 2020 for disinfection, following a confirmed COVID19 positive case.
The Fire, Rescue & Disaster Management team has already closed down the building to decontaminate. Officials and Councillors have been asked to vacate the premises. The building will be reopened on Monday, 6 July 2020.
“The spread of the virus can only be stopped by us, let us continue to abide by the COVID19 rules and regulations,” said Mwati.
“The manner in which people conduct themselves is concerning; it appears that people have gone into a relaxation mode and it is business as usual. We appeal to everyone to please stay at home and continue to wear masks, wash hands and keep safe social distancing,” Mwati added.
“As from today, we will be issuing Oudtshoorn specific COVID19 statistics on a daily basis, using all available communication mediums, especially social media,” she concluded.Last published 03 July 2020
Oudtshoorn, 29 June 2020 – It is with great sadness that Oudtshoorn Municipality announces the passing on of its Legal Services Manager, Mr. Pumzo Tofile (55) who has succumbed to COVID19 related illness on Saturday, 27 June 2020 in Cape Town.
Tofile who has joined the Oudtshoorn Municipality in 2012 as head of legal and contract services, lost his battle against COVID19 related sickness after having been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICT) at a Cape Town based hospital. Tofile is the first official of the Oudtshoorn Municipality to succumb to COVID19 related sickness.
Messages condolences from colleagues and councillors have been pouring on the Municipal internal WhatsApp groups and social media following receipt of the news of Tofile’s passing on.
“We are deeply saddened by a loss of a person of Tofile’s calibre,” said councillor Mwati, acting mayor the Greater Oudtshoorn. She added: “Since I met him in 2016, Tofile displayed characteristics of diligence, obedience and friendliness, as he could absorb any pressure with ease, despite all the challenges he had to face in his demanding position of being a legal advisor for the Council.”
The Oudtshoorn Municipality’s acting municipal manager, Mr Reginald Smit, who holds a position of Director for Corporate Services whom Tofile was directly reporting to, described Tofile as a soft spoken, dedicated official who performed his work with a high level of professionalism and diligence.
“You could feel his presence through the way he interacted with his colleagues, he was never out of line with his behaviour. We will miss him as a colleague and friend,” Smit said.
“Tofile became ill in Cape Town when he returned home for the last time during the Alert level 4 period. I spoke to him a few times during the time that he was ill. My last discussion was on the Saturday when he was admitted to the Vincent Palotti hospital. The last few days I interacted with his wife who updated us on his condition. We so hoped and pray for his recovery,” said Smit.
As Tofile was residing in Cape Town and working in Oudtshoorn, his death does not form part of Oudtshoorn’s COVID statistics. This means there is not direct impact on the safety of either his office or the place he stayed at in Oudtshoorn.
The funeral arrangements have not been finalised by the family as yet. The Oudtshoorn Municipality, meanwhile, is organising a guard of honour as part of a send-off for Tofile as body will be passing from Cape Town through the Garden Route to his home town of Ezigodlo, Middledrift in the Eastern Cape, where he be laid to rest. The guard of honour will strictly be confined to the COVID19 regulations.
Tofile is survived by this wife Gcotyiswa and his two children ages 10 years and 23 months.Last published 29 June 2020
Oudtshoorn, 24 June 2020 – The Acting Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Cllr. Noluthando Mwati is making a call the community of the Greater Oudtshoorn to obey to the regulations and protocols aimed at preventing the spread of COVID19 as the numbers of infected people increase tremendously in the Greater Oudtshoorn.
As of Monday evening, 22 June 2020, the total number of infected people in the Greater Oudtshoorn (Including De Rust & Dysselsdorp) was 37 with 15 recoveries and 22 active cases. “The rate at which the numbers of the new cases increases is concerning, said Cllr Mwati.
“On the 12th of June, the total number of confirmed cases in Oudtshoorn was 19; ten days later (Monday, 22 June), the total number of confirmed cased almost doubled, with additional 18 cases, totalling 37 confirmed cases in the Greater Oudtshoorn.”
“To date, Oudtshoorn has recorded a total number of 45 confirmed positive cases with 17 recoveries.”
“My plea to you, is to lessen your movement as much as possible, to only go out when it is absolutely necessary. Protect yourself and others by applying all the protocols and safety precautions to stop the spread of COVID19.”
“It appears that people are losing focus in making sure that they wear masks at all times, limit movement to only essential movement and maintain very strict hygiene practices such an washing of hands and sanitising where necessary,” Mwati added.
We would like to remind you about the following five golden rules to keep safe from COVID19:
COVID19 awareness information is being shared on daily basis on Municipal social media platforms and other communication channels; for more information, please visit the following links and pages:
REPAIR DAMAGED ROADS UNDERWAY
Repairs of damaged roads and streets in the Greater Oudtshoorn have commenced following appointment of three local contractors. A tender was advertised and a joint venture of three local contractors won the bid and were appointed for one year to repair surface damage to streets in the Greater Oudtshoorn.
The repair work that is estimated at R 3 Million should be able to repair all roads and streets damaged due to water pipe bursts in the Greater Oudtshoorn. This includes, the Oudtshoorn Central Business District (CBD), main roads, secondary and primary roads throughout the Greater Oudtshoorn, including De Rust and Dysselsdorp.
The repair work has already started in parts of the Greater Oudtshoorn this week, including the corner of Church and Adderley Streets in the Oudtshoorn CBD. Currently there are two teams of Municipal officials tasked to repair road/streets.
“We are pleased that we can restore the infrastructure of our town, thereby enabling local business to flourish and contribute to the economic development of the town, despite challenges relating to financial constrains brought by the COVID19 pandemic,” said Councillor Mwati.
RESEAL OF STREETS IN THE LOOM FOR GREATER OUDTSHOORN
Another tender for reseal and streets and potholes was also concluded this week, pending a 14 day appeal period. “The reseal of streets and roads is a maintenance programme of the road infrastructure of the Greater Oudtshoorn.
Should this programme be finalised after 14 days of the appeal period, the appointed service provider(s) will be appointed to do the maintenance programme for a period of three years,” said the acting Municipal Manager for the Greater Oudtshoorn, Mr. Reginald Smit.
PAYMENT RATIO OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES DECREASES
The payment ratio of the Municipality has dropped from 96% debt recovery rate before the outbreak of COVID19 to 89% at the moment. It is understood that some households and businesses are not able to meet their municipal rates payment obligations, due to the financial restraints brought by the COVID19 pandemic and lockdown. “As the economy reopens gradually, we urge the citizens and business that can afford to pay their services to do so,” Mr. Smit pleaded.
“Prior the COVID19 period, the Municipality, as part of its debt collection policy, coerced citizens to pay by disconnecting services such as supply of electricity. Since, the lockdown, the Council has halted the disconnection of services as part of the relief by Council to consumers,” Smit added.Last published 24 June 2020
Oudtshoorn, 22 June 2020 - Minister for Small Business Development, Mr. Khumbudzo Ntshavheni released regulations pertaining to personal care services industry.
These regulations which were published on Friday, 19 June 2020, are intended at providing protocols to mitigate and manage the COVID19 outbreak amongst employees and customers in this industry.
The categories of services that are considered safe to start operations are the following:
The regulations state that the above permitted services may only commence with operations upon ensuring full compliance with the relevant protocols for their services. The regulations can be found on the following link: https://www.gov.za/documents/disaster-management-act-directions-address-prevent-and-combat-spread-coronavirus-covid-3
Any business in this industry that complies with the operating protocols contained on these regulations may start operating as of 19 June 2020 when the regulations were published.
For any enquiries, businesses or individuals may contact the Department of Small Business on 0860 663 7867 or send enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.Last published 22 June 2020