Oudtshoorn, 2 September 2020 - The multi-million rand Blossoms Emergency project which was launched during 2018 to alleviate drought and serious water shortages in the Greater Oudtshoorn is continuous, the Municipal Water Department confirmed this week.
“The project entails the equipping of three existing deep boreholes (drilled as part of the exploration program in 2013/14 in the C1 wellfield) into the Table Mountain aquifer and constructing a 23 km pipeline with a diameter of 315 mm from the Blossoms wellfield to the water network of Oudtshoorn,” said the acting director for technical services, Chris Swart.
The current water sources remain under severe pressure. Swart who is also a senior manager for water and sewer, emphasized that the successful implementation of the Blossom water project would yield good results as the project will supply the Greater Oudtshoorn with additional potable water. “It is estimated that these boreholes can supply in the region of 5 Ml/day, which is about half the daily water usage under the level four water restrictions. The water quality is good with only disinfection and possibly removal of iron required for treatment.”
“The additional water sources would also augment water supply to the rural areas of the Greater Oudtshoorn,” Swart added. “The Klein Karoo Rural Water Supply System (KKRWSS) from the Vermaaks River boreholes near Dysselsdorp are already extracted at their maximum and the Huis River supplying water to De Rust is not reliable over the summer months. In addition, the water abstracted from the Raubenheimer dam exceeds the volume that can be relied on with a 98% degree of assurance.”
The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Councillor Chris Macpherson is impressed in the manner in which the funds from the National Department Water and Sanitation (DWS) and Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) were utilised so far to ensure that the Blossoms projects is being implemented.
“Funding of R30 million as part of DWS’s drought relief was made available during the 2018/19 financial ear. An additional R20 million was made available through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) from DWS for 2019/20. These funds have already been utilised to kick off the project with the design stage purchase a portion of the pipeline material,” Mayor Macpherson said.
The current status of the project is as follows:
“As soon as the landowner agreements are in place, the mechanical installation as well as the installation of the first half of the pipeline will commence, Swart added. “It is envisaged that this will be before the end of 2020.”
Swart assured that the final section of pipeline will then be installed on securing of the additional funds required. “The future development of C1 and C2 wellfields has the potential to deliver approximately 22 Ml/day and together with the possible construction of an additional dam, forms part of the long term planning for the sustainable supply of water to the Greater Oudtshoorn,” he added.
To execute the project fully, the Municipality need an approximate amount of R100 million, leaving a current shortfall of R50 million. Sourcing of this additional funding is in process with regular interaction between DWS, Western Cape Local Government and the Oudtshoorn Municipality.Last published 02 September 2020
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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