Oudtshoorn, 28 October 2020 – The Oudtshoorn Municipal Council has today, 28 October in a special council meeting, unanimously agreed to amend level 4 severe restrictions to level 4b restrictions following the rise of the Raubenheimer dam to 78%.
In 2018 during the height of the drought, level 4 (http://www.oudtshoorn.gov.za/level-4-severe-water-restrictions) severe water restrictions were imposed. This resulted in the average water consumption being reduced from 17 000 m³ per day to ±11 000 m³ per day resulting in the dam level averaging around 40% to 45% for the last two years.
“Following recent rain and snow, the dam level is currently at 78%. The Oudtshoorn Municipal area is, however nearing the hot summer months and the short to long term predictions are that the drought is not over and that water conservation should remain paramount,” said the acting director for technical services, Mr. Chris Swart.
“The rainfall for the last four years was also way below the average and is it not advisable to lift water restrictions until the rainfall pattern normalizes. It is however felt that certain concessions be made to alleviate the burden on the Oudtshoorn community.”
It is therefore, proposed the current level 4 restrictions be amended and that level 4B be implemented as follows:
Transgressions of above restrictions can be fined with a spot-fine of R1 000Last published 29 October 2020
(FLRT) Front row: Siviwe Sakata (Communication Intern), Aurelia Oliphant (Communication & Media Officer) Back row: Tania Steffens (Photographer & Graphic Design), Siyanda Fukweni (Language Practitioner), Alison Moos (Senior Manager: Cango Caves), Siphiwo Blou (Senior Language Practitioner) and Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe (Senior Media & Communication Officer)
Oudtshoorn, 27 October 2020 – Tourism a major contributor to the economy of the Greater Oudtshoorn, was hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic. Oudtshoorn Municipality in conjunction with the Oudtshoorn and De Rust Tourism is therefore embarking on an awareness campaign to revitalise tourism for the survival of the economy of the town.
The tourism manager for Oudtshoorn and De Rust Tourism, Corleen Barnard, confirmed that tourism in the Greater Oudtshoorn suffered a hard knock during the recent COVID19 lockdown. “This year has been very difficult in tourism; we’ve seen people losing their jobs, and local businesses suffering as the lockdown caused a standstill in the flow of the economy in our town.
“We are also very much concerned about the sustainability of our tourist destinations and businesses especially that the international borders being partially open during the tourism season in South Africa,” Barnard added. “That is why supporting local businesses is so important, with many special offerings currently in the region.”
The tourism awareness campaign initiated by the Oudtshoorn Municipality in partnership with the local tourism office is targeted at marketing local tourist destinations to the people of the Greater Oudtshoorn and surrounds to support local tourism as the festive season draws nearer. Charity begins at home.
“One of our key strategic objectives is to create an environment that would enable a sound financial sustainability, to strengthen transformation and development with the focus on the needs of our communities,” said the Executive Mayor, Councillor Chris Macpherson.
The awareness campaign is called Local is Lekker Drive Thru and comprises visits by the Oudtshoorn Municipality’s Communication team to conduct interviews, take pictures and videos and to write about the various tourist gems that the Greater Oudtshoorn offers. The gathered images and content gets shared on the Municipality’s social media platforms such as facebook, twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
“We want the people of the Greater Oudtshoorn to be the first ones to indulge in these tourist destinations and also be the ambassadors of the Greater Oudtshoorn tourism,” Mayor Macpherson added. “We also encourage the public to take pictures when visiting our tourist destinations to create excitement and buzz of our own places.”
“Local and regional media is also key to our marketing campaign as we share these images with them too. We understand the power of the media and request that they share the messages and images to their respective audiences.”
The “Local is Lekker Drive Thru” campaign started on 16 October 2020 at the Cango Caves and Wilgewandel and will run until 11 December 2020. The social media posts will continue until the end of the festive season in January 2021.
“We believe that if we, as the community of the Greater Oudtshoorn can join hands to support our local business in all our areas including townships, we have the power to restore our economy and make our town to grow, work, play and prosper.”
Added to this campaign, the Oudtshoorn Municipality will also latch on to the Eden FM’s tourism campaign, which also shares the same goals of promoting tourism in our region. On 16 December 2020, EDEN FM radio will visit our town with its bus to do a live broadcast launch of their tourism campaign. According to Clinton Barrat a marketer on Eden FM, the live broadcast is set to reach approximately 189 000 listeners that are spread in parts of the Western Cape from Plettenberg Bay to Swellendam in the coast, to Uniondale, Oudtshoorn and Ladysmith among other towns.
“Our idea is to visit Oudtshoorn and put our branded van outside the tourism office or a popular spot that is accessible to many people in town. Businesses and tourism attractions will be invited to advertise on the radio and talk about their products and tourism related offers they have.
“We are striving to put the Greater Oudtshoorn on the map,” Macpherson concluded.Last published 28 October 2020
This year has been really challenging for all of us, but most specifically to our matriculants. We see a matric year as the beginning phase of our future and the stepping stone to much bigger things. Grab it with both hands and run with it.
I know that Covid-19 and the lockdown had a huge impact on your studies. This examination will be a real test of character for all of you, but I have the fullest confidence in you to make this year successful against all odds. Life in itself is full of challenges, so see this last school exams as one of the biggest challenges to guide you through all the challenges of the future.
Good luck to all of you and remember that only through hard work will you be able to make a success of this important task in your life.
Alle Voorspoed met die Matriek Eksamen
Hierdie jaar was vir ons almal baie uitdagend, maar veral vir ons matrikulante. Ons sien 'n matriekjaar as die beginfase van ons toekoms en die eerste tree na veel groter dinge. Hier is die geleentheid om dit met albei hande aan te gryp.
Ek weet dat Covid-19 en die grendeltydperk 'n groot impak op u studies gehad het. Hierdie eksamen sal 'n ware karaktertoets wees vir julle almal, maar ek vertrou ten volle dat julle van hierdie jaar ‘n reuse sukses sal maak. Die lewe op sigself is vol uitdagings, dus beskou hierdie laaste skooleksamen as een van die grootste uitdagings om jou deur al die toekomstige uitdagings te lei.
Alle voorspoed aan julle almal en onthou dat jy slegs deur harde werk 'n sukses van hierdie belangrike taak in jou lewe kan maak.
Iminqweno Emihle Ngeemviwo Zebanga Leshumi
Lo nyaka ube ngumceli-mngeni kuthi sonke, kodwa ikakhulu kubafundi bethu bebanga leshumi. Sibona unyaka wematriki njengesiqalo sekamva lethu kunye nomgangatho wokunyathela kwizinto ezinkulu kakhulu. Yibambe ngezandla zozibini kwaye ubaleke nayo.
Ndiyazi ukuba i-Covid-19 kunye nokumiswa ngxi kweentshukumo kube nefuthe elikhulu kwizifundo zenu. Olu viwo luya kuba luvavanyo lokwenene kuni nonke, kodwa ndinentembelo epheleleyo kuni yokwenza lo nyaka ube ngowempumelelo kuyo yonke imiceli-mngeni. Ubomi ngokunokwabo buzele imiceli-mngeni, kungoko kumele nibone olu viwo lokugqibela lwesikolo njengomnye wemiceli-mngeni emikhulu olusisikhokelo kuyo yonke imiceli mngeni yexa elizayo.
Ndininqwenelela amathamsanqa ninonke kwaye khumbulani ukuba kungokusebenza nzima kuphela apho niyakuthi nikwazi ukuzuza impumelelo kulo msebenzi ubaluleke kangaka ebomini benu.Last published 23 October 2020
While the Oudtshoorn Municipality does its best to clean streets and open spaces all over the Greater Oudtshoorn to fight against illegal dumping and littering, some residents have been seen taking responsibility to clean open spaces in their neighbourhood in the Greater Oudtshoorn.
The Executive Mayor, councillor Chris Macpherson, wishes to commend each citizen who take time and resources to clean their own streets and open spaces. “I am proud of citizens such as these; they set good examples of being responsible and proud citizens.” Well done!Last published 21 October 2020
Closing Date: 30 October 2020
Oudtshoorn Municipality is proud to present skills development opportunities for graduate youth permanently residing in the Oudtshoorn municipal area, including Dysselsdorp and De Rust.
Interested applicants should apply using the prescribed application form obtainable from the Municipal website: www.oudtshoorn.gov.za/careers or from HR Development & Transformation office. For any enquiries contact Maxzine Ayford of Raylene January at 044-203 3091/ 044- 203 3054 or at email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application form accompanied by a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and certified copies of qualifications and identity document (not older than three months) must be submitted and directed to: Mr. R.S. Claassen, HR Manager: Development & Transformation, Human Resources Department, Oudtshoorn Municipality, Voortrekker Road, Oudtshoorn, 6620.
Candidates must be willing to be subjected to an interview and written assessment.4x Internship Opportunities for Unemployed Youth in Oudtshoorn Municipal Area (Including De Rust and Dysselsdorp) 6 Months Contract (197.79KB) Last published 19 October 2020
Oudtshoorn, 13 Oktober 2020 - Die waarnemende munisipale bestuurder, Gerald De Jager, het op Dinsdag, 13 Oktober 2020, ‘n besoek afgelê by die Oudtshoorn Verkeersdepartment. Die rede vir die besoek was om vas te stel wat die munisipaliteit kan doen om dienslewering te verbeter.
De Jager wil graag die publiek bedank vir hul geduld en verstaanbaarheid as dit kom by die lang lyne, maar wil die publiek aanmoedig om gebruik te maak van die aanlyn fasaliteite vir die betaling van hernuwing van voertuiglisensies. “Om nie in lang toue te wag nie, het die Oudtshoorn-munisipaliteit via 'n aanlynproses 'n prosedure vir hernuwing van voertuiglisensies geïmplementeer. Dit vat ‘n paar minute om dit aanlyn te doen en u kan u voertuiglisensie binne drie dae afhaal by die verkeersdepartement sonder om in die lyn te staan” noem De Jager.
Op die oomblik is daar slegs drie kassiere waarvan twee in isolasie is as gevolg van Covid-19, wat baie uitdagend is vir die verkeersdepartement as dit kom by dienslewering. Die verkeers-departement help ongeveer 270 mense per dag by motorregistrasies, bestuurslisensies en die voertuigtoetsstasie. Ofskoon daar gemiddeld meer as 800 persone gehelp is, is die transaskies gedoen in Julie 2020 vir motorregistrasies ongeveer 2286 en vir bestuurslisensies ongeveer 1576. In Augustus 2020 het dit verdubbel met motorregistrasies transaksies van 5119 en bestuurslisensie transaksie van 3078 terwyl transaksies vir September 2020 vir motorregistrasies 6693 en bestuurslisensies 1559 was.
'n Ander uitdaging is motorhandelaars wat groot getalle voertuie het om te registreer en die munisipaliteit is besig om te onderhandel om spesiale tye oop te maak, meestal naweek, maar oortyd van personeel bly 'n uitdaging. Gerald De Jager noem dat die munisipaliteit voort sal gaan om ander opsies te ondersoek om die probleem op te los as ook om die agterstand in te haal wat teweeggebring is deur die grendeltydperk.
Indien u digitaal wil gaan, gaan op die webwerf https://online.natis.gov.za/#/ en sien hoe maklik dit is.Last published 14 October 2020
Closing Date: 05 November 2020
Applications are hereby invited from students who are currently in Grade 12 and learners who already have passed grade 12, for financial support for further studies in the 2021 academic year. The award is limited to full-time studies at an accredited tertiary institution. Students must reside within the Greater Oudtshoorn Municipality including the rural areas.
The aim of this programme is to develop students and learners with potential and performing learners within the Municipality’s municipal area, affording partiality to individuals from historically disadvantaged societal groups and individuals with disabilities.
Bursaries will be allocated for a period of three (3) years to allow students to undertake a full time Graduate Degree or Diploma. Application forms are available at all municipal offices, libraries, the Youth Office and Oudtshoorn Thusong Service Centre during normal work hours (07:30-16:00). Applications will only be considered if it is correctly and fully completed and the following documentation is attached:
An application must be submitted to: HR Manager: Development & Transformation, Department Corporate Services, P.O. Box 255, Oudtshoorn, 6620 (submit applications to Ms M Ayford, Senior HR Officer: Skills Development or Mrs R January, Senior Skills Development Clerk, Oudtshoorn Municipality, Corner of Voortrekker Road and Baron Van Reede Street).External Municipal Bursary Programme 2021 (172.65KB) Application Form (207.02KB) Last published 07 October 2020
Oudtshoorn, 22 September 2020 - The Oudtshoorn Municipality has joined a local resident Ingrid Noble, who initiated the world wide Jerusalema Challenge dance in Oudtshoorn. The event will take place on Saturday, 26 September 2020 in Baron Van Reede Street, between Voortrekker Road and Church Street at 13:30.
The Executive Mayor, Cllr Chris Macpherson has shown full support with the idea and said, “One thing we need in this town is hope, to revitalise and get people going again. Saturday will be a great success”.
Noble who started this campaign to allow residents to participate, has been conducting a few practice lessons for the public in order to ready them for the dance.
The challenge which is nationally and internationally recognised will be taking place in the Greater Oudtshoorn where 500 expected participants will be taking part in. The Challenge’s popularity has sparked all over social media platforms, where communities, workers, even celebrities have been dancing away to the challenge while being captured on videos.
During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on developments to COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, 16 September 2020, he announced the country’s move to level one. Ramaphosa stated that, “there can be no better celebration of our South African-ness than joining the global phenomenon that is the Jerusalema dance challenge”.
The Municipality’s departments including Disaster Management, Traffic department, Law Enforcement, and the South African Police Service have been holding contingency meetings with the organiser, Noble to ensure that the event takes place within the covid19 regulations and to ensure public safety.
The residents who wish to join in are urged to please wear masks at the event. For uniformity, they should also be dressed in a white t-shirt and jeans.Last published 22 September 2020
Oudtshoorn, 15 September 2020 – The Oudtshoorn Municipality hold a memorial service on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 in honour and commemoration of the late law enforcement officer, Donovan le Roux through a drive through motorcade.
Le Roux (47) passed away on Saturday, 12 September 2020 due to a COVI19 related illness. “To abide by and observe the COVID19 regulations, a motorcade drive through passed the home of le Roux would be a fitting memorial service,” said the acting municipal manager, Gerald de Jager.
The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Councillor Chris Macpherson and the acting municipal manager, Mr. Gerald de Jager will be among the mourners that will pay their respects to the late le Roux during the drive through memorial service.
The mourners will gather at the Traffic Department at 11:00, where the late le Roux worked. The Chief of Traffic, Mr. Pat Jordaan will lead the procession of the motorcade drive through at 11:30, followed by the following officials and departments:
The procession will depart from the Traffic Department through Voortrekker Road, turn into Springbok Road, then left in Eland Road to le Roux’s home.
“Only one person per vehicle will be allowed to go out of the vehicle to hand over a wrath or flower to the family when the motorcade arrives a le Roux’s residence.” Jordaan explained.
A broadcast of the memorial service will stream live on the Municipal Facebook page www.facebook.com/Oudtmun or search the facebook page named, “Greater Oudtshoorn Municipality”.
The Traffic Department will temporarily close between 11:00 and 12:30, due to the memorial services. Services at the Traffic Department will resume at 12:30 until 14:30, as normal.Last published 16 September 2020