Oudtshoorn, 3 June 2020 – The Oudtshoorn Municipal Council approved the town budget, integrated development plan and spatial development plan in a virtual meeting on Friday, 29 May 2020.
“This is one of the most difficult budget we had to approve in the recent times,” said the Executive Mayor, Cllr. Colan Sylvester as he tabled the 2020/2021 budget that will be implementable on 1 July 2020.
“We have prepared this Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework (MTREF) for 2020/2021 under difficult times and circumstances. The economic outlook looks bleak, people lost their jobs; the country and municipal area is crippled by the effects of the Disaster Management Act Regulations on Covid-19,” said Mayor Sylvester.
“The latter will have a direct impact on the payment of municipal accounts by consumers. Some of the municipal revenue streams are totally eroded especially the ones linked to tourism.”
The Municipality also received a number of objections against the proposed tariff increases of its 2020/21 Budget. “We want to express our appreciation to the communities for using the online or virtual platforms created for public comments as one-on-one public participation was not allowed during the implementation COVID19 lockdown regulations period. We have certainly considered the views of the public during the finalisation and adoption of the 2020/21 budget,” Sylvester added.
“The municipality could however not consider a zero increase in tariffs or provide payment holidays to consumers as it would have dire consequences on the future financial sustainability and viability of the municipality. Payment holidays are further not allowed by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). The municipality rather opted to absorb some of the direct impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic through its own cash reserves to balance the budget so that the consumers can have a lower tariff increase with 2020/21 budget.”
“By doing this the municipality has postponed the tariffs that would have been raised as per its long term financial plan by delaying it and it will rather be phased in. The average increase was limited to a 5,5% increase and it is only the electricity tariff of which the municipality has no control over, that will be increased with 6,2 %.” Sylvester concluded.
Full detail of the 2020/21 MTREF and tariffs can be found in the attached links:
Spatial Development Framework:
Oudtshoorn, 1 June 2020 - As announced by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa last month, the country has moved to alert level 3 regulation today, 1 June 2020.
This allows a number institutions including Municipalities to open their services to the public as from today. Oudtshoorn Municipality has already drawn its work readiness plan that include ensuring adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Municipal employees, to protect both the employees and the public.
About three weeks ago, tenders were issued to get, among other PPE’s, masks and thermometers to ensure everyone’s safety in terms of the regulations is almost done. The tender process could not be finalised as the tenders received were higher than the budgeted amount for the PPE. We will have to go out on tender again to procure the much needed PPE for our workers. Please note that the services rendered during the lockdown period are not affected by the later opening of some offices.
Based on the above, it was not possible for the Oudtshoorn Municipality to open services today, (1 June 2020). The safety of our employees and the public is very important to us, we will announce which services are open to the public as and when this services are open.
However, the essential services that were operational in alert level 4 and 5 will continue. Provision and distribution of Grey water will be open on Wednesday, 3 June 2020.Last published 01 June 2020
Oudtshoorn, 29 May 2020 - The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma released new regulations applicable to alert level 3 which are implementable this coming Monday, 1 June 2020.
The Government Communications Information Systems (GCIS) has summarised the regulations as follows:
Greater personal responsibility
Movement and travelling
Country open for business
Schooling will resume under level 3
Religious gatherings may take place under strict conditions
Certain restrictions remain in place
Exercising is allowed
Let’s move forward together
Our actions will determine the fate of our nation
Community health workers busy screening(asking questions)
Community health workers across the Garden Route District have screened 92 441 people and referred 486 for testing as of 28 May 2020.
‘We would like to express our utmost appreciation and thanks to our health teams who have done great work under very challenging conditions to serve our communities by screening and educating as many people as possible,’ said District Manager, Mr Zee Brickles.
Community screening and testing (CST) is in its seventh week and health teams have been to the most vulnerable communities. During the CST, the support of the community is essential for the success in stopping the spread of the virus.
‘We would like to thank our communities for allowing our health care workers to screen them. We remind our communities to adhere to our 5 golden rules of good hygiene as we move towards the expected peak. Please continue to support each other as this pandemic affects us all,’ said Brickles.
5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene:
When facing a threat on a global scale, such as Covid-19, it is normal to feel anxious, scared, confused, and overwhelmed. Even more so with the overload of information available and our numbers of positive cases increasing in the Province. However, by limiting your exposure to other people, you can protect your family and yourself. It is important that we stand together and that we support each other, especially our neighbours and friends who have tested positive for Covid-19. Anyone can be infected with Covid-19 and anyone can carry the virus, even without showing symptoms. The Coronavirus does not discriminate between age, gender, race, or disability. People who are especially vulnerable are those with underlying medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, lung disease, TB, and HIV. We should not stigmatise people who have tested positive. We must offer our support. Although you should avoid physical contact, you can support them by messaging or calling to ask how they are doing. As they and the rest of their household will be in isolation, you can offer to help by buying food or medication and dropping it off at their door. Remember, we are in this together and must support each other.
Garden Route screening statistics from 6 April to 28 May 2020
Community Screening and Testing for 1 to 5 June 2020:
The Oudtshoorn Traffic Department will open in June 2020. The date of re-opening will be announced as soon the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works gives a go-ahead for the offices to be open.
The following services will be rendered when Traffic Department is open.
Please take note that No applications for new learner’s licence and driving licence tests will be done. This is on instruction of the Provincial Department of Transport and that the backlogs must first be dealt with.Last published 27 May 2020
To avoid the waiting in long queues, the Oudtshoorn Municipality has now implemented a procedure for vehicle licences renewals via an online process. Please follow the steps below:
Download your vehicle licence renewal notice (MVL 2) by following the online registration process on the RTMC website by using the following link:
The following documentation are needed to collect your vehicle licence:
You are encouraged to register now and get your paperwork in order before the Traffic Department opens again. Deposit the licence fee only after confirmation has been received that the Traffic Department is open to the public.
There are three (3) options when you have successfully registered, namely, download, email and sms. You are advised to make use of the email option and the MVL2 form will be immediately emailed to you, which you can print. The licence fee payable appears on the MVL2 form. Please read the instructions carefully, as an OTP number will be emailed to you immediately, which must be used to finalise your transaction.
People without driving licence cards, can at this stage not make use of this option, and must download form ALV from the website as explain further down in this article.
If your personal particulars have changed in the meantime, (such as your residential, postal address or proxy), kindly complete and sign the second page of the MVL2.
With other transactions, where a change of address took place (excluding MVL 2), form NCP must be downloaded from the website and be completed.
Deposit the correct vehicle licence fee (the total amount indicated on the MVL2) into the Municipality's bank account of which the details are:
Once the appropriate transactions have been concluded and the disc is ready for collection, the office will get into contact with you. This will avoid unnecessary waiting in long queues.
Kindly present your RSA identity document, South African Driving licence or Traffic Register Number Certificate to collect your vehicle licence disc. You are encouraged to use this option in the future.
Other forms for NATIS transactions which range from learner’s licences, motor vehicles, and many more, are also available and can be downloaded by using the following link:
Those with internet and email access are encouraged to download forms and complete them. Just select the relevant form, download, print and complete.
Kindly note that the arrangement for direct payment of fees into the municipal bank account is only for the renewal of vehicle licences at this stage.
No person will be allowed on the premises without a facemask. People are furthermore friendly requested to bring their own black ballpoint pens for the sake of your own health and safety.
TRANSAKSIES VIR VOERTUIGLISENSIE HERNUWINGS
Oudtshoorn Munisipaliteit het nou `n prosedure geïmplementeer vir voertuiglisensie hernuwings via `n aanlynproses, om die gewag in lang rye te vermy. Volg die prosedure hieronder:
Laai af u voertuiglisensie hernuwingskennisgewing (MVL2) deur die RTMC se aanlyn registrasieproses te gebruik by webblad:
Die volgende dokumentasie word benodig wanneer u u voertuiglisensie kom afhaal:
U word aangemoedig om nou al te registreer om u papierwerk in orde te kry voordat die Verkeersafdeling weer open. Deponeer eers die lisensiefooi nadat bevestiging ontvang is dat die Verkeersafdeling oop is vir die publiek.
Daar is drie (3) opsies wanneer u suksesvol geregistreer het, naamlik “downolaod, email en sms”. U word geadviseer om gebruik te maak van die epos opsie en die MVL2 word onmiddelik vir u ge-epos wat u kan print. Die lisensiefooi betaalbaar word op die MVL2 vorm aangedui. Lees instruksies noukeurig omdat `n OTP nommer onmiddelik na u ge-epos sal word wat gebruik moet word om u transaksie te finaliseer.
Persone sonder bestuurslisensiekaarte kan op hierdie stadium nie van hierdie opsie gebruik maak nie en moet vorm ALV vanaf die webblad aflaai wat verder in artikel aangedui word.
Indien u persoonlike besonderhede intussen verander het (soos u woondres, posadres, of proxy), voltooi en teken die NCP vorm, wat op die tweede bladsy van die MLV2 vorm is.
By ander transaksies waar `n adresverandering (uitgesonderd MVL 2) wel plaasgevind het, moet NCP vorm van die webblad afgelaai en voltooi word.
Deponeer the korrekte voertuiglisensie fooi (totale bedrag soos aangedui op MLV2) in die Munisipaliteit se bankrekening waarvan die besonderhede soos volg is:
Sodra die toepaslike transaksie afgehandel is en die lisensieskyfie gereed is vir afhaal, sal die kantoor met u in verbinding tree. Dit is om onnodige gewag in lang rye te voorkom.
U word vriendelik versoek om u RSA identiteitsdokument, Suid-Afrikaanse Bestuurslisensie of Verkeersregisternommersertifikaat saam the bring wanneer u die vooertuiglisensie kom afhaal. U word aangemoedig om hierdie opsie in die toekoms te gebruik.
Ander vorms vir NAVIS transaksies, wat strek vanaf leerlinglisensie, motorvoertuie en vele meer, is beskikbaar en kan afgelaai word by die volgende skakel:
Diegene met internet en epos toegang word aangemoedig om die vorms af te laai en te voltooi. Kies die toepaslike vorm, laai af, druk en voltooi.
Neem asseblief kennis dat die reëling vir direkte betaling van fooie in die munisipale bankrekening slegs van toepassing is op die hernuwing van voertuiglisensies op hierdie stadium.
Geen persoon sal op perseel toegelaat word sonder `n gesigmasker nie. Mense word verder vriendelik versoek om hul eie swart balpunt penne te bring ter wille van hul eie gesondheid en veiligheid.Last published 26 May 2020