Oudtshoorn, 04 June 2020 – The Oudtshoorn Traffic Department will open its doors to the public on Monday, 8 June after it has been certified as compliant to the regulations applicable to COVID19.
The following services will be rendered to the public:
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.
The Western Cape Library Services which is part of the Province’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has, this week, confirmed that the libraries will remain closed under alert lever 3. A communique that was circulated to libraries in the Western Cape states that libraries are classified as a public facility normally open to the public where cultural and leisure activities take place, which according to paragraph 39(1) of alert level 3 regulations, is to remain closed.Last published 04 June 2020
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: