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Cleansing Services / Law Enforcement(044) 203 3993 / 3990 / 3910
Animal Pound(044) 203 3927
Housing(044) 203 3193 / 3188
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Electricity/Public Works (044) 203 3905
Water and Sewage (044) 203 3952
Traffic / Driving Licenses (044) 203 3162 / 3934
Cleansing Services / Law Enforcement (044) 203 3993 / 3990 / 3910
Animal Pound (044) 203 3927
Housing (044) 203 3193 / 3188
Municipal Switchboard / Control Room (044) 203 3000 / 3121 / 3134 / 3147
Roads / Storm Water Services (044) 203 3174/3165

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News

04 June 2020

Oudtshoorn Traffic Department to Open on Monday, 8 June While Libraries Remain Closed

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: 

  1. Renewal of vehicle licences.
  2. Registration of vehicles.
  3. Other transactions related to vehicles.
  4. Testing of Vehicles for roadworthiness.
  5. Application for the renewal of driving licence cards.
  6. Collection of driving licence cards.
  7. Testing of applicants for learner’s licence who could not be tested because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
  8. Testing of applicant’s for practical driving licence tests who could not be tested because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
  9. Applications / renewals of professional driving permits (PRDP’s).
  10. Traffic Fines

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

News

03 June 2020

Oudtshoorn Municipality Approved Budget, IDP and Spatial Development Framework for 2020/2021

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:
http://www.oudtshoorn.gov.za/resource-category/financial-budgetsreports?category=264

IDP:
http://www.oudtshoorn.gov.za/resource-category/integrated-development-plan?category=265

Spatial Development Framework:
http://www.oudtshoorn.gov.za/resource-category/spatial-development-framework?category=266

Last published 03 June 2020

Spatial Development Framework 2020

Final Budget 2020 / 21

Approved Amended IDP for 2020 / 21

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01 June 2020

Municipality Getting Ready to Open Services to the Public as Alert Level 3 Starts

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

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29 May 2020

Alert Level 3 Regulations in Summary

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

  • Alert level 3 calls for greater personal responsibility as everyone who enters a work, public space or public transport must wear a cloth face mask.
  • Facilities that have been allowed to operate must have sanitisers and screened screen all people entering their premises.
  • As more feet are expected to move, people over 60 years of age and those who are suffering from underlying diseases are encouraged to stay at home.

Movement and travelling

  • Travel is only allowed to and from work, to buy or obtain goods, services and see medical attention. Garden Route, a district in which Oudtshoorn located has not been listed as a hotspot, travel, therefore will be allowed within the district and the greater Oudtshoorn.
  • Travel across provinces, metropolitan areas, districts and hotspots is prohibited.  However, persons with relevant permits can travel for purposes of a funeral, starting work moving to a new residence or caring for an immediate family member.
  • Travel in between provinces and districts will be allowed only for pupils, students and teaching staff.

Country open for business

  • Many more places will now be open and restrictions on movement have been greatly eased.
  • Level 3 allows us to open all the productive sectors of our economy, although at a moderate level in some high risk sectors.
  • While most people may return to work, there will be limits on the number of people in the workplace.
  • Stringent social distancing measures should be implemented in the workplace.
  • Domestic air travel will be allowed for business travellers.

Schooling will resume under level 3

  • Schooling for grade 7 and 12 has been opened to start on 1 June, depending on the readiness of each school.
  • A cautious and phased approach is being taken to reopen schools, which will ensure the health of children and teachers.
  • The school calendar will be revised and curriculum trimmed so that the school year can be salvaged.

Religious gatherings may take place under strict conditions

  • Religious gatherings are permitted so long as health, hygiene and social distancing is observed.
  • A distance of 1.5 metres between a maximum of 50 congregants must be maintained.
  • All congregants must wear masks and the washing of hands or sanitisation should be undertaken prior worship.
  • Places of worship must be sanitised, and screening of participants is mandatory.

Certain restrictions remain in place

  • Our national borders remain closed.
  • The on-site consumption places for food, entertainment and recreation will remain closed.
  • Restaurants, bars and taverns, shebeens, night clubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, fêtes, bazaars, beaches, public parks, museums and casinos will remain closed.
  • Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, conferences, events, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses remain closed.
  • Tobacco products will not be sold.
  • No person may be evicted from their place of residence regardless of whether it is a formal or informal residence or farm dwelling during this period.
  • Male and female initiation practices are still prohibited during this period.
  • The sale of liquor will be permitted from 1 June 2020 only between Mondays and Thursdays from 09h00 and 17h00.

Exercising is allowed

  • The national curfew is no longer in place, and citizens will be allowed to exercise from 06h00 to 18h00 but not in groups.
  • Health protocols and social distancing must be strictly observed.
  • Exercise is only allowed as long as it is not done in organised groupings.
  • Public training, fitness and recreation facilities remain closed except those conducting non-contact sports matches, without spectators.

Let’s move forward together

  • More of our citizens can now return to work to provide for their families.
  • Every company will be required to develop a workplace plan before opening.
  • Industries are encouraged to adopt a work-from-home strategy where possible, and all staff who can work remotely must be allowed to do so.
  • Every business will have to adhere to detailed health and safety protocols to protect their employees.
  • Work environments must have sanitisers available or hand washing facilities with soap.
  • Workers must be screened everyday, and physical distancing must be observed.

Our actions will determine the fate of our nation

  • The most effective defences against the virus are the simplest; everyone must continue to wash hands, sanitise and obey work safety measures.
  • By observing the rules and practicing good behaviour we can reduce the number of infections and deaths.
  • When traveling to and from work, wear a face mask at all times, maintain a safe distance and reduce contact with others where possible.
  • Let us continue to ensure that we protect ourselves and others as we reopen the economy.
  • Let us get back to work responsibly and in a way that minimises transmissions
Last published 29 May 2020

News

29 May 2020

Seventh Week of Community Screening and Testing

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:

  1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  2. Keep surfaces clean.
  3. Do not touch your face.
  4. Cough and sneeze into your bent elbow.
  5. Keep 1,5 m away from people and wear a mask when in public.

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

  • Bitou subdistrict: 18 634 people screened and 45 referred for testing
  • George subdistrict: 16 769 people screened and 98 referred for testing
  • Kannaland subdistrict: 3 039 people screened and 5 referred for testing
  • Mossel Bay subdistrict: 15 081 people screened and 177 referred for testing
  • Hessequa subdistrict: 18 934 people screened and 131 referred for testing
  • Knysna subdistrict: 5 619 people screened and 20 referred for testing
  • Oudtshoorn subdistrict: 14 365 people screened and 10 referred for testing

Community Screening and Testing for 1 to 5 June 2020:

  • 1 June: De Rust, Oudtshoorn, Dysselsdorp, Heidelberg, Pacaltsdorp, Alma, Sedgefield
  • 2 June: De Rust, Oudtshoorn, Dysselsdorp, Heidelberg, Pacaltsdorp, Alma, Sedgefield
  • 3 June: De Rust, Oudtshoorn, Dysselsdorp, Heidelberg, Pacaltsdorp, Alma, Sedgefield
  • 4 June: De Rust, Oudtshoorn, Dysselsdorp, Heidelberg, Pacaltsdorp, Alma
  • 5 June: De Rust, Oudtshoorn, Dysselsdorp, Pacaltsdorp, Alma
Last published 29 May 2020

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