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06 February 2017

Council Meeting: Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Announcements By The Executive Mayor

Welcome to the first council meeting of 2017. I trust all of you fully recovered from an exhausting 2016. We have entered our first full year as a council and many challenges await us. I trust that 2017 will be a wonderful year for all of you. 

The Overberg matric class of 2016 had the highest district pass rate in South Africa, 92.7%. Congratulations to the district branch of the education department, personnel of the various schools, parents and especially the students. We wish the matrics of 2017 the best with their final year in school.  

In my inauguration speech I said that the holistic municipal environment in Theewaterskloof changed since 2006. Initially we succeeded with municipal turn around and the establishment of good municipal governance and service delivery.

The challenges facing the municipality changed and currently we have to manage, amongst others, financial sustainability challenge, improved income recovery, illegal settlements and economic and community development and growth.

To succeed we must extend our abilities to work as a collective and remove all manifestations of silo forming. At this stage we need a corporate structure that are aligned with the changed environment.

We subsequently engaged in an organisational restructuring exercise and once we concluded the necessary steps we will table the restructuring plan and revised organogram to council for its consideration and approval.

Public apathy towards the water restriction measures, adopted and implemented by council throughout Theewaterskloof, concerns me. The current water saving is 5% and far from the 20% required by the national minister of water and sanitation.

A perception exists that most of Theewaterskloof is not water scarce areas and that dam and other water resource levels are high. This is not the case and, in certain towns, water levels are critically low whilst some sources is about to dry up.

Subsequently we must support the national drive to restrict water usage and to save water. If we do not adhere to this and improve substantially on the 5% we will have to consider the implementation of level 3 water restrictions.

I appointed a task team under the chairpersonship of Councillor Kallie Papier to lead and monitor our water restriction initiative. The task team will keep the mayor and council informed about looming crises and the way to deal with it.   

Fires that plagued the Western Cape earlier this summer also affected Theewaterskloof. A number of fires started in Grabouw and spread to the Helderberg. Rumours of looting must be treated with caution but when it is proofed it must be dealt with decisively.

Fighting fires is very expensive and threatens available water resources which is utilised to put it out. The situation cannot be allowed to continue. We must do everything in our ability to inform communities of the devastating effect that fires have on people and the environment.

I thank all those who slaved day and night to put the fires out in dangerous circumstances.

We again advertised the position of the Municipal Manager and interviews will be arranged. I trust that we will soon be able to appoint a new municipal manager. I thank Mister Davy Louw who is currently acting as municipal manager.

The media and owners of stray animals are heavily criticising the municipality for impounding these animals in terms of a by-law. We are also criticised for selling these animals when we receive a court order to do so. We are legally obliged to honour by-laws. Stray animals poses serious threats to the public and must be impounded. If owners fail to pay fees and penalties we must sell the animals to recover pound costs.  

The affected small scale farmers are accusing the municipality of damaging their farming practises when their animals are impounded. It is important to understand that the municipality is only impounding animals that are illegally on private land, municipal land and on roads.

The farmers expect from us to make commonages available for agricultural purposes. The reality is that we do not have such land. Furthermore land reform and new farmer development are not municipal mandates but competencies of the national department of rural development and land reform; as well as the national and provincial departments of agriculture.  

We will deal with the issues of emerging farmers strategically and we will play an active role in ensuring that the national and provincial governments and organs of state exercise their responsibilities regarding emerging farmers.

At the Herberg and the IDP workshops we identified illegal land grabs as a key risk for the municipality; as well as existing communities who have, for decades, been waiting for relieve patiently. I appeal to all colleagues to acknowledge the complexity and seriousness of this matter. Our communities expect from us to deal with this risk and to contain the uncontrolled expansion of our overcrowded informal settlements.

I appeal to my colleagues from all political parties to support me with this and not to politicize the matter. We’re dealing with communities who are faced by desperate conditions and our key responsibility is towards them. I am concerned about the slow progress in finding a solution for the illegal land grab on the land of Public Works in Grabouw.

Several meetings were held between Public Works, Human Settlements (Western Cape) and TWK with representatives of the Siyayanzela Informal Settlement. Containment measures and logistics regarding a survey in the settlement were discussed.

Agreements reached had not been implemented by the Department of Public Works. I will raise the lack of progress with the Minister of Human Settlements and might request an urgent meeting with the National Minister of Public Works and or his DG about my concerns.  

The Municipality recently abolished illegal structures under construction in Genadendal. Similar action may have to be considered in the case of Riemvasmaak and Villiersdorp.

I have also called for the urgent finalisation in establishing the Land Invasion Unit approved many months ago.    

I thank you.

Christelle Vosloo
Executive Mayor


Raadsvergadering: Dinsdag 24 Januarie 2017: Mededelings Van Uitvoerende Burgemeester

Welkom Raadslede en personeel by die eerste raadsvergadering van 2017. Ek hoop u het goed gerus na ‘n vermoeiende 2016. Ons is aan die begin van ons eerste volle jaar as raad en talle uitdagings wag op ons. Ek wens u ‘n wonderlike jaar toe. 

Die Overberg se matriekklas van 2016 se slaagsyfer van 92.7% was die beste van alle distrikte in Suid-Afrika. Dit is ‘n uitstekende prestasie en my gelukwensing aan die distrikstak van provinsiale onderwys en opleiding, personeel van die onderskeie skole, ouers; en laaste, maar nie die minste nie, die leerders. Voorspoed aan die matrieks van 2017 – ek wens julle alles van die beste toe met jul finale skooljaar.   

In my inhuldigingsboodskap het ek gemeld dat Theewaterskloof se munisipale omgewing, sedert 2016, aansienlik verander het. Destyds het ons met die munisipale omkeerstrategie en die herstel van goeie regering en dienslewering geslaag.

Die uitdagings het verander en tans moet ons, onder andere, op finansiële volhoubaarheid, verhoogde vordering van inkomstes, onwettige grondbesettings, die vestiging van informele woongebiede en ekonomiese- en gemeenskapsgroei en –ontwikkeling fokus.

Om te slaag sal ons as ‘n eenheid moet werk. Ons sal ons vermoêns moet uitbou en alle vorme van “silo”-vorming moet teenwerk. Ons benodig ‘n korporatiewe struktuur wat doelgemaak is om die veranderde uitdagings en omgewings aan te spreek.  

Gevolglik het ons met herstrukturering begin en sodra die nodige prosesse gevolg en die konsep-organogram voltooi is, sal ons dit vir oorweging en goedkeuring deur die raad ter tafel lê.

Ek is besorg oor die publiek se klaarblyklike apatiese houding teenoor die waterbesparingsmaatreëls wat ons afgekondig het. Die besparings is ‘n karige 5% terwyl die Nasionale Department van Water en Sanitasie 20% vereis. Daar is ‘n persepsie dat die grootste deel van Theewaterskloof nie waterskaarste het nie en dat die vlakke van plaaslike waterbronne hoog is. Dit was so, maar dit is nie meer die geval nie. In sommige dorpe is die beskikbare water kritiek laag en kan sekere bronne opdroog.

Ons moet deel word van ‘n nasionale veldtog om water te bespaar en indien ons daartoe gedwing word sal ons die instelling van fase 3-waterbesparings oorweeg. Ek het ‘n taakspan, onder voorsitterskap van Raadslid Kallie Papier, aangestel om ons waterbesparings-inisiatief te lei en te moniteer. Hy sal my en die Raad op hoogte hou van krisisse en die hantering daarvan.

Die brande wat die Wes-kaap teister het ook ‘n effek op Theewaterskloof. Daar was gevalle van brande wat in Grabouw ontstaan en na die Helderberg versprei het. Gerugte van brande wat doelbewus gestig is moet met omsigtigheid benader word. Indien dit as die waarheid bewys word, moet dit met erns hanteer word. Brandbestryding kos baie geld en stel eise aan skaars waterbronne wat die brande moet blus.

Die situasie kan nie so aangaan nie en ons sal alles denkbaar moet doen om die verwoestende effek van brande op mense en die omgewing aan die groter gemeenskap oor te dra.

Ek bedank almal wat dag en nag gewerk het om onder moeilike omstandighede en in groot gevaar die brande te blus.

Ons het die pos van die Munisipale Bestuurder weer adverteer en onderhoude sal gevoer word. Hopelik sal ons binnekort ‘n aanstelling maak. Intussen bedank ek Meneer Davy Louw vir sy waarneming as munisipale bestuurder.

Die afgelope tyd teiken koerante en eienaars van losloperdiere die munisipaliteit oor die skut en verkoop van diere na hofbevele bekom is. Ons het nie ‘n keuse as om die verwante verordening uit te voer nie. Losloperdiere skep groot gevare en probleme en kan nie geduld word nie.

Van die kleinboere beweer dat ons hulle diere skut en aktiwiteite benadeel. Diere van boere wat wel geskut is, het onwettig en onbewaak op munisipale grond, privaatgrond en publieke paaie voorgekom.

Die boere is van mening dat munisipale meentgronde vir landboudoeleindes beskikbaar gestel moet word. Dit is nie moontlik nie en die kwessie van grondhervorming en die voorsiening van grond berus by Wes-kaap landbou en die Nasionale Departement van Landelike Ontwikkeling en Grondhervorming. Ons moet die vraagstuk oor opkomende boere strategies hanteer en ‘n aktiewe rol speel om te verseker dat die nasionale en provinsiale regerings hulle mandate in die verband uitvoer.

By die Herberg-beplanning en tydens GOP-werkswinkels het ons die onwettige gryp van grond as ‘n kernbedreiging vir die munisipaliteit ïdentifiseer. Ons moet kennis neem van die gevoel en behoeftes van mense wat reeds vir dekades, vreedsaam op behuisingsgeleenthede wag. Ek doen ‘n beroep op u om die kompleksiteit en erns van die situasie in te sien. Gemeenskappe verwag van ons om die riskos aan te spreek en die onbeheerste besetting van grond en die vestiging van oorbevolkte gemeenskappe teen te werk.

Ek doen ‘n beroep op alle politieke partye om munisipale intervensies in dié verband te steun en om nie die saak te verpolitiseer nie. Ons wettige gemeenskappe leef in uitdagende omstandighede en ons het ‘n kern-verpligtiing teenoor hulle.

Ek is besorg oor die traagheid van die nasionale department van openbare werke om oplossings vir onwettige grondgryp in Grabouw te vind. Ons het verskeie vergaderings met nasionale openbare werke, provinsiale menslike nedersettings en verteenwoordigers van die Siyayanzela informele woongebied gehou. Metodes om onwettige besettings te stop en die logistiek om ‘n “sensus”-opname in die gebeid te maak, is sake wat bespreek is.  

Van die ooreenkomste wat ons bereik het, is nie deur die departement van openbare werke nagekom nie. Ek sal die gebrek aan vordering met die minister van menslike nedersettings opneem en, indien nodig, ook ‘n dringende vergadering met die nasionale minister van openbare werke of sy DG aanvra.   

Die munisipaliteit het onlangs onwettige strukture wat in Genadendal in konstruksie was, verwyder. Soortgelyke aksies kan in Riemvasmaak en Villiersdorp plaasvind.

Ek het versoek dat die Eenheid teen Grondbesettings, waarop ons maande gelede besluit het, dringend saamgestel en operasioneel gemaak word.     

Ek dank u.

Christelle Vosloo
Uitvoerende Burgemeester


Intlanganiso Yebhunga Ngolwesibini 24 Janyuwari 2017: Unxebelelwano Lukasodolophu Wesigqeba

Ndamkele OoCeba nabasebenzi kwintlanganiso yokuqala yebhunga ka 2017 Ndiyathemba ukuba niphumle kakuhle emva ko2016 ositsalise nzima.  Thina ekuqaleni konyaka wokuqala sima ngokupheleleyo njengoko ingunyaka wokuqala webhunga opheleleyo kwaye nemingeni emininzi ezayo esiyilindeleyo. Ndiniqwenelela unyaka omhle.

Imatriki ka -2016 yaseOverberg ibe kwireyithi yokupasa ephezulu kwisithili kuMzantsi Afrika, ngo- 92.7%. Sivuyisana nesebe lesithili lezemfundo, nabasebenzi abohlukeneyo bezikolo, abazali kunye okukugqibela kodwa ngekude abafundi. Sinqwenela abematriki baka-2017 owona nyaka uyiphumelelo wokugqibela esikolweni.

Kwintetho yam yokubekwa ndathi okusingqongileyo kukamasipala waseTheewaterskloof kwatshintsha ukususela ngo- 2006 Ekuqaleni thina saphumelela kunye notshintsho lukamasipala malunga nokusekwa kolawulo olulungileyo kumasipala kunye nokuhanjiswa kweenkonzo. Imiba yangoku nomngeni kumasipala wethu utshintshile kwaye kufuneka alawule, phakathi kwezinye izinto, umngeni wozinzo lwemali, ukuphuculwa kunye nengeniso, iindawo zokuhlala ezingekho semthethweni kunye nophuhliso lwezoqoqosho kuluntu kunye nokukhula. Ukuze siphumelele kufuneka sandise amandla ethu ukuba sisebenze ngokuhlangeneyo kwaye ukususa yonke ebangelwa zizisele zesifula. Kweli nqanaba kufuneka sibe yimbumbano emanyeneyo ukutshintsha ubume

Thina kamva sithathe inxaxheba ngokusebenza ngohlengahlengiso kwaye xa sigqibe amanyathelo ayimfuneko siyakwandlala  isicwangciso ngokutsha kunye neoganogram ehlaziyiweyo kwibhunga ukuze liyiqwalaselwe liyamkele.

Ndixhalabile kukungabinamdla wokuziphatha kuluntu kwisibhengezo sokulondoloza amanzi. Ukonga ubuncinane-5%, ngelixa iSebe leSizwe lezaManzi noGutyulo lifuna 20%. Kukho imbono yokuba uninzi lwendawo zase-Theewaterskloof ukuba ukunqaba kwamanzi akukho kwaye ukuba amanqanaba emithombo yamanzi wengingqi aphezulu. Bekunjalo, kodwa hayi ngoku. Kwezinye iidolophu amanzi afumanekayo aphantsi kakhulu kumandundu kwaye ezinye indawo zezibonelelo  ziyatsha. Kufuneka sibe yinxalenye yephulo likazwelonke ukugcina amanzi kwaye ukuba kuyanyanzeleka ukuba senze njalo, siza kuqwalasela inqanaba lesi- 3 lokulondoloza amanzi.. Ndimisele iqela lomsebenzi, phantsi koSihlalo uCeba Kallie Papier ukukhokela eliphulo lethu lokonga amanzi kunye nokubeka iliso. Uyakwazisa mna kunye neBhunga ngolwazi xa kunokubakho umbhodamo kulawulo.

Imlilo egubungele iNtshona Koloni ibenefuthe eTheewaterskloof. Kwakukho iimeko apho imililo iqale  eGrabouw kwaye yanwenwela eHelderberg. Namarhe wokuba imililo yenziwa ngabom kwaye kufuneka iphathwe ngokuqaphela, kodwa ukuba kuyenzeka kufuneka iphathwe njenge nobuzaza. Umlilo ubiza imali eninzi kwaye neemfuno kwimithombo yamanzi enqabileyo xa kufuneka kucinywe imlilo. Imeko ayisayi kuhamba kanje kwaye siya kwenza konke esinokucinga ukuze iziphumo zemililo ezitshabalalisayo ebantwini kunye nokusingqongileyo nokuthwala uluntu. Ndiyabulela kubo bonke abo bathe imini nobusuku basebenzela ukucima umlilo kwaye phantsi kweemeko eziseschengeni ezinzima kakhulu

Isikhundla soMphathi kaMasipala kwakhona siye sapapashwa nodliwanondlebe liza kuqhutywa. Siyathemba kungekudala siza kukwazi ukwenza ingqesho. Kwakhona ndibulela uMnu Davy Louw ngokubambela kwakhe.

Mva nje amaphephandaba kunye nabanini bezilwanyana ezihamba esithubeni bajolise kwisikiti ngokuthengisa izilwanyana kwaye imiyalelo yenkundla ifunyenwe. Noko ke, siya kunyanzeleka ukuba senze ummiselo onxulumene noku. Izilwanyane ezihamba esithubeni zenza iingozi ezinkulu kwaye nobunzima akunakuba lubabalo.

Kukho abalimi abancinane abathi sithatha izilwanyane zabo sizise eskiti kwaye siphazamisa imisebenzi yabo. Izilwanyana zabalimi esele zisiwe eskiti bezingekho ngokusemthethweni kumhlaba kamasipala kunye nawabucala; kwaye yenzeka kwiindlela zoluntu. Abalimi bakholelwa ukuba umhlaba wesisa kamasipala kufuneka wenziwe ufumaneke ngeenjongo zezolimo. Akukwazeki kwaye umbandela wokuvuselelwa komhlaba uxhomekeke kwiSebe lezoLimo leNtshona Koloni kunye neSebe leSizwe loPhuhliso lwaMaphandle noHlengahlengiso lwezeMihlaba.

Kufuneka sijongane nobuchule bomba wamafama asahlumayo kwaye sidlale indima ebonakalayo ekuqinisekiseni ukuba oorhulumente wamaphondo nokazwelonke amkele kwaye aphumeze igunya labo

E-Herberg kwiworkshopu ye-IDP sachonge ukuxhiphulwa komhlaba ngokungekho semthethweni umngcipheko ongundoqo kumasipala; ngokunjalo noluntu olukhoyo, iminyaka, belindile ekuthibazeni ngomonde. Ndibhenela kubo bonke oogxa- bam sivume ukuntsonkotha bobuzaza kulo mba.Uluntu lwethu lulindele kuthi ukujongana nalo mngcipheko kwaye siqulathe ukwanda okungalawulekiyo kwindawo zethu zokuhlala zime ngeembambo. Ndibhenela nakubalingane bam bonke amaqela ezopolitiko ukundixhasa ngoku kwaye singawenzi owezo polotiko lombandela. Sijongene noluntu olujongene nemeko yokuphelelwa  lithemba kwaye sinoxanduva oluphambili kubo. Iyandixhalabisa inkqubela ecothayo malunga nokufumana isisombululo sokuhluthwa komhlaba ngokungeko semthethweni komhlaba wesebe leMisebenzi yoLuntu eGrabouw.

Iintlanganiso ezininzi eziye zabanjwa phakathi kwesebe leMisebenzi yoLuntu, nelokuHlaliswa koLuntu (Ntshona Koloni) kunye ne- TWK nabameli baMatyotyombe iSiyanyanzela. amanyathelo okunciphisa olungiselelo malunga nesaveyi kumatyotyombe yaxoxwa.

Kwizivumelwano ekwafikelelwa kuzo bezingekazalisekiswa liSebe lezeMisebenzi yoLuntu. Ndiya kuyiphakamisa ukunqongophala kwenkqubela kaMphathiswa wezokuHlaliswa koLuntu kwaye ndiza kucela intlanganiso ngokukhawuleza kunye noMphathiswa kaZwelonke wezeMisebenzi yoLuntu okanye DG yakhe ngenkxalabo yam.

UMasipala kutshanje wabhangisa izakhiwo ezingekho semthethweni ebezisakhiwa eGenadendal. amanyathelo afanayo kufuneka athathelwe ingqalelo kwimeko yase-Riemvasmaak naseVillersdorp.

Ndimemezele ukuze kuqukunjelwe ngokukhawuleza ukusekwa kweYunithi Yongenelelo lweMihlaba eyavunywa kwiinyanga ezininzi ezidlileyo.   

Ndiyabulela

Christelle Vosloo
uSodolophu oLawulayo

Last published 06 February 2017