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Pioneering Rural Residents Housing Project in Oudtshoorn to be launched by Madikizela
Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:00

bonginkosi madikizelaA pioneering housing project aimed at delivering housing solutions for rural residents will be launched in Spieskamp, Oudtshoorn by Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela on 4 September 2015 and the Mayor of Oudtshoorn, Alderman Vernatt Van Der Westhuizen.

The Department has a strategic objective to promote partnerships in the Western Cape in order to help alleviate the housing need. The Spieskamp project is a partnership between the Department of Human Settlements, the Oudtshoorn Municipality, ABRC Consultancy (Agri Business) and local farm owners. Traditionally rural residents have often been overlooked for municipal housing development as they are either not included in urban housing surveys, not residing in areas earmarked for development or because the municipality is unable to install services for development on private land.

The significance of the Spieskamp project is that the farm owner has offered the land to the municipality who in turn will take responsibility for the development of the houses and the transfer of ownership thereof to the intended beneficiaries upon completion of the houses. The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements’ approves the project and the housing subsidies for the beneficiaries. It is anticipated that the model will be used for other developments for rural residents in the future in the Western Cape subject to feasibility assessments.

Executive Mayor Introduces his MAYCO
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:56

maycomembers smallOudtshoorn, 26 August 2015 – The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Aldm Wessie van der Westhuizen has this week announced his Executive Mayoral Committee (MAYCO) and also confirmed that he will remain the as Mayor of the greater Oudtshoorn.

Aldm Wessie van der Westhuizen held a string of meetings with Oudtshoorn Municipal officials introducing his newly appointed members of the MAYCO. During these meetings Aldm van der Westhuizen also confirmed that he will remain the Executive Mayor of the greater Oudtshoorn.

“I am happy that I have been granted an opportunity to lead Oudtshoorn especially at a time when a huge task of restoring the dignity the town and recovery to absolute good governance has been started,” he said.

Van der Westhuizen indicated that his political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has assigned him as Mayor for Oudtshoorn until the end of the Provincial & National intervention process and thereafter this decision will be reviewed.

Aldm van der Westhuizen furthermore announced the following councillors as chairpersons of the following portfolio committees as members of his MAYCO:

  • Strategic Services: Aldm Jurie Harmse
  • Finance: Julia Le Roux Krowitz
  • Corporate Services: Benardus van Wyk
  • Technical Services: Johan Fourie
  • Community Services: Raymond Wildschut

Cllr Christiaan Macpherson and John Stoffels remain the Speaker and deputy mayor of Oudtshoorn.

Oudtshoorn Teams Up with Eden District to Test Heavy Vehicles for Excessive Smoke Emissions
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:47

emissionstest 1 smallOudtshoorn, 05 August 2015 – The Oudtshoorn Municipality has on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 teamed up with Eden District Municipality in an operation to monitor vehicle emissions in an operation on the N12.

Oudtshoorn, as most towns in the Eden region, is a potential area where vehicle emissions could be problematic due to the high volumes of traffic running through the town. This is especially the case with Oudtshoorn where the N12 is running through the town and this problem was highlighted in the Eden Air Quality Management Plan (2013).

Eden Air Quality unit embarked on a project in collaboration with the Oudtshoorn Municipality Air Quality and Traffic Department whereby several diesel vehicles were tested for excessive smoke emissions. The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Aldm Wessie van der Westhuizen made visit the special operation.

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