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Oudtshoorn Municipal Council Elects a new Speaker as Aldm Stoffels Resigns
Friday, 03 July 2015 10:46

newspeaker smallOudtshoorn, 02 July 2015 – Cllr Christiaan Macpherson of the Democratic Alliance (DA) has been elected as the new Speaker of the Greater Oudtshoorn after Aldm John Stoffels of the National People’s Party (NPP) resigned at a special Council meeting held today, 2 July 2015.

Aldm Stoffels’s tendered his resignation during the speaker’s communication item in a special council meeting attended by 15 councillors from the DA, NPP and ICOSA. All 9 ANC councillors did not attend the meeting. Cllr. Wessie van der Westhuizen of the DA who is also the Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality commended Aldm Stoffels for “delivering an excellent job under such difficult circumstances”.

In his acceptance speech, Cllr. Christiaan Macpherson said: “This is the beginning of building one Oudtshoorn with one future which will be based on freedom, fairness and opportunities for all citizens of the greater Oudtshoorn.”

“Today is a start of a process where government will be given back to the people as it is the people that should govern and not just a few,” Cllr Macpherson added.

The Council furthermore resolved to apply for an extension from the MEC for Local Government in the Western Cape Mr. Anton Bredell to review the 2015/16 budget which was disapproved by Council earlier this week. Mr. Bredell will be requested not to intervene in terms of section 139 of the Constitution pending Council’s sitting on 10 July 2015.

 
Load Shedding Update, Friday 3 July 2015
Friday, 03 July 2015 09:47

load sheddingThe power system is currently stable, and this will enable Eskom to perform maintenance without load shedding.

However, the power system is expected to be constrained during the evening peak period (17:00 – 21:00) mainly as a result of increased electricity demand. Should Stage 1 be implemented later today, Oudtshoorn will be affected between 20:00 and 22:30. As we are currently experiencing cold weather conditions across the country, we urge electricity users to consider energy efficient ways of keeping warm.

In winter the electricity demand peaks in the morning and evening as more electricity is used during these times. We appeal to all our customers to continue to reduce their electricity usage throughout the day but to be aware of the need to save more during the peak periods from 06:00 to 10:00 and 17:00 to 21:00.

Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.

Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms.

 
Establishment of an Agri-Park in the Klein Karoo Explored
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:54

agripark smallOudtshoorn, 17 June 2015 – Oudtshoorn municipality and its twinning Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn have recently discussed initiatives aimed at expanding the Klein Karoo agriculture sector considering a an establishment of Agri-park as part of the town’s Vision 2030.

The discussion emerged during the recent visit of three delegates from Alphen aan den Rijn a twinning town of Oudtshoorn. Hans van Arkel (concern controller Alphen aan den Rijn), Mieke Heim (strategic developer from Alphen aan den Rijn) and Jeroen Toet (Advisor from Jester Strategy) all from the Netherlands facilitated and assisted Oudtshoorn in identifying workable solutions to diversify the agricultural sector of the Klein Karoo.

A key stakeholder in the agricultural sector, Agri-Klein Karoo was also consulted during the deliberations that took place between 18 and 22 May 2015 in Oudtshoorn. A draft proposal was compiled from the week-long workshops by officials from the municipality, councilors and the delegation from the Netherlands to be presented to Council for consideration.

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