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This is Oudtshoorn Local Municipality’s first term under DA government. The vision for the next term is to be a trend-setting, dynamic municipality delivering quality services responsive to the demands and challenges of the community and our constitutional mandate, in which everyone can work together in harmony and dignity. Under the DA, the Municipality is in a far better state than it was; the local government has implemented a financial recovery plan, hands-on oversight by Council, and appointed the top structure.

Oudtshoorn's Success Stories

Youth bursary programme launched

Oudtshoorn Council’s Bursary Programme will give R600 000’s worth of external bursaries and graduate internships to young people looking to work in local government.

DA-led Oudtshoorn ran PROJECT KEEP OUDTSHOORN CLEAN  creating 30 temp jobs in the three-week clean-up

DA-led Oudtshoorn has leased its FIRST 20/40 BRAND NEW VEHICLES to roll out services efficiently

DA-led Oudtshoorn is handing over


as part of its 986-house three-phase housing project

DA-led Oudtshoorn is the FOURTH STOP OF THE NEW CROSS CAPE CYCLING ROUTE which will drive tourists to towns across the province

All qualifying indigent residents get 50 units free electricity and 6kl free water. Beneficiaries can also get a free gravesite and tax rebates on the first R70 000 of their property value.

To empower the youth, we are drawing up plans for a satellite Chrysalis Academy to provide at-risk young people with skills and a 12-month EPWP temporary work contract.

Land is being made available for a clinic and school in Rosevalley.

“I was struggling to get assistance to repair the roof of my crèche. On rainy days my children would suffer. When the councillor came in and saw this she came back a few days later with material to fix it.” ̶  Nontle Doreen Katshweni, Bongolethu

Since the 2016 elections, DA-led Oudtshoorn has gone from dire straits to winning the

Best Upgraded Informal Settlements  Program (UISP) Award

in the Western Cape 2017 Govern Mbeki Awards

Meet the Mayor & Mayoral Committee Running Oudtshoorn Municipality

Colan Sylvester

Executive Mayor Colan Sylvester is the mayor of the Heart of the Little Karoo. Oudtshoorn has for the past few years been overwhelmed with political instability, mismanagement, and corruption, which has seen the town being subjected to Provincial Intervention in terms of section 139 of the Constitution. The 52-year-old Oudtshoorn-born former school principal is now…

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News from Oudtshoorn

Making Oudtshoorn a training and education hub

In pursuit of its Vision 2030 of making the Greater Oudtshoorn an educational and training hub, the Oudtshoorn Municipality’s leadership held discussions with the Provincial MEC for Education, Debbie Schäfer to solicit the Department’s support. The Minister was accompanied by her provincial and district management in a meeting also attended by Education and Training Working…

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Career Expo for the unemployed.

The vision of the Oudtshoorn municipality is to build a strong community that strives to improve the quality of life for all its residents in a sustainable manner. It’s precisely for this reason that the DA lead municipality decided to provide a “career Expo for the areas unemployed youth. The Expo was attended by hundreds…

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Oudtshoorn approves drought water tariffs and saving measures

Oudtshoorn Municipal Council  approved final drought water tariffs for the financial year 2017/2018 to be implemented once the Koos Raubenheimer dam is below 50% full. Currently the Western Cape and Southern Cape are experiencing its worst drought in almost thirty (30) years. This is due to sudden climate changes, especially the El Nino Weather Conditions,…

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Oudtshoorn commences public participation meetings for 2018/2019 IDP

Oudtshoorn Municipality will host public participation meetings in all wards next week, to gather needs of the residents for the review of the 2018/2019 Integrated Development Plan (IDP). The Municipality invites all communities within the greater Oudtshoorn to attend these meetings to make their contribution toward the development of their respective wards and of the…

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