Where we govern


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

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

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

Greater Oudtshoorn awarded the best Upgraded Informal Settlements Programme accolade

The Oudtshoorn Municipal Human Settlements Department has been granted the Best Upgraded Informal Settlements Programme (UISP) award in the Western Cape 2017 Govern Mbeki Awards held at the Lord Charles Hotel on Friday evening, 11 August 2017.   The announcement was made by the Provincial Human Settlements Minister, Bonginkosi Madikizela during the department’s prestigious annual…

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161 inwoners van De Rust ontvang transport-aktes

Vir eerste huiseienaars is dit een van dié belangrikste dokumente wat hulle in hul besit kan hê, het burgemeester, Colan Sylvester, gesê toe hy inwoners van De Rust toepreek met die oorhandiging van 161 transport-aktes op Donderdag, 13 Julie 2017. Na ‘n lang gewag het mev Kaaitjie Maswati wat 93 jaar oud is, baie bewoë…

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Residents get title deeds

Over 150 residents of De Rust were presented with title deeds by the Oudtshoorn Municipality recently. Executive Mayor Colan Sylvester told the recipients that this was one of the most important documents they would ever possess.   The 93 year old Kaaitjie Maswati was proud to inform the Mayor on receiving her title deed that…

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Oudtshoorn Municipality turnaround on track

Following ten months in charge, the new Oudtshoorn Council leadership is happy to announce that the turnaround of Oudtshoorn is proceeding well. Significant work has been done to date including addressing the out of control creditors accounts the new council inherited.   Executive Mayor Colan Sylvester says that the council had inherited a creditors account…

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Oudtshoorn to assist Knysna

Oudtshoorn Municipality has on Wednesday night (7 June 2017) teamed up with the Infantry School of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help extinguish Knysna fires. Two teams of fire fighters from Oudtshoorn Municipality and the Infantry School have been dispatched to Knysna last night. The first fire fighting team from the Municipality…

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