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

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

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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Mayor announces bursary awards program.

The Executive Mayor of Oudtshoorn, Colan Sylvester has met with representatives from a number of local schools to discuss his bursary awards system aimed at improving the relationship between schools and the municipality so that more scholars are encouraged to look at the local government sector for employment. The Municipality plans to develop the youth…

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WC Provincial finance Minister pleased with Oudtshoorn’s Improving finances and governance

Western Cape Minister for Finance, Dr. Ivan Meyer has, during his oversight meeting on Tuesday, 29 August 2017, lauded Oudtshoorn Municipality for its status-quo report on its finances, management functionality and leadership. “Oudtshoorn Municipality has certainly a good story to tell that gives hope for change to its citizens and stakeholders – also a story…

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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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