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This is Oudtshoorn Local Municipality’s first term under DA government. The Municipality strives 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 all stakeholders can participate in harmony and dignity.

After six months of DA leadership, implementation of the financial recovery plan, hands-on oversight by Council and the appointment of the top structure, the situation has improved significantly.

Oudtshoorn's Success Stories

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

Housing Project well underway

The new homes being built by the Oudtshoorn municipality in Rose valley will be handed over to residents during the next month. The DA led municipality started building the homes in 2016 and consist of 67 single units, 46 semi-detached houses and 222 double story homes.   According to officials at the Municipality, the bulk…

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Council makes three buildings available for DSD.

The issue of people living in the streets is viewed seriously by the Municipality and has been a focus area of discussion between the municipality and the department for the past year. Effective response to social issues requires not only the Municipality’s attention, but also the involvement of various stakeholders such as the Department of…

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Ground-breaking Technology

Oudtshoorn Mayor, Colan Sylvester has hailed the ground-breaking citizen engagement mobile application (APP), which is set to provide easy and direct municipal communication, as a game-changer that will enhance participatory democracy. Mayor Sylvester was addressing attendees during an official launch of the Municipal App hosted by the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development…

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Oudtshoorn turn-around strategy bearing fruit

In August 2016, this Council took over a Municipality with financial mismanagement that carried on through the previous political term, leaving the Municipality in serious financial despair, with no money at all in the bank, and creditors knocking down the door. Six months later, the current administration is pleased to announce that, following implementation of…

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