31 May 2020
On Monday, 1 June 2020, South Africa moves to lockdown Level 3 and while the Cape Winelands, including Drakenstein, remains a COVID-19 hotspot, the larger part of the economy will be open for business again. Drakenstein Municipality will be fully operational and ready for service delivery.
“We will be functioning optimally within the perimeters set by the Level 3 lockdown,” says Dr Johan Leibbrandt, City Manager of Drakenstein Municipality. “Our final 2020/2021 Budget has just been tabled and we are eager to get our capital projects and all municipal operations back on track. During the lockdown, we have been providing essential services around the clock, while a large part of our staff worked from home to provide administrative support,” he says.
From 1 June 2020, it will be business as usual at Drakenstein Municipality and the following needs to be noted:
Under Level 3 the Municipality’s waste entrepreneurs will be able to start working again, processing the bags filled with recyclable items that have been stockpiled. To give the waste entrepreneurs sufficient time to work through the stockpile, the Municipality will only start collecting bags filled with recyclable items from residential homes on 1 July 2020, when all recycling operations will be fully underway again.
Residents who are participating in the Municipality’s recycling-at-source project and don’t have enough space left at home, are asked to offload their full bags of recycling material (e.g. glass, paper, cardboard, tins, plastic, textiles) at the Wellington Landfill Site or Paarl Transfer Station between 8:00 and 16:00 on weekdays.
From 1 June 2020, the Drakenstein Municipality Traffic Department will open its doors for licence renewals and registrations. From 1 July 2020, the system will be open for new applications for driver’s licences, temporary driver’s licences, learner’s licences, professional driving licences, temporary permits, vehicle registrations, vehicle licences and roadworthy certificates.
During June, the Municipality will attend to the backlog that was created by the lockdown. People who had driver’s licence and learner’s licence appointments booked for after 26 March 2020, will be contacted and new dates will be confirmed. From 1 July 2020 onwards, online motor vehicle licence renewal applications can also be done again at http://www.drakenstein.gov.za/electronic-motor-vehicle-license-renewal.
Parks, resorts, swimming pools and libraries
Parks and resorts will reopen on 1 June 2020, while municipal swimming pools remain closed as per normal during the winter season. Libraries will remain closed while staff prepare the facilities for visitors.
Municipal account payments
The municipal offices at the Paarl Civic Centre and Wellington Civic Centre are open for account payments and payment arrangements from 8:00 to 16:00 on weekdays. Personnel are also available for consultation on water and electricity; property rates; and credit control, debt collection and indigent. The Paarl East and Mbekweni municipal offices will reopen on Wednesday, 10 June 2020, for account payments and payment arrangements, and will also be open from 8:00 to 16:00 on weekdays.
The South African Post Office will only be able to deliver bulk mail at Level 1 of the lockdown. The May 2020 municipal accounts will be sent via email to consumers with registered email addresses on the municipal database, and via SMS to consumers whose cellphone numbers are registered on the database. Consumers will be able to click on the link in the SMS to view their municipal accounts on their cellphones.
Consumers who have not received municipal accounts via the above channels will be able to request account balances via email on email@example.com, or via SMS to 082 497 9164 or 071 686 8914. Consumers are also still able to pay their municipal accounts via EFT (electronic funds transfer), or the EasyPay option at stores that are open during Level 3.
Health protocols and hygiene measures at municipal buildings
All prescribed hygiene measures, disinfection controls and health protocols will be in place at all municipal buildings, facilities and centres. Social distancing will be enforced at all times, and hand sanitiser, soap and water will be available. All staff and visitors will be screened before they enter a municipal building or facility, and no-one without a mask will be allowed to enter. The Municipality strongly discourages bringing children along to municipal buildings for logistical and safety reasons.
The full Level 3 regulations can be found here: www.drakenstein.gov.za/coronavirus
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality