Top Achievers honoured 

“Today, we gather here not just to celebrate academic achievements but to applaud the exceptional journey that each one of you has undertaken. As the top performers of your respective schools, you have not only showcased outstanding intelligence but have also demonstrated a unique set of qualities that will undoubtedly shape the future,” said Ald […]

Well done to thirty-two graduate firefighters from across the province!

“The objective of the Cape Winelands Firefighting Training programme goes beyond imparting skills; it is about shaping lives and making a profound impact on our communities,” stated the Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht, during the 2023 graduation ceremony held at the CWDM’s Firefighter Training Academy in Stellenbosch. […]

Cape Winelands District Municipality gears up for challenging fire season

The Western Cape Government, in collaboration with the Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) and various stakeholders, officially launched the Provincial Fire Readiness Initiative in Stellenbosch on Monday 27 November 2023. As the region braces for a potentially busy fire season, the CWDM is at the forefront of ensuring preparedness and coordination to safeguard lives, property […]

CWDM encourages unity against GBV  

South Africa continues to battle the pandemic of gender-based violence (GBV) and we need to remain committed to the fight for 365 days of the year. The annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign that runs from 25 November to 10 December places the spotlight on this scourge. To launch the 2023 campaign, […]

Safer Route for the Visually Impaired

“Traveling independently places a heavy physical and mental toll on the visually impaired individual. It’s not really the distance that’s a problem; it’s the environment that makes it difficult,” shared Jeanne-Chayil Arendse, a grade 10 learner at the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired in Worcester. Western Cape MEC for Mobility, Mr., handed over a […]

“The Fire is Everyone’s Fight” Campaign Kicks Off in the Western Cape to Combat Wildfires

The Working on Fire – Kishugu Joint Venture, in partnership with Provincial Disaster Management and the Cape Winelands District Municipality, officially launched its annual Fire Awareness Campaign in Stellenbosch on Friday, October 13, 2023. This initiative marks a proactive effort to prepare for the upcoming busy fire season and aims to raise awareness about the […]

CWDM commemorates World Environmental Health Day

Since 2011, World Environmental Health Day is observed on 27 September. The Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) is mandated to deliver environmental health services via the Municipal Health Services (MHS) division.  The South African Environmental Health Conference 2023 themed “Global Environmental Public Health – standing up to protect everyone’s health each and every day” was […]

Twenty-Six Fire fighters Graduate

“I salute you,” declared the Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht, during the graduation ceremony held at the CWDM’s Firefighter Training Academy in Stellenbosch. “To begin with, an aspiring firefighter requires a very specific set of characteristics. These characteristics are then honed through training, and as you stand […]

Chaos after storms

The flooding that affected the Cape Winelands (Overberg and Somerset West) over the long weekend of 22 to 25 September will be remembered for many years, especially by those who were directly impacted. In response to the announcement by the South African Weather Services (SAWS) that they were upgrading the weather alert from level 4 […]

There is a big world out here, just waiting for me.

The Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) and the German NGO, KiEZ, hosted the annual youth exchange programme that enabled grade 11 pupils from the district to visit Germany to develop leadership skills and foster cultural understanding. KiEZ was established in 1999 with the aim to create an improved understanding of democracy by developing leadership in […]