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Tulbagh Information Portal of the town and the Tulbagh Valley, in the heart of the Witzenberg area
of the Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa. Offering topics of Interest on Property, Rentals, Real Estate info,
Accommodation, Wine, Olives, Tourism, local humour, local politics, events, quotes and general information on the pulse of the Valley and the Witzenberg Municipal area of the Western Cape, South Africa.
This Tulbagh Information site has been designed to provide a frequently updated Information site for the whole community of the Tulbagh Valley and for tourists and Tourism in general. It offers a means of identifying each to the other, increasing communication between the Community and for visitors and others elsewhere wishing to make local contacts and to benefit from local info. A valley where wine is made to enjoy, property is still affordable and where there are great places where you can make your stay in varied selected accomodation establishments all over the valley.
What makes it all happen? What is the attraction? What is the magic that tourists and residents alike find so appealing? This lovely secluded valley is simply a delight to experience and especially the farms and the general countryside in all seasons! The valley is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and it is a winter rainfall area. Wine, olives, fruit, wheat, meat products, vegetables, canned fruit products, organic commodities and leather shoes are but a few of the products produced here.
This is a closely knit and cosmopolitan community that is well structured and organised. We know what we have and it is for you to experience!
Think about life on a wine, fruit, or an olive farm then think about the Tulbagh valley!
Meet the people and discover their warmth and hospitality for this is the accommodation destination for the tourist looking for a place to stay whilst touring the Western Cape.
The demand for accommodation is increasing steadily as a result of the valley becoming a chosen weekend retreat for Tourists and the city dwellers of Cape Town, a country Wedding venue and a central base destination for overseas and local travelers wishing to tour the Winelands. There are excellent places to stay at in the Tulbagh Valley and including Mountain and Farm Cottages, on Wine Estates, as well as Home Stays, Guest Houses, Guest cottages, Chalets, Caravan Parks, Camping grounds, Country Inns and Backpacking Hostels in the Valley.
The site is intended to compliment the efforts of individuals, organisations and others in promoting Tulbagh and the Valley, the Winelands / Boland and it's community as well as Rocky Valley Country Properties and their wonderful portfolio of Country Property / Real Estate countryside investment products in this valley and all over the Country.
Learn all about this wonderful innovative and industrious community and get all the latest news!
Learn about the challenges that the this community faces.
Make contacts for exports and property investment opportunities.
Plan your wedding or conference here! Join in our wonderful annual events!
Sample the cusine and one of the numerous restaurants for a real treat in good food and ambiance!
View the famous Historic Church Street with it's Cape Dutch Architecture
Do some Bird Watching, Wine Tasting, Horse riding, Jogging, Mountain Climbing, Hiking, 4 x 4 Off-roading and Mountain Biking.
If you are doing a tour on the famous Route 62, pop in to Tulbagh as we are on that Route.
Come for the weekend, come for the week, come for good and get back to your roots!
Visit one of the farm accomodation places who keep farm animals for the kids from the city to enjoy.
Latest news posts!
Back in action after a severe Computer crash and now Windows 7 which is the worst operating system I have encountered in about 40 years - bar none!
12 January, 2014
Extract of a letter written to all Councillors and the Administration of the Municipality two days ago.
Dear Directors, MM and Councillors,
It is my considered opinion and therefore of my Party and having done my research through all my minutes and more, that many matters are being held up in terms of due process, due to the fact that the Politicians in power are deliberately holding back on having a Council Meeting despite that fact that there are so many decisions which have been made that need to be ratified by Council, including those of MAYCO, matters held in abeyance and most certainly decisions which need Council approval that are affecting various Departments and report backs on matters that have long since been decided upon for which Council has no knowledge of due to no reports having been provided to a Council meeting thus so been delayed – at the detriment of the Ratepayer and Consumer.
The reason for the delay in having a Council meeting is to me obvious? There is a Motion in by Councillor Chabaan of the NNP for a Motion of no Confidence in the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor which apparently now the strategy is to delay - pending possible changes in the Composition of Council – months away!. The second is that Council, to declare a recess has usurped the due process of good Governance. And, yet and according to what I have seen and heard from other Councillors, most of them current full time Councillors, the Mayor, the Deputy and the Speaker, are in fact hardly ever at their desks and surely not working?
This begs the question..........so, the above can spend time with their families whenever they feel to do so but other Councillors from other Parties are effectively denied the same, due to a recess never having been declared. This is considered by me and my Party to be a usurping of due process and most certainly plain arrogance at the extreme!
There are Political Games being played from my perspective! This is unacceptable!
12 July, 2014
The VIP Party has decided at a recent Party Executive meeting that it believes in Multi Party Governance at a Local Government level towards 2016. How can 45% of the electorate and those residents who cannot vote have no say in their Governance? This is not conducive to best Governance and Direct Representation on the Local Councils. Where and why do most protest actions for poor service delivery occur - at a Local Governance level. Why? Because South African voters and the public in general, cannot tell the difference between National, Provincial and Local Government elections. They believe that voting for the Party and not giving acknowledgement to their own community members is the way to go? So the big Parties take over and the game is played?
12 July, 2014
The VIP Party has become VERY disillusioned with the current Coalition Governance of our Local Witzenberg Council. After three and a bit years as being a Councillor on the Municipality, not much has happened that this DA led coalition can brag about. Sure, we place poor people in subsidised housing but they remain poor and then claim Indigent Status (meaning that they achieve a poor status and cannot afford the cost of even basic services and this costs the Municipality close to R4 million a month)! The VIP Councillor knows of not one successful Small Business or sustainable business project that has been created and survived in this period which would have cause a bit of Wealth Creation for our poor community. This should be done simultaneously with the provision of Housing?. We have animals roaming the streets, - even entering private property and our private nature reserve in Tulbagh and denuding all natural vegetation and even illegal Pig farming going on same? Various planning proposals have been put forward by the VIP Councillor for Job creation projects and all thus far have ended up in 'file 13'. It is almost as though our political leadership is living in a Wealth Creation situation of their own - in a cocoon? This Councillor is becoming angry (I think even past that) and is already frustrated beyond belief! There will much more reported on this subject. We demand Good Governance for our Ratepayers and residents!
1 November, 2013
New beauty salon for all that your body needs open for business at Shop 12 Oude Meul 30 Van der Stel Street
7 September, 2013
The Tulbagh Housing crisis explained by Councillor John Veschini. It is virtulally impossible to explain it right now watch it all unfold?
17 June 2013
New Coalition in Governance in the Witzenberg Municipal Local Council. As a result, Councillor John Veschini has the Portfolio of Chairperson of the Committee of Technical, Planning and Development and as such has automatically given up the position as Chairperson of the MPAC oversight committee as no member of Mayco may Chair such a committee. A new Chairperson will be elected in due course
14 May, 2013
Motion tabled by the VIP - Voice of Independents Party Set no. 13
Urgent request to be tabled at the first forthcoming General meeting of the Municipal Council.
We do not have anymore time for a lack of will and the lack of decision making! Tulbagh housing is in crisis and Good Governance must continue?
12 May, 2013
A report on the situation regarding the major road contracts and ancillary works being undertaken in Tulbagh by the VIP Councillor John Veschini, who witnessed the excavations taking place for the storm water piping below the roads under reconstruction and he determined that the sub strata was almost pure clay. It seemed apparent to the Councillor that the new roads were about to be reinstated on the existing `inadequate' sub-base. He then requested that laboratory tests be undertaken and the results be submitted to the Technical Portfolio Committee and the road works appeared to come to a stop for a while?
26 April, 2013
The ANC boycotts a Special Council Meeting where two new Dirctors were to be appoint as a replacement - the Director of Community Services, who's contract was not to be renewed and the Director of Finance. Both these posts are vitally important. The former due to the Housing crisis in Tulbagh and the latter because we have to approve the Budget at the end of May and the finances of the Municipality have to be looked after? We also needed a decision to allow the Municipal Manager to be enabled to talk to adjacent land owners about land for our people who need houses.
18 February, 2013.
THE VIP - Voiceofindependentsparty.co.za's Executive decides whether it should go into coalition with any Party to take over the Local Council.
It decided to go with the DA Coalition with two other independents and Cope. Now we carry some weight?
30 January, 2013
By-Election held in Ward 10 (op Die Berg) results. This is the breakdown of the results which have cause some surprises?
And the Winner is - Piet Waterboer now with the ANC (having party hopped agian after winning under the DA banner previously). Unconfirmed results are as follows;
ANC 702 votes, an Independent represented by Neville Daniels and using a Khoi-San platform got 483 votes, DA was only third to the finish line with 391 votes and followed by another Independent by the name of Moses Davids with 41 votes and yet another Independent, Sarie Botha with 39 Votes and the last in the pack was Mark Mentoor with 17 votes. Now this was a supprise was it not? In all the Independents got 539 votes? That was even more that the DA could muster? What does the result tell us? Are people GATVOL of the major political Parties to the point that they go Independent and split the vote?
29 January, 2013
The VIP Councillor or the Witzenberg submits a Motion to Council - Set no 12) regarding street numbers and the upgrading of our roads and assiociated infrastructure.
10 January, 2013
Read some of the quotes by famous people and some aspiring to be famous?
13 December, 2012
The ANC component on the Witzenberg Council decided to attend the final Council meeting of the year. You want to know why? Because Council decided on increases in the remuneration packages for Councillors!
22 November, 2012
The ANC component in the Witzenberg Municipal Council has received instructions from their 'bosses' that they cannot and may not attend and further meetings of the Local Municipal Council - including Portfolio meetings. Do those Councillors know who they represent - the public!........ No! .........Party politics make all the difference? Due to one DA member being expelled do to his apparent disloyalty to his Party (and another hanging on through the Courts) possibly with the financial assistance of the ANC, there is effectively a 'Hung Council in the Witzenberg - with the Vote of the VIP going with the DA because the VIP does not have the ethos to support a Party such as the ANC in it's current form and behavior? Interesting times? So what does a Hung Council mean? Things surely stay as they are, or the Provincial Minister of Local Government steps in? Let us see what happens.
19 November, 2012
Clr John Veschini of the VIP Party submits Motion to Council - (Set No. 11) - The VIP requests the policy regarding the acceptance of new consumers is reconsidered. Currently, should their be an amount owed to the Municipality by a previous consumer, our municipality refuses to allow a new consumer to pay his or her deposit and register properly as a consumer. This policy is causing chaos due mainly to the fact that by the very fact that the Municipality closes its books before the end of the month and tenants generally move in and out of premises on the last day of the month and therefore there is always an amount owed by a previous tenant.
6 September, 2012
The VIP Party is proud to announce that Councillor John Veschini has been unanimously endorsed by all the Parties on the Witzenberg Council as Chairperson of the MPAC oversight committee.
3 September, 2012
Clr John Veschini of the VIP Party, submits Motion to Council - (Set No. 10)
25 July, 2012
Has crime eventually reached Tulbagh? THE SAPS says it has not the members do do foot patrols? Why SAPS Tulbagh, is your Reservist force NOT functioning? Who is, or is not responsible for this. We or you? We want protection from crime! That is your responsibility!
13 June, 2012
Urgent Motion (Set no. 9) - VIP - Voice of Independents Party. Relating to the make up of the current Portfolio Committees on the witzenberg Council.
19 May, 2012
Comments on the Witzenberg IDP, draft Budget and draft Tariff Policy 2012 /2015 by your Councillor - the only Councillor who took the trouble to do so.
10 March, 2012
VIP - Voice of Independents Party submits Urgent Motion to Council (Set no. 8). Regards the extention of the Contracts of both the Municipal Manager and the Director of Corporate Services on the principle that all positions on Council should be advertised.
13 February, 2012
Councillor John Veschini - VIP Party submits motions (Set no. 7) to the Witzenberg Municipality. (Relates to contingent liabilities that are not provided for in the budget),
13 February, 2012
Councillor John Veschini - VIP Party submits motions (Set no. 6) to the Witzenberg Municipality. (Relates to the state of the Klip River Park and the danger to the public).
(Council agreed that the Park is not fit for human habitation but have agreed that the noisy Bikers are welcome? Can you believe these decisions?)
22 January, 2012
Councillor John Veschini - VIP Party submits motions (Set no. 5) to the Witzenberg Municipality. (Relates to the seemingly inability of the DA ruling party coalition to appreciate that if we don't have development, there will not be an increased rates base and if we don't have an increased Rates base, you and I will pay more than we should in the next financial year). The request in this motion was that the matter was to have been tabled at the Committee for Rural and Economic Development. It was ignored!
22 November, 2011Councillor John Veschini on behalf of the VIP - Voice of Independents Party submits Motions to the Witzenberg Municipal Council - Set No. 4. (relates to a Full time Councillor managing his Law practice whilst employed as a full time Councillor and a member of the DA Mayoral Executive Committee). also..... (The VIP Party proposes the new Portfolio of Rural Development and Planning be done away with in the interests of good and efficient governance and as a cost saving exercise. It has become clear to the VIP that this Portfolio is totally ineffective, unnecessary and a waste of public money. It is considered by the VIP that Development and Planning should be part of a restructured Technical, Development and Planning Committee. Also...... (Relates to The VIP Party, becoming increasingly concerned about the fact that the DA led Municipal Council does not appear to do enough to encourage development and thereby to increase our Rates base so that we will not be faced with more rates increases) This has never even been tabled at the relevant portfolio Committee for discussion to date. The DA is playing political games with the Ratepayer!
22 November, 2011
Councillor John Veschini of the VIP - Voice of Independents Party, submits an urgent Motion for the forthcoming Council meeting - Set no. 3 , requesting information from the Municipality of the Witzenberg as to the extent (of the possible liability to the Municipality and therefore the Ratepayer) in respect of legal cases pending against the Municipality - which are understood to substantially exceed R20 million! A letter written by the Councillor to the Municipal Manager on 23rd August, 2011, requesting details have to date been ignored. Given the fact that we are heading for a new budget year, it is critical to be prepared for any contingencies and know the details of the cases for decisions to be made? Surely?
13 July, 2011
The VIP Party submits motions for the July Council meeting (Motion set No. 2).
12 July, 2011
The VIP Party submits motions for the July Council meeting (Motion set No. 1).
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