Author: Marillia Veldkornet

01 September 2023 Public Notice: IDP/Budget/ PMS Time Schedule & 2022/2023 Draft Unaudited Annual Report


Open for Comments

Notice is hereby given that the 2024/2025 IDP Budget & PMS Time Schedule has been adopted in terms of Section 21 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (Act 56 of 2003) by the Garden Route District Municipal Council, at a Council meeting held on 30 August 2023.

Furthermore, the 2022/2023 Draft Unaudited Annual Report has been noted by Council in terms of Circular 63 of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003.  The Unaudited Draft Annual Report for the 2022/2023 financial year is open for comments. Comments must be lodged in writing to The Municipal Manager, PO Box 12, George, 6530 or by e-mail at before /or on 2 October 2023.

The document will be available for public inspection during office hours at the IDP unit, Garden Route District Municipality, 54 York Street, George as well as at all the satellite offices of the Garden Route District Municipality: Riversdale, Mosselbay, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Bitou as well as the municipal website

Persons who are unable to read or write are encouraged to contact the Garden Route District Municipality during ordinary office hours, where they will be assisted to formulate their written comments or objection. For any further enquiries, please contact: Ms M James (IDP Unit: Garden Route District Municipality) at telephone number: 044 803 1431.

M G Stratu
Municipal Manager
Garden Route District Municipality

Click here to download the 2024/2025 IDP Budget & PMS Time Schedule

Click here to download the 2022/2023 Draft Unaudited Annual Report

30 August 2023 Media Release: Tourism Month festivities celebrated in September

Media Release: Tourism Month festivities celebrated in September

For immediate release
30 September 2023

Tourism Month is celebrated annually in September to highlight South Africa’s diverse tourism offerings as well as the sector’s significant contribution to the local economy and job creation.  Inspired by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Tourism Month provides a platform for the South African sector to celebrate, reflect and commemorate its milestones in relation to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Tourism Month festivities are held throughout the country, culminating with the World Tourism Day celebrations which will be hosted on 27 September 2023.

During the month, the following local events and initiatives will be happening in the Garden Route & Klein Karoo:


01-03 Sept:  Hessequa Adventure Race
19-23 Sept:  Hessequa Harmonie
22-24 Sept:  Stilbaai Tourism Heritage Day Festival
23 Sept:  Hessequa Heritage Trail Run
29 Sept – 07 Oct:  Stilbaai Fynbos Festival, Stilbaai


  • A social media competition encouraging participants to share their #NaturallyKnysnaMoments.  Through this competition, participants will have the opportunity to capture and share compelling images that highlight eco-tourism activities, responsible tourism and the harmonious relationship between travellers and the environment.  The competition will run from 01 – 20 September 2023 with the winner to be announced on World Tourism Day.
  • On World Tourism Day (27 September) Visit Knysna will host a “Conserve for Our Future Day” to raise awareness about the environment from 10:00 – 12:00. Speakers from SANParks Honorary Rangers, SANParks, Knysna Municipality’s Environmental Department and Knysna Basic Project will form part of this event.  Amongst the guests will be learners from high schools in the area.


  • Zamani Grill will be doing a Guinness World Record attempt from 21 – 24 September 2023 for the Longest Braai in the World.  It will end on Heritage Day (National Braai Day).  All the braai items during the 4 days will be sponsored to the community and people serving the community.
  • The global theme for 2023 as set by the UNWTO, “Tourism and Green Investments”,  Calitzdorp Tourism will be hosting their annual Vetplantfees in September where plant experts will be presenting workshops on: a) how to do plant propagation; and b) container gardening.  Keynote speakers will also teach and address issues regarding preservation of the environment.


  • George municipality has a ‘Focus On’ segment in the George Herald which they are using to highlight tourism experiences according to the WC theme ‘Tourism for Good’.   George Tourism will also be putting similar content in the municipal newsletter to ratepayers.
  • George as a destination is also being featured in the September print edition of Rove SA.


13 Sept:  Workshop – Developing and marketing the Klein Karoo as an Avitourism destination.
23 Sept:  Streetfood Market
29 -30 Sept:  7 Weekspoort MTB and Trail Run Challenge.
29 Sept – 1 Oct:  Klein Karoo Motorbike Rally


08 Sept – 15 Oct: Sport & Recreation Festival in Mossel Bay
09 Sept:  The Moss March (beach walk event arranged by the Municipality with assistance of Hartenbos Seefront)
15 Sept:  Touchies Rugby Tournament in Mossel Bay
22 Sept:  Big Boxing event
21-23 Sept:  Muse Festival in Great Brak
29 Sept – 01 Oct:  Kyknet Buite -Ekspo in Hartenbos


  • As a build up and launch to Tourism Month, the Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities of the Western Cape, Minister Mireille Wegner, celebrated the announcement by the World Cetaceann Alliance (WCA) of Plettenberg Bay being awarded the Whale Heritage Site Status as one of three current Whale Heritage sites in South Africa. The Minister enjoyed a boat launch and up close experiences with these gentle giants on 28 August 2023 in Plettenberg Bay.

20 – 23 Sept:  Dr Evil Classic 3 Day Stage Race
26 Sept:  Bitou Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS) stage production of Fawlty Towers
29 Sept – 08 Oct:  Plett Arts Festival
30 Sept– 01 Oct:  Plett Spring Celebration


29 August 2023 Training Opportunities: Clothing Manufacturing Processes NQF Level 1


The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM), in partnership with the Haggai 2v8 Company, are offering an opportunity to 30 unemployed youth (18-35) who wishes to participate in the Skills programme for a period of 6-months.

Minimum requirements include Communication and Numeracy at ABET level 3.

The applications must be submitted/e-mailed to:

The required documentation to be attached include a CV, certified copy of highest qualification, certified copy of ID, proof of residence and bank statement that are less than 3 months old.

Failure to attach the required documents, will result in the application not being considered. 

No faxed application or an application sent to other e- mail addresses other than the email address provided in this advert, will be considered. 


Application process:

Applications must reach Garden Route District Municipality on/or before 13h30 on Friday, 01 September 2023. Please ensure that all required documentation is attached.

If you have not heard from us by 30 September 2023, please consider your application unsuccessful. 

The Garden Route District Municipality reserves the right not to make or confirm an appointment.

Contact Persons (During office hours):
 Angeline Naidoo – 044 803 1420 /
Reginald Salmons – 044 803 1363 /

Closing date:    01 September 2023 at 13:30

Notice no: 109/2023


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29 August 2023 Public Notice: Roll-over Adjustment Budget 2023/2024 – Open for Public Comment


Open for Public Comment

Notice is hereby given that the Garden Route District Municipal Council’s Roll-Over Adjustment Budget for the period 2023/2024-2025/2026, was compiled in accordance with the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act 2003 (Act 56 of 2003).

This document was approved by the Garden Route District Municipality at a District Council meeting held on Friday, 25 August 2023.

This document is available for public inspection and comments on the GRDM municipal website at

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments or representations to the municipality in respect of this document.

All comments and inputs must be directed to:
“The Municipal Manager
Garden Route District Municipality
54 York Street
George, 6530”.

Please contact the Budget Manager (Ms Louise Hoek) at 044 803 1300 with any enquiries.

M G Stratu
Municipal Manager
Garden Route District Municipality
Notice number: 116/2023

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