The Corporate and Community Department is responsible for the corporate and community services in the Municipality under the leadership of Senior Manager: Operations, Mr. George van der Westhuizen. Mr. Van der Westhuizen can be contacted on 023 541 1320 or via e-mail at email@example.com
This Department oversees the following services:
For any enquiries regarding these functions, please contact the Senior Manager: Operations, Mr. George van der Westhuizen via tel at 023 541 1320 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Learning Centre:
This might be the greatest game changer with the most long term benefits proposed for Prince Albert municipal area. We believe that it could single handily change the future of Prince Albert for the better. It will influence the mind-set of the town as a whole as well as that of individuals. It has the potential to awake sleeping giants and strategically position Prince Albert and individuals, entrepreneurs with vision as worldly role players. The Prince Albert Municipality has, with the support of Department of Environmental Affairs constructed an Environmental Education Centre (EEC) that can facilitate the establishment of a Community Learning Centre. This EEC can be our gateway to the world. By equipping it with broadband and ICT Prince Albert can link with learning institutions, universities and FET colleges. Students can get the opportunity, not normally afforded to rural areas, to attend accredited courses at affordable cost. In other words, without necessitating traveling and accommodation, more people can participate and use their disposable income proactively or effectively, for betterment will be within their reach. If this can happen then social ills will be countered for disposable income expenditure can be directed towards opportunities of betterment instead of leisure. A community learning centre will facilitate partnerships and collaborative networking with reputable institutions, thus opening Prince Albert to the world and the world to Prince Albert. Establishing such will speak to Education, Employment, Innovation, Establishment etc.
With the support of the Office of the Premier Prince Albert Municipality recently opened the 50th Access Centre in the Western Cape in Prince Albert. Equipped with internet, computers, tables, printers and wifi, it opened up the world to residents of Prince Albert. Two Access Centres have been established in Prince Albert, one in Klaarstroom and one in Leeu Gamka.
Should you have any queries on the services offered, please contact Mr. Charlton Jafta (Manager: Community Services) at 023 541 1320 or visit the Access Centre in Prince Albert, along the Toegangspad where
Prince Albert Municipality was awarded the accolade of Best Small Municipal Library in the Western Cape at the beginning of February 2016!
The Municipality, in partnership with the Provincial government, provide high quality library services to our communities.Libraries can be found in Prince Albert, Klaarstroom and Leeu Gamka and can be contacted / visited as indicated below:
Prince Albert Library
Librarian: Ms Reinie Smit
27 Church Street, Prince Albert
Tel 023-5411 036
Hours open from Monday to Friday: 09h00- 13h00; 14h00-17h30
Prince Albert Thusong Library
Librarian: Andrewlene Plaatjies
Thusong Centre, 1 Adderley Street, Prince Albert
Tel: 083 968 4995
Hours open from Monday to Friday: 09h00 to 13h00l 14h00 to 16h00
Librarian: Gertruida Romp
2 Gousblom Street, Leeu Gamka
Tel 023-5212 837
Hours open from Monday to Friday: 09h30-13h00 and 13h30 to 17h00
Librarian: Magdalena Michaels
65 Bloekom Street
Tel 078 866 3126
Open hours during the week: 08h30-13h00; 14h00-17h30
PARKS, RECREATION AND OPEN SPACES
Prince Albert Municipality is committed to creating high quality neighbourhood development with sufficient parks, recreation- and open spaces for all to enjoy. Bookings for facilities can be made by contacting the Municipality as follows:
Prince Albert: Charlton Jafta / Johnny Windvogel at tel 0798410546 or tel (023) 5411320
Klaarstroom: Sam Fister (Community Liasion Officer Klaarstroom) at 060 524 2074
Leeu Gamka: Alfreda Hobanie (Community Liasion Officer Leeu-Gamka) at 072 590 6938
EMERGING FARMERS SUPPORT
Though support to emerging farmers are not a core function of the Municipality, the Municipality supports emerging farmers and subsistence, small-holding farmers, through the leasing of commonage. The Municipality also manages a farm, called Treintjiesrivier. This farm is leased to several emerging farmers. For information on support to emerging farmers, please contact the Municipal Manager, Ms Anneleen Vorster at tel (023) 5411320 or email: email@example.com
INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
The Integrated Development Plan (IDP)is the main planning document of the Municipality and guides the municipality’s budget and projects. The Municipality annually drafts a process plan that steers the public participation engagement in order to compile the Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan and Performance Management. For more information on the Integrated Development Plan view our Integrated Development Plan approved in May 2015 under Documents on this website. Alternatively you can contact the Manager: Community Services, Mr. Charlton Jafta at tel 023 541 1320 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance Management is a process which measures the implementation of the organisation’s strategy. It is also a management tool to plan, monitor, measure and review performance indicators to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and the impact of service delivery by the municipality.
For more information on performance management, contact the Municipal Manager (Ms. Anneleen Vorster) or the Manager: Community Services (Mr. Charlton Jafta) at tel 023 541 1320, or via e-mail: email@example.com
The staff at Prince Albert Municipality forms the heart of the municipality’s service delivery efforts. The municipality strives to continuously improve the skills of our work force and have committed to a wellness program that recognises the efforts of the staff.
Ms. Debby Mooneys
Human Resources Practitioner
Tel: 023 541 1036
RECORDS MANAGEMENT, CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AND COMMITTEE SERVICES
Sound administrative practices forms the backbone of accountable local government. Records management are done in accordance with archival legislation, while contract management keeps the municipality accountable to their contractual partners and ensures accountable governance. Committee services is responsible for the logistical and management of meetings and is another mechanism keeping the municipality accountable to its ratepayers. For more information on any of these services please contact the Municipal Manager (Ms. Anneleen Vorster) at tel 023 541 1320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
While Housing is not a municipal function, the Municipality acts as a service implementing agent for Provincial government. The physical building of the housing are done by the Infrastructure management department, while the Corporate and Community Service department is responsible for the administration of the process.
Prince Albert Municipality supports the following objectives in respect of housing
Council follows the following working procedure in respect of the allocation of housing.
In Prince Albert municipal area people earning less than R3 500 per month per household can qualify for a normal housing subsidy, while GAP housing applicants can qualify if they earn between R3 500 and R15 000 per month.
Heinrich Esterhuizen (Housing Coordinator)
Tel: 023 541 1036
LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Prince Albert Municipality is current in its 113th year and is regarded as a niche municipality. Niche implies small, hard to find, expensive and unique. The small community of 13 136 + inhabitants are offered high quality living for those who can afford it and low to moderate quality to those who cannot. Prince Albert historically positioned itself in the high end of the market and relied on Tourism, Heritage and Agriculture as its main sectorial economic drivers. This has proven to deepen the divide between the advantaged and disadvantaged and caused serious pressure on effective, efficient and economical service delivery. The bridge over the divide seemed impossible to cross due to the high barriers to entry for advantaged living. The majority of the population is limited to labour activities, which in essence is on the lower scale of income.
Service delivery is stressed because the majority (disadvantaged) who need services cannot pay and the minority (advantaged) who can afford to pay wants a higher quality of service. A strategy to position Prince Albert better economically would include a more balanced economic approach in order to facilitate the development of a middle class, and encourage the establishment of other economic activity that can empower the disadvantaged to better themselves and graduate into the higher income sphere. This implies that heritage based tourism should be scaled down and first phase agriculture should be upgraded, combined with the development of catalyst economic drivers in order to ensure the establishment of a wider middleclass so as to improve the municipal payment rate and subsequently improve the municipality’s ability to fund the upgrading of infrastructure and improve service delivery.
The Municipality plays the role of an enabler. Addressing infrastructure shortcomings and backlogs to create an enabling environment is of essence. For more information on the municipality’s catalyst economic projects or any local development issue, please contact the Municipal Manager (Ms. Anneleen Vorster at 023 541 1320 or via email (email@example.com).
Last published 21 November 2020