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Geology of the Vredenburg-Velddrif-Saldanha areas handed over to Municipality

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) officially handed over geological maps to Saldanha Bay Municipality on 19 June 2017 at a ceremony held at the Vredenburg Council Chambers. The map sheets covering Vredenburg, Velddrif and Saldanha is part of the 1:50,000 scale map series of the CGS.

Detailed geological maps are a basic requirement in all decision-making processes surrounding the management of proposed new developments. The construction of the industrial development within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area spurred rapid regional economic development and, hence increased the need for more detailed knowledge of local geological conditions and resources.

The mapping programme was undertaken by Dr Pieter Siegfried when he was still with the CGS, whereas the cartographic work was done by Elmi Pretorius, assisted by CGS staff at Head Office in Silverton, Pretoria. The maps are accompanied by a sheet explanation containing a description of geological units and their history of formation. All such maps, as well as more generalised 1:250,000 scale maps, are available from the CGS as vector data for use on Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 

Geological information:
The geologically young sands and limestone of the Saldanha-Vredenburg-Velddrif area is underlain by folded, fractured and metamorphosed sedimentary rocks of the Malmesbury Group intruded by granites of the Cape Granite Suite. The Malmesbury is approximately 560 million years old and comprise mostly quartzite and shale that, due to intense fracturing and deep regional weathering, mostly occur under sand in topographically depressed areas, outcropping only along the coast. 

The granites are igneous rocks that intruded the Malmesbury sediments between about 540 and 500 million years ago. They are more resistant to weathering than the Malmesbury rocks and therefore dominate the landscape as rounded hills and ridges. Their texture vary from fine grained to coarse grained and about 25 different types with different physical characteristics and varying compositions have been identified in the map area. The different granite types of Saldanha and Vredenburg are separated by a prominent fault in the area named the Colenso Fault. The fault crosses the Vredenburg-Saldanha road at the Langebaan/Jacobsbaai turnoff.

Volcanic rocks called ignimbrites (tuff and ash welded together) occur at Postberg, west of the Langebaan Lagoon. These deposits erupted from a local caldera at the surface simultaneously with emplacement of granite magma at greater depths below it. The biggest part of the volcanic caldera structure is now located offshore.

Much younger fluvial, phosphatic and calcareous sediments, as well as marine shell and boulder deposits with lithified calcareous dune sediments (aeolianites) are grouped together as the Sandveld Group and cover by far the largest surface area. They are the result of rapidly evolving climate and repeated rise and fall of sea levels during the past 30 million years.

The mining history of this area mainly entails exploitation of industrial and construction materials. Phosphate mining in the Langebaan area led to the discovery of a rich fossil fauna that gives us a unique insight into the recent geological and climatic history of this area. Gypsum was worked on a small scale at Sandy Point and Stompneus Bay. Kaolin deposits formed locally through deep weathering along faults in the granite.

Two important resources of underground water, the Langebaan Road and Elandsfontein aquifers, have been recognised in the area.


Dr Pieter Siegfried and Executive Mayor Cllr Marius Koen with Mr Fhatuwani Ramagwede (GCS Acting Chief Operations Officer) and Mr Leonard Matsepe (GCS Chief Financial Officer) at the handover of the geological maps.


Proposals are hereby invited from previously disadvantaged persons for the rental of informal business units for a period of three years in both Vredenburg and Saldanha. Click here for more information and an electronic copy of the notice.


Council approved the 2017/2018 MTREF Budget and 4th Generation IDP on 25 May 2017.

Click on the image below for an extract from the budget speech, as well as a breakdown of the 2017/18 Budget.

An electronic copy of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) can be accessed on the following link:


PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Updating of suburb names for StatsSA 2021 Census

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) is in process of updating suburb and neighbourhood names for the upcoming 2021 census.

Saldanha Bay Municipality hereby invites members of the public to participate in the process by submitting inputs, comments or name proposals to Wilene Smit by 30 June 2017:

Telephone: 022 701 7145


Vredenburg Library winter hours

From 1 June 2017 to 31 August 2017, Vredenburg Library close at 17h30 on weekdays (Monday to Friday). Operational hours on a Saturday will remain 09h30 to 12h30.

The operational hours of the other libraries within the municipal area will remain this same.



Notice is hereby given that at a Special Council Meeting that took place on 21 April 2017 at 09h00 in the Council Chambers in Vredenburg, the following resolutions were made:

1.            That the municipal resorts in the Saldanha Bay Municipal area will be closed to the public from 2 May 2017 to 30 June 2017, due to the current water situation in the Western Cape;
2.            No bookings can be made until further notice;
3.            That monies of clients that have already paid a deposit or paid their accommodation in full for the months of May 2017 and June 2017, be reimbursed as soon as possible; and
4.            That the halls and “kraaltjies” at the resorts operate as per normal and bookings may continue.

Opening of BID Adjudication Committee meetings for attendance by the public

Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 115(1)(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act (Act 56 of 2003) to open the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC) meetings for attendance by the public.  Meetings will commence at 14h30 every Monday depending whether any  bids were received for consideration.  The agendas for meetings will be published at latest by 12h00 on a Friday.  Additional bids may be added to the agenda on discretion on the chairperson of the BAC.

Clause 14 of the Guide and rules of order for members of the Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Bid Commitees applies for the admittance of the public to the meeting:
14.1     The meetings of the BSC and BEC are not open to the public;
14.2     The BAC meetings are open to the public and the chairperson of the BAC must take reasonable steps to regulate public access and public conduct at meetings;
14.3     Members of the public may not participate in the meeting and may only observe;
14.4     The BAC must conduct its business in an open manner and may close its meetings only when reasonable to do so having regard to the nature of the item(s) to be considered; and
14.5     The reason for the exclusion of the public from a meeting of the BAC must be included in the minutes.

Clause 15 of abovementioned Rules stipulates that no councillor may be a member of any of the bid committees, nor may he/she attend any of its meetings.

Please contact Mr B Louw at (022 701 7168) or Mr A Adonis at 022 701 6922 for any enquiries.

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