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Electricity044 874 3917
Water / Sanitation044 801 9262/9266
Fire 044 801 6311
Refuse Removal044 802 2900
Traffic / Licence044 878 2400 / 044 801 9315
Law Enforcement044 801 6350
GO GEORGE Call Centre0800 044 044
George Municipality Switchboard044 801 9111
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Published: 30 May 2020Title: George Municipality presents the Draft Budget and IDP 2020/21 – OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT until 12 June 2020Status: George Municipality presents the Draft Budget and IDP 2020/21 – OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT until 12 June 2020. Please send us your comments via email. Find the link to the budget document at http://www.george.gov.za/download_document/3262 or under www.george.gov.za/documents/financial reports/budget
Published: 27 May 2020Title: GEORGE MUNICIPALITY WATER UPDATE:27 MAY 2020Status: GEORGE MUNICIPALITY WATER UPDATE: 27 MAY 2020; Dam level: 91.07% (down from 92.22%); Rainfall since 21 May 2020: 27.3mm; Demand/usage: 23,546 megalitres; (Please note the Garden Route Dam must be recalibrated in collaboration with the Department of Water Affairs)
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Electricity 044 874 3917
Water / Sanitation 044 801 9262/9266
Fire 044 801 6311
Refuse Removal 044 802 2900
Traffic / Licence 044 878 2400 / 044 801 9315
Law Enforcement 044 801 6350
GO GEORGE Call Centre 0800 044 044
George Municipality Switchboard 044 801 9111

Investor Relations

Overview

One of our strategic goals is to develop and grown George with innovative and entrepreneurial solutions - for all of the Citizens of George. Our Vision is George - A City for a Sustainable Future. We live our values, focus on our citizens, work smart, act like owners and are the brand.

Informal Traders - Frequently Asked Questions

Follow the link: 

http://www.george.gov.za/download_document/3249

 

FAQ COVID-19 SUPPORT FINDER for Business
Follow the link: 

http://www.george.gov.za/download_document/3245

 

Economic Relieve Measures during Covid-19

Follow the link: 

http://www.george.gov.za/download_document/3242

 

 

GEORGE MUNICIPALITY GUIDELINES
FOR INFORMAL TRADERS AND SPAZA SHOPS
DURING THE COVID-19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN PERIOD

 

The following measures will be observed during the national lockdown period:

  • Existing Spaza and/or house shops as well as fruit and vegetable shops that have a valid Certificate of Compliance from Garden Route District Municipality as well as a valid Business Licence from George Municipality: Community Services Department based in Meade Street,  will be permitted to sell essential food items during the lockdown period. PLEASE note that NO products apart from essential food items may be sold. 

 

  • The abovementioned entities will only be permitted to operate between 08:00 and 18:00 and must maintain all distancing and related measures to mitigate against the spread of Covid-19. They must also ensure that their customers keep a social distance of 1,5 meter and must supply hand sanitising products to customers during the trading process.

 

  • The abovementioned certificate and licence must always be available during operating hours and when requested by a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer or SAPS.

 

  • Informal trading may ONLY take place at Council approved trading sites. NO informal trading will be permitted any other place within the George Municipal area.  Informal Traders may only sell fruit and vegetables.

 

  • Licence holders must be present during trading. Selling, ceding or exchange of licences will NOT be allowed.

 

  • All applicable Legislation and Policies must be adhered to.

 

 

 

  • The sale of any products other than non-prepared food products are not permitted, except for airtime.

 

  • The sale of arts and crafts are prohibited during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

 

  • The sale of Shisa Nyama is NOT permitted.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT UPON A BREACH OF THESE RULES A LICENCE MAY BE REVOKED IMMEDIATELY. THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MUST REPORT ANY BREACH OF THESE RULES IMMEDIATELY TO THE DIRECTOR COMMUNITY SERVICES, WHO MAY SUSPEND OR WITHDRAW SUCH LICENCE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. ANY APPEALS IN REGARD TO A SUSPENSION OR WITHDRAWAL WILL BE DEALT WITH BY THE MUNICIPAL MANAGER.

 

 

Please follow links for George Lights Festival application and indemnity forms:

George Lights Festival application and indemnity form 2019.pdf

Advert for George Lights Festival.pdf

 

Invest George Publication 2019.pdf

Accolades 2019.pdf

George  - two for one!

Financial independence and the highest quality of life on offer

 

George was recently hailed as one of the Western Cape cities offering the highest quality of life, beating Cape Town according to Numbeo’s data which indicates that George offers the highest safety rating, a good climate, a relatively affordable cost of living, low traffic and low levels of pollution. In terms of total cost of living, George is 21% cheaper than the City of Cape Town and 9% cheaper than Port Elizabeth. This is according to Expatistan, a collaborative international cost of living index. The most noticeable saving was found in the housing sector, where, on average housing costs were up to 49% cheaper relative to Cape Town.  Read the full article in News

 

 

 

Golden opportunity for local contractors. pdf

The Garden Route & Klein Karoo Film website is live! Please have a look and link to our respective sites:

http://www.grkk-filmoffice.co.za/

 

 

 

#Invest George

A City for a Sustainable Future

Significant investment attraction for George is currently underway through strategic partnerships between the Eden District Municipality, Provincial Government, and private sector businesses. Engagements with national and international investors will take place on 7 and 8 March 2018 at Oubaai, in George, under the theme "Garden Route Investment Conference: Creating Opportunity in global Uncertainty".  Follow the link for more information:

#invest George - GRIC - Jan 2018.pdf

 

Municipal Money is a website for Ratepayers to review how municipal money is spent. Follow the link: https://municipalmoney.gov.za/

Western Cape Government Provincial Treasury: Provincial Economic Review and Outlook 2017.pdf

Western Cape Government Provincial Treasury: Municipal Economic Review and Outlook 2017.pdf

Top 10 reasons for investing in George

  • Live and play with the beauty of the Garden Route as your backdrop – considered one of the best scenic drives in the world
  • A safe living environment with comparatively low crime rates
  • A temperate climate with mild summers and winters and rainfall year round
  • Excellent schools (public and private) and tertiary education institutions, with NMMU George Campus having already embarked on extensive expansions in degrees offered locally.
  • World class municipal infrastructure including water provision, sewage systems, roads and electrical distribution systems. 
  • George Airport offers multiple daily flights to and from  Johannesburg as well as Cape Town – this means only a few hours by plane to the main economic hubs of South Africa
  • Very little, if any, peak time traffic, soon to be further alleviated by a world class public transport system (Go George)
  •  An investor friendly local municipality that will go the extra mile to ensure business growth is supported where possible within its mandate
  •  A well-diversified economy offering opportunities from primary agriculture to higher order financial services, the central hub for services across the Southern Cape
  • All the amenities and shopping opportunities available in any big city at the Garden Route Mall and various new retail developments to come in the near future.

Read more on “George Economy and growth” and “A golden opportunity for investors” in our document section.

Commercial property

There are various excellent estate agents and business brokers active in George, a Google search or visit to the George Herald Business Directory should provide you with a detailed list. 

Business support

Finance

George has four 4 major banks, West FNB, ABSA, STANDARD BANK and NEDBANK. Our two smaller banks include CAPITEC and AFRICAN BANK.

Business registrations

For information on business registrations and protecting your intellectual property visit the Companies and Intellectual Property commission website on http://www.cipc.co.za/

Incentives

Visit the Government Portal for information on business incentives on  http://www.investmentincentives.co.za/

Transport links

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Lifestyle

Visit our Community Services section for information on lifestyle, schools / learning institutions etc.

Queries
Please contact:

Trevor Botha
Municipal Manager
Tel: 044 801 9111 / 9069
Email: tbotha@george.gov.za

Pedro Oliphant
Manager: Local Economic Development
Tel: 044 802 9089
Email: ploliphant@george.gov.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last published 19 May 2020