At Drakenstein Municipality, we are ready to continue bringing excellent services to our community in 2023, which include keeping Drakenstein’s roads in tip-top shape. A well-developed and regularly maintained road network – in support of integrated urban planning, economic growth, and sustainable development – is vital for our residents and for new business.

Join us on the journey of continuing to make Drakenstein a great place to live, work, and play!

- Executive Mayor, Alderman Conrad Poole

Helping to develop the next generation is also at the heart of what Mossop Leather does in Wellington. More than just a tannery, Mossop gives young, unemployed South Africans the chance to gain an education, work experience, and a skillset in the manufacturing sector. Mossop Leather’s Marc Lailvaux gives us the lowdown. Another Wellington outfit that believes in preparing people to enter the job market straight away is the Wamakersvallei Opleidingsentrum . Manager Elsabe Lintvelt told Vars that thanks to their bursaries, Wamakers often offers “the last hope” to people who want to improve their lives. For this month’s staff profile, we feature Debmarie Liedeman , the face behind Drakenstein Municipality’s popular online vehicle license renewal system. She says no day at the office is ever the same and tells Vars about those funny moments when vehicle owners ask her to help them with totally unrelated issues. Her motto is to not only reach her goals but also to ace them. Be sure to check out the online vehicle license renewal steps in this article. The Municipality has gone cashless at our traffic centres and new Municipal Court for safety reasons. We share details of this new system. Finally, Vars made a sho’t left to the Wellington Country House to congratulate owner Mara Scholtz on their four-star grading! We take a look at why it is important for tourism establishments to be graded , and how this “emblem of quality and excellence” draws more visitors, ups your search engine rankings, and enhances Paarl-Wellington’s reputation as a preferred destination. As Mara says, “a good grading adds gravitas... and extra pizzazz”! We also explain the steps establishments need to follow to get graded. The Vars editorial team is energised and ready to travel down the proverbial yellow brick road this year, (hopefully) leading to many successes and adventures we would be delighted to share with our readers – together with entertaining, fresh, fun, and informative stories and videos. Be sure to share your content ideas with us at

From the Vars editorial team


VARS | February

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