I am excited and proud to take up my first term as Executive Mayor for the next five years, and already have many plans in progress to bring positive change to Overstrand during this time.
We take our responsibility to serve our people very seriously, and will strive to be an exemplary local government.
The Overstrand is fast gaining attraction for not only being a preferred tourist destination for many, but also has the necessary infrastructure and resources to host the ever-increasing sport, art and cultural expositions that have become synonymous with the area.
Of note, is the significant contribution that these activities make to the socio-economic and aqua-cultural development of the region. To promote sustainable practice and conservation of the environment, visitors and locals are therefore encouraged to act responsibly and apply due great care when using various public amenities and event facilities.
The Overstrand Municipality remains committed to its efforts to eradicate waste responsibly and to promote a plastic-free environment. Subsequently, Overstrand’s Manager of Solid Waste, Johan van Taak, and Environmental Officer Penelope Aplon recently did a presentation to the Executive Management Team (EMT) on the dangers and negative impact of plastic bags on the environment and the ocean.
In due course, the intention is to also do a roll-out drive amongst all Overstrand employees with the view of creating greater awareness and ensuring that they, in turn, become the primary ambassadors for the campaign.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Van Taak and Aplon handed out reuseable bags (made from durable parachute material) to Overstrand Mayor Rudolph Smith, his fellow Mayoral Committee (Mayco) members, and the EMT.