Cigarette butts have increasingly become one of our major litter issues. The problem has escalated to a greater extent in recent years, due in part to government legislation that restricts smoking in public buildings and restaurants.  This, in turn, forces smokers outside, where butts are often littered.

Cigarette butts may seem small - however, with an estimated 28.5 million cigarette butts (equivalent to 14,3 tons) being discarded annually in the Hermanus CBD (an area of 0,25 km²) alone, the toxic chemicals contained within add up.

“We still find huge amounts of waste that make it into the ocean. Especially plastic bottle caps, straws, and cigarette butts. People tend to think that these are small pieces of rubbish and will not make a difference, especially when it is thrown into drains,” says Anina Lee of Whale Coast Conservation (WCW).

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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.  

Against this backdrop, Van Taak stated, “We wish to encourage the Overstrand community to buy reusable bags instead of ordinary shopping bags. In this way, the public will assist us greatly in our environmental conservation and waste management efforts.

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The biggest adventure mountain bike stage race is coming to the Overstrand on Sunday, 19 March 2017 and will stay until Tuesday, 22 March 2017.

Show some Absa Cape Epic excitement by wearing the bicycle brooch to work every day to show support for the event and the cyclists.

This bicycle brooch is available at  the cost of R6 each. For placing an order please call Philemon or Gilson directly on 084 228 7018. They both are situated in the courtyard next to Fisherman’s Cottage at the Old Harbour.

Help us to win the best town vibe prize: Be part of the Epic, the activities and the showcase opportunities for our beautiful region.

  • If you are on social media please remember to use the hashtag #untamedwhalecoast

The Overstrand Sport Festival has become one of the highlights on the calendar of sporting enthusiasts in the area, and this year’s event did not disappoint.  On Saturday, 11 March 2017, Overstrand municipal councillors, accompanied by the Executive Mayor Rudolph Smith,  officials, participants and supporters gathered at the Gansbaai Spaces for Sport Facility to enjoy a day of friendly competition in the codes of netball, rugby, soccer and cricket hosted by the Overstrand Municipality.

Once again, the increasingly popular tournament drew a capacity crowd who were treated to a full programme of activities and a spectacular display of the Overstrand’s most prolific sporting talents. 

The Festival was opened in exciting, energetic fashion with a march-pass involving the competing teams led by the Blompark Minstrels who entertained spectacularly with their spirited dance moves and lively carnival tunes.

Cllr Riana de Coning then got proceedings underway with a warm welcome, followed by the official opening address by Deputy Mayor Ald Dudley Coetzee where he remarked, “Occasions like this give our communities opportunities to discover and develop their sporting talents. Sport is a great way to bring people together and promote social cohesion.” 

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OVERSTRAND MUNICIPAL SPORT FESTIVAL
GANSBAAI SPORTS GROUND 11 MARCH 2017 08.00 UNTIL 17:00

OVERSTRAND-SPORTFEES
GANSBAAI SPORTGRONDE 11 MAART 2017 08.00 UNTIL 17:00

UMNYADALA WEZEMIDLALO WASEOVERSTRAND
GANSBAAI KUMABLA EMIDLALO YASE 11 MATSHI 2017 08.00 KUDE KUBE 17:00

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