The first leg of the orientation tour for the Overstrand junior town council started in the Kleinmond area on 8 April 2014 and the second leg to Stanford and Gansbaai on 13 May 2014 was another great success.

The tour was an initiative of the Overstrand Municipality to expose the region’s young leaders to various municipal services, which will contribute to their development and ensure an investment in their future.

The junior town council was pleasantly surprised when Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, accompanied by the Municipal Manager Coenie Groenewald, arrived at the Enlighten Education Trust.

Addressing the learners, the Mayor said, “You are honoured to be the first group with whom I share my surprise project.  I am thrilled to share this with you now, the community of Overstrand at large will only learn about it at a later stage.

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Eskom is currently experiencing huge strains on the national electricity grid.

All consumers are hereby requested to switch off all non-essential office appliances to reduce the load on the electrical network.

Please ensure that all lights and air conditioners are switched off when leaving your house or office.

This is not only the correct and safe practice, but will result in our contribution to alleviating load shedding in the Overstrand Area.

On 28 May 2014, Overstrand’s Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie presented the municipality’s 2014/2015 budget to Council for approval.
 
In her speech she described the very difficult economic circumstances experienced since 2009 and said that a clear message was received from pensioners and those living on the interest from their life savings that they cannot afford sharp increases in rates and tariffs.

“We are painstakingly aware of the impact of our decisions on all inhabitants of Overstrand. We must however ensure that the Municipality remains financially sustainable whilst providing affordable municipal services to all communities. We are under continuous pressure to maintain our level of service delivery to the fast-growing population of our area,” said the Mayor.

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Overstrand Munisipaliteit is in die Instituut vir Rasseverhoudinge (IRR) se verslag getiteld ‘The 80/20 Report: Local Government in 80 indicators after 20 years of democracy’ aangewys as die tweede beste munisipaliteit in Suid-Afrika.

Die skrywer van die verslag en programbestuurder en navorser vir die IRR, Georgina Alexander, het gesê die werkloosheidskoers, die verhouding van mense van 20 jaar en ouer wat Graad 12 geslaag het en die armoedesyfer was ’n paar van die hoofaanwysers wat gebruik is om munisipale prestasie te meet.

Ander aanwysers behels die proporsie van huishoudings wat elektrisiteit vir beligting gebruik, wat toegang tot leidswater binne 1 km vanaf ’n huishouding het, wat spoel- of chemiese toilette het, sowel as huishoudings sonder toilette.  Ses van die tien hoofaanwysers hou met dienslewering verband. Nie minder nie as sewe van die land se tien beste munisipaliteite is in die Wes-Kaap geleë, wat ’n fantastiese prestasie is, gegewe die feit dat daar altesaam 278 munisipaliteite in die land is.

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Overstrand Municipality will implement level 1B water restrictions from 1 March 2018 in the Greater Hermanus area (i.e. from Benguela Cove to Voëlklip).

Water tariffs will only be increased once the level of the De Bos Dam drops below 40%.

De Bos Dam is currently at 46,5%.

Water sources in the other areas of the municipality are still at satisfactory levels, and residents can still enjoy a breather on water restrictions.

Restrictions include

• No washing of vehicles with any hose will be permitted. This means washing of vehicles and boats are only allowed if a bucket and cloth are used. 

    - This is not applicable to commercial car wash industries.
• No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water is allowed.

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