Since March 2018 the Overstrand has been engulfed by waves of unlawful conduct and/or protest action. The protests, as well as the action of protesters, the Municipality and the Police,  have been the subject of heated debate.

The situation regarding the current Zwelihle unrest and possible causes thereof are as follows:

Schulphoek Road Fence

The Schulphoek Road fence was removed by the Zwelihle Renewal and members of the community late on Saturday late afternoon, 7 July.   A charge of malicious damage to property was laid and a number of arrests were made on Wednesday, 11 July.

The Ward Committee of Ward 12 in Zwelihle were in favour of the fence for the following reasons:

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Overstrand Municipality's Electrical Services are currently busy replacing overhead electricity lines with underground cables between Mollergren Park and Kwaaiwater switch station in Hermanus.

As part of the upgrading of electrical infrastructure, new  streetlights will also be installed.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2018.

Residents may experience temporary disruptions during the construction while pavements get dug up to install these cables underground.

After successful negotiations, the Overberg District Municipality (ODM), Overstrand Municipality and Theewaterskloof Municipality signed a Service Level Agreement for the Karwyderskraal Landfill site earlier today, Friday, 6 July 2018.

This Service Level Agreement is for the estimated useful lifespan of the whole Karwyderskraal Landfill site, which is estimated to be 55 years and will commence once the new cell in the Landfill site is completed. 

In terms of the agreement, the ODM will construct a new cell in the Landfill site and maintain the Landfill site to ensure that Overstrand Municipality, Theewaterskloof Municipality and other interested parties and local municipalities in the Overberg Regional District have a facility to dispose of general waste.

According to estimates, the new cell (the fourth one of its kind) will be able to take approximately 200 000 tons of solid waste. At the current growth rate, the new cell will, therefore, take approximately eight years to fill before a new cell will have to be commissioned.

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This year, the Hermanus Times Kalfiefees will take place from Wednesday 8 August till Sunday 12 Augustus and, once again, promises to bring top Afrikaans theatre productions to Hermanus.

The festival programme offers something for everyone:

  • Lovers of serious theatre can look forward to major drama productions such as “Die reuk van appels” and “Soebatsfontein”.

  • For those who rather prefer a serious laugh, there are excellent comedies such as “Lag ʼn slag” and “Operasie Holm”, while everyone’s favourite comedian, Marc Lottering, promises to have his audience in stitches on Saturday 11 August.

  • Music lovers can look forward to big names such as Coenie de Villiers, Elvis Blue and Danièle Pascal, while the performance by Stellenbosch’s university choir promises to be yet another highlight.
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We are pleased to invite you to join us and participate in the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit with the Overstrand Municipality’s Local Economic Development (LED) Department in close collaboration with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s (DRDLR) Youth Development component.

Given the complex socio-economic conditions in South Africa, the Overstrand Municipality through Local Economic Development and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform prioritises and values youth development and economic freedom through job creation through innovation and creativity. It is this reason that we call for all relevant stakeholders to open doors and support Young people through entrepreneurship revolution.

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