Overstrand Municipality’s Traffic officials joined the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW), the Theewaterskloof and Cape Agulhas municipalities, the South African Police Service Overberg Cluster, and all relevant emergency and disaster management services to launch the regional integrated traffic operational plan for the festive season in Caledon on 11 December 2018.

The launch is part of the broader Overberg District Safety Plan (DSP). The DSP is an integrated enforcement, education, engineering and evaluation plan that incorporates to all the elements that can contribute to road safety in the Caledon Traffic Centre operational area. The DSP aims to reduce overall fatalities by 33%, and child fatalities by 50%, by 2020.

This year’s traffic plan was applauded by the Mayor of Theewaterskloof, Christelle Vosloo, when she emphasised the importance of safer, booze-free roads for all road users.

Mayor Vosloo said joint traffic law enforcement operations between the DSP partners have yielded good results. “Random Breath Testing (RBT) operations at identified hotspots continue to catch motorists by surprise.”

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Mayor Dudley Coetzee and fellow councillors Charmaine Resandt, Fanie Krige and Grant Cohen greeted drivers and their passengers by shaking hands and exchanging smiles during a ‘Welcome Roadblock’ in Hangklip-Kleinmond earlier today.

He wished all the holidaymakers a safe and enjoyable holiday in our area.

Also there to welcome tourists visiting the Overstrand were Traffic and Law Enforcement officers, SAPS, Hangklip-Kleinmond tourism office and Cape Nature.

A special appeal is made to motorists to adhere to the following basics:

  • Never drink and drive. If you intend to consume alcohol, make alternative arrangements so that you will not have to get behind the wheel.
  • Always make sure you and your passengers are buckled up.
  • Always adhere to the speed limit - driving too fast will result in a hefty fine, but driving too slow can be hazardous too.
  • Maintain a safe following distance and check your blind spot before changing lanes.
  • Don’t text and drive: #ItCanWait!
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It’s that time of the year when everyone wants to holiday at the sea but there’s no more space available.  If you are a property owner and want to let your house or apartment for short-term rentals as weekend or holiday accommodation it is advised that you familiarise yourself with the Municipal Planning By-laws.

The need for rental properties to ensure compliance with the regulations was highlighted recently when accommodation establishments in the Hangklip area received notices of non-compliance from the Town Planning Department.  “Why now and why in such an aggressive manner?”, was one such comment.

In response to this question it should be noted that any business setting up in the Overstrand, as elsewhere in South Africa, need to comply with the regulations for their specific industry and has the responsibility to ensure that they understand the extent of these regulations. 

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Not even the constant drizzle or protest on the R43 could dull the excitement and boisterous spirit of the cyclists, runners, and boat crew from the Military Academy in Saldanha for the final leg of Exercise Trans Enduro charity drive to Cape Town earlier today (7 December).

The annual Trans Enduro 11-day event, started in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the birthday place of Madiba in honour of the Nelson Mandela 100 celebrations. This year’s race is themed “Thuma mina” in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for South Africans to “accept the call to selflessly serve the embattled nation”.

Brigadier General Lourens Mbatha said this race inevitably wells up a feeling of nostalgia as many reflect on the passing of the iconic Nelson Mandela. “That day will forever be linked to the Military Academy and this wonderful effort,” he said.

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Overstrand Municipality appeals to visitors and residents to use water responsibly over the festive holiday season as Level 2 water restrictions in the Hermanus area are still in force.

If you use municipal water to water your garden, you may only do so for ONE HOUR per week, before 09:00 or after 17:00, on ONE DAY per week only. The day per week is determined in accordance with street numbers. For residents with even numbers, it is Wednesdays ONLY, and for those with uneven numbers, Tuesdays ONLY.

The use of irrigation systems are still allowed but, remember, only for one hour per week.

Note, too, that vehicles and boats may only be washed with a bucket and cloth and that the hosing down of hard surfaces or paved areas is prohibited.

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