TheThe De Bos Dam level was at 56.7% by end December 2017, compared to 62.9% by end November 2017, and 87.9% by end December 2016.

Hermanus had 3.2 mm of rain during December 2017, which made a total of 502.9 mm in 2017, compared to the long-term average of 620 mm per year.

The average daily water demand of Hermanus during December 2017 was 13.0 million litres per day, compared to 15.98 million litres per day during December 2016. This amounts to a saving of 18.6%, or 92.1 million litres of water in December compared to the previous year.

The good co-operation and sense of responsibility demonstrated by the public since the implementation of water restrictions in Hermanus is commendable.

The Buffels River Dam, which supplies water to Rooi-Els, Pringle Bay, and Betty’s Bay, is still close to 100% full capacity, as is the Kraaibosch Dam at Gansbaai and the Pearly Beach Dam. The boreholes supplying Hermanus, Stanford, Baardskeerdersbos and Buffeljagsbaai have not been adversely affected by the drought at this stage.

The Overstrand Municipality continuously monitors the water situation in all its supply areas, and additional measures will be taken when deemed necessary.

Monday, 15 January, marks the last day of the Blue Flag beach season at Hawston and  Kleinmond as well as Castle Beach in Pearly Beach that was given pilot Blue Flag status for the first time.

Grotto’s Blue Flag status will remain effective till 31 March 2018.

Lifeguard services continue on a daily basis between 09:00 – 18:00 until 31 January 2018 at Grotto East, Grotto West, Voëlklip, Kammabaai, Onrus, Onrus Lagoon, Langbaai, Sandbaai and Hawston.

Lifeguards will be on duty daily between 09:00 – 18:00 during weekends only till 31 January at the beaches of Kleinmond, Kleinmond Lagoon, Palmiet, Betty’s Bay, Silver Sands and Pringle Bay.

Please remember: When the sea is rough, avoid swimming, or do not swim unaccompanied.

The swimming pools in Hawston and Hermanus (situated between Zwelihle and Mt Pleasant) continue to enjoy the full services of lifeguards till 30 April 2018.

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Overstrand says goodbye to Executive Mayor, Alderman Rudolph Smith.

As Mayor, he was not just our First Citizen; he was our friend, our father, our brother and our son.

Alderman Smith has served the Overstrand as Councillor, Deputy Mayor and finally Executive Mayor for the last 10 years.  He considered himself a dedicated “servant of the people” and devoted his life to uplifting the disadvantaged, forgotten and frail. 

As a community leader, Alderman Smith was forthright, outspoken and unreservedly loyal. 

He led our region with progressive charm, immense pride and an abundance of humanity.

We salute you honourable Smith and thank you for your service.


A joint rescue operation training exercise was conducted at Fernkloof Nature Reserve on Tuesday, 5 December to hone the search skills and to bolster the rescue capability of the various rescue teams involved.

According to Angelo Aplon, Assistant Fire Chief: Operations and Training, the exercise was a ‘mock’ search and rescue operation that was based on a past scenario and one that could likely happen again.

"These exercises help ensure that staff and volunteers throughout the Overberg region, working in the emergency and rescue services field, are familiar with their roles and responsibilities in the event of a search and rescue emergency," he added.

Overstrand Firefighters, Environmental Officers, Traffic and Law Enforcement Officers - including members of the Task Team, as well as Western Cape Emergency Medical Services and Hermanus NSRI Station 17  took part in the rescue operation.

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Not only has Blue Flag status once again been bestowed on Grotto, Hawston and Kleinmond - but Castle Beach in Pearly Beach was given pilot Blue Flag status for the first time!

The pilot period for Castle Beach will be from 15 December 2017 to 15 January 2018.

Pilot beaches are not required to comply with all Blue Flag criteria, but must work towards meeting fundamental elements like water quality, environmental education and information, beach and environmental management, and safety and services within a two year period to stand a chance to ultimately acquire full Blue Flag status.

Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year and to practise effective and efficient conservation management.

The accreditation is awarded for one season at a time and if conditions deteriorate at the beach, it can be withdrawn.

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