On Monday, Mayor Dudley Coetzee paid a visit to some of the businesses in the Hermanus Business Park. Business owners Johan van Zyl, Conrad Oosthuizen, Johann Grobbelaar and Leon Douglas welcomed the opportunity to have a discussion with the Mayor.

The discussions confirmed that business has been severely affected by the events of the past couple of months yet they are positive in going forward. 

“We are making efforts to compensate for the losses suffered, but are optimistic about tackling the way forward head-on,” was the general consent.

Pictured here are Hyundai Hermanus branch manager Johann Grobbelaar (left), Mayor Dudley Coetzee, Hermanus Business Chamber Chairman De Waal Steyn and Deputy Mayor Elnora Gillion.

Important Notice

Infrastructure and equipment, including the conveyer belt and baler at the recycling plant in Hermanus (amongst others), have been burned, which have caused substantial damage to the waste transfer and recycling plants. 

NO RECYLING can take place in HERMANUS or KLEINMOND any longer, therefore, clear recycling bags will in the interim no longer be provided.

We will inform you as soon as a short-term solution has been found.


Issued by Overstrand Municipality in conjunction with the Joint Operation Centre (JOC) on 19 July at 10:45

Health Services

We are well aware of the health risk in Zwelihle because no public toilets in the informal areas have been cleaned or refuse removed for more than a week.  We face many challenges as trenches have been dug and prevent access to Zwelihle:

  • Should the area be stabilised today and South African Police Services (SAPS) declare the area safe, we are ready to start rendering services to the area.
  • Several resources, including emergency, social services, as well as the municipal operational teams, are supporting the SAPS. 
  • Should there be a need, the Municipal Disaster Management will, as previously, open “Hall of Safety” for people.
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The Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Acting Provincial Police Commissioner General Burger visited Hermanus on Sunday afternoon, 15 July 2018.

In a social media post, Premier Zille said: “I Heard first hand accounts from residents of Zwelihle about the extent of the violence and intimidation they face. 

Apart from public facilities (the destruction of the library and swimming pool complex) private houses have been burnt.  People who went to work had their clothing and furniture removed from their houses and burnt in the street.  And most gruesomely, some pets have suffered the same fate.

While the police have contained the situation, it is impossible to prevent random roaming groups of thugs from causing this mayhem. There are now threats to burn the clinic and the school.

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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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