Overstrand Council unanimously approved the Executive Mayor’s Budget and Integrated Development Plan for the 2020/21 financial year on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.

Given the current challenges that ratepayers and the Municipality face, sweeping changes to the proposed draft budget had to be considered to mitigate risks resulting from the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Combined, the 2020/21 Expenditure Budget will amount to R1.342 billion Operational Expenditure and R303.7 million capital expenditure.

The revenue, including capital grants, amounts to R1.287 billion.

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All transfers stations and drop-off facilities are open. Operating hours of the waste facilities:

HERMANUS Transfer Station in Mbeki Street (garden and general waste) - open weekdays from 08:00 till 18:00, Saturdays from 09:00 to 16:00 and public holidays 09:00 to 14:00.

VOËLKLIP Weekend Drop-Off in 7th Street (household waste, black bags only) - open weekdays from 08:00 till 18:00, Saturdays from 09:00 to 16:00 and public holidays 09:00 to 14:00.

VOËLKLIP PRAWN FLAT Drop-Off (garden refuse only) - open weekdays from 08:00 till 18:00, Saturdays from 09:00 to 16:00 and public holidays 09:00 to 14:00.

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During a virtual Council meeting held on Wednesday, 27 May 2020, in Hermanus, Gansbaai and Kleinmond, Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee delivered the following address regarding approval of the 2020/21 budget.

The full Council of Overstrand Municipality has unanimously approved its budget.

Speaker Anton Coetsee said it is a really remarkable achievement and that it reflects a tremendous vote of confidence in the Mayor and Municipal Manager and Administration as a whole.

The Mayor’s speech, is published below:

Today the third review of our 5 year Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and 2020/2021 Budget will serve before Council.

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Owners and tenants of Hermanus' CBD and Industrial Area are herewith informed that the successful contractor, Meyer Beton Siviele & Boukontrakteurs, has officially been appointed by Overstrand Municipality on 6 May 2020 for the Construction of Stormwater Infrastructure for Hermanus CBD, Industrial Area and High Street Revitalization.

This contract includes the upgrading of the stormwater infrastructure in Main Road, Marine Drive and High Street, as well as the revitalization of High Street.

Stormwater upgrades will also be implemented in Mimosa Street and Prelliwitz Street in the Industrial Area.

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Overstrand fire fighters Phillip Goodman, Ebrahim Isaacs and Francois Marais are part of municipal sanitising team who clean and disinfect buildings and surfaces.

They systematically go through offices and areas, cleaning all key touch points and surfaces with approved high-level surface disinfectant.

The Municipality urges those who need to visit the offices to pay accounts, etc. to please adhere to the rules of social distancing, wearing a face mask and sanitising hands.