Overstrand Municipality is saddened by the loss of one of its longest serving staff members, Lukas Kaptein, who died of COVID-19 related symptoms on Friday 8 January 2021.

Lukas, aged 58, was working as a Supervisor Driver at the Water & Sewerage Department in Hermanus. He started working for the Municipality in 1993 and died after 28 years’ service. He was supposed to retire at the end of the month.

He will be sorely missed and will be remembered as a vibrant and cheerful person who made time for a quick chat and a joke.

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Overstrand Municipality's contactor for the upgrade of the storm water infrastructure in Hermanus will commence work in the Hermanus Industrial area.

The anticipated start date for the road closure in Mimosa Street and Prillewitz Road is Monday, 18 January 2021, weather permitting. The upgrade should not take more than eight weeks.

The Mimosa Street lane closure will be from the intersection between Mimosa Street and Prillewitz Road in front of Glassman in order to install the storm water pipelines.

Vehicles turning into Mimosa Street from the R43 Main Road will have the option of using the detour route through Arum Road to access the industrial area. The alternative option is for these vehicles to continue with Mimosa Street and turn into Prillewitz Road.

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Overstrand Municipality encourages residents to please consider online renewal of vehicle licences whenever possible.

Please pay the CORRECT amount into the Overstrand Municipality primary bank account and use the relevant car REGISTRATION NUMBER as a reference. Transactions cannot be processed, if the amount due and reference number are incorrect.

Traffic Services request the public to ascertain the correct amount due by phoning them on 028 313 8175/8031/8166 (Hermanus Traffic), 028 384 8339 (Gansbaai Traffic) or 028 271 8400 (Kleinmond Traffic) before making an EFT payment.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the Overstrand Traffic Department is experiencing staffing challenges due to coronavirus related matters such as exposure or illness.

Therefor all Overstrand Municipality's Traffic Services in Hermanus, Gansbaai and Kleinmond will be closed from today (12 January 2021) until Friday 15 January 2021.

The situation will be reviewed on a weekly basis and the public will be updated accordingly.

Please note that learner’s licences, driving licences, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits which expired from 26 March 2020 up until 31 December 2020 are deemed valid and validity is extended for a further grace period ending 31 August 2021.

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In terms of the amended level 3 lockdown regulations, ALL beaches (including all Overstrand beaches) are closed in areas declared hotspots until 15 January 2021.

Although there are uncertainties caused by the regulations, with some references being left open for adverse interpretation, Overstrand Municipality agreed that the closure of beaches do not apply to fishermen for fishing purposes between curfew hours (06:00 to 21:00). They must be inside their place of residence at 21:00.

Fishers (anglers) must also be in possession of a valid recreational fishing permit, obtainable from the Post Office. This is also applicable to the West Coast Rock Lobster season whether from a boat or land.

Those with permission to fish after 21:00 must have an essential services permit.

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