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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President Ramaphosa announced on Monday that South Africa is placed under an adjusted Level 3 lockdown until mid-January 2021.

He also announced that the Overstrand, as part of the Overberg District, was declared an official Covid-19 hotspot area.

After much debating on how to interpret the new adjusted Level 3 lockdown regulations, Overstrand Municipality’s Municipal Manager, senior officials and councillors decided that the mountain and hiking paths in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve will be open for hiking with immediate effect.

This is wonderful news on this last day of a very challenging year and will hopefully take the pressure off the cliff path and give residents and visitors alike an alternative option instead of going to the beach.

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The Hermanus and Gansbaai Traffic Department will not be open on Monday, 21 December 2020, as previously stated due to staff testing positive for COVID-19.

The buildings are being disinfected and the Hermanus and Gansbaai registration and licencing offices will re-open on Monday, 28 December 2020.

Once open, safety measures and protocols governing the observation of social distancing, sanitation and wearing of masks will be observed.

Please note driving licensing tests and learner driving licensing tests that would have taken place during the week of 21 - 24 December 2020 are postponed.

The new dates will be communicated to the relevant applicants as soon as possible.

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Over the last few days, people have reported nurdle sightings on the Onrus beach. Millions of these plastic pellets are being found in the sea and on the beaches, causing serious problems within the marine ecosystem.

Residents are being asked to find time to collect as many nurdles as possible‚ particularly from the high-water mark. They are tiny - around 2-5mm, which make it difficult to spot them. It is also quite difficult to pick them up and therefore it helps to take a sieve and container or packet with you when going for a walk on the beach.

They can be handed in at the Law Enforcement Safety kiosk, situated in the parking area. Please do not discard in Municipal waste bins, as these pellets will end up in landfills where they will become a problem to the scavenger animals that look for food.

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Overstrand Municipality’s Protection Services Directorate officially launched its festive season safety plan on Tuesday, 15 December 2020, in Hermanus.

The general message was that the December holidays will bring new challenges to keep residents and visitors safe during the holiday season, while adhering to the new COVID-19 restrictions that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday to curb the infection rate.

Mayor Dudley Coetzee’s address focussed on the impact COVID-19 had on Protection Services who have been rendering an essential service since the beginning of the pandemic and added that as 2020 draws to a close, the corona virus had reared its ugly head again.

The Mayor confirmed that Overstrand beaches will remain open between 09:00 – 18:00. “We were given the privilege to allow our beaches to stay open so that they can be enjoyed – please be responsible and heed to COVID-19 health and safety advice,” he added.

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