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It has been 10 years since Hermanus FynArts Director, Mary Faure, approached the Overstrand Municipality with a plan to make her dream of an Hermanus arts festival a reality.

The first official meeting with local government was met with encouragement and an undertaking to assist where possible.

Initially the festival was to be a tourism event focussed on drawing new visitors for more than one night’s stay in Hermanus during the quiet winter season.

The emphasis evolved as the festival programme developed into a unique Western Cape offering that gained traction as a highlight on the calendars of art lovers across South Africa.

The Overstrand Municipality committed its support to the fine arts since the festival’s first hosting in 2013 - both financially and logistically.

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Those interested in investing in the Overstrand are reminded to register for the Overstrand Municipality's Investment Conference on 23 and 24 June 2022.

Earmarked projects will be showcased and discussed. The projects are a mixture of industries ranging from potential abalone farms, desalination plant, retirement village, university, restaurants, camp sites, small scale industrial erven, medical facility and more.

To book your place, visit and click on Investment Conference tab.

Registration will be closing on 17 June 2022. The registration fee is R250 per person and includes dinner. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Yesterday, Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dr Annelie Rabie, attended the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations held at the Old Harbour in Hermanus, together with fellow municipal officials and her Mayco members.

During this occasion, 19-year-old Zwelihle resident and organiser of the event, Inga Mfundisi, lit a beacon to celebrate Queen Elizabeth and her 70 years on the throne and as Head of the Commonwealth. Earlier in the year, the Commonwealth issued a call to action for youth across the commonwealth countries to take part in this event and Inga approached them with a request to make the Overstrand part of this historic moment.

The Mayor expressed her congratulation s and appreciation to Inga and said this young girl brought honour to Hermanus. “My wish for everyone here is to feel welcome and at home. May you all feel that you belong and that the Overstrand is where you want to grow up and develop and contribute,” Mayor Rabie said.


Overstrand Municipality's Local Economic Development (LED), in partnership with Grootbos Foundation's 2022 Employability Programme, offers an excellent opportunity to young individuals who want to improve their employability and life skills.

This is in response to a request at the monthly First Thursdays with Mayor Rabie, where young people raised their concerns regarding job opportunities and work readiness. The Mayor expressed her satisfaction with workshops such as these, where the private sector give their much-needed support.

The programme will start with a three-day workshop in July and will equips youth, aged 18 – 35, with the knowledge and skills for the world of work.

Young people from all areas in the Overstrand can apply to attend the workshops in Gansbaai and Hermanus.

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The Council of Overstrand Municipality approved its R1.83 billion total expenditure budget for the 2022/23 financial year with a supporting vote of a majority of its members on 31 May 2022.

Council adopted a resolution that the lifespan of the existing Integrated Development Plan (IDP) will be extended for the 2022/23 financial year. “This gives us an opportunity to, with effect August 2022, start the design of the new generation IDP with full focus on manifesting the 3C’s (Communication, Crime Prevention, and the Cost and ease of doing business with Overstrand) in pursuit of our overall vision of an Overstrand for All.”

In her IDP and Budget speech, Executive Mayor, Dr Annelie Rabie, said the draft budget that was tabled at the end of March, did not change substantially.

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