On Friday, 22 May 2015 Mayor Botha-Guthrie handed out the certificates awarded to Overstrand Municipality personnel who participated and volunteered at the Better Together Games 2014.

A highlight of the awards ceremony was the Mayor handing over the highly coveted first prize trophy that the Overstrand team received for winning the Tag-Touch Rugby competition at the Games.

The Mayor extended her heartfelt congratulations to all participants and said, “Together we can make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. I honour and salute you for helping the Overstrand Municipal flag to fly higher.”

The Better Together Games is an annual event which brings all Western Cape Government and Municipal employees together to participate in a variety of sport codes and is held at various venues in the Metropole and outlying regions.

On Thursday, 21 May the children of three preschools in the Overstrand were the happy recipients of a winter-warming gift of a woollen beanie and scarf from Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU).

The dark grey clouds on the day were a clear reminder of the looming winter weather and the woollen gifts were a welcome treat to stave off the elements.

Rather than the pool of funds derived from private telephone calls made by IMATU members over a period of time being allocated to an event for their enjoyment, a mandate was given to the IMATU Committee by its members to furnish the needs of a community project.  To this end, the Mayor was approached for her input on where she thought the money could best be utilised.

Three preschools were identified in the Overstrand area and it was decided that the R6,600 raised would be used to purchase packs of beanies and scarves for the children concerned.  

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The Inauguration of the Hermanus Biodiversity Walk at Walker Bay aptly took place on International Biodiversity Day on Friday, 22 May 2015.

Guests were warmly welcomed by Chairman of the Cliff Path Management Group, David Beattie, who also provided a brief background of the project and the role players involved.

In her keynote address, Mayor Botha-Guthrie said, “We all have a role to play in preserving the biodiversity of this beautiful region. The partnerships that have been established between the various stakeholders, the Department of Environmental Affairs being the main sponsor, the Municipality and other enterprises are key to ensuring the success of this project and those of similar ilk in the future.”

A portion of the Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC) award of R7.6 million that the Overstrand Municipality received for being the Greenest Cleanest Municipality was allocated to the Hermanus Biodiversity Walk project. 

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On Tuesday, 19 May the Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela and Executive Mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie handed over the title deeds to an elated group of 183 beneficiaries at a ceremony held at the Eluxolweni Community Hall in Pearly Beach.

The Minister urged the recipients to place their title deeds in a safe place, and to maintain their homes with pride for themselves and future generations to enjoy. “Please do not sell your homes and end up back in shacks or as backyard dwellers. If that happens you will not qualify to get another home from Government,” the Minister stressed.

In her address Mayor Botha-Guthrie pointed out, “this title deed now means you are the legal owner of your property and should be able to use this document as a form of security should you wish to apply to a bank for a loan or further finance to purchase a car or for renovations to your house for instance.”

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As part of Overstrand's endeavour to equip its young leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to function as true Overstrand Ambassadors, Council recently undertook an extensive orientation tour to familiarise current members of the Junior Town Council with the delights the region has on offer.
 
Seeing that these ‘delights’ are often subject to exploitation and abuse by those who have little regard for conservation and/or the status of our fragile environment, Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie fittingly chose the recently operational Alternative Court in Hermanus as the first venue on the orientation tour’s itinerary.

In her welcoming address, she reassured the young ambassadors that Council will continue to do all it can to preserve Overstrand as a place where all would be welcome and safe – especially those creatures and species that are so dangerously threatened by irresponsible and unthinking human behaviour.

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