New designated areas or better known as ‘dog zones’ are set to be introduced early next year in the Overstrand for a trial period of six months.

Dog owners and those who do not like dogs so much, will welcome this initiative from the Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee, who asked Nature’s Valley Conservation Trust to assist us with a pilot study on the impact of dogs on our various beaches.

Overstrand Municipality is to introduce three zones: red, yellow and green starting at beaches in Gansbaai (Pearly Beach), Grotto and Kleinmond (Main Beach).

The red zones will be where dogs are not allowed, the yellow zones will ask owners to keep dogs on leads and the green areas are where dogs can be let off leashes but must be kept under control.

The first round of discussions with relevant stakeholders started last week, and a public workshop will be held middle to end January 2020 to introduce the concept. More info will follow later.

The final ‘proposal’ will be open for public comment for a month before the proposal will be taken to council for consideration.

Know this:

For this coming December holiday period, the following still applies: DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEASH

Section 6(2) and (3) of the by-law on Dogs and Cats are clear both in contextual and literal interpretation: “No person may or cause to allow any dog to be in a public place unless it is kept on a leash.”

Note that public spaces include any beach, road, path, bridge, footpath or garden, and any other place under the control of the municipality.

Dog owners making use of Overstrand’s beaches that earned Blue Flag status - Grotto, Hawston, Castle Beach and Kleinmond - must respect the stipulation that no dogs will be allowed on these beaches whilst the Blue Flag is flying.

Pet owners are also requested NOT TO BURY DOG POOP IN THE SAND or throw it out to sea. They are required to CLEAN UP AFTER THEIR DOGS and to DISPOSE OF POOP BAGS in the correct bins.