The public meetings will take place on the dates and time as indicated below:

Contact person: Ms Rita le Roux, at 028 313 8074

SPESIALE OPENBARE WYKSVERGADERINGS OOR DIE 2015/16-KONSEPBEGROTING

Die openbare vergaderings sal plaasvind op die datums en tye soos aangetoon,:

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At the council meeting held in the Banqueting Hall on Wednesday, 25 March 2015, Mayor Ald Nicolette Botha-Guthrie thanked all staff members of the Overstrand, councilors, stakeholders, assisting municipalities and the broader community for the role played during the fire recently.

The fire started about a month ago in the area and was managed successfully by the fire fighters of the Overstrand; unfortunately   another fire broke out at Karwyderskraal area over the past weekend.

Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie extended a thank you to all the ladies who cooked meals for the firefighters following sleepless nights of battling with the fires. She also extended her gratitude to the following people: members of public for their role in assisting, to councilors who assisted in their respective areas and other municipalities that assisted in the fire fighting operations.  The Mayor closed off by saying a formal thank you letter will be written to all stakeholders on our appreciation. Immediately after, the Mayor thanked personnel for the hard work in producing in-house quality documents and mentioned the importance of these documents and what it means to the councilors, she immediately, tabled the following documents to the council:

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Cape Whale Coast received an “Award of Excellence" as "Best Local Destination 2015" at the 2015 Cape Getaway Show held at Lourensford Wine Estate 13 - 15 March. Over 15,700 visitors were exposed to the Overstrand Municipality brand.

The criteria was based on the beauty of the stand and images used, best showcased what the area has to offer, the friendliness as well as depth of knowledge of the team who manned the stand, including the Hermanus Whale Crier concept.

Finally, the Cape Whale Coast prizes given to competition winners at Cape Getaway were singled out as outstanding, focusing on the quality of our collateral, the beautifully crafted branded items echoing the flavour of our holiday destination, and the products sourced from the local tourism bureau members.

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The Council meeting held on Thursday, 26 February 2015, was a special celebratory day for the staff of the two libraries that made a name in the Western Cape list by walking away with Awards.  Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie congratulated both libraries and accepted the awards on behalf of the Municipality from the Managers of Hawston and Hermanus Library.

In light of its goal to create a sense of confidence and pride amongst the peoples of the Western Cape in the historic, cultural and linguistic value of their heritage, this year’s annual award ceremony hosted by the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport held at the Baxter Theatre on Monday 9 February recognised those who made a particular contribution towards creating a colourfully inclusive Cape.

With these criteria in mind, and given that institutions from all over the province were in the running, Hawston Library deserves a special accolade for having walked off as winner in the category "Best Public Library: Youth Service" and, to top it all, bagging the Minister's special award in the "outstanding achievement in the arts and culture, language, heritage, geographical names, museums, libraries or archives" category intended for the youth.

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Since its inception in 1995, Overstrand has been an active participant in the Department of Environmental Affairs' Working for Water (WfW) programme, recognised globally as one of the most outstanding environmental conservation initiatives on the African continent. The WfW regards the development of people as an essential element of environmental conservation, and by offering short-term clearing jobs aims to create an enabling environment for skills training that will help to empower communities.

With funding from the Department of Environmental Affairs, the WfW extended this initiative in 2013 by introducing an Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) project intended to assess and improve the literacy and numeracy levels of its beneficiaries and contractors.

Recently, its commitment towards furthering the development of WfW beneficiaries, high level of professionalism and excellent cooperation with the service provider earned Overstrand the Christine Fortuin Memorial Award as ABET Client of the Year. A well-deserved accolade indeed given that those who sat for the exam achieved a hundred percent pass rate and, with the encouragement of the municipality, managed to ensure that the WfW project remained fully operational throughout.

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