Newly elected Overstrand Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee announced his Mayoral Committee on Wednesday, 28 February. The announcement was made during his acceptance at the Council meeting that was held in the Hermanus Auditorium.

Councillor Elnora Gillion has been elected as the new Deputy Executive Mayor for Overstrand, and will further retain her position as chairperson of the Economic Development and Tourism portfolio – to which Protection Services has now been added.  The Mayor pointed out that the latter was due to a decision taken to reduce the Mayco by one as part of council’s continued cost-containment drive.

Councillor, Riana de Coning is now the chairperson of Finance, whilst Cllr Andrew Komani will be the chairperson of Management Services, Cllr Kari Brice of Infrastructure and Planning and Cllr Arnie Africa of Community Services.

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Given that hot, windy and dry weather conditions are to prevail for the foreseeable future, the risk of runaway veld fires is greater than ever this year.

The Overberg is one of the worst affected veld fire areas in the Western Cape where fires are a natural phenomenon during the long, hot summers and the work of the Overstrand Municipality’s Fire Service, in particular, is vital in our fight to conserve the biodiversity of the region.

Two brand new fire awareness signs have been erected at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve just before Gansbaai on the R43 and at the Pringle Bay turn-off.

These signs do not only act as an awareness tool to get the message across that fires can be prevented, but also supply motorists with the Overstrand Fire Brigade number to call if you notice a fire or any sign of an impending fire in the area.

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Since December 2017 a large amount of dead or very sick marine bird species have been found along the Overstrand coastline and estuaries.  The majority of the affected seabirds were Swift Terns. In January, however, other tern and seabird species have also tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza.

And now, this pathogen has caused the death of a small number of African penguins too. Although this is cause for concern, there is very little we can do to prevent a possible outbreak.  It is a frustrating situation because our natural reaction is to “DO SOMETHING”. Unfortunately, this is one of those times where we will just have to hope that the natural resilience of the tenacious African penguin will weather the storm.

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Overstrand Municipality will implement level 1B water restrictions from 1 March 2018 in the Greater Hermanus area (i.e. from Benguela Cove to Voëlklip).

Water tariffs will only be increased once the level of the De Bos Dam drops below 40%.

De Bos Dam is currently at 46,5%.

Water sources in the other areas of the municipality are still at satisfactory levels, and residents can still enjoy a breather on water restrictions.

Restrictions include

• No washing of vehicles with any hose will be permitted. This means washing of vehicles and boats are only allowed if a bucket and cloth are used.  

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New amphibious wheelchair to improve accessibility at Grotto Blue Flag beach

Physically disabled residents and visitors to the Grotto Blue Flag Beach can now spend time on the sand and dip their toes into the Atlantic, thanks to a brand new amphibious wheelchair designed specifically for beach use by the physically challenged.

This amphibious wheelchair has a sturdy aluminium frame and can carry a weight of up to 150 kg.

The chair is equipped with three wheels that are relatively wider than a traditional wheelchair to enable easy movement on the sand. It also has two flotation devices that also act as armrests and when pushed into the water, the chair becomes safely buoyant.

The wheelchair was generously donated to Overstrand by Wessa (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa), the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and the Ford Motor Company Fund.

It is available for use at Grotto Beach during the Blue Flag season (1 December - 31 March) during which lifeguards are on duty.

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