Victims of one of the worst maritime disasters of the 19th century have been remembered in a wreath-laying ceremony on Birkenhead Rock in Gansbaai, followed by a small remembrance ceremony at sea.

There to recount the events, as well as laying a wreath in memory of those who gave their lives, was Overstrand Municipality Acting Mayor, Dudley Coetzee.

In his speech the Mayor said:

“On this day, 26 February 1852, 166 years ago at 2 am the troopship HMS Birkenhead was wrecked less than 5 kms from these shores when it struck a rocky outcrop jutting out of the sea.  As the ship separated from the rock with a gaping hole in its side, water filled the forward section and more than 100 troops drowned in their sleeping quarters.

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The current drought is extending its hold on Western Cape municipalities more and more.

It was recently reported that the City of Cape Town - in a collaborative effort from the farming community of the Elgin-Grabouw Valley and the City of Cape Town ‘had secured an extra 67 million litres of water from the Palmiet-Kogelberg Dam’ (per day) for a period of 2 months with effect from February 2018.

The Groenberg Water Users’ Association has made this water available to the City from their irrigation allocation.

Residents of Kleinmond are assured that the Department of Water and Sanitation and th Breede-Olifants-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BOGCMA) have confirmed that this does not impact on Overstrand's allocation from the Palmiet River for Kleinmond or on Cape Town's own allocation from the Palmiet River.

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The Annual Report for Overstrand Municipality for the financial year 2016/17 was tabled at a special Council meeting on 24 January 2018.

The annual report is published yearly to provide all interested parties information on the Municipality’s service delivery and financial performance for the previous financial year, in this instance 2016/17.

The Annual Report showcases the Municipality’s performance over the past financial year, including its accomplishments and challenges. The report also highlights progress made by the Municipality in terms of service delivery, in order to benchmark new standards of performance and set new goals for improvement.

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Grotto’s Blue Flag beach received top marks from the International Blue Flag organisation following a recent inspection.

Regular inspections are carried out during the period that the beaches are operated as Blue Flag beaches and at least one visit is unannounced.

Blue Flag is an international annual award which focuses on the environmental management of our coastline and coastal waters to help tourism growth and development. Although it is a voluntary eco-label, it has become an international symbol of quality for beaches, boats, and marinas that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management.

In South Africa, the Blue Flag programme is managed by WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa).

Blue Flag status is awarded seasonally and municipalities must apply annually to renew the status of their beaches.

Water samples are taken at regular intervals and are tested by an independent laboratory.

• Grotto’s Blue Flag status will remain effective until 31 March 2018.

TheThe De Bos Dam level was at 56.7% by end December 2017, compared to 62.9% by end November 2017, and 87.9% by end December 2016.

Hermanus had 3.2 mm of rain during December 2017, which made a total of 502.9 mm in 2017, compared to the long-term average of 620 mm per year.

The average daily water demand of Hermanus during December 2017 was 13.0 million litres per day, compared to 15.98 million litres per day during December 2016. This amounts to a saving of 18.6%, or 92.1 million litres of water in December compared to the previous year.

The good co-operation and sense of responsibility demonstrated by the public since the implementation of water restrictions in Hermanus is commendable.

The Buffels River Dam, which supplies water to Rooi-Els, Pringle Bay, and Betty’s Bay, is still close to 100% full capacity, as is the Kraaibosch Dam at Gansbaai and the Pearly Beach Dam. The boreholes supplying Hermanus, Stanford, Baardskeerdersbos and Buffeljagsbaai have not been adversely affected by the drought at this stage.

The Overstrand Municipality continuously monitors the water situation in all its supply areas, and additional measures will be taken when deemed necessary.


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