Despite recent heavy rains, bulk earthworks for the development of the 30 000m² Whale Coast Mall in Sandbaai have been progressing reasonably well.

The developer of the shopping centre, who is also responsible for the upgrading of the local road network in the vicinity of the Mall, says the road works will be completed in a number of phases over the next 15 months.

These roads include sections of Sandbaai Main Road, Bergsig Street and Schulphoek Road. The first phase (phase 1A) will be to upgrade Sandbaai Main Road from Agrimark to Bergsig Street.

The developer appointed the contractor for the road works on Friday, 29 July 2016. Construction of phase 1A is due to start on Wednesday, 10 August 2016, or shortly thereafter, depending on the results of detail site investigations to be done during the next few days. The start of this phase was slightly delayed to accommodate the Kalfiefees. This phase is due for completion by November 2016.

During this phase, Sandbaai Main Road will be closed from just south of the Engen filling station exit to Bergsig Street. No traffic or pedestrian movements will be possible on this section of Sandbaai Main Road for the duration of the road works.

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“At the start of my tenure I made a pledge and it is one that I live by. Give everything you do, everything you’ve got, every minute, of every day. To that I can say, ‘Mission accomplished’.”  These were the words uttered by Overstrand Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie at the Councillors End-of-Term Farewell Dinner held in the Banqueting Hall of the Overstrand Municipality on Wednesday evening, 27 July 2016.

If the tributes paid to the Mayor by the Speaker, Anton Coetsee, as well as Cllrs Lisel Krige and Michelle Sapepa were anything to go by, then it is clear that there was nothing but high praise for her exemplary work ethic and tremendous passion she applied during her time in office.

What was even more evident was the warmth and love that surrounded the Mayor as many took the opportunity to reminisce and swop anecdotes of shared experiences over the years. Not one to hog the limelight, and true to form, Botha-Guthrie deflected attention from herself to pay homage to her councillors and management team by issuing long-service awards, certificates of appreciation and carefully chosen farewell gifts.

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It has been both an honour and a privilege to serve as the Executive Mayor of the Overstrand. The friendships I have made, the lessons I have learned and the opportunities that I have had will remain with me for all time.

As a loyal citizen of the area I will not be completely lost as I intend to assist in the work we have been doing as and when I am required to, albeit as an ordinary councillor.

I urge you to capitalise on the successes we’ve achieved by rededicating yourselves to constructively working together towards one nation pillared on the noble values of non-racism, non-sexism and the unity of the South African people.

I would like to thank you for all the support you have given me during my term in office and for working together to establish the stable council we now enjoy. The transformed and strengthened council has become not only a key forum for political dialogue, reflection and dispute, but an important and real centre of decision-making, one shaping the future of the Overstrand and its citizens.

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After providing a comprehensive and informative overview of the True Scale Solar System Model to an enraptured audience at the Overstrand Auditorium, Project Co-ordinator Dr Pierre de Villiers led the way to the Hermanus Cliff Path for the official ceremonial unveiling by Overstrand Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie.

De Villiers could not contain his joy and pride at the outstanding efforts and contribution that led to the successful delivery of the project by stating, “I am humbled and completely blown away by the response we received. 

The dedicated support from so many individuals and organisations has led to this phenomenal work that we are witness to today. My thanks and appreciation goes to each and every one of you.  Because of your efforts, this will be enjoyed by many for generations to come.”

 

In anticipation of the outcome of the local government elections which are to take place on 3 August 2016, Overstrand Municipality is gearing up to elect the next generation of ward committees in all 13 wards.

Ward committees are instrumental in ensuring good governance: They speak on behalf of the people whenever Integrated Development Plans and budgets are formulated and must ensure that the citizenry have a say in crucial matters regarding service delivery.

Chaired by the Ward Councillor, a ward committee is comprised of a number of elected members (no more than 10) who represent the interests of organisations/sectors and/or geographically bound residents within that area. Anyone serving on a ward committee must be a registered voter whose name appears on the voters’ role and who is entitled to participate in local elections in that area.

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