DIRECTIONAL SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE  EXECUTIVE MAYOR, CLR NICOLETTE BOTHA GUTHRIE  ON 29 OCTOBER 2014

Direction was given by the Mayor at the 29 October 2014 Council meeting for the 3rd review of the approved 5 year Integrated Development Plan (IDP) of 2012/17 along with the budget preparation for 2015/16 to 2017/18 that is currently underway.

In setting and guiding the strategic direction for the 2015/16 IDP review and Budget process a Mayoral Strategic session with the Mayoral committee members and Top Management was held on 26 September 2014. At this session the gathering interrogated our vision, mission and strategic goals, reflected on our performance for the past financial year and discussed key considerations for the 2015/16 financial year.

Mayor mentioned that the biggest consideration in the development of the 5 year IDP and the subsequent 4 annual reviews is prioritizing the “vast needs” of the communities and assessing the resources (Budget) available to address the “vast needs.

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On the evening of 23 October 2014, Overstrand wished its former Junior Town Council a fond farewell and welcomed the new team on board in a fitting manner. Quoting from renowned poet Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie revisited a couple of truths about the relationship between the young and the old in her message to all present: “Children are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.  They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts.”

Jokingly remarking that the ‘old folks’ will probably never understand what goes on in the young ones’ minds, she did say that it is the duty of those advanced in years to convey their thoughts to the young, and the duty of the young to take what they have learned from their parents, guardians, mentors and teachers and to build their own thinking around that.

With due recognition for the outgoing Junior Council’s efforts to help make Overstrand a centre of excellence for all it serves, she went on to thank the Enlighten Education Trust whom, from the very outset, has been tasked with facilitating this ‘thought-exchange’ process by equipping Overstrand’s young leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to take their rightful place in “the house of tomorrow”.

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Coenie Groenewald, Municipal Electoral Officer for Overstrand, confirmed that the by-elections for wards 2 (Gansbaai), 5 (Zwelihle) and 7 (Sandbaai) will take place on Wednesday 26 November 2014.
 
The cut-off date and time for the submission of nominations for candidates in the by-elections is Friday, 24 October 2014 at 17:00. The list of approved ward candidates will be announced on 10 November 2014.
 
New voters in the relevant wards have the opportunity to register on 18 and 19 October 2014 (from 08:00 till 17:00) at the respective voting stations in the relevant wards, or daily during normal office hours at the IEC's local office at Office 4A, Twin Gables, 26 High Street, Hermanus (tel. 028 312 1464/5). The voters’ roll closes on Friday 24 October 2014 at 17:00.

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To coincide with the annual Whale Festival, Overstrand recently hosted its Municipal Showcase at Gearing’s Point from 3 to 6 October. This time round, partaking municipal departments went a little beyond merely putting up displays to showcase their services: Instead, the personnel who manned the stations daily actively engaged with visitors to answer their questions and to provide information on municipal services in visitors’ mother tongues.

Despite the weather not playing along initially, young and old attended the festival in droves. Around 150 walk-ins were welcomed to the Showcase daily, and most were impressed with the quality of the displays and the attending personnel’s courteous response to their questions. Around a hundred written comments were received and will be followed up with the respondents in question over the next couple of weeks.

The idea behind the exhibition is to bring municipal services closer to the people we serve and to showcase the municipality’ achievements as a centre of excellence. This year, Infrastructure & Planning, LED, Community Services, Management Services, Protection Services and finance directorates manned stalls. They were joined by representatives from all four administrations as well as the fire brigade.

Generally, feedback regarding the new format is positive, and the municipality and the participating directorates plan on building on the lessons learnt to put up an even more impressive show next year.

Several initiatives are in full swing all over Overstrand to bring a little joy to those in need this year. Many of us would like to contribute but are unsure who to approach or where to drop off our goodies. Here are some worthy options to consider:

  • Santa Shoebox Project – this inspiring community initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust involves the distribution of personalised gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children across the country. Fill your gift box with some necessities, such as toothpaste and toothbrush, facecloth and soap, as well as some sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an outfit of clothing. For more information, call Wendie Cleary on 028 316 2257, but hurry because boxes must be dropped off in Hermanus or Gansbaai by no later than 18:00, Saturday 1 November.

  • Bags of Love – through this campaign, the poorest of the poor in Overstrand can enjoy a bag full of basic necessities and quite often a few Christmas treats as well. As part of the initiative, bags (provided) are filled with basic groceries from a standard shopping list and distributed to needy families just before Christmas. The grocery items can be bought at certain chain stores in Hermanus at a cost of around R130. For more information, call Des Collins on 082 824 1058 or 028 316 4434.
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