Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dr Annelie Rabie, is currently attending the 2023 Africa’s Travel Indaba and says she is delighted by the interest that delegates from all over the world are showing in our region at the trade show.

The Overstrand Tourism stall is popular and they have a steady flow of tour operators and travel agents asking many questions about attractions and activities.

They were thrilled to meet Richard Quest, CNN International journalist and presenter at the Overstrand Tourism stall.

Africa's Travel Indaba aims to facilitate networking and business opportunities within the tourism industry, and the programme is filled with opportunities to promote Overstrand products.


This is a final reminder for residents who currently receive an indigent grant - please ensure renewal of your applications before 31 May 2023 to avoid your Indigent Subsidy being cancelled.

Your nearest Municipal office will assist on week days with your renewal application and the following venues will be open on scheduled Saturdays, as follows:

27 May 2023: Proteadorp Community Hall, Kleinmond
13 & 20 May 2023: Youth Centre, Kleinmond

13, 20 & 27 May 2023: Gansbaai Municipal Offices

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The first Southern Right Whales of the 2023 season were spotted in Hermanus this morning, slightly ahead of schedule.

Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dr Annelie Rabie, said the early winter has its advantages and it is wonderful to welcome the gentle giants back into the bay.

Photo credit: Anne Wright (Hermanus resident)


The carcass of the 14 metre adult female Bryde’s Whale that was pulled from the New Harbour out to sea toward Die Plaat by Hermanus NSRI on 4 May 2023, washed up at Sopiesklip near Grotto Beach towards De Kelders over the weekend.

The cause of death could not be determined from visual inspection as there were no visible signs of entanglement or ship strike that could have led to its death.

Scientists from the Overberg Stranding Network will take samples and measurements during the course of the day.

Stranding response in the Overberg area is managed by a collaborative group of organisations, including CapeNature, Department of Environmental Affairs, Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Hermanus Animal Hospital 24 hr service, Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit, NSRI, Overberg District Municipality and Overstrand Municipality.

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On the eve of Africa's Travel Indaba, starting on Monday, Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dr Annelie Rabie, said the recent announcement by the South African Reserve Bank to upgrade banknotes and coins for the first in more than 10 years, will be a conversation starter.

Changes include the addition of pictures depicting the 'Big Five', as well as new animals and plants.

Mayor Rabie said she is thrilled to see the Southern Right Whale on the R5 coin and the Cape honey bee replacing the aloe on the 10c pieces

The Southern Right Whales come to the shores of the Cape Whale Coast in about June each year to mate and calve in the shallow waters.

Hermanus has gained the reputation of offering the best land-based whale watching in the world because of the excellent vantage points that the cliffs along Walker Bay provide.

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