Wednesday, 6 April 2016:  For Tanner Metodes, a grade 9-learner at Northcliff House College in Hermanus, meeting Overstrand Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie and receiving her warm praise, proved to be the proverbial ‘cherry on top’ of the boxing gold medal he achieved at the recently held National Boxing Championship.

15-year old Tanner’s accomplishment is all the more remarkable given that he only entered the boxing arena a mere six months back. However, being schooled in Mixed Martial Arts from age 11, and clocking up considerable awards like being crowned the SA Open Kickboxing Champ in 2014, has in all likelihood served him well as the focus, discipline and agility required of the sport has certainly stood him in good stead

Whilst a grade 8-pupil at Wynberg Boys High School in Cape Town last year, Tanner’s Mixed Martial Arts instructor at the time, recognised the lad’s potential in wrestling and boxing as well, and approached him to train with the group of pros under his tutelage.

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A R37 million Department of Transport and Public Works roadworks project on the R43 between Bot River and Sandbaai is nearing completion. The contractor began work in September 2015 and is scheduled to finish by end of May 2016, provided that there are no delays caused by bad weather or unforeseen events.

Stop/ go operations will be in place during the day for asphalting at the Hawston, Fisherhaven, Karwyderskraal and Bot River intersections until 22 April 2016. Rumble strips are being installed at the Bot River intersection to reduce the risk of crashes. Line marking has commenced and will be completed within about four weeks. Closures will be in place for short periods to allow roadmarking paint to dry.

Road signs are due to be installed during the first two weeks of May. Reflective road studs will be installed, chipping stones removed, and the road reserve cleaned during May. Fencing and fence repairs will continue until the end of the contract period.

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The 2016/17 draft budget and draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP review)  for Overstrand Municipality seeks to continue with a legacy of providing improved service delivery to better the lives of all communities in the Overstrand. The affordability of tariff increases are of great importance to the municipality and the level of services versus the associated cost is a constant consideration.

Therefore, the Overstrand Municipality is inviting everyone to get involved and give their input into the 2016/2017 Municipal Draft Budget.

Residents can peruse copies of the draft budget and draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP review) at the offices of all area managers, libraries within the municipality, or download it from Overtrand Municipality’s website at www.overstrand.gov.za. The closing date for written representations from the public is set for Friday, 29 April.
During the month of April all wards will have the opportunity to discuss the budget with the mayor and relevant municipal representatives.

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THE 2016/2017 DRAFT Annual Budget and Draft IDP review for Overstrand Municipality was tabled on 30 March by Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie and is available to the local community for representations and comment. The total consolidated budget for the coming financial year is R1,151 billion.

The Capital Budget amounts to R76 million of which R54,9 million has been appropriated for the development of infrastructure. 

The increased operating budget is R1,075 billion.

The affordability of tariff increases are of utmost importance to the municipality and the level of services versus the associated cost is a constant consideration.

It should be noted that the proposed tariff increases in service charges, excluding electricity, have been kept below current inflation as measured against the South African Reserve Bank’s latest inflation targets of 6,6 %. Property rates increases by 7,2 %.

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Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery was pictured delivering a keynote address to a rapt audience at a recent ceremony held at the Overstrand Municipality to mark the official opening of the Hermanus Additional Court.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016:  Since hearing its first municipal case in September last year, the newly established Hermanus Additional Court is now fully operational and is fast gaining recognition and traction for being an effective and efficient operation capable of handling the many cases brought before it on matters such as traffic violations, municipal by-laws and building code infringements, to name but a few.

Stats have shown that up to the end of February 2016, more than 2500 municipal cases have been heard at the respective Hermanus Additional Court, and on a circuit basis in Caledon.

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