Seven student traffic officers from Overstrand Municipality graduated on 6 July from the Gene Louw Traffic College in Brackenfell, after successfully completed the 12-month ‘Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement’.

Over the last year, course participants received training accredited by the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA), which includes instruction in the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) guidelines on road traffic law enforcement. All participants have successfully completed firearm competency training, driver training (including articulated motor vehicle and motorcycle training), first aid training, and training in fighting fires.

According to Traffic Chief, Rudi Fraser, the Gene Louw Traffic College has a well-deserved reputation for producing well-trained officers.  “We know the new traffic law enforcement officers will play a vital role in improving road safety in our area and to help maintain high levels of visibility on the Overstrand roads,” he added.

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The Department of Water and Sanitation published a "No Drop" report, as part of their three-drop incentive programme, giving municipalities and residents a clear idea of water use efficiency and water losses.

The aim of the report is to increase water use efficiency from water supply networks, and will add on already established Green Drop and Blue Drop scorecards, which measures the management of drinking water quality and waste water treatment respectively.

“The full No Drop score of 100% puts Overstrand on the top of the performance list in South Africa. The No Drop score indicates that Overstrand Municipality has an excellent knowledge of its status, and has the required processes, systems and plans in place to manage water losses and non-revenue water,” the report stated.

The No Drop report also assist municipalities to determine whether they are investing in the best infrastructure and practices, and whether they have the correct people employed to deal with issues of water loss and management.

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On Wednesday, 15 June 2016 Youth Day was celebrated early as the youngsters of the Overstrand Child and Youth Care Centre (OCYCC) in Kleinmond were treated to a substantial donation of ‘Winter-Warmth Goodies’, scrumptious eats and fun party packs, courtesy of Pick ‘n Pay Hermanus.

The air was filled with excitement as the children awaited the arrival of their special guests, including Overstrand Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie who was set to deliver a keynote address at the event.  

Also in attendance was the Branch Manager of Pick ‘n Pay Hermanus, Wayne Castle and Customer Services Manager, Candice Martin, accompanied by their store mascot ‘Idor’ who enthralled the crowd with a lively welcome jig.

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If the look of rapture on the faces of the young tots of Yomelelani Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the Hou Moed Centre in Zwelihle was anything to go by, then it’s more than clear that they are thoroughly enjoying their recently renovated place of learning.

Sharing in their happiness was the crowd in attendance at the official opening event of the new extension of Yomelelani that took place at the premises on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.

From being a crèche that only serviced 3 - 5 year old children, Yomelelani's structure changed to a fully-fledged ECD facility catering for kids from 3 months - 5 years in 2015.  This, after abalone farming company Aqunion and other stakeholders, along with the Overstrand Municipality, set upon the ambitious task of upgrading and refurbishing the Hou Moed Centre which had fallen into disrepair.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016 – The welcoming address by Overstrand Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie (pictured standing) was well-received by attendees of the two-day Provincial IDP Managers’ Forum that was recently held at the Whale Coast Hotel in Hermanus.

The Forum is one of the structures created under the auspices of the Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG) in its quest to co-ordinate the work of local and other spheres of government in a coherent plan towards an improved quality of life for communities.

In her speech, the Mayor thanked Forum members for their efforts in ensuring the effective implementation and facilitation of the respective IDP’s of the various municipalities in the Province.

Despite the chilly autumn weather, it was Botha-Guthrie’s comment on the party’s visit to the little tots of Yomelelani Pre-School in Zwelihle later in the day where they would be handing out care-packs, which proved most heart-warming.

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