a motto that saw Mount Pleasant Library being crowned Best Public Library: Children’s Services

As early as 2011, the staff of the Mount Pleasant Library started a reading programme to improve users’ – especially children’s – reading ability. Initially, this programme focused on the pupils of the nursery school Vrolike Vinkies right next to the library.

The 60 children, aged three to six years, attended age-appropriate story hours and, soon, a further three nursery schools were invited to join in the programme. Working according to a timetable, schools nowadays are visited on a weekly basis, and it is estimated that around 300 children benefit from this programme on a monthly basis.

In recognition of its outstanding achievement and contribution, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport recently announced that the Mount Pleasant Library is regarded as the province’s best public library in the area of children's services. Runners up were the Brooklyn Public Library and the Valhalla Public Library, both in the City of Cape Town.

Proud chief librarian, Miralda Coert, handed the award to Executive Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, during the mayoral meeting held on Wednesday, 24 February 2016. To Ms Coert’s left are Desiree Arrison, Director Management Services, and Don Kearny, Area Manager: Hermanus.

Overstrand Municipality yet again received a clean audit report for the 2014/15 financial year. A “clean audit outcome” is an unqualified audit which implies that the financial statements are free from material misstatements, that there were no material findings relating to the annual performance report and that all key legislation had been complied with.

We have received unqualified audits since 2006/07 and clean audits in 2012/13, 2013/14 and now in 2014/15.

"The attainment of a clean audit is in line with our ultimate goal, namely to maintain a clean administration characterised by good governance, financial compliance and strong internal controls,” said Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, adding that “to fulfil this goal, we have to continuously improve our business processes in the interest of growth and sustainability.

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Notice is hereby given that due to roadworks taking place on the R43 between Botriver and Hermanus, publics within the route may subsequently be affected by road closures and delays as detailed in the below schedule provided by the contractor and project specification directed by the Provincial Government:

Saturday, 13 February 2016:   A ‘Stop/Go’ system will operate between 09h00 – 16h00.

Thursday, 18 February to Thursday, 31 March 2016 (INCLUDING SATURDAYS WITHIN THE PERIOD):  A ‘Stop/Go’ system will operate between 09h00 – 16h00.

The contractor has advised that the road in the vicinity of the Vermont intersection and Sandbaai Intersection in Hermanus will be mostly affected during this time.

Further notification will be issued as, and when, any amendments to the above are brought to our attention.

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“Cry the Beloved Overstrand” – so says Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie in response to the horrific shooting incident at the Hawston Camping Site on Sunday, 7 February 2016

“One life lost, is one life too many.  The incident at the biker’s rally In Hawston on Sunday past claimed not just two lives, but resulted in two more being injured (including a senior police official). However, the devastation and impact on the tally of family, friends, the community and Overstand at large, is beyond comprehension and the gravity of which will be felt by all concerned for a long, long time.

While the details regarding events preceding and surrounding this vicious attack are still sketchy, what is clear is that the region as a whole is in mourning where the desolation and heartache felt by many is intensely evident.

This is a dark day in the Overstrand, but one that cannot be allowed to be committed to the annals of history as defining who and what we are as a people.  Rather, let us pay homage to the victims of this dastardly incident by using it as a platform from which we can collectively employ every possible means to rid ourselves of the gangsterism, poaching, substance abuse, peddling and the associated criminal elements and organisations that promote these illegal activities that have insidiously crept into our area over time.

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The recent deluge of fires across the Overstrand, has seen an increase in calls for assistance being placed by the public to the Overstrand Municipality’s Emergency Services.  While the relevant personnel are readily on hand and suitably equipped to assist, they are, at times, being hampered in performing their duties and delivering a speedy and efficient service.  This is due, in part, to the inability to find affected residential properties, sites or business premises where road signs have been damaged or removed or street numbers are not adequately displayed.

Executive Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, has therefore made an appeal to residents and business owners in the region to please assist the Municipality by ensuring that the street numbers of their respective properties are clearly displayed.  “Unless your house or property number is visibly displayed, calling an ambulance, fire brigade or the police in the event of an emergency will be of no use at all.  If these emergency services cannot find you, then they can’t assist and valuable time, which could be used to save a life or your property, would have been wasted,” said the Mayor.

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