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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Mayor with Mzi Damesi and Akhule Mgoqi

Akhule Mgoqi, a grade-five learner at Zwelihle Primary has not always had the easiest existence.  But, the lack of money or resources has done little to stymie the spirit and enthusiasm of the plucky 12-year old who dreams of becoming an international boxing champ just like his idol, Floyd Mayweather.

Though slight in build, Mqoqi’s speed and ability to place well-timed punches while craftily ducking blows from opponents has seen him copping significant awards at the various tournaments and boxing academies he’s competed in.  Of note, despite having very little time to prepare, he obtained a silver medal at a national boxing competition held in Gauteng in June last year.  It was here that he caught the eye of officials of the South African National Boxing Organisation (SANABO) and has since been selected to participate in a series of SANABO training camps aimed at grooming young up and coming boxers that will hopefully, in time, be part of the national athletic squad set to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.

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The sweltering early morning heat and rising temperatures did little to dampen the spirits of a boisterous group of grade-one learners at Mount Pleasant Primary on Tuesday, 19 January when they became the recipients of stationery laden backpacks, courtesy of the Ward 4 Backpack Project.   More than 50 backpacks filled with prescribed stationery were handed over to the young learners by Michael Cardo, MP: Shadow Minister of Economic Development and Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, Overstrand’s Executive Mayor.   

Also in attendance at the specially marked ceremony at Mount Pleasant Primary School was Ward 4 Councillor Lianda Beyers-Cronjé, the project initiator and co-ordinator who, along with Ann Wright the Manager of Sustainable Futures Trust, has played a pivotal role in marketing and garnering much-needed funds in support of the project.

For some, the moment proved overwhelming.  “This is the first time I have a bag to call my own.  It even has a whole pack of paper – and there’re pencils, a scissors, crayons, a colour-in book, a ruler and so much more.  And this is all for me,” remarked one of the grade one learners.  A feeling that seemed to echo throughout.

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