At the Annual Night of Excellence, recognition is given to achievers who make a difference in Overstrand by awarding the Mayoral Trophy for Environmental Conservation, the Woman/Women of the Year Award and the Award for Achievers of Excellence.

This year, Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie will present the awards on 25 August 2015.  Nominations are awaited and must be handed in on or before Friday, 7 August 2015.   

Nominations for the prestigious Mayoral Trophy for Environmental Conservation can be submitted to Liezl Bezuidenhout at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Nominations of Overstrand women who have made a difference in their area and who ought to be considered for a Woman of the Year Award can be submitted to Elize Verrij at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Achievers of excellence in communities are also identified by councillors.  Well-motivated nominations can be handed to any councillor or sent to Elize Verrij at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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(From left to right) Almarie du Toit (President of Boland Bowls), Alan Freeman (President of Bowls South Africa), Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, Kallie Haupt (Vice President of Bowls South Africa) pictured at the opening of the 2015 Bowls South Africa Mixed Pairs Championship

Though the weather was somewhat chilly, the glasses of sherry and cups of butternut soup were a warm and welcome kick-off to the 2015 Bowls South Africa Mixed Pairs Championship set to take place at the Hermanus Bowls Club from 10 to 13 June 2015.  The official opening ceremony, presided over by Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, was held at the Club on Tuesday evening, 9 June and well attended by participants, officials and conveners of the event.

In her keynote address the Mayor admitted that she knew very little about lawn bowls but stated that her deep appreciation for the commitment and passion of players and followers of the sport would best be reflected by a quote from “The Etiquette of Marking in Lawn Bowls” by the late John A. Malan – a former Life Member of The Royal Victorian Bowls Association.

To this end she said, “Bowls is a science, the study of life in which you may exhaust yourself, but not your subject. It is a contest, a duel calling for courage, skill, strategy, self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honour, a revealer of character. It affords the chance to play the man and act the gentleman. It is a cure for care and an antidote for worry. It promotes companionship with friends, and opens up opportunities for courtesy, kindness and generosity to an opponent.”

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On Friday, 22 May 2015 Mayor Botha-Guthrie handed out the certificates awarded to Overstrand Municipality personnel who participated and volunteered at the Better Together Games 2014.

A highlight of the awards ceremony was the Mayor handing over the highly coveted first prize trophy that the Overstrand team received for winning the Tag-Touch Rugby competition at the Games.

The Mayor extended her heartfelt congratulations to all participants and said, “Together we can make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. I honour and salute you for helping the Overstrand Municipal flag to fly higher.”

The Better Together Games is an annual event which brings all Western Cape Government and Municipal employees together to participate in a variety of sport codes and is held at various venues in the Metropole and outlying regions.

On Thursday, 21 May the children of three preschools in the Overstrand were the happy recipients of a winter-warming gift of a woollen beanie and scarf from Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU).

The dark grey clouds on the day were a clear reminder of the looming winter weather and the woollen gifts were a welcome treat to stave off the elements.

Rather than the pool of funds derived from private telephone calls made by IMATU members over a period of time being allocated to an event for their enjoyment, a mandate was given to the IMATU Committee by its members to furnish the needs of a community project.  To this end, the Mayor was approached for her input on where she thought the money could best be utilised.

Three preschools were identified in the Overstrand area and it was decided that the R6,600 raised would be used to purchase packs of beanies and scarves for the children concerned.  

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The Inauguration of the Hermanus Biodiversity Walk at Walker Bay aptly took place on International Biodiversity Day on Friday, 22 May 2015.

Guests were warmly welcomed by Chairman of the Cliff Path Management Group, David Beattie, who also provided a brief background of the project and the role players involved.

In her keynote address, Mayor Botha-Guthrie said, “We all have a role to play in preserving the biodiversity of this beautiful region. The partnerships that have been established between the various stakeholders, the Department of Environmental Affairs being the main sponsor, the Municipality and other enterprises are key to ensuring the success of this project and those of similar ilk in the future.”

A portion of the Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC) award of R7.6 million that the Overstrand Municipality received for being the Greenest Cleanest Municipality was allocated to the Hermanus Biodiversity Walk project. 

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