The Overstrand JTC listen with interest as Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie explains that the Western Cape House of Parliament has sittings in the Chambers on matters concerning legislation of the province, is a forum for public debate, as well as being the body that oversees the Executive (government) and holds the government to account.

Not even the stormy weather or roadworks on the R43 could dull the excitement and boisterous spirit of the Overstrand Junior Town Council as they set off on a recent educational tour that included a trip to the Parliamentary precinct in Cape Town. Visits to the Hermanus Additional Municipal Court, Hermanus Transfer Station and Recycling Plant, the newly-established Mount Pleasant Housing Scheme, Kleinmond Library and Stony Point Penguin Colony were just some of the highlights that formed part of the Overstrand leg of the excursion.

Now in its 11th year, the Overstrand Junior Town Council Project is managed by the Enlighten Education Trust in partnership with the Overstrand Municipality.  The body comprises 35 council members, drawn from a pool of grade 9-11 learners of the area’s six high schools, who display promising leadership and outstanding academic capabilities.

During the 12-month term of office, junior council members are exposed to a number of activities that afford insight into the operational elements of local government, public appearances and the delivery of projects that are expressly aimed at benefiting their respective communities.

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Overstrand Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie (second left) seen handing over gifts of books, tables, chairs, blankets and winter clothing recently for the young children in the care of Princess Ndude (first left) owner and educator of Zisabantu Educare Centre in Zwelihle.

Looking on are Cllrs Moira Opperman (second right) and Mercia Andrews (first right). “I am so happy. This will really help us to provide a better service and improve the facility.

The children especially will benefit the most from these amazing goods,” stated an emotional Ndude, who holds certificates in Level 4 and Level 5 Early Childhood Development (ECD) training obtained through Boland Collage.

Executive Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie (centre) flanked by members of the South African National Defence College and their spouses, pictured at Preekstoel Biofilter plant with the Hemel and Aarde Valley in the background.

Thursday, 21 April 2016 – “We tried our best to arrange good weather and get the whales to bid you a hearty Overstrand welcome. However, despite our best efforts, it seems our order got caught up with Supply Chain Management. As public servants though, many of you can appreciate how cumbersome this process can be,” quipped Overstrand Municipal Manager Coenie Groenewald at a recent presentation to the South African National Defence College (SANDC).

The gathering, held at the elegant Whale Coast Hotel in the beautiful coastal town of Hermanus, forms part of the SANDC’s year-long study programme spread over six academic modules and a number of educational tours encompassing a broad range of national security matters. The course, accredited by the University of Stellenbosch and presented in collaboration with the SA Military Academy, saw the delegation paying a visit to the Overstrand Municipality on Thursday, 21 April 2016, as part of its national tour.

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At the Annual Night of Excellence, recognition is given to achievers who make a difference in the 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 the Mayor will present the awards on 23 August 2016. Nominations are awaited and must be handed in on or before Friday, 29 July 2016.

Nominations for the prestigious Mayoral Trophy for Environmental Conservation can be submitted to Liezl de Villiers 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 should be considered for a Woman of the Year Award can be submitted to Elize van Zyl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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Overstrand Municipality will present its proposed budget and draft IDP for review by the public at a number of meetings during the month of April 2016. The budget will be presented in a simplified manner to ensure that community members are aware of developments in their area and will be given the opportunity to provide input.

Wards 7, 8, 9, 10, 1, 2, 5, 6 and 12 will have the opportunity to discuss the budget and IDP review with the mayor and relevant municipal representatives.

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 and IDP review.

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