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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On Tuesday, 19 May the Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela and Executive Mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie handed over the title deeds to an elated group of 183 beneficiaries at a ceremony held at the Eluxolweni Community Hall in Pearly Beach.

The Minister urged the recipients to place their title deeds in a safe place, and to maintain their homes with pride for themselves and future generations to enjoy. “Please do not sell your homes and end up back in shacks or as backyard dwellers. If that happens you will not qualify to get another home from Government,” the Minister stressed.

In her address Mayor Botha-Guthrie pointed out, “this title deed now means you are the legal owner of your property and should be able to use this document as a form of security should you wish to apply to a bank for a loan or further finance to purchase a car or for renovations to your house for instance.”

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As part of Overstrand's endeavour to equip its young leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to function as true Overstrand Ambassadors, Council recently undertook an extensive orientation tour to familiarise current members of the Junior Town Council with the delights the region has on offer.
Seeing that these ‘delights’ are often subject to exploitation and abuse by those who have little regard for conservation and/or the status of our fragile environment, Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie fittingly chose the recently operational Alternative Court in Hermanus as the first venue on the orientation tour’s itinerary.

In her welcoming address, she reassured the young ambassadors that Council will continue to do all it can to preserve Overstrand as a place where all would be welcome and safe – especially those creatures and species that are so dangerously threatened by irresponsible and unthinking human behaviour.

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LOGGERHEAD TURTLE are washing up on our shore line!
We ask the public to actively look out for any turtles that have washed up on our shores. Between April and June every year, juvenile loggerhead turtles wash up onto beaches in and around Cape Town, due to rough seas and strong winds.

What to do..?
• Remove the turtle from the beach.
• Keep it dry and at room temperature – DO NOT place the turtle in water.
• Place the turtle in a container that has ample air holes. DO NOT put water or sand in the container, rather use a small towel.
• Make a note of exactly where, when and at what time the turtle was found.
• Contact the Environmental Management Section of Overstrand Municipality on 028 316 3724 or the Control Room on 028 313 81111.
• Afterhours please drop it off at your local Fire Department who will contact an environmental officer.

What happens to them..?
The Overstrand Municipality and CapeNature, in collaboration with the South African Shark Conservancy will ensure that the turtles are temporarily housed until they can be moved to the Two Oceans Aquarium where they will be rehabilitated until they are strong and healthy. They are then sent to uShaka Sea World in Durban where they are released into the warmer waters off the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

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