Not everyone likes dogs or wants to deal with dogs on a day out at the beach, especially when they have small children with them.

Other than a fear of dogs there is also the possibility of an overly excited dog running or jumping on kids or peeing on sandcastles, which do not make for very happy children.

Moreover, beach runners may prefer a beach without dogs as dogs with a high prey/chase drive may chase/attack a runner.

But many people also enjoy dogs on beaches. There is very little more beautiful than an animal thoroughly enjoying itself in nature and being free.

And this is true also for birds and other wild animals!

Zoning will help people, dogs and our shorebirds live their best lives.

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Sixty-three families received the ultimate festive season gift last week (on Thursday, 12 December 2019) when they were handed the keys to new houses by Western Cape Human Settlements Minister, Tertius Simmers and Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dudley Coetzee.

The remaining units and serviced sites of this R77.9 million Integrated Residential Development Project (IRDP) in Hawston, are expected to be finished by April 2020.

The new development is situated east of the R43 in Hawston and will be named Hawston Heights. It comprises 489 sites that include 107 residential sites for the affordable housing market in terms of the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP), 378 residential top structure sites for the Breaking New Ground (BNG), two business sites, two community zoned sites and nine open public spaces, roads and a storm water retention pond.

Of the 378 40m² in size BNG houses that will be built, 19 45m² are being built to accommodate people with disabilities.

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The Cliff Path Management Group, in partnership with Overstrand Municipality, is busy replacing 20 old and faded sign boards along the Hermanus Cliff Path. 

The Cliff Path is one of the most unique attractions of Hermanus and stretches from the New Harbour along the coastline to Grotto beach.

Pictured here are Ashrick Marhinus (Coastal Monitor), Micheal Henn (Field ranger: Environmental Management Services) and Anina Lee (chairperson of CPMG).

In front is budding environmentalist Anathi Feni and Ward 3 councillor Kari Brice.

The countdown to Christmas got under way in Kleinmond with the annual switch-on of the town's Lights on Main Festival on Friday evening, 13 December 2019.

Residents and holidaymakers enjoyed the entertainment provided by Stefné van Dyk's Handevat Marimbas, the Deputy Junior Mayor Herschell Burns, the Coca Cola truck and others.

Santa and his young helper, elf Josh, arrived in a red fire engine, bringing festive joy to young and old. During the event, Father Christmas posed for photos with children and presented gifts.


10 - 24 December from 09:00 - 18:00Kleinmond Christmas Market, Kleinmond Laerskool, Kleinmond
14 - 24 December from  09:00 - 18:00 Disakloof Gift Market, Disakloof Campsite    Betty's Bay

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Protecting your Property - reducing fire risk in gardens

Fire Season is here and Overstrand Municipality calls upon property owners to clear vacant land of young ‘alien trees’ and other vegetation that pose a safety and fire hazard to neighbouring properties and the general surroundings.

In light of the safety requirements set out in Section 34 of the Community Fire Safety By-Law, it is imperative for all property owners to take cognisance of their responsibility to prevent an accumulation of combustible material, including vegetative matter, on their premises.

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