There has been an increase in the abuse of inhalants by young children in Hermanus. Parents and teachers need to be vigilant as this is becoming an alarming trend.

“Inhalant abuse is really bad amongst primary kids and we’re noticing it entering high schools as well,” said Ann Wright, manager of the Sustainable Futures Trust.

“Parents are living in ignorance. BE ALERT. Inhalant abuse is happening at all schools. “Familiarise yourself with the tell-tale signs that your child is engaging in narcotics. Listen to your instincts; better safe than sorry,” she added.

Warning signs:

  • Plastic or paper bags emitting strong smells
  • the disappearance of household products
  • stains on sleeves, handkerchiefs or ties
  • a strong smell on the person's breath
  • cold symptoms that do not disappear ( runny nose, watery eyes).

There are well over a thousand items that can be targets of inhalant abuse.

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By the time you read this Plastic Free July will almost be over but that's not a good reason to stop what you chose as your challenge this year. Perhaps you didn’t realise that Plastic Free July was a worldwide programme to encourage people to have a serious look at how they could cut down on the amount of single use plastic in their life?

If you did challenge yourself to give up one of the big 4 – plastic bottles, plastic shopping bags, plastic straws or plastic coffee cups – good for you . However, as the month draws to an end why not add to your victory but choosing another single use product to stop buying? Did you know that 50 % of all the plastic manufactured worldwide is single use plastic ? Used once for a few minutes and then ends up in the landfill or ocean for hundreds of years .How ridiculous is that ! Our recycling recovery rates vary between 7 and 14% so cutting out these single use items from your life is seriously the best way to go.

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The Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa, joined by municipal councillors and tourism officials, interacted with the community of Zwelihle in Hermanus, at a Youth Imbizo which forms part of her Youth Month activities. In attendance were students and learners in tourism, aspiring youth entrepreneurs, women and tourism stakeholders, with the aim to stimulate township tourism and inculcate a culture of domestic tourism in ordinary people.

“Tourists are attracted to destinations by experiences and real, authentic offerings. Overstrand has a diverse product range: natural beauty, heritage, culture, etc which can be packaged for various markets”, Minister Xasa explained.

“Tourism is not complete without people, infrastructure and nature, which is why we are here today. We are informed that tourism contributes greatly to the GDP of this area and therefore it needs to be encouraged and looked after", she added.

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National Child Protection Week was marked by a number of activities and awareness drives across the country for the duration of 28 May to 4 June 2017.   However, while the commemorative period may have officially come to an end,  on the 28 May, a large crowd in Kleinmond publicly committed to the on-going care and protection of its children with the pledge, “Your Child is our Child – Everyday”.

The event-filled day kicked off with a march through the town’s CBD to Mthimkhulu Village where Theresa Els, Manager of Child Welfare Kleinmond, led a programme that included a warm welcoming address by Cllr Grant Cohen, an enlightening speech on children’s rights by SAPS Warrant Officer Raymond Odendaal, followed by Working on Fire (WOF) who provided insight into the organisation’s environmental and conservation efforts aimed at ensuring the safety of the community.

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The furry friends of Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) have every reason to wag their bushy tails, especially given that they are the lucky recipients of the proceeds garnered from the Ultimate Braai Master Competition held at popular Kleinmond drinking hole, Hoofpad Pub & Grill on Saturday, 3 June 2017.   The event had locals and visitors gathering in their numbers; all eager to savour the braai dishes on offer from the five competing teams, whilst also revelling in the lively mix of entertainment provided.

The unenviable task of deciding on the winning dish fell on the trio of judges comprised of KAWS Management Committee Members George du Plessis, Rosemary Greeff and Oliver Corbett-Wood. However, the B-Team’s yummy Yellow Chicken creation with accompaniments of buttermilk bread, a concoction of raw mielies and carrots and an apple and avocado salad, definitively won the judges favour and saw them lay claim to the coveted Ultimate Braai Master Crown. Second place went to Die Manne for their stuffed chicken, peri-peri chicken wings, potato salad and braai bread ensemble, followed closely by Die Worswinkel in third place who presented their own homemade boerewors and gourmet burgers along with a mixed salad.

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