Overstrand Municipality will implement level 1B water restrictions from 1 March 2018 in the Greater Hermanus area (i.e. from Benguela Cove to Voëlklip).

Water tariffs will only be increased once the level of the De Bos Dam drops below 40%.

De Bos Dam is currently at 46,5%.

Water sources in the other areas of the municipality are still at satisfactory levels, and residents can still enjoy a breather on water restrictions.

Restrictions include

• No washing of vehicles with any hose will be permitted. This means washing of vehicles and boats are only allowed if a bucket and cloth are used.  

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New amphibious wheelchair to improve accessibility at Grotto Blue Flag beach

Physically disabled residents and visitors to the Grotto Blue Flag Beach can now spend time on the sand and dip their toes into the Atlantic, thanks to a brand new amphibious wheelchair designed specifically for beach use by the physically challenged.

This amphibious wheelchair has a sturdy aluminium frame and can carry a weight of up to 150 kg.

The chair is equipped with three wheels that are relatively wider than a traditional wheelchair to enable easy movement on the sand. It also has two flotation devices that also act as armrests and when pushed into the water, the chair becomes safely buoyant.

The wheelchair was generously donated to Overstrand by Wessa (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa), the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and the Ford Motor Company Fund.

It is available for use at Grotto Beach during the Blue Flag season (1 December - 31 March) during which lifeguards are on duty.

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Victims of one of the worst maritime disasters of the 19th century have been remembered in a wreath-laying ceremony on Birkenhead Rock in Gansbaai, followed by a small remembrance ceremony at sea.

There to recount the events, as well as laying a wreath in memory of those who gave their lives, was Overstrand Municipality Acting Mayor, Dudley Coetzee.

In his speech the Mayor said:

“On this day, 26 February 1852, 166 years ago at 2 am the troopship HMS Birkenhead was wrecked less than 5 kms from these shores when it struck a rocky outcrop jutting out of the sea.  As the ship separated from the rock with a gaping hole in its side, water filled the forward section and more than 100 troops drowned in their sleeping quarters.

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The current drought is extending its hold on Western Cape municipalities more and more.

It was recently reported that the City of Cape Town - in a collaborative effort from the farming community of the Elgin-Grabouw Valley and the City of Cape Town ‘had secured an extra 67 million litres of water from the Palmiet-Kogelberg Dam’ (per day) for a period of 2 months with effect from February 2018.

The Groenberg Water Users’ Association has made this water available to the City from their irrigation allocation.

Residents of Kleinmond are assured that the Department of Water and Sanitation and th Breede-Olifants-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BOGCMA) have confirmed that this does not impact on Overstrand's allocation from the Palmiet River for Kleinmond or on Cape Town's own allocation from the Palmiet River.

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The Annual Report for Overstrand Municipality for the financial year 2016/17 was tabled at a special Council meeting on 24 January 2018.

The annual report is published yearly to provide all interested parties information on the Municipality’s service delivery and financial performance for the previous financial year, in this instance 2016/17.

The Annual Report showcases the Municipality’s performance over the past financial year, including its accomplishments and challenges. The report also highlights progress made by the Municipality in terms of service delivery, in order to benchmark new standards of performance and set new goals for improvement.

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