Altogether 80 trees were planted at the new affordable housing development in Mount Pleasant as part of Ward 4’s ‪#‎MandelaDay celebrations on 18 July.

Overstrand Municipality’s horticulturist, Lauren Rainbird,said the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) donated the trees and added that the event could not have been much of a success without the help of Councillor Lianda Beyers-Cronjé and ward committee member Trevor Titus .

Bulelwa Plaatjies, Assistant Manager: Hermanus Administration for the Municipality, helped with the transportation of trees and her operational team assisted by digging the holes where the trees were planted. She said Mandela had said in 2002: “take it upon yourself - where you live - to make people around you joyful and full of hope.”

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“Love is the common thread woven into these beautifully crafted blankets and teddy bears,” so said Overstrand Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha Guthrie at a special handover ceremony that took place at Onrus Manor, a retirement village in Hermanus.

The knitted items were handmade by residents of the facility and will be distributed by the Mayor to various beneficiaries to mark Mandela Day on the 18th of July.  

One of the highlights of the event was the appearance of Wilna Snyman, the South African actress best known for her starring role as Madel Terreblanche in the SABC2 soapie 7de Laan. Snyman delighted the attentive audience with readings of poems by well-known Afrikaans bards Adam Small and Ingrid Jonker.

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The Driving License Project aimed at addressing the high unemployment rate amongst the youth in the Ovestrand, proved so successful that 6% of its candidates are now employed by the Overstrand Municipality, 16% are working as interns at various organisations and another 16% are enjoying full time employment in the private sector.

These statistics are particularly pleasing to the Overstrand Municipality, Department of Mineral Affairs, AFRIMAT and Overberg Driving School. 

The collaborative efforts of these partners and stakeholders ensured the intake of young people aged 18 – 35 years who completed the course, are now able to boast a driving qualification. As one of the participants said, “Each of us recognised that getting a driver’s licence would provide us with the means of securing greater career opportunities. 

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SARS will visit the Overstrand area for all SARS related enquiries such as tax clearance, status checks and tax returns

19 & 20 July
Venue: Moffat Hall, Mount Pleasant
Time: 08:00 - 15:00

13, 14, 15 September
Venue: Thusong Centre, Hawston
Time: 1st two days 08:00 - 15:00 and last day 08:00 - 14:00

18, 19, 20 October
Venue Moffat Hall, Mount Pleasant
Time: 1st two days 08:00 - 15:00 and last day 08:00 - 14:00

The 2016 Tax Season for individuals has kicked-off on 1 July and runs from July to November every year. For provisional taxpayers who submit via eFiling, it runs until January of the following year.

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Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie and Councillors’ Secretary Doret Taljaard pictured with the two specially handcrafted crocheted blankets that will be raffled to raise funds for various projects under the banner of the Nicolette Botha-Guthrie Charity Fund. 

The spectacular multi-coloured and black and white blankets that have been crocheted by Estrellita Engelbrecht and Jane Langenhoven and their respective teams of ladies from the “Hooked on Tuesday” Club are currently on display in the glass cabinet in front of the Hermanus Library. 

For those wanting to partake, raffle tickets are available at the Hermanus Library at a cost of R50 each for the multi-coloured blanket and R30 each for the black and white one.

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