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Not only has Blue Flag status once again been bestowed on Grotto, Hawston and Kleinmond - but Castle Beach in Pearly Beach was given pilot Blue Flag status for the first time!

The pilot period for Castle Beach will be from 15 December 2017 to 15 January 2018.

Pilot beaches are not required to comply with all Blue Flag criteria, but must work towards meeting fundamental elements like water quality, environmental education and information, beach and environmental management, and safety and services within a two year period to stand a chance to ultimately acquire full Blue Flag status.

Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year and to practise effective and efficient conservation management.

The accreditation is awarded for one season at a time and if conditions deteriorate at the beach, it can be withdrawn.

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All fireworks have been banned throughout the Overstrand this summer due to the drought and very high fire risk.
The public is thus alerted to this fact and to any illegal sale of fireworks.  Children under the age of 14 may not be charged under the Criminal Procedure Act.

It is not possible for any informal sale of fireworks (hawkers, roadside or any open-air sellers) to conform with the conditions of the Explosives Act and it is therefore imperative that sellers of fireworks are reported to the SAPS as quickly as possible.

The Explosives Act is enforced by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and not by the Municipality. However, when Law Enforcement receives a complaint, they will attend to it. Phone them on 028 313 8996.

Please report any offences to your nearest SAPS.

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The festive season in Kleinmond traditionally begins in the second week of December when the ‘Lights on Main’ are switched on.    

This annual event kicked off on Monday, 11 December, in the early evening as usual - with food stalls and live entertainment from the Handevat Marimba Band who delivered a wonderful medley of Christmas carols, campfire songs and folk tunes.

In her address, Cllr Elnora Gillion called on the public to let the spirit of Christmas be their guide this holiday season.  “As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, I pray that the light of kindness and hope be reborn in you. Peace and goodwill to you and your loved ones this Christmas season”. 

Residents and visitors were further urged to be thankful, never forget the past and trust the future.

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Given that hot, windy and dry weather conditions are to prevail for the foreseeable future, the risk of runaway veld fires is greater than ever this year.

Our Fire Brigade is prepared with full-time fire officers in all areas and a large contingent of volunteer fire fighters. Practices are held on a regular basis to prepare our fire fighters, but as the old adage goes: Prevention is better than cure.

Overstrand Fire Chief, Lester Smith, appeals to all residents and visitors to exercise extreme caution in as far as fires are concerned.

In case of an emergency please contact Overstrand Fire, Rescue & Disaster Management on 028 312 2400.

Also, please do report any suspicious activity immediately to your nearest police station or call Overstrand’s Law Enforcement on 028 313 8996 or 028 313 8000/8111.

 

Municipal offices in the Overstrand area including libraries, but excluding other essential services, will be closed as from 13:00 on Friday, 22 December 2017 and Friday, 29 December 2017 and respectively reopen at 07:45 on Wednesday, 27 December 2017, and Wednesday, 3 January 2018.

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