Looking ahead to a joyful December and smashing summer

As a holiday destination, Overstrand has no equal when it comes to enjoying nature at its best with loads of outdoor activities to suit anyone's fancy.

The Overstrand Municipality is exceptionally proud that four of its beaches - Grotto, Hawston, Kleinmond and Castle Beach (Pearly Beach) are among the 45 South African beaches that have been accredited this year to display the BLUE FLAG.

These beaches have earned Blue Flag status for the upcoming 2019/20 holiday season which opens officially on 1 December 2019.

The Municipality was further granted Pilot Blue Flag status for another one of its beaches, namely Onrus Beach.

Pilot beaches are not required to comply with all Blue Flag criteria yet, but must work towards meeting fundamental elements like water quality standards within a two year period to stand a chance to ultimately acquire full Blue Flag status.

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Invasive alien plants (IAPs) are a serious problem and they have spread rapidly in the Overstrand, impacting resident species diversity and ecosystem processes.

Without natural enemies, these plants reproduce and spread quickly, taking valuable water and space from our indigenous plants.

Many alien plants consume more water than local plants, depleting our valuable water resources.

Thick alien vegetation can also provide fuel for veldfires.

There are 559 alien species listed as weeds and invaders and another 560 species are listed as prohibited and may not be introduced into South Africa.

Below is a brief explanation of the four categories of Invasive Alien Plants as per the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act, 1983 (Act No.43 of 1983).

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New designated areas or better known as ‘dog zones’ are set to be introduced early next year in the Overstrand for a trial period of six months.

Dog owners and those who do not like dogs so much, will welcome this initiative from the Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee, who asked Nature’s Valley Conservation Trust to assist us with a pilot study on the impact of dogs on our various beaches.

Overstrand Municipality is to introduce three zones: red, yellow and green starting at beaches in Gansbaai (Pearly Beach), Grotto and Kleinmond (Main Beach).

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On Sunday, 10 November 2019,  during the annual Remembrance Day Parade held at the Cenotaph in the Old Harbour Hermanus, war veterans, friends and family paid tribute to members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

As is customary, Regiment Westelike Provincie, holder of the Freedom of the Overstrand, lent military colour to this occasion. The Old Bill of the Seagull Shellhole, the local unit of the Memorable Order of the Tin Hats (MOTH’s) arranged the ceremony.

Having laid a wreath on behalf of the Overstrand community, Mayor Dudley Coetzee said it is an honour to share this solemn occasion with everyone present to commemorate those who sacrificed all for the greater good of mankind.

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Residents in the Greater Hermanus area face stricter water restrictions from 1 November 2019, when Level 3 water restrictions will be implemented.

The De Bos Dam level measured on 13 October 2019 was at 43.96%, with 10.5mm of rain recorded for the week.

These measures apply to the administrative area of Hermanus only, in other words to all residential areas from Benguela Cove through Fisherhaven to Voëlklip.

Other administrative areas within Overstrand are not affected by these measures since they still have sufficient water resources.

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