At the launching of the employability and enterprise development programme and commissioning of the upgraded gymnasium facility which took place in Gansbaai on Wednesday, 16 July, hope was given to young people of the area by speakers of the day.

Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie outlined a few things about the project.  In her speech she welcomed everyone and acknowledged the fact that the Gansbaai sport facility has hosted several visits by former Ministers of Sport in the Western Cape over the past eight years of its existence.
Mayor recalled visits by Minister Whitey Jacobs who did the sod turning with the former Mayor, Cllr Theo Beyleveldt in November 2006.  “He also opened the first Under 16 soccer tournament for boys and girls of the Western Cape on 7 December 2007.   Mr Cameron Dugmore attended the official launching of the project during April 2008.  Minister Ivan Meyer supported the facility by means of financial contributions for developmental programmes and other infrastructural upgrades”, said Mayor.

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The stylized Mandela Mosaic Mural was officially unveiled by the Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie on Mandela day, 18 July 2014, in an event attended by councillors, Junior Councillors and members of the public.
This mosaic mural initiative was conceptualised last year when the late Mr Nelson Mandela’s health deteriorated.  Mayor decided that, in honour of the late former president of South Africa, his face will be portrayed in a mosaic mural in the garden at the municipal main building in Hermanus.

She wanted to honour the legacy of Madiba for the benefit of the whole of the Overstrand community.  She wanted to establish something tangible for the enjoyment of the public and visitors to the area.

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At the Annual Night of Excellence, recognition is being given to achievers who make a difference in the Overstrand, by awarding the Mayoral Trophy for Environmental Conservation, the Woman/women of the Year Award and the Award for Achievers of Excellence.

This year the Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, will present the awards on 26August 2014.  Nominations for these are being awaited and must be handed in on or before Friday, 1 August 2014. 

Other than previous years, the award for the prestigious Mayoral Trophy for Environmental Conservation will be handled by the Overstrand Environmental Department.  Well motivated nominations can be sent to Liezl Bezuidenhout at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Overstrand Munisipaliteit is in die Instituut vir Rasseverhoudinge (IRR) se verslag getiteld ‘The 80/20 Report: Local Government in 80 indicators after 20 years of democracy’ aangewys as die tweede beste munisipaliteit in Suid-Afrika.

Die skrywer van die verslag en programbestuurder en navorser vir die IRR, Georgina Alexander, het gesê die werkloosheidskoers, die verhouding van mense van 20 jaar en ouer wat Graad 12 geslaag het en die armoedesyfer was ’n paar van die hoofaanwysers wat gebruik is om munisipale prestasie te meet.

Ander aanwysers behels die proporsie van huishoudings wat elektrisiteit vir beligting gebruik, wat toegang tot leidswater binne 1 km vanaf ’n huishouding het, wat spoel- of chemiese toilette het, sowel as huishoudings sonder toilette.  Ses van die tien hoofaanwysers hou met dienslewering verband. Nie minder nie as sewe van die land se tien beste munisipaliteite is in die Wes-Kaap geleë, wat ’n fantastiese prestasie is, gegewe die feit dat daar altesaam 278 munisipaliteite in die land is.

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On 28 May 2014, Overstrand’s Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie presented the municipality’s 2014/2015 budget to Council for approval.
In her speech she described the very difficult economic circumstances experienced since 2009 and said that a clear message was received from pensioners and those living on the interest from their life savings that they cannot afford sharp increases in rates and tariffs.

“We are painstakingly aware of the impact of our decisions on all inhabitants of Overstrand. We must however ensure that the Municipality remains financially sustainable whilst providing affordable municipal services to all communities. We are under continuous pressure to maintain our level of service delivery to the fast-growing population of our area,” said the Mayor.

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