The Hemel-en-Aarde prescribed burn was conducted – and effectively planned and executed - on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 a part of an Ecological and Fire Safety burn. The fire was completely put out and no smoke was visible after 17:30. A fire engine and crew has patrolled and monitored the fire area through the night to ensure continued public safety.

After receiving numerous complaints, Overstrand Fire & Rescue chief, Lester Smith, wants to make it clear that “we cannot be held responsible for the smoke in the Hermanus area from an illegal fire that was reported to the Overstrand control room at 17:05 in Karwyderskraal on Tuesday, 12 April. I therefore confirm that the Karwyderskraal fire is an uncontrolled fire.

“The cause of the fire is unknown and no permission was granted from my office for a controlled or prescribed burn in that area. We are currently doing our utmost best to contain and extinguish the fire. We also used aerial support on Thursday to contain the flank that burned towards Vermont/Onrus”, he added.

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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will be a hive of activity as preparations continue for the 2016 Municipal Election on Wednesday, 3 August.

Mosili Koloko and the staff will be ready to assist members of the public with queries in this regard. The address is: Shop 4A Twin Gables, 26 High Street, Hermanus.

Haven’t registered yet or need to update your address on the voters’ roll?

Registration continues at local IEC offices until the election is proclaimed, so hurry to yours during office hours.'

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Proudly displaying the limited edition FynArts Wine especially labelled to raise funds for the Hermanus FynArts Development Fund, are Overstrand Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie (right), along with Paul du Toit (centre) owner of Wine Village Hermanus and Adam Streeter (left) Operations Director of Benguela Cove.

Thursday, 7 April 2016: Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, Executive Mayor of the Overstrand, was delighted to act as host at the official launch of the FynArts Wine which resulted from a collaboration between Benguela Cove Wine Estate and Wine Village Hermanus that culminated in the production of 1000 bottles of red and white wine respectively.

The limited supply of Benguela Cove Shiraz 2012 and Sauvignon Blanc 2014 were especially labelled to raise money for the Hermanus FynArts Festival’s Development Fund. 

The objective of the Fund is to broaden the exposure and promotion of the arts to include those who are not able to take part in the Festival due to socio-economic reasons, and to contribute to the promotion and skills development in the sector which could lead to possible job creation in the Overstrand.

Louis Jansen van Vuuren, the 2016 Hermanus FynArts Festival Artist was commissioned to create the label for the inauguration FynArts wine.  In celebrating a French Connection, the thread running through this year’s festival, the design is based on 18th century French Aubusson tapestry cartoons.

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 1: 8-year old, Jack Kastner (second left) an attendee of the Butterfly Centre in Stanford, accepts an allocation certificate from Overstrand Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie (second right) while mom Jami Yeats-Kastner (first left) and grandad Andrew Herriot (centre) look on proudly. Also in attendance was Miss Teen Commonwealth SA finalist, Alissa Coetze (first right) who brought the Centre’s efforts on special needs education to the Mayor’s attention.

The blustering gale-force wind on Thursday, 7 April 2016 did little to dampen the joyful spirits of young Jack Kastner and his party when they met with Overstrand Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie to receive an allocation to the Butterfly Centre in Stanford, where he is a learner at the special needs educational facility.

The Butterfly Centre is one of a number of recipients to benefit from the proceeds raised during the Seartec sponsored Overstrand Golf Day that was held at the Arabella Wine Estate and Country Club in November last year.

Well known ex Springbok rugby Captain Bob Skinstad, a key member of the SuperSport broadcast team where he delivers commentary on both local and international premier rugby events, coincidentally serves as an Executive Director of Marketing and New Business at Seartec.  Moreover he is also the Tourism Ambassador of the Overstrand.

The Butterfly Foundation is a charity organisation established in 2013 by Jami Yeats-Kastner in honour of her then 18-month son, Sam, who tragically passed away in February that year. Yeats-Kastner’s motivation was borne from the need to ensure her son’s life, albeit brief, continued to have meaning, whilst in turn leaving an everlasting impact on the world. 

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016:  For Tanner Metodes, a grade 9-learner at Northcliff House College in Hermanus, meeting Overstrand Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie and receiving her warm praise, proved to be the proverbial ‘cherry on top’ of the boxing gold medal he achieved at the recently held National Boxing Championship.

15-year old Tanner’s accomplishment is all the more remarkable given that he only entered the boxing arena a mere six months back. However, being schooled in Mixed Martial Arts from age 11, and clocking up considerable awards like being crowned the SA Open Kickboxing Champ in 2014, has in all likelihood served him well as the focus, discipline and agility required of the sport has certainly stood him in good stead

Whilst a grade 8-pupil at Wynberg Boys High School in Cape Town last year, Tanner’s Mixed Martial Arts instructor at the time, recognised the lad’s potential in wrestling and boxing as well, and approached him to train with the group of pros under his tutelage.

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