Overstrand Municipality advises all ratepayers, who found themselves in financial stress as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, that Council approved the following relief measures to ease the detrimental financial effect of the lockdown on the local economy:

1.    TEMPORARY EXTEND THE LAST DATE ON WHICH APPLICATIONS MAY BE RECEIVED FROM RETIRED AND DISABLED PERSONS FOR SPECIAL REBATES

Pensioners and disabled persons have until 30 November 2020 to submit their applications for a rebate on property rates to Overstrand's Rates and Data Control Office.

This will afford ratepayers more time to acquire and submit the necessary documentation required for the approval of applications.

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During a virtual Council meeting held on Wednesday 29 July 2020, council approved the request from both the Kleinmond Special Rating Area (KSRA) and the Onrus-Vermont Special Rating Area (OVSRA) to postpone the implementation of the Special Rating Area with one year.

The first additional monthly levy for the KSRA and OVSRA will now be payable from 1 July 2021.

KSRA

Kleinmond Spacial Special Rating Area (KSRA) includes all properties in the area within the boundaries of Kleinmond, being the eastern boundary of Heuningkloof, the coastline as the southern boundary, the western boundary of Palmiet and the informal settlement, and the mountain as northern boundary.

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Pensioners and disabled persons have until 30 November 2020 to submit their applications for a rebate on property rates to Overstrand's Rates and Data Control Office.

The decision to temporarily extend the last receipt date for applications for rebates from 30 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 was made during a virtual Council meeting held on Wednesday 29 July 2020, to afford ratepayers more time to acquire and submit the necessary documentation required for the approval of applications.

Retired and Disabled persons qualify for special rebates on property rates, according to their total gross monthly household income.

A rebate will be considered if:

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As per current lock down Level 3 Advanced stipulations, Overstrand is managed as a hotspot area for COVID-19 infections and all Overstrand public libraries will remain closed until further notice.

We need to continue to minimise movement and interaction, where possible.

Most of the libraries in the Western Cape intend to open their libraries at the end of August or early September.

Overstrand Municipality will re-asses the library situation at the end of 31 July 2020.

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Nedbank Hermanus has partnered with Voëlklip’s OK MiniMark to help residents who have had to quarantine or self-isolate themselves due to either exposure to or a positive test for COVID-19.

On Thursday, 16 July 2020, the Overstrand COVID-19 Disaster Management team received a donation of 120 boxes pre-packed with non-perishable food items such as canned goods and beans etc.  Also included as part of the donation (and neatly wrapped), were fresh vegetables that provides a perfect opportunity to assist with the nutritional needs of COVID-affected patients.

“We hope this food makes their isolation and recovery feel a bit less daunting,” said Werner van der Merwe, business banking manager of Nedbank Hermanus.

Lester Smith, Senior Manager: Fire and Rescue, Disaster Management and Security Services, once again thanked every individual, organisation and business who is still willing to give of their time or money.

He confirmed that ward councillors are assisting the Overstrand Disaster Management Centre in identifying the most vulnerable households in quarantine who will receive these parcels.

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