In terms of the Integrated Coastal Management Act, it is illegal to affix or erect any structure - including memorial plaques and crosses - along the coastline without the competent authority’s permission to do so.

Unfortunately, the trend nowadays seems to be to mount plaques, crosses and other structures in memory of loved ones who have passed along Overstrand’s coast at will without first consulting the authorities.

This practice not only detracts from the character of our natural environment and unspoilt landscape, but is also against the law.

Given that Overstrand’s natural coastal zone by and large falls within the boundaries of proclaimed state and/or public land, and is thus subject to the laws and regulations governing such properties, the public is advised to first approach their local administration before mounting or erecting a plaque/cross or any other structure in memory of a loved one.

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Die Wes-Kaapse Regering se departement van omgewingsake en ontwikkelingsbeplanning (DEADP) het, met die ondersteuning van Royal HaskoningDHV, begin om die kusbestuurlyne wat in 2011/2012 ontwikkel is, te verfyn.

Grondeienaars en belanghebbende en geaffekteerde partye kan eersdaags skrywes te wagte wees en word aangeraai om die plaaslike koerante vir kennisgewings in hierdie verband dop te hou.

Intussen word ander belanghebbers genooi om op die databasis te registreer en/of verdere inligting te versoek deur met een van die volgende persone in verbinding te tree:

  • Tasneem Steenkamp: 021 936 7694 (t), 021 936 7610 (f), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (e-pos)
  • Caren George: 021 483 2724 (t), 021 483 8326 (f), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (e-pos)
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The Western Cape Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP), with the support of Royal HaskoningDHV, has commenced with the refinement of the coastal management lines which were developed in 2011/2012.

Accordingly, all landowners and interested and affected parties are advised to pay attention to notices published in local papers and to expect personal communiqués in this regard soon.

Meanwhile, other stakeholders are invited to register on the database and/or to request further information by contacting one of the following:

  • Tasneem Steenkamp: 021 936 7694 (t), 021 936 7610 (f), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (email)
  • Caren George: 021 483 2724 (t), 021 483 8326 (f), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (email)
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Friday 28 November was a busy yet rewarding day for Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie. Joined by the Deputy Mayor, representatives from WESSA, members of the public, councillors and senior Overstrand officials, she officiated at the hoisting of no fewer than three Blue Flags along Overstrand’s coastline: First at Grotto, then at Hawston’s and, finally, Kleinmond’s beach.

Addressing those in attendance at the three venues, Botha-Guthrie extended a special word of thanks in advance to those who will primarily be responsible for ensuring that Overstrand lives up to the expectations associated with Blue Flag beaches: The law enforcers and the cleaning staff.

With a whole array of fun beach activities for the whole family on the menu this festive season, she urged those who have been designated to maintain law and order to always be vigilant:

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