Tuesday, 11 April 2017:  Hermanus has gees!  Winning the Best Town Spirit competition of the recently held 2017 ABSA Cape Epic tournament, which coursed through the Overstrand amongst other areas during the gruelling 8-day mountain bike adventure, just gives further credence to this increasingly well-known fact.

Added to that, Hermanus High School being crowned the victor of the Epic’s Flyover competition was the proverbial cherry on top of the cake for the Cape Whale Coast. Their waving whale tail - an appropriate welcome for visitors – proved a firm favourite of the judges.

Cape Whale Coast Tourism Manager Frieda Lloyd could barely contain her joy on receiving the news earlier in the week, saying: “Overstrand officials have worked very hard behind the scenes to ensure the organisation of this world class extravaganza appeared effortless and seamless to event goers.  These committed individuals deserve a special mention”.

“Moreover, Hermanus High School pulled out all the stops and the race village flawlessly integrated endurance racing with education.  Local businesses were furthermore prepared for the influx and ready to welcome cyclists, supporters and organisers to the Overstrand.”

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Overstrand’s Councillors were taken on their yearly orientation tour of municipal infrastructure and facilities.

Yesterday, the first leg of the orientation tour started in the Hermanus area then continued to Kleinmond, while today’s second leg will centre on Stanford and Gansbaai.

The Councillors visit will include key projects across the Overstrand such as the Preekstoel Water Treatment Plant, Ability House in Hawston, Fisherhaven slipway, various housing development projects and landfill sites, the Pringle Bay Fire Station as well as Rooi Els Reservoir. 

The route to Gansbaai via Stanford will cover the De Kelders Water Treatment Works, a drive through the roads dust control treatment at Klipgat, Gansbaai Harbour, Spaces for Sport and the Kleinbaai Boat Launching Site, as too the abalone farms; to name but a few.

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Cigarette butts have increasingly become one of our major litter issues. The problem has escalated to a greater extent in recent years, due in part to government legislation that restricts smoking in public buildings and restaurants.  This, in turn, forces smokers outside, where butts are often littered.

Cigarette butts may seem small - however, with an estimated 28.5 million cigarette butts (equivalent to 14,3 tons) being discarded annually in the Hermanus CBD (an area of 0,25 km²) alone, the toxic chemicals contained within add up.

“We still find huge amounts of waste that make it into the ocean. Especially plastic bottle caps, straws, and cigarette butts. People tend to think that these are small pieces of rubbish and will not make a difference, especially when it is thrown into drains,” says Anina Lee of Whale Coast Conservation (WCW).

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The Overstrand Municipality remains committed to its efforts to eradicate waste responsibly and to promote a plastic-free environment. Subsequently, Overstrand’s Manager of Solid Waste, Johan van Taak, and Environmental Officer Penelope Aplon recently did a presentation to the Executive Management Team (EMT) on the dangers and negative impact of plastic bags on the environment and the ocean. 

In due course, the intention is to also do a roll-out drive amongst all Overstrand employees with the view of creating greater awareness and ensuring that they, in turn, become the primary ambassadors for the campaign.  

At the conclusion of the presentation, Van Taak and Aplon handed out reuseable bags (made from durable parachute material) to Overstrand Mayor Rudolph Smith, his fellow Mayoral Committee (Mayco) members, and the EMT.  

Against this backdrop, Van Taak stated, “We wish to encourage the Overstrand community to buy reusable bags instead of ordinary shopping bags. In this way, the public will assist us greatly in our environmental conservation and waste management efforts.

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