On Wednesday morning, 6 September, residents of Pringle Bay braved the strong wind to attend a tree planting ceremony at the Community Hall in Pringle Bay hosted in partnership with the Pringle Bay Ratepayers and the municipal parks department in Kleinmond.  Ward 10 Councillor, Fanie Krige,

Ward 10 Councillor, Fanie Krige, emphasised the importance of sustainable living and linked it to the tree planting ceremony during Arbour Week.The theme for this year’s

The theme for this year’s arbour week, Forests and Water, relates to the drought that is being experienced countrywide. “Although there was a miraculous turn around in the North of our country, we are still in the grips of it here in the Western Cape and seeing the effects all over.The following messages from this year’s Arbour Week are clearly given to us:   

The following messages from this year’s Arbour Week are clearly given to us:  

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Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities and Agriculture Alan Winde and officials celebrated the opening of the Mount Pleasant Reservoir on Tuesday, 6 September. Also present at the event were

Also present at the event were councillors, representatives of Local Government and key role players, i.e.  GIBB Consultants who were appointed for the design and the implementation thereof and Louis Eksteen of the Provincial Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) office.Built along Rotary Way on the way to Preekstoel Water Treatment Works, this R5,9 million project was completed in 32 weeks and funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), provided by the Department of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs.

Built along Rotary Way on the way to Preekstoel Water Treatment Works, this R5,9 million project was completed in 32 weeks and funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), provided by the Department of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs.The existing reservoir’s capacity was not sufficient to accommodate the proposed development.

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On Thursday, 7 September 2017, the Department of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), in partnership with Zwelihle Youth Café and Overstrand’s Zwelihle North Ward Councillor Vuyani Macotha, hosted a career exhibition for grades 9, 12 and out of school youth.

The event forms part of the government’s activities to mark Heritage, Public Service and Tourism Month that falls in September.

Aimed at creating a platform for the youth to engage with various stakeholders and receive information on career prospects and accompanying skills development programmes, the exhibition is also a means to try and reduce the number of unemployed youth or graduates in the country.

On Friday, 8 September 2017, the Provincial Minister of Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela, along with Overstrand Executive Mayor Rudolph Smith, launched the multimillion rand Hawston Housing Development Project with a sod turning ceremony. The event was marked with much elation from community members, contractors and stakeholders concerned.

The Hawston Integrated Residential Development Project (IRDP), situated on a portion of land adjacent to the R43 in Hawston forms an extension of an existing residential area and is approximately 13 hectares in extent.  It comprises 489 sites that include 107 residential sites for the affordable housing market, i.e. Grant Assistance Programme (GAP) and Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP), 378 residential sites for the Breaking New Ground (BNG) market, two business sites, two community zoned sites and nine open public spaces, roads and a storm water retention pond.

This development is representative of the Department’s mandate to deliver integrated and sustainable human settlements in which beneficiaries have access to the resources they need in order to thrive in life.

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As part of the International Coastal Clean-up Day on Saturday, 16 September, Overstrand Municipality is planning a clean-up operation along its coastline. To that end residents, businesses and schools, are urged to assist with cleaning the local beaches and waterways.

Plastic and cigarette butts are two of the most widespread problems threatening the ocean. As was seen recently in Kleinmond, a whale came close to the threat of drowning on becoming entangled in old rope or fishing nets. There have also been many instances where fish, birds, and animals have often ingested rubbish they mistook for food. “Something that can result in suffocation, as well as slow starvation from a false sense of satiation,” said Liezl de Villiers, Overstrand’s Senior Environmental Manager.

An ordinary plastic container can take anywhere between 50 and 100 years to disintegrate as it is not bio degradable. Alarmingly, since it’s advent in the 1950’s over one billion tons of this type of plastic has been discarded.More concerningly, ocean trash has the added detriment of choking coastal economies, deterring tourist visits and causing enormous clean-up bills.

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