At a Special Council meeting held on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dudley Coetzee, congratulated councillors for successfully completing a course in Good Citizenship.

They graduated from the Stellenbosch University's School of Public Leadership at the end of last year.
 
The councillors who completed their course are (l-r) Charmaine Resandt, Fanie Krige, Riana de Coning, Connie Tafu-Nwonkwo, Lindile Ntsabo and Valerie Pungupungu. Pictured with them are Municipal Manager Coenie Groenewald, Mayor Dudley Coetzee and Deputy Mayor Elnora Gillion.

*Cllr Vuyani Macotha was not available to attend the meeting due to work commitments

Throughout the devastating fires of the past few days we have seen and heard of many members of the public, emergency personnel, firefighters and environmental personnel who have found injured animals and taken them to a vet or have assisted by removing animals from areas before the flames of the fire engulf them.  These are our unsung heroes and we would like to thank each and every person that has taken the time to help our animals in need and for caring for our environment.

It will take time for the veld to restore and seeds to regenerate again and this means that the natural food source, shelter and habitat for the animals will have to be provided in another way.  The lack of vegetation in vast areas also impacts on the availability of water and moisture for a myriad of species.

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During a Council meeting held on Tuesday 22 January 2019 in Hermanus’ banqueting hall, Executive Mayor Ald Dudley Coetzee delivered the following address regarding approval of unforeseen and unavoidable expenditure due to fires experienced across the Overstrand.

The Mayor’s speech, is published below:

The fire season for the period to date proved to be extreme, posing a serious financial challenge for the municipality, for our own staff for overtime payment, for vehicle fuel costs as well as for external resources obtained to ensure that the municipality had the necessary capacity to deal with these abnormal circumstances.

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A big thank you to the Gill St Street Watch, part of Table View Neighbourhood Watch, who collected donations of clothing and cosmetics for those affected by the fires in the Overstrand area.

Graham Grobbelaar delivered the contribution and handed it over to Overstrand Municipality’s Disaster Management Team on Friday morning.

Pictured here are Cecil Abrahams (left), Graham Grobbelaar, Justin Brussel and Councillor Kari Brice. In front are Sarolyn Coert, Earl Galant and Verdia Johnson.

In celebration of World Wetlands Day, Overstrand Municipality’s Environmental Department and partners will be hosting various wetland education programmes to raise awareness of wetland values and benefits.

World Wetlands Day is held every year on 2 February and marks the signing of the International Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar Convention) on 2 February 1971.

Wetlands are areas where surface water surrounded by land plays a central part in controlling the local habitat of the plant and animal life living there. Wetlands occur mostly around catchment areas – and include estuaries, lagoons, marshes, rivers and ponds.

No matter the shape or size, wetlands provide numerous important services for people, fish and wildlife such as protecting and improving water quality, providing habitats for fish and wildlife, storing floodwaters, maintaining surface water flow during dry periods, and reducing soil erosion.

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