By all counts December was the bumper season the hospitality industry was waiting for to waiver some of the losses incurred during the previous two plus years.
Tourism business owners were upbeat about the festive trade mentioned that a few trading days this season that surpassed previous record turnover days.
Sales seemed to peak in the week leading up to Christmas Day with some businesses reporting buoyant business just after the 25th. The Overstrand was operationally ready to receive visitors, and this paid off with positive holiday experiences. Appreciative comments about how well the traffic officers managed traffic flow in the face of load-shedding and how clean the towns were are well received and will surely benefit the Overstrand’s economy in months to come.
Update for last week (13/03/2023 to 19/03/2023):
De Bos Dam level: 92.51 %
Change in De Bos Dam level from previous week: + 0.04 %.
Previous year 19 March 2022 Dam level: 88.38 %
Average daily water consumption: 12.09 million litres per day (previous week 11.391 million litres per day)
Rainfall for the week: 11.0 mm
Although there are currently no formal water restrictions in the Overstrand, the Municipality has a permanent provision that prohibits residents from irrigating gardens between 09:00 - 17:00 in order to prevent unnecessary loss of water through evaporation as per the water services by-law no. 46.(1).
Residents are once again reminded that water is a scarce resource and must be used sparingly.