Thirty two of Sea Rescue’s Pink Rescue Buoys will soon be installed along the Overstrand coastline, thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses and other organisations in our area.

According to Deon Langenhoven of NSRI Station 17 Hermanus, many people who visit our beaches do not know what rip currents are, or that they are the biggest danger that swimmers face.

“Sea Rescue all too often gets an emergency call for a swimmer in difficulty, and when we get there, we find two or more people in danger of drowning. Tragically, sometimes, we are not able to get there in time and someone does drown. Often the person who does not survive is the kind person who goes into the water to try and help a person in difficulty,” Langenhoven said.

Because this happens so often, Sea Rescue launched its Pink Rescue Buoy project in November 2017. These bright pink rescue buoys are hung on strategically placed signs and will hopefully remind people to take care when entering the water – and not to swim if lifeguards are not on duty.

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The boys and girls of Lukhanyo Primary in Zwelihle pictured below - with the support of Overstrand Traffic and the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works Road (DTPW) - established a scholar patrol and will be at their posts every morning and afternoon to help learners safely cross the road. 

Senior Superintendent Xen Titus of Overstrand Traffic Services, says it is a big commitment and asks that every learner, parent, driver and pedestrian will help these learners in the huge task that lies ahead of them.

The programme also inspires patrollers to develop leadership skills, teamwork and a sense of responsibility.

Please

  • obey the rules of the road;
  • do not obstruct the scholars’ view of oncoming traffic, thereby endangering the lives of pedestrians; and
  • accept their directives when scholar patrol team members politely ask parents to move their vehicles.  

 

If you're planning on building a new home or extending your current one, you'll need to have your building plans approved by the municipality.

Before purchasing an already built house it is wise to have a look at the approved building plans of the property to see if everything is legal and in order.

Remember, once you purchase a property, you become the rightful owner and the onus then rests on you to make sure that everything is in order and complies with the National Building Regulations and National Standards Act, Act 103; and any other applicable legislation.

The Building Services Application Forms are available on the Overstrand website www.overstrand.gov.za, click on Documents/Forms/Building Services.

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SASSA cards can still be used until 30 September 2018. The new SASSA card will be available from 01 May 2018 to new applicants of social grants.

As from May 2018, SASSA will start with changing of the old SASSA card to the new SASSA card for the existing beneficiaries. The changing of the cards will take place at venues identified by SASSA such as community halls. SASSA will let you know about the venues through radio, newspapers, community organizations, etc.

Bedridden and frail beneficiaries will be provided with the contact number to request for a home visit for the changing of the card.

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Recent unrest and disruption caused by a group of  Zwelihle residents who protested against land reform and a lack of housing for especially the back yard dwellers resulted in the destruction of the public library in Zwelihle, the satellite police station in Zwelihle and, worst of all, the homes of several residents.

During the Council meeting held on 28 March 2018, Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee extended his sympathy towards all those who suffered the brunt of the upheaval and simultaneously extended his heartfelt thanks to everyone who did their utmost to help alleviate the situation and to render assistance to those in need.

“It is unfortunate that the situation got out of hand and placed the residents of Zwelihle in such an awkward position.

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