On Thursday evening, 3 October, Mayor Dudley Coetzee hosted Overstrand’s annual Mayoral Awards Ceremony to honour those very special men and women of the community who, despite leading very busy lives, perform extraordinary deeds of kindness.
Through these actions they have done much to uplift and empower the residents of their respective communities.
The Mayoral Trophy for the Woman of the Year went to Jami Kastner (Butterfly Centre), the Achievers of Excellent went Jorika Rabie (Purple Angels) and Natasha Bruiners (Catapult Foundation), the Environmental Conservation went to Sean Privett (Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy), the Entrepreneurial Achievement went to Di Rattle (Hermanus Breweries, Old Harbour beer), the Tourism Development went to Peter Kastner (Stanford Hills Estate) and the Junior Achiever went to Izaan Newman Gansbaai Academia.
The following residents were recognised:
CATEGORY 1: ACHIEVER OF EXCELLENCE
Joint-winners: Jorika Rabie of Purple Angels and Natasha Bruiners of the Catapult Foundation
Jorika Rabie put her life on hold for her community when they needed it most. At the time of the devastating fires at the beginning of the year. In addition to this, over the past 18 months, she personally started - and continue to drive - at least three initiatives that benefit the Overstrand area.
The Purple Angels project now employs five people. She co- founded and started a new restaurant “Sitar” that currently also employs five people , with three more being recruited.
Being a previous rugby player, she paved the way for 25 women who now actively train and are coached three times a week; participating in regional games.
Jorika’s clarity of purpose, coupled with unbounded enthusiasm and energy, makes her a true achiever. She drives with purpose, yet has a very compassionate side to her and all of her ventures – whether it be women, old people or the unemployed.
Natasha Bruiners has started the Catapult Foundation, an after school music programme. More than 700 learners now have improved future prospects in music as well as in academic achievements. A decline in absenteeism has also been noticeable. (The Hawston Secondary Band that delivered one of the item at the awards ceremony, is comprised of some of the musicians trained by the Catapult Foundation).
Natasha devotes all of her time to the upliftment of communities and there is an ever increasing demand to be part of her popular programmes.
Runners up: Janine Taylor (Wie Maak vir Gansbaai Lekker), Danie van Zyl (Hemel-en-Aarde Rural Safety Ass), Gerhard Scholtz (writer), Frazer George Barry (musician), Thomas Chowles (Boland & Overberg Women Rugby), Colleen Ratz (The Litter Ladies), The volunteer firefighters (Sandra Horn, Penny Davidson, Liz Cartwright) and Anita Louw (Gansbaai Academia Resource Centre).
Category 2: WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: JAMI KASTNER of THE BUTTERFLY CENTRE
This winner is an exceptional woman who gives her all to embrace the community of the Overstrand - especially to parents who have children with special needs.
Jami Kastner has established a specialised learning centre for learners who do not fit into the main stream environment. She has written a book, she has her own blog and she has raised considerable funding to establish a learning centre. She is dedicating her whole life to spread a message of hope, acceptance and inclusion to everyone dealing with Neuro-diverse children.
This exceptional lady supports learning disability children to live a purposeful and meaningful life and to find their rightful place in society.
Runners up: Regina Broenner (Creative Works), Alyssa Joubert (Ally Shoes), Trisa Hugo (Kleinmond Selfsorg Akkommodasie), Carmen Titus (Women Action Group), Elmarie van Dalen (CPF), Stefné van Dyk (Handevat Project), Belinda May (Hawston Public Library), Simone Davel (Grootbos Foundation) and Theresa Els (Child Welfare Kleinmond)
CATEGORY 3: Environmental Conservation
Winner: Sean Pivett (Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy)
One of Sean’s first projects was to initiate the most detailed, continuous long-term vegetation study ever undertaken on a private reserve in SA.
He has also been an author of more than ten scientific papers relating to various ecology, conservation and sustainable utilization of fynbos topics on the Agulhas Plain.
Under his leadership, the conservancy has achieved many successes, including the clearing of 7000 hectares of alien vegetation.
The development of collaborative firefighting and fire preparation initiatives and ongoing flora and fauna surveys also developed under his leadership.
To add to this, Sean initiated Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy (WBFC) as a formally recognised Protected Environment.
Runners up: Story Team (Celeste Loriston; Marhette van Huyssteen; Janette Kahts), Suretha Cloete (Phoenix Project), Michael Neville Austin (Botfriends & PEG), Melissa Krige-Saayman (Platbos Forest) and Misha Teasdale (Greenprop).
CATEGORY 4: Entrepreneurial Achievements
Winner: Di Rattle of Hermanus Breweries, Old Harbour beer
As a double gold trophy winner in both 2017 and 2018 this lady and her brewery produces up to 20 000 litres of Craft Beer every month and it’s stocked in more than 150 outlets in the Overberg area.
A bar-hire service, which is a terrific hit at events, like weddings, is part of what the brewery offers. Her product, Old Harbour beer, has increased restaurant and bar turnover (in the Overstrand) by on average R1.2 million per month. She creates local employment recycling her beer bottles by offering R1 per bottle to repurchase used old harbour beer bottles.
Hermanus Breweries, Old Harbour beer has given locals something to be proud of.
Runners up: Rudolf van der Berg (Burgundy and Tapas Restaurant), Alfred Yawa (Transport Service) and Cristo Groenewald (Bobby Bins).
CATEGORY 5: Tourism Development
Winner: Peter Kastner of Stanford Hills Estate
The winner of this category is well known and respected in the area for his entrepreneurial spirit, hard work and willingness to take risks.
The farm also has self-catering accommodation for up to 22 people. October 2017 saw the opening of accommodation for up to another 25 luxury tents known as Africamp.
The farm now permanently employs 5O people from the community, benefitting not just them but their extended families. Stanford and the greater Overstrand area benefit in multiple ways from the numerous visitors that Stanford Hills bring.
Runner up: Doulene Els (Gansbaai Tourism)
CATEGORY 6: Junior Achiever
Winner: Izaan Newman (Gansbaai Academia)
This winner is the head of the Matric Council and leads the assembly on Mondays where he brings motivational messages by using that platform to speak directly about several issues which the youth struggle with.
As a youth pastor, he inspires many young people through his motivational sermons at different churches in the Overstrand. He cares for the under privileged and collaborates with a senior paster to provide food to them. He also councils the youth who are involved in drug abuse. He has a friendly, respectful demeanour and is a natural leader. Young people strive to emulate him and he is an inspiration to all he comes into contact with.
Runners up: Boldwin Hansen and Lorenzo Geldenhuys