Water restrictions in the Greater Hermanus area revert back to Level 2 water restrictions as from 1 February 2020.

The announcement was made by Overstrand’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dudley Coetzee, at a Council Meeting on Thursday, 22 January 2020.

“Over the past number of days Hermanus has been blessed with in excess of 85mm of rain which has raised the level of the De Bos dam to above 50%.

Water is still flowing strongly across the weir into the dam and we predict that the dam level will continue to rise for the next two or three days,” the Mayor said.

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Overstrand Municipality's Fire Department received a significant boost with the delivery of a brand new fire fighting vehicle late last year.

The vehicle costs R 3.6 million without additional emergency equipment such as ‘jaws of life’ etc, and can hold 5 000 litres of water and 500 litres of foam .

The ‘rural major pumper’ is built on a 4x4 Iveco Trakker AD 190/380 chassis and fitted with a Godiva 4010 P2-pump.

This multi-purpose fire engine is ideally suited to deal with structural, informal and veld fires. It can also assist with motor vehicle accidents (excluding medical treatment).

Fire Chief Lester Smith requested land owners to “please ensure that their properties provide access for such vehicles.”

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Overstrand Municipality appeals to visitors and residents to conserve electricity as best they can during the hot summer months.

By looking closely at how you use electricity, taking steps to save power where you can and by controlling the use of your appliances, it is actually easy to conserve energy.

Below are some saving tips that could help you:

  • If you’re not using an appliance, switch it off
  • Let’s all get into the habit of switching off the lights when we leave a room
  • Don’t leave TVs, DVD players and other electrical equipment in stand-by mode – rather switch them off completely
  • The same can be said for plug points and adaptors that hold cell phone chargers or bed side bulbs
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If you want to be the first to know about the PROPOSED DOG BEACH ZONES, please attend the following public meetings:

30 January 2020:
Kleinmond Library Boardroom, Kleinmond, 09:00-11:00

30 January 2020:
Fernkloof Hall, Hermanus, 13:00-15:00

31 January 2020:
Council Chambers, Gansbaai, 09:00-11:00

* The trial zones will be on beaches in Hermanus, Gansbaai and Kleinmond

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Not everyone likes dogs or wants to deal with dogs on a day out at the beach, especially when they have small children with them.

Other than a fear of dogs there is also the possibility of an overly excited dog running or jumping on kids or peeing on sandcastles, which do not make for very happy children.

Moreover, beach runners may prefer a beach without dogs as dogs with a high prey/chase drive may chase/attack a runner.

But many people also enjoy dogs on beaches. There is very little more beautiful than an animal thoroughly enjoying itself in nature and being free.

And this is true also for birds and other wild animals!

Zoning will help people, dogs and our shorebirds live their best lives.

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