Executive Mayor Rudolph Smith was elated on hearing that Overstrand’s Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management Department had recently been bestowed the prestigious Rosenbaur Service Excellence Award for the second year running. “My heartiest congratulations go to the Director of Protection Services Neville Michaels, Fire Chief Lester Smith and the team for again coming up trumps at this year’s Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference,” enthused Mayor Smith.

Overstrand Cllr Arnie Africa – mayoral committee member and portfolio chairperson of protection services - added that it is a testimony to the Department’s high level of competency and on-going commitment towards delivering an efficient and effective service in managing fires in the area.  “It is particularly heart-warming when these efforts receive due recognition like this and are rewarded in such a significant way,” stated the councillor.

The prize giving ceremony on 29 October 2017, took place during the bi-annual SAESI Conference that was held at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg.  The competition is the biggest emergency management services (EMS) event in Africa and is only open to local and district municipalities.

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Shouts of joy and celebration filled the NG Kerk Hall in Kleinmond on Friday, 3 November when crowd favourite, Die Wolwe were announced as the winning act of the 2017 Hangklip-Kleinmond Got Talent Competition. 

However, claiming the judges’ favour was not just plain sailing.  Especially with acts like the sensational Jordan, Dancing Divas, Overdose, Zuko, Colin and Team, Flowdrop and Colin and The Kingdom Vibration all vying for that coveted top spot.

Made up of a group of local lads, Die Wolwe had the audience spellbound and thoroughly entertained with their spirited dance moves and witty rap jingles.  All of which saw them coming up trumps, and putting dance and rap duo Overdose and Colin and The Kingdom Vibration in second and third place respectively.

Additional entertainment was provided by guest artists MP, Ray, Top Deck, Sisterhood, and Fairytales. Putting in a special appearance was the popular Kleinmond Acapella group made up of the lovely Ziyandi, Zizi, and TFT.

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Members of the public and interested parties are hereby informed of the extended commenting period for the Fernkloof Integrated Management Plan dated August 2017.

Written comments (quoting the municipal notice number) to be submitted before or on 30 November 2017 to Liezl deVilliers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notice No. 151/2017 

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The sight of smoke billowing from the Kleinmond Harbour area on Wednesday, 25 October may have had many thinking a potential disaster was about to unfold.  All fears, however, were soon allayed as it emerged that the Overstrand Fire and Disaster Management, in cooperation with Overstrand Environmental Services, were conducting a controlled fire burn in the coastal block adjacent to John Daniel Street,  

The primary objective of the controlled burn is to reduce fire fuel loads and promote biodiversity in the affected zone. Controlled fires are also the most practical way to reduce dangerous accumulation of combustible fuels. Moreover, veld fires that burn in areas where fuels have been reduced by prescribed fires cause less damage and are much easier to control. Recent reports have shown that veld fires are inevitable, and are becoming more intense and frequent. Overstrand Municipality finds itself located within a fire-dependent biome with aggravated weather and topographic features.

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WARNING – Larges swarms of “Portuguese man o' war”/ Blue Bottles have washed up on some of our beaches. These animals can cause severely painful stings even when dead. People walking barefoot and bathers should take caution especially in the Hermanus area.


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