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Join us as we celebrate the visit of the famous Dr Sylvia Earle , a world-renown marine conservationist and National Geographic's explorer-inresidence to the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot.

While a great deal of international recognition is being given to the global Hope Spot programme, that aim of our Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot celebration is to join hands to inform and enable South Africans to be able to make wise decisions with regards to the use of our oceans resources into the future.

We aim to empower all South Africans to create their own hope – beginning in this core area known at the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot.

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Every year, residents and visitors alike love welcoming the New Year with spectacular firework displays. A spectacle most everyone enjoys provided those who practise this custom observe the rules and regulations, play it safe and are considerate.

For the sake of both man and beast, fireworks may only be discharged between the hours of 23:00 and 01:00 on New Year’s Eve at the following prescribed locations: Grotto Beach, east near the lagoon mouth, Hawston beach (not from the camping site or the parking area or the harbour); the Uilenskraalmond beach; the Stanford Bay beach (De Kelders) and Kleinmond main beach. Please remember that all rockets and airborne fireworks must be set off over the ocean to reduce the possibility that they will descend into fynbos and/or mountain areas.

Organised firework/pyrotechnics displays are limited to traditional locations and will only be permitted with consent from the Chief Fire Officer.

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When last did you conduct a fire safety “audit” on your property? The summer months in the Western Cape traditionally heralds the fire season, and seeing that your garden and the fynbos grew so lusciously during the winter months, the time has come to check whether that very paradise isn’t perhaps threatening your property, and those of your neighbours.

Firewise gardeners in this neck of the woods ensure that, by November, they have rid their gardens of all dead wood, especially under fynbos, and that overgrowing branches and shrubs have been trimmed back so as to create a clear buffer zone of at least 5 m around buildings. On larger properties with considerable natural vegetation, this zone ought to be no less than 10 m in width.

A luscious green lawn stretching from the property’s boundary right up to the buildings will, of course, serve the same purpose.
Especially on properties in mountain areas and/or within the boundaries of the biosphere, new growth of encroaching vegetation such as Port Jacksons, Myrtle, Rooikrans and Blue Gums must be eradicated, while owners of vacant erven must take care to ensure that vegetation on their properties do not pose a fire hazard for neighbouring homes.

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Following the success of the Phase I Revitalisation Framework for the Hermanus CBD, the Overstrand Municipality has recently appointed consultants to undertake a Phase II study for the CBD Revitalisation.

The 2000 study was prepared by Gapp, Architects and Urban Designers, was completed in 2002 and a total of 13 projects/interventions were identified.

Over the past 12 years, the Overstrand Municipality and the private sector have made considerable investments in the CBD to implement the proposals of the 2000 Revitalisation Framework. These have positively transformed the CBD and increased it’s attraction to residents and visitors and boosting the local economy.

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DIRECTIONAL SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE  EXECUTIVE MAYOR, CLR NICOLETTE BOTHA GUTHRIE  ON 29 OCTOBER 2014

Direction was given by the Mayor at the 29 October 2014 Council meeting for the 3rd review of the approved 5 year Integrated Development Plan (IDP) of 2012/17 along with the budget preparation for 2015/16 to 2017/18 that is currently underway.

In setting and guiding the strategic direction for the 2015/16 IDP review and Budget process a Mayoral Strategic session with the Mayoral committee members and Top Management was held on 26 September 2014. At this session the gathering interrogated our vision, mission and strategic goals, reflected on our performance for the past financial year and discussed key considerations for the 2015/16 financial year.

Mayor mentioned that the biggest consideration in the development of the 5 year IDP and the subsequent 4 annual reviews is prioritizing the “vast needs” of the communities and assessing the resources (Budget) available to address the “vast needs.

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