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On Monday, 28 November 2016 an official ceremony was held at Grotto Beach in Hermanus to mark the 16th season of the Blue Flag certification programme in South Africa.

Grotto Beach holds the record of being awarded the longest uninterrupted Blue Flag association of the country.

Other local achievers were Kleinmond Beach and Hawston Beach. Whale-watching boats have recently been introduced into the programme with local vessels the Whale Whisperer, Dream Catcher and Slashfin(Dyer Island Conservation Trust and Marine Dynamics, Gansbaai) all receiving the coveted Blue Flag status this year by complying with the Blue Flag for Whale-watching Boat’s Environmental Code of Conduct.

The event was hosted by the Overstrand Municipality and included an address by Overstrand Deputy Mayor, Dudley Coetzee, who said, “Tourism plays a pivotal role in the local economy; it is therefore essential that we look after our beaches and maintain the necessary standards to ensure that both tourists and locals can continue to enjoy this natural asset.”

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The much anticipated annual Build- it under 13 soccer tournament was hosted for the first time in Hermanus at the Zwelihle Sports Field on Saturday, 5 November 2016.

Participants from Lukhanyo, Debron, Zwelihle, Mt Pleasant, Hawston, Masakhane, Kleinmond, Swartberg, Bredasdorp and Swellendam Primary Schools, as too the Football Foundation Team, were all hoping to claim the bragging rights of being the 2016 Build-It champions.

The event kicked off with a March Pass from Builders Express to the Zwelihle Sport Field. Young footballers drew inspiration from speeches delivered by SAFA Overberg President Mr Ntankiso Modipa, Hermanus LFA Chairman Mr Peter Stuurman, Build-it Store Manager Dylan, as well as Deputy Mayor Overberg District Municipality Cllr Archie Klaas. Overstrand’s Community Services Portfolio Chairperson Cllr Andrew Komani similarly offered a few words of wisdom to the youth.

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The 2016/2017 Overstand Junior Town Council has been inaugurated, with Yanna Stergianos from Hermanus High as the Junior Mayor and Izaan Newman from Gansbaai Academia as well as Monique Barkley from Northcliff House as her deputies.
The inauguration of 35 junior council members, drawn from a pool of grade 10-12 learners of the area’s six high schools, took place at the Municipal Auditorium in Hermanus on 3 November.

The Overstrand Junior Town Council initiative is managed by the Enlighten Education Trust in partnership with the Overstrand Municipality.  During their 12-month term of office, junior council members are exposed to the work of local government, community development aimed at benefiting their respective communities, the delivery of projects and public appearance.

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Notice is hereby given that all contractors tasked with removing refuse from private properties with the intention to transport said refuse to a municipal  transfer and/or dumping site will, in future, be required to register with the municipality in accordance with the Department of Environmental Affairs’ latest  provisions in this regard. 

In future, the Department of Environmental Affairs will require municipalities to report on how much refuse has been dumped at landfill sites and how much refuse has been redirected for possible recycling and/or reuse. 

Overstrand Municipality has amended its By-law on Solid Waste accordingly and, in accordance with the amended by-law, all contractors involved in transporting refuse within Overstrand's area of jurisdiction will now be required to register as such with the municipality to enable the latter to obtain the requisite data from contractors who render this type of service.

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The heavy grey, clouds or threat of rain did little to dampen the spirit of attendees at the Youth Against Crime Day 2016 that was held at the Kleinmond Sports Ground on Friday, 28 October 2016.

The event, which was presented by Overstrand Municipality and its partners, offered a host of activities that included a demonstration by the Working on Fire team, a karate showcase, wheelchair basketball, netball and rugby matches, as well as career guidance offered by ABSA, Nedbank and Standard banks and Overstrand’s Law Enforcement and Local Economic Development departments.

In the wheelchair basketball game Overstrand Wheelchair Association (OWA) triumphed against a Law Enforcement team, whilst the rugby match saw SAPS clinching a victory over the Kleinmond 7’s.  Much to the crowd’s delight the Kleinmond Invitational squad were the clear winners over Protection Services in the highly spirited netball contest.

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