Appeal to visitors and residents to use resources and public amenities responsibly over the holiday season

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Once again, the festive holiday season is almost upon us and we will shortly be welcoming the many enthusiastic holidaymakers to the Overstrand. Our Law Enforcement and Protection units are preparing for the influx of visitors and the increased use of public facilities and services.  For this reason, an appeal is extended to everybody to exercise due care and consideration when using these amenities over this period.

 

Given the current drought situation in the Western Cape, and the level one water restrictions recently imposed in the Greater Hermanus area, the use of this valuable resource should be used sparingly –  and more so, since the Overstrand is regarded as a ‘Water-Scarce Area.’

 

With the fire season and its impending danger now upon us, the Municipality further urges the public to be cautious when making fires, and to remain vigilant and sensitive to the devastating and destructive consequences that could arise in the event of runaway fires.

 

Smokers, for instance, should not flick cigarette butts out of car windows, or throw these in an open grassland area, at camping sites, beaches and braai areas.  Rather, a portable cigarette butt holder – or something as simple as an empty bottle or can containing a little water is recommended to dispose of butts.  Aside from the obvious risk of fires, discarded butts are taking a toll on our waterways and marine life.  A commonly held view is that cigarette butts are biodegradable; whereas, in reality, this is not the case.  The plastic in the filter can take up to 10 years to decompose.  Cigarette butts also contain chemicals that are toxic to sea life.

 

A further request is to uphold and protect the wildlife and the environment by refraining from feeding or engaging with the baboons or any other protected species that may be encountered.  For their own safety and preservation, these animals should remain undisturbed and left to exist within their natural habitat and feeding patterns.

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