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08 - 14 September 2014

15 - 21 September 2014

22 - 28 September 2014

29 - 05 October 2014

06 - 12 October 2014

13 - 19 October 2014

20 - 26 October 2014

27 - 02 November 2014

03- 09 November 2014

10 - 16 November 2014

17 - 23 November 2014

08 - 14 September 2014

LOCAL NEWS

Lighthouse to Lighthouse Charity
The lovely ladies at L2L have chosen the two new beneficiaries to receive the funds raised for the 2015 L2L Charity Walk. The Hermanus Night Shelter Association and the Overberg Wheelchair Association are the lucky receivers of this great opportunity. Both parties will be using any and all funds to help improve the lives of those less fortunate as well as aid their cause with much needed equipment and supplies.

Our Water Is Even More Eco-Friendly
Since the new Bio-Filtration project in Preekstoel, Kleinmond began in 2010, it has gone from a plot of land to a fully functioning water supply system in little under four years. This is an impressive feat to have completed such a massive project in such a small amount of time and we have a great municipality and work force to thank. They are truly living up to their “Second Best Municipality in South Africa” title. Hermanus can now look forward to a clean AND eco-friendly water supply for many years to come.

A Hopeful Spot
Our beautiful coastline has been chosen as one of the six prestigious Mission Blue Hope Spots in South Africa. These Hope Spots will help to improve our coasts and help others to achieve a solid and sustainable future, especially the local fishermen. The hope is to also create awareness for our oceans and the animals that dwell there as numbers of many of our most well-known animals (such as the lobster, tuna etc.) are dwindling to single percentage digits.

A Pretty Parasol
With changes happening throughout Hermanus on an almost daily basis it’s no surprise (but still a little bit sad) that some shops can’t keep up with the constant updates to our little town. One such shop was the little sweet store next to the Hermanus Jewellers at 117 Main Road. However, you can look forward to a lovely little second hand gift shop named Le Parasoul to open soon! Feel free to pop in and show your support!

TOURISM NEWS

Whale Crier Walking Tours
If you’re itching to explore the Hermanus coastline by foot but don’t know where to start then we suggest taking an accompanied walk with the Hermanus Whale Crier. Eric will use his vast knowledge of the area and the whales to insure that you enjoy the stunning Cliff Path and get to see some of the beautiful creatures in our bay. We’d suggest hats, sunblock, sunglasses, comfy shoes and your camera for this great walk. For more information please contact the Tourism Bureau.

Our Monthly Wine Special
This month we’re proud to present the Agaat Christina Discount for the month of September. This great deal gets you three Agaat Christina white wines at a 20% discount! But hurry – stock is limited!

SJ Du Toit’s History Stories
This week we have a fantastic article about the Abolone Farming in the Hermanus area from SJ Du Toit. Click here to read this and other fantastic stories about our lovely town here.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

 

15 - 21 September 2014

LOCAL NEWS

SENQU Says Goodbye
After two years in Hermanus SENQU Clothing has had to regrettably close its doors. The small clothing shop in town center sold some great adventure and leisure wear whilst open. However, the shop is already being revamped for the new store Surf Zone, which will (hopefully) be opening this week and will offer Hermanus some great surf wear for all our beach lovers.

Bookmark this Event
The popular bookstore Bookmark has decided that it’s time for a change of scenery and will be moving their shop in Eastcliff to the beautiful location of 173 Main Road, Hermanus.  The store was once a clothing shop named Jinja but has since been left vacant. We’ll be sure to welcome them in with open arms from the 25th of September, once all the renovations have been done. Watch our Facebook page for photos too!

Vote for the Vineyard
It’s that time of year again when you get to vote for the winery that you think is worthy of the prestigious Klink Wine Tourism Awards. Take a snapshot of your amazing wine experience and tag it #KlinkAwards and the wine farm/shop before posting it to Klink’s Instagram, Twitter or Facebook page(s). Not only have you now helped a local winery get on the map but you’re also automatically entered into a weekly draw for an unforgettable wine experience

TOURISM NEWS

Our Monthly Wine Special
This month we’re proud to present the Agaat Christina Discount for the month of September. This great deal gets you three Agaat Christina white wines at a 20% discount! But hurry – stock is limited!

SJ Du Toit’s History Stories
SJ Du Toit’s story for this week is all about the Overberg Conservancies and how they have helped to shape Hermanus and its surrounds. This great article, as well as many others, can be found here.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

Fernkloof Gardens
The Fernkloof Gardens have been around for over 50 years, after Harry Wood was given the task of making creating a beautiful garden filled with the indigenous flora around the mountain. Since then new paths for the disabled have been added and the garden has grown to include more sectors of colourful flowers. With Spring finally here it’s always a good idea to spend some quality time in nature – so why not take the day to walk the gardens or enjoy a picnic under the beautiful canopy of trees? For contact information click here.

 

22 - 28 September 2014

LOCAL NEWS

Pink Trees for Pauline
The Pink Trees initiative began in 2012 when Carol-Ann (the founder) suffered the loss of her mother and grandmother (both named Pauline) to cancer. The trees wrapped in pink during September and October was therefore chosen to both raise awareness for cancer sufferers and to keep her family’s memory close. If you’d like to participate in this terrific movement then pop in to any one of the participating shops and buy yourself some meters of pink awareness! Donations start at a minimum of R20.00 p/meter but you’re more than welcome to give more. 80% of all the funds raised go towards aiding cancer sufferers in any way necessary. The shops participating are:

Take the time to wrap a tree and create awareness for this great cause. For more information feel free to contact Maryke on 082-8574294 or visit the official site.

The Hopeland Auction – Let’s Get Involved
It’s a well-known (but unpleasant) fact that many youths today don’t have the necessary after-care facilities needed to help them grow and learn. To help learners from Grade R to Grade 7 get the structure they need the Fynbos Community Foundation (FCF) is raising funds for their Hopeland Project. The FCF has temporarily “purchased” a building in Stanford’s industrial area but they need to raise a total of R850 000 to buy the building outright. They’ve already raised R250 000 through a 1000 km cycle challenge undertaken by FCF members but it’s up to the Overberg community to band together to help raise the remaining funds. Therefore the FCF is holding an auction sometime in the future (dates TBA) using donated goods. So if you have an old vehicle that no longer runs or furniture, appliances and/or clothing that you no longer use in your home please consider donating it to help the Hopeland Project. To get involved please feel free to contact Koos Smit via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eastcliff Carwash Goes Green
A couple of months ago Hermanus saw the Eastcliff Carwash close down. However, David Cooper (a resident of Hermanus for 11 years) has bought the carwash and is in the process of giving the shop a facelift and eco-lift. The revamped carwash will use a chemical and oil separation plant so that only the good, leftover water comes out the other end, ensuring little to no pollution in the surrounding area. He’s also upgraded the building with new floors, windows and garage doors to ensure that no damage comes to your car and that your vehicle is squeaky clean at the end of the process. Come and support this new ventures when it opens, as your support is key to this community!

Our CBD Needs Care
A local survey in July (executed by the Hermanus Ratepayers Association) has shed some light on the different factors that make up Hermanus and its surrounds. It’s great to see that almost everyone is happy with the services and care provided in Hermanus, especially around the Cliff Paths and market areas. However, there’s been a general low vote for all crime prevention/law enforcement services. Also, the infamous parking tariffs have also been included in the issues, with members declaring that the tariffs should only come into play during long weekends and in season. Another concern was the general unkempt appearance of certain areas in the CBD. The HRA is preparing to follow up on these issues so for more information on what was discussed and what’s being done please feel free to contact the Hermanus Ratepayers Association (HRA) or you can find the article on Page 15 of the Hermanus Times, September 18th.

TOURISM NEWS

Our Monthly Wine Special
This month we’re proud to present the Agaat Christina Discount for the month of September. This great deal gets you three Agaat Christina white wines at a 20% discount! But hurry – stock is limited!

SJ Du Toit’s History Stories
SJ Du Toit’s story for this week is all about the Erna Visser, a lovely woman who’s known for her knowledge of flowers, arrangements and has judged more shows than one cares to count. For other stories by SJ Du Toit please click here.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

Take a Wine & Fynbos Tour
Can’t decide between sitting and relaxing whilst sipping a nice glass of vino and hiking through nature? Why not do both? The Hemel en Aarde Wine Route also offers visitors a great labyrinth of walking paths that take you past some beautiful wine estates. Take a break along your hike for a glass of red or white and enjoy the sun! For more information feel free to contact the Hermanus Tourism Bureau.

 

29 - 05 October 2014

LOCAL NEWS

Surf Central
Surf Zone is set to open soon to the public. You can find them at 153 Main Road, next to Hermanus Property Sales. The shop offers you some fantastic surf wear, swimwear and equipment. Visit the shop and take a look at the transformation of this lovely little shop and support their new venture! For more information feel free to contact them.

21 Days for the Ocean
White Shark Projects launched an initiative to help educate learners about the ocean and its vast wildlife as Marine Tourism is one of the main points of income for the Whale Coast, making it imperative that our coast is looked after for future generations. It will begin on the 26th September and ends on the 16th October. The initiative will include educational talks and meetings, get-togethers and workshops for both young and old that wish to improve their knowledge of the area. For more information feel free to contact White Shark Projects.

Voelklip Says Goodbye to the Friendly 7/11
Barry and Sheila Ackermann have proudly owned the Voelklip Friendly 7/11 for almost 17 years and feel that it’s time to retire from the grocery store business. Luckily the Ackermann’s have sold this well-known business to the OK Brand, meaning you can look forward to a new OK Minimark in the near future. The estimated opening is set for early November, after which Voelklip residents can once again enjoy convenience at their doorstep.

Edge Fitness Makes Way GetLogged
The well-known gym at the Eastcliff Shopping center (located on the corner of Main Road and Fairways Avenue) has been given a new lease on life thanks to the new owners Wessie and Jennifur-Lee van der Westhuizen. The facility is named GetLogged Lifestyle Gym and offers state of the art equipment and the look to match, meaning that fitness fanatics can look forward to a unique experience at this new gym. Although the new sign is yet to be put up, the gym is in full swing so feel free to take a look and enjoy the scenery.

TOURISM NEWS

Our Monthly Wine Special
This month we’re proud to present the Agaat Christina Discount for the month of September. This great deal gets you three Agaat Christina white wines at a 20% discount! But hurry – stock is limited!

SJ Du Toit’s History Stories
This week SJ Du Toit’s story follows the life of Penny Jones who used to run a small flower shop from the window of her home (now the Burgundy Restaurant). To read more about this great lady click here or feel free to read through other great stories by SJ Du Toit click here.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

Adrenaline Filled Experiences
With the weather finally clearing it’s always a great idea to explore Hermanus in new and different ways. Taking a quad bike ride through the vineyards or paragliding down Rotary Way are just some of the many adrenaline filled activities that you can choose from. For more information on what’s on offer click here.

 

06 -12 October 2014

LOCAL NEWS

Abagold Wins with Productivity
The Abagold facility in Hermanus, along with Ergoform and Casidra, have won the Regional Productivity Award that’s given to those who enable productivity growth and improvement within their workplace. We here at Hermanus.co.za would like to congratulate Abogold on achieving this great award – keep up the great work here in Hermanus.

Grotto Beach Plans a Facelift
After residents in Voelklip vehemently refused to accept the plans for the massive 340 seat amphitheater plans for Grotto Beach in January, it seemed like Grotto Beach would stay as is. However, new plans have been put up for the area, ones that both residents and officials can agree upon. The plan is to upgrade the braai and garden areas around Grotto as well as increase the biodiversity in the area by reinstating a portion of the original wetlands into the area. This project is still in its first phases so if you’d like to add your say on the matter please feel free to email them before the 10th October 2014

Windsor Hotel Adds to its Collection
The Windsor Hotel has always been a regal and well-known hotel in Hermanus, with a great history to match. Thanks to the constant growth that Hermanus has seen, Windsor Hotel is now in need of even more rooms for their clients. To ensure that they will always have places for all of their guests they have decided to expand into the next building, 45 Marine Drive. This beautiful apartment block includes fantastic facilities that will only add to Windsor Hotel’s grandeur. The name will be changed to Windsor Self Catering Apartments and will offer the same services as 45 Marine Drive did. They’re also hoping to attract an even broader target market, helping to grow Hermanus’s economy even further.

Huggies Prize Winner Takes the Kia
Over the course of August to October Huggies Dry Comfort (in partnership with Kia Motors Hermanus) has been running a competition for new parents. When you buy a bag of Huggies Dry Comfort nappies you simply need to send the unique code to the number given and you can stand a chance to win a Kia Sportage or a year’s supply of Huggies nappies! On Friday Huggies Dry Comfort and Kia Hermanus awarded their second Kia Sportage prize to a police officer from the Swellendam Region. He and his family were overjoyed with the prize, having been struggling with their old car for a while. With the new Kia Sportage they will now be able to enjoy safe travels and great experiences. If you’d like to enter this exciting competition feel free to follow this link.

Domaine des Dieux 2009 Claudia Brut MCC - Amorim Champion
Domaine des Dieux - Place of the Gods - began as a dream, after many visits to Burgundy and a love that developed for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Champagne. They can now say that they are an established vineyeard, having won the 2014 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge with their 2009 Claudia Brut MCC. This vintage has been named the best vintage Brut of the competition, as well as the champion MCC of the competition. This immense award is something that is not usually given to a vineyard only in their third vintage and Domaine des Dieux is proud to have the title, as we are proud to have them within the Hermanus area.

TOURISM NEWS

Win Tickets to Elim Wine & Food Celebration
You could be the lucky winner of one of three double tickets to enjoy the Elim Wine & Food Celebration on the 11th of October. To enter simply answer the question “Which farm will host the Elim Wine & Food Celebration?” and sent the answer, with the keyword “Elim” to 34429 (e.g. Elim My Answer). If you’re the lucky winner you’ll be notified on the 7th of October 2014

2014 Whale Festival A Great Success
The 2014 Whale Festival was an amazing event, with many people gathering in town for the festivities. The Municipal showcase gave us a great insight into the workings of the area and planned improvements, whilst South African army vehicles (and even a tank) were parked along Marine Drive for children and adults alike to explore. As well as the many showcases and workshops you could also enjoy the delicious foods offered at the stalls along Marine Drive near the Old Harbour or amble through the amphitheatre and surrounds, listening to the Marimba band and soaking up the sun. We were also privy to the newest member of the Southern Rights being born in Old Harbour, which is a rare and awe inspiring sight. We also have KFM to thank for the great coverage of the event that helped us obtain even higher visitor ratings than ever. Overall, the weekend-long festival is one that will not be forgotten any time soon!

SJ Du Toit’s History Stories
SJ Du Toit’s story this week is all about the Old Harbour. If you ever wanted to know how they kept the area in such great condition then read on here or feel free to read her previous stories about Hermanus click here.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

 

13 - 19 October 2014

LOCAL NEWS

Don Gelato Opening Soon!
Don Gelato, an ice cream shop, will be opening its doors within the next few weeks, having taken over the Zebra Crossing building from Jill Rossouw a couple of months ago. Although Zebra Crossing has been in Hermanus for many years, Jill decided that it was time to retire, as neither of her children were able to take over the lovely little bar/bistro. Lionello Giovannetti, the owner of Don Gelato, has promised a completely unique experience with their ice cream, as they use all natural ingredients from the Overberg region for all of their recipes.

Pink Trees for Pauline
The Pink Trees initiative began in 2012 when Carol-Ann (the founder) suffered the loss of her mother and grandmother (both named Pauline) to cancer. The trees wrapped in pink during September and October was therefore chosen to both raise awareness for cancer sufferers and to keep her family’s memory close. If you’d like to participate in this terrific movement then pop in to any one of the participating shops and buy yourself some meters of pink awareness! Donations start at a minimum of R20.00 p/meter but you’re more than welcome to give more. 80% of all the funds raised go towards aiding cancer sufferers in any way necessary. The shops participating are:

Take the time to wrap a tree and create awareness for this great cause. For more information feel free to contact Maryke on 082-8574294 or visit the official site.

A Whale of A Book Launch
Dave De Beer, a well-known wildlife and nature photographer, recently launched his latest photographic books entitled Hermanus Whales: The Journey Continues. This book is a testament to the massive mammals that grace our bays and includes 288 glossy pages of the whales and their movements, as well as some insightful knowledge into their behaviour. This book is available at the Book Cottage, Bookmark, Hemingway’s, Africa Dawn and the Dave de Beer Photography Gallery

Bark For Life Coming Soon
The Cansa Bark for Life Hermanus will take place on the 25th October from 09h00 onwards. The event will be held at the Curro School and is also a kick-off for the Cansa Relay for Life Overstrand that is planned for March 2015. The Cansa Bark for Life is an event to commemorate the lives of our canine companions, such as rescue, service, companion and guide dogs. These amazing dogs show unconditional love and compassion, giving their owners a new lease on life. During the event you can expect SAPS K9 Dog Unit shows, talks and much more.

You can buy a prepurchased ticket for you and your pooch at R50.00 (for both of you together) or R65.00 at the gate. There will also be goody bags for the first 75 registered canines. For more information contact the Hermanus Animal Welfare Society.

First Friday in Hermanus Artwalks
First Fridays in Hermanus is a movement to try and boost the appreciation and awareness of art and art galleries by making them more accessible to the public. The artwalk will take you through 11 beautiful art galleries where you can experience different artistic styles and learn a bit more about the art and the people in the area. The galleries included are Art Eye, Rossouw Modern, Originals Gallery, Bellini Gallery, Hermanus Art Circle, Pure South, Lembu, Walker Bay Gallery, Willie Botha Gallery, Gallery 19 and Art Thirst. The next walk will take place on the 7th November. For more information visit their Facebook page.

TOURISM NEWS

2014 Whale Festival A Great Success
The 2014 Whale Festival was an amazing event, with many people gathering in town for the festivities. The Municipal showcase gave us a great insight into the workings of the area and planned improvements, whilst South African army vehicles (and even a tank) were parked along Marine Drive for children and adults alike to explore. As well as the many showcases and workshops you could also enjoy the delicious foods offered at the stalls along Marine Drive near the Old Harbour or amble through the amphitheatre and surrounds, listening to the Marimba band and soaking up the sun. We were also privy to the newest member of the Southern Rights being born in Old Harbour, which is a rare and awe inspiring sight. We also have KFM to thank for the great coverage of the event that helped us obtain even higher visitor ratings than ever. Overall, the weekend-long festival is one that will not be forgotten any time soon!

SJ Du Toit’s History Stories
SJ Du Toit’s latest story follows the growth of hotels in and around Hermanus, with some of the oldest hotels still open to this day. Read more here or you can read some of her other articles and stories about Hermanus and its surrounds here.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

All About Our Whales
If you’re itching to explore the Hermanus coastline by foot but don’t know where to start then we suggest taking an accompanied walk with the Hermanus Whale Crier. Eric will use his vast knowledge of the area and the whales to insure that you enjoy the stunning Cliff Path and get to see some of the beautiful creatures in our bay. We’d suggest hats, sunblock, sunglasses, comfy shoes and your camera for this great walk. For more information please contact the Tourism Bureau.

 

20 - 26 October 2014

LOCAL NEWS

Waldorf Goes Green
Hermanus has always been proud of its school’s initiatives, ranging from charitable events to school functions and fundraisers. The Waldorf School now adds to this great list by going green. The school already boasts a bountiful veggie garden and is now well on its way to erecting wind turbines (albeit miniature ones), a biodigester to fuel their kitchen and a greenhouse for year round healthy eating. These improvements are all thanks to the support given by the community and COREnvironmental, who focus on helping businesses and such to go green. For more about the upgrades visit this link or visit the Waldorf School’s site.

Blue Flag Pride
The Overberg can proudly say that it hosts 3 beautiful Blue Flag beaches at Grotto, Hawston and Kleinmond. This title is held for the 2014 – 2015 year and is back by a R 14,5 million grant to help upgrade and maintain the beaches. Hermanus residence can therefore look forward to even higher quality beaches as well as increased opportunities for the unemployed and a general growth of income in the town (with an average of 175 new jobs created every year through this movement). For more on what it means to be Blue Flag approved visit their official site.

Newton Johnson Restaurant is on the Rise
Hermanus.co.za would like to offer its congratulations to Newton Johnson’s restaurant for becoming one of the finalists in this year’s Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards! The winners will be announced on the 16th November in Cape Town – which you can find out more about here. Good luck to Newton Johnson – Hermanus is behind you all the way.

Hermanus Welcomes its Latest Additions
Hermanus has seen its fair share of change throughout its lifetime, from drastic to subtle. As of late it’s been the shops in the area that have changed hands and been updated the most.

Bookmark
As most locals know, Bookmark Bookstore was a set fixture in Eastcliff and sold some amazing varieties of books for all walks of life. As of this month Bookmark has made a new home for itself next to Pam Golding at 173 Main Road. The beautiful interior makes you feel right at home while you browse the shelves for you next adventure.

Surf Zone
Surf Zone is situated at 153 Main Road and offers you anything and everything that you could want for the beach. They display beautiful paddle boards out front whilst the interior contents range from surfboards to bikinis to flippers. And, with the revamped décor, the shop has an even more aesthetically beach-feel to it.

Whale Garden
We all know how much a good cup of coffee can change the outlook of the day ahead. So what better place to enjoy it than right at the ocean, with just an umbrella above you? The Whale Garden is the latest addition to the Village Square, situated in the garden in front of the Whale Museum. This little outdoors bistro can brew a delicious cuppa and also offers a couple of nibbles to enjoy.

Le Parisoul
This beautiful little boutique sits opposite Lemm’s Corner and is jam packed with beautiful little trinkets, gifts and décor for you to choose from. The interior mirrors the name – with parasouls hanging from the roof and an almost French interior. The shop also offers some lovely clothing selections to browse and buy.

Mission Blue: Enter to Win!
Learners (aged 11 – 18) have the chance to enter and wine some amazing prizes with the Cape Whale Coast and Hermanus Times. All you have to do to be eligible is write an essay of no more than 1500 words and either email it to the Shark Conservancy or drop it off at the Hermanus Tourism Bureau. The essay should include why Biodiversity is important in the Overstrand and what are the threats to biodiversity in the Overstrand. First Prize is a day with the South African Shark Conservancy and Second Prize is a South African Shark Conservancy goodie bag. The best three essays will also be published on the Hermanus Times website. The closing date for the competition is the 10th November 2014, so make sure you’re entered!

TOURISM NEWS

Enjoy Elgin’s Open Gardens
If you’re a garden lover and enthusiast then we’d suggest that you take a stroll through the Elgin Open Gardens, now in its 14th year. This show is presented over two weekends in November and displays over 20 open gardens in the Elgin Vyeboom and Bot River Districts. Many of the gardens will also have plants for sale and some will even offer refreshments and snacks for you to purchase. Other events include art exhibitions, greenhouse tours and wine tastings. For more information call 021-8440154 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.them.

Potjiekos Competition at Salandra
The Salandra Market is the newest addition to the Overberg area and is held along the R43 next to the Shell garage. On the 2nd November they will be hosting their first Potjiekos Competition and anyone is welcome to join as a team and/or support teams involved. The charge is R100.00 p/team and will be held from 09h00 until 12h00, with the judging taking place from 12h15 until 13h00. There are some really great prizes up for grabs for the winning team, runner ups and even the best decorated stall. You can also look forward to live music throughout the day. To enter contact Rodney at 072-3393303 or 028-3161860.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

The Colour Run to Come to Hermanus
The Colour Run is famous throughout South Africa and will be coming to Hermanus on the 27th of December. During the run/walk different coloured powders are thrown around, leaving you a colourful mess at the end. Tickets are now available here so it’s best to buy in now before they run out and you miss your chance to experience this fun filled day. Children under 10 run for free and groups of four or more receive a little bit of discount. With the purchase of your ticket you also get a Colour Run Goodie Bag, with a branded t-shirt, head band, temporary tattoos, powder and your race number. For more information feel free to visit their Facebook page or visit their official site.

 

27 - 02 November 2014

LOCAL NEWS

E-Waste Not Want Not
Electronic waste has always been a tricky issue to deal with due to the varying degrees of harmful resources in an old PC, a phone, a fridge etc. that can cause anything from water to air pollution. Dr Vic Hamilton-Attwell spoke on e-waste last week and said that it is better to recycle your broken goods rather than storing them or throwing them in the trash. To help with this there are now four drop-off zones for your e-waste (that are free of charge):

  1. The Municipal waste transfer station in Swartdam Road (behind Enlighten Trust)
  2. M&E Electronics in Hermanus
  3. Woolworths in Hermanus
  4. Checkers in Hermanus

These areas then send off the materials to the appropriate recycling facilities where the precious metals (copper etc) can be extracted and reused.

Spread Some Goodwill
We are all aware of how much the under privileged suffer on a daily basis and that they can’t afford to give their families the luxuries that they wish they could. Therefore we ask that Hermanus helps these impoverished communities by donating to some worthy causes this Christmas time:

  • Santa Shoebox Project – this inspiring community initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust involves the distribution of personalised gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children across the country. Fill your gift box with some necessities, such as toothpaste and toothbrush, facecloth and soap, as well as some sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an outfit of clothing. For more information, call Wendie Cleary on 028 316 2257, but hurry because boxes must be dropped off in Hermanus or Gansbaai by no later than 18:00, Saturday 1 November.
  • Bags of Love – through this campaign, the poorest of the poor in Overstrand can enjoy a bag full of basic necessities and quite often a few Christmas treats as well. As part of the initiative, bags (provided) are filled with basic groceries from a standard shopping list and distributed to needy families just before Christmas. The grocery items can be bought at certain chain stores in Hermanus at a cost of around R130. For more information, call Des Collins on 082 824 1058 or 028 316 4434.

Supporting Our Local Veterinary Clinic
The Community Veterinary Clinic in Hermanus is a heart-warming initiative that focuses on helping animals in need as well as spaying/neutering animals so as to help curb the ever-growing stray population in the Overstrand area. However, the supplies needed are not cheap and so they need as much support as possible. Therefore they are raising funds through a Raffle Ticket draw. Tickets are R10 each or you can opt to help sell an entire book to those around you. 50% of the proceeds will go towards the Clinic for supplies whilst the other 50% will be given as prizes to the lucky winners! For more information contact the Hermanus Animal Welfare.

TOURISM NEWS

The Wines2Whales Adventure Begins
The ever-popular and famous Wines2Whales mountain bike race starts on the 2nd November and carries on until the final on the 9th of November. The race goes through a lot of the Overberg area and coastal regions, giving the competitors a stunning backdrop while they speed along. The race begins at the Lourensford Estate in Somerset West, with the finish being at the Onrus Caravan Park near Hermanus. If you weren’t able to get a ticket for the race then we suggest taking a drive down to the finish line to cheer on the (very) tired cyclists as they complete this difficult race. For more information visit their official site

Getting Around Hermanus
The Hermanus Town Guide gives you some great information about the area and provides some important phone numbers for you in case of emergencies or if you need to find out more about Hermanus. The map that's included also gives you some great places to visit, highlighting the most popular areas around town. The Hermanus Whale Guide can be used to help you find the sometimes elusive Southern Right Whales during whale season. The locations are easily accessible via the Cliff Path and/or all main roads, making it a great full day activity. We've also included some fun facts about the whales and how to spot them out at sea.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

 

03 - 09 November 2014

LOCAL NEWS

Lemm’s Corner Gets Some Love
Lemm’s Corner is on its way to its former glory, thanks to suggestions made by Nicolette Lloyd (from Nicolette Lloyd Architecture) and Meindert Jonge Poerink (from Fynbos Gardens). The suggestion is to plant several trees along the wall and around the lawn, for benches and even a water feature to be included in the area as well as four permanent kiosks for vendors. There was also great care taken during the annual general meeting of the Whale Museum Trust to insure that Lemm’s Corner will once again be “the most beautiful part of Fisherman’s Village.

Just Go With It
Our little town is a strong one, but it needs a better foundation upon which our business owners and residents can grow as a community. The Just Got With It initiative aims to do just that, with like-minded people getting together to see how they can help each other in any way possible. Theo Krynauw, one of the organisers, explained that “Our future depends on everyone sharing in the beauty and prosperity of this wonderful area called the Overstrand – there is no other way than just to get on with it”. If you’d like to join in on these meetings then please contact Theo on 082-6544924.

Supporting Our Local Veterinary Clinic
The Community Veterinary Clinic in Hermanus is a heart-warming initiative that focuses on helping animals in need as well as spaying/neutering animals so as to help curb the ever-growing stray population in the Overstrand area. However, the supplies needed are not cheap and so they need as much support as possible. Therefore they are raising funds through a Raffle Ticket draw. Tickets are R10 each or you can opt to help sell an entire book to those around you. 50% of the proceeds will go towards the Clinic for supplies whilst the other 50% will be given as prizes to the lucky winners! For more information contact the Hermanus Animal Welfare.

TOURISM NEWS

A Night of 1000 Drawings
Hermanus First Fridays Art Walk Initiative is already a success, after just one event. Because of this they’ve decided to host A Night of 1000 Drawings. The Night calls on all artists (upcoming, well established or casual) to create an art piece on an A5 piece of paper, card or board using oils, pastels, inks, pencils etc. and then to donate the miniature art works to the Art Walk. These works will then be displayed and sold during the December First Fridays Art Walk (5th December). The proceeds from this night will go to the Overstrand Hospice, Whale Coast Conservation and HEAP School in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. If you’d like to participate in this artsy night then please drop off your completed and signed artworks at any of the participating galleries. For  more you can visit their Official Site.

Bags of Love
The Bags of Love Campaign has just been launched, with Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie at the head of it. The initiative asks for donations of bags of food items that can then be distributed to needy families in the area. If you’d like to add a bit of Christmas happiness to the less fortunate in the Zwelihle area then why not donate? The shopping list includes 1kg rice, 1kg sugar, 26 tea bags, peanut butter, 425g pilchards, 200 g soya mince, 1kg samp, 500g dried sugar beans, 1kg mielie meal, 410g baked beans, 750ml cooking oil and 500g of salt. All of these items can be bought at much lower prices thanks to the Spar Western Cape Distribution Centre. The shops to buy at are the Eastcliff Kwikspar, Gansbaai Superspar and the Kleinmond Superspar. You can then leave the bags there and they’ll take care of the rest, with a happy Christmas around the corner for hungry families!

The full bags will be distributed to needy families just before Christmas. To find out more about this initiative call Des Collins on 082 824 1058; 0283164434 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fynbos Community Foundation’s Auction
We all know of the initiative to raise funds for a new care center in Stanford and, thanks to an overwhelming response from everyone in Hermanus, the FCF is now on their way to an amazing auction experience. Vehicles, furniture, bicycles and more have come pouring in from donators and can be viewed on the 7th November. The auction itself will take place on the 8th of November, with items such as a beautiful Morris Minor, mountain bikes and even caravans up for grabs. For more information feel free to contact Koos Smith on 082-4568283 or email them for more!

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

 

10 - 16 November 2014

LOCAL NEWS

Camphill Farm Raffle Mania
Camphill Farm Community was founded in 1978 and the land has been managed on organic and biodynamic principles since. Their main goal on the farm is to move towards sustainability, whilst fulfilling our vision – enabling quality of life for all at Camphill. A biodynamic farm is seen as an organism, which must be kept in optimum health for the people to benefit from all the products of the farm.

This year, Camphill will be holding a massive raffle draw. Tickets are R100.00 each and put you into the running to win R 25 000! There are 2000 tickets available, with the excess proceeds going towards the Farm. You can pick up your ticket at Nourish Café, Greenways, The Beanery and the Wine Village. The draw will take place on the 10th January 2015 – we wish everyone good luck!

Volunteers Needed for Reading Aids
The Enlighten Education Trust is looking for some energetic volunteers for their Literacy Project, which will be launched in 2015. This Project is aimed at creating a more literate community by giving the under privileged an opportunity to better their reading capabilities, helping them to further themselves and their education. The project will take place in two of the primary schools in the Overstrand (Zwelihle Primary and Lukhanyo Primary schools), focusing specifically on Grades 2 and 3.

If you would like to help these children to better themselves and give them the chance of a brighter future then please feel free to get in contact with Magriet Peter (Trust Manager) on 028-3130974.

A Second Facelift for Our CBD
Our beautiful little town is slowly but surely gaining back its original charm, in the form of a revitalised Lemm’s Corner, upgrading of facilities and much more. Because of the amazing support that the Overstrand Municipality has received  over the years (over R225 million in funding since 2000) they are now implementing a secondary “facelift” movement for the Hermanus CBD.

Imminent upgrades include areas such as the main taxi rank (next to the ABSA building) and traffic calming measures around Main Road and Micthell Street.

It brings a smile to locals’ faces that Hermanus will soon be that much more efficient and inviting to visiting crowds. If you would like to add your say to the matters at hand then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Riaan Kuchar.

TOURISM NEWS

A Performance Worth Singing About
The Hermanus Serenades (formerly the Zwelihle Youth Choir) was founded by Shaun Tsholoba in 2013. Since its opening it has grown to have 48 members between the ages of 14 and 18. The aim of this choir was (and still is) to keep the youths of the township area away from negative influences by giving them a structured and safe environment.

On the 29th November the choir will host a concert at the Qhayiya Secondary School at 14h00, with the performance including African choral music, traditional, classic and opera music pieces. The Serenades are a choir worth hearing, so feel free to come and join in on this beautiful performance and show your support for a great initiative.

For more information about the choir and how you can help please get in contact with Nontsikelelo on 076-8413658 or Shaun on 061-9898787.

Fynbos Community Foundation’s Auction
We all know of the initiative to raise funds for a new care center in Stanford and, thanks to an overwhelming response from everyone in Hermanus, the FCF is now on their way to an amazing auction experience. Vehicles, furniture, bicycles and more have come pouring in from donators and can be viewed on the 7th November. The auction itself will take place on the 8th of November, with items such as a beautiful Morris Minor, mountain bikes and even caravans up for grabs. For more information feel free to contact Koos Smith on 082-4568283 or email them for more!

A Night of 1000 Drawings
Hermanus First Fridays Art Walk Initiative is already a success, after just one event. Because of this they’ve decided to host A Night of 1000 Drawings. The Night calls on all artists (upcoming, well established or casual) to create an art piece on an A5 piece of paper, card or board using oils, pastels, inks, pencils etc. and then to donate the miniature art works to the Art Walk. These works will then be displayed and sold during the December First Fridays Art Walk (5th December). The proceeds from this night will go to the Overstrand Hospice, Whale Coast Conservation and HEAP School in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. If you’d like to participate in this artsy night then please drop off your completed and signed artworks at any of the participating galleries. For  more you can visit their Official Site.

5 Things To Do This Week
Need to know what to do this week in Hermanus? Take a look at our Weekly What To Do list on the Home Page or click here to look through our Hermanus Events Calendar.

 

17 - 23 November 2013

LOCAL NEWS

Poppy Day Remembrance Ceremony
The Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on the 9 November at the Memorial above Old Harbour. This day has been known as Poppy Day (due to the poem called In Flanders Fields) since 1919. The day remembers those who have died in battle over the years.

During the service, the Memorial was covered in beautiful flowers and wreaths, with the MOTHs and SA National Defence Force standing at attention during the ceremony. In honor of this day, the Overstrand Municipality has donated R 107 000.00 to restore the two WWII gunship canons that flank the main memorial structure. Restoration will start in February 2015. For more information feel free to contact the MOTHs.

Camphill Farm Raffle Mania
Camphill Farm Community was founded in 1978 and the land has been managed on organic and biodynamic principles since. Their main goal on the farm is to move towards sustainability, whilst fulfilling our vision – enabling quality of life for all at Camphill. A biodynamic farm is seen as an organism, which must be kept in optimum health for the people to benefit from all the products of the farm.

This year, Camphill will be holding a massive raffle draw. Tickets are R100.00 each and put you into the running to win R 25 000! There are 2000 tickets available, with the excess proceeds going towards the Farm. You can pick up your ticket at Nourish Café, Greenways, The Beanery and the Wine Village. The draw will take place on the 10th January 2015 – we wish everyone good luck!

This Project is aimed at creating a more literate community by giving the under privileged an opportunity to better their reading capabilities, helping them to further themselves and their education. The project will take place in two of the primary schools in the Overstrand (Zwelihle Primary and Lukhanyo Primary schools), focusing specifically on Grades 2 and 3.

Volunteers Needed for Reading Aids
The Enlighten Education Trust is looking for some energetic volunteers for their Literacy Project, which will be launched in 2015. If you love working with children then this fulfilling position is perfect for you! If you would like to help these children to better themselves and give them the chance of a brighter future then please feel free to get in contact with Magriet Peter (Trust Manager) on 028-3130974

TOURISM NEWS

Annual Coronation Double Century Cycling Event
On Saturday, 22 November 2014, roughly 3 000 riders will line up in Swellendam to tackle the Coronation Double Century’s challenging 202km route, resulting in a few scheduled road closures in the Overberg region. While these road closures will cause a few delays in the respective areas, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT), organisers of the event, have done their utmost to ensure they cause minimal inconvenience for public road users on race day.

The Coronation Double Century attracts thousands of cyclists and spectators to Swellendam in November each year, providing a welcome boost for the local economy.  Funds generated from the race are also invested into various community projects for the upliftment of schools, children’s homes, and cycling and skills development programmes.

Scheduled road closures for Saturday, 22 November 2014:

  • Somerset Road, Swellendam | 04h00 – 08h00
  • R324, Tradouw Pass | 06h00 – 09h30
  • Van Riebeek Road, Montague | 09h30 – 11h30
  • Van Eeden Street, Swellendam | 11h00 – 17h00
  • Murray Street and Stasie Street | 04h00 – 16h00
  • Zandvliet Road, Ashton | 08h30 – 12h00
  • R317, Bonnievale (until Bonnievale Cellars) | 10h30 – 14h00

On Race Day (Saturday, 22 November 2014) the public can contact the event organisers on 087 820 5605 or 028 514 1705 if there are any emergency queries or incidents to report.


A Night of 1000 Drawings

Hermanus First Fridays Art Walk Initiative is already a success, after just one event. Because of this they’ve decided to host A Night of 1000 Drawings. The Night calls on all artists (upcoming, well established or casual) to create an art piece on an A5 piece of paper, card or board using oils, pastels, inks, pencils etc. and then to donate the miniature art works to the Art Walk. These works will then be displayed and sold during the December First Fridays Art Walk (5th December). The proceeds from this night will go to the Overstrand Hospice, Whale Coast Conservation and HEAP School in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. If you’d like to participate in this artsy night then please drop off your completed and signed artworks at any of the participating galleries. For  more you can visit their Official Site.

Whale Crier Walking Tours
If you’re itching to explore the Hermanus coastline by foot but don’t know where to start then we suggest taking an accompanied walk with the Hermanus Whale Crier. Eric will use his vast knowledge of the area and the whales to insure that you enjoy the stunning Cliff Path and get to see some of the beautiful creatures in our bay. We’d suggest hats, sunblock, sunglasses, comfy shoes and your camera for this great walk. For more information please contact the Tourism Bureau. We also have a couple of maps for you to choose from to help you enjoy your walking tour even more!

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