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Dog off-leash beach areas coming in the New Year

New designated areas or better known as ‘dog zones’ are set to be introduced early next year in the Overstrand for a trial period of six months.

Dog owners and those who do not like dogs so much, will welcome this initiative from the Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee, who asked Nature’s Valley Conservation Trust to assist us with a pilot study on the impact of dogs on our various beaches.

Overstrand Municipality is to introduce three zones: red, yellow and green starting at beaches in Gansbaai (Pearly Beach), Grotto and Kleinmond (Main Beach).

• The red zones will be where dogs are not allowed,

• the yellow zones will ask owners to keep dogs on leads and

• the green areas are where dogs can be let off leashes but must be kept under control.

The first round of discussions with relevant stakeholders, including Birdlife Overberg started last week, and a public workshop will be held middle to end January 2020 to introduce the concept. More info will follow later.

The final ‘proposal’ will be open for public comment for a month before the proposal will be taken to council for consideration.

Know this:
For this coming December holiday period, the following still applies: DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEASH

Section 6(2) and (3) of the by-law on Dogs and Cats are clear both in contextual and literal interpretation: “No person may or cause to allow any dog to be in a public place unless it is kept on a leash.”

Note that public spaces include any beach, road, path, bridge, footpath or garden, and any other place under the control of the municipality.

Dog owners making use of Overstrand’s beaches that earned Blue Flag status – Grotto, Hawston, Castle Beach and Kleinmond – must respect the stipulation that no dogs will be allowed on these beaches whilst the Blue Flag is flying.

Pet owners are also requested NOT TO BURY DOG POOP IN THE SAND or throw it out to sea. They are required to CLEAN UP AFTER THEIR DOGS and to DISPOSE OF POOP BAGS in the correct bins.



The recreational season for West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) has been announced and will open on Saturday, 15 December 2018.

The 2018/19 CRAYFISH SEASON will be restricted to 12 days and fishing will be allowed as follows:

• From 15 December 2018 to 16 December 2018 (2 days); 
• From 22 December 2018 to 23 December 2018 (2 days);
• On 26 December 2018 (1 day);
• From 29 December 2018 to 1 January 2019 (4 days); and
• From 19 April 2019 to 21 April 2019 (3 days).

Attention is also drawn to Regulation 51, issued under the Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998 (MLRA), which provides that only persons over the age of 12 years may obtain from any authorized office, a recreational fishing permit to engage in fishing, collecting, keeping, controlling, landing or transporting of, or to be in possession of not more than four WCRL per day subject to the payment of R94 per permit (R7 application fee and R87 permit fee) as determined by the Minister under section 25 of the MLRA and published under Government Notice No. 795 in Government Gazette No. 33518 of 10 September 2010.

Permits are valid for the entire west coast rock lobster recreational fishing season.

Fishing times for WCRL will be from 08h00 until 16h00 and the bag limit is four per person per day and the size restriction is 80 millimetres carapace length.

No person catching WCRL with a recreational fishing permit may sell his/her catch and any WCRL caught, collected or transported must be kept in a whole state.

Recreational west coast rock lobster permits are obtainable at the Post Office.

For further information please contact the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on 021 402 3120 or

Pringle Bay Festival Programme

Come and join the residents of the beautiful Western Cape coastal village of Pringle Bay for a weekend of food, wine, music, arts and crafts and a number of activities for adults and kids alike. Taking place from 27-29 April 2018, it is a weekend not to be missed.

Click here for more festival information and the weekend’s programme.

Bikers Against Poaching

Biker riding on Clarens Drive between Pringle Bay and Gordons Bay

A first for the Pringle Bay festival – a ride will take place on Sunday, 29th April meeting at The Drummond Arms, Rooiels at 10h30 and leaving at 11h00 to head to Pringle Bay.  On Saturday, 28th April The Harley Davidson Club of Cape Town will be at the festival.

Click here for more information.

Pringle Bay Features in Getaway Magazine

For the April issue of Getaway, we visited the fascinating town of Pringle Bay that’s aiming to rid itself of single-use plastics. The Pringle Bay Festival (27-29 April 2018) is celebrating the achievement this year with a selection of live music across two stages and a range of bars and food stalls. Beyond the festival, the small seaside town has a lot to offer and is a lovely place for a quiet weekend away.

Click here to view Getaway’s favourite things to do…

Betty’s Bay Park Run

Every Saturday, starting 17 March 2018                                                              Betty’s Bay parkrun

Betty’s Bay parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 8:00am in Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, C/O R44 Clarens Drive, Broadwith Rd, Betty’s Bay, 7141 , Western Cape.

Click here to view page for more information

Pringle Bay Festival

27-29 April 2018

Pringle Bay Festival

The Pringle Bay Festival is a celebration of our environmental achievements- promoting conservation under and above the ocean.  This year’s festival will offer a great variety of entertainment, loads of food and drinks, children’s fairground and entertainment, the usual dog show, a guided fynbos hike, a guided marine awareness and beach clean up hike, vintage cars, the Harley Davidson Club. Magic 828 will be broadcasting live and bands such as Watershed, Matt Carstens, Marcia Moon and Heuwels Fantasties will be performing.

Click here to go to the Pringle Bay Festival Page.

Know your Flags!

Useful information for those visiting the South African Coast.
know your beach flags
drowning is not always obvious!
Information by the NSRI