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September

. An elderly couple is seriously injured when attackers assault them with a hammer during a robbery at their Vermont home in the early hours of Monday 3 September. The robbers made off with a television, the woman’s handbag and cellphones.

. A suspected serial rapist appears in the Hermanus magistrate’s court on 12 charges of rape. DNA evidence linked the 29-year-old man from Zwelihle to the incidents dating as far back as 2015.

. A number of owners of businesses in Swartdam Road voice their concerns after municipal workers start developing a piece of land adjacent to the transfer station for emergency housing. Afriforum joins in the fray and writes a letter addressing their concerns to Overstrand mayor Dudley Coetzee and MEC for Local Government Anton Bredell.. Hermanus is rocked by the murder of the 96-year-old Joan Anderson, who lived on her own in a gated complex in Mitchell Street. Her body, with her hands and feet tied, was discovered in the bathtub at her home on Thursday 13 September. Anderson survived a robbery in 2017.. The Western Cape High Court sentences Martin Ncube to 22 years behind bars for the murder of his employer, Ferra Thompson of Pringle Bay. Judge Monde Samela orders this sentence to run concurrently with one of 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances. Ncube pleaded guilty to the charges on the one-year anniversary of the brutal murder. . The tourism industry welcomes news that the ABSA Cape Epic is to return to Hermanus in 2019, bringing with it a welcome cash injection that could add up to R75 million to the town’s coffers. Hermanus will host the first stage of the race that draws cyclists from across the world.. The 27th annual Whale Festival draws an estimated 80 000 visitors. “Despite the unrest in Hermanus a few months ago, the Whale Festival united the entire Overstrand, and that was our vision all along,” said Jeanette du Toit, chairperson of the Whale Festival Committee.

. The process to gain environmental approval for the proposed Paradise Park development in Vermont started. Residents of Paradise Park, about 300 households, face an eviction order and the matter is due back in court early 2019. The Provincial Department of Human Settlements is negotiating with the owners for an alternative arangement.. A teenager is robbed at knifepoint outside Whale Coast Mall while waiting for a friend. The assailants made off with his money and cellphone. Whale Coast Mall management say they will give the matter urgent attention as shoppers’ safety is their priority.. Gilbert Muchanyara of Gilbert’s Catering is appointed as the 2018 Journey to Service Excellence Hero. The J2SE is a programme launched by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism growing the tourism industry, aimed at fostering a culture of service excellence. Monthly Service Excellence Heroes also receive awards from MEC Allan Winde.

. Newton Johnson Vineyards wins the Editor’s Award at the launch of the 39th edition of the Platter’s Guide, a publication that celebrates South African wine excellence. A number of wineries from the Overberg topped the Wine of the Year list for their respective categories.

. Project Safe Cycling is launched after a group of cyclists is attacked while cycling along Karwyderskraal Road. One cyclist sustained slight injuries when the assailant stabbed him in the shoulder. A number of attacks on cyclists were recorded throughout the year near Hawston.

. Notices are handed to residents of Marikana Informal Settlement to inform them of dangerous gasses seeping from the filled up landfill sites on which more than 1 300 structures were erected. Residents are advised to move away from the site in the interest of their own safety.

. A elderly man from Vermont had a nightmarish experience when the afternoon nap he was taking came to an abrupt end by a man who sat on his chest, armed with a gun. The gunman and his accomplice demanded money and firearms. They made off with four fully loaded magazines, more than 100 rounds and two pistols.. A biker is killed when a vehicle knocks him down on the R43 near Paradise Park. Two suspects allegedly flee from the scene, but are apprehended a short while later. It is alleged the vehicle they were driving was stolen in Parow. The police confirm that they are investigating whether the men can be linked to the theft of the motor vehicle.. Businesses in the CBD raise concerns regarding the proposed establishment of Hermanus Varsity at the old synagogue in Main Road. Professor John de Gruchy stated that courses could start as early as mid-2019.

. An uproar breaks out on social media over a video clip in which a man is seen walking around Hermanus and encouraging people to “take the land here wherever it’s valuable” is posted on Facebook. Gcobani Ndzongana later points out that the remarks were made by a friend to raise the ire of “right wingers” who were following them.

. A policeman from Stanford is wounded in the arm during a high-speed chase on the R43 between Hermanus and Stanford when a suspected poacher fires several shots at the vehicle he is travelling in. An intensive manhunt is launched for the suspect, who fled into the bushes on foot. Four other suspects are taken in for questioning, and the police confiscate 3 778 units of abalone from the shooter’s vehicle. . After seven months of negotiations to buy Schulplhoek, the Western Cape government announced it will expropriate the land with compensation. A deed of sale for Schulphoek was signed in 2016, before government entered into negotiations. The buyer, however, did not transfer the property at the request of the Overstrand Municipality.

. A proposal to develop land-based enterprise the Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Farm in Betty’s Bay is identified as being the first of its kind in South Africa.

• A number of owners of businesses in Swartdam Road voice their concerns after municipal workers start developing a piece of land adjacent to the transfer station for emergency housing. Afriforum joins in the fray and writes a letter addressing their concerns to Overstrand mayor Dudley Coetzee and MEC for Local Government Anton Bredell.

• Hermanus is rocked by the murder of the 96-year-old Joan Anderson who lived on her own in a gated complex in Mitchell Street. Her body, with her hands and feet bound, was discovered in the bathtub in her home on Thursday 13 September. Anderson survived a robbery in 2017.

• The Western Cape High Court sentences Martin Ncube to 22 years behind bars for the murder of his employer Ferra Thompson. Judge Monde Samela orders that this sentence run concurrently with the sentence of 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances. Ncube pleaded guilty to the charges on the one year anniversary of the brutal murder that took place in Pringle Bay.

October

• The tourism industry welcomes news that the Absa Cape Epic is to return to Hermanus in 2019, bringing with it a welcome cash injection that could add up to R75 million to the town’s coffers. Hermanus will host the first stage of the race that draws cyclists from across the world.

• The 27th annual Whale Festival draws an estimated 80 000 visitors. “Despite the unrest in Hermanus a few months ago, the Whale Festival united the entire Overstrand, and that was our vision all along,” said Jeanette du Toit, chairperson of the Whale Festival Committee.

November

• A teenager is robbed at knifepoint outside Whale Coast Mall while waiting for a friend. The assailants made off with his money and cellphone. Whale Coast Mall management say they will give the matter urgent attention as shoppers’ safety is their priority.

• Gilbert Muchanyara of Gilbert’s Catering is appointed as the 2018 Journey to Service Excellence Hero. The J2SE is a programme launched by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism growing the tourism industry, aimed at by fostering a culture of service excellence. Monthly Service Excellence Heroes also receive awards from MEC Allan Winde.

• Newton Johnson Vineyards wins the Editor’s Award at the launch of the 39th edition of the Platter’s Guide, a publication that celebrates South African wine excellence. A number of wineries from the Overberg topped the Wine of the Year list for their respective categories.

• Project Safe Cycling is launched after a group of cyclists are attacked while cycling along Karwyderskraal Road. One cyclist sustained slight injuries when the assailant stabbed him in the shoulder. A number of attacks on cyclists were recorded throughout the year near Hawston.

• Notices are handed out to residents of Marikana Informal Settlement to inform them of dangerous gasses seeping from the filled up landfill sites on which more than 1 300 structures were erected. Residents are advised to move from the site in the interest of their own safety.

• A elderly man from Vermont had a nightmare experience when he woke up from an afternoon nap to find a man armed with a gun sitting on his chest. The gunman and his accomplice demanded money and firearms. They made off with four fully loaded magazines, more than 100 rounds and two pistols.

• A biker is killed when a vehicle knocks him down on the R43 near Paradise Park. Two suspects allegedly fled from the scene but are apprehended a short while later. It is alleged that the vehicle they were driving was stolen in Parow. The police confirm that they are investigating whether the men can be linked to the theft of the motor vehicle.

November

• A teenager is robbed at knifepoint outside Whale Coast Mall while waiting for a friend. The assailants made off with his money and cellphone. Whale Coast Mall management say they will give the matter urgent attention as shoppers’ safety is their priority.

• Gilbert Muchanyara of Gilbert’s Catering is appointed as the 2018 Journey to Service Excellence Hero. The J2SE is a programme launched by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism growing the tourism industry, aimed at by fostering a culture of service excellence. Monthly Service Excellence Heroes also receive awards from MEC Allan Winde.

• Newton Johnson Vineyards wins the Editor’s Award at the launch of the 39th edition of the Platter’s Guide, a publication that celebrates South African wine excellence. A number of wineries from the Overberg topped the Wine of the Year list for their respective categories.

• Project Safe Cycling is launched after a group of cyclists are attacked while cycling along Karwyderskraal Road. One cyclist sustained slight injuries when the assailant stabbed him in the shoulder. A number of attacks on cyclists were recorded throughout the year near Hawston.

• Notices are handed out to residents of Marikana Informal Settlement to inform them of dangerous gasses seeping from the filled up landfill sites on which more than 1 300 structures were erected. Residents are advised to move from the site in the interest of their own safety.

• Businesses in the CBD raise concerns regarding the proposed establishment at the old synagogue in Main Road. Professor John de Gruchy reveals that the Hermanus Varsity could start presenting courses as early as mid-2019.

December

• An uproar breaks out on social media after a video clip where a man is seen walking around Hermanus and heard saying that people must “take the land here where it’s valuable” is posted on Facebook. Gcobani Ndzongana later points out that the remarks were made by a friend to raise the ire of “right wingers” who were following them.

• A policeman from Stanford is wounded in the arm during a high speed chase on the R43 between Hermanus and Stanford when a suspected poacher fires several shots at the vehicle he is travelling in. An intensive manhunt is launched for the suspect who fled into the bushes on foot. Four other suspects are taken in for questioning and the police confiscate 3 778 units of abalone from the shooter’s vehicle.

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