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“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!” — Anon

I live by the seaside, in part because I love the seascape. I often forget that I see only the surface of the ocean, and that the depths hide a myriad wonders, which require no little effort to experience.

In exactly the same way, being diurnal creatures ourselves, we are largely unaware of the rich diversity of animal life that inhabits the night. Fortunately, these creatures are less difficult to see, and some little effort will provide great rewards.

The Fynbos night is populated with many animals and I will try to impart my wonderment of this menagerie in this article.

Download the article in PDF format here.

— Ed.

Change of plans:

ESCOM Supply of Energy-Saving Globes / Verskaffing van energiebesparende gloeilampe

Ek bevestig het hiermee, en vra weer eens om verskoning vir die verwarring, dat ESKOM te blameer is vir die vertraging met die uitdeel van energiebesparende gloeilampe (uit huishoudings) in ruil vir ou gloeilampe.

Die veldtog gaan wel plaasvind, maar sal deur latere kennisgewing bekendgemaak en bevestig word. Wanneer dit gebeur, sal die omruilpunt na alle waarskynlikheid by 'n punt buite die biblioteek (ook voorheen munisipale kantore) op Bettysbaai wees. 'n Amptelike Overstrand-voertuig sal na verwagting as uitdeelpunt dien.


I would herewith like to confirm, with apologies for the confusion, that ESKOM is to blame for the delay in the distribution of energy-saving bulbs to households in exchange for existing ones that are in use.

The campaign will be launched in our area at a later date, of which you will be notified. Once the date has been set, the exchange point will most probably be at a place just outside of the library (and former municipal offices) in Betty's Bay. Weather permitting, an official vehicle of the Overstrand municipality will serve as the exchange point.

Ward Councillor / Wyksraadslid


The ESKOM roll-out of energy-saving light bulbs for households is under way in the Overstrand. Specifically in the Hangklip area, instead of visiting individual homes, the officials responsible for the roll-out will from Monday 1 February be based at key business points along Clarence Drive. Residents are encouraged to take their ‘old’ light bulbs to these temporary trade-in points and exchange them for the energy-saving ones.

For more information, please contact Charmaine Kotze, secretary at the Area Manager’s office in Kleinmond, at 028-271 8413 or Liesl van der Westhuyzen, principal clerk: Electrical Services in Hermanus at 028-316 2630

Thank you and kind regards.

Ward Councillor / Wyksraadslid
+27 82 572 2711
+27 28 272 9533

Although the date for the 2016 municipal election has not yet been announced, the processes leading up to the election are in motion — Registration and re-registration of voters can take place at any time at an office of the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) – our closest one being in Hermanus.

However there will also be two official voter registration weekends IN the Hangklip area, of which the first one will be during the weekend of 5 and 6 March 2016.

It is extremely important that new residents, unregistered residents, as well as first-time voters (the 18 year olds and older who have not net registered or voted), ensure that they are registered in our ward (Hangklip, ward 10). The voter registration will again be facilitated in the Crassula Hall in Betty’s Bay for our three villages, and at the Proteadorp Community Hall for persons residing in Overhills and Proteadorp. (You may employ people from these residential areas in Kleinmond: please be sure to alert them as well!)

Shocking figures released by the IEC last week indicate that in the Western Cape, out of 189 386 young individuals between the ages of 18 and 19, only 10 204 are at this stage registered as voters.


  • You  must be registered in the Ward in which you reside (owner or tenant) in order to vote.
  • SMS  YOUR ID NO. TO 32810 to check your voting status
  • Remember Registration weekend 5-6 March.Take ID doc and proof of residence (Municipal rates or such) with you. This should take no longer than 10 mins.

For any additional information on registration and the forthcoming election, you may contact me at 028-272 9533 / 082 572 2711 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you and kind regards.

Ward Councillor / Wyksraadslid
+27 82 572 2711
+27 28 272 9533


A group of business owners and private homeowners interested in improving tourism in Betty’s Bay have been meeting regularly with stakeholders from organisations such as the municipality.

To date, the group has done the following:

  • Started a database of businesses in the area including private individuals who have shown interest and wish to be on the list

  • Have had open meetings to discuss ideas and strategies

  • Presentations by the municipality, Hangklip-Kleinmond Tourism and Betty’s Bay Ratepayers Association have been done

  • Compiled, agreed and adopted a Terms of Reference Document

  • Looked into sub-committees on issues such as signage, festivals, structure and social media and presented findings and ideas

Way forward

At the last meeting, it was agreed that an interim Exco Committee be formed to accomplish the following:

  • Formally register the Betty’s Bay Tourism Forum

  • Compile the Charter and Constitution

  • Complete the Strategic Document (Outline of which as already been supplied by Hangklip-Kleinmond Tourism)

  • Oversee the sub-committees

  • Minute and record meetings and the organisation thereof

It is envisioned that the interim Exco be for a period of 6 (six) months from inception with the option to volunteer for a longer term thereafter. The positions on the Exco will be for Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Projects/Operations Co-ordinator and Communication Liaison.

The Minutes of the last two meetings, the Terms of Reference, the strategy framework document and the database are available to interested parties. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will e-mail it to you.

Your participation

Should you wish to nominate yourself or someone else, please request the Nomination Form from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date for nominations is 12h00 on 16 November 2015.

Enquiries may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sandra, Natalie or Jeannie on 028 272 9099.

Eskom Load Shedding in 2018

Find the latest load shedding here: http://www.loadshedding.eskom.co.za (You have to "search" for "Betty" and then it will suggest the full name.)

Or, we have obtained a PDF for June/July which you can download. Please note that it may not reflect the actual schedule as it's a static document. It's best to visit the Eskom site for the latest.