Overstrand Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee, Mayoral Committee Members (Exco Councillors), the Municipal Manager and Top Management team will be hosting the first of Overstrand Municipality’s First Thursday events this week on 7 November.

Although First Thursday Let’s Talk sessions will start in Hermanus, residents from all over the Overstrand are most welcome to join. Hopefully this initiative will be rolled out to other towns next year.

Residents will have the opportunity to engage with the Mayor and his team one-on-one, cutting down on ‘red tape’ processes and giving the public direct contact for dialogue on how the municipality can improve services and grow the economy.

To do this successfully and make sure that all residents have access, the sessions will be conducted on a first come first served basis and no appointment is needed.

First Thursday is the brainchild of Gareth Pearson, who launched the concept in Cape Town following a trip to Europe. Subsequently, Premier Winde introduced the concept of First Thursday in government during his tenure as Minister of Economic Opportunities.

This concept is now being expanded across the Western Cape where decision makers from each directorate will make themselves available to engage with the public on the first Thursday of every month.

The inaugural Overstrand First Thursday will take place on 7 November at the Whale Museum on Market Square from 17:00 – 19:00.

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