Where we govern


Knysna Local Municipality goes into its second term with a track record of better and better governance: four consecutive clean audits and successful projects working to bring services, like electricity, to ALL residents. The Municipality’s vision is to provide affordable quality services, alleviate poverty, and facilitate social and economic development in the Greater Knysna municipal area through integrated development planning, skills development and the sustainable use of resources.

Knysna's Success Stories

Meet the Mayor & Mayoral Committee Running Knysna Municipality

Eleanore Bouw-Spies

Executive Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies is the executive and political leader, as well as the social and ceremonial head, of the Knysna Municipality. She is the DA’s Ward 5 councillor too. Eleanore was born and raised in Knysna, attending the Rheenendal Primary School and later the Knysna Secondary School before obtaining her BA Degree and a…

Read More

News from Knysna

Knysna Municipality Youth Desk hosts Cooking Competition

The Rheenendal Centre of the Knysna Municipal Youth Desk in Ward 5 hosted a Youth Cooking Competition on Friday 14 July at the Community Hall. The competition aimed to inspire young people who have a passion for food to enhance their cooking skills and to use these to create employment opportunities. Participants included five young…

Read More

Knysna Municipality is in a rebuild phase

The greater Knysna Municipal area is still reeling under the shock of the recent fires that cut a swath of destruction throughout the province. “This catastrophe will help to develop the strength and resolve we need to face its aftermath,” said Executive Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies. “This has been a reminder that we cannot escape the…

Read More

Garden Route Rebuild Committee

Since the Garden Route fires of June, many people and organisations have come to the aid of those affected and have initiated projects to help the area get back on its feet. As we build a more prosperous and resilient Garden Route, it is important for all of our initiatives to be coordinated so that…

Read More


Knysna Council approved the waiving of various Building Plan fees for Fire Victims on 20 June. This will assist in fast-tracking the process of demolition and building plan applications. The following fees will be waived. Fees under item 4.5 (connection fees) of the tariffs list Fees under items 5.3 – 5.6 of the tariffs list…

Read More

Builders waste disposal site identified

The Western Cape Government has approved the Knysna Municipality’s rubble waste disposal site on privately owned land off the Simola / Blarricum Heights road for the next six months to temporarily store building rubble resulting from the emergency situation that related to fires in early June. The municipality has requested permission to have this builder’s…

Read More
Load More