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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…

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News from Knysna

Mayor’s focus on Economic Development

The recent 7 June Knysna fires catapulted Greater Knysna’s economic development in to top level priority and for this reason Knysna Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies has requested that the Integrated Development Plan (IDP), Local Economic Development (LED), Tourism, Youth, Disability and Gender (Social Development) departments submit their reports directly to the Mayoral Committee. In terms…

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Municipal Fire Report based on evidence

The Knysna Municipal Manager, Kam Chetty says that the municipality stands by its findings of the origin of the Knysna fires of 7 June 2017 as set out in its Fire Report. “The Knysna municipal investigation is based on a scientific methodology that included a thorough analysis of aerial and ground evidence and eye witness…

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Property rates holiday for fire victims

The devastating fires that destroyed billions of rands of built environment in Knysna, has had a traumatic input on the people’s lives and the economy in Knysna. To assist the, 564 households that were completely destroyed by the recent fires, the Knysna Council approved the waiving of property rates for one year for these fire…

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Housing Award

Another Housing accolade for Knysna Municipality  During the recent Govan Mbeki Human Settlements Awards ceremony held in Somerset West the Knysna municipality was announced as joint winners (together with the City of Cape Town) of the Govan Mbeki Human Settlements Award – People’s Housing Project category. They further were announced as runner-up in the Upgrade…

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Update on Garden Route Rebuild initiative

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (20 August 2017), released an update on the Garden Route Rebuild Initiative (GRRI).   The GRRI hosts regular meetings during which all working groups report on their progress.   Please see below for the latest key developments: Erosion control continues to play a vital role in rehabilitating high-risk hotspots….

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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…

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