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…

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News from Knysna


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…

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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…

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Official Opening of Sports ground

The Dam-se-Bos sports ground was officially reopened on Saturday, 13 May. Knysna executive mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies in her her key note address expressed her joy that the project had created jobs for local residents. “I am delighted to report that through these upgrades, short-term local jobs were created. What is even more exiting, is the…

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