Where we govern


Hessequa Local Municipality is one of the top three best-run municipalities in the country according to the 2016 Government Performance Index. DA-led Hessequa works hard to be a caring municipality where all residents benefit from cost effective and innovative service delivery, a growing economy where there are job opportunities, and one that uses natural resources sustainably. Hessequa is investing millions of rands in building quality homes for residents who live in informal settlements, focusing on quality electricity and sewerage systems.

Hessequa's Success Stories

We want to bring housing, electricity and sewerage systems to poor communities. We have already upgraded the Riversdale and Heidelberg sewerage stations and brought services to homes in Melkhoutfontein and Heidelberg.

In December, 113 residents received new homes. About 100 more homes will be built in Melkhoutfontein.

We repaired the flood damage to roads and infrastructure in Albertinia, Riversdale, Heidelberg and Melkhoutfontein. We have a new fire engine in case of fires.

To help all residents to access resources on the internet, e-centres were launched in Riversdale, Heidelberg and Slangrivier.

“Since the DA took over, change is coming quickly with housing, electricity and title deeds.” – Sophia Adams, Melkhoutfontein

Meet the Mayor & Mayoral Committee Running Hessequa Municipality

Grant Riddles

Executive Mayor Grant Riddles was born on 24 October 1981, in Riversdale. He grew up in Melkhoutfontein, a suburban town 7km’s from Still Bay and he and his wife now live in Still Bay with their two children. Grant matriculated from Gerrit Du Plessis High School in Riversdale, did a computer technician course at Boland…

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News from Hessequa

WITSAND earmarked for desalination plant.

Hessequa municipality, in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch has created the Hessequa Helix to implement innovative solutions to the water crisis. Witsand has now been identified as the site for a desalination plant. The costs of implementing the plan to establish a plant at Witsand are estimated to be R9million. The French Treasury has…

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The water situation throughout the Western Cape calls for responsible water management from all citizens. Even in those areas where the water scarcity is not as serious as in Cape Town and surrounding areas, responsible water management is crucial. As such the Hessequa municipality has implemented water saving regulations and restrictions that will be regulated…

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Hessequa goes Green!

Hessequa Municipality attained third place at the recent National Greenest Municipality Awards (NGMC) held in Bloemfontein recently.  This means that the municipality is the third greenest in South Africa and with that achievement will also receive R2.5 million by means of projects and infrastructure as approved by the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). This…

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Rehabilitating Lappies Bay

The Lappies Bay dune rehabilitation management plan has been approved for a period of five years and the work on the dunes has been scheduled to coincide with the rainy season to ensure that changes made also assist with vegetation growth.  During August and September 2017 the seasonal storms and spring tides cause erosion of…

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More Trees planted in the #100 000 Trees Project

Councillor Ben Smith (Ward 1) with the support of the Executive Mayor, Grant Riddles planted trees in Melkhoutfontein and Stilbaai. Trees were planted in front of the Melkhoutfontein Provincial Clinic as well as the entrance of the town. Benches has also been provided to be placed in strategic places, like in front of the clinic so…

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Notes from the Mayor’s Diary

Eden Sport Awards Hessequa Municipality was the host for the Eden Sport Awards on 27 July in Riversdale. The Executive Mayor, the Deputy  Executive Mayor, Cllr Johannes Hartnick, Speaker, Cllr Andrew Stroebel, Cllr Annamarie Joubert, Cllr Ben Smith and Cllr Margaret Jakobs attended the event as guests of honour. The Mayor handed a cheque to…

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