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

New Youth Council to be set up

  Nominations to serve on the Knysna Municipal Youth Council is now open. The municipality’s Youth Desk is excited to announce the nomination process for the election of new members to the Youth Council.  All Greater Knysna youth between the ages 14 – 35 are invited to participate in the nomination and election process. Nomination…

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Knysna quick to repair broken pipes

Knysna has been plague with water pipe breaks the last few weeks and Knysna Municipal Manager, Kam Chetty, said the main reason for these pipe breaks were the severe weather conditions, combined with aging infrastructure. “The extreme drought conditions influence the soil, especially in clay soil areas. Water pipes are made from asbestos and as…

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Knysna assists mudslide victims

Teams from the Knysna and Eden Municipalities are currently on site attending to mudslides that affected the community of Brenton-on-Lake following the past week’s (14 November) soaking rains.  Climate change and the recent fires have exacerbated the potential risks of landslides.  The municipalities and the Garden Route Rebuild Initiative (GRRI) has worked extensively to address…

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Knysna win housing project award

Knysna Municipality received recognition at National Govan Mbeki Human Settlements Awards ceremony held in Midrand, Johannesburg on Thursday, November 9 for its Dam-se-Bos, Vision 2002 project. “We are all extremely proud of our housing department for their achievement as first runner up for the “Best Enhanced People Process” for the now well-known Dam-se-Bos, Vision 2002…

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Exciting agricultural learnership programme

Exciting agricultural learnership programme The Vineyard Academy in collaboration with the Mayoral Office has established an Agricultural Learnership. A group of 60 young individuals gathered in the Municipal Council Chambers on Monday, 23 October where they participated in a pre-assessment as part of the learnership admission process. This learnership focuses on both the Greater Knysna…

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