Afrikaans Afrikaans English English Sesotho Sesotho Xhosa Xhosa Zulu Zulu
Afrikaans Afrikaans English English Sesotho Sesotho Xhosa Xhosa Zulu Zulu

Hessequa Municipality is about 320km’s from Cape Town on the N2 and is situated in the Garden Route District Municipality. At present, the Municipal area of Hessequa includes the surrounding towns of Riversdale, Heidelberg, Slangrivier, Albertinia, Gouritsmond, Slangrivier, Stilbaai, Jongensfontein and Witsand.

The name Hessequa, meaning “people of the trees”, refers to the tribe of Khoikhoi people that used to live in the region. Hessequa is gently curving the edge of the continent just east of the southern-most tip of Africa. Hessequa is the entrance to the world famous Garden Route and is nestled in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountain, and in the embrace of the warm Indian Ocean, stretching from the magnificent Breede River in the west, and the majestic Gourits River in the east.

A region rich in natural beauty with rolling hills of pristine limestone and mountain fynbos, dune thicket and Renosterveld and to the north surrounded with rugged mountains and indigenous forests. Pristine beaches stretch the entire length of her coastline. Ecological assets include four estuaries, a word heritage forest site, several nature reserves which guard a number of rare and endangered floral species.

IDP Message from the Mayor

Hessequa Municipality has positioned itself as one of the efficient managed municipalities in South Africa by continuous adoption and maintaining of good governance practices and sound financial management for the last decade. As the Executive Mayor of Hessequa Municipality for a second term, I am aware of the priority needs of our communities and the extremely hard decisions that need to be made in anticipation of forthcoming challenges within the South African context.

We are still experiencing the effects and undesirable legacy of the COVID19 pandemic, which affected our various communities negatively in many aspects of their livelihoods.  Yet, as our communities are rebuilding and recovering from these effects, we are yet again faced with other eminent challenges such as the national energy crisis (Eskom), fuel price hikes, weakening national currency, unfavourable national fiscal policy changes etc, all of which place a further burden to the communities as the end consumers of these business value chains. Subsequently, as the closest form of government to the people, the municipality is challenged by the complaints and requests for assistance by residents, businesses, and even other spheres of government.

We remain committed to open partnerships and to cooperative governance initiatives that will serve the people of Hessequa and improve their livelihoods.

As the leader of a progressive and proactive organisation, I am also aware that the current and anticipated challenges to the organisation require us to be ready and address them through a capable staff component. As such, I am pleased that we have appointed a well experienced Municipal Manager to lead the administration in service our communities with excellence in an efficient, economic and sustainable manner.

This IDP reflects a renewed commitment to our vision of being a caring, growing and serving municipality. The leadership of Hessequa Municipality wants to extend a hand of support to all communities with expanded community safety as a critical strategic priority for this IDP cycle. From all 637 inputs received towards the IDP and budget process, amongst the top five issues raised by all communities, is the reality of community safety. This IDP sets specific objectives for the expansion of all community safety related services in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders.

This 5th generation IDP is the foundation of all actions taken by this Council and the allocated resources aligned to its objectives. The commitment of our community and the administration is appreciated, and I truly believe we can sustain our heritage of excellent service delivery and being a destination of choice for all who want to live in, or visit, our beautiful region.

Grant Riddles
Executive Mayor

Thank for your file upload