Executive Mayor


Executive mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies is the executive and political leader, and the social and ceremonial head of the Knysna Municipality. She is the Ward 5 Councillor for the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The Knysna Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies was born and raised in Knysna. She attended the Rheenendal Primary School and later the Knysna Secondary School before attaining a BA Degree and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Western Cape.

Eleanore has more than 16 years of political experience. She started her career as a public representative on the Knysna Council in 2000. She quickly moved up the ranks and become a member of the mayoral committee, then the deputy mayor and eventually the Executive Mayor of Knysna from 2007 – 2011.

During 2011 she retired from politics for three years between 2011 during which time she served as a Hospice Board Director and Honorary Rotarian. She busied herself with numerous community projects over the years, many of which focused on sports development and education.

Following the sad death of the Ward 5 Councillor, Magda Williams, Eleanore was approached and asked to consider standing as the DA Ward 5 candidate during the ensuing bi-election. She won the elections and re-entered the political arena serving as the Ward 5 Councillor. As this ward’s councillor she concentrated on alleviating the many problems that her community faced as a result of extreme poverty, drug and alcohol abuse and inadequate services.

While serving as the Ward 5 councillor she was also appointed as Speaker of the Council.

Having served as Ward 5 councillor and mayor, now for the second time she is described by colleagues as a “force of nature”, and is adamant that under her watch the Knysna Municipality will continue to protect the South African Constitution and continue to provide clean and effective governance, promoting freedom, fairness and opportunity for all.

Contact the Executive Mayor:
Cllr Eleanore Bouw-Spies
Telephone: +27 (0)44 302 6580
E-mail: mayor@knysna.gov.za

Contact the Manager in the Office of the Executive Mayor:
Ms Priscilla September
Tel: 27 (0)44 302 6353
Email: pseptember@knysna.gov.za