Executive Mayor, Mark Willemse is the executive and political leader, and the social and ceremonial head of the Knysna Municipality. He is also the Ward 9 Councillor for the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Elected Executive Mayor of Knysna Municipality, Councillor Mark Willemse, was born on 26 August 1964 in Cape Town. He was part of a five family members, with two sisters, sadly losing one of his sisters at of 14 years.
During 1982, Mark Willemse matriculated at the Oude Molen Technical School and subsequently served his four years military service with The South African Police Force in Cape Town.
In 1990 he married to Dalene and had three children, a son aged 25 and two daughters aged 17 and 19.
Through the years he gained much experience in the business world in senior management or running his own enterprises. He has diplomas in Business and Marketing from Wits Business School as well as a Diploma in Transport Economics from Rand Afrikaans University.
While in Knysna he contributed many years to junior sport development and school feeding schemes in the Greater Knysna community. He currently, in his private capacity, serves on the boards of Trustees of The Knysna Sport Development Trust. He still volunteers his time with the E’pap Feeding Scheme providing support to 3 primary schools in Knysna.
Until 2014 he was an accredited SWD Rugby referee and is a level 1 hockey and cricket coach. He enjoys playing social golf and running when the busy schedule allows it.
During 2014, he officially started his political career and was appointed as Constituency Officer at the office of the Democratic Alliance in Knysna. Soon thereafter in July 2015, his career further progressed when he was elected, during a bi-election, as Ward Councillor for Ward 9 in Knysna.
In May 2016, he took responsibility for the Community Services portfolio after being appointed as Mayoral Committee Member of Knysna, and finally, after the 2016 Local Government Elections, he was elected as Speaker of the Eden District Municipality to serve the period 2016 to 2021.