The Special Rating Area for Hermanus (HSRA) has been approved by the Overstrand Council on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Hermanus Special Special Rating Area (KSRA) will include all properties in the area within the boundaries of 17th Avenue in Voëlklip in the east up to Swartdam Road in the west, with Still Street as the southern border and Fernkloof Nature Reserve as the northern border.

Suburbs included in the HSRA are Westcliff, Westdene, Industria, Northcliff, the Central Business District (CBD), Eastcliff, Hermanus Heights, Fernkloof, Kwaaiwater and Voëlklip.

3 141 of the 5 525 or 56.85% rateable property owners gave their consent for the HSRA.

The levy will be calculated on the municipal valuation of the properties within the Hermanus area, in accordance o the Municipal Property Rates Policy.

This additional monthly rate payment for HSRA will be collected by the Municipality from property owners in the area and paid over to the HSRA.

The first levy for the HSRA will be implemented from July 2020.

The following areas were highlighted as most concerning:

  • Safety and Security
  • Cleanliness of town
  • Preservation of the natural environment
  • Safety of residents and visitors are being the biggest need
  • Equality for all (especially regarding housing)
  • Rioting and illegal squatting
  • Influx control
  • Baboon Management
  • CBD Revitalisation
  • Dog-related issues
  • New Harbour

The special rate levy that property owners will pay, is available on the HSRA website - go to www.hermanussra.co.za for further detail.