Community Services

Mr Clive Africa
Executive Manager: Community Services

Ms Lee-Ann Eksteen
Personal Assistant
044 803 1300

Cllr Khayalethu Lose
Portfolio Chairperson: Community Services

Tel: 044 803 1300

The Executive Manager of Community Services manages and oversees the following municipal functions:

  • Municipal Health & Environmental Services
  • Disaster Management Services
  • Bulk Infrastructure
  • Fire, Rescue and Fleet Services

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Align the strategic function of the Community Services Directorate with the strategic objectives as set out by Council and the IDP.
  • Implement strategies and market the Directorate to conform with Council’s service delivery objectives.
  • Manage and give strategic direction to the Directorate and oversee the implementation of policies, Council resolutions and Government initiatives.
  • Manage the provision of an efficient and effective administration and strategic management support service to the Directorate.
  • Liaise with the Senior Management Team regarding the research, development and implementation of strategic policies and the development of community based initiatives and strategies.
  • Ensure a professional working relationship between the communities and the Council that is balanced and easily accessible
  • Ensure that all resolutions and actions which may have far-reaching implications are properly considered and executed within the parameters of prescribed legislation and guidelines. Integrating Council objectives and provide a comprehensive service to the community within the Garden Route District Municipal boundaries

Mr Johan Compion
Manager: Municipal Health & Environmental Services
Tel: 044 803 1522
Fax: 044 871 0041

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage the Municipality’s Municipal Health Services (Read more here)
  • Manage the Municipality’s Air Quality Management Services (Read more here)
  • Manage the Municipality’s Waste Management Services (Read more here)

Mr Gerhard Otto
Manager: Disaster Management

Tel:      044 803 1435
Cell:     081 469 9128

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage Disaster operations inclusive of response, recovery and rehabilitation in the district;
  • Manage the recruitment and training of volunteers;
  • The declaration of a local state of disaster and coordination of activities incidental to local state of disaster;
  • Act as repositor and conduit for information concerning disasters;
  • Specialise in issues concerning disasters and disaster management;
  • Give guidance and advice in terms of disaster management issues in local municipalities;
  • Promotion of an integrated and coordinated approach to disaster management at local municipal level;
  • Promotion of research into all aspects of disaster management;
  • Promotion of disaster management capacity building;
  • Manage disaster risk reduction and climate adaption in the district; and
  • Manage the disaster management control centre for the region.

Mr Freddy Thaver
Fire Chief

Tel:  044 803 1300
Cell:     061 443 7393

Duties and responsibilities:

The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) provides the following firefighting services as per the Local Government, Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998, Chapter 5, 84 (j)

(j) Firefighting services serving the area of the district municipality as a whole, which includes-
(i) planning, co-ordination and regulation of fire services;
(ii) specialized firefighting services such as mountain, veld and chemical fire services;
(iii) co-ordination of the standardization of infrastructure, vehicles, equipment and procedures;
(iv) training of fire officers.


Manager: PMU (Project/Programme Management Unit)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the alignment and integration of the Garden Route DM Spatial Development Framework (SDF) with Garden Route DM Integrated Development Planning (IDP) – in support of the Garden Route DM IDP Manager – SDFs of the B Municipalities and the Provincial SDF;
  • Responsible for planning co-ordination and implementation of relevant assigned catalytic  projects as identified in the approved Garden Route District SDF and the relevant integration with the Integrated Development Plan of Garden Route District Municipality;
  • Responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of relevant approved projects assigned to the PMU as identified in the Growth and Development Strategy of Garden Route District Municipality;
  • Coordinating relevant Green Energy initiatives and approved projects of the Garden Route District Municipality, including engaging with relevant key stakeholders and arranging an Garden Route Green Energy Summit as a platform for the Garden Route District to engage with relevant Key Stakeholders to define relevant challenges and opportunities within the Green Energy space;
  • Chair Garden Route District Infrastructure Forum (GRDIF) meetings (with 7 Local Municipalities in Garden Route District, DEA&DP, WC Department Local Government and other relevant key stakeholders) and other relevant assigned Forums as reasonably assigned by the Executive Manager: Community Services / Garden Route District Municipal Manager.
  • Responsible for funding mobilization by engaging with potential funders and relevant key stakeholders and submitting relevant funding applications as indicated in the Garden Route District SDF/IDP as reasonably requested by the Garden Route District Executive Manager: Community Services / Garden Route District Municipal Manager from time to time.