Councillor Eleanore Bouw-Spies is the Ward 5 Councillor of Knysna Municipality and former Knysna Executive Mayor for the Democratic Alliance (DA).
She was born and raised in Knysna, attending both primary and high schools in the area. After attaining her BA Degree and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Western Cape, she started her teaching career at Knysna Secondary School, and was later promoted to Head of Department of Social Sciences. Cllr Bouw-Spies retired from teaching in 2003 to pursue a full-time career in politics, a career that spans more than 18 years.
Her political career started with her being a public representative on the Knysna Council in 2000. She quickly moved up the ranks and become a member of the Mayoral Committee, then become Deputy Mayor and eventually the Executive Mayor of Knysna for the 1st time from 2007 – 2011. During 2011, she retired from politics for three years, during which time she served as a Hospice Board Director, Trustee of Knysna Sports School and various other bodies. She busied herself with numerous community projects over the years, many of which focused on sports development and education. She also qualified herself as Property Consultant and worked for Pam Golding Properties.
Following the death of Knysna’s Ward 5 Councillor, Magda Williams in 2014, Eleanore stood as the DA Ward 5 candidate during the ensuing bi-election, winning the elections, re-entering the political arena as the Ward 5 Councillor.
While serving as the Ward 5 Councillor she was also appointed as Speaker of the Knysna Council.
On 13 December 2018, Cllr Bouw-Spies was elected as Speaker of Garden Route District Municipality, soon after been inaugurated as Councillor at the Municipality.
Having served as Ward 5 Councillor and Mayor for the second time, she is described by colleagues as a “force of nature” and is adamant that, under her watch, the Garden Route District Municipality Council will continue to protect the South African Constitution and provide clean and effective governance, promoting freedom, fairness, and opportunity for all.