Municipal Health Services


Municipal Health comprises aspects of human health, including the quality of life, determined by physical, chemical, biological, social and psychosocial factors in the environment. It also refers to the identification, evaluation, control, correction and prevention of the factors that can potentially adversely affect the health of present and the future generations.

Identification: With routine inspections, sampling or complaints from the community we identify a certain problem e.g. with our regular water sampling we get traces of Escherichia coliform indicating water pollution that arises from faeces.
Evaluation: During the evaluation process we procure samples at a certain interval to determine the extent of the problem
Control: When the problem is control, e.g. when the problem is brought to the attention of the polluter and the polluter is informed about the condition and the rectification process.

Municipal Health Services

Municipal health services is defined in the National Health Act, 2003 include the following Key Performance Areas:

  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Food Control
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Health Surveillance of Premises
  • Supervision and Prevention of Contagious Diseases (excluding Immunization)
  • Vector Control
  • Environmental Pollution Control
  • Disposal of Human Remains
  • Safe handling of Chemical Substances

This excludes port health, malaria control and control of hazardous substances. The above-mentioned aspects are mentioned in the Scope of Environmental Health Practitioners. Environmental Health Practitioners have a statutory obligation to protect the health of the present and the future generations as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

For more information or queries, please contact:

Mr Johan Compion
Manager: Municipal Health & Environmental Services
Tel:Ā 044 803 1300

Mr Clive Africa
Executive Manager: Community Services

Municipal Health Services Managers in the Garden Route

Ms Emmy Douglas
Chief: Municipal Health (Outeniqua)
Tel: 044 803 1501
Fax: 044 803 1566

Address: Mission Street, Industrial Area, George, 6530

Mr Desmond Paulse
Chief: Municipal Health (Klein Karoo)

Tel: 044 272 2241
Cell: 083 678 6530
Address: 94 St John Street, Oudtshoorn

Mr Pieter Raath
Chief: Wilderness (George)

Tel: 044 803 1501
Fax: 044 803 1566
Address: Mission Street, Industrial Area, George

Mr Sam Bendle
Chief: Municipal Health (Mossel Bay)

Tel:Ā  044 693 0006
Address: C/O Sampson & Marling Street, Ext 23, Mossel Bay

Mr Gawie Vos
Chief: Lakes (Bitou)

Tel: 044 501 1600
Address: 7 Gibb Street, Plettenberg Bay

Mr James McCarthy
Chief: Knysna

Tel: 044 382 7214
Cell: 082 805 9417
Fax: 044 382 7248
Address: 26A Queen Street, Knysna

Mr Haemish Herwels
Chief: Hessequa

Tel: 028 713 2438
Cell: 083Ā 678 6545
Fax:Ā  028 713 3203
Address: 23 Michell Street, Riversdale, 6670

Mr George Hendriksz
Chief: Kannaland

Tel: +27(0)44 272 2241
Cell: +27(0)82 907 3492
Address: 15 Regent Street, Oudtshoorn