The Public Perception Survey recently issued to property owners to determine their requirements for the proposed Special Rating Area (SRA) for Hermanus has met with a poor initial response, with only 16% bothering to reply. For the process to continue, a 20% response rate is required in terms of the Municipality’s SRA Policy.

The question we must ask ourselves is, “Do we want to continue with a sustainable public protection service in Hermanus?” A safe environment within the CBD, along the cliff paths, and in public areas is a pre-requisite for attracting tourists and all the benefits that will bring to the town.

Before answering the question, consider the following extract from the Western Cape Police Ombudsman’s report August 2019, addressing complaints on policing in the Overstrand: It also became clear that SAPS in the Overstrand Stations and at the Provincial level, do not have the resources or the ability to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Overstrand, and their property…

Another extract from the HPP Operations Report September 2019 reads: For the year ending 30th September 2019, HPP reported 2 365 incidents of illegal activity and public distress, including assisting in the arrest of 97 suspects. Around 40% of incidents were reported by the CCTV operators.

It takes just five minutes to complete the Public Perception Survey. You can access the questionnaire at

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Pat Redford/ Hermanus Baboons Action Group

Sincerely hope an unreasonable level of expectations is not being promoted here. Firstly, read the SRA policy and SRA bylaws and the Companies’ Act, to understand the reality. Do residents fully understand the relevance of the OM’s function in an SRA situation? OM will be the same or similar ‘ultimate controller’ as has been the case with the OM’s illegal decision to close HPP. The OM acted blatantly in violation of the Companies Act by forcing a ‘fundamental transaction’ without consultation of HPP members or voting by HPP members. Are residents convinced this will not re occur? Has the SRA… Read more »