About Us

KRA-Logo-256 Ratepayers are the financial basis of any municipality. We approach it as a body to ensure that our ratepayers and residents receive the service delivery due to them. We shall engage with the Knysna Municipality on a range of controversial issues. We wish to be pre-emptive and pro-active, not reactive. We hope to improve the communication between the ratepayers and the council. Whilst there is a strong element of politics in local government, we are apolitical and shall remain so. Our biggest function is to make people aware of what is going on and to represent their interests and wishes.                      

  Portfolios :   

  • Richard Thorpe – Chairman
  • Graham Macdonald – Town Administration
  • Lisa Titley – Secretarial
  • Susan Campbell – Legal Representative  
  • Andrew Joubert – Website   

About Our Present Committee Members

Richard Thorpe (Chairman) is a chartered accountant who spent many years in Johannesburg on Residents Associations and consulting to many major firms.  He was an advisor to the City Manager: City of Johannesburg and has worked with numerous Government Departments at a local, provincial and national level.  He has used his experience to add value to Knysna’s municipal and economic affairs from a resident’s perspective.

Graham  Macdonald is a retired Army Officer with a keen interest in the quality of life in Knysna, causing him to communicate regularly with our Municipality and the press.  A 5th Dan judo exponent, he has also competed at international level rifle shooting and is a Glider Pilot Instructor.  Locally he plays bowls and is Sgt Major of the Albatross M.O.T.H.S.

Lisa Titley acts as secretary to the Committee.  She was a member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (PRVC), is a yachtmaster, a Cordon Bleu trained cook, an active member of KADA and has recently taken up bowls in a local league.  Lisa represents the younger element of Knysna’s community.

Legal and other Consultants Susan Campbell practised as an attorney in Johannesburg then moved to Knysna in 2003.  Susan is a founding member of the Western Heads – Goukama Conservancy and its first Chairman.  She developed an interest in environmental matters in Knysna and is presently in her second year of LLM studies, majoring in Environmental Law.

Andrew Joubert  Is a Marketing specialist with 17 years Marketing & Sales experience having worked as GM for one of the worlds largest Electronics Giants in South Africa. He has also electronic experience in security/access control electronics and now provides this experience as a security service provider in knysna having been registered with PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority).

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