OUR STORY

Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) was established in 2002 under the Community Improvement District (CID) By-law with the objective of combating escalating crime rates.

Due to municipal regulatory changes in 2017, the HPP transitioned to operate under the Overstrand Municipality Special Rating Area By-law and Policy. In March 2020, the Hermanus SRA was approved and the HPP NPC was appointed as the management body.  

The residents in this area contribute – by means of a monthly additional rate levied on their property taxes – towards the supplementary services, ensuring a safer, healthier and cleaner environment for the community as a whole.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The HSRA business plan outlines the public safety and cleansing services HPP will provide, these include:

Monitoring and patrolling response vehicles (24/7); foot patrols in the CBD, along the Cliff Path and Hoy’s Koppie; and an advanced monitoring system of CCTV cameras at strategic points and supplementary cleansing services.

In addition, the HPP collaborates closely with all relevant institutions (e.g. SAPS, municipal law enforcement) to design and implement crime prevention strategies, and to monitor the effectiveness of same.

HPP is not responsible for security on private property.  This is the responsibility of the owner.

HPP's Main Objectives

  • Maintain a visible presence in public open space throughout the HSRA area. This includes our iconic cliff path, Hoy’s Koppie and the CBD.
  • Patrol suburban streets (day and night).
  • Act as a responder to assist members of the public in distress.
  • Use CCTV technology to identify and follow-up on suspicious or dangerous activities.
  • Collaborate closely with security companies, law enforcement agencies, neighbourhood watch groups and emergency services.
  • Monitor incident rates and crime statistics and apply the information as the basis for deployment of resources.

 

  • Collaborate closely as with SAPS so that HPP activities dovetail with the Police Services’ crime prevention strategies.
  • Identify and execute projects in collaboration with the Overstrand Municipality and other community organisations to reduce the potential for crime in public open space.
  • Actively encourage and support community-driven crime prevention initiatives in neighbouring suburbs.
  • Have regular contact with other SRAs to keep abreast of best practices, improved technology and innovative practices in the management of public open space.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders.

HPP NPC BOARD

Jerry Van Niekerk

Chairperson

Responsibility: Lead the board, facilitate agreement on strategy, oversee HPP’s activities and ensure sound governance of the NPC. Manage HPP’s relationship with the OM Mayor and Mayoral Committee.

Jerry and Cheryl purchased their holiday home in Hermanus Heights 19 years ago and settled here permanently in December 2021. He was the founding chairman of Hermanus Siyakha, a registered Non-Profit Company dedicated to supporting township-based small and medium enterprises.

During his corporate career at Old Mutual, Jerry held executive, director and trustee positions in various Old Mutual-owned entities.

Now, with an M.Phil. degree in Managing Coaching from Stellenbosch Business School, he specialises in entrepreneurial, career and life coaching.

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Leon Rauch

FINANCE

Responsibility: Oversight of financial activities and reporting, as well as the improvement of financial processes. Assist the Chairman in managing HPP’s relationship with the OM Mayor and Mayoral Committee.

Leon resides in Fernkloof.

He forged a deep connection with Hermanus in his childhood and continued doing when, together with his wife Elsabe and his children, he spent their December vacations in Hermanus.

Leon, a Chartered Accountant, concluded his career in merchant banking and financial management in 2015 and relocated to Hermanus in August 2016.

He remains active in business valuation projects and is an avid golf player.  

Leon aspires to leverage his financial expertise to ensure the continued financial and administrative health of the HPP.

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Fransien Koegelenberg

CBD

Responsibility: Drive HPP’s contribution to the revitalisation of the CBD by recommending operational safety and cleansing priorities and managing the relationships with property and business owners.

Fransien resides in Fernkloof.

After completing her tertiary studies and joining the Hermanus Factory Shop in 1992, Fransien Koegelenberg took ownership of the enterprise in 2012. The shop is in one of the busiest parts of Hermanus’ CBD, where she keeps a keen eye on needs and developments. She is well connected to the business community.

Fransien’s active interest in CBD matters, as well as her strong relationships with local business owners, makes her ideal to take responsibility for the Central Business District Portfolio on our board.

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Ann Wright

CLEANSING

Responsibility: Oversight of all cleaning activities in the HSRA, as well as for the related relationships with the service provider and within the OM.

Ann resides in Hermanus Heights.

Ann spent 30 years in education, school marketing and outreach work to support students in poorer communities.

Ann and husband Dave relocated from Johannesburg to Hermanus in 2014. Upon arrival she immediately became involved in the community, managing a programme for children identified as having substance abuse problems. She has immersed herself in community service and is a past President of Rotary Hermanus. She is currently an Assistant Governor in Rotary District 9350. She is passionate about keeping Hermanus clean and safe for both residents and visitors.

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Nigel Thatcher

operations

Responsibility: Oversight of all safety activities in the HSRA, as well as for HPP’s relationships with the OM, the South African Police, the neighbourhood watch (NHW) groups and the service provider.

Nigel resides is Prestwick Village in Fernkloof.

Six years ago, Nigel and Wendy retired to Hermanus, leaving their Johannesburg careers. Nigel’s extensive career stretched over companies such as the Gillette Group and AC Nielsen where he performed marketing, sales and distribution roles both at executive and director levels.

In Hermanus, Nigel became the founding director of Hermanus Siyakha, a Non-Profit Company supporting township-based enterprises. An avid cyclist, he now contributes his executive and board experience to Hermanus Public Protection (HPP), serving ratepayers in the Special Rating Area.

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Sarah Taylor

Education

Responsibility: Educate members to manage threats to their personal safety, their property, and the environment.

Sarah resides in Westcliff.

Since 2012, Sarah has called Hermanus her home. She is a seasoned freelance writer and editor, with over 25 years’ experience spanning South Africa, the UK, and Namibia. Sarah now operates from her Westcliff residence.

Sarah is an active Westcliff Residents’ Association member and she’s enthusiastic about joining a team committed to enhancing Hermanus, prioritizing safety and cleanliness. Sarah aims to leverage her media skills to support the educational goals of the Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) NPC.

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Philip-Ben Kotze

stakeholders

Responsibility: Ensure that HPP grows strong relationships with its Overstrand Special Ratings Area neighbours, the local business chambers, and the Hermanus Ratepayers Association. Support the Operations Director in building relationships with the NHW Groups.

Philip- Ben resides in Eastcliff.

He did his schooling in Hermanus and completed a BCom Marketing degree at Stellenbosch. Post-graduation, he ventured to the United Kingdom, where he delved into Human Resources and Quality Assurance with AIG.

He is currently employed by the Hermanus Pharmacy, his Family-Owned Community Pharmacy Group. He is a Director of “The Forum” and actively participates in the Alfa Neighbourhood Watch. He holds Psira registration as a Proto Team Response Leader for Afriforum and is a certified private drone pilot.

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Peter Doble

Social Responsibility

Responsibility: Lead HPP’s response to homelessness and vagrancy, in the context that we can at best perform a facilitating and supportive role to other organisations who are more suited to leading the charge.

Peter has resided in Northcliff since 2017.

Peter excelled in investigative journalism and served on the Rotary White River district board, aiding underprivileged rural communities. His journey began with a BA in politics and economics from Sheffield University, followed by two years editing newspapers in Australia.

In the UK, he worked in corporate communications, with clients like Rothmans International, Diageo, Coutts, Coca-Cola, and Cadbury Schweppes. He also chaired the UK Institute of Directors regionally. His charitable work involved counselling those with mental health issues and mentoring young individuals.

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Rod MacLeod

Extend HSRA term

Responsibility: To lead the process for the continuation of the HSRA beyond June 2025 by co-creating a bold vision and executing a suitable plan.

Rod resides in Voëlklip.

Rod and his wife Lori acquired a holiday home in Voëlklip in 1999. He retired from his Johannesburg business interests in 2015, and by 2016, he and Lori relocated permanently to their Hermanus home.

Rod’s career was in banking and merchant banking, holding senior roles at institutions like Barclays South Africa and FirstCorp. He also served on various corporate boards. He holds a BComm (Legal) and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and various diplomas.

He led the Voëlklip neighbourhood watch and played a pivotal role in its transformation into an observer entity, aligning with the HPP/SRA initiative. Today, Rod enjoys activities such as walking, whale watching, wine tasting, and motorcycling.

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ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

HPP is managed by a Board of Directors elected by the owners of the properties in the SRA.  Each Member of the HPP NPC is entitled to vote at the Annual General Meetings and any Special General Meetings to conduct any business provided for in the Companies Act.

The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the mandate received from HPP Members is professionally and efficiently executed and that the company complies in every respect with the relevant provisions of the Companies Act.  The Directors receive no remuneration for their services to HPP.

SPECIAL RATING AREA

Established under the Overstrand Municipality SRA By-law and Policy, the Hermanus Special Rating Area is a geographically defined mapped area, in which property owners contribute additional rates to enhance and supplement municipal services.

Visit the Hermanus SRA website to find out more.

LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK

SRAs are governed by the SA Constitution; Section 22 of the Municipal Property Rates Act (MPRA); the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA); the Companies Act (Non-Profit Company -NPC); and the Overstrand Municipality Special Rating Area By-Law of 2016; and the Overstrand Municipality Special Rating Area Policy of 2019. 

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Services 
HPP Control Centre087 550 5295
SAPS (Police)028 313 5300
Fire Department028 312 2400
Overstrand Law Enforcement028 313 8000 OR 028 313 8111
National Sea Rescue (NSRI)112 or 087 094 9774
Medical Services 
Ambulance10177
Provincial Ambulances028 492 0032
St John’s Ambulance076 585 0899
CMC066 222 7219