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

HPP is charged with the responsibility to take whatever steps it deems necessary to bring about an improvement in public safety in public open space throughout the HSRA area.

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).
  • 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.
  • Ensure that the HPP radio communication infrastructure links effectively to all public centres of support. 
  • Monitor incident rates and crime statistics and apply the information as the basis for deployment of resources.
  • Adopting a zero-tolerance approach to combat incidents of vagrancy, littering, drunkenness, and unacceptable behaviour in contravention of by-laws governing public nuisance.
  • 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.
  • Act as a responder to assist members of the public in distress.
  • 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.

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. 

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.

HPP NPC BOARD

Errol van Staden

Chairperson

A business psychologist by profession, Errol is the managing director of the Talent Institute, a boutique management consultancy. He has an active interest in community matters, and crime prevention in particular.

Errol and Brenda (and their Rottweilers!) relocated to Hermanus towards December 2012, after a stint of 22 years in Zululand along the Natal North Coast. They reside in Fernkloof.

Anton Hartman

External Relations

Anton and wife Gail have owned property in Hermanus since 1992 and have lived here permanently since 2018. Prior to settling Hermanus, Anton spent his career in the financial services industry.

He is currently involved with the Voӫlklip Neighbourhood Watch and the Christ Church Hermanus benevolent fund. He loves watching TV sport, bush camping and motorcycling. Anton holds qualifications in business administration and leadership.

Tobie Louw

Finance & Strategy

Tobie is a semi-retired civil engineer, who rotates between Cape Town and Hermanus. Having spent many holidays in Hermanus over the years, Tobie and Runette acquired their Fernkloof-home during 2011.

Towards the end of his corporate career, Tobie held the role of Global Services Group Leader Water Services for Aurecon, an engineering consulting firm. This role involved extensive contact with South African municipalities, and involvement in large international projects.

Clinton Lerm

Communications

Clinton, who has spent most of his life in Hermanus, is an entrepreneur and owns several businesses in the area. He is a member of the Western Cape SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association).

Clinton is passionate about Hermanus, and the unlocking of its potential as a premier tourism and investment destination. He is a director of the Whale Coast Business and Community Forum (WCBCF).

Ann Wright

Cleansing

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.

Brigitte Sabbe

Urban Management

Brigitte has lived in Hermanus for most of her life. She is an ardent supporter of local economic development, and is actively involved in the upliftment of the town. She is a managing director of a commercial property group, which has an extensive portfolio in Hermanus. Brigitte participates in the Whale Coast Business and Community Forum.

T.J Coetzee (Theuns)

Operations

T.J. Coetzee started his career in 1975 at an auditing company, then joined the military in 1977 and retired as a senior officer at the end of 1998. 

After spending time as Head of the first Municipal Police College in South Africa, he joined the world’s leading security services provider, G4S in 2002.

Theuns has extensive experience in turning around loss making businesses; the development of risk mitigation strategies, policies and plans and the development and implementation of Business Continuity and Emergency Response Plans.

Currently the Owner/director at Riska Solutio (Pty) Ltd an International Risk Consultancy Company.

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Emergency Numbers

HPP Hotline

087 550 5295

Hermanus Police

028 313 5300

Fire Department

028 312 2400

Overstrand Municipality Emergency Control Room

028 312 2400

Overstrand Law Enforcement  – Security and Safety Issues

028 313 8980

Traffic Department

028 313 8111

Ambulance

10177

NSRI (Sea Rescue)

112 OR 082 990 5967

Marine & Coastal Management

028 313 2703

Hermanus Provincial Hospital

028 312 1166

Hermanus Private Hospital

028 313 0168

Hermanus Child & Family Services

028 313 0831

Hermanus Animal Welfare

028 312 1281

Hermanus Baboon Management

072 028 0008