Vision and Mission

VISION: To inform, encourage and activate the community of Hout Bay for the common good.

MISSION STATEMENT:  To generate public awareness in order

- To harness the energy of the community for action, and

- To provide community-based information to decision-makers for the betterment of Hout Bay.


As a Community-based organization (CBO) we have no real decision-making power.   But, we can bring issues of community concern to the attention of the Authorities through the various public participation mechanisms available.  In this way we can sometimes influence decisions by the Council (and occasionally by the Province), particularly now that Public Participation is a Constitutional requirement.

We have found, in practise, that most activity in the committee has tended to focus on planning and environmental issues, involving land-use and development, spatial planning, roads and engineering, signage, building regulations and environmental conservation.  These areas are particularly relevant to Hout Bay where space is at a premium, infrastructures (roads in particular) are overloaded and the natural and cultural environments need protection for the benefit of current and future generations. 

Of particular relevance here, is that our beautiful natural environment (together with our diverse cultural heritage) forms the basic resource on which our economy hinges and as such must be protected in the interests of sustainable development

In these pursuits, we co-operate with other civic and environmental groups in the Hout Bay / Llandudno area and beyond, either on an ad hoc basis or, more formally, by way of such bodies such as the Ward 74 Committee , the Hout Bay and Llandudno Environmental Conservation Group (ECG) and the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA). 


We also involve ourselves in other relevant areas, like law enforcement and policing, health and other social issues. Our Association is represented on the Community Policing Forum, the Health Forum, Coast Care, and on various ad hoc fora that may arise from time to time, such as the Commonage Committee, the Chapman’s Peak Drive working group, and others.

We encourage residents to join our Association

and help care for Hout Bay


Dog bite on Llandudno beach

To whom it may concern

On Friday 5th September at 07h30 my husband was having an early morning jog on Llandudno beach when he was bitten by a large ridgeback dog.

The dog belonged to a woman who appeared to have a number of dogs that she had brought to the beach for a walk. None of the dogs were on a leash. 

It was merely a matter of time ………

It was always merely a matter of time, before one of "our" local taxis was involved in a fatal accident. To highlight the routine madness displayed by some of these drivers, of both
sedan & minibus taxis, this morning's accident involved a well known skorokoro speedster swerving off the bridge on Princess Avenue to avoid oncoming traffic, while attempting to


The lethal legacy of the City’s political inertia & neglect – the polluted Hout Bay River and Bay
For years now the HBR&RA and other local concerned civic organisations have been warning the City about the increasing level of ecoli pollution in the Hout Bay River and thence in the sea around the river mouth. Officials claim that a significant part of the problem is runoff from horse paddocks and bird colonies upstream but everyone knows that it is overwhelmingly due to human faeces from the ever growing informal settlements of Imizamo Yethu and Dontse Yahke.
A couple of years ago, as a result of residents’ urging, the City put up one or two signs on the beach near the river mouth warning against swimming in the river estuary; but nothing was done to alert people about the polluted bay waters.

Erf 3477, Karbonkelberg

In last month’s Hout & About we reported on the revised development parameters that the owner of Erf 3477, on the Karbonkelberg, was seeking.

The City’s Spatial Planning & Land Use Management committee considered this application on 10th September. No decisions were taken as the committee decided that a site visit is essential to consider the proposals and counter arguments put forward, the principal of which were that any development on this erf will be against the City’s & the Province’s own Policies & Guidelines. 

Lens Lines - October 2014

A message from the Chairman of the Hout Bay Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association
The appalling living conditions of those living in Hughendon Estate, goes from bad to worse. The “Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations”, which legally should apply to the
inhabitants living there, as well as those around them in Dontse Yakhe – is totally ignoredby the authorities. Everyone in the area has been abandoned by the City of Cape Town.
Promises made to re-locate those living illegally on the mountainside to a TRA (Temporary Relocation Area) have not been kept.