The municipal area of Overstrand covers a surface of almost 1708 square kilometres. The area has a permanent population of 90 000. The municipality has its head office in Hermanus, but municipal services are delivered on a decentralised basis from offices in Gansbaai, Stanford, Hermanus and Kleinmond. The area is divided into three administrations: Hangklip-Kleinmond, Greater Hermanus and Gansbaai/Stanford.
The area is demarcated into thirteen wards, each with a directly elected councillor. These councillors are assisted by a ward committee of ten members. Ward committee members are elected democratically. Provision is made for the representation of organisations as well as individuals. Ward committees play an important role in the drafting and reviewing of the Integrated Development Plan and the identification of budget needs.
The Overstrand population is estimated at 87 747 or 39.64% of the Overberg District’s population of 221 349 in 2010. The average population growth in the Overstrand municipal area shows a positive rate of 5.58% per year over the past two years. The total number of households within the municipal area increased from 30 796 households in the 2008/09 financial year to a total of 31 357 in 2010/11. This indicates an increase of 1.82% in the total number of households within the municipal area over the two years.
In the Overberg District’s Gross Value Add (in rand million), the Overstrand Municipality contributed about R3,2 billion. This translates to about 40% of the Overberg Gross Value Add (2008) and makes it the single largest contributor. The graph below indicates the Gross Value Added for the Overberg District Municipality and local municipalities in the Overberg (Rand million).