not on the map“If you don’t exist on a map,
you’re easier to ignore in Life.”
– Mike Hampton

Knysna surrounds a large estuary fed by the Knysna River. The estuary enters the Indian ocean after passing between two large headlands called The Heads. Knysna is surrounded by temperate rainforest which becomes fynbos the nearer you get to the Outeniqua Mountains.

Knysna is a well known tourist destination that has won several awards.  The town is mostly a tourist-based economy. It is also a popular among retirees with a healthy dose of Germans and British. Owing to it’s natural beauty and claim to being the prettiest town in South Africa, artists and writers have flocked here.

As wonderful as the town is, it’s demographics suggest the challenges it faces. The 2011 census put the population at 68 000 with the approximate 20% white population dominating economics and the middle to higher class suburbs. Unemployment is an official 25% but locals claim it is much higher (near half in the coloured community which is the largest demographic). One-third of the population has not attended school and approximately the same number do not have toilets in their homes. You can read more Knysna statistics here.

One need is for maps that display all of Knysna. Instead, all the maps you find online or distributed via print exclude the poor areas of Knysna which is in fact the majority of Knysna. It’s a Love Knysna Projects goal to address relevant bodies and hopefully find a solution in 2016. Love Knysna Projects party at Jubilee Creek 2013h