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About Saldanha Bay

Saldanha Bay was named after the Portuguese admiral Antonio de Saldanha who anchored his fleet to Table Bay in 1503. However, the name was applied by Joris von Spilbergen as de Saldanha never saw Saldanha Bay. The bay was essential during WWII due to its strategic location and secure anchorage as convoy assembly point.

About the city

Land area (km2)

1766 km2 (2012)


Approximately 79,000 (2012)

Population growth rate

3.45% (Census 2011)

% of the city's territory which is urban

96.8% (Census 2011)

Population density (hab / km2)

44.72 hab / km2

Rate of population density change over last decade

16.38 hab/km2 (from 2001 - 2011)

Main economic activity

Secondary sector

About the Local Government

Official name

Saldanha Bay Municipality, Western Cape

Official name in English

Saldanha Bay Municipality, Western Cape

Number of municipal employees

25 councillors (2013)

Annual income in USD

5,787,472.43 USD

Annual expenditure in USD

5,851,113.77 USD

Mayor or senior elected representative

Mayor Francois Schippers

City vision and mission statement

"Serve, Grow and Succeed Together, for Saldanha Bay’s Future.” We, the community of Saldanha Bay Municipality, want to make Saldanha Bay Municipality the area of choice in which to live, do business and relax. We want to: be a leading municipality; render quality service at an affordable price; be a place in which all have access to developmental opportunities; utilise the riches of land and seas in a sustainable manner; and strive to achieve the three aims of sustainable development, namely human well-being, economic success and ecological responsibility.



Urban systems, infrastructures and services managed by the Local Government

Waste management, Wastewater drainage, Wastewater treatment

ICLEI Membership

In the process of becoming a Member

Sustainability journey to date

Coming soon!

At a glance

% access to electricity

97.5% of households in Saldanha Bay municipal area utilizes electricity as a leading source for lighting.

% access to district heating

100% of which 99% is electrical

% access to district cooling

100% of which 99% is electrical

% served by municipal water system

97.7 % of all households have piped water inside dwelling

Water consumption per inhabitant

146 m3/hab/year

Percentage of population served by municipal wastewater drainage system

(98%) of households in Saldanha Bay Municipality have access to a flush or chemical toilet.

% served by municipal solid waste collection system

94 % of the population has access to waste removal services (household refuse removed by local authority at least once a week).

Solid waste generation per inhabitant

9.65 Kg/hab/year

% municipal area served by separate waste collection for recycling


Public transportation modes available

Bus, Train (commuter, intercity)

Energy profile

Energy consumption per inhabitant

Total GJ for 2011 = 433932 Population = 99193 (4.37 GJ/capita for 2011 & 4370 MJ/capita for 2011)

% of local government operations of community final energy consumption


For more information on the city's GHG emission reporting, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.

Saldanha Bay Municipality Case Study

A case study on Saldanha Bay Municipality is reviewing the impact of public sector investment on the local economy and municipality.  Saldanha is earmarked to attract over R9.2 billion in investment to develop the area as an oil and gas hub. The municipality is likely to experience substantial environmental, social and economic impacts as a result of these massive potential investments. The case study reviews the grant funding provided to Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) to determine how the Municipality could utilise this resource to green their infrastructure, reduce emissions and develop climate resilience whilst contributing to the long-term sustainable development of the area. It will be published in November.

Other activities implemented

Recycling facility at Waste Plant in Vredenburg (2012-Current)

Low pressure Solar water geyser homes (2010-2011)

LED and CFL spotlights and LED solar panels lights (2012-2013)

Geyser installations from Eskom radio controlled to switch off between 18:00-20:00 to assist with load shedding and protect maximum demand" (2009-Current)


For more information on the city's mitigation actions, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.

GCC tracking for Saldanha Bay
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GreenClimateCities Methodology - Legend

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