The Municipality of Mossel Bay renders a range of traditional municipal services in an area covering 2007 square kilometres.
The area includes rural and residential areas such as Boggomsbaai, Brandwag, Buisplaas, D'Almeida, Dana Bay, Friemersheim, Fraaiuitsig, Great Brak River, Joe Slovo Village, KwaNonqaba, Little Brak River, Fraaiuitsig, Glentana, Hartenbos, Herbertsdale, Hersham, Mossel Bay, Outeniqua Beach, Reebok, Tergniet, Ruiterbos, Southern Cross and Vleesbaai.
The current main services rendered by the Municipality are:
In the 2009/2010 financial year electricity was supplied to31 709 consumers. The Municipality does not generate its own electricity and the national electricity supplier, Eskom, supplies the electricity to the Municipality for resale to consumers in the municipal area. Free basic supply increased to 7 912 384 units at a cost of R4 708 131 in 2009/2010 compared to 7 681 610 units vlalued at R3 802 839 in 2008/2009.
The Municipality owns and maintains a water distribution network consisting of pipelines and storage dams. It owns the Ernst Robertson and Klipheuwel Dams, but the much bigger Wolwedans Dam, which resorts under the Department of Water Affairs, is the town's main source of water. It also owns a network of boreholes and an effluent water purification plant with a capacity of 5 Ml/day. A seawater desalination plant with a capacity of 15 Ml/day is under construction.
The Municipality owns and maintains a sewage disposal network as well as processing plants. The majority of households in Mossel Bay are serviced by a water-borne, flush sanitation system.
The Mossel Bay Municipality provides cleansing services, mainly in the form of refuse removal, as well as environmental health services in addition to those provided by the Eden District Municipality.
The Municipality owns and operates a fire and rescue service which provides fire fighting, fire prevention and road and other rescue services. Its community safety service provides a range of law enforcement and community protection services.
The Municipality is responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance of urban road networks. A network of 417,9 km of paved and concrete roads and 24 km of gravel roads currently falls under the Municipality. The national and main regional roads fall under the relevant authorities, and the Eden District Municipality is responsible for rural public roads within the Municipal area.
The Municipality seeks to address the housing needs of low-income groups and middle-income groups who do not have access to the commercial bond market. In this regard it acts as an agent for the Department of Housing. This involves the identification of potential beneficiaries, identification and securing of suitable land for housing development, the sourcing of funding and project management. At the end of June 2010 there was a waiting list of 12 543 families waiting for houses.
There are eleven libraries, including a mobile library, in the Mossel Bay municipal area. They are managed on an agency basis for the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and play a major role in the education of the community.
In addition to doing its own spatial development planning and exercising control over development and building activities, an information service is provided to property owners and developers.
The Municipality provides vehicle registration services as well as the issuing of drivers licences in its area of jurisdiction. Some of these services are rendered on an agency basis.