Whereas KIM is registered as a political party to enable it to participate effectively in local government elections in Knysna, the Movement is not intended to be a home to career politicians. The Movement will strive to attract from civil society experienced and/or appropriately qualified public representatives who aim to work toward the achievement of good governance and service excellence, for the benefit of the people of Knysna.

We strive to unite all communities of Knysna in a new political home, where the town is governed by local representatives, who are answerable to the people of Knysna only, and who govern for the benefit of the people of Knysna.

We aim to address poverty and economic imbalances in our town through improved infrastructure, clean governance and effective service delivery, thereby making our town an attractive destination for tourists, investors and residents alike.

We aim to ensure that the administration of the municipality is composed of qualified, competent, honest and reliable officials who are appointed and promoted lawfully and on merit

We subscribe to the principle of custodianship of the unique natural assets and rich biodiversity our town and planet has been endowed with and will strive to protect these assets and our planet for the benefit of future generations

We aim to protect the cultural and heritage assets as well as the sense of place of our town, Knysna

Our public representatives will be guided by the laws of the land and the will of their constituents when voting on matters in Council

We believe that transparency is paramount and therefore, constituents must be given regular feedback and must be provided access to information in all but the most extreme cases where countervailing interests must prevail