For the past 6 months, since Knysna Municipal Manager, Johnny Douglas, got “kicked out” (along with a golden handshake courtesy of the tax payer…but without our permission) , i’ve regularly said in conversation that Acting Municipal Manager, Lauren Waring, would become permanent in that position.
Lauren Waring is neck deep with the DA, particularly Deputy Mayor Michelle Wasserman and Mayor Georlene Wolmarans. She’s a liar too (i caught her out in a Ward meeting with a lie worth millions – at the same meeting she attempted to make Ward 10 follow her agenda for the next 5 years instead of more important issues such as crime, unemployment, tourism and pollution of the Knysna Estuary).
She’s also unapproachable (except for the smoke and mirror media stuff) and it wouldn’t surprise me if she’s made some of the managers below her share that negative attitude. On the other hand, she’s hamstrung some departments, forcing decisions to be made through her rather than by those delegated to do so. It wouldn’t surprise me if she flexed her DA skirt and sacked some ANC people. And then there’d be oohs and ahs of praise for all the wrong reasons so that her true nature and actions are overlooked.
Yes, i realize that i’m sounding radical here but all of the above could be summed up by the fact that i don’t trust liars. The DA promises that the Knysna Municipality was won with were immediately corrupted. It seems that Knysna, like Plettenberg Bay, is being run from Cape Town (if so, that doesn’t bode good for our interest). Continue reading
The goal of this blog is to promote questioning by the public and to encourage the DA to stop pretending to be leaders and rather “become” leaders who uphold their election promises. We are living in tough and dangerous times. The only option should be to look, plan and act forward.
Instead, so far the DA has made generalized statements without substance. They did so for the elections and the Municipal Manager catastrophe which will land up costing taxpayers near a million rand. Now, they’re doing it again by not providing details about the 100-Day Action Plan they’ve initiated. The Knysna Municipality’s website doesn’t even mention it. They need to be more forthcoming about the challenges faced and how to overcome them. Hence this 3rd chapter in criticizing their 100-Day Action “Plan”. Follow these links to read part 1 and part 2 if you haven’t already.
Regular readers will know that my activism began because something stank at Knysna Tourism. From conversations with the general public, some organizations and the opposition, i’ve found that most agree with me. The naysayers tend to have connections to Tourism Board members, CEO Shaun van Eck and the DA councillors. There are also misguided souls who take sides because of the colour of skin. I request that they please skip cronyism and apartheid and instead ask why the aforementioned “powers that be” have still not answered questions, particularly regarding the budget, for the past 116 days. Instead, the DA, the so called heralds of “truth, transparency and the open-door policy”, chose to stall, lie and then close their doors once they realized that they weren’t going to tire me out.
This is all extremely relevant considering that Deputy mayor Michelle Wasserman stated in the Action Ads, as part of their 100-Day Action Plan, “We will engage proactively with Knysna Tourism. We will revitalize Knysna as a destination choice.” In light of their previous misbehaviour (the lies, covering up Shaun van Eck’s arse and ensuring an all-white Tourism Board to represent the “town for all), how can we trust their motives?
Does more effort by the DA towards Tourism mean that who gets what remains a secret with no respect for the +/- R4 million of taxpayer’s money Knysna Tourism gets? More for the same service providers that they won’t reveal? Does it mean that 85% of Knysna’s population remains in the dark? Does it mean workshops that actually make a difference? Does it mean finally taking a position on the bypass and the train? Does it mean that they will start targeting nearer towns (Bloem etc.) and try get that Afrikaans market that splits around us, heading to Plett and Mosselbaai? Does it mean we’ll aim at emerging economies such as China and India? Does it mean-
-What does it mean? Continue reading