“It is the duty of every citizen,
according to his best capacities,
to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.”
We all know that the political arena is as murky as a crocodile pond. I’ve discovered, and shared with you, that local politics, in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, is as dirty. There are good and bad people on either side of the spectrum.
Here enters a story that links our two towns via the ongoing battle between the ANC and the DA for control of the Garden Route. Further linkage is entrenched by Theuns Botha (DA Provincial Leader) naming Ralph Stander in the bribery scandal. Ralph is a Knysna resident, businessman and the highest ranking ANC member locally. He is accused as one of three ANC members who attempted to bribe Nevelle De Waal, a DA Councillor for the Bitou Municipality.
I contacted Ralph and Nevelle. You can read about it at www.knysnakeep.org/ralph-stander-i-did-not-bribe-nevelle-de-waal.
PROTEST IN KNYSNA
Protests by the poor are this decade’s zeitgeist (spirit of the age). There was another service delivery protest in Knysna yesterday as residents from White Location marched to hand Mayor Georlene Wolmarans demands for electricity, toilets and housing. Such actions stir mixed feelings inside of me. As my readers will know, i’m highly critical of Knysna’s dishonest DA but ANC shirts leading anti-DA placards smacks of hypocrisy. How many of these same people protested when the ANC was in charge? The rest of the blog, pictures and a question at www.knysnakeep.org/protest-in-knysna.
I wonder how Knysna still stands with the majority unemployed? How do businesses run at a loss for the past 3 years and then collapse only to be met by public surprise? Why do the public have to submit a CV for a job but politicians don’t? Why are we the Oyster town when we import them from Port Elizabeth? Why do the public have such strong opinions and complaints that are so weak they will do nothing about them? Many more questions at – www.knysnakeep.org/why.
FREE EVENT MANAGEMENT BOOKLET DOWNLOAD
Earlier in 2011, i ran 2 event management workshops at Knysna Tourism under the name of GRUM (Garden Route Ubuntu Music). The courses were well received by the trainees. here is that booklet for free download – www.knysnakeep.org/free-event-management-guide.
WE SHOW SUPPORT FOR DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
For 2 weeks, a Durban fundraising team from Doctors Without Borders parked themselves in Knysna in order to bring awareness to the cause. The KEEP and Chaplin’s Coffee Bar were quick to contribute and the 5 ladies were treated to coffee and lunch every day for the duration of their Woodmill Lane stay – www.knysnakeep.org/we-show-support-for-doctors-without-borders.
Holidays upon us. May those of you in business make lots of money. For those who aren’t, live everyday beautifully as if it were your last.
I’ll chat to you again next year.