“Former public protector Thuli Madonsela says she loves the ANC, but she loves South Africa more. In an interview with Ryland Fisher, she spoke frankly about her relationship with President Jacob Zuma, rogue elements within the ruling party, her reasons for letting her ANC membership lapse, and her hopes for South Africa’s future. Read the interview summary at ‘SA‘s Not Sinking, It’s Redefining Itself, Says Thuli’ or watch the full, insightful interview by clicking the link to the video below (audio tinny and needs to be turned up).'Click here to read full article...'
I met with Peter Myers, the Deputy Mayor of Knysna and Chairman of the Democratic Alliance (DA), last Thursday, the day before i met Mayor Eleonor Bouw-Spies. It’s well known that i’ve been at loggerheads with the DA over many issues, so much so that the last five years have become to feel like war. Consequently, i haven’t had a meeting with Myers in a long time. Indeed, i believe i have reason to be angry with him. But no matter whether he or i is right, surely the overall health of Knysna should come first? We agreed that it … ‘Click here to read full article…’
I WANT YOUR OPINION about this recorded meeting between Knysna Democratic Alliance Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies, her new Communications Manager Fran Kirsten, Acting Municipal Manager Carl Mattheus, their legal advisers and me. If your browser is blocking the “play” button above, visit it directly on the Love Knysna Soundcloud page Did the Mayor and those accompanying her sufficiently answer my questions so that you have a clear understanding of what’s happening? Was i reasonable? Love Knysna and Knysna Keep aren’t all for me. They’re supposed to be for the betterment of our pretty but troubled town which we share and own … ‘Click here to read full article…’
That Susan Campbell is recently at the centre of controversy in Knysna means that she’s shaking the trees of corruption in all the right places. SUSAN CAMPBELL Susan Campbell practised as an attorney in Johannesburg before moving to Knysna in 2003. She’s a founding member of the Western Heads/Goukama Conservancy (and its first Chairperson). She’s an adviser to the Knysna Ratepayers’ Association. In 2016, she became a member of the Knysna Municipal Planning Tribunal (KMPT). Through a property she owns in an environmentally sensitive area, she developed an interest in environmental matters. Choosing to preserve the fynbos and coastal forest, … ‘Click here to read full article…’
This was an excellent discussion with Elrick van Aswegen, the longest surviving politician in Knysna. He’s currently the Chairperson of the Section 80 Finance Committee. I joked that he’s a dinosaur… not because he’s becoming extinct but because of how tough dinosaurs had to be to survive. This offers some insight into what’s happening in our scandal plagued local government… KNYSNA RAN R12-MILLION INTO THE RED LAST MONTH Van Aswegen is concerned about the hundreds of millions Knysna owes in loans. He raises the little known fact that Knysna was, last month, R12-million in the red. He disagrees that Knysna, … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Velile Waxa has left the ANC to become an Independent. He’s contesting Ward 4 (White Location) in Knysna. His participation in the elections must concern the ANC and the KUC (Knysna Unity Congress) as he’s well known and, apparently, well liked. Waxa was previously a large figure in the Knysna ANC. In fact, he led their campaign for the 2011 elections. He was, suddenly, without reasoning, replaced by Stephen de Vries (who went on to lead the party as main opposition the past 4 years). The ANC call it “redeployment” but it’s often an abuse of power. It’s damaging the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The most positive comments i’ve heard from the public regards our local media was aimed at Ingrid Erlank who was the Editor of the Knysna-Plett Herald for 8 months. Last week’s edition carried a sudden third-person notification that she’d resigned. I was aware from several sources that she was under lots of political and municipal pressure regarding her taking the newspaper in a direction that included exposing local government failures. She agreed to an interview on Knysna Keep which i’m grateful to receive although i’m disappointed that she evaded telling us exactly what happened. Nevertheless, there’s enough here to interest … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The heart of the story should firmly be the welfare of South Africa’s elephants. However, right now, whilst opposing sides yell across zero middle ground, there is the issue of why a 2008 incident of animal abuse rears it’s ugly head now, 6 years later. There must be punishment but motive (rather than justice) has sent this story in different directions on social media. Hopefully, when all blogs are added together, this story will contain one direction. It has been stated by the Knysna Elephant Park (KEP) that photos and videos taken during that contentious period are not reflective of … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Greg Vogt was the manager of the Knysna Elephant Park (KEP) for 7 years. As the elephant abuse story has 2 sides, so does Greg. On one hand, he admits that there were things happening at Knysna Elephant Park that he wasn’t happy with yet doesn’t accept any blame despite having been a well paid manager (his wife was also employed by KEP and the family stayed on the property). On the other, he’s been actively involved in elephant studies of obvious benefit to conservation and, especially, elephants. This has happened on local, provincial and national levels. His stance is … ‘Click here to read full article…’
If you missed it, go here to read Part 1 of Message From South Africa’s Next President? The biggest insight we have into Kgalema Motlanthe was his speech at the Liliesleaf Trust’s commemorative gala dinner in honour of the Harold Wolpe Trust. It’s even more important considering the run up to Mangaung, the race for the future of South Africa. Being a reluctant leader may cost Kgalema Motlanthe the opportunity for presidency, allowing Jacob Zuma to rout Limpopo’s and the ANCYL’s displeasure with KZN’s mass Zulu representation and a diluted SACP.'Click here to read full article...'