Consider this a prelude before i share with you a letter from a concerned citizen of Knysna. “Follow the money” is a modern adage that rings true. So does wondering if Knysna’s Municipal staff and politicians are worth the monies they earn in a town with a population of only 68 000 people. Knysna is not alone in its problems. If you are South African, there’s a good chance that you’re asking similar questions where you live.'Click here to read full article...'
Do not let this topic die! The future of Knysna is literally at stake. You’ve seen the damage to our town the past 10 years. Imagine how much more can happen over the next decade. Susan Campbell is a lawyer and environmentalist who has been fighting for transparency and redress regarding the ISDF and Chris Mulder. As with the corruption at Knysna Tourism and bloated Municipal salaries, the DA and local government (in particular Lauren Waring, Knysna’s Municipal Manager) have been extremely unhelpful so that a court battle may be the only option.'Click here to read full article...'
Nelson Mandela is dead. He died at home at 8.50pm on Thursday, December 5 2013. This is a tribute from Patrick a.k.a. The Snordster, one of my readers. These are his words and video, compiled 5 months ago whilst Nelson Mandela a.k.a. Madiba a.k.a. Tata…a.k.a. Father of a Nation, fought his illness and news reports conflicted over his life and death… It seems like yesterday when I heard Tata was out of prison. Mixed emotions went through my mind! What does this mean for us South Africans & all Africans. Joy filled my heart and i actually cried at the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
In my hometown of Knysna, Lauren Waring, the Municipal Manager, wrote off R30 million of taxpayer’s debt in December 2012 (and refused to give us the details). In a small tourist town with tourism as the only main industry, disparity is far more evident here than in the cities but it’s indicative of the financial crisis that South Africa is in; an unsustainable increasing of misnamed ‘public service’ salaries and a vanishing few paying more and more. In a country of 51 million people, how can 3.3 million pay 99% of all income tax? It’s a policy that can only … ‘Click here to read full article…’
A man under the pseudonym Tyronehster has written what must surely be the most controversial (and funny) poem/song of the year. And he was cool enough to let me re-post it here. I try keep my focus on the DA’s corruption in Knysna but i’m all too aware of the corruption of the ANC nationwide. There’s simply too many bad things happening in our country for me to attempt to cover it all…but it’s weekend so let’s make serious fun of Jacob Zuma and some of the politicians destroying our beautiful South Africa…because sometimes we have to laugh about bad … ‘Click here to read full article…’
What, I wonder, will be the next brain-wave of our esteemed Municipal authorities? Those of us who regularly traverse George Rex Drive (that is, the entire town), will have scratched their heads in wonder at the purpose to which a small piece of roadside land was to be used, alongside the entrance to the golf driving range. We watched as the land was graded, and then a few layers of asphalt carelessly applied. Then a high fence was erected, followed by unsightly razor wire. Goodness! Perhaps this was to be one of those temporary camps to help cope with the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The ISDF tender topic has been a heated affair but has dwindled from regular conversation whilst we wait for the authorities to make decisions (justice is slow…but it is moving). However, it resurfaced with a comment by someone calling his or her self Curious. I’ve labelled it as an “attack” as it was done anonymously. I can’t recall anyone who wasn’t anonymous (or an acquaintance of a person i’ve criticized) ever making a valid counter argument on any topic on this website. Knysna expresses a lack of bravery to stand by one’s opinion. And, as per usual, the actual topic … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Stanley Uys is an insightful and exceptional South African journalist who has kindly given me permission to repost his article, Is the DA ‘edging closer’ to the ANC? Considering the recent changes in the highest echelons of our government, the DA acting more like the ANC, COSATU ruffling its feathers and the introduction of AGANG, this makes for an interesting read into what may happen in our near future: South Africa needs a new political alignment to accommodate domestic and global change and reflect the realities of the post-apartheid society. The question now is not whether, but how the new order … ‘Click here to read full article…’
On Friday 26 April at approximately 9.30am, a serious fire started at the so called Margaret’s Viewpoint on the Brenton road, overlooking Belvidere. Plumes of smoke were clearly visible from Knysna town. Within three hours, the fire seemed to be out of control and had raced most of the way down the hill to the redundant railway line below. Half an hour after that, the flames, having already circumvented Belvidere Heights, were licking at the fences of properties in Belvidere’s Upper Duthie Drive, threatening house and hold. Questions need to be asked. Most obviously, how did the fire start? I … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Dear Lauren Waring, Each month I receive separate notification of rates and taxes on one bill, and electricity and water in the other. For some reason the Municipality choose to send me copies of your newsletters (and for example your recent note about debt write offs) with both accounts. Presumably your staff do the same with all other customers. So isn’t this duplication of effort doubling your printing bill unnecessarily? You’re supposed to be saving money, not squandering it. I look forward to your explanation (or that of one of the juniors). Regards Mike Wood'Click here to read full article...'