Knysna Municipality is broke. That’s what’s motivating the sale of prime property in Buffalo Bay and they’re now extending that attitude into property and buildings which belong to us, the citizens and taxpayers of Knysna. Sometimes there will be good reasons to sell but being desperate for cash is not the best of them.
Public property cannot be sold just raise funds. There will be future needs for the growing Knysna population and we don’t want to be in the situation where we are buying back property for needs yet identified. What you sell, you can never get back, a dangerous situation because, as Knysna expands, property would have to be bought at higher prices. Make a mistake with this and it’s akin to intentionally investing into a stock crash.
COPE’s Elrick Van Aswegen stated that, “We mustn’t ignore the needs of the poor who need land. If we just sell, only those who can afford it will benefit. Foremostly, how do we integrate the community of Knysna?””
The ANC’s Mthobeli Dyanti responded to the presentation with: “We are not a food & beverage organisation. We want every property tabled.” He was correct in that there’s no way responsible councillors should make decisions on a simple slide presentation of photos and locations with none of the motivating details, including other valuations besides the municipal book value.
The matter was referred back to the same Section80 committee for the next meeting where reasons for the sales must be presented and arguments for different usage entered.
It’s important that the public understand that this is their property, paid for with their taxes and rates, thus their diligence is of the utmost importance.
View the list of properties suggested for sale, and the areas they are in, HERE.