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 would be an informal meeting rather than official one, simply to see if there was any common ground. Because of that, i’m not going to dig into all what was said. After all, i hope, the purpose wasn’t a legal contest or an ego battle but rather a tentative positive.
…instead, i sum it up as Peter Myers not being interested in past issues…
… but very interested in future ones, particularly supply chain management where he hopes we, as a town, can save as much as R40-million annually. That’s only 5% of our budget. That figure could be a lot more – by national standards, it’s expected that as much as 10% or more has been wasted.
Such savings could come from more efficient procurement processes and by focusing on value for money, reducing wastage and eliminating any corrupt or unlawful practices.
Myers wouldn’t discuss the suspension of the Municipal Manager but i assume that the R15-million the public lost the last two years, as a result of the Municipal Manager giving a tender advantage to several local businesses, would be part of that. Having to loan money, at interest, makes the savings bigger.
I applaud and support that goal – WE ALL HAVE TO – but i consider past issues still relevant, especially regarding the integrity of our leaders, especially the DA. Crime must be addressed no matter where it takes us, especially when it challenges biased political beliefs.
Peter Myers and i left with the understanding that i’d still be battling local government on unresolved issues but that wouldn’t affect how we dealt with each other on future issues – a bit of good, a bit of bad but, overall, better. I can accept a step forward.
Thus, for the meeting, i say thanks. I hope that the doors of communication towards a better Knysna remain open.
You can visit Myer’s Ward 10 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CounsellorPeterMyers.
PS: We met at The Daily, my first time there. Beautiful, coffee shop addition to Knysna. Kudos to the waiter for going to buy me a newspaper without me asking him to do so. By coincidence of his good service, see below…