Life has become extremely challenging on the Garden Route.
Robberies, drugs, rates, electricity and unemployment are on the increase whilst tourists decrease. Stress alone threatens the family unit.
Of 5 of my neighbours I’ve spoken to in Knysna, 5 had been robbed. Some robberies have turned to violence. Empty shops are obvious in Knysna but a much bigger problem may be the number of owners behind on rent and hanging on for dear life.
The Recession (or a return to normal) is here to stay so we need to accept our reality and get on with it.
Knowing what is happening in our town and country is more important than ever. Keep your roof over your head and your loved ones safe by becoming more active. That is what I’m doing with THE KEEP. I’m seeking the truth of Knysna. I’m yelling that we can make Knysna a better place. I’m telling our leaders to act like leaders. It’s been a challenging 10 weeks in which I’ve realized that, frighteningly, most of them are clueless. In many cases, it was me as a citizen informing them – that’s not egotism, it’s dismay!
The DA doesn’t get a free ride. They need to prove themselves. And we need to ensure that budgets are transparent i.e. the first one I aimed for was Knysna Tourism’s R7 million. How can there be no oversight? Local municipalities are in the red or nearing it. Plettenberg Bay has discovered a bad R30 million and said that figure will grow. Knysna’s running out of money too.
BEHAVIOUR IS TRUTH
Ignore the smokescreens! There’s an ongoing audit at Knysna Municipality. Plus an anti-fraud squad will be erected at month end. I expect them to catch some baddies. I’ll applaud them. I’ll applaud whatever they do right…but i won’t stop criticizing and neither should you. Too often politicians have pointed fingers at others so that no one was looking at them. Catching baddies counts but the Knysna DA’s own actions count more…and their first was to adopt the same salaries. Their second was the promise of an open door policy which never happened. Their third was transparency – never happened. Their fourth was a “Knysna for all” – hasn’t happened!
I don’t excuse the other parties. The Knysna COPE and ANC parties have proven to be useless opposition so far!
We need to know if our police have a plan. Same for drug centres etc. Right now, I don’t believe any department has one. I’m not exaggerating when i say that our way of life is under attack. It’s time to be a concerned citizen who realizes that what happens to another affects us too. The island mentality that so many embrace will only beckon the tsunami.
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Some of you are desperate. Some angry. Do something with it! What have you really got to lose?
RAPED, STABBED & SHOT
Why that header? It was meant to attract your attention. It’s a line from the most powerful spoken word poem/song i’ve heard. It’s the best South African protest song recorded. They were an incredible band called Menage á Trois. The singer repeats the line, “You’re gonna be raped and stabbed and shot at,” in such a way that it will give you a shivers. There’s much more to it. It’s a damning indictment of the South African government and ridiculous attitudes held by it’s citizens. It’s passionate and clever. If you commit to only one action this week, let it be you downloading this MP3. Play it loud so that it reverberates your head. It will make you think! It will make you feel.
[PC users – right-click and Save Target As or simply left-click and stream]
Spread the message and KEEP yourself safe!
PS: Thanks very much to Auriel Lefebre Van Zyl (a Pretorian poetess, singer and band manager) for permission to use ‘Afterthought’. You can listen to more of their music here.
PS2: I emailed that song to 10 of our “leaders”, covering all of the political parties in Knysna. You can spread it too…or simply share this page.