On Saturday, 20 September, there will be a march in Plettenberg Bay (Bitou Municipality) to petition our leaders to make an active effort to act against climate change. Avaaz has initiated this worldwide event that will be taking place in nearly 3000 locations worldwide – sign up here. The idea is petition world leaders to take climate change seriously and present them to the world climate summit in New York on23 September. We need to send a loud clear message that it is time for action. Join us: 1pm Signal Hill – San Gonzales Street, Plettenberg Bay'Click here to read full article...'
Less than an hour ago, COPE’s CPC Secretary, Xolela Mjonondwana, backtracked on his cancellation of Bitou’s Deputy Mayor Adam Van Rhyner’s membership until he has had the opportunity for a disciplinary hearing (which confirms what i had said before). However, he stated that he is suspended until such time and thus cannot represent COPE in Bitou council decisions. This is where the law gets muddy and lawyers and judges are needed as Van Rhyner represents two roles, one to COPE and the other to Bitou. As he occupies a PR seat, COPE can replace him by advising the Municipal Manager … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Similar to our local weather defying predictions from afar, our politics is capable of interesting quirks. Knysna and Bitou (Plettenberg Bay) are both DA-run municipalities but were previously under ANC control. Neither side has a convincing margin to ensure a definite win in the municipal elections in 2016. Consequently, it’s interesting to investigate their voting patterns in the 2014 national election for possible insight into the direction these towns may take. There is, unfortunately, no way to avoid the colour of our skins when it arrives at the reality of politics. Traditionally, Black voters tick ANC whilst Whites opt for … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The local Knysna and Bitou municipalities within the Eden region recently experienced the worst drought in over hundred years. This resulted in severe water restrictions being implemented in these municipalities. The drought necessitated the considering of cross-boundary projects as identified in Eden’s Regional Bulk Water Masterplan. The regional integration of bulk water supplies of the two municipalities was subsequently, in collaboration with the two municipalities, identified as a key project requiring implementation.'Click here to read full article...'
The most controversial article of the year has surfaced on the Justice & Equality Front’s website. So controversial and damning that the author has chosen anonymity for their safety. It alleges that the DA orchestrated a campaign of violence in Bitou in 2007 which was aimed at wrestling power from the ANC. Names that have been linked include a who’s who of the Democratic Alliance; Theuns Botha, Memory Booysen, Alan Winde, Donald Grant, Johann Brummer and Liz Mundell. A high ranking SAPS officer tried to have the case closed. The investigating officer asked a lawyer for help. The investigating officer … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Bitou, famous for it’s beautiful beaches and infamous for its turbulent politics, encompasses 165km² along the Garden Route of South Africa. The last census took place in 2001 so current results reflect changes the past 10 years. Population is 39 000 on the graph at Stats SA yet when adding up the figures below, the population is 46 139. I have sent a query to Stats SA.'Click here to read full article...'
Earl Warren: “I hate banks. They do nothing positive for anybody except take care of themselves. They’re first in with their fees and first out when there’s trouble.” For all the many complaints and opinions about the Recession in Knysna, it’s disappointing that few people actually know how and why it happened. Knowing why so many Knysna businesses have gone under (or being replaced by national franchises) should be something that we not only seek but also have taught to us by our local government. As they’ve repeatedly proven, the Knysna Municipality, (DA, COPE and ANC councillors) feels no obligation … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The fight for the Garden Route, between the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress (ANC), is an uninspiring mess. The 2011 municipal elections resulted in the DA winning Knysna and Bitou (Plettenberg Bay). I, like others, had hoped that the DA would fulfill their election promises for truth, transparency and the rooting out of so-called corruption. Instead, to my dismay, the DA has run dictatorially from behind closed doors, occasionally stepping outside for a lie. Yes, that’s a strong statement but if you’re willing to put aside party politics and racial affiliations (the true destroyer of truth e.g. … ‘Click here to read full article…’
We all know that the political arena is as murky as a crocodile pond. I’ve discovered, and shared with you, that local politics, in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, is as dirty. There are good and bad people on either side of the spectrum. Here enters a story that links our two towns via the ongoing battle between the ANC and the DA for control of the Garden Route. Further linkage is entrenched by Theuns Botha (DA Provincial Leader) naming Ralph Stander in the bribery scandal. Ralph is a Knysna resident, businessman and the highest ranking ANC member locally. He is … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Albert Eienstein: “It is the duty of every citizen, according to his best capacities, to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.” We all know that the political arena is as murky as a crocodile pond. I’ve discovered, and shared with you, that local politics, in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, is as dirty. There are good and bad people on either side of the spectrum. Here enters a story that links our two towns via the ongoing battle between the ANC and the DA for control of the Garden Route. Further linkage is entrenched by Theuns Botha (DA Provincial … ‘Click here to read full article…’