It’s unacceptable that the Public are again kept in the dark regards another Knysna Municipality mess (the flood never stops). Tourism members were sent this email today: “We hereby inform you that the current Service Level Agreement (SLA) between Knysna Municipality and Knysna & Partners [a.k..a. Knysna Tourism) expires this Friday on the 30th of June 2017. Whilst Council resolved on the 26th of May 2017 in favour of an agreement with Knysna & Partners for up to three years to provide some or all of the services identified in the report as comprising the destination marketing function, subject to … ‘Click here to read full article…’
“We witnessed a hit and run on the 3rd of July. A Quantum taxi with number plate CBS55185 hit one of the cyclists participating in the Oyster Festival. We phoned 112 to report it, at 10:30am that day. It was between Sedgefield and the Buffalo Bay turn off.” The couple watched an impatient taxi, ahead of them on the N2, cross into the cyclists lane that had been designated for the day. It was further illegal in that the driver passed on the left. A second taxi decided to follow and it was this one that hit the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Knysna Tourism’s service is part of the Knysna Municipality, the starting point being the Constitution, 1996-Schedule 4, Part A that designates Tourism as a “functional area of concurrent national and legislative competence.” Part B states that “The following local government matters to the extent set out in section 155(6)(a) and (7): Local Tourism.” [KT01, KT02]. From the Constitution, one goes down to Provincial Legislation and thereafter to Local Government Legislation to looks at competencies and where tourism falls. Tourism falls under the competencies of a municipality. Whether one outsources or makes it semi-private or public private participation does not matter … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Knysna is at a crossroads. I’m not being melodramatic when i say that time is running out to decide which way we’re going. It’s quite possible that Knysna ratepayers and taxpayers will lose millions in court cases over the next year as i lay charge after charge against our naughty politicians and municipal staff. I don’t want to but unless they start talking and fixing, i’m prepared to stop all that i’m doing and focus only on that. It may be a necessity considering the legal actions they’re serving me with. The ball is in their court. Will they finally … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The goal has long been to understand the financial situation and management of Knysna. This email primarily concerns the Knysna Tourism aspect of that. It further serves to assess the credibility of Alan Winde’s (MEC for Tourism, Finance & Development), Peter Meyer’s (Knysna DA Constituent) and a DA Branch Manager’s offer to assist and the DA’s claim to transparency and accountability. I have exhaustively tried to get answers and being repeatedly blocked for almost 3 years by the DA, Knysna Municipality (KM) and the Knysna Tourism Board. It is notable that you, Alan Winde, have been contacted several times the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
It would be entirely uncharacteristic for me to not to stick my neck out in the hope that the saga of Shaun van Eck will come to an end and more honourable people will helm Knysna Tourism. I’m also hoping that good folk have come out of hiding and given reasons that’ll assist the Tourism Board in winning for Knysna by achieving his dismissal. Here is a copy of the letter that i sent to the Tourism Board… The CEO of Knysna can be considered to have failed if he has lost the confidence of the Tourism Board and it’s … ‘Click here to read full article…’
We cannot solve the problems of Knysna (and South Africa) until we cross the divide and talk to one another. Armchair critics are more likely to cause damage than hot air. It’s difficult to have a true opinion about political parties, cultures and individuals unless you’ve listened and debated. I believe in action which has led to interesting, frustrating and educational chats with many. Some, like Ralph Stander and Deputy Mayor Michelle Wasserman before him, will be introduced to you here. WM: What are the 3 biggest problems facing Knysna? A: Unemployment, poverty and the big racial divide.'Click here to read full article...'