South African politics seems to be based most on the promises and lies about providing houses to the poor. Kararata, a poor town falling under the Knysna Municipality, appears to be the latest victim… and possibly a metaphor for greater government admitting to itself that their housing plans have failed. Karatara, population 1000, is out of sight, 14km inland from Sedgefield and 35km from Knysna Central. It should play host to tourists wanting to explore the scenic Seven Passes route between George and Knysna, but few travel that final section which has fallen into disrepair. If rumours are correct, Karatara … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Knysna Executive Mayor Georlene Wolmarans announced during her state of the town address that an amount of R6-million has been allocated for the upgrading of Sedgefield’s Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW). The WWTW has been operating for a number of years and the plant has reached its nominal capacity of 0.75Ml/day. “Council has long been concerned with the town’s WWTW. In 2013 an investigation was conducted and from the report it was evident that the works were being overloaded in terms of the hydraulic loading and did not meet the required standards. This was resulting in the non-compliance in terms … ‘Click here to read full article…’
In this press release, the Knysna Municipality urges residents to continuously conserve water! The water situation in the Knysna area remains a serious concern. We are not faced with a crisis yet, however, if water usage is not reduced Knysna could face a serious problem and can be catastrophic. Chairperson of the Planning, Infrastructure and Development Committee, Councillor Louisa Hart said “the current average demand for Knysna is 12.5 megalitres (Ml) daily. We are only able to pump from the Knysna River 9.5 Ml per day leaving us with a shortfall of 3 Ml. When load shedding occurs the situation … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Hot on the heels of Knysna Municipality’s tender controversy that resulted in senior management accusing even more senior management of manipulating tenders, a tender involving vehicles has gone missing. T29/2014 was for the supply of vehicles and equipment. Before they quit, the Bid Evaluation Committee reported that the tender of Nissan Knysna had gone missing. I do not allude to wrongdoing on their part but it is common knowledge that Nissan Knysna has been accused of favoritism from the Municipality. Lauren Waring’s reaction, at the November 27 Council Meeting on her last day on the job, was bizarre. She said: “I … ‘Click here to read full article…’
From Noetzie’s reservoir to Fisherhaven, a much needed housing project is on its way for Hornlee in Knysna. The first phase will erect 359 houses, approximately one third of the target: 40m² BNG units (less R3500 salary earners) – 92 FLISP (T3501-18000 salary earners) – 267 bonded units Open Market (above R18001 salary earners) – not determined'Click here to read full article...'
“People are frustrated. We cannot deny that our roads will never be like the roads going to The Heads. Money goes elsewhere.” -Councillor Wiseman Litoli (September 25 2014) Back in July this year i reported in ‘Priorities Disagreement Makes Special Development Meeting a Bust’ that a Special Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee Meeting was called to discuss Knysna’s roads budget, a contentious and difficult issue considering the inadequate finances being received to fix our ailing infrastructure. It was supposed to be a ‘Special’ meeting about roads yet roads had been removed from the agenda. Instead there were mostly developer’s plans … ‘Click here to read full article…’
A Facebook post about the closure of a creche in Upper Olde Place Knysna, on the corner of Boekenhout and Old Toll Road, led to sufficient disagreement in the comment section to prompt this blog and a posting of the contents from the Council Meeting that refused the application from the already running, and allegedly illegal, creche. The FB post simply stated: “A creche in Upper Old Place, on the corner of Boekenhout and Old Toll Road, is to be closed down after objections by Graham McDonald who complained about peak hour traffic and noise. Maybe more importantly is that … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Potholes have become the symbol for Knysna’s failing infrastructure and citizen worry that our town’s finances are in trouble. The DA blames the problem of failing infrastructure on the previous ANC government. but the reality is that both administrations are to blame. High salaries, cronyism and spending on luxuries such as expensive furniture have created the prediction that Knysna will be R1billion short on roads, pipes etc. over the next 15 years. This means that Knysna will continue to fall apart.'Click here to read full article...'
Mayor Georlene Wolmarans is currently earning R665 000 per year. Deputy Mayor Esmé Edge and and Speaker Eleonor Spies are on R536 000. The salary average of the 5 Mayoral Committee members (which includes the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and councillors Louisa Hart, Irene Grootboom and Ray Barrell) is R503 000 per year. Despite this, they are not prepared to be honest with the public about the state of Knysna. They are not prepared to uphold the DA’s election promises of austerity, open doors and transparency. The DA lied to us! And don’t be one of those propaganda fools who calls … ‘Click here to read full article…’
As expressed in ‘New R6.6m Financial Crisis for Knysna’, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee meeting held in the Knysna Council Chamber was hair-raising. It was again confirmed that the DA and Municipal Manager Lauren Waring have been lying to the public about Knysna’s financial stability. It’s so easy to twisted the situation out of context by saying, for example, that we have billions in assets… but when you realise that potholed roads and bursting pipes are part of those ‘assets’ then you understand the situation better.'Click here to read full article...'