The Special Knysna Council Meeting of August 25 was revealing. By, now, most of you will have read ‘Knysna Municipal Manager AWOL… then Suspended’. But here’s a blow by blow account of the band-aid selection of 2 Acting Directors and the Acting Municipal Manager. Understand the severity of the situation – that’s half the municipal leadership! Speaker Georlene Wolmarans began by addressing why the agenda had initially barred the public from attending. She never mentioned my complaint and the subsequent opening of the meeting but stated that she’d discovered that it was on “instruction from the Municipal Manager [Grant Easton].” … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Knysna Municipality’s Technical Services reported to the S80 Governance Committee that, during the holiday season: “The department repaired 287 leaks and unblocked 187 sewers. These caused sporadic incidences of brown water, low water pressure and sewage spillages in the Knysna area. 1. The major irritation was the brown water incidence on 22 December when a main raw water feed to the water works was interrupted by a pipe break combined with a high water demand caused some reservoirs to run low. We lost 1.5 days pumping from the Knysna River, which (in turn) added pressure to the storage dam. 2. … ‘Click here to read full article…’
A new dimension has been added to Knysna’s water shortage and crumbling infrastructure problem. A large amount of unmetered water has been vanishing into what is traditionally called the northern areas of Knysna. This is home to large, mostly poor communities. At a Section 80 Governance meeting of the Knysna Municipality, the Director of Technical Services, Michael Rhode, stated that no water metering system was ever installed as it was assumed that water usage would be below the 6KL/month free allocation. However, the Planning Directorate has determined that the average household use is currently more than double, at 12.6Kl/month. The … ‘Click here to read full article…’
‘Stay Awake Lest the Knysna DA Destroy You’ was the sensational title of my blog 4 days ago. In it, i said, “Some allegiances are shifting right now, most just to save themselves, but there’s a chance that some of that wall they’ve built between us and them will break. There may even be some revelations before the year is out. I have some for you but others do too.” I got criticised for that, some people thinking that i was over dramatising, but the majority of my readers have had a radical shift in view since the early days … ‘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...'