The DA and Property Developers: Dear Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, this is a summary of the SECOND COMPLAINT of corruption as submitted to the Eden District office of the Public Protector. This involves the Democratic Alliance favouring property developers over the public will and interest. In some parts, for public consumption, i may change/exclude names where they affect ongoing legal proceedings against me by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and cronies who i believe are trying to gag me through gross abuse of the courts… On the 15th of April 2013, the Knysna Municipality appointed Chris Mulder’s consortium, known as Knysna … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Knysna Municipality has been rocked by several tender controversies. In November 2014, that included non-white upper municipal management quitting the Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) in protest. They reckoned there was interference before their recommendations were reaching the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC) which awards the tenders i.e. decides who gets the money. As usual, getting answers is seriously delayed. And, even when we do get them, as history has proven, getting ‘answers’ isn’t always answers but rather leads to more questions e.g. we still don’t have MEC Anton Bredell’s full report on the ISDF tender or an explanation why ratepayers’ money … ‘Click here to read full article…’
“Our water consumption tariff is way above other municipalities. Our tariff structures are not pro-poor.” Councillor Elrick van Aswegen The Municipal Budget Circular provides guidance to municipalities and municipal entities as they prepare for their 2015/2016 budget which will be voted for by Knysna’s Council in May and initiated in July. It first states the obvious which is that “South Africa’s economic performance has deteriorated” and that the “outlook poses new fiscal challenges”. Consequently, municipalities are warned to not only be cost-conscious but conservative when projecting their income i.e. expecting too much could lead to monetary shortages for intended projects … ‘Click here to read full article…’
In yesterday’s Knysna’s Mayoral Committee meeting, councillors were informed that there would be a delay in the intended delivery of much-needed housing to the Qolweni and Bloemfontein areas. ANC Councillor Wiseman Litoli was upset, saying that there’d been promises and that, “If we’re playing with the emotions of the people, we’re inviting war.” Town Planner, Mike Maughn-Brown, insisted that he had previously said that the Knysna Municipality could not commit to time frames as there are “processes out of control”. In this case, it is the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) which must come from provincial government. Brown went further to … ‘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...'
“We are very cash-strapped at the moment which is why we need private partners.” – Ilse van Schalwyk (Knysna Manager for Economic Development) Don’t get bored. The next two paragraphs translate into ‘HOW TO FIX KNYSNA’S ECONOMY’. At the Section 80 Governance meeting held in Knysna’s Council Chambers yesterday, Ilse van Schalkwyk, the Manager of Economic Development, delivered a presentation in preparation for the submission of the revised Economic Development Strategy (EDS) which falls under the ISDF (Integrated Strategic Development Framework). The goal of the EDS is to “collectively create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation.” This includes … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The Knysna ISDF, the planning for our future (and the rest of my life) has had our town in an uproar. Lauren Waring (Municipal Manager) and Mike Maughn-Brown (Town Planner and ex, and possibly future, Knysna property developer) said, “Let’s award the ISDF tender to Chris Mulder (Knysna’s biggest property developer), his wife, his son and some of their mates who’re calling themselves by the legitimate sounding name of Knysna Creative Heads Consortium (KCHC). They don’t even need a website for their business… but, hey, it’s only the next 30 years of the public’s future they’re deciding… not ours, we’ll … ‘Click here to read full article…’