The DA may soon take back power in Bitou Municipality (Plettenberg Bay). Mayor Peter Lobese (AUF) has broken his coalition with the ANC. I don’t believe his ridiculous talk of standing against Zuma being one of his reasons but if he wants to truly do good for his town then he should make a Mayoral Committee that represents the best from all the parties… but with one more from the DA so that he retains his Mayoral position and salary. I remind him of his quote last year in the CXPress: “Where two bulls fight, it is only the grass … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Was the Democratic Alliance’s Mayor Memory Booysen sexting a job seeker? The DA-run Plettenberg Bay has survived a major housing scandal and a major electricity theft scandal involving municipal employees. Even more miraculous was the municipality getting rubber stamped with a Clean Audit. The Western Cape and the DA, like the ANC across South Africa is no stranger to strange happenings… and these type of things, especially in the Western Cape, rarely get the media coverage needed. However, as if it isn’t natural, as if humans aren’t the final product of many sexual attempts, it’s the sex story that gets … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Off the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay coast, this map shows that three energy companies (Bayfield Energy, PetroSA and Canadian Natural Res) have exploration rights for gas and oil. I don’t want to see an oil rig when i look off the East Head one day. How come the DA and ANC don’t tell us where they stand? Why do they never mention this topic? Because they know we’d be against it… and because they are for it, as both are pro fracking the Karoo. Some of the most important issues affecting our lives are not discussed by Knysna’s politicians. They … ‘Click here to read full article…’
How did Vito Palazolla, an alleged member of the Sicilian Mafia who was involved in the biggest heroin trafficking case in American history, land up in South Africa, living in Franshoek and allegedly running illegal operations from Plettenberg Bay? You can discover the bigger picture on JEF’s website in a blog entitled ‘Tension Mounts in Southern Cape as Mafia Banker Vito Palazolla Starts to Sing’. Intrigued after reading that blog, i dug into the Internet where i uncovered this interesting video about The Pizza Connection and how the USA and Italy, in an unprecedented move, worked together to bring down the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The DA-led municipality of Bitou (Plettenberg Bay) and its mayor, Memory Booysen, have been accused by Phakie Mbali, the ANC Chief Whip, of being involved in major housing fraud in Ward 7 (Kranshoek/Harkerville/Kwanokhuthula). Housing is a contentious issue, one which has led to protest, violence, destruction and N2 closures in both Plettenberg Bay and neighbouring Knysna. i.e. it’s an issue that has to be tackled with serious intention to resolve.'Click here to read full article...'
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...'
Municipal Manager Allen Paulse have downplayed the situation that almost resulted in the disconnection of the communications channel for Emergency Services in the Bitou Municipal Area. Henry Eybers, the owner of Garden Route Communications (the company that cut the channel as a result of unpaid monies by the embattled municipality) has responded. I share with you both of their letters: Allen Paulse’s Newsletter Disconnection of communications channel for Emergency Services in Bitou Municipal Area Recent media reports created the impression that Bitou Municipality placed life and property at risk when the repeater system that regulates communication in the emergency services … ‘Click here to read full article…’
According to a press release from lawyer Hardy Mills, COPE’s disciplinary hearing for Adam van Rhyner (Bitou’s Deputy Mayor), started at 5pm today. Adam van Rhyner has issued this statement regarding his decision to support the motions of no-confidence against the current executive incumbents of Bitou municipality and his pending internal COPE disciplinary hearing: Due to various queries regarding the above the last few days I decided to make the following short press release. My decision to support the ANC in their efforts to replace the executive councillors including the mayor was not a spur of the moment decision. My … ‘Click here to read full article…’
There are surely some readers who don’t give a damn about news in Plettenberg Bay but there are others who realise that what happens in that small town is a reflection of the vicious and greedy nature of politics on the Garden Route. I am amongst those who have been on the edge of my seat, watching events unfold like an episode of a soapie. However, we should remind ourselves that this is a serious issue for Pletters who have received the backhand of politicians for far too long. Who rules them counts but, unfortunately, history has shown hope killed … ‘Click here to read full article…’
It’s important to remember that political power struggles are rarely in the best interests of the public. Too often they seem to benefit individuals or national battle plans so it’s not odd that the fate of Bitou Municipality (Plettenberg Bay) may rest in the hands of a politician far away. Firstly, we need to consider where Adam Van Rhyner, Bitou’s COPE councillor, and his all-powerful, Kingmaker position stand. He is a PR Councillor rather than a Ward Councillor. Common assumption is that he gained the Deputy Mayor’s position in return for voting with the DA. Nationally, there’s a cooperation deal … ‘Click here to read full article…’