“As often happens in politics, you can be heroes and liberators but if you hang around long enough, you can be the villains too…” – Speaker Eleonor Spies, at the start of the Budget Meeting. The Knysna Council meeting of May 29, the one that would decide the budget for 2015/2016, was a mixed bag of positives and uncertainties. Most concerning is that negatives were generally bypassed and positives highlighted whereas all should have been addressed equally. I’m going to end this blog on a positive but the fact is that the meeting began with similar hypocrisy to last year. … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Hate reading? Or want to share this? Listen to this, or download, as an MP3: ‘Jaco Londt: Bottom of the DA Barrel’ Bottom of the barrel, where Those-Who-Could-Do-Better can be found, is where you will find Jaco Londt. I am responding to his absurd and unhelpful DA response to my letter in the Knysna-Plett Herald last week. Understand how important Jaco Londt is. He is the DA Constituent Leader for Knysna! He is the DA Manager of the Eastern Region (Klein Karoo/Garden Route)! He is a member of Parliament! Somehow, incredibly, most DA voters don’t know who he is (that … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The health of a nation is not, ultimately, decided by the state of its poor or its rich but by its middle class. The middle class keeps a country or a town, like Knysna, stable. It provides jobs and rates (which in turn provides services to the poor). But if you take too much from it, it collapses… and everything with it.'Click here to read full article...'
“Our maintenance budget is sunk.” – Louisa Hart (DA) “We need to find out how to raise money for what is becoming a crisis.” – Michelle Wasserman (DA) “It’s coming at us like a speed train.” Lauren Waring (Municipal Manager) Those were quotes from a very tense Section 80 meeting held by the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, September 10 2014. Despite the Knysna Municipality’s claims in the media to financial stability, the reality, as i’ve often said, is that our town is facing a very challenging future. It’s only the beginning of the financial year and Knysna … ‘Click here to read full article…’