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…’
As blogged at ‘Government: No Houses for 10 Years’, Karatara (Knysna) has seemingly been abandoned by government. Here is the item, word for word, as it was on the agenda at the Knysna Council Meeting of May 31 2016. It is very disappointing that Municipal Manager Grant Easton’s recommendation was only to “note” the report. It would be more appropriate if he had recommended an emergency council meeting as soon as he received the news. Instead, nothing was done and, at the same council meeting, the budget for 2016/2017 was passed without taking into account intervention in Karatara. PURPOSE OF … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The Knysna Council approved various development proposals at the last meeting which will add much needed housing to the Knysna Municipal area. Executive Mayor Georlene Wolmarans said that as housing is one of the country’s biggest challenges, this is good news. “The development in Hlalani will include 273 houses and 2 church sites with access to the N2 via the Noetzie Road. This site, part of which was originally a dump site has been problematic for some time and I am very happy that the formal development plan has been approved. The area is situated on relatively steep slopes and … ‘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...'