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Important Knysna Section 80 meetings, the first in the new election term, to be held over the next two days: Tuesday, September 20, 2016: Finance, Governance & Economic Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Peter Myers (DA) 9:00am->12:00pm Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Planning & Integrated Human Settlements Committee Chairperson Velile Waxa (Independent) 9:00am->12:00pm Hosted in the Knysna Council Chambers in Clyde Street. Public welcome.'Click here to read full article...'
The major source of conflict at the inauguration of the Knysna Council was the decision by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to reduce the number of Section 80 committee members from 6 to 5. Section 80 Committees are where councillors first discuss and vote on issues presented to them. Consequently, it’s important for all parties to be represented as much as possible. If the DA had reduced the members per committee to 5, it’s most likely that the DA would have won all disputes, rendering the opposition ineffective as oversight. The catch-22 is that the DA would have understandably wanted that … ‘Click here to read full article…’
All Council and Section 80 meetings to be held in Council Chambers in Clyde Street: January 28 – Ordinary Council Meeting – 9:00am – 12:00pm February 11 – S80 Finance Committee – 8:00am – 11:00am February 16 – S80 Governance & Economic Development Committee – 9:00am – 12:00pm February 17 – Special Mayoral Committee – 8:00am – 12:00pm February 2 – S80 Community Services Committee – 9:00am – 12:00pm February 24 – S80 Planning, Development & Infrastructure Committee – 9:00am – 12:00pm February 25 – Special Council Meeting – 8:00am – 12:00pm'Click here to read full article...'
Thursday was another day in Knysna’s Council Chambers when all political parties were on the same page… a different page to Municipal Manager Grant Easton. With COPE Councillor Elrick (Ricky) van Aswegen being recently promoted to the previously only-DA-occupied, Knysna Mayoral Committee (MAYCO), this was his first time as Chairperson of the Section 80 Finance Committee. He began more stiffly formal than normal for him abut soon asserted his new command by requesting the attendance of Municipal Manager Grant Easton who had failed to be present to to deliver his Report to the Mayor on the Implementation of the Supply … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Today, the controversial Knysna Mosque project took another step towards realisation. Credit to the persistence of the Muslim community as they fought unrealistic, public opinion. Although i have, in the macrocosm, strong views about religion as division and, in the microcosm, agreed with certain complaints such as that against broadcasting, i never signed the petition that did the rounds as it was never bothered to conceal distasteful discrimination. In our society, protected by the Bill of Rights, all must be allowed to practice their faith. “Section 15 states that everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief … ‘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…’
To have requests and submissions passed and rules made, the process begins with the Section80 Meeting which is headed by a Councillor from the Executive Mayoral Committee (MAYCO). Here issues are most debated. When issues are given the green light, they are passed up to the Mayoral Committee Meeting where, if given another green light, they are sent to the Ordinary Council Meeting for final approval. If you really want to know what is going on then you have to be in at the ground level and follow what’s important to you all the way. These meetings are all held … ‘Click here to read full article…’
These are the dates and times for Knysna’s municipal meetings being held in September 2014 in the Council Chambers at the Knysna Municipality in Clyde Street. Section 80 meetings are where topics are introduced. If approved, they are then sent on to the Mayoral Committee. If approved there, they are sent to the Council. The public are allowed to attend. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Finance Committee Meeting 9:00 am – 11:00 am Thursday, September 4, 2014 Governance & Economic Development Committee Meeting 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Community Services Committee Meeting 9:00 am – 12:00 pm … ‘Click here to read full article…’