The report mimics a robot telling us to go, be careful or stop i.e. each sector is accorded a Green, Amber or Red rating. Is conflict being resolved? Status: Red Findings: Conflicts are left to fester. Impartial report: A dispute emerged at the very beginning of the process between The Knysna Municipality and civil environmental groups in the area which has resulted in the development of polarisation between the two groups. Even though this conflict is not about how the process is being undertaken or implemented per se, it is affecting the process as it revolves around the appointment of … ‘Click here to read full article…’
“A conflict of interest is a set of conditions in which professional judgement concerning a primary interest [such as the public’s interest or valid research] tends to be unduly influenced by a secondary interest [such as personal relationships or financial gain].” APPARENT BIAS OF MANAGEMENT TOWARDS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT It may be that the current municipal management is determined to drive a pro-development agenda. This may explain why the municipal officials appear to be determined to let a highly controversial developer manage the ISDF process, despite the glaring conflict of interest and regardless of the expected public outcry that had to … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Today is the longest read and will hopefully give you thought for the week. Major points below would be that Knysna Creative Heads Consortium did not tender the lowest price. And, as previously mentioned, the adjudicator of the bids used to manage the George branch of Urban Econ, a partner in the Knysna Creative Heads Consortium. Additionally, Chris Mulder was a client. How this was allowed to pass makes one wonder who the Knysna Municipality is truly serving – not us, for sure!'Click here to read full article...'
In approximately 2008, Cobus Venter, who was part of Dr. Chris Mulder’s Uitzicht team and introduced at the open day as the manager-to-be of the Uitzicht plantation, became plantation manager of PG Bison. The Western Heads Protection Group (WHPG) had collected some funds and wanted to approach Barlows with a plan to manage the fynbos on the Uitzicht land once it had been harvested. PG Bison refused to harvest their trees, despite the notice given four years earlier and despite the fact that the trees on their land of the same age had been harvested years ago. Initially we were … ‘Click here to read full article…’
THE 2006 SDF PROCESS AND THE FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Dr. Chris Mulder’s significant opposition to the draft SDF for Knysna in 2006 further emphasises how much interest he has in the outcome of the current SDF review. Details of the process are set out hereunder. In 2006, Dr. Mulder headed the Forum for Sustainable Development (Forum). The Forum presented a detailed submission, in support of their opposition to the draft SDF, including a detailed map, setting out the Forum’s proposed or alternate urban edge for Knysna. This was a much wider urban edge than proposed by the municipality and … ‘Click here to read full article…’
On the 29 of November 2012, the Knysna Municipality employed Chris Mulder and CMAI to prepare a structure plan for Rheenendal. The Steinhoff plantations are now managed by PG Bison, a subsidiary of Steinhoff Ltd. PG Bison purchased the forestry interests and land owned by PJ van Rheenen. PG Bison intend closing the pole-yard in Rheenendal. This will lead to further unemployment in the area. In response to this, PG Bison employed Dr. Mulder to investigate the development of an industrial area as well as a residential development of some 500 houses catering for higher and middle-income earners and possibly … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Examples of CMAI developments and proposed developments. Uitzicht (above Belvidere): Another client listed on the website is Barloworld, in connection with the Uitzicht project, a highly controversial proposed development in the pine plantations above Belvidere. At the time the development application commenced, the Uitzicht property, which was previously under fynbos, had been afforested with pine trees since the 1970s. The pine trees were in the first rotation. It is widely accepted that the rehabilitation potential of fynbos, after harvesting of first rotation pine trees, was excellent and relatively inexpensive. Yet Dr. Mulder chose to ignore the duty of care provisions … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The Western Heads-Goukamma Conservancy, the Western Heads Protection Group and resident Susan Campbell have objected to the ISDF (Integrated Strategic Development Framework) tender being awarded to the Knysna Creative Heads Consortium. They have provided a detailed objection that will teach you more about Knysna than you ever knew before. It’s a scary read which is why you have to read it! I have reduced it somewhat and divided it into sections dealing with possible conflict of interest, Chris Mulder’s intentions for Knysna (Belvidere/Uitzicht, George Place and more), Rheenendal development, intended developments by the companies who may own the majority of … ‘Click here to read full article…’