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!
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…’