STOP THE DA RUN GARDEN ROUTE MUNICIPALITY FROM ALIENATING PUBLIC CONSERVATION LAND

During July 2018 Eden District Municipality, who are now known as Garden Route District Municipality (“GRDM”), published a notice of intention to partner with developers in respect of Farm 215 Portions 1, 2 + 3 Walkers Point, Buffalo Bay, Knysna by means of a tender process.

Portion 1 of Farm 215 Walkers Point is undeveloped, except for the southern portion, which houses municipal water treatment facilities and reservoirs as well as a communications mast and associated service road and infrastructure.

The property has high conservation value and has previously been managed by Goukamma Nature Reserve.

Portions 2 and 3 contain a caravan park, a section of the Buffalo Bay main access road, the remains of a demolished backpackers, a small number of worker’s houses, and natural vegetation.

During August 2019, our candidate Susan Campbell submitted an objection to the proposal on behalf of the Knysna Ratepayers Association.

During a DA meeting held at Belvidere on Saturday the 3rd of August 2019, when questioned about the advertisement, DA Constituency Head of Knysna, Dion George, responded that it was an old advertisement and that it is no longer proceeding.

This is incorrect.

We do not know whether Mr George is deliberately trying to mislead the public or is totally ignorant of what is going on.

Memory Booysen, the DA Mayor of the GRDM and their Municipal Manager have recently been in talks with the Knysna Municipal Manager about their plans and the plans have not yet been abandoned.

We need to remain vigilant and Susan will vigorously oppose these plans.

The GRDM has shown that they mean business when they recently advertised their intention to lease Calitzdorp Spa to a foreign company for 50 years. This has caused outrage and is currently being investigated.

The advertisement and newspaper article about this lease can be accessed via the links below:

http://www.gardenroute.gov.za/2019/03/19/notice-long-term-lease-to-manage-and-operate-de-hoek-and-calitzdorp-resorts/

https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/outrage-as-families-land-claim-loses-out-to-50-year-lease-to-german-firm-26177932

Upcoming Meetings for Susan Campbell from KIM

Please feel free to contact us to set up any home group visits that you may prefer. We would be happy to oblige.

TUESDAY – 13th August

Brenton Community Center

4pm – General Meet and Greet

TUESDAY – 13th August

Brenton Community Center

6pm – Eden FM debate with all the candidates

WEDNESDAY- 14th August

Keurhoek Hall, Rheenendal

6pm – Eden FM debate with all the candidates

THURSDAY – 15th August

Belvidere Manor

3pm – General Meet and Greet

THURSDAY – 15th August

Portland Manor, Rheenendal

5:30pm – Rates Engagement and Meet and Greet

Answers from Susan

Here are answers to some questions Susan has received from Ward 5 residents.

 

1. What clout will Susan, the KIM representative, have?

 

Far more clout than a single councillor of either major party, because the DA and the ANC need to work with the smaller parties to form a majority and govern the town. Given Susan’s excellent relations with the three other parties that will only have one councillor each, this puts a party like KIM in the position of power-broker… and even king-maker.

 

2. Will a vote for KIM allow the ANC to win the ward?

 

Based on statistics from the National and Provincial elections in May 2019, the ANC, EFF and PBI cannot win and only KIM and the DA have a realistic chance to win the ward.

 

3. If Susan wins the Ward, will it hand control of the town to the ANC?

 

Absolutely not. The DA will still have an overall numerical advantage.

 

 

4. Is the lack of action from the DA the reason Knysna is in a mess?

 

Knysna is in a mess because both the DA and the ANC have neglected over the past two decades to focus on Knysna’s infrastructure and real needs. The DA has been in power in Knysna since 2011 and must bear the larger share of responsibility for our current situation. The DA has largely failed to pick competent councillors and has sidelined the most competent councilors in favour of councilors who obey the out of town party bosses and do as they are told.

 

5. What can be done about the exorbitant rates that the municipality is charging the church for the Parklands?

 

Susan has also received numerous complaints from farmers about exorbitant increases in their rates bills and will give priority to ensure that property rates that are being charged are lawful and fair.

 

BELVIDERE MEET AND GREET

KIM’S candidate, Susan Campbell, will be on hand to answer all your questions and explain why she is best placed to represent Ward 5 in council.

Please join us at the Belvidere Manor on Thursday the 15th of August 2019 at 15h00.

We look forward to seeing you.

Please contact Candace on 0834479315 if you have any queries.

THE GREAT WARD 5 CANDIDATES DEBATE

Two debates will take place. The first debate will be on Tuesday the 13th of August 2019 at 18h00 in the Brenton Community Hall.

The second debate will take place in Rheenendal Community Hall on Wednesday the 14th of August 2019 at 18h00.

Both debates will be moderated by Eden FM, and broadcast.

Candidate from all political parties have been invited, and we look forward to seeing the ANC, DA, EFF, KIM and PBI in action.

We invite you to attend what will be lively and informative debates, addressing the issues of concern to the different communities in ward 5.

The candidates will be put to the test, and you get to make your choice.