As you are aware from our chairman’s year-end report, which was circulated to our members and which also appeared in our local newspaper and on social media, this Association is seriously concerned about, and will not tolerate, the deterioration of service delivery in our town caused by the incompetence or corruption of a few municipal officials. Nor will we accept excessive tariff increases in June because of wasteful spending by incompetent officials. A summary of recent actions taken by your Association to address these problems is attached for your information and we earnestly ask members to support the Association to achieve our collective goals as clearly expressed in this and our previous communications to you.
Discussions have already been held with our lawyers, who are ready to act on our behalf. However, to take legal action against corrupt or incompetent municipal officials, funds must be available. It is thus vital that our financial resources are built up. We therefore urgently appeal to our members, their friends and neighbours, their associates, and ALL concerned and aware ratepayers and residents to contribute financially towards the Association to enable us to proceed against these abuses by our local Bitou Council and employ the services of specialised and expert lawyers.
At the Association’s AGM in December 2018, a member stated that the proposed membership fee increase for 2019 was far too low to enable the Executive Committee to undertake necessary legal action against municipal officials suspected of misappropriating rate payers’ money. He proposed a motion from the Floor that the fees be increased to R1200 per annum. This was put to the vote and received overwhelming support from the many members in attendance. The meeting had been properly constituted and it is therefore your Executive Committee’s responsibility to act on the motion passed by the members.
Under separate cover you will receive an invoice for R1200, being the increased fee as mandated at the AGM. Members have the option to pay their invoice as a lump sum on receipt of the invoice, or in monthly installments over the next 10 months (February to November) i.e. R120 per month.
We fully understand that the increase in the annual subscription could be a challenge for certain members. Any member who has difficulty in paying the increased subscription should please contact our secretary Margaret Marshall. Sympathetic consideration will be given to each individual circumstance to ensure your continued membership of the Association.
Box 162, Plettenberg Bay 6600
Tel: 044 533 4387
Cell: 082 970 7291
Email: [email protected]
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