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Alliance of Ratepayers’ Associations in Knysna/Plettenberg Bay

21 January 2020 Due to the uncertain state of governance in the municipalities along the Garden Route, the Ratepayers' Associations of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna find themselves forced into taking a more active role in returning good governance to our municipalities. One way or another, the towns are faced with similar, if not identical

By |2020-01-21T14:44:59+02:00Jan 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Hawks: Bitou Municipality, Western Cape

5th  January 2020 Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation The Hawks Dear Sir The Plettenberg Bay Ratepayers' and Residents' Association, on whose behalf I write, represents the residents of Plettenberg Bay and Bitou Municipality. From correspondence exchanged with Western Cape Department of Local Government MEC Bredell, it understands that the investigation into instance of municipal

By |2020-01-15T17:17:35+02:00Jan 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Request confirmation date to receive forensic report

11 January 2020 MEC Bredell Western Cape Department of Local Government Dear Sir We refer to our letters of 20 and 22 December 2019 in which we have pressed for a copy of the forensic report into crime and corruption in our Municipality. The letters, you will recall, explain why we believe that we are

By |2020-01-14T11:33:54+02:00Jan 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

More questions but very few answers!

Dear Members, The forensic report into corruption within Bitou, submitted to MEC Bredell early in 2019, has been referred to Bitou Councillors for comment. They cannot give a response, however, because the Speaker refuses to distribute it beyond the Mayoral Committee (Mayco). Why? We don't know, but we can guess. What we do know

By |2020-01-13T13:37:02+02:00Jan 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments


Dear Members, Bitou Mayor Lobese is the recipient of the Provincial forensic report into Bitou municipality that he is expected to refer to Councillors for comment and response. He refuses to circulate it beyond his closed circle of advisers, and is planning a push-back through the Municipality’s lawyers.  The content of the report must

By |2020-01-03T12:25:35+02:00Jan 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Retirement tribute to Neville Petersen – Chairman of the Plett Ratepayers Association

Caption –  Neville Petersen, Chairman of the Plett Ratepayers' Association, centre, announced his retirement at the AGM and in recognition of his tremendous contribution to the association, was presented with a gift from members of the executive committee, Peter Gaylard and Debi Nicholson. Caption-Neville Petersen's wife, Gail was thanked for generously sharing Neville

By |2019-12-28T15:06:34+02:00Dec 26th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

PLETT RATEPAYERS NEWSLETTER – Volume 22 – December 2019

Airport by  Mike Pearce To start with the good news, Cemair have pulled out all the stops and have advertised starting a scheduled return service to Plett from JHB and CPT, as from 4th December 2019, probably using a Dash 8 – if the loads justify it. A Memorandum of Understanding, valid for a

By |2019-12-23T14:28:31+02:00Dec 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Plett Ratepayers’ letter to Speaker and councillors

Dear Speaker Wildeman, We represent the Plettenberg Bay Ratepayers' and Residents' Association. It represents its members together with the residents of Bitou who support its initiatives. We write to you as Speaker of the Bitou Council, and invite you to circulate this letter to members of the Council. The contract of employment under which the

By |2019-12-13T12:17:06+02:00Dec 13th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Court judgment refuses to bar Municipal Manager Ngoqo from his position.

Dear Plett Ratepayers, We reported at our recent report back meeting that we would be in court on 20 November to ask the judge to enforce the dismissal of Municipal Manager Ngoqo since his appointment was found to be unlawful.  The judge's decision is below. As background, Bitou Municipal Manager Lonwabo Ngoqo was reappointed in

By |2019-12-02T09:15:59+02:00Dec 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments