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Erf 4367 Adjacent To Santini Village

16 June 2020 With reference to the attached notification from the Municipality, the following is the current situation regarding Erf 4367, Shell Ultra City.  The Ratepayers Association together with many other objectors put in very strong objections in writing last year and we, together with the majority of objectors, attended the Planning Tribunal hearing

By |2020-06-18T15:58:50+02:00Jun 17th, 2020|Categories: Planning|0 Comments

Water & Power Report – June 2020

As part of the Ratepayers' oversight function, its EXCO produces a monthly report on various departments within Bitou Municipality.  Below is Oliver Rissik's portfolio report on power and water maintenance in the Plettenberg Bay area for your information.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.      Ratepayers Committee Monthly Report – June 2020.    Power 

By |2020-06-15T18:12:41+02:00Jun 15th, 2020|Categories: Electric & Lights|0 Comments

Withdrawal of Prepaid Electricity Matter

Withdrawal of Prepaid Electricity Matter  Residents who buy electricity for cash get only half the supply if their rates and services account is in arrears. The money is split in two and one half is, despite the wishes of the buyer, credited to the outstanding account. Obviously, this practice makes people bitter, as it looks

By |2020-06-07T13:32:39+02:00Jun 7th, 2020|Categories: Electric & Lights|0 Comments

Court Papers filed in Overpayment of Municipal Salaries Matter

We have launched an application to interdict the excessive salaries of the top six municipal officials: Municipal Manager Lonwabo Ngoqo, CFO Mkhefa, HOD Engineering Rhode, HOD Community Services Sompani, HOD Strategic Services Friedman and Acting HOD of Corporate Services Groenewald.  We are asking the Labour Court to recover their past excess salaries, as well

By |2020-06-07T13:26:50+02:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Ratepayers Update

Dear Members, The COVID pandemic has challenged the activities of the Plett Ratepayers' Association, but on the litigation front, we continue to work hard.  In spite of the lockdown, we remain focused and are redoubling our efforts to prevent  fruitless and wasteful expenditure from gobbling up a large proportion of municipal revenue, especially in light of the

By |2020-05-23T14:54:18+02:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Oversight Report of Draft Bitou Budget

29 April 2020 Dear Members, The Plett Ratepayers' Oversight Report of the draft Bitou 2020-21 Budget is below.  We are very concerned that it does not reflect the current economic environment, does not provide for maintenance and expansion of our aging infrastructure, and includes massive non-essential expenditure. We have forwarded our concerns to Mayor

By |2020-04-30T08:41:55+02:00Apr 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Unlawful Overpayment of Remuneration of Senior Municipal Officials

15 April 2020 To: Mayor Lobese; Cllr Gcabayi; Cllr Mbali; Cllr Wildeman; Cllr Swart; Cllr Nel; Cllr Windvogel; Cllr Kamkam; Cllr Matyila; Cllr Olivier; Cllr Seyisi; Cllr Ndayi; Cllr Jacob By email Dear Sir or Madam UNLAWFUL OVERPAYMENT OF REMUNERATION OF SENIOR MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS The maximum remuneration payable by a municipality to a senior official

By |2020-04-18T17:38:51+02:00Apr 18th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

How Do We Determine What is an Affordable Rate?

Bitou Municipality announced on 26 March that they "resolved to unblock all prepaid electricity meters" during the lockdown.  The Plett Ratepayers' queried this and received a response from CFO Mkhefa on 3 April that it does not include the practice of shortchanging prepaid electricity consumers on their purchases. Since Mr. Mkhefa's letter was marked Personal,

By |2020-04-17T11:04:08+02:00Apr 16th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments