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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

Ratepayers Association Intervention In Ngoqo Appeal

10 April 2020 Dear Members, The Plettenberg Bay Ratepayers' and Residents' Association has, in its capacity as amicus curiae (friend of the court), today filed its Heads of Argument in the matter of Department of Local Government MEC Bredell vs Bitou Municipality, relating to the unlawful appointment of Lonwabo Ngoqo as Bitou Municipal Manager. In addition,

By |2020-04-10T17:27:08+02:00Apr 10th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

PAY BACK THE MONEY

It was reported in the Knysna-Plett Herald on 5 March 2020 that Knysna's Municipal Manager and directors granted themselves a "scarce skills allowance" of R1.4 million pa. This resulted in legal action after Western Cape Local Government MEC Bredell "turned to the high court to compel the municipality to scrap the policy and recover

By |2020-04-10T10:45:29+02:00Mar 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

What’s right is right…and what’s wrong is wrong.  

27 March 2020  The Plett Ratepayers' Association wrote to the Bitou councillors on 13 March requesting that they ensure the municipality desists from unlawfully selling prepaid electricity at unapproved tariffs.   It is obvious to us that the councillors and officials have no intention of responding to these objections to their unlawful actions coming from

By |2020-04-10T10:45:29+02:00Mar 30th, 2020|Categories: Featured, News, PBRPA news and reviews|0 Comments

Short changing purchasers of electricity

13 March 2020  Dear Mayor Lobese,   On 4 March the KwaNokuthula community staged a protest march over the Municipality’s failure to credit purchasers of pre-paid electricity with their full amount.    In law, they have every right to object to the way they are being treated.  The contending positions are set out in the CXpress

Draft 2018/19 Annual Report Oversight Report

The Association's Oversight Report for the Draft Annual Report has been submitted to the Bitou Municipal Manager, Western Cape Minister of Finance, and Auditor-General. Date: 23 February 2020 Dear Sir, It is our understanding that the purpose of the annual report process is to report on the executive management  of the municipality by producing an

By |2020-04-10T10:45:30+02:00Mar 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments