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STATE CAPTURE HITS BITOU MUNICIPALITY 

Plettenberg Bay Ratepayers Association is shocked to discover that a contract to supply fuel to the municipality at the airport is being negotiated with the company EML Energy which was recently fingered in the Zondo Commission hearings into State Capture. In late June SAA head of fuel management, Mark Vaughan testified that EML Energy

By |2019-08-28T10:35:50+02:00Aug 5th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Bitou 2019/2020 Budget Review – we need your membership fees to continue the good fight

The Bitou 2019/2020 budget was passed in council and was effective 1 July 2019.  It passed unanimously. That council would approve a budget that calls for a R46 million decrease (R130 million to R84 million) in capital expenditure is shocking and worrisome.  We have an aging infrastructure and pending lack of capacity due to massive growth

By |2019-07-23T16:39:01+02:00Jul 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Management of Housing Lists

12 July 2019 Department of Human Settlements Western Cape Government Dear Minister Simmers, We would like to propose a solution to the RDP housing list problem and the ongoing mistrust of the system.   We think there are three fundamental problems: the human element, lack of communication, and a system that is subject to human

By |2019-07-15T14:38:13+02:00Jul 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Update on Plett Protests

Ratepayers Association chairman, Neville Petersen has spent many hours in the last two days talking to political activists and community leaders to determine the underlying reasons for the political unrest.  No one is willing or able to come forward with a reason behind the protest. Some claim they want a change of councillors but

By |2019-07-06T17:01:54+02:00Jul 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Plett Ratepayers chairman Neville Petersen in discussion with Premier Winde

We had a serious protest action in Plettenberg Bay yesterday which closed the N2, and although the SAPS were on hand, their lack of police intervention is a deep concern to residents and business owners, as well as all ratepayers.  Protests on the N2 prevented workers going to work, businesses were closed, protests turned into

By |2019-07-04T16:47:32+02:00Jul 4th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Auditor-general reveals shocking state of South Africa’s municipalities

Auditor-general (AG), Kimi Makwetu, has released the latest municipal audit results, showing an overall decline for the 2017-18 financial year. Makwetu said these deteriorating audit outcomes shows that various local government role players have been slow in implementing, and in many instances even disregarded, the audit office’s recommendations. As a result, the accountability for financial

By |2019-06-27T12:42:19+02:00Jun 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

“Searching for the Light at the End of the Tunnel.”

26 June 2019 Dear Plett Ratepayers Association Members, Let me begin by thanking you for your membership and financial support in our endeavour to restore good governance to Plettenberg Bay. Since our AGM, we have uncovered and communicated lots of mismanagement and wasteful spending in Bitou Municipality. We are regularly asked what we have

By |2019-06-27T09:35:55+02:00Jun 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Keeping a diligent eye over water, electricity and sewerage activities for Plett

Plett Ratepayer Association's Oliver Rissik, a Pr. Eng,, keeps a diligent eye over water, electricity and sewerage activities for Plett, and provided the following report for June. Electricity. The electricity tariff for Plett will increase 13% on 1 July 2019, the steep increase due to the Eskom debacle. As a rule of thumb, the annual

By |2019-06-27T08:21:25+02:00Jun 13th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Letter to Minister of Sport and Cultural Affairs 

11 June 2019 Minister of Sport and Cultural Affairs Western Cape Province Dear Minister Marais, We are somewhat concerned about what, to us, seems to be extravagant and ill considered expenditure on sports facilities by Bitou Municipality. For example, Province's original allocation in 2017/18 for the New Horizons sports field upgrade was R4.3 million,

By |2019-06-13T09:26:42+02:00Jun 13th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments