Wise words from Patrick Seeton (a staunch supporter of doing the right thing)

iec-scaled500Seats allocated for Cape Agulhas Municipality:
DA – 6, ANC – 3, DLP – 1, KAPCO – 1.

By the time you read this the Local Government Election 2016 will be history BUT this does not mean your participation in local government affairs need necessarily end with the three X’s cast on Wednesday. Your choices need to be monitored to ascertain whether they were/are effective and worthwhile.

In my opinion this is what we, the electorate, failed to do during the last Council term; we allowed the nine who represented our interests [four ANC, four DA and one Independent who sided with the ANC in return for the office of Deputy Mayor] to conduct affairs without being truly accountable to the electorate.

The so-called “imbizos” were a dismal failure … a one-way street bulldozed by the Executive Mayor to tell the people at extraordinary length what the Cape Agulhas Municipality – CAM – was going to do. There certainly was no meaningful interaction.

A Mayoral Imbizo is described as, “an on-going Mayoral Outreach Programme aimed at bringing government closer to the people, whereby the Municipality interacts with communities regarding upcoming service delivery projects in their areas and progress on existing ones.”

For a moment I want to go back to a July 2, 2015, meeting; a meeting between the chairpersons of three residents associations in the region and the Executive Mayor, Municipal Manager and the Chief Financial Officer of CAM.

The meeting was held at the request of the Residents’ Associations, namely, Suidpunt [covering L’Agulhas, Struisbaai and Suiderstrand], Bredasdorp and Napier to object to the process followed with the acceptance by CAM Council of the 2015/2016 budget, a budget heavily burdening residents with across-the-board tariff and rates increases.

There was a lot of talk at that July 2 meeting, 2½-hours of it. If there was one notable quotable quote to come out of that marathon encounter it is possibly that of the representative of the Bredasdorp Residents’ Association.

“Upon conclusion of our meeting with CAM and the absolute frustration and realisation that we had exhausted all possible existing channels open to us without hope; I realised that the best of the entire exercise of the day was that it was the first time that we three Associations had gathered as a united front. I am of the opinion that it is in the interest of all if we could meet more regularly and share information.”

This is so true. Prior to 2001 each of the towns within the Cape Agulhas region had its own municipality, council and set of personnel. For the last 15 years we have been ONE municipality and THREE separate residents’ associations. It rather seems, from where I’m sitting, the municipality has gone ahead into the 21st Century – warts and all – while the residents’ associations are wallowing in the last Century.

I believe, now that the election is behind us the mood is right to act in unison – one force – for the best interests of all in the Cape Agulhas Region. I know there have been initial talks but am unaware of how far the concept has progressed. It needs to get “wings”.
Finally, our thoughts move to be in support of the Gauteng Lions tomorrow Saturday [August 6] at 09h35 when they meet the New Zealand Hurricanes in Wellington [New Zealand] in the Super Rugby final.

The Hurricanes beat the Chiefs 25-9 in Wellington in the first semi-final delivering an outstanding defensive effort and out-scoring the visitors three tries to nil.

The second semi-final in Johannesburg saw the Lions beat the Highlanders 42-30 to book their place in the final.
The Lions playing in Johannesburg scored five tries to the Highlanders four and were always ahead in the encounter.

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Car licence renewal – some questions answered …

Car licence diskRead this article from Wheels24: “SA car licence renewal confusion: 5 questions answered” …. also remember that when you go to renew your licence, you need to take proof of residence with you (… more red tape that’s REALLY not necessary but makes for GREAT BUREAUCRACY!)

Thanks for this link, Alan Rosenmeyer (who now hosts the Motoring Matters show on ChaiFM which broadcasts out of Johannesburg

I was sent this letter … (it’s worth reading)

OUTA“We would like to thank you for being one of 117,301 Active Citizens who took the time to comment on Government’s proposed changes to AARTO legislation through our portal. This is arguably the highest number of public submissions ever seen on draft legislation amendments in our new democracy.

Unlike petitions, submissions on draft legislation cannot easily be ignored by Government as they must provide proof that submissions were properly considered. Failure to consider all submissions could render the legislation challengeable in court. If these responses are ignored and prosecution is attempted, it leaves the door open for OUTA to defend our members from prosecution.

Of interest: When Gauteng’s freeways were declared as tolled routes (in 2008), they did so with only 30 public comments.  This time around, things are very different.

SANRAL are getting desperate to force the collection of e-tolls, and will certainly hope the amendments to the regulations are passed into law, unchallenged. We trust the authorities will take us seriously, however, if they choose to ignore society’s input, the resistance against e-tolls will enter a new phase. We will challenge every step.

Please allow us to continue communicating our progress and your continued role in this matter, by remaining subscribed to this email list. We believe that Government’s attempt to force these regulations and other legislation into place – thereby coercing the public into paying e-Tolls – must be challenged.

Please note that OUTA’s resources are limited to defending motorists who donate to the cause by becoming OUTA members. To those of you who are already one of OUTA’s donating members, you remain protected under OUTA’s E-toll Defense Umbrella, which means OUTA will take steps to defend and rectify attempts to withhold your vehicle or driver’s license – or if you are criminally summonsed for non-payment of e-tolls.

If you are not a contributing member of OUTA, consider becoming one by joining a growing force shaping the future and defending citizens’ rights in South Africa.

Click here or go to www.OUTA.co.za to become a contributing member.

Kind regards

Wayne Duvenage
OUTA Chairperson”

Do THIS before 6th January … or get ripped off some more!

C eTag freeIt doesn’t matter WHERE in South Africa you live – if you have a car, ultimately THIS will adversely affect you! There are 3.4 million cars in Gauteng, 13 million countrywide and only 19,200 comments on the proposed new legislation classifying non payment of e-Tolls as a fine-able traffic offense.

Government claims not enough objected to e-Tolls and thus implemented them 2 years ago, which is why we all need to comment now on the new legislation through OUTA’s portal at this link:

http://www.outa.co.za/site/comment-on-recently-proposed-amendment-of-the-aarto-act-and-regulations/

PLEASE SHARE THIS FAR AND WIDE (deadline is 6 January)

Do you have money to waste?

Fight TollsNo? Then please support this campaign against toll roads in the Western Cape!

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Read the DORP-LIFE online …

Dorp Life logo newThe July issue of the Dorp-Life is now online … please read it HERE in full colour and pass this link on to those who you know who may be interested in discovering more about the people, events and “goings-on” in the Overberg!

If you’re not a member … why?

Napier Collage 2The recent Annual General Meeting of the Residents Association in Napier was attended by 27 people – this included 5 members of the Committee … which was a bit discouraging considering how much some residents have to say about “their town” when things don’t go they way they think it should.

It was notable that the most vociferous critics of the Municipality in particular and the Government in general didn’t make an appearance! And not surprisingly, neither did those who continually carp on about “what does the residents association do for me?” turn up! (although the meeting was widely advertised for over a month before the event – even advertised in the Suidernuus, because not everyone has the internet … ).

Those who did attend were given some insight into what the NRA’s activities were over the past year. These activities included the challenges the NRA EXCO faced regarding the flooding Napier has experienced, the stormwater and sewerage issues that have been plaguing some residents for over a year, the problems with electricity supplies, with vagrants, with juvenile delinquents, with overloaded vehicles placing undue strain on the road system, the service non-delivery from Municipal Departments, the non-communication from CAM officials to mention just a few.

We also heard about the absolute uselessness of the grader that is supposedly “fixing” the dirt roads in Napier when in fact all he is doing is scraping away the topsoil and making sure that when the next rains come they have a man-made channel down which to run and cause more damage. You would think that a roads engineer would at least have cottoned on to the idea that grading topsoil away is about as useful as a bucket-load of pregnant crickets! But the NRA have been saying this for years!

Hopefully the more people who share this post will help to get the message sent to the “powers that be” about the uselessness of their actions!

The meeting also heard of the decided lack of interest that CAM showed in the Napier’s desire to celebrate 175 years of being in existence – and even less desire to acknowledge that Bredasdorp is the same age. If it wasn’t for the efforts of Lindy Warren and her team the Napier 175 Festival would never have taken off – between them they arranged a series of events, competitions and activities that while not as in-your-face as a mardi gras, was still very significant in bringing tourism to the village (borne out by the large number of visitors we had), and provided a variety of entertaining activity for the residents and wider local community. Thank you, Lindy for your efforts and dedication to this milestone in Napier’s history.

The meeting also heard about the Community Police Forum and the work they do in an effort to keep residents safe – we also heard how people are not co-operating with them to the extent that they should. They are the legislated body set up to deal with these matters and people going off and trying to organize their own “thing” in order to fix a problem doesn’t work.

The outgoing Committee see two members unable to serve during the coming year but they do have some names of people who might be prepared to serve on this body who they will be contacting in due course.

AGM Minutes 27 March 2014

Final thought: When you have a problem and something needs to be addressed to the Municipal authorities, who represents you as a Napier resident? Do you have to go it alone? This is one of the functions the NRA strives to do, to be a voice of the people and a liaison between CAM and the residents – how much more effective the NRA would be if they can go to the Municipality and say, “we represent 3000 residents on this matter …” At the moment they can only say, we represent just over 90!

If you are a resident of Napier, are you a member of the Residents Association? If not – why not?
(Membership forms can be obtained by emailing: napier.residents@gmail.com)

(… maybe we should just publish the list of members in an effort to generate some activity from those who “thought” they were members …)

 

 

Napier Residents – AGM Thursday: 17h30

Church Hall (on the left) in Hoog Straat

Church Hall (on the left) in Hoog Straat

A REMINDER – are you a resident of Napier? … then please attend the AGM on Thursday to hear how Napier Residents are represented and have a united “voice” concerning events in the town … Things DO go on in the background!

(There are 3 Committee Members standing down so PLEASE consider making yourself available to serve on the Committee to serve the residents)

Date: Thursday 27th March 2014

Time: 17h30 (Patrick runs a tight ship – we try to keep the meetings short)

Venue: NG Church Hall, Hoog Straat, Napier

(Minutes from the 2013 AGM meeting & Thursday’s Agenda will be  available on the night, but if you require these in advance, email info@theoverberg.com for copies)

This just in … confirmation of ESKOM’s inefficiency!

The "good old days" ... what we had before candles & paraffin lamps!

The “good old days” … what we had before candles & paraffin lamps!

Eskom has declared an emergency situation and has introduced load shedding, which will cause  power outages across the Overberg, including Cape Agulhas today (06 March 2014) from :

10H00 until 12h30;

18H00 until 20H30,

and from 02H00 until 04H30 tomorrow morning.

We apologise for the short notice.

Regards / Groete

Priscilla Plaatjies
Kommunikasie en Klientediens
Kaap Agulhas Munisipaliteit / Cape Agulhas Municipality
Tel : 028 – 425 5500
Fax : 086 – 7767015

E-pos/E-mail : PriscillaP@capeagulhas.com
www.capeagulhas.com