A schedule for the maintenance or reseal of roads around the Bitou municipality area has been developed. Due to funding limitations, it cannot be done all in one year so a plan has been developed to do priority roads in this financial year and reseal the other roads in the next financial year.
A plan to construct gravel roads from scratch has also been scheduled over a five year period, with approximately 5 km to be constructed per financial year
Potholes have always been attended to BUT what happened to the promises made in the 3rd letter?
“In response to numerous complaints about the growing number of potholes, we have a plan to repair them. Unfortunately the roads have not been maintained as they should have been over the past several years, and now we are faced with no money to do anything but patch them. The overall rough and crumbling surface of Robberg Road shows the effects of long neglect which results in water penetration and ultimately potholes. But patch them we will, and at the same time we’ll clean storm water drains and open channels, repair unsurfaced roads, and clean rubbish from illegal dumping sites. Many of you will have noticed that Robberg Road’s potholes have been dealt with. The schedule for the remainder of Plett is as follows:
- Week of 29 Aug. Kurland
- Week of 5 Sept. Keurbooms/Nature’s Valley/Covie and rural areas
- Week of 12 Sept. Kwanokuthula
- Week of 19 Sept. New Horizons/Industrial Area/Bossiegif/Qolweni
- Week of 26 Sept. Plett South and city centre including Poortjies
In addition, we’ve just been informed that Province has committed R63 million to fix our provincial roads, namely Robberg Road, Piesang Valley Road. and Wittedrift Road. Starting this month! Thank you, MEC Robin Carlisle!”
Eden District Municipality has agreed to loan us Morton Hubbe,Chief District Waste Manager, to oversee the landfill site specifically, and refuse removal in general. Mr. Hubbe has agreed to assist us in evaluating our options and with instituting alternatives.
Waste removal has always been attended to.
In my eighth mayoral letter of 13 March, I want to make sure my comments were correctly understood. Tourism is a wide ranging field of activities, interest groups and beneficiaries, and as such, we want to engage with all individuals with an interest in tourism to better understand their needs and to provide them with opportunities to comment and give input in tourism operations.
To this end, Tourism Advisory Forum meetings are being held in April in various communities, and at the conclusion, the formation of an advisory committee which will function as an umbrella body, with equal representation by all the various interests of tourism in our town, will be represented.
This body will include a representative from the restaurant association, retail businesses, wine industry, ocean/beach activities, accommodation, etc. All tourism-related associations, whether formal or informal, will be represented equally, and all stakeholders will be able to participate. I did not mean to imply that GAA will be the leader, but only mentioned them because they have an association already in place. Other groups should also form together and elect a representative. So please get involved, one and all.
Is this supposed to be some kind of admission that he lied in his previous letter?
Arson and Riots
On Saturday night, 18 February the Bitou municipal building was broken into by two men through a ground-floor window and the complex set alight. One office was totally destroyed before the flames were doused. Two men were arrested while leaving the burning building, one by security guards outside the complex and the other by police about 100 m away. A third man was arrested later in Qolweni.
All of a sudden the mayor forgot about the sub judice rule again.
Riots, arson and looting have persisted along the N2 over the past two months, and recently in Kranshoek and again this week in the industrial area. It is believed that the arson of the municipal building, the ongoing violence, looting and arson in the industrial area and the burning of tyres and rock-throwing on the N2 are all part of the ANC’s “Operation Reclaim.”
The ANC Southern Cape secretary denies the allegation, but the fact that a “front” styled the Justice and Equality Front, comprised of the ANC, the ANCYL and local attorney Gerhardus (Hardy) Mills, has employed the services of a high-priced Gauteng attorney to represent the arsonists indicates the opposite
We are not a front for the ANC. In fact JEF has no political affiliation whatsoever. Their members support different political parties and it’s no secret that Hardy Mills, the founder of JEF, is a longstanding member of the ANC. Francois Geldenhuys for instance voted for the ACDP in the last election. The ruling party of the day will obviously be the object of our attention.We will still be operating long after the DA has lost the next election. The ANC or whichever party who then takes control will be monitored in exactly the same way. Anyone is welcome to apply for a position on our board. If you interested please inform us and we will set up an interview with you. It is however not possible for political parties to serve on the board as suggested by the mayor.
It is strange that no ANC member were ever arrested in connection with this “Operation Reclaim”. No proof to substantiate the existence of such a project was ever produced. JEF is only aware of 3 DA members who are currently facing trail for bribery. Please see a press release from the ANC in this regard. You would not have read this in the press because it’s apparently not newsworthy or in the public’s interest .Please take note that it is not illegal to changes alliances or join another party. It is illegal if you accept a bribe to do so.
We have secured the services of two attorneys for all the people that were arrested during that time. This is completely in line with our manifesto and our purpose. One attorney is local and one is from Gauteng. They have the right to a fair trial and we provided that. The media was also dead silent about two of the alleged arsonists uncontested evidence in court during their bail application, that they were offered a R5000-00 bribe to falsely claim that they were sent by the ANC.
The DA jumps at every opportunity to try and blame the ANC and other parties, like us, for the protest.
For example; on 30 March 2012 an article was published in Die Burger with the heading “Lyfwag van Plettenbergbaai se burgermeester aangerand” Booysen said “Marius was oppad huis toe toe hy aangeval is. Hy is met ‘n bottel oor die kop en oogbank geslaan”. He states further that the incident was “deel van die ANC se pogings om die DA-beheerde raad te intimideer”.
Please test yourself and ask yourself whether you believed this article. If yes, did you attempt to verify the correctness thereof?
JEF tested the correctness thereof and established that the whole incident was thankfully captured on circuit TV. Here are the facts:
- The incident happened in Main Road, in the early morning hours after a night out in a very popular local watering hole.
- There was an argument over a girl.
- Two guys attacked Marius and he defended himself.
- No bottle can be seen on the footage.
- Marius was definitely not the aggressor and actually handled the incident superbly.
- The two hooligans who attacked him, whose names we will rather not mention, will probably have heart attacks if they realize that they are being accused of hailing from the ANC!!
Another blatant lie from the DA, just like the so called “Project Reclaim”, cleverly thought out by the WAR ROOM in order to prevent numerous DA councilors who approached other parties like the ANC, after being disillusioned by the DA’s ways and moral ethics. This pre-emptive strike by the WAR ROOM was very effective since all of these councilors have since withdrawn from these talks out of fear for reprisal.
These councilors had plenty of reason to feel aggrieved and the DA had plenty of reason to keep them silent. See for instance these statistics which they provided to JEF regarding the City of Cape Town. Please take note that we have not confirmed the correctness of this and will accordingly inform you as soon as we do or don’t.
All these findings resulted in irregular expenditure (In Cape Town):
- 14 Awards were made to persons or entities whose members were in the service of …the municipality and the providers failed to declare. Total cost: R1 275 367.00
- 43 Awards were made to persons or entities whose directors, members, principal shareholders were in the service of the state institutions and the providers failed to declare. Total cost: R9 376 612.00
- 2 Awards were made to prohibited suppliers. Total cost: R5 271 566.00
- 13 Contracts not advertised for the full period. Total cost: R33 362 562.00
- 386 No declaration of interest obtained for certain commodity types below R200.000.00 Total cost: R36 771 982.00
- Award was made without following a competitive bidding process. total cost: R9 810 329.00
- Awards were made without obtaining 3 quotations. Total cost: R151 329.00
Findings not resulting in irregular expenditure
- 16 Awards were made to persons or entities whose directors, members, principal shareholders were in the service of the state institution, but made false declarations. Total Cost: R67 848 608
- 9 Persons in the service of the City of Cape Town who had a private or business interest in contracts awarded by the municipality failed to disclose such interest.
- 21 Employees of the City performing remunerative work and or doing business with other state institutions without requesting approval from the council or declaring their interest in these entities.
This is happening right across the Western Cape at an alarming rate. The Broederbond is back with a bang and Brummer, Thysie and Duppie are loving it!! Why do you think they want to cancel the R180M Come Together Tender and re-issue a new one?
When Helen Zille intervened and attempted to rid her party of this evil element, Theuns Botha and Anton Trollip tried to unseat her and even offered the City of Cape Town to the ANC if they assist them therein. They accused Zille of being “too liberal”. Thankfully this scheme failed. Botha’s son was recently appointed in a top position by ASLA, a company who won a lucrative contract with the City of Cape Town. This company also treated them on an all expenses paid hunting trip. No-one wants the Broederbond back (except the Broederbond). They made enough money during the Apartheid days while the rest died in the bushes and on the borders and in the townships. The ACDP is currently so unsettled and mortified with the DA that they are considering withdrawing from their coalition agreement with the DA.
Hardy Mills and his JEF club say they are mediating a peaceful resolution, but riots, looting and arson continue. A meeting was arranged with Hardy Mills and the Bossieqif/Qolweni leaders for 27 March at the CDC Bike Shed, and Hardy had said they would bring resolutions and solutions, but no one turned up. The Industrial Area owners are reluctant to engage with looters and rioters, but their employees are fearful so we are all trying to find peaceful solutions. Unfortunately, the Bossieqif/Qolweni leaders are constantly changing so it is difficult to meet with them. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the protesters are a front for a criminal element whose interest is looting and robbing, not discussing service delivery.
This violence is very detrimental to our tourism business and trust me, we are taking it very seriously and dealing with it.
Sorry this letter is so long but a lot has been happening in Bitou.
Please see the correspondence attached hereto and judge for yourselves: Letters to Memory.
Unfortunately Memory did not produce the memorandum last Friday as promised. The Premier also did not send any other suitable negotiators. No wonder the violence flared up again. The only way that is now left to deal with the situation is to increase the police presence and their actions in combating this spree of violence and anarchy. The poor business owners and the public in general MUST be protected and this is the only way left. This could have been prevented. We have a very disturbing theory why Memory was instructed from the WAR ROOM not to proceed with the arrangements. We will publish this theory as soon as we have proof thereof.
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.
Mayor of Plettenberg Bay
According to a well known Pastor from Port Elizabeth, a deliverance expert with 30 years experience in the occult, Christian prayers will have no effect on the mayor since he seeks the guidance from demon gods, and not the Christian God. Moreover, he partook in an ancient occult ritual where muti was mixed with his blood and implanted in cuts on his head. Note the scars. This was ironically done in order “to protect his head from outside influence”. His spiritual leader “blessed” the council chambers prior to the first council meeting last year with powders and spells. This happened in front of Charles Dreyer, who professes to a Christian, and without any protest from him.
May God have mercy on us all.
Last thought; we are convinced that this period in the Western Cape will go down in history as most shameful and embarrassing. Our children will blame us for not questioning and standing up against this. Memory will realize that every word and every lie he published in his mayoral letters became part of our history and the DA’s legacy. The board members of the Rate Payers Organization will look for someone else to blame for their failures and shame. But then it will all be too late.