Kleinemonde Newsletter February 2017
1. Down by the riverside
We were fortunate do have (mostly) good weather over the December 2016 holiday period with the picnic area on the East river bank crowded with holiday makers and parking spots at a premium.
Despite a number of requests over the years for flush-type portable toilets equipped with a hand wash basin, we were again given two of the open bucket type. The Municipality contracted a company to provide these toilets who had the responsibility, as part of the contract, to service them daily. This was not done with the result that toilets were serviced, usually by the Municipality, every second or third day.
The request for proper toilets have now been taken to the Ward Committee meeting requesting Council to intervene, and hopefully, support our request that two toilets be purchased as a matter of urgency. The cost will only be approximately R35 000 – but there is an old saying: The smaller the amount – the longer it takes to get approval.
2. Pay back the money . . . . .
The Municipality intends selling, by open tender, vacant erven registered in their name in Port Alfred, Bushman’s and Kleinemonde.
In Kleinemonde the following erven will be sold:
- 2 Baillie Rd (Erf number 444)
- 16 Fletcher Rd (Erf number 445)
- 15 Fletcher Rd (Erf number 446)
- 14 Fletcher Rd (Erf number 447)
- 27 West River Rd (Erf number 448)
A recommendation from the Land Disposal Committee to Council was made that the proceeds of the sales be used to address the lack of bulk infrastructure in certain areas suitable for the development of low and middle cost housing.
A letter from Ndlambe Ratepayers Forum (of which KRRA is a member) was submitted, strongly objecting to the above recommendation. It is our contention that the provision of bulk infrastructure is the responsibility of National Government, therefore, money raised from the sale should be used in the area which the property was sold.
For years Ndlambe Municipality had no or limited funds for capital projects which affected Kleinemonde e.g. no slurry sealing of roads, storm water drainage problems, provision of toilets. This is an opportunity to generate much needed funds to address the above long outstanding issues
3. The year ahead
The following are some of the issues needing the Committee’s attention:
- Replacing the brackets and a section of main water pipeline feeding the reservoir and the Island underneath the East River Bridge, which are badly rusted.
- Resolving the telemetry issues to get Wellington dam and the water treatment plant operating automatically;
- Toilets for the East river picnic area;
- Surfacing of the remainder of Dias Road;
- Dune encroachment threatening property.
Last year only 49 members paid their yearly subscription of R100 per family.
Although we do have a healthy bank balance and are careful on where the money is spent i.e. not using it on issues which are Municipal responsibilities, with the state of Municipal finances, we may in future be forced to use our money on “municipal “ issues e.g. purchasing of additional skips for use at our refuse site.
Therefore, it is important that we strengthen our kitty for the years ahead.
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Looking at the year ahead, it is clear that this Association strives to improve Kleinemonde for everyone’s benefit, not just Association members,.
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