Newsletter June 2020

Kleinemonde Newsletter             June 2020

The 2020/2021 Municipal Budget

The 2020/2021 Municipal Budget was tabled at a Council meeting held
(via ZOOM) on Wednesday, 20 May 2020.

This tabled budget is a draft budget allowing for public comment before final approval.

The following increases in the tabled (draft) budget were approved:

  • Property rates –  6.1%
  • Refuse,  Sanitation, Sewerage, Water tariffs –  6.1%
  •  All other annual and monthly charges –  5.5 %

In the tabled budget, there was a deficit of R22 m. between the operating revenue and operating expenditure which will have to be erased as a Municipality cannot budget for a deficit. At a ZOOM meeting on Thursday, (11 June 2020) regarding the budget, we were informed that the R22m deficit has now been reduced to R8 m. and further cuts will need to be made to balance the budget.

Salaries of Municipal Staff and remuneration of Councillors are always a bone of contention. As pointed out on a number of occasions the upper limits of salaries for Senior Managers and allowances for Councillors are set by the Minister of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) – not by the local Council.

 For our grade of Municipality the salary packages for a Municipal Manager and Senior Managers (Directors) are set at R1,9 m and R1,5 m p.a., respectively. Looking at the responsibilities of senior managers, the salary packages are arguably market-related. The question is, therefore, not so much the salary packages, but are we, in our case, getting value for the money being paid to our senior managers? The jury is still out on this one!

Through the Ndlambe Ratepayers Forum (NRF) a number of non–essential issues, where cost-cutting can be achieved, were submitted for consideration e.g.:

  • Consultancy fees
  • Overtime
  • Use of casuals
  • Catering costs

Road safety: R72

Great to travel to Port Alfred now but there is the downside in that the section through Kleinemonde is becoming a high accident zone.

Despite the road being clearly signposted there have been a number of accidents and near misses in this section travelling through Kleinemonde caused by speeding, overtaking, illegally across barrier lines and ignoring the demarcated painted “islands” for vehicles turning left or right into Kleinemonde proper, Fletcher/ Island Road and Kleinemonde West.

The speeding problem can be addressed by installing permanent speed cameras or the building of speed humps at a few strategic points. SANRAL does not favour the use of speed humps, although they are used on National roads in South Africa.

Bearing in mind that speed humps need to be built across the width of the road, depending on the placement of speed humps it could lead to bottlenecks caused by heavy vehicles needing to slow down on the uphills situated on both sides of Kleinemonde.

The speeding issue will be referred to the Municipality to take the matter up with the responsible authorities.

The disregard for road signs (speed, overtaking, etc.) is a national problem, not just here in Kleinemonde, resulting in the horrific road accident figures we have in our country.

Having a problem?

Association members, who have a problem regarding municipal services in Kleinemonde, please contact one of the committee members who will investigate and, if necessary, contact our Foreman.

Chris Bezuidenhout (Chairperson)       082 313 0773
Rod Petzer            079 373 7864       Marie Pelser                   083 340 0349
Richard Dyer         083 280 0292       Gene Pancoust                 084 567 1773
Gary Pagel             082 990 2381

Alternatively, send us an e-mail to info@kleinemonderatepayers.co.za.

We prefer the latter as we then have a paper trail to follow-up on.

Many hands make light work

Due to the Municipality being in lockdown and only skeleton staff attending to urgent matters, the grass at the East River Picnic area was not cut for months, resulting in the dogs complaining they are getting lost in the overgrown jungle.

Commander-in-Chief :Mike     . . . . . . .and some of the helpers. 

Mike Ryan obtained permission from the Police to organise a work party to mow the grass during the 06h00 to 09h00 exercise slot. Piet Coetzer and Martin Slattery operated the Mashe Golf’s drive-on mowers, Garry Pagel and Mike used the weed-eaters, and the word was spread for helpers to bring rakes and help in raking the cuttings and bagging it for Gary Pagel to cart away. A donation box, proceeds for the SPCA, was provided for passersby to donate and R2 470 was raised.

A great community effort – thanks to Mike for taking the initiative.

The Kleinemonde Residents & Ratepayers Association (KRRA) is committed to improving Kleinemonde for the benefit of everyone – not only its members.

If you are not a member yet, please join – the membership fee is only R100 per family per annum.

 Please:  – Your subscriptions are now due
To those who have already paid, THANK YOU!!

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Membership fees can be paid by EFT

Bank:              Absa Port Alfred
Account:           Kleinemonde R&R Association
Type:              Active Savings
Branch code:      632005
Account Number: 9281971221

Or pay with Althea

Remember to give your name as reference number when doing an EFT.

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       Contact us at info@kleinemonderatepayers.co.za.

  Issued by the Kleinemonde Residents & Ratepayers Association