Bu­reau­cratic red tape

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - HER­MAN STEYN

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ar­ti­cle “La­goon Bay still in limbo” in your 8 March 2007 edi­tion of Fin­week. La­goon Bay is only one of many prospec­tive de­vel­op­ers wait­ing upon Ms Essop and DEA&DP to at­tend to their de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

The Swart­land mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the res­i­dents of Yz­er­fontein (in terms of the pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process) ap­proved our Pro­posed De­vel­op­ment (Six­teen Mile Beach De­vel­op­ment Yz­er­fontein) as far back as De­cem­ber 2004. We are still await­ing ap­proval from Ms Essop’s de­part­ment, which we have taken on ap­peal.

She can­not be con­tacted – she’s ei­ther out of the coun­try or out of the city.

Her con­duct or lack thereof verges on gross neg l i g e n c e a n d shows a com­plete dis­re­gard for the needs of the West­ern Cape de­vel­op­ers, and this ul­ti­mately re­sults in a dis­ser­vice to the vot­ing pub­lic – pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties and the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment.

Ms Essop’s lack of ex­pe­ri­ence, qual­i­fica-

tions and non-ex­is­tent work ethic should have had her re­placed long ago.

Hers is an acute ex­am­ple of bu­reau­cracy dic­tat­ing the pace of de­vel­op­ment that has come to a com­plete stand­still in the West­ern Cape.

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