Bureaucratic red tape
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.