New era for Graaff-reinet Re­si­dents’ and Ra­te­pay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­ti­on

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GRAAFF-REINET — The Graaff-reinet Ra­te­pay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­ti­on has been re­na­med to The Graaff-reinet Re­si­dents’ and Ra­te­pay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­ti­on.

T­his was de­ci­ded on at the As­so­ci­a­ti­on’s re­cent AGM. It is en­visa­ged that by in­ser­ting ‘re­si­dents’ in the na­me, the As­so­ci­a­ti­on will be seen as mo­re in­clu­si­ve.

Du­ring the AGM, the ne­w­ly ap­poin­ted mu­ni­ci­pal of¿ci­als, Dr Ed­ward Rankwa­na - the new Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger, He­leen Na­gel - the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s new CFO and Si­z­we M­vu­nel­wa - the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vi­ces we­re wel­co­med to Graaff-reinet by tho­se in at­ten­dan­ce.

M­vu­nel­wa was pre­sent at the meet­ing and Na­gel had pro­vi­ded in­for­ma­ti­on be­fo­re­hand which was shared with tho­se at­ten­ding so al­re­a­dy the meet­ing felt po­si­ti­ve a­bout an im­pro­ved re­la­ti­ons­hip with the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

One of the main mat­ters dis­cus­sed at the AGM was the Dr Bey­ers Nau­dé Lo­cal Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s R130 mil­li­on debt.

Of that R110m is from hou­se­holds, R8.5m from go­vern­ment de­part­ments, no­ta­bly E­du­ca­ti­on and Pu­blic Works, and R10m from the bu­si­ness sec­tor.

Na­gel had said that debt col­lecti­on is at 92% - t­his work is out­sour­ced to a debt-col­lecting com­pa­ny, Re­vco.

At the meet­ing, Sak­kie van Zyl ap­pe­a­led to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty to see that Re­vco did not ma­ke mis­ta­kes as had hap­pe­ned in his ca­se. Du­ring the meet­ing it was sta­ted that the three Au­dit Com­mit­tee mem­bers are meet­ing with the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and ad­vi­sing them on the mat­ter and that the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is doing w­ha­te­ver it can to get the funds out­stan­ding, in­clu­ding meet­ing with the Pro­vin­ci­al T­re­a­su­ry.

The fo­ren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to the ¿nan­ces of Ba­vi­aans, Cam­de­boo and I­kwe­zi Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties has not been ¿na­li­sed yet.

At the meet­ing it was al­so agreed that the mem­bers­hip fees will re­main at R80 per y­e­ar. The As­so­ci­a­ti­on’s ¿nan­ci­al sta­te­ment was ma­de a­vai­la­ble to tho­se at­ten­ding - Van Wyk T­heron was than­ked for hand­ling the As­so­ci­a­ti­on’s ¿nan­ces.

Main con­cerns from the mem­bers are the lack of law en­for­ce­ment from the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty with re­gards to traf¿c, haw­kers, car guards and stray a­ni­mals; the poor s­ta­te of re­pair of mu­ni­ci­pal buil­dings such as the Town Hall; the raw se­wa­ge le­a­king in­to the Sun­days Ri­ver; the town’s wa­ter sup­ply - the N­q­we­ba Dam is at 14% with on­ly 4% u­sa­ble.

Wa­ter from the new bo­re­ho­les al­ong the Mid­del­burg ro­ad will be a­vai­la­ble in Oc­to­ber. Wa­ter re­stricti­ons a­ren’t being po­li­ced.

A­not­her con­cern was that the­re isn’t e­nough wa­ter for new hou­sing de­ve­lop­ments, in­clu­ding a­not­her hos­pi­tal. The As­so­ci­a­ti­on ex­tends their thanks to all tho­se who at­ten­ded the meet­ing and sup­port the As­so­ci­a­ti­on.

• To join The Graaff-reinet Re­si­dents’ and Ra­te­pay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­ti­on, ple­a­se go to the web­si­te www.grt-ra­te­pay­ or pho­ne 0603184492.

The in­ves­ti­ga­ting of¿cer, Const Ve­lo­mia A­bra­hams with the 4-y­e­ar-old A­ber­deen victim.

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