New era for Graaff-reinet Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association
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-ratepayers.co.za or phone 0603184492.
The investigating of¿cer, Const Velomia Abrahams with the 4-year-old Aberdeen victim.