Bet­ter luck this time

Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the 2016 matrics: those who strove and suc­ceeded, and those who tried and must try again if they want to get that ticket to the next step.

In a widely cir­cu­lated ad­dress to this year’s matrics, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Jansen speaks of the value of crit­i­cal, in­de­pen­dent thought over sub­ject knowl­edge, along with a “ca­pac­ity for demo­cratic, de­cent and de­lib­er­a­tive be­hav­iour on and off cam­pus”.

In a uni­ver­sity cen­tred town it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that the as­sump­tion is one will aim for a de­gree af­ter school. The route – although it may be ex­pen­sive and ar­du­ous - is well mapped out. And Gra­ham­stown is lucky to have an in­sti­tu­tion on its doorstep that is ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent post-school ed­u­ca­tion.

But that’s not the only op­tion, and next week we’ll be look­ing at what your post-school op­tions are.

Gadra Ed­u­ca­tion’s Ash­ley West­away, along with a hard look at Gra­ham­stown’s matric results, will be telling you what some of those op­tions are in next week’s edi­tion.

Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is putting mea­sures in place to pull the strings tighter on its rev­enue col­lec­tion with the aim of en­sur­ing the town, and the area’s sustainability – get­ting the en­tity back up on its feet – and keep­ing it there.

Me­ter au­dits, en­hanced mon­i­tor­ing of con­sump­tion and a new billing sys­tem are among those mea­sures.

On the ex­pen­di­ture side, says Riana Meir­ing, over­time is one of the ar­eas be­ing tack­led head-on, with over­time pay­ments more than 30% of the value of a staff mem­ber’s salary tar­geted for rein­ing in.

“We can’t con­tinue limp­ing along,” the act­ing mu­nic­i­pal man­ager told Gro­cott’s Mail in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day.

With the dis­rup­tions of na­tional elec­tions some distance away, per­haps we can hope for the con­ti­nu­ity of man­age­ment re­quired at all lev­els to pur­sue the project and keep it on track.

In a month, Gra­ham­stown will quickly fill up again as Rhodes stu­dents re­turn, or ar­rive for their first year.

With that comes our an­nual O-Week sup­ple­ment, which is a great op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses to tell young peo­ple who will be mostly liv­ing here for the next three to five years what they have to of­fer. Every first-year will re­ceive a copy of the 10 Fe­bru­ary Gro­cott’s Mail.

Also with the stu­dents’ re­turn comes a de­gree of ap­pre­hen­sion about what will re­turn with them.

Protests on and around the uni­ver­sity cam­pus last year left that com­mu­nity, as well as the broader Gra­ham­stown com­mu­nity, trau­ma­tised and on edge.

This year, let there be rea­son and un­der­stand­ing.

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