Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty re­sponds:

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Letters | Briewe -

“Knys­na re­si­dent”:

At­ta­ched are so­me pic­tu­res ta­ken at Wood­mill Walk of w­hat looks li­ke aid sent to Knys­na for fi­re victims. I am ad­vi­sed that pe­op­le who are not fi­re victims con­gre­ga­te out­si­de t­his buil­ding and are then let in to help them­sel­ves.

I am told that the pre­mi­ses are un­der the con­t­rol of the Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, in or­der to hou­se t­his stuff. W­het­her we as ra­te­pay­ers are foot­ing the bill is unkno­wn.

I would ha­ve thoug­ht that at t­his very la­te sta­ge, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty would ha­ve in­tro­du­ced so­me sy­stem w­he­re­by fi­re victims are i­den­ti­fied first be­fo­re aid is han­ded out to them. I won­der w­hen t­his aid will e­ven­tu­al­ly be dis­tri­bu­ted – be­fo­re rats get in­to it or it is no lon­ger of use to a­nyo­ne.

We are now four mont­hs a­way from 7 Ju­ne – how much lon­ger will t­his aid be left in the­se pre­mi­ses? Are we ra­te­pay­ers paying for its stora­ge ? Un­der w­ho­se con­t­rol is it? I ha­ve been ad­vi­sed that the­re we­re pi­les of beds sto­red the­re too, but now are no lon­ger the­re. Who dis­hed them out? Was the­re any con­t­rol o­ver that?

I ha­ve been sent pic­tu­res of beds being of­flo­a­ded at the old vehi­cle tes­ting sta­ti­on – so­me ti­me back. The Ward 10 coun­cil­lor was sent a pho­to­graph of t­his hap­pe­ning and as­ked w­het­her they we­re a­wa­re of the hap­pe­nings the­re. Despi­te a re­min­der, the­re was no feed­back.

Ple­a­se ma­dam e­di­tor – do your in­ves­ti­ga­ti­ve thing!

The hu­ma­ni­ta­ri­an aid is a com­plex is­sue, with so­me of the goods needing dis­tri­bu­ti­on and ot­hers to be kept in stora­ge in the e­vent of yet a­not­her di­sas­ter.

The pro­cess of ca­te­go­ri­sa­ti­on of all goods will e­na­ble the de­part­ment of so­ci­al de­ve­lop­ment to es­ta­blish w­hat s­hould be kept in stora­ge and w­hat needs to be dis­tri­bu­ted.

The de­part­ment is now re­spon­si­ble for coor­di­na­ting so­ci­al sup­port and will de­ve­lop a dis­tri­bu­ti­on plan, which will be do­ne in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with the Knys­na Red Cross.

P­ho­tos: Sup­p­lied

Pi­les of do­na­ti­ons being sto­red at Wood­mill Walk.

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