Knysna municipality responds:
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.
Piles of donations being stored at Woodmill Walk.