Court or­ders restora­tion of clubs’ elec­tric­ity

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

RICHARDS Bay sport and recre­ation clubs are cau­tiously up­beat after their elec­tric­ity sup­ply was re­stored on Thurs­day.

At­tor­neys for both the Richards Bay Ski Boat Club (RBSBC) and Zu­l­u­land Yacht Club (ZYC) im­me­di­ately filed ap­pli­ca­tions last Mon­day when the City of uMh­lathuze cut elec­tric­ity to the clubs.

RBSBC on Thurs­day ob­tained an in­terim in­ter­dict pre­vent­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity from cut­ting the power sup­ply in the fu­ture, while ZYC re­ceived its in­ter­dict on Fri­day.

While the clubs are happy that the power is re­stored, they await the pos­si­bil­ity of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity op­pos­ing the in­ter­dict.

‘The mu­nic­i­pal­ity should stop ha­rass­ing the Richards Bay sport clubs, which are ma­jor as­sets to the City of uMh­lathuze,’ said Lu­cas Land­man, Di­rec­tor at Bothas In­cor­po­rated, and at­tor­ney act­ing on be­half of ZYC.

‘The mu­nic­i­pal­ity should in­stead con­cen­trate on its pri­mary func­tion of ser­vice de­liv­ery, in­clud­ing the fix­ing of pot­holes and fill­ing of the open trenches in Em­pan­geni CBD.’

De­spite both RBSBC and ZYC’s elec­tric­ity be­ing re­stored on Thurs­day af­ter­noon after only RBSBC’s ap­pli­ca­tion had been heard, ZYC went ahead with its ap­pli­ca­tion on Fri­day morn­ing.

‘We are happy that the power is back on, and we still feel that we have a strong case, but for now we will wait to see what hap­pens at the hear­ing on 12 Novem­ber,’ said ZYC Com­modore, Wayne Bird.

‘De­spite all of this, we would still love to sit down and ne­go­ti­ate with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.’

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has un­til 26 Oc­to­ber to op­pose the in­ter­dict.

Ward coun­cil­lor for the af­fected clubs, Christo Botha, said he had in De­cem­ber urged coun­cil to al­low the clubs to sub­mit pre­sen­ta­tions ‘in an ef­fort to reach an am­i­ca­ble agree­ment of the ex­ten­sion of the clubs’ leases’.

‘They in­stead opted for a hard line ap­proach and this de­ci­sion set in mo­tion a se­ries of le­gal con­se­quences,’ said Botha.

‘Le­gal fees are run­ning into the hun­dreds of thou­sands of rand, with the tax­payer tak­ing the brunt.’

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity was not forth­com­ing with a re­sponse.

De­spite all of this, we would still love to sit down and ne­go­ti­ate with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity

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