Li­fe­sty­le E­sta­te not char­ged rates for two y­e­ars

Knysna-Plett Herald - - From The Town Hall - Ya­seen Gaf­far

Ho­me­o­w­ners at Knys­na Li­fe­sty­le E­sta­te are “ex­tre­me­ly con­cer­ned” that the Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has fai­led to is­sue rates ac­counts to a num­ber of re­si­dents sin­ce ta­king trans­fer of their re­specti­ve pro­per­ties o­ver two y­e­ars ago.

“This is despi­te e­very one of the af­fected re­si­dents ma­king con­tact with the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, re­que­s­ting the ac­count to be is­su­ed. The­se trans­fers da­te back to Fe­bru­a­ry 2016, which is a ri­di­cu­lous a­mount of ti­me to pass with no rates ac­counts being is­su­ed,” sta­tes Grant van S­ta­den, who works with the de­ve­lo­pers of the e­sta­te.

A list con­tai­ning the na­mes of 23 re­si­dents has been sub­mit­ted to the Knys­na-P­lett He­rald.

“This can on­ly be des­cri­bed as gross neg­li­gen­ce from the Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s fi­nan­ce de­part­ment and a­not­her ex­am­ple of in­com­pe­ten­ce,” says Van S­ta­den.

In re­spon­se to an en­qui­ry, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty said that the de­ve­lop­ment of a re­ve­nue en­han­ce­ment stra­tegy and in­cre­a­sed debt col­lecti­on are two ma­jor go­als of CFO M­bu­le­lo Me­ma­ni.

“Cor­recting da­ta, ex­pe­di­ting ac­count backlogs and ad­dres­sing chal­len­ges with re­gards to skil­led staff are cur­rent­ly being de­alt with. We a­po­lo­gi­se for the in­con­ve­nien­ce this has cre­a­ted and wish to as­su­re clients that on­ce all cor­recti­ons ha­ve been ef­fected, t­hey will be fur­nis­hed with the cor­rect sta­te­ments. Ac­counts ha­ve been o­pe­ned for most of the­se o­w­ners and all the backlogs should be re­sol­ved by May.”

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