I’m in favour of Knysna’s East Head Café, at its current level of classiness, remaining in its location forever. It’s the landmark it claims to be.
Personal feelings aside, it’s fact that it’s located on municipal property accompanied by laws that have to be upheld. If we fail to uphold the law in one location, what argument is there for upholding the law anywhere else?
The last Knysna Council meeting of 2016 was controversial. Comments made insisted that the public be told about it. Public interest is not decided by where we drink great coffee but by presenting all sides in the hope of arriving at truth based on facts.
The East Head lease was guaranteed to be controversial, becoming a Non-white versus White situation. Although many say it in conversation, few white people will admit publicly that their decision is based either on where they like to hang out, who they know, or their fear of a black empowerment business screwing up the playground of the mostly affluent whites and tourists in that area (Moby Dicks in Plettenberg Bay is the common example though all who’ve said that to me have conveniently left out our mayor’s connection to that larger situation).
Well known citizen Susan Campbell made arguments, on my Facebook, for the lease being granted. They are worth reading.
My criticism is reserved mostly for the Democratic Alliance who control our town. Why did they not prepare a press release that would state all the applicable laws, and why those outweighed the Chief Financial Officer’s and the opposition’s legal argument? They could’ve immediately thrown water on the fire…
but they didn’t…
…and the DA’s and Municipality’s arguments weren’t presented on paper in the Council meeting’s agenda.
I hoped that by gaining access to the facts of the East Head lease, i could blog this situation to conclusion.
However, i expected my attempt to deal with Knysna Municipality to be a failure. They treat me like dirt and, in general, have no respect for information in the public interest no matter how many times Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies states she believes in communication.
But Melony Paulsen, the Municipal Adviser and currently Acting Director Corporate Services, responded 13-minutes later. The speed was either good news that they valued tourism and local business or bad news in that she was responding for a municipality running around like seemingly guilty, headless chickens (as they’d done for the communications scandal).
Deputy Peter Myers got involved, the emails becoming bizarre. Instead of me receiving the information, he went on to falsely state that i was against the East Head Cafe and was supporting the ANC.
This year, i had several people approach me for info about that tender. It’s unfortunate that the political mess i told them to expect has come true.
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