Part 1 can be read here.
That controlled conception of Greg Vogt as CEO of Knysna Tourism (KT) was ominous. With the general public and members locked out of the CEO launch at The Director’s Club, it was an obvious move to prevent real questioning of the controversial Vogt. With taxpayers forking out more than R4million per year to Knysna Tourism (KT), and Tourism’s members supposedly having power whilst paying their fees, it was an insult to rights, transparency and democracy.
Fortunately, there’s a little known video of the proceedings uploaded to the web by Martin Hatchuel, a tourism consultant and writer. Hatchuel has for long taken the side of KT and criticised me whilst not answering any of the tough questions that have been asked. I consider him biased which may be relevant to him having been allowed to ask Vogt the first question (and what it entailed) but, before we get to that, here’s the video (if it or the mp3 further below are removed, please inform me and I’ll provide a transcript of the relevant sections):
The meeting was run by Lauren Waring (Municipal Manager and KT Board member), Stephen de Vries (ANC & KT Board member) and Leslie Pieters (restauranteur and official observer to the appointment process). Kathy White, another director on the Board, was in attendance. Nan Raturat, the Chairperson of the Board, was absent but it’s important to note that she, along with Waring and de Vries, were responsible for selecting Greg Vogt as CEO of Knysna Tourism.
The video and proceedings may be drab but if you take note of every point made it won’t add up to a winning argument that Vogt should have been given one of the most important positions in Knysna.
One-on-one, Vogt is dominating and charismatic but my personal experience is that his many words don’t supply the answers sought and that he spends too much time blowing his own horn loudest. Here, at his launch, he’s unconvincing and the media, who were allowed in, either doesn’t ask the most relevant questions or don’t press for better explanations when there’s lacklustre answering.
Stephen de Vries states that the Board unanimously appointed Greg Vogt as the CEO of Knysna Tourism yet nowhere online are the Board members listed anymore. Initially, KT removed the most relevant membership information from their website. Then they closed down their membership site. This was accompanied by them refusing to supply their rules of governance and other papers which had to be gained via the Public Protector. Recently, another Tourism member asked for similar information but was told to wait until the new rules had been issued. KT used the same excuse with me over a year ago! It’s ridiculously obvious that the current rules apply until new ones are ratified. As obvious is the obstruction.
What KT doesn’t want people to understand is that they are likely running illegally. They ran without a CEO for 22 months. The rules would also show that Greg Vogt’s payments via Conservation Global were illegal.
Part 3 will discuss that video and show that the election of Greg Vogt wasn’t fair at all, that Stephen de Vries outright lied, and that Knysna was conned again.