Knysna Municipal Manager’s Contract Terminated — No Comments

  1. People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead. It’s not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.

    When we become a really mature, grown-up, wise society, we will put teachers at the center of the community, where they belong. We don’t honor them enough, we don’t pay them enough.

    “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”
    Thomas Jefferson

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  2. Have you not yet learned that politicians and municipal officials everywhere, whether they are DA, ANC or whoever, look out for themselves? They don’t really care for the constituents, they are definitely on the “Gravy Train”, because the previous president, Thabo Mbeki said long ago it’s not a sin to get rich if you’re a politician. As long as we vote during elections, they are happy with us. However, we, as the public forget to vote against them when we remember their huge and unbelievable salaries and perks, we seem to vote for the party, irrespective of whether they carry out what they are supposed to do for the constituents or not. Therefore it’s our own fault. We have the power to elect the “right’ people, we must just act according to our own conscience!!!

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    • Heini, i totally agree and have placed the blame on the public many times on this blog. Apathy and fear is killing our town, poor excuses as we watch our future slip away. Most people don’t even know who the councillors are. I even meet people who don’t know the mayor’s name – pathetic! We have to vote for individuals and then ensure, when elected, that they do what they promised.

  3. far too much of our rates and taxes are used for fat bums on seats. Wish the new council would not sign long term contracts with new municipal managers. They should have a 30 day notice period- so they can be fired easily if they are not performing. Why do the tax payers have to suck the hind tit all the time? each time the administration changes hands the existing municipal manager is fired, money is wasted. Is this a political position? It should not be. It is time for people to wake up and think creatively for the greater good, or we will ALL be suffering. I expect a helluva a lot from officials with this sort of salary.

    • Maylou, i expect so too. We have the right. Instead, we have leaders making decisions behind closed doors and all earning inflated pay packets that have little to do with a service to the community. There are so many complaints about the ANC (and i have mine too) but the DA has done nothing to gain faith. I’m interested in honesty, accountability, community interaction and overall action. In these tough times, those are the things that count more than ever.

  4. Hopefully they will now take a long hard look at the Oyster Walk development and the reasons Johnny Douglas had for pushing that one through. This despite the glaring evidence of maladministration, inappropriate and patently illegal transactions.

    • The birds always come out to play after the fact. Sure that we will be learning about misdeeds of many over the next year. If only the public and municipal staff would shrug off cowardice and fight for our town, their town, in the moment!

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