The Knysna Municipality today (19 February 2013) temporarily closed its vehicle testing station to review and upgrade its systems.
Municipal Manager Lauren Waring said the systems review could not take place while the centre was operating and would therefore be closed until further notice. “The municipality takes the safety of its citizens seriously and therefore requires that vehicle testing systems are impeccable.
“While the centre is closed, the four staff members who work there will be redeployed to other service delivery positions within the Community Services Directorate.
“We request that motorists take their vehicles to the private vehicle testing facility, which is also situated in the Knysna Industrial Area. We apologise for any inconvenience and will inform the public as soon as the centre is again operational,” said Waring.
Queries can be directed to the office of Acting Director Community Services, Mr John Jaftha at 044 302 6442.
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This is another example of a lack of integrity on the part of the Knysna Municipality. As per their final sentence, I contacted Mr John Jaftha with:
Please advise me as to the seeming contradiction in the press release which says “to review and upgrade its systems”. Surely a review is done first and based on those recommendations the centre is closed or upgraded.
Please tell me:
- What were the results of the review?
- What upgrades are being made?
- When is the centre opening again?
- Are any investigations being conducted, or complaints investigated, regarding with the centre?
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Instead of John Jaftha responding, the public relations department contacts me with a disappointing:
That’s unfortunate as it implies that there is a problem and that the press release was false.
When will Georlene Wolmarans, Lauren Waring, Michelle Wasserman etc. realize that honesty and transparency are honourable policies that would eventually earn respect? Don’t be the Wicked Witches of Knysna. This is our home. Treat it as such.