According to this afternoon’s press statement by Greg Vogt, head of the Knysna Tourism Board, “A date has been set for a disciplinary hearing to take place but at the moment we cannot divulge any more.”
I have a personal expansion on this scenario. After all, my encounters with Shaun van Eck were the explosion that birthed Love Knysna! and the Knysna Keep. Love Knysna was to boast Knysna’s beauties, show what can be done with passion as opposed to the inflated budgets (i.e. waste of taxpayer’s monies) of Knysna Tourism. It also served as a counterbalance to here, the Knysna Keep, where i sought ugly truth by applying online pressure.
I have been the only consistent public activist in town the past 16 months, calling for, among other things, a Tourism Board that represented all races (it was lily-white but recently embarked on small changes). The initial, and primary goal, was to gain details of the budget, to know exactly who was getting what because i strongly believed that cronyism was alive and well. It’s importance cannot be underestimated as the cliche that “money is the root of all evil” is a truism.
Suspiciously, Shaun van Eck, would not supply the budget. Neither would the Tourism Board and Reggie Smit, the municipality’s Corporate Services Manager (relevant because they gave R4 million to Tourism). Mayor Georlene Wolmarans, Deputy Mayor Michelle Wasserman and Councillor Esmé Edge promised to but unfortunately lied, failing their DA election promise of transparency (note that the latter two are currently on the Tourism Board).
Why should they have given it to me? Because i’m a citizen with rights, just like you, plus i’m a member of Knysna Tourism.
A seemingly perpetual travesty in Knysna are dishonorable leaders whose devilish actions never result in punishment. Hopefully that will not be the case with Shaun van Eck but let’s not forget that he beat the old Board when they tried to get rid of him in 2011…and the consequence was the chair and deputy chair quitting. It is alleged that Shaun ‘filled’ posts with people loyal to him but recently the balance of power was upset with more board members being added. Greg Vogt also took over from Mark Dixon as Chairman. I’m absolutely curious as to how who has voted for and against because there are undoubtedly 2 factions in play. If only life were simpler and people who made decisions for us simply voted according to right and wrong.
If Shaun van Eck gets the boot, i hope that this will be a first step towards leading our town into a brighter, more honest future. I also hope that the new crew will seek cooperation…one that accepts my hand whilst bidding farewell to bygones in lieu of common love for Knysna, the prettiest town in South Africa.
NB: Next week, i’ll blog a summation of reasons why Shaun should be fired. For now, i remind you of this past mp3 (download it):