The past week was another hectic one for me and the Garden Route (even if you didn’t realize it).
In the Knysna Council meeting, COPE and the ANC walked out. The Ward 10 meeting had no teeth and found our Acting Municipal Manager, Lauren Waring, utilizing newspeak (i’m not giving up on it and hoping that residents and Councillor Richard Dawson will give the Committee an active push). In Plett, the DA lost on 6 accounts with their court case against the ANC. I previously reported that the taxpayer will lose half a million but i’ve been informed it’s likely to be double that. Congruently, i published a letter by an angry, political lass in Plett which has landed me with praise and criticism (but not much in between). I extended an olive branch of understanding [i hope] to 2 journalists but had another threaten to sue me this morning. Coincidentally, i drank coffee and had lunch with 3 lawyers today (which was not only good timing but nice of them considering that my bank account is in the minus only 3 days into the month). I had an interesting chat with someone in-the-know which is likely to lead to an expose (but i need to get my ducks in a row for this big one). Crime continues to soar in the newspapers as well as in my road where my neighbour had an attempted robbery at 10.45 in the morning.
I sat in a pub for the rugby on the weekend, drinking my thoughts and a beer which became a poem saluting the brave businessmen of our fair town. You survivors are truly remarkable! I was happy for you when i saw kids and holidaymakers in town today, enlivening the sidewalks and adding zest to several restaurants.
It’s been an 18hr work day again. I have a million thoughts and not enough time to commit them all to action. But here are some for this week…
MEDIA BIAS ON THE GARDEN ROUTE
“In case you didn’t notice, let me draw your attention to the fact that Carte Blanche removed the insert on Bitou from their Website. The CEO of MNET assured me she’s sending the team back after she watched all the footage! We have a right2know THE TRUTH. I’ve witnessed your bias and read your twisted stories since you started reporting for the Herald.” – www.knysnakeep.org/media-bias-on-the-garden-route.
ALAN WINDE AND OUR ECONOMY
This is a response to Alan Winde’s hypocritical speech about the economy and the DA’s plans for it. If you don’t know who Alan Winde is, you should because he has the power to influence the negative or positive future of Knysna. He is the Western Cape MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism which makes him probably makes him more relevant to our town than any other politician outside of the President and Premier. He also comes from Knysna… – www.knysnakeep.org/alan-winde-state-of-the-western-cape-economy.
PLETT’S DA SPEAKER (AND THE PUBLIC) LOSES BIG TIME
Johan Brummer, the controversial Speaker and DA Councillor for the Plettenberg Bay Municipality, applied for a blanket interdict against local councillors (although his focus was really against the ANC). He also applied for an interdict against Municipal Law Enforcement. Judge Cloete delivered his judgement yesterday, September 28 2011. Result: Brummer lost on all accounts, making this a big victory for JEF (The Justice & Equality Fund), the opposing counsel. How is this relevant to Knysna? What happens politically in Plett, our neighbour whose a scant 30km away, can affect us. The political situation in Plett has been a media circus much discussed in Knysna. Instability, if allowed to continue, will spread. Plett is one of those places that has the ability to become the spark that starts the fire in South Africa. I have no desire for a Garden Route afire. I prefer flowers… – www.knysnakeep.org/pletts-da-speaker-loses-big-time.
SALUTING THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER
The greatest tragedies of the Recession can be found in small towns like Knysna where so many are struggling to survive. It’s also where the greatest braveries can be found. Forget, for a while, empty shops and windows screaming, “For Rent!” Instead, think on those who are working their arse off to hang onto their business and keep a roof over their family’s heads. Being a business owner takes more courage than taking a salary ever will. Let’s admire, sympathize with, and support these individuals of oak who we, without, would not have a town at all… – www.knysnakeep.org/saluting-you-the-small-business-owner.
I looked after my landlord’s wonderful dog, Vee, the past 9 days. Give her a rub, play with her ears, repeat “good girl” and give her a biscuit is all it takes to make her the happiest dog i’ve ever known. I wish more people were like her. Anyone want a rub? 🙂
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