Consent or Vote?

Consent rather than a vote

Possibly the word “VOTING” is a misleading term for the SRA initiative of “Saving St Francis” Maybe it would be better referred to as a CONSENT form for in reality they are asking the St Francis Property Owners, business and residential, for their consent to raise funds through a rates levy on their properties. This initiative is after all not like a national or municipal election which has to abide by the laws as monitored by the IEC but rather it is asking property owners if they are prepared to pay the levy or not.

In a nutshell it needs 50% plus one of those who own property in St Francis to say YAY or NAY. That is the long and short of it.  Certainly the results need to be audited and SFPO have already made this quite clear in all their correspondence to date that it will be fully transparent.

That there seems to be a lot of possible misunderstanding is quite obvious from the e-mails and comments posted on \St Francis Today and to this end it is only proper that we seek answers to the many queries so as to ensure readers are properly answered and kept up to date with the facts. So rather than publish further articles and have the same queries lodged time and again we will be meeting with St Francis Property Owners to go over some of the pertinent questions asked by readers.

Bear with us and hopefully all your queries and possible misunderstanding will be answered in the next day or two.

Neighbourhood Watch

Call to support Neighbourhood Watch

An advert on the newsletter today is a call for local St Francis Bay residents to joinNeighbourhood Watch and help with patrolling the empty streets at night for it is presently being supported by only a handful of concerned residents.

In past articles on the subject of Neighbourhood Watch St Francis has commented that sadly this is the reality of such initiatives. Initially they are well supported but after a short while and being left to only enthusiasm wains and fewer and fewer people are prepared to participate.

The only real answer is for CCTV cameras to be installed and with the technology available today, these are being proved to be extremely efficient in curbing crime. Unfortunately these systems cost money to firstly install and then to have people effectively monitor. An example of their effectiveness is Cape St Francis Resort where incidences of breaking has virtually been eliminated almost purely because word is out to the local criminals.

One of the items on the St Francis Property Owners SRA proposal is the installation of CCTV but in the interim St Francis Bay needs to make the best of what they have and that is an active Neighbourhood Watch.

So give them a call on 082 367 9947 or e-mail them at wilds@telkomsa.net. The more volunteers, the fewer shifts, the more crime will be contained.