Cape St Francis Civics comment

There has been much written both in terms of articles posted on St Francis Today and comments in response to these posts regarding Cape St Francis’ participation in St Francis Property Owners Special Rates Area proposal. Recent communication with members of Cape St Francis Civics as well as an e-Mail from a committee member possibly clears up some of the, shall we call it confusion, with regard to how they, Civics, see things.

The following by mail from Shirley Cowling

The Cape St Francis Civic Association would like to put out the following statement:

it is not against the establishment of Special Rates Areas. In fact, we investigated the establishment of a Special Rates Area in September 2015: A  link to a newsletter dated 12 September alludes to the fact that an SRA was being discussed – see newsletter

We concluded that:

  • No vote to call for the establishment of a Special Rates Area can be called until the Kouga Municipality has a published and adopted By-Law, including policies and regulations, governing Special Rates Areas.
  • The By-law and policy will dictate the due process to be followed regarding the establishment of a Special Rates Area.
  • One of the first steps in the application process would be to determine the boundary of the SRA. We believed a smaller area would be better and more affordable for Cape St Francis residents. We must be mindful of affordability in our area.

As no by-laws for SRA’s have been promulgated in the Kouga, the current vote is nothing more than an indication to the Kouga Municipality that there is a need to promulgate the by-law to allow for SRA’s. There should be no fear that CSF is either left out or will not in future apply to be a SRA.

The committee decided, after extensive consulting with experts and other SRA’s, that it would not be detrimental to either St Francis Bay or Cape St Francis if two separate applications were made for SRA’s – both applications will be in line with the Integrated Development Plan for the area and therefore to the benefit of the entire area.

http://openbylaws.org.za/za-cpt/act/by-law/2012/special-rating-area/

 The bottom line is that the current voting process is not in line with the prescribe procedures.  Nobody can be asked to vote until they know what they are voting for – there must be both a detailed business and an implementation plan.  Then there will be no need for any queries about ring-fencing funds Cape St Francis funds.

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Reader Michael Hornsey has requested that we publish his comments on a letter submitted by Neil Brent for which we make this once only exception only because of a misunderstanding  by St Francis Today. We encourage readers to submit news  no matter how controversial such news may be but do ask that it be original rather than as a comment on what others have submitted. And we encourage comment on articles for whilst some readers my believe these disappear, they do not and are often read weeks and even months later  on Google searches.

St. Francis Today: Thank you for allowing me a reply.

Letter from Mr. Neil Brent 07/02/2017.

Well done Neil on some extremely valid points on the proposed levy.I must say that a number of them could be legally challenged with confidence.

On the one point regarding the voting rights of owners (rate payers!) of individual units within these developments, I have been the owner and ratepayer of my unit in a 7 unit complex for almost 30 years and would demand of this committee the right of an individual vote, and not having the chairman of the body corporate voting for me, or for any of the other 6 owners of the complex with ONE combined vote for the entire body corp. which may not reflect my wishes.I believe that ALL rate paying owners irrespective,MUST be allowed their right of a vote !!

I would also like to know that the voting forms have a Number printed on each form which would allow an independent audit of the final vote count.

My wife and I voted for the Democratic Alliance in the past election and were happy at their long fought success as our new municipality…HOWEVER the DA in their election manifesto promised to attend to the infrastructure problems of the Village.This we will now be forced to pay by an increased amount added to our existing rates payment legally enforceable by the DA Municipality!!

I SUGGEST THAT WE ALLOW THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED DA COUNCIL THE OPPORTUNITY NOW,IN A REASONABLE TIME, TO DELIVER ON THEIR PROMISE TO THEIR VOTERS.

Regards,

Michael Hornsey…(Erf. 1402/3)Santareme,St. Francis Bay.

Municipal outreach

Municipal outreach to register households for service subsidies

Households with a combined monthly income of R3000 or less have been invited to register for municipal service subsidies.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality would be holding an outreach to all wards in February and March to register new applicants and re-register existing beneficiaries for the equitable share programme.

“The subsidies are available to households whose combined gross monthly income is R3000 or less. That’s roughly the value of two state pensions,” she said.

Successful applicants will receive the following service subsidies:

  • Free 50kwh electricity plus basic charge
  • Free 12kl water plus basic charge
  • Free monthly refuse, sewerage (based on 12kl water) and the Environmental Management Fee levy
  • Free additional R85 000 on the value of their property for rates

The Mayor said the outreach would take place from 8:30am to 3pm at the following venues:

  • 13 February at the Sea Vista Hall for the communities of Sea Vista, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis
  • 14 February at the Oyster Bay Hall for the Oyster Bay community
  • 15 February at the Katrien Felix Hall for Thornhill
  • 16 February at the Loerie Hall for Loerie
  • 20 February at the Dan Sandi Hall for the communities of Ramaphosa Village and Patensie
  • 21 and 22 February at the Vusumzi Landu Hall for all Hankey areas, excluding Weston
  • 27 February at the Alec Ntantiso Hall for Weston
  • 28 February at the Kruisfontein Civic Hall for Kruisfontein, Gill Marcus and Die Berg
  • 1 March at the Kruisfontein Civic Hall for Vaaldam, Johnson’s Ridge, Arcadia, Graslaagte and Moerasrivier
  • 2 March at the KwaNomzamo Hall for KwaNomzamo
  • 6 March at the Aston Bay Hall for Aston Bay and Paradise Beach
  • 7 March at the Pellsrus Hall for Pellsrus, Tokyo Sexwale and Mandela Bay
  • 8 March at the Pellsrus Hall for residents of Ocean View
  • 9 March at the Newton Hall for Jeffreys Bay Central, C-Place, Wavecrest and Kabeljauws

Applicants have to be present in person so as to complete the application form themselves. The following documents must accompany all applications:

  • Valid ID Document (husband and wife)
  • Proof of income (bank statement, pay slip or pension card)
  • Sworn affidavit if unemployed
  • Proof of usufruct (if owner is deceased, a letter of authority and death certificate).