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Resurface Maintenance – R406

R406 Road Maintenance

Road surface maintenance is scheduled for the last 13 km stretch of the R 406. The project will commence on or about the 13th November 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid February 2018.

Whilst we have been assured that all will be done to minimise the inconvenience to motorists, the standard practice of utilising Stop ‘n Go measures over specific sections will be implemented to control traffic flow for most parts of this maintenance period. The stretch of the R 406 affected will be between the Searjeants Rivier farm and the N2.

Please be careful when using this stretch of the R406 during this period. Loose stone chips and construction vehicles will be the biggest hazards.

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The Law and Informal Housing

There have been a number of attempts to communicate to the public the background to the illegal occupation of land for informal housing in Ward 2 and to propose various actions to improve the situation. The reality is that there are no easy solutions to what has become a widespread problem throughout the Western Cape, the Overberg in particular.

Full comment document:   THE LAW AND INFORMAL HOUSING 1.1

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Greyton High Estate

Due to the numerous inquiries received by the Ward 2 Forum in respect of the development “Greyton High Estate” envisaged for Erf 922 & , (as marketed on the internet recently), some research was undertaken to determine the facts as they are.

Comment received from TWKM:

“This office has not received any formal land use application for the subject property. We can however confirm that, as allowed in the By-Law  the applicant/owner did approach us for a pre-submission consultation and our comments/concerns were communicated.

We therefore await further information and details of the application from the applicant. Perhaps the add is placed to test the market.”

We have also found further information which related to a similar application which was submitted in 2009 for the same property. TWKM comment to that application hereto attached as reference.

Erf 922 DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION

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Cut-Off Low

A Cut-Off Low (COL) is a low pressure system that develops south of South Africa, stemming from the main westerly trough systems of cold air. As the COL develops, it deepens into a defined closed system that extends from the upper air downward to the surface of the earth.  A COL system usually prevails over an area for more than a day , and can last for up to 6 days. The COL moves slowly over a confined region leading to extreme rainfall. COL’s are unstable, baroclinic systems that slope to the west with height and are associated with strong convergence and upward motion, particularly while they are deepening.

Typical Synoptic sequence and weather associated with a Cut-Off Low

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Community Police Forum Membership

Community Safety Forum (CPF)

CPF Membership Application Form

A Body, Organization or Institution must apply in writing for membership of the Forum or Sub-Forum to the Executive of the Forum or Sub-Forum on the prescribed form. The application must indicate its:

  • Management and other officials;
  • Aims and objectives of the entity, and;
  • Person mandated to represent the entity.

Member – means any member of the Forum, Sub-Forum or Board, elected, co-opted and those whose application for membership of the Forum and Sub-Forum was approved or renewed in terms of this Constitution, excluding individuals from the general public, but including statutory members designated to the Forum or Sub-Forum.

An Executive Committee shall be elected from the Community-based Organisations registered with the Forum, and shall consist of:

  • Chairperson and Deputy-Chairperson;
  • Secretary and Assistant-Secretary;
  • Treasurer;
  • Project Co-ordinator;
  • Public Relations Officer;
  • Additional members as decided by the Forum at an Annual General Meeting;

Persons elected to the executive of the Forum or Sub-Forum shall be subjected to a screening process and this shall be dealt with in a professional and confidential manner. During the process of applying for membership, organizations and groups (excluding Political parties), with more or less the same aims and objectives will be grouped by the Executive Committee into a Cluster for voting purposes (e.g. Education-, Business-, Civic Organizations-, Victim Support Cluster, etc.)

 

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Telecommunications Tower – Application for Departure and permission required in terms of the Zoning Scheme: Erf 1086, Greyton

Application for Departure and permission required in terms of the Zoning Scheme:  Erf 1086, Greyton

Notice – Erf 1086 7833-gaz-06-oct-2017

Application Document – Erf # 1086 (Telecommunications Tower)

 

 

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Ward 2 Housing Issue

Counsel for the Councillor

We refer to the communiqué issued by Greyton Council on 2 September to a selected number of the community, supposedly representing the community but in reality only the two persons named.

TWKM are said to be “materially constrained” in respect of the land tenure issues in Farm 39, specifically the informal settlement referred to as “Madiba Park”. Over the years, they have shown no constraint in their evident hostility and lack of cooperation with the Farm 39 Land Transformation Committee, which has been substantial and shameful.

To suggest that the conflict over land tenure actually predates the foundation of Greyton is untrue and irrelevant. To suggest that “all agree that it is an immeasurably complex problem” is gross exaggeration. If the relevant legislation had been implemented properly, without interference from TWKM, and with the full support of the Ministers concerned, the current impasse would almost certainly have been resolved long before today’s crisis.

It is suggested that “relevant officials” have “promised the authority” for TWKM to provide structures and services to the informal settlement. However, the land does not belong to TWKM, which makes that promise illegal and irresponsible. Regrettably, TWKM did not engage with the Transformation Committee on this. Should the Farm 39 community support such a process, this might be considered differently.

Greyton community support such a settlement in Greyton as a temporary measure prior to the provision of full Council housing, for local people already registered legitimately for many years for such housing, this would surely be considered differently.

The situation was compounded by TWKM’s sudden claim, contrary to previous discussion, that there was now land for housing development in the Greyton area. This undoubtedly contributed to the demonstrations in Greyton.

We must not ignore the larger issue of employment and housing for migrant workers from the Eastern Cape and elsewhere – especially in relation to the highly successful fruit growing industry, the one significant and promising local example of economic growth.

Greyton Council’s position as a democratic support group for TWKM really cannot contribute to any improvement in local municipal management unless it also provides a degree of performance monitoring and holding to account of TWKM. GC would also gain more authority if it expressed the broad range of views of the community, and not just those of a few.

TWKM might also like to consider welcoming all participatory input from the community on matters that affect the community. Listening to the community, and responding accordingly, is after all what they are paid for.

Finally, the Ward 2 Councillor, instead of adopting the somewhat aggressive stance shown by his letter to The Sentinel, would be better occupied by responding humbly and professionally to the requirement to enhance participatory democracy in local government as provided for in section 72 (3) of the Municipal Structures Act.

Ward 2 Forum Team

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Final communication from Legal Advice Centre regarding the provision of basic services to Madiba Park and Voorstekraal

Notice from:
Keith Matthee and Doug Murray
(Legal Advice Centre, Heuwelkroon/Bosmanskloof/Greyton, under the auspices of SCL)

We take as read all our previous communications with The Minister Of Agriculture and Land Affairs and TWKM during these past seven months.

In essence, we have made it clear over that period of some 7 months that in terms of the Constitution (Chapter 7 of the Constitution read with sections 7 (1) and (2), 8 (1), 26, 27 and 28 (1)(c) and (2) of the Constitution) and various constitutional court decisions (for example Government of RSA & Others v Grootboom & Others and Daniels v Scribante and Another), there is a constitutional duty on TWKM to provide basic services to the people of Madiba Park and Voorstekraal, even though TWKM does not own the land. (In any event, we also repeatedly have highlighted that the trustee of the land where Madiba Park and Voorstekraal is, The Minister Of Agriculture and Land Affairs, politically would never prevent TWKM from providing the said basic services.)

We also have highlighted the visit to Madiba Park by the Mayor and the Provincial Housing Minister, the latter who is also the leader of the DA in the WC, and their promises to the people of Madiba Park about the provision of basic services. We have also highlighted our meeting municipal/provincial representatives on site in Madiba Park who informed us that such services would be in place by the end of August, 2017.

We also have highlighted the fact that at no stage during the past seven months has TWKM responded to our letters disagreeing with our view on its constitutional duty towards the people of Madiba Park or the undertaking about the provision of basic services by the end of August, 2017.

By means of this email we are hereby informing all concerned parties that in the absence of political will by the DA led TWKM and Provincial Government to provide the said basic services, the only options open to the people of Madiba Park, Voorstekraal and indeed the wider civil society in Greyton, are peaceful and lawful political protest and approaching the High Court for an order to compel TWKM to comply forthwith with its constitutional duty.

We are disappointed by the apparent lack of political will by TWKM (and of late the Provincial Government). As of now all TWKM and the Provincial Government have done as regards the provision of basic services to the Madiba Park and Voorstekraal people, is visit Madiba Park, make promises to them and at the last minute agree to take over the rental of toilets at Madiba Park, which were placed there at the initiative of local farmers and business people. As yet there is no sign of permanent toilets, running water or the provision of electricity. We might add that as of now to the best of our knowledge nothing has yet been provided to the people of Voorstekraal.
Other than alerting the affected people and the wider civil society of the two above options open to them, as a legal advice centre (which in law is not permitted to initiate legal proceedings) we are of the view that there is now nothing further we can do in this matter. Accordingly we hereby give notice of the end of our involvement in this matter.

Keith Matthee and Doug Murray
(Legal Advice Centre, Heuwelkroon/Bosmanskloof/Greyton, under the auspices of SCL)

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