4. WATER ZONING, WATER LOSSES AND ALTERNATIVE WATER SOURCES
Water remains a scarce resource that needs to be managed responsibly.
With level 1 water restrictions in place, a loss of 28% and erratic rainfall, Greater Knysna currently has sufficient water for 3 months.
During a Special Council Meeting held on 14 May, Council resolved that the Municipal Manager be given the authority to source funding for any water projects and that Council prioritise water projects when approving the capital and operating budgets.
Council will also apply for funding from the Department of Water Affairs.
A total of R33.1 million is needed to commence with or complete the following projects:
• CBD pipe replacement;
• water pressure management;
• water meter installation;
• bulk meter and zoning;
• building to house the reverse osmosis plant;
• registration of boreholes;
• water augmentation projects; and
• dam feasibility study.
3. STRATEGY TO ADDRESS ILLEGAL LAND INVASIONS
We have experienced a dramatic increase in illegal land invasions during the last few years.
Affected areas include the informal residential areas of Concordia, Dam-se-Bos, Khayalethu Valley, Jood-se-Kamp, Heidevallei, White Location, Rheenendal, Karatara and the Sedgefield dunes. Our Human Settlements Department will identify land for the establishment of temporary relocation areas, and our Legal Department will obtain an interdict so that SAPS may assist our Law Enforcement officers with the demolition of structures in these areas.
Acting Municipal Manager Dr Michele Gratz will establish a task team to develop and Standard Operating Procedure to manage current and future illegal land invasions. A supply chain process will be followed to appoint an independent security firm to guard potentially vulnerable vacant land and the current service provider will assist our Law Enforcement officers as and when necessary.
Ward Councillors will play a more proactive role by engaging with community members regarding this situation and by assisting and supporting the Community Services Directorate in preventing such illegal activity.
2. NEW MUNICIPAL PLANNING TRIBUNAL
Following all relevant procedures and according to relevant legislation, Council by majority vote appointed the new Knysna Municipality Planning Tribunal (KMPT). The new KMPT consists of:
• Ludolph Gericke (Chairperson, town planner and non-practising attorney);
• Daniel Lambrechts (town planner); and
• Neale Perring (civil engineer).
• A fourth member will be appointed in due course to fulfil Council’s equal opportunity policy.
Messrs Gericke and Lambrechts are current members of the tribunal and have delivered excellent services thus far, while Mr Perring has many years’ experience within the municipality.
• Nonhlanhla Mndebela (Deputy Chairperson, Knysna Municipality Head: Property Management);
• Charles Chordnum (Knysna Municipality Integrated Development Plan Manager);
• Pamela Booth (Knysna Municipality Environmental Officer); and
• Lindile Petuna (Knysna Municipality Manager: Housing and qualified town planner).
Ms Booth and Mr Petuna are also members of the current tribunal and brings with them a wealth of local government experience and expertise.
The tribunal must consist of at least two members who are not municipal councillors or employees and at least three who are in the full-time service of the municipality. One of these members must be a registered town planner, and all members must have knowledge and experience in any of the disciplines relating to spatial planning, land use management, land development or the law related thereto.
1. ACTING MUNICIPAL MANAGER TO STAY A LITTLE LONGER
Dr Michele Gratz has been reappointed as Knysna Acting Municipal Manager as Council unanimously resolved to extend her contract with another three months.
“Council is very happy with Dr Gratz’s performance thus far and have the fullest confidence in her abilities to lead the administration for the duration of this renewed contract period,” said Executive Deputy Mayor Councillor Aubrey Tsengwa.