Be Vigilant: Don’t merely accept the Proposed Municipal Tariff Increases

The purpose of this communique (with all rights reserved and without prejudice) is to provide observations and present probing questions as to the application and/ or implementation of the published proposed 2024/25 Tariff Increases. Read the full article here…

The State of Garden Route Cities and Towns (Follow Up) Survey

We invite you to participate in the follow-up survey to gain your insight in: The state and sustainability of cities/towns in the Garden Route  It will take between 6 and 8 minutes to complete the survey. Your anonymity is guaranteed. Your input is voluntary, automatically captured, and strictly confidential. All data collected is reported in […]

Finansiele Hokkiestok slaan Inwoners

Die George Herald artikel asook, gereelde water beskikbaarheids probleme in veral die Kraaibosch omgewing en wat na verneem word ook in Pacaldtsdorp en Thembalethu , riool stortings, die sluiting van strande, en die toestand van die stortings terrein in George laat die vraag ontstaan – Wat is die werklike stand van ons infrastruktuur? Lees die […]

Municipal Margins on Eskom Bulk Purchases are 200% to 1300%

With the 2024/25 municipal budgeting process in progress, residents and ratepayers should drive a collaborative action to unpack proposed increases in electricity tariffs, water tariffs, municipal rates, and service fees. Public participation platforms and ward committees are among these but should not be limited to them alone. Business Chambers, Ratepayers Associations, Civic Associations, and individuals […]

Community leaders say what makes them glad or mad about George

During a Business Café conversation held on 24 November 2023 with community leaders representing faith-based, environmental, ratepayers’ and heritage associations from across George, it was agreed that the city’s biggest strength lies in its ‘social capital’. “There is a parallel between “Social Capital” (communities’ ability to build and maintain relationships), “Ubuntu” (I am because we […]

The State of the Garden Route – Salient Comparative View

“… I always believed that, in South Africa, if we use all our skills and backgrounds we will be unstoppable.” Rassie Erasmus. Applying this principle and by amongst others putting our differences, titles, public esteem, and power games aside, then together we will succeed. Dr Imtiaz Sooliman refers to being an “unlabelled society.” We learned […]

The state and sustainability of cities/towns in the Garden Route survey indicate that Garden Route Cities and Towns – are in Decay

A landmark survey on the economic sustainability of coastal metropoles in South Africa has revealed that most inner-city districts have manifested rapid decline in the past 20 years. In his doctoral thesis on inner-city turnaround and economic and tourism development, Dr Hendrik Conradie of the Conradie Research Institute, says that most historic inner-city districts of […]