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This Tulbagh Information site has been designed to provide a frequently updated Information site for the whole community of the Tulbagh Valley and for tourists and Tourism in general. It offers a means of identifying each to the other, increasing communication between the Community and for visitors and others elsewhere wishing to make local contacts and to benefit from local info. A valley where wine is made to enjoy, property is still affordable and where there are great places where you can make your stay in varied selected accomodation establishments all over the valley.

What makes it all happen? What is the attraction? What is the magic that tourists and residents alike find so appealing? This lovely secluded valley is simply a delight to experience and especially  the farms and the general countryside in all seasons! The valley is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and it is a winter rainfall area. Wine, olives, fruit, wheat, meat products, vegetables, canned fruit products, organic commodities and leather shoes are but a few of the products produced here.

This is a closely knit and cosmopolitan community that is well structured and organised.  We know what we have and it is for you to experience!

Think about life on a wine, fruit, or an olive farm then think about the Tulbagh valley!

Meet the people and discover their warmth and hospitality for this is the accommodation destination for the tourist looking for a place to stay whilst touring the Western Cape.

The demand for accommodation is increasing steadily as a result of the valley becoming a chosen weekend retreat for Tourists and the city dwellers of Cape Town, a country Wedding venue and a central base destination for overseas and local travelers wishing to tour the Winelands.  There are excellent places to stay at in the Tulbagh Valley and including Mountain and Farm Cottages, on Wine Estates, as well as Home Stays, Guest Houses, Guest cottages, Chalets, Caravan Parks, Camping grounds, Country Inns and Backpacking Hostels in the Valley.

The site is intended to compliment the efforts of individuals, organisations and others in promoting Tulbagh and the Valley, the Winelands / Boland and it's community as well as Rocky Valley Country Properties and their wonderful portfolio of Country Property / Real Estate countryside investment products in this valley and all over the Country.

Learn all about this wonderful innovative and industrious community and  get all the latest news!
Learn about the challenges that the this community faces.
Make contacts for exports and property investment opportunities.
Plan your wedding or conference here! Join in our wonderful annual events!
Sample the cusine and one of the numerous restaurants for a real treat in good food and ambiance!
View the famous Historic Church Street with it's Cape Dutch Architecture
Do some Bird Watching, Wine Tasting, Horse riding, Jogging, Mountain Climbing, Hiking, 4 x 4 Off-roading and Mountain Biking.  
If you are doing a tour on the famous Route 62, pop in to Tulbagh as we are on that Route.
Come for the weekend, come for the week, come for good and get back to your roots!
Visit one of the farm accomodation places who keep farm animals for the kids from the city to enjoy.

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15 January, 2016

FROM THE EDITOR Tulbagh ENews
Editorial - Tulbagh Water Crisis
Please read the section on the Tulbagh Water Crisis below.
This affects all who live in the boundaries of Witzenberg.
It is time that Witzenberg Municipality stops playing political games with us and keeps us informed about what they have done and what they are doing about the Tulbagh Water Crisis.
It is time that we take action.
I am frustrated with the way that the Witzenberg Municipality is treating Tulbagh. It is time that the structures are changed. There are some points where the Witzenberg Municipality has done us wrong, in no particular order:-
(1) The state of the rubbish dump with frequent fires. In fact the manager who lives on site doesn’t receive water.
(2) Held up the development of the Golf Estate
(3) Stray cattle, goats and pigs. Things are fine now but for how many months did it take.
(4) What has the municipality done about developing small business in the Witzenberg? This could reduce the unemployment and hence reduce the crime rate.
(5) Not privatizing the Kliprivier Caravan Park. This is costing the municipality money when it bring in income to Tulbagh business and the Witzenberg Municipality.
(6) Not making sure that there is water flowing into the Tulbagh dam during winter.
(7) Not giving permission for the Tulbagh Market to use the Van Riebeek Park.
If you can add to this list please do not hesitate to send me anything. Your anonymity will be respected.
It is time for action. The local government elections are coming this year. Now is time for change in the Witzenberg Municipality. The Cape Winelands District Municipality doesn’t seem to assist.
Norman Collins
Editor
Tulbagh eNews

23 December, 2015
The Webmaster of Tulbagh .net  and the staff of Rocky Valley Country Properties cc, take this opportunity of wishing all our viewers seasonal greetings and a Merry Chistmas!

10 December, 2015

Water Crisis and Lack of Development in Tulbagh
Open letter to the Mayor and Municipal Manager of Witzenberg.
Tulbagh ‘s water crisis.
A council meeting was held last week to discuss the Tulbagh water crisis although I doubt anything came of it!
It is not the first time Tulbagh has been faced with such a crisis. in 2004, a local property owner suggested an additional water source which was investigated by DWAF and subsequently featured in a report made public in July 2005. The PUDJA report stated that the Schalkenbosch, Dasboskloof & Skilpadrug streams could provide Tulbagh’ s annual average water demand until 2025.
In August 2005, the property owner entered into a legal agreement with the Witzenberg Municipality in terms of which, the owner/developer would build a dam on their property, at their expense, to store and supply 600 000 cubic metres of water in exchange for 180 000 cubic metres of the town effluent. This waste water was to be used to irrigate the fairways of a golf course which was to be built using indigenous, water wise grasses. The project was approved by the Department of environment affairs & development planning, Department of Agriculture, western cape and was supported, at the time, by both the Municipality and the ANC. The use of treated effluent to irrigate golf courses has become a world-wide practice and the use of indigenous grasses was considered to be environmentally friendly, innovative and water efficient.
In addition, this development would have resulted in a huge investment in Tulbagh, a significant increase in the rates base and a great number of sustainable jobs, all highly desirable in the present economic climate!
Needless to say, nothing happened, the Municipality’s support for the project dwindled, the PUDJA report gathered dust and no dam was built even though a substantial increase in demand for potable water occurred due to population influx!
It is common cause that many water sources are only available for capture during the winter months, therefore the creation of storage for the dry hot summer months is critical.
Surely it is time to take the ’Bull by the horns’ and get behind this project once again, for if that dam had been built the current crisis would have been averted. More importantly, it seems that this will not be the last time we will face drought conditions before 2025!
The residents of Tulbagh have a right and demand to know exactly what the Municipality in Ceres plan to do about the water crisis in Tulbagh.
In September 2014, a meeting was held with the Director General of Land Affairs to explain the concept of the proposed Golf Course. He personally indicated support for the project and all was required was that the Municipal Manager was to write him a letter confirming the support of the Municipality for the project. The Municipal Manager did nothing about this to this day (the letter of support was supposed to be copied to the developer and myself who was in attendance).
Had the Municipal Manager been more responsive, It could have resulted in the Department withdrawing its objection to the subdivisions required to give effect to the proposal and we would be well down the line with the development and the water supply augmentation in place,
As a matter of fact, I read all the correspondence on Face Book and the Tulbagh eNews and it is clear to me that the Mayor suffers from the same degree of unresponsiveness as does the Municipal Manager.
Dear Municipality and DA Coalition, it is time you got just something done and organised in fairness to the residents and Ratepayers of Tulbagh.
Yours faithfully,
John Veschini
VIP Party
rockyvalley@telkomsa.net

Editors Report From Meeting with Witzenberg Municipality
On Wednesday 9th December I has a meeting the municipal manager, Mr David Nasson and the Director of Technical Services in the Ceres municipal building.
Here are the points of the meeting:-
1.     Mr Nasson said that the report that I had drawn up was lies.
2.     In comment on Mr John Olthof’s complaint of the municipality taking 12 weeks to fix a leaking pipe, why didn’t he contact the Director. (Mr Olthof had tried to contact the director and he never returned his call. Editor)
3.     Mr Jackson has lied about the final approval of the Schalkenbosch Golf Estate. The hold up on the approval of golf estate is with the Department of Land Affairs. And the 600 000 cubic meter dam that the golf estate will build for Tulbagh is down stream and therefore Tulbagh will be dependent on the Sckalbenbosch Golf Estate to pump the water into the Tulbagh dam. (I had a meeting with Mr Jackson, set before I knew about my meeting with the municipality. Mr Jackson showed me a document where at a meeting with the Director of Land Affairs, Mr Jackson, Mr Nasson and Mr Veschini, where Mr Nasson would write a letter to the Director stating the Witzenberg Municipality approves of the Schalkenbosch Golf Estate (See Mr Veschini’s letter above). Editor)
4.     The reason for the water shortage was because of the low winter rainfall and therefore the town of Tulbagh could not get their quota of water from the Kleinberg Irrigation Scheme. (Where did Tulbagh get their water before the town was connected to the Kleinberg Irrigation Scheme? Editor)
5.     The municipal dam has received water from Mr Chris Orffer, Mr Neil Zeeman and Rhodes Food Group. (Tulbagh wishes to offer their sincere thanks to these farmers and business. Tulbagh Municipality and Rhodes share a spring in the Witzenberg Mountain. Editor)
6.     Mr Nasson said that I must contact Mr Orffer and Mr Zeeman to get my fact straight.
7.     The pipeline from Kruisvallei is not leaking.
8.     The Witzenberg Municipality has imposed water restriction and instituted a stepped water use tariff, twice.
9.     Mr Barnard has been instructed to work full time on the Tulbagh water situation.
10.  The municipality will employ 10 law enforcement officers to check on the illegal use of water.
11.  Education about the water restrictions and conserving water will be conducted.
12.  The borehole on Kruisvallei has been repaired, with a cage to protect the pump at a cost of R 500 000.00. The borehole is now pumping water.
13.  A farmer (name with held as he may not want it publish) has offered a dam. The Witzenberg Municiplaity will in stall a pipeline at a cost of R 1 million. This will give temporay relief. (Thank sir for this very generous offer. Editor) (I have just recieced information that construction on the pipeline has started. Editor)
14.  On Friday the 11th December, Mr Masson is flying to Pretoria to get funds to build a 1 000 000 cubic meter dam, at a cost of R 45 million. (I don’t know where the dam will be built. Editor)
There is an alternative (see Mr Veschini’s letter above)
1.     The Witzenberg Municipality sends a letter to the Director General of Land Affairs approving the Schalkenbosch golf estate and they will make the final approval.
2.     The following will then happen;
a.     Water will be pumped from the Sagtevlei dam
b.     Schalkenbosch golf estate will build a 600 000 cubic meter dam for Tulbagh and will supply 600 000 cubic meters per year, depending on weather and climate.
3.     Results of this development are
a.     An increase in the Witzenberg Municipalities rates base
b.     Creation of 400 permanent jobs
c.     Skills transfer
d.     Increase of visitors to Tulbagh and the associated spin offs
Norman Collins
Editor

15 January,2016

Tulbagh eNews

FROM THE EDITOR
Editorial - Tulbagh Water Crisis
Please read the section on the Tulbagh Water Crisis below.
This affects all who live in the boundaries of Witzenberg.
It is time that Witzenberg Municipality stops playing political games with us and keeps us informed about what they have done and what they are doing about the Tulbagh Water Crisis.
It is time that we take action.
I am frustrated with the way that the Witzenberg Municipality is treating Tulbagh. It is time that the structures are changed. There are some points where the Witzenberg Municipality has done us wrong, in no particular order:-
(1) The state of the rubbish dump with frequent fires. In fact the manager who lives on site doesn’t receive water.
(2) Held up the development of the Golf Estate
(3) Stray cattle, goats and pigs. Things are fine now but for how many months did it take.
(4) What has the municipality done about developing small business in the Witzenberg? This could reduce the unemployment and hence reduce the crime rate.
(5) Not privatizing the Kliprivier Caravan Park. This is costing the municipality money when it bring in income to Tulbagh business and the Witzenberg Municipality.
(6) Not making sure that there is water flowing into the Tulbagh dam during winter.
(7) Not giving permission for the Tulbagh Market to use the Van Riebeek Park.
If you can add to this list please do not hesitate to send me anything. Your anonymity will be respected.
It is time for action. The local government elections are coming this year. Now is time for change in the Witzenberg Municipality. The Cape Winelands District Municipality doesn’t seem to assist.
Norman Collins
Editor
Tulbagh eNews

28 August, 2015

Today, the current Mayor (Mr. Jaques Klazen) was voted out of office as a result of a Motion of no Confidence and is now now an ordinary Councillor. He has been replaced by Mr. Barnito Klazen (an attorney). Nothing but good for the Rate Payers can come from this.

15 August, 2015

A new Face Book group has been created.  The locals have lots to say about the town. Should you wish to view the page. go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/454942618003340/


23 July, 2015

Accidents as a result of Free Roaming Animals

Dear Tulbagh and neighbouring residents,
UNCONTROLLED LIVESTOCK IN THE TULBAGH AREA
As many of you are aware, there has been a marked increase in uncontrolled livestock roaming our streets at all hours and in breach of a variety of laws.
The crisp issue is that these uncontrolled animals pose a very real and serious danger to motorists and pedestrians. Several accidents have occurred with dreadful results. It's only a matter of time before someone is killed or maimed due to a vehicle swerving to avoid a goat, or colliding with a cow. Let's act NOW to ensure this will not happen in our valley. Several members of the community are working very hard to ensure that the local authorities perform their statutory duties in this regard. We need to collate a dossier of evidence to support this action and ensure the safety of humans and animals in our valley.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1.     Anyone who has had an accident with uncontrolled livestock over the past two or three years: please would email me brief details of your accident:         
a) Approximate date or month & year, and location of event
b)    Nature of occurrence (eg collision with cow)
c)    Injuries suffered by humans (basic details e.g broken bones)
d)    Injuries suffered by livestock
e)    Financial cost resulting from the accident (medical, vehicle repairs etc)
NB This info will be confidential and no names/identifying info will be revealed to ANY person other than myself.
2.     Anyone who has reported problems with uncontrolled livestock on the street
or invading their private property: please email me brief details of the approximate time this occurred (eg April 2015) and to whom the matter was reported. Please include any damage to property e.g. your fences broken, your garden wrecked etc, as well as any action (if any!) taken by the authorities.
NB As above, this information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
3.    Anyone who has written to the Witzenberg Municipality about this issue and
been ignored: please feel free to also email me of this frustrating problem. I've never had a response to any emails sent to the municipality, on any matter - not even a simple query about access to the bylaws!
Please play a part in helping us prevent further injury to animals, and possible injury or death to the people of our area. It will be greatly appreciated by many.
My email: lahebbs@sai.co.za
Landline: 023 230 1457
All and any information will be gratefully received; we're treating this as very urgent!
Many thanks
Lorraine Hebblethwaite Scharf, Tulbagh


28 January, 2015
Councillor John Veschinin resigns as a Councillor and as the Chairperson of Technical, Planning and Devevelopment on the Witzenberg Municipal Council.

Press Announcement 28 Jan, 2015

Resignation as a Councillor of the Witzenberg Municipality

I have finally decided that after 40 years of community service, that I have resigned as at end of January 2015 as a Councillor of the Witzenberg Municipality.

This is entirely for personal reasons of not being able to attain any of my goals and the resultant despondency and frustration associated with it and it has affected my health with the stress levels encountered.

Aside for the many years I have spent assisting the community of the Witzenberg and about 35 years assisting other communities before this. I feel I have done enough? .

Please accept that this as not by design for any political reasons but due to good advice and for no other reason whatsoever.

My position will be filled after acceptance by the IEC and what transpires on a Council level will no longer be my concern (not my Circus and not my Monkey)

The VIP will continue to look after the interests of the community as always of course!.

I remain the Leader of the Party and we will strive to get more votes and thus more representation on Council in 2016.

This may, or may not stretch beyond the borders of the Witzenberg. Time will tell.

Finally. I wish all of the community at least some progress towards ensuring that most of the community is entirely NOT dependent upon the Rate Payers and the Municipality amd there WILL be job creation.

I will still be here to cooperate and assist all Political Parties and the community, who consider my experience and dedication worthwhile.

Yours in service,


John Veschini
VIP - Voiceofindependents Party
Mobile : 082 653 8229
Tel. : Home : 023 230 2696
Fax. : 086 665 9232
Web : www.voiceofindependentsparty.co.za
email : info@voiceofindependentsparty.co.za


12 July, 2014
The VIP Party has decided at a recent Party Executive meeting that it believes in Multi Party Governance at a Local Government level towards 2016. How can 45% of the electorate and those residents who cannot vote have no say in their Governance? This is not conducive to best Governance and Direct Representation on the Local Councils. Where and why do most protest actions for poor service delivery occur - at a Local Governance level. Why? Because South African voters and the public in general, cannot tell the difference between National, Provincial and Local Government elections. They believe that voting for the Party and not giving acknowledgement to their own community members is the way to go? So the big Parties take over and the game is played?

12 July, 2014
The VIP Party has become VERY disillusioned with the current Coalition Governance of our Local Witzenberg Council. After three and a bit years as being a Councillor on the Municipality, not much has happened that this DA led coalition can brag about. Sure, we place poor people in subsidised housing but they remain poor and then claim Indigent Status (meaning that they achieve a poor status and cannot afford the cost of even basic services and this costs the Municipality close to R4 million a month)! The VIP Councillor knows of not one successful Small Business or sustainable business project that has been created and survived in this period which would have cause a bit of Wealth Creation for our poor community. This should be done simultaneously with the provision of Housing?. We have animals roaming the streets, - even entering private property and our private nature reserve in Tulbagh and denuding all natural vegetation and even illegal Pig farming going on same?  Various planning proposals have been put forward by the VIP Councillor for Job creation projects and all thus far have ended up in 'file 13'. It is almost as though our political leadership is living in a Wealth Creation situation of their own - in a cocoon?  This Councillor is becoming angry (I think even past that) and is already frustrated beyond belief!  We demand Good Governance for our Ratepayers and residents!

7 September, 2013
The Tulbagh Housing crisis explained by Councillor John Veschini. It is virtulally impossible to explain it right now watch it all unfold?


17 June 2013
New Coalition in Governance in the Witzenberg Municipal Local Council. As a result, Councillor John Veschini has the Portfolio of Chairperson of the Committee of Technical, Planning and Development and as such has automatically given up the position as Chairperson of the MPAC oversight committee as no member of Mayco may Chair such a committee. A  new Chairperson will be elected in due course


14 May, 2013
Motion tabled by the VIP - Voice of Independents Party Set no. 13
Urgent request to be tabled at the first forthcoming General meeting of the Municipal Council.

We do not have anymore time for a lack of will and the lack of decision making! Tulbagh housing is in crisis and Good Governance must continue?
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12 May, 2013
A report on the situation regarding the major road contracts and ancillary works being undertaken in Tulbagh by the VIP Councillor John Veschini, who witnessed the excavations taking place for the storm water piping below the roads under reconstruction and he determined that the sub strata was almost pure clay. It seemed apparent to the Councillor that the new roads were about to be reinstated on the existing `inadequate' sub-base. He then requested that laboratory tests be undertaken and the results be submitted to the Technical Portfolio Committee and the road works appeared to come to a stop for a while?


26 April, 2013
The ANC boycotts a Special Council Meeting where two new Dirctors were to be appoint as a replacement - the Director of Community Services, who's contract was not to be renewed and the Director of Finance. Both these posts are vitally important. The former due to the Housing crisis in Tulbagh and the latter because we have to approve the Budget at the end of May and the finances of the Municipality have to be looked after? We also needed a decision to allow the Municipal Manager to be enabled to talk to adjacent land owners about land for our people who need houses.


18 February, 2013.
THE VIP - Voiceofindependentsparty.co.za's Executive decides whether it should go into coalition with any Party to take over the Local Council.
It decided to go with the DA Coalition with two other independents and Cope. Now we carry some weight?

30 January, 2013
By-Election held in Ward 10 (op Die Berg) results. This is the breakdown of the results which have cause some surprises?
And the Winner is - Piet Waterboer now with the ANC (having party hopped agian after winning under the DA banner previously). Unconfirmed results are as follows;
ANC 702 votes, an Independent represented by Neville Daniels and using a Khoi-San platform got 483 votes, DA  was only third to the finish line with 391 votes and followed by another Independent by the name of Moses Davids with 41 votes and yet another Independent, Sarie Botha with 39 Votes and the last in the pack was Mark Mentoor with 17 votes. Now this was a supprise was it not? In all the Independents got 539 votes? That was even more that the DA could muster? What does the result tell us? Are people GATVOL of the major political Parties to the point that they go Independent and split the vote?

29 January, 2013
The VIP Councillor or the Witzenberg submits a Motion to Council - Set no 12) regarding street numbers and the upgrading of our roads and assiociated infrastructure.
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10 January, 2013
Read some of the quotes by famous people and some aspiring to be famous?
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13 December, 2012
The ANC component on the Witzenberg Council decided to attend the final Council meeting of the year. You want to know why? Because Council decided on increases in the remuneration packages for Councillors!

22 November, 2012
The ANC component in the Witzenberg Municipal Council has received instructions from their 'bosses' that they cannot and may not attend and further meetings of the Local Municipal Council - including Portfolio meetings.  Do those Councillors know who they represent - the public!........ No! .........Party politics make all the difference? Due to one DA member being expelled do to his apparent disloyalty to his Party (and another hanging on through the Courts) possibly with the financial assistance of the ANC, there is effectively a 'Hung Council in the Witzenberg - with the Vote of the VIP going with the DA because the VIP does not have the ethos to support a Party such as the ANC in it's current form and behavior? Interesting times? So what does a Hung Council mean? Things surely stay as they are, or the Provincial Minister of Local Government steps in? Let us see what happens.

19 November, 2012
Clr John Veschini of the VIP Party submits Motion to Council - (Set No. 11) - The VIP requests the policy regarding the acceptance of new consumers is reconsidered. Currently, should their be an amount owed to the Municipality by a previous consumer, our municipality refuses to allow a new consumer to pay his or her deposit and register properly as a consumer. This policy is causing chaos due mainly to the fact that by the very fact that the Municipality closes its books before the end of the month and tenants generally move in and out of premises on the last day of the month and therefore there is always an amount owed by a previous tenant.
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6 September, 2012
The VIP Party is proud to announce that Councillor John Veschini has been unanimously endorsed by all the Parties on the Witzenberg Council as Chairperson of the MPAC oversight committee.

3 September, 2012
Clr John Veschini of the VIP Party, submits Motion to Council - (Set No. 10)
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25 July, 2012
Has crime eventually reached Tulbagh? THE SAPS says it has not the members do do foot patrols? Why SAPS Tulbagh, is your Reservist force NOT functioning? Who is, or is not responsible for this. We or you? We want protection from crime! That is your responsibility!

13 June, 2012
Urgent Motion (Set no. 9) - VIP - Voice of Independents Party. Relating to the make up of the current Portfolio Committees  on the witzenberg Council.
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19 May, 2012
Comments on the Witzenberg IDP, draft Budget and draft Tariff Policy 2012 /2015 by your Councillor - the only Councillor who took the trouble to do so.


10 March, 2012
VIP - Voice of Independents Party submits Urgent Motion to Council (Set no. 8). Regards the extention of the Contracts of both the Municipal Manager and the Director of Corporate Services on the principle that all positions on Council should be advertised.
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13 February, 2012
Councillor John Veschini - VIP Party submits motions (Set no. 7) to the Witzenberg Municipality. (Relates to contingent liabilities that are not provided for in the budget),
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13 February, 2012
Councillor John Veschini - VIP Party submits motions (Set no. 6) to the Witzenberg Municipality. (Relates to the state of the Klip River Park and the danger to the public).
(Council agreed that the Park is not fit for human habitation but have agreed that the noisy Bikers are welcome? Can you believe these decisions?)
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22 January, 2012
Councillor John Veschini - VIP Party submits motions (Set no. 5) to the Witzenberg Municipality. (Relates to the seemingly inability of the DA ruling party coalition to appreciate that if we don't have development, there will not be an increased rates base and if we don't have an increased Rates base, you and I will pay more than we should in the next financial year). The request in this motion was that the matter was to have been tabled at the Committee for Rural and Economic Development. It was ignored!
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22 November, 2011Councillor John Veschini on behalf of the VIP - Voice of Independents Party submits Motions to the Witzenberg Municipal Council - Set No. 4. (relates to a Full time Councillor managing his Law practice whilst employed as a full time Councillor and a member of the DA Mayoral Executive Committee). also..... (The VIP Party proposes the new Portfolio of Rural Development and Planning be done away with in the interests of good and efficient governance and as a cost saving exercise. It has become clear to the VIP that this Portfolio is totally ineffective, unnecessary and a waste of public money. It is considered by the VIP that Development and Planning should be part of a restructured Technical, Development and Planning Committee. Also...... (Relates to The VIP Party, becoming increasingly concerned about the fact that the DA led Municipal Council does not appear to do enough to encourage development and thereby to increase our Rates base so that we will not be faced with more rates increases) This has never even been tabled at the relevant portfolio Committee for discussion to date. The DA is playing political games with the Ratepayer!
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22 November, 2011
Councillor John Veschini of the VIP - Voice of Independents Party, submits an urgent  Motion for the forthcoming Council meeting  - Set no. 3 , requesting information from the Municipality of the Witzenberg as to the extent (of the possible liability to the Municipality and therefore the Ratepayer) in respect of legal cases pending against the Municipality - which are understood to substantially exceed R20 million! A letter written by the Councillor to the Municipal Manager on 23rd August, 2011, requesting details have to date been ignored.  Given the fact that we are heading for a new budget year, it is critical to be prepared for any contingencies and know the details of the cases for decisions to be made? Surely?
See more for the original letter to Council

13 July, 2011
The VIP Party submits motions for the July Council meeting (Motion set No. 2).
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12 July, 2011
The VIP Party submits motions for the July Council meeting (Motion set No. 1).
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