Residents of Jeffreys Bay are becoming fed up with their Municipality and the lack of service delivery. This was evident at the monthly meeting of the Jeffreys Bay Community Police Forum (CPF) last night where yet again no top level municipal official or councilors attended the meeting. Despite invitations being sent, it simply seems that the Municipality does not care about the residents of the town.
What are the options for residents when they are not receiving what they deserve from their Municipality?
According to the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) residents can set up a trust account and the residents can then register as an external service provider with their Municipality. The NTU can assist with the expertise with roads, sewage and water plant maintenance. More information can be obtained by visiting their website
The Hennenman Residents Forum declared a dispute, withheld rates, and are now using their rates to maintain their town. Over a year, the improvement has been remarkable – potholes have been fixed, pavements repaired, fences painted, traffic circles landscaped, gravel roads graded, weeds on verges mown. The town is looking extremely attractive – and, just as in Sannieshof, it is all done using a fraction of the rates income required by the municipality.
Henneman and Sannieshof are two towns that have already gone down this route in South Africa. Is it time for Jeffreys Bay to follow suit?