DA welcomes Western Cape Government Rescue Plan for Knysna

30 Nov 2023 | eRadio News

The DA says it welcomes the Western Cape Government’s visit to Knysna this week to evaluate the growing service delivery crisis inflicted on the people of Knysna by what it described as “a dysfunctional ANC/PA/EFF/PBI Coalition of Corruption”.

Water distribution and sewage has collapsed due to the lack of management expertise, lack of maintenance and no investment in basic infrastructure. Minister Anton Bredell has tasked engineers from the Department of Local Government, who are already working in the town, to formulate an emergency plan by Friday 1 December to address the situation.

Refuse collection, which came to a halt and caused a very serious health hazard in the town, is currently being addressed with help from neighbouring municipalities. The Knysna Municipality needs to fix its refuse collection fleet as a matter of urgency an d get this basic service up and running again.

The Department of Local Government is finalising a Diagnostic Plan for Knysna, and concurrently to this, a Support Plan, which is being compiled with the support of both provincial and national departments, is being finalised. These two documents will be presented to the Knysna Council next week, and if it is accepted, a broad range of support interventions will be available to help Knysna return to better fortunes.

In addition, the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has issued a Pre-Directive to the Knysna Municipality regarding sewage pollution.

The Pre-Directive was issued as the Municipality has not implemented reasonable measures to address the ongoing raw sewage ​ spillages emanating from overflowing manholes and sewerage pipelines in the Hunters Home and Hornlee Residential area, and at the Woods – Lake Brenton residential area, which is not only causing significant pollution of the environment, but also impacting negatively on the health and wellbeing of the residents in the respective areas, as well as contributing to the pollution of the Knysna Estuary.

The Municipality now has 14 days to submit an Action Plan for resolution.

“The people of Knysna are experiencing the reality faced by millions of households across South Africa where the ANC governs: a collapse of service delivery resulting from cadre deployment, incompetence and corruption. Unlike other failed Municipalities, Knysna is fortunate to be located in the DA governed Western Cape that is able to provide support,” the DA wrote in a statement.

“The only solution to this chaotic situation is the removal of the Coalition of Corruption at the earliest opportunity”.

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