THE Federation of Kouga Residents and Ratepayers Associations (FEKRRA), which has maintained a low profile since the death of its previous chairman, Joe Oosthuizen in 2010, appears to be ready to resume battle with Kouga officials.
FEKRRA, consisting of residents and ratepayer organisations within the Kouga, declared that they are “totally fed” up with the lack of service delivery by the Kouga Municipality (KM). In their last meeting with executive mayor Booi Koerat, their chairman, Louis Geldenhuys warned that if something did not happen, further action would be taken.
Geldenhuys listed the main issues as:
Consequences of withholding information and lack of transparency;
A need for representation and participation in each municipal area;
Lack of respect and commitment from KM senior municipal officials;
Professionalism especially in management and supervision and
Adherence to all municipal acts.
Koerat agreed to follow up with the appropriate officials. Chairman of the St Francis Bay Residents Association (SFBRA), Tony Moore, also advised the mayor that it was totally unacceptable that the Gabodo and KPMG reports had not yet been made available despite several requests from the association. The mayor’s response was that he had not seen the Gabodo report and that it was in the hands of the MEC for Traditional Affairs, Mlibo Qhoboshiane.
However, this was contrary to what the SFBRA were led to believe previously. Koerat also advised that the KPMG report had been tabled but that it was a draft that was returned for completion. The mayor was reminded by FEKRRA that he had stated at the beginning of his tenure that he needed 100 days to get things sorted out and that this period of time has long since passed with little or no change in status quo.