Letter | Ports Regulator will decide issue
In the meantime ABYC continues to pay R50 000 per month in rent;
- The writer calls for the firing of the yacht club decision makers.
The ABYC is run by a dedicated band of volunteers who follow a strict democratic process which refers major decisions to members for a vote when required;
- The writer wonders how many black members there are in the club?
We do have members willing to once again contribute to a resumption of our development and training programme once our tenure issue has been solved;
- The writer wonders how much fresh drinking water is used to wash down our “elite status symbols”?
A ban on the use of hose pipes is reinforced and many use sea water for hosing down;
- The writer doesn’t agree that a yacht club is needed to attract big sailing events to our city.
Of course the port facility can offer the infrastructure to host big sailing events.
Sailors rely on volunteers to provide safety, course laying, committee boats and personnel, regatta support personnel and assistance to sailors – skills that state-owned enterprises such as the TNPA lack and would have to buy in;
- Regarding the restaurant, ABYC was hit by a fire in 2006 that destroyed the club and it was rebuilt at members’ expense.
Couple the 2006 and 2009 disasters with huge questionable rental increases, loss of members and the “offer” by TNPA to allow the commercial activities by a restaurant to “help pay the rent” – although ABYC followed the terms of the lease by not collecting a rental for the area occupied by the restaurant – and applying the increased liquor sales to paying the increased rent.
As a sporting body within the land controlled by an SOE, we have been refused the same benefits that other sporting bodies on municipal land enjoy – no or little rental, no or discounted rates, lights and water.
The TNPA applies rental in a haphazard fashion across all of its properties.
Some clubs currently enjoy a 75% discount on the determined commercial rate for land while others such as ABYC and Mossel Bay Yacht Club have rentals of R50 0000 and R128 000 per month respectively.
As voluntary sporting bodies yacht clubs have to balance their service aspects with commercial aspects being forced upon them by an SOE increasingly hungry for money;
- The “privileges” spoken about by the writer came at a price – historic and ongoing – that ABYC is well aware of its obligation to.