“We believe our decision to support an independent balance of power is progressiveness in action…”
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Oudtshoorn. 15 October 2012. 11h10. On the eve of the DA’s first public election meeting tonight, the Plettenberg Bay Business Chamber announced moments ago that it is backing an independent candidate against the DA in Ward 2.
In an email to members, the Chamber’s Barries Ferreira says:
We are sure that by now all of you are aware of the by-election in ward 2 that will take place on the 5th of December 2012, in order to fill the vacancy in Council due to the tragic passing of councillor Charles Dreyer.
We have stated on many occasions that the Plett Business Chamber is a non-political organisation. We stand for what is good for business in town and against what is bad for business in town- a simple principle.
We however believe that this election is crucial to shape the future of our town, and that of business in this town. We therefore made the attached statement as unanimously agreed on at an urgent special committee meeting held on Sunday the 14th of October 2012, in order to accentuate how important it is that everybody in ward 2 vote and that you seriously consider the candidate that you vote for.
Please take note that the PBC committee took the following unanimous decisions at a special committee meeting held on 14 October 2012:
1. The PBC pledges its support for an independent candidate for the upcoming by-election in Ward 2.
2. PBC member Francois Geldenhuys (“the candidate”) last week announced that he will stand as an independent in the election and PBC wishes to pledge its support to him.
The decision of the committee was based on the following:
1. The committee is of the opinion that it is in the best interest of business in Plettenberg Bay that the PBC get actively involved in the shaping and planning of our town’s future.
2. The committee is of the opinion that the town should be run as a business and thus in line with the normal internationally accepted principle of the accountability of directors towards its shareholders.
3. The PBC remains non-political and is not affiliated with any political party.
4. We believe our decision to support an independent balance of power is progressiveness in action and in compliance with the above mentioned principle.
5. The candidate together with other independent candidate (s) will present his manifesto and participate in a preliminary election process to be held on Tuesday, October 23 in the Piesang Valley Community Hall. Should the candidate win the preliminary election process he will progress to stand in the December 5 by-election.
6. The candidate has subscribed to a “recall policy”. This means that voters can recall him at any time after December 5 and before the next election if they are not satisfied with his performance as a councilor and/or if he decides to go into a coalition with any political party.
7. If the recall policy is enforced by the majority of the voters in Ward 2, the independent will be obliged to resign the seat.