Cope’s Eden antics
No holds barred in your face factual reporting
even of what you may not realise you should want to know
Your advertising is only as good as the people who see it – repeatedly!
You want to do business with O!O readers – people with money and control of corporate budgets.
And you want to reach them behind their desks, making decisions!
Oudtshoorn. 6 February 2013. 09h30.
Dear Mr Lekota
My earlier correspondence in this matter refers.
I am informed that you do not address matters local, but I prefer to speak to those at whose desks the proverbial buck stops.
The Eden Cope demand for money and position is acknowledged by several informed local councillors and administrators across party lines.
The demand for a so-called “14th cheque”, by Eden, for Cope Western Cape Leader Vujani Gouws, has not yet been satisfactorily explained.
It is now clear that demand for position is also rife.
The staff contingent of the Bitou Cope Deputy Mayor is to be expanded – I attach two current advertisements in this matter.
It is obvious that much more than the extra R25,000 odd for Gouws is at the bottom of clear disharmony between Cope and the DA in Eden, despite the curt January 10 message from Theuns Botha: “We had a successful meeting, thank you.”
Something is wrong in the State of Eden.
In addition to Gouws, Cope Eden spokesperson Allan Kock was also “parked” in Eden District Municipality after the May 2011 elections when the DA won Eden outright.
Prudent Eden DA councillors complained about the cost of carrying the dead wood. Eventually the Eden DA constituency head, Theuns Botha – also the DA’s head of government business – forced Kock on Bitou, where he was positioned as “office manager” to the Cope deputy mayor… to the irritation and vociferous objection of at least one judicious DA councillor in that municipality – a man subsequently removed by the DA.
A “Personal Assistant to the Deputy Mayor” – R127,992 per annum; and a “Clerk: Special Programmes” – R89,678 per annum, both tied to the deputy mayor’s term of office, are now being recruited.
The clerk is to “assist with the building of institutional support structures and mechanisms to effect the mainstreaming of transversal issues.”
I venture a translation: “Taurine ordure”.
Kock’s cost to Bitou is believed to be in the region of R240,000 per annum.
Adding the cost of the new recruits, the Bitou ratepayers is therefore expected to “sponsor” Cope members to the tune of some R450,000 per annum – much more, claims a number of Southern Cape DA councillors.
Add the cost of the deputy mayor’s body guard and driver…
Western Cape DA Chair and minister of local government Anton Bredell even financed an expensive PwC audit last year to tighten the organogram. That the advertised posts are, according to Bitou Corporate Services, incorporated in this document smacks of political interference; and speaks to the folly of the expense.
The duties of a deputy mayor, pardon – “executive” deputy mayor – can be disposed of by a busy person in half an hour before breakfast, to borrow a phrase once used by an efficient old school Oudtshoorn director about a then new appointment in “strategic” management.
You should ensure that the “Executive Deputy Mayor” not be afforded three staffers to help him fill his daily 30 minutes, and at ratepayer expense.
Please see to this matter.
O, and have Cope support Gouws from Cope coffers if you please; he is of no use to us in Eden.
In conclusion: If Cope cadres support the DA for personal benefit only, please rather dump the “cooperation agreement” – we locals can’t afford the luxury of the Cope support.