Eden’s political scuffles and administrative discord continues to embrown our lives!
Decision makers turn to O!O first for what’s really happening in Eden
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EDEN: It’s raining questions – About the Mayor; about the Speaker; about the MM; about the DA / Cope “aliance”; about the former DA constituency head… And the DA is as silent as the ANC is elsewhere. O!O has the stories – after many weeks of probing – and O!O will tell you what the DA does not want you to hear. Here’s the first installment…
The former (acting) Eden Municipal Manager, Morné Hoogbaard, now MM of Kannaland, transferred a Tourism manager, Fatima Hoosain-Whatney, to Oudtshoorn to manage the local municipal resorts, some time before the May 2011 local government elections.
For this relocation from George to Oudtshoorn Whatney received R60’000 as prescribed by ‘policy’.
Only Whatney never relocated.
She is currently enduring the hostile working and inclement weather conditions, and inimical environs of the City of Durban where she is breaking her back for Eden at the annual Tourism Indaba, squatting, no doubt, under a boardwalk on some bleak beach.
Not only has Whatney not repaid the R60’000 relocation award she never used to relocate, she is entitled – by ‘policy’ and ‘precedent’ – to yet another R60’000 for being transferred back to Eden, from Oudtshoorn.
Note, dear reader, that Whatney is entitled, although she has not in fact applied for the grant, to claim R60’000 to move back to George from Oudtshoorn where she never relocated to in the first place.
Policy. Procedure. Precedent. Preposterous. Pathetic.
To its credit, and in a move that is expected to alter weather patterns for decades to come, the Eden Mayco decided, some time ago already, that the R60’000 be recovered from Whatney.
A Mayco member tells O!O that the matter is in the hands of the administration.
But, so claims the MM’s office, and probably rightly so, precedent, o, and policy, demands Whatney retains the R60’000… and is entitled to another R60,000 for moving away from a place she never moved to in the first place.
And we wonder about the state of local government.
With municipal management restrained by policies and procedures patently formulated to harm ratepayers; and with functionaries abusing such bad policies in cold blood; and with politicians turning a blind eye in refusing to address harmful practices, local governments can hardly be expected to deliver what politicians promise every few years in order to lure the great unwashed into their dens of iniquity.
What will Eden do to recover the R60’000 – and other recent such allowances! – and ensure that such outrageous manipulation is never repeated!?
May we hear from you, Mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen; MM Godfrey Louw; MMC Johann Koegelenberg; Chair of the Audit Committee Jolyon Stoffels; Minister Anton Bredell?
DREWAN BAIRD COMMUNICATION – Sensaytional – 076 349 6316
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