DOCRRA Chairman, Deon Viljoen, read and analyzed the feedback on the Draft Annual report for 2019/2020, presented by the Mayor on 28 January 2021.
Please note that:
He was pleased with the honesty and transparency in the report and believe it has been verified by the Auditor General. This is really hanging out the dirty washing for all to see. It is also evident that our, and the community’s comments and feedback, has been noticed and recorded.
There are many sections in the report that do not pertain directly to us on the Dolphin Coast. For example, schools, libraries, sports, youth development, gender and other local community issues. Yet everything else appears to be there, e.g., roads, streetlights, waste, storm water, environmental issues, agreed-to-KPA goals, governance (and the lack thereof), delivery of basic services and more. However, there are several reports missing still. Sadly, from Electricity, Economic Development, Air pollution and some others.
There 29 wards and 37 odd councilors. And only two thirds of the councilors are elected. There are approximately 230 ward committee members and a big concern, highlighted, is the inefficiency of many of the ward committees. There is an Exco which seems to be where most the strategic and operational work gets done. They meet much more frequently.
Deon’s key takeout from the report include:
However, here are the real issues:
Using a three-legged pot as a metaphor, we have two legs that are strong and supporting the pot, planning and finance, with the third leg at 50% (and decreasing) toppling the pot, implementation. Fortunately, this has been identified by at least the Mayor, and hopefully others, and there is a commitment (and many more plans) to remedy this. We also now know that rigorous, supportive, and constant community engagement, makes a difference (the only delivery area that has improved over the last year is basic services). We once again remind the reader that this is for the financial year ending June 2020. DOCRRA plays a key role in this community engagement process and we need to strengthen our resources to do even more. If we were looking for that elusive “silver bullet”, it will have to be “consequence management”.
DOCRRA remains committed to support the Dolphin Coast community by sharing relevant information, giving access for input and opinions, and exerting the influence of the Dolphin Coast community on KDM in particular, however also all relevant community structures and organisations. Of interest was the successful launch of the Dolphin Coast Outreach initiative and the close working relationship DOCRRA is fostering with The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA).
We, DOCRRA, will continue to promote and protect the interests of all residents and ratepayers within the jurisdiction of the Dolphin Coast area. However, the more community representation and support we have, the more influence we have. Therefore, we urge you to become a member of DOCRRA.
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