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Daniel announces the addition of a new member of staff and features both rental and property to buy.
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- PROMULGATION OF PROPERTY RATES FOR THE 2016/2017 FINANCIAL YEAR
- REBATE ON PROPERTY RATES ONLY APPLICABLE ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
- CLEANLINESS OF ERVEN
- PROPOSED REZONING AND DEPARTURE OF ERF 995, RIEBEEK KASTEEL
- PROPOSED REZONING OF ERF 150, RIEBEEK KASTEEL
Comment - please read the above notices and see if they affect you in any way. One of the notices we published in the last Reporter concerned a proposal to erect a communications tower on Kerk Street Riebeek Kasteel. It seems that this was only read by one reader who alerted the rest of the community. This resulted in dozens of objections being sent to the municipality. If you don't read boring notices and other items you may well miss things that significantly affect your life!
Notices this month include rate levels, school premises and a new restaurant. The rate levy has actually decreased but there has been a property revaluation during the year so for most this means that the amount actually paid will go up. The Municipality helpfully printed a reminder that rate rebates for those who qualify must be claimed by the end of September. The notice stated that claims must be submitted on the relevant form. I went into the Riebeek Kasteel offices to find that forms were not available. I subsequently discovered that forms will be sent out with July accounts and should have been available in offices from August 1st.
It seems that the Riebeek Valley Art Fair organised by Solo Studios was a great success. A large number of local artists opened their studios to visitors for a weekend and special exhibitions were staged in a number of galleries. In one of these the sculptor Andries Dirks demonstrated his art. His ability to create superb sculptures in clay was not spotted until he joined a skills development programme while spending time in Riebeek West prison. Subsequently he was sponsored by the Riley family of Riebeek West who helped him promote his work but this support fell away when the Rileys died. Now he has five children (including twins) and lives in a tiny house in Esterhof. This environment does not make sculpting easy! He needs help to develop his obvious talent (contact via the tourist ofrfice)!
RIEBEEK VALLEY HANDBOOK 2017
We have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the news that there will be a new edition of the Riebeek Valley Handbook published this year. For fifteen years the Handbook has been an essential part of life in the Riebeek Valley. It has been used:
- as a telephone directory
- for somewhere to look up suppliers
- as a teaching aid in schools
- as a tool in planning conferences & weddings
- by visitors looking for accommodation & somewhere to eat
- to look up emergency numbers & where to get help
- to study travel timetables
- information on things to do
- to study the history of the area & more.
In view of the above we are surprised that more local service providers do not seem to be taking space because the Handbook is where people look for help when they want something done. This could be garden services. cleaning, repairs of all kinds, plumbing, electrical work. building works, event planning and so on. The cost is not high and you are likely to more than recoup the expenditure with one new client. You've still got time . If you haven't done so already contact Linda Harrison who is sorting out all the advertising this year (076 8037 399 email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
RAIN - WE NEED MORE!
131mm fell in July which is slightly above average but we still need a wet August to avoid severe water restrictions into infinity. As I write this the sun is shining and the sky is blue. However the wind is whistling round the rafters which indicates that there may be a front on the way. The level of Voelvlei dam is up to 46% - two years ago it was overflowing at this time of the year.
Now we have the curious case of the time that there was no electricity in the night in Riebeek Kasteel. Robert Brendel asked his assistant to phone the Municipality to find out why this had happened on several occasions. The answer from Municipality was that this is not their problem and she should talk to Eskom. When she finally got hold of the right person the answer was that there have been no power outages inRiebeekKasteel for weeks nor did they get any complaints or reports! Very odd.
Then the matter was taken up by Shawn Hewitt. He talked to Mr Ockhuis the Eskom regional manager. He put the problem down to cable theft. He said that Eskom have managed to work with other communities on the West Coast and in Philippi to address the problem. He suspects that the theft syndicates have moved to the Valley. He is not saying that cable theft is the only issue. he agreed investigate the outages to try and identify the root causes. Mr Ockhuis requested that we try and provide him with a list of dates and times of outages so that he can narrow his search down.
We do not understand the current situation. Surely if some one steals cable, the electricity will go off until some one else replaces it? This presumably must be Eskom in which case they would know when supply has been disrupted. But it seems that this is not the case since they require us to tell them when we do not have electricity? Strange. A meeting is promised (at which all will be revealed?). Watch this space as they say.
Berg River Canoe Marathon - competitors approaching the end of the first day's stage at Sonquasdrift. Swartland Mayor, Tijmen van Essen , was there to greet them.
Douglas hendry writes: "Sense of humour failure. I am sure that many of you will have heard, or seen, political organisations exhorting us to vote for their respective parties. This morning i was walking past the ANC mob here in RW, and all they were shouting, what i could understand, as Ämandla". As an Ënglish-speaker i failed to understand exactly what they were saying and answered with "Nkandla". Well, it rhymes. They appeared to take umbrage and bellowed at me, but i failed to understand them. Amandla, Nkandla, 2 sides of the same coin? But NO sense of humour." (Cultural difference perhaps - ed)
Following the publication of the candidates for municipal elections in the last reporter there was copious correspondence on Facebook about their role. We suspect that due to the inactivity of present councillors few knew of their existence or identity. We can only hope that the situation will improve with the election of new representatives.
Shawn Hewitt has been elected chairman of Riebeek Valley Tourism.
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