Wednesday, September 22, 2010
All beings that constitute mother earth have the following fundamental rights:
a. the right to life and to exist;
b. the right to regenerate its bio-capacity and to continue its vital cycle and processes free from human disruptions;
c. the right to water as a source of life;
d. the right to clean air;
e. the right to integral health
f. the right to be free from contamination, pollution and toxic or radio-active waste.
The understanding of and harmony with nature is essential in a world where we experience total abuse causing irreversible damage.
We should all be addressing how we’ve been operating and be willing to change our behavioural patterns. Destructive behaviour should cease and the natural self-correction of the earth be allowed to take place.
Food for thought all-beit maybe too late and placing future generations in jeopardy.
CLLR JEREMY DAVIS
I would like to bring it to the attention of the residents and business owners of
The police and the Liquor Inspector have failed to find any liquor on the premises despite my seeing a truck parked on the pavement at the door of the “club” off-loading liquor and reporting this to the SAPS who to their credit responded immediately only to be told by the “club” owner that a birthday party was taking place on Sunday, hence the liquor!
Finally, I would like to suggest that members of the community respond to me directly in writing if they object to the approval and consequent issuing of a liquor licence to these premises. Equally, if the community are opposed to the Council proceeding with the approval of consent of use, please write and let me know. This must be regarded as an opportunity for the residents of Central and Richmond Hill to register their objections to this activity in their midst and I challenge them to respond!
CLLR JEREMY DAVIS
Monday, September 13, 2010
Notice is hereby given of the
Annual General Meeting of
Branch 5 Members
Date : Monday, 27 September 2010
Time : 17h30
Venue : DA Metro Office,
3. Report by Chairperson: Christina Engela
4. Guest Speaker: Dacre Haddon, MPL
5. Election of New Office Bearers
6. Report by Councillor: Jeremy Davis
The Presiding Officer for the Meeting will be David Hayselden.
Monday, September 6, 2010
3 September 2010
Deputy Executive Mayor
ATTENTION: Cllr Nancy Sihlwayi
POSTPONEMENT OF HERITAGE TASK TEAM MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 3 SEPTEMBER 2010
With all due respect I request an explanation for the continued cancellation and postponements of our Task Team meetings. The Task Team should be playing a major and important role in protecting our city from the negative impact problem buildings are creating in our midst. The Mayor obviously had good intentions when appointing this task team but has failed to monitor its lack of progress. Meanwhile buildings continue to be neglected and furthermore, illegal so called “essential repairs” are being carried out on the
I ask that the important and effective impact that this task team could have on the protection of our heritage buildings be recognised by you and other members of this team. I, as a member of the Task Team am deeply disturbed by the lack of concern you show in carrying out our obligations in light of our accountability to the residents of the Metro. I have on numerous occasions included the protection of our Heritage in the Red Location, all to no avail!!
I must also question the delay in promulgating the Problem Building By-Law by the ruling party for no apparent reason.
I look forward to receiving your response to this letter with some sort of explanation for the shortcomings I have highlighted.
CLLR JEREMY DAVIS
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
14 May 2010
IDP PRIORITIES FOR WARD 5
All these items are top priority.
* Crime prevention measures, including drug trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking
* Multi-purpose centre which will include a youth centre for skills development, computer and technical skills, etc. (
* More clinics in the ward, currently there is only one clinic at
* Upgrading of the parks and playing fields as listed
* Erection of public toilets, vicinity of stadium, North End and Central (original application, February 2007)
* Incubators and containers for SMME’s
* Projects ring fenced for young people, skills development organization for the young
* Illegal dumping especially at the old cemetery and
* Traffic calming measures at:
* Floodlights at:
a. The Green, Erf 518, Mount Road an existing sport and recreation area with two hard tennis courts. The field itself is used regularly by numerous young children to play football. The floodlights would allow access in winter between 17h00 (after school) and 19h00, solar lighting would be the most practical solution.
b. Erf 184,
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
6 April 2010
I have once again brought these access steps to the attention of the Department of Infrastructure and Engineering in our Metro. The steps provide easy access for criminal’s intent on plying their trade either in Richmond Hill or Central and provide an escape route that invariably ends up in Govan Mbeki.
My correspondence started in March 2006 triggered by reports of muggings, rapes and robberies. I have continuously emphasized the safety of the residents being of paramount importance to no avail as one department passes the ball to the other department, in this case the two roll players being Housing and Land (Land Planning & Management Silo) and the Infrastructure and Engineering department who have for four years, despite regular requests not attended to this matter but just passed the buck. This must stop somewhere or are they waiting for further evidence possibly a loss of life before they act?
A Ward Councillor’s job is not an enviable one at the best of times and never before have I resorted to involving the press in this manner, but it must be brought to the ratepayers’ notice that all is not well in our metro and most of the departments seem to have political agendas that are not in the interest of the residents.
DA CLLR JEREMY DAVIS
Thursday, April 29, 2010
- Traffic Calming Measures outside the Provincial Hospital, Gipson Road and in particular at the turn into St. Croix Avenue was requested. This is a highly dangerous situation where control of traffic speed is essential.
- A letter was sent to the ED: Housing & Land regarding the Contravention of the PE Zoning Scheme. I wrote, “It would appear that your description of the site concerned is totally flawed, in light of the fact that Erf No 2845 & 2846 are now consolidated into Erf No 6145 and that municipal drawings have been approved and stamped. Furthermore, the building in question is zone Bus. 1 and the Fushin Sushi is a licenced restaurant and not as stated by you, a bottle store. Aljo’s Supermarket have a bottle store next to their store and maybe you should identify the land usage of these premises.”
- A letter addressed to the Exec. Mayor, Cllr Zanoxolo Wayile regarding Library Week: 22-27 03/2010, with regard to a group of SAMWU members who refused to allow the meeting at the Newton Park Library to discuss the Metro Libraries to take place.
- Mothwa Haven - my concern is for the elderly who have now got to find alternative accommodation. This must be very distressing for their families. 61 Employees are losing their jobs.
- A letter was sent to Housing & Land Dept re Erf 5645, The Baakens Str Police Station Bldg, with regards to the “essential repairs” being carried out despite making several phone calls to the building inspectorate trying to establish whether building plans should have been submitted or not or whether the essential repairs being carried out are in order. A chimney has been removed and at least 2 roof windows that change the aesthetics of the building quire considerably.
- Thedmar Court, Erf 2657: A borehole for water has been sunk in the forecourt of this building. Does this conform with regulations?
A letter was sent to the Deputy Executive Mayor, Cllr Nancy Sihlwayi on 29 March 2010, regarding an article in the Sunday Times of 28 March 2010 regarding “Joburg to force sale of Mandela building - Chancellor House, the bldg that housed the legal offices of struggle icons Oliver Tambo & Nelson Mandela in the 50’s, is to be expropriated by the City of Jhb. After attempts to buy the property from Polokwane business man Aziz Essa failed, the city has decided that the property will undergo a mandatory sale.
“This can be done without the consent of the owner, who we have tried unsuccessfully to convince to sell, said Lael Bethlehem, CEO of Jhb Dev. Agency. The dilapidated building, which has been damaged by fire, was until recently occupied by vagrants, now evicted. The structure of the building has been badly damaged and living conditions are both unsafe and unhygienic. For any building this is unacceptable. For a building of such historic importance, the situation is reprehensible, Bethlehem said”. I have said for a very long time that the only viable and effective solution to enforce the compulsory repair order and the carrying out of essential repairs to buildings falling into a state of decay is to attach the building for sale by public auction or for the Metro to expropriate the building and in this case convert the Baakens Street Police Station into a museum and the Post Office into Council Chambers.
The legal route we intend taking will be a very lengthy process running into many years and to be avoided.
A Multi Party Task Team to attend to the destruction of our Heritage buildings in the Metro with particular emphasis on Central and the MBDA (Mandela Bay Development Agency) Mandate Area has been formed on which Cllrs Herbst, Biddulph and I serve. We hold regular meetings but once again as in most cases involving the Metro, things are not progressing at the pace we would like them to. The definition of the term “essential repairs” has been raised with several officials but so far clarity is lacking. I think it is extremely important that independent legal opinion and advice should be engaged and have put this to the committee.
Clr J. Davis
With reference to the article in The Herald dated 10 March, “Eatery next to old age home gets green light”, this application for a licensed restaurant in Stebonheath Road and consequent decision of both the Liquor Board and the Nelson Mandela Bay Housing & Land Committee is both flawed and another example of our communites represented by ward committees and ward councillors being treated with total disdain despite the fact all the correct procedures of objection had been followed. The item in the housing and land committee agenda for March 9 states “the application was advertised in the prescribed manner and no objections have been received”.
The agenda then proceeds to list all the objections, referring to them as comments from the ward councillor.
Just to add fuel to the fire I noticed recommendation (b) differs from the original recommendation.
As a councillor who places enormous emphasis on accuracy and humanitarian issues, I am perpetually frustrated by incompetence.
Clr J. Davis