Monday, September 27, 2010

Branch AGM Postponed To 18 Oct

Dear all,

The Branch AGM scheduled for tonight, Monday at 1730, DA office, 4 Clyde Street Central has been postponed to the 18th of October.

Please forward your nominations for the posts of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer to Nictjie at the Ward 5 office () asap as we will be having elections to choose new incumbents. (If you would like a chance to show you can do it better, this is it.)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THOSE ATTENDING NEED TO BE REGISTERED PAID UP ANNUAL MEMBERS OF THE PARTY IN ORDER TO VOTE OR TO STAND AS CANDIDATES.

In the meantime, if you are not registered paid up members, you can obtain membership at the Clyde St office, or at the Ward 5 office.

Christina Engela

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MOTHER EARTH

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.

Yours sincerely,

CLLR JEREMY DAVIS

WARD 5

ILLEGAL CLUB, CENTRAL

I would like to bring it to the attention of the residents and business owners of Richmond Hill and Central that I am engaged in addressing the illegitimate use of the premises at 178 Russell Road, Central. In terms of the Port Elizabeth Zoning Scheme Regulations these premises are operating without Council’s Consent of Use. I am not aware of any application for secondary uses and would suggest that in terms of Business Purposes Regulations, they are operating illegally. Furthermore, they are not in possession of a liquor licence. Something extremely rare in our Metro is the enforcement of the law. On the one hand you have an advertisement in our local paper describing the facilities available on the premises, i.e. lap dancing, table dancing, escort ladies, bar facilities, open till late and on the other hand an extremely slow and arduous procedure to be followed by the Land Use Management department of the Metro., in cases of unauthorized use of premises.

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!

Yours sincerely,

CLLR JEREMY DAVIS

WARD 5

Monday, September 13, 2010

Notice of Branch AGM

Notice is hereby given of the

Annual General Meeting of

Branch 5 Members

Date : Monday, 27 September 2010

Time : 17h30

Venue : DA Metro Office, Clyde Street, Central, PE

AGENDA

1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Report by Chairperson: Christina Engela

4. Guest Speaker: Dacre Haddon, MPL

5. Election of New Office Bearers

6. Report by Councillor: Jeremy Davis

7. Closure

The Presiding Officer for the Meeting will be David Hayselden.

Monday, September 6, 2010

POSTPONEMENT OF HERITAGE TASK TEAM MEETING

3 September 2010

Deputy Executive Mayor

NELSON MANDELA BAY MUNICIPALITY

ATTENTION: Cllr Nancy Sihlwayi

Dear Madam,

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 Baakens Street buildings with no action in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act 1999 being taken by the Metro.

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.

Yours sincerely,

CLLR JEREMY DAVIS