Dear Residents and Ratepayers:
UPDATE, 21 November 2022:
Since the publication of this blog, DOCRRA have consulted with our legal team and as a result we have decided to challenge the validity of the KwaDukuza Municipality (KDM) advertisement placed in the Courier last week, as well as the process followed by KDM in this matter up to now.
Consequently we have suspended the proposed templated objection letter as well as the petition process, for now.
We will keep you updated on our progress during the next couple of weeks and if needed, the objection to the sale of public open space land at Townsend Park will be triggered within the necessary timeframe.
Following the recent notice by KDM that it is considering the disposal of a portion of Townsend Park, DOCRRA has been consulting with its members and other civic bodies and has decided to spearhead the efforts to oppose the proposed disposal of this property, as we did previously.
We do not believe the disposal of the property, for any purpose, is in the interests of the residents of Ward 30 where the property is situated, or of the residents of the greater Dolphin Coast for that matter. The facilities are used for many community activities such as football, basketball, special community events, scouts, walking of dogs etc. In addition, children from all the local schools utilize this facility. This is the only location, within Ballito, providing such a venue for the community.
The further detailed reasons for our decision in this regard will be communicated in due course.
DOCRRA is currently taking legal advice on how best to formalise a structured mass objection process that will ensure the most effective impact. We intend to mobilise all residents and ratepayers who are opposed to the disposal of this property in a coordinated manner, ensuring that all objections are formally recorded and considered appropriately by the KDM.
Please be advised that the formalisation of this process will take a few days, and that we hope to communicate the way forward by around Wednesday next week. The process will include providing residents with a standardised objection template containing all relevant information, together with advice on how to draft and transmit your objection. This should be copied to our centralised DOCCRA email address, thereby ensuring a proper and independent recordal of all objections.
For those that have not already submitted their objections, we would suggest that you wait for us to make the template and information available to assist you.
For those that have already submitted their objections, we would appreciate it if you could send us a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This process will enable us to work together in making sure that all opposing voices may be heard and a clear message be given to the KDM.