GEORGE NEWS - Three top posts in George Municipality will be advertised and filled as permanent positions.
These include posts for director of Electrotechnical Services; director of Community Services and director of Planning and Development.
Acting Municipal Manager Michele Gratz will administer the process of appointing a service provider to facilitate the selection process, with selection panels in place for each position already.
Council has approved the sale of Erf 464, George (approximately 23ha in extent) situated next to the R102 (old airport road), opposite Groeneweide Park and the George show grounds, for the erection of a new campus for South Cape College.
The TVET college advised that a budget of about R280-million has been allocated to be implemented in their coming budget cycle - which commences in April 2021 - over a 24-month period.
The old crocodile farm is earmarked for future social housing development and Council has supported the request to proceed with precinct planning for the immediate precinct and commence the clean-up of the property, which includes the demolition of the buildings and dams, to prepare it for construction once the project can be implemented.
Glenwood Golf Course: Inputs received from a former public participation process have been tabled before Council and it was resolved to first conduct a cost benefit analysis and strategy for future disposal of municipal land to determine opportunities for usage before making any decision.
George Municipality undertook a number of measures during the lockdown period to assist financially restrained residents.
This included that all pre-paid meters were unblocked from 24 March 2020 and no credit control actions were taken against defaulters. No interest was levied during the lockdown period and domestic consumers whose circumstances changed, were given the opportunity to apply for indigent relief.
Council dealt with a number of credit control measures put in place to assist businesses, guest houses and domestic households.
These include that no interest would be levied on arrears until 30 September 2020; that due to the fact that no collection mechanisms applied for the first three months of lockdown, i.e. April to June 2020, arrangements could be made to pay these arrears over a longer period; and that debt relief can be applied for, using an approved application form.
Council further resolved that all requests for relief be considered on an ad-hoc basis after taking into consideration the merits of the request received.
Citizens are requested to liaise with the municipality credit control department regarding any accounts in arrears, on 044 801 9111, providing the necessary contact information and nature of the request.
Council approved measures whereby the municipal manager could appoint professional engineers on a short-term basis to project-manage capital expenditure on upgrades that need to be undertaken on key infrastructure.
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