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Hermanus Times
DA responds to a call for a shut-down

The Democratic Alliance, Overstrand Constituency notes with great concern the ongoing and deliberate threats to shut-down the municipality. We reject the recent call for a shut-down of Hermanus and the Overstrand as a whole.  Instead, we call on all peace loving and law abiding citizens of the area to take a stand and reject any attempt aimed at destroying the economy of Hermanus, and what has also become the apparent undermining of elected public representatives of our town.

We wish to categorically state that we have the utmost belief in and the upholdment of the system of democracy and the supremacy of the Constitution. It should, moreover, be noted that the Overstrand has once again received a clean audit opinion from the Auditor General of South Africa, which is further testimony to the phenomenal record of a sound fiscal policy and ongoing fiscal discipline instilled within. However, this does not in anyway suggest that we are not aware of the many challenges that may exist, nor do we negate the impact of the various issues that have arisen from time to time. Rather, a rampant increase in societal ills, inadequate shelter, poverty and unemployment are the ghosts that continue to haunt us to this day. The burden of Apartheid weighs heavily still on the many communities and families of our country, and has subsequently created a great deal of pain and sown an inordinate amount of distrust and discord amongst  its people.

Nevertheless, the Overstrand constantly strives to deliver services of noteworthy quality to all its communities.  It further prides itself on the ability to govern and the unwavering commitment to good governance and excellence.

 

To that end then the only shut-down that should be considered is:

·    a shut-down to unemployment

·    a shut-down to inequality

·    a shut-down to lack of skills and development

·    a shut-down to distrust and the destruction of unity in our town

·    a shut-down to increasing levels of crime in our communities

What is definitely not needed is the so called shut-down being promoted by a destructive few, as that will ultimately result in an infertile climate devoid of job creation and employment opportunities.  Notwithstanding that it would chase away much-needed investment, an inflow of revenue and kill the economy.

We urge the people of the Overstrand to go to work and carry on with their lives; and not allow this once-thriving community to be destroyed by any attempt of a shut-down.

We once again have to reiterate that we have every confidence in the government and elected representatives of the Overstrand Municipality. Should there however be any persons or groups that have a view contrary to this, then we encourage them to exercise their vote at the next elections and in so doing legally effect any desired change in government.

In closing, let us never lose faith in our ability to rise and stand together as a collective.  Let us use this opportunity to advance the cause of freedom; and employ the necessary effort to create a much fairer and diverse society.

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