With all the recent rains the overgrown empty stands in Jeffreys Bay are not only an eyesore and fire hazard, but also a haven for snakes and vermin.
In 2006 the clearing of plots was identified by the municipality as a work opportunity for emerging contractors and the following procedures were introduced:
• All complaints were to be directed to the department of Health at 042 296 1155 and the call registered in the Plot Complaint Register.
• An inspection would then be carried out, and a photograph taken of the overgrown plot and placed on record.
• A notice would be issued to the owner of the overgrown plot giving 14 days to clean the plot or make arrangements to do so.
• Once the period of notice lapsed a further inspection would then be carried out and if there has been no progress the matter would then be handed over to the contractors who would be paid by the municipality for their work.
• The amount paid to the contractor plus 20% for administration would then be added to the owners monthly service account.
According to Japie Jansen, Acting Director Social Services, the Kouga Municipality are no longer able to assist with the clearing of overgrown plots due to financial constraints so at present nothing is being done to rectify the situation.
In response to an article in Our Times the municipality now claim it intends employing its own people to do the work should the owners of the overgrown plots fail to react “ as an intervention to protect other residents from the potential negative impacts of overgrowth. The municipality is not abandoning this service but merely changing strategy.”
At a recent Community Policing Forum the police expressed concern the overgrown plots in Wavecrest were providing cover for potential burglaries and ratepayers are hoping it is not too long before this service is introduced.
The DA is in constant communication with the Municipality as well as with the CPF to try bring a solution to this problem that quite frankly should have been sorted out ages ago.