Blog 14 August 2012

 
News Updates today in St Francis Bay

1.  ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE - DISGRUNTLED WITH OUR INFRASTRUCTURE

This blog written by another disgruntled home and business owner

I bumped into an acquaintance of mine who moved to St Francis Bay 6 years ago with his wife and daughter from Johannesburg. These were some of the things that he said to me earlier:

  • Had I known that St Francis’ infrastructure would end up the way it has I would have rented a house instead of buying one.
  • If someone offers me a price for my house now I will take it and move to Cape Town or back to Johannesburg where I still have a house.
  • It must be so embarrassing for an estate agent to try and sell a house in St Francis Bay.
    You cannot even get into town using one of our main roads, it is so bad.
  • To get from the end of Santareme, where I live, into town takes me about 15 minutes with all the detours that I have to take. I only come into town when I need groceries.
  • Thank goodness I derive an income from my business in Johannesburg and not St Francis Bay. I don’t know how you businesses manage to survive in this place. It’s a mess.
  • We cannot even get onto the beach. Any beach.
  • Our mayor came to make a speech at a function that I attended and he was so bad that the majority of people walked out. He is useless.

We don’t even know how many people live in St Francis Bay or Cape St Francis (our municipality does not have these figures) but I would guess that there are probably about 3500 people all feeling the same way, never mind home owners who have holiday homes here. Many of these homes are rented out over December, the income derived from this, being used for repairs, maintenance, rates and taxes. Many owners rely heavily on this income which gives them the ability to enjoy their holiday home and St Francis Bay during the rest of the year. And this again brings in an income for businesses in St Francis. This is about to disappear.

Our area must be generating a huge amount of money every month on rates and taxes for such a small place in comparison to other towns. So, where is the money? Last year many of us refused to pay our rates and taxes and on a Friday afternoon late (when all municipal workers had knocked off) 480 of us had our electricity and water cut. Refusing to pay rates and taxes is clearly not the answer unless well supported and well organized. This is the answer! We need someone with huge amounts of energy and drive to make this happen. And I know there are many organizations working on this and I thank you. It’s a tough task!

In my mind people who have been elected into government and subsidiaries thereof, are public servants who are there to serve their constituents and not to line their own pockets and lifestyle. Somewhere along the line this notion of serving one’s community went by the wayside. Public servants now believe that they have to have a million Rand plus vehicle and every perk under the sun. How is it that their supporters can still vote for them? Nothing has changed to better their lot in life. In fact worse! That to me is totally distasteful!!!

Many people will read this post but nobody is going to comment although they feel exactly the same way. Why?

There are many things that I would like to say and comment upon but I cannot because of the role that I play in St Francis Bay and my businesses. I would like to be controversial and say things the way that they really are but that would not be good business practice. Whatever happened to Freedom of Speech?

Disgruntled Home and Business Owner

 

QUICK LINK TO PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN ST FRANCIS BAY:
Houses For Sale in St Francis Bay Canals - click to view
Houses For Sale in St Francis Bay Marina Village - click to view
Houses For Sale in St Francis Bay Village - click to view
Houses For Sale in St Francis Bay Sanaterme - click to view
Houses For Sale in St Francis Bay Santareme Phase I - click to view
Houses For Sale in St Francis Bay Santareme Phase II - click to view
Houses For Sale in St Francis Bay Air Field - click to view
Houses For Sale in St Francis Bay Links Golf Estate - click to view
Apartments For Sale in St Francis Bay Port St Francis - click to view

QUICK LINK TO HOLIDAY RENTAL PROPERTIES IN ST FRANCIS BAY:
Holiday houses to rent in St Francis Bay Canals - click to view
Holiday houses to rent in St Francis Bay Canals off water- click to view
Holiday houses to rent in St Francis Bay Village - click to view
Holiday houses to rent in St Francis Bay Santareme - click to view
Holiday houses to rent in St Francis Bay Links Golf Estate - click to view
Holiday houses to rent in St Francis Bay Air Field - click to view
Holiday apartments to rent in St Francis Bay Port St Francis - click to view

 

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