Board members resign from MID

2016-11-22 06:00

A new board has been appointed for the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID).

At the MID’s annual meeting last Tuesday, five board members – Steven Frankal, Peter Wright, George Hill, Lesley Schroeder, Kerime Sinclair and Hugo Coetzee – stepped down following a move to decrease the number of board members from 12 to seven.

The resolution was presented by MID member Jan Heerkens, with the belief that the focus of the MID should be “one of strategic collaboration with stakeholders and strengthening community relations in the best interests of Muizenberg”.

Frankal, the outgoing MID chairperson, cautioned at the meeting that limiting the number of board members would become a problem.

In a joint statement of the outgoing board members, he says: “At the MID [annual meeting] a small group of property owners, aided by proxies, narrowly passed a resolution to limit the number of directors.

“We were fortunate to attract board members with the expertise and energy needed to implement the MID vision. But however committed, they are all volunteers with their own careers and businesses so you don’t want them to burn out. As it is, our manager was finding her workload too much and putting in many extra overtime hours, as were the board members. This is something we were busy dealing with as a board and our planned appointment of a public safety manager was intended to ease this load.”

After the resolution was passed the majority of board members resigned. They now say they would “not be comfortable serving under the leadership intended by the members who voted for the limitation”.

Frankal adds: “We all resigned reluctantly but you can be assured that those of us who left will continue to build Muizenberg through our own efforts outside of the MID board. We would like to wish the new board much success and hope that they will continue to work as hard as we have to take Muizenberg to even greater heights.’’

The board now comprises Marion Wagner (chair), Kevin Rack, Toby Megaw, Karen Hultzer and Heidi Goodman.

Wagner says there is “an air of optimism among the new MID board, which consists of active community volunteers”.

“We understand that we are committing to a company that is fraught with challenges when it comes to the expectations from the community, in particular around public safety and social development,” says Wagner. “The new board believes that everyone has a role to play in the upliftment and improvement of Muizenberg and has extended its thanks to the previous board.”

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