More answers needed on KID

2018-05-22 06:00

Referring to your very well-written article (“Community urged to get involved”, People’s Post, 8 May), a large circle of local friends and I are most concerned residents of Kenilworth.

Details were obviously submitted by someone wanting to promote and drive his agenda. It relates to the proposed establishment of a Kenilworth Improvement District (KID).

We are astounded at the temerity of the idea in the face of ever and fast rising property rates and costs of water, electricity, etc. Not once is there a reference to how much this is likely to cost the ratepayers, how much the manager of the system will earn, who he or she will be, or what legal clout, if any, the KID would have to remove vagrants, etc.

What is being done by local government to ensure a more effective police force for which we are already paying rates and taxes?

Cleaning up litter and sidewalks should come out of property rates and be administered by their local office. Residents and business owners should also be encouraged to do so outside their premises by the same office.

Looking at the quite ineffective Claremont Community Improvement District (one only need to physically view the deterioration of Main Road, side roads and sidewalks in residential areas to see this), we are even more concerned. Word has it the manager of that CID is earning R80 000 per month. So cost to the ratepayers is a huge concern.

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Henk Egberink, a member of the steering committee of the KID, explains the leadership structure is already defined in the business plan, but the appointments would only take place once the community has approved the formation of the KID. Currently the process is reportedly being managed by the steering committee comprising Mohamed Ebrahim, Peter Engels, Henk Egberink, Peter Golding, John Matthews, Michael Nixon and Debbie Wall-Smith.

He says the cost of providing the additional services will depend on the level of services the community feels is warranted over and above the level of services provided by the City of Cape Town. “Based on the output from the survey, the largest cost will be the security. The steering committee anticipates the total cost to represent between eight and 15% of the ratable value, with the most likely cost approximately 10%. It must be stressed that this will be subject to what the community decides.”

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