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Kouefront Laat
Oos-Kaap Bibber
Bibber, snerpend, bibberende koue, hierdie week en die winter is nog nie verby nie! ‘n Kouefront het sedert Maandag die Oos-Kaap in ‘n koue greep met temperature wat wissel van die minus grade tot 8 en 9ºC maksimum. Orals in ons verspreidingsgebied het skimmel tot swaar kapok geval. Die Wapadsbergpas tussen Cradock en Graaff-Reinet sowel as die Lootsbergpas tussen Graaff-Reinet en Middelburg was vir verkeer gesluit. Kapok het tot in Johannesburg en Bloemfontein geval Dinsdag. Dinsdagmiddag en aand het reën ook wydverspreid voorgekom en is die indikasies goed dat ons ‘n goeie Lente gaan beleef. Ons harte gaan in hierdie tyd ook uit aan diegene wat in sinkhuise moet regkom en ook nie oor die nodige fasiliteite, klere, skoene, komberse en kos beskik om teen die koue bestand te bly nie. Verskeie instansies en kerke, in ons dorpe, het insamelings vir kos, klere, skoene en komberse die afgelope tyd gehou en ons hoop van harte dat hierdie insamelings, waaroor ons berig het, se donasies by baie van hierdie gesinne en mense in nood uitgekom het en dat dit die koue en honger so ietwat verlig het.
Bostaande foto is aan ons gestuur deur ‘n korrespondent op Hofmeyr waar die kapok ook dik geval het. Die foto is geneem tydens die Mieliestropery by Johan Vermaak in Hofmeyr.

Weerhouding van

Munisipale Belasting
CRADOCK
Die belangrikheid van verenigings om die belange van belastingbetalers op elke dorp te behartig, is baie duidelik uitgespel by die streeksverga-dering van die Nasionale Belastingbetalersunie (NBU) wat die afgelope naweek op die dorp gehou is. Na verneem word het 300 belastingbetalersverenigings landwyd reeds by die unie aangesluit.
Volgens Jaap Kelder, huidige voorsitter van die NBU, was hofsake teen verskeie munisipaliteite nie baie geslaagd nie en het die unie besluit om weerhouding van belasting aan te moedig.
Alhoewel sommige van die veertig dorpe wat tans belasting weerhou, nog skrikkerig is om self dienslewering oor te neem, gaan dit goed op Sannieshof wat sedert Februarie 2009 hul eie dienste lewer.
Volgens Kelder is die Oos-Kaap die provinsie in die land wat tweede slegste daaraan af is maar is dit nog ‘n probleem om mense in hierdie gebied by die unie betrokke te kry. Hy het die vergadering verseker dat die Unie nie ‘n politieke agenda het nie, maar dat dit oor gesamentlike probleme gaan en dat gemeenskappe self moet intree. Hy het egter daarop gewys dat stadsraadslede van alle politieke partye nie ten gunste is van belasting weerhouding nie, aan-gesien hulle dan nie hul vet salarisse sal ontvang nie.
“Die nie-beskikbaarheid van drinkwater gaan een van die grootste katalisators word om inwoners weer betrokke by munisipale sake te kry,” het hy gesê.
Hy het bygevoeg dat daar in sekere gebiede probeer word om deur middel van die waterdienstewet beheer oor water en rioolwerke te kry aangesien munisipaliteite reeds R22 biljoen aan die waterraad skuld en dat prosesse aan die gang is om “Eindverbruikersforums” in terme van die elekstrisiteitswet in plek te kry. Die enorme bedrag wat munisipaliteite aan Eskom skuld, is volgens hom nog nie bekend gemaak nie. Verteenwoordigers van belastingbetalersverenigings in Hoggsback, Port Elizabeth, Keimond, Oos-Londen, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Kaap St Francis, Die Wildekus en Beaconbaai het die vergadering bygewoon.

CRADOCK
Now in its third successful year, the Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival will this year run from 9 to11 August in Cradock. There will be a special emphasis on women to coincide with National Women’s Day on Thursday 9 August. Headline authors launching books will include the likes of Etienne van Heerden, Stephen Gray, Clinton v Du Plessis and Aubrey Jones. Excursions, a highlight of the Festival, will include a trip to the Mountain Zebra National Park.The first outing of the festival, the Spirit of Schreiner Festival, which celebrated the life and work of the noted late Victorian and Edwardian writer, social commentator and feminist Olive Schreiner, took place in Cradock in July 2010. Now the event has been broadened to all Karoo or Karoo-born writers and has been renamed the Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival, in honour of Schreiner and other writers from these vast plains.A comprehensive programme has been organised for the 2012 event that includes talks and discussions by noted South Africans. See programme and read more on pages 6 and 7.

Anti-fracking Lobby Announces new Legal
Campaign to fight Government
over Shale Gas Mining
The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) has refocused its legal strategy in preparation for an all out confrontation with the South African Government to prevent fracking in the Karoo.
In addition the group has concluded agreements with like-minded opposition groups to form a broad alliance in opposition to fracking and will be making an announcement on this during the week.
“We have engaged the well established firm of Cullinan & Associates who will bring fresh thinking and decades of experience to our approach at this critical time in our campaign”, said Jonathan Deal, Chairman of the Treasure Karoo Action Group.
Last year South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) imposed a moratorium on fracking with the aim of implementing a study into the environmental impact of the controversial form of shale gas extraction, which has been banned, or is under moratorium or restriction in at least 150 jurisdictions around the world.
It is anticipated that DMR technical report will be presented to the Cabinet early in August 2012 after which cabinet will make its decision on whether or not to lift the moratorium and allow exploratory drilling.
Companies that have applied to use the environmentally damaging process, include Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. and Bundu Oil & Gas (Pty) Ltd.
Fear that the licences would be granted were raised when Energy Minister Peters noted during a recent departmental meeting that: “It would be wrong for us to not use the resources that God left us with. This is a blessing that God gives us, and we need to exploit for the benefit of the people” before noting that all¨the people of the Karoo were “going hungry.”
“We have been preparing for the moratorium to be lifted for a long time,” said Deal.
“Now in the run up to the decision by government we are refocusing our efforts to present a high powered, well prepared legal campaign which we believe will halt the minister in her tracks.
“For this we have selected the best legal minds that we can get to assist us to take this matter to the constitutional court if needs be.”
“And we believe we have the support of right thinking South Africans as we move forward.”
“We are not deterred by the fact that a number of people may have been influenced by Shell’s relentless pro-fracking propaganda regarding the size of the gas deposit to the number of jobs that could be created.” said Deal. “We also know that Shell has been less than open with the truth about the irreversible damage to the environment that fracking causes and the figures surrounding jobs.”
“The Government’s dramatic reversal over e-tolling in Gauteng after massive public outcry earlier this year has shown that ordinary people are sick and tired of government riding rough-shod over the will of the people whose lives are most impacted upon by their often ill-considered decisions.”
Our message to government is; “if you rule in favour of fracking, under the current circumstances, prepare for a long and costly legal battle as the people who will be most affected fight back“.

Read inside this edition / Lees binne hierdie uitgawe
  • Theft of motor vehicles on the rise in the Graaff-Reinet Cluster
  • Karoo Writers Festival in Cradock
  • Eastern Cape Workbooks: Minister must Act now as Shortages Extend to Queenstown District
  • No Education, no Jobs: Human Rights Commission must investigate Department of Education over collapsing schools in the Province
  • Orreliste ontvang Oorkonde
  • Influential NGO’s Unite to Fight Fracking

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