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Residents of Elliot has a dark Easter weekend as a result of poor service delivery

by in Local government statements on 22 April, 2014

The Elliot branch of civil rights organisation AfriForum is concerned about computer problems with the sale of prepaid electricity, which left this Eastern Cape town in the dark over the Easter weekend.

Residents arrived at closed municipal offices on Thursday afternoon, without having received any notice of the early closure. On Saturday morning the computer system of the Municipality went down without any backup plan in place to assist electricity users.

Destructive energy policies must be changed – Alliance

by in Environmental statements on 22 April, 2014

Facing the facts on Earth day 2014, the civil rights organization, AfriForum, said that carbon-free renewable energy accounts for only 12% of global energy consumed. Fossil fuels, meanwhile, are responsible for over 80% of the world’s energy and generate 30 billion metric tons of CO2 pollution every year. Known and accessible fossil fuel reserves in 2012 were already five times more than the planet can afford to burn without pushing global warming past the tipping point of 2 degrees Celsius, showing that we don’t need more fossil fuels.

Where is your Batho Pele Principles Bela-Bela?

by in Local government statements on 22 April, 2014

AfriForum has sent a letter to the Bela-Bela Municipality, requesting feedback regarding the implementation of the Batho Pele Principles in the execution of their services to the community.

“All the Batho Pele Principles, if implemented effectively, will lead to better service delivery. These principles were specifically instituted to give municipalities direction in dealing properly with the public. Municipalities however still deviate from the principles and turn their backs on the community,” Morné Mostert, Provincial Coordinator for AfriForum in Limpopo, said.

AfriForum submits corruption charges to Hawks against Northern Cape Premier

by in Local government statements on 22 April, 2014

AfriForum has submitted a report to the SAPS anti-corruption unit, the Hawks, requesting that charges of corruption against the Premier of the Northern Cape, as well as the Speaker, Mayor and Municipal Manager of the Phokwane Municipality be investigated.
The report was compiled after allegations regarding suspect Council decisions, illegal electricity tariffs and financial irregularities were made. The latter was confirmed by the Auditor-General.

Retired farmer murdered in cold blood

by in Safety statements on 20 April, 2014

A retired farmer and chairman of the Williston Taxpayers’ Forum, Dennis Viviers was murdered in cold blood on Good Friday. This, hardly two weeks after AfriForum requested the Northern Cape Police Commissioner, Genl Jeanette Basson to intervene after a Community Policing Forum (CPF) had been established illegally.