Rupert Culwick the Vice Chairman of the Sabie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (SCCT) as well as the initiator of the Rate Payers Association in Sabie, gave feedback on the current situation.
“Yesterday I had an interesting meeting regarding the new evaluation roll. The evaluation roll is valid for five years and the current evaluation roll expires on the 30th of June this year. Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (TCLM) have successfully applied for an extension to the 30th of June 2019. This project has been outsourced to a company called Values Africa, who will be handling the new evaluation,” Rupert Culwick said.
“Each property will be evaluated to determine the size of each structure located on each plot; thereafter the values of each property will be determined accordingly. A questionnaire will be in circulation following the evaluation. There will be a sixty-day objection period after evaluation. Whether Thaba Chweu Local Municipality would have rebates is unclear, that shall reveal itself in time.
Regarding the refuse collection: “We know there have been ongoing problems with the refuse collection. We have been told by a reliable source that Thaba Chweu Local Municipality has ordered three refuse compactor trucks and will be delivered in the not too distant future,” said Captain Gwilym Rees, Chairman of SCCT.
“Things, believe it or not, are slowly coming right in certain quarters; it started in Mount. Anderson. Regarding the railway pump station: the pump recently failed, but it`s been replaced with sincere thanks to York Timbers and Richard from the Sabie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. That is now running; however, it is not an optimal situation. The pump cannot deliver water to the new steel reservoir, it cannot lift the water that high but there have been some solutions stapled,” said Captain Gwilym Rees.
Pertaining to the Ratepayers Association (RA) – Rupert Culwick advised that he has a draft constitution that will be reworded to suit Sabie and this will then be sent to the National Ratepayers Union. An inaugural meeting will be called to elect a Ratepayers Association committee.
The membership fee to join the Ratepayers Association will be in the region of R10 to R20, of which 10% will be paid across to the national body.