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Oudtshoorn Residents Protest Against High Municipal Rates

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

Today, residents of Oudtshoorn took a stand against sky-rocketing municipal rates in a unique and peaceful manner. More than 800 refuse bags were strategically placed in front of the CP Nel Museum, signifying the displeasure of the community.

The protest organization fell to the hands of Arno Greyling. His inspiration sourced from overhearing the plight of two elderly women unable to afford their basic groceries due to the excruciating cost of living. The sentiment struck a chord with Greyling, sparking an initiative to address the issue.

Venting their frustrations through WhatsApp groups, community members gathered around Greyling's cause, creating a strong alliance of 2,800+ individuals. Greyling then assembled a team equipped with skills in media, law, accounting, marketing, and strategy to address these challenges.

It's clear that the people's trust in public participation processes has dwindled. Community members seem particularly disillusioned with governmental representatives who fail to justify budgets and deliver on promises.

Greyling stated, "There is no development or maintenance in Oudtshoorn. According to our research, rates and taxes in Oudtshoorn are three times higher than in surrounding towns, such as Mosselbay." He continued to advocate for a just system, stressing its significance for future job generation and the sustainability of the community.

This unique protest seeks to inspire surrounding towns to follow suit, ensuring fair and reasonable systems in every town.

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