CONGRATULATIONS TO BITOU MUNICIPALITY
Bitou's water was rated as third best in the country in the Top 10 Blue Drop Status performers, beaten only by The City of Johannesburg and Cape Town Metro. This is just one of a long list of acheivements: green drop status for sewerage treatment, unqualified audit for finances (excellent in terms of municipal status; this is a major thing), came third in the Western Cape for housing delivery, excellent performer in terms of disaster management, and blue flag status for Robberg 5 beach. This makes Bitou Municipality one of the top performers in the country.
Carl Mattheus, Municipal Head of Corporate Services, was recently interviewed by the Bitou News. He said that one of the main reasons Plett doesn't have an airport is the R20million upgrade required to meet new safety and security regulations, and that is excluding the extension of the runway. So a decision was made to put the airport out to Tender for private leasing, which will include a development plan and an operation plan, and will be for 30 to 49 years. The new operator will take full responsibility for all airport functions. The muncipality has fenced the site and cleared it of aliens. Essentially, we are waiting for a private concern to take up the lease.
The whales are already gracing our bay. Ocean Safaris is offering a 10% discount on whale watching tours. Just mention that you read this in our newsletter. For bookings, call 044 533 4963.
ESTATE AGENTS QUALIFICATIONS
Congratulations to all of our agents, who have now attained the new NQF4 qualifications. As part of SETA's attempt to improve service and education in the industry, all estate agents will be required to complete the qualification by March 2011.