The Margate Business Assocation held a well-attended meeting last week during which they vented their spleens about what they regard as the potentially fatal decay of the once highly popular seaside town. The first speaker was local businesswoman Haydee Bothma, who showed a hard-hitting video of various aspects of the decay. Thereafter one speaker after the other highlighted the problems, asked the Hibiscus Coast Municipality to do something about the decay with deeds instead of ‘promises, promises’ as soon as possible, and suggested that they should also, amongst themselves, take hands and do something concrete to alleviate the situation. Also at there were Deputy-Mayor Johnny de Wet and Speaker Ronnie Nair, who were initially not very happy about how they became involved in the meeting, which started off in an angry mood after the video was shown. However, the mood changed gradually after Community Services Head Sbu Nzimande undertook took have the severely damaged ablution facilities repaired before the start of the Easter holiday season. Thereafter MBA members also appealed to fellow members to take hands and work together. At the end of the meeting both Speaker Nair and Deputy Mayor De Wet pledged their co-operation to solve the problem.
eHowz!t’s cameras were there, but because of the nature of the meeting, it was not always possible to video from the best angle and get the proper sound levels, but the following clip gives a good reflection of the mood of the meeting as prominent business owners stated their opinions one after the other. In the interest of fairness and clarity, we interviewed HOD Nzimande on his opinion of the meeting, and to elaborate on what the HCM intended doing about the decay…..