Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) patrols came to an end on Friday 14 August after it was announced by HPP that the current cash reserves are running low and that services will need to be scaled down further.

This comes after residents were informed at the end of last month about a delay in the establishment of the Hermanus Special Rating Area (HSRA) process.

“Indications are that HPP will only have the authority to function as the HSRA management body from October 2020. Cumbersome processes to fulfil obligations in terms of the Overstrand Municipality’s SRA policy and bylaw are in part the cause of the delay,” said HPP chairperson, Errol van Staden in a letter.

“Whilst property owners within the HPP area will commence payment of a mandatory HSRA levy with effect 1 July 2020, these monies will not be transferred to HPP until all statutory processes have been completed, and a finance agreement finalised.”

In the meantime the municipality said in a statement: “As has been undertaken by Mayor Dudley Coetzee, and until such time as the management body of the newly-established HSRA has been registered as a non-profit company in terms of the Companies Act, Overstrand Law Enforcement Officers will assist with foot patrols in the CBD area, Cliff Paths and Hoy’s Koppie on a daily basis. Members of the Law Enforcement Task Team and Traffic Services will also assist during this period.”

Municipal Manager, Coenie Groenewald said the municipality assisted residents since February 2019 in following the legislated process in preparing submission of an application for approval of the HSRA.

“This process was completed, inclusive of executing a perception survey, publishing notices to inform members of the community and conducting several public meetings. A voting process was subsequently attended to by the HSRA Steering Committee, followed by submission of an application to Council for approval of an SRA, and completion of the objection period during March 2020.

“The proposed additional rate was thus also part of the tabling of the Draft Budget and proposed rates and tariffs on 25 March 2020, with the final budget approval by Council on 27 May 2020, inclusive of all rates and tariffs applicable from 1 July 2020,” he said.

According to him the HSRA Steering Committee indicated that the existing HPP company, which served as the management body of the old Central Improvement District, will be the preferred company to register a new Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) as a new HPP non-profit company (NPC), in accordance with the prescripts of Special Rating Area legislation. HPP is in the process of winding up as a management body in terms of a Council resolution.

The MOI, as a requirement for registration of HPP NPC as the HSRA management body, was finalised in a collaboration between the HSRA Steering Committee and the municipality during June, with the final version made available on 2 July 2020.

“Registration of the new HPP NPC is currently awaited, to sign the finance agreement with the municipality, as finalised in collaboration with the HSRA Steering Committee. On receipt of the necessary documentation, monthly payments in accordance with the finance agreement can be made to the HSRA,” said Groenewald.

“The additional rate as raised on municipal accounts in the HSRA mapped area, are payable at the latest by 20 August 2020 to the municipality, to continue for the full term of the HSRA as approved.”

Suburbs included in the HSRA are Westcliff, Westdene, Industria, Northcliff, the Central Business District (CBD), Eastcliff, Hermanus Heights, Fernkloof, Kwaaiwater and Voëlklip. The special rate levy that property owners will pay, is available on the HSRA website at www.hermanussra.co.za.

The foot patrollers will be visible in neon orange reflective bibs. Any suspicious activity can be reported to the 24-hour law enforcement number at 028 313 8996.

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