“The Magistrate’s Court, or rather, the shocking state of it, has been a source of shame for residents for many years. With plans now afoot to give the building the facelift it so desperately needs, it is time for all of us to put our money where our mouths are,” says long-time resident, Avis MacIntyre, who is spearheading this initiative.

According to Avis, the project to give the court buildings a new coat of paint has met with the blessing of the chief magistrate, Mr LP le Roux. The pair called for tenders and received two from the six contracting companies they contacted. The lowest tender for the contract is from Walker Bay Painters.

“But it requires input from us, the residents – to the tune of R91 321.25,” says Avis. “Work can go ahead only when the funds become available.”

The building has not been painted or maintained in any way since 1990. In the intervening 29 years the paint has deteriorated to the point that it has peeled off in many places, revealing the plaster below.

“Public Works, under which the Magistrate’s Court falls, has refused to foot the bill for a clean-up because plans are underway to build a new court in about seven years. If good quality paint is used on the building, it will last for the seven years before the magistrates, clerks and other employees can proudly move into their new building,” says Avis.

She is calling upon all residents to dig deep into their pockets to help fund this project. The Manager of Cape Whale Coast Tourism (CWCT), Frieda Lloyd, has offered the use of CWCT’s official bank account for the funds, to ensure transparency. For the record, the total of incoming funds will be published regularly.

Account details:
Absa Current Account
Code 632005
Account number 3220143723
Reference: ‘Magistrate Court’

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