The civil rights organisation AfriForum created a branch for the Cederberg on Saturday, 2 March.
This new branch was founded after several of the 12 AfriForum branches in the Western Cape have achieved great success on various matters.
About 80 members of the branch attended the founding meeting in Uilenkraalsmond, in spite of the fact that they live across the country. Pieter Rautenbach, head of Local Government Affairs at AfriForum, addressed the meeting, after which a branch management was elected. Barnie Germishuys was elected as chair, Rudy du Plooy as vice-chair, Nick Pretorius as secretariat and Daniel Louw as treasurer. Albertus Smit will be responsible for local government affairs, Paul Venter will concentrate on safety issues and Petro Smallbones will handle environmental affairs. Johan Prins was elected as additional member and will handle engineering matters.
The first duty of the branch will be to compile a wish list and discuss it with the Overberg and OverstrandMunicipalities. The AfriForum branch will endeavour to enter as an interest group into a partnership with the authorities.
Various challenges have already been identified to be addressed by the branch. These include deterioration of the infrastructure, high surcharges on pre-paid meters, a lack of communication and alleged biased amendment of members’ contracts. Safety and security are also priorities, and various members have joined the neighbourhood watch at the meeting.