Ritma 'not anti-government'

The Rehoboth Independent Town Management Association plans to meet the town council halfway in providing services at the town.

20 February 2020 | Local News

Rehoboth's Independent Town Management Association (Ritma) said it is against non-performance government culture and maladministration, not the government of the day, and aims to connect water services to 1 000 homes at the town.

They also plan to restore the Reho Spa Resort to its former glory and kick off with at least 20 micro-development projects to provide at least 100 jobs.

The association plans to field at least seven candidates for the November 2020 Local Authority and Regional Council elections and three independent candidates for Rehoboth East, West and Rural constituencies. Ritma chair Rudi van Wyk believes political interference is the biggest hamper on service delivery in the country, hence their decision to meet council halfway to provide services such as water connections.

“We are already busy in Block E where the biggest demand is. People will finance it themselves and we are looking at setting up a legal water point and distribute from there. It would be some sort of neighbourhood programme. This is the plan, and we will hammer the council where necessary,” he said.

He added that the 20 projects are still unfolding and would ideally include small projects such as leatherworks and community gardens, but must be initiated by the youth.

“At the moment, we have names of over 600 unemployed youth who want to be involved in small and micro business. We are looking at mobilising some prominent business leaders who can mentor or coach these youth. I am offering a project management case. Someone is doing the business management course, but we are taking it one step at a time,” he said.

Proactive approach

Ritma was formed last year by a group of concerned Rehoboth residents in response to the “sad state of the Rehoboth town council” with regards to irregularities and the non-performance of the council.

“As it is currently still the case, many of the individuals employed at managerial level at the Rehoboth town council are in these positions primarily for self-enrichment. Some of them are filling those positions for very long now and know exactly how to manipulate the system in order to benefit themselves,” Van Wyk said.

He emphasised that Ritma is not a political party but aims to transform the town through proactive measures such as the provision of affordable and accessible energy and water, decent and affordable housing, quality education and a self-sustained town.

They are also looking at alleviating unemployment and to promote healthy living and affordable high quality healthcare to residents.

“We are driven by action and results, thus we have put in place a six-month goal plan. Every other six months, we will tackle three primary goals.”

Rehoboth mayor Christina Blaauw refuted claims of political interference in the day-to-day administration of the council.

However, she is confident that concerns by Ritma will be addressed during a meeting between them and the council today.

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