The aim of Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents Association is to do everything possible to maintain and protect Sedgefield and its environment and to address the expressed needs and concerns of the community through constant dialogue and negotiation with the relevant authorities for the greatest benefit of all its residents.
In order to achieve this they need the support of the whole community and representatives from its different sectors in order to properly be the mouthpiece voicing everyone's concerns.
Sedgefield may be a Slow Town but it has had a
long-lived, tenacious and conscientious Ratepayers Association dating back to
the 1950s. Over time it has proved its worth on several occasions by winning court battles and putting a stop to some ill-considered and unsustainable developments.
Most of us who live here are striving to preserve its unique qualities -
Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents Association has experienced some dark days since the town's own funds were handed over to Knysna when the new dispensation forced them to slot in under Knysna Municipality. The Sedgefield Ratepayers committee has resolutely stood their ground in the face of constantly changing authorities, poor service delivery, downright neglect and chaotic times. As recently as 2020 there has been 5 changes of Municipal Manager, 3 different Mayors, and several acting Directors (4 acting out of 7).
The Committee has persisted in requesting meetings with the Mayor and heads of Departments in Knysna so they could stay informed and be aware and involved in decision making processes affecting Sedgefield residents before they were finalised. They still have an important role to play in these trying and difficult days of our nation's evolution that has only been compounded by the Covid 19 pandemic.
1) Here you can download the form to become a member:
2022 Membership Form
2) Here you can download a form to report a crime and fill in
A suspect's details or a suspect vehicle's details.
After the Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents AGM held on 18 January 2022, a number of welcome new faces have come on board which is always refreshing. Having new members bringing their expertise to the committee is always welcome.
A week later, the Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents Association Executive committee held their first meeting and the main item on the Agenda was a discussion to decide who was best suited and willing to take responsibility for the various standard portfolios.
Chairperson: Lilith Seals
Cell: 082 440 8625
Lilith has been the hard-working secretary of the Association since 2013. Standing down from that post, she then served as vice-chair for a year so she is more than qualified to be chairperson as she fully understands what the position requires.
Cliff Elion: Vice-Chairman
Cell: 082 678 9900
Portfolio: Infrastructure, Electrical & Mechanical services related to distribution of electricity & overseeing the municipality’s fleet and mechanical workshop.
As owner of the highly successful Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market, Cliff Elion's skills enabling and supporting local entrepreneurial talent with adequate infrastructure will be put in good use on the Ratepayers' Committee.
Wendy Ruscoe: Treasurer
Cell: 082 901 0071
Portfolio: Maintaining all financial records relating to the membership and the Sedgefield Ratepayers expenses.
Wendy has 35 years of experience in company management and finance and is still actively involved in property and BEE portfolios. She is also a member of the Lions.
Tertia Rothman: Secretary
cell: 082 046 0463
Portfolio: Membership & Communications
Tertia has been an active member of many activities in Sedgefield, as she likes to be involved in community activities. Her association with Masithandane keeps her busy, and with her PR position, she also looks after the Ratepayers' Facebook page.
Michael Simon: Safety and Security and Disaster Management.
Cell: 082 566 8433
Portfolio: Community Safety & Security, Disaster Management, Fire Rescue, Traffic & Law Enforcement, SAPS
Michael has handled this portfolio since 2017, and is part of the COP committee.
Nadia Hardnick: Ward 1, Committee Representing Smutsville, Sizamile & the Island.
cell: 073 200 9706
Portfolio: integrated Human Settlements
Nadia has handled this portfolio for the last 4 years. She does community work in Smutsville, mainly with the youth & contributes to Neighbourhood Watch.
Devon Basson: Community Services
Cell: 082 882 2821
Portfolio: Community Safety & Security/ Waste Management, Libraries, Halls, Cemeteries, Museums, Arts and Culture, Youth and Sport Development/Parks.
It is good to have Devon for a second year on the Ratepayer's Committee.
Andy Brough: Planning & Economic Development, Ward 1 Committee Representative.
cell: 087 227 4318
Portfolio: Town & Economic Development. Environmental Management & Economic Development.
As a Leadership Development Specialist & Speaker, Andy has a number of skills that will benefit the Ratepayers' Committee.
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope this gives Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents Association members a good idea of who their committee is and realise that they cover many aspects of the lives of Sedgefield residents.