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.
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At the Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents AGM held on 12 December 2022, a new committee was elected and a number of new faces have come on board which is always refreshing. Having new members bringing their expertise to the committee is always welcome.
Long-standing member as secretary and then, chairperson, Lilith Seals has finally retired. We thank her for her tireless and dedicated service in this regard to our community.
In January, the Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents Association Committee held their first meeting of 2023 where the portfolios were discussed and distributed by agreement.
Dr. Andrew Brough: Chairperson
Cell: 087 227 4318
Portfolio: Ward 1 Committee Representative.
As a Leadership Development Specialist & Speaker, Andy has a number of skills that will benefit the Ratepayers' Committee.
Kevin Barnes: Vice-Chairperson
Cell: 082 678 9900
Portfolio: Ward 2 Liaison
Tertia Rothman: Secretary
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Cliff Elion: Treasurer
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Portfolio: Finance and Ward 1 Committee Representative.
Michael Simon: Member
Cell: 082 566 8433
Portfolio: Community Safety and Security, Disaster Management, Fire Rescue, Traffic & Law Enforcement, SAPS liaison.
Nadia Hardnick: Member
Cell: 073 200 9706
Portfolio: Ward 1 Committee Representative
Community Safety & Security Smutsville
Linda Bowman: Member
Cell: 083 389 2126
Portfolio: Social Media/Communication
Ari Seirlis: Member
Cell : 082 901 4150
Portfolio: Public Relations and Membership
Fanus Brink: Member
Cell: 082 924 6089
Portfolio: Ward 2 Liaison Corporate Services
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I 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.
On the evening of 10 November 2023, the Sedgefield Ratepayers and Residents Committee held an inaugural "Celebrate Sedgefield" Award Ceremony they initiated, to give recognition to people in various predetermined categories of endeavour. The town's residents had been encouraged to vote for anyone they felt worthy of an award in any of the relevant categories. Friends and family were invited to attend the event to witness the outcome of the nominations at a gala evening that included a sit-down dinner with some entertainment laid on.
In an unprecedented and unanticipated move, it was revealed as the ceremony unfolded, that each of the 32 participants nominated either as an individual or a group, would receive an award. What a delightful, unexpected turn of events that was!
Instead of it having to compete against each other, every one was equally appreciated for their unique and significant contribution to the betterment of our town. That simple but perceptive action of acknowledging value in diversity, meant no-one was a loser. Every nominee became a winner!
What an insightful, uplifting, life-affirming evening it turned out to be! The organisers are to be applauded for creating a uniquely one-of-a-kind event so representative of the Sedgefield ethos. Everyone involved could not help but feel blessed to be part of its inauguration.
In the bigger picture, the inspired decision to honour individual strengths and cooperative enterprises, instead of pitting people against each other, is a profound step towards a vitally-needed, happier, safer world!
Besides individual certificates of appreciation, a trophy in the form of a beautifully beaded seahorse designed by Duncan Jamu was presented to each winner. It was so appropriate as we have the only estuarine seahorse in the world in our Swartvlei lagoon. It is something to be treasured!
The sponsers also deserve a mention for this could not have happened without them. Thanks to Remax Coastal -Schalk van der Merwe and Harcourts - Mario Ferreira.