5.1. Lodge owners, Guest Houses, B&B’s and Self-Catering owners are afraid that if they have to contribute to Marloth Park it will have a negative financial implication.
We need to look at ways to make any levies that are applied in Marloth Park to be as affordable for the average owner as possible.
Getting owners who benefit financially from Marloth Park to contribute back to Marloth Park is one of the issues we have raised as a means to raise funding. Particularly those operating within Marloth Park that use Marloth Park and don’t provide a direct service to other owners relevant to returns received.
Firstly, our MP rules clearly stipulate.
- Marloth Park is a Special Holiday Township with special conditions for Land Use, Occupation and Conservation – it is NOT a Public Holiday Resort.
- No residential stand may be used for Commercial Application – such as; a lodge, guest house, self-catering, bed and breakfast - nor any form of Commercial Hospitality, without Special Consent, (which must be applied for and may be granted under Special Conditions).
So, with the exception of those that have applied for permission, most are not operating in accordance with our rules. See question regarding our rules (Question 6 below).
People run their businesses at the expense of the general ratepayer as Marloth Park was never intended to be a Public Holiday Resort. It was always intended to be a private holiday township for the owner of property in the township.
The extra resources required to support a “public” holiday resort puts more strain on our roads, water & electrical reticulation systems. When these break down, the municipality recovers the expenses and provisions by increasing rates and taxes on all owners. And almost 95% of these owners live outside Marloth.
When considering market relevance, if you compare what operators charge within Marloth Park versus what the equivalent tourism operators charge in Malelane or Komatiepoort you can clearly see a benefit for these tourist operators in Marloth Park – purely because a tourism operator is in Marloth and can leverage our ecology to charge rates between 75% and way, way more.
So, one way of raising funds to support the running and management of our “top-up services” when the Trust and PBC are operational is to ensure “the user and those that benefit from the use, pay for use”.
Again, implementation of these type of systems would be decided in a workshop environment – and driven by the majority of owners.
Together with the municipality these levy’s will be implemented.
The PBC would determine budgets and the Trustees will hold them accountable for and on behalf of the beneficiaries.
5.2. Business Owners, such as shops, have some concerns as to how this will affect their income if they are levied or asked to contribute to Marloth Park.
If a business is a service provider to the community not benefiting from the community’s resources, there is no way they could fall under the concept of “the user and those that benefit from the use, pay for use”.
Notwithstanding this is all academic, as the decision as to what and how any income is derived and implemented is determined by the owners, not the Trust or PBC. They only operate and administrate.