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    SLP initiative relieves inventory strain 17 May 2022 The municipality requests the community to protect electrical cables from cable thieves. Read More MLM proposes stiff tariff hikes for services 17 May 2022 The municipality claims that the residents owe R909 557 309 in unpaid services. Read More Ermelo embroiled in water woes 10 May 2022 Yet, after the repairs are apparently completed, residents are still left high and dry. Read More Residents have had it in chunks 3 May 2022 "A municipality cannot be run by friends and family who don't even have a Grade 12 qualification. Everyone is acting, but nobody steps up to take the blame for the failures." Read More Mountain of Eskom debt blamed on consumers 3 May 2022 According to Ntekele, the electrical demand far exceeds the supply that the municipality is capable of providing. Read More MLM a no-show as potholes multiply 30 March 2022 To date, not a single pothole had been repaired in Hardewyk Road, where the initial repairs were said to start. Read More Contractor leaves heaps of rubble behind after reconstruction 30 March 2022 The contractor, employed by the municipality to rehabilitate the road surface, has since failed to rehabilitate the site in question, and has left a large amount of building waste in its wake. Read More Hiert! 'n Vrot kol in Camden Laan 16 March 2022 Klagtes gerig aan Msukaligwa Plaaslike Munisipaliteit val doodluiters op dowe ore. Read More Kindling for zealous arsonists 15 March 2022 One would assume that the stream of vacancies advertised by MLM for horticulturists, groundskeepers and other positions relating to parks and grounds maintenance, Ermelo would be a beacon of neatness. This is, however, not the case. Read More Budgets remain unspent as Msukaligwa region crumbles 1 March 2022 A project of a New Ermelo Primary School, sits at 22% progress. EFF councillors, however, raised the question as to why new schools are being built while the existing schools are literally falling apart. Read More Illegal refuse dumping remains an issue 22 February 2022 The warning from MLM had been laughed off, and the refuse dumping has, in fact, increased exponentially. Read More Cassim Park tumbling downhill 12 January 2022 Dissatisfaction has also been directed at the behavior of municipal refuse collectors, who allegedly contribute to the pollution issue faced by residents. Read More Load More Articles

  • SLP initiative relieves inventory strain

    SLP initiative relieves inventory strain Appearing on the photo (f.l.t.r): Gabriel Diedericks, chief safety officer, Eric Mosums, mine overseer, Aaron Tsotetsi, mine manager, Anatjie Meiring, finance manager, Gugu Buthelezi, municipal technical manager, and Nkitseni Moleki, planning and economic development. Appearing on the photo (f.l.t.r): Gabriel Diedericks, chief safety officer, Eric Mosums, mine overseer, Aaron Tsotetsi, mine manager, Anatjie Meiring, finance manager, Gugu Buthelezi, municipal technical manager, and Nkitseni Moleki, planning and economic development. 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 17 May 2022 The municipality requests the community to protect electrical cables from cable thieves. Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM) recently received a delivery of electrical cable for the replacement of 1000 meters of MV cable (95mm² XLPE) valued at R1.4 million, from Mooiplaats Colliery. This was made possible through the Social and Labour Plan (SLP). This project was the third bout of cable delivery, which is aimed at stabilizing the electrical infrastructure within the municipality. The projects were supplied through the agreed SLP, which covered the period from 2018-2022. The total amount spent by the mine on these projects amount to R2.9 million. MLM covers a vast area, in which the infrastructure is aged and vulnerable, according to the municipality. The assistance from Mooiplaats Colliery has brought about stabilization to the areas that have been attended to, according to MLM’s technical manager, Gugu Buthelezi. “Furthermore, the assistance is highly appreciated, and the municipality certainly hopes that there will be more projects of this nature to help improve and ascertain its consumers of a more stable and reliable power supply.” Mooiplaats Colliery delivered on the cables as per the commitments made in 2020 with the municipality. It is however very sad to indicate that the mine has completely ceased to operate in December 2021 due to reaching end of life. “The municipality is thankful to the mine in honoring these commitments, even though they have stopped operating in the area. Additionally, the municipality requests the community to protect electrical cables from cable thieves.” < Previous Article Next Article >

  • MLM proposes stiff tariff hikes for services

    MLM proposes stiff tariff hikes for services 1/18 Share GK CRONJE 17 May 2022 The municipality claims that the residents owe R909 557 309 in unpaid services. As the infrastructure and overall condition of Msukaligwa declines, and hundreds of residents lament the abysmal failure in service delivery from Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM), the municipality has set forth proposed tariff increases for their services rendered. However, the proposal has not gone down well with residents, who have had it in chunks with the ineptitude from the municipality. The municipality has proposed a 5% (plus 5% rebate covered) increase in property rates, and a section mysteriously named “other” seeing a proposed 6% increase. The comment section of the posted proposed increase is a bloodbath, with angered and frustrated residents having their say. Nearly all residents who commented strongly oppose the increase, stating that the services aren’t even being delivered, yet the municipality looks to increase charges. On the electrical front, a myriad of residents have been, are still are, without electricity in many wards. Wesselton, Everest, Thusiville and Nyibe have sections that have been left weeks without water and electricity. A group of angered community members protested at the municipality recently, after they were left without water for four months due to alleged pump and transformer issues on part of the municipality. Residents in Cassim Park face a daily struggle with electricity, with a large number of wards being left in the dark while MLM drag their feet to restore the supply. De Bruin Park sees outages on a daily basis, and Netherland Park gets the short end of the stick on both fronts, with residents sitting in dark for days on end. The erratic electricity supply in Ermelo East is nothing to write home about either, with a large number of residents left without electricity for 5 days as MLM technicians struggled to power an extensively patched MV cable. This cable was ultimately fully replaced after uproar from frustrated residents. In addition to all the above, the implementation of municipal load reduction puts the icing on the cake, as the municipality is unable to provide sufficient electricity due to notified maximum demand constraints from Eskom. The municipality now proposes to put a 7.47% increase on electricity tariffs in effect, on top of the already loaded electricity prices. The municipality also proposes an expenditure increase of 9.61% for bulk electrical purchases, and a 15% expenditure increase on the interest of late Eskom payments. Msukaligwa Local Municipality is, at this time, R153 719 572 in arrears on their repayment agreement to Eskom. They have been listed by Eskom as one of the municipalities who have defaulted on their repayment agreement with the state utility. The municipality has since washed their hands of the breach of agreement, shifting the blame to the residents of Msukaligwa. The municipality claims that the residents owe R909 557 309 in unpaid services. Residents and businesses are having none of this, however, stating that the “owed” figure from the municipality is fabricated. According to disgruntled business owners, the financial system of the municipality leaves much to be desired, with the finance office simply accepting the estimated figures submitted by departments. It has been proven on several occasions that the wildly inaccurate estimates employed by the municipality is a borderline joke, with laughable amounts being billed to residents and businesses. These fabricated amounts are never rectified on the municipal billing system, and many residents and businesses are forced by the municipality to pay wildly inaccurate bills, only to be “credited” an X amount by the municipality. Not only has it been stated that charging a consumer by estimation being illegal, it also wreaks havoc on the already crippled municipal billing system. The estimates are rarely rectified on utility bills, and the chief financial officer of the municipality merely plods along, robbing Peter to pay Paul. In light of the water supply in Msukaligwa, the situation is equally bleak. Despite a multi-million Rand “infrastructure upgrade” in Breyten, which was announced with a great hoopla, residents still experience water outages for weeks on end. This, after both the municipality and DWS stated that the water woes of residents in the affected area would be at an end. Chrissiesmeer isn’t much better off, with residents sitting without water for weeks upon end, with no explanation from the municipality. Residents in Everest and Thusiville has literally been left without potable water for several months. Ermelo East residents have been with little to no water for more than a month, and residents in Netherland Park also left high and dry, approaching the 30-day mark without a single drop of water on Thursday this week. Despite the municipality being at fault for the outages, for which they can offer no acceptable explanation, residents are charged between R350 and R600 to fill up their JoJo tank, should they have one. The central business district is often left with dry taps, as damaged water pipes, coupled with sluggish response from the municipality, frustrate business owners in the CBD. Residents in Buhrman, Jansen and Smuts Street feel the effects of dry taps, with many residences sitting without water, while adjacent properties inexplicably have water supply. John Vorster Park seems to reportedly have the least issues with the water supply. The municipality has proposed a 6% increase in water tariffs, which has hundreds of residents and business owners hot under the collar. Sewerage services will see a proposed increase of 6%, along with the same being applied to refuse services. The increase is proposed amidst Ermelo and the surrounding areas resembling a veritable pig sty, with uncollected refuse lining the sidewalks of Cassim Park, Netherland Park and the outer edges of the CBD. Wesselton, Everest, Thusi Village and more have resorted to creating their own versions of landfills, as the refuse collection service in these areas are virtually non-existent. Cassim Park has large sections of the wards illegally dumping refuse in nearby fields and the area surrounding the once-beautiful central shopping complex. Ermelo, Wesselton, Breyten and many other areas are rife with sewerage network issues, with overflowing manholes and raw sewage lining the streets being no strange sight to residents. The municipality blames aging pipes being the reason for the hundreds of spillages polluting the environment, coupled with insufficient pipe dimensions attributing to stoppages and overflows. Residents aren’t biting on the story, as many have stated that the municipal town planner should have made providing for the influx of sewerage from living complexes and security villages that have been constructed left and right in recent years. While the population of Ermelo has increased exponentially, no infrastructure provision has been made by the municipality. The tariff increase is also frowned upon due to the fact that the municipality nary addresses the root of the problem of sewerage network issues, and instead opts for shortcuts and blame-shifting. The municipality has, for example, dug trenches in President Fouché Avenue to redirect a years-long sewerage overflow to the middle of the field. This field, which is actually supposed to be protected wetland, then directs kiloliters of raw sewage into the Pet Dam. The teams that have dug the trenches have also completely demolished the sidewalk and several storm drains, which have since collapsed. The clogged storm drainage system will inevitably lead to extensive water drainage issues in this area, which is already plagued by floods and polling water and sewage. The municipality further blames residents for obstructing the sewerage network with a variety of foreign objects. However, hundreds of sewerage line manholes withing the municipality have been left open, either from damage, or from alleged theft of manhole covers. These manhole covers are subsequently never replaced, inviting foreign objects into the network. Lastly, the municipality has proposed various other expenditure increases. These proposed expenditures include employee related costs being increased with 4.90%, councillor remuneration being increased with 4.90%, bulk water inventory being increased with 10%, and contracted services being increased by 4.40%. Repair and maintenance, which is stated as 10% of the municipality’s operating budget, is proposed to be increased by 100%. Lastly, diesel and petrol expenditures are proposed to be increased with 30%, stating the Ukraine conflict as the reason. The infamous “other” expenditures category sees a proposed 4.90% increase. The public is invited to submit their opinions on the proposed increases by sending an e-mail to either jthulare@msukaligwa.gov.za , or to smphiri@msukaligwa.gov.za . < Previous Article Next Article >

  • The Heart Of Middelburg celebrates 10 years in operation

    The Heart Of Middelburg celebrates 10 years in operation Appearing on the photo (f.l.t.r): Jabu Mokwena, handyman, Allen Snyman, operations manager, Nelly Shabalala, receptionist, Mike Tammadge, general manager, Morgan-Lee van der Walt, marketing manager, and Dennis Mukoma, security manager. Appearing on the photo (f.l.t.r): Jabu Mokwena, handyman, Allen Snyman, operations manager, Nelly Shabalala, receptionist, Mike Tammadge, general manager, Morgan-Lee van der Walt, marketing manager, and Dennis Mukoma, security manager. 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 10 May 2022 Middelburg Mall offers a one-stop, family friendly shopping experience where convenience and safety are of utmost importance. Press release - 10 years of special Middelburg Moments shared with our shoppers, tenants, suppliers and contractors. When the Moolman Group and Flanagan & Gerard opened the mall in 2012, little did they know that it would evolve into a respected community landmark - a place of giving, coming together and creating countless memories. The heart of Middelburg! Creating countless job opportunities for the Middelburg community, the mall has become a valued asset in the Middelburg business community. More than 60 million shoppers have visited the mall since opening day, and hopes to see many, many more in the future. With over 140 retailers, free parking and a mini revamp in the pipeline, Middelburg Mall offers a one-stop, family friendly shopping experience where convenience and safety are of utmost importance. We would like to thank the community, our tenants & shoppers for their continued support. Here’s to the next 10 – may they be filled with countless Middelburg Mall Moments < Previous Article Next Article >

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    The Heart Of Middelburg celebrates 10 years in operation 10 May 2022 Middelburg Mall offers a one-stop, family friendly shopping experience where convenience and safety are of utmost importance. Read More AfriForum lede ontvang opleiding 10 May 2022 Die eerste module is regs-en-risiko-opleiding en het ten doel om buurtwaglede met kennis te bemagtig oor hoe om korrek en volgens die wet op te tree. Read More Football explodes on the local scene 10 May 2022 The aim is to get sponsors for all sporting codes in Wesselton / Ermelo to keep our young ones encouraged and motivated to do good. Read More Ermelo welcomes Midfire Safety EMS 26 April 2022 Your level of income and the level of care required all contributes to the costs associated. Read More Power Hour Motivations Movement hosts footy tournament 26 April 2022 "We invited men and boys to the stadiums, because they are labeled in a bad stigma of abusing alcohol, drugs and women." Read More WOF ready to tackle Fire Season ​ The WOF Programme is celebrating 18 years of sustainability. Read More Pollution on the daily irks business owners 19 April 2022 "And it’s not just here. Look around Ermelo, there’s refuse lining every street.” Read More MSV Roads opens their hearts in Ermelo 19 April 2022 MSV Roads will also in the near future hand over another donation to a local school in Wesselton. Read More Unmatched response from ER24 - Real help, real fast 6 April 2022 Adeel comforted the boy with words of encouragement while they waited for the parents to arrive. Read More DWS besoek Rietspruit Crushers 29 March 2022 Beide partye se regspanne is tans besig om te onderhandel. Read More EHS Groentjieskonsert sorg vir groot opwinding 23 March 2022 “Baie geluk aan elke leerder wat ‘n deel gehad het aan sy/haar huis se Groentjieskonsert." Read More Dispuut tussen twee besighede lei tot onsekerheid in gemeenskap 22 March 2022 Daar is tans ‘n arbitrasie saak tussen die twee partye. Read More Load More Articles

  • AfriForum lede ontvang opleiding

    AfriForum lede ontvang opleiding 1/5 Share GK CRONJE 10 May 2022 Die eerste module is regs-en-risiko-opleiding en het ten doel om buurtwaglede met kennis te bemagtig oor hoe om korrek en volgens die wet op te tree. AfriForum se buurtwagte in Mpumalanga het onlangs ’n opleidingsdag in Middelburg bygewoon wat uit drie verskillende modules bestaan het. Die eerste module is regs-en-risiko-opleiding en het ten doel om buurtwaglede met kennis te bemagtig oor hoe om korrek en volgens die wet op te tree. Die tweede module het gehandel oor toneelhantering omdat buurtwaglede op verskillende situasies reageer en soms help om tonele te beveilig en bewyse te bewaar. “Buurtwaglede is soms die eerste persone op ’n toneel en moet verseker dat soveel moontlik bewyse behoue bly sodat ’n ondersoek suksesvol afgehandel kan word,” sê Arlo Van Heerden, AfriForum se distrikskoördineerder vir die Laeveld. Die derde module het gefokus op gebeurliksheidsbeplanning. Hierdie opleiding help buurtwagte om voor te berei vir verskillende situasies soos onluste en voertuigdiefstal. “Gebeurlikheidsbeplanning help ons buurtwagte om onmiddellik suksesvolle en effektiewe optredes te loods saam met die nodige rolspelers,” sê Hennie Bekker, AfriForum se distrikskoördineerder in die Hoëveld. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Football explodes on the local scene

    Football explodes on the local scene 1/3 Share GK CRONJE 10 May 2022 The aim is to get sponsors for all sporting codes in Wesselton / Ermelo to keep our young ones encouraged and motivated to do good. The town has now become a great space of football, and the culture seems to be taking the town by storm, That’s a great sight for sponsors, soccer fans and other community stake holders. On 27 April 2022 we saw a great display of football shown by two major radio stations in town, VOCFM 102.9 and Ligwa FM 101.3, jointly with Ermelo Taxi Association and Abagcotshwa United FC (abafundisi), then Ermelo Masters FC and Gunners FC (from Ekasi Social League-Masters), that sealed the deal with a good football to spice up things on the tournament. What a way to celebrate Freedom Day, with a group of positive men, teaming up together to make the day possible and conducive to all. The sport worked as glue that brought everyone together, and people from different spheres came together as one unit. All thanks to Saks Sam and Raff IVundraz for championing the day, big up to Ntokozo Tokyo Siluma for such a great spirit shown in and outside the pitch, we appreciate you gentlemen. Power Hour Motivations Movement really appreciates the day and hoping that more of this kind should be made a norm to our community. Next we will be targeting netball and volleyball. We feel that ladies need to be showcased and be given a fair opportunity as well. The aim is to get sponsors for all sporting codes in Wesselton/Ermelo to keep our young ones encouraged and motivated to do good. Our motto reads ‘Developing a Mentality to see Greatness in the midst of the Worst’. - Sincerely, Bro Ntosh < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Ermelo embroiled in water woes

    Ermelo embroiled in water woes 1/8 Share GK CRONJE 10 May 2022 Yet, after the repairs are apparently completed, residents are still left high and dry. While hundreds of residents sit with dry taps, complaints fall on deaf ears at Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM). The majority of Ermelo East has been without water for more than two weeks. Cassim Park residents have been sitting with dry taps for more than a week, with no reprieve from the municipality. A multitude of residents in Wesselton, Everest and Thusiville experiences a daily struggle with water. The issue is further aggravated by the fact that the dilapidated water pipes, of which some are over twenty years old, are bursting one after the other due to the fluctuating temperatures. Over the weekend, a fire hydrant near Cassim Park Hall was allegedly damaged by a municipal water tanker, and subsequently gushed a stream of potable water for approximately three hours, with no response from municipal departments. While this was ongoing, the enraged residents of Cassim Park, who were already without water, were in for a surprise, and were left with hands in hair. At the time of publication, sections of Cassim Park were still without water. According to MLM, the differences in diameters of the old and new pipes are also an issue for the municipal teams, where jerry-rigging has to be implemented to patch the crumbling water network. Now, even worse, the abysmal response time from the municipality leaves even more residents with dry taps. Complaints from the community include the fact that there is absolutely no feedback from the municipality. When feedback is eventually received, the municipality beats around the bush with implausible explanations. Yet, after the repairs are apparently completed, residents are still left high and dry. Residents have had it in chunks with poor excuses from the municipality, which range from inoperable generators at the pump station, to Eskom load shedding, and at one time, a resident was told that the municipal load reduction has an effect on the pumping capacity of the reservoirs. The Democratic Alliance has went as far as to label the water outage in Msukaligwa as a gross violation of human rights, which isn’t far from the truth. Many questions have also been raised by the community, with some members claiming that the municipality is allegedly rationing the water supply in an attempt to save on their Rand Water debt. This stems from the fact that the water supply is adequate at late hours of the evening and early morning hours in some areas, but the supply dwindles as soon as day breaks. Despite meeting upon meeting between the business chamber and the municipality, all the talk shows no fruition. An enquiry has been sent to Msukaligwa Local Municipality, and feedback will be published in due course. You may view more photos and videos on our Facebook page, Tribune Ermelo. < Previous Article Next Article >

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