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  • MEC Mashilo cuts underperforming contractors

    MEC Mashilo cuts underperforming contractors 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 18 August 2022 MEC Mashilo lamented the poor performance as a continuous threat to budget cuts. Poor performing contractors doing business with the Department of Human Settlements in Mpumalanga came under severe hammering at a meeting by MEC Speedy Mashilo. He called an urgent meeting this week following the Department’s first quarter review session. Mashilo reminded contractors that their performance reflects on quality and efficacy of Department's service delivery. Accompanied by senior management, MEC Mashilo wanted to understand and make sense of their challenges owing to their apparent poor performance. The meeting also sought to craft solutions and necessary interventions to improving performance. Speaking at the session, MEC Mashilo lamented the poor performance as a continuous threat to budget cuts. “Your performance is below par, thus we must take action in order to get everyone up to speed. Your failure is our failure and it bears National Treasury ramifications of budget reduction, thus cannot be tolerated”, lamented Mashilo. He added that terminations and scope work reduction are not his obsessions. However, if needs be the Department will be forced to exercise its rights under the contracts. In airing their challenges, some contractors cited lack of services such as water from their sites, and thus increasing building costs. The issue of the subsidy quantum was also mentioned as a contributing factor owing to inflation and rising costs of building materials However, Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi recently announced increased quantum of various programmes, including houses that now costs R139 000, to cater for this challenge. The delay in payments was also reflected as another huge impediment, and could be attributed to incorrectly completed invoices. As such, contractors were advised to exercise due diligence when completing and submitting their invoices. Notwithstanding these issues, MEC Mashilo urged them to be mindful of the Department's targets, and set their delivery within that period. In no uncertain terms, he stressed the need to adhere to contractual agreement. “We need to deliver on time, the people have been patient enough with us. This poor performance is hitting hard and adversely on the poor beneficiaries of our service. Thus, we need to be more sensitive to their plight as we go on with our work”, urged Mashilo. Taking cognisance of issues raised, MEC Mashilo called on officials to also assist contractors, and not appear as setting them up for failure in their delivery. It was further stressed that contractors ought to strengthen their social facilitation and stakeholder management functions to avoid any form of project disruptions. A clear undertaking was made that all outstanding invoices should be paid by Friday, 19 August 2022. Contractors that have failed to demonstrate capacity and sound schedule for completion of projects, will receive letters of reduction of scope. < Previous Article Next Article >

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    MEC Mashilo cuts underperforming contractors 18 August 2022 MEC Mashilo lamented the poor performance as a continuous threat to budget cuts. Read More Community set to march against GBV 18 August 2022 Participants who wish to join are urged to dress in black clothing, as it matches the theme of the march. Read More MECs Majuba and Shongwe visit Cebisa School 18 August 2022 The suspect is a fellow student, and has since been arrested on a farm between Ermelo and Breyten. Read More Pet Dam water siphoned into tanker labeled for consumption 18 August 2021 Washing or swimming in contaminated water causes rashes, pink eye, respiratory infections and hepatitis. Read More Willow Creek SHU nearing commencement 16 August 2022 Concerns have been raised by the business community and residents in this area that the municipality has in essence written cheques that their actions can’t cash. Read More MBCF sets hardball plan into motion 16 August 2022 Over R300 million is blown on salaries, with the municipality employing more than 50 “managers” amongst the staff. Read More Calls for provincial hospital CEO’s head to roll 16 August 2022 One resident stated that patients fear to visit the hospital, as many patients who visit allegedly succumb to unknown reasons. Read More EMS Vehicle flattens traffic light 10 August 2022 The force of impact caused the EMS vehicle to careen onto the traffic median, subsequently uprooting one of the traffic lights. Read More Another flat fence for the SAVF 10 August 2022 The load bed was filled with sand, which exacerbated the incident. Read More Spotlight on local illegal mining 10 August 2022 Recently, an excavator has also been offloaded at Ding Dong, which proves the defiance of these operations that flies directly in the face of the law. Read More Beware of fuel tablet hoax 2 August 2022 "So, really it's a pyramid scheme and a scam more than anything else, unfortunately." Read More Rietspruit housing development taking shape 26 July 2022 The proclamation of the township is currently underway, and will be finalized within the coming months. Read More Load More Articles

  • Community set to march against GBV

    Community set to march against GBV Image Credit: Safer Spaces. 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 18 August 2022 Participants who wish to join are urged to dress in black clothing, as it matches the theme of the march. On Friday, 19 August 2022, the community of Ermelo will participate in a march against Gender Based Violence. The march will commence at 08:00, and is an organized march to hand over a memorandum. The march will commence at 1948 Wesselton Community Hall. From there, the participants will march to the Magistrate’s building, where a memorandum will be handed over. From there, the participants will march to the Ella De Bruin Hall, where a meeting and prayer session will be held. Participants who wish to join are urged to dress in black clothing, as it matches the theme of the march. GBV is regarded as a human rights violation, and a major barrier to achieving gender equality as well as an obstacle to a country’s development. During times of crisis, such as pandemics and war, GBV escalates dramatically. Violence specifically directed at someone because of their biological sex or gender identity is classified as GBV. It can occur publicly or privately. It includes, verbal, physical, sexual and psychological abuse. As well as threats, coercion and deprivation, for example, economic or education. It is important to remember that GBV does not discriminate. Nor does it confine itself to specific communities, socio-economic standing or income level. Any person of any race, age, gender, sexual orientation or religion can be a perpetrator, victim or survivor of GBV. Read more in the upcoming publication of the Tribune ePaper. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • MECs Majuba and Shongwe visit Cebisa School

    MECs Majuba and Shongwe visit Cebisa School 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 18 August 2022 The suspect is a fellow student, and has since been arrested on a farm between Ermelo and Breyten. Following the gang-related fatal stabbing of a student at Cebisa Secondary School in Wesselton on Tuesday, 16 August 2022, the eyes of the country are on the government to take action. Mpumalanga education MEC, Bonakele Majuba, condemned the incident, and also conveyed his sincere condolences to the bereaved family. “Regrettably, the stabbed learner succumbed to his injuries at Ermelo Provincial Hospital. It is alleged that the learners belonged to different troublesome gangs in the township,” the department said in a statement. The suspect is a fellow student, and has since been arrested on a farm between Ermelo and Breyten. MEC Majuba visited the school on this morning, together with Mpumalanga Community Safety and Security MEC, Vusi Shongwe, and other officials, who rendered psychosocial assistance to all who are affected by the incident. During the visit, it was also announced that an imbizo will be hosted at the Wesselton Stadium on 28 August 2022. The imbizo will commence at 11:00. The imbizo will be led by MEC Shongwe, where gang violence and school safety will be discussed. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Pet Dam water siphoned into tanker labeled for consumption

    Pet Dam water siphoned into tanker labeled for consumption 1/3 Share GK CRONJE 18 August 2021 Washing or swimming in contaminated water causes rashes, pink eye, respiratory infections and hepatitis. Concerns have been raised by residents regarding a trio of water tankers that siphon water from the Pet Dam on a daily basis, usually in the early mornings. While one of the tankers is clearly a construction tanker, and the water presumably utilized for such purposes, the remaining two is a darker shade of worry. Most concerning is the fact that one of the tankers that siphon water from the Pet Dam is labeled as “drinking water”. While it is, at this stage, unclear whether the water is actually implemented for providing potable water to the community, is unclear. The municipal spokesman has stated that if the tankers are not branded with Msukaligwa Local Municipality emblems, they do not fall under the municipal framework. The Pet Dam has been a sight for sore eyes, as well as a major health hazard for the community, fauna and flora for the past decade. Constant sewage pollution due to the municipality’s lack of addressing key overflow issues have only exacerbated the issue faced. The Pet Dam is notorious for its foul smelling water, and has also come under the spotlight due to a large-scale fish kill that took place. To date, the municipality has failed to provide the results of the water tests that were supposedly conducted at the time in order to determine the cause of the fish kill. Additionally, the Pet Dam faces a constant flow of raw sewage into the body of water, which has been ongoing since circa 2009. The collapsed sewerage network along President Fouché Avenue, as far up as Camden Avenue, sees kiloliters of rew sewage flowing towards the Pet Dam on a weekly basis. Collapsed and inadequate sewerage lines in these areas, as well as in the field between both Presient Fouché Avenue, Mauritz Read and Wes Streets also causes raw sewage to contaminate the dam. A large overflow of sewage near Autumn Ridge also flows down towards the Pet Dam. Consumption of sewage contaminated water can lead to a range of illnesses and defects to both humans and animals. Drinking fecal-contaminated water can expose you to E. coli, resulting in fever, watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. It can also cause gastroenteritis, more commonly known as the stomach flu. This infection causes fever, watery diarrhea, headaches, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. Waterborne pathogens, in the form of disease-causing bacteria and viruses from human and animal waste, are a major cause of illness from contaminated drinking water. Diseases spread by unsafe water also include cholera, giardia, and typhoid. Annually, thousands of people struck by Legionnaires’ disease, which is a severe form of pneumonia contracted from contaminated water. This disease is potentially fatal if left untreated. Washing or swimming in contaminated water causes rashes, pink eye, respiratory infections and hepatitis. The community is urged to refrain from accepting water from any tankers that are not officially employed and commissioned by the municipality, in order to avoid receiving contaminated water that is unfit for consumption. < Previous Article Next Article >

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  • Mkhondo ex-municipal manager appointed at MLM

    Mkhondo ex-municipal manager appointed at MLM 1/1 Share Content Supplied 18 August 2022 "He excels in creating consensus among diverse groups, and he is fully committed to the creation of better life for all." Msukaligwa Local Council appointed Maqhawe Kunene as the Municipal Manager at the Special Council meeting held on 12 August, 2022. The appointment is in terms of section 54A of the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 as amended, on a five year fixed term contract of employment which is performance based, after a punctilious selection processes by the municipality. Executive Mayor, Cllr MP Nkosi, welcomed Kunene on Monday, 15 August 2022, on behalf of Council and wishes him all best. The Executive Mayor assures the community of Msukaligwa that Kunene is a person of high moral integrity. “We pride ourselves with his appointment and believe he will serve the municipality and community at large with humility and vigour.” Maqhawe Kunene matriculated in Cefups Academy in 1998, he passed with exemption, subsequent to his matriculation, he enrolled for Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in the University of Zululand and both obtained in 2001 and 2002 respectively. He further enrolled for additional courses as part of sharpening his knowledge in Human Resources, and obtained a diploma in Human Recourse Management, as well as a Certificate Program in Executive Management Development for Municipal Finance (CPMD). He is a holder of Master in Business Administration degree from Regent Business School. He also obtained short courses in Labour Relations, Nyukela Public Service SMS Pre-entry Programme, SAMTRAC Certificate and Certificate Programme in Municipal Finance. Kunene worked at the Transnet Freight Rail in Ermelo as Train Driver and Train Assistant for three years nine months, as a Fleet and Auxiliary Manager for three years, as well as Human Capital Manager for two years. Kunene is not new to local government, as he first worked at Gert Sibande District Municipality as General Manager for Community and Social Service, responsible for provision of efficient and effective Social Development Service, which includes Disaster Management, Transversal Programme and Sports, Culture and Recreation as well as Municipal Health in the entire Gert Sibande District Municipal area. The position he served with distinction from 2013 to 2017. He was later appointed as Municipal Manager in Mkhondo Local Municipality, responsible and accountable for the management of the municipality, ensuring basic service are delivered to the communities in a sustainable manner. He was also responsible for the implementation of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and advising Council and Political Office Bearer. He served Mkhondo Local Municipality from 2017 until his contract come to an end in 2022. Kunene is a visionary, challenge driven, successful leader in both work and community arenas. He is natural and persuasive communicator, recognized among colleagues for a keen ability to energize and inspire individuals to work towards achieving common goal. He excels in creating consensus among diverse groups, and he is fully committed to the creation of better life for all. - Content as per Msukaligwa Local Municipality < Previous Article Next Article >

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    Mnr & Me Liggie 2022 met trots aangewys 16 August 2022 Stylvolle sportsterre. En stylvol was die Liggies beslis! Read More EHS-dogtershokkie neem voortou in Mpumalanga-uitspele 10 August 2022 Die eersteplek in Mpumalanga word gedeel deur EHS en NHS. Read More EHS-kultuur kleur gemoedere in 10 August 2022 ’n Psigiater bevind haarself in ’n sielkundige inrigting om profiele saam te stel van die pasiënte. Read More EHS-Tienertoneel versamel toekennings by Streeksfees ​ Baie geluk aan elke leerder en regisseur met die toekennings en toneelstukke uit die boonste rakke. Read More Liggies tree uit as Noordvaal Kampioene 2022 10 August 2022 They make history as the first Ligbron boy's team to win this prestigious trophy. Read More Erries woon Provinsiale Landsdienskamp by 19 July 2022 Hoërskool Ermelo is trots op elkeen en is vol vertroue dat die Erries se naam hoog gehou sal word. Read More Erries geniet Brangus Beesbeoordelingskursus 216 March 2022 Die leerders moes self diere beoordeel, plaas en ‘n mondelinge eksamen aflê waarop elk punte verdien het Read More Morgenzon bied aan... Afrikaans is Groot 16 March 2022 Die program het van een hoogtepunt tot ‘n volgende hoogtepunt gevloei, en het die gehoor op die punte van hul stoele gehou. Read More Liggies laat wiel met wintersport 8 March 2022 Ligbron o/14 A wen met 12-17, o/14 B vertrap opponente met ‘n prag-telling van 48-0, en o/15 A wen met 10-0. Read More Ermelo Primary hosts prestige athletics 3 March 2022 The atletes enjoyed the day and received very good results. Read More Hokkie kursus: Hubach Hockey Academy 3 March 2022 Die Liggies het ‘n uitstekende hokkienaweek beleef, en hul vaardighede opgeknap vir die komende seisoen. Read More Landties blink uit op alle vlakke 2 March 2022 Dankie aan al die deelnemers vir julle betrokkenheid, oorspronklikheid, skoonheid en vermaak. Read More Load More Articles

  • Mnr & Me Liggie 2022 met trots aangewys

    Mnr & Me Liggie 2022 met trots aangewys Foto deur Wayne Thomas Photography. Foto deur Wayne Thomas Photography. 1/1 Share Supplied Content 16 August 2022 Stylvolle sportsterre. En stylvol was die Liggies beslis! Tema: Stylvolle sportsterre. En stylvol was die Liggies beslis! Die beoordelaars moes behoorlik kopkrap om tussen die glinsterende Liggies te kies. Die aanbieder, die pragtige Bianca Le Grange, het ook luister aan die aand verleen. Die volgende toekennings is gemaak: Mej Lggie: Cecilia Venter, 1ste Prinses: Lindokuhle Mahlangu, 2de Prinses: Janneke de Villiers, Mej Fotogenies: Mianke Kwakernaak en Mej Persoonlikheid: Siyanda Maduna. Mnr Liggie: Kyle Alves, 1ste Prins: Diean Swart, 2de Prins: Praise Ngubeni, Mnr Fotogenies: Ndumiso Motha en Mnr Persoonlikheid: Ulrich Kleynhans. The Liggies sparkled on the stage and made it quite difficult for the judges to decide who should walk away with the prizes. Congratulations to: Miss Liggie: Cecilia Venter, 1st Princess: Lindokuhle Mahlangu, 2nd Princess: Janneke de Villiers, Miss Photogenic: Mianke Kwakernaak and Miss Personality: Siyanda Maduna. Mr Liggie: Kyle Alves, 1st Prince: Diean Swart, 2nd Prince: Praise Ngubeni, Mr Photogenic: Ndumiso Motha and Mr Personality: Ulrich Kleynhans. (LB) < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Willow Creek SHU nearing commencement

    Willow Creek SHU nearing commencement A depicted example of an SHU project. A depicted example of an SHU project. 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 16 August 2022 Concerns have been raised by the business community and residents in this area that the municipality has in essence written cheques that their actions can’t cash. In line with its strategic focus areas, the Department of Human Settlements (DHS) remains steadfast on increasing access to affordable rental housing across the province, particularly in the mining towns. The DHS announced six projects nationwide, of which two will be in Mpumalanga. KwaNdokuhle and Willow Creek Social Housing Projects will be implemented in Govan Mbeki and Msukaligwa Local Municipalities, respectively. The KwaNdokuhle project will feature 492 social housing units (SHU), whereas the Willow Creek is set to offer 360 units. The combined estimated budget on both projects exceeds R326 million, and will be implemented over a 24 month period, commencing in 2022/23 financial year. Mzansi Housing Company takes responsibility of the Willow Creek Project, which will, according to information available, be constructed in the area between President Fouché Avenue and Wes Street. MEC Speed Mashilo indicated that these units have no pre-emptive rights whatsoever, and remained assertive and concise that these units will be for rental purposes only. Tenants will be signing lease agreements and committing to paying rental fees as required. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Human Settlements, Water, and Sanitation, unveiled the projects shortly after the State Of The Nation Address, and stated that it forms part of the protracted struggle to eliminate the legacy of apartheid. “More work still needs to be done in reshaping the apartheid spatial development, however, significant progress has already been achieved. The Bill of Rights contained in our constitution affirms the right of all to a healthy environment; access to adequate housing; and access to basic services. Our communities, especially the poorest of the poor, deserve better from us their representatives,” Kubayi-Ngubane stated. Five social housing institutions and one additional development agency will be supported through equity and loan funding to enable these projects. Kubayi said social housing is government’s most promising programme that will help to disrupt the apartheid spatial development and make cities more inclusive, with social housing bing financed with a combination of government funding, debt and equity. The Tribune spoke to the DHS regarding the project, and which entity will be responsible for which part of the construction. The main cause for concern is the fact that this area that is provisionally allocated for the project is notorious for it’s ongoing sewerage network issues, which has been ongoing for more than a decade.To this day, the issue of raw sewage pollution is ongoing. Additionally, this area falls within the infamous 88KV line, which already experiences daily outages and extended bouts of municipal load reduction. Fears that the already strained network being unable to handle the demand of an additional 360 housing units have been made known. The DHS responded to the enquiries regarding these issues, and stated that the already fumbling Msukaligwa Local Municipality will, as a matter of principal, be held accountable for the upgrade and maintenance of the required infrastructure for the development. “The municipality is responsible for infrastructure, as such they have made an undertaking to both Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) and the department to upgrade the infrastructure,” the DHS said. Concerns have been raised by the business community and residents in this area that the municipality has in essence written cheques that their actions can’t cash. The municipality has already lost the trust of the public with their failure to deliver basic services, and sustainably deliver maintenance to every aspect of the infrastructure of Ermelo. In relation to the commencement date, the DHS is currently dealing with technical and administrative issues which aims to be resolved soon, and will duly indicate the confirmed commencement date as it arrives. < Previous Article Next Article >