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  • Ligbron onderwyseresse wys hul kreatiwiteit

    Ligbron onderwyseresse wys hul kreatiwiteit 1/0 Share SH HATTINGH 4 Augustus 2020 Die dames het die klas vreeslik baie geniet. Daar was baie gelag, en hulle het gesorg vir ‘n vrolike atmosfeer. Daar was heerlik saam geverf en smaaklike sop en broodjie was voorsien as middag ete. Op Woensdag, 29 Julie, het vyf van Ligbron Akademie vir Tegnologie se onderwyseresse hul kreatiwiteit kom neer lê op ‘n drommetjie. Die onderwyseresse het elkeen ‘n prentjie gekies waarvan hulle hou, hulle drommetjie geverf en stensel werk gedoen na hul eie smaak. Die dames het die klas vreeslik baie geniet. Daar was baie gelag, en hulle het gesorg vir ‘n vrolike atmosfeer. Daar was heerlik saam geverf en smaaklike sop en broodjie was voorsien as middag ete. Enige persoon wat ook ‘n klas wil loop, kan vir Lynette skakel op 082 542 9592. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • AFPO threatens full shutdown

    AFPO threatens full shutdown 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 15 September 2020 AFPO has warned that it will intensify its action should government fail to meet its demands. The Department of Health said that it tried at several meetings last month to resolve the dispute, and that the National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa was the only organization that had informed them of the strike. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, funeral parlor directors are demanding that the outsourcing of mortuary facilities be recognized and legalized, along with various other demands. The African Funeral Practitioners Organisation (AFPO) said that the organization and its affiliates plans to embark on a strike, and warned that no bodies will be picked up from private and government mortuaries and homes. AFPO has also warned that no funerals would be conducted due to the strike action by affiliated members, and more than 3000 employed staff. The organization also demands that the Department of Home Affairs must allow them to appoint a third party to conduct some duties on their behalf, which is now prohibited by law. The organization has warned that it will intensify its action should government fail to meet its demands. The Department of Health said that it tried at several meetings last month to resolve the dispute, and that the National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa was the only organization that had informed them of the strike. “We've been trying to talk to the government, but they've never wanted to listen to us. We'll still help our members, we'll direct them to the police, and then we will direct them to forensics to do the pick-ups.” AFPO president, Raisibe Pole-Nkosi, stated. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Nkomazi grensposte amptelik heropen

    Nkomazi grensposte amptelik heropen 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 13 October 2020 Alhoewel daar onlangs geen padongelukke gerapporteer is nie, het die LUR vir padveiligheid, Gabisile Tshabalala, motoriste aangemoedig om die paaie versigtig te gebruik. “Na die heropening van toegangspoorte, verwag ons 'n groot toename in die transportvolume op ons paaie. Ons wil almal versoek om versigtig te wees." Die Nkomazi-substreek huisves drie internasionale grensposte, naamlik Lebombo, wat die land en Mosambiek van mekaar skei, en Matsamo en Mananga, wat albei toegangspunte tot die Koninkryk eSwatini is. Vragmotors wat goedere vervoer het na Mosambiek, moes ure in die ry wag om die grens oor te steek, terwyl die verkeer na die land vlot geloop het. Matsamo en Mananga het egter minder mense ontvang wat tussen die twee lande gereis het. Dit volg nadat grensposte amptelik hul hekke vir internasionale reise onlangs heropen het. Die besigste was Lebombo, wat 'n groot aantal Suid-Afrikaanse toeriste na Mosambiek sien reis het. Voordat die grense op 27 Maart 2020 gesluit is, het plaaslike ondernemings aan die kant van die grensposte floreer, maar het vinnig 'n neusduik ervaar nadat die grendeltyd in werking getree het. Alhoewel daar onlangs geen padongelukke gerapporteer is nie, het die LUR vir padveiligheid, Gabisile Tshabalala, motoriste aangemoedig om die paaie versigtig te gebruik. “Na die heropening van toegangspoorte, verwag ons 'n groot toename in die transportvolume op ons paaie. Ons wil almal versoek om versigtig te wees. Ons werk saam met alle belanghebbendes, en is gereed om die verhoogde verkeersvolumes wat deur die provinsie vanuit die buurlande in en uit die land kom, te hanteer. Daar is geen verdraagsaamheid teenoor roekelose en nalatige bestuur nie.” het Tshabalala afgesluit. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Bethal hospital urgently needs direct power line

    Bethal hospital urgently needs direct power line 1/2 Share CONTENT SUPPLIED 15 September 2020 Although the Bethal hospital does make use of generators, which costs them approximately R755 000 per month, the hospital morgue and other departments are incurring significant damage due to the constant power outages and fluctuations. Media Statement - Sources at the Bethal hospital voiced their concerns about the frequent power outages that residents and the hospital have been experiencing over the last five months, and it must be resolved. The FF Plus is calling on the Govan Mbeki Municipality (Bethal, Charl Cilliers, Embalenhle, Evander, Kinross, Leandra, Secunda, Trichardt) and Eskom to stop punishing the hospital and paying Bethal residents by implementing load shedding that lasts up to eighteen hours on a daily basis. The municipality simply cannot make the responsible residents, who pay their accounts, suffer the detrimental effects of rotational municipal load shedding because the municipality owes Eskom R1,8 billion, a debt burden for which incompetent and irresponsible officials are to blame. Although the Bethal hospital does make use of generators, which costs them approximately R755 000 per month, the hospital morgue and other departments are incurring significant damage due to the constant power outages and fluctuations. The unnecessary costs of repairing fridges and other essential equipment, which are not directly related to the patients' health, are putting pressure on the hospital's finances, and the FF Plus fears that it might result in the needless loss of lives. The FF Plus will bring these issues to the attention of the MEC’s of the Departments of Health and Public Works, so that a solution to the problem may be found. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Eskom takes swift action against apathetic management

    Eskom takes swift action against apathetic management Kriel power station, one of the plants causing the load shedding. 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 8 September 2020 There are 5 000MW of capacity currently on planned maintenance, and 10 950MW (12 units over the past seven days) on unplanned breakdowns. This has culminated in an approximately 3 000MW energy demand deficit, aggravated by very high demand during the cold front. The Board is pleased that some units have since returned to service, but is aware that the level of failures is unacceptably high. In response to the escalation of load shedding to Stage 4 recently, the Eskom Board is working closely with the Executive Management to speedily resolve the matter. There are 5 000MW of capacity currently on planned maintenance, and 10 950MW (12 units over the past seven days) on unplanned breakdowns. This has culminated in an approximately 3 000MW energy demand deficit, aggravated by very high demand during the cold front. The Board is pleased that some units have since returned to service, but is aware that the level of failures is unacceptably high. Whilst it is true that the aging fleet is plagued by legacy issues of neglect and omitted maintenance and is therefore susceptible to unpredictable breakdowns, it is also true that the situation is exacerbated by serious issues of apathetic behavior by some management staff. It is for this reason that the Board has come out strongly in support of Group Chief Executive (GCE), Mr. André de Ruyter, in his action yesterday morning of summarily suspending the Tutuka and Kendal power station managers pending disciplinary inquiries. Further interventions are ongoing at the Kriel and Duvha power stations. Engagements have been held with other power station managers to ensure that the previous culture of weak consequence management will no longer be the norm and will no longer be tolerated at Eskom. The Executive has, in the meantime, deployed three senior generation managers to the sites in question (Duvha, Kriel, Tutuka and Kendal power stations) to provide leadership and oversight in person. The Board and executives are fully cognizant of the substantial strain that load shedding exerts on the wellbeing of citizens, on an already depressed economy and are committed to attaining sustainability and reliability of the Eskom generation plant. The Board and Executive Management have met twice in the past two days, with the Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Pravin Gordhan, to interrogate the systemic causes of the load shedding and the measures being taken to repair breakdowns. In these meetings it has been agreed that an urgent culture change and high-level competence enhancement across all 44 000 staff, which the GCE began upon his arrival, should be accelerated, promoted and strongly supported. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Continued load shedding highly likely

    Continued load shedding highly likely 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 14 July 2020 The load shedding and breakdown of units is troubling, especially considering the fact that Eskom bemoans the fact that Arnot and Kendal contributes a large amount of the MW, but at the same time, has plans to decommission Arnot and Kendal plants in the near future, bringing into question the rationale behind these decisions. Despite Eskom’s claimed best efforts to return additional generation units to service after the breakdowns that occurred during the week, the crumbling state-owned power utility said on that it had not made sufficient progress to enable us to suspend load shedding. In a statement, Eskom said that it wished to assure the public that implementing load shedding was the last resort, in order to protect the national grid. “In order to limit the impact of load shedding on the morning traffic peak, Eskom will start implementing Stage 2 load shedding from 09:00. This will continue until 22:00. Implementing load shedding is also necessary in order to replenish the emergency generation reserves to better prepare for the week,” the entity stated. On Sunday evening, Eskom teams successfully returned one unit at the Kriel power station, adding 475MW to the grid. The return of a generation unit each at Tutuka and Kriel power stations has been delayed, contributing to the supply constraints. The power utility said during the coming week Eskom would continue to experience supply constraints. According to the utility, Arnot, Duvha and Kendal power stations were successfully returned to service after unexpected breakdowns. These have added a combined 1 565MW capacity to the generation system. The return of a generation unit each at Tutuka, Kriel and Hendrina power stations has been delayed, contributing to the supply constraint. According to Eskom, the cold weather has put the capacity to supply electricity “under severe strain”. The load shedding and breakdown of units is troubling, especially considering the fact that Eskom bemoans the fact that Arnot and Kendal contributes a large amount of the MW, but at the same time, has plans to decommission Arnot and Kendal plants in the near future, bringing into question the rationale behind these decisions. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Blessing spreads his wings

    Blessing spreads his wings 1/1 Share CONTENT SUPPLIED 11 August 2020 Blessing Bongani Sibande, or better known as Mr. NPSS, who was the first person to meet at the entrance, the promoter and marketer of NPSS on social media, and in some instances also a bodyguard, spread his wings. Blesssing will be missed at NPSS, his smile, friendliness and unfaltering willingness to help. Blessing Bongani Sibande, or better known as Mr. NPSS, who was the first person to meet at the entrance, the promoter and marketer of NPSS on social media, and in some instances also a bodyguard, spread his wings. Blesssing will be missed at NPSS, his smile, friendliness and unfaltering willingness to help. On Friday, 7 August, Blessing greeted the school with this speech: “Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I wish to greet the Principal, Ms. L Geoghegan, of which I speak through her. Special greetings also to the SGB, educators, learners, all NPSS staff, parents and guardians. It is with sadness I have to leave the school, as I am grabbing a life changing opportunity. It has not been an easy decision to make, but through love, support and the best advice, I had to make a decision. Since I started in October 2016, I have had the opportunity to grow professionally, and learnt a lot for personal development. I thank the entire NPSS family for such love and warm hands. I believe we had great encounters with each other, and we have managed to drive the vehicle forward. Thank you to the office of the Principal for such great leadership and endless opportunities. As it is Women's Month, we continue to make a clarion call that we want more women in leadership or top positions. I thank you all, and wish the school the best there is.” The Principal of the school, Ms. L Geoghegan, and the staff of NPSS left the following letter for Blessing: “It is with mixed feelings that I have to inform you of a legend jumping the NPSS ship. Mr. Blessing Sibande is leaving us on Friday, for greener pastures. In so many ways over the past 4 years, Blessing has been the face of our school, the first person to meet at the entrance, the promoter and marketer of NPSS on social media and in some instances also a bodyguard. It has been wonderful working with such an energetic and optimistic “influencer”, and observing how he has grown and developed. Your professionalism and effective work ethnics will be missed, Mr Sibande. But we also know that you are meant for greater and bigger things in life. We wish you only the very best with all your future endeavors, and know that you will excel in your new work environment. Hamba kahle.” Blessing will be moving to Gert Sibande's TVET college in Evander. He will work at the Centre for Entrepreneurship as a rapid incubator. “It has been a great experience working at NPSS, and I am excited to work with the youth, assisting them to make good choices when it comes to the great responsibility of their future,” Blessing concluded. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • TERS payments has come to an end

    TERS payments has come to an end 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 7 July 2020 The fund will not be accepting and processing claims for July and onwards, said Fund Commissioner, Tebogo Maruping, in a statement. The three-month relief was introduced by government in March. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has confirmed it will continue to accept and process COVID-19 TERS claims submitted for April, May and June. However, the Fund will not be accepting and processing claims for July and onwards, said Fund Commissioner, Tebogo Maruping, in a statement. The three-month relief was introduced by government in March. “We initially opened the system for June applications on 23 June 2020, and our aim was to start making the first payments on 25 June to ensure that employees do not wait too long for their salaries. Unfortunately, we experienced problems with the swapping of user profiles and we immediately shut it down for June and rolled back to May to fix the problem. I wish to apologize to employers and employees for the further delays,” said Maruping. To resolve problems expeditiously, the Commissioner said the Fund has roped in external resources to help. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Ermelo showcases its creative ladies

    Ermelo showcases its creative ladies 1/0 Share SH HATTINGH 11 August 2020 The ladies created a drum, where they painted the drum a colour of their choice, learned to do stencil work, and how a water transfer works. Laughs and fun were had by all. On Saturday, 1 August, Chalk and Coffee Joint hosted a painting course. Participants had a chance to let their minds go, and to think creative and out of the box. The ladies created a drum, where they painted the drum a colour of their choice, learned to do stencil work, and how a water transfer works. Laughs and fun were had by all. If you have any enquiries, or would like to book a class, feel free to contact Lynette on 082 542 9592. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • All MPU libraries now back in business

    All MPU libraries now back in business 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 29 September 2020 The Mpumalanga Department of Sports, Arts and Culture spokesperson, Sibongile Nkosi, announced that all 116 public libraries in Mpumalanga have resumed operations. Category A libraries may admit a maximum of 50 users at a given time, with category B admitting 30 users, and category C allowing 10 users at a time. The Mpumalanga Department of Sports, Arts and Culture spokesperson, Sibongile Nkosi, announced that all 116 public libraries in Mpumalanga have resumed operations. This comes as a boon for library users who rely on the institutions to source information for school and studies. “The minister of sports, arts and culture has granted Mpumalanga permission to reopen all its libraries. The reopening was done with strict adherence to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Protective counter screens have been installed at reception desks to protect both librarians and users against the spread of COVID-19. Drop boxes are available at entrances where returned books can be dropped off, disinfected and quarantined for 72 hours to kill the virus before they are returned to their shelves. The department put together a reopening plan that has been followed to a tee to ensure that there are no flare-ups of the virus.” Nkosi stated. Category A libraries may admit a maximum of 50 users at a given time, with category B admitting 30 users, and category C allowing 10 users at a time. < Previous Article Next Article >

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