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  • Ouma Toys rus sag by die Here se voete

    Ouma Toys rus sag by die Here se voete 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 3 August 2021 Die familie bedank graag vir Kobus Taljaard, AEA, en Xolani Ngomane, BAA, van Life Care Response Ambulansdienste vir hul flink hulp en bystand tydens ‘n vreeslike deurmekaar en hartseer tyd. Anna Cecilia Cook, meer bekend as Ouma Toys, gebore op 10 Maart 1942, is op die oggend van 27 Julie 2021 huiswaarts geroep deur haar hemelse Vader. Ouma Toys sal deur die gemeenskap en haar vriende onthou word as ‘n ystervrou met ‘n hart van goud, altyd bereid om haar laaste te gee om ander te help. “As die somer se eerste reën val, en die vars,vrugbare grondreuk tref die aarde, sal ek Ouma altyd onthou. As die vlinders vry vlieg, en op ‘n kosmos tot rus kom, sal ek Ouma altyd in my hart en siel vashou. As die trane val, en die waarom’s kom, sal ek Ouma se glimlag koester, en altyd die beter tye in my geheue laat ontvou. Liefste Ouma Toys, die trane val in vlae soos ek hierdie huldeblyk skryf, maar nie net trane van hartseer omdat ek Ouma se liefde, omgee en altyd verstaan sal mis nie, maar ook trane van blydskap omdat ek weet Ouma is gelukkig en veilig in Ouma se hemelhuis. Ouma se vlamrooi hare van Ouma se jong dae wapper weer in die wind soos wat Ouma in die goue strate van die hemel baljaar. Rus sag, my liefste Ouma Toys. Ouma was die beste Ouma waarvoor enige iemand kon vra. Hou my plek in die hemel vir my, tot ons weer ontmoet.” - Oneindige liefde, “Ouvrou” (Tanya). “My mom was a very extraordinary person, which in turn made her well loved by all. As a mother, she was always super protective, and was always concerned about everyone’s wellbeing. Her passion was to pray for the needy and the helpless, in each and everyone’s quest to find and to need the Lord Jesus Christ in each of their lives. As a Grandmother, she always kept each of the kids in her prayers everyday. She loved them dearly, and the desire of her heart was to do this task, if you can call it until the day she rest her head. She has completed the task, and according to us, she graduated with honors. We also know that she has been received with open arms, as Jesus was with her all the way in the last hour. Mammy, rest sweet and rejuvenate your strength in the arms of our Lord Jesus.” - Love, Charles. “Mammie... Hoe begin mens dankie sê vir mammie? Vir 'n lewe van liefde en omgee, van opofferings sodat ons kon hê. Dankie sê vir mammie wat ons die regte pad gewys het om te stap, sodat ons ook die kroon van die lewe kan ontvang. Ek sê dankie dat Vader God my ma se enigste dogter gemaak het, dankie vir die seën wat mammie in my lewe was, en altyd sal wees. Jubel en dans voor die Koning van die heelal, want ma het tot die einde toe uitgehou. Ek sal na mammie verlang totdat ons weer ontmoet.” Baie liefde, Michele. “Ma was ‘n wonderlike ma vir my, en vir ons, en ons was, en is steeds, ontsettend lief vir ma. Ek gaan ma se gesprekke en geselsies vreeslik mis hier by die huis. Ons sal altyd vir ma lief wees.” Diepe liefde, Tony. Die familie bedank graag vir Kobus Taljaard, AEA, en Xolani Ngomane, BAA, van Life Care Response Ambulansdienste vir hul flink hulp en bystand tydens ‘n vreeslike deurmekaar en hartseer tyd. Hul bedank ook graag AVBOB se personeel vir hul bystand. Laastens, maar nie die minste nie, bedank die familie die Tribune ePaper personeel vir hul hulp en meegevoel. Ouma Toys se finale totsiens was klaar deur familie gedoen, en die kerkdiens se datum en besonderhede sal persoonlik aan nabye vriende gestuur word. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Bringing hope and care for over 20 years

    Bringing hope and care for over 20 years 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 5 October 2021 The two Phelophepa trains are designed to provide comprehensive primary healthcare to communities. With great excitement, the community flocked to the rail station on Monday, 27 September, to welcome the Phelophepa train from Transnet. The trains spend 35 weeks each year on the rails, and visits 70 stations annually to provide healthcare at the bare minimum of costs. The staff members on board, ranging from 20-30 highly qualified individuals, provides health, oral and vision screening, as well as laying out the groundwork for basic health education. Each year, an approximate 360 000 residents within its route receive the utmost care. Phelophepa, pronounced as pay-lo-pe-pa, means good, clean health. Brought to life in 1994 as a three-coach eye clinic project, the train has grown to reach 375 000 people every year. The two Phelophepa trains are designed to provide comprehensive primary healthcare to communities. The programme also covers sanitary and life skills support to both boys and girls. In conjunction with Transnet’s outreach programmes, they have reached over 20 million people since inception. All services are offered in the coaches are on a first-come, first-served basis. It offers healthcare education, a complete physical assessment, cancer treatments, pap smears, prostate cancer testing, eye care clinic services, a dental clinic, dental screening, and extracting and cleaning of teeth. This includes counseling and psychology clinic services. The train also features a fully equipped pharmacy. Coming from the previous stops, Mbombela and Carolina, it now stands in Ermelo until 8 October 2021, and will lastly stop at Bethal to provide much needed care. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Liggies skitter as top leerders

    Liggies skitter as top leerders 1/1 Share SH HATTINGH 9 March 2021 Op die foto staan die topleerders van 2020, saam met die hoof, Mnr. Brand. Baie geluk aan die Graad 12's van 2020, wat by die Distrik Prysuitdeling vereer is vir hulle uitnemende akademiese prestasies. Top 10 in distrik is as volg: Ammaarah Arbee is die algehele toppresteerder in die distrik. Cristian Izquierdo Ortega plaas derde in die distrik, en Hannah Peer vierde op die gesogte lys. Ligbron blink weereens uit in Wiskunde, met 3 leerders op die Top 5. Tweede is Christian met 98%, derde is Shraddah Agre met 97%, en in vyfe posisie is Hannah Peer met 96.9%. “Baie geluk, Ligbron is besonders trots op julle prestasie!” Liggies take the honors! Liggies were given accolades at the District Award Ceremony for excellent academic achievement. Top 10 in district: Ammaarah Arbee takes the lead as the best academic learner in the district, with Cristian Izquierdo Ortega in third position, and Hannah Peer takes up fourth position in the district. Ligbron takes top honors in Mathematics, with 3 learners in the Top 5 of the district. Cristian Izquierdo Ortega takes second position with 98%, Shraddah Agre settles in third position with 97% and Hannah Peer secures the fifth position with 96.9 %. Op die foto staan die topleerders van 2020, saam met die hoof, Mnr. Brand. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Smugglers appear before court

    Smugglers appear before court Smugglers appear before court 1/1 Share SH HATTINGH 16 March 2021 They found eight compressed rolls of dagga, weighing 105KG, with an estimated street value of R15750.00 hidden at the back of the vehicle. Two accused drug peddlers, Sabelo Makamu (40) and Tebatso Mokgabudi (30) appeared before the Carolina Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 11 March 2021, for dealing with dagga. On 10 March 2021, the SAPS was busy with their operational duties, when they saw a suspicious bakkie parking on the side of the road. They approached the vehicle, where they found two suspects. The SAPS requested to search the vehicle, and upon investigation, they found eight compressed rolls of dagga, weighing 105KG, with an estimated street value of R15750.00 hidden at the back of the vehicle. The case was remanded to 18 March 2021 for legal representation, and both the accused remain in custody. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Hefty fine for tampering with fire hydrants

    Hefty fine for tampering with fire hydrants Hefty fine for tampering with fire hydrants 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 3 November 2020 A person who uses a fire hydrant without the appropriate authorization is liable to prosecution. A fine of R2 500 awaits individuals who illegally tamper with municipal fire hydrants. It was noticed in Friday that individuals helped themselves at a fire hydrant in Church Street, and several large containers were repeatedly filled with water from the hydrant. The culprit had a makeshift tool handy to open the fire hydrant. According to the available by-laws, it is illegal to use a fire hydrant to obtain water for purposes other than fire fighting, unless authorised by the water authority or person to whom the hydrant belongs. A person who uses a fire hydrant without the appropriate authorization is liable to prosecution. A fine of R2 500 awaits individuals who illegally tamper with municipal fire hydrants. The community is urged to refrain from tampering with fire hydrants, as those in question often waste precious water, and also repeatedly leave fire hydrants partially open, aggravating the wasteful behavior. < 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 >

  • Spoedbrekers is van geen nut

    Spoedbrekers is van geen nut Spoedbrekers is van geen nut 1/2 Share SH HATTINGH 23 June 2020 Die bestuurder en passasier van die Suzuki is Medi-Kliniek toe geneem deur ER24 vir mediese behandeling. Beide was opgeneem in die hospitaal, en is op Vrydag, 19 Junie ontslaan. Op Woensdag, 17 Junie, het daar ‘n botsing plaasgevind in De Emigratie Straat, reg voor Longtom Nissan, waarin ‘n Toyota Hilux en Suzuki betrokke was. Die oorsaak van die ongeluk is nog nie bekend nie. Die bestuurder en passasier van die Suzuki is Medi-Kliniek toe geneem deur ER24 vir mediese behandeling. Beide was opgeneem in die hospitaal, en is op Vrydag, 19 Junie ontslaan. Van Wettens insleepdienste was spoedig op die toneel, asook die brandweer diens en SAPS. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Uncertainly looms as Motshekga consistently fumbles

    Uncertainly looms as Motshekga consistently fumbles 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 2 June 2020 The unions said this is a time to show solidarity with the plight of other provinces, and sympathy with the plight of thousands of teachers and children across the country. The unions have called on Motshekga to meet teacher unions and governing body associations on 11 June for "genuine assessment and engagement" about the readiness of the system. “If we follow the protocols and maintain all precautions, we will effectively minimize the risk posed by the coronavirus.” There are the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has urged schools to not reopen until all the necessary precautions are in place. This comes after the return to school for Grades 7 and 12 has been delayed by another week. President Ramaphosa has assured parents that government and all stakeholders are doing all they can to ensure their children’s safety. Teacher unions have called on schools not to reopen amid the chaos caused by government's last-minute 7 day postponement. “We have heard them, we welcome their contributions and are taking steps to address their concerns as well as proposals.” the President stated. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was expected to address the nation on Sunday evening, and has been heavily criticized for her apparent inability to maintain a sense of order in her department, and with the confusing myriad of conflicting statements made. The Council of Education Ministers (CEM) was concerned that, in some provinces, personal protective equipment (PPE) for pupils had not been received and some schools had not been made ready for their return. Despite Motshekga claiming otherwise, school governing bodies and unions believe it is not in the best interest of children and teachers to return to school while there is uncertainty about health and safety. “The response never came through until the statement which was released after two cancellations of the media briefing, and despite an undertaking in the meeting by the minister on behalf of the CEM. The teacher unions were vindicated by the independent monitoring consortium led by the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) that the system wasn't ready for the reopening of the schools for learners in Grade 7 and 12 on 1 June 2020. The minister asked for time to consult her colleagues, and committed to respond on 31 May, which she did not honour. This is a betrayal of trust, and does not bode well for the credibility of the education system. We want to put on record that the date of 8 June was never mentioned in the meeting, because the focus was readying the system and ensuring that all the provinces comply with the 12 non-negotiables,” unions NAPTOSA, PEU, NATU, SADTU and the SAOU collectively stated. The unions alleges that the Department of Basic Education is "obsessed with dates and ignoring the evidence of provincial readiness. The lack of appreciation for evidence can only be characterized as irresponsible and negligent,” they echoed. The unions said this is a time to show solidarity with the plight of other provinces, and sympathy with the plight of thousands of teachers and children across the country. The unions have called on Motshekga to meet teacher unions and governing body associations on 11 June for "genuine assessment and engagement" about the readiness of the system. The proposed date for re-opening is now 8 June 2020, but is subject to change at any time. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Lizelle Lee is a cricketing powerhouse

    Lizelle Lee is a cricketing powerhouse 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 15 March 2022 Cricket is a simple sport at its core. A ball is delivered. Someone with a bat 20.12m away has to hit it... and few hit it harder than Lee. South Africa’s Proteas find themselves in an unfamiliar position heading into the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand. For the first time in 14 global tournaments, they harbour realistic ambitions of lifting the trophy. “We wouldn’t be going if we didn’t all believe we could actually do it,” says Lizelle Lee, the team’s destructive opening batter who was recently recognized as the best 50-over player in the world by the International Cricket Council (ICC). “We spoke about this in camp. We all agreed that there was no point in going if we didn’t intend to come back as champions. We know it’s never been done before, but we want to make history as the first South African team to win a World Cup.” South Africans have conquered the world before. The men’s Under-19 team, captained by Aiden Markram and coached by Ray Jennings, in 2014 became the first side to win a major final. But no senior squad has done it. This group is unburdened by a history of failing when it mattered. The South African women’s side, under-resourced in every metric compared with their male counterparts, have long fought for equality in the country’s third most popular sport. All too often they’ve been regarded as an afterthought, contesting untelevised games in near-empty stadiums. “When I was growing up, I didn’t even know there was a South African women’s team,” says Lee, who grew up in Ermelo, and will be turning 30-years-old in April. “It just wasn’t something I was conscious of and I know a lot of other girls will tell you the same thing. It wasn’t on TV. You didn’t see games advertised. I played because I loved the game. I didn’t play for fame or money or recognition.” The dial shifted in 2013 when insurance firm Momentum joined as a title sponsor and helped Cricket South Africa (CSA) fund full-time contracts for six players. That number increased over the years, there are currently 15 centrally contracted players with CSA, but changes in other facets have been slow. The team was constantly playing catch-up with the more advanced cricket ecosystems in Australia and England, which together have won 16 of the 18 global showpieces since 1973. “Those countries are so far ahead,” says Lee, who has been a mainstay in the Australian Women’s Big Bash League, and has played for Somerset and Surrey in England. “Women players are given a much bigger platform there. I’m more recognised when I walk around there than I am in South Africa. But it is changing.” Lee credits CSA for ‘promoting the women’s game’ but the players have advanced their own cause on the field. By the time the T20 World Cup in Australia came into focus in January 2020, Lee could look around a dressing room studded with match-winners. “It’s not that it happened all of a sudden, because we’d been working hard for a few years,” she says. “But now we have superstars all around, genuine world-class players.” By winning the ICC ODI’s Women’s Cricketer of the Year award for 2021, she joins an elite list that includes all-time greats Stefanie Taylor of the West Indies, England’s Sarah Taylor, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Australian duo Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry. That’s easy enough to understand. Cricket is a simple sport at its core. A ball is delivered. Someone with a bat 20.12m away has to hit it... and few hit it harder than Lee. She’s officially the best woman in 50-over cricket. And if she can hit enough balls with enough force, she may also be a World Cup champion. - Daniel Gallan, New Frame < Previous Article Next Article >

  • NDZ publishes salary figures for officials

    NDZ publishes salary figures for officials 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 7 June 2022 The remuneration scale is dependant on the population size, and the income generated by the municipality. Recently, Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) published the tiered remuneration scale of government officials, including municipal officials. The gazette states the six levels, including the upper limit, which means a specified maximum amount of costs which may be claimed. The gazette specifies the total remuneration package as the annual total cost to a municipality, including a basic salary component, a motor vehicle allowance, housing allowance, the municipal contribution to a pension, provident or retirement annuity fund, and municipal contribution to a medical aid scheme. The remuneration scale is dependant on the population size, and the income generated by the municipality. As point of reference, the highest scoring municipality will have to cough up a shocking R1 446 388 per annum for the mayor, which translates to just over R120 500 per month. The point score for Msukaligwa Local Municipality is currently at level 4, meaning that the executive mayor receives R920 656 per annum, or R76 746 per month. The speaker receives R736 530 per annum, or R61 377 per month, and the whip receives R690 808 per annum, or R57 567.00 per month, according to the gazette. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • WOF MPU prepares for Winter Fire Season

    WOF MPU prepares for Winter Fire Season 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 13 April 2021 These camps ensure the 24 WOF Mpumalanga teams are mentally and physically fit going into the season. Firefighters are physically and theoretically assessed, and when successful, receive Yellow Cards at the end of the camps. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Working on Fire Programme continues to live by its objective of restoring dignity to the disadvantaged youth in marginalised communities. This was evident when Working on Fire Mpumalanga recently conducted a recruitment drive at various towns across the province, in preparations for the upcoming Winter Fire Season. Selections were conducted under strict COVID-19 protocols and regulations, with hopefuls put through the rigorous WOF fitness test of a 2.4 kilometre run, push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups. A total of 45 new recruits were selected, giving previously unemployed youth entry into the employment sector. The new recruits will undergo specialised veld and forest firefighting training through the Kishugu Training Academy, in Nelspruit. Upon completion, they report back to their respective bases to top up existing teams. This ensures Working on Fire teams are at full strength going into the fire season. The province also took the team drivers and Safety Health and Environment Representatives (SHE Reps) to refresher training workshops at the Kishugu Academy, where they polished up on their theoretical education to ensure best practices at their bases. The Working on Fire Yellow Card Training Assessment Camps is set to take place in April. These camps ensure the 24 WOF Mpumalanga teams are mentally and physically fit going into the season. Firefighters are physically and theoretically assessed, and when successful, receive Yellow Cards at the end of the camps. All these preparations will ensure WOF Mpumalanga is ready and able to assist partners and stakeholders in WOF’s much-sought-after Integrated Fire Management Services, which includes but not limited to, fuel load reduction and fire suppression. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Black Tool Music explodes on MPU radio stations

    Black Tool Music explodes on MPU radio stations 1/1 Share CONTENT SUPPLIED 7 July 2020 These artists have contributed with different genres and these are, Soul Music, African Jazz, Musical Poetry, Afro Pop and Reggae. The project is a sign of unity, working together and promoting social cohesion according to Black Tool Music. Introducing the album, one of the artists from the project have been appointed to release a single track that will alert the world about this upcoming album, and that is The Composition Band. A live music entertainment group, Black Tool Music in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, is proud to present its first music collaboration album titled, The Big 5, to be released in June 2021. The album is a collection of five different upcoming artists, which includes The Composition Band, Luyanda EM, Buyiswayo Imbongi Yabaphansi, Seluleko Zulu and MC Macphera. These artists have contributed with different genres and these are, Soul Music, African Jazz, Musical Poetry, Afro Pop and Reggae. The project is a sign of unity, working together and promoting social cohesion according to Black Tool Music. Introducing the album, one of the artists from the project have been appointed to release a single track that will alert the world about this upcoming album, and that is The Composition Band. The band released a soul type of a song, titled Love Prayer, in September 2019 on all digital stores. Today, Black Tool Music is proud to see a positive successful path for the upcoming album due to the outcome results for the released single as to introduce The Big 5 album. The single has been playlisted on all online radio platforms such as Indie radio, radio airplay and many more radio stations across the world as a whole. In addition, Mpumalanga Province seemed to be with the most fans, with the single being featured on Ligwa FM and Rise FM. The single is also expected to hit local radio stations as popularity grows. "Our plan was to release the album in June 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone. Although this became a challenge, on the other hand it became a positive move giving us more time for creative planning and for more sponsors to pop up for this project. In a very short time period, the project already has at least three sponsors from companies and individuals. Mr. Cele, a local traditional leader is one individual sponsor, and Ayishawa Grafics and Big Bone Studio are the two company sponsors. These are highly profiled sponsors, and it shows a big step forward and success for Black Tool Music album project. It is a huge project and more sponsors are still expected.” said Mhlengi Nkonzo Mlotshwa, the album project manager All music lovers are encouraged to stay alert by doing a close observation on this album titled THE BIG 5 by Black Tool Music. Searching and following the project on all social media platforms will get them in. < Previous Article Next Article >

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