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  • Sop, sjerrie en heerlike musiek

    Sop, sjerrie en heerlike musiek 1/2 Share SM HATTINGH 15 June 2021 Daar was heerlike sop bedien met tuisgebakte brood. Die gemeenskap het die aand terdeë geniet. Op Saterdag, 12 Junie, was daar behoorlik lekker geselligheid gewees by Hein se Plaas, waar ‘n opkomende sanger, Zandré Human, die Ermelo gemeenskap kom vermaak het. Daar was heerlike sop bedien met tuisgebakte brood. Die gemeenskap het die aand terdeë geniet. Die eienaar asook bestuur van Hein se Plaas wil graag die gemeenskap bedank vir hul getroue ondersteuning. Op die foto verskyn Erika en Hein Aucamp, eienaars van Hein se Plaas, saam met Zandré Human. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • News

    Sop, sjerrie en heerlike musiek 15 June 2021 Daar was heerlike sop bedien met tuisgebakte brood. Die gemeenskap het die aand terdeë geniet. Read More PROJECT ERMELO - Mike Bolhuis to intervene as MLM falls apart 8 June 2021 "If a municipality fails to fulfill any of the mandates set forth by the national government, it is a crime. As simple as that." Read More President’s Air Trophy touches down at Ermelo Airfield 25 May 2021 The PTAR - Presidents Trophy Air Race, is the most historically elite, internationally recognized prestigious air race in the world. Read More Maak die harte oop vir Juan 25 May 2021 Op Woensdag, 12 Mei 2021, is sy linkerbeen bo sy knie geamputeer. Die hele prosedure het suksesvol afgeloop, en Jaun is tans in Ermelo. Read More Roelof Ferreira bids fond farewell to Laerskool Ermelo 25 May 2021 "If I had the chance to change anything in my life, I would have done everything all over again, because of the joy teaching gave me." Read More Lardus sit die virus ore aan, deel sy storie 25 May 2021 Ek het gehoor hoe hy sukkel en hyg na asem met sy long funksie wat so swak is. Die volgende oomblik is dit stil. Dit is die ergste stilte wat ek nog ooit beleef het. Read More 1000Kings Presents Launch Festival 18 May 2021 All are invited to attend the 1000Kings record launch on Saturday, 22 May 2021, from 10:00 - 19:00, opposite the Old Garage and Carwash and Shisanyama, opposite Cebisa School. Read More CMR CYCC bedank borge en donateurs 18 May 2021 Hulle spreek ook hul dank en opregte waardeering uit aan elke donateur vir hulle donasies, dit maak regtig ‘n groot verskil. Indien jy dalk betrokke wil raak of enige donasies wil maak kan jy vir Mari, die CYCC Bestuurderes, kontak by 072 484 4349 of by die kantoor 087 550 0510. Read More TLU SA Jongboere moedig landbou aan om die bedryf te versterk 18 May 2021 Die konferensie is afgesluit deur die president van TLU SA, mnr. Henry Geldenhuys. Hy het jong boere aangemoedig om as ‘n kliphoeksteen sterk te staan in die gemeenskap. Read More Hooggeregshof gee winkelsentrum-teenstander ‘n bloedneus 18 May 2021 Laastens het Regter Mankge bevestig dat II8 gefaal het om ‘n daadwerklike saak te bou, en dat hul papierwer, aansoeke en beëdigde verklarings in menigte gevalle in konflik is met die drie pilare benodig. Read More Georgie verruil sy valhelm en herenig saam sy Dedda 11 May 2021 Georgie laat sy ma, Priscilla, Alycia en Kaytlin, Japie, sy oudste broer, en sy gesin, Anel, Franco, Leander, Janel, Willie, middel broer en sy gesin, Angie, Damian, Jayden, agter. Read More TLU bied 2021 Jongboer-konferensie aan 11 May 2021 Danie Bester, Jongboer van die Jaar 2020, het ‘n informatiewe toespraak gelewer aan ander jong boere, en sy kennis gedeel met die boere gemeenskap. Read More Load More Articles

  • Throw-and-roll raises eyebrows

    Throw-and-roll raises eyebrows 1/4 Share GK CRONJE 15 June 2021 Loose gravel lining the roadside is a clear indication that the fillings were improperly compacted, and have degraded to a alarming degree, despite being filled less than a month ago. With a big hoopla Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM) announced on their Facebook page that teams will be repairing roadways, and proudly posted the surfaces repaired. While all is good and well, and the municipality used the proper material for patching, improper practices are the downfall of the work done. Residents have lodged several complaints with the Tribune ePaper regarding the methods used by MLM, and have collectively categorized the repairs as a waste of product and resources. Upon investigation of the wards in question, the cause of the complaint is clear. While the correct product had been used by the teams, the drop and go method used in some of the patchwork, where a mixture is simply poured into potholes and left to dry, proved to be ineffective and many of the potholes that were repaired, are once again a gaping danger to motorists. In other instances, the throw-and-roll method was partially implemented, but can also be deemed a waste of product and resources. The mixture used was clearly inadequate, and the potholes were not cleared of debris and soil before pouring of the mixture. Loose gravel lining the roadside is a clear indication that the fillings were improperly compacted, and have degraded to a alarming degree, despite being filled less than a month ago. To save resources, manpower and funds, the correct procedure should be implemented, but is not. While institutions and private companies in Ermelo have used the correct method, by cutting out a section of roadway around the pothole, filling and compacting the patch with the correct ration and product, the same cannot be said with MLM’s methods. A semi-permanent procedure for repairing potholes is often considered the best procedure besides full-depth replacement of the affected area. When done according to acceptable standards, the pothole is first cleared of water and debris and the sides of the pothole are squared to a depth where the roadway is sound. The material is placed in the patch area and compacted with equipment smaller than the patch area, is very tightly compacted and provides exceptional longevity. Alas, the majority of the potholes that were repaired by MLM teams are once again eroded to a large degree. According to reports, a joint venture launched by concerned citizens in an attempt to repair roadways to an acceptable level has also fallen through due to disagreements between MLM and the involved parties. Product wastage by municipal teams was cited as one of the main causes of the venture being snuffed. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Update: MLM budget announcement

    Update: MLM budget announcement 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 15 June 2021 Malaza stated that substantial amounts are being paid to Eskom, servicing an account that, according to him, may not be settled in the near future. Amidst all-time high dissatisfaction from residents, and a new low in service delivery, the IDP budget has been announced by Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM), and has been slated as a multi-year budget. The MLM executive mayor, Cllr. Mkhaliphi, delivered the budget announcement, and subsequently outlined the state of the municipality. He admitted that the municipality is currently in a mixed state, and that several backlogs have been ameliorated due to the purchase of new equipment. According to Mkhaliphi, MLM will no longer rely on private service providers for fault finding and other services and that service delivery will be fast tracked. According to the report, MLM acquired, since 2019, 15 new vehicles, a compactor truck, a sweage suction tanker, 2 TLB heavy machinery vehicles and 2 vehicles for traffic management. According to Mkhaliphi, this will reduce expenditure on contractors. However, water delivery to rural areas are still maintained by hired vehicles. The acting municipal manager, SI Malaza, further stated that with the assistance of Gert Sibande District Municipality (GSDM), the municipality has aquired 5 water tankers, a bulldozer for the landfill site, a waste compactor truck, crane truck, a TLB, 6 light delivery vehicles and 1 traffic vehicle. He further stated that the municipality struggles with ageing infrastructure, insufficient maintenance budget, as well as issues with revenue collection. MLM is currently implementing a financial recovery plan to enhance revenue. Another major setback involves electricity, cable and copper theft, as well as arson. Malaza stated that substantial amounts are being paid to Eskom, servicing an account that, according to him, may not be settled in the near future. According to the latest know figures, MLM has an arrangement of R180 634 883 with Eskom, with R35 000 000 already paid, and R145 634 883 being outstanding. It is unclear how these figures were calculated, or if these amounts are the interest or the capital amount owed. According to the last known report, MLM owed Eskom R172 million in August 2020. According to the MLM spokesman, Mandla Zwane, the municipality is on schedule with the arrangement between MLM and Eskom, and has stated that the NMD has remain unchanged since the court order forcing the lowered NMD to be restored. Find the detailed layout of the IDP in next week’s publication of the Tribune ePaper, including the services covered by MIG, departmental and WSIG funds. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Ripe for the picking while MLM cries foul

    Ripe for the picking while MLM cries foul 1/6 Share GK CRONJE 15 June 2021 Opportunistic criminals sit and wait for the infamous load reduction to be implemented, and have themselves a jolly good time chopping off one cable after another. As you’re busy bathing your children and cooking dinner in the rush of peak evening time at home, the power suddenly goes out. The entire household curses in extremely colorful language, and you grab your phone to dial the call centre’s number. You’re informed that the outage is caused by cable theft, and that you’re going to have to make do without electricity for the next several hours. You sit and wonder how you’re going to finish the laundry, while your children stumbles in the dark, and your partner struggles to find the ever-elusive flashlight. According to Msukaligwa Local Municipality, thousands of Rands are spent every week to repair and tie in cables that have been stolen. Cables are being stolen in broad daylight, and entire wards are left without electricity. Opportunistic criminals sit and wait for the infamous load reduction to be implemented, and have themselves a jolly good time chopping off one cable after another. One cannot help and wonder as to how these criminals are so wily, and make a daring escape before anyone notices their wrongdoing and alerts ACSU or the neighborhood watch. Unfortunately, it is much easier than you might think, as various jerry-rigged electrical cables, ranging from low- to high voltage, are ripe for the picking. With shockingly low-quality workmanship, electrical cables are tied into substations and junction boxes, and draped over trees, fences and lamp posts, loosely tied down with flimsy wire. A shining beacon that screams “steal me” at the top of its voice. While MLM cries foul and laments the funds squandered on stolen cables, the old saying, idle hands are the devil's workshop, rings true. Ultimately, better craftsmanship, and correct procedures being followed, will both contribute to mitigating losses suffered by the hands of cable thieves. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Crime

    Vyf voertuie in botsing as gevolg van digte rook 15 June 2021 Die oorsaak van die botsing was digte rook van ‘n nabye veldbrand, wat die sig baie vermoeilik het vir motoriste. Read More Carnage ensues as rainy weather hits 8 June 2021 With winter being on our doorstep, fog will also become a major issue, and restrict visibility of motorists while driving. Read More Shock as pedestrian leaps into oncoming traffic 8 June 2021 According to bystanders, the deceased has been know to repeatedly ignore oncoming traffic, and has had several narrow brushes with motorists who were caught off guard by his strange behavior. Read More Nuus uit die SAPD se kantoor 1 June 2021 'n Onbekende man het hul gekonfronteer en met 'n wapen gedreig. Hy het kontant geeïs, en die klaagster se handsak gegryp. Read More Road spikes a cause for concern in MPU 1 June 2021 If you are stopped by a traffic officer, demand to see their appointment certificate to verify if such an officer is employed by the relevant traffic authority. Read More Argument lei na moord 1 June 2021 Na wat aangemeld is as poging tot moord, het egter in ‘n moordsaak ontaard nadat die man aan sy beserings beswyk het. Read More Do not set fire to dry leaves and fields 25 May 2021 The case had been reported to the SACCW, who in turn dispatched the required services. Read More Boer dood aangetref, verdagte ook dood in selle 25 May 2021 Na ‘n soektog het sy op sy ligaam langs die sojaboonlandery afgekom, waar sy bakkie ook nog geluier het. Wyle Hennie het ‘n skietwond naby aan sy linkeroor gehad. Read More Party hard, crash harder 18 May 2021 The Tribune ePaper received information from the SAPS that no incident has been reported, and no case opened. Read More Another collision on the N11, Wesselton traffic light 18 May 2021 IGAGU Ambulance services tended to the injured, alongside the provincial ambulance service. Van Wettens Towing Services arrived in the nick of time to assist where necessary. Read More Botsing knip voertuig se lewensduur kort 18 May 2021 Tydens die botsing was geen ernstige beserings aangemeld nie, en IGAGU se medici het reggestaan om behandeling toe te pas. Read More Report arsonists to the authorities 18 May 2021 If you see a suspected arsonist in your ward or area, please contact ACSU on 017 811 1274, the SAPS on 10111, or your neighborhood watch, such as SACCW’s Theo Craven on 081 733 0032 immediately. Read More Load More Articles

  • Vyf voertuie in botsing as gevolg van digte rook

    Vyf voertuie in botsing as gevolg van digte rook Vyf voertuie in botsing as gevolg van digte rook 1/16 Share SM HATTINGH 15 June 2021 Die oorsaak van die botsing was digte rook van ‘n nabye veldbrand, wat die sig baie vermoeilik het vir motoriste. Wat ‘n gewone Vrydag sou wees, met die naweek wat voor die deur lê, het geëindig in ‘n botsing tussen vyf voertuie. Ongeveer 13:20 het daar ‘n skokkende botsing op die Breyten pad plaasgevind, waar daar vyf voertuie betrokke was. Een van die betrokke voertuie was ‘n ambulans wat ‘n pasiënt vervoer het. Die oorsaak van die botsing was digte rook van ‘n nabye veldbrand, wat die sig baie vermoeilik het vir motoriste. Die bestuurder van die Life Care ambulans het spoed verminder soos wat hy die rook gesien het, en nie voor hom kon sien nie. ‘n Toyota Quantum het agter in die ambulans vasgery. Agter die Quantum was ‘n Volkswagen Caddy, wat toe ook binne in die Quantum vasgery het en dadelik aan die brand geslaan het. Agter die Caddy was ‘n Nissan NP200 en agter dié ‘n Volkswagen Golf 1. Die pad was vir ‘n geruime tyd gesluit, waar die brandweer blitsvinnig op die toneel was om die brandende voertuig te kom blus. Die bestuurder van die Life Care ambulans het dadelik hulp ontbied, en het begin om die mense wat in die ander voertuie mediese behandeling te gee. Al die mediese personeel en nooddienste was spoedig op die toneel. Vier persone is hospitaal toe geneem vir mediese behandeling, asook die pasient wat reeds in die ambulans was. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • PROJECT ERMELO - Mike Bolhuis to intervene as MLM falls apart

    PROJECT ERMELO - Mike Bolhuis to intervene as MLM falls apart 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 8 June 2021 "If a municipality fails to fulfill any of the mandates set forth by the national government, it is a crime. As simple as that." As you sit in the dark for 20 hours a day, for the fourth consecutive day, as yourself if it is acceptable. As you watch how polluted and muddy water runs from your taps, ask yourself if it is acceptable. As you hit yet another pothole, and have to replace yet another tyre on your vehicle, ask yourself if it is acceptable. As Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM) simply blames your woes on the 88kVA and 11kVA being “overloaded”, the onus of appliances ruined by electrical spikes are on you as tax paying resident. As new developments are approved left and right by MLM’s apparent town planner, no foresight is given to the residents who suffer without electricity on a daily basis. While MLM claims that the electrical infrastructure is overloaded and at maximum capacity, more developments are approved by MLM on a monthly basis. While MLM claims that non-paying residents are to blame for the lack of maintenance, the municipality has set forth a mandate that consumer debt be written off under certain conditions, to the tune of nearly R600 million. Does this make sense to you? While you have to weave and bob to miss the thousands of potholes and sinkholes on the roads in Ermelo and the surrounding areas, MLM claims to have a “shoestring budget” that they receive from government. Thousands, if not millions of Rands, are wasted on half-hearted patchwork of the roads, instead of repairing the roadway as mandated. Potholes are filled with dirt and gravel, and expand exponentially as the surface deteriorates to a state of non-existence. Are you satisfied with this? As you stand in your front yard, and take a deep whiff of rank, raw sewage flowing in the streets in front of your house... Are you satisfied? As you have to drive through pools of sewage as you exit your yard, and your children have to tread carefully not to be contaminated with raw sewage, does it make you feel good? While you sit without street lights, and your residence is shrouded in darkness, are you complacent with the fact that you can be robbed blind without even knowing it? Are you content with the fact that hijackers and criminals can sit outside your yard and wait for you to open your gate, remaining unseen due to the street lights that have been out of commission for over ten years? Are you content with the fact that your tax money is wasted on fruitless expenditures by Msukaligwa Local Municipality, that you are overcharged by the municipality’s archaic billing system, that you pay penalties on payments that are not logged by the municipality, and that year after year, you are done in with bogus property taxes that are thumbsucked by municipal officials? If the answer to any of the above is no, then it your time to shine. It is time for residents to stop talking and complaining, and to take action. A group of like-minded residents, that have had it in chunks with the utter incompetence displayed by Msukaligwa Local Municipality, have approached Private Investigator, Mike Bolhuis, to assist in solving the humanitarian crisis that Ermelo is steering towards. Mr. Bolhuis has thus requested that all complaints be submitted in a categorized fashion. Speaking to Mr. Bolhuis, residents are urged to take heed of his words. “I would like to issue a friendly but serious warning to residents of Ermelo. Project Ermelo, that we are requested to assist with, can only be a success if everyone sets their differences and varied opinions aside, and sets the issue of crime as the main focus and problem. Residents of Ermelo should look past race, politics and differences in faith. We are all just human, and God has no blue-eyed boys. We request unequivocal unity from the community, that all residents and tax payers take hands and stand together, and assist us in any way necessary with our project and investigation. With Project Ermelo, we can not afford infighting between residents, where the best apples are compared to the best oranges. The main and singular focus of the community and this project should be to identify, solve and prevent crime. This trio of goals are of utmost importance. There is no place for persons who dislike one another, and each and every community member is urged to be part of the investigation, e-mail messages and WhatsApp groups. I would like to urge the community to keep all issues that are not relevant to Project Ermelo to be set aside, and that all energy should be focused on the project goal. The fact of the matter is that a crime is being committed. If a municipality fails to fulfill any of the mandates set forth by the national government, it is a crime. As simple as that. If the municipality does not maintain the infrastructure, it is a crime. A municipality can not be called a municipality, if it does not deliver a service. The solution to this problem can only be had if the community as a whole stands together, and works together. We will be the spearhead, and in this way work for the community. We appreciate any donations, no matter how big or small. When the opportunity presents itself, we visit Ermelo, we conduct the investigation, we collect audio and video evidence, and we confront the municipality. If no heed is paid by the municipality, it is escalated to a national project, complete with audio and video, and will be presented to national government.” If you have a complaint regarding electricity, sewage, road conditions, lack of service delivery, suspected corruption, financial mismanagement and more, please send each complaint in a separate e-mail, with the subject stating the category of the complaint. This way it will be easier to sort and compile a list of the issues that need attention. You may send your categorized complaint to ermeloproject@gmail.com . Please ensure that your e-mail body and complaints match the subject heading as described above. Residents who wish to make a donation, no matter how big or small, towards the compensation of service from Mr. Bolhuis, may do so by depositing funds into the slated trust account. Mr. Bolhuis has agreed to come to Ermelo and address the community as a whole to take note of all complaints right through the board. Kevin Duggan on 071 476 2028, or Lynette Hattingh on 082 542 9592 with any enquiries. The account details are as follows: PWG Attorneys, FNB Ermelo (270 344) Account Number: 52180048278. Reference: E747, please include your initials and surname afterwards. These funds will thus be regulated and tightly controlled, and will be utilized solely for the purpose of reimbursing Mr. Bolhuis and his team for their provided service. At the time of publication, more than 150 detailed and categorized complaints have been submitted by businesses and residents. From here, what the community does as a whole will affect the future of Ermelo. All residents are urged to unite in solidarity, and to take back the power which rightly belongs to them as paying consumers. < Previous Article Next Article >