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  • All systems go for municipal elections

    All systems go for municipal elections 1/7 Share GK CRONJE 2 November 2021 Once the voting officer is satisfied that you have the correct ID, that you are a registered voter and have not already voted, your name is marked off the roll, your ID is stamped, and your thumbnail is inked. South Africa's municipal elections were held on 1 November 2021, to elect councils for all district, metropolitan and local municipalities in each of the country's nine provinces. Ermelo saw a marked turnout of voters, and grandstanding of the various political parties involved. The day was declared a public holiday by President Ramaphosa. Municipal elections sees residents voting for a political party and a ward councillor, a mixed system of PR and a ward constituency system, to get seats at the municipal level. During national and provincial elections, you can vote at any station countrywide, but if you vote at a station outside the province in which you're registered, you can only vote in the national election. In order to cast a vote, you will be instructed to present your green, bar-coded, South African ID book or a temporary identification certificate to the voting officer. The voting officer checks that your name appears on the voters' roll. Once the voting officer is satisfied that you have the correct ID, that you are a registered voter and have not already voted, your name is marked off the roll, your ID is stamped, and your thumbnail is inked. You are then given a stamped official ballot paper/s. Residents who are physically disabled or visually impaired, could choose that someone assist at the voting station. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • The results are in for the top five

    The results are in for the top five 1/3 Share GK CRONJE 3 November 2021 With an approximate 67% of the nationwide votes tallied, several results from local municipalities have been made available. South Africa's municipal elections were held on 1November 2021, to elect councils for all district, metropolitan and local municipalities in each of the country's nine provinces. With more than 23 000 voting stations that opened across the country on Monday, the 2021 local government elections have , however, not been without incident. More than 26 million South Africans were registered to vote in the elections, the majority of which were between the ages of 30 and 39 years. With an approximate 67% of the nationwide votes tallied, several results from local municipalities have been made available. The result for Msukaligwa Local Municipality, as published, marked the African National Congress as the party on top, with 43 167 valid ballots, or 59.79 % of valid votes. The Economic Freedom Fighters came in as runner up with 12 494 valid ballots (17.31 %). The Democratic Alliance placed third, with 7 950 valid ballots (11.01 %). The Freedom Front Plus placed fourth with 4 828 valid ballots (6.69 %) with Independent placing fifth with 1 253 (1.74 %). The remainder is filled by other parties, with a detailed layout being available on the IEC website. Ermelo saw a marked turnout of voters, and grandstanding of the various political parties involved, as the day was declared a public holiday by President Ramaphosa. The full available results for Gert Sibande District Municipality’s local municipalities will be available in Tuesday’s publication. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Xtra Savings can now also transact

    Xtra Savings can now also transact 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 2 November2021 To get a Money Market Account, register for a free account in-store or download the Shoprite app from the Apple Store, Huawei App Gallery or Google Play Store. Good news for all shoppers! Checkers and Shoprite Xtra Savings members can now transact using their Xtra Savings cards following a significant update to the Shoprite Group’s Money Market Account. The Money Market Account, which has attracted 530 000 users since it launched just over a year ago, now provides customers with transactional banking functionalities, including sending money and making withdrawals. “The development and roll out of the account have been driven entirely by customer needs,” explains Jean Olivier, General Manager: Financial Services at the Shoprite Group. Customers indicated that they like transacting with their phones, but also with a card, and some raised concerns about how to access their Money Market Account if their phone battery went dead or they forgot their phones. Realizing that 20 million customers already had the Xtra Savings rewards card, the Group worked on a solution. Customers can now link their Xtra Savings card to their Money Market Account and will be able to use these cards to pay for items provided shoppers have funds in their account. They can use their Xtra Savings cards to pay for goods at checkout points, as they would any other bank card. Money Market Accounts offer banked and unbanked consumers, many of whom are regular customers at the Group’s stores, access to basic transactional banking activities that are specifically aimed at their needs. The account gives them simplicity and transparency, as there are no fees and no physical forms, as it is all digital. It also offers low-cost banking with no monthly fees, no load fees, no transactional fees, only a R5 withdrawal fee, and no debit orders or deductions, as to ensure that customers are in full control of their money. Easy access is offered on any mobile phone, and available for free via the Shoprite app, USSD (*120*3534#), WhatsApp (087 240 5709) or the Xtra Savings card. Anyone can register for a Money Market Account, as a customers just need a South African ID or any passport and a South African cellphone number. “It is a straightforward account which allows customers to be in full control of their money and does not surprise them with any hidden fees,” says Olivier. To get a Money Market Account, register for a free account in-store or download the Shoprite app from the Apple Store, Huawei App Gallery or Google Play Store, or by by dialing *120*3534#. Customers can also add Shoprite on 027 87 240 5709, or Checkers on 027 87 240 5385 as a WhatsApp contact, and follow the prompts. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Breyten residents left high and dry

    Breyten residents left high and dry 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 2 November 2021 Residents are left to fend for themselves as the water shortages and outages continue. Despite a successful complaint by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), the residents in Breyten and surrounding areas are still left without water for days on end, with little to nothing forthcoming from Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM) in terms of a solution to the water woes. In the letter that the DA submitted to the SAHRC, the focus of the Commission was called to the provision of water in Breyten, but more notably Skaapruiz and Nyibe. A slew of residents in Breyten, Chrissiesmeer and surrounding areas have been sitting with bone dry taps, or sporadic water supply of a mere two hours per day. The water issues in Breyten have been escalating for more than 6 months, with nothing but golden promises and poor excuses forthcoming from the municipality. “For a week we have been without water here in Breyten. The water supply is restored from 03:00 - 05:00, and after that there are no water in the taps. How is it acceptable for us to live like this?” a resident of Breyten lamented to the Tribune ePaper. Despite the big hoopla that had been made by the National Government regarding the Greater Breyten Water Supply Scheme Project, which will be completed in 2024, residents still suffer on a daily basis, with the 2024 completion date being but a speck on the dry horizon. “I work at a mine near Breyten, and the useless municipality expects me to make do with no water for weeks on end. It is a struggle on a daily basis, and Msukaligwa Municipality just doesn’t care. They don’t answer their phones, they don’t respond to complaints. They simply ignore as as if we are rubbish,” another resident stated. A few good Samaritans have made their boreholes available for neighbors to utilize, but charity can only extend so far, as lack of service delivery from MLM takes its toll. The promised water tankers from MLM also rarely make their arrival. “If the tankers arrive to deliver water, it is during the day. We are all at work during daytime, a tanker arriving at a closed door helps bugger all. The municipality just talks a load of rubbish, and makes empty promises that they fail to fulfill,” an extremely irate resident told the Tribune ePaper. Another resident lamented the constant barrage of alleged lies and tomfoolery from MLM with the greatest of disgust. “I have an entire folder of screenshots from messages that the municipality sends, filled with poor excuses promises they never deliver on. They think that we’re idiots, that we can’t see that they are lying. The stories that they fabricate are nowhere near the same as the stories that our ward councillors tell us,” another resident explosively stated. “The call centre is just another useless part of the municipality. All they feed us are lies upon lies, and the stories they make up doesn’t even remotely coincide with what the technicians and municipal speakers on the WhatsApp group tells us. They don’t even give us reference numbers, they don’t take our details. What is the use of a call centre, if they don’t answer the phones 99% of the time?” he barked angrily. Speaking to Msukaligwa Local Municipality on a previous occasion regarding the exact same issue, no tangible information had been forthcoming either. Apart from the copy and paste response that residents have come to expect by now, citing the usual scapegoats of lack of equipment, and the old faithful trump card stating lack of funds and a cut budget, to date, no concrete plan of action has been made available. In recent weeks, MLM claimed that vandalism of infrastructure, as well as equipment failure, amongst other issues, were to blame. However, there has been no action taken to actively remedy the situation in Breyten. Instead, the project from the DWS is being used a show horse to appease the residents, instead of immediate action being taken. “What is this nonsense about a water pipeline upgrade. We don’t care about upgrades. They just use it to pretend that they’re doing something for residents. We are struggling with water right now. Some of us have been without water for 5 months, and now the municipality comes with a story of water supply in 2024. What will that water help us in two years? Must we then live without water for two years until the municipality decides that it wants to care about residents? It is a joke.” a resident from KwaZanele told the Tribune ePaper. A large collective or residents have had absolutely no water since February 2021, and it’s not getting any better. Empty promises and tall tales from Msukaligwa Local Municipality further frustrates residents, and a complete lack of response from ward councillors further fan the flames. The Tribune ePaper lodged an enquiry with Msukaligwa Local Municipality, requesting a statement regarding the complaints with the SAHRC, and what Msukaligwa Local Municipality is doing to remedy the immediate situation to alleviate the plight of residents in Breyten and other areas. MLM replied with the following: “There's nothing untoward and/or unheard of in a constitutional democracy that a chapter nine institution, be it public protector or Human Rights Commission of South Africa, will from time to time intervene on behalf of the citizenry, and to issue out directives as and when they deem it necessary to any organ of state. This indicates the effectiveness of the chapter nine institutions.” Alas, residents are left to fend for themselves, as the water shortages and outages continue. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Liggies presteer in Grey College 7's reeks

    Liggies presteer in Grey College 7's reeks 1/1 Share SM HATTINGH 2 November 2021 Die seuns wen Vrystaat Ontwikkeling 41–0, en wen teen Westville in die CUP kwartfinaal met ‘n telling van 14-12. Twee Blou Masjien -spanne het die afgelope naweek die lang pad na Bloemfontein aangedurf om aan die Grey College 7's deel te neem. Ligbron se eerste span eindig derde in die prestige toernooi. Die Liggies wen Goudveld met 31-7, en haak daarna vas teen Outeniqua met 33-7. Die seuns wen Vrystaat Ontwikkeling 41–0, en wen teen Westville in die CUP kwartfinaal met ‘n telling van 14-12. Ligbron verloor teen Grey 1 in die semi-finaal om derde in die toernooi te eindig. “Baie geluk, seuns! Die Liggies is trots op julle.” Ligbron se gekombineerde o/14 -15 span eindig 6de uit die 14 skole. Hul wen met 26-14 teen Welkom Gim, verloor 7-36 teen Grey 1, verloor 7-10 teen Goudveld, wen met 38-5 teen Marais Viljoen, en speel in die skildfinaal teen Outeniqua, en verloor 12-36. “This is the first year we've taken part in the 7's rugby, and we've kicked off with a bang against schools much bigger that Ligbron. The boys have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with on the field- you've made us very proud!” < Previous Article Next Article >

  • MLA bied suksesvolle pretdraf aan

    MLA bied suksesvolle pretdraf aan 1/4 Share SM HATTINGH 2 November 2021 Tydens die dag is daar ook wyn opgeveil, wat van Simonsvlei af geskenk is vir die dag. Op Saterdag, 30 Oktober, het Morgenzon Landbou Akademie (MLA) hul Legend Familie Pretdraf dag aangebied saam met Legend Events. Die dag was bekroon met ‘n 5km of 10km pretdraf, wat ook hindernis bane ingesluit het. Die deelnemers het die dag terdeë geniet. Die hindernisse wat daar was was onder andere, deur modder kruip, onder deur pale seil en vele meer. Die groot aantreking was natuurlik Ferdinand Rabie, of beter bekend as Ferdi van Big Brother. Hy het al die pad van die Kaap af gekom om saam met die personeel van MLA die baan te kom uitlê, en seker gemaak elke deelnemer geniet die pretdraf. Hy was natuurlik oral te siene gewees, en het met die verskeie roetes die mense gaan inspireer. Voor die wegspring van die prefdraf was daar ook ‘n heerlike “colour festival” gewees, waar mense nie meer soos hulself lyk na al die verkillende kleure poeier wat deur die lug getrek het nie. Daar was verskeie uitstallers, onder andere PanSolutions, Twizza, King Price, Tribune ePaper en Ermelo Toyota. Tydens die dag is daar ook wyn opgeveil, wat van Simonsvlei af geskenk is vir die dag. Die personeel van Morgenzon Landbou Akademie wil graag vir elke borg, asook elke deelnemer en ondersteuner baie dankie sê vir hul getroue ondersteuning. Mnr. Alex Wehmeyer, hoof van Morgenzon Landbou Akademie, het tydens die dag bevestig dat die dag nie slegs in 2021 sal plaasvind nie, maar van nou af ‘n jaarlikse instelling sal word. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • The ballsiest, bravest run to date

    The ballsiest, bravest run to date 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 28 October 2021 Most South Africans know someone affected by prostate or testicular cancer. The bottom line is that early detection saves lives. What started twelve years ago with one brave soul running through peak hour traffic in a speedo to raise awareness about cancer, has since become a nationwide phenomenon. Usually held as a mass participation event in Johannesburg, the first ever COVID-edition national Hollard Daredevil Run 2021 recently took place across the country. This event, which raises funds towards prostate and testicular cancer awareness and screening, saw runners taking part countrywide dressed only in a purple speedo, including men from Mpumalanga, bravely showing off their inner Daredevil. “This is a run with a difference that makes a difference. The Hollard Daredevil Run has been a highlight on the South African social calendar since 2009, attracting thousands of brave men from all walks of life to do their part to raise awareness about male cancers,” says Heidi Brauer, Chief Marketing Officer at Hollard. Far from being limited to the streets of Johannesburg, this year the event attracted participants from every corner of the country, with teams closer to home spotted running from early morning in Witbank. A 2021 Hollard Daredevil Run highlight is most certainly the purple wildlife warriors, a team of game rangers dressed in nothing but purple speedos taking a run on the wild side through Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. Social media was abuzz with images from other participants around the province, some in more rural areas, some as part of high school teams and soccer and sports club teams as well as the bravest of them all, those running alone in their neighbourhoods. “At Hollard, we like to do things differently, to be bold, brave and ballsy. The act of stripping down to nothing but a speedo is not only challenging for runners, but also challenges stereotypes about male cancers. It takes courage to strip down to a speedo and run in public, but that’s the whole idea. The Hollard Daredevil Run challenges South African men to confront male cancers head-on by showing that they’re not afraid to run in a speedo, not afraid to talk about cancer and not afraid to get checked,” Brauer concluded. All proceeds from the annual Hollard Daredevil Run go to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa, towards awareness and screening of prostate and testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged between 15-39 and can affect men of all races. The survival rate of stage 1 testicular cancer can be as high as 100%, making early detection and prompt action vital. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer and is on the increase. According to global research, one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with the risk of prostate cancer increasing with age. Early diagnosis can mean a 95% chance of being cured. Most South Africans know someone affected by prostate or testicular cancer. The bottom line is that early detection saves lives. Any members of the public wanting to support these purple cancer warriors can go to www.daredevilrun.com to donate further funds towards cancer awareness and screening initiatives. For more information about prostate and testicular cancer, go to www.prostate-ca.co.za , or www.cansa.org.za . < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Shoprite Group the first to recycle sanitizing wipes

    Shoprite Group the first to recycle sanitizing wipes 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 27 October 2021 "As a manufacturer, our responsibility is to ensure that these products do not pose a risk to the environment.” The Shoprite Group is the first retailer to recycle the sanitizing wipes from its 1 328 supermarkets nationwide. The wipes, which are green to identify them as 100% recyclable polypropylene, are used to sanitize baskets and trolleys, and are sent for recycling after use. The bucket container, and all stickers on the bucket, are also 100% polypropylene and recyclable. This is a grand gesture, as it is estimated that 129 billion face masks, and 65 billion plastic gloves are discarded every month, globally. Since the onset of the pandemic, retailers have been faced with a number of environmental challenges, including a massive increase in the quantity of wipes. For the Shoprite Group, this has amounted to tens of thousands of kilograms a month. The Group partnered with Sani-Touch to provide it with 100% recyclable wipes, and has embarked on a programme to isolate used wipes, and make sure it is sent for recycling rather than being thrown away with general waste and ending up in landfill. The increased quantity of wipes, and the opportunity to source locally, resulted in the ShopriteGroup moving more wipe products across to the locally-sourced polypropylene. “With small changes to the way we do things, we can ensure that single-use products such as wipes don’t only offer excellent infection protection, but can also be environmentally neutral,” said Group Sustainability Manager, Sanjeev Raghubir. The wet wipes supplier, Sani-Touch, said that volumes in the past have not been big enough for many companies to recycle, but by including the buckets, and with the volumes of wipes that the Shoprite Group uses, this has become viable. “Wet wipes have proven to be invaluable in the fight against the virus, as well as in general infection control in public places and in medical facilities, eliminating the chance of cross infection. As a manufacturer, our responsibility is to ensure that these products do not pose a risk to the environment.” < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Fondsinsameling vir Isabella Stark ‘n groot sukses

    Fondsinsameling vir Isabella Stark ‘n groot sukses 1/2 Share SM HATTINGH 26 October 2021 "Dit was 'n uitdaging met die wind, maar dit was een lekker daggie vol omgee, liefde en ondersteuning, my hart loop oor van dankbaarheid!" Op Saterdag, 23 Oktober, was daar ‘n modelkompetisie aangebied by Camel’s Madness Restaurant. Die kompetisie wasvir fondsinsameling vir Isabella Stark se mediese onkostes. Die dag was bekroon as ‘n groot sukses. Die kompetisie is aangebied deur Blush Models Ermelo, en die modelle het almal asemrowend mooi gelyk, en die dag vreeslik geniet. Blush Models wil graag van die geleentheid gebruik maak om hul borge te bedank: “Kameel van Camel's Madness Restaurant en sy yster span, julle is die beste. Linda Pitzer, Bernice Coetzer en Berdine Botha, so baie dankie! DJ Sweet Sounds, Joshua Stark, Eco Wash, Hough Burger, Burger Springkastele, Elna Janse van Vuurren, Studio 7, Lady Latte, Coal Miners, Rochelle van Creative Cutz, Anita Kruger, Bo Kamer Gastehuis en Living Waters, Chris Rothman, Danie Louw, Bart Delport, Jaco Papenfus en Stefan van Coller, Siyabonga Masuku, Margé de Lange, Nanette Cup Cakes en Jean-Roux Flack, Mr. Pre Teen SA 2021 en Mr. Pre Teen Face SA 2021. Aan die beoordelaars, Anne Marie van Heerden, Mureli Roux en Suretha van Rooyen, dankie, julle het julle goed van julle taak gekwyt. Aan my regter hand Cindy Kitchenmaster, dankie vir al jou harde werk. Natasha Lourens, vir jou mooiste rokke by Brides Choice (Pick n Pay sentrum) die modeparade was baie mooi. Aan al die modelskole, Allison Danielle Cronje en Yolandri Fourie wat my altyd getrou ondersteun, aan elke liewe model, en ouer. Dit was 'n uitdaging met die wind, maar dit was een lekker daggie vol omgee, liefde en ondersteuning, my hart loop oor van dankbaarheid!” < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Looming SAHRC complaint ruffles no feathers

    Looming SAHRC complaint ruffles no feathers 1/5 Share GK CRONJE 26 October 2021 In 2014, the DA yet again wrote to the MEC, and focused on the Klipbou manhole near Wesselton. To date, the manhole is still overflowing. During the course of last week, a local businessman alerted the Tribune ePaper to an extensive sewage overflow that is polluting the Pet Dam. The pollution is to such an extent that the overflow’s stench, which is close to the old Seapike building on the swimming pool’s side, can be smelt on the opposite side of the Pet Dam. This is but one of many instance of raw sewage that flow into the Pet Dam on a daily basis, with no response from Msukaligwa Local Municipality, Gert Sibande District Municipality, or any other role players, both on local and provincial levels. The impact on the wildlife and wetland animals, especially notable the Egrets that grace Ermelo, is a cause of great concern, as the spillage eventually flows down to the Pet Dam, leaving a trail of pollution and wildlife death in its wake. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has alerted the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) MEC on several occasions, and has been shining the spotlight on the issue as far back as 2008. In 2014, the DA yet again wrote to the MEC, and focused on the Klipbou manhole near Wesselton. At the time, the SABC was present and recorded various of the overflow sites. Seven years later, in 2021, the Klipbou manhole, along with a myriad of other sites, still spew a constant flow of raw sewage. The Pet Dam, which is being expensively polluted by mismanagement from MLM, has an overflow which ties in with the Klein Drinkwater stream, ultimately ending up in the Vaal River. Msukaligwa Local Municipality is also subject to a complaint to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) relating to the hundreds of sewage overflow site in Ermelo, Wesselton, Sun City and the surrounding areas. Scope of the complaint includes the fact that MLM and its officials fails to adhere to the constitutional precepts as contained in the bill of rights, which deals with promoting health and safety of both the environment and residents under its governance, the fact that MLM fails to adhere to the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), and also fails to adhere to section 151 (1) (i) of the National Water Act. Lastly, MLM fails to comply with the Municipal Systems Act, which recognizes the role of the municipal council in promoting a safe and healthy environment to the community. An enquiry regarding the overflow into the Pet Dam has been sent to Mandla Zwane, municipal spokesman. At the time of publication, the enquiry was simply ignored, and the overflow into the dam is still ongoing. You may view more photos and videos on our Facebook page, Tribune Ermelo. < Previous Article Next Article >