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  • Water contamination rumors unfounded

    Water contamination rumors unfounded 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 26 November 2020 According to allegations doing the rounds on social media, the local hospital has issued a notice that the water supply has been “poisoned” with a chemical that affects the lungs. According to allegations doing the rounds on social media, the local hospital has issued a notice that the water supply has been “poisoned” with a chemical that affects the lungs, feigning COVID-19 symptoms. The chain message states that residents should boil the tap water before consuming, as to ensure safety. Speaking to Gert Sibande District Municipality (GSDM), Ms. Dube investigated the allegations, and confirmed that the chain message is a hoax. Ms. Dube has spoken to the Head of Scientific Services, who, who assists with water testing. According to GSDM, the water tests conducted this month, no alarming or poisonous chemicals have been noted. She also stated that Msukaligwa Local Municipality is not aware of any reports indicating that the water has been contaminated, as no reports from the Department of Health have been received in relation to the allegations. Residents are urged to confirm the validity of such allegations and dubious chain messages before forwarding them to friends and family, causing unnecessary panic. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Andrea en Flip groet Ermelo

    Andrea en Flip groet Ermelo 1/1 Share SH HATTINGH 10 November 2020 Tydens ‘n onderhoud met die Tribune het Andrea gesê “Ons gaan almal se gesiggies baie mis, en al die vriendlikheid van die Ermelo gemeenskap maar ons sal al die oomblike vir altyd koester”. Andrea en Flip Raaths, eienaars van Blomme vir Almal, sluit hulle deure na 17 jaar van besigheid. Die egpaar het dit beter gedink om nader aan hulle kinders te trek, en ‘n lekker rustige lewe op hul oudag te kan hê. Hulle het vir 17 jaar Blomme vir Almal gehad te Kerk Straat 12. Dit is met hartseer dat hulle Ermelo verlaat na soveel jare. Hulle wil graag van die geleentheid gebruik maak om die Ermelo gemeenskap te bedank vir 17 jaar se getroue en lojale ondersteuning. Tydens ‘n onderhoud met die Tribune het Andrea gesê “Ons gaan almal se gesiggies baie mis, en al die vriendlikheid van die Ermelo gemeenskap maar ons sal al die oomblike vir altyd koester”. Die Tribune wil graag vir die Raath egpaar net seën toewens vir hulle pad vorentoe. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Jurie se hartklop stil in Hartland

    Jurie se hartklop stil in Hartland 1/2 Share SH HATTINGH 12 January 2021 Jurie was ‘n voorbeeld vir soveel mense, ‘n rolmodel en Jesus se visserman. Hy het sy lewe voluit gelewe, en gestrewe daarna om ‘n verskil in ander se lewens te maak. Hy was die beste pa waarvoor sy seun en skoondogter kon vra, altyd daar om hulle by te staan en raad te gee. Jurie Blignaut, eienaar van Hartland in Amersfoort, is skielik op 8 Januarie oorlede. Jurie was ‘n welbekende in Amersfoort, en het geleef vir sy blomme, en om blomme rangskikkings te doen. Die gemeenskap is diep geskok met sy skielike afsterwe. Jurie se uitkyk op die lewe, en wat hy altyd vir almal gesê het is “wat ek is, is net genade”. Sy seun, Juwéhan, en skoondogter, Chantelle, het die volgende boodskap oor hulle pappa geskryf: “Die hartklop van Hartland het sy engel vlerkies gegroei, en drink nou koffie saam met Jesus. Geliefde pappa, oom en beste vriend vir so baie, ‘n regte mense-magneet met ‘n hart van goud wat sonder om twee keer te dink sy mede mens sou uithelp, of dit nou was om nog ‘n blomme rangskiking te maak, of ‘n lekker koppie koffie saam met jou te drink as hy sien jy het maar ‘n af dag gehad. Jurie was ‘n voorbeeld vir soveel mense, ‘n rolmodel en Jesus se visserman. Hy het sy lewe voluit gelewe, en gestrewe daarna om ‘n verskil in ander se lewens te maak. Hy was die beste pa waarvoor sy seun en skoondogter kon vra, altyd daar om hulle by te staan en raad te gee. Hy los ongelooflike voetspore na, maar Jesus het nou Sy mooiste blom hier op aarde kom pluk. Ons harte is seer, en pa se plekkie is leeg, maar ons is opgewonde om pa eendag weer te sien en saam koffie te drink! Lief vir pappa.” “Jou hande - hard genoeg vir hout, en sag genoeg vir blomme, met jou “teddiebeer” persoonlikheid het jy almal laat warm voel, altyd gretig vir geselskap. Jy was ‘n regte mense-magneet” is die woorde hoebeskryf is aan die Tribune. Jurie word oorleef deur sy moeder, broers, susters, en sy seun Juwéhan, en skoondogter, Chantelle. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • 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 >

  • Confident teachers the key to mathematical success

    Confident teachers the key to mathematical success 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 6 October 2020 At the same time, academic performance amongst learners who did write Mathematics decreased significantly, with 54,6% of candidates achieving 30% and above in 2019, and a mere 35% of learners achieving 40% or above. “The reason for this poor performance is that students do not fully comprehend key areas such as functions and graphs, calculus, probability, geometry and trigonometry. For Grade 12 Mathematics learners to confidently attempt more difficult questions, teachers need to challenge their students. This starts with developing confidence in educators, revealed Anne Eadie, Co-Founder of The Answer Series and Mathematics author, with 45 years’ worth of experience under her belt. To help build teacher confidence, and thereby inspire better performance amongst learners, The Answer Series recently hosted two virtual workshops centred on effectively teaching Level 3 and 4 Matric Maths questions to teachers around the country. Eadie was joined by Susan Carletti, Head of Advanced Programme Mathematics at Rondebosch Boys’ High School, and Jenny Campbell, Head of Mathematics at Bishops Diocesan College. The sessions formed part of The Answer Series’ goal of supporting South African teachers, for whom 2020 has been a particularly challenging year with remote learning, increased substitutions and a need for greater tech-savvy being just a few of this years’ hurdles. According to Eadie, knowledge is extremely important for building teacher confidence: “For teachers to impactfully educate their students and inspire interest in Mathematics, they need to have knowledge of Mathematical language, theory, concepts and contexts, and be able to apply this with ease. Only then can they successfully transfer these concepts to learners and help them to develop recognition for mathematical logic and ultimately self-directed learning. However, this all begins with confidence.” This is supported by the latest research conducted by the Department of Education, which found that fewer students opted to write mathematics in 2019 compared to learners between 2014 and 2018. At the same time, academic performance amongst learners who did write Mathematics decreased significantly, with 54,6% of candidates achieving 30% and above in 2019, and a mere 35% of learners achieving 40% or above. “The reason for this poor performance is that students do not fully comprehend key areas such as functions and graphs, calculus, probability, geometry and trigonometry. Learners do not understand the logic behind these Mathematical concepts, which is compounded by an over-reliance on past examination papers for revision. Hence, we see students struggling with complex procedures and problem solving, which together form 45% of the exam.” Eadie explained. At the workshops, which were conducted in both English and Afrikaans, The Answer Series also announced the launch of Maths Majors, a new community forum for Maths teachers to share knowledge, grow confidence and work together to overcome common challenges in the classroom. In addition, the organisation is also providing free e-books for teachers as well as video lessons for Grade 12s as part of its mission to further education in South Africa. George Eadie, CEO of The Answer Series, concludes: “By helping teachers, we jointly raise the standard of education in South Africa. Key to this is imparting confidence in teachers, which we aim to do by providing learning resources and materials for both staff and students, so that they can overcome their fears and become masters in their subject.” To find out more about how The Answer Series is empowering confidence in teachers, go to https://www.theanswer.co.za. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Jumping back on the nuclear horse

    Jumping back on the nuclear horse 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 16 June 2020 The renewed vigor for nuclear energy comes as a surprise, as government dropped controversial plans to build eight nuclear power stations. These dubious deals had been initiated by former president Jacob Zuma, and has come under extreme scrutiny amidst serious allegations of corruption. According to statements from the energy ministry, South Africa is planning a 2 500 megawatt civil nuclear programme in an attempt to solve the country's electricity supply problem. “Given the long lead-time of building additional new nuclear capacity, upfront planning is necessary for security of energy supply to society into the future,” the ministry stated. South Africa is the only country in Africa to have a civil nuclear programme. The two reactors at the Koeberg power plant have been in service for more than 30 years, producing 4 percent of the country's total energy. At this time, 90 percent of the country's electricity is generated from coal-fired stations that are dilapidated due to poor maintenance, vandalism and aging. The renewed vigor for nuclear energy comes as a surprise, as government dropped controversial plans to build eight nuclear power stations. These dubious deals had been initiated by former president Jacob Zuma, and has come under extreme scrutiny amidst serious allegations of corruption. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Home Affairs services suspended

    Home Affairs services suspended Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 13 January 2021 The suspension of applications for ID cards, passports, and marriage services follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the Level 3 lockdown will be extended. All 20 land ports of entry are also closed until 15 February “We will not entertain an application for a smart ID unless you are a matriculant. Applications for passports, except for people falling into the categories who are permitted to travel, are suspended. Marriage services, including the solemnization and registration of marriages have been included, with immediate effect.” These were the words of Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who has announced the suspension of applications for ID cards, passports, and marriage services to curb the spread of COVID-19. The minister stated that visits to home affairs to collect new ID cards should be restricted, unless invited via SMS to do so. Another intervention to protect home affairs officials is to change the way deaths and births are registered. “We are proposing that all births and deaths are registered at the health facilities where they took place,” Motsoaledi said. The suspension of applications for ID cards, passports, and marriage services follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the Level 3 lockdown will be extended. All 20 land ports of entry are also closed until 15 February for entry and departure until the rate of transmission has fallen sufficiently to warrant relaxing restrictions. < 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 >

  • AfriForum rig watertenks op in Piet Retief

    AfriForum rig watertenks op in Piet Retief 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 29 September 2020 Die AfriForum-tak in Piet Retief het onlangs hul eerste ses noodwaterpunte op strategiese plekke in die dorp opgerig, sodat inwoners en gemeenskapslede in tye van nood toegang tot water sal hê. Die AfriForum-tak in Piet Retief het onlangs hul eerste ses noodwaterpunte op strategiese plekke in die dorp opgerig, sodat inwoners en gemeenskapslede in tye van nood toegang tot water sal hê. Deborah Straat, Jasmyne Straat, Magnolia Straat, Piet Retief-moskee en die AGS Kerk Fontana is almal voorsien met watertenks wat 5 kiloliter water kan hou. AfriForum bedank graag vir Build It, wat die tenks voorsien het. Inwoners word genooi om gebruik te maak van die waterpunte gedurende die twee-weke lang waterinperking soos bekendgestel. “Die projek se sukses en volhoubaarheid is afhanklik van die hele gemeenskap se samewerking en betrokkenheid. Ons wil gemeenskapslede wat daartoe in staat is, aanmoedig om tot dié projek by te dra, veral persone wat boorgate het en kan help om water te verskaf. Ons wil graag nóg waterpunte in die Piet Retief-omgewing oprig om meer water tydens onderbrekings beskikbaar te stel.” sê AfriForum se distrikskoördineerder vir die Hoëveld, Bronwen Pretorius. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Ermeloërs maak hul harte oop

    Ermeloërs maak hul harte oop 1/1 Share SH HATTINGH 7 Julie 2020 Die gemeenskap van Ermelo het dit goed gedink om oor ‘n verlengde tydperk al die insamelings te doen vir die minder bevoorregte mense. Daar is verskeie ouderdomme inwoners, van klein kindertjies wat mens aanstaar met honger ogies, tot ouer mense wat nie weet hoe om vir hulle kinders te verduidelik dat daar nie kos of geld is nie. Nou dat ons in die hart van die winter is, is daar mense wat nie eers warm klere of komberse het nie. Die Ermelo gemeenskap het op Saterdag, 27 Junie, hul harte opgemaak deur vir minder bevoorregte mense kos-, klere- asook kospakkies te gaan aflewer. Die gemeenskap van Ermelo het dit goed gedink om oor ‘n verlengde tydperk al die insamelings te doen vir die minder bevoorregte mense. Daar is verskeie ouderdomme inwoners, van klein kindertjies wat mens aanstaar met honger ogies, tot ouer mense wat nie weet hoe om vir hulle kinders te verduidelik dat daar nie kos of geld is nie. Nou dat ons in die hart van die winter is, is daar mense wat nie eers warm klere of komberse het nie. Die projek is onlangs geloots om hierdie mense se behoeftes te bevredig. Die organiseerders van die projek, saam met die MOTHS Klub, wil graag almal bedank wat ‘n helpende hand bygevoeg het met die insameling van die projek. Op die foto verskyn lede van die MOTH klub. asook die bestuur van Mashala Myn, tydens die laai van al die nie bederfbare produkte en klere wat aan die minder bevoorregte mense oorhandig is, (v.l.n.r) WP Fick, Sarel Coetzer, Fritz Olmesdahl, Hendré Pieterse ( Mashala Myn), Gerrie Oosthuizen, Kurt Herman (Mashala Myn), Steve Murray, Hans de Wet, Johan Venter en Theuns Pieterse (Mashala Myn). < Previous Article Next Article >

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