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  • Ermelo stoeiers gemaak van staal

    Ermelo stoeiers gemaak van staal 1/3 Share GK CRON JE 19 October 2021 Die Ermelo Mpumalanga stoeispan het hul staal gewys, en die gemeenskap trots gemaak met puik prestasies tydens die SA’s. Die Ermelo Mpumalanga stoeispan het hul staal gewys, en die gemeenskap trots gemaak met puik prestasies tydens die SA’s. Woldermar Winkler en Lohan van Niekerk, beide o/9, AJ van Niekerk (o/11), Carlo van Staden en WP Human (beide o/13) en Teghan Breytenbach (o/15) het puik presteer, en bewys dat harde werk en dedikasie sappige vrugte werp. Woldermar het brons verower in die Presidente afdeling onder 42KG. AJ het silwer huistoe geneem in die o/11 vrystyl onder 55KG, WP palm brons in vir die o/13 vrystyl onder 57KG, asook 5de plasing in die Presidente afdeling. Laastens, maar nie die minste nie, het Teghan die stoeiers ore aangesit in die o/15 Griek Romyns onder 68KG met brons, en neem ook 4de plek in met die vrystyl afdeling. Die Ermelo Stoeiklub nooi graag alle belangstellendes om navraag te doen en betrokke te raak by dié sport. Alle ouderdomsgroepe is welkom om aan te sluit. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Dros staff now fully vaccinated

    Dros staff now fully vaccinated 1/2 Share SM HATTINGH 19 October 2021 The Dros wishes to thank all of the personnel at the Civic Centre for all of their patience during this day. The management and waitrons, as well as all the kitchen staff received their vaccinations on Thursday, 14 October 2021. The team was very nervous, but the whole procedure had been explained to them, as well as all of their questions has been answered. The Dros wishes to thank all of the personnel at the Civic Centre for all of their patience during this day. Dros would like to invite all of their loyal, as well as new customers, to come and support them, offering great food, bar and televisions for sports. On the photos are all the personnel after they received their vaccine, as well as Elias, the manager, when he received his vaccine. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Thea-Rita spreek dank uit teenoor die gemeenskap

    Thea-Rita spreek dank uit teenoor die gemeenskap 1/1 Share SM HATTINGH 19 October 2021 Die kopers van die bok, het weer die bok terug oorhandig aan die Tribune ePaper, waar dit goed gedink is om die bok aan die CMR Lighthouse te skenk. Op Saterdag, 16 Oktober, was daar ‘n fondsinsameling aangebied by Hein se Plaas, ten bate van Thea-Rita Botha (21), wat binnekort ‘n nieroorplanting moet ondergaan. Die gemeenskap was vermaak deur die bekende Pieter Naudé, asook Ermelo se eie bekende sangeres, Yolandie Terblanche. Daar was gesellig gekuier, en gedans dat die stof staan. Heerlike slaaie was voorgesit, asook twee verskillende soorte potjie kos. Tydens die funksie was ‘n blesbok opgeveil, waarna die bok weer terug gegee, is en weer opgeveil is. Daar was ook heerlike wyn wat opgeveil is. Met die veiling is daar ‘n enorme bedrag ingesamel. Die kopers van die bok, het weer die bok terug oorhandig aan die Tribune ePaper, waar dit goed gedink is om die bok aan die CMR Lighthouse te skenk. Elmarie Nel, Thea-Rita se ma wil graag van die geleentheid gebruik maak om die volgende mense te bedank vir hul enorme bydrae: “Hein se Plaas, Midtest, Tribune ePaper, PanSolutions, Pick n Pay, Midway 2, SPAR Orient Apteek, die skenker van die blesbok wat graag anoniem wil bly, die Hoëvelder, AJO2 Water, Marinus Snyman, wat die afslaeër was, en dan vir Yolandie Terblanche, asook Pieter Naudé, vir die vermaak. Laastens, maar nie die minste nie, al die lede van die gemeenskap wat die aand bygewoon het, en aan elke donateur wat ‘n bydrae gelewer het, ons as gesin waardeer dit opreg.” Daar is tans steeds ‘n trust rekening by Pas Prokureurs. Persone wat ‘n bydrae wil maak, is welkom om die fondse in die trust rekening in te betaal. Pieter Stofberg Ingelyf Trust, Trustrekening FNB, Tak kode: 270 344, Rekening nommer: 620 921 503 26, Verwysing: BOT235/1. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Excitement during Ermelo Lighthouse ribbon cutting ceremony

    Excitement during Ermelo Lighthouse ribbon cutting ceremony 1/4 Share GK CRONJE 19 October 2021 Enquiries can be directed to Wynand at 078 800 2711, or Jeanah at 079 799 9956. Interested parties can also contact the CMR office on 017 819 1163. With great pride and joy, the Ermelo Lighthouse was officially opened on Friday, 15 October 2021. During the ceremony hosted at the lighthouse, the CMR expressed their gratitude towards Msukaligwa Local Municipality for their support with the initiative. They also expressed their gratitude to all the volunteers currently involved with the project. The CMR’s Jeanah Motsamai, amongst others, thanks the roleplayers for their involvement with the project. The video of her speech can be viewed on our Facebook page, Tribune Ermelo. She also announced during the ceremony that a recovering addict, Sfiso, has also stepped in to assist with the drug addicts and prostitutes in Ermelo. Sfiso has experience in this field, and had been involved in shelters and assistance of recovering addicts seeking help. The CMR has stated that they will start from the roots up, and uplift and assist the community members who have no way out, and eventually reform these individuals to contribute, and take their place in the community. “I used to introduce myself as ‘Sfiso the addict’, and I am struggling with a disease that only Christ can take away. I grew up in these streets, and was part of the problem on these streets. I am now part of the solution on these very same streets, but it is a struggle. We need to stand united, as this issue doesn’t only affect the struggling addicts, but it also affects us a community and neigbours. Before joining the lighthouse project, I was running a recovery house in Davel. In Davel, we assisted those in need, and promoted the word of God to these individuals, and saw the power of faith. We saw them change, and gave them new hope on life. However, the issue that we face is that these individuals always return to the same community where there’s still drugs, prostitution and more. I asked God for a way to deal with these issues, and he guided me to change the environment. This will be my mission by joining the lighthouse project. Another issue is to allocate the addicts and prostitutes seeking help to contribute to the community. Many of these individuals really wants help, but when rehabilitated, what will they do, and where will they go? We will aim to provide alternative means of making a living, and better the lives of those seeking assistance. If we address the physical and psychological side of the issue, but neglect the spiritual side, we will still have a problem,” Sfiso said. The CMR would also like to thank the Ermelo East Church for providing the facility where the lighthouse is located. Therefore, Minister Dippenaar was asked to cut the ribbon, officiating the launch of the facility. At the facility, homeless people, drug addicts, and those in need will be able to clean themselves at the institution, as well washed their colthes on a daily basis. The Lighthouse also provides social workers for the necessary support, and there will be a decent and healthy plate of food available every day. The CMR also aims to provide several forms of training to these individuals, in an attempt to integrate them back into the community. There will be different tasks daily that will be performed by those seeking assistance, thus maintaining productivity. There is also a safe room at the lighthouse, which will serve as a safe haven for one night where there were difficult conditions within a family. There are currently many businesses that have opened their hearts and joined hands with the CMR. Security guards will be on duty every day and every night, and the local SAPS has also agreed to help with the security of the premises. The CMR would, however, like to appeal to the community to volunteer at the lighthouse, with the day to day operations. There can never be too many helping hands with the operations. The CMR also still requires donations of food, coffee, milk, sugar, pots and pans, cutlery and crockery on the short term. Toiletries, cleaning detergents, clothes, shoes and especially socks are required. Blankets are also needed. The long term needs include, but are not limited to deep freezes, refrigerators, tables and working surfaces, chairs or couches for the reception area, kitchen cupboards, tables, chairs and benches. Anyone who wishes to make a contribution, can use the following bank details: ABSA Bank, Account Name: CMR Ermelo, Account number: 870230133, Branch code: 632005. Enquiries can be directed to Wynand at 078 800 2711, or Jeanah at 079 799 9956. Interested parties can also contact the CMR office on 017 819 1163. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Ermelo Phoenix Rotary golf day brings stellar play

    Ermelo Phoenix Rotary golf day brings stellar play 1/8 Share GK CRONJE 19 October 2021 Should anyone wish to become involved with Ermelo Phoenix Rotary Club, or would like more information, please contact the president, Lawrence Wood, on 072 125 9761. Ermelo Phoenix Rotary Club hosted their annual golf day at Ermelo Country Club on Thursday, 14t October. A total of 15 teams braved the blazing sun during a Four Ball Alliance, with a Scramble Drive competition. Sweat, fun, camaraderie and a few cold beverages to cool off saw an alliance score of 123, giving Brakecore 2 the win for the day. Prince of Tides placed second on the day, with a score of 117, with the Moth Club narrowly missing the second podium, placing third with a total score of 116. The Ermelo Phoenix Rotary Club President, Lawrence Wood, would like to thank all the players who partook in the event, as well as all of the sponsors that made the day possible, and a grand success at that. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the ongoing support and trust in us as a club.” The funds raised on the day will be utilized towards the club’s ongoing support of Damesfontien Child & Youth Centre. The club will also put the funds to work in hosting a Christmas bash for those less privileged during this festive season. Should anyone wish to become involved with Ermelo Phoenix Rotary Club, or would like more information, please contact the president, Lawrence Wood, on 072 125 9761. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Bust open the gates, it’s party time

    Bust open the gates, it’s party time 1/5 Share GK CRONJE 12 October 2021 Parts of the Pet Dam’s fence have also been damaged, and the smaller gates have been removed, rendering the fence moot. Little more than a year ago, numerous complaints regarding the Pet Dam, and residents who swarmed to the site daily in order to get the party started, led to the implementation of drastic measures, which had been forcibly implemented by Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM). In a show of force to residents who use the dam as a party site, and who pay no heed to social distancing and COVID-19 regulations, MLM had issued a closure notice of the Pet Dam. According to MLM, it stated at the time that an increase in COVID-19 cases was the reason for the closure, and that the Local Command Council (LCC) has made the decision. A lack of law enforcement, and the nonchalant attitude of residents, has led to the inevitable point of lawfulness. Even though the lockdown restrictions have eased to adjusted National Alert Level 1, the law set forth by government is clear in this respect. The regulations, as gazetted, states that all citizens must, when in a public place, wear a face mask. Every person, when attending a gathering, and in order to limit exposure to COVID-19 must wear a face mask, adhere to all health protocols, maintain a distance of least one and a half meters from each other; and adhere to any other health protocols and social distancing measures. An enforcement officer must, where a gathering in contravention of the regulations takes place, order the persons at the gathering to disperse immediately, and if the persons refuse to disperse, take appropriate action, which may, subject to the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), include the arrest and detention of any person at the gathering. In essence, none of the regulations are followed at the Pet Dam and surrounding areas, including the Sport Inn, where residents opted to occupy since the closure of the Pet Dam. The Sport Inn parking lot is left in shambles, littered with empty liquor bottles and other manner of refuse. Parts of the Pet Dam’s fence have also been damaged, and the smaller gates have been removed, rendering the fence moot. Upon announcement of the closure in 2020, Mandla Zwane, MLM spokesman, stated that the Pet Dam’s gates would be locked to prevent access, and that a security detail would patrol the area of the Pet Dam to ensure compliance from defiant residents. To no surprise, the slated “security detail” is, and had been nowhere to be seen. More recently, residents looking for a good time without consequences decided to break the lock from the gate, and have at it. Since then, the Pet Dam has reverted back to a non-stop party train, with intoxicated driving, screeching tyres, the public discharge of firearms, public urination and defecation and more is now the order of the day. Packed in like sardines in the swimming pool parking lot, the overflow of partygoers move to the Sport Inn parking lot. These inconsiderate and lawless residents leave a trail of refuse, broken bottles, used condoms and smoldering charcoal from grills in their wake, drunkenly swerving home to sleep off the good times. Residents who feel threatened, or are distraught by misbehavior at the Pet Dam and Sport Inn, may contact the SAPS on 017 819 7803, or contact ACSU on 017 811 1274. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • 'n Dekade van stank vir dank

    'n Dekade van stank vir dank 1/3 Share GK CRONJE 12 October 2021 Gesagsfigure van MLM laat veel te wense in terme van dienslewering, sowel as verskeie wyksraadslede wat deeglik bewus is van die probleme waarmee inwoners te kampe het. Met die munisipale verkiesing wat op 1 November 2021 plaasvind, staan munisipaliteite en politiese partye regoor die land paraat met goue beloftes en groot sprake van opgeknapte dienslewering en verandering in die land se chaotiese toestand. In Ermelo is dit egter ‘n heel ander storie. Terwyl die land se munisipaliteite benoude spronge gee, en soveel oënskynlike dienslewering as moontlik probeer lewer voor die verkiesing, gee Msukaligwa Plaaslike Munisipaliteit (MLM) nie ‘n dooie duit om nie. Inwoners van President Fouché Straat is warm onder die kraag nadat verkiesingsplakkate opgerig was in die area, terwyl die mense wild en wakker uitswaai vir slaggate, en rou riool die velde vol vloei. “Dit is skandelik, hulle het geen skaamte, en geen trots nie;” het ‘n hoogs ontstoke inwoner aan die Tribune ePaper gesê. “Die manne wat die plakkate kom opsit het hier naby my huis, sal mos nou met hulle bakkie deur die riool ry, agter op die bakkie staan en die plakkate teen die boom vas sit, en dan nog lag oor hoe die rou riool spat terwyl hul deur dit ry. In wat se wêreld is dit ‘n grap? Hoe laag moet jy daal om te lag oor dienslewering wat gefaal word deur die bank, terwyl jy jouself weer in ‘n leierskap posisie probeer inwurm? Ek weet nie waar gaan ons dorp, en ons land opeindig nie. Skandelik, dit is al woord wat ek aan kan dink.” Ten spyte van die rioolprobleem wat al vir meer as ‘n dekade inwoners dwars in die krop steek, keur MLM steeds nuwe bouprojekte, bouplanne en uitbreidings links en regs goed, terwyl die omgewing, die fauna en flora, sowel as die inwoners aan die kortste end trek. Die vervalle rioolstelsel in President Fouchélaan en die omliggende wyke draai afwaarts op ‘n daaglikse basis, met munisipale bestuurders uit drie, en binnekort die vierde verkiesing, se beloftes wat steeds nie nagekom word nie. Die impak op die natuurlewe en vleilanddiere, veral die reiers wat Ermelo altyd verfraai het, is kommerwekkend. Die konstante riool besoedeling in hierdie area het die Pet Dam, wat altyd die tuiste van hierdie voêls was, so erg besoedel dat nie boom wat hulle nes gemaak het in, gevrek en verdor het. Die reiers het met die verdorring ook hulself skaars gemaak, en talle van die voêls is dood aangetref. Die impak van die besoedeling is ook bewys deur honderde visse in die Pet Dam wat gevrek het in 2016. Dié besoedeling, direk veroorsaak deur rou riool vanaf President Fouchélaan en die area tot bo Camdenlaan, is doodluiters onder die mat ingevee. Die kwansuise water toetse wat gedoen sou word deur die munisipalitiet en die Gert Sibande Distrik, se resultaat het nooit die lig van dag gesien nie. Alhoewel die Tribune ePaper telkens navrae gerig het aan MLM rakende die besoedeling en die water toetse, het die munisipale woordvoerder en relevante departemente absoluut geen reaksie, en geen terugvoer verskaf nie. Navrae word bloot geignoreer deur die munisipaliteit. Afgesien van die rioolstorting wat na die Pet Dam vloei en 'n spoor van besoedeling en dood in die natuur agterlaat, sluit die oorloop van dié dam aan by die Klein Drinkwater stroom, wat uiteindelik in die reeds hoogs besoedelde Vaalrivier beland. In 'n omgewingsstudie wat gepubliseer is, word MLM, sowel as drie ander Mpumalanga-munisipaliteite, uitdruklik as die grootste skuldige partye in die jare lange besoedeling van die Vaalrivier beskou. Helaas, tot op hede is geen opgraderings of aksie deur MLM onderneem nie. Die situasie het inteendeel vererger, met die gereelde verstoppings en oorloop van die rioollyn in President Fouchélaan wat duidelik die groter probleemfaktor met die rioolnetwerk in die kalklig stel. Ontevrede inwoners in die area, wat met die konstante reuk van rou riool moet opsnork, terwyl menslike ontlasting, sanitêre produkte, kondome, lappe en toiletpapier in die somer son lê en bak, se pleidooi val op dowe ore. Die velde in hierdie gebied word voortdurend deurdrenk en is ‘n moeras van rioolwater en vullis, en hou ernstige gesondheidsimplikasies in vir inwoners, asook die leerders van die nabygeleë skole. Gesagsfigure van MLM laat veel te wense in terme van dienslewering, sowel as verskeie wyksraadslede wat deeglik bewus is van die probleme waarmee inwoners te kampe het. Die Gert Sibande -distriksmunisipaliteit is ook by verskeie geleenthede oor die kwessie ingelig, maar beweer dat hul geen jurisdiksie in die aangeleentheid het nie, en dat die onus ten volle op MLM lê. Teen perstyd wag die Tribune ePaper steeds vir terugvoer rakende dié kwessie, wat al op 8 April 2021 aan Mandla Zwane, munisipale woordvoerder, gerig was. Hierdie navraag, sowel elke navraag vroeër, was bloot geignoreer. Meer foto's en video's kan op ons Facebook blad, Tribune Ermelo, gesien word. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Merino Mall construction moving at blistering pace

    Merino Mall construction moving at blistering pace 1/3 Share GK CRONJE 12 October 2021 Prospective tenants have showed immense excitement and support in the project and familiar favourites are already on board as anchor tenants. Property developers Moolman Group and Abland, the developers of the Merion Mall, don’t let grass grow under their feet. Bulk earth works for Merino Mall commenced on1 July 2021, and have progressed splendidily towards the completion date of October 2022. The development will positively impact the local economy and stimulate further growth and development, as well as enhance and supporting the town’s current infrastructure. The developers makes use of the local workforce during the construction phases, and will create long-term job opportunities for residents and businesses alike. Prospective tenants have showed immense excitement and support in the project and familiar favourites are already on board as anchor tenants. They include Checkers, Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Clicks, Crazy Plastics and Dis-Chem. Crazy Plastics and Dis-Chem being especially exciting new additions in the area. The mall will also bring stores like Crazy Plastics, Cape Union Mart, Old Khaki, Cross Trainer, Queenspark, Primark and Refinery to the Ermelo community for the first time. Truworths, Identity, Mr Price, Jet, Ackermans, Foschini, Sportscene, Totalsports, Mr Price Sport, PEP, Exact, Markham, Miladys, Tekkie Town, Studio 88, The Fix, Sheet Street, Crazy Store, Mr Price Home, Pep Home, @home, and a host of others will join the Merino Mall family. Banks will include Nedbank, Capitec and FNB. Merino Mall is set to enhance the current retail offering in Ermelo, and will bring convenience, value and pride to the town’s visitors, residents, and its surrounding communities. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Ermelo Toyota gholfdag ‘n reuse sukses

    Ermelo Toyota gholfdag ‘n reuse sukses 1/3 Share SM HATTINGH 12 October 2021 Tydens die dag was daar 148 spelers wat deelgeneem het. Daar was heerlik saam gekuier, en die spelers was vermaak deur Jakkie Louw terwyl Buffelsfontein Brandewyn die spelers kom bederf het. Op Vrydag, 8 Oktober het Ermelo Toyota weereens hul jaarlikse korporatiewe gholfdag aangebied. Die dag was ‘n reuse sukses, en die spelers het die dag terdeë geniet. Tydens die dag was daar 148 spelers wat deelgeneem het. Daar was heerlik saam gekuier, en die spelers was vermaak deur Jakkie Louw terwyl Buffelsfontein Brandewyn die spelers kom bederf het. Die wenners van die dag was, in die eerste plek – aka Smoking Tee’s - Deon van Zyl, Johan Du Bruin, Niel Mathiesson en Charl Van Heerden. Tweede plek was DC Swart, Theuns Botha en David Harris en Corrie Swart, en Sheldon Du Preez, Fred Els, Bossie Bosman en Maans Sandenberg in die derde plek. Naaste aan die pen by putjie 6 was Craig Holiday, en by putjie 16 was Greghan Groenewald naaste aan die pen. Die langste dryf by putjie agt was Henro Lewis, en Bennie Kriel putjie 15. Ermelo Toyota wil graag die volgende borge bedank, waarsonder die dag nie so groot sukses gewees het nie: ACSU, AGM2 Trust (AG Muller), Alan's Slaghuis, Aurum Products - Moto Muti, Autopart Centre/Autozone, Budget Insurance, BP Greyling Langfontein Boerdery, Carolina Rollermeule, Chris Rothman - Tent borg, CMR, Christiaan Jacobs, Dalifin Print, Digital Print, Ermelo Abattoir, Ermelo Bearings - Tent opslaan, Ortega, Ermelo Toyota, FNB Comm, FNB Insurance Brokers/ CIB, H2O, Henbase Lodge, Highveld Splendour Boutique Hotel, Highveld Stationery, Hino, Innovation, Kojo Boerdery, Madness, Melrow Pharmacy, Midway Liquors, My-Sure, MFC, Netstar, Oosvaal Landbou, ProShine, Pongola Toyota, Reemar Auto, Ronquest Boerdery, SAVF, SA Oils, Scorekeepers, Team Vibe Customs, TFS, Total, Tribune ePaper, Tuiskoop, Turbo Works, Van der Merwe Boerdery, Wildman, Hunting & Outdoor en Wurth. “Baie dankie ook aan al die spelers wat die dag bygewoon het, en die dag saam met ons geniet het. Sien julle weer volgende jaar!” < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Planned interruption postponed

    Planned interruption postponed 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 8 October 2021 The rescheduled dates will be conveyed to the public in advance as to ensure that residents that are affected have time to implement precautionary measures for activities taking place on the dates to be announced. Yesterday, 7 October, Msukaligwa Local Municipality ruffled more than a few feathers with the announcement of a four-day electrical outage, during which time maintenance of the 11/88KV substation in Ermelo, Extension 18. The public notice has been rescinded. Speaking to the municipal spokesman, Mandla Zwane, he confirmed that the notice has been rescinded, and that the scheduled maintenance will no longer be taking place on the dates stated. The spokesman has, however, confirmed that the maintenance has not been canceled, but will be rescheduled to a different datestamp. The spokesman has also confirmed that the outage will indeed be for four days due to the extensive nature of the maintenance. All avenues will be explored in an attempt to shorten the length of the outage. The withdrawal of the notice is due to the contracted company that will be responsible for the maintenance erring in the estimation of the time that the maintenance will take to complete. The municipality has stated that it would convey the adjusted dates to the public as soon as it is confirmed. The municipality would also like to take the opportunity to apologize for any inconvenience caused, and stated that it is aware of the impact that the outage will have on the community, including students who write exams and attend classes via online platforms. The rescheduled dates will be conveyed to the public in advance as to ensure that residents that are affected have time to implement precautionary measures for activities taking place on the dates to be announced. < Previous Article Next Article >