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  • Ermelo receives “clean” water test rating

    Ermelo receives “clean” water test rating Ermelo's sewage treatment plant. Ermelo's sewage treatment plant. 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 4 December 2020 In the latest blue drop status tests, Ermelo has scored a “clean” rating, which means that tap water is safe for consumption. AfriForum has tested the water of various towns in Mpumalanga, from August to October 2020, to determine the quality of these town’s drinking water (blue drop status) and sewage water (green drop status). This project was even more important this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and research that shows that this virus could be traced in sewage systems, meaning that one can identify focus points. “We could determine that the drinking water in all the towns tested complies with the minimum standards and does not contain harmful bacteria. AfriForum will continuously test the water quality because residents have a constitutional right to clean drinking water,” says Hennie Bekker, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Lowveld. In the latest blue drop status tests, Ermelo has scored a “clean” rating, which means that tap water is safe for consumption. Bethal also scored a “clean” rating, along with Amersfoort, and Breyten. Carolina’s status is not yet available. Piet Retief scored a “clean” rating in 2020, compared to the 2019 rating, which found feacal coliform and E. Coli in the water. In the latest green drop status tests, Ermelo also scored a “clean” rating, both in 2019 and 2020. Amersfoort’s rating in unavailable, and Bethal’s sewage could not be tested as the water did not flow through the plant. Evander received a “red” rating, meaning that the prescribed microbiological standards are not adhered to. Piet Retief scored a “clean” rating, while Morgenzon’s rating is unavailable. Trichardt, Secunda, Standerton and Emalahleni all received a “red” rating, meaning it is not up to standard. AfriForum voiced its concern over sewage treatment plants in the municipalities that do not comply with the prescribed standards.. “We will further investigate the non-compliance and act where necessary. AfriForum’s national blue and green drop project focuses on the state of drinking water and sewage treatment plants in towns. This project does not necessarily focus on the condition of the plant itself, but rather on the quality of the water that is supplied after this process as the end product in the form of drinking water and treated sewage water,” says Bronwen Pretorius, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Highveld district. As the custodian of water, the Department of Water and Sanitation does not fulfil its obligation to enforce legislation when municipal authorities are the guilty parties. AfriForum requests residents of the Mpumalanga province to give this organisation a mandate to continuously monitor the water quality. SMS “Clean water” to 45350 (R1) and support this action. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Veediefstal verdagtes verskyn weer in hof

    Veediefstal verdagtes verskyn weer in hof Veediefstal verdagtes verskyn weer in hof 1/4 Share SM HATTINGH 3 August 2021 Die drie beskuldiges wat nog in aanhouding is, bly in aanhouding, waar die ander drie uit is op parool. Een van die beskuldigdes wat ook in aanhouding was, is oorlede voor die saak gefinaliseer kon word. Op Maandag, 2 Augustus, het die ses verdagtes van die veediefstal saak, wat reeds is 2019 plaasgevind het te Breyten, weer in die Ermelo hof verskyn. Die verdagtes, Jan-Spruyt Steenkamp, Cornelius Johannes van der Walt, Lucas Knulwane Magagula, Sibusiso Jeremaih Mabuse, Dinky Fredman Sibeko en Vusi Mhlongo se saak is nou al verskeie kere uitgestel vir verdere ondersoeke asook bewyse. Tydens hierdie hofverskyning was al die regsverteenwoordigers teenwoordig, waar hulle die saak weer uitgestel het. Die tussentyds se nuwe datum is 1 Oktober 2021, en die twee datums vir verhoor is 26 November en 1 Desember 2021. Die drie beskuldiges wat nog in aanhouding is, bly in aanhouding, waar die ander drie uit is op parool. Een van die beskuldigdes wat ook in aanhouding was, is oorlede voor die saak gefinaliseer kon word. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • ALZU robbed during late afternoon

    ALZU robbed during late afternoon ALZU robbed during late afternoon 1/3 Share SH HATTINGH 6 October 2020 ACSU gave chase to three suspects who were fleeing on foot in the direction of Wesselton. Despite firing warning shots, the suspects continued to flee, and managed to escape across marshlands at the Eskom substation into the nearby informal settlement. ACSU control room received a call for assistance at a business at the bottom end of Naudé Street. Both reaction vehicles were notified to respond with Alpha 1, Oubaas De Jager, after we established that a robbery was in progress. ACSU gave chase to three suspects that were fleeing on foot in the direction of Wesselton. Despite firing warning shots, the suspects continued to flee, and managed to escape across marshlands at the Eskom substation into the nearby informal settlement. According to information received, the suspects canvassed the shop for quite some time, whereafter one of the suspects managed to take down the store manager with non-lethal force, and cleared the cash register. The second suspect pinned the manager to the floor in the bathroom, wielding a panga. The third suspect forced employees to the floor, assaulting one employee. Any individuals with information that can assist Ermelo SAPS with the investigation, are requested to contact Constable BP Masina at either of the following numbers: 082 373 8389 or 017-819 2321/8. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Pensionarisse gelaat aan hul eie genade

    Pensionarisse gelaat aan hul eie genade 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 24 November 2020 Die plafonne van die huise loop deur, en begin al inmekaar val te danke aan die vog. Ten spyte van verskeie klagtes aan MLM, word ‘n dowe oor gedraai, en inwoners word gelaat met hul hande in hul hare. Die Tribune het na die onlangse reënval verskeie klagtes ontvang vanaf inwoners van die munisipale behuisingskema in Jan van Riebeeck Straat, ten opsigte van Msukaligwa Plaaslike Munisipaliteit (MLM) wat geen ag toon aan klagtes nie. Klagtes sluit in watertoevoer probleme, aanhoudende rioolverstoppings, en die groot doring in die vlees van inwoners, daklekke. Verskeie inwoners van die behuisingskema, wat nie meer jong bokkies is nie, moet skarrel tydens reënbuie om emmers, bakkies en handdoeke neer te sit terwyl die water in hul huise in stroom. Die plafonne van die huise loop deur, en begin al inmekaar val te danke aan die vog. Ten spyte van verskeie klagtes aan MLM, word ‘n dowe oor gedraai, en inwoners word gelaat met hul hande in hul hare. Ten tye van pers was daar geen terugvoer vanaf MLM rakende die kwessie nie, en inwoners word gelaat om te worstel met die aanhoudende probleme. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • SAPS destroys nearly 25 000 firearms

    SAPS destroys nearly 25 000 firearms 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 20 July 2021 “A firearm is issued to an individual and cannot be dealt with like any other asset when the owner dies. The Act provides that in case of death, the family/executor must dispose of the firearm by deactivating it through a gunsmith, sell it to an accredited firearm dealer or individual or voluntarily surrender it to SAPS for destruction,” the SAPS concluded. The South African Police Service has revealed that 24 901 firearms, which included 3 610 rifles, 3 083 shotguns and 17 383 handguns. “The police have to continually detect and remove illegal firearms from circulation, as they are being used to commit serious and violent crimes.Melting these firearms therefore ensures that the proliferation of firearms is dealt a blow. The SAPS will continue to detect and remove illegal firearms and ammunition from the streets of South Africa, as they pose a threat to the safety and security of the inhabitants of this country,” the SAPS said in a statement. The destroyed firearms included firearms voluntarily handed over during the previous two firearm amnesty periods, as well as those that were either confiscated or surrendered to the State. The smelting took place at the Cape Gate Steel in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. According to the police, approximately half of the firearms that have been destroyed were handed in during the 2019/2020 and the 2020/2021 Firearm Amnesty periods. These amnesty firearms were also subjected to IBIS testing and there were no positive hits nor firearm applications linked to them. The SAPS still encourages those that have to handle firearms of their deceased relatives to do so in line with the prescripts of the law. “A firearm is issued to an individual and cannot be dealt with like any other asset when the owner dies. The Act provides that in case of death, the family/executor must dispose of the firearm by deactivating it through a gunsmith, sell it to an accredited firearm dealer or individual or voluntarily surrender it to SAPS for destruction,” the SAPS concluded. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Liggies stel leerlingraad vir 2021 bekend

    Liggies stel leerlingraad vir 2021 bekend Op die foto verskyn, in die eerste ry (v.l.n.r): Jenske de Villiers, Karabo Gina, Marzé Wentzel (Kultuur) en Nothando Mashinini (Dissipline). In die tweede ry verskyn (v.l.n.r): Dané le Roux, Karina Visagie, Carla Niebuhr (Sport), Nadine Brelage (Sekretaresse), Sunelle Booysen (Onderhoofmeisie), Zené Jonker (Hoofmeisie), Bianca Botha, Jenna Scott, Prajna, Bhika, Jazné, Chetty en Edith Volschenk. In die derde ry (v.l.n.r): Franco van Dijk, Jonathan Robberts, Brendt Jansen van Rensburg (Dissipline), Marno Botha, Martin Meyer, Buhle Mangane, JP Groenewald, Amandla Cele, Hendrico Jansen van Rensburg (Onderhoofseun) en Kwanele Nkambule. In die vierde ry (v.l.n.r): BJ Kritzinger (Sport), Liam Olivier, Stephan Prinsloo (Penningmeester), Hubert Terblanche (Hoofseun), Zack Bosman(Kultuur) en Zander Barnard. Op die foto verskyn, in die eerste ry (v.l.n.r): Jenske de Villiers, Karabo Gina, Marzé Wentzel (Kultuur) en Nothando Mashinini (Dissipline). In die tweede ry verskyn (v.l.n.r): Dané le Roux, Karina Visagie, Carla Niebuhr (Sport), Nadine Brelage (Sekretaresse), Sunelle Booysen (Onderhoofmeisie), Zené Jonker (Hoofmeisie), Bianca Botha, Jenna Scott, Prajna, Bhika, Jazné, Chetty en Edith Volschenk. In die derde ry (v.l.n.r): Franco van Dijk, Jonathan Robberts, Brendt Jansen van Rensburg (Dissipline), Marno Botha, Martin Meyer, Buhle Mangane, JP Groenewald, Amandla Cele, Hendrico Jansen van Rensburg (Onderhoofseun) en Kwanele Nkambule. In die vierde ry (v.l.n.r): BJ Kritzinger (Sport), Liam Olivier, Stephan Prinsloo (Penningmeester), Hubert Terblanche (Hoofseun), Zack Bosman(Kultuur) en Zander Barnard. 1/1 Share SH HATTINGH 22 September 2020 Die afgelope week was ‘n baie stresvolle, maar ook opwindende week vir die Graad 11 groep van 2020. Die leerlingraad van 2021 is aangewys, en die leerders, asook die onderwysers sien uit om die pad te stap met die nuwe leerlingraad. “Baie geluk aan elke Liggie, en baie sterkte vir die jaar wat voorlê asook vir 2021.” Die afgelope week was ‘n baie stresvolle, maar ook opwindende week vir die Graad 11 groep van 2020. Die leerlingraad van 2021 is aangewys, en die leerders, asook die onderwysers sien uit om die pad te stap met die nuwe leerlingraad. Op die foto verskyn, in die eerste ry (v.l.n.r): Jenske de Villiers, Karabo Gina, Marzé Wentzel (Kultuur) en Nothando Mashinini (Dissipline). In die tweede ry verskyn (v.l.n.r): Dané le Roux, Karina Visagie, Carla Niebuhr (Sport), Nadine Brelage (Sekretaresse), Sunelle Booysen (Onderhoofmeisie), Zené Jonker (Hoofmeisie), Bianca Botha, Jenna Scott, Prajna, Bhika, Jazné, Chetty en Edith Volschenk. In die derde ry (v.l.n.r): Franco van Dijk, Jonathan Robberts, Brendt Jansen van Rensburg (Dissipline), Marno Botha, Martin Meyer, Buhle Mangane, JP Groenewald, Amandla Cele, Hendrico Jansen van Rensburg (Onderhoofseun) en Kwanele Nkambule. In die vierde ry (v.l.n.r): BJ Kritzinger (Sport), Liam Olivier, Stephan Prinsloo (Penningmeester), Hubert Terblanche (Hoofseun), Zack Bosman(Kultuur) en Zander Barnard. “Baie geluk aan elke Liggie, en baie sterkte vir die jaar wat voorlê asook vir 2021.” < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Lawless taxi driver causes death of infant

    Lawless taxi driver causes death of infant Lawless taxi driver causes death of infant 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 20 April 2021 During the course of last week, Ermelo also saw its fair share of reckless driving and violence from taxi drivers towards individuals transporting passengers with private vehicles. According to the SAPS, taxi driver Sibonise Patrick Mathebula (31), allegedly ignored a stop sign in Amersfoort while chasing after a white Toyota Avanza, which was traveling from Ermelo on Tuesday, 15 April 2021. Mathebula collided with two pedestrians, a 20-year-old male and a 23-year-old female. They were accompanied by a five-month-old baby, who died on scene. The injured were transported to hospital for treatment. Mathebula was arrested and appeared before the Amersfoort magistrate’s court on Wednesday. He was charged with culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving, and was remanded in custody. He appeared before the court for formal bail application on Monday, 19 April 2021. According to the SAPS, the mother of the infant sustained several injuries and is still in hospital, while the second victim was discharged from hospital the next day. During the course of last week, Ermelo also saw its fair share of reckless driving and violence from taxi drivers towards individuals transporting passengers with private vehicles. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • ACSU, SAPD en Boere werk saam

    ACSU, SAPD en Boere werk saam ACSU, SAPD en Boere werk saam 1/4 Share SH HATTINGH 16 February 2021 Reaksie lede het geloop waar hulle die man gesien het in die mielie land, en het daar nog ‘n verdagte gevind met 12 bale dagga. Op Dinsdag, 9 Februarie, ongeveer 15:00, het ACSU ‘n oproep ontvang ‘n voertuig wat baie verdag lyk op die Goedehoop plaas pad. Twee reaksie voertuie van ACSU is in kennis gestel, en het hul dadelik na die toneel gehaas, waar hulle ‘n voertuig gewaar het op die grondpad. Die bestuurder van die voertuig het binne-in ‘n mielie land ingeloop. Die verdagte, asook die voertuig is deursoek, maar niks is binne die voertuig gevind nie. Reaksie lede het geloop waar hulle die man gesien het in die mielie land, en het daar nog ‘n verdagte gevind met 12 bale dagga. SAPD van Ermelo en Lothair is in kennis gestel, en was spoedig op die toneel. Die twee verdagtes is gearresteer, en gedurende die arrestasie is daar nog twee voertuie afgetrek wat deel was van die groep. Daar is op drie voetuie beslag gelê, en vier verdagtes is gearresteer. ACSU wil graag hulle dank gee aan, Kaptein V. Mahlangu, Sersante M. Dladla en M. Maphophe, en Konstabel B. Khumalo, asook aan die boere van die omgewing vir hulle hulp en vinnige reaksie. < 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 >

  • MLA hoofseun blink uit

    MLA hoofseun blink uit 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 2 March 2021 Sukses val in niemand se skoot nie, en om suksevol te wees, is 'n keuse. Híérdie jong man het nie net by MLA gelewe met hart en siel nie, maar pluk dus die soetste vrugte oor sy uithouvermoë en determinasie. Op klein dorpies soos Morgenzon is langarm en kleilat vir die kinders tweede natuur. Iets wat egter by kinders gekweek moet word, ongeag van hulle ligging, is bloed sweet en deursettingsvermoë. Morgenzon Landbou Akademie (MLA) staan breë bors as hul praat van Jan-Hendrik Zwarts, matrikulant en hoofseun van 2020, wat híér skool gegaan het en Maandag hul as skool bederf het met drie onderskeidings. Sukses val in niemand se skoot nie, en om suksevol te wees, is 'n keuse. Híérdie jong man het nie net by MLA gelewe met hart en siel nie, maar pluk dus die soetste vrugte oor sy uithouvermoë en determinasie. < Previous Article Next Article >