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  • VF Plus vereis antwoorde vanaf GMM

    VF Plus vereis antwoorde vanaf GMM 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 2 Junie 2020 Daar vind tot ses onderbrekings per dag in Bethal plaas. Tydens 'n aanlyn-portefeuljekomiteevergadering oor die aangeleentheid, het verteenwoordigers van Eskom gesê dat hulle weens uitstaande skuld van R1.7 miljard van Govan Mbeki Munisipaliteit, nie bereid is om die uitset van die substasie te verhoog nie. Persverklaring - Dit het onder die aandag van die VF Plus gekom dat die gereelde beurtkrag wat in Bethal plaasvind, die gevolg is van ‘n substasie wat nie die aanvraag na Bethal sowel as Emzinoni, 'n aangrensende dorp langs Bethal, kan voorsien nie. Daar vind tot ses onderbrekings per dag plaas. Tydens 'n aanlyn-portefeuljekomiteevergadering oor die aangeleentheid, het verteenwoordigers van Eskom gesê dat hulle weens uitstaande skuld van R1.7 miljard van Govan Mbeki Munisipaliteit, nie bereid is om die uitset van die substasie te verhoog nie. Die situasie is onaanvaarbaar, en die munisipaliteit se optrede is ʼn belediging vir die inwoners van Bethal wat wel gereeld hul rekenings betaal, maar wat nou weens die wanbetaling van ander en van die munisipaliteit moet boet. Die ANC moet aanvaar dat daar 'n probleem in Bethal is, en moet dringend optree teen onwettige aansluitings en wanbetalers. Agterstallige skuld moet ingevorder word, en vrugtelose en verkwistende uitgawes van openbare fondse moet stopgesit word. Die VF Plus dring aan op antwoorde van die munisipaliteit, en van die departement oor die aangeleentheid. Wetsgehoorsame betalers kan nie gestraf word weens die onbevoegdheid van die munisipaliteit en die wanbetaling van ander nie. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Renewed hope for Chris de Villiers Street

    Renewed hope for Chris de Villiers Street 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 2 March 2021 The entirety of this area’s road surface has gone to hell in a hand basket, littered with large sinkholes and untended potholes. Road users who traverse the area between De Emigratie Road and Chris de Villiers Street will agree that the entirety of this area’s road surface has gone to hell in a hand basket. Wards are littered with large sinkholes and untended potholes, which cause thousands of Rands of damage to unsuspecting road users on a weekly basis. Heavy vehicles also have a terrible time of it, with more often than not, heavy vehicles are bogged down in the massive, waterfilled sinkhole in Chris de Villiers Street, which then requires the expense of a towing service to free them from the quagmire. This comes at great financial cost for transport companies, as this is the only route where heavy vehicles are allowed to travel, lest they wish to risk a traffic fine by weaving through the residential wards or CBD. There is, however, a glimmer of hope, as Athol Stark, president of the Ermelo Business Association (EBA), has arranged to take hands with Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM) to rehabilitate the road surface to a certain extent. The cash strapped entity has had a hard time maintaining the roadways within its area of governance, and the EBA has now graciously offered to extend a helping hand. According to Mr. Stark, they have made arrangements with several key roleplayers to cordon off the entire area for heavy vehicles only, including the heavy vehicle route. Residents of the area, and other light motor vehicles, will still be allowed to travel the area freely. This is necessary, as time is needed to drain the sinkhole in Chris de Villers Street, and allow loads of crushed rock and sediment to be offloaded and compacted. This will make the road surface traversable for the foreseeable future, although it should not be misconstrued as a complete overhaul and resurfacing of the roadway. The EBA’s goal is to ease the strain and toll on motorists and heavy vehicles, who have no choice but to use the roads in this area on a daily basis. MLM has also committed themselves to patching the potholes in the wards of this area to the best of their ability. During the time that this heavy vehicle route is cordoned off, it should be noted that heavy vehicles will be utilizing Voortekker Avenue, turning into Church Street, and exiting Ermelo at the De Emigratie intersection towards Volksrust. Residents are urged to be patient during this time, as there will be a noticeable influx of heavy vehicles on the above mentioned route. Ultimately, the short duration of this mild inconvenience will be well worth the results, making life easier for all residents and road users. Operations will commence within the week. Should you have any enquiries regarding this project, you may contact Mr. Stark on 082 786 7959. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • NMW increase announced | tribune-newspaper

    NMW increase announced 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 16 February 2021 Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, has announced that following a transitional phase, the farm worker sector has been aligned with the NMW rate of R21.69 per hour. Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, has announced that following a transitional phase, the farm worker sector has been aligned with the NMW rate of R21.69 per hour. Furthermore, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase to R21.69 per hour from 1 March 2021, translating to a 93c incremented increase. The domestic sector will be entitled to R19.09 per hour, and could be expected to be aligned with the NMW. In terms of the NMW Act of 2018, the policy framework is a floor level, below which no employee should be paid. According to the Act, it is illegal and an unfair labour practice for an employer to unilaterally alter hours of work or other conditions of employment in implementing the NMW. “The NMW is the amount payable for the ordinary hours of work, and does not include payment of allowances such as transport, tools, food or accommodation, payments in kind such as board or lodging, tips, bonuses and gifts. In considering the annual adjustment, the Commission considered factors which included inflation, the cost of living, and the need to retain the value of the minimum wage, gross domestic product, wage levels and collective bargaining outcomes, productivity, ability of employers to carry on their businesses successfully, the operation of small, medium or micro-enterprises and new enterprises, and the likely impact of the recommendation adjustment on employment or the creation of employment,” the Department of Employment and Labour stated. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • New bank card suggested by the SARB | tribune-newspaper

    New bank card suggested by the SARB 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 16 March 2021 This should allow for cheaper transactions than those offered by institutions such as Visa and Mastercard. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) stated that it will conduct an assessment on the feasibility of establishing a domestic card scheme. The central bank said that the assessment will look at creating ‘white-label’ banking cards that can only be used in South Africa or neighbouring countries, which should allow for cheaper transactions than those offered by institutions such as Visa and Mastercard. “In South Africa, Visa and Mastercard have dominated the card scheme market. In 2019, approximately 48.8 million cards were in circulation in South Africa, and 5.6 billion transactions to the value of R2.1 trillion were processed,” the SARB said. “This is an increase in volume of 16.2% and in value of 15.6% compared to 2018. A card scheme is therefore a key component of the NPS.” The SARB said that most of unbanked South Africans have no immediate need for a card that can be used overseas. “This raises the question regarding the scope for developing white-label or locally branded cards as cheaper alternatives to the brands of the major card schemes, especially for consumers who do not enter into global internet transactions or use cards beyond the borders of South Africa or beyond the Southern African Development Community (SADC). SARB said. The Reserve Bank said that the success of a sustainable domestic card scheme would depend on the collective effort and support of card issuers, retailers, consumers, regulators, policymakers, and government departments. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • EHS-Musiekproduksie onder leiding van danser, Adèle Grey | tribune-newspaper

    EHS-Musiekproduksie onder leiding van danser, Adèle Grey 1/2 Share SM HATTINGH 29 June 2021 Hoërskool Ermelo is opgewonde om, saam met ‘n hele span professionele deskundiges, ‘n suksesvolle produksie op die planke te bring. Wanneer meeste Ermeloërs dink aan ballet of moderne danse, is Adèle Grey die naam wat heel eerste in almal se gedagtes opkom. In die 23 jaar wat Adèle haar dansskool suksesvol bedryf, het sy reeds in menigte kind se lewe ‘n positiewe invloed gehad. Haar liefde vir ballet en besonderse danstalent het egter baie lank voor haar dansskool al gesorg dat die kollig in haar hart haar passie en droom laat vlerke kry. Adèle started ballet at the age of seven in Ermelo. She matriculated from the Pretoria School of Art Ballet and Music. Highlights in her ballet career includes being a member of the NAPAC Dance Company as soloist dancer, Principal Dancer at the Performing Arts Council of Transvaal, leading roles in various productions, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Gizelle, Merry Widow and many more, a Diploma from AIC in Business Management, qualified as an Advanced Registered Teacher in Ballet, Modern and Hip Hop from the Royal Academy of Dance affiliated with the University of Bath, and the association of International Dance Teachers, respectively. Adèle is the owner of the Dance School at Hoërskool Ermelo. Since itsestablishment, her learners have reached great heights both nationally and internationally. She also currently teaches masterclasses for RAD, and acts as adjudicator at various eisteddfods and competitions. Hoërskool Ermelo is in die bevoorregte posisie om Adèle Grey aan die stuur te hê van die komende Rock Musical se choreografie. Die leerders wat deel is van die dansgroepe vir die musiekblyspel, kry dansklasse en professionele onderrig by Adèle om die danse so na as moontlik aan perfek te kry. Vir Adèle is ‘n hoë standaard van kardinale belang, en dit is maar een van die baie redes waarom die Erries dankbaar en geseënd is om haar as deel van ons span te hê. Die musiekblyspel se verwagte datum is vanaf 16 tot 21 Augustus 2021. Hoërskool Ermelo is opgewonde om, saam met ‘n hele span professionele deskundiges, ‘n suksesvolle produksie op die planke te bring. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Confident teachers the key to mathematical success | tribune-newspaper

    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 >

  • MLM, DEA and GSDM turns blind eye to environmental pollution

    MLM, DEA and GSDM turns blind eye to environmental pollution 1/55 Share GK CRONJE 22 September 2020 GSDM acknowledged receipt of the enquiry, but yet again failed to submit a reply. Mr. Zwane, MLM spokesman stated via telephonic conversation that the issue is being investigated by the technical team. However, no further information, or what plans of environmental reform are, have been made known. A copy of the information, photos and videos have also been submitted to Carte Blanche, and response is awaited. Residents and businesses familiar with the ongoing sewage spillage in the vicinity of Oosthuizen Street is in for a even bigger shock. While Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM) has replaced a section of sewerage line, the damage is already done, and raw sewage continues to pollute the environment and underground water sources. Residents of Wesselton Extension 5 have to make do with the raw sewage flowing past their dwellings, along with a wide range of garbage, animal carcasses and other debris floating in the sewage. The looming summer rain season will surely make matters exponentially worse, as many of the storm drains in Ermelo are either clogged, or confusingly, connects with residential and business sewerage lines. The spillage, which has been ongoing since 2016, have to date, seen no tangible action from authorities, and have been polluting the environment on a unprecedented scale for four consecutive years. When the blockage and overflow was initially brought to the attention of MLM in mid-2016, the iron should have been struck while it was hot, and the issue would have been resolved. Instead, the spillage was left to be, much to the dismay of surrounding businesses, who suffer on a daily basis with immense stench. In May 2018, both MLM and Gert Sibande District Municipality (GSDM) was informed of the ongoing spillage, to which no response was received from either institution. Between 2018 and 2019, MLM teams were reportedly spotted unblocked the line thrice, unfortunately haphazardly so. By ignoring the larger issue of obstructions further along the sewerage line, as well as the origin of the offending objects lodged in the line, continued spilling is experienced within mere days after apparent unblocking. To date, attempts to involve COGTA in resolving this issue has also yielded no results. Birds, other wildlife and stray cattle feasts on the daily smorgasbord of excrement gushing from the sewerage lines, and cattle herders plod through the soggy marsh of sewage. The large-scale environmental contamination holds immense health risks to animals, and especially residents, facing the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. While authorities preach about hygiene, cleanliness and sanitizing, this overflow is a slap in the face of the community. Sewage contains a wide variety of dissolved and suspended impurities, and domestic sewage is also very likely to contain disease-causing microbes. The surrounding water sources that this massive pool and overflow of sewage in turn pollutes has a far-reaching impact. Residents who have to traverse this much, and stray cattle who return home to their owners, contaminated, poses a major risk of causing illness such as e-coli, diarrhea and hepatitis A, due to bacteria and viruses present in sewage effluent. Gastrointestinal disorders have been linked to sewage pollution, with viruses implicated as the cause. Pollutants can also seep down and affect groundwater deposits, potentially ending up in the taps of residents. Aside from the immense health risks this sewage overflow poses, the issue is further aggravated by the fact that the surrounding businesses suffer loss in clientele due to the constant, unbearable stench that lingers in the air, as one of the overflows is but mere meters from their shopfronts. The Tribune has, in light of the unimaginable environmental impact, approached, amongst others, AfriForum, VF Plus, Ermelo Business Association and Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries (DEA) formerly the Department of Environmental Affairs, for input and potential solutions. Worryingly, no parties submitted replies at the time of publication. GSDM acknowledged receipt of the enquiry, but yet again failed to submit a reply. Mr. Zwane, MLM spokesman stated via telephonic conversation that the issue is being investigated by the technical team. However, no further information, or what plans of environmental reform are, have been made known. A copy of the information, photos and videos have also been submitted to Carte Blanche, and response is awaited. After numerous attempts, the Tribune managed to obtain a contact e-mail for an official at the DEA supposedly responsible for tending to such issues. The e-mail address supplied, however, returned an error. Further attempts to contact the DEA has resulted in being sent from one phone extension to another, ultimately leading to nowhere. To see a video footage of the overflow and the devastating effect it has had on the environment, videos are available on our Facebook page, Tribune Ermelo. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Naked woman found murdered in Wesselton

    Naked woman found murdered in Wesselton Naked woman found murdered in Wesselton 1/1 Share SH HATTINGH 3 November 2020 The woman was naked, and she had stab wounds in her neck. She is still not identified. The body of a female was found on 31 October at 01:00 in an open field next to Nelson Mandela avenue in Wesselton. The woman was naked, and she had stab wounds in her neck. She is still not identified. Any person with information regarding this case please phone Sergant S. Ndukwana on 017-819 2321/8 or 082 373 8389. In a second case, the owner of a local business closed shop at 17:00 on Saturday, 31 October, and was on his way to his father's business when he was apprehended by 3 suspects. They fired warning shots, took a bag with money from the complainant and fled. A lookout was given with a description off the vehicle and a registration number. Members from Ermelo SAPS discovered the vehicle at a house in Extention 32. One suspect was arrested, and two are still at large. The bag with cash was recovered. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Erries jet off to the USA

    Erries jet off to the USA 1/1 Share Content Supplied 1 November 2022 The Erries are grateful to have been part of this unforgettable, sublime, confounding experience. From 29 September to 10 October 2022, three Erries, Ina Mathebula, De La Rey Hattingh and Pieter Landman, made their way to America for an educational tour. This particular tour's unique nature lies firstly within the tour group: a group of like-minded academic achievers from across South Africa who get to interact, network and learn together, often forcing new and lasting friendships. The Erries are grateful to have been part of this unforgettable, sublime, confounding experience. Meeting these learners was amazing, and every second spent with them was worthwhile. The tour offers students the opportunity to further their quest in developing their skills and fulfilling their potential through attending private, thought-provoking lectures based on topical subjects, hosted by thought-leaders at world renowned universities namely Harvard, MIT, Yale and Princeton University. The learners also got time to explore the cities New York, Boston and Washington DC which was truly astonishing, being exposed to new foods, environments and people. It wasn't just tours and lectures, the learners had their fair share of fun times. “Going to America was truly a blessing on its own and I will forever be grateful for my parents for making it happen. America truly opened my eyes in knowing how much more there is to this world,” said Ina Matebuhla. - Content and photo supplied by EHS < Previous Article Next Article >

  • CCBSA expands on returnable PET bottles | tribune-newspaper

    CCBSA expands on returnable PET bottles The new recyclable PET bottles rolled out by CCBSA. The new recyclable PET bottles rolled out by CCBSA. The new recyclable PET bottles rolled out by CCBSA. The new recyclable PET bottles rolled out by CCBSA. 1/3 Share GK CRONJE 8 September 2020 The returnable bottles are made of PET plastic and feature a paper label with ‘RETURNABLE’ appearing on a green or yellow strip on the front of the bottle. The recommended retail price for the 2L Coca-Cola Original Taste – Less Sugar beverage is R15, which excludes a R9 deposit. Other brands, like Coca-Cola No Sugar, Sprite and Fanta, are also be available in the new 2L returnable PET plastic bottle at a recommended retail price of R12 excluding the R9 deposit. Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) continues the roll-out of its 2L returnable Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle into more regions across South Africa. Returnable PET is part of The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste vision, which focuses on the entire packaging value chain from how bottles and cans are designed and made to how they’re collected, recycled and reused later. CCBSA is offering more consumers across South Africa value-for-money, while playing its part in protecting the environment. During September, which is the National Clean-up and Recycle Month in South Africa, CCBSA will roll-out numerous community clean-ups and litter collection campaigns around the country to raise awareness and reduce plastic pollution. “As a user of packaging we have a responsibility to not only recycle packaging through our various initiatives, but also to continue to invest in infrastructure that can help us develop innovative packaging to achieve our World Without Waste ambitions,” says CCBSA Managing Director, Velaphi Ratshefola. “By offering a returnable PET bottle, we are creating greater value for money, as well as an incentive for consumers to collect packaging, rather than disposing of it into the environment.” The returnable bottles are made of PET plastic and feature a paper label with ‘RETURNABLE’ appearing on a green or yellow strip on the front of the bottle. The recommended retail price for the 2L Coca-Cola Original Taste – Less Sugar beverage is R15, which excludes a R9 deposit. Other brands, like Coca-Cola No Sugar, Sprite and Fanta, are also be available in the new 2L returnable PET plastic bottle at a recommended retail price of R12 excluding the R9 deposit. Once a bottle is returned to CCBSA, it will go on a looped journey to be cleaned to Coca-Cola’s stringent measures and requirements, then refilled and distributed back to retail outlets. When the bottle reaches the end of its life cycles, after being returned to CCBSA, it will be recycled and turned into another PET plastic bottle. “This initiative strengthens our PET collection efforts through our various partnerships such as our membership in the PET Recycling Company (PETCO) and several buy-back centres we have established in communities around the country,” adds Ratshefola. “Last year, 62% of PET bottles were collected for recycling. Through this new returnable PET packaging and other innovations, we are set to continue improving our collection and recycling rates, until we reach our ambitious targets.” During 2019, more than 92 000 tonnes of post-consumer PET bottles were collected through the PET Recycling Company (PETCO). These bottles were diverted from landfills in South Africa, saving 612,000m² of landfill space. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Ermelo morsjorse se dae is getel | tribune-newspaper

    Ermelo morsjorse se dae is getel 1/4 Share GK CRONJE 1 December 2020 Inwoners kan dan die foto's stuur, gepaard met die tyd, datum en area waar die morsjors betrap is, via WhatsApp na 071 885 2505. Onwettige rommel storting is 'n vinnig groeiende probleem in Ermelo en die omliggende gebiede, met inwoners wat doodluiters te lui is om hul rommel uit te neem vir kolleksie vanaf die munisipaliteit, of om uit te ry na die stortingsterrein. As gevolg van hierdie morsjorse, is Ermelo en die omliggende areas gesaai met allerlei rommel, tuinvullis en boumateriale wat onwettig gestort word. Ontwikkelaars en kontrakteurs word ook onder die loep geneem, met allerlei bourommel wat in die nabye areas van nuwe ontwikkellings doodeenvoudig net in die veld gestort word. Alhoewel Msukaligwa Plaaslike Munisipaliteit (MLM) se spanne konstant rommel verwyder en optel, verloor hul die stryd, siende dat inwoners hul nie traak aan die munisipale wette nie. ‘n Groot seer oog is die berugde Chris de Villiers Straat, wat skynbaar ‘n gunsteling area onder rommelstrooiers is. Honderde plastieksakke met huishoudelike rommel word weekliks gestort in hierdie area, en kontrakteurs is ook lief daarvoor om hul mourommel daar te stort. Die nuwe inisiatief deur die Hoëveld Toerisme Streeksorganisasie mik egter om hierdie onwettige dade hok te slaan, en het die hulp van inwoners nodig om die projek ‘n sukses te maak. Die organisasie versoek dat inwoners wat morsjorse gewaar wat rommel stort op enige area buite die stortingsterrein, ‘n foto neem van die morsjors, en indien moontlik, die registrasie nommer van hul voertuig. Inwoners kan dan die foto'ss stuur, gepaard met die tyd, datum en area waar die morsjors betrap is, via WhatsApp na 071 885 2505. Dié organisasie, in samewerking met die nodige owerhede, sal dan die skuldige persoon opspoor, en forseer om die rommel te verwyder, asook om ‘n area van 50 meter om die stortingsarea skoon te maak en op te ruim. Indien die skuldige persoon versuim om die area skoon te maak, sal verdere stappe geneem word, wat kan lei tot moontlike kriminele aanklagte, siende dat dit teen die wet is om onwettig rommel te stort. Die tyd het aangebreek dat die inwoners van Ermelo moet hande vat en saamstaan, om te verhoed dat die dorp verder verbrokkel en agteruit gaan. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Strife within the ANC continues | tribune-newspaper

    Strife within the ANC continues 1/1 Share GK CRONJE 1 February 2022 Resignation would force the municipality into by-elections. On Thursday, 27 January, ANC members opposing the alleged corruption, nepotism and fraud within the structures of Msukaligwa Local Municipality (MLM), as well as the regional branch of the ANC Gert Sibande, gathered at the gates of Gert Sibande District Municipality (GSDM). These steely protestors are standing their ground against the alleged plot by the regional ANC and corrupt entities within the municipality. The group also stands on behalf of the present board of councillors at MLM, who have repeatedly highlighted the corruption that drills to the core of the municipality. The executive mayor, Cllr Mahlalela, have also made her stance against corrupt acitivities within the establishment quite clear, and has subsequently been accused of defying instructions from the ANC regional executive committee (REC). It had been stated in a memorandum that the REC has resolved to have her recalled, along with the chief whip, Cllr Buthelezi, and the speaker, Cllr Mandini, effectively dissolving the Troika, which consists of these members. The sudden recall and infighting within the ANC hierarchy is the result of an explosive list of corrupt activities that has been ongoing for years withing the municipality, laid bare by the current councillors and Troika. The Troika has refused to step down, claiming that they are being bullied into turning a blind eye to corruption. The councillors also claim that the REC has ordered a halt on the investigation lodged against a dodgy tender awarded to 303 Security to the tune of R103 million. According to the councillors, this is just one of many instances of where the chain of supply has been circumvented to benefit a select few individuals. It has been confirmed that the executive mayor has opened criminal cases against the said company, as well as he director of community and social services. The ANC REC claims that there is no vendetta, and that the recall comes after a “glitch in the ANC registration of the candidates”. However, councillors are having none of this, citing that the PR list has been altered by the REC, and that the IEC is in cahoots with those fiddling with official documentation. The councillors, along with a large mass of the community, has taken a firm stance, also verifying that the PR list was different to the original list. This list has been the topic of debate for an extended period of time. The councillors have threatened to resign in unison should the REC continue to, according to council, interfere with the daily operations of the municipality. Resignation would force the municipality into by-elections. < Previous Article Next Article >

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