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  • Ermelo SAPS needs your assistance

    Ermelo SAPS needs your assistance Ermelo SAPS needs your assistance 1/1 Share SH HATTINGH 27 April 2021 The stabbing followed a fight with another male suspect over a girlfriend. SAPS Ermelo requests the assistance of the community with regards to murder investigations currently ongoing. In the first investigation, Linda Nkosi (30) was stabbed ten times at the Sasol Garage on Saturday, 24 April 2021, at 01:30. The stabbing followed a fight with another male suspect over a girlfriend. In the second investigation, Bheki Mabuza was found with three stab wounds on the shoulder, and passed away at Ermelo provincial hospital. Anyone with information regarding these events can contact D/Cst Mkwanazi on 017 819 2321/082 373 8389. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Inwoners ruk hand uit by Pet Dam

    Inwoners ruk hand uit by Pet Dam 1/4 Share GK CRONJE 30 August 2022 Die Pet Dam, wat veronderstel is om toegang gekontroleer te wees nadat MLM miljoene Rande bestee het aan omheining, is ‘n klap in die gesig van Ermelo inwoners. Sien meer foto's en 'n video op ons Facebook blad, Tribune Ermelo. Die Pet Dam. Die partytjie plek. Die stortingsterrein. Die musiek verhoog. Die buitelug ablusie. Die een area in Ermelo waar mens kan drink tot jy omval, terug na jou voete sukkel, in jou voertuig in slinger, jou enjin aanskakel, en in die donkerte van die nag wegjaag met bande wat skreeu. Die Pet Dam bly maar eens ‘n doring in die vlees van Ermelo inwoners, klaarblyklil versteek onder 'n sluier van ondeelbaarheid, waar allerlei onwettige aktiwiteite heeltemal geïgnoreer word deur beide wetstoepassers en Msukaligwa Plaaslike Munisipaliteit (MLM). Die voortdurende rommelstrooiery van besope inwoners, geraasbesoedeling van vroegoggend tot ver na 02:00 soggens, openbare ontlasting en urinering in die dam en op die perseel, roekelose en nalatige bestuur onder die invloed van alkohol, afvuur van vuurwapens, die aanhoudende stroom voertuie wat die verkeerswette verontagsaam, prostitute oplaai en aflaai, en dubbelparkeer in die pad terwyl karig geklede dames op en af marsjeer, laat veel te wense oor. Boonop het 'n ondernemende individu dit oënskynlik op homself geneem om 'n karwas in die Pet Dam se parkeerterrein te open. Die Mpumalanga Drankwet maak dit tog duidelik dat enige persoon wat gewelddadig, dronk of wanordelik is op enige perseel of plek waartoe die publiek toegang het of gegun word, of wat enige drank in enige pad, straat, baan of deurgang verbruik, opgelê kan word met 'n boete of gevangenisstraf. Enige persoon wat enige bepaling van hierdie Wet oortree, is skuldig aan 'n misdryf, en strafbaar met 'n boete soos van tyd tot tyd bepaal kan word, of gevangenisstraf vir 'n tydperk van hoogstens twee jaar, of met beide sodanige boete en gevangenisstraf. Behalwe dit, stel die MLM-verordeninge dit duidelik dat geen persoon ‘n gevaar mag wees of 'n oorlas, aanstootlik of 'n ergernis vir die inwoners of publiek mag wees nie. Dié wette word egter op ‘n daaglikse basis oortree, met absoluut geen reaksie vanaf MLM of ander owerhede nie. Die munisipale verordeninge bepaal verder dat geen persoon dronk mag wees, 'n oorlas van homself maak deur die gebruik van alkohol of ander bedwelmende middels, of enige oorlas in 'n openbare park mag pleeg nie. Ongelukkig skaterlag dié inwoners in die gesig van die gereg, want geen wetstoepassing kan waargeneem word nie. Ten tyde van publikasie, was die vermelde boete R2 000, oftewel 6 maande gevangenisstraf. In die lig van bogenoemde, sal dit aanvaarbaar wees om te verklaar dat MLM in werklikheid nie hul eie verordeninge op enige manier of vorm afdwing nie, en dat wetteloosheid die oorhand kry. Die SAPD kan nie alleenlik ten volle aanspreeklik gehou word om teen oortreders op te tree nie, aangesien dit die direkte verantwoordelikheid van MLM en die raad is om genoemde verordeninge toe te pas. Die Pet Dam is besaai met allerlei rommel, alkoholbottels, plastiek en houers, menslike ontlasting, gebruikte toiletpapier, gebruikte kondome en meer. Gemors dobber op die dam se water, en alge as gevolg van die besoedeling versmoor die ou paar oorlewende visse. Ten spyte van talle klagtes van inwoners in die omgewing, leë beloftes van raadslede in Ermelo, en flou waarskuwings van plaaslike wetstoepassers, gaan die partytjie voort, met geen einde in sig nie. Inwoners rondom die Pet Dam lê herhaaldelik klagtes by owerhede oor die geraasbesoedeling, geskreeu, drankbottels wat stukkend gegooi word, en die algemene onbedagsame, sorgvrye houding deur besope individue. Die dronkbestuur van partytjiegangers hou 'n risiko in vir alle inwoners en motoriste van Ermelo maar, helaas, klagtes val op dowe ore. Die Pet Dam-gebied, sowel as die oorloopgebiede is as vleilande geklassifiseer, maar owerhede toon 'n verbasende gebrek aan kommer oor die besoedelingskwessie wat hierdie terrein teister. Prominente besoedeling van die Pet Dam kan reeds vanaf 2009 opgemerk word, met die Departement van Water en Sanitasie (DWS) wat terreininspeksies op 14 Julie 2010, 11 November 2011 en 14 Junie 2012 gedoen het. Volgens die inspeksies het MLM rioolbesoedeling, rioolvuil geïgnoreer, en die impak op die omgewing is drasties. Volgens DWS-dokument 2193, het MLM óf versuim om op uitgereikte kommunikasie te antwoord, óf 'n onvoldoende aksieplan ingedien. Tot vandag toe word die Pet Dam steeds op 'n daaglikse basis besoedel, vanaf rou riool tot menslike ontlasting, plastiek, glas en ander rommel, met geen optrede deur die gesag nie. Tydens November 2018 se verwoestende visdood het beide Gert Sibande Distriksmunisipaliteit (GSDM) en MLM na bewering watergehaltetoetse uitgevoer, en die resultate is belowe om aan die publiek en media bekend gemaak te word sodra dit beskikbaar word. Tot vandag toe wag die inwoners in spanning vir die resultate. Die Pet Dam, wat veronderstel is om toegang gekontroleer te wees nadat MLM miljoene Rande bestee het aan ‘n omheining, is ‘n klap in die gesig van Ermelo inwoners. Die omheining val letterlik uitmekaar uit van die roes, gedeeltes is verwoes edur voertuie en vandalisme, en is nooit herstel nie. Die hekke, wat versonderstel is om gesluit te wees, se slotte is afgebreek en die hekke is opsy geskuif. Die kwansuise sekuriteit wat deur die munisipaliteit aangestel sou word om wet te handhaaf by die dam, het nooit die lig van dag gesien nie. Op hierdie stadium van die geveg is die Pet Dam niks meer as ‘n besoedelde, ononderbroke partytjie terrein nie. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • COGTA expresses dismay with non-payment in MPU

    COGTA expresses dismay with non-payment in MPU Speedy Mashilo, the 2018 COGTA MEC, lamented the financial mismanagement. Speedy Mashilo, the 2018 COGTA MEC, lamented the financial mismanagement. 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 15 September 2020 In August 2018, the recovery plan was announced to deal with the two major aspects of revenue streams, namely, revenue generation strategies and creditor repayment. However, despite being adopted and implemented by local councils, the situations in Emalahleni, Lekwa, Msukaligwa, Mkhondo and Govan Mbeki local municipalities have exponentially worsened while being under a provincial intervention. Due to the failure of municipalities in Mpumalanga, and the mounting debt accrued by these entities due to financial mismanagement and failure to collect revenue, a financial recovery plan intervention announced in August 2018. The recovery plan was announced to deal with the two major aspects of revenue streams, namely, revenue generation strategies and creditor repayment. However, despite being adopted and implemented by local councils, the situations in Emalahleni, Lekwa, Msukaligwa, Mkhondo and Govan Mbeki local municipalities have exponentially worsened while being under a provincial intervention. It has also been cited that City of Mbombela, Thaba Chweu, Emalahleni and Govan Mbeki are calssified as financially non-viable municipalities in the province. At the time, Emalahleni municipality owed Eskom R2,3 billion and was owed R3,8 billion by consumer debtors. “Despite being under the provincial intervention, these amounts increased substantially in the space of one year, to owing Eskom R3,5 billion and being owed R4,6 billion for services at the end of December 2019,” Grovè Morgan said. She said Govan Mbeki Local Municipality owed Eskom R1 billion, and was owed R1,4 billion for services which were provided until the end of December 2018. Since this announcement, the debt from municipalities have grown beyond control. Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) spokesperson, George Mthethwa, urged those who have an interest in the effective functionality of Mpumalanga municipalities to mobilize communities to pay for municipal services. “Local government is a regulated sphere or policy directed. What is crucial is that the financial distress that our municipalities find themselves in are due, in part, to the failure of some communities to pay for services. That is, non-payment of electricity and water. Unfortunately, the majority of our municipalities are grant dependent and payment of services is a revenue stream that must sustain them. However, if no revenue derived from the payment, then the financial position of the municipalities is affected.” Mthethwa stated. < Previous Article Next Article >

  • Choking on the smell of faeces

    Choking on the smell of faeces 1/2 Share GK CRONJE 13 April 2021 Several complaints have been lodged regarding the call centre at MLM, with operators allegedly claiming that the system is offline, and they are unable to provide complainants with reference numbers to their complaints. Residents in De Bruin Park is once again getting the short en of the stick, as sewerage lines are blocked and overflowing, with no reprieve from Msukaligwa Local Municipality. Residents in Generaal Botha Road have are left with their hands in their hair, and their yards drenched in sewage as blocked lines makes life miserable for everyone in the area. In some cases, sewage has been constantly overflowing for more than a week, and complaints from residents to MLM fall on deaf ears. Speaking to the Tribune ePaper, a resident in Camden Avenue, living near the marshlands next to Nomndeni, also complained about the constant smell of sewage in the field, as well as the field between President Fouché Avenue and Tom Muller Street. “It is a nightmare living like this on a daily basis. You can literally hear the sewage bubbling the field, and the smell is always here, not matter which direction the wind blows in. It is especially bad at night and in the early morning, I don’t know why. I am out of options, the call centre always says they will send someone, but the problem is just always there, it is never solved.” he stated. Residents in President Fouché Avenue also suffers in the stench of sewage overflows, with pooling sewage baking in the sun on a daily basis. Despite the wholly unhygienic situation that residents are put in during a pandemic, the health risks associated with breathing in the overpowering particle-filled stench is a major cause for concern. Some residents in President Fouché Avenue have to drive through pools of raw sewage on a daily basis, and the overflow is further exacerbated by the fact that an education facility is in close proximity to the pools of raw sewage. Several complaints have been lodged regarding the call centre at MLM, with operators allegedly claiming that the system is offline, and they are unable to provide complainants with reference numbers to their complaints. In light of this, operators request residents to make a return call to find out if the issue has been tended to. This is not the first time that residents have complained about the call centre operators, and the feeble excuses that are provided to frustrated residents. Unsurprisingly, and mostly expected by residents, MLM failed to reply to enquiries submitted by the Tribune ePaper. < Previous Article Next Article >

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