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JB Marks: ANC throws in the towel

The Executive Mayor of the JB Marks Municipality, Kgotso Khumalo, has asked for provincial intervention into his own municipality. For the DA this is an acknowledgement by the ANC that they are not fit to govern the municipality. Khumalo asked the Local Government MEC, Fenny
Goaloalwe, for an intervention in terms of Section 154 of the Constitution and gave the following reasons for his request:

• Required intervention in financial and budget management;
• Required intervention in service delivery; and
• Required intervention with non-compliance in administration related to human relation
management. The DA is not surprised by any of the ANC’s reasons for the required intervention as we have been voicing our concern over the municipality’s failures and shortcomings for months, It is also clear that the amalgamation of Tlokwe with Ventersdorp was mere
gerrymandering ahead of the 2016 elections and no financial and/or human resources risks were ever considered, nor was the public participation process followed in terms of the regulations. We are on record in our objection to the Municipal Demarcation Board in 2015, which includes:

• The Ventersdorp Municipality has no stability, certainty and predictability within its Municipal
Tax Base. In fact, no reliance can be placed on the Municipal Tax Base of the aforementioned to
fund the Municipal Fiscal Framework of the new municipality. The Ventersdorp Municipality would in the first place become an intolerable institutional burden on the “New Municipality” and secondly on the Tlokwe Municipality;

• It must be noted that the Ventersdorp Municipality remains institutionally and otherwise dysfunctional, including being unable to function as a Going Concern and able to contribute to the “New Municipality”; and

• No amount of feedback that may have been received by the MDB to date can be considered as
the official position of the respective communities. At the only public meeting ever attended by the MDB in Ventersdorp, the views of those members of the public present decisively gave a clear message that the relevant community members protest at the top of their voice against the proposed amalgamation. The arrear municipal services debt at the end of March of the 2016/17 financial year is R 262 million and arrear payments to outstanding creditors as at
end of the 2016/17 financial year is reported at R75 million. The Auditor-General report, for which the Municipal Manager should be held accountable, highlights exorbitant fruitless and wasteful, irregular and unauthorised expenditure over the past financial year and, to date, no consequence management was implemented against officials who transgressed any law and/or regulation. Besides the Speaker’s total loss of control over the administration of this council and
his inability to ensure that the council’s rules of order are complied with, he allowed the functioning of the council to be reduced to a mere rubber stamping exercise. In our view, this behaviour a symptom of the total collapse of the municipality under the ANC leadership, which was confirmed by the Executive Mayor by throwing in the towel and requesting the
provincial government for an intervention before the motion of no confidence against him and the Speaker will be served at the next council meeting. The DA requested the Executive Mayor, in writing, on various occasions to provide a comprehensive report to explain the reasons why this municipality is falling behind and is in contravention of the laws that govern municipalities, and what immediate steps must be taken to ensure transparency and a turn-around
plan for our municipality. No reply was receivedThe DA is working night and day across South Africa to unseat corrupt ANC governments – also here in the North West province. We have set goals and targets for the Road to 2019, and we will work tirelessly to achieve them.

Pretoria North / Akasia Choir scoops gold and silver

16 choirs converged at The Rossetenville United Methodist Church for the annual choral music festival held on the 9th of September. Top four choirs from Gauteng, Tshwane, North West and Mpumalanga and one from Limpopo attended the glistering event in their quest for top honours. However it was the neatly dressed choir, Pretoria North / Akasia Choral group that stole the limelight. The Madibeng Times Newspaper caught up with the group UMC choir director Mr Lloyd Murenzvi and he had this to say,

“It really was like a clash of tyrants when 16 choirs converged to showcase their more than four months of preparation. However, the fact that it was a church – organised musical interlude, the competitive spirits were subdued under the “Glorifying the Lord” banner, so that for those that would have “lost” would have still glorified God. The competition was based on two sets of musical pieces:

* Own choice – which had not much restrictions as each choir would chose a song that they thought they would do best on their own. Set piece – which every choir had to perform – a song that was chosen from the United Methodist hymn book and put together by musical experts; It was exasperating and almost unbelievable that all choirs were singing from the same notation as displayed and presented at a coaching clinic when the set piece was introduced to all the choirs. However that can be forgiven as there is a rampant lack of people with relevant expertise in different local churches. As the choirs left the podium after their presentation, we could easily narrow down that the real competition was among about five choirs. The rest had done well in entertaining the audience My choir (Pretoria North / Akasia), which is a section of Tshwane United Methodist Church came first and second consecutively for the Own Choice and set piece, scoring very high marks based on the adjudication criteria, losing to the one that came first by just one point on the set piece. We did put up a sound solid performance, consistent with our past performance. It was not surprising that we had a remarkable achievement, considering the amount of time we had put in the practicing of the
songs. Despite the good performance we had challenges of our own, impending progress:

* Logistical nightmare of getting choristers together. Our people stay in a radius of 60km and assembling all these people to meet at least once a week for practice is very difficult, next to impossible. Not all people are mobile and they depend on those with cars for pick – ups. The ever increasing price of fuel has also created a big financial burden even for those that
are mobile. Hence to have those days for practising comes at a high cost.

* Number of people in the section – section is composed of a few families and for these
members to constitute a proper choir that can compete with others was not easy

* Lack of interest and commitment from other members

* These are some of the challenges we will go with into the next year’s competitions which we need to have devised amicable solutions.”

The group has vowed to come back stronger for next year’s event.

Gross negligence in Naledi endangers public and animals

Naledi Municipality’s failure to fix earth cables has today resulted in the electrocution of a Naledi farmer’s R60 000 stud animal. Click here for video evidence (please note the content is graphic). This is despite promises from the Municipal Manager, Tshepo Bloom, that they would fix the cables. We have been writing to the MEC for Local Government, Fenny Goalaolwe, to intervene in Naledi with no success. We have continuously reported that several businesses in Naledi, that employ more than 410 people, are regularly without electricity due to damaged earth cables. During the night, workers have to make use of the lights on their cell phones. The lack of safety gear and qualified, skilled workers are a challenge. It was also confirmed that there is no cherry-picker truck available that can hoist the workers to work on the cables and connections that need to be repaired. It is becoming the norm that businesses and taxpayers pay for machinery in order to dig holes where the poles must be replaced. In the meantime, both Mr. Bloom and the Mayor Neo Skalk are blatantly turning a blind eye to the problems businesses encounter. A poultry farm has also been severely affected and had to operate without electricity for three days. We are deeply concerned about the safety of our communities – especially older people who are affected by these black-outs. Naledi is home to the cattle-breeding hub of South Africa and was severely affected by the recent droughts. Several businesses had to close their doors which led to retrenchments. We simply cannot afford any more job losses in the area due to power failures. Meetings on these issues
have been held for the past two years, yet there are no sustainable solutions. We recommend that Eskom takes over the electrical duties from the Municipality as they are not capable of delivering the services our communities need and deserve.

SANCO shocked by Northern Cape school learner pregnancies

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Saturday expressed shock and condemned in the strongest terms at allegations that thirty learners from Kuruman in the Northern Cape were impregnated by their male teachers who allegedly paid them stipends for unprotected sex. “The hyenas responsible for these monstrous acts have betrayed the trust bestowed upon them as educators and robbed the girls of their childhood with their blesser tendencies,” emphasised SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu condemning the despicable acts and calling for the perpetrators to be fired. Mahlangu said that the stipends that were allegedly paid to the victims at Bothitong High School showed the extent to which the alleged perpetrators had abused their positions to groom and initiate the most needy and vulnerable learners into satanic prostitution. “In addition to violating the educator’s code of conduct for engaging in improper sexual relationships with learners, criminal charges must be pursued against them to send an unequivocal message to those involved in similar nefarious acts. A crackdown on this phenomenon will encourage other learners who are abused to speak out for these ogres to be uprooted, before communities take matters into their own hands and castrate these lustful and manipulative teachers,” he said. He urged the South African Council of
Educators to expedite disciplinary hearings to ensure that those found guilty of serious
misconduct are barred from teaching at any public, private and or independent school in the
country. “Communities need to unite against widespread prevalence of sugar daddy syndrome
to ensure that perpetrators that are destroying the future of our children are exposed to face the wrath of the law,” underscored Mahlangu

Bird flu case reported in the Rustenburg area

There has been an outbreak of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) or Bird Flu in domesticated wild birds in Rustenburg, around the Bo-dorp residential area. The outbreak involves wild ducks and about 60 other animals involving canaries, swan and parrots are in the vicinity of immediate risk. A media report was released on the 30th of august to warn the public about this outbreak. The disease was detected after deaths of ducks that were kept domestically in a homestead. The ducks had since been sent to the laboratory for
further testing by a private Veterinarian. The birds are kept for recreational purposes and are privately owned. A dedicated team from the Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural. Development (READ) has been set aside to deal with the infected household to avoid spreading the of the disease. A different team of officials has also been deployed to
collect information using Community Policing Forum communication network. This surveillance has started already. An area of 1km from the index point has been demarcated as a zone for surveillance The household affected has been put under quarantine and the terms explained to the owner. The owner was also advised on bio-security measures that were to be taken to prevent spreading of the virus to neighboring houses by humans and also by faeces of affected birds. They have also been advised to secure their bird nets to prevent wild birds from entering them. The Department has assisted the affected family with an effective disinfectant that kills
the virus to be able to disinfect their property and the tools they will be using to clean bird cages and collect faeces. The big trading facilities identified in Rustenburg are all outside a seven kilometers radius from the outbreak index point and all of them have been
officially informed of the outbreak and therefore asked to take additional precautionary bio-security measures. The outbreak has not affected trade in a negative way since all facilities that trade with poultry and poultry products are outside a seven kilometers radius of the outbreak, and have also been asked to upgrade their bio-security measures. The Department has communicated this outbreak to all affected stakeholders including Veterinarians
and farmers and the Provincial Disaster Management Committee has been put on high alert about the situation. The Department would also like to advise the local community to cover their bird feed and water to avoid attracting wild bird to them. The community at large is requested to report any mortality of birds that is noticed to the nearest State Veterinary office.

SAACYF developing the alternative creative sector

South African Arts & Culture Youth Forum (SAACYF) is an organization for young artists in South Africa. The organization aims to raise awareness for the support of up and coming artists in the country and advocate for youth in the cultural and creative sector. The Forum has noted with concern the lack of development of up and coming artists & the creative sector in the country. The Forum seeks to create a space for young people in the sector so that their work & talent is able to be recognized and create job opportunities for young cultural and creative people.
CHALLENGES SAACYF IDENTIFIED WITH ARTISTS Lack of Information on various opportunities, lack of having registered Companies & NPO’s, lack of Arts & Culture Infrastructures in rural areas, lack of National organization availability in other provinces. We must make sure that
we are able to put food on the table with our crafts which is God given talents. The South African Arts and Culture Youth Forum (SAACYF) is in the process of developing the alternative creative sector that will cater for everyone. The current creative sector is designed to make Western and European cultures dominant and superior over our own African Cultures and to promote western cultural imperialism on our people. That is why today we still have South
Africans who don’t value and love local products and services because they believe that
everything that is foreign is superior and better than everything that is South African. We
have been made to believe that Foreign Music, Movies, Food, Clothing, Cars, House Designs,
Cultures and way of Living is the best thing ever. On the 4th May 2017 (African month), more
than 3000 artists and civil society members Marched to the SABC head office to defend
and support the SABC Local Content Policy. On this day people saw unity of Artists from
various provinces coming together in numbers. They marched because they understood that
South Africa as a country belonging to South Africans. The youth of South African will have to
start supporting each other soon in our own communities as well across the country. Let us
be united and always defeat problems together. We should never run away from problems and
challenges. We don’t want you to remember us; we want us to make history together. We live to
die but our contributions will live forever for the future of Africa.

ANC blatantly lies about operational rural safety units in North West

The ANC in the North West misled the Provincial Legislature about the existence of rural safety units in the province. On 24 May 2017 the ANC claimed that rural safety units were already operational in the North West. This was after the DA had issued a member statement
on the death of a farmer in Tswaing, whose wife survived the attack. The DA followed up on the claims of the existence of the rural safety units by submitting direct questions to the MEC of Community Safety and Transport Management, Mpho Mothlhabane. He has now acknowledged in writing that no such units exist. What is extremely worrisome is that in his response, he makes a dubious claim that there is a decline in reported crimes in the rural communities.
He further claims that:
• That there are daily patrols in the rural sectors at
station level as part of sector policing.
• There are enhanced daily deployments in the
hotspot stations identified in the Province for
crimes in the rural area.
• That there are Stock Theft and Trio Crimes task
teams deployed to investigate, track, trace and arrest
suspects.
These interventions have obviously not made any
impact as crime continues unabated on farms. Since
May 2017, the following members of the farming
community in the province have either died or were
attacked on their farms:
• June 2017 – Woman farmer assaulted and raped
near Sannieshof in her house;
• June 2017 – A 46-year old farmer was shot dead
near Lichtenburg on his farm;
• June 2017 – Man attacked and wounded on a farm
near Rustenburg;
• June 2017 – Elderly farm lady killed on her farm
while putting flowers where her husband died on the
farm near Schweizer-Reneke;
• June 2017 – Two separate farm attacks in the Derby
area;
• July 2017 – A farmer shot dead on his farm
Friesland near Vryburg – his wife seriously wounded;
and
• August 2017 – An elderly couple in their seventies was tortured on their farm outside Potchefstroom and burnt with hot oil and boiling water. While the ANC would have us believe that there are operating rural safety units, the evidence on the ground suggests otherwise. The attacks on farming communities continue unhindered, even increasing on a year-onyear
basis. If the ANC wants to be taken seriously, they need to establish rural safety units and make
public their mandate and their operations. All people in farming communities, farmers and
farm workers, are affected and dehumanised by crime and violence. The DA has repeatedly
called for a new approach to rural safety that will prioritise the use of rural safety units which will act as a buffer against farm attacks. Please sign our petition to stop farm murders and where we call for the establishment of rural safety units here: https://www.stopfarmmurders.co.za/p/
stopfarmmurders?

A clear and radical strategic intervention plan is needed to grow the economy

Mahikeng – Premier Supra Mahumapelo has called for the compilation of a radical Provincial Development Plan with a clear strategic Intervention plan which will speedily address challenges that the province is facing to grow the economy and decrease poverty, inequality
and unemployment. Premier Mahumapelo was addressing the Provincial Development Plan –
PDP Colloquium at Cookes Lake Mahikeng earlier today, which was hosted by the North West Provincial Planning Commission. The Colloquium is intended to receive inputs from top structures of all the stakeholders, into the already existing Provincial Development Plan with a view to improving its quality. During the Colloquium the Provincial Departments, Municipalities, State Owned Entities, the Private Sector and other major stakeholders contributed to the document which is to provide the direction for the rebranding, repositioning and renewal of the province and economic growth. Premier Mahumapelo believes there’s a need for a
plan that will attract long term investments in the province without threats. “We must ensure that Agriculture thrives to become the economic driver of the province. Due to the possibility of minerals depletion and the possibility of the decrease in the commodity price, investment in the mining sector has its own threats and this is not the cause with Agriculture because the consumption of food is necessary on a daily basis. That is why we must make mining a strategic tributary to strengthen the Agriculture, Culture and Tourism sectors, grow the economy and attract investors” remarked Premier Mahumapelo. The Spatial Economist Roelof Middlejans
from HIS Markit made a presentation which reflected a worrying picture of unemployment and poverty rate in the province which necessitates a special focus to turn the situation around. “The decline in unemployment and poverty is not happening as envisaged by the NDP. We
need a developmental process that will address this. Our mining sector must be competitive and must flourish. If there’s more competitiveness the economy will grow. However currently it is very difficult to keep investors and that is the choking point of the economic growth in the province.” said Middlejans who also applauded the province for a continued good performance in matric results and improvement in provision of basic services. In order to deal with the unemployment rate in the province Premier Mahumapelo believes sweeping interventions are necessary. “We must know which skills unemployed youth possess and develop a plan on how best we can deploy such skills to the economy for the market. This PDP must have the paradigm shifting actions that we must embark on. We must use the same money that we have
to change the situation. If possible we must cut A clear and radical strategic intervention
plan is needed to grow the economy unnecessary expenditure in government” remarked
Mahumapelo. Professor Tebogo Mokgoro of Ikatisong School of Governance highlighted the need for the relevant skills in the province. “We need to ask ourselves what are the skills needs of our economy. We need to identify the skills demand and have skills development plan. We also need to have institutions where these skills will be developed and deployed to influence our economy. Our PDP must indicate those” said Professor Mokgoro. This was emphasized by Premier Mahumapelo who said the province must identify and develop skills necessary
for the VTSD economy. “Graduation ceremonies are taking place all the time but they are contributing to the unemployment. This is because we are producing skills that are not relevant to the economy. We must develop human capital with practical skills which are required by the economy. This is will strengthen the agricultural sector especially in our VTSD areas” added Mahumapelo. Jan Pienaar of Agri North West has emphasized the importance
of ensuring the relevant implementation plan to the already available Agriculture Master Plan.
“As we make the PDP, we also need to draft an implementation plan that will assist in the
implementation of the Agricultural Master Plan and elevate the Agricultural Sector to a level where it should be. We have the necessary skills and we need to work together” said Pienaar. All inputs made will be added to the draft to come up with a comprehensive Provincial Development Plan which will be North West version of the National Development Plan

President Zuma should declare 16 August Marikana Memorial Day

I have today written to President Jacob Zuma requesting that he declare 16 August a commemorative day to be observed annually in honour of those workers who lost their lives in
Marikana on 16 August 2012. Last week marked the fifth anniversary of the Marikana tragedy,
where some 34 mineworkers – brothers, fathers, and sons – were killed by members of the South African Police Service. On the day, South Africans from all walks of life joined together in paying their respects to the fallen heroes of Marikana, calling for justice for the victims, and their families and loved ones. The Marikana tragedy remains a stain on the collective conscience of our nation. We must mark this day as a commemorative one, where
we reflect not just on the injustice of that fateful day, but the injustices which still persist
throughout our society. The President has the power to declare any day to be observed and
commemorated, via a proclamation. As such, I implore President Zuma, in the interests of
justice and national unity, to use this power and declare this day Marikana Memorial Day.
We are not alone in this call. We are joined by many in society, including political parties
and trade unions who also believe this day ought to be ought to be a declared as such. The President must honour those who lost their lives so tragically by declaring 16 August
Marikana Memorial Day

DA walking out of chaotic meeting is a victory for all our communities

The Democratic Alliance in Matlosana walked out of a council meeting last week to deny the ANC the quorum they needed, in order to stop the passing of a report that could
save taxpayers millions of rand. The Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) report
was tabled and accepted by council, after a divided ANC caucus failed to decide whether
to approve or reject its adoption. However, when the ANC later decided to oppose the council decision and vote against the report, the DA walked out of the chambers to ensure that there was no quorum to set aside the initial decision. It is important that this report is accepted as it clearly stipulates that staff need to be appointed at the local licensing department. Residents have endured poor service delivery from the licensing department for some time now. These range from backlogs in car registrations and renewal of licenses, and license disks. Long queues have meant that people must put in a day’s leave from work only to renew a license disk or their driver licenses. The MPAC report also further advised against the hosting of another Investor’s Conference after similar events cost the City of Matlosana millions of rands each year.
The return on investment has been poor after only a small, connected portion of investors
came to Klerksdorp. The cost of hosting the event is more than the proven investments
attracted. It is just a window dressing exercise that has little impact on the real issues our
people face. This money can be used to create employment through skills development,
fixing infrastructure to make Matlosana more attractive to investors or to assist mentoring
programmes where especially the youth can get hands on experience in order to make them
more employable. Should the ANC try to manoeuvre this through the council, we will not keep quiet as it shocking that only a few people benefit from this conference.