Category Archives: Social

Hellkom prevails over Brits

In the last three months we have seen a lot of work on the sides of the roads in Brits. It is the placing of fiber optic cables. Placing of the cables has been done next to Telkom’s existing
cables. As we know copper is expensive and with the poor around here, it is a commodity that is easily sold on the illegal market. For the last eight years there has been a medium of three cable thefts. Each time interrupting businesses for about two weeks. That means for at least six weeks you do not have a working telephone. And with the unlucky accidents that occurred
during the excavation where the Telkom cables were cut, we have been without
Telkom telephone for about two months. The contractors did not feel it necessary
to inform the public of the reasons why it happened! We understand their business
comes first and the small business must not worry about the losses. “We can afford
not to make business. “Can’t we”. And now again the cables have been
stolen and we do not have telephone lines. As mentioned it is a common practice andthe only solution to it will be to place fiber optic cables. The interruption to the traffic department, the fire department, the mall and to the many businesses around the industrial area
means that millions of rands are lost; Telkom must change the copper to fiber!
Or this will go on forever.

DA lays criminal charges against contractor who walked away with R300 692 meant for school toilets

On Wednesday 13 September, the Democratic Alliance in the North West laid criminal charges against the Directors of JRB Trading and Enterprise for accepting a payment of R300 692 without delivering the services they were contracted to provide. During an oversight visit to the
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, the DA learned that learners at Tswana-
Tsatsi are forced to use pit toilets due to the contractor’s failure to build and renovate
their toilets. Teachers at the school informed the DA that the contractor had never set
foot in the school, yet they were paid the full R300 692 for the job. The Directors of JRB Trading and Enterprise falsely stated that they had completed the work required by the Department of Education by issuing a certificate of completion. The DA strongly believes that JRB Trading and
Enterprises has committed fraud and must legally account for the money that was paid to
them. We will continue to closely monitor the investigation to ensure that the full amount of
R300 692 is recouped and that the learners at Tswana-Tsatsi finally receive functional toilets.
The DA will continue to put pressure on the MEC for Education, Sello Lehari, to account
as to why the Department of Education never bothered to follow up and ensure that the
renovations were indeed completed. We will also approach the Human Rights Commission
to lay a complaint against the Department of Education and the contractor for violating the
dignity of the learners.

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.

Facts about Heritage Day

The “rainbow nation” – South Africa has had a bloody history, but its cultural heritage and traditions date back far further. The 24th September is observed as Heritage Day, a celebration not only of the past, but of the contributions of the South African people in making the country what it is today. The legendary Zulu king Shaka played a huge role in uniting the disparate tribes of South Africa into a cohesive role, and 24th September was celebrated as Shaka Day in the KwaZulu-Natal area. When the South African parliament was considering the bill of public holiday, this day was not included, leading to protests by the Inkatha Freedom Party, which had large Zulu representation and support. In order to reach a compromise, the date was
renamed Heritage Day and included in the bill. Since then, it has evolved parallely into National
Braai Day, celebrating the joyful unifying South African tradition of backyard barbeques,
known as Braai. South Africa is a heterogeneous country with so many different tribes, histories, backgrounds and culture, there cannot and should not be a uniform celebration. Variety is defined as a national asset, and the government announces themes each year that guide official celebrations. South Africa defines its heritage as who they are, what they have and how they do things – choosing to embrace diversity, recognizing the rich natural resources and potential of the people, and the collaborative innovative peaceful approach that they bring to everything they do have marked their remarkable rebirth and transition from a pariah state to a stable prosperous growing democracy. Heritage Day was created to celebrate all of this as a unique South African identity, and to give the people a chance to reflect on themselves and their past, present and future. On this day there is a Presidential address to the nation, and statements are made by important ministers and officials as well. Different regions and tribes commemorate events and people important to them. People are encouraged to learn about their culture, their 5-language national anthem, their flag and other symbols of historic national importance. Various events are held all over the country promoting theatre, dance, comedy, food, wine, games, activities and wildlife. Braai adds another feather to the celebration on the Heritage Day. “Braai is a sociable gathering of five people around a fire cooking food in the healthiest way possible”, says the man who started it all, Jan Braai. South Africa has seen terrible struggles, and its reinvention of itself as a new nation rising from the ashes of a bitter past must be celebrated. Heritage Day gives every South African the chance to proudly display and revel in their achievements as a nation, and look forward to a peaceful and prosperous future.

Ga-rankuwa SAPS arrest 51 suspects over the weekend

Tshwane North Cluster: Ga-Rankuwa – Our men and women in blue were once again
involved in a disruptive operation to address all crimes around Ga-Rankuwa. A total of 52
suspects were arrested, activities comprised of suspects raiding, stop and searches and
roadblocks. Crimes of which suspects were arrested for included those sought for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of dagga, car hijacking, common assault, illegal immigrant, contravention of protection order, shoplifting, theft, road traffic act , dealing in liquor, housebreaking and theft, possession of unlicensed firearm, stock theft, rape, driving without license, malicious damage to property and attempted murder. These Operations were boosted by the suspect raiding which was conducted by the detectives. All suspects will appear in the Ga- Rankuwa Magistrates Court soon. Police management is also calling upon all
communities to report any misconduct and any criminal activities by our member’s .Information
may be forwarded to the Provincial duty Brigadier (082 313 8299) and a Provincial duty
General (082 444 4354) at all hours.

Rotten taxi rank at Brits

Brits taxi rank near Boxer Super Market is surrounded by smell from rubbish bins. The bins at the taxi rank are never clean and leave the town with a horrible stink,that makes Brits
an environment that is not healthy for people who catch taxis at this rank and those who buy
fruits and vegetables from the hawkers. Another issue is not just the taxi rank at Brits, but the city is hardly ever clean. Rubbish bins are always stacked with smelly plastics, papers and flies.
Where ever you go in this small town you will find papers flying in every street. It looks like
there city does not have maintenance. In a town like this most businesses will find it hard to survive because what the city looks like. In general people are attracted to clean environments that are not dangerous to their health. Should things like this continue, businesses will lose costumers and eventually those costumers will consider to do their shopping at other towns that are cleaner than what Brits looks like. For a developing community to be at its best its in the interest of the municipality and the street venders, they are both held reliable for poor maintenance. Some rubbish bins spent up to three days in-front of shops without being emptied or replenished. Brits is known to be a tourist attraction place, what it smells like now its not attracting people but its attracting flies. Other people have to settle because Brits is the nearest town to their homes and some are residents in the city and some come because of work. Brits has two taxi ranks 1 is the main bus and taxi rank, which is still under construction and the 2nd is the one near Boxer Super Market. The streets near-by the rank in town are filled
with smelly dirty water always flowing on the side walks in front of food stalls. Something needs to be done before the middle of summer because when the temperatures are high, the whole city will become a stinking bomb. The Madibeng Local Municipality announced the temporary
closure of the Brits main bus and taxi rank on the 19th of September 2016 The rank was closed
effectively. The reason for the closure was to allow construction and upgrade of the Brits taxi rank project. It was investigated that the construction of the rank should have taken ten months. Buses were relocated to Brits Mall and taxis to the Magalies complex taxi rank (next to Inter-toy Toyota). Appropriate signs were supposed to be provided on the site to inform passengers of the arrangements. Even today the main bus taxi rank is under construction.

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.

Supra chooses another Zuma over poor residents on the NW

The Democratic Alliance is taken aback that the North West Premier Supra Muhamapelo sees no problem in abandoning his official responsibilities in the Provincial Legislature to spend a
week co-campaigning with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in her quest to become the next President of the ANC. A sitting in the NW Provincial Legislature, scheduled for Tuesday was moved to Thursday. The excuse given for the postponement was that some legislature members were attending a NCOP event in the Free State. However, as the week progressed, it became clear
that the postponement was in fact to accommodate Supra who was tailing NDZ around the Province as she attended to ANC business. Yesterday, Thursday 24 August 2017, the Premier failed to attend the rescheduled sitting despite having called for a debate on the state of the provincial economy. When he called the debate he had indicated that he wanted to “teach the opposition a lesson in Economy 101”. Instead of giving that “lesson”, he chose to attend an ANC
Cadre’s Forum in Matlosana. Of major concern is that Speaker Susan Daantjie allowed herself to be used to violate the rules of the house to appease Supra, NDZ and the ANC. She made no effort to reprimand the Premier for not tendering an official apology for failing to attend a
debate that he called for. The rules of the house are clear. If a member calls for a debate, they should lead and close the debate. If they are unable to attend the sitting, they should submit a
written submission on their failure to attend and delegate the responsibility to another
member. This week the report on Trends on Poverty was released and it confirms the DA’s point that our local economy is in shambles. This was clearly not a good enough reason for the Premier to debate the issue and act in the interest of the millions of unemployed and poor people in the Province. The only economic policy that the ANC is committed is so-called
“radical economic transformation”, which has been exposed as a vehicle for mass corruption and looting by the ANC. It is nothing but a cover to loot and rob people of opportunities. For Supra, supporting another Zuma for the Presidency is much more important than the long-suffering residents of the Northwest. The Premier is openly supporting the current President Jacob Zuma who is one of the main reasons for the decay and regression in South Africa. Now he is clearly vowing his support to another Zuma. Apparently, her becoming
President is more important to the Premier than the suffering and hardships people
in this province have to endure under the ANC government on a daily basis.