EMalahleni threatens communities with power cuts

The eMalahleni municipality says people in some parts of the municipality consume a lot of electricity “yet payment levels are low”.

The mayor of the eMalahleni municipality in Mpumalanga has introduced strict measures to curb electricity theft in province’s richest city.

The municipality is owing a billion rands to Eskom.

Lindiwe Ntshalintshali said they are implementing the Protective Load Reduction Initiative in areas where people have connected illegally.

A week ago, the municipality paid Eskom R100 million they owe. She said in the last three months they paid R201 million and the current account is standing at R508 million, of an arrangement of R348 million.

“As of 17 July 2017 the total debt is R1.1 billion,” spokesman Kingdom Mabuza said in a statement released this week.

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The Protective Load Reduction Initiative allows the municipality to cut power at a specific time to reduce power usage in areas where a high number of people have connected illegally.

These areas have a pay rate of 30%.

The following areas which will experience power cut between 6am until 8am,and 5pm until 7pm from Monday until Friday, and on weekends between 7am until 9am as well as 5pm until 7pm:

  • Kwa-Thomas Mahlanguville
  • Lynnville
  • Thushanamg
  • Kwa-Guqa extensions 15, 16 and 7
  • Emsangweni Kwa-Guqa extensions 2,3,7 and 9
  • Kwa- Guqa extensions 4 and 5
  • Kwa- Guqa extensions 7,10, 11 and 18
  • Hlalanikahle extension 1,2,3,4 and 5
  • Empumelweni
  • Klarinet extensions 3, 4 and 5
  • Klarinet extensions 6,7 and 8
  • Thubelihle Township
  • Rietspruit Village
  • Phola Township.

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‘Please pay your electricity’, mayor begs residents

Lindiwe Ntshalintshali made a passionate plea to senior citizens to be ambassadors of the municipality.


EMalahleni mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali has asked residents to be the municipality’s ambassadors and  spread the message in their communities that everyone pays for the electricity they use as well as services.

Ntshalintshali praised senior citizens for their loyalty and commitment to pay for services despite their tight budget.

“You the elderly are the most honest people and we know that you pay for your services and electricity,” she said.

“But we appeal to you to spread the message and influence the community to also pay.

“Spread the message in your churches and in your burial society clubs, tell youngsters that they should pay,” the mayor told the elders.

Ntshalintshali who was hosting the senior citizens handed to them 500 blankets, wheelchairs and walking sticks, donated by the Witbank Muslim Community and the Al-Imdaad Foundation.

She also told the elderly to discourage communities from burning government infrastructure when they protest.

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She announced that the municipality has started with load-shedding in areas where payment levels were low and there is high number of illegal connections

“For two hours in the morning and another two hours in the evening those affected areas would not have electricity until they improve their payment level,” she said.

She encouraged senior citizens to regularly interact with her office and report their frustrations and challenges.

The eMalahleni local municipality has taken a drastic actions in order to reduce losses in the electricity network caused by uncontrolled overloading and the indefensible culture of non-payment for services and in particular electricity, and illegal connections to the power network.
To bring to an end the unacceptable high debt of electricity and replacement caused by burnt out transformers as a result of non- payment and illegal connections, the municipality  is going ahead with the Protective Load Reduction Initiative at targeted areas which pay far less compared to their voluminous consumption of power.

*Mabuza works in Ntshalintshali’s office as the municipality’s communication manager.

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SANCO’s secretary not well to answer phone

He will be able to talk to us once he is well.

The regional secretary of the South African National Civic Organationin the Mpumalanga province is reportedly lying on a hospital bedfollowing an assault on Sunday afternoon.

SANCO provincial spokesman Bongani Mwale said Chris Mashele was badly injured.

“Comrade Chris isn’t well as yet,” he said on Tuesday when asked forMashele’s cellphone number.

“As soon as he is accessible and fine I will give you [the contact numbers],” Mwale said.

Mwale said Mashele was recovering in hospital.

He said Mashele was attacked on Sunday afternoon in Matsulu by mendriving a car “without number plates” and were “thugs hired to silencehim”.

“Comrade Chris is recovering in hospital and we hope he shall bedischarged soon,” Mwale said.

SANCO further condemn the increased victimisation andintimidation to branch leaders and ordinary members in the Province,” he said, alleging that other SANCO branch leaders were also attacked in Tjakastad, near Badplaas, over the weekend.

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The ANC and SACP in the region said they didn’t hear about the incident.

SACP regional spokesman Bongani Mavuso said he was now phoning other comrades to get information about the incident.

“We will then go visit him in hospital,” said Mavuso.

The secretary of the ANC in the region, Phazamisa Mathe, also said he’d ask about the incident, but said whoever did it “it’s an incident that should always be condemned”.

“We’ll do the investigations and then the conclusion,” he said.

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South African Airways needs our voice

When finance ministers suggest that questionable people ‘fix’ the South African Airways and offer a privatisation deal, then the agenda unfolds.

Shane Schüller


In 2017 Alf Lees, DA spokesperson on finance, stated the DA’s long-held view that Dudu Myeni was not fit to be the chairperson of SAA or any other board.

The DA was ‘concerned’ about the R1.16 billion fine that SAA was ordered to pay. His financial concerns would make perfect sense if he had his facts in order, but clearly he does not. He stated this;

“This R1.16 billion financial blow to SAA means makes it highly unlikely that the current state guarantees will be enough to enable SAA to both pay the massive award to Comair and to keep the airline afloat and the airplanes in the sky.”

Read it here

Why was SAA ordered to pay?

The South Gauteng High Court awarded a R1.16 billion settlement to Comair in its case against SAA in respect of its travel agent incentive schemes, which was found to be anti-competitive. Comair and Nationwide Airlines accused SAA 14 years ago of implementing an incentive scheme to travel agents that kept the agents loyal to the state-owned airline and excluded competitors, a violation of the Competition Act.

In 2006 The Competition Commission reached settlement with SAA to end the practice, but Comair pursued litigation nonetheless.

Read more about the cases here

Note the timeline 14 years ago. Let’s do the math.

In 2009 Dudu Myeni was appointed Non-Exectutive Director at SAA, and December 2012 – December 2015 the Acting Chairwoman of SAA, and then became Chairperson SAA by January 2015 (when she assumed office). That is 8 years ago when she became involved with SAA, so how can the DA claim she is unfit or attempt to hold her accountable with this case that goes back 14 years?
Then it all makes more sense, that aha! moment that reveals his, the DA’s, agenda when he stated this…

“The minister of Finance can no longer procrastinate. It is now time that he remove Myeni from the board of SAA. Minister (Pravin) Gordhan must now also announce that SAA will be privatised,” see that?

It’s clear to me there’s a plan remove her because of an agenda.

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She was even named called a bully by EFF politician Floyd Shivambu.

But how credible are those who accuse this woman?

In 2012 when Dudu Myeni was appointed chairperson of the board, 8 of its 14 board members simultaneously resigned, including the company’s then chairperson Cheryl Carolus, why?
When Gigaba appointed new skilled board members with expertise, She stated this.

“The board has just become untenable, our reputation and professional integrity had just been dragged through the mud without any clarification or support, and I believe this had reached a point where the relationship has been broken irretrievably.”

She not only sounds bitter but I’m sure her positions in the following companies had some influence. What about the fact that her term at SAA was during the competition commission findings and so why is the DA not pointing fingers at her?

In 2013 to present Cheryl Carolus chairs Sibanye Gold Ltd, the same company that CEO Neal Froneman said President Zuma “has to go”
In 2009 to present became the Independent Non-Executive Director at Gold Fields Ltd, a mineral resource companies which seems to have something against the president. I guess when laws threaten them, they have reason to seek his resignation.

In 2014 CEO Monwabisi Kalawe accused Dudu Myeni of corruption. He actually paid R150k for FAKE documents showing her secret foreign bank accounts worth €18.5-million. The documents were proven FAKE.

Forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan, former SAA CEO Monwabisi Kalawe and Mogale City COO Abednego Mbulawa have been charged with using forged documents in a bid to get the airlines chairperson to resign.

In 2016 Paul O’Sullivan appeared in court on on charges of contravening the Immigration Act, found with several passports in a hope to fly to London with his daughters when the Hawks arrested him. He faces four other charges which he is fighting in court: A Bramley case of fraud and extortion, a Rosebank case of kidnapping, the immigration case, and a Kempton Park case of extortion, fraud, and intimidation. Do you see my point?


Deified Minister Pravin Gordhan wanted Dudu Myeni out of SAA. He also instructed the Board of SAA to allow the controversial American consulting firm, Bain & Company, to “turn around” SAA by privatizing 25% of it.

In 2000 Coleman Andrews of Bain & Company sold SAA aircrafts then leased it back through foreign companies that were linked to him. He bankrupted SAA but was able give himself a R200 million “hand shake” for less than two years work.

Read it here

And here

So where was the DA Party when these scandals went down?

Why have they not said anything in 2002 when CFO Richard Forson was negotiating with Boeing and European Airbus on $1.5 billion (note dollars) new aircraft upgrade? considering a loss of R735 million in the 2001 financial year.

Read it here, see if you see a DA spokesperson making a hoo-ha about it.

It’s clear to me that Dudu Myeni’s is a victim of character assassination and the only logical reason, is the ongoing agenda to privatise the state-owned airline. When finance ministers suggest that questionable people ‘fix’ the airline and offer a privatisation deal, then the agenda unfolds. What is troubling in all this? It is that he seems to align with the opposition party and therefore I must wonder who’s side he was on all along. The fact that all these people have no credibility, the lies, bitterness and accusations contradicted by timelines, is reason enough to dismantle the DA

Dudu Myeni must remain at SAA to remove the thugs.

Schüller is an investigator of truth who finds it intriguing that its answer are always to be found in poverty and nowhere else.

The curse of Anti-Blackness

“They, too, are out looking for their immediate interests and benefits; they stand to lose from the cronyism, nepotism and wanton looting that has come to characterise the Zuma administration”.

Lavittude Ramphomane

The massive uproar generated by Zuma’s recent cabinet reshuffle is the logical reaction to the twin axioms of egregious allegations and counter-allegations of ‘State capture’ initiated by Zuma’s opponents on the one hand, and that Zuma’s agenda is informed by a desire to usher into the country “radical economic transformation”, as propounded by Zuma sympathisers on the other hand.

In recent months, aficionados of political intrigue in this smoke-and-mirrors tale have littered every media platform with analysis with regard to how a Zuma-less south Afrika bodes well for the economy on the one corner, while others counter by positing that support for Zuma’s political direction is the panacea towards that elusive Promised Land.

What is also key to highlight is that, in a racially polarised country like south Afrika, any major skirmish between high notables in the economy and politics, ineluctably assumes and reflects that reality. The truism of this racial dichotomy is manifested by the anti-Zuma camp being predominantly white and the pro-Zuma camp being predominantly black.

This is not to say that there are no blacks from across the socio-politico-economo-ideologo spectrum who do not openly support the agenda to oust Zuma, however it is an attempt to headline this grandiose tendency of whiteness opting to initiate political programmes  which labour to arrest the fall of the rand, the decline of “investor confidence” and the now much-hyped junk status all in the “name of our country”.

The curse of Anti-Blackness

This phenomenon points to the undeniable fact that, in a country where the overwhelming majority of the pauperised are blacks and the rich are whites, there exists a band of blacks who are imbued with the same political and economical interests as white people.

Such reinvigorated, robust, white political gestures and activism were virtually non-existent in both the aftermath of the Marikana massacre and the subsequent unjust conclusions reached by the commission of enquiry which looked into the massacre.

In cahoots with a white-owned multinational company, government forces mowed down thirty-four black miners with military precision and the white world went about it’s daily business without perturbation – no vociferous calls to petition the government for heads to roll and that justice and reparations be considered for the deceased black miners and their widows and orphans!

It is this pellucid moral relativism and selective political ethics by whites in south Afrika which serve as a rebar that the white positionality is inherently parochial and insular in nature, and by extension anti-black, and thus lacks integrity.

That is to say, the petition to oust Zuma is in the interest of whiteness and not that of black people, and the multi-racial face and the mosaic representation of political voices we are witnessing is yet another effort at fortifying the almighty programme of white self-preservation.

So what do we make of black people who give currency to the self-serving white political gestures and activism which labour to facilitate white social life and ipso facto black social death?

The curse of Anti-Blackness

They are no better than dorks and hired dancers who piously follow the Pied Piper’s tune in order to secure a happy meal. Most black politicians’, intellectuals, analysts and public figures’ ability to secure a meal depends of the status-quo which favours whiteness to remain firmly in place, hence the unquestioned and counter-intuitive allegiance.

To lay bare the bad faith often sutured with the collective white psyche apropos to matters of “national importance”, in a country where bliss has a white face and dereliction bears a black one, is neither to sanctify Zuma’s politics nor a tacit call to defend him, however.

The biggest event which trumps all other events which have been elevated to crisis proportions is the Marikana massacre, which has been euphemistically dubbed a “tragedy” by the media, and we need no reminder that it happened under the watch of commander-in-chief Zuma.

Add to that the facts that no justice was served in the aftermath of the massacre, and that the plight of black miners which precipitated Marikana in the first place remains the same.

The curse of Anti-Blackness

At a personal level, Zuma has been twice found in compromising positions. Manifested by the conviction of Schabir Shaik for “having a generally corrupt relationship” with Zuma, and the court’s findings that the circumstances surrounding the construction of his Nkandla palace were shady.

Needless to say, whoever steals from State coffers essentially steals from the poor, unemployed and homeless because it is them who need help the most…and we all know who the poor are in south Afrika!

So what do we make of blacks who are in support of Zuma now that it is clear that he, too, is the beneficiary with the proclivity to perpetuate black poverty?

They, too, are out looking for their immediate interests and benefits; they stand to lose from the cronyism, nepotism and wanton looting that has come to characterise the Zuma administration.

The curse of Anti-Blackness

Within the ANC, even those who harbour a wish to have Zuma recalled cannot do so because their political connectivity and survival intricately but eventually rests with Zuma’s incumbency.

These two factions, however, are only the big players in this game of self-serving white and Indian billionaires; black millionaires; black politicians; black tenderpreuneurs; and black intellectuals who are on the payroll of the giants fighting for the cake.

It’s a dog-eat-dog jungle were poor blacks are perpetual victims. That is to say, the shenanigans have nothing to do with the betterment of the lives of the suffering.

Accordingly, what becomes curious is the involvement of an ordinary black man on the street who all the politicking is neither about nor in his benefit – he is only needed for his manipulated and cooked opinion… his body for toyi toying in this game to wrestle the State coffers.

Black people’s proclivity to sing the praises of and preparedness to give their all to politicians who treat them with disdain points to a neurosis of some sort.

Unlike the case of the Jewish Holocaust survivors, this neurosis cannot be templated under Post Traumatic Stress Disorder apropos to the black positionality because black suffering never ceased to exist.

We are such a sick people that we elevate to Olympus heights and sing the praises of Zuma and Pravin Gordhan when their politics and policies benefits whites, an Indian business family, and some black elites except us.

We marvel at how Gordhan steadies the economy white stories of black hunger, homelessness and poverty are being narrated within earshot.

After reading about how thousands of black squatters lost children and their meagre belongings to raging squatter camps infernos, we hit the social media to joke and gloat about how Zuma is “a master chess player who fools his enemies”; mind you, this is after he built himself a R250 million castle using funds earmarked for the poor.

The curse of Anti-Blackness

Most black folks who aspire to assimilate to whiteness believe that they have “made it in life” once they can afford to eat and drink at white establishments, and it is usually from here that they extol the system and it’s protagonists which impoverishes and kills millions of hapless black people!

Do we need to offer an olive branch to Zuma because he has perhaps underwent an epiphany, and that he truly means good this time?

But shouldn’t we also consider pulling our weight behind white political gestures because, they too, have developed an overnight inclination to end black suffering?

No. This is not what we need after more than a century of entrusting our liberation to white and black demiurges created by the media.

What is needed today in south Afrika is a new way of thinking, a new way which compels blacks to look and search beyond what the media bombards us with!

Poor blacks need to recognise that they are and were never parts of a Rainbow and the Magic, and therefore, have no friends and representatives within this political framework.

We need to understand that the white world emerges out of black suffering, and that poor blacks today are worse off compared to under apartheid because black politicians and the so-called black intellectuals have joined the scramble for self-preservation by trampling on our pained bodies!

The curse of Anti-Blackness

We need to embrace and throw our weight behind re-igniting the Fees Must Fall Movement because this is our truest platform to (1) expose the true anti-black nature of all these factions in the Gordhan/Zuma brouhaha, and (2) to spark a revolutionary moment by the wretched black people of this earth, sans the patronising and hallowed presence of self-serving black politicians and black political parties!

Ramphomane is a student of Black Studies and Afropessimism.