Mtshweni announces financial rescue for 5 municipalities

She announced a “financial recovery plan” is being implemented.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni has announced that 5 municipalities will be placed under financial rescue.

Mtshweni spoke in Skukuza during her government’s Lekgotla.

She said eMalahleni, Govan Mbeki, Thaba Chweu, Lekwa and Msukaligwa local municipalities have all been placed under a financial rescue plan.

She said as government they area “acutely aware” of the challenges that the Mpumalanga municipalities face.

“As you are aware, we have had to recently intervene in the Emalahleni local municipality in accordance with section 139 of the Municipal Finance Management Act,” she said this week.

“A task team led by provincial treasury and encompassing specialists in every element of the financial management ecosystem has been dispatched to the municipality and are currently working tirelessly to develop and implement a financial recovery plan,” Mtshweni said.

She added this was an effort to ensure that “we collectively address the issues of financial mismanagement” in municipalities as this was affecting service delivery.

She spoke at the Skukuza rest camp during a 3-day provincial government Lekgotla.

Mtshweni told government officials that a Lekgotla was meant to convene officials “in order to ensure that we centrally coordinate the programmes of our government in an effort to ensure that the programmes of the government are concomitant with priority areas aimed at tackling the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality whilst ensuring that our people continue to have access to the most basic of services”.

“The objective of this Lekgotla is two-fold. The first being that we must ensure that  we continue to align intergovernmental relations with the priority areas outlined above. Secondly, it is important to take cognisance of the fact that we must outline and collate our achievements , as Government, as we approach the end of this 5th democratically elected administration,” the Premier said.

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Mpumalanga employment numbers up

20 000 people were employed in the last financial year while in other provinces the figures went down.

The Mpumalanga province was able to make gains in employment numbers, creating 20 000 jobs while national employment figures dropped.

Compared to last year’s statistics, Free State lost 48 000 jobs, Eastern Cape 31 000 while the North West shed 4 000.

Nationally, there are 9.8 million unemployed people in South Africa, of which 6.2 million are actively looking for work.

Employment gains were recorded in seven of the nine provinces in 2018.

The largest employment increases were recorded in Limpopo where 41 000 people were employed, giving that province an 18.9% unemployment rate compared to Mpumalanga (32.5%), Eastern Cape (35.6%), Free State (36.3%) and Gauteng (29.6%).

In Northern Cape the unemployment figures sit at 27% while Western Cape is at 20.4%, KZN 23% and North West 28%.

Gauteng added 22 000 jobs with Mpumalanga trailing at 20 000 followed by the Free State at 14 000.

The 14 000 employed in Free State this year is against the 48 000 people that were recorded as employed last year, one of the biggest loss.

Compared to last year, employment increased in KZN – recording the largest employment increase of 98 000 persons, followed by Western Cape with 95 000.

The national official unemployment rate increased by 0,3% compared to the same period last year.

In Northern Cape it went down by 1.9%, Mpumalanga 0.7% and Limpopo 0.4%.

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Survey shows ANC is still hope for many South Africans

Released this week, the survey featured 1, 800 participants who were interviewed between August and September 2018.

A latest survey by Afrobarometer has shown that the ANC is still the hope for many South Africans ahead of next year’s general elections.

48% of the people interviewed say they will definitely vote for the ANC.

This survey figure is down compared to the one of 2011 – where 55% of the participants said they would definitely vote for the ANC.

Towards the 2016 local government elections, 48% of Afrobarometer’s participants said they would definitely vote for ANC.

Currently the ANC enjoys majority support in the Eastern Cape (69%), Mpumalanga (65%), Limpopo (60%), and North West (55%) provinces.

Over 27% of those interviewed say they don’t know who they would vote for – they would not vote or they refused to answer the question.

Both the DA and EFF are equallyprojected to each take 11% of the vote.

In fact according to Afrobarometer – the DA has lost ground  .

Towards the 2016’s Afrobarometer survey, the DA got 17% vote from the participants compared to this year’s 11%.

The survey shows the ANC is stronger in rural areas (59%) than in cities (43%).

The DA has 4% of rural support and 14% of urban while the EFF shows rural support of 11% and also urban (11%).

The only province where the ANC does not have the largest share of support is Western Cape, a DA strong-hold province, though 39% of the participants refused to answer.

In KZN, 34% of the participants refused to answer.

More than 60% of those interviewed say they will vote if the political parties can create jobs.

30% of all those interviewed say they believe the ANC-led government has done more to improve the standard of living.

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Here’s another way of creating 50 jobs

A former school teacher, the woman ended up resigning at the education department in order to focus on her new job.

The 28-year-old Kholofelo Nengwenda has now created jobs for 50 people.

When she moved from Limpopo to start a job in Mpumalanga as a school teacher 4 years ago, she struggled to find a domestic worker.

She then realised the demand and started a cleaning service and a domestic worker placement company called Mukhoni Cleaning Specialists.

Kholofelo’s company has grown to create jobs for about 50 people in just a few years of operation.

“Soon after registering my company the demand became so high that I ended up resigning as a school teacher,” she said.

“In the beginning, the business focused more on household cleaning services and domestic worker placement, but two years later we had to expand our services to the commercial and industrial market too,” she added.

In 2016,  Kholofelo attended an entrepreneurial training course at the National Youth Development Agency.

While she was still attending training, she learned that the NYDA had a grant programme for budding entrepreneurs and she applied for it.

“I specifically applied for grants to purchase equipment for my business because after winning a tender to provide services for the South African Revenue Services (SARS) we struggled to reach windows that were high up on the building,” she said.

“The application process took about a year. I received an amount of R49 000 from the NYDA in 2017 to buy equipment for my company.

“This helped my business to advance because we were able to provide services at SARS and the Steve Tshwete Municipality in the past year,” she added.

Her company recently expanded its services adding office cleaning, commercial and industrial cleaning to its list.

Among the 50 workers employed by Nengwenda, 35 are permanent and her company has also made it possible for close to 20 household domestic workers to be placed.

She said her future plans are to grow the business.

“I would like to expand my services into training cleaners in the hygiene field and also to become a business improvement coach or a business mentor at the NYDA,” she said.

– With Vuk’ uzenzele,also published HERE.

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Beware: Adult bullying not good for your health

Adult bullying occurs in various ways – in the form of an intimidating boss or colleague, a pushy salesperson, a controlling lover, friend, family member, rowdy neighbour or an online abuser.

We often hear stories about bullying occurring at schools or to young people.

Adults can be bullied too and can have a real health hazards to the victims.

We are forced in one point of our lives to face other people who pick on us, tease us and make our lives extremely difficult.

Experts say people who are bullies in childhood often continue to be bullies as adults.

The victims of adult bullying may find little or no sympathy from other people.

As upsetting as it can be, adult bullying can have a real impact on the physical and emotional health of those who are being bullied.

It could lead to sleep loss, headaches, muscle pain, anxiety and even depression as the aggressive abuser continues to bully them.

“There can be significant, long-term detrimental effects,” notes Dr. Charles Sophy, a psychiatrist.

Over time, “the stress from bullying can trickle into thyroid problems, gastrointestinal problems, elevated blood pressure, mood disorders, self-harming behaviour and eating disorders,” among other health conditions, Sophy said.

How does one deal with adult bullying?

1.)  Keep Safe

If you don’t feel comfortable with a situation, leave or seek help and support if necessary. You can as well contact the cops, emergency hotline or social bodies dealing with bullying and other related matters.

2.)  Keep Your Distance and Keep Your Options Open

Keep a healthy distance and avoid engagement unless you absolutely have to. There are times when you may feel like you’re “stuck” with a very difficult person, and there’s “no way out.” In these situations, think outside the box. Consult with trusted friends and advisors about different courses of action, with your personal well-being as the number one priority.

3.) Keep Your Cool and Avoid Being Reactive

A common characteristic of bullies is that they project their aggression to push your buttons and keep you off balance. By doing so, they create an advantage from which they can exploit your weaknesses.

If you are required to deal with an adult bully, one of the most important rules of thumb is to keep your cool. The less reactive you are to provocations, the more you can use your better judgment to handle the situation.

4.)  Know Your Fundamental Human Rights

A crucial idea to keep in mind when you’re dealing with an adult bully is to know your rights, and recognize when they’re being violated.

As long as you do not harm others, you have the right to stand-up for yourself and defend your rights. On the other hand, if you bring harm to others, you may forfeit these rights.  

For help and support contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group on 0800 12 13 14.

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