DA slams appointment of Vusi Magaza against Speedy Mashilo’s order

The man has been accused of not meeting “the requirements” by Mashilo.

The DA in the Victor Khanye local municipality in Delmas has raised the alarm on the appointment of Vusi Magaza as acting municipal manager despite co-operative governance MEC Speedy Mashilo’s recommendation that he should not be appointed.

Mashilo had said that Magaza does not meet the minimum qualifications to be the manager of the municipality.

Mashilo had said that a person appointed as municipal manager or acting “must at least have the skills, expertise, competencies and qualifications as prescribed” and that the council should “consider appointing the second candidate who was recommended in the previous recruitment process,” according to a letter Mashilo sent to mayor Eva Makhabane.

DA councillor in Victor Khanye Diane Bath said despite this Mashilo letter, the municipality went ahead to appoint Magaza.

Mashilo’s reason for not recommending Magaza was based on his police degree. He said the rules said anybody appointed as municipal manager should have a degree in public governance.

Bath said the appointment of Magaza showed the municipality “has no regard for transparent labour practices and ensuring that those at the head of this municipality are suitably qualified for the task”.

“The failing ANC has similarly hired 6 former councillors who also allegedly do not have the necessary skills, qualifications or expertise for their new roles,” Bath said.

She said the “cadre deployment” of the ANC was making it hard for the public to access jobs fairly.

She said the six former councillors are Bheki Shabalala, who got appointed in the Assets Department, Betty Mokwena who was appointed IDP assistant manager, Max Nhlapho and Zonki Zulu as new Control Room Operators at the Fire Department and E. Shabangu and L.N Mlambo as clerks in the housing unit.

Victor Khanye municipality has extensive service delivery issues, Bath said.

“[These issues] can only be solved by ensuring that the municipality is led by suitably skilled and qualified individuals who are committed to serving the people and not their own agendas,” she added.

The municipality was yet to respond to the decision that hired Magaza.

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Rot at Mpumalanga health department continues despite cabinet reshuffle 

Issues of financial mismanagement and wasteful expenditure are part of the department’s daily operations.

The DA in Mpumalanga has said that the rot at the province’s health department continues despite Sasekani Manzini being the new MEC.

Manzini, who was public works MEC,  replaced Gillion Mashego in July 2018 when Premier Refilwe Mtshweni swopped them, making Mashego the new public works MEC.

DA leader Jane Sithole said the state of the province’s health continued to deteriorate and this has been revealed recently in the department’s quarterly report.

In just three months, 29 cases of hospital negligence were reported and the department is being sued by the victims for millions and millions of rands.

In their report to the portfolio committee on health, the Mpumalanga department said they are faced with issues of collapsing infrastructure, staff shortages, shortage of specialists and unserviceable hospital and clinic machines.

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The department also stated how expired medicine to the value of R1.1 million were stored at their depot. This is basically 53% more expired medicine than what the hospitals and the clinics together previously reported, Sithole said.

“By failing to safeguard the people’s right to healthcare as enshrined in Section 27 of the Constitution, MEC Manzini and her failing ANC are truly killing the millions of Mpumalanga residents who depend on the state for healthcare,” she said in a statement.

The department is also sitting on R1 billion debt.

While the department believes the budget cut by R88 million is making it hard for them to run a proper healthcare system, Sithole said that now is being used as an excuse by the MEC for the “systematic failures”.

She called for the department to be placed under administration “to address the gross financial mismanagement”.

“A capable DA-led government would then put systems in place to deal with the understaffed and under resources healthcare facilities so that the people can finally access adequate healthcare.

“Only a DA-led government can bring real change to this department by fighting the corruption and maladministration that has crippled it. We will also speed up the delivery of services to ensure that healthcare can be accessed by all who need it,” said Sithole.

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Manzini celebrates rights of people with albinism

Her department will assist those who need skin creams and sunglasses,  she said.

Mpumalanga Health MEC Sasekani Manzini says her department will be assisting people who live with albinism to access to quality health care services in all health facilities.

Manzini led the department to celebrate the rights of people with albinism in KwaMhlushwa community hall in Nkomazi local municipality on Friday.

In their previous engagement with the MEC, people with albinism expressed their health needs that range from eye and skin care and that they cannot easily access them from public hospitals.

Manzini says the department will gear up to assist them get skin protection creams and spectacles for those who need them.

(edited by Hulisani Malaka, with Capricorn FM) 

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Mayor calls on more companies to partner with Govt in changing lives

She says it should not always be about donating food parcels but also people are really in need for houses, furniture and clothes.


eMalahleni mayor Linah Malatjie has called on the business community to come out in more numbers in order to partner with government and change the lives of others.

Malatjie recently donated furniture to various poor households across the eMalahleni area and her office has since been inundated with calls from distressed poor families.

The furniture was donated by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa.

“We need more companies to partner with the municipality to change the lives of poor communities,” the mayor said.

“It is not only about donating food parcels but there is a huge need for shelter, furniture, clothes and other basic human necessities,” she said.

Since her appointment as the mayor last year, Malatjie has been on a sustained period of unrestrained giving to the disenfranchised.

She said the municipality cannot on its own lessen the daily hardship and suffering of thousands of unemployed people, “child-headed families and the disabled, who ordinarily cannot fend for themselves.”

“That is one of the reasons that I commend Hitachi for assisting the municipality with furniture which we took to families who literally had nothing in their houses,” said Malatjie.

Hitachi has committed to continue partnering with the eMalahleni municipality and to donate furniture to the needy, depending on the availability of furniture.

*Mabuza is a communication manager in Mayor Linah Malatjie’s office.

Mtshweni says conditions at eMalahleni hospital “hurts and pains” her

She visited the falling hospital this week and saw the appalling conditions herself.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni has said that the conditions that patients find themselves at the collapsing eMalahleni hospital was hurtful and brought her close to tears.

She visited the hospital Monday this week 18 March 2019 to do a “clinical and infrastructure assessment”.

“I am at pain,” she said while at the overcrowded Down Town public hospital, “it is hurting to see such situations in our hospital”.

“We cannot continue to subject our people to such conditions. We cannot accept things as they are. Something ought to be done, and it must be done now,” the Premier said.

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The hospital was built by then mining company Witbank Colliery in the early 1900s.

In 1910, the company donated the hospital to government and since then it has been in existence and treating patients.

In 2012, extra wards were added to the hospital by government – in response to the growing population in the area and the hospital became a tertiary hospital.

Mtshweni said the hospital’s facilities were falling apart – and required major renovations as it has a “bad reflection” on government and a “proper” one should be built, she said.

She said that “such environment was not conducive for patient care” her spokesman Zibonele Mncwango said, “in some of the wards the wall plaster and paint was peeling off with threatening cracks”.

“There were massive leakages on the roof as it is damaged and rusted. Some portions of ceilings were gradually falling off due to damage caused by water leakages from floors above,” Mncwango said after their visit at the hospital.

Mtshweni says conditions at eMalahleni hospital "hurts and pains" her

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni at the (Witbank) eMalahleni Hospital

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The Premier was accompanied by health MEC Sasekani Manzini and infrastructure development MEC Gillion Mashego.

She spoke to hospital management, patients and the media.

“It is a bad reflection on us, let us construct a new proper tertiary hospital here in Witbank,” she said.

Mtshweni says conditions at eMalahleni hospital "hurts and pains" her

FROM LEFT: Public Works MEC Gillion Mashego, Premier Refilwe Mtshweni and Health MEC Sasekani Manzini)

She said the current eMalahleni hospital will have to return to its former status of district hospital – than now when it is a provincial hospital, and Impungwe district hospital converted to a psychiatric hospital, while eMalahleni TB Hospital continuing to operate as a centre for the treatment of TB and related diseases.

“We need one another to turn around the situation,” said the Premier.

Mncwango said Mtshweni has instructed Manzini to develop “a new hospital master plan” and “speedily attend to maintenance issues at the current eMalahleni Hospital”.

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Mahlasedi Mhlabane suspended over corruption allegations

The matter relates to the ‘allocation of funds’ which do not reflect “clearly” how they were used, an official said.

Mpumalanga education head Mahlasedi Mhlabane has reportedly been suspended over corruption allegations.

Mhlabane was suspended a weekend ago while Premier Refilwe Mtshweni was in Russia, according to New Era.

Mtshweni’s spokesman Zibonele Mncwango confirmed they have suspended the head of department and was over the “allocation of funds which upon enquiry it was not clear how they had been utilised”.

Mncwango said these were allegations and as “investigations continue we will then have much to say later”.

Sources that the New Era spoke to said that Mhlabane’s suspension was connected with the multi-million rand feeding scheme.

Mncwango said they will say much once investigations have showed how exactly these ‘funds’ were used.

Meanwhile, the department is being taken to court by contractors who accuse the department of ending their contracts before time.

They all sue the Mpumalanga department of education an amount of R100 million for cutting them out “all of a sudden”.

They were appointed to supply the school feeding scheme.

(edited by MLM)

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