Sizwe Mayisela slams petrol-bombing of Tasbet sub-station

The sub-station was petrol-bombed in the early hours of Tuesday morning, cutting off power to large sections of the populous surbub.


KINGDOM MABUZA


Emalahleni municipal manager, Sizwe Mayisela, has spoken out against the petrol bombing of Mopani sub-station in the eMalahleni surbub of Tasbet Park.

The sub-station was petrol-bombed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Mayisela pointed out that the burning of the sub-station would cost the municipality money which could have been channelled elsewhere.

Sizwe Mayisela slams petrol-bombing of Tasbet sub-station

The torched Mopani sub-station.

“Such acts take us backwards and are very costly to the Municipality,” he said.

The damage to the sub-station is estimated to be in the region of R600 000.

Part of the building, cables and panels were damaged.

Sizwe Mayisela slams petrol-bombing of Tasbet sub-station

Mopane sub-station is the main supplier of power to Duvha Park, Tasbet 2, Tasbet 3, and Uthingo Park.

Mayisela dispatched a high-powered team of electricians who managed to restore electricity supply less than 16 hours after the fire.

Mayisela appealed to members of the community to safeguard Municipal assets.

“Members of the community must look after these assets because in essence these are their properties.”

Sizwe Mayisela slams petrol-bombing of Tasbet sub-station

A petrol bomb found nearby the sub-station

“When there are grievances people should not resort to attacking municipal properties,” warned Mayisela.

A case has been opened with police.

*Mabuza works as communication officer for the Emalahleni municipality

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eMalahleni, Govan Mbeki are Mpumalanga’s worst performing municipalities

Lack of skill and the will to change governance around are blamed for the alarming mismanagement.


Mpumalanga’s portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs has heard that the eMalahleni and Govan Mbeki local municipalities are the province’s worst performing municipalities in running debt collection systems.

Mpumalanga municipalities have been forced to cancel R6.4bn of its R8.4bn debt.

This debt includes the non-payment of rates and taxes, water and electricity, Fin24 reports.

The eMalahleni municipality is owed R3.6bn by the residents and Govan Mbeki in Secunda is owed R1.2bn.

DA co-operative governance shadow MEC James Masango said there is no “political will” to correct the situation and improve debt collection.

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Masango said the financial crisis which most of the municipalities find themselves in is the direct result of corruption, lack of skills and a growing attitude by residents to not pay.

He said this doesn’t only affect services to people but also makes the municipalities unable to pay debts owed to Eskom and Rand Water.

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“Consumers don’t pay. So where do councils have to find money to service its debtors,” he said.

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PRET wrestles EFF over march to eMalahleni municipality

The police had to use rubber bullets as PRET members began blocking an EFF march in the area.


The Practical Radical Economic Transformation group of Mpumalanga may also be engaged in a fight for economic freedom for the majority of black South Africans but they are not friends with the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Thursday this week the group stood in the way of EFF members who were marching to the eMalahleni municipality to submit a memorandum of demands to mayor Linah Malatjie.

Led by provincial leader Collen Sedibe, the EFF headed to the municipality in order to complain about lack of service delivery, alleged corruption and nepotism when they met PRET members who were singing struggle songs on the street of the municipality and waiting for them.

“They will not pass here and go to the municipality. Let them go back,” one PRET member was heard shouting as the EFF approached and both groups began to mix in a confrontational way.

Cops had to intervene and form a human shield between both groups but when they could not be able to control the violent PRET group they began using rubber bullets, firing hard at PRET members.

PRET wrestles EFF over march to eMalahleni municipality

Some PRET members during the stand-off with police.

The EFF had applied from authorities in order to stage the march to the eMalahleni municipality and the PRET gathering in front of the municipality building was illegal, one cop told the 013NEWS reporter.

PRET members began throwing stones back at cops, forcing CBD shops to close down as cops chased them with rubber bullets.

PRET wrestles EFF over march to eMalahleni municipality

A vehicle from Weng Family Supermarket was torched by PRET members.

It is still not clear why the PRET members were disrupting the EFF march but one PRET member said the EFF were “coming late in order to take things from us”.

“There are a lot of issues we have been fighting for in this area and where was the EFF?” he said, “we are closer to achieve on those issues and the EFF is coming to hijack the issues,” he claimed.

Clad in their trademark yellow t-shirts bearing the face of president Cyril Ramaphosa, members of the group said they were there to “defend the municipality”.

PRET wrestles EFF over march to eMalahleni municipality

Prior to their march, the EFF went to Dingindoda on Wednesday evening and told the tenants that they would help them in the fight between eMalahleni Housing Company boss George Xaba and businessman Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla who is also the leader of PRET.

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Six cars were damaged when the angry PRET members pelted stones at the cars while burning one.

Cops had to call Sgudla on Thursday mid-day to come speak “to his people” as they continued with violence in the eMalahleni CBD.

The EFF were eventually able to submit the memorandum to the municipality.

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Eskom announces eMalahleni load-shedding

The power-cuts will affect a lot of areas in the area.


Power utility Eskom has announced it will begin rolling out load-shedding in the eMalahleni area.

These are called “emergency load-shedding”.

Friday last week Eskom said ten of its power stations have critically low stockpiles – with 5 having less than 10 days worth of fuel.

The load-shedding is also due to deteriorating power plants “but also to unplanned events”, such as the explosion at Lethabo power station in the Free State in early October 2018, which took the whole unit out of service.

Eskom said it needs more than 4-million tons to fill up coal supplies at 10 of its power stations. It said more than 1 million tons have already been secured.

The following schedules have been announces:

Stage 1

Monday

08h00 – 10h30 Doornpoort

10h00 – 12h30 Kwaguqa

12h00 ‐ 14h30 Grobler

14h00 – 16h30 Buffer

Tuesday

14h00 ‐ 16h30 Ga‐ Nala

Wednesday

14h00 – 16h30 Doornpoort

16h00 – 18h30 Kwaguqa

18h00 ‐ 20h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Buffer

Thursday

20h00 – 22h30 Ga‐Nala

Friday

06h00 ‐ ‐8h30 Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Grobler

10h00 – 12h30 Buffer

20h00 – 22h30 Doornpoort

Saturday

10h00 – 12h30 Ga‐Nala

Sunday

10h00 – 12h30 Ga‐Nala

STAGE 2

Monday

08h00 – 10h30 Doornpoort

10h00 – 12h30 Kwaguqa

12h00 ‐ 14h30 Grobler

14h00 – 16h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala

22h00 – 00h30 Grobler

Tuesday

14h00 ‐ 16h30 Ga‐ Nala, Doornpoort

16h00 – 18h30 Kwaguqa

18h00 – 20h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Buffer

Wednesday

14h00 – 16h30 Doornpoort

16h00 – 18h30 Kwaguqa

18h00 ‐ 20h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala

Thursday

06h00 ‐ ‐8h30 Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Grobler

10h00 – 12h30 Buffer

20h00 – 22h30 Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

Friday

06h00 ‐ ‐8h30 Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Grobler

10h00 – 12h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala

20h00 – 22h30 Doornpoort

22h00 – 00H30 Kwaguqa

Saturday

08h00 – 10h30 Doornpoort

10h00 – 12h30 Ga‐Nala, Kwaguqa

12H00 – 14h30 Grobler

14h00 – 16h30 Buffer

22h00 – 00h30 Ga‐Nala

Sunday

08h00 – 10h30 Doornpoort

10h00 – 12h30 Ga‐Nala, Kwaguqa

12H00 – 14h30 Grobler

14h00 – 16h30 Buffer

22h00 ‐ 00h30 Ga‐Nala

STAGE 3

Monday

02h00 – 04h30 Doornpoort

04h00 – 06h30 Kwaguqa, Ga‐Nala, Buffer

08h00 – 10h30 Doornpoort

10h00 – 12h30 Kwaguqa

12h00 ‐ 14h30 Grobler

14h00 – 16h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

16h00 – 18h30 Kwaguqa

18h00 – 20h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala

22h00 – 00h30 Grobler

Tuesday

00h00 – 02h30 Doornpoort

02h00 – 04h30 Kwaguqa

04h00 – 06h30 Grobler, Ga‐Nala, Buffer

06h00 – 08h30 Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Grobler

10h00 – 12h30 Buffer

14h00 ‐ 16h30 Ga‐ Nala, Doornpoort

16h00 – 18h30 Kwaguqa

18h00 – 20h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

Wednesday

00h00 – 02h30 Ga‐Nala, Doornport

02h00 – 04h30 Kwaguqa

04h00 – 06h30 Buffer, Grobler

06h00 – 08h30 Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Grobler

10h00 – 12h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala

14h00 – 16h30 Doornpoort

16h00 – 18h30 Kwaguqa

18h00 ‐ 20h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

Thursday

00h00 – 02h30 Ga‐Nala, Grobler

04h00 – 06h30 Buffer, Doornpoort

06h00 ‐ ‐8h30 Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Grobler

10h00 – 12h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

12h00 – 14h30 Kwaguqa

14h00 – 16h30 Buffer

16h00 – 18h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

22h00 – 00h30 Kwaguqa

Friday

00h00 – 02h30 Grobler

04h00 – 06h30 Doornpoort, Buffer

06h00 ‐ ‐8h30 Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Grobler

10h00 – 12h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

12h00 – 14h30 Kwaguqa

14h00 – 16h30 Grobler, Ga‐Nala

16h00 – 18h30 Buffer

20h00 – 22h30 Doornpoort

22h00 – 00H30 Kwaguqa, Ga‐Nala

Saturday

02h00 – 04h30 Doornpoort

04h00 – 06h30 Buffer, Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Doornpoort

10h00 – 12h30 Ga‐Nala, Kwaguqa

12H00 – 14h30 Grobler

14h00 – 16h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

16h00 – 18h30 Kwaguqa

18h00 – 20h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Buffer

22h00 – 00h30 Ga‐Nala, Grobler

Sunday

02h00 – 04h30 Doornpoort

04h00 – 06h30 Buffer, Kwaguqa

08h00 – 10h30 Doornpoort

10h00 – 12h30 Ga‐Nala, Kwaguqa

12H00 – 14h30 Grobler

14h00 – 16h30 Buffer, Ga‐Nala, Doornpoort

16h00 – 18h30 Kwaguqa

18h00 – 20h30 Grobler

20h00 – 22h30 Buffer

22h00 – 00h30 Grobler, Ga‐Nala

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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.

(edited by ZK)

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