PRET hauls Kusile bosses before DD Mabuza

Power station managers agree to meet PRET leaders at the Premier’s office.

The Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) wants Kusile power station managers to appear before Premier David Mabuza to explain job creation.

Secretary Sunday Mathebula said Kusile power stations had agreed to employ 10 000 young people and they will make this commitment during a meeting in Mabuza’s office a week to come.

This week both Themba Sgudla, who is the group’s president, and Mathebula led a march to the Kusile power station in Delmas, demanding that 16 000 people be employed by the Eskom power station and that hundreds of companies owned by Mpumalanga youths be given tenders there.

The march – called ‘Massive Stay Away’ – was organised to start at the Kusile power station on Monday (20 Nov) and then on Tuesday go to Duvha power station but then the Duvha leg could not happen because Sgudla and other PRET members got arrested during the Monday one at Kusile, spending the night at the Ogies police station.

In a reply to the group, Kusile agrees to meet Sgudla and Mathebula at Mabuza’s office in Riverside, Mbombela next week Wednesday (29 Nov).

RELATED: Witbank duo runs PRET from Govt office

It apologised for a miscommunication that the meeting at Mabuza’s office would be this week Wednesday (22 Nov).

“We note the correspondence from PRET about the meeting at the Premier’s office in Mbombela tomorrow Wednesday 22 November at 3pm. Without hesitation we offer our sincere apologies in advance for a possible miscommunication about the Wednesday meeting,” the company wrote in an e-mail to Mathebula’s PA on Tuesday.

“We have been of the understanding that the meeting at the Premier’s office was for next week Wednesday 29 November. This date affords us sufficient time to provide feedback to the Group Chief Executive about the proceedings of 20th November [meeting] at Kusile and the agreed next steps with the leadership of PRET. Furthermore, it also affords us the opportunity to engage all the Implementers of the programme (e.g. power station managers) and create the required alignment,” the company said.

(edited by ZK)

Send tips to [email protected]

Mabuza showers Cleopas Maunye with special advisor job

His latest greener pastures comes after he quit as a member of the Bushbuckridge Resident Association.

Ex-BRA MPL Cleopas Maunye has been given a high-paying job in Premier David Mabuza’s office.

Maunye will now be the special advisor to DD Mabuza, earning more than R70 000 a month.

An appointment letter leaked on Facebook shows Maunye was appointed on 2 May 2017.

Addressed to Maunye and titled, ‘Appointment as special advisor to the Premier: Yourself,’ the letter reads: “I have the pleasure to notify you of your appointment to the post of Special Advisor to the Premier: Mpumalanga province”.

Maunye defected from the Bushbuckridge Resident Association to the ANC on 2 April 2017 after a brawl with its leadership.

Maunye, who was a member of the Mpumalanga legislature, had been accused of selling out to the ANC after it emerged to its leaders that he was holding secret talks with ANC leaders to help dissolve BRA.

His party suspended him as secretary and recalled him from the legislature with effect from the last day of March 2017 but then Maunye jumped ship on 2 April.

SEE HERE: ‘Finally I’m with Cleopas, I’ll get Delta’, says Mabuza

When asked whether he had now been appointed to advise DD, Maunye could neither confirm nor deny it, saying ‘the right time’ will come when such will be announced.

“In the right time, the office of the Premier will announce it if there’s such, I can’t say anything,” he told the 013NEWS on Thursday night.

(edited by MLM)

Send tips to [email protected]

Mpumalanga to establish metros

The Mpumalanga province could have a metro…

This was proposed during a two-day meeting to Premier David Mabuza – the Premier’s Coordinating Forum meeting in Mbombela last week.

DD Mabuza’s spokesman, Zibonele Mncwango, said the proposal was made for the province to consider having at least two metros.

He said the first metropolitan municipality would be a combination of eMalahleni, Steve Tshwete, Victor Khanye and Emakhazeni.

He said the other metro would be “the consolidation of the city of Mbombela and Nkomazi municipalities” and that according to the proposal “another consolidation will be explored around Govan Mbeki as the neighbouring municipality [of eMalahleni municipality]”.

“This will eliminate unguided settlement growths – informal  settlements resulting in rising costs of eradicating informal settlements, proper resettlement of communities, and the provision of basic services,” Mncwango added.

(edited by ZK)

Send tips to [email protected]