Middelburg to have township CCTV cameras

The municipality says this is part of making sure crime is reduced to zero in the area.

The people of the Steve Tshwete sub-district will soon have CCTV cameras in the township.

Newly appointed mayor Tsietsi Tolo wants the cameras installed.

Tolo said while they focus on youth economic development and job creation they also want to ensure a crime-free township.

“Our Integrated Development Plan was approved in June 2018 and was developed from consultative meetings with residents, business and community representatives, government departments and other stakeholders,” he said.

The mayor said Middelburg being dominated by mining and steel producing companies will have to take advantage of it by means of the Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative.

“The programme will include a welding facility and an artisan development programme. We will continue to maintain a healthy relationship with business so that we can broaden the economic activities to include other sectors that have been neglected before, like tourism and agriculture,” he said.

The municipality’s total budget this financial year is R1,9 billion and R1.5 billion will be spent on the day-to-day operation of the municipality, R374 million will be spent on capital projects, R89 million on infrastructure maintenance and R93 million on renewing existing infrastructure.

On capital expenditure, R59 million will be spent for roads and stormwater infrastructural development, R77 million for electricity infrastructural development, R24 million for sewerage purification and reticulation, R80 million for governance and administration, R37 million for community facilities and public safety, R44 million for water infrastructural development and R24 million for refuse removal.

“We will take advantage of the Maputo Development Corridor as more industries such as motor workshops, hotels, overnight bulk carriers and stopping-over places will be required. We will also upgrade our sports facilities, parks and recreation and other community amenities to make it easier to get to our municipality, whether to visit, work or start a business.

“As a municipality, we have reviewed the Spatial Development Framework. We are currently busy developing precinct plans in order to revitalise our CBD. By bringing more people to live in the CBD, we will create the necessary commercial base to support the wonderful array of independent retailers, restaurants and service providers in our CBDs for decades to come,” he added

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Recalled Middelburg mayor appointed director of GK Steel

He said he accepted the offer by the big Middelburg steel producer soon afterwards.

Ex-Middelburg mayor Mike Masina is now with the private sector and says he is done with active politics.

Masina will now serve as the director of steel producer GK Steel.

He said in his new job he will aim to take GK Steel to greater heights and make sure of the economic development of previously disadvantaged communities.

Masina spoke to journalists this week at the Midway hotel in Middelburg regarding his new job and why he chose to leave his job as councillor at the Steve Tshwete municipality.

He is one of the Mpumalanga mayors who were recalled by the ANC on 18 March 2018.

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Masina told the 013NEWS reporter on Thursday morning this week that he had been told he would be redeployed to serve as the MMC of a department at the Nkangala district municipality but after waiting for almost two months he decided “to weigh other options”.

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“Yes, indeed,” Masina said in a reply to questions when asked whether he had left the council.

“I had the opportunity to weigh other offers that were coming thick and fast,” he said on WhatsApp.

Tsietsi Tolo took over as the new mayor of Middelburg. The ANC said they had to recall Masina because of proper working relations between himself and the Nkangala ANC but Masina rejected this, saying the only relationship between a mayor and the ANC is the ANC caucus.

“I had a revolutionary relationship with the ANC, not a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship,” he told the reporter.

Masina has been at the GK Steel offices since the week began, familiarising himself with the company’s environment.

He said he will remain an ordinary member of the ANC but is “done with active politics”.

“My major mandate is to take the company to greater heights through incubation program that will enable empowerment of previously disadvantaged communities by bringing them into the mainstream economy of the steel industry,” he said.

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ANC sacks mayor of cleanest Mpumalanga municipality

The party says they had to fire him to “stabilise” the municipality.

Steve Tshwete municipality mayor Mike Masina has been asked to resign from the job.

Masina lost his job this week Monday after the party recalled him.

Acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali said they had to recall Masina because of a lack of “proper working relations” between Masina and the Nkangala ANC.

She said it was due to “the long standing lack of proper working relations between the ANC regionand the mayor”.

“The relationship between the SA Municipal Workers Union and stakeholders such as traditional and religious leaders has also collapsed and createdinstability in the municipality,” Ntshalintshali said.

ANC sacks mayor of cleanest Mpumalanga municipality

Mike Masina. PIC MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

Masina, who has been a mayor of the Steve Tshwete municipality since the 2011 local government elections, will now work at the Nkangala district municipality as an ordinary councillor.

The Steve Tshwete municipality has a track record of 16 years of excellent service and clean governance and Masina returned to the position of mayor after the 2016 local elections despite not having then Premier DD Mabuza’s blessing.

Tsietsi Tolo will take over the reigns as the new mayor of the Steve Tshwete municipality.

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Other changes in the Mpumalanga municipalities are:

– Nkomazi mayor Thulisile Khoza has also been asked to resign, and has been sent to go work at the legislature. Therefore Johan Mkhatshwa will be the new mayor. The party says this is done “to harness service delivery” as there were no proper working relations between herself, speaker Million Shongwe and chief whip Simon Mabuza. Shongwe has now been sent to go work as an ordinary councillor at the eHlanzeni district municipality but Mabuza is sent to become an MMC at the same Nkomazi municipality.

– Ntshalintshali resigned as the eMalahleni mayor and Linah Malatjie, who is Nkangala district mayor, will take up her seat as the new eMalahleni mayor and Sarah Masilela will become the new Nkangala district mayor. Ntshalintshali is the ANC provincial election team co-ordinator and is asked to work full-time at party headquarters.

– Lekwa municipality mayor Linda Dhlamini has been asked to resign and Khosi Khotha will replace him. Dhlamini will work at the Gert Sibande district municipality as an ordinary councillor. The ANC says there have been difficulty in working relationship between Dhlamini, the speaker and the chief whip and this stems from differences they held towards the 54th national congress in Nasrec last year.

“It should be noted that these changes were made to strengthen governance so as toensure that service delivery to our people is maximised towards 2019 and beyond,” Ntshalintshali said.

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Nkangala ANC wants to wield axe in councils

The region says they made certain recommendations that the heads of certain councillors roll in three municipalities.

The ANC in the Nkangala region wants a certain members of its municipal councillors sacked in coming days.

In a statement, regional spokesman Sello Matshoga said a regional executive committee meeting this week noted “serious challenges of leadership” in the Victor Khanye local municipality and “resolved to forward a recommendation to the PEC that both the executive mayor and speaker be redeployed”.

In the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, the ANC says it wants the redeployment and reshuffling of members of the mayoral committee.

In Steve Tshwete, Matshoga said there will also “be redeployment of some of the members of council so as to bring stability in the municipality”.

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Matshoga said these were issues of performance after the regional working committee had visited the councils.

He said this follows consultations with branches, where everyone agreed that there was a serious problem in Victor Khanye local municipality.

In Steve Tshwete, the recommendations are that “there should be a constant monitoring of the sub-region by the deployees of the ANC to check if there are improvement of relations between the executive mayor, members of mayoral committee and council caucus”.

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