Zweli Mkhize to visit worst Mpumalanga municipalities

After meeting with Premier Refilwe Mtsweni, the minister will then meet with Gert Sibande mayor Muzi Chirwa, who runs the province’s worst performing district municipality.

Co-operative governance minister Zweli Mkhize is coming to the Mpumalanga province to look at the issues of municipal governance and poor service delivery.

Mkhize will be on a two-day visit in the province, meeting with municipal officials and discussing the issues of financial mismanagement, poor service delivery, Eskom debts and sewage spillages.

From 30 to 31 August 2018, the co-operative governance said Mkhize will visit the province in order “to support distressed and dysfunctional municipalities”.

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“The minister will meet the provincial leadership led by the Premier Refilwe Mtsweni, co-operative governance MEC Speedy Mashilo and finance MEC Eric Kholwane,” the department said in a statement.

“The minister will also meet the mayors of distressed and dysfunctional municipalities in Mpumalanga,” it said.

The municipalities are Thaba Tshweu, Govan Mbeki, Lekwa, eMalahleni and Msukaligwa local municipalities.

Zweli Mkhize to visit worst Mpumalanga municipalities

Eskom Debt by Municipality

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Three of these troubled municipalities are in the Gert Sibande district, one in eHlanzeni and another in the Nkangala.

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Mkhize will be accompanied by his deputies, Andries Nel and Obed Bapela.

“He will also visit KaNyamazane which has been hit by massive hailstorms which left a trail of destruction over the Lowveld. Currently work is ongoing to repair the damaged houses in that area.

“On the second day the minister will visit Gert Sibande district where Govan Mbeki, Lekwa and Msukaligwa municipalities are affected by sewer spillages as well as governance challenges,” the department said.

“The minister will also meet with other stakeholders, including business during the visit as part of promoting cooperation and partnerships in the spirit of working together to move South Africa forward so as to fix local government, under the theme: “local government is everybody’s business,” it said.

(edited by ZK)

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ANC slams Gupta-owned ANN7

The beleaguered news channel reported that President Jacob Zuma was forced to go to the Cosatu event.

Gupta-owned ANN7 has been slammed for reporting that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, national secretary Gwede Mantashe and national treasurer Zweli Mkhize forced President Jacob Zuma to attend the Cosatu event on May Day.

Zuma was booed and heckled by Cosatu members during the event in Mangaung, resulting to Cosatu cancelling the event and all speeches.

The party said the deployment to the event was a collective decision taken by all national officials.

“Further, it was a decision taken by the national officials fully aware of the potential for heckling,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.

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ANN7 said Zuma was “pushed” by the three leaders but the ANC rejected this, saying such reports, “devoid of truth”, were typical of ANN7.

Cosatu earlier this year took the resolution that Zuma should step down and two of its affiliates said allowing him to address workers would send a conflicting message.

The federation wants Ramaphosa to take over as Zuma’s successor and is opposed to the bid of an ANC lobby group linked to Zuma – the so-called Premier League – wanting Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed the president.

“Members of the media have a responsibility to report the news accurately, factually and objectively.

“ANN7 however seems determined to manufacture false consensus, sharpening contradictions and deepening fissures in the ANC.

“The station effectively acts as a mouthpiece of the factional divisions that plague the African National Congress, consistently showing itself as being intent on driving wedges within the organisation and pitting comrade against comrade,” the ANC statement read.

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