Friday 10 April 2014
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Motetema sewerage ruining people’s lives It has been over two years the sewerage system of Motetema burst and sewerage flows in the streets. According to the community, they reported the matter to the district municipality but the leaking pipes are not fixed until today. The community says the sewerage is now ruining their lives as the township is now smelly and threatens the health of residents. A community member, Nelly Maseko, said children play in the sewerage after thinking it is just ordinary water coming from the rain. “Our children play around in the village and sometimes they come back wet and smelly of the sewerage. We are afraid that they will contract bacteria and become sick. We cannot stop them to go and play and children are just children, you stop them today and the next day they are back and playing in the running sewerage again,” she said. Another community member Lebogang Makua told the Dispatch that they contacted the Sekhukhune sanitation about the problem but they are still in vain waiting for the municipality to respond to the matter. “Our children have to suffer after a sewerage pipe burst near their soccer fields. The pitch is now wet and smelly. The matter was reported but nothing happened. The sewerage flows in our yards and sometimes it comes through the door when it rains. When it is hot, our houses stink” she said. “I use the street every day when I go to attend my classes at Sekhukhune FET College CS Barlow Campus. I can’t enjoy walking up the street every day because of the smell. Sometimes I mistakably step into the running sewerage and my shoes become smelly in class and
tained.” The Sanitation, Reticulation and Bulk Regional Manager in Elias Motsoaledi Mr Jabu Motha told the Dispatch that the municipality is busy with the refurbishment to deal with the leaking sewerage pipes in Motetema. “Most of Motetama residents have built their houses on top of the sewerage pipes and this makes it difficult to fix leaking pipes. Some of the residents did illegal connections and this also causes flush backs and causes the sewerage to flow on the streets. We appointed a contractor who is busy with the refurbishment in the area. We are going to make sure that the sewerage goes straight into the main system,” he said.
For over two years the sewerage flowing through Motetema this disturbs my lessons as I cannot even concentrate,” said one of the students Kabelo Moima. A community member who doesn’t want to be named said: “As an environmental caretaker in Motetema Township, I reported this matter at the municipality many times without any success. Some of the leaks flow into the residents’ yards and I am now afraid that people can
become sick after getting in touch with these faecal matters. I think this is not just ignorance by the municipality but it is also a result of poor service delivery. Our rubbish bins stays for a long time before the municipality trucks can pick them up. Our roads are now damaged and not main-
The leaking Motetema sewerage flows onto the main road and into people’s yards every day.
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Elias Motsoaledi dispatched machinery for emergency roadwork Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Mayor Cllr W e n d y Matemane showing off a grader she handed over to the community to fix the roads after the recent heavy rains. After the recent heavy rains, the Mayor of Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Cllr Wendy Matemane officially launched the plant and machinery program across all the wards of the municipality. The aim of the program is to fix internal access roads after most of them were washed away by the rain. Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Mayor outsourced 23 machines from different business owners across the municipality for road maintenance. The program was officially launched on Wednesday 2 April at OR Tambo Stadium in Dennilton by the Mayor and some of the municipal officials present. During the day the mayor handed out the outsourcing machinery to different ward councillors around the Moutse area. Matemane proceeded to the Monsterlus Satellite Offices where she also handed over the machinery to the community to immediately start with the roadwork program. The program of roads re-graveling is going to take approximately a month from start to finish. “The program is intended to make better and safer roads for all people who travel on the municipality roads. Our government is doing everything in its power to make the roads safer and friendlier to everyday users including the community at large,” says the Mayor.
Thousands of undelivered textbooks found in Jane Furse warehouse Last year, the Department of Basic Education promised that by January, all public schools around the country would have textbooks for every pupil for every subject. After some of the schools in the Limpopo Province experienced a shortage of textbooks, thousands of undelivered textbooks were found at a warehouse in Jane Furse. The textbooks were found by the Democratic Alliance (DA) during a routine oversight visit at a teachers' training college in Fetakgomo Local Municipality, Jane Furse on Thursday 3 April. Thousands of learners in various grades across Limpopo are reported to have spent the first quarter of the year without textbooks for certain subjects. In February this year, civil rights organisation section 27 and the schools have taken the fight for textbooks to court arguing the department failed to deliver textbooks. The group also wants the national and provincial departments to develop a plan detailing how they will combat this recurring problem. According to DA Spokeswoman on education in the province Desiree van der Walt during the visit, security guards prevented the party's delegation from completing its oversight visit.
"This is shocking, given that schools had to drag the Limpopo Department of Education to court to get books delivered," she said. She added that DA has identified at least 47 schools without all the textbooks they need. And now they are discovering warehouses still filled with undelivered textbooks whereas schools still lack study materials. The Department of Education Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said more than 6.5 million textbooks had been delivered in 2014 and an additional 306,000 had been ordered to address shortages. He added that the department acknowledges that there are schools that have reported shortages in February and orders have been made and delivered. He furthered said most of the books alleged to be short were the textbooks the schools were supposed to get back from pupils at the end of the year. “Most of the schools involved had failed to check or verify the deliveries of textbooks against the orders placed. They only did so after the advent of the 2014 school year. The department had taken steps to ensure that books were delivered on time and that any reported shortages were addressed,” he said.
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Nepotism by ANC ward 17 councillor The community of Mogaung at Elias Motsoaledi Ward17 claim that the councillor is sabotaging some community members when it comes to basic delivery of services. The community claims that the Ward Councillor Lukas Tshoma, is excluding areas where the ruling party has a small number of supporters. In certain areas where the ruling party has a large number of support, the councillor makes sure that he sends graders to maintain the roads and also provides water to the funerals. A community member, who wants to remain anonymous, told the Dispatch that the ward councillor provides a grader and water to ANC supporters when they have funerals. She added that the councillor is not even attending funerals in the area where DA supporters form a majority. According to Nancy Mashego, her family was having a funeral on the weekend and the counThe damaged roads at Mogaung Vil- cillor didn’t provide anything to assist them. “It is a standard norm for the councillor to assist lage where the Mashego family was the community with road maintenance and water having a funeral and the ward coun- supply but he’s only doing this for parts of the cillor didn’t offer any assistance. ward where the ANC supporters form a majority. A few weeks back, an ANC member passed away and the councillor provided the family with water and also sent a grader to fix the road. We also approached him and requested a toilet in the local graveyards but he keeps on promising and doing nothing. When the DA councillor tried to interfere, he told him to stay away from Mogaung issues and focus on issues of Dennilton where he comes from,” she said. “A water tank was placed in Mogaung but it is always dry whereas at our neighbouring Luckau Village, the tanks are there and they are always full of water. We can’t take it anymore and we want the councillor to be removed with immediate effect because he is practicing nepotism,” she said. She concluded: “Last week, DA members were doing a door-to-door campaign and the councillor sent some ANC members to stop them and promised to give them bursaries so that they will further their studies. This is against the constitution because everyone has the right to support any political organization of their choice.” The Dispatch’s efforts of trying to reach the Ward 17 Councillor Lukas Tshoma were unsuccessful after he failed to answer his cell phone. He also failed to reply to the voice messages left.
EFF gaining support in Sekhukhune “Economic Freedom Fighters support increases campaigns. in leaps and bounds”, these are the words said He furthered said that the organization will by the Sekhukhune EFF Coordinator Mr Fenya soon present its manifesto in Jane Furse and Maabane just before the Moutse Community announce the Limpopo Province Premier canRadio talk show that was organized for political didate. He said they aimed to bring someone parties to seek support in the coming national who will address people’s interests in the govelections. ernment. The show was organized in Elandsdoorn, The party is open to public influence and the Dennilton on Friday 4 April. Just before the community will decide what they want. start of the talk show, EFF members came in “Sekhukhune is contributing largely in the Gross numbers, gathering at Moutse Mall for a motor- Domestic Products (GDP) where some of our cade. goods are exported to overseas countries but Speaking to the Dispatch shortly before the our people are still suffering. What is needed is talkshow got underway; Maabane said the a political party that will turn things around and organization’s support is increasing as they start focus on community development. now have more than 20 000 card carrying mem- We are the political organization that chalbers in Sekhukhune alone. He said the organi- lenges the ruling party in all spheres including zation focuses mainly on some of the freedom farms, rural areas and the others,” concluded charter polices which stated that everyone Fenya Maabane. must have economic freedom in the country. He added that unlike other political parties, EFF does not present promises; it offers commitments that will be implemented. He added that the organization believes in the leadership that addresses the interests of the public, not only focuses on personal gain. For the coming national elections, EFF members engage in motorcades Economic Freedom Fighters supporters singing and chantand door-to-door ing at Moutse Mall
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Motetema SAPS shares points with Pick n Pay It was a battle of the giants at Chris Wiid Rugby Stadium when Pick n Pay Groblersdal hosted Motetema SAPS FC for a Groblersdal Cluster Soccer League match on Wednesday 9 April. The match started at 16:00 with a fast pace after both teams fielded their best players. The hosts had an early chance when attacking and entering the box but were denied by the SAPS defenders when trying to score an opener. In front of their spectators who came in numbers, Pick n Pay continued putting the pressure on and Tshepo missed a chance a few meters out of the box when his shot went off target while he was trying to beat the goalie. After the 15th minute SAPS came back and started attacking while dominating the mid-field. The visitors scored their opening goal by Junior in the 18th
minute, an easy goal in the box sending the goalie to the wrong way to make it 1-0 to Motetema SAPS. After the opener by Junior, the hosts dominated the match and attacked frequently. They were denied to extend the lead and towards the end of the first half, Pick n Pay started to play good passes. The first half ended 1-0 to Motetema SAPS. In the second half both teams started by attacking but didn’t score as both defences were solid and unbeatable. The visitors started to play most of their balls in the middle of the pitch. While under pressure in the middle, the hosts started to play their ball to the front to find their strikers for an equalizer. Towards the end of the match, the hosts scored an equalizer by Ten ten, a close range after a counter attack to make
Sedupe sa Kopa laid to rest Ngaka Julius Mpubane Rakgetse a well-known traditional healer and community builder from Tafelkop has passed away after a short illness on Friday 28 March. The 63 year old Ragketse was a mentor to many traditional healers in the province and was well-known by his powerful healing powers. During his memorial service on Thursday 3 April speakers described Rakgetse as a man of stature, integrity and had the ability of healing in cultural ambit. Ngaka Sedupe sa Kopa Julias Mpubane Rakgetse was born 1 August 1951 in Maleoskop (Thabantsho) 17 Km from Groblersdal. Ngaka Sedupe sa kopa Julias Mpubane Rakgetse is the descendent Ngaka Sedupe sa Kopa of Mabona Ndebele’s 5th generation maternal line. We are Rakgetse wearing his traproud to say he was a community developer and that should ditional attire at one of the be perpetuated in all respects for the benefit of humanity worldwide. He got married to Mahlako Mmatlale Mogohlwane cultural celebrations. from Phokwane in 1977. He was blessed with four boys, five girls and ten grandchildren. He is survived by all the above people including a brother. He was laid to rest during a big funeral on Saturday 5 April with a large number of government officials present including the Premier of Limpopo Province Stan Mathabatha, Elias Motsoaledi Mayor, Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor David Magabe, traditional leaders & healers and the community at large. ‘Robala ka khutso Moshiga Tubatse Ngwana ' MMatabane a Bo' Hlolo, Wena Lenaba La Bakopa Ra Mohlouwane, Wena Ramautlwa Pele.’
The hosts played well at the back making sure the visitors don’t score twice.
Motetema SAPS attempted to score goals when making counters from the mid-field but they were denied by defenders and some of their shots went wide.
it 1-1. After the equalizer the hosts dominated the match but they were unable to score. The match ended 1-1 to Pick n Pay Groblersdal FC
when hosting Motetema SAPS FC and both teams walked away with one point each.
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Sekhukhune beat EMS Groblersdal in league match
Sekhukhune District Municipality’s Kagiso beating the Groblersdal EMS goalie.
Sekhukhune players kept on pressure by entering the box but were denied to extend the lead by the goalie.
EMS defenders played most of their balls to the front to try and find an equalizer.
On Wednesday 9 April Sekhukhune District Municipality FC clashed with EMS Groblersdal FC for a Groblersdal Cluster Soccer League match. The teams played at Chris Wiid Rugby Stadium in Groblersdal and the match started at 15:00. Both teams played brilliantly in the first half when attempting to score early goals in the first five minutes but the strong defence from both sides denied the scorings. After the first fifteen minutes of the match, EMS started dominating the match when entering the box but most of their shots went wide. EMS started to play most passes in the mid-field and
strikes were made by players such as Zwane and Xolani from a distance but they were unable to beat the goalie. Towards the end of the first half, Sekhukhune countered by Molapo who made a good square pass into the box and strikers failed to beat the goalie. The first half ended 0-0. In the second half, EMS continued the pressure from the beginning in the box but were denied by the defenders. While pressured, Sekhukhune started to play long passes forward to try and break the EMS defence. The municipality’s plan of playing long passes rewarded them when
they managed to score a goal by Kagiso, a close range beating the goalie to make it 1-0 to Sekhukhune. After the goal the municipality continued the pressure demanding to extend the lead but shots went wide. Towards the end of the match, EMS got a few chances to equal the scores. The match ended 1-0 to Sekhukhune District Municipality FC beating EMS Groblersdal FC.
Hosia Aphane Grade 7 learner wins big races
Semaka Maibelo showing off some of his medals and certificates. Through the help of his educators, a grade 7 learner at Hosia Aphane Combined School, Semaka Maibelo (18), is the current Sekhukhune Cross Country Marathon Champion. Semaka told the Dispatch that he started participating officially in marathon races in 2006. “I started representing my school in 2008 where I managed to win the Sekhukhune Cross Country Marathon for the first time. I participate in all categories including 8, 12, 21, 30 and 50 kilometre races and now I am the current 21 and 50 kilometre champion in the cross country’s school level,” he said. Out of the school premises, he participates in other races such as Road Race Against Crime and HIV/AIDS Preventions. He also participates in the Inkunzi Esematholeni race that takes place annually at Siyabuswa. Last year, Semaka trained one of his fellow learners, Tetelo Sekonya who managed to make it until the Limpopo Provincial Marathon Championships. Semaka also took part in big marathon races like Loskop Marathon, Kameelrivier Marathon, Marble Hall Marathon, Jakaranda Marathon, Moutse Marathon and Kwagga Marathon. He is now preparing to take part in the coming Loskop Marathon that will take on 12 April. After his successful career in athletics, Semaka has no sponsors and appeals to anyone who may assist to contact his school Principal Mrs Legodi on 083 736 0159.