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Two municipalities merge

CURRENTLY THERE ARE 61 MUNICIPALITIES THAT WILL BE REDUCED THROUGH AMALGAMATION TO 54, REDUCED BY SEVEN MUNICIPALITIES

KHAYA MAGENU

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THE landscape of the Ingwe and Kwa Sani municipalities is going to change after the municipal elections in 2016 following the final decision of the Municipal Demarcation Board on the redetermination of municipal boundaries. Municipal Demarcation Board spokesperson Jabu Mthembu confirmedthatKwaSani(Underberg)will merge with Ingwe Municipality

(Bulwer) to make one municipality. This municipality will fall under the Harry Gwala District Municipality. He said the most affected province

will be KwaZulu-Natal where it was confirmed that 37 municipalities will merge into one, two were withdrawn and five varied.

“Currently there are 61 municipalities that will be reduced through amalgamation to 54, reduced by seven municipalities. “These are Ugu, Uthukela, Umkhanyakude, Uthungulu and Harry Gwala District Municipality,” said Mthembu. The Sunday Independent newspaper quoted that these municipalities will be named after African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as she comes from Bulwer.

Recruitment agency ‘vanishes’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Itriedtocalltheagencyonitscellnumber,butthecallwenttovoicemail, and I then realised I had been scammed.” Another unemployed man, who wants to remain anonymous, told the Fever he went through the same routine as Sivile “buying” a form for R45 and then paying R500. “I applied for work as a shop assistant in Kokstad and was promised work. Now I understand that of the many job seekers who paid money to the agency, not a single one got a job.” TheFeverunderstandsthatthejobrecruitmentagentsareahusband and wife team from Pietermaritzburg. The Fever also tried to call The Job You Desire Recruitment Agency owners, Thembeka Maria Ngubane and William Owen Sanjore, but the call went to voicemail. NomanonoMlindazwe,whowasemployedbythecompany,told the Fever that she worked for the company for two months, but was surprised when she reported for duty on 13 May and found the office locked and empty. “I phoned them [owners] on their cellphone, but the call went to voicemail so I told the job seekers waiting in front of the office to open a case at the police station.” The owner of the building, Stephen Wells, said he was also surprised when he found that the agency had left without giving notice and without paying rent. Police spokesperson Lieutenant Dumisani Ncongo confirmed that many job seekers had opened a case of fraud against the agency. He said one job seeker paid R3 000 for the agency to get work for him and his six children. “I want to warn people to be aware that no job is for sale and if they come across this they must report it to the police.”

The 250 bicycles that were donated by World Vision to schools in Grenacker,

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Matatiele local Municipality Municipality

Munisipaliteit

Masepala

uMasipala PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE NO.:2013/2014-223 COUNCIL MEETING

I, D.C.T. Nakin, the Municipal Manager, as directed by the Speaker, Cllr. K. J. Bosman-Magangana, hereby give Notice that in terms of Section 19(b) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000) that the next Ordinary Council Meeting of the Matatiele Local Municipality will be held on Friday, 30 May 2014 at 11h00 in the Matatiele Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting will be the Adoption of the 2014/2015 Integrated Development Planning (IDP) Review and 2014/2015 Budget. In terms of Section 20 of the quoted Act, members of the public, media and interested parties may attend the meeting as observers. ISAZISO SOMPHAKATHI INTLANGANISO YE BHUNGA Mna, D.C.T. Nakin, Umphathi ka Masipala, ngokomyalelo kaSomlomo, uCeba K. J. BosmanMagangana , ndazisa, ngokwe Candelo 19(b) loMthetho woHlobo lokuSebenza kooMasipala baseMakhaya (uMthetho 32 ka 2000) ukuba intlanganiso yeBhunga kaMasipala iyakubanjwa ngoLwesihlanu, umhla we 30 kuCanzibe 2014 ngentsimbi yeshumi elinanye eMatatiele Town Hall ukuyokwethula uhlahlo lwabiwo mali lonyaka 2014/2015, kunye nomqulu wophuhliso (IDP) 2014/2015. Ngokwe Candelo 20 loMthetho woMasipala uLuntu ngokubanzi, iintatheli kwakunye namanye amaqela anomdla ayamenywa ukuba abe yi nxalenye yale ntlanganiso. TSEBISO YA SETJHABA KOPANO YA KHANSELE Nna, D.C.T. Nakin, Motshwari wa Masepala, wa lehae wa Matatiele, ka ho laelwa ke Sebui, Molekgotla K.J. Bosman-Magangana, ke tsebisa hore tlasa karolwana ya 19(b) wa molao wa tsamaiso ya bo Masepala ba mahaeng (Act 32 of 2000) hore lekgotla la Masepala le tla tshwara kopano ka la Bohlano, mohla la 30 Mmesa 2014 ka hora ya leshome le motso o mong Holong ya Matatiele. Moralo wa ntshetso-pele 2014/2015, le moralo wa ditjhelete tsa 2014/2015 wa Matatiele le ho pasiswa kopanong ena. Ka hoya ka karolwana 20 ya molao wa puso yabo Masepala, setjhaba ka kakaretso, baqolotsi ba ditaba le mekgatlo emeng enang le thahasello eya mengwa ho nka karolo kopanong ena. OPENBARE KENNIS GEWING RAADS VERGADERING Ek, D.C.T. die Munisipale Bestuurder, aan gewys deur die Spreker, rdl. KJ Bosman Magangana, gee hiermee kennis in terme van Artikel 19 (b) van die Wet op Plaaslike Regering: Munisipale Stelsels, 2000 (Wet 32 van 2000) dat die volgende gewone Raadsvergadering van die Matatiele Plaaslike Munisipaliteit gehou sal word op Vrydag , 30 Mei 2014 om 11h00 in die Matatiele Stadsaal. Die 2014/2015 Geïntegreerde Ontwikkelingsbeplanning Hersiening (GOP), sal die 2014/2015 begroting in hierdie vergadering aangeneem word. In terme van Artikel 20 van die Wet aangehaal, kan lede van die publiek, die media en belangstellendes om die vergadering as waarnemers bywoon.

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ATE arrival at school, as a result of walking long distances, will be a thing of the past for some pupils from schools around Grenacker rural village in Matatiele. This is after World Vision, a Christianaligned non-governmental organisation, in partnershipwithQhubeka,anNGOthroughthe Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (Beep), handed over 250 bicycles to pupils of three local schools last Thursday. Henco Visser, Beep project manager said they chose areas according to the distance that pupils have to walk to school. “Children have to walk extremely long distances which increases tardiness, decreases concentration in class and, in some cases, rapidly decreases attendance. So with this project we want to decrease the time spent travelling to school thus increasing time for homework and studying.” Xolile Mbi, World Vision lead programme facilitator said Matatiele would receive 750 of the 6000 bicycles the project is to distribute throughout the country. “The 250 bicycles you see here today are the second batch to be handed over in Matatiele as we handed over the first 250 last week and

Matatiele embarks on solidarity pledge THE Matatiele Local Municipality, through its special programmes unit, the migration support office and the Nigerian community in Matatiele will embark on the “Bring Back our Girls” solidarity pledge on 22 May at 10am. The municipality will work with Matatiele stakeholders, including the Council of Churches, government departments, in particular the Department of Education, the SAPS, political

we will be handing the last 250 bicycles next week,” he said. He said that 70% of the bicycle beneficiaries would be female pupils and 30% male. “What is also great about this project is that we also have a mechanic who was trained by Qhubeka to service or fix the bicycles if and when they have problems so pupils can call the mechanic and he can help them,” Mbi explained. Tankiso Mokoqama (18), a Mokheseng Senior Secondary Grade 10 pupil, said his life would be better now that he has a bicycle. “I walk about nine kilometres to school, but now with this bike my life will be better and I will look forward to going to school,” he said. Another pupil from Mokheseng, Mpho Bolofo (15) said her parents were paying R400 for her transport, now that money will be saved as she will be riding to school. Kwalinzo circuit manager at the Department of Education Liziwe NtshengwanaLuhabe said she is very happy about the World Vision donation as scholar transport in the area is non-existent. It was pointed out that the bicycles would only be available to pupils still in school, but once they matriculate the bicycles would have to be handed back so other pupils could use them.

parties and foreign nationals. The campaign will be in the form of a peaceful march from the municipal traffic department to the municipal offices. Thereafter marchers will gather at the Matatiele town hall for a prayer that serves as a signal of support to the Nigerian counterparts in the Matatiele Local Municipality and the Nigerian community, and to show that the municipality supports the government’s call to Boko Haram to release the kidnapped school girls unharmed. The Matatiele Local Municipality mayor Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla is expected to receive the pledges on behalf of the Nigerian embassy. — Communications, IGR & Protocol Unit.


Business donates uniforms KHAYA MAGENU

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SOME Tshisa Primary School pupils go to school without uniforms. Some even go to school without

shoes, but this doesn’t deter them from attaining an education. So when Matatiele Fish and Chips donated uniforms to the pupils they were overjoyed. “I am trying to fulfil Nelson Mandela’s dream of uplifting communities and giving them an education,” said Matatiele Fish and Chips director Patrick Tsetse at the uniform handover. He promised that his company would identify other struggling Matatiele pupils and lend a helping

hand. “I am a person who does not want to see children suffering — instead I want to see them being educated in order for them to get a better future.” After getting her uniform one pupil, Itumeleng Mkholokotho, spoke to the Fever: “I am very happy to get a new uniform and I promise to be successful in my education.” She said she wanted to become a police officer once she had passed Grade 12 because she wants to

fight the escalation of stock theft on the Matatiele and Lesotho border. Principal Nompucuko Mtatyana said she is very happy about her pupils getting uniforms. “We have a large number of orphans at the school and most of our pupils live with their grandparents and no one is working in their family.” She appealed to other businesses to help them other schools that are struggling.

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Agent for CHANGE >> ‘I want to end the notion that Umzimkhulu is just a small village and a gateway to big cities’ FEVER REPORTER

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Kokstad Chamber of Commerce PRO Margi Flemming.

‘Illegal car washers a nuisance’ NTUNTU DWEBA

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THE Kokstad Chamber of Commerce (KCC) has urged the SAPS to look into illegal “bucket washing” of cars in Hawthorne Street near the corner of Groom Street. Kokstad Chamber of Commerce PRO Margi Flemming said the issue is escalating at a frightening rate. “There is a concern that there may eventually be loss of life caused by those carrying out illegal car washing as there has already been an attack in which someone was stabbed in the neck,” she said. Flemming quoted By-law 44 of the Greater Kokstad Municipality emphasising that the car washers are a public nuisance under the following sections of the said by-law: Breaches of peace A person commits an offence if, in a public place, he or she (a) Accosts, insults, interferes with, jostles, threatens or harasses another person (b) Associates or acts in concert with other persons in a manner which causes or is likely to cause breach in the peace. e.t.c Dangerous acts A person commits an offence if, in a public place he or she(a) activates, handles or uses any material, object or thing which results in injury to a person, or which threatens a person, or which damages property, or he or she in a manner likely to result in such injury, threat or damage. (e) Performs any other act which may cause injury to a person or damage to property, unless he or she is authorised or permitted by law to do so, or does so with the written permission of an authorised official and in accordance with any conditions imposed by him or her. Flemming further stressed the urgency of the matter and revealed that chamber members and businesses in the area expect the matter to be dealt with promptly and definitively so they can operate without fear of intimidation and obstruction to the owners, staff and clients. “This issue was raised in April in writing, but it has yet to be addressed satisfactorily,” she said.

ITHIN under three years the Umzimkhulu Local Municipality municipal manager Zweliphansi Stanley Sikhosana realised some of his dreams and accomplished them. Sikhosana’s good managerial skills were not only recognised in the district they have also grabbed the attention of the office of President Jacob Zuma. Zuma’s delegates visited the town to observe developmental projects and confirmed that the town is growing faster than expected. Since Umzimkhulu was incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal from the Eastern Cape in 2006 its “face” has changed as a number of infrastructural projects are taking place. The Umzimkhulu Mall and upgrading of roads in the town form part of the developments achieved. Sikhosana, a former teacher and the council speaker at the municipality said during his inauguration: “I want to end the notion that Umzimkhulu is just a small village and a gateway to big cities. My intentions are to turn the town around and attract people from other places to come and shop and look for jobs here.” Hissentimentsareslowlyprovingtobetruebecauselastweekthe Umzimkhulu Municipality received an award of recognition from the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and Salga for receiving a clean audit from the Au-

ditor General. The municipality was among seven municipalities that received a clean audit in the 2012 and 2013 financial year. Sikhosana said being a speaker of the municipality was also to his advantage because he knew of the municipal challenges before he took over as municipal manager. “Apart from that, it is all about commitment and how to work as a collective.” He applauded the unity within the councillors and municipal employees. “Another thing we fail to do is to be accountable to councillors and we tend to approach them when there are challenges, but when everything goes smoothly we forget about them. “The best way is to involve them in all the processes taking place within the institution,” he said, adding that his main aim is to maintain the clean audit and improve his town.

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Umzimkhulu Municipal Manager Zweliphansi Sikhosana has improved the functioning of his municipality.

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The Umzimkhulu Mall has become a huge economical boost for Umzimkhulu.

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Back roads have been tarred.

Double rapist gets life

Have you seen this man?

NTUNTU DWEBA

>>ntuntu.dweba@feveronline.co.za FAMILIES of two rape victims are ululating with joy after justice was served on a man who raped two women from Skiti and Ramohlakoana villages respectively on different occasions. Mbulelo Mshotwana (34) from Skiti village in Maluti near Matatiele, who also faced charges of housebreaking and theft, was given 10 years for raping a 21-year-old, life for raping a 54-year-old woman and five years for housebreaking and theft. It is reported that on 6 September 2012, the 21-year-old woman was walking home with her boyfriend when Mshotwana attacked them, chasing her boyfriend away. He then went back and raped the victim. In the second case Mshotwana broke into the house of the 54-year-

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Mbulelo Mshotwana was given 10 years, plus life for double rape and five years for housebreaking and theft. old victim at about midnight on 15 April 2013, when he raped her and stole her belongings. Matatiele Police spokesperson Lieutenant Raphael Motloung said Detective Constable Babalo Nqatha and Detective Constable Mbulelo

Hlathi from Matatiele FCS must be commended for the conviction of Mshotwana as they did a great job. “The action by the court has sent a stern message that those who rape will get a similar sentence,” he said.

Brucely Zindela (18) was last seen at a children’s shelter in Harding in April 2013. It is alleged he may be mentally challenged. Anyone who has seen him must contact Constable Bongani Madelisa on 039 433 9600 at the Harding SAPS.


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KWA SANI VIEWPOINT

Old-fashioned police work needed

N.C. JAMES. Municipal Manager

WARM greetings to Kwa Sani citizens. This is another week granted to us by the Almighty. Service delivery is the buzz word and the community of Kwa Sani are the recipients. The people of Kwa Sani are a priority to the municipality and that will remain as long as there is a community that needs to be served. The spirit of intergovernmental relations exists in Kwa Sani and is evident in governmental programmes. The municipality, the Department of Health and stakeholders such as social development,

Sassa, Home Affairs and society will be involved programmes such as Sukuma Sakhe where social ills such as child-headed households, poverty and disease will be addressed. An awareness campaign on 25 May aims to address malnutrition in Underberg. The target group is parents and children. South Africa is to embark on a visionary National Food Fortification programme to address nutrient deficiencies and this is part of the resolutions in the National Development Plan (NDP) document.

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The objectives of the NDP will only be achieved if we work together — hence at Kwa Sani we have started to implement that and it is proving to be fruitful. Depending on the nutrient and the severity of deficiency, the consequences of malnutrition can include growth stunting, anorexia, susceptibility to infections, behavioural changes and learning disabilities. This may however, have lifelong effects. The causes of these problems are multifaceted and include poverty, ignorance, faulty feeding practices, infec-

tions, food scarcity and the consumption of foods with low-nutrient density. As Kwa Sani Municipality we encourage everyone to be part of this programme, hence the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”, so let us bring back the spirit of ubuntu, asisukume sakhe. The construction of pavements in the old main road is progressing well and the upgrade of street lights in Underberg will soon be undertaken. Until we meet again, let us be patriotic Kwa Sani citizens.

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IN an article in Fever 16 May SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Dumisani Ncongo is quoted as saying: “We will be sending out flyers that will help sensitise the community about these burglaries. We hope that people will take the necessary precautions.” Hey lieutenant, here’s a thought — why don’t try some good old-fashioned police work? Catch the burglars and increase visible policing in these areas, like they do everywhere else in the world, instead of sitting back and warning everyone about how dangerous it is to park in town. B. Strachan, Kokstad

Skwatta camps meant to be demolished I HAVE read in the Fever, 16 May, about the car burglaries in Kokstad, Bhongweni and Tafeni areas. I think the perpetrators may be criminals who have been released from prison, but I also suspect the new “Marikana” skwatta camp dwellers as I see a lot of suspicious-looking men and youth around. Now my question is, what happened when these shacks were supposed to be demolished and stopped from being put up any further? Concerned Resident Kokstad

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THESE SHACKS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DEMOLISHED AND STOPPED FROM BEING PUT UP ANY FURTHER?

Editorial comment DR DCT NAKIN MUNICIPAL MANAGER

MATAT VIEWPOINT WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint. Tourism awareness campaign The Matatiele Local Municipality views tourism as an investment of choice and one of the key job-drivers and tool to fight poverty. With this view the municipality yesterday, 22 May, hosted a tourism awareness champaign focusing on the role of traditional leaders (royal homes) in tourism as well as tourism opportunities in Matatiele. The rationale behind the campaign can be summed up as:

>>To create awareness on the role of traditional leaders’ history, lifestyle, as well as their royal homes in tourism. >>To create awareness of all cultural opportunities that can become tourism products and can be pursued by communities when working with the traditional houses. >> Promote and strengthen the relationship among tourism product owners (importance of the establishment of the tourism authority). >>To encourage tourism businesses and tourism projects and co-operatives.

>>To develop a long-term working relationship with the traditional council. Hospitality sector workshop The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism in partnership with Matatiele Local Municipality and enterprise development unit will, on 27 May at 9am, conduct a hospitality sector information-sharing session. This session will be a build-up to the provincial SMME conference in East London later this year. The objectives of the session are topromotetourismsectorgrowthandexpansion, support provincial initiatives to increase local and international tourists, to promote the development of tourism facilities and other associated facilities so as to increase interest among potential tourists, to promote SMMEs’ development in Alfred Nzo and its surrounding localities and to ensure that tourism income penetrates both urban and rural areas so that the distribution of wealth occurs across the nation. Other institutions at the session include the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, the grading council, tourism enterprise partnership and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. That is all from us for now, till next time, stay safe and be blessed. Thank you sweet people from sweet Matatiele, a destination of choice and excellence.

‘Jobs not for sale’ — be warned IT is a shame and very sad that people are conned by fly- by-night companies because of money and the rising unemployment rate. Unemployed people, desperate to find work, are getting conned out of the little money they have by “too-good-to-be-true” job offers from these companies as happened in Kokstad recently. Some recruitment agencies may now have a bad name because of a few “rotten apples” which take advantage of desperate job seekers. Peoplemustnotbefooledbythosewhoprofess to be recruiters. People must also understand that jobs are not ”for sale”. To find a reputable agency one should do some research on the agency or use Google to find out what people have said about it. If you’re not happy with what you find, there are usually reputable agencies which one can safely go to — all it takes is some research.


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ZWELIPHANSI SKHOSANA Municipal Manager

ARM greetings to the people of Umzimkhulu. It is an pportune time to brief you on the progress report on storm-water management in town. We appreciate Cogta’s leverage in the management of storm water. The project is funded through the Small Town Rehabilitation programme which aims at reducing the challenges of floods. We appointed a service provider to ensure that we achieve the objective of the project to attenuate floods in the CBD. This project is

moving simultaneously with the R56/ P416 project. Although funding is not adequate, it has made a tremendous change in town. At White City, we experienced water overflow to houses along the R56. Residents were complaining which ultimately compelled the municipality to source funding to mitigate the challenge. The drainage system from White City is connected to the main system. The only thing we are going to do is to complete a small portion of the road

‘We are ignored’

>> ‘The municipality is aware of the problems we face, but it is not doing anything’ >>ntuntu.dweba@feveronline.co.za

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HE village of Mangolong in Matatiele erupted into chaos on Sunday at midnight as residents embarked on a service-delivery strike which lasted until Monday morning. Angry locals burnt tyres and blocked roads with rocks. Among their demands are the provision of electricity, water, roads, clinic and a police station. One residents, who refused to

be named, said they have asked the Matatiele Local Municipality to provide service, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. “The municipality is aware of the problems we face in this area but it is not doing anything, even our councillor is ignoring our cries,” she said. Another resident of Mangolong, Maetumeleng Mokejane, said local councillor swear at them in meetings. She said Matatiele local Municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla prom-

ised that he would get back to them with answers, but he hasn’t. “No one is listening to us — even our councillor is fighting with us. He even told us that we will never get electricity,” Mokejane said. She said the councillor had showed them money that was allocated to the area from the Matatiele Local Municipality budget since 2010, but they have not seen any progress. Municipality communications manager Nthabeleng Matshoba

denied that the residents of Mangolong are ignored. “The mayor has met with residents there three times and they raised their issues to him,” she said. Matshoba said Mbedla organised the office of the chief whip at the municipality to deal with the dispute with the councillor in the area. She also pointed out that aR19 million has been set aside for the electrification of that area in the 2014/2015 financial year, which will start in July.

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Angry locals burn tyres and and blocked roads with rocks.

Cop and accomplice out on bail NTUNTU DWEBA

>>ntuntu.dweba@feveronline.co.za RESIDENTS of Maluti are furious after Constable Dion Alexandra (36) from the Maluti Police Intelligence Unit, and Mfanelo Phindela (39), who were recently arrested in Matatiele for the alleged murder of Simphiwe Situ (36) from Maluti, were granted bail last Friday. Alexander and Phindela appeared in the Maluti Magistrate’s Court for bail application in the past weeks. It is reported that Situ received

a call on his cellphone from one of the suspects at about 22pm in November 2013. He went outside to answer the call and that was the last time his family saw him. According to Matatiele Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Raphael Motloung Situ’s body was found the following day in the veld near Maluti. A case of murder was opened. After intensive investigations the two suspects, Alexandra and Phindela, were arrested and first appeared at Maluti magistrate court on 29 April.

It is alleged that the two men conspired to kill Situ as he turned state witness in a stock-theft case involving all three men. “It was reported that Alexander hired Phindela to kill Situ at hishomeafterheturnedstatewitness,” Motloung said. The pair were granted R3 000 bail each last Friday. Motloung said the pair would appear at the Maluti Magistrate court on 13 June for the last time after further investigations. The case will then be transferred to the Kokstad Regional Court thereafter.

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whichlinkswithMallRoadbehindthe mall. Once this is done, it will clear sand which is deposited to our roads. The maintenance team is blading the access roads throughout Umzimkhulu. Although it has been difficult to reach all affected villages, we will ensure that roads that need maintenance receive our full attention. We appeal to our people to exercise maximum patience to allow us to move smoothly with the programme. The Mayoral Cup has started at

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ward levels. Winners from each ward will proceed to the zonal competiton in the coming weekend. However, winners have already scooped lucrative prizes in order to motivate them, but prizes at zonal level will be better than those at ward level. We encourage teams to participate fully in these competitions since all the restrictive laws pertaining to ages have been removed. It is now open for everybody to partake in the tournament. Thank you.

Response to Mr Kotting’s open letter Dear Mr Kotting, I HEREBY acknowledge receipt of your letter regarding the alleged deteriorating infrastructure in Kokstad. As the mayor of Kokstad I respect the citizen’s constitutional right to march and also to air their opinion on certain issues. First of all, I wish to say that the office of the mayor has a very tight and busy schedule. On the same day when the memorandum containing “demands on behalf of the businesses and community of Kokstad” I had to attend to an urgent council business. My non-availability was not to undermine people who were marching. Mr Kotting, I shall start by emphasising that whenever we go to the farms during the IDP roadshows, we always receive complaints from farm workers about the brutal treatment they are getting from farm owners. Councillor Mtolo was not issuing any threat on that day but was articulating our concern as this council because we believe that such inhumane treatment should not happen, after 20 years into democracy. Instead of denying the existence of abuse, I appeal to the farmers’ association to do introspection and take a serious look at the matter. As leaders of Kokstad we are eager to arrive at a solution in this matter. We are pleased to hear that some farmers have seen the light and are treating their employees better now. However, we cannot fold our arms when our people are crying for help. Yes, you are correct in saying that my vision is developing GKM into a caring municipality and Kokstad into a city. I am fully aware of the role the business sector would be playing in developing this vision. I wish to assure the business sector that whenever they want to meet the municipality, our doors are open. However, I was worried when business sector acted as a political party on the day of the march. Such behaviour distorts the purpose of the march and deprives the community of its constitutional right to objectively raise their concerns. The business sector must assist the municipality to achieve its goal to create a viable economy, create jobs and make Kokstad an attractive tourism destination. It is the government’s mandate to create a conducive environment these things to happen, as the government cannot go it alone withouttheassistanceofallroleplayers.Iamcertain that working together with all stakeholders, this goal is achievable. The general public must not be used to gain a political mileage. Regarding the infrastructure in Kokstad, I have always played my cards open in this regard by informing the public at various fora that the municipality was unable to fast track and complete some of our infrastructure projects, due to financial challenges. As a former councillor, Kotting should know this very well. I also wish to dispel the notion that the municipal leadership, including myself, are portrayed as negligent people who do not care about the town and its community. This is entirely not true. The GKM leadership ensures delivery of services for everyone. If we had enough budget, all projects in Kokstad would be up and running. Lastly, I wish to urge all stakeholders to come and engage the nunicipality on all issues of service delivery. The nayor’s office is always available to listen to all views and suggestions. Yours sincerely Cllr T.N. Jojozi Mayor: Greater Kokstad Municipality • Published verbatim.


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Light at end of tunnel for ratepayers? AFTER months of struggling with the municipality, the Matatiele Ratepayers’ Association reports there may be light at the end of the tunnel. At a three-day meeting with a delegation from the EC provincial Department of Local Governance and Traditional Affairs

and the Matatiele Local Municipality there was general consensus that properties under the Matatiele Municipality had been grossly overvalued. In his presentation to the delegates, chairman of the ratepayers association Mr. Shaikh gave examples of properties that have increased from 50% to an astronomical 1 9962%. Themajorityofpropertiesinthegreater Matatiele area has increased by more than 200% Shaikh said. Matatiele residents have been engaging the municipality since March 2013 tryingtoresolvetheratescrisis.Afteraprotest march in February a memorandum outlining residents’ grievances was submitted to the MEC for Local Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mlibo Qoboshiyane who then delegated the province to attend to

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Matatiele Ratepayers’ Association executive committee members (from left) Thukelo Erasmus (general secretary), Lulama Mdlankomo (deputy chairperson), Nazir Shaikh (chairperson), David Jackson (treasurer) and Fundiswa Nyamakazi (minutes secretary). this issue as a matter of importance. The DLGTA, as a support team to the municipality, is working to assist ratepayers in getting the municipality to reduce

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rates. “We are hopeful of some relief,” said Shaikh. Examples of so called “mistakes” were pointed out on the valuation roll. Inconsistencies, high valuations and discrep-

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ancies in property values were found when ratepayers undertook a comparative analysis of the 2008 roll and the current roll. Ratepayers found vacant sites in Harry Gwala valued from R30 000 to about R60 000, while other properties with RDP houses on were valued the same. Ratepayers have since 2013 been asking that this valuation roll be scrapped and that a full investigation be conducted into this matter. We trust that the discussions between the DLGTA and the ratepayers’ association will yield the desired results. The ratepayers association will be meeting with the public as soon as we have tangible responses from the DLGTA and the municipality. — Matatiele Ratepayers’ Association.

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FEVER reporter NTUNTU DWEBA asked residents about service delivery and other issues is in their area.

Sthembiso Nzimande (36) ‘Life has changed, people have no fear of travelling where they like. There is progress in the provision of basic services however, I would like to see the government paying more attention to youthskills development and that calls for introduction of FET colleges in all districts.’

‘There is now a food feeding scheme at schools. In the next five years I think the government should focus on creating work opportunities and continue to improve education standards.’

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>> King Edward High hockey and rugby teams triumphs and losses

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N 15 May King Edward High U14 girls’ hockey team played against Zhanokhanyo Baptist School. It was an enjoyable afternoon with a final result of 1-0 in KEHS’s favour. We thank Zhanokhanyo for travelling to Matatiele to play against us, as well as Miss Cronjé for refereeing the game. We look forward to more games against you. KEHS JP girls’ play St Patrick’s College The U7, U8 and U9 King Edward hockey girls played against St Patrick’s College on 13 May. The little ones enjoyed it thoroughly, even though they had some tight matches. The U7s won 1-0, U8s lost 0-3, and the U9s lost a close match of 4-3. Well done to all the girls who played. KEHS vs Underberg We travelled to Underberg on Monday 19 May to play hockey against Underberg Primary. The U11s were first to show what they are made of. Both the U11 and the U10 teams were very evenly matched.

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ABOVE: KEHS U13 hockey vs St Patrick’s College — Lukhona Ndumndum takes control of the ball. There were some hard games, but we managed to beat Underberg’s U11s with a close 3-2. KEHS’s U10s overpowered Underberg with a convincing 7-0. Thank you to Underberg for hosting us. KEHS U10 and U11 rugby boys Last Saturday 17 May, the U10 and U11 boys went to Ugie to play against Dortrecht. Unfortunately, we lost 10-5. Thank you to Uncle Shawn and Uncle Sakkie for their

RIGHT: KEHS U13 Rugby vs St Patrick’s College — Bulumko Mazwana has the try line on his mind.

coaching and the bus driver for getting us there and back safely. On Monday, 19 May, the boys played against Underberg Primary. We won 74-0 and everyone enjoyed the game. Thanks again to Uncle Sakkie and Uncle Shawn for their coaching and the parents for their support. KEHS vs St Monica’s U13 hockey Our U13 side won this fixture comfortably 10-1. — Supplied.

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Glitz and glamour at St Monica’s >> School hosts matric farewell ‘Masquerade Ball’

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AINT Monica’s finally had the opportunity of hosting our matric farewell ball for the first time. The theme was “Masquerade Ball”. As matriculants started arriving amid crowds of spectators, they were ushered into the lecture room where they were each given a mask of their choice. Shortly afterwards, they graced the rest of the guests, including parents, staff and board members with their presence in their beautiful outfits. Every young gentleman and lady from the 2014 matric class looked absolutely stunning. After speeches from the headmaster and head prefects, dinner was served which was followed by photographs and dancing. The following people are thanked fortheirtime,effortandcontributions made toward the success of the function: • Theme, décor and menus — Ms

S. Joubert, Ms N. Niehaus, Ms C. Boltman, Ms C. van Zyl. • Invitations — Ms S. Bloem • Belle’s Décor — tent, draping, centrepieces, crockery, cutlery, glasses and photo corner which looked beautiful and thanks to Bella and her staff for their professionalism throughout the preparation for the event. • MatatieleSpar–MrTandhisstaff for the generous donation of the vegetables for the supper. • Prestige Security – Bunty Viviers and his staff for the patience and expertisedisplayedthroughoutthephoto sessions. The photographs are most professional. Thanks are also extended to his staff for the security provided during and after the function. • Music — Qhayiya Nkomo. • Fundraising — Mrs P. Myburg, Mrs S. Letuka and the Grade 11 committee

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At the Masquerade Deputy head girl Kellen Ball Ngubo. are head girl Buyiswa Bam (right) and head boy Lutho Mbabala. • Catering — Yvonne Tatchell, Jackie Kok, Jamie Kok, René Kok, Yolanda Morrison, Gertrude Jacquire, Ronald Jacquire, Natasha van Wyhe, Belinda Rooi and Sasha Joubert. • Technical–MrR.DeBurgh.—Ms I. Conradie Rugby: first team vs Focused On Wednesday 14 May St Monica’s first team rugby boys played against Focused’s first team. The game was played in high spirits. In the end, St Monica’s won the match. Well done to both teams. — Mr A. Suddes. First and U15 rugby vs Kokstad Development Rugby On Saturday 17 May our first team team and U15 rugby boys played a match against Kokstad’s Rugby Development teams. It was a physical game but St Monica’s held on for the win. Both teams played their hearts out. — Mr A. Suddes.

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At the Masquerade Ball are head girl Buyiswa Bam (right) and head boy Lutho Mbabala.

Decent conversation AS the day descends, a winter night falls The cold at night it creeps, the freezing calls To face storms and survive, I am not afraid to walk tall The rise of great strength, to exercise our freedom we took to the polls It is a cold day to decide In our hearts the truth was kept inside Me and my conscience together side by side With the dawn of the sun, the only thing turning was the tide Embroided in a war of words I became patient as a fisherman carrying rods The age of enlightenment, to see you need to connect some dots The world of promiscuous behaviour, not a Bible prediction, these are my thoughts The seeds of capitalism, for power there is a rise in contestation My values and norms will never change even in this situation We need soldiers to march on and not to embrace this evil condition Between me and my Bible is a decent conversation — Sikhumbuzo Sethuntsa

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