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Residents at Zithulele Township in Butterworth may be evicted anytime from their houses after Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and the Mnquma Local Municipality failed to reach consensus it promised residents. The houses concerned are in the RDP form in the Zithulele Township. They were apparently built by ECDC in a bid to house its employers who were previously working on nearby industries. The residents were retrenched somewhere in 2006 by the ECDC. Residents now claim the ECDC is telling them they should pay up rents. This despite efforts made for the transfer of the ownership of the houses from ECDC to the Mnquma Local Municipality. The residents recently flocked to Ikamva LaseGcuwa offices after they were
“threatened” to be evicted from their houses with a deadline of February 14 2013. They said ECDC said it will hand over the houses to Mnquma, who will then allocate the title deeds to needy residents. “This has not happened. Instead we are being told we owe money ECDC despite our efforts of trying to convince ECDC that we can never be able to pay the amount it needs from us,” said one resident, who cannot be named. “The ECDC promised to give us the title deeds of these houses. We were then advised to apply for the title deeds and that was in 2007 and we did exactly that but ever since then we had never heard anything from the corporation,” said the resident. Residents claim they were once evicted on a period of three days from their houses in 2006. “We were left stranded and we went to ECDC and that was reversed,” said the resident.
Persona non grata: Zithulele residents fear being evicted again from their homes. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi
“We want ECDC to stop playing with our emotions and hand these houses to the Mnquma so that the latter can hand the houses to us. We really do not have money for that rent, to be honest,” claimed the other resident. Ikamva LaseGcuwa has copies of documents from the agencies writing on behalf of the ECDC summoning Zithulele residents to pay their rents which backdated from 2006. The amounts seen by Ikamva LaseGcuwa differ from R149 389.19 to R174 439.07. On these amounts, residents are urged to make arrangements with ECDC or else face consequences.
But Mnquma Local Municipality spokesperson Phumlani Gabazana nodded with residents on the issue of the title deeds. Gabazana said: “Mnquma municipal council passed a resolution on the October 15 2012 to the effect that ECDC must directly transfer the houses in Zithulele residential township to the rightful occupiers in terms of the provisions of the Housing Act 1997.In this regard the Municipality under took to assist ECDC and the housing beneficiaries to secure housing subsidies from the Department of Human Settlements.” Please see page 15 for ECDC Comments.
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NPA and SAPS join hands to improve their services
While thousands around the world celebrated Valentine’s Day, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in conjunction with South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Butterworth cluster made history by launching its first ever floating trophy project. According to regional Senior Public Prosecutor Frans Dlamini the project came as they looked at challenges that the court together with the police are facing. “We hold meeting every month to see how we doing, so we can strategise to improve our service,” said Dlamini. He said that they were launching the floating trophy project of which they funded it from their own pockets to create a competitive environment that will improve their services. There were four trophies presented at Butterworth court where this remarkable gathering took place. The winners were announced by Dlamini, who said that they assessed the winners according to finalisation rate and convictions of trials and also performance rate of police stations supporting the courts. Best District Court for January went to Butterworth court C and was handed over to the prosecutor of that court and Msobomvu Police station won best performing station for supporting the Butterworth district court. Best Regional Court for January was snatched by Willowvale regional court while Dutywa police took best performance by supporting the Willowvale regional court. These trophies will, according to Dlamini move from court o court and from police station to police station each month should the winners of January be passed by other courts in terms of conviction rate and finalising rate of trials. Words of wisdom were also shared to the prosecutors and men and women in blue by other stakeholders. Butterworth Magistrate Nomthandazo Vabaza said that she was very happy with the competitive spirit the NPA and SAPS were showing. She said that they
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Nurses’ complain of “strenuous work”
Amathole District Municipality’s annual report public hearing which was meant to table and discuss the report with the community of Mnquma was hijacked by service delivery complaints in Butterworth town hall recently. Community of Mnquma which flooded the town hall complained about basic service delivery such as sanitation, water, housing, roads, electricity and unemployment. Nohonest Mankayi from ward 12 said that they share only three taps in their village as a result some still go to the rivers and share that water with cows and horses. “We have a dam called Dyabho but still we don’t have enough taps” said Mankayi. She also complained about housing and claimed that some of her villagers live in unsafe and unhealthy homes. Sonwabo Nogqala from ward one complained about jobs. “I see and welcome the report but more youth needs to be employed as most of us stay in the townships and do nothing, we need jobs,” he said. Others echoed each other’s complaints until the end of the hearing. Cllr Siyabulela Genu who came on behalf of the ADM executive mayor said that what most of the community complained about was about Integrated Developmental Planning which was not tabled at these hearings as they were about the annual report. “We can’t respond to all these questions as we are not here for the IDP but we will take these complaints forward and liaise with our officials and Mnquma municipality,” said Genu.
Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana (left in front) and his spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo (right in front) and other health officials during an unannounced visit to Butterworth Hospital in 2011. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi SITHANDIWE VELAPHI
NURSES at Butterworth Hospital have complained of a “strenuous work” they had to carry before taking care of patients because of the lack of general assistants at the hospital. The nurses at Ward 2b at the rural based hospital said there is only one general assistant in their ward. They say if the general assistant if off duty, they are “forced to carry the duties of the assistants because there is no other person to do so.” “Our general assistant takes up to seven days when she is off duty. This is because she lives in a faraway place. We are then forced to look after patients’ linen and nutrition,” said one nurse, who refused to be named for fear of victimisation. “This then derail our normal procedures of taking care of our patients. If the general assistant is off duty we are then forced to take the linen to the laundry and make sure that others go to the kitchen to make sure breakfast is being prepared for patients. To be precise, this
then takes up to three hours before we could attend to patients,” said the nurse. The other nurse said despite their ward having seriously ill men, the nursing staff is forced to take up the “full responsibility of making sure that patients are clean before taking medication.” “Spiritually, we know that cleanliness plays a part for any patients’ medical performance. We are also aware that patients should take up a meal before taking medication. But be that as it may, this job, which is not on our description, takes a lot of our time we would have spent on patients. We also knock off so tired,” said the nurse. When Ikamva LaseGcuwa visited the ward after complaints from one patient and subsequently the nurses, it found linen lying unattended in the floor. There was a general assistant who was driving a trolley giving breakfast to patients. At the time of the visit, the ward had about 17 men, many of them in drips and looked seriously ill. “Whenever we had been tipped of an announced visit by MEC for Health (Sicelo Gqobana) the management would vis-
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Mnquma Local municipality does not attend Amathole District Municipality (ADM) meetings with other municipalities in the district, that was revealed at ADM annual report public hearings in Butterworth recently. Amathole councillors lashed out at Mnquma for not attending meetings, stating that the results of not attending will be poor service delivery as they (Amathole) are sometimes not aware of the challenges faced by the people of Mnquma. Mnquma does not only fail to attend meetings but it also failed to adopt its own annual report at a council meeting held on January 31. It is the only local municipality under Amathole who hasn’t tabled its annual report. This was confirmed by Councillor Tobeka Bikitsha who acted on behalf of the Mnquma executive mayor at the hearings. “Annual report is ready but we failed to adopt it at our council meeting in January,” said Bikitsha. The annual report looks back and
focuses on the municipality’s performance during the financial year that has just ended of which in this case it’s for 2011/2012. Mnquma council speaker Nomnikelo Magadla boldly admitted that Mnquma doesn’t attend meetings which made the community to howl at her seeking reasons. She said maybe they are not doing what they were elected to do by the public. According to chapter 12 of Municipal Financial Management Act (MFMA), section 121 states that every municipality and every municipal entity must for each financial year prepare an annual report in accordance with this Chapter. The MFMA also stresses that should the above be ignored the mayor must table a written explanation in council why the Annual Report is not forthcoming, the council must also request the speaker or another councillor to investigate, and council may order disciplinary steps against the accounting officer or other official responsible.
it each and every ward making sure that patients dressed in new linen. It is not as if we want this to be in the media, it is because we want the hospital to employ more staff to make sure that this put to rest,” said the nurse. In a one on one interview with Gqobana about the plight of the nurses at the hospital, the MEC said he was shocked about the matter. He quickly took his cellphone to call the aerial district manager (Sindisa Gede) and order her to speak with Ikamva LaseGcuwa journalist. Gede told Ikamva LaseGcuwa that she was aware of the situation at the ward. “We are restructuring in that ward and we are attending to that problem,” she said. The nurses at the ward refuted Gede’s claims. “There is no such. We don’t know of any restructuring taking place here. Let her solve this once and for all,” said one nurse. Gqobana surprisingly visited the Butterworth Hospital in February 2011, after he received complaints from patients of not being attended in time by doctors.
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Crime Report Jealousy, love and murder A wonderful night between the 25 year old Thembela Ngqengele and her 29 year old boyfriend Simphiwe Langa at Bawa Village, Butterworth turned horrific as they were both killed allegedly by Thembela’s second boyfriend. This gruesome murder took place at about 04 in the morning of February 10. Police say that the suspect, 35 year old Mteteleli Ndzuzo was alerted that the two were sleeping together. The jealous Ndzuzo allegedly went to their home where they were sleeping and severely hit them with a hard object. The two love birds died on the scene. Captain Jackson Manatha said that community members then hunted suspect after they learnt of the double murder. Ndzuzo was found within the Bawa Village. Ndzuzo appeared briefly before the Butterworth magistrate court on February 12 facing two murder charges. He also appeared on February 19. The magistrate ordered Ndzuzo to remain in custody
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Butterworth Police with Provincial Traffic officers kept on their toes on the weekend of February 22 when they arrested a total of ten drunken drivers around Butterworth town. The arrested motorists each spent four hours in the police holding cells before they were allowed to pay bail of R2000.The suspects are due to appear before the Butterworth magistrate court soon on charges of drunken driving.
Willowvale mentally challenged woman raped
Willowvale Police have arrested a 35 year old suspect for the alleged rape of a mentally challenged woman aged 26. The crime took place on February 14 during the day at Mission Location Fort Malan Village Willowvale. It is alleged that the victim was alone at the time as her mother was away. It is suspected that the suspect knew the victim was alone as
he also hails from the same village. Police say that the suspect was seen by community members jumping fence and running. He was identified by the community who gathered at the home of the victim where the latter broke the silence to them that she was raped by the suspect. Willowvale Police spent the rest of the Valentine’s Day searching for the suspect. He was arrested and charged with rape. The suspect appeared before the Willowvale magistrate court on Monday 18 February 2013 on a rape charge.
Decomposed body found on Valentine’s
Valentine’s Day was not as jolly as it should for some young boys of Bhungeni Informal Settlement in Butterworth as they found a dead body of a man believed to be between ages of 60-70. The body was found by these boys who were playing at about 4:30 in the afternoon of February 14. Police say the deceased was wearing brown trouser and his upper body was naked. They also found a smoking pipe next to him and tobacco boxer. The body of the deceased was partly decomposed. Butterworth SAPS have since opened an inquest docket. “We appeal to any family that might be looking for the relative of his description to contact Butterworth” said Captain Jackson Manatha of Butterworth Police.
Mission man killed at a tavern
A 20 year old man from Mission Village in Butterworth was attacked allegedly by three men at a tavern in Zithulele Township in Butterworth. This horrendous incident took place on a Saturday night of February 09. He was then rushed to Butterworth Hospital where he helplessly died of upper body injuries. Police have not yet established the motive behind the killing. Butterworth police arrested three suspects aged between 33 and 39 on February 10. The suspects appeared before Butterworth Magistrates Court on February 11 on charges of murder.
Young man died after accident
way to a school tournament. Police spokesperson Capt Jackson Manatha said: “It is alleged a 17 year old boy was transporting 26 learners from Ngqaqini JSS to Mente JSS at Willowvale on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at about 10h00. It is alleged that the 17 year old boy was transporting the learners in the bakkie of his father. It is not clear at this point in time what led to the accident as the bakkie did not collide with another vehicle but overturned.” Manatha said a a 20-year-old boy who was one of the passengers died at the scene and the rest of the learners were seriously injured including the 17 year old driver. They were all rushed to Butterworth hospital but others were treated and discharged. Seven of them are still hospitalised. A case of culpable homicide and driving without licence has been opened against the 17 year old boy. The father of the boy will be charged for allowing his son to drive his bakkie without a driving licence.
Detectives’ intelligence paid well
South African Police Service (SAPS) detectives in the Eastern Cape have been working around the clock, searching for two suspects allegedly involved in two shocking incidents of violence against women and children in the province, police said. The first suspect was arrested on February 11 at Jojweni Location Holela Village Centane for the alleged rape of a partially blind 100 year old Granny of Centane. This incident occurred on February 09 at about 22:00 at Jojweni Location Holela Village. The victim’s granddaughter noticed the suspect in her grandmother’s yard when she returned home that evening. The 28 year old suspect was taken in for questioning and will be officially charged when the preliminary forensic results are
received. In another incident, a 38 year old suspect was arrested by a detective task team on February 14 at about 17h30 at Magqudwana tip near Zizamele Township Butterworth for the alleged kidnapping and rape of his 12 year old niece. The victim went missing on her way to school on February 07 at Mzantsi Location Lower Mission Village, Butterworth. The perpetrator kept the victim against her will in a nearby forest for more than four days before she was rescued by a villager on February 11 at about 21:00 at Mzantsi Location Lower Mission Village, Butterworth. The Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta has commended the task team members or their dedication and the swift arrest of the suspects. “This should be sending a strong message that we will not tolerate gender based violence. Cases of this nature will be prioritized to ensure that safety is restored within our communities. I would also like to thank community members for working so closely with the police in these two cases,”she said.
Suspects cornered in Dutywa
Dutywa Police acted swiftly when they arrested two suspects aged 40 and 44 at Dutywa CBD area on February 26. Both men were arrested as they were driving a truck that was stolen at Motherwell Township Port Elizabeth. The truck was stolen at about 21h00 on February 25. The truck is valued at R500 000 (Five hundred thousand rand) and we don’t know where the suspects were driving it the truck to. Captain Jackson Manatha said: “The suspects will be charged with possession of a truck suspected to be stolen. The suspects will appear before the Dutywa and Motherwell magistrate courts soon once our investigations are complete.”
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Mbhashe political fiasco Following the ANC’s Lekgotla held recently in East London, the ANC endorsed that Mbhashe Local Municipality mayor Nonceba Olga Mfecane should be reinstated to her office with immediate effect. This after Mfecance was booted out of office by the council late last year amid allegations of incompetence. A Cope councillor in Mbhashe, Nkosinathi Ndlodaka, shared with us the happenings in the Dutywa based poorest council. The Congress of the People has learnt with shock that, on February 11 2013, ANC councillors and ANC members flocked in Mbhashe Municipality offices and chased away everyone who was in the building. The group chanted ANC revolutionary songs occupying every office in the building. Councillors who resisted leaving were alerted by group leader to leave before things gets worse. An ANC member known as Karoo called his rowdy group of about 30 people who claimed to be members of ANC and members of the community of Mbhashe and told them that their main business is to remove the eight members of the ANC who are expelled by the ANC and deliver their petition to the MEC for local government. Shockingly were the demonstration of cluelessness and a lack of leadership by the ANC members and councillors because the matter that they are acting upon is before ANC DC. COPE is aware that ANC councillors some who were exco members organised and funded the gathering in contravention with the gathering act .These ANC councillors were given their chance to lead but chose to mess. COPE is also aware that these ANC councillors are misleading the public for the sake of protecting and getting
back to their high salaries. Mbhashe Municipality has failed under Councillor Mfecane’s leadership because it was turned by the ANC into retirement village where retired ANC members are deployed and corruption topping the list. In another session of the gathering that was addressed by a member of the ANC who claimed to be finger-pointed by ANC provincial secretary to lead Mbhashe ANC, attended by local government and traditional and under the watchful eye of the police. In this session the name of the department of local government was cruising in the mud and it was not ashamed to accept and sign the petition and promote this kind of gathering. Police members remained principled when they refused to accept and sign the petition. It was in this session where derogatory statements were delivered to the group telling them that posts in the municipality belongs to them because they are members of the ANC. COPE will not be shocked if the department of local government and traditional affairs cannot take action against ANC councillors who organised and participated in an illegal gathering of which the department is an eye witness as it was present at the gathering that hijacked the Municipality where
Councillor Jamda and Councillor B. Sigcawu were called to the front and applauded. The actions of the MEC for local government Mlibo Qoboshiyane of endorsing the hijacking of Mbhashe Municipality by rowdy members of the ANC wearing ZumaNtashe t-shirts, who seem to be his political darlings is a sign of political immaturity at its peak. It is under MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane’s leadership where political infighting has turned to be the order of the day in the Eastern Cape Municipalities. The council, ratepayers, businesses and other stakeholders of Mbhashe wrote and invited the MEC to listen to their grievances but he never showed up, but when rowdy ANC members gather illegally he makes sure that they are attended and if that is the way he wants to be addressed surely he needs to be pulled off his tracks. It is getting clearer that a product of political controversy will always be surrounded by controversy. In our statement on December 07 2012 we said the ANC does not learn from its improper implementation of section 139 of the constitution and the MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane did not hesitate to prove us 100% correct when he had a wrong start in Mnquma. This poetic style of leadership by the MEC of
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Can’t put my finger on it It is on a sad note that we have in the past few weeks heard of horrendous spate of rapes and murder of women and children. What is most shocking is rape of kids by the their parents , uncles or relatives but most shocking is the rape of a hundred year old grandmother in Centane. Seemingly there is not cure available for this cancer that is eating our society, sense of reality as human beings and creation of God. One can count a number of actions taken to counter pandemic from prayers, marches, media condemnation to public disgust but nothing positive seems to come out of these. Have we lost it as people, nation and humanity ? What more can we do? Are we doing enough? or is the law failing us or us failing ourselves? Even when writing this piece I am sick to my stomach to hear reports of even sons raping their own parents. Are we losing the battle against crime or this a sign of an ending world as the Holy book says that in the end we will see, hear of things that we never even imagined in our life time. February is known as the month of “Love”, is it love for boyfriend? Girlfriend ? husband or wife?. What happened to love thy neighbour? Even the American music group Black Eyed Peas seem to have had a premonition with their record breaking song Where is the love. In one of their lyrics they ask “What’s happening to the world to the world mama”, I think they are spot on ,we need to look at ourselves, introspect or we will be recorded in as a generation that failed itself till the end. Join us in first issue around Municipal Matters reporting, keep those letters, invites and stories coming. Sivuyile Mbatha
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CHILD SAFETY AT HOME Child safety is an important issue. It is common for children to sustain the injuries at home. We, adults, are responsible for the children and should assure their safety at all times. First of all, children should not be left alone and should be supervised at all times. It is especially dangerous to leave older children to supervise younger ones as they may not understand what is safe and not safe and cause harm to the little ones unintentionally or wise versa. Drowning is a common cause of death in children under the age 5 and it may happen even to older kids who can swim. Small children can drown in a bucket of water, toilet bowl, sink, swimming pool. Avoid leaving the child near water unsupervised. It only takes a second for them get into trouble. Always close the swimming pool with a cover. The kitchen is full of hazards, so make sure that knives, forks, scissors and other sharp objects are put away and cannot be reached by a child. The stove and the kettle should not be accessible for a child. When cooking place all pot handles on the stove turned inward so the child cannot reach them. Unplug electric appliances when they are not in use. Store all medications, lighters, matches, dishwashing liquid, detergent, bug sprays, cleaning supplies, alcohol, plastic bags in lock up cabinet high up far from reach. Install childproof latches on all cupboard doors. Always fasten seat belt when the child in the high chair. The fires are common in winter and mainly By Nwabisa Pondoyi
“One drug addict affects 20 people directly; families suffer financially and are emotionally strained and because of drug addiction families are broken,” says Yolanda Wiid, an administration manager from Way Out Rehabilitation Centre. According to a survey conducted by Way Out, a Rehabilitation Centre based in Cape Town, out of five people who come seeking for help every day three range from ages 25 to 30 and one from 18 to 25. A 26-year old Fort Grey man who is addicted to drugs and didn’t want to be named, said: “I spend R100 every day to support my habit. I spend all my money on drugs and when I don’t have money I sell my possessions or steal just to buy drugs. I want to quit but I can’t. It’s not only my mind but my body that is addicted.” “This has affected my family in a very bad way, when I’m high I constantly fight with my aunt and I never remember anything I do when I’m high. I wish young boys could stay away from drugs because once you start it’s hard to get out.”
caused by heating devices. Make sure all radiators and heaters are covered with childproof screens. Place the haters at least 1 meter away from beds, curtains or anything flammable. Cover unused power outlets with safety plugs. Make sure there are no electrical wires running under the carpet. Position television and stereo equipment, booskshelves, furniture against the walls so it cannot be easily tipped. Always keep toilet and bathroom door closed. Unplug raizors, hair dryers, curling irons when they are not in use. Keep all cosmetics away from children in a lock up cabinet. Around the house make sure that the passages are clear of toys, objects, or anything blocking. Always keep the entrance door closed. Make sure that staircase is not slippery. Install childproof gates to stop the child accessing the staircase and other unsafe areas. Do not ever smoke around children. The most common time for the children to have accidents at home is during house renovations, moving the house, when the new baby comes home, and when the mother is sick. Be especially vigilant at these times. Never leave your child at home unsupervised, Even when they sleeping in the cot and you only step out for a few minutes there is a possibility that something might happen to you and you won’t return home as planned and your child will be terrified and in danger. Keep your home safe and supervise your child all times.
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Roger Weimann, a treatment counsellor from Sanca, an Alcohol and Drug Centre said: “About 40 to 50 people
come to our offices every day seeking help. Of these, about 10 begin the treatment but don’t follow through. Only 25 come for the treatment and follow through.” He said: “Drug addiction affects everyone the drug addict interacts with, but mostly their family. It causes a breakdown in trust and in communication. Some families end up cutting off the addicts because of the illegal activities they involve themselves in to feed their habit.” According to SAPS figures, 60 percent of crimes nationally were related to substance abuse. In the Western Cape the figure was closer to 80 per-
cent. The perpetrators of the crimes were either under the influence of drugs or trying to secure money for their next fix. Hazel Luphindo, from Mdantsane, mother of Luxolo Luphindo who was a drug addict, said: “Having a child who is addicted to drugs is heartbreaking. Luxolo used to listen until he started using drugs. In trying to support his habit last year he was involved in a break-in which resulted in his immature death at only 21.” “Not only did I lose my son because of drugs but relationships were also broken,” added Luphindo. The compulsive use of any substance despite its negative and dangerous effects has become one of the social threats that mandate attention. What starts with trying to taste once grows and roots down to a point where one cannot live without the drugs and because of this addiction families are broken, dreams are shuttered and sometimes lives are lost. According to the site www.addictionsconsellor.com, no single factor can predict whether a person will be addicted to drugs or not. – WSU-SNA
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General Status This category B municipality falls under the jurisdiction of the Amathole District Municipality (ADM) and comprises of an amalgamation of the former Butterworth, Ngqamakhwe and Centane TRC’s. Mnquma Municipality shares borders with three other local municipalities i.e. Mbhashe, Intsika Yethu and Great Kei Municipality. This also includes a number of previously administered rural areas. It is approximately 32 995 240 square kilometres and consists of 31 wards. Mnquma Local Municipality has a total population of approximately 297 663 people, 99% of which are Xhosa speaking African. The remaining 1% of the population includes English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Sesotho speaking people. The municipality comprises of 54% female and 46% male of the total population and consists of approximately 75 410 households. Section 139 (3) (b) should be read with section 139 (1) (a), (b), (c)which provides for the powers the Provincial Executive may exercise in intervening and taking steps to ensure the fulfilment of an obligation by the Municipality Council in terms of the Constitution or a legislation (law). Where a municipality cannot or does not fulfil an obligation in terms of legislation (law) or the constitution, the Provincial Executive may take the following steps, although not limited to: 1. Alerting the municipality to the extent of the failure and any steps to correct that failure
GOVERNANCE HISTORY STATUS QUO OF MUNICIPALITY The term 2011 to 2016 in the Mnquma Local Municipality has never had any stability to date. The municipality is comprised of Butterworth, Centane and Ngqamakwe. The political squabbles date back when municipality speaker Nomnikelo Magadla claimed, in one of the interviews with Ikamva LaseGcuwa, she was made “a lone woman” in her office. The speaker claimed she was denied given and “secretary and a manager” by the municipality. She said this made work difficult for her as she has to do “everything” by herself. Then from what was anticipated, prior to 2011 Local Government Elections, as the unifying force between mayor Bhabha Ganjana and Magadla turned sour. The unifying force because the two had promised people of Mnquma that they will bring unit into the council following years of differences and squabbles before their term of office. Instead the community of Mnquma has seen two political camps
in the municipality, one loyal to Magadla and the other to Ganjana. Ganjana, on the other side, has maintained that he is open to work with everyone “including my enemies in the council.” At this stage it is not clear what will bring stability to Mnquma. MEC for Local Government Mlibo Qoboshiyane has provided the municipality with acting municipal manager Monde Sondaba up until the end of May. This has left former municipal manager Ngamela Phakade in the cold. Phakade and some of the executive directors, whose contracts were renewed without the blessings of Magadla, has had their contracts declared illegal by Qoboshiyane. The municipality was recently threatened with evoking of Section 139 1 c by the provincial government but this has not yet to come to effect as the municipality was given an option to write to the department of Local Government detailing why it should not be placed under administration.
ANC councillors in the troubled Mnquma Local Municipality had been involved in continuous infighting and court battles since the days of the controversial mayor Anthony Bam. This led to the then Butterworth Municipality being taken over by the provincial government and the National Council of Provinces in terms of section 139 of the Constitution in 1996. As the first municipality to be run under this arrangement in the history of the democratic South Africa, then local government MEC Smuts Ngonyama "put aside the councillors and removed Bam while installing an administrator to run the affairs of the municipality.” In March 2009, Sicelo Shiceka, the late Minister of Cooperative Gorvenance and Traditional Affairs, accompanied by the then MEC for Lcoal Government, Tokozile Xasa, placed the municipality under administration citing corruption and maladministration. That only lasted for a week as ANC councillors contested and won that in courts. The intervention by the national government in 2009 sparked calls for the formation of Mnquma Concerned Residents which pressed for more transparency and service delivery. From the mayors Anthony Bam to Ndileka Ndindwa and from Ndyebo Skelenge to Mabone Duna. From Mbasa Ntongana to Nomlindo Dyantyi and Bhabha Ganjana (current mayor). All of them had never had stability. They had to convince courts of their legitimacy to be mayors fit to hold offices.
Section 139. Municipal Systems Act
2. Assume responsibility of that municipality to maintain national standards or established minimum standards for service delivery 3. Prevent that Municipality Council from taking unreasonable action prejudicial to the province or other Municipality. 4. Maintain economic unity. The dissolution of the Municipality Council by the Province and appointment of an Administrator until a new Council is elected, occurs if exceptional circumstances warrant such an action.(for exceptional circumstances that may lead to a dissolution, see section 139 (4) and (5) of Const.
Senior State Law Advisor at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Advocate Vulindlela Matai speaking in his personal capacity to Ikamva explained the section. Q. Can the Province take over after the Municipal Council has responded? A. the decision to take over will be guided by whether the Municipality has failed to correct whatever the Provincial Executive instructs them. In a case where exceptional circumstances (kwangqingetye) are identified by the Provincial Executive, a takeover will be effected. So this basically means the takeover
is discretion of the Provincial Executive. Q. Can the decision of the Provincial Executive be contested at Court? A. Section 167 (4) (a) of the Constitution allows for disputes in the National and Provincial spheres to be referred to the Highest Court in the land (Constitutional Court). It is advisable that before this step is taken, the following is done: Issues that involve ANC structures and bodies of governance within, should first be referred and resolved at Luthuli House before any other forum is approached (refer to ANC Constitution)
It is also imperative upon good governance that spheres of the government should firstly strive to solve issues amongst themselves before Courts can be approached. Q. When can the Province take over after announcing its intention to take over? A. sec. 139 (3) provides that the Province must first issue a notice to dissolve the Council to MEC for Local Govt (Mlibo), Provincial Parliament and National Council of Provinces. The dissolution will occur within 14 Days from receipt of the Notice by the Council. The takeover can only be set aside by Mlibo or the Council before the 14 days expires.
Biography of James Sofasonke Mpanza The outbreak of World War II and the conscription whites into the army created a demand for labour that could only be met by blacks migrating to the urban areas. With influx control regulations in place, the number of blacks allowed to enter Johannesburg was restricted. In order to attract a large pool of labour, influx control measures needed to be removed. In 1942 General Smuts’ United Party (UP) government passed the War Measures Act, which included the lifting of influx control regulations to meet increasing demand for labour. This allowed tens of thousands, mainly families, to migrate to the cities, and to Johannesburg in particular. Consequently, Orlando’s subtenant population grew exponentially during this period. And yet, the UP government was reluctant to build more houses to accommodate the growing number of subtenants. By the end of the war in 1945, overcrowding in Orlando had reached crisis proportions. Typically, subtenants were relatives of resident families in Orlando, living in hastily constructed backyard shacks. The Sisulu family home in Phomolong Orlando West was one of those where relatives moved in. As Walter Sisulu recalled, his two roomed house had relatives staying with him. In this two roomed house Sisulu accommodated his uncle’s family, including his cousins. And probably in these instances tensions were rare and where they surfaced could be amicably resolved. In other cases families accommodated complete strangers, increasing the possibility of ten-
sions and conflicts between hosts and subtenants. This gradually led to animosity between Orlando’s legitimate and legal tenants and their subtenants. James “Sofasonke” Mpanza helped to break the housing backlog by allowing squatters to build shacks It was into this potentially explosive environment that the self styled messiah, James Sofasonke Mpanza made his impact. Originally from Natal, and with a history of murder, Mpanza converted while in prison. When released he became a lay preacher and leader of thousands of disgruntled subtenants in Orlando. Mpanza established the Sofasonke Party which took part in elections to the Native Advisory Board. Mpanza added his voice to the appeal for more houses to be built. When the JMC ignored these appeals, Mpanza decided to take drastic steps. In March 1944 Mpanza had become disillusioned with peaceful appeals for more houses and called for a more daring approach to force the JMC to heed the subtenants’ demand for houses. Perched on a horse Mpanza led hundreds of subtenant families across the railway line to vacant land in what is today Orlando West. Mpanza and his followers, members of the Sofasonke Party forcibly occupied the piece of land and erected fragile structures made of sacking material. Because of the sack material used to erect the structures, the camp became known as “Masakeng”. The group, appearing belligerent and menacing, adopted the slogan “si ya o ghoba si ya o ghebula umhlaba ka mas-
pala”. (This translates to “we are digging and we are seizing municipal land. The slogan was later adopted as a war song by Orlando Pirates, a soccer team formed in the township in 1937). Mpanza’s action was directed at the JMC. He had hoped that the forcible occupation of land would force the JMC to undertake a housing programme and provide his supporters with accommodation. The JMC remained steadfast in its refusal to expand the township’s housing programme. However, it was the CPSA and the ANC that condemned Mpanza as an opportunist using his supporters for his own nefarious ends. Mpanza became a tyrannical administrator of the camp, collecting rent and presiding over cases to prosecute those accused of criminal offenses. The ANC and CPSA continued their condemnation of Mpanza in successive Advisory Board meetings. Mpanza responded to this criticism by threatening ANC and CPSA members with violence and at one stage locked them out of the Orlando Communal Hall, the venue for Advisory Board meetings. Masakeng was condemned as a health hazard. During winter and rainy seasons the hessian sacks used to erect the structures exposed residents to the elements. Considering that many of the families had children and infants, the mortality rate at Masakeng became unbearable. This and Mpanza’s excesses in administering justice and possible embezzlement of funds flowing from exorbitant rentals he charged residents became the hub of ANC and CPSA criticism of Soweto’s messiah. The JMC responded more creatively to Mpan8 Page 14
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Up and closer with Jiya Baxolile Jiya is like chalk and cheese compared with his peers as he is into news and current affairs. He is the producer; reporter and presenter of the flagship current affairs programme “Indaba Ngobunjalo Bazo” on Khanya FM Radio from 6-7 pm from Tuesday to Thursdays. He’s also in charge of the weekly current affairs programme “Uphengululo Lwendaba” from 6:30 to 7 every Saturday morning. As a young boy growing up at Ngxalathi Village in Butterworth, Jiya was very much into soccer which earned him the name “Nldovu”. “I loved soccer but I had to quit the sport due to some reasons,” he said.
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This month our focus will be on working and studying; this can be a very viable option for people who cannot afford to study full time, whether due to limited financial or other resources. The biggest advantage of this option is that you are gaining work experience while studying, and some of the situations encountered at work can be utilized as examples in assignments and tests; and where possible, you can apply some of the theories taught in lectures/textbooks to your
work life. Having said that, working and studying is not easy and can prove difficult if you haven’t adequately planned for it. The difficulty lies in managing two serious commitments, that of working and the other of studying and being dedicated to each one. This can be very tiring, thus time management is critical in ensuring success in each one. The following are very important to ensure success: - Time management
This is the most important element of working and studying; you
have to set aside specific time for going to work and time for studying. This entails drawing up a timetable specifying which hours you’ve set aside for studying. The specific time to chosen will differ from individual to individual as family structures and demands differ but the usual thing to do is to set aside a few hours an evening to focus on your studies; the number of hours assigned to studying can range between 2-6 hours depending on how demanding your course is. Stick to your timetable, and adjust it as the demand for your course changes
- Inform both your boss and family of your commitments
Allocate a specific area within your home for studying and put all your books, timetable and desk at this space. This helps you mentally focus on your studies once you enter the assigned area and if you have family members you live with, they will respect that space as your study area.
Working and studying can be lonely and you can feel isolated as if you are the only experiencing this pressure. Try remembering that you are not alone and that you have classmates who are going through exactly the same thing. It will be very beneficial if you keep in touch.
- Allocate a specific area for studying
If your studies are not through your work, it is advisable to inform your manager that you are studying. This will assist you on those days when you have to leave work early to go write a test/exam. It makes studying easier when you have the support of your manager. Likewise, it is advisable to inform your family what changes will now take place in your life now that you are working and studying including letting them know your study hours and allocated study space. Keep in touch with classmate
Teaching an underrated career “An increase in the teachers’ salaries would be the only way to motivate young people to take teaching as a field they want to study for”
By Sibusiso Menzelwa
The teaching profession seems to be the least favourite among young people entering tertiary level. Pamela Mabengwana Mtotywa works as the assistant manager for the faculty of education at University of Fort Hare in East London. She says that she does not understand why so many applicants come to apply for teaching as their last option: “It is an important job, it is where everything starts.” “Applicants usually come when they have been rejected by other departments.” She also said that teachers in the country leave to work abroad because the government does not pay teachers enough. “An increase in the teachers’ salaries would be the only way to motivate young people to take teaching as a field they want to study for,” she said. A report by the South African Council for Educators (SACE) says that according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2004, since 1990 there has been a marked increase in the international migration of highly-skilled people in three sectors, one of them being the teaching sector. High school learners gave their reasons for disliking the profession and not considering it as a field to study at University. Twenty-year-old Sifiso Tyomfi and 21-year-old Siphe Songoni who are both in grade 12 at the Centre of Excellence in East London said teachers teach a lot of children who come from different backgrounds along with different issues and as a teacher you have to deal with that stress.
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Another reason they mentioned was that teachers are not paid well enough for the work they do. “I wouldn’t work for so little money and I disagree with whoever says that teaching is an important profession because one does not need to have an education to make a living, you could just start a business.” There are those citizens who do not even feel the need to be educated because they live in a country with a president who has a low education level. “Our president, Jacob Zuma does not have a proper educational level for the position he holds,” said Sifiso Tyomfi. Akhona Blou is doing her third year in teaching at the University of Fort Hare. “I was inspired by my high-
school teacher’s passion. In this course we do training and I love teaching especially children from disadvantaged schools because to see that they appreciate being taught something new gives me joy.” She says she wishes to bring life into teaching. She said her mother was shocked when she told her that she had decided to study teaching. Ms N Mhlope has a daughter in matric. “I would be reluctant to encourage her to study teaching because children these days are disrespectful to their teachers. There’s little money in that field and there are many other difficulties teachers are faced with like having learners from disadvantaged homes who then struggle to focus at school.” – WSU-SNA
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za threat. It established a site and service scheme in Moroka, attracting hundreds of home seekers. The site and service scheme was provided with water and other amenities and was laid out more neatly than Masakeng’s hastily constructed structures. And as the Moroka site and service scheme grew in popularity, hundreds left Masakeng and headed there. Alongside Mpanza’s squatter movement others emerged in other parts of Johannesburg. In Pimville, Abel Ntoi led a group of followers who also occupied municipal land following the JMC’s reluctance to build more houses. In Newclare west of Johannesburg, yet another squatter movement emerged, demanding houses for tenants and subtenants of the freehold township. Many of those in Ntoi’s squatter movement opted for the JMC’s site and service scheme in Moroka. The emergence and growth of sites and service schemes marked the end of squatter movements. By 1947 squatter movements had run their course and the country’s attention was drawn to the upcoming general elections in 1948. The elec-
tion was contested on a number of issues, including the most desirable measures to be adopted to stem the tide of urban migration by black people. The Nationalist Party (NP) under D. F. Malan promised to bring back influx control regulations, and to tighten them and restrict the number of black people entering the urban areas. The NP emerged victorious in the elections and formed a government based on the principle of apartheid. The apartheid government passed a number of laws, institutionalizing racial segregation. These included the Group Areas Act of 1950, which provided for the removal of “black spots” in areas adjacent to cities. It is under this piece of legislation that Sophiatown was destroyed and residents resettled in Meadowlands. In 1952 the NP government passed the Native Laws Amendment Act which prohibited rural migrants from moving to urban areas. In the meantime, the site and service schemes proved to be more enduring than Mpanza’s Masakeng. Living conditions in the site and service schemes remained appall-
ing. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was commissioned to draw up a plan of the type of houses that could be provided for Soweto’s population. The CSIR produced a standard design for a four-roomed house of 40 sq m, known as the 51/6 plan. The plan was implemented in Soweto from 1955, providing a serviced site and allowing occupants to erect shacks until the formal house was built. It is from these initiatives that, by the end of 1956, the townships of Tladi, Zondi, Dhlamini, Chiawelo and Senoane had been laid out. These were followed in 1957 by the establishment of new townships of Jabulani, Phiri and Naledi. Many of the temporary shelters in Moroka and Orlando were now cleared. It is significant that the JMC (renamed the Johannesburg City Council or JCC) was dominated by the UP. The UP was reluctant to implement policies of the NP in Johannesburg, and always sought alternative ways of housing the black population under its jurisdiction. One of its strategies was to approach business to help with the provision of housing for black people in Johannesburg.
It was against this backdrop that JCC’s manager for Native Affairs, W. J. P. Carr invited Sir Ernest Oppenheimer to Soweto to see the appalling conditions. He was so moved that he arranged for the mining sector to provide a £3 million loan from the mining houses for the construction of houses and as a result a massive construction programme was launched. The Minister of Native Affairs, Dr. H. F. Verwoerd reacted angrily to these developments. Verwoerd accused Carr of failing to report that the conditions attached to a £3 million loan granted by the mining companies were not being met. But the JCC continued to administer black townships in Johannesburg independently of the central government, to the NP’s annoyance. It was only when the NP established the Native Resettlement Board (NRB) that it managed to bring some of Soweto’s townships under the jurisdiction of the central government. And for the first time in 1972, all of Soweto’s locations were brought under
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by Sithandiwe Velaphi
Take my personal account
Recently, I visited the Port Elizabeth area for the coverage of both the funeral and the memorial service of the slain model Reeva Steenkamp. I was bit nervous owing to the contingent of the media both from local and abroad. I arrived late at night on February 18 in Port Elizabeth. The funeral (on cremation form) was going to be held the following day. I waited for sometime after making the call to the person designated by Sylvester Guest House to pick me. That night I was going to stay with the Sylvesters at Mill Park. Sylvesters because they are a family business and that is probable why I am writing this column. Boy! I was impressed by their service and above all their living. The guest house is owned by the couple, Tony and Sylvia Sylvester. For this column I will not write about what do they offer in their breakfast menu, nor
will I write how comfortable are their beds or how nice are their showers or the pool. I will not write about how wonderful is their communication with their client, which is me. I want to write about something that fascinated me in that despite their age, they are still going strong and active in their business. How old are they? You wonder. Firstly let me share my personal account. My grandfather Miles Zwelidumile “Nxibazisale” Velaphi was born in 1932 and died in 1998 at the age of 66. My great grandfather Edward “SakaNgqungani” Velaphi was born in 1914 and died in 1981 at the age of 67. Ukhokho (Edward) is son to my brave and living ancestor Velaphi, who left the Elliotdale area in the late 1800s, to reside in Cofimvaba for a while and then permanently to Dutywa where he is buried. My father Halubhe Lifanele Velaphi still works in the Gauteng province and is now at the age of 52. Both Miles and Edward (sorry to name them) died of natural causes at the age less than 70. They were, like me, servants of this country. In other words they were the workers
of this world to sustain our family. They died after they had long retired. But the contrary is that Tony at the age of 85 and Sylvia at the age of 76 are still going strong in their business. The couple also have a transportation service, by their own cars, on request and that is why Tony, after 9pm that night, went to pick me. Tony drives like a middle-age man and you can swear he is at 50 but no he is 85. I spoke about the communication and I can tell they are so excellent. They are open to clients. They knew they had secured a business from a journalist in me and no wonder they spoke so open about the challenges facing the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, the case against Oscar Pistorious, the fraud and corruption in both the government and the private sector and most importantly to me, why they are no longer interested in reading the newspapers. They will not even read this but they will because I will email them. I thought of writing this because I was left, after staying and chatted to the couple, ashamed of the consequences that my community will still live
Interview with ECDC regarding the Zithulele issue on our front page on this issue
Sithandiwe Velaphi (SV): What is the ECDC's knowledge of the title deeds matter? Has the ECDC been in talk with the municipality (Mnquma) and what is process like (of giving the municipality the houses for ownership)? Nopasika Mxunyelwa (NM)-ECDC spokesperson: ECDC can confirm that it holds the title deeds to the aforementioned Zithulele properties. ECDC is engaged in talks with various state entities with the necessary competencies to find the best means of disposing of these properties in accordance with Public Finance Management Act regulations. These negotiations involve third parties and are still at a sensitive stage. SV: Now that ECDC wrote "Final Demand" on the issue of rent to residents, what will be the next step? NM: With regards to the letters of demand, please note the following: • ECDC owns 105 properties in Zithulele with average monthly rentals ranging between R90 and R380. • Long outstanding debt amounts to R4,8 million. • ECDC, through its coordinators has been in consultation with the tenants in an attempt to recover outstanding rent • ECDC has offered tenants settlement arrangements to reduce their outstanding arrears. ECDC has given written notice for the recovery of the long outstanding rentals • Visits have been made on a regular basis by ECDC staff to deliver updated statements, and reminders. • ECDC continues to entertain individual tenants who come and negotiate debt and arrear rental settlement deals, and these are dealt with on a case by case basis. • ECDC has intensified its efforts to recover the long outstanding debts in accordance to PFMA and internal ECDC policies.
under if they are not equipped and capacitated enough for the business world. They (Sylvesters) said they are not coming from the rich family. They say they had worked their way up. They say they had been in business for over 30 years now. They could not tell me of their assertion that Black people are still to suffer other than to say the “corrupt officials had robbed people of their rights.” They also blame civil servants of not taking their jobs seriously. Sylvia said: “I went to Nelson Mandela Bay Metro one day to report roots of the trees that were fast making their way and cracking our yard. I feared that this could endanger my clients while on walkways. I also feared for the cracks in our house. The lady that was to take my concern could not take me serious. It was not lunch time but the lady was eating too much food and busy chatting to her friend. She could not take me serious till I approached her senior who then ordered the parks department to come and assess my concern.” The couple also told me they were planning for a retirement in Seaview also in PE. They said
they are planning to sell their business. “We got the buyer but it want to buy it cheaper. Look at my belongings, they are so expensive,” said Tony. I hope you got me correctly; they are still planning to retire. Sylvia is at 76 and Tony at 85. “We hope you will book to us again before we retire this year,” they said. Now what I wanted to share with you is that we cannot all be, like Zwelidumile and SakaNgqungani, be the workers of this world. We need to take ownership of business and make it work. We need to be in business and turn things around. You will ask, how am I going to start. Do the research and start the business, but not on corrupt means because the Sylvesters hate that. Good luck if you want to start your own business and make it work but hard luck if you think business is tenderpreneurship. What happened at Reeva’s funeral, who was allegedly shot and killed by paralympian Oscar Pistorious, you wonder. It was quiet and emotional. People attended only by invitation. I helped the Swedish journalist on the spelling of Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor’s surname. The surname was that of Nancy Sihlwayi.
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