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Farmers OBSERVER raise concerns with Premier Oktober 10, 2013

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Lede van die Dameskring Eerstegoud en ondersteuners van die Pienk Bome vir Paulineprojek by die kremetartboom in Groblerstraat, oorkant Motor City wat in pienk getooi is.

RC MYBURGH >>rc.observer@gmail.com

Besighede gevra om Pienk Bome-projek te steun MARIËTTE SNYDER >> mariette.observer@gmail.com Ouetehuise, motorhandelaars, individue en skole ondersteun die Pienk Bome vir Paulineprojek wat ten bate van kankerlyers aangepak is. Me Annemarie Bakker van die Dameskring Eerstegoud sê hulle het sedert die begin van die projek sowat drie weke gelede, 3 000 m pienk materiaal teen R20 per meter verkoop. “Ons draai boomstamme vir ‘n vale toe. Die stad se inwoners ondersteun die projek ongelooflik goed en ons is dankbaar vir almal wat ‘n verskil aan kankerlyers se lewens wil maak,” vertel sy. Sy doen egter ‘n beroep op besighede in die stad wat nog nie by die projek betrokke is nie om materiaal te koop en deel van die projek te word. Bakker en lede van die Dameskring is smid-

dae van 14:00 by hul uitstalruimte by Mall of the North voor Game beskikbaar of sy kan by 082 484 6267 geskakel word. Die Dameskringlede sal die materiaal aflewer en die boomstamme toedraai. Teen einde Oktober kan ondersteuners die materiaal van die boomstamme verwyder en aan die plaaslike Polokwane Kinder- en Gesinsorgvereniging skenk. Me Lorette Bosch, kantoorhoof van die vereniging sê hulle is dankbaar vir die skenking en beplan om ‘n projek aan te pak wat vroue in die stad sal bemagtig. “Dit is ‘n groot geskenk wat ons goed sal gebruik. Van die materiaal sal aan ander behoeftige organisasies in die stad geskenk word wat weer op hul beurt hul inwoners of werknemers kan bemagtig.” Op 18 Oktober sal die geld wat met die projek ingesamel is, aan verskeie organisasies wat na kankerlyers omsien, geskenk word.

Water pumped 24/7 but reservoirs remain low RC MYBURGH >>rc.observer@gmail.com Despite Polokwane Municipality pumping water from its various resources on a 24-hour basis reservoir levels remain low, possibly as result of residents continuing to waste water. Municipal Spokesperson, Mr Matshidiso Mothapo stated that an average of 63,6 mega litres of water is pumped from the Ebenezer Dam, Olifantspoort Water Scheme, Dap Naudé Dam and the city’s boreholes daily.

“All the sources pump around the clock. Any interruption of any kind at one of the sources creates a water supply shortage for the city,” he said, urging residents to keep on using water sparingly. On Monday Polokwane’s 50 mega litre reservoir held only 27% water with the new and old 30 mega litre capacity reservoirs at a low of 26% and 29% respectively. The Potgieter Avenue reservoir stood at 50% of its capacity while the one in Seshego held only 11% water.

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n Premier Stanley Mathabatha’s 108th day since his inception he met with commercial farmers from Limpopo at the Transvaal Agriculture Union (TAU) community hall just outside Polokwane last week in order to establish a better relationship between government and the farming community. Mathabatha was accompanied by MEC for Safety, Security and Liaison, Ms Joyce Mashamba. Spokesperson for the Premier, Mr Kenny Mathivha afterwards said the gathering was successful and that parties were satisfied with the outcome. “The farmers raised issues on safety and security of farmers and their families as well as the situation of land claims. Land claims especially had farmers concerned about their future as food producers but the Premier assured them that no illegal claims would be tolerated,” Mathivha said. He added that Mathabatha noted that the province’s farmers need to be protected at all times to ensure sufficient food supply for the future. Farmers cited their concerns about water licences as limited water supply influences their ability to produce; mining in the Musina region and a good relationship between farmers, Police and farm workers.

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“Farmers pleaded that the Police’s response time should be quicker and that more patrol vehicles should be made available within the farming community. It was also noted that the Police negligently lose case files which handicaps farmers when doing follow-ups on cases reported,” Mathivha said. Mathabatha emphasised that farmers should maintain a good relationship with their workers and report all kinds of crimes, no matter how small. He added that a water indaba is soon to be held in conjunction with the Deapartment of Agriculture where water issues will enjoy priority. Former MPL and initiator of the gathering, Mr Danie Botha said the meeting was informative and farmers appreciated Mathabatha’s efforts to listen to their concerns. He said that Mathabatha admitted that farmers are Limpopo’s food providers and that his door will remain open at all times for farmers in the province. “Future meetings will also be conducted when issues such as safety and security of farmers will be discussed in detail. Former Premier Cassel Mathale had no communication channel between government and farmers while Mathabatha was immediately eager to meet with farmers,” Botha said praising the Premier for his effort.

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Ms Joyce Mashamba (MEC for Safety, Security and Liaison), second from left, Premier Stanley Mathabatha, third from left, and Mr Danie Botha who initiated the meeting with members of Transvaal Agriculture Union last week.

Polokwane observer 10102013  

Polokwane observer 10102013