COUNCILLOR LAMBASTS TRIBAL TALK


Councillor Margaret Letsoalo, a member of the executive committee of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality has lambasted a speaker who used tribal connotations when raising a concern during a Mayoral imbizo today at Mhlava Cross.
The speaker asked why ward 32 was led by a Pedi Councillor instead of a Tsonga speaking Councillor. Letsoalo said it was disappointing that after 1994 people were still divided across tribal lines. She said the dawn of democracy signaled the end of tribalism and people should be embarrassed to use tribalism in any circumstance.
She said those aiming at sowing divisions usually use tribal connotations to incite people


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MUNICIPALITIES PROMISE TO ADDRESS COMMUNITY OUTCRY ABOUT WATER


Residents of Mhlava Cross have blasted government for poor supply of water in the village. Speaker after speaker complained about poor delivery of water in the area. They spoke about inconsistent distribution of water through mobile tankers and disfunctional boreholes.
Responding to the questions, Mopani District Municipality member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) Councillor Sefufi said the district municipality was conducting an audit into the boreholes throughout the district to identify nonfunctional boreholes. She said that a transformer and cable were stolen before the borehole could even be commissioned for use.
Councillor Thomas Mushwana also responding to questions about water said that pipelines were being vandalized by residents and water supply was affected.


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FIRST LADY CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY AT YINGISANI


The First Lady of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality Mme Precious Mangena celebrated her 44th Birthday today with learners from Yingisani Special School just outside Nkowankowa.
During the celebration she donated sanitary towels to learners and Shared her birthday cake with learners and stuff at the school. Mangena said that she choose to celebrate her birthday with learners from Yingisani because in most cases they are taken granted.
Mangena said the learners are very special to her and that she will continue to advocate for their rights as well as other vulnerable groups . Yingisani Special School is for children who cannot hear or talk.
In 2018, Mangena celebrated her birthday with learners from Letaba Aftercare. Letaba Aftercare is a school for children with physical disabilities.
Report by Mduduzi Mkhabela


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"Greater Tzaneen Municipality values Agriculture"says Mayor Maripe Mangena


Mayor Maripe Mangena said that GTM takes agriculture seriously, hence the Tzaneen Agricultural Expo was established six years ago to promote farming and offer a helping hand to uplift struggling farmers.
Mangena addressed farmers, businesses, government officials and politicians at this year's Tzaneen Agricultural Expo Gala dinner that was held at Karibu Leisure Resort on Wednesday, 2 September 2019.
The Mayor continued to say that the municipality has invested and will continue to invest in local farming which he believes has yielded positive results, referring to the donation of R100 000 worth of seedlings that has accumulated to R400 000 revenue for the beneficiaries .
"We would be pleased to see the University of Limpopo open an Agricultural branch in Tzaneen to keep this legacy alive" suggested the Mayor to Professor Elliott Zwane who was introduced as one of the partners who has actively participated in the initiative from the beginning.
The annual Agricultural Expo that was first held in 2014 was held at Tzaneen Country Lodge for two days from 1 to 2 October . The Agricultural sessions in the words of Nontokozo Zwane Manager at the Department of Agriculture in Tzaneen " is meant to bring established institutions in agriculture to share knowledge , skills and ideas with the rest of the farming community that will help them to grow their business ".
Reputable companies such as ABSA, Santam, Limpopo Tomatoes Growers Association, WD Seedlings, Epol, Vumelani and Limpopo Fresh Produce Market were invited to share information on funding, local gap certification, insurance, skills development and general opportunities for farmers.
According to Benjamin Mathebula, GTM Director for Planning and Economic Development "The Agricultural Expo will conclude in an Agri-Expo Golf tournament on the 11th of October 2019, the purpose of the tournament is to raise funds for the farmers needs".


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