The Mayor and MEC for Transport agree to resume operations at Nkowa-Nkowa Testing station


Mayor and MEC for transport agree to resume operations at Nkowankowa Testing station

The MEC for Transport, Makoma Makhurupetsi and Mayor Maripe Mangena agreed in meeting held in Tzaneen today to reopen the Nkowankowa Testing Station after it stopped rendering services on 12 December 2017.

In December 2017 four testing officers from the municipality, another seconded by the department of transport and three members of the public were arrested in sting operation. The accused were arrested on 12 December 2017 with others handing themselves to the police a few days after.

All appeared in the Nkowankowa Magistrate Court where they were all released on a R5000 bail each. They will appear again on 16 February 2018 at the same court. The four officers were served with suspension letters on December and have since been on suspension.

The testing station will most likely be reopened on Monday, 22 January 2018 after the completion of all administrative processes which the mayor and MEC met to finalize. The two leaders met with driving school owners who raised an array of issues which the MEC promised to attend to.

On Tuesday driving school owners disrupted testing services at the tzaneen testing station demanding the reopening of Nkowankowa station, they blocked the routes used for testing leaners with their trucks which they removed after the municipality made an undertaking to reopen on Monday.

The municipality has since secured the services of four testing officers. The officers of which two are from the municipality and the other two from the department of transport were sent to a refresher course which they all successfully completed.

Speaking at the Nkowankowa testing station Makhurupetsi said that it was unfair to deny residents services due to corruption.

She said her Deparment will root out corruption in the testing stations across the province. She said that corruption was now institutionalize and that she had personal experience of officers demanding bribes in exchange for a license.

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MEC for Economic Development Environment and Tourism Seaparo Sekoati, Mayor Maripe Mangena, Acting District Senior Manager for Tzaneen Sontaga Mopai, Tzaneen Circuit Manager Felix Nomvela and representatives from SATDU visited Ben Voster today as part of the Back to School Campaign.

The MEC delivered a motivational and congratulatory to learners and later to educators. He congratulated the school for introducing African languages to the curriculum and for accommodating leaners living with disability.

He pledged government support to the school in order to assist the school sustain it excellence. He said other schools can learn from the school. He recommended that the school establish a twinning agreement with a disadvantaged school in order to spread the great work.

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Mayor Maripe Mangena addressed learners and educators at Merensky High School today as part of the Back to School Campaign. He was accompanied by District Senior Manager and the Tzaneen Circuit Manager alongside officials from the Premier's Office, LEDET and the GTM.

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While others were deep in their sleep from the New Year’s Eve hangover Mayor Maripe Mangena was already deep into his ceremonial duties, welcoming New Year’s Day babies. Mangena dressed in a blue shirt and blue jeans arrived at Dr CN Phatudi hospital with the first lady just a few minutes before 8am, the time scheduled for the start of his ceremonial responsibilities. They were not alone, Tzaneen’s fist family was trailed by a group made up of councillors, municipal officials and community members, some representing political parties.

Just like on Christmas day, the hospital has successfully delivered two babies and coincidentally both mothers are from Burgersdorp not far from the hospital. Mangena and his entourage also visited the paediatric ward where seven children were to spend New Year’s Day before leaving for Letaba hospital.

Mangena arrived a Letaba hospital where two babies were prepared for presentation, but there seem to be some form of miscommunication in relation to the mayor’s arrival time. The Mayor arrived at 10:30 on Christmas day but an hour earlier on New Year’ Day. It took at least 45 minutes before things got underway, but the visitors remain patient despite the scotching heat.  Finally Matron Mashapa, the nursing manager arrived and things got underway.

It was a very short but celebratory programme full of singing and clapping. Praises were showered at all directions, to the mayor, the nurses and the mothers. Mangena thanked the nurses for their work which he said “save lives”. Matron Mashapa said “We appreciate the gifts and the time you made for our Christmas babies and for sacrificing your time to be here today (New Year’s Day”. Sister Khumalo thanked the mothers for showing confidence in the hospital and the nurses for preserving the lives of both babies and their mothers. The mood at Letaba Hospital was so jubilant that the mayor, his entourage and nurses danced and sang from the maternity hallway all the way to the gate to the amazement onlookers.

Running behind schedule, the entourage sped off to Van Velden Hospital where two mothers waited with their babies. Only one baby was born at the hospital, the other was delivered at home but the both mother and child had to be admitted. It was so hot on the day that the ceremony had to be taken to another room either than the one initially identified.

At the hospital the Mayor met Lesedi, a fourth-year medical student who had come to give toys to children at the hospital through a foundation she established in 2016. Her foundation “Put a smile” indeed put a smile on the faces of children at the paediatric ward at the hospital as she gave each one a toy. It was all formalities, mothers got their gifts from the first lady and a pep talk from the mayor. Wisani Tshuketani, the hospital’s Community Liaison Officer promised to give the two mothers the gifts from the hospital the next day. 

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