Councillor Cassius Machimana welcoming the Phelophepha Train, the train is in Tzaneen for two weeks.
Greater Tzaneen Municipality
Annual Local Youth Month Commemoration
Mayor Maripe Mangena will host the Annual Youth Month Celebration at Letaba Showgrounds at 10am.
SOMA roadshow with Mayor Maripe Mangena.
Mayor Maripe Mangena earlier today with Team Hlokwa la Tsila.
The Mayor briefed listeners about his State of if the Municipal Address delivered on Friday, 25 May 2018, He also answered questions from callers. Mangena is on the SONA roadshow, tomorrow night he will be on Capricorn FM.
FREE DIGITAL SKILLS TRAINING
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality will host a free digital skills training on Sutarday, 02 June 2018 from 9am at the Tzaneen Library at the Civic Center
The training will be conducted by Digital Skill for Africa in Partnership with Digititan. The programme is supported by Google. If you fall in any of the catergories below, this training is ideal for you. Categories: Learners, Job seekers University/college students and Small business owners For more information please contact North Mabunda on 063 414 3493
Message of condolences to the Mandela Family
On behalf the people of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, let me express our deepest sadness on the passing of Mama Winnie Mandela, the mother of the nation and a struggle icon.
Mama Winnie was an embodiment of gallantry and fearlessness, a social worker and a liberator,
Let me send our deepest condolences to the Mandela and Madikizela families for their loss. You must remember that your loss is our loss. The nation has now been deprived of a voice of reason.
Mama Winnie was a unifier and South Africa’s celestial intervention who remained unshaken in the face of unimaginable evil.
Her unflinching determination to dismantle the evil apartheid regime delivered us in land of self-determination and egalitarianism from the land of the disenfranchised and the oppressed.
We are indebted for our liberties to her unwavering and relentless pursuit for a better, free and equal society.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.
From: His Worship Mayor, Cllr. Maripe Mangena
New Municipal Manager meets municipal officials
Tuesday, 03 April 2018: Newly appointed municipal manager Serapelo (Thapelo) Matlala was formally introduced the GTM’s workforce in short ceremony held at the civic centre’s council chambers on Tuesday morning. Addressing officials and councillors, Mayor Maripe Mangena said that “I must indicate that Hollywood is coming to an end here in Tzaneen”. The municipality’s top administrative positions have been vacant for an extensive period and acting directors had to be appointed.
This led to some referring to the GTM as Hollywood. Mangena said that they were excited that finally top management positions were being filled. Five of the top management position are now occupied. The position of Chief Financial Officer and Director for Engineering Services are still vacant, however Mangena indicated that the process to fill the position of CFO has been concluded and that the incumbent will start on 1 May 2018. The Mayor also pointed out that the process of filling the director position for engineering services was at an advance stage but not yet completed.
In his maiden address to GTM officials Matlala said “It feels good to be here”. Matlala continued “My responsibility is very simple, it might be difficult but it’s very simple, it is to support you, it is to make you to be able to do your job, if you have a problem in doing your job, I must be able to help you do that job. He also said “
Matlala said “We must be the best municipality in Limpopo and if possible in South Africa”. We must be a model for local government” He said there only reason to have joined GTM was to make in a model municipality and the best in the province and beyond.
Before joining the GTM Matlala served as the Provincial Executive Officer for SALGA Limpopo. He was also Manager for Municipal Capacity Building at Trade Investment Limpopo (TIL) from 2004 to 2010. He has held several leadership position in the public sector. Matlala holds a B Tech in Public Management from Unisa, an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law from University of Johannesburg, and a National Diploma ain Municipal Administration Technikon Mangosuthu.
Matlala also plans to engage all staff members in a bigger meeting to “chat a way forward”.
Mangena who was flanked by members of his Executive also introduced Aleck Nkuna who also starts as the Director for Community Services on a five year contract. Nkuna has previously served as director for community services at Greater Letaba Municipality and recently held the position of Provincial Programme Manager at the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) Limpopo. Nkuna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Limpopo formerly University of the North. He holds an array of management certificates and programmes from institutions such as the Wits Business School, Regenesys and University of Limpopo.
The other directors are Walter Shibamba for Corporate Services, Benjamin Mathebula for Planning and Economic Development and Sam Lelope for Electrical Engineering.
Report by Neville Ndlala
The Council of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality has appointed the following senior management on the 27 February 2018:
All have been appointed on a 5 year fixed contract. They are all expected to start on 1 March 2018.
Council wishes all the appointees the best of luck on their new roles and hopes that they deliver to the people of Tzaneen
WARNING: MUNICIPAL JOBS NOT FOR SALE
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality advertised over 20 jobs last week and already several applicants have been robbed of their hard earned money by individuals who promised them municipal jobs in exchange for cash.
The municipality has issued warnings on previous occasions, however our people continue to fall victim to this scam.
The municipality or any of its official will never ask for money in exchange for a job/s. The recruitment process of the municipality is regulated and there are various stakeholders involved.
No single individual can make an appointment singlehanded.
Human resources and departments sit in interview panels and recommend to the municipal manager on positions lower than that of directors. Labour Unions observe the process for fairness and legality.
You must be cautious of those who approach you with these impossible promises. You must also remember that paying someone for a job is criminal offence.
Those who pay in exchange for favour are as corrupt as those who take the money to dish out favours. Our government has taken a hard-line approach to corruption.
Please alert the police if anyone offers you a municipal job for cash or any favour.
There are also a contact numbers on all the adverts for further information.
Please spread the message to as many people as possible before they too become victims.
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.
GREATER TZANEEN MUNICIPALITY
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.
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.
MAYOR WELCOMES 2018 BABIES
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.
MAYOR SHOWERS CHRISTMAS BABIES WITH GIFTS
Mayor Maripe Mangena and the first lady Mrs Mangena showered Christmas babies with gifts in three hospitals they visited on Christmas. GTM’s first family supported by councillors and officials began their 4-hour programme at Dr CN Phatudi Hospital where two babies were born, however the Mayor could only see one baby as the other was delivered towards the end of the visit and still required cleansing before contact with the outside world. The responsibility to welcome the baby was left to Councillor Gezani Makhubele who replaced the Mayor as the ward councillor for ward 27 in the 2016 local government elections.
While at the CN Mangena has volunteered to name the new bundle of joy, something that seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Mangena did not only meet new borns, he visited the paediatric or the children’s ward where he handed gifts to three boys.
The mayor’s convoy sped-off immediately after the conclusion of all the formalities to Letaba hospital where only baby Khuthalo was delivered almost two hours earlier at 07H27.
After all the pleasantries were exchanged and the mayor had addressed those present it was off to Van Velden hospital where three babies awaited the mayor and his people. Another baby was said to be on the way but not until the mayor was long gone. At Van Velden the mothers received gifts from the Mayor and from the Hospital’s CEO.
The entourage‘s next stop was the paediatric ward where four boys spent their Christmas. All four received gifts from the mayor.
Mangena has reminded nurses at all the three hospitals of the significant role that they play in society. “Most of you as nurses mostly get insults from members of the public, I want to thank you for the role that you play in society, your work saves lives and we appreciate the work that you do”. Mangena said that instead of celebrating Christmas with their families the nurses were hard at work.
Addressing the parents Mangena said that babies did not only belong to their parents but to the community at large. He said “That’s why government is going to take responsibility to take care of the baby, educate the baby and so forth” He urged the parents to take good care of their children.
Mangena will again visit the three hospital to welcome New Year babies on the 1st of January 2018.
Report by Neville Ndlala
FIRST LADY TREATS WOMEN COUNCILORS AND MANAGEMENT FOR LUNCH
First lady of Greater Tzaneen Municipality Precious Mangena recognized women councillors and management in the Mopani region ranging from Managers to Mayors and treated them to a meal. The lunch was served at Sima Lodge in Tzaneen on the 30th of November 2017.
The ladies who honoured the invitation were colourfully dressed in white, yellow and lime which was the theme of the day, they included GTM female councillors and managers, former GTM first lady Fony Muswana, Executive Mayor of Mopani Nkakareng Rakgoale, and Greater Letaba Municipality councillors.
The first lady commended the ladies for making the effort to look beautiful and honouring the invitation. “The main aim of today’s gathering is to appreciate all of you for your hard work and give you a well-deserved break”. She also acknowledged and appreciated the main sponsor of the day Wisani Burial for their continuous support throughout the year.
Mangena invited motivational speaker Siyani Shihundla to motivate the hard working women, she narrated her story of poverty to success to the keen audience “I started working as a domestic worker and worked my way up” she spoke.
Beauty Therapist Kgaugelo Maponya of Devine Glamour Spa was invited to share beauty tips with the first lady’s guests. “It is important for a lady to care of herself in order to boost your self-esteem, women must use beauty products to keep clean and enhance their beauty”.
Speaker of GTM Council Dikeledi Mmetle encouraged the ladies to work together and support one onother “the speakers here today said a mouthful and left us motivated, let us put in to use what we have been taught today.
The ladies cheered and sang along as they were entertained by the Wisani Burial Choir to different songs. Each of the ladies left with to a goodie bag filled with beauty products courtesy of Wisani Burial.
MAYOR’S STUDENT FINANCIAL AID SCHEME 2018
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality hereby invites grade 12 learners residing in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality (GTM) intending to enrol in institutions of higher learning for 2018 to apply for the Mayor’s Student Financial Aid Scheme (MSFAS).
MSFAS was created to assist academically deserving learners from poor backgrounds to register in tertiary institutions with a view that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will finance them further.
The MSFAS has assisted over 450 students since its inception and GTM continues to increase the MSFAS budget annually to cater for more students.
Applicants must attach the following documents to their application forms:
Application forms are available from 01 December 2017 at GTM, Agatha Street, in the Mayor’s Office, the Communications and Marketing Offices, ward councillors, municipal offices and from our website at www.greatertzaneen.gov.za (also follow us on Facebook: Greater Tzaneen Municipality)
Completed forms with attachments must be sent to: P.O. Box 24, Tzaneen, 0850 to reach GTM offices on or before the closing date, or preferably hand delivered and recorded at the Mayor’s Office. Faxed and emailed applications will not be considered.
The closing date for submission of application forms is 17 January 2018
NB: Please note that MSFAS only pays registration fee.
Enquiries: Tsietsi Manyama or Collen Mkhansi at 015 307 8007/8333
Greater Tzaneen Municipality
MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2017
I would like to take this opportunity and wish all grade 12 learners sitting for the final matric examination all the best of luck.
This is the time where you will reap what you sew. The hard work, weekend classes and those sleepless nights will finally come to fruition.
I have the utmost confidence that you will all rise above this small but significant hurdle in your lives.
I trust that you will succeed and realise your dream of studying in a tertiary institution of your choice in pursuit of career of your choice.
Our government is ready and waiting to assist you further your studies whether in the FETs, university and a technical college.
We will off course reward outstanding performance, so this another reason to work even harder.
As young people you are the future of this nation and we need to have confidence that this country will be in good hands long after we are gone.
I urge all parents to support their children at this critical time by giving them space and time to focus on the task at hand.
Good luck, remember hard work pays.
Mayor of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, Councillor Maripe Mangena
TZANEEN PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Please be kindly informed that our public swimming pool in Tzaneen is currently closed due to the unavailability of a lifeguard.
Our lifeguard has been admitted in hospital and we are by law unable to operate without a lifeguard.
The lifeguard has been booked off until 4 November 2017.
We are not 100 % certain whether he will be available immediately after the 4th of November 2017.
The pool is however available for organized swimming events provided they have qualified lifeguard.
We apologize for any inconvenience, please be patient.
We will notify you as soon as the pool is open to the public.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: ELECTRICITY DISRUPTION.
Kindly be informed of planned electricity disruption scheduled to take place on Sunday, 22 October 2017. This is due to maintenance work that will be done at our main substation.
The disruption will start at 04H30am and is expected to last the entire day. Residents are advised to switch off all electrical appliances to avoid damage that may arise due to the disruption.
Please note that the following areas will be affected, the whole Tzaneen, Nkowankowa, Lenyenye, Hannertsburg, Muhlava, Politsi.Petanenge, Gavaza, and surrounding areas.
Letsitele area will not be affected
Power is expected back at 16H00, it could be earlier than that.
CERTAIN AREAS NOT TO RECEIVE WASTE SERVICES
Please be kindly informed that due to mechanical problems with our waste management fleet certain areas in Tzaneen will not receive waste removal services.
We apologize for any inconvenience and urge our residents to be patient, as we seek as speedy resolution to this problem.
Please contact 015 307 8238 for further details.
TZANEEN PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL REOPENED FROM 1 SEPTEMBER 2017.
For pricing, arrangements and conditions read the information below
Please note that the Tzaneen Public Swimming pool is now open to the general public from Wednesday to Sunday every week from 10am to 6pm.
The pool will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Entry fee is R20, 00 per person per day with an exception of kids 3 years old and younger as well as pensioners in possession of their pension card.
Please note that the following fees will be applicable as per below categories:
A teacher shall at all times exercise direct supervision over the children at the swimming pool.
The children shall not be allowed to stay in the water for a period exceeding 60 minutes, and school children must leave the premises not later than 13h00.
R450.00 per hour per life guard shall be payable for life guard services outside the specified working hours.
Swimming development and coaching requirements must be met by any interested person or organization to conduct swimming and coaching development at the Tzaneen Public Swimming pool.
Please note that tickets are only available at municipal offices in Tzaneen, Nkowankowa, Lenyenye, Letsitele Library and Haenertsburg Library.
No persons will be allowed at the public swimming pool without a valid ticket.
Monthly and season ticket holders must produce their identity cards that match the information on their tickets.
Mayor calls for a fight against abuse
By Neville Ndlala & Vutivi Makhubele
The Mayor of Greater Tzaneen Municipality Maripe Mangena urged men to take a stand against women and child abuse during an anti-gender violence held in Tzaneen on 2 June in Tzaneen. Mangena alongside with Municipal Speaker Councillor Dikeledi Mmetle led the march from the civic centre through the streets of the CBD.
The two leaders were joined by municipal employees, councillors and ordinary residents as well as members of various community structures such as the Men’s forum, GTM Youth Council, ward committees, labour unions, FAMSA, Tzaneen LGBT community, ANC women’s league, and the business fraternity.
Councillor Cassius Machimana, the head of special programmes in the municipality and chairperson for the Men’s Forum said that the killing of Karabo Mokoena, Courtney Pierters and River Steenkamp in the hands of people they trusted was evidence that domestic violence affected everyone. He said statistics show that a woman is killed every six hours in the country. He said as men they are saying that the carnage has to come to a stop. Machimana called on men to take a lead in the protection of women’s rights.
Eric Mabunda, a peer educator at FAMSA who is gay said that they joined the march to highlight the plight of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community. He said there was still hate crime against LGBTs in Tzaneen. He said it was hard for them to live freely in society because there is intolerance against gays and lesbians.
Jamaica Letsoalo also gay said that they wanted to land a hand in the fight against violence on women. He said that he is a victim of hate crime “I’m a victim of hate crime, I was gay-bashed by four guys and I’m partially impaired”.
The march was aimed at shinning a spotlight on women and child abuse. “This initiative is meant to educate men about abuse and to show that not all men are abusers and those are men who fight to stop the abuse of women. Participants in the march carried placards some reading “Children deserve to be happy, healthy and safe” and “Marriage is about love not gender”
In a memorandum handed over to the South African Police Services (SAPS), the marchers pleaded with the SAPS to prioritise cases of abuse, they also called on the NPA to call for longer sentences to abusers.
It was also mentioned in the memorandum that Street Committees, Community Policing Forums and Community Safety Forums should be active and assist in fighting crimes in communities.
In wrapping up the march, the mayor said “We have had enough of abuse and we cannot tolerate it any longer than we have”. Mangena said “As long as there are more people in the community than offenders, we can fight them and defeat them if we unite against crime.”
Crime fighting ideas
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality (GTM), hosted a Safety and Security Colloquium at Hotel@Tzaneen on 31 May 2017.
Speaking at the Colloquium Obby Mkhombo, Director of Community Services said that the colloquium was organised to share information and ideas in relation to safety and security matters. He said the gathering will also discuss ways to address crime affecting GTM residents and visitors.
Addressing the colloquium Major Gen Maggy Mathebula, Tzaneen Cluster Commander said that rape, attempted murder, car-jacking, business and house robberies are some of the crimes that are problematic within the GTM area.
The general called on members of the community to provide information to the police to help fight crime. She said that people needed to stop protecting criminals is this renders the SAPS less effecting in combating crime.
Other speakers included Professor Kholofelo Mothibi, from the University of Venda. The professor presented on various safety and security issues the community.
GTM Mayor Maripe Mangena sent out a message to criminals to find a new hiding place because he said that the government, police and other stakeholders are working together to reduce crime in Tzaneen.
The Colloquium said that the provision of information and feedback to the community will prevent unnecessary and unlawful protests.
Another suggestion was the service awareness or civic education campaigns. They said this will assist ordinary community members understand on how governmental projects are run.
The colloquium was attended by stakeholders such as Councillors, Ward Committee members, SAPS, the business sector, religious community, and traditional leaders, Community Policing Forum, National Prosecuting Authority and Community Safety Forum.
GTM BIDS FAREWELL TO MUNICIPAL MANAGER
11 April 2017: Councilors and directors hosted a farewell dinner at Sima Silver Lodge for the outgoing municipal manager, Republic Monakedi who is joining Mopani District Municipality as a Municipal Manager from the 1st of May.
Speaking at the farewell Mayor Maripe Mangena thanked all political leaders for the achievements that were made in Monakedi's presence. He said the transition from former Mayor Dikeledi Mmetle the current speaker of council to himself was smooth.
The mayor said "Some of us completely did not want him, but he proved us wrong when he arrived here". He described Monakedi as dynamic and versatile"
Mangena said that they learnt not to personalize municipal issues from him and it's a lesson he felt that all must take. "What I like about the MM, is that with him you are never at conflict, he has conflict resolution skills. Council is at peace because of him. He is humble because even with his provincial responsibilities he never undermined Councillors." Said Mangena
Dikeledi Mmetle who was Mayor when Monakedi joined the municipality said that Monakedi brought stability and now leaves the municipality with a good legacy. "We struggled with audit and with your team you brought us the unqualified audit which we struggled to achieve for many years" said the Speaker.
Benjamin Mathebula, who is the Director for a Planning and Economic Development and the incoming acting municipal manager said that upon hearing the news of Monakedi's imminent departure "they" hoped that it was not true that he was leaving but it started to sink when council confirmed his exit.
"We wanted to build from the "unqualified audit", but we are happy he is still a resident of Tzaneen and we want to wish him well where he is going." Said Mathebula.
Mathebula said that Monakedi had his own way of dealing with conflict among directors. He also said that he was happy that the transition from Monakedi to himself is smooth. He promised councillors that there will be no hiccup when Monakedi leaves on the 18th of May, "We are making decisions together" said Mathebula.
Mr Maake representing the traditional authorities said that Traditional Authorities were not happy about Monakedi's departure but he has a new responsibility and they wished him good luck in his new job.
In his response Monakedi said "I feel so humble by all of this. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity that the council of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality has given me". He thanked the former Mayor and the current Mayor who he said were excellent supervisors. "I benefited a lot from both mayors" He said.
"All directors have contributed immensely, i'm a different person from what I was when I arrived here' despite me being their supervisor I also learnt much from them"
He said that the political support made his job smooth and easier. "There are other capable administrators who fail due to the absence political support". "We received the highest MIG amount in the whole country due to our spending."
Monakedi said that when asked about his achievements in the interview for his new job all of the achievements he cited were with the Greater Tzaneen Municipality.
The Council of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality has appointed Mr Benjamin Mathebula as the Acting Municipal Manager for a period not exceeding three months. This is due to the resignation of Republic Monakedi who is joining Mopani District Municipality as the Municipal Manager. Monakedi's Resignation earlier accepted by Council.
Sam Lelope has been appointed Director for Electrical Engineering. The position has been vacant since the departure of long serving director, Pierre van den Heever who joined Witzenburg Municipality in the Western Cape.
Council has also agreed to settle with Ms Dikeledi Malatji the Director for Engineering Services.
Council also approved recommendations by the Municipal Public Accounts Committee, and has instructed that the committee reports in the next council.
Council has also approved a draft budget of R1, 225 billion for the 2017/2018 Financial Year. This is an increase of R60.2 million. The budget will be taken to communities for inputs and buy-in. The public participation programme will be release soon to give residents an opportunity to participate.
Council also approved the extension of Telkom Mobile Contract to supply tablets and laptops as well as data for all Councillors and Traditional Authority representatives.
MAYOR HONOURS THE CLASS OF 2016
Mayor Maripe Mangena yesterday (Wednesday, 12 April 2017) honoured learners, educators, schools and circuit managers during the Mayor’s Excellence Awards held at Hotel@Tzaneen. Mangena said that he believed that “awarding excellence will go a long way in motivating”. He reminded teachers, parents, learners, government and business to “prioritize the improvement of the entire public schooling and matric result in particular.”
Mangena quoted Oliver Tambo who he said was a Physical Science and Mathematics teacher’s “a country that does not take care of its youth does not deserve its future”.
Mangena honoured the best learner in each of the ten circuits under the Greater Tzaneen Municipality. The Mayor also gave an award of “the Best Performing Learner per circuit from an Independent Schools which went to Cindy Mabuza (94%) from St George College in the Nkowankowa Circuit.
He also bestowed honours on educators from ordinary public schools who achieved 100% pass rate in Accounting, Mathematics and Physical Science.
Shiluvane Circuit and Khujwana Circuit were honoured for being the most improved circuits. Shiluvane Circuit went from 74.4% in 2015 to 74.9% in 2016 and Khujwana Circuit was at 64.5% in 2015 and at 70% in 2016.
Nkowankowa Circuit won the category of the Best Circuit based on enrolment of 500 and above. The circuit had 1045 learners participating in the 2016 matric examination and 797 of them passed which is a 74.9% pass rate.
In his address Mangena said that the municipality assisted 110 students register in institutions of higher learning through the Mayor’s Student Financial Aid Scheme (MSFAS). Out of the 11 winning learners four benefited from MSFAS. He said the municipality planned to budget R1 million rand to assist students in 2018.
The ceremony was attended by councillors, Traditional leaders, circuit managers, labour unions (SADTU and NACTU) and student movement leaders. Also present was Member of provincial legislature, Dan Sebabi who is also the Chair of Chairpersons at the Limpopo provincial legislature.
All winning leaners will each receive a laptop and all winning circuit managers got spa vouchers sponsored by the Zillion Boutique. Municipality partnered with Hotel@Tzaneen (venue), Old Mutual (trophies) and Zillion Boutique (spa vouchers).
ALL THE WINNERS
Best performing leaners per circuit from Public Schools.
Best Performing Educators (Ordinary Public Schools)
Best Performing Learner per circuit (Independent Schools)
Best Performing Educators in Mathematics
Best Performing Educators in Physical Science
Best Performing Educators in Accounting
Best Circuit based on enrolment of 500 and above
Most Improved Circuits
For Immediate release
Issued by: Neville Ndlala on behalf of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality
Spokesperson - 015 307 8489 - 073 076 2125- email@example.com
MAYOR OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW ROAD & HANDOVER A HOUSE
Mayor Maripe Mangena officially opened the newly tarred Tickelyline to Makhubidung Road today (Wednesday, 8th of March 2017). The road which is 3km long cost the municipality R16.4 million and was funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG). It will directly benefit residents in Tickelyline, Myakayaka, Glasswork and Makhubidung Villages.
The road also links communities to CN Phathudi Hospital, Shiluvane Library, Maake Plaza as well as various schools and churches. At least 42 labour workers mostly local were employed for the duration of the project. The road was also built through a local contractor.
Mayor Mangena also handed over a house to 26-year-old Delina Maenetja of Myakayaka Village. Delina, a mother of two children aged 5 and 8 lived in a shack and had to be relocated as her shack was in the route of the new road.
Delina now occupies a standard RDP house in Myakayaka Village. Delina who could not hide excitement said she felt blessed that she now has a house of her own. She said at least she now knows that if ever she dies her children will have a place to stay and no one will throw them out.
Speaking at low key event attended by locals and stakeholders, Mayor Maripe Mangena urged residents to look after the new infrastructure, He said that if they damaged the road instead of government bringing more development they will have to fix the damages which he said will slow development in the area. The road was built by Makasana Construction supervised by Southern Ambition Consulting Engineers (SACE).
GTM GEARS FOR THE MAYOR’S CUP
Greater Tzaneen Municipality will host its annual Mayor’s Cup on the 18th of March 2017 at Lenyenye Stadium. The tournament will coincide with the official reopening of Lenyenye Stadium which was closed due to refurbishments worth R14.7 million.
Individual participants and teams will compete in marathon, football, netball and golf. The marathon will start and end at Lenyenye Stadium. Entry forms for the marathon are available at various municipal offices and libraries. Entry fee for the 21km is R40, R20 for the 10 km race and free for the 5km fun run. Those interested in participating can still enter on the day of the marathon between 5am and 6:45. Both the 21km and 10 km races will commerce at 7am with the 5km fun run starting at 07h15. The winner for the 21km race will take home R4000.00, 2nd and third place will take home R3000.00 and R2000.00 respectively.
Soccer teams will compete in three categories, namely, ladies soccer development (under 21), men’s football development (under 21) and workers soccer. Soccer teams’ play cluster elimination matches on Saturday, 11 March 2017. The municipality has four cluster namely Bulamahlo, Lesedi, Relela and Runnymede. In development soccer for both men and ladies, winners will take home R5000.00 plus kit and soccer balls, 2nd place will take R3000.00 and third place wins R1500.00.
Netball teams will only compete in two categories being netball development and netball for workers. In Netball Development first place wins R3000.00, 2nd place R1500.00 and third place R1000.00. In Netball Workers first place wins R3000.00, 2nd place R1500.00 and third place R1000.00. Both soccer and netball will be played at Lenyenye Stadium and Molabisane High School on 18 March.
Golf will be played at Tzaneen Country Club from 8am and at least 40 golfers are expected to participate. The Mayor’s cup was postponed from December 2016 to allow more teams an opportunity to register and participate.
Refurbishments in Lenyenye Stadium include the reconstruction of the football field to a 105m x 68m pitch with new grass, an 8-lane synthetic athletic track as well as facilities for all track and field events. These facilities will include those for shot put, Discus, javelin, long and triple jump as well as high jump.
Other refurbishments done are on the tennis, basketball and netball courts within the stadium precinct. With water a challenge in the area, the contractor is also expected to provide a permanent, reliable source of irrigation water. The shower rooms and toilets have also be renovated as well as the roof in the pavilion.
Mayor Maripe Mangena calls on all the residents of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality and beyond to come and participate in the three races.
WARNING: JOB SCAM
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality would like to warn current and potential job seekers of an ongoing scam where scammers send an sms to an applicant congratulating them on being shortlisted for a job recently advertised by the municipality.
The message will contain the job tittle and job number similar to the one advertised by the municipality. The sms is purported as coming from MH Maake the Human Resources Manager.
Please consider the following before responding to any message regarding a job in the municipality.
The municipality will not request any money from an applicant before or after the interview.
Shortlisted applicants are informed via telephone by an official from Human Resources with the date, time and venue of the interview.
The municipality does not send sms to applicants informing them of an interview.
GTM does not make use of the recruitment agencies.
Also note that application forms are available in our municipal offices in Tzaneen and on our website (www.greatertzaneen.gov.za).
To confirm if you are indeed shortlist contact HR at 015 307 8384.
We urge members of the community to be careful with their money. There is no single individual that you can pay to secure employment in the municipality as the recruitment process consist of various stages and involves various stakeholders such Management, HR and Labour Unions.
Please note that any promise for a job in exchange for money is scam and must be reported to the authorities immediately, please also alert our HR on 015 307 8382.
You can also call HR on 015 307 8006 to confirm receipt of your application after the closing date.
DATE: 20 FEBRUARY 2017
TO: ALL NEWS EDITORS AND JOURNALISTS
TZANEEN PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL NOW OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Please note that the Tzaneen Public Swimming pool is now open to the general public from Wednesday to Sunday every week from 10am to 6pm. The pool will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Entry fee is R20, 00 per person per day with an exception of kids 3 years old and younger as well as pensioners in possession of their pension card.
Please note that the following fees will be applicable as per below categories:
Swimming development and coaching requirements must be met by any interested person or organization to conduct swimming and coaching development at the Tzaneen Public Swimming pool. Please note that tickets are only available at municipal offices in Tzaneen, Nkowankowa, Lenyenye, Letsitele Library and Haenertsburg Library. No persons will be allowed at the public swimming pool without a valid ticket. Monthly and season ticket holders must produce their identity cards that match the information on their tickets.
For Immediate release
Issued by: Neville Ndlala on behalf of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality
Spokesperson - 015 307 8489 - 073 076 2125- firstname.lastname@example.org
300 learners get new uniform
Mayor Maripe Mangena presided over ceremony to handover school uniform to hundreds of learners and officially open a combo court donated by the national lotteries at Maale Primary School on 7 February 2017. Maale primary located in Makhubidung village has 575 leaners most of them from poor families. School principal Patricia Magabane said that some leaners came to school wearing shoes with no sole and trousers without zips. “We had leaners that came to school in winter without jerseys” Said Magabane. According to the principal who joined the school in 2013 the situation affected the quality of learning at the school.
She said a donor who wants to remain anonymous for now came to the school’s rescue with a school uniform donation worth over R30 000. “More school uniform is still to come during the course of the year, because the donor‘s aspiration is for every learner to get uniform” said Magabane. The neediest leaners were prioritised and given uniform first.
She said that the donor bought 380 items which included trousers, shirts, skirts, shoes and socks.
Addressing the gathering Mayor Maripe Mangena who served as the ward councillor for 10 years in ward 27 which also covers Makhubidung said that education was an enemy of poverty. He said that when a child gets an education their home becomes peaceful and that there is progress. He also expressed gratitude on behalf of the municipality to the donor, saying the donor was an practical example of meaning of the phrase “giving back to the community”. Also speaking the ceremony, headman Maake told the learners that “education was one thing that no one will never take away from you”. The headman anchored the words of Thepelo Ndou from the department of Higher Education who said “They can take your business, your house or money but they can never take your education”
The school is also a beneficiary of the national lotteries funding programme which allocated R270 thousands to build court which caters for netball, volleyball and softball. This is expected to motivate physical activity among learners. “A healthy body means a healthy mind” said Magabane
Speaking on behalf of parents, Miss Skokotlo seemed to struggle with words due to excitement repeating the words “rethabile ka gare ga maphelo a rena”. Which is Sepedi for “we are happy within ourselves?”
The enrolment at the school has also grown from 270 in 2013 to 575 in this year. She said the school was in poor community and that leaners faced challenges such as domestic abuse, however, the school had ample support from the community. “Even before this event parents came here to clean the school, we also have support from the traditional leaders, Headman Majoro attends all our meetings and events” said the principal.
The school is a feeder for Pherehla Maake High school and the school is performing better than most school due to the quality of leaners that the school produces.
Ivy Rasodi and Tebogo Rasodi of Shiluvavne Village , grade one
“We thank the principal from bringing use school uniform, we thank you a lot”
GTM embarks on a back to school campaign
Mayor Maripe Mangena led a “back to school campaign”, which saw 11 schools visited by five teams over a three day period. The objective of the campaign was to congratulate best performing schools and encourage the worst performing school in order to improve matric results. The delegation also recorded challenges facing the schools.
Councilors of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality embarked on a “Back to School” Campaign from the 11th to the 12th of January. The municipality divided councilors into five groups which visited the worst performing schools on the 11th and the best performing of the 12th.
On Wednesday, the day when schools reopened councilors visited DZJ Mthebule (Nkowankowa) 87.36% , Zivuko (Mariveni) 92.56%, Meresky (Tzaneen) 100%, Matimu (Khujwana), and B Mkhabele (Mhangweni) 90%.
On Thursday, the teams went to Nelson Ramodike (Marumofase) 34.31%, Progress (Nkowankowa) 21.17%, Stanley Mopai (22.68), Hetiseka (Msiphana) and Gwambeni (Xihoko) 89%.
Addressing learners at Zivuko, Mayor Mangena said “When you arrive at you home with a diploma or any qualification poverty escapes through the window, poverty fears qualification, poverty and qualification are enemies , therefore for your to win against poverty just get down and study.”
In most schools the teams addressed leaners and also met separately with the school management. Principals and teachers raised grievances which included among others lack of admin blocks, overcrowding, unfinished infrastructure projects, shortage of teachers, furniture, stationery, books and water. The delegation promised to engage relevant authorities and provide feedback as soon as possible.
The Mayor’s team which visited DZJ and Zivuko was supported by the Founder of Miss Greater Tzaneen Royal Nobility (GTRN), Ntombi Baloyi, Praises Baloyi (Miss GTRN 2017) and 1st Runner-up Shiluva Nkuna. The hardworking and helpful Circuit Manager for Ritavi Doreen Manzini was also part of the delegation. Praises Baloyi gave a motivational talk in both schools which received a thunderous applause from the leaners.
The five teams were led by the Mayor, Councilors Cassius Machimana, Star Mbhalati, Thabo Maunatlala and Edney Ntimbani.
Q & A with Mayor Maripe Mangena
GTM Bulletin: Where were you born
My name is Maripe Mangena, I was born in Mogapene village, Shiluvane in the late 1960s. I only have one sister younger Mamokidi and me but I do have siblings from another mother in Cape Town, Stellenbosch where my dad lived for many years.
GTM Bulletin: Where did you attend school
I started my primary school at Mogapene Lower Primary, proceeded to Mmalahla Higher Primary then to the well-known Bokgaga High School. After matric I went to Kwena Moloto College of Education. Then in 1992 I started working as an Educator at my childhood school, Mmalahla. In 1993 I joined the local high school called Mokwane High school, and in 2003 I joined Molomahlapi High school in Maruleng Municipality. In 2006 I joined Mapula Primary School in Bolobedu South as Head Of Department until 2011 when I resigned to be full-time in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality Council.
GTM Bulletin: When did you realize your passion for politics and ventured into politics
Like many young people, growing in a poverty stricken area, an area that was directly and physically involved in a black on black ethnic based fights, an area where some had to travel over 10 km to access education. Where we had to witness brilliant minds dropping out of school because of lack if finances. These are the circumstances that were compelling for one to get involved in politics not as a passion for it was not necessarily an option.
GTM Bulletin: What is your political background
As highlighted, we got involved when we were around 17-years old as did many young people in my area led by the late cde Nkaswilavi, the late Mataung Rakgoale, Cde Lando and others. We were marshalled into many protest actions including Safari Bakery boycott and mobilising our communities to start refusing to pay the compulsory annual Bakgaga cool drink for the queen of the Maake tribe. Also the political environment of a demand for the recognized SRCs by Bo cde Banda, the current chairperson of one branch in Letaba, cde Kenny Nghomaneni Maake, the late Mogaleamalla Joseph and many others was inescapable. I did not lead at that stage. My conscious was strengthened by the pure pro black life drama that we started performing under a cultural club in 1987 organized and directed by Cde Rasemea Moribo.
With this background, upon arrival at the college, I was nominated into the sub-committee of cultural committee of the SRC in 1989, October and was elected the head of that committee in Oct 1990 and served till 1991 Oct. I also served as the secretary of then SANSCO of Kwena Moloto that really brokered cooperation with the Seshego community which was severed and literally physical.
Coming back home I started serving my community both politically (ANCYL, ANC,SANCO, SADTU) and socially at branch level from 1990 until 2014 when I was elected as the chairperson of the ANC MARKSHOPPE sub-region and GTM Chief Whip. I never had a two month break without political activity/engagement because I never belonged to an inactive structure for all this years up to date
GTM Bulletin: What are some of your achievements
Since when I was delegated to the ANCYL national conference on 16-20 Dec 1991 at the Kwa-Ndebele college through a branch mandate, and reported back to the BEC and BGM, all the branches I belonged to sustain that culture to the letter. We never had a meeting postponed due to a lack of quorum. We became the best ANC branch in 2011/12 in Mopani Region. Our branch and Ward 27 community remain most organized and responsive to any progressive programme. Out of the expected 40 quarterly community meetings in my ten years of Ward councillorship, 38 were successfully held The leadership collective I lead is more united beyond imagination both politically and governance.
We have delivered the State of the Ward for ward 27 since 2011 and it is now a GTM council policy.
GTM Bulletin: What are your views on the current state of Tzaneen
The previous leadership ably lead by former Mayor Cde Dikeledi has done much. We are happy we were able to identify the problems and have way forward on the legal fees, slow or non-spending on capital projects, poor monitoring of projects, shrinking income base and low revenue collection, insufficient or lack of human resource to serve the community beyond contractual obligation on behalf of this people based institution called a municipality.
GTM Bulletin: What changes are you as the mayor going to bring to Tzaneen
As part of the collective leadership deployed by the ANC, We have a mandate to further the development so far. Having identified the gaps in response to the last question, the manifesto and policy positions of the ANC and government will guide us.
Significantly, we seek to speed the following up: implementation of the By-laws, expanding our revenue base to our rural communities by providing quality services, updating our indigent register and doing the justifiable thing. Create more jobs for our people through the above thinking and make our villages as habitable as towns and townships. This will surely reduce urbanization.
GTM Bulletin: What job creation efforts will you make as a mayor
Engagement with Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism (LEDET, Limpopo Economiic Development Agency(LEDA), our own arm, GTEDA to zoom into unlocking of Tours Tea farms, Nkowankowa closed factories, Makgoebaskloof or Sapekoe Tea Estate, Mopani Mosupatsela Farm and supporting initiatives to build shopping malls as immediate tasks to create jobs. Our major focus for the next five years over and above the many things we shall be doing includes insourcing of numerous municipal services that we can simply do internally. We will invite business to augment the efforts of the Mayor with 100 p c on student financial aid to skill our disadvantaged youths. We also will engage our local FETs or other tertiary institutions to align their out-put to the economic needs of the municipality. E.g being a highly agriculture area we produce no Agriculturalists. We must address Relevancy.
MEDIA STATEMENT IN RELATION TO THE ATTACHMENT AND REMOVAL OF THE MAYORAL VEHICLE
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality would like to allay fears that there is a crisis in the municipality, it must therefore be stated categorically clear that the municipality is operating efficiently and effectively and continues to deliver services as per its constitutional and legislative mandate.
The attachment and subsequent removal of the mayoral vehicle was a result of miscommunication between the municipality, the sheriff and municipality’s legal representative. The matter has since been resolved and all monies owed in connection with the warrant of execution were paid immediately as soon as the matter was brought to the attention of the municipality, however the actual cause of the said miscommunication is being investigated. The municipality is disappointed in the manner in which the Sherriff handled the removal of the mayoral vehicle, firstly by bringing along a journalist with a video camera and secondly by refusing to afford the municipality a mere15 minutes to effect the payment of monies owed as it was their primary demand. We have a strong view that the actions of the Sherriff were orchestrated to embarrass the municipality and its leadership. It is also strange that the Sherriff opted to attach the mayoral vehicle of whose value far surpasses the amount in question.
It is also worth noting that the amount of R111694.00 was paid at around 08h50 and the mayoral vehicle was returned within an hour of the payment being effected. The attachment of the mayoral vehicle is completely unrelated to the vehicle itself as the vehicle has already been paid for in full. Also worth noting is that the removal of the vehicle did not any way affect the schedule nor the programme of the mayor. The mayor is currently attending a week long induction with fellow councillors and was not using the vehicle at the time of the incident.
We would like to call on all the political parties and other observers to refrain from making statements about the municipality in the media without first verifying their facts. These false statements can only serve as a source of incitement and also spread uncertainty. We also call on all our residents to rally behind the municipality and its newly elected council. These false accusations are only meant to distract the municipality’s leadership from their responsibilities which is the provision of services to communities of Greater Tzaneen.
The Mayor and the collective leadership of the municipality is committed to serving the municipality and has the best interest of the residents of municipality which includes creating an atmosphere conducive for economic growth and job creation, enhancing the service delivery mechanism of the municipality and uniting the residents of the municipality towards a common goal which is to build a vibrant economy and the provision of sustainable basic services.
For Immediate release
Issued by: Mr. Ntsako Neville Ndlala
Spokesperson & Acting Manager Communications and Marketing Services
Office Tel: 015 307 8019 – Fax No: 0867596454 Cell No: 073 076 2125
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GTM TO HOST ITS 3rd ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL EXPO
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality will host its 3rd annual Agricultural Expo from the 22nd to the 24th of September 2016 at Letaba Showground. The Agri Expo was born out of the Land Reform and Forestry Summit which the municipality hosted in 2013. In 2014 GTM staged its inaugural Agricultural Expo which recorded 1000 attendees and 52 exhibitors over a three day period. The Agri-Expo was coordinated through an events management company in 2014 but in 2015 the municipality coordinated the Agri-Expo internally through an Events Coordinating/Management Committee. In the 2015 Expo the municipality recorded just over 1000 visitors.
In the 2015 Agric Expo the municipality hosted an Agri Youth Imbizo which saw 90 learners from 21 local schools and 32 young farmers from 22 agricultural projects participate. At least 150 people among them farmers, aspiring farmers and students attended various workshops as part of the expo in the same year. GTM also hosted a gala dinner attended by about 200 guests and a Mayoral networking breakfast. The Agri- Expo is a platform for stakeholders in the agricultural sector to interact, exchange ideas, transact and copy best practices in the sector. It is also a platform for upcoming farmers and established commercial farmers to interact and learn from each other. The Expo is also used as a marketing vehicle to promote Tzaneen as an agricultural hub in the province.
In this year’s three day event the Mayor, Councillor Maripe Mangena will host a charity Golf Day on the 23rd of September at Tzaneen Country Club from 8am, a networking breakfast on the 22nd of September at Hotel@Tzaneen from 8am and Gala dinner also on 22nd of September at Hotel@Tzaneen from 6pm. Also on the 22nd the municipality will host the Agri Youth Imbizo at Letaba Showground Hall B from 8am. GTM will also host workshops on the 22nd and 23rd of September on Agro-processing, global warming, export markets, funding, insurances etc. On the 22nd of September the municipality will take 180 learners from various schools on a tour of ten (10) farms specialising in areas such as processing, livestock farming, crop production, citrus etc.
This year Expo is sponsored by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Komatie Fruits (Bosveld Sitrus). The Agric -Expo partners are Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (GTEDA) and the Letaba Herald. The Expo is supported by ZZ2, Department of Education, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Agricultural Research Council (ARC), the Department of Agriculture Fishers and Forestry (DAFF), Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD), Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Mopani District Municipality (MDM) as well as universities and agricultural colleges.
For Immediate release
Issued by: Mr. Ntsako Neville Ndlala
Spokesperson & Acting Manager Communications and Marketing Services
Office Tel: 015 307 8019 – Fax No: 0867596454 Cell No: 073 076 2125
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
STATEMENT ON THE PURCHASE OF A NEW VEHICLE FOR THE MAYOR
The purchase of a new vehicle for the Mayor was necessary for several reasons, first the previous mayor’s vehicle was bought in 2011 and has exceeded 150 000 kilometres and was no longer under motor plan. The vehicle was involved in two separate accidents albeit minor. The vehicle has also suffered numerous mechanical breakdowns costing the municipality in excess of R180 000 as some stage and in a very short period. There was also high cost of hiring a vehicle for the mayor during the periods where the vehicle was involved either in an accident or suffered mechanical breakdown.
We have invoices to back this. In actual fact the purchase of the new vehicle will save the municipality money and will be convenient for the mayor. The SALGA handbook allows for the replacement of the mayor’s official vehicle if it has exceeded 150000 km, the mileage on the previous vehicle stood at 173 000km.
We also have to purchase an SUV considering the terrain that we operate in, the mayor has to travel to mountainous rural areas to engage communities. He also needs a reliable vehicle for official trips outside the municipality. We have purchased a vehicle that is standard and is used by a majority of mayors, MECs etc. all over the country.
It is also misleading and demeaning for the DA to suggest that buying a vehicle for a mayor is wasteful and fruitless. The expenditure might be irregular, but it is far from wasteful or fruitless. The purchase was done above board and through deviation which is legally permissible. The cost of the vehicle does not exceed the amount allowed for the purchase of vehicles for Mayors.
When it comes to the purchase of a vehicle for the speaker, as a municipality we are not aware of any recent purchase for the new speaker. We do however have a vehicle which we bought in 2014 to transport the speaker, that vehicle is still in a good condition and available for official use.
The mayor, as the first citizen must be transported in a safe reliable vehicle, his safety first as a human being and secondly as Mayor must be prioritised. The mayor will be required to meet people even during turmoil and violent service delivery protests, it is therefore important that he is provided with a reliable safe mode of transportation.
With regard to the attachment of assets of the municipality, it must be stated categorically clear that no asset of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality has been attached both movable and immovable assets. We have challenged the court order granted to Expetera and the matter is still before the courts.
For Immediate release
Issued by: Neville Ndlala
015 307 8019
073 076 2125
Mpumi Mhalanga amongst children at Glenshiel Primary on Mandela Day 2016
RESPONSE TO COMPLAINT RELATING TO ACCOUNTS BILLING
The Greater Tzaneen Municipality has received numerous complaints from residents in relation to their monthly municipal bills. The bulk of the complaints are related to electricity charges and disconnection fees.
Residents are reminded that the deadline for payments is the 25th of each month, those who fail to meet the deadline will receive a reminder. Failure to act on the reminder will result in the defaulter receiving a “final request” notice, which is accompanied by a R45.00 fee plus VAT. Action will therefore be required from the accountholder within three days of receiving the “final request” notice.
Failure to act within the stipulated timeframe will result in the delivery of a disconnection notice and subsequent disconnection. The disconnection notice is delivered at the same time that the actual disconnection is done.
A disconnection fee of R365.00 plus VAT will be billed into the account of the property owner or account holder. The electricity will only be reconnected after payment is made.
We have appointed a service provider to do meter reading on behalf of the municipality and they have already started with their work. The readings are collected on a monthly basis and captured onto our financial systems.
For accuracy and as proof a photo of the meter at the time when the reading is recorded is taken and uploaded into the account.
The hike in electricity bills in most instances in a result of the heat wave which led to residents overusing their air conditioners. The air conditioner consumes more electricity more than most household utilities.
Residents who have queries or are not satisfied with their accounts are welcome to lodge their queries with our accounts section in the Finance Department. Residents can visit the municipality and our officers at Credit Control will kindly explain the charges and rectify any errors thereof.