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Mkhondo mayor lives in fear
19 November 2017, 8:39 PM

Mkhondo mayor in Mpumalanga is leaving in fear after receiving death threats on his phone. This comes after numerous disagreements with shop owners in Mkhondo Municipality. Following his door to door campaign that saw a number of the shops being closed down but the shop owners have distanced themselves from the threats.

Mkhondo Municipality is one of the municipalities which owe Eskom millions of rand! Its outstanding bill to Eskom is now sitting at a whopping 40 million rand and the Municipality was on the verge of having their electricity cut off.

The mayor says Eskom supplies them with 10-million rand worth of electricity but they only make about 3 million rand whey they sell it to the community and businesses. This prompted them to launch operation Khokha, or operation pay up. It is a campaign that saw the mayor having to go door-to-door checking on businesses within the municipality and what they uncovered was shocking.

“We visited the majority of shops in the location that’s when we found out that the shop owners they don’t buy the electricity ,they connected illegally,” said Mkhondo’s Mayor Vusi Motha.

However, shop owners deny ever connecting electricity illegally. “As far as I know and i can tell I don’t know anyone who did those illegal connections and if there is any the municipality has the power to do whatever the measurement they have to take but what they are doing is targeting every foreigner shops.”

Motha has since reported the death threats he has been receiving. “They are not just focusing on me only but now focusing on my family which is causing real problems because my family are not part of municipality.”

Shop keepers deny sending these threatening smses. Instead they’ve accused municipal officials of verbally threatening them.

Government addresses transport woes in W.Cape
19 November 2017, 8:11 PM

Government is set to spend R8 billion to improve rail infrastructure and trains in the Western Cape. However, this has been delayed by troubles at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, (Prasa).

There are often delays, cancellations and poor communication with commuters.

“You get to work late every day and in the afternoons you have to wait for the trains. As you can see here on this platform it’s really bad,” said a dissatisfied commuter.

The frustration often leads to the torching of trains. Just over a 100 have been burnt over the past two years. Government now says its preparing to step in.

“We are repairing the train sets that have been set alight here in the Western Cape. If you can go to slat river, there is progress in that regard. We believe we are going to bring back not less than 60 sets on the rail. We understand sometimes our people get frustrated but there are forces which from time to time burn our trains,” said Transport Minister, Joe Maswanganyi.

While some commuters are skeptical, Cosatu is appealing for inclusion in the plans.

“We do appreciate that because it’s for some time now that we have been calling on national government, in fact all spheres of government to come and address the challenge of transport in the Western Cape because our workers are suffering on a daily basis, “said Cosatu’s provincial chairperson Motlatsi Tsubane.

It remains unclear when the new stock of trains will pull into the platforms where they matter most.

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Cape Town water project progresses
19 November 2017, 6:05 PM

Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, says exploratory drill work into the Table Mountain Group Aquifer is progressing well. She has visited the project in the Steenbras catchment area near Grabouw.

Test boreholes are being drilled to help map the way forward for this part of the water augmentation programme.

The initial yield from the project is expected to be ten million litres of water per day that will be pumped straight into the Steenbras Dam.

De Lille says various projects are underway while 12 more are in the final stages of planning to ensure supply to the water scarce city.

“If we put in more boreholes we’ll be able to add later on an extra 50 to 60 million litres of water per day so the aquifers is a good way of tapping into the source that we’ve never used in the city before but because we cannot rely anymore on rain water to fill our dams we have to start tapping into the water from the aquifers.”

 

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Mbeki lambasts NEC’s decision on veteran’s conference
19 November 2017, 3:43 PM

Former President Thabo Mbeki has lambasted the ANC ‘s National Executive Commitee (NEC), saying it was clear from the onset that it did not want the ANC Stalwarts and Veterans Consultative Conference to happen.

Mbeki was speaking at the final day of the conference at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. The conference was called by the stalwarts for more than a year ago in order to try address and resolve the crisis within the ruling party.

The NEC has  distanced itself from the conference saying it is not a party to it.

“The National Executive Committee I think has done itself and the African national congress and the rest of the African National Congress a great disservice by disassociating itself from this leadership which has been gathered here for three days. That obviously cannot be correct, it was a wrong decision and I trust that there must surely still be people within the National Executive Committee of the ANC who can think,” Mbeki said.

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Brad Binder ends season on high
17 November 2017, 8:04 PM

South Africa’s Brad Binder claimed a podium position for a third time in succession in the Moto2 championship. Binder finished third behind his Red Bull KTM Ajo team-mate Miguel Oliveira and Team Marc VDS’s Franco Morbidelli in the Moto2 season finale at Valencia.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team has consolidated their Moto2 project with good results.The race started with a duel between Marc VDS duo, Alex Marquez and Morbidelli. The latter, however, squandered a better start after running wide in the first two corners.

Marquez led early on from pole, but was eventually demoted by Morbidelli on Lap 3.KTM duo, Oliveira and Brad Binder pushed into third and fourth. It took Oliveira five laps to make his move.

Morbidelli had built a two-second lead from the Spaniard.Oliveira went on to claim his and KTM’s third consecutive win in the Moto2 after a late surge on the champion.

Meanwhile, the season finale of the 50th year of the World Rallycross Championship was held right here in South Africa for the first time ever.

The top formula cars are the 447 kw supercars, which can outrun a Formula 1 car to 100 km/h by more than a second. These cars are modified hatchback saloons like the Peugeot 208, Audi S1, Ford Fiesta and VW Polo Gti.

Johan Kristoffersson opened a gap of 3-point-one seconds lead and never looked back. “It was an amazing week for us and it’s very great to finish in the best way. It’s so good to pack everything together and go here from a new victory. The way that Johan is driving now he really deserves the win. it’s a great honour to be part of this great team,” said Kristoffersson.

The 2018 season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will begin in Spain in April and again finish in South Africa in November.

 

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