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Van Rooyen wants to boost municipalities
5 November 2017, 6:26 PM

Minister for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs  Des Van Rooyen says there is a need of strengthening the capacity of local municipalities to deliver basic services to the residents. Addressing local government stakeholders at Mahikeng in the North West, Van Rooyen raised his concern about what he says is an on-going problem of governance and a lack of political will among the leadership of some municipalities.

Van Rooyen’s engagement with all stakeholders in the local government sector was part of his ministry’s assessment in progress on the back to basics programme in municipalities. So far he has visited the Free State and Northern Cape. The North West was the third to be visited.  The minister  has acknowledged that in all the provinces he has visited so far, there are common problems facing municipalities.

In the North West, which consists of 22 municipalities, Van Rooyen says half of them need urgent intervention.

“There is an issue on governance but also we have picked up that there is also an issue of lack of proper consequence management provision, and thirdly we have also identified that there is lack of political will among the leadership of these municipalities to give effect to some of the recommendations that are coming out of our interventions.”

What seems to be a serious problem, is the inability by the district municipalities to assist local municipalities in ensuring the provision of water services to the communities. Minister Van Rooyen says this is a matter of concern to them.

“We have also realised that the district municipalities have not been that necessarily hands on to support individual municipalities. So we have emphasised on the need to resuscitating our inter governmental relation framework forums at the district level and we will be assigning our officials to sit on those forums. We think those forums will assist us also to monitor the implementation of these intervention plans but also recovery plan that are going to be developed for these individual municipalities.”

The Tswaing Local Municipality which include Delareyville, is one of the worst affected. It falls under the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality. A few weeks ago the community embarked on violent protests, demanding water. They alleged that they have been without water for over five years.

North West MEC for Local Government, Fenny Gaolaolwe, has acknowledged that Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality is leading in failing to assist local municipalities in the provision of water services. “The district does not assist the locals in providing water to the communities but as the province we have taken a resolution that those local municipalities that falls within Ngaka Modiri Molema, we are busy trying to assist them to be water service authorities. We are aware that Ngaka Modiri Molema is not doing very well but right now we are busy trying to intervene.”

Meanwhile, other municipalities that fall under Ngaka Modiri Molema district,  also have water challenges. These include Mahikeng, Ratlou in Setlagole, Ramotshere Moiloa in Zeerust and Ditsobotla in Lichtenburg.

 

 

 

 

South Africa’s diplomatic relations with Botswana at odds
5 November 2017, 4:09 PM

The Botswana government has officially lodged a complain with South Africa’s Ministry of International Relations after Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s convoy allegedly pushed Botswana President Ian Khama’s vehicles off the road, in Botswana this past week. South Africa’s diplomatic and bilateral relations with Botswana have been good over the years.

Relations between the two countries dates a while back and were formalised with the establishment of Representative Offices in both countries in 1992. The upgrading of relations to full diplomatic level came into force on 22 June 1994. Now there are reports that Gaborone is not happy with Pretoria over an incident, where North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, was attending an official event in Botswana last week. The office of Botswana President Ian Khama, accuses Premier Mahumapelo’s convoy of pushing its President out of the road during last week’s visit.

” The incident did occur and we did express concern to the South Africa government. We are concern , we confirm the situation where the one convoy basically, pushed the other convoy off the road so we have expressed concern about that. From our Foreign Ministry to your Foreign Ministry,” said Jeff Ramsey, Botswana government and presidential spokesperson.

North West and Botswana’s capital Gaborone are a two-hour drive apart.  Asked for a comment, Premier Mahumapelo’s spokesperson Brain Setswangmbung confirmed that Premier was in Botswana last week.

“We have a very good relationship with that government from time to time when they have events, they are attended by the Premier. In respect this specific incident, we do not have any knowledge about it because the Premier or his office has not received any complain to that effect,” said Setswangmbung.

Approached for a comment on this matter, spokesperson for the Department of International Relations, Clayson Monyela had this to say. “I am not commenting on that thing, you have to call the Botswana government. If they have confirmed then you have to run with what they are telling you.”

With information not forthcoming from South African government it remains to be seen how relations, if any, will be affected as Botswana government is expecting a response from Pretoria this week.

 

Police warn against reporting false cases
5 November 2017, 2:54 PM

Police have issued a stern warning against giving false information about crime. This comes after a 29 year-old man gave a false statement to the police at the Humewood Police station in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, claiming he was hijacked and robbed.

Police questioned him as they were suspicious of his version and it later turned out he was robbed of his cellphone, wallet and keys while he was sitting with a woman in a parked car and was not hijacked.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu says they have opened a case of perjury against him.

“A case of hijacking is a serious crime and every relevant role player including forensic experts are summoned to the scene.  We are also warning the public especially those from ‘out of town’ to be vigilant and refrain from picking up prostitutes as many cases of robbery and carjacking have been opened only to find out later  that the amorous complainants are robbed and attacked while busy. Police are also advising people especially students who negligently lose their laptops and cell phones  that they will be  arrested and charged if they falsely open cases for insurance claims. We are working closely with insurance companies in an effort to clamp down on false reporting.”

Shane Lowry, Kiradech Aphibarnrat share Turkish lead
4 November 2017, 9:25 PM

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat share the lead after the third round of the Turkish Open golf tournament in Antalya. The pair are tied on 14-under and lead by two strokes after carding a 65 and 66 respectively.

Lowry had arguably the most consistent round on day three in Antalya. The Irish golfer picked up three strokes on his front nine to make the turn in 31. He rolled in three more birdies from the 11th to the 13th holes and eventually signing for a flawless 6 under par 65 for a total of 199, 14 under par.

Keeping pace with him was Aphibarnrat who also enjoyed a blemish free round. A three time winner on the European Tour, the Thai picked up five shots for his 66. Lowry’s compatriot Padraig Harrington, England’s Justin Rose and overnight leader Nicolas Colsearts are two strokes behind the leaders. Harrington and Rose both returned the lowest round of the day, a 64.

Colsearts, who had a four shot lead after the second round imploded on his homeward nine with two bogeys and a double bogey slumping to a dismal two-over par 73. Dylan Frittelly is the best placed South African, heading into the final day.

Frittelli, whose scorecard was also unblemished, eagled the par five 12th hole on his way to a 66 and is tied with a group of five others who are four shots adrift on 10-under.

Sisulu pays tribute to OR Tambo
4 November 2017, 9:01 PM

Human Settlements Minister and ANC presidential hopeful, Lindiwe Sisulu, says former ANC President Oliver Tambo had a strong moral background that guided him at all times. Sisulu addressed residents of Sedibeng, in Vanderbijlpark, this afternoon. She emphasised that Tambo valued and treasured his people.

Sisulu says his legacy will never die. “At the bottom of his heart what he treasure the most was humanity and morality nothing else and this is what he would like us to follow in the ANC to follow in his footsteps. What would would OR think of our present challenges, what advise would he give to us as a movement. What would Tambo say about a fractured ANC, a fractured alliance? What would he say about the divisions within us?”

 

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