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The Rep 30 March 2018

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2 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za THE REPRESENTATIVE 30 March 2018 MEC at Easter N6 roadblock WSU hands MEC Weziwe Tikana has urged all road users in the Eastern Cape to be vigilant and adhere to the rules of the road to avoid accidents while travelling during the Easter holiday. She said this during the official launch of the Easter festive roadblock on the N6 on Friday. Tikana spent her morning checking the roadworthiness of the vehicles, licence discs and drivers’ licences. “The province is continuing with the road safety programme. We acknowledge that there will be many people visiting the province. We are focusing on the residents who must comply with road safety regulations, but most important is the vehicles they are using.” Among the things observed on the day was the matter of public transport operators who were not using trailers to transport goods. A taxi was found with luggage squeezed in between passengers’ seats and a fine was issued. “We are cautioning everyone to ARRIVE SAFELY: Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana engages with motorists and gives road safety tips during the Easter roadblock on the N6 outside Komani Picture: PHILANATHI RASMENI use roadworthy trailers at all times to avoid overloading the vehicles,” Tikana said. Tikana also announced amnesty on payment of traffic fines. She described it as the first of its kind in the province after considering a number of issues, including poverty, unemployment and economic challenges. The process will be rolled out as follows: ýOnly fines issued between April 1 2016 and September 31 2016 are granted amnesty; ýAmnesty is granted only to offenders coming voluntarily to check and pay their fines; ý50% discount is offered to volunteers on initial fines and not contempt of court monies; ýThe amnesty window period is open between April and September this year; ýNo amnesty will be granted to offenders during law enforcement o p e r at i o n s . ýVolunteers may enquire about their status at the nearest provincial traffic stations, the EC traffic infringement centre or the customer care line 0800-644-644. She said that volunteers would be exempted from arrest during this period, while those who did not adhere to rules, would face the full might of the law. over site ANDISA BONANI WALTER Sisulu University (WSU) has handed over a piece of land in Grey Street to a construction company for the construction of additional lecture rooms at the Komani campus. During the site handover, WSU campus rector Professor McGlory Speckman said the institution was serious about ensuring that the teaching environment contributed to the calibre of potential employees whom WSU wanted to produce. East London construction company Lezmin 1204 cc, owned by Sindiswa Maome, is set to commence building after the Easter weekend and is expected to complete the work within 12 months. Pat Dalgleish of MDA Architects also handed over the 12-month contract to Maome and indicated that WSU had requested that the company try to reduce the construction period to nine months. Speckman said WSU needed the additional lecture rooms urgently as some classes were crowded. The new building will consist of two lecture rooms and a hall which could be converted into two more lecture rooms and an ablution facility. MUSEUM WORK NEARS THE END BACK ON HOME TERRITORY: Frontier Museum curator Tobile Mdlela, top, assisted by community volunteers, returned animal exhibits to the heritage site in Komani on Friday. The museum is undergoing renovations. See story p16 Picture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA MABOVULA QUEENSTOWN Mabovula Management and the Staff would like to wish our Customers a blessed Easter. Thank you for being part of our family. May you feel the bright, joyful blessings God has to offer you during this Easter holiday. EASTER HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS: Friday: 30th closed Saturday 31st: open 08:00 to 13:45 Monday 2nd: closed No outages for EMLM From page 1 she was looking forward to the solutions of the multi-disciplinary team. “In 14 days, a follow-up meeting to table the report from the team will sit and a memorandum of understanding will be signed with EMLM. This municipalit y’s electricity woes have affected businesses negatively and revenue under-collection also played a huge role in what has transpired. “Businesses are willing to pay their accounts but most of them are not even billed. Recently one of our clients received a handwritten account – this is the level of professionalism that businesses get to deal with regularly.” In a telephonic interview, EMLM municipal manager Chris Magwangqana said a portion of the R44-million debt had been paid to Eskom and that he would meet with the mayoral committee on Wednesday to discuss issues related to payments. Only then would he be able to disclose the amount paid, he said. Quick response gets stolen vehicle back THE swift response of a Red Guard guarding supervisor who found a stolen vehicle in Robinson Road last Monday, resulted in the apprehension of suspects. Operations manager Willie Reynecke said the officers managed to apprehend the suspects following the theft of the vehicle from outside a sports bar in Green Street. The suspects were handed over to the police. On Wednesday, a security officer on duty at a local liquor store apprehended a suspect for the theft of crates. The crates were returned to the owner who declined to open a criminal case. Red Guard assisted in finding a Komani schoolboy who had gone missing on March 16 and was found in a disorientated state in the Komani district. One of three suspects who had allegedly assaulted a store owner, was apprehended and handed over to the police at the weekend. A child who was believed to have been kidnapped on Saturday evening, was found and returned to her mother at the weekend. On Sunday, two suspects who had allegedly robbed a shop owner, were apprehended and handed over to the police. Response officers managed to apprehend a suspect following an attempted hijacking in Komani on Sunday. He was handed over to the police. – Rep reporter PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS INCREASE YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND BY REDUCING OR ELIMINATING OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY MAKE YOU A TARGET FOR CRIMINALS. 35 Ebden Street, Komani Tel: 045 839 7228 | 044 010 0541 | Fax: 045 838 2430

THE REPRESENTATIVE 30 March 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za 3 IT IS SHOWTIME: Hangklip High School presented their concert, DSTV, to a delighted audience last week Picture: MEMORIES PHOTOGRAPHY Stuck casket angers family of deceased ABONGILE S O LU N D WA N A EZIBELENI unhappy about resident Loyiso Bobotyana is Enoch Mgjima’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) grave diggers after a deceased family member’s casket got stuck half way down into the grave during a funeral service in the Lukhanji cemetery. Bobotyana said the recent incident had brought further grief to family members who needed to get proper closure after losing their loved one. “We had to put the service on hold for an hour and get EPWP workers to dig the hole properly. We had to help to get the soil out of the hole. By the time we were done most of the people had left.” He said the incident was a bad experience, TIGHT FIT: Grave diggers try to enlarge a grave at Lukhanji cemtery Picture: SUPPLIED adding that he wondered how many other families had gone through the same experience and did not report the workers. “We pay for those services, they do not do it for nothing.” Bobotyana was also displeased by the state of the cemetery. “I have been to three funerals this month and the place has not been cleaned. The municipality used to take care of the graveyard and I do not understand why they st o p p e d . “When you go to the cemetery it is difficult to identify some graves because they are overgrown. “The municipality says the graveyard is a respectable place but there are no signs of dignit y.” Skyforce funeral director Thandile Ngwetsheni, who was conducting the service, said it was a rare case for a casket to get stuck in a grave. “I was quite shocked. I had once experienced it at a funeral I attended. I believe the people who dug the grave did not measure the whole thing, they only measured the top part.” He said the cemetery was not in a good state which made it difficult for people to walk. “The situation gets worse after rain. It becomes muddy and people’s shoes get stuck in the clay soil. I think the rain makes the vegetation grow q u i c ke r. ” At the time of going to print, Enoch Mgijima c o m m u n i c at i o n s manager Fundile Feketshane had not responded on the mat ter. GOTCHA: Flying Squad members from Komani arrested a suspect and seized three bags of dagga along the N6 at the weekend Picture: SUPPLIED

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