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4 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za THE REPRESENTATIVE 23 March 2018 LOCAL IS LEKKER Do you live in Dordrecht – or call Cacadu home? Is Cofimvaba your place of residence or does Stutterheim have a special place in your heart? Send us your news C O U N T RYWAT C H KOMANI NEWS SEND YOUR NEWS Our country correspondents are active in their respective areas and will gather your news. Contact sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za for details of the correspondent in your area. Country news deadline: 10am on a Tuesday. Shoes for Sada pupils ABONGILE S O LU N D WA N A ATTORNEY Chuma Msamo handed over 542 pairs of school shoes to Sada Senior Primary School pupils last week. The 34-year-old attorney from Msamo Attorneys in East London said the initiative started after he witnessed his neighbour’s son wearing torn training shoes to school in 2013. Msamo was raised by an unemployed single mother of four and said he understood the struggles of an impoverished pupil and that it often led to children dropping out of school. “When I saw the boy, it did not sit well with me. I bought him a pair of shoes and a full school uniform. I then realised he was not the only one, but a mere representation of many like him.” Msamo said he never had a full school uniform himself. “I depended on hand-me-downs and most of the time I did not have any shoes. I went to school barefoot and if I received a pair I would polish them and use pieces of wire to mend them.” The boy’s story was what propelled him to reach out to many other pupils by starting a Let Me Walk to School shoe project in 2015. In 2016, Msamo donated 265 pairs to all pupils of Nomzamo Primary and 353 to Luvuyo Senior Primary in the area. Msamo also offers bursaries to underprivileged matriculants with good academic results. “I am drawn by pupils’ good performances. I give them a target to achieve and if they meet it I give them financial assistance. “This year I started a full funding bursary covering all costs. I assisted three matriculants from Ekuphumleni High.” He also assisted a youth from Mpumalanga who had matriculated with good results, after seeing him asking for help on social media. He said all these gestures were done out of humanity. Sada Senior Primary principal Douglas Gqola said when he received the news about the shoes and asked to get the sizes required, he was in a state of d i s b e l i e f. “I was not sure if I KEEP ON WALKING: Chuma Msamo, front, second from right, with the shoes donated to Sada Senior Primary School pupils Picture: SUPPLIED had heard him correctly, so I kept verifying to make sure. I was so surprised and not even sure that it would really happen. Sada is an area where pupils come from struggling families and when something of this nature happens, we are truly grateful. The parents were in awe.” DORDRECHT –A very successful tent-pegging tournament was held in Dordrecht on Saturday. The results were: best man at arms, senior – Basie Heckroodt. Victor Ludorum, senior – Johannes Myburgh. Best man at arms, junior – George Vorster. Victor Ludorum, junior – Bryan Muir. THE communit y extends condolences to Gordon Bradfield and family at the loss of Memory Bradfield. Her memorial service was held in the NG Church and officiated by the Reverend Graham G e r n e t z k y. THE Dordrecht High School’s student council attended a successful leadership camp in Hogsback r e c e n t l y. WITHDRAWAL / CANCELLATION OF INVITATION TO BID The Ikhala Technical Vocational Educational and Training (IPTVET) hereby withdraws/cancels the under mentioned bids. The bids were advertised on National Treasury Portal, Daily Dispatch, The Rep & Aliwal Weekly. Ref No: Bid Number Description Publication Date ITVETC001/08/2017 Security Services –Komani campus 18 August 2017 ITVETC002/08/2017 Security Services – Ezibeleni and 18 August 2017 Admin center Ikhala TVET College would like to apologize to all the bidders who had shown their interest in these bids, for any inconvenience this may have caused. The bidders who responded to the bid will not be expected to repurchase bid copies as communicated Ref No: RE-ADVERTISED RFQ/BID Number Services/ Product Evaluation Criteria ITVETC001/03/2018 Security Services - Komani Campus ITVETC002/03/2018 Security Services - Ezibeleni Engineering Campus Compulsory 80/20 29 March 2018, 12:00pm @ Queenstown Campus 80/20 29 March 2018, 10:00am @ Ezibeleni Admin Centre Tender/RFQ Closing 11:00, 13 April 2018 11:00, 13 April 2018 Documents can be purchased from Supply Chain Management Section, Ikhala TVET College, at a Non- Refundable fee of R150.00 each. Documents can be purchased at Zone D, Gwadana Drive, Ezibeleni, 5326 between 08:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Thursday and between 08:00 and 13:00 on Friday from 23 March 2018 to 13 April 2018. All compulsory documents must be completed: SBD1, SBD2, D BID FORM, SBD 3.1 SBD4, SBD 6.1, SBD8 and SBD9 which form part of the RFQ/BID documents. The suppliers must be registered on a Central Supplier Database (CSD). Additional Requirements for Bids:¿¿¿ ¿¿ Enquiries may be addressed to Mr. Tabo @ 047 873 8800 or Mr. N Futshane @ 047 873 8800. BIG FISHERMEN: Some junior anglers who competed in the Amatola Bass Classic were, from left, Graham Whetton, Jared Whittle, Tyler Rea, Nathan Lentz, sponsor Carmen Jannekar, Mitchell Bennett, Dian Coxen, Sean Craigie and Tamsyn Arthur STUTTERHEIM – The annual Amatola Bass Classic held at Wriggleswade Dam attracted some 69 boats with 139 anglers competing for one big fish to win an awesome Bass Maverick S boat paired with a Mercury 60hp two-stroke motor and fitted with a Motorguide 70lb 24V trolling motor. Many more terrific prizes were on offer, to which the regular competitors have become a c c u st o m e d . Cape Town angler Tom Stewart, fishing with his nephew Scott Buckley, held the lead on day one with a fish of 2.075kg. Hot on his heels was East London angler Tony Wessels with a fish of 1.820kg. Other decent fish were also caught, making for an interesting leader board. Sunday dawned fine as the anglers set off in their quest to beat Tom’s fish and secure that marvellous prize. In the end, Tom was victorious. Competitions of this magnitude are not possible without the continued loyal support of key sponsors. Every sponsor is a valued partner in this event. On day one, 1 150 fish were weighed at an average of 0.663kg and on day two, 121 fish, average weight 0.572kg. The biggest fish was 2.075kg by Tom Stewart; second – 1.820kg Tony Wessels; third – 1.770kg John Rhodes; fourth – 1.680kg Mark Gibson and fifth 1.540kg – Richard Watson. The heaviest bag winners were: first – 5.625kg John Rhodes and Guy Paulet; second – 5.165kg Richard Watson and Ben van Huysteen; and third – 4.935kg Luke Eberhardt and John Eberhardt. In the ladies’ section: first with 1.265kg – Hannelie Nel; second – 0.995kg Jacolien Fourie and third – 0.810kg Barbara Schwartz. Juniors: first – 0.960kg Mitchell Bennett; second – 0.920kg Graham Whetton and third – 0.815kg Dian Coxen. STUT TERHEIM High School are congratulated on their production of Sarafina – an African musical set in a Soweto school in the days of the struggle against apartheid. The exuberant, lively singing and dancing made for an enjoyable evening of theatre. Sarafina ((Zokhanya Kweleta), Colgate, (Yonela Mbusi) and Mistress (Alizwa Mahlahla) stood out among the cast. The show was well directed by Chantelle Pandelaere. The slides on the back wall were very effective and provided the right atmosphere. It was the enthusiasm of the entire cast and helpers that made it so worthwhile. PA R K R U N : Only 23 die-hard athletes completed Event #177 in cold, very wet and muddy conditions on Saturday. The route was thoroughly water-logged and had streams flowing where there had previously only been puddles. A minute’s silence was held in memory of Sylvia Noach who passed away on March 14. Less than four weeks previously she had completed her 100th. Her cheerful smile and encouragement to one and all will be sadly missed on a Saturday morning. Completed documents and Quotations (clearly marked with the relevant reference number and placed in a sealed ¿ Only companies who have submitted all of the above information will be considered for evaluation. Ikhala TVET College is under no obligation to give reasons for non-acceptance/rejection of any submission. All shortlisted bidders will be subjected to undergo a security screening in terms of Section 2(1) (b) of the National Strategic Intelligence Act 67 of 2002 as amended. STERKSTROOM – Congratulations to Tony and Rose McDougall, as well as parents Lara and Tim on the birth of their twin boys in Johannesburg. THE bi-annual senior citizens tea was held on Saturday in the NG Church hall, hosted by the Eng lish churches. The event was well attended by townsfolk and farmers and their wives. MC George Moorcoft kept everyone chuckling at his jokes while the boere orkes from Molteno, consisting of Helen Noorman and Irma Davel on the piano accordian and Lisel Stier on percussion played some g lden oldies for a sing-along. They also played a few waltzes and got some energetic people dancing. A great morning was enjoyed by all.

THE REPRESENTATIVE 23 March 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za 5 ‘Place EMLM under administration’ THE DA has criticised the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) for not informing residents under its jurisdiction of looming power cuts by Eskom due to the unpaid bill of R44-million owed by the local authority and has called for the area to be placed under provincial administration. In a press statement this week, DA caucus leader Chris de Wet said the DA had, on numerous occasions, warned residents about the looming crisis. “Prior to the amalgamation of the three separate municipalities to form the EMLM, the DA and several other organisations, as well as residents warned against the ill-conceived amalgamation which was a pre-conceived political decision by the ANC. “The DA warned that the amalgamation was not financially and practically viable and would ultimately lead to the demise of the new entity,” the statement said. Two years later and EMLM was DA says R75m cash flow deficit renders it bankrupt insolvent, he said. De Wet said residents were being kept in the dark about the financial position of the municipality and that new mayor Sisisi Tolashe, municipal manager Chris Magwangqana and the mayoral council had yet to inform residents about the proposed power cuts and the dire financial position of the local authority. “It has been left to business, civil organisations and the opposition to inform the residents what is going on. It is further left up to business to take the initiative to hold meetings with the premier to intervene. This clearly indicates a total lack of political leadership or accountability displayed by the mayor and her mayoral committee.” De Wet said it was important to face up to the reality that the outstanding Eskom bill was “only the tip of the iceberg”. He said from having surplus investments of over a R100-million at the time of the amalgamation, EMLM currently had about R1-million in its current account. “Secondly , the arrear Eskom account is R44-million. Thirdly, the new current Eskom account is R16-million. Fourthly, the other arrear creditors amount to R26-million. Fifthly, there is an amount of R15-million to be paid back to the MIG fund which was last year illegally used to make payment on the Eskom account. “Lastly, the present salary run will be R24-million. Aforesaid adds up to a staggering outstanding financial responsibility of R125-million.” EMLM was expecting the last payment of its Equitable Share Grant of R40-million as well as a R10-million VAT-refund totalling R50-million which meant a cash flow deficit of R75-million this month. “In accounting terms it implies that the municipality is, for all practical purposes, bankrupt. Aforesaid are amounts that the DA is aware of, but we have reason to believe that there are other debts which are not even disclosed yet.” De Wet said the DA wanted to disclose the details of the looming financial disaster to residents as they had a democratic right to know. “It is also necessary for residents to know how the municipality is mismanaged by the current ANC regime. “This town and municipality belongs to its residents and therefore the residents and ratepayers have every right to expect an open, transparent, effective and corruption-free local government that will provide proper service delivery in a financially viable manner.” He said the provisions of Section 139 of the Constitution should be invoked to allow the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, to place the municipality under administration. DA constituency leader and MP Terri Stander had sent a letter to Xasa requesting this to be done , he added. A Section 139 intervention would allow the appointment of an independent administrator to take control of the key aspects of the administration of the local authority and to develop a viable turn-around plan with the assistance of all relevant stakeholders. “The DA believes that aforesaid course of action is the only realistic chance EMLM has to avoid a total disaster. “ UNITED WE STAND: At the Baptist Church women’s day of prayer recently were, from left, Letitia Bovu, Sinovuyo Nkohla, Siyayivuyela Mzamo, Zimkitha Jam and Sisipho Hela Picture: SUPPLIED Serious water woes plague Ilinge ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA THE Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) has reported that 72 faulty water valves in Ilinge need to be repaired. Several Ilinge residents marched to the municipal offices recently, complaining about a lack of water in the area since January while the reservoir contained wat e r. CHDM communications manager Thobeka Mqamelo said the assessment of the valves was made by technicians on the instruction of the CHDM senior water services manager Moses Shasha. “The assessment was completed in two days in January. CHDM is in the process of procuring equipment for the project and any details regarding the amount of money to be used will be determined as soon as procurement is complete. The process will start as soon as the procurement process is concluded and the community will be informed through meetings, social facilitation and community service providers.” Two water tanks were added for more storage capacity in the Zwide, Vergenoeg and Ezitandini areas as requested by the community members, she said. “The tanks are filled three times a week to meet the demand – on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Although this is done we still urge people of Ilinge to use water economically to ensure sustainability, especially in areas that solely depend on water relayed by trucks.” Although community members said no feedback was given on the issue, Mqamelo said the township was one of the most water-scarce in CHDM and as a result, residents were being kept informed of the problems through ward meetings. “In the area we have community service providers of CHDM who collect information regarding water issues and hold monthly meetings,” Mqamelo said. “Meetings with organised structures also serve as a platform to exchange information regarding water issues.”