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The Rep 16 March 2018

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10 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: - advertising: THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 March 2018 WATER-SMART NATION: The #WaterSmartNation team at the Komani Sanlam building on Saturday, from left, SABC3 news presenter Peter Ndoro, Unilever SA Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business director Shobna Persadh ,SA Coca-Cola Beverages head of corporate communication and reputation Wendy Thole-Muir, Thembekile Mandela FoundationCEO and founder Ndileka Mandela, Department of Water and Sanitation s p o ke s m a n Sputnik Ratau, Sunlight brand manager Justine Agnew, Thembekile Mandela Foundation resource mobilisation head Dr Liaqat Azam Picture: SUPPLIED AND … A CT I O N ! Komani youths pose for the camera during the three-day SABC 2 Showville talent search at the we e ke n d Picture: ABONGILE S O LU N D WA N A Collective effort to save every drop ABONGILE S O LU N D WA N A SUNLIGHT 2-in-1, in partnership with the Department of Water and Sanitation, Coca-Cola Beverages and Operation SA, made a stop in Komani as part of its #Wat e r S mar tNat i o n water-saving campaign r o a d s h o w. The event took place at the Sanlam building on Saturday. SABC3 news presenter Peter Ndoro wa s MC at the roadshow event. Unilever laundry South Africa director Jane Fenner said the purpose of the tour was to educate South Africans on how to save water practically, as well as reducing household expenses in the process. “Over the past three years, we have seen the impact of our relentless efforts to promote water saving. Having recognised the tangible difference in the communities we previously reached, we are compelled to do more and to help the country to become water-smar t.” The current drought in the country was reported as the worst in more than 30 years. Fenner said, “C l i m at e change has had an adverse impact on sub-Saharan Africa’s rainfall. We have seen the drought impact on KwaZulu-Natal in 2016, as well as Gauteng and the Western Cape last y e a r. “This year we are seeing its impact in water levels at dams in the Eastern and Western Cape that have resulted in water rest rictions.” She said drought was not exclusively a government problem but should be a collective effort of corporate South Africa, civil society and ordinary people who should unite to address the challenge by pledging to save water at s u n l i g h t wa t e r p l e d g e . c o . z a “Working together towards a water-smart nation, we believe will ensure that we are careful and conscious of how we use water, a lesson that will go a long way towards saving water cost even when the situation has improved” said Fenner. Department of Water and Sanitation spokesman Sputnik Ratau said the drought had necessitated “t h at we engage with Sunlight 2-in-1 who is committed to engaging the nation on how to improve household water consumption regardless of a limited water supply or not.” Last year, the company helped South Africa save more than 78 million litres of water through its easy-to-rinse product.

THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 March 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: - advertising: 11 GOTCHA: Khat recovered from a vehicle in Komani MEMBERS of the Komani police have confiscated khat found in an abandoned vehicle in Komani. Police spokesman Captain Namhla Mdleleni said police had followed up on information of a vehicle believed to be transporting drugs along the R61 towards the Picture: SAPS Khat found in abandoned car town. Police had spotted the vehicle and a chase ensued. The car, a VW Polo, was found abandoned in Queen’s Drive. Khat found inside the vehicle was seized and registered at the Komani police station. – Rep repor ter IT’S BEEN FUN! Annabelle Breytenbach enjoyed dress-up day at Playzone Educare and Aftercare recently Cuts spark concer n SIMTEMBILE MGIDI KOMANI Chamber of Business chairwoman Adre Bartis said this week that business in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality area had reacted with concern as to how proposed power cuts would affect their businesses (see story page 1). Bartis, responding to questions from The Rep said business could not have a situation where electricity was off indefinitely for long periods of time during the day. “Big and small businesses will be affected and would have to put measures in place not within their budgets to ensure that their businesses run effectively or at least keep afloat during times of electricity cuts.” The Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB) had engaged in meetings with premier Phumulo Masaulle about the proposed cuts this week and had also spoken on other issues of concern within the municipality. “A task team was set up in October last year that undertook to tackle issues regarding infrastructure, revenue collection and HR. This team is made up of OTP, Misa [Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent], c o o p e r at i v e governance and traditional affairs, local municipal officials and business [the chamber]. “There was a memorandum of understanding (MoU) drafted and this was to be signed on November 2 but this was not done due to some technical issues that occurred. This MoU was also raised in the discussions with the premier and will now have a response in the next 14 days.” Bartis said the meeting with the premier had been productive because all parties were present “and it was clear the municipality was open to be assisted in any manner”. “The municipality was honest about their current situation which makes intervention easier. The parties are now working on a plan to resolve all the issues. Although the MM and the mayor is new, they are not scared to engage with business and to accept support. They understand that they have to listen to businesses and the community to be able to understand what they are going through and to work from that point.” The BKCOB had tried to engage with the Chris Hani District Municipality, “but unfortunately we have not received any responses to any correspondence that were sent to them since August last year. Hence we have been dealing with the premier’s office.”

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