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The Rep 16 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 16 March 2018 Health department clamps down on street meat SIMTEMBILE MGIDI AS PART of a clampdown on the illegal sale of meat on the streets of Komani, the Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) health services confiscated meat from two hawkers, Paul Mutotobi and his brother Piet, in Komani Street r e c e n t l y. The Mutotobis had wrapped the meat in plastic bags and it was lying on the tar, waiting for customers who had pre-ordered. CHDM health inspectors said they had warned the hawkers repeatedly, and had engaged with them since last year in attempts to help them operate their EFF in listeriosis ‘ clean up’ at stores ANDISA BONANI BORDER-KEI Chamber of Business chairwoman Adre Bartis has reached an agreement with the EFF first to approach her before they take up issues with business. The agreement came after EFF members raided retail stores last Thursday in Komani, taking all Rainbow and Enterprise products out of fridges in the wake of the listeriosis health scare. Times Live reported on March 7 “EFF calls on ‘fighters’ to remove listeriosis products that NOT ON: Police remove the raw meat that was being sold in Komani Street Picture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI business legally. The brothers had been told to get a work permit and find a better site. CHDM communication manager Thobeka Mqamelo said CHDM was charged with the the EFF national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi had called on the public to visit retail stores including Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Woolworths and others to “help managers and staff of these retail stores to remove listeriosis products from our shelves”. Bartis called a meeting with the local EFF on Friday to discuss actions in Komani st o r e s . In the heated meeting, to which The Rep was invited, EFF chief whip Luthando Amos and Bartis argued about the party’s approach to the matter without responsibility of ensuring compliance with regulations. “The institution, as obliged by Act 61 of the National Health Act of 2003 and accompanying regulations, issued a seven-day first speaking to business owners. Amos indicated that they were assisting businesses to remove products from Rainbow and Enterprise. Business had been instructed to do so by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Only processed meats had been flagged. “These businesses only want to make money. They do not care about their customers’ health. It is our duty to remove the products so that people do not get sick.” Bartis said frozen and fresh chicken was not part of the list notice to the hawkers to discourage this practice as it did not comply with basic requirements of the legislation. “They acknowledged receipt of the notice, but continued with their act of defiance. The meat had to be confiscated and was stored in refrigerators.” The meat was returned to the Mutotobis the next day. It was explained why the meat had been confiscated, as it could be contaminated. “Prior [to] the notice, the CHDM warned the hawkers of dangers associated with their practices. We conducted education and awareness campaigns to prevent them from selling meat under of products to be removed and the EFF needed to check their facts first. “Chicken was never part of the list and if the EFF had problems they should have approached owners in a civilised manner. Next time the EFF has problems they should first speak to me and I will convey the message.” Lukhanji SuperSPAR owner Sandy Mills said what the EFF had done was illegal and the store had removed all the products listed. “They intimidated people by just walking in and causing chaos.” such conditions. We do this to protect the community and to curb exposure to diseases that are rife in foods exposed to heat.” She said people who wanted a stand to sell as hawkers should approach the local municipality for permits. The district municipality would continue to conduct inspections to ensure compliance. Paul said they had started to engage with a health inspector last year when he told them it was not right to sell meat on the st reet. “It was around May or June and I called my boss. The health inspector said they would confiscate the meat and our boss said the meat was healthy.” He said the inspector said he would come with a way on how the brothers could get a work permit. “I gave him my number. He was going to call me, but up to now I have been waiting.” Mutotobi said he was surprised that the health inspector had brought police to confiscate the meat. He said he was led to believe that as they were only on the site for a brief period of between 20 and 30 minutes to deliver meat to their customers, they did not need a permit. Police spokeswoman Captain Namhla Mdleleni had not commented at the time of going to print. GRIEVANCE: EFF members in Shoprite, removing Rainbow chicken products from the store's fridges while customers and staff look on IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS: Lukhanji circuit principals came together to celebrate the circuit as the best performing circuit in cluster B with the trophy and certificate awarded on February 28 in East London. Cluster B includes the Nelson Mandela Metro, Grahamstown and the Buffalo City Metro. Lukhanji circuit head Mxolanisi Gongqa said this meant that the circuit was probably the top performing circuit for the 2017 national senior certificate results in the province. ‘This indeed is a huge milestone. I expressed my heartfelt gratitude to the commanders of our high schools in particular for this achievement and I have requested them to convey that to the educators. They are the ones who made not only the circuit proud, but the entire Chris Hani West dist rict.’ MUTTON WHOLE 1/2 - 1/4 BEEF CHUCK SWEET CHILLY CHICKEN WORS PORK TEXAN STEAKS HONEY GLAZED PORK RASHERS SPICEY CHICKEN WINGS COASTAL VIEW MILK 1LT SUPER WHITE SAMP 5KG FROZEN CHIPS 1KG R69.95 KG R59.95 KG R49.95 KG R54.95 KG R54.95 KG R44.95 KG R 9.95 EA R28.95 EA R 8.95 EA E&OE-WHILE STOCKS LAST-LIMITED QUANTITIES WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW SPECIALS WITHOUT NOTICE SPECIALS VALID FROM THE 15TH TO THE 16TH MARCH!!!! Officers thwart various thefts LAST Wednesday morning Red Guard security officers on duty at a hardware store apprehended a suspect for theft from the shop, operations manager Willie Reynecke told The Rep. The stolen goods were recovered and returned and the suspect handed over to the police. On Thursday afternoon response officers attended to a panic alarm at a tavern where they apprehended a suspect who had stabbed a patron with a knife. The suspect was handed over to the police. Response officers on Saturday afternoon attended to a panic alarm at a filling station where they found two patients who had escaped from Komani Hospital. They were taken back to the hospital and handed over to a nurse on duty. That evening they were summoned by a panic alarm to a supermarket where they apprehended a suspect who had stolen goods from the store. The suspect paid for the stolen items and was released after the store manager declined to open a criminal case. Later that night the security officer on duty at a scrap metal dealership noticed during his patrol that the electric fence at the business had been cut. He reported it and response officers were dispatched to the premises. It was discovered that the suspects had only cut the electric fence and not the inner fence, and the alertness of the security officer prevented the suspects from entering the premises. On Sunday afternoon a security officer was posted at a store after an attempted break-in which was prevented through the quick response of response officers. The security officer noticed that the suspects had returned to the premises and he sounded an alarm. Response officers apprehended six suspects who had not been able to enter the store. They were released after the owner declined to open a case. PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS INCREASE YOUR AWARENESS AND ALERTNESS AGAINST POSSIBLE CRIME IN PLACES OR AREAS WHERE YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE. 35 Ebden Street, Komani Tel: 045 839 7228 | 044 010 0541 | Fax: 045 838 2430

THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 March 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za 3 Va n d a l i s m adds to woes From page 1 plant of the CHDM had contributed to sewage problems already experienced in the town. BKCOB executive director Les Holbrook said two meetings had been held with premier Phumulo Masualle to date about challenges facing the local government structures in the area. In a meeting attended by Masualle, the BKCOB, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Fikile Xasa, heads of department of the provincial government, the treasury departments, the water affairs department and local government structures in Bhisho on Wednesday, Eskom’s notice of intent to put the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality on limited power supply for an indefinite period – an action which would be escalated, leaving the area without electricity for extended periods – due to unpaid debts of over R44-million, was highlighted. Other issues raised included the lack of water accounts being sent out to residents and other related infrastructural issues. Holbrook said following a lengthy discussion, the premier had made Xasa the politician responsible for the recovery of the area’s local government affairs. Masualle had also listed attention to the issues identified in the meeting as a priority while he had called for a full report within seven days from EMLM on what was being done to fix highlighted issues. “BKCOB is taking the issues to the highest level of governance in the province.” Masualle indicated during an interview with The Rep on Friday that it was the first time he had heard about the municipality’s debt to Eskom. “This is between the community, Eskom and the municipality because people use electricity and are supposed to pay the municipality. I have witnessed a similar problem in another municipality where the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Eskom reached an agreement to reach a resolution, but we will try to meet with the municipality and see what can be done.” Problems p l e n t i fu l CHUX FOURIE THE Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) deals with more than 200 water leaks and blockages of the sanitation system in the municipal area a week. CHDM spokesman Thobeka Mqamelo, reacting to queries from The Rep following a number of complaints, said reasons for blockages were varied including vandalism and theft of infrastructure where, for example, manhole covers were stolen and allegedly sold as scrap metal. This allowed in sand and other debris which blocked the system. The municipality was replacing these manhole covers with non-metal lids. There was also a tendency to dump foreign objects in the system which caused huge problems. Items such as rocks, furniture, car parts and dead animals were often found and affected the flow. It took time to resolve blockages as was recently the case in Ezibeleni where rods and a jetting machine were ineffective and the area had to be excavated for the blockage to be cleared. To heighten awareness, education programs were conducted and monitoring and site inspections done to improve early detection and response time. Regarding leaks at Amatola Close and near Laerskool Hangklip, Mqamelo said excavation had to be undertaken to resolve the problem near Hangklip, and in Amatola Close it was found construction had been done on top of a sewerage line, hindering plumbers from reaching the point where a leak had to be repaired. It had since been resolved to divert the sewerage line and plans had been obtained from EMLM. New Rest resident Gale Redcliffe said she had had a sewage leak near her home for months and despite reporting it to the local authorities, it continued. “There is ongoing leakage at the drain and the stench is so bad that I no longer open the kitchen door. Our sceptic tank lid fell into the tank and raw sewage is exposed. I live with children and a dog. I worry that they might drown in the tank.” CHDM had taken over the former WSSA staff, vehicles, functions and equipment last year. 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