6 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: firstname.lastname@example.org - advertising: email@example.com THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 March 2018 EDITORIAL OPINION Campus: new meaning for Komani? WALTER Sisulu Universit y’s plans of establishing a campus worth billions just off the N6 near Komani Hospital may seem like a pipe dream to some. So much money on a campus? In Komani? Yet the plans for the university seem to be gathering momentum. While WSU has been facing challenges, such as violence over a lack of accommodation at some of its campuses, including in Butterworth and Buffalo City, it seems the university has big plans for Komani. The location of the campus on the outskirts of the town on a busy national road bodes well for visibility and the first battle was won when the municipality let WSU have the ground for nothing, showing that the potential of such a development has gained local interest and suppor t. An environmental impact study (EIS) is under way and it seems as if it is full steam ahead for a project which could contribute greatly towards changing the face of the town and its immediate surrounds. So, let’s look at the benefits of such a campus and, by extension, the investment into tertiary education – not only for IN TOUCH ... with Phumelele P Hlati Komani, but for the province. Many students wanting to stay close to home would no longer need to travel long distances to access tertiary education. With Komani a central point for a number of surrounding towns, tertiary education closer to home would become a reality. Where there are students, there are increased demands for accommodation, for eateries, for services such as laundromats and for entertainment. The result for Komani would be investment in property and development of such commodities, resulting in growth and job creation. In addition, the area which has long been lauded as a potential economic growth hub, will be able to draw on the reputation of a centre of education to boost its investment potential. There are, of course, a lot of things which need to happen first, starting with fixing the infrastructure of the existing Komani and ensuring that it is clean, able to cater for such development in terms of service delivery and that the local government structures are financially and administratively st a b l e . If we can achieve that, the sky is the limit. Silent killer WHEN more than 100 mentally ill adequate alarm was raised. Last patients died in Gauteng when they year, the Health Department was still were moved from Life Esidimeni fumbling in the dark as cases began Hospital, many people were shocked to pile up and people began to die. and outraged. The saga was On many occasions, the Minister splashed all over the news and of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said they action was called for from could not identify the source of the government and an inquiry swiftly outbreak until a few weeks ago. instituted. It became clear who was Has he been lying to us? Has his at fault as there was never any department tried to avoid pointing justification for moving the patients fingers at the big conglomerate, to NGOs which were never ready to Tiger Brands, until it was impossible receive such high-care patients. not to? Has big money tried to Was it the lure of money that protect itself – firstly from huge caused the NGOs to even losses, secondly, from potentially contemplate taking in such patients devastating class action suits and for whom they had no experience or thirdly, from a huge loss of market capacity to care? Was it complete share? negligence and a H av e cavalier attitude of the Gauteng health department for the most vulnerable of the communit y? One thing was certain – there was a complete failure on the part of the Gauteng government to care for these patients. While the deaths made headlines, another mass killer quietly went about killing more than 180 people in a year. What made this killer more insidious is that it carried out its grim task through food. If you cannot trust what you purchase from the shops what can you trust? We all expect the plethora of checks and balances in the laws that govern our food will keep us safe and if any potential contamination occurs it will be nipped in the bud swiftly and efficiently. However, for more than a year listeria has been ravaging communities quietly and no monetar y concerns kept the listeria outbreak under wraps, killing a few more people in the process? Could Tiger Brands and the Health Department have moved with more haste on the matter at the first sign of the outbreak last year? Were considerations other than the safety of citizens taken into account? In December, there was a W h at s A pp voice note that went around wherein a doctor said that the listeria outbreak was worse than what the Health Department was saying. At the time, many of us dismissed it as scaremongering, but with hindsight it was very accurate. Can we trust what we are being told now? What other foods have dangers lurking in them? Can we trust that what we eat will not make us sick? Not in South Africa – this is just the tip of an iceberg. CONGRATULATIONS! Eldo Coaches branch manager, Rowan Smith handed over the return tickets to the five winners in The Rep and Eldo Coaches competition with, from left Zamayedwa Tyesi, Nobuntu Madikane, Siyanda Gunuza, Noma-India Mbula, Newman Sigenu and Smith Picture: PILANATHI RASMENI FACE 2 FA C E Question: What impact will the budget speech (VAT increase) have on your ministr y? Answer: The budget speech will not affect me in any way, simply because I live above the budget. I do not live according to the wave. My life is entirely according to the SISIPHO NDEVU YOUR VOICE ... vox pops on the street with Christ the King director Lydia Namugosa What do you think about ... FINANCE Minister Nhlanhla Nene recently announced that as from April 1, Value Added Tax will increase by 1% from 14 to 15%. The Rep intern P i l a n at h i Rasmeni took to the streets to find out how it will affect them. Sisipho Ndevu from Komani We will suffer. The poor will remain poor and the rich will remain rich. My concern is that we are currently unemployed and we will not afford food and cosmetics. I do not have any hope for employment and as a result I am word of God which is Yes and Amen, so whether the VAT has increased or decreased it has no effect on me or my schools. Q: Why did you choose South Africa as your place of r e s i d e n c e? A. I did not actively choose South Africa. I realised that God wanted me to travel to another country in order to establish a ministry with children. To me it is not a business; it is a calling and that is why my schools are flooded with children. Q: Please share some advice with other entrepreneurial spirits. A. Put God first. They must give their lives to Christ (be born again). Read the word of God daily, Hosea 4:6, apply the word in Habakkuk 2:2. Everyone has a vision, write it down and wait for an appointed time. Even though it lingers, wait...it will come to pass and it will speak for i t s e l f. Q: What makes you feel relaxed after a long, hectic day? A. Worship music makes me relax. It ushers me into the presence of God and I feel as if I am in heaven. Q: Please list three items that are always in your handbag? A. My Bible, my cellphone and lip balm. Q: What three words best describe you? A. Kind, careless (a bit) and reliable. Q: What are some of the things you want to AHLUMA DYOMFANA LITHA WAKHABA WONGEKA NYATHI LANTHUS PAUL planning on starting up my own business. Ahluma Dyomfana from Komani It will have a negative impact, especially on students, because we do not have any source of income. The VAT increase will influence my vote next y e a r. Litha Wakhaba from Komani The VAT hike will not affect me because financially I am prepared. I am certain that I will survive throughout accomplish before you die? A. I want to see that children who are less privileged have bright futures, to stop child abuse, for families to reconcile and for street children to change into responsible citizens. Q: What book has influenced you the most? A. The Bible is the book that has influenced me most. Q: What’s the best thing about traveling? How about the worst thing? A. The best thing is that you leave familiar people and get to know new people who will receive you with great expectations. In that way you can discover who you are and how you can be a blessing to someone else. The worst thing about travelling is that sometimes you are lonely, because it is not easy to find a true friend. Q: Given a chance to fix one thing about Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality what would it be? A. One of the things I would like to help with is to stop men from urinating everywhere and polluting the town by ensuring there are more public toilets. Also I would end the promotion of abor tion. this year. Wongeka Nyathi from Komani The airtime prices will increase. Service providers have already sent messages to warn us. If ever there is a VAT increase at least the salaries should also increase to meet us halfway. Lanthus Paul from Komani I think it is stupid to pay for people to steal more money. We will be paying for the gaps in government finances which are caused by corruption.
THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 March 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: firstname.lastname@example.org - advertising: email@example.com 7 IN OUR POST BAG 24 Prince Alfred Street, Queenstown or firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (045) 839-4059 Letters must be accompanied by the name and address of the author. A pseudonym should be supplied where necessary. The editor reserves the rights to choose and edit letters for publication. Defamatory and slanderous letters will not be considered. Letters have to be brief and to the point due to space restrictions. Please limit letters to 250 words or less More support canvassed for mayor Tolashe EDDIE Luppnow of Komani writes: I want to associate myself with the sentiments expressed by Mzwabantu Dapula (“It is time to rally around mayor” The Rep, March 9) in asking the community to rally around the new Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality executive mayor, Sisisi Tolashe. I first met this lady during the dark days of our political past when she was part of the ANC team which negotiated the lifting of the consumer boycott which had such a devastating effect on the economy and the people of the former Queenstown. The new mayor is tough and logical and has a sound moral base. It came as no surprise to me when I heard that the ANC had decided to deploy her to the position of mayor. The community will find her uncompromising when she takes a stand. I am sure that when she finds her feet in the disgusting mess that she has inherited we will witness a very positive change in the affairs of our town. I predict that the councillors and staff will soon be put to some useful purposes. Good luck Madam Mayor – you have much support for the task which lies ahead for you. COOLER temperatures will be the order of the day this weekend and one might be tempted to think autumn is on its way. Today there is a 70% chance of good rain and although the minimum and maximum temperatures will be as low as 8 and 14°C, the humidity will be ZWELIBANGILE Modi of Ezibeleni w r i te s : The question of the land expropriation without compensation needs to be debated by cool headed South Africans of all races. It’s quite a hot potato but it needs to be carefully peeled anyway. So far there has been no one who has come up with the kind of process which will be followed in the land expropriation programme. However, the EFF’s idea that the land must be owned by the state is ret rogressive. We actually come from that era and it is the root cause for the massive poverty of black people in KOMANIW E AT H E R uncomfortably high. Tomorrow will again be overcast and there is a slight chance of a little rain. The minimum temperature will be 9°C and the maximum 16°C. Although the humidity will not be as bad as is predicted for today, it will remain on the high side. this country. The EFF should know that during the national party rule, the land for the blacks was under the control of the state or under the traditional leadership control. In the then so-called locations no black person owned land or had a title deed and black households were being issued with what was called a certificate of occupation. We could not sell our houses because we did not own them, and our white counterparts owned their properties they could sell or took up mortgage bonds against them. The same applied to the village On Sunday there is a 50% chance of some rain. The early morning temperature will be up to 13°C, rising to 24°C at the maximum. Humidity will remain e l e vat e d . Thunderstorms are possible most days next week. – w w w. i n f o s i g h t . c o . z a State ownership no solution dwellers – they could not sell their houses or fields because they owned no land. I cannot support the expropriation of land for state ownership. The land must be given those who do not have it for free and the title deeds be issued to the owners. Even the rural land under the traditional leadership must be allocated to individual occupiers thereof and they must be issued with title deeds – all land carries the same value. The body which is going to debate this must be accessible and only sit in big cities. H A P PY birthday wishes are extended to Gcobani Msindwana (today), Dee Brill, Anné Visser and Brett Barber (tomorrow), Roger Carthew, Leighty Rittles, Colette Heuer and Lisa Oelofse (March 19), Derek Helm (March 20), Graham van Heerden (March 22), Lana Smith (March 23), Jacques Jordaan and Sean Russell (March 24), Di Peltenburg (March 25), SOCIETY SNIPPETS From birthdays to anniversaries to achievements to notices ... Share your information with us on email@example.com or fax (045) 839-4059 Sam Millar (March 27), Christa Watt (March 29), Malvin Charasika and Herman Venter (March 30), Ronel Taylor (March 31). BELATED birthday wishes to Natalie Hardnick (March 10), Lana Blom and Khayone Menze (March 12), Bianca le Roux and Meliah Rittles (March 13), Dorothy Rittles and Luchay Rittles (March 14), Meredith Sampson and Marius Grobler (yesterday). ANNIVERS ARY wishes are extended to Keith and Droes Wood on April 2. CONDOLENCESto the family and friends of the late Lionel Stride, Andiswa Bana, Nomathemba Nyawula, Nonkululeko Moses, Simphiwe Sidondi, Phelokazi Dastile and Nomhle Saleni. DON’T forget that it’s Human Rights Day on Wednesday, April 21. Celebrate our Constitution and the human rights we enjoy in South Africa. I’VE GOT THIS: Asiyolise Melamane doing the sack race during the Thistledown Pre-school sports day Picture: SUPPLIED