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    BABALWA NDLANYA

    A

    COUNCIL meeting that was

    scheduled to be held in theCoun-

    cil Chambers of Mbhashe Local

    Municipality in Dutywa had to

    be postponed owing to a sit-in by

    the municipal employees.

    One of the councillors, who did not want

    to benamed, confirmed that the councilmeet-

    ing did not take place and that the political

    leadership went to the police station for safe-

    ty.

    We dont know when the next council

    meeting will be held, said the councillor.

    The employees embarked on a sit-in from

    Monday last week demanding a progress re-

    port about benchmarking from the acting

    municipal manager, Mvuyisi Nofemela.

    TheDeputy Chairperson for the SouthAfri-

    canMunicipalWorkersUnion (SAMWU) said

    the problemstarted last yearwhen they found

    that employees were not paid equal salaries

    even though they were doing the same job.

    We saw that there is a gap in the salaries

    of employees. We then took the matter to the

    council and the council asked the matter to

    be taken to the administration for implemen-

    tation, said Mlondleni.

    He said they hosted several meetings try-

    ing to follow-up on this, but it was in vain.

    The main problem started when this new

    acting municipal manager started acting. He

    failed to give us a progress report.

    According to Mlondleni, one of the reasons

    for the problems the Municipality is facing,

    is the fact thatmany of the positions are filled

    by acting officials and not permanently.

    We waited several times for him to come

    and address this issue but he is not coming

    to us. We will sit here until he comes to us

    with better words.

    Mlondleni confirmed that Dutywa town is

    very dirty because no one is removing rub-

    bish since all of the workers are on strike.

    Nofemela said before November 25,

    SAMWU had been demanding implementa-

    tion of an unlawful process of standardiza-

    tion which seeks to place posts in task grades

    that have not been evaluated, and graded

    based on the functions and duties that the in-

    cumbent performs.

    According to Nofemela, a similar internal

    arrangement was implemented in 2010 by the

    Municipality. Staffwere placed inunderserv-

    ing task grades resulting in an irregular in-

    creases in salaries.

    He said a commitmentwasmade by the em-

    ployers component to undertake a bench-

    marking process with municipalities who

    are in the same category as Mbhashe.

    There was a follow-up and progress report

    meeting with SAMWU, the employee compo-

    nent, on December 5, where it was brought

    to their attention that an Outcomes Report

    will be called, presented and discussed for

    consideration frommunicipalities that fall in

    the same category as Mbhashe.

    A reminder was also sent to SAMWUs

    Chairperson at 8.07 in the evening through

    an sms communication by the Acting MM

    (Nofemela) reminding him of the resched-

    uled session. Instead of waiting for the re-

    port, employees led by the Union Leadership

    decided to protest on Monday morning, and

    in the process threatening and forcefully

    evicting staff members who were working;

    burning papers inside municipal offices,

    throwing unknown forms of powders and

    spitting onto some of the working staff mem-

    bers.

    According to Nofemela, the political lead-

    ership and management went to address the

    protesters accompanied by the police, but

    were refused entry into the municipal build-

    ing by the protestors who were swearing and

    not allowing Nofemela to address them.

    He said this unlawful practice left theman-

    agement with no choice but to ask for an ur-

    gent interdict.

    As management of the institution we will

    continue with the process of approaching the

    union leadership to provide them with clear

    guidelines, procedures and report on the

    above matter, said Nofemela.

    Sitindisrupts councilmeeting

    Rubbish is strewn all over the streets of Dutywa due to the strike by Mbhashe Municipality

    workers. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA Mbhashe Municipality Workers toi toying and singing in the streets of Dutywa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

  • 2News

    December 18, 2014

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    AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA

    TO observe International Anti-Corruption

    Day last Tuesday on December 9, Premier

    PhumuloMasualle, embarked on a roadshow

    aroundMthatha in theKingSabataDalindye-

    bo (KSD) Local Municipality to raise aware-

    ness about corruption and to promote anti-

    corruption activities.

    Masualle, alongside KSDMayor Nonkoliso

    Ngqongwa and their entourages, stopped

    first at Mthatha Plaza Mall and later went to

    the Mamela taxi rank to educate the commu-

    nity about this social ill.

    Masualle said Anti-Corruption Day is a

    United Nations initiative and this years

    theme is Break the Corruption Chain.

    In line with this theme, we have decided

    to stand up and go out to educate the people

    and make them aware of the dangers of cor-

    ruption and also to let them know of the chal-

    lenges when reporting such misconducts,

    said Masualle.

    KSD Mayor Ngqongwa said they were

    pleased that KSD was chosen to launch this

    day in the province.

    We also have our own programme of mak-

    ing sure that whenever there are corrupt ac-

    tivities, it must be reported regardless of

    whommaybe involved in suchmisconducts,

    said Mayor.

    Members of the community were very ap-

    preciative and found Masualles talk most in-

    formative.

    Awarenessonanticorruption raised

    Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo

    Masualle, led the entourage during the

    Anti-corruption last week in Mthatha.

    PHOTO: SUPPLIED

    AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA

    TO address the drunk driving problem

    this Festive Season, the Eastern Cape Liq-

    uor Board has embarked on awareness

    campaigns throughout the country re-

    minding road users about the dangers of

    driving orwalking in the roadwhile under

    the influence of alcohol.

    Last Thursday, the Liquor Board con-

    ducted an awareness campaign at Mt-

    hatha Plazawhere theymetwith taxi driv-

    ers, commuters and residents, encourag-

    ing everybody to be responsible drinkers

    this Festive Season and beyond.

    Phumlani Fani, Communications Offic-

    er at the Eastern Cape Liquor Board, said

    even though they would also visit other

    municipalities within the province, they

    have decided to start in OR Tambo.

    We have had several road accidents on

    this side of the province, with many

    caused by drunk driving or people walk-

    ing into the busy roads while drunk, said

    Fani.

    He said alcohol remained a significant

    factor in the escalating cases of road acci-

    dents in the Eastern Cape.

    Despite the drop in the national

    number of road fatalities during the previ-

    ous Festive Season, the Eastern Cape

    Province registered an increase in road fa-

    talities relative to other provinces, said

    Fani.

    He added that theywereworking closely

    with the police and traffic officerswith the

    same vision of having a safer Festive Sea-

    son.

    OnWednesday, the boardalso did apres-

    entation on road safety awareness, hosted

    by Nyandeni Local Municipality at Ngqe-

    leni junction, where the community mem-

    bers were alerted about the dangers of

    abusing alcohol and its consequences.

    The Eastern Cape Liquor Board further

    held roadshows in Engcobo, Butterworth

    and in King Williams Town.

    Liquor board addresses drunk driving this festive season

    Liqour Board officials held an awarenes campaign at Mthatha Plaza last Thursday for taxi

    drivers and commuters, warning them about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    PHOTO:AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA

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    SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE

    THE King of AmaXhosa, his Majesty

    Zwelonke Sigcau, expressed his pain and

    sorrow caused by seeing his nation losing

    its culture and heritage.

    He said all these important, proud chat-

    tels of the nationwere going down the drain

    because western culture has taken centre

    stage.

    Zwelonke said it seemed as if Blacks had

    thrown away their roots and were now fol-

    lowing a Westernised way of living.

    The King was speaking during the gradu-

    ation ceremony of eight graduates of iNkolo

    KaNtu (traditional religion) at Idutywa re-

    cently.

    The iNkolo kaNtu graduants are expected

    to lead and spread the importance of this re-

    ligion throughout South Africa.

    They completed their iNkolo kaNtu reli-

    gious studies at the iCamagu institute, lead

    by Dr Nokuzola Mandende, a cultural ex-

    pert.

    King Sigcau said, We need to restore our

    culture, especially among the youth, because

    they are the ones who will lead this country in

    the near future. We are a lost nation and if we

    are like that we are like a lost sheep. So the

    young people need to consider their roots, so

    that we can become a strong nation that is nev-

    er shaken at the roots.

    He called on woman to play their role in

    teaching children, as it was the case before,

    when fathers were not at home and had gone

    to look for jobs away from home. The King also

    suggested that virginity testing should come

    back.

    Girls must get tested as well as boys to re-

    store our dignity, because this is not new in our

    culture. Other nations are laughing at us be-

    cause we are a lost nation, a nation which is

    dominated by alcohol and disrespect by young

    ones. I agree that education is important, but

    we need to include our culture, said Sigcau.

    He expressed his gratitude for the initiative

    that was started by Dr Mndende, stating that

    government needed to support it. King

    Zwelonke agreed that black culture was op-

    pressed or never recognized by the colonial

    government.

    Kingagonises

    over lackof culture

    King Zwelonke Sigcau. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE

    In accordance with the editorial policy of the Express, we invite

    readers to comment on mistakes in the newspaper and shall

    correct significant errors as soon as possible. Send info to the

    Ombudsman of Media24s Local Press, George Claassen, at

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    0 011 484 3612/8 or e-mail ombudsman@presscouncil.org.za.

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  • 4News

    December 18, 2014

    Isolomzi Express

    PHINDILE GQELE

    AS part of poverty eradication in the rural ar-

    eas, the Eastern Cape Rural Development and

    Agrarian Reform MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane,

    in partnership with the Eastern Cape Rural

    Development Agency (ECRDA), launched a

    multi-million randMbizanaRural Enterprise

    Development (RED) Hub in Siwisa Village,

    Mbizana, on Tuesday, December 9.

    The RED Hub programme is governments

    key rural development approach driven by

    theEasternCapeRuralDevelopmentAgency,

    which supports local co-operatives with ac-

    cess to finance, mechanisation and selling of

    produce to retail markets for the benefit of all

    members of co-operatives.

    MEC Qoboshiyane said high unemploy-

    ment and poverty levels in theAlfredNzoDis-

    trict result in low affordability levels, which

    manifest in low levels of investment, develop-

    ment, service delivery and under utilization

    of development opportunities.

    There is an urgent need formajor new pri-

    vate sector investments to create jobs and im-

    prove livelihoods in the area. The establish-

    ment of the RED Hub will help eradicate pov-

    erty and stimulate the local economic

    development, as well as the investment

    drive.

    With the rich soil like this and people who

    love seedlings, I couldnt resist introducing

    the RED hub. Period for hunger and poverty

    is now gone; a new era of better life has just

    began.Nowgo and cultivate your fathers gar-

    dens to generate income, said Qoboshiyane.

    The RED hub will cover six wards which

    constitute 11 villages, and over R53.5 million

    has been allocated for the Mbizana RED hub,

    which will be spent on primary production,

    equipment, establishment of grain silos and

    milling, Trading store and other infrastruc-

    ture such as fencing, establishment of feeder

    satellite, training of beneficiaries, stakehold-

    er management and social facilitation.

    Amongst the things the Hub will focus on

    is the value addition of grain which encom-

    passes primary grain production on 1000 hec-

    tares, developmechanization units andwork-

    shop with tractors, harvesters and imple-

    ments, safe grain storage by establishing silos

    with combine storage capacity of 2000 tons,

    processing of grain through the establish-

    ment ofmilling plantwith a three-hour capac-

    ity, branding and marketing of processed

    products to local and externalmarkets and es-

    tablishment of feedlot at a later stage.

    Qoboshiyane also donated eight tractors as

    well as implements. He said the department

    would support the RED Hub for five years.

    Ward 31 Councillor Thokozani Faku said

    words alone could never explain how grateful

    the co...