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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-
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-
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-
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-
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.
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
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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-
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,
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,
Members of the community were very ap-
preciative and found Masualles talk most in-
Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo
Masualle, led the entourage during the
Anti-corruption last week in Mthatha.
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
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
He added that theywereworking closely
with the police and traffic officerswith the
same vision of having a safer Festive Sea-
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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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
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-
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-
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
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
over lackof culture
King Zwelonke Sigcau. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
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December 18, 2014
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
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
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