BLM EXECUTIVE MAYOR CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

As Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, we have had challenges but I am proud to inform you that despite those challenges, we have made inroads in terms of water provision. 26 villages have been connected to the Inyaka bulk water supply with yard connections. We know our challenges in relation to service delivery and we are going to work tirelessly to address them in 2016.
That time of the year has arrived where families come together to celebrate the festive season. It is a season to show love, give to the needy, show compassion and most of all to forgive. I am appealing to community members to think about the needs of child headed families, the lonely and the neglected elderly who at times feel deserted and very alone, especially those with no family ties at all. Let us open our doors and gates to them and celebrate with them the festive season.
I am pleading with motorists and pedestrians to take extra care on the roads; those motorists who will violate the National Road Traffic Act will be dealt with harshly and zero tolerance approach will be used. Municipal Traffic officers in collaboration with Provincial Traffic Officers will be visible throughout the festive season. Let us all obey traffic rules to ensure that we arrive alive.
Let us have our cars checked before embarking on long trips, let us have enough rest on the road and most importantly don’t drink and drive.
To those who are travelling away to visit family and friends, may you have a safe and enjoyable journey, and to those who will be visiting our area to spend quality time with family and friends. I sincerely welcome you to Bushbuckridge and hope you will have an enjoyable festive season. Those who will be going on vacations, please make arrangements with your family and friends to look after your properties while you are away.
In January 2016, I will be visiting destitute Primary and High schools to motivate learners and educators to strive for better results as well as giving away school uniforms to destitute school pupils. Those who are in grade 12, please take advantage of Bushbuckridge Local Municipality Bursary opportunities by applying for bursary to further their studies in institutions of higher learning in 2016 and beyond. Please note the municipality business operating hours will be affected this festive season. The following hours will be operational:
 15 December 2015 , closing at 12H00
 16 December 2015 , municipal offices will shut down
 24 December 2015 , closing at 12H00
 25 December 2015 , municipal offices will shut down
 31 December 2015 , closing at 12H00
 01 January 2015 , , municipal offices will be closed
On behalf of Council, I wish you a merry Christmas that gives contentment and love, and a happy prosperous New Year! Those

Cllr Renias Khumalo
The Executive Mayor

THE BUSHBUCKRIDGE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY CELEBRATES GIS DAY THROUGH THE “LET US BE AWARE OF OUR SURROUNDINGS” THEME

The Bushbuckridge Local Municipality together with other stakeholders hosted a Geographic Information System day at the former Mapulaneng College of Education on the 26 February 2015. This event forms part of the Municipal Awareness Programme and is one of the three GIS events for this current financial year 2014/15.

Learners from high schools around Bushbuckridge gathered around to find information about the GIS and other career opportunities that are beneficial to them through geographical studies. Stakeholders who made their presentations are as follows: the District Director from the Department of Education, The National Geo- Spatial Information, the ESRI SA, the Rural Development   department, STATSSA, University of Mpumalanga, the Funda Lula initiative and officials from the GIS Department in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality and Ehlanzeni District in order to give students clarity on career paths to follow.

The Director of Economic Development, Planning and Environment Mrs Sarah Mogakane, in her speech alluded that “our grade 10-12 learners need to know exactly what they are going to be when they finish grade 12, this will motivate them to produce better results as they will be fully aware that they are shaping their future just like how the other race group do in the western countries”. Furthermore she said Education is one of the tools that will break the chains of poverty in our Municipality. The partnership that we are giving birth today must be the start of the many engagement that the Department of Education will have with the Municipality.

GIS is accessible the Municipal head office and 11 municipal regional offices, hence the GIS department has launched a schools competition which concentrates on land use elements that help us to understand our space as we cannot manage what we do not know. This school competition is an annual event which will conscientise the pupils about the land use changes which will also indicate if our Municipality is developing and our people are migrating to other places.

Maps of villages surrounding each high school will be given to all principals together with the Legend indicating the colours to be used and the land use types (e.g. yellow for Residential). These maps will have village names, aerial photographs as the background and the property boundaries, where each property needs to be colored with the right colour or land use. The competition will be closed on the 30 April 2015. All maps must be submitted back to GIS Unit in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality headquarters and the acknowledgement slip will be granted. The announcement of the winners will be done on the 29th of May 2015 after all necessary verifications have been done said the Executive Mayor.

Prizes will be as follows:

  • 1st school winner will receive a computer loaded with GIS program and a GPS device
  • 2nd school winner will receive a computer loaded with GIS program
  • 3rd school winner will receive a GPS device

OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF FRANK MAGINYANE SECONDARY SCHOOL

The premier for Mpumalanga Hon DD Mabuza, MEC for education mrs Reginah Mhaule, Mayor of Bushbuckridge councilor Renias Khumalo and Dumisile Nhlengethwa officially opened Frank Maginyane Secondary School on the 23 February 2015.

The late Frank Maginyane was the founder of the school. Frank Maginyane started operating in 1982 as a community School. The construction of a new infrastructure for the school commenced during February 2013 and was supposed to have been completed in February 2014. It is situated at Ludlow trust, under the Manyeleti Circuit in Bohlabela District.

The school has 16 classrooms, 24 toilets, a kitchen, library, admin block, laboratory, computer center, multipurpose hall, guard room, sports ground (soccer, netball and tennis court) fenced. The new school infrastructure was occupied in July 2014. It has an enrolment of 703 learners, 24 educators, 02 HOD’S, acting principal, an administrative clerk and 02 general workers.

The purpose of the business plan for official hand over ceremony sought: to ensure maximum consultation and participation by all state holders. To ensure seamless co-ordination towards the achievement of this historic milestone in the community.

The Mayor of Bushbuckridge local municipality welcomed everyone to be a witness of the unveiling and handover of the school and thanked the provincial government for building the school and also mentioned that the community has the right to strike not to burn the school.

‘’This is government Endeavour to ensure that the learners from rural areas equally receive quality education. I request parents to appreciate this patriotic gesture and reciprocate by supporting the education of their children,’’said MEC for education’’.

The premier for Mpumalanga Hon DD Mabuza also appreciated the greater achievement through the effort made by the MEC of public works. He also said that learners must take care of the school. The acting circuit manager (former principal of Frank Maginyane) made a commitment with premier that he will produce 100% pass rate this year. The premier also appreciated the progress made by the acting circuit manager for work done.

He gave the son of late frank Maginyane the following: frame pictures for the late mom and father , MEC of public works , MEC of education , president of South Africa , premier DD Mabuza and also the flags of S.A. He also said that the journey of building school is continuously, as a nation we move South Africa forward.

BLM AND BLTO HELD A SUCCESSFUL FIRST EVER BUSINESS BREAKFAST SESSION

BLM AND BLTO HELD A SUCCESSFUL FIRST EVER BUSINESS BREAKFAST SESSION

 Bushbuckridge Local municipality (BLM) Executive Mayor Hon. Cllr Renias Khumalo in partnership with the Bushbuckridge Local Tourism Organization (BLTO), led by the Chairperson: Mr Sizile Ndlovu held the first ever successful Business Breakfast Session with Dr. Reuel Khoza, the main objectives were to explore and unlock potential business opportunities for the Bushbuckridge community. The glittering event was held at the Matinteng Guest House on Monday, 25thJanuary 2016.

The conference room was packed to capacity with an ordinary table at R100. 00 and a table with the Executive Mayor, MMC Cllr Leonard Malumane,  Dr. Reuel Khoza, Mr. Dave Varty and Mr. Thulani Nzima at R500.00 per person. The more than filled to capacity conference room exceeding the 150 targeted number left the municipality and the BLTO with no option but to organize more gatherings of this nature on different subject matters in the near future.

Dr. Khoza, who was the main guest speaker alongside with Mr. Varty and Mr. Nzima whom have beenin the tourism business all gave business lectures on “How to start a successful business and how to maintain a successful one andthe new mining factory called Tourism. Mr. Varty is the owner of many of prestigious tourism destinations with the renowned one been the Londolozi Game Lodge and Mr. Nzima who is the former CEO of Tourism S.A.

Dr. Khoza was born and bred at Hebron, Ga-Josefa in Bushbuckridge and is currently the Chairman of AKA Capital and has also served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Nedbank, Chairman of NEPAD Business Foundation, Founding Director of the Black Management Forum and he is also the Chancellor of the University of Limpopo, succeeding former President Dr. Nelson Mandela.

Bushbuckridge was declared a nodal point by the then President Mr. Thabo Mbeki due to its lack of Industrialized conditions and infrastructure development, research has proven that around 52% of people in Bushbuckridge citizens are unemployed with the majority been the youth. Delivering his business lecture Dr. Khoza and company reckoned that the high unemployment rate can be reversed citing that Bushbuckridge is on top of a mine called Tourism.

 

They believe that the only thing hampering development and investment in Bushbuckridge was the unavailability of land due to red tapes in the application processes. Bushbuckridge’s local economy has the potential to boom thus addressing the high unemployment rate and eradicating poverty. Citing an example, Dr. Khoza alluded that a whooping R1.5 billion has been raised for the development of a commercial centre at the Matsikitsane area thatwill include a shopping centre, private hospital and a sports complex but the red tapes in accessing land is hampering progress.

The Bushbuckridge Stainless Steel manufacturing factory is on the pipeline with the conceptual feasibility completed, the feasibility studies to be completed in February 2016 and the bankable feasibility studies will be completed in 2017and  the project willhit the ground running. The steel factory is expected to create at least 10 000 permanent jobs with a further 30 000 artisanal jobs during the construction stageand the commercial centre in Matsikitsane is expected to create more than 1 500 jobs.

Bracing the event was the MP Mr. Mashile Lemias, MPL Ms. Patricia Ngobeni, Bushbuckridge Local Municipality Executive Mayor flanked by his Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC’s), and Dr. Reuel Khoza, Mr. Dave Varty, Mr. Thulani Nzima, ANC Veteran and world renowned photographer Mr. Sam Nzima, ANC Mpumalanga Youth League Provincial Secretary Ms. Sasekani Manzini, ANC Mpumalanga Women’s League Secretary Lydia Moroane, Councilors, National and provincial department of Tourism, Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), Bushbuckridge Chamber of Business, Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business,  Inkomati Usuthu Catchment Agency and the Business Fraternity at large.

Regards,

Aubrey Mnisi

Communications Manager

mnisia@bushbuckridge.gov.za