Department of water and sanitation announces new tariffs

Story: Sphokuhle Nongauza

The department of Water and Sanitation in the province of the Eastern Cape recently announced new water tariffs to residents, municipalities and business owners.

This announcement was made last week where the department held a meeting with affected stakeholders.

The meeting was held at Queens Casino in Komani stakeholders were discouraged from using water with the attitude that the water belongs to the nature.

“People should drop this attitude and statement that water belongs to mother nature so they can use it anytime, all water be it dam water or river water belongs to the department of water and sanitation “, said Cebisa Goboza who is the director of the infrastructure in the department.

Goboza further explained that everyone has to be registered with the department to use water even if they will not pay.

One of the business owners said that they highly appreciate the efforts made by the department and they will abide by it.

“We are happy that they came forward and explained how this whole process works, we are going to work hand in hand with them “, said Sizwe Mbayi who is a farm owner at Whittlesea under the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality.

Two young entrepreneurs from Cacadu received production inputs for their hair salon & beauty salon respectively

Story: Linda Magazi 

Two young entrepreneurs from Emalahleni Local Municipality in Cacadu, Ward 4 received production inputs for their hair salon and beauty salon respectively.

This initiative is of Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) together with the local municipality as a way of developing local businesses to contribute to the local economy.

The mayor of the Emalahleni Municipality Councilor Nontombizanele Koni with her council members and municipal officials were part of the handover.

The business that benefited is Sima Nails and Beauty, they received an Invertor Trolly, a portable Nail Table, a Portable Foot Bath, a Rechargeable LED/UV Lamp, Mascara PUS 80-Watt LED lamp, Replacement Adapter, Dust Collector,Foldable Massage Bed,Chester Filed Couch,Display Shelves and a Bar Fridge.

Babe’s Hair Salon Salon received Decor Twill Couches, Chairs, Decor towels, Bath towels, Black Hair Straightener, Ceramic Stylish Brush, Stainless Steel Urn, Salon Trolley, Pro Salon Stand Dryer, Pedestal Fan, Heat Resistant Round Brush, Professional Hair conditioner, Laundry Dryer, Hair Dryer and Sound Bar.

The beneficiaries thanked the municipality together with ECDC for the support they gave them and are looking forward to expanding their businesses.

Successful meeting held at Mpangele tribal Authority to appoint chairperson of the Royal Family

Story: Linda Magazi 

In a successful meeting held at Mpangele Tribal Authority, significant developments were made regarding the nominations of new Royal Family Members.

Representatives from various houses of the AmaGcina Clan, including Princes and Headmen from Emalahleni, gathered for the handover ceremony led by Nkosi Jongisizwe Lwandiso Mpangele.

The transition, marking a shift from the late Nkosi Mandla Dalubuhle Mpangele to his son Luzuko Dabulinkungu Mpangele, proceeded smoothly without conflict, as noted by community members.

The newly appointed Royal Family Chairperson, Prince Phandulwazi Mhlontlo, expressed satisfaction with the peaceful process and announced plans to inform the King of Abathembu base Rhoda about the handover.

Chris Hani District Women's Indaba and Elderly Abuse Day at Cumakala Village

Story: Linda Magazi

Chris Hani District Municipality together with department of Social Development, Emalahleni held a District Women’s Indaba and Elderly Abuse Day at Cumakala Village under Emalahleni Local Municipality.

This follows high rate of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Emalahleni where a recent reported case was of a young lady who was shot dead in May allegedly by her uncle in Cumakala Village, there is also an ongoing case of a woman who was fatally wounded, allegedly by her boyfriend who is currently in police custody.

A case is of an elderly woman who was found dead in Mkhaphusi village, she was found lying on her floor and it is said she was strangled to death.

The Indaba was held under the theme “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.”

Stakeholders taking part in the Indaba included Religious Fraternity, Change Agent, Special Programmes Unit (SPU), Department of Social Development (DSD), Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), House of Traditional Leaders, Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), Mazoyibo Group, SAWULA, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and Women Commission.

This Indaba focused on uplifting women and how women can protect themselves from perpetrators.