Archive | September, 2010

Electrical hazard pends

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Electrical cables running across the surface of the ground are sowing panic among residents of the Vaal Triangle. The panic came to light when a local politician was approached by a Homer resident to help with a week-long power outage.

Democratic Alliance (DA) member Solly Nkhi of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature says his input revealed the hazard posed by live electric wires on the ground in Jockoorstelaak Straat, where children play at a nearby crèche. Nkhi hereby requests that the local council rectify this dangerous situation immediately.
His concern is echoed by a separate report from two Rietspruit dads.
Benjamin Kotze and Hannes Botha report that some of the cables amid unchecked grass are so overloaded that one is melting.
Both fear the accidental electrocution of a child or a lethal incident when a lawnmower runs over the cables.
(This letter was emailed to the local council for comment but now reply has been received – ED).

News source: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Donasie gevra vir klein West Lee (5)

VANDERBIJLPARK. ΓÇô West Lee Upton (5) is ΓÇÿn doodgewone seuntjie, maar is ongelukkig baie siek. ΓÇÿn Tyd gelede moes West Lee se ma, Bianva, hoor dat haar seuntjie ΓÇÿn gewas op die brein het en die daaropvolgende week, dat sy lewer nie normaal funksioneer nie.

Hy is by die Vereeniging/Kopanong-hospitaal gediagnoseer, maar die dokter het Bianca ingelig dat sy hom na Baragwanah-hospitaal toe moet neem, omdat die behandeling wat tot dusver gegee is, onsuksesvol was.
Bianca is ΓÇÿn enkelouer wat vir ΓÇÿn baie klein salaris werk en kan nie ΓÇÿn mediese fonds bekostig nie. Sy is baie lief vir haar kleinding, soos enige ouer en vra die publiek se hulp met donasies.
West Lee ontvang tans behandeling maar sy moet nog ΓÇÿn aardige bedraggie inbetaal om te verseker dat die behandeling kan voortgaan. Dit is maar net die eerste van ΓÇÿn reeks behandelings wat nog gaan volg.
West Lee moet later ΓÇÿn breinoperasie ondergaan om die gewas te verwyder, maar sonder fondse kan hy nie gehelp word nie.
Pastoor Ben Jordaan van die Lede in Christus-gemeente in Vanderbijlpark stig tans ΓÇÿn hulpfonds om geld in te samel vir die behandelings. Donasies kan by Standard Bank inbetaal word.
Die rekeningnommer is 027973360 en die takkode: 014737. Alle hulp sal baie waardeer word.
U kan ook vir pastoor Jordaan skakel by 072 424 2700 vir meer inligting.

Nuusbron: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Oral health and pregnancy

SASOLBURG. ΓÇô Hormonal and physiological change is synonymous with pregnancy and despite these changes, pregnancy should be a time of joy for the mother-to-be. Enormous changes take place in the motherΓÇÖs body during pregnancy; these involve the mouth and teeth, which are often overlooked by mothers and doctors during pregnancy.

An old wives’ tale has it that ΓÇ£one tooth is lost for each pregnancyΓÇ¥. In this modern age nothing could be further from the truth, provided some basic knowledge is imparted to the mother regarding her changing physiology and how to deal with these changes.
The main oral health issues associated with pregnancy are hormonal changes.
Pregnancy shifts the usual hormonal levels into turmoil. The gums (gingivae) become inflamed at times of hormonal change. The terms puberty- and pregnancy gingivitis are often heard but seldom understood. The inflammation causes swelling in the gums which makes cleaning the teeth and the very important junction between the teeth and gums more difficult.
Gingivitis may occur more frequently during the second trimester of pregnancy. This is due to a rise in estrogen levels, which increase blood-flow to the body tissues. It is not unusual for gums to bleed when inflamed. It is imperative to realise that the bleeding is a sign that extra care must be taken when cleaning, and not, as so many mothers-to-be think, that the brush is hurting the gums and that brushing should be discontinued.

News source: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Suid-Afrikaners se moreel kry ‘n hulpstoot

Die vakbond Solidariteit het die Suid-Afrikaanse Reserwebank (SARB) verlede week geprys vir sy besluit om die rentekoers met 50 basispunte te verlaag en ges├¬ dat dit Suid-Afrikaners se moreel ‘n stewige hupstoot sal gee, sonder om privaatsektorkredietgroei onbehoorlik aan te blaas.

ΓÇ£Die ontnugtering van die resessie is in Suid-Afrika in ‘n mate deur die euforie rondom die Sokkerw├¬reldbeker uitgestel,ΓÇ¥ meen Dirk Hermann, adjunk-uitvoerende hoof van Solidariteit.
“Daarbenewens ervaar die gemiddelde Suid-Afrikaanse gesin in die tweede helfte van die jaar verhoogde finansiële druk net voor die Kersseisoen weer afskop,” voeg hy by.
Die gemiddelde skuld-tot-inkomsteverhouding van Suid-Afrikaners staan tans op ongeveer 80% (vir elke R1 inkomste wat iemand in die jaar verdien, het hy R0,80 se skuld). Teen die ou primakoers van 10% beteken dit dat hy 8% van sy inkomste aan rente op skuld moes bestee. Teen ‘n primakoers van 9,5% is dit slegs 7,6%. Hierdie verligting is natuurlik selfs ho├½r vir die talle mense wat skuldvlakke van oor die 100% van hul inkomste het.
ΓÇ£Hoewel ‘n lae rentekoers nie ‘n wonderoplossing vir die land se ekonomiese probleme is nie, sal die rentekoersverlaging Suid-Afrikaners help om uit die skuldstrik te ontsnap,ΓÇ¥ s├¬ Hermann. ΓÇ£Volgens konsensusvooruitskattings word daar ook nie verwag dat inflasie binnekort weer buite die teikenband sal beweeg nie en dit is daarom verblydend dat die SARB die ruimte vir ‘n rentekoersverlaging, binne hul mandaat van inflasieteikening, tot voordeel van vuisvoos Suid-Afrikaners gebruik het,ΓÇ¥ s├¬ hy.

Nuusbron: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Projek maak baie se drome en wense waar

MEYERTON. – Die reuse-Kersboom in Midvaal wat tydens die Midvaal Makietie in die sakesentrum sal skitter, sal vanjaar op 25 November aangeskakel word.

Toe die Globetree-projek verlede jaar deur die Kolobetsa Sistas, van stapel gestuur is, het hulle nooit kon droom wat ‘n groot suksesstorie dit sou word nie.
Sedert die projek begin is, is 1 600 minderbevoorregtes deur die projek bevoordeel en is R850 000 bestee aan die waarmaak van individue en welsynsorganisasies se wense.
“Dit sou natuurlik nie moontlik gewees het sonder die ondersteuning van ons borge nie. Ons wil namens die Sistas baie dankie s├¬ aan een en elkeen se bydrae,” s├¬ Wendy Thomas, ‘n Kolobetsa Sista.
Hoewel baie wense reeds ‘n werklikheid geword het, was daar vele vertragings langs die pad. Die logistieke wat betref die insit van swembaddens, plaveisel, sitkamers, kombuise, badkamers en slaapkamers asook mini-bakkerye is nodeloos om te s├¬ geweldig tydrowend om uit te sorteer. Die 2009 projek is weens onvoorsiene oponthoude nou eers in die finale stadium. Ons het nieteenstaande alles wat ons wou doen afgehandel, al het dit ses maande langer geneem as wat ons beplan het,” s├¬ Thomas.
Mense kan die Globetree-webblad op www.globetree.co.za besoek vir ‘n lys van wense wat waar gemaak is.
The Kolobetsa Sistas se bankrekeningdetails is:
Kolobetsa Sisterhood
ABSA
Branch code: 632 005
Account Number: 922 045 7751
Reference: Globetree – Your Company/Name

Nuusbron: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Lewenslig Skool brei uit

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Die Lewenslig Skool vir serebraalgestremdes is besig om op groot skaal uit te brei. Hulle koshuis het op 1 September sy deure geopen en is gele├½ op die erf langs die oorspronklike Lewenslig. Daar is tans drie inwoners en 31 dagskoliere en in die stadium begin hulle ook al mense in Sasolburg oplaai.

“Ek wil graag die publiek bedank vir hulle ongelooflike ondersteuning,” s├¬ Hikkie Blignaut, eienaar.
“‘n Groot aantal meubels en kombuistoerusting is alles donasies.”
Die publiek word ook genooi om by Lewenslig te gaan inloer in Carterstraat 20 vir Kersgeskenke wat deur die Lewensliggies gemaak is. Verder word ‘n damestee in Oktober beplan om fondse in te samel.
* Enigiemand wat belangstel in koshuisinwoning of wat bereid is om as vrywilliger by Lewenslig uit te help, is welkom om vir Hikkie te kontak by 083 594 3822.

Nuusbron: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Harige weggooikind

VANDERBIJLPARK. – ‘n Kateienaar wat nie meer vir die dier kon sorg nie het onlangs aan ‘n kreatiewe manier gedink om van die kat ontslae te raak.

Di├⌐ babakatjie is onlangs gevind in Jessica se Lewensmuur by die Cormed-hospitaal. Die muur is in 2006 opgerig deur a.o. Michelle Stephenson van die Boipatong-polisie, vir ongehude moeders om hulle babas veilig daar te laat. Die weggooibabas word in ‘n houer met ‘n matrassie en infrarooi lig wat hulle warm hou, geplaas. Wanneer die babas gaan haal word, word hulle dan in behoorlike sorg geplaas.
Hierdie keer het die “baba” egter pels gehad. Dit is vergesel met ‘n briefie en twee sakkies katkos. Die briefie lui: “Sy naam is Lucky. Kinders het in ‘n woonstel ingetrek. Kom van Witbank. Ons kan hom nie op hoewe aanhou as gevolg van honde. Baie dankie.”
Hoewel dit glad nie aanbeveel word of goedgekeur word dat diere in die muur gelaat word nie, het Stephenson haar oor Lucky ontferm en hom ‘n nuwe huis gegee.
Volgens Lycinda Visser van die Vanderbijlpark, Sasolburg en distrikte DBV ondervind hulle soms probleme omdat hulle te ver uit die dorp geleë is en mense nie altyd vervoer het om onwelkome diere daar af te laai nie. Maar hulle beveel aan dat die diere na die DBV geneem word eerder as om hulle op ander plekke te laat.
“Ons kan self die diere gaan oplaai, en as daar ‘n krisis is, kan die diere ook by die veearts in Piet Retiefboulevard gelos word,” s├¬ sy.

Nuusbron: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Gesin dakloos gelaat na brand

VEREENIGING. – ‘n Gesin van die Boltonwold-kleinhoewes buite die stad is onlangs dakloos gelaat toe hul huis in vlamme opgegaan het.

Die Erasmus-gesin se huis het verlede Saterdag afgebrand toe ‘n brand veroorsaak is deur gras
wat in ‘n oop veld naby die huis aan die brand gesteek is.
Mev. Elize Erasmus het die betrokke aand omstreeks 19:30 gesien dat die veld brand. Die vlamme was toe al teen die huis.
Haar man, Jurie, het inderhaas begin water aandra om die brand te blus, maar kort daarna het die huis se vensters as gevolg van die hitte begin kraak.
Die brandweer is ontbied, maar hulle kon nie die gesin se besittings red nie.
DA-raadslid Cliff Hartman het die gesin besoek toe hy van die brand gehoor het.

Nuusbron: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Estate agent “abducted” by municipal zealot

A crazy scene of abduction and endangerment was reported by prominent estate agent Ms Liz Charles of Vaaloewer,
Her partner Mr Gallie van Rensburg lodged charges of abduction and endangerment with Police following the incident.
Ms Charles reports that she was recently telephoned at about 10:00 by someone who told her a municipal bakkie was removing everyoneΓÇÖs commercial signboards at Vaaloewer.

“Gallie and I rushed there to try to salvage our boards,” reports Ms Charles, “and as we arrived there I called Martin (of Vaaloewer Eiendomme) to ask him to try help us find the bakkie”.
They came upon a municipal bakkie and asked the driver and his female passenger if they had seen speedcops removinbg their boards, which the driver denied.
“So we asked him to try to contact them, which he did without success. Gallie suggested we go to higher ground where (cell phone) reception was better and when we stopped there Martin went behind the van.
“Only when we got out of the cars did we see a whole pile of boards in the back of the bakkie including ours – others included Martins, Pam Golding and Cas Aucamp.
Van Rensburg and Martin asked the driver why he was removing the boards. He only said the boards had already been in the bakkie when he took it that morning.
“Well,” says Ms Charles, “Gallie wanted to see how many of our boards were in the bakkie so we walked around to the back and opened the door. Gallie climbed inside to look.
“Suddenly this driver took off like a maniac with Gallie in the back and the door swinging open. Myself and Martin were so shocked; it all happened so suddenly. I could not leave the car, as Gallie had the keys so I couldnΓÇÖt lock and GallieΓÇÖs phone was with me; he had no way of contacting me. Martin rushed off after them.”
The municipal driver raced through the boom at Vaaloewer and hared at full speed over a high-speed bump. The guard saw the oncoming vehicle and just managed to open the boom in time.
The driver of the bakkie drove all the way to the Vanderbijlpark municipal offices – very fast and never stopping. Mr Van Rensburg at no time had a chance to leap out of the back.
From Vaaloewer to Vanderbijlpark, he was thrown around the back trying desperately to hold the door closed for fear of falling out. The boards were sliding all over and there was nowhere to hold on inside the canopy.
When the bakkie went over the Vaaloewer speedbump Mr Van Rensburg was thrown against the ceiling and extgensively bruised his neck and back.
In Vanderbijlpark Van Rensburg took the driver to his superior and was told the boards were removed because the annual fee had not been paid; however, Ms Charles says some agencies had paid their fees, and their boards were also removed. The driver was removing all the boards, irrespective, she maintains.
When confronted with the driver’s behaviour, the superior simply shrugged his shoulders and apologised on behalf of the municipality.
“We feel that further steps should be taken against this driver who in effect kidnapped Gallie and put his life in terrible danger by driving recklessly and disobeying all the traffic rules,” says Ms Charles.
* Says Ms Charles, “We wonder, is it possible:
- that the passenger was illegally in the vehicle causing the driver to panic?
- that Emfuleni has a grudge against Vaaloewer since the Rates Debacle as we recently lost 24 boards in a short time.
- that the boards are taken away for the value of the frames, since where boards were erected on old steel, the boards were ripped off, and the steel left. The boards in nice frames were removed.
* We have also noticed that the Traffic and Local Economic Development – with regard to by-laws – are both taking away agents’ boards and trailers, but donΓÇÖt seem to communicate among themselves. Neither department seems to know where the boards are taken. We intend to take the matter further.

News source: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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ERU starts anti-corruption SMS-line

“WeΓÇÖve done it again!” proclaims the Emfuleni Ratepayers’ Union, ERU.
This follows the union’s significant accumulation of members in the wake of flawed municipal accounts, inexplicable electricity cutoffs, water chaos and potholes for Africa.

The ERU has started an anti-corruption SMS-line to give citizens the opportunity to report corruption ΓÇô nationwide.
“We all realize that corruption and bankrupt municipalities are the root cause of non-delivery of municipal services. We have the means to stop this monster,” says Ms Mari Myburgh of SRU.
The ERU urges municipal victims to adopt the following procedure to report cases of corruption.  SMS Rates, followed by your complaint and town/area to 37876.
This message is relayed to a central service network. Only the ERU has access to this information.  All information  will be kept strictly confidential.
“We will send the corruption complaints to the relevant parties for investigation,” assuress ERU’s committee.
ERU’s web address is www.eru-ebu.org.za
- email: eru@eru-ebu.org.za This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
- If you are a member of ERU and you havenΓÇÖt received your membership number, send your info and ERU will get back to you as quickly as possible.
- ERU also solicits proposals and ideas from residents, asking them to forward such messages to everyone on their mailing lists.  From October they will send out a quarterly newsletter to all their members.

News source: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Gross negligence polluted Vaal

SASOLBURG. – Raw sewage incorporating human faeces and bits of slaughtered pig has for several months flowed unchecked into the Vaal River. Hundreds of gagging farmers and riverside residents from Deneysville to Parys complain that the foul water endangers livestock.

A princincial Health official points to “gross negligence” – but not by Groenpunt Prison.
Vaalweekblad last week reported on resident’s concern about the shocking pollution of the Vaal River and nearby creeks.
Groenpunt Prison runs a pen of some 4 000 pigs, which Echowild ranger Alex de Koker says the prison slaughters on site. Bits of pig were apparently finding their way into the river due to a broken-down pump. De Koker has extensively photographed the foul-smelling spectacle.
But the “gross negligence” finding seems to indict a specific department for its lack of response to reports lodged by the prison every week for three months, the first after the initial spillage in June.
After this, the prison had to wait for help as it had no capacity to effect its own repairs.
The Health official who spoke to Vaalweekblad said he could say no more as he has yet to write and submit a report. This was also the news from other government departments including Health, the Blue Scorpions and Water Affairs. All have visited the site. Water Affairs took samples and all are compiling reports in response to an urgent ministerial complaint.
Now a temporary pump is at work and a Government official has been posted at the prison to monitor the works on a continuous basis for 36 months.
A daily newspaper Beeld also reported that residents living from Deneysville to Parys were reporting Vaal River water polluted by pieces of pork meat, blood, stomach contents, sewage and old dishwater.
A petition co-ordinated by Mr De Koker has been mounted. Several environmental groups including the Riverside Property Safety Association (RPSA) and Save the Vaal Environment (SAVE) have involved themselves.
SAVE lawyer Adv Lotter Wepener said the SAVE committee met last Sunday to discuss the matter and to decide whether it would take legal steps. SAVE previously launched legal action against the Emfuleni government to stop the dumping of pollutants in the river and its tributaries.
Sedibeng environmental chief Zies van Zyl points out that the crisis is in either event provincial – not municipal – though municipalities collaborate closely in a situation like this.
Mr Van Zyl said all state facilities – like Groenpunt – fall under Province. The was confirmed by a provincial source.
Water catchment manager Peter Hoge (Rand Water) referred Vaalweekblad to Corporate Communicantions head Gregg Mulzack (Rand Water), pointing out that he had been “muzzled”.

┬áNews source: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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Strike goes on

VANDERBIJLPARK. ΓÇô As the clock ticks down for the Grade 12’s record exams, schools and hospital services have been brought to their knees as union members are not prepared to accept the 7% wage-increase and R700 housing subsidy tabled by government.

The public services, Nehwu, Hospersa and Sadtu, demand a 8,6% salary increase and R1000 subsidy for housing.
Last week several local schools and hospitals were left high and dry as union members disrupted  services; this has been ongoing for four days now.
Government workers who did show up for work were intimidated by strikers chanting slogans mixed with vulgar words directed at Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi.
Union members told Vaalweekblad that they want Minister Baloyi to come down to assist the patients. Baloyi was lambasted for not taking the crisis of the working class to heart.
“He alleges that the government does not have money, but we all know that is not the case,” they stated.
Vaalweekblad was recently inundated with telephonic complaints, with people mainly pointing fingers at the government and the unions.
Ms Lena Matshele says she would like to see government comply with the workers’ demands.
ΓÇÿPlease My President “Msholozi” Jacob Zuma, we beg you, give the people what they wantΓÇÖ.
A private medical doctor who asked to remain anonymous for fear of being reprimanded by her co-workers, said Sebokeng Hospital is a disgrace; patients are hungry and in pain and even babies were left unattended.
Ms Elizabeth Mogoase told Vaalweekblad that this was the first strike she had ever seen.
“I never thought that nurses and doctors, who sign a pledge to serve the community, would be the ones inflicting pain on patients.”
Her statement was echoed by Ms Martie Botha and Junior Leseane who believe that if government don’t do something to curb this, hundreds of lives will be lost in hospitals.

News source: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad

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