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Media Statement

The issue of water shortage or interruptions of water supply within Meqheleng and surrounding areas has been with us for some time and there are numerous factors.

In the past 36 months (3 years) we have continually received less than average rainfall including the worst drought in 2015. The result is that despite recent rains, our sources of raw water remain suspect. The water levels are low but also because of aging infrastructure, our pumps at the abstraction point break frequently. While we have already processed replacement of those pumps it does not automatically mean we will have continuous supply of water from the Caledon.

The Municipality has and will continue to implement water restrictions and valve management through which we provide water in the mornings and in the evenings. While low lying areas get water throughout the day, those in high areas will be affected during the day and peak periods.

We can only appeal to our communities to use water sparingly and observe restrictions placed. The current water levels within the Caledon and Meulspruit will not last until the next rain season. People must start appreciating that we are a water under resourced country and this drought phenomenon is with us to stay.

On the issue of the death of Ms Malehlohonolo Rose Mohlaping we have expressed our condolences to the family and may her soul and that of the driver rest in peace.

The allegations about her fetching water are both spurious and devoid of any truth and substance. On the day of the incident, there was water in Meqheleng and according to the reports which are still under investigations by the police, the accident happened deep inside Lesotho in Bela- Bela next to Mapoteng. We just wish to respect the process and warn against irresponsible sensationalising of news.

For enquiries contact: Mr Tshepiso Ramakarane – 082 906 2015

Media Statement

Indeed for the past days, the community of Ficksburg/Meqheleng has been experiencing shortage of water. This is influenced by broken pump at Ficksburg Treatment Plant. Currently the Municipality is utilizing 2 pumps, one from Meulspruit and one from Ficksburg Treatment Plant and unfortunately the capacity of these pumps alone cannot carry the current demand.

The Municipality has however appointed a service provider who will procure new pumps to replace the current pumps that has ran out of life span. However it must be noted that these new pumps are manufactured overseas and therefore it might take a while to arrive but to address the current situation, the appointed service provider will install a temporary pump to augment the current 2 pumps and anticipation is to restore water supply as soon as installation is complete.

In the meantime the Municipality will continue with valve management between 17h00 – 20h00 in the evening and 04h00 – 08h00 in the morning (water will be opened).

The Municipality would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the situation and takes this opportunity to thank community’s patience during this entire time.

Issued by Communications.

Media Statement – Clocolan Incident

In respect of the media statement released by Arrive Alive on Saturday 25 March 2017, Setsoto Local Municipality would like to convey its deepest sympathy to the family of the young boy who lost his life as a result of drowning. However, the municipality wishes to state the following on record:

It is indeed regrettable that a young life was lost as a result of uncovered manhole, an old manhole located at the outskirts of the location near Mokodumela Section in Hlohlolwane. This was an used or abandoned manhole that was never operational, it is very unfortunate that despite the municipality twice fencing it as a result of security measure theft and vandalism by members of the community continued now such incentive act claimed the life of a child today. The damage that was caused at this infrastructure led to the covers of the manhole being ripped off, fencing, roof structure and all steel material stolen.

The Municipality would also like to emphasise that the cause of death was not sewer in the manhole as portrayed but water from the recent rain as the manhole was not functional. The Municipality deeply regrets what has happened and sends its sincere condolences to the family and the community at large. The municipality wishes to convey a stern warning to community members who are constantly vandalising municipal properties and ultimately causing such demise to communities.

Issued by Communications.

For media enquiries contact Communication Officer – Moroesi Gaba

Cleanest and Greenest Municipal Competition Awards

Setsoto LM was invited to the Free State Cleanest and Greenest Municipality Competition Awards which was held on the evening of 3 March 2017 at Phillip Sanders resort. The invitation was extended to the Executive Mayor; Municipal Manager and two Officials. Most of the municipalities which entered the competition were present as a way of recognition for respecting roles in conserving natural resources and cleaning our environment.

In line with the National Waste Management Strategy that was initiated by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) maintains a concept on clean, safe and healthy environment for current and future generations. It is of cardinal importance that the implementation of capacitating programmes in municipalities for local government support is activated. The Cleanest and Greenest Municipality Competition Awards is in line with this mandate.

The competition aims to encourage and ensure sustainable development by creating job opportunities through the practice of appropriate and effective greening, cleaning, recycling and other waste management programmes as well as supporting local municipalities within the context of this project to promote best practises in environmental management  through capacity building

The objectives of the competition were the following:

  • To promote a clean and healthy environment through greening, cleaning and beautification exercises.
  • To create employment of annual contract workers to promote the concept of Community Parks by involving the youth within the concept of the National Youth Service Corporations (NARYSEC); Youth Jobs in Waste and the Youth Environment Service (YES)
  • To create clean living spaces by inspiring communities to clean-up, fix up and conserve their environment.
  • To change attitudes by raising awareness and educating the Free State communities on good waste management practices and encourage local municipalities to take part in the minimisation of waste in their towns and townships by participating in greening initiatives.

MEC for DESTEA,  Dr. Benny Malakoana delivered the key note address as well as handing over the awards to deserving municipalities. In his keynote address he said: “There is a problem of environmentally unfriendly towns and municipalities and how patrons easily pick up bad habits that are destroying our environment.” The MEC stressed that, “these negative behaviours play a part in the preservation or destruction of our environments, thus the need to teach the next generation about greening and cleaning of their own settlements in order to make our environment healthier to live in.

Setsoto Local Municipality received a first (1st) runner up award for Best Municipality in Job Creation Through Environmental Projects. This confirms that Setsoto Local Municipality is adhering to the call by both National and Provincial Government for job creation. Furthermore, Setsoto LM is dedicated to work hard to promote sustainable development through maintaining  safe, clean and healthy environment for the residents.   The award ceremony was attended by the MMC Finance: Councillor Koalane; Municipal Manager: Mr. STR Ramakarane; Director Development Planning and Social Security: Mohau Ntheli and the  Official responsible for Environmental Management (Appointed on contract as Landfill site Supervisor): Me Nthai Ngwepe.

Road Show

Preferential Procurement Regulations, eTender Portal, Central Supplier Database (CSD) and 30Day Payment of Invoices.

To give impetus to the New Growth Path (NGP), the President pronounce in the State of the Nation Address in 2015 the following pronouncement:

“THAT GOVERNMENT WILL SET-ASIDE 30% OF APPROPRIATE CATEGORIES OF STATE PROCUREMENT FOR PURCHASING FROM SMMEs, CO-OPERATIVES, AS WELL AS TOWNSHIP AND RURAL ENTERPRISES

In light of the pronouncement made, the Free State Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic and Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs will be conducting Roadshows throughout the Province on the 2017 Preferential Procurement Regulations, Central Supplier Database (CSD), e-Tender Portal and 30 Day Payment of Invoices with potential suppliers within the different districts.

All suppliers (and potential service providers) are hereby invited to attend these roadshows within the different districts where the Free State Provincial Government will be sharing information on the changes brought on the 2017 Preferential Procurement Regulations, supporting suppliers with self-registration on CSD, e-Tender opportunities and how to register complaints with regards to late payment of invoices.

Other Organs of State will also be available at the roadshows to share information with suppliers.

DATE DISTRICT PLACE VENUE TIME
14/03/2017 Fezile Dabi Sasolburg 10710, Corner of Jacob Zuma and Thabo

Mbeki Harry Gwala, Multipurpose Sports

Centre, Zamdela

10:00
15/03/2017 Thabo Mofutsanyane Phuthaditjhaba 8922 Multipurpose Centre, Phuthaditjhaba (next to Phuthaditjhaba stadium 10:00
16/03/2017 Lejweleputswa Welkom Ferdi Meyer, Corner Tulbagh & Stateway,

Welkom

10:00
17/03/2017 Xhariep Trompsburg Municipal Auditorium, Trompsburg 10:00
20/03/2017 Motheo Bloemfontein Department of Health, Bophelo House,

Auditorium, Bloemfontein

10:00

Please contact MC Motsemme on 051-403 3283 and M. Tshilo at 051 405 4781 for further information.

Download 2017 Preferential Procurement Regulations 

 

CWP Work Opportunities

The participation rate for the site is capped at 1000 but the Implementing Agent was allowed by DCogta to recruit an extra 10% to compensate for the absenteeism, drop-outs, deaths of participants etc. The maximum total of participants was 1200 hence the actual number is at 1045 in Feb 2017.

CWP Success Stories
  • Story No.1

    Beneficiary of the Month: M’s Motshdisi Thulo from Ward 1 in Marquard

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank CWP for an amazing work that they have done for me. They came into my house a couple of months back wanting to check what they could do for me and my child, i told them my child is not receiving a social grant and as a result iam struggling to maintain her.

    I did not have ID to apply for my baby’s social grant, so CWP has referred me to Dept. Home Affairs to enquire what could be done for me to get the necessary documents. I did go together with members of their team to make an enquiry and I managed to get necessary documentation as advised by CWP and eventually got my ID for the first time in my life, and my child also has the Birth Certificate. On top of everything i applied for a social grant and my application was approved and my child started receiving the money from the month of July.

    I really appreciate what CWP has done for me, my child and my whole family. Thank you very much.

  • Story No.2

    M’s Masola from Clocolan (Setsoto Site)

    I am a mother of 4 children aging from 4 to 16 years, i am unemployed has no income whatsoever, but myself and my family are surviving through donations of agricultural produce and clothes from CWP and my church, sometimes our pastor will give us money to buy food.

    CWP Supervisors came to my house back in March 2016 while they were performing HBC surveys, i explained to them the condition wê are living in and why my children are not getting a social grant which is the unavailability of the birth certificates. They then arranged a date with me to go to Home Affairs to enquire about the requirements in applying for the certificates. I went to the institution together with CWP supervisors and eventually obtained the information need, then i started collecting and submitting the requited documents to the institution and 3 months later i received an SMS with good news, instructing me to collect the 3 birth certificates and 1 ID for my elder child.

    I truly want to thank CWP for their endless support they gave to me and my family.

  • Story No.3

    The former CWP Head of Supervisors for Education Sector, Mr Molefe Mpesi was appointed by our partner DG Murray Trust as Nalibali Literacy Coordinator for Free State province. His current position at Nalibali is to coordinate Nalibali programs across the Free State Province including Setsoto CWP Site.

  • Story No.4

    CWP Donating Traditional Dresses created by CWP Knitting groups to the ECDs across the site.

  • Story No.5

    Donation of Sanitary Towels to 150 indigent girls at schools around Marquard, these sanitary towels was bought through a request/proposal done by the CWP Site manager to the Local business people who wanted to make a difference in the community.

    Itemoheng Primary School

    Mohlodi Thuto Intermediate School

    Moemaneng Primary School

Issued by: Mr David Litabe – Setsoto CWP Site Manager

Media Release

For the past weeks, most areas of Ficksburg/Meqheleng have been without water due to broken pumps at Ficksburg Treatment Plant. The service provider appointed by the municipality has been repairing the pumps but because these pumps have reached their life span, repairing them has become a challenge.

To address the current challenge of broken pumps, the Municipality is in the process of procuring two (2) pumps which will replace these timeworn pumps. However, it does not assist for the Municipality to implement all these measures if the same community that the Municipality serves sabotage the Municipality.

It has come to attention of the Municipality that some of Municipal Water Infrastructure is being vandalized by community members and this vandalism saw Devil Forks and Fencing being removed from the property, damaging water valves and removal of valve chamber lids. This kind of vandalism has seen the Municipality loosing thousands of clean water due to this barbaric behavior.

The Municipality urge the community to refrain from this kind of activities and request the community to assist by reporting any suspicious activities taking place at Municipal properties so that responsible culprits can be brought to justice.

The Municipality would like to thank the community’s patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Issued by: Office of Communication

Christmas Came Early for Setsoto

On the 13th of December 2016, Setsoto Municipality hosted Operation Hlasela which was led by the office of the Premier in Partnership with different government departments.

The day began with a walkabout at newly built school called Itemoheng Primary School followed by visit to 2 identified elderly households and 1 child headed household where the Premier donated furniture, food parcels and planted trees.

After Premier`s walkabout the executive then blessed the elders and children with a Christmas Party as part of wishing them splendid Christmas and a happy new year. The day came to an end with an opening of Marquard waste water treatment plant and a mass meeting at Moemaneng Stadium.

It is during this meeting that 2 Salon owners received R50 000 cheque each, 4 learners received laptop each, 1 learner received a sponsorship for school uniform, local soccer teams received soccer kits and 2 students with Degree and Honours received an opportunity to be sent to Portugal for work opportunity.

Setsoto The Best Freestate Performing Municipality in 2015

The Setsoto Local Municipality scored the best in 2015 as the highest performing municipality in the Free State province, based on average index scores achieved in Ratings Africa’s annual Municipal Financial Stability Index (MFSI).

Setsoto consists of Ficksburg, Clocolan, Marquard and Senekal.

The agency analysed the annual financial statements of municipalities during the 2014/15 financial year and then rated them in terms of operating performance, liquidity positions and budget practices.

Each municipality were then given a mark out of a 100 index points for financial sustainability and provinces were then rated based on the average score its municipalities received.

According to Municipal Manager, Tshepiso Ramakarane, they’re humbled.

“We are humbled by the determination of Setsoto to pursue excellence. This pursuit of excellence should also not be confined to one or a few municipalities. I think it is what government has committed to do in terms of the Batho Pele principles, to ensure that we provide quality service to our communities. We also didn’t achieve this milestone overnight. This has been a collective effort, both by employees of Setsoto, the political leadership of the municipality and most importantly, the support of stakeholders, provincial government as well as sector departments at national level.”

REFILWE GAESWE (Bloemfontein Courant)