Community Municipal News

Homeowners, please take note

Michele du Plessis The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) is a national regulation gazetted in October 2015 that affects those applying for land developments or new sectional title schemes. Local authorities may implement their own SPLUMA by-laws, however, the National Deeds office now requires a SPLUMA Certificate from the local authority before […]

Municipal News

Forward or down the drain?

Michele du Plessis The crumbling infrastructure – water, sewage and electricity – lie in mismanagement, corruption, looting and fruitless expenditure. The municipality cannot fix all the problems in Sabie, Graskop and Lydenburg. So, what are the residents to do? Protest, riot, burn the municipal offices? Or is there a different solution? Some people will say […]

Municipal News

Eskom Court case:

Michele du Plessis From the outset, it is critical for all citizens within the Thaba Chweu area to understand that although there appears to be an agreement between Eskom and TCLM not to cut electric power to the municipality, this has only been formally confirmed by Eskom in such a manner that from month to […]

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TCLM: “Operational existence for the foreseeable future?”

Michele du Plessis On the South African National Treasury Department website the unaudited “Thaba Chweu Local Municipality Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2019” was published. GPS News submitted questions to TCLM on February 4th concerning the report. “We will forward you a comprehensive statement regarding this matter in due time,” Themba […]

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SA certified Polio Free

News Desk The National Department of Health is pleased to announce that on September 17th, 2019, the WHO’s African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) certified South Africa as a polio-free country. In a letter confirming this, the World Health Organization says: “Following the recent ARCC verification visit to South Africa in August 2019 and the ARCC […]