Cllr: Caroline Matsidiso Morajane
PUBLIC NOTICE CALLING FOR INSPECTION OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY VALUATION ROLL AND LODGING OF OBJECTIONS.
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ELECTRICITY FAILURE ON 2013-04-03
On Wednesday 2013-04-03 at approximately 15:30 the electricity supply was disrupted due to a severe storm which caused damage
to the medium voltage switch gear at Sub- station A.
The 11Kv supply switch for Rooikoppen rural farm line blew up due
to a direct lightning strike. The heat generated resulted in feeder cables, the protection cable as well as the lightning protection to be damaged, which caused a failure in the operation of the electrical equipment.
As a result to this situation it caused the supply breakers of Eskom to trip. The Council in conjunction with Eskom isolated the said
substation and started with the process to re-energize the supply from Eskom for the unaffected substation and networks. At approximately 19:00 the –process of re-energizing was completed and the supply
was restored in some of Lekwa.
Due to the magnitude of the damage, it was only possible to restore the electricity supply to all by 11:00 on Thursday 2013-04-04.
Due to the extensive repairs that were done on the Rooikoppen farm line feeder, it was only possible to re-energize the electricity at 17:30 feeding the line from an alternative sub-station situated at Holmdene.
Council is in the process to change the damaged switch panel which may take approximately two weeks. ______________________________________________________________________________
BUILDING OF THE CLINIC UNDERWAY
During the 2008/2009 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) consultations the community in Ward 2 requested the Municipality to build a clinic in the ward as other clinics within the municipality were too far to reach.
The Municipality prioritized the building of the clinic and approached New Denmark Colliery to assist in building the clinic through their Social Responsibility Program. New Denmark Colliery responded positively and committed R26, 000,000 towards realizing the dream of having a clinic in their ward. A Memorandum of Understanding was entered into between the Municipality, Mpumalanga Department of Health and New Denmark Colliery. The Municipality has donated land where the clinic is being built; the Mpumalanga Department of Health will then provide personnel, medicine, furnisher and equipments. New Denmark Colliery is funding the construction of the building according to Department of Health specification.
Currently the construction of the clinic is well underway and it is anticipated that it will be completed by September 2013. The project has created 60 temporal job opportunities for the local residents.
LEKWA CONDUCTS FRAUD PREVENTION PLAN WORKSHOP
A risk assessment was conducted by the Mpumalanga Department of Finance Risk Management Unit. Fraud risk was identified as a high risk in the Municipality and a Fraud Prevention Plan was then prepared to effectively manage risks related to fraud to which the Municipality is exposed to.
Lekwa Local Municipality’s Internal Audit Unit has commenced the roll out of the Fraud Prevention Plan to different divisions. The workshops will continue until all divisions within the Municipality are covered. Workshops have been conducted at Morgezon Satellite Office, Traffic, Licensing, Project Management Unit, Supply Chain and Roads and Works Divisions.
The purpose of the Fraud Prevention Plan is to set out the approach to deal with fraud risk at Lekwa Local Municipality and to elaborate on specific initiatives to prevent fraud risks.
The Municipality recognizes the impact of fraud on its ability to provide affordable services and improve service delivery. As a result, the Municipality accepts fraud as an operational risk. The Municipality commits itself to actively combat fraud, including all other acts of dishonesty. THE MUNICIPALITY HAS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD.
The Fraud Prevention Plan provides for, amongst others, mechanisms for:
- Early detection of fraud;
- The investigation of fraud in order to minimise its negative impact; and
- Special initiatives that need to be undertaken to prevent fraud.
The Plan also highlights the following:
- Misappropriation of assets;
- Conflicts of interest and corruption;
- Circumvention of internal controls;
- Tender / bid and other procurement irregularities;
- Misuse of Municipal assets and resources; and
- Misrepresentation on CVs