SAFETY TIPS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON
The holiday season is filled with happiness and celebration, but it can also be a time of danger for road users. it seems everyone is in a hurry trying to wrap up their shopping and enjoy festive celebrations. But as you’re dashing around town, it’s important to keep road safety top of mind, as the streets are busier and drivers are distracted by their holiday to-do lists. You are urged to be more careful on the roads. Here are a few friendly tips to ensure your Festive season is a safe one:
EMERGENCY NUMBERS TO ALWAYS HAVE WITH YOU: TRAFFIC : 018 788 9712 FOCHVILLE SAPS : 018 771 1103 CARLETONVILLE SAPS : 018 788 3000/6/7 107 CENTRE : 011 010 1500
Closure of Municipal Offices for Festive Season 2018
All Municipal Offices, except for emergency, essential services and stand-by personnel closes for the period over Christmas and New Year as from Friday, 21 December 2018 at 12:00 until Tuesday, 1 January 2019. All Municipal Offices will resume normal duties on Wednesday, 2 January 2019 at 07:30.
Elijah Barayi Commemoration Merafong City Local Municipality together with the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) hosted a commemoration of the late trade unionist and liberation struggle hero Elijah Barayi, one of the greatest revolutionaries and worker leader at the Carletonville Multipurpose Sports Complex. The event started at the gravesite of the late Elijah Barayi at West Wits Cemetery. It was declared to be a Provincial Heritage site by the Premier of Gauteng David Makhura together with the MEC for Sports and Recreation Faith Mazibuko, the Executive Mayor Maphefo Mogale Letsie, the family of Elijah Barayi and the members National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) as well as COSATU. The Executive Mayor opened the doors by welcoming everyone who had come to share this special day with the family, and honour the history behind Elijah Barayi. In her opening speech, Mogale Letsie said, “As we today declare the gravesite of Elijah we are making a mark of the struggles. We as people have been through and are making it a priority for future generations to learn about the history of good leaders who played a role to change the systems in the mining working environment in the apartheid era. This day should be remembered for it goes down as a special history we have in Merafong and we should cherish it and learn from it. Makhura declared the site a Provincial Heritage site and mentioned that from now on the grave of the late Elijah Barayi would be protected and would foresee that security is at site to guard that nothing is damaged at this gravesite as previously the grave got damaged and part of the tombstone got vandalized and part of it got stolen. The event then proceeded to the R501 road to be renamed, the R501 will be officially changed and renamed to Elija Barayi in future in honour of him and to make his mark.
A walk about then followed at a mega human settlements project near Welverdiend. The project started in June 2017 and is set to deliver 12 786 houses and plans to develop a school, a clinic and an industrial park in the area are also in progress which will be completed around 2023 to be fully developed. The event commenced to phase 3 where the main event was at the Sports Complex whereby many people awaited to be addressed on the updates of the project and to be given a memorial lecture of the late Elijah Barayi, the former President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe arrived at the venue to give a memorial lecture of the struggle icon. Premier David Makhura then awarded a posthumous Special Recognition Award to Ntate Elijah Barayi for his pioneering role in advancing the struggles of workers. The award was accepted by the son and daughter of Ntate Barayi.
Stock Theft Farmers Day The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development together with Merafong City Local Municipality alongside with Local Economic and Rural Development gathered the farmers of Merafong at Carletonville Civic Centre. The primary purpose of the gathering was to have an open conversation with the local farmers on new technology that has emerged that will assist them in their field, as well as providing with information on how to protect their livestock as a means of reducing stock theft. Galaletsang Hutang from Agricultural Research Council gave an informative talk about the genetic service which is the DNA that the institute offers for the livestock. As a farmer it is important to take sample of your livestock to the council so they may have the DNA sample of your stock and the details of stock owner as a measure of identifying who the livestock belongs to in case of theft. She gave a mention that stock DNA is the same as human DNA as they are found in the blood, bones, hair, skin or teeth. Pranisha Soma from the same institution also said that as from 1st of April 2019, parent identification method is to be implemented in the area of Merafong as a means of identifying to whom the livestock belongs to. Colonel Majingo from South African Police Services (SAPS) addressed the farmers on procedures to follow once your livestock has been stolen; this topic was an indication that farmers are experiencing difficulties of theft in the surrounding town of Merafong, as they expressed their concerns and grievances. She indicated that farmers should know the number of livestock they own by constantly keeping record. If it happens that the livestock is missing immediately farmers should contact the SAPS and the stock theft officials. The stock theft officials will conduct an investigation upon the information you provide to ensure that they locate your stock. If it happens that the stock has been already slaughtered, the stock owner has to open a case against the perpetrators. Hence it is important to keep record of the stock sample through Life Stock Identification Catalogue (Lid CAT). Upon the discussion Ms.Lerato Makganya from the Department of Forestry and Fishery delivered an informative talk about the importance of branding. By branding your livestock you make it easy not just for yourself but for the stock theft officials to be able to correctly identify your stock in terms of theft. She identified several techniques which farmers should use when branding their livestock such as tattooing. It is a marking technique in which a permanent mark is placed in an unobtrusive area such as on the ear of an animal, ear notching is a simple and handy method to identify animals individually from a distance. There is an ascent technique which is still used which is burning, the farmer can brand its livestock by lightly burning it in an area that will be noticed by them. She also indicated the importance of not telling other people where you have marked you livestock, as it is your own secrete location.
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