April 26, 2017

Police monitor Welkom, Virginia

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Police in the Free State are closely monitoring mining towns in a bid to clamp down on illegal mining operations notorious for disrupting the socio-economic fabric in communities where the practice is allowed to grow. Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Sam Makhele yesterday told The Weekly in a telephone interview that police were strengthening their ongoing monitoring operations in the gold-rich mining towns of Welkom and Virginia to ensure that illegal mining operations did not disrupt life in those areas. The move by Free State police follows alleged turf wars on the East Rand in Gauteng in which 14 bodies of…

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R150m drop in FS equitable share

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Province to generate 4.9 percent more revenue over next three years Growth in own revenue to help cushion effects of cut in national treasury allocation The Free State equitable share from the national budget is expected to be reduced by about R150.7 million over the next three years, provincial treasury said. The equitable share makes up about 75 percent of the province’s annual budget. Treasury MEC Elzabe Rockman said this is as a result of the tight national fiscal situation that the country finds itself in today. “The effects of the national fiscal position inevitably affect all spheres of government,”…

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Dead speaker walking

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… As ANC/ MCA move to seal Metsimaholo takeover with no confidence motion against her The speaker of Metsimaholo Local Municipality, Arnoldi du Plooy, is likely to be out of office by this time next week, kicked out by the new ANC/ Metsimaholo Civic Association (MCA) partnership as it acts to strengthen its hold on the northern Free State municipality. In fact, as speaker, Du Plooy, who is from the DA, has been like the proverbial dead man walking since the ANC/MCA alliance took charge of council last week. She should have been history by now but was only able…

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