Could This Apply To MM?

Mayors and municipal officials must have learned with shock about a brief that went out in the Government Gazette last week giving formal notice of new regulations that have stopped the gravy train in its tracks – at least in part.

According to new expense regulations announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, the purse strings have been cut for business class flights both domestic and international, expense cars, lavish receptions featuring haute cuisine and top-shelf liquor.

The notice highlighted several “non-priority” expenses, include consultants, and added that all municipalities were expected to draw up a “cost containment plan”.

From now on no municipal politician will be entitled to a car costing more than R700 000 and nor they be entitled to replace their official wheels unless the car has done 120 000 kilometres. Officials with entertainment allowances will also have to keep their annual expenses to R2000.

It is hoped that the belt-tightening measures will be welcomed by Moody’s Investor Service which has President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mboweni over a barrel, demanding that government expenses be slashed to sustain our sovereign debt rating at investment grade.

Several critics on Twitter have said that it’s “too little too late” since government has been talking about cutting municipal expense budgets for the last 16 years when the issue was first raised by Thabo Mbeki’s Parliament.

Since then, 31% of municipalities across the country have been allowed to run themselves into the ground, mainly through financial mismanagement and malfeasance.

 

No Apologies For My Home Language

English pronunciations. Hmmm.

  • If you have a rough cough, climbing can be tough when going through the bough on a tree!
  • There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
  • English muffins weren’t invented in England.
  • Paradoxes. Hmmm. Quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.A
  • And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?
  • Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?
  • If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
  • If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
  • In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital, ship by truck and send cargo by ship and have noses that run and feet that smell?
  • How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wiseguy are opposites?

 

Karate News

The local karate group, K.S.I. Musina, competed in the South African National Championships on 1st June and came back with extraordinary results.

The following results were achieved;

  • Oratile Lukhele: Silver and bronze
  • Sibusiso Willis: Silver
  • Lazarosi Mulindi: Silver
  • Victoria Hofisi: Silver and bronze
  • Brooklyn Hofisi: Gold
  • Thamsanga Mungwe: Gold and silver
  • Phillipa Weidemann: Gold and silver
  • Aiden Weidemann: Double Gold!
  • Two of the club’s senseis achieved silver medals and
  • Theunis Geyser who achieved Springbok status last year came away with a silver.

Unfortunately, one of the competitors, Siyabulela Bhuti had to withdraw due to injury, but prior to this, he was doing well.

These remarkable results moved the Musina club into 2nd position among all of South Africa’s clubs.

Congratulations, KSI, Musina

Here are KSI Musina’s contact details;

  • Sensei: Andile Vena
  • Cell No.: 079 564 1947
  • Dojo times: Monday – Friday, from 17h00 to 18h00