A Great Opportunity

If you have long thought of starting a collection of bonsai, but haven’t known where to obtain suitable material, or how to get started, look no further.

Or, perhaps you have a tree, or number of trees and aren’t sure how to proceed, take this opportunity to watch Dawid work his magic.

Spring is upon us, the sap is rising. Now is the time to get started.

 

Musina’s Weather Forecast

Day
Local Time
Dir
Speed/
Gust
Temp/
Feels Like
Hum.
Pressure
Cloud
Rain
Mon 15
Jul
05:00 SE
SE
6 / 13 km/h 11 / 10°C 84% 1024 mb
0%
0.0 mm
08:00 ESE
ESE
7 / 9 km/h 17 / 16°C 67% 1026 mb
0%
0.0 mm
11:00 E
E
13 / 15 km/h 23 / 24°C 42% 1024 mb
0%
0.0 mm
14:00 E
E
16 / 18 km/h 27 / 25°C 24% 1022 mb
2%
0.0 mm
17:00 ESE
ESE
17 / 24 km/h 25 / 24°C 25% 1021 mb
2%
0.0 mm
20:00 ESE
ESE
15 / 32 km/h 17 / 17°C 39% 1023 mb
2%
0.0 mm
23:00 E
E
13 / 26 km/h 14 / 13°C 49% 1024 mb
0%
0.0 mm
Tue 16
Jul
02:00 ESE
ESE
9 / 20 km/h 11 / 11°C 61% 1024 mb
0%
0.0 mm
05:00 E
E
8 / 16 km/h 10 / 9°C 74% 1024 mb
0%
0.0 mm
08:00 ESE
ESE
9 / 13 km/h 16 / 16°C 54% 1026 mb
0%
0.0 mm
11:00 ENE
ENE
16 / 19 km/h 23 / 24°C 37% 1025 mb
0%
0.0 mm
14:00 E
E
18 / 21 km/h 27 / 25°C 21% 1022 mb
1%
0.0 mm
17:00 E
E
18 / 26 km/h 25 / 24°C 23% 1022 mb
0%
0.0 mm
20:00 E
E
13 / 28 km/h 16 / 16°C 39% 1024 mb
1%
0.0 mm
23:00 ESE
ESE
13 / 28 km/h 14 / 13°C 47% 1025 mb
0%
0.0 mm
Wed 17
Jul
02:00 ESE
ESE
9 / 19 km/h 11 / 11°C 63% 1024 mb
0%
0.0 mm
05:00 ENE
ENE
3 / 6 km/h 10 / 10°C 79% 1024 mb
0%
0.0 mm
08:00 WSW
WSW
1 / 1 km/h 17 / 16°C 52% 1026 mb
0%
0.0 mm
11:00 E
E
5 / 6 km/h 24 / 24°C 34% 1025 mb
0%
0.0 mm
14:00 E
E
5 / 5 km/h 27 / 25°C 20% 1022 mb
0%
0.0 mm
17:00 E
E
5 / 6 km/h 26 / 24°C 23% 1021 mb
0%
0.0 mm
20:00 E
E
8 / 17 km/h 16 / 16°C 35% 1022 mb
0%
0.0 mm

Are We Surprised?

This article surely strikes close to home, in Musina

Not a single municipality in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, the Northern Cape or Free State, all of them ANC-run provinces, received a clean audit following the latest cycle of official financial inspection.

This, after auditor-general (AG) Kimi Makwethu earlier this week released findings from the Consolidated General Report on Local Government Audit Outcomes for 2017/18.

 

Auditor-general Kimi Makwethu.

Apart from measuring 21 “municipal entities”, or sub-municipal councils, the local government auditing cycle looked at the books of 257 municipalities and revealed that only 18 had received clean audits. Twelve of the municipalities are in the Western Cape whilst the remaining clean-audit councils are in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.

From a percentage point of view the auditing cycle found that only 8% of all the municipalities had received clean audits, “a decline from the previous year’s 14%”, a government news report said.

Makwethu emphasised that “since the current local government administration took office, the governance issues affecting municipalities have consistently been flagged with them in various formats, including individualised meetings with the leadership and through the AG’s 2016/17 general report, but the latest set of results indicates that this constant advice has largely been ignored”.

The auditor-general’s revelations came in the same week that leading poultry processor Astral forced Lekwa Local Municipality to abide by an earlier High Court finding that it must show how it intends to restore municipal infrastructure. The move by Standerton’s leading private sector entity against public sector dereliction came as Astral recorded an R85-million drop in revenue because of inconsistent water supply to its facilities.

Zimbabwe News

I wonder how this will affect businesses in Musina?

Foreign markets are yet to react to the news that Zimbabwe has announced the re-introduction of the Zim dollar with immediate effect.

This comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently said the beleaguered country would have its own currency again by March 2020. Earlier today though, by way of a “Statutory Instrument” (SI) directive issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said the South African rand, US dollar, British pound and Botswana pula would no longer be allowed as legal tender in Zimbabwe.

“The Zimbabwe dollar shall, with effect from 24 June 2019, be the sole legal tender in Zimbabwe in all transactions,” according to a statement.

With the country still staggering from crippling forex issues and resulting struggles to afford basic daily necessities like fuel, the move is widely seen as a desperate attempt to do away with bond notes and the real time gross settlement (RTGS) that have led to serious liquidity issues.

The SI directive said “each bond note unit and each RTGS$ is equivalent to a Zimbabwe dollar, and each hundredth part of a bond note unit and each hundredth part of RTGS$ is equivalent to a Zimbabwean cent”.

At the time of posting this article, news reports of angry resistance to the decision started filtering through, with word from the street being that it’s creating havoc among consumers.