Premier Mabuza launches new provincial development fund

Premier Mabuza launches new provincial development fund

eMzinoni (Bethal) – The premier of Mpumalanga Province Mr David Mabuza urged small business owners to grab opportunities that have been availed by the Mpumalanga provincial government to them and change their conditions by creating employment for themselves and others.


He said this during the launch of the Mpumalanga Enterprise Development Fund in eMzinoni Township on Thursday, 14 September 2017.


“This is a new chapter in enterprise development for small businesses in the province of Mpumalanga. Women and young people must seize this opportunity to transform and better their lives,” Premier Mabuza said.


The newly launched fund is a partnership between Standand Bank of South Africa and the government of Mpumalanga, with funding from Standard Bank and business support from the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA).


According to Mr Tim Whati from the Standard Bank of South Africa, partnering with the Mpumalanga provincial government is an important milestone for the bank. “We will do whatever it takes to support entrepreneurs and develop their enterprises in this province. We will surely provide access to development funding through our bank.


“For us as a bank it is of importance to not only focus on developing enterprises within the metropolitan areas, but to also spread-out our support to other areas of our nation especially in the rural areas.


“Entrepreneurs from rural areas also have a role to play in developing the economy,” Mr Whati said.

He also advised that small businesses may approach any Standard Bank branch and apply for the Mpumalanga Enterprises Development Fund.

Sasol Hosts Technical Teachers Conference

Sasol Hosts Technical Teachers Conference

The Deputy Minister of the Department of Basic Education Hon. Enver Surty, speaking at the opening of the Sasol Technical Teachers Conference, held in Secunda (Mpumalanga)


Sasol hosts Technical Teachers conference for the first time in Mpumalanga

Secunda, Mpumalanga – The Sasol Technical Teachers conference was held at the Sasol Secunda Recreation Club. The conference ran from Thursday, 29 June to Saturday, 01 July 2017.

Hosted by Sasol Inzalo Foundation, the foundation focuses on boosting vocational skills pool for the country to meet the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 target of 30 000 artisans through its Technical Schools of Excellence Network (TechSENet) programme.

According  Mr Alex Anderson, Sasol Group’s Head of Media Relations,  since 2015, the foundation has invested in 5 500 learners and their teachers from 5 technical schools in Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga, with an aim to develop schools to technical excellence and build a pipeline for artisans, STEM technicians and technologists.

“This will be realised by increasing the numbers and calibre of learners doing technical subjects and upgrading the equipment status in the technical workshops,” he said.

In 2016, an Inaugural Technical Teachers Symposium brought together various role players in the technical education including government departments, Technical High schools practitioners from seven provinces, industry partners, SETAs and artisan training academies.

“Today is the continuation of the partnership that was established in rallying together for skills and education development in South Africa.” he added.

The Conference was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of the Department of Basic Education Hon. Enver Surty   More than 300 delegates from across all nine provinces attended the three-day conference.



Road Accident Fund eases pressure

Road Accident Fund eases pressure

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) visited the community of eMzinoni Township to offer a range of services to some residents who are car-crash victims. The accident fund’s visit was on Saturday, 24 June, at the Raymond Mavuso Community Hall.  This was part of the fund’s community outreach initiatives.

“According to RAF’s Media and Public Relations Senior Manager, Mr Linda Rulashe, at the heart of this community outreach is service delivery, and making a difference to claimants and everyone affected by the scourge of road crashes.

“Claimants are assisted with the direct registering of new claims, consolidation of required compliance documents, settlement offers, and reporting of cases involving alleged unscrupulous personal injury representatives and touts,” said Mr Rulashe.

The RAF is a juristic person established by an Act of Parliament, namely, the Road Accident Fund Act, 1996 (Act No. 56 of 1996) as amended (”RAF Act”). It commenced operations on 1 May 1997, assuming at the time, all the rights, obligations, assets and liabilities of the Multilateral Motor Vehicle Accidents Fund.

The RAF is responsible for providing appropriate cover to all road users within the borders of South Africa; rehabilitating and compensating persons injured as a result of motor vehicles in a timely and caring manner; and actively promoting the safe use of all South African roads. Section 3 of the RAF Act stipulates that “the object of the Fund shall be the payment of compensation in accordance with this Act for loss or damage wrongfully caused by the driving of a motor vehicle”. The client base of the RAF, therefore, comprises not only the South African public, but all foreigners within the borders of the country. The RAF provides two types of cover, namely personal insurance cover to accident victims or their families, and indemnity cover to wrongdoers.

Mr Rulashe  also said the most important information which needs to be provided for new claims include case numbers, accident reports, hospital reports, vehicle registrations and details of other parties involved in the car crash.

Those who were unable to attend the event are encouraged to visit the RAF at any of the following 11 Hospital Service Centres within the Mpumalanga Province where they can be assisted in lodging claims.

They are Kwa-Mhlanga Hospital (Kwa-Mhlanga).; Mmametlhake Hospital (Mmamehlake) Witbank Hospital (Witbank),  Standerton Hospital (Standerton),  Evander Hospital (Evander),  Themba Hospital (White River/Kabokweni), Mapulaneng Hospital (Bushbuckridge),  Ermelo Hospital (Ermelo), Piet Retief Hospital (Piet Retief), and Rob Ferreira Hospital (Nelspruit) and Tonga Hospital (Tonga).

For more information regarding the claims procedure and services of the RAF, contact RAF Call Centre on 0860 23 55 23 from Monday to Friday, 07h45 to 16h00.

Follow RAF on social media: Twitter: @RAF_SA, Facebook:  Road Accident Fund, and Instagram: RAF_ROAD.

 Mr Vusi Walter Mokoena and Ms Nomthandazo Mbuyisa are receiving help from Constable Sifiso P. Ndlovu of the eMzinoni Polic during the Road Accident Fund’s community outreach initiative in eMzinoni Township.

Ms Botshelo Nageng from the Road Accident Fund helping a claimant.

Road Accident Fund staff Mr Bongane Dlamini, Ms Busisiwe Slaffa (RAF’s Claims Organisation Manager) and Mr Ntokozo Khoza