8 DIKGANG TSA MOGALE NEWS June 2007 Apartheid memories surface during furore over local cemetery ’ ’ ’ BY CLIFFORD MOGOTSI DEAD END! monumental section in the Munsieville cemetery”, said ike most South Africans Bouwer. L who have acquiesced to come to terms with the past, the community of Munsieville have been faring well in coming to terms with the horror of Most baffling, he said the garden sections (only a head stone with grass on foot side), from both sides of the old divide, still seems to be predominantly white. aparthied, save for one nagging “We will investigate this matter issue which they say “promotes to see if it is because people do not apartheid”. know of the choice, or whether A the centre of the controversy culture plays a role, and perhaps , lies a cemetery a quiet place which promote the option more,” he said. is a home to thousands of deceased Though, residents gnash their families, on the outskirts of teeth on the matter, other factors Munsieville, and Mogale City’s that could have led to the divide, flashy suburbs. would have been of price difference However, every week, this resting between graves because the cost of place sees several funerals and all maintenance on monumental these fleet of cars are greeted by a sections was reportedly higher. sign that reads Munsieville/ However, the Mogale City Local Sterkfontein Cemetery”. Municipality had considered According to Munsievillers, the discriminatory factors and signage bears two arrows, both subsequently changed the tariffs to pointing in opposite directions. be uniform. Most of complainants have revealed And responding on the signage, that the township moaners follow Bouwer said he understands the the Munsieville route and suburban confusion about the signage. “This hearses follow the arrow after the is certainly not an indication of Sterkfontein wording. CONFUSION: The offending signage pointing to different sections of the same burial ground. policy or what is happening on the , Noticeably last year, hundreds of ground, but rather an indication of mourners attended the funeral the history of the cemetery . service of the late Patrick “Ace” loved ones. An obvious sight of the informal settlements inhabited separated by a fence from the “I have for this reason instructed Ntsoelengoe, who was buried at this segregation as both controversial by mine labourers and had been Sterkfontein cemetery . our maintenance team to remove , colossal cemetery and the star’s sides draw a line between whites named after the chief sanitary However, he confirmed that in the arrows so that you will only read resting space is positioned on the and blacks. inspector at the time, James Munsie. 1994 the two cemeteries where Munsieville/Sterkfontein cemetery . side where the signage pointed to Speaking to this newspaper, an A man who is only known as combined and the fence was In addition to this I will be Munsieville. Even then Dikgang tsa irate resident, who declined to “Mzi”, approached Dikgang tsa removed, as well as the old pine proposing that the Geographic Mogale received complaints about disclose her name, said the signage Mogale and lambasted the trees, which created the divide. Names Committee of the the signage. Now the issue seems to at the entrance of the cemetery newspaper for not writing about the “The two cemeteries are now municipality brings the name of the have gained momentum and many promote apartheid. “Council should matter. “Your newspaper is a technically referred to as one cemetery under review to resolve residents wish to see change to the come up with one name that would window that should reflect our , cemetery but for the sake of clarity I this issue. Should any person feel knotty name. represent both blacks and whites problems. That signage is very will differentiate. Since integration, their freedom of choice regarding When Dikgang tsa Mogale and everyone should be afforded a offensive and takes us back to the people could choose where they burial is infringed upon in anyway , visited this gravesite, the right to bury their loved ones apartheid regime. We request wanted to be buried and the they are welcome to contact me at Sterkfontein site was a picture of anywhere at the cemetery”, said the council to remove it and come up municipality did not interfere with 011-660-8757,” said Bouwer. elegant tombstones indicating disgruntled resident. with a better name for the this choice in any way .” However, residents have called affluence while the Munsieville side The word Sterkfontein, loosely ,” cemetery an angry Mzi said. “The old Sterkfontein for the removal of the loathsome was home to graves that looked means a strong fountain in According to the acting director monumental section (the whole signage and not only the arrows. more like speed humps, a rather Afrikaans, and is a set of limestone of Integrated Environmental grave is covered with stone) has More comments on the issue can be emblematic indication of those caves of special interest to Management, Rinus Bouwer, in the been full for the past five years and submitted at Dikgang tsa Mogale @ living on the breadline and cannot paleo-anthropologists and while apartheid years there used to be a people of different races have since email@example.com or at afford to erect tombstone for their Munsieville, historically grew out of Munsieville cemetery which was been buried together in the same town hall. COMMENT: When the Mogale City municipality goes through slip-ups, people are quick to DA beats 4 take in the gaffe, but when it does superbly, no one notices, writes Kelebogile Letlhabane other parties Give credit where & when it’s due for Ward 20 BY SIPHO NONE At the recent IDP roadshows, some do this perfectly yet our local a backlog of systems and expectations of the public. “The aggravated residents threw a slew council is owned millions of procedures that did not tally to new municipality is well on course to The Democratic Alliance (DA) of questions at council officials and unpaid services. There are legislation, unresolved HR issues create jobs for the unemployed, retained Ward 20 recently in a two- politicians and they’ve done so imbalances and our brothers and and operations that were making sure that every human sided horserace by-election after without even mulling over their sisters working for the council duplicated, causing confusion for being has a suitable shelter to stay defeating four other political bucket full of boo-boos of unpaid suffer the upshots. the officials. and at the moment 583 houses are parties. services. According to head of operations The Mayoral Committee took a built at Sinqobile while 954 houses The DA, led by Andrew Dott, However, most South Africans in the speaker’s office, Tshepo resolution to undertake a due are built in Rietvallei 2 & 3. The swiftly and summarily retained subscribe to the notion that “there Mathodlane, the municipality has diligence process, reviewing legal municipality is providing a lot to its ward 20 in a landslide victory after is no one perfect”, and this applies to draft the Integrated Development and financial aspects, HR, service public as it feels that it is in their elbowing out the ANC, Freedom to our own people thus the council Plan (IDP) every year to determine delivery and overall organisational hands to build the community ,” Front Plus, ACDP and Azapo. The has introduced an indigent the budget for service delivery . environment. There was a need to said Gaeje. by-elections came into effect after programme to accommodate those “This enables the municipality to re-align the new mandate of However, a Kagiso pensioner the ward councillor Adam du Toit who can’t afford to pay for their cater for its public interest,” he developmental local government Sarah Matome Malatji (78), had her tendered his resignations. services. And, during IDP’s said. with the structure of council. house struck by heavy rainfall The incident-free by-elections, roadshows, no one granted credit And raising the flag of the The executive mayoral system which led to the underground pipes which were spoiled by the chilly where it is due. And according to , municipality Mogale resident Joe also put pressure on the re- busting. The disaster damaged her winter, saw less than 2 000 our own people, council has to be Khutsoane (51), applauded the alignment of functions and windows and she used her pension electorates casting their votes for 120% perfect on services. municipality for bringing services operations of the council. There money to repair all the damages. their respective parties in a Yes, the municipality is closer to the people. “The were fulltime councillors whose And to assist the resident, the predominantly white and DA mandated to satisfy all residents municipality is fairly providing responsibilities were outlined by council offered to refund her . territory However, the parties gave equally and provide adequate service delivery as the garbage is law and therefore a need to outline money back as it felt responsible the DA a run for their money . services to all. It has to make sure always collected on time and it convergence of executive power for ensuring the pipes are in good The DA represented by Jakkie that it brings about accurate provides us with free 6kl of water and administrative power. condition. “The municipality Naude came out tops with an infrastructure, community and 50-watt of electricity on a Though, the mayor’s makes it their responsibility to overwhelming 1 003 votes, followed services, decent housing and monthly basis,” said Khutsoane. spokesperson, Bongani Gaeje, deliver free and fair services,” said by the ANC with 263, and while secured environment. And yet, Like all municipalities in South indicated that the municipality is a joyful Malatji, who still awaits minority parties amassed a paltry according to our residents, it has to Africa, the Mogale City council had doing the best it can to meet the financial assistance from council. 102 votes combined. The FF Plus managed to collect 97 votes.
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