Municipality evacuated, SAPS on scene

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A group of protestors managed to overthrow the municipal building earlier this morning (4 April).

According to Ntswaki Makgetha, municipal spokesperson, she was busy with a staff meeting inside her office when they heard screams. “They stormed the corridors, shouting that we should get out. We locked our door and they tried to force it open. We were very scared. We heard they moved upstairs and then we fled the office,’’ a shaken Makgetha told Klerksdorp Record.

Nancy Cromhout said they also locked themselves inside their offices until if felt safe to evacuate the building. “Most of the employees evacuated. We don’t know what is going on. The police are inside the building. One of the woman here had an asthma attack and was taken away in an ambulance,’’ she said.

Our reporter on the scene, Mohanoe Khiba says the police fired rubber bullets. The mob who stormed the municipality is apparently from Khuma.

Officials at the municipal building said they are not returning to work today.

SASSA increase comes into effect

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SASSA beneficiaries will receive their increase in this payment cycle as set out by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni when he delivered the annual budget speech last month. 

Old-age pensions will increase by R85 this month to R1780 per month. Pensioners over the age of 75 will receive a monthly pension of R1 800. The foster care grant goes up to R1 000 a month, while the child support grant will increase to R420 in April, and further to R430 by October.

The Minister of Social Development Susan Shabangu appeals to beneficiaries not to rush to withdraw their money on the first day of payment as the money will be available in their new gold SASSA cards throughout the month and beyond. The number of beneficiaries who receive social assistance from the state is expected to increase from 17.9 million to 18.6 million over the next three years.


Straatverkope van diere neem toe

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Deur JP Myburg

Klerksdorp Rekord, Klerksdorp - Die koop en verkoop van diere was nog altyd ‘n etiese kwessie en lok daagliks debat uit op verskeie sosiale media forums, maar die onregmatige verkope van diere is egter besig om problematiese gevolge vir diere en hulle vorige eienaars te hê. Klerksdorp Rekord het verlede jaar ‘n artikel geskryf en navrae gedoen rondom die moontlikheid van ‘n sindikaat waar die steel-en-verkoop van troeteldiere prominent voorgekom het. Dit het wye reaksie ontlok en mense op hul hoede gehad vir verdagte voertuie en individue wat huise dophou en ook op sosiale media probeer diere verkoop.

To read the full story, read page 4 of our 29 March 2019 issue.

Skoolmeisie gevind

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Klerksdorp Rekord, Orkney - Die 18-jarige skoolmeisie wat weggeloop het, is veilig en haar ouers weet waar sy haar bevind. Sy moet egter nog besluit of sy wil huis toe kom. Bernadette Jansen van Vuuren se pa, Johan, het Klerksdorp Rekord op Woensdag 27 Maart laat weet dat hy en adj-off Adriaan Louw haar die vorige dag in Midrand besoek het nadat sy drie weke gelede verdwyn het en haar ouers, die polisie en haar klasmaats na haar gesoek het.

To read the full story, read page 7 of our 29 March 2019 issue.

Alleged discrimination leads to investigation at Fire Brigade

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By JP Myburg

Klerksdorp Record, Klerksdorp - The Democratic Alliance in North West conducted an investigation against alleged discrimination against women at Matlosana Fire and Emergency Services regarding appointments and promotions. The DA in North West has requested a full skills audit for all staff employed at the City of Matlosana Fire Brigade and Emergency Services.

To read the full story, read page 7 of our 29 March 2019 issue.