A tale of two (broken) cities – Mahikeng, the former pride of North West for its cleanliness and progressive policies, is now overrun with potholes, refuse and debt thanks to the ANC-regime

Mahikeng, the former pride of North West for its cleanliness and progressive policies, is now overrun with potholes, refuse and debt. Driving is a gamble and drinking tap water is an extreme sport. Mthatha is much the same.

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A song cut from one of motswako rapper Mo’ Molemi’s albums could provide the best evidence of just how long Mahikeng’s residents have endured driving on potholed streets.

The track Maspala (municipality) was supposed to have been included on the album Motsamai seven years ago.

In it, Molemi sings in Setswana: “Kere somebody thiba dipotholes, kara yame ya tlola every time I am on the road. Ke a go kopa maspala thiba di pothole; go konega rim every time I go home.”

Loosely translated, it says: “I say somebody fix the potholes; my car bounces every time I’m on the road. I beg of you municipality fix the potholes; rims get damaged every time I go home.”

For the past few weeks, Maspala
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Discovery apparently is more focused on profit than on service delivery to patients – patients signing in at certain hospitals now have to pay an extra R5000

Discovery’s medical scheme announced at a very late stage that patients signing in at certain hospitals would have to pay an extra R5000 or go to an approved clinic.

The arrangement will be implemented from February 1, 2019 and doctors are not happy with the announcement.

Experts point out that the medical scheme is apparently more focused on profit than on service delivery to patients.

Such new measures are found to be unacceptable by many members of the scheme, but it appears that objections to Discovery’s management and decision-makers have fallen on deaf ears.

Read the original article in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
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