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After ten consecutive disclaimers the Ga-Segonyana local municipality obtained a qualified report for the year 2016/17, not so good a report from a chartered accountant's point of view.
This is but a good sign that should the mu-nicipality remain sensitive in its expendi-ture, it certainly will come out of its financial doldrums.
The municipality had a severe drought in churning out such a lacklustre result and had continued obtaining disclaimers un-abatedly.
The new office bearers at the munici-pality, namely the mayor councillor Neo George Masegela who took the reigns in 2016 and the municipal manager Martin Tsatsimpe who assumed office hardly three months ago, individually expressed great optimism.
In an interview with the mayor over the qualified report released by the Auditor General, he said that this was a great relief and proof enough that the municipality is coming out of its financial quagmire. He
was very happy and said that continued fi-nancial discipline must be maintained to ensure a clear clean report is obtained in the next audit exercise. Equally, Mr Tsat-simpe, currently at the helm of admini-stration, echoed similar sentiments and said that this was fascinating news that gi-ves impetus to tighten the screws in coming up with a satisfactory audit report.
“Honestly disclaimers are not reflective of a good administration in an institution. A qualified audit report too but here we are making a comparison of a tradition that has been broken. This municipality is coming out of an abyss and as management we need to improve the momentum where pru-dent planning is done within the lines of what is within the coffers. In a nutshell every department must cut its cloth according to what it has on the table”.
In the past the community of Ga-Segon-yana municipality has been crying foul about the state of the results that, in most cases, were kept a secret because they were indeed an embarrassment.

The Iron Wheelers (Kathu Cycle Club) together with Doringdraad hosted a MTB race on 7 Oc-tober in aid of raising funds for the local animal shelter, Kathu & Kuruman Dieresorg, and getting the community together to participate in this annual sports festival. On Saturday, 2 December the cyclists handed over a cheque of R5000 to Izandri Janse van Vuuren from the Dieresorg to aid her in her selfless caring, feeding, homing and aiding of homeless abandoned pets in need. They need and welcome all the help they can get and rely heavily on donations. According to the members, they have big plans to raise more funds in 2018 with the goal to raise awareness of the sport and to focus on development. There is even a soup kitchen involved. Sport is not all about the individual; it's about a community and like-minded people with not just a drive to overcome personal goals but about camara-derie and giving back! We are proud to have such caring people in Kathu. Come, grab your bicycle and join us for an awesome ride. The bike takes you to places in your community your car cannot go. Life is our journey, come and join the ride! 

Hanru Duvenhage (43) van Kim-berley is Vrydagmiddag 24 Novem-ber 2017 tussen 14:00 en 14:30 by die werksperseel waar hy besig was om sandblaaswerk (“sandblasting”) te doen, doodgeskiet.
Sy verslae pa, Gert, sê niemand weet nog presies hoe dit gebeur het nie, maar die vermoede is sterk dat roof die motief was aangesien Hanru se selfoon en sy beursie vermis word. 'n Persoon het hom daar ont-dek en alarm gemaak.
Mnr Duvenhage Sr en sy vrou Annetjie (reeds oorlede) en hul drie kinders , Hettie (nou Rossouw), Gerrit en Hanru was inwo-ners van die dorp totdat mnr Duvenhage by die koöperasie, jare gelede, hier afgetreë het en hulle na Kimberley verhuis het.
Die polisie ondersoek die saak.

Op Woensdagaand, 8 No-vember, het Laerskool Ka-thu hul jaarlikse prysuitde-ling gehou. Dit is 'n aand wat aan die leerders die geleentheid gee om bedank te word vir hul harde werk deur die jaar, 'n geleentheid waar ouers werklik trots kon voel op hul kind wat meer as hul deel ge-doen het op sport, akademiese of kultuur gebied. Die leerders het werklik hard gewerk deur die jaar en het gesorg dat Laerskool Kathu se naam op verskeie gebiede hoog gebly het.
Vanjaar se Sportman toekenning en Veelsydigste sportpresteerder toekenning het gegaan aan Alwyn Odendaal. Die Sportvrou toeken-ning het gegaan aan Inke Nel. Die Veelsydigste toekenning het ge-gaan aan Rique Slabbert en Robyn Cloete, asook is sy as die Dux leer-ling vir 2017 aangewys. Rochelle Human het ook die Conradie Wis-seltrofeë ontvang vir haar beson-derse deursettings vermoë. Baie geluk aan hierdie leerders met hul ongelooflike goeie prestasies, hulle harde werk deur die jaar het gesorg dat hulle die vrugte daarvan pluk. Baie geluk ook aan al die anders leerders wat elkeen 'n prys ontvang het. Die skool, onderwysers en hul ouers is baie trots op hulle! Die skool bedank ook graag vir KFC, IEMAS en ATKV vir hulle borge en betrokkendheid by die skool.

Die prysuitdeling van Hoërskool Ka-thu het plaasgevind op Donderdag, 19 Oktober 2017 - 'n spogge-leentheid waar uitstekende prestasies be-loon is.
Die skool gee jaarliks erkenning aan in-stansies uit die gemeenskap wat betrokke was by die skool op verskeie terreine. Hierdie jaar is die Buurtwag van Kathu asook die SAPS bedank vir hul diens en positiewe gesindheid.
Die skool was bevoorreg om hierdie jaar 'n borgskap van IEMAS te ontvang vir top-presteerders. Mnr Abraham Rabakane van IEMAS het die pryse oorhandig aan die Top 15 leerders.
Soos elke jaar ontvang die leerders wat erekleure ontvang hulle baadjies op die verhoog. Die Sportman en – vrou was Kor-ben Vries en Nadia Greeff. Die Senior Sportman en – vrou was Jacobus Cronjé en Santie Vermaak. Die veelsydigste leerders in elke graad was Adina van Wyk graad 9, Santie Vermaak graad 10, Anria Wolsten-holme graad 11 en 'n gedeelde prys tussen Leané van der Merwe en Arno Esterhuizen, vir graad 12.
Die Dux-leerder van die jaar is Annine Pretorius. Sy behaal 'n gemiddelde 86% vir
al haar vakke en ontvang 'n kontantprys van Midas ter waarde van R1000, sowel as die Kumba Iron Ore skild en die  matriek-klas van 1978 se wisseltrofee.
Die aand is afgesluit met die aankondig-ing van die Uitvoerende Komitee van die Raad van Leerders vir 2018. Die leerders is Sonel Beukes (Voorsitter), Abigail Blume (Ondervoorsitter), Charmonix van Rooi (Sekretaresse) en Jandré Swiegers (Te-sourier). Baie geluk aan elkeen van die leerders met julle goeie prestasies.

Bianca Barnard, 'n leerder van Curro Kathu, het erekleure vir dans ontvang asook die volgende prestasie behaal: FDSA (Finnish Dance Sport Assosiation)  Vrystaat kleure in Moderne Dans en tweede plek in 'Musical Theatre'.
Sy het die Noord-Kaap by die SA kam-pioenskappe verteenwoordig en ontvang 6 goue, 6 silwer en 2 brons medaljes. Sy word ook gekies vir SA-span wat Suid-Afrika sal verteenwoordig by die wêreldkampioen-skappe in 2017/2018. Bianca kwalifiseer om in 2018 aan die World Dance Masters in Kro-asië te gaan deelneem. By 'n onlangse kom-petisie het sy sewe eerste plekke verower.
Baie geluk aan dié talentvolle danseres.

Assmang, in collaboration with their supplier M-SHEX which recycles plastics, glass and paper, invited three primary schools in Kathu ie Curro Ka-thu, Kathu Primary School and Sishen In-termediate Mine School to take part in a re-cycling competition.
The winner, Sishen Intermediate Mine School, walked away with a cash prize to the value of a staggering R10 000, the se-cond prize of R4000 went to Curro Kathu and the third prize of R2000 to Kathu Pri-mary School.
The school recycling challenge provided a direct educational message to house-holds regarding recycling and the reduction of contamination. The schools had to col-lect plastic bottles and hand them over to M-SHEX.
Assmang Kumani funded this initiative. The mining company is adamant that it will continue to run such competitions in years to come with more developmental and stra-
tegic plans to educate youngsters about the importance of protecting the environment.
David Moshesh from M-SHEX said “Not only are we increasing recycling rates, but it is the important way for us all to contribute to our country's environmental targets. Re-sidents who recycle paper, cardboard, alu-minium, steel, plastics and glass correctly can really help their local authority bring in the cash needed to keep the waste collect-ion costs down”.
The overwhelmed Headmaster of Sishen Intermediate, Mr Okhaa, said they will use the prize money for the upliftment of school projects. He added that they have identified some learners who are struggling with school equipment and they will extend their hands to such learners.
Elrinda Rost from Assmang, expressed her gratitude to the schools that participa-ted in the competition and said it was a learning curve for all participants about how to take care of the environment.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has made an urgent call on the Ga-magara Council to fire the acting Municipal Manger (MM) and Chief Finan-cial Officer (CFO), Moses Grond, said Melinda Hattingh MPL and the DA Con-stituency Head of the Kalahari.
Ms Hattingh said that whilst the finan-cial state of the debt-ridden Gamagara municipality has spiraled completely out of control, Mr Grond has become a law unto himself. He reports to himself and he alone signs off and approves pay-ments.
The lavish lifestyle of Mr Grond, better known as the “Maserati man” due to his penchant for luxurious cars, including a Maserati and a newly purchased BMW X6M, is an insult to a community suffer-ing under the municipality's service deli-very failures.
Ms Hattingh said that the DA believes that financial mismanagement and sub-sequent poor service delivery can be tra-ced back directly to Mr Grond.
Shocking details pertaining to the mu-nicipality's mounting debt are being ex-posed.
In a very selective and manipulative media statement, the municipality re-leased figures relating to debt owed to Eskom (R55-million) and Sedibeng Water Board (R8,4-million) on Tuesday 28 November 2017. At the same time, the municipality insinuated that residents are somehow responsible for Gamaga-ra's self-made financial crisis. This is despite the municipality's billing system which is wrought with flaws. The truth is that residents, some of whom are willing to pay outstanding municipal debt in a single swipe, and who stand in long que-ues, are unable to do so, due to the lack of available accurate billing information.
Ms Hattingh says that the DA considers the municipality's sudden communica-tion via the media to be a ploy to distract attention from the worsening financial situation in the Gamagara municipality. Pointing to its revenue streams as being its only problem, is a feeble attempt to di-vert attention away from obscene expen-ses. In fact, says Ms Hattingh, the DA knows for certain that the debt owed to Eskom and Sedibeng are just the tip of the iceberg and that the full extent of the municipality's financial state has not yet been disclosed.
Other municipal debt include R62-mil-lion owed to Anglo American after it lost the court case against the disastrous property evaluations ; R7.6-million ow-ed to John Taolo Gaetsewe district muni-cipality after at least two payment agree-ments were not honoured by Mr Grond ; and the municipality is also believed to be in arrears on its repayments to the De-velopment Bank of South Africa, with whom it has a loan agreement. It is further believed that an attempt to rene-gotiate the terms of this loan, and re-con-solidate its debt in order to meet its burn-ing obligations, has not been sanctioned.
DA councillors in Gamagara municipa-lity have submitted a motion with notice, demanding that Mayor Edwin Hantise immediately removes Mr Grond from the positions of acting MM and CFO. They are also seeking a full disclosure of the financial situation of the municipality.
“The motion is expected to be tabled at a Special Council Meeting, however, if the DA's demands are not met, we will not hesitate to report the matter to the Public Protector for further investiga-tion,” said Ms Hattingh.
“It is increasingly clear that vitally im-portant financial information is being will-fully, and possibly illegally, withheld from councillors,” concluded Ms Hattingh.
DA demands MM & CFO’s head

Fltr : The new ANC regional leadership structure after the recent conference held in Kathu. Councillor Neo George Ma-segela - Chairman, Councillor Nelson Hantise - Deputy Chairman, Peace Kagi-so Leserwane - Regional Secretary, Siz-we Mlangeni - Deputy Secretary and Vio-let Jordaan - Treasurer .
The much awaited seventh ANC re-gional conference was convened as stipulated on December 01 - 03, December 2017 at Gamagara town hall.
The conference, according to the provin-cial executive council representative Ms Patricia Witbooi was well organised. “The conference did collate, meaning the branch delegates reached the required quorum to conduct it. Out of the total of 111 delegates, 79 attended the conference. This was a good and well attended conference as justi-fied by the numbers.”
Asked about the electoral process, about the top five office bearers and the twenty additional members, she said that there was a high level of consensus in both processes. “Both the top five and the twenty additional members were not contested, meaning there was no contestation at all. The proposed candidates were unanimous-ly endorsed by the conference,” Ms Witbooi said.
In response to the alleged factional dis-putes prior to the conference, Ms Witbooi candidly said, “The PEC members are here to render support and encourage unity am-ong members. If the leadership within the region requests any form of support, we have the requisite structures to help. We provided guidance from the beginning of the exercise to ensure there is a dignified pro-cess in the whole exercise, hence we are endorsing the conference and its outcomes in its entirety.
“The conference did not only look into el-ectoral processes, but also looked into commissions to ensure the structures of the party remain strong, by meeting the expect-ations of the electorate. These were deliber-ated in groups and later brought to the main platform as a finalised synchrony.”
Ms Witbooi does not believe in factional-ism and said that members are simply divergent in views, and as a result, they lob-by from different platforms to cascade their
views. Now that the conference is over, members must come together and embrace one another to strengthen the party.
The new regional structure is as follows: Chairperson Neo George Masegela, deputi-sed by Nelson Hantise, Secretary Peace Ka-giso Leserwane, deputised by Sizwe Mlan-geni and Treasurer  Violet Jordaan.

On Sunday 19 November, six of Kathu’s own Iron Wheelers  partici-pated. Kathu locals, S Mazibuko, V Maseko, T Melokwe, B Coetzee and R Mohlahlo all collected their medals for completing the 94.7 km with an assent of 1488 metres.
According to the Iron Wheelers, the course was great especially ri-
ding through historical landmarks and streets of Johannesburg with no cars about. There were a few chal-lenging twists and turns but with some really tough climbs. “We are not used to riding hills in Kathu” said the locals but this did not stop or deter local legend Barend Coetzee from not only completing, but bring-ing home a gold medal for coming first overall in the paraplegic catego-ry.
Barend, a paraplegic who broke
his back in a car accident, competes with a specialised custom-built hand cycle.
We can only watch and report in awe of Barend and his achieve-ments. You are our own true Kathu hero and an inspiration to us all. Well done guys, you do us proud.
If you have a bicycle come and join the local Iron Wheelers. Life is a jour-ney, enjoy the ride !

The annual Masters Challenge took place on Saturday 18 November at Sishen golf club. A field of 36 of our best local talent qualified and participated in this event. They had to play 18 holes to qualify and make the final cut. The competition this year was fierce and the golfers delivered some incredible golf coming in with great scores like Allan Toy, our club champ, finishing 3rd with a 68 / 75 (142), Peter Tau finishing 2nd with a 68 /74 (142) but nobody could beat last years champ, Andrew Seme who finished with a 78 /68 (141) to be crowned the 2017 Master's Champion.

Local golfer Bertie Steen-kamp, from Upington Golf Club, was crowned the Golf RSA Champion of Champions af-ter winning the men's divisions of the National Finals at Glendower in Johannesburg.
He claimed the title by two shots when he shot a 71 and 77 (148) over Westlake's Brent Kirstein who shot a 78 and a 72 (150). Bertie claimed that it is a great privilege to be the champion, es-pecially because it is the first ev-ent and that there are a lot of ama-teur golfers in South Africa. Al-though he struggled with back is-sues, he kept his focus and hung onto the lead regardless of the pain. We are proud of you, well done Bertie !

Huis Jan Vorster oorlede :

Mev. Anna Brunsdon (79) wat die afgelope twee jaar 'n inwoner van Huis Jan Vorster was, is oorlede. Mev. Brunsdon is in die Gariep Hospitaal in Kimberley opge-neem nadat sy eers 'n galblaas operasie ondergaan het maar later ook met ander inwendige organe probleme ondervind het. 

Mev. Brunsdon laat vier kinders agter: Mev. Lynette Stander van Postmasburg, skool-hoof by die plaaslike Laerskool, mev. Desiré Lund van Beaufortwes, prof. Alfred Brunsdon van Lichtenburg en Bennie Brunsdon van die Kaap. Ook agt kleinkinders en drie agterkleinkinders. 

 'n Roudiens word Vrydag, 21 April 2017 om 14:00 by Huis Jan Vorster vir mev. Bruns-don gehou. 

Stryd teen kanker:

Mev. Amanda Calitz (58) wat 'n lang stryd teen kanker gehad het (wat ons periodiek oor berig het) is in die Gariep Hospitaal in Kimberley oorlede waar sy opgeneem is toe sy ernstige simptome ontwikkel het weens haar kankerprobleem. Mev. Calitz het haar eerste operasie in April 2012 on-dergaan nadat kolonkanker gediagnoseer is. Sy het sedertdien gereelde behandeling ondergaan; ook nadat daar in 2016 ver-spreiding gediagnoseer is. Amanda was 'n sersant-majoor in die Weermag op Lohat-lha. Hulle het in Februarie 2017 na Da-niëlskuil verhuis omdat familie wat daar woon behulpsaam kon wees. 

 Mev. Calitz laat drie kinders agter asook 'n suster en skoonsuster in Daniëlskuil. 

 'n Roudiens word op Saterdag 22 April 2017 om 11:00 in die NG. Kerk op Post-masburg vir mev. Calitz gehou. 

 Aan die familie en vriende van mev. Anna Brunsden en mev. Amanda Calitz ons diepe meegevoel met die heengaan van geliefdes wie se plekke in hegte familie-verbintenisse nou groot leemtes laat. Mag Hy u metgesel wees in hierdie hartseer tye.

Mev. Emma Marais van Springbokstraat Postmasburg wat eers in die intensiewe sorgeenheid in Upington was met 'n bynier-probleem en later na die Gariep Hospitaal in Kimberley oorgeplaas is, is weer tuis na-dat die medikasie en behandeling in Kimberley suksesvol verloop het.  Na verneem word is sy swak maar maak goeie vordering.

Mnr. Dawid Swanepoel van Vleistraat Postmasburg wat in die Gariep Hospitaal was waar 'n gewas verwyder is, is ook tuis en die goeie nuus is dat die gewas geen gevaar inhou nie. 

 Mnr Theo Coetzee van Houtstraat  Postmasburg is ook tuis maar is nog onge-steld. Hy gaan weer in die dae vir toetse en vir 'n opvolg ondersoek na die Gariep Hospitaal in Kimberley. 

Matthew 6:6 NIV “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Prayer is intimate communication with our Father in heaven. The Lord invites us all to pray and we are urged to pray with-out ceasing.
Jesus also frequently prayed. We read in Luke 6:12 ”One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.”
We must be careful not to pray with selfish motives, but to pray according to the will of God. Our prayers should also be offered in faith. Through our prayers God can bring about revival and change can come in our circumstances.
John Wesley wrote : “God does nothing on the earth save in answer to believing prayer.”
It is important to honour God in our prayers and acknowledge His sovereign-ty.
James 5:16 Ampl “......The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a right-eous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working).”

Ons Vader stel nie net belang in ons geestelike lewe nie, maar in ons hele menswees. In ons eenheid met Christus is dit God se begeerte dat Sy kinders vrolik moet wees en die goeie van die lewe wat Hy hier op aarde vir ons gee, geniet. In Prediker 3:13 staan geskryf dat om die goeie van die lewe te geniet n gawe van God is. Ons kan die saamwees met familie en vriende geniet. Geniet die lieflike natuur om ons, uitstappies, goeie musiek, om n mooi boek te lees en om n stokperdjie te beoefen. Miskien is jou huwelik somber. In Pred. 9:9 lees ons: “ Geniet die lewe met die vrou wat jy liefhet, al die dae van jou nietige lewe wat Hy jou gegee het onder die son -....” Geniet ons dit om die Here te dien en te eer? Jesus vermaan ons in Matt. 6:16 om byvoor-beeld nie met n lang gesig te vas soos die skynheiliges nie. By eredienste is ons dikwels baie ernstig en glimlag skaars. Ons behoort dit te geniet om as gelowiges saam die Here te aanbid. Besluit vandag om elke oomblik die lewe te geniet wat God jou gee.

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Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas, along with a delegation, is attending the Bloodhound Supersonic Car's (SSC's) first ever public run, which is sche-duled to take place at the Aerohub Enter-prise Zone, Newquay Airport, Cornwall in the UK.
The delegation to the UK includes senior politicians, government officials and pupils from various schools, comprising six pupils from high schools offering science, techno-logy, engineering, mathematics and tourism subjects, as well as the top two pupils in ma-thematics and science from Rietfontein High School.
The spokesperson for the Premier's Of-fice in Kimberley, Bronwyn Thomas-Abra-hams, stated that the objective of the United Kingdom mission was to show the pro-vince's support for the Bloodhound project and to strengthen partnerships with the UK and Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) stakeholders.
She said that the opportunity will be used to promote the Northern Cape and Green Kalahari as tourist destinations and explore educational opportunities presented by the Bloodhound project for fields such as science, technology, engineering, mathe-matics and tourism. Further clarity will be gained on the project details and roll-out for the South African run at Haksteenpan in the Northern Cape.
This project has been supported by the
province since 2010 with the small villages in the Mier area preparing the track. The pro-ject has contributed significantly to job creation in this area with over 300 communi-ty members assisting with the track clear-ance.”
Ms Thomas-Abrahams said that the MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture, Bongiwe Mbin-qo-Gigaba, would serve as the acting pre-mier from October 22 until November 01. DFA

Local poet releases a book

Adelaide January, a young poet from Seoding village in Kuruman released a book titled Mending Broken Pieces. She started writing at the age of 16 years old.

She completed matric at Wrenchville High School and obtained a Certificate in Wholesale and Retail Management. Currently she is studying towards a Diploma in Public Relations.

In 2003, she established an organization called Kurara Wordsmiths (KWS) which aims to provide a platform to poets and writers in and around Kuruman. Kurara Wordsmiths have an annual event that allows them to share their talent.

Her greatest achievement includes being one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans 2016 for making an impact in her community.

Mending Broken Pieces is a prose and poetry book that consist of eleven poems, mostly written in the English language with some parts of the work in Setswana. It took her two years to publish this book as it is very close to her heart and is all about what she is passionate about.

Adelaide is inspired by her surroundings and social issues within her community. Her role model is Lebo Mashile, who is a well-known international and national poet and television personality.

Adelaide’s advice to upcoming writers and poets is : “Keep writing, equip yourself and polish your talent and technique by attending workshops and showcasing at various events.”

 

 

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