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The Northern Cape Cooperative Gover-nance, Human Settlements and Tradi-tional Affairs (COHGSTA) MEC Mr Al-vin Botes is clearly not amused and has come up guns-blazing about the level of cor-ruption in his department.
In his message of support on the launch of
- a condition characterised by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or per-sonality states that continually have power over a person's behaviour”.
He said that, according to the government remuneration gazette, the lowest-paid mayor, earns R556 000 a year, and the average muni-cipal manager R852 000 per annum. In ad-dition, the national aggregate level stands at 30 per cent of the total municipal operating bud-get, whereas in the Northern Cape, 50 percent gets spent on the remuneration of municipal personnel. There is absolutely and definitively no need for 'salary-top-up'.
“In particular, a municipal traffic officer earns R162 000 per annum, 8 times less than a muni-cipal manager. If we allow corrupt practices at senior municipal levels, how can we expect a traffic officer to learn from her/his bosses? “ Mr Botes questioned.
The Auditor General cited Northern Cape as a province where R238-million of irregular ex-penditure was incurred due to non-compli-ance with the supply chain management re-
the local government anti-corruption cam-paign on August 01, 2017 attended by key stakeholder representatives that included members of the provincial executive coun-cil, the chairperson of the South African Local Government Authority, councillor Sofia Mosikatsi, SAPS Commissioner Lieutenant General Peter Shivuri, head of the Northern Cape Directorate for priority crime Investigations, Major General Gala-we, officials from the Hawks, Treasury, the Public Service Commission and from the office of the public protector.
The MEC characterised corruption in the country as a universal rapid evolution in every sector of the economy that equally needs urgent tackling because its dangers have be-come a normal aspect of life.
He said the passive approach to uproot corruption is tantamount to making it a nor-mal culture in society. He bemoaned the abuse of public office for private gain.
He said “The rationale and logic of the public office is to direct public resources for the benefit or interest of the poor, working class, the down trodden masses that are jobless, homeless and hopeless. We must caution ourselves, as the engine-drivers of municipalities to negate our relative ignorance and subtle tolerance of corrupt-ion with being prone to suffer from medical disorders of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Famsa Kathu opened its doors in July 2009 after an agreement was reac-hed between Famsa Upington and Kumba Iron Ore. Famsa became one of Kumba's community support projects and Kumba is still the main funder of the office. The main purpose for opening the office was rendering therapeutic services to the communities of Kathu and surrounding areas.
Through the years the services of a psy-chologist has been available, and from 2010 – 2016 also a social worker. The so-cial needs in the communities were always part of our area and Famsa with the support of other funders (GDF and Reisa) launched the HOPE community development project.  Therapeutic services along with door to
door involvement and support in the com-munities form the corner stones of FAMSA.
Statistics of therapeutic services show that 3072 people registered as clients in the past 8 years, meaning that 3072 indivi-duals, families and/or households might have benefited from the services that were made available to the community.
Famsa would like to thank not only our main funder, Kumba, but also numerous businesses, individuals and friends of Fam-sa who contributed during these years with donations, etc. This support to the organi-sation, the office and projects contributed to make services available to people from all walks of life.  We pray for God's blessing in the years to come.

Matt Roos, 'n leerder van Curro Kathu, het derde gekom in die Nasionale
TYR Gala wat
 in Durban plaasgevind het. Hy het vir 4 van sy 5 items vir
die finale gekwalifiseer,
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Ruan Wolstenholm,
het die Griekwas verteenwoordig by die Grant Khomo-Rugbyweek in
die 0/16 span. Curro is baie
trots op elkeen van die

Johan Kruger en
Lyle Pedro het
tydens die  vakansietyd deelgeneem aan 'n gholf toernooi in Bellville in die Wes-Kaap. Die twee gholfers het dit baie geniet en die geleentheid aangegryp en gewys hoe lyk die gholfspelers van die Kalahari.

Curro Kathu het vanjaar meer as hul staal gewys tydens vanjaar se Van Druten rugby finale in Daniëlskuil.
Curro Kathu is baie trots op drie van hulle rugby-spanne wat skoon-skip gemaak het. Die 0/9, 0/11 en 0/-13 rugbyspanne het hul staal gewys en gewen. Baie, baie geluk aan hierdie spanne en hul afrigters en al-mal wat hulle ondersteun het ty-dens die sport seisoen.

Mnr. Eddie Conradie het op Vrydag, 19 Mei, sy spesiale dag gevier saam met al die leerders en personeel van Curro Kathu.  Die leerders het hom verwelkom deurdat hul vir hom gesing het en die oggend piekniek saam met hom kon hou op die skool se speelterrein. Die leerders en personeel waardeer hul skoolhoof baie en wens hom 'n geseënde jaar toe. Mnr. Eddie Conradie saam met van die Curro leerders tydens die oggend se verrigtinge.

Sishen Iron Ore Company community development trust (SIOC-cdt), officially handed over the multi-purpose centre to the community of Gamagara municipali-ty on Wednesday July 26, 2017.
The super trust took over the pro-ject for the construction of a multi-purpose centre in Deben from the Gamagara Development Forum (GDF).
The Deben multi-purpose centre, valued at R13-million, comprises of a hall, a soup kitchen and a youth centre.
Briefing the Kathu Gazette was the Chief Executive Officer of the SIOC-cdt Vusani Mali who said that the lo-cal community ought to benefit de-servedly and so to fulfil the scope of the establishment of the trust.
Mr Mali also confirmed that the
trust's offices are relocating from Jo-hannesburg to Kathu. The gist of the trust is to reconfigure the community projects delivery system through its direct involvement to optimise trans-parency and improve the standard of living of the broader community of the region
The centre is aimed at providing accessible facilities to cater for a wide variety of community needs, in-cluding strengthening the cultural and social activities in the area.
There was a visible vacuum for such a facility for the community of Deben, and SIOC-cdt came in han-dy.
Expressing the positive gesture demonstrated by SIOC-cdt was the Director of the Thabang Community Development Centre, Liza Mager-man and her Chief Financial Officer
Macbain Arends who, on behalf of the Department of Social Services , are running twenty two community nutritional centres in the province according to a new concept which resembles restaurants, where peo-ple are being fed while seated.
The Deben community also gave a positive nod to SIOC-cdt for the pro-vision of the community hall and the youth centre, saying that the facili-ties will go a long way towards bring-ing the residents together in sharing ideas as a collective, as well as cur-tailing social ills perpetrated in most cases by the delinquent youths.
The youth centre, if optimised can bridge the elderly and the youth gap together, as sporting activities in-volve all age groups.

Joined by the Northern Cape provincial leader, Andrew Louw and the DA's whip in the Northern Cape Provincial Legisla-ture, Harold McGluwa, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi Maimane visited Kathu on Saturday 22 July 2017. His visit formed part of the party's national #Change19 tour.
Mr Maimane conducted a door-to-door walkabout in the township of Mapoteng where he met with residents. Thereafter he ad-dressed the people from Mapo-teng along with a lot of DA sup-porters donning DA apparel. He later also addressed the com-munity and many DA supporters at the taxi rank in Kathu.
Mr Maimane told the crowds that what he saw in Kathu and particu-larly in Mapoteng, pointed to a gov-ernment that does not care about the people at all once they have their vote in their back pocket. Because a caring government would not let their people live in filth.
“A caring government would not let raw sewage run down your streets and in between your homes where your children play. A government that truly cared for you would not allow this to go on for days without doing anything about it, let alone the months, even years, that you've had to put up with it,” he said.
“The problems with the contin-uous sewage spills here in Mapo-teng aren't because of complex,
unfixable issues. These problems aren't because of sabotage or even lack of budget. They are sim-ply problems of poor governance,” he went on to say.
He explained at length about the state of poor maintenance of equipment used for service deli-very, with special reference to the problem of overflowing sewage reservoirs where overflow sensors needed to be replaced but when left too long, the ANC run munici-pality could only afford to replace some of them instead of all of them, while simultaneously enrich-ing their preferred suppliers.
“The sensors in these reservoirs that are meant to prevent over-flows should have been replaced as soon as they failed. But, like almost everything in this town, it was simply ignored by this ANC government.
I am told, following relentless pressure from the DA, that they have gone out and bought seven new sensors for these reservoirs. But even these seven new sensors won't solve the problem, as there are up to twenty that need repla-cing. And of course, in true ANC style, they have completely over-paid their connected “preferred suppliers”, which means they don't have the budget for the rest.
“Unfortunately this is how this ANC government responds to a crisis. They ignore it for years, and when they cannot possibly ignore it any longer, they make a weak attempt at fixing the bare minimum
while making a few cadres rich along the way. Then you don't see them again while your streets run thick with sewage. The same goes for the water supply issues across large parts of Kathu ,” Mr Maimane ex-plained.
Refering to the 2019 national and pro-vincial elections in two years' time, Mr Maimane said “Many of you are going to have to do something you have never done before: You are going to have to turn your back on the ANC and vote for a new government.”
Mr Maimane also referred to the up-coming by-election in ward 7 on 20 Sep-tember. He said that DA had won it in last year's municipal election by a very small margin but that it would be a huge set-back for the community if it were to return to the ANC.
The communities of Mapoteng and Kathu were very excited to meet with the DA leader and many people took selfie cellphone photographs with Mr Mai-mane.

Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday 25 July reported a 23% increase in production in the six months to June 30, 2017 on the back of a productivity step change linked to the re-vised Sishen mine plan.
The Anglo American subsidiary ac-hieved a fatality-free half-year and re-duced lost-time injuries in producing 21.9-million tonnes of iron-ore.
The stronger operational performance and higher iron-ore prices resulted in the operating margin improving to 36%, up from 29% in the first half of last year.
Headline earnings leapt 53% with op-erating free cash flow up 48% to R8.3-billion, resulting in a robust R13.5-billion net cash position, which has enabled the company to resume dividend payments, with an interim dividend of R5.1-billion declared, representing R15.97 a share.
The reinstatement of the dividend saw the price of Kumba shares jump by more than 12% in early morning trade to R194.49 a share on Tuesday 25 July 2017.
“While the overall progress has been very encouraging, substantial effort was required simply to offset cost inflation and there is no room for complacency. The team is therefore examining every aspect of the value chain to improve Kumba's ability to endure any future price volatility,” Kumba CEO Themba Mkhwanazi said.
Kumba achieved an average cash breakeven price of $43/t in the first six months of 2017, an increase of $14/t from the average for the full year 2016.
Controllable costs increased by $1/t as a result of a $2/t increase from mining cost inflation and higher waste mining volumes, partially offset by a further re-duction in controllable overhead costs of $1/t through continued cost optimisation.
Uncontrollable costs increased as a result of higher freight rates ($3/t) and lower lump and market premiums ($5/t), higher mineral royalties ($1/t) and a stronger currency, which added $4/t.
Revenue rose 22% to R21.5-billion and the 53%-higher headline earnings a share amounted to R14.42 a share.
The board has decided to resume paying a dividend while retaining a high level of balance sheet flexibility but a conservative approach is seen as re-maining critical in the context of an on-going volatile price environment.
Kumba expressed concern that Mining Charter Three was not concluded through the usual agreement between government, business and labour, de-spite the best efforts of those stake-holders over the preceding year.
Kumba threw its weight behind the le-gal course of action being followed by the Chamber of Mines, with the ultimate ob-jective of arriving at a negotiated solution that is practical to implement, and that preserves and enhances investment in what it describes as “a critically important industry for South Africa”.
The company said that in the absence of new investment, South Africa would fail to deliver the economic growth re-quired to create greater levels of employ-ment and socio-economic uplift-ment for the benefit of all South Africans.
Kumba reiterated its commitment to meeting South Africa's transformation objectives and would continue to engage through the chamber.
The Sishen mine's consolidated mi-ning right was this month granted by the Department of Mineral Resources and the process to amend it will now proceed, with mining operations only commencing once the required environmental authori-sation has been approved, which is expected soon.
The transfer of the Thabazimbi iron-ore mine to ArcelorMittal South Africa will lapse on August 31 if conditions are not satisfied. Should this happen, Sishen Iron Ore Company will proceed with the closure of the mine.
Should the agreement become effective, employees, assets and liabilities will transfer to Arcelor-Mittal at a nominal purchase con-sideration plus the assumed liabi-lities, which includes the mine's social closure plan based on the identified needs of the Thabazimbi community. Mining Weekly

Die afgelope naweek, 22 Julie, het Kathu Netbal weereens hulle staal as gesoute spelers gewys in die laaste dag van hul liga, voor die finaal wat gedurende Augustus in Kathu  plaasvind!
Kathu 1 het ter voorbereiding vir die finaal die JTG Provinsiale Manspan aangedurf en met die louere weggestap.  Kathu 1 behaal
'n oorwinning van 25-9 teen die Mans.
Kathu 2 het ook ter voorbereiding van hulle finaal Deben One Vision, wat huidiglik in die A-Liga kompeteer, aangevat en met 'n baie suksesvolle oorwinning van 24-7 weggestap.
Kathu Netbal is trots geklee deur Voltex – Jou Elektriese Konneksie!

Leerlinge van Curro Kathu, Bronwyn van den Heever en Francois Rauten-bach asook Janika van der Westhui-zen van Danielskuil, het hulle weg oop geskop om in die NMA- ISKA US Open vir Mixed Martial Arts in Orlando Florida, Amerika, deel te neem.
Hierdie drie jong atlete, uit die gesa-mentlike 42 atlete, het gekwalifiseer om Suid-Afrika in Orlando, Florida by die wêreldkampioenskappe te verteenwoor-dig. Suid-Afrika, geaffilieer deur ISKA NMA onder leiding van Kancho Paul Caves en Phil Anderson, het 'n uitnodiging ontvang om deel te neem. Meer as 40 lande het hierdie uitnodiging aanvaar en 4000 deel-nemers het ingeskryf vir die 1200 ver-skillende divisies wat aangebied is. ESPN het die kampioenskappe regstreeks uitge-saai en word gesien as die grootste skou-spel van martial arts waar die beste van die bestes meeding.
Die 42 Suid-Afrikaanse en drie Nami-biese atlete het gesamentlik 47 eerste, 35 tweede, 36 derde, 14 vierde en 20 vyfde plekke verower. Ook spog Suid-Afrika met 'n nuwe wêreld rekord van 2.1m in hoog skop. Die toer is deur Sensei Karel, Shihan Martin, Sensei Dorothy, Sensei Sors en Sensei Stephan gelei.
Janika van der Westhuizen vir die Ont-wikkelingspan, het tweede plek vir Brea-king, derde plek vir Continuous Sparring en Traditional Kata en vierde plek vir Tradit-ional Weapons verower.
Bronwyn van den Heever het vir die Junior Ontwikkelingspan, eerste plek vir Clash Sparring, derde plek vir Continuous Sparring,vierde plek vir Points Sparring en vyfde plek vir Traditional Weapons en Traditional Kata verower.
Francois Rautenbach vir die President-span, het eerste plek vir Traditional Wea-pons Kata, tweede plek vir Clash Sparring, derde plek vir Continuous Sparring en Traditional Kata en vyfde plek vir Creative Weapons en Points Sparring verower.  Al drie atlete het sertifikate deur SASCOC, ISKA NMA ontvang ter erken-ning van hulle groen en goud protea kleure.
Karatekas van die Kalahari MMA klub  berei tans voor vir die SA's -Destiny ISKA NMA wat op 7 Oktober in Stellenbosch aangebied word. Hulle word onderskeidelik deur Shihan Pieter Pretorius, Sensei Rainer Jacobs en Sensei Richard Daneel afgerig. Hier vind die sifting van die bestes in Suid-Afrika  weereens plaas om te kan kwalifiseer vir die ISKA US OPen 2018 toernooi.

On Wednesday 28 June 2017 in Postmasburg, the South African Football Association (SAFA) in partnership with Kumba Iron Ore - a business unit of Anglo American, launched an exciting new youth football development initiative in Tsantsabane.
The core of this programme invol-ves the SAFA Emerging Talent Cen-tres (ETC), which are the base of the SAFA elite talent development pyra-mid. Each ETC consists of 64 selec-ted youths from under 13 to under 17, and is coached by a SAFA accre-dited coach on the SAFA national football playing philosophy. Talented young football players from Tsantsa-bane have been selected to partici-pate in the programme by SAFA coaches and will receive weekly training in the SAFA Elite Talent De-velopment Curriculum at the Emer-ging Talent Centre.
SAFA Vision 2022 seeks to build structures of football development to ensure that the country consistently produces winning national teams. The SAFA Development Agency (SDA) was established by SAFA to raise funding for the implementation of this ambitious vision, and has achieved this together with their partners in various parts of the coun-try.
Kumba Iron Ore has invested R1.5-million into this football dev-elopment programme, which is in line with the company's vision to build stable and healthy social environments for their communities.
In addition to funding the Emerging Talent Centre, the development pro-gramme will also build technical and administrative capacity at SAFA's Tsantsabane facility.
Dr Robin Petersen, the CEO of the SAFA Development Agency said ''SAFA's commitment into Vision 2022 will only be achieved through partnerships with corporate South Africa. This commitment from Kum-ba is a significant one, and will allow us to build the structures of talent de-velopment and administrative capa-city for the Local Football Associa-tion (LFA) that will allow us to ac-hieve our national objectives.”
“On behalf of Tsantsabane and Kgatelopele, we are truly honoured that our LFAs are the chosen benefi-ciaries of the football development programme. Our LFAs have long been looking for this kind of opportu-nity. We would like to thank SDA and Kumba for the opportunity given to our structures and we would also like to assure them that we will provide all the necessary support required to make this programme a success.
“We certainly hope that one day a Bafana striker will emerge from these dusty pitches of ours through this initiative,” said Lebogang Dani-els, LFA Chairperson.
Commenting on the partnership, Kumba Iron Ore's George Benjamin said, “Transformation of our commu-nities through social upliftment is one of Kumba's strategic commit-ments. This partnership creates educational and tourism opportu-
nities that matter to the community while developing the talent of our youth. We are proud of our partner-ship with SAFA and look forward to the positive impact this will have on the community. The role of football and sport will bring our community together and create positive compe-tition in our environment.”
Mrs Maria Daniels, the Executive Mayor of Tsantsabane said “I give my full support to this initiative and I seriously urge that this initiative will not just benefit certain groups in the community, but the whole Tsantsa-bane community. I hope that in 5 years time we will see our very own local Doctor Khumalo or Bafana Ba-fana star rise and that they feel proud to represent us.”
About the SAFA Development Ag-ency (SDA), a trust registered in South Africa (IT1090/2013), is the entity established by SAFA to ensure the implementation of SAFA's Vision 2022 Football Development Plan to create internationally successful national teams through focused dev-elopment at the base of the SAFA pyramid. The role of the agency includes, inter alia, the sourcing and managing of funding for the imple-mentation on behalf of SAFA and its structures at all levels.
The core strategic direction of the SDA is to realise the ambitious foot-ball development programmes throughout the country, providing 400 touch points for youth develop-ment through football development.
SAFA Development Agency

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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The South African Defence Force and the US army 101 Airborne Divisions executed a joint military exercise at the South African Army Combat Training Centre at Lohatla from 17 July to 04 August.
The exercise was based on a scenario where a combined RSA and US task group conducted peace support and intervention operations under the United Nations chapter 7 mandate.
The US army exercised a strategic lift by means of sea, air and road movement and the SANDF exercised road movement sup-port and replenishment.
The shared accord included a small arms firing, range mortar firing, javelin laser
guided short range missile and 84 mm rockets. Obstacle clearance by means of explosives and TOW missiles could not be viewed due to strict safety regulations.
All the objectives with regard to the exercise of the field training were reached with the aim to enable the joint staffs to co-ordinate the next phase and field training exercise to its fullest capacity.
This is a more robust mandate whereby belligerent forces are forced to disengage and to discontinue the armed conflict within the region of the exercise area in Lohatla.
 The closure was on 3 August during the official parade which was presided over by Major General Joseph P Harrington who is based in Vincenza, Italy.

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.”