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Social media has been very busy since 01 April 2018 about baboons running amok in Kathu. Two and later three baboons were spotted by many residents - either in their gardens, or in tree zones in various parts of the town.
It is believed that these primates have been deprived of their natural habitat due to urban development and have therefore been forced to scout for new territory. The tribe has apparently since extended to include five youngsters.
Although thought to be cute, these animals are very dangerous and pose a serious threat to both humans and do-mestic pets. Everybody was warned not to approach them at all.
Offering to assist with this threatening situation, the neighbourhood watch, orga-nised traps used to capture stray dogs, but one concerned resident thought it to be inhumane and objected to the use of the traps, as they would apparently be too confined for the baboons. The neigh-bourhood watch then decided to distanciate themselves from the problem.
In the meantime, the baboons went on to ravage urban gardens, until Tuesday morning 10 April 2018 when they appeared at the Kathu Primary School. It was the first day after the Easter holidays. The principal and management deemed it safest to send
the learners home in view of the potentially dangerous situation.
Since the baboons were first observed, DA councillor Henriëtte Du Plessis was in contact with residents of Kathu about the whereabouts of the primates. Mr Mdu Nkosi from the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation in Kuruman was contacted.
However, by Tuesday the DA's spokes-person on environmental and agricultural affairs, Mr Ismail Obaray MPL, made an urgent appeal to the MEC of Environment and Nature Conservation Ms Tiny Chotelo to urgently deal with the matter as edu-cation cannot be compromised by threate-ning animals. Shortly thereafter, it was broadcast that the Head of the Department, Elizabeth Botes, was on her way to Kathu to deal directly with the issue.
Apparently, the plan was to engage the veterinary surgeon Dr Gerhard Van Der Westhuizen from Kuruman to dart the animals and Mr Nkosi would capture and transport the animals to a suitable rehabi-litation centre.
The learners at Kathu Primary School were told not to attend the school on Tuesday as well, so the animals could be removed safely since they were thought to remain in close proximity of the school.

On the morning of Thursday 05 April 2018, staff from PicknPay Kathu, supported by members of the Eco-nomic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, sta-ged a demonstration as part of an illegal strike at the Kathu Heritage Mall, blocking the entrance to PicknPay and surrounding shops.
A small number of workers from PicknPay and EFF members sang and chanted inside the building of the mall causing the sound to amplify and reverberate. A sizeable, armed police contingent was present.
According to PicknPay workers, they have many complaints about the management at PicknPay, mostly regarding working condi-tions and remuneration issues.
Asked why they did not approach their trade union representative from SACCAWU, they said that the union did not respond sa-tisfactorily to their call for assistance, hence they resorted to the EFF.
Women members of staff complained that they have to perform various tasks, such as cashiering and cleaning on command. They
get warnings left, right and centre, for instance when they visit the bathroom du-ring work hours instead of their lunch breaks. They also do not get a tea break. Their lockers are located outside the ware-house. There is no roof there. When they work until 20:00 they have to go out there in the dark.
They do not get their payslips in sealed en-velopes, so they are not private. Manage-ment swears at them indiscriminately and uses foul language. They also complained that their work hours had been reduced without prior notice. Workers who had been there for four years already, complained that they had never received bonusses nor do they belong to a provident fund. They added that they are always disregarded for promo-tions.
The workers also suggest that PicknPay's management discriminate against Se-tswa-na people.
The Kathu Gazette approached the leader of the EFF contingent, Olebogeng Leser-wane, to determine why the EFF had be-
come involved with the demonstration. Mr Leserwane, who happens to be a Ga-Se-gonyana local municipality councillor, said that the EFF always becomes involved in is-sues regarding workers, because the party represents the working class.
The Kathu Gazette contacted the office of SACCAWU in Kuruman. An official ex-plained that their members at PicknPay declined their assistance, but that they are nevertheless engaging with the manage-ment of PicknPay Kathu to address the grie-vances of the workers. According to the of-ficial, they were supposed to have a meet-ing with the management of PicknPay on Tuesday 10 April 2018.
A spokesperson from PicknPay, Tamra Capstick-Dale, commented that the incident was “a pretty old story.” According to Ms Capstick-Dale, the issue was resolved very quickly and the store re-opened imme-diately, however, PicknPay Kathu only re-opened by 15:00 that afternoon.

winner was the very impressive Edward Mutero from Kathu. Many people don't really think of Bodybuilding as a sport, but if you consider the incredible amount of hours training, the harsh diets they follow and the discipline involved in this sport, it's unde-niable. When we asked Edward Mutero what it entails to prepare for such an event, he reckons he trains up to 4 hours a day in the gym. His diet consists of 6 to 8 meals a day which includes up to 12 eggs and sup-plements needed which can cost up to R12 000. Not only are these athletes nice to look at but the discipline and focus of these ath-letes are impressive and a show like this is an inspiration for you to hit the gym or get healthy.
The next event in Kathu will be the provin-cials which will be held on 11 August 2018. Well done to the organisers for hosting an awesome event, congratulations to all the winners and a great big thank you to all the sponsors involved. See you in the gym !


For the 4th consecutive year, the IFBB (International Federation of Body Building) together with the BBSA FS/NC (Body Building South Africa / Northern Free State and Northern Cape hosted the Kathu Classics and the Pro-vincials on Saturday 07 April 2018, in Kathu at the Kalahari Country Club. It was an incredible show case of beautiful people with impressive physiques and form that took to the stage to impress the judges and audience with skillful poses. The compe-tition had many different categories of which the most popular were the obvious ladies Beach Bikini category and of course the big boys with the big muscles, the Classic Bodybuilding Physique.
 The winners included: Jacolene Meyer (Novice Beach Bikini); Laurene Vermeulen (Body Fitness); Jan-Hendrik Vosloo (Men's Physique); Phillip van Schoor (Novice Junior Bodybuilding); David Kleinbooi Louw (Masters O/40) and the Men's Overall

Karabo Modise and Ruan Wolstenholme made the Van Druten u/18 team, together with them are left, Mr Corbin Taaibosch and right Mr Maruis Scheepers. Well done to these two boys from Curro Kathu. Good luck for the rest of the rugby season !
The following boys from Curro Kathu, are selected as part of the Van Druten U/16 team. From left to right: Mr Corbin Taaibosch, Frans-Johan Theart, Keown Jacobs, Aiden Sickles, Sanguine Whitehead, Mr BW van Dyk, in front, Junior Mathane and Flippie de Bruin . Well done boys and their coaches!

Curro Kathu en Hoërskool Daniëlskuil meet kragte teen mekaar dié naweek op 16 en 17 Maart. Dit is in skole tyd die naweek en almal bou gees en doen hulle laas-te voorbereidings vir die groot geleentheid. Baie sterkte aan beide skole, mag elke span en speler hulle beste gee en die groot geleent-heid baie geniet.

Laerskool Kathu se eerste dogters en seuns tennis-spanne was weer bevoorreg om te kon gaan deelneem aan die Egalite Tennis Toernooi van 26 Februarie tot 2 Maart in Sun City.
Die seuns en meisies moes krag-te meet teen top skole onder an-dere: De Hoop, Eikestad, Ken-ridge, King David Sandton, Trinity House, Van Riebeeckstrand en Willem Postma.
Vanaf dag een was daar tennis van baie hoë gehalte gespeel. Soos die toernooi gevorder het, het Laerskool Kathu se spelers se selfvertroue toegeneem en het hulle uitstaande tennis opgelewer.
Dankie aan Laerskool Kathu en die leerders se ouers wat dit moontlik gemaak het dat die eer-ste spanne weer die voorreg ge-had het om aan die toernooi te kon deelneem.
Die dogters wat deelgeneem het was Micheala Lampbrecht, Shani Steenkamp, Danica Roux, Jani Coetzer en Ruhané Combrink.
Die seuns wat deelgeneem het was Tian Barnard, Zander Steen-kamp , Zander Boshoff, Quinton van der Heever en Carlo Booysen.
Baie geluk aan die spelers.

Twee leerders van Duineveld Hoër-skool in die ZF Mgcawustreek het op 01 April 2018 in Beijing China goue toekennings behaal tydens hul deelname aan die Internasional Science Fair kompe-tisie. Hulle is Marizaan Saunderson en Marilet  Knoesen.
Die Kalaharistreek het vanaf 03 - 05 Okto-ber 2017 aan die 37ste International Scien-ce Fair kompetisie vir jong wetenskaplikes in Johannesburg deelgeneem waar onge-veer 607 leerders met 540 projekte vanoor die hele Suid-Afrika deelgeneem het. Elf leerders van die Kalaharispan het deelge-neem.
By dié geleentheid is drie leerders van die 
Kalaharispan gekortlys om deel te vorm van 50 leerders wat moontlik Suid-Afrika in China kon verteenwoordig.
Na die keuses gemaak is, was die leer-ders blootgestel aan verdere onderhoude en uitdunne en is Marizaan en Marilet ge-kies om in China deel te neem. Die uitstaan-de prestasie wat daarna gevolg het, is vir dié twee leerders en hulle begeleiers van die ZFM-streek, prysenswaardig.
Hulle projek was “Prostese wat warm en koud kan maak”. By nadere navraag is die verduideliking gekry dat 'n prostese wat by 'n persoon aangebring word, bv. 'n kunsarm of -voet, in die winter koud is en in die somer warm. Dié jong dametjies (hulle was met
hulle deelname verlede jaar graad 10 leerders) met hulle projek, het 'n aanpas-sing in temperatuur bewerkstellig wat groot gemak en gerief meebring vir persone met prosteses.
Mnr David Pretorius, die streek se Direk-teur van die International Science Fair, sê almal wat meegehelp het om hierdie pres-tasie te behaal is saam met die leerders verheug oor die suksesvolle deelname oor-see.
Minstens 50 lande het deelgeneem wat die prestasie vir die streek uitstaande maak. Mnr. Pretorius en die komitee word geluk gewens met hierdie suksesvolle deelname. By die vorige deelname in
Johannesburg is ook melding gemaak van die ouers se waardevolle betrokkenheid.
Marizaan se ouers is mnr en mev Pieter en Ohna Saunderson en Marilet se ouers is mnr en mev Jan en Corné Knoesen.
 Wel gedaan aan almal met die sukses-volle deelname.

Anglo American's Kum-ba Iron Ore Sishen mine recently hosted its Long Service Awards, the General Manager's Achievers Awards and the Alpha Awards combined function at the KCC hall on Friday 09 March 2018.
The ceremony celebrated the many years of loyalty, commit-ment, innovation and sustain-ability which employees dedi-cated to the business.
In his keynote address, Si-shen's general manager Mapi Mobwano said “You have seen Sishen at all its stages of growth and you have still not reached a point where you do not want to see anymore. This is what com-mitment and dedication mean. This is truly a memorable occa-sion in your life and a wonderful achievement to celebrate. To work for the number of years you have in one company is proof that you can achieve any-thing you set your minds to.”
The recipients represented the mining, plant, engineering and support services depart-ments. In all the awards cate-gories, these employees contri-
buted immensely to the Sishen mine's goals, culture and en-vironment, and they continue to make a lasting impression on Sishen's journey to being the benchmark in Anglo by 2020 and best in class by 2022.
Mr Mobwano also said “I want to urge you to coach and pass on the wisdom to the youth. With the operational and safety challenges we sometimes have to deal with to achieve our tar-gets, it can be easy for one to lose respect, but with good atti-tude, one never loses respect for oneself nor for others.
“You are a living example of loyalty and you are also a bene-fit to others who you touch in your life's journey.”
These awards reinforce the strength of Kumba's employees and celebrate what they do right in order to influence the compa-ny's future success. With this tradition, Kumba connects the organisation and its people in a way that increases their com-mitment and care for one ano-ther.

 The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have again invaded Tswa-ragano hospital in Batlharos village as patients come out of the institution bemoan-ing different service deficiencies.
A peaceful picketing was held on February 28, 2018 by the party to send yet another clarion call to the hospital and department authorities to improve the deteriorating state of the hospital and clinics in the district.
Led by one of its outspoken Ga-Segon-yana municipality councillors Henry Chweu, EFF members said that the hospital is be-coming a “deathbed” as patients come out of the hospital either dead or still critically ill.
A memorandum handed over to the au-
thorities outlined a plethora of disturbing challenges in the provision of basic services by the saga-stricken hospital.
Apart from the alleged medical and staff shortages at the institution, the situation is further exacerbated by the unskilful deploy-ment of cadres chosen on loyalty alone and not expertise in a very critical department.
The memorandum categorically bemoan-ed the random loss of patient files in the wards due to lack of finesse in the handling skills.
The radical party's demands are that cli-nics ought to be operational for 24 hours to cater for the growing number of people in re-lation to the ailing ones. These clinics must
be manned by qualified nurses and doctors and these must also be employed with im-mediate effect.
The party further demands that security personnel including cleaners and garden-ers, must be in-sourced with full benefits.
Another sensitive conjecture was that un-ions within the health sector ought not to be politically driven and therefore must allow workers to join unions of their choice without interference.
The memorandum also requested that all asbestos houses in the municipal and rural areas be replaced as these are a proven health hazard to the community.  

winner was the very impressive Edward Mutero from Kathu. Many people don't really think of Bodybuilding as a sport, but if you consider the incredible amount of hours training, the harsh diets they follow and the discipline involved in this sport, it's unde-niable. When we asked Edward Mutero what it entails to prepare for such an event, he reckons he trains up to 4 hours a day in the gym. His diet consists of 6 to 8 meals a day which includes up to 12 eggs and sup-plements needed which can cost up to R12 000. Not only are these athletes nice to look at but the discipline and focus of these ath-letes are impressive and a show like this is an inspiration for you to hit the gym or get healthy.
The next event in Kathu will be the provin-cials which will be held on 11 August 2018. Well done to the organisers for hosting an awesome event, congratulations to all the winners and a great big thank you to all the sponsors involved. See you in the gym !


For the 4th consecutive year, the IFBB (International Federation of Body Building) together with the BBSA FS/NC (Body Building South Africa / Northern Free State and Northern Cape hosted the Kathu Classics and the Pro-vincials on Saturday 07 April 2018, in Kathu at the Kalahari Country Club. It was an incredible show case of beautiful people with impressive physiques and form that took to the stage to impress the judges and audience with skillful poses. The compe-tition had many different categories of which the most popular were the obvious ladies Beach Bikini category and of course the big boys with the big muscles, the Classic Bodybuilding Physique.
 The winners included: Jacolene Meyer (Novice Beach Bikini); Laurene Vermeulen (Body Fitness); Jan-Hendrik Vosloo (Men's Physique); Phillip van Schoor (Novice Junior Bodybuilding); David Kleinbooi Louw (Masters O/40) and the Men's Overall

The past weekend was the final of the JTG 2017/2018 League at Kathu Cricket Club. What a Final it was! Old rivals Kathu vs Postmasburg were at it again for the prized trophy.
It was certainly a Final for the books and
will long live in the memory of those who played in it and the supporters who witnessed it. The final was filled with action, drama, suspense, rain delays, nerves, jubilation and heartache...it had everything!
Kathu won the toss and elected to bowl on an overcast morning. Their bowlers were on top at the start reducing Postmasburg to 59/6. A few missed chances, a rain delay coupled with a gutsy and determined fightback by the Swart twins, Herman Swartz and Danie Swartz, got Postmas-burg back into the match and ensured that they posted a very competitive 182 all out.
With their tails in the air the Postmasburg boulers came out with all-guns-blazing, again led by Danie Swartz and veteran Ernst Ferreira. These two bowlers showed exactly why they are at the top of the league
bowling standings. They reduced Kathu to 45/5 and swinging the match towards Postmasburg. But all was not lost, thanks to a match saving 102-run partnership between Johanco Faihst and Jakkie van Wyk. The pair rebuilt, frustrated the bowling attack and picked off the runs to creep closer.
Needing 36 runs to win, with 5 wickets in hand, Postmasburg played their last card, to bowl Danie Swartz. The move proved to be a genius one as he got Johanco Faihst out for 94, which again opened the door for Postmasburg a whisker, which was all they needed.
Late drama followed with even more wickets falling, overthrows, sixes, injuries and near run-outs. Eventually two runs were needed with one wicket in hand. A
beautiful cover drive for four by Carel Coetzer won the match and ended one of the most thrilling finals in recent memory.
It was ended in true Club cricket style, with a few cold and some laughs between the two teams, hard on the field but friends off the field, the way it should be.
Postmasburg - 182 all out Danie Swartz 63, Herman Swartz 49, Hilton Duimpies 3/10, Carel Coetzer 3/35
Kathu - 183/9 Johanco Faihst 94, Carel Coetzer 24*, Danie Swartz 4/22, Ernst Ferreira 2/35
Kathu won by 1 wicket.
Man of the Match: Johanco Faihst and Carel Coetzer for their cool heads under pressure and match winning performances. Well done!
Kathu Cricket Club would like to thank Postmasburg Cricket Club for a great match and congratulate them on a great season. A team full of fighters, we look forward to continue this fantastic rivalry! Enjoy the off season.
This ended the 2017/2018 Season for Kathu Cricket Club. It was a very successful season for the Club, winning all three trophies available in the JTG Region:
- JTG League Title (6th consecutive season);
- JTG Pro20 Tournament; and
- JTG 6-a-Side Tournament.
Thanks to all the players and supporters for your commitment through the season, we look forward to the next one!

On Saturday 24 March at Mapoteng there was a great gathering of lo-cals in a humble park and in the centre of it all, a boxing ring. The Depart-ment of Sport, Art and Culture, the Gama-gara Youth Centre, together with the Mayor of Gamagara, Councillor Edwin Hantise, came together to help launch our very own local Sesheng Boxing Club. It is an inspi-rational story whereby three unemployed men, with time on their hands, with passion and great dreams started this club. Ac-cording to Arie Lebotsa, Thabang Ntshie and Augustun Dikwidi their motivation for this project is their love for the sport but mostly to unite the community through the power of sport. Thabang says that getting the kids off the streets with the aim of minimising anti-social behaviour is the pri-mary goal. He believes that kids that do sport are less inclined to do drugs and crime. They teach these kids to focus and motivate them all in someone's backyard with a make-shift gym. On Saturday they hosted their first tournament and it was attended by boxing clubs from Vanzylsrus, Kimberley, De Aar, Batlharos, Mothibistad and Lohatlha. It was a first time fight for most of our locals but they excelled and showed great talent resulting in some matches won. We are inspired by what we witnessed and are looking forward to see these young boxers evolve and the de-velopment of the sport to succeed. They are eager to get more members and for schools to get involved in the sport. The Gazette commends you for your efforts to uplift the community and wish you great success. Never give up on your dreams, keep the gloves on!
sport are less inclined to do drugs and crime. They teach these kids to focus and motivate them all in someone's backyard with a make-shift gym. On Saturday they hosted their first tournament and it was attended by boxing clubs from Vanzylsrus, Kimberley, De Aar, Batlharos, Mothibistad and Lohatlha. It was a first time fight for most of our locals but they excelled and showed great talent resulting in some matches won. We are inspired by what we witnessed and are looking forward to see these young boxers evolve and the de-velopment of the sport to succeed. They are eager to get more members and for schools to get involved in the sport. The Gazette commends you for your efforts to uplift the community and wish you great success. Never give up on your dreams, keep the gloves on!

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.”