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Thirteen is a lucky number for some people in the Tsantsa-bane district as thirteen de-serving young people received bur-saries from Kolomela mine to further their studies in 2018.
These students join last year's ele-ven bursary winners who are cur-rently studying at universities or TVET colleges.
The thirteen students received their letters of acceptance at a special ceremony on 26 January 2018, which was attended by Mr C Sehako from the Department of Education, the mayor of Tsantsaba-ne municipality councillor Maria Da-niels, and ward councillor Estelle Poto.
Sharing in the overall R1,5-million bursary value are Lesego Binang, Magdel Du Plooy, Fiona Lodewyk, Mapule Matsepane, Ntombikhona Mtetweni, Lehlohonolo Olyn, Ronal-dinho Roux and Refilwe Sello who are all enrolled at university. Atten-
ding the TVET colleges are Deliswa Nkune, Izelle Stlhodi, Lungisani Di-di, Malebo Mokwenyane and Queen De Bruin.
The bursaries cover registration and tuition fees, books, a laptop, ac-commodation and living allowan-ces, which relieves the students of any financial concerns and enables them to focus on their studies.
Councillor Maria Daniels gratefully acknowledged Kolomela's contribu-tion “Together with Kolomela we need to invest in the future of our young people so they are able to be-come better change agents and champions in life. We would like to see returns on these bursary invest-ments. To the learners I say, the fu-ture is in your hands, do not let us down.”
“When the mine conducted its so-cio-impact study in Tsantsabane in 2015, we found the level of educa-tion in the area to be very low,” says George Benjamin, Kolomela's Pub-lic Affairs manager. “Young people found it extremely difficult to enter the labour market and contribute to the economy of the area because they did not have the necessary skills.”
Education and skills development became a focus area within the mine's community development strategy. “Our objective is to work with our key education stakeholders to create an enabling learning envi-ronment for the toddlers entering our early childhood development pro-grammes all the way through the education pipeline to those deser-ving students entering tertiary stu-dy.”
At the same ceremony on 26 Jan-
uary, all the grade 1 learners from nine primary schools received their own schoolbags from Kolomela, filled with the necessary items for the year ahead. The young learners were also exposed to Monkeynastix - a unique movement education pro-gramme geared towards children under the age of eight and which en-courages them to explore and dis-cover the world through their senses and their bodies. It also wires their minds for academic success as they learn through movement.
“We believe in the potential of ev-ery single child here today and we support this belief with our two fa-vourite education projects that we celebrate today, ie the back to school campaign and the Kolomela mine community bursary scheme,” says George Benjamin.
Mr C Sehako, area circuit mana-ger, implored everyone to make a habit of teaching children to read, and to touch books. “Let us track down learners who require assis-tance and not wait until it is too late.
“The late Nelson Mandela said: 'Education is the great engine of per-sonal development. It is through ed-ucation that the daughter of a pea-sant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that the child of a farm worker can become the presi-dent of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.'
“To Kolomela mine, I don't have enough words of appreciation. Thank you, you are our partner. Let's grow our children together and make them better leaders of tomorrow.”

The Hawks Serious Corruption Investi-gation Unit conducted a search opera-tion at the Department of Education (Provincial office) in Kimberley, on 15 February 2018.
The allegation was about irregularities in the awarding of tenders with regard to the security tender and utilizing of Departmental funds to pay for SADTU conference without proof that it was held.
A search and seizure operation was then conducted at the Department, targeting va-rious offices and piles of documents were con-fiscated during the search.
No arrests have been made at this point and the investigation still continues.

A contract to supply goods is worth very little when you do not have the wheels to get your business moving. Monica Nappie, a local businesswoman, realised this very early on in her entrepreneurial journey.
Monica established Khaya Mnandi in 2014 to supply perishable goods, such as milk, coffee and the likes, to feeding schemes and caterers. When she started providing goods
to Kolomela, she needed a larger vehicle to help her stock up more efficiently.
Anglo American's Zimele initiative advised Monica to buy a bigger vehicle and do single trips instead of doing two trips to fill an order. Anglo American's Zimele helped her get a much better interest rate, which reduced the repayments
Monica said “The Kolomela Small Business Development Centre has made it possible for me, as a small local business, to be ab-le to grow my business. This is making me feel very emotional and proud.”
Khaya Mnandi has four permanent staff members and two temporary staff mem-bers in her employ, and hopes that one day her business will generate more local employment so that it will expand.
Kolomela Small Business Development Centre was established in 2012 to service the needs of local entrepreneurs. The cen-tre offers internet access, copying and printing facilities, training and mentoring for free to the communities living in the Tsantsabane area.
Furthermore, the centre offers access to funding through the Anglo Zimele Commu-nity Fund.
The centre is situated at 21 Main Street in Postmasburg and can be contacted on 053 313 7615.

Tjankie High School - both in the Joe Moro-long municipality, with Kalahari High School from Ga-Segonyana municipality taking the third spot.
The awards were bestowed for the fourth year and have been fully supported by the Department of Education and the com-munities at large.
Addressing learners and the community, the Executive Mayor, Sofia Mosikatsi, said that she was very proud of the achieve-ments of the district since the intervention of the National Department of Education in 2014, when the district experienced a high matric failure rate.
The intervention saw the district making a turn-around through the support and intervention by stakeholders such as the JTG Developmental Trust, the Department of Education and the mining houses.
The success of a learner is a great pride to any parent and educator. This was evi-dent as learners were accompanied by their parents and teachers to this auspicious academic event.
The district scored a 0.9% pass rate improvement of 71.4% from the previous year. The executive mayor motivated stu-dents to study harder and encouraged pa-rents to continue supporting their children in pursuit of academic excellence.
The mayor also appealed for cooperation between sector departments and munici-palities as issues revolving around service delivery affect and disrupt learning when schools are burned down and roads closed unnecessarily.
She was encouraged and enthused by the Joe Morolong rural schools that contin-ue to churn out exceptional results.
Ms Mosikatsi finally said that learners, pa-rents and educators had to work together to come out with such sterling achievements.
The principal of Dibotswa High School and the community of Dithakong were jubi-lant for the school and the principal assured the authorities that they will do their best to defend the trophy. He indicated that all accolades ought to go to the previous principal, teachers and learners though, because he had just started with the school in January 2018.
Yet again, spirits were high as the John Taolo Gaetsewe district annual mayoral matric awards were award-ed at Dithakong village under the Joe Mo-rolong local municipality on February 16, 2018.
The awards ceremony was held to re-cognise the three schools and learners in the district that performed exceptionally well in the 2017 matric examinations.
The two schools are Dibotswa High School that came out tops, and Pitso Tjankie High School - both in the Joe Moro-long municipality, with Kalahari High School from Ga-Segonyana municipality taking the third spot.
The awards were bestowed for the fourth year and have been fully supported by the Department of Education and the com-munities at large.
Addressing learners and the community, the Executive Mayor, Sofia Mosikatsi, said that she was very proud of the achieve-ments of the district since the intervention of the National Department of Education in 2014, when the district experienced a high matric failure rate.
The intervention saw the district making a turn-around through the support and intervention by stakeholders such as the JTG Developmental Trust, the Department of Education and the mining houses.
The success of a learner is a great pride to any parent and educator. This was evi-dent as learners were accompanied by their parents and teachers to this auspicious academic event.
The district scored a 0.9% pass rate improvement of 71.4% from the previous year. The executive mayor motivated stu-dents to study harder and encouraged pa-rents to continue supporting their children in pursuit of academic excellence.
The mayor also appealed for cooperation between sector departments and munici-palities as issues revolving around service delivery affect and disrupt learning when schools are burned down and roads closed unnecessarily.
She was encouraged and enthused by the Joe Morolong rural schools that contin-ue to churn out exceptional results.
Ms Mosikatsi finally said that learners, pa-rents and educators had to work together to come out with such sterling achievements.
The principal of Dibotswa High School and the community of Dithakong were jubi-lant for the school and the principal assured the authorities that they will do their best to defend the trophy. He indicated that all accolades ought to go to the previous principal, teachers and learners though, because he had just started with the school in January 2018.

Hoërskool Kathu het tweede in die Noord-Kaap kompe-tisie gekom met hul meisies o/19 krieketspan wat ook on-der andere Hoërskool Noord-Kaap gewen het. Christelle van Rensburg was die beste kolwer van die reeks met 'n gemiddeld van 47 lopies. Om tweede in die Noord-Kaap te eindig in hul eerste seisoen, is fantasties! Baie geluk aan die meisies en hul afrigters.

Een van Curro Kathu se leerders, Garren Stonestreet, het die o/11 JTG krieket-span gehaal. Baie geluk aan die speler, wat 'n groot prestasie !

Following the political winds of change, the Northern Cape premier Sylvia Lucas, in consultation with the top five provincial executive members, has deemed it necessary to realign her mem-bers of the executive committee with effect from February 15, 2018.
“After protracted discussions with the top five officials of the Provincial Executive Committee as well as the National officials of the ANC, I have taken the decision to make changes to the Provincial Executive Council.
 “The provincial elective conference sig-nalled a new era for the ANC, as well as go-vernment. It is for this reason that the de-cision was taken that it would be unpre-cedented not to have some of the new members of the provincial executives in the
ANC serving in government.
“This decision was further spurred on by the resignation of the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Alvin Botes, whose deploy-ment to the National Assembly has already been confirmed.”
The outgoing Mr Botes is being replaced by the ANC provincial deputy chairperson Bentley Vaas while Fufe Makatong the cur-rent ANC provincial treasurer becomes the new MEC of Health, taking over from  Lebogang Motlhaping.
Mr Motlhaping takes over the reigns at the Department of Traffic, Safety and Liaison while his predecessor has been shifted to the Department of Nature Conservation and Environmental Affairs of which the cur-rent incumbent, Ms Tiny Chotelo, returns to the provincial legislature.

A unified approach by local forums has resulted in yet another schism where they want to monitor the labour office on how it runs its day to day affairs of recruitment.
On February 06, 2018, about seven forums met with the Kalagadi Man-ganese mine, Murray & Roberts and la-bour officials at the Department of La-bour's offices in Kuruman as a follow up meeting.
All the forums represented in the meet-ing sought to narrow suspicions of the mishandling of potential employment op-portunities to the local community.
The broader feeling by the forums is that the department of labour is working in tandem with the mine contractors to sideline locals. This has resulted in fo-rums coming together and summoning the alleged perpetrators.
In the meeting, it was agreed that all fo-rums be represented in a committee composed of eight members that will oversee the employment processes at the department. While the scope of the exercise remains a puzzle to the chosen contractor, the mine and the department, it raises more questions than answers as to why the forums had chosen these par-ticipants in the exercise.
Asked why forums had hand-picked these, the response was “Forums want to work hand in glove with the Murray & Robert's project, with regard to employ-ment and skills development. We want to source labour from the district. The De-partment of Labour is no longer trusted by the forums and want forum represen-tatives to monitor the process.”
What emerged on the sidelines of the meeting, is that while the forums are ad-vocating for transparency from the De-partment of Labour, they have hidden ag-endas in which some want to be employ-ment brokers. However, the platform to vent out the rather bizarre pronounce-ment, got choked in the process, be-cause other forum representatives are aware of the spurious ambitions that seek to tarnish the labour department as a means to create a brokering oppor-tunity.
The South African National Civic Or-ganisation (SANCO) was represented by its regional chairperson Eisang Pule who said that his organisation advocates for transparency in the employment pro-cess, where the department of labour must handle the baton to avoid confu-sion.

Kumba Iron Ore, a subsidiary of Anglo American plc on Tuesday 13 Feb-ruary 2018 announced the com-pany's audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2017 and final cash di-vidend declaration.
Speaking at the results presentation, Themba Mkhwanazi, the Chief Executive of Kumba, said, “I am pleased to report that Kumba has delivered on our key objectives for 2017. Most importantly, our safety initia-tives resulted in a fatality-free year with ma-terial improvement across our key indica-tors.
“At Sishen, our focus on all aspects of the value chain resulted in productivity gains by the fleet whilst we also delivered improved plant efficiencies and higher yields. These factors contributed to production above gui-dance with an overall increase of 8% to 45Mt. Higher production, together with on-going cost discipline, contained unit costs below guidance.
“Stronger operational performance has been our priority which, coupled with our fo-cus on costs and ongoing capital disci-pline, resulted in the delivery of attributable free cash flow of R12.3-billion.
“Overall, whilst both the operational and financial delivery has been strong, there remains more that can be done to realise the full potential of our assets and we remain committed to building on these gains in 2018.”
The key features Mr Mkhwanazi high-lighted were material improvement in all key safety benchmarks and no fatal inci-dents. Further operating performance
gains. Continued productivity gains with production of 45Mt, an 8% increase and to-tal sales of 44.9Mt, an increase of 6%
Strong financial performance was ac-hieved in the following :  
    EBITDA of R19.6 billion, a 6 % increase
    Attributable free cash flow of R12.3-
    billion, up 10%
    Headline earnings of R9.7-billion    
    R30.47 per share, a 12% increase
    An average realised FOB export price of
    $71/tonne
    Final cash dividend of R15 per share
    with total dividend of R30.97
Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore commu-nication

This weekend Sishen Golf Club hosted the Van Druten Amateur Open which is one of the five order of merit qualifiers for the Northen Cape provincial teams. Golfers travelled from far and wide to play the three rounds (54 holes) of golf. On Saturday they played 36 holes in very hot conditions and some of the golfers battled our camel thorn trees. Overall the golfers showed some great talent and competitiveness. There was a big field of 90 golfers competing in this tournament. Our local golfers W de Klerk (75/ 68/ 71) 214 and A. Toy (69/ 74/ 76)219 played great golf but the home advantage was not enough to catch the talented Bertie Steenkamp from Upington, who led the field from the start with a (68/ 71/ 73)212 winning the tournament with a 4 under par after 3 rounds. Congratulations Bertie! The next qualifier will be hosted at Kimberley Golf Club in February, good luck to all our local participants!
golfers showed some great talent and competitiveness. There was a big field of 90 golfers competing in this tournament. Our local golfers W de Klerk (75/ 68/ 71) 214 and A. Toy (69/ 74/ 76)219 played great golf but the home advantage was not enough to catch the talented Bertie Steenkamp from Upington, who led the field from the start with a (68/ 71/ 73)212 winning the tournament with a 4 under par after 3 rounds. Congratulations Bertie! The next qualifier will be hosted at Kimberley Golf Club in February, good luck to all our local participants!
a 4 under par after 3 rounds. Congratulations Bertie! The next qualifier will be hosted at Kimberley Golf Club in February, good luck to all our local participants!
Results as follows: Best Gross: B. Steenkamp, W. de Klerk, A. Toy
Best Nett:  W. de Klerk, A. Seme, B. Steenkamp,R. Gouws

The past weekend Kathu Cricket Club hosted the highly anticipated match between Kathu I and Wcc Wrenchville Cricket Club.
It was a beautiful sunny day with a hard pitch and a fast outfield - perfect for cricket.
Kathu I posted 261/8 in their 45 overs, thanks to a debut century by Johanco Faihst. Together with Theo-Leighton De Kock the pair put together a 157 run partnership. The Kathu I bowlers then strangled the Wcc Wrenchville Cricket Club batsmen who could never get momentum to chase down the large total. Some late slogging by veteran Breyten Buys spoiled some of the bowling figures.
Wrenchville - 126 all out: Breyten Buys 34, Chris Mitchell 3/25, Sanga Hanisi 2/5 and Waka Karsten 2/19.
Kathu I won by 135 runs and the Man of the Match: Johanco Faihst for his maiden century for Kathu Cricket Club, on debut. Great effort, keep it up! Kathu Cricket Club would like to thank Wcc Wrenchville Cricket Club for the match and the good sportsmanship on the field. We look forward to playing against you again.

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 !

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.”