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Dibotswa High School in Dithakong got a windfall, courtesy of the Kathu Solar Park. The donation came as a result of one of the former learner-cum-teachers at the school and now the Joe Morolong local municipality mayor honour-able Dineo Leutlwetse.
Previously, on Radio Kurara, the mayor had appealed to well wishers to assist schools to provide relevant resources to va-rious schools in the vast constituency of Joe Morolong. In her articulate speech in both English and Setswana, she had pleaded with the corporate community to provide a helping hand to schools. This request was sufficient to catch the ears of one of the Kathu Solar Park employees, Jesmien Wa-pad.
On May 18, 2018 the mayor and the Kathu Solar Park chief executive officer Mark Janick and Chief Motswarakgole of the area visited the school to hand over 600 chairs and 400 desks to the school.  
In her opening remarks, the mayor en-couraged learners to emulate the good work derived from educated people where she humbly gave a brief account how she ex-celled as a learner and later as a teacher for a couple of years at the school before. The narrative was in itself resplendent with a li-ning of an individual who grew up self-disciplined, hence the illustrious achieve-ment she has garnered to the level of a mayor - a high-ranking portfolio in the politi-cal hierarchy.
Before handing over the furniture, the do-
nor company’s representative, Mr Janick spoke of the gigantic solar project the com-pany is pursuing as the biggest in the world and encouraged learners to take their studies seriously and grab the abundant technical opportunities derived by it. He said that the company will continue supporting the community of John Taolo Gaetsewe in the broader spectrum of development.
In his closing remarks, Chief Motswarak-gole expressed his utmost gratitude over the donation and advised school authorities and learners to take care of the resources availed at the school. The school principal was short of words and was visibly nodding his head in approval.


Ratings Afrika has published its latest Municipal Financial Sustainability Index, reveal-ing the best and worst municipalities in South Africa, of which Gamagara municipality has been named the worse performing municipality in the Northern Cape province.
The ratings agency's report asses-ses the financial positions of the country's 100 largest municipalities and rates them according to their re-spective financial performances in the latest financial year.
It comes after parliament recently accounced that just 10 defaulting municipalities owed Eskom almost R10-billion - led by the Maluti A Pho-fung municipality in the Free State owing R2.8-billion.
The report evaluates the operating performance, liability management, budget practices and liquidity posi-tion of each municipality and then scores them out of 100.
Worryingly, the latest index has delivered a “shocking” revelation in 2018, noting that a large portion of South Africa's biggest municipalities are in serious financial trouble – to the extent that they would need a R22.4-billion government bail out to
become financially stable again.
“The problems start mainly with in-adequate budget planning and lack of financial discipline that cause these municipalities' expenses to exceed their income, resulting in op-erating losses,” Ratings Afrika said. “These losses, coupled with low re-venue collection ratios cause their current liabilities to exceed their cur-rent assets.”
Only 22 municipalities out of 100 reported operating surpluses, with the remaining 78 reporting deficits.
medium term,” Ratings Afri-ka said.
“The municipal sector is currently in a bad financial state. Correction will require decisive political leader-ship that looks after the interests of residents rather than its own. The current leadership in control of the majority of municipalities has de-monstrated over the last five years and more, not being capable of sound governance.
“This is the main cause of the de-teriorating financial sustainability of the municipal sector in South Africa,” it said.
The combined profits of those with a surplus amount to only R1-billion, whereas the combined los-ses amount to R15.3-bil-lion, the group said.
In the Northern Cape pro-vince, according to the Ra-tings Afrika's report, Gama-gara is the worst performing municipality.
“Given that the financial sustainability of the key lo-cal municipalities in South Africa is weak, our expect-ation is that the quality of service delivery is likely to deteriorate over the short to

The Northern Cape MEC for Coope-rative Governance, Human Settle-ments and Traditional Affairs (COG HSTA), Mr Bentley Vass, made his first operational visit to John Taolo Gaetsewe since his inception in the new post. His visit was to monitor housing projects in the pipeline and present the current debilitating state of the traditional leadership in the region. However, the contents of the latter were divulged “in-house”
Hosted by Ga-Segonyana local munici-pality mayor councillor Neo George Mase-gela, the district mayor also attended the meeting in which the MEC highlighted a number of pertinent programmes osten-sibly meant to improve service delivery to the broader communities of the region. In his welcome address of the MEC mayor Masegela summarily briefed the bottle-necks faced by his municipality in its endea-vour to expedite service delivery to the resi-dents.
Among the issues he raised was the sensitive challenge where certain groups within the community mobilise residents to refrain from paying rates, water reservoir that can't be completed due to limited finan-cial resources coupled with the geological nature of the town built on the dolomite area. He also mentioned the desire by the municipality to restore street lights if every-thing goes according to projected plans. Lastly he mentioned the problematic pot-holes in the town that have imitated the
mythological hydra which developed two heads after cutting one.
The MEC acknowledged challenges en-countered by the municipality and advised that ways have to be found that can bring normalcy in the running of municipalities. He said that rates cushion the running of municipalities and residents must be educated about the functions of their muni-cipalities. He explained that polite ways of settling bills must be arranged with resi-dents to augment limited resources, a universal arrangement world over.
A good example: the bread manufacturer Blue Ribbon sells bread to retailers for the consumer to buy from them. The munici-pality does not generate electricity; it obtains it from Eskom at a price on behalf of consumers. This process must be con-veyed clearly to residents as Eskom and Sedibeng Water are into business, not charity.
He was bold enough to state that munici-palities must not be apologetic to default-ers. Mr Vass said that political and admini-strative issues should not affect service delivery to the community. After the meeting the MEC visited the emphatic housing pro-jects earmarked for Wrenchville (300 houses), Bankara-Bodulong (200 houses) and Promised Land (2100). Lastly, he said that the 30% threshold aimed at uplifting emerging contractors must be respected in the massive projects and emphasised transparency in the awarding of tenders.

On Wednesday 16 May 2018 the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust donated academic textbooks to Bothitong High School.
The trust, under the stewardship of the CEO Tumelo Mpolokeng, was accompanied by officials from the Department of Edu-cation, the SAPS, SGB members, traditional leaders, trust officials and management.
The school was plagued by service delivery protests and the shortages of textbooks became imminent as most learn-ers did not bring back the textbooks they had been given from the school.
The Principal, Mrs Monyera, said, “Our request to the trust was mainly for lower grades starting from grade 8 and today we
are grateful that the gap has been filled. We were starting to drop our overall perform-ance going from 100% to 85,17% Without textbooks for our learners, it is difficult for us to fully achieve our targets as a school, and we pride ourselves with good results we have attained in previous years, hence the request was of urgency to the trust.”
With its continued relationship with the Department of Education, the trust main-tains to fill a gap where the department cannot reach. The CEO, on speaking about the donation said, “We have adopted most schools in the John Taolo Gaetsewe area and when a request is tabled to us, we assist in the best possible way we can. We have today donated over 1000 textbooks of differ-
ent subjects and 101 teachers guides to the school ranging from grade 8 - 12. Our road does not end here today with this school though, we will be looking into different inter-vention programmes for the school to im-prove their results for this academic year.”
The trust's donation provides evidence of the commitment it has made in the past of maintaining and promoting quality teaching and learning in partnership with the Depart-ment of Education.
There are positive messages in terms of the emergence of a quality learning culture within the district that the trust has instilled in previous years, and therefore it remains committed to that discipline.
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Building a future in science for our children.” As part of 21st century learning, Curro incorporated Project Based Learning (PBL) as part of the natural science curriculum and it is now a compulso-ry assessment task in the senior phase. This PBL project is very similar to the well-known Eskom Expo, following the scientific method in detail and expecting learners to deliver a poster, a report and verbal communication as part of their project.
Thus, the idea was born to host a science expo at Curro Kathu where the learners, grade 7 to 9, can present their final products and this event took place on 18 May 2018 at the Curro Kathu school hall. As part of this science expo, selected grade 5 learners participated in a Lego bridge building com-petition, grade 5 and 6 took part in a robotics competition and grade 4 exhibited Diora-mas. One grade 10 learner and one grade 11 learner took part voluntarily. The idea is to motivate mass participation so that the best projects can be entered in further competi-tions and to finally add value to science in the community.
Curro Kathu wants to thank Assmang Khumani, Assmang Beeshoek and ECM that contributed as the biggest sponsors for this event. Lastly, Curro Kathu would also like to thank all the judges who offered their time to make this event a success.

Tydens die aand van Meneer en Mejuffrou Laerskool Kathu se kroning wat op Dinsdagaand, 8 Mei, gehou is het die deelnemers geleentheid gehad om verskeie mooi en oorspronklike uitrustings aan te trek. Hier volg 'n paar hoogtepunte van die aand. Die wenners was “Principals choice: Boitshepo Mafura, Meneer Macho, Zander Steenkamp, Meneer Sjarmant, Jano du Plessis, Mejuffrou Persoonlikheid, Shakeera Geweld, Mejuffrou Fotogenies, Lynné van Wyk, Tweede Prins, Wenzel Hibert, Eerste Prins, Jacques Kuhn, Meneer Laer-skool. Stephan Brits, Tweede Prinses, Sharike Roussouw, Eerste Prinses Krissie Cloete en Mejuffrou Laerskool, Marga van Zyl.
Die Laerskool bedank graag hul bor-ge: Emodels Kathu, Spur, Trappers, Wimpy, Marinell Beauty Salon, Alba-tross, DoringDraad Deben, Beauty for Ashes Salon, Spar en Hettie du Ples-sis. Dankie dat julle die mooi aand moontlik gemaak het.

The official opposition party of South Af-rica, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has reiterated its call to the MEC of Co-operative Governance, Human Settle-ments and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Bentley Vass, to place the Gamagara local municipality under administration.
This comes after Ratings Afrika last week published its latest Municipal Financial Sus-tainability Index, revealing Gamagara muni-cipality as the worst performing municipality in the Northern Cape.
According to Melinda Hattingh, MPL and DA Constituency Head of Lohatla, it does not come as a surprise to the DA that Gama-gara municipality is performing so badly.
“The placement of ANC cadres in senior management positions has, to a large ex-tent, destroyed the operations of this munici-pality. The placement of Moses 'Maserati' Grond, as the Municipal Manager, is a prime example. His lavish lifestyle took prece-dence over dealing with service delivery is-sues and also came at the cost of service delivery. Whilst he has since been removed
tinues his legacy of corruption and mal-administration,” the DA's media release ex-plains.
“Earlier this year, the DA called on Mr Vass to place the municipality under administra-tion after it came to light that the municipality had failed to fulfill its payment obligation to Eskom for outstanding debt exceeding R65-million. The municipality also owes money to other institutions.
“At the last known date, Gamagara owed R62-million to Anglo American after it lost the court case against the disastrous pro-perty evaluations and R7.6-million to John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality after at least two payment agreements had not been honoured by Mr Grond.
“The municipality is also believed to be in arrears on its repayments to the Develop-ment Bank of South Africa. They further owe at least R14-million to Sedibeng Water. This amount could be more, however, because despite numerous requests by councillors for Mr Grond to produce proof of his agree-ment with Sedibeng, he consistently with-held important financial information from council.
“It is clear that the most basic responsibility of municipal management and the ANC-run
council, ie to manage the municipal finances of Gamagara, have been eroded to a point of no return. As a result, it is the people of the Kathu and its surrounds, who suffer the most. Residents constantly face the threat of load shedding and water shedding. They frequently also have to live alongside sew-age, due to the municipality's failure to up-grade and maintain infrastructure.
“Despite our previous efforts, pleas to CoGHSTA having fallen on deaf ears. The DA will keep on trying to hold incompetent employees, who are mostly ANC cadres, ac-countable and to have the municipality pla-ced under provincial administration.
The only viable chance, however, to really turn Gamagara municipality around is with a significant change in both provincial and lo-cal government at the ballot boxes in 2019 and 2021 - a change that only the DA can bring,” the media release concluded.
The question the Kathu Gazette raises is : Where did all the money go ? Bank sta-tements and audited financials must surely reveal the beneficiaries of huge amounts missing from the municipality's coffers. The-se beneficiaries must be identified and brought to book together with the person(s) who unlawfully authorised these payments.
as Municipal Mana-ger, he still remains as the Chief Finan-cial Officer, and con-tinues his legacy of corruption and mal-administration,” the DA's media release ex-plains.

The Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe had a day's con-sultative meeting with the community of the John Taolo Gaetsewe region in Kathu on May 04, 2018.
Top on the agenda was the stormy mining charter deliberations that seek to perfect areas of concern within the blueprint.
As good proposals and contradictions poured on the floor with mixed feelings, the community felt that Mr Mantashe's visit was a mere surprise for the very important con-sultative process in building a solid mining charter that directly affects them.
While the turnout was convincing for the constructive contributions, massive attend-ance had a potent to create disorderliness, as some local mining activists were ready with disruptions that normally characterise such meetings.
Like members of the church presenting their myriad challenges to the pastor for spi-ritual intervention, minister Mantashe was precisely in that position, as community members raised interminable concerns re-garding mines in the region.
Among thorny issues raised were skills shortage in the John Taolo Gaetsewe re-gion, the shortage of colleges in the area to empower locals with relevant mining skills and the shortage of health facilities. Patients have to be referred to Kimberley or Bloem-fontein hospitals while mines are producing billions worth of minerals to avail such faci-lities in the area.
Another issue raised was that politicians continue using local chiefs to enrich them-selves and that people are enriching them-selves through trusts and that municipalities approach mines with a begging bowel to develop the communities. There was a chorus that mines are short-changing the communities in as far as employment is con-cerned.
The community raised lack of transparen-cy in mine ownership and that the depart-
ment officials are dictated to by the mines, because they do not know or understand their legislation. In a nutshell the community said that the local mines are doing injustice to the community.
In a brief session with the media, Minister Mantashe was in tandem with the pertinent concerns raised during the sessions. How-ever, he threw the gauntlet to the community saying that while legislation is here to regu-late the operations of the mines; the com-munity must formulate resolute structures to engage and negotiate with the surrounding mines to ease tensions.
The new legislation is intended to further create harmonious relations between mines and the communities, as well as to safe-guard the interests of the workforce.
The proposed new mining charter seeks to strike a balance amongst mine owners, communities and the legislation.
Activists believe mine owners are shed-ding crocodile tears while cargo carriers are roaring down the roads day and night laden with the valuable ore while the communities are left handling only the dust.
The issue of trusts resorting to investments in place of directly serving the community as initially intended, the minister said that the community must have a voice on how the trust is composed and how it must serve the interests of the community. He said challen-ges faced by the communities in the mining areas are almost identical throughout the country.
Speaking to local forum leaders outside the Kalahari Country Club in Kathu who have the penchant for closing the roads in and around the Hotazel area, they said that the minister sounded too big a master to listen to a baby crying for breast milk. “The minister was dod-ging questions because they (the ministers)
are protecting their own interests in these mines and that is common knowledge. No wonder mine managers are behaving so shrewdly, it is because the referee is also a player in the field,” Patrick Masilo, one of the activists, said.

Petra Diamonds Finsch Mine is pleased to welcome Ntokozo Ngema to the team.  He has been appointed as General Mana-ger as of 16 April 2018
Mr Ngema started his mining ca-reer with Goldfields as a learner of-ficial back in 1995. He went up the ranks until he was appointed Shaft Manager at Driefontein 4 Shaft.  
In 2005 he moved to Lonmin as Section Manager where he was later promoted to various roles, including Safety Manager, Mine Manager and acting Senior Manager Mining.
During his time at Lonmin, he was also involved in many business im-provement projects, such as hybrid mining and optimisation of Lonmin open cast business unit.
Mr Ngema joined Kumba in 2008 to head up the business improve-ment (BI) portfolio for the entire group This included aligning Kumba
BI strategy to that of Anglo Ameri-can, as well as developing BI policy, BI Reference Book, BI Functional Structure, Mine to Market Optimisa-tion and Delivery of R2-billion BI val-ue for Kumba as a group.
In 2011, after three years with Kumba, Mr Ngema accepted an in-ternal transfer to Anglo American Rustenburg Platinum Mines, now Si-banye Platinum. He joined Platinum Division as a Senior Principal Mining Engineer and later Mine Manager and Production Manager.
He has also been involved in va-rious independent mining consult-ing roles, focusing on business opti-misation and mining technical sup-port.
He is married to Yandiswa and they have two children.
Finsch mine wishes him well in his appointment.

During the annual Kalahari Mixed Mar-tial Arts Winter Challenge, hosted by Shihan Pieter Pretorius at the Kathu Civic Centre on 05 May 2018, Kathu karate-kas again took the bull by its horns and show-ed why they are the strongest club in the Northern Cape region.
Clubs attending the challenge were Upington, Daniëlskuil, Kathu, Kuruman, Mothibistad, Mafikeng, Gauteng and Ellisras. With a good turnout of 118 competitors, the challenge, as always, was a big success.
Thank you to all the referees, table officials and parents who helped to make this chal-lenge a prestige event.
Thank you to the following sponsors for their contributions : Kelebogile Trust who sponsored Ga-Segonyana Mixed Martial Arts Academy, Kuruman Ford and Anton Veldhui-zen. A very big thank you for your support. It is truly appreciated.

Die groep van Dance Fever Studio het gekwalifiseer om aan die Dance World Master kompetisie in Porec, Kro-asië te gaan deelneem. Hulle het op 17 Mei vertrek na Europa saam met die Suid-Afrikaanse span. Dertig lande stuur hul kwalifi-serende groepe met duisende dansers wat dit uitspook op die verhoog in 'n 7 dae lange kom-petisie. Lande wat deelneem sluit in: Brasilië, die Verenigde Konin-kryk, Rusland, Frankryk, Duits-land, Meksiko, Romenië en vele meer!
Die groep se afrigter Marli Stevens, sê dat die groep die afgelope 6 maande ontsettend hard aan hul items geoefen het. Die kompetisie is baie straf en die
standaard is van hoë gehalte, maar die groep is gereed om net hulle beste te gee. Die dansers is baie dankbaar vir hierdie groot geleentheid, hulle afrigter en ouers is baie trots op hulle. Dis 'n voorreg vir elkeen van die dansers om vanuit die Kalahari te kom en Suid-Afrika in Europa te kan verteen-woordig. Die groep is baie opge-wonde en sien uit na dit wat hulle alles gaan leer tydens die toer.
Graag bedank Dance Fever Studio alle borge wat gehelp het met fondsinsamelinge vir die toer. Dit word werklik waardeer! 'n Groot dank aan Albatross vir die borg van die seremonie tydens die oorhan-digings aand van die spandrag. Elke ouer word ook opreg bedank, julle maak die groep trots.

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

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.”