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The Official Playmakers is a registered non-profit organisation. The name Official Playmakers was formally ear-marked in the index of the non-profit organisations on 29 October 2015 and it is chaired by Vernon Jansen from Deben.
The organisation was established in 2012 and operated without having been  register-ed. The Official Playmakers seeks to help youth in and around JTG district with their specific focus on Gamagara as it is based in the area.
The key objective of the institute is to develop young people through creative arts and sports and make youths aware of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, provide career guidance and fight against crime. The other purposes of this foundation are to keep young people healthy, stimulate their minds and develop their skills and conduct entertainment and relaxation activities.
On 13 May 2017, the non-profit organisation held soccer and netball competitions at Deben sports grounds, though only two
schools attended the event out of the five schools that had been invited to participate.
Deben Primary School defeated Noord-Kaap Primary School from Olifantshoek by 3 goals to 2.
On the netball side, girls from Noord-Kaap Primary School humiliated Deben Primary girls in their back yard by 7 points to 3.
The event was made possible courtesy of  Elrinda Rose and Robert Sebastian both from Khumani mine. They sponsored the games with medals and trophies.

Residents of the new suburb in Kathu, Siyathemba, left stranded for health facilities after the intense relocation process from Dingleton to Kathu, were grateful when a temporary clinic officially opened on Monday 15 May 2017 in their suburb.
They had been forced to travel several kilometres to the nearest clinic situated in Kathu next to the Lenmed private hospital.
Representatives from the Gamagara municipality, the Northern Cape Department of Health and the Dingleton Resettlement Project team had conducted several meetings to address the issue.
The event was attended by the Siya-themba community, ward 6 Councillor Charlott Joseph, Dingleton Resettlement Project official Pumla Titus and rrepresentativesfrom the Department of Health.
Siyathemba is still in the process of establishing a proper health facility and the Department of Health has admitted that they have financial constraints.
All the parties concluded that because health is a basic right to people, the residents from Siyathemba are entitled to such a service.
The Mayor of Gamagara, Dineo Moyo, officially handed over the keys of the Batho Pele units, which will serve as a temporary clinic, to Mr Mothibantwa, the District Manager from the Department of Health.

local leadership is concerned about their plight. Hope now hinges on the Human Rights Commission's intervention.
Mr Islam said that the approach by local authorities to the matter has been dismal if not equally inimical to their plight. Alluding to the constitutional Bill of Rights vested upon citizens he said that the very clause of it stipulates vividly that not only citizens, but everyone has inherent dignity to be respected and protected.
At the same time the Ban-kara-Bodulong community, without a sailor steering the ship over the matter, is seemingly divided whether or not to reintegrate with the afflicted foreign nationals.
Many community members in the village believe in the saying, time heals and that every home needs a visitor. Some say that as hosts to these nationals, the community ought not to paint them with one brush. In the meantime some locals in the village have started opening small businesses, filling the gap left by the displaced foreigners.
The plight of displaced foreign nationals lingers on as they stay at different spots around the region.
The fate of the displaced foreigners still lingers without solution in sight.
Visited by the Kathu Gazette at various areas where they had been accommodated by well wishers, the clueless business people-cum-destitute foreigners said that no positive result has been suggested by the local leadership.
The predominantly Bangla-deshi nationals who had formerly run tuck shops and fully fledged supermarkets, fell victim to locals after a teenager was stabbed to death by one of these nationals. Their businesses were looted to zero and some burnt down. As if that was not enough, they were evicted by the community and since then their lives can be described as nomadic as they do not have permanent homes.
The slow pace at which authorities are involved in resolving the problem is also telling a big story as political wrangles have overshadowed their plight, thereby stifling humanitarian steps towards their restoration.
Mr Mohamad Islam, the spokesperson of the displaced foreigners, who is married to a lo-cal woman, said that there is nothing tangible that shows

Groot sport het op Saterdag, 13 Mei, plaasgevind by Buco sport-gronde met Hoërskool Kathu vs Hoërskool Kalahari tydens vanjaar se interskole in Kathu.
Die uitslae van Hoërskool Kathu was as volg: Sokker gelykop 3 - 3, Skaak wen 1 - 0, Gholf wen 1 – 0, Tennis wen 1 – 0, Hokkie eerste seunspan verloor 2 – 1, Hokkie tweede dogter-span gelykop 0 – 0, Hokkie eerste dogterspan wen 2 – 1, netbal 0/14 A verloor 7 – 10, 0/15 A verloor 3 – 21, 0/17 A wen 19 – 15, 0/19 B wen 17 – 15, 0/19 A verloor 20 – 22, rugby 0/15 B wen teen Hotazel 36 – 14, 0/15 A verloor 7 – 15, 0/17 A wen 36 -15 en 0/19 A verloor 7 – 41.
Baie geluk aan al die spanne en deelnemers wat deelgeneem het asook aan die spanne wat gewen het.

The theme of Kathu Primary school's annual Miss and Mr Kathu Primary pageant was Paris. The contestants boasted gorgeous outfits and enigmatic smiles. The winner in the Ms Kathu Primary category was Stacey April, with Carli Kruger as the First Princess and Inke Nel as the Second Princess. The winner in the Mr Kathu Primary was Marno Coetzee, with First Prince Rique Slabbert and Se-cond Prince Alwyn Kotze. Awarded Ms Personality was Miquala Lieben-berg, Miss Photogenic was Hanke Opperman and Miss Creative was Inke Nel. Mr Macho was Xavier Mag-german and Mr Charming was Ar-mand Greeff. Congratulations to all of you !  Photograph : Marthani Martins
matic smiles. The winner in the Ms Kathu Primary category was Stacey April, with Carli Kruger as the First Princess and Inke Nel as the Second Princess. The winner in the Mr Kathu Primary was Marno Coetzee, with First Prince Rique Slabbert and Second Prince Alwyn Kotze. Awarded Ms Personality was Miquala Lieben-berg, Miss Photogenic was Hanke Opperman and Miss Creative was Inke Nel. Mr Macho was Xavier Mag-german and Mr Charming was Ar-mand Greeff. Congratulations to all of you !  Photograph : Marthani Martins
First Prince Rique Slabbert and Se-cond Prince Alwyn Kotze. Awarded Ms Personality was Miquala Lieben-berg, Miss Photogenic was Hanke Opperman and Miss Creative was Inke Nel. Mr Macho was Xavier Mag-german and Mr Charming was Ar-mand Greeff. Congratulations to all of you !  Photograph : Marthani Martins
german and Mr Charming was Ar-mand Greeff. Congratulations to all of you !  Photograph : Marthani Martins

Waarom het jy ingeskryf vir die kompe-tisie? Anria: Ek hou van uitdagings en wou graag wys dat ons meisies almal mooi is op ons unieke wyse. Jacobus: Ek het nie self ingeskryf nie, Inge Gerber het my genader om haar metgesel te wees vir die laaste item by die formele drag.
Watter deel van die geleentheid was vir jou die heel lekkerste? Anria : Elke oomblik wat ek op die verhoog gestap het. Jacobus: Ek het slegs eenkeer geloop en dit
Die 2017 wenners van Meneer en Mejuffrou Hoërskool was Jacobus Cronje en Anria Wolstenholme. Die Kathu Gazette het dit goed gedink om bietjie tyd met hulle te bestee en het aan beide wenners 'n paar vrae gevra om aan ons meer te vertel oor hul ervaring tydens die hele kompetisie.
Beide wenners het dieselfde vrae gekry om te beantwoord. Hier volg die vrae en elkeen se onderskeidelike antwoorde:
was vir my ongelooflik lekker.
Wat het jou senuweeagtig gemaak van die geleentheid? Anria: Die vrae en aankondigings het my senuwees bietjie ge-jaag. Jacobus: Hierdie was my eerste keer so ek het nie werklik geweet wat om te verwag nie. Dit het my bietjie senuweeagtig gemaak.
Hoe het dit gevoel toe jy hoor jy het gewen? Anria: Ek was vreeslik gelukkig oor dit en het dit regtig nie verwag nie. Jaco-bus: Ek het aanvanklik nie geweet ek het gewen nie, aangesien ek nie my metgesel se nommer geken het toe dit uitgelees is nie, maar dit was lekker met 'n vreemde gevoel daarby.
Het die geleentheid enige nuwe karaktereienskappe van jou ontwaak waarvan jy nie geweet het nie? Anria : Dit het verseker gesorg dat ek nou meer selfvertroue het as voorheen. Jacobus: Ek het tot die besef gekom dat ek nie weer so iets sal doen nie.
Word daar iets spesifiek verwag van die wenners wat hul moet doen by die skool? Beide moet sekere geleenthede bywoon by die skool.
Hoe het jou maats reageer die dag na die geleentheid? Anria: Baie het my geluk gewens en was baie opgewonde, maar sommiges het nie baie positief teenoor my opgetree nie. Jacobus: Almal was baie verbaas oor my wen, maar ek het lekker gelag saam met hulle oor alles wat gebeur het op die verhoog.
Watter raad sal jy gee vir die leerders wat moontlik volgende jaar sal wil inskryf? Anria: Ek raai almal aan om in te skryf, mens moet so iets probeer. Jacobus: Doen dit verseker, bou mooi herinneringe so op en as jy meer uit so 'n geleentheid kry as wat jy verwag het, is dit 'n bonus.
Baie dankie aan die twee leerders wat hul tyd kon afstaan om die onderhoude te doen. Mag julle jaar vorentoe veel opwinding en groot dinge inhou.

Former ANC Northern Cape Secretary, Zamani Saul, was elected unopposed as the party's new provincial chairperson on Friday 12 May 2017 during the ANC's elective conference held in Colesberg. Other candidates, including the provincial premier, declined the nomination.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the conference, telling members that the ANC's renewal must start in the Northern Cape. "It must start here," said Mr Ramaphosa, who used the opportunity to tout his idea for the renewal and rebirth of the ANC.
Many supporters agreed with Mr Rama-phosa that the ANC must undergo a metamorphosis to survive.
He told the gathering a mythical story, about an old eagle preparing for its next phase of life. "We must go through this painful process of removing the blunt claws and the blunt beaks. So that we may be
stronger again - that is what the ANC must do," Mr Ramaphosa stressed.
When the electoral contest officially got under way, it was one-way traffic, with Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas and all candidates aligned to her declining nomination.
"Unfortunately, I will not accept," said Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas when she was nominated, making Mr Saul the new provincial chairperson.
However, Ms Lucas promised the outcome of the conference would be appealed within ANC structures due to electoral irregularities.
It's too early to tell who the Northern Cape's newly elected leadership will officially support come the national ANC elective conference in December, but if Mr Ramaphosa's reception and the election of his apparent supporters are anything to go by, the province might well be running with the deputy president. eNCA

A Cape Town based organisation called Publish What You Pay is on a road-show programme in the province to pro-mote transparent flow of information in the fight against corruption, as well as making communities aware of their rights - especially about mining houses.
On May 11, 2017 a workshop was held at Kuruman SAPS's canteen where about thirty participants at-tended the function.
The National Coordinator of the organisation, Ms Tafadzwa Kuvhe-ya, said that the organisation is a global alliance of NGOs, civic organisations, faith based organisations and other individuals whose objective is to advocate for transparency and minimise corrupt practices with-in their lines of operation.
specific projects. By not revealing this information, the rights of the surrounding communities are trampled.
“We also advocate for governments to legislate reporting standards for countries up to project level.
“A good example is that of a British mining company that must report about specific projects completed, projected or still underway, not to simply state that they have projects in South Africa.
“The road shows are conducted throughout the country in each province so that South Africa becomes a signatory to Publish What You Pay.
The organisation is working in con-junction with the mining affected communities United in Action (MACUA).
South Africa is the latest member of the forty countries affiliated to the organisation.
Asked how the organisation wants to achieve its goals towards the realisation of transparency, Ms Kuvheya said that while companies remain rigid to disclose their terms of operations, like the mines, the thrust is to push government to enact laws that compel companies to disclose information around socioeconomic and environmental implications - especially in the mining sector.
This sector is not disclosing relevant information for the general public to know and hence communities around mining houses are duped of their deserved incentives derived from them.
“We want mining companies to publish documents regarding their specific projects. By not revealing this information, the rights of the sur-rounding communities are trampled.
“We also advocate for governments to legislate reporting standards for countries up to project level.
“A good example is that of a British mining company that must report about specific projects completed, projected or still underway, not to simply state that they have projects in South Africa.
“The road shows are conducted throughout the country in each province so that South Africa becomes a signatory to Publish What You Pay.
The organisation is working in con-junction with the mining affected communities United in Action (MACUA).

The Northern Cape has become the first province to declare support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from President Jacob Zuma as leader of the governing party during the conference.
The ANC's newly elected Secretary, Deshi Nxanga, read out the provincial conference declaration on Saturday 13 May 2017. It stated that when the ANC opens its succession race, the Northern Cape would call for the tradition of the ANC deputy succeeding the president to be followed.
The resolution by the party in the province has made it the first province to declare support for Mr Ramaphosa during a conference.
“Delegates unanimously agreed that when the debate is opened by NEC [national executive committee], the ANC Northern Cape … will insist on the adherence to the tradition that [the] deputy president should be elected as president when the current president's term comes to an end,” Mr Nxanga was quoted as saying.
The ANC will elect its new leader later this year in December at its 54th national congress when Mr Zuma's term as party leader ends. Citizen

Die finaal van die John Taolo Gaet-sewe Liga (voorheen die Kalahari Sub-unie) is op, Saterdag 18 Maart 2017 uitgespeel by Kathu Krieketklub  tussen Kathu en Postmasburg.
Kathu Krieket Klub (180/10) het eerste gekolf, aan die beurt was Jakkie van Wyk (56 lopies behaal) en die kaptein PC de Bruin (34 lopies behaal). Vir Postmasburg was die uitblinker Danie Swartz (4/24 geneem) wat die tuisspan se planne vir 'n groot totaal beperk het.
Postmasburg Krieketklub het die telling sorgvuldig begin najaag, maar die vete-raan bouler Damian Joseph (4/19) het se-ker gemaak dat die vennootskap nie ver-
der gebou word nie. Jakkie van Wyk (4/16) het die laaste spykers in die doodskis ingeslaan met n speler-van-die-wedstryd vertoning.
Kathu Krieketklub wen met 54 lopies om vir die agste jaar in 'n ry die liga te wen en die beker veilig in die Kathu Krieket Klub se klubhuis te hou.
Kathu Krieketklub wil baie dankie sê aan die Postmasburg Krieketklub vir die goeie gees waarin die wedstryd gespeel was. Dit was hard, soos dit altyd tussen die twee groot "rivals" is. Spesiale woord van dank aan Oom Alfie Hoole, wat na die wedstryd 'n einde aan sy 30 jaar krieket loopbaan gebring het. Dankie vir al die jare se harde kompetisie, grappe en koue biere na die tyd. Sterkte met Oom se pad vorentoe.
Kathu Krieket Klub was ook vroeër in die seisoen as die “six-a-side” kampioene bekroon wat by Postmasburg Krieket Klub gespeel is.
Spesiale woord van dank gaan ook aan ons borge: IMT (fasiliteite); Kalahari Country Club (onderhou van die fasi-liteite); Kathu Superspar (speeldrag); Electro Diesel (pette) en Ikhuthala Survey-ors (opwarmingshemde). Kathu Krieket Klub waardeer julle bydraes opreg en glo die suksesvolle vennootskappe sal nog vir jare sterk bly.

Die naweek van 18 - 19 Februarie 2017 het die provinsiale toernooi in Upington plaasgevind tussen 4 distrikte, naamlik Francis Baard, Namak-wa, ZF Mcqawu en John Taolo Gaetsewe (waaronder Kathu klub resorteer).  Baie van die klub se lede is opgeneem in die provinsiale spanne – Senior A en B en O/21.
Na afloop van die Provinsiale Toernooi is proewe gehou om die Noord-Kaap se bes-te netbalspelers te kies wat aan die Nasio-nal Brutal Fruit Toernooi sal deelneem. Hierdie premier liga sal op DStv se Super-Sport kanale uitge-saai word vir 8 aan-eenlopende naweke, vanaf 21 April tot 11 Junie. Die volgende spe-lers van Kathu Klub het die Brutal Fruit span gehaal :  Heleen Aucamp, Beneshia Christie, Eva Batista, Antonina Aparicio en Teresa Faz-Tudo. Voorbereiding is reeds in volle swang en die spelers sien daarna uit om in ste-de soos Durban, Kaapstad en Bloem-fontein te gaan deel-neem. Gedurende die Pro-vinsiale Toernooi in Upington is spelers ook geïdentifiseer wat Noord-Kaap in Durban gaan ver-teenwoordig gedu-rende die Spar Nasio-nale Kampioenskap-pe in Durban. Die spelers van Kathu Klub wat in hierdie oefengroep ingesluit is, is Melanie Mostert, Desiree Leshope, Elouise Badenhorst, Beneshia Christie, Teresa Faz-Tudo en Antonina Aparicio Kathu Netbalklub kan met trots spog op die talent tot hul be-skikking wat eers-daags aan die JTG Streeksliga gaan deelneem. Graag wil Kathu Netbal Klub die bogenoemde spelers alle sterkte toewens, ons weet julle sal ons naam hoog hou. Die Kathu Gazette is baie trots op ons plaaslike spelers wat so mooi presteer. Sterkte met jul krag-metings !

To commemorate the late Johannes Baaitjie, a soccer team was formed from experienced veteran players. They play in honor of Johannes Baaitjie and believe that their dedication to the soccer team will take them to new heights.The team played two 4-team tournaments and won both tournaments. The guys showed great teamwork and there was huge support from the community. This team is the first of its kind in South Africa where a political party member is commemorated in the form of a soccer club. The team has 40 registered players and is growing by the day. Team director Mr David Willemse and head coach Mr Am-pie Koeraan want to involve the members of the community

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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Die ovaalbaanmanne en -vroue van Kathu het op 08 April 2017 weer baie goed gevaar by die ovaalbaan-wedrenne in Vryburg.

In die 1660-klas het Edward Van Den Heever derde plek behaal. 

In die 2.1-klas het Schalk Van Der Merwe tweede plek behaal. 

In die Lexus-klas het Nicky Beukes eer-ste plek behaal. 

In die 2 wiele-klas was Myrijke Theron eerste en Danelle Janse Van Vuuren twee-de. 

Baie geluk aan al die drywers.

Local poet releases a book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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