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The Department of Higher Education received 130 text books in nine learn-ing areas for ten centres, courtesy of Tshipi ? Ntle Manganese Mine.
This is a two-year project by the mine, targeting about 250 learners in the area. Mr Bheki Mdakane, the stakeholder and engagement manager at the mine, said that in the mine's social labour plans program-me, human development forms part of the essential services to be rendered to the community.
He said that community learning centres, formerly known as adult education and train-ing (ABET), have to be equipped with ideal resources to enhance the pass rate.
“On realisation that Tshipi's workforce had attained a higher level of qualifications, we then found it wiser to liaise with the depart-ment through Ms Ntesang Merementsi - the John Taolo Gaetsewe district coordinator responsible for community learning centres, so as to assist with the supply of the books to the broader community of the district”.
The district coordinator was highly im-pressed by the mine's generous gesture on the delivery of books.
“There was great need for the community learners to have these text books. In fact, they came at the nick of time when we need-ed them most. These will improve the results of level four learners in the district.
“This mine has reached the neediest sec-tor of the community. The centres have in-sufficient learning support material. In most cases they are forced to share books. The partnership wth this mine has indeed made a great difference.
“I further urge Mr Mdakane to convey to and convince top management to continue supporting community learning centres in the district,” said Ms Merementsi.

South Africa annually celebrates Arbor Week in the first week of September. National Arbor Week is an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant indi-genous trees as a practical and symbolic ge-sture of sustainable environmental manage-ment.
Arbor month provides all sectors with the opportunity to raise awareness and to par-ticipate in greening initiatives and encou-rages all communities to be part of activities.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, as the custodian of the cam-paign, encourages everyone, even the youth, to participate in tree planting activities and related environmental education pro-grammes. It highlights the essential role trees play in sustainable development and the livelihoods of people and their environ-ment, now and for the future.
Heeding the call, Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen Mine planted trees at the Siyathemba com-
munity hall on Friday 08 September to com-memorate the national arbor week 2017.
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi led the delegation and representatives from the local government and the community, which included the Gamagara Municipal Mayor, Councillor Edwin Hantise.
Mr Mkhwanazi highlighted the importance of planting trees in the environment and en-couraged the community to assist in pre-serving these trees and to continue to plant more trees at various places so that they are not lost to us and future generations.
“We believe that working together we can take greening forward in this community. As a corporate citizen, Sishen mine has a role to play to offset the carbon emissions. Thus, we will be planting 450 trees for this year, which will be in addition to the 2000 trees already planted in Siyathemba and 6446 planted over the past five years in the Sishen area. The mine also has initiatives to assist
in protecting and preserving the indigenous trees in the Sishen area. Indigenous trees are a heritage to our society”, said Mr Mkhwanazi in his address.
Planting indigenous trees in the communi-ties in which Sishen mine operates, is testament that the mine cares for those com-munities and the environment. This will gua-rantee that the company leaves behind a good legacy for generations to come.
The mayor, Councillor Hantise, thanked the leadership of Kumba Iron Ore for the role they play in the growth and development of the area and their efforts in preserving the environment.
“These trees will be the heritage of Siya-themba and I appeal to the community to protect and nurture them. I believe by work-ing together, the municipality and Kumba will be able to achieve more,” concluded the mayor.
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Annually, thousands of girls across the Northern Cape stay at home during their monthly menstrual cy-cle, due to the lack of affordable sanitary products.
This causes much distress and puts them at a disadvantage as their right to education is being infringed upon. These are just some of the reasons why Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (REISA) is funding The Girl Effect Project in five Northern Cape schools currently participating in the Ubuntu school project.
“REISA is supporting this project to re-duce the impact that poverty has on ac-cessibility and affordability of commer-cial sanitary towels,” explained Sizile Mabaso - Chief Community Operations Officer REISA.
During a recent survey conducted at the five schools, ie Sishen Intermediate Mine School, Deben Primary School, Gamagara High School, Maikaelelo Pri-mary School and Langeberg High School, female learners commented that they often use unhygienic alternatives to commercial sanitary products, which pose a health risk. They expressed that it is a stressful time and that they often choose not to attend school for the dura-tion of the menstrual cycle, to avoid em-barrassment.
“The Girl Effect Project strives to ac-hieve gender equality and to empower girls by providing equal access to educa-tion and thereby helping to level the play-ing field, as girls are currently missing up to five days of school each month. Missing school one week every month is a massive set back to their school ca-reers,” stressed Ms Mabaso.
This project is in line with REISA's stra-tegy, responding to a number of sustain-able development goals, namely good health and well-being, quality education and gender equality.
The Subz pads are washable sanitary pads and panties designed especially for the under privileged. The panty is made of 100% cotton knit, which allows the skin to breathe and is eco-friendly, a green solution and is SABS absorbance ap-proved.
In addition to receiving a supply of sani-tary ware, which is designed to last for a period of five years, girls are educated on menstrual hygiene and how to use the Subz pack. This educational programme provides an enabling environment, where girls can ask questions in a sup-portive space.
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On Saturday, 9 September, Kathu High school had their golf day. The results were as follows: Nearest to pin 4 R. Joone, 8 A. Seme, 13 D. Coetzer and 17 M. Beukes.
Longest drive 3 M. Beukes, 9 F. Mulder and 18 C. Lerm.
Longest putt 5 L. Leibrandt and 6 D. Dippenaar.
Nearest to flag 10 B. Nasie and the lucky draw went to L. Pedro.
Results for place winners: First A. Seme and D. Tlhareseng 56, se-cond R. Rayn and H. Niemand 49, third FJ Kente and I. Qlwane 48, fourth N. Greeff and A. Esterhuizen 47, fifth H. Boshoff and D. Dippe-naar 47, sixth H. Espach (snr) and H. Espach (jnr) 47, seventh A. Neilson and K. Leipoldt 47, eight F. Mulder and M. Mulder 46, ninth M. Beukes and T. Pearson 45 and tenth A. Lottering and L. Leibrandt 45.
Well done to these players and to this successful golf day.

Op Vrydagaand, 1 September, is die heel eerste meneer en mejuffrou Curro Kathu gehou. Die finaliste het almal geskitter tydens die geleentheid en het gestraal op die verhoog. Daar kon ongelukkig net twee wenners wees wat met die titels wegstap en vanjaar is dit Tlotlomatso Ositang, gekroon as Miss Curro Kathu en Erich Wende as Meneer Curro kathu. Die eerste Prinses is Alicia Peacock en tweede prinses, Elanya Ober-holster. Die eerste Prins is Thabiso Moyo en tweede Prins Ruan Wolstenholme. Pryse het ook gegaan aan mejuffrou Per-soonlikheid, Katelyn van Rooyen, mejuf-frou Fotogenies,Elanya Oberholster en meneer Fotogenies, Thabiso Moyo. Baie geluk aan elkeen wat deelgeneem het en die geleentheid moontlik gemaak het.

Van die deelnemers was vir die eerste keer in hul lewens op die verhoog, en dit op 'n bloedjong ouderdom van 3 jaar! Die mei-sies het altesame 75 silwer, 9 goud, en 2 diploma sertifikate verwerf.
Die twee beste presteerders by die Eisteddfod was Zoë Lombaard wat 'n Diploma vir haar klopdans, en Danelle Venter wat 'n diploma vir haar moderne ballet dans verwerf het. Saam met die Eisteddfod het twee junior groepe deur gedring na Kyknet se Dans in jou Taal se finale rondte te Irene Pretoria. Dit was 'n baie groot geleentheid en die ballerinas het hul gate uit geniet. Die opnames van die program sal binnekort op Kyknet kanaal 144 uitgesaai word.


Marking its decade of esta-blishment, Sishen Iron Ore community development trust (SIOC-cdt) held a stakeholder engagement meeting on September 05, 2017 at the Kalahari Country Club in Kathu, ostensibly aimed at introducing its new operational stra-tegy.
The trust came up with a syn-chronised approach that seeks to optimise spontaneous service deli-very to the community while object-ively eyeing investment as a means of creating self-sustainability.
The meeting was attended by dif-ferent stakeholders that included the municipal mayors from Gamagara, Joe Morolong, Ga-Segonyana, the John Taolo Gaetsewe district and broader members of the community.
Presenting an abridged summary of financial events of the trust was the chief executive officer Vusani Malie, in the presence of his non-ex-ecutive board.
In the decade under review, the trust received its three percent is-sued shares from Sishen Iron Ore amounting to R2.3-billion. The trust gobbled up R1.1-billion, funding 269 approved projects.
On the investment segment, the trust spent R528-million over the pe-riod, while the net asset value of in-vestment is pegged at R687-million with reciprocal returns standing at R196-million.
As the saying goes, “Every rose has its thorn,” the downturn in the mining sector somehow choked the fluidity in the transfer of shares at some point by the traditional donor, Kumba.
The economic hiccup necessita-ted the board to ponder on how the super-trust - which had become a conduit for the five beneficiary trusts based on Kumba’s mining activities - could be kept afloat while still fulfill-ing its assigned mandate which is to develop and invest in the communi-ties on a broader spectrum.
Harder decisions had to be taken to keep the flagship of the trust buo-yant and sustainable. The first step was to reduce the personnel at the beneficiary trusts considerably - a decision that was met with great re-sistance as part of a cost saving measure aimed at sustaining benefi-ciary trusts, while observing the cha-racteristics of a depressed market in the mining sector, more so iron ore.
The trend in the sector remained hostile to reverse the decision. In 2016, the board, with limited discre-tion, had to take a more rigorous step by approving a new strategy by establishing a single entity to carry out the SIOC-cdt mandate.
The decision was multi-pronged with merits and demerits, but on all accounts, it had to project the trust's objectives and vision first.
Secondly the SIOC-cdt  relocated
from Johannesburg to Kathu and this translated into fast decision-making. 
The economic burden of replica-ting positions in the beneficiary trusts has been expunged, as two of the beneficiary trusts, Maphalane and Tsantsabane, had to be consoli-dated into SIOC-cdt, while Gamaga-ra Development Trust and John Ta-olo Development Trust opted to re-main independent entities.
The trust's stakeholders are more accessible to it, mainly the municipa-lities, departments and other role players in the community where en-gagements in planning are invalu-able. The trust is local and has a di-rect impact on the monitoring and evaluation of projects within its ope-rational demographics.
In the plenary session, community members had mixed feelings over the restructuring strategies. As questions inundated the board and the relevant managers, answers were reciprocally as good to accom-modate the transitional jitters.
Vividly, the scale of advantages re-mains more tilted to the interest of the community, because there is more transparency - no bureaucracy and no middle man. Instead there is now access to obtain direct answers regarding community projects and other areas of special attention.

Emerging entrepreneurs in the re-gion have expressed satisfaction in the way Tshipi é Ntlhe manga-nese mine has uplifted their spirits.
Several entrepreneurs interviewed by the Kathu Gazette expressed some glim-mer of hope and candidly said that the mine's efforts are closer to the communi-ty's expectations. This comes after more than 515 emerging and aspiring busi-ness owners were taken from various levels of training on road shows early this year.
The mine engaged an expert, Kuriti Bu-siness Training Consultancy, in the train-ing of locals in almost all aspects of run-ning various businesses.
Still yearning for their progress, the mine then further engaged the same entrepreneurs for a thorough selection process where, depending on the line of business being pursued, the mine want-ed to determine the extent of need and skill.
As a stepping stone, the entrepreneurs in the construction sector already have R1, 5-million allocated for the renovation of some schools in the region. This is a practical approach to encourage the emerging businesses to enter into the broader competitive market of soliciting for business to the public and private sectors with the requisite expertise.
On August 15 and 16 2017, 69 identi-fied entrepreneurs were invited for further business advice in which the con-sultancy officials visited their businesses and offices throughout the region to eval-uate and equip them with the necessary advice.
The man behind the whole programme is Mr Bheki Mdakane, the Socio-Econo-mic Development and Stakeholder En-gagement Manager of Tshipi é Ntlhe manganese mine who said that mines must minimally outsource and rationalise the region.
“I believe we must empower locals be-fore we look outside. As a result, Tshipi é Ntlhe is aiming at 90% in terms of pro-curement and employment. We want to make these entrepreneurs desirable in business skills - not for Tshipi alone, but for each and every mining business around, so that this wealth underfoot  (minerals) can be enjoyed predominantly by locals first. Let's develop locals and register them in our respective databa-ses for the various services we need. As a local mine we want to preach and prac-tise equitable distribution of wealth with the local community,” Mr Mdakane said.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF's) vote of no confidence secret ballot campaign was shattered on August 8, 2017 in the late hours of the day.
Party members gathered at ABSA plain in Kuruman town around 08:00 singing and chanting before they picketed at 11:00, escorted by the police to the bus rank.
The picketing took two and a half hours be-fore dispersal. At 14:00 every political mem-ber was glued to the television and radio watching and listening to the parliamentary proceedings that eventually dampened their spirits.
While the EFF picketing numbers were not as convincing as was projected, the level of confidence that the African National Con-gress members of parliament would betray their party was conspicuous. The betrayal was indeed manifested, but not deep enough to cascade the no-confidence vote wishes aimed at the ousting of the state president Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. Yet again,  a wild goose chase.
There are 400 members of parliament and 201 members were needed to vote against the ANC to effect the ousting of the president who allegedly has built a bulwark of loyalists
within his dynasty. There were 177members (a collective of opposition plus fed-up pro-ANC members who wanted radical change of the president) that voted against and 198 ANC members who voted for the retention of the president. Numerically there are 151 opposition MPs and 249 ANC MPs at par-liament. Work out the resultant permuta-tions . . .
This is not the first attempt by the opposi-tion. The hidden blessings from the ruling party legislators that shared the same drums of dissent are telling another debacle in the political space.
While the politically perilous exercise could be seen as a victory by the president and his allies over a miscellany of allega-tions levelled against himself, cronies and his style of governance where corruption is touted as the common denominator of all of the accusations, ANC numbers are un-doubtedly shrinking because one ANC legi-slator who voted against him represents se-veral thousands.
The secret ballot further revealed that fac-tionalism within the ANC is still a “septic wound” that needs a strong antibiotic with immediate effect. Certainly it would be dis-
respectful of the late statesman Nelson Mandela and other fallen heroes and hero-ines if the ANC had lost its political mandate through the opposition secret influence.
While the current president Jacob Zuma has allegedly been described as directly po-rous in guarding the sovereignty and state resources, thereby disillusioning the mass-es, the meticulous and prudent way to deal with him is through the internal processes of the ANC. The ruling party has both the au-dacity and tenacity to restore its waning po-pularity by telling the truth and coming up with a new formula to win back the discon-tented electorate.
The opposition needs to concentrate on smart ways to outvote the ANC within its respective political demographics, not by in-fluencing ANC top structures to tow the line. If indeed Mr Zuma has become a stumbling block to good governance, he must not be crucified alongside the ANC's trajectory em-blem. It is no secret that the ANC leadership knows the ailment affecting the party and its corresponding remedy.
Good quote : “The earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

Hoërskool Kathu het op Vrydag 25 Augustus, hul matriekafskeid gehou.
Die geleentheid was weereens 'n ongeloof-like geleentheid met die tema van Karnaval as dekor. Vanjaar was die geleentheid gehou by die skool. Soos jaarliks was daar baie mense in die gehoor wat die instap van die matrieks kom aanskou het.
Daar was weer pragtige rokke en uitrus-tings te siene. Vanjaar wil dit voorkom of wyn-rooi 'n gunsteling kleur was onder baie asook koningsblou onder die seuns. Welgedaan aan elkeen wat die aand moontlik gemaak het vir die leerders.

Van die dansers van Dance Fever Studio Kathu het deelgeneem aan die Dans in jou Taal finale rondte kompetisie op 26 Augustus 2017.
Elke kategorie wenner wen R50 000 se pryse. Die kompetisie was ook uitgesaai op die Kyknet tv-kanaal 146. Die groep wat Exhale gedans het, het hul kategorie gewen !
Kathu kan werklik trots wees op hierdie dansers, want hulle het hard gewerk om te kom waar hulle tans is en het ook Kathu se naam baie hoog gehou. Baie geluk aan die meisies en hul afrigters, asook aan die ander dansers wat so ver gekom het om op hierdie vlak te kon deelneem. Julle presteer ongelooflik !

Die Noord-Kaap Junior Gholf Ope het vanjaar plaas-gevind op 19 tot 20 Augustus, by Sis-hen Gholf baan in Kathu. Die spelers moes omtrent uit-haal en wys asook baie stamina ge-toon het tydens die twee dae se harde gholf. Die spelers het dit baie geniet en die toernooi was baie suksesvol.

Die Noord-Kaap verteenwoordigers vir die 0/19 SA junior span, in
geen spesifieke volgorde:
Joshua Edwards, Arno Esterhuizen, Gordey Fatkulin( algehele wenner van die toernooi), Ramon
Rabie, Darian Fortune, Willem Gresse en Lyle Pedro.

Huis Jan Vorster oorlede :

Mev. Anna Brunsdon (79) wat die afgelope twee jaar 'n inwoner van Huis Jan Vorster was, is oorlede. Mev. Brunsdon is in die Gariep Hospitaal in Kimberley opge-neem nadat sy eers 'n galblaas operasie ondergaan het maar later ook met ander inwendige organe probleme ondervind het. 

Mev. Brunsdon laat vier kinders agter: Mev. Lynette Stander van Postmasburg, skool-hoof by die plaaslike Laerskool, mev. Desiré Lund van Beaufortwes, prof. Alfred Brunsdon van Lichtenburg en Bennie Brunsdon van die Kaap. Ook agt kleinkinders en drie agterkleinkinders. 

 'n Roudiens word Vrydag, 21 April 2017 om 14:00 by Huis Jan Vorster vir mev. Bruns-don gehou. 

Stryd teen kanker:

Mev. Amanda Calitz (58) wat 'n lang stryd teen kanker gehad het (wat ons periodiek oor berig het) is in die Gariep Hospitaal in Kimberley oorlede waar sy opgeneem is toe sy ernstige simptome ontwikkel het weens haar kankerprobleem. Mev. Calitz het haar eerste operasie in April 2012 on-dergaan nadat kolonkanker gediagnoseer is. Sy het sedertdien gereelde behandeling ondergaan; ook nadat daar in 2016 ver-spreiding gediagnoseer is. Amanda was 'n sersant-majoor in die Weermag op Lohat-lha. Hulle het in Februarie 2017 na Da-niëlskuil verhuis omdat familie wat daar woon behulpsaam kon wees. 

 Mev. Calitz laat drie kinders agter asook 'n suster en skoonsuster in Daniëlskuil. 

 'n Roudiens word op Saterdag 22 April 2017 om 11:00 in die NG. Kerk op Post-masburg vir mev. Calitz gehou. 

 Aan die familie en vriende van mev. Anna Brunsden en mev. Amanda Calitz ons diepe meegevoel met die heengaan van geliefdes wie se plekke in hegte familie-verbintenisse nou groot leemtes laat. Mag Hy u metgesel wees in hierdie hartseer tye.

Mev. Emma Marais van Springbokstraat Postmasburg wat eers in die intensiewe sorgeenheid in Upington was met 'n bynier-probleem en later na die Gariep Hospitaal in Kimberley oorgeplaas is, is weer tuis na-dat die medikasie en behandeling in Kimberley suksesvol verloop het.  Na verneem word is sy swak maar maak goeie vordering.

Mnr. Dawid Swanepoel van Vleistraat Postmasburg wat in die Gariep Hospitaal was waar 'n gewas verwyder is, is ook tuis en die goeie nuus is dat die gewas geen gevaar inhou nie. 

 Mnr Theo Coetzee van Houtstraat  Postmasburg is ook tuis maar is nog onge-steld. Hy gaan weer in die dae vir toetse en vir 'n opvolg ondersoek na die Gariep Hospitaal in Kimberley. 

Matthew 6:6 NIV “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Prayer is intimate communication with our Father in heaven. The Lord invites us all to pray and we are urged to pray with-out ceasing.
Jesus also frequently prayed. We read in Luke 6:12 ”One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.”
We must be careful not to pray with selfish motives, but to pray according to the will of God. Our prayers should also be offered in faith. Through our prayers God can bring about revival and change can come in our circumstances.
John Wesley wrote : “God does nothing on the earth save in answer to believing prayer.”
It is important to honour God in our prayers and acknowledge His sovereign-ty.
James 5:16 Ampl “......The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a right-eous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working).”

Ons Vader stel nie net belang in ons geestelike lewe nie, maar in ons hele menswees. In ons eenheid met Christus is dit God se begeerte dat Sy kinders vrolik moet wees en die goeie van die lewe wat Hy hier op aarde vir ons gee, geniet. In Prediker 3:13 staan geskryf dat om die goeie van die lewe te geniet n gawe van God is. Ons kan die saamwees met familie en vriende geniet. Geniet die lieflike natuur om ons, uitstappies, goeie musiek, om n mooi boek te lees en om n stokperdjie te beoefen. Miskien is jou huwelik somber. In Pred. 9:9 lees ons: “ Geniet die lewe met die vrou wat jy liefhet, al die dae van jou nietige lewe wat Hy jou gegee het onder die son -....” Geniet ons dit om die Here te dien en te eer? Jesus vermaan ons in Matt. 6:16 om byvoor-beeld nie met n lang gesig te vas soos die skynheiliges nie. By eredienste is ons dikwels baie ernstig en glimlag skaars. Ons behoort dit te geniet om as gelowiges saam die Here te aanbid. Besluit vandag om elke oomblik die lewe te geniet wat God jou gee.

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

Local poet releases a book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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