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Just a day after his Department Budget's Vote presentation to the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, the MEC for Health, Lebogang Motlhaping, on Thursday 15 June 2017delivered on his promise of bringing 20 new emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles (ambulances) into service, whilst a remaining 18 vehicles are in the advanced stages of being converted into EMS vehicles.
“These vehicles will assist in our endeavour to render effective and efficient pre-hospital emergency medical services, including inter-hospital transfers and planned patient transport,” Mr Motlhaping said.
During the budget speech presentation on 14 June 2017, the MEC acknowledged that procurement challenges had reduced the operational ambulance fleet from 110 at the beginning of this year to just fewer than 70 now as a result of the high rate of maintenance ambulances required as they were going in for and coming out from repairs
The MEC also highlighted that the youth from the John Taolo Gaetsewe district will be trained as EMS control room staff to be absorbed in the department and placed in the control room for call taking and ambulance dispatching.
During the hand over ceremony,
MEC Motlhaping discouraged the abuse of ambulances within communities. He said “To you as medical practitioners, we are not here to hand over taxis, but ambulances that are meant to respond to cases of emergency and to save lives. These are not your personal vehicles, but state vehicles.
“I appeal to all that these fully equipped ambulances with their medical practitioners belong to the communities and in turn, it becomes the duty of the communities to protect them at all times,” the MEC said. NC Department of Health

The Ga-Segonyana local municipality is to embark on upgrading the current Chisanyama business precinct into a state-of-the-art structure for small to medium enterprises as from July 2017 and it will be called Kuruman SMME Hub.
Current informal traders will have to vacate the place, the Kathu Gazette can reveal. Both the outgoing Municipal Manager Mr Edward Ntefang and the officer responsible for Local Economic Development Mr Boikanyo Modise concurred that the area is shoddy-looking, making it an eye sore to the tourist fraternity in the town.
Mr Modise said that while the informal tra-ders seem to be resisting leaving the place, as advised, to pave the way for meticulous planning, this will have to happen to restore hygiene and sanity in the area.
The precinct, situated on erf 809 belongs to the municipality and needs revamping by building permanent structures. The municipality, in conjunction with local mine Assmang Khumani, have made a pact or joint venture aimed at reconfiguring the dilapidated structure. A convincing plan is already in the hands of the local authority that departmentalises SMMEs according to their lines of trade within the precinct.
While this is a noble idea to commercialise the precinct, a group of people are spreading wrong influences to the current occupants, to resist them giving way to the rebuilding of the structure precisely meant to benefit them as well as other new applicants. The local authority is giving first preference to the current traders including the new ones.
Chisanyama is one of the dirty spots in town where the sale of stolen goods and drugs have been rampant to date. In a nutshell, the area is where every dealer haphazardly sells what he/she thinks can generate income by hook or by crook. Caravans facing the road predominantly sell food, while the rest deals with a miscellany of goods and services.
Another development by Transnet next to the precinct is on the cards and negotiations are at an advanced stage. The next project by the municipality is at the Kospot opposite Midas where a similar project will be undertaken.

Father's Day is a cele-bration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is also know as a day where kids give their fathers gifts and presents as a way of showing love and appreciation. Kathu Village Mall management joined forces with Trappers Trading to make one father enjoy his fatherhood.
The Trappers represented by Nico and Maria Visser, Riekie Tereblanche, manager of the mall, and independent practi-sing attorney Erika Viljoen held a draw on 20 June 2017 to award one lucky winner with a R 15 000 voucher to spend at Trappers trading. The mall contributed R12 500 and Trappers a R 2 500 gift card to make the competition possible.
Mrs Leona Van Der Merwe was over the moon when she got a call that informed her that she was the lucky winner of the father's day competition and she had won a staggering R 15 000 voucher. Even though Mrs Van Der Merwe's husband passed away she believes it would have been a wonderful father's day gift to him.

Curro Kathu het vanjaar meer as hul staal gewys tydens vanjaar se Van Druten rugby finale in Daniëlskuil.
Curro Kathu is baie trots op drie van hulle rugby-spanne wat skoon-skip gemaak het. Die 0/9, 0/11 en 0/-13 rugbyspanne het hul staal gewys en gewen. Baie, baie geluk aan hierdie spanne en hul afrigters en al-mal wat hulle ondersteun het ty-dens die sport seisoen.

Mnr. Eddie Conradie het op Vrydag, 19 Mei, sy spesiale dag gevier saam met al die leerders en personeel van Curro Kathu.  Die leerders het hom verwelkom deurdat hul vir hom gesing het en die oggend piekniek saam met hom kon hou op die skool se speelterrein. Die leerders en personeel waardeer hul skoolhoof baie en wens hom 'n geseënde jaar toe. Mnr. Eddie Conradie saam met van die Curro leerders tydens die oggend se verrigtinge.

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.


Wilmien van der Merwe (35), wat maar die vierde vrou geword het wat die piek van Everest onlangs bereik het, is terug in die Noord-Kaap en in die tuig by Kolomela naby Postmasburg, waar sy as geoloog werk.
Ongetwyfeld is sy deeglik aangepas vir ons winterweer aangesien sy deur die akklimatisasieproses is in haar voorbereiding om Everest se toppunt te bereik.
As 'n mens luister na die omvattende proses wat deurloop moes word om uiteindelik so 'n prestasie te bereik, verstaan 'n mens waarom so min die genoegdoening kan smaak om hul oë op die piek nog hoër na bo, uit dankbaarheid op te slaan, en 'n diep sug van dankbaarheid te slaak...
Wilmien het op 05 April 2017 by Lukla begin klim en het op 25 Mei 2017 om 04:30 die oggend die spits bereik. Die son daar kom op om 05:00. Hierdie laaste skof het reeds die vorige aand om 19:00 vanaf die laaste kamp 4 begin.
Aanvanklik was hulle 'n groep van 8 klimmers. Haar spanmaat vir die eerste drie weke, Kuwati, 'n Maleisiër en 'n Israeli moes egter omdraai. Die tog na die basiskamp is 7 km vanaf die begin en is 5300m hoog. Vanaf die basiskamp word verskeie op en neer staptogte onderneem in die akklimatiseringsprosesse.
Tydens die stapaksies deur die dag, word daar gepeusel aan ekspedisiekos wat saamgevat word. By die kampe waar oornag word, is kos redelik volop en word 'n verskeidenheid van kossoorte voorberei.
'n Satellietfoon was oorwegend altyd beskikbaar en 'n goeie veiligheidsmaatreël is die ankertoue waarmee 'n klimmer deeglik vasgemaak word. Voor 'n klimtog, wat twee keer deur die jaar onderneem word, word hierdie toue deeglik deur die Sherpas getoets, want wind en weer eis hul tol deur die jaar.
Klimmers dra “crampons” - 'n tipe spykerskoen met toepaslike ysterpenne vir die vastrapproses. Volgens Wilmien is die oppervlak ongeveer 80 persent grondysgletsers en 20 persent rotsagtige grond. By sommige dele word die hele oppervlak bedek deur spierwit ysgletsers.
Die laaste 10 dae was Wilmien die enig-ste westerling wat saam met die drie ander begeleidende Sherpas tussen die kampe 1, 2, 3 en 4 bergop en terug geklim het vir die finale akklimatisering.
Die laaste aand het sy met suurstof geslaap om goed uit te rus vir die veeleisende laaste skof.
Dié Sherpas woon met hulle families deur die jaar in die valeie tussen die gletsers en plant groente soos aartappels wat vir dié toestande geskik is en hou ook Yaks, die langhaar beeste, aan. Interessant is dat hul almal dieselfde van “Sherpa” het, maar vooraf 'n naam en plek waar hul vandaan kom wat hul identifiseer. Twee keer per jaar is hul gidse of begeleiers van klimmers.
Op 25 Mei 2017, het Wilmien besef sy is bo-op Everest en 'n groot ideaal is ver-wesenlik. Die Suid-Afrikaanse vlaggie op die foto spreek meer as woorde.
Die aftog was ook nie 'n holderstebolder ervaring nie en het etlike dae geneem totdat sy weer vanaf Kadmandoe - die hoofstad van Nepal, die vlug na Pretoria gehaal het waar ouers en familie haar ingewag het. 
Wilmien vertel dat sy van kindsbeen af van uitdagings en die natuur hou. Hierdie ekspedisie was deel van vele toere na ander dele van die land wat sy al aangepak het. Saam met haar ouers was sy al in Malawi, Egipte, Zimbabwe en Antartika en as gesin is hulle lief daarvoor om uit te kamp. Haar oupa Van der Merwe wat op 92 dood is, was avontuurlustig en het ook die wanderlust gehad. Ook haar ander oupa het veldinspeksies uitgevoer. Dus het die appel duidelik nie ver van die “bome” geval nie.
Wilmien se ouers, Manie en Hettie van der Merwe, woon steeds in Zeerust waar sy grootgeword het. Haar tweelingbroer woon in Kathu en nog 'n suster en broer woon in die Noord-Wes provinsie.
Met passie is Wilmien se boodskap aan die jongmense om hul drome na te streef en nie te klein te droom nie. “Horisonne strek ver en wyd voor jou uit,” sê sy.
Ons gelukwense aan Wilmien met hierdie grootse droom wat sy bereik het. Drome is binne elkeen se bereik – as jy die deur-settingsvermoë en die wil het om hul te verwesenlik.

The newly-elected ANC Provincial Executive Council (PEC) members led by its chairperson Doctor Zamani Saul, undertook an official visit to the John Taolo Gaetsewe region on June 10, 2017. The team has already visited other regions to extend their sense of appreciation and to strengthen relations and unwavering support derived from them.
Similarly, the visit was broadly to intro-duce the new executive, as well as to ac-knowledge the integral role being played by the region in the activities of the movement.
The new provincial team is almost evenly represented by the regions - a clear show of balance of power. The John Taolo Gaetsewe region has seven PEC members, namely Mr Kenny Moiemmang, Mr Gibson Anthony, Mr Lebogang Motlhaping, Ms Fufe Ma-katong, Mr Lazarus Tefo Seikaneng and Ms Dineo Leutlwetse.
In his keynote address to the regional structures, the articulate and vibrant provin-cial chairperson said that this region is the nerve centre in the political successes of the ruling party and, particularly, in the electorial processes.
Without mincing his words, he candidly said that many a time the district goes through political turmoil during the electoral period where members and contestants want to tear one another apart. He therefor appealed for harmony.
He emphatically dwelt on the abuse of power by office bearers within the party structures, municipalities and departments. He said that deployed cadres must understand clearly that the deployment exercise is a mere privilege that can be abdicated from an individual if there is non-compliance and non-delivery of expected results.
On the last conference debacle, he said that those who did not make it must not be delusive in expecting a re-run. In any contestation there must be a side that leans on a falling wall, that winners must not be over-excited and those in the mixed feeling bracket who belong to the island of the plebiscite, all belong to the ANC and need to be embraced in good spirit to resuscitate the movement. He clearly stated that purging of fellow members is intolerable and condemnable.
The ANC, at this juncture, needs a team
of ideological builders that can debunk the insidious isms like factionalism characterising its image. He also confirmed that the regional conference will be held in August this year.
Finally he said that the cabinet reshuffle that happened on the doorstep of the provin-cial conference has been reversed in totality. The ousted MECs were sworn in again on June 11, 2017 and that was a polished decision reached.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gamagara rejects the municipal budget tabled in council on 31 May 2017.
According to Harold McGluwa, MPL and DA Provincial Chairperson in the Northern Cape, the budget did not follow the prescribed processes and the proposals will not stimulate economic growth in the municipality.
The DA's strongest objection is to the proposed tariff increases, which they believe are completely unjustifiable and do not meet the guidelines suggested by the National Treasury. The average municipal account will increase by 32%, which the DA be-
lieves is simply unaffordable for the majority of consumers. Instead of exploring alternative options for revenue generation, the municipality intends to place an unbearable burden on residents.
Another point of contention, according to the DA, is that three of the municipality's wards were excluded from the public participation processes, which means that the budget and its proposals did not get input from all members of the community. The DA wonders whether perhaps the possible strong resistance to the budget proposals from these three wards had prompted the municipality to take a shortcut on public participation.
Until such time as all wards have been consulted and their comments taken into consideration, the DA cannot approve the budget.
Besides, the agenda was also given to councillors fairly late, resulting in them not being able to prepare or highlight items of interest to look out for.
The Democratic Alliance believes that the budget processes must therefore start from scratch, follow the letter of the law and create proposals that are fair for all.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) Presi-dent Danny Jordan, ac-companied by fellow NEC member Ria Ledwaba, officials and five talent scouts descended on the Wrenchville stadium in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district on June 16, 2017 to launch a corporate driven soccer tournament that aims at revealing hidden talent and fostering a socio-economic string that cuts across regional lines and beyond.
Speaking at the gala dinner, Mr Jordaan admitted that SAFA and the government alone are inade-quately resourced to meet the needs of the sport and therefore corporate social investment is an integral arm towards meeting the association halfway.
The national association delegation arrived when the tournament had 16 teams in the ring leading up to the final day. Coaching clinics had been conducted on the first day by former Bafana Bafana stars Stanton Fredericks, Arthur Zwane and Fabian McCarthy, including the under 20 national coach Molefi Ntseki and Percy Moloi fitness and conditioning coach of the Nike Football Academy. Coaching clinics, referee training and medical clinics were also held as part of the event. A scintillating soccer extravaganza to tap soccer skill in the region reached its crescendo when Rovers Football Club from Wrenchville lifted the brand new trophy and was awarded the R15000 prize
money.
The new tournament, dubbed the JTG Solar Youth Cup, is the brainchild of solar industry sponsors Kathu Solar Park, Kelebogile Trust, Sishen Solar Facility, and was further supported by La Liga South Africa Antonio Barra-das and Loago Business Consultancy. A total of 58 teams under the local football association in the region eliminated one another in the round robin format until Rovers finally beat the Deben based Shooting Stars 3-1. The second finalist walked away with R12 000 with the third runners up scooping R10 000 respectively. The 4th runner up was awarded R7000 and the remaining top 4 teams from the top 8 received R4000. All 58 teams were provided with new soccer kits for the tournament.
The tournament, to be an annual event, seeks to address a plethora of social imbalances while serving as a platform to ex-pose the rural based youths to mainstream soccer.
The tournament unearthed Shooting Stars goalkeeper Austin Leo as the tournament's best player, winning a trophy and the heart of under 20 national coach, Molefi Ntseki, and will be going for trials to the national youth team.
The coach conceded that the talent is in abundance in the region

Plans are underway for the winning team to test their metal in further featured events.

Tydens die jaarlikse Kalahari Winter Challenge wat op 06 Mei 2017 te Kathu, Curro skoolsaal plaasgevind het, het Kalahari Mixed Martial Arts Academy weereens uitstekend gevaar. Klubs regoor die Noord-Kaap, 'n klub van Mafikeng  en 'n klub van Ellisras het aan die challenge deelgeneem. Met 'n goeie opkoms van 137 deelnemers was dit weereens 'n baie geslaagde kompetisie. Deelnemers kon in nege verskillende items deelneem naamlik kata, kumite, point fighting, continuous fighting, weapon forms, breaking, MMA light, team kata en tag team fighting. Om die ontwikkeling van hierdie wonderlike sport-soort verder te bevorder is die ouderdomsgroepe ook in ontwikkeling en elite groepe geskei wat die beginners ook 'n regverdige geleentheid gebied het om medaljes te verower.
fighting, weapon forms, breaking, MMA light, team kata en tag team fighting. Om die ontwikkeling van hierdie wonderlike sport-soort verder te bevorder is die ouderdomsgroepe ook in ontwikkeling en elite groepe geskei wat die beginners ook 'n regverdige geleentheid gebied het om medaljes te verower.
Baie dankie aan sensei Rainer Jacobs vir al sy harde werk. Dit word opreg waardeer.
Baie geluk aan al die karatekas.

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.

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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Just a day after his Department Budget's Vote presentation to the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, the MEC for Health, Lebogang Motlhaping, on Thursday 15 June 2017delivered on his promise of bringing 20 new emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles (ambulances) into service, whilst a remaining 18 vehicles are in the advanced stages of being converted into EMS vehicles.
“These vehicles will assist in our endeavour to render effective and efficient pre-hospital emergency medical services, including inter-hospital transfers and planned patient transport,” Mr Motlhaping said.
During the budget speech presentation on 14 June 2017, the MEC acknowledged that procurement challenges had reduced the operational ambulance fleet from 110 at the beginning of this year to just fewer than 70 now as a result of the high rate of maintenance ambulances required as they were going in for and coming out from repairs
The MEC also highlighted that the youth from the John Taolo Gaetsewe district will be trained as EMS control room staff to be absorbed in the department and placed in the control room for call taking and ambulance dispatching.
During the hand over ceremony,
MEC Motlhaping discouraged the abuse of ambulances within communities. He said “To you as medical practitioners, we are not here to hand over taxis, but ambulances that are meant to respond to cases of emergency and to save lives. These are not your personal vehicles, but state vehicles.
“I appeal to all that these fully equipped ambulances with their medical practitioners belong to the communities and in turn, it becomes the duty of the communities to protect them at all times,” the MEC said. NC Department of Health

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.”