A sizable contingent of the residents of Gama-gara embarked on a peaceful protest march about the 2017/2018 budget that had been accepted by the Gama-gara local municipality’s coun-cil, but which they believe was illegal due to 3 wards having been excluded from participa-tion at the time.
Supported by the DA, the EFF, AfriForum, the Gamaga-ra Business Forum and the Ga-magara Community Forum marched to the Gamagara mu-nicipality on Friday 23 June 2017. Salvation Mogadile from the DA handed a memorandum outlining the grievances to Councillor Edwin Hantise in the absence of the Mayor Dineo Moyo.
Supported by the municipal manager (MM) Clement Itume-leng, Mr Hantise committed to feedback no later than 7 days after the next council meeting on 28 June 2017.The memorandum was ac-companied by a petition with 1657 signatures.
The MM alluded that the IDP and budget had already been approved and that COGHSTA and the provincial treasury would have to be approached to address the issues.

Locals called a spade a spade when the Head of the Consular Department, Mr AK Balogun from the  Nigerian High Commission based in Pretoria visited Kuruman, after the leader of the Nigerian community in Kuruman (name withheld) wrote a letter, inviting him to come and intervene over the alleged eviction of Nigerians by 16 June 2017.
This was after a precautionary message went viral that the Grand Hotel and Brazil Tavern had to be closed due to drug pro-blems and sex work, perpetrated by a certain group of people and, certainly so, people not from this area.
With due respect, Mr Balogun responded by coming to Kuruman, accompanied by Mr Ikechukwu Anyene - President of the Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA), Mr Aditola Olubajo - Secretary General of NUSA and their National Financial Secreta-ry Mr Josuah Ituab.
The meeting was held at the SAPS Kuruman police station, chaired by the Deputy Cluster Commander Brigadier An-tony du Preez on June 23, 2017.
As Mr Balogun wanted to establish from the other party why there is tension be-tween the local community and his fellow brothers, a hornet's nest was stirred. A representative from Ga-Segonyana local municipality, Mr Happboy Diseko, set the stage ablaze saying the visiting Nigerian desk ought not to set questions and quizzes to the stakeholders when they do not know the gist of the matter.
Another representative from Wanya Tsot-si - a community-driven group that wants to deal with crime emphatically in Kuruman, Mr Olebogeng Leserwane, said that there was no distaste of foreigners, but that the issue of crime, drugs, human trafficking  sex work is pointing directly at one national-ity in town and the surrounding villages.
  All stakeholders present, across the socio-political and racial divide, condemn-
ed the sale of drugs and sex work allegedly organised by Nigerians as the source of commotion within the community of Kuru-man. The revelations by the concerned lo-cals were substantiated with glaring exam-ples of the Nigerians’ modus operandi in  hotels and taverns owned by other people, ie Grand Hotel and Brazil Tavern which are under siege. Their main businesses owned by Nigerians are suspicious hair salons and food outlets.
The councillor of John Taolo Gaetsewe district muncipality, Kegomoditswe Masila-bele also mentioned that, as drug dealers have taken the roost in Kuruman, the police is being infiltrated and the community knows them.
The cluster commander conceded that in any garden there are rotten potatoes and so is there in the force. Many a time, the community has been crying out that the police is hunting with the hound while running with the hare.
Drug dealers have widened their illicit trade base by encroaching onto schools where learners have succumbed. This is what has caused members of the  commu-nity to go wild about crime prevention as a collective, with or without the police, be-cause they know who is who in town - inclu-ding the suspected dealers.
After all the deliberations by stakeholders the Nigerian High Commission represen-tatives could see that the pendulum was swinging. In his articulate lingua franca Mr Balogun said, “We don't support crime in any form. Let's identify Nigerians dealing with drugs and [who are] practising human trafficking to promote sex work. Honestly, prostitution cannot be allowed, just as drugs compound criminality in any given society. Let's hand over the culprits to the police. [For] any drug dealer identified, the High Commission will issue out a certificate of repatriation with immediate effect,” he wrapped up.

The Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Unit served senior officers at Ga-Segonyana local municipality with charges of fraud and contravention of section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA).
A 39 year old former senior employee at the municipality was arrested on Tuesday 20 June 2017. 
Another senior officer (64) working at Ga-Segonyana municipality was arrested last week. They were both arrested through (J175) court summons.
The Hawks investigation revealed some
irregularities that dated back to September 2012 during the process of selecting a service provider for the municipality. It is alleged that the company that won a tender bid, submitted invalid documents. The company was contracted for three years and received a total of R 9 800 000 paid out on monthly instalments for the service rendered. Consequently, two senior company officers were also charged on various counts of fraud.
All four suspects will appear at Kuruman Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, 5 July 2017.

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.

Die nuwe mediese fasiliteit in Chrisjan Gebou op Kathu, is op 23 Junie 2017 amptelik bekendgestel.  'n Wye verskeidenheid dienste is hier beskikbaar.
Die bestaande Kathu Family Care Clinic is reeds welbekend en bied primêre gesondheidsorg aan soos immunisasies, siftingstoetse vir TB, bloeddruk, diabetes, ens.
 Verder doen hulle basiese fisiese ondersoeke met diagnose en behandeling van minder ernstige siektetoestande.  Die kliniek bied verder ook dienste aan soos osoon-terapie wat optimale gesondheid kan bevorder met die fokus op kanker.
'n Chiropraktisyn, Dr Newman besoek ook gereeld die kliniek en Cindy-Lee Cupido, Sonograaf van die Ultrasound Foundation, neem sonars.
La Finesse Rejuvenator Clinic skoonheids-kliniek, konsentreer op velsorg wat lasertera-pie insluit om velverjonging te bevorder.  Anita Kleynhans, die eienaar, gebruik Willa Krause produkte.
Dr Bohnen se diensverskaffer Kalahari-med, is ook 'n nuwe byvoeging.  Hulle verskaf dienste soos mediese ondersoeke vir die myn en konstruksiebedryf en werkers oor die algemeen.  Voorindiensneming onder-soeke word gedoen asook gespesialiseerde ondersoeke vir spesifieke werksomgewings
en noodhulp en brand-bestrydingsopleiding.  Dr Bohnen bied ook 'n privaat praktyk en voorgeboorte ondersoeke, maar geen beval-lings nie.
Die X-straal gedeelte van Kalaharimed en Family Care Clinic word gedoen by die Ra-diologie afdeling wat geleë is by Lenmed Ka-thu Privaat Hospitaal.
WBB Medical Aid Billing Bureau and Con-sultancy het ook 'n kantoor hier om te help met mediese eise by verskillende mediese fondse vir mediese praktisyns.
The Local Choice Kathu Pharmacy (voor-heen Kathu Apteek) is deel van hierdie me-diese sentrum. In die apteek het Nadia Geertsema 'n salon waar sy refleksiologie en masserings aanbied asook skoonheidsbe-handelings.  Die Body Lean Diet Clinic is in die apteek beskikbaar.
Around the corner from the pharmacy are Dr Kgoa - Dentist and Dr Kabe - a General Practitioner. Dr Kabe says that it is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own – our qualifications come from God – 2 Cor 3:5.  Patient care is her motto. 
Dr Kgoa has a dental surgery in Kuruman and in Kathu and offers the following ser-vices : Extractions, dentures, crown and bridges, gold inlays, cleaning, filling, root canal treatment and teeth whitening.

Fifty lucky Spar rewards shoppers are the proud new owners of a Hyundai Grand i10s. And each car has been personalised with unique designs that will guarantee that they stand out from the crowd. Mr Walter Zwelinzima Koikoi from Olifantshoek also walked away with a brand new Hyudai Grand i10 from Spar’s rewards win a car competition.
 Supported and cheered up by his colleague, the winner of the car Mr Koikoi could not hold his tears of joy after declared a winner. “I am very excited to have been awarded this precious present, it is an indescribable feeling. I would sincerely like to thank Spar for the car I have won, it is truly a blessing for me and my family.”
The fleet officer at Gamagara municipality said he spent almost R 1 800 on groceries at Spar, but not in his wildest dreams thought he was going to win. He says first time he got the call, he was reluctant to give out this information because he thought it was a scam. He encouraged Spar to continue to have competitions of that sort in order to support and inspire other human beings.