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Millions of children around the world are in danger of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence – at home, in school or in the community. 
National Child Protection Week is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children's Act of 2005. 
As part of this national initiative, Constable Welma Williams of Kathu Social Crime Unit and Warrant Officer Julana Cloete of Employee Health and Wellness Unit initiated some projects.
On Wednesday 24 May 2017 they visited Maikaelelo Primary School in Olifantshoek. They received a request from the headmaster of this school to come and address the grade 4 learners on sexual awareness and abuse. 
Constable Welma Williams, Constable Leonie Sam from Olifantshoek Social Crime Unit and Warrant Officer Julana Williams, together with Ms Katoo Sam from the Olifantshoek CPF and  Me Eveline Orphen from the Department of Health explained to the children why it is important to say NO to any form of sexual abuse and that their bodies belong to themselves.
On Thursday 25 May 2017 Constable Welma Williams, Sergeant Mildred Mecwi and Warrant Officer Julana Cloete visited Little Angels Day Care in Kathu. They were ac-companied by members of the Department of Roads and Safety, the Kathu CPF and Youth Against
Crime, as well as members of the Rural Metro Fire Department. A puppet show was used to convey the message from SAPS to be aware of strangers and not to accept any gifts or sweets. 
Mr Wilfred Moller from the Department of Roads and Safety discussed basic road safety with the children and “Daantjie Kat” was a hit.
Personnel of the local Rural Metro Fire Brigade warned the children about the dangers of playing with fire, where after they had a trip in the fire truck. This was the highlight of the day.
A big thank you to our CPF volun-teers who made nice sweet packets for all the children.
Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward. SAPS Kathu

Local authorities around the region have, in one accord, taken a bold decision to voice their anger against the recurrent spate of killings and molestations of young women and children being perpetrated by their partners and unknown assailants.
On May 26, 2017 the three local and dis-trict municipalities converged with community members at the ABSA bank park and marched peacefully along Livingstone Avenue, then along Boshoff Street to the Kuru-man police station where they handed over a pledge petition against the wave of abuse currently taking place throughout the country.
Led by the Executive Mayor of JTG Sofia Mosikatsi, Joe Morolong municipality Mayor
Dineo Leutlwetse, ANC regional Secretary Peace Leserwane other top officials in the district and from various organisations came along to drum up support to stop the menacing violence.
The Executive Mayor said that the usual characteristic of a man has had a paradigm shift from what he is naturally known for - ie to shelter and fend for a woman and child. Instead a man has become a monster and an albatross around the neck of those he is supposed to defend.
The Joe Morolong Mayor Leutlwetse also took a swipe at the latest developments around some men's ignominious approach to women and children. She said that women, of late, develop fear the moment they see a man.
Both mayors and other officials concurred with the fact that drugs and human traffick-ing is no longer a “next door” problem but a living anathema and challenge in Kuruman and the region as a whole.
Their message was clear that such marches must be heeded by the drug peddlers, because the community won't just be silent while being ridiculed.
Sex work, where trafficked ladies are alleged to be booming in the daylight in a certain hotel in town and the practice is in fierce competition with drug-lords, needs special attention.
The Cluster Commander General Bean received the petition and assured the people that the petition will be taken seriously as it will be sent to the provincial office.

The burst water pipes in various areas have resulted in water outages and low pressure in the Kathu water supply zones.
The residents are complaining of the wastage of water and the flooding of their streets due to burst pipes that are exposed for many weeks which they fear could infect their drinking water.
A resident, who did not want to be named, said when a water problem occurs in certain areas it effectively means the entire town is affected. He said that it is clear that staff at the municipality do not have the neces-sary skills to address this on-going problem. He accused the municipality of spending a large percentage of the municipality budget on staff salaries, but none of the staff have the ability to deal with the problem.
Gamagara head of com-munications, Kamogelo Sema-mai apologised for the extreme discomfort caused by the water problems. Semamai admitted that Kathu had experienced regular water breaks over the past months, but the situation has been under the scrutiny of the municipality and the concerned stakeholders .
He said they have been conducting meetings with relevent departments in the municipality to outline efforts to address the current water challenges. It has been decided that the existing main water pipe which is very old, must be replaced.
Mr Semamai also rubbished the claims that seek to suggest that, if the water pipes burst the residents are forced to pay more money when it comes to services.
He encouraged residents to stop throwing unnecessary ob-jects in the water systems as they have an impact on proper functioning of the system.

As streets were virtually depleted, churches were a hive of activity throughout the Easter holidays in Kuruman and that alone was reflective of the entire district, the country and world alike that Christianity remains part of the revered and sanctified religion. 

A survey carried out in the mining town proved beyond doubt that the Easter holiday is such a great day apart from commemorating the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ. Believers that  inclu-ded visitors from other towns and cities stole some few hours of their visits from their esteemed families and friends just to listen to men of the collar reiterating the  whole story found in Matthew 27 (death) & 28 (resurrection).Many of these churches were identifiable by their emblematic inscriptions on their uniforms and their distinguishable choral singing. There are also other missions that need accom-plishing during the same period where saints and non-believers are brought together. Engagements, marriages and other social gatherings make the Easter holiday a befitting centre of merriment and conflict resolution. Though not openly declared, Easter holiday is also used as a conduit, one elder disclosed, to appease fallen heroes and heroines in many families. With clear conscience and convic-tion he said that naturally society is clustered where cults and norms tend to be a classification.” Christians must pray, preach and sing in pursuit of their faith while for those who believe in their ances-tral spirits Easter is their time too to brew, booze, sing and dance in hope to better their fortunes”

The revelations above are a true mani-festation of the broader term of religion where its confinement and definition is aptly understood better by the individual believer or grouping. It also revealed that in any religion hypocrisy thrives like weeds in a garden and therefore not all that frequent the church are real saints to the word.

On May 23, 2017 Magojaneng councillor Neo Disipi received a call from a community member Lesego Thage only to find an infant dumped in a pit toilet.
After witnessing the horror scene, the councillor called the Mothibistad police and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a matter of urgency. This did not yield the level of urgency needed in the situation though. Mr Thage sourced protective gloves and requested the councillor and the onlookers to rescue the innocent soul. The coucillor removed the make shift cistern and went in the toilet wearing the improvised protective clothing. 
According to the councillor, the baby was missed by a weighty boulder that was destined to finish off the horrible work. The stone lay innocently by the baby's side. 
Mr Thage eventually handed the infant to the onlooker team at the surface, with its umbilical cord and placenta still intact.
Still without the police and EMS members, the ward committee members then available to witness the ordeal, the councillor and onlookers wrapped the whole package and rushed the infant to the hospital.
The reception at Kuruman hospital was extremely exceptional. The doctor and his staff took all the necessary steps to save the baby after bathing her and completing all the after-birth steps.
According to the doctor, the infant was about two to three hours old when discovered in the toilet.
As of Friday, May 26, 2017 the baby was confirmed healthy.

Baitiredi Commercial and Technical High School in Mo-thibistad and Emang Mmogo Technical School in Kimberley were chosen to be the Northern Cape's launch-pad of a national skills de-velopment project initiated by the Department of Basic Education in conjunction with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Au-thority (MerSETA).
Chief education specialist from Pretoria, Mr Abel Thabang Tlhakula, presenting the keynote address to  21 identified learners at the school, parents, members of the SGB and teaching staff, said that this was a brand new project by the depart-ment. The department and Mer-SETA had agreed on a memoran-dum of understanding to identify 210 learners throughout the country to
be trained in various trades. The learners must have passed grade eleven with Science and Mathema-tics to be trained though.
One school per province was se-lected, only in the Northern Cape two schools were selected due to the  vastness and deeply entrenched poverty levels. Close to R30-million was allocated and the project will be run in two phases.
Phase one trainee artisans will un-dergo a 26-week trade theory phase which will be class-based.
The second phase of training is a practical orientation for 18 months at a workplace to acquire the relevance of the trade being pursued. Upon completion, apprentices will write a competency trade test that qualifies them to be artisans.
During the two-year period of the project, these apprentices will be
paid a R3500 monthly stipend.
The client liaison officer of Mer-SETA André van Wyk encouraged all stakeholders involved in the pro-ject to offer support to the  students and confirmed that the agency would ensure that the project be-came a success.
The school principal of Baitiredi Mr Jacob Tsosane said that the initiative and innovation from the department was a great relief, not to ex-learners around, but to the entire collective of school leavers throughout the coun-try. He advised the identified learn-ers to take advantage of the opportu-nity granted to them.
Organiser of the event and staff member at the school Mr Kgomotso Comfort Assegaai said that the cho-sen apprentices are still learners and need guidance.
Emphasis was the clarion call for the business and the corporate community to offer attachment opportunities to the apprentices to ex-pedite attainment of the requisite expe-rience.

  

District Manager Mr Tebogo Tlhoaele, seeking satisfactory answers on the latest developments. Mr Tlhoaele received the memorandum and promised the protes-ters a comprehensive response will be available within fourteen days. Some practitioners have not been receiving their stipends since November last year without reasons given. 

As they approached the department for clarity, they were instead welcomed by new developments that expect all ECDs to be registered on the database - a mam-moth task for them that requires yet finan-cial resources to accomplish. They said that this further complicates their present situation.