Sondagmiddag 22 Ok-tober, het twee reuse haelstorms Kathu ge-tref - die een laatmiddag en die ander vroegaand.
Mense moes inderhaas jaag om skuiling te vind. Verskeie mense se huise, besittings en voertuie het groot skade op-gedoen. Dit was egter amper soos 'n white Christmas in die Kalahari oomblikke nadat die haelstorm verby was. Geluk-kig het baie van ons lesers pragtige foto's geneem van die gebeurtenis wat hulle met die koerant gedeel het.

A convincing clean-up campaign by Ga-Segonyana local municipality has been intensified in all the streets of Kuruman to ensure that both sanity and hygiene prevail.
A thorough vetting exercise of street ven-dors is currently underway amid mixed re-actions from the victims and residents.  
The operation that started emphatically on October 12, 2017 and will continue until October 31, 2017, involves different sectors of the municipality, the Department of Home Affairs and the SAPS. The exercise targets street traders and vendors without trading licences.
All traders, according to the municipal offi-cial, were alerted of the exercise so that
those without trading licences could re-move their wares and apply for the trading licences.
On condition of anonymity, many illegal traders cried foul about the exercise. They broadly blamed the municipality of playing games regarding the issuance of trading licences. Many claimed they had applied for licences in the past, two to three years ago, and were told to wait for approval, but nothing has materialised as yet.
The delay by the municipality to process trading licences, the vendors disclosed, finds them back on the streets to make ends meet. The by-laws of the municipality state that a written application must be submitted to the municipal manager requesting for a
street trading licence and within 90 days a feedback will be received by the applicant.
All perishables confiscated are disposed of within three days if not reclaimed before the stipulated period. For other confiscated wares from the streets, the local authority is not held liable for the loss or damage. Illegal vendors whose wares were confiscated, have to pay between R300-400 fines to reclaim their goods.
Concurring with the municipal communica-tions officer Mr David Mabhudi, the safety officer of the municipality Mr Tsediso Mosh-weu said that the town has to be kept clean to prevent the outbreak of diseases.

Since the population of Kuruman town has doubled, it has become a challenge for infrastructure to meet with demand and as a result, health standards are diminishing at an alarming pace.
The domestic waste has taken charge of some of the splendid portions of the town causing some commotions in the political fronts in an attempt to scare away transmissible diseases. While the municipality authorities are resolute to keep the town disease-free, the situation drives it to a certain limit where its am-munition in the fight deems it futile and therefore gullible.
On Sundays, especially during month end, there are no dustbins in either the town or at a landfill site where any form of garbage can be disposed of. The existing dustbins are filled to the brim and end up spilling litter at will, and the blowing wind only exacerbates the littering process.
Tourists and visitors frequent cities and towns during weekends to relax and scan the town for prospective investment opportunities. Guest houses always re-flect an immaculate appeal, but the streets too ought to give a share of their attractiveness to lure direct local and fo-reign investment. The appetising aroma produced by a nearby bakery and re-staurants ought not be overwhelmed by the pungent smell coming from a full dustbin on the street corner.
The land-fill site too has its own pros and cons derived from the street vaga-ries mentioned above. Weekend eve-nings and nights distort the real image of waste management at the site.
Both domestic and hazardous waste enjoy a good contest because there are no controls. Lack of security personnel to monitor and screen the type of waste to be disposed at the site has created a no man's land where everyone has autho-rity. Industrial, medical and mining wastes exchange warm greetings with one another, without any form of restrict-ion from authorities. Like a protected animal species, the landfill site needs to be secured with effective high masts.
Every Monday is a sad day for the team working at the land site as litter of any form is scattered many metres before reaching the site itself. It takes two days to redress the damage caused over the weekend. Scavengers and recyclers too have contributed significantly to the ugly sight of the place.
Compacting of the waste needs suffi-cient sand to cover, but is a rare commo-dity in the proximity and also the requisite machinery to reduce the amount of mi-sery experienced in meeting the needs of waste management site.

The Black Management Forum (BMF) members convened at Mereting Lodge in Kuruman on October 7, 2017 to look into gender associated imbalances within the struct-ures of management at various institu-tions and organisations in the whole province.
As a result, the BMF is aiming at co-ming out with a policy that seeks to es-tablish a clear vision and framework to guide the process of developing policies and organisational practices that balan-ce equal rights and opportunities for both men and women in all spheres and structures of an organisation.
According to Abram Ramakaba the provincial coordinator of BMF, the scales of history remain skewed towards male dominance in which women remain gros-sly misrepresented in decision-making - particularly in business.
Research has shown that while women have the lion's share at attending univer-sities (54%), males still have a bigger say in decision-making at corporate levels.
It further discloses that there are other maligning factors, such as spousal in-fringement where the husband decides that better care is only from the mother, and therefore the wife should not work.
The organisation is advocating for the rationale where women must be seen in the frontline seats of management in va-rious organisations. He said that gender considerations must be effectively inte-grated as part of leadership election at all levels of any given organisation to reverse the negative trends still expe-rienced in the global image.
The guest speaker, senior financial advisor at Sanlam,  Ansie Cilliers, said that it was time that business people took the right decisions to keep their busines-ses afloat. At length she explained about business fitness analysis to the partici-pants. She said that Sanlam is there to help business people to ensure that all is in place in the event of death.
Ms Cilliers also highlighted that as em-ployers it was ideal that they also have benefit funds as well as retirement and medical cover.

Indeed the clarion call has been heeded. The Joe Morolong municipality has ap-pointed a new municipal manager, Tebo-go Tlhoaele.
The former regional director of the Depart-ment of Social Development emerged as the preferred candidate at a special council meeting held at the municipality on October 04, 2017. He comes along with a wealth of experience, especially in financial manage-ment.
For the past four years the Department of Social Development has been getting clean audit reports and he has been part of the players in the achievement. It is believed that this kind of performance could be re-plicated in the municipality that received a disclaimer audit report in the last financial year.
Mr Tlhoaele takes over the reins from Tshepo Bloem whose contract had ended in
partners are stimulated by the high level of transparency shown by the host municipality to keep sharing the hard-earned profits for the development of the community.
Incoming administrators are therefore ur-ged to motivate their requests and titivate their possible partners by demonstrating that they have an appetite to work diligently for the benefit of the community without any hidden agendas.
January and was extended for three months. Thereafter Mr Tatolo Kgopetsi, the director of corporate services, was in the acting capacity.
The rural and biggest local municipality in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipa-lity, has a lot of challenges in terms of infra-structural development. Road protests and water challenges remain in the memory of many and top the list of priorities. Mr Tlhoaele has a task ahead of him to trans-form the fortunes of the municipality and meet the expectations of the community.
Mr Tlhoaele, like at all municipalities, has to create a harmonious relationship with stakeholders, that include mines, to come up with a working formula in the delivery of satisfactory services to the broader commu-nity.
Like in any other entity, stakeholders or partners are stimulated by the high level of transparency shown by the host municipality to keep sharing the hard-earned profits for the development of the community.
Incoming administrators are therefore ur-ged to motivate their requests and titivate their possible partners by demonstrating that they have an appetite to work diligently for the benefit of the community without any hidden agendas.

Kelebogile Trust, a subsidiary of the Kathu Solar Park project re-sponsible for community develop-ment in the area of its operations, has donated about 1040 toiletry packs to learners attending the Spring Camp lessons in various centres in the district.
The trust's community liaison officer, Dalene Botha, said that they had propo-sed the idea to augment the good strate-gy the Department of Education has brought in its bid to improve the pass rate by the year end.
Matric learners from different schools were assembled at different centres where they received thorough revision work in various subjects as a means to prepare them for the final examinations. The consolidation exercise separated learners from their homes to maximise the level of concentration as they are pre-paring for the examinations.
Speaking to the centre manager, Ms Teise, at Kalahari High School, in charge of about 156 learners from Gamagara High School, Langeberg High School and Bothithong High School, said that the ultimate goal was to improve the pass rate within the region. She acknowled-ged that the overall mid-year results had not been impressive and learners ought
to accelerate their work rate.
Other centres that received the packs are Deben, Van Zylsrus and Batlharotlhaping. The exercise started on September 28, 2017 to October 08, 2017.
Learners taking similar subjects were merg-ed from different schools to consolidate the content done.
There is a general feeling that while educa-tors are doing their best to let learners obtain
better results, learners are dragging their feet. Learners lack self-discipline and want educa-tors to persuade them to attend classes. Bad results obtained by learners do not factor them as direct culprits but find educators in the crucifixion list. Learning starts from home and an educator simply flavours the content, this is an open secret.


A very special exercise which witnes-sed around forty participants taking a two-kilometre walk from Magoja-neng to Mothibistad stadium took place on September 30, 2017 led by a 93-year old Ms Emma Matilo. Organiser of the event Ms Kagiso Molokwe said that the purpose is to keep elderly people healthy and at the same time encouraging the 8-month old Magojaneng branch active. “After the march Bopelo jwa Bagodi leadership will then address different teams from different villages about food, health and related issues raised by them”, she said.
A snap interview with some of the partici-pants had a lot of valid reasons to justify the march. Mr Simon Bimbo said, “It helps our bodies particularly feet, eyes knees and shoulders to be active. As nurses keep on advising us to eat healthy foods the very same foods need an active body for diges-tion”.
Mr Simon Buffel from Magojaneng vil-lage, “Exercises make us think very little
about the painful past. Our youths frustrate us day in day out. These are some of the things that make most of the elderly restless, leading to stress related illnesses. Honestly an idle body is always susceptible to illnesses”
Ms Victoria Tsetlho, “This day is very di-ferent from others as we have fellowship with our colleagues from various viallages. And we use this opportunity to exchange ideas on how to overcome certain pains in our bodies”.
Asked to share her secret to reach 93 years Ms Emma Matilo had this to say, “I was obedient to my parents since my child-hood. The secret is in the Bible. That book is not fictitious literature. I advise children to listen and heed their parents. That is my ba-sic rule that has protected me all the way. Another important thing, don't rely on bor-rowed lifestyle. Many a time this has cau-sed difficulties that lead one's heart and mind restless. On food, don't eat oily foods because your heart gets weaker and wea-ker”.


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