Kolomela mine in partnership with Tshiping Water User Association, supported the Department of Water and Sanitation's drop-the-block water saving drive.
The drop-the-block campaign reduces the amount of water used per toilet flush, by dropping a green block into the cistern of the toilet to reduce water use. Most cisterns hold between 9 and 15 litres of clean drinking water, all of which is dispensed with each flush. Drop-the-block is based on the principle of displacing just enough water to still enable the flushing of the toilet. The drop-the-block can immediately save two litres of water per toilet flush. The intervention and water saving is immediate, and requires little technical skill for installation. The green blocks are provided free of charge. The Kolomela mine Environmental team has distributed 1500 of these blocks out to interested employees and contractors. For more information on the initiative and the supply of blocks, please contact Albertus Viljoen, Water User Association at 053 313 0595. KIO Kolomela

There was an explosive council meeting at Ga-Segonyana local municipality held on May 30, 2017 and, as usual where  opposition takes part, the darker side of ANC led administration comes to the fore.
After a list of positives brought forward by the mayor Neo George Masegela in an effort to resuscitate the image of the town and villages under its armpit, the opposition councillors raised the issue of con-sistent inerasable disclaimers from within the municipality. While this point could be seen as being raised by the opposition parties to gain political momentum, the relevance and pertinence of the issue were echoed by a collective of councillors in the council chambers. This was after a proposal that the mayor and speaker ought to use their own vehicles if the municipality is not yet in a viable position to buy them. 
As the mayor outlined numerous projects aimed at improving service delivery to the community, a torrent of questions were raised by the floor to the effect that the municipality must spend knowing that auditors are correspondingly expected to deliver an unqualified report later. A clarion call was made that the municipality must spend within its means.
Paving of internal roads in various villages that include Bankara, Magojaneng, Seodin and Ncweng will be considered in the year under review.
The mayor further reiterated that potholes must be dealt with with  great concern. Cutting of grass and sewer leaks also need special attention in the recurrent year. Lack of water in Batlharos' RDP houses was raised by the EFF Councillor Olebo-geng Leserwane.  He said that there ought to be uniformity in the availability of water like in any other village with these RDP houses.
Another EFF Councillor Mosamiemang Reetsang said that Maruping village does not have RDP houses and that there is seemingly an imbalance of the distribution of developmental resources accorded to other villages.
Vehicle shortage, especially at the traffic department was also raised as well as the need that a solution has to be found.
Lastly, the mayor also highlighted that the municipal manager Mr Edward Ntefang's term of office would end on June 30, 2017.

Residents and community stake holders gathered together on Thursday 18 May 2017 to celebrate the official launch of the Olifantshoek Solar Street Light Project - a REISA (Renewable Energy Investment South Africa) economic development flagship project.
“This project is very significant, as it has the potential to change the landscape of this town. On a deeper level, it adds to our collective commitment to make this province a safe and prosperous one for the benefit of our people living in it.
“Where there is light, there is life and this project indeed has its benefits in ensuring that there is not only light, but that we are safe and secure walking in the streets,” commented the Premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, at the launch of the Olifantshoek solar street light project.
Olifantshoek is the second community to benefit from REISA's Solar Street Light Programme - an initiative that aims to improve community safety, security and social livelihoods of around 10 253 residents, in
addition to taking advantage of this environmentally friendly solar-powered technology.
What is more, is that the 105 solar street light units that have been installed along Olifantshoek's busiest main roads require almost no maintenance and zero running costs.
“The project was proposed by the Mayor of Gamagara local municipality, Ms Dineo Moyo, in the hope to reduce crime, motor accidents and, most importantly, to better the social livelihoods of its community at large.
“It is REISA's deliberate strategy to, where appropriate, partner with local authorities and stakeholders to ensure alignment of REISA's interventions with local priorities” commented Sizile Mabaso, the Chief Community Operations Officer of REISA.
In 2015, the Deben community was the first beneficiary of REISA's solar street light programme, which included the installation of 52 solar street lights covering over 2km of road. The project is without a doubt a shining example of how a successful
public-private partnership, between REISA and Gamagara local municipality, can impact positively on a local community.
This project has provided the ad-ded impact of providing business support and mentorship to a local business. The company has been able to further develop its trade with-in the solar industry, in particular solar street lighting.
“Through our Enterprise Develop-ment Programme, REISA's objective is to facilitate the creation of sustainable economic and job  opportunities for the communities of Olifantshoek, Dibeng, Dingleton, Kathu, Babatas and Mapoteng to achieve greater economic independence,” added Ms Mabaso.
In conclusion, Premier Lucas said, “I wish to thank REISA for this project and the many others they have al-ready embarked on in the Northern Cape province, and look forward to a long and positive relationship”. TM Communications

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

A male, about 26 years old of medium built with short dread locks and a gold star on his lower left tooth is wanted by the Kathu SAPS in connection with rape. The victim alleged that she was walking with the suspect to where she stays and on the way the suspect grabbed and chocked her. The suspect dragged her towards a tree where he raped her. The victim passed out for some time and when she woke up the suspect ran away.
Contact Warrant Officer JW Hanekom on 076 021 3336/ 053 723 9150 with any infor-mation.

A befitting event was held on the outskirts of Kuruman town by the department of Arts, Sports and Cul-ture on Africa Day in honour of the now frail Mr Credo Mutwa (96) who deservedly can be succinctly described as a bank of knowledge in all spheres of subjects to do with the history of South Africa, region, continent and the world.
The occasion was graced by top government officials led by the Northern Cape MEC of Arts Sports and Culture Mxolisi Sokatsha, councillors and other dignitaries at the nonagenarian's residence. 
Mr Mutwa is a prolific author, fortune teller, traditional healer and vivid political analyst whose predictions about individual political leaders' charisma and/or ineptitude has made him a scary figure by those in the realm of governance for obvious reasons.
The MEC said that Mr Credo Mutwa ought
to be an inspiration to the new generation and through him people can understand or learn the secret that makes humankind lives longer. Mr Mutwa is no doubt a reference to those who want to enrich themselves with honesty and humility.
The MEC presented gifts to Mr Mutwa and assured him that an electric wheelchair will be delivered to him soon to simplify his mobility. While his body is seemingly rebelling, his mental faculty is still willing as he clearly understands the echoes of discontent in the political arena, as well as the juvenile atrocities where young women in the recent weeks are falling victims to their masculine perpetrators.
He said that these heinous acts against women are a reflection of moral decay in society and the monsters ought to be brought to book.

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.