On Saturday 10 March 2018, Ka-thu Parkrun had an amazing day, with 159 people attending this run. Some people jogged while others walked the course. This was also a “awesome” parkrun due to the GM of Sishen mine, Mapi Mobwano, who also attended and enjoyed the run! Thank you to every-one who participated and who is trying to live a healthy life.
“awesome” parkrun due to the GM of Sishen mine, Mapi Mobwano, who also attended and enjoyed the run! Thank you to every-one who participated and who is trying to live a healthy life.

Bewoners van plase in die westeli-ke rigting vanaf Postmasburg het op Dinsdagmiddag 06 Maart 2018 onverwags, na 'n vinnige, harde reënbui reënwater sien loop soos riviere, sê Wil-lie Uys, nadat 70mm op sy plaas, Lomo-teng, neergegiet het. Hy sê dat sedert hy  die plaas gekoop het in 1982, is dit die meeste water wat hy nog sien loop het.
Ook Koot Claassens van die plaas Nabot rapporteer dat hy 58mm gehad het en die paaie erg onder water was, so-veel so, dat hy gewonder het hoe hy Woensdag 07 Maart 2018 by sy ver-pligtinge op die dorp sou uitkom.
Hierdie groot reën-seën is egter nie al-mal beskore nie, want in die dorp self is 'n skamele 2mm aangeteken. Vanuit ander omliggende dele is nog geen aanmeld-ings ontvang nie.
Op dis plaas Klipbanksfontein van mev Baby Bredenkamp, het dit 22mm ge-reën.
Die versengende hitte en droogte se-dert veral verlede week het 'n neerdruk-kende uitwerking op inwoners wat be-kommerd raak, aangesien dit al Maart is, sonder noemenswaardige hoeveelheid reën gedurende die reënseisoen.
Kenmerkend dié jaar is die aard van die weer wat skielik, veral namiddae, op--kom, baie blits en dreun en dan stadig-aan verdwyn met min of geen reën as re-sultaat. Daarom is almal saam met die gelukkige plase verheug oor hulle uit-koms.
Ons bid egter vir nog reën, maar nie vir hael nie




Schools have become a vehicle to effect change and expedite spee-dy responses from authorities.
Expressing their disgruntlement, the community of Magwagwe, Skerma, Ntswelengwe and Manyeding villages collectively resolved to shut down Bosele Middle School and Pitso Jantjie High School in Manyeding on March 01, 2018 as a catalytic step towards forcing Es-kom and the Joe Morolong municipality to avail electricity at these sparsely popu-lated villages.
Speaking to one of the community re-presentatives, Mr Kgopiso Pencil Se-tungwane, a sub-station was erected by Eskom between Skerma and Manyeding to increase supply and capacity of elec-tricity in the four villages.
According to the tribal office resolution reached in 2017, he said, after the com-pletion of the sub-station, electricity was to be supplied in these two villages spreading to the other two concurrently. 
A turn of events has however rebuffed the initial arrangements whereby electri-city is being installed selectively between Magwagwe and Ntswelengwe villages - a clear deviation from the initial agree-ment reached. This has riled the com-munity to take this unusual and insidious action, sensitive enough to stimulate the need to reverse the skewed provision of electricity in the estranged communities.
Mr Setungwane said that in trying to reach an amicable consensus to the dis-pute, several meetings have been held with the police, the municipality, the chief and school principals, without success and as a result, this has finally led the community to explode.
The recent protest, that also led to the barricading of roads with boulders and stones, witnessed the arrest of thirty people in the area who had to appear in the Mothibistad magistrate court on March 05, 2018.

Few within the real estate industry can rival Charlene Maritz, when it comes to closing a deal and getting the job done.
Since joining RE/MAX Kalahari-Kathu, Charlene has consistently ranked among-st the top RE/MAX associates both regio-nally and nationally. She is no stranger to winning awards. She won the RE/MAX Chairman's Club and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award at the RE/MAX of Southern Africa Awards - a glittering event at Sun City. She also finished 2017 as the number 1 sales associate in the Free State and Northern Cape region.
Charlene humbly attributes her success to her faith, hard work, colleagues, and her wonderfully supportive family.
Charlene said,” I believe it is my passion for people and an honest desire to look after their best interests. I truly love the satisfaction of bringing buyers or tenants to their dream homes or playing a funda-mental role in helping owners move on to the next phase in their lives. I meet so many different people and also learn so much form them and I am truly blessed to also form part of their lives.”

The mayor of Ga-Segonyana local municipality, councillor Neo George Masegela, is taking the bull by its horns in tackling the infamous acts of gang-sterism at various schools in his constitu-ency.
Accompanied by his councillors, different fellow stakeholders, that included Kathu Solar Park, police and school principalsp he visited Remmogo High School in Maruping village as a pilot project aimed at nipping  the despicable behaviour of learners bullying one another in the bud. Some incidents have even been fatal when learners gang up to fight another group or individuals.
Mayor Masegela emphasised that there is no other important programme that can sur-pass education and importantly so to the youths. “As authorities of this area we can-not condone gangsters at schools, no matter at what level. It is part of lawlessness in any learning environment and institution. Toge-ther with the police and school authorities we are determined to ensure that there is sanity in our schools. 
“As we grow old, who will take charge of the Remmogo High, police, municipality and the country at large if you turn schools to boxing or wrestling platforms? Every coun-try needs educated leaders, take this op-portunity to develop your skills and become respectable in the community. There is no societal respect granted to gangsters, but educated people receive it in leaps and bounds.
limited, if not zeroed.”
The Kathu Solar Park team donated twen-ty school bags and ten pairs of shoes ear-marked for the less privileged learners at the school. Similar donations were presented to various other schools too in the district.  
“We are visiting all schools under Ga-Segonyana municipality, preaching the same gospel that you, as learners, must take your education seriously and desist from lawlessness. More importantly once you are arrested by the police for wrong doing, your employment chances become limited, if not zeroed.”

The new Northern Cape MEC of the Department of Health,  Fufe Makatong, visited Ben-del village to commemorate Repro-ductive Health Month on February 23, 2018.
Addressing the community mem-bers at the community hall, she said that people ought to have children when prepared to do so. As a result, the department is promoting dual protection approach where fertility control as well as prevention of sexual transmitted infections (STIs) is under prime advocacy to the broa-der community in the province.
“Our message as government to-day, is to make an appeal to you as communities - especially those who are still sexually active - to remain faithful to your partners and condo-mise. The youth should abstain in or-der to reduce the spread of diseases that ravage society in general.
“The fortunate part is that most of these diseases can be prevented and avoided, especially the sexually transmitted infections.
“This year's campaign is celebra-ted under the theme My health. My responsibility. Live a healthy lifestyle and use dual protection.
“A few years ago, government launched the coloured and scented male condoms, as part of our com-mitment to re-brand the choice con-doms. To date, max condoms are available at our facilities, free of charge, and this is aimed at promo-ting and increasing the use of pro-tection - particularly by younger people.
“We must not shy away from talk-ing about the realities. Let us emu-late what the late Tata Mandela stood for as he demonstrated to the entire country on how to use your personal life and that of your wider family, as examples to tackle issues affecting society in general - through education.
“At a time when one of his own sons, Makgatho Lewanika Mandela, who passed away in 2005 from HIV-related illnesses, the late Tata pub-licly called on each of us to consider
diseases like TB, cancer and STIs as normal illnesses – not something we must hide away and ignore. We are therefore calling upon you as residents, to learn from what Tata Mandela and many other fallen he-roes and heroines, including some from this area, fought for. Let us work together to fight and conquer this enemy called HIV, TB and STIs.”
She encouraged young women to take care of their health in order to deliver healthy babies. She said that the use of drugs, alcohol and mul-tiple partners put young women in the death trap.
Finally, there was an appeal that frequent visits to clinics are advis-able for the early detection of these ailments as a means of prevention control and management.

Thirteen is a lucky number for some people in the Tsantsa-bane district as thirteen de-serving young people received bur-saries from Kolomela mine to further their studies in 2018.
These students join last year's ele-ven bursary winners who are cur-rently studying at universities or TVET colleges.
The thirteen students received their letters of acceptance at a special ceremony on 26 January 2018, which was attended by Mr C Sehako from the Department of Education, the mayor of Tsantsaba-ne municipality councillor Maria Da-niels, and ward councillor Estelle Poto.
Sharing in the overall R1,5-million bursary value are Lesego Binang, Magdel Du Plooy, Fiona Lodewyk, Mapule Matsepane, Ntombikhona Mtetweni, Lehlohonolo Olyn, Ronal-dinho Roux and Refilwe Sello who are all enrolled at university. Atten-
ding the TVET colleges are Deliswa Nkune, Izelle Stlhodi, Lungisani Di-di, Malebo Mokwenyane and Queen De Bruin.
The bursaries cover registration and tuition fees, books, a laptop, ac-commodation and living allowan-ces, which relieves the students of any financial concerns and enables them to focus on their studies.
Councillor Maria Daniels gratefully acknowledged Kolomela's contribu-tion “Together with Kolomela we need to invest in the future of our young people so they are able to be-come better change agents and champions in life. We would like to see returns on these bursary invest-ments. To the learners I say, the fu-ture is in your hands, do not let us down.”
“When the mine conducted its so-cio-impact study in Tsantsabane in 2015, we found the level of educa-tion in the area to be very low,” says George Benjamin, Kolomela's Pub-lic Affairs manager. “Young people found it extremely difficult to enter the labour market and contribute to the economy of the area because they did not have the necessary skills.”
Education and skills development became a focus area within the mine's community development strategy. “Our objective is to work with our key education stakeholders to create an enabling learning envi-ronment for the toddlers entering our early childhood development pro-grammes all the way through the education pipeline to those deser-ving students entering tertiary stu-dy.”
At the same ceremony on 26 Jan-
uary, all the grade 1 learners from nine primary schools received their own schoolbags from Kolomela, filled with the necessary items for the year ahead. The young learners were also exposed to Monkeynastix - a unique movement education pro-gramme geared towards children under the age of eight and which en-courages them to explore and dis-cover the world through their senses and their bodies. It also wires their minds for academic success as they learn through movement.
“We believe in the potential of ev-ery single child here today and we support this belief with our two fa-vourite education projects that we celebrate today, ie the back to school campaign and the Kolomela mine community bursary scheme,” says George Benjamin.
Mr C Sehako, area circuit mana-ger, implored everyone to make a habit of teaching children to read, and to touch books. “Let us track down learners who require assis-tance and not wait until it is too late.
“The late Nelson Mandela said: 'Education is the great engine of per-sonal development. It is through ed-ucation that the daughter of a pea-sant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that the child of a farm worker can become the presi-dent of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.'
“To Kolomela mine, I don't have enough words of appreciation. Thank you, you are our partner. Let's grow our children together and make them better leaders of tomorrow.”