It was with no small measure of pride that dignitaries, shareholders, business lumi-naries, and VIP-guests gathered on Thursday 22 June 2017 at the Kalahari Country Club in Kathu to celebrate the suc-cess of a truly transformed South African mining investment company, Ntsimbintle Mining.
Arguably, the biggest cause for celebra-tion, particularly among Ntsimbintle's grassroots level shareholders, was the company's latest dividend payment of R300-million in April 2017.
Saki Macozoma, Chairman of Ntsimbintle  Mining said, “On a night such as this, we see how deep the transformation can truly run when we, as key players in the mining industry, honour our communities, particu-larly those surrounding the mine.”
Ntsimbintle is a manganese mining and exploration business that was born out of South Africa's own transformation, when in 2002, government announced it wanted to broaden ownership of the country's strate-gic resources - resources that were at the time almost completely controlled by esta-blished big business.
Mr Macozoma said, “It was time to build a legacy, and we wanted to create one that would benefit all our children, their children, and even their children's children.”
In 2003, nine black groups formed Ntsim-bintle to create a broad based black econo-mic empowerment company to pursue manganese opportunities in South Africa.  Today, after years of dedication, determina-tion, and hard work, the Ntsimbintle family consists of 16 shareholders, many of whom are grassroots level shareholders from within the Northern Cape and have benefit-ted directly from the company's success.
The John Taolo Gaetsewe Development-al Trust, previously known as the Kgalagadi Rural Poverty Node Charitable Trust, is one such shareholder. This trust, made up of members directly from the John Taolo Ga-etsewe (JTG) district, is a specialist unit with a key focus on issues pertaining to the youth, people living with disabilities, HIV /AIDS, poverty alleviation, and women and children.
The John Taolo Gaetsewe Development-
al Trust is a 14.44% shareholder of Ntsim-bintle, and its Chairperson Ms Cynthia Mo-godi sits on Ntsimbintle's Board of Direct-ors.
To date, the John Taolo Gaetsewe De-velopmental Trust has received dividend payments amounting to R46.2-million from Ntsimbintle. This has greatly empowered the trust to carry out its mandate to cham-pion sustainable socio-economic solutions for the poor and needy people of the JTG district.
Among John Taolo Gaetsewe Develop-mental Trust's key socio-economic initiati-ves are a human resource development foundation, a bursary scheme, a multi-pur-pose centre, and a community radio station.
Mr Macozoma said, “We are immensely proud that among our shareholders we have those like the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust, who is so deeply de-dicated to uplift the historically disadvan-taged people of the Northern Cape.”
With a world class portfolio of manganese assets, there is ample for Ntsimbintle to celebrate. Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining - a premium asset, is one such reason. Based in the Kalahari Manganese Field, Tshipi Borwa is estimated to be one of the five largest manganese exporters globally and the largest single manganese mine in South Africa. During the first four months of this year, Tshipi achieved monthly product-ion volumes capable of supporting in ex-cess of 3-million tonnes per year, exporting more than any other producer in South Africa.
The mine also does its share in socio-economic development and has partnered with the Department of Mineral Resources and the Joe Morolong district municipality, to develop and implement a comprehen-sive social and labour plan. Some of Tshipi's projects include the teacher de-velopment programme, a bulk water supply project, an enterprise development project, learnership programmes and bursaries at various universities across South Africa.
The years of dedication, determination, and hard work have paid off. The future for Ntsimbintle, its partners and shareholders, looks brighter than ever before.“It is an honour to be part of such an incre-dible journey of trans-formation,” Mr Maco-zoma concluded, “and to finally see the vast mineral wealth of our country being shared more equitably among the people than ever in our history.” Shed Marketing

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.

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.

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.