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Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, in partnership with the Gama-gara local municipality, Trysome Auto-Electrical (Pty) LTD and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan uni-versity in Port Elizabeth, is proud to announce that 40 local participants have completed the Law Enforce-ment for Peace Officers (level 5) training course.
The five day course held in Kathu from 29 May - 02 June 2017 equip-ped candidates with the skills need-ed to enforce municipal by-laws.
The project demonstrates Kum-ba's commitment to social and eco-nomic upliftment and transformation and forms part of the company's Development Programme.
It was initiated after the municipa-lity observed an increase in illegal activities that breached municipal by-laws in the Gamagara area. Of particular concern were community complaints about breaches of traffic, building and environmental by-laws
which were particularly harmful to the quality of life of local people.
Having completed their training, the forty candidates will be respon-sible for enforcing by-laws, thus en-hancing the quality of life of the Ga-magara community.
“This training has shed light on how we as the members of the com-munity can assist the government in upholding principles that play a vital role in building a better society,” said Selleng Sethole, one of the candi-dates.
Professor Hennie van As from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan uni-versity commented, “The training of the youth will assist with criminal jus-tice, ethics, professionalism and an-ti-corruption in the municipality. With such whistle blowers, all by-laws will be put in place and enforced to im-prove on service delivery and en-sure a better quality of life, resulting in an orderly society.”
Humbulani Tshikalange, Sishen mine's Manager Public Affairs added
“Investing in programmes that help transform and develop our com-munities while cultivating respect for the law and improving local authority capacity is of the utmost importance to Kumba. With this training, we are actively participating in helping our youth develop while creating a sus-tainable and positive future for us all.”
Taking into account the mayoral budget speech of the 2017-18 finan-cial year, the former mayor Coun-cillor Dineo Moyo highlighted the im-portance of stakeholders and further invited more partnerships that will benefit service delivery whilst build-ing good reputations for the specific partners.
“Therefore this initiative comes not as a surprise, but as a commitment to community development by Kum-ba, in line with the 2030 vision as de-tailed in the National Development Plan,” said Councillor Moyo.
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As Andrew was busy excavating on the night shift on 01 August 2017 at Kitso mine in the Maremane area, he was shocked in the process, as he unearthed human remains that in-cluded skulls, jaw-bones, femurs, shins etcetera .
Still in a frenzy of confusion, he con-fronted his supervisor. His immediate supervisor was, however, unrelenting as he advised him to continue digging. As he continued excavating, he retrieved more human bones, as well as old cas-kets and pieces of black cloth that norm-ally wrap the deceased.
The discovery necessitated one of the workers to report the discovery to the police the following day and they only arrived the following day, on August 03, 2017.
On the same day the ward councillor Ms Mercy Mashele and coordinator of the Northern Cape Mining Affected Communities in Action (MACA)  Boitu-melo Tshetlho reported the matter to the Department of Mineral Resources. The department responded swiftly and re-commended that operations be halted forthwith by mid day.
Around 16:00 the community visited the mine site and found that operations had not been stopped, as had been in-structed by the department officials.
The intervention by the community that supported the immediate closure of the mine by the department, met stiff resist-ance by the mine's security guards. One of the guards retrieved a 9mm gun in utter defiance of the forced closure of the operations by members of the commu-nity.
It was during this discovery of human remains that it also necessitated the invi-tation of experts to determine how the human remains happened to be at the mining site. Findings revealed that the site was once a grave site and could probably be harbouring hundreds of bo-dies.
It later manifested that these graves had in fact been discovered in 2008 du-ring the exploration stage, but the mine operator did not heed the appeal and continued with the extraction of manga-nese, leading to the eventual arrival at the burial site.
Another problem raised, according to MACA coordinator, is that since the mine was established in 2009, it has never benefitted the local community as per the department's social and labour plans. As a result, the decision by the department of minerals to close the mine was received with open arms by the local community of Maremane.
The Northern Cape MACA has been attempting to negotiate with the mine authorities to resolve the matter, but they remain adamant and stiff-necked.

A new mayor, councillor Edwin Hanti-se, at Gamagara local municipality was sworn-in on August 10, 2017.
The municipal structural changes were as a result of upgrading of the municipality from a plenary executive system where the council organ only has the executive autho-rity to run the affairs of the municipality to a collective executive system that allows the exercise of executive authority through an executive committee.
In the latter, there are sub-committees that are assigned to run the affairs of the municipality like a mini-cabinet eg finance committee, human resources committee etc.
The Gamagara local municipality had its wards increased during the past general elections enabling it to qualify to have a ma-yor and a speaker respectively.
In the past, the mayor was running the affairs of the municipal council as the exe-cutive authority. The newly appointed speaker is former mayor councillor Dineo Moyo.
Councillor Hantise took the reigns on the basis of the electoral preferences projected in the previous municipal elections. The process, according to the ANC structures, was very smooth and received the bles-sings from all relevant authorities conver-sant with the local government systems.
The Northern Cape COHGSTA MEC Al-vin Botes visited the municipality recently, confirmed the new developments and en-dorsed the status of the municipality for such appointments to be effected to ex-pedite service delivery.     

The Northern Cape Cooperative Gover-nance, Human Settlements and Tradi-tional Affairs (COHGSTA) MEC Mr Al-vin Botes is clearly not amused and has come up guns-blazing about the level of cor-ruption in his department.
In his message of support on the launch of
- a condition characterised by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or per-sonality states that continually have power over a person's behaviour”.
He said that, according to the government remuneration gazette, the lowest-paid mayor, earns R556 000 a year, and the average muni-cipal manager R852 000 per annum. In ad-dition, the national aggregate level stands at 30 per cent of the total municipal operating bud-get, whereas in the Northern Cape, 50 percent gets spent on the remuneration of municipal personnel. There is absolutely and definitively no need for 'salary-top-up'.
“In particular, a municipal traffic officer earns R162 000 per annum, 8 times less than a muni-cipal manager. If we allow corrupt practices at senior municipal levels, how can we expect a traffic officer to learn from her/his bosses? “ Mr Botes questioned.
The Auditor General cited Northern Cape as a province where R238-million of irregular ex-penditure was incurred due to non-compli-ance with the supply chain management re-
the local government anti-corruption cam-paign on August 01, 2017 attended by key stakeholder representatives that included members of the provincial executive coun-cil, the chairperson of the South African Local Government Authority, councillor Sofia Mosikatsi, SAPS Commissioner Lieutenant General Peter Shivuri, head of the Northern Cape Directorate for priority crime Investigations, Major General Gala-we, officials from the Hawks, Treasury, the Public Service Commission and from the office of the public protector.
The MEC characterised corruption in the country as a universal rapid evolution in every sector of the economy that equally needs urgent tackling because its dangers have be-come a normal aspect of life.
He said the passive approach to uproot corruption is tantamount to making it a nor-mal culture in society. He bemoaned the abuse of public office for private gain.
He said “The rationale and logic of the public office is to direct public resources for the benefit or interest of the poor, working class, the down trodden masses that are jobless, homeless and hopeless. We must caution ourselves, as the engine-drivers of municipalities to negate our relative ignorance and subtle tolerance of corrupt-ion with being prone to suffer from medical disorders of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Bomme Ke Nako vegetable garden project from the John Taolo Gaetse-we district municipality scooped the overall winner award for the Female Entre-preneur Awards 2017. Bomme ke Nako means ‘Women, it’s time’.
The Female Entrepreneur Awards cere-mony was held in Kimberley in the Frances Baard district. The Female Entrepreneur Awards contest is an annual event to ac-knowledge the contribution of women in ag-riculture and poverty eradication. It encoura-ges and increases participation of women, young women and women with disabilities through agricultural, forestry and fisheries activities.
It is instrumental in recognising women's contribution in the fight against poverty. It also seeks to appreciate women who are leaving an indelible mark in the sector.
The department's adjudication process in this year's awards ended with 49 partici-pants. The winners in their respective cate-
gories were :
Best Female Farmworker : Ms Nono Arends - Francis Baard district
Best subsistence producer : Seikadi Pou-ltry - Francis Baard district
Top Entrepreneur Smallholder : Bomme Ke Nako vegetable garden – John Taolo Ga-etsewe district
Top Entrepreneur Processing : Caboop Female Development Enterprise - Namak-wa district
Top Entrepreneur Export : None
Top Entrepreneur Commercial : Mapule Agricultural Enterprise - Francis Baard dis-trict
MEC's Special Awards :
Youth : Elizabeth Pietbooi - Pixley ka Se-me district
Disabled : None
Overall Winner : Bomme Ke Nako vege-table garden - John Taolo Gaetsewe district
Runners up :
Best subsistence producer : Dijo Di Mo
Mmung vegetable garden - John Taolo Ga-etsewe district
Top Entrepreneur Smallholder : Nomsa Thoba, Droogehout Farm -  ZF Mcgawu dis-trict
Top Entrepreneur Commercial : Ester Vis-ser - John Taolo Gaetsewe district
The prize-money for the Best Female Worker was R50 000, Best Subsistence Producer category was R75 000 whilst Top Entrepreneur Smallholder and Top Entre-preneur Commercial was R125 000 in each category. The MEC's Special Award for youth was R50 000 whilst the overall winner took R250 000.  
The winners will represent the province at the National Female Entrepreneur Awards that will be held on 25 August 2017 in Mpumalanga province. The awards are also part of celebrating women's month.
Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

Tshipi E Ntle manganese mine and Remmogo High School in Maruping village marked Science Week indeed, thereby fulfilling the glaring need.
August 08, 2017 was very important for school authorities, invited dignitaries, science educators and learners alike. Their laboratory room was transformed to meet the modern needs for conducting experi-ments.
Initially it was difficult to call it a science room, because it had little to convince both the Kathu Gazette and mine managers who had visited the school prior.
The ambitious learners proved that they would not be thwarted from their desire by inadequacy. In the science national compet-ition, the learners progressed and came out forth, much to the delight of Mr Bheki Mda-kane - the mine's socio-economic develop-ment and stakeholder engagement mana-ger.
He later came across the same students doing research in the library at Kuruman. Encouraged by their effort, he later visited the school, only to discover there was a dire need to furnish the science room with the requisite tools to stabilise the apparatus during experiments.
The benevolent Tshipi ? Ntle manganese mine, heeded the clarion call not through a proposal letter from the school, but concer-ted effort demonstrated by learners stimula-ted by their science educators.
Officially handing over the new-look labora-tory were the mine's financial mana-ger Mr Paul Jonker, Mr Mdakane, the  former principal at the school who is the current Ga-Segonyana municipality mayor honourable Neo George Masegela and school governing board representatives.
Summarily all speakers' words of advoca-cy and encouragement dwelt on encoura-ging local learners to take science subjects
seriously, as mining activities in the region use science to extract the precious minerals dotted all around.
The Northern Cape province has a scar-city of engineers in the mining sector alone and one way or another it has to import the skill from somewhere.
Mr Bheki Mdakane said that mines must promote science education and entrepre-neurship to bring the local community on board.
The school principal Mr Ramotshela Da-niel Moabi said that the mine's gesture is a catalyst and an instrument to produce young engineers. Visibly ecstatic and jubilant he said, “In the interest of education we are looking forward to an everlasting relation-ship with the mine. Equipping a laboratory by the mine is an honour to the school and community. To learners, let's use and, not vandalise it, to meet our needs and the na-tion's”.

Famsa Kathu opened its doors in July 2009 after an agreement was reac-hed between Famsa Upington and Kumba Iron Ore. Famsa became one of Kumba's community support projects and Kumba is still the main funder of the office. The main purpose for opening the office was rendering therapeutic services to the communities of Kathu and surrounding areas.
Through the years the services of a psy-chologist has been available, and from 2010 – 2016 also a social worker. The so-cial needs in the communities were always part of our area and Famsa with the support of other funders (GDF and Reisa) launched the HOPE community development project.  Therapeutic services along with door to
door involvement and support in the com-munities form the corner stones of FAMSA.
Statistics of therapeutic services show that 3072 people registered as clients in the past 8 years, meaning that 3072 indivi-duals, families and/or households might have benefited from the services that were made available to the community.
Famsa would like to thank not only our main funder, Kumba, but also numerous businesses, individuals and friends of Fam-sa who contributed during these years with donations, etc. This support to the organi-sation, the office and projects contributed to make services available to people from all walks of life.  We pray for God's blessing in the years to come.