Down Touch, the contractor in the construction of the Rusfontein to Laxey road could fail to meet its completion target due to a community rift over employment opportunities in the project.
A visit by the Kathu Gazette on August 30, 2017 on the site at Pepsi, revealed that the contractor had resumed work the previous day after three weeks of stop-page as the community from various vil-lages are in dispute for employment op-portunities.
Secondly, the community said the con-tractor was not introduced to them and only saw the road works beginning at their village. The community also queried the stationing of the contractor's offices at ward eight, a preferred choice by the contractor.
Narrating the whole story at the con-cerned Pepsi village was Ms Thabang Moyo, a member belonging to a group called the Concerned Community led by Gomolemo Golesetedi.
Another group, called Community, led by community liaison officer (CLO) Mr Vincent Oupa Mosimanyana from ward nine where construction work started two years ago, is still in charge.
During the initial agreement of the pro-ject, a CLO has to be from the village where construction is taking place, hence Mr Mosimanyane was employed from ward nine in the ten kilometre road construction.
A consensus was reached at some point that he had done good work and therefore he was allowed to proceed with his work for ward eight. However, the Pepsi community felt that Mr Mosiman-yana had come with his preferred people
from wards nine and eight for the construction of the ward eight and Pepsi portions.
The Pepsi community felt be-trayed by the decision and took to the streets, leading to the work stoppage. This necessitated the Pepsi community to choose their own community liaison officer, Mr Gomolemo Golesetedi, at a joint meeting at the Joe Morolong local municipality on August 25, 2017. The two CLOs will have to work to-
gether to normalise the situation.
Ms Thabang said that on May 30, 2017 a mayoral steering com-mittee was chosen to look into the affairs of hiring people to avoid conflict, but this was not adhered to, leading to the eventual may-hem.
The mayor, Councillor Dineo Le-utlwetse and her executive com-mittee members met the commu-nity and an amicable solution was reached.

Three foreign educators have been implicated and two of them arrested in the pregnancy debacle at Bothithong High School in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district of the Northern Cape.
Initially the number of pregnancies was inflated to thirty, but after thorough consu-ltations were done at the school, the figure dwindled to sixteen with the exactness still not rigid enough.
There are conflicting facts revolving around the time frames. The total numbers could be over a certain period dating from 2015 where some learners said that they had been impregnated by their fellow learners - a common phenomenon and an estrangement from teachers who play a pi-votal role in a learner's destined model.
The Joe Morolong local municipality Ma-yor Councillor Dineo Leutlwetse has con-demned the abuse of the school girls at Bo-thithong High School who were allegedly impregnated by their male school teachers.
During her visit on 31 August 2017 at the school the mayor and her delegation re-ceived a different version from the school. “We just found out that only 16 students had been impregnated and not by school teach-ers”. She added that the matter is still under investigation and hoped the police will do all they can to ensure they get to the bottom of the story and find out what transpired be-tween the school children and the accused teachers.
She urged members of the public, inclu-ding families, and non-governmental orga-nisations to report incidents of abuse and to demonstrate values of a child friendly society.
“I urge you to report any suspicion or inci-dents of child abuse, neglect, child poverty, child labour, the use of children as sex slaves, sex workers, as well as the use of children as drug smugglers. Our children deserve better. They must be afforded the opportunity of decent living and decent edu-cation in schools," she said.
Further investigations are underway to establish the extent of abuse of learners by educators. This moral mischief is not only confined to this school, region or province alone, but a perennial national challenge that needs a revisit in the legislature go-verning and enabling learning environ-ments for learners. Educators must look at learners as children not as bees to nectar.
There has been a lot of street talk in town during the past week and views of objectivi-ty and validity were raised. However a teacher is the centre of discipline that ought to be illustriously endowed with self-control.
Meanwhile, the initial news that 30 learners from the Bothithong High School had been impregnated by teachers, left the Northern Cape Department of Education in utter shock and disbelief.
The department immediately dispatched
an experienced team of investigators to the school to investigate the allegations, to pro-vide sufficient information to assess and in-form decisions to be made in relation to in-voking disciplinary processes against im-plicated educators and to provide counsel-ing to the affected learners and staff.
The investigation revealed that there are no educators preliminary implicated in the impregnation of any learner, however the investigation did reveal that there are three educators implicated in allegedly making improper sexual advances towards learn-ers.
It has also been reported that two of the implicated educators have been arrested by the South African Police Services.
The suspension of the educators was done in terms of item 6 of the Schedule 2 of the Employment of Educators Act (Disciplinary Code for Educators).
The purpose of the suspension is to en-sure that the learners in question are pro-tected from possible further emotional and physical distress, to ensure that there is no tampering with witnesses and that the de-partment's name is not brought into disre-pute. Once the process of investigation is completed, the department will only then decide on any further action to be taken on this matter.
According to Safiyia Stanfley, the Demo-cratic Alliance provincial spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape, the party  is outraged by the recent crisis at the Bothi-thong High School.
The party welcomed the investigations by  both the SAPS and the provincial Depart-ment of Education.
Ms Stanfley said that the DA will be hold-ing the MEC and her department to ac-count to ensure that there is a thorough in-vestigation, with the immediate implemen-tation of consequences for those who ab-use children.

Die dames by ZF Mgcawu distriks-munisipaliteit het op Vrydag 25 Augustus 2017 vrouemaand ge-vier met almal wat in swart en pienk ge-klee was met bypassende kopdoeke om eenheid en susterskap te beklemtoon.
Die nasionale tema vir hierdie jaar is Die jaar van OR Tambo : Vroue verenig om Suid-Afrika vorentoe te beweeg.
Die gasspreker, Me Nonbuso Rafisa, het die boodskap gebring dat vroue on-gelooflike krag openbaar en dat hulle vryheid kan beoefen om hul harte se be-geertes na te volg. Sy het ook gesê dat vroue die betekenis van pret en vriend-skap ken, aangesien hulle God se mees-terstukke is.
In die besprekings het dit ook duidelik geword dat vroue egter groot uitdagings ervaar. Die nalatenskap van onderdruk-king weeg steeds swaar op vroue. So-lank as wat vroue deur armoede gebind word en so lank as wat daar op hulle  neergekyk word, sal menseregte geen waarde hê nie.
Solank verouderde denkwyses ver-hoed dat vroue 'n betekenisvolle bydrae tot die samelewing kan lewer, sal vorder-ing stadig wees. Solank daar geweier word om die gelyke rol van vroue te er-ken, is die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing gedoem tot mislukking.
Daar is egter in beraadslagings erken dat Suid-Afrika beduidende mylpale be-reik het om die status van vroue te verbe-ter - soos die vordering wat vroue in die regering, besigheid, vakbonde, gods-dienstige liggame en vroueorganisasies regoor die land gemaak het.
Die vroue van ZF Mgcawu distriks-munisipaliteit het ooreengekom dat daar meer gedoen moet word om geslagsge-gronde geweld aan te pak wat al meer al-gemeen in gemeenskappe voorkom.
Daar is egter ook ooreengekom om mekaar met meer susterlike liefde te on-dersteun en nie net as kollegas nie.
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The Local Government Sector Educa-tion and Training Authority (LGSETA) in partnership with the Office of the Premier Northern Cape and the Northern Cape Rural TVET College hosted a pres-tigious certification ceremony on 16 August 2017.
The ceremony was a result of a consoli-dated initiative by the parties to implement 11 learning intervention programmes within the Northern Cape province that would benefit 2361 beneficiaries.  
The LGSETA signed a multi-year MoU with stakeholders within the Northern Cape to implement the 11 interventions, which included Construction Road Works Skills Programme, Certificate and Diploma in Municipal Finance, Certificate in Environ-mental Practice, Certificate in Water and Waste Water Treatment and Operations and other learning programmes.
Representatives from the institutions, which included Mrs Gugu Dlamini - CEO of the LGSETA, Councillor Barend Dubene from the Dawid Kruiper municipality,  Thu-lani Binase - Chief Director Policy &  Plan-ning, Arthur Van Nel - CEO for KAPU and Percy Sago the Principal NC Rural TVET College.
It is the mandate of the LGSETA to facili-tate skills development interventions and initiate projects that will improve and de-velop the South African human resources. The LGSETA has an obligation to ensure that skills in the local government sector are developed.
The certification ceremony held on 16 Au-gust 2017 at the Rural TVET College was a proud moment for the graduates and the in-stitutions who ensured the successful deli-very of the project. The 300 graduates were part of the 2361 beneficiaries who had com-pleted their learning programme and certifi-cates were awarded for the following pro-grammes below :
70 Water and Waste Water NQF level 2 ; 70 Environmental Affairs NQF level 2 and
70 Ward Committee Government level 2.
The LGSETA CEO, Mrs Gugu Dlamini congratulated the graduates and encou-raged them to continue with empowering themselves through education and training, and to persevere and not expect everything to be handed to them without hard work.
The prestigious event was coordinated by KAPU at the NC Rural TVET College on 16 August and on 17 August hosted another graduation at the NC Kathu TVET College. In total 450 learners completed their learning programmes and graduated over the two days.
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Vanjaar was die tema vir Loslitdag, ‘Diversiteit’. Die onderneming, Halsted en CO het vir Rural Metro en AeroCare gevra om hul te besoek. Die twee groepe is gevra om hul klere uit te ruil met mekaar en ook aan te trek. Hierdeur het hulle gewys dat dit nie saak maak wat jy doen of wie jy is nie, almal is mense al doen elkeen iets verskillend in die samelewing.
Dank aan die volgende mense wat gehelp het met die dag se reëlings en die tyd wat hulle afgestaan het hiervoor: Adam My-burgh en sy span van Rural Metro, Schalk Zietsman se span van Aerocare en Chris-tian Grobler van Kuruman Radiators wat vir ons die video gemaak het. Christian het sy hommeltuig gebruik om 'n baie oulike verkorte video vanuit die lug te neem van die oggend se uitruilery.  


Boshoff Visser het Vrydag op 1 September lekker Loslitdag gehou by hul kantoor. Links voor : Karnel Ludik, Lo-Helen Brits, Annelize Lessing en Sophia Ferreira. Links agter: Sascha Booys, Claudette Botha, Alet Van Niekerk en Dortina Lodewyk

Truly it never rains but pours at the Kuruman regional hospital .  
One of the patients from a ward esca-ped around 17: 00 on August 21, 2017 , only to be discovered dead by his rela-tives the following afternoon within the hospital precinct .
Fuming and seemingly perplexed was the family spokesperson Mr Thatayaone Thobega who narrated the infamous my-stery surrounding the death of his late uncle Mr Kabelo Batswadi (48) from Di-thakong village.
Mr Thobega explained that Mr Batswa-di had been admitted to the hospital for lung infection around July 28, 2017. Mr Thobega said that previous to the day that he discovered his deceased uncle , his uncle had just received the routine medication at the stroke of 17: 00 within his ward from Sister Makhasana before he escaped.
Mr Thobega then visited his uncle the following morning. It was on his arrival that he found his uncle's bed empty. He waited and waited, assuming that his uncle was visiting the bathroom. He then approached the nurse on duty to esta-blish his uncle's whereabouts.
According to Mr Thobega, the family's collective intention was to request the authorities to discharge Mr Batswadi from hospital, because he was not re-sponding to treatment and his condition was deteriorating.
Mr Thobega then decided to meet the doctor to discuss the situation. Unfor-tunately the doctor was not there. Then he con-sulted another sister on duty who only told him that she had started duty that morning and only heard that one patient never slept indoors.
Mr Thobega went back to the ward where another patient opposite his un-cle's bed told him that his uncled had disappeared soon after receiving treatment the previous day around 17:00.
Foreseeing the probability of his un-cle's fate and demise, Mr Thobega went to the chief executive officer of the hos-pital to establish circumstances sur-rounding his missing uncle. Taken aback, the chief executive officer then called the ward manager and the sister who were responsible for treatment at 17:00 the previous day. The two did not give comprehensible accounts regarding the imminent catastrophe.
After realising that everyone at the hos-pital was drawing a blank about the miss-ing uncle, Mr Thobega requested for a security guard to accompany him in search for his uncle within the hospital premises. The search started around 09:30 according to Mr Thobega. The bo-dy of the missing patient was found around 14:00 on the premises.
Mr Thobega then requested the se-curity guard to go and call the chief exe-cutive officer and the nurse to witness the tragic scene.
According to Mr Thobega, the two only came after the police arrived in response to his call. The gargantuan question ari-ses, “Does it mean that after the routine medication provided at 17:00 the pre-vious night there was no other routine check provided to patients throughout the night at the sagacious ward in order to discover the patient missing ?
Admittedly, patients are docile and weak enough to disappear unnoticed where care and regular monitoring are not in place. It also means there is no hand-over-takeover by staff at the end of each shift where such lapses could be noticed. Perhaps there is a clause that states that nursing personnel are allowed to have some nap during the night that tran-scends into this tragedy. . .
Meanwhile, the provincial Department of Health was contacted by the Kathu Gazette in order to shed some light or provide comment on the incident. The department said it would respond via routine media release, however by the time the newspaper went for printing, no-thing had been received.

Admission by men that girl childen and women abuse has become their play-ground has resulted in a dramatic pa-radigm shift that has necessitated the launch of a men's forum at regional and provincial levels.
Marking Women's Month on August 22, 2017, witnessed the launch of the John Ta-olo Gaetsewe’s Men's Forum at the Wrench-ville Civic Centre in Kuruman where, in one accord, men subdued themselves and pled-ged change of attitude towards abuse ag-ainst girl children and women.
Men assimilated in their numbers from dif-ferent sectors of institutions and organisa-tions and resonated around the defence and protection of the feminine society as es-poused in the Holy Book.
Giving the keynote address was the MEC for Environmental Affairs Tiny Chotelo. In her speech she said, “Women yearn for love from their spouses not punches and untold vitriol. As women, just spoil us by giving love in its broadest term and witness fully how naturally innocuous we are created. We are harmless by nature and we expect men to defend, protect us and provide for us. We don't have hidden agendas, except to be loved. A man was created to be a shield for a woman and child not a perpetrator of vio-lence.”
She emphasised the need for men to play a faithful role in their marriages significantly so during the high prevalence of HIV and sexual transmitted infections.
A reference blue print that ought to guide
the men's forum was unleashed and evident enough that men have rediscovered that their self emancipation without women in their midst is a myth disapproved by the Creator.
Three days later, the Premier Sylvia Lucas with her delegation of MECs consolidated the noble idea by further launching the provincial structure in Mothibistad's Thabo Moorosi multi-purpose centre.  All the five districts formed a synchronised forum.
She conveyed the message that was more of a lightning precision to her MEC Chotelo, advocating that men ought to embrace wo-men as equals and stop the negative isms associated with abuses that undermine a woman's image in the broader realms of society.

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