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The granting of long-service awards to qualifying members of the muni-cipality was handed over by different directors within their different departments on 29 June 2017 at a special function held at the Gamagara Town Hall.
The event was attended by various mem-bers of the community, the Gamagara mu-nicipality executives and a prominent busi-nessman and well established movational speaker Mr Henk Swanepoel from Pretoria who was the guest speaker. Municipal Long Service Award certificates were presented to individuals who have served the munici-pality for periods of 15 years, 20 years, 25 years and 35 years. Mrs Cornelia Haas-broek, who is working in the community service department, was the only recipient who bagged a 35 years long service award.
The diligent employees were encouraged to continue with the good service they have devoted to the municipality and the com-munity at large. “As you are seated here today on this extraordinary occasion, I would like to advise you that you are very important members of this institution. I would also like to applaud you for your dedication and hard work as public ser-vants to ensure you bring effective develop-ments within our communities in terms of service delivery and I would exceedingly like to guarantee you that your legacy will be forever cherished within the Gamagara municipality”, praised mayor Dineo Moyo. The guests were seated at beautifully decorated tables and served a delicious meal.

Kumba Iron Ore's Kolomela mine has officially handed over a significant amount to bursaries to academic high achievers in grades 10, 11 and 12 at three Tsantsabane high schools.
The handover ceremonies saw the bright boffins from Postmasburg High, Blinkklip High and Ratang Thuto High Schools re-warded for their hard work and academic ex-cellence.
Worth about R15 000 a year each, the Ko-lomela mine school bursaries cover school fees, stationery, textbooks and the cost of extra mentoring classes. To qualify pupils had to average over 65% and achieve 60% in Mathematics and Science. Funds from the bursaries have been used to support these students since the year 2011. Since the mine was established five years ago, Kolomela has awarded between three and five bursaries per school every year.
Human Resource Manager at Kolomela mine, Chesley Madlala said, “A good edu-cation is the key to transforming our society and communities within which our mine ope-rates. We believe that by working with the youth we can build a better South Africa. For the last five years our school bursary pro-gramme at Postmasburg High, Blinkklip High and Ratang Thuto High Schools in the Tsantsabane area has helped a total of 148 students successfully complete their matric education without having to worry about the school fees.
Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American has consistently been dedicated to transforming the lives of the youth and ac-hieving positive social change through its fo-cus on youth-orientated educational pro-grammes. In addition to the bursary pro-gramme, Kolomela mine also offers career guidance programmes for learners in gra-des 9 to 12, the Community Bursary Scheme for university and Technikon stu-dents registered in non-technical disci-plines, and the Community Skills Develop-ment Programme for youth already accept-ed to study N1 and N2 Mathematics and Science at technical colleges.
Chesley concluded saying, “We are proud of the work Kolomela has undertaken over the past five years and we look forward to continuing our partnership with these schools and to recognise these talented pu-pils.” KIO Kolomela

A team of nineteen students and six teachers from Concordia College in Adelaide, South Australia visit-ed Bosheng Middle School in the Joe Morolong area.
The team, while on a tour, visits the area every year helping schools and learners in many forms that are meant to make education a better tool to a learner in this area.
During their fifteen days of visit, the stu-dents and their teachers dedicate their time teaching local learners English, Ma-thematics, creative writing and Science. In addition, the team also takes extra-curriculum activities seriously as part of inculcating discipline and identifying ta-lent. This includes computer skills, dra-ma, painting and sport.
For the past twelve years, Australians, Germans and French students have made it a tradition, with their committed teachers, to visit the area, rendering sig-nificant support in schools around the Joe Morolong area.
Students from these countries visit the area on a rotational basis with their teachers, conducting lessons as well as performing tasks such as repairing desks and benches, painting and gardening.
In an interview one of the students said, “The idea is to inspire learners that edu-cation is broad and one can pursue an academic or practical commitment and come out with a livelihood. As foreign students we thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of your community. We have been made to feel very wel-come and we will always remember our time together in the valley.”

The Department of Agriculture, led by the training coordinator Ms Tshepo Bloem, came to the rescue of girl learners at the Kopano Secondary School in Cassel village. The department donated a four months’ supply of sanitary pads to the school.
Without mincing his words, the Principal Baikepi Aobakwe expressed his gratitude, “My staff is greatly relieved of this challenge. At times, for lack of a solution, we have to allow the girls to go back home during their menstrual cycle.”
The department has adopted the school in the supply of the sanitary pads.
Among the dignitaries present was the Mayor of Joe Morolong Ms Dineo Leutlwet-se who was highly appreciative of the do-nation and the long lasting commitment made by the department.

SAPS Kuruman is investigating a case of business robbery.
On Wednesday 05 July at approximately 20:30 a large group of armed men entered a local mine near Kuruman.
The group threatened the mine security with firearms and locked up the eight secu-rity personnel in a room.
It is alleged that the suspects fled with a substantial amount of copper wire they
stole from the mining plant.
Police launched an intense search for the suspects with assistance from the SAPS airwing, K9 unit, flying squad, public order policing units and the local police stations.
No suspects were arrested, however police are requesting anyone with informa-tion to please call Detective Lieutenant Col-onel Mac Konkwane on 082 494 3540.
The investigation continues.

Tshipi è Ntle manganese producing mine has taken a step towards ma-king Remmogo High School's labora-tory a real science room by supplying the re-levant furnishing materials ideal for a labo-ratory on July 06, 2017.
The mine contracted a specialist com-pany from Johannesburg, Beryl-Labs, to supply and fit the equipment.
Headed by its accounts manager Ms Za-nele Nhlapo and her team, she said that it would take them close to seven days to deliver an admirable job.
The laboratory was almost an empty shell but when the mine heard about the school’s plight at a science function from a science teacher who had accompanied learners some months ago, the mine took note of the need and visited the school.
The spacious class had virtually nothing inside except a few bits of equipment to conduct experiments.
The Socio-economic Development and Stakeholder Engagement Manager Mr Bhe-kithemba Mdakane from the mine liaised with the school to establish exactly what the school needed.
Mr Mdakane said that mining activities revolve around science skills and learners in the region must have suitable equipment to transfer their knowledge to the mining sector. “Science with production starts in the classroom and once we grasp that as a cor-porate community or mining houses, we build the future of the mining fraternity.
“Exploring, extraction and processing of minerals is a combination of diverse scienti-fic skills that must be inculcated in the class-room. As Tshipi è Ntle, we want to support the teacher and learner to promote the subject in its entirety.”
Mr Bottomley Nkomo, one of the science teachers at the institution said that this was a great windfall to the school from the mine as the laboratory had no chairs and desks that meet laboratory needs.

The National Lottery Commission handed over three Early Childhood Development centres in Kuruman on June 29, 2017.
During the official opening, the Deputy Mi-nister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Mag-wanishe, and Professor Alfred Nevhutanda - Chairperson of the National Lotteries Com-mission, graced the occasion.
The deputy minister said, “Investing in ear-ly childhood development centres is a con-scious decision by the department to invest in our children. The ECDs are part of a R400-million project, which will result in 10 brick and mortar ECD centres being built in every province.
The National Lotteries Commission chair-person said that this was in response to the call by the commission to galvanise the ef-fort being made in early childhood learning.
Of the three centres, Masakhane Educare Centre owned by Saartjie Solomon in the Bankara-Bodulong village was built at a cost of about R3.8-million and already has an enrolment of about 177 children.
The centre has a staff room, four class rooms, ablution rooms, bathrooms, a sick-bay, a store room for each class, a kitchen and a playground.
Ms Solomon established the centre in 2000 but could not expand it to the size of her dreams. She applied to the lottery com-mission for assistance and sometime in 2015, when she least expected it, the commission made a surprise call to fund the project.
The Bankara based centre was con-structed by a local company called Segu-mutsi General Trading Enterprises that did commendable work - appreciated by both the sponsor and the dignitaries.
The other two ECDs are based in Magoja-neng village near Mothibistad.