The Department of Higher Education received 130 text books in nine learn-ing areas for ten centres, courtesy of Tshipi ? Ntle Manganese Mine.
This is a two-year project by the mine, targeting about 250 learners in the area. Mr Bheki Mdakane, the stakeholder and engagement manager at the mine, said that in the mine's social labour plans program-me, human development forms part of the essential services to be rendered to the community.
He said that community learning centres, formerly known as adult education and train-ing (ABET), have to be equipped with ideal resources to enhance the pass rate.
“On realisation that Tshipi's workforce had attained a higher level of qualifications, we then found it wiser to liaise with the depart-ment through Ms Ntesang Merementsi - the John Taolo Gaetsewe district coordinator responsible for community learning centres, so as to assist with the supply of the books to the broader community of the district”.
The district coordinator was highly im-pressed by the mine's generous gesture on the delivery of books.
“There was great need for the community learners to have these text books. In fact, they came at the nick of time when we need-ed them most. These will improve the results of level four learners in the district.
“This mine has reached the neediest sec-tor of the community. The centres have in-sufficient learning support material. In most cases they are forced to share books. The partnership wth this mine has indeed made a great difference.
“I further urge Mr Mdakane to convey to and convince top management to continue supporting community learning centres in the district,” said Ms Merementsi.

South Africa annually celebrates Arbor Week in the first week of September. National Arbor Week is an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant indi-genous trees as a practical and symbolic ge-sture of sustainable environmental manage-ment.
Arbor month provides all sectors with the opportunity to raise awareness and to par-ticipate in greening initiatives and encou-rages all communities to be part of activities.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, as the custodian of the cam-paign, encourages everyone, even the youth, to participate in tree planting activities and related environmental education pro-grammes. It highlights the essential role trees play in sustainable development and the livelihoods of people and their environ-ment, now and for the future.
Heeding the call, Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen Mine planted trees at the Siyathemba com-
munity hall on Friday 08 September to com-memorate the national arbor week 2017.
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi led the delegation and representatives from the local government and the community, which included the Gamagara Municipal Mayor, Councillor Edwin Hantise.
Mr Mkhwanazi highlighted the importance of planting trees in the environment and en-couraged the community to assist in pre-serving these trees and to continue to plant more trees at various places so that they are not lost to us and future generations.
“We believe that working together we can take greening forward in this community. As a corporate citizen, Sishen mine has a role to play to offset the carbon emissions. Thus, we will be planting 450 trees for this year, which will be in addition to the 2000 trees already planted in Siyathemba and 6446 planted over the past five years in the Sishen area. The mine also has initiatives to assist
in protecting and preserving the indigenous trees in the Sishen area. Indigenous trees are a heritage to our society”, said Mr Mkhwanazi in his address.
Planting indigenous trees in the communi-ties in which Sishen mine operates, is testament that the mine cares for those com-munities and the environment. This will gua-rantee that the company leaves behind a good legacy for generations to come.
The mayor, Councillor Hantise, thanked the leadership of Kumba Iron Ore for the role they play in the growth and development of the area and their efforts in preserving the environment.
“These trees will be the heritage of Siya-themba and I appeal to the community to protect and nurture them. I believe by work-ing together, the municipality and Kumba will be able to achieve more,” concluded the mayor.
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Eskom se aankondiging in die media dat verskeie munisipaliteite in die Noord-Kaap, waaronder ook Tsant-sabane munisipaliteit, se kragtoevoer vanaf 18 September 2017 vir sekere tye onder-breek gaan word weens die gebrek aan be-talings wat tot miljoene rande se Eskom skuld gelei het, het tot groot ontevredenheid en navrae in die dorp gelei.
Volgens Raadslid Mimi Swart - DA Kou-kusleier in die Tsantsabane munisipaliteit, wat tot die misnoë van die inwoners bydra, is die feit dat net die dorpsgedeelte hulle krag vanaf die plaaslike munisipaliteit koop en dit algemene kennis is dat hierdie rekeninge (en ook ander dienstegelde) gereeld betaal word en hulle persentasiegewys verreweg die grootste bydraers is tot die munisipaliteit se inkomste. Die ander woongebiede koop hulle krag direk van Eskom en word nie deur die sny van die kragtoevoer geaffekteer nie.
Elektrisiteit is enige munisipaliteit se hoof-bron van inkomste. Daar kan afgelei word dat die betaalbasis vir elektrisiteit wat net deur die dorpsinwoners gedra word, te klein is om die groot uitgawes van die totale breë Tsantsabane munisipaliteit se inwoners die hoof te bied. Daarom word die inkomste uit
die dorp vir elektrisiteit nie oorbetaal aan die leweransier, Eskom, nie, maar gebruik vir die infrastruktuur en ander uitgawes vir die breë Tsantsabane en Postmasburg gebie-de.
Hierdie situasie is onaanvaarbaar, onreg-verdig en kan lei tot ontevredenheid wat 'n weerstandigheid tot betaling kan veroor-saak. Tesame met die ongesonde situasie wat sedert verlede jaar heers dat weinig mense maandeliks 'n munisipale rekening ontvang - en net kan betaal word as hul vir 'n uitdruk gaan vra - kan lei tot wanbetalings en tot 'n nog swakker finansiële posisie. Her-haalde navrae om regstelling van dié jare-lange diens van rekeninge uitstuur, het nog geen vrugte afgewerp nie.
Voortspruitend uit hierdie swak finansiële toestand, is ook die toestand van hierdie dorpsgebied se paaie en strate wat skok-kende afmetings aangeneem het, "stop-and-go"-situasies waar voertuie vir mekaar moet wag om tweespoormoontlikhede te gebruik om oor die weg te kom, en draaie wat gery moet word om sekere strate te ver-my.
Groot donker dele van die woongebiede wat hierdie jaar nog geen straatbeligting ge-
had het nie, spruit ook voort as gevolg van die gebrek aan geld wanneer daar vir her-stelwerk gevra word.
Onlangs is drie aanstellings gemaak waar-voor daar nie begroot is nie en daar ook geen essensie voorgelê kan word nie. Dit terwyl die dorp al vir baie jare nie 'n gekwali-fiseerde elektrisiën of bouinspekteur het nie in 'n dorp wat snelle ontwikkeling die afgelo-pe jare ondervind het en genoemde poste wél op die prioriteitslys was, sou finansies dit toelaat.
Op 31 Augustus 2017 het die Munisipale Bestuurder, wat in Kimberley woon, se kon-trak verstryk. Tsantsabane is in 'n krisis ge-dompel.
'n Waarnemende Munisipale Bestuurder, verkies as die Direkteur Gemeenskapsdien-ste, wat Postmasburg laat met 'n afdeling wat krisisbestuur saam met munisipale be-stuurdersdienste moet hanteer, laat die mu-nisipaliteit in 'n onseker tyd.
'n Effektiewe, bekwame en kundige be-stuursplan en die toegewyde toepassing van toegewyde personeel is van kardinale belang in Tsantsabane. DA kommunikasie

The community of the broader vil-lage of Batlharos converged at Ithuseng shop in ward eight and marched to the police station to hand over a “stop violence” pledge, co-signed by the Ga-Segonyana mayor councillor Neo Ma-segela and SAPS Cluster Commander Ge-neral Jan Bean.
Organised by the ward councillor Keamo-getste Madikiza, the area has become a hotspot to all kinds of crime, ranging from rape, robbery, drug abuse and murder.
The councillor deemed it necessary to or-ganise a peaceful picketing to alert perpe-trators during the just ended Women's Month, that authorities are not silent, but mobilising to confront the challenge.
In his words of support, mayor councillor Masegela said that residents must not con-done violence perpetrated against women and children. “The wave of crime in this area has escalated, hence we are gathered here to convey a strong message of warn-ing that everyone is ready to address the inimical and societal challenge in Batlha-ros.
“I urge you as residents to be very vigilant about the people to whom you sublet in your houses. Let me be clear with you, we don't promote xenophobic tendencies. We must co-exist with foreigners and we shouldn't take advantage of foreigners, because crime has no nationality, race nor colour.
“As leaders, we cannot allow lawlessness around our people, young children and women. We need to stand up as a com-munity and deal with hooliganism. We urge the police to act decisively and to respond deservedly where situations demand your timely intervention.”
In support of the mayor was General Bean, who said after signing the pledge “I urge the community to work with the police to reduce crime and all forms of abuse.
“We have launched a serious operation within the area, targeting Bothithong, Seodin and Kuruman as of August 30, 2017 and this will be augmented by an airborne crew. We are dealing with various crimes in this operation to ensure the community gets safer and safer.”

Annually, thousands of girls across the Northern Cape stay at home during their monthly menstrual cy-cle, due to the lack of affordable sanitary products.
This causes much distress and puts them at a disadvantage as their right to education is being infringed upon. These are just some of the reasons why Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (REISA) is funding The Girl Effect Project in five Northern Cape schools currently participating in the Ubuntu school project.
“REISA is supporting this project to re-duce the impact that poverty has on ac-cessibility and affordability of commer-cial sanitary towels,” explained Sizile Mabaso - Chief Community Operations Officer REISA.
During a recent survey conducted at the five schools, ie Sishen Intermediate Mine School, Deben Primary School, Gamagara High School, Maikaelelo Pri-mary School and Langeberg High School, female learners commented that they often use unhygienic alternatives to commercial sanitary products, which pose a health risk. They expressed that it is a stressful time and that they often choose not to attend school for the dura-tion of the menstrual cycle, to avoid em-barrassment.
“The Girl Effect Project strives to ac-hieve gender equality and to empower girls by providing equal access to educa-tion and thereby helping to level the play-ing field, as girls are currently missing up to five days of school each month. Missing school one week every month is a massive set back to their school ca-reers,” stressed Ms Mabaso.
This project is in line with REISA's stra-tegy, responding to a number of sustain-able development goals, namely good health and well-being, quality education and gender equality.
The Subz pads are washable sanitary pads and panties designed especially for the under privileged. The panty is made of 100% cotton knit, which allows the skin to breathe and is eco-friendly, a green solution and is SABS absorbance ap-proved.
In addition to receiving a supply of sani-tary ware, which is designed to last for a period of five years, girls are educated on menstrual hygiene and how to use the Subz pack. This educational programme provides an enabling environment, where girls can ask questions in a sup-portive space.
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Die ZF Mgcawu distriksmunisipaliteit het sedert 2010 'n prestasiebestuur-stelsel geïmplementeer.
Met hierdie stelsel word personeel kwar-taalliks geëvalueer op grond van hul indivi-duele prestasieplanne.
Die prestasieplanne word ontwikkel vol-gens die werksbeskrywings van werkne-mers en hulle word geëvalueer op grond van die aanwysers wat uiteengesit word.
Op 'n jaarlikse basis word die werknemers van ZF Mgcawu distriksmunisipaliteit be-loon vir die prestasie wat gedurende 'n spe-sifieke finansiële jaar gelewer is.
Die Uitvoerende Burgemeester Raadslid Abraham Vosloo, het al die werknemers wat prestasie belonings ontvang het, geprys. "Die raad is trots op die werk wat u doen, ons is trots op die feit dat die werk gedoen word, ongeag die fisiese teenwoordigheid van die raad," het hy gesê.
Mnr Vosloo was van mening dat die dis-triksmunisipaliteit in die loop van die jare baie behaal het, insluitende skoon oudits, en die instansie maak vordering om te verseker dat dit finansieel lewensvatbaar en volhou-baar is, maar dat hierdie doel slegs bereik kan word deur die harde werk van sy perso-
Die Uitvoerende Burgemeester het kom-mentaar gelewer oor die rol wat die distriks-munisipaliteit in terme van wetgewing moet speel, en dit is die bou van die kapasiteit van plaaslike munisipaliteite, meer so, in gebie-de soos stadsbeplanning, IT, interne oudit en finansiële lewensvatbaarheid.
"Die beloning van werknemers is om die moraal van die munisipaliteit se werkne-mers te bevorder en hulle aan te moedig om saam te werk en mekaar aan te moedig," het Raadslid Vosloo beklemtoon. ZF Mgcawu kommunikasie

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.