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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 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.

On Saturday, 24 June 2017, Lenmed Health Kathu Private Hospital hosted their inaugural Diabetic Clinic. This clinic will be held on a monthly basis to give guidance and support to the community of Kathu and surrounding areas.
Diabetes is an illness that prevents the body from using sugar the normal way.  The pancreas either stops producing insulin or only secretes a small amount of insulin. More and more patients are diagnosed with diabetes on a daily basis, making information and proper support essential to maintain and/or to improve the quality of life for people affected by this disease.
The audience was introduced to Dr Patrick Selemela, the resident radiologist, who recently joined the Lenmed team of doctors at Kathu Private Hospital. He rendered his in-sights on the role of radiology in the detection and prevention of complications in diabetic patients. 
Mrs Anekke Eilhers, a registered dietician, also provided guidance to patrons on how to adjust their diets and assisted them in creating a nutri-tional plan suitable for each indivi-dual.
Sister M Welch, the diabetic educator, talked about infection in diabetes and sick days. She can be contacted for assistance and educa-tion at Lenmed Health Kathu Private Hospital on 053 723 3231. All the local doctors form part of this initia-tive and will be able to refer you to Sister Welch for further management. 

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.

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.

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

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.