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Approximately 50 security officers from Thorburn Security Solution in Kathu have still not returned to work, follow-ing a strike that commenced on 16 Septem-ber 2017, two weeks after the release of the new salary rates on 01 September 2017 as determined by Private Security Industry Re-gulatory Authority (Psira) and enforced by the Department of Labour.
The main grievance, is the monthly rate of R3414 for a security officer in the rural areas, whereas in the metro areas, the rate is R4100 per month.
According to the Human Resources Man-ager of Thorburn Security Solution, Ellence Monyela, the workers are on an illegal strike
since they are in contravention of the Labour Relations Act and guidelines as set out by the Sectoral Determination 6, the company and its codes, and are in breach of contract and the company's disciplinary codes.
After three ultimatums to return to work between the 16 and 17 September 2017, approximately 80% of the workforce return-ed to work. Thorburn however implemented a lock out for workers who did not return after the final deadline of 22 September 2017.
The non-returning employees were grant-ed permission to stage a legal demonstra-tion on 26 September 2017 at the Mapoteng Park where they handed over a memoran-dum to the management
Mr Monyela confirmed that all their claims in the memorandum about the overtime, unpaid hours, lack of promotions etc etc are completely unfounded as Thorburn Security Solution conforms to all the provisions of the Sectoral Determination, is audited four times annually by the Department of Labour and due promotions are made regularly.
He said that the workers who have not returned to work are still on lock out until they avail them-selves to the compa-ny.

A week long workshop was conducted in the Kuruman town hall from Sep-tember 18 - 22, 2017 to spruce up wo-men's thinking towards capacitating their businesses. Funded by Tshipi ? Ntle Manga-nese mine and facilitated by Kuriti Business Consultancy, the theme of the workshop was “Innovative Thinking”.
nese mine and facilitated by Kuriti Business Consultancy, the theme of the workshop was “Innovative Thinking”.
According to Mr Bheki Mdakane the socio-economic and stakeholder engagement

Several mines in the Tsantsabane mu-nicipal area, most notably Kumba Iron Ore's Kolomela mine, Ass-mang's Beeshoek mine and Ringside Mi-ning, became the targets of a community's anger when hundreds of protesters em-barked on an unprecedented protest march on Friday 15 September 2017.
The march, organised by the Save Tsant-sabane Coalition (STC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), in partnership with civil society, started about 2 kilometres from the Assmang Beeshoek mine and ended at the main entrance to the Bees-
hoek plant.
Tensions simmered when George Benja-min and Dr Ananias Radebe of Kolomela and Assmang mines respectively, ap-peared to receive the memorandum from the protesters, however, the crowd voiced their anger and chased the two gentleman away.
A dangerous stalemate ensued when protesters demanded the personal ap-pearance of mine managers.
The Public Order Police Unit were strain-ing to keep the crowd under control and also to negotiate with protest leaders and
mine representatives for an amicable solu-tion. A lack of ablution facilities and the long wait led to the crowd ultimately becoming unruly and the R385 road was barricaded. Assmang mine responded by deploying a heavily armed private security contingent and several water cannons.
The dangerous impasse was allayed when mine managers Aart van den Brink, Mark Oosthuizen and Sabelo Hlalatu finally ar-rived after approximately two hours to face the protesters.
A memorandum containing demands for employment, skills development and service delivery was read out loud by the firebrand leader of the STC, Alister Davids. The me-morandum contained, inter alia, the following demands:
    Dissolution of the Tsantsabane Labour Desk.
    A deliberate bias in employment recruit-ment towards original inhabitants of the Tsantsabane municipal area.
    Recruitment from labour sending areas to be stopped as a matter of extreme urgency
    Upskilling and rightskilling of local people.
    Investment in the placement and construc-tion of a community college and technical and vocational training in the Tsantsabane municipal area.
    To stop non-sensical and irrelevant pro-gramme offerings eg upholstery at Kolo-mela Skills Centre and invest in 1000 mi-
ning-related learnerships, bursaries, in-ternship and mentorship opportunties over the next three years
    To grow a new generation of black busi-ness leaders and entrepreneurs in the Tsantsabane municipal area.
    A multi-actor strategy to fight and expose endemic corruption at the Tsantsabane municipal area.
The mines were given five days to respond with a concrete programme of action on the demands. “Failure to do so, will leave us no other option but to target the productivity and operations of the stakeholders,” Mr Davids said. He lambasted the South African Police Services for not being impartial during march application processes.
Forty-year old Lenward Williams also join-ed the march. “I participate because last year Master Drilling retrenched only the local peo-ple from Postmasburg,” Mr Williams said.
Pensioner Agnes Letsalo delivered an em-otional plea on behalf of unemployed youth. “Our children are on drugs as a result of bore-dom – please employ them.”
At the end of the march, some veldfires were observed, but there was general uncer-tainty as to the cause. STC Communications

The Kathu Gazette approached the afore-mentioned mines for comment which will be published next week.

Driven by the spirit of the late African National Congress leader Oliver Reginald Tam-bo whose intelligence is touted as an inspiration across the political di-vide, necessitated the John Taolo Gaetsewe regional secretary of the party Mr Peace Leserwane to pre-sent a brief lecture to the Dibotshwa High School learners on September 13, 2017.
The lecture was aimed at encou-raging learners that success is not simply achieved on a silver platter but a consequential product derived from hard work and discipline.
Through the hero's political and scholarly achievements Mr Leser-wane said that the history of the late hero from his schooling days and his fame to political eminence tells that he was from a very poor family and had to be funded by the missionaries to further his education. This kind of assistance was only rendered by the
churches after realising the great potential in a learner.
Mr Tambo was multi-talented and in every subject he obtained a dis-tinction - ranging from academic to extra-mural activities. “As a result I appeal to you to imitate the exem-plary path that was demonstrated by this leader during his days,” pleaded Mr Leserwane.
Mr Tambo studied at Fort Hare uni-versity where he obtained a Bach-elor of Science degree in science and mathematics. He became a qualified teacher, and a polished pastor who could charm a parrot to give a proselytising prayer.
Mr Leserwane went on to point out to the learners, “You are lucky be-cause this government is providing everything to learners who excel in their academic studies particularly in mathematics and science. Life is not easy without education and most people realise after exiting the class-
room era. I encourage you not to sleep early and wake up late. Sleep brings no food on the table but beg-ging and misery, a product of lazi-ness.
“Everyone here has distinctions in his/her grasp but is only separated by the level of commitment and de-dication to studying”.
Seconded by the Joe Morolong councillor Dineo Leutlwetse - a former educator and resident at the village, with various professionals from neighbouring villages the moti-vation was enough for learners to envy and take stock of themselves in their educational pursuits.
Both the district and Joe Morolong municipalities handed sanitary to-wels to the school while Mr Leserwa-ne gave two R500 vouchers to two learners who presented a brief sum-mary of his lecture about Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo.

As part of women's month, Assmang Khumani Mine embarked on an initiative to develop 30% or more black women-owned small businesses based in the Northern Cape, during the month of August. 
Beneficiaries from the Northern Cape that responded to the advert, have registered for the workshop and Ms Patience Patsanza from Mudzi Business Consulting in Pretoria, facilitated the 3-day workshop from 28 - 30 August 2017 at Uitkoms Guesthouse.  Beneficiaries amongst others received  training in small business management, identifying of opportunities, business planning, financial management, marketing and HR management. 
A total of 47 SMME companies qualified for this opportunity and in total, 70 delegates attended the workshop.
It seemed like a lot of worthful information was shared with these small business owners, giving them the opportunity to develop their businesses becoming bigger and better!

Four schools, three primary ones and one high school received school fur-niture from Kathu Solar Park's Licia-star and its subsidiary, Kelebogile Trust, on September 15, 2017.
The first recipient, Mapoteng Primary School in Kuruman, received 140 double desks and 280 chairs, followed by Kuduma-ne Primary School in Seodin with 140 dou-ble desks and 140 chairs, Phakane High School in Kagung received 137 double desks and 274 chairs with Maekaelelo Pri-mary School in Olifanshoek who received 150 double tables with 300 chairs.
The assistance is earmarked to benefit about 2164 learners where desks were be-coming a big challenge due to wear and tear. The assistance was rendered accord-ing to the individual needs of each school.
The donor also provided stationery mate-rial to cater for the current examinations.
Handing over the furniture was the re-presentative from Kelebogile Trust Ms Daleen Botha who is the community de-
velopment officer and Ms Jesmien Wapad - the community liaison officer for Kathu So-lar Park.
Ms Botha said that the trust, an arm of Li-ciastar, was established to look into the de-velopment needs of the community as its social responsibility. “Kelebogile Trust will cater for the community as a plough back responsibility for as long as the solar project continues its operations in this area.”
The school principal of Kudumane Pri-mary School Mr Kganelo Milton Moremi and the chairperson for the school govern-ing board Ms Keorapetse Poppy Ntidi con-curred that the donation was a very good gesture by the organisation.
Councillor Dineonyana Mpata for ward six also appreciated the high level of com-mitment being demonstrated by the solar project organisations. She advised the school authorities and learners to take care of the furniture so that many learners yet to attend the schools could benefit.            

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.