Since the population of Kuruman town has doubled, it has become a challenge for infrastructure to meet with demand and as a result, health standards are diminishing at an alarming pace.
The domestic waste has taken charge of some of the splendid portions of the town causing some commotions in the political fronts in an attempt to scare away transmissible diseases. While the municipality authorities are resolute to keep the town disease-free, the situation drives it to a certain limit where its am-munition in the fight deems it futile and therefore gullible.
On Sundays, especially during month end, there are no dustbins in either the town or at a landfill site where any form of garbage can be disposed of. The existing dustbins are filled to the brim and end up spilling litter at will, and the blowing wind only exacerbates the littering process.
Tourists and visitors frequent cities and towns during weekends to relax and scan the town for prospective investment opportunities. Guest houses always re-flect an immaculate appeal, but the streets too ought to give a share of their attractiveness to lure direct local and fo-reign investment. The appetising aroma produced by a nearby bakery and re-staurants ought not be overwhelmed by the pungent smell coming from a full dustbin on the street corner.
The land-fill site too has its own pros and cons derived from the street vaga-ries mentioned above. Weekend eve-nings and nights distort the real image of waste management at the site.
Both domestic and hazardous waste enjoy a good contest because there are no controls. Lack of security personnel to monitor and screen the type of waste to be disposed at the site has created a no man's land where everyone has autho-rity. Industrial, medical and mining wastes exchange warm greetings with one another, without any form of restrict-ion from authorities. Like a protected animal species, the landfill site needs to be secured with effective high masts.
Every Monday is a sad day for the team working at the land site as litter of any form is scattered many metres before reaching the site itself. It takes two days to redress the damage caused over the weekend. Scavengers and recyclers too have contributed significantly to the ugly sight of the place.
Compacting of the waste needs suffi-cient sand to cover, but is a rare commo-dity in the proximity and also the requisite machinery to reduce the amount of mi-sery experienced in meeting the needs of waste management site.
 

Kelebogile Trust, a subsidiary of the Kathu Solar Park project re-sponsible for community develop-ment in the area of its operations, has donated about 1040 toiletry packs to learners attending the Spring Camp lessons in various centres in the district.
The trust's community liaison officer, Dalene Botha, said that they had propo-sed the idea to augment the good strate-gy the Department of Education has brought in its bid to improve the pass rate by the year end.
Matric learners from different schools were assembled at different centres where they received thorough revision work in various subjects as a means to prepare them for the final examinations. The consolidation exercise separated learners from their homes to maximise the level of concentration as they are pre-paring for the examinations.
Speaking to the centre manager, Ms Teise, at Kalahari High School, in charge of about 156 learners from Gamagara High School, Langeberg High School and Bothithong High School, said that the ultimate goal was to improve the pass rate within the region. She acknowled-ged that the overall mid-year results had not been impressive and learners ought
to accelerate their work rate.
Other centres that received the packs are Deben, Van Zylsrus and Batlharotlhaping. The exercise started on September 28, 2017 to October 08, 2017.
Learners taking similar subjects were merg-ed from different schools to consolidate the content done.
There is a general feeling that while educa-tors are doing their best to let learners obtain
better results, learners are dragging their feet. Learners lack self-discipline and want educa-tors to persuade them to attend classes. Bad results obtained by learners do not factor them as direct culprits but find educators in the crucifixion list. Learning starts from home and an educator simply flavours the content, this is an open secret.             

A very special exercise which witnes-sed around forty participants taking a two-kilometre walk from Magoja-neng to Mothibistad stadium took place on September 30, 2017 led by a 93-year old Ms Emma Matilo. Organiser of the event Ms Kagiso Molokwe said that the purpose is to keep elderly people healthy and at the same time encouraging the 8-month old Magojaneng branch active. “After the march Bopelo jwa Bagodi leadership will then address different teams from different villages about food, health and related issues raised by them”, she said.
A snap interview with some of the partici-pants had a lot of valid reasons to justify the march. Mr Simon Bimbo said, “It helps our bodies particularly feet, eyes knees and shoulders to be active. As nurses keep on advising us to eat healthy foods the very same foods need an active body for diges-tion”.
Mr Simon Buffel from Magojaneng vil-lage, “Exercises make us think very little
about the painful past. Our youths frustrate us day in day out. These are some of the things that make most of the elderly restless, leading to stress related illnesses. Honestly an idle body is always susceptible to illnesses”
Ms Victoria Tsetlho, “This day is very di-ferent from others as we have fellowship with our colleagues from various viallages. And we use this opportunity to exchange ideas on how to overcome certain pains in our bodies”.
Asked to share her secret to reach 93 years Ms Emma Matilo had this to say, “I was obedient to my parents since my child-hood. The secret is in the Bible. That book is not fictitious literature. I advise children to listen and heed their parents. That is my ba-sic rule that has protected me all the way. Another important thing, don't rely on bor-rowed lifestyle. Many a time this has cau-sed difficulties that lead one's heart and mind restless. On food, don't eat oily foods because your heart gets weaker and wea-ker”.

Gamagara local municipality recen-tly had the privilege to receive a visit from the project leader of the Karoo De-velopment Foundation (KDF), Profes-sor Doreen Atkinson, and her team, who came to consult the municipality about the development of a Kalahari heritage tourism route.
Professor Atkinson has already received some start-up funding for the project from the National Lotteries Commission.
According to Siyabonga Vukuza, the Se-nior Tourism Officer of Gamagara, the idea is to incorporate Kalahari towns and to identify and celebrate their rich heritage.
This history consist of numerous eleents, including archaeology, the San (Bushman) culture, the Tswana cultures, the Griqua culture, the missionaries and the Anglo-
Boer war. The “modern history”' stretches from around1800 onwards.
In the case of Kathu, various sites have been identified that can be developed at fairly low cost, though marketing and brand-ing will use full interventions.
The route will include towns as well as farms and game reserves in the surround-ing areas, not forgetting the Tlapeng during the Langberg war in Olifantshoek. There are links along the heritage route.
The towns are Olifantshoek, Kathu, Deben, Kuruman, Postmasburg and Da-niëlskuil.
The intention or aim is that when tourists visit our areas or towns, they should spend no less than two days with special focus on the heritage tourism route.

The Black Management Forum (BMF) members convened at Mereting Lodge in Kuruman on October 7, 2017 to look into gender associated imbalances within the struct-ures of management at various institu-tions and organisations in the whole province.
As a result, the BMF is aiming at co-ming out with a policy that seeks to es-tablish a clear vision and framework to guide the process of developing policies and organisational practices that balan-ce equal rights and opportunities for both men and women in all spheres and structures of an organisation.
According to Abram Ramakaba the provincial coordinator of BMF, the scales of history remain skewed towards male dominance in which women remain gros-sly misrepresented in decision-making - particularly in business.
Research has shown that while women have the lion's share at attending univer-sities (54%), males still have a bigger say in decision-making at corporate levels.
It further discloses that there are other maligning factors, such as spousal in-fringement where the husband decides that better care is only from the mother, and therefore the wife should not work.
The organisation is advocating for the rationale where women must be seen in the frontline seats of management in va-rious organisations. He said that gender considerations must be effectively inte-grated as part of leadership election at all levels of any given organisation to reverse the negative trends still expe-rienced in the global image.
The guest speaker, senior financial advisor at Sanlam,  Ansie Cilliers, said that it was time that business people took the right decisions to keep their busines-ses afloat. At length she explained about business fitness analysis to the partici-pants. She said that Sanlam is there to help business people to ensure that all is in place in the event of death.
Ms Cilliers also highlighted that as em-ployers it was ideal that they also have benefit funds as well as retirement and medical cover.

Anxiety has deservedly gotten its cure within the residents of Kuruman.
This comes after the final appoint-ment of a new municipal manager on September 29, 2017.
The former corporate director, Mr Martin Tsatsimpe, has taken the reigns from Mr Edward Ntefang with effect from October 01, 2017.
The succession process was de-scribed as of its own kind, as the transition was redolent with trans-parency and tolerance between the two officials.
Workers had a farewell party for the outgoing incumbent, a demon-stration that there was good rapport between the head of administration and his workforce. Mr Ntefang expressed his great appreciation for
Tsatsimpe has to bring “a new broom” in the whole system to turn around the fortunes of the strategic municipality in the region.
The last edition of the Kathu Ga-zette had an article regarding the indecisiveness in the appointment of municipal managers in the region. Coincidentally, the questions raised in the article, got a response in the nick of time and hopefully the re-maining municipalities shall soon get similar appointments.
Lastly, it is not about the prestige or accompanying perks of this office that these managers must pride themselves in, but how they trans-form the lives of residents using the tax payer's money prudently and ra-tionally without fingers in the till. the support during his tenure and ad-vised workers to do their best to keep their jobs.
Touted as the father of the muni-cipality, Mr Ntefang, in his capacity as municipal manager, extended his role as an individual advisor to his colleagues on personal challenges.
Handing over the office keys to the new incumbent, Mr Ntefang wished Mr Martin Tsatsimpe a successful term.
On several occasions Mr Tsatsim-pe had been in the acting capacity, hence the vacancy left by his pre-decessor cushioned his experience, coupled with the relevant qualifica-tions, he joined fellow contestants in the position.
While it is not positional changes that the community wants, Mr Tsatsimpe has to bring “a new broom” in the whole system to turn around the fortunes of the strategic municipality in the region.
The last edition of the Kathu Ga-zette had an article regarding the indecisiveness in the appointment of municipal managers in the region. Coincidentally, the questions raised in the article, got a response in the nick of time and hopefully the re-maining municipalities shall soon get similar appointments.
Lastly, it is not about the prestige or accompanying perks of this office that these managers must pride themselves in, but how they trans-form the lives of residents using the tax payer's money prudently and ra-tionally without fingers in the till.

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.