The land dispute under Ba-Ga Petlhu chieftaincy has taken a new twist.
The MEC for agriculture Mr Norman Shushu has been drawn into the ring of the mediation process, but of late, the concerned group is not happy about his involvement, claiming that he has taken sides. Mr Shushu's first attempt to bring the quarrelling parties together was on May 16, 2017 when he availed himself and a team of his officials.
The concerned group, led by Mr Danny Assegai, met the officials at the district mu-nicipality council chambers, but the group led by the interim Community Property As-sociation (CPA) members from the disputed farms in Camden, did not attend for the reason that they were not ready for the meeting.
The bone of contention is that the interim CPA members - the real residents of Ba-Ga Petlhu - allegedly brought new occupants to the farms and now the concerned group, also fellow and former residents who were evicted some years ago, want to come back to where they were born and bred.
The CPA members are no longer inte-rested in the concerned group returning. The concerned group forcefully occupied the land last year and is still occupying the farms in question with great resistance and, at times, the police had to intervene after some confrontation.
The MEC was meant to meet both parties on the day. The concerned group deliberated their issues with Mr Shushu and dispersed.
 On May 22, 2017 the determined MEC Shushu managed to meet the other party for about three hours where he resolved
that a verification process be conducted as from June 5 to 9, 2017. Again the CPA members maintained their stance that they were not ready to meet the concerned group. The concerned group was disappointed by the fact the MEC had only hinted at the verification dates, but did not confirm the process, but instead assured that he would announce via the radio and local newspaper if, indeed, the exercise was to take place.
Reliably the CPA members knew very well that the verification would certainly take place on the dates stipulated. The concerned group allegedly heard it through rumours that the verification exercise would take place at the Ba-Ga Petlhu traditional offices.
Soon after the second meeting, the concerned group consulted the Pretoria offices and they obtained the original list of households that are to benefit from the sagacious farms. The list of about 264 households was obtained that includes the concerned group and the interim CPA members, but not the new occupants brought in by the interim CPA members.
Therefore the new verification process is allegedly aimed at justifying the inclusion of the new occupants who, allegedly, never belonged to Ba-Ga Petlhu area - the centre of the dispute between the two groups.
The conflict is further exacerbated by the chieftaincy vendetta in which each group is represented. The commissioner Mr Mic-hael Petlhu from the department who conducted the verification process, is coinci-dentally related to the chieftaincy and the concerned group said that there is conflict of interest in his involvement.
      

The Seventh Day Adventist Church handed over a petition to the SAPS Mothibistad in solidarity with many other organisations and institutions throughout the country that have expressed their dismay about abuse and violence perpetrated against women and children. 
The march, attended by around 300 participants including men, started at 11:00 from Mahikaneng Primary School at Seven Miles, then meandered through Seodin village and Magojaneng village up to Mothibistad police station.
The petition was received by Captain Zukisile Biko on behalf of the Station Commander.
Men were very vocal about the nasty situation currently happening in the country. They said that if it is due to the moral decay of men, then men must take the initiative to stop it.
The church believes that actions and prayers combined can make a real difference to society. If a man has become a predator to a woman and child, who then should defend humankind ? 
The church leadership, supported by the Motorcycle Association, organised the peaceful march to mark its profound con-demnation of the ignominious act by some of the masculine perpetrators.
The church Pastor Thamsanqa Danxa said that there is a chance to transform and reform communities.

The SAPS Kathu is investigating a case of Culpable Homicide after a fatal accident occurred on 31 May 2017 at about 05:00 at the intersection of Hendrick Van Eck Street and the R380 Deben route near Kathu Village Mall. The collision occurred between a Volvo Truck and two taxis - a Mercedes Benz Sprinter and a Toyota Quantum. Allegedly the truck was travelling from the the industrial area on its way to Deben. The Mercedes Sprinter was stationary at the traffic lights. While the lights turned red for the Toyota Quantum, the Mercedes Sprinter, coming from the direction of Mapoteng, allegedly skipped the red light and collided with the truck. One of the passengers passed away on the scene and 15 persons were injured. The investigation officer in the case is De-tective Warrant Officer Bennie Fourie of SAPS Kathu. The Kathu Gazette has learnt that, according to unconfirmed reports, more injured have died since due to their injuries.
lights turned red for the Toyota Quantum, the Mercedes Sprinter, coming from the direction of Mapoteng, allegedly skipped the red light and collided with the truck. One of the passengers passed away on the scene and 15 persons were injured. The investigation officer in the case is De-tective Warrant Officer Bennie Fourie of SAPS Kathu. The Kathu Gazette has learnt that, according to unconfirmed reports, more injured have died since due to their injuries.

Kolomela mine in partnership with Tshiping Water User Association, supported the Department of Water and Sanitation's drop-the-block water saving drive.
The drop-the-block campaign reduces the amount of water used per toilet flush, by dropping a green block into the cistern of the toilet to reduce water use. Most cisterns hold between 9 and 15 litres of clean drinking water, all of which is dispensed with each flush. Drop-the-block is based on the principle of displacing just enough water to still enable the flushing of the toilet. The drop-the-block can immediately save two litres of water per toilet flush. The intervention and water saving is immediate, and requires little technical skill for installation. The green blocks are provided free of charge. The Kolomela mine Environmental team has distributed 1500 of these blocks out to interested employees and contractors. For more information on the initiative and the supply of blocks, please contact Albertus Viljoen, Water User Association at 053 313 0595. KIO Kolomela

National Child Protection Week (CPW) is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children's Act of 2005. Reducing the high levels of violence against children is among South Africa's most overwhelming tasks. Despite the country's progressive child protection laws, policies and programs preventing and addressing violence against children, it remains a major challenge.
Dingleton SAPS, Kuruman K9 unit and the departments of Education and Social Development took an initiative to inform children about their safety at Sishen Primary School on 01 June 2017.  Pupils were
encouraged to stay away from drugs and make sure they surround themselves with good friends and a safe environment.
“Leaders and partners are encouraged to use the same messages to communicate a collective approach to the scourge against child violence and abuse. As a society, we must raise awareness on the rights of child-ren and increase access to supporting ser-vices and programs” said Sergeant Lesego Mildred Mocwi from SAPS. She also said it is everyone's responsibility to make sure kids are not exposed to kidnapping, rape, exploitation and trafficking or any other form of violence.

On Friday 02 June 2017 the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Olifantshoek, the De-partment of Social Development including SASSA and the Department of Health to-gether with local Councillor Mr Boitumelo Lekgadi visited Langeberg High School to inform learners about their safety and rights.
This initiative formed part of National Child Protection Awareness Week which ran from 29 May – 04 June 2017. The target group was learners from grade 8 and grade 9 at the school and the programme director and keynote speaker, Lieutenant Motsem-me – the social worker from the SANDF, informed the learners about different types of abuse that take place in our society and encouraged learners to report any form of abuse to the nearest police station.
Another speaker was Miss Naomi Nxopo
from the Department of Social Develop-ment who also informed the learners about their rights in terms of the constitution and said that all learners have the right to education and that no one must threaten or intimidate them to attend the school. She acknowledged the challenge experienced with some of the learners who do not attend classes, but rather sit in the mountain at the back of the school and others roam around in town during school hours.
Mrs Michelle Tata from SASSA informed learners about the importance of education. The learners were given the opportunity to ask questions to the guests speakers during the awareness session.
Olifantshoek SAPS was represented by Warrant Officer Deon Linnerts and Consta-ble Francois September.
The entertainment was provided by mem-bers of the SANDF in the form of riddle games in which the learners participated.

There was an explosive council meeting at Ga-Segonyana local municipality held on May 30, 2017 and, as usual where  opposition takes part, the darker side of ANC led administration comes to the fore.
After a list of positives brought forward by the mayor Neo George Masegela in an effort to resuscitate the image of the town and villages under its armpit, the opposition councillors raised the issue of con-sistent inerasable disclaimers from within the municipality. While this point could be seen as being raised by the opposition parties to gain political momentum, the relevance and pertinence of the issue were echoed by a collective of councillors in the council chambers. This was after a proposal that the mayor and speaker ought to use their own vehicles if the municipality is not yet in a viable position to buy them. 
As the mayor outlined numerous projects aimed at improving service delivery to the community, a torrent of questions were raised by the floor to the effect that the municipality must spend knowing that auditors are correspondingly expected to deliver an unqualified report later. A clarion call was made that the municipality must spend within its means.
Paving of internal roads in various villages that include Bankara, Magojaneng, Seodin and Ncweng will be considered in the year under review.
The mayor further reiterated that potholes must be dealt with with  great concern. Cutting of grass and sewer leaks also need special attention in the recurrent year. Lack of water in Batlharos' RDP houses was raised by the EFF Councillor Olebo-geng Leserwane.  He said that there ought to be uniformity in the availability of water like in any other village with these RDP houses.
Another EFF Councillor Mosamiemang Reetsang said that Maruping village does not have RDP houses and that there is seemingly an imbalance of the distribution of developmental resources accorded to other villages.
Vehicle shortage, especially at the traffic department was also raised as well as the need that a solution has to be found.
Lastly, the mayor also highlighted that the municipal manager Mr Edward Ntefang's term of office would end on June 30, 2017.