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Just a day after his Department Budget's Vote presentation to the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, the MEC for Health, Lebogang Motlhaping, on Thursday 15 June 2017delivered on his promise of bringing 20 new emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles (ambulances) into service, whilst a remaining 18 vehicles are in the advanced stages of being converted into EMS vehicles.
“These vehicles will assist in our endeavour to render effective and efficient pre-hospital emergency medical services, including inter-hospital transfers and planned patient transport,” Mr Motlhaping said.
During the budget speech presentation on 14 June 2017, the MEC acknowledged that procurement challenges had reduced the operational ambulance fleet from 110 at the beginning of this year to just fewer than 70 now as a result of the high rate of maintenance ambulances required as they were going in for and coming out from repairs
The MEC also highlighted that the youth from the John Taolo Gaetsewe district will be trained as EMS control room staff to be absorbed in the department and placed in the control room for call taking and ambulance dispatching.
During the hand over ceremony,
MEC Motlhaping discouraged the abuse of ambulances within communities. He said “To you as medical practitioners, we are not here to hand over taxis, but ambulances that are meant to respond to cases of emergency and to save lives. These are not your personal vehicles, but state vehicles.
“I appeal to all that these fully equipped ambulances with their medical practitioners belong to the communities and in turn, it becomes the duty of the communities to protect them at all times,” the MEC said. NC Department of Health

The Ga-Segonyana local municipality is to embark on upgrading the current Chisanyama business precinct into a state-of-the-art structure for small to medium enterprises as from July 2017 and it will be called Kuruman SMME Hub.
Current informal traders will have to vacate the place, the Kathu Gazette can reveal. Both the outgoing Municipal Manager Mr Edward Ntefang and the officer responsible for Local Economic Development Mr Boikanyo Modise concurred that the area is shoddy-looking, making it an eye sore to the tourist fraternity in the town.
Mr Modise said that while the informal tra-ders seem to be resisting leaving the place, as advised, to pave the way for meticulous planning, this will have to happen to restore hygiene and sanity in the area.
The precinct, situated on erf 809 belongs to the municipality and needs revamping by building permanent structures. The municipality, in conjunction with local mine Assmang Khumani, have made a pact or joint venture aimed at reconfiguring the dilapidated structure. A convincing plan is already in the hands of the local authority that departmentalises SMMEs according to their lines of trade within the precinct.
While this is a noble idea to commercialise the precinct, a group of people are spreading wrong influences to the current occupants, to resist them giving way to the rebuilding of the structure precisely meant to benefit them as well as other new applicants. The local authority is giving first preference to the current traders including the new ones.
Chisanyama is one of the dirty spots in town where the sale of stolen goods and drugs have been rampant to date. In a nutshell, the area is where every dealer haphazardly sells what he/she thinks can generate income by hook or by crook. Caravans facing the road predominantly sell food, while the rest deals with a miscellany of goods and services.
Another development by Transnet next to the precinct is on the cards and negotiations are at an advanced stage. The next project by the municipality is at the Kospot opposite Midas where a similar project will be undertaken.

Nthabiseng Kgoronyane, Ms South Africa National 2015, who also re-presented South Africa in Zimbab-we as a finalist for Top Model Africa 2017 is in London for a two-week stint.
She was a finalist to represent South Afri-ca at London and Paris for the Face of the Globe International Beauty Pageant 2017, however a month prior to the Global Finals in March 2017, the company hosting the beauty pageant was liquidated and the finals were cancelled.
Ms Kgoronyane decided to follow her dreams anyway, by going to London and participating in a few pageant training and activities to gain experience and to further her passion for modelling, beauty pageants and how to make a difference in her country and, most importantly, her community.
In September 2017 she will be accom-panying five young girls who participated in her beauty pageant called Little Miss Kuru-man in 2016. They will represent the North-ern Cape at the national finals of Miss Heri-tage South Africa 2017.
She aims at empowering children and youths through skills development in the art of modelling and also to make a difference through charity work.
Her motto in life is “Dare to dream and always take challenges and turn them into opportunities”.
She encourages parents to support their children's dreams as it is the greatest courage that allows one to develop and ultimately have a better future.

Die ovaalbaanmanne en -vroue van Kathu het op 08 April 2017 weer baie goed gevaar by die ovaalbaan-wedrenne in Vryburg.

In die 1660-klas het Edward Van Den Heever derde plek behaal. 

In die 2.1-klas het Schalk Van Der Merwe tweede plek behaal. 

In die Lexus-klas het Nicky Beukes eer-ste plek behaal. 

In die 2 wiele-klas was Myrijke Theron eerste en Danelle Janse Van Vuuren twee-de. 

Baie geluk aan al die drywers.

The Northern Cape Bodybuilding Classics were held in Kathu during the weekend of 27 May. Contestants worked very hard to compete at this specific competition. There was also some residents from Kathu who competed, Natasja Ras and her daughter Amory Ras, were some of the familiar faces on stage as well as Laurene Vermeulen.
There were different categories in which everyone competed. For some contestants, this was their very first bodybuilding competition. Everyone looked so good and one could really see that they worked out very hard to perform so well on stage.
In the men's section some of the older men performed amazingly, like Riaan Sadie and George Poolman. One couldn't believe how well built these men were and how good they look for their age groups.
Well done to everyone who took part in this competition, you are very hard working people to look up to.

A six-team delegation led by Pro-fessor Abel Pienaar, including two students from the School of Nursing Science, North West University Mafikeng site, is extending their footprint for the de-gree course in Nursing Science in the Northern Cape. This is done in full colla-boration with the resident Nursing Educa-tion Institution, Henrietta Stockdale Col-lege.
The current visit to Northern Cape is two-pronged. Firstly, to recruit learners from high schools in this province and other inte-rested youth to study nursing at North West University, as scholarships through the Health and Welfare Seta (HWSETA) might be available in the Northern Cape. 
Secondly, due to some districts previous-ly under the North-West province, the uni-versity still extends district placements to enhance clinical learning and teaching. This, according to the team, was fuelled last year by the #fees must fall campaign that put practicing students' lives in danger in Mafikeng.
This was surpassed on 25 December
2016 when Mr Ditshwele, a star student of NWU (Mafikeng) delivered a bouncing Christmas baby at the Tshwaragano Hos-pital. History was made, because Mr Dit-shwele was the first male candidate who walked away with the midwifery prize in his final year. He was also the first male de-greed nurse to deliver a baby at Tshwara-gano. This indeed strengthened the rela-tionship between the hospital and the NWU.
Hence, the need is to conduct an in-depth educational situational analysis for further accreditation purposes for the Northern Cape to become an authentic learning site for NWU. This will definitely enhance the health outcomes of the Northern Cape substantially.
The team honours the Northern Cape Department of Health for their continuous support. As a result the team is making strategic and consultative meetings throughout the province to ensure the programme is well articulated to both au-thorities and targeted prospective students in the Northern Cape.

Op Saterdag 04 Maart 2017 het twee van Kathu se ovalbaanmanne uitgeblink by die Noord-Kaap streeksbyeenkoms in Kimberley. In die V8-klas het Charles Williams 'n tweede plek behaal (foto links). In die 2.1-klas het Schalk van der Merwe 'n derde plek behaal (foto regs). Die Kathu Gazette wens hulle baie geluk met hierdie mooi prestasies.

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