In late November 2016, Morgan Otlopikeleng, former head cook at the Moffat Mission, spent three days at the weekly boarding facility, Bosele House in Laxey, to provide professional development for the staff. 

Mrs Ruth Mokgledi, chairperson of the management committee, welcomed this initiative to enhance their cooking, menu planning and food preparation skills. Mrs Mokgeledi said that their Australian sponsors had engaged Mr Otlopikeleng due to their association with him through the international Kalahari Education Experience Trust (KEET) over the past nine years.

The carers, Naledi Molatedi and Daphne Masike said they had learned many new recipes, ways to cook and now plan to provide a greater variety of meals and snacks for the children.

An unexpected outcome from the visit was the enthusiasm shown by 13 year old Ineeleng Olyn (also known as Alfred) for assisting with the food preparation. Ineeleng had shown a great interest in TV cooking shows and was eager to learn practical skills. By week’s end he was clearly one of the kitchen team.

The children were treated to a variety of new tastes and judging by the empty plates they had no complaints.


Daphne Masike, Naledi Molate and Morgan Otlopikeleng preparing food for Bosele House learners.


The Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development welcomes the good rain that has poured since the dawn of the new year.

The department is optimistic that the current rains will ease the burden on our farmers especially smallholder farmers who are the hardest hit by drought.

The effects of drought have left various farmers, from smallholder to commercial, counting losses on both livestock and crop production. It has also led to the prices of food commodities to sky rocket and hit the poorest of the poor. 

The department had noted with concern the dryness of the veld due to lack of rain in the past years, and it is optimistic that it will continue to pour and put a smile on our farmers.

The dryness of the vegetation due to lack of rain creates perfect conditions for runaway veld fires.  Veld fires pose a serious threat to both agriculture and human beings hence we are grateful for what we are currently receiving.

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

The Northern Cape attended the Early Childhood Development congress held in Cape Town from September 27-29, 2016.

The chairperson in the province, Mr Abel Mukhudu, said that the congress dwelt more on issues to deal with advocacy and mobilisation of resources for children from birth to nine years. The conference also looked into policy changes and other legislative matters affecting the schooling environment and grade R practitioners and child care-givers.

Top of the list was the qualification recognition of educators, salaries and benefits as well as looking into children introductory education at a global perspective. This further calls for role players to broaden networking to stimulate rapid transformation in the sector while bringing learning and teaching methods on a universal playing field. Mr Mukhudu said that the conference also intended to strengthen the capacity of practitioners while recognising their efforts.

Many practitioners have committed themselves to obtaining national diplomas in grade R education courtesy of Western Cape and Free State universities, the only two institutions offering this course. A book was also launched for the grade R classes that are intended to guide the new curriculum country wide.

Five hundred people attended the conference and ten came from the Northern Cape marking the importance of Early Childhood Development in a modern society where education has become a priority in shaping a child’s future.




The provincial chairperson of the ECDs, Mr Abel Mukhudu.

A group of fifteen (15) ladies from Maruping, Batlharos, Magojaneng and Bankhara have come together to help children in need from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them with Toiletries. This initiative established by Peo Tumelo Modukanele says she saw the need in the community after going to couple of schools and identifying the problem of low esteem in children and realised it is because some come to school not having bathed and that affects their confidence and how they perform at school and she decided to be part of the solution by bringing her friends to assist and that is how the Help A Child Initiative started. They do not have any sponsors at the moment, therefore everyone donates what they can and they then package and make distributions at schools.

They have distributed these packages to learners at schools such as Gamohana Junior Secondary School, Rremogo High School, Maruping Primary School and their next distribution includes learners at Gaegake Primary School and Seupe Primary school bringing the total of numbers assisted to sixty (60).  The ladies strongly believe that if you want to invest for 10 years plant trees but if you want a lifetime investment educate a child. They truly reflect that a child is raised by a nation. “I have a great team and that makes me feel confident and secure, inspired by Motherhood l know how important it is to nurture and prepare a child to face life’s challenges.”

On Thursday 29 September 2016 Heritage Month was celebrated at Mapoteng Library. The Reading Club taught children about their culture and how it works. They showed them how to milk a cow or a goat and how to play traditional games. They also showed their traditional food. By doing this, the community is also encouraged to use the libraries. Libraries have different books.


Kagiso Khobe showing how to milk a cow.


On 21 October 2016 CRC put together boxes of clothing that they collected from their church members and distributed them to families in need in Mapoteng. PicknPay provided CRC with four trolleys of bread, muffins and pies enabling us to provide each family with a food parcel. CRC would like to thank PicknPay for providing them with food for the outreach as well as for the food they give CRC everyday of the week so they can feed those in need. It is people like PicknPay that are making a difference in Kathu. Thank you. To get involved in their next outreach or to donate food or old clothes,contact Candice Harter from CRC  076 5951 999.

The Dingleton Community Health Workers Project (DCHWP) went to assess the conditions of people living at the dumping site at Kathu.

The NGO then felt the need to go back and provide the people at the dumping site with food and blankets as part of their social responsiblity. The event happened on 27 September when members of DCHWP, the South African Police Service, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development gathered at the site to try and help the destitute.

Ernset Nhanombe is one of the people who is forced by circumstances to make ends meet at the dumping site. He said, “ It is not by choice that we are here, we are struggling to get employment. Some of us are not educated, and some are here because of unfavourable situations back at home. I have to mantain my two kids and wife back home in Taung. The living conditions are not friendly to human beings, but this is how we try to survive without commiting any sort of crime”.

Mr Nhanombe also said they are greatful to get food and blankets that the  NGO gave to them and he wishes they will establish a sound relationship amongst themselves.

 The Department of Health and the SAPS also used the opportunity to educate them about health and that they should stay away from crime.

They were educated on how to protect themselves from STIs, HIV and the importance of circumcision, also how to practise safe sex. Some were tested for HIV and AIDS.




A very unusual club in Kuruman has emerged and proved that a human mind is unique and can explore anything for the community to benefit. Twenty five young ladies of the same age born in 1985 converged at Bosa Guest House in Kuruman to share the bitters and sweets of life or pros and cons of it with the ultimate objective of strengthening one another. The group that started sometime last year has finally deemed it ideal to go public and share the myths and truths about life. In an interview with the Kathu Gazette its chairperson Boipelo Kotoloane of Born to Conquer as the group is affectionately called said that they are grateful of their parents who moulded their future and personality. “We are still going to support one another in many ways through all structures, I mean in good and bad times. This group is all about preserving discipline, a societal preserve that has eluded the youths today. We want to become a group of thirty in total but if more people come we shall accommodate them” The invited pastor from the Full Gospel Church Ms Keakabetse Khabae said that reaching thirty one years is not a fluke and encouraged the young ladies to keep up the good example of preserving the good values that make the dignity of humankind. She emphasised that in marriage or not, at work or not and in a family or not the youths must respect themselves and fear sin. She said that young people are dying due to lack of wisdom and understanding, a strong statement that God puts across to His people. One of the parents who attended the function Ms Seboheing Violet Leepman appreciated the good idea initiated by the group. She encouraged the group to keep that good vision among them to guide others. She said that cowards never die and similarly those who fear God will see the better days. Most deaths nowadays target the youths because they are far from God, a striking fact that is causing headaches to the elderly. She said that scholarly knowledge is indispensable on the economic front but must not be misconstrued into knowing the Creator’s ways.


The 31 year-olds at Bosa Lodge commemorating one year of establishment. Some of their parents also attended the function to bless it further.                 

A competition run by Eskom to lift the standard of entrepreneurs in the country has discovered a determined Kagung lady, Kesabetswe Virginia Tities, who runs Reaiteka Chicken Farm.

The middle-aged mother is under the mentorship of the Centre for Excellence and Professional Training (CEPT) an organisation funded by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) in the training of aspiring and emerging business people.

Her aptitude in business approach necessitated CEPT to introduce her to the national Eskom competition during their routine monthly club activities aimed at improving entrepreneurial skills among women.

The initiative was taken by SEDA to ensure the lady participated in the competition and, as a result assisted her to complete the form. This later led her to be chosen as one of the finalists.

At local level she received R500 for being nominated as the finalist, but that was not the end of her ambitions to see her wares being exhibited in Johannesburg. Indeed the dream materialised as she excelled and qualified to take her products to Johannesburg for a tight exhibition, courtesy of Eskom.

In her stall in Johannesburg she sold a variety of vegetables and chicken for a specific period. She still cannot believe that her products sold out miraculously fast and she is busy making frantic efforts to transport a very big consignment of chicken to Johannesburg after her products were convincingly satisfactory to many traders who saw her breed of chickens in the exhibition meeting the standard.

She applauded CEPT for the initial training and for later giving her the chance to participate in the Eskom-run competition.


Ms Linda McLoughlin director of CEPT with Ms Kesabetswe Virginia Tities - winner and owner of Reaiteka Chicken Farm, holding the certificate that symbolises achievement.                   


The Northern Cape provincial government this week proudly joined in the celebrations of the 365 days countdown to the Bloodhound Supersonic Car’s (SSC) 1600km/h world speed record attempt next year.

This sees the culmination of a collaborative effort between the Northern Cape provincial government and Bloodhound stakeholders dating back to 2009.

The site at Hakskeen Pan in the Dawid Kruiper local municipal area of the ZF Mgcawu district municipality of the Northern Cape, was selected after a bespoke computer programme assessed satellite earth observation imagery of over 20 000 potential sites. Detailed ground investigations were conducted in favoured locations before a shortlist of 35 potential desert sites was compiled in 2009.

The Bloodhound Project is an international education initiative which is focusing on setting a 1600 km/h land speed record. Its aim is to inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in part, by sharing the adventure – and all the data – and making these subjects as accessible and exciting as possible.

The project was endorsed by the Northern Cape provincial government, spearheaded by the Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism.

The MEC responsible for finance, economic development and tourism, Mac Jack, has applauded the 350 volunteers for a job well done.

“Primarily, we need to thank the Northern Cape Department of Roads and Infrastructure, through their Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) initiative, for funding the project and paying stipends to the volunteers who are mostly residing in the David Kruiper municipality, formerly Mier municipality, where the main event is going to take place,” said Mr Jack.

The project has contributed significantly to job creation in the area with over 300  local community members having been contracted to assist with track clearance. Since November 2010 over 15 800 tonnes of stones have been removed from the track and safety zones. These volunteers were exposed to sweltering sunshine on the pan, clearing stones and other obstacles.

“The team has achieved something truly astonishing in the scale and quality of their work since they began clearing more than twenty million square metres on what has to be the best straight-line race track in history by hand since 2009. They have cleared the track which is equivalent of 4800 soccer pitches of stones and various other obstructions. To keep up with the demand of the work, they needed to drink 3000 litres of water every day as they checked an area of (20 x 1.5) km in temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius,” Mr Jack said. At the countdown event, MEC Jack, Premier Sylvia Lucas and the Bloodhound team led by the driver Andy Green presented them with certificates and medals in recognition of the sterling job they had done.

The ceremony at the Hakskeenpan took place after a series of meetings between the Northern Cape provincial government led by MEC Jack and the Bloodhound team in London recently. During the visit, the MEC attended a press conference were the announcement of Geely, as a main sponsor for the Bloodhound Project was made.

In his on-line monthly column, Andy Green commended the Northern Cape provincial government for their support. “After the truly heroic effort that the Northern Cape government team has put into clearing the track for us over the past 7 years. To make that even more impressive, the team was not just walking along and picking up a few stones as they go. They were scraping the whole surface - every square metre of it - to remove all the debris, however small.” 

The Bloodhound Project has not only had a massive impact on the local communities in Mier, but has already drawn global media attention to the Northern Cape province. The project has incorporated tourism, infrastructure development, community upliftment, skills transfer and overall economic development for the Northern Cape. The project also continues to play an integral part in the positioning of the Northern Cape province as one of the premier extreme sports and recreation destinations in the world.  

The nearby communities have also benefited from infrastructural improvements, including a fresh water pipeline and a sophisticated communication network.

According to Premier Sylvia Lucas, the province has put its full support behind the Bloodhound team as it recognised the tremendous potential of this project. “Local beneficiation was of paramount importance and the local communities continue to benefit in terms of employment and infrastructural improvements. However, the deciding factor was the fact that youth development and education play such a cardinal role in this project. Bloodhound has had a huge impact on the local learners and this has spread globally. The excitement of building a vehicle capable of breaking the 1000-miles an hour record is serving as inspiration to an entire generation of youngsters and reigniting an interest in science and technology. And our children will have the incredible opportunity of being part of history in the making,” said Ms Lucas.

The Bloodhound project has also played in pivotal role in the destination marketing efforts of the province by drawing global attention to a very remote part of South Africa’s largest province. The province has been promoting itself as a premier destination for extreme sports and outdoor adventure and this high octane adventure has definitely highlighted this positioning. In addition, it has also given the province the opportunity to showcase its tourism potential and the diversity of experiences to be enjoyed in the area surrounding Hakskeenpan.

The pan lies in the heart of the Kalahari Red Dune Route and visitors have been encouraged to explore the fascinating offerings of this diverse region, which offers something for any type of traveller whether looking for luxury, adventure, culture or family fun.

For more information, visit Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism



MEC Mac Jack next to the Bloodhound Rocket Engine at the Bloodhound Technical Centre in Bristol, London.

Group 5 is one the main contractors that is working for Kumba for the relocation process that is taking place from Dingleton to Siyathemba, because they have a social responsibility to uplift the local communities.

Johan Van Zyl is a familiar face to the Dingleton community. As the human resources manager for Group Five on the construction site, he has been a huge influence especially among the contractor community.

We found him handing over blankets to the Dingleton community Soup Kitchen on 8 August 2016.

The Blanket Drive Challenge is an annual employee initiative that was launched in 2010 with the aim of helping homeless and needy people during winter. In the first year, over 800 blankets were donated by Group Five employees.

The initiative has grown with over 12 000 blankets collected to date. It has become a great employee engagement tool as various business units compete against each other to collect the highest number of blankets.

Marelda Koerant is an Administrator at the Soup Kitchen and said “on behalf of our organisation, the Dingleton Community Health Workers Project, we would like to thank Kumba and Group 5 for the donation of the blankets to the Soup kitchen. Your generous support to our organisation helps us reach our goal in the lives of the needy and vulnerable”. She indicated that Mr Johan Van Zyl and Mrs Pumla Titus promise to be their pillar of strength when the community is in need of them.

One of the beneficiaries Rebecca Carlos who hails from Siyathemba said she is very grateful and happy for what Group 5 has done for them. “I am glad for what they (Group 5) have done for the needy and impoverished. Now I get to sleep with my daughter, under warm blankets in this blistering cold”, concluded Rebecca.


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