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A multi-stakeholder community meeting held in Bankara Bodulong village on February 14, 2017 hit a snag, much to the gloom of the desperate foreigners and the lukewarm local leadership.

The community openly pronounced its standpoint regarding the issue of allowing foreign nationals from Asian origin to come back to stay or re-establish their businesses. “We no longer want makhula or ‘my friend’ as they are affectionately called in the area. They have done a lot of damage to the community and we cannot accept them anymore”.

Apart from the lonely incident where a local teenager succumbed to the fatal stab on the eve of New Year by the lonely under-arrest Asian, the community seems to have found a trigger to express their distaste or animosity over these foreign nationals. The community unleashed a plethora of complaints revolving around the running of the foreigners’ businesses, claiming they are too expensive.

The community further claimed that the foreigners are a cause of juvenile pregnancy in the area, a known abomination from their country of origin. They discourage youths from attending school. They sell adhesives and hooka-pipes for smoking dagga. They also entice youths with silly sweeties - much to the detriment of their future.

In one of the explosive meetings held in the presence of provincial executives including the Premier Sylvia Lucas and the Provincial Commissioner Major General Peter Shivuri, members of the community mentioned that “. . . the Asians never helped us during the liberation struggle, but they are coming here to harvest – more so than people from our neighbouring countries that were in solidarity with us.”

The Ga-Segonyana Mayor, honourable Neo George Masegela, who led the delegation and was trying to bring an olive branch between the two parties, said that while the effort was unfortunate, it was equally too early to throw in the towel, as the community is still fresh from the tragedy.

However, the trapped and hunger-stricken Asians said that they have nowhere to go because they have families of South African origin, have title deeds on pieces of land in Bankara and know it clearly that the hostility is being fanned by a few individuals and therefore a common consensus has to be reached. Meanwhile food supplies at the caravan park are in short supply and these foreigners are eating once a day and are directly appealing to well-wishers to come to their rescue.

 

IMG 3722 The displaced foreign nationals standing aloof outside the Caravan Park house

Img 4015 The true state of the situation as hunger takes charge at Caravan Park.

Die beskuldigde, Zoniselo (Zet) Magawu (29), wat nou op aanklag van ‘n tweede moord tereg staan nadat die gewonde Shuping Nouse intussen in die hospitaal in Kimberley oorlede is, het op 29 Augustus in die landdroshof op Postmasburg verskyn. ‘n Aansoek om borgtog sal op 22 September in die landdroshof in Daniëlskuil, waarheen die hofverrigtinge nou verskuif, aangehoor word.

Die DA waarvan Johannes Baaitjie (49) as raadslid in die afgelope verkiesing verkies was, se DA-ondersteuners in die kiesafdelings sook lede van ander groepe soos KCF, EFF-party en vanaf Postmasburg STC, het versoek dat Magawu se borgaansoek geweier word. Die skokkende wyse waarop die oorledenes tereggestel is, is volgens die partye onaanvaarbaar. Die oorwoë mening is dat die daad polities-gemotiveerd was.

Magawu wat ‘n kandidaat vir wyk 1 van die Kgatelopele Munisipaliteit (Daniëlskuil) was, is deur die Valke se Direktoraat vir Prioriteitsmisdaad, wat die saak ondersoek, op 19 Augustus 2016 in hegtenis geneem. Mnr Baaitjie was ‘n DA-kandidaat in wyk 2 van dié munisipaliteit waar hy ook verkies is.

Op Woensdag 17 Augustus, is Baaitjie verwittig dat hy, ‘n potensiële kliënt na 17:00 oor ‘n groot bouprojek in Postmasburg moet ontmoet. Hy het sy sakevennoot, Shuping Nouse saamgeneem. Na bewering moes hy glo die onbekende persoon eers in Postdene ontmoet. Later is hy weer versoek om die persoon in die parkeerterrein naby die hoërskool in die dorp te ontmoet. Die aanduidings is dat hierdie versoeke doelbewuste beplanning was om Mnr Baaitjie weg te lok. Hy het ook die afgelope tyd doodsdreigemente ontvang wat hy by die kiesafdelingshoof aangemeld het.

Mnr Baaitjie se lyk is op Donderdag 18 Augustus 2016 om ongeveer 06:45 langs die pad naby Groenwater gekry. Hy was daar afgegooi en is ook gesleep, word verneem. Daar was twee skietwonde aan sy kop en een in sy bolyf. Daarna is Mnr Nouse naby die hoërskool in Mnr Baaitjie se silwer Ford Ranger bakkie met die DA-plakkers van die onlangse verkiesing, nog op sy deur, gevind. Die plaaslike SAPD wat ontbied is, het hom daar gevind. Hy was ernstig gewond. Die plaaslike hospitaal waarheen hy geneem is het hom onmiddellik na Kimberley verwys waar hy in die intensiewesorgeenheid tot en met sy dood was.

Op 24 Augustus is ‘n gedenkdiens in ‘n stampvol laerskoolsaal in Kuilsville in Daniëlskuil gehou, ‘n saal wat Mnr Baaitjie as bouaannemer help bou het. Verskeie boodskappe ter ere aan Mnr Baaitjie is gelewer deur DA-bestuurslede en lede en plaaslike partye en ondersteuners. Sy broer, Cobie, se woorde in sy boodskap was baie beskrywend van sy broer se meelewende geaardheid : “ Hy sal nie eens sy eie hond in sy werf skop nie”. Dit is duidelik dat Mnr Baaitjie as gemeenskapsleier, besigheidsman, pastoor en gesinsman geliefd was.

Tydens sy begrafnis op 27 Augustus 2016 was die DA se hoofleier, Mnr Musi Maimane en Mnr Andrew Louw die provinsiale leier ook onder die aanwesiges uit Kimberley, Postmasburg en Daniëlskuil wat die diens en ter aarde bestelling bygewoon het . Mnr Maimane het onder andere in sy boodskap gemaan dat die reg nie in eie hande geneem moet word nie maar by die stembus tot sy reg moet kom.

‘n Tussenverkiesing sal in die nabye toekoms in dié wyk vir die vakante posisie gehou word.

Mnr Baaitjie laat sy vrou, Dora en drie seuns - Donovan, Jody en Denver sowel as sy moeder, broers en susters agter.

 

Johannes Baaitjie – ons sal jou vriendelike lag en meelewendheid onthou – ons sal jou mis

The ANC Youth League in the Northern Cape says it will back Premier Sylvia Lucas to become chairperson of the province and replace John Block.

It accused Provincial ANC Secretary Zamani Saul, who is also running for the position, of manipulating the electoral processes ahead of the provincial elective conference.

The ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) in the province nominated Ms Lucas at its Provincial Executive Committee meeting on Monday 06 February 2017.

The Youth League Provincial Secretary Neo Maneng said that they had initially wanted to maintain the current leadership, but changed their mind. "We were of the view that the top four must be retained, but the attitude and insistence from the Secretary side-forced us to nominate the current Premier to be the chair. We think she can unite us," Mr Maneng said.

The Northern Cape is holding its elective conference on March 08 to replace Mr Block, who was Provincial Chairperson. He resigned in October 2015 after he was found guilty of corruption and money laundering. On December 11 last year, he was sentenced to, in effect, 15 years in jail for money laundering and corruption. He is currently appealing the sentence. News24

Newly elected ANC council members did not turn up for the inauguration meeting at Gamagara Council Chambers on 23 August 2016.

Officials and the six opposition members, invited guests and voters packed the council chambers for the meeting which was scheduled to start at 10:00.

At 10:40 the Municipal Manager, Clement Itumeleng, who acted as chairperson for the meeting, announced that the ANC would soon arrive. The six opposition members were on time, but as there was no quorum (7 members) the meeting could not take place.

At 11:30 the embarrassed municipal manager postponed the meeting to 24 August 2016 at 14:00 because the ANC members failed to turn up.

This is certainly a bad start. It is clear that the ANC does not respect people’s time and it comes as a shock to voters’ confidence with regard to the commitment of councillors in the interest of the community.

The Speaker of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, Kenny Mmoiemang, and the Chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Councillor Willie Johnson, have entered into a memorandum of understanding on behalf of the Legislature and SALGA respectively.

The official signing took place on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at the Legislature.

The MOU is the product of the constitutional mandate of promoting co-operative governance and promoting public participation of all stakeholders in the law-making, oversight and public participation process. The Legislature therefore recognizes SALGA as a key stakeholder in holistically fulfilling its constitutional obligation.

Through the signing of the MOU, both the Legislature and SALGA agree to create a uniform approach in terms of which SALGA participates in the law-making, oversight and public participation processes of the Legislature, by ensuring that the voice of organized local government is represented at the provincial level. Furthermore to create an enabling environment where both SALGA and the Legislature share information on specific projects and best practices, with the purpose of strengthening and deepening the principle of participatory democracy.

As a result of the agreement, SALGA will be eligible to take part in the Legislature’s committee meetings in which items relevant to local government are discussed. Councillors from relevant Working Groups, in line with the strategic objectives of SALGA may also be invited to participate. SALGA’s contribution to the law-making processes will be escalated; Bills that affect local government will be transmitted to SALGA after introduction in the Legislature, furthermore involvement in relevant public hearings and inclusion on the development of a provincial mandate regarding a particular Bill.

However, based on the premise that SALGA members are not members of the Legislature, as espoused in the Constitution; during participation in committees, participants of SALGA would be permitted to take part in the deliberations of the committee by making oral or written representations, but will not be allowed to vote.

Considering that local government is a sphere of government in its own right; the three spheres of government (Local, Provincial and National) are independent, and exist in a unitary South Africa, meaning that they have to work together on decision-making, co-ordinate budgets, policies and activities, particularly for those functions that cut across the spheres.

As custodians of democracy, all spheres of government have an obligation to empower our people to make use of democratic processes to resolve challenges.  Most importantly, aim to instil a sense of responsibility amongst our people towards sustaining democratic governance.

The Legislature is pleased with this agreement as it will be instrumental in the law-making and oversight process and also in further promoting public participation. Office of the Speaker Northern Cape Provincial Legislature

Over thirty members of the Black Management Forum (BMF) attended a strategic meeting organised by its local leadership on July 12, 2016.  The meeting was held at the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality council chambers and was attended by its provincial chairperson, Doctor Tshegofatso Gopane and a guest speaker from Johannesburg specialising in human resources management and training, Mr Leonard Mashao. The guest trainer went through the necessary rungs of running a business from entrepreneurial to a fully fledged enterprise under the theme, “Leveraging Your Wealth Talent Dynamics”. He said that business aspirants or entrepreneurs ought to be focused and should not expect to let everything happen at once. On partnerships, he said that good partnership helps to share responsibilities and can be highly rewarding if used efficaciously but this venture must be premised on a sound understanding of one another. Primarily he said that it was fundamental to use people in the same business that one wants to venture into; so as to tap or exchange the knowledge to broaden the scope of maximising production. Mr Mashao said that a healthy business must invest not only from business dividends but in its resources. Trained personnel optimise production as waste of time is limited.

 

Khotso Sekhobo(branch chairperson), Andisa Mahangu (member), Leonard Mashao(HR specialist), Gregory Majeng (branch secretary), Tumi Seboko (dep branch chairperson) and Dr Tshegofatso Gopane(provincial chairperson)

            

The Northern Cape as a whole is in the hands of the ruling party judging from the recent local government elections.

Party loyalists can boast of the electoral supremacy because of numerical figures that were predominantly skewed towards the revolutionary movement’s direction. The rural elderly majority does not understand any slogan that comes from any emerging political parties and as such believe moving away from the ANC is perceived as great betrayal of self and country in the broader sense.

However if political pundits are to engage their analytic semantics, the ruling party almost bit the dust as the recent percentages were somehow undernourished compared with the previous ones. Since the game of politics is broad enough, similarly there is a galaxy of reasons that could be considered to be a precipitate to the decline of votes cast in favour of the ruling party. Moving along electoral campaigns up to the Election Day and from one party to another there was a miscellany of scenarios that manifested in the process that were a good pendulum to determine what was in the mind of the voter. Accurate or not, voters from the region and, possibly countrywide, wanted the ANC office bearers to give them ears on who is to lead them within their defined parameters. As factions took the centre stage in the party they were an entry point for the opposition to rule the roost. The strength of the party is not at the top echelons of power but ideologically at the bottom, that is, at branch levels where its bone marrow hinges around. Political branches where chairpersons and secretaries are chosen through determined character to represent the movement are the nucleus or nerve centre of any political movement’s strength but were inadvertently short-changed of their preferred candidates. As the party was quite aware and resplendent with these theories it came out with near suicidal experiments that nearly made the ship to capsize by imposing the so-called preferred candidates by the elitists. The wanton change of candidates against the will of branches was a clear detriment that nearly jeopardised the loyalty of staunch supporters of the party who among the elders decided not to cast their valuable votes and the capricious youths decided to jump the floor as a way of crucifying those that were against the will of the majority. The leadership, at all levels, must come down and get the appropriate echoes of preference before endorsing false cadres. False cadres are members who want to harvest where they did not plant. You cannot plant a feather and expect chickens to grow. In life we are rewarded by our sweat where high level of diligence is a prerequisite. The specification of politics is to come down to the people, listen to them and dance with them so that as you aim at climbing the political ladder they don’t pull you down but make it lean on them. As a result when a big party is fumbling the younger ones, like the rambling trees, meander around its trunk to reach the sun hence the opposition parties found the plums too ripe to harvest. This is just but an analysis around the ANC’s mistakes derived from the region and a rude awakening as South Africans know where and when to outwit the politician, the ballot box.    

A battle of the titans was set at Mereting Guest House in Kuruman where the Black Management Forum (BMF) invited prominent figureheads to discuss pertinent developments around business and the freedom enjoyed in the country.

Well attended by its members and more aspirants, the evening function was graced by MEC for Agriculture honourable Norman Shushu and the General Manager for South32 Mr Jason Rajan - also the key panellists who kept the debate alive.

Under the theme “Freedom has been good to business but has business been good to Freedom?” the debate was thought-provoking and, at the same time, seeking to balance the scales in real life situations.

There was a collated consensus that freedom attracted both foreign and domestic investments into the country. However in the conjecture that business, especially the multi-national conglomerates whom have been harvesting in manifolds in the country, has that enjoyment been extended to the emerging entrepreneur in the country for her or his growth.

Not because he is strategically in the core of politics, the honourable Mr Shushu rode through the lanes of democracy linking them with the prevailing bottlenecks in the emerging economies, including that of the Republic of South Africa. He said that the country had trade sanctions and therefore had little space, if any, during the apartheid era, but when that trade harbinger had been overcome, the business sector crossed the river Rubicon and expanded beyond measure.

He said that the global market was availed by freedom. As profits quadrupled, the business community ran away from the biblical business covenant or decree which stipulates “Render Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”. Tax evasion is at the order of the day in most companies in which the state is a victim.

There was a unanimous consensus that the business is unpatriotic while shedding crocodile tears to government. A living example was set that during good times employers give “between 5-10%” increments to workers begrudgingly. When hard times come they reduce salaries by 25% and above, threatening to retrench them instead of sharing the good profits gained in the past. “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” Proverbs 30: 25.

 

Agriculture MEC honourable Norman Shushu with South32 General Manager at as guest speakers at the BMF function.     

The unlawful election of the mayor of the Gamagara local municipality must be set aside and a lawful election held within the next seven days. This is according to the provincial leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Andrew Louw.

Due to fears inflamed by internal factionalism, the ANC councillors wrongfully insisted that the election of a mayor must be held by a show of hands. But Schedule 3(6)(a) of the Local Government : Municipal Structures Act clearly states that the voting must be done by secret ballot.

They knew their internal fighting had reached the level where some of their councillors would have voted for the DA candidate if the election was done lawfully.

What makes this illegal election all the more shocking is the fact that the MEC of Co-operative Governance sat idly by and approved the blatant violation of our country’s laws. This is the same man who wanted to invoke the Constitution and dissolve the municipal council, but apparently lacks even the basic knowledge of the laws regulating local governance.

The Democratic Alliance has sent theirr demand for a lawful election to the municipal manager. According to Mr Louw, the DA will be taking further action if their demand is not met.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has entered into the mainstream municipal activities in the district through proportional representation (PR).

According to its young and vibrant regional chairperson, Mr Penyo Ohentswe, the party managed to attract twelve proportional representatives dotted in the three local municipalities namely Gamagara (1), Ga-Segonyana (5) and Joe Morolong (6).

He said that while the main objective of the party was to take full responsibility of the municipalities, it appreciates that its existence and voice have been however legitimised by the ballot box.

Mr Ohentswe said that these representatives will prove that the party was not chosen by the people to rubber-stamp decisions in council meetings, but to justify every piece of expenditure in order to nip in the bud the notorious disclaimers consistently characterised by some municipalities.

He further emphasised that the party regalia will symbolise their presence in councils though they may not be inscribed. The party becomes the official opposition in the district and has vowed to intensify its mark in the region by maintaining its anti-corruption campaigns in governance.

Exuding the party’s characteristic tone, Mr Ohentswe frankly stated that they are not going for a wedding party with the ANC-dominated councils but to ensure there was visible improvement in service delivery.

Mr Ohentswe becomes the first councillor at the district municipality representing the EFF.

 

Mr Penyo Ohentswe EFF regional chairperson and new PR councillor at the district municipality.                    

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