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Bana Balang is published by the Ithuteng Dipuo Foundation as a service to the youth along with teachers and parents of the North West and parts of Northern Cape Provinces. Manager Editor Layout Marketing Sales Sales Sales


Hubertus Mostert Sonja Vermaak Evelyn Piek Letitia Mostert Miles Mokwena Thabo Mpolokeng Petrus Sotyantya

Bana Balang Project is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund The NLDTF relies on funds generated by the Naonal Loery. The Loeries Act idenes the manner in which NLDTF funding may be allocated. The Minister of Trade & Industry, on the recommendaon of the industry experts in the relevant Distribung Agency, makes the policy that guides the allocaon of funds to beneciaries. It is the aim of the NLDTF that the grants made will make a dierence to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable. The NLDTF is dedicated to improving sustainability of the beneciary organisaons it funds. The NLDTF currently has in the region of R2 billion a year to distribute to registered non-prot organisaons in the elds of charies; arts, culture and naonal heritage; and sport and recreaon that meet the qualifying criteria.

100 000 copies distributed twice per quarter to schools in urban and rural areas of North West and Northern Cape.

The NLDTF places emphasis on areas of greatest need and greatest potenal, so that all South Africans can gain from, and contribute to, South Africa’s development.

From the editor Let’s go for it in 2012! A New Year, new goals, new resolutions, new expectations! What a privilege to be alive in 2012. Many people I know, and maybe even a few that you know, never thought that this year would ever come. A new year gives us a chance at a new beginning: A new Grade at school, a new job maybe, even a new family for some. We only have one life... Let’s live it to the full.

In this issue Eish, Go nna moswa ga go bonolo... Potchefstroom Library Competition Mekgwa go ka amogela madi Doctor Eve explains Epilepsy Child Passenger safety Win Ster Kinekor movie tickets Learn more about the Mayor of Matolosana Rugby t-shirts up for grabs Meet our new Recycling Buddies

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Put whatever extra time you have into your studies and make a success of this year! I am sure that with perseverance and hard work we can all make a success of whatever 2012 can throw at us. In English we have an idiom that says: Procrastination is the thief of time! To procrastinate means to put something off until a later stage. Isn’t this so true? If we keep extending deadlines, keep saying we will nish a job tomorrow, keep promising ourselves that we will complete an assignment later, we end up with too little time to complete it or just not doing it at all! Let’s make 2012 a doing year. One where we put our minds to a task and complete it. One where we can account for what we have done. If we diligently do this, I am sure that when we look back at the year we will see many accomplishments and a lot of success.

Our Heritage - inherited from the past, passed on by people, experiences and events that have come before us. Sacrices were made by our unsung heroes and heroines. Let us celebrate our heritage with fun and laughter but remember to: • Celebrate our successes and share our story - it is a story to be proud off. Our unique combinations of nationalities create refreshing ideas to do things. • Learn our national anthem. It is he only anthem with ve different languages. • Learn the story of our ag and be proud of it. Our ag is the third most recognised ag in the world • Learn more about other races in South Africa and open your eyes to the wonderful diversity of our nation. • And naly live “UBUNTU” “I am because we are”. Our country is about togetherness and teamwork and if we believe and live that, we will keep our rainbow nation the example for generations to come in our own country and to other nations.

The council received a pleasant surprise as the whole community and scholars, was most enthusiastic about partaking in the name giving of the Southern District municipality. Suggestions was submitted via a competition in the local newspapers and the on the 1st October 2007 there was a majority vote for the name change from Southern District to Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality. Dr Kenneth Kaunda, was born in the former Rhodesia later called Zambia. Like both his parents Dr Kaunda was a teacher before embarking his political career which started in 1950. In 1964 he was elected President of Zambia a post he left in 1991. Dr Kaunda was on the forefront in liberation the whole of Africa. As retired politician serves the eminent group of former heads of states – The Elders like Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and others, sharing their leadership and wisdom to the challenges facing the Africa continent. This international ambassador of HIV and Aids, is known as the father of peace. Dr Kenneth Kaunda ‘Know yourself, know your world’ literacy competition was graced and supported by Dr Kaunda himself, which shows his involvement stretch far more than just a name. We are carrying the name off a man with greatness, virtue and impeccable credentials. We owe it to the youth to educate them about the great men and women that helped changed our future. Dr Kaunda is affectionately known, he is an inspiration to the youth and residents of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District.


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Go Goga

Matsalano a a bokoa

Go kwadilwe mme go buiwa thata ka ga kotsi ya go goga mo mmeleng. Go buiwa thata mme e bile batho ga ba tlhole ba ela se tlhoko malatsing a gompieno. Ntlha ke gore bokgakga(nicotine) ke e nngwe ya diritibatsi tse di go tshwarang go feta tsotlhe mo lefatsheng mme go tlogela go goga morago go thata tota. Lebelela fela mathata a a mo bathong ba ba gogang go lemoga gore ga se maaka go re go goga go fetsa boitekanelo. Ka jalo, SE SIMOLOLE go goga! Nyaa, go goga ga go COOL! Ke eng se se leng COOL fa o nkga mosi mo moweng le mo mmeleng.

A wena o tsena mo matsalanong a a sa siamang? Tlhokomela batho ba tirisompe ba ba dirang gore o inyatse kampo ba go betse mo bofelong! Fa se e le nnete ka mo bophelong jwa gago o tlhoka go bona Moemanokeng mme o bone thuso ya go se tsene kampo go tswa mo matsalanong a a jalo. Fa e le gore ditsala tsa gago di go bolelela gore matsalano a gago ga a a siama o tshwanetse go simolola go ba utlwa. Tswa mo mathateng a fa o sa kgona, noga ya go bonwa ga e lome!


Nako e nngwe re tle re inyatse mme re se ikutlwe monate. Fa motho a na le boitshwaro jwa go inyatsago dira gore o kobe batho le ditsala mme se gape se dira gore o ba lapise. Se se go ja maatla a bophelo mme se se dira gore o se kgone sepe mme o gogelwe fatshe. Tsaya dikgato ka mo bophelong jwa gago, se dire batho ba go gate, itseele boikarabelo mme o gole o nne motho wa nnete. Dumela mo Modimong mme o nne ngwana wa kgosi! Ga o selo fela! O ka se tshepe batho botlhe nako yotlhe gore ba go thuse mme ema o ithuse ka bowena. Moitseanape a kile a re: “Ga re bone lefatshe jaaka le ntse mme re le bona jaaka re ntse.�

Go na le palo e nnye fela ya baĹĄwa ba ba fetsang sekolo kwa ntle ga go leka le go leka go wa diritibatsi tsa mofuta mongwe kwa meketeng le kwa dibeĹĄheng. Ditiragalo di dintsi mme bontsi ba bone ba tla di leka mme ba di dirisa. Fa o di dirisa o ka akanya gore wena o ka di fenya mme di ka se go laole. Fa batho ba kgona go tlogela diritibatsi, ke ka lebaka lefe gore go tletse ditheo tsa go thusa badirisadiritibatsi? Ke goreng baĹĄwa ba bantsi jalo ba fela ba ipolaile kampo ba bolaiwa ke diritibatsi? Go ithusa le go thusa balelapa ba gago re ka go kopa gore o se tsamaye tsela e e kotsi e!

Maikutlo a go inyatsa

Go se robale sentle Mmele wa gago o tlhoka gore o robale go lekalekana. Palogare ya nako ya go robala ke diura di le 7 go ya go 8 ka bosigo. Mongwe le mongwe a tle a se robale masigo a mangwe mme ka mekete e sa fele ka bosigogare batho ba tle ba se robale go lekalekana. Go botlhokwa gore o itlwaedise go robala diura tse di go siametseng. Se gape se sa siamang ke go ithuta bosigo botlhe pele o kwala ditlhatlhobo. Boko jo bo lapileng ga bo kgone go akanya sentle!

Go se ikatise ka gale Batho botlhe ba tle ba lape mme ba lale fela ka mo sofeng mme se dule fela nako yotlhe. O tlhoka go ikatisa ka gale. Ga go tlhokege gore o taboge dimmarathone kampo o dire diaerobiki tse di thata mme o ka gwanta fela palonyana ya kilomitara letsatsi le letsatsi. O tlhoka go ikatisa gore o dule o itekanetse. Fa o ithuta kampo o dira o ka se kgone go na le nako e ntsi go ikatisa ka gore o tlabo o dutse mo morago ga tafole.

Go lebelela TV nako yotlhe TV ke go itisa le go ikgatlhisa gangwe le gape fela fa o lapile. Fela se lebale gore bophelo ga se go dula fela o lebeletse TV - se simolole go dira TV tsala ya gago go na le gore o ne le batho ba ditsala. TV nako yotlhe ke maitemogelo a batho ba bangwe a a seng a gago, ke dikgang le diporokerama tsa boammaaruri fela tse di bontshang nnete. Tsena mo bophelong mme o age maitemogelo a gago mme lebelela fela diporokerama tse di leng tsa gago tsa mamoratwa. Nyaa, o ka se nne le tsa mamoratwa di le 29 le go feta....

Go nwa dinotagi thata Batho ba bantsi fa ba gola ba simolola go nwa thata fa ba sa tlhole ba nna le batsadi. Dinotagi di nnile karolo ya setso sa batho. Tlhokomela thata! Ditlwaelo tse di sa siamang di ka go tshwara mme di ka go tlisetsa mathata fa bophelo bo tsweletse. Se nwe o be o kgweetsa dikoloi mme ela tlhoko thata fa o sa kgone go fetisa letsatsi o sa nwe sengwenyana kampo fa o simolola o nwa gore o idibale. Fa go le jalo o setse o tlhoka thuso.

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On the 23rd of July 2011 14 Schools participated on the Fun day, hosted by Bana Balang, in Mohadin. It was a day lled with fun, dance and games as the photos show. We would like to thank all our sponsors, learners and teachers for making it a memorable day. See you at our next FUN DAY!


Re le batho ba ba phelang nako e nngwe re na le mathata go tlhaloganya gore go na le batho ba ba lekang go ipolaya le ba ba ipolayang. Re bua thata ka ga boipolao mme re bona ba ba ipolayang molato thata. Ra re: “A o a itse gore go na le batho ba bantsi ba ba nnang le ntwa ya go phela kwa Hospice le mo di-ICU ka mo dipetleleng, motho a ka rata go ipolayang jang?” Ka Lt. Kol. Retha Watson: EHW - Ditirelo tsa Bosaekholoji Fa motho a kgona o ka fa motho kemonokeng gore o mo thuse ka kemonokeng e e siameng thata, go mo raya gore botlhoko botlhe bo ka thusiwa ka gore ga go mathata ape a a tlhokang gore motho a ipolaye. A se o tlile wa se utlwa? Ntlha e kgolo e re fosang mo go yone ke gore batho ba ba akanyang go ipolaya ba rata go ka swa mme ba rata go sia matlhoko a bone a khuduego. Fa re ka kgona go se bone batho ba molato re ka kgona go ba ema nokeng le go boloka maphelo. Re tshwanetse go tlhaloganya gore mo bathong ba bangwe, mathata le matlhoko a bone a khuduego a bonwa a le kgolo thata go ka kgonwa mme ba sa bone gore ba tswelele ka bophelo. Fa motho a kgona o ka fa motho kemonokeng gore o mo thuse ka kemonokeng e e siameng thata, go mo raya gore botlhoko botlhe bo ka thusiwa ka gore ga go mathata ape a a tlhokang gore motho a ipolaye. Go na le dintlha tse dintsi tse di dirang gore batho ba ipolae kampo ba leke kampo ba akanye go ipolaya mme tse kgolo ke go tshwarwa ke kgatelelo le go tlhoka lesedi. Go tlhoka lesedi go ka tlisiwa ke kgatelelo, tshenyegelo, matsalano a a sa siamang, mabaka a lorato, tlhokotiro, malwetsi le ditlhabi tse di maswe, bohumanegi, kgatelelo kwa tirong kampo kgethololo le go bonwa molato kwa tirong. Mo dinakong tse dingwe go se na lesedi ka mo bophelong go ka tlisiwa ke go tlhabiwa ke ditlhong le maikutlo a go ipona molato le go inyatsa ka ntlha ya gore go na le mabaka a a sa tlhokegeng. Go tlhoka lesedi ka mo bophelong ga se fela sengwe se o ka tswang mo go sone ka pele. Se se ka fodisang le go fetola bophelo jwa motho yo a sa boneng le sedi ke go mo thusa ka pele jaanong jaana ka go mo nosa melemo le go thusiwa ke ngaka. Ntlha e nngwe e e tlisang boipolao le dikakanyo tsa teng ke botagi le tirisompe ya diritibatsi. Diritibatsi le dinotagi di ka oketsa kakanyo ya go se bone lesedi mme di fokotsa boikatlholo le boitaolo. Fa re kgona go lemoga diponagalo tsa boipolao re ka kgona go thusa motho ka pele ka kemonokeng e e tlhokegang. Go iketla le go se ikatumetse mo mothong yo go ka se go mo thuse. Go bua le motho go thusa nako yotlhe. Nako e nngwe nna moreetsi fela. Jaaka Modimo a go bopile ka ditsebe tse pedi le molomo o le mongwe, reetsa gabedi pele o ka bua gangwe. Fa motho yo a bona gore ga o tle go mmona molato le go mo atlhola kampo go mo rerela, a ka simolola go bua le wena le go go bolelela se se mo tshwenyang le se a se utlwang. Go botlhokwa thata gore o bitse thuso ya batho ba ba rutegileng jaaka mosaekholoji kampo ngaka ya tlhogo. Fa o sa itse gore o dire eng, ikopantse le ba Boitekanelo jwa Badiri ba SAPS kampo Senthara ya Mogala ya Boitekanelo kwa 0860 10 30 55. Malatsi otlhe le diura tsotlhe.

We have had the privilege to meet this remarkable young lady. She was crowned Miss Potchefstroom for 2010 and Miss North West in 2011. Participating in the”King and Queen of the Universe 2011” Competition on the 24th September 2011 in Pretoria, she walked away with the crown.


came back with crown

This young lady is surely a role model for all young women out there. She is sincere and friendly and radiates condence. Charmaine believes in positive thinking and to speak from the heart. This young lady loves to negotiate with situations, to nd a positive outcome. Charmaine is also a lady that believes - if you want something done you roll up your sleeves and you go for it. With her reign as Miss Potchefstroom and Miss North West she did quite a bit of charity work and thus better the lives of others around her. So all young ladies out there keep an eye on her and learn from Charmaine, she is a positive role model that is a proof that dreams can come true for all of us out there. Charmaine is now the new voice of Bana Balang and you’ll be able to hear her on Aganang FM, Star FM and Masa FM.

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Friends of the Library Vriende van die Biblioteek 083 311 2919 072 504 2075

1. Millicent Gqaliso 2. Kgotatso Tlapi 3. Gontse Leburu GR. 7-9 1. Kgotlello Tlapi 2. Naledi Phoko 3. Karabo Diale GR. 10-12 1. Nhlabathe Thato 2. Mashoge Kgomotso



GR. 4-6


1. Otlotleng Nyokeng 2. Tsekiso David Oliphant GR. 7-9 1. Lerato Lehihi 2. Anmari van der Merwe 3. Lerato Motsapi GR. 10-12 1. André Roodt 2. Atiyah Osman-Latib 3. Mathapelo Pitso


Comments & complaints Klagtes & gedagtes 018 299 5051/2

GR. 4-6


Renewals Hernuwings 018 299 5070

Potchefstroom Libraries hosted two competitions where learners could enter. The WRITING and ART COMPETITION consisted of three categories respectively. It was fantastic to see the amount of enthusiasim all participants showed toward this competition! We would like to thank all of you, and congratulate our winners!


Enquiries Navrae 018 299 5061

1. Luan Roos 2. Kyla du Plessis 3. Edrich Cronje GR. 7-9 1. Carla Redelinghuys 2. Mareli Serfontein 3. Lize Erasmus GR. 10-12 1. Marina Kok 2. Jo-Hanné Linde 3. Marna Erasmus


GR. 4-6

Grade R Grade 3 Grade 5

1. Marco Oosthuizen 1. Balela Pule 1. Dané Holtzhausen 2. Amelia le Roux 3. Zander Labuschagne

Grade 6

1. Heili Potgieter 2. Lize Botha 3. Michelle Wiese 1. Carla Redelinghuys 2. Marelize Taggart 3. Jodeon Rosin 4. Chané Steyn

Grade 7

Grade R Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 6

Grade 7

1. Kumalo Themba 1. Baxana Johannes 1. Koketso Lecweleng 1. Kutlwano Leburu 2. Malebo Dlomo 3. Thabang Kgamadi 1. Mpho Sarah Ilanke 2. Vuyo Busakwe 3. Kamogelo Moshou 4. Bakang Kraai


Grade 11 & 12

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SMS the word ‘doctor’ followed by you question to 33110 Dear Dr Eve, I have epilepsy and I have been having ts and after the t I cry intensively. What causes this and what happens during an epileptic t? - Tumi

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Dear Tumi Few experiences match the drama of a convulsive seizure (epileptic t). A person having a severe seizure may cry out, fall to the oor unconscious, twitch or move uncontrollably, drool, or even lose bladder control. Within minutes, the attack is over, and the person regains consciousness but is exhausted and dazed. This is a very scary thing for the person who is having the t as well as for others around them who do not know or realise what is really happening. What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally. During a seizure, neurons re much faster than the normal. In some people, this happens only occasionally; for others, it may happen up to hundreds of times a day. • Epilepsy is not contagious and is not caused by mental illness or mental retardation. • Many people with epilepsy have normal or above-average intelligence. • Many famous people and even Olympic medallists who are known or rumoured to have had epilepsy. • Seizures sometimes do cause brain damage, particularly if they are severe. However, most seizures do not seem to have a detrimental effect on the brain. What Causes Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a disorder with many possible causes. Anything that disturbs the normal pattern of neuron activity – from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development — can lead to seizures. How can Epilepsy be Treated? Once epilepsy is diagnosed, it is important to begin treatment as soon as possible. Research suggests that medication and other treatments may be less successful in treating epilepsy once seizures and their consequences become established. I trust that this information is of help.

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- Madikeledi Maria Lerefolo -

Heelang,batsadi ba Afrika,naare lo tsenwe ke eng Lo a reng lo tsenelela bana lo ba bolaisa dithupa? Lo a reng go sotlaka mewa ya bana ba lona? Mme,ke ka ntlha ya eng o batla go nna mamba? Bothito jwa lorato Iwa gago lo kae mme? Maikarabelo a gago mo baneng a ile kae mme? A o lebala fa e le wena motsharathipa ka fa bogaleng? Mme,lesa go tlhola o orisitse bana molelo ba kotame. Rre,tlogela go itira Goliate. Batsadi lo ka reetswa jang lo itirile ditshetlha tsa dipoa? Bana ba dula ba le mo matswalong ka ntlha ya lona. Ditlhaloganyo tsa bona di senyegile; Di senyegile ka ntlha ya go sa akanye ka tshwanelo. Batsadi,go ntse; go lekane,iketleng. Mmuso, thusang ka ditshotlako tse di mo malapeng. MaAfrika,ntwa ga e age motse. Batsadi dulang le bana ba lona fa fatshe. Lo ba tlhalosetse masaikategang a botshelo. Lo ba neele dikgakololo tse di ntseng sentle. Dikgakololo tse di tla tsogang dib a aga.

We would like to thank MIDWAY for the sponsorship of buses for our Bana Balang FUNDAY, held in Potchefstroom


Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or discharge passengers, children should not rely on them to do so.

Although this is regarded as safe transport there are certain dangers, particularly before and after riding the bus. It is important to remind children about safety on the street and on the school bus. Elementary school children in particular are at high risk of being hit by a car when crossing the street because they: • • • • • •

Cannot judge the speed or distance of moving vehicles Are easily distracted and can focus only on one thing at a time Cannot determine the direction of sounds Have a visual eld that is one-third narrower than an adult’s Do not understand how much time and distance is necessary for a vehicle to stop Are hidden by parked cars and bushes

Parents are encouraged to teach their youngsters these rules for getting on and off the school bus: • Dress properly for the weather. Make sure all drawstrings, ties, straps, etc. on all clothing, backpacks and other items, are shortened or removed to lessen the likelihood of them getting caught in bus doors, railings or aisles. • Get to the bus stop at least ve minutes early. • When waiting for the bus, stay away from trafc and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness. Do not stray onto streets, alleys or private property. • Line up away from the street or road as the school bus approaches. • Wait until the bus comes to a complete standstill and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway. • Wait for the signal from the driver before approaching the bus. • Enter the bus in single le. • Use the hand rail when stepping onto the bus. • When on the bus, nd a seat and sit down. Loud talking or other noise can distract the bus driver and is not allowed. Never put head, arms or hands out of the window. • Always listen to the driver’s instructions. Be courteous to the driver and other students. • Listen carefully when the driver or teacher shows you where the emergency exits are. • Keep aisles clear - books or bags are tripping hazards and can block the way in an emergency. • Before you reach your stop, get ready to leave by getting your books and belongings together.

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At your stop, wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat. Then, walk to the front door and exit, using the hand-rail. Never crawl under a bus. If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least ten feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road, until you can turn around and see the driver. Make sure that the driver can see you. Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross. When the driver signals, walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden trafc changes. Do not cross the center-line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking. Stay away from the bus’s rear wheels at all times. Never run back to the bus, even if you dropped or forgot something. It is also suggested that parents review with their children the correct way to cross the street. Youngsters should always stop at the curb or the edge of the road and look right, then left, and then right again before crossing. They should continue looking in this manner until they are safely across. If students’ vision is blocked by a parked car or other obstacle, they should move out to where drivers can see them and they can see other vehicles - then stop, and look right-left-right again.

Inspired by the incredible true story of a courageous dolphin named Winter who was rescued off the Florida coast after her tail became caught in a crab trap, this family movie details her ght to survive and the group of compassionate people who banded together to help her when she needed human help most of all. The lm centres in particular on the unique bond between the injured dolphin and a young boy. After Winter loses her tail in the accident that almost killed her, her young friend convinces the locals to build her a prosthetic replacement, inspiring hope and courage in the local community as well as in handicapped people across the globe. Be one of 5

lucky winners to each receive a double movie ticket by answering this easy question

A Dolphin Tale is a story about a dolphin who was rescued.

What is this dolphin’s name? SMS the word ‘ticket’, followed by your answer, name, school name & contact number to 33110 Closing Date - 30 March 2012 SMS cost R1.50 per entry - Free SMS’s do not apply

BRITS - 012 250 1844 Contact: Suzette RUSTENBURG - 014 537 3484 Contact: Lefu KLERKSDORP - 018 464 1425 Contact: Sean POTCHEFSTROOM RIVERWALK 018 297 1827 Contact: Yolandi POTCHEFSTROOM MOOIRIVIER MALL 018 293 1502 Contact: Danie

Angling to new hights The South African Freshwater Bank Angling Federation and the North West Parks and Tourism Board hosted the 2011 Junior National (Angling) Championships at the Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve, Verlatenkraal. The 3-day Championships begun on the 12th and went on till 14th December 2011 The National Champs were: 3rd Position: North West Province 2nd Position: Kwa Zulu Natal 1st Position: Central Gauteng Province

Bana Balang Project is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund

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Bana Balang - 1/2012  

Bana Balang is a youth magazine, published by Ithuteng Dipuo Foundation. Distributed free of charge learners in their mother tongue Setswana...

Bana Balang - 1/2012  

Bana Balang is a youth magazine, published by Ithuteng Dipuo Foundation. Distributed free of charge learners in their mother tongue Setswana...