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TH E LIFEST Y LE M AGA Z IN E O F TH E N O RTH W EST P R OVIN CE

PLATINUM living

GET OUT AND DO IT!

ISSUE 10

10th ISSUE!

Rock ‘n roll beauty

KARLIEN VAN JAARSVELD and their People unusual passions

Issue 10: R29.00 (VAT incl.)

Communing with nature TAU GAME LODGE MISS SOUTH AFRICA FINALISTS preparing for the big day

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AMAZING ADRENALIN packed activities for

you to do!

From go-carting to hot new salons it’s all HOT AND HAPPENING, business NEWS, Subscription special OFFER


Stay for another day! Rich in Culture and beauty the North West Province invites you to stay for another day and experience... • Our battlefields and museums • Our game parks and reserves • Our art and music • Our mountains and lakes • Our people...

www.nwpg.gov.za

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Lalele Pottery page 52

art and design 48

Bojanala film week

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Artist Rudolph Tshie - a sense of place

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La Leen is inspired by mosaic

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Kobus van Wyk – continental flair in Potchefstroom

focus on travel

Contents

Karlien van Jaarsveld page 24

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New website and information kiosk in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District

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Tau Game Lodge – paradise in Madikwe Game Reserve

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Meandering around the Magaliesberg

feature 24

Queen of Afrikaans pop – Karlien van Jaarsveld

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Kgosi Nyalala Pilane of the BakgatlaBa-Kgafela

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Miss South Africa finalists – top 20

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People and their passions – meet four interesting North Westers

focus on business 30

Business news

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The future is here – Rustenburg Rapid Transport

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Celebrating excellence – Professor Susan Visser

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Investment opportunities in the manufacturing sector – Invest North West

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People’s radio

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The Premier talks about farming

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Entrepreneurs go on a marketing workshop

Sunset in Madikwe Game Reserve page 58


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Exploring caves page 70

into the wild 69

Snake Course in Harties

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Outdoor fun – from cave diving to abseiling

sport 87

Sports news

focus on food 88

Eating out at Hunters Rest

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Executive chef John Carelse shares some of his recipes

Duck and lentil salad page 90

regulars 8

Editor’s letter

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Contributors and letters

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What’s hot and happening in the North West

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Upcoming events

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Platinum Living goes digital

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Events that have happened around our Province: Rustenburg Executive Mayor supports ‘greening’ of local school, Sedibelo Festival and dance extravaganza by Kloof View Primary

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Map

On the cover The longest Zip slide in the world Page 77

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Wild cave adventures gets the blood flowing.

t is with great pride, determination and resilience that Platinum

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Living has hit double figures. I’m not going to say that it’s been easy, what has been easy is meeting all the wonderful people in the North

West, sharing their dreams with you and showcasing that ineffable quality of North Westers to bounce back, forgive, share and love. It’s such a beautiful place to live – this North West Province – but it’s also a hard place, with self belief being the niggly cousin we’re always wrestling with. In ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ meet a group of women who are given the opportunity to hone valuable skills and market themselves with renewed confidence and self-belief – inspiring and a great read (page 46). People who are passionate about what they do are magnetic and Michael Tellinger, Jerry Huang, Chris Seabelo and Shinon Zahos are no different.

Their passions are diverse but their reason for doing it is always the same (page 80). Everyone seems a bit tired at this time of the year and so its time to rev up that adrenalin, face those fears, challenge yourself to any one of the amazing adventure-packed activities (page 70). Diversity is what the North West is about, I love the fact that I can read about Afrikaans pop sensation Karlien van Jaarsveld (page 24) and then be taken on an incredible journey with Kgosi Pilane of the Bakgatla nation (page 31). Look out for our e-newsletter coming to you bi-monthly and visit our website for updates on events that are happening.

Beverley editor@platinumliving.co.za

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STAYING OVER Take time out at Tau Game Lodge, for great food, caring staff and good prices.

People and their passions, Michael Tellinger’s solving the mystery


letters@platinumliving.co.za

Write to: Letters, Platinum Living PO Box 126, Boons, 0334, North West Province Fax: 014 592 9052 E-mail: letters@platinumliving.co.za

THE TEAM Editor Beverley Parr editor@platinumliving.co.za 083 258 9094

Marketing and Sales Kenny Modise sales@platinumliving.co.za 082 872 4068

Hello , I just picked up the Platinum Living Issue 9 in my local Spar (here in Rustenburg).

PA to the editor

All I can say- is this magazine is such a BREATH OF FRESH AIR! The layout is clean and the writing is professional and captivating and more importantly- RESPONSIBLE!

Administration

Rouxline Thuys office@platinumliving.co.za Vanessa Bronkhorst 082 395 0001

I just wanted to say thank you for creating such a great read that truly helps people understand all the great things going on in the Northwest!

Contributing journalists

I will be subscribing too for a chance to win that spa package, ha!

Karin Petersen Lesanne Brooke Fiona Zerbst Kenny Modise Christo Valentyn

Brandi Hill

Photographers

My only wish?- It were a weekly publication :) but then I am sure quality would not be as good :).

John Parr Louise Clarke Christo Valentyn

Sales team

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Hi my name is Andile Mtombeni from Rockville in Soweto. Presently I am working at one of the Platinum Mines here in Rustnburg. Before I saw the Platinum Living Magazine I thought North West is a really boring place with nothing to entertain the eyes but after buying the Platinum Living Magazine at Tlhabane Spar I couldn’t believe my eyes. I saw places captured in the magazine like small heavens. Places that are exotic and affordable to be visited. This magazine really knows how to promote products and destinations in the North West Province. For me this publication gives local people and visitors the overview of how important tourism is in our country. I honestly respect and salute the editor and her team to bring such a different product in our country. Bev keep up the good work and the standard higher and higher. I can’t wait to visit one of the places I read about in the magazine “Shepherd’s Tree Lodge”.

Stallmann who won the Kwa Maritane competition. Christine wins a two night weekend stay for two people sharing at Kwa Maritane Lodge, in hotel accommodation. The prize includes dinner and breakfast daily. Valued at R8000.00

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Design and layout Beverley Parr Verity Phiri

Printers Colors

Distribution Ezweni Distribution On sale at selected Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay, PNA, SPAR, major hotels, guest lodges and other leading outlets. Tel: 014 592 6681

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Andile Mtombeni Soweto

And the winner is ... Congratulations to Christine

Martie Nel (all areas) marketing@platinumliving.co.za Kenny Modise (Rustenburg) sales@platinumliving.co.za

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WORLD CLASS FACILITIES IN RUSTENBURG Rustenburg has outstanding community and public centres that are well maintained and are available for everyone's use.


RUSTENBURG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL

RUSTENBURG CIVIC CENTER

Hosts a lot of Inter-school swimming gala’s and is also open to the public. Swimming lessons also available. Open times:Mon - Fri: 09h00 till 18h00 Sat: 10h00 - 18h00 | Sun: 14h00 - 18h00.

A state-of-the-art centre in Rustenburg, the Civic centre’s surrounded by lush gardens, ample parking and beautiful views. Caters for all kinds of events. Contact: (014) 590 3414/3518

Contact: (014) 590 3291

RUSTENBURG INFORMATION CENTER

OLYMPIA PARK STADIUM

The Visitor Infomation Centre is a partnership between Xtrata Mines and the Rustenburg Local Municipality. Here you will find all the information you need while in Rustenburg.

Olympia Park Stadium was the world cup training

Contact: Ms Tebogo Molete 014 597 0904 | tmolete@rustenburg.gov.za

spot for soccer teams in 2010. Here a packed stadium cheers on its favourite soccer teams and cricketing fans watch ODI's. Contact: Jairus Magwete 014 594 0191 | 083 964 5309

Office of the Executive Mayor - 014 590 3004 | Human Resource - 014 590 3039 Corporate Suppor t - 014 590 3016 | Municipal Manager - 014 590 3531 | Community Development - 014 590 3104 www.rustenburg.gov.za


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Junior Ranger Programme It’s summer and the weather is fantastic so time to get out to Kwa Maritane or Bakubung Bush Lodge for those delicious sunday lunches. There is an extra bonus for children because you can enrol them in the adventurous junior ranger programme, giving you much needed adult time alone and giving your children the opportunity to learn about being a junior ranger.

Kwa Maritne 014 552 5100 Bakubung Bush Lodge 014 552 6000

Moribo Lounge

RUSTENBURG Compiled by: Beverley Parr Photographs: Kenny Modise, Beverley Parr

SALON SIAN SASHA

Oh so stylish

Gautengers often still regard Rustenburg as a backwater, or dorp. Well if they had to see the stylish and elegant new first class hair salon they would definitely have to eat their words. Sian Sasha is owned by Charlotte and Sian van Alphen – a dynamic mother and daughter team – who have opened a contemporary urban-style salon catering to the hip, the elegant and the ‘oh so stylish’ clientele.

Kenneth Mosilo is a well travelled, hard working entrepreneur. Together with his brother Victor they’ve owned the Caltex Garage service station and centre in Mogwase since 1988 and watched how their customers have changed and increased over the years. A lover of fine dining, Kenneth realised that tourists, miners and businessmen in Mogwase, needed a place to unwind in the evenings, or enjoy a plate of good food before continuing on their journey. A smart place, somewhere they could feel comfortable, a reason to linger – which is what Moribo means – and which is how Moribo Lounge came into being. Kenneth admits that he’s a bit of a control freak. “I like to be hands on in everything”, he says. “As a graphic designer I designer all the marketing material and as a lover of good food I designed the menu and do quality control on what comes out of the kitchen,” he adds. From english breakfasts to traditional food Maribo Lounge is like a chameleon changing with the hour of the day. Family dinners make way for cocktails and a music lounge late into the night.

Moribo Lounge, 076 393 6220. Caltex Centre, Mogwase.

The walls have a wet concrete look and light is fractured through hanging chrystals making sure positive energy is in constant flow. The elegant rhino style recliners are so comfortable that you can easily fall asleep while your hair is being washed. Sian is not your average hair stylist. She is a hair designer and knows exactly how to engage with her clients; when you leave you not only feel like a million dollars but feel as though you’ve had 10 sessions of therapy too – that’s how effective and intuitive she is. Salon Sian Sasha’s is situated at Tuscany Spar, 42 Bokmakierie Avenue, in Cashan, Rustenburg.

Call Sian on: 082 210 5953 or email: salonsiansasha@gmail.com

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afikeng little pizzass to M tists and bring a ar se ca ow sh so es all out Mafikeng Mall go

Art & Craft Market 2011 Mafikeng Mall hosted an art and craft market and classic car exhibition to showcase the Mafikeng talent to the community. There were a variety of stalls throughout the mall with lots of interesting handmade items. Face paint and local bands played music that feeds your soul. The Classic Car Show was an extra edition to art as the classic car is seen as “vintage metal art”. The event was a great success and the talented artists wowed the crowds.

MAFIKENG Compiled by: Thato Molekeng Photographs: Kenny Modise

"A D8 With..." is a musical series where the public choose who will feature with a celebrity artist. Launching on the 5th November in Mafikeng the celebrity artist for the first series is the multi-talented and multi-award winning producer, DJ BLACK COFFEE. What’s interesting about this whole musical series is that music lovers get to choose, via sms, the local artist who will perform alongside the celebrity artists. It’s a great way to tap into who people want to see and what the current music trends are. It’s also a great coup that the launch of the series which will go country wide is in Mafikeng. Follow them on twitter: @ad8with For more info: 072 047 7974 / 073 193 6009 .

DJ BLACK COFFEE

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A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

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his & That is an interesting combination of gallery, novelty shop, deli and florist. Owner Bettie Joubert, has created a peaceful and tranquil retreat, a green oasis in the center of the Mafikeng CBD.

Together with her creative daughter, Hannelie (a qualified florist), son-in-law Koos Kriek (a widely acclaimed sculptor), and Rita Botha (Koos Kriek’s mother also a sculptor widely known for her “Children of the Wind” series), Bettie has brought a

bit of style and artistic culture to Mafikeng. The interior is visually stimulating, with brightly coloured paintings, bespoke floral arrangements, unusual gifts and ornaments. But it’s in the garden with its enormous trees and walls of foliage where you really feel as though you’re in the country. Here you can enjoy a light breakfast or lunch selected from the caféstyle menu before taking a leisurely stroll through the sculpture filled garden or

browse through the book store. Artists from the area are free to simply walk in and present their works for consideration. Because of this welcoming approach, word has traveled and artists from Mafikeng, Lichtenburg and many other areas in the North West regularly make their way to This & That’s doors. Make sure you do to.

Contact Hannelie on 018 381 0021 Website: www.thisandthat.co.za

Situated in the centre of Mafikeng in a restored 100 year old Victorian building, is This & That. It is here, with the aroma of fresh cut flowers washing over you, where you can buy unusual gifts, taste delicous home baked food and meet great artists like Koos Kriek.

Tel: 018 381 0021 Website: www.thisandthat.co.za Operating hours: Mon-Fri: 8-5 | Sat: 8-3 | Sun: Closed

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S OP FOR YOUNG MU SH RK O W IN RA ZO SWISS ENSEMBLE

KLERKSDORP Compiled by: Karin Petersen 082 375 4083 Photographs: Karin Petersen

POTCHEFSTROOM Compiled by: Karin Petersen 082 375 4083 Photographs: Karin Petersen

FLEA MARKET ON SATURDAY MORNINGS Visit the Sebrines Fair Fleamarket in Potchefstroom from 8.30am to 2pm every Saturday. All sorts of things are on sale with the emphasis being on handmade, homemade and unique! You are assured of getting a great range of cookies, jams, confectionaries and bottled items such as pickles, preserves. Fruit and vegetables are also for sale. Also available is a range of clothing as are a selection of books, CDs and DVD’s. Should you need a piece of art or even a piece of furniture you might just be able to find it at Sebrines Fair; both are available at the stalls.

Venue: Sebrines Fair, Potchefstroom Time: 08:30 until 14:00 Enquiriess: Tel: 018 293-3981 / Fax 086-690-3994

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THRILLS WITHOUT THE SPILLS AT RIO INTERLAGOS GO KARTING Most people would cope with their fear of heights by avoiding heights. At best, they might visit a psychologist or hypnotherapist to help confront their fears. Thuso Taukobong, however, had an entirely different approach. In order to conquer his fear of heights, he took to adventure sports. “I knew that not only would this help me with my problem but it gave me the chance to do other things like river rafting and abseiling�, says a smiling Thuso, as he sits inside his wooden office next to the go karting business he manages at the Rio casino, on the outskirts of Klerksdorp. “I have a passion for adrenaline and for adventure.� His love for thrills and spills, combined with the mentorship he has enjoyed from entrepreneur Kagiso Legobe, has resulted in a slick, fast and fun Go Kart track in the grounds of the casino which offers visitors good outdoor, family fun that is edgy and challenging. Kagiso is the 2011 winner of The Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award (ETEYA), which has become one of the key features at the Tourism Indaba, and which honours small tourism businesses around the country. This year North West's Kagiso Legobe and his Kay 2ze Gee Tours was the winner of the coveted award. Kagiso is instrumental in honing Thuso’s entrepreneurial skills. When he saw that the young man was keen on making a career out of adventure activities, he showered him with advice and business guidance, rather than cash hand-outs. “If you want something, you have to work hard� he said. “Then you can have everything�. Thuso took him at his word, learnt how to service vehicles and build tracks and is now enthusiastically growing the Go Karting business in Klerksdorp. The track accommodates all ages, skill levels, single drivers and team building groups.

Contact Us: Kagiso Legobe 6WLHPHQV%XLOGLQJ2IĂ€FH& :DOWHU6LVXOX$YH3RWFKHIVWURRP 7HO_&HOO (PDLOND\]HJHHWRXUV#JPDLOFRP_ZZZND\]HJHHWRXUVFR]D

Interlagos @Rio, is open daily from 10h00 and closes at 18h00 during the week, 21h00 on Fridays and Saturdays and at 15h00 on Sundays Reservations: (not necessary unless it is for very large groups) 073 999 9211.

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ART BISTRO One summer evening during a power outage, Heidi Barnard took a photo of her friend as he came out of the pool and sat down at the table, bathed by candlelight. The next day, upon showing the photo to another accomplished photographer, she realized that it represented an answer to something she’s been dreaming of for years. Now used as the official logo of Hartbeespoort’s new Art Bistro, located in the town’s busy Scott Street, the photo acted as a catalyst for something much better. Art Bistro combines art and photography with good food, performing arts, art classes and a framing service to bring something unique and enjoyable to the art scene. The venue is also available for private events and fundraising initiatives, bringing all the elegance of the old-world as well as the edge of contemporary design and new-age art together to create a space where everyone is welcome.

110 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort

Tel: 084 600 0038 | E-mail: info@artbistro.co.za

HARTBEESPOORT Compiled by: Christo Valentyn 082 375 4083 Photographs: Christo Valentyn

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If you’re looking for an intricately designed wedding gown, a cocktail dress to stand out in the crowd or even a magnificent dress to make your matric farewell all the more memorable, Est’ELLE Couture is the place to go. Owner and designer Estelle has been making these items since she was in Grade 10. With a keen eye for individual figures and a love of rich, textured fabrics, Estelle’s creations are mostly made to order, with her passion visible in each creation. In her showroom, currently located in the busy Scott Street of Hartbeespoort, you’ll find everything from flamboyant evening dresses to elegant evening jackets and cocktail dresses. Regardless of which option you choose, you will look like a million dollars at the big event.

108 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Tel: 083 262 1639 E-mail: globalglamour@gmail.com PLATINUM LIVING

CUPZ CAFÉ & ALICE ART The Alice Art Gallery has been a well-known haven for art lovers in Hartbeespoort for several years, but since their move to a new venue in Schoemansville, the magnificent works by Glendine, Carla Bosch, At Botha and several other artists will be seen by many more people who are not necessarily art connoisseurs. Set in a delightfully arty house straight out of a Glendine painting, complete with a life-sized windmill in the front garden, the premises is shared by the delightfully quaint Cupz Café, allowing visitors to indulge in a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a light meal while surrounded by inspiring and colourful paintings. There’s also a gift shop section with charming crafts and home décor pieces, making Cupz Café and Alice Art the perfect place for a visit with friends or a quiet afternoon of inspiration. Indulge yourself indoors or in the peaceful, farm-like garden and leave refreshed.

Marais Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort Tel: 083 455 3975 | E-mail: Yolanda@aliceartharties.co.za


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TRADING UNDER THE TREES Market-day magic hits Magaliesburg once again, with the MelonRouge monthly market! A treasure trove of varied goods are spread on tables under trees. A friendly, relaxed vibe and live guitar music seduces the wandering shopper. Allow yourself to be tempted by home-made delights, clothes and household items, second hand furniture, trinkets, Compiled by: Lesanne Brooke 082 375 4083 colourful craft items and much Photographs: Louise Clarke more.

MAGALIESBURG

When you are sated on the shop and chat, retire to the restaurant – a casual outdoor affair, where children can chase chickens, or play in the sandpit and adults can linger over slow-food and country-style hospitality. Regular stall-holders include Fresh n Funky farm stall, TangyDressing pre-loved garments, Masakhane Community Crafts, Blue Cheese Antiques, Eve’s Kitchen and Goat Peter’s Cheeses. There are delicious rusks and baked goods, pancakes, home-made Parma ham, jams, olive oil body creams and second hand books. Make a note in your diary for the third Saturday of every month. How can you resist?

09.00 – 15.00 (3rd Saturday in the month) MelonRouge Eatery, Bekker School Road Magaliesburg

079 680 6050

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PLATINUM UPCOMING EVENTS

events@platinumliving.co.za

Write to: Events, Platinum Living PO Box 126, Boons, 0334, North West Province Fax: 014 592 9052 E-mail: events@platinumliving.co.za

EVENTS IN THE NORTH WEST SUN CITY EVENTS UPCOMING SUPERBOWL EVENTS

SUN CITY HOTEL THEATRE

29 OCTOBER 2011

MONDAYS - SATURDAYS

Lira Concert

26 & 27 NOVEMBER 2011 Josh Groban in Concert

Girls Wanna Rock – until 7 Jan. 2012) Show Time: 20h00 Bookings done at Computicket

TRADER’S Mondays – Saturdays, Performing @ 10h30 White Rabbit Band

10 DECEMBER 2011 Miss SA Teen

11 DECEMBER 2011 Miss SA Pagaent

CLUB SILHOUETTE Fridays and Saturdays DJ Dhekstir

HARLEQUINS CASINO Singer: Schinè

1-4 DECEMBER 2011 Nedbank Golf Challenge Event

16 DECEMBER 2011 Boney M in Concert Bookings done at Computicket

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EVENTS IN THE NORTH WEST RUSTENBURG, POTCHEFSTROOM, MAFIKENG RUSTENBURG AND SURROUNDS

5TH DEC 2011

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Rainhill Farm Chritmas Market, Rustenburg, Annual Festivals / Food & Wine

Automoto - "Full Throttle" - all terrain, quads & bikes, Waterfall Mall26 & 27 NOVEMBER 2011 Josh Groban in Concert

POTCH AND SURROUNDS

25-31 OCTOBER 2011

29-30 OCTOBER 2011

Home X- "Home Classics", Waterfall Mall

North West Wheels Festival, Trim Park, Potchefstroom

28 OCTOBER 2011 Hiprom 10 km Nite Run - Bergsig High School Haleen Olwagen: 082 851 7421

13-15 NOVEMBER 2011 Christmas Decoration activation, Waterfall Mall

24 NOV TO 3RD DEC 2011 “Platinum Christmas Platinum Christmas market

Market,

where gifts make a difference”

The Platinum Christmas Market is the ideal place to buy your Christmas gifts for the whole family. Buyers and exhibitors can be assured that the money they spend go towards helping the needy. The funds raised are used for community service both within, as well as outside, our congregation.

Date: Time: Place:

24 November – 3 December 2011 9:00 – 20:00 Corner of Klopper and Zand Street, Rustenburg Entrance fee - FREE!!!

www.platinumkersmark.co.za

05 NOVEMBER 2011 "Austria meets South Africa" Julia Malischnig, International guitarist 19:30 in the Conservertorium hall, Tickets available at NWU.

MAFIKENG AND SURROUNDS 29 OCTOBER 2011 Marico Bosveld Marathon, Half Marathon & 10 km Marico Bosveld Dam - Henlou Scott: 073 738 4889

29 OCTOBER 2011 Epilepsy SA Golf Day, Leopard Park Golf Club, Mahikeng, http://www.leopardpark.co.za

5 NOVEMBER 2011 Kristonia Private School Bray Golf Day, Leopard Park Golf Club, Mahikeng, www.leopardpark.co.za

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25 DECEMBER 2011

Kloof View Primary 5th year Anniversary Celebration, KVP School Sportsground

Merry Christmas

28 JANUARY 2011 29 NOV – 4TH DEC 2011

Ottosdal Draf and Trap - Night Race, Sporting Events

Christmas Gift Fair, Waterfall Mall

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HOT AND HAPPENING PLATINUM PERSONALITY

Queen of hearts She’s blonde, beautiful and, with her smoky, soulful voice, can melt even the coldest heart. Christo Valentyn talks to Karlien van Jaarsveld about her music, acting in her first feature film and growing up in the North West Province.

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he saying goes that time flies when you’re having fun, and no one can bear truer testimony to this than Karlien van Jaarsveld, especially when looking back over the past year. Since being signed to Mozi Records last year, life as it was once known has changed dramatically for the friendly blonde girl with the long legs. Today, Karlien is known as a singer in her own right and not just as the older sister of Afrikaans music’s golden boy, Bobby van Jaarsveld.

This was confirmed a few months ago when Karlien walked away with the award for ‘Most popular newcomer’ at the annual Tempo Awards, one of the evening’s most coveted awards that is decided purely on the public’s vote. “It was overwhelming,” says Karlien, “but also a privilege. It’s a huge reward for all the effort and time one invests in the studio and in writing. It definitely makes it worthwhile and a challenge to constantly better yourself in your music”. With lyrical and musical guidance from Sean Else and Johan Vorster of Mozi Records, the brains behind Bok van Blerk and Lianie May’s success, Karlien’s first album was reworked, new songs added and renamed to ‘Jakkals Trou Met Wolf se Vrou’, the first single to be released off the album. The result is a mainstream pop masterpiece that has to date sold more than 26 000 copies, earning Karlien her first Gold-selling album. “As one gets older, your tastes and preferences change, as does the things you like,” says Karlien, explaining her move into mainstream pop. “To use wine as an example, I’ve moved from drinking

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‘Tassenberg’ to a good Shiraz or Merlot. Afrikaans is my mother tongue and I am proud of it, so singing Afrikaans pop songs was definitely a conscious decision for me,” she says. Last year also saw another of Karlien’s dreams come true when she was cast in her first feature film, an Afrikaans film called ‘Platteland’ and co-starring fellow singers Lianie May, Jay du Plessis and Steve Hofmeyr. “Acting is the career I originally wanted to follow, so I enjoyed working on the film tremendously,” she beams. “It was quite intimidating acting opposite Steve Hofmeyr, for while he’s a father of many, he was my father is this film! Hannah Grobler is my mother in the film and it was such an honour, she’s brilliant. The entire cast really put me at ease and I believe this will be a great movie to go see.”


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PLATINUM PERSONALITY Amazingly, though, the newfound fame and fortune hasn’t gone to her head. “Fame is still a strange word to me, but it has definitely changed the way I see life in general,” she says. “It’s almost as if people suddenly see you as someone else, but while not everyone in a shopping centre would necessarily smile at me, everyone is friendly. Things have definitely changed, though. Some things are easier, some more difficult,” she says. Like her younger brother, Karlien is a proud and outspoken Christian, despite her teenage years being wild and worldly. It’s this faith and desire to live a righteous life that grounds her and inspires her to act as a role model worth looking up to. “Fans will see you as a role model even if you don’t want to be one,” she says. “I try to convey Jesus’ heart to all my fans so that the perceptions they have about Him and religion in general, which is often boxed in and narrow-minded, can be changed. I’d like them to know that we were all created with a purpose and that each and everyone of us can experience Him up close and personal,” she adds. “I’m not perfect and I will fall and I will make mistakes, but with God I’m able to get up and try again.” While Karlien has been living in Pretoria for several years, both she and Bobby grew up in Brits, a town she remembers fondly. “It’s a small town so the people are very close to each other,” she recalls. Sun City also counts as her favourite North West destination, as well as Sanddrif (outside Brits), “because that’s where Annatjie grew up”. Annatjie is not only Karlien’s sister in law, but also her best friend – she even wrote a song for her, which is included on ‘Jakkals Trou Met Wolf se Vrou’. But this is not Karlien’s only connection with Brits, a town she returns to annually to perform at the OpPop Musiekfees, a massive music festival that raises funds for the OpKyk Pathways Therapy and Educational Centre, of which Karlien’s mother, Ronel Brink, is a director. The centre, a non-profit organisation, was established in Brits in 2002 in a quest to accommodate children with various disabilities and special educational needs. “Our aim is to provide optimal stimulation to children living with severe disabilities,” says Drika Kruger, who manages OpKyk Pathways. “We dream of empowering every learner to communicate, acquire functional literacy, numeracy and life skills in order to successfully participate in their communities, as well as providing children with learning disabilities with optimal stimulation.”

For more information on Karlien’s shows, visit www.karlienvanjaarsveld.co.za The OpPop Music Festival takes place at OpKyk Pathways in Brits on 27 October 2011. Tickets are available from

Drika Kruger on 082 356 4370.

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“Drika and her team do amazing work at OpKyk and I’ll always support them,” Karlien says. “I’m blessed and fortunate to be healthy and it’s my way to give thanks for that and to support them with the work they do. Every time I think I have a problem too big to handle, I think of these children. It restores my perspective and thankfulness!” Despite her being endlessly more attractive than her brother, it’s Karlien’s down to earth nature and honest humility that draws people to her. Throw her immense vocal and lyrical talent into the mix, and it becomes even clearer why she has reached the top. ■


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BEAUTY AND BRAINS:

Miss South Africa top 20.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE MISS SA PAGEANT After extensive scouting and working through thousands of entries, the organisers of the annual Miss SA pageant have spent a week with 33 of the country’s most beautiful women. Christo Valentyn spent some time with them and was there when the final 20 were chosen.

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or many people, beauty pageants like Miss SA equate to a dozen beautiful women with toned, bronzed bodies in colourful bikinis strutting their stuff on stage, taking turns to plead with the audience and the political powers that be for world peace, all the while flashing a million Rand smile. After all, this is what’s televised annually when our country’s most beautiful woman is crowned, the images that make it to the back page of the following Sunday’s newspaper.

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But after spending some time with the 33 semi-finalists at the Miss SA workshops, I learned that Miss SA is in fact an ambassador to our country, albeit not in the political sense of the word. Yes, the fact that she is beautiful is important, because this is what creates her diplomatic and ambassadorial platform. But there’s a lot more to it. Being Miss SA is an immensely demanding position: besides representing the country at the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants, there will be a lot of promotional and charitable appearances, as


Profile: Miss South Africa finalists BEHIND THE SCENES PLATINUM well as extensive traveling throughout the country and abroad where she will meet dignitaries, celebrities, the privileged, the underprivileged, the sick and the needy. The moral of these workshops is therefore to equip the semi-finalists with relevant and necessary skills to see whether they can cope with the strenuous demands on body, soul and mind. The Miss SA pageant has not been without controversy over the years. Founded in 1956, it was originally only open to white women, something that had major repercussions for the title-holder in later years. In fact, because of SA’s Apartheid system, Miss SA was banned from international pageants between 1978 and 1990, resulting in women like Lorna Potgieter, Wilma van der Bijl and Janine Botbyl being unable to compete in Miss World and Miss Universe. Thankfully, under the ownership of media personality Doreen Morris, the winds of acceptance and integration started blowing through the pageant towards the end of the ‘80s, with entries opened to any South African lady in the 1990s. In 1992, Amy Kleinhans became the first coloured woman to wear the crown. The very next year, Jacqui Mofokeng became the first black woman to take the prize, followed in 1997 by Kerishnie Naiker, South Africa’s first Indian Miss SA.

L-r: Former Miss SA 1999, Sonia Raciti-Oshry and former Miss SA runner-up, Sonia Booth

TODAY THE PAGEANT IS DIVERSE AND FULLY REPRESENTATIVE UNDER THE OWNERSHIP OF SUN INTERNATIONAL.

Miss SA 1999, Sonia Raciti-Oshry, is the lead judge and was the first to address the girls. She reminded them that they will constantly be observed by the six judges, who also include radio personality, Kieno Kammies, and former Miss SA runner-up, Sonia Booth, throughout the week. “The workshops are there to empower and equip you in every possible way,” she said during her address, “while the daily tasks will establish whether you’ve taken note of everything”. Nicole Flint, Miss SA 2009 and a well-known radio personality, presented one of the more insightful, practical and hands-on workshops. She related to the semi-finalists just how tough and demanding her year as Miss SA was, with several amusing stories of unexpected speeches and embarrassing moments. While there was certainly a lot of glitz and glamour involved, she reiterated that it’s not always easy, that it’s strenuous in several ways and that you always need to be prepared – stellar advice to every candidate that is ultimately more valuable than make-up and hairstyling techniques. For Tamerin Jardine, the Miss SA platform is the perfect opportunity for a young woman like herself to make a difference by way of highlighting some of the country’s social ills, especially when it comes to issues around women and children. Like Tamerin, Melinda Bam also believes change should start with the youth. “Sitting at the root of many other issues is respect,” she says. “People often act in total disregard for people and how there actions impact on others. It was Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe who suggested introducing ethics in the school curriculum. This is something I strongly support,” says Melinda Bam. Lerato Mokoena has already chosen a more hands-on approach. “For the longest of time I’ve wanted to establish an organisation called ‘Oumaki Rebecca’ that will buy school uniforms and groceries for child headed households,” she tells. Kim Wentzel shares her compassion. “I get chills every time I see children sleeping and begging for food on street corners,” she says.

A happy semi finalist with Paledi Segapo – fashion expert and judge.

It’s difficult to not think of the Miss SA pageant as one of the North West Province’s most prestigious annual events, as it’s been hosted at Sun City for the bulk of its existence. After seeing just a glimpse of what life as Miss SA is like, and experiencing the strength, integrity and pride of the semifinalists, it’s impossible to not have an immense respect for our country’s most beautiful ambassador. ■

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Owned by Royal Bafokeng Holdings, Fraser Alexander has just appointed George Khunou as Group Executive to manage its public image and improve the face of Frazer Alexander in the community. The Fraser Alexander Group of companies comprises three complementary businesses:

A Post Office for Mantserre Village The South African Post Office (SAPO), in celebrating World Post month, launched a brand new Post Office in Mantserre village. The Minister of Communications, Mr Radhakrishna L. Padayachie (Roy), Chairperson of the Board of the South African Post Office, Miss Vuyo Mahlati and the Chief Executive Officer of the State-Owned-Enterprise, Miss Motshoanetsi Lefoka were at the celebrations This means that people in Mantserre village are now part of a universal network of postal services and that new technologies which integrate the physical, electronic and financial networks, will be available to them. The Post Office is in the process of opening a Postbank which will work as a fully-fledged bank. Through access to the South African Post Office infrastructure, Postbank is able to reach areas that are not serviced by private banking institutions and therefore deliver banking services to the previously unbanked. Postbank is able to provide savings and investment opportunities to rural communities thus support economic growth and poverty alleviation.

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Tailings which operates mostly in the mining sector.

Bulk mech operates in the mining and ferro-metals industries.

Construction specialises in the construction of infrastructure related to the activities of its fellow subsidiary companies.

Mineral processing and re-mining.

A break-through in the hydraulic re-mining operations feature the newly developed Mark 4 which is operated by remote control. These unique patented track guns were developed in-house by Fraser Alexander. The advantage of these track guns is that a smaller workforce is required for operation and they are more cost-effective.

The spread of post office outlets in remote and outlying areas are also becoming service points which will bring digital communication to many more people.

BUSINESS SCENE Compiled by: Beverley Parr, Fiona Zerbst, Kenny Modise

Rustenburg Rapid Transport gets the Minister of Transport’s support Minister Of Transport Sbu Ndebele showed his support to the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project at a railway level crossing campaign in Rustenburg. Currently in the design and planning phase, the RRT project is an integrated public transport initiative that is set to change the face of Rustenburg on its implementation in 2015, bringing safe and reliable public transport to around half a million residents.

Pictured here (from left): Rustenburg Executive Mayor, Clnr Mpho Khunou, RRT representative Keabetswe Leseyane and Minister Of Transport Sbu Ndebele.

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A ROYAL VISIONARY Kgosi Nyalala Pilane of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela in South Africa, shares his vision of the future of the Bakgatla – and his recipe for happiness – with Fiona Zerbst.

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haven’t met many kings in my life, but if they’re all as humble and affable as Kgosi Nyalala M J Pilane, of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela tribe, then I’m happy to meet more. Not that Kgosi Pilane was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. The last-born of 11 children, Kgosi Pilane’s strong, loving family unit raised him with a sense of unshakeable stability in body, mind and soul. “My family taught me how to be at peace with yourself,” he tells me over coffee on the Royal Marang Hotel’s garden terrace. “Don’t focus on all the negative things – they derail your thinking. Don’t focus on the past. Look to the future. The future is what you do.” As a visionary, Kgosi Pilane is very much concerned with the future. His aim is to build a strong community in the Moruleng district, where the approximately 350 000 Bakgatla live. “I would like to build the first real post-apartheid city,” he chuckles, “where people are not moved around artificially to work or to raise families. We will have everything we need right here. We will be self-sustaining.” From bulk services and first-rate health care to education and a host of shops, malls and sports facilities, the city Kgosi Pilane envisions will attract a lot of people, whether they come to live, to invest or simply to stay at the planned hotel and lodges or visit the cultural museum. With the immediate goal of reducing poverty and unemployment in mind, Kgosi Pilane also wants to bring investment to this mineral-rich, agriculturally fertile region. “It’s not enough for us to do subsistence farming – we want to grow agricultural businesses,” Kgosi Pilane says, telling me that his first ‘job’ was as cattle herder in Saulspoort, where he grew up. Although he studied economics, he didn’t complete his studies, choosing to set up as a taxi business consultant. At one stage, he was the general secretary of the Rustenburg United Taxi Association. He then went on to work in retail, as a wholesaler of fruits and vegetables.

Investing in the community This combination of academic exposure and real-world entrepreneurship has given him a unique perspective on how to grow a community using the principles of economics. “If I have more than 50 cows on my land and I’m over-grazing them, the value of the herd will be reduced,” he says. “It’s better to keep the number to 50 and sell the calves after six months. Grazing has to be productive, or you destroy your asset.” About 80% of the community owns cattle and Kgosi Pilane has plans to open a tannery in the region, which will create jobs. With Platmin, a JSE-listed mining company, having been set up by the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela Traditional Authority (BBKTA), and a mining academy having been established to teach kids various skills (including life skills), Kgosi Pilane’s vision of keeping skilled members of the community ‘at home’ begins with children. The BBKTA has ploughed R3,5m into 11 local schools and also awards bursaries to the value of R1m to deserving children. Internships in journalism, event management, agriculture and information technology are also important to the BBKTA.

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An aerial view, of Pilanesburg Platinum mine which is one of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela's business partners. The environment is also important to Kgosi Pilane, who is passionate about sustainability. The BBKTA recently acquired an 80% interest in Bioflame, a company that manufactures a compressed biomass log for braais and fireplaces. Its best-known product is ‘Eco Log’, made of recycled green materials like branches, leaves and vegetation waste.

Cultural values Kgosi Pilane feels that urban living isn’t the healthiest of environments, which is why he encourages the Bakgatla to develop and uplift their own communities. “It is good to have children growing up with their parents and grandparents around them, and settling here, and also developing their own communities – paving roads, for example, because the BBKTA has partnered with the North West Department of Public Works, Road and Transport to teach brick-making and brick-laying,” says Kgosi Pilane. “Traditional values are important, even if you are all for progress and development.” Cultural values are similarly vital, which is why there are plans afoot to renovate and upgrade the two BBK museums – Mphebatho Museum in Moruleng and the Phutadikobo Museum in Mochudi, Botswana. Pride in the heritage of the Bakgatla is crucial. “We need to know who we are, where we come from,” says Kgosi Pilane. “Yes, we should be humble in life, but that doesn’t mean we should stand back. We need to develop our confidence to grow intellectually and spiritually.” Kgosi Pilane believes that the uniqueness of the Bagkatla community should also make it easier to promote tourism in the region. “We would like to develop hotels and lodges here, within the next three to five years. These should be community-run so we can create jobs. We will set up our own Big Five reserve, which will eventually link Pilanesberg to Madikwe. But first, we will extract minerals from our land. As we conclude this extraction, so we’ll make the land productive for tourism.”

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East, west, home’s best At home, Kgosi Pilane enjoys spending time with his family and watching soccer. “Having the World Cup on our doorstep was wonderful,” he says. “Especially when you grow up loving football, watching whenever you can. It was really special to host such a great sporting event.” Even though he spends a lot of time travelling he says nothing beats being at home. His favourite dish? Home-style pap and marogo. Kgosi Pilane’s down-to-earth nature belies his idealism, his visionary capabilities. “The idea is to get other people to buy into our vision of the future and come and invest,” he says, with a smile. “But we want investment that will benefit our people. Everyone must benefit from the deal – not just one party. This is the kind of investment that we’re looking for. Something sustainable that will make it possible for our people to thrive here.” Kgosi Pilane’s view, which is one that I happen to share, is that we have everything we could possibly want right here in South Africa. “I’ve travelled a lot, but this is the best place in the world,” he says. “I just wish I could spend more time with my children. But they’re used to my job now – they know I have to for business. I try to spend as much time with them as I can when I’m home.” As a director of numerous companies – with the recent appointment as a director to Platmin Limited board – he has his hands full. But what drives him is the future of the Bakgatla: a better future that will make its communities self-sufficient and successful on their own terms. Surely a vision worth investing in. ■

Website: www.bbkta.co.za For any queries, please contact: Lorraine Masipa, Director: Corporate Affairs Office of Kgosi Pilane, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration, Office Number: +27 14 556-1889. Email Address: lorraine.masipa@bbkta.co.za


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he Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) Project is a R3 billion flagship national public transport initiative being implemented by the Rustenburg Municipality. The feasibility for the RRT project has been completed, and the project is now entering the final planning and design phase. Construction is due to commence during 2012 and first services to be delivered in 2015 for the more than half a million residents and is expected to cater for some 200,000 passengers per day, including a predominant mining workforce and a thriving inner city. Unlike other cities, the RRT will include three integrated services – BRT trunk corridors; direct public transport routes and feeder routes to service the fastest growing region in South Africa. Rustenburg is a unique case study with 24 hour mobility needs due the predominant economic activity of mining in the region. Speaking at the launch Executive Mayor of Rustenburg, Councillor Khunou stated that the Municipality, District and Province have given their full support to the project, “Rustenburg is no stranger to growth, and as one of the fastest growing areas of South Africa, we are committed to ensuring our citizens and visitors access to efficient, affordable and safe public transport in the future,” he said.

Throughout the process, the RRT project approach will be to ensure that all stakeholders and businesses are kept informed of the progress, opportunities and issues facing the project. “In delivering a transformed public transport service, our primary partners will be the taxi and bus operators who are currently providing services in the municipality,” said the Mayor. “Like other public transport transformation projects, the municipality will negotiate operating contracts for the RRT services to start in 2015.” Industry engagement began at the end of 2010 and taxi associations are both positive and committed to negotiating a transition of the current operations to provide a world class, safe and affordable service to their customers in future. Mr Huma, Chairman of the North West Northern Region Taxi Forum (NWNRTF) says, “We know that transforming public transport is unstoppable, and we are willing and ready to participate meaningfully in the planning for the

project. We obviously have some issues and challenges to address with government on the way forward, and look forward to resolving these in the negotiation process.”

Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr Jeremy Cronin was keynote speaker at the launch and gave his full endorsement, stating that the project was essential for the development of South Africa on a social, economic and environmental level. He said, “Rustenburg is poised to lead the way as a medium sized city in integrated transport. In four to five years, if we get it right and are able to overcome some of the challenges we are bound to face, the city will be ahead of Executive Mayor of Rustenburg, Councillor Mpho Khunou. Johannesburg or Cape Town in being able to provide a reliable, safe and affordable public transport system for its citizens.”

Comment from local businesses agreed that the Rustenburg Rapid Transport system will go a long way to not only improving the quality of life for commuters, but will increase investment in the area and grow the SMME business sector too. The future is upon us and it looks bright. ■

l-r: Acting Municipal Manager, Victor Makona, North West MEC of Public Works and Transport, Mahlakeng Mahlakeng, Deputy Minister of Transport, Jeremy Cronin, Executive Mayor of Rustenburg, Councillor Mpho Khunou and Rustenburg Rapid Transport Project Director, Pauline Froschauer

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An influential woman Written and photographed by: Karin Petersen

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he has spent many years dedicating herself to education and the latest recognition for her efforts has come from CEO (Celebrating Excellence in Organisations) magazine. Professor Susan Visser, the director of the School of Accounting Sciences in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of North West University was recently recognized as one of South Africa’s most influential women in the field of Academic Education and Training. The wall of her airy office at the Potchefstroom campus of NWU is dotted with awards previously won by this charming and warm academic – and all of them attest to the fact that she has a genuine passion and talent for education. Some of the awards she has won are the Deloitte’s award for the National Educator of the year and another from KPMG and the National Accounting Association for her outstanding contribution to accounting research. Susan Visser has dedicated 36 years to this calling at North West University’s Potchefstroom campus and remains an active mentor in the field, today.

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Prof Elsabé Loots, Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences, Prof Cara Jonker, Prof Susan Visser and Ms Phumzile Mmope, Executive Director: Corporate Affairs of the NWU, at the awards ceremony.

Her father insisted that his three daughters obtain a teaching diploma after they had finished their degrees, before pursuing further studies. It took the then young Susan (she started university at the age of 17) only three months as a high school teacher to realize that it was nigh impossible to complete her honours degree and be an effective teacher at the same time, so she made the choice to pursue academia. Having completed her honours degree, she was appointed as a lecturer. “They told me they appointed me because they believed I would be committed” she says and 36 years later, they have been proved totally right. Susan finished her Masters in an (unheard of) year, found herself lecturing Masters students immediately afterwards and in 1983 had her doctorate in her pocket and later, an additional educational qualification – in tertiary education. Like most women, Susan Visser is a multi-tasker – she arranges refreshments while she chats intermittently about her School, her award, her plans for her School and the drive which they are putting into social responsibility initiatives. For someone who claims that accountants can only speak in figures, not words, Susan does remarkably well at outlining her career path and conveying the genuine passion she feels for both her primary subject interest of management accounting and education in general. “I believe it is a huge task for me to make sure that all the young lecturers appointed in our school become efficient, excellent lecturers and researchers. The throughput of the students , as well as their results, is dependent on good lecturing and the pass mark of our students is the benchmark of our progress. It is a huge indicator of the success of our school of accounting.” The School of Accounting turns out world class chartered accountants, financial and management accountants and forensic accountants and offers research programmes in Accounting Sciences. North West University is the only university in South Africa to offer under- and post graduate degrees in forensic accountancy which addresses issues such as money laundering. Other topics addressed by the School include topics such as the philosophy of accounting, social responsibility and green reporting.

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Under Susan Visser – and her very committed team’s - guiding hands, the university’s accounting graduates have achieved a 7887% pass rate for first time board exams and are currently rated second in management accounting in the country. Susan explains the intimidating process of being judged for the CEO award, which included unexpected video recordings and some tough questions. “That interview went really badly and I didn’t think I had a chance” she says. “For example, they asked me what is the biggest mistake I have made in my life, how I reacted to it and what I learned out of it.” “I couldn’t tell them I had never really made a big mistake” she laughs heartily. “So I told them about a time when I had an opportunity and didn’t take it and that was the mistake: you should take every opportunity that comes your way. But I have a genuine passion for education and training – it is my life”. What drives her and keeps her dedicated to her work? “The fact that I can teach students something that they know nothing about and afterwards, I can assess them and measure the growth. That is very satisfying. In the position I am nowadays, I get satisfaction from mentoring my young staff ” she says. What does the award entail? “They didn’t give me a Jaguar, unfortunately” she laughs, “But it is a reward for a life spent in the academia, mentoring students to become excellent accountants”. The chairperson of the judging panel, Yvonne Finch, said that Susan Visser stood out from the six semi-finalists for this award, for “the overall influence she has on her sector and her dedication to delivering to those that cross her path.” And those who cross her path are fortunate enough to enjoy national and international recognition, as national organisations and foreign countries continue to actively seek out NWU accountancy graduates. Her future plans include further expansion in the School, more social responsibility programmes and further accreditation for her School’s academic offerings. Based on her track record, there is no doubt that Susan Visser will be achieving this and a whole lot more. ■


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Fresh Produce Supply Do you have a problem with accessing markets? Do you have a problem transporting your produce to markets? Do you have a problem due to low produce quantities? Do you doubt your knowledge about quality required? Do you want to negotiate a contract of fresh produce supply? Are you a farmer/producer? Are you a logistic company owner? Have you been wondering when will be the right time to start producing? Have you been wondering what is it that the market is looking for? Are you operating in the North West Province? If you have said “yes� to one or more of the questions above, you SHOULD contact Invest North West immediately. The strategic intent of Invest North West (INW), the official trade and investment promotion agency for the North West Province, is to provide vision and direction to key growth sectors within the North West Province. As such, opportunities in the agricultural sector, a key focus sector, are being promoted. Learn more about this massive opportunity by contacting Elijah Sedumedi at Invest North West on 014 594 2570, email elijah@inw.org.za

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INVESTMENT OPPORTUNTIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR OF THE NORTH WEST PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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nvest North West of South Africa is the provincial trade and investment promotion agency for the North West Provincial Government, with a mandate to create employment for its citizens by attracting Foreign Direct Investment and facilitating export driven trade. INW has taken a strategic position to focus on the Manufacturing Sector as a key driver of industry and employment for the province in relation to the New Growth Path and Industrial Policy Action Plan 2. The North West Province offers opportunities in the sector for new investments, expansions, trade and various sector related business.

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OVERVIEW OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR Although the manufacturing sector in the North West Province (NWP) has not yet reached its pre recession output levels, it remains fairly well diversified accounting for 5% of the Province’s Gross Domestic Product – Regional (GDP-R) and 5.3% of all employment opportunities in 2010. Averaging an annual growth rate of 5.9% (2010), the sector is very dependent on the performance of a few sectors in which the Province enjoys a competitive advantage. Given the close proximity to suppliers and lucrative markets in neighbouring Gauteng, manufacturing activity in the Province is heavily concentrated in the Eastern district of the province i.e. Madibeng (Brits) and Rustenburg. Major industries in this district include metal fabrication, machinery, household appliances, fuel and petroleum, rubber products, transport equipment, automotive components and dimension stone beneficiation. Tlokwe (Potchefstroom), Matlosana (Klerksdorp), Lichtenburg and Mahikeng remain smaller but equally important manufacturing centre’s within the Province. In the Tlokwe and Matlosana areas, light manufacturing operations in a range of industries primarily related to the mining and agricultural sectors include concrete piping, steel cabling, food processing, beverages, metal fabrication, fertilizer production and petroleum blending and distribution. Due to the abundant supply of limestone, cement manufacturing is heavily concentrated in the Mahikeng and Lichtenburg area.

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The figure above provides a snapshot of the manufacturing industry concentration in the NWP and allows for the easy identification of key industries in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA)


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Based on output and average annual growth, the Province offers excellent opportunities and prospects in various industries, particularly within the fabricated metal, transport equipment and food and beverage industries. The outlook for chemicals processing, especially for value-added exports such as phosphate and nitrogen based fertilizers is also becoming increasingly buoyant.

• Facilitating joint venture and equity partnerships • Providing information on financing options and investment incentives • Providing advice on feasibility studies and business plans • Assisting investors to obtain work and business permits • Providing assistance in obtaining suitable factory space • Assisting existing firms to expand and re-invest • Assisting companies to find export markets for their products • Advisory services to improve company growth and performance • Competitiveness improvement support • Advice on productivity and process improvement.

AVAILABLE INVESTMENT INCENTIVES CLUSTER Due to the Province’s strategic location, natural resource endowment, easy market access potential and low production cost advantage, attractive forward and backward horizontal integration opportunities exist in almost all of the manufacturing sub- sectors within the Province. The following investment opportunities offer investors a healthy return on investment as well as excellent diversification prospects:

COMPETITIVENESS PROMOTION

• Hardboard Manufacturing: Production of pressed wood products from readily available agricultural waste emanating from crop farming operations in the Eastern and Western regions of the North West Province. • Sawdust Recycling: The production of briquettes (charcoal) from sawdust for local and export markets, using extrusion technology.

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✓ Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring ✓ Critical Infrastructure Programme ✓ Enterprise Investment Programme

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✓ Black Business Supplier Development Programme ✓ Cooperatives Incentive Scheme

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✓ Export Marketing and Investment Assistance ✓ Sector Specific Assistance Scheme ✓ Project Funding for Emerging Exporters ✓ South African Capital Projects Feasibility Study

• North West Tyre Recycling Project: Recycling of used tyres in order to provide the market with a range of products such as crumbs, granules, buffing dust and garden mulch. • North West Marble Project: Mining and beneficiation of locally available marble dimension stone.

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• Tile Cement Manufacturing: The project is aimed at producing tile cement (floor and wall tile adhesive) of superior quality using locally available silica sand as basic raw material input. • Agro-processing: The province provides a number of potential investment opportunities in agro-processing. These would include, amongst others Fruit juices, Essential oils, Meat processing, Milling as well a myriad of opportunities in horticulture and aquaculture. For detailed profiles on the projects above please visit www.inw.org.za CONTACT INFORMATION Imraan Bakhas | Investment Facilitation Manager – Manufacturing | 171 Beyers Naude Drive, Rustenburg, 0299 Tel: +27 (0) 14 594 2570 | Cell: +27 (0) 72 150 4850 | Fax: +27 (0) 86 691 7479 Email: imraan@inw.org.za | Web: www.inw.org.za

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Mduduzi Martin Vilikazi, General Manager of ABC Ulwazi,

THE PEOPLE’S R A D I O

G rassroots activism is in vogue as old vanguards of media lose power to more immediate methods. Written by: Lesanne Brooke | Photographs by: Louise Clarke

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n the North West province, where internet access and cell phone reception can sometimes be difficult, community radio is an anytime-anywhere medium that reaches right into hearts and homes.

These days, information-sharing is essential, reaching an audience – vital. You want to be a DJ, politician or drama writer? Maybe you’d rather debate local municipality issues, share health information or get to know like-minded others. Whatever motivates your desire to reach out and connect with people in your community, a local radio station could be the answer. Community radio is a dynamic way to establish a sense of belonging and involvement. With the right tools and programmes it can be used to activate people in their own societies, share information in mother-tongues or get everyone dancing to the beat! Persuade, promote, debate - local is lekker when it bonds groups of people to enhance co-operation and identity, all the while creating jobs and building skills. Letlabile and Mafisa are two examples of community radio stations reaching out in the North West Province. Based in Brits and Rustenburg respectively, they are using their voice for HIV education; encouraging action around issues that are relevant to their audience; co-ordinating public services and facilitating listeners clubs and support networks to further community cooperation.

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PLATINUM BUSINESS Using radio to explore issues is not a new concept, but in our fast paced world where change is immediate, news must travel fast so radio is experiencing a come-back. Small communities have immediate issues not important to national radio stations. Local stations can deal with these issues, mobilise support and instigate change – whether by encouraging bored youths to beautify their school, discussing the local implications of wider changes or getting a pot-hole fixed, a soccer club sponsored or finding a lost child, radio is a tool that gets people excited and has immediate response. Radio outreach work also has the potential to generate income which can be invested back into the community. Unlike modern social media, radio is accessible across the generations and its sense of intimacy can bring people together, stimulating conversation, networking and mutual interest. Local stations can use local languages which allow for interaction and builds meaningful relationships with listeners. In smaller districts, this can be very productive. Listeners’ Clubs are an example where trained facilitators meet members of the community to discuss issues raised in broadcasted stories, dramas or discussions. In Africa, radio is bigger than television and used as a tool for promoting human rights, cohesive civil society and functional democracy. Fired by this potential, Braamfontein-based ABC Ulwazi Radio and Training Production House, builds capacity for the use of radio in social mobilisation and community dialogue. They focus on production and training, helping stations design programmes, build skills, attract sponsorship and develop context and content. They support stations to become sustainable by focussing on management and set up, providing usable models for fund-raising, public services and education. Working with others like the Media Development and Diversity Agency and John Hopkins Trust, ABC Ulwazi produces prerecorded programmes, trains community broadcasters and facilitators and has set up HIV education programmes, TB campaigns and climate change projects with community radio

stations throughout South Africa (including Moritele Radio, Mafisa, Kopano FM, Aganan FM and Letlibile in this province). Mduduzi Martin Vilikazi, General Manager of ABC Ulwazi, explains: “the idea is to create positive behaviour change and transform attitudes by building partnerships that can build local capacity and develop and inform community programmes”. They encourage expanded community dialogue with ready developed stories and dramas that stations can use. They offer regular training programmes in topics like Presentation Techniques or News and Actuality and have sound studios and equipment available to support budding communicators. So if you want to be part of the change; have a community that requires healing, knowledge or development; or are motivated to rally your neighbourhood around issues of health, identity and self-respect, consider the impact of the air-waves. Wind up and solar radios are now easily available to ensure a wide-spread audience and community stations can request frequencies that reach their specific audience - even in remote districts where people struggle to pick up reception. It is getting easier to share the music and find the people. In other words, if you want a community voice, reach out with radio! ■

Want to start a community radio station? The Community Sound and Broadcasting Act requires that you register and apply for a licence. This will allow you to use a certain frequency. Once you have done this, you may want to approach ABC Ulwazi for assistance. For this you must be: • A non-profit radio station • Owned by the community • Have a constitution

ABX ULwazi Radio Training and Production House Tel: +27 11 339 2277 | mobile: +27 82 043 4419 www.abculwazi.org.za | mdu@abculwazi.org.za

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Premier Thandi Modise

Farming “Let’s do it right” he North West has been the bread-basket of

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commercial farming enterprises, wide open spaces and deep love and respect for the land by the people who work it. But things are not all as they seem; through farm attacks, land claims and corruption, the North West has said goodbye to many experienced and knowledgeable farmers, which has had a major impact on production and unemployment.

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ics at Texas A&M Grany Senyolo, a South African graduate student of Agricultural Econom visits a farm in the North West to offer advice on farming practices.

Speaking at the Annual Agri North West Congress held at Mmabatho Palms in Mafikeng earlier this month, Premier Thandi Modise said there is a huge gap between government and commercial farmers and she urged commercial farmers to build healthy working relations between themselves and the provincial government. “Agriculture plays a huge role in the economy of our province and we really need to work together as government and commercial farmers to increase production. We seriously need to tighten the relationship between government and the commercial farmers as this will really take our province forward. Agriculture is the backbone of the North West economy. As we prepare to host COP 17, we are all worried about the possible impact of climate change on food production,” she said.

must do it locally. We must produce, process and export agricultural products. We don’t want to import meat, when we have the capacity. In pursuit of this goal, we must pay focused attention on agricultural school,” she said. Agricutlural schools in South Africa, need to produce graduates who can work with government, industry, and community partners to meet modern challenges using science and technology. People like Grany Senyolo, who through shared knowledge and research will invest and protect our greatest asset. “Even though the province has achieved a lot in the agricultural sector,” says Modise. “A lot still needed to be done to further uplift the economy of the province and the lives of its people. In order to reclaim our position as the best in the agricultural sector, we need to put extra effort, commitment and a lot of discipline”.

“If we want to increase production in the agricultural sector, we need to work together, black and white, male and female farmers, government and commercial farmers. Our government is very serious about job creation and I strongly believe that working together with commercial and emerging farmers, we can contribute hugely in job creation. We do not take for granted the importance of farmers in our province. The truth of the matter is that we believe that the rate of poverty can be reduced through this sector,” Modise said.

The Premier condemned ongoing attacks on the farming communities. She told farmers that her government will leave no stone unturned until perpetrators are brought to book and that both farmers and farm-workers live in conditions of peace and stability. She appealed to farmers to work hard to improve the working conditions of farm-workers: “We are appealing for acceptable working conditions that are consistent with our democracy and Constitution. Cases of farm-worker abuse are unacceptable.”.

Premier Modise said that the North West province is amongst the top producers of meat and needs to do more in ensuring that they do more than the production. “As a province, we must ensure that we produce food and maintain our position as one of the best in the agricultural sector. We must not take our meat and other produce to other provinces or countries to be processed but we

Premier Modise congratulated farmers who have taken the initiative to mentor emerging farmers. “This augers well for the future of this country and for the sustainability of the agricultural sector”. There are challenges that lie ahead but we collectively need to work hard in addressing them,” she said. ■

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mall businesses, social responsibility and success – a Rustenburg workshop brings together ingredients for economic development in local communities.

There is a groundswell of inspiring North West entrepreneurs, each overcoming limitations and setting their sights on success. Such were the twelve women who gathered at the Rustenburg Boutique Hotel to explore ways of marketing their diverse businesses. The two day Marketing Yourself Effectively workshop provided an opportunity for the business owners to assess marketing strategy, hone valuable skills and consider new ideas. The businesses were creatively diverse: wedding dresses, traditional goat farming, building, plumbing, catering, event management, canvas products, school uniforms, jewellery design and mining overalls. Each woman had started her business from scratch, been through lengthy processes to become registered, overcome incredible odds and reached a point where new input and brainstorming with likeminded dynamos was welcome support. Take Nkae Lydia Pilane, from Baa-Lerona Co-op. She makes uniforms, specialising in embroidering logos and names. Her focus is on sturdy quality and attention to detail and she employs a team of workers. Past conventional retiring age, her dedication is ceaseless and she is always looking to access different markets. She has recently landed a contract to make uniforms for the mines.

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Her equipment is expensive, payment is often slow and the business can be sporadic. At home she cares for sixteen orphans whilst at work she cares for her staff ’s well-being, aware of her responsibility towards their families. Bokao Theka, from Wilhie Canvas Industries, is young, determined and relentlessly forging her way forward. She says she is the first woman to own a canvas company. She produces durable canvas goods from awnings and gazebo’s to tents, pencil cases and carrier bags. Petite and groomed, she is challenged by the response she gets as a woman in her industry. Natureal Jewellery Design owner, Mmathapelo Rakate, creates bespoke jewellery using precious metals and stones, but wears none. Apparently, when she wears her jewellery people insist on borrowing or taking the pieces as samples, and because she is young and keen to expand her business, she struggles to say no to those who can’t resist her designs. The challenges of working alone, cash flow, staff issues and building a business in economically challenging times weigh heavily. For most of the business owners, two days in the serene surroundings of the guest house focussing only on the specifics of marketing, provided welcome relief. Faces flushed as discussions about client care, marketing techniques and presenting the business engaged them and reminded them of the bigger picture. The workshop involved them all as they practiced making


PLATINUM WORKSHOP presentations, looked at the personality of their brands, considered marketing trends and identified their unique selling points. The women shared experiences of being forced to diversify to survive; discussed ways of overcoming the challenge of expensive contracts that pay late; and found common ground and opportunities to work together. They also developed and practiced specific skills, all the while laughing and debating.

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Often feeling isolated with their problems, there were joyous revelations as the women identified strengths and skills previously taken for granted. Norah Mosenye was delighted as she recognised the value she can add by using her vast knowledge of wedding organisation at a time when clients need such information; Sarita Sesika told every one about her glorious spicy flavours, realising that this is what makes her catering particularly desirable; and Dorothy Toute discovered that her indigenous goats are in demand because of their resistance to disease, as well as their meat and milk. The workshop was funded and facilitated by Dialogue Communications Training, an organisation of specialist communications facilitators. Passionate about what they do and committed to sharing and developing these skills, they approached Bonjanala Platinum District’s Mining and Enterprise Development asking for people who would most benefit from training, but did not usually have access. As part of their Corporate Social Investment, Dialogue takes a percentage of their annual profits and spends it in this way, ensuring that training reaches people for whom it will have real meaning and value. Understandably Thabo Mashomo, the Enterprise Development Officer, jumped at the opportunity. He co-ordinated the group of entrepreneurial women from the outreaches of his area, including Swartruggens, Brits, Derby and the outskirts of Rustenburg. Business development often has an urban focus and overlooks the specific challenges that are faced by small businesses in rural or semi-urban areas. At this workshop it was clear that the vision is not in short supply, and each business adds value to their communities and commits to social responsibility in ways that are humbling and deserve intelligent support. The challenges are lack of access to basic supplies and limited cash flow. This workshop provided clear evidence that skills development for small business owners is imperative. Business challenges are multiplied in limited circumstances and can overwhelm the talent and dedication. If this happens, it is not just a business that closes; it is a community of people that loses out. So, after developing their voices, projecting their images, defining their products and sharing inspirations, hopefully each of these women will set forth with renewed vigour and warrior-like determination. Their spirit and ability to rise above daily challenges was inspiring. May doors open as a result of their new skills and may their businesses bloom like spring flowers! â–

Dialogue Communications Training 011 442 6572 www.dialogueworkshops.co.za communicate@dialoguejhb.co.za Bonjala Platinum District Municipality Thabo Mashomo 014 590 4600/0825357373

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l-r: Acting Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, Clr Philly Khunou and Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Municipal Manager Innocent Shirovha

Comedian actors: Mofokeng and Chiwali

Film Festival

Kagiso Rakosa (Sharon in Generations)

Short skirts, Armani suits, tattoos and showstopping style were the order of the day at the first annual Bojanala Film Week Compiled by Platinum Living

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he aim of the Bojanala Film Week is to give young people from communities all around the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality an opportunity to develop into commendable film practitioners.

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actors and directors in the industry, the film week kicked off with the screening of Retribution, a film about a former Judge who made an error that nearly cost him more than he could afford to lose. Television veteran Joe Mafela plays the leading role (Judge Khumbulani Maphosa) and was present for the first Q&A session of the film week.

Kea Malao the festival director of the event thanked the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality and acknowledged the NFVF, Spectrum, Reagile Projects and the North West Department of Sports, Arts and Culture as partners who made this event happen. “Initiatives like this will certainly bring about change in the community,” said Malao.

The stylish, versatile actor Rantebeng Makapan AKA Thomas Mashaba from Generations was the M.C for the night, accompanied by fellow Generations co-stars Peter Moruakgomo (Ace), Samukelo Ndlovu (DJ Lulu), and model/actress Kagiso Rakosa (Sharon).

With a week full of activities and screenings of some of SA’s leading films as well as Q&A sessions with some of the most renowned

For more information contact Kea Malao on 014 590 4640 or email: keamalao@gmail.com

l-r: Kea Malao, Peter Moruakgomo (ACE), Clr Violet Maluleka - MMC, Kagiso Rakosa, Clr Mpho Khunou - Rustenburg Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Rantebeng Makapan, Samkelo Ndlovu (DJ Lulu).

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Art Galleries art Of Africa gallery Jhb road, Rex Phone: 014 537 2521 Verve Art & Steelworks 084 605 4164, 073 161 6161 Klerksdorp, North West Province Dietmar Wiening Bronze Sculptures 082 891 9987 Broederstroom Van Emmenis Arts 018 596 1787 Wolmaransstad Yehudith Art Creative 082 456 0970 Brits Ceramic Artist and Skinny Hippo ART Annalise Janse van Rensburg 083 445 8318

Mphebatho Cultural Museum is a great place to visit during the upcoming school holidays. The museum documents the origin of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela. Tel: 014 556 2914

Art on the go 072 679 5138 Potchefstroom Abstract Art - Sculpture Sculptor - Bronze Rubi Laur multi trading cc 073 364 4371

ON THE ART SCENE Compiled by: Beverley Parr, Fiona Zerbst, Kenny Modise

African Art And Cultural Village 018 381 6808 Mafikeng Letlhabile Art And Craft Centre Letlhabile, North West Province 014 596 7533 Rustenburg Smart Art Exotic Furniture 014 597 2107 Rustenburg Furniture Art South African Art Literature And Music Appriciatian Ga-rankuwa Tirelo Art and Design Phokeng Rustenburg

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CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF PLACE Rudolph Tshie considers himself a landscape artist – and his work captures the essence of place with amazing delicacy, whether he’s painting a farm, a stable, or morogo pickers in a field. Written by: Fiona Zerbst Photo’s courtesy of Amacoola.com

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nspired by the togetherness of African culture, Rudolph’s paintings show workers in fields, working or at rest, and he also picks out details that inspire him, as in the wonderful ‘boots, bags and onions’, for example. This oil-on-canvas painting shows precisely that – workers’ legs in boots, hands carrying plastics bags, and the ground strewn with onions – as if the artist were viewing the scene at knee-height. Rudolph was born on 10 October 1969. “I started art at the age of six when hand work was introduced as a subject,” he says. “As I grew up, and discovered arts and crafts as a subject, I started to develop and became a better young artist.” He recalls that, each year-end, he could take his creations home and make his family proud of his work. He also had some artworks on hand to motivate him and inspire him each day. “I didn’t know much about art, but fellow schoolmates would ask me to help them with their art projects – in fact, they would pay me about 5c or 10c, so I felt quite rich at the time!” Rudolph pays tribute to his high-school fine arts teacher, the late

sculptor Salthiel Phoshane. “I studied painting and sculpture under him. Classes were tougher as we did art theory, too, and I didn’t like history much. But to my surprise, I not only passed but accumulated more marks in fine arts than in any other subject!” Fine arts opened more doors for Rudolph when he finished high school – he studied at the visual arts school Fuba in Johannesburg from 1991 to 1993. “Here, I developed as an artist and explored all the elements visual arts have to offer. I was taught by great teachers – David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa, Kay Hassan, Ben Nsusha, Pat Maotlwa and others. Without them, I would not be the artist I am today, nor travelled as far as I have done and also exhibited extensively.” Rudolph was selected to participate in the 2010 Spier Contemporary Exhibition and was awarded the ‘Audience Choice Award’, voted for by the people of Cape Town. He has recently been invited by the Pretoria Art Museum to put on his retrospective, entitled ‘My Perspective Reflections’ next year in June/July. For this, he has produced 60 framed works. ■

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n Turkey and Italy you can walk through hallways of mosaic, bathe and eat on mosaic or just sit and feast your eye on the incredible mosaic design and decoration all around you. That’s what it’s like walking around La Leen Truter’s studio, home and art gallery; mosaic is all around, in the prettiest, boldest or neutral of colours.

An artist and potter, La Leen was inspired to focus more on mosaic after a trip to Italy. “When I went to Italy, the joy of walking on worn and weathered mosaic, looking up and being surrounded by colour – so inspiring and energising. I wanted to bring this energy home and that’s when I decided to concentrate more on mosaic,” says La Leen. Each and every tile is hand made. Then each and every tile is glued onto standard sized sheets ready to be delivered. La Leen is painter, potter and mosaic artist. She’s been in her house for 34 years and for the most part works alone. Assistant Emmah Masango has been with La Leen for four years and helps her with assembling the tiles. “She has a great eye for detail and colour,” says La Leen “so I’m really blessed to have found her.” Most of her work is through commissions but she’s decided to build up stock of all the different mosaics so that her customers don’t have to wait, they can buy off the shelf. La Leen gets a variety of requests for her mosaics, from designs for

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the bottom of swimming pools to shower floors, kitchens and bathrooms. “People also like to do there own mosaic design so I have individual tiles and different odd shaped tiles too. I call my odd shaped tiles lalele’s,” says La Leen. La Leen has all her own kilns and mixes all her own glazes. This allows her to design bespoke tiles and colours for interior decorators or game lodges and hotels. “This product is unique and designers and stylists are always looking for something different – which is what I do,” says La Leen. A grandmother to five grandchildren, this warm and passionate woman is hoping to open a tea garden and hold pottery classes in her beautifully shaded garden. “My children are not really interested in clay work probably because they see how hard it is and how solitary – but that is the life of an artist,” says La Leen “My grandson however is very interested, so there’s hope,” she adds. La Leen also makes the most amazing fruit bowls which are fabulous gifts for Christmas. ■

La Leen Truter Phone: 012 819 1605 Cell: La Leen: 082 359 5073 E-mail: pieter@amazimbi.co.za


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PLATINUM ART GALLERY AND VENUE

BRINGING CONTINENTAL M O O R T S F E H C T O P O T FL AIR KOBUS VAN WYK - OWNER OF PROVENCE GUEST HOUSE, CATERING, GALLERY AND FUNCTION VENUE HAS A PASSION FOR BRIDES, COLOUR AND LIFE...

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hen you first meet Kobus van Wyk of Potchefstroom – father of four and grandfather of two – in his checked cotton shirt and jeans, there is nothing to make you think that you aren’t chatting to a typical local resident. There is little in his quiet and subdued manner to make you realize that everything this entertainer, artist, chef, host, business owner, events co-ordinator and décor specialist does, is larger than life and distinguished by splashes of colour and innovation. Early career training as a chef, led to a colourful and successful career which included Kobus winning several national and international cooking awards and competitions, including the exclusive Salon Culinaire. This, in turn, led to restaurant ownership, opening a guest house and starting a catering business which is now providing services to its second generation of clients.

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Provence – his guest house, function centre and catering arm – and Kobus himself, are now synonymous in Potchefstroom with elegance, flair and professional events. Kobus throws his energy into his creative passions. “Working with brides, in particular, is exciting” he says. “Each person brings a different need and a different energy and I love applying my creative instincts to colouring in their picture, as it were, to create the event of a lifetime”. The results speak for themselves – an appointment book that is filled months in advance and an array of photographs of spectacular events, ranging from the sweet and conventional to the extremely unusual. “Like the one wedding where everything had a Blue Bull theme” says Kobus. “But I love the different energy that comes with each different assignment, bridal party and culture” he says. There is no distinctive line between his business and his daily, personal life. Both are lived with creative energy and vivid colour. At his Provence estate, Kobus has created the feeling of an intimate village, with his signature eclectic style which has

resulted in buildings which are simple in architecture, with clever finishes to add a unique continental feel, in the middle of the harsh, dry surrounding veld. Offices, his private residence, guest cottages, three function rooms and a charming little chapel, are gently surrounded by colourful garden beds and country pathways. One of the buildings houses his private art gallery, where his oil paintings are on display. Like his décor, which is busy and dizzy yet cosy and stylish, Kobus’ bright works display his love of flowers, travel and people. When he is not busy whipping up spectacular functions, he reads books on interior décor, gardening and cooking and ruminates over the creation. “I see the sun rise and I see it set” he says. “Life is free to experience and enjoy” says Kobus. “I try to bring this energy and appreciation to everything I do”.

Tel: (018) 298 1181 email: info@provence-estate.co.za

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Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District launches it’s tourism website and information kiosk Tourism has become a fiercely competitive business and for both South Africa and the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, competitive advantage is no longer instinctive, but gradually more artificial and channeled by science, technology, information and innovation. Tourism development in South Africa, including the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District has largely been a missed opportunity; and as such, the potential of the tourism trade to spawn entrepreneurship, creation of employment whilst driving other sectors of the economy and strengthening rural communities has not been fully realized. It is against this background that the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality launches the ‘District Tourism Website” as part of an assertive drive to market and promote tourism in the “Region of Prosperity”. Not only will the Tourism website be accessible via a link to the District Municipality website, but in the four Electronic Tourism Information Kiosks in the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District. The introduction of the new Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Tourism Association Logo gives the region identity and recognises the incredible heritage this area holds in it’s portfolio. Heritge sites like the Vredefort Dome pictured here.

Tel: 018 473 8000 www.kaundadistrict.co.za

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YOUR GUIDE TO NORTH WEST PROVINCIAL

GAME PARKS AND RESERVES

Eco Tourism Manager | 014 555 1600 | vmelk@nwptb.co.za Barberspan Bird Sanctuary 053 948 1854 | sampievm@lantic.net Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve 053 433 1706 | bloemhofdam@cybertrade.co.za Botsalano Game Reserve 018 386 8900 | botsalano@nwptb.co.za Madikwe Game Reserve 018 350 9931/2/5 madikweadmin@telkomsa.net | pleitner@nwptb.co.za Mafikeng Game Reserve 018 381 5611 | mafgr@mweb.co.za Molemane Eye Nature Reserve 018 643 9904/5 | molemane@mweb.co.za Molopo Game Reserve 053 998 3686 | nwptbvry@mweb.co.za 072 596 0945 | molopo@nwptb.co.za

S A Lombard Nature Reserve 053 433 1705 | bloemhofdam@cybertrade.co.za Wolwespruit Nature Reserve 018 581 9705 | nwptbwol@nwptb.co.za Borakalalo National Park 071 301 3354/5 | borakalalo@mtnloaded.co.za Boskop Dam Nature Reserve 082 817 1997 | boskop@mweb.co.za Highveld National Park 018 293 3230 | highveld@nwptb.co.za Kgaswane Mountain Reserve 014 533 2050 | kgaswane@mweb.co.za Pilanesberg National Park pberg@nwptb.co.za | jmaoka@nwptb.co.za | 014 555 1601 Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve 012 277 1670 | vaalkop@nwptb.co.za

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Tau

Another day in paradise at Tau Game Lodge Written by Beverley Parr

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TRAVEL TAU GAME LODGE

“You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life”. The Lion King

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This male rhino was stopped in his tracks after charging the vehicle.

Delicious lunch and watching the animals come down to the waterhole.

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s the late winter sun bows out gracefully, a stillness settles over the Madikwe Game Reserve. We’re enjoying the quiet and mystery that dusk brings when three young male lions came to drink from the stream in front of our chalet. Unaware of the excited chaos they caused – whispered urgency of “where’s the camera”, “quick hurry, did you get the shot” and “look there’s another one” – they knelt, with bloated bellies (must have just had a good feed) and quenched their thirst – it was magical. We’ve visited Madikwe Game Reserve on various occasions and being one of our favorite reserves in the North West were excited to receive the invitation to visit Tau Game Lodge which falls on the Northern side of the park, right on the Botswana border.  Owned by Australians, Robert and Fay Gerrard Tau is one of the largest lodges in the Reserve, making it popular for conferences and weddings. This does not mean you can’t spend an intimate romantic weekend here. The chalets are perfectly positioned, each one overlooking the large watering hole and sunburnt plains of the Madikwe reserve, welcoming stressed and weary travellers into its comfortable and elegant fold. The whole complex has a rustic look and feel, yet has all the modern comforts you could want. Our room was superb – outdoor and indoor showers, luxurious tub bath, spacious sitting area with an outdoor patio and huge glass doors opening to views of the lodge's waterhole and all the animals it attracts.  As it was the end of winter when we visited, the staff put on an electric blanket

before we went to bed which made for a great night's sleep. Having missed the evening game drive but feeling vindicated with the sightings of the three young lions, we explored the main lodge. Different accents wafted by as we made our way to the main lounge and bar area where a huge fire cast a warm glow over the assembled group. During the day and on summer evenings the lounge and bar opens onto the upper deck veranda, overlooking the large waterhole where a multitude of animals come down to drink.   At Tau you are offered a choice of dining with your ranger or on your own. We opted to dine together. Our group included a couple from Johannesburg and a couple from Botswana who were spending quality time with their son who was studying in the USA. Ernest our guide is a quiet, off-beat sort of character, a demeanor that completely appealed to my son (although I think this adoration only developed when he saw the rifle placed protectively at the font of the vehicle). His guiding was different but our bush drives were always adventurous. Because our visit fell over the end of the winter, our early morning game drive was not so early. “We decided to change things around a bit during winter,” says General Manager Markus Kleinhans. “Your wake-up call is at six and only after a hearty breakfast you head out into the bush. The animals also take it easy in the winter, preferring to move when the sun warms up there bodies” he adds. Marcel has been with Tau for many years and with over 60 rooms

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TRAVEL TAU GAME LODGE filled with guests and a staff compliment of 73, there is never a dull moment. “What do you want to see,” says Ernest. I’m sure he hears this all the time, but yes it was leopard that we wanted to see. We didn’t, but something we hadn’t encountered before was both a brown and spotted hyena both feeding on an elephant carcass, the spotted hyena rather mangled and battle torn with a missing ear and heavy scarring.  A huge herd of buffalo migrating to the other side of the park also drew lots of attention along with a mighty elephant, gnarled and wise, who sauntered passed us. Steenbok up close were a real treat. These shy and difficult to spot creatures hopped gallantly across the rocks and peered inquisitively at us. Back at the lodge a relaxing and lazy day stretched out before us, we ate a delicious lunch and dipped in and out of different conversations. After a short rest we were well prepared for the evening game drive.

Steenbok on the rocks

Game drives, even those with few animal sightings, are such a wonderful way to relax. The breeze in your hair on a balmy day then warm and snug under a blanket as the sun dips over the horizon, the smell of the African bush and its animals - nothing beats it. Our afternoon drive had been fairly uneventful until we happened upon a very amorous male rhino who was intent on having his way with a completely disinterested female who in turn was only interested in caring for her young calf. The sun was setting and we were contentedly watching the scene play out in front of us, when without warning the rhino charged us. Within seconds the rhino was upon us, his huge horn lowered and coming at us with blinding speed. There was no time to react and to make matters worse, we were on a dam wall, and couldn’t drive out of the way even if we had had the time. At what seemed the last moment, Ernest stood up and banged the side of the vehicle so loudly that the charging rhino stopped in his tracks. Thank goodness! Unsure now of this threatening potential suitor he turned away and went back to his woman. Well that certainly woke us all up. Everyone was white faced, quiet for some moments then talked about the incident all the way back to the lodge. Never underestimate wild animals, safety is the first rule of observing them. Dinner was in the boma that evening and while it was quite cool the fires, blankets and very delicious food warmed everyone up and we stayed talking late into the night. Chef John Carelse is passionate about his food, he inspires his team to be creative and you’ll enjoy delicacies like roast duck on the buffet which is a real treat. John also sources most of his meat and vegetables locally which is the type of sustainable tourism to look out for. Because of the perfect combination of quality and style mixed with a relaxed and warm atmosphere Tau is definitely a place I could return to again and again. ■

Tel: +27 11 314 4350 or +27 11 314 4349 Cell: 083 262 2013 Email: taugame@mweb.co.za Lounge and lobby

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Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela

HERITAGE SITES near Sun City in the North West Province

Pilanesburg Mountains The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world and it’s rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature.

Morula wa phuthego This tree being 100 years old is a cultural gathering place for the community meetings with the elders.

Letlapa la Lekutu This is a rock which the Bahumagadi Ba Kgosing would sweep during dry seasons to ask for rain.

Letlapa la Pula Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela cultural site where the Rock of Rain is laid The Bakgatla prayed for rain on this rock

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ORIGINATING IN PRETORIA AND STRETCHING PAST RUSTENBURG TO THE SOUTH OF THE PILANESBERG, THE MAGALIESBERG IS ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S BEST-KNOWN MOUNTAIN RANGES. CHRISTO VALENTYN TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AND, IN THE PROCESS, DISCOVERS A MULTITUDE OF THINGS TO SEE AND DO. Text & Photos by: Christo Valentyn

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f you reside in the eastern half of our magnificent province, or even in the northern parts of Gauteng, odds are that you’d be familiar with the Magaliesberg Mountains. With several well-known towns located in its vicinity, it’s become much like Table Mountain in the Western Cape – something you see almost every day but which doesn’t necessarily register in your thoughts as anything significant. Yet the Magaliesberg, like Table Mountain, has a significant history and has become the centre of a thriving tourism industry.

Unique in many ways Geologically, the Magaliesberg Mountain has a very long history. According to Wikipedia, the mountain range’s quartzites, shales, chert and dolomite were deposited as sediments in an inland basin on top of the 3 billion year old Archaean Basement Complex, a process that lasted for about 300 million years. About two billion years ago, a massive upwelling of molten magma resulted in what is now known as the Bushveld Igneous Complex. The enormous weight of this intrusion depressed the sediments that lay beneath and tilted the sediments along the edges so that

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the broken scarps faced outward and upward, while the gentler dip slopes inwards, hence the range’s unique appearance. During the same period these sediments were fractured and igneous intrusions of dolerite filled the cracks. With the passage of time these intrusions eroded, especially on the dip slopes, forming deep kloofs or ravines providing excellent rock-climbing potential to modern man. Interestingly, the Magaliesberg forms a natural barrier between the lower lying Bushveld to the north and the cooler Highveld to the south.

Historically prominent With the Cradle of Humankind lying in the Magaliesberg’s shadows, it should come as no surprise that the surrounding areas has seen human occupation dating back at least two million years (to the earliest hominid species, such as the well-known Mrs. Ples, in and around the Sterkfontein Caves). Initially known as the Kashan Mountains, named after one of the area’s well-known chiefs, it was renamed to its current name in the mid-1800s after another well-known tribe leader, Mogale. The name is therefore a Dutch version of “Mogale’s Mountain”. The same naming logic applies to the Pilanesberg, incidentally, which is literally translated as “Pilane’s Mountain”, Pilane being a prominent Bakgatla chief.

Buffelspoort Dam

Whether Mogale and Pilane were friends or foes is debatable, but both were undoubtedly not impressed when famed Zulu-leader, Shaka, sent his most trusted commander, Mzilikazi, to conquer the Sotho tribes. Mzilikazi was ultimately successful in his task, but then broke away from Shaka to establish his own nation, the Matabele. Fearing retaliation from Shaka, Mzilikazi settled the Matabele in the Magaliesberg-region outside Hartbeespoort and Brits, from where his impis fearlessly attacked the Voortrekkers and generally wreaked havoc. The Voortrekkers, under the leadership of Hendrik Potgieter and Gerrit Maritz, and with the help of the local Sotho-Tswana chiefdoms fought back, however and drove the Matabeles north across the Limpopo River. These friendly relations remained for several decades (the town of Rustenburg was formed in this period), with the Boers and the Tswana-tribes working together in many instances. With such intimate knowledge of

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Back to the future Travelling from Johannesburg and Pretoria, Silkaatsnek and Kommandonek remain two of the main routes connecting these cities to Rustenburg and the ever-popular Pilanesberg-area. It’s at these points where you’ll also find the Hartbeespoort Dam, which is probably one of the Magaliesberg Mountain’s biggest tourist draw cards. With a permanent population figure that’s growing in leaps and bounds, Hartbeespoort remains one of the North West Province’s largest tourist attractions, popular amongst weekend visitors and outdoor-enthusiasts alike.

Die Ou Pastorie

From Harties, exploring the multitude of activities, eateries and accommodation options on both sides of the mountain is easy. I took the R560, which leads from Harties to Magaliesburg in a northwesterly direction on the southern side of the Magaliesberg via Skeerpoort and Hekpoort, two towns that have in recent years blossomed with must-see places. These include the Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij, a popular spot for families and mountain biking enthusiasts alike. Hollybrooke Farms, just a stone’s throw away, offer quad bike rides and horse trails along with mouthwatering meals by chef, Betsie Malan. For a more upmarket experience, lunch at Die Ou Pastorie, with beautifully tranquil gardens, is a must. Accommodation options in Hekpoort, Skeerpoort and Magaliesburg abound, with the secluded Kashan Country House, located in the Magaliesberg Nature Reserve against the southern slope of the mountain, offering peace and quiet along with gourmet meals and fantastic wines. For a romantic getaway, Mount Grace in Magaliesburg remains popular, while family fun is to be had at the Askari Game Lodge, the only place in Gauteng where you’ll find the Big Five. It was on a game drive at Askari that our knowledgeable guide noted that research has found the Magaliesberg to be older than the Alps! The R560 takes you to the R24, which connects Magaliesburg with Rustenburg. Take a detour to the Mountain Sanctuary Park, whose twisty gravel roads are popular among hikers and

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Askari Visitors Centre

Kashan Country House

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Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary

From Rustenburg, travel in a south-easterly direction along the R104, back towards Hartbeespoort on the northern side of the mountain, on the way taking in the Buffelspoort Dam (popular for camping, angling and water sports) and the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour, a unique cable-gliding tour of the Magaliesberg down the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof gorge, based at the Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa, another familyfriendly accommodation option. For up-close and personal interactions with animals, Hartbeespoort offers several options, including the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, the Elephant Sanctuary, reptile park at Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park and the Inyoni Crocodile Farm. Within close range as well is the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in De Wildt. With so much to see and do on either side of the Magaliesberg, it’s well worth the time and effort to explore its history and its wonders. ■

Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa

OUT AND ABOUT WITH THE SUBARU FORESTER 2.0D PREMIUM Subaru has long been a leader of all-wheel drive vehicles, and since the release of the Forester SUV in 2002 in South Africa, the car has developed an almost cult-like following. With good reason too, as the Forester offers a great balance between power, ruggedness, comfort and versatility. As such it should come as no surprise that the Forester was also one of the first Subaru models to be offered with a Boxer diesel engine, something Subaru is famous for. The wait was worth it! Powered by a 2.0-litre, horizontally opposed turbodiesel engine, the Forester has 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque on tap – more than enough for even the roughest dirt road. With all the benefits of diesel-power (high torque low in the rev band and low consumption), the Forester is equally at home on and off the beaten track. With a high quality interior and excellent creature comforts to boot, the Forester 2.0D Premium is the perfect companion on any road trip. It retails for R399 000, including a 3-year/100 000km warranty and 3-year/60 000km maintenance plan.

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INTO THE WILD Adventure, adrenalin, hiking, biking, diving. It’s all here in the North West so get out and do it!

GREAT SNAKES! EVERYONE WHO LIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA HAS A SNAKE STORY. SNAKES ARE JUST A PART OF OUR LIVES AND, SHY AS THEY ARE, THEY TURN UP IN OUR HOUSES AND GARDENS FROM TIME TO TIME – EVEN IN URBAN AREAS.

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nakes get a bad rap and a lot of us are quite irrationally scared of them. As with any creature in the wild, it pays to have a healthy respect for them. But when you know something about them, you find your fear giving way to fascination.

This is really the primary aim of the Hartbeespoort Dam’s Snake and Animal Park’s popular snake courses. “Snakes have an ecological purpose – they are actually around for a reason,” says course convenor Jason Seale. “Yes, they can cause harm, even death, to humans. But if you know how to treat them and you respect them there’s no need to feel threatened by them.” The beginner snake course, which is useful for everyone from paramedics, game-park field officers, the police and mining company workers to Joe or Jane Average – gives you a good grounding in basic information. You’ll learn what types of snakes there are, which are venomous, and how to apply the correct First Aid to snake bite. You also get to learn how and what they eat, how they defend themselves and much more. The three hours allocated to the course go by in a flash, because aside from coursework, you can examine some models of jaws, as well as live snakes in their enclosures. The study period is far from dull – you get to ask questions, compare anecdotes and you’re

served tea and biscuits by the helpful staff. But you need to take the work seriously, because you finish off with a multiple choice written test and you need 80% to pass. The course, which is FGASA-endorsed (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa), is strict for a good reason – those who pass will have sufficient knowledge to attend the advanced course, where you get to learn how to catch a snake. For that, you need to demonstrate an ability to remember what you’ve learnt, retain knowledge and stay calm around a live snake, be it an adder or a cobra. After you’ve written your test, you’re free to roam around the Park, which is home to a really large number of snakes as well as seals, chimps, big cats … you name it. You probably won’t want to leave. I know I didn’t.

Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park Scott Street, Hartbeespoort 012 259 0195 Email: zoogang@mweb.co.za Training officer: Jason Seale Beginner’s course: R600 Advanced course: R850

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GETTING

The North West

is the perfect place for those seeking adventure.

It is here that you can zip slide, mountain climb, river raft and cave dive. You can ride horses, sail in hot air balloons, hike the most amazing trails or go on a cave adventure. The sun is shining and it’s time to have a bit of fun.

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ecreational opportunities in the North West Province are many and varied. There are activities that many people enjoy year round. Whether you are involved in river rafting on the thrilling Vaal River or just bird watching from one of our many parks, this magnificent region can provide wonderful pastimes. We offer attractions and facilities equal to the best in South Africa. In this section we bring you white water rafting, cave diving, hot air ballooning, hiking, fishing, rock climbing and horse riding,

WHITE WATER RAFTING It comes as a surprise to many to hear that the lazy old Vaal River has some of the best rapids in South Africa. Riverman Graeme Addison, pioneer of whitewater rafting in this country, has been running the Vaal river rapids for many years. There’s nothing that focuses attention like a rapid, and no better way to build relationships with family, friends and colleagues all pulling together as a team. The river in the Parys area is raftable all year long but tends to be best between December and February when good rains fill up the channels bank to bank. Every weekday and every weekend, scores of totally inexperienced rafters run the

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picturesque Dome museum at the little hamlet of Venterskroon on the North West Province side of the Vaal. The towns of Parys and nearby Potchefstroom are replete with coffee bars, antique shops and info centres to tell you all about the river and its surroundings. On the Vaal itself you have several options for river tripping:

Vaal. They come from all walks of life. The whitewater extends from above the town of Parys down to where the Vaal cuts into the mountainland or Bergland of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. This allows for half-day, full-day and even two-day trips through some of the most beautiful river scenery in South Africa. The Vaal is in fact unique in being the only major river on earth to cross an asteroid crater. It is literally the River of the Crater, flowing across the world’s oldest and largest impact site. The core of the crater, where the asteroid hit, is known as the Vredefort Dome and is recognised by Unesco for its scientific and scenic value. This then is the playground of whitewater rafters and kayakers. All along the river are lodges for overnight stays, with a

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Wilderness canoeing on the flat water among some of the islands (no rapids but the chance of spotting fish eagles, otters and leguaans to name but a few of the species that have found refuge in the dense foliage).

Paddling your own 2-seater inflatable raft or croc on rapids Class from 1-3 in normal flows (1 is easy, 3 moderate, 6 is the limit and regarded as deadly – not on the Vaal!)

Guided 4-8 seater rafting with a raftmaster who takes charge of your fate and tells you how to paddle. Many families choose this option. Children over 12 can run the whitewater sections in guided rafts.

Float-a-long trips in guided rafts through milder rapids for kiddies aged 6 and over. This is an ideal introduction to life on the water for the young and very impressionable.

Give it a try – go with the flow!

Contact details: RIVERMAN: 084 245 2490 yeeha@riverman.co.za REAL Adventures: 056 817 6149 teambuild@realadventures.co.za STONEHENGE: 082 521 6887 stonehenge@icon.co.za


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Outrides at Sun City By Fiona Zerbst

Comfort is well named. The gentle but spirited grey is my mount for the afternoon and Lani Shepherd, owner and manager of Shepherds Bush riding centre, makes sure the girth is tightened, my stirrups are level and I’m completely comfortable before we head off into the bushveld. Shepherds Bush is ideally placed for outrides. Situated on the Sun City property, the stables are at a slight remove from the hotels but are very easy to get to. Well maintained and lovingly cared for, the stables are a good advertisement for what you can expect: attention to detail and comfort, a safety-first approach and well-schooled horses. A standard outride takes you up into the hills, then down towards the top of the dam. Looking down on the Lost City, shimmering like some ancient temple across the water, it’s clear that part of what you’re paying for is the unique view. Lani leads the way on Cinnamon and I follow on Comfort – as we walk, we hear the bark of a baboon and sure enough, there above us, on some high-up rock, are several agile baboons. That feral bark is quite loud but the horses don’t mind – they’re probably quite used to it. We also spot some wriggling bush-pigs and, also high up on a rock, a fish eagle, probably nesting up there. Lani explains that beginners will be on a lead-rein, partly to make them feel more secure, and partly so if a horse is spooked by a hurtling bush-pig, for example, nothing untoward will happen. Beginners need not worry that they’ll be unattended on the outride. An intermediate rider (like me) is generally one who’s ridden before (I used to show-jump as a child) but hasn’t been riding all that frequently, so may need a bit of a refresher course. While I’m not on a lead-rein, Lani does tell me when to hold Comfort in (because she likes to canter over certain stretches of terrain) and when to look out for bush-pigs. She’s vigilant at all times and she explains that this is because some riders claim to know how to ride but come unstuck half-way along the route – so be sure to be very honest about your level of experience! Advanced riders will be able to experience the sheer joy of 7km and 14km rides (the 14km ride includes breakfast). Lani says that these outrides extend into an area of the bush that boasts some ‘real’ wildlife – elephants and buck, for example – so riders need to be able to handle some potentially interesting scenarios. One also rides next to the Pilanesberg fence at some point, so there’s the distinct possibility one could come across a lion or other cat. Not that they can get to the horses, but the horses may not know that!

I, for one, can’t wait to get my riding up to scratch so I can go on one of these ‘hard’ rides, which also take you up and down steep and challenging terrain. As we trot on a nice, flat expanse next to the dam, Lani says that they also offer special events like proposals. There are some tables up on the hillside (with great views), so a suitor can bring his would-be fiancée here and have some bubbly and snacks laid on for a romantic proposal. This kind of function can be arranged, so contact Lani if you’d like to organise something special. She also offers combo tours and pony rides and children are very welcome.

For more information, contact Shepherds Bush on 014 557-5140 or ext. 514. The stables are open daily from 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm. Rides leave the stables on the hour at 9am, 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Riders need to be at the stables 15 minutes prior to riding. Bookings are essential.

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Our group consisted of a nine year old (who had always wanted to fly) and a couple who were celebrating a 30th birthday (she’d made a list of things she wanted to do in her 30th year and this was one on them).

Magalies Canopy Tours Our journey started at 9h30 in the morning

when guides Raymond and Hennie gave us a brief history of how Magalies Canopy tours came about. Canopy tours originated in the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, where adventurous biologists erected a system of cables through the canopy layer of the forest in order to observe the fauna and flora in that previously inaccessible region. This soon caught on as an eco-adventure and Magaliesberg Canopy tour was number three to be constructed under the Canopy Tour banner with a total of six Canopy Tours in all. After being kitted out in our harnesses and hard hats, and signing indemnity forms we were on our way. The short drive up to the first platform was bumpy but we were entertained by our very knowledgeable and entertaining guides. Raymond has been with Magalies Canopy Tours for nearly five years and his easy manner and self assuredness is catching. Hennie is in his second year and in his first year training as a field guide. He’s the comedian and has a humorous and witty way of educating us. Every plant or animal has a funny story attached to it and it’s incredible how much knowledge we all retained this way.

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With our harnesses checked and double-checked, and armed with clear instructions on what not to do, we prepared for our first flight above the gorge. By the third platform we were experienced and fear gave way to utter joy and the thrill of flying above the canopy. The nine year old was in his element, the thirty year old – flushed with excitement. The magalies canopy tours practices responsible tourism. They are very aware of protecting and caring for the environment and are eager to impart this knowledge to all that fly with them. Including the briefing session, tours last approximately 2,5 hours. Once you are back at the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour offices you can place your meal order at the Hadeda Restaurant and Bar adjacent to the office before freshening up. The whole experience costs R450.00 p.p. and it’s certainly one of the best things I’ve done for a long time.

Tel: +27 (0) 14 535 0150 Email: info@magaliescanopytour.co.za Web: www.magaliescanopytour.co.za


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Wondergat By Johan Boshoff

Approximately 60km from Lichtenburg and 30km form Mafikeng in the North West Province at an altitude of approximately 1440m above sea level, one will find an unbelievable natural dolomite sinkhole called Wondergat. Wondergat is the deepest natural hole in the interior of South Africa, and is used for advanced scuba diving as well as a training ground for instructors and technical divers. It is a very popular dive site in South Africa and there is a saying that you haven’t dived until you’ve dived at Wondergat… Thousands of years ago, Wondergat was a water-filled cavern until the roof caved in and left a magnificent hole filled with water. In the early 70’s the deepest point at this dive site was more than 70 meters and today it’s only 58 meters. This is the only place in South Africa where Stromatolites are found underwater and in very good condition. The other place where similar Stromatolites are found is in Sharkbay, Australia. The Banded Tilapia (Tilapia sparrmanii) is endemic to Wondergat and won’t be found at any other fresh water hole in the world.

We dive Wondergat because we can!

Walking down the 35 irregular steps fully kitted up is no joke and balance is of utmost importance, but remember the walking down is forgotten when you have finished your dive and have to make your way back up the 35 steep stairs! So remember that being fit is a great advantage! This is a location for the advanced and higher qualified divers because the bottom of this hole is approximately 36 meters (first stop). There are two buoy lines, a north and south grid from where one can descend. The north grid is approximately 38meters deep and the south grid 36meters deep. There is also a white bell chamber at the bottom that has an interesting slogan on it – try to remember the whole slogan when you reach the surface… When venturing into the cave to the Memorial stones and to the Taskforce board, it is better to descend from the South grid as it is the closest – to save bottom time. Torches are always recommended, as the bottom can be very dark when you reach the grid. The entrance to the cave is approximately 5 meters from the south grid and guide ropes connect the different areas of the hole for safety reasons. The water temperature ranges between 14-21ºC so it is best to wear enough protection as the bottom of the hole can become really cold and heighten the effect of nitrogen narcosis. If you are diving here for the first time, it is best to do it with someone who has dived here before and knows the hole quite well, as the depth and darkness can be unnerving for a first time visitor. This tranquil hole must never be under estimated – check your air, check your bottom time, and check your buddy!! Accommodation at Wondergat includes ablution facilities (hot & cold water) and electricity is available to campsites. Bring along own light sources as well as extension cords. Some tented accommodation can be provided on request. Camping takes place in a small area fenced off from the stock farm fields. There is a braai area at every camp site but do bring along tables, chairs, umbrellas and everything else that you might need. It is essential to pack insect repellent, sun block and hats as it can become scorching during the summer and icy cold during winter.

It’s pretty dark down here.

From Lichtenburg, on the Mafikeng road (R503); shortest road from Johannesburg, Klerksdorp, Vereeniging, Freestate etc. +-47 km past Lichtenburg, turn right at the roadsign ‘Buhrmansdrift’, at the almost empty shop on the lefthand side just before you enter ‘Rooigrond’. After +-7km turn right at the ‘Molopo-oog’ turnoff and after another +- 7km turn right at the TDA Wondergat sign

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Rock Solid Adventures in the Magaliesberg Local adventurer and intrepid mountain man Paul Pretorius and his company Rock Solid Adventures offer a variety of outdoor adventures operating from two destinations in the Magaliesberg area. Shelter Rock is situated within the Magaliesberg Nature Area on the main range and many of the activities take you to the highest point of the range. Hornbill Lodge is close to the village of Magaliesburg situated on the banks of the Magalies River, and that area of the Witwatersberg is richly steeped in history. Activities available with Rock Solid Adventures include: SHELTER ROCK: Knobkierie Golf – A truly unique variation of golf played with a knobkierie and a slazball on a 9 hole course of challenging terrain that changes with the seasons. The final hole is half way down the kloof and with a 36 handicap you are deemed a pro. R120 per person.

Double Pitch Abseil and Via Ferrata Climb – This adventure involves a 100m climb to the summit of the Magaliesberg up the iron stairway and a return either via their 100m double pitch abseil or a leisurely walk on the mountain trail back to base camp. R400 per person. Or you can do a 50m single pitch abseil and half Via Ferrata Climb R280 per person. Other activities at Shelter Rock also include clay pigeon shooting (R140 per person), catty paintball (R120 per person), or the option of hiking alone in the mountains (R50 per person). LODGE Mountain Walk, Historical Talk and 25m abseil into Bushman Cave. – Local historian Robin Walton will recount

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the local history still evident among the rocks, and Paul Pretorius and his team will conduct an abseiling clinic down into Bushman Cave. R245 per person. Hiking and Historical Talk – Robin and Paul will take you on a trail to the top of the Witwatersberg where you will learn much about the history, flora and fauna of the area along the way. R120 per person. Abseil 25m – A short walk to the top of the cliff from which you will descend into the valley below. R165 per person. What you need: Comfortable, loose fitting clothing and walking shoes or hiking boots with non-slip tread. Bring your own refreshments, sunblock and hat. Hair must be secured. What is supplied: All abseiling equipment. Moderate fitness levels are required for the climbing activities, and there is a qualified medic present on all mountain activities.

Contact details: rocksolidadventures@gmail.com Paul Pretorius 078 303 1885 | Robin Walton 078 886 8792

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PLATINUM WILD CAVE ADVENTURES

Wild Cave Adventures Based in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage area, this family run business began as the passion of owner Neil Norquoy, avid caver, adventurer and environmentalist. Years ago, Neil noticed that adventure seekers were putting their safety at risk by entering the caves in the area with little more than a dangerously thin rope and a candle for light, and recognised that the caves were in jeopardy of being irreparably damaged by these uninformed adventurers. Wild Cave Adventures, gives these adventure seekers an opportunity to explore caves safely and develop public awareness in cave preservation. There are numerous caving adventures on offer, ranging from mild and informative to extremely thrilling! A prerequisite excursion for all is Bat Cave, which offers a broad introduction into caving as well as abseiling. On entering the cave you are lowered 17 meters through the roof into a dark cavern, where you are briefed on safety and what to do to protect the cave environment. Equipped with rubber gloves (which protects the walls of the caves from the oils of our skin hindering natural cave formation)

you are taken through 4 400 square meters of underground caves. The adventure lasts over an hour and a half, and is interesting and informative. Though there are some narrow spaces, this caving experience is safe even for those who are claustrophobic. Exiting involves ascent up a steel rope ladder, and a further climb into the light. Other adventures include the exploration of Westminster Cave, Swartkrantz Cave and Crystal Cave. Tailor made adventures to suit individual group requirements, teambuilding activities as well as unique childrens’ parties can also be arranged. What you need: Comfortable, loose fitting clothing and walking shoes or hiking boots with non-slip tread. What is supplied: Overalls, safety helmet with head lamp, rubber gloves and all abseiling equipment. Cost available on request depending on adventure. Photographs are taken which are emailed to you after the adventure and guided excursions need a minimum of 8 people.

Contact Details : info@wildcaves.co.za Neil

082 632 1718 | Sandy 082 486 2464

The longest zip line in the world Unlike a canopy tour this is pure adrenalin. You don’t sit, you glide, whith my arms out wide, it’s the closest I’ve ever felt to flying. The PRONUTRO ZIP 2000, is the longest zip slide in the world – 280 meters high, two kilometers long, – and reaches speeds of 140 kilometers per hour. You’re flying through the air at 140km an hour – what a rush! Towards the end of the ride you slow down, giving you the opportunity to chat to the birds who are now at eye level, and take in a birds eye view of the North West. Go for it! Booking can be made via the Sun City Welcome Centre Information desk by calling 014 557 1544

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I am the sixth generation of traditional healers in my family.

I love my wild animals – the tigers, wolves, cheetah’s and lions.

and their PEOPLE PASSIONS Karate has given me direction and it’s a discipline that I want to pass on to others.

When I accidentally heard the stones ring like bells, I realised that we were dealing with the power of sound as a source of energy.

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Jerry Hu ang is passionate about Tea

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erry Huang comes from a long line of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners. His father and his uncles are also healers and if he fell ill Jerry was treated with Chinese herbal medicine. “Most Chinese people prefer Traditional Chinese Medicine,” says Jerry. “It has little or no side effects and is very effective and fast working. To this day I’ve never had an anti-biotic,” he adds.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced in China for more than two-thousand years, passed on from generation to generation, it plays an important role in China. TCM is not only a natural science for curing disease, but is a quintessential part of Chinese culture. “Most traditional Chinese medicine doctors are not only good at medicine, but are also good at feng shui and physiognomy,” says Jerry. Jerry is the sixth generation of traditional healers in his family. He continues to learn from the vast experience of his father and uncles. “My father is good at bone problems such as arthritis, my eldest uncle is good at infertility problems and another uncle is good at feng shui. There combined knowledge is humbling,” says Jerry. Jerry studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing at the University of Chinese Medicine which is the top Chinese Medicine teaching university in China and is famous for its Chinese healers. Four of the world’s foremost TCM healers graduated from and now teach at the university, passing on their knowledge and experience to those that follow.

Jerry has a deep respect and passion for chinese tea. “Tea in china has a history of thousands of years,” he says. It is this accumulated knowledge over the many generations that Jerry wants to impart to all his customers. “In china, there are many kind of teas for different purposes and each tea has a different function. The most common kind is green tea which includes oolong tea, kuding tea, jasmine tea, etc. With the development of our tea culture, Chinese people found that drinking different kinds of tea in different seasons can make them more healthy than just drinking green tea. So different kinds of functional tea appeared in the market. For example, Chrysanthemum tea is very good for detoxifying the body, boosting your metabolism and is also a diuretic. Kuding tea is good at reducing cholesterol, blood lipids, blood pressure as well as slimming. Kidney boosting tea is made from different herbs which are good at nourishing the kidneys’ positive function; for sperm boosting and to prolong healthy life,” says Jerry. His eyes are ablaze as he continues rattling off about what tea is beneficial for what ailment. His knowledge and passion is electrifying. In his TCM clinic and shop, Jerry offers acupuncture and full TCM treatment. Besides the incredible range of teas on sale you’ll find a vast range of herbal remedies too.

Cariffe Chinese Medicine 60 Nelson Mandela Drive, Rustenburg, Tel: 014 592 5711 carifetcm@gmail.com

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PLATINUM PEOPLE Written by Joanne Thomas

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hen my son came home from school and told me his friend had wolves and tigers at home, I seriously doubted it. But I have subsequently learned that in the North West, alias the Wild West, anything is possible. Soon after my son had mentioned it to me, I met the boy’s mum, Shinon Zahos, who informed me that it was perfectly true, they did have tigers and wolves and not only these predators but cheetahs and lions as well! Shinon has always adored animals. Even as a child growing up in Johannesburg she would take care of birds with broken wings, build small houses for frogs and there was even a pet tortoise. So it’s no surprise that when a customer one day walked into her quad bike shop and mentioned that he bred certain species of animals, many of which were predators, she plied him with questions and took his number. Three years ago Shinon and her husband Jimmy, bought their first tiger cub from this same man. They named the cute three-week-old bundle of stripes, Kendra. Shinon bottle-fed her and Kendra happily played with the dogs and children and became the baby of the home. After Kendra, there came two more tigers, lion cubs and two cheetah cubs. The wolves were Jimmy’s initiative, and the couple purchased them from a wolf sanctuary in Port Elizabeth. “People think it’s cool to have one of these nonindigenous wolves as a pet but they gradually come to realise that they never bond with humans like a dog will,” says Shinon. “The wolf sanctuary in Port Elizabeth takes in these abandoned creatures and this is where we found ours.” Shinon has a deep love and respect for these wild creatures and her aim is to breed the very best. “ It’s all about breeding and the gene pool,” says Shinon. “We acquire very good specimens and breed even better animals - stronger, bigger animals. We did not want to breed quantity but rather quality.” Shinon has successfully bred with white lions but would really like to breed with white tigers too. “Because we are still so young, we haven’t sold any of our animals yet. Our lions and tigers just reached maturity now and we’ve had our first litter of three beautiful white lion cubs,” she says. It took Shinon a few years and cost her a small fortune to get a license for all these predators. Regulations regarding the enclosures and the animal’s well being are extremely strict. Nature Conservation visit the farm regularly for inspections and work closely with Shinon to ensure the animals are kept safe and have the right amount of food, shelter and water.

Above: the three month old cub up in the tree and below – his rescue team.

Once the animals are old enough they will be sold to modern zoos with appropriate climates and enough space, non-hunting game reserves and other breeding farms. Being a breeder of wild animals means that Shinon’s life will never be described as mundane. Not too long ago, while she was acclimatising a three-month-old, hand-reared lion cub to its’ new enclosure, the cub inadvertently touched the electric fence. It immediately shot up the nearest tree in the enclosure. This tree also has an electric fence two meters up, but the cub pushed through this fence and ended up at the very top of an eighteen-metre tree, swaying in the wind. The vet was called in with a helicopter and the lion cub was darted, while the staff waited with a make-shift trampoline (which included the vet’s pool net!). The young cub managed to make it two metres back down the tree where it fell asleep on one of the branches. The vet gave a signal to a professional rock climber who had also been brought in and he scaled the tree, heroically lowering the lion cub to the ground with harnesses and pulley’s. Shinon is the first to admit that owning these predators requires extreme caution. Caution and a willingness to spend the time, effort and money that these animals require underpin her passion for her wildlife – the recent rescue effort being a perfect example. PLATINUM LIVING

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Written and Photographed by Louise Clarke

Michael Tellinger is DECODING the mystery of lost civilisations

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he passions of Michael Tellinger are diverse and have long evoked the passions of people in South Africa and around the world since the early 1980’s. And though this acclaimed musician, actor, author, explorer, researcher and scientist needs little introduction in the international arenas of music, archaeology, science and consciousness, few people are aware that he grew up in small mining towns across the North West and matriculated from Hoerskool Rustenburg. Born in Czechoslovakia, Michael’s parents moved to South Africa when he was nine. His father worked on the platinum and gold mines and in later years farmed oranges, and his mother, an opera singer and well known ‘voice doctor’, still teaches singing today. It is uncanny that Michael’s passion for music and his understanding of sound frequency, harmonic resonance and wave formation in scientific terms, has allowed him to make the astounding breakthrough in decoding the mystery of the ancient

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ruins and lost civilisations of southern Africa. When it comes to our human origins things are not as they seem and most of what we have been taught is a lie. In 2005 Tellinger wrote his first book Slave Species of god, the culmination of a 30 year obsession with the origins of humankind and the genetic anomalies of our species. This work into the existential mysteries presents detailed evidence in support of the information found in the Sumerian clay tablets. When Johan Heine exposed the mystery of the stone ruins of South Africa to Michael in 2007, they began an irreversible process of research that led Michael to some startling scientific conclusions and the completion of two more books, Adam’s Calendar and Temples of the African Gods. Scholars have told us that the first civilization on Earth emerged in a land called Sumer 6000 years ago but Tellinger’s research has revealed that more than 200,000 years ago early humans built a


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stone calendar that predates all other man-made structures found to date. Adam’s Calendar is the flagship among these ruins because it can be dated with relative certainty to a time before the ‘flood event’ some 13,000 years ago, and to at least 160,000 years of age based on a number of scientific evaluations. The millions of stone ruins connected by channels and surrounded by agricultural terraces cover an area of 450 000 square kilometres and clearly point to a vast vanished civilisation that lived and mined gold in this part of the world for many thousands of years, and is consistent with the Sumerian translations that tell us exactly that. “With so many ruins everywhere, it was discovering a new but much older Eqypt in South Africa.,” says Michael. Perhaps the most surprising discovery made to date is that the stone circles were not dwellings at all but energy devices, and that the generation of energy through these circular structures using the natural sound harmonic frequencies that emanate from the surface of the Earth was in fact the technology used to mine the gold. “When I accidentally heard the stones ring like bells, I realised that we were dealing with the power of sound as a source of energy. The sound frequencies and energies that we measured in the ruins cannot be explained by our current scientific knowledge today,” says Michael. Michael’s discoveries relating to the ruins of this ancient civilization are said by Zulu High Sanusi Credo Mutwa to be the most important discovery ever made by mankind and needs to

be shared around the world as quickly as possible. To this end Michael has tirelessly and with much zeal conducted annual presentations all around the USA, Canada and in the UK for the past 2 years, shared information in over 200 international radio interviews and while in South Africa continues to spread the word during his local author tours and visits to the ruins. He also hosted the international event Megalithomania in South Africa in March earlier this year where top thinkers from around the world explored the theories and findings around the origins and functions of our megalithic sites. In November Michael will host the first ever UFO, Science and Consciousness Conference, bringing in published experts in their fields to share their incredible knowledge on an array of interesting topics such as alien intervention, human genetic manipulation, mono-atomic gold, conspiracies and bio-mimicry. In spite of the controversy surrounding his focus Michael Tellinger is certainly a pioneer for change, and has founded the Contributionism-Ubuntu movement where he outlines a future moneyless society where each citizen contributes their natural talents or acquired skills to the greater benefit of all in the community.

For more information on his books, research, conferences, tours and new political party check out the following websites: www.michaeltellinger.com, www.slavespecies.com, www.adamscalendar.com www.contributionism.org

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6TH DAN CHRIS SEABELO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT KARATE

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e loves to hunt, he loves his jet ski, he loves his family but what Chris Seabelo is passionate about is karate. As the only 6th Dan black belt holder in the North West Province, Chris is also a committed and focussed businessman and leader. In August this year Chris went with the South African karate team to Thailand for the 12th World karate championships in Pattaya to attempt his 6th Dan black belt grading. Being the youngest of 18 other candidates, Chris and an instructor from Norway were the only two candidates awarded their sixth Dan by the strict Japanese panel. “I have been training for six years for this,” says Chris. “I had to fight seven opponents and demonstrate what I have learnt over the years. Four hours later my name was called, I was deeply humbled.” Chris is the first African to attain 6th Dan black belt before the age of 50.

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Chris in Japan and outside his Fitness Quest gym Chris has played a significant role in promoting karate in Rustenburg and Bafokeng. In 1992 he invited the first South African world karate champion to conduct development clinics in the rural areas of Rustenburg and Stan Schmidt (an Internationally recognised martial arts expert) also conducted development clinics in Rustenburg. Thanks to Chris, Phokeng was the first place, other than Gauteng, to host the biggest national karate championships in 2009. As the owner of two successful fitness gyms, Chris is also mentor and teacher to many young karate enthusiasts who want to follow in his footsteps. He also keeps it in the family as his eldest daughter is a South African karate champion and is currently preparing for her 2nd Dan black belt at the age of 14. His other passions? Hunting and jet-skiing – one wonders where he finds the time.


PLATINUM SPORT The BLM Foundation – putting sport back into the community The development of sports, arts and recreation in rural communities is the inspiration behind the BLM Foundation, an initiative of Bashi L Makgale who is determined to get kids off the streets and onto the sports field. Founded in July 2010 the BLM Foundation is a Trust focusing on sports development within the rural Bafokeng and surrounding areas of Rustenburg. The foundation targets mainly school children of ages ranging from 8 to 18 years. “Children with no parents at home after school and during school holidays are our target market,” says BLM spokesperson, Verity Phiri. “We just want to keep these young minds busy at all times, keep them physically healthy and hopefully produce super stars some day. However, it is not our strategy to commercialise any of the sporting codes or the participants,” she says. The foundation works closely with Royal Bafokeng Sports and the Royal Bafokeng Institute. They have also established firm relationships with Golf Associations, Golf clubs and commercial entities, Cricket South Africa and the South African Rugby Union. “We’ve identified three focus sporting codes namely cricket, rugby and golf and plan to introduce tennis too. We do not discourage the current dominant codes but we’re just introducing other options which we believe should be made available,” says Phiri.

Follow us them on facebook: Bashi L Makgale Foundation or email us on: blmfoundation@gmail.com for further information contact Verity Phiri on 084 413 1818

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Bafokeng represented in the Karate National team Three Karatekas (karate practitioners) from Bafokeng represented South Africa in the 12th Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Karate-Do Championship oganised by the Japan Karte Association (JKA) World Federation in Pattaya, Thailand. Kelebogile Pooe; Keketso Miya and Olebogeng Kgwebane competed well even though they didn’t make it to the finals. Karate is a fast growing and popular sport and provides participants with skills in self defence, confidence, physical and mental fitness flexibility and co-ordination. However the greatest things these young karatekas have gained from training with Chris Seabelo – a 6th dan black belt, is discipline and humility. PLATINUM LIVING

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PLATINUM EATING OUT Hi-tea, Champagne breakfast or a buffet pool braai – it’s all happening at Hunters

Rest Mountain Resort With a dynamic new management team, Hunters Rest is the place to be every weekend. There’s hi-tea on select Saturday’s from 14h00 to 17h00 – a sweet and savoury extravaganza where you can enjoy different teas, coffee and a selection of sweet or savoury treats while listening to soothing live music. Take your husband or father along and they can enjoy the executive 9-hole golf course at a discounted rate. Also on a Saturday is the buffet pool braai, where the kids can swim while you enjoy a delicious buffet braai. The resort has introduced champagne breakfasts on Sunday mornings. With a welcome glass of champagne and an english breakfast buffet served from 07h00, it definitely sets the tone for the rest of the day. You can either continue on your journey or stay for the popular ‘smorgasbord’ buffet. Sunday lunch doesn’t get better than this, with a choice of 14 starters and nine main courses, plus live soothing sounds of piano or violin. You won’t want to leave!

For more information call 014 537 8300 www.huntersresthotel.co.za

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Your Exquisite “Getaway” Hunters“NowRest Mountain Resort under New Management”

in the Magalies Mountains !

Hunters Rest Mountain Resort is a picturesque country resort nestled between the Magalies mountains just 11/2 hours from Johannesburg or Pretoria. With the resort’s rich history and visits from generations of families for decades, we now embrace a new era of contemporary elegance. Now under new management, a fresh visionary approach has been brought to the resort with exciting weekend entertainment !

Facilities

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91 Rooms with luxurious bathrooms Executive golf course Club house Pool & heated childrens pool 4 Tennis courts & squash court Fully equipped gym & sauna Wellness center & steam rooms Childrens game room Supervised creche Farm yard & pony rides Hiking trails & bird watching Game drives to nature reserve

Fine Dining & Catering

We are renowned for our fine table.

Conference & Events

Delegates can enjoy our comprehensive conference facilities in any of the 5 air-conditioned rooms that can seat 12 to 200 guests. We will cater to your individual needs and have a wide range of different conference options available.

Luxurious Accommodation

Our accommodation cater for the needs of our discerning guests. All the rooms are air-conditioned with; DSTV, private bathrooms, telephone & in-room dining is also available. Wi-Fi connect through out the resort and in most of the rooms.

For more information please call Tel: 014 537 8300

Email: hunters@huntersresthotel.co.za www.huntersrest.co.za Fax: 014 537 8400


PLATINUM CHEF OF TAU

Executive Chef JOHN CARELSE

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ueitly spoken Executive Chef John Carelse has been with Tau for two years. Originally from Cape Town, John has worked at the King Edward in Port Elizabeth and the La Maison de Chamonix in Franschoek amongst others. John grew up in Steenberg on the Cape Flats, started working for I&J Fisheries (because he needed a job) and landed up cooking on the fishing trawlers. “We did a very basic professional cooking course at the RSA which is a training institute for sea-going personnel,” says John. But he soon realised that he could do much better than just cook for fishermen whose needs were very limited. “I come from a family of cooks,” says John, “my mother is a great cook and some of my relatives are either chef ’s or work in the hotel industry.” His first job after the fisheries was at a country house called Die Oude Werf in Stellenbosch. This is where John’s real training started and through different chefs and bigger and better opportunities he’s worked his way up to Executive Chef at Tau Game Lodge. “I enjoy fine dining and although we do a lot of buffet we also do plated food which gets my creative juices flowing. I enjoy the French style of cooking but with a South African twist,” he says. John admits that one can get complacent when it comes to a buffet but he encourages his staff to be creative which is why for example you will find duck on his buffet table. “I love seeing my guest’s eyes light up and seeing my food appreciated,” says John. “I try and keep everything fresh and seasonal,” he says. John even sources his meat from a local butchery in Syferfontein and his herbs come from his own herb garden. Enjoy some of John’s recipe’s overleaf, for a true taste sensation.

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PLATINUM RECIPE

Rare Roast duck

Rare Roast duck with warm lentil salad Serves 4 • • • • •

4 x 180-200g portions duck breast 100ml Soya sauce Juice of 1 lemon 50ml olive oil Salt & ground black pepper

Method Season the duck with the salt and pepper, marinade in the Soya sauce, lemon juice and olive oil for 1 hour. Fry for 5 minutes a side until golden brown, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for a further 5 minutes. Warm Lentil Salad • •

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1 large carrot (small diced) 1 medium potato (small diced) 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp chopped parsley 1 clove garlic chopped Salt to taste

Method Cook the potatoes until soft but still crunchy, grill the rest of the vegetables, add the garlic, parsley and season to taste and mix with the lentils. Citrus Reduction • • • • •

250 ml orange juice 110g tin of passion fruit pulp 5 ml lemon juice 2 ml ground cinnamon 50 ml coinstreau


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Chicken liver paté

Method

25 ml Brandy

Reduce the orange juice and cointreau by 1/3, add the cinnamon passion fruit and lemon juice reduce for a further 5 minutes until it’s of a sticky consistency.

Half Medium Onion (diced)

Salt For Seasoning

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250g Chicken Liver

100 ml Cream

120g Butter

1tsp Thyme

1 tsp Mixed Herbs

1 Bay Leaf

Sauté the onion in 100g of the butter, add the livers, bay leaf, brandy, mixed herbs and thyme, cook on medium heat for approximately 20 minutes until livers are cooked, place the mixture in a blender and blend until smooth, add the cream and complete, place in a bowl to set. Chef ’s note The paté can be shaped and served on it’s own or with a berry or strawberry coulis. Add watercress to your dish for colour and taste. Serve with fresh bread or crackers.

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Executive Mayor of Rustenburg, Councillor Mpho Khunou shares a joke while Acting Municipal Manager, Victor Makona does all the hard work.

RUSTENBURG RAPID TRANSPORT PROJECT ‘GREENS’ LOCAL SCHOOL

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ustenburg Municipality celebrated the donation of 50 indigenous trees to Boikagong School with learners and educators at a tree planting ceremony. In partnership with Food and Trees for Africa, Rustenburg Municipality has donated the Combretum and Celtis African trees to the school as part of a carbon offsetting exercise that supports the environmental values inherent in the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project. Attended by the Executive Mayor of Rustenburg, Councillor Mpho Khunou, the tree-planting ceremony represented the carbon offsetting of the RRT launch event held on 21 July at the Civic Centre in Rustenburg. Research went into assessing the environmental impact of the launch, and thereafter a local school was selected to benefit from the trees bought by the Rustenburg Municipality to offset the carbon generated. Councillor Mpho Khunou, speaking at the event said, “All of the country’s new public transport systems are designed to ensure that they contribute towards achieving South Africa’s aim to reduce carbon emissions growth by 34% by the year 2020. Every city, including ours, has an important part to play in this. Throughout the implementation of this public transport project, we will not only be boosting the economic growth of our city, but ensuring that careful consideration goes into offsetting the project through greening initiatives like this one that directly benefit the Rustenburg community.” Acting Municipal Manager, Victor Makona added, “This event is the start of our commitment to provide the people of Rustenburg

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with a safe, reliable and environmental sustainable public transport system that will go a long way in reducing air pollution in the area.” During the ceremony, learners performed a traditional dance and song that entertained guests while Principal, Mr Moses Motsilenyane thanked the Mayor and the Rustenburg Municipality for their support.

ABOUT THE RRT PROJECT The RRT will provide Rustenburg with a comprehensive, integrated public transport system with BRT trunk corridors; direct public transport routes and feeder routes to serve the fastest growing region in South Africa. There will also be attention paid to walkways and bicycle paths to promote safe movement of people throughout the municipal district. This project is a key focus area for the next five years and is a catalyst for bigger 2025 Rustenburg City Development Strategy. Construction is due to commence during 2012, with the first services delivered in 2015 for more than half a million residents and is expected to cater for some 200,000 passengers per day, including the predominant mining workforce, scholars, students and a thriving inner city.


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Kloof View Primary presents the 5th element

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n celebration of their fifth anniversay, Kloof View Primary presented the 5th element – a spectacular musical production staged at the Civic Centre in Rustenburg.

The four known elements are earth, water, air and fire and Kloof View Primary introduced a fifth element – music. The students from Grade R to Grade 7 demonstrated that through discipline, loads of fun and hours of practice they can produce a colourful and contemporary piece of visual and auditory entertainment. Kloof View Primary opened its doors for the first time on 1 June 2006 with 12 educators and 380 learners. The school has grown steadily and is fast gaining the reputation of producing outstanding learners – giving them a solid foundation for further education. Their mission is to provide each learner with balanced education based on Christian values, while incorporating their cultural background and individuality. By raising the bar and showing learners what excellent performers they can be, the 5th element proved to be a resounding success.

Kloof View Primary 014 592 1740

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Sedibelo Festival 2011

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rom Botswana to Moruleng in the North West Province the Bagatla nation through poetry, music, the graduation of more than seven hundred initiates, soccer, art and couture celebrated the month long Sedibelo Festival. The celebration affords all Bakgatla Ba Kgafela an opportunity to take part in the promotion, protection and preservation of their cultural identity and also goes a long way to boosting cultural heritage tourism between South Africa and Botswana. The royal family’s, Kgosi Kgafela, Kgosi Pilane and other dikgosi, were star guests. Opening the festival in Botswana was the famous traditional music band Dikakapa and the festival closed with an incredible youth and gospel music festival. Mphebatho Museum in Moruleng and Phuthadikobo Museum in Mochudi hosted most of the events. The two museums showcase the culture and history of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela nation.

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Remembering the Anglo Boer War On Heritage Day, the Recreation Africa group unveiled a monument dedicated to those who fought in the Anglo-Boer War. Dignitaries from the major countries that participated in the war, such as Great Britain, Ireland, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, the United States and Germany, were invited to the unveiling at Kedar Country Hotel on Boekenhoutfontein (the historic farm of President Paul Kruger). The monument, which was designed by architect Nico Wessels, features four figures sculpted in bronze by renowned sculptor, Adam Madebe, representing a British soldier, an Indian soldier, a Boer fighter and a black African combatant. Robert Forsyth, Executive Chairman of Recreation Africa, and custodian of the Paul Kruger Country House Museum at Kedar Country Hotel, said that remembering the Anglo-Boer War matters because the stories we tell about what happened in the war will colour the history our descendants receive and pass along.

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The Anglo-Boer War had participants from all over the world – some 10 foreign and seven colonial countries – and it brought about a metamorphosis from one type of warfare to another. Out of it came guerilla warfare, trench warfare, concentration camps, barbed wire – and the end of the use of lances. Memorials play a part in shaping public memories. They help to bring the tales of heroism and tragedy to the public that has moved on. Memorials help breach the challenge to get the stories out there, so that future generations get to hear them and remember how we got here. Even though it was an extremely cold day, the bronze statues, delicious food and captivating storytelling by renowned speaker Ray Heron, warmed everyone up and made for a stimulating and interesting day.

Kedar Country House: +27 11 950 6000 www.kedar.co.za


PLATINUM GOING DIGITAL

PRINT - ONLINE - DIGITAL From January 2012 Platinum Living will embrace the digital and online world. Making the switch from print publishing to digital publishing is a big step. But as costs for everything from paper to distribution increase, making the jump to digital is becoming more appealing to readers and publishers. Platinum Living will appear as a digital flip-bookstyle magazine, in various formats. It will be available in tablet format, laptop and cell phone formats too. This means that information in the magazine is transportable and a lot more appealing to advertisers, who can track exactly who has read and seen their advert.

Distribution Distribution of this type of magazine is done via emailed links to our subscribers, as well as links from

our

website

and

from

online

What is exciting about this format is that it is interactive. Some stories will have video attached to it and some will have links to different websites. Pages can also be updated and changed immediately. This will make Platinum Living current and a lot more appealing to the visitor who will be able, for example, to watch video footage of a lodge they’re about to visit.

App

Rate Card

advertisements.

A new rate card will be distributed highlighting

We are also in the process of developing a PL

the various advertising options.

app that you can load onto your phone. Through

Subscriptions

the app you will not only recieve the magazine,

If you are interested in subscribing to the new

but have at your fingertips, contacts in the area,

digital magazine – free for the first year – then

events happening at the time of your visit and

email us at letters@platinumliving.co.za.

much, much more.

Print version

We hope this app will be a great resource to you, making your visit to the North West a pleasure.

A printed version of the magazine will be available to all the B&B’s, hotels and lodges. We will also continue to sell in all the Spar’s.

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Platinum Living  

A life style magazine highlighting all there is to do and know about in the North West Province