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Bela Bela police pleads for community safety Lizzy Bapela Police in Bela Bela are concerned about housebreaking incidents that have been taking place in town recently, where dogs are poisoned in order to stop them from hindering the criminals. Police spokesperson, Captain Johnny Thiyo, said that targeted areas are Ludorf and Moffat Streets and the incidents happened during the night. He said that two cases have been reported where the suspects steal household items and other valuable belongings after breaking in. Meanwhile, police are pleading with people to watch out for a suspicious looking white Nissan 1400 bakkie. Thiyo said that occupants of the bakkie are three African males, usually wearing blue work suits and pretend to be working somewhere in town. He said these suspects break into flats around town and steal valuable items such as laptops, cell phones and other items. Another highlight from the police is withdrawal of large amounts of money at ATMs, where suspects monitor the victims unaware and follow them after exit-

ing the banks. Thiyo said that the most targeted banks are FNB and ABSA. The police and the banks are advising people not to carry large amounts of money with them, but rather use other methods of banking. Thiyo said that, within two months, two people were robbed of their cash amounting to R29 480 and R24 000 at both the banks. He further said a client is protected when he or she is in a building of a specific enterprise if there are cameras as these will help catch the culprits, but the moment they leave the premises, they are not the enterprises’ responsibility anymore. The police are still looking for the suspects in a bogus bomb threat case, an incident that happened on Tuesday, 25 September at ABSA. Thiyo said that the police have taken to note that people report false crimes in order to keep the police resources and manpower at the same place so they can commit crimes and such behaviour is strongly forbidden. He added the police would not hesitate to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.

The Modimolle protesters case postponed again TK Mashaba The court case against 83 protesters from Modimolle was postponed to 19 October so that further investigations can be done. Of the 83 accused, 74 appeared before the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court. Warrants for the arrest of the 9 missing suspects were issued and the case postponed to 21 September. The accused were charged with various accounts including public violence, theft and malicious damage. Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe said the violence was sparked by the murder of 20-yearold Ms Lerato Hloaela. Patrolling police found Lerato’s body at the side of the R101. She had been strangled and her body set alight. Police later arrested her 26-year-old Pakistani boyfriend. After her burial service, members of the Phagameng community decided to show their anger by attacking, damag-

ing and looting the shops of foreign nationals, including shops owned by Pakistani and Ethiopian nationals. “Police were called in to defuse the situation and more than 30 families sought refuge at the local police station while others have fled the area,” Mpembe said. In a media statement, Lieutenant Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, spokesperson for the Modimolle police, said: “All of them were arrested over the weekend, following attacks on foreign nationals in the Phagameng Township outside Modimolle.” One of the accused, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The BEAT that this case is just a waste of their time. “ We are working and they drag us here. Every time we come here they postpone the case,” he claimed. “I still believe the police arrested us randomly and not exactly on the charges they charged us with. Some of the protesters some are mentally ill,” he alleged.

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4-year-old girl hospitalised after rape Mzamane Ringane A four year old girl was admitted to FH Odendaal after she was allegedly raped by a suspect known to her family, last weekend. The suspect was arrested last Sunday and appeared briefly before the Modimolle Magistrate Court on Monday, 1 October, where he was denied bail. The suspect was expected to appear again in court on Monday, 8 October. The child’s mother was also arrested for child negligence and was released after appearing in court on Tuesday, 2 October. Investigating officer, Sergeant Kedibone Ntuli, said the incident took place at the Greyling farmsteads. Ntuli said the child was to be released from

the hospital into the care of social workers as soon as the doctors are done treating her. This incident occurs shortly after the statistics proved that sexual crimes have declined in Modimolle. Crime statistics have shown a mixed bag of result for some parts of the Waterberg areas including Modimolle, Bela Bela and Mookgophong. In Modimolle the latter criminal activities have declined from 87 to 63 in two years. According to the national statistics, sexual related crimes have increased from 50 to 64 between 2010 and 2012 in Bela Bela. It was further reported that in Mookgophong such cases declined from 58 to 35. Sergeant Ntuli called on people to report such crimes even if they were committed by relatives or people they know.

Rapist jailed for life Lizzy Bapela A Bela Bela man was given a life sentence in connection with a rape case involving a minor. The 21 year old Joseph Monyai was sentenced when he appeared before the Modimolle Regional Court on Thursday, 13 September. Police spokesperson, Captain Johnny Thiyo, said that the court appearance and sentencing of the accused follows an incident that took place in November 2011.

Thiyo said that he and detective Warrant Officer Jomo Shihlane succeeded in arresting the accused. The accused was 20 years of age and the victim was only 17 when the incident happened. The accused had remained in police custody since his arrest. Police sent out a strong message to perpetrators taking advantage of minors with warning of them being apprehended without any hesitation. Members of the public can report any criminal incident anonymously to the police station at 014 736 9760/61.

Bela Bela Hospital celebrates September events Lizzy Bapela A team of staff members at the Bela Bela Hospital embarked on a cleaning campaign in order to celebrate World Environmental Health Day. The team cleaned the hospital yard on Wednesday, 26 September, with the aim to maintain a healthy and clean environment for everyone who works and visits the hospital, especially the patients. The volunteers, consisting of women from the Quality Control Unit, Batho Pele Committee and Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs), divided themselves into two groups and cleaned the hospital, mostly targeting the wards. After cleaning, the team enjoyed a cake together, formally celebrating the day and congratulating each other for the efforts put in the campaign. Meanwhile, the hospital also hosted a

formal event to celebrate the day and wrap up Heritage Month. The event was held on Friday, 28 September, coinciding with a farewell ceremony for a general assistant worker, Ms Thelma Radebe, who worked at the hospital for 32 years. NEHAWU union representatives talked about Radebe’s contribution towards the union as an active and determined member. Acting CEO of the hospital, Ms Mapimpa Manaka, acknowledged Radebe’s job well done during her years with them, wishing her all the best wherever she is going. Manaka also rendered her clan recitation, expressing pride in who she is and encouraged other women to do the same. The female employees paraded in their traditional attires, each celebrating their own cultures, while a local traditional dance group entertained the audience.

Concerned staff members of the Bela Bela Hospital cleaned the hospital and the yard to celebrate World Environment Day. Photo: Lizzy Bapela

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UIF Benefit Increase Bosele Dawn Drop-in Centre, in Bela Bela, is asking food parcels from businesses because the Department of Social Development has cut its costs for assisting the centre. The centre is also facing the challenge of being overcrowded and they need bigger premises. Anyone who is willing to lend a hand can call the centre on 014 737 7335 or 073 431 4055. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The BBEAG is urgently looking for outside funding. Anybody with information about grants or who could make a contribution, can email the BBEAG on matjilat@bbeag.org.za •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Sunshine Mini Market will take place on Saturday, 6 October, at Pick n Pay in Bela Bela. For more information, call Drienie on 014 736 3523 or Lirpa on 082 855 8600 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Waterberg District Municipality is launching a District Youth Council on Friday, 5 October, at Forever Resorts. Registration starts at 09:00. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Any community news like birthdays, celebrations, anniversaries, births and deaths can be sent to beateditor@gmail.com(.) The BEAT will endeavour to publish these titbits in our new Can You Hear Us Now column. Readers can also submit their news by telephone. Call Maria Makwela on 014 736 2723. Any community events can also be published in this column.

The minister of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant, announced an increase in the Unemployment Insurance Fund benefit payments. Photo: Supplied. Lizzy Bapela The minister of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant, announced an increase in the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefit payments recently. The announcement detailed that the UIF benefit payments will be increased with effect from Monday, 1 October. “This means that a worker who earns R178

464 or more annually or who earns a maximum salary of R14 872 per month qualifies for an income replacement rate of 38% which equals R5 651.36 per month for eight months. This is subject to the number of credit days that the said worker has been able to accumulate over a period of four years.” “The said worker will only qualify for the entire income replacement period of eight months provided he or she has accumulated 238 days over a four year period. This indicates an increase of R900 per month,” said the minister. Spokesperson for the department in Limpopo, Mr Johannes Mokou, said that, in terms of the previous income threshold of R12 478 per month at an income replacement rate of 38%, a qualifying UIF beneficiary received benefit payment of R4. 741. 64 per month over eight months. He said the latest adjustments do not affect the employee and employer contributions to the UIF. Mokou added that the current rates of contributions from the employee and the employer remain the same at 1% each of total income.

He said that the UIF is an entity of the department and its legislative mandate is to register all employers and employees in the country and collect monthly contributions from both parties. These contributions are used to pay benefits and any other expenditure incurred relating to the application of the UIF Act. Despite the huge volumes of claims that the UIF is paying due to the economic environment that has resulted in job losses for many, UIF is still in financially sound position. “We are pleased that our efforts at administering the fund’s finances in a practical manner have borne fruitful results. It is encouraging that during these hard trying times we are able to assist workers in warding off poverty.” “The benefit increases will see our beneficiaries receiving more money in their pockets. Hopefully, the money will be put to good use and will assist them in fighting poverty,” Oliphant said. Mokou explained that the UIF is responsible for the payment of benefits such as unemployment, maternity, adoption, illness and dependence.

Allies disappoint Congress of South African Students Lizzy Bapela The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) Limpopo expressed their huge disappointment towards their allies being the provincial executive committees (PEC) of the ANC and the ANC Youth League in the province. Spokesperson for the organisation, Mr Risenga Shibambu, said that the disappointment is about the continuous undermining and insults their allies made. Shibambu said these structures claim to be of the ANC but they continue being anti ANC. He spoke against the recent declaration by the structures for their support towards the Friends of the Youth League (FYL). “As COSAS, children of the ANC, we

do not know of such structure in the ANC. We take it as an opposition to the ANC.” “We take it that both leaderships (PEC and ANCYL) are sub structures of the FYL. We call for the National Executive Committee of the ANC to dissolve these two structures, because we can not allow to be led by people who are in support of an opposition party to the ANC, and to act on every member of the ANC who is to be seen supporting this opposition party,” he said. COSAS welcomes the recent action taken by the hawks to those who have allegedly been stealing their money in the province. Shibambu said that the action is not enough but for now it is a job well done. He asked all the criminals to be brought to book and to bring back their money.

In response to the statement made by COSAS, the ANC Youth League spokesperson in Limpopo, Mr Klaas Mabunda, said that the organisation is an independent body for learners and should focus on reading and passing exams. “COSAS is an organisation by and for young people to deal with educational issues so we are their elders and they can not ever tell the league who to support and who not to. These youngsters should focus on educational issues and leave political matters to us their elders and must not interfere in any way,” Mabunda said. Provincial spokesperson for the ANC in Limpopo, Mr Makonde Mathivha, could not be reached for a response on behalf of the ANC.

Waterberg agriculture officials attend team-building session Officials from the Department of Agriculture in Waterberg enjoyed a tug of war game during the teambuilding exercise. Photo supplied.

Lizzy Bapela The extension office of the Department of Agriculture in the Waterberg District has recently hosted a mini summit and team building session, at Oasis Lodge in Mokopane, in September. Ms Obakeng Mogara, of communications in the Waterberg, said that the team-building exercise was conducted for the benefit of the staff, to keep them fit and healthy. The department’s officials from various municipalities within the district and provincial delegates attended the summit. During his address to the officials, the department’s general manager in the Waterberg, Mr Willy

Moeng, highlighted the needs of the farmers and how issues could be addressed in the best way. Delegates agreed that independence is the key to success in sustainable food security. A systems approach to project sustainability and farmer groups re-

garded as extension tools for service delivery was also important. Mr Jeff Mkhari, of the department in Waterberg, gave a report on the success of the resources the department has provided extension officials with to improve on service delivery. The resources include laptops, cell phones and subsidised vehicles, which Mr Mkhari said they have really made their everyday duties friendlier. He also advised officials to make use of these resources a daily culture. Mkhari advised fellow extension officers to treat their facilities with care as these are assisting in making their working environment conducive. Programme direc-

tor, Ms Makwaana Melida, indicated that the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) has been cleared after auditing. She said that this gives the staff a reason to celebrate and enjoy their working environment. Value chain manager, Mr Malebana, said that it is always good to reflect back for proper planning and successful proceedings. He reflected back on what transpired during the previous district awards and team building.


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Arbor Day celebrations wrapped up

Mr Lambert Moloto of the Department of Agriculture addressed learners and stakeholders during Arbor Day celebrations at Ulando Combined Schools. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela Various government departments and companies gathered at Ulando Combined Schools to wrap up Arbor Month celebrations with learners. The participants celebrated the end of the month activities on Thursday, 27 September, with the learners of the school. Representatives from the departments

of Education, Agriculture, Limpopo Economic Development; Environment and Tourism (LEDET) and Government Communications and Information Systems (GCIS) attended the event. Eskom, Ministers Fraternal and Iyethu Environmental and Conservational Club also honoured the event, which was held under the theme “Our Forests, Our Future.” In his address, guest speaker of the day Mr Lambert Moloto, of the Department of Agriculture, said that the event was aimed at celebrating three activities: tree planting, food security and greening. He talked to the learners about reasons for tree planting and trees that are planted in order to provide food security, which include fruits and vegetables. He said a tree could also be planted to remember those who did good in one’s life, especially historically. Learners embarked in different activities to entertain and inform the audience and their fellow learners. The learners rendered poems, speeches and songs with messages about the celebrated activities. After presentations, learners were asked questions and rewarded with stationery and school bags from Eskom. The school’s headmaster, Mr Peter Molekwa, acknowledged the stakeholders’ efforts to come and educate learners from his school, thanking them for always remembering the school when hosting educational events. Representatives from LEDEDT and Agriculture led the audience in a tree planting session after the event, educating the learners about plating trees and caring for them.

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Retail workers threaten to strike Lizzy Bapela Employees of retail companies from across the country are threatening to strike, in order to voice out their requests for salary increment. The BEAT spoke to Mr Isaac Motaung, of OK Bela Bela, on Tuesday, 2 October, and he said that the workers expected to participate in the march are members of the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU). He said members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) who have already stared with their strike will join in and both are affiliates of the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU). The workers are expected to begin their protests soon and operations at all retail stores will come to a standstill. Motaung further said that the employees already have certificates from the CCMA and are waiting for permits from the Johannesburg head office before the march could commence.

Affected areas will be those falling under the north and southern region of the country such as Limpopo, NorthWest Gauteng and the Free State, while affected stores include House and Homes, OK Furniture and OK Power Express. “We have been negotiating with management but it seems our requests have not been taken to consideration so the only way to voice out our complaints is to go on a strike,” he said. The marchers will head to the OK head offices, in Edenvale, where their memorandum of grievances will be submitted. The affected stores will not be operating at that time. The SATAWU strike is said to be affecting the economic growth of the country, where retail shops and bank ATMs are threatened to run dry from stock cash. Capitec Bank sent SMS’s to clients and non-clients, on Friday, 28 September, encouraging them to fill their car tanks full and swipe their cards at tills than to withdraw cash as the situation is very serious.

Career day in Vaalwater Lizzy Bapela Various government departments in Vaalwater hosted an open career day in order to achieve the government’s goal, which is to prioritise education to ensure that skilled labour is produced. The event was held at the local multi-purpose centre on Friday, 21 September. The purpose of the event was to inform learners from Meetsetshela and Leseding High Schools on career opportunities and bursaries offered by the government. Mr Lambert Moloto, from the Department of Agriculture in Waterberg, encouraged young people to pursue professional careers in agriculture to replace the ageing farmer population, in particularly among rural farmers. Learners were urged to grab available democratic opportunities offered by government for studying hard. Moloto further encouraged learners to feel free to visit departmental offices at the Thusong Service Centre for more information.

Mr Selepe, from Department of Social Development in Social Work Services, invited learners to study Social Work, as it is one of the scarcer skills. Learners were also made aware that all 13 Social Workers based at Thusong are from outside Vaalwater and some from as far as the Vhembe District. Some social workers, Community Development Practitioners and other departmental officers’ tertiary financing were paid by the government as reinforcement for dedication in their studies. The barriers to effective studying, in this case include among others substance-anddrug abuse, dropouts, early sexual involvement leading to teenage pregnancy and HIVinfections, poverty led by unemployment of their parents-and-guardians. Ms Maria Ramoshaba, of the Waterberg Government Communication and Information Systems, said learners should focus on reaching for their goals, through education, saying education is the only key to unlock a brighter tomorrow.

Engen continues Driver Wellness campaign in Kranskop Engen, in partnership with Trucking Wellness, continued to roll out the successful Driver Wellness campaign throughout the country. This week the campaign visited Engen Kranskop N1 Highway near Bela-Bela, benefitting the community of the Limpopo. The Driver Wellness initiative is aimed at raising awareness around health issues that have a direct impact on road safety, by helping drivers to manage their wellness better. In 2011, more than 400 drivers were screened at four Engen Truck Stop sites. The Wellness Days run from Engen truck stops and some retail sites, targeting long distance truck drivers who are sometimes on the road for up to two weeks at a time. In Mobile clinics, qualified nurses and councillors screen drivers and the public for high blood pressure, diabetes, tuberculosis, BMI (Base Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS. They provide counselling and a referral service where required. “At Engen, we believe it is pertinent to be part of these efforts to create

awareness about the well-being of truck drivers in general and those that represent Engen on the road. Such initiatives form a substantial part of our Corporate Social Investment objectives and our commitment to be a responsible, caring company,” says Khanyisa Balfour, Corporate Social Investment Manager at Engen. This truck stop is one of many around the country where drivers rest overnight after spending long hours on the road during the day. “It is reassuring to note that most drivers are screened for their personal wellbeing and for the safely of fellow road users” added Balfour. Mayor of the Modimolle municipality, Cllr Kgaretja Lekalakala, said, “As part of the local sphere of government, we are grateful that the Engen Driver Wellness campaign forms part of Transport month which takes place in October.” “This campaign enables drivers to make well informed decisions with a direct bearing on their wellbeing,” she concluded.

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If it works for them… South Africa is crippled strike action where workers demand enormous increases in their salaries to be able to cope with the rising price of living. What started with a protest at the Lonmin Platinum Mine in Marikana, soon spread to other sectors industry. When Lonmin offered the miners a 22% wage increase and onceoff bonus of R2000 to return to work, it was like pouring petrol on a fire. The miners in other mining sectors, including gold and other platinum mines, decided that they too wanted a significant increase in their salaries. “Workers are demanding wage increases according to the ‘Lonmin settlement’,” David Davis, an SBG Securities gold analyst, said. Soon the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) began to strike as well. This meant that truck drivers were not available to transport goods all over the country. Food and fuel supplies were hit hard, especially in remote areas. Even automatic tellers and traders started to run out of stock cash. “We must not be soft with them (employers). We do not want to hear any talk about inflation. It has been a long time they have been robbing us with this inflation talk. In Marikana, they offered 22% (wage increase) to workers on illegal strike. Ours is a protected strike,” said Satawu general secretary, Zenzo Mahlangu. It is clear that the Lonmin Strike, the tragic shooting that followed and the final settlement set a standard that all workers felt they should be able to achieve. This is exactly why most governments refuse to negotiate with hostage takers. If they give in to the hostage taker’s demands, that person or organisation will simply employ the same tactic in the future to ensure that their demands are met again. That is exactly what is happening in South Africa. One group of illegal striking workers received a massive pay increase and even a bonus to return to work. When you reward bad behaviour, it will usually lead to more bad behaviour. Now many workers and unions have jumped onto the bandwagon and they have the South African economy by the throat. The rest of the world is too scared to invest in South Africa, because they can see no decisive action by our government to address these issues, except for unnecessary violence.

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SMALLS LEGALS MODIMOLLE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY AMENDMENT SCHEME NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT OF THE TOWN-PLANNING SCHEME IN TERMS OF SECTION 56(1)(b)(i) OF THE TOWN-PLANNING AND TOWNSHIPS ORDINANCE, 1986 (ORDINANCE 15 OF 1986) I, NICOLA LUDIK being the authorized agent for the registered owners of the following property hereby give notice in terms of Section 56(1)(b)(i) of the Town Planning and Townships Ordinance, 1986, (0rdinance 15 of 1986) that I have applied to the Modimolle Local Municipality for the amendment of the Town- planning scheme in operation known as the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004 by the rezoning of the property described below, situated within the jurisdiction of the Modimolle Local Municipality as follows:MODIMOLLE AMENDMENT SCHEME 270: • Erf R/1/132 Nylstroom, located at 71 Joe Slovo Street, Nylstroom, Modimolle, from “Residential 1” to “Business 1”, subject to certain conditions. All relevant documents relating to the applications will be open for inspection during normal office hours at the offices of the Modimolle Local Municipality, The Divisional Manager: Town-planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, Harry Gwala Street, Modimolle for a period of 28 days i.e. 28 September 2012 to 25 October 2012. Any person who wishes to object to the applications or submit representations in respect thereof must lodge the same in writing to Private Bag X1008, MODIMOLLE 0510 or lodge it with the Modimolle Local Municipality at its address and room number specified above on or before 25 October 2012. Name en address of agent: NICOLA LUDIK, ALTO AFRICA TOWN PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS, P.O. Box 3007, MODIMOLLE, 0510, 076 606 6372 NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH-AFRICA (NORTH GAUTENG HIGH COURT, PRETORIA) Case Number: 2083/2009 In the matter between: FIRST RAND BANK LIMITED (Registration Number: 1929/001225/06) Judgement Creditor and JOHANN GREEFF (Judgement debtor) A sale in execution will be held, without a reserve price, by the Sheriff-Ellisras on 19 October 2012 at 10h00 of the following property: Portion 236 of the Farm Bospoort 450 Registration Division K.R Limpopo Province Measuring: 8838 Square meters Held by Deed of Transfer No. T58392/05 Street Address: Portion 236 of The Farm Bospoort 450, KR, Intaba - Indle Wilderness Estate, Bela-Bela, Limpopo Province. Place of Sale: The sale will take place at Magistrate Court, Bela-Bela (Warmbad) Improvements: The property has been improved with the following, although no guarantee is given in this regard: Vacant Land. Zoned for residential purposes. Conditions of Sale: The Conditions of Sale will lie for inspection at the offices of the Sheriff’s Offices Metro Building, Room 1M Koties Street, Ellisras, where they may be inspected during normal office hours. PETZER, DU TOIT & RAMULIFHO ATTORNEYS FOR JUDGEMENT CREDITOR Ref: JJ STRAUSS / MAT 2926 Tel: 012 342 9895, Fax: 012 342 9790 NOTICE OF SALE IN

5 October, 2012 EXECUTION IN THE MAGISTRATE’S COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PIETERSBURG HELD AT POLOKWANE Case No.: 9488/2011 In the matter between: JUMBO FOODS CC Plaintiff and PHILUPPUS JAKOBUS DU PREEZ t/a PHILCOR VERPAKKING Identity number: 710528 5036 083 1st Defendant and CORNELIA PETRONELLA DU PREEZ t/a PHILCOR VERPAKKING Identity number: 740913 0188 085 2nd Defendant Kindly take notice that in terms of judgment granted on the 30th of March 2012, in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court and a Warrant of Execution issued thereafter, a sale in execution of the under mentioned goods will be held on the 19th day of October 2012 at 10h00 at Philcor Verpakking, 6 Neptune Street, Modimolle. Good consistion of: Packing materials as in store. To the highest bidder. Dated at Polokwane on this the 14th day of September 2012. KAMPHERBEEK, TWINE & POGRUND PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS 25A Biccard Street, Polokwane, PO Box 3555, Docex 1, Polokwane, 0700, Tel: 015 295 0300, Fax: 015 291 5063, E-mail: mpogrund@ktpsa.co.za (Ref: M POGRUND / JUM2/ 000 / sp) Address of Execution Debtors: Philcor Verpakking, 6 Neptune Street, Modimolle. ESTATE NOTICE IN THE ESTATE OF THE LATE AVION HAARHOFF Id: 291028 5025 084 of 5 Moffat Street, Bela-Bela, 0480 Date of Death: 5th March 2011 Estate Number: 8264/2011 Kindly take notice that the First and Final Liquidation and Distribution Account in the above Estate will lie for inspection for a period of 21 days from date of publication hereof at the Office of the Master of the High Court, Pretoria and at the office of the Magistrate, Bela-Bela. LANSER & WILLIAMS ATTORNEY FOR EXECUTRIX 16 Sutter Road, PO Box 18, Bela-Bela, 0480, Tel 014 736 2216/7 ESTATE NOTICE IN THE ESTATE OF THE LATE TERENCE MICHAEL HUGHES Id: 340424 5096 186 formerly of 7 Meininger Street, Bela-Bela, 0480 Date of Death: 7th July 2011 Estate Number: 18793/2011 Kindly take notice that the First and Final Liquidation and Distribution Account in the above Estate will lie for inspection for a period of 21 days from date of publication hereof at the Office of the Master of the High Court, Pretoria and at the office of the Magistrate, Bela-Bela. LANSER & WILLIAMS EXECUTOR 16 Sutter Road, PO Box 18, Bela-Bela, 0480, Tel 014 736 2216/7 ESTATE NOTICE IN THE ESTATE OF THE LATE THABITHA MOSETLE MAOTO Id: 210101 1932 088 formerly of Erf 342 Napier, Reg. Division, J.R. Date of Death: 30th May 2010 Estate Number: 21371/10 Kindly take notice that the First and Final Liquidation and Distribution Account in the above Estate will lie for inspection for a period of 21 days from date of publication hereof at the Office of the Master of the High Court, Pretoria and at the office of the Magistrate, Bela-Bela. LANSER & WILLIAMS ATTORNEYS EXECUTOR 16 Sutter Road, PO Box 18, Bela-Bela, 0480, Tel 014 736 2216/7 ESTATE NOTICE IN THE ESTATE OF THE LATE SARAH ANNE HUGHES Id: 430104 0118 182 formerly of 7 Meininger Street, Bela-Bela, 0480 Date of death: 31st August 2011 Estate Number: 18794/2011 Kindly take notice that the

First and Final Liquidation and Distibution Account in the above Estate will lie for inespection for a period of 21 days from date of publication hereof at the Office of the Maste of the High Court, Pretoria and at the office of the Magistrate, Bela-Bela. LANSER & WILLIAMS EXECUTOR 16 Sutter Road, PO Box 18, Bela-Bela, 0480, Tel 014 736 2216/7 BELA-BELA LAND-USE SCHEME, 2008 APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSENT IN TERMS OF CLAUSE 21 OF THE BELA-BELA LAND-USE SCHEME, 2008, TO PERMIT A NURSERY SCHOOL. Notice is hereby given that, in terms of Clause 21 of the Bela-Bela Land-use Scheme 2008, I/we, the undersigned, intend applying to the BelaBela Municipality for Special Consent to establish a NURSERY SCHOOL on Erf/Portion 6 BULBULIA STREET zoned “Residence”, situated at 6 BULBULIA STREET JINNAH PARK. Plans and/or particulars relating to the application may be inspected during office hours at Bela-Bela Municipality of at the offices of the Manager: Planning an Development, Bela Bela Municipality, Chris Hani Drive, Bela-Bela. Any persons having any objections to the granting of this application must lodge such objection together with the ground thereof in writing, with both the Manager: Planning and Development, BelaBela Municipality and the undersigned not later than 13/11/ 2012. APPLICANT’S DETAILS: Full Name: Sadeeya Seedat Address: 6 Bulbulia Street, Jinnah Park, Bela-Bela, Tel: (Home) 014 736 3993, Tel: (Work) 073 716 9669 NOTICE OF SALE N EXECUTION IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA (NORTH GAUTNEG HIGH COURT, PRETORIA) Case Number: 17719/2011 In the matter between: FIRST RAND BANK LIMITED (Registration Number: 1929/001225/06) Judgement Creditor and ACKERMAN, PIETER KRUGER 1st Judgement Debtor ACKERMAN, LYNETTE 2nd Judgement Debtor A sale in execution will be held, without a reserve price, by the Sheriff Ellisras on 19 October 2012 at 10h00 of the following property: Erf 936 Warmbad Extension 5 Township Registration Division K.R., Province of Gauteng Measuring: 1674 Square metres Held by Deed of Transfer no T80202/2006 Street Address: 4 Soetdoring Avenue, Warmbaths Extension 5, Bela-Bela Place of sale: The sale will take place at the offices of the Magistrate’s Court, BelaBela. Improvements: The property has been improved with the following, although no guarantee is given in this regard: Main dwelling consisting of: 1 Entrance Hall, 1 Lounge, 1 family room, 1 dining room, 1 study, 1 kitchen, 1 scullery, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 shower, 2 toilets, 2 garages, 1 servants quarter, 1 bathroom with toilet. Zoned for residential purposes. Conditions of sale: The Conditions of Sale will lie for inspection at the offices of the Sheriff Ellisras at Metrou Building, Room M1, Kotie Street, Ellisras, where they may be inspected during normal office hours. PETZER, DU TOIT & RAMULIFHO ATTORNEYS FOR JUDGEMENT CREDITOR REF: JJ STRAUSS/ MAT5335 Tel: 012 342 9895, Fax: 012 342 9790 BELA-BELA LAND USE SCHEME, 2008 APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSENT IN TERMS OF CLAUSE 21 OF THE BELA-BELA LAND-USE SCHEME, 2008, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION ANS OPERATION OF A TELECOMMUNICATION MAST AND BASE STATION Notice is hereby given that, in terms of Clause 21 of the

Bela-Bela Land-Use Scheme, 2008, we the undersigned, intend applying to the Bela-Bela Municipality for Special Consent for the construction and operation of telecommunication mast and base station on the Remaining Extent of Portion 2 of the Farm Schrikkloof 428 KR zoned as “Agricultural”, situated at Off Gobler Avenue, D180 towards BelaBela. Plans and particulars relating to the application may be inspected during office hours at the address of the Applicant: 414 Rustic Road, Silvertondale, Pretoria or at the offices of the Manager: Planning and Development, Bela-Bela Municipality, Chris Hani Drive, Bela-Bela. Any person having any objections to the granting of this application must lodge such objection together with the grounds thereof in writing, with both the Manager: Planning and Development, BelaBela Municipality and the undersigned not later than 05 October 2012. APPLICANT DETAILS: Vukani Infrastructure Planning Services Inc. PO Box 32017, Totiusdal, 0134 414 Rustic Road, Silvertondale, 0184 Tel: 012 804 1504, Fax: 012 804 7072 / 086 690 0468 E-mail: info@infraplan.co.za Reference Number: T9582 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS REFERENCE NUMBER: 12/1/9/3-W22 & LIM/EIA/ 0000496/2012 Regulation 546 activity 3 (a) & (b) : ii (aa), (bb), (cc) or (ee) : Establishment of an enclosed telecommunication mast with a 54m mast for MTN (Pty) Ltd: T9582 Thabela Game Lodge. Location: Remaining Extent of Portion 2 of the Farm Schrikkloof 428 KR. Co-ordinates (WGS84 format) of the alternatives on the above property. Alternative 1: Latitude: 24º 44' 34.40" S L o n g i tude: 28º 10' 22.30" E 4 Legged Lattice type mast painted red and white. Alternative 2: Latitude: 24º 44' 34.40" S Longitude: 28º 10' 22.30" E 4 Legged Lattice type mast painted red and white. Notice is hereby given of a public participation process in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2010 (R543) as amended and promulgated in terms of the National Environmental Management Act 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) as amended (“NEMA”). Basic assessment procedures will be applied in accordance with regulation 543 and an application is to be submitted to the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism. The applicant furthermore intends to apply to the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism for exemption in terms of regulation 50(1) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2010 (R543) as amended to assess alternatives with regard to the planned activity. Applicant: MTN (Pty) Ltd P O Box 4559, Northcliff, 2115. Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP): Torbiouse Solutions CC. Attention: W Van’t Foort P.O. Box 32017, Totiusdal, 0134 Telephone: (012) 804 1504/6; Facsimile: (012) 804 7072, E-mail: info@infraplan.co.za Further information regarding the proposed activity can be obtained from the EAP. Any interested and affected party may, in writing, make representations on the proposed activity or request to be registered as an interested and affected party, by submitting the written representations or registration request, including their name, physical & postal addresses (including facsimile & e-mail where possible) and contact number(s) and quoting the activity reference number, to the EAP within 30 calendar days from the publication of this notice. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS REFERENCE NUMBER: 12/1/9/3-W21 Regulation 546 activity 3 (a) & (b): (a) ii (aa), (cc), (ee), (ff) and (gg): Establishment of

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Communities educated about rabies

Dogs with rabies will show signs of aggression, an inability to swallow that leads to drooling and howling. Photo: Supplied.

Lizzy Bapela The Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) hosted an event to create awareness around World Rabies Day. The event was held at Veterinary Services in Bakenberg, Mogalakwena, on Friday 28 September. The aim was to educate communities of the Waterberg District about the disease, since many are not taking their pets for vaccination and are not informed of the cruelness of the disease. Animal Health Technician, Ms Winnie Nkwane, from the department’s office in Lephalale, addressed the packed crowds during the event. In her address, Nkwane spoke about what rabies are transmission, the signs and symptoms, as well as treatment of the disease. Research shows that rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in all warm-blooded animals. The disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted from one species to another, such as from dogs to humans, commonly by a bite from an infected animal. Rabies is caused by a virus, which affects the brain and causes death. To a human, rabies is almost invariably fatal if post-exposure preventative medication is not administered before to the beginning of severe symptoms. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves. Wild animals are carriers in transmission and such are dogs, jackals, yellow mongoose and bat eared fox. The virus is present in saliva of rabid animals and can be infectious up to 14 days before medical signs. Signs of the disease in cattle include aggression, grinding teeth, salvation, bellowing, inability to swallow, knuckling over of feet, a 24m telecommunication mast for MTN (Pty) Ltd: T9593 Thabazimbi Kumba. Location: Remaining Extent of Portion 10 of the Farm Donkerpoort 344 KQ Co-ordinates (WGS84 format) of the alternatives on the above property. Alternative 1: Latitude: 24º 37' 09.19" S Longitude: 27º 20' 51.11" E Lattice type mast Galvanised Alternative 2: Latitude: 24º 37' 09.19" S Longitude: 27º 20' 51.11" E Lattice type mast painted green

Alternative 2: Latitude: 24º 37' 09.19" S Longitude: 27º 20' 51.11" E Lattice type mast painted red and white Notice is hereby given of a public participation process in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2010 (R543) as amended and promulgated in terms of the National Environmental Management Act 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) as amended (“NEMA”). Basic assessment procedures will be applied in accordance with regulation 543 and an application is to be submitted to

wind sucking and difficulty in walking. In dogs, the clinical signs are inability to swallow, salvation, attacking without warning, choking, biting at imaginary flies, vomiting, eating soil and sticks, howling, difficulty in walking, aggression and paralysis. The signs in wild animals are that they appear tame and enter homes and gardens. Night animals can be seen during the day, attack people and objects without warning signs, and experience paralysis. An infected horse experiences inability to swallow, difficulty in walking, biting and paralysis, while a donkey becomes biting and aggressive. Cats become very aggressive and attack without any warning signs, while pigs are aggressive and bite savage. Nkwane indicated that people are infected when they are bitten by an infected animal or by saliva contamination from cuts in the mouth or eyes and when handling the brain of an infected animal. She said that the symptoms in human are headaches, fever, anxiety, vomiting, fear of water, finally paralysis, coma and death. “Once people or animals show signs of rabies no treatment is possible and they will die. Dogs and cats must be vaccinated to reduce the risk to people and animals and vaccination schedule are available free of charge at agriculture offices. Do not handle or go near strange or wild or sick animals that are not restrained or appear to be aggressive. Prevention is better than cure,” she said. She said that if bitten, people should wash their wounds well using soap or disinfectant and go to the nearest clinic or medical doctor. “The earlier you get treated the better. The nurse or doctor will start a course of injections, and you have to complete the course,” she concluded. the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism. Applicant: MTN (Pty) Ltd P.O. Box 4000, Cramerview, 2060 Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP): Torbiouse Solutions CC. Attention: Monica Niehof P.O. Box 32017, Totiusdal, 0134 Telephone: (012) 804 1504/6; Facsimile: (012) 804 7072, E-mail: info@infraplan.co.za Further information regarding the proposed activity can be

obtained from the EAP. Any interested and affected party may, in writing, make representations on the proposed activity or request to be registered as an interested and affected party, by submitting the written representations or registration request, including their name, physical & postal addresses (including facsimile & email where possible) and contact number(s) and quoting the activity reference number, to the EAP within 30 calendar days from the publication of this notice.


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5 October, 2012

All I need is a place to call home

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Local group to shoot music video TK Mashaba A Hip Hop group, based in Bela Bela, is set to shoot their debut music video on Sunday, 7 October. The video will cover their hit song Why Did You Do It featuring Lebo Kgosana. Natural Born Killers (NBK) Hip Hop group was formed in 2008 by a few aspiring Hip Hop artists in Bela Bela. Tebogo Maluleka, also known as Dark Cloud, spearheaded the formation of the group. Since its inception, the group made their name known by taking part in Freestyle en Hip Hop battle shows in the Waterberg area. They also appeared in the South African Hip Hop magazine, Hype, in 2009. “After that, we were busy writing and performing new material,” Maluleka said. “The song that I did with Lebogang became an anthem for many Hip Hop lovers in Bela Bela and surrounding areas. It made us realise that we need a music video,” he explained.

Maluleka said that Hip Hop had always been a culture of expression for the young people in the area and that is why the group used it to communicate and work through challenges facing them. On 22 September, Blaqfaith Studio organised a Hip Hop show at Letlhabile Park in Bela Bela. The event was a huge success with fans travelling from all over the Waterberg and even Gauteng to listen to NBK and other rappers performing at the event. Maluleka said that they are also working on a full album. “We have already finished more than 50 songs. All we need to do is select the best 16 tracks and finish the album. Only time will tell,” he said. The NBK music video will be shot on location in the west of Bela Bela, at Mountain View. All the Hip Hop fans will join the NBK members in the video. Rehearsal for the NBK music video shoot will start around 13:00 and the final shooting will follow the rehearsal.

All you need to know about Tetanus Johannah Phalatsi here with her 2-year-old daughter Reneilwe. Photo: Mzamane Ringane Mzamane Ringane On Sunday 30 September, The Beat paid a visit to a young mother (21), who called our reporter to come and share her touching story. Upon arrival at the place where Johannah Phalatsi resides, in Modimolle’s Extension 7, a young woman who looked happy to receive a visitor welcomed The Beat into a one-room rented shack. Phalatsi has to be assisted by an Electric Oxygen Concentrator to help keep her oxygen levels adequate, because of a medical condition. As The BEAT was busy conducting an interview, Phalatsi looked into the reporter’s eyes, and asked: “Do you know why I called you here?” “The real reason I called you here was for you to publish my story, maybe someone out there might be able to help me. Last year in March, I fell ill and was admitted to hospital for about five months. Now I am assisted by this oxygen concentrator 24/7 and I live here in a shack with my 2year-old baby Reneilwe. I am struggling during windy and rainy seasons, could you understand what I am going through?” Phalatsi is unable to return to her par-

ent’s home, because she needs to be close to a place where an ambulance can reach her in an emergency. Her father passed away and her mother lives on a farm in Crecy. The farm is too far from the hospital and the risk to Phalatsi’s health is too great to live there. “I find it comfortable here in Modimolle. I am close to a hospital and it makes it easy for me to access medical attention if needed. If there is no electricity I rely on an oxygen cylinder for emergencies, and that needs to be filled at a hospital,” she explained. “I need a place that I can call my home. I am pleading with our government or any Good Samaritan to help me get a home, where I would live with my siblings. It is fortunate that I am receiving a grant to maintain my daily needs, but I cannot afford rent and the expensive electricity.” “If I had a home, the money would be enough to last me for a month. I hope that someone out there could read my story and help me, this is the only way I can reach out to people due to my condition,” said Phalatsi. Any person or institution who would want to assist this young woman, can call Johannah Phalatsi on 079 649 1821.

Not many people know what Tetanus, or Lockjaw as it is known locally, is. Yet, according to UNICEF, this infection kills one person every nine minutes in developing countries. The sad fact is that this killer infection can be prevented. The bacteria (germs) that cause tetanus are growing freely in our environment. It is usually brought into the body by a deep wound, like a dog’s bite or a cut from any dirty object. The first signs of the illness will only show between 3 and 21 days after the injury. The symptoms begin with tightness around the jaw, which is why it is sometimes known as Lockjaw. Further symptoms include painful muscle contractions, drooling, excessive sweating, an inability to swallow and a bad temper. Without treatment, the patient will be unable to breathe because of the spasm and the lungs will collapse, leading to the death of the patient. Therefore, the illness is a medical emergency that is treated in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital with sedation, muscle relaxants and ventilation. Tetanus can be prevented by a vaccine. In South Africa, children are immunised against tetanus at 6, 10, 14 weeks and 18 months of age, as part

of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI). Booster shots are given at 6 years and 12 years. Doctors suggest that adults receive the vaccine every ten years. It is also advisable to get a booster vaccination whenever an open wound occurs. According to the School of Health, at the University of the Witwatersrand, it is advisable to clean any open wound immediately with an antiseptic like Dettol or Savlon. After the wound is thoroughly cleaned, the patient should see a doctor immediately. The doctor will then make sure that the patient receives a booster vaccination. If a wound is untreated and the first symptoms of the disease appear, the patient should go to the nearest emergency room or hospital and explain to the medical personnel that they suspect tetanus. Because it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to show, medical professionals will not necessarily realise that it is tetanus if they cannot see an open wound. Knowledge of this disease, the symptoms and prevention measures, can ensure that lives will be saved by the correct and timely treatment of the infection.

New local netball team ready to take on the big teams this year Thandekile Sibanyoni

New National Girls netball team started practicing as a team in February and is preparing for the new netball season that will start in November. Photo: Supplied

A new netball team, called New National Girls, based in Bela Bela, is working hard to be fit for a top tournament where they will compete. The Mabula Lodge Sports Centre hosts a tournament for the top eight netball teams in Bela Bela annually. Only the best of the best will take part. New National Girls netball team started practicing as a team in February and their coach is Ms Rise Sebola, from Section 5 in the Bela Bela Township. There are 27 players in the squad. The team practices from Monday to Friday. They have practice games twice a week when they are not taking part in friendly tournaments at the Mandela Sports Grounds. New National Girls won a Bet Match where all the teams taking part contributed an amount of money to the pot and the winning team took it all. This game took place on Saturday, 22 September, against Spa

Park and New National won 26-0. Sebola said that her motives for starting a team are that she wanted to share her experience with other people. “I am a sporty person and I was a netball player in school. I want to share my experience and achievements with other women on the township,” she said. She told The BEAT that she wants to use sport as a way to fight the influence of alcohol abuse in local people’s lives. “I invited all those who were interested to join the netball team to come to the sports grounds. The response was amazing and that is how we started,” Sebola explained. Now New National Girls is preparing for the new netball season that will start in November, where they will compete against other netball teams in the region. Any aspiring netball players who are interested to join the team are welcome to join the team at Mandela Extension 5 every day from 15:00 to 17:00.


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NFD finally kicks off

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Vodacom league now called SAFA league TK Mashaba

Roses United are among the new teams that are joining the NFD League. Photo supplied. At a special general meeting held on Thursday, 30 August, in Sandton, delegates affirmed the decision adopted at the Soccer General Meeting, on 1 August, to make the NFD a stand-alone league. A sub-committee of six members has been formed to oversee the establishment of the stand-alone NFD. The sub-committee consists of Kaizer Motaung, John Comitis, Mato Madlala, Jabu Khumalo, Pierre Delvaux and Pat Malabela. Motaung, chairperson of the NSL Finance Committee, will be the convener. Members are expected to make the league viable and interesting by ensuring that it has its own tournaments and stable sponsors. In the past, the league used to be sponsored by Mvelaphanda Resource Company and it was named Mvela League. Later it became a once-off tournament called Baymed Cup but this was mired in controversy when the sponsor refused to pay the winner of the tournament. Roses United has been waiting for almost a month to play their first match of their new season. Club owner, Ma Tshabalala, is satisfied with his side’s preparations. United made history for making it to the national first division playoffs in three consecutive years, and gaining promotion on the third attempt.

TK Mashaba The long on-going saga surrounding the efforts to make the National First Division (NFD) a stand-alone soccer league seems to have come to a grinding halt for the moment. This came after an intensive meeting of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Executive Committee and the management of the NFD on Thursday, 27 September. The NFD accepted that the resolutions they had earlier opposed as not a true reflection of what was agreed in the Board of Governors meeting held on the 30 August 2012 are actually accurate. The NDF wanted a certain budget in order to run their own league as they are currently sponsored by the PSL as a second tier league. During the meeting all parties agreed that play in the NFD League will finally commence on Friday, 5 October after many delays. At the same meeting, the Executive Committee of the PSL agreed to the request by the NFD that the budget be re-allocated. The NFD clubs will therefore handle their own travel, accommodation and meals following this resolution. The Executive Committee also agreed to pay 50% of the ex-gratia payment in January 2013.

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The South African soccer league, formerly known as the Vodacom League, will be known as the South African Football Association (SAFA) League from now on. This comes after Vodacom withdrew their sponsorship of the league and negotiations to find a new sponsor did not deliver the desired results. The league, which will run without an official sponsor from now on, will kick off on Saturday, 6 October. Only three teams from the Waterberg area will take part in this league season. According to Pat Seema, SAFA official in the Waterberg, SAFA could not secure a sponsorship with MTN whom they were in talks with earlier “Yes, I can confirm that the league does not have a sponsor and the league will be run by SAFA,” he said. The three teams from the Waterberg who will be competing in the SAFA League are Mosesetjane All Stars, Modimolle Aces and Lephalale Young

Killers. In other local soccer news, the South African Breweries Regional Waterberg League teams will start their season on 27 October. According to Refilwe Khoza, the new acting SAFA Regional Executive Officer, the league will be ready. “We are ready with registration of teams, and we expecting to complete the registration soon before the league kick off,” she said. The league will consist of 28 teams, clustered into three districts. This decision was made during a general SAFA meeting. The clustering of the teams is meant to help struggling teams by minimising transport costs. Bela Bela was grouped with Modimolle, Mookgophong with Mokopane and Lephalale with Thabazimbi. This means that teams do not have to travel far for away games. The winners of each cluster will meet with the other in the final play-offs where the overall winner will be promoted to SAFA league.

Boom Mahlangu spices up local football

Boom Mahlangu keeps the audience entertained during the Buildit soccer tournament. Photo: Mzamane Ringane

Mzamane Ringane A football match is not complete without good commentary, and that is what Modimolle’s Boom Mahlangu does to give local matches some flavour. Whether you are watching a game on the television or listening to the radio, it is only the good commentary that makes the match more interesting. If you hear Mahlangu commentating at a local match, you could swear that he is a professional commentator, being paid for what he does. The local commentator, who is also known as a no-nonsense soccer referee in the Waterberg, resides in the Phomolong section of Modimolle. “My passion for broadcasting grew when I was still at high school, and even to date I still enjoy entertaining the crowd at matches. I started imitating soccer commentators one day while I was with friends and they loved it. From there I started announcing at local soccer matches and the audience was also impressed by my commentary. As time went by I realised that I needed to find my own voice, and now I believe I am ready and capable to

broadcast at any given level,” said Mahlangu. The 32-year-old said that he equally loves broadcasting and refereeing, therefore he would grab any given opportunity that strikes first in either of the two fields. When Mahlangu is in the middle of the park as a referee, players know that discipline is the name of the game. The interesting thing about this upcoming commentator is that he has his own unique voice, rather than imitating other well-known commentators. Mahlangu commentates in both Sepedi and IsiNdebele languages, and he also analyse the game. Like any other well-known commentators, Mahlangu knows he has to add humour to his commentary to keep the audience entertained. The recent event where soccer lovers enjoyed his good commentary was during the Modimolle Build-it soccer tournament, last Saturday, 15 September. For Primary School, learners, having your name called aloud whenever you touch the ball, hopefully boost the confidence and the hunger to score goals. Mahlangu can be contacted on 079 540 2771.

The Beat 5 October 2012  

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