10 January 2014
Human remains found on a plot near Settlers ‘I was walking outside and noticed that my dogs were tugging on something at a bush nearby I then walked over and saw a human skull sticking out of the ground,...’ Justin Steyn A rather disturbing discovery of human skeletal remains was made by a plot resident near Settlers. Jackie Van der Linde told The BEAT that she was walking outside her house on Friday, 20 December when she noticed that her dogs were attracted to an object and decided to investigate. “I was walking outside and noticed that my dogs were tugging on something at a bush nearby I then walked over and saw a human skull sticking out of the ground,” she said. After carefully poking the skull out of the ground, Van der Linde said she took it to the Bela-Bela police station. The police’s forensic and K9 dog unit were dispatched to Van der Linde’s home where an investigation was conducted. Sniffing dogs from the K9 unit discovered the rest of the fully clothed remains a few minutes later. Van der Linde said that although the clothing found would most likely belong to a man she believes that the remains where that of a young woman in her twenties. “If you look at the rest of the remains you will see things like the person’s hands were too frail and well-kept to belong to a
man” she said. She also suggested that remains belong to an execution victim because their hands were positioned as if they were bound together. Van der Linde also noted a rather large hole on the chest side of the victim’s jacket where a bullet could have penetrated. The remains have been sent to a forensic analyst in Polokwane and the skull will undergo facial reconstruction in an attempt to identify the victim. It has been determined that the body had been lying in the area for approximately three months and was that of a young male between the age of 25 and 30 years. No fingerprints of the body could be taken to identify the person and police have placed the victim under missing persons. Bela-Bela police warrant Officer Janie Venter dismissed the claim of the victim being shot and said that a final report concerning the identity of the person will be concluded within a month or two. Any person with additional information may contact W/o
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The human skull found supposedly belonging to a murder victim. Photo: Supplied
10 January, 2014
Crime stop operation gains momentum as police bust 700 Lizzy Bapela As the Operation When Duty Calls is about to come to an end, the police are aimed at maintaining high police visibility throughout the country and cub the cash in-transit, ATM bombings and armed robberies, which gains momentum during the festive season. The operations officially took off on 15 October 2013. Members of the police across the province have yet again received words of gratitude from their senior, Provincial Commissioner Lt. Gen. Fannie Masemola, following another success. The general applauded the members after they caught over 700 criminals off guard across the province during the festive season. Just over two months since the launch of the operation, the police in Limpopo have made their intentions of making the province safer clear when they conducted long-weekend operations, which were a success. Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that 768 suspects were arrested for offences ranging from armed robbery, murder, rape, assault with the intend to do grievous bodily harm and common assault. General Masemola said that that was the police’s perfect timing and warned criminals that the operation was just one of many, which the police will embark on continuously. He said that the operations
form part of the Duty Calls festive season campaign and the arrests were a sure indication that the campaign has an impact in ensuring that people in this province feel safe and secured at all times. He added that the police will continue maintaining their visibility and make life very difficult for all criminals. During the arrests, the members managed to confiscate six illegal fire-arms and 41 dangerous weapons including knives, panga, axes and other materials that were used to commit offences such as murder, attempted murder, assaults and even rape. Masemola further urged members of the community to know their sector commanders and to link up with the Community Policing Forum structures in their station area. “Only if we work together as one that we will be able to squeeze the space for criminals in this province so that they run somewhere else,” he said. Operations are continuing and police are still appealing to the members of the public to co-operate during the roadblocks and stop and search operations. Members of the public who have information about criminal activities may contact the 10111 Centre, Crime Stop at 0860 10111 or information may be forwarded through an SMS to the Primedia Crime Line number 32211.
Limpopo police nabs 82 alleged rapists Lizzy Bapela Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Fannie Masemola commended police’s successes and expressed his gratitude to members of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units across the province, who continue to uproot rapists in the province. The action follows the units’ success in arresting 82 alleged rapists and an additional 42 wanted rape suspects during the Sixteen Days of Activism. A further 11 suspects were also detained for child neglect with the youngest victim being a 6-month-old baby. Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that the unit also conducted crime awareness campaigns throughout the length and breadth province during the festive season. General Masemola said that these successes are a clear indication that the police are unswerving to make Limpopo a safer place for women and
children. He had instructed that all FCS units and all investigating officers dealing with rape cases to be unsympathetic when dealing with rapists. “We cannot have a situation where women live in fear of being raped. I am warning all potential rapists out there or those who are even considering it that the SAPS will ensure that the maximum sentence is imposed,” said Masemola. He said that women are urged to be vigilant to avoid being victims of rape especially during the festive seasons. Brigadier Mulaudzi sent out a message to the public on behalf of the police, urging members of the public, especially women to always adhere to important hints from the police. They are advised to avoid walking alone at night, especially at isolated places, not to accept drinks from strangers as they might be laced with drugs and avoid frequenting liquor outlets. The police also advised people to avoid hitchhiking, encourage children not to accept gifts from strangers and not leave elderly women alone.
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Crime round up Lizzy Bapela Bela-Bela Three suspects are expected to appear before the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court this week following an incident that happened on 31 December 2013. Detectives’ Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Abel Phetla said that four suspects allegedly hired a quantum from Mabopane and robbed a foreign national’s business situated next to Sun Valley Taxi Rank. He said that the police received a tip-off and chased after the suspects, who fled on the way and the police managed to arrest the driver. The police confiscated all the items that were stolen from the tuck-shop and the suspects’ cellphones. The driver made his first court appearance on Thursday, 1 January, facing a charge of robbery. Other two suspects were arrested in Pretoria on Monday, 6 January and were expected to appear in court on Tuesday, the 7th. * Three suspects were remanded in custody when they appeared in court for housebreakings charges on Friday, 3 January. Colonel Phetla said that the police received a tip-off about housebreakings that took place at a lodge in Tweefontein next to Sondela Game Reserve recently and followed on the leads. They arrested one suspect in a getaway car at Radium with seven parcels and the driver suspect led them to the arrest of the other two suspects. The suspects are expected back in court for formal bail application on Thursday, 9 January. Meanwhile, Pienaarsriver police arrested three of the suspects in their area and charged them with possession of stolen goods, which they confiscated. * Two suspects were remanded in custody when they appeared in court on Thursday, 2 January on a charge of murder that happened in the township on 31 December. The suspects, who are related, stabbed the victim with a knife after a serious argument. The deceased’s friend rushed him to a nearby clinic for medical attention and paramedics, who were called to the clinic certified him dead. The suspects are expected back in court for formal bail application on Thursday, 9 January. * The police are investigating a case of culpable homicide following the death of a 5-year-old child. Colonel Phetla said that children were playing next to the camping area at Forever resorts in December when a truck hit and killed the little boy instantly. * Two people died following an accident that happened on the N1 next to Caltex Garage on Thursday 2 January. Colonel Phetla said that the taxi was travelling from Venda to
Johannesburg when the accident happened. He said that the back wheel tyre burst and the driver lost control of the vehicle and got into an accident that killed him instantly. Phetla said that the second person died at the hospital. He added that 14 other passengers sustained serious injuries. By the time of going to press, it was rumoured that some of the injured passengers were expected to be transferred to Polokwane Provincial Hospital due to the seriousness of their condition. * Another taxi got into an accident on the N1 near Mantsole, where two people died instantly on Friday, 3 January. Colonel Phetla said that the driver lost control of the taxi that got out of the way and hit a nearby fence and capsized. He said that the driver and other seven passengers were being treated at the local hospital with serious injuries. The police suspect fatigue could have caused the accident. * A 30 year old man was arrested on Thursday 2 January for allegedly raping a 20 year old woman in the Bela-Bela Township on New Year’s Day. The accused had already made his first court appearance at the BelaBela Magistrates court on Friday 3 January and was postponed to the 13 January for bail application. Mookgophong A man was found hanging in his bedroom on Sunday, 5 January. Police spokesperson Warrant Officer George Ledwaba said that the motive of the incident is not known and the police declared it a suicide. * The police conducted numerous operations and throughout the festive season and made a number of arrests with charges ranging from illegal gambling to public drinking, illegal immigrants and various traffic offenses. Warrant Officer Ledwaba said that all the suspects were released after paying admission of guilt fines and the immigrants were deported. * An accident declared as minor took place on the R101 between Modimolle and Mookgophong on Sunday, 5 January. Warrant Officer Ledwaba said that a car bumped another due to the heavy traffic on the road and one driver sustained minor injuries. * Meanwhile, the police thanked local residents for their good behavior during the festive seasons, saying that no serious incidents were reported and the holidays were enjoyable for a change. Warrant Officer Ledwaba said that they hope for the same behavior to continue throughout the year and wished the same for other communities.
Mookgophong Police find murder victim in Mookgophong Justin Steyn Police in Mookgophong were informed of an alleged suicide on the evening of Sunday 5 January. Col. George Ledwaba told The BEAT that the body of a man was discovered by his family at his home in the Mookgophong Township. Ledwaba said that a plastic bag was found covering the man’s head and a knife that had been used to slit his
throat was found at the scene. Mookgophong police retrieved both the plastic bag and knife to be examined for evidence. The body of the man had meanwhile been sent for a post mortem in order to confirm that a suicide had taken place. Any person with additional information may contact the Mookgophong police on (014) 743 9000.
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10 January, 2014
Department of Education ecstatic over matric results
EFF members urged to assist matriculants ‘We still need to encourage them to push a little harder and improve even more...’
Limpopo Education MEC Dikeledi Magadzi. Photo Supplied
Limpopo students have something to celebrate this year, with a pass rate of 71.8%. This was despite a year riddled with troubles such as textbook delivery crises and teacher shortages. The highest performing student in the province this year, Ntsundeni Ndou, received a shiny new car. Ndou will receive his brand-new Toyota when he has obtained his drivers’ license, which is also being sponsored (lessons included) by a good Samaritan. “I am not intelligent,” Ndou told the media. “This is just being passionately diligent.” Ndou, who scored seven distinctions, attended Tshivhase Secondary School in Venda, and also received R50 000 to apply to his studies, a laptop and a cellphone. Limpopo Education MEC, Dikeledi Magadzi, said that while the result may be slightly lower than the province’s
target of 75%, she is still enormously proud of the province’s students. She pointed out that 71.8% is the highest pass rate achieved in the province since the advent of democracy in South Africa. The national pass rate stands at 78.2%, and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the results in a ceremony in Johannesburg on Monday, 6 January. The result is an increase of 4.3% over last year’s result. “I congratulate the class of 2013 for being the best class since the advent of democracy, and encourage every student to go further than their predecessors and strive to excel in higher education, the workplace and in your general contributions as South African citizens,” she said in her speech to several of the nation’s highestscoring students.
MEC concerned about car accidents Lizzy Bapela Limpopo MEC for Roads and Transport Lehlogonolo Masoga expressed concern over the increasing number of car accidents and deaths across the province. The MEC’s concern follows numerous accidents that took the lives of citizens over the festive season. A preliminary report from the department’s traffic officials stated that these accidents were caused by speed, reckless and negligent driving and stray animals. Departmental Spokesperson Jimmy Machaka highlighted that 197 road accidents were reported in December 2012 during the festive season, in which about 51 people lost their lives. He added that 207 road accidents were reported during the recent festive season of December 2013 and another 51 people lost their lives. The MEC said that people cannot continue losing their loved ones like that. He urged motorists to respect the speed limits on the roads they use and exercise due caution. He also strongly discouraged driving while under the influence of alcohol. He also urged animal owners to look after their animals so that they do not cause accidents on the roads, especially in the evening. According to the MEC, the department had unleashed heavy traffic visibility at all corners and major roads of the province working jointly with Municipal traffic police and SAPS. He was pleased with the establishment of Operation Thibela Kotsi (meaning Prevent Accidents in English), saying that the department continues to receive positive reports about law enforcement. He however, sent a strong warning to motorists who continue to endanger other motorist’s lives that the department will not hesitate to punish and advocate for a heavy sentence. Meanwhile, the MEC noted the arrest of
the senior Provincial Inspector Phillip Tlou who was nabbed for alleged fraudulent issuing of driver’s licenses. “We are closely following up on another case on allegation of bribery and looking forward to make another arrest soon, wherein our traffic official is allegedly involved. We do respect that principle of innocent until proven guilty and as the department we will also attend to the matter internally in order to ensure that justice is attained. We commit ourselves that we will not accept any form of corruption and criminal activities within our department that seeks to reverse the progress made thus far,” said the MEC. Masoga participated in one of the major identified road blocks as part of the festive season’s Arrive Alive campaign and Operation Thibela Kotsi. The road block took place at Kranskop on 24 December 2013. Machaka said that the aim of the campaign was to intensify road user’s compliance to traffic rules and reduce road accidents and For a speedy & fatalities during friendly service call: the festive Jan: 073 1593 875 season and they •Home: 014 737 8373 believe the •Fax: 014 737 1577 campaigns were Makwela: 071 490 3030 a success.
EFF’s Waterberg Regional spokesperson Jerry Hine said that they are satisfied with the recent improved matric pass rate. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Waterberg congratulated matriculants who passed their 2013 National Senior Certificate (NSC). EFF’s Waterberg Regional spokesperson Jerry Hine said that they are satisfied with the improvement, especially with Limpopo having many students who passed with high marks. Hine said that however, the achievement of a student is not just theirs and their teachers’ responsibility but that of their parents as well and the community at large. He also said that members of the community must come together and share responsibilities in grooming a child to become a better person tomorrow and always regard his or her studies as priority. Hine also stressed the issue of career guidance in schools, saying that most students just attend school without knowing what direction to take after completing matric. He urged parents to support their
children even in choosing relevant subjects’ streams. “We still need to encourage them to push a little harder and improve even more. We have to have an improved standard of education and looked up to those countries with great passing percentages. With the great pass rate, our country can be better,” Hine said. The EFF says that passing matric is a milestone in a young person’s life and all must know that the NSC is not enough. The party states that further education and training is important for both the country and the individual’s development. The party calls on all fighters, particularly those who have been through matric, from ward and central command teams to institutions of higher learning and training to take out time and help students find space to further their education. They say that this must include identifying funding, institutions of learning and offering help with regards to the filling of forms. The EFF’s national command team says that in as much as South Africa does not have enough places for all who passed, no one must be found with a matric certificate without an opportunity to further their studies. The party’s national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that if needs be, even international institutions abroad must be considered as destinations for young people who should further their studies. “In time, and through the EFF’s radical economic emancipation program, the party shall once and for all resolve the predicament of shortage of spaces and funding for quality higher education and training. The programme will provide free quality education and lead to the expansion of higher education institutions. All fighters in wards, universities and FET’s must go out and help the students to find an opportunity to further their studies. There is no benefiting from economic emancipation without further education and training,” said Ndlozi.
10 January, 2014
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Mogalakwena Municipality scoops Green award Lizzy Bapela
Mogalakwena Mayor Tlhalefi Mashamaite expressed gratitude over the municipality’s recent achievement. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
Mogalakwena Local Municipality scooped an award for the 2012/ 13 Provincial Greenest Municipality Competition (PGMC), an award that the BelaBela Local Municipality took home in the previous competitions. Though Bela-Bela mayor Freddy Hlungwane expressed disappointment over this, he still congratulated the winners for their achievement. He said that he had hoped for his municipality to retain the award, thinking that they were still the best. The Limpopo Economic Development Environmental Tourism (LEDET) department awarded the municipality with the R200 000 prize, also congratulating them for obtaining an unqualified audit report in the past consecutive three financial years. Municipal spokesperson Malesela Selokela highlighted that the municipality is known to be amongst the top five municipalities in the country in financial sustainability. The Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC) started its life as the Cleanest Town Competition (CTC), with a primary focus in implementing the National Waste Management Strategy. The CTC’s pillars were the principles of reducing, recycling and reusing waste materials. Although these
Keeping rabbits for food Farming rabbits has become increasingly popular in South Africa for several reasons. The reasons for that include that they can be kept in a small space, are cheap to raise, can eat almost anything and produce highquality protein. Rabbits — and their meat — can also be sold to make a bit of extra money. Making a rabbit cage is fairly simple — all you’ll need scrap wood or wire mesh. It should be supported by poles or placed on tyres or bricks to lift it off the ground (otherwise your rabbits will burrow out of the cage and escape!) The cage should have a wire mesh floor with holes large enough for the droppings to fall through (the holes in the mesh should not, however, be big enough to allow the rabbits’ feet to get
stuck). The droppings make an excellent fertilizer for vegetable patches or flower gardens. Medium-sized rabbits can be kept in cages of 80x60x60 cm, one to a cage. If you use wood, you should put wire mesh on the inside of the frame to keep the rabbits from gnawing through it. If your rabbits are breeding, the mother rabbit will need a nesting box to keep her babies warm. This box should be about 38x25x25cm. Rabbit cages should be kept clean and dry to prevent disease, and protected from sun, wind and rain. They can tolerate cold better than heat. It’s recommended to have their cage be well-ventilated as they need plenty of fresh air, and also that they be kept away from dogs, cats and rats. Rabbits will eat almost anything that grows in the soil, including Lucerne, carrots, green maize leaves, carrots, turnips, cabbage (but not too much cabbage!) and lettuce. Don’t feed breeding females cabbage as it can lower milk production. Some things, however, are poisonous to rabbits, such as potatoes and tomato leaves, and they don’t respond well to sudden changes to diet. They should also have access to clean water at all times, and should be fed early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Most of the food should be given late in the afternoon. If you buy rabbits to farm with, make sure that you buy healthy rabbits with bright eyes, dry noses and clean ears and feet. The ideal rabbit’s fur should be smooth and clean and its teeth straight. Long toenails indicate that the rabbit is older. This is just a basic guide to the care and feeding of rabbits. If you want to learn more, there are excellent sources of information on the Internet or in a local library.
principles are still relevant, other elements related to sustainable development and various greening interventions have been added. The GMC focuses also on efforts to get municipalities to be central to the green economy. Selokela said that the R200 000 prize awarded to Mogalakwena Municipality will be utilized for projects that promote environmental related projects and Green Economy initiatives. He said that they hope to win the coming national awards, with a R3.5 million cash prize, which would be channeled to other green projects. Municipal Manager Willam Kekana said that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing. He added that the environment should always be protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation, promote conservation and secure ecologically sustainable development. Community Services Manager Merriam Molala said that winning the prize while competing with the best municipalities such as Thulamela, Polokwane, Ephraim Mogale and Greater Tzaneen shows that Mogalakwena is heading in the right direction and that their passion is green. Greater Tzaneen won the GMC
since 2008 until 2011. “This achievement is a clear indication that the systems and strategies that our municipality has employed when it comes to environmental management and greening initiatives are beginning to yield fruits,” said Councillor Staff Tsebe, Mogalakwena’s Executive Council Committee Member responsible for Community Services. According to Mayor Tlhalefi Mashamaite, the latest accolade that the municipality has received is due to the dedicated efforts of various departments within the municipality, which include Waste Management Services, Health and Social Services, Water and Sanitation and so forth. “We are very pleased to have successfully reached the final stages of the GMC, though there were some delays in assessing us for the National Greenest Municipality Competition. We were told that the assessment will commence in January,” said Mashamaite. The department of Environmental Affairs’ criteria for assessment includes good waste management plans, policies and strategies; institutional arrangements and political support within municipalities on environmental programmes; greening initiatives including landscaping and planting of trees and community involvement on environmental projects and programmes.
CoGHSTA talks municipality’s situation Lizzy Bapela The Department of Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) in Limpopo revealed that it has always been following the situation in Mogalakwena Municipality with keen interest. It is common knowledge that the department took the municipality to court regarding the disputed contract of the Municipal Manager, Willy Kekana. The department has obtained a court order declaring Kekana’s appointment as the Municipal Manager on 10 December 2013. Alternatively, the settlement agreement between him and the municipality, which was supposedly to extend his contract to 2016, was unlawfully and accordingly set aside. Departmental Spokesperson Evans Selomo indicated that Kekana has since filed a notice of intention for leave to appeal against the said court order. He said that
while the situation is volatile the Department is enjoined to act within the parameters of the law in an endeavour to intervene at Mogalakwena Municipality. He further said that the department is therefore currently engaging its legal team on how best to process this matter. Selomo also said that the department is closely monitoring all the developments and the situation at municipality and in no time a determination will be made in respect of the further cause of action. He added that this is done in the interest of Mogalakwena Municipality’s residents to continue to receive proper and better services. By the time of going to press, municipal spokesperson Malesela Selokela had promised to respond after speaking to the municipal manager first about the matter. He said that he had no idea about the department issuing out a media statement about their municipality but just heard it from rumours.
The Bela-Bela municipality placed this green lit sign outside their officeses,welcoming the new year. Photo Justin Steyn
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10 January, 2014
Photo of the week …And a happy new year! January has come round again, and with it the usual round of New Years’ Resolutions (which we never keep as well as we should), as well as the hope for the bright new year. 2014 is just a baby, as years go, only ten days old by the time you read this. There hasn’t been much chance for anything to go wrong yet (although of course some things have gone wrong, as that’s the nature of life) and no telling what the year might hold. Will this be the year when you write your matric exams? Will it be the year your child attends his first school? Will it be the year when you finally enroll for those classes you’ve been meaning to attend for so long? Will it be the year when you lose the 20kgs you desperately need to get rid of, or when you find true love? Will you get married this year, or engaged, or pregnant (or all three)? Will 2014 be the year that you start university, or leave university with a degree? Will it be the year when you finally start on the career of your dreams? Will you get sick, or recover from a long illness this year? Is 2014 going to be the year your cancer goes into remission? Will you be born in 2014? Will you die this year? Let me tell you a secret, dear reader. Nobody knows. Nobody can tell the future, nobody can tell you for sure what the new year will bring. You can’t tell what challenges and opportunities will come on your path this year, or what they will look like. There may be hardship, or there may be good fortune in your future. But just as you can’t tell from a baby’s face what it’s life story will be, you can’t tell in January what will have happened by December or, for that matter, who you will be by then. My challenge for you this year is to take 2014 in both hands. Grasp every opportunity that comes your way, and do your very best to overcome any challenge. Take the chance, make the change. Dance, as the man said, the dance of life. Dance it with enthusiasm, live every day as if it may be your last (because you never know what tomorrow may bring, and for some of us, tomorrow may never come). Make your only New Years’ Resolution that, by the end of 2014, you will be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The London Eye, one of England’s most well-known landmarks, was wreathed in fireworks on New Years’ Eve in one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the world this year. Photo courtesy of www.express.co.uk
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One of the most demanding and frequently ignored admonitions from Jesus Christ is found in his renowned Sermon on the Mount: “You are to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). This is one of the most vital, and yet neglected, mandates of Christ— even by many who profess to be his loyal followers. The first consideration, of course, is the identity of the one making this demand. Does he have the right to issue such a rigorous obligation? If this is not understood, nothing productive will ever result. The following factors must be appreciated: Christ is your Creator (John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:3), he is your Savior (Matthew 1:21), and he has been granted authority over you (John 17:2; Matthew 28:18). He thus has the right to command you and expect your obedience. If you do not acknowledge this truth, there is no way you can legitimately claim to be his disciple. Additionally, there are the following constituent elements of the command. “Seek”—The verb “seek” (zeteo – 117 times in the New Testament) is a verb in the command mood, and it stresses continuous activity. The word embraces several thoughts, such as “looking for,” “investigating,” “striving to obtain.” It embodies the idea of strenuous effort. Christians are not to prioritize their own interests, but those of their Lord foremost (Philippians 2:21). “First”—This adjective is employed adverbially to emphasize precedence. It signifies degree, as: “in the first place,” “above all,” “especially.” It is the very opposite of the disposition of the man who sought to follow Christ, but said: “First, let me go and bury my father” (Matthew 8:21). Jesus admonished the man; not because the man cared for his father, but because he did not appreciate the preeminence of his Lord. Legions are of the same caliber. “Kingdom of God”—The expression “kingdom of God,” in the sense of this context, is the “reign” of God in your life. Is he enthroned in your heart so that your entire existence is governed by his rule? The Creator of the universe will not be a mere appendage in your life. He is not a sometimes, weekend, casual point of interest. “And His Righteousness”—The term “righteousness” signifies living the way God wants you to; it is similar to Jesus’ proclamation to John the Baptist at the time of his baptism: “[I]t becomes us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15).
10 January, 2014
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Sepeke Manamela Foundation re-launches
Former Orlando Pirates players Sepeke Manamela and Lizo Mjempu brought demonstrators to the re-launch to market the tournament. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela The Modimolle based Sepeke Manamela Charity Foundation recently hosted a lucky draw at the new Modi-Mall and gave away awesome prizes to the customers. The goal of the event was to re-launch and market the organization and the annual tournament held to benefit the needy in the community. The organization was founded by former Orlando Pirates player and Modimolle resident Sepeke Manamela in 2008, concerned about the rate of disadvantaged families and pupils around
the area. The aim was to help develop youngsters’ soccer skills and help eradicate neediness within the community. Lucky customers walked away with grocery vouchers from the mall management, clothing vouchers from Total Sport and T-shirts from the organisation. Manamela, together with his team, host a soccer tournament every year to raise funds so that they can donate to the needy people in the community. Manamela started to kick a soccer ball at an early age of six, playing just for fun
Demonstrators dressed in soccer jerseys displayed the trophies and medals to be given away at the tournament. Photo: Lizzy Bapela in the streets of Phagameng Township in Modimolle. He joined the Dagbreek Primary School’s soccer team when he was 10 and that was when he started watching soccer seriously on television. He said that he was inspired by the likes of Tebogo Moloi, Shoes Moshoeu and Doctor Khumalo who have now retired. He made it to his local amateur team A1 Terrors at the age of 14 and was the youngest player in the team. Manamela encountered some difficulties venturing into community teams but the team owner of A1 Terrors William Thulare advised him to stay on because he
believed in his potential and talent. The Sepeke Manamela Charity Cup tournament so far is gaining momentum, as Manamela is getting support from local businesses and former team-mates. In the recent tournament, Manamela was joined by former Orlando Pirates player Lizo Mjempu, who also played for Mpumalanga Black Aces, Golden Arrows and Chippa United. He also trained with Moroka Swallows and Suppersport United. Local Hip-Hop singers Eugine Khoza and David “Genius” Manganyi attended the event and entertained the audience.
Bela Bela’s Raeleng High School matric results down again TK Mashaba Bela Bela’s Raeleng High School once again has the region’s lowest matric pass rate this year. The school, whose results have improved for two consecutive years, surprised those who thought they would surpass last year’s score. Out of the eleven matric students
in the school, only two students passed, giving the school a pass rate of a dismal 28%, compared to last year’s 40%. This comes despite extraordinary measures including Easter Camp classes organized at Emmarentia during last year. “Raeleng High in Bela Bela needs to put under administration,” said
COSAS burning newspapers publicizing matric results has agreed to burn publications TK Mashaba carrying the results this week The Congress of South African because the Department has Students (COSAS) has not backed decided to turn a deaf ear to us,” down from their battle against the said Mohlake. Department of Education regarding He added that it was the belief of the publication of matric results in COSAS that the publication of newspapers matric results robbed students of Their fight, ongoing for almost two their privacy. He said that the proper years now, has procedure seen COSAS would be to I believe the errors of officials having give students some of these several their results meetings with privately and publications have cost us the Department make a lot with some members while the publication a of the student Department matter of choice community committing stands firm on to the student, suicide because of the issue. not the state. The matric “I believe the printing errors,... results were errors of some expected to be of these made public on Tuesday, 7 publications have cost us a lot with January. some members of the student COSAS Waterberg chairman community committing suicide Abram Mohlake told The BEAT this because of printing errors,” he said. week that the COSAS national He added that he believed that the committee had taken a resolution government is misusing state funds over the festive season to burn to publicise the results, and added national newspapers carrying that the money could no doubt be matric results. better spent as bursaries or “The COSAS national committee scholarships.
Tshepo Matjila, a member of BBEAG (the Bela Bela Education Advocacy Group). “A pass rate of 28% shows that the school management team, teachers and students do not know what needs to be done. The result is shocking and heads must roll.” Matome Sebelebele, spokesperson for the Bela Bela Local Municipality,
said that the school must be disbanded and the students absorbed into other local schools. The principal of the school could not be reached for comment. The other local school results are as follows: Bela Bela High, 70%, Maope, 71.2%, Ulando, 90%, Bathopele, 68% and, as always Hoërskool Warmbad, 100%
Opportunity for matriculants TK Mashaba
Peter Sebola is giving back to his community. Photo: TK Mashaba
The Bela Bela-born advocate Peter Sebola is giving back to the community he grew up in by putting out a call for applications from matriculants who are interested in financial advisory services. Sebola, who owns Walala Walala (You Snooze, You Lose) Financial Advisory Services, is inviting all matriculants or unemployed graduates interested in the field to apply. “This is part of a job creation exercise,” he said. “I am giving them this opportunity to help them with the necessary skills to go out in the job market with success.” Sebola encourages matriculants who think that they might be suitable (passed matric or have an equivalent qualification, good communication skills, a passion for finance, selfmotivated and a go-getter) to apply by sending a detailed CV to email@example.com or by dropping off a CV at Sebola’s home at 854 Mathibe Street, Bela Bela. For further information, candidates are urged to phone Peter at 082 492 4279. The closing date for applications will be 17 January 2014 and the selected candidate will be employed immediately.
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Top results at Meetsetshehla Secondary School Marlene Vermaak
Jeremia Matlala was the top achiever at Meetsetshehla Secondary School in Vaalwater and received distinctions in Sepedi, Life Orientation and Life Sciences. He achieved B-symbols for all his other subjects.
Meetsetshehla Secondary School in Vaalwater obtained a 95% pass rate in the 2013 matric exams. According to Principal Barend Pretorius of Meetsetshehla Secondary School, he is very pleased with the 95% pass rate. “It is a massive achievement and the highest in five years,” he said. “The Limpopo Province obtained a 71.8% pass rate and the school is really happy with the results the matrics got.” Four learners of Meetsetshehla Secondary School achieved two distinctions each, and one received a total of three distinctions. Saskia Nel received a distinction in Mathematical Literacy and Life Orientation and Gerda Segoapa in Sepedi and Life Orientation. Margaret Monyeki received distinctions in Sepedi and Life Orientation and Katlego Monyeki in Sepedi and Life Orientation. Top achiever Jeremia Matlala received distinctions in Sepedi, Life Orientation and Life Sciences. He achieved B-symbols for all his other subjects.
Dads in the picture launches ‘Take your child to school’ campaign
Mishack Kekana, Chairman of Dads in the Picture. Photo: Supplied TK Mashaba Dads in the Picture as an organization have embarked on raising awareness of the challenges of fatherhood. The organization is focussed on getting men to play an active and visible role on the day-to-day challenges of parenting. Mishack Kekana, who has been pioneering the group, said: “This year we are kicking off the year with a campaign called ‘Take your
LEGALS NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION IN THE POLOKWANE CIRCUIT COURT OF NORTHERN GAUTENG HIGH COURT CASE NO: 244/ 2010 In the matter between: NEDBANK LIMITED Plainand GODFREY tiff MANGANYE (ID: 590320 5408 081) First Defendant CONNY MOLLY MANGANYE (ID: 610524 0674 086) Second Defendant Pursuant to a judgement of the above Court on 8 May 2012 and Writ of Attachement dated 16 July 2012, the undermentioned immovable property will be sold in execution on: Wednesday, 21 January 2014 10H00 (am) at Sheriff’s Offices, Modimolle,108 Hagen Street, Modimolle, Limpopo Province to the highest bidder:Portion 30 of Erf 2964
Nylstroom Extension 11 township Registration Division K.R., Limpopo Province. MEASURING: 1065 (one thousand and sixty five) square metres. Held under Deed of Transfer T129854/ 2007. Property also known as: 217 KERK STREET, Modimolle (Koro Creek Estate, 93 Eagle Drive, Modimolle) (“the property”) Subject to conditions contained therein The property is zoned: RESIDENTIAL (“the property”) Subject to the following conditions: 1. The property shall be sold “VOETSTOOTS” to the bidder and the sale shall be subject to the provisions of Section 66 of the Magistrate’s Court Act of 1944, as amended, subject however to the confirmation of the sale by the first bondholder, namely NEDBANK LIMITED. 2. The purchase price shall be paid as 10% (ten percent) of the purchase price in cash on
child to school’ aimed at seeing more men showing up on the first day of school, i.e. 15 January 2014. The gesture of showing up at school supports the bigger challenges that face their children. These challenges, according to Kekana, mostly stem from the lack of participation from male parental figures as far as education is concerned. Kekana added that the goal of the initiative was to raise awareness of the necessity of father’s involvement prior to schools opening, in matters such as the buying of uniforms and books. The campaign is being spearheaded from Gauteng and is expected to take off in areas such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soshanguve, Hammanskraal, Bela Bela, Mbombela, Polokwane and Mafikeng where the organization has large numbers of active members. “We would like to encourage every man, be it uncle, grandfather or big brother to make time on this day and be there for the children in their lives,” he said. The initiative also enjoys the support of the Lead SA team, and participants are urged to tweet their pictures of the day at @dadsinthepic.
the date of the sale and the unpaid balance, together with interest thereon at the rate of 9.15% p.a to the date of registration of transfer, shall be paid or secured by a bank guarantee, within 14 (fourteen) days after the sale. 3. The following improvements are reported to be on the property, but are not guaranteed: UNKNOWN 4. CONDITIONS OF SALE: The full conditions of the sale may be inspected at the offices of the Sheriff of the High Court, Modimolle, Mr Ben Rakgotho, 108 Hagen Street, Modimolle, 0510. Tel: (014) 717 3065. Dated at Polokwane this 15 November 2013. P J VAN STADEN Attorneys of Plaintiff(s) ESPAG MAGWAI ATTORNEYS Adan Tas Building 26 Jorissen Street Polokwane Tel: 015 297 5374 / Fax: 015 297 5042 REF: P J VAN STADEN/ RETHA/MAT2922
10 January, 2014
NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA (NORTH GAUTENG HIGH COURT, PRETORIA) CASE NO: 31592/2013 In the matter between: ABSA BANK LIMITED Plaintiff and WILLIAM FOX MOSANA (ID No. 580118 5936 081) 1st Defendant MALEBO REBECCAH MOSANA (ID No. 720823 0856 082) 2nd Defendant Persuant to a Judgement granted by this Honourable Court on 16 July 2013 and a Warrant of Execution, the undermentioned property will be sold in execution by the Sheriff of the High Court, Modimolle on Tuesday the 21st day of January 2014, at 10H00 at the Sheriff’s Office, 108 Hagen Street, Modimolle, Limpopo Province, to the highest bidder with a reserve price: Erf 4514 Phagameng extension 6 Township, Registration Division K. R. Limpopo Prov-
Mayor urges youth to delay in sexual activities Lizzy Bapela The Waterberg District Executive Mayor Tlotlanang Mogotlane has urged young people to delay sex until they are old enough and ready to make responsible decisions regarding their sexual behaviour. Her address follows recent campaigns on the fight against HIV and the abuse of women and children. Mogotlane said that South Africa is taking responsibility and people should be encouraged to go for HIV tests and know their status. She said that this includes proper and consistent use of condoms, also to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha revealed during the Provincial World AIDS Day commemoration that 50 000 people in the province tested HIV positive between April and September. The district municipality is working together with its stakeholders to fight against the scourge of HIV and AIDS. They launched the District AIDS Council in the beginning of 2013 and have recently appointed members of the District AIDS Coordinating Committee. During the release of the 2013 statistics, the district had the highest prevalence of HIV in the province standing at 30,3%. The district municipality declared war on all those who still abuse women, children and people with disabilities. Mogotlane highlighted that government has been at the forefront of condemning incidents of violence against women and children and has urged all citizens to respect their rights. “Tragically, violence and abuse continue to plague the country and these horrific crimes happen mostly in the privacy of our homes, families and communities. To combat this, the voices of men must be louder during campaigns and the need to declare publicly that “enough is enough”.
ince STREET ADDRESS: 4514 DE VOS STREET, Phagameng Ext 6, Modimolle Limpopo Province. MEASURING: 400 (Four hundred) square metres and held by defendants in terms of deed of transfer no. T11540/ 2004 Improvements are: Dwelling: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. No warranties regarding description, extent or improvements are given. The conditions of sale to be read out by the Sheriff of the High Court at the time of the sale and will be available for inspection at the offices of the Sheriff, Modimolle, 108 Hagen Street, Modimolle, Limpopo Province. Dated at Pretoria on this the 25th day of November 2013. VAN ZYL LE ROUX INC Plaintiff’s Attorneys Monument Office Park 71 Steenbok Avenue First Floor, Block 3 Monument Park- Pretoria
P O Box 974, Pretoria,0001 DOCEX 97, Pretoria Tel: (012) 435 9444 Fax: (012) 435 9555 REF: MAT32867/E NIMAND/MN NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA (NORTH GAUTENG HIGH COURT, PRETORIA) CASE NO: 20349/2013 In the matter between: ABSA BANK LIMITED Plaintiff and MARIA GERTRUIDA WILHELMINA VAN HEERDEN (ID No. 520609 0055 086) 1st Defendant Persuant to a Judgement granted by this Honourable Court on 29 July 2013 and a Warrant of Execution, the undermentioned property will be sold in execution by the Sheriff of the High Court, Modimolle on Tuesday the 21st day of January 2014, at 10H00 at the Sheriff’s Office, 108 Hagen Street, Modimolle, Limpopo Province, to the highest bidder without a re-
Waterberg District Executive Mayor Tlotlanang Mogotlane urged young people to delay in sexual activities. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Responsible father figures must instil the values of human dignity, equality and respect in young men and boys,” said Mogotlane. She indicated that schools also can play an important role. Learners must be engaged at an early age and parents must take an active role and teach their children societal values. Mogotlane called on everyone to play their part and prevent violence against women, children and people with disabilities. She said that no woman, man or child should be beaten, raped, stabbed, shot at or attacked in any manner anywhere in the country. She encouraged communities to work together with the authorities to ensure that these criminals are arrested and convicted. “Irresponsible parents or guardians who leave young children unattended and vulnerable to abuse are as guilty of crime as those who commit the crime. The challenge is to thus unite against improper social behaviours and practices, breaking the vicious cycle of violence,” Mogotlane concluded.
serve price: Portion 171 (portion of portion148) of the farm Buffelspoort No.421, Registration Division K.R., Limpopo Province STREET ADDRESS: Portion 171 (portion of portion 148) of the farm Buffelspoort 421, Limpopo Province MEASURING: 1,0879 (one comma zero eight seven nine) hectares and held by defendant in terms of deed of transfer No. T33493/2011 Improvements are: Vacant Land No warranties regarding description, extent or improvements are given. The conditions of sale to be read out by the Sheriff of the High Court at the time of the sale and will be available for inspection at the offices of the Sheriff, Modimolle, 108 Hagen Street, Modimolle, Limpopo Province. Dated at Pretoria on this the 21st day of November 2013. VAN ZYL LE ROUX INC Plaintiff’s Attorneys Monument Office Park
71 Steenbok Avenue First Floor, Block 3 Monument Park - Pretoria P O Box 974, Pretoria, 0001 DOCEX 97, Pretoria Tel: (012) 435 9444 Fax: (012) 435 9555 REF: MAT30728/E NIMAND/MN NOTICE TO REINSTATE A DEREGISTERED COMPANY Notice is hereby given of the attention to reinstate the deregistered Company: PLATINUM SKILLS CONSULTANTS, registration number 2009/007436/07. The reason for the reinstatementis that the Company is still in business and was deregistered because of and adnimistrative omission. For further information or objections please contact TALIRF CONSULTANTS Y MOOLLA Tel: 074 7321 174 29 Kretchmar Street, Bela Bela.
10 January, 2014
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Sports Centre to be up and running soon
The Netball pitch freshly re-fenced. Photo: TK Mashaba TK Mashaba The Bela Bela Municipality appears to have finally begin renovations on the Sports Centre, including the community hall. The renovations come after months of complaints by sports teams who have not been able to host visitors due to the frankly embarrassing state of the sports fields. According to Matome Sebelebele, spokesperson for Bela Bela Local Municipality, the hall and sports fields are halfway done and will be opening soon. He also pleaded with the community to take good care of the facilities once the
renovations are complete. “A lot of vandalism has been taking place in the past,” he said. Koketso Kgabo, the coach of the Sizwe Stars, was unable to contain his excitement. “We are very happy for this improvement as we will now be able to play and train on a well-conditioned pitch. We’ve been struggling and having to play most of our games outside Bela Bela so this will be a big boost for our local sports scene.” The fields for netball, volleyball and tennis have been re-fenced and their floor surfaces renovated, including the basketball pitch.
The SAB off-season comes to an end
SAFA Regional Manager Refiloe Khoza TK Mashaba The three-week holiday of the local soccer leagues is over with teams starting play as soon as 11 January. The SAB League is eagerly watched by locals as it is known for mouthwatering fixtures. In the SA League, Stream A and Stream B are ahead of Stream C by a couple of games. According to SAB Regional League Manager Refiloe Khoza, Stream C was still working on logistics but had started their fixtures before the league went on festive break. The fixtures are as follows: In stream A, Bazooka will host NTK Happy Boys while Modimolle All Stars will be welcoming Mammoet FC at Ephraim Mogale Stadium.
Boys to men will be visiting Bela Bela Pirates at Sunfa Stadium while Elmar Auto welcomes Trouble Makers at Ephraim Mogale Stadium. Happy Hearts will battle it out with Diesel n Dust FC at Bela Bela High School’s stadium while total Surrender will be facing off against Qualitho on their home ground at Moloto Stadium. Home Defenders are hosting A terrors at Ephraim Mogale. In Stream B, Mokopane Stone Breakers will be hosting MBU Eagles at Mokopane, while Thaba FC are playing away against SASE FC at Magema Stadium. Simple Yellows will be welcoming Yster United at Mahwelereng Stadium while Juventus are welcoming Mosesetjane at Mapela Ground. Maxoma are facing Black Rangers on their home turf while Mokopane Ratanang will be welcoming Dimakatso Sundowns, while Real Madrid welcome Mookgophong AllStars. Moloto Morning Stars will be hosting Siwelele at Badikwa Ground. In Stream C, Shiniing Stars are welcoming Barcelona at Kauletsa Stadium while Ocean Birds are hosting Super Eagles. Township Rollers are away to Zaba while Domnigo FC welcomes Mountain Powers at Ipeleng Grounds. Bafaladi FC will host Real Heart at Northam.