16 November 2012
16 November, 2012
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Another mystery fire destroys shack in Modimolle late. I have lost all my belongings, including my personal documents, clothLast month The Beat reported on an in- ing and appliances,” said Mothoa. The Mothoa family does not know what cident where a fire that razed valuable property belonging to a pensioner, after caused the fire. The mother of Johannes a s h a c k s u d d e n l y c a u g h t f i r e i n Mothoa told The Beat that she was in the RDP house when sudModimolle. denly the television went off. On Monday, 12 November, She says she thought there a similar incident took place “I have lost all was a power cut when the TV at the Mothoa residence in my belongings, went off. Phagameng section, where including my “My 6 year old grandson, the family lost all the valupersonal Phenyo, came running into ables in a shack, which was documents, the house and told me that destroyed by fire. clothing and there was smoke coming out The shack was situated in of the shack. The neighbours the back yard of the main appliances,...” responded very quickly and RDP house and was occuhelped us to stop the fire. pied by Johannes Mothoa, who was not at home when the incident My son, Johannes, also came with his friends who also helped a lot. I have no occurred. Mothoa told The Beat that all his idea what may have caused the fire. We clothes and personal documents were have encountered a serious loss,” said destroyed by the fire. “I was with a friend Mothoa. Officials from the Modimolle Local Mua block away from home when I received a message that there is a crisis nicipality also responded swiftly to see at home. A child came to inform me that if they could be able to assist the family. Municipal spokesperson, Patrick a shack was on fire.” “I ran home with my friend and, upon Shika, said that they would investigate arrival, we joined hands with other neigh- the matter and give the necessary feedbours, in an attempt to put out the roar- back to the family, at a convenient time. Shika said they have many cases of ing fire. We tried by all means to fight the fire until the fire services personnel this nature in the area, and that most of arrived. At the end of the day, we man- them resulted from the inaccurate conaged to defeat the fire, but it was too nection of electrical wires. Mzamane Ringane
This used to be the shack that was occupied by Johannah Mothoa’s son Johannes. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
Suspected maguma-guma busted in Musina The Musina SAPS’s crime prevention unit arrested seven suspects who are alleged to be involved in a syndicate of maguma-guma (con men) who steal money and other people’s belongings under false pretences. The arrest of the seven, four women and three men, who are all Zimbabwean, took place on 2 November within Musina town. The suspects allegedly confessed to their criminal deeds to the crime prevention unit, when they were stopped for questioning in town. The suspects are Florence Dorope (29), Tariro Kagura (27), Loveness Chido (35), Tendai Makandwa (22), Obvious Rutsava (24), Jimmy Nyavedzamai (26) and James Nyavedzamai (29). According to sources, the group of maguma-guma waited for unsuspecting targets in front of shops and garages with the intention to rob them. They acted as people who were ready to assist and they particularly chose Zimbabweans who came to South Africa to
buy things. Musina police spokesperson, Lieutenant Peter Mudau, says that the magumaguma normally speak to the target in a polite manner, so that the victim will understand and accept that they are being offered true assistance. “The suspects wrap a stone as if it is a diamond and sell it to the foreigners,” said Mudau. “They tell the victim that he or she must not look at it in their presence because the police will arrive and arrest all of them.” Mudau added that these people also pretended to exchange money. They accept money from the victim and give back wrapped paper in return. During their arrest, the suspects were found with a large amount of cash in their possession. “At least R2 700 and 3 million Zimbabwean dollars were found in their possession,” Mudau said. “We suspect that the suspects had accumulated this huge amount of money by robbing foreigners.” - LiN News/ Limpopo Mirror
Chicken thieves jailed 20 years for murdering security guard Two Beit Bridge men, who fatally struck a local security guard as they stole chickens at a local fowl coup, have each been sentenced to an effective 20 years in jail. Mduduzi Tshakaza (44) and Arnold Stewart Gono (29) pleaded not guilty to murder but were convicted by High Court Judge Nicholas Ndou last Friday. The court heard that, on the night of 14 April last year, the pair decided to rob a fowl run, located in the industrial area of Beit Bridge. They found a security guard, Simbarashe Gwazvarwa (29), asleep at the site. Armed with a knobkerrie, the pair woke the guard up and ordered him to remain calm and quiet as they stole ten chickens. Gwazvarwa tried to call for help, was struck three times on the forehead with the
knobkerrie, and was left lying unconscious on the ground as the thieves made off with their loot. He was later discovered and rushed to the Beit Bridge District Hospital, where he died later from his injuries. Tshakaza and Gono left one of the chickens at Tshakaza’s sister in the early hours of the day and later returned and asked her to slaughter and cook it for them.The sister refused to oblige them, citing her religious beliefs. She reported the case to the police, resulting in the pair’s arrest. Justice Ndou said the court viewed the crime in a “very serious light,” adding that Gwazvarwa had met his death simply because he was trying to carry out his guard duties and that the offence was committed under the cover of darkness. - LiN News/ Limpopo Mirror
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16 November, 2012
Operation “Klopjag” makes a difference
Officials of the Department of Correctional Services in Bela Bela and stakeholders posed for a photo ahead of their quarterly operation “Klopjag” in the area. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela Concerned stakeholders paid surprise visits to 51 active offenders currently on parole and correctional supervision in Bela Bela. The participants conducted the visits
at various sections in the township on Thursday, 8-, and Friday, 9 November. The Department of Correctional Services’ Bela Bela Satellite office led the operation to visit offenders serving their sentences within the community. Satellite head, Fani Pholosi, said that
the operation was conducted in order to monitor compliance to supervision conditions and identify challenges phased within the community, which leads to the rise of crime. The operation consisted of sister departments in crime prevention, including Social Development, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and Community Development Officers joining Correctional Services on their home visits. After a short briefing by correctional services management, participants were divided into two groups which were expected to operate on the same route, but from opposite sides. Group A started at Extension 1, working their way through Extensions 5, 6, 7, 8, Mazakhela, Soweto, Mmapatile and end at Old Location. Group B started at the Old Location, working their way towards Extension 8. Pholosi said the main objective was to catch offenders by surprise on the unexpected second visit by the second group on the same day. Offenders are used to only one visit per a day by the Correctional Services’ monitoring officials. Of all the 102 visits paid in two days to offenders, The Beat witnessed only five were registered as non-compliance to house arrest conditions and were dealt with accordingly by the department. During the operation, Betty Mabitsela, of the Department of Social Development, was able to identify the need for
her department’s intervention after realising that one of the offender’s reasons for being involved in criminal activities was because addiction to nyaope. An appointment was made on the spot with the offender and his mother to visit the department’s offices on Monday 12 November. Mabitsela realised that one of the offenders who is in the system for child abuse, was dissatisfied that her child was moved from a place of safety in Bela Bela to a place of safety in Tzaneen. All the stakeholders agreed that moving the child would make it difficult for her to reconnect with the mother after placement from prison. Social Development said that the child was moved to Tzaneen because of alleged violence to other children housed at the Bela Bela place of safety. Mabitsela confirmed that her department would assist the mother to pay visits to the child in Tzaneen and ensure that the child also visits his home in Bela Bela. The stakeholders witnessed during home visits that most offenders acquired skills in catering, carpentry, brick laying, paving and plastering. Community Development Officer, Wendy Phiri, took note and committed her department to assist these skilled offenders to make a living out of the skills acquired in prison. Pholosi said that it is through accepting these offenders back into the community, by addressing social challenges confronting them and creating job opportunities for them that the circle of crime can be broken.
Council infighting weakens Bela Bela service delivery Lizzy Bapela Serious infightings by members of the ANC in the council of Bela Bela are sinking the local municipality, threatening service delivery in the area. Council members confirmed that the conflicts have caused the town council to fall apart. Some members of the ANC in the council even went so far as to impose sanctions on council meetings where the leadership had to take critical decisions about the town. Several stakeholders raised major concerns about the negative effect that this has on the management of the town. Some of the events that revealed the friction of the local ANC government were that certain council members disrupted interviews for critical posts in the municipality, causing the process to stop. A number of council meetings were cancelled and some postponed several times. If these posts are not filled urgently, Manager of the Bela Bela Local Municipality it will be to the severe detriment of Sam Bambo confirmed disruptions by coun- service delivery and the general runcil members in the municipality. Photo: Lizzy ning of Bela Bela. Bapela The council meeting detailing the
appointment of new managers in the mu- ernance, Human Settlement and Tradinicipality, scheduled for Tuesday, 6 Novem- tional Affairs (COGSTA). ber, was also cancelled. Municipal manager Sam Bambo conCounter revolutionaries firmed that there were inhad threatened to disrupt cidents where council the meeting, allegedly bemembers disrupted meet“Four council cause they were against the ings and the effective members of the potential candidates to be management of the muANC were appointed for managerial nicipality, including rereported to have posts. cruitment. The South African MuniciReports state that embarrassed the pal Workers’ Union Bambo also confirmed municipality...” (SAMWU) sent a letter rethat one of the meetings cently to the municipal manthat were disrupted was agement, demanding them indeed a COGHSTA to stop all interviews immediately or face a meeting, which was scheduled for 1 strike to bring the municipality to a stand- November. still if the union’s demands are not met imBambo was quoted saying that he mediately. submitted a report about this to the Four council members of the ANC were executive committee of the town counreported to have embarrassed the munici- cil and suggested that they speak to pality even further when they swore at and the province about this urgently, seekdegraded each other at a meeting with offi- ing the provincial government to intercials from the Department of Corporate Gov- vene.
16 November, 2012
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The Limpopo ANC Youth League wants Zakes Moeletsi Lizzy Bapela
Preferred ANC Youth League candidate councillor Zakes Moeletsi aims for the voted nomination for the national leadership. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
The ANC Youth League in Limpopo has made it clear that they want Bela Bela political heavyweight, Councillor Zakes Moeletsi, in the ANC national executive committee (NEC) to be elected at Mangaung in December. The announcement was made during the league’s regional general council (RGC) that took place at the OR Tambo Hall in Modimolle on Saturday, 10 November. The RGC was for concluding nomination lists for candidates expected to join in the national leadership during the Mangaung conference. The league reported that all branches of the Youth League voted Moeletsi as one of their preferred candidates, only second to Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale. The league still wants current deputy presi-
dent Kgalema Motlanthe to come back as president, deputized by Mathews Phosa, with sports minister Fikile Mbalula as secretary general and Thenjiwe Mtintso as his deputy. The league nominated human settlement minister, Tokyo Sexwale, as the incoming treasurer general and North-West premier, Thandi Modise, as the national chairperson. Moeletsi has previously served as chairperson of the provincial executive committee member of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and former mayor of Bela Bela. He also served as chief whip for the Bela Bela Local Municipality and speaker for the Waterberg District. He is currently serving as member of the mayoral committee at the district municipality, chairing the community services portfolio and NEC member of SANCO. Moeletsi told
The BEAT he is available for the nomination and welcomes it with open hands. Spokesperson for the Congress of South African students (COSAS), Peter Shibambu, voiced his opinion about Moeletsi’s nomination, saying that their structure is not shaken about it, as it is not the first time. Shibambu said he is only waiting until the Mangaung congress passes so he can hear whether members of the Youth League would still be talking as much as they are doing now. COSAS stands firm on their belief that President Jacob Zuma will return for the second term after the elections. “As COSAS we have always supported the leadership of Zuma and Gwede Mantashe. We had our regional congress recently and our membership re-affirms our long standing resolutions of the support of Zuma and Mantashe and their collective for the second term.” “We do not see any political reason why these comrades can not be given a second chance to strengthen the ANC and its alliance,” said Shibambu. Shibambu said they are afraid of the way other comrades are rushing, wanting to lead the ANC, saying they can see that the party will not be safe under their leadership. “We further encourage branches of the ANC to continue nominating Zuma with his collective to save the ANC from these rushing vampires,” he said. Secretary of the ANC Youth League in the Waterberg region Matsobane Tsweleng said some members of the league proposed that they would like to see their counterparts joining in the next ANC PEC, especially the secretary position. He said the league believes that Andries Lekalakala has failed them as he does not support the issue of “economic freedom in our lifetime” but serves his own interest, selfenriching and anarchy. The Youth League is expected to host their election conference in January 2012 and have not yet announced potential candidates for the incoming leadership. The league’s PEC deployed members Beauty Thembu, Klaas Mabunda and Wesani Sithole to facilitate the RGC in Modimolle, which, according to Tsweleng, went very well.
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Serious about service delivery? Serious conflict in the meeting rooms of the Bela Bela Municipality is leading to the further decline in service delivery in the area. This week The BEAT reports on the fighting among council members, who not only hobbles the smooth running of the municipality, but also embarrasses the town council on provincial level. (See page 3) In his message on the Bela Bela municipal web page, mayor Freddy Hlungwane states that one of the main strategic objectives of the municipality is to turn the area into a tourism hub and so develop the local economy. “With the growing investment into this sector, our municipality remains on course to achieve this objective by fasttracking socio-economic investment in the sector, creating sustainable jobs for locals, diversify the industry through direct involvement of the local population,” Hlungwane says in this online statement. However, when we look at the fact that key positions, such as Chief Financial Officer, Manager of Planning and Economic Development and Manager of Corporate Services, are not filled, we have to ask ourselves whether these objectives are really a priority. Through the year, The BEAT reported on various levels where the Bela Bela municipality failed its residents when it came to service delivery and economic development. On 10 January, the ANCYL staged a sit-in at the municipal offices, claiming that leadership programmes, designed to develop young people from poor families, are used to benefit people close to the municipal management. On 24 February, The BEAT reported on a dispute in Masakhane where the legal owners of RDP houses were left in the cold, while illegal occupants claimed that the Bela Bela municipality allocated the houses to them. In May, the infamous land swop deal was thirsted into the spotlight. The contentious land exchange issue refers to the Show Grounds, which the municipality is proposing to exchange for Mr Steve Bosch’s land of lesser value next to Spa Park. In the same issue, The BEAT reported on the building for the traffic department’s testing site, where building was halted due to funding problems. In June, a massive sewerage spill, due to malfunctioning pumps that were allegedly not kept in good repair, made the headlines. On 27 July, The BEAT published a story about the total disrepair of the local sports grounds. The list goes on. As the year is ending, residents should ask themselves whether the municipality that they voted into power, really has their best interests at heart.
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16 November, 2012
Do demonic spirits exist? Bishop Silas Tlou
Let the good times roll: Schoolchildren stunned the crowds when they performed the Sarafina dance during the Maokeng Primary School prize-giving ceremony. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
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Any spirit that has indwelled people will soon show forth its fruit. If the evil spirit possesses you, then you will produce according to the spirit that has possessed you. You can only know the spirits that possess you by the fruit it bears because the spirit has no other identifying traits. Some people believe evil or demonic spirits do not exist. They love to say that we cannot blame our own faults on the devil. The Bible disagrees, referring to demonic spirits often. Jesus admonished the evil spirits when He walked on earth. Mark 1:25 – “Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon. “Come out of him!” From this passage, it is clear that demonic spirits do exist and that Jesus has the final authority over them, whether they like it or not. At times people interpret these spirits as ancestors because they can visualise trough dreams and visions. The Bible speaks of not trusting every spirit and says we should try every spirit and see whether they come from God. Revelation 2:2 – “I know everything you have done, including your hard work and how you have endured. I know you won’t put up with anyone who is evil. When some people pretended to be apostles, you tested them and found out that they were liars.” Some evil spirits will claim and pretend that they are from God. 1 John 4:1 – “Dear friends, don’t believe everyone who claims to have the Spirit of God. Test them all to find out if they really do come from God. Many false prophets have already gone out into the world.” Jesus also warned about false spirits who would come to confuse the children of God. Matthew 24:4-5 – “Jesus answered: Don’t let anyone fool you. Many will come and claim to be me. They will say that they are the Messiah, and they will fool many people.” Be aware of this: not every spirit comes from God. Demons are fallen angels and can disguise themselves as if they come from God. Fallen angels can possess people and can use people of church to stay in contact with people and sometimes even perform miracles just to drive conviction to legitimize their operations within people. Mostly will like to prophecy so that you can trust them or can worship them or, even better, serve them. Nevertheless, at later stage they show their true colours and start to control you. John 10:10 – “A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.” Demonic spirits have three characteristics. They will kill, they will destroy and they will steal. God wants you to be successful in all the endeavours of you life. Jeremiah 29:11 – “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.”
16 November, 2012
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Waterberg honours senior citizens
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LEGALS BELA BELA AMENDMENT SCHEME 63/08 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 No 15 OF 1986) We, Geo Projects, authorised agents of the owner of Erf 1483, Warmbaths, BelaBela hereby give notice in terms of section 56 (1) (b) (i) of the Town Planning and Townships Ordinance, 1986 (Ordinance No 15 of 1986) that we have applied to the Bela Bela Municipality for the amendment, known as the Bela Bela Land Use Scheme, 2008, by the rezoning of the property describe above by the edition of annexure 151 for the purpose of a household enterprise. Particulars of the application will lie for inspection during normal office hours at the office of the Municipal Manager, Municipal Offices, Bela Bela, for a period of 28 days from 2 November 2012 Objections to or presentations in respect of the application must be lodged with or made in writing to: The Municipal Manager at the above address or Private Bag X 1609, Bela Bela, 0480, within a period of 28 days from 2 November 2012 Address: P.O. Box 919, Bela-Bela, 0480, Tel: 082 881 7252 NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION IN THE HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA (NORTH GAUTENG HIGH COURT, PRETORIA) Case No: 17024/2012 In the matter between: ABSA BANK LIMITED Plaintiff and ADOLF JOHANNES CRAFFORD GOUWS (ID No. 700621 5234 089) Defendant Persuant to a judgment granted by this Honourable Court on 31 July 2012 and a warrant of execution, the undermentioned property will be sold in execution by the Sheriff of the High Court, Ellisras on Friday the 30th day of November 2012, at 10h00 at The Magistrate’s Office, Bela-Bela (Warmbad), Limpopo Province, to the highest bidder without a reserve price: Erf 1429 Warmbaths Extension 21 Township, Registration Division K.R., Limpopo Province Street Address: 12 C a m t r o o s Av e n u e , B e l a Bela, Limpopo Province Measuring: 1347 (One Thousand Three Hundred and Forty Seven) square metres and held by Defendant in terms of Deed of Transfer No. T138565/2006 Improvements are: Dwelling: Entrance hall, lounge, dining room, family room, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, scullery, 3 bathrooms, 2 seperate water toilets Outbuildings: 2 Garages 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 office of the Sheriff Ellisras,
Executive mayor of the Waterberg District Municipality councillor Tlotlanang Mogotlane acknowledged the contribution older people make to the development of societies. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
Metro Building, Room 1M, Kotie Street, Ellisras, Limpopo Province. Dated at Pretoria on this the 29th day of October 2012. VAN ZYL LE ROUX INC First Floor, Monument Office Park, 71 Steenbok Avenue, First Floor, Block 3, Monument park, Pretoria, PO Box 974, Pretoria, 0001, Tel: 012 435 9444, Fax: 012 435 9555 REF: 406991/E NIEMAND/MN NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN DECEASED ESTATES All persons having claims against the undermentioned estate must lodge it with Executor concerned within 30 (Thirty) days (or as indicated) from date of publication hereof. Estate No.: 1358/2012 Master’s Office: PRETORIA Surname: DU TOIT Christian names: GYSBERTUS JOHANNES ANDRIES Date of birth: 1925-01-06 Identity No: 250106 5010 089 L a s t a d d r e s s : Wa r m b a d Rusoord, Warmbad Date of death: 2011-11-17 Only applicable if deceased was married (in community of property/subject to the accrual system): N/A Christian names and surnames of surviving spouse: N/A Date of birth: N/A Identiy No: N/A Name and (only one) address of Executor or authorised agent: CHRIS JOHAN FERREIRA, C/o Erasmus Ferreira & Ackermann, WCMAS Building, Cnr OR Tambo & Susanna street, Witbank Period allowed for lodgement of claims, if other than 30 days: ADVERTISER, AND ADDRESS: ERASMUS, FERREIRA & ACKERMANN PO Box 686, Witbank, 1035, Tel. No: 013 656 1711 MOOKGOPONG AMENDMENT SCHEME, 2010 (AMENDMENT SCHEME 66) We , N h l a l u k o D e v e l o p ment Consultants, being the authorized agent of the owner of the erf mentioned below, hereby give notice in terms of section 56(1) (b) (i) of the Town-Planning and To w n s h i p s O r d i n a n c e , 1986 (Ordinance No. 15 of 1986), that we have applied to the Mookgopong Municipality for the amendment of the town-planning scheme known as Mookgopong Land Use Scheme, 2010, in the following manner: 1. Amendment Scheme 66: for the rezoning of Erf 1411, Mookgopong Extension 2, from “Residential 1” to “Business 1”. Particulars of the application will lie for inspection during normal office hours at the office of the Land Use Planner/Manager: Technical Services: Civic Centre, cnr. Nelson Mandela & Mookgopong Drive, Mookgopong, for a period of 28 days from 02 November 2012 (date of the first notice). Objections to or representations in respect of the application must be lodged with or made in writing to the Land Use Planner/Manager: Technical Services at the abovementioned address or P/ Bag X 340, Mookgopong 0560, within a period of 28 days from 02 November 2012. Applicant: Nhlaluko Development Consultants, 7 Emperor Street, P o l o k w a n e , 0 6 9 9 . Te l : (015) 291 – 3527, Fax: 086 668 0650.
Lizzy Bapela The Waterberg District Municipality recognised older people from across the district at the district’s launch of Older Peron’s Forum. The forum was launched at Ga-Pila Village, in Mogalakwena Local Municipality, on Friday, 9 November under the theme “working together we can do more to provide sustainable services to our older persons.” Leadership of the older people’s forum and senior citizens, travelled from all corners of the district to be part of the launch and celebration. The district mayor, Councillor Tlotlanang Mogotlane, delivered a keynote address during the launch. She said that, every year throughout the world, governments celebrate 1 October with their elderly citizens to thank them for the constructive role they play in their communities and to say how much they love them and the district did the same to their elderly people.
By hosting the event on that day, the district municipality also wanted to recognise, affirm and encourage senior citizens as important source of wisdom in dealing with some of the issues confronting the district and South Africa as a whole. “The occasion highlights the role of senior citizens in our collective effort to build a vibrant district, a better South Africa and a better world for our older people. Some of our elderly may be way past their productive age, with limited physical capabilities and income-earning capabilities, yet are still eager to contribute positively to society,” she said. “We have a generation of older citizens who have worked to build this nation and who have now retired and are enjoying life. They are our daily sources of inspiration and the cornerstones and pillars of our country,” she added. Mogotlane said that ageing is a true milestone of human development and achievement. She said that, in the fast ageing world, older people would increasingly
Men must look at their health “This is someone who wants justice for all, whether friend or foe...” International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event, celebrated on 19 November, in 62 countries world wide, including South Africa. The aim of this campaign is to bring understanding to issues affecting men, including a focus on men’s and boys’ health, bettering gender interactions, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. The Positive Men’s Movement of South Africa (POMESA), in partnership with the South African Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (NAPWA) organised the first annual International Men’s Day event in South Africa on 6 December 2008. As the December date was not celebrated by other participating countries, a decision was made to move the date to coordinate with the rest of the world’s celebrations. From 2009, IMD was celebrated on 19 November each year. According to the Department of Social Development, International Men’s Day is a time for many people to reflect on the contributions, sacrifices and
progress made by men in society. Such progress includes that of men working together with women to make educational, economic, social, and technological advances in society. According to the IMD founder, Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, the focuses of this year’s celebrations will be the men’s health. The theme will be “Helping Men and Boys Live longer, Happier and Healthier Lives”. Teelucksingh warns that the day is not intended to compete against International Women’s Day, but is for highlighting men’s experiences. During his IMD speech in 2009, Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, said that men should not be afraid to show their caring side. “A caring man is one who is capable of feeling deeply about the pain visited upon others; someone who pursues justice whether it implicates his family or other members of society,” he said. “This is someone who wants justice for all, whether friend or foe. In essence, this is the basis of building a caring society,” Motlanthe concluded.
play a role-through volunteer work and increasing their participation in the paid labour force. “Millions of adult HIV/AIDS parents are cared for at home by their parents. On their death, orphaned children left behind are mainly looked after by their grandparents. The principles of caring and supporting our elderly are founded on the need to build an inclusive society that emphasise participation, self-fulfilment, independence, care and dignity for all,” she said. The government want to implement policies that will enable older people to live in an environment that enhances their capabilities, foster their independence, provide them with adequate support, and care as they age. The government has also extended the reach of old age pension, through enabling older men to obtain the grant at the age of 60 instead of 65. Older people qualify free access to essential service such as water, health, housing and electricity. By launching the District Older Persons Forum, the district municipality made a commitment to support older people through the organised structure. The district municipality also called upon local municipalities to drive the initiative within their jurisdiction so that elderly in the district will be helped. The municipality also acknowledged all non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community based organisations (CBOs) and many caregivers in communities for their commitment and contribution, often on voluntary basis. Mayor Mogotlane said they complement the work of government immensely in caring for older persons. During the celebration, the municipality recommitted itself to work towards the provision of services that enable senior citizens to lead better and dignified lives.
Limpopo DA welcomes PSC’S call “This is an indefensible situation as it opens wide the room for corruption and patronage. Lizzy Bapela The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo welcomes the Public Service Commission’s call to regulate state employees in state business. Parliament recently discussed and released a report entitling trends relating to corruption in the Public Service by the Public Service Commission (PSC). DA’s provincial spokesperson, Langa Bodlani, said the report highlights what the party has been consistently calling for in Limpopo; the need to regulate government employees doing business with the provincial state. He said that, in fact, two private members bills introduced by the DA to curb this practice were blocked by the ruling party. “Now, with the PSC’s recommendations, we hope that our Legislature will revisit its stance on the matter. In 2010, the Auditor-General found that Limpopo had the highest number of employees who were doing business with state departments without the required permission.” “This is an indefensible situ-
ation as it opens wide the room for corruption and patronage. According to PSC report, Limpopo’s financial disclosure compliance rate has increased from 89% in 2010/ 2011 to 96% in 2011/2012 while systematic monitoring of corruption is still poor, with few departments keeping databases on corruption,” Bodlani said. The DA said that they have long been calling for such legislation and are therefore hopeful that it will assist in a fight against corruption especially in the province, which is known to be the hub of corruption. Bodlani said that corrupt activities allow valuable state resources to benefit only certain individuals whereas people are still waiting to get basic services in their areas so the PSC’s findings should spur government into action. He added the DA will be reintroducing the debate in the legislature on the need for a law to regulate government employees doing business with the state, saying such a law is long overdue in Limpopo.
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16 November, 2012
Limpopo Schools to get early “Christmas presents”
The Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga promised that the textbook fiasco in Limpopo would not be repeated. Photo: Supplied TK Mashaba Learners in Limpopo schools can enjoy this year’s Christmas season, knowing that the textbooks that they need for next year will be delivered before the school year starts inn 2013. This was the message that was solidified by Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga. “Deliveries to schools, final reconciliation of left-over stock, and further distribution to districts and circuits for possible school top-ups, will be completed by 7 December 2012,” she told reporters in Polokwane, according to a statement issued by her office. Motshekga said that the final administration of the entire project must be completed by 13 December. This came after some of the schools in Limpopo did not receive textbooks and other resources. Some of these books were found, still in their original wrappings, abandoned in a dilapidated outbuilding. During the media briefing, Motshekga said
that publishers had been asked to reduce their prices. A total of 4,9 million textbooks had been ordered, at a reduced price of R236 million. This was a saving of 38% compared to the lowest original price of R383 million. Procurement and delivery of stationery for the 2013 school year would cost R129,12m. This was a 49,8 percent saving compared to the cost of stationery for the 2012 school year, which amounted to R259,8 million. “I am confident that, come the first day of school, all the learners and educators will have learning and teaching materials,” said Motshekga. “The department had procured textbooks for Grades 4 to 6, and Grade 11, as well as stationery packs for all grades. The National Treasury had committed R380m for the 2013 procurement and delivery process, with additional funding for stationery packs,” she explained. Deliveries to schools had already begun earlier this month, and would be accelerated to the rate of 200 a day. Distribution Company UTI would handle the deliveries. “Publishers commenced with the delivery of stock to the central warehouse from 15 October onwards,” Motshekga said. This date was in keeping with the appointment of UTI, on 16 October, to ensure proper administration of stock and planning for delivery. About 95% of stock had already been received. Information on delivery progress would be loaded every week on the department’s website, and implementation would be monitored daily. Motshekga and her department came under fire for failing to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools timeously this year. Lobby group, Section 27, said last week that some schools were still without textbooks.
Students shape the future Students not only hold the key to the future through education, they can also spearhead change when necessary. International Student’s Day is celebrated on 17 November. Photo: Supplied
International Student’s Day (ISD) is a day where student communities are commemorated all over the world. It takes place annually on 17 November. The celebrations around ISD focus mainly on the differences that student activism made in the world. The date commemorates the anniversary of the 1939 Nazi storming of the University of Prague after demonstrations against the killing of Jan Opletal and the occupation of Czechoslovakia. Many students were executed and taken prisoner. The day was first marked in 1941 in London by the International Students’ Council and the tradition has been kept up by the International Union of Students, which has been campaigning, with National Unions of Students in Europe and other groups, to make the day an official United Nations observance. In South Africa, students, from here and abroad, also had a huge part to play in the liberation struggle and the anti-apartheid movement. On the morning of June 16, 1976, thousands of students from Soweto gathered to participate in a student-organised protest demonstration. The crowd grew to more than 10 000 students.
On their way to the Orlando stadium, police officers stopped the students and tried to turn them back. At first, the security forces tried unsuccessfully to disperse the students with tear gas and warning shots. Then police officers fired directly into the crowd of demonstrators. That day, two students, Hastings Ndlovu and Hector Pieterson, died from police gunfire. Hundreds of students sustained injuries during the subsequent chaos that engulfed Soweto. The shootings in Soweto sparked a massive uprising that soon spread to more than 100 towns and cities throughout South Africa. According to the ANC, large-scale student protests began in the United States after the massacre of hundreds of peaceful student demonstrators in Soweto in June 1976. The focus of the campaign was the demand for removal of university funds from companies that were involved in South Africa. The student uprising marked a decisive turning point in the history of the anti-apartheid struggle. Students played a major role in ending apartheid. Student led movements driving for change has the power to affect the world and to eradicate social injustices.
The Bela Bela Square alive with cycling action
Participants in the Nando’s Aid bicycle ride were happy to take a well-deserved rest at the Bela Bela Nando’s restaurant before making their way to Centurion. Photo: Supplied
Nando’s workers at the Bela Bela restaurant celebrated the courage of the visiting charity cyclist by dancing and singing for joy. Photo: Supplied
adjust their plans because they could not ride at night. The tour started on 3 November in Musina and the first leg of the tour ended in Thohoyandou. On 4 November, they pushed on from Thohoyandou to Makhado (Louis Trichardt). The tour went from Makhado to Tzaneen on 5 November and from Tzaneen to The Ranch Hotel in Polokwane on 6 November. The tour continued to Mokopane on 7 November and ended on 8 November in Centurion after a quick pit stop in Bela Bela. World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on 1 December every year. It has become one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for governments to demonstrate delivery on the commitments that they made in 2009 and to communicate government’ leadership in addressing HIV and AIDS issues.
Bela Bela Square was bustling with activity when more than 100 cyclists stopped at the local Nando’s restaurant as part of their charity cycle tour. The intrepid riders visited Bela Bela on 8 November on their way to Centurion after an epic cycle tour that started in Musina. According to Nando’s Chickenland Ltd, Over 25% of all people in South Africa suffer from HIV or Aids, meaning that it affects everyone in some way. In recognition of this Nando’s South Africa has worked to set up a charity, Nando’s Aid, to support Nandocas — Nando’s’ staff — and their families who are HIV positive or living with AIDS. Nando’s Aid helps provide financial support for medication, as well as campaigning to improve awareness of the importance of knowing ones HIV status and assists with any funeral arrangements. The Nando’s Aid bicycle ride, now in its seventh year, aims to raise funds, which go directly to Nando’s Aid. The charity riders were supposed to arrive in Bela Bela on 7 November, but had to
Local artist to audition for Carnival
The Mass Feeva Carnival will take place on 1 December and should provide plenty of entertainment and many surprises. Photo: Supplied TK Mashaba Artists in and around Bela Bela are practicing their art and preparing for auditions. The auditions follow a meeting that the Bela Bela municipality officials and organising team of the Mass Feeva Caribbean Carnival, held with local artist to recruit the best of the best. The Carnival will take place on 1 December. The Carnival, the first of its kind on the continent, will draw many colourful international carnival participants, from the Caribbean, Gauteng and Limpopo to Bela Bela for a spectacular display of street dance, public parade and music. The Carnival was rehearsed in 2011 on 16
December in Bela Bela and now the organisers are ready to put on a spectacular event with stellar performances. According to Matome Sebelebele, municipal spokesperson and carnival organiser, auditions will be conducted to select the teams that the carnival organisers will be working with on this extravagant event. “We met with the art council and artists who want to be part of the performances on the day of the festivities. We came to the conclusion that we will conduct auditions on Thursday, 22 November,” Sebelebele said. “The positive energy we received from the artists really boosted the morale of the planning committee and we are looking forward to this huge event,” he added. Sebelebele said that the auditions would ensure that the Carnival has the best performers available locally. Local artists will be included in the Carnival parade that will take the town of Bela Bela by storm. They will be joined by Carnival teams from Trinidad and Tobago. The artists from Trinidad and Tobago thrilled onlookers on 16 December 2011, during the rehearsal and this year should be no less. Sebelebele said that the Carnival organisers would like to invite all Bela Bela residents, the whole population including adults, government employees, teachers, health workers and professional to be part of the Carnival. Costumes will be provided a day before the event on 30 November. For more information, interested parties can contact Sebelebele on 014 736 8052 or 072 751 1553. According to Sebelebele, the Carnival is a whole day event and the municipality expects to see record numbers of guests pouring into Bela Bela for the celebrations. “We want them to be part of the festival too,” he said.
16 November, 2012
Where will the children go?
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Tragedy strikes Polokwane City FC
These are some of the challenges that future heroes have to face on their road to success. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
Mzamane Ringane It is heart breaking to see the conditions of the recreational facilities where the children in Phagameng have to go to when they want to play. The festive season is the period when most people will spend most of their time going around shopping malls and preparing for the holidays. It is the time where less attention would be given to those young ones. Now the big question is: where would most of the young ones go? The Beat has spotted many ‘make do’ soccer fields that were created by young players who have passion for football in the Phagameng area. Most of these fields are situated at places that can be considered unsafe for the children. Near the Phagameng Cemetery, there is a team of young people who decided to use the spot as their practice field. This newly formed team is called Blue Stars and they say their wish is to play in the Modimolle Local Football Association’s League. A few steps from the practice field where this young boys play; you will find the Phagameng Sports grounds. Most of the local teams in the lower leagues practice and play at this venue. The Beat recently caught up with young players at this venue during one of their practice sessions. Super Strikers FC mentor, John Motshegoa, said that the condition in which they are playing their most admired game is unbearable. “Come the rainy seasons, the fields look like rivers. After heavy rains, we find
ourselves having to use the neighbouring rugby field, and that is if the rugby players are not at practice. We tried to engage the municipality several times, but so far, there is no positive feedback. There are lot of youngsters who chose to quit football because of this condition,” said Motshegoa. Next to the R101 road at Modimolle’s extension 10, The Beat spotted another selfmade soccer field, which is situated very close to the main road. A concerned local resident, Dion Bodiba, emphasized that someone has to do something to keep this young and passionate people busy, and to save them from potential trouble that comes with roaming around the streets. Bodiba said Modimolle has many young players who need only a platform to display and express their talent. “We have a lot of youngsters who are talented, but they fail to express themselves fully because of the condition of our football facilities. The municipality should intervene before it is too late. Under these circumstances, many youngsters will lose faith and resort to crime and drugs. Modimolle will never produce top flight football players under this conditions; someone has to save this young people,” said Bodiba. Municipal spokesperson, Patrick Shika, said that the issue of the Phagameng Sports Grounds was only brought to their attention recently. “The matter was only brought to us recently, when we started preparations for the Modimolle Mayor’s Cup,” Said Shika.
The Limpopo MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, Polokwane mayor, Freddy Greaver, and PSL Chairperson, Irvin Khoza, visited the scene of the accident to pay their respects. Photo supplied TK Mashaba Polokwane City FC, formerly known as Bay United, lost four of their players in a road accident that took place last weekend. Reports from the South African Police Service say that four Polokwane City soccer players have lost their lives in a vehicular accident near Nobody village, outside Polokwane. The incident took place on the afternoon of Sunday, 11 November. According to information from the police, the team was returning home from playing a National First Division (NFD) fixture against Atlie FC, formerly known as FC AK, at the University of Limpopo. The
game ended in a one-all draw. According to the Premier Soccer League (PSL), three players were taken to Mankweng Hospital in Polokwane and two were in serious condition. The 22-seater bus was carrying nineteen players as well as the team manager and was hit by a bakkie, causing the bus to fall on its side in the way of oncoming traffic. A passenger bus crashed into them. The driver of the bakkie was arrested on charges of drunken and negligent driving. Polokwane City retained their NFD status after the arbitrator ruled recently on their case of fielding an ineligible player. The complaint was lodged by Dynamos against
Polokwane City and was finally resolved. The PSL disciplinary committee ruled that the player in question, who was registered under the name and identification document of Realeboga Bolly Matlou, was not Realeboga Bolly Matlou. During the hearing, the arbitrator confirmed a settlement agreement reached between the parties to the effect that the SAFA Appeal Board findings are set aside and the PSL Disciplinary Committee decision should be upheld. The outcome of this is that Polokwane City FC are guilty of fielding an ineligible player and they have to pay a fine, but no points or goals will be removed. Polokwane City FC will therefore retain their 2011/12 NFD log position. Unlike Carara Kicks, whose points were cut and who were therefore relegated for the same offence, Polokwane City FC’s points were not expunged because the initial ruling stated that, “the majority of the panel found that although Bay United had been found guilty of a serious offence, it found that there had been no deliberate breach of the National Soccer League (NSL) Rules, therefore expunging points in the matches that the player played would not be an appropriate sanction.” They were fined R300, 000, R200, 000 of which is suspended for a period of 12 months on condition that Bay (Polokwane FC) are not found guilty of a similar offence during that period.
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Bela Bela FC United suffered a blow when they lost their first game of the season against neighbouring Diesel n Dust. Photo: TK Mashaba TK Mashaba A former champion from Bela Bela, in the South African Breweries (SAB) Regional Waterberg League, Bela Bela FC United, opened their new season on a low note. The team, formerly known as Bela Bela Fast XI, who won the Waterberg Mayoral Tournament two years ago, lost their opening match to neighbours Diesel n Dust in a hair raising clash on Saturday, 10 November.
Diesel n Dust, who was promoted to the SAB League in the new cluster programme, whipped Bela Bela FC United 2-0. United was not the only one that suffered such a blow in their first game, NTK Happy Boys also suffered from a 2-1 loss against Bela Bela’s Bazooka FC, while Trouble Makers FC BEAT Young Lizard 5-2. Bela Bela Pirates played to a zero all draw against A1Terrors. In Stream B, Mosesetjane All Stars lost 1-0 to Thaba FC, while Real Ma-
drid beat Benfica 2-1. Simple Yellows lost 3-0 to Mookgopong All Stars FC while Moloto Morning Stars FC lost 6-0 to Stonebreakers. Dimakatso Sundowns FC lost 2-0 to Yester United FC. In Stream C, Super Eagles FC beat Domingos 5 FC -0 while Seleka Callies FC beat Barcelona 2-1. Double Action FC lost 2-0 to Sea Robbers FC while Zaba All FC Stars suffered a big blow after losing 6-1 to Mogul FC.