2 May 2014
Baby abducted from Modimall
The police are urgently looking for information that could help them recover this four month-old baby girl, who was abducted from the Modimall on Wednesday, 23 April by a middle-aged Zulu-speaking woman. The photo provided is the most recent photo available of the baby. Please contact W/O Bobby Nel at 014 718 1025 or 082 319 9465 if you have any information.
Denise van Bergen The police are looking for an unknown Zulu-speaking woman in connection with the abduction of a four month-old baby girl from the Modimall on Wednesday, 23 April. According to information received from police spokesperson Warrant Officer James Findlay, Jacobeth Mongatane (17) from Syferskuil near Bela Bela, met the alleged abductor, who has not been identified, on Tuesday, 22 April in Bela Bela. The suspect apparently stopped Mongatane, who had her baby with
CCTV shows the suspect walking through the Modimall with Jacobeth Mongatane from Bela Bela’s baby on her back, leaving the mall via Exit 3, on the day of the abduction. The woman has not yet been identified.
her at the time, in town and offered her a position as babysitter at her home in Phagameng. Mongatane was told that she could take the baby with her. Mongatane agreed and they arranged to meet the next day at a specified time and place in Bela Bela, from where they would go to the suspect’s house in Modimolle so that Mongatane could start work. The suspect paid the taxi fees to Modimolle and intimated to Mongatane that she was a wealthy woman. They went to the Modimall first because the suspect allegedly
Politicians still optimistic
had to have key copies made. Having arrived there at around 16:00, she told Mongatane to wait at the Fish & Co. while she had the key made, and that she would buy something for the baby. The suspect then allegedly entered the mall with the baby. By 20:00 that night, Mongatane started to suspect that the woman was not going to return with her baby, and opened a kidnapping case with the police in Modimolle. According to Findlay, the suspect was clearly visible on the centre’s CCTV network. At around 16:10 she walked through the mall
quickly, with the baby on her back, leaving the mall via Exit 3. Since there are no cameras outside the entrances, the police could not make out much more than that, but it is believed that she was going in the direction of Mr. Munchies. The police suspect that the case may be related to human trafficking, considering the circumstances. The police have asked anyone with information that could lead them to the suspect to contact W/O Bobby Nel of the Children’s Protection Unit in Modimolle on: 014 718 1025 or 082 319 9465
Total Surrender lays down the law
2 May, 2014
Mogalakwena mayoral saga continues
firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: thebeat.linmedia.co.za
ANC Born Frees speak Justin Steyn
Ousted Mogalakwena mayor Hlalefi Mashamaite is said to be reinstated. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela The ousted mayor of Mogalakwena Councillor Tlhalefi Mashamaite and Chief Whip Councillor Samuel Montane took the local municipality to court, following the Council’s resolution to remove them. The council meeting took place at the Lleka Lekalakala Council Chambers on 17 April and the two’s case was struck off the roll with costs. The Mogalakwena Municipal Special Council had resolved to demote all councilors implicated in the KPMG report as EXCO members to ordinary councilors. The council had also resolved to appoint Councillor William Mabuela as the new mayor of Mogalakwena and Councillor Phuti Pila as Chief Whip of the Municipality. A reliable source within the ANC told The BEAT that the ANC refused to recognize Mabuela and Pila as the municipality’s new political management team members. The source said that
heads were going to roll as the ANC Limpopo Provincial and Waterberg Regional Executive Committees were expected to drive down to Mogalakwena and sort out the ‘mess’ made by the council. Mashamaite and Montane were said to be planning to be sworn back in and 10 new councilors also appointed on Wednesday, 30 April, following the ousting of the reported Executive Committee members. A source added that angry and greedy people have cause factions within the municipality that led to the council taking faulty resolutions. The current municipal spokesperson Malesela Selokela was reported to be on his way out, following his alleged nepotism. Selokela is accused of favouring the ousted municipal manager William Kekana. Selokela was not available for comment.
Man charged with arson Lizzy Bapela The police in Bela Bela are investigating a case of arson following an incident that happened at Extension 5 on Saturday, 26 April. Police spokesperson Constable Glen Manamela said that a man estimated to be in his mid-twenties approached two women who were on their way home on the day in question. She said that the man then grabbed one woman and allegedly assaulted her because she does not want to be his girlfriend. Constable Manamela also said that
the woman managed to run home and called on her brother for assistance. She further said that the suspect argued with the victim and her brother on the brother’s arrival and said that he was going to do “deal with them”. She added that the suspect left and in a short while the other woman approached the complainant and informed her that their house was on fire. On arrival, the police, who were alerted of the incident arrested the suspect immediately and charged him with arson. He appeared before the Bela Bela Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 29 April.
With South Africans all over the country casting their votes in the upcoming elections, two youngsters spoke to The BEAT about why they are electing the rulling party. Eleck Hlungwane (18) and Emmanuel Mbiza (19) said the 1976 Soweto uprising is a main inspiration for their vote. ‘’In honour of those who fought for our freedom we vote for the ANC. Incidents like the Soweto uprising are just some of the reasons we vote, those who fought for better and equal education have inspired us to ensure something like that doesn’t happen again,’’ said Hlungwane. The two said that current issues such as the Nkandla report are mere ways for other parties to gain votes despite the investigation ongoing. ‘’A lot of allegations have been made against our president, Jacob Zuma, about the report but the investigation is still ongoing. Other parties have used this to give Zuma a bad name during the elections but nothing has been concluded. We believe he is innocent of all charges,’’ they said. Both have admitted that unemployment is a current problem facing South African youths but this, they say, will be sorted out by the ANC. ‘’Currently there is a huge gap as far as far unemployment goes, but the ANC will initiate in an employment program
after the elections. They are also increasing the amount of FET colleges in the country to better equip the youth,’’ said Mbiza. On concerns regarding education, Hlungwane said that there is no textbook shortage. “The Department of Education has implimented a series of text books called ‘Mind the Gap, which makes learning freely available from the department so as far as I am concerned there is no shortage,’’ he said. Both youths are pursuing proffesional carreers in which they say the ANC has insisted greatly. Hlungwane says he would like to become a political analyst to ensure that the country is run fair and without corruption. Mbiza, who would like to become a doctor, said that the medical field is ripe with opportunity for the youth and that health threats such as the HIV\Aids virus are better controlled since the ANC has come into power. ‘’If you look at medical issues such as the HIV virus, a lot of progress has been made. The level of dosage has decreased as the medicine available have become stronger under our government. The ANC has also opportunities for the youth to study abroad and better equip their skills in medicine’’ he said. Mbiza and Hlungwane said they are excited about casting their first vote and confident the ANC will be elected again.
Deputy President chairs final meeting Lizzy Bapela The South African National Aids Council conducted its final plenary meeting in Modimolle, which the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe chaired as his last meeting. The meeting took place at the OR Thambo Hall on Tuesday, 15 April. Motlanthe was accompanied by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha, Limpopo MEC for Health and Social Development Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Modimolle Mayor Kgaretja Lekalakala among others. A five-year review of the fight against the epidemic was discussed at the session, resulting in SANAC and its key stakeholder agreeing that the next five years will see a tougher response to HIV/AIDS, TB and STDs. Such stakeholders include civil society, businesses and organised labour and SANAC is the body that advises the government on the response to infectious diseases. Motlanthe said that since 2009 they have looked at their resources and the policy decisions taken by the cabinet in
that year. He said that they also looked at the implementation of the policy division with regards to extending treatment to patients with CD4 counts of 350 or less had been working out. Motlanthe and Motsoaledi reflected on the successes and failures of the last plenary session as well. Motsoaledi pointed out that before 2009, the number of people tested for HIV/AIDS had not exceeded 2.6 million, but the figure has seen massive increase in the past several years. He said that the HIV Counselling and Testing Campaign was launched in 2010 and has shown that about 6 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. He further said that there is a decline in mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, and that the higher number of infections is due to the increased life expectancy of current victims. He also mentioned that South Africa is one of the countries who are receiving the bulk of international funding to fight TB and MDR-TB.
email@example.com@gmail.com, Website: thebeat.linmedia.co.za
2 May, 2014
Leaders’ views on the political situation in the Waterberg
EFF leaders believe that they will make it in the elections. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela It’s election season again, and political parties are reaching out to communities with the intent to win votes, and all of them hope to reign supreme in the coming general elections. Many communities have said that they realize that their leaders are only willing to reach out during election time and hide away immediately after winning. Protestors also accused party members of bringing their parties into disrepute, with infighting within municipalities taking its own toll on the faith of the people. The BEAT interviewed political party leaders in the Waterberg area to gather their thoughts on the political situation in the area. The Regional Chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Lebogang Monageng, said that the ANC
The DA’s door-to-door campaigns conducted recently The ANC activists show their election posters with pride assure them of the support they have in particular and believe that they will win the elections again. Photo: communities. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela has been of help to certain communities, conducted in all parts of the region also Smith. while others are still longing for better helped ensure our strength in the ANC Regional Secretary Tolly lives. region.” Mashamaite said that according to his “There are communities that witness Beyers Smith of the Democratic findings while conducting door-to-door huge business infrastructure being built Alliance (DA) said that the people are campaigns recently, the people of around them but do not benefit from currently disgruntled with the ANC with Waterberg still trust in the ANC and its them. The Waterberg area is rich with regards to the corruption and infightings leaders, especially President Zuma’s potential and has a lot of mines, but reportedly taking place within the party; leadership. He said that the party is still communities surrounding those mines, and unkept promises made to the voters. going strong and voters did give including Thabazimbi and Mogalakwena, He said that in some places people are assurance of their loyalty during the are still suffering. still indecisive of who to vote for in the nearing general elections. He added that Unemployment rates are still coming elections but there is a service delivery protests are now at a skyrocketing 20 years into democracy satisfying number of those who want the minimal rate, except for those who just and small businesses and young DA to bring change in the government. conduct them for their own personal entrepreneurs are not being empowered “To give a vote to the EFF, the voters reasons and not those that concern the and not benefiting from the nation’s will be reminded of the party leader community, referring to the recent protest economic growth. Leaders must take on Julius Malema’s corruption cases, which where the people were complaining about their social responsibilities and develop shows that he does not respect the law. the municipality. the nation, which is what the EFF is Meanwhile, it is being rumoured that Mashamaite further said that the ANC is promising to do. Our leader Julius apartheid will be brought back if the DA busy fixing problems relating service Malema’s recent visit proved that the is voted into power and that is so not delivery, as they know they did not do people do trust out party and will vote for true. However, there are those who still 100% and the voters still believe that this it. The door-to-door campaigns we believe our party can do better,” said will be a mission accomplished in the end.
2 May, 2014
Bigwigs cancel drop-in centre visit
firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: thebeat.linmedia.co.za
Tribal hostility affects Department of Health and Social Development
Modimolle Mayor Kgaretja Lekalakala and Limpopo MEV Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and their entourage on their recent visit to the Dira-O-Direlwe drop-in-centre. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela Children and staff at the Dira-O-Direlwe drop-in centre in Modimolle were disappointed when top government and political officials had to cancel a planned visit at the last minute. The country’s outgoing deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motswaledi and Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha had to cancel their visit on Tuesday, 15 April due to pressing duties that came up before their departure. The centre received a visit from senior management of the Department of Health and Social Development in Limpopo and the Waterberg District led by the Department’s MEC Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Modimolle Mayor Kgaretja Lekalakala, instead. The children and staff members spent the day singing and dancing, waiting to welcome their leaders upon their arrival, but still gave a warm welcome to the MEC and her entourage. In her welcome speech centre founder Rachel Mosehla acknowledged the delegates’ visit and gave a
brief description of the centre’s activities and origins. She also added information about the role the centre plays in the community. She acknowledged the local municipality for donating land and a building to them, saying that now they are well known in the community, with people referring the sick to them for assistance. The Department of Correctional Services donated land to plant on as part of their greenery programme and they bring the centre vegetables every Wednesday, while Toyota brings them food parcels every Thursday. The National Lottery also contributed funds to the operation of the centre. In her address, MEC Duba applauded the staff for their hard work, saying that the most important reward they are expecting is the professionals that will have been supported by the centre in years to come. The MEC said that the department’s representatives too note of the centre’s needs and will address them during their programmes, adding that serious intervention is still needed at the centre.
MEC for the Department of Health and Social Development in Limpopo Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba is being accused of having failed to intervene in a cultural dispute in her department. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela The MEC for the Department of Health and Social Development, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba is being accused of having failed to intervene in a cultural dispute in her department. The DA in Limpopo reported that they will be writing a letter to the Commision for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural,
Religious and Linquistic Communities, asking them to investigate a group of senior officials in the Department who are alleged to be behind a campaign of ethnic cleansing in the Department. It is alleged that these officials are behind claims of growing tribal hostility between Venda, Tsonga and Sepedispeaking officials working in the Department. The tensions are said to be creating serious discontent among the staff and in the public. It is further alleged that these officials want to ensure that people from Venda occupy strategic positions especially in the finance and HR departments. Four Sepedi-speaking officials have allegedly been instructed to vacate their positions to make way for Venda officials. This group is alleged to have already orchestrated the plan to ensure that directorates were stripped of their financial delegations with the aim of taking control of the departmental budget. “It is clear that the MEC has failed to intervene by establishing a task team to investigate all these allegations and to take the appropriate steps against this group. The CRL Rights Commission must commence their investigation and come up with recommendations that will ensure that tribal hostility is addressed for good in this department,” said the DA Limpopo Provincial Leader and Member of Parliament Jacques Smalle. Departmental spokesperson Macks Lesufi could not be reached for comment.
ANC Monotong Branch Siyaqoba Rally
The people of Modimolle’s Phagameng Township came out in their numbers to attend the rally. Photo supplied Lizzy Bapela The Chairperson of the ANC Monotong Branch in Modimolle Klaas Mabunda led over 2 100 people from his Ward to attend the recent ANC Siyaqoba Rally as part of the election campaign. The rally took place at the local sports field on Sunday, 27 April. Mabunda said that the rally also aimed at celebrating Freedom Day, which dating back to 1995, is a day when South Africa got its freedom to elect a new president democratically, the late Nelson Mandela. Mabunda addressed the crowd, encouraging people to vote for the ANC in the general elections, which he reckons as important. In his address, Mabunda said that the challenges the society is faced with is because of the developments that urges people to relocate to urban areas, hence the challenges are at
such areas. He added that children now move out of their homes to find their own places, hence the housing backlog is not moving impressively. ”Voting will ensure that allocation of budget is increased and most backlogs will be addressed. The ANC needs everyone’s vote as with combined effort, South Africa will be moved forward. We remain guilty of all convictions to better the lives of our people, but such can be done effectively when all generations votes for the ANC,” said Mabunda. He said that as a branch, they are not intimidated by the popularity of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of any other party but they do note that they exist. He further said that from the 2 100 people who attended the rally, they could account for 1 700 people’s assurance of voting and voting for the ANC.
email@example.com@gmail.com, Website: thebeat.linmedia.co.za
2 May, 2014
Photo of the week Cogito, ergo sum.
Vote your conscience It’s easy to see when election season is coming. Roads get fixed, service delivery suddenly improves and politicians start lying through their teeth about what their party has or will do. Food packets and T-shirts are handed out, worn-out struggle songs are brought out of peaceful retirement and the high and mighty appear, for the first time in four years, among the people. It’s really rather entertaining to watch, in a sad sort of way, as the leaders and would-be leaders make the same worn-out promises every four years — promises nobody, least of all the electorate, is actually expecting them to keep. We know better now. Gone are the days when a government official could be flogged for not doing his job (admittedly, they are long gone. Back when democracy was new, people took the idea seriously. In ancient Athens, for example, you were flogged for not voting). Of course, things are better now. Women and people of colour have the vote, which is of course fabulous and something worth fighting for. Of course, that fight is over now. This year, people will be voting who have never felt the yoke of apartheid. Think about that for a minute, dear reader. There are people who are now twenty years old, eligible to vote in very nearly every country in the world, who have no first-hand experience of apartheid. I think we can say with confidence that the struggle is well and truly over now. Now it’s the good old boring slog of day to day life. Of building roads and houses instead of blowing them up or burning them down and, as it turns out, Castro was right. It actually is easier to blow a train up than to make it run on time. Building a nation is hard work. We’ve had a good foundation laid for us by the great leaders of the past; the Madibas and the Tutus and the De Klerks. And what, exactly, have we accomplished since then? What have we done with all the hope and expectation they handed us? Power stations that were planned, were never built. The ones that are being built were started when the country was already experiencing a power crisis (has nobody in the government heard of forward planning?). The Rand is worth less than the paper it’s printed on (anyone else remember the days of R2 for a bread and R30 for a tin of coffee? Both those prices have doubled in the last five years.) The prices of everything have gone up, borne on the back of the spiraling petrol price. I’m not here to tell you who to vote for. Only you have the right to decide that. What I can tell you is that each and every one of us counts, and we all need to look closely at our choices this election season, because we can’t go on like this. Sooner or later, something’s going to give.
The sewage situation in Lillian Ngoyi Street in Modimolle continues dire even after several months have passed. Contractors have allegedly been hired to build a bridge over the dirt road, but although workers appear to be preparing to erect the bridge, residents say that it doesn’t appear as though the municipality is making much progress in actually repairing the leak.
Tel: (011) 447-1264/5/6
COPYRIGHT The reproduction or broadcast without written permission of any material published in The Beat and its supplements is forbidden and expressly reserved to Upfront Events Two CC, under section 12(7) of the Copyright Act, 1978 and any amendment thereof. The Beat is typographically prepared, published and distributed by Upfront Events Two CC. The Beat: 7 Minnaar Street, Tel: (014) 736-2723, Fax: (014) 736-3428, PO Box 16, Bela-Bela. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Beat is typographically prepared, published and distributed by Upfront Events Two CC and is printed by Paarl Coldset, 83 Heidelberg Rd, City Deep Production Park, City Deep.
EDITORIAL POLICY We at the
are proud to:
• provide our readers with complete, accurate, credible and objective news reporting • remain unbiased under all circumstances • strive to reflect the truth, objectivity and interests of the community in our reporting • support and contribute to freedom of speech, human rights and the economical and social upliftment of the towns and regions of our readers
Philosophers tend to think about things that we ordinary mortals don’t give much thought to, as a rule. For example, in the early 17th century a French philosopher by the name of René Descartes (1596-1650) was quite obsessed for some time with the nature of knowledge and reality. What, he asked, was knowledge? How did one know that what one knew was true? How, in fact, does one know anything? As a corollary to this series of questions, he also asked about reality. What is real? How does one know that what one observes is, in fact, real? And if one can’t know that what one observes is real, how does one know anything at all? Does objective reality actually exist? “Do I” he asked, “actually exist?” In the end, after much thought, he came up with the following statement: cogito, ergo sum or, I think, therefore I am. His thought process, according to his writing, ran something like this: “…immediately upon this I observed that, whilst I thus wished to think that all was false, it was absolutely necessary that I, who thus thought, should be somewhat; and as I observed that this truth, I think, therefore I am, was so certain and of such evidence that no ground of doubt, however extravagant, could be alleged by the sceptics capable of shaking it, I concluded that I might, without scruple, accept it as the first principle of the philosophy of which I was in search.” Descartes came to the conclusion (if a philosopher can ever be said to come to a conclusion, there are probably rules against that) that the very act of wondering whether or not he existed meant that he had to exist, because if he hadn’t, there would have been no him to wonder whether or not he existed. His thoughts at that moment proved to his satisfaction that he existed in that moment, although he still maintained that this did not prove that he had existed earlier, or would exist later. He went on to say that that fact, the fact of his own existence in that point in time, was the only thing of which he could be completely sure. And that’s a fair point, actually. Is there any way to establish objectively anything other than one’s own existence? Nobody has yet been able to find one. Even you, dear reader, exist only as a figment of my imagination, while the only proof you have that I exist, is some words on a page. And of course, establishing that you exist by using as proof your doubts about your own existence is the kind of twisty thinking that philosophers love. Descartes went on, as is implied in the quote, to base an entire philosophy on this simple statement, on the thought that I think, therefore I am.
2 May, 2014
Blessed is the hand that giveth
email@example.com@gmail.com, Website: thebeat.linmedia.co.za
DA calls for removal of Education MEC Limpopo MEC for Education Dikeledi Magadzi is alleged to have misled the public. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
The leaders of the Uniting Reformed Church in SA celebrated the opening of the new church in Mamethlake. Photo supplied Lizzy Bapela The Bela Bela Circuit Congregation of the Uniting Reformed Church (URC) in SA remembers those in need and have contributed towards their rejoicing. The members and leaders opened a new branch of their church in one of their wards, Makau, in Mmametlhake in Mpumalanga. The official opening ceremony was held at the new premises on Saturday, 26 April. Congregation members from Bela Bela attended the event to witness the results of their heartfelt donations and sponsorships. The presiding minister of the Bela Bela Circuit, Reverend Pheto Mosima and an elder Joseph Pholosi led the
proceedings at the new church. Reverend Mosima unveiled the stone, while Pholosi cut the ribbon and opened the door. Reverend Bauka Maluleka preached a powerful sermon, sending thanks to all those who contributed to the building of the church. The church’s services previously took place in a shack, a situation which touched the hearts of their fellow congregants, who opened their hearts and pockets and contributed. A company owned by Andre Shchoeman of Mokopane donated building materials while Mmamakwa School Principal Tladi Lelake bought the stone and Menyatso Funerals of Bela Bela contributed by printing the stone.
Lizzy Bapela While the Department of Basic Education continues to claim that all textbooks in the province have been delivered, the DA has called for the immediate removal of the department’s MEC Dikeledi Magazdi. “The Department has lied to the people of Limpopo,” said DA provincial leader Jacques Smalle. “On Wednesday, 23 April, the Department admitted that they had misled the public when they claimed to have delivered all the required textbooks to Limpopo schools. There are at least 39 schools who have not yet received their textbooks. This means that yet again, there are thousands of students in Limpopo who do not have textbooks four months into the school year.” He went on to call the situation intolerable, as it compromises the education of children. Smalle said that NOTICE OF SALE although the IN THE MAGISTRATE’S Department was COURT FOR THE DISTRICT/REGION OF maintaining that it WARMBATHS HELD AT had delivered all BELA-BELA CASE NO: 109/14 the province’s In the matter between: textbooks on ELLEN MMAKOLA Execution Creditor and time, this was LUCAS MONALE clearly not true. MATLALA Execution He made Debtor. Whereas in this action the mention of the said ELLEN MMAKOLA of fact that the 674 Ext 1, Pienaars on the Department 23rd day of October, 2013 obtained judgement in the continued to say abovementioned court
against the said LUCAS MONALE MATLALA of 0529 Ext 8, Bela-Bela. The movable property listed hereunder will be sold in the Auction on the 22 May 2014 at 11 o’clock at no: 52 Robertson street at Sheriff’s office. White VW Golf Car Registration: CCF 513L Enjin No: AGU 111706.
SMALLS WOONSTEL TE HUUR 2 slaapkamer met braaigeriewe, onderdak parkering. R2900 per maand. Dadelik beskikbaar. Amanda 076 310 2268.
this even after schools had started court action for the non-delivery of textbooks, and that the Department had allegedly done everything in their power to conceal the true extent of the problem. A body representing principals in the area recently told the media that school principals were being threatened, and that false statements credited to them have been released to the media, while the DA alleges that they have found thousands of undelivered textbooks in the teacher training college in Fetakgomo. Other textbooks were allegedly dumped at the Phatlaphadima School for the Blind in Ga Mashashane. “The Department did not even respond to these problems when we noted the issues, and just issued denials,” said a representative of the DA. “The fact is that there are a number of schools which have not yet received all the books they need. Some weeks ago the DA met with Premier Stan Mathabatha to discuss the problem and were promised a speedy resolution, but nothing has changed.” “Zuma’s ANC has become extremely arrogant,” Smalle added. “They believe they can just lie their way out of any situation. They are also taking the people’s support for granted. It doesn’t matter to them that children will have to go without textbooks. They would rather pretend that there is no problem, to save themselves embarrassment. It is the hallmark of a party that believes that it is entitled to rule no matter what. It’s arrogance, pure and simple. The MEC must be fired immediately. Since her appointment in August the Department has essentially been lying to the people of Limpopo non-stop.” The Department and the teachers’ union SADTU could not be reached for comment in the matter.
firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: thebeat.linmedia.co.za
2 May, 2014
Happy Hearts bites the dust
Bondis Shika showing how the players had to communicate through passes. TK Mashaba
The SAB League reopened this weekend after the Easter festivities. In Stream A, A1 Terrors and Bela Bela Pirates are the favourites with Terrors leading the league at 37 points while Pirates are hot on their heels with 37. In Stream B, Yster United are sitting on a comfortable 13-point lead, with 45 points to Mokopane Ratanang’s 32. In Stream C, Domingos are slowly closing the gap on Shining Stars, who maintain a 3-point lead at 28 points to Domingos’ 25. The weekend results from Stream A: Trouble Makers played to a 3-all draw against NTK Happy Boys while Boys to Men lost 3-2 to A1 Terrors on Saturday, 26 April. Qualitho played a 0-all draw against Modimolle All Stars while Bazooka and Diesel n Dust played a 2-all draw. Happy Hearts lost 2-1 to Total Surrender, still in Stream A. Bazooka lost 3-1 to Qualitho while Modimolle All Stars beat NTK Happy Boys 1-0.
BB Pirates lost 1-0 to M.Mammoet Arsenal while Elmar Auto played a 1-all draw against Boys to Men. Total Surrender played a 0-all draw against Diesel n Dust. NTK Happy Boys played a 1-all draw against Bela Bela Pirates while A1 Terrors lost 1-0 against Trouble Makers, and Home Defenders beat Happy Hearts 3-1, in a sad return to form for the beleaguered Happy Hearts after a brief rally in previous weeks. In Stream B, Yster United beat Simple Yellows 3-0 while Real Madrid played 1-all against M. AllStars. Mokopane Ratanang laid down the law against Dimakatso Sundown with 7-0. Later in the weekend, Stone Breakers beat Thaba FC 3-0 while Mosesetjane United played 1-all against Simple Yellows. Juventus lost 4-2 to Maxoma while Mokopane Ratanang played 2-all against M. All Stars. In Stream C, Sea Rovers played 2all against Bafaladi while Barcelona beat Domingos 3-1 and Township Rollers flattened Real Hearts with a final score of 6-0.
SAFA’s regional office distances itself from selections ‘How can they say they don’t know anything about the selection while they are at the core of this selection?’ TK Mashaba
Mike Lebelo who is the caretaker coach of Happy Hearts also tried his coaching tip but they didn’t work. Photo: TK Mashaba
SAB League still has a few games left before the end of the league TK Mashaba
Sam Modise (red jersey) in a tussle with Happy Hearts player. Photo: TK Mashaba
The Waterberg Regional SAFA office is keeping mum on the reasoning behind not sending Waterberg players to the provincial selections held at Bloemfontein Rumour had it that two Waterberg players, one from Diesel n Dust and another from Total Surrender, were meant to attend the selections, which started on 29 April. The players were supposed to have been transported to the next round of selections by the regional SAFA office, but were allegedly informed that SAFA had no money to take them, and that the office’s car was
broken. The BEAT contacted SAFA’s regional league manager Refiloe Khoza, who denied any knowledge of the situation and referred queries to Provincial League manager, Pat Seema. Seema referred The BEAT back to Khoza. John Mthunzini, the owner of Total Surrender, who managed to travel with one of his players to the selections, said that SAFA is being irresponsible. “How can they say they don’t know anything about the selection while they are at the core of this selection?” he asked. “It’s a disgrace to the region that we don’t have any players attending,” he said.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Harold R. McAlindon
TK Mashaba The SAB League match between Total Surrender and Happy Hearts kicked off sparks as both teams were determined to win — Total Surrender being desperate to make their way to the top of the Stream A log while Happy Hearts were equally desperate to continue their small winning streak. Former Total Surrender coach, now of course the coach for Happy Hearts, Zwakala Mokoma, was sadly unable to attend the match. He, at least, was spared seeing his new team take a 2-1 beating from his former teammates. Happy Hearts did not go
gently into that good night, however. Although Surrender scored the first goal, Happy Hearts defended valiantly and were awarded a penalty, reaching half-time with a 1all score. They had several convincing tries at a goal, but Total Surrender’s goalie was wide awake, and eventually Total Surrender was awarded a penalty of their own and Simon Thobane put the ball solidly in the net. Bondis Shika’s team eventually went home in a jolly mood, having scored a win over their old coach’s new team and, not incidentally, netted themselves a tidy three points on the log.
For a speedy & friendly service call: Jan: 073 1593 875 •Home: 014 737 8373 •Fax: 014 737 1577 Makwela: 071 490 3030
2 May, 2014
email@example.com, Website: thebeat.linmedia.co.za
Referee threatens to walk during half-time
Bondis Shika trying to convince the angry referee to proceed with the game while they were still waiting for money. Photo: TK Mashaba
One of the Total Surrender former players assisting with his own money. Photo: TK Mashaba
TK Mashaba Drama abounded during the match between Total Surrender and Happy Hearts on Saturday, 26 April, at Bela Bela High School’s sports grounds. At half-time, when the referee was expecting to be paid as per SAFA regulations, he allegedly discovered that only half his fee was available. Total Surrender and Happy Hearts had allegedly agreed to split the referee’s fee between them but, while Happy Hearts was able to pay their part, Total Surrender could not immediately come up with the cash. Frantic attempts to contact team owner John Mthunzini failed, as he had already left, and the upset referee told
Surrender coach Bondis Shika not to waste his time. Shika, for his part, pleaded with the official not to abandon the game, and promised to make a plan before the match ended. As it happened, Total Surrender was eventually able to pay the irate referee with money borrowed from one of their loyal fans. When asked for comment, Mthunzini said that there was no rule stating that the referee had to be paid at half-time. “The ref knows that he was supposed to be paid after the match is played,” he said. Drama aside, Surrender beat Happy Hearts handily, the final score coming in as 2-1.