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Whistle blower allegedly threatened The youth leader, Mr Tshepiso Boskraal, who alleges to have been threatened, says he will not give in to the threats he received. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
Lizzy Bapela Chairperson of the South African Youth Council (SAYC) in Thabazimbi, Mr Tshepiso Boskraal, alleges that he received threatening calls from the current speaker of the local municipality, Ms Sylvia Matsietsa. The allegations follow the recent shocking revelation about the speaker allegedly lending herself money from the school fees payments when she was still a principal at Chrome Mine Primary. Boskraal is also a secretary of the Young
Communists League and a coordinator of the SAYC in the district. He said he was speaking in his capacity as secretary and a concerned member of the Thabazimbi community when he reported and submitted documents detailing the alleged corruption within the municipality to the Public Protector, Ms Thuli Madonsela. He claims that he then received a call from the speaker’s secretary, Ms Sarah Khonothi, relaying a message from the speaker. “She said ‘the speaker said you must never ever set your foot anywhere near the municipal building and you must
pray hard cause you do not know what qualifications and got paid R197 000 for will happen to you.’ the job. My response was that you can never The whistle blower in the case said the deny a person access to premises which mayor confronted Ntsoane; she allegedly you do not own so if and threatened to fire him bewhen I have to visit the cause of no qualifications. municipality for any reaHowever, Ntsoane alleg“She said ‘the sons, I will do so fearedly wrote a letter to the speaker said you lessly,” he said. mayor, advising her on When revealing scanhow to get rid of the then must never ever set dals within the managemunicipal manager, Mr your foot anywhere ment of the local municiRodger Nkumishe, whose near the municipal pality, Mr Boskraal was contract was about to end building and you amongst those whistle in January 2012. must pray hard blowers, who brought The BEAT contacted cause you do not documents to the public Khonothi and she did conknow what will protector, as proof of leadfirm that she called ers who allegedly misuse Boskraal, relaying a meshappen to you.’” the municipality’s money sage from Matsietsa. “I did and do not conduct themcall Boskraal and told him selves accordingly. the speaker said he must The documents that Boskraal submitted never come again to her officer but she also indicated that the current municipal did not give me the reasons for that inmanager, Mr MM Ntsoane, was allegedly struction. not hired according to the provisions act On the day in question, Boskraal came and the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Clifford and greeted me in the office and Ms Motsepe, did not endorse his employment. Matsietsa heard us speaking and that was Ntsoane was allegedly employed by the when she instructed me to call him and council before, as manager for cooperate give him the message,” she said. services, and he purportedly misused Khonothi claims that she still does not R2.8 million and resigned before he could know why she was told to call Boskraal. face a disciplinary hearing. It is alleged During a follow up interview with The that, after the 2011 elections, he ran work- BEAT, Boskraal said the threats have shops for councillors, allegedly without stopped for now.
Successful arrests after spate of resort break-ins in Bela Bela Lizzy Bapela Bela Bela SAPS commanders acknowledged the huge breakthrough made by three uniformed constables; Vice Mabunda, Diphama Sebelebele and Johannes Mavulula and Captain Bakkies du Preez.
Police spokesperson, Captain Johnny Thiyo, said that the three SAPS members arrested four suspects who were terrorising the Mabalingwe Game Reserve and Forever Resorts on the morning of Tuesday, 28 August. Thiyo said that the subsequent arrest is the result of an incident that hap-
Members of the Bela Bela police uniformed unit displayed the items, which they confiscated from the suspects. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
pened at Mabalingwe on Monday, 27 August. According to Thiyo, the suspects allegedly broke into several chalets and offices at the two resorts and grabbed anything valuable. He said the Crime Intelligence members gathered information regarding the suspects and the crimes and gave it to the uniformed members, which led to the arrest of the suspects. The police confiscated the items that were stolen at the crime scene, which included laptops, tablets, cell phones, cameras, navigators, modems, memory sticks, cell phone chargers and an undisclosed amount of money. Thiyo said that the suspects, aged 20 to 40, were arrested at the hiking spot opposite the Pick n Pay centre, while on their way to Brits where they currently reside. Two suspects are from Zimbabwe, while the other two are
South Africans. They were expected to appear before the Bela Bela Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 29 August, on charges of possession of suspected stolen goods. Meanwhile, about 15 incidents of break-ins took place recently in Bela Bela town, where suspects gained entry to homes while the occupants were asleep. Thiyo said that the suspects could steal the occupants’ belongings without them knowing. According to Thiyo, the police are still encouraging members of the community to engage in neighbourhood watch groups to as s ist eac h ot her i n combatting the alarming crime rate. He said the police request that the community identify and report suspicious looking people entering their neighbourhoods.
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Children from the Mantadi drop-in-centre came to pay their last respect their late friends. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
Mookgophong Mayor Ms Sarah Monyamane (from left), Premier Cassel Mathale’s wife Ms Mokgadi Mathale, Waterberg District Executive Mayor Ms Rosina Mogotlane and Member of the parliament, Ms Maggie Mashishi, attended the funeral of three Mookgophong children who were mercilessly killed two weekends ago. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
Mookgophong community mourns children’s murders Mzamane Ringane The first lady of Mookgophong, Ms Sarah Monyamane, has expressed her shock following the gruesome killing of three children, whose lives were taken by a “faceless and heartless” murderer two weekends ago. Monyamane said that the community of Mookgophong would continue to live in fear, until the perpetrator is brought to book. The mayor called on residents to join hands and work closely with the police to assist in apprehending the person behind the merciless killings. She also pleaded with the family and members of the community not to point fingers at each other, and further assured them that the police would work around the clock to bring the killer to justice. Monyamane sent a message to Premier Cassel Mathale, through his wife Ms Mokgadi Mathale who attended the burial service. She pleaded with the Premier to send experts from the provincial level of the SAPS to assist in cracking this case.
Waterberg District Executive, Ms Rosina Mogotlane, assured terrified Limpopo residents that the police would leave no stone unturned. Mogotlane indicated that they were confident that the perpetrator(s) would be caught soon. The mayor thanked AVBOB Funeral Services for helping the family bury their loved ones at no cost. The business community in Mookgophong had also played an important role by providing food and other necessities for the funeral. The taxi industry offered some of their minibuses to assist in the transportation of the schoolchildren, with Desiree van der Walt, of the DA, contributing by paying for transport of schoolchildren to the cemetery. The Limpopo Premier ’s wife, Ms Mokgadi Mathale, spoke with a heavy heart that it was very sad to see this nature of incident happening 18 years after democracy. Mathale said that the 20 000
The Holy Spirit Healing and Miracles Church from Hammanskraal visited Bela Bela to spread the Word of God on Saturday, 25 August. The church partnered with the Living Word Bible Church in Bela Bela to give the local community, especially the youth, a message of support. Head pastors from these church Mr Mpho Monareng and Mr Success Sekete were guest preachers and the Hammanskraal choir sang songs of praise and worship. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
women who marched to the union buildings in 1956 wanted to see their children enjoy better lives. She said it was distressing to see this kind of incident happening to innocent children. Mathale appealed with the Mantadi dropin-centre not to lose hope and to continue with their good work in taking care of vulnerable children. She also emphasised that the person behind the gruesome killings would be arrested soon. The funeral service of Johanna Kekana (12), Hosea Richard Kekana (9) and Bafana Gilbert Kekana (10), was held at Mookgophong Sports Ground before they were laid to rest at the Mookgophong Cemetery on Saturday, 25 August. The three were learners at Dikubu Primary School and they were sheltered at
the Mantadi Drop-In Centre. The children were found murdered two weekends ago in the nearby bush, with their hands tied with shoelaces. The incident followed a march where schoolchildren and other members of the community formed part of the demonstration rally to the Department of Education circuit office. The marched served to demand placement of an English teacher at the school, among other grieves. AFM Gospel Choir, Lesedi Brass Band, Ikokobetseng Gospel Group and Gospel sensation Peter Mabula comforted the family and the heartbroken community with soothing gospel tunes. Members of Working On Fire, who work relentlessly to serve the community, led the procession to the cemetery, chanting liberation songs.
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Thabazimbi Municipality wraps up Women’s Month Women in Thabazimbi wrapped up their Women’s Month celebrations at Thaba Park. Photo: Supplied
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Mantashe slams parallel structures
ANC secretary general Mr Gwede Mantashe audited the party’s branches from the Waterberg Region during his visit in Bela Bela. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela
Lizzy Bapela Women from various organisations in Thabazimbi gathered to wrap up their Women’s Month celebrations in the area. The women hosted a Women’s Day event at Thaba-Park on Friday, 24 August. Mayor Patricia Mosito addressed the women during the event and reflected back on the history of 1956.She said that it is because of the strength and boldness of women of 1956 that the 9th of August is celebrated every year. “Women who withstood the might of the Apartheid Regime said we will not be dominated and we will use our power to ensure that we achieve our struggle and attain our freedom. Today the bold action of these women stalwarts is aptly coined in a phrase, “Wa thintha abafazi wa thintha umbokodo” – You strike a woman, you strike a rock,” said Mosito. She said today the struggle for women has a different face and that is to occupy a rightful place in society. She added that today the struggle for women is to demand an end to women and child abuse, say, oppose nepotism and corruption, take the helm of leadership and maintain the democratic state we have established. “As women in South African society, we need to take the lead in developing South African society. We have to create economic
opportunities for women and enter the main stream of the economy. We need to create job opportunities for women and also establish skills development programmes to ensure that we have skilled and competent employees at the workplace.” “We need to ensure that the health and social needs of our communities are addressed and that the children and aged are given the necessary attention. Again, we need to defend ourselves against gender-based violence and continue our campaigns and make every day a day against women and child abuse,” she said. Mosito said that women need to increase awareness, fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge that is a menace to our society, focus their energy on the development of rural women, and ensure that they create viable opportunities for them to earn a decent livelihood. In her conclusion, Mosito indicated that she believes in women to make a change in the society. She said that she believes that they will not be able to achieve what they aspire for, if they do not make a concerted and determined effort to achieve them. The mayor concluded by reminding the women of the theme for the day, “you are the architect of your own destiny and it is only you that can make “the sky is the limit,” a realisation.
ANC general secretary, Mr Gwede Mantashe, spoke to members of the party in the Waterberg Region against establishing parallel branches within the party. Mantashe was speaking at a regional general council (RGC) that was held at the Bela Bela Community Hall on Wednesday, 22 August. He visited Bela Bela to present an audit report to the branches within the region regarding the establishment and operation of branches in the region, confirming whether there are individuals or branches that against the report.
The ANC regional committee was led by Secretary Mr Andries Lekalakala and Chairperson Mr Morris Mataboge. All nine branches in Bela Bela passed the audit, but at least four out of twelve in Thabazimbi failed. Only one branch out of six in Modimolle passed the audit and all 12 from Lephalale passed. One from the five branches in Mookgophong also failed, while four of the 32 branches in Mogalakwena also failed the audit. Overall, 66 branches across the region passed the audit report and only 10 did not make it. The RGC also aimed at encouraging the members to create unified structures within the party instead of going separate ways as that ruins the name of the party. Chairperson of Ward 6 in Bela Bela Mr Jan Hadebe expressed his sadness about the alleged improper procedure in which one of the councillors, Mr Jeremiah Ngobeni, submitted membership forms to the province instead of the regional office. Mr Hadebe said this resulted in the membership not being audited.He said their branch was disbanded while still under Ngobeni’s leadership and failed the audit twice. Hadebe said it is surprising that Ngobeni could be a councillor of a ward in which he is not residing. The regional chairperson, Mr Mataboge, encouraged members of the branches to come together and unite as one.
Phagameng High School soccer excels
Dignitaries gathered for IDP forum Lizzy Bapela Councillors, officials and managers from various municipalities across the Waterberg District gathered in Modimolle for a district Integrated Development Planning (IDP) representatives’ forum on Tuesday, 21 August. Local mayors, chief whips, speakers, chiefs, representatives from the House of Traditional leaders, members of the mayoral committee (MMCs), representatives of sector departments, community based organisations (CBO’s) and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) attended the forum. Spokesperson for the district municipality, Mr Pat Malete, said that the relationship between government and citizens is very important. In her speech, the district executive mayor Ms Tlotlanang Mogotlane said that com-
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munity participation is a principle that is accepted by all spheres of government in South Africa. She said that consultations help municipalities make more appropriate decisions based on the real needs of people. “The more informed people are, the better they will understand what we are trying to do and what the budget and resource limitations are. Public representatives can only be accountable if they have regular interactions with the people they represent. As municipalities, we cannot address all developmental needs on our own and therefore, partnerships are needed with other spheres of government, communities, civil society and business,” she said. According to Section 27 of the Municipal Systems Act of 2000, all municipalities are compelled to undertake an integrated planning process, which is to be reviewed annually. Municipalities are required to prepare strategic development plans for a 5-year period with all IDP Phases being conducted. Once the IDP is drawn up, all municipal planning and projects must happen in terms of its provisions. She said it is also important that as and when they approve their process plan, they should consider convening their meetings in villages where the majority of stakeholders reside. She said they must refrain from meeting in hotels and consider community halls for engagements of this magnitude. Mogotlane said that most important, is to ensure the effective and efficient implemen
The Bela Bela High School soccer team that lost the game because of unruly behaviour. Photo: TK Mashaba TK Mashaba The Phagameng High School Under 18 soccer team have made their school and town proud by winning the Metropolitan schools cluster tournament on Saturday, 25 August. The triumphant team won the tournament by beating Mahwelereng, Thabazimbi and Lephalale school teams in the cluster competition. Phagameng played against Lephalale’s Pielelo High School and received a beating of 2-1 at first. Then the team regrouped and played a great match against Madika High School, from Thabazimbi, and won the match 3-0. Later in the tournament, Madika beat Pielelo 2-1, but Phagameng won their chance to move on to the district level on goal differences. Phagameng ended the competition with a total of four goals while Pielelo ended on three goals and Madika on two goals. Mr Elias Sehlapelo, Phagameng High School soccer coach, told the BEAT in an
interview that he was happy about their performance. “This is what we wished for and we worked hard to achieve it. Credit to the boys for a job well done,” he said. Sehlapelo said he wished they could go on to win at the provincial level and represent the province at the national tournament. The Phagameng team outplayed Vaalwater’s Lesedi High School on 22 August on an aggregate of equal points on the log, but a difference in goals. Phagameng played against Bela Bela High School later in the day, but the game had to be called off due to unpleasant behaviour by the players of Bela Bela. According to Mr Phanas Seema, co-coordinator of the games, the game between Bela Bela and Phagameng was called off as Bela Bela was showing unruly behaviour. This helped Phagameng to move on to the cluster level. Phagameng will be meeting with schools from other Limpopo districts that also made it to this stage on Saturday, 1 September, at Mahwelereng Stadium.
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Spring is in the air Spring is the time that poets write lyrical sonnets about and when soft blossoms inspire artists to bring forth their masterpieces. The warmer weather seems to put a skip in the step of most people and our energy reserves are overflowing. There is a general sense of ‘we have to get out and so something’ in the air. This year the Bela Bela Education Advocacy Group will host their second annual spring fundraising event. They call it SpringFest. It promises to be a day of tremendous fun, because they will offer something for every member of the community. Spring is also the time when people clean their homes. Windows and doors that were shut tightly against the winter cold are now open and all the dust and cobwebs are brushed out of the door. Spring is a time to start anew. This spring-cleaning is not only for our homes, but also for our minds and our emotions. Now is the perfect time to let go of the past, get the negative feelings out of the door and try your hand at something new and exciting. There is no limit to what you could do if you let go of your own selfdoubt. Tackle that task that always seems to be pushed to the back of your mind. Mark Twain, American writer, said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” The lesson is simple, if you never start with anything, you will never finish anything. The best way of achieving your dreams is to start somewhere, anywhere, as long as you do something about it and do not sit around waiting for life to happen to you. When it is springtime, we get the opportunity to look at life through new eyes. The new blossoms and tiny green sprouts reminds us that even the darkest night has a morning at the end of it and even the coldest winter opens up into spring. This is also true of our lives, even the worst times of our lives will pass and the springtime of wellbeing will come around again. It is the cycle of life. The way things were meant to be. Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower
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The occult is increasingly accepted. We frequently hear about sorcery, witchcraft, magic, Wicca, Satanism, wizards, mediums, fortune-tellers, spiritualism, psychics, and paganism. Sometimes people wonder whether or not various aspects of the occult are religious in nature or should be of concern to Christians. 2 Kings 17:17, 18 — “They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger. So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left.” God sent Israel into captivity because they practiced sins including divination. Many of us may not be familiar with these terms, but such practices were well known in Bible times and are becoming more common today. The Bible plainly condemns them. Divination is to foretell the future. Deuteronomy 18:10,14 – “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft… The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.” Foretelling the future is specifically listed among the aspects of the occult that were forbidden as abomination among God’s people. The interpretation of omens is also forbidden according to Deuteronomy 18:10. This practice involved the belief that the activities of the gods could be predicted by observing events in nature. Astrology is prediction based on observation of the stars and planets. By observing such events, people attempted to predict the future. Again, such practices are evil and an abomination to God. 1 Corinthians 2:11 – “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” Psychics and mind readers pretend to read men’s minds, but only God has this power. Necromancy is the alleged power to communicate with the spirits of dead people (“ghosts”). Other terms for those who claim this power are “medium,” having a “familiar spirit,” “spiritist,” or “spiritualist. Leviticus 19:31 – “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritist, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” God’s people must not seek out mediums or familiar spirits. If they do, they should be cut off. A prophet is not from God if he claims to speak in the name of some other god or if his predictions of the future do not come true. Occult diviners, psychics, and fortune-tellers often speak in the name of supernatural beings other than the God of the Bible. All who do so are false prophets. Other occult psychics are proven to be false teachers when their predictions fail to come true.
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Woman with female power on her agenda TK Mashaba Lerato Makomene is the co-founder of Evolutionary Magazine online publication. Photo supplied
LEGALS MODIMOLLE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY SCHEDULE 11 (Regulation 21) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF TOWNSHIP KOLOLO ESTATE EXTENSION 1 The Modimolle Local Municipality hereby gives notice in terms of Section 69(6)(a) of the Townplanning and Townships Ordinance, 1986 (Ordinance No 15 of 1986), that an application to establish the township referred to in the Annexure hereto, has been received by it. Particulars of the application are open to inspection during normal office hours at the office of the Head of Department: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Municipal Building, Harry Gwala Street, Modimolle, for a period of 28 days from 31 August 2012 (the date of first publication of this notice). Objections to or representations in respect of the application must be lodged in writing and in duplicate with the Head of Department: Town Planning at the above office or posted to him/her at Private Bag X1008, MODIMOLLE, 0510, within a period of 28 days from 31 August 2012. ANNEXURE Name of township: Kololo Estate Extension 1 Full name of applicant: PeterJohn Dacomb of The Practice Group (Pty) Ltd acting for YTJ Beheer BV South Africa Branch Office Incorporated in the Netherlands. Number of erven, proposed zoning and development control measures: A total of 2 erven both to be zoned “Agricultural”, including game farming, game breeding and associated facilities, and the provision of a maximum of 10 overnight accommodation units, subject to the conditions set out in the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004 which shall include the following: • The floor area of each accommodation unit shall be limited to 250 m²; • The height of buildings shall be restricted to 2 storeys; • The coverage of buildings and structures on the erf
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As August, Women’s Month, draws to and end, The BEAT spoke to a woman who is a leader in her field and an inspiration for all young women. Lerato Makomene, born and bred in Modimolle, is the co-founder on an online publication called Evolutionary Magazine (www.evolutionarymagazine.co.za). Makomene is also a director of Apogee Media, a company that she founded in 2011 with partner Tolu Oshokoya. Makomene is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg, where she studied journalism. Her career in the news media began when she started out as cub reporter for the UJ Observer in 2008. By 2009, she was the editor of the paper. Her interest in starting a magazine began when she and her mentor, Wisani Mashamba, who is also the co-founder of the Evolutionary Magazine, saw that there was a large generation gap between parents and teenagers. Lerato was working at the department of sport, arts and culture as a communication intern when Evolutionary Magazine was born.
Her talent include blogging, news writing, photography, entertainment, motivational speaking and fashion. She also works on a freelance basis for a number of online magazines and community newspapers. Evolutionary magazine is not just an ordinary magazine, but also the kind of magazine that will not only be sold in super markets, but also at schools as a career guidance tool. This magazine is more than any typical magazine that advices young girls on what to eat, how to dress and what they need to do to be acceptable in society, its about helping them find their purpose in life. “We live in a society where people have conformed to uniformity to such an extent that they do not question what happens in life, but just accept things as they are. Our objective is to make sure that we break the cycle of ignorance, to refrain from a copy and paste generation,” Makomene said. “We hope to target all races and genders within the economic spectrum, from labour workers, to professionals, people with different beliefs, geographic location and psychographic measures,” she concluded.
Invitation to auditions Thandekile Sibanyoni
Founder of OTAMPHO drama school, Mr Buti Morake, is inviting actors to come and audition for a new drama. Photo: Thandekile Sibanyoni
Residents of Bela Bela are invited to audition for a new television drama called Say No To Substance Abuse on Saturday, 8 September, at Raeleng High School in Bela Bela. The drama will be directed by OTAMPHO drama school founder, Mr Buti Morake, and produced by Leps Movie Productions. Some of the characters already selected are Angelina Malapile of Ulando Combined School, Kgomotso Rapoo of Bela Bela High School and Esrom Nkwinika, of Raeleng High School. These
Relay For Life anticipation in the air
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learners are part of the OTAMPHO drama school. Morake said that the aim of the drama is to educate and encourage young people to stay away from drugs. “We are trying to educate and encourage young people start doing positive things about their lives and stay away from drugs. Through this drama we hope that the message will make a difference,” he said. Interested parties can contact Mr Leps Mahlanya on 076 8916 418 or Mr Buti Morake on 072 9865 762 for more information about the auditions.
During the evening, there will be a Luminaria ceremony where candles are lit in memory of those who have lost the fight against cancer and to encourage those who are still fighting. These are kept burning throughout the night. Photo: Supplied The Bela Bela Relay For Life is drawing closer and young and old are getting ready to take part in the allnight event that symbolises the fight against cancer on 7 September. There is still time to enter your team. The costs are R1300 per team and teams do not have to be a minimum of 10 members. Even if a team consist of only three members, that team is still welcome to sign up for all the fun. The good news is that your team will still receive breakfast for 10 members. The smaller the team, the more the food! If there are teams out there who want to enter more than 10 members,
they are also more than welcome. Big and small, old and young, fat or slim, fit or flabby; everybody is welcome. The costs are R130 for each extra team member. Teams are not obliged to wear a uniform of any sort. As long as the team members somehow resemble each other in their clothing and the CANSA logo features somewhere on the stall or the team kit, teams can let their imaginations go and dress for success. This year the Relay For Life in Bela Bela will offer a wide variety of attractions. There are no less than 14 trophies that teams will compete for and the winning team of the whole event
will win a grand prize that is sponsored by Forever Resorts Warmbaths. A Blue Bull jersey, signed by all the new players, will be raffled off to generate funds for CANSA. A jersey like that could become quite the collector’s item and is worth having in any rugby lover’s collection. The food stalls will ensure that every taste is catered for. From hamburgers to pancakes and chips, there will be enough to eat for everyone. Make sure you bring enough cash to feed the whole family. Wimpy will also be on hand to provide bone tired participants with much needed coffee. Bela Bela Relay For Life also offers a children’s tent where the little ones can safely play, be creative, watch films and even fall asleep. This means complete peace of mind for any parent. During the evening Toktokkie, the CANSA mascot will also visit the tent to entertain the children. There will be specific themes during the evening that will prescribe what teams will have to wear and do on the track. Fun themes like Surf and Turf, Bald with Boldness and Hippy Yay or Hippy Nay will provide lots of laughter and creative results. For more information on the themes, please call Amanda Humphreys on 082 979 4717. There will be an entrance fee of R20 per adult and R10 per child at the gate for people who would like to attend the event without joining a team.
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31 August, 2012
Spring Fest a chance to refocus young people
Church takes youth camping
Learners of the Confirmation Class of 2012 enjoyed their camp with stakeholders. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela Matome Sebelebele (in the green jersey), Bela Bela Municipal spokesperson, playing soccer during last year’s Spring Fest. Photo supplied TK Mashaba The Bela Bela Educations Advocacy Group (BBEAG) will host their second annual Spring Festival, called the Spring Fest, on Saturday, 1 September, from 09:00. The Spring Fest will take place at the Bela Bela Community Hall and promises to be an exciting day for sport lovers in particular. The event will feature four sporting codes, football (5-a-side), netball, volleyball and basketball, guaranteeing electrifying matches. BBEAG internal affairs official, Mr Tshepo Matjila, said that the primary goal of the Spring Fest is to get young people off the streets and away from the alcohol. The festival will focus young people on healthy choices by encouraging them to take part in sport. “Our secondary goal with the Spring Fest is to raise funds for our various charitable and bursary portfolios as we head towards the penultimate period of a school year. Some of the funds raised on the day will be used to stage the prestigious BBEAG Fundraising Gala Dinner. The proceeds of the dinner are shared among the best performing learners from Bela-Bela,” Matjila explained. “Because our work, as an education advocacy group, is in education, we feel dutybound to also ‘educate’ people about the need to look after their health as much as they would with their wealth. It is our belief that the two are inter-married and therefore mutually-inclusive,” he said. According to Matjila, the BBEAG is proud to count among their partners, forward think-
ing organisations and businesses. These include 2020 Developments, the Bela Bela Municipality, and 115 Solutions & Unified. Teams of basketball, volleyball and netball from as far as Steilloop have already signed up to participate in the sporting carnival, and have promised to amaze the attendant crowd with their skills and talent. Some of the great prizes up for grabs for participants would be gold, silver & bronze medals for the various sporting codes and floating trophies. Supporters also stand a chance to win random spot prizes on the day and would get rare opportunity to take pictures with the winners and sponsors. As part of ensuring a fantastic day all rounds for all, a bevy of top local DJs will be playing great music during the event. Patrons also have an opportunity to have their cars washed while participating in the games or supporting their favourite teams. Cars will be washed at a minimum of R30. 2020 Developments’ NJ van Heerden has assured the advocacy group that he will attend in order to share in the revelry of the day and will give a short message of support to the advocacy group. Registration starts at 09.00 in the morning and all teams are encouraged to register beforehand by calling 0765611619. Team can also register or on the day. Registration is R50 per team and R5 for every substitution made during the course of the game. There is no entrance fee for people who want to support their teams or who want to take part in the fun of the day.
Bela Bela’s Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa took the youth of their church on a three-day camping trip. The Confirmation Class of 2012 attended a camp at Emmarentia Geldenhuys camping grounds during the weekend of Friday 24- to Sunday 26 August. An educator at Mmamakwa Primary School, Ms Audrey Sekoboane, arranged the camping trip and was impressed with the turnout, saying her dream come had come true. Sekoboane said that the objective of the camp was to address the challenges, which face the youth today. On the first day of the camp Sekoboane conducted, an orientation process and they all engaged in group discussions. On the second day, the group conducted a morning devotion and Sekoboane and Mr HS Khwebane outlined the purpose of the day. Participants from various organisations made presentations on different topics
Koketso Madiba crowned Miss Modimolle 2012
Pastors pray for Bela Bela
Chairperson of the Bela Bela Ministers Fraternal, Reverent Pheto Mosima, prayed against suicide during the prayer ceremony. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela The Bela Bela Ministers Fraternal gathered to pray for their local community. The organisation hosted the prayer event at the local community hall on
Sunday, 12 August. Pastors from different churches, forming the organisation, preached about various topics concerning the challenges facing the community of Bela Bela. Reverent Jeremiah Kgabo, from the Lutheran Church, preached and led a prayer about accidents, while Reverent Mosima, of the URCSA, led prayer against suicide and people feeling suicidal. Pastor and Warrant Officer William Tshabalala, of the Full Gospel Church, led the substance abuse prayer, focusing specifically on Nyaope, while Apostle Jane Thema, from the Antioch River Church, prayed for all political leaders. People from various local churches, the SAPS, the Bela Bela mayor, Mr Freddy Hlungwane, councillors and ordinary community members attended the event. The chairperson of the organisation, Reverent Mosima, acknowledged the great response by participants and attendees and said that another prayer will be scheduled soon, in order to cover all challenges that the community faces.
during the day and facilitated the learners’ group discussions based on the topics. A nurse at the Bela Bela Hospital, Ms Dorah Mashohla, aided the group discussing teenage pregnancy, while Mr Kenneth Kgaabi, from the local Department of Social Development, helped the peer pressure group. Educator, Ms Tshidi Molaphela from Phagameng High School, in Modimolle, facilitated the group discussing the importance of education and Reverent Pheto Mosima, from the church, facilitated the youth and the church group. Sekoboane facilitated the bible reading session and the interpretation of poems such as My Daughter, My Son and My Name is Nyaope. On the last day of the camp, the participants received certificates of appreciation from Reverent Mosima and the learners appreciated the work done by their teacher, Sekoboane. All the participants then departed to the church at the end of the camp.
First princess Leah Kekana(from left), Muvhango actress Millicent Mothiba known as Agnes, Miss Modimolle 2012 Koketso Madiba and second princess Phuti Shongoane. Photo: Supplied by Thato Mashile. Mzamane Ringane Settlers Agricultural High School Grade 9 learner, Koketso Madiba (15), was crowned Miss Modimolle 2012, on Saturday, 25 August.
Hot on the heels of Madiba was Leah Kekana who was crowned first princess. Phuti Shongoane who emerged as second princess claimed the third position. The Miss Modimolle beauty pageant was held at the Peter Nchabeleng Community Hall started at 18:00 and went on until after midnight. Muvhango’s “Agnes,” Millicent Mothiba, appeared as one of the judges at the beauty contest. Locals were stunned and excited to see their favourite actress in person. The panel of judges included a former Miss Waterberg, Captain Botha, of the SAPS, and businessman, Faisal Raja. The contest was held for the second time this year. The inaugural Miss Modimolle beauty pageant was held for the first time last year. The event was organized by locals Taki Masuluke, Mihloti Matodzi and Francina Mashaba. The contest was made possible with assistance from the local business community, namely Dr Radipade, Dr Kubai, ShilaJoe Optometrists, Coca Cola, FORD Modimolle, WJ Limpopo Auto, Nylrivier Motors, Waterberg Toyota and the Ethiopian and Pakistani business community. Organiser, Taki Masuluke, said that the first prize for Miss Modimolle 2012 included a R1000 Mr Price shopping voucher, Guess sunglasses worth R1 500, a handbag worth R500 and Connie Ferguson perfume. First and second princesses also received Mr Price shopping vouchers worth R700 and Connie Ferguson perfumes as well as other consolation prizes.
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31 August, 2012
5150 Bela-Bela Triathlon The second edition of the 5150 Bela-Bela Triathlon, the biggest Standard Distance Triathlon in South Africa, proved to be a heated affair with high temperatures and red-hot racing action. This year’s race saw record entries with over 700 starters on a hot and blustery day in Bela-Bela. The action kicked off at Forever Resorts Warmbaths’ ski dam at 12:00 with the Pro’s and Elite Age group athletes battling it out in the first wave. Young Pro athlete, Henri Schoeman blazed a trail in the water amassing an early lead. Schoeman is known to be an exceptional swimmer and proved it yet again; completing the 1.5km swim in 00:15:45 to head into T1 first and get a head start on the bike. Following him into T1 was Kent Horner and Gerhard de Bruin, who exited the water in second and third place respectively. Thereafter it was a battle on the bike as the athletes headed out onto the 40 km bike course combating soaring temperatures and a strong wind. The wind might have offered slight respite from the heat but posed a different problem for the athletes. Schoeman was caught on the bike by Kent Horner, Nico Sterk and Erhard Wolfaardt. Horner maintained his lead going into T2 with a bike split of 01:07:28 and was already looking good at that stage. Horner was followed onto the run by De Bruin, Sterk and Wolfaardt. With Horner comfortably out
in front, Brad Weiss was beginning to move up the leader board catching Sterk and Wolfaardt in the process. Horner eventually powered on in the heat to run to his first 5150 Bela-Bela Triathlon title in a time of 02:02:09. Some 6 minutes behind, De Bruin and Weiss were almost neck and neck coming to the finish to provide an exciting sprint for second place, which De Bruin edged out by 6 seconds. In the women’s race, Andrea Steyn dominated in all aspects of the race barring the swim. After a solid swim, Sylvia Von Tromp exited the water first with a swim split of 00:18:51 followed by Lauren Dance and Corinne Berg. Steyn was fourth into T1 followed by Claire Horner. Out on the bike was where most of the movement took place. Steyn, Dance and Horner all made a push as they moved up the positions. Riana de Lange and Rosalyn Laurens also managed to gain some ground on the bike. Steyn eventually cycled her way to the lead, which she maintained going into T2 with a bike split of 00:19:21 followed, by Dance and Horner. Heading out onto the run, Steyn never seemed in any trouble despite the sapping heat leading the entire way. Steyn ran to her first 5150 Bela-Bela Triathlon title in an overall time of 02:12:38 winning comfortably by over 5 minutes. Last year’s runner up, Dance repeated the effort by coming in second place, followed by Claire Horner in third.
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Uncertain future for Mookgophong LFA
Khomotso Phakgadi is the Mookgophong Local Football Association secretary. Photo supplied TK Mashaba The future of the Local Football Association (LFA) hangs in the balance after teams protested against the alleged maladministration of the associa-
tion in the previous active season. The 2010/2011 soccer season was the last time that the LFA League was active and teams could participate in tournaments. In the 2011/2012 season there were no games played and SAFA officials were forced to use the winner of the previous season as default winner to go on to the promotional play-offs. Soccer lovers in the area complain about the way that the Mookgophong LFA is run. They feel that the game is neglected and local teams forgotten. According to Mr Johnny Mashiane, owner of one of the Mookgophong LFA teams, things have not been going well. He alleges that officials have been mismanaging the league and that the mismanagement leads to the league’s inactivity in the last season. “We have officials who are biased and who are there for their own interest and not the teams’ interest,” he said. Mashiane claims that the league manager and Mookgophong All
Star owner, Mr Sello Mashaba, have overlooked other teams and put his own team’s welfare first. “When they do have meetings, they do not invite us to attend,” he said. Mr Kgomotso Phagadi, LFA secretary, said that things have not been running smoothly and that forced teams to protest against the alleged maladministration. Phagadi said that the LFA plans to host a meeting during the week to discuss the future of the LFA and the teams who play in that league. “We rally need the local LFA to be active in order to give teams the opportunity to work their way up to the SAB League,” he said. The BEAT tried to talk to Mashaba about the allegations made against him and the Mookgophong LFA, but he was unavailable for comment. Ms Refiloe Khoza, official of the regional Waterberg SAFA branch, said that they are unaware of the problems in Mookgophong. LFA leagues function independently and do not report to SAFA.
Thabazimbi to host Indigenous games
The Waterberg Indigenous Games will take place in Thabazimbi on 1 September. Photo: Supplied TK Mashaba The Thabazimbi municipality will host the annual Indigenous Games on Saturday, 1 September.
The games were supposed to be held last week, but were postponed to the coming weekend due to logistic issues. According to the games coordinator in Bela Bela, Mr Thabo
Molokomme, the games will definitely be played this weekend. All the Waterberg municipalities will be meeting there to compete against each other. The overall selection will be going on to represent the district on provincial level and after the provincial games, the winners will move on to the national games. The sporting codes include, Dibeke, Khokho, Kgathi, Diketo, Morabaraba, Ncuva, Intonga, Drie Stokies and Juskei. Last year Bela Bela had five athletes who reached the national level of their chosen sport. There were two finalists in Dibeke, one in Khokho, and two in Intonga. The Bela Bela competitors received gold medals on provincial level before they moved on to national level, where they did not perform as well as they hoped.
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The waiting time is over as the SAB League has come to a decision about the clustering of teams into three streams. The decision was taken on Wednesday, 22 August, during the Waterberg Regional SAFA meeting. The meeting was held in Bela Bela at Pendleberry Grove. According to Refiloe Khoza, an official of SAFA, the Waterberg teams have been clustered into three streams. Bela Bela teams were clustered together with teams from Modimolle. T eams from Lephalale were clustered with Thabazimbi teams and Mookgopong teams with those from Mogalakwena.
Teams in the SAB Waterberg Regional League will play matches on their home grounds as well as away games just as they did in the past. They will do so until they finish the league season. At the end of the league season, the teams in the top position of each stream will play out against other teams from the other streams until there are only two teams left. These two teams will go on to play in the promotional play-offs to determine who will be promoted to the MTN League. Khosa said that they are waiting for the final SAFA meetings on national level to confirm the coordination and the dates of the kick-off of the new season. The new clustering of the teams in the SAB League will help mini-
mise costs for teams in terms of travelling and other logistical problems. The teams in each stream are not too far away from each other and this will make travelling easier. Mr Tsietsi Mohapi, owner of the Trouble Makers, said that this is a big relief to them as well as other struggling teams in the league. “Most of our players are students and they cannot afford transport fees as well as soccer boots. This will definitely help them,” he said. Mohapi said that the teams used to spend up to R30 000 on transport during a league season in the past. He has high hopes that this clustering will bring down cost considerably.