6 Desember 2013
6 Desember, 2013
Teacher in court for theft
Frequent break-ins at stores within one breakthrough Justin Steyn
Captain Vus’muzi Shabangu escorted the suspect Tseke Masemola to court. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela Raeleng Secondary School teacher Tseke Masemola appeared in the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court this week after he was allegedly found in possession of stolen steel frames. Masemola was arrested on the morning of Monday, 3 December. Detectives Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Abel Phetla said that the owner of the stolen items saw the suspect taking them to the scrap-yard, allegedly to sell them and tried to stop him. The victim asked Warrant officer Mokhabodi Nzotho
to intervene when the suspect allegedly insisted on selling the frames. According to the information received, the suspect went to the police station to enquire about Nzotho’s actions, assuming that the officer had opened a case against him. After thorough questioning, he was then locked up and charged with theft and possession of stolen properties after the victim had opened a case against him. The suspect’s case was remanded to 17 January for further investigations.
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Mr Price clothing and Jet Mart in Bela-Bela’s CBD have become victims of continuous break-ins during November. It has been reported that both retailers each suffered these break-ins twice in a row. Piet Burger of Galven Security Service, who is responsible for responding to alarms at both sites, said that the businesses are remotely monitored by Protea Coin and Blue International Security. Burger explained that management at Jet Mart only notified Galven about their breakins a day after they occurred. He explained that Galven’s armed response team is only sent to investigate any alarms after they
had been notified by Protea Coin. “On the nights that these breakins occurred our control room operators were not notified by Protea that an alarm had been triggered” he said. It was reported that the burglars made use of grinders to enter the premises. The burglars broke in to Jet Mart’s safes using their grinders and stole money and cell phones. Mr Price suffered their first break-in when the grid of their bathroom window had been broken and goods were stolen from the store. The BEAT was told that Blue International, responsible for alarm monitoring at Mr Price, did not inform Galven’s operatives about any alarms that may have been triggered during the burglary.
A second attempt to break into Mr Price, on Sunday 24 November, resulted in an arrest when a burglar climbed to the roof of Mr Price and made use of a grinder to gain entry the premises. Burger said that the security beams on the rooms were triggered and a response vehicle along with the BelaBela Police was dispatched. The suspect was arrested on the scene and made his first court appearance on Monday 2 December. At the time of going to press neither Bela-Bela police spokesperson, Glen Manamela, nor the Bela-Bela magistrate court was able to divulge the outcome of the case.
Case against mayor handed to state public prosecutor TK Mashaba The police investigation in Mookgophong municipality has been handed to the State Prosecutor. According to information received from Warrant Officer George Ledwaba, spokesperson for the SAPS in Mookgophong, the team’s findings were such that
the case could be handed over. Ledwaba was unable to divulge more details of the case, as investigations were still ongoing. The allegations are not new to the municipality, however this is the first time that they have been passed on to the police. The case was brought to the police by SACP and ANC members who believe that the law must
take its course after damaging allegations were made. Among the allegations were that the Chief Whip and the Mayor Sara Monyamane were allegedly involved in awarding storm water control tenders to the value of R 5.7 million to a company that spent only 5% of the allocated budget on labour and received the materials for free.
Sammy Mvula (in red shorts) appeared before the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court this week after he was allegedly found in possession of dagga valued at a street value of R1 500. Mvula was arrested at his home in Extension 7, well-known at Skierlek on Tuesday, 3 December following a tip-off from the community. Photographed with him are the police officials who arrested him namely; Constables Sibusiso Makwela, Peter Kgabo and Peter Manamela. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
ANC fails to take over a ward from opposition Lizzy Bapela The ANC in Modimolle failed to takeover Ward 8 from the DA, regardless of their countless elections campaigns. This resulted in the DA retaining the ward with increased majority of votes from 63% in 2011 to 65% during the byelections that took place on Thursday, 8 November. The DA’s Limpopo provincial leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Jacques Smalle said that the party continues to
grow in all communities across South Africa. “The by-election results from across the country on Thursday show a similar trend. The DA retained all of its wards with increased majorities and made inroads into the ANC support in every ANC ward we contested. We are building support across the province in diverse communities,” he said. The DA thanked the community of Modimolle who went out in their numbers to support the party. Smalle said that they will now work as hard as they possibly can to ensure that service delivery is improved for all the people of Modimolle. Meanwhile, Modimolle’s ANC Monotong branch chairperson
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Klaas Mbunda said that the ANC is working hard in the area, making it difficult for other parties to take over. He said that the only threat in his branch is the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who held a rally in the ward on Saturday, 30 November. “This showed us that whatever we do as a party in the branch, we must keep our masses serviced otherwise other opportunistic parties will come and take over. This is not just about electioneering but strengthening the party and serving the masses. We are busy engaging those who left the ANC for EFF to come back. These are the members that we served and led with in the Youth League and the ANC previously,” said Mbunda.
Congratulations to our BEAT reporter Lizzy Bapela who was awarded 3rd place at the LiN Media Awards on Friday 29 November in the category of Human Interests.
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6 Desember, 2013
Hailstorm pours in destruction
Gauteng tremor lasts seconds in Waterberg Justin Steyn
Nedbank had to be closed the day after the storm. Photo: Justin Steyn Justin Steyn and TK Mashaba A massive hailstorm wreaked havoc in Bela-Bela on Thursday 28 November. Homes and businesses in the area suffered significant damages as a result mainly due to damaged ceilings. Local businesses in Bela-Bela such as Tekkie-Town, Nedbank and Metro Hyperland were among those that were hard hit. Tekkie town’s celling fell down making away for rain water to get in. The management said they were busy doing stock taking to determine the damage of the stock in their store. “This is one hail storm that no one expected as it came with all of us at home,” said the manager one worker. They even employed a couple of people to help them move the stock to the other office while busy with the renovations. Metro Hyperland employers were seen sweeping water out of their liquor outlet.
People here were seen sweeping the water out of the liquor outlet in Hyper Land Supermarket. Photo: TK Mashaba
The Tekkie Town celling fell on the shoes. Photo: TK Mashaba
There was heavy water that entered the stores and the only way to resume work was to sweep the water out of the store. Nedbank had to close down the following day due to flooding. The BEAT was told that the bank’s computer system had been affected which made all banking services unavailable to the public. Displeased customers queued outside of the bank but a notice was placed at the bank’s entrance notifying their customers of the bank’s closure. Free roaming animals such as birds and rats had also been killed in the storm. Kretchmar Avenue had reportedly been littered with dead doves that had been killed during the storm. The hailstorm has also caused a rumour to circulate around town concerning the structural condition of the Bela-Bela provincial hospital. The rumour suggests that certain areas of the hospital had been significantly damaged due to the storm and that patients in certain wards had to be relocated to hospitals in Modimolle.
Spokesperson for the hospital, denied these claims and said that only certain areas of the X-ray ward had been damaged. “The day after the hailstorm people had come to the hospital and wanted to know if any of the wards had been damaged or if patients had to be moved. They were assured that nothing like that has happened and that the patients are safe,” he said. The Limpopo department of health assessed the situation at the hospital and confirmed that the hospital had not suffered any major damage. However, the department confirmed that the X-ray ward’s roof had been damaged. “For now, the X-ray Section is affected and patients are being taken to the F.H Odendaal Hospital for X-rays, until further notice,” said the department’s spokesperson Macks Lesufi. Lesufi said that the situation at the hospital is being assessed and that repairs will be underway shortly.
According to various media reports a tremor hit some parts of Gauteng at approximately 21:19 Pm on Monday 2 Decenber. The tremor triggered car and house alarms after shaking ground for an estimated five seconds. Concerned Waterbergers left these reports on Earthquake-Report.com: Bela Bela – “Lasted for about 5 seconds, was strong enough to trigger some car/house alarms.” Modimolle – “Strong shaking with thunder-like noise — very scary! My whole bed shook.” Bela-Bela – “Never felt an earth quake before in South Africa.” Mokopane – “I was sitting on the couch and the roof creaked as if the wind was blowing very strong outside. But then it groaned loudly outside for more than 3 seconds. No damage as far as I know. Felt very weird as it is the first time this happened in my town.” No injuries have been reported and there is a possibility of more earthquakes and tremors about to strike Gauteng. Earthquakes or tremors are the result of a stress build-up in the earth’s crust. When the stress becomes too great, it is then released in the form of a quake, usually on a geological fault line.
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Adjusted wages ease Funeral undertaking hearings domestic workers’ burden now in Limpopo hour week and R1 618.37 monthly for a 45 hour week. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has The minimum wages for domestic offered relief to the Domestic Workers workers who work 27 hours per week or Sector following an announcement that less will also be adjusted. He said that the minimum wage for the workers will those in Area A will receive be adjusted upward. The department’s R11.27 hourly, R304.29 weekly for a 27 Limpopo Provincial Spokesperson hour week andR1 318.48 monthly for a Johannes Mokou said that the 27 hour week. Also, those in Area B will adjustment, which starts on Sunday, receive R9.80 hourly, R264.60 weekly for 1 December, is part of an annual binding a 27 hour week and R1 146.51 monthly determination by for a 27 hour week. the Minister in Last year’s (2012) terms of the Basic hourly rate for Area “ ...a domestic worker Conditions of A was R8, 95 and may not be made to Employment Act the minimum rate work for more than 45 (BCEA). in Area A is Mokou added calculated as: hours a week; work that in terms of the minimum wage for more than nine hours Sectoral the past period + per day for a five day determinations consumer price work week; and also (SD), which index (CPI) + 1%, work more than eight governs the basic while Area B’s hours a day for a six day wage and hourly rate was conditions of R7,65 and the work week... employers of the minimum rate is vulnerable calculated as: domestic workers, it divides the sector minimum wage for the past period + into two geographic areas; that is Area A consumer price index (CPI) + 2%,” said and B. Area A includes urban areas, with Mokou. Area B including non-urban areas. The department wishes to caution Mokou said that the minimum wages employers that in terms of the law, a for domestic workers who work more domestic worker may not be made to than 27 hours per week will be adjusted work for more than 45 hours a week; as from 1 December 2013 to 30 work more than nine hours per day for a November 2014. Employees in Area A five day work week; and also work more will than eight hours a day for a six day work receive R9.63 hourly, R433.35 weekly week. The department said that overtime for a 45 hour week and R 1 must be paid at one and half times the 877.70 monthly for a 45 hour week. employee’s normal wage or an employee Those in Area B will receive may agree to receive paid time-off. R8.30 hourly, R373.50 weekly for a 45 Lizzy Bapela
Lizzy Bapela The Department of Labour’s public hearings in the funeral undertaking business continued engaging with stakeholders, showing interest across Limpopo last week. The hearings follow the department’s recent investigations into wages and other conditions of employment in the industry. The Employment Conditions Commission (ECC), a body that advises the Minister on wages and conditions of employment, is spearheading the process. The body hopes to culminate with a report to the Minister early in the coming year after which she will make a determination. The sector covers activities such as conducting funerals, treating or preparing corpses for disposal by burial, cremation or any other method. The department’s Assistant Director of Employment Standards Kekulu Padi said that a wage determination existed under the previous order and was cancelled. She added that the
MEC addresses joint conference
CoGHSTA MEC addresses mayors Lizzy Bapela Mayors from across Limpopo, including those from the Waterberg District headed for to Polokwane for a forum led by the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) Ishmael Kgetjepe. The address, focusing on the municipal oversight on Operation Clean Audit
took place on Monday, 3 December. The Municipal Oversight Operation Clean Audit forum constitutes of both the MEC’s for CoGHSTA and the Provincial Treasury and all mayors. The forum was established to monitor the implementation of the Operation Clean Audit campaign in municipalities. Departmental spokesperson Motupa Selomo said that the main objective of the clean audit campaign is to improve financial accountability across all organs of the state in general. He added that the forum also focuses on improving audit outcomes at both provincial and local spheres of government. This follows the launch of Operation Clean Audit campaign by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs that seeks to ensure that by 2014 all 283 municipalities and 119 provincial departments in South Africa must have achieved clean audit reports.
ECC indicated that the protection was still necessary because employees were still vulnerable. Padi further said that they are trying to align the conditions of services with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).’ She called on stakeholders to make inputs, encouraging them to participate in order to influence the new sectoral determination.’ One industry role player said that they are very excited about these road shows, as they will enable them to operate within the confines of the law. He added that they need more education about the industry, the BCEA in particular and the labour laws in general.’ Another stakeholder called for an indaba on the industry where all role players, big and small will exchange views. Padi said prior to the Minister making the final determination; the ECC will take into account the ability to conduct the business successfully, creation and retention of employment, effect on small business, alleviation of poverty and cost of living.
Limpopo MEC for Public Works Dickson Masemola addressed the business community during a conference held in Modimolle recently. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela Limpopo Public Works MEC Dickson Masemola Limpopo addressed a joint conference between the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC) and the National African Federated Chamber of Co (NAFCON). The two-day event took place at the Sanrock Resort and Conference Centre in Modimolle from Wednesday, 27 November to Thursday the 28th. Conference delegates consisted of
people from all parts of the country within the black business society. During the conference, NAFCON’s national chairperson Simon Ramodike raised issues involving the disadvantaged African contractors in the country. He complained about the grading system used by CIDB, saying that it is disadvantaging black contractors. Ramodike further said that the system excludes the contractors from participating in the infrastructure development by government. In his response to issues raised, the MEC assured the delegates that the government has a plan to develop contractors and make sure that they share in the massive infrastructure development in Limpopo and the entire country. “The development of Limpopo, as the hub of the economic growth in South Africa, needs men and women in construction who have an ambition to grow into big construction companies. You should think beyond brick and mortar construction, but see how you have a stake in the big constructions of mining in the province” said Masemola. He urged delegates in the province to fully participate in the Contractor Development Programme led by the Department of Public Works.
Mokamole Stepping Forward End of year event Phinius Sebatsane The Stepping Forward Project expanded their outreach to Mokamole area targeting three villages — Lesodi, Skilpad and Mmamatlakala — on HIV/ AIDS prevention and awareness. Their aim is to empower the village communities to take ownership of their own health through HIV/AIDS education. During the year the SF team identified different groups in the community to showcase their different cultural activities. Stepping Forward hosted their endof-year event for the different groups from the villages at Lesodi Motlana th High School sports ground on the 16 of November 2013. About 1 500
villagers attend the event, including the founder of the project management, Waterberg Welfare Society management and board members. The aim of the event was to acknowledge those who participated in the HIV/AIDS sessions through the year. Gold medals were awarded at the end of the event for those who supported Stepping Forward. The chiefs from the village attended and appreciated the work done by SF in the in the villages. The Stepping Forward manager said it has being a successful year and added that they were looking forward in spreading the message of HIV/AIDS in the villages next year with the community members and we they grateful for their support.
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Photo of the week When it’s time to say goodbye Last week we spoke about abusive relationships, and how you know that it may be time to leave an abusive relationship. This week, in honour of 16 Days of Activism, we will be discussing your options, where you can find help and what you can do to protect yourself. In short, we will be trying to give you the tools you need to leave an abusive relationship, and directions to where you may find help. Your first stop should probably be POWA — People Opposing Women Abuse. POWA is a women’s rights organization that offers services such as shelters, counseling and legal advice. One of their core services is to provide shelter for women (and their children) fleeing abusive relationships. They also provide counselling, group therapy and referrals – which may be of more use to you, as their offices are in the East and West Rand. POWA also offers legal services if you need it. You can phone them at 011 642 4345/6 or 083 765 1235, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will always be someone to take your call, and they want to help. Even if it’s just advice on where to go, you can never have too much help. Secondly, going to the SAPS — South African Police Service is always an option. If you are in an abusive relationship and feel you may be in danger, you can ask the police for help. They will also be able to refer you to counseling, as well as legal aid if you need it. You can contact the local police station in person or telephonically. The police are here to help. Reach out. Stop Gender Violence, run by the suicide prevention organization LifeLine South Africa, provides crisis counselling for rape and abuse survivors. You can contact them toll-free at 0800 150 150. These are only a few of the options available to you. There are people out there who know what you are going through, and they want to help you. All you need to do is reach out, and if the organization you have contacted can’t help you, they will refer you to someone who can. Even if all you need is a sympathetic ear, someone to listen to you and talk to you and understand how you feel, you should contact one of these organizations. They are trained to help people in your situation. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with them, or what they’ve told you. It is never too late to get help. It is never too late to get out. There are people out there dedicating their lives to helping people in your situation. Let them. Reach out. They’re there for you.
A spray tractor was recently seen passing by BelaBela town, with people stopping and looking at it wherever it passed. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
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From believe to concrete faith Bishop Silas Tlou Our attitude shapes our future. Remember what an attitude actually is: a reflection of what we believe. Therefore, what we allow into our belief system is fundamentally important to our success in life. We cannot allow unbelief to drive us away from the Lord. Instead, we must focus on His unfailing character, taking Hebrews 11:6 to heart:“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” When we do so, we can move through the stages of faith, which are: 1. Little or restless faith. The person with little faith says, “I think the Lord can do as He says, but I’m not certain He will.” He or she struggles to believe in God’s promises. The disciples displayed this weak confidence in the Lord in Matthew 8:23-27. Jesus slept while a great storm arose on the Sea of Galilee. Overcome with fear because of the thrashing winds and the waves pouring over the side of the boat, the disciples woke Him saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” (v. 25). He responded, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” (v. 26). Their focus was on what they were seeing and feeling instead of the fact that the Son of God was with them. The same can happen to us. If we center our attention on our difficulties rather than the Lord, it doesn’t take much to sink us. The only way for us to have peace in life is to focus on the Father. 2. Great or maturing faith. The person with great faith trusts the Word of God and relies on the unfailing character of the Lord. He or she says, “Not only do I know the Father can help me, I am sure He will.”David showed this deep reliance upon the Lord when he fought Goliath (1 Sam. 17). So did the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed (Matt. 9:20-22). They had great faith and could trust God’s timing and provision, regardless of how their circumstances appeared. This was also the testimony of the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant (Matt. 8:5-10). He recognized the authtority Jesus had as the Son of God and said, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (v. 8). Jesus replied, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel” (v. 10). 3. Perfect or resting faith. People with perfect faith say, “God has promised me, so I trust what He has said is already accomplished.” They no longer ask the Lord for the desires of their hearts. Instead, they thank Him that His perfect provision is already fulfilled—whether they presently see it or not.
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1st annual all-white Caribbean Party at Zwakala Lounge Eutrice and Dineo Motsepe (DJ Miggs and MizzDee) coming to Bela Bela this festive season. Photo Supplied
It’s the festive time of year again, and the local club scene is bringing yet another celebrity to Bela Bela’s township. Eutrice Motsepe, AKA DJ Miggs, owner of Foreal Records, will be launching a Caribbean themed party on the 16th of December. The initiative was started by his wife, Dineo ‘MizzDee’ Motsepe, also a singer who featured on Miggs’ latest album. Motsepe is a big name in the Pretoria house music scene, and will be bringing his fellow heavy-weights of the house music scene along to rock Bela Bela on
the new launch. The party’s attractions will include a live performance by both Motsepes, DJ Malanane, Pretty Paper and others. Motsepe recently completed the next instalment in his ‘Fo’Real Sessions 3’, currently doing the rounds on radio’s and in clubs. Previous works have proved Motsepe’s expert skills when it comes to selecting and mixing deep house. The new mix will feature a blend of his own material and some special international guests. Entrance will be free for the first 20 ladies, R30 from noon and R50 from 19:00. VIP tickets will cost R100.
DADS speaks out against abuse
Meshak Kekana (left), Chairman of DADS in the Picture with Dumile Mateza, the host of SABC NEWS Rights & Recourse on channel 404. Photo Supplied TK Mashaba November 25 was the start of the national 16 Days of Activism against Woman and th Child Abuse, and on the 25 DADS In
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16 Days of Activism against Woman and Child abuse has begun in Vaalwater Campaigners held banners carrying slogans. Photo: Phinius Sebatsane
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the Picture encouraged men to make a stand against all forms of abuse. “Make your position herd, being shy isn’t going to make these challenges go away. Let us raise awareness in our workplace, in our homes and among our friends,” said Meshak Kekana, the organization’s chairman. Kekana further urged members to respect individuals’ freedom of choice, everyone’s right to live in a safe environment and most importantly to protect women and children. DADS in the Picture recently launched a branch in Bela Bela. On 23 November they held a year-end function in Pretoria. On Sunday, 24 November, they also took part in the SABC Rights & Recourse LIVE programme as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Issues tackled there were homophobic attacks, the tradition of Ukuthwala (child marriage), and the need for moral regeneration, as well as the role of men in society. PLICATION FOR THE ABSTRACTION OF WATER FROM THE LEPHALALE RIVER AND FOUNTAINS ON THE PROPERTY AND THE STORING OF WATER ON THE FARM “X” KRAAL 168 KR, PORTION 2, LIMPOPO PROVINCE This notice is issued in terms of Section 40 of the National Water Act (Act No. 36 of 1998). MR. L LOUW, farm “ X ” K R A A L (KAFFERSKRAAL) 168 KR, portion 2, Limpopo Province is in the process of applying for a Water Use License Application (WULA) for authirisation from the Department of Water Affairs (DWA). PROJECT AREA The farm “X” KRAAL 168 KR, portion 2, is situated approximately 50km south-west of the town Mokopane in the Limpopo Province. The project site includes portion 2 of the farm KAFFERSKRAAL 168 KR. WATER USES TO BE APPLIED FOR The following water uses will be applied for, and will require authorisation as per Section 21 of the National Water Act (No 36 of 1998):
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The Government Communication and Information System, in partnership with other local stakeholders of Vaalwater, organised a peaceful march to Vaalwater SAPS to hand in a memorandum of understanding of no violence against women and children on 25th November. Children and parents joined in the march from the community hall to the police station singing songs of peace and justice in the community and carrying banners writing “Don’t Look Away, Act against Abuse”. Some of the community members managed to ask questions to Vaalwater SAPS about their poor response to violence in the community and said the police take too long to respond to calls. They added that they cannot afford to go to Modimolle to open cases of violence and in such cases, the police need to make transport available for them. Captain K.W. Mpete welcomed the memorandum and said they will look at it carefully and respond to the community in the second of February 2014 because of the festive season. The community was not happy with the response and they demanded to be given feedback within 7 to 14 days. He
added by saying the community needs to stop withdrawing rape and violence cases from the police station because this is affecting their ability to do their work effective and to reduce violence in the community and said parents also need to look after their children. Communication manager from Waterberg District, Maria Ramoshaba said the aim of the awareness was to encourage the community to be involved in initiatives to combat crimes against women and children, to not look the other way in cases of abuse and to emphasize that real men don’t rape. She also said parents should take responsibility of their children and report violent or abuse cases. Lucy Moruwe from Vaalwater CPF was also part of signing the memo and said the march was successful and police need to investigate on rape cases because it’s a big issue in the community and all stakeholders in the community need to work together to reduce this illness in their community. She also said that there are many complaints about the station commander and his leadership. The community was given a number to call if they have any complaints about the station: 084 867 0789 or (014) 717 3901.
Waterberg hosts district disability conference Lizzy Bapela The Waterberg District Municipality transported the disabled communities from around the district to an annual District Disability Conference. This year’s event was held at the Ga-Pila Community Hall in Mogalakwena Local Municipality on Friday, 22 November. Mayors, speakers, Chief Whips, councillors and chiefs from across the district attended the event. Also in attendance among other guests include representative from Office of the Premier, SALGA, DPSA, IEC and disability committees in the district. In her keynote address, the Waterberg District Executive mayor Tlotlanang Mogotlane said that the theme brings together the National Development Plan‘s (NDP) call to accelerate efforts in integrating issues of disability into all sides of society. She said that it also ensure equitable service provision for persons with disabilities. Mogotlane highlighted the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 (NDP:2030), which she said acknowledges that many people with disabilities are not able to develop to their full potential due to various barriers, resulting in them often viewed as being unproductive and a burden. The NDP: 2030, highlights barriers that need to be broken down. The barriers include physical, information, communication and attitudinal. Mogotlane emphasized that physical barriers may prevent persons with disabilities from accessing educational facilities, while information barriers may leave persons with disabilities without the use of essential educational materials. She said that communication barriers in educational
settings may prevent persons with disabilities from accessing information and participating fully in the learning experience. These barriers may also prevent students with disabilities from interacting fully with their peers who do not have disabilities. Mogotlane further said that attitudinal barriers may lead to assumptions about the capabilities of persons with disabilities and whether it is wise to commit resources to their education. During the District Conference of People th th with Disabilities held on the 29 to 30 May 2012, a number of programmes for the Disabled were identified and implemented. These programmes were aimed at capacity building in business management and other skills. “Although we operate on a limited budget, we try our best to make sure that the District Disability Coordinating Committee is able to perform its functions. But I have noted with serious concern from our Annual Report the challenges that Persons with Disabilities are still confronted with, especially in our local municipalities. Issues like lack of support and coordination, provision of transport for meetings and other forums, no invites for strategic meetings like the IDP Rep Forums and skills development for disabled persons so that they can be employed in our municipalities, should have been addressed by now,” Mogotlane said. She added that the municipality still has a long way to go in improving the lives of all South Africans and Waterberg in particular. The mayor award disabled people who attended a project management course NQF Level 5 organised by her municipality with certificates during the event.
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Sepeke Manamela Charity Tournament 2013
The Sinawe 72 shoot done within the right time frame Outside view of the house after the renovation. Photo supplied
The Sepeke Manamela Charity Tournament organising committee is ready for the 2013 kick-off games. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela The annual Sepeke Manamela Charity Tournament is about to kickoff and it gains momentum every year. This year the tournament will kick-off from Saturday, 21 December to Thursday the 26th. Teams from various parts of Limpopo, North-West and Gauteng are expected to challenge each other in the tournament, competing for a stake of R18 000 and assorted other goodies. The team that wins the first prize will receive 10 000, a trophy, 25 gold metals and a soccer kit. The second position team will receive R5 000, 25 silver metals and a soccer kit. The team in third position will receive R3 000, bronze metals and a soccer kit. The Modimolle-born soccer fan Sepeke Manamela founded the foundation, with an aim to plough back the fruits he bore from his local community. Manamela is the former Orlando Pirates and Mpumalanga Black Aces player, now playing for the University of Pretoria. He established the foundation in 2008,
trying to get the youth off the streets and encouraging them to engage in sports activities, more especially soccer. “I am happy with the support I am receiving from the community currently, proving that they believe in what I am doing for them. What I am struggling to accomplish is getting more and more professional players to be present during the tournament. We have already taken some of the best players acquired from the tournament to Sundowns and Tuks soccer academies and they have shown their best during the journeys,” said Manamela. He sent his regards to Jonas Mothapo of the Modimolle Capitec Bank and his team, who promised to lend a helping hand in making this year’s tournament a success. Mothapo approached Manamela, after realizing the good work that he does for the community. For more information about the tournament, interested soccer stakeholders can call the foundation coach Phuti Mabotja on 0824319708 or Dan Mhlongo on 0604288401.
The kitchen after the renovation. Photo Suppled
TK Mashaba. Nobody could miss the excitement on the weary face of Salaminah Sephuma of 2216 Leseding Section. Sephuma, along with a brave team of four, accomplished the renovation of her whole house in just 72 hours, filmed by a television crew. The team had only two hours rest per day and work the other 22 hours at a fevered pace in order to complete the renovations The shoot started on Monday, 25
November, and was completed on Thursday, 28 November. The show will be broadcast next year on eTV. Four teams from four provinces will depend on the public to vote for their team to win the R60 000 grand prize. During the construction the builders were asked to perform certain stunts for immediate prizes, sponsored by Build-It Bela Bela. Build-It also provided meals for the workers and spectators every afternoon.
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Municipal Notice No: V79/13 PUBLIC NOTICE CALLING FOR INSPECTION OF SUPPLEMENTARY VALUATION ROLL AND LODGING OF OBJECTIONS (EXTENSION)
Grade R teachers of Mamakwa FullService School had a big hug moment with one of the grateful mothers of their learners during the school’s Grade R graduation party. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
Grade R learners performed a play during their graduation party. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
In terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 (Act No. 6 of 2004), hereinafter referred to as the “Act”, it is advised that the 1st supplementary valuation roll for the financial years 01 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 is open for public inspection at the office of the Chief Financial Officer, Main Building (Chris Hani Drive) during office hours 08:00 to 16:00 from 17 December 2013 to 30 January 2014. In addition the valuation roll is available at website: www.belabela.gov.za An invitation is hereby made in terms of section 49(l)(a)(ii) and 78(2) of the Act that any owner of property or other person who so desires should lodge an objection with the Municipal Manager in respect of any matter reflected in, or omitted from, the supplementary valuation roll within the above-mentioned period. Attention is specifically drawn to the fact that in terms of section 50(2) of the Act an objection must be in relation to a specific individual property and not against the supplementary valuation roll as such. The form for the lodging of an objection is obtainable at the following address: Revenue Office, Bela-Bela Municipal Building, Chris Hani Drive, Bela -Bela. The completed forms must be returned to the Revenue Office during office hours, to be registered by the Property Rates Officer: Mr Elias Monyepao or Accountant Revenue: Ms Lerato Phasha. For enquiries please phone: Mr. E Monyepao on (014)736 8065 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms L Phasha on 014 736 8039 or email: email@example.com Municipal Offices Chris Hani Drive Private Bag X1609 BELA-BELA 0480
Mamakwa School’s drill dancers rendered an item for the guests. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
MM Maluleka Acting Municipal Manager
Notice No: 79/13
6 Desember, 2013
Modimolle’s Nylstene soccer team took part in a knock-out tournament against other local teams on Sunday, 17 November. Modimolle beat Alma FC in the final, and beat Boshoek to finish third overall.
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Total Surrender nominates player to replace coach
Zwakala Mokoma, former Total Surrender coach. Photo: TK Mashaba TK Mashaba Bela Bela-based team Total Surrender is under a cloud this season, with some players even having threatened to leave the team.
A player, who refused to be named, has been promoted to coach the team after the departure of former coach Zwakala Mokoma. This comes as a relief to the team, who have missed two matches so far because of their internal difficulties. The team owner, John Mthunzini, played it cool when The BEAT contacted him for comment. “All is well,” he said. “However, we have replaced the coach with one of the players since we don’t know why the former coach is not coming to practices.” Mokoma, who coached the team to victory in the Waterberg Mayoral Challenge, was with the team when The BEAT visited them earlier this week. “I was just passing through. I’m not the team’s coach anymore,” he said. Despite this, he did not appear satisfied with the state of the team, though he refused to comment. “I don’t want to say more about the team,” he said. “I love them and have come far with them. I even had to call some of them back to the team as they were seeking clearance to join other teams.” Total Surrender is one of the older teams in the SAB League, having been part of the League since 1991 under various names.
Stream C unfolds slowly TK Mashaba SAB’s Stream C has finally commenced just before the league went on festive break. The 12-team stream kicked off with only two teams playing. On 23 November, the Sea Robbers opened the league with a 4-1 win over Super Eagles and on Saturday, 30 November, Township Rollers lost 3-1 to Shining Stars. In Stream A, Bela Bela Pirates suffered their first loss in the SAB League since its opening to Elmarr Auto FC, though they still hold down first place in the log with NTK Happy Boys hot on their heels in second after beating Diesel n Dust 2-1.
A1 Terrors beat the Modimolle All Stars 2-1 while Happy Hearts suffered another loss to Mammoet Arsenal with a final score of 4-0. Qualitho FC played to a 2-all draw with Home Defenders while Trouble Makers FC also played to a 1-all draw. In Stream B, Simple Yellows beat Dimakatso Sundown’s 4-1 while Mookgophong All Stars to Juventus. Maxoma lost 3-0 to SASE FC while Black Rangers beat Moloto Morning Stars 3-1. Mosesetjane lost 3-0 to the Mokopane Stone Breakers while Real Madrid beat Mokopane Ratanang 4-2, and Siwele showed that they were no pushovers when they beat Thaba FC 3-2 while Mbu Eagles lost 2-1 to Yster United.