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COSAS weighs in on textbooks issue Lizzy Bapela The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) in Limpopo held their ninth provincial executive meeting since their term of office. The organisation’s provincial secretary and Bela Bela resident, Mr Resenga Shibambo, said that they were able to take constructive resolutions informed by challenges facing students across the province. “Our students are tired of the mull-administration in the province because it directly affects them and their future while people who are the cause of this are receiving fat salaries at the end of the month. Concerning lack of political discipline, we have resolved as COSAS Limpopo, to have bilateral with the ANC in our province to get clarity on some internal political issues concerning our organization and our relationship with them. We have also resolved to get clarity of why are they silent where else our students are suffering in schools, being fully aware of what is happening educationally in the province,” said Shibambo. He said the provincial education department has been under administration for more than six months and COSAS cannot see any radical developments ever since. COSAS is concerned about the continuous resignations of administrators in the department and demands full explanation from the nation department of what seems to the problem. The organisation states that the minister forgot about the textbooks until she was reprimanded by high court. They are calling for the resignation of the minister, saying politicians must ask themselves what kind of a mother forgets her children’s basic needs. “We demand that she be taken out of that office before the end of September this year because under her leadership we didn’t experience any educational transformation but a vicious circle of problems. The department is currently forced to do its job by a court of law; they are delivering wrong books to wrong schools and are doing so late.” “We are saying instead these political

heads using this blue lights to buy groceries they should use them to deliver books to our schools on time and it will be correct books. The minister failed to deliver so she must go and we demand her educational requirements as we doubt if she has ever been in class or tertiary,” Shibambo said. COSAS also condemns the destroying of books in Seshego while libraries are without books, saying information is power whether old or current. They demand to form part of the recovery plan, as they feel excluded and have numerous resolutions, which they suggest should be part of the recovery plan. “We resolved that as Limpopo we should scribe off September holidays to try to cover up much time we lost and the department pay our teachers for the September holidays. We also demand that all grades affected for the last six months be given free minimum requirement for the tow quarters and this quarter not be assessed, only assess the exams and year marks from this remaining quarters.” “We also request educators to fully avail themselves in assisting in this process as much as fight for their salaries also fight for the learners to pass at the end of the year as they need them more than before. This process must be monitored mostly by seniors in the department, SGB’s and parents. We want these officials to be on the ground because generally we do not see what they are doing in those airconditioned offices,” he said. COSAS condemns the call of the ANC Youth League for the pass one pass all motto, saying it does not encourage learners to work hard even under this situation. Shibambo says it shows that the ANCYL is led by people who did not go to school and do not care about educational future of young people. COSAS dedicate themselves in this process and mandating all structures to do so across the province to establish more study groups and extra study programmes from now on until the first day of final examinations.

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Waterberg Moral Regeneration summit

Acting executive mayor of the Waterberg District Municipality, Ms Mogotsi, addressed the audience during the MRM summit. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela The Waterberg District municipality in partnership with the district Department of Sport, Arts and Culture hosted the Moral Regeneration summit. The summit took place on Wednesday 26 June at Shangri La Hotel. Mr Simon Malowa of the district municipality said the aim of the summit was to develop a caring society and revive the spirit of Ubuntu. “We want to make sure we facilitate and coordinate all the Moral Regeneration programmes and as the district municipality and the department, we have the same mission and vision with regards to the movement,” he said. The Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) was first established in 2002, with the mandate of strengthening the issue of moral regeneration within the district to revive morals in line with the national guidelines. Mr Malowa said the responsibility of the committee is to ensure Ubuntu, African culture and morality is restored within the district. The department already had arts programmes in their activities and they launched a committee in 2010. Malowa confirmed that the municipality has adopted the committee because they both have the same mission and vision concerning the movement. There is currently only one committee functioning within this framework.

Acting mayors Ms Salamina Olifant, from Modimolle, and Ms Amanda Mogotsi, from the district, addressed the audience and expressed their municipalities’ concerns on bad incidents happening in Modimolle recently, saying they do not go hand in hand with good morals. Mr Joe Segoapa, from the provincial MRM committee, Mr Mangwane, from the provincial Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and Mr Selaelo Nkube gave messages of support. Structures’ representatives mixed with their counterparts from different parts of the district and broke into commissions, with MRM representatives facilitating the process. Commission 1 discussed the issue of organisational renewal and revival. The MRM structure has been launched in the district and some local municipalities but the same structure is not as effective as expected. The commission discussed ways that can assist the structure to function effectively. The members looked at the challenges of the structure, needs, and ways in which it can be strengthened. They talked about capacity challenges and where intervention would be necessary. Commission 2 discussed the issue of resource and stakeholder mobilisation. The survival of the organisation and its capacity to implement effective programmes will to a certain extend depend on its ability to mobilize resources. The commission talked about resources needed by the movement, key MRM stakeholders and partners in the district as well as the role that can be played by different stakeholders to mobilise the resources. Commission 3 discussed the identification of moral issues and strategies to deal with them. MRM, municipalities and all other partners need to be involved in some activities to deal with moral challenges in the community and those activities must be identified. They talked about key moral challenges, issues of different communities in the district and causes and solutions to the challenges. On report back from commissions, the house discussed the reports and made declarations. They all agreed that all MRM structures would be strengthened in order for them to function effectively.

Samuel Mabala denied bail TK Mashaba Samuel Mabala, who stands accused on two counts of murder, was denied bail when he appeared before the Bela Bela Magistrate’s Court for his bail hearing on Thursday, 28 June. Mabala first appeared briefly on 7 June and the case was postponed to 28 June, where his bail application would be heard. Police spokesperson, Colonel Abel Phetla, told The BEAT that the next court date for this case would be on Wednesday, 1 August, and the accused would remain in custody until then. Mabala stands accused of mur-

dering his girlfriend, Salome Lehlogonolo Mowatsi (26) and her friend and babysitter, Sarah Morukhuladi (19). Bela Bela police spokesperson, Captain Johnny Thiyo, said that the accused was arrested on Thursday, 31 May, after fleeing the scene of the crime on 29 May. According to the police, the murder followed a suspected domestic argument that erupted on the night of Tuesday, 29 May. The incident took place at the home of Mowatsi in the Phomolong section of the Bela Bela Township — also known as Skierlik. Limpopo police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto, said that Mowatsi and her boyfriend, the accused, were involved in an argument at approximately 22:00 on the night in question. Otto said that Mowatsi’s friend and neighbour, Morukhuladi, tried to intervene when the suspect allegedly stabbed them both with a knife. “Despite suffering from severe injuries, Mowatsi ran to the house of her neighbours, where she collapsed and died. The neighbours called the police, who found the 19-year-old Morukhuladi dead in the house where the couple stayed.


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ANCYL asks for free passes TK Mashaba Mr Mashila Morudu and his wife, Ms Matlakala Molokwane, would like to thank everybody who celebrated their two sons’, Tidimatso, who turned five and Itumeleng, who turned one, birthdays with them. The celebration took place at the old location in Bela Bela on Saturday, 29 June. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Friends and family members of the Masoga family would like to congratulate Mrs Masoga who turned 70 on Saturday, 29 June. Ms Masoga celebrated her birthday with her loved ones at her home in Extension 1, Bela Bela. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The KOMPLITS volleyball team needs a donation of R12000 for accommodation, transport and catering for the tournament in Durban that they have to attend. Those who are able to help can contact team’s representative, Mr Sello Makhubela, on 0764395078. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Save this internet address in your favourites! The BEAT is now available on the following website: http:// www.linmedia.co.za/Beat.html. You can also follow The BEAT on Facebook Any community news like birthdays, celebrations, anniversaries, births and deaths can be sent to beateditor@gmail.com(.) The BEAT will endeavour to publish these titbits in our new Can You Hear Us Now column. Readers can also submit their news by telephone. Call Maria Makwela on 014 736 2723. Any community events can also be published in this column.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has voiced their anger over the Department of Education’s failure to provide textbooks to schools on time. ANCYL provincial spokesperson, Mr Klaas Mabunda, said that the ANCYL is very disappointed in the whole process. “The education status and the situation in Limpopo is rapidly deteriorating, because learner support material is lacking. Yet, tenders for the

write on something that they were never taught? The worst part is that the syllabus was new to them,� he explained. The ANCYL criticized the Department of Education for neglecting their duties of educating the learners, by delivering textbooks 5 months too late, and condemned the burning of learning material. “ “We are largely angered by the discovery of the reality that amongst the books burned, are the books containing the biography of the first democratic President of the Republic of South Africa, Comrade Nelson Mandela, an internationally acclaimed hero of our people ‘s lives and times,� Mabunda said. Mabunda said that, instead of burning books, the ANCYL urge the Department of Education to revive the school libraries with these books and expose the children to these books as a means of furthering their education. “We therefore, as the ANCYL Limpopo, need to forward our sharpest views to the MEC for Education in Limpopo, Comrade Dickson Masemola, to go to Seshego and observe the severity of the burning of books rather than to wait for a report, as the report will be man-made and can be distorted to avoid facts,� he said in a statement.The ANCYL called on the Limpopo Provincial Administration, and especially on Premier Cassel Mathale, to rise to the occasion and to take a lead in correcting these wrongs that has happened in the education sector.

The ANCYL condemned the burning of learning material and the late delivery of textbooks to schools in Limpopo. Photo as illustration.

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disposal (of textbooks) are continuing,� he said in a statement. Mabunda said that the ANCYL in Limpopo are pleading with the department to give extra marks to the learners affected by the textbook debacle. The ANCYL suggested that learners be given an extra 25% final mark adjustment in the first term and another 25% adjustment in the second term as a way to help these learners catch up to their counterparts. He also said that the ANCYL suggests that the final exams, written by learners in Limpopo, should be different from the national standardised exams. “How are the Grade 4, -6 and -10 learners and all who are affected going to

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Winter schools on par so far

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Job creation and intervention strategies Lizzy Bapela

Students at Maope High School are attending the Winter School during the classes. Photo: TK Mashaba

TK Mashaba The committee, which is behind all the planning and organisation of the Winter School classes in and around Bela Bela, is very excited about the number of learners who are attending these classes, but they are worried that they do not have enough tutors to meet demand. Mr Daniel Motalane, teacher at Maope High School and committee member, said that 90% of the learners who enrolled in the Winter School attended the classes from Monday to Thursday, but only 70% of enrolled learners attended classes on Friday. Motalane said that the Winter School committee receives great support from stakeholders like the Bela Bela Education Advocacy Group and former teachers who came to help as tutors. However, there are still not enough tutors for the numbers of students enrolled in the classes. “We have so many students, especially those who did not make it to the Settlers and Groenvlei campsite Winter Schools,� Motalane said. “We are catering for students as far as Waterberg High and Vingerkraal as well as local schools like Bela Bela High, Maope High and Raeleng Secondary School. We even have one learner from

Krugersdorp in Gauteng attending the Winter School here,� he added. Motalane further explained that they were happy about the progress made at these classes and that the committee is paving the way to offer spring classes to help learners prepare for the final exams. The subjects that are tackled at the Winter School classes are mathematics, mathematical literacy, physical science, life science, agriculture, geography, history and economics. Among the volunteer tutors is Mr Frans Sithole, the former principal of Maope High School. Sithole is now retired, but decided to throw his weight behind the project. He is tutoring agriculture at both the Maope and Settlers Winter School classes. Winter School classes are extra classes organised for Grade 12 learners to help them prepare for the crucial exams that lie ahead. These classes are usually offered to the students during the winter school holidays when the schools are quieter and learners will not be disturbed by the school programmes. This year’s Bela Bela Winter School initiative was organised in partnership by Bela Bela High School, Maope High School and Raeleng Secondary School.

The Waterberg is one of the areas to benefit from the Department of Labour’s inspections conducted in 200 000 workplaces nationwide. The BEAT reported on a group of security guards from Bela Bela who previously had challenges about their employment conditions to the Limpopo provincial department. After the article, the spokesperson of the Department of Labour, Mr Johannes Mokou, promised to give them the necessary assistance. The workers reported that they are waiting for Mr Mokou to enlighten them in terms of which steps to take. Mokou said the inspections were conducted countrywide including Waterberg recently, in order to ensure 80% compliance with various aspects of labour legislations during the2010/11 financial year. He indicated that the department was finalising the annual report for the 2011/12 financial year for presentation in September. He said these seminars are expected to take place again in the Waterberg shortly, particularly in Bela Bela. The department’s acting Director General, Mr Sam Morotoba, said that the inspections were aimed at protecting vulnerable workers in line with the departmental mandate. He said 192 129 workplaces were inspected and audited and this resulted in an impressive compliance rate of 77%. “In terms of our achievements resulting from the inspections, 378 of these inspections were conducted in

FYL and ANCYL relationship confirmed

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high risk sectors to enforce compliance with Occupational Health and Safety aspects. High risk includes chemical, iron and steel as well as construction,� Morotoba said. He said the Department held seminars in iron and steel, hospitality, forestry as well as construction during the 2010/ 2011 period. Morotoba said 1021 shop stewards countrywide including Limpopo, Waterberg in particular were trained in Employment Equity Act (EEA), Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCSA). Morotoba said that the Department had managed to resolve 80% of the complaints received. “About 120 566 from a figure of 154 441 complaints received were investigated and 116 131 (75%) were settled within 90 days,� he said. In terms of Public Employment Services (PES), Morotoba said 65 347 job seekers were provided with career counselling and guidance. He said 25 814 job seekers were referred for work placement opportunities and 12 801 were successfully placed. He added during the same period, 451 950 job seekers were referred to the Unemployment Insurance Fund for benefits payment. Morotoba said 8 732 workers injured in the course of employment were referred to the Compensation Fund for benefits, while 7 217 job seekers were referred for skills development opportunities.

ANC Youth League spokesperson in Limpopo Mr Klaas Mabunda. Photo: Lizzy Bapela Lizzy Bapela “In the light of how certain youths, who occupy national offices of some structures, misrepresent facts in public, it becomes necessary that, every once in a while, we provide free education on the constitution of the ANC.� These were the words from the mouth of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) spokesperson in Limpopo, Mr Klaas Mabunda, allegedly speaking in terms of rule 25.5 of the constitution of the ANC. He said certain conducts by a member should constitute misconduct in respect of which disciplinary proceedings may be invoked and instituted against him or her.These transgressions include the supporting a political organisation or party

other than an organisation in alliance with the ANC in a manner contrary to the aims, objectives and policy of the ANC. It also talks about joining a political organisation or party other than the ANC or a party in alliance with the ANC. The offenses also include prejudicing the integrity or repute of the organisation, its personnel or its operational capacity by acting on behalf of or in collaboration with counter-revolutionary forces or a political organisation or party other than an organisation or party in alliance with the ANC in a manner contrary to the aims, policies and objectives of the ANC. The misconduct also refers to any person or group who seriously interferes with the work of the organisation or prevents it from fulfilling its mission and objectives. “In keeping with the said constitutional imperatives, we are not aware of the Friends of the Youth League’s (FYL) registration as a political party and equally we have not formally applied for membership or paid a subscription fee to the friends of the Youth League,� Mabunda said. “We have therefore not contravened rule 25.5 (i) and rule 25.5 (n) respectively and we have not observed any counter-revolutionary activity on the part of the FYL. We therefore have no reason to believe that they are a counter-revolutionary force. Instead we believe that they are pro to our national democratic revolution consistent with rule 25.5 (o) (i).� “We are not aware of the FYL’s contradiction to the aims, policies and objectives of the ANC as stipulated in rule 25.5 (o) (ii). We are not aware of any “serious interference� with the work of the ANC and the prevention of the fulfilment of its mission and objectives as per rule 25.5 (o) (iv).� “We are however open to engagement by the leadership of the ANC. Those who have fundamental political and organisational reasons why we should not relate with the FYL must feel free to contact us,� he explained.


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Work now, play later The Winter School classes are in full swing and, while others are enjoying their school holidays, Grade 12 learners are settling into their classrooms to make the most of this wonderful opportunity. Mr Daniel Motalane, teacher at Maope High School and committee member, said that 90% of the learners who enrolled in the Winter School attended the classes from Monday to Thursday, but only 70% of enrolled learners attended classes on Friday. This statement brings two questions to mind. The first question is why only 90% of the learners who enrolled in the classes actually showed up. Could it be that their education is just not that important to them, or do they have family commitments that they cannot avoid? The second question is why only 70% of these learners showed up on the Friday? It could not possibly have anything to do with the fact that Friday is the beginning of the weekend and all the socialising that a weekend offers a teenager, could it? Why is it that some of these learners just do not understand why these extra lessons are so important to their futures? Valerie F. Reyna, professor of human development, explains that it is not that the teenagers do not understand the importance of life decisions, but rather that the opinion of their friends are far more important to them. This is where the role of the parent comes into the equation. If a parent can force the teenager to attend these classes, the kids would be much more likely to make the right decision. Once again, we see the importance of parents being involved in their children’s lives. The Winter Schools are run by people who are volunteering their time and expertise to help Grade 12 learners through their exams. This is especially welcome and commendable in the current educational climate, where most learners did not even have textbooks up to now. There are not enough tutors to help the learners on an individual basis. The volunteers have to teach larger volumes of learners than is ideal and can, therefore, not give individual attention to learners with specific problems. Still, these heroes of our educational system and saviours of our children soldier on every day. They will not be defeated by circumstances. Why not join them if you can?

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Some say marriage is just a legal formality. say they want to know if they are compatible before they make a commitment. Others justify sexual relations for those who are just dating as long as they care for one another. Still others get married but then have a lover on the side. Previously unmarried couples were known to cohabit, but people viewed it as shameful. People who did it were ashamed to admit it. Yet in a single generation, it has become socially acceptable. Everyone knows people who do it. Those who are involved speak of it casually and without shame. Our language and social customs are changing to accommodate the practice. Instead of using terms such as husband and wife or even spouse, businesses and advertisers speak of partners and companions. Instead of getting married, couples talk about being together. Couples who live together without marriage are called domestic partners. Sociologist David Popenoe said, “I know of few other bodies of data in which the weight of evidence is so decisively on one side of the issue: on the whole, for children, two-parent families are preferable to singleparent and stepfamilies.” Many assume that, if the government allows a practice, then it must be acceptable. However, the Bible says we should obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29 – “Peter and the other apostles replied: We must obey God rather than men!” Others think a practice must be all right if large numbers of people approve of it. Nevertheless, God often opposes the majority view. Jesus said most people are on the road to spiritual destruction. Matt. 7:13, 14 - “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” Other people justify a practice if they have some loved one involved in it. However, Jesus said we must disagree with loved ones if necessary in order to please Him. Matt.10:34-37 – “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her motherin-law, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Many people simply do what seems right according to their own human wisdom, but must be willing to sacrifice and deny our own desires in order to please God.


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LEGALS BELA-BELA LAND-USE SCHEME, 2008 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern, that in terms of Clause 21 of the BelaBela Land-Use Scheme, 2008, I, Mariaan van Heerden of DLC Telecom (Pty) Ltd, intend applying to the Bela-Bela Local Municipality for Special Consent for the construction of a 25m high Vodacom telecommunication lattice mast and base station on Erf 655 Warmbaths, zoned municipal. Full particulars and plans may be inspected during normal office hours at the office of the applicant at the address included below or at the Office of the Manager: Planning and Development, Bela-Bela Municipality, Chris Hani Drive, Bela-Bela. Any objection, with the grounds therefore, shall be lodged with or made in writing to both the applicant at the address mentioned below and The Manager: Planning and Development, Bela-Bela Municipality, Private Bag X 1609, Bela-Bela, 0480, within 28 days of the date of the first publication of this notice, viz 29 June 2012. Closing date for any objections: 27 July 2012 Applicant: DLC Telecom (Pty) Ltd Street address: 46 26th Street, Menlo Park, 0081 Postal Address: P.O. Box 35921, Menlo Park, 0102 Tel: (012) 346 7890 Email: hsh@dlcgroup.co.za Our Ref: VC/LK/028 – BelaBela Fire Station BELA-BELA LAND-USE SCHEME, 2008 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern, that in terms of Clause 21 of the BelaBela Land-Use Scheme, 2008, I, Mariaan van Heerden of DLC Telecom (Pty) Ltd, intend applying to the Bela-Bela Local Municipality for Special Consent for the construction and operation of a 45m high telecommunications lattice mast and base station on the Farm Rondefontein 663-JR zoned agricultural. Full particulars and plans may be inspected during normal office hours at the office of the applicant at the address included below or at the Office of the Manager: Planning and Development, Bela-Bela Municipality, Chris Hani Drive, Bela-Bela. Any objection, with the grounds therefore, shall be lodged with or made in writing to both the applicant at the address mentioned below and The Manager: Planning and Development, Bela-Bela Municipality, Private Bag X 1609, Bela-Bela, 0480, within 28 days of the date of the first publication of this notice, viz 29 June 2012. Closing date for any objections: 27 July 2012 Applicant: DLC Telecom (Pty) Ltd Street address: 46 26th Street, Menlo Park, 0081 Postal Address: P.O. Box 35921, Menlo Park, 0102 Tel: (012) 346 7890 Email: hsh@dlcgroup.co.za Our Ref: VC/GT/056 – Camp Discovery MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) MABOSHI LESIBA GEORGE intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Con sent to: TUCKSHOP on (property and suburb) 1788 EXT 2 MABATLANE also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Business 2 etc).

6 July, 2012 Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 13:00 and 13:45 - 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS 1788 Ext 2, Mabatlane, 0530, Telephone: 074 539 8612 MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) FATLANE MAMMA LISBETH intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Con sent to: TUCKSHOP on (property and suburb) VAALWATER 2843 also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Business 2 etc). Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 13:00 and 13:45 - 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS 2843 Vaalwater, Box 770, Vaalwater, 0530, Telephone: 071 751 5342 MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) MARAKALLA MANKGAPI SARAH intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Con sent to: TUCKSHOP on (property and suburb) 108 MABALENG also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Business 2 etc). Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 13:00 and 13:45 - 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS 108 Mabaleng,0512, Telephone: 084 873 4446 MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) MATLOU LEBITLA JOHANNES intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Consent to: SALONE on (property and suburb) 2791 VAALWATER also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Busi-

ness 2 etc). Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 13:00 and 13:45 - 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS 2791 Vaalwater, Box 800, Vaalwater, 0530, Telephone: 072 595 0344 MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) CHOUDARY SHARAFAT ALI intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Consent to: TUCKSHOP on (property and suburb) 2411 VAALWATER also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Business 2 etc). Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 13:00 and 13:45 - 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS 2411 Vaalwater, Box 800, Vaalwater, 0530, Telephone: 082 576 0512 MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) BALOYI MOKGAETJI PAULINA intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Consent to: TUCKSHOP on (property and suburb) 2515 EXT 2 LESEDING MABATLANE also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Business 2 etc). Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 13:00 and 13:45 - 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS 2515 Ext 2 Leseding, Mabaleng, 0530, Telephone: 074 539 8612 MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) MONYEKI OUPA KOOS intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Consent to: TUCKSHOP on (property

and suburb) 2011 EXT 2 LESEDING MABATLANE also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Business 2 etc). Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 - 13:00 and 13:45 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS 2011 Ext 2 Leseding, Mabatlane, 0530, Telephone: 074 539 8612 MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) MFISA MMUKU PAULINA intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Consent to: TUCKSHOP on (property and suburb) 1756 EXT 2 LESEDING MABATLANE also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Business 2 etc). Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 - 13:00 and 13:45 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS 1756 Ext 2 Leseding, Mabatlane, 0530, Telephone: 074 539 8612 MODIMOLLE LAND USE SCHEME, 2004 Notice is hereby given to all whom it may concern that in terms of clause 23 of the Modimolle Land Use Scheme, 2004, I, (full name) M O K G W A T H I MATSHEKO MARIA intend applying to the Modimolle Local Municipality for Special Consent to: TUCKSHOP on (property and suburb) 1010 EXT 1 LESEDING also known as (street name and number) located in a Residential 1 zone. (Example: Residential 1, Business 2 etc). Any objection, with the grounds therefor, shall be lodged with or made in writing to: The Divisional Manager: Town Planning, Ground Floor, Modimolle Municipal Building, or Private Bag X 1008, Modimolle, 0510, within 28 days of the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper, viz 06 July + 13 July 2012. Full particulars and plans (if any) may be inspected during normal office hours (08:00 - 13:00 and 13:45 15:00) at the above-mentioned office, for a period of 28 days after the publication of the advertisement in the Local Newspaper. Closing date for any objections: 15 August 2012 APPLICANT STREET ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS P.O. Box 664, Mabaleng, 0530, Telephone: 082 344 7461

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Initiation Season Boitumelo Moima and Thandekile Sibanyoni

The initiation season is in full swing and there are many varied opinions on the matter. For some it is an integral part of a culture that should be protected, while others see it as an outdated practice. The BEAT spoke to some of our readers to get their opinion on the matter. We asked them whether traditional circumcision and initiation still has a place in modern society.

Isaac Dhlamini (20): No, it does not have a place in the modern society; there are many illnesses that you can just go to a medical practitioner to prevent. One cannot claim his manhood by either going to the traditional doctors or medical practitioners because being a man is something that comes from the inner being of a person.

Boitumelo Nteta (16): Yes, although what traditional doctors and medical doctors do is basically the same. The traditionalists remove the whole foreskin and the medial doctors only remove half of it. In my opinion, there is a significant difference because the total absence of one’s foreskin determines a man’s masculinity.

Puleng Dhlamini (14): No, the cutting of the foreskin is brutally painful. Medical doctors numb the pain, which makes it a little less painful, compared to how traditional doctors go up about it. To me both places will eventually turn you into a man.

Vincent Rasemana (34): Yes, I come from the mountain initiation so I see it best and fit for any male to go there as well. The mountain also makes one a man because they teach you how to handle life and your own family.

Jerry Sehlari (28): Yes, it is important because it is vital that a person does not abandon his culture to adopt western ways of doing things. The mountain initiation teaches you a lot about who you are and to which clan you belong. The people who come from the mountains have a lot of respect. I am however unable to further explain why the mountain initiation makes an individual a real man because of that is a confidential matter but believe me, the mountain makes you more of a man than any medical doctor.

William Ngwenya (36): Yes, it is our culture and I do not see any reason to let go of it now when it has brought us this far. According to me, the new South Africa is killing our traditions. People are losing their morals. Yes, we have voted for the new South Africa but we cannot allow it to run over what we believe in as Africans. The mountain makes one a better man.

The true aim of every one who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds. F. W. Robertson


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Local Youth Council launched

Bela Bela’s basketball guru

Bishop Silas Tlou has done much to develop the sport of basketball in the Bela Bela Township. Photo: Supplied TK Mashaba Silas Tlou was born and bred in Bela Bela and is well known in the Bela Bela Township as spiritual leader, but he had other

talents of the more physical nature too. Tlou is an avid basketball player and coach. His love for basketball started right here in Bela Bela where he was born 36 years ago. He told The BEAT that, like many children of his generation, he fell in love with the game and that love has grown from strength to strength. It was not a usual pastime when he was growing up and he decided that he would not only play the game, but also contribute to its development in Bela Bela. At the age of twenty-one-years, Tlou played as part of a relatively established team and took part in many tournaments. “We were called the Vikings and our A and B sides were named Red Bulls and the Dream Team,” he said. Tlou then went on from being a player to being a coach of the Vikings. The Vikings did rather well and played in many provincial tournaments. One of Tlou’s protégées at the time was David Raborolo, who went on to make a name for him at tertiary level. Today Tlou still spends much of his time coaching basketball in the Bela Bela Township. “I still play and I still help to develop talent in that regard,” he explained. Of course, Tlou is best known for being a Bishop and spends most of his time on his duties as minister of the Bread of Life Ministries church. He lives by the motto “believe in God and the results will follow” and is an inspiration to many young people in the Township.

Meshack aiming high at 12 TK Mashaba

Meshack Maponyane loves running and aims to win the Comrades Marathon one day. Photo: Supplied

Bela Bela does not have a shortage on sporting talent when it comes to the younger generation. Meshack Maponyane is one of these rising stars. The twelve-year-old has been running seriously for two years now and he is aiming for the stars. His biggest dream is to be like this year’s Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabolo. Mamabolo is Meshack’s hero because he held the Limpopo name high when he won the Comrades ultra marathon. Mamabolo hails from Polokwane. “I want to be like Ludwick Mamabolo one day and make my province proud,” Meshack said during an interview with The BEAT. The Grade 6 learner from Mmapatile Primary School has already won six medals since he joined the Run Boikie Run Sports Academy in Bela Bela. He has five bronze medals and one silver medal under his belt. Meshack told The BEAT that his biggest races were the 5 km runs that he ran in Thabazimbi and in Rustenburg. The lithe little runner, who was born in Soweto, says that he wants to become a traffic officer when he grows up. He also has a thing for the music of new local sensation, Zahara. Although they train very hard at the Academy, every day of the week, there is always time for a little play. Meshack loves to dive with his wire cars with his friends and loves his mother’s true African food.

The newly elected committee of the Bela Bela Local Youth Council represents the local young people of the town. Photo: Lizzy Bapela

Bela Bela mayor Mr Freddy Hlungwane was photographed helping in dishing for the young people attending the local youth council launch. The event took place at the local community hall on Friday, 29 June. Photo: Lizzy Bapela

Lizzy Bapela Bela Bela mayor, Mr Freddy Hlungwane, gave a keynote address during the launch of the Local Youth Council. The launch took place on Friday 28 June at the Bela Bela Community Hall. Councillors and young people from various youth organisations gathered at the launch to witness and congratulate the organisation’s newly elected committee. In his address, the mayor touched on the commemoration of the Soweto upraising. “It gives me great pleasure to note that young people of Bela-Bela are today holding the flame passed on by the 1976 generation to claim their space and recognition in our democratic society. Many young people sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. They had a common goal of fighting for a none-sexist, none-discriminating and peaceful society. We can think of all our fallen heroes who left their families to cross the crocodile infested Limpopo river with the goal of destabilising a monster created by human hatred,” he said. Hlungwane urged the young people to unite their efforts to redress imbalances of the past by developing communitybased programmes that will make an impact in communities. He touched on a number of social ills that are slowly crippling society including alcohol and substance abuse, HIV/ AIDS infection and teenage pregnancy. He said young people engage themselves in risky behaviour due do irresponsible intake of alcohol and drugs, specifically nyaope. “As a result they drop out school at an early age and resort to criminal activities making it difficult for themselves to be prospective employers or employees. As we march on to achieve economic freedom in our life time, we need to take care of our wellbeing,” he said “According to statistics provided by the Department of Health, Bela-Bela has the highest rate of new HIV infection in young people in the district. Children as young as 12 years are reported to be pregnant in our municipality. As young people we need to develop support programmes for these young moth-

ers and encourage learners at primary level not to fall pregnant early as this will affect their future aspirations,” he added. The mayor indicated that the role of the Youth Council would be to guide and advise the municipal council and sector departments on the general mainstreaming of youth development and assisting in developing programmes aimed at addressing mentioned challenges. Hlungwane said that, as a government, they are expected to continuously consult with formalised community structures during programmes planning, implementation and provide feedback. He added that they needed to acknowledge that in the past this has not been the case to the sector of young people. Eight young people representing different youth structures were elected into the new committee and Mr Tshepiso Boskraal of the South African Youth Council (SAYC) facilitated the election process and gave words of support. The newly elected committee consists of top five members, with other four as additional, all from different local youth structures. Ms Mpho Kwata, of the ANC Youth League, was chosen as chairperson, while Mr Moses Ramabusha, of COSAS, emerged as her deputy. The secretary position went to Mr Erens Motalane, of the Young Communists League, and his deputy is Mr Wilson Matlaisane, from the Bela Bela Sports Council. Mr Costa Baloyi from an NGO Kgatelopele Youth Development and Entertainment Services emerged as Treasurer. The four additional members include Ms Molobane Phago, from Love Life, Ms Annikie Khumalo, of the DA, Ms Drika Masoga, of the Bela Bela Youth development Initiative, and Mr Jafta Modiba, of the DPSA (Disable People of South Africa). Mr David Raborolo of the Bela Bela Local Municipality said that only nine youth organisations had voting power and each was represented in the new committee. According to Raborolo, other organisations could not participate in the voting process, as they had not yet registered in the municipality’s database.


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When pain meets passion dreams come true

Johannes Motsobane is relaxing after a long day of coaching. Photo: Boitumelo Moima Boitumelo Moima Born and bred from the dusty streets of Masebe village in Mmapela, in Mokopane, Molomo Johannes Motsobane has made a name for himself in sports. Many people now look up to him not only because of his achievements but his giv-

ing heart that only longs to give back to the community that has played an integral part in the man that he is today. “It was not always like that,” he recalls, “the one mistake that people make is that they look at people who are now successful and think that it has always been cookies and cream but for me only the opposite is true. The passion I have to strive and succeed in life comes from a lot of pain.” His story began in 1997 where he participated in athletics at Hans Masebe Primary School. It was love at first try for him, but he was aware that love alone would not bring the medals home. An hour or more of daily training and sacrifices would be needed as well. In 2000, Matsobane and his mother moved to Mahwelereng where the grass seemed greener. He knew however that if the grass was greener on the other side, the water bill would be higher. In 2002, he joined the Raphela Higher primary school Athletics team, where Mr Kekana coached him. He vividly remem-

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bers his first competition at the Piet Potgieterus Laerskool where he did not proceed to the next level because he was not fit enough. At his next competition however, he won his first bronze medal at a primary school in Mokopane for running a 4 km race. Around August, his hard work won him a position to represent Limpopo in the ASA (Athletic South Africa) championships in Bloemfontein. For four consecutive years, he collected medals and certificates and, in 2007, he was selected to be an assistant coach for a period of two months at Mokerong Athletics club. The year 2009 marks the crown of all years for Matsobane not only because he was mentored by coach Marius Wilters, who was a coach at the Prisma Athletic club, but also because in that same year he got his spiritual life intact. Wilters also later directed him to attend ASA level one coaching course Matsobane encountered many challenges. First and foremost he did not have

any financial aid for the coaching course he wanted to do at the University of Pretoria and that meant that he would not have accommodation. “The Mercy of God Mission 2818 collected a few cents since my mother was unemployed and due to sickness my father was not fit for any employment either. At first I came up with a lot of excuses not to go but because of my uncle, Alex Kganayego encouraged me to follow my dreams I never lost heart,” Matsobane explained. In 2010, he further went on to write his level two coaching exams and he prospered because of the results produced by the athletes that he trained. Castor Semenya’s former coach, Mikel Seme, has played an irreplaceable role in his life as he taught him how to work with athletes. Matsobane is also working with one of the best coaches in South Africa, Mr Maponya who is the director of sports at the University of Limpopo. They now work hand in hand with Matsobane as his assistant coach.

Local volleyball players to represent province

Bela Bela FC United squad during the Nedbank cup. Photo: TK Mashaba games, but were able to make up for these games in time to avoid the relegation zone. This week, Zwakala Mokoma, team official, The future of Bela Bela’s sole hope for the next SAB Waterberg League season is un- said that the future of the team was not cercertain after a tough previous season that tain. He did not want to divulge much but he did say that there is a chance that the team led to poor performances. Bela Bela FC United, formerly known as might not go on in the next season. “There is Bela Bela Fast XI, was expected to start pav- a lot that happened last season in the teams. ing the way forward on Thursday, 5 July. The We also had the sponsorship crisis and so team was scheduled to have a meeting forth,” he said. Mokoma further said that they where they would discuss the future of the had stakeholders involved that did not proteam. This is in preparation of the new sea- vide as much they wished they could for the success of the team. He also mentioned is son that is due to kick off in September. The team, who once tried to sell their SAB that there is a chance that the team would status before the beginning of the season, retain their initial name, Fast XI, if they were faced more drama and disappointment in going to play in the new season. Bela Bela FC United is the only SAB team their league season. They missed many in Bela Bela after Leventis was disqualified from the league after so many outstanding games New & Used vehicles were not played. Leventis also relocated back to Gauteng. Another Bela Bela based team. Diesel n Dust, tried their best to join FC United in the SAB Regional League, Tel: (014) 736 2127 but their hopes were Fax: (014) 736 3241 dashed after they fell Cell: 082 773 1358 out in the Local Footemail: andre@warmtoy.co.za ball Association playoffs, after winning MOPANI TOYOTA the local Bela Bela 12 Potgieter Street. Bela-Bela 0480. PO Box 1061 LEAD THE WAY league. TK Mashaba

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KOMPLITS volleyball players during practice at the Bela Bela Community Hall. Photo: Thandekile Sibanyoni Thandekile Sibanyoni Nineteen members of the local volleyball team, called KOMPLITS, in Bela Bela, were selected to represent Limpopo in an Inter Provincial Tournament (IPT) that was held in Seshego, Polokwane, on Monday, 23 June. The players will also be representing the province in Durban, Kwazulu Natal, from Saturday, 7 July, to Sunday, 15 July. The name KOMPLITS is an acronym taken from the names of the founding members and players when the team was formed in 1985. The KOMPLITS squad is a combination of boys and girls team. The squad consists of twenty-one boys and sixteen girls. They practice from Monday to Friday at the Bela Bela Community Hall with their coach, Wilson Matlaisane. This team is one of the leading teams in Limpopo. The girls are currently on top of the log on the IPT for Limpopo Provincial League. The boys are in the third position. In November 2011, the girls won the

league and received gold medals. Two players of the team are playing for the South African National volleyball team. Nathaniel Rafapa and Philip Phasha are representing Limpopo and KOMPLITS on national level. The team manager, Levy Thantsha, said that he hopes that the team can obtain some sponsorship. “We need the facilities for our team. Volleyball is an indoor sport and we are practicing outside. Getting a sponsorship will be very useful to help these talented players,” he said. One of the players, Mminah Mothobi, said that she really loves volleyball and being in the team gives her an opportunity to use her talent. “One day I hope to see myself playing for the South African Volleyball team,” she said. Due to financial constrains, the team needs a donation of R12000 for accommodation, transport and catering for the tournament in Durban. Those who are able to help can contact team’s representative, Mr Sello Makhubela, on 076 4395 078.


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