Friday 27 January 2017
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Sports, Arts and Culture MEC visits Moutse Secondary Schools
Sports, Arts and Culture MEC in Limpopo Onicca Moloi motivating learners at Thejane Secondary School in Dennilton, Moutse. Limpopo MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture, Mme Onicca Moloi paid a visit to three Moutse secondary schools. The MEC’s visit formed part of the back to school campaign after the scools re-opening for the 2017 academic year. Moloi visited Sebakanaga Secondary School, St Josef’s Comprehensive School and Thejane Secondary School. Moloi’s aim to visit the schools was to motivate learners to work hard towards their studies in the 2017 academic year. In some of the visited schools, Moloi was making re-visits after her last year’s campaign that was aiming to encourage learners. One of the schools that was visited by MEC Moloi last year is Thejane Secondary School. The school was standing on the bottom in the 2015 matric results in Moutse Central Circuit. In 2016, Thejane Secondary managed to improve and
Limpopo MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Onicca Moloi checking on the situation at one of the school he visited, Thejane Secondary School during a back to school campaign.
grabbed the second position in matric results. A serious motivation was offered by Moloi at St Joseph’s Comprehensive School. This is because school’s performance has dropped dramatically compared to the previous years as they used to top the Sekhukhune District. Another motivation was offered to Sebakanaga Secondary School. Sebakanaga is one of the schools that performed well in the previous matric results. The school topped Moutse Central Circuit for two consecutive years. MEC Moloi congratulated the school and encouraged educators who managed to make sure that the school retains its first spot in the circuit. “I am happy that some of the schools such as Thejane have improved after my visit and motivation last year. It is disappointing to see some of the schools like St Josef’s dropping
their performance but we discovered that the problem is lack of technical educators. We hope they will adapt and improve this year,” she said. Moloi motivated learners and said they must work hard and commit themselves to their studies. “You must not wait for educators to teach you everything, you must work hard and study at your own in and out of the school premises,” she said. MEC Moloi encouraged sports Wednesdays programmes at schools and said they contribute a lot in keeping young people active and focus on their studies. “We are aware that there is lack of sports teachers in schools but the current educators should do everything in their means to make sure that pupils participate in sports. This will take young people off the streets,” she said.
And again ….No books in Limpopo schools Pupils in Limpopo schools are urged to share text books and take lessons without some of the study material because the Education Department failed to deliver learning material for the 2017 academic year. When schools reopened on Wednesday 11 January, hundreds of educators and pupils were left stranded because there was no learning material in schools. Some of the schools in Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality were handing over books left from last year from learners who are doing higher grades. In some of the schools, there was no study material at all and pupils did not study at all and some were turned away. The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) said in a statement that the situation was disappointing
where its members were forced to operate without proper material. According to sadtu, higher grades in primary and secondary schools were the most affected ones. According to one of the educators who want to remain anonymous, it is difficult to teach learners without study material. He said the department promised to deliver in time but they were surprised to find out when they arrive on Monday 9 January that the study material did not arrive. “We are worried that the situation where the department failed to deliver material in 2012 will repeat again this year, where both provincial and national departments of education failed to come to our rescue,” he said.. ... continues on P2
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And again ….No books in Limpopo schools ... continues from P1 “This is disturbing to learners and us as teachers. We view this as a violation of rights to educators and learners yet the Provincial Education Department claim they want good results at the end of the year. How is that possible if they do not respect our rights and start practicing a good culture of allowing pupils to take lessons in a environment that is suitable for teaching and learning,” he said. He claimed it will be a disaster to some schools because they lacked stationery even in the 2016 academic year. “To some of the teachers, it is difficult to submit assessments due to lack of study material. This has become a tradition since the province struggle to deliver study material. We were told by the department last year that warehouses are full and study material will be delivered to schools just before reopening but that did not happen,” he said. Limpopo Department of Education Spokesperson Dr Naledzani Rasila told the Dispatch that they are busy delivering study material in the province. He said they had problems with the service provider which is the reason the department did not deliver the stationery in time. He said some schools struggled to retrieve textbooks from their pupils and so some schools had to order more books which also contributed to the delay. “We are busy delivering study materials to the schools everyday including on weekends. I can assure you that all schools in the province will have study material before the end of the month,” he said.
Sekhukhune TVET College students cases withdrawn Cases against 21 Sekhukhune TVET College students in CS Barlow Campus, Motetema, were withdrawn by the Motetema Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 17 January. The students appeared on bridging the court order charges following their arrest on Wednesday 14 September 2016. During the time of their arrest, hundreds of students belonging to Sekhukhune Express Movement, were demonstrating against the college management for failing to respond to their memorandum of grievances handed over to the Campus Manager Ms Joyce Mphela on Tuesday 12 August 2016. Among issues stated in the memorandum by students were, shortage of lectures, shortage of study material and mismanagement of funds where the college management refused to produce the college financial statements to a delegation of students. Students embarked on a strike vowing the removal of Campus Manager Ms Joyce Mphela. The college went to court to apply for a restriction order for students as they were torching the college building and staff vehicles. The restriction order was served to students to stay away from the college premises but they continued entering the college to express their grievances. Twenty one of them were arrested on Wednesday 14 September and were released the following day with free bail. The case was postponed to 17 January 2017 where charges against all 21 students were withdrawn for lack of evidence. Sekhukhune Express Movement Chairperson Samuel Moela says they are happy about the court’s decision to withdraw charges against the students. “We knew when our members were arrested that they were not guilty. The arrest was a form of the college to stop us from protesting, demanding answers from the memorandum and removal of the campus manager because she is incompetent. The issues are not yet resolved between students and the campus. We will be engaging in meetings with the college to try and resolve them peacefully,” he said.
Sekhukhune TVET College CS Barlow Campus students singing and chanting on the streets after their cases withdrawn at the Motetema Magistrate’s Court.
Police in search of a traditional healer suspected of raping a patient Nebo Police near Jane Furse has launched a manhunt for a traditional healer who is suspected of raping a 16 year old girl. According to the police report, the suspect raped the victim at Ga-Marishane Village outside Jane Furse. It is alleged that the 16 year old victim went to the traditional healer’s place to consult and seek traditional medical assistance when the incident occurred. Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said: “As part of the consultation, the girl was given traditional medications by the traditional healer to drink. She then felt dizzy and passed out. The suspect, who is the traditional healer took her to a room and raped her,” he said. Ngoepe added the suspect disappeared after the girl informed the police about the incident. “The traditional healer is about 50 years of age and is well known in the Ga-Marishane Village,” he said. “Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this traditional healer should contact Ditective Warrant Officer Kgerudi Moela of the Groblersdal Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences (FSC) Unit on 071 355 0577. Or they can contact the nearest police station or crime stop on 08600 10111,” he said. Ngoepe advices members of the community, especially mothers to stop allowing children to consult male traditional healers alone in order to prevent similar incidents to happen. He stressed that parents should take safety of their children first and go along with them to consult traditional healers as too many similar incidents were reported in the past.
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Municipality and ward councillor refusing EFF members their proof of residence Community members of Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality Ward 12 claim they are denied proof of residence by the ward councillor and the municipality because they are EFF members. Residents claim the services, including bursaries and employment in the municipality are preferably given to ANC members only. A community leader, December Mokomane, claims he was denied to be given a proof of residence in the municipality because he is an EFF member. “I went to the municipality for a proof of residents but was told I will not get one because I am an EFF member,” said Mokomane. He added that he went to the councillor in Ephraim Mogale Ward 12, Montsho Monama, hoping that he will get a proof of residence. “He told me straight that I must go to Julius Malema and ask for a proof of residence because I am an EFF member,” claim Mokomane. Mokomane said in the community of Ephraim Mogale Ward 12, areas where EFF members dominate, are been neglected and do not get services from the municipality. “Services and opportunities are given to areas where ANC dominates. Information such as bursaries and employment opportunities are given to ANC members by the ward councillor himself. It is like he doesn’t have the best interest of the community at heart,” he said. He added that positions in the municipality are given to non-qualified ANC members. Mokomane claims they are also marginalized when it comes to tenders and other business opportunities. “The manner in which municipal tender and procurement policies are designed is to keep certain groupings out,” he said. "The community is being excluded in SMME (Small, Medium and Micro
Enterprise) programmes. When there are big projects taking place in our areas like the construction of roads, locals are ignored though they have the necessary skills. It is like this better life for all is benefiting certain individuals who are ANC members only," he complained. Mokomane said they wrote a letter to the Ephraim Mogale Local Municipal Speaker Cllr Molaudi Mothogwane in December last year, demanding to know why services such as proof of residence be given to ANC member only. “We also stated our dissatisfaction about information such as employment opportunities and bursaries benefiting ANC members, family and friends of those occupy top positions in the municipality,” he said. Mokomane explained that the speaker promised to look at the letter and come back soon but he never did. “I made follow-ups earlier this month and he kept on promising that he will meet with the concerned community to resolve the matter. Lately he is no longer taking my calls,” he said. Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality Spokesperson Jan Phasha told the Dispatch that there is no way services can be given to ANC members only. “Proof of residence are not going according to political parties in the municipality, I can assure you that this cannot happen. Proof of residence is given to everyone irrespective of their political affiliation,” he said. He said employment opportunities are benefiting everyone who is suitable for the position according to their qualifications. Phasha added that bursaries are awarded to top learners who achieved good in their matric results in the municipality. “Each year we award bursaries to learners who did well in their matric results and that’s
our policy as the municipality. Bursaries are not awarded according to political affiliation, but according to the learner’s performance in matric results,” he said.
A community leader in Ephraim Mogale Ward 12, December Mokomane claims the municipality and ward councillor refuse EFF members a proof of residence and other opportunities in the municipality.
Mang le Mang Secondary, a threat to pupils’ lives Community members and parents of children attending school at Mang le Mang Secondary School in Ramogwerane near Tafelkop say they are worried about the future of their children. They claim the school is out of control and the principal is doing nothing about it. Parents claim that effective teaching and learning is not occurring in the school because there is no safety inside the premises. “This is because some of the pupils carry dangerous weapons such as knives and also doing drugs in public inside the school premises. Illegal gambling is also an order of the day in Mang le Mang Secondary School,” said ANC Youth League Chairperson in Elias Motsoaledi Ward 29, Thabiso Choma. He said he was approached by worried parents and community members about the state of the school, after claims that the principal is not doing enough to ensure that the school operates normally. Thabiso added some of the parents transferred their children to other schools fearing for their safety. He stated that the school principal knows that the South African Constitution and legislation make provision for the protection of the rights and safety of learners in schools. “In South Africa the right to receive education is guaranteed in the Constitution, implying that it has to be respected. But here, learners are threatening lives of each other everyday. We will not wait to lose lives before we act, we want the principal and the Education Department to start doing something now,” he said. A parent, Regina Magolego told the Dispatch that they tried to engage the principal in the meetings without any success. She added that the parents demand that Principal Kgwale must be removed from the school because he is not reacting to challenges faced by learners and parents. “The principal is failing to enforce measures to protect the children from all forms of violence and drug abuse. Some of us can’t transfer our children to other schools because they are far. We only have one secondary school around here. We are always worried about the safety of our children,” she said. Mang le Mang SGB Chairperson Georgina Makua said the situation is better now at the school compared to last year. She confirmed that the school was facing problems of drugs, dangerous weapons carried by some pupils and illegal gambling. “After parental meetings and motivations to learners, the situation has turned to the better in the school premises. We are hoping that things will go the way they are at the moment where the school will remain safe to learners and teachers,” she said.
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Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality Mayor awards top matric performers Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality awarded the top ten matric learners on Thursday 19 January. The pupils were hosted by Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality Mayor Cllr Ramadimetja Kupa in a special certification ceremony for the municipality’s matriculants who excelled in their 2016 examinations. This is an annual event by Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality for a period of six consecutive years. The aim of this initiative is to inspire other schools and pupils in the municipality that they too can be paraded on the podium of success through hard work. Gifts were awarded to pupils at the ceremony to congratulate them for representing the municipality well through their outstanding performance, and to inspire them to greater heights as they transition to institutions of higher learning. During the ceremony, Mayor Kupa urged the high flyers to continue working hard. She emphasized that education is never enough and they must continue with their studies until achieving a lot in future. Kupa also stressed that everyone in the community has a responsibility to ensure that schools are centres of learning and excellence. During the event, learners received prizes from the Mayor including laptops and certificates. The number one best performer was showered with the gifts and funds from the Mayor. The funds will assist on registration and other requirements needed in higher learning institution. Nkoagatse Moleseng from Esther Maleka Comprehensive School scooped the best overall learner in Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality Schools. Neo Loretta Nchabeleng from Nape a Ngwato High School came second best. Frederick Maleka from Mahlakodishe Secondary School came third and Charlotte Ramogohlo Mmotong from Nape a Ngwato was in the fourth position. Collins Mogadima from Mokona a Mabula Secondary is the fifth best performer in Ephraim Mogale. In the sixth position is Terris Moima from Rekhuditje Secondary School. Raymond Matekola from Hututu Secondary is in the seventh position while August Nkabinde from Esther Maleka Comprehensive School is number eight best performers in Ephraim Mogale. Thabang Mokuwe from Tlhakanang Secondary School stands in the ninth position and Anetta Thandeka Skhosana from Esther Maleka Comprehensive School is in the tenth position of top performing learners in Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality.
G4S employees arrested in possession of stolen cash Two male suspects named John Ramolotja and Ari Boshielo were denied bail and remained in custody. The pair appeared before the Nebo Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 20 January on theft charges. It is alleged that the suspects who are G4S employees faked an armed robbery on Thursday 12 March 2016. “The suspects reported that they were robbed in the Monsterlus area on Thursday 12 March this year. After an investigation by the police, it was discovered that the two were lying about the robbery and they were actually the ones who took the money. They were arrested in Marble Hall and charged with theft,” said Constable Lethunya Mmuroa, Marble Hall SAPS Spokesperson. Mmuroa added that the police searched the suspects’ places where they confiscated the stolen money. “One of the suspects was found with R84 000 in his possession. The other one was found with R74 000 at his place. The total of the money found in possession of the suspects is R74 800-00 in cash. They will appear soon at the Nebo Magistrate’s Court for a formal bail application. An investigation is underway,” said Mmuroa.
Some of the money recovered by the police in possession of the G4S employees.
Police in search of a traditional healer suspected of raping a patient
Nebo Police near Jane Furse has launched a manhunt for a traditional healer who is suspected of raping a 16 year old girl. According to the police report, the suspect raped the victim at Ga-Marishane Village outside Jane Furse. It is alleged that the 16 year old victim went to the traditional healer’s place to consult and seek traditional medical assistance when the incident occurred. Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said: “As part of the consultation, the girl was given traditional medications by the traditional healer to drink. She then felt dizzy and passed out. The suspect, who is the traditional healer took her to a room and raped her,” he said. Ngoepe added the suspect disappeared after the girl informed the police about the incident. “The traditional healer is about 50 years of age and is well known in the GaMarishane Village,” he said. “Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this traditional healer should contact Ditective Warrant Officer Kgerudi Moela of the Groblersdal Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences (FSC) Unit on 071 355 0577. Or they can contact the nearest police station or crime stop on 08600 10111,” he said. Ngoepe advices members of the community, especially mothers to stop allowing children to consult male traditional healers alone in order to prevent similar incidents to happen. He stressed that parents should take safety of their children first and go along with them to consult traditional healers as too many similar incidents were reported in the past.
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Dynamique holds inter house sports The Dynamique High School Inter-House Sports day held at the rugby grounds was a great success and the participants showed enthusiasm for their chosen items. Dynamique is looking forward to a brand new athletics season with many successes. Some of the athletes taking part were Sifiso Maduna and Mitchell Ratau who hope to qualify to go further in the season.
Top: Sifiso Maduna (right) won the 100m B U/17, among other races.
Left: Mitchell Ratau won 400m U /17
Tshepang Maila 10A won the Shotput Girls U/16
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Xolani has Distonia – a condition which has changed him from a normal soccer-playing-9year-old, into a disabled young man of 18. He spends his days on his stomach, as his back muscles went into severe spasms and contractions. He could not walk and showed uncontrolled movements, the whole time. He was scheduled for a life changing surgery at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape town on 20-12-2016. With this operation a Deep Brain Stimulator would be placed in his brain. On 14-12-2016 Xolani left for Cape Town with his mother, Thembesihle, Pastor Loots and a few friends, thanks to generous donations that covered the petrol costs to Cape Town. Donation, from as far away as Interior Magazine in Dublin, Ireland, helped to make this journey possible. Dr Nico Enslin and his team at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, together with MEDTRONIC, who sponsored the neurostimulator (a donation in the region of R100 000-00) performed this life changing operation on 20 December 2016. The switch on of the stimulator was done on 22-12-2016 and went extremely well. A big Christmas gift to Xolani! Although the response can take months to take effect, he was already able to lie on his back! Something he was NOT able to do for quite some time. Xolani spent Christmas at the hospital with his mother, while the other family members had to travel back to Groblersdal. He was discharged from hospital on 5 January 2017 and arrived back in Groblersdal on 7 January. He is now at home and is improving by the day, Top Left: Xolani in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town Bottom: The big journey to Cape Town with family and friends.
with the help of therapy and his own determination. He has more control of his posture! Although there is still lots of hard work ahead, he has shown unbelievable improvement already!
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Sekhukhune Executive Mayor’s cup underway The Sekhukhune Executive Mayor’s Soccer Tournament started on 14 January. The tournament was established by the Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality Cllr Stanley Ramaila. Thirty one teams coming from Local Football Association leagues in local municipalities form part of the tournament. According to the General Secretary of South African Football Association (SAFA) in Sekhukhune Pro Thipane, all 31 participants of the tournament form part of the Regional South
African Brewery League (SAB). “The rules applying in the tournament were taken from the SAB including age restriction of participants. All teams are used to the rules and cooperating at all times,” he said. He said the aim of the tournament is talent identification where young soccer stars will be selected and have a chance to trial in bigger soccer teams in the country. He said they are also aiming to plough back to the community in partnership with Sekhukhune District MuniciMucatation FC is one of the teams that will be participating in the last eight of the Mayor’s Cup.
Sekhukhune Arsenal played well and paved a way to the Mayor’s Cup Tournament quarter-finals.
D-Licensing certificates for Sekhukhune junior soccer coaches Thirty eight junior soccer team coaches in Sekhukhune have been awarded D-License Training certificates this month. The coaches, who were selected by South African Football Association (SAFA) in Sekhukhune Region, started the training in December last year. SAFA Sekhukhune Regional Secretary Pro Thipane told the Dispatch that the coaches will now be recognized by SAFA as professional coaches in their soccer teams. He added that the criteria used when selecting coaches to benefit from the training programme was based on the team’s participation and performance in various competitions including leagues, and other participation in soccer activities. “We prioritized coaches whose teams are playing organized football. Most of the beneficiaries of the training are coaches in teams participating in Local Football Associations (LFA) in all local municipalities of Sekhukhune Region,” he said. Thipane hinted that training also included people who are interested in improving the standard of football in their respective communities. “But first preference was given to those who are already coaching teams participating in the LFA leagues in their local municipalities,” he said. He added that SAFA Sekhukhune Region also conducts workshops to ensure that the standard of football is improving in the region. “Our recent workshops included team managers, coaches and referees. This was also done with the assistance and partnership with Sekhukhune District Municipality. Most of our workshops are conducted by National Coaching Instructor Steve Mohlabane,” he said. Thipane said SAFA Sekhukhune Region is doing in their effort to improve the standard of football and make sure that some of soccer players are recognized by big soccer teams. “Last year we managed to produce five players who formed part of the Limpopo provincial soccer squad. We were impressed with their performance in the province, they did great and we are proud of them,” he said. He added that they are aiming to send more young talented soccer stars to form part of the provincial squad where they will be competing against other provinces in the national championships.
pality. Thipane added that the knockout tournament runs smoothly and only eight teams are remaining at this stage. The remaining teams are; Sekhukhune Arsenal FC, RT Giants Killers FC, Mucatation FC, Height FC, City Motors FC, Highlanders FC, Mashilo Happy Boys FC, and Mooihoek Eleven Experience FC. “The competition is tough. You cannot easily predict which team is going to win the tournament because all of them are determined and focused on the field of play,” he said. He added that they are busy preparing for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final matches of the tournament. “The quarter finals will be held on Saturday 28 January at Jane Furse Artificial Turf. The semifinals and final matches will be held the following day on Sunday 29 January also at the Jane Furse Artificial Turf,” he said. Thipane stressed that the tournament is one of a kind as its founder, Cllr Ramaila is the first executive mayor in Sekhukhune to ever establish a Executive Mayor’s cup in the district. “We are happy to see that our municipality is supporting sporting activities in the district. We are glad and appreciating what they are doing to us by ensuring that young people are taken off the streets and participate in sports,” he said.
He added all teams show dedication and a great improvement while in the field of play. “The teams played well including those that have been eliminated in the last 32. This shows that the standard of football is very high in Sekhukhune,” he said. Thipane highlighted that SAFA Sekhukhune Region is in negotiations with SAFA senior officials to attend the final matches of the tournament. This will be done to motivate young people of Sekhukhune including those who are not playing soccer to see the importance of participating in sports activities. “If things go as planned, we will be visited by SAFA President Danny Jordan in the final matches of the tournament. Other possibilities are that professional teams scouts will be visiting to scout talented players for trials in recognized football teams in the country,” added Thipane. He went on and said the organizers are happy with the support they get from community members and parents who allow their children to come and participate in the tournament. “We call upon community members to come in numbers to the semifinals, quarterfinals and final matches staged to take place on the 28 and 29 January at Jane Furse Artificial Turf,” he said.