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Clash over land LATE SEPTEMBER 2013

headed for court By Letlhogonolo Mosete


he land ownership dispute between the Bakwena-Ba –Mogopa and the Oskraal Plot Owners Association in the North West Province is headed to the courts. This comes after both parties failed to prove who holds the rights and title deed to the land during a closed meeting held at Rabokala Community recently. Both the tribe and association are pretty adamant, that the land belongs to them, and stuck to their guns at the meeting which was cordoned off by a heavily armed private security company which the association accuses the tribe uses as an intimidating tactic. At the centre of the debacle is Oskraal's Ipopeng section titled“JQ248”, which is said to contain mineral deposit which both parties claim to be rightful owners to, but at the meeting either party was willing to show any irrefutable proof to corroborate their claim. The Bakwena –Ba- Mogopa’s Chief of Staff, Mr Phaladi More, said “the Bakwena bought the land in 1884, so we are pretty sure that the land is ours. Mmankala Technical and Commercial High School learners sing at the officail opening of their school. See story on page 5

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Legitimacy of land ownership contested Continued from page 1 WE WERE hoping to reach an amicable solution to the matter but since you contest the legitimacy of our land ownership, you should initiate and institute the legal proceedings.” More further said “We are not going to be incurring legal expenses on something that we are pretty sure is ours, so those in doubt should bring forth their case and we will happily oblige them in court.

“Since we failed to reach any amicable solution to the matter and your association is under the legal advice that the matter should be settled in the court. Then I guess there is nothing to say we will see you in court,” concluded More. The Plot Owners Association Security Head, Lesley Machaba said “We rather die than give our land to opportunists. Oskraal belongs to us, we don't care who claims ownership, where were they when ownership were given

title deeds to the land.” “Just because people have money they think they can do whatever they want, with the tribal leaders, being found wanting,” concluded Machaba. In 2010 Phili Kungwane a member of the association was gunned down after he and Machaba questioned how MKR Bakwena Tribal Minerals obtained the mineral rights at Oskraal without the knowledge of the community. Ms.Gwen Adams, in a red dress, is the beneficiary of the house which should have been given to Mrs.Martha Adams while she was still alive.

Toddler mauled by dogs at a crèche Politicians lie to ANCWL the children were under any added,” said Mangena. By Tshepo Marutha supervision at the time of the Mangena further said the girl veteran during lifetime THE OWNER of an early incident. Speaking to Sosh only received medical attention learning centre in Soshanguve is T i m e s R i e t g a t P o l i c e after her mother was summoned and at her burial in hot water, this after a 2 year Spokesperson Warrant officer to the centre by the owner of the old girl under her care was bitten Lolo Mangena said the pets are crèche. by one of her vicious dogs recently. The dog is one of the handfuls of pets the woman is keeping at the centre. The incident took place after the girl pulled the dog by its tail and it reacted by biting her on the neck leaving her with severe wounds and scratches. It is said the girl was playing with other children at the time of the accident. But currently it is not clear if

said to be roaming freely around the centre's yard. He further said that the owner of the center has not been arrested but has been charged with negligence. “At the moment the dog has not been put down, as we are waiting for the assessment report from the SPCA to determine if the dog could be rehabilitated or not. More charges for keeping pets at the centre could also be

“Upon arrival at the centre the girl's mother was told about the incident, she then rushed her daughter to a nearby doctor. She was treated for Rabies and advised to lay charges against the owner of the crèche,” said Mangena. Mangena further said that it is illegal for pets to be kept at crèches as children are easily susceptible to contract diseases.

By Thapelo Masilela SHE DIED just a few days before her long time cherished wish could be realised. Veteran African National C o n g r e s s Wo m e n ' s L e a g u e ' s (ANCWL) had been promised to be provided a proper house by the organisation's North West provincial chairperson, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, but the promise had not been kept in her life time. Ms Martha Adams of Mogegelo Village, who displayed a poignant picture of loneliness and ill health, died two days before her wish came into fruition when the foundation for her RDP house was laid and two days before her burial the house was completed. Mr. William Matjokane, of Neat and First Construction said he was asked together with his partner, Mr Caiphus Manooga, by the Bojanala District Municipality to build a house for Adams immediately after her death. “We were approached by the Bojanala Municipality, with the information that the old lady had died and her dream was to have a house built for her before she died. We were asked to help build that house as a donation or plough back to the communities we serve as service providers and we abided by the wish,” said Matjokane. “We promised that the house will be ready before the burial and indeed two days before the burial, the house was ready. We are happy with what we did,” added Matjokane. The promise for the building of the house was made during the time the ANC centenary flame was brought to her dilapidated house by Mahumapelo. A sod turning was also done for the erection of the house during the Mandela Day celebrations while Adams was admitted at the Jubilee Community Hospital. During the Mandela Day celebrations, Mr Sello Lehari, the Mayor of Moretele Local

Municipality, who is also chairperson of the ANC in the Bojanala Municipality did not want to comment about the building of the house, saying it is not the responsibility of the Moretele Municipality. On the contrary during Adams' funeral Lehari praised the Bojanala District Municipality for having built the house and acknowledged that he has been asked some time ago to identify two families in the Moretele Local Municipality, whom they can built them houses. “One of the families we chose was that of the Adams'. Although it is not the best of houses, but just a mere RDP house, we are happy to have built it before the funeral. We will contribute on something better next time. We are sorry that we built that house while she was no more,” said Lehari. “We will help to erect a tombstone for her, to remind those who will come after her that; here lies a woman who once served in the same branch as Nelson Mandela in Sophiatown. We wished that Mahumapelo would have been here, but he is engaged in some political commitments. He has passed his condolences to the family,” said Lehari. “We wished that at least she would have stayed a day or two in that house before she died. We are however grateful of the fact that, at least her corpse passed through the RDP house. We believe that her soul is still alive and that she saw spiritually what we did for her family,” added Lehari. Ms. Asnath Molekwa, Chief Whip for Bojanala District Municipality said; “Some people complain that there is no service delivery, but forget that we carry ID's because of the struggles wages by people like MaAdams. They participated in the 1956 anti-pass laws march to the Union Buildings, so that we could be freed from carrying the dompas. We are now getting into something much better, the smart cards; very soon all of us will be carrying them.”




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ANC plans to grab ward from NFP By Thapelo Masilela


he Mayor of Moretele Local Municipality, Mr Sello Lehari, dropped a bombshell at the funeral service of the 1956 women's March veteran, Mrs Martha Adams that the NFP ward 11 councillor Mr Jan Mosupye, has approached him wanting to return to theANC. Lehari said this amidst applause from the crowd. What is surprising is that prior to the announcement of the bombshell, he had said that it was not good to use a funeral platform to attack one's political enemies in public. “But in this special case it is appropriate for me to do so, doing it for Adams to grab the ward back. Mosupye approached me saying, he wants to come back to the ANC. But the condition is that we should give him a job. You can announce it loud and clear that I said so,” said Lehari. “The NFP Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor, Mr.

Alex Kekana, after hearing that Mosupye wants to come back, forged a letter to himself, as if it was written by me, that I invited him to come back to the ANC and he will be a member of Exco,” added Lehari. “But we cannot welcome him because we do not want PR councillors. We want a total take-over of the ward. The take-over of the ward is all what matters to us,” said Lehari. But Kekana, who is also the Deputy President of the NFP, vehemently denied Lehari's claims and dismissed them “as pure lies and cheap politics.” Kekana acknowledged that he had heard a rumour that the controversial letter was forged by a certain Peter Thubakgale, using the Municipality letterhead. “I will never return to the ANC, I will die an NFP member,” said Kekana. On the other hand when Sosh Times asked Mosupye about Lehari's claim that he is returning to the ANC, he said; “I think the mayor is not yet healed from

the wounds they suffered from losing ward 11 to the NFP. Their wish that they want to take back ward 11 is just day -dreaming. I am a councillor voted by the people of my ward; I earn a living by being their servant. I am employed by the people and the state.” Lehari further said; “I have heard that the former Mayor Mr. Steve Kutumela, the one I took over the leadership of the municipality from has joined Agang. I was surprised by that because he had lots of love for the organisation. I understand

Members of ANCWL pay tribute to the late Mrs. Martha Adams he would also love to come back.” Kutumela confirmed to Sosh Times that he was once

with Agang, but he has come back to the organisation he loves very much. “The ANC is my home,” said Kutumela.


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MEC opens school in Makapanstad

NW Education MEC, Principal of the Mmankala Technical and Commercial High School, Moretele Mayor Sello Lehari and Rantebeng Makapane.

By Thapelo Masilela


rs. Maphefo Wendy Matsemela, Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for the Department of Education in the North West Province officially opened a state of the art Mmankala Technical and Commercial School in Makapanstad recently. The R42 million school has an enrolment of 814 learners comprising 24 classrooms, 4 workshops, library, laboratory, toilets and an administration block. The school was erected on a piece of land donated by Chief Motshegwa Makapane. It was built at the department's cost as part of a

nationwide campaign to eradicate mud schools. Matsemela said; “Ntime o mphele ngwana. Thuto ke Boswa”, which means, “You can deny me whatever I request from you, but please do not deny a poor child in need of education, because education is a boon to mankind.” The MEC further said that she has a soft spot on this particular school, because when she passed through sometime ago, when she was still a Member of Parliament, she was touched by how the school buildings were dilapidated, while learner's performances were excellent. “On that day I was given a coffee table as a present, which I

value very much and do not want to part with it. I would never sell that coffee table, to me it is priceless. That is just how deep my association with the school is,” said Matsemela. “Technical and commercial subjects are very important during this modern age, to grow the economy. If the economy does not grow, it means there are skills that are lacking. Education is a societal matter. Really, nice schools buildings do not make education, it is hard work that makes miracles,” added Matsemela. Mr. N.J. Boroko, the Principal of the school said; “We have more than 150 computers at the school and the government has already provided us with about R1,9 million for skills development.” Former Generations actor, Mr. Rantebeng Makapane, who is the son of the local Kgosi Motshegwa Makapane, alias Thomas Mashaba, urged learners to be disciplined, saying; “Knowledge is power. Education is power. Have passion for education. Do not forget your roots whether you stay in Sandton or overseas. Be proud to announce that you are from a tribal village. Stay away from drugs and sex.” He read a message on behalf of his father who is confined to bed because of ill health, saying the learners should not burn the school. “Do not burn the school. Use the knowledge to fight the system that you think oppresses you. Education is not a success. It is a key to success,” said the message.

Thabo-ya- batho benefits from outreach programme

Deputy Minister of the Department of Correctional Services Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi with face facing down. By Thapelo Masilela one's background, adding that one should not forget his roots. The THABO-YA-BATHO Middle unveiling of the plaque was done S c h o o l i n B o s p l a a s , n e a r by the Deputy Minister, as well as Hammanskraal, situated in the the planting of a tree which will Moretele Local Municipality mark the history of the occasion benefited from the outreach having taken place. programme by the Deputy Minister Mr. L. Diremelo, the District of Correctional Services, Advocate Mayor of Bojanala District Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Municipality said the partnership The school was cleaned and e s t a b l i s h e d b e t w e e n t h e revamped by offenders who were Department of Correctional Parents urged just about to be released from Services and Bojanala will to go a prepare learners prison as a way of rehabilitating long way in cutting down the them back into society. m i d d lANA e man, -w ho is the for cabinet The main purpose of the event tenderpreneur in providing service was to donate and officially open a delivery, thus saving costs and Computer Centre offered by the delivering more service to the Department of Correctional communities, if offenders are Services, as well as adopt the utilised to take over development. school as its own. Bojanala comprises of five Ramatlhodi said he was local municipalities which are pleased to be at the school where he Moretele, Madibeng, Rustenburg, did his primary education from and Moses Kotane and Ramotshere this brings back older memories of Moilwa.


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Archbishop decries Police teach toddlers Catholic pollution of African culture about water dangers By Thapelo Masilela

ARCHBISHOP SIMON Moloisane of the Ethiopian Catholic Church in Zion slammed the interference or pollution in the African Culture by foreign cultures, western education and disrespect of traditional leadership. He said this during a Heritage event held at the Bakgatlha ba ga Mosetlha Tribal Authority in Makapanstad, under Chief Motshegwa Makapane, sponsored by the Moretele Local Municipality. Moloisane also criticized cross marital marriages as doing a lot of damage, because the children always adopt their mother's culture because that is the only thing she can teach them, adding that; “Men do not take control of their role of managers' of their homes, they have left that in the hands of women.” “The basic traditions of Africans are no longer adhered to, that is why we have lots of crime and deaths in our communities. We know that in the olden days children were not allowed to examine a corpse, even to go to a funeral. These days such restrictions are no longer observed,” said Moloisane. He also urged the community to respect their tribal leadership and that is the basic requirement in going back to the practice the African traditional culture. The acting Mayor of Moretele, Councillor Mapula Setlhare said our communities have lost their Ubuntu and moral fibre.

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Sergeant Amos Tshabalala addresses the children at the awareness campaign pre-Schools in the area namely “I totally discourage kids from Kagiso Nursery School, The swimming in the canal rather the Potter's Happy Kids, Onkarabile parent of the kid take the kid to the Crèche and Mohau Early Learning nearby pools where there is a Centre were invited to the event. guaranteed safety and someone to All these crèches were look after the kids, it is sad to hear identified because of their that a kid went missing and the v u l n e r a b i l i t y t o d r o w n i n g parent does not know where did the incidents, due to their proximity kid go and found that the kid is with the water canal in the area. drowned in the canal dead. We Addressing the guests Sergeant must be watchful and make sure Amos Tshabalala said “I will not that we provide all necessary share the information with the kids security to our children in terms of on how to swim in the canal, but the s u p e r v i s i o n , ” c o n c l u d e d only information I can share with Tshabalala. the kids is that parents must be Another appeal was made from proactive and vigilant to their kids. police side said that teachers at I am also a community member schools should regularly spread and parent as well but I will tell you this message to the kids and that it is actually not allowed for a discourage kids from swimming in kid to swim in the canal especially the canal because it is fatal and where there's moving water.” dangerous.



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o-operative's have often been seen as an 'embryo of socialism' within a capitalist economy, communist countries such as the Soviet Union and China were unsympathetic to the co-op model, seeing it instead as the last vestiges of capitalism within socialism –because ownership of the enterprise by its members is a form of private ownership, which was seen to be at odds with the social or state ownership of other forms of enterprise in those societies. Yet, despite an apparently fertile context for Co-op development in South Africa, we do not yet have our own equivalent success stories: and although the agricultural co-ops have certainly demonstrated the commercial potential of the model, their failure to embrace democracy at a societal level in

South Africa during the apartheid years still rather taints their broader acceptability as a South African success story. So where is SouthAfrica's Coop movement? And what is the potential role of Co-ops in job creation and poverty reduction? These are the questions many Cooperatives need to answer.CENTRE FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION AND TRAINING conducted a five day intensive, knowledgeable and corrective Co-operative training (16-20 September 2013) at the Skampaneng Skills Centre contracted by SEDA. The following Co-operatives participated namely: VIBRANT YOUTH, NDI VHO NDI TSHEZA, LINDOKUHLE and REALITY KIDS ZONE. The truth about what is and what is not a Co-operative were clarified to the satisfaction of all participants.

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The registrar of Co-operatives should not allow registration of a Co-operative if members have not undergone training. This will lessen unproductive, unprogressive and not good for purpose Co-operatives. Co-operatives are set up to address the social and economic needs of its members. How on earth do you set up a Co-operative if you have no Vision, Mission, Value, Quality Statements, Objective and Goal? How do you expect to win when you have no plan in place? The disempowering mentality of many, they waste valuable time looking for funding, grants and handouts. A Cooperative is autonomous by its nature. The group of people before registration must research, conceptualise their researched concept, agree or choose a concept they all agree upon influenced by its cost which is within reach and affordable to all members. We then request contributions informed by the cost and not guess work or dreaming a value for contribution without basis. Contributions made should be used for the purpose of generating income (as per researched and agreed concept). From the income generated, stipends and other expenses can be paid and the surplus remains accumulatively for the Cooperative. It is shockily disappointing to find Cooperative members not receiving stipends because they are unable to think like capitalists. They think too much like socialists.


When you don't know what you are doing, and have no understanding of what you claim you know, it is embarrassing. It is scary to see members running a Co-operative on part time basis and expect to win at the end of the day. Many Cooperatives in South Africa have polluted and demystified the Cooperative concept and purpose. We are seriously loosing and failing the movement compared to our fellow international brothers, sisters and the International Cooperative Movement. Our fight against ignorance which leads to failure is always intensified. We shall not stop until you join us help you to better the Co-operatives. Don't forget you, your family, community, your country want you to be a sustainable Cooperative. . PHONE /VISIT US AT 2249 Block F Industrial Site Sashanguve Tel:012 799 2842 or B E E O C O M P L E X H A M M A N S K R A A L TEL:0729822449 FOR MORE INFORMATION. LISTEN TO O U R B U S I N E S S DEVELOPMENT SLOTS ON RADIO MORETELE 106.6 E V E R Y M O N D AY AT 1 9 . 3 0 H R S o r w w w. m o r e t e l e . l i s t e n 2 m y GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS YOU!!! B.A.M.LEHARI (Business Advisor, Mentor, Tr a i n e r, P r e a c h e r, Ta x Practitioner & Motivator)

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Like all other mammals, whales have hair By Thato Rachoene


hales are huge, warmblooded, mammals that live in the planet. They inhabit all oceans of the world. The term “whales” includes all cetaceans(whales, dolphins and porpoises),which are a diverse group of animals ranging in size from just a few metres long to over 100 metres long. There are 86 species of whales that are currently recognised, including the blue whale, killer whale, humpback whale, orca and minke just to name few. The Blue Whale is the largest known mammal that has ever lived. Its weight equivalent to 150 small cars put together. The female of

Blue whale is larger than a male. Many whales are toothless. They use a plate of comb-like fibre called baleen to catch small fish and other creatures from the water.Diet of the whales depends on their species, it can range from a very tiny plankton, that can only be seen by microscope to large mammals that live in the sea. Male whales are called bulls, and female whales are called calledcows.Their young are called calves.Aftermating; the female is generally pregnant for about a year, after which she gives birth to one calf. The way whales sleep may sound strange to us, but makes sense when you think of it like this: whales cannot breathe

underwater, which means they need to be awake just about all the time in order to come up to the surface when they need to breathe.So,whales “sleep” by resting one half of their brain at a time. While one half of the brain stays awake to make sure the whale breathes and alerts the whale to any danger in its environment, the other half of the brain sleeps. Whales can't breathe through their mouths because the mouth is connected directly to the stomach. The effects of climate change will have detrimental impact on marine creatures. Sea level rise and changes in sea temperature will leave whales quite vulnerable, and they may not able

Whale to adapt quickly enough to survive!

Family engineers a successful recycling venture By Tebogo Modiba SOSHANGUVE BASED family have grouped together to fight the plaque of unemployment. They seized the opportunity to pick up bottles to put bread on the table. Mrs. Monica Malete (55) and her daughter Miss Nomvula Malete (22) of Block F started collecting bottles in 2007 after they read an article on the media about recycling business. In an Interview with SoshTimes at their recycling depot Malete said that she had to catch up the wake up call and made means of survival by helping her husband, who is a bread winner. “I never had a steady job in my life, it was very hard. It has always been a tall order to find a

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Daughter Ms Nomvula Malete and Monica Malete at their depot in block F West . perfect occupation. I did odd jobs which paid me peanuts. It was difficult to survive with only one person being employed in the family and three children to support,” said Malete. “The living condition were a nightmare as my husband needed

to provide with school fees and buy food for us and as well as for pay rent,” she added. “When we started collecting bottles it was very difficult for my daughter because her peers would tease her but she persevered as she saw as opportunity for a new

business,” said Malete. “I ventured into new techniques of business; choosing to pick up scrapsmetals. But as many people invaded the terrain because of lack of employment, the profit margins became less by the day and I decided to stay put on bottle recycling, “Just like any other business owners, we find ourselves having little time to sleep, we wake up at 4:30 in the morning and hit the streets of Mabopane. After collecting the bottles, we take them to Dewildt, “We want to register the family business and operate it effectively to raise awareness about the importance of recycling, “We ask any Good Samaritan to donate us a bakkie because each distribution is costing us more than R300 a trip, to transport the bottles to the

recyclers,” said Malete. Mr Lucky Ramatshimbila, North Recycling Manager at Consol said that Glass recycling has been in existence from the moment Consol opened its first factory in Pretoria in January 1944, melted glass from the process. “Formal post-consumer recycling started in the early 1970's, volumes increased in 2004 with the installation of processing plants. We receive an average of about 500 tons of waste glass daily for processing and melting, to make new products at our factories,” said Ramatshimbila “Recycling has kept environment clean and hazard free, by recycling one glass bottle it saves the same amount of energy as powering 100-watt light bulb for an hour,” he added.

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Trees and your Environment

bout millions of Carbons are stored in the trees that make up the urban forest. Mature trees can absorb as much Co2 in a year. They can release enough oxygen to sustain human beings. Trees also help to reduce ozone levels in urban areas, they reduce urban runoff and erosion by storing water and braking the force of rain as it falls. They are also responsible for absorbing sound and reduce noise pollution, this is especially important for people who live near freeways. In additional trees shade asphalt and trees reducing what knows as the “Heat island” effect.

How trees help to save energy Planting trees can help cool your home in summer the effect of the shades created by planting a healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners running 20 hours a day.In winter,trees can act as windbreaks for your home and will help you save on heating costs. When enough trees are planted in the cities, the overall microclimate improves a total energy use for heating and cooling is reduced. Just being around trees makes you feel good, can you imagine a community without trees?houses with trees also more attractive to visitors potential and buyers they are essential to life on planet,planting trees it's a must if we want to save our planet,trees not only remove harmful chemicals from the soil but also reduce the greenhouse leading global warming.

Advantages of planting trees reducing global warming 1. An average size tree creates sufficient oxygen in one year to provide oxygen for a family. 2. Planting trees for the environment is good as they are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable. 3. I f we plant trees the earth will get more tons of oxygen 4. During photosynthesis trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen 5. Planting trees means more wood and paper products which can be easily recycle 6. A newly planted whole forest can change tones of atmospheric carbon into wood other fibrous tissue, thus reducing global warming 7. Almost everything we eat comes directly or indirectly

from plants. 8. Plants regulate the water cycle they help distribute and purify the planets water, they also help move water from the soil to the atmosphere thought a process called transpiration 9. One quarter of all the prescription drugs come directly or derivatives of plants

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Brits Hospital embarks on a Public servants launch mass circumcision programme wellness association

By Letlhogonolo Mosete

By Letlhogonolo Mosete

MORE THAN 120 men across Madibeng Local Municipality were circumcised free of charge recently, at Brits District Hospital in partnership with Chaps a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in a bid to prevent the on-going transmission of HIV as part of the hospital's response to the North West Department of Health's strategy on HIV and Aids. “We are delighted by this good turnout” expressed Sister Kedibone Sopeng who is spearheading the Male Medical Circumcision project at Brits District Hospital. Sopeng added that all men that were circumcised during this one-stop mass male medical circumcision service undergone HIV counselling and testing. Thabang Ramogayane from Letlhabile Township Block C, who was among the 120 people to be circumcised, said that during the group counselling they were told by the Brits District Hospital's counsellors and nurses that the removal of the foreskin was not a substitute for condoms use. “We were encouraged to continue to condomise because circumcision is 60% protective

F O U R G O V E R N M E N TA L departments got together under one roof to launch the Public Servants Wellness Association (PWSA) at the Odi Correctional Services facility in Mabopane recently. The association's mission is to enhance and promote public servants' vision, through sustaining fitness and well-being by organising sporting activities. Delegate pointed out it has emerged that the majority of public servants are depressed and stressed. The association comprise of employees from the South African Police Services (SAPS), Education Department, Health Department and the Department of Correctional Services. Association's Deputy Chairperson, Mr Rakopa Legwale said; “The committee selected in the association, when conducting their research, found out that the majority of private healthcare facilities were frequented by public servants due to stress and depression. That is when we decided to create a wellness association to assist not only the public servants but as well the

Some of the boys ready to get the love cut

of getting HIV,” Ramoganyane said The procedure was performed by the hospital's trained doctors and Chaps respectively. Another beneficiary of this free of charge circumcision service, Nengudza Talifhani from Oukasie Township, which is a stone's throw away from Brits CBD, was in a state of euphoria after he was circumcised, “I wish to thank the hospital for providing me with this service,” Talifhani expressed Present at this high volume circumcision's campaign was

the Hospital's Chief Executive Officer Mr Themba Mhlanga who was also delighted by the turn out, “This is encouraging to see young boys and adults taking their health lives serious in ensuring that the country's vision of 0% new infections is realized,” Mhlanga said Mhlanga went on to congratulate his staff members who had put their domestic activities on hold to ensure that health care service is provided, “It is great to see our staff members from administration to nursing to clinical rolling up their sleeves and getting down to this kind of service delivery.”

community wellbeing through sport.” President of the association Mr Rakhumo Moeng said; “When an employee is not fit, he or she cannot perform to the best of their ability, it affects quality of work. We work in stressful environments that are sometimes not conducive to our wellbeing that is why we are gathered here today with a common goal to launch this association. To ensure that we firstly take care of ourselves then we will be able to take care of others through sport.” Moeng further stated that ; “The association is not affiliated to any professional bodies as it is in its pilot stages but hopefully through our partnership with our sponsors it will become fully fledged. We are starting with two sporting codes namely soccer and netball Leagues and if we see satisfactory participation and support we will add other sporting codes to accommodate others.” The Eight league teams comprises mostly of employees from the four governmental departments and members of the community.

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Sadikay's paves her way to success By Tebogo Modiba THE HAMMANSKRAAL based Ms. Kgothatso Sadiki (25) is riding on the high wave of success in the broadcasting world with her show Mid Morning Breeze 9 to 12 on Moretele Community radio. Sadiki says her love for the radio started while in high school while listening to the then Metro FM Presenter Azania Mosaka now with Power FM. After completing her Grade 12 in 2005, Sadiki enrolled for a National Certificate in Sound Engineering at Emendy in Pretoria and Diploma in Information

Te c h n o l o g y w i t h Ts h w a n e University of Technology. “I took IT after realizing that there were in fact few women in the Engineering sector, especially the in the sound engineering discipline. In a way I could say that I wanted something that would challenge. After completing my studies I struggled to find a job in radio or television. Nestle gave me an opportunity to work as a Packer assistant,” said Sadiki. She says that numerous rejections by various station bosses could not dampen her spirit and continued knocking on their doors.

“In 2009 I auditioned for Moretele Community Radio Station for a shot at being a presenter. My passion for radio put me above the rest and I got a nod.I was given grave yard show Behind The Mix which aired from 2 to 6 in the morning and which taught me the tricks of the trade,” said Sadiki. She discouraged people from entering into the media industry for all the wrong reasons thinking that it will be a vehicle to elevate them to celebrity status. She says her wish is to see more woman in the industry.

Dj Sadikay of Moretele Community Radio Station

Police call for Africans to embrace their culture By Tshepo Marutha MEN AND WOMEN in blue from Rietgat Police in Soshanguve recently swapped their official uniform in exchange of the different ethnical and traditional regalia during the station's 4th annual Heritage day celebrations. The event was characterised by a potpourri of traditional songs, poets and dance, it drew a host of people from different sectors within the community. Delivering her key note address the event organiser Tsonga dancers during Heritage Day celebrations at Rietgat police station

Sergeant Ntobizodwa Maphanga called for people to do introspection into their lives start embracing the spirit of Ubuntu embedded in our humanity. “There is nothing African about crime, drug abuse and all the social ills that we see in our country. They all play themselves out because we have deviated ourselves from our very own culture. As parents we need to take a leading role in advocating moral regeneration to our children, by instilling the values and the ethos of our African culture into their

lives,” said Maphanga. She slammed the practice of advocating the use of condoms rather than advocating for abstinence; “Are we saying to them that it is fine for them to have sex as long as they do it in a certain way.” She said the ideal of celebrating the Heritage day came to her to her when she was working in Sudan; “At the time I got home sick, I started appreciating the little things that we take for granted in our daily lives. I started missing our food and the diversity and it reminded me of our diversity.”

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Metropolitan SASFA under 16 play-offs continues T he provincial phase of the Metropolitan SASFA U16 cup culminates at the Zwelethemba stadium in Worcester in October 2013, as schools in the province eagerly anticipate the opportunity to be crowned provincial champions of the Western Cape. The national schools tournament has had a significant impact on youth soccer development in South Africa and

continues to develop future champions in South Africa. The current Metropolitan SASFA U16 Cup champions, Rosina Sedibane Modiba School in Gauteng, were dumped out of the competition last month during the Gauteng leg of the playoffs. “This stage of the competition is particularly crucial for the teams. They are one step away from representing their province at the national finals. Winning will rely

on teamwork and determination and I encourage the players to make the best of this opportunity to shine. The Metropolitan SASFA Under-16 Cup is so much more than just another football tournament. It exposes our talented youth to experiences that help them shape their future,” said Metropolitan's Brand Executive Belinda Faulkner. President of the South African Schools Football Association and

SAFA Vice-President, Mandla 'Shoes' Mazibuko added, “ Metropolitan has a long history of supporting development football in South Africa. Success of national teams is dependent on identifying and growing talent at an early age. Only a handful of companies are prepared to support development football and we are pleased that Metropolitan remains committed to this sponsorship.”

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equaliser on the 19 minute but his shot ballooned way over the poles. The Mabopane- based side bounced back with an avalanche of goals which started with Sandile Sibiya's thshot into the roof of the net in the 20 minute. Juventus boys dominated the second half and their opponents succumbed to pressure when Sefane Keamogetswe converted the second goal just a few minutes into the second round. Mabopane Juventus scintillating form continued to frustrate Stars' defence forcing them to make reckless blunders. Goal keeper, Sibanyoni could no longer absorb the opponents' penetration into his box and failed to clear Lethabo Sehube's simple lukewarm shot on the 50th minute. Juventus play maker, Onthatile Rathokolo, who had one of his best

By Mashilo Mojela MABOPANE JUVENTUS nailed Amy Joe Roman Stars 4-1 in a thrilling U/13 Soshanguve District and Local Football Association (SODIFA) league match played at Giant Stadium recently The match was a game of two halves with Stars dominating the first half and Juventus the last round. Mabopane's dribbling wizard, Onthatile Rathokolo's curling shot went wide in the 15th minute. Amy Joe's passing combination to get an opener paid off when Koketso Ngobeni netted a goal on the 17th minute Romans goal keeper, Tshepo Sibanyoni, was kept busy by the opponents as waves of attack and countless shots on target. Juventus Rorisang Shilolo, who came as a substitute tried to register an

STINKWATER AND Eersterus have followed in the footsteps of Greater Temba by forming a league within the Hammasnkraal Local Football Association territorial named Stinkwater Eersterus Local FootballAssciation (SELFA). It is said that currently the league has 15 teams consisting of, Eersterus Stars, Vilareal, Eersterus United, RDP FC, Dilopye FC, Timberland, Junior All Blacks, Lovers FC, Unity Action, Silver Stars, Black Burn, Early Birds, Full Force, Kopanang United and Thambo United. SELFA Interim chairperson Solomon Mathebula said that the

league was formed last year December by the members of community who felt there is a need for development in the area. “It came after they identified the preachments facing the youth of greater Stinkwater and lack of sporting activities in the area, a factor which end up pushing them taking wrong paths. This is one of the first of many activities to be happening in Stikwater. We realized that many teams play street football and due to not being able to afford weekly traveling expenses to play HALFA league,” said Mathebula. “ As a result we saw it necessary to establish a league with teams that are not part of any

Mabopane Juventus player on the ball during SODIFA league match against Roman Stars at Giant Stadium games in a long run from the left flank to give his team the last goal which sealed the score to 41. The Tshwane Christian S c h o o l g r a d e 6 l e a r n e r, Rathokolo attributed their victory to selfless team work and calculated passes. Juventus coach Maake said his boys lost

because they were tired in the second game after their 5-1 victory against Mmakaunyane Sundowns earlier on in the day.” We are playing two games in a day because we are behind schedule with our leagues fixtures” Maake added.

association and cut the transport costs of the teams. Our aim is not to destroy any league but to build a good relationship and all that's left is to be granted an LFA status by the region,” said Mathebula. Mathebula further said that their teams met all requirements especially in terms of development sides and they sent their accreditation status application to the LFAin February. “All our teams have u11, 13, 15, 17, 19 and we encourage our senior sides to use mostly u/19 players. We brought in individuals with great experience in the committee and honesty is what we are practicing in all what we are doing. Currently we have an

interim committee that so far I am happy with what we have achieved. “We will also engage schools as one of our long term goals to produce professional players and build strong teams in our area. We would like to thank the community for their support, sports council for being behind us and ward councilors who have been assisting us when we needed a helping hand.” added Mathebula.

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SODIFA crowns the champions in their friendly match during the prize- giving ceremony confirmed that they are the actual league champs. “If everything goes according to plan we intend to buy the status in the castle league next season because playing for super league will only be a waste of time for my boys,” said Ntlhe. He added that plans to have a well maintained home ground for the team were at an advanced stage. Khakhathi FC coach, Thapelo ''Bro T'' Sithole said he was happy about all the prizes including the trophy, gold medals and a R3000

cheque presented to the team. “This will certainly motivate the boys to work harder next season” said Thapelo Sithole. Soshanguve and District Local Football Association (SODIFA) President, Ishmael 'Bro Ish” Madumo expressed his gratitude to all the teams for their commitment and hard work throughout the season. “We always try our utmost best to have a joint prize-giving ceremony for both promotional and super league champs to minimize costs as the association does not have a sponsorship”, said Madumo.

Downs plot inter club/league success By Koketso Khoza


he Soshanguve and District Local Football Association ( S O D I FA ) 2 0 1 2 / 1 3 Promotional and Super League champions received their awards in a price-giving ceremony recntly. The occassion was preceded by friendly matches of the league champs at the Giant Stadium. The games spiced up the occasion which would have been mistaken for final league games. The four teams, Khakhathi FC, K

Sporting (promotional league) and Blue Birds, Kgotlelelang FC (super league) clearly relived their final league matches encounters. Blue Birds team manager, Moses Munyai, said losing to Mamelodi FC in a sudden death during their Castle League playoffs was heart- breaking, yet a learning experience. “The fact that we lost in the sudden death only goes to show how stiff the competition was. We hope to keep the same discipline and hard work in the coming

season,'' said Munyai. Second- placed Super league champs Kgotlelelang FC chairperson, Ike Dibakwane said not winning the league has taught them a lesson and they will go back to the drawing board to restrategise. “We intend to replace our ageing team with new players' 'added team manager Isaac Lesoka. According to K Sporting FC team manager, Lesego Ntlhe, his team lost to the promotional league champs Khakhathi FC on technicalities and their 2-1 victory

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Khakhathi FC players celebrating after clinching SODIFA promotional league championship

EERSTERUS DOWNS has been hard at training recently to prepare for SAFA Tshwane/Motsepe Foundation Inter Club To u r n a m e n t p l a y o ff s a n d Hammanskraal Local Football Association 2013/14 season. The teams under 15, 17 and 19 finished the season on top of their respective logs to earn a place in the playoffs of inter club competition, while the u/13 and senior side finished 5th and 2nd places respectively. Downs coach Lucas “Jero” Seemise said that the team is more than ready and the players are looking great at the camp and can't wait for the tournament and league to start. “Last season our two divisions slipped up during the first games but our u/17 went on to win the tournament. This season we want to see all our divisions in

the finals and clinching the first prizes. With the league last season, things went a bit rough especially after the merging of us and the SAB team in Bojanala region and by the time we pulled out, our senior team had already suffered a setback in HALFA Promotional League,” he said. “The preparations have been disrupted a bit by the loss of few of our key players but then we have young player from our junior side whom we have to slot in where necessary. This season our overall objective is to do well in every division, win the inter club tournament and see our senior side winning promotional league and qualifying for the SAB promotional playoff. All that it is a realistic objective to set. Currently we are working on building the confidence and making them believe they can compete because I believe they can,” said Seemise.

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