MARIKANA: SITELELE’S Volume 1 Week 44
30 October 2013
MURDER SUSPECTS IN COURT FULL REPORT ON PAGE 2.
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NOW OPEN: THE MORULENG MALL OPENED ITS GATES TO THE PUBLIC LAST WEEK THURSDAY. IN THE PICTURE, KGOSI NYALALA PILANE (CENTRE) AND THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF MOSES KOTANE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, FETSANG MOKATI-THEBE (EXTREME RIGHT) POSE WITH SOME GUESTS AT THE OPENING GALA DINNER. (PHOTO: RAPULA MANCAI)
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MARIKANA: Sitelele’s murder suspects back in court Farirayi Kahwemba
P2 Emotions are expected to run high when the three suspects accused of murdering NUM chairperson William Sitelele make their second appearance in court tomorrow. The three suspects, aged between 33 and 37, were arrested last week in Marikana in connection with the murder of Sitelele, who was shot eight times and killed at the Marikana Hill near Lonmin. The three appeared before the Bafokeng Magistrate’s Court in Tlhabane on 24 October. They were remanded in custody and are expected to make their bail application tomorrow. Sitelele was shot by a group of men who had
approached his car. After he was shot once, he jumped out of the vehicle before the men fired seven more shots at him. The murder, which has been condemned by North West Premier Thandi Modise, comes after the mining sector signed a framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry agreement in July. Reiterating on previous calls for the suspects to be denied bail, Modise’s office urged the police to leave no stone unturned in their investigations. “The charges that the three are facing are very serious. The position of the Premier is that the police should get to the bottom of the matter,” Lesiba Kgwele, the spokesperson of the Office of
COSATU demands RRT
the Premier, told Leseding News. The police are yet to comment on the motive of the murder. However, COSATU believes the killing could be attributed to the refusal by “some organisations” to sign the framework agreement. “The signatories agreed that the police, the intelligence service and the courts must act effectively and without delay to bring those guilty of violent crimes to justice… “Despite this, the murders have continued and the culture of impunity has not been eliminated. Workers and communities live in constant fear, and have been denied their fundamental human
Phatsima residents receive title deeds after receiving his title deed. “I am very happy for what has happened to us today. I now feel like a real Phatsima resident and that makes me very proud,” he said. Rooy added that they have been at loggerheads with the municipality for a very long time. He said he is grateful to everyone who took part and pushed to get the ball rolling. Ward Councillor James Mzizi said the municipality has lived up to the promise it made since the year 2000. He added that additional title deeds would be issued to more people going forward.
CONSTRUCTION SITE: People walk past one of the RRT Construction sites next to the taxi rank Photo: FARIRAYI KAHWEMBA
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ONFEDERATION of Trade Unions, (COSATU) in the North West province has called for an investigation of the multi-billion rand Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT). Among other charges, COSATU alleges nepotism, corruption, cronyism and exclusion of those not close to the corridors of power at the municipality. In a statement, the trade union said they have been excluded in the project “except at the time when we were invited to an information session with others.” “We want to know who the beneficiaries on this project are. This project is expected to reduce unemployment for the entire Rustenburg municipality, not for a faction of some few people within the area,” said COSATU North West Secretary, Solly Phetoe in a statement. Phetoe said they have learned that even one of the major stakeholders in the project – the taxi industry – has been involved in factionalism.
“Only a few of those who are their close friends and those that belong to their factions are part of the team from the taxi industry,” said Phetoe. “COSATU would like to know who the main beneficiaries of the project are, and where the
It is very significant to point out that this year marks a hundred years since the Land Act was passed in 1913. This Act prevented Black people from owning their own land. This was said by Rustenburg Local Municipality Executive Mayor Mpho Khunou during an event held to issue title deeds to a total of 530 Phatsima residents at Sekunjalo section on 11 October. Khunou said it was important for the youth to know and understand title deeds as an inheritance that must be respected. 65-year-old Rooy Nonkunzi, who has been living in Phatsima for the past 20 years, expressed joy
right to move freely without the fear of an attack,” COSATU said in a statement. “COSATU endorses the belief of its North West Provincial Secretary that some of this violence continues because some organisations were reluctant to sign the agreement brokered by the president and this shows that they were never committed to bringing peace and stability in the area,” reads the statement. In the wake of the murder, authorities within government and the mining sector have urged unions in the industry to respect the agreement and to advise their members against taking the law into their own hands.
The municipality said robust and on-going public participation and stakeholder engagement have always been an integral part of the RRT project. “No less than 29 external stakeholder groups, including organized labour have been identified
Only a few of those who are their close friends and those that belong to their factions are part of the team from the taxi industry... ~ Solly Phetoe
buses which will be used in the project will be coming from. “We demand that 90% of the materials and buses which will be used be procured locally, local people must be included in the project and the rest of our people must be consulted,” added Phetoe. In its defense, the Rustenburg local municipality has labeled COSATU’s allegations of corruption and unfair labour practice as “entirely unfounded”.
and engaged with on the project over the past three years. “As part of this consultative approach, COSATU was initially invited to attend an organised labour stakeholder consultation on 14 March 2012. “Further invitations for engagements to COSATU were extended on 27 March 2013 and 22 May 2013 in which other organised labour also attended,” said the municipality in a statement.
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Twelve years later: Rememberi The September 11 attacks were a series City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed after its passengers tried to overcome the of four coordinated terrorist attacks with debris and the resulting fires causing hijackers. In total, almost 3000 people died launched by the Islamic terrorist group al- partial or complete collapse of all other in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and Qaeda upon the United States in New York buildings in the WTC complex, as well as 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also City and the Washington, DC metropolitan major damage to ten other large surrounding was the deadliest incident for firefighters in area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. structures. the history of the United States. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. Although 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, initially flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of of the United States Department of Defense), denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed DEFINING MOMENT: Rustenburg Executive Mpho Khunou hands over deeds to aand those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and leading to a partialMayor, collapse on its western responsibility for thetitle attacks. Al-Qaeda United Airlines(PHOTO: Flight 175, were crashed into side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight bin Laden cited US support of Israel, the recipient ZANELE SITHOLE). the North and South towers, respectively, of 93, was targeted Washington, DC but crashed presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and the World Trade Center complex in New York into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania sanctions against Iraq as motives for the
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VETERAN: Film producer Basil Dube Veteran South African film producer, Basil Dube is heavily involved in preparations for a film festival that will take place in the United Kingdom that will showcase the country’s liberation heritage through cinema, literature and music. The festival, which is set to run for four weeks in October next year, will be part of celebrations to mark South Africa’s 20 years of democracy. Dube, originally from Rustenburg but now based in Gauteng, told Leseding News that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the South African Film Training and Events Consortium (SAFTEC) and the UK-based Africa in Motion Film Festival has already been signed – paving the way for the festival. SAFTEC is a voluntary South African consortium
made up of various industry training and film events managers and promoters, including Rewith Entertainment, Bojanala Film Festival, Jintek Film School, MC Art Academy, Gauteng Women Filmmakers Association, Limpopo Film Festival, Filmmakers of Passion (FOP) and Ebenezer Talent. “In terms of the MOU, SAFTEC will be presenting the South African Film Festival in the UK in 2014 as part of celebrating South Africa’s 20 years of democracy,” Dube, chairman of SAFTEC and the event’s promoter, said. “Thirty films from South Africa will be screened across various venues in the UK. Twenty South African filmmakers will participate in this historic event,” he added. The programme will also incorporate a heritage exhibition. “The movies that will be showcased include anti-Apartheid movies as well as theatre and musical works that inspired South Africa’s liberation. “As part of the programme, we have included the South African tourism and heritage exhibition, which will run concurrently with the festival. This exhibition will incorporate the 50 years commemoration of the Rivonia trial,” Dube explained. Dube said SAFTEC will embark on a roadshow from November to create awareness about the festival. “During the roadshow, we are targeting Durban tourism centres, Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Bojanala Johannesburg Tourism, Mbombela and Polokwane. The roadshow will be completed in March 2014,” said Dube. Promoters, filmmakers, musicians, poets and writers interested in participating in this historic project, should contact the SAFTEC on 012 320 2455 or 071 502 0564.
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Khunou refutes RRT corruption allegations Farirayi Kahwemba
REFUTING: RUSTENBURG EXECUTIVE MAYOR MPHO KHUNOU (PHOTO: FARIRAYI KAHWEMBA)
Rustenburg’s Executive Mayor, Mpho Khunou has refuted allegations by the Confederation of Trade Unions (COSATU) that the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project is littered with corruption and cronyism. Responding to questions from Leseding News, at the sidelines of an event held to celebrate transport month on 16 October, Khunou said these allegations are unfounded. In the 11 September issue, Leseding News ran an article in which COSATU Secretary Solly Phetoe called for an investigation into the multi-billion rand project that is set to change the face of Rustenburg’s transport system. Among other charges, COSATU alleges nepotism, corruption, cronyism and exclusion of those not close to the corridors of power at the municipality. A statement by Phetoe charged that the trade union had been excluded in the project “except at the time when we were invited to an information session with others.”
Phetoe demanded to know the beneficiaries of the project and charged that one of the major stakeholders in the project, the taxi industry, had been involved in factionalism. However, Khunou refuted these accusations. “Some of the allegations have been quite unfortunate. One of the allegations is that the RRT has benefited certain individuals,” Khunou explained. “There is no iota of truth in this. The RRT will benefit the whole of Rustenburg. We call upon all individuals who have proof of impropriety to come forward.” Khunou emphasised that proper procedures had been followed regarding tenders and the entire process related to procurement. “As far as we are concerned, the proper processes have been followed in terms of procurement,” Khunou said. “As a municipality, we are confident that proper procedures were followed and it is irresponsible for
Mashangu case referred Farirayi Kahwemba
email@example.com Oupa Joseph Mashangu, who is accused of card cloning and contravening the Fraud and Electronic Communication and Transaction Act, is set to appear before the Rustenburg Regional Court on 20 November. Mashangu’s case was postponed and referred to the Regional Court when he appeared before the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on 22 October. During the court proceedings, Mashangu’s legal representative sought to have the case struck off the roll on the grounds that the docket was still in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP). However, Magistrate Zipporah Phage ruled that the state’s request to have the matter referred to the Regional Court had sufficient grounds. “Other issues can be raised at the Regional Court. The court will grant the postponement of the case,” Phage said. Mashangu (43) was arrested in May at an ATM in Rustenburg, after police
to regional court allegedly spotted him interfering with customers. Police found a skimming device and several cards, believed to have been cloned, in Mashangu’s possession. Police also seized two laptops and a computer at Mashangu’s home in the Doringkruin area of Klerksdorp. These items have since been sent for forensic analysis. With the assistance of the HAWKS, the police are also investigating how Mashangu acquired his plush home in Klerksdorp and two luxury vehicles. Card cloning, also referred to as skimming, involves stealing information from a bank card and copying it onto another counterfeit card. According to police statistics, card cloning is one of the major crimes being committed in the North West by criminals operating in syndicates. It is estimated that the province has lost around R2 million to card cloning syndicates, who usually pounce on innocent, unsuspecting people at ATMs.
people to make such allegations,” he added. Asked to comment on Khunou’s statements, Phetoe insisted on COSATU’s stance. “We are not surprised, as COSATU, about the denial by the authorities of our previous statement regarding this issue. It is only now that labour is being consulted. “We stand on our previous position that the taxi industry was not properly consulted on this issue,” Phetoe said. Meanwhile, RRT Director Marks Rapoo revealed that the project was on track. “The RRT project, which is Rustenburg’s flagship transport project and the most significant infrastructure programme for the municipality, is on track to launch its first services by 2015/16,” Rapoo said. He explained that so far, a total of R750 million had been spent for the RRT, which, when completed, will give residents and visitors of Rustenburg a high quality, safe, fast and affordable transport that
can be accessed within a short walking distance by the majority of households. “The RRT project aims to implement the recommendations of the National Department of Transports Public Transport Strategy and Action Plan, approved by Cabinet in 2007, which gives selected cities in South Africa the mandate to establish an integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN),” he said. Speaking at the same event, Mr Herman Sebego, from the taxi industry, said negotiations between RRT officials and public transport operators whose operations will be affected by the project will be completed in 2014. “As the taxi industry, we are responsible for the transportation of more than 68% of the passengers within the North West. “The taxi industry and advisers are currently discussing the routes that will be affected (by the RRT). We want to have completed these negotiations by the middle of 2014,” Sebego said.
New SANCO leadership to address community problems
The new SANCO Branch Executive Committee (BEC) for Tlhabane has pledged to work hand in hand with the community in the area and to address the challenges they face, which range from title deeds and job creation to erroneous water bills. The new committee, elected on 19 September at the Tlhabane Community Hall, is made up of David Moletsane (chairperson), Selebaleng Mashaba ( d e p u t y chairperson), Stanford Ramatlhape and three o t h e r
NEW BROOMS: STANFORD RAMATLHAPE IS THE NEW SANCO TLHABANE BRANCH SECRETARY (PHOTO: LEVY MOKWELE)
members. “After we were elected into office, we saw it fit to go back to the community and re-introduce ourselves to them. “We are aware that we have to be accountable to the community and inform them what we would want to achieve. It is important that we listen to the people,” Ramatlhape said, in an interview with Leseding News. Since their appointment, the Tlhabane BEC has already met with residents twice to inform them about their programme of action. “We have agreed to call sectional meetings with the community in Fox Lake, Oukasie, Bester, GG and Yizo Yizo. “We will visit each section one by one and take note of their grievances and challenges. “From our meetings so far, we have discovered that most of the community members are concerned about title deeds, job creation, erroneous water bills and the poor state of Tlhabane Stadium. “We will take their concerns to the ANC,” Ramatlhape said. Ramatlhape stressed that while SANCO is not opposed to the ANC’s policies, it is bound by its mandate to represent the community. “We are not an opposition party to the ANC. We are here to make sure that the ANC delivers on its promises. “We are in an alliance with the ANC and we must ask critical questions that represent the interests of the people we engage with,” he added.
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A young woman with big dreams! That is how one may describe 17-year-old Lerato Motene, who comes from Phokeng, just outside Rustenburg. A student at Bafokeng High School, Lerato has already proved she has what it takes to become a professional model. On 18 October, she scooped the Miss Bafokeng High School title, coming tops among a number of other contestants competing in the beauty contest. After completing her matric, Lerato hopes to pursue a career in modelling within Rustenburg and has firmly set her sights on catching the attention of one of the local modelling agencies. Models aged between 17 and 28, who are interested in appearing in this space, are requested to phone Rapula Mancai on 014 597 9980.
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Holy Family School honours outstanding students
BRIGHT STARS: Lebogang Senne and Rantikwane Makete. (PHOTO: ZANELE SITHOLE
PROUD MOMENT: Dr. Thabo Molepo and Tshegofatso Molepo (PHOTO: ZANELE SITHOLE) “Today is about celebrating the success of learners throughout the year, through their remarkable work. We are here to show their parents the kind of children they have. And this is a part of the continuing encouragement from us their teachers to them.” This was said by Principal Nair of Holy Family Combined School at an award ceremony held at the school hall in Mogwase. The awards were issued to learners from grade eight to grade twelve. There was so much competition and dedication throughout all the grades as everyone wanted their
name to be called out. Tshegofatso Molepo, a fifteen year old grade eight learner, scooped eight awards and stood as the overall achiever among the grade eights. She came in first place in five subjects and came in second place in three subjects. “I am very happy with all my achievements. I did expect to be awarded prizes, but not so many,’’ she said. Dr. Thabo Molepo was one of the proudest fathers at the event. He was beaming with joy throughout the event. He said he was very happy with her
daughter’s performance and is expecting her to do well. “She has made me a very proud father,” he said. Another of the many winners of the night was Rantikwane Makete (18) who received four certificates. His father, Tobias Mahlangu, was very pleased with his awards. He said he was expecting his son to do well because he had been working hard since the year began. But the star of the event was eighteen year old Lebogang Senne, who received a total of seven certificates, a 2013 National Science
Olympiad certificate and a floating trophy for being the DUX Student. He was also named the SRC President for the year. “I feel so exhilarated right now and I don’t even know what to say,” he said. His mother, Felicity Senne, shared the same joy. “Throughout his schooling, he has never shown any signs of being academically interested. It was only when he got to grade ten that I started seeing the dedication in his school work,” she said. Other awards given out included service awards, best FET learner and Good fellowship learner.
Class of 2013 to receive matric results on 7 Jan Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says matric results for the Class of 2013 will be released on 7 January next year. Speaking at The New Age Business briefing on Monday morning, Motshekga also called on parents to play their role in supporting learners as they prepare to write their final exams later this month. Learners from all nine provinces will this year sit for their month-long matric exams from 28 October to 29 November. “The results will be released on 7 January 2014. There will be a new Statement of Results for the November 2013 National Senior Certificate exams. It has special security features including the RSA
Watermark and a unique serial number. “As I’ve said, we’ve done our best to prepare the system and learners. Targeted interventions were activated with provinces to support learners and schools throughout the year - a relatively stable year I must say, for education,” she said. While matric exams have in the past been plagued with cheating through leaked exam papers, Motshekga said a new approach had been taken to ensure that learners play by the book, and added that they had been asked to also sign a pledge. Motshekga said the training of markers was ongoing and they would receive specialised training before they are dispatched to 118 training centre nationwide.
“To minimise risk, provinces have adopted a new approach to delay printing. Storage facilities have been inspected and security improved at distribution points. For tighter control, all scripts will be barcoded and scanned so that the number of scripts received will be controlled at key-points of the script-flow process,” she said.
EDUCATION MATTERS: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says Matric students will receive their results in January. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)
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In his opinion piece, Local Media: Is it the voice of the voiceless or propaganda machinery for business and government?, published recently in Leseding News, social justice activist Eric Mokua explores an important debate on the role of local media in their respective communities. Mokua does not stop there. He goes on to look at how advertising influences the coverage of local issues. Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to address South African Local Government Authority (SALGA) communicators meetings at Klersdorp and Brits. I was invited to speak to local government communicators on the relationship between local government and local media. There is one thing that I observed from the meetings that reminds me of Mokua’s sentiments – some government communicators see advertising in local media as a favour and not as a business practice. This is a dangerous relationship, one that dictates: If you rub my back you expect me to rub your back in return, no matter how infectious your sores maybe. Most local media finds itself in a compromising situation, leaving them with no option but to be forced into such relationships – not only with government but also with the big, local businesses. During this SALGA engagement and during the North West provincial government
Rustenburg edition – a report on how COSATU to have a free and and other stakeholders in the Rustenburg Rapid democratic proces Transport (RRT) – are alleging corrupt practices social transformat Let us continue th at the multi-billion rand project. “This is too hard, Levy,” Neil said about the that our local med and interest within headline. “No, we are covered. This is our style, how we for free and fair e do it,” I responded, explaining the newspaper’s melting pot of idea THE COMPENSATION FOR OCCUPATIONAL and enhancement obligation to always pursue hard-hitting issues. INJURIES AND DISEASES ACT Next up was the issue of what angle to take on Ricky’s investigative piece detailing the unhealthy We thank you. ablution facilities and lack of running water at To our readers, the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court. Together with these newspapers Farirayi and Ricky, we brainstormed ideas on a also enjoy readin Definition and objectives told by your jou catchy headline. Theproper,Compensation for Should we print that Ricky disguised himself and without fear or co Occupational Injuries smuggled his camera inside theand courts to capture To the Leseding Stephen, Eddie, R images of Act, the shocking airs? Diseases Act state Noof aff 130 With the deadline fast approaching, Ricky was – thank you guys. of accusing 1993 Farirayi as amended , of not sending his stories in time. I give you a day commonly referred tothat we as will beat the Buti’s for a cold b I intervened and assured them deadline. And we did. is a piece eight o’clock diary The COID Act, And here you are today reading our two editions. of Thanklegislation introduced you Bojanala Municipality to District provide compensation Moses Kotane foranddisablement caused by occupational injuries, or Local Municipality – diseases sustained if it was not for youror contracted by employees in the commitment to support course of their employment, or for death resulting emerging local media, from such injuries or diseases; and to provide for these two issues might matters connected therewith. There are a myriad of not have been out. For our issues that hard-fought the Act covers and this includes minimum democracy to be requirements in relation to procedures and processes to sustained it is important
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They should Diseases Act applies to: all employers; casual and fullthis new Brits edition and others soon to keep voters informed and let people see how their refused to compromise our comereporting. in other parts of the province we wish to time workers, who as a result of a workplace accident or money is being spent. expand our coverage of the North West. At Tlhabane in Rustenburg, we uncovered work related diseases; We all know that no local paper hasThis written is and the type of community media that we a ramshackled swimming pool the reflected morebuilt on theby developments, the trials are injured, disabled, killed or, become ill. This excludes see flourishing in the country, the type of and tribulations of Bojanalathe districtwant peopletothan Rustenburg local municipality. We reported workers who are totally or partially disabled for less than Leseding News has done. media that must be supported. story and we became unpopular. 3 days; domestic workers; anyone receiving military Yes, of course, I know that I will be branded a fighter for saying this, more so that I am wearing training; members of the South African National a red t-shirt. 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The recently completed 30 483 m² Moruleng Mall opened its doors for trading amid grand launch celebrations from 24 to 26 October. Developed by New Africa Developments (NAD), Moruleng Mall is the first of its kind in the densely populated rural area of Moruleng. It forms part of the Greater Moruleng Revitalisation Project, which seeks to empower Moruleng and boost its economic standing. The new mall brings a worldclass shopping centre to the heart of an underdeveloped area, which has significant economic potential. For the first time, the Moruleng community has easy access to major retailers, providing residents with variety and convenience in a top quality, state-of-the-art shopping centre environment. The impressive line-up of 80 stores includes Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Edgars, Truworths, Foschini, Ackermans, Jet, Legit, PEP, PEP Home, KFC, Identity, Markham, Mr Price, Totalsports, Exact!, Sportscene and Fashion Express. Moruleng Mall is the brainchild of Japie van Niekerk, NAD’s owner and CEO. “It’s heartening to see how enthusiastic and excited the community is about Moruleng Mall. This has been our aim from the very beginning – to enhance the sense of belonging and pride, to restore dignity and boost the local economy,” said Van Niekerk. Since its inception, NAD has been instrumental in new market exploration, giving tenants the opportunity to enter previously underdeveloped areas, and uplifting historically disadvantaged communities in the process. In line with NAD’s vision to empower the communities it serves, direct shareholders in Moruleng Mall include the local Bakgatla Ba Kgafela tribe. Moruleng Mall’s launch celebrations were attended by dignitaries and local community leaders – the highlight being a VIP function and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Children enjoyed the ‘Little M’ entertainment area, while Khuli Chana delighted the crowd with a spectacular performance. Other festivities and treats included local DJs, spot-prizes and opening offers and specials. Hester Robinson, NAD’s Managing Director, is pleased with the first weekend’s trade. “The Moruleng community came out in large numbers to celebrate the opening of Moruleng Mall and to experience, first hand, a worldclass shopping environment right on their doorstep. Turnover for the opening weekend exceeded our expectations. Moruleng Mall is destined to become the heartbeat of the Moruleng community,” said Robinson. Moruleng is situated on the north-eastern border of the Pilanesberg District in the North West Province, about 65 km from Rustenburg and 30 km south of Northam.
PLATINUM PEOPLE Farirayi Kahwemba
It might not be your typical rags to riches story, but the history behind the establishment of Revee Printing and Internet Café, located in the heart of Tlhabane, is inspirational in many ways. It is a story that celebrates the human spirit of perseverance, the belief that some people have within them that urges them to keep on pushing until they realise their goals and objectives. A number of people
BUSY: Reginald working on his computer.
who visit the internet cafe, some of them every day, may not be aware of the many challenges and pitfalls that the owner, Reginald Mekgwe, has had to endure since he decided to set up his company. “I studied business management at Orbit FET College from 2004 and this is when the idea of setting up an internet café came up,” Mekgwe said in an interview with Leseding News. “After completing my studies, I worked for a number of companies as an intern. I gained a lot of experience from the internships and this is when I decided that I could make more money by working for myself,” he added. In 2010, he set up a very small internet café in a shack. “It was very tough during those days,” Reginald recalls while shaking his head. “At that time I just had 2 computers and 1 printer. I am happy with the support that I received from the people within the community. “I think the fact that there was a need for internet and printing services in the area also acted as an advantage for me,” he added. A major setback, one that can easy derail the dreams of many people, befell Reginald and his business. “Thieves broke into the shack and stole my 2 computers and the printer that I had in my possession,” explained Reginald.
“I reported this to the police but unfortunately nothing could be recovered.” Luckily, as if he had foreseen the calamity, Reginald had saved up R4 000, which he then used to rebuild his small business. “I immediately bought a new printer. I also had a second-hand computer at my house but it was really like starting from nothing. “It was very difficult to continue with the business. There is a time that I actually thought of quitting, but because of the passion I have, I decided to continue. I do not want to be known as a quitter in my life,” he added. One positive development to come SERVICE: Reginald attends to his customers out of that horrible experience was the realisation that his business customers each day. Sometimes there are would never thrive without any more and this shows that they are happy proper security features in place. After slowly saving up money, Reginald with the services that I am providing. was able to build a proper structure, fully “I would like to reach a stage where I am installed with burglar bars and an alarm able to expand and grow the business,” he said, explaining his objectives. system. With the profit he was making, he As a 26-year-old already managing his managed to acquire three more computers, own business, Reginald has some advice to other young people wishing to go into additional printers and cameras. Outside the internet cafe, Reginald has business: “The important thing for anyone installed two telephones, which are is to apply their mind in whatever they proving to be very popular among his choose to do in life. As young people, we must not always aim at securing a job. customers. “I am happy with the security features that There is great satisfaction when one works I have in place now. I have around 30-40 for themselves,” Reginald said.
“ It was very tough
Getting to know: Reginald Mekgwe
during those days
Waterfall Mall kry sy eie sonkragaanleg Elma Kloppers
Growthpoint se Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg. Die groep gaan ‘n sonkragaanleg by die sentrum installeer, wat jaarliks 892 megawatt-uur se elektrisiteit gaan genereer.
Johannesburg. – Die eiendomsmaatskappy Growthpoint het ooreenkomste met Solar Century Africa en Eskom onderteken vir ’n sonkragaanleg by sy Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg. Die aanleg sal op die dak van die winkelsentrum aangebring word en sal jaarliks 892 megawatt-uur (MWh) elektrisiteit genereer. Dit is voldoende om aan die kragvereistes van sowat 750 gemiddelde huise te voorsien, sê Essop Basha, hoof van nutsdienste van Growthpoint. Stephan le Roux, Growthpoint se direkteur van kleinhandel, sê die aanleg sal ’n kragbesparing van R90 000 per maand vir die sentrum in die sak bring, wat op sowat R1,1 miljoen per jaar te staan kom. Growthpoint het al sonkragaanlegte by drie van sy kantooreiendomme aangebring, en dié is die eerste by ’n winkelsentrum. Basha sê die aanleg sal sowat 13 keer so groot wees soos die eerste aanleg wat hy getoets het. Die projek word in vennootskap met Eskom se geïntegreerde vraagkantbestuur-afdeling gedoen, wat 20% van die kapitaalkoste subsidieer uit sy subsidieprogram vir kleinskaalse hernieubare projekte. Daar word gehoop dat ander eiendomseienaars in Growthpoint se voetspore sal volg. Le Roux sê dié sentrum is ’n baanbreker in die sin dat hy Noordwes se sonskyn gebruik om skoon energie te genereer en sodoende sy impak op die omgewing verlaag. Hy sê sonkragaanlegte vir nog twee van Growthpoint se sentrums word oorweeg, afhangende van Eskom se subisidieprogram. “Dié tipe aanlegte is ideaal vir winkelsentrums wat ’n groot dakoppervlakte het.” - Sake24
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SORELY MISSED: ANCYL official Lincoln Morgan
Lincoln Morgan, who was the RTT coordinator for the ANCYL in the Bojanala Region, has passed on. He died tragically on Saturday after the vehicle he was travelling in was involved in an accident. Morgan was on his way back from the Rustenburg Speaker’s wedding when the accident occurred. “It is with utter shock and sadness that the ANC has learned of the passing away of Cde Lincoln Morgan,” said ANC Bojanala regional spokesperson, Disele Phologane, in a statement. “He was a true cadre, a debater, and an engager. His passing marks a loss both for the ANC and the ANC YL respectively, in these trying times as the ANC YL in Bojanala was on track in establishing branches. “He was representing the ANC YL in the RWC and REC of the ANC, whereby he used his experience, which he gained from being part of the student movement SASCO at the Tshwane University of Technology,” added Phologane. Phologane said the ANC will miss Morgan’s eloquence, sharpness in thinking, and how he used to raise issues of critical importance and relevance to young people. Details of the funeral will be released after the family has been consulted.
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Police and media must work together – Ngubane Farirayi Kahwemba
firstname.lastname@example.org A number of journalists from various media houses in the North West received accolades during the first ever North West SAPS Communicators Awards, held on October 18 at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. Held under the theme “Working together in the fight against crime”, the awards brought together 82 communication officials from various police stations and scores of journalists from radio, television and the print media. Over the years, SAPS has received support from different journalists and media houses in their efforts to fight crime and it is against such a background that the authorities in the North West Provincial police decided to facilitate the inaugural event. Tebogo Thamage, Bobby Serame, Elfas Torerai, Ananias Ndlovu, Farirayi Kahwemba and Dayel Gaetsewe were among some of the journalists who walked away with prizes in the various categories. In between the proceedings, guests were entertained by songs from two members of SAPS North West choir as well as jazz renditions from the provincial brass band. In a speech reflecting on the relationship between the police and the media, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane of SAPS expounded on the objective of
the awards. He said he hoped the occasion would foster a strong bond between the police and the media. Ngubane said both the media and the police share a common desire – to see a reduction in the crime rate, particularly in the North West. “The reason why all of us are here is to say let us serve the public,” Ngubane said. “The media and the police are both serving the public. The media inform the public about crime so that we do away with it while the police are there to prevent and fight crime,” he added. Ngubane also took the occasion to thank residents who play their part in crime fighting initiatives. “The reason we are here is not for the winners. Everyone is a winner. To the people of South
WINNERS: Journalists display their certificates African and the people of the North West, we are here to say thank you,” he said. Ngubane said the police in the North West will continue with their efforts to uproot criminal activities in the area. “The butt may be bitter now but the fruit is
Police brace for hectic festive period
Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa has revealed that the police will be on high alert to maintain order and fight crime as the festive season approaches.
“During festive seasons, there is movement of people across provinces due to tourism, holidays, increase of activities, at places of entertainment, shopping and migrant workers returning to their homes,” Mthethwa said recently, during the launch of the National Duty Calls Festive Season crime fighting campaign. Police will embark on various policing operations countrywide, interacting with communities, business sectors and various organised structures with an objective of intensifying the fight against crime. He pointed out that during the festive period, there is an increased movement of large sums of money as people will be receiving their bonuses while schools will be receiving admission
funds. Mthethwa cautioned that criminals usually take advantage of unsuspecting people making these transactions. “Such transactions and financial movements, unfortunately, also provide opportunities for criminals to commit crimes like bank robberies, cash in transit heists, ATM bombings, armed robbery and theft,” Mthethwa said. “Our experience further indicates that traditionally a lot of shopping takes place during the festive season. “In addition as migrant workers go in and out of the country, a lot of bribery, drug and human trafficking, stock theft, vehicle smuggling, counterfeit goods, illegal immigrants, illegal firearms and ammunitions are taking place along borderlines and ports of entry,” he added. The aim of the operation – Mthethwa said – is to raise awareness among people about the normal rise in petty crime during this time of the year. “We are also intensifying our partnership with society in the fight against crime as well as intensifying
police visibility during the period.“This campaign centres around six pillars focusing on aggravated robberies, border security, illegal firearms, liquor and Second Hand Goods Act enforcement, by-law enforcements and road safety enforcement. “This year in particular, we shall be having a concerted focus at crimes against women, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly,” he added. The Minister of Police also called upon parents and guardians to look after their children during the festive season. “Whilst the police will continue to arrest those who commit crime, a greater and growing awareness among parents/guardians to look after and protect children, must be intensified within society. “Let us strengthen our collective efforts against child abuse, neglect and exploitation. Members of society, including children, must work together with law-enforcement agencies in combating abuse, neglect and exploitation of our children,”
what will be enjoyed by the generation to come,” Ngubane concluded. According to police statistics, crimes against vulnerable children and women rank among the most common in the North West.
Mthethwa said. He urged communities to stop the illegal practice of buying stolen goods. “We must stop buying stolen goods. Instead, we must report criminals and assist the police with information to catch wrongdoers. In this way, we will move forward towards a crime-free society,” he said. Mthethwa took the opportunity to explain the police’s rural safety plan. “The rural safety plan that we have started to roll out in various provinces has resulted in the arrest and prosecution of those who are found to be involved in wrongdoing. “We are aware that more still needs to be done and hence we require the support of rural communities. “To this end, these crimes should not be racialized as we have seen some in society doing so to the detriment and compromise of our crime reduction efforts. “Crime is our common enemy; it affects all of us irrespective of colour, creed, gender or socioeconomic status,” Mthethwa concluded.
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– Jolingana Farirayi Kahwemba
email@example.com ATTENTIVE: Acting National Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services, Nontsikelelo Jolingana (right) listens to the proceedings. (PHOTO: SUPPLIED) The curtain has come down on the Department of Correctional Services’ Corrections Week, held each year from 27 September to 3 October. The commemoration is centered on creating awareness within the community about the department’s mandate of promoting the understanding of corrections as a societal responsibility. Launched in September 2006, Corrections Week is in line with the department’s overall objectives to contribute to a just, peaceful and safe society by detaining inmates in safe custody, while maintaining their human dignity, developing their sense of social responsibility as well as promoting the general development of all inmates and persons subject to community corrections. Through various nationwide events, communities are urged to accept offenders as ordinary members of society. The conclusion of this year’s Corrections Week was marked by an event held at Living Waters Ministries in Itsoseng, outside Lichtenburg. Among those who attended the event was the newly appointed Acting National Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services, Nontsikelelo Jolingana as well as the Regional Commissioner of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West region, Alfred Tsetsane. In her keynote address, Jolingana underscored the need for communities and the church to forge strong partnerships with her department in order to assist in the reintegration of offenders who are due for release from Correctional Centers. Discouraging communities against stigmatizing offenders, Jolingana stressed the importance of giving offenders a second chance in life so that they can prove to society that they have – indeed – changed. She reminded guests that while in correctional facilities, offenders are taken through corrective programmes that equip them with the skills to live an honest life once they are released. Echoing similar sentiments, Tsetsane stressed the need for leaders within various communities, NGOs and other stakeholders to give the Department of Correctional Services the necessary support. Speaking to Leseding News, Tumisang Masilo – a Media Officer stationed in Rustenburg – described this year’s Correction Week as a success. “With the kind of positive response that we are getting, I believe the awareness we are making in the communities is bearing fruit,” Masilo said. “Although they are cases were you have one minor incident that has a negative impact on what we are doing, the response so far from the community has been quite positive. In a recent speech delivered in Port Elizabeth, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele underscored the ethos behind events such as Corrections Week. “At DCS (Department of Correctional Services), we do not give up on anyone. We have faith, and proof, that rehabilitation works. We impact the heads, hearts and minds of offenders so that, upon release, they can leave with at least a skill in one hand and a certificate in the other hand,” Ndebele said.
ATTENTIVE: Acting National Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services, Nontsikelelo Jolingana (right) listens to the proceedings.
‘Demystifying’ the sport of golf Jeffrey Johannes is an easy-going person. An avid golfer, Jeffrey can regularly be seen swinging his golf club and striking the golf balls he would have carefully lined up next to each other. He usually does his swinging at a field in Thlabane, the soccer field just after the Caltex filling station. Jeffrey strikes the ball with such precision and power that some children who usually enjoy playing around that area immediately move away when they see him approaching with his golf clubs. Just from watching him you get to appreciate that he is a man in love with the sport. This is probably why he has established a golf academy he hopes will go a long way in helping children enjoy and understand the sport. Neil Myburgh, one of our colleagues at work, is also passionate about his golf. I have not yet watched him play golf, but from the way he answers whenever I ask him about the sport, you get to appreciate that he is a man in love with his sport. From the many golf events that I have attended, I have begun to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sport – although I must point out that I am yet to grasp quite a number of the rules and regulations. But I know that I am not alone and in light of the fact that a number of you out there are also “in the dark”, this piece is an attempt to demystify the sport. With a bit of help from Jeffrey and a little bit of research, I have managed to come up with an explanation of a few of some of the terms and expressions that make up the sport. Caddie – This is a person who assists a player by carrying his clubs, while also offering him advice. Bunker – This is a sandy “ditch” on the golf course. There can be several of them, depending on the design and nature of the course. Carry – This is a term used to describe the amount of distance that the ball travels while in the air before it hits the ground. Teeing Off – This is the very first shot that is taken by a player to start off a round. Players competing against each other tee off in the same area. Hole in One – This is when a player’s ball goes into the hole at his very first attempt. Ball marker – This is usually a very small coin that is placed behind the ball so as to make the position of the ball visible on the green. Do you know of other expressions and terms used in golf? Or, do you have a burning sports issue you would like to discuss? Drop me an e-mail at farirai@lesedingnews. co.za
Bringing cricket to the people Farirayi Kahwemba
Impala Precrete Cricket Club – situated opposite the Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg – has made huge strides in creating a thriving environment for school children from various backgrounds to enjoy the sport under the guidance of professionally trained coaches. The club has made a huge investment in their development programme to ensure that more young players – particularly students – are exposed to the sport. Pieter Van Niekerk – a level 3 coach – heads up the club’s development programme, which also comprises of Ofenste Motlogeloa and Phemelo Touta. Motlogeloa and Touta are both level 2 coaches. “The coaches are here usually from 9h00 in the morning to around 20h00 in the evening from Monday to Friday,” explained Willie Esterhuizen, chairman of the club. “The coaches teach youngsters who usually come here after school. The time they spend with them varies and also depends on what time of the year it is,” Esterhuizen added. All development activities are paid for by the club. “We do not get any money from anyone for development. All development is done by the club and paid by the club. We supply our third and fourth teams with playing
kit,” he pointed out. Over the years, the club has produced star players such as Van Niekerk, A n d r e a Agathagelou, D wayne READY TO TEACH: Ofentse Motlogeloa and Phemelo Touta.(PHOTO: FARIRAYI Pretorius KAHWEMBA) and Ottey Ramaboea. children how to bat and bowl as well as other basic skills The success of the club’s development drive can also be related to the sport. seen in the growing number of black players within its “The coaches are very excited whenever new students ranks. arrive and ask to be taught how to play the sport,” “Cricket at our club picked up recently. About five years Esterhuizen said. ago, we were considered a so called white club. Today, Besides coaching the schoolchildren, the club also I can say the ratio is about 60 to 40 to black people,” regularly donates cricket kit to various schools in and Esterhuizen said. around Rustenburg. He added that the club is excited by the growing number “Recently, we donated some kit to disadvantaged kids of schoolchildren taking interest in the sport. at Kutlwanong School for the Deaf. We hope that these “Cricket is a very technical sport. It is very different to donations will inspire more and more kids to play other disciplines such as running. We are teaching the cricket,” Esterhuizen concluded.
ACTION: Doons De Jage (right) and Oniccah Lebeko look on as another player makes a putt during the Orange Blossom Tournament held recently at the Rustenburg Golf Club. (PHOTO: FARIRAYI KAHWEMBA)
with a passion Lesedi Matubako
KARATE STUDENTS: Members of the Bakubung Karate Club. If you speak to karate experts, they will tell you that one fundamental philosophy of the sport is creating discipline among its students. It is against such a background that the Bakubung Karate Club was established in Ledig in 2012. With a number of young people often getting involved in illicit activities, the
aim of the club is to encourage the youth to lead a more productive, and healthy lifestyle that benefits them and the people within their community. In a bid to support this noble initiative, the Bakubung Economic Development Unit (BEDU) and the Bakubung Community Development Corporation (BCDC) decided to assist
the club by becoming partners in developing the youth. Musa Capital has been a major sponsor, ensuring that the youth enter and compete against other clubs. In one of these tournaments – held in Durban – one the club’s members qualified to represent South African in Japan.
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Platinum Stars coach explains club’s objectives Farirayi Kahwemba
firstname.lastname@example.org Platinum Stars coach, Allan Freese is clear about the objectives of the club, who have so far won the MTN8 Cup by beating Orlando Pirates in the final.
Asked whether Platinum Stars (the only team from the North West playing the Premier League) have the ability to continue dominating big clubs such as Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, Freese responded, “For us, it is not about dominating other clubs. We are just out to play our normal game and this has been effective for us so far.” “The desire is to win more silverware, and hopefully this will happen as long as the players continue working hard for the team and for each other,” he added. Domination is a word that has been associated with the manner in which clubs from Soweto,
2014 athletics season preparations begin With the curtain having already come down on this year’s athletics season, Athletics North West
SERIOUS: Coach Allan Freese plans to win more matches. (PHOTO: SUPPLIED) particularly Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, have managed to steal the limelight from the rest of the teams in the Premier League in recent times. In fact, the last time that a club from outside Johannesburg won the Premier League title was in the 2009/10 season, when SuperSport, a club from Pretoria, lifted the title. Platinum Stars finished a lowly 14th position that year, while Chiefs (3rd) and Pirates (5th) also found themselves being dominated. SuperSport’s victory in the 2009/10 season was their third consecutive win under coach Gavin Hunt, who is now the coach of Bidvest Wits. Since then, the League title has been won by Pirates (on two occasions) and Kaizer Chiefs, ensuring that South African football’s most prized piece of silverware remained the “property” of Johannesburg-based clubs. But the tide seems to be changing. North (ANWN) is in the process of finalising their events calendar for 2014. During the SA Sub-Youth, Youth, and Junior Championships this year, ANWN did not win as many medals as they were aiming for and will be out to rectify the mediocre performance of their athletes during the 2014 season. “During the championships, we got four gold medals in the steeplechase, 400m hurdles, 400m sprint and 100m sprint,” ANWN administrator Aubrey Moitlobo said in an interview with Leseding News. “This time we will be aiming to win more medals. Last year we had a team of around 60 athletes, so
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Platinum Stars’ victory in the MTN8 Cup, apart from uniting the city of Rustenburg, has sent a very strong statement to the rest of the football community. A statement that this season, the Rustenburgbased club intends to seriously challenge for top honours. And the club’s 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on 19 October, in the Telkom Knockout at Moruleng Stadium, went a long way to prove they have the ability to defeat the big teams on a regular basis. Officials from the club say winning the League title this season is the main objective. “After having finished second in last season’s League title chase, we are aiming to go all the way this season,” Platinum Stars Media and Supporters’ Head, Aubrey Molobi said. “This is the main objective. If a club finishes second
in a season, the only logical ambition is to aim for a better position, and the better position in this case is first position.” During last season, attracting a large number of supporters at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Platinum Stars’ home ground, was one of the major challenges faced by the club during their competitive matches. However, Molobi said the club has since come up with what they hope will be an effective solution to this challenge. “Yes, support was our major concern last season as a club. During our meetings as a club, we have resolved to take our matches to as many people as possible. “Some of our matches will be played at Moruleng Stadium. The club belongs to the province as a whole and the people from the province must now begin to take ownership of their club,” Molobi said.
maybe we will have more this year,” he added. ANWN’s season for 2014, according to the association’s draft calendar, is expected to begin during the third week of January. Moitlobo urged clubs from the province and any athletes interested in taking part in athletics events to contact him on 014 594 2895 or 076 295 8625. For the track events, athletes will compete in seven distances: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1 500m, 5 000m and 10 000m. The field events comprise of the high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, and pole vault, among others. “We welcome every member of the community
interested in taking part in our athletics events. The events are open to everyone. “Our goal is to ensure that athletics events become more popular among the people of the North West, and this can be achieved through increased participation this year.” “We are yet to confirm the actual dates, but we will be hosting events at Olympia Park because the venue is more central to our athletes and clubs,” he explained. “From 7-8 March, we will host the provincial championships, where we will select a team that will represent North West in the Sub-Youth, Youth, and Junior Championships.”
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30 October 2013
Moses Kotane Local Municipality â€œA focused, caring and responsive municipality that provides services, in a sustainable manner to all its community.â€?
ELEGANT: Moses Kotane Executive Mayor, Cllr Fetsang Mokati-Thebe
Municipal Manager Ms Nono Dince
HOD of community Services Comfort Molokwane
Chief Financial Officer Ms Olga Ndlovu
HOD of Corporate Services Mr Pogiso Shikwane
HOD of Infrastructure and Technical Services Mr Katlego Gabanakgosi
HOD of Planning and Development Mr Auria Sefanyetso
Message to Grade 12 class of 2013 MKLM Mayor Fetsang Mokati-Thebe
28 October 2013 marks the beginning of real assessment where all Grace 12 learners will implement what you have been learning since January 2013. It is indeed the final leg of your schooling years. I always say: â€˜Your humble beginnings do not determine your destiny.â€™ Irrespective of challenges and social ills you encountered daily, this final year examinations open a new chapter of your lives. You are proceeding
to a new world of maturity and accountability and the results will be true reflection of your commitment to prosper and therefore bear testimony to your hard work I have no doubt in my heart and mind that Grade 12 learners from all schools within the jurisdiction of Moses Kotane Local Municipality will pass with flying colours and once more put the municipality on the National map of the best achievers. Good luck with your final year examinations and make us proud!!!!!
Who is Moses Kotane?
Born in Tamposstad, Transvaal (now North West) to a devout Christian family of Tswana origins, Moses Kotane received little formal schooling prior to entering the workforce. In 1922 – at the age of 17 – Kotane began working in Krugersdorp. He worked in various jobs including as a photographer’s assistant, domestic servant, miner, and bakery worker. In 1928, Kotane joined the ANC but soon left after considering it weak and ineffectual. He then joined the African Bakers Union – an affiliate of the new Federation of NonEuropean Trade Unions. Kotane joined the SACP in 1929 and soon became a member of the party’s politburo. Within the Communist Party, Kotane worked on Umsebenzi, the party’s newspaper. Returning to South Africa in 1933, Kotane rose through the party ranks until he became the party’s general secretary in 1939. Walter Sisulu credited Moses Kotane as a “giant of the struggle” because of his logical and non-dogmatic approach. Kotane was also a leading member of the ANC as well as the SACP at the same time. From 1956 to 1961, Kotane was a defendant in the Treason Trial alongside fellow South African leaders Nelson Mandela, Albert Luthuli, Joe Slovo, Walter Sisulu and 151 others. None of the defendants, including Kotane, were convicted, despite years of persecution.
Did you know that: • Sun City is found in the Moses Kotane Local Municipality • Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Parks are right inside the Moses Kotane Local Municipality • Moruleng Mall is in the Moses Kotane Local Municipality • Pilanesberg International Airport is found in the MKLM • Mayor Mokati-Thebe is the first female Mayor of MKLM • Clr Maria Matshaba is the first female Single Whip of MKLM • Mme Nono Dince is the first female Municipal Manager of MKLM • Mme Olga Ndlovu is the first Chief Financial Officer of MKLM • Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is a resident of Koffiekraal village in MKLM • Kgosi Madoda Shadrack Zibi is a resident of Khayakhulu in the MKLM • Mme Grace Masuku – the veteran in Indigenous Knowledge Systems is a resident of Lesetlheng in the MKLM • Head Quarters of the St John Apostolic Church are at Motlollong right inside the MKLM • Members of Catholic Church in the Southern Africa flock to Vleisfontein inside Madikwe Game Park annually in the MKLM • Nedbank Golf Challenge is held annually and sees some of the best golfing talent from all over the world competing for the title right in the MKLM • That the late Moses Kotane was born in Pella village in MKLM
Moses Kotane Municipality At a glance
Moses Kotane Local Municipality is a category B4 municipality located within the Bojanala District Municipality in the North West Province. It was established after re-demarcation of municipal boundaries and subsequent municipal elections in 2000.
The Municipality covers an area of approximately 5220km² and is mostly rural in nature comprising 107 villages and 2 two formal towns of Mogwase and Madikwe. Moses Kotane Local Municipality population was estimated at 242 553 by the 2011 census, compared to 237 175 in the 2001 census. The Municipality has a predominantly African population with fewer Indian, coloured and White groups who are mostly residing in Sun City residence
and Mogwase Unit 2. The total number of households is estimated at 61 759. The economy of Moses Kotane is characterised mainly by tourism, mining and agriculture, owing to its location within the major tourism and mining belt of the North West province, Pilanesberg and Sun City. Industry and social services also form a critical part of the local economy. The Municipality is an EXCO type with 31 Wards. It is led by Council made up of 62 councillors including the Speaker, Mayor and the Executive Committee. The Mayor is the Head of Executive Committee (EXCO), which comprises of 10 councillors who head various portfolio committees. The municipality performs functions and powers assigned to it in terms of sections 156 and 229 of the Constitution.
Our Values: Integrity, Honesty,
Transparency, Accountability The Municipality is an EXCO type with 31wards and is led by the council made up of 75 councillors comprising Dikgosi, ward and PR councillors. The Mayor Fetsang MokatiThebe is the head of ten-member Executive Committee who head the following portfolio Committees: 1.Integrated Development Planning, Performance Management System, Intergovernmental Relations and Town Planning 2.Local Economic Development and Rural Development 3.Human Settlement 4.Communication and Corporate Services 5.Finance 6.Community Services 7.Infrastructure and Technical Services 8.Special Projects The municipality performs functions and powers assigned in terms of sections 156 and 229 of the constitution. On the administrative side, the Municipal Manager heads a five-member Management committee comprising Heads of Departments: 1.Budget and Treasury Office 2.Corporate Services
3.Community Services 4.Infrastructure and Technical Services 5.Planning and Development Currently the sources of funding for the Moses Kotane Local Municipality are: Grant Income - Equitable Share R 248,277,000 - Municipal Support Infrastructure grant R 890,000 - Extended Public Works Programme R 2,386,000 - Water Subsidy R 5,300,000 - Project Management Unit- MIG R 4,500,000 Total Grants R 262,903,000 Other sources: - Interest External Investments R 8,600,000 - Interest Outstanding Debtors R11,000,000 - Traffic Fines R 6,700,000 Other Own Revenue R 1,798,000
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