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Mandela to be laid to rest on Sunday A somber atmosphere is expected to engulf Qunu Village in the Eastern Cape on Sunday during the funeral of South Africa’s first democratically elected president and liberation struggle icon Nelson Mandela.
Mandela – who played a prominent role in shaping the history of the country – passed away on 5 December at his Johannesburg home. He was 95. Leaders of several countries and other prominent personalities have paid their respects to Mandela, pointing out that the world has been left poorer by his departure. 11 September President Jacob Zuma also urged the nation never to forget the values that he stood for. “We should not forget the values that Madiba stood for and sacrificed his life for,” President Jacob P3 Zuma said. “He stood
for freedom, he fought against those who oppressed others... He actively participated to remove the oppressor to liberate the people of this country,” he added. “When our struggle came to an end, he preached and practised reconciliation to make those who had been fighting to forgive one another and become one nation.” North West Premier Thandi Modise added her voice to the tributes – describing Mandela as a statesman, icon, role model, unifier and selfless servant of the people of South Africa. “His love for humanity and children has left us a legacy, built a monument in all of our hearts,” she said. News “If there is any single Leseding person that has ever touched and unified the world against injustice… it was Madiba.” The Premier urged South Africans to remain united while celebrating his life with dignity, respect and honour. “In admiring the courage with which he fought against illness and old age in the past few months, we should all strive to advance the unity and reconciliation that
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his life epitomized and respect the funeral arrangements by the family that unselfishly shared their father with all of us.” Mandela was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Most of the activities of his government were centered on undoing the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality while encouraging racial reconciliation. He served as the President of the ANC from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999. At the time of his death, Mandela was largely considered “the father of the nation” by South Africans. Within a decade after the end of his Presidency, Mandela’s era was being widely thought of as “a golden age of hope and harmony”
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Rustenburg edition – a report on how COSATU and other stakeholders in the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) – are alleging corrupt practices at the multi-billion rand project. “This is too hard, Levy,” Neil said about the headline. “No, we are covered. This is our style, how we do it,” I responded, explaining the newspaper’s obligation to always pursue hard-hitting issues. Next up was the issue of what angle to take on Ricky’s investigative piece detailing the unhealthy ablution facilities and lack of running water at the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court. Together with Farirayi and Ricky, we brainstormed ideas on a proper, catchy headline. Should we print that Ricky disguised himself and smuggled his camera inside the courts to capture images of the shocking state of affairs? With the deadline fast approaching, Ricky was accusing Farirayi of not sending his stories in time. I intervened and assured them that we will beat the deadline. And we did. And here you are today reading our two editions. Thank you Bojanala District Municipality and Moses Kotane Local Municipality – if it was not for your commitment to support emerging local media, these two issues might not have been out. For our hard-fought democracy those who toare be their close friends sustained it is important
to have a free and diverse media to feed into the democratic processes and bring about fundamental social transformation and development. Let us continue the journey together and ensure that our local media reflects the diversity of views and interest within our societies, create a platform for free and fair exchange of views resulting in a melting pot of ideals that contribute to the building and enhancement of a democratic development.
The news of Nelson Mandela’s passing was a years in jail by the apartheid regime, Mandela was We thank you. To our readers, News we enjoyedas putting pages of blow to all of us here at Leseding it was able to emerge with a forgiving and reconciliatory these newspapers together – we hope you will also enjoy reading them. Th ese are your stories, to the entire nation. heart. What an example and invaluable lesson this told by your journalists – 360 degrees truth – without fear or compromise. is to all of us! To the Leseding News team – Dorah, Desree, Stephen, Eddie, Ricky, Farirayi, Zanele and Niel Yes, he was old and frail and his death was bound But his lesson does not end here. People do not like to be told the truth. But I make W hat an amazing journey it has been! – thank you guys. t times dangerous and daunting, but always no apologies. We must speak the truth before I give you a day off-day - go home I am off to xiting. From a skimpy eight page black and white we die – we are the pathfinders and we set the to happen soon. While at the helm of South African politics, Buti’s for a cold beer. See you tomorrow at our ewspaper in 2002 with only a print run of 3 000 benchmark in telling your district stories. diary meeting. ght to a bumper 12 page two editions full colour We will continue to do so. No matter the Still, to receive the newseightofo’clockhis passing as we Mandela decided to step down from his position ewspapers with a total print run of 21 000. What challenges, as we have done for the last ten years – we will not retreat! We will not compromise! We journey it has been. were preparing to complete the final Leseding as South African president before completing his rom a one room office at number 17 Benoni will not relent! We will not equivocate, we will tell treet to an air-conditioned office at 24 Hystek your stories and we will be heard. News editions of the year was just too ghastly to second term – a gesture that saw him receiving a Oh by the way, talking about relenting, we nearly treet. What a journey it has been. ut before you come to any conclusions, the gave up putting this edition for you a few hours contemplate for all of us. standing ovation from virtually all political parties ewcomer – Niel Myburgh – did not entice us to before the deadline. he famous Hystek Street for the trade the street is It all started in Myburgh’s office. After all,sites whonext does nottaxi know on that fateful day in parliament. “Levy do you think thatone we will ” asked Construction ommonly know for but for the businessSITE: you knowPeople CONSTRUCTION walk past ofmake theit,RRT to the rankNelson Photo: Mandela FARIRAYIand KAHWEMBA Niel. All that I could read on Niel’s face was s better for – the business of writing newspapers. what he has done not only for South Africa but for How many leaders, let alone presidents, are able The bright and colourful Leseding News Brits frustration… but I assured him. The municipality said robust and on-going public The municipality said a minimum of 25% of the “Only a few of Levy Mokwele we have it covered,8/19/13 ” I responded. dition you are holding today marks the beginning “Yes RRT_Ad_200x195_FA 4:10 PM Page 1 thetoentire world? to step voluntarily the one article the belong f our radical agenda to connect the Brits, Then came the issue of our page RRTfrom budget office would be spent locally, before which will havedown and thoseforthat their factions are part of participation and stakeholder engagement email@example.com Haartebeespoort and the Moretele people with the see their a reinvestment always an integral all partthat of the RRT project. the team from the Here taxi industry, Phetoe. eople of Rustenburg, Mogwase and Koster – a was” asaidman who came tobeen represent conclusion of terms? of some R750-million in the ommitment we made in 2002 – to be a voice forof Trade Unions, “COSATU would like to know who the main “No less than 29 external stakeholder groups, Rustenburg economy during Phase 1 alone. ONFEDERATION he rural people of the North West province. is good and noble in the human spirit. It was In a world obsessed with power and greed, his was North West province beneficiaries of the project are, and where the including organized labour have been identified “As part of our on-going quest to include as many eseding News has,(COSATU) of course, always in had the ties with he people of this region. e paper isfor well-known affected parties as possible in shaping the RRT through his efforts that the wheels of South a lesson in true leadership. has Th called an investigation of the l over the North West and community journalists project going forward, we welcome the input of multi-billion rand Mogwase Rustenburg Rapid Transport om Marikana, Brits, Mahikeng, and Africa’s liberation struggle rolled us into an era of A lawyer by profession and an intellectual of ther areas have told your stories in this paper. all affected stakeholders and would therefore be Only a few of those who are their close friends (RRT). With this new Brits edition and others soon to democracy and liberation. note, Mandela also inspired South youths more than happy to engage withAfrican interested parties other COSATU alleges nepotism, ome inAmong other parts of thecharges, province we wish to xpand our coverage of the North West. and those that belong to their factions are part of to ensure that they have all the necessary facts and corruption, cronyism and exclusion of those not It is amazing that after being incarcerated for 27 to strive to attain the highest levels in terms We all know that no local paper has written and C
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eflectedclose more to on the the corridors developments,ofthe trials at the municipality. power nd tribulations of Bojanala district people than In a statement, the trade union said they have been eseding News has done. es, of excluded course, I know will be branded a in that theI project “except at the time when ghter for saying this, more so that I am wearing we were invited to an information session with red t-shirt.
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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.
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.
The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group alQaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, DC metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Composite Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York
City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse on its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted Washington, DC but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania
after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States. Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. Although the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited US support of Israel, the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the
figures at their disposal to view the RRT project in a more accurate light,” said the municipality. A list made available to Leseding News this week shows that as of the end of April, 14 out of the 15 approved sub-contractors for the construction of the RRT - phase 1 (4.8km) were local. Meanwhile Leseding News learned this week that more than 22 local businesses operating in the CBD whose business operations will be affect by the new RRT routes intend taking the municipality to court for lack of proper consultation
Twelve years later: Remembering 9/11
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attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Having evaded capture for years, bin Laden was located and killed by US forces in May 2011. The destruction of the Twin Towers and other properties caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. After a lengthy delay, the 1776-foot-tall (541 m) One World Trade Center was completed at the World Trade Center site in New York City in 2013.
of education, but – in the process – to always remember where they come from. It is these traits that make Mandela stand out as one of the greatest politicians and statesmen of his era. Through his leadership and visionary perceptions, South Africans can be proud to have had the privilege of having Mandela as one of their sons. Mandela lived to the age of 95 and we must also celebrate the finally, after leading us to independence and beyond, he is now resting. As we all continue reflecting on his past, let us cherish the ideals and values he stood for during his life time. Let us look inwardly and consider how we can also play a role in making our country a better place to live in. Farewell Tata. We will all miss you.
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“Topz” is passionate about radio Thabo Molamu of Mahikeng came to Letlhabile early in 2001 after hearing that there was a local radio to be opened. Owing to the love of radio he has, “Topz” – as he is affectionately known – auditioned and got the chance to be part of Letlhabile Community Radio station just three months after the station went on air. This was after he had completed a Radio Broadcasting Course in Mahikeng. “I love radio so much that I moved from place to place to get an opportunity to work on radio. I was very eager to work as a music librarian and ended up being a music
compiler as I knew that was my way of making it to be a presenter,” said Molamu. He was then promoted to being a content producer on various shows and was sometimes a stand in presenter. “I knew that you had to take every opportunity being given to you and that is what I tell anyone who asks me how one can make it in the industry. “You should learn every single day and do not let the fact that community radios do not pay enough money discourage you. Just concentrate on your career,” said Molamu. He said between 2004 and 2007 – while still at the station – he freelanced for Trans Africa Radio in
Parktown as a sports presenter. “What I learned at the community radio station is that you have to take it as a training institution and that is why when I was given a chance to do something new I would take it with both hands,” said Molamu. In 2009 he was the Technical Manager at the station and was promoted to the position of Programmes Manager. Molamu said he has the experience of presenting every show on the radio and believes that if given a chance to work at a national radio station, he can do any show he is assigned to present. He is now a presenter for the afternoon drive time show between 3pm and 6pm.
Riaan dancing his way to the top The past decade has seen an ever growing interest in professional dance, both as enter t ai n m ent and as possible career choices. One cannot deny that hit reality television series has been a catalyst for the sudden spotlight on dance. Nigel Lythgoe started the movement with his hit reality series: “So you think you can Dance”. It was TALENTED: Riaan Potgieter. soon followed by (PHOTO: SUPPLIED) a maze of Reality Dance shows showcasing every conceivable style of dance from ballet to Hip Hop and even Pole Dancing. Even with all this positive publicity, it is still very difficult for a young man in South Africa to do ballet. Apart from the obvious physical difficulties, a young male ballet dancer is faced with endless teasing and often bullying. Western society, unfortunately, has adopted a very negative view of male ballet dancers since the 19th century. They are often viewed as weak, effeminate and soft. This view is still prevalent in South Africa too. Riaan Potgieter however, is the complete opposite – masculine, strong, confident and yet very humble. With his dark hair and eyes, the young, good looking Riaan reminds one of the legendary Eduard Greyling, who partnered Phyllis Spyra for 17 years.
But this 15 year old is still at the beginning of a very promising career. In fact, he only started ballet a year ago at the Jennifer Peterson School of Ballet. When asked why he chose ballet, Riaan smiles shyly before responding: “The girls love it”. While taking classes in HipHop and Freestyle dancing, Riaan saw a ballet performance and immediately knew that ballet was his future. “It was so beautiful and graceful, but still strong.” He works very hard both at the Ballet studio and at home and has grown tremendously as a dancer. “He is a brilliant student and responds readily to corrections. He is always eager to improve,” Jennifer said. “Riaan is strong, well turned out, flexible, yet very graceful. He has wonderful talent and the discipline it takes to get to the top. He has the perfect body type for a male dancer which makes training easier”. Apart from his physical facility for dance, he has an artistic quality far beyond his age group. As he leaps into the air he gives one the feeling of freedom, flying effortlessly and landing softly and securely. “His feet are very well arched, and surprising extension for one year of training. What is most impressive about this young man however is his absolute dedication and determination to succeed” Riaan enjoys the full support of his family and friends. Although he has faced some teasing at school, he believes it will only make him a better and stronger dancer. Ballet has become his passion but he still continues training in hiphop and Freestyle dance. He is testimony to the fact that the negative stereotyping associated with male dancers is unfounded and simply not true. Parents should encourage their children to dance. Especially the boys. Dancing, as an exercise, is a great full out mind and body workout. It will make your body and soul feel good in a way that no other exercise can. It can assist you in losing weight, strengthen and tone your body, increase stamina and flexibility, improve balance and posture, and produce an all round healthier you.
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Meet 22-year-old Hailly Tshunke Muchanga, our stunning girl of the week. Hailly comes from Ledig – near Sun City – and is studying financial management at Mankwe FET in Mogwase. An ambitious lady, she is aiming to become one of the cover girls of a major magazine in the not too distant future. Besides her modelling aspirations, Hailly works at Four Tops Engineering. She is truly a combination of beauty and brains. Models aged between 17 and 28, who are interested in appearing in this space are requested to phone Rapula Mancai on 073 970 9671.
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Bojanala Platinum District Municipality End of Year Message The year 2013 saw Bojanala Platinum District Municipality once again playing a key role in the various development projects within the five local municipalities under our jurisdiction. We achieved a number of successes in ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment, universal access to quality, affordable and reliable municipal services (e.g. water, sanitation, electricity, refuse removal, transportation) as well as regular investment in infrastructure and productive equipment With many challenges still lying ahead, let us all work hard and play our part as residents to ensure that 2014 will become a year where we can continue to work towards the improvement of our society. We can do more as communities, organizations, families and individuals for the common good. We must all work tirelessly together towards the advancement of our objectives which include education, health and creation of employment through various projects. As we travel on the roads to enjoy the holidays with our families and friends, let us observe the rules of the road. To all the drivers, please do not drink and drive. Arrive Alive, your family, friends and your country needs you. We recently completed the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children programme and let us all cherish these values as we strive towards the creation of a more equal society. The Bojanala Platinum District Municipality wishes you all a peaceful and enjoyable festive season and a prosperous 2014. Councillor Louis Diremelo, Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality
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Leseding 11 December
Sport Sporting fraternity honours Mandela World football body FIFA together with local and international sports officials and personalities have continued to pay tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela who passed away on 5 December. Mandela, who is going to be laid to rest on Sunday at his home village of Xunu, was well known for his love of sports and was an amateur boxer during his heyday. On hearing of the news of Mandela’s passing, FIFA ordered flags to be flown at half mast and a minute’s silence to be observes before the next round of international matches. FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was in Brazil for Saturday’s draw for the 2014 World Cup, recalled Mandela’s passion for sport. “It is in deep mourning that I pay my respects to an extraordinary person, probably one of the greatest humanists of our time and a dear friend of mine: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” Blatter said. “When he was honoured and cheered by the crowd at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on 11 July 2010, it was as a man of the people, a man of their hearts, and it was one of the most moving moments I have ever experienced.” Mandela’s last major appearance on the global stage came at those 2010 World Cup finals, the first to be hosted on African soil, when he attended the final in Soweto to a thunderous ovation from the 90,000-strong crowd. “Nelson Mandela will stay in our hearts forever. The memories of his remarkable fight against oppression, his incredible charisma and his positive values will live on in us and with us,” said Blatter South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan added his voice to the global chorus of condolences to Mandela’s family.
“The association, on behalf of the football community in the country, wants to send its most heartfelt condolences to the family of Madiba. “The football community will fondly remember everything that is good about this proud hero of our struggle against everything that divided this nation,” he said. In paying tribute to the 95-yearold former statesman, Jordaan said Madiba was responsible for lifting the spirits of the football nation - from the talks to unite the association, to victory at the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations. According to Jordaan, Madiba was t h e catalyst in South Africa’s bid for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. “While we had been watching Madiba’s deteriorating health over the last year, we are all still shocked by his passing, which will always remain untimely as our nation still has much to achieve. “However, his encouragement to our players
on the field of play will forever be etched in our collective memories. “We call on the entire football community of our nation to observe a moment of silence before every match they play in honour of this hero, who inspired our nation to achieve in our sport and to work to emulate his example,” he said. PSL Chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza said Mandela was a key inspirational force: “Madiba carried a vision
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FLASHBACK: The late former South African President, Nelson Madela. (PHOTO: SUPPLIED)
guided by an inner voice to deliver our nation from a divisive and self-destructive course of history. “He will live forever as a motivating force for those that seek and strive for peace and human dignity. “Ours is a special generation that saw Madiba in action. I am personally gratified and particularly privileged to have known this good man, an agent of change, a bearer of hope, and a representation of all that is good in humanity.”