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SPEAKING OUT: North West Premier Thandi Modise
An alleged serial killer from Mahikeng – who has been dubbed “hummer –man” – has been arrested after going on a rampage that saw him raping “at least” ten women before bludgeoning them to death with a hummer. The accused appeared briefly in court on Tuesday last week following his arrest on Friday. He was remanded in custody. Police spokesperson Sergeant Kea Molale has confirmed that the suspect will appear again in court on December 2. Premier of the North West province, Thandi Modise, has welcomed the arrest. “The arrest of the suspect believed to be the man who terrorized communities in and around Mahikeng by raping and killing women with a hammer should bring much relief to communities and give hope that the war against the scourge of violence against women and children is winnable,” said Modise. Modise called for “no bail” and “harsher” sentence for the alleged killer. “Enough is enough. We call for activism to expose perpetrators of sexual violence against women and
children. We cannot afford to have our communities living in fear while we are looking away. “Working together we can do more to ensure that those who have no regard for the rights of women are removed from society to rot in jail,” added Modise, in a strongly worded statement issued last week Tuesday. Modise further congratulated the police for the breakthrough and hopes communities in and around Mahikeng will now be able to sleep at night. “Although it took a long time to apprehend the suspect, we congratulate the police for this breakthrough. It shows that the arm of the law is very long. “Our people can now go on with their lives knowing that they are safe. We will be following this case very closely as the safety of our residents is our priority,” said Modise. Modise has also called for no bail to be granted to a 44-year old teacher, Japhta Ngcuka, who is accused of raping a 13-year-old learner from Dinokana village near Zeerust. “Though the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the allegations leveled against him are not only serious but despicable as they suggest that he might have betrayed the loco parentis trust. “Teachers are supposed to protect learners under their charge and not be involved with them in any improper relationships or bring them to harm,” stressed Modise. Modise reiterated her call for real men to support moral regeneration by taking a stand against adolescent pregnancy and the scourge of rape. According to information made available by the police, it is alleged that on 6 November 2013 at about 14:30, the accused who is a teacher at a local school requested the victim to remain behind after school. He took the victim to the school toilets where he allegedly raped her. When she arrived at home, the victim informed her mother of her ordeal. The victim was taken to
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hospital where the rape was confirmed. Spokesperson for the North West Police Captain Pelonomi Makau said the accused was taken to the Lehurutshe police station the following day by the principal of the school where he is employed. This was done in compliance with a request from the police. At the police station, the accused was arrested and charged with rape. In yet another incident, the police in Marikana have appealed to members of the public to assist them with information that could lead to the arrest of an unknown man for a case of rape committed on June 7, 2013 in Marikana. The suspect, according to the description released by the police, is tall and lean. He speaks Shangaan and he has a Chiskop hairstyle. It is alleged that the suspect entered the victim’s house, threatened her with a gun before raping her. Anyone with information can contact investigating officer, Warrant Officer Mfetane of Rustenburg CPU on the following numbers: 014-590 4314 / 082 244 4479. Meanwhile, the North West Province launched its 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign at the Mmabatho Stadium in Mahikeng on Sunday last week. The event is part of an international campaign, which takes place every year from 25 November, a day which has been declared an International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. “We call on all our people to join us in the effort to stamp out abuse of women and children. We all have a duty as citizens of this country to make effort to eradicate any form of gender-based violence. “Our province is troubled by scourge of rape, domestic violence and child-abuse and this 16 days campaign provide us with an opportunity to channel our energy in condemning these social ills and making South Africa a better place that we all aspire,” appealed Modise earlier in the week.
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ROBBERS FLEE WITH DIAMONDS Four men are on the run after stealing 20 diamonds worth R600 000 from a 50-year-old man at his farm. during the Provincial Youth It is alleged that on 12 November, the Development Symposium. four gained access to the main house in ACHIEVER: Sanele Makinane The symposium was Doringhoek Farm, handcuffed the man organized by the Department and fled with the diamonds, two revolvers of Agriculture and Rural and a Toyota bakkie. Development in partnership The bakkie was later found abandoned at with youth in agriculture Rooibult farm. organizations. OLD WOMAN ATTACKED Makinane was also early this An 83-year-old grandmother suffered year nominated to represent injuries in her face and body after she was the province and the country brutally attacked together with four of her at the 9th CAADP Partnership workers by three men at Kliprif Farm. Platform meeting held in The motive or details of the attack are yet Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. to be established. The R5 million won by According to Leseding 11 September News information supplied, the Makinane will be invested suspects drove away with the old woman into an ICT business that he and dropped her around 200m away from and other young people in her house. Klerksdorp have established. The drove away in her bakkie, which was The business – Mzanzi later recovered in Ottosdal. Digital – aims at creating POLICE RECOVER DAGGA participation by previously The police in Vryburg have arrested two disadvantaged communities men for possession of illegal drugs in an in the development of ICT. operation that also led to the recovery of “We are, in the agriculture 168kgs of dagga valued at around R504 sector, proud to be associated 000. with young people like The two were arrested on 9 November Sanele, whose innovative along the Taung/ Vryburg road after the thinking and success-driven police – acting on a tipoff – mounted a approach has been tasted in checkpoint. the province. After searching the vehicle that the two “We have no doubt in our were travelling in, police found 24 bags as minds that he deserves well as 36 arms of dagga. this accomplishment,” said The two men, one in his 20s and the Mohono, who encouraged other in his 50s were due to appear in the Makinane to enthusiastically Vryburg Regional Court on 12 November. take their business forward ATM BOMBERS SHOOT AT POLICE The MEC for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Desbo Mohono has described Sanele and continue to place the North West on the national map. Five robbers shot at the police during a Makinane – winner of Season 2 of The Big Break Legacy Makinane advised young people to come up with ideas. confrontation and managed to make away reality TV show – as a hardworking farmer that is setting a “Innovators don't compete with ideas. 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The world is that big to accommodate all ofThe ourmunicipality Makinane was named winner on 9 November – pocketing The incident occurred on 12 said a minimum of 25%inof Koster the “Only a few of those who are their close friends The municipality said robust and on-going public Levy Mokwele dreams - claim your space, ” he said. the R5 million prize ahead of the other participants. would be spent locally, which will and stakeholder engagement have RRT budget and those that belong to their factions areand part aspirations of participation November. firstname.lastname@example.org see a reinvestment of some R750-million in the always been an integral partstart of theaRRT project. the taxi industry,”The said Phetoe. Big Break Legacy Show aims to global revolution The 22-year-old Makinane – a memberthe ofteam the from Department It is alleged that the Community Service who the main “No less than 29 external stakeholder groups, Rustenburg economy during Phase 1 alone. ONFEDERATION of Trade Unions, “COSATU would like to know of entrepreneurs that build new enterprises which are Centre received information of five men of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Comprehensive (COSATU) in the 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 AfricanhasAgriculture Programme (CAADP) innovative, exciting, sustainable and, most importantly, affected parties as possible shaping in theKoster. 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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.
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. 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
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more than happy to engage with interested parties to ensure that they have all the necessary facts and 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
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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.
dispatched to the scene. While nobody was injured during the shooting, the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a black BMW. At the scene of the bombing, the police recovered 16 empty cartridges of K47 and 1 R5 live rounds of ammunition. If you are able to assist the police with investigations, contact Koster Police on 014 545 8618. NW POLICE ARREST 732 North West Police arrested 732 suspects for various crimes during a successful operation between 11 and 17 November. The suspects face charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, assault, business and residential robbery, drug related crime and many other crimes. The police also managed to confiscate as well as recover stolen goods such as cellphones, knives, ammunitions, firearms, magazines, counterfeit cigarettes and drugs. Most of these suspects appeared before various courts and the police have expressed gratitude for the support shown by the community in the fight against crime. POLICE CONDEMN RAPE INCIDENTS North West Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Mbombo, has condemned the rape of an 83 year old woman in Lomanyaneng and that of a 3 year old child in Mooinooi. It is alleged that on November 13, the 83-year-old woman was sleeping when she heard someone next to her bed demanding money. The suspect overpowered her before raping her while covering her mouth with his hand. In the other incident, which occurred in Mooinooi, a 3-year-old baby was allegedly raped by her uncle who had been left to take care of the minor by its mother. When the mother returned, the child informed her that the uncle had raped her. In both cases, the suspects are yet to be arrested. However, the police are carrying out investigations. If you have any information regarding their whereabouts, please call 014 574 3215 or 018 397 5203.
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Dimakatso Genkoe of Maboloka did not let her high school teacher’s prediction – that she would be a news reader one day – fall on deaf ears. She said her Setswana teacher at Thuto Pele High School used to tell her that her pace when reading novel and her voice would be great for radio news reader. “Now I live my teacher’s words. I am now a presenter of Setswana news between 1pm and 3pm on the radio,” she said. “Even when I did not know how to write a news article, I would write short stories and rehearse in front of the mirror.” Born 23 year ago Dimakatso is the acting News Editor at Letlhabile Community Radio. She joined the station in July 2011 as a news presenter after passing auditions. She also presents a Saturday news show called 60 Minutes in Madibeng between 11 am and 12 midday. “On the programme, I give the listeners the news of the week and what they can expect to be in the news in Madibeng,” explained Dimakatso. The last born of the six children said she fell in love with radio when she was in Grade 11. During this time, she said she used to enjoy reading Setswana novels and short stories. “Even editing the news is challenging. I like it because I learn every day and I see myself doing it on television in the near future,” she said. She said she gets inspiration from veteran Setswana television news anchor Easy Matjila, Bahedile Selogilwe and Oshebeng Keonyaditse of SABC’s Motsweding FM.
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Water shortages hit Madibeng WAITING: Water shortages have affected residents in Madibeng
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Communities around Madibeng Local Municipality have been experiencing water supply interruptions since last week Sunday. When the Leseding News team visited Letlhabile on Thursday, there was no single drop of water from the tap and electricity. One could see buckets of water in the streets and disgruntled members of the community sitting under the trees waiting to fill up their containers once the water tanks had arrived. Residents said the problem with water is not only about the shortage but the water from the taps is dirty and has been carrying a heavy smell since March. “The tap water has been making us sick and we are now used to being in the dark. When you open the tap, water comes out with a reddish colour. We are very poor and cannot afford the electricity stove to boil the water to kill germs,” said Gastor Modise. She said since last week on Sunday, they had to wait a while for the water tanks from the municipality to get water to cook. “They take a while to reach us when they are distributing in other sections so we end up waiting
the whole day without water. We do not know where to go as our municipality seems to be collapsing,” said Gastor. Another resident from Maboloka, who did not want to be named, said instead of looking for employment looking for water is now what is preoccupying most people. “You have to make sure when you have it you use it to last for long but that is impossible when you have school-going children. They have to eat the food you prepared with the water and have to drink,” she said. In a notice to the community, municipal manager Monde Juta said the prevailing situation is triggered by the hot season, dry weather and recent rainfall experienced. “The high algal bloom in the raw extract from the dam and that requires prolonged time of processing. The municipality is hard at work to restore the situation to normality within the shortest space of time,” said Juta. Water shortages are being experienced in Brits areas, Mothutlung, Mmakau, Letlhabile, Maboloka, Oskraal, Sonop and Madidi.
Lethabong family living in fear A mother and her daughter were shot in Lethabong recently in a development that has left the rest of the family members living in fear. Seuntjie Nakedi (32) shot and killed Annah Moilwe (44) and her daughter Tshepiso (28) in March this year. He broke the dining room glass door and extended his hand to open the door using the key that was hanging from the inside of the door. Seuntjie went to the girlfriend’s bedroom and woke up the five-year-old in the early hours of Saturday. They had an argument and quarrelled. He took out a firearm and shot Tshepiso twice on the stomach and chest. Tshepiso was taken to the clinic where she later died. Tshepiso had a protection order issued against Seuntjie. The order was issued after the two had been engaged in heated arguments for weeks. Richard Moilwe (49), who survived the shooting that claimed the life of his wife and daughter, escaped
through the bathroom window and got out of the house. He said he is still haunted by the tragic memory of the scene. “The fear that Seuntjie can come back and kill his 5-year-old daughter, who he was holding when committing the gruesome killings, disturbs me,” said Richard. “I am just scared for her as he is on bail. Every time the baby sees Seuntjie passing she shakes and cries. Maybe it is because she never received any counselling,” he said. “A week before the incident, Seuntjie pretended to take the girlfriend to work and kept her in the bushes for the whole day beating her. The police advised her to apply for the order,” said Richard. Seuntjie appeared before the Rustenburg Regional Court last week Monday and was not asked to plead. The case has been postponed to 8 January to allow the suspect’s new lawyer to study the case.
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A doctor with a difference
PEOPLE ORIENTED: Dr Sello Ntsoko Dr Sello Ntsoko of Madidi near Klipgat in Madibeng is one of the professionals who believe in helping others. Through soccer, he is making a difference in his community. In 2005 – after working for Jubilee Hospital in Temba from qualifying from the Medical University of South Africa – he started his medical practice in Letlhabile. “I did medicine because of the love of helping people, a lesson that I was taught from an early age by my parents,” said Dr Ntsoko. He said young boys wasting their talents inspired him to get more involved with community soccer. “I bought 40% shares in Mabopane Young Master, now KC AK, as they had financial problems and assisted with getting the players, who had been without pay for three months, to get paid. Unfortunately it was sold while I was on vacation in Swaziland,” he said. “It was then that I bought the status of Rustenburg Shining Stars in 2006 and renamed it the North West Shining Stars.” His love for football started when he was at school. He was an athlete and a soccer player and was groomed to be one of the soccer administrators at the young age of 13. “At that age I was the general secretary of Madidi Junior Birds. I was then recruited by Madidi Hotspurs as a player and secretary,” said Dr.
Ricky Dire email@example.com Ntsoko. In his third and fourth year of his studies Dr. Ntsoko was the chairperson of the university sports council and vice chairperson respectively. “I was recruited by Madidi Cosmos, then playing in the second division of the Bophuthatswana Soccer League, to help with their administration and scouting of players,” he said. In 1999 and 2000, he was the vice chairperson of Medunsa Soccer League. He was also the chairperson of the referees committee of the same League in 2001. “The North West Shining Stars is now a brand and has been competing every year. It has qualified twice for the Nedbank last 32 and we have never finished beyond position 4 in the log in all the years. “We obtained position 2 last season and all my players are getting paid as I believe with what they get, they can help their families,” said a passionate Dr Ntsoko. “My ultimate goal is to see North West Shining Stars in the National First Division and ultimately in the PSL. By doing so, I would have created jobs.” He said apart from soccer, he gets himself involved in community projects in his area – if he is not working. “I assist in getting funds and buying school uniforms, clothes and groceries for needy families,” he said
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Early Christmas treat for children’s centre
SHOWING KINDNESS: Bassie Nokwane (centre) receives the R5 000 cheque donation. Christmas came early for children at Bassie Mpelegele Ngwana Care Centre when they were handed a R5 000 cash donation from the Rustenburg Cluster men’s soccer team and Old Mutual. The children at the centre, who have special needs, rely on donations from organizations and wellwishers. On Friday, 1 November 2013 representatives from the soccer club and Old Mutual visited the disabled children at the centre, located in Rustenburg north. During the visit, a cheque of R5 000 was handed over to the centre’s founder – Bassie Nokwane. The centre was chosen as a beneficiary organisation by the Rustenburg soccer team after they had won a four- team tournament sponsored by Old Mutual. The tournament was held recently and featured the Rustenburg Cluster police soccer team, the Department of Health, Correctional Services and the Department of Education.
The Rustenburg Cluster’s team coordinator, Warrant Officer Jacob Thobokwe, said the club adopted the centre as part of their corporate social responsibility. “We saw the plight of the needy children at this home and were deeply moved. We agreed to donate our cash prize to them,” he said. Thabo Mabole of Old Mutual praised the personnel at the centre for their unselfishness. “We are blessed to have people who are so caring in our society. It is a very demanding job and you are doing it with pride,” he said. Mabole added that their company had a number of programmes that are aimed at assisting vulnerable groups in various communities. In her appreciative remarks, Bassie Nokwane said they were delighted to have been chosen as abeneficiary organisation by the South African Police Service (SAPS) Rustenburg Cluster. “We thank God that our school was chosen among many other charities. Your kind contribution will go a long way in assisting our children,” she said.
Expo to preserve Afrikaans language In a move set to put the Afrikaans language in the spotlight, the education department in the Madibeng Local Municipality has decided to start its own Afrikaans Expo. According to Afrikaans subject advisor Yvonne du Preez the expo is meant to promote the Afrikaans language through public speaking, mainly in black schools. She said in Madibeng there are less than ten schools that offer the Afrikaans subject. “Irrespective of the historical background regarding the language there are still learners who are eager to learn the language. “They are so positive and eager to learn the language. What is more impressive is the fact that the learners do their own research on the topics given to them and present them in Afrikaans which is wonderful,” said du Preez. “With the national expo no longer taking place, we saw the need to start a local expo so that the love of Afrikaans for those learners would not fade away.” She said the main challenge towards hosting the
expo is lack of financial resources. Du Preez said the transportation of learners and other logistical aspects make it difficult to cover as much schools as they would want. “We do not have any funding. I as a person do all this for the passion I have for Afrikaans language and to teach others about the history of the language,” she said. Du Preez said language should not be a barrier and must not be politicized. Rather, it must be spread to other cultures as South Africa is a rainbow nation. The Madibeng education department area project office won a gold medal during the national expo in Pretoria recently. The two learners who shared the prize are Rose Motseleng from Tsogo High school in Mmakau and Judith Lesabe from Academy Christian School in Brits. “I am very delighted that the learners showed courage and enthusiasm to perform. The two winners were wonderful throughout the event and they showed so much courage,” said Du Preez.
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BRIGHT AND YOUNG: Some of the students who participated in the Expo
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SUMMER SKINCARE TIPS By Dr Maleka
Summer for most of us means spending more time in the sun, wearing short pants, skirts and short-sleeved shirts.
This also means that we are subjecting ourselves to the harmful effects of the sun, that is, sun damage. We therefore need to take preventative measures in preparing and caring for our skins in summer. Sun exposure is not necessarily bad, it is a key source of vitamin D. As with all good things, we have to keep exposure in moderation. The ideal maximum time is about 15 minutes before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Anything over is considered overexposure, and
exposure during midday should be avoided. The sun is at its harshest during this time of the day. There are two kinds of sun or UV rays: UVA and UVB rays. Both are responsible for sun damage. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing damage to the collagen and elastic fibres in the skin, resulting in wrinkling and aging of the skin. UVB rays penetrate to the superficial layers of the skin, causing burning and redness. This is referred to as sunburn. Therefore, sunprotection should address the prevention of both types of UV rays from penetrating the skin. One of the most important ways of taking care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. This involves: Use of a sunscreen Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. It should be applied 20 minutes before exposure to the sun. It should be reapplied every 2 hours when you are outdoors and more frequently when swimming and sweating. It should be applied on all areas of the skin exposed to the sun, including the lips, hands and feet. Seeking a shade Avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If spending time
BOTTOMLINE: What type of entity?
The type of entity a business trades in can have various legal implications for both the business and the owners thereof. Currently an entity can be incorporated in terms of common law or in terms of the Companies Act of 2008 (the Act). There are mainly two types of entities: a profit and a non-profit entity. Below will be a discussion of the different types of profit companies that can be formed both in terms of the Act and the common law. The common types of profit companies comprise the sole proprietor, a partnership, a private company, a public company and a state owned company. The most common type of a profit entity for the single businessman is a sole proprietor. This type of entity does not need to be registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and as such it is incorporated in terms of common law. The implication is that the company and the owner are seen as one legal person and as such the owner will bear all legal liability of the business personally. This means that the owner can be sued for all debts of the business and will be held liable for all legal liabilities of the business. The sole proprietor will be taxed as a natural person on the progressive tax scale which means that the more you earn the more taxes you will pay. On death of the sole proprietor, the entity will no longer exist. The partnership is another type of a profit company. In a partnership, two or more people share ownership of the business unlike the sole proprietor who owns the whole business alone. Similar to the sole proprietor, there is no legal distinction between the partnership and the individual partners. There is unlimited liability to the partners and partners are said to be jointly and severally liable, which means that individual partners can be held responsible both for the actions of the partnership and other partners. A partnership has to abide to common law principles and can be incorporated in terms of the Act. It is a requirement that the name of the partnership be followed by “Incorporated” or “Inc”. The partners will share income and expenses of the partnership in proportion to the interest each partner has in the partnership; as such all profits will be taxed in the individual taxpayers’ hands,
outside, stay under a shade or covered areas. Wearing protective clothing Covering up with a wide-brimmed hat, longsleeved clothes and long pants whenever possible. Avoiding tanning and UV tanning booths Sunbeds do not offer safe tanning. They emit high doses of UV rays. There is a clear link between sunbed use and skin cancer. The summer heat also results in increased oiliness of the skin. Therefore people are tempted to avoid the application of moisturizers and suncreams. Rather use a suncream as both a moisturizer and sunscreen. Choose a lotion or gel formulation They tend to be less greasy. Gentle exfoliation of the skin two to three times a week is advised, depending on your skin type and tolerance to exfoliation. Avoid smoking It makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkling. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin, which decreases blood flow and thus oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin, resulting in aging of the skin. Keep well hydrated You can do this during the day by drinking enough water. This will help to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
similar to the sole proprietor. Partnerships are typically used by professionals such as architects, engineers etc. On death or retirement of a partner, the partnership dissolves and a new one has to be formed. A private company is a limited liability entity. This means that the owner(s) of the business and the business are seen as two separate legal persons. The business will be held liable at law as a separate entity. The main feature of a private company is that there is restriction that is placed on the transferability of the shares and that shares cannot be offered to the public. An example on the restriction of transferring shares is that existing shareholders should approve any potential new shareholder. The business will be taxed on its profits at a company flat rate of 28% and the shareholders will receive profits (after tax) of the company only if the company chooses to distribute to its shareholders. The private company should be incorporated in terms of the Act and the name of the company should be followed by (Pty) Ltd. A close corporation is another type of limited liability entity that could be registered prior to the introduction of the Act. It used to be governed by the Close Corporation Act of 1984 and they can no longer be registered. The main feature is that shareholders are referred to as members as there are no shares but rather members’ interest in the close corporation. The same features exist as those of a private company. A public company has the same characteristics as a private company except there is no restriction on the transferability of shares. All listed companies on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE) are public companies and they can be identified with “Limited” or “Ltd” following the name of the company. Another form of a public company is a state owned company such as Transnet, Johannesburg Water. These are companies owned by the government and their names have to be followed by “SOC Ltd”. It is therefore important to know what type of entity the business operates in as there are various legal implications for the owners and the business. Thus before operating, it is imperative for the small business owner to know which entity his business will be operating in. Professional advice should be sought to ensure that the best possible solution is sought for the small businessman.
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WINNER: Itumeleng Khune with his girlfriend, Minie Dlamini, celebrate the Sports Star of the Year Award that the Kaizer Chiefs player scooped recently.
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the youth – Modise North West Premier Thandi Modise has commended the achievements of Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune, who scooped the prestigious Sports Stars of the Year Award in Sun City. Modise described Khune as a role model whose success should inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to stay away from drugs and pursue their dreams. South Africa’s number one goalkeeper – who hails from Tshing township, near Ventersdorp, in the North West – walked away with the accolade during the awards ceremony held on 17 November at the Sun City Superbowl. He walked away with a brand new BMW 1 series and R1 million, half of which will be shared equally with the charity organisation of his choice. “We are proud of Khune as a worthy ambassador who overcame adversity to reach the pinnacle of his soccer career. Botlhale Boikanyo and Khuli Chana’s electrifying performances at the awards evening testified of our province as the home of excellence in arts,” highlighted Modise. The Premier said that Sol Plaatjie High School also lived up to its eponym, Sol Thekisho Plaatjie by winning the School Team of the Year. Mapaseka Makhanya, who was also the only woman in the running for the Sports Star of the year nominee, won the Sportswoman of the Year ahead of Lee-Anne Pace and Mandisa Williams. Cameron van der Burgh emerged victorious in the Sportsman of the Year category. He is Africa’s first home-trained world record holder and individual male Olympic Champion. Sportswoman with Disability and Sportsman with Disability awards went to Kgothatso Montjane and Lucas Sithole respectively. The Proteas won the Team of the year, beating the Springboks and Kaizer Chiefs. Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula lauded the nominees and the winners, saying it has been “a great sporting year for our sportsmen and women both locally and internationally”. “We have bravely said, during the course of the year, yours is to inspire a generation. Tonight, we proudly rolled the red carpet for the champions. We are not apologetic about rewarding our heroes, this is about the athletes. No athlete should go home with nothing to show for his achievement,” said Mbalula. All nominees went home with R15 000 each while winners for each category pocketed R130 000. The Premier Soccer League’s Dr Leepile Taunyane, who passed away recently, was posthumously awarded the Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
Chitja elected new CMA chairman Macdonald Chitja was elected the new chairman of the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) at the first siting of the organisation’s new board on 12 November. Peter Proctor was elected vice chairman while Neville Thomas was co-opted for his skills in Financial Administration. With the assistance of the CMA board, the chairman will guide the process of formulating the strategic policies of the association and ensure the sustainability of The Ultimate Human Race while assuming
responsibility for the ethical leadership of the association. Chitja is an attorney by profession, working as a Director in the conveyancing department of Stowell and Company in Pietermaritzburg. He shares a long association with the CMA; having been elected onto the Comrades Marathon Executive Committee (Exco) in 2001 and having served continuously since on either Exco or the Comrades Marathon Board, including two separate periods as Vice Chairman. He has also completed 15 Comrades Marathons. His most valuable contributions to Comrades Marathon have been in the areas of transformation, development, corporate policy and governance. As far as transformation is concerned Chitja has chaired the transformation committee since its inception in 2002. Chitja is lauded for providing the quality of leadership and commitment which has ensured
that transformation has remained prominent on the CMA’s agenda and that the Comrades Marathon has remained at the forefront of transformation in South African sport. “I am honoured to accept my new role as Chairman of the CMA and I thank all those who have shown the confidence in me by electing me to this esteemed position,” Chitja said. “I am very mindful that, together with the Board, we hold the responsibility of retaining the ethos and traditions, synonymous with this iconic event; and are tasked with upholding the high standards that the Comrades Marathon has come to be famous for,” he added. Chitja has also served on other CMA committees, and as Chairman of the Development Committee, had taken an enthusiastic interest and leadership role in the staging of the Greater Edendale 10km Race, with which the CMA is successfully associated.