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WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2013 WWW.EXPRESS­NEWS.CO.ZA

Mguza’s fate sealed

Members shed tears for their fallen leader } Boipelo Mere THE minute Phutuma Mguza and members of the Frances Baard Regional Executive Committee emerged with a different viewpoint to the one held by the provincial executive committee about the ANC leadership battle in Mangaung, his fate was sealed. His day and probably that of other REC members came last Saturday when he was convincingly trounced by Dr Thapelo Dithebe for the position of regional chairperson. Zamani Saul, the provincial secretary of the ANC in the Northern Cape, had earlier referred to the Frances Baard conference as a memorable and watershed 6th regional conference that had 90% of its 44 branches passing the audit. Prior to the conference, Saul told the media that the provincial office had received more than 20 complaints which were mainly about the lack of a quorum during the branch general meetings, the disruption of meetings, manipulation of membership and manipulation of processes towards the BGMs. The conference held in the Rekaofela Resort in Barkly-West, seemed peaceful on the surface, however, underneath laid a myriad of deep-rooted feelings of vengeance visible only when those who were defeated, meekly rose to decline their nomination as additional members of the REC. This memorable conference, where tears were shed by losing

delegates who had supported Mguza, was a reminder of the words spoken by Saul prior to the election announcement on the danger of factionalism and its ability to eat away at the core and existence of the organisation. “Everything here is a sham, the results are not a true reflection of the wishes and voting of delegates,” said a teary man who had refused to identify himself for fear of reprisal. Asked if it had been rigged he quickly rushed inside where the announcement was still being made. Media reports last week had been awash with theories of the outcome of the conference with some blaming Phutuma Mguza and the erstwhile REC for the dwindling membership in Frances Baard. Mguza is head of the ministry in the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison which looks exactly like Saul had described – the ANC brand being dragged through the mud by its members. In that department accusations and counter-accusations by deployees of the ANC had led to a dysfunctional state of the department, so much so that last week Steven Jonkers, head of the department, had been arrested and charged for fraud. He is out on bail of R10 000. Dithebe will serve with Mpapi Ndyebo as his deputy, Webster Dichabe as secretary, Marekwa Yende as deputy secretary and Elisabeth Monnapule as a treasurer. All eyes are now on the list conference in September.

JUBILANT delegates hold Dr Thapelo Dithebe aloft after the announce­ ment that he had been elected as chairperson in Francis Baard on Satur­ day. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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NEWS FROM the left are Emmogene Kapp (second place), Ria Bester, (winner of the Nursing Excel­ lence Award) and Sohnia Job (pro­ fessional nurse) in third place. Photo: Supplied

Ria awarded for excellent work } Boipelo Mere RIA BESTER, a nursing practitioner at the Mediclinic Kimberley for the past seven years, was awarded the 2013 Nursing Excellence Award. This was during Mediclinic’s International Nurses Day where they acknowledged remarkable nurses like her. She was further congragulated by the hospital for being the life blood of the hospital for all the years. “International Nurses Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the lengths our nursing practitioners go to every day in ensuring the levels of expertise they display in all aspects of patient care. “They are the ones who help bring new life into the world, and see death steal it away. “They are scientists who wipe away tears and offer comfort, and in doing so they walk the extra mile for their patients and their profession,” stated Denise Coetzee, the client services manag-

er of Mediclinic. She revealed that the individuals were chosen by their peers, patients and their families. Bester was described as a virtuous woman who gave her best attention to each and every patient regardless of their situation. She works hard and therefore earned her colleagues’ respect as they also looked up to her for advice. She gives 110% support on her work performance every month. She was further described to be dependable as she always got the most compliments from patients during feedback ratings. According to Patrys van Blerk, who nominated Bester, families give good comments about her and express how safe they feel in her capable hands. “She is a good ambassador for the nursing profession as she never steps back when she is faced with a duty to perform,” stated Van Blerk.


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SPCA fights distemper outbreak } Boipelo Mere THE SPCA in Kimberley is hard at work trying to fight the outbreak of fatal distemper disease on dogs around the Blumanda, Homelite and Roodepan areas. On Thursday they parked their vans in front of the Roodepan Clinic where they performed the vaccination and dipping. According to Alicia Abbett, a vetenarian nurse at the SPCA, they have witnessed the outbreak after admitting about eight dogs, which they tried to treat at their centre. “We are trying to prevent the outbreak by assisting those communities that cannot afford a vetenarian. “We will come back to the same area in months’ time to continue the campaign,” she said. Abbett confirmed that the illness is serious as it can be transferred by saliva from the one dog to another. “Although distemper poses no danger to human beings, it is unfortunate that there is no treatment for it, thus we end up with no alternative but to put the dog down,” she explained further. Although members of the Roodepan community heeded the call to bring their dogs to be vaccinated and dipped on Thursday, the SPCA could not treat all the dogs because they ran out of medication. Abbett further stated that they treated more than 160 dogs by 11:00 on the day and it was very unfortunate that they could not assist everyone due to shortage of vaccinations. She said they were surprised by the big turnout because they do not have promotional material. “We created awareness by driving around Roodepan and informing people to bring their dogs, and they came. “Puppies under four months of age and unvaccinated dogs are most at risk,” she continued.

‘We are trying to prevent the outbreak by assisting those communities that cannot afford vets. We will come back to the same area in months’ time to continue the campaign.’ – Alicia Abbett, a vetena­ rian nurse at the SPCA.

ERIC KOOPMAN was one of the fortunate owners whose dog could be vaccinated by the SPCA vetenerian Alicia Abbett. Photos: Boipelo Mere

MAGDELINE TSUELA (60), the owner of Hoe (dog) and Michael Mphela from the SPCA dipping the dog.

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THE SPCA warned community members to be on the lookout for the following symptoms: ) fever (often one episode a few days after infection that may not be noticed, followed by a second episode a few days later when the other symptoms begin to show); ) discharge from the eyes and nose; ) loss of appetite; ) lethargy; ) vomiting and diarrhoea; ) coughing; ) laboured breathing;

) hardening of footpads and nose (distemper has sometimes been called hardpad disease); ) inflammation of various parts of the eye; ) secondary bacterial infections; ) neurological symptoms are variable; ) muscle twitching, especially on forehead; ) weakness or paralysis; ) seizures (of any part of the body, but seizures that look as if the dog is chewing gum are unique to distemper); ) uncoordinated movements; ) increased sensitivity to touch or pain.

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Enter the market now THIS four­bedroom and two­bathroom home in Groenpunt Street, Upington, was recently sold for R1 350 000. The owner yields R12 000 per month in rent. Photo: Supplied

Exciting Career Opportunities Kuruman United Manganese of Kalahari (Pty) Ltd (UMK), a leading empowerment company intent on sustainable mining and socio-economic development, seeks specialists to join its fast growing manganese mine. UMK has been awarded a Mining Right over 15 000 ha of land to the north of a dynamic Kuruman. Why not become part of the team that plans to mine an output of between 1,5 million and 2 million tonnes of manganese each year? With a life of mine in excess of 30 years, this well-poised company will be able to unlock your talents.

Officer: Quality and Loading

The purpose of this position is to provide and assure consistent quality of production by applying the necessary skills, knowledge and supervision to internal and external stakeholders and to ensure all activities associated with product management are effectively and safely carried out on a daily basis. He/she will implement with the Quality Controller strategies for continuous improvement in overall process plant performance to ensure production targets are met with particular emphasis on safety, environment, productivity, quality and costs. Minimum requirements: • Grade 12. Sampling qualification will be advantageous • 2 - 3 years’ experience gained in a processing supervisory role within the mining arena • 2 - 3 years’ experience in the field of Crushing and Reclaim, Grinding and Reclassification • Process Improvement hands-on experience • Computer literacy (willingness to undergo the necessary assessment) • Systems orientated (procedures, etc.) • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others on a shift, daily, and weekly basis • Ability to understand and efficiently carry out written and oral instructions • A thorough understanding of the production flow sheet and routine production requirements • Good communication skills (written and verbal) • Attention to detail • A valid driver’s licence (Code EB). Key attributes (amongst others): • Good people management, project management, presentation and report writing skills • Computer literacy in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet • Knowledge of mining system • Data analysis and trend reporting skills • Knowledge of measurable value adding initiatives. Responsibilities: • Manage and optimise quality and loading of the product • Ensure correct stacks are loaded according to blend requirements • Ensure Quality and Safety standards are implemented and adhered to • Supervise loading of trains and road transport and ensure correct coding and data on wagons cards • Supervise sampling and preparation process • Ensure correct application of consignment numbers and submission to correct stakeholders • Supervise the work of others and direct reports on a shift on a daily basis • Manage weighbridge, shunting and loading of rail and road transport • Participate in reconciliation of stocks as per railing and truck report • Validate quality processes by establishing product specifications and quality attributes • Enhance department and organisation reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests.

Administration Clerk The successful candidate will be responsible for providing administrative and clerical services in order to ensure effective and efficient administrative operations in Technical Services department. Minimum requirements: • Matric with Maths and Science • At least 3 years’ clerical and data capturing experience in a mining industry • Computer literacy • A valid Code 08 driver’s licence • Good communication skills (verbal and written) • Report writing skills • Planning and organising skills • Attention to detail • Ability to work independently and under pressure. Key attributes (amongst others): • Computer literate with Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook and Internet • Knowledge mining system • Knowledge of measurable value adding initiatives • Self-starter • Hard worker and results driven. Responsibilities: • Provide administrative support in order to ensure effective and efficient office operations • Data capturing and maintenance • Record keeping and filing • Weekly and monthly reports • Data analysis and trend reporting • Meeting preparation and minutes writing and distribution • Direct calls and respond to customer queries and enquiries. Please note that the reference MUST be quoted on your application. Please note the following: • Successful candidates will be required to provide a valid medical certificate and may be required to undergo certain medical assessments • Psychometric and other assessments may be used as part of the selection process • Verification of all credentials may be done • Must be in possession of a valid driver’s licence.

How to apply: Interested applicants can forward an abridged CV to: recruitment@umk.co.za or fax: 086 236 1188. The onus is on you to ensure that the reference number is reflected on your application. Closing date: 7 June 2013. If you have not been contacted within 30 days after the closing date, kindly deem your application as unsuccessful. PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO EMPLOYMENT EQUITY CANDIDATES IN LINE WITH THE COMPANY’S EMPLOYMENT EQUITY PLAN. Only candidates who meet the stated requirements will be considered. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. www.ayandambanga.co.za 112529

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Family homes below the R1 million mark in Upington are very rare. THIS would be a great time to enter the “The average price for a family home today property market as the average price of ranges between R970 000 and R1 200 000 and is property has increased by about 12% since estimated at a monthly repayment of between 2012 in the Northern Cape. R8 500 and R10 500 over a period of 20 years,” That was revealed by Seeff Upington added Mostert. According to Louw Liebenlicensee, André Mostert, who also stated that berg, CEO of PayProp, the largest processor property was becoming increasingly popular, of rental payments for the residential letting resulting in higher rental prices in the industry, the Northern Cape rental market is Northern Cape increasing rapidly, more showing significant growth. “The three-month specifically Upington and surroundings. average increase of 13% in the Northern Cape Although it is tricky for first-time buyers to is an extremely positive development and can enter the property market, Mostert considered be attributed to the increasing industrial Upington as an ideal investment hot spot. development in the region, which in turn is “With our current rental income we are creating a demand for accommodation in seeing that owners can pay back 100% of areas where rental stock is usually limited.” their mortgages while only 80% is necessary An index by PayProp shows that middlefor an investment to be regarded as successclass rentals in the Northern Cape are ful,” he said. growing the fastest within the R7 500 to According to Mostert, the rental growth in R10 000 category. The interest in the R2 500 to Upington was mainly due to the influx of R5 000 price category has levelled off and solar power contractors to the area as more rentals exceeding R10 000 have seen a decline. people were opting for greener living. “At the moment the rent of a two-bedroom “A new state hospital and shopping centre flat in Upington is between R4 000 and R6 800 are also being built and this creates a big per month, but prices can go as high as demand for accommodation amongst builders R20 000 per month for a luxury three- or and future employees,” he highlighted. four-bedroom house,” says Mostert.

Knowledge of the Word } Dr Thapelo Thipe THE Spirit of God expressly warned believers that in the latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. The world has now entered the period of apostasy. Departure from the principles of faith is apostasy. Many are breaking away from the church knowingly or through naivety and have started independent movements which are being led

by deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. Many gullible souls have been lured into this great apostasy. South Africa has been the hardest hit. These so called churches are mushrooming in our country at an alarming rate. Believers need knowledge of the Word of God and discernment in the spirit to detect counterfeits and fakes. What are the signs of those who have erred into apostasy? ) The doctrine of demons has high pri-

ority in the church order. ) The merchandise of items such as the holy water, anointed oil, prayer cloths, ointments, salts and powders to exorcise demons and cure diseases including working as charms for promotion at work and success in business. ) Demanding money in order to pray for the jobless, sick and the poor. ) Asking individuals to bring materials from their homes/ premises e.g. soil to be prayed for in or-

DR THAPELO THIPE der to receive blessings. ) Offering the ministry of prayer for criminal cases to be dismissed in court. Those facing criminal cases flock to these churches and are made to pay huge sums of money. ) The name of Jesus is never or seldom mentioned in the church. ) The Word of God is never read and taught. ) Names other than the name of Jesus are used to pray, command and declare. ) The names used are demonic. ) Ministers of such churches bear no formal training in Theology and Christian Ministry. ) Aggressive use of the media for advertising the fake and counterfeit gimmicks. ) The sects are started by novices or those who walked away from the church in offence when corrected. ) These are actual synagogues of Satan in the last days.

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EXPRESS NORTHERN CAPE , WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2013 COMMISSION FOR CONCILIATION, MEDIATION & ARBITRATION

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration (CCMA) is an independent dispute resolution statutory body established in terms of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) 66 of 1995. The CCMA strives to be representative of South African society in respect of race, gender and disabilities. The CCMA is seeking to appoint Commissioners in terms of section 117 of the Labour Relations Act in the following categories:

Part-Time Senior Commissioners The successful candidates will conciliate disputes, arbitrate disputes and provide statutory services in terms of all Labour Legislation to ensure that the CCMA provides efficient and effective dispute resolution, management and prevention services to the Social Partners. Vacancies for Part-Time Senior Commissioners exist in the following Regions: Tshwane: •Brits (Ref. SC-PT- BRI) •Bronkhorstspruit (Ref. SC-PT BRO) •Tshwane (Ref. SC-PT-PTA); Limpopo: •Polokwane (Ref. SC-PT-POL) •Makhado (Ref. SC-PT-MAK) •Burgersfort (Ref. SC-PT-BUG); Mpumalanga: •Witbank (Ref. SC-PT- WIT); Gauteng: •Johannesburg (Ref. SC-PT-JHB) Key performance areas: • Conduct complex conciliations, arbitrations and con-arbs • Complete complex case documentation and processes such as settlement agreements, rulings and awards • Conduct complex mediations and conciliations. Key requirements: • At least ten (10) years’ experience in Industrial Relations, Labour Law or conducting conciliations, arbitration and facilitations • Supported by a relevant tertiary qualification or NQF 6 equivalent (preferably in Labour Law) • Good knowledge of Labour Law • Good knowledge of Conciliation, Arbitration and Mediation processes and principles • Good knowledge of the labour market and the different factors within • A valid driver’s licence • Computer literacy • Analysis, problem solving, judgment • Decision making • Resilience • Listening • Communication • Negotiating and influencing • Diversity Awareness • Conflict management • Diplomacy • Interpersonal relations • Sound Ethics.

Level A Commissioners The successful candidate will conciliate disputes, arbitrate disputes and provide statutory services, in terms of all Labour Legislation to ensure the CCMA provides efficient and effective dispute resolution, management and prevention services to the Social Partners. Vacancies for Full-Time Level A Commissioners exist in the following Regions: Gauteng: •Ekurhuleni (Ref. LA-FT-EKU) •Johannesburg (Ref. LA-FT-VAAL); Western Cape: •Cape Town (Ref. LA-FT-CT) Vacancies for Part-Time Level A Commissioners exist in the following Regions: Limpopo: •Burgersfort (Ref. LA-PT-BUG) •Jane Furse (Ref. LA-PT-JF) •Lephalale (Ref. LA-PT-LEP) •Makhado (Ref. LA-PT-MAK) •Polokwane (Ref. LA-PT-POL) •Thabazimbi (Ref. LA-PT-TBZ) •Tzaneen (Ref. LA-PT-TZA); Tshwane: •Brits (Ref.LA-PT-BRI) •Bronkhorstspruit (Ref.LA-PT BRO) •Tshwane (Ref. LA-PTPTA); Mpumalanga: •Witbank (Ref. LA-PT-WIT) •Piet Retief (Ref. LA-PT-PR) •Secunda (Ref. LA-PT-SEC) •Lydenburg (Ref. LA-PT-LYD); Northern Cape: •Kimberley (Ref. LA-PT-KBY); Eastern Cape: •East London (Ref. LA-PT-EL) •Port Elizabeth (Ref. LA-PT-PE); Western Cape: •Cape Town (Ref. LA-PT-CT); KwaZuluNatal: •Durban (Ref. LA-PT-DUR) •Newcastle (Ref. LA-PT-NC) •Richards Bay (Ref. LA-PT-RBY) Key performance areas: • Conduct more Complex Conciliations, Arbitrations and Con-Arbs • Complete Case Documentation and Processes such as settlement agreements, rulings and awards • Conduct Mediations. Key requirements: • At least six (6) years’ experience in Industrial Relations, Labour Law or conducting conciliations, arbitration and facilitations • Supported by a relevant tertiary qualification or NQF 6 equivalent (preferably in Labour Law) • Good knowledge of Labour Law • Good knowledge of Conciliation, Arbitration and Mediation processes and principles • Good knowledge of the Labour Market and the different factors within • A valid driver’s licence • Computer literacy • Analysis, problem solving, judgment • Decision making • Resilience • Listening • Communication • Negotiating and influencing • Diversity awareness • Conflict management • Diplomacy • Interpersonal relations • Sound Ethics.

Level B Commissioners The successful candidates will conciliate disputes, arbitrate disputes and provide statutory services, in terms of all Labour Legislation to ensure the CCMA provides efficient and effective dispute resolution, management and prevention services to the Social Partners. Vacancies for Full-Time Level B Commissioners exist in the following Regions: Tshwane: •Tshwane (Ref. LB-FT–PTA); Mpumalanga: •Nelspruit (Ref. LB-FT-NEL); North West: •Rustenburg (LB-FT-RUST); Gauteng: •Ekurhuleni (Ref. LB-FT-EKU) •Johannesburg (Ref. LB-FT-VAAL); Western Cape: •George (Ref. LB-FT-GOG); Free State: •Welkom (Ref. LB-FT-WEL); KwaZulu-Natal: •Durban (Ref. LB-FT-DUR) Vacancies for Part-Time Level B Commissioners exist in the following Regions: Tshwane: •Tshwane (Ref. LB-PT-PTA); Limpopo: •Bela Bela (Ref. LB-PT-BB) •Burgersfort (Ref. LB-PTBUG) •Jane Furse (Ref. LB-PT-JF) •Lephalale (Ref. LB-PT-LEP) •Makhado (Ref. LB-PT-MAK) •Modimolle (Ref. LB-PT-MOD) •Polokwane (Ref. LB-PT-POL) •Thabazimbi (Ref. LB-PT-TBZ) •Tzaneen (Ref. LB-PT-TZA); Mpumalanga: •Belfast (Ref. LB-PT-BEL) •Groblersdal (Ref. LB-PT-GRB) •Piet Retief (Ref. LB-PT-PR); North West: •Christiana (Ref. LB-PT-CRS) •Klerksdorp (Ref. LB-PT-KLERK) •Mafikeng (Ref. LB-PT-MAF) •Rustenburg (Ref. LB-PT-RUST) •Vryburg (Ref. LB-PT-VRY); Northern Cape: •Kimberley (Ref. LB-PT-KBY) •Upington (Ref. LB-PT-UPT) •Kuruman (Ref. LB-PT-KUR) •Springbok (Ref. LB-PT-SPR); Eastern Cape: •East London (Ref. LB-PT-EL) •Port Elizabeth (Ref: LB-PT-PE) •Lusikisiki (Ref. LB-PT-LUS); Gauteng: •Ekurhuleni (Ref. LB-PT-EKU) •Johannesburg (Ref. LB-PT-VAAL); Western Cape: •Cape Town (Ref. LB-PT-CT) •George (Ref. LB-PT-GOG); Free State: •Bloemfontein (Ref. LB-PT-BLOEM) •Harrismith (Ref. LB-PT-HS) •Sasolburg (Ref. LB-PT-SAS) •Welkom (Ref. LB-PT-WEL); KwaZulu-Natal: •Durban (Ref. LB-PT-DUR) •Hluhluwe (Ref. LB-PT-HLU) •Kokstad (Ref. LB-PT-KOK) •Newcastle (Ref. LB-PT-NC), •Port Shepstone (Ref. LB-PT-PS) •Richards Bay (Ref. LB-PT-RBY) •Ulundi (Ref.LB-PT-UL) •Vryheid (Ref. LB-PT-VH) Key performance areas: • Conduct basic Conciliations, Arbitrations and Con-Arbs • Complete Case Documentation and Processes such as settlement agreements, rulings and awards • Conduct Mediations. Key requirements: • At least four (4) years’ experience in Industrial Relations, Labour Law or conducting conciliations, arbitration and facilitations • Supported by a relevant tertiary qualification or NQF 5 equivalent (preferably in Labour Law) • Good knowledge of Labour Law • Good knowledge of Conciliation, Arbitration and Mediation processes and principles • Good knowledge of the Labour Market and the different factors within • A valid driver’s licence • Computer literacy • Analysis, problem solving, judgment • Decision making • Resilience • Listening • Communication • Negotiating and influencing • Diversity awareness • Conflict management • Diplomacy • Interpersonal relations • Sound Ethics. CURRENT COMMISSIONERS WHO HAVE CONTRACTS THAT EXPIRE ON OR BEFORE 31 MARCH 2014 WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A NEW CONTRACT SHOULD APPLY FOR NEW CONTRACT FOLLOWING THE PROCESS FOR ALL APPLICANTS OUTLINED BELOW. NOTE FOR ALL APPLICANTS: There are vacancies in the major city centers and outlying areas - outside of the major metropolitan areas. Applicants should indicate the area in which they are currently based and the position(s) applied for. The Employment Equity Act underpins the CCMA recruitment process and all appointments are made at the sole discretion of the CCMA Governing Body. Women are encouraged to apply. The CCMA is committed to providing equal opportunities and practicing affirmative action employment. It is our intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability) Advanced preparation on the following statutes is essential as an initial screening assessment will be conducted: LRA, BCEA and EEA. In your application for appointment, kindly ensure that you disclose all relevant material information to assist the panel in considering your application. Please send 1 (one) application form (obtainable from www.CCMA.org.za) A detailed CV, certified copies of qualifications, driver’s licence and ID document must be included. Failure to complete the form completely or not provide relevant information will automatically disqualify your application. Applicants must clearly indicate the position/s being applied for in order of preference. Only posted or e-mailed applications will be accepted. Applications may be e-mailed to Commrec@CCMA.org.za or posted to Private Bag X94, Marshalltown 2107.

Closing date: Friday, 31 May 2013 NB: INCOMPLETE AND LATE APPLICATIONS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED. PLEASE NOTE THAT NEW COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENTS WILL ONLY BE CONFIRMED BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 2014 FOR COMMENCEMENT APRIL 2014. www.ayandambanga.co.za

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NC premier to be affirmed ANC in } Boipelo Mere THE African National Congress (ANC) assured the media last week that the acting premier, Sylvia Lucas, would be affirmed as the premier of the Northern Cape tomorrow. In an article published on 8 May, Express Northern Cape reported on how the ANC was exposed by the opposition when it was thought that the appointment of a new premier in the Northern Cape was just a formality. The opposition referred the sitting house of the provincial legislature to Section 133 of the Constitution, that explains the appointment of a new premier in case of the existing premier being incapacitated or expelled. The act provides that the sitting house votes for the new premier and that the vote should be a two third majority. When the matter was brought to a vote, the house did not reach the said two third majority, due to the fact that in the absence of Hazel Jenkins in the legislature and a failure of the ANC to engage the opposition on this matter, two votes were short. The ANC last week reported to Express NC that it has amended its ways and has

engaged the opposition. “I must report that there is progress on this front. “We managed to find an alternative way to resolve the matter which does not require the two third majority in the legislature,” said Zamani Saul. At the botched appointment of the premier four weeks ago, Ntsikelelo MacCollen “MacJack” Jack was standing on the sideline waiting to have his name called to be sworn in as the replacement for Hazel Jenkins in the legislature. This did not happen due to the unforseen circumstances that unfolded on that day. However, Zamani Saul confirmed that MacJack was to be sworn in this week as resolved by the provincial executive committee. MackJack is the municipal manager for the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality and he was once touted as a possible challenger to John Block’s provincial chairpersonship. The coming in of Sylvia Lucas as a premier will surely lead to the reshuffling of positions in the provincial executive committee and she is expected to announce her new cabinet on the day of her swearing in.

election drive } Boipelo Mere

ZAMANI SAUL promised the media that the acting premier, Sylvia Lucas, would be af­ firmed as the premier of the Northern Cape tomorrow. Photo: Boipelo Mere

IN-BETWEEN national, provincial level of government and a year later of local government, there has been unending by-elections in municipalities and elections of party political leaders in South Africa. “It is as if the national policy of South Africa is election and more elections,” joked one local journalist on his way to a press conference about the ANC 2014 strategic election workshop. However, elections are known to be a supreme sign of a mature democracy and South Africa is a democracy. As a result, the ANC in the Northern Cape is gearing up for a list conference in September. This is a process where members of the organisation either deploy or recall public representatives in national parliament or provincial legislature after the 2014 election process. The list conference will be the result of a laborious process called the list process. The first step of the list process starts with the appointment of the provincial list committee by the provincial executive committee of the ANC. The work of the provincial list committee will culminate in the nomination process by all branches of the ANC in July and will then be followed by the provincial list conference. “The list conference will also entail a laborious process of reviewing the current serving public office representatives. The process of reviewing the current serving MPLs will be done by the office of the secretary general in conjunction with the office of the provincial secretary and involves various steps,” said Zamani Saul, the provincial secretary of the ANC in the Northern Cape, during a recent press briefing. According to Saul the overall list should meet the following criteria; the geographic spread, at least 50% women, 60% sitting or former MPs and MPLs to ensure continuity and experience, at least 33% must have expertise in the priority areas such as economic, rural and social development, infrastructure development, public finance and law, good mix of youth and age, as well as people with disabilities or who are differentlyabled. “As the ANC in the province we are ready to embark on this challenging, but exciting process of nomination of the public office representatives. We are the only party in the country that has a broad-based and mass-driven consultative process in the identification of public office representatives and our process is unparalleled,” concluded Saul.


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SAPS K9 Unit needs dogs AN urgent appeal was send out to the Northern Cape communities by the provincial SAPS Kimberley K9 Unit to donate dogs. The K9 Unit in Kimberley is in dire need of police dogs. They are appealing to the public to assist in donating breeds of dogs which will be trained in canine duties. The breed in need are German shepherds, Belgian shepherds, Rottweilers and border collies. The dogs must be between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. They must have a good ball drive and display some aggression. Suitable candidates will be tested at the K9 Unit and if they meet the criteria, the owner may donate the animal to the police. Donors are requested to contact Lt Col Rossouw at the K9 Unit on 082-333-9399.

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