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‘Koning’ of the Kalahari
Lucas premier of note } Boipelo Mere YOU will think of no other than George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984 when you hear Sylvia Lucas crowning herself die koning van die Kalahari. It is Orwell’s discouragement of double-speak that probably made Lucas call herself koning rather than koningin. She is, after all, the premier of the Northern Cape. She is responsible for more than one million inhabitants of this sparsely populated province. Throughout her inaugural speech and her budget speech earlier, one could not miss her well-known antics as she dealt with opposition parties, throwing her sarcasm and sense of humour around. She sent the whole gallery and legislature into raptures when she said in Afrikaans: “Ek praat Afrikaans, want ek het mos met die skip gekom”. She was referring to her as being the offspring of both whites and Bushmen. Lucas was formerly an MEC
for Environment and Nature Conservation and she is a deputy chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the province. She is better known as the worst howler and noise maker in the legislature, so much so that one could have mistaken her for an empty tin, only to learn when in serious talk and on a one-onone basis that she is indeed a tigress of note. To illustrate the above, in contrast to the rapture that filled the gallery and the chamber, there was an eerie silence when she gave the opposition parties, particularly Cope, a dressing down pointing to the gallery where Karel Boshoff, president of the Orania-beweging, sat, saying she missed him and his party’s Freedom Front Plus constructive criticism and opposition. However, in the face of it all, this koning van die Kalahari looks like a workaholic and somebody who can take the province somewhere.
She looks like a workaholic and somebody who can take the province somewhere
KAREL BOSHOFF congratulated the Northern Cape premier, Syl via Lucas, on behalf of Orania and handed her a gift. Photo: Boipelo Mere
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ZAMANI SAUL with the outgoing speaker Boeboe van Wyk (right) and the new speaker Gail Parker. Photo: Boipelo Mere
Boeboe bids NC legislature farewell } Boipelo Mere SINCE the new administration came to power after the previous national and provincial elections, the Northern Cape has become a province of suspense and speculations. Rumour mongering has enveloped the province ever since that unfortunate incident where Premier Hazel Jenkins suffered a stroke while delivering the State of the Province Address last year. While Boeboe van Wyk was delivering his budget speech as speaker of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, his lips gave nothing away of his impending resignation the following day. Even when he concluded by saying that the legislature remained committed to the constitutional mandate of law-
making, oversight and public participation, the speaker dropped not a single hint that he was headed to Namaqua to serve as mayor in the Namakhoi Municipality. It was a shock to everyone when the ANC announced during an emergency press briefing that Van Wyk had been released to be closer to his family and would therefore be replaced by Gail Parker, the spokesperson for the ruling party. Van Wyk said that he was honoured to have fulfilled his dream of serving the party at all levels and that he would continue to assist the ANC to stabilise it by serving the people. “I’ll definitely miss the Northern Cape Legislature as there was never a dull moment while I was here,” he added.
“Wherever Comrade Boeboe was deployed he left indelible footprints of honesty, integrity, visionary leadership, forthrightness and hard work. He possesses a wealth of governance experience which we think will add value in our efforts to strengthen the Namakhoi Municipality. The Provincial Executive Committee has faith in his capabilities and we wish him all the best,” said Zamani Saul, the provincial secretary of the ANC. Parker, the new speaker of the Northern Cape Legislature, shyly said that it had been unbelievable when she had heard the news. “It is an honour for me as I don’t thinks everyone gets an opportunity like this. It clearly shows that the ANC trusts me more than I imagined,” she concluded.
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LERATO THOBEJANE was awarded a certificate of CHATSEC by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti.
THE magnificent parade by the graduates.
Display magnificent } Boipelo Mere
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“THE Department of Rural Development and Reform has vowed to see to NARYSEC grow from strength to strength.’’ These were the words of the minister of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, when he addressed members of the national rural youth service corps in Kimberley last week. He said this after a magnificent graduation display and military parade by members of NARYSEC at 3 South African Infantry Battalion. The minister explained that NARYSEC was a component of rural development that trained youth in various skills to create employment opportunities and helped them to create conditions for self employment. “A student cannot be successful unless he or she is disciplined. Hence we have brought you to this military facility to learn about discipline and its importance,” said the minister. Nkwinti urged the 1 042 graduates from around the country to become agents of change in their respective societies on their return. “This may seem like an ordinary event, but you must be aware that you have joined a prestigious institution. What you do with these skills is up to you,” said Nkwinti while congratulating the participants. NARYSEC was established in 2010 with the aim and main goal of recruiting and developing rural youth to perform community service in their own
communities. The specific objectives of NARYSEC are to recruit unemployed youth in rural areas through further education and training programmes linked to the identified developmental community projects in rural areas. The youth gets training in multidisciplinary skills through civic education and therefore increases the number of rural communities receiving support in their self-development through the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP). NARYSEC is rural wards-focused, as such, it recruits youth from rural wards, including youth with disabilities with assistance from local municipalities. The vision is also to decrease the level of unemployment in rural areas, to increase literacy skills in rural areas, disposable income for youth in rural areas as a result of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. To be considered for enrolment into NARYSEC, a youth must meet the following criteria: Must be in the 18 to 35 age group, must have completed gr. 10, gr. 11 or gr. 12, must be living in a rural area as well as be committed to staying in the programme for 48 months. “During this intake we had to release five of the students due to a lack of discipline. One of the conditions for the girls is to ensure that they do not fall pregnant during this period. The boys are the ones who mostly cannot accept discipline,” Nkwinti said. One of the graduates, Theophilus
Tshwane from Rustenburg, said that discipline was one of the most important tools that he had been taught. “I also believe that leadership skills are going to benefit us when we get back to our communities. We’ll be able to help our communities to make South Africa better,” he added. “I have learnt a lot. I am going to make a change in my community, more especially the youth. I have learnt a lot here during the fourmonth period,” said another graduate, Kabelo Moepe from the Free State. Nkwinti elaborated that the programme was not a job creation or a politically motivated one. He clarified that the initiative by government was to build up young people for their future. “NARYSEC is here to stay. Although we are currently using the military premises, we are in the process of identifying dedicated facilities and structures where we’ll have our own personnel,” added Nkwinti. The minister proudly said they had in the past lost some of their students to the private sector. He, however, said that they could not rely on the private sector alone as it was too small. Parents, relatives and friends attended the parade and other attendees included the mayor of the Madibeng Municipality and the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality in North-West. MEC Norman Shushu was also part of the dignitaries. A total of 925 members of the Northern Cape participated in this intake.
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SAB calling for entries THE South African Breweries is calling for entries for their annual Project KickStart Competition. KickStart is a youth entrepreneurial programme that was launched in May 1995, with the initial vision of alleviating poverty. It is aimed at youth that want to expand their existing businesses and is therefore mainly focused on instilling a culture of entrepreneurship among young people. Over the years, KickStart has become one of the largest entrepreneurship development projects run by a private sector company. The SAB KickStart programme has subsequently become a platform to stimulate sustainable enterprise development over the past years. The programme promotes business
awareness through training, supplying grants as start-up capital, post-training mentorship and business development support. The competition is open for 18- to 35-year-olds from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who have registered businesses currently operational. This person should have entrepreneurial flair and be committed to being successful. This innovative initiative by South African Breweries awards grants and provides mentorship to winning businesses with prizes ranging from R30 000 to R250 000. Since its inception in 1995, SAB KickStart has invested more than R64 million into developing youth-owned businesses. The programme has benefited more than
22 900 young entrepreneurs and helped start 3 200 businesses. The South African Breweries KickStart programme is recognised as one of the leading youth entrepreneurial programmes in the country attracting thousands of applications each year. To enter, call Patience Selesho on 051-406-8400 or 086-172-2763 from South African Breweries Central Region (Free State, North West, Northern Cape, and Vaal). For more information go to www.sabkickstart.co.za/ Facebook: sab kickstart Twitter: @sab_kickstart. Forms are also available at your nearest SAB depot. Entries will close on 14 June.
PHEMELO MPOFU of AMAMP Tooling who won grant funding worth R200 000 in the regional 2012 KickStart competition, with Boipelo Nkadimeng (SAB’s enterprise development manager) and Sizwe Mkhasibe (SAB’s central region general man ager). Photo: Supplied
Free burgers for loyal customers } Boipelo Mere A TOTAL of 500 free burgers are up for grabs at the Stadium Express Restaurant in Bultfontein Road, Kimberley. The store will be celebrating its official opening today where each and every customer will receive a burger with every purchase. The restaurant is hoping to give away 500 free burgers. Stadium Express, which is an express franchise that specialises in a range of fast foods, opened its doors on 14 December. The restaurant is prepared to celebrate its opening with this giveaway to its customers who have provided endless support. The franchise has other branches of food courts in Lesotho, Botshabelo and Bloemfontein. The Kimberley branch specialises in chicken, burgers and fish. They laud themselves as the cheapest store with the best fish, chicken and burgers in town. The store is run by Kevin Ramsay and Liam Urray as co-owners and Brian Oliphant as the store manager.
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Miracles do still happen in the church } Dr Thapelo Thipe ARE there miracles in the church today? Emphatically yes! The Holy Spirit who distributes gifts is as active in the church today as when He was among apostles in the early church. He gives gifts and the qualification criteria remain the same as it were with the early apos- DR THAPELO THIPE tles. These come about when leaders in church conscientiously develop a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in his Word and in character. The Lord Jesus Christ revealed the criteria for appointment in the Kingdom of God when He said many are called, but few are chosen. The Lord who knows our hearts, chooses us and when we prove faithful to Him He bestows gifts upon us. Gifts of healing and the working of miracles are alive in the church today. Prophecy and discernment of spirits including knowing things supernaturally is what the Holy Spirit is ministering through apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. The ordinary believer, when trained in the Word of God, can also deal with sickness, disease and demons. There are gifts of tongues and of interpretation of tongues. These come as a result of a higher level of commitment and hunger for the presence of the Lord. All the gifts operate within an orderly discipline in the church. As the end of the dispensation of grace draws to a close the church will experience an increase of miracles to a point of exceeding those which the Lord Jesus Christ performed. As a matter of fact, this is what the Lord Jesus Christ said would happen in the church.
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Time for Spontaan
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SPONTAAN, Central South Africa’s favourite and biggest singing competition, is back. Come and pit your singing talents against the best in Central South Africa at the Diamond Pavilion Shopping Mall on Friday, 21 June. The auditions start at 14:00. The exact venue in the mall will be confirmed this week. Once again amazing prizes are up for grabs, so warm up those vocal chords in the meantime. Rules to compete in the competition: ) You must be 16 years or older on 1 July. ) For the regional competitions you can sing any song. However, the song has to be contemporary music (no rappers or hip hop artists). ) You are allowed to accompany yourself or use a backtrack. ) The competition is for soloists only. ) You must supply your own soundtracks and other equipment for the regional auditions yourself. ) Spontaan will supply the sound equipment for the final.
) The winner of each regional audition will be announced immediately after the audition. ) Judges reserve the right not to choose a regional winner. ) Should you be chosen as a regional finalist, you must prepare five songs for the final held in Bloemfontein at the Vryfees. ) Finalists must supply their own backtracks or accompaniment for the final. ) The final is on Saturday, 13 July, in Bloemfontein and if you are a finalist you must organise your own transport. ) No pre-registration is required. Simply arrive, pay R20 and register. ) Auditions will take place at the following: Kuruman: Thursday, 20 June. Time and place will be announced soon. Bloemfontein: Thursday, 13 June, at 17:00; Saturday, 15 June, at 09:00 and Saturday, 22 June, at 09:00. All at the Volksblad office. Welkom: Thursday, 13 June, at 13:00 at the Metro theatres in Stateway. Kroonstad: Tuesday, 18 June, at 14:00 at Table round 42’s club house. Bethlehem: Thursday, 6 June, at 14:00 at the Frontier Inn and Casino (Coachman’s Saloon).
Great prizes up for grabs THE following prizes can be won in this year’s Spontaan: ) SpecSavers: Eight pairs of Infinity sunglasses and eight vouchers worth R250 each. The total value is R5 200. ) Z PR Communications and Public Relations Consultants: A publicity and marketing contract valued at R5 000 for each finalist, including a consultation session with the Z PR team, a professional CV, the design of a CD cover and business cards, the design and writing of a professional profile, a Facebook profile and five press releases.
The total value for al l of the finalists is R40 000. ) PwC: For the winner R1 000 in cash, runner- up: R700 in cash and third place: R300 in cash. A total of R2 000. ) Atlantis Guest House: Accommodation to the value of R4 100. The winner, runner-up and third place will each receive three nights’ accommodation for two people including breakfast. ) PCB Productions: A photo shoot for the winner, runner-up and third place valued at R2 100. ) Absa: A R500 hamper for each finalist.