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Ntlangula shown the door Molusi to replace her } Boipelo Mere

AGNES NTLANGULA during the commemoration of the May Day survivors in Kimberley earlier this year.

Photo: Boipelo Mere

BY the time this article is published, the volatile Sol Plaatje municipal council will have a new executive mayor in David Molusi and the ruling party, the ANC, will have moved the previous mayor, Agnes Ntlangula, to serve elsewhere. The four-year nightmare for Ntlangula, where she was always in the news for the wrong reasons and she sometimes acted in a manner that dumbfounded even the ruling party, is over. Her trip to China and her attempt to change her mayoral committee without the ratification of the ANC caucus sealed her fate and it was only a matter of time before she was shown the door. Although the ANC’s Northern Cape provincial secretary, Zamani Saul, said that the weak image the Sol Plaatje Municipality portrayed and the manner it conducted business were the main reasons for Ntlangula’s removal from the office, there seems to be more reasons. It is expected that her statement for her resignation will highlight to the real reasons. “PEC officials have

convened several meetings with the leadership of the Sol Plaatje Municipality and expressed discomfort at the image it was portraying and the manner in which its business was conducted. The PEC resolved that the current executive mayor be redeployed and further called for radical restructuring of the mayoral committee,” said Zamani Saul at a media conference in Kimberley. “There was an urgent need for the municipality to go on a charm offensive with the roll out of extensive infrastructure programmes to change the negative perception of the electorate. The PEC was calling for an extensive Keep the City Clean Campaign which should involve the appointment of at least 1 000 people spread across all wards. “Urgent measures to improve billing systems were also noted,” continued Saul. He announced that joining Agnes Ntlangula in resignation would be Councillor Kobus Steyn. ) What about Agnes Ntlangula will you miss most? Share your comments with other Express NC readers on




Time to explore } Lerato Sebe THE festive season is upon us and it is the ideal time to relive the rich mining history of the Northern Cape along the N12 between Warrenton and Victoria West. One should not miss out on encouraging tourists to visit the Big Hole and Kimberley Museum Complex in order to witness the authentic buildings from the diamond rush and take a tour on the only operating vintage tram in the country. Heading westward from Kuruman, the N14 takes motorists via Upington through

LERATO SEBE, the tour guide for Northern Cape Express. Photo: Boipelo Mere

the heart of the Namakwa region towards Springbok. The Eiland Holiday Resort in Upington has a palm-lined avenue that leads to “the Island” in a wonderful natural setting on the river bank. Visit the Khai-Appel Recreation Resort in the bustling mining town of Kathu and the Eye, a natural spring in Kuruman that gushes 20 million litres of crystal-clear water, even in the dry season and also provides refreshing rest stops. By taking the N8 from Kimberley and heading towards Upington via small rural towns such as Campbell, Griquatown (Griekwastad) and Groblershoop, one gets a glimpse of the Green Kalahari. Most towns on the main road to Namibia are within easy reach of the Spitskop Nature Reserve, Augrabies Falls and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where tourists can experience the red sand dunes, sparse vegetation while dry riverbeds showcase antelope such as blue wildebeest, springbok, gemsbok and eland and predators such as hyena, cheetah, leopard and black-maned lion, not to mention birds of prey. The Quiver Tree Food & Wine Route allows visitors to enjoy Kalahari sushi, wine and brandy tastings, home-made cheeses, meat delicacies and much more.

DESTY VAN DER MERWE experiencing sand surfing on the Kgalagadi red sand dunes with Clifford Roberts watching. Photo: Supplied

FROM the left are Provincial Commissioner Jeanet Basson, national police commissioner Gen. Riah Phiyega, Deputy Minister of Police Makhotso Sotyu and Premier Sylvia Lucas participating in the prayer session for the rape and murder victims.

Phiyega and Lucas support community

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} Lerato Sebe AT the Assemblies of God (AOG) Church in Galeshewe, Kimberley, members of the community of Galeshewe, South African Police Service (SAPS) and preachers from different denominations were gathered to hold a prayer session for the families of Agnes Galehole (87), who was raped and murdered, and the six-week-old baby, who was raped, last week. Galehole was raped and strangled to death in her home in Galeshewe and was found naked by her son early the following morning. She lived alone in her home in Bella Street and her son, who said that he normally visited her to bring her food and diabetes medication, is still in shock and traumatised by the incident. On Tuesday evening, a sixweek-old baby was raped by her uncle in their home in Galeshewe. It is believed that the uncle is mentally unstable and had just been released from a mental institution that very same day. The suspect (24), who had fled the scene, was caught a few blocks away from the scene by the angry neighbours. The national police commissioner, Gen. Riah Phiyega, was amid the crowd that came to show their support for the families. Phiyega described the baby rape as a shocking and abnormal incident. Phiyega attended the prayer session with the deputy minister of Police, Makhotso Sotyu. “This is something that we cannot get used to and these things happen during the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children,” Phiyega said. “I think the people who are committing these crimes are calling us bluff.” She urged the community to support the police in fighting crime and also take responsibility in alerting the police of any dodgy behaviour in the neighbourhood. “I can testify publicly that there is an area in which we can do more and that area is prevention of crime. There is no way the police can do it alone,” Phiyega said. She mentioned that safety and security was a responsibility of the nation and that everyone should take hands to fight crime.

PREMIER SYLVIA LUCAS encouraging the victim’s family to have faith in the word of God. Talking in a very soft, sorrowful tone, she urged the crowd to be each other’s keeper and to protect each other. “I make this commitment to you: you are not going to walk alone, the SAPS is ready to walk with you,” Phiyega reassured the community. The premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, talked to those present about how she had felt after visiting the mother and grandmother of the raped baby. She mentioned the strength that the six-week-old baby had showed while her mother had been breastfeeding her after the ordeal. “She looked so peaceful. It was like nothing had happened to her, she is just the most beautiful baby,” Lucas said. She further mentioned that the baby’s operation went well and that she was now off the ventilation system but was still in hospital because the doctors were monitoring her abdomen for any internal injuries. Lucas said the mother of the baby had pleaded with her and the Northern Cape MEC for Health, Mxolisi Sokatsha, not to allow the her baby’s rapist to

walk free. “She is so scared that the perpetrator might get out of jail. The mother is scared of her own brother,” Lucas said. Lucas said that she felt like a failure because that was the second incident of the same nature that had happened during her time as a leader in the province. The first incident was the case of Baby Tshepang, the child from Upington who was brutally raped in 2001 at the age of nine months by her teenage mother’s ex-boyfriend. “Am I failing the province because history is repeating itself?” Lucas asked sadly. Speaking to the family, she assured them that everyone was sharing what they were going through. Lucas emphasised that she did not agree with what had happened. “It is always the defenceless that are targeted. We need to do what’s right for us and I’m not saying we should take the law into our own hands,” Lucas said. She concluded by thanking the SAPS for the arrests that they had already made and also pleaded with the justice system not to fail the province.




Memorandum takes police to task } Boipelo Mere “ALL cases that are related to woman and child abuse will be sensitized.” That was the emphasised message by the Galeshewe station commander, Brig. Francis Hender. Hender pledged that he would ensure that detectives dealing with such cases act speedily to arrest these perpetrators. He said this to the group of Women Against Crime and Community Police Forum (CPF) members in Galeshewe who marched to the Galeshewe police station to hand him a memorandum requesting intervention by the police during the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children this festive season. As to the request on the memorandum, the brigadier admitted that the suspects to cases of abuse against women and children should be opposed bail. Among the requests listed on the memorandum was for the police to treat victims with the necessary respect and empathy, victim friendly rooms to be availed and for privacy in the charge office. Furthermore, volunteers requested that they should allocate police vehicles to assist victims of rape and abuse, and that the police should allow them to be part of the statement process. More importantly, they demanded that female police officers should assist the victims of rape and abuse, and for swift responses on 10111 calls that are made by victims of rape and abuse. Hender promised that the festive season operation, Duty Calls, which was launched on 2 October, would run up until January 2014. The police would focus on identifying crime hot spots and increase the visibility of police in those communities. “We have identified areas with open velds and the ten most problematic areas are Hulana Park, Santa and Bloemanda. We

“We identify areas like open velds and the top ten most problematic areas like Hulana Park, Santa and Bloemanda where we will increase foot patrols and police vehicles to conduct our high density crime prevention operations to reduce crime in those areas.” – Brig. Francis Hender WOMEN AGAINST CRIME and CPF members in Galeshewe who handed a memorandum of requests to the Galeshewe station commander, Brig. Francis Hender, pictured on the right. Photo: Boipelo Mere will increase foot patrols and police vehicles to conduct high density crime prevention operations in order to reduce crime in those areas. “We will also prioritise cases with known suspects who can be linked to the crimes,” Hender emphasized.

Amo Kalane

You killed me

ANOTHER one is raped Another one is killed How many will be enough? Will there be justice? But will justice if given Bring back our families? Will justice heal our hearts? Will it wash away the pain? Or block out the horrible attacks out of our memories? Will justice dry our tears When we are missing our homies? When I think of how they must’ve felt Seeing the hatred in your eyes The tragic way they died? Sexual orientation defines no one You fail to understand. Can you really change me You think by hurting me? For a minute STOP! And think . . . Imagine the spear of hate speech You throw at me turning to you

Imagine it piercing through your soul Over and over and over again Going deeper and deeper each time See my blood, Feel the pain when that knife cuts through my skin Feel the pain when he enters me forcefully Taking my pride and purity My virginity Hear my cry for help, Listen to the sound of his fists colliding With my cheekbones Listen to the sound of my ribs breaking When he kicks me, My head hitting that hard rock as I fall helplessly Dying . . . Was this worth it? You killed your child, You killed your blood, You killed the future, You! Killed me. Sexual orientation defines no one

He concluded by revealing that they have a partnership with the Department of Social Development, the Department of Health and the Sol Plaatje Municipality to work together on protecting people in overcrowded areas and for the municipality to clear densely overgrown open velds to ensure

safety among the communities. ) Suggestion of any hotspot that you think the saps needs to keep a close look at over the festive season can be pasted on our website, we will publish it.




Country running short of artisans

} Lerato Sebe

“WE are here to promote artisanry as a career because we are running short of artisans in the country.” These were the words of Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manane, last week at the national Year of the Artisan Programme held at the Northern Cape Rural FET College in Kathu. The Year of the Artisan Programme seeks to promote artisanry as a career of choice to South Africa’s youth within the PostSchool Education and Training System as well as highlight skills development opportunities that are available in artisanry. Manane said that a need for the development of qualified artisans to support the economy remained a high priority. He stated that considering the fact that a large number of qualified and competent artisans were required for the government’s strategic infrastructure projects like building roads, schools, ports, universities, power stations and all the other projects announced by Pres. Jacob Zuma in January 2012 in his State of the Nation Address. “For many young people, the only way to a bright future is seen as obtaining a university education. However, this is not always true, and today we need to discuss that becoming an artisan is just as good as going to a university and in some cases even better,” said Manane. He further explained the process of becoming a qualified artisan through the development of a seven-step programme. Step one being career guidance, followed by learning the fundamental vocational theory for an artisan trade occupation. This theory is taught at FET colleges at NC level 2 or N1 and N2. He emphasized that the main subjects for an artisan learner must always include mathematics and not mathematical literacy, engineering science, some engineering drawing, an engineering language subject and most importantly an artisan trade theory subject that is specific to the artisan trade like electrical trade theory for electricians. He describes the third process as the most difficult part of becoming an artisan as it is completely dependent on finding a work place that was approved by the department to take in artisan learners as an apprentice. “Last year we could get the businesses and government departments to take in

FROM the left are Mr Sam Seepie, CEO of MQA (Mining Qualifications Authority), Lize Viljoen (qualified artisan at Khumba Mine) and the deputy minister for Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manane. Photos: Supplied only 24 378 artisan learners and we need many more work places than that.” Step four and five are to take the artisan learner into the real practical space on artisan training and development. The learners now become exposed to the application of trade theory of their chosen artisan trade. The last two steps, six and seven of the artisan development process, are known as trade testing, quality assurance and certification. “The last exam or trade test is a practical hands-on test. For a motor mechanic for example you might have to repair a gearbox or fix the brakes on a car. These trade tests can take two or three days,” Manane explains. He mentions that the Decade of the Artisan programme will run from 2014 to 2024 but will be officially launched at the Ekurhuleni East FET College in Kwa Thema on 3 February 2014.

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Basadi, ba eme gammôgô } Boipelo Mere


Tragedies have De Aar in mourning


My view

THE community of De Aar is in mourning after tragedies struck the town. A young mother was brutally murdered on 22 November and her body was found on 23 November. The saddest part is that this woman was a mother who served and feared God. Above all, she was also a career woman, a teacher at the pre-school and she also served the community of De Aar. She was popular amongst her learners at the Willie Theron Primary School in De Aar. The most outstanding part about this woman’s character is that she loved serving the Lord and she would never turn her back on someone in need. About two to three years ago, a young woman was also brutally raped and murdered at the De Aar Oasis Swimming Pool. No arrests were

made following the murder. There were also cases in the past of women who had been raped and killed, the victims were never found and no arrests were made. The saddest thing is that God made us to care about and not to harm one another. The community of De Aar prays that God hears our prayers and bring these cruel crimes to an end. The Word of God says in 2 Chronicles 7 verse 14: “If my people that are called by My name, turn from their wicked ways and pray, I will hear their prayers and forgive them and heal their land.” So many women are raped daily and some of them never come to terms with the tragedy. Some women who are raped, keep quiet for fear of rejection and shame. The women of De Aar say enough is enough and choose to break the silence so that justice can take its rightful cause in incidents like these. For those women who are still suffering the tragedy of being raped, always remember that God loves you and that you are special in the eyes of God and that you are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ. To the rest of the women out there, my prayers are that God will keep you and your loved ones safe during the festive season.

MOTHO, a tla a batla, go bolawa ke batho! O kile wa bona kae, monna fela yo o itekanetseng, a raya mosadi, o a sa itseng gore ke waga mang, gore ba tswele kwa ntle ‘for a fair fight.’ Le gone e le lefelo la batho botlhe. Ke raya go tletse batho foo. Hai! a batla go betsa ke basadi. Monna o Express Northern Cape e itseng leina la gagwe yoo. O ne a omana mosadi jaaka okare ke mosadi wa gage. Ebile a sa tlhabiwe ke ditlhong go goeletsa fa ene e le letseka le le tshabegang. Ijoo, bathong, ga ke ise ka tlhabiwe ke ditlhong jaaka letsatsi leo. Nna ke fitlhetse ntwa ya mafoko e ntse e fagile fa ke tsena mo lebenkeleng le melemo. Go ya ka ba itse kgang, ke raya ba ba iponetseng gotlhe, monna yo, erile go fitlha, a ikopela ka boikokobetso gore a fetele kwa pele kgotsa go tlola mola, ka gonne o ne a tlhoka setlhankana sengwe mo ngakeng ya melemo. Gatwe setlhopha sa batho bao ba neng ba emetse go thusiwa ba ne ba dumela, ele ka ntlha ya go nna le tirisano-mmogo. Erile go fitlha kwa pele, ngaka ya melemo ya mo thusa go batla setlankana jaaka go demalanwe, mme ba palelwa ke go se bona. Bare monna a simolola go senya nako, a okaoka, a sena sepe le gore o utlwetswe botlhoko gore a tlole mola. Ke gone fa mosadi o mongwe o ne a mo gopotsa gore o a ba dia ka nako. Ke fa komano e simologa. A bona fa mosadi yoo a mo tlwaela maswe ebile a mo bolelela fa a sa itse maemo a gagwe a botseka. A bolelela mosadi yo jaaka a sena maemo ebile a nna mo pantoking. “Ka gonne wena o nale legano le letonna go feta, o tshawanetse wa bo o kgona le go ntwantsha. Ga nkitla ke tsamaya. Ke tlile go, go leta go fitlha o fetsa, gore re fetse kgang ya rona ka ‘fair fight’ ka fa ntle fa. Ke batla go go bontsa gore nna ke rutegile, ebile gao class yame,” ga bua monna yoo wa lepodisa mo pele ga rona. Hee, a kopana le basadi ba maAfrika, ba mmotsa gore o o ikaeletse go betsa mosadi wa ga mang. “O bonala jaaka monna yo o tlwaetseng go betsa basadi. Kgotsa o nagana gore rona re mapantiti ba lo tlholang lo ba bolaisa mabole? O tla se bona gompieno buti!, ga bua mosadi mongwe. “Ga kena kgang le lona, ke nale kgang le mosadi yo wa molomo o mogolo yo. “Ke batla go mo ruta go ntlotla, le gore nna ga mo class ya me,” monna a goeletsa mo khemising. Kana monna yo, o ne a sa lebege jaaka motho o o itshietseng. Banna ba raya basadi mo pele ga gagwe gore “re mo tlogelela lona jaaka basadi.” Morago ga gore basadi ba eme mmogo go sireletsa mongwe jaaka bone, monna yo onê a itira jaaka okare o bua ka mogala wa letheka, a bo a re nyeledi, o sena o o mo boneng erile a tsamaya.






Power outage solved swiftly

DE AAR SOLAR POWER, located in the Northern Cape, began the project’s Energisation process on Sunday, 24 November. Due to the power in the De Aar area being on a radial feed from Eskom, power was lost to the area for almost 13 hours. “The De Aar outage was scheduled between 05:30 and 19:00 this past Sunday, however we managed to restore the power an hour earlier than originally predicted,” said Savva Antoniadis, project manager: De Aar Solar Power. This process is a major construction milestone for this independent power producer and critical to the project, as this energisation will allow for the export of electricity to the Eskom grid. The majority of work and tests was completed prior to

the energisation process. The energisation and ‘online’ tests verified what the completed cold commissioning tests had already confirmed. Working on high voltage lines always poses a risk and for this reason the process included stringent Eskom health and safety standards which were adhered to by all workers on site. Eskom fact managed the process and completed the commissioning on the newly build Eskom substation, however, the project’s team was responsible for the physical work. “We are grateful to the Emthanjeni Municipality for informing the residents of the process and power outages planned for last week,” concluded Antoniadis.

THE laptop safely back in its owner’s hands..

Laptop thieves nabbed } Boipelo Mere THE Kimberley police arrested four men last week for allegedly stealing a laptop out of a Ford Fiesta. According to the police, the vehicle was parked in the Kimberley Central Business District (CBD) when the laptop was stolen. The Kimberley Visible Policing Unit were reportedly busy with routine patrols at approximately 17:15 when they were stopped and informed about four men who broke into a Ford Fiesta.

THE looping of lines to the newly build substation in process.

The men fled in a taxi that was stopped and searched by the police near the Big Hole. The laptop was found wrapped in a T-shirt. The four men were arrested and the laptop was handed back to the rightful owner. The police request that vehicle owners should be wary and not leave any valuables such as cellphones, laptops, digital cameras and handbags inside their cars. The investigation into the case of the four men aged between 20 and 30 years continues.

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FROM the left are, front: Mark Kotze (Mark My Words Consultants), Kedisaletse Williams (provincial manager: Seda Northern Cape), Norma Sali (regional manager: Strategic Partnerships and Customer Care) and Boipelo Sebesho (Technology Innovation Agency); back: Winston Kofeledi (Sefa – Small Entrepreneurs Finance Agency), Marc Lawrence (Seda) and Boikanyo Modise (LED officer: Ga-Segonyana Municipality). Photo: Ilse Watson

Seda boosts entrepreneurs Ilse Watson THE Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) of Kuruman recently held workshops for budding entrepreneurs. This is an annual event and various districts get the chance to host this event. It offers small and medium enterprises, service providers, stakeholders and local LED’s the chance to meet with each other and discuss their entrepreneurial skills, plans for the future and they gather valuable information at these events. Absa Bank, Standard Bank and Anglo American are some of the companies that are involved with these budding businesses. The role of Seda is mainly to provide information to entrepreneurs.

They are also trained in marketing and they receive help with their business plans. “We take these entrepreneurs and support them for two to three years. We want to train them, support them and see them through the whole process of starting a new business,” said Marc Lawrence, manager of Seda in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District. “We also want to see them grow so that they are enabled to hire more people. Work is scarce and it is wonderful if they grow and are able to employ other people,”said Lawrence. Some of the success stories of Seda are Timber City, Laguna Guesthouse in Kuruman and the Di-beng Bakery from Deben.

MILLICENT MONYAMANE got married to Sibusiso Masuka at the Centenary Methodist Church in Galeshewe. Photo: Supplied




Women scoop award with crafts } Boipelo Mere THE elderly people at Gaasca pride themselves in the Pretty Little Things Award that they won in the provincial competition this year. Sponsored by Shoprite and organised by Age in Action, Gaasca

SOME of the hand-made creations that Gaasca pride themselves in.

GAASCA elderly people with their newly-achieved certificate.

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Allow love in once more

The 16 days call

} Dimakatso Lechwenyo

} By Leonard McKay

MAY I peep into your window and promise you that it is over? I promise that it is okay to open the doors of your soul and allow love in once more I cannot say that it will never hurt, but that life events are normally learning curves I vow that each tear will build you and your every smile will be appreciated. May I peep into your window and promise you that it is over? I promise that he will never come near you, nor will you ever smell him I cannot say that your memory will be erased and the nightmares will end Yet, I vow that I will be there when you need to cry and I will sit with you when your sleep has gone May I peep into your window and promise that it is over? It is painful, I know, that the bastard who pretended to love you is the very same guy who violated your innocence I promise that if you want to heal and let it go you will learn to trust again I cannot say when it will happen, yet every Stella has a way of getting her groove back.

I vow to walk with you until you finally have step into your breakthrough. May I peep into your window and promise you that it is over? That you never have to be whipped and scarred for someone else to have assurance that he is a man. Never again will your happiness be cut off and circumcised for a man to feel powerful and bold. When in actual fact he cannot fight the battles beyond his doorstep, thus he fights inside his home. May I peep into your window and promise you that it is over? Never again do we have to confuse beating with love. Never again will I seek comfort in the very arms of the man who has hurt me. And never again will I stand up and justify his actions . . . May I peep into your window and promise you that it is over? You need not be told that the only time you can ask questions and demand answers is when you have a job and are able to pay the bills. May I peep into your window and promise you that it is over? I promise that you need not compete with sisters on movies

won the competition for the third time in a row since its inception 12 years ago. The competition ran from 1 June until 31 August, where local judges were used to inspect the creations of the elderly aged 60 ranging from software, handmade blankets, clothing and wood- and tinwork. All entrants were from the Northern Cape. Although none of the provincial finalists qualified for the national competition’s leg, Age in Action stated that all of the elderly people put much efforts and love into their creations. The organisation further revealed that old-age homes from across the province entered including entries from Jan Kempdorp and Upington. The organisation is also proud that this competiton afforded them the opportunity to make more than 100 000 hearts happy by donating the creations to orphans.

who wear nudity in order to grasp the attention of the very man who vowed to love for better or for worse. The very same man who is first to break you down because he has too much insecurities And know no other way to keep you from excelling if it is not by breaking you down . . . May I peep into your window and promise you that it is over? And, hey, do peep into my window and be my reminder that we need not play small. We stand on the shoulders of giants who gave up their lives to be the voice of women. Let us stand tall and let men know that we are no commodities that are bought and sold on the stock market. Let it be known that men who beat and abuse will be brought to justice. Let it be known that men who harass will pay the price. And if size so much counts . . . Let it be us women . . . let’s be the bigger man who walks away . . . Let this 16 days of activism count for something. Let me peep into your window and promise you that it is over? Never again . . . and that’s a promise.

TEARS gently run down the cheeks of the innocent loved ones If they only could cry, the hate will be revealed If relatives just try, many can be healed. The plea, adheres to danger signs, that pop up everyday It will leave women and children untouched Not only certain days but all the way Because many people care, but does not always share Black tears can become clear; the main causes can be prevented Government’s 16 days of fears, changed into days of fears, changed into days of cheers The past has left its marks, a lot of scars that hurts so much Deep cuts in human flesh, through the skin down the bone The impact caused . . . the weak to fall The impact forced . . . the strong to stand tall The impact source . . . became the 16 days call.



Mamelodi coach scouts for talent } Boipelo Mere WALTER STEENBOK, the development coach and academy director of the Mamelodi Sundowns youth team, is looking forward to scouting for more young talent from local football clubs in the Northern Cape. He revealed this during the Galeshewe Mankurwane Development Structure Top 8 Soccer Tournament at the Sweepers sports grounds over the weekend. Steenbok was looking at scouting more players for the Sundowns training camp in Johannesburg. According to Steenbok, he cannot wait to assist other young players to continue their soccer endeavours to a higher level after the example of Bikwa Mvula(13), a top goal scorer from Kimberley. “Mvula is good, he scores goals. He

was scouted during tournaments like these. He is currently in Johannesburg for further assessment. There is a lot of talent here. I already saw something and am looking forward to do follow-ups,” he said. He was referring to players of the eight teams Tshwaragano All Stars, Scomboys, Ghetto United, Dalton Brothers, Bushbucks, Basotho Tigers, Real Diamonds and Hope United who participated in the tournament. However, Steenbok could not withhold his disappointment regarding the outcome on the stands. “It would be nice if communities and parents would support tournaments like these. There were supposed to be more cars and people here to encourage the young players. I really wish they could do more. I can see only a few parents here.” During the interview with Express

Northern Cape, Steenbok jumped up from under his huge umbrella to comment on the behaviour of the Bushbucks team which entered the soccer grounds strolling lazily. “I am telling you, that is the losing team. Even though the sun is so hot, they are already giving in to the opposing team, Basotho Tigers.” Indeed, Basotho Tigers beat Bushbucks 3-1 during that game. He added that he was impressed by the local football association for doing its best for the local teams. The tournament was also attended by Surprise Ralani, who is currently playing for Landskroma Bols in Sweden. The semi-finals will be played on 14 December by the four teams of Basotho Tigers, Real Diamonds, Dalton Brothers and Tshwaragano All Stars at the Sweepers grounds.

A TACKLE for the winning goal.

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