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STAKEHOLDERS during the National Integrated ICT Policy Green Paper review at the Mitah Seperepere Convention Centre.


Photos: Boipelo Mere

NC might get own office All citizens need to have access to information offered } Boipelo Mere

THE deputy minister of Communi­ cations, Stella Ndabeni­Abra­ hams.

CHANCES are good that the Northern Cape might have its own Usasa and Icasa office. This was announced by the deputy minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, in Kimberley when she highlighted that people were currently forced to travel to Bloemfontein to access services from the mentioned offices. She spoke during the Northern Cape Provincial Consultative Conference on the National Integrated ICT Policy Green Paper review organised by the Department of Communications and the Sol Plaatje Municipality. Touching on the non-presence of Usasa and Icasa offices in the Northern Cape, Ndabeni-Abrahams said her department had done a review and realised that all citizens needed to have access

to the information that the department offered. “We have looked into the issue of the lack of presence of the offices in the Northern Cape that was due to a lack of resources, and led to clustered provinces. How will you access the office if it is based in the Free State if you don’t have money to travel?” She added that relevant departments like gcis, the premier’s office, mayors and local municipalities had to have an integrated approach whereby the Usasa and Icasa office could be one office in order to be able to respond to the challenges that were raised by the communities. She also encouraged the community of Platfontein to mobilise themselves in order for their language to be recognised as an official language and be aired on radio and TV stations. The community raised concerns

about the recognition of their Xhu! and Khwe language. “Remember that in this South Africa majority rule works and it is everyone’s role to mobilise and make government realise why it is important for your language to be recognised,” advised the deputy minister. It was also during this event that Ndabeni-Abrahams announced that her department had partnered with the Department of Basic Education and Telkom to launch the “basic education cloud” whereby 101 high schools in the province would benefit. The project, which will be launched between now and 2015, will see learners access their school programmes on a full-time basis through the internet for free. “We have developed this programme so that learners will be able to access their curriculum

wherever it is free of charge. “This seeks to help schools improve ICT in their learning areas, including the training of teachers,” said the deputy minister.

‘Remember that in this South Africa ma­ jority rule works and it is everyone’s role to mobilise and mak e government realise why it is important for your language to be recognised.’ – Stella Ndabeni­Abrahams




Parties sign IEC code } Boipelo Mere AS in other provinces, the Northern Cape also launched its provincial code of conduct signing 42 days before the election date. According to the IEC chairperson, Adv. Pansy Tlakula, they have worked on their weaknesses by reviving their organogram and strengthening their district structures by training additional staff. The IEC are also pleased with meeting their targeted 80% registrations nationwide. Altogether 53% of the registered voters in the province represents females and 47% males, while 29 political parties are reported to be registered nationally, whereby only 16 will contest in the Northern Cape. The chief election officer, Mosotho Moepya, stated that the maturity of the institutions was one of the criterias that would ensure that these elections became a celebration at the end of the day. Tlakula advised political parties to assist in ensuring a suitable environment for the voters by being aware of their utterances during election campaigns. “Your maturity is put to the test. You can either destroy or build your country during these elections,” warned Tlakula. However, Tlakula added that a spirit of tolerance was being seen at PLC meetings, even though she warned that respect for the law and minimal

THE IEC chairperson, Adv. Pansy Tlakula. violence were still expected and would be monitored during the next few weeks of robust campaigning. “Losers must have the willingness to accept defeat and compete within the limits of the law.” ) To see who signed the code and is representing which party in the Northern Cape go to

THE sheep shearing shed that was handed over in Loxton.

‘Farmers should work together’

SMALLHOLDER FARMERS should work together to graduate into becoming commercial and create job opportunities for their communities, said the Northern Cape MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Norman Shushu, during the recent handover of a sheep shearing shed to the Swart Opkomende Landbouforum (Solf) in Loxton. The handover is part of the support that the department is giving to farmers aimed at enabling them to farm optimally and sustainably, which will translate into the improvement of the livelihoods of the farmers. Emphasising the potential that agriculture has to grow and boost the local economy of any area, Shushu encouraged the beneficiaries to roll up their sleeves for the success of the project. He promised them that the government would continue to support them. The Solf project wool shearing shed was constructed to help in improving the quality of wool of the smallholder farmers that the municipality shears. It serves about 31 smallholder farmers who farm with merino sheep. The wool is sheared, classed accordingly and then transported to the Eastern Cape markets where it fetches a better price for the product. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has been engaged with the rolling-out of infra-

structural development, the purchasing of implements and machinery, production inputs and farmer support for smallholder farmers in the province.

THE MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Norman Shushu. Photo: Supplied

Fuel prices adjusted THE Energy Department has announced that the price of a litre of 93 octane petrol will increase by 5 cents a litre while that of 95 octane petrol will increase by 7 cents a litre in Gauteng today. The department said motorists in Gauteng will see an 8,8 cents a litre decrease in the price of diesel (0,05% sulphur) and a 7,8 cents decrease in the cost of diesel (0,005% sulphur) per litre. The difference in pricing for 93 octane and 95 octane were informed by the cost of production as well as by local and international factors. Consumers will also start benefiting from the scrapping of the transport levy. This follows the commissioning of the New Multi-Product Pipeline (NMPP) which enables the pipeline to carry all grades of petrol, diesel and jet fuel, making it a full multi-product facility. The price of illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will decrease by 34,5 cents a litre and illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) will decrease by 49 cents a litre. The price of liquefied petroleum gas (maximum retail price) will decrease by 22 cents a kilogram. In other fuel pricing zones, the prices will be different due to the adjustment to the transportation costs. –




Zuma charms masses in Kby } Boipelo Mere

tions when they were warned not to leave the hall as it would soon be closed. “Even though he did not shake my hand or anything, I still feel honoured that he came to step on this (Roodepan) ground. “I was inside before the president arrived, but I felt overwhelmed and needed some air.” To everyone’s amazement, dreams were not shattered. Zuma took a moment to address the masses from a truck outside the building before he left. “I am so happy, I cannot describe how I feel after seeing my president. I feel like he was speaking to me when he addressed us. It was much different than on TV. He also looks much younger and lighter in complexion. “I am proud to tell everyone that I was there when a president came to Roodepan for the first time in history.” According to him, they (coloureds) have always felt marginalised and as if the ANC only wanted their vote. “He came personally to ask for our votes this time,” he concluded proudly. Stephen Mokwena also said he was amongst the coloureds that would give his vote to the ANC.

‘I am proud to tell everyone that I was there when a president came to Roodepan for the first time in histo­ r y.’ – E l r i c a r d o Manuels

ELRICARDO MANUELS (26) was concerned that he would miss the opportunity of a lifetime to hear Pres. Jacob Zuma speak to him face to face. It was a dream come true for many Roodepan residents who also scored free ANC T-shirts. That is after he had been locked outside the Roodepan Multipurpose Centre last week when the president addressed the masses inside the hall. Almost the same number of people were stranded outside when the president addressed the masses inside. A stampede occurred outside at the time it was announced that the president was about to speak. The security officers and police who were posted at the back entrance managed to calm the situation before it got out of hand. Although the crowd tried to calm down after it was announced that the hall was full, anxiety kicked in when they heard the president take the stand. Everyone wanted to get through the slightly opened gate when security opened it for other media houses. Manuels looked shattered and regretted not following instruc-

AMANDLA TO THE NEXT ANC LEADER: Stephen Mokwena, who regards himself as the next ANC leader, could not resist jumping on stage right after President Jacob Zuma had stepped off. Photo: Boipelo Mere




THE masses inside the hall cheerfully sang along with the president.

Photo: Boipelo Mere

Zuma urges Kby residents to vote

} Boipelo Mere “SMALL parties won’t win the elections; voting ANC is equal to voting for the future,” said Pres. Jacob Zuma during his visit to Kimberley last week. He repeated the same statements when he encouraged different audiences, whether they were the youth, from the business sector or the coloured community, to cast the right vote (for the ANC) in an effort to collect more votes. Zuma emphasised that the ANC would take more than 70% of the votes in the Northern Cape. “We’ll get an overwhelming majority and we will be greatly honoured in this historic province,” he added with confidence. During his address to the business sector at Mitah Sepereperre, he reminded them that they (businesses) played a big role in the development of the country, therefore they had to make the right investment. “A vote is an investment; if you invest wrongly, then the country goes under. If a party promises you to nationalise something, then you have to think wisely,” said the president.

Zuma warned the audience to be wary of parties that made empty promises and then accused the ANC of doing the same. “They are not in government and they know that they won’t win the elections. Other parties do not talk about themselves, but about the ANC, then they make empty promises,” he said laughing. He did, however, admit to the youth that the ANC was not perfect, stating that the party was still dealing with the damages caused by the apartheid regime. “So being perfect will still take time. We all need to rebuild the South Africa that was destroyed by colonialists. We are still building our blocks to the roof, and we are getting closer to the top.” Referring to this statement, Zuma elaborated that this election manifesto was different from the other ones as it was built on the 20 years of accumulation of experience. According to the president, this was not the first obituary that was read about the ANC. In response to whether they were concerned about certain statements made that the ANC was

DREAMS were not shattered as the president went to address the peo­ ple outside the Multi­purpose Centre before he left. He was flanked by ANC Provincial Secretary Zamani Saul, Premier Sylvia Lucas, ANC Pro­ vincial Chairperson John Block and more PEC members.Photo: Boipelo Mere

going to lose more members in the upcoming 7 May elections, he elaborated on how the party had been showing rapid growth over many years and elections. “The choice is yours as to who you vote for. Is it to help some other individuals to become honourable members and make a noise as usual in Parliament,” he asked the laughing audience. “Would you want to allow your party to win a small share of seats in Parliament? Think hard whether you would want your vote to go to the basket or to some small honourable members.” The president reminded the audience that if they were innocent, they were likely to make a difference as they would be playing important roles in making lives better “for our people”. Like the DA leader Andrew Louw during one of their community meetings last month, Zuma told the audience in Roodepan to take everything that was being given to them in an attempt to buy their votes. “If they buy your vote by giving you food, take it,” he emphasised.

JACOB ZUMA took some time to be interviewed by presenter Jerry Kale (right) of Radio Teemaneng (RTS). With him is the provincial ANC com­ munication team member Lesego Pule. Photo: Emile Hendricks/PHOTO24 He kept on reminding them to cast the right vote in an effort to ensure a brighter future for their children and that the ANC was going to be around for a long time. Encouraging the community of Roodepan to fight drug abuse within their location, Zuma did not forget to further encourage them to become volunteers on 7

May by assisting their neighbours to reach the voting stations. “You can even assist those who have difficulty to decide and tell them which party they must vote for,” he told the cheering crowd in Roodepan. The president continued telling the masses to use their positions everywhere, including in church, to address their daily challenges.

ALMOST the same number of people as inside the hall were waiting outside the Roodepan Multi­purpose Centre when the president delivered his address. Photo: Boipelo Mere

EXPRESS NORTHERN CAPE , WEDNESDAY 2 APRIL 2014 KIMBERLEY’S people are a very special breed – this is what initiated Lester Burrow’s idea to hold a reunion in Kimberley. Burrow, who now lives in Cape Town, says a couple of years ago at a Kimberley Boys’ High reunion, he noticed several people who were at other schools in Kimberley also visited Kimberley, just to see old friends.

Reunion for Kimberlites “This made such a huge impression upon me that I vowed to start organising a Kimberley reunion in Kimberley.” After the success of a Kimberley reunion in Cape Town in February Burrow says he is

convinced that Kimberley will be flooded with former Kimberlites who will return to renew old friendships. Burrow says there will be a bike squad riding from Durban, a bus from Cape Town,


and a chartered Learjet from Johannesburg. The weekend promises to be exciting with live music by Larry Amos as well as Burrow, the rock band Gage and Leandre and others. Contact Burrow at or ask to join the event Kimberley re union.9 to 11 May 2014. on Facebook.




Our broken society } Dimakatso Lechwenyo THE scripture reads: When I was a child, I thought like a child, I spoke like a child and I reasoned like a child. Right now the margins between children and adults are fading away. Children are concerned with matters too mature for their own ability. Parents take lightly the norm of parenting and emotional intelligence is thrown out the window. Girls speak like bored men who caution about what comes from the doors of their mouth. We have regressed to a point where we can no longer identify who is the child and who is the parent. Young men struggle to be men Fathers are no longer present to discipline their sons. Young men think that being a man is all about sagging pants and going against what is right and being proud of it. These young men think that speaking a language that only good-for-nothings can understand makes them seem powerful and dangerous when as a matter of fact they are just losers who know nothing about what it really means to work and earn respect by being decent and by loving yourself enough to want only what is best, to work only for what is best and to positively be the best. Parents are failing as role models Maybe the problem is that family roles are no longer clearly defined. Maybe the problem is that women run homes and that they no longer build families. Fathers provide finances, yet they do not serve as visual representations of what the role

DIMAKATSO LECHWENYO, aka DK. of a man is. Girls are morally declining Young girls are allowed by their parents to dress to a point close to nudity and boys simply solve all their problems by throwing their toys out of the cot. Maybe the problem is that 15-year-olds are bringing boyfriends home and 13-year-olds can decide which parties they will attend, while they say “No, can’t do” when asked to attend positive youth organisations. Maybe the problem is that mothers go to church and leave their husbands and children at home. Maybe the problem is that 19-year-olds are having children that their mothers must take care of while they gallivant and act cool, forgetting they decided that they were ready for motherhood.

Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE Kimberley Hospital is still looking for the family of Semolai January who is a patient at the hospital. The Northern Cape Department of Health is appealing to his family to fetch him from the Kimberley Hospital. According to the hospital, January,estimated to be 46 years old, had been roaming the streets before he was brought to the hospital by police on 16 March. According to the patient he originally comes from Parys in the Free State and also mentions a place named White City. The patient is Setswana speaking and had dreadlocks when he was admitted to the ward. He is still very confused. “Attempts to locate his family have not been successful. “We are therefore appealing to the members of the public who may know him to contact Maxie de Kock on 053-802-2203 at the

SEMOLAI JANUARY Kimberley Hospital as soon as possible,” says Lulu Mxekexo, spokesperson for the Health Department.

A failing generation Mothers fail to be accountable for their children and fathers deny responsibility. We deny who we really are and we stand for everything that means nothing. Our generation is spoilt, irresponsible and noisy. We have traded what is right for what is acceptable within our broken society. Not all hope lost Let me applaud those who are laughed at and gossiped about because they admitted that they were wrong. Let me applaud those who have walked away from all they knew would only cause others pain. Let me applaud those who own up and take responsibility. Stand firm, not everyone is as brave . . .

Two arrested for theft THE police in Kathu have made a breakthrough in housebreaking cases where two suspects were arrested. The intruders allegedly entered a Bestwood house during the early hours of the morning while the owner was asleep. A TV set, a laptop, personal documents and a cellphone was taken after entry had been gained through an unlocked door. The police followed up on information which led them to a house in Mapoteng. Four TV sets, three laptops, two video cameras, an ipod, 73 Mandrax tablets, two cameras, 16 sealed bags of tik crystals, seven cellphones and a packet containing what is suspected to be cocaine was confiscated from this house. Lloyd Baartman (35) and Johan Holtzhausen (32) were arrested in Kathu and they were both charged with housebreaking and theft. Both suspects appeared in the Kathu Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were denied bail. They will appear in court again on 14 April. The police are appealing to the public to contact them to identify the recovered items. Detective Sergeant Karlin Grobler of the SAPS Kathu may be contacted on 083-602-8607. They are also warning the public not to buy stolen items from suspected criminals. If found in possession of stolen property, they will be charged and their property confiscated. Instead the police is appealing to the public to report criminal behaviour to them.

Relatives urged to come forward

Police attend prayer } Boipelo Mere

RECOVERED: These items were found in a raided house in Mapoteng.

DRUGS were also found at the house.

SEATED, front row, watching the Kimberley SAPS Choir praise and worship is the provincial human resource manager, Lt Tumi Sele­ ke, deputy provincial commissioner for Human Resource Manage­ ment, Major General Henriëtte de Waal, provincial commander of the Employee Health and Wellness Unit, Col and Rev. Selotle­ geng Colane, and provincial head of Personnel Management, Brig. Paulus Lukhwareni. Photo: Supplied

Photo: SAPS

THE Northern Cape police participated in the recent national simultaneous prayer service of the South African Police Service (SAPS). The service was rendered under the 2014 national theme Moving forward in 2014 as one team by seeking God’s face through praise and worship. The day kicked off with police sirens and flashing blue lights as the SAPS marched through Kimberley. The sounds of the SAPS’ Brass Band and the Police Drill Platoon graced the streets of the Diamond City at approximately 09:00. Police members from Kimberley, Galeshewe, Hartswater and Hopetown Clusters all marched from the Office of the Provincial Commissioner to the Methodist Trinity Church in Chapel Street to listen to the keynote address by the deputy provincial commissioner for Human Resource Management, Major General Henriëtte de Waal. The aim of the prayer was to rectify the malice of immorality in support of moral restoration and ethical policing, and to show the police appreciation. “The SAPS National Prayer Day is a very important and meaningful day in the annual calendar. Today we pray for renewal, for healing and harmony. I wish to support what our national commissioner said: ‘Through prayer we can achieve a lot and when we pray together, we can accom-

plish even more.’ I believe when we truly seek God and his guidance, we will be able to carry out our mandate successfully.” De Waal highlighted that the fundamental role and the role as the custodians of law and as protectors of the people should never be underestimated. De Waal mentioned how it was imperative for SAPS members to conduct themselves in line with their Code of Conduct, that they displayed discipline and respect towards the communities and towards one another at all times. She highlighted the significance of uniting as different denominations, cultures, status and creed. “We must stand resilient and recommit ourselves to carry out our duties professionally. This is an important day for us as we are presented the opportunity and the time to reflect on who we are and what exactly we stand for. This is the time to review the sacrifices that our men and women in blue have made and continue to make.” She said she was confident that they had survived challenges of facing different adversities with remarkable endurance because they were a determined organisation that had seen and witnessed many changes. “We reign victorious in our endeavours, not only through loyalty and commitment, but by our faith and trust in the Almighty,“ she added.




Finla pleads for brown vote } Boipelo Mere

VOTING for the DA or the ANC is no more a solution to the First Nation Liberation Alliance (Finla). This was the opinion of the national leader of Finla, Rev. Larrie Varrie, during his recent visit to the province. Finla, standing for Khoi San coloureds, still feel like their struggle is not addressed by the government, and that they are still regarded as foreigners in their own country. The party was amongst the 16 parties who who took the pledge of the IEC code of conduct for the elections. They have been in existence for three years and will be competing nationally in the Western Cape and the Northern Cape in the 7 May elections. During the event Varrie, who promises more visibility of his party in the next few weeks, raised the concern that smaller parties like themselves are being trampled on during election campaigns by the IEC. According to Varrie, the coloured people’s vote for the DA is just a punishment for the ANC for disappointing them. “But now we realise that the DA has just as well abused their support, just like the ANC did. “They accuse the IEC of being instrumental to oppression and of violating their rights by including discriminatory and violating merits like requesting huge deposit amounts for election registration.” He highlighted that most parties could not afford to raise that money in time. According to the leader, they are still fighting for recognition as they are currently recognised as “second-class black” from being “second-class white”.

“We need the brown vote as we are marginalised and our vote is currently being used against us. “We are being abused for the past 20 years. These parties do not care about us but our votes. If we vote for them, they will continue to abuse us,” emphasised Varrie. He continued to blame the media for giving unnecessary publicity to bigger parties while they (Finla) also have the right to define their own territory. “We have more claim than the blacks over land in their country, even though we never discriminated against them. “It is the coloured under Allan Boesak that homed the UDF and found a struggle and propaganda machinery like any other revolutionary could do in the history of South Africa,” emphasised Varrie. He says they literally shocked the world with the support they gave to the UDF, which gave them the authority to force De Klerk to release the late Nelson Mandela. “When South Africa needed us, we were there, but now they do not show any appreciation to coloured people, especially in the Western Cape,” he added. “Now in the Western Cape the DA is abusing our vote in order to win the black vote and to spite the ANC. “I am not discriminating, but what is happening in the Western Cape is that the DA is flooding blacks in the province in order to create the picture that they care for them,” Varrie said. ) Share your view: Do you feel like the coloured people are being discriminated against in any way? Do you feel like Finla will succeed in addressing any of their target audience’s challenges? Send your view to our website:

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FINLA MEMBERS during their recent visit to Kimberley. Pictured are from the left, front: NEC members Elsabe Larhein and David William; back: Anthony Dedericks, Daniel Larhein, Rev. Larrie Varrie (national leader), Hadassa Varrie (daughter), Stellouise Varrie and Daleen van der Weshuizen (additional members). Photo: Boipelo Mere



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Goal to win set years ago } Boipelo Mere

THE Roodepan Primary School from Kimberley are the official winners of the Danone Nations Cup in the Northern Cape. They were declared the provincial finalists during the tournament of the u.12 Danone Nations Cup at their school. According to the team manager, Enricho Chapman, they set the goal of winning years back and it has finally been achieved. “The Danone Nations Cup is about ‘believing in your dreams’ and playing in the national finals has been a dream of ours for a while now,” says Chapman. “The games were pretty tough and intense. We won because we worked very hard in training and I believe that the school deserved to win. This year is our year.” Chapman identifies the Brecher Primary School as their toughest competition during the finals. “We played against them twice. In the first game they beat us 1-0. Our defence was strong in the second game and we didn’t give them a chance to score goals.” He is upbeat about their chances in the national finals. “Without a doubt, we have a chance of winning the national title after our great performance. We have a special crop of boys that have that fighting spirit. Winning the provincial title is a morale

‘We won because we worked very hard in train­ ing and I believe that the school deserved to win. This year is our year.’ – Enrico Chapman, team manager

ROODEPAN PRIMARY from Kimberley. booster and the team is geared up for the nationals.” He admits that having no experience of playing in the national finals is a disadvantage, but the boys will definitely not go

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down without a fight. Chapman identifies defender Toufiq Olyn as a key player in the team. Olyn says meeting other schools and playing against them was fun.

Griquas aim for a win GWK GRIQUAS promises to outperform and pitch a strong team on their home turf against the Golden Lions in this Saturday’s game. At 14:00, they will clash with the defending champions in the North section of the Vodacom Cup series at GWK Park in Kimberley. “There is always a big rivalry between us and the Lions and this game against them is vital for us as it will determine where we end up in the log,” says GWK Griquas head coach, Peter Engledow. According to Engledow, he has faith in his 13 new players in the squad this season, with some very strong players like Luxolo Koza, Jacquin Jansen and Hillford Clarke. “Koza is a talented loose-head prop who is only 18 years old and I believe he can go far. Jansen and Clarke are our two top-scorers and have both been impressive on the field.” Clarke hails from Paternoster on the West Coast and was spotted playing rugby by the headmaster of the Hoërskool Noord-Kaap

‘There is always a big rivalry between us and the Lions and this game against them is vital for us . . .’ – Peter Engledow, GWK Griquas head coach while he was on holiday there. The school offered him a sports bursary and he went on to complete his schooling in Kimberley. “I love playing rugby and I’d like to go far. Playing for the GWK Griquas in the Vodacom Cup series means a lot to me as it is my first year of professional rugby and it is a chance to play at this senior level and improve myself,” says Clarke.

Clarke has just been selected to be a part of the extended training group of 70 of the country’s most promising u.20 players. This squad will be reduced to approximately 40 players who will then continue with preparations for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships held in New Zealand this June. The Vodacom Cup series is South Africa’s leading rugby development tournament with a mandate of unearthing the future stars of South African rugby. “The Vodacom Cup series is a good competition that is very important for us as it is the perfect preparation for the Absa Currie Cup series. There is so much talent and depth in the country and it is great to bring in players, give them a chance and build their confidence,” adds Engledow. “We definitely want a good result against the Lions at home and we ask all our fans to come support us in Kimberley as we get in shape for the Absa Currie Cup play-offs starting in June.”

“I really enjoyed playing against Ferdinand Brecher because they beat us first and we beat them in our final match. “The ultimate was when we won the title. Winning the provincial title showed we can achieve anything we want to, no matter the circumstances.” The next step for this young team is to travel to Gauteng to compete in the national finals on 23 June. “We have never travelled outside of the Northern Cape and we are going to work hard to win the trip to Brazil,” says Olyn. He believes that Brazil is the best country when it comes to soccer. “I saw their national team play against our national team and I have to admit that they are the best. “I admire their style and technique and I wish that I could go abroad and learn to play like them.”

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