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Winner packs a punch Sibongile (18) named Youth Champion } Boipelo Mere

SIBONGILE TYHOKO (18) of the Tetlanyo High School in Galeshewe cannot believe that she has been declared the 2014 Youth Champion in the 69 kg boxing division. Sibongile was crowned the champion after she had beaten Amanda Jantjies of Eastern Cape Mdantsane in the finals at the annual National Junior and Youth Championships that were held in Pretoria. Sibongile, who is now in gr. 10, became the centre of attention at her school after she had been handed her gold medal by NCOBO president Archie Jack at her school’s assembly last week. According to Sibongile, it was all thanks to her boxing coach, Raymond Mothobi, who believed in her. “Amanda looked much tougher and stronger than me, but when we climbed into the ring, I realised that fitness was what mattered. I just walked over her,” she said proudly. Still excited about the achievement, she said it

was a dream come true for her. “I am so happy because I have achieved my goal in boxing. “Now I’ll move up to become a world champion.” According to Jack, the Northern Cape team performed well overall despite the lack of resources in the province. “We would like to thank the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture who made it possible for us to attend the annual National Junior and Youth Championships,” said Jack. Revealing the results Jack highlighted that Francois Pain from the Northern Cape had lost to Bonginkosi Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal in the semi-finals in the junior category and had received a bronze medal. “Shuping Maseng (NC) lost to Lwazi Phiri of KwaZulu-Natal in the youth category and received a bronze medal, and Njabulo Dube (NC) lost to Ntuthuho Nyawo of KwaZulu-Natal in the finals in the 75 kg and won the silver.”

‘I am so happy because I have achieved my goal in boxing. Now I’ll move up to become a world champion.’ – Sibongile Tyhoko SIBONGILE TYHOKO (18) of the Tetlanyo High School was crowned the 2014 Youth Champion in the 69 kg boxing division. Photo: Boipelo Mere


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Power line births projects ON 10 April an event was held in Ga-Mothibi to mark the official handover of a range of community upliftment projects that were undertaken by Mkhulu Electro Distribution Projects (EDP) in collaboration with Eskom. In August 2011, Eskom awarded Mkhulu EDP a project to construct a 200 km overhead transmission line of 400 kV. The line runs from Kathu to Vryburg and forms part of the Eskom Kimberley Strengthening Project aimed at stabilising the electricity supply for the area. The collaboration between Eskom and Mkhulu EDP led to the implementation of the following social and economic development projects: Boitekong Pre-school and Bothetheletsa School’s refurbishment, Arbor Day celebration and the Ga Mothibi Community Hall. Various dignitaries representing the communities from the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District Municipality attended this auspicious celebration. After the opening prayer, Jean Marcello Lamperini, managing director of Mkhulu, welcomed all the participants and thanked the community for their hospitality. Speaking on behalf of Eskom, David Zola educated the community on the risks that the electricity pylons posed and requested that the community helped protect the assets by reporting theft or any form of vandalism. He furthermore requested the community to ensure that they established a maintenance programme for all the projects so that they remained an asset within the community.

TALAMA SQUARE will be constructed next to Shoprite in the Kimberley CBD. The construction of the McDonald’s Restaurant is expected to start this week. Photo: Boipelo Mere

Talama Square to replace parking } Boipelo Mere

IT is all systems go for Talama Square and bye-bye to the old Gariep Arts Festival swing spot. The quiet parking lot that has been used by hawkers and as a parking lot for Shoprite

will soon be a centre of activity for university students. Also, a McDonald’s restaurant will soon spice up the block. Lionel Koster from Strata Africa, the contractor, revealed that the first phase of the

construction will be McDonald’s, then a block of flats. Construction for McDonald’s will start in a week’s time, while the construction for the block of flats will start early in June. According to Koster, the plan for Talama Square has already

been approved, but there still remains an undecided section of the land that will be constructed as phase 2. Efforts by Express Northern Cape to get comment from the Sol Plaatje Municipality failed as the line remained unanswered.

Promise to little Lerato fulfilled at last } Boipelo Mere

HELGA COHEN and Mbuso Thabethe, the CEO of Maverick Estate, made good on their promise. Photos: Boipelo Mere

MAVERICK STATE kept its promise. The company delivered after they had announced four months ago that they would offer support to the now six-month-old Lerato – who had been raped when she was six weeks old. They pledged R50 000 of the Kirk Franklin, Joyous Celebration and Khaya Mthethwa concert which they had promoted in December 2013. A portion of their proceeds was indeed donated to help the child and her mother. The delegation visited the family last week on the day that baby Lerato turned six months old. The company sponsored a home makeover, which included a double bed, a wardrobe, a cot for the baby, chairs and couches for the lounge. Maverick Estate also decided to include a stove, burglar bars for the baby’s room and other equipment to make the baby’s living conditions more suitable, as well as a R2 000 grant for a period of 12 months. According to Mbuso Thabethe, the CEO of Maverick Estate, they pledged R50 000 overall to the family, which included the home makeover to make their home child friendly. Maverick Estate came under scrutiny two weeks ago when it was reported to have pulled a publicity stunt using baby Lerato’s tragedy. The story was aired on national TV. Thabethe was happy to set the record straight and said that the delay in delivering their promise had been caused by a decision by them and the Northern Cape Premier’s Office as to how they were supposed to use the pledge. “We were delayed because we had to decide if we wanted to set up the pledge as a trust fund, which needed trustees of course, and to do it through a needs analysis. But then we realised that it would take longer to access the

HAPPY in her new baby­walker. funds through a trust fund.” He added that it was very unfortunate that some people had tried to make a controversy out of the situation. “The needs analysis, conducted by the Department of Social Development, was only sent to us on 9 April which gave us the go-ahead at last.” Lovingly holding onto a cheerful baby Lerato, the mother expressed her appreciation at Maverick Estate for going beyond fulfilling their promise. “I am also proud to announce that my baby’s birthday is just a

day after yours (Thabethe’s), so we will be expecting a birthday wish from you every year. This will also make us never forget your generosity. “I am so proud and I regard myself lucky to be raising my baby in a child-friendly environment from now on. “You have really wiped away my tears. It is because of people like you that I have forgiven my brother and have moved on. “I did not know that six months later I would be able not to look back and move on.”


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Upbeat Sello releases first CD

} Boipelo Mere

SELLO MOLEKO proudly holding his first 10­track album, Lefatshe letlo fella kae. He wrote all the songs and marketed the CD on his own. Photo: Boipelo Mere

ANGIE SEEKOEI, one of the school teachers, with Norman Shushu, the MEC of Agri­ culture and Land Reform, giving learner Rethabile Moss the first push on her new bicycle. Photo: Supplied

Learners receive bicycles A TOTAL of 100 underprivileged learners from ten schools in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District have received bicycles from the Northern Cape Provincial Government. The bicycles were handed over by John Block, the MEC for the Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, and Kenny Mmoiemang, the speaker of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, at the Mmamoratwe Middle School at Seven Miles. Block and Mmoiemang

also teamed up with representatives of the foundation Gift of the Givers to distribute blankets to needy families in the area. They also handed out goodie packs, groceries, shoes and many other basic necessities to community members. A number of schools will benefit from furniture to be donated by the entourage. The John Taolo Gaetsewe District has been identified as one of the most impoverished

districts in the Northern Cape. The rural district was identified as one of presidential nodal points needing urgent intervention. The donation of bicycles in this area will help the learners who often have to travel long distances to access education. The visit by government leadership and its stakeholders comes as part of a number of programmes planned as build up towards the celebrations of 20 years of democracy.

SELLO MOLEKO’S (38) dream has come true. Many did not believe him when he said he wanted to record an album. Well, this people’s person from the notorious neighbourhood of Club 2000, has single-handedly released his own 10-track album entitled Lefatshe letlo fella kae. Even those who know him still cannot believe it. “I always wanted to record my own album. My vision became even stronger in 2010,” he said proudly. He recalls waking up in

the middle of the night and starting to sing and write his songs. Now he sometimes pinches himself to see whether this is really true. “My late partner, Obakeng Mqomo, used to say that I am crazy. The songs would come as a dream, and then I had to sing them out loud. I made it a rule to write them down so I wouldn’t forget anything.” He revealed that he did not manage to record the album in 2010 as he had planned due to the passing of his partner in 2011. Sello, who attends the Zion Christian Church Leeba, was a member of the church choir from the age of 13 and was also a choir conductor. He said he just woke up one Sunday and got the urge to call his Johannesburg producer, Sfiso Terrible, to enquire about the procedures. “During our conversation he asked me to sing over the phone. That is when I got the appointment.” Recording his first album on his own did not deter him. He rather preferred it that way, because he was not sure whether other people would share the

same passion for his album as he did. “The only challenge I experienced during the recording was battling with my style of voice. I would sometimes plan to sing alto and then sing tenor. But my producer was very supportive and professional,” he said. “I must admit that I was nervous at first, but then I managed to relax. That is how I managed to record the album in one week.” He said his positive and confident attitude was the one thing that made him achieve his dream. Sello, who did everything, including marketing his own CD, still does not have a manager or any backup singers. He plans to get a team together with his next album. He revealed to Express Northern Cape that he planned to record his next album in December and after that at least one album a year. “Music is my life, and it is in my blood. All I have to do is live it. It is all about my God-given talent that I feel I have to share with the world. I will tell you when I officially launch my CD,” said Moleko.


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Protest opposes bill } Boipelo Mere

THE Older Persons Desk was launched in Upington. Pictured are the elderly playing a guessing game during the event.

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A local cultural group entertained the guests, reminding the elderly of their young days.

THE MEC of Social De­ velopment, Tiny Cho­ telo, handing out gifts to the elderly who at­ tended the event.

Desk gives voice to elderly in NC

} Boipelo Mere THE Northern Cape Older Person’s Forum (NCOPF) wishes to extend its visits to all five regions in the province to engage minority groups in the services and support that are available for older persons. They call on the government to provide assistance in this regard, given the vastness of the province. This was the plea of the organisation’s chairperson, Don Jacobs, during the launch of the Older Persons Desk in Upington. The launch, hosted by the NCOPF, the Provincial Department of Social Development and the Premier’s Office of the Directorate Special Programmes, is aimed at ensuring that the voices of the elderly are heard and that issues impacting on their lives are addressed in terms of the Constitution of South Africa as well as the provisions of the Older Persons Act (Act No. 13, 2006). The desk will also ensure adherence to the UN Declaration 46/91 on the Rights of Older Persons, which was ratified in 1999.

The Northern Cape Forum was formed just like in all nine provinces in 2012 after Pres. Jacob Zuma’s announcement of the Older Persons Desk at the Presidency and in all nine premier’s offices. According to Jacobs, their achievements include their active participation with SASSA in meetings with members of the Customer Care. They also established pensioner pay points and conducted visits to service centres at local and district level to create awareness of their programmes. He made a request to the Premier’s Office to advocate for stronger law enforcement by the SAPS in an effort to prevent elderly abuse at homes and centres. On behalf of NCOPF, the chairperson asked the Premier’s Office to engage in appointing a Volunteer Focal Person (VFP) in all departments and at municipal level to address and highlight the issues of elderly people. The launch was attended by delegates from different organisations and government departments from all the five regions of the Northern Cape.

“PRES. ZUMA, please don’t sign the bill; the people shall govern and shall all have access to human rights; hands off our water; communities were not consulted.” This is how the placards read that were carried by members of the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) in the Northern Cape. Disgruntled members joined forces and picketed peacefully outside the provincial office of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) last week Wednesday. The protest was aimed at putting pressure on Zuma not to sign the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development (MPRDA) Bill into law. That after the bill had been approved by the National Assembly on 13 March. The picket, that lasted until lunch time, was staged in seven provinces and excluded the Western Cape and Limpopo. The members also tried to gain community support by disseminating information in the CBD. Macua’s concern is that the signing of the bill will allow mining companies to pollute water. “We are a community-based organisation. The bill will make communities suffer, as it will give the mines the right to operate without a water licence,” said Tebogo Moitsi, a committee member of Macua. According to Macua, the controversial bill was passed in a period of three days at the National Council of Provinces. They asked the president to send the bill back to parliament for community participation. The organisation accused government of passing bills without community recommendations. “The people’s participation in law making and decisions that have an impact on our lives is a central part of democracy and, yet, despite our Constitution, companies are treated as more important than people,” they said in their media release. Macau stated it was unacceptable that when the MPRDA and the Restitution of Land Rights (RLR) had first been introduced to parliament, they asked parliament to listen to them when they requested for communities to be included, but that that did not happen. “Instead, they treated communities who went to parliament very badly, questioning their mandates and ridiculing their language use,” said Moitsi. He revealed that Macua was planning to stage a protest action in Kuruman on 23 April to address other issues, including social labour. He pointed out that they wanted to set the ball rolling and ensure their grievances were addressed. Moitsi said even Premier Sylvia Lucas, who had promised to intervene during their 27 November march, where they barricaded the Hotazel Road, had not helped them. “During that march we were demanding that mine managers meet with us because our district municipality refused to intervene and said we must approach the mines on our own without their presence.” According to Mike Cohen’s article on Bloomberg.com, by signing the bill into law, the ruling ANC would be pushing for the state to play a

MEMBERS of Macua emphasised that the community’s human rights were being trampled on during their peaceful protest in front of the provincial office of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). Photos: Boipelo Mere

MORE placards displaying the plea for Pres. Jacob Zuma not to sign the bill into law before the communities participated.

THE members word T­shirts with messages that opposed the MPRDA Bill. bigger role in the economy to try ensure the nation benefits more from its mineral endowment come the elections on 7 May. With South Africa being the continent’s largest coal and gold producer and the world’s biggest platinum supplier, the law will secure the state a free 20% stake in all new energy ventures and enable

it to buy an unspecified additional share at an agreed price. He wrote that it would also enable the minister of the Department of Mineral Resources to declare minerals as strategic which will require that supplies be made available to local producers at mine gate pricing or another agreed price.


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Palm Sunday VARIOUS churches observed Palm Sunday by marching through the streets of Galesh­ ewe to commemorate the day. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey and people spreading palms on the road for the donkey to walk on. Photo: Boipelo Mere

Rangers pounce on poachers SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS (SANPARKS) authorities say gains are being made in the war against rhino poaching, with eight suspected poachers arrested in the past week. “The past week proved to be one of the busiest weeks for anti-poaching units in the Kruger National Park, with as many as three heavily armed groups of suspected poachers detected by rangers in the iconic park,” said SANParks media specialist Ike Phaahla on Monday. According to SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli, the week saw rangers chasing and successfully apprehending a number of armed suspected poachers, with a total of six arrests over the weekend. He said that most of the incidents of the past week were in the southern part of the park in areas such as Crocodile Bridge, Kingfisherspruit, Tshokwane and Stolsnek. Two SANParks employees were arrested on 7 April on suspicion of poaching, bringing the number of arrests related to suspected poaching to eight. The two SANParks employees appeared in the White River Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 9 April, and the case was remanded to 16 April for a formal bail application. Thakhuli said that on 10 April rangers from Crocodile Bridge apprehended two suspected poachers leaving the park. He said the two suspects, believed to be Zimbabwean nationals, were arrested on the spot. He said a G3 military type rifle, silencer and ammunition were confiscated on the scene. On 11 April, rangers from the Kingfisherspruit area came across two suspected rhino poachers but managed to arrest only one of them. A .458 rifle,

silencer, ammunition and poaching equipment were recovered. He said Tshokwane rangers pounced on two suspected rhino poachers on Saturday and confiscated a .375 hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment. He said one of the suspects had managed to escape into Mozambique, while the other suspect had been arrested. Sunday, 13 April, was also a very busy day for Stolsnek rangers. They nabbed a group of five suspected rhino poachers. Two of the suspects were arrested with the help of the SANParks airwing and canine units. The remaining three suspects escaped. Thakhuli said the proactive actions of everyone involved had finally paid off and that the possibility of more arrests could not be ruled out, as follow-up investigations were underway. “This is a clear indication that resilience and patience pays off and we are grateful that no lives were lost during an encounter with these heavily armed suspected poachers,” he said. He said the SANParks anti-poaching units were ready for the long weekends, with many deployment routes being plotted out, particularly in hotspots. “We are not resting this coming weekend, as we believe there are quite a few poaching incidents being planned by poachers,” said Thakhuli. “We will be ready and waiting for them and we would like to request the support and cooperation of all members of the community in identifying and reporting suspicious behaviour that could lead to the apprehension and conviction of these criminals.” – SAnews.gov.za

Win a weekend for four in Golden Gate THE view from the luxurious chalets at the Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park with the veld teeming with wild animals, including blesbok, eland and zebras. Express and SANParks are running a competition in which one lucky reader who enters before the end of April stands a chance to win a weekend stay for a family of four at the Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. All you need to do to win is to visit the Express mobi­site (www.expresspaper.mobi), log in and enter by answering an easy question. If you have not yet registered, now is your chance. To register, go to the mobi­site by opening your phone’s internet browser, type in www.expresspaper.mobi and enter. Follow the instructions to register. Directions on how to enter the competition will be on the site. The winners will be announced in the Express edition of 7 May. Photos: Christo van Staden


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Suspected robbers caught after chase

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THREE suspects are facing charges of armed robbery and possession of suspected stolen property after they were arrested during a heavy police chase in Kuruman. The suspects, aged between 33 and 41, were arrested after several items, allegedly stolen during an armed robbery in Cardington in the Bothithong area, were also recovered from them. A firearm was recovered not far from the scene where the suspects had been arrested. The chase happened after the police had been called in to the armed robbery. It is alleged that three male suspects entered a business premises with a firearm to commit robbery and robbed the owner of the business of several items, including an undisclosed amount of cash, a laptop,

hairclips, cigarettes and airtime, as well as a vehicle which the suspects allegedly used as a get-away car. Several units in the police were immediately activated, which included the highway patrol in Kuruman, public order police from Kimberley, Kimberley air-wing and detectives in Bothithong. The community assisted the police by keeping an eye on the suspects and informed the police in which direction they had fled. The police chase forced the suspects to abandon the vehicle and run to the bush where they were arrested. Whilst the police were busy at the scene, two community members tried to help themselves with some items suspected to have been stolen during the armed robbery. The police managed to apprehend the two aged between 25 and 33.

Kasrils’s call a pipe dream MODISE LETSELEBE, Parks Leburu district chairperson of the Young Communist League: INDIVIDUAL political consideration and personal interest can’t be allowed to override the collective and democracy. If we allow a hypothetical alliance of counter-revolutionaries to suggest that we must create spoiled votes, then we are equally allowing the country and its democratic principles to disintegrate. The current stand-off and position of Ronnie Kasrils that people of South Africa should spoil their votes is a foregone conclusion, a pipe dream of reactionary elements who think that they are megalomaniac (super-natural being to be hero worshipped) in relation to other human beings. When he was on the parliamentary list to become the minister of Intelligence, Mr Kasrils did not suggest that people must spoil their votes. Why now? Ideology is a science of ideas, our former central committee member of the South Africa communist party, Mr Ronnie Kasrils, we appeal to you to cease rendering yourself unto counter-revolutionaries. The battle of ideas is not neutral and will never be neutral. As a communist, or former communist, you ought to know that communist cadres require self-criticism and self-cultivation, regardless of one’s shortcomings and struggle credentials. Propensities of yearning for the limelight which undermines our revolution and democratic gain as a liberation movement are primeval (not welcome), these are

foreign reactionary practices, we have structures and platforms. An intelligent veteran, who was a deployee of the African National Congress as minister of Intelligence Services in South Africa, deflect from the collective of the liberation movement, to being a hand-maiden of counter-revolutionary forces, appearing vulnerable to procure himself to a neo-liberal agenda through manipulation and reactionary views for sectoral, narrow, personal interest. The Parks Leburu district of the Young Communist League condemns in the strongest terms possible the disruption of the election process and acts of violence or intimidation during campaigning and voting on 7 May, among others, stalwarts and/or rank and file of the ANC who are calling for the spoiling of ballot papers and voting in opposition of the ANC by members of the ANC and the general voters. These should be stamped out and those responsible for any form undermining our democratic gains should be dealt with severely, if they deliberately find themselves on the wrong side of the law. We call on all South Africans to exercise their prerogative to vote on 7 May in a peaceful and safe environment without any incitement of violence and propaganda.

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Police donate fish to the poor } Boipelo Mere THE impoverished community in Hanover were “over the moon” yesterday when police and their local Emtanjeni Municipality gave them food parcels and fresh fish for Easter. The project, Masi Khothane Amanxeba’, meaning let’s support each other, was initiated by a Hanover member of the police in 2012. The project was first held in Philipstown, then Richmond and now in Hanover. Stakeholders in this project included the Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Social Development, Nature Conservation, Sassa, Department of Health and the police. Police members were allowed to fish in the Vanderkloof Dam and distributed their catch to the local community. Each family received two fishes to prepare for Easter. Police members from ten stations in the De Aar cluster prepared sumptuous fish meals and fed the community, and the participating members received an incentive and a certificate for the best three dishes prepared. The winning stations were De Aar (first), Hanover (second) and Colesberg (third).

Brig. Nomahlubi Sofika, the cluster commander of De Aar, stated that during this time, everyone is eating fish and there are those who cannot celebrate Easter as they have no food. Therefore, all the stakeholders worked together in bringing smiles to the many faces of the Hanover community. The aim was also the strengthening of the relationship between the police, the community and other partners. The huge success of the project regarding these aims was clearly evident to all. “We can all work together in alleviating poverty within the communities, as well as decreasing crimes,” Sofika said. The provincial head of visible policing, Brig. Tlhokomelang Kennethia Diakanyo, added in her address: “It is crucial that we continue with this type of engagements as a way of increasing public confidence and enhancing our relationships with the communities. “Through enhanced relationships we will be able to prevent more crimes as opposed to always reacting to issues of crime. “The police can do little alone, but together we can do more in squeezing crime to zero in the Northern Cape,” she said.

“Through enhanced relationships we will be able to prevent more crimes as opposed to always reacting to issues of crime. The police can do little alone . . . ”

Candidate lists finalised The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) finalised the candidate lists following the conclusion of the objection and appeal process in which only a single objection was upheld by the IEC. “The IEC is not aware of any appeals which have been lodged with the Electoral Court. “The way is therefore now clear for the finalisation of the candidate lists and issue of certificates to all candidates, in terms of Section 31 of the Electoral Act,” a spokesperson of the commission said on Tuesday. Certificates will be issued to candidates by tomorrow. The IEC originally received 45 objections in respect of lists submitted by the following parties: ) African Christian Democratic Party. ) African National Congress. ) Agang SA. ) Congress of the People.

) Democratic Alliance. ) Economic Freedom Fighters. ) United Democratic Party. ) National Freedom Party. ) Ximoko Party. Of these objections, the IEC upheld only one against a candidate who was convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment without the option of a fine. This disqualification ends five years after the sentence has been completed, which will be after the 2014 national and provincial elections. “The candidate has thus been disqualified,” the IEC confirmed. There were also matters raised as objections, which the commission ruled were administrative and referred them for administrative resolution. South Africans will head to the polls on 7 May for the country’s fifth democratic election. – SAnews.gov.za


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Search on for students excelling in sports

SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL CLINICS were held at the A.R. Abass Stadium.

Photo: Boipelo Mere

Project to revive volleyball in schools } Boipelo Mere IN an effort to revive volleyball in schools, the Northern Cape Volleyball Federation launched a volleyball festival at the A.R. Abass Stadium. A total of 20 schools (ten high and ten primary schools) were identified to take part in the festival where coaches from the federation trained them. Four special schools also attended, namely Retlameleng, Elizabeth Conradie, NJ Heyns and Boitumelo. Quick sets were set up on the field where

the learners practised. According to Rodrique January, secretary of Northern Cape Schools Volleyball, all the participating schools would be given quick sets to practise for the volleyball league. He could not provide dates for the league, but said the league winners would qualify for the regionals which would lead to eventually five regions competing in the provincials. “Northern Cape Volleyball will send out trained coaches to train teachers at their respective schools,” he added. He explained that even handicapped

Rural golfers can also play THIS year golfers in rural areas will also have the opportunity to take part in the Old Mutual International Pairs South African (Omipsa) Tournament. Birdies, eagles or albatrosses are invited to participate in the upcoming tournament that will be held on 28 May at the Kathu Golf Course. The competition, which is one of the biggest competitions for amateur golfers in the world, is also part of the International Pairs Golf Tournament. The winning pair of the Omipsa Agri Invitation Series will play against the winners and runners-up of regional eliminating events in the Omipsa 2014 Club Series to participate in the South African final in order to determine who will represent the country in the international finals in Scotland. Koos Nel, head of Old Mutual’s Agrimark, said they were extremely proud to be involved in the South African leg of this very special competition this year. He added that it was previously limited to the larger centres, which made it difficult or impractical for farmers and

golfers in rural areas to participate. “So this year we’re bringing it closer to them. “Not only can golfers look forward to an enjoyable day of terrific golf, but they also have the opportunity to make it to the next round and the grand prize waiting at the end,” continued Nel. “At Old Mutual we’ve been involved with the farming community since we opened our doors 168 years ago, and we offer a comprehensive range of solutions for the farmer and agri businesses. “We value partnerships with our farmers and look forward to spending the day with them.” Players will be responsible for their own course fees and the costs of caddie cars and caddies. The halfway house, dinner and prizes are sponsored by Old Mutual. The costs of the winning pairs who make it to the next round will also be carried by Old Mutual. Participants can contact Galatia Bostander on 053-8071003 or their local Old Mutual office for more information about the competition and an entry form.

children could easily compete in this sport. “This is not a physical sport. Teams from special schools will compete in the normal stream, especially the deaf and intellectually impaired. “They will only have their own category at provincial and national level.” He said the special school teams did not have other schools to compete against at present. ) According to Wikipedia, volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team’s court.

ARE you good at sport – or is someone in your school or place of education good at sport? Are you motivating or training others to be good at sport? Are you a young coach who is coaching future stars? Are you getting people active at your school, community or gym? Express Northern Cape wants to hear from you. SuperSport’s Let’s Play identified the need amongst the youth to get more sport active. With this in mind SuperSport and Let’s Play, in association with Express Northern Cape, have launched a special initiative. Express Northern Cape want to find and give recognition to learners at either primary or high school level who excel in sport or who are helping others to be more active. The SuperSport’s Let’s Play Star of the Month is a competition for anyone aged six to 18. You can nominate yourself or be nominated by a friend or any teacher, lecturer or coach at your school or place of education. You can even be nominated by a family member or friend who knows how good you are. The winner is chosen from all the nominations received for that month. The monthly winner will receive a Let’s Play hamper filled with goodies. From all the entries received each month, one player will be chosen as the SuperSport Let’s Play Star of the Month. At the end of the year one player from all the monthly winners will be chosen as the SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the Year. Send your nomination today. Nominations received before the 20th of every month will be included in that month’s selection. Nominations received after the 20th of every month will be carried over to the next month’s selection. Your nomination must include your name, age and a short paragraph (less than 200 words) on what you have achieved, as well as your contact details. You can email your nomination to supersport@zpr.co.za or send a fax to 086-552-4922. For more information, contact Lynne or Juanré at Z PR on 051-522-9574.

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