23 - 29 January 2014
Escaped suspects rearrested
Phalaborwa FM unveils state-of-theart studio
Spectacular CHAN rolling with low numbers
Desperate plea for help
Mpumalanga father wants ailment healed so he can live and provide for his family like any other man. Full story PAGE 3
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AMAKGALE - Five year old Jennifer Malesa from Benfarn Village outside Namakgale was on Saturday night allegedly hit by a gate and got injured on her head leading to her bleeding out of the nostrils, mouth and her right ear. She was rushed to Maphutha Malatji Hospital where she passed on at 22:50pm. Namakgale Police Station spokesperson Constable Dineo Sekgodoti said an inquest case has been opened.
IYABUSWA - A 70-year-old man pastor was arrested last week for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl. Police allege that the ailing girl was taken to the pastor by his brother for prayers. The pastor advised him to come fetch her later on the day. It’s alleged the suspect instructed the girl to undress so she could get into a “sauna” (isifutho). He then fondled the girl and warned her not to mention what happened to anyone. The pastor reportedly raped her. The incident was reported to the police and the suspect nabbed. He will appear in court at an undisclosed date.
AKHUSHANE – Goods to the value of R113490.17 were stolen in a daring midmorning hijacking and robber at Nyakelang section of Makhushane. Piet Matloga (50) says he and his crew were delivering cigarettes when they were confronted by two unknown males who forced them into their delivery vehicle and drove off to a remote place where 21 cigarette boxes were confiscated. They were even threatened with death. Matloga claims that they were blinded with cellotape. Their hijacked vehicle is a Mercedes Benz Sprinter with a Mpumalanga registration, FZR 234 MP. Police have still not made arrests.
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“Focus on own campaign” ANC tells COPE
USHBUCKRIDGE – Congress Of the People (COPE) in Mpumalanga accuses the African National Congress (ANC) of using government resources to attract voters. COPE spokesperson, Riot Hlatshwayo said, “This came to light when COPE leaders, amongst them the national deputy president of COPE Women’s Movement comrade Nomsa Kubayi saw a government vehicle belonging to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) at the
Bohlabela ANC’s constituency office in Bushbuckridge.” The party claims that the ANC was at the same time working with SASSA officials to register names of people who had queued to receive food parcels at its office. COPE’S claims could not be independently verified. “Everyone knows that we are headed for national elections in a few months’ time; COPE calls on people to be vigilant and not allow parties to buy their votes with food parcels as this is tantamount to bribery,” Hlatswayo warned. Hlatswayo says that his party will be taking up this matter with Public
Protector. “We want her to conduct an investigation into the relationship between the ANC and SASSA,” he said. Approached for comment ANC Regional Secretary Mandla Ndlovu dismissed all the allegations. “COPE must come with proof of all those allegations because SASSA is an organization mandated to provide help to the citizens. ANC doesn’t hijack platforms because of the coming (sic) elections. COPE must stop crying; they are supposed to focus on their own campaign and not look at ANC.” Ndlovu concluded.
23 January 1998 Former State President P.W. Botha appeared in court in George for refusing to testify at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 24 January 1979 Minister of Information, Dr. Connie Mulder resigns his seat in Parliament on this day as a result of his involvement in the Information Scandal. 25 January 1995 King Moshoeshoe II was formally reinstated on this day as King of Lesotho after a turbulent reign over Lesotho that saw him being dethroned twice. 26 January 2005 The Cape High Court suspends pebble bed modular reactor at Koeberg, setting aside the Western Cape Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs’ decision to permit the construction of this reactor at Koeberg.
Suspect re-arrested STAFF REPORTER
HLALA – Following North Eastern Witness’ front page coverage of the daring escape of awaiting trial suspects last week, the Mhala Police have confirmed that two of the escaped suspects have been arrested. A tip-off from a community member led to the re-arresting of Rodney Nyakane (26) and Ishmael Radingoana (28) at Shatale in Bushbuckridge. Nyakane was awaiting trial for murder while Radingoana has a rape charge to answer to. A further charge of escaping from custody will be added to the original charge sheet. They are being held at Mhala Police station pending their next court appearance.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
27 January 1996 Bafana Bafana won their Africa Cup of Nations Quarterfinal match against Algeria 2 – 1 at FNB Stadium, with defender Mark Fish scoring his first goal in international soccer, and John Moshoeu scoring Bafana Bafana’s second goal of the match. 28 January 1992 Eugene TerreBlance of the Afrikaner Weerstand Beweging and nine of his followers are arrested and charged with public violence.
HE RAN BUT COULD NOT HIDE: Rodney Nyakane Photo: Brian Kajengo
29 January 1986 Yoweri Kaguta Museveni becomes president of Uganda.
Limpopo ANC on course to conference
OLOKWANE – Several branches of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Waterberg region took to the streets on Monday in a march to the party’s Frans Mohlala House to register their unhappiness about the region’s recent elective conference. According to ANC Provincial Spokesperson, Mr Sello Lediga, the branches had already wrote a letter of grievance to the Luthuli House and were awaiting response before the march on Monday. “There Is nothing we can do because the matter is with the Secretary General,” he said. Waterberg region was the last of the province’s five regions to hold a conference last month and was almost also interdicted by a number of branches like Mopani and Capricorn regions but the attempt failed. The conference was held the weekend after Christmas Day at Mokopane. Lediga also confirmed that the party has finally set the date for the provincial conference to be held at University of Limpopo’s Mankweng Campus from 31 January till 2 February 2014. He said branches of the party had already been given the green light to convene general meetings in order to nominate their preferred delegates to lead the province after the conference.
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“IN CONTEXT” “This disease is curable, but it doesn’t need private doctors to do the operation because a lot of care is needed. I would advise Anthony to go to Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng;” Dr Peer Mohammed, who practises at Bushbuckridge talking to North Eastern Witness about the nature of keloids.
CHANT OF THE MARCHING: Members of the African National Congress chanting outside the party’s provincial offices in Polokwane on Monday. Photo: Lesetja Malope
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“This application will allow listeners to stream audio live and have access to our content 24 hours from anywhere in the world.” Sello Lepedi, Station Manager of Phalaborwa FM, on his excitement regarding the new studio equipment for the radio station. “While it is expected in an environment such as the Kruger National Park that human and animal conflict will always occur, it is also vitally important that members of the public visiting various national parks should always adhere to the rules,” Sibiya said. Abe Sibiya, Managing Executive of Kruger National Park speaking on the killing of an elephant that charged on tourists.
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Mbiza begs for help
CORNHOEK – Regardless of the pain and suffering that Anthony Mzimba (36) goes through every day, he refuses to allow his disease ruin his life and that of his family. Mzimba suffers from keloids and is in desperate need of medical intervention. This married father of two started developing keloids in 1998. This was compounding to him having lost his right arm at the age of two when as a toddler he fell foul to burns.
“I am in big trouble with these blisters that are growing and painful. I have to scratch them when it is cold or hot. I want them removed because I can’t get a peaceful sleep” His painful keloids started developing on his right ear and on the chest; today they are growing daily and threatens to infect his whole body. “I am in big trouble with these blisters that are growing and painful. I have to scratch them when it is cold or hot. I want them removed because I can’t get a peaceful sleep, especially when it’s very hot or cold. It itches and is painful
all the time. Sometimes stinking fluid gushes out. I just need help” Mzimba pleaded. He is currently self-employed, selling loose cigarettes as a streets vendor in the small town of Acornhoek. “I don’t have a choice because there is nothing that I can do because I use only one hand. I wanted to open my own business but I don’t have startup capital. The money I make is from (sic) hand to mouth,” the disabled Mzimba said. Mzimba often does not go to work; that’s when the weather changes and he feels extreme pain. Dr Peer Mohammed who practises at Bushbuckridge told North Eastern Witness that keloids are a disease that requires a doctor with expertise and who understands the disease intimately. “This disease is curable, but it doesn’t need private doctors to do the operation because a lot of care is needed. I would advise Anthony to go to Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng; they have a project there that conducts operations on such diseases,” Dr. Mohammed advised. For now Mzimba lives every day as it comes. Baragwanath Hospital is a lifetime distance away for him. He believes that without the keloids he can be able to fend better for his family since his condition will not be subjected to weather conditions.
Ping-Pong at PAC LESETJA MALOPE POLOKWANE - At least five councillors belonging to the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) managed to hold on to their municipal council seats after securing an interim court order at the North Gauteng High Court on Friday.
“I am the secretary general of the party, no one outside my office should be dealing with the IEC” The group, from Musina, Ephraim Mogale and Makhuduthamaga, and Tubatse municipalities includes Aubrey Ngwatle, the party’s Provincial Chairperson. They were served with notices that they would be replaced in their various councils. According to Ngwatle, there was an attempt to oust the group by some members of the party’s national leadership, including Secretary
General Narius Moloto; he says the attempt has since failed. “He (Moloto) was the Party Liaison Officer at the Independent Electoral Officer but we managed to get a court order served to the IEC to replace him,” he disclosed. Two more councillors from Maruleng who were also ousted were told their application to overturn the decision was late. Moloto, however, said there was a serious discrepancy with the judgment and would be challenging it as he saw it as a move to destabilise the party. “They wanted to interdict our process of replacing councillors after we replaced them but they failed. I am the secretary general of the party, no one outside my office should be dealing with the IEC,” he said adding that he was never served with a court order. Ngwatle was one of two chairpersons elected by members at two parallel provincial conferences of the party last year. The other faction apparently enjoys the support of Moloto and several other national leaders.
A sigh of relief for housing in Limpopo LESETJA MALOPE
OLOKWANE –Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs in the province finally received its a R1.3 billion grant which was withheld by the National Human Settlement as a result of the on-going forensic investigation in the department. The money, withheld since last year, was released on condition that the department implements a number of recommendations relating to a housing tenders probe. Department spokesperson Motupa Selomo says that non-adherence to the specified bid evaluation and adjudication criteria
was the reason. Recommendations were prescribed. “Amongst some of the recommendations implemented are the termination of the tender for the construction of low cost houses (RDP) for the 2013/14 financial year and its contracts due to non-compliance with prescripts that govern procurement in the public service; disciplinary action taken against officials involved in the awarding of the said tender; review of the Human Settlement procurement process to avoid recurrence or repeat of this situation,” Motupa said. “We would further like to urge our contractors to do everything in their power and strength to complete all outstanding projects before the end of the financial year,” he added.
IN PAIN: Anthony Mzimba needs help Photo: Brian Kajengo
What is a keloid?
keloid is the formation that a type of scar which, depending on its maturity, is composed mainly of either type III (early) or type I (late) collagen. It is a result of an overgrowth of granulation tissue (collagen type 3) at the site of a healed skin injury, which is then slowly replaced by collagen type 1. Keloids are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules, and can vary from pink to flesh-coloured or red to dark brown in colour. A keloid scar is benign and not contagious, but sometimes accompanied by severe itchiness, pain, and changes in texture. In severe cases, it can affect movement of skin. Keloids expand in claw-like growths over normal skin. They have the capability to hurt with a needle-like pain or to itch without warning, although the degree of sensation varies from person to person. If the keloid becomes infected, it may ulcerate. Removing the scar is one treatment option; however, it may result in more severe consequences: the probability that the resulting surgery scar will also become a keloid is high, usually greater than 50%. Laser treatment has also been used with varying degrees of success. Source: Medicine Net
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Phalaborwa FM goes digital MATOME SEBELEMETSA PHALABORWA – After nine years of being a training ground for scores of national and provincial media practitioners, Community Radio Phalaborwa FM secured the patronage of the Department of Communications, which recently donated state-of-the art studio equipment. On Monday station Manager Sello Lepedi said the studio came in as a result of DOC’s Community Radio Support Strategy, “They came at a time wherein we were recently hit by lightning and it affected our daily operations for almost two weeks hence we only went back on air last week Friday. By that time, the lightning hit our transmitter, telephones, broadcast mixing console in the main studio.” The DOC donated the digital on-air studio, studio construction,
sound processing equipments, public address system with outside broadcast capability. “Over the next couple of months, we will be interacting with the community to request submissions from the greater Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality community members to make proposals or propositions for programmes they would want to hear at their favourite station,” he added.
“This application will allow listeners to stream audio live and have access to our content 24 hours from anywhere in the world” Lepedi further extended a word of appreciation to the community
for their underlying support for the inconvenience that was caused for the two weeks whilst off air. “We also urge various stakeholders in the community, business sector, government, municipality, local mines, community based organizations, NGO’s to continue supporting this cause for development. Phalabora FM has been a voice for his community for 9 years, and all those years we could not have done without the support of the stakeholders and urge them to continue supporting the station,” according to Lepedi. He concluded by saying as they celebrate the tenth year, this is the year wherein they will launch the mobile application. “ This application will allow listeners to stream audio live and have access to our content 24 hours from anywhere in the world.” noted Lepedi.
ECSTATIC: Phalaborwa FM Station Manager Sello Lepedi seated next to the new studio donated by department of communications Photo: Matome Sebelemetsa
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epending on who you choose to believe; South Africa is sitting on approximately 25 to 40% unemployment. Simply put; between two and four people out of ten do not have a job. they can’t pay taxes or contribute to government spending. unemployment means a person who is semi-skilled or skilled but can’t find a suitable job. School-dropouts are not unemployed but unemployable; they need to learn a skill. So, if we have roughly twenty five to forty people per hundred who have expertise but no space to practise, we need a National Skills Audit to identify excess or lacking skills. Another worrying factor is our public service being the largest employer. This is discounting the casual labourers who work in private sector without job security. They are vulnerable to market conditions. Healthy living feature on the spot Last time we checked the state had a payroll of over a million people. The Dear Editor rest of the earning public are in private employ; some in the informal economy I am a recent reader of your newspaper, having read the about four copies – I while some are self-employed. The am told that your newspaper is fairly new. I am so happy with the useful articles employed bulk are unionised but can’t your newspaper publishes, particularly about your lifestyle feature on natural We have lost our way reap the benefits of unionisation. foods, healthy diet, and healthy living. These articles in this section (that I have Amongst the self-employed there are read so far) are not philosophical, but very much practical about what we can do Dear Editor those who are in the supply business about our daily eating habits with the cut-outs of the different recipes. and who depend on timeous payment I appeal that you expand on your wide variety on different aspects of natural Many years ago before globalisation took hold, giving birth had a sentimental of invoices to stay active and pay recipes with the advice your writer provides each week. salaries. This is the sector that suffers and moral value. It didn’t matter which religion it was; Christianity, Islam, Thank you for this weekly dose. most when a corrupt official in supply Buddhism, or traditional African beliefs. However, quite recently giving birth Marina Odendaal chain decides s/he wants to be bribed to has degenerated into a hobby, a fashion trend without considering the innocent Polokwane process an invoice. The domino effect soul that comes as a result of such recklessness. The sad reality is that, birth-giving has become a competition amongst folks is dire; no invoice paid, no salaries earned, no school fees, electricity, irrespective of the dire consequences. Instead of focusing more on schoolwork to water, staff taxi bill paid. The impact later become a breadwinner and usher one’s family to an economically brighter of one person’s greed has a profound future, the same teenage girl will rather sleep with as many men as possible until she gets pregnant and proves her potency like the rest of the girls in the effect on poverty. That’s another cause of neighbourhood. The future of the baby and the possibility of contracting STDs is nothing unemployment; there is massive disorientation and poverty because compared to the fallacy embraced by such narrow-minds. This is hardly an some people with the authority to tip exclusively juvenile phenomena but some adults equally find themselves doing the same thing. A child growing up with a sense of belonging and who can boast the scales don’t care. When unpaid workers don’t pay for about his father is a childhood development boost that the experimental mothers water and electricity our municipal don’t care about. What matters most is the number of children she has and not who the paternal utilities suffer and the net effecdt is the inability to provide such services and biological father is. The problem is the knowledge that the Social Grant and resulting in community protest that custody bills will always be there to subsidise their livelihoods, irrespective of ends with municipal infrastructure whether the fathers are around or not. Sadly, may such innocent souls get end up raised by their pensioned grandmothers worth millions destroyed. Is this as Ntsundeni Ndou made headlines with his matric achievement by being on top a result of one person’s unhindered in the rural areas whilst the biological mothers exploits the Child Support Grants of his matric class of 2013 in Limpopo. This is what the readers had to say on appetite for expensive things? Do we in drinking and shopping sprees. North Eastern Witness Facebook page: Facebook.com/newitness. And when people with moral and ethical standing decide to parent only a single know this person? Both Mpumalanga and Limpopo child they get called degrading names. And when you boldly stand out and make Elviera Schreuder “Well done Ntsundeni! PS. This is an excellent photo.” governments must pull up their socks it clear that the mother of your children will be the one intended to be with as Like · 16 January at 13:43 to implement an industrial strategy long as you live, you get called a dreamer. that should result in reversing the Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho “this boy is a Star” Ernest Nyemu-Nyemu Hogah skills exodus experienced by both. The Like 2 · 16 January at 13:06 King William’s Town farms that dot these provinces must not be allowed to simply feed the large Adorn Keketso “he deserve the rewards!” Conclusive post-mortem of what killed our society Ernest. However some economic artery that is Gauteng. Like 2 · 16 January at 13:17 All these trucks carrying oranges, people argue that one person’s morality is another man’s undoing. 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Exotic Artist Defies Opinion
t is at around 6am in the mountainous village. A middle-height, darkskinned man climbs onto the wall and blows his ‘khwatha’, a traditional horn. The soft, melodious sound of his khwatha fills the vicinity of his home. “The first thing I do when I open my eyes in the morning is to pick up my khwatha, stand in the open and blow it,” he explains. “This is how I thank my ancestors for a gift of life.” But curious, unreceptive people in his small village of Shanzha in Nzhelele, Limpopo, who hear the sound of Mudzunga’s khwatha say he is involved in wizardry. “They allege many bad things about me, and I don’t know why they are so afraid,” he smiles. The 76-year-old Ratshilumela Samson Mudzunga, who is one of the country’s foremost sculptors, gained international acclaim very late in his life when his sculptures received massive attention in the early 1990’s. “I previously worked as a gardener, messenger and driver between 1956 and 1989,” he recalls. “I was finally sacked from my work because the
employers couldn’t keep in stride with the fact that I had started following my calling as an artist. Being sacked from work was a blessing in disguise; after losing my job I solely focused on my art.” In 1996, Mudzunga’s work had evolved as he too gained maturity as a sculptor who mainly specialised with large-scale VhaVenda traditional drums, known as ngoma. He elucidates the meaning of the traditional drum: “Ngoma means many things to VhaVenda. It symbolises peace, humanity, harmony, and a sense of belonging.” However, his drums are totally unique and different from others from his culture in that he adds minwenda fabric to his drums, and make his drums in the shapes of hollowed large fish and aeroplanes. “I also perform the ‘funeral ritual’ and ‘rebirth or resurrection’ using ngoma,” he tells. Mudzunga caused a stir and made enemies with the police, headmen and local chiefs when he staged his first funeral performance in 1996. “They still cannot understand what I do, and the fact that I get my powers from Lake Fundudzi,” he says. The funeral is preceded by
“Some of these people came from Europe, and they all showed respect and interest in my work” tshigombela and tshokona dances. During his funeral performance Mudzunga gets buried in one of the large drums which he has carved and emerges after some time wearing a western suit. He will drink bottled water which he draws from Lake Fundudzi, and then raises his right hand up, and shout: “Power!” Mudzunga appears as that kind of an eccentric artist whom the rulers of the world will always fail to understand due to the intricacies of his art and beliefs which this very oeuvre arouses or suggests. “I am the legitimate protector of Lake Fundudzi – and let it be known once and for all, that there are no zwidudwane (zombies) in Lake Fundudzi,” he utters. The artist agrees that he has earned ‘something’ from his art, but not a fortune enough to keep hunger away from his doorstep. His home used to be a hubbub of artists, art fanatics and curious people who visited him and
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ECCENTRIC – Sculptor Samson Mudzunga is loved for his exoticism Photo: Given Mukwevho
bought some of his creations. “Some of these people came from Europe, and they all showed respect and interest in my work,” he says. “These people no longer come because there are locals who spread a rumour that I am a witch.” Mudzunga the artist spends his days at his home carving and drinking water from a nearby spring. Surprisingly, he is not clear on how his work is being traded internationally because
curators hardly provide him with the necessary information. “I hop to fix this confusion soon,” he says. Writing in Art South Africa, journalist Anitra Nettleton said, “Mudzunga’s art has not been confined to the making of the objects, which are central to his ‘performances’, but is also evident in his manipulation of ‘traditions’ and political conflicts”.
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KNP explains its decision to ‘kill’ an elephant BRIAN KAJENGO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – Elephants have been running amok recently in the KNP, resulting in an outcry after a decision was taken to put down one following an incident involving a British couple. The couple was on a safari last month when their car was flipped over by an irritated elephant. Speaking from the Kruger National Park, the Managing Executive of the park, Abe Sibiya said the incident is a consequence of parks allowing people to enjoy the natural environment; unfortunately some do so in an irresponsible manner. “While it is expected in an environment such as the Kruger National Park that human and animal conflict will always occur, it is also vitally important that members of the public visiting various national
parks should always adhere to the rules,” Sibiya said. He added that while they understand the public outcry and anger emanating from the management’s unpopular decision, it is critical for the public to have confidence on the park management. “The park is managed by adequately qualified officials who are able to make informed and appropriate decisions at any given time,” Sibiya cautioned.
“It is for this reason that we appeal to our patrons to act in a responsible manner” The park says the animal was put down based on information from their
The Closest Shave
OLOKWANE - There’s a new barber in town and she seems to be shaving more heads than she is turning. In fact she is not new at all and has been shaving men’s heads and beards on the street of Polokwane for more than half a decade. At first, the sight of the 29-year-old Kgubi Ralepelle cutting hair on the street pavement in the city’s Indian Centre taxi rank is one that brings a sort of uncomfortable fascination but the ease and comfort in which she services her clients with a smile is one that obliges one to probe further. Ralepelle, who boasts a large number of loyal clients at her pavement-based business, took over the business from her mother and sister who started shaving men’s hair as far back as 1991. “My mother was one of the first women in Polokwane to cut hair on the streets and she was also never formally trained like me, I just got curious and learnt it,” she says with a smile. She says she inherited the spot at the corner of Excelsior and Church streets. “Some men used to refuse me to cut their hair but later on when they see my work they keep coming back,” she said, adding that she also used to have a number of undecided clients who were also impressed by her skills.
“With money from the business she has been able to enrol for a diploma at a local FET.” She works 11 hours a day but sometimes also has to go to her mother’s salon to service regular female clients where her skills are in demand. The
APPEALING FOR PARK’S VISITORS’ SENSES: KNP Executive Abe Sibiya warns patrons to abide by park rules – Photo: Brian Kajego
Fashion goes pop-up META MPHAHLELE
THE CLOSEST SHAVE: Polokwane female street barber, Ms Kgubi Ralepelle, at work. Photo: Lesetja Malope
salon is also based a few blocks away from her barber shop. “I tried working at the salon on a full time basis but I didn’t enjoy it as much as out here in the street. I also have women clients there and I go when they call me and if it’s not busy here,” she says. With money from the business she has been able to enrol for a diploma at a local FET. Asked how she fell in love with the male-dominated business, Ralepelle says she has never imagined any other career. “This is the only job I was exposed to when growing up and hair is all I know,”
experienced game rangers’ assessment indicating that the animal was likely to attack tourist vehicles in the future. Meanwhile the outcry over the incident has become louder following a video footage circulating on social media sites.“It is for this reason that we appeal to our patrons to act in a responsible manner and give such information as quickly as possible rather than share it on social media platforms.,” Sibiya said Sibiya requested the co-operation of the visitors that shot a video of the attack. “The law stipulates that evidence such as this should be accompanied by a written statement from eyewitnesses as the footage cannot be the only permissible evidence in order to sanction any fine against the alleged perpetrators,” he said.
ARBLE HALL – Passionate, ambitious, talented are three words used to describe a youthful woman who has made garments and fabric her language. Born and bred in Marble-Hall in the Sekhukhune area Pheladi Phasha (29) is the proud founder and owner of the Baroka fashion designer. “Fashion is my passion, it is who I am. I live and breathe fashion as it has been a dream I had since childhood; back in primary I used to draw up woman and dress them while other kids were playing hide and seek games” she explains. However, it has not always been easy for this persistent young lady, as her mother did not initially support her idea of becoming a fashion designer. Pheladi had to work hard to prove herself and her dream after she started her business in 2008. Inspired by young woman in the corporate world, Pheladi saw a way to make her dream manifest. Her company designs what she describes as ready to wear garments. “I love African print; I do a fusion of modern and vintage with African touch on them”. She adds. Waking up every morning and getting compliments of how talented
she is from her clients are counted as important elements in her motivation. “My vision is to open shops around
“My vision is to open shops around the country, to supply to boutiques and other stores in South Africa” the country, to supply to boutiques and other stores in South Africa”, she says. The Baroka Fashion is now stepping up a gear with what they call a Popup-shop. This is a mobile shop which will be used for travelling, making it easier for their clients to access their products. It is clear that Baroka Fashions has been enthused with pride and motivation after winning a prize of R200 000 in the youth biz competition for Sekhukhune district in 2010 sponsored by the Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Department (LEDET),. “My business made it this far because of my patience, hard-work and dedication. I am a firm person as well as a woman and I do believe that a great leader leads by an example; and I am that example” she concludes.
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NORTH EASTERN LIFESTYLE
he North Eastern Lifestyle section is devoted to help you to enjoy your life more. Every week we bring you the latest and greatest information on fashion and beauty, health, travel, relationships, food, arts and culture. This is to enlighten our readers about all the fantastic things going on in the region, whether it is a hidden holiday destination, a fine restaurant or commemorating our local talent.
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Degree in hand now what?
The highway to health KAREN WERGE TILNEY
he most important key to optimum health is having the right attitude. To regain health we need to take responsibility for our own recovery. Health is a do-it-yourself effort as it is only through self-effort that the basics of good health will be realised. It is only through self-effort that we will be able to understand what must be done and why it must be done, and it is only through this acquired understanding that we will be able to reject all the unscientific nonsense which has been written and propagated about health. We should empower ourselves to address the causes of disease, by changing our lifestyles, amending our diet and taking steps to rebuild our immune systems. With or without hi-tech tests and scientific studies, we all know we are at risk of lifestylerelated diseases, but we don’t just have to sit back and let disease happen. Let prevention itself be the cure!
Prevention Prevention is possible, and must be the model of choice in fighting disease. However, prevention through lifestyle modification is a process of behavioural change. Patients generally don’t want to take responsibility; they rather put their hope in the ‘magic bullet’, that doesn’t exist, and which the doctor is expected to provide. There is no magic solution; it’s all about attitude. You have to take responsibility for your own health by modifying your lifestyle with small steps at a time. Make changes slowly and consistently. It is important to exchange old body cells and old habits for new and healthier ones. This is called ‘replacement therapy’. Replacement therapy can work in all phases of our lives. We can replace caffeinated teas with herbal teas, white flour with wholegrain flour, sugar with raw honey, fried foods with baked foods, negative friends with positive ones, negative thoughts with positive thoughts, sedentary lives with exercise-filled ones, toxic water with pure water, polluted air with fresh air, and so on.
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or students, graduation is a high moment. After blood, sweat and tears, all-nighters studying for exams and working on projects, there is finally a reward. The four years of intense training and preparation are now a thing of the past. Congratulations. However, for many of you, the excitement will be short lived when you quickly find out that the journey to the next chapter can be a long and arduous one. That obtaining a degree even from a respected university is just the beginning. The truth is, unemployment rate in our country is still high and there are not enough jobs for everyone. Promisingly, however, in the third quarter of 2013, South African jobless rate decreased to 24.7 percent, the lowest value in almost two years.
“Consider your job search an exercise in seven degrees of separation” Some of you will be offered jobs straight after graduation, be smart and take it. On the other hand, some of you will soon find out that companies are looking for experience to back
your education and if you are not well connected at a potential employer’s company, your chances are very low. Perish the thought that the only way to get a job is to simply finding a job announcement and apply for it. It is time to get creative. It is a numbers game, so you need to get out there and apply for as many jobs as you can. Search online and register for employment agencies and even contact companies directly.
“Creativity and innovation does not come from what people teach you. New ideas come from your personal experiences, and your interaction with your environment.” Consider your job search an exercise in seven degrees of separation. If there is a particular company you want to work for, you need to seek and develop a relationship with people who already work there. You can also opt to start working right away for a lower income to obtain the much needed hand experience. This will allow you to climb the corporate ladder at a predetermined rate through promotions. For those who can afford, you can continue studying for an additional
certificate or a Masters degree to increase your prospects in the job market and your starting salary. Another option is to go straight ahead and start an entrepreneurial venture. This is the riskiest of them all, but also the most rewarding professionally and financially. Creativity and innovation does not come from what people teach you. New ideas come from your personal experiences, and your interaction with your environment. Social media is another platform into getting in the game and making contacts with people who can help. These days, companies maintain active Twitter feeds; follow your prospects to learn what they are interested in and talking about. There is no such thing as a worthless degree, as there is no worthless key. The only thing you might need to evaluate is that each key will open different doors. Stay creative and maintain the willingness to learn. University is more than booklearning. The experience also taught you how to think strategically and you learned how to become a leader and how to make impossible deadlines work on 3 hours of sleep. All these are the required attributes to help you succeed in the job market. Remember that any decision you make now will affect the rest of your life and should not be taken lightly. Start planning. You owe it to yourself. Good Luck!
serves 4 6 tomatoes, roughly chopped (no need to peel) 1 red pepper, diced 1 spring onion, sliced ½ English cucumber, sliced a small handful fresh sweet basil leaves, torn 12 pitted Calamata or black olives 1 clove garlic, sliced ½ tsp (2 ml) red chilli, finely sliced (optional) 1 tbsp (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 1 to 2 cups (250 to 500 ml) purified water 1 tsp (5 ml) apple cider vinegar 1 tsp (5 ml) herbal salt, or to taste a pinch of cayenne pepper or freshly-ground black pepper, to taste Wash the tomatoes, red pepper, spring onion, cucumber and sweet basil. Place all the ingredients in a liquidiser with 1 cup of water. Liquidise for 15 seconds or until the desired consistency. If too thick add ½ to 1 cup extra water. Season to taste and serve chilled. Note It is best to eat this soup on the same day it is made as it does not keep well. This recipe appears in Naturally Nutritious Wholefood Cookbook by Heidi du Preez and Karen Werge Tilney, published by Natural Nutrition.
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I BE A PRISONER OF HOPE JOSIE SITHOLE “Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you”. (Zechariah 9:12 NKJV). It is still the beginning of the year and there are things that you may have attempted to accomplish in the past year or even earlier than that. You may not have succeeded in many ventures but I want to encourage you using the above Scripture. The fear to try again may be gripping you. You may be imprisoned by the fear of failure. Return to the stronghold, to the strong tower, the hiding place. God is our hiding place and our stronghold. If we don’t make it in one area or another, the safe place to return to is to God. He specialises in fixing broken people. Return to Him in hope; knowing that whatever He has began in you, He will bring to fruition. (Phillipians 1:6). Refuse to be a prisoner of fear and failure. If anything, be a prisoner of hope. The road to success is full of potholes of failure, discouragement and despondency but history shows that those who refuse to give up even when circumstances force them to, end up succeeding. The late Dr. Mandela and his fellow political prisoners are a good example of this. Rather be a prisoner of hope. Hope in the LORD and His ability to change your situation around. He has power to give you ideas and the grace to implement what will eventually lead you to success. Don’t give up because there is a reward for those who remain prisoners of hope when everything falls apart; that reward is double restoration. This means that whatever you have lost during your failed undertaking/s will be restored double when your success finally comes. You may have failed in business, relationships and/or other things but if you hold on and not give up; if you remain focussed and hopeful that you will make it, there will be double restoration for you. David put it this way: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NKJV). There are things in life that call for us to lose heart but those who believe that they will see the goodness of the LORD in their living years, hold on and keep on trying again and again until they really see His unfailing goodness. Wait on the LORD to renew your strength and He will come through for you. When you feel like giving it all up, return to the stronghold. If you have failed in marriage, return to the stronghold. When your studies are not going the way you had planned, return to the stronghold. When your health is failing you, return to the stronghold. The Name of the LORD is your stronghold. Those who call upon the Name of the LORD will be saved from defeat. They will be saved from shame and disappointment. Lost hope is the only thing that makes people to give up and stop trying. That is why the WORD of God encourages us to wait upon the LORD and be of good courage; to wait upon the LORD and renew the strength to stand up and try again. I echo David’s words: “Wait, I say, on the LORD!” I urge you to be a prisoner of hope.
’m a lot of things and like it that way too. I’m a creative soul who can best be described as a bookworm, a once a year phone call friend – life is too busy to constantly keep in touch. I’m Lolli’s mom who falls prey to the neighbourhood kids’ pleas for the sweetest little red apples, marshmallows and the tiny gourmet burgers that fit perfectly into their wee mischievous hands. Not anymore, thank you very much! I’m wiser now and much too busy to be supermom to 20 odd kids! I take my job as a dreamer quite seriously so much that I dedicate hours to it every single day of my life! All that’s left to do is to live it... or so I’m told. I’m a fairly decent cook and have been toying with the idea of doing restaurant reviews in the Lowveld – there are so many great eats places it’s hard to keep track! Then I worry about my figure and shelve the idea for another day after I’ve mastered that diet so I can fit into my size 11 cheeky shorts from five years ago! Look, I have every reason to worry because I haven’t seen my inherited cheekbones in years but apparently I need not worry – or so they tell me – because this chubby thing is working quite well for me. Well... I suppose having style helps and knowing what suits you is the way to go. Fashion blogs can be useful at times! Great expensive perfume too even if you can’t really afford it! Look, it does wonders for the outfit and a girl has to make do, you know! I’m very bad with directions and it sometimes shows in my writing
but my loyal readers like to tell me “they always get the point” because “I take them on a rollercoaster ride.” Okay so flattery will get them great stories from me! If only I can be disciplined, be a good girl and write in my blog at least once a week. Never mind the best-seller, that’s way too ambitious in South Africa... a blog will do for now. Write in your blog, Sam! Write in your blog, Sam! Write in your damn blog, Sam!! I’m infuriatingly optimistic and this worries my mother a lot because she thinks I’ll have a breakdown of sorts one day soon. But this works for me just fine as it allows me to bury my head in the sand about the state of nation as it were... rather a book – I don’t live near a beach anymore! Silly me! Oh and read 10 Mills and Boon in a weekend just so I can believe in happily ever after! I love music. Music of every kind and have no qualms about breaking into a dance when a song is just too irresistible. Anywhere! Life is too short to not dance, don’t you think? I was very fond of Charlie in Two And a Half Men and cried a bucket load of tears when he “died.” I’m a huge fan of Come Dine with Me and I just know that I will win the 10k prize with no effort at all when my turn comes. And I’ve decided to grow back my Afro and buy myself a new guitar – a white one this time. I could not bear another black Sylvie. I miss her every day of my life. Samkela Stamper is a poet & fairly new blogger, a performing artist and author of a memoir; Not for all the Apples, Peanut Butter & Jam
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What’s in a name? LESETJA MALOPE
occer around the world has been able to inspire and trigger the most interesting and creative of nicknames but recently that culture seems to be drowning in commercialisation of the beautiful game. In South Africa, the player’s memorable heroics on the field of play have pretty much dominated the basis of what nickname the fans choose to give them. Players have previously been able to earn original nicknames such as Chincha Guluva (Kaizer Motaung), Ace (Patrick Ntsoelengoe), Stability Unit (Gavin Lane), Slow Poison (Lesley Manyathela), 10111 (Arthur Zwane), Black Prince (Ephraim ‘Jomo’ Sono), Gautrain (Tlou Segolela), Professor (Mlungisi Ngubane), Tsiki-Tsiki (Thabo Mooki), Duku-Duku (Joseph Makhanya), Mercedes Benz (Linda Buthelezi), Jaws of Life (Andrew Rabutla), Black Jesus (Emmanuel Ngobese), Legs of Thunder (Jerry Skhosana) and even one called Computer (Zacharia Lamola also known as Maria Maria). These nicknames were mostly based on their on-field performance while there have been others such as ‘Jesus’ (Andy Karajinsky), ‘Beyonce’ (Reneilwe Letsholonyane also known as Yeye) and ‘Black Cat’ (Henry Cele) for their looks and a few more for their off-the-field antics such as Jabu “Lost and Found” Pule. A recent trend has seen nicknames being derived from anything making current affairs headlines to the latest song or even a famous comment by a famous personality.
NORTH EASTERN WITNESS 23-29 JANUARY 2014 The late Gift Leremi was nicknamed ‘Svum-vum’ after a popular kwaito song that was trending during the peak of his career. Current Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma was nicknamed ‘Ntofontofo’ after a song by Pitch Black Afro and a number of players have been nicknamed ‘Scara’, which is a popular theatrical character Scaramouche that was popular in the early 1950s. Doctor “16V”Khumalo was nicknamed after a type of automobile engine that was the most reliable because of its high performance and endurance; that’s when Khumalo was also at his peak for Amakhosi while current Wits midfielder, Mathew “Ganda-Ganda” Pattison has been nicknamed after a bulldozer for his style of play while still at Sundowns. The fading culture of nicknaming has seen the emergence of nicknames such as Andile “Gattuso” Jali, Lucky “Captain my Captain” Lekgwathi and David “Becks” Beckham in recent years. Overseas player nicknames have always been approached differently and tend to sound meaner. Lionel Messi, arguably the best player in the world even on stretcher, has been nicknamed ‘Atomic Flea’, former Liverpool striker, Robbie Fowler’s nickname was ‘God’ while Manchester United’s Paul Scholes use d to be known as the ‘Ginger Ninja’ and his then team mate, Ryan Giggs earned the name ‘The Welsh Wizard’. Italian legend Gianfranco Zola was known as the ‘Magic Box’ while the recently crowned World Footballer of the Year, Christiano Ronaldo has cemented his nickname of ‘CR7’ with a museum about himself. The commercialisation of the sport has seen marketers and sponsors making all the rules in popularisation of names. Corporates now choose who is called what and when in order to suit their brand marketing strategies while fans can merely haul the names from the stands, it becomes more or less a pet-name for the players where almost every group of fans have their own names and the corporates and media chooses which to endorse.
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What’s wrong with Bafana-Bafana? MATOME SEBELEMETSA & LESETJA MALOPE
his week Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula lashed out at Bafana-Bafana for succumbing to a Nigerian B-outfit in the first round of the CHAN Tournament. The minister was furious for the lack of showing by the national team. North Eastern Witness went to the streets to find out what our readers think?
James Nkoana “Bafana is just lazy, they need to be trained more. It has nothing to do with the sangoma because Nigeria always beats us.”
Nhlanhla Mahisa from Palesa “We have to fix our roots, we have to know where our football comes from, we have to know our tradition, it has to be taught to our players, at their early ages, Safa has to introduce junior leagues, train junior coaches, and introduce school leagues, by that we will have a huge pool of players to select from. Players who know where
they are coming from and who know their identity. What is the point of having a youth policy on paper when it does not relate on the pitch? We cannot keep on accepting mediocrity,”
Thoriso Magoleng (15) “I have confidence in them, they just wasted a lot of chances against Nigeria. They will bounce back.” Stephen Moshito Mokgalaka from Seloane “The super Eagles did their home work. They deserved to win. They took the lead on 21st minute and they were stronger physically and most of them are taller. Bafana Bafana played long balls and the tall boys managed to clear them with ease. Joseph conceded a penalty which made things more difficult for us to come back. I think Gordon must tell them to play inside because they crossed the balls, but no one to finish due to our lack of aerial advantage. Mashego tried his best, but it was too late. Next time Gordon must start with Parker and Mashego”.
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DJ Eddie Crook from Phalaborwa FM’s Morning Drive Show “There is no problem with our coach and Bafana plays one of the best games on the field given any best national team in the World. The problem is our players lack character and discipline like Benni Mc Carthy had resulting in the team being inconsistent; players need to play with pride when playing for the nation like Khune does every game at club or national level. Our players need to understand what is meant by “Taking chances, Being on target and Being off target,” they need to differentiate between Rugby and Soccer when kicking the ball to the poles”.
Kholofelo Maphala (15) “They just need a moral booster to lift their self-esteem. They will start winning soon.”
Inspired by Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee BRIAN KAJENGO
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USHBUCKRIDGE - Andrew Khoza (34) started practising the martial arts discipline of karate by punching bags filled with sand. This self-taught karate man from Ireagh A Trust near Masuku in Bushbuckridge says he started feeling the need to learn self-defence when he was only twelve-years old. “I didn’t know that this talent could help to fight crime within my community. Now I am busy training young people from the age of nine to 20-year of age how to play karate. It helps the youth with giving them a focus far from abusing drugs, being street kids and entertaining thoughts of being rhino poachers”, says Khoza whose villager is bordering the Kruger National Park. “My ambition is to open a Karate Academy in Bushbuckridge,” Khoza says. “When I started I was inspired by Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee.” Today Khoza is being learning Tang So Do style under the guardianship of Xandra Davis. He currently boasts Silver and Bronze medals under his belt which he won while competing in Gauteng and Free State. “These Silver and Gold medals are an indication that if I work hard enough I can win a Gold medal” the martial artist says. Khoza is keen to teach others his craft. He urges those wanting to join his movement to contact him.
Andrew Khoza in a pose. Photo: Brian Kajengo
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CHAN churns out poor numbers
OLOKWANE â€“ CHAN Spokesperson Sipho Sithole said numbers of people who attended the humdinger double header at Peter Mokaba Stadium over the weekend will be released via a press release. This is against a background of such information being available at half time of the second match. Though the attendance was poor for a tournament of this continental magnitude; especially when hosted
GROUP A Nigeria Mali South Africa Mozambique
GROUP C Libya Congo Ghana Ethiopia
by the continentâ€™s richest economy, the saving grace has been the quality of football on the pitch. Howver the organisers seem to play down the significance of the low turnout to the matches. The games that got Sithole hot on the collars were a Group D encounter between Democratic Republic of Congo against Gabon and a later one between Mauritania and Burundi. In the first game DR Congo went down by a goal to nil while Burundi embarrassed the much-fancied Mauritania with a 3-2 drubbing.
Abdoul Fiston of Burundi with 14 Ahmed Samb of Mauritania Photo: Real Deal Studios
Cedrick Mbidi of DR Congo with18 Fanck Steeven Engonga Obame of Gabon Photo: Real Deal Studios
Franck Steeven of Gabon with 11 Cedrick Mbidi Mavuaga Photo: Real Deal Studios
Yacoub Fall of Mauritania with 6 Nduwarugira Christophe of Burundi Photo: Real Deal Studios
GROUP B Uganda Morocco Zimbabwe Burkina Faso
GROUP D DR Congo Mauritania Burundi Gabon