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05 July 2013
Ga-Phasha to Amplats Shareholders of platinum group metals (PGMs) miner, Atlatsa Resources Corporation (previously Anooraq) support the company’s revised restructuring plan and have approved all resolutions proposed in this regard at a special general meeting on 28 June. In accordance with the resolutions, Atlatsa would now dispose of 31.4-million attributable PGM ounces, comprising the eastern section of the Ga-Phasha mineral property, to Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) for R1700 million. The western section of the tenement would be consolidated into the company’s broader existing Bokoni mine lease area, where opencast mining operations on the Merensky reef had started. Shareholders had further approved the issue of 125-million new Atlatsa common shares to Amplats for an aggregate cash subscription consideration of R750-million, or R6 a share. The proceeds from the asset sale and new share subscription would be used to reduce the company’s historical debt by 75%. In addition, Atlatsa would now have access to a new debt drawdown facility from Amplats worth up to R1550 million, at a weighted average effective interest rate of 2% a year through to 2020. Chief Commercial Officer of Atlatsa, Joel Kesler, said in a statement that the resolution would allow the company to significantly reshape its balance sheet and place it on a sound financial footing to deliver its 2020 operational strategy on a fully financed basis. “This, together with continuous operational improvements at the Bokoni platinum mine, places us in an advantageous position to continue reducing unit operating costs and improving the company’s financial position and performance going forward,” he stated.
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Dialogue with the Youth 2013 Sustainable development in the area and the future of the youth in the area (which cannot be seperated) again came in the potlight last week when the Sekhukhune District Municipality hosted a Youth Economic Summit. The summit, sponsored by Samancor, the Small Enterprises Development Agency (SEDA) and Eskom, kicked of at ECM’s Winterveld Club at Steelpoort last week Thusrday when Sekhukhune District Executive Mayor, Mogobo David Magabe, treated delegates to a gala dinner. Greater Tubatse Municipality Mayor, Nkosi Josias Mahlake welcomed the guests, while Limpopo MEC for Tourism and Economic Development, Pinky Kekana, delivered the keynote address. The youth’s voice during the evening was those of Mr Abednico Mashabela (photograph top right on the page), a
member of the Tubatse Youth Council as well as a well-known community activist. Mr Mashabela said recognition for the youth and awareness campaigns will prove invaluable in the future. He also stressed the importance of structures such as the Youth Council, which can represent the youth during planning for the future and the formulation of economic strategy and policy. MEC Kekana pressed it upon the youth that they should do their share in working hard and to make use of existing opportunities with regard to economic development. She also stressed that everybody cannot work at the mines and that the youth should empower themselves with skills that are needed in any ernvironment, including future mineral benefication and in other sectors of the economy that may develop, such as tourism.
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Talking economics with the youth A large number of young people attended the Youth Economic Summit which took place on Friday last week. (See page 2). Various SETAs and institutions gave talks about opportunities and ways in which the youth can become involved in economic development to benefit themselves and others in the area. Work sessions in smaller groups helped with networking and outlining opportunities and challenges.
Tubatse Crime Snippets On 1 July Zakaria Moriri (32) was sentenced to two years imprisonment for housebreaking and theft. He was sentenced in the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court. He broke into a house between 31 December 2012 and 6 January 2013. Items such as a fridge, microwave and radio were stolen. On 27 June Jonas Mahlatse Mabela (28) was sentenced to one year imprisonment for violation of a protection order in the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court. He was convicted for an offence committed on 15 January 2013 at Bothashoek by insulting and assaulting his 47-year old mother. On 2 July 2013 Michael Magashula (29) was sentenced to three months imprisonment with an option of a R2000 fine for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced in the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court. The accused was arrested by traffic officials on the R37 road. On 28 June a 38-year old man appeared in the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court in connection with possession of suspected stolen goods. On 26 June the SAPS received a tip-off regarding a person who was in possession of stolen cattle. The SAPS investigated the matter and found that 7cows were already sold. The man had only one cow left in his possession. He was granted R2000 bail and the case postponed to 15 August 2013. (Information: Const. Jerial Movundlela, Tubatse SAPS)
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Car winner drawn The St. Michael Raffle (under St. Andrews Mission, Steelpoort) ended after the three winners were drawn. The raffle was launched on 24 December at Steelpoort. The winners were drawn on 29 June 2013. The third prize (a refrigerator) went to ticket number 2451. The second prize (a flat screen TV) went to ticket number 2590. The winner of the first prize, a car, was ticket number 2047. The St. Michael Project team would like to thank everyone who participated in their initiative to raise funds for the construction of a church.
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Samancor and Kohin reaching out VLU bak en brou Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines in partnership with Kohin held a youth outreach program at Mangabane Soccer field in June. Mangabane Primary School and Makgakantshe Primary School participated in the event. The day started off with fun and games which included team building exercises, jumping castles, face painting and human fooseball. The rest of the day was filled with a dog show by the local SAPS, praise and worship and heart-to-heart sessions led by Kohinâ€™s Jacques and Solly. Samancor would like to thank every volunteer who assisted on the day.
Die VLU op Lydenburg het tydens hul Junie vergadering geleer hoe om self skilferkorsdeeg te maak. Mev. Bevie Marais het die tegniek kom demonstreet en ten spyte van â€˜n gesukkel met krag wat afgegaan het, kon die vroue
proe hoe heerlik die tuisgemaakte deeg in vergelyking met gekoopte deeg is. Belangstellendes word uitgenooi om elke tweede Woensdag van die maand by die NG Kerk Suid in Lydenburg die vergaderings by te woon. (Foto en inligting: SL Tolmay).
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This car wash on the corner of Oorbietjie/Marone Street and Eland Street claimed the road as a wash bay on Saturday with no regard for traffic moving in the street. Cars were angrily gestured to just move around the parked vehicle which was getting its tyres polished. This contributed to the traffic problems over the month-end weekend. No traffic officers were close to this section of town to do law enforcement.
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Developing the youth into an Unemployment is a national problem, but in the Tubatse area development of the youth and their empowerment as an economic force is a focus point for both government and industries. Industries in the area often complain that it is difficult to employ local people because they don’t have the skills, while government encourages young people to make use of the opportunities that are available. Last week the Sekhukhune District Municipality facilitated a Youth Economic Summit. Ms Pinky Kekana, MEC for Tourism and Economic Development in Limpopo told the delegates that they should make use of the various opportunities that are coming their way while being creative to use what they have to establish themselves as entrepreneurs. She encouraged them to be active in establishing themselves in the economic sphere of the area. (More about this event in a separate article in this newspaper). We asked readers if they think enough is being done in the Greater Tubatse Municipal area to establish the youth as an economic force?
Me. Gretli Steyn sê: “Daar is geleenthede vir die jeug, maar elke persoon moet verantwoordelikheid vir homself vat en opstaan en aktief iets gaan doen. Hou aan, moenie ophou probeer na die eerste probeerslag nie, ‘n goeie werk gaan nie net in jou skoot val nie”.
Mr Derick Magakoe said: “Not enough is being done for the youth. We don’t have facilities. We have only one college. In terms of skills development not enough is being done. We have young people with matric but they are not being trained. If government can speed up learnership and apprentice opportunities it will help. The youth is trying to become economically active by going to school and then applying for jobs”.
Mr Abby Maroga said: “Not enough is being done, but government and industries in the area are trying. Most of the youth are relaxed. Most are just sitting on their butts doing nothing, but complain a lot”.
Ms Pulane Mthembu and Mr Hendrik Seerane said: “No, enough is not being done to assist the youth in becoming an economic force. I am (Pulane) a chemical engineering graduate and I’m still jobless. It hurts! The MEC says make use of opportunities, but what opportunities? They never develop us and assist us to get experience. Businesses only employ people with experience. They need to train people and then don’t drop them afterwards”.
Mr Tshepang Mashabela said: “There are no developments here in this area within the youth because they don’t have skills to work in a mine. They need training to work in a mine”.
Me. Mathilda Griesel sê: “Nee, ek dink nie daar is baie geleenthede vir die jeug nie. ‘n Mens hoor ook te min van dit wat daar is om regtig daarvan te kan gebruik maak”. By haar is Arno.
Mr David Matemane said: “The youth don’t use the opportunities that are there. Adults who should mentor the youth are also not doing enough to help them and many end up in criminal activities”.
Ms Precious Phasha said: “The youth don’t use all the opportunities available to them. Like when they opened the Tubatse Crossing Mall the youth were told to submit their CVs at the Department of Labour, but they did not do that and when the shops finally opened they came in looking for jobs. They did not do that one little thing from their side”.
Right: Mr Abram Mohlala said: “I think government is doing enough. They develop the young people step by step. You cannot have everything at once. It is a problem that the youth is not doing enough from their side to get skills and jobs”.
Mr Minus Maile said: “No, there are not enough opportunities for the youth. This place is full of mining industries, but many people from outside the area is employed while the young people do the cheap labour. There should be a mining and technical school here where the youth can be developed so they can become economically active. There are a few people I know who are trying to develop young people”.
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economic force: your opinion
Ms Doreen Malepe said: “No, there is a lot of unemployment in this area. The youth don’t have the skills and not enough is being done to develop their skills”.
Mnr. Phillip Roetz sê: “Daar is geld bewillig om jeugontwikkeling te doen. Die probleem is jy kan nie werk kry sonder ondervinding nie, al het jy kwalifikasies en niemand wil jou aanstel sonder ondervinding nie. Dis ‘n catch 22. Daar is inisiatiewe van die staat maar dit is moeilik om daarvan gebruik te maak”. Mr Morwapatla Supe and Ms Anna Refilwe Supe said: “They are doing enough to empower the youth as an economic force in Tubatse. They are creating jobs for the youth, but they must just look at now giving the youth things like entertainment and sporting facilities. We want an area where we can watch movies, especially in the malls”.
Above: Mr Tshupetso Komane, Mr Jersey Hlahla and Mr Jabulanie Mathebula said: “The opportunities are there, they are just not exposed to the youth. We as the youth expect opportunities to come to us, but we must go and knock on doors and search for opportunities. The youth of this town just don’t do proper research and then blame it on the government”.
Mr Amos Motau said: “Yes, there are a lot of employment opportunities for the youth because of all the mining industries in the area”.
Mr Moses Maile and Mr Frank Malepe said: “The municipality must open a free training centre to help the youth to get the skills they need. People around Burgersfort don’t have enough qualifications. They cannot make use of opportunities because they don’t have the skills and we are a part of that group”. Right: Mr Marumo Mabokwane said: “No, I don’t think enough is being done. The youth empowerment projects are only aimed at empowering those who are ANC members. An example is the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) which has replaced the Youth Commission, but it is still being manipulated by the ANC. When they talk, they talk like they want to empower everyone, but actually they want to uplift the ANC”.
Mr Peniel Marule and Ms Tryphosa Mojalefa said: “No, not enough is being done. We did not even know about last week’s economic summit and what it means for the youth. The information about opportunities is not getting to us. The youth is not recognised as an economic force. If they were a big force things like entertainment would have been better in Burgersfort”.
Mr Peter Mdhluli said: “I’m also a part of the youth. What opportunities is government talking about? I’ve got a masters degree, yet I am unemployed. We can’t see progress in Tubatse. I’ve never seen any opportunities in Tubatse. They should advertise the opportunities more. They exclude us. They talk yet there is no progress. I’ve been a resident of this area for 27 years. When I was studying I called the municipality to apply for a bursary, but they tell me they don’t give bursaries to LLB students. I’ve tried, but did not get anything. Posts as well. When you hear they’ve appointed someone at the municipality without us seeing the job advertisements”.
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the hind wings. Mantises try to protect themselves through camouflage and concealment. If they are threatened they may spread their wings to look larger and some species have bright coloured wings as additional deterrent. They may also strike with their forelegs and attempt to pinch or bite. The Mantis on this photograph almost melted into the brick wall with its camouflage.
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Tubatse Masters dominate in Kgapane Village Last weekend the Tubatse Masters visited Kgapane Village near Tzaneen to play a friendly soccer game against the Bolobedu branch: Supporters of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The game started at 15:30 and the Tubatse Masters dominated the game. By half time the score was 2-0. They continued their domination in the second half and scored four more goals. The hosts only managed to score one goal. In the end the Tubatse Masters won 6-1. (Photographs & Information: Jerial Movundlela). Many Kaizer Chiefs supporters were present. (What happened to the photographs of the Bucs supporters, we don’t know - Editor).
Tubatse Masters vs Ga-Malekana Masters It was a busy weekend for the Tubatse Masters. After their game at Kgopane Village near Tzaneen on Saturday they faced the GaMalekana Masters on Sunday. This friendly game was played at Montrose Sportsground near Modikwa Platinum Mine. The Tubatse Masters continued their domination from earlier in the weekend by defeating the visitors 5-2. (Photographs & Information: Jerial Movundlela)
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Rugby rules at Winterveld Saturday last week rugby ruled at Winterveld Recreational Club. The Winterveld (Buffels) Rugby Club and Ohrigstad Rugby Club played league games in front of a home crowd. After the rugby the players and supporters enjoyed a festive atmosphere with live music and food. Read more on page 12.
The Winterveld Buffels played in their dark blue Throburn Security sponsored kit while the Ohrigstad Rugby Club played in the orange and black clothes. Both teams were well supported next to the field. Ohrigstad played first and then the Buffels took to the field.
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SPORT Visitors dominate The Winterveld Rugby Club, better known as the Buffels, hosted a well organized rugby day and live entertainment at the Winterveld Recreational Club rugby field and open hall last Saturday. The day’s events started with the Ohrigstad rugby club facing Dendron in a league game. The Dendron club proved to be the better team and won 15-3. Shortly afterwards, the Buffels faced Louis Thrichardt in their league game but were weighed and found too light! The Buffels lost 25-0 against the opposing club. Although it was a devastating day for the home clubs, the rugby was of a good standard and fairly managed by the referee appointed by the Blue Bull Rugby Union in Polokwane. “Thank you to all the supporters and the Tubatse Mobile Medical unit, who supported us and share an interest in our club’s wellbeing,” said Mr Charl van der Merwe from the Buffels rugby club. After the rugby, everyone moved over to the Winterveld Valley Festival hall next to the rugby field. Die Broers all the way from Cape Town and Jaco Labusgachne from Pretoria entertained the crowd for the rest of the evening. “I would like to thank each and every person who contributed to the evening’s success and for all the support! It makes us happy to know that our local community still has so much interest in club rugby!” Charl said. “I would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their sponsors and contributions towards this day’s events. Khumula Lodge, Winterveld Club Management, Precrete, Platchro Mining Services, Mopane Bottle store, Macsteel Steelpoort, 2YK, Mega Paints, Pick n Pay in Steelpoort, OK Grocer in Burgersfort, Vallei glas and the AFM Church. Then last, but not at all the least, Eastern Chrome Mines for their major contribution towards the day’s expenses. ECM, thank you for maintaining the field, thank you for the use of the hall and especially, thank you to Mariska Stickling for her assistance. I would then like to thank the team of H i g h l a n d s Volkswagen in Lydenburg for the water bottles and caps we received from them and also to Jacob from Supa
Quick in Steelpoort for the new tokbags. No matter how small the sponsor or contribution, it motivates the players and enables the Rugby club’s Management to reward the team for their sacrifice for the love of the game!”
Ohrigstad Rugby Club played in the black and orange and the Buffels in the dark blue Thorburn sponsored gear.
Published on Jul 4, 2013