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Airbus A380, Concorde, Gripen? Let your dreams fly this Festive Season...

10 DECEMBER 2010

Letters / Briewe Express your opinion. Write a letter to the Platinum Gazette. Letters may be e-mailed, posted or faxed. Contact details are on page 2 of this issue. Spreek jou mening uit. Skrywes kan per epos, pos of faks na Platinum Gazette gestuur word. Kontakbesonderhede is op bladsy 2 van vandag se uitgawe.

Keeping up with the Joneses...

Thought for the week “Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will turn vegetarian.” - Heywood Brown (American author)

Kitsgids na jou SAPD/ Important numbers: Burgersfort Ohrigstad Roossenekal Mecklenburg Eerstegeluk Tubatse Sekhukhune Leboeng Maartinshoop

(013) 231 7231 (013) 238 0128 (013) 273 0075 (015) 615 0204 (013) 237 0011 (013) 216 8500 (013) 260 1007 (013) 769 9099 (013) 235 4041

Ander nood/Other emergencies: Dilokong Hospitaal/Hospital Mecklenburg Hospitaal/ Hospital Burgersfort Kliniek/Clinic Water & Sanitation Disaster Management (Ambulance & Fire) Electricity (Eskom)

(013) 2147265 (013) 615 0204 (013) 2317843 082 900 4449 0800 330 022 0860 037 566

How often have you heard the above phrase in your life? We bet many times! Normally this would entail referring to the comparison to one’s neighbour as a benchmark for social caste or the accumulation of material goods, failing this would be perceived as demonstrating socioeconomic or cultural inferiority. For the 10 years, that Modikwa Platinum Mine is in existence, we also tried keeping up with other industry leaders in the fields of Safety, Production and other key indices. Constantly learning, applying new technology, sometimes burning our fingers slightly, and yes, sometimes failing abysmally! We had to live (fight) through a tough recession, came from high incident rates and not so good production results, having difficulties with communities and not always understanding why we seem not to harmonise with Organised Labour structures. As we journeyed along this path, we slowly but surely learnt from our weaknesses and started to turn them around into opportunities. Through affecting these opportunities, we were becoming the Joneses…Our Safety performance grew into one of the very few mines that can boast with having 7 000 000 Fatality Free Shifts. We lived through the worldwide economic recession without the need to downscale operations. Our production is on a roll to new heights and we are expanding business with the Opencast development and developing a new shaft, South 2 Shaft. Management, Organised Labour, our Workforce and our loved ones at home has become one family, we ‘staan saam’! We now have strengths, no longer just opportunities, and the weaknesses lies behind us…We now are the Joneses! Other mines now benchmark against us, trying to keep up with our pace, and yes, we encourage and support them, but we need to keep up with ourselves, sustaining and improving on these achievements! The only way that we can do this is to stay humble, to stay a family, always striving to be the best and to always believe, and trusting that our Heavenly Father will always carry us! As this year draws to an end, we are proud of our achievements, made possible by our employees and their loving and supporting families, the communities they live in, along with the grace of our Heavenly Father.We thank all of you for your effort, support, dedication and commitment! Our wish for all of you is to have a blessed festive season, to take care during this period and to live life to the fullest in the year ahead of us, staying on top, reaching 8 000 000 Fatality Free Shifts, and to always stay the Joneses! Merry Christmas and have an AWESOME 2011! Modikwa Platinum Mine Management

Dagboek / Diary To submit your diary entry. Fax or e-mail all the details to us at (fax) 013 231 7147 or (e-mail) This is a free service.

Social Christmas Golf Day All members of the Tubatse Chrome Club are invited for a round of social golf on 11 December. Each member brings along a gift of approximately R100 in value. This will serve as prizes at the end of the day. Enquiries: Martin van Rooyen, 082 816 4833. Watervalsrivier Geloftefees - program 2010 Die Watervalsrivier Geloftefees begin reeds op 14 Desember met die trek van ‘n laer onder leiding van Andries Human. Om 19:00 word daar saam gebraai. Pap, sous en kole sal voorsien word. 15 Desember 2010: 09:00: Vertrek na die waterval vir ‘n sjampanje ontbyt. Elke gesin sorg vir hulself. 18:00: Boerewors/Vienna rolls en koeldrank te koop. 18:30: Toneel - “Mengelmoes Kardoes”. Kom lag en huil saam. 16 Desember 2010: 04:00: Saluutskole onder leiding van Andries Human. 09:00: Erediens gelei deur Ds. Jacob van der Merwe. Spreker - Koos Winterbach. Tee en koffie by die kampeerders. 11:00: Algemene vergadering 13:00: Saam eet onder die boom. (Bring julle beste vleis, bykos en poedings). 18:00: Lantern bekruip vir jonk en oud. 17 Desember 2010: Laer breek af. Ontruiming. Almal is welkom om te kom saam kamp en kuier. Die Watervalsrivier Geloftefeesterrein is op die R37 tussen Burgersfort en Lydenburg skuins oorkant die Beetgekraal afdraai en aan die begin van die Watervalsrivierpas. Vir navrae kontak: Lodewyk de Jager (voorsitter) by 083 236 5870 of Andries Human (kamp kommandant) by 082 655 3157. Ohrigstad Geloftefees Op Ohrigstad word daar op 16 Desember weer Geloftefees gehou. Dit vind by die Potgietersaal buite die dorp plaas. 08:00: Saluut en Kranslegging 09:00 Diens in die Potgieter Gedenksaal 10:00 Tee Bring asb. ‘n bordjie eetgoed saam om saam met die tee te geniet. Bring u kinders en vriende en kom gedenk die dag saam met ons.

Platinum Gazette 10 December 2010  

Local newspaper for Burgersfort, Steelpoort, Ohrigstad, Jane Furse and surrounding villages in Limpopo Province South Africa.