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The road between Ga Mampuru and Tukakgomo/Eerstegeluk is nearing completion fast, with about 500 metres still awaiting tar between Ga-Malekane and the main access road between the R555 and Tukakgomo. Construction of the the road from Ga Mampuru (photograph, bottom) continues on the other side of the R555 access road. The main access road from the R555 (photograph right), is in a disgusting state and cannot be called a road anymore. Residents also seemed to have given up fixing it themselves ...

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Unlock the doors to knowledge with library donaƟon

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warsrivier Chrome Mine (DCM) in partnership with Young Legacy last week Friday formally handed a library to Ngwanangoato Secondary School in the Ngwaabe area. The day was a ended by local tradi onal leaders, poli cal and municipal representa ves, the Department of Educa on as well as representa ves from Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine and Assore, Young Legacy, learners and community representa ves. The school now has a library that will assist learners with addi onal subject ma er on their different classes as well as a wide range of other books. “Educa on is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” was said by Nelson Mandela and Mr Remember Mmbengwa from Dwarsrivier Mine

told the learners to remember that. He encouraged them to study hard and make use of the library to not only change their own future into a bright one, but also to help change the world into a be er place. He added that bursaries are being allocated to deserving students from local communi es. He expressed his hope that one day the managers and engineers needed at the mine will all come from local villages and that it is possible if the learners work hard to achieve their dreams. Ms. Antoine e Volschenk from Assore added that books can offer a magical world of educa on, explora on and imagina on. Young Legacy’s Trudy Masha reminded the learners that they are great and that they should work hard to become the best version of themselves. All the speakers of the day, thanked Dwarsrivier Mine and Young Legacy and encouraged learners to use and take care of the library. The best academic achievers in the school for 2016 were also recognised with trophies and cer ficates.


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Campaigning door-to-door against drugs Police visits Magosoa Village The Burgersfort SAPS Cluster partnered with Safety and Security, CPF, and YCOP and conducted a door-to-door campaign at Mogasoa Village in Sekhukhune. The team distributed pamphlets with safety tips around the village. It was discouraging to find that drugs is a major problem around the village. (Photographs and Information: Constable V Maluleka, Burgersfort SAPS on behalf of the Cluster).

Stolen property recovered, seller and buyers arrested On 13 February at about 09:00 the Burgersfort SAPS conducted an operation. While the team was patrolling, they found a suspect in possession of stolen property. The suspect lead them to Ext. 10 were he sold the property. The items were recovered and the people who were found in possession of the stolen property was also arrested. The SAPS appeal to the community to stop buying stolen property as they are increasing crime. (Information and photographs: Constable Victoria Maluleka, Burgersfort SAPS).

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New The Fetakgomo Greater Tubatse Municipality’s satelite office in Praktiseer is boasting a brand new national flag as well as a new municipal flag. The previous one was literally falling apart as Platinum Gazette reported recently. Residents can now once again take pride in these special symbols flying above these offices. Earlier this week new flags had not yet been hoisted at the municipal buildings in Burgersfort and Ohrigstad. The posts were empty. The photo on the left was taken last Friday.

Malachi 3:10 (NIV) “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Where is the bridge? Residents from the village Maseven in the Ngwaabe area are still negotiating their way through rough terrain where a bridge will make things much safer and faster. Residents benefitted from a stretch of tar road constructed a few years ago. The construction however stopped short of an area where an access bridge is desperately needed. Locals know how to swerve off the road and take the ‘bush road’, but visitors to the area might just be brought to a sudden and dangerous stop.

SAPS visits Kopi Primary School The Burgersfort SAPS conducted a back-to-school campaign at Kopi Primary School on 7 February 2017. The theme of the day was: ‘Crime does not pay’. Needy learners were also given school uniforms by the officers. (Information & photographs: Const V. Maluleka. Burgersfort SAPS)


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Provincial state of education in focus A look at challenges, reasons for dysfunctionality and more The ANC Parliamentary Caucus in the Limpopo Legislature, met in an ordinary meeting on Tuesday, 14 February 2017, to reflect on Members’ observations during the 2017 back to school campaign. The observations discussed included the following: Schools that achieve good results are naturally functional and have extracurricular activities - these include morning and afternoon studies. It was also observed that districts like Vhembe that perform better, generally have extra lessons on weekends. However this is not the case in Sekhukhune and Capricorn districts. It is the view of the Caucus that, ‘we cannot have one school achieving over 80%, while others fail to pass even one learner’. The Caucus raised a concern that the majority of educators are approaching pensionable age; this will result in a gap within the sector. Government’s efforts to enroll more students within the Fundza Lushaka Bursary Scheme, had been noticed, but the Caucus emphasized the need to have more teachers within the Maths and Science streams. It was also recommended to the Department that, in consultation with the Department of Higher Education, it should be considering re-opening Colleges of Education in the Province. Schools that have a greater parents involvement, at the level of School Governing Bodies, sports, academia and other areas, generally perform better. Drug abuse is rife in most of the dysfunctional schools, e.g. there are more incidents of reported drug abuse incidents in schools like Hwiti High in Mankweng, Masalanabo in Modjadji and Mabogopedi in Thabazimbi. Whereas in functional schools, like

Mbilwi and Dendron High, there are no such incidents. The meeting also discussed an incident of a School Principal who is running a shebeen, adjacent to the school in Schoonoord, within the Sekhukhune District. The Caucus considers the high rate of teenage pregnancy as worrisome. There are reports that some schools are dysfunctional on days of SASSA payouts, as most learners go for their grant collection. The Caucus is also of the view that School Management should monitor the progress made by ‘progressed learners’. It is appreciated that the phenomenon of condoning learners is as old as education, but it has always been managed, and not used to get rid of learners who are deemed ‘incapable’. It was recommended that the Department should institute programmes to support these ‘progressed learners’. The issue of dilapidated un-refurbished infrastructure was raised sharply in the meeting. In some instances, there are schools which do not have electricity supply and properly functioning ablution facilities. The Provincial Department requires additional funding in excess of R21 billion to keep up with infrastructural challenges. An analysis is constantly being done to assess the needs of individual schools. However, there is a general concern by the Department that acts of vandalism are working against progress made at schools. These acts of vandalism are perpetuated by community members in most of the schools. The Caucus made a clarion call to members of civil society to desist from acts of vandalism on public property. The Department demonstrated a continuous commitment to provide schools with

The late and non-delivery of stationery is funds for Norms and Standards. However, viewed as unacceptable and a commitment in most schools the funds are being abused was made that a repetition of this should be by schools and are not used for Curricular avoided. support activities. According to MEC Kgetjepe, ‘the delay The Department had been called on to was largely caused by internal arrangements make proper checks and balances on the between his Department and the National effective use of monies allocated for Norms Treasury’. MEC Kgetjepe indicated that the and Standards. The funds should be audited bottle-necks between his Department and the regularly as required by the Public Finance National Treasury have since been untied, Management Act. Ideally, the funds should and this will not be repeated in subsequent be utilized for minor maintenance costs, and years. A supplier has since been appointed, curricular support, while the Department inand has entered into a multi-year contract tervenes on major programmes that requires with the Department. funding in schools. The MEC also highlighted the challenge The Caucus called for an education of failure to recoup textbooks by certain summit to be convened by the Department, schools, which compounds to the shortage of where all stakeholders within the sector and society at large will be convened. An example textbooks in most schools. In some schools, ‘learners are made to pay for the lost textof the Liquor Board - as a key stakeholder books, but the Schools do not use the money was made, as there are instances of taverns to replace them, but for other needs at the and shebeens playing loud music, even school’. during schools’ examination periods. The The Department of Education is currently Summit should also include social partners concluding its mop-up programme to conduct within the Education sector, like Organized Labour Unions. There are reported incidents checks and balances, and identify gaps within the schooling system, regarding the delivery of Teacher Unions conducting memorial of stationery and textbooks. The MEC has services of their departed members during made a commitment that this process should school hours. This is detrimental to effective reach conclusion by the end of this month, learning and teaching to take place. and urged members of society to report any A call was made that the Department of shortages of textbooks and stationery to the Sport, Arts & Culture and Education must resuscitate the schools’ sports programme to Department. harness cohesion, and create ‘an enabling environment’ for learners to thrive in sports. The sector has been left in the hands of the private Mariska Cilliers van Burgersfort skryf: sector, and it is not “Ek wil net baie dankie sê vir die personeel van Burgersfort inclusive of all. Kliniek wat my bygestaan het met die geboorte van my seun op

Dankie vir goeie diens ten spyte van tekorte

20 Years for Joshua Generation Joshua Generation this year celebrates their 20 Year existance. The school had grown tremendously over the last twenty years and now has a campus in Steelpoort as well as in Burgersfort. They are also proud of the achievements their current and past learners had that keep their name flying high. The school celebrated the milestone with a huge birthday cake and some colourful balloons.

(Photographs: Joshua Generation)

10 Februarie 2017. Die sekuriteitswag by die hek was baie vriendelik en baie behulpsaam. Hy het tot by die ingang geloop en vir ons verduidelik waarheen om te gaan. Die nagsuster wat ons ontvang het, was baie vriendelik na ‘n lang nag se werk. Sy het my so mooi gehelp en was die hele tyd by my. Na my seun se geboorte het hulle hom baie mooi skoongemaak en hom baie sag hanteer. Die susters wat op dagdiens was, was ook baie verwelkomend en vriendelik. Hulle was kort-kort by my om te hoor of dit nog goed daan met my en my seun. My omgewing waarin ek geboorte geskenk het was regtig baie skoon. Tussen alles wat aangegaan het, het ek wel opgelet dat hulle baie tekort skiet aan basiese artikels wat dit baie gemakliker sou maak vir hulle om dames te kan help. Hulle kort byvoorbeeld enkelbed lakens, kussings, kussingslope en ligte japonne, baba kombersies en doeke. As enige iemand dalk voel om van wat nodig is te skenk, kan julle my kontak by: 076 503 8179. Ek sal dan die nodige doen om die artikels by hulle te kan gaan af lewer. Byvoorbaat baie dankie vir almal se hulp”.

Steelpoort Business Bridge Chamber is proud to announce that they will be hosting economic transformation session where members will be afforded the opportunity to engage with the planning in addressing these challenges.

If you are interested in attending this networking opportunity please book your seat now by sending your name to: 081 740 1594 or enquiries.sbbf@gmail.com NON MEMBERS are also welcomed. Date: 23 February 2017. Book before 21 February 2017 Registration: 09h00 to 10H00 – 15H00 Venue: Chrome Club Steelpoort


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Atlete ding mee by Laerskool Burgersfort Saterdag 11 Februarie 2017 het Laerskool Burgersfort hul Toyota Atletiek Byeenkoms gehad. Laerskool Atokia, Calvin College en Laerskool Ohrigstad was die gaste wat deel geneem het. Die volgende besighede het die dag geborg: Burgersfort Toyota,Tubatse SUPERSPAR, Gethlane Lodge, Burgersfort Mega Paint, Buco Burgersfort, Burgersfort Supa Save, Mr. Manngo, Me Charmaine Reyneke, Me. Fatima Abdullah, Burgersfort Choice Supermarket, Marius en Anton Weber, Burgersfort Sand & Klip, Romans Pizza.

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SAFA trains coaches for talent development Coaches from Tubatse and the Pulana Maroga Soccer League attended a SAFA hosted training course on Saturday last week. The course took place at Garagopola hall. It was well attended, showing the enthusiasim for developing soccer talent in Sekhukhune. The course will continue over three weekends and will finish on 25 February 2017. Upon completion of the course the coaches will receive a certificate from SAFA for their attendance and recognising their skills.

(Information and photographs: Pulana Maroga Soccer League).

Lost and won in one weekend On Saturday 11 February, Tubatse Masters played a friendly match against Frazer Alexander at Leolo Secondary School in Praktiseer. Frazer Alexander managed to win the game 5-4. Goals scored for Tubatse Masters were booted by Mersi Malatjie, Phillip Kgapane, Pitso Sehlabela and an own goal by Frazer Alexander. In another friendly match Tubatse Masters hosted Game stores at Leolo secondary school on Sunday 12 February. Tubatse Masters managed to win 2-1 with goals by Kumfu Selahle and Sello Skhosana. (Photographs and information: Judas Motswiane)

Maandagshoek United Brothers vs Junior FC Maandagshoek United Brothers played against Junior FC on 10 February 2017. The game was played at Swale Junior soccer ground and Maandagshoek United Brothers walked away victorious with a score of 2-0. One of the goals were scored by Donald and the other by Trever.Trever displayed great evasion tactics before scoring the goal. The team missed out on a penalty when Tau Manogo missed.

Monyamane Makua and Matsobane were named two of the best players for Maandaghoek United Brothers. (Information and photograph: Jenny Mogolane Phala).

Another medal for Tjia Mokaila Lawrence Tjia from Modikwa Marathon Club participated in the Pick n Pay 21km Half marathon last weekend. He finished in 01:59:49. “The event was perfectly organised and we had a lot of fun,” he said. (Information & photo: Willem Montgomery, Modikwa Marathon Club)


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