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A number of municipalities had invested money in VBS Mutual Bank, a mutual bank that recently was placed under curatorship by the South African Reserve Bank. The reason for the curatorship is that VBS used the short-term investments as a basis to grant long-term loans to various entities and individuals. The result was that not enough money remained to pay out the short-term investments when they had matured. To further complicate the matter, because of the legal setup of a mutual bank such as VBS, municipalities are legally not allowed to invest their money at such a bank, which is governed by the Mutual Banks Act (124 of 1993). Section 7(3)(b) of the Municipal Finance Management Act states that a municipality may not open a bank account with an institution not registered as a bank in terms of the Banks Act 94 of 1990; read with the Municipal Investment Regulations, which regulate the instruments within which municipalities are allowed to invest municipal funds. Mutual Banks may also not take investments from municipalities. So, if a municipality invests in a mutual bank, it is against the law, while accepting the investment by the mutual bank, is also against the law. So in this case, both VBS and the municipalities in question, such as Fetakgomo Tubatse Municipality, ostensibly did not abide by the law. As far as could be determined and be gleaned from answers and reports in Parliament, our own local municipality ostensibly exposed more than R200 million (or more than 30 percent) of the operating budget (from which expenses such as salaries must be paid) by means of investment in VBS Mutual Bank. VBS Mutual Bank’s curators say “All Municipal deposits have been effectively frozen and no further withdrawals of these monies are allowed. No interest will be paid out on these deposits”. We requested the municipality’s comment on the issue and will report on developments as it unfolds nationally and locally.


Gazette Photograph: Fetakgomo Tubatse Municipal building in Burgersfort

Fetakgomo Tubatse Burgersfort, Steelpoort, Ohrigstad, Apel

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18 MAY 2018

NEWS Daniel 6:5 (NIV) 5

Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”

(Photograph taken and submitted by Stanley Heyes. Taken in Burgersfort on Friday 11, May 2018).

Six arrested

The Kishugu Lowveld Air Show filled the skies in Nelspruit on Saturday, 12 May 2018. The photograph was taken by and edited on iPhone by Platinum Gazette’s editor.

(Photograph & Information: South African Police Service)

On 9 May 2018 six suspects were apprehended in the Burgersfort Cluster by the SAPS. The suspects, whose ages range from 23 years to 30 years, include an ex-police reservist. In a well coordinated intelligence-driven operation comprising of members derived from various police units, these notorious suspects were picked up one by one whilst asleep at different locations. The members followed up on information about these suspects who have been tormenting community members in the Burgersfort Cluster, committing serious crimes ranging from Murder, Attempted murder, Business and House robberies to Carjacking. One suspect was arrested in Groblersdal, three others were cornered at Bothashoek and Ga-Mashamotana villages outside Burgersfort and two were arrested in Tafelkop and

Leukau, also in the Groblersdal Cluster. A former police resevist who is believed to be the kingpin behind these crimes, was arrested at Ga-Selala village in the Mecklenburg policing area. Subsequent to his arrest, two pistols and a rifle were recovered at his home. The suspects were subsequently linked to the following crimes: • Two armed robberies at Burgersfort Engen garage. • Two armed robberies at NWJ Tubatse Crossing Mall. • Two armed robberies at PPS garage in Burgersfort. • Hijacking of a Toyota Avanza and murder in Burgersfort. • House robbery in Tubatse. • Four business robberies in Ga-Mashamotane and Riba Cross. • Attempted murder during a shootout with the police last week in Burgersfort. • Carjacking in Tubatse. The suspects was due to appear in court again yesterday, but by the time of going to print had not yet appeared.

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Kgahlanong part of Child Protection Week campaign On 9 May 2018, Kohin hosted a campaign at Kgahlanong High School. The campaign was tailor made for grade 8 and 9. It has emerged that most of the learners due to lack of knowledge on the issues of life, end up making wrong decisions and as a result wrecking their lives. 28 May to 1 June 2018, is regarded as Child Protection Week. Kohin used this upcoming awareness week as a platform for bringing positive messages. The date of the campaign was however changed to accommodate the learners’ preparations for the June examination. The event went well with delegates from Kohin; Kgahlanong High; SAPS and Eerstegeluk Clinic. - Constable Victoria Maluleka, urged learners to be extra cautious when making decisions. She further stated that once some body is convicted for any criminal activity, the after effect will be felt now and in the future. - Mrs Motebu (a nurse at Eerstegeluk clinic) gave the grade 8 and 9 a lesson they will carry with them the rest of their lives. She was talking of TB and other contagious diseases. She said most children are ignorant now, but tomorrow they are the ones that come running for the help they ignored ages ago. Kohin would like to thank the school’s management for the opportunity, a thank you message to all the special delegates that

graced the event.SAPS (Constable Maluleka and her colleague); Department of Health from Eerstergeluk clinic, (Mrs Motebu), all Kgahlanong High School educators as well as the youth coaches - coach Themba Ndlovu, Karabo Masha, Jabulane Mokone and Lifie Tlaka. Thank you to all our sponsors for their great support: Tubatse Ferochrome; Samancor

No more gravel!

The Eerstegeluk road connecting to the road going towards Winterveld has finally been fully tarred. There is still work to be done and road signs to be painted and installed, but motorists are already taking advantage of this much

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more convenient road to Steelpoort. These upgrades will probably see to it that traffic will increase on the new section with less people opting to go past Tubatse Smelter on the R555 to reach Steelpoort or travel towards Polokwane. Shopping trolleys are one of those essentials to enhance your shopping experience when buying more than a few essentials. It is however also one of the most commonly stolen items from shops as people easily walk further than the parking area of shopping centers with them, and not always returning the trolleys. Last week a number of Tubatse SUPERSPAR’s shopping trolleys disappeared. A reward is up for grabs for anyone with information that could lead to tracing the trolleys and returning them safely. Contact Rudi on 076 394 4974, with your information about the missing shopping trolleys.

Eastern Chrome Mines; Steelpoort Pick n Pay and Tubatse Superspar.

(Information and photographs: Lifi Tlhaka)




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Glitz and glamour Calvin College held its matric farewell function on Friday, 11 May 2018. The learners walked the red carpet into the their school hall for a function filled with glitz, glamour, good food and dancing. They also received messages of encouragement from their Principal and various other stakeholders.

The matrics were treated to a three course meal and enjoyed their moment in the spotlight as they walked the red carpet into the function.

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Grade 1’s on the catwalk The Grade 1 learners of Laerskool Burgersfort strutted the catwalk on Thursday evening last week. They’ve just learned about different types of clothing and seasonal clothing in their curriculum. In the photographs they are showing off clothes according to the themes: church clothes and party clothes. They were well supported by their parents and siblings who loudly cheered them on as they walked.

Steelies vier hemelvaart

Steelpoort Akademie het verlede Donderdag saam met die AGS Kerk in Steelpoort Hemelvaart gevier. Hemelvaart is nie ‘n publieke vakansiedag soos Goeie Vrydag en Kersdag nie, maar word steeds deur Christene wêreld wyd gevier as herinnering aan Jesus se hemelvaart na sy kruisiging en opstanding uit die dood. (Foto: Marianie Kleynhans).


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18 MAY 2018

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3. Dienste/ Services Visit your local professional art and décor framer in Steelpoort. 24 Years experience in framing. Get the option that fits your taste and budget! Small gifts and crafts available in store. Printing, photocopies and much more. Stockists of EPA! Chilli and other sauces. Visit Esmé Framers in Steelpoort next to Wimpy or contact Esmé on 079 100 9643. HANDYMAN Handyman for all the small jobs that needs attention in and around the house. Contact Pieter: 082 440 1904

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9. Te Huur/ To Rent TO LET BURGERSFORT 2 and 3 Bedroom houses to let. Warehouses and shops to let. 300 + 400 SQ. Contact Ina: 082 888 9672

HOUSE TO LET Two bedroom house available from R4500. (Full time security). Three bedroom house available from R5500. Aloe Ridge East and Aloe Ridge West. Viewing available after hours. Please call on 082 578 6113. TE HUUR 3 Slaapkamer huis in klein sekuriteitskom-

pleks naby Tubatse Crossing Mall in Burgersfort. Dadelik beskikbaar. Billike huur sluit water en elektrisiteit in. Elektrisiteit ingesluit tot op ‘n standaard hoeveelheid eenhede, verdere gebruik word saam met huur ingevorder. Skadunet afdak vir voertuig. Troeteldiere welkom (voorwaardes geld). Deposito word vereis. Huis toegerus met alarmstelsel wat huurder kan laat moniteer. Kontak Mike by 082 357 1954

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Notice of application for an integrated environmental application Applicant: Imerys Refractory Minerals South Africa (Pty) Ltd – Annesley Andalusite Mine Location of the activities: The farm Annesley 109 KT, and the farm Havercroft 99 KT (existing Annesley Mining Right) which include the farm Annesley 109 KT, the farm Havercroft 99 KT, the farm Holfontein 126 KT, the farm Morgenzon 125 KT, and the farm Streatham 100 KT, Greater Tubatse Local Municipality within the Sekhukhune District Municipality, Limpopo Province. 5km from the old Penge mining town, 5km from Ga Malepe, and approximately 31km north of Burgersfort town, on the R37 road towards Penge Nature of proposed activity, applicable legislation, and listed activity applied for: Remining of mine residue at the Havercroft slimes dam and waste rock dump, Quarry 1 at Annesley, Segorong waste rock dump and HMS dump. Category B(11) of GNR 921 of 29 November 2013 (as amended) in terms of National Environmental Management Waste Act, 2008 (Act No 59 of 2008) (NEMWA) (as amended), and National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No 107 of 1998) (as amended) (NEMA) The establishment or reclamation of a residue stockpile or residue deposit resulting from activities which require a mining right, exploration right or production right in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA). Activity 10 of GNR 983 of 8 December 2014 (as amended) in terms of NEMA. Transportation of slimes via pipelines to Annesley Plant. Competent authority and relevant reference number: Limpopo DMR Section 102 reference number: LP-00062-MR/102. Mining right number: 73 MRC. Additional information: The integrated environmental application is on an already existing mining right, 73 MRC. A Section 102 procedure will be followed. Letters will be sent to all I&APs and stakeholders on or before 14 May 2018. Site notices will be placed at the mine and three additional locations in the area on 18 May 2018. To register as an I&AP of this project, to obtain more information, or submit comments, please request a Registration Form from BECS and return it to the details provided below, on or before 18 June 2018. BECS Environmental (Pty) Ltd, Deshree Pillay, (Cell) 071 387 3404, (Fax) 012 361 0645,, PO Box 72960, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040

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Betrekkings/ Vacancies

PMSL results

Soccer teams in the Pulana Maroga Soccer League (PMSL) played again on 12 May 2018. The results were: Stone: 0 vs Lenareng: 2. Mohlophi: 0 vs Morethe: 2. Happy Stars: 1 vs Tshakanya: 1. Madrid:0 vs Batau: 2. Bafaladi: 1 vs Driekop FC: 1. Kampeng: 0 vs Golden: 2. Mighty Blues: 0 vs Mighty Bucks: 5. Tearing: 2 vs Mangabane: 2. Maruleng: 0 vs Bull Bull: 2. Barcelona: 0 vs Moisele: 1. Real Touch: 2 vs Mathipa Jnr: 1. All Stars: 2 vs Arandis Jnr: 0. 13 May results: Batau 4 vs Driekop FC 0. Mangabane 4 vs Golden 1. Tearing: 2 vs Happy Stars: 1. Mathipa Jnr: 7 vs Maruleng: 2. Madrid: 1 vs Mohlophi Jnr: 1. Arandis Jnr: 0 vs Mighty Blues: 1. Bafaladi: 1 vs Barcelona:1. Morethe: 1 vs Moisele: 2. Tshakanya: 0 vs All Stars: 2. Real touch: 7 vs Kampeng: 2. (Photographs and results Pulana Maroga Soccer League).

SAPS Capricorn League On Wednesday 16 May 2018, SAPS Limpopo Provincial office hosted SAPS Matlala/ Mashashane in a Stream A SAPS Capricorn district soccer league match at Tom Naude High school in Polokwane. SAPS Limpopo provincial office team won the match 3-0. Security officer Thidihwi, Sergeant Magoro and Admin Clerk Boshomane were on the scoresheet. Other Stream A results : SAPS

Seshego 3 (goals scored: Const Magongoa (x2), Const Makunyane) vs SAPS ORS 2 (goals: Const Mohaleamalla, Sergeant Seshoka). SAPS 10111 - 6 (goals: Const Makhubele (x3), CCO Shogole (x2), CCO Muhanelwa) vs SAPS Botlokwa/Sekgosese/ Morebeng 1(goal: Const Padima). (Information and photographs: Sergeant Mvundlela)


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Riverside Mashi Summer Cup champs

Hendrik Crause congratulates George Fraser who won on points.

Jaco Els won the Cup final and is congratulated by Hendrik Crause.

The Riverside Mashi Summer Cup concluded on last week Saturday, 12 May. The Summer Cup comprised of 18 events of which 17 contributed towards a points system and a cup final. The tournament stretched over the last 7 months. A total purse of R8000 encouraged players to do their best and the following players emerged as winners: Points: 1st – George Fraser; 2nd – Bertus Swart; 3rd – Johan Cronje Cup Final: 1st – Jaco Els; 2nd – Martin Van Rooyen; 3rd – Johan Cronje. The next summer cup will start in October 2018 and end in April 2019. The Club thanked all the players who were committed over the last 7 months to participate in the Summer Cup. Players are welcome to come and join the Riverside Mashi Golf Club at Winterveld Club in Steelpoort. The Mashi course is the ideal way to get a quick round of golf into a tight schedule. (Information: Hendrik Crause; Winners’ photographs: Izelle van Staden)

Platinum Gazette 18 May 2018  

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

Platinum Gazette 18 May 2018  

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