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‘They klapped us’ The protest at Xstrata Alloys’ Lion plant near Steelpoort turned ugly on Wendesday night when Police shot rubber bullets at a large group of people at the crossing of the R555 between Eerstegeluk and Lannex Mine. Platinum Gazette bumped into the organisers of the protest at the Greater Tubatse Municipality’s building in Burgersfort earlier on Wednesday (photograph). They just emerged from the building, upset because the municipality did not want

to approve the protest action they planned for yesterday outside the Lion smelter. “We do not understand why they do not want to approve it, we are going ahead with the protest. We have given Xstrata two memorandums, one on 21 February and one last week. We did not receive a satisfactory response to one of them. Our protest is not political, we do not know why Xstrata wants to involve politicians in a meeting with us. We do not want to talk to politicians, the

company must communicate with us in a more effective way”. Groups for the planned protest started gathering on Wednesday evening, with a large group moving by foot from Eerstegeluk towards Lion, with about 20 taxi’s in tow, also full of protesters. At the Lannex crossing they were awaited by a large contingent of Police. According to one of the organisers, the Police started shooting at the group with rubber bullets to disperse them. “We just ran

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to get away, some of the taxi’s were also hit with windows broken. They did not warn us.” A taxi driver also spoke to Platinum Gazette, confirming what happened “men women and even children, it was a very large group of people. The Police did not use teargas” he said. When the newspaper drove past the Lannex crossing just after 05:00 on Thursday, the Police were still gathered there, stopping buses and taxis, only letting cars through on the route. Lion smelter was operating as normal behind the electric fence around the plant, with only an armoured vehicle from a security company next to the road, while at the steel bridge at the Jane Furse turn-off a police vehicle or two were also present. At about 06:00 traffic were flowing normal on the road, while the biggest group of Police at Lannex also dispersed. After last week’s article Xstrata issued the following statement by e-mail: “Xstrata notes with regret the events of the past week at Lion Ferrochrome. Project Lion is an important investment in the growth of the mining sector in Sekhukhuni (sic) and the country as a whole. It is Xstrata’s intention for the area and its citizens to benefit as much as possible while delivering the project on time and on budget. To resolve the matters raised, Xstrata has sought the partnership and help of local and provincial government in resolving the issues raised in the protest. Xstrata is eager to find lasting solutions together with stakeholders that will see the project proceeding without delay, and opportunities for local participation through employment and local procurement being communicated and implemented throughout the project period. It is also important to note that the opportunities for local participation will extend beyond the construction period” said Mr Songezo Zibi, corporate affairs manager. Mr Zibi told the newspaper that a meeting was scheduled at Lion today (Friday) between all stakeholders. By the time of going to press yesterday it was not sure if this meeting would continue after the earlier incident.


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District Local House of Traditional leaders inaugurated The inauguration of the District Local House of Traditional Leaders was concluded successfully on Friday the 25th March 2010. Nearly all traditional leaders from across Limpopo Province converged at Ga-Motodi outside Praktiseer in Greater Tubatse Local Municipality. The Inauguration of the District Local House of Traditional Leaders in Sekhukhune District Municipality followed that of the Provincial House held early March in Vhembe District Municipality. In his address, the Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality, Cllr Mogobo David Magabe reiterated that “Chapter 11 of the Constitution states that the institution, status and roles of traditional leadership, according to customary law, are recognized, subject to the Constitution. Government remains committed to strengthening the institution of traditional leadership and appreciates the role it plays in society “. The District Local House of Traditional Leaders is headed by Kgoshi Ramaube as its Chairperson and Kgoshi Kgoloko as his deputy and other four traditional leaders who together forms the Executive Committee. Cllr Magabe paid tribute to all the traditional leaders who took part in the struggle against white domination. King Sekhukhune I, King Mampuru I and King Nyabela of Amandebele were mentioned in this regard. Cllr Magabe added that Sekhukhuneland will always be a place of a rich and profound struggle and cultural history and that the people of Sekhukhune under the leadership of traditional leaders have contributed in shaping the political landscape and the history of South Africa. More than three thousand community members attended the ceremony, which was also graced by ZCC Brass Band which provided spiritual entertainment. Report on the provision of basic services to the 1,2 million people of Sekhukhune District Municipality also formed a reasonable part of the presentation by the Executive Mayor. He said “We know that government has done well in the provision of water, sanitation, electricity, roads, health care, housing and other necessities. But we agree that more still needs to be done under the


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leadership of the ANC led government”, he concluded. The Executive Mayor also spoke about the recent protest action by the people of Ga-Mampuru and surrounding villages to Xstrata mine. “While we understand the plight of our people amid growing joblessness, hunger and disease, we wish to take this opportunity to condemn the violent behavior that accompanied their march. We say acts of damaging properties, burning of tyres, blockading of roads, intimidation of other people, and violence is purely criminal”. However, a humble appeal was made that this is a challenge that government, traditional leaders, mining houses, and the people should work together to solve. The Executive Mayor also spoke about the need to contribute to the provincial target of four hundred thousand jobs of the five million national target in 2020. The mayor said the Sekhukhune District Municipality will always value the fundamental role played by traditional leaders in strengthening democracy. The Sekhukhune District Municipal council has adopted policies that entrenches systematic support offered to traditional leaders. Traditional leaders participate in council and its structures like the portfolio committees. He said the African National Congress is the only party that recognizes traditional leaders and their communities on issues of consultation and participation. However, growing number of squatter camps across the district is a serious concern to the District Municipality and Cllr Magabe urged traditional leaders to work together with government on issues of spatial development and land use management. Other issues raised were:

Thorburn rewards achievers Steelpoort based private security firm Thorburn Security Solutions honored achievers at Modikwa Platinum Mine at an awards function held on 25 March 2011 attended by some 40 security officers In his address to the Thorburn staff the Modikwa Platinum Protection Services Leader Darren McDonald praised the work done by the Thorburn security officers, but cautioned that safety must never be neglected. His address focused on safety and the role security has to play in enforcing sound safety principles. He urged security staff to set the example. Thorburn Managing Director Dolf Scheepers emphasized the importance of “Passion and Commitment” in the life of achievers in business. He praised the good work that was done and explained how easily “mishaps” and poor performance influences the image of a company. In line with the concept of women in mining was one of the top performers also a female security officer who excelled in achieving service excellence in operations. As part of a developmental path is she now appointed as administrative assistant to the security manager. In December 2010 a similar awards function was held for achievers at the Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines and Tubatse Plant in Steelpoort. The Thorburn Security Steelpoort based Operations Manager, Ellence Monyela, attributes the successes of his staff to the recruitment and initial competency assessments done by the local Mining Security Training Officer based in Steelpoort. “This is obviously supported and backed by a strong management team with staff motivated through awards, cash bonuses for success and overall improved benefits compared to the industry but a leadership rather than management approach, ” Monyela emphasized.

· The need to contribute towards Tsate Heritage site and its planned annual lecture, · The need to encourage communities to use the bursary scheme available for learners of the district, · The need to be part of all developmental programmes of government, and · The need to hold government accountable as a democratic system of government.

Local Thorburn security manager Rackson Ramaroka (right) congratulates top security officer James Mametja (left) on his achievement and the fridge that he received as his reward.

In conclusion, traditional leaders have been urged to encourage people to take part in the upcoming local government elections.

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Photo right is Darren McDonald with Charlotte Teffo, a top performing security officer.

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Campaign against drug abuse at Itirele Primary

Captain Mokotlana Kgasago of the Tubatse Police visited Itirele Primary School in Praktiseer last week Thursday to trell learners more about drugs and the dangers of drug abuse. The captain told them drugs are substances that some people smoke or drink and can affect the mind and people can get addicted to it. Dagga, alcohol, caffeine, heroin, mandrax, ecstasy and cocaine. Drugs such as alcohol and caffeine are legal and others are illegal. Drugs can be swallowed (pills), smoked, inhaled or injected. She said drugs can lead the person to die or to change his or her mind, stressing that drugs are dangerous, if you take drugs, you are at great risk becoming addicted. Captain Kgasago said school children and students who use drugs find it hard study or complete assignments, and relationships invitably suffer. Too much of a powerful drug like heroin causes the body system to shut down, eventually leading to death.

Nkwe will fight Nkwe Platinum says it has been made aware of comments made by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and its Modikwa Deeps equity partner AngloPlatinum Ltd (Anglo) in respect to their intention to pursue (with Anglo) a challenge on the issue of nine (9) Platinum exploration farms including the five (5) farms awarded to Nkwe’s black economic empowerment partner, Genorah Resources by the South African Department of Minerals and Energy in 2006. Nkwe says it has made an unequivocal response that the matter (as it applies to the Garatau and Tubatse Projects) was, in its view, (supported by legal opinion) resolved between all relevant parties in February 2008 (as previously announced and publically released by all parties). Nkwe says the assertion by ARM and Anglo that they intend to take further action has now meant that Nkwe has no choice but to further respond. Nkwe says its considers the current purported action by the parties to be disingenuous and vexatious and is designed to do nothing more than gain some perceived commercial advantage in negotiations with the DMR, Genorah and Nkwe to reach a commercial settlement of a dispute which has already been settled. Nkwe has instructed its lawyers to pursue a vigorous defence against any action formally commenced by ARM/ Anglo and will update the market accordingly once (if) this process is initiated. As as yet Nkwe is not a party to any action (despite being the registered holder of a 74% interest in the Garatau Project and 64% of the Hoepakrantz farm).

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AGS Steelpoort reik uit na Riba Cross AGS Steelpoort Gemeente, het Sondag 27 Maart, ‘n uitreikingna Pastoor Chris Phoko se Gemeente, in Riba Cross gehou. Na ‘n Geesvervulde Boodskap is die gemeente bedien met gebed, en ook bederf met lekkernye (worsbroodjies en lekkergoed vir die kinders). Die gemeente het ook klere saamgeneem wat onder Pastoor Phoku se gemeentelede versprei sal word. Daar is lekker saam gekuier in ‘n Christelike atmosfeer. Vir die kerk is die uitreik na ander Christene net so belangrik as die bereiking van ongelowiges. Die vroue het ook gedurende die afgelope maand by Dilokong Hospitaal gaan kuier om so ‘n hand van hulp en gebed uit te reik na die wat siek is.

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Here in words, in pictures see how they are community involved...

“Big Brother” to the young people The Big Brother Project was started in 2009 and is intended to be a series of opportunities for stimulating and uplifting the young people in the direct vicinity of Tubatse Ferrochrome. The project focuses on giving frank and accessible information to young people so that they can make informed decisions about career and subject choices and can apply themselves, where they need to in the scholastic environment, if they would like to be the future employees of Tubatse Ferrochrome. On the first leg of the project, schools visited Tubatse Ferrochrome. They learned more about the career opportunities at Tubatse Ferrochrome and also about the science behind the production process itself. The first visit was held during National Science Week, when Tubatse hosted learners from three schools from the Jane Furse Area for an information day. The day was for 60 learners, from Grades 8 to 12, from the various schools. The learners were shown an overview of the entire workings at Tubatse, with each department clearly explaining how their process works. The learners participated in the question and answer session with great enthusiasm, while feeling the samples and holding the raw materials. They were spellbound by the complexity and enormity of the operations at Tubatse.The production team then took the learners on a tour of the plant. After the tour the learners returned to the training hall to collect their much needed refreshments and a gift from the Big Brother Project. Each learner received a very “funky” Big Brother cap to take home with them. This small token will, undoubtedly, be a large reminder of the work that they need to put in if they want to aspire towards a career at Tubatse. The second group of learners to visit Tubatse was those from Steelpoort Academy who came to visit as part of a Natural Sciences theme that the learners were studying on Mineral resources. These learners were also taken on a bus tour of the plant and in the end returned to school, a little wiser, with cool drink in the hand and their special gifts from the Big Brother project. The final, and more long-term, leg of the Big Brother Project was launched on the 6th of March 2010. This leg of the project will be the teaching of extra classes in Mathematics and the Sciences and is aimed at helping High School students in the Tubatse area to improve their marks in, and understanding of, the subjects of Mathematics and the Sciences. After a lengthy process of recruitment, and with the helpful guidance and assistance of Curriculum Advisors from the Department of Education, two educators have been chosen to run this program on Saturday mornings. Tubatse will be covering the costs of the Saturday classes and five Learners from each of the participating schools have been chosen to attend from Grades 10, 11 and 12. The numbers have been limited to 20 in a class during the pilot stages of the project so that the learners are able to receive one on one attention and the organisers of the project can gauge whether or not it can be extended. A total of 60 learners will be catered for. We at TFC view the project as an investment in the future of the company as we are educating the engineers and future employees of our company while uplifting the community at large.

Making sweet music at Kgahlanong In February 2010 Tubatse showed how proud we are to be involved in all sorts of community endeavors and not just those projects that address an academic need. When Mrs. Mashifane, the Arts and Culture Teacher at Kgahlanong High School, approached the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) committee at Tubatse and asked for our help in sponsoring a piano and some recorder instruments, for the choir to practice with and for the learners to learn on, it was seen by all at TFC as a wonderful opportunity to empower the young people in becoming fully-rounded individuals—both musically and academically! A brand new Casio piano, which will be used for the musical instruction of all of the learners at Kgahlanong High School, was purchased along with 60 recorders, which make an ideal ‘starter’ instrument for young people to learn on.

Qualified artisans through learnerships Tubatse is always very proud to acknowledge those who have come through our learnership programme successfully. A total of 37 learners completed their artisan qualifications in time to graduate on the 9th of December last year. Tubatse hosted a relatively casual graduation ceremony, in their honour, and awards were given to those who truly excelled in their respective areas. TFC made awards in the following areas: Student of the Year (P E Malapane), Student of the Month June (I Tshehla), Student of the Month July (K S Motswiyane), Student of the Month September (T M Mosotho) and Student of the Month November (P E Malapane). Then, in a surprise move, the Middleburg (MMTI) also sponsored four awards of their own and were quoted as saying that the Tubatse apprentices were “…the best of they had ever trained…” The awards were given to the best student in each of the following disciplines: Electrical (P E Malapane), Boilermaker (N M Ndlala), Fitting (T B Maboa), and Overall Student of the year (P E Malapane).

Water treatment plant opened Last year Samancor Tubatse Ferrochrome officially opened its new 5-million-litre-a-day (5 000m3/day) integrated wastewater treatment plant, near Steelpoort, Limpopo. Samancor Chrome acquired the Tubatse plant in 2002 from its previous owners, BHP Billiton. In 2005, it became apparent that the groundwater aquifer below the plant was polluted due to historic ash deposits leaching into the groundwater system during the wet seasons of the past 28 years of operation. The Water Treatment Plant was designed to ensure that water is recycled as much as possible and that no contamination will happen in the future. The Company has also been doing rehabilitation on the historic pollution. In November 2010 the plant was officially opened by Mme Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, the Limpopo MEC for Agriculture.

Precious water for the area In January 2010, a brand new and more efficient water pipeline was laid in the Tukakgomo community area as part of Tubatse Ferrochrome’s Corporate Social Investment Program. The completed pipeline was officially opened and handed over to the community leaders and tribal representatives in a ceremony held at the Tukakgomo Educational facility, another of TFC’s Community

projects, in the area. The new pipeline will only be used for the transportation of household water, at a high pressure, from the water source to the reservoir on a hill at Tukakgomo. The original pipeline, built by Tubatse 30 years ago was no longer adequate. The old pipe will, from now on, only take water from the reservoir into the villages. Representatives from the municipality, the tribal authority, and members of the community, voiced their thanks to Tubatse for its contribution towards social upliftment in the area and emphasised how important it is, to local community, that Tubatse is always willing to support the community by improving living conditions for everyone.

Mr Desmond McManus, General Manager of Tubatse Ferrochrome and Limpopo MEC for Agriculture, Mme Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.

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Modikwa Values their communities

Modikwa hand over School uniforms Modikwa ensures skills development and education within the surrounding community, by encouraging leaner’s to gain confidence through participating in the Back to School programme that has identified leaner’s with a need for school uniforms. The Mine has taken responsibility of ensuring that those kids get the desired uniforms to encourage a culture of learning and reading. This will results in a well developed and educated community which will be able to take full responsibility of its own community development.

Mr. Sean O’Connor,Business Leader, highlighted the importance of community development and further indicated Modikwa’s support towards theOrphans of Mandaghoek Home Based Care. On this day Modikwa Platinum Mine handed over the School uniforms that included shoes, trousers/skirts and shirts. This programme has benefited 80 leaners from the following schools; Phutinare High School, Setlopong Primary and Marole High School.

Modikwa Platinum Mine completed Maandagshoek road Modikwa Platinum mine has several programmes initiated and undertaken to improve the socioeconomic conditions and the infrastructure of local communities. The most prominent and notable of which being the development of transport infrastructure through the Mandagshoek Road which stretches from the Driekop T-Junction to the HC Boshoff hospital. The project commenced in February last year and is due to be completed by the middle of April 2011. The construction company has encountered some challenges which were addressed through the assistance of Makgoshis, i.e community utilizing the Road while still under severe construction. The community adhered to requests from the Makgoshi to adhere to road signs as well as to keep off the half-constructed road. Modikwa Platinum mine is proud to announce that irrespective of those challenges “Re ka gona, we Care”, hence this month we will able to hand over the Road to the Municipality and the Community. This project has a total investment of R 63 720 099.00

Modikwa mine would like to call upon the community of Maandagshoek and its surrounding areas to work closely with the Mine in executing their entire community Socioeconomic development project and take ownership of this development. When it is handed over, the project belong to them, not to Modikwa.


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ECM Cares Samancor, Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) providing food hampers to the needy

Samancor, Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) supporting the schools In the first two weeks of school, Samancor, Eastern Chrome Mines issued 2000 pencil cases to local schools. Grade R and Grade 1 learners were targeted.

On 20 January 2011, Doornbosch Mine, on behalf of Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines, donated food hampers to a Civil Society Development Initiative (CSDI) based in Riba Cross. Their main objectives of the initiative were: 1. To promote social support to communities where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is high 2. To identify bedridden clients who need care 3. To identify child headed families 4. To offer physical and emotional care for bedridden people and 5. To provide food to orphans and vulnerable children

The District Athletics Championships hosted by Samancor Eastern Chrome (ECM), was organized by the department of Sports Art and Culture in conjunction with the Department of Education (District Level). Technically the event was hosted by Mangabane Primary school, which requested ECM to accommodate the event due to lack of suitable facilities at their school. The event was a culmination of a series of Regional competitions consisting of track and field events for primary schools around the Sekhukhune District. The estimated number of participants were 600 and 81 officials attended. Six Clusters from Sekhukhune District were present. The chairperson of the Cluster Mr. Motubatse was impressed with the arrangements and the venue, and thanked ECM for their contribution. HR Manager, Pieter Brits, indicated that Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines is proud to be associated with the support of local schools.

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ECM contributed to water projects at Makgemeng, Bogwasha, Ga-Mampuru, Ga-Mashishi, Ga-Manyaka and Diporwaneng ECM provided paving skills to more than 15 unemployed community members. ECM invested in leadership skills development at Makgemeng, Ga-Mampuru and Phasha.

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To have a government newspaper or not? Government is planning to issue their own newspaper on a monthly basis. This is one of the plans to counter negative reporting as well as to ensure that statements and press releases are published in a way that appeals to government. To publish this newspaper, they will have to fork out an estimated R1 million per issue. They will print 2 million copies that will be dished out around the country. These new printing plans have come under critisism as statistics showed that 51% of independent newspapers did not survive the last two years during the recession. Many people now say government should rather back these businesses and create employment through their support. We asked readers whether they though there is a place for such a government newspaper and what their ideas around it was.

Mr Moses Maloka said: “I don’t see the point of them having a government newspaper. Negatives will still be reported in the other media. Use the money for job creation and poverty alleviation it will be better spend than on a newspaper. What value will South Africans get? We already have capable people running newspapers”.

Mr Blessing Luthuli said: “They must re-think it. It is going to cost a lot of the tax payers’ money. They will end up like Zimbabwe with only propaganda. They must buy space elsewhere and be able to take critisism”. With him are Samkelo and Saneli.

Mnr. Kobus Raubenheimer sê: “Nee, hulle moet die plaaslike koerante ondersteun en eerder aandag gee aan dienslewering. Wend die geld beter aan”.

Me. Christien Greyling en mnr. Hanno Pool sê: “Nee, hulle moenie dit doen nie. Vat eerder my belasting geld en maak die paaie reg of bou huise”. By hulle is Charlize.

Mr Mawande Mdunywa said: “They should buy their own page every week in all the local newspapers. They reach far more people. Standardise it. It will support the local businesses and when newspapers have that income they can employ and train more journalists - which is job creation. The rest of the money they would have spend on their paper should be used for service delivery”.

Mr Daniel Malema and Mr Collin Manyaka said: “It is a good thing, but on the other side you don’t want to take money away from service delivery”.

Ms Gloria Motshoane said: “There should be something like that. They should have their own newspaper”.

Me. Cindy Baxter sê: “Sit eerder byvoegsels in bestaande koerante en gebruik my belasting geld om die paaie reg te maak”. By haar is Kaylene.

Mnr. Herman Combrinck sê: “Nee, baie jammer dit gaan nie werk nie. Het hulle die geld? Wie gaan dit lees? In watter taal gaan dit wees?”

Mr Mandla Xaba said: “It has ups and downs. Most of the stuff reported are negative, it will do them good to get the exposure but there are cheaper ways. Post daily articles on the web. And use the money to create jobs for people like me”.

Mr Bongani Nkosi said: “The press must have freedom. They will just promote their own agenda”.

Mnr. Herman Greeff sê: “Dink net vir hoeveel minderbevoorregtes kan hulle help. Ondersteun liewer die bestaande koerante deur bylaes en sulke goed”.

Mnr Jacques Calvert sê: “Dis nie ‘n goeie ding nie. Wie gaan na ons nuus kyk? Wat gaan dit kos? Gee ons nie al genoeg geld vir die regering nie?”

Mr Trywell Sharrif said: “It will be good for them, but they must rather use existing newspapers. They must not use a lot of money to have a newspaper”.


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Letters / Briewe

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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.

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Op-en-Wakker Groep vir bejaardes Op Ohrigstad verkoop die Op-en-Wakker Groep vir bejaardes hou elke laaste Vrydag van die maand pannekoek- en vetkoekverkope by die Pure Plaas stalletjie. Al die geld wat hulle in die eerste deel van die jaar ingesamel het, het gegaan vir liefdadigheid. Nou werk die bejaardes om geld in te samel vir hul toer na die Kaap. Dale Hayes - Super Sport Golf Day This event will take place Tubatse Chrome Golf Club and it will be televised shortly after the day on Super Golf. Only 64 places are available, so join us and book your space now. When: 1 June 2011. Format: Better Ball Stable Fort. Shotgun start at 10:45. After play: Dale Hayes Trick Shot Clinic. Formalities includes dinner which will take place at 18:00. Entry fee: R470. Your booking will only be confirmed once your R470 has been paid. Contact: Martin van Rooyen, 082 816 4833. Hoërskool Lydenburg reüinie Die Hoërskool Lydenburg matrieks van 1961 beplan om hierdie jaar hul 50 jaar reüinie te hou. Almal van daardie jaar word versoek om met Henry Erasmus in verbinding te tree. Hy kan bereik word by 083 276 7873 of 015 307 4550 or henrye@telkomsa.xine Junior Golf Clinic On 1 and 2 April a Junior Golf Clinic will be held at Tubatse Chrome Club. All young boys and girls are welcome to attend this clinic. The Club is aiming at developing new talent and would like to enhance the sport in the area. To find out more about this call Martin van Rooyen on 082 816 4833. Laerskool Ohrigstad Golfdag Laerskool Ohrigstad hou op 7 Mei hulle jaarlikse gholfdag by Tubatse Chrome Club. Groot pryse is op die spel. Die formaat is ‘n ‘2 ball alliance’. Een speler sal ook die dag saam met Fanie de Villiers kan speel. Die kans om De Villiers as spanmaat te hê word op ‘n bod-beginsel beslis. Die openingsbod staan op R1000. Persone wat solank plek wil bespreek vir dié heerlike dag of ‘n bod wil insit om De Villiers as spanmaat te hê, kan Steven by 084 589 0344 kontak. Chrome Golf Club Wednesday Competitions Time: 15:00. Nine holes. Entry fee R60. Enquiries: Martin van Rooyen, 082 816 4833. Chrome Golf Club Friday Sundowner Competitions (twice a month) Time: 13:00. Nine holes. Entry fee R60. Enquiries: Martin van Rooyen, 082 816 4833. Burgersfort United Soccer Burgersfort United Football Club plays soccer every Wednesday and Friday evening. They invite all social players of all ages to come and join them at the Laerskool Burgersfort sportsgrounds. Enquiries: Faizal, 082 922 3909 or Riaz, 072 471 7545. Winterveld Ringbalklub Die Winterveld Ringbalklub begin weer met hulle oefeninge. Dit is steeds Dinsdae en Donderdae om 18:00 by die Waterval CVO skool se bane. Alle nuwe en oud-spelers is welkom om by die klub aan te sluit. Die klub het vanaf juniorspelers wat nog op laerskool is tot seniors. Navrae: Zelna Wheeler, 072 531 6287.

“If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” - 14th Dalai Lama (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso)

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

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Tubatse Ringbal Klub Die Tubatse Ringbal Klub oefen elke Dinsdagaand. Oefeninge is Dinsdae om 18:00 by Calvin College. Donderdae sal wedstryde op Lydenburg gespeel word. Alle belangstellendes is welkom. Navrae: Roelof Lourens, 072 209 0176 of Lesley Oosthuizen, 082 224 5695.

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Photography Club winners for March

The top photograph was taken by Daryll Geddes and took the second place. The judges said that the little wings brought something different to the photograph, but that it would have been better if the little foot had not been cut off.

The photographs on the top and left took first and third position. The judges said that they liked the way the photographer played with shape and colour. The red colouring helped to ensure that the guitar did not overshadow the figure, which was also the subject of the photograph. The bottom one was a bit different with the guitar not having exactly the same effect on the picture as a whole. The focus, light and composition of the photographs were good. They were both taken by Ruan Kleynhans.

Want to join the club? Phone Ruan Kleynhans on 083 276 1643 or Daryll Geddes on 083 612 2021.



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Klein Advertensies • Smalls

Plaas jou klein advertensie by Phelo Pele Pharmacy in die Khadima Sentrum of by Burgersfort Apteek in die Marone Sentrum of doen dit elektronies d.m.v. e-pos of faks. Place your small at Phelo Pele Pharmacy in the Khadima Centre or at Burgersfort Pharmacy at the Marone Centre. You could also place it via e-mail or fax. Enquiries: 083 543 1676 or 083 271 9151. E-mail: • Fax: 086 554 9031

1.Sport Klubs /Sport Clubs 2.Betrekking/Vacancy 3.Dienste/Services 4. Oornag Akkommodasie/Overnight accommodation 5. Troeteldiere/Pets 6. Persoonlik/Personal 7. Allerlei/Miscellaneous 8. Gesoek/Wanted 9. Te Huur/To Let 10. Te Koop/For sale

1. Sport Klubs/ Sport Clubs GSKA Karate Maandae & Woensdae van 17h30 – 19h00 by Calvin Collage. Almal welkom van 6 jaar en ouer. Skakel Jolanda Hietbrink by 082 859 9681.

3. Dienste/ Services

4. Oornag Akkommodasie/ Overnight accommodation Mooifontein Guesthouse Accommodation in Burgersfort. R380 per person per day. Includes Bed & Breakfast, Lunch/ Supper & Laundry service. Contact: Judy, 082 308 9221/7


9. Te Huur/ To Let Burgersfort. Two 1 Bedroom flats in secure complex. Contact: 076 666 1100

10.Te Koop/ For Sale 1ha - 1.3ha Voltitelerwe teen berghang, net buite Steelpoort te koop. Kaart en transport reeds deur. Geen gewag vir toestemming, alles reeds goedgekeur en onderverdeel. Eskom en wateraansluitings beskikbaar. SLEGS WOONDOELEINDES. Pryse vanaf R680 000. Navrae: 082 851 5825 of 082 875 0292.

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Security Staff Required Special Operations Supervisor or Junior Manager: Steelpoort Area

The successful candidate must have previous military or police experience, drivers license, fire arm competency and a Grade A PSIRA registration. Experience in special crime reduction operations is a requirement. Remuneration would be on a Grade A (plus) level.

Crime Incident Investigator: Steelpoort Candidates with CID experience, informer handling and incident investigations experience will be considered with the added requirements of drivers license, Grade A PSIRA registration and fire arm competency. Remuneration on Grade A (plus) level.

Security Officers: Steelpoort Grade D – B security officers required for the Steelpoort Area. Only security officers with clean criminal records and valid PSIRA registrations will be considered. Employment is subject to passing mining security competency evaluation and reference checks are done. Grade B officers with drivers licenses will also be considered. Thorburn Security Solutions offer the following benefits to staff in the Steelport Area: · Immediate funeral benefit · Provident Fund after 4 months · R200 000 death cover for mining security officers · R175-00 Monthly Performance and Attendance Bonus · Special rewards for Service Excellence Thorburn meet all statutory requirements. To apply fax CVs to 012 803 8084 or e-mail to addresses below or visit our local offices.

Eastern Limb Offices, Rodium Drive, Steelpoort


A career opportunity exists at Thorburn Security Solutions: ALARM SYSTEM TECHNICIAN Thorburn Security Solutions is seeking the employment of a full time Alarm System Technician in the Steelpoort Area, who should be able: * To maintain and install full alarm systems on newly acquired sites. * To have fault finding skills and a sound knowledge of most suitable placements of devices such as internal and external PIR’s, wiring of a full system, including zone expanders, and remote controls. * To conduct system programming of one or more of the following (IDS, Paradox, DSC) * To use multi-meter to test cable voltage and conduct continuity tests. * To present certificates confirming PSIRA registration and valid South African driver’s license. * To know SAIDSA installation requirements. * To have at least 3 years alarm installation experience and at least 12 months of leading an installation team. * Knowledge and experience with CCTV and access control systems will be an advantage; Applications with CV have to reach or soonest Only eligible candidates will be notified those who do not receive any feedback within one week were regrettably declined.



Ladies on the golf course Last week Saturday Tubatse Chrome Golf Club held a free ladies golf clinic. The aim of the day was to help those who would like to learn the game, or who can already play, but need a bit more confidence and guidance. The club would like to develop the ladies and junior golf to eventually also enter teams in the league games or be able to play friendly competitions with neighbouring clubs. Seven women attended the morning’s activity.

They learned how the putt in a straight line. They also had some coaching in hiting the ball with the correct posture and drift. Each woman had her turn to hit 60 balls from a bucket. This turned the course into somewhat of a driving range, but I was all for a good cause because most of the women quickly got the hang of it. The Club provided them with lunch and would like to invite them and any other golfing enthusiasts to join the club and make use of the clinics to enhance your play.

The Juniors will have a golf clinic on 1 and 2 April. All young boys and girls are welcome. To book your spot contact Martin van Rooyen on 082 816 4833.

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Maintaining the lead

Maatlopo United kept their hope of representing Sekhukhune in the provincial play-off alive by beating RT Gaint Killers at Moroke on Saturday last week. RT Giant Killers are from Jane Furse. The final score was 4-1 and Maatlopo’s points were made by Adebayoh Thobejane (2), Small Mampa and Raymond Phasha. Raymond was also the Man of the Match. This week Maatlopo will not be playing. They were supposed to play against Denilton Young Stars but they were disqualified from the competition after they missed more than three games this season.

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Maatlopo United will host Makgalanoto Young Chiefs on 9 April and Sekhukhune Arsenal on 16 April. Both these games will be played at Moroke’s Ntwampe Stadium. “Our goal is to see ourselves in the Vodacom league. We urge all people, the municipality, NGO’s, supporters and the media to support us in our bid for this”.

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Marathon fun for local athletes Small, but fit and fast

Charlise Visser, daughter of Vissie Visser from Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines finished the women’s 21 km race in 9th place. This is a remarkable achievement for a little girl of only 12 years old! Her parents had to get special permission for her to participate.

Athletes participated in the Longtom Marathon last week Saturday. Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines also manned a waterpoint and came second out of more than 20 waterpoints along the route. Local athletes took first and second place in the 56km race. Read more about this on page 16. The photographs on these pages were taken by Davida van der Walt and Willem Montgomery.

Waterpoint second place for ECM Samancor, Eastern Chrome Mines again showed their support and commitment towards the development of the community by sponsoring a water point during the Longtom Marathon. Several runners from the mine also participated in the 5km and the 21km races and were sponsored with their running kit. The team that manned the water point was exhilarated by the fact that they received second place in the category for the best water point. It was a fun day for all and Eastern Chrome Mines is looking forward to next year’s event.


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Ceiling fans, Decorative Lights. 3D Designs for woodwork. Open Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 16:00 Contact: 082 569 4677 • Burgersfort main road next to Kia Motors.

Fanie is in top form The Modikwa Marathon Club had a very successful weekend at the annual Long Tom Ultra Marathon but it was Fanie Matshipa who stole the show with his first place. Leboka Noto running in the colours of Mr Price come in second position after Fanie who runs for Steelpoort. Leboka was very happy with his performance and said his training for this year’s Comrades Marathon. Peter Molapo came home in a very respectable 11 place. Modikwa’s Mandla Nxumalo also competed in the 56km race, this was the first time he ran the Long Tom ultra marathon. In the 21.1km race the other Modikwa athletes did very well with Portia Mabena winning the junior ladies race. Ernest Mokoo one of our community runners came in at position 5, he had a very good race. The rest of the athletes finished in very good times. We would like to congratulate all the runners with their excellent performance and wish them best of luck for the upcoming Loskop Marathon. Left: Fanie Matshipa from Steelpoort came first in the Longtom Marathon’s 56km race. All photographs on this page: Willem Montgomery. Right: Modikwa Marathon Club runners after they’ve completed their various races. The Club performed very well with two athletes in the top ten and a win in the Junior Ladies Section.

Far left: Fanie and Leboka Noto - first and second places.

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

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