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New courts for Bogwasha Primary School On Thursday last week, Bogwasha Primary School in Praktiseer officially opened their new tennis, netball and volleyball courts. The courts were funded with money approved by the Lotto in September 2009. A total of R677 518.80 was received and in 2010 the construction phase kicked-off. Last week a ribbon cutting ceremony took place where the local ward councillor, Ms LR Maroga cut the ribbon. Afterwards opening games were played on the courts.

“Tennis is very popular in Praktiseer, but until now the people did not have any facilities. These courts will not only benefit the school, but also the community. They can come and play here over the weekends and afternoons,” said Mr MD Moshoana, the school principal. A Modikwa Platinum Mine employee volunteered to coach the learners in tennis and any volunteers who would like to become involved with the school can contact Moshoana on 082 412 2386.

Cllr. Maroga congratulates principal MD Moshoana. (Photographs: Bogwasha Primary School).

Developing more than security skills In June 2010 a new skills development center opened in Steelpoort in the offices of Thorburn Security Solutions and gradually developed in stature and competence. During the period June 2010 to September 2011 more than 800 security officers underwent modular security skills development in mining security at their Steelpoort training center, contracted mines and at remote areas such as Machadodorp, Phalabora , Venda, Witbank and Badplaas.

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Each security officer has been refreshed in mining security skills as well as other skills such as customer relations, report writing etc. Training is 20% class room based and the rest on site. “Our managers need to develop skills to optimize the qualities of supervisors and supervisors must get more productivity from security officers – it is a deficiency in the security industry and the security industry need to address it”, Thorburn Managing Director Dolf Scheepers commented. Thorburn Security wants their managers to be world class and therefore groom them in many ways – English skills are one of their “grooming” subjects. Twice weekly an English teacher form Burgersfort train Thorburn Security managers in English at the Steelpoort Academy and the results are visible in the quality of their reports. “You don’t reap the results of training and skills development in the first month but only over a period of time. We see vast improvements in service delivery, motivation and attitude from security officers and managers following our skills development efforts and are proud of our achievements”, Thorburn Managing Director Dolf Scheepers commented. A next step is special operations training in Phalabora for staff performing specialized skills in terms of intelligence gathering, observation and safety inspections in the Eastern Limb. Thorburn Security Solutions, since 2006, is a proud supporter of the Greater Tubatse Area and supports various community initiatives, golf caddie projects, bursaries and local entrepreneurship. (Photograph & Information: Dolf Scheepers).

Safety performance by Babohlale at ASA Metals

Babohlale has worked two months in a row without a Disabling Injury. During the last eight months they have worked four months without a single DI. This is an exceptional achievement, taking their difficult ground conditions into consideration. The Manager, Mr. Johann Kotzè, the Mine Overseers, Mr. Rudi van den Berg and Mr. Leonard Hlatswayo, together with their whole team

maintain their zero tolerance towards sub standard safety standards. Frequent safety meetings are being held to discuss safety issues, and to increase safety performance. The ASA Metals / Dilokong Chrome Mine Management Team would like to congratulate Babohlale for their dedication towards the safety of their employees. (Information & photographs: Gerrit van Eck, ASA Metals).


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Police looking for witness The Police are looking for Mr David Marobela of Leboeng, Rutseng Village. It is believed that Mr Marobela is around the Lydenburg/Mashishing area. He is a key witness in a case of assault. It is alleged that on 6 January this year, he was present when Mr Piet Chego was assaulted in Mashishing township by unknown persons. He can assist the Police to solve the case. Anyone who knows his whereabouts or Mr Marobela himself should contact the investigating officer, Constable MBanbtbshbwanbe at 013 238 0205 ext 19 (Ohrigstad Police Station).



Non-exec directors visit Two Rivers Platinum Non-executive directors with TRP staff. ARM non-executive directors visited Two Rivers Platinum recently to have first hand exposure of underground mining. Among the visitors were business women who have never been to similar mining operation before. The purpose of the visit was to expose them to mining conditions and to share with them the mine’s successes to date. Two Rivers’operating model is unique, safe, costeffective and viable. The Mine’s safety records for its size is unsurpassed. They recently clocked just above 2,3 million Free Fatality Shifts (FFS) mark. Since its inception TRP has gone through a number of phases such as its workforce, especially from the local communities, that has grown in leaps and bounds and with the recent successful trials on the Merensky reef, the mine’s lifespan is likely to expand and it therefore follows that the local economy will improve. “TRP has heeded The President’s nation address speech for 2011, particularly with regard to job creation. Limpopo province has a target of 400 000 new or sustainable jobs that needs to be created. We have raised our hand as Good Corporate Citizens and said count us in”, said Mr Adriaan de Beer, the TRP Business Leader. “If all goes well, the Merensky project will give us an opportunity to respond to the President’s, the Premier’s and our local communities’ call to respond appropriately to poverty that has engulfed our communities through transformation”, concluded Mr de Beer. “The interest shown by our women Non-Executive Directors, demonstrates our leadership and commitments to transformation. We appreciate their presence because through such visits and engagements with our shareholders be believe that our efforts in the Women In and On Mining will not go unnoticed” said Mr. Roland Dressels the Human Resources Leader at Two Rivers.

Fiery marriage turns sourman sentenced On Tuesday 13 September Solomon Lucky Mashaba from Mapareng Village was sentenced to R1500 or three months imprisonment. Two months imprisonment is suspended for three years on condition that he is not convicted of the same crime during the period of suspension. Mr Mashaba was convicted of malicious damage to property in the Magistrate’s Court in Leboeng. He was found guilty of burning his wife’s clothes ...



New learnership candidates taken in at Modikwa Platinum Mine Modikwa Platinum Mine is making special efforts to deliver on Leanership programmes for the community in terms of Skills Development Act of 1998. Modikwa has recently had its first intake of 46 learners, on Millwrights Leanership programme, which will run for two and a half years. Learners were appointed on the basis of having Matric (Maths and Science), N or S courses and their commitment on the programme.

The programme will encompass both Auto electrical and Diesel Mechanic. Participants will have the opportunity to receive both theory and practical training which will assist them to write trade test and become qualified Millwrights. Modikwa pride itself in its approach to prepare local community youth members to contribute significantly to the Mining Industry.

Business Leader Mr. Nxumalo, Mr. Mbethe HR Leader, Dr J. Lidderd and Mnr Henry Joubert HRD Support Officer and participants on Leanership programme. (Photograph & article: Modikwa Communication Unit).


Remember the Limpopo Valley Toy Run The annual Limpopo Valley Toy Run will take place at Mapochs Club Roossenekal on Sunday 20 November. Remember to mark the date in your calendar and support a good cause. Anyone requiring more information can contact Julia Todd from Bikers that Care on 083 233 8399.


Janus en Chantelle Weber is verlede Saterdag, 24 September 2011 vanuit die NG Kerk op Burgersfort in die huwelik bevestig. Die paartjie vestig hulle op Burgersfort.




Phaala Secondary School celebrates heritage in style The Phaala Secondary School learners proudly celebrated Heritage Day at the school on 23 September 2011. The children rendered items such as poems, traditional dance, choir items and many more. The Makgakgasa group of the school showed the circuit manager, Mr Lingwati that they are a forced to be reckoned with. The school thanked Ms Mchavi as the mentor of the Makgakgasa group and the principal, Ms Lentsoane, the chief mentor of the group. Two masters of ceremony, Cry Nkele and Ignitious Mabuza made sure that everything on the programme went according to plan.

Circuit manager, Mr Lingwati and school principal Ms Lentsoane in conversation.

(Photographs & Information: Mr Moshoane, Phaala Secondary School).

Calendar winners announced ASA Metals hosted an Art Competition with the aim of developing an HIV/AIDS Calendar for 2011. The competition was approved by the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Herman Smith during 2010, with both company

Mr. Chaba (Principle of Maputle Secondary School) with the R1000.00 prize money.

employees and scholars of the surrounding schools participating. On Friday the 2nd of September 2011, ASA Metals representatives Ms. Emsie Henderson (HR Manager), Mr. Riaan van der Westhuizen (SHEQ Manager), Melga Madihlaba (HR Officer – Smelter) and Lazarus Mlisane (NUM Full Time Shop Steward) visited Maputle Secondary School for the handover of prizes to the winning scholars. Congratulations to Raymond Mabilu who received R500.00, and the school a further R1000.00. The handover of the prizes went well and proved that this HIV / AIDS Calendar Competition was a huge success. ASA Metals believe that the importance of this competition helped to create awareness of HIV / AIDS, and made a difference in the way we approach HIV / AIDS awareness. They thanked all who took part and for making this competition possible.

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ALLERGIC RHINITIS CAUSES Allergic rhinitis is caused by a nasal reaction to small airborne particles called allergens. In some people, these particles also cause reactions in the lungs (asthma) and eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). The affected cells produce inflammatory substances, including histamine, that cause fluid to build up in the nasal tissues (congestion), itching, sneezing, and runny nose. ALLERGIC RHINITIS SYMPTOMS The symptoms of allergic rhinitis vary from person to person. Although the term “rhinitis” refers only to the nasal symptoms, many patients also experience problems with their eyes, throat, ears, and sleep, so it is helpful to consider the entire spectrum of symptoms. Nose: watery nasal discharge, blocked nasal passages, sneezing, nasal itching, post-nasal drip, loss of taste, facial pressure or pain. Eyes: itchy, red eyes, feeling of grittiness in the eyes, swelling and blueness of the skin below the eyes. Throat and ears: sore throat, hoarse voice, congestion or popping of the ears, itching of the throat . ALLERGIC RHINITIS TREATMENT The treatment of allergic rhinitis includes reducing exposure to allergens and other triggers, in combination with medication therapy. In most people, these measures effectively control the symptoms. Reduce exposure to triggers eg. dust, smoke, pollen and other chemicals. Several different classes of drugs counter the inflammation that causes symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Please ask your pharmacist or doctor. Medication, there are different over the counter medicine that can be used to manage the symptoms they are found in the form of oral preparations eg. tablet and syrups while others are used locally eg eye drops, throat spray etc. Ask your pharmacist for more professional help.




ECM Performs well in DQS audit Winter Warmer DQS South Africa is the Certification Body that specializes in Safety, Health, Environment and Quality(SHEQ) Management System Certification that assists South African and multinational organizations in realizing their SHEQ Management System objectives. DQS surveillance audits were conducted at Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) during the week of 6 to 10 June 2011 to evaluate the various management systems and to retain the relevant certifications (ISO 14001:2004, ISO 9001:2008, BS OHSAS 18001:2007). ECM achieved 10 commendations and 5 minor findings. The findings were closed out and confirmed by the auditors before the auditors completed their audit. General Manager Emile Britz expressed his gratitude towards all ECM employees who are constantly showing their commitment to ensuring that Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality requirements are continuously improved and maintained.

Steelpoort Academy in collaboration with “Friend in Need” initiated a winter warmer campaign involving all the surrounding mines. Samancor Eastern Chrome Mine (ECM) employees donated clothes, blankets, track suites and food.

General Manager Emile Britz.

ECM cares for the community Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) believes that the children are our future and it is critical that companies like ECM invest in local schools. Sehlaku Secondary School is situated at Driekop Village and ECM took the initiative to get involved. The school was in dire need for extra class rooms seeing that they received an enrollment of 1450 learners. ECM donated park homes to the school to assist with accommodating their vast numbers of learners, and also sponsored security fencing to secure the park homes. The areas around the park homes were also paved to assist with dust management. The Principal is Mr Jacob Moshwana expressed his gratitude to ECM.

ECM Training Centre MQA Accreditation

Winterveld Festival On 2 and 3 September ECM hosted the Winterveld Festival. The weekend kicked-off with a mining expo and on Saturday’s programme was various artists, kiddies entertainment, soapbox race and a potjiekos competition.

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ECM puts Safety First The Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) Training Centre was previously accredited by the MQA for Engineering, Metallurgical and Mineral Excavation (Mining) Training, but recently received a scope extension on the Mineral Excavation accreditation to include Occupational Health and Safety.

ECM does Advanced Lifting Equipment Training The Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) Training Centre prides itself on arranging specific training based on the particular needs of the ECM sections. One such example is Lifting Equipment Training. In February, 21 employees completed their Basic Lifting Equipment Course. In July, 16 of the 21 employees enhanced their skills with Advanced Lifting Equipment Training. The aim of such training is to ensure that lifting equipment is properly inspected and used correctly to ensure the safety of ECM employees. One of the core values of ECM is Zero Harm.

Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) takes safety very seriously. At the ECM monthly safety meeting that was held in July, the SHEQ team did a demonstration using injury mock ups. The meeting is attended by employees as well as ECM contractors. Accidents were staged where employees were

asked to respond and treat the “accident victims”. By having done first aid training and responding in the correct manner to the injured, one can be sure to save a life! The ECM Training Centre is proud to have trained more than 1300 employees since January 2011 on Basic First Aid Training.



Eastern Limb Career Expo Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines was one of proud sponsors of the Eastern Limb Career Expo at Modikwa in August. The ECM team held a display which covered the whole mining value chain. ECM says that mining is a team “sport”. Different people have different skills, and by pulling it all together in a cohesive manner, you get successful mining. They pulled in CCT who manages their open cast mining sections to demonstrate the open cast mining operations. The children were intrigued by the model size trucks which CCT displayed. ECM also made use of Emtee to display a conveyor belt, feeder and rock breaker. This provided the children with the opportunity to see the actual process but on a much smaller scale. ECM also displayed a model size LHD and UV, as well as educational material on learnerships and careers in opencast and underground mining. And as we all know, a mine is nothing without safety. To make the experience a bit more real, ECM had a life size model of a miner wearing his underground PPE. Jurgens Bekker, Training Superintendent at ECM said that it has been a tremendous experience to be part of such a huge effort which provided the opportunity to create an excitement for mining as a career with at least 7000 children.

Donate blood and save a life On the 31st of May 2011 Samancor, Eastern Chrome Mines participated in a campaign to donate blood at the Winterveld offices. The motto is ‘Safe blood saves lives’. Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines is proud to be involved in such an initiative that can save lives

ECM Lab Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines built and commissioned their own laboratory in 2009. The laboratory plays a key role in ensuring that product quality is on specification. In May this year, the lab received an assessment by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). After a process of six months, the ECM lab received their accreditation on 27 July 2011. SHEQ Manager Frank Cotton said :”ECM is very proud to have a laboratory of such high quality. Every member of the team is an asset!”.

Fun at the Wildevy 4x4 Day Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) was one of the proud sponsors of the Wildevy 4x4 Family Day. ECM sponsored obstacle number two on the 4x4 track, a potjie team (manned by ECM Management) and a paramedic stand in partnership with EMCARE. The medical team was available on site in case any serious incidents would occur and fortunately there were no injuries. The one major factor that they had to deal with was sunburn and luckily the medics were ready for “sunburn victims”! At the obstacle, the ECM team decided to go with a safety theme, seeing that ZERO HARM is one of the core values of ECM. It was a day to remember, the ECM team, as well as the spectators had lots of fun! All the hard work that was put into it was not in vain. The ECM team walked away with the prize for the best point for 2011! Well done ECM!


Support to local schools Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) is proud to support local schools. Realising the importance of foundation training, ECM has his year supported the Khenzani Program at Makgekantshe Primary, Mangabane Primary, Mapuru II and Kgoboko Primary. The Program is aimed at foundation training for Grade R and Grade 1 students. It covers motor skills, numeracy and literacy skills. Lenkse Buglass, one of the Khenzani Trainers says that the most important outcome of the program is that it improves children’s ability to converse, which in turn develops their confidence. Principal Rebecca

Sekgobela says the program has been a huge success and a great blessing to every child involved. The children’s appetite for learning has been ignited. Khenzani uses fun techniques to teach the children. Consequently they are having so much fun without realising they are learning in the process.

Women’s Day celebrated

Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) is dedicated and committed about Women in Mining. ECM currently employ 280 women in positions right across the value chain of the business. Women accounts for 15% of the total workforce (which is much higher than the required target set in the Mining Charter of 10%). Women’s Day is a special occasion whereby the ladies of ECM are recognized for their contribution to the business, and had the opportunity to celebrate their gender. A very special day for the ladies was hosted by ECM and the Winterveld Recreational Club hall was turned into a spectacular sight. At first the ladies were motivated by Loraine Mphahlele, who is a professional entrepreneur and the founder and Executive Director of Investments for African Women Holdings, to inspire and achieve their full potential. After her inspiring talk, the ladies were entertained by the handsome Riba Cross Timers. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed the choir’s charm. Then the Riba Cross Civil Society Youth Choir energised the audience with their vibrant singing. Last but not least the ladies enjoyed a special lunch. As the ladies left the celebration, the words

of Loraine Mphahahlele stayed with them when they remembered her saying: “Give a woman a house, and she makes it a home”.

ECM assists with water to Mampuru Village A Water Purification Plant was built and commissioned in Mampuru Village during 2010 by the District Municipality, but during the implementation phase a few difficulties and challenges were indentified and the project was delayed. Samancor Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) decided to use the opportunity to assist the roleplayers, who included the Municipality and community, b y providing the necessary capacity to complete the project. ECM arranged the COC (Certificate of Compliance), in order for Eskom to connect the power and replaced the non-return valve. ECM also did pipe modifications and replaced the DOL (Direct on line starter) and finally commissioned the plant. The formal handover took place on 15 July 2011. Present during the formal handover was Mr. Tseke Sekhukhune, Metallurgical Manager from ECM and Mr Ntsoane, Senior Manager of the Sekhukhune Water District. Mr. Ntsoane was

impressed with the initiative taken by ECM and Mr Rampele, Site Manager of the Sekhukhune Water District and the Water Committee thanked ECM for making a difference in the Mampuru Community. Through this initiative the Mampuru community now has access to water. Mr. Emile Britz, ECM General Manager said that it is important for companies to assist the local municipalities with capacity building.




Dangerous Weapons Bill - what do you think? This week the Dangerous Weapons Bill had people talking. According to this bill that is currently open for discussion, people will not be allowed to carry anything that is considered a dangerous weapon in a public place. This will allow the SAPS to arrest a person who is found in possession of e.g. a toy gun under suspicious circumstances. Mr Pieter Groenewald of the FF+ was this week quoted saying: “The bill describes a dangerous weapon as “any object” that can injure a person or put temporarily out of action. It is dangerous even if there is only a suspicion that the object can injure someone. A woman who late in the evening carries pepper spray in her handbag can be arrested as she will not be able to claim she carried it in self defence”. Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies however said: “It should not be seen as an attempt to disarm people. A reasonable suspicion must exist that a person is at a specific place for crime and wants to use the weapon for an illegal purpose”. We asked readers what they think of the bill.

Mnr. Bertus Verdoes sê: “Wat help dit? Die misdaad raak net erger. Los die pepper spray en daai goed. Om te verbied dat jy dit sekere plekke nie mag dra nie gaan nie help nie. Die skelms sal steeds iewers iets in die hande kry om misdaad mee te pleeg”.

Mnr. Braam Matthysen sê: “Waarmee moet my vrou haarself beskerm? Hulle maak dit makliker vir die skelms. Pleks dat hulle eerder op die werklike misdaad konsentreer”.

Mr Meshack Mavhunda said: “It’s 50/50. The pros and the cons are heavy on both sides of the argument. It is good that they want to ban the carrying of weapons to reduce crime, but on the other hand they must think as it can also lead to increased crime if people are defenceless”.

Mnr. Willem Pieters en mnr. Johan Bekker sê: “Al verban hulle goed soos speelgoedwapens sal dit nie help nie. As die kriminele nou toegang tot regte vuurwapens kan kry, watse verskil gaan die verbanning maak? Misdaad neem net toe ten spyte van goed soos die nuwe vuurwapenlisensie wet”.

Ms Cleopatra Mateyo and Ms Salom Phiri said: “Especially pepper spray is important for women to defend themselves. Criminals will now go and take real guns instead of toy guns. They are criminals and have access to other weapons. This will increase crime. More people will get killed. Criminals will know people are afraid to carry things that can be seen as against the law and cannot defend themselves”.

Mnr. Marius du Bruyn sê: “Dis stupid. Hoe gaan die vrouens hulself verdedig? Hoe gaan jy vir ‘n jou seuntjie sê hy mag nie ‘n speelgeweer of ‘n Daisy hê nie? Dis nou net dat die diewe makliker toegang tot sagte teikens kan kry. Almal kan nie karateklasse gaan vat nie”.

Ms Ivy Ngomane said: “Sometimes you find that you innocently work late. You find that there is no bread in the house and you have to go to the shop. We women are in danger. We have to carry something to defend ourselves with. I don’t have a husband to defend me and the tsotsi’s are sitting everywhere. They’ll take my car, everything. You can get raped and get HIV infected. I must still be able to carry something to defend myself”.

Mnr. Jacobus Miller sê: “Al vat hulle alles weg sal daar altyd ouens wees wat wapens onderdeur die tafel verkoop. Dis soos die bestuurderslisensies. Jy kan dit enige plek koop as jy sal betaal. Wat nou van ouens wat wettige wapens het? Selfs die polisie en sekuriteitsmaatskappye gebruik pepper spray. Almal moet dieselfde behandel word. Dit gaan nie werk nie”.

Mr Isaiah Mathebula said: “They must ban weapons completely. Even the legal ones. Then we won’t have criminality. A toy can influence a person to want the real thing. Things that defend like pepper spray is ok, but not things that kill. With defensive items there is no problem”. Mr Gaonyatse Moroke said: “Why should especially women be defending themselves? All dangerous weapons should be banned. It will reduce crime because many people use toy guns in robberies. Yes, boys will be upset if toy guns are banned, but if I never gave my child a toy gun, he will never miss it. Kids watch their fathers and if the father carries a gun, the child wants one too. They follow the example of the fahers. Children must be taught”.

Mnr. Sarel van der Merwe en mev. Melana van der Merwe sê: “As gevolg van wat hulle wil inbring gaan mense meer aggressief word. Jy sal nou nie jou gesin kan beveilig nie. Inbrake gaan toeneem want mense kan hulself nie verdedig nie” Right: Ms Dineo Makofane said: “It will reduce criminality. They use toy guns to rob people and this will now be prevented”.




An evening with Calvin Calvin College hosted their revue titled ‘An evening with Calvin’ last week Friday and Saturday. Grade 1 - 11 participated and

Grades 1 to 11 participated.

Support the Fabulous Food and Wine Fair The Fabulous Food and Wine Fair will take place on 30 September and 1 October at the Watervalsrivier Geloftefees terrein. On 30 September Claude Moller will be the guest speaker. A R250 donation per person will provide you with a four course meal, two bottles of wine per table, entrance to the session with Claude, entrance to the Fair the next day and camping facilities from Friday to Sunday. It will also include pap and sauce for Saturday evening’s braai. (Bring own meat and drinks). The alternative is a donation of R100 per person which will give you entrance to the wine tasting and stalls on Saturday 1 October. This will start at 10:30 the morning. Food stalls will include trout, Indian dishes, cakes, sweets, cheese and much more. Different Wine Estates will also showcase their wines. During the day there will also be cooking demonstrations. Children under 18: a R20 donation. They are not allowed into the hall where the wine tasting will take place. There will be kiddies entertainment. No cooler-boxes. Bring own camping chair and picknic basket. Stalls are still available at R200 each. Through this event the organisers aim to raise funds for CANSA. Enquiries: Elize, 082 416 1420 or

entertained a fully packed hall with music and dance. The revue is hosted every second year.

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Morwa Commemorative Tournament at Ga-Malekane

On Saturday last week the Morwa Commemorative Tournament was played at JIK Stadium, Ga-Malekane. First Cosmos took on Steelpoort Park United. Steelpoort Park United won 2-1. Second in line was Shining Stars vs JIK Masters. Shining Stars won the game 2-1. The final between Steelpoort Park United and Shining Stars ended in favour of Steelpoort Park (1-0).

Top 8 teams decided in Twickenham soccer tournament The top eight teams who will play in the Twickenham soccer tournament 2011 were determined during play on 17 and 18 September. Marapong, Lebalelo, Young Chiefs, Motene, Real Rovers, Tjate Rovers, Arsenal and Evergreen will be taking each other on in the coming weeks. On 1 October the following games will be played: Marapong vs Lebalelo, Young Chiefs vs Motene, Real

Rovers vs Tjate Rovers and Arsenal vs Evergreen. People from all over the Tubatse area are invited to come and attend the games and support the teams. The semi-final and final games will be played on 8 October 2011. All games will start at 10h00 at Ntoampe Stadium. Enquiries: Maleven Daniel Phasha, 082 438 9757. (Compiled by Jimmy Makola)

Saddlesore 2011 The fifth annual Saddlesore took place last weekend. The trip is recorded for audit purposes and each biker rides 1000 miles (1609km) in a 24 hour period. A group of 13 (see photograph left) took on the challenge this year. They represented Swaers, Hondawing and Misty Knights. They took off on Friday and came back to Lydenburg on Saturday. The first team to arrive back was Swaers at 20:00. They were followed by Misty Knights at 23:00 and Bikers that Care 03:00 on Sunday morning. (Photograph and information: Alet Wolmarans).

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Paintball Gas refills - R30 Pepper Balls (10 pack) - R430

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SPORT Laerskool Burgersfort gholfdag goed ondersteun Laerskool Burgersfort het verlede week Saterdag hul jaarlikse gholfdag gehou. Die kompetisie het by Tubatse Chroom Klub plaasgevind. ‘n Vol veld het die dag se koel weer goed benut om uiteindelik vir ‘n tafel vol pryse mee te ding. Die skool het almal bedank wat aan die dag deelgeneem het, en so die skool ondersteun het. Hulle het reeds begin werk aan planne vir volgende jaar om seker te maak die dag word net beter en beter.

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See photographs for our recent work and call us for a Call us quotation for a quotation getdream that dream kitchen. to getto that kitchen.

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Kitchen build at home of owner of Red Security

Platinum Gazette 30 September 2011  

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