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Vaal Weekly, 14 - 20 September 2011
hijackers rob their guardian angel
Police have warned churchgoers to be extra careful as there is a car-stealing syndicate after their valuable cars. Photo: Sonqoba Kunene.
By Sonqoba Kunene
The Police responded with immediate effects to give chase and arrest two suspects with a stolen Chevrolet vehicle on the T-junction of Barrage (N1) and Potchefstroom.
By Lazarus Dithagiso THE BARRAGE. - The police successfully managed to arrest two car-hijacking suspects in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle. A suspect rolled the double Cab Isuzu bakkie when he lost control at the T-junction between Parys (Barrage) road and N1 Bloemfontein on Tuesday, at about 08:00. Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Mzimkulu Mthimkulu says the driver of a blue Chevrolet from Sasolburg with Free State registration was hijacked in the early hours of the morning. It all started when a Toyota double cab bakkie and a black A3 vehicle were chased
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even at church. He warns that thinking that the church is holy ground and therefore safe, is bad judgment. “Please, people must secure their cars by activating alarms systems and ensuring that their windows and doors are locked. They should also remove small valuable items from their cars as they might attract thieves,” adds Thwala. Investigations into these cases of vehicle theft are ongoing.
Making your bed on stale bread? By Sonqoba Kunene SEBOKENG.- Again, several stores owned by foreign nationals were found to be selling expired food. This discovery was made by members and officials of the Sebokeng SAPS and Emfuleni Local Municipality’s Health, By-Laws and Traffic Departments during a raid in the area on Friday.The raid also revealed that many foreign business owners sleep on their business premises – an act that has angered local authorities. Sebokeng SAPS spokesperson, Captain Bheki Thwala says that the purpose of the operation was to focus on foreign businesses to check whether they were compliant with by-laws. “The raid was also aimed at intensifying police visibility in the Sebokeng precinct. The status of foreign nationals was also a priority. We wanted to find out whether they are in the country legally or illegally,”
says Thwala. Owners who sleep inside their stores and those whose shops sell expired food were heavily warned and told to look for residential places to sleep. “They were issued with heavy fines,” adds Thwala. Police and health officials observe the expired food that was found in one of the foreign-owned businesses in the Sebokeng area during a raid on Friday.
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by the police from Bophelong Extension 16. The two vehicles took the same road to the N1. On the way, says Mthimkulu, the vehicles split in two different directions. The one vehicle went in the direction of the N1 road and the double cab bakkie in the direction of Barrage Police Station. The Toyota double cab bakkie then allegedly capsized and the A3 passed over to the N1 road. Mthimkulu says that since there was an accident, the driver of a blue Chevrolet, stopped to assist the injured occupants. Suddenly the injured driver and the other occupants approached the owner of the Chevrolet. They allegedly threatened him, took the vehicle and sped off. Their luck was short lived as the police were already hot on their tracks. On the T-junction between Potchefstroom and Barrage road, the police warned the driver to pull over, but he ignored the warning. The suspects had a puncture in the front right wheel of the car and they were eventually forced to stop their vehicle. Mthimkulu says the two suspects who are apparently from Soweto, are faced with charges of hijacking and possession of a stolen vehicle. They will soon appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate Court, says Mthimkulu.
SEBOKENG.- “There is a booming market for stolen Toyota vehicles,” says Sebokeng SAPS spokesperson, Captain Bheki Thwala following reported incidents of vehicles stolen outside churches on Sundays. In recent weeks, Toyota Tazz’s and Camry’s have been targeted by a syndicate working in Sebokeng. Thwala says that people should make sure that their cars are locked at all times,
Vaal Weekly, 14 - 20 September 2011
Principal dies in strange circumstances.
Gone for good in 60 seconds
The scene of the fatal accident in Frikkie Meyer –Boulevard last Wednesday evening which claimed the life of the principal of Lekoa-Shandu Secondary school in Sharpeville, Mantja Lidia von Bodenstein (53) Photo: Jannie du Plessis.
By Jannie du Plessis VANDERBIJLPARK.- The principal of Lekoa-Shandu Secondary School in Sharpeville died in an accident last Wednesday. Mantja Lidia von Bodenstein (53) passed away in a Netcare 911-ambulance on her way to the Vereeninging Medi-clinic, after she sustained fatal injuries to her chest and head in a collision. The ambulance personnel of Netcare 911, ER24 and Gauteng EMS claim that she was in a stable condition when the ambulance left the scene. According to eyewitnesses, Von Bodenstein’s blue Toyota Corolla Conquest ran into the back of Abri Kleynhans’ red VW Golf, at the corner of Frikkie Meyer- and Piet Retief-Boulevard’s slipway. Kleynhans was travelling with his parents, Lidia and Abel. According to Abel, Von Bodenstein then reversed her car and almost bumped into the car of Clifford Duffy who had earlier stopped behind her.
Kleynhans says that she then sped off, almost running him over in the process. “She drove over the island and started driving down Frikkie Meyer, but she was in the lane facing oncoming traffic. We tried to follow her, but when we found her, she had already been in another accident with a bakkie,” says Kleynhans. Von Bodenstein crashed into the white Mazda-bakkie of Annette Loubscher near Mcowen Street since she was in the wrong lane. Onlookers were not sure if Von Bodenstein was trying to get away or if she was in shock. Loubscher’s husband, Jurg says that luckily his wife was alone in the car, because she usually has their grandchild with her. Loubscher sustained facial injuries and was taken to the hospital. She was released later that evening. The case is investigated by the Vanderbijlpark police.
By Lerato Serero VANDERBIJLPARK.- A warrant of arrest was issued for the arrest of Mohapi Esau Dunjane (28) after he failed to appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate Court facing a charge of fraud recently. According to Vanderbijlpark police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Kinnie Steyn, Dunjane was arrested on 29 March 2011 for allegedly committing fraud at a local motor vehicle dealership. It is alleged that he submitted fraudulent documents to purchase a Nissan Navara at a price of R208 000-00. He then took the vehicle and failed to make the payments. The dealership soon realised that fraudulent documents were submitted for the purchase and reported the matter to the Vanderbijlpark SAPS. “This modus operandi is how the suspect operates in other cities as well. After he was arrested he was granted bail, but failed to appear in court afterwards.
It is suspected that he could be in the Bloemfontein area currently. There are also pending court cases against him in Welkom and Thabong,” Steyn says. Meanwhile The Vereeniging SAPS would also like to issue a warning to the general public who wants to buy vehicles in and around Vereeniging that there are people who are posing as vehicle sales representatives in car sales dealerships. The con artist informs a potential client that they will assist in the process of purchasing the car. The unsuspecting victim will be informed to choose the car he likes, sometimes they will go as far as opening the vehicle for the victim so that they can inspect the vehicle. The con artist will then inform the potential buyer, about the prices of the vehicle, he will make promises to arrange for vehicle’s financing and he will even do this for clients that are black listed by the ITC, and then he will ask for the deposit for the vehicle so that he can secure the deal. After receiving the money he will either take the victim to the police station or traffic department, saying that he is going to certify the documents, or arrange for change of ownership or create some sort of distraction so he can escape with the money never to be seen again. Vereeniging police spokesperson Livhuhani Mudau says, “Scams seem to be on the rise since we are approaching the festive season and we advise the public to be careful not be robbed of their hard earned money.” Top left: Mohapi Esau Dunjane is wanted by the Vanderbijlpark police in connection with a fraud case.
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By Sonqoba Kunene SEDIBENG.- Motorists and other road users will be happy to know that the Emfuleni Local Municipality’s Public Transport, Roads and Public Works department is hard at work installing new road signs in several areas. The old signs were no longer visible and posed safety concerns, a situation that Member of the Mayoral Committee, (MMC) Sello Pitso says his department had to rectify for the benefit of those who
spend time and money travelling on the road. “We have been installing new regulation and information signs as part of improving road safety in Emfuleni. We are getting rid of the old ones and installing brand new signage and we are also installing new signs in areas where there were none,” says Pitso. Currently, the new signs can be seen on the roads leading to Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark,
however, Pitso says that the project will also be implemented in Sebokeng and other areas that fall within the Emfuleni demarcation. “It is difficult to say how long this project will take as they are working to remove old signs and install new ones in several areas. These signs will also help our visitors gain easy access to our area,” concludes Pitso.
It’s a sign of improvement!
The Emfuleni Local Municipality’s Public Transport, Roads and Public Works department is improving its road signage by removing old rusty signs and installing brand new ones in several areas. Photo: Sonqoba Kunene.
Residents ‘pissed off’ about sewerage
Nice job! By Lerato Serero SEDIBENG.- The Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) authorities are doing their best to see to it that the community of Sedibeng is employable. Through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) the ELM is inviting the locally unemployed people to submit applications for inclusion in their EPWP database. The database will be an important tool in finding job opportunities in the EPWP projects within the municipality. In a statement on their website ELM says that pref-
erence will particularly be given to women, youth and people with disabilities. “Prospective applicants are requested to submit a certified copy of an ID, certified copies of qualifications and a detailed Curriculum Vitae,” says the statement. Application forms are available at the ELM Offices. ELM’s Roads, Public Transport and Public Works MMC Sello Pitso and Mayor Greta Hlongwane are doing their best to see to it that the community of Sedibeng is employable.Photo: Sonqoba Kunene.
Moipone Pitso with her daughter, struggles to hang their clothes outside on the line as they have been troubled by sewerage spillage. The municipality promised to give the matter attention very soon. Photo: Frank Trimbos.
By Lazarus Dithagiso BOIPATONG. - At least the Emfuleni Municipality did not hide their faces, and make excuses while families are dying of the bad smell coming from the leaking sewerage pipe in Khayalethu Extension 2, Boipatong. VaalWeekly enquired about the pipes after about four households complained about them to the municipality recently. When asked for comment, Emfuleni Municipal liaison officer, Klaas Mofomme, immediately assigned the waste department to assist the
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families. This comes after Moipone Pitso (39) invited VaalWeekly to report on the crisis they are experiencing. The families say that they can not sit outside to eat or open the windows of their house because of the sewerage water running in front of their yards. All the children in the area are developing a rash that might be as a consequence of the sewerage. On the issues of the RDP houses that have not been provided with roofing, Mofomme says he will communicate the problem to the housing department.
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Vaal Weekly, 14 - 20 September 2011
Better but much worse By Sonqoba Kunene
The release of national crime statistics by the national office of the SAPS showed mixed numbers for local police precincts. Photo: Sonqoba Kunene.
SEDIBENG.- The South African Police Service (SAPS) released the national crime statistics report last week which showed a decline in registered cases of murder, but one question remains: How did our local police precincts perform for the April 2010 to March 2011 period? Residents of Sebokeng, Sharpeville, Vereeniging and Orange Farms will be sad to know that incidents of murder increased between April last year and March this year. Sebokeng SAPS also recorded increased figures in arson, burglary, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle cases, however, statistics also revealed that Sebokeng police officers have managed to bring down the number of sexual crimes from 179 in the April 2009 to March 2010 period to 150. The shocking numbers on the Sebokeng SAPS report is the staggering 515 cases of people driving under the influence of
alcohol or drugs. In 2010, only 116 people were charged for the same crime. The numbers for The Barrage, Orange Farms, Sharpeville and Vereeniging police precincts indicate that there were no incidents of public violence. There were also no car hijacking, truck hijacking and stock-theft cases in Boipatong, but more motorists are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Vanderbijlpark, Evaton and Boipatong police stations recorded decreased cases of murder, but more parents and guardians were found to be neglecting and abusing their children in Evaton. Drugs like nyaope, dagga and dido have negatively affected crime-fighting efforts in Evaton, The Barrage, Vereeniging and Sebokeng areas as more people were found to be involved in drug-related crimes in these areas in 2011 when compared to the same period in 2010.
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JOHANNESBURG - The ANC said on Monday that it was appalled by the South Gauteng High Court’s ruling that ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s singing of the words “shoot the boer” amounted to hate speech. The words undermined the dignity of people and were discriminatory and harmful, Judge Collin Lamont ruled. “No justification exists allowing the words to be sung... the words were in any event not sung on a justifiable occasion. “ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu says the party viewed the judgment as an attempt to rewrite the South African history which is not desirable and unsustainable.
Gareth Cliff responds to sexism claims
CAPE TOWN. – 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff has responded to a complaint laid against him for reportedly making a sexist comment. On Monday Cliff posted the following on his blog: “I accept that some sensitive people may have felt the comment offensive, but who (unless they were described by it) would consider themselves so described if there were no truth to the insult?” According to previous reports, eThekwini DA councillor Tex Collins laid a complaint with the BCCSA after being “appalled” by Cliff ’s remarks during an interview on his show with Angela Larkan of Thanda.org, an organisation which helps children left vulnerable due to HIV/Aids.
*VANDERBIJLPARK.- The El-Shaddai Christian School will have an open day on 17 September. For more details call: 016 986 2470 *SEBOKENG.- All SADFMVA members are invited to a meeting that will be held at Saul Tsotetsi on September 17 at 10:00. For details call 072 957 9372 *SEBOKENG.-Orlando Pirates F.C - Greater Sebokeng branch invites its members to a general meeting on Sunday, 18 September - 2011 at “Monyaka by Nite” at 09:00.For more info call: 082 2926 204. *BOPHELONG.- Kaizer Chiefs Bophelong Supporters Branch invites all the club supporters to a general meeting scheduled to take place at Asedi Centre on Sunday. The meeting starts at 08:30. For more information contact Zilo on 083 347 8721 or Shai on 078 104 7480
Vaal Weekly, 14 - 20 September 2011
By Zacharia Nale
Three is a crowd Forensic pathology personnel carry the bodies into the forensic pathology vehicle.
VANDERBIJLPARK.- Miami Sands residents got the shock of their lives when three dead bodies were removed from a house in their neighbourhood last Wednesday. This was after a 35 year-old VIP Protection employee killed his fiancé Mapula Seodisa and her sister Smally Seodisa before committing suicide on Tuesday night. These three bodies were discovered the following day in a pool of blood by a handyman who had come to put tiles in the house. He immediately alerted the neighbours about the situation before calling the police. According to the neighbours the handyman came to their home to tell them what he had discovered. They say it was around 08:00 in the morning. The neighbours say that they are really shocked about the news as no-one heard any gunshots. When Vaal Weekly arrived on the scene – the bodies were still in the house as the police were wait-
ing for forensic personnel from Pretoria to arrive. It was like a comrade marathon as the police offices had to wait seven hours in the scorching sun for the forensic pathology personnel(s) to arrive. The motive behind the murders is still very unclear and no-one has any idea what could have caused the suspect to kill the two women before he turned the gun on himself. Apparently the man’s fiancé was a teacher at one of the schools in Vanderbijlpark. Unconfirmed rumours have it that the couple was in the process of getting married at the time of the murder and suicide. Other information is that both women originally come from Rustenburg in North West Province, while the man is from around Gauteng. Police spokesperson, Captain Keke Motsiri says the police are investigating the cases of the two murders and a suicide.
Only the cars’ ashes needs scattering By Lerato Serero SEDIBENG.- Two vehicles burst into flames and burnt to ashes following a head on collision on the Lindequesdrift Road, approximately 100 meters past the N1 turn off near Vanderbijlpark recently. The two occupants of the vehicles are both unsure how the accident happened, but it is believed that the Opel Corsa rolled onto the side of the road, coming to rest on the passenger’s side after the two vehicles collided. The small towing vehicle landed on its wheels right up against the Corsa and both vehicles burst into flames shortly thereafter. Fortunately, passing motorists stopped to assist, and they pulled a woman out of the
Corsa and a man from the towing vehicle. Vannessa Jackson, ER 24’s spokesperson says that neither of the two sustained any burn wounds in the incident thanks to the quick thinking of the bystanders. “Both vehicles were completely burnt out, and the two patients were treated for minor to moderate injuries. The woman needed to be placed on a spine board as she was complaining of severe back and neck pain as well as a possible broken collar bone. She was taken to Emfuleni Medi-clinic for further treatment,” Jackson says. The driver of the tow truck sustained relatively minor injuries and he too was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Crime-stoppers saves the copper! By Lazarus Dithagiso DE DEUR. - They challenged the law by stealing copper and now they are blinking behind bars. The police, with the help of the National Office Crime Unit, Eskom, City Power and SARS conducted an operation inspecting all the local scrap yards in De Deur recently. A Nissan bakkie was stopped by the police with two occupants who were about to sell the scrap at Elandsfontein. The police found buckets full of copper metal. This happened after the owner of a scrap yard was attacked by five suspects while sleeping in his premises in Doorenkuil, Orange Farms, on September 7 at about 02:30. The five suspects, who were heavily armed, tied the hands of the owner with cables and put a
mattress over him. They went to the store room and stole copper wires worth R540 000. They also took three cell phones and R350 000 in cash before they fled the scene, says police spokesperson, Constable Ntshidiseng Phakoe. Two suspects driving a Nissan bakkie entered the scrap yard aiming to sell their new stock. Mother luck eluded them when the police nabbed them. The police called the owner to identify the buckets and copper. The copper wires weigh 55kg. Although the two suspects were arrested, three other suspects are still at large, says the police. The suspects, faced with the The two suspects were arrested im- charge of possession of stolen mediately when they entered the scrap copper will soon appear at yard to sell the stolen copper. Photo: the Vereeniging Magistrate's Courtesy Police Court.
Joyride turns into hearse By Lerato Serero VANDERBIJLPARK.- A father tragically died following a freak accident in Vanderbijlpark recently. According to the paramedics at the scene, an 18-year-old boy was travelling on his uncle’s new motorbike with his father on the back, on the R57 when the accident happened. The uncle had allegedly brought the bike over to a family gathering, allowing his nephew to take the bike out for a test drive with his father. Somewhere close to the Stonehaven Conference Center, paramedics found the father lying approximately 10 meters down the embankment. ER 24’s Vanessa Jackson says that he had
sustained such severe injuries that he had already died at the scene before paramedics could get to him. It seems that they crashed through the trees that line the embankment, this having contributed to the extensive injuries that he sustained. The 18-year-old was found on the road since he fell off the bike which was lying approximately 15 meters from him. He had multiple injuries and the Advanced Life Support paramedic stabilised him on scene before transporting him per ambulance to the Sebokeng Hospital. The young man had multiple deep cuts and abrasions from the fall.
Two vehicles completely burned to ashes after an accident near Vanderbijlpark recently.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) FOR THE PROPOSED NEW VAAL COLLIERY (NVC) LIFE EXTENSION PROJECT
AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT SCOPING REPORT FOR COMMENT
Anglo Operations Limited (AOL) New Vaal Colliery (NVC) in the Free State Province is situated approximately 7 km east of the town of Vanderbijlpark and immediately south of Vereeniging, in the Metsimaholo Local Municipality, one of four local municipalities in the Fezile Dabi District Municipality. x The Eskom Lethabo Power Station needs a secure coal supply to keep operating until 2050. AOL can fulfil this requirement if the life of the existing New Vaal Colliery (NVC) is extended by 20 years. AOL proposes to extend its existing opencast mining operations by mining new coal reserves which are located to the south of the existing NVC reserves, approximately 5km east of Sasolburg and 10 kilometres south of Vereeniging in the Northern Free State Province. These operations will include both opencast and underground mining within the New Cornelia Block 1 and New Cornelia Vaalbank reserves. AOL proposes to blend coal from their existing operation with coal from the proposed new operations an supply this coal to the Lethabo Power Station in order for it to continue generating electricity. The life extension project is known as the NVC Lifex Project. Please note that the Coalbrook reserves do not form part of this study any more.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
A parallel environmental authorisation process is being undertaken in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), Act 28 of 2002 and, the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 107 of 1998. The process will also include and Environmental Management Programme Report (EMPR), based on the findings of the EIA, a waste management licence in terms of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (NEMWA), Act 59 of 2008 and an Integrated Water Use Licence Application in terms of the National Water Act (NWA), Act No 36 of 1998. x The EIA and public participation process are being conducted by Golder Associates, an independent environmental company appointed by AOL.
DRAFT SCOPING REPORT AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT The Draft Scoping Report for the above process will be available for comment from Wednesday, 14 September 2011 to Friday, 21 October 2011. The document can be downloaded from the following website: www.golder.com/public. The document will also be available at the following public places: PUBLIC PLACE CONTACT PERSON TELEPHONE Sasolburg Public Library
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An Open House to discuss the content of the Draft Scoping Report will be held on Thursday, 13 October 2011 from 11:00 to 14:00 at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, Vereeniging. If you would like to attend the Open House or have not yet registered as an Interested and Affected Party, please contact: Erika du Plessis/ Qondile Sibiya Golder Associates P O Box 6001, HALFWAY HOUSE, 1685 Tel: (011) 254 4894 / (011) 254 4846 Fax: (011) 315 0317 email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Vaal Weekly, 14 - 20 September 2011
Editorial Comment Should we not expect more of ourselves? Crime in this country is out of control! The crime statistics were released last week and high ranking law enforcement officers were elated with the results claiming that crime in the country is on the decrease. Seemingly murder has gone down to below 16 000 murders in the past year, which is a good sign. Good sign? Obviously if there has been a significant drop (about 6%) in the murder rate, it is a positive thing. However this country is a long way away from claiming that the crime rate is satisfactory. From where this newspaper is sitting, crime is a serious prob-
lem that seems to be getting out of hand as it has, especially in this district, become a daily occurrence. In every publication of this newspaper countless murders are reported and unbeknown to our readers, numerous other murder stories are left out of the newspaper for various reasons. Week in and week out people are being killed in our streets. Just in this area murderous mob justice and xenophobic attacks are rife. Each week someone is ruthlessly killed on our streets. To add to this, domestic violence is also a serious threat to the livelihood of Sedibeng residents. Just last week, three people died as a result of domestic violence in Vanderbijlpark (see page 6). This type of scenario, although sad, has become the ‘norm’ in our communities. Add these murders to the number lives claimed by our roads. In addition to the murder cases, this publication reports weekly on numerous cases of road deaths on Sedibeng roads. This week, a school principal was killed in a car accident that took place in Vanderbijlpark and many others all over the region have suffered the same fate on roads all over South Africa. Already, it is obvious that the number of unnatural deaths that are suffered by South Africans is huge. And this is not all. There are also cases of people who die as a result of suicide. All of these types of deaths are unnatural and therefore unnecessary. This country is far from reaching a point where the annual number of unnatural deaths is satisfactory, let alone good. Without discrediting the good work that the police are doing, one is tempted to say that crime is still the giant that torments this country and the crime statistics that have been released show progress, but they are not good at all.
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Criminals for Christmas. The South African Police Service (SAPS) recently released crime statistics for the April 2010 – March 2011 period and political parties, trade unions, government departments and civil society groups have issued their comments. With the festive season upon us, Vaal Weekly spoke to the young men of Kanana, an RDP settlement outside Zone 12 in Sebokeng about the scourge of crime in their area and the likelihood of crime statistics increasing in December.
Tshepo Nieman (21) says that the festive season will bring with it an increase in crime seeing as people have access to more money in the form of bonuses and stokvel dividends. “In order to be safe in our townships, residents should consider not walking in the dark,” he says.
Success is a journey We are too poor to party! Samuel Radebe from Heilbron writes: It is a fact that you cannot achieve what you have not defined. The same principle applies to success. Most people who want to be successful are not necessarily unable to be successful, but the problem with them is that they misunderstand the word “success.” One of the most common mistakes is thinking that success is due to genius or magic. You have to have the right picture of success and the right principles to attain it. When you see success as a journey, you will never have a problem of trying to ‘arrive’ at an elusive final destination. Everyone has their own specific vocation or mission in life, therefore, they must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. No one can be replaced, nor his/ her life be repeated. Success comes as a result of growing to our full potential. We can do anything, but we cannot do everything.
We don’t hate you; we just want to kill you. Sibusiso Mazibuko from Lakeside, Evaton writes: So the decision whether black South Africans can sing the controversial struggle song made popular by ANCYL President Julius Malema was made by the courts without any consultation of the parties involved, both black and white. I am of the view that this burning issue should have been open to all South Africans to make public submissions on the matter, instead, a few individuals in black gowns decided to change the course of history forever. I would like to challenge the leaders of the ANC not only to appeal the decision to ban the song, but to encourage public debate in all provinces about this song.
Mogoeng Mogoeng not Mcguyver Patience Mofokeng from Sebokeng writes: The behaviour by members of the panel that interviewed Mogoeng Mogoeng in a grueling two-day session showed South Africans how low academics and law enthusiasts are willing to go to bring down one of their own. Live on television, they attacked the man and forgot to ask relevant questions. Their questions were meant to discredit Mogoeng and as a result all South Africans missed an opportunity to hear Mogoeng’s expert opinion on issues affecting the delivery of justice in our courts. These people were there to push their own agenda and did everything in their power to corner Mogoeng when their purpose should have been to interrogate the man’s legal prowess and his vision for the courts of this country.
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Elliot Mthimkhulu from Boiketlong writes: The decision-makers and powers that be at the Emfuleni Local Municipality keep making strange decisions when it comes to expenditure and budget allocations. This is the municipality whose finances have been in the red for the past several months, but officials are spending millions on the annual Vaal River Carnival. These are tough times when there are children in Emfuleni who go to school and come back home only to go to bed hungry, but council can afford to entertain its residents by pouring millions of rands down the drain. If rumours that the ELM is paying its staff from the MIG (Municipal Infrastructure Grant) and that the municipality recently took out a R40 million loan from one of the leading banking institutions are true – then I see a storm coming!
“Young people often go out of their own areas to look for fun and entertainment elsewhere during December when they can always do these things in their backyard which is safer as they will be together the entire time and not mixed with strangers,” says Pakiso Khomongoe (23).
That was too close, Bokkies! Tshokolo Hlangile from Heilbron writes: I was very impressed by the Springboks performance in their opening game of the 2011 Rugby World Cup against Wales on Sunday. Although it was not the best of performance at least we got the results we wanted. It was a close encounter because Wales gave us run for our money. I do however feel that we must up our performance if we are serious about defending our title. To be honest, Springboks did not play as well as we expected. We need to show more determination and aggressiveness in our next match. I was scared to see how New Zealand humiliated Tonga in the opening match. We must be worried in case we meet them in the knockout stages. New Zealand players were more determined to win their game. Springboks need to change their attitude if they want to go as far as to the semi-final of this tournament or defending the title.
Mlungisi Somphane (17) says that he is yet to become a victim of crime. “I don’t feel safe in my own area, but I think that most young people are involved in criminal activities as a means of supporting their lifestyle of drugs and alcohol and this situation worsens towards the end of the year,” he says.
Too much pressure on Chiefs Godfrey Selepe from Sebokeng writes: I’m very concerned about the derby matches between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in such a short space of time. These two teams played two games in the pre-season and now they will be meeting for a fourth time. I think it is unfair to players and coaches because they are under pressure to perform. This derby can make or break you and those coaches who were there before can attest to this. I have seen coaches lose their jobs after the outcome of the derby. In this case the Chiefs’ coach is in big trouble because Amakhosi supporters will not be happy if they lose to their arch-rivals again. I feel sorry for Chiefs players because they have still not recovered from this defeat and now they face the very same team that beat them thrice this year. I don’t think this game will be exciting because both teams will approach the game with caution this Saturday.
“Parents have nothing to do with the crime that is committed by their children as it is these young people who put money above everything else and will do anything to get their hands on it, particularly during December when everyone wants to have fun,” says Steve Vhelembo (20).
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By Sonqoba Kunene SEBOKENG.- Beloved fallen ANC member, Mpho Tsotetsi (33) was laid to rest at the Vanderbijlpark cemetery following an emotional funeral service at the Zone 7 stadium on Saturday. Unfortunately his funeral was not without political storms. Tsotetsi passed away at the Sebokeng hospital after he was involved an accident on August 27. Speaking at the funeral, ANC Regional Executive Committee, Deputy Chairperson Khulu Malindi addressed allegations that certain members of the party had sent out SMS’s telling other members not to attend Tsotetsi’s funeral based on rumours that he was working with independent candidates ahead of the local government elections earlier this year. A fuming Malindi Head priest, Apollo Sandamela (right) leads the funeral procession of the late Mpho Tsotetsi who called on ANC members to was buried at the Vanderbijlpark cemetery on Saturday. Insert: Bobby Moshodi has died. respect the wishes of the
Let the dead rest in peace Tsotetsi family and afford them the opportunity to mourn the loss of their beloved son. Meanwhile the ANC has lost yet another soldier in Bobby Moshodi (43) who died on Sunday following a long battle with diabetes. Family representatives Japie Tebakang and Ronnie Moshodi say that the deceased worked tirelessly for the ANC and the community in general. “During the Boipatong Massacre, Bobby was at the forefront of defending the lives of his people,” says Tebakang. Moshodi also served as chairman of the Boitshepiville Contractors’ Forum and Boipatong Development Forum. He was also a member of NAFCOC (National African Federated Chamber of Commerce). A memorial service will be held in honour of Moshodi on Thursday at the Boipatong Community Hall at 15:00. Funeral arrangements were yet to be finalised at the time of going to print.
Mbhoro’s aura lures followers
and we’ll pikitup!
Saturday September 17 is clean up day.
Prophet Paseka “Mbhoro” Motsoeneng has established a following in Sedibeng to an extent that he plans to camp her permanently by launching a branch.
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SEDIBENG.- The controversial prophet Paseka “Mbhoro” Motsoeneng has hinted on national television that he is planning to open a church in Sedibeng. Mbhoro recently held a packed weekend session at the Zone 7 stadium where thousands of people attended with the hope of receiving one of his prophecies. When the Zone 7 episode was aired over the weekend on Soweto TV (DStv Channel 150), Mbhoro thanked his supporters for their overwhelming love and announced that he will grant them their wish of having his church in the Vaal. Mbhoro has been in and out of our shores with several shows aired on VUT FM and Thetha FM on a regular basis. He has even held special shows at the Vereeniging Civic Theatre in recent weeks where he talked and prayed to a vast audience. Recently, he visited the Sharpeville SAPS for a special prayer service that was organised by VUT FM and the police precinct. For the Zone 7 appearance, Mbhoro showed that he is a crowd magnet as the venue was already crammed at around 10:00 although he was only expected to arrive later in the day at around 14:00.
SANTA (CO) comes early with aeroplane!
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SANTACO is launching its airline on Friday at the Lanseria Airport.
By Sonqoba Kunene SEDIBENG.- In less than 48 hours, the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) will launch its much anticipated airline at the Lanseria Airport. The launch of the airline coincides with SANTACO’s 10th anniversary The new airline to be known as SANTACO Express will start its business with the Lanseria, Bisho and the Cape Town International airports as its pilot routes. Taxi commuters travelling these routes will use the airline through taxi hubs where they will board taxis taking them to and from the Airport. SANTACO president, Jabulani Mthembu says that the launch of the low-cost airline is a telling proof that taxis, which have always been
popular for their convenience and frequency, now take the socio-economic challenges head-on. He adds that while the taxi industry has been the only mode to bring transportation to the people on the ground, it has moved further to bridge the gap between the sky and the ground. Tranport Minister, Sbu Ndebele has welcomed SANTACO’s decision to enter the low-cost airline market. Ndebele says, “We must open the taxi industry to include activities beyond the running of a taxi to other benefits in the transport value-chain. The taxi industry must, therefore, access as many opportunities in the transport sector and in the broader economy of our country. We, therefore, welcome Santaco’s announcement that it will be launching a low-cost airline.”
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“Garden Boy” to quench movie-goers thirst! By Lerato Serero SEBOKENG.- The renowned and acclaimed actor, producer and director Nyembezi Kunene has done it again.This director of award winning “Emzini wezinsizwa” and “Family Bonds” has come up with another excellent production called the “Garden Boy” which is released under his production house, Dramatic Zone. The movie has a simple, but effective story line. It is about a garden boy who is having an affair with his married madam. Lies, deceit, and a whole lot of other secrets eventually come to the fore. This latest offering follows his previous production“Come Duze.” In “Garden Boy” Kunene enlists the talent of
local top actors, Zakaria Lethoba, Naledi Mashinini, Aletta Molejane and Agnes Rachomanyane. Written and directed by Kunene himself the “Garden Boy” is of high quality which shows the abundance of talent in Sedibeng. All the work that went into the production of this movie came from local people.“The development of local talent is of significance to me. As artists in this region we need to be taken seriously and our local government should recognise and give us support so that we can produce more on such works,” Kunene says. Dramatic Zone has a host of other blistering offerings that are in the pipeline and most of their work can be seen on Soweto TV.
We’re gonna rock around the clock!
Top: Legendary actor and director Nyembezi Kunene speaks to Vaal Weekly while Zakaria Lethoba listens courteously. Photo: Lerato Serero.
The officials of the Sedibeng East District Department of Education, Vereeniging celebrated Casual Friday in support of people with disabilities as part of their team building. The workers dressed old school style known as Sophiatown Rock and Roll style. District Director Dorah Moloi came up with the idea. Photo: Lazarus Dithagiso.
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A match made in heaven! S E D I B E N G . - Va a l Weekly journalist Mduduzi Mathebula is taken. Mathebula got married to his lovely wife Makgotso over the weekend. On Saturday the couple exchanged their vows and swore to be together for the rest of their lives in Heilbron, Free State. The festivities continued when the wedding moved to the groom's place in Zone 7, Sebokeng on Saturday.
Mduduzi Mathebula and his new wife Mantoa Motaung are now officially Mr and Mrs Mathebula.
The Vaal Weekly team went out to support their colleague at his wedding in Heilbron on Saturday. From the left are Mduduzi Mathebula (groom), Nthabiseng More (Editor), Sonqoba Kunene (journalist) and Lerato Serero (news editor).
Audrey Kunene shares a joke with the bride following the wedding.
ARIES (Mar. 21-April 20) Last week was the Full Moon, and this week the Moon is in your sign, lined up with wild, wacky Uranus. You sure feel impulsive and spontaneous! But this could land you in hot water with authority figures.
TAURUS (Apr. 21-May 21) This week is a restless week where you’re tempted to overpower others with your opinions about politics, religion, racial issues or some kind of philosophical ideology. Don’t bother enlightening others.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Group meetings might be canceled this week . M ore likely, someone in that meeting will erupt adversely with objections, accusations or possibly, a rebellious stance about something.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) The last straw might fall on your back this week when dealing with authority figures (parents, bosses, teachers and VIPs.) However, don’t quit your week job. Don’t say anything you will later regret.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel opportunities might suddenly fall in your lap this week or conversely, travel plans might be canceled or rescheduled. Surprising news in the media or something about publishing, could catch you off guard.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 23) Make friends with your bank account this week. Make sure you have enough information so you know what’s going on, and you also know what might be coming off the table.
LIBRA (Sept. 24-Oct. 23) Be extra patient with partners and close friends this week because little blowups might easily occur. People are touchy! Someone you know very well might challenge you
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Your week will not unfold as planned. Don’t make a big deal about anything. Why? Because
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Parents and teachers must be extra vigilant this week because this is an accident-prone week for your kids. Similarly, romantic partners might suddenly split or have a spat about something silly.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.-Jan. 20) Small appliances might break down this week. Possibly, minor breakages will occur at home. This is the classic week to burn the toast or run out of coffee.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) This is an accident-prone week for your sign. These accidents could be verbal or physical - either way, watch your step. Guard against knee-jerk reactions to others.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Keep an eye on your money this week. You might find money; you might lose money. You might break something or lose it. In fact, guard your possessions against loss or theft.
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Vaal Weekly, 14 - 20 September 2011
Spring’s little blossoms
By Lerato Serero
The female staff of Matsie Steyn Primary School had an exciting day last Friday. Right: The children had a blast in the swimming pool, celebrating Spring. Photos: Lerato Serero. .
SHARPEVILLE.- The Matsie Steyn Primary School Pupils together with their teachers had an exhilarating Spring bash on Friday. The aim of the day was to celebrate and welcome the spring season. The School’s principal, Majane Nhlapo says that it is important for children to just be children and enjoy themselves every now and again. Under the leadership of Nhlapo, the school has been
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making good efforts and taking excellent strides to develop the children. On Friday the children came dressed in their spring outfits, got a chance to dance to music and swam in four swimming pools that the school recently bought. “The education of these children is important but being that as it may, their happiness is also of importance for their development”, ends Nhlapo.
BOPHELONG.- The police and learners have launched a manhunt to catch the criminals who are stealing hard drives and computers at schools. At least six local schools have experienced burglary within the last two weeks. The police suspect that it is the same thugs who break into the schools every time as they will pull out two palisades at the far corners of the school yard to gain entry. The thugs climb over the school’s roof before they enter the school from the top at the offices of the principals or administrators. According to all the principals and acting principals who were interviewed by VaalWeekly, the thugs went straight for the CPU, the CCTV monitor, a flat screen, petty cash, laptops, projectors and a microwave oven among other things. The educators say, "These syndicates are very clever, well experienced and they are familiar with the setup of the school. Sometimes one can’t help to think that they are working with the companies who are installing alarms." The educators say the first thing the thugs do, when they have opened the roof, is to go straight to the alarm system to switch it off. One of the principals say that they have CCTV, but the criminals went straight to switch it off. “Then when we scanned it for footage it was blank. They make sure no evidence is left behind,” he says. Tsolo Secondary School learners took to the streets recently to send out a message to the communities,
‘We have had enough and should we catch the criminals ourselves, they will not live to see the light of another day.’ The police were forced to negotiate with the learners and persuade them to go back to school. The police assured them that they will do all in their power to track down the suspects. At Bophelong Community School, they even stole petty cash, four computers and laptops. Police forensics experts were called and the school is still waiting for the report. The school principals appealed to the department of education to allocate budgets to hire two security personnel for 24 hours. One of the educators say they feared that one day the learners will take the law into their own hands. A recent meeting with all the school governing bodies, principals, learners and police might give some breathing space to the learners. Lefa Mohapi, Tsolo Secondary School principal says they have reached an agreement that he did not want to disclose to the public. The schools affected were Seeiso Primary, Mqiniswa Primary, Bophelong Community, Tsolo Secondary and Bophelong High School. The principal of Tsolo Secondary School, Lefa Mohapi points at the administration office where the burglary took place recently. The suspects gained entrance through the roof and jumped in from the ceiling. Photo: Frank Trimbos.
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Yes, let’s get technical Sport Zacharia Nale’s Sports Beat When was the last time you heard that Safa Sedibeng or Emfuleni Local Football Association held a technical meeting? I know both associations had a technical committee, but it seems as if it does not function. In case you don’t know, a technical committee looks at the development aspects of our game in terms of the growth of the local football, especially how our regional teams are doing in the Safa
competitions. This is how I understand the function of the technical committee. A technical committee is supposed to give a report regarding the progress of our development of football in this region and how to improve the standard of soccer in Sedibeng. For example, our regional teams are not performing well in the Safa competitions, but these technical committees do nothing to
address the situation. The problem with our football is that, we select people who don’t understand the technical aspects of the game of soccer and as a result of this – our football becomes a joke to say the least. They are like half cooked “sauce”. They have no idea what a technical committee is supposed to do! In fact it is like a blind leading a blind. Then you expect our football to improve while we are lead by clueless people? A “technical committee” needs to give us direction. I understand that Xolani “Jappie” Mthimkhulu is the Safa Sedibeng’s head coach, but only a few people know about his appointment. If this is the case – then Safa Sedibeng must make a public announcement about Mthimkhulu’s appointment unless there is something the association is hiding. There is a serious need to look into this matter of technical committees because our football is not moving fast enough. The only thing that we are good at is to bad-mouth each another and our actions are dominated by hatred. We don’t support a person who is doing something for the development of football in this region, but we love trying to find fault with those who do. Sometimes I get angry if some football
administrators’ claim that they developed certain players from this region. To develop a “complete footballer” – it takes at least five years depending on the resources you have. You just don’t wake up in the morning and claim you are the one that developed so-and-so. It doesn’t work that way! It is a process to develop a footballer. This is where the technical committee needs to play a role in assisting the teams and clubs to have a well placed development structures. We should not be short sighted when it comes to the development of our football in this region. Safa Sedibeng and its sub structures (LFAs) need to come up with a programme that will force all its affiliates to have development teams with a well placed structure. It is no secret that there is a lot of junior soccer teams in this region but they opted to play disorganised football because they have lost faith in the local football authority. Who can blame them! The junior leagues have still not started! Let us structure these technical committees and select people with football brains and you will see our football take the right direction.
Mazingisa- a real team player! By Zacharia Nale
BOIPATONG.- When Senzo Mazingisa chose soccer as his career – little did he know that he would end up being one of the most respected football administrators to have come out The local boy – Senzo of the Vaal reMazingisa has landed gion. No doubt, a job with Orlando Mazingiza seems Pirates as the Chief to be following in E xe c u t i v e O f f i c e r the footsteps of (CEO). great football ad-
ministrators such as Molefi Oliphant and soccer supreme George “Kid Action” Thabe. This Boipatong renowned soccer coach has been appointed as the administrative manager of the Orlando Pirates. Mazingisa replaces Floyd Mbele who has since joined Platinum Stars. His knowledge of football saw him landing a job at the University of Pretoria before he joined Maritzburg United FC as the club’s spokesperson. He established himself as one of the most talented football administrators this country has produced in a long time. His biggest break was during the FIFA 2010 World Cup when he was on the Local Organising Committee (LOC). This
was when many people started to notice his potential, leadership qualities and knowledge of South African football. Before he joined Pirates, Mazingisa was linked to the Premier Soccer League, (PSL) but it came as a surprise when he surfaced at the Parktown offices of Orlando Pirates. Later he was announced as the club’s new CEO. Pirates Chairman Irvin Khoza says he has no doubt that Mazingisa will play a huge part in the club’s success. Mazingisa also says he is humbled to join one of the biggest clubs in the continent. He says it was always his wish to play for Pirates when he was still a little boy, playing in the dusty streets
of Boipatong. I’m fully aware of the club’s history, culture and tradition and that is why I decided to join the club. I like challenges and Pirates is the right platform for me to take my football administration to another level,” he says. To date, Mazingisa was a prolific amateur soccer player – playing for the now defunct Boipatong Rangers FC. The club made history as the first amateur team to qualify for the last sixteen of the BobSave Super Bowl played in 2002. The club was one of the most feared amateur soccer teams to have come out of the Sedibeng region. This is the same team that produced talented soccer players such as Solomon Mathe, Lungisane Ndlela, Papi Zothwane and a host of others.
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Oupa “Ace” Manyesa is the talk of the town after his sensational performance for Orlando Pirates after he took a long range shot that beat Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune
SEBOKENG.- Even if he is no longer in this world - Nale Johannes “Mzion” Mofokeng’s spirit is still alive among Orlando Pirates players and fans. This was evident after the on form Pirates beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the thriller-minute MTN8 final at the Soccer City on Saturday. After lifting the trophy for two successful seasons – Pirates players and fans dedicated the trophy to their late No 1 Supporter Mofokeng. May his soul rest in peace! His son – Nale Mofokeng (8) was among the “Happy People” at the stands doing what his father used to do when Pirates play. He was standing behind the pole where his father used to sit whenever Pirates played
at Soccer City. Nale was optimistic that Pirates will once again beat Chiefs when these two South African soccer giants meet in the Absa Premier Soccer league at the same venue this Saturday. As they say “like father like son” Nale says Chiefs is in big trouble because Pirates will beat them once again come Saturday. “I know my father will be on the stands spiritually and we will beat Chiefs for the fourth time this year. They must give us Abia Nale because they don’t use him and he must come back home,” says young Mzion.
Abia Nale who came in as a late substitute in the second half of extra-time is expected to play an important role on Saturday. Photos: Del Engelbrecht.
Rugby for dummies! Sithole’sweet success with soccer With the Rugby 2011 World Cup day – the whole nation is behind team – the Springboks to Springboks started their paign on a high note Wa l e s 1 7 - 1 6 i n on Sunday. Here things that to know It is
which started on Friour rugby national defend their title. world cup cambeating the New Zealand are the you need about rugby. played in two 40-mimute halves with a 10-minute break in between. The team can be broken down into combinations: front row, back r o w (with the combination of these called the tight five), loose forwards, the halves, centres and the back three. The 15 starters all wear specific numbers on their jerseys to designate their position.
FRONT ROW (1-3).
* Loose-head prop (No1): A big, strong bulky player who is responsible for scrumming in the front row and lifting the jumpers in the line-out. * Hooker (No 2): This front row hooks the ball with his foot at scrum time, hence the name. Plus he does the passing of the ball at line-out and is involved in loose play. To be continued next week....
By Zacharia Nale
SEDIBENG.- As expected – Kamohelo “Nani” Sithole is among the twelve South African players who have been granted the opportunity of a lifetime- to gain additional football skill, knowledge and experience at Sao Paulo Football Academy in Brazil. This is the same academy that has produced great football legends such as Kaka and Rai among others. This young Sebokeng soccer star caught the eyes of the scouts during the Dettol Shona Khona National finals held in Johannesburg over the weekend. The scouts were full of praise for this young star. In an exclusive interview with Weekly Sport prior to the Dettol Shona Khona National finals, Sithole was confident that he was going to make it to Brazil and things worked out exactly as he wished. The excited Sithole says he could not believe his ears when he was told that he will be travelling to Sao Paul o . “I don’t know what to say because I have been waiting patiently f o r these kinds of opportunities and I knew
that one day God would answer my prayers. I want to thank everyone, especially my mother because she has been so supportive in my soccer career. She is always there for me and I also want to thank coach, Yster Molahlae because he is like a father to me. Lastly I want to thank my teammates because they made me what I am today,” he says with big smile. At one stage Sithole was a VaalWeekly’s Sport Star of The Year Finalist and he was a winner in the junior boys’ category. His coach Yster Molahlae says this is a great break for Sithole’s soccer career. “I am happy for this boy because he never loses hope, even when luck is not on his side he always gets up again, and works very hard. He is one of the shiniest stars to have come from this region. This kind of talent needs to be protected and I also wish to thank Vaal Weekly because long before anyone knew about this boy – the journalists already predicted a great future ahead of him,” he concludes. Kamohelo “Nani” Sithole in action on the field.