Women flock to buy ‘punani fruit’ to tighten their vaginas

A growing number of Free State women are queuing up at local traders’ stalls to get their fix of a dried fruit, which they say has turned their sex lives around for the better.


A man collapses while painting

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A 51 year-old man was seriously injured after he collapsed from the top of the house in Sophiatown, near Johannesburg.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said: “A man fell-off the roof of the house in Sophiatown, near Johannesburg. It is alleged that he was painting the roof of the house when the incident occurred.

“Paramedics were summoned to the scene and stabilised him. He was transported to a local hospital for medical attention.”
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Cop accused of killing a teacher, shot self



A 35 year-old police officer who was accused of killing a teacher, committed suicide. Jeremiah Qangasi was arrested after he allegedly shot dead a teacher last week.

He found his girlfriend in bed with a 26 year-old teacher at Tlhabologang location in Colign.

Qangasi allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the teacher dead. He was arrested and appeared before Colign Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

North West police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko said Qangasi grabbed a firearm of his colleague and shot himself. He added that the police officer died instantly on the scene.

“The incident happened at the station’s Client Service Centre after Qangasi’s court appearance at Colign Magistrate’s Court.  He was being processed through the police books in the Client Service Centre when he snatched a colleague’s firearm. He appeared before court for a murder case. His case was postponed until December 7 and was remanded in custody.


Two Lesotho nationals fatally shot in Rustenburg



Rustenburg- Two men from Lesotho were found dead this morning in Freedom Park, near Rustenburg. North West police said two men aged 41 and 43 respectively were found by a passerby with gun wounds.

Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko said police were called.

“Two men were fatally shot. Police are investigating two cases of murder and no one has been arrested. Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects can call investigating officer, constable Rampete on 071 251 0200,” Ramaloko said.


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‘Naledi municipal vehicle crashes with goats on board’

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A VEHICLE owned by the Naledi local municipality in Vryburg was involved in an accident, with goats on board.

Three employees were injured in the process.

Municipality manager, Modisenyane Segapo said necessary measures will be taken after investigations into the circumstances around the crash were completed.

The accident took place in Madibogo-pan village outside Mahikeng, an area believed to be outside the jurisdiction of Naledi local municipality.

“We are treating this matter seriously and we await the three employees to return to work. They are still recovering at home. We will bring them before a pre-suspension hearing. The bakkie belongs to the municipality and it is a taxpayer’s money.

“Already, an investigation is underway. Drastic measures will be taken against those involved if they are found with to have done anything wrong. The municipality does not run any animal business. So we want to understand that where the goats were ferried to. However we wish them speedy recovery and hope justice will be served,” Segapo said.

North West police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko confirmed the accident.

He said: “Investigations are underway after the Naledi municipality fleet vehicle was involved in a car accident in Madibogo-pan. Those who were injured were ferried to a local hospital for medical attention.


“At the moment, we cannot tell whether goats that were found loaded in the bakkie were stolen or they belonged to one of the officials. Investigations will reveal all details,” he said.


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South Africa President Jacob Zuma’s sacking blunder

To lose one finance minister may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness, and President Jacob Zuma’s decision to get rid of two finance ministers in less than a week has been a colossal blunder.
He sacked the respected Nhlanhla Nene in a surprise move on Wednesday evening and replaced him with the little-known David van Rooyen.
Not only was this seen as a blunder by opposition parties, who called for his resignation, but also by the general public and the financial markets
The president acknowledged his initial mistake, hence the change of mind and the appointment of the experienced Pravin Gordhan.
But why in the first place did the president fire the seemingly competent Nhlanhla Nene?
Courtesy: http://www.bbc.co.uk

Dog feeds on foetus, Pampierstad woman gets arrested



A 22 year-old girl briefly appeared before Pampierstad Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for concealment of birth. The community members watched in disbelief after a dog was allegedly feeding on a human flesh.

The incident took place at Pampierstad on Sunday morning. One of the community members said: “We were staggered after we saw a dog feeding on what looked like a human flesh. It was later realised that the dog was feeding on a foetus. Police were called and took away the foetus to use it as part of their evidence.”

Northern Cape police said a 22 year-old woman was arrested after preliminary investigations.

Provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant Sergio Kock said: “Police are investigating a case of concealment of birth. This came about after a 22 year-old mother was arrested. It is allege that she concealed the birth of her baby. The suspect has been arrested and appeared before court.”

According to information, the woman allegedly buried the foetus in a shallow grave. The dog dug it up and fed on it.

Positive Youth of Taung organisation, chairperson Phemelo Mohutsiwa said: “We urge all women out there to seek for assistance from various organisations. The unwanted pregnancy can be dealt with in a proper manner. If one does not want a baby anymore, she can put up the baby for adoption. Killing the baby or throwing it away will only fashion unprecedented feeling for you. We need to stand up and make sure we take sober decisions. There are many institutions one can visit if encountering any challenges.”


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TWO died in a horrific accident in Taung


TWO people died in a horrific accident near Taung Fire Emergency Service on Sunday. The accident involving Greater Taung municipality driver, Mothusi Mocweng took place at around 7:30pm.

North West police spokesperson said: “A 70 year-old man and a woman aged 50 died during collision. Two cars were involved in a head-on collision. Other occupants were taken to Taung hospital for medical attention. A case of culpable homicide was opened and investigations continue.”

Meanwhile Greater Taung municipality sent their condolences to those who departed.

Greater Taung Local Municipality Manager in the Office of the Municipal Manager, Percy Matshane said: “We are very touched about what transpired. Our driver was on duty during the calamity. We cannot reveal what he was doing, but he was on duty at the time. Our heartfelt condolences to the deceased and we wish speedy recovery to those who were transported to the hospital.”

According to information, one of the drivers lost control and resulted in a head-on collision.
Mocweng was allegedly ferried municipality employees to their various destinations shortly before the accident.

The employees were allegedly from Pretoria where they attended workshop.
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19 killed in horror taxi crash


Johannesburg – Shoes, handbags, vehicle debris and shattered glass lay scattered eerily a few metres from the charred shell of the minibus taxi. Bodies lay strewn across the road. Fresh blood spatters glistened on the tar.

This was the horrific scene near Westonaria on the West Rand on Sunday after 19 people were killed when the taxi they were travelling in collided with a heavy-duty truck and burst into flames.

The accident happened on the R28 in Jagersfontein towards Vereeniging just after 12.30pm.

Five children and 14 adults died in the crash, according to Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

“Five others were taken to hospital, two with serious injuries and three with slight injuries,” he said.

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Woman falls three storeys through glass window

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Durban – A woman who fell three storeys through a glass window is in a critical condition in hospital.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics received a call that a person had fallen from the third floor of a block of flats in South Beach Road on Saturday night.

“Reports from the scene indicate that she fell through the glass window before falling and landing on the concrete pavement three floors below.

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Two killed and six injured in collision

Two people died and six others injured in a collision between a bakkie and a car on the N12. The accident took place 5km outside Kimberley late last night.

ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the vehicles in the veld on either side of the road.  

One person was trapped in the bakkie and other patients were found scattered around the scene.

ER24 spokesperson, Chitra Bodasing said: “The person trapped in the vehicle was assessed. Sadly there was nothing that could be done for him. He had succumbed to his injuries.

“A woman, who was an occupant of the car, was found laying in the veld a few metres away from the vehicle,” Bodasing said.

She said the patient sadly had also succumbed to her injuries.

“Upon assessment of all other patients, it was found that one adult was in a critical condition, another sustained moderate injuries and four children sustained moderate to serious injuries.

“They were treated and transported to hospital for further medical care. The exact cause of the collision is unknown,” she said.

Authorities were on scene for further investigations.
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A man arrested for ‘car’ theft in Schweizer-Reneke



Schweizer Reneke- A 31-year-old man is expected to appear before Schweizer Reneke Magistrate’s Court on Monday for theft. He was arrested for allegedly stealing out of motor vehicle on Thursday.

The suspect used a jammer to block the locking device. The car owner allegedly entered the shop unwary of the suspect disturbing her locking device. North West police spokesperson, Sergeant Kealeboga Molale said: “The security guards at the shop noticed the incident and notified the owner. The suspect allegedly got into the car with intention to steal. The car owner locked the car from outside while the suspect still roving inside.”

Police were called and the suspect was arrested. Molale said: “Police appeal to vehicle users to be cautious at all times when she disembarked from their vehicles. Please ensure that your vehicles are suitably locked before leaving.


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Court rules Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment ‘unlawful’ & ‘irrational’

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape High Court has ruled Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s Chief Operating Officer is ‘unlawful and irrational’.

Judge Dennis Davis handed down the ruling this morning. 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) last month applied to the court to have Motsoeneng’s appointment set aside.
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‘More women empowerment needed’ – Zuma

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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma said that more has to be done to empower women so that incidents of gender based violence can end.

  Zuma said this when he address thousands of people who gathered to witness the launch of 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children at Naauwpoort village, outside Mahikeng yesterday (Wednesday)

  “This is an international day where we launching today. We adopted the 16 Days of Activism against women and children abuse campaign in 1998. We did that because we wanted to build the society with no violence.

  “More still need to be done to achieve our mark. The campaign impact needs to broaden. Women and children need not to cover up or condone violence against them. Everyone needs to fight the scourge both in their houses and in public. Most women are hurt by people they know and love. The violence must not be taken lightly or be treated as a private matter. It is a serious crime and we declare it as a priority crime,” Zuma said.

  The president added that everyone had to stand up against abuse because it often leads to other soci0-economic issues like HIV/AIDS, alcohol and substance abuse.

  He also urged the justice system to hand down harsh sentence to perpetrators of violence.

“We need to confront this problem and eradicate cultural violence against women and children. We need to look at the socio-economic issues that contribute to this scourge. Unemployment, poverty and other issues need to be taken into consideration. Women empowerment will help in fighting the abuse. We also urge the private sectors to ensure that promotion of women take place as that will improve the lives of the women,” he said.

  Speaking at the launch,Premier Supra Mahumapelo: “The abuse against women and children need to be condemned. Men must stand up and embark on a fight against women and children. We will incorporate the 16 days of Activism against Women and Children into Setsokotsane programme. Men must take a pledge and make sure they become the real men and fight the scourge.

  “We believe that together, we can win the battle. The people of the North West must come forward and speak out. To all women and children, make sure you do not get abused and keep quite. We also urge faith leaders to convey the message in their congregations,” he said.   Minister for Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu said: “It is an important day of our lives. We are launching the 16 Days of Activism against women and children. We decided to come here because here in Naauwpoort village is at high rate of abuse in the province. Also older people are abused. We are looking at the condition in the area. Elderly people are victims.”
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Two nabbed for stock-theft in Taung

TWO men were arrested for stock-theft at Matolong village near Taung on Tuesday.

North West police said two men aged 27 and 37 were caught with suspected stolen cattle at around 7pm.

Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko said: “The nephew to the cattle-owner so two men guiding the cattle out of the area. He confronted them and asked where they taking the cattle to. The suspects allegedly failed to explain where they got the cattle too. He called the police and the owner afterwards. The owner identified his cattle and the suspects were arrested,” Ramaloko said.

They will appear before court soon for being in suspected stolen goods.
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Zuma launches 16 days of Activism

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma will launch 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children in Mahikeng, Naauwpoort on Wednesday.

Today marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

“The 2015 event is marked under the theme, “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward,” said spokesperson in the Presidency Bongani Majola.

The period, runs from 25 November until 10 December, is aimed at raising awareness about taking action and fighting against the violence and abuse of women, children and all other vulnerable groups in society.

Department of Women kicked off its campaign for 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children with a candle light ceremony at Rhodes Park on Monday.


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A man found murdered in Stilfontein



STILFONTEIN- A 55 year-old man found murdered at old Harties in Extension 10 in Stilfontein. Police said a man had a stabbing wound to his head.

North West police said: “The incident took place on Monday. The lifeless body of Phillip Ntimbane was discovered by one of community members and called the police. No one has been arrested and police investigations continue,” provincial police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko.

Seven nabbed for assault and kidnapping in Schweizer Reneke


SEVEN suspects were arrested for kidnapping and GBH assault in Schweizer Reneke on Tuesday.

The suspects aged between 22 and 32 will appear before court soon.

North West police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko said the incident took place on Saturday.

“Two women were allegedly walking in the streets when came across a man. He allegedly threatened them with a knife. He also tried to undress one of the girls.

“The man grabbed one of the girls and tried to rape her. He ran away after he was distracted. The girl who allegedly belonged to one of the accused informed her boyfriend about the incident. The suspect recruited his other friends and searched for the man,” Ramaloko said.

According to Ramaloko, the suspects allegedly assaulted and kidnapped him.

“The man was allegedly assaulted by a mob. The suspects were subsequently arrested after police investigations. The victim was taken to local hospital for medical attention. The suspects will appear before Schweizer Reneke Magistrate’s Court soon,” he said.
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Moses Mabhida stadium to host 2015 Telkom Knock-out Cup


Moses Mabhida Stadium has hosted almost 50 percent of the 17 domestic cup finals that have been awarded since the 2010 World Cup.

After the Durban venue was announced as the ground to stage the 2015 Telkom Knockout Finalbetween Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs on December 16, it takes its tally to eight finals in the past five-and-a-half PSL seasons.

Orlando Stadium is the venue with the next highest number of finals staged with three, while FNB Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and Mbombela Stadium have each hosted two.

Of the six stadiums that were built from scratch for the 2010 World Cup, only Cape Town Stadium and Peter Mokaba Stadium have not yet been awarded a tournament finale.

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Coach Clinton Larsen explains Bloemfontein Celtic resignation

during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic FC and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on 21 October 2015. ©Gerhard Steenkamp/BackpagePix

during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic FC and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on 21 October 2015.
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Clinton Larsen says he resigned as head coach of Bloemfontein Celtic after the club gave him an ultimatum to change his assistant coach or walk.

Larsen stepped down as Phunya Sele Sele boss this morning, with Lehlohonolo Seema and Dunchan Lechesa taking over the reins in a caretaker capacity.

“There are two things that led to my resignation,” Larsen tells KickOff.com. “The first one was results. We started very well so we did not win any of our last six matches and the club was concerned about poor results. So I was given an ultimatum to change an assistant coach or resign and I chose to resign.

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Puksport honor best


He took a last look at the audience standing there behind the podium at Crista Galli. It is 11 November, a warm Wednesday night. The invitation said ‘jacket and tie, but only the diehards responded to both requirements for the duration of the evening. There was a smile on his face. His eyes proud, sad, tired, living. As he walked down the stage, the audience stood up one by one, to build a single clapping to a crescendo by the hall echo.

It was his last speech as rector of the Potchefstroom Campus at a NWU Puksport year-end function. It’s his birthday, he was 49 years old and the last few years double show. Prof.Herman van Schalkwyk greeting and NWU Puksport and that a list of achievements they greet him?

The outstanding decathlon athlete, Willem Coetzer, as Sportsman of the Year by the hockey star, Celia Evans, and the ever popular Semenya who both won titles as Sportswoman of the Year. Javelin thrower Leon Laubser and high jumper Julia du Plessis respectively Junior sportsman and woman of 2015.

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Taung man gets 20 years for rape and house breaking



A 35-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for housebreaking and three counts of rape. Thakadu Keoagile from Dryharts village was arrested after raping a 23-year-old victim on February 2014 in Dryharts Village, in Taung.


North West police spokesperson, Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko said the suspect gained entry through the window. “He suffocated the victim with a pillow and raped her. The accused was currently on correctional supervision after being found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in Schweizer Reneke. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment back in 2010. Keoagile was further declared unfit to possess a firearm,” Moleko.


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Toddler killed in Potch hit-and-run


Police spokesperson Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko said the boy was crossing the road on Wednesday night shortly before eight ‘o clock when the car struck him. The car, a green Toyota Corolla, did not stop after the accident.

According to police they have a partial number plate from an eyewitness.

“Allegations further states that the registration numbers are incomplete as the incident happened at night. The minor sustained injuries on the left and right ankle, head, back of the body and stomach. He was transported to Potchefstroom Hospital and later died. The suspect is still at large.”


Police have appealed to the Ikageng community to come forward with any information that may assist in finding the owner or driver of the car.

“Ikageng police can be contacted on 018 295 173. A case of Culpable Homicide is been investigated,” she said.

Courtesy: African News Agency

Taung Chinese businessman’s kidnapping was a false alarm: Police



North West police said the Chinese businessman kidnapping matter was a false alarm. Provincial police spokesperson, Paul Ramaloko said the Chinese businessman from Manthe village in Taung left with the alleged kidnapper voluntarily.

“Police can confirm that the kidnapping case that was supposed to be opened at Taung police station was deserted after preliminary investigations. A Chinese businessman informed the police that he was not kidnapped as it was reported. He left with the person voluntarily.” Ramaloko said.

The police received a call from the businessman’s wife alleging that her husband was kidnapped. Police rushed to the scene and realised later on that the man did not inform his wife about his trip.

Police appeal to the broader community not to be restless. Ramaloko also highlighted that the residents inform their spouses or relatives about their trips to avoid misconstruction.


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Killer’s sentencing delayed due to water shortage


The sentencing proceedings of convicted murderer Anthony Strauss were on Wednesday cut short due to water issues at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

The building had no water since early on Wednesday morning. All the accused were taken back to prison a few hours earlier than usual.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the water disruptions.

A homeopathic doctor had on Wednesday taken to the stand to testify in Strauss’s mitigation of sentence.

He was expected back on the stand when court proceedings resumed on December 2.

Strauss had on Tuesday also taken to the stand where he gave the court reasons as to why he should not be handed the harshest sentence.

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Grade 11 Physical Science Question Paper Leaked In N West


The pupils at Boitsanape Secondary School in Mahikeng were left dejected after they were denied an opportunity to write the Grade 11 Physical Science paper on Tuesday.

One of the pupils said they were prohibited in writing the paper after allegations that it was leaked on social networking platform.

“We were denied the opportunity to write the Physical Science question paper. The committee at the school said the paper was leaked on WhatsApp. However other Grade 11 pupils from various schools wrote the paper.  Why should they stop us whereas others from other schools wrote it?. We did not see that leaked question paper. We were prepared to write the paper, now this?” One of the pupils said.

North West education and sport development spokesperson, Elias Malindi told sabc news that the department was aware of the allegations.

“We are currently investigating the claims. The new date will be set for the pupils to write the paper soon. All will be communicated to them,” Malindi said.

Cosas PEC member in North West,  Letlhogonolo Modibane said: “The department of education must take the responsibility. How could the paper be leaked while they were under heavy security. The same issue took place in Brits.”
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Motsweding FM duo make waves on air

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Motsweding FM compilation between two presenters, Phenyo Phushudi and Obonye Nelly Moruri is talk of the town currently. From the manner they walk, talk and carry themselves, these two exude nothing but buoyancy and boldness. The two presenters are both approachable and relaxed.

Phusudi and Moruri present an entertainment show called Ke Moteng every Saturday from 6-9pm. The listeners could not get enough of the craziness throughout the show.

Moruri explained where it all started and she has this to say: “I went for an audition at Mafikeng community radio station. I was so nervous when called back for a re-audition. I worked for three years at the station until I was recruited by Motsweding FM in 2011. It has been enjoyable moment and I believe thorough research on issues we discuss is very important. However we are spontaneous and that is one element that vends our show. I can safely say Phenyo is the best co-host I ever worked with. He knows how to get the best out of me. He is very intelligent, funny, and wiser. He is aware of what is happening around him and never dull moment around him.

A mother of 11 year-old daughter said it was important for aspiring radio presenters to back them up with formal qualifications. “The career on radio is unpredictable, so my message to the young aspiring radio is that they must study. The qualifications can help them to fall back if things do not go accordingly. More research and discipline is needed. One cannot treat radio career as a habit, you must treat it as your workplace.”

Moruri also co-host a graveyard shows with Felix Da Cat between 00:00 until 03:00am.

Phushudi who is permanently employed by SAPS as full time policeman in Northern Cape said, he enjoy working with Moruri. He said the chemistry between them one could think they broadcasting from the same studio. “One would grapple with the revelation that we are broadcasting from distinct studios in separate provinces. We deliver the show from different studios. I always broadcast from Kimberley while Moruri will be in Mahikeng.


“I was inspired by legends like Benny Motaung, Oshebeng Koonyaditse and of course Minah Pilane. I enjoy working with Nelly. She would call me during the week asking if I’ve prepared something for the show. I would tell her I haven’t yet just to hear what ideas she is bringing to the table. She would be like….I was thinking….and I’ll jump in and say yes, we going with whatever are you thinking of,” he said.

Phushudi who started his career at Vaaltar FM, said the radio landscape has changed. He said nowadays not only the presenter has access to the information. “If you do not give a listener what she/he want it will be very easy for her/him to tune to other radio station. One need to be on points at all time,” Phushudi said.


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*Note that the article appeared on The New Age Newspaper first

HIV-AIDS Increase In Bojanala District A Concern



THE residents of North West were advised to take necessary measures in reducing HIV-Aids in the province. North West health department recently hosted a two-day HIV Prevention Summit in Mahikeng on Saturday. The department convened with a number of stakeholders.

North West health MEC, Magome Masike said the purpose of the summit was to discuss a strategic plan to strengthen the HIV prevention.

“This is a plan that has directed efforts, campaigns and messages for HIV prevention thus far. The plan is driven by a long term vision for the country concerning the HIV and TB epidemics. A 20 year vision is to have zero new HIV and TB infections. In order to achieve our vision, we will use a combination of approaches to prevent increase. We will initiate at least 80% of eligible patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART). We aiming also to reduce the number of new TB infections as well as deaths from TB by 50%,” Masike said.

He said HIV prevalence in the province was estimated at 13.9% in 2012. North West was listed as the fourth highest province in the country. Masike said that HIV continues to affect young women, particularly 15 years and older.

“A great concern for the province is that people under the age of 15 years continued to be infected over a period of three years. The province experienced a prevalence rate of 20.0% currently. However the distribution of the prevalence showed decrease among the four districts. Dr Kenneth Kaunda district showed decreased from 37.0% in 2010 to 36, 0% in 2011 and 29.1% in 2012. Bojanala district recorded an increase from 29.3% in 2010 to 33.9% in 2011 to 35% in 2012. It is now the highest in the province,” he said.

Masike said: “We have adopted the combination HIV prevention approach to HIV prevention. This approach combines elements of HIV prevention interventions from three broad categories of interventions. We are looking at biomedical, socio-behavioral and structural interventions. More specific and targeted, evidence-based combination prevention are needed to achieve the long-term goal. More emphasis and focus should be on the high transmission areas and on key population. It is very important to make sure that HIV prevention interventions are there in each district.

“Interventions need to be taken into account underlying socio-cultural, economic, political, legal and other contextual factors. We have made a number of interventions and efforts to reduce new infections which thus far include HIV counseling and testing. The initiative plan to teach patients on ARV treatment to prevent a mother to child transmission. The distribution of male and female condoms, also to advise men to undergo medical male circumcision.

“Some progress has been made against poverty, unemployment and inequality at levels that will have a meaningful protective effect on the spread of HIV. However, to address HIV prevention among youth, the department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has established the Higher Education and Training HIV/ AIDS (HEAIDS) programme. As a national facility, it will develop and support HIV mitigation programmes at South Africa’s public-sector Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).” Masike said.


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Former North West municipal mayor to be suspended


Chairperson of Mkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association, in North West, Leon Mkabela to address the unbecoming behaviour of its member and the former mayor of Ramotshere Moiloa local municipality Africa Thale.

Mkabela said his association will also pronounce its decision to suspend the membership of Thale for refusing to abide to the orders of the ANC.

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He said they will also raise reports that Afrika Thale has resorted to use members of MKMVA as his protectors which is viewed as a fight against the decision of the ANC.

The conference will be held on November 4 at ANC Parliamentary House in Venterdorp at 11H00.
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Greater Taung municipality subpoenaed for ‘No show’



GREATER TAUNG municipality is in hot water after it was subpoenaed by North West provincial legislature’s portfolio committee on local government and human settlement.

The incident took place on Friday at Naledi municipality’s chamber room in Vryburg.

The committee met with municipalities under Dr Ruth Mompati district in an oversight meeting over annual report 2013/14.

The portfolio committee chairperson, Motlalepula Rosho said they were supposed to meet with the executive mayors, members of the municipal councils, municipal managers including senior management of all municipalities mentioned.

The meeting which was also attended by senior management from the department of local government was dealt a blow after Greater Taung municipality failed to send a recognizable team.

“We have subpoenaed the Greater Taung municipality because it seems they do not take the portfolio committee very serious. The municipal manager was not there, the municipal mayor and the speaker were absent. So the municipality has no political representative.

“The municipality was supposed to appear before portfolio committee a month ago, but they did not pitch up and also failed to render their apology. Now we made means to visit the district to meet with them, but instead they sent a makeshift team. The municipal manager, Katlego Gabanakgosi said to be attending a meeting in Cape Town. My point is whether the meeting he is attending was important than this committee? I’m now applying section 115 and subpoenaed the municipality.” Rosho said.

The ANC provincial chief whip, Hoffman Galeng also shared the same sentiments.

He said it shows that Greater Taung municipality does not take the operational of the committee central.

“I am having a problem because we cannot continue with the meeting. The people who have answers are not here. They just sent interim team which will not come in handy. We need to postpone this meeting and summoned the municipality leadership to appear before this committee. It shows that they do not have the interest of the people at heart.” Galeng said.

The municipality was supposed to come forward and explain the run of things in the municipality. They were also supposed to explain the auditor general findings.

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The municipality received the disclaimer for the third consecutive year. Auditor general also highlighted that there was R36m irregular expenditure. And auditor general highlighted that R33m of R36m was not identified or documented by supply chain management and that was in contravention of supply chain management regulations.

Portfolio chair of chairs, Gordon Kegakile said: “The leadership of this municipality does not show commitments. This is not for the first time they failed to appear before committee. We are dealing with public funds here, which they must come and account. We will never allow situation like this to show its ugly head again. The political leadership must also act in accordance because their non-commitment affects administration.”

However the municipal speaker, Deliwe Zethi said: “I was not aware of the meeting because I was attending school for two weeks. I do not think we will intentionally avoid appearing before portfolio committee. We will look into the matter and see how we resolve it. We will discuss that during the week.” Zethi said.

Also municipal manager, Katlego Gabanakgosi said he was away for two weeks and just arrived yesterday.

“I do not know that the municipality was subpoenaed. I was away for two weeks and I believe that our chief financial officer (CFO), Martin Vermaak was officially appointed as acting municipal manager. So we will discuss the matter soon.”


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Rustenburg roads upgrade to ease traffic



THE Rustenburg local municipality continues to ensure that it makes efforts to fulfill their objective of becoming an infrastructure led economy Africa city. The municipality mayor, Mpho Khunou said that they were full-steamed ahead with its flagship programme during the Ramochana Bridge unveiling last week Tuesday.

“Infrastructure development is one of our key job drivers together with tourism, manufacturing, mining and beneficiation, the green and blue economies and agriculture. This represents an exciting journey for the municipality as we reached new frontiers in efforts to rally communities that we serve in seizing the unlimited growth opportunities that come with safe, reliable, affordable, comfortable public transport system.” Khunou said.

In line with the spirit of encouraging public transport usage, he said: “Without a flicker of doubt, I say, together we have turned the corner. We are changing course and making great strides towards fulfilling our vision of ushering in a world-class city where all citizens live a high quality of life.

“The bridges are among the most powerful and important symbols in human society. They are symbols of two-way communication, economic empowerment, connection, cooperation and most importantly the promotion of harmony. As we inaugurate the iconic Ramochana Bridge, we are fulfilling the people’s mandate and aspirations of a better life for all.” he said.

Khunou said that the unveiling of the new bridge was part of service delivery by the Rustenburg Rapid Transport project along the R510. He said that also symbolised the municipality’s common determination to help open up the city to new development and improved prosperity.

According to Khunou, since January to August this year, there have been an alarming 3,670 road traffic accidents on the city’s roads. He said in particular the highest number of accidents in Rustenburg was in March this year.

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“We have recorded 512 accidents where some resulted in the loss of life. In previous years we as a municipality had been inundated with complaints from residents. We listened to the people, now we also gone beyond their requests. We have built a new interchange with a bridge over the railway line. The municipality hope that with the commissioning of the Ramochana Bridge, the challenges of accidents will be addressed. We will continue to monitor the area to evaluate the impact that this bridge brings to the quality of life of our community members,” Khunou said.

Khunou said the municipality and government, through National grants, has also embarked on other major infrastructure development initiatives to improve the road networks of the city of Rustenburg. He said key amongst these was the major upgrade currently taking place on the R24 through SANRAL.

“This is a dual carriage road way to improve access into the city and major intersections such as the N4, D108 for ease of traffic, improve road safety and facilitate freight access into the mines. The road is also aimed at attracting investment through the Rustenburg- Mogale City Development Corridor, an initiative between the Gauteng and North West Provincial Government as well as the Rustenburg and Mogale City local municipalities.”

Hansen: Others can call us the greatest

Steve Hansen has sidestepped suggestions that his winning class of 2015 is the greatest side to have played the game


3 important lessons the #FeesMustFall movement has taught the world

3 important lessons the #FeesMustFall movement has taught the world

The tens of thousands of university students across the country who have come together over the past two weeks for a united cause have taught the world three important lessons about having a successful protest, an academic says.


NWU in Mafikeng campus reschedule exams

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THE North West University in Mafikeng campus decided to reschedule their examinations.

University vice-chancellor, Professor Dan Kgwadi said: “We have decided to reschedule the examinations because the situation was not conducive. The first exams will commence on November 16. The second exams will be written in January.

“We agree 100% with the students that transformation is needed. But the students need to understand that we cannot resolve all issues at the same time,” Kgwadi said.

He said that they meet with the students every quarter, and their transformation agenda is under discussion.

Kgwadi said the students’ outstanding balance will be dealt with.
“If you’re an academic-deserving student, with outstanding balance, we will go through the process and deal with that case by case. That has been the process since 2005. The SRC sit down and look at the matter because the university cater for underprivileged students with outstanding results.
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Breaking News: ANCYL president Collen Maine resigns



THE newly-elected ANCYL president Collen Maine allegedly rendered in his resignation letter as North West MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements.

According to our reliable source, Maine’s resignation as MEC was long overdue.

“I cannot confirm whether he handed in his resignation letter yet, but what I know is that, the matter was long overdue. He was suppose to resign last month, but the North West provincial government requested him to wait until they find a suitable replacement,” our mole said.

According to our source, Maine want to focus on his position as ANCYL president.

All those in powers could not confirm nor deny the rumours.

Maine could not be reached as his phone rang unanswered.

Unconfirmed report was that Maine handed in his resignation letter on Friday.
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Search for missing DA leader continues



NORTH West premier Supra Mahumapelo said that the provincial government wish Petrol Nel a safe return after the light flight she was in disappeared in Nepal. Mahumapelo said that they had reacted with shock to the news about the DA deputy leader in North West who has gone missing in Nepal.

“As the North West provincial government, we pray hard for her safety and that the family and the Democratic Alliance must have faith in the Almighty who is in charge of all situations.” Mahumapelo said.

The party leader in North West, Joe McGluwa said that the party remained deeply distressed at the missing of Petro Nel.


“Search was called off as we still raising the money needed. The family must come up with 5 000 US Dollar (R70 000) so that the search could be resumed. We have managed to rose close to R30 000 and we would like the public to help where they could.” McGluwa said.

He said that the night vigil was held on Saturday and the family awaits positive news from Nepal.

“Nel was really looking forward to that holiday trip in Tibet, and we hope she can be found and returned home safely. She was one of the hard workers the party has and to all broader community, let keep her in our prayers. Nel is and has been a pillar of the party in the North West, and our only thoughts now are for her safe return.”


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‘Koster farmer gets R5000 bail after shooting’

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A murder case against farmer was postponed after he appeared before Koster Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Kornelius Geldenhuis, 48 allegedly shot dead a cyclist on Saturday after he accused him of theft.

North West police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko said that Salomon Quku(35) from Mountain View in Koster was fatally shot few kilometres away from Geldenhuis’s farm.

“Quku was riding his bicycle between Rustenburg and Koster road on Friday at around 4pm when he was confronted by the farmer. Geldenhuis allegedly shot him after accusing him of theft. Geldenhuis allegedly stopped the deceased and demanded to search him. The farmer’s house was broken into, and lost few portable items,” Ramaloko said.

Ramaloko said the farmer searched the man’s bag and allegedly found First Aid kit, a pillow, a cap and a pair of shoes which was said to be stolen from the farmer’s house.

“An altercation ensued between the farmer and the deceased. The farmer shot Quku twice, and the cyclist succumbed to the shot on the scene.  The farmer alerted the police and his firearm was confiscated.” he said.

Geldenhuis was granted a R5000 bail and his case was postponed until December 7.


Provincial South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) secretary, Packett Seaketso said that they condemned the fatal shooting of the cyclist in the strongest possible term.

“The use of violence without regard for the rule of law within our farming communities is worrying. Such horrendous acts of vigilantism should be discouraged and stamped out,” Seaketso said.

He further appealed for calm while the criminal justice system is dealing with the matter.


“We should not allow such acts of violence to undermine reconciliation, social cohesion and nation building efforts,” he added.


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100 unemployed youth trained in plumbing and welding in Taung

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MORE than 100 unemployed youth benefited from a YouthBuild programme that was kickstarted by The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the North West province on Sunday.

YouthBuild programme involved 100 unemployed rural youth from Taung and its surrounding villages who were being trained in plumbing and welding.

NYDA executive chairperson, Yershen Pillay said: “This programme is another example of the real work carried out by the NYDA in rural areas with life-changing impact for the participants. As the agency, there is nothing more fulfilling than witnessing young people involved in building a better South Africa for all.”

Pillay said that the YouthBuild volunteers were embarked on possibly one of the greatest skills transferred programmes of their lives for what they were about to learn is practical, real-world expertise.



“This programme represents the very first of its kind in this community. The project, which the NYDA has contributed over R1.9 million towards, involves unemployed young people who are becoming prone to risky behaviours due to being out of school and unemployed. The youth will commence short skills development training using the YouthBuild programme model to learn technical skills that they can use to empower themselves and generate income for themselves and their families.” he said.

According to Pillay, the YouthBuild project was a comprehensive programme that integrated academic achievement, work experience, social action, leadership development, and personal transformation in a single project. He said that they had witnessed all of the above being imparted to previous YouthBuild participants in communities around the country with life changing effects and were confident that the same results will be delivered in the North West.

Victoria Mohale from Leshobo Village, 15km from Taung who was one of the beneficiaries said: “I joined the NYDA YouthBuild programme to learn the plumbing trade, which I was first exposed to in primary school where artisan training was part of our curriculum. I have already started a plumbing cooperative with other young people from my community so when I heard about the YouthBuild programme in Taung I knew I had to be a part of it.”

Mohale completed matric in 2011 and has been unemployed since then, but she said that she kept herself busy with various volunteer opportunities to gain work experience and skills.
The training identified for the project will be an accredited construction skills programme at NQF level 3 and it will be in the plumbing and welding trades as identified by the municipality. The programme was part of the Building and Civil Engineering Qualification approved by the Construction SETA.

According to NYDA, a total of 2 342 young people participated in structured YouthBuild programmes implemented by the NYDA in partnership with various other stakeholders such as the Human Settlements and Extended Public Works Programme back in 2014.


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Police in search for suspects after supermarket robbery



NORTH West police are looking for a group of suspects after a house breaking in Hartebeespoortdam.

Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko said that the police had launched a man-hunt after unknown suspects entered Spar supermarket in the early hours of Monday.


“The suspects allegedly blew a safe with some explosives at Mount Lake Spar supermarket. They then took a substantial amount of cash and fled the scene.” Ramaloko said.

According to Ramaloko said that no one was injured during the incident and no arrest has been made.

Police appeal to anyone who has information to come forward  to the Hartebeespoortdam police and investigations continue.


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Department takes notes at the World Tourism Day Celebrations in Limpopo.

The Tourism fraternity in South Africa recently gathered in their multitudes at the Kruger National Park’s Phalaborwa Gate in Limpopo for the annual commemoration of the World Tourism Day which was held under the theme “A million new experiences await”. 

These celebrations are an array of tourism related activities and activation which this year included the National Celebrations of Heritage Day and Limpopo Provincial 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards.

North West MEC for Tourism, Desbo Mohono deployed a team of delegates which included senior managers. Led by the Chief Financial Officer, Motsepe Moiloanyane, the delegation’s mission was to ensure that the department fosters relations with other tourism authorities and national key role stakeholders.

“An event such magnitude brings together vital tourism key role players which presents us with a unique lifetime opportunity for to interact and engage with the who’s who of tourism, moreover we will learn more about other provinces and also exchange best practices on how certain things are done within the tourism sector”, Mohono said.

Delegates also attended the Limpopo Provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards ceremony in which there was great networking with other provinces but the highlight of the night was how the venue was set up, the lighting and other gimmicks they infused in their production of the awards ceremony.

Departmental Spokesperson, Dineo Lolokwane said that the importance of being part of such events is immeasurable as it also serves as perfect platform for exchanging best practices.

“Gatherings of such nature will expose you to events management antics and also teach you creative and exciting ways of doing things while hosting events. We also get to put our fingers on the pulse of the Tourism fraternity, to get to know how they feel about the North West Province, their perceptions and stereotypes about us”, she said.

World Tourism Day is an annual event meant to foster awareness among the international community about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
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Navas says Bafana Bafana have potential to dominate global football

Costa Rican captain and Real Madrid star Keylor Navas said the South African Senior National football team had the potential to dominate global football if they keep their feet on the ground and believe in themselves.

The popular star said he is surprised why Bafana Bafana are not dominating the African continent with the type of football they play.

The mild-mannered goalkeeper who is a cult hero in this Central American country of around 5 million inhabitants said South Africans are talented, mobile and can destroy any team on a given day.

“Looking at how they competed here, I am still surprised that South Africa is not dominating Africa and even most top countries in the world.

“If they play this type of football on regular basis then surely they should be among the giants in the world. They are electric fast, can pass the ball with high tempo and hardly lose possession when they are in charge,” said Navas who is adored in this part of the world.

The Real Madrid star said he was impressed by the South African culture of football.

“It is quite different from either the European or South or Central American style.

Their football is refreshing and exciting to see. I suppose they need to play against top sides in the world in order to express themselves more and dominate on regular basis,” added Navas.

The international star was beaten by a cheeky Andile Jali lob on the 9th minute but Navas said Jali was only among a myriad of great players in the Bafana Bafana squad.

“I am not trying to impress anyone. If anything, no one normally praises your vanquisher but we need to give credit where it is due, South Africa are a good football playing nation and that is a fact,” concluded Navas.
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Two perished, three injured in a car crash



TWO perished, three injured in a car accident on Monday between Ventersdorp and Coligny.

North West police spokesperson, Maj Pelonomi Makau said the driver of a white Tata Sedan, James Thambe lost control of his vehicle and veered of the road.

“The driver and the passengers were travelling from Mahikeng to Johannesburg when the accident occurred. Two deceased aged 12 and 22 respectively, were relatives to the driver. The car rolled several times and they died on the spot. The driver and other two passengers were taken to local hospital for medical attention,”

Makau said a culpable homicide case has been opened an investigation continues.


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Breaking News: ‘Fatal accident left few injured between Taung and Hartswater’



HARTSWATER- Three cars were engaged in a pile-up accident between Taung and Hartswater on infamous N18 on Monday.  Even though details amid the accident are sketchy, the crash left few injured.

More details will follow soon.


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Pirates stun Al Ahly to book place in Confederation Cup final

Pirates stun Al Ahly to book place in Confederation Cup final


CAIRO – Goals by Kermit Erasmus, Thamsanqa Gabuza, Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Matlaba vaulted Orlando Pirates through to the final of the CAF Confederation Cup when they beat Al Ahly 4-3 (5-3 on aggregate) at Suez Stadium on Sunday night.

Ahly started the match off on a high with the hosts putting the Sea Robbers under pressure as Eric Tinkler’s men conceded a free kick, but Bekhit’s attempt was off target failing to trouble Felipe Ovono.

Ovono was the busier of the two keepers as he continued to receive threats from the Egyptians, and he made another save to deny the Red Devils with defenders Happy Jele and Ayanda Gcaba a bit shaky at the back.

However, after 10 minutes of play, Tinkler’s men settled in the game and made good moves going forward although they couldn’t trouble Sherif Ekramy.

The hosts failing to find a goal in the 30th minute, Malick Evouna wasted a beautiful chance as he blasted his shot over the bar from six-yards out following a great set up by John Antwi.

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Murdered Orgazma owner known as an outspoken businessman


Murdered Orgazma owner Wandile Bozwana has been described as an outspoken businessman, ANC funder and former provincial treasurer.


Reports: ‘North West businessman killed in a hit’



A 40 year-old man died in hospital after he was shot while travelling to Mooikloof.

According to ANCYL member in North West, Thabo Arafat Molamu said that Wandile Bozwana assassinated.

Molamu wrote on his personal Facebook page account confirming the death of Bozwana on Friday.

It is alleged that Bozwana who was a business owner and his colleague, were taken to local hospital under critical condition following a shooting in Pretoria on Friday.

The shooting is believed to be a hit, but a motive is not yet known.

The shooting occurred just before 16:00.

According to www.news24.com, police said Wandile Bozwana, who owned energy drinking company Orgazma Special Energy Drink, was travelling on the N1 north from Johannesburg with his colleague Mpho Baloyi in the driver’s seat.

A silver grey BMW M3 allegedly pulled next to their car near the Garsfontein off-ramp.

According to police, the suspects in the car started shooting at the branded yellow Renault Clio.

About 12 bullets hit the car with nine of them hitting Bozwana, five in the lower back.

Baloyi was shot twice, but managed to drive to a car dealership near Menlyn Shopping Centre to seek help.

Police spokesperson sergeant Asnath Malatji told www.news24.com that the pair was coming from Sandton heading to Mooikloof.

She said they were investigating an attempted murder case.

“At this stage, we don’t know the motive, but are appealing to people who might have seen the incident to come forward with information to ensure the suspects are arrested,” she added.

The bullet-riddled car was still being combed for evidence more than an hour after the incident. The pair was taken to Unitas hospital where Bozwana later died according to unconfirmed reports.

The scene attracted several bystanders.

Motorists on the N1 at the time of the incident called EWN radio station and said they had seen one person jumping out of the car and opening fire at the other vehicle. The BMW then sped off. No arrests have been made.

Bozwana was recently in logger heads with North West Provincial Government over money owed to him, and he took them to court.

(Courtesy: of News24)
*Additional reports by TDN
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‘North West mother incarcerated for child neglect’

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A 27 year-old mother was sentenced to three year in custody for neglecting her three children age under 10.

Mapula Mabiletsa appeared before Brits Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

A Jericho-based mother left her children at her neighbour’s house for three days under false pretense.

Mabiletsa told her neighbour that she was attending a wedding and will return later on. She failed to return and could not give proper explanation of her whereabouts on her arrival later on.

North West police spokesperson, Captain Paul Ramaloko said: “The matter was reported to the police after the neighbour realised that Mabiletsa was not coming. She was then arrested and charged for child neglect upon her return.  A neighbour applauded police and said she was relieved that the law has taken its course.”

She said that Mabiletsa had developed a pattern of neglecting her children.

The kids were taken to a place of safety while their mother is serving her sentence.

North West MEC for Social Development Fenny Gaolaolwe urged the community members to report cases of child negligence to the social workers.

She said that child protection calls for all stakeholders including parents and everyone in the society.


“The protection of children is legislated in the Children’s Act. Everybody has to play a role in protecting our children. They are our future generation. As results they must be protected and be nurtured in areas of sequester.”

Positive Youth of Taung organization chairperson, Phemelo Mohutsiwa urged the community to work hand-in-hand with the authorities.

He said the children were the future generations, so they were supposed to grow in conducive atmosphere.

“Children can be raised by the whole village, so I urge everyone to make sure that they report all mischievous things that are done by mothers or elders to the kids behind close doors. I applaud the move made by the neighbour of the perpetrator. We need to work together to raise up a better society.”


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‘Newly-appointed minister vows to fight corruption’



THE newly-appointed Public Service and Administration, advocate Ngwako Ramatlhodi addressed the government officials and public during service delivery improvement indaba at Mmabatho Convention Centre in North West yesterday.

Ramatlhodi said the government was taking it in its stride to make sure service delivery becomes its beacon.

He said the government officials needed to follow Batho Pele principles and have clear understanding of that they serving the community members which were at the forefront of the mission.

“Our government officials need to have a clear understanding of who are the beneficiaries of the government programs. We need to achieve the developmental oriented service delivery to alleviate poverty, inequality and unemployment,” he said.


“The government brought a new system called Central Supplier Database (CSD) which is expected to reduce corruption and fraud in government. Looting of government’s coffer affects service delivery and that results in poor economy. The government cannot sustain itself in improving the lives of ordinary people.”

This event was set aside as a platform for public servants to share and engage on matters of service delivery.

The provincial director-general Lydia Sebego said the provincial government was adamant to root out corruption and fraud within its system. She said the event was organized to celebrate the commitment, dedication and, excellence of public servants who went extra mile in the delivery of public services.

“As the provincial government, we can assure you that we investigating any corruption committed. We recently found out that we have 37 000 ghost employees in our system. The investigations are underway and we liaising with other departments to check where and how could that happened.”


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‘Let’s vote for Dineo Moseki, says North West premier’



THE North West premier Supra Mahumapelo called on all people across the province to vote for Idols SA contestant Dineo Moseki.

A 21 year-old girl from Tlakgameng village in Ganyesa won the hearts of South Africans with her angelic voice.

Provincial acting spokesperson Brian Setswambung said that Moseki was a good singer and has the potential to win the competition.

“We need to support and vote for her. We want to see her following in the footsteps of many winners in different fields emanating from this province. The province firmly support her. Dineo’s singing proves that talent does not only come from the townships. Even villages have it in abundance.” Mahumapelo said.

Moseki made it to the top 9 and those who want to keep her in the competition can vote for  Dineo by SMS 05 to 37400 (SMS Costs R1.50)

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Web: www.idolssa.dstv.com # VoteDineo #IdolsDineo


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Mahumapelo to attend Masire’s funeral


MESSAGE of condolences continue to pour in for former Botswana’s late president, Sir Ketumile Masire who died on Thursday last week. Botswana vice president, Mokgweetsi Masisi and president, Ian Khama paid homage to Masire.

He passed on last week Thursday after undergoing a surgery at a private hospital in Gaborone, Botswana.

Masire’s body is lying in state at the country’s parliament, and Batswana are paying their respects.

“Masire’s contribution to the struggle for stability of the region cannot go unnoticed. He offered refuge to many freedom fighters in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region during his tenure as president, and his country was sometimes attacked by apartheid South Africa, where scores of people were killed, including Batswana,” Masisi said.

North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo will also attend Masire’s funeral.

Mahumapelo has described Masire as one of the greatest and humble leaders Botswana has ever had.

“We convey our heartfelt condolences to the Masire family and the people of Botswana for the loss of this great yet humble leader who contributed significantly to the progress that Botswana enjoys today. I salute Sir Ketumile  Masire for his visionary leadership during his tenure as President of Botswana,” Mahumapelo said.

Masire will be buried at his home village in Kanye on Thursday.


Hartswater pupils receive school uniforms, jackets and shoes



MORE than 25 deprived pupils from Hartswater, received school uniforms and shoes recently. Northern Cape Transport, Safety and Liaison department spokesperson, Keitumetse Moticoe said that the donation will assist many school children in the area.

Moticoe further said it was imperative to ensure that school children have warm clothes for winter.

“We identified underprivileged children at Ted Caster Intermediate School. Their lives will be changed for the better and the aim of this initiative was to ensure that we improve their lives in pursuit of them getting educated.

“We donated winter jackets, shoes, jerseys, trousers, skirts, shirts, long winter socks and beanies. We saw the need when visiting the school last year. We donated sanitary towels to assist young girls who were unable to attend school during their cycle due to lack of the sanitary products,” she said.

Moticoe added that some of the learners were attending school without shoes, jerseys, long pants or jackets. She said they felt compelled to do something to assist them.

Mama Lekwene, Gender Desk said “It was also a way of taking social responsibility in building a caring society. Therefore, we requested all senior managers and staff to donate winter school uniforms.

“We received great support from a local company called Meriting Company. The company donated school uniform worth R10 000. The children we grateful and expressed their appreciation to the staff members.”



High Court set aside bail review application for #Coligny accused

North West Provincial Government said it has noted the outcome of the application for a review on the bail application of the two farm workers in Coligny who are accused of killing Matlhomola Moshoeu, 16.

The North West High Court has set aside the State’s application for leave to appeal the decision of the Coligny Magistrate’s Court, which granted bail to Pieter Doorewaard (26) and Philip Schutte (34) a bail of R5 000 each.

Premier Supra Mahumapelo said: “We accept the outcome of the court judgment and will accordingly study it and explore our available options as we believe ours was a just cause.”

According to the accused, Moshoeu was stealing sunflowers on April 20 when they caught him and drove with him to the local police station. 

They claimed Moshoeu allegedly jumped off their bakkie and broke his neck while some eyewitnesses claim he was allegedly pushed off the bakkie.

The death of Moseou sparked protest that left a trail of destruction in Coligny as three houses and three trucks were torched, while several shops were looted and damaged.

The argument was heard by acting Judge, Daniel Matlapeng on Thursday. 

Matlapeng struck the application of the roll after some discrepancies on the application.

“The application constitutes irregular proceedings. In amplification, it was contended on behalf of the respondents that the right to appeal in terms of Section 65A of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 as amended (the CPA) is automatic if the decision appealed against is from a lower court. As a result, there is no need to apply for leave appeal.

 “The applicant failed to follow the provisions of the CPA. In this respect the respondents submit that the applicant failed to follow the peremptory procedure laid down in Section 310A of the CPA. This decision therefore deals with the preliminary points raised and not the merits of the appeal,” Matlapeng said.

He further said the right to appeal against the refusal or the granting of bail is regulated by Section 65 of the CPA. Matlapeng added that Section 65A(1)(a) of the CPA provides that the attorney-General may appeal to the Superior Court having jurisdiction, against the decision of the lower court to release an accused on bail or against the imposition of a condition of bail as contemplated in Section 65 (1)(a).

 “In the circumstances it would serve no purpose whatsoever for the applicant in this matter to apply for a right that automatically has ex lege. I am emboldened in this view by what was said in S v Potgieter 2000 (1) SACR 578 at 581c. For the applicant to apply for a right that it has, is not only illogical but irregular,” Matlapeng outlines.

The State will review the matter and make another application. Meanwhile the case will take place on Monday and is expected to be transferred to North West High Court.


Doctor dedicates his time to rural areas


AWARD-WINNING medic, Ndiviwe Mphothulo, is one of few experienced medical doctors dedicated to serving rural communities in the North West province.

   Dr Mphothulo hails from Soweto in Johannesburg but has not allowed the lure of lights and better facilities in Gauteng to take him out of rural Taung.

  He has made a name for himself in the TB treatment breakthrough at Taung District Hospital and recently penned a book:  “TB cases from Taung, A Perspective from Rural Hospital.”


  Mphothulo, 41, said the book seeks to immortalise the experiences he has gone through at the hospital for they marked a defining moment in his career. 

  “This book was inspired by the success we had in Taung District Hospital where we treated difficult TB cases with little resources. The book consists of 20 TB cases we managed at the hospital. I remain in rural areas because devastating situation and shortage of doctors in Taung.

  “I was inspired to contribute and put my ambitions on hold for the good of the community. I believe in equal access to health care irrespective of class or locality. We stand on the shoulders of giants and we should also leave a legacy and strive for a just society in all spheres of life,” he said.  

  The experienced physician has also spent time in Mount Ally and Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

“I was inspired to become a doctor after many visits to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. I visited my hospitalised relatives and unfortunately some of them died. I chose to study medicine in quest of saving lives.

  “I was also influenced by activist medical doctors like Dr Nthato Motlana, Abu Baker Asvat, Neil Agget and Dr Fabian Defu Riberio. I am also a last born of activist parents. I was also involved in politics since the age of 13. I joined Masupatsela in Jabavu branch in 1989, ANCYL in 1990, and COSAS in 1990 and held different leadership roles in all these organisations,” Mphothulo said.

  He started school at Welizibuko Primary School in Pimville (Soweto) and eventually obtained his matric certificate at Morris Isaacson High School.

  Mphothulo enrolled for a BSc Degree at Medunsa in 1996 and was accepted for the second year of medicine (MB CHB) the following year due to exceptional results.

  “My career in medicine commenced with an internship at Groote Schuur Hospital (Cape Town) back in 2002. It was followed by community service at Taung District Hospital in 2003. At the end of my community service work in Taung, I decided to relegate my goal of becoming a physician and did not go back to Soweto.

  “I hold MBCHB (Medunsa), Master of Public Health (Medunsa), Diploma in HIV Management (Colleges of Medicine of SA), a Masters of Business Leadership (MBL) from Unisa and currently a PHD student at University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine,” he said.

  Mphothulo said his late mother, who was a political activist, played an influential role in his success.

  “My mother instilled a sense of patriotism and fighting spirit in me. She was part of many non-government organisations and also held political leaderships in the 80s. I guess that is where I got my political activism,” he said.

  His decision to serve Taung has not gone unnoticed as awards have been coming his way.

  “My contribution in Taung has resulted in me being awarded many accolades. I was bestowed with MEC’s Service Excellence award in 2013 for best performing doctor in North West Province. I also received an award from the South African Medical Association –Trade Union (SAMA-TU) for excellent community service to the people of Taung (Medical Community builder 2014),” he said.

  Mphothulo was awarded for being South Africa’s 2015 Rural Doctor of the year (By Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (Rudasa).

  He is currently a Board member of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, Representative of North West Province in the National Executive Committee of Rudasa, Conference Chairperson of the 2017 Rural Health Conference and a member of the North West ANC Provincial subcommittee in Political Education and Training.

  “I would love to work for an NGO dealing with TB research and be a lecturer in five years. Having a supportive and loving wife who helps me go through the grilling schedule is wonderful. I am humbled by her presence and I will remain a family man.

  “My message to the youth of Taung and South Africa at large is that each generation must discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it,” he said.


Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

Sir Ketumile Masire, who was Botswana’s second President, has died aged 91. He had been hospitalised in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit at Bokomoso Hospital since June 18.

The Board of Trustees of the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation (SKMF) issued a statement last night announcing his death.

Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, GCMG (born 23 July 1925 in Kanye, Botswana) is the second President of Botswana for the Botswana Democratic Party from 1980 to 1998. (source wikipedia)

He stepped down and was succeeded by the then Vice-President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, who became the third President of Botswana.

Prior to this, he was a leading figure in the independence movement and then the new government, and played a crucial role in facilitating and protecting Botswana’s steady financial growth and development.

Since his retirement in 1998 Sir Ketumile Masire has been involved in numerous diplomatic initiatives in a number of African countries, including Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Swaziland. Between 1998 and 2000 he served as Chairman of the International Panel of Eminent Personalities Investigating the Circumstances Surrounding the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, and between 2000 – 2003 was the facilitator for the Inter-Congolese National Dialogue, which had the objective of bringing about a new political dispensation for the Democratic Republic of Congo, in terms of the Lusaka Ceasefire Accord.

In 2007, Sir Ketumile Masire set up the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation to promote the social and economic well being of the society of Botswana.


The Board of Trustees of the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation (SKMF) and the Masire family wish to inform all friends and supporters of SKMF of the passing on of Rre. He died peacefully at Bokamoso Private Hospital surrounded by his family at 2210hrs on 22 June 2017.
We thank well-wishers and friends from near and far, for their prayers, thoughts and comforting messages of support during this difficult time.
Rest in Peace Sir.

Source: http://www.independent.co.ug 

Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address in Rustenburg

Cyril Ramaphosa


DEPUTY President, Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver keynote address during National Union of Mineworkers Youth Structure (NUM-YS) public lecture at Olympia stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday.

0NUM-YS national secretary, Bonginkosi Mrasi said: “Alliance structures will be part of the event. The Young Communist League (YCL), COSAS, SASCO and Cosatu Young Workers will attend. The theme of the public lecture is: “The current struggles and the relevance of the alliance.”

Mrasi added that there will be a march to Rustenburg Local Municipality. He said they will submit a memorandum of grievances at 10am.

“The public lecture will commence at 12pm.”


Taung hospital under fire after baby’s death


A 30 YEAR-Old woman from Losasaneng village, near Taung contemplates opening a lawsuit against the Taung District hospital.

  Dineo Mpofu alleges that her month-old baby died due to medical negligence at the hospital.

Mpofu said that things turned out for the worse when she was referred to the district hospital after giving birth at a local clinic.

  “My baby (Leungo) was born in April this year. I took Leungo to Mamutla clinic, but I was referred to Taung hospital where my ordeal began. A student nurse injected my son on the wrong vein while injecting him.

  “My baby developed a swollen hand as a result. The hospital referred me to Klerksdorp hospital for operational matter. However, I was forced to come and sleep over at Taung hospital in order for me to be ferried to Klerksdorp. My ordeal continues after I was taken to Klerksdorp hospital by department vehicle, but I had to hitch-hike back home after check-up with my baby on my back,” Mpofu said.

  She alleges that the hospital failed to organise a transport for her to go back to Taung and she was left stranded. Mpofu said unfortunately Leungo died last week Thursday because of complications.

  “I was so shocked when I saw my baby’s lifeless body in the bed. He was motionless with swallowed hand. So, we want the hospital to be responsible for its obliviousness,” she said.

 However, the North West Health department disputes Mphofu’s version of events.

Department spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane said: “The patient was sent to Klerksdorp on the April 6. She did not inform the hospital about findings and medical management from Klerksdorp. Taung District Hospital only learnt about her discharge from Klersdorp through the media.

  On May 5, she was called for acknowledging the complaint. Complaints procedure was explained. She told the hospital management that she was supposed to be in Klersdorp that very same day. Unfortunately she failed to honour her appointment, booking was then made for the 11th May 2017.  The hospital fetched her from home on the 10th May 2017 so that she will be able to honour her appointment for the 11th May 2017 because she complained that she could not afford to transport herself from home in Losasaneng to Taung District Hospital,” he added.

  “She only found out in Klerksdorp on the 11th that the actual booking was for the 22nd May 2017. The hospital asked the escort nurse to persuade doctors to see her. She was seen and given a follow up date for the 18thMay 2017. She came back the same on the 11th May 2017 from Klerksdorp. The hospital arranged that she lodges overnight for her to be able to attend redress meeting on the 12th May 2017,” Lekgethwane said.

  He pointed out that on examination, it was found that the discoloration complained of on the child’s arm had cleared and the baby was able to move the arm.

  “She however complained that she does not have money to transport herself to the hospital even though the hospital fetched her on the 10th May 2017. She was asked how she feels about the treatment given to her and she said she was satisfied and that was recorded at the redress meeting.  

  However she did not honour her appointment for the 18th May 2017. The department therefore could not find any untoward issue on her treatment at the hospital.  It is however unfortunate that the patient has lost the baby and we offer condolences to her and the family,” Lekgethwane said.


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