‘Kolong Bridge to be officially opened’  

Taung Bridge 3


KOLONG Bridge in Taung, will be officially opened on Thursday. The dual direction bridge project cost North West Public Works department close to R77m.

North West Provincial Government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung said that the project entailed the construction of dual direction bridge adjacent to the old bridge.

“The construction of the bridge commenced in 2015 and was completed in April 2017. This was initiated after the old single lane dilapidating bridge connecting Taung and Manthe village, posed a risk to road users.

“About 173 job opportunities were created for locals in the process. Approximately R12.2m of the budget was spent on Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) as well as other businesses in the province for bridge construction,” Setswambung said.

Five families were repositioned from their stands to make way for the project. Public Works and Roads department constructed new houses for these families at the value of R7.1m.

He said the total cost of R87m was spent on the project. Setswambung said Mahumapelo will be accompanied by acting MEC for Public Works and Roads department,Ontlametse Mochware and Greater Taung Local Municipality mayor, Kgosi Nnyoko Motlhabane .

The event will commence at 10am.


Ontlametse’s brave fight to the end- Progeria victim’s story to be a film

The story of Ontlametse Phalatse will be immortalised on celluloid when a new documentary film is released.

Phalatse’s is the story of a young woman who bravely fought against the rare genetic disorder called progeria. The story will be told by radio producer Keabetswe Mokoena.

While the aim is to educate South Africans on the realities of progeria, Mokoena said she had spoken to Phalatse when she was still alive about sharing her story through the film The Life of Ontlametse Phalatse.

Phalatse, who died aged 18 earlier this year, had a fighting spirit which Mokoena felt everybody needed to have.

The documentary will give an insight into Phalatse’s day-to-day life through the voices of her loved ones. “I went door-to-door knocking for interviews with people who had watched her grow [up],” said Mokoena.

Her life was a race against time, with doctors giving her a few years to live, but she pushed herself to reach matric.

As tough as she came across, Phalatse was actually bullied throughout her schooling.

“I spoke to Ontlametse’s school friends . Though young, many of her older friends admitted to getting most of their advice from her.”

Instead of launching the film at traditional movie houses, Mokoena plans to visit schools in Rustenburg and let the community enjoy it via a screen projector for a “bioskop” feel.

The North West government has given the thumbs up for the film to be shown in different schools as well as supporting the project financially.

“Every cent I am going to make through this film, 50% will go to Ontlametse’s family.

“This film is not mine, it is for the Phalatse family and the entire community,”

The film is expected to be released later this year.


Fans upbeat for Chiefs vs Pirates game

Chiefs vs Pirates


South African football loving fans continue to rally behind their teams in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup Campaign. Supporters of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have cast over 6,3 million votes to date.

Both teams are starting to take shape with two weeks left for players who are currently not in pole position to make late advancements, but it all boils down to the Champion Coaches’ selections.

For this year’s campaign football loving fans have been tasked with choosing the formation for their sides and both supporters of the mighty Amakhosi and the Buccaneers have so far chosen the tried and trusted 4-4-2 for the clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, 29 July 2017.

Over the last two weeks, the two teams have been active in the transfer market providing fans with exciting players to choose from. If Champion Coaches would like to see the new signees showcase their skills in this pre-season showpiece they may effectively do so as all newly recruited players are included in the voting system.

Kaizer Chiefs’ latest signing is versatile forward Bhongolethu Jayiya, who played a huge role in Cape Town City’s fairytale season under coach Eric Tinkler. Jayiya can play the position of either a winger or a forward who created headlines last season when he scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier Soccer League history.

If pace and skill is what supporters would like to add to their starting-eleven, then Jayiya could be that much-needed link in the Kaizer Chiefs attacking unit.

Newly signed Midfielder Philani Zulu could also provide Champion Coaches with the much-needed attacking qualities, as he frequently scores and creates goals.

Amakhosi recently signed Zimbabwean international defender Teenage Hadebe, on the defensive side. Hadebe comes with a fine pedigree as an experienced Warriors star who could further assist in solidifying the defence.

Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates have made a major signing of their own, bringing Thami Sangweni to the club to add some steel to their midfield and attacking potential.

In hope of steering The Sea Robbers to right direction, the Bafana international is sets to forge a strong alliance with the likes of Oupa Manyisa, Mpho Makola and Issa Sarr.

These changes to the teams not only provide Consumer Coaches with the chance to change their starting line-up, but also their formations if they believe the new arrivals can give them other options.

Potential Champion Coaches who are over the age of 18 can stand a chance of winning the Carling Black Label Champion Cup match day experience where two lucky fans will join their favourite team in training, sit in the pre-match briefing and be part of the technical set-up on match day.

If either set of Champion Coaches want to make changes to their side ahead of the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup, they can do so by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and dialing *120*660*.

They then enter their unique underliner code and then#.  Entry is FREE on USSD or they can go to www.carlingblacklabel.co.za.

Voting for the 2017 Carling Champion Cup closes at midnight on Tuesday, 25th July 2017.





MEC Motlhabane to combat crime in Groot Marico  



MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management department, Dr Mpho Motlhabane will embark on rigorous effort to fight crime through Letsema campaign at Groot Marico on Thursday.

The department spokesperson, Thabo Sematle said Motlhabane will be part of the team that will de-bush the area identified as crime hotspot.

“The campaign was initiated due to crime trends and patterns observed. The bushed area leads to the increased level occurrences of crime in the area. It is on this basis that the department embark on De-bushing Letsema Projects as part of Mandela activities.

“It is part of our Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). This is an approach used in an attempt to reduce the potential opportunity for crime to persist. It also enhances easy detection and identification of criminal activities,” he said.

Sematle added that the activity will commence at Venture village, in Groot Marico at 8am.




Taung elderly receive RDP houses

Taung Houses

LOCAL Government and Human Settlement department handed over three houses to elderly people in Taung. Those who benefited said they are grateful that their dignities were restored.

One of the beneficiaries, Joseph Moreetsi (76) said he shared a mud house with his wife, Sylvia for most part of his life.

“I used to live in fear knowing that this mud house might collapse at any time. There was a time where the other part of the house collapsed after torrential rains,” Moreetsi said.

Other beneficiaries were France Saku (88), Motladilelo Kgautle (94) and Mosipidi Semino (47).

MEC for local government and human settlements department, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe said: “We have a responsibility to provide quality and decent houses to deprived people. We also want to ignite Madiba’s spirit of generosity and selflessness.

Taung houses 2

North West Premier’s wife, Kule Mahumapelo said older people play a significant role within the society. Mahumapelo further said intergenerational work is a great way to break down barriers between groups of people.

“We need to take care of our grandparents. The Grandparent’s Day initiative educates people on how to take care of elderly. Young people need to appreciate the experiences and skills of older people and vice versa so that we foster greater understanding between groups of people.

“There are still a significant number of older people living in poverty. With wealth inequality, comes health inequality. We will continue to assist government to fight against treble challenges like unemployment, inequality and poverty,” she said.

Mahumapelo added that older people have also contributed for many decades which are something which is often forgotten.

Source: Newsnote News Agency Network 




Kwaito star Brickz found guilty of rape

Kwaito star Sipho Charles Ndlovu, popularly known as Brickz, was found guilty of rape by the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Friday afternoon.

The judgment was handed down by Magistrate John Baloyi following a three-year long trial battle.

Baloyi told a packed courtroom, which Sunday World attended, that Brickz was guilty as charged because he failed to convince the court that he did not commit the crime.

Brickz’s R50 000 bail was immediately revoked and was led down to the holding cells as he will remain in custody until his sentencing later this month.

The musician was arrested in November 2013 for allegedly raping a 16-year-old relative.

After spending a month behind bars, he was released on R50 000 bail after taking his application to the Johannesburg High Court.

Sentencing is expected to take place next week.

Source: http://www.sundayworld.co.za