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Since the beginning of September 2016, several successful arrests were made by the police. These crimes include cases such as possession of dagga/drugs, driving under the influence of liquor, possession of stolen goods etcetera.  17 Arrests were made for possession of drugs/dagga and 0.655gr dagga confiscated; 0,156 gr Tik; 0.0016 gr Mandrax and Ecstasy pills.

Two arrests were made for possession of dangerous weapons and five arrests were made for possession of stolen goods.

Sergeant Ntombi Manie from the the Office of the Station Commander, Corporate Communication South Africa Police Service, Kuruman JTG Cluster reported the following cases under investigation :

 

 

HOTAZEL

The police in Kuruman are investigating a case of culpable homicide following the death of a 32-year old man on the Hotazel road on Sunday 18 September 2016 at about 06:40.

It appears that the deceased was the only occupant in the vehicle. The police are still investigating to determine the cause of accident.

The name of the deceased is not released as the next of keen is still to be informed.  

The investigation continues.

 

LOTLHAKENG

A foreign national was shot at Lotlhakeng in his spaza shop and sustained injuries.

The man alleged that three males entered his shop and started shooting at him and then fled the scene.

The police in Batlharos have opened a case of attempted murder. No arrest has yet been made. The investigations continue.

 

OLIFANTSHOEK

The police in Olifantshoek opened a case of attempted murder after a 31-year old woman was found beaten and badly injured lying on the street. A 36-year old man was arrested in connection with the case. The police are investigating to determine what led to the assault. The investigation continues. 

 

BOTHITONG

The police in Bothitong opened a case of culpable homicide after a 16-year old boy was fatally wounded in a car accident on Saturday 17 September 2016 at approximately 14:00 at Bothitong village.

The police are busy investigating to determine the cause of accident after they found the vehicle overturned.

The name of the deceased will be released after the next of kin has been informed.

The investigation continues.

 

MARUPING

The police in Batlharos are investigating a case of armed robbery that occurred on Friday 16 September 2016 at around 20:00 in Maruping.

Allegedly the two foreign nationals were at their business premises when three armed males entered the shop and ordered them to the bedroom where they demanded cash while assaulting them.

One of the victims sustained injuries after he was beaten with the fire arm on the head. The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, two cellphones and cigarettes worth an estimated amount of R2000.

No arrest has yet been made. The police are following all leads. The investigation continues.

“The annual release of the crime statistics indicates whether we are on the right path or not, where we need to improve and whether we must work harder to ensure that we protect and serve our people to the best of our abilities.”

This was the statement made by the acting Premier of the Northern Cape, MEC Norman Shushu, while briefing the media on the Provincial Crime Stats alongside MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Ms Pauline Williams and the SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Peter Shivuri in Kimberley on 14 September 2016 on the Crime Statistics Overview 01 April 2015 - 31 March 2016. 

For the period 2015/2016, priority crimes increased with 1.5% in the province. Sexually related crimes  are up 8.9% , murder down 9.9% ; robbery with aggravating circumstances down 4.1% ; assault with the intention of causing grievous bodily harm down 0.9% ; attempted murder up 17.1% ; house robbery down 13.8% and car hi-jackings up a staggering 213.3%.   

He said that crime does not only impact on the safety and well-being of people, but poses a serious threat to the economic development of the province as a whole.

The statistics are from the 91 stations with the new five clusters with provincial government demarcation with about 7250 police members.

He said whilst the province welcomes the economic growth in the province, it also comes with a negative spin-off in terms of crime and general criminal behaviour.  He explained that the influx of people into certain areas due to economic expansions such as agriculture, mining and solar parks also have an impact on the priority crimes. The increase of crime can be seen in the Kakamas, Kathu, Postmasburg, Upington and De Aar clusters, where the development is taking place.

Mr Shushu said that fire arms (such as pistols, revolvers, high calibre firearms and shotguns) were used as instruments in 1.88% of the total contact crimes.

He also said that financial gain, greed and drug dependency contribute towards property related crimes. NC Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison

 

 

NC SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Peter Shivuri, acting Premier of the Northern Cape MEC Norman Shushu and MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Pauline Williams at the announcement of the provincial crime statistics.

 

 

Rehoboth Christian School het die afgelope paar weke pannekoek en ander lekkernye by die skool verkoop as fondsinsamelingsprojek. Hulle wil graag hul borge bedank wat dit 'n groot sukses gemaak het: Ouers, Spar en Pick n Pay. Die skool waardeer dit baie.

Hoërskool Kathu en Pick n Pay Heritage Mall bied op Saterdag 24 September 2016 vanaf 10:00 tot laat ‘n braaikompetisie by Heritage Mall aan.

Spanne gaan teen mekaar braai, daar sal stalletjies wees, kindervermaak, ‘n biertuin, rugby op die grootskerm asook verskeie kunstenaars wat sal optree.

Toegang is gratis. Verskeie maatskappye gaan uurliks vanaf 11:00 tot 20:00 kompetisies hou waar groot pryse gewen kan word.

Kom geniet die dag se vermaak saam met Pick n Pay en Hoërskool Kathu.

Laerskool Kathu se o/11A krieketspan het die afgelope naweek aan die Op die Voorpos se krieketfees deelgeneem en is aan drie verskillende formate blootgestel. Hul het hul goed van hul taak gekwyt en by die blootstelling aan goeie kwaliteit opPosisie gebaat.

Traffic came to a standstill for almost three hours when a fuel tanker had its rear trailer overturned spilling the residual fuel.

The incident took place on the N14 route between Kuruman and Kathu approximately in the vicinity of the Oasis Casino around 11:00 on September 16, 2016. The trailer, belonging to Mack’s Petroleum, was only removed by around two in the afternoon.

According to the eyewitnesses at the scene, the rear trailer had limited control because it was almost empty after having fuelled some of the filling stations in Kuruman. The trailer capsized whilst still connected to the main trailer and was dragged several metres before the driver could stop. The driver took control of the situation though and there was no casualty.

The collapsed tanker had to be disconnected from the main one to allow the driver to proceed with the main tanker to distribute fuel to Kathu filling stations.

Several hundred of litres of fuel were spilled and the Ga-Segonyana municipal fire brigade had to rush to the scene to douse the spill with water to avoid any chances of ignition.

The towing company Grand Prix had to come and remove the tanker from the road and later towed it to safety. However, with the frequency of hazardous materials passing through the town of Kuruman, does the town have the ideal bylaws and the capacity to outwit the real situation of controlling hazardous waste? Municipal traffic officers had to attend to the scene either by using their own vehicles or on foot as the municipality’s fleet is non-existent.

The situation was so visible and needs authorities to look at it as a matter of urgency.

 

 

Tanker aground on the N14 road while the rescue team was busy.

 

Finsch Diamond Mine (FDM) has been advised by the Regional Office of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) that on Saturday 13 August 2016 during the Finsch NUM Branch Conference the following employees were, in accordance with the Constitution of NUM, elected as the new Branch Committee for the Finsch branch :

The elected employees are Chairperson : Sabata Sediane ; Deputy Chairperson : Justice Masitisho ; Secretary : Pitso Alexander ; Deputy Secretary : Tebogo Kgomongwe and Treasurer : Kgalalelo Dikolenyane.

The elected employees will serve in the union office for three years.

The new committee was introduced to the OPCO team on Tuesday 06 September 2016 by Ms Mirriam Fonang - Deputy Chairperson of Woman Structure, NUM Regional Office.

Keaoleboga Sebuasengwe “Cappy” was also introduced as the newly elected full time Health and Safety Shop Steward for Finsch Diamond Mine.

We would like to congratulate all these employees on their appointments and wish them all the best in their new roles.

A former Northern Cape premier paid himself handsomely while his staff got nothing, and he continued to ignore them, despite a sit-in at his offices.

While more than 250 employees of a manganese mine in the Northern Cape have not been paid their salaries for the past five months, the mine’s owner – former Northern Cape premier Manne Dipico – is earning millions.

Documents show that Mr Dipico, owner of Diro Manganese Pty (Ltd), earned a salary, including bonuses, of R1 258 284.86 in July 2015. The documents further suggest that, in July this year, company CFO Abraham Hermanus Leach earned a cost-to-company salary of R250 000 per month.

Diro Manganese is currently under business rescue and the money owed to the workers is in the region of R28-million. Gavin Gainsford, Diro Manganese business rescue practitioner, said in a letter that “payment of the outstanding salaries and wages will be dependent on the terms of the post-commencement finance [PCF] and the turnaround plan”.

The PCF refers to finance provided to a company once business rescue proceedings have commenced. Potential investors in Diro Manganese had until noon on Thursday 15 September 2016 to provide an irrevocable bank guarantee to Gainsford to the amount of R28-million, which must be paid upfront to the employees upon the adoption of the business rescue plan. According to the workers, more than 250 of them were last paid salaries in April.

The week before last, about 40 of the workers staged a sit-in at the Diro Manganese offices at Riverside Office Park, Centurion, for almost a week, sleeping in the offices and sharing a single blanket. But they were evicted on Tuesday night after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria issued an eviction order against them. The applicants were Pivotman (Pty) Ltd, Diro Manganese and Gainsford.

During the eviction – carried out by masked guards from Prof Risk Security Services (PRSS) – the workers’ belongings were allegedly thrown out of the building.

Some workers claim to have been assaulted while others said they lost valuables, documents and wallets.

In retaliation, the workers barricaded the streets. About 11 were arrested and are expected to appear in court soon.

Mojalefa Mollo, an Economic Freedom Fighters leader in Pretoria, and his team offered the workers temporary accommodation and food. The workers said all they wanted was what was rightfully theirs: “our salaries”.

Some workers claim to have lost their cars and other assets due to non-payment because they have not been paid for months. They are also unable to obtain jobs, as records show they are still employed by Diro Manganese.

“We feel we are being held hostage by the employer … the law favours the rich and not the poor.”

PRSS group managing director Kai Weinzheimer said: “It is protocol” to wear masks during the eviction.

“I don’t see how this has got anything to do with the media. I am not going to comment further, speak to the landlord.”

Speaking on behalf of Pivotman, Lizelle du Toit said: “We are not in a position to comment on the operational procedures of a third party.” She said Diro Manganese “is not in occupation of the premises” and that “we obtained a court interdict against the illegal occupation of the premises”.

She said they worked closely with the sheriff of the court.

“As the safety and security of all our tenants are of the utmost importance, the eviction was done at the least disruptive time. We liaised with the SA Police Service and the sheriff throughout the process.”

Diro’s legal and commercial manager, Breyton Rooiland, said the business was under rescue, but declined to comment further and referred all questions to Leach and Gainsford, who did not respond to messages. The Citizen

 

Protesting messages at the company’s offices.

Winners of the A-league - Kathu.

 

The John Taolo Gaetsewe District Netball season came to an end on Saturday 10 September 2016, with Winners Day at Sivos Sportgrounds. This was a milestone, as it is a whole new netball district.

The clubs that participated were: Kathu, Olifantshoek, Maradonna, Kuruman, Cassel, Blizzards, Sesheng and two male teams, Kathu Male Team and Blizzards Male Team.

Khumani Mine Financial Manager, Wilson Smith was proud to see their sponsorship paying off.

Maria Maiya, chairperson of Northern Cape Netball Association congratulated JTG Netball region with all that they accomplished in this first year of existence.

During the prize-giving ceremony, the following awards were handed over: Best Development coach – Refilwe Photlhe Maradonna, Player of the Year (Male) – Teddy Gaseganelwe, Player of the Year (Female) – Jeannerie van der Linde, Best Development Team – Sishen United, Sesheng, Best Development Official – Kgomotso Loeto, Best Development Player – Leandri Husselmann, Best Defender – Carien Ross, Best Middle Field Player – Chaldean Botes and Best Shooter – Heleen Aucamp.

The winning teams were: A League - Kathu (first), Kuruman (second) and Maradonna (third). B League - Kuruman (first), Sishen United (second) and Blizzards (third). Male Teams - Kathu (first) and Blizzards (second).

 

The Belaz Sishen team enjoying some sea water in East London.

 

The Gold Cup kicked off on Saturday 10 September 2016 with 20 clubs once again competing in a Rugby World Cup-style format, with eight pool matches per week for five weeks up until 8 October 2016 and the top two from each group progressing to the quarter-finals a week later. All knockout matches, including the semi-finals (22 October 2016) and grand final (29 October 2016) will be hosted at participating clubs.

On 10 September 2016, Belaz Sishen played against Pretoria Police in Kathu and lost 44-18. On the same day, the Vipers (Sishen’s second team), played against a new team, the Badgers. The Badgers won 55-46.

Then they had an exciting trip to East London, where they played against East London Police and won 30-18 on Saturday 17 September 2016.

On 1 October 2016, Belaz Sishen will face PE Police in Kathu and 8 October 2016, they will play against Bloemfontein Police in Bloemfontein.

Good luck to the Belaz Sishen team!

 

Left: Jacques Blaauw with his trophy. Right: Theunis Spangenberg in action.

 

 

The R700 000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event was held at Sishen Golf and Country Club last weekend.

On Thursday 8 September 2016, Werner van Niekerk, Bryce Easton, Tyrone Ferreira and the local star, Theunis Spangenberg shared the first-round lead with a four-under-par 68.

Theunis Spangenberg took full advantage of playing on his home course in his home town as he carded a five-under-par 67 on Friday 9 September 2016 to move into a two-stroke lead.

“It’s a little different taking your clothes out of a cupboard instead of a suitcase,” laughed Spangenberg. “It’s just nice to be at home. The course is five minutes away and I know it well, so it’s really enjoyable playing here.”

“I know this course can bite you,” said Spangenberg, “but I’m hitting the ball well, and it’s been like that for the last six weeks. So I’m fairly confident, yes!”

It has been nearly three years since Jacques Blaauw won a Sunshine Tour tournament, and he put on a putting masterclass on Saturday 10 September 2016 to take the R700 000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Sishen Golf and Country Club on the first hole of a play-off with Theunis Spangenberg.

For the early part of the final round, it looked for all the world as if Spangenberg was going to march to a simple win: He birdied the first two holes to pull clear of the chasing pack, but then a bogey on three – only his second of the week – brought him up short. Another at seven and a third at 13 negated any effect his two more birdies during the final round had.

Spangenberg also had a great duel going with Ruan de Smidt, who looked as if he was going to pull clear when he made his third birdie of the round to get to 11-under, but consecutive bogeys on 16 and 17 saw him slip to a share of third.

For Blaauw, it all came together with an eagle on the sixth, after he had clawed back the two strokes he had dropped on the first with birdies on two and five. Once he made the eagle, there was no looking back, and he made four more birdies on his way in.

And he relished the feeling of winning again for the first time since November 2013. “It feels unbelievable,” he said. “I came close during the last three years – very close. “I’ve started playing a little better lately, so getting a win now is a good feeling.”

 

Final Scores:

206 - Jacques Blaauw (71 69 66)

206 - Theunis Spangenberg (68 67 71)

208 - Erik van Rooyen (71 68 69), Ruan de Smidt (71 66 71)

Vir jare al is die abattoir op Rietfontein buite werking en geen vinger word verrroer om dit te herstel nie. Net ‘n spoor van vandalisme is agtergelaat wat dui hoe swak die plaaslike owerheid in die gebied is om te bestuur. Ten spyte daarvan word daar na hartelus geslag en besigheid gedoen met vleisprodukte.

Nou het die bakkery ook by gekom. In die gemeenskapsvergadering was dit destyds net Sophia Coetzee wat opgewonde geraak het oor die nuwe bakkery. Volgens Me Coetzee sou die Rain Queen Bakkery in Februarie 2016 operasioneel wees. Die datum het gekom en gegaan en al aktiwiteit by die bakkery is die gras wat rondom die skeepsvraghouer groei. Dit skyn al die planne waaroor so ‘n bohaai gemaak is, het ook die dag verdwyn toe die skeepsvraghouer-bakkery langs die gemeenskapsaal staanplek gekry het.

As gevolg van jare se wanbestuur en onbevoegdheid is Mier-munisipaliteit ingelyf by die Dawid Kruiper munisipaliteit en daar moet nou gewag en gesien word of die skeepsvraghouer-bakkery ‘n onvoltooide projek gaan bly en as ‘n vrugtelose uitgawe gereken moet word . . .

 

Gehawende abattoir op Rietfontein

 

 

Die Redakteur, redaksie en drukkers neem geen verantwoordelikheid vir die menings, opinies en uitlatings van skrywers van briewe nie en vereenselwig hulle nie noodwendig met die inhoud nie. Geen anonieme briewe sal geplaas word nie. Skuilname mag gebruik word mits die naam en van ook verskaf word. Kathu Gazette behou die reg om briewe van lasterlike aard te weier. Persoonlike vetes sal nie gepubliseer word nie. Redakteur Stuur briewe na nuus@kathu gazette.co.za

A special award for the local municipality of Kathu, AKA Gamagara Municipality- “The gold-standard, plus a cherry on top with an extra slice of chocolate cake award for incompetence”.

I am a citizen of Kathu village for +-35 years and my experience with our local municipality gives me no other choice but to write this letter.

I cannot believe that so many incompetent people are working at one institution, namely Gamaraga Municipality. A huge number of Kathu residents have problems/enquiries regarding their accounts and a visit to the municipal office to assist, becomes a regular activity.

Power cuts (not load shedding!) occur on a daily basis, and the problem is usually not ‘non-payment’ but faulty info on accounts. And to try and solve this at the local municipal office is almost impossible. One must be prepared to spend hours at their offices, being sent from one employee to the next and to the next, without any progress-problem unsolved – only to go back the next day.

‘Doomsday’ will come eventually and that will be when one of the few competent people, Elma Taljaard will be leaving office.

If Government is close to the edge, Kathu Gamagara Municipality is already there!!

Kassie Kasselman

 

Die Redakteur, redaksie en drukkers neem geen verantwoordelikheid vir die menings, opinies en uitlatings van skrywers van briewe nie en vereenselwig hulle nie noodwendig met die inhoud nie. Geen anonieme briewe sal geplaas word nie. Skuilname mag gebruik word mits die naam en van ook verskaf word. Kathu Gazette behou die reg om briewe van lasterlike aard te weier. Persoonlike vetes sal nie gepubliseer word nie. Redakteur Stuur briewe na nuus@kathu gazette.co.za

1Peter 4:2 NIV”As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” How long is the rest of our earthly lives? As believers in Christ, we should no longer waste our lives and time to live according to the desires of men, but rather according to the will of God. Time flies so quickly. The brevity of life is like a puff of smoke or like a dream. In Psalm 90 Moses describes the shortness of life. Ps. 90 :12NIV “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Paul wrote to the Ephesians: Eph.5:15-17NIV “Be careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” I’m reminded of an old Pentecostal song:” Wasted years, wasted years, oh how foolish, as we walk down the pathway of life. Turn around, turn around, the Lord is calling. He is calling you from a life of wasted years.”

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Die Goue Gerwe het ‘n baie leersame vergadering op Dinsdag 20 September 2016 gehad toe Suster Monika de Klerk hulle toegespreek het. Suster de Klerk is die eienaar van die Twinkel Homebase Care 4 You Kliniek op Deben. Die kliniek het drie bene, naamlik: Homebase, Wellness en Primary Health Care. Sy bedien Deben, Kathu en so ver as Olifantshoek. Sy het ook gepraat oor hartsiektes, beroerte en kanker en wat hulle waarskuwingstekens is.

Tshepang Peme is a 28 years old young man from Batlharos. He is innovative, dedicated and passionate about business. He studied Civil Engineering and worked at one of the local mines in Kathu. However, he further pursued his passion for technology innovation by creating an online solution platform to help people do the following activities with ease: purchasing tickets for events, booking accommodation, restaurants , get access cards and membership card facilities and more. The online solution platform is called DigiTicket which is short for Digital Ticket. It went online during the month of June 2016 and has proven successful through the amount of traffic the platform receives daily from plus 100 people login in and using the webpage. It is convenient, easy access, time efficient and affordable, as long as you have an internet connection nationally you can use DigiTicket Services. Accessible at www.dticket.co.za .

The young man whose heart is set at making a difference in his society by implementing concepts that advance their lives to suit the technology developed society we live in. He has enrolled for a short course on programming to improve his skills and knowledge of the technology innovation industry. He hopes to further his studies by applying to do an MBA once he has completed his short course. He plans to launch a full application which will be available for purchase and installation in IOS Apple and Android mobiles and also growing the brand to be recognised internationally.

The last born of four siblings, Tshepang says he would have never done any of these achievements without the understanding and support of his family who have always encouraged him to follow his dreams and never be afraid to take a chance or create one if needs be. He had to quit working at the mines to pursue his dream with no financial assistance or investors but only a dream at heart. He is thankful to everyone who supported his ideas and saw it to reality. He also does some work on Events organising, branding and marketing in and around Kuruman at which he works with a team of talented young people and partner with other young entrepreneurs in the entertainment sector. His two mottos that he lives by are “money does not make money, people do” and “the aim is not to be biggest but best” by Vusi Thembekwayo as they instill in him the faith and courage to perfect his craft and provide quality services in all aspects of his business endeavours.

 

Tshepang Peme.

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