Monthly Archives: June 2015

Damonsville Community Forum Celebrate 16 June

Damonsville Community Forum Celebrate 16 June

Damonsville Community Forum Celebrate 16 June

 

The celebration was done concurrently with the memorial lecture of the late Comrade Enoch Seimela who was murdered by the police early last year (2014) while trying to end the march that was happening.

 

Nevertheless, Damonsville Community Forum together with the community shared the moment when hosting the live band music called Hovenbae coming all the way from Cape Town. The group entertained the crowd with music by DJ Bolty.

 

A community member who was among the crowd cherishing at the live music told Madibeng Times that “this is a special day to everyone and needs to be celebrated with smiles knowing where we come from and what we are to achieve in the future.”

 

“We are celebrating 16 June, the day that we all remember the 1976 Soweto uprisings and the struggle that our brothers and sisters have suffered in the past. I want to emphasise to everybody that this park is very important to everyone of us in Damonsville.”

 

“Today signifies a great future ahead of us, especially those who love good things like myself. This park will bring us closer together as the community of Damonsville, I am looking forward to seeing more and more artists coming to perform on this beautiful park.”said P J Damons.

 

Madibeng Ongoing Political Crisis

R1.5 billion disappeared from the municipal coffers within a blink of an eye and no one has been held accountable for the vanishing of the cash.

 

Our councillors, officials and political vehicles using the basement for parking carry the cash from the boxes in the boot of their vehicles. Who is “Mr. Cash”? Do we still have “Mr. Cash” in Madibeng? Can someone tell us what is going on at our municipality because it is alleged that the Communication Department has no answers to all the challenges within our municipality.

 

What is the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo saying about the day-to-day running of Madibeng Municipality? The current Municipal Manager, Monde Juda was previously suspended twice, but is back on the job despite recommendations from a government task team that he must face criminal charges.

 

It is further alleged that Philemon Mapulane denied charges of corruption and bribery in a 2009 ANC report, defending himself that the charges represented political conspiracy against him. Is Mapulane still giving orders at the council? Only the municipal manager, Monde Juda, has the answer to that question.

 

Now our municipality is owing R1.5 billion that went missing recently. It is now in the best interest of Madibeng as a whole, for the Democratic Alliance to produce proof documentation in the form of   invoices and all the reports of expenditures and let the culprits be prosecuted.

 

Last year (2014) Madibeng experienced a number of protests whereby four people in Mothutlung were shot dead by the police. Those people died fighting for basic human rights while others were killed trying to stop the protesting community members.

 

Imagine a pensioner expected to spend more than half her monthly pension on water.PayingmorethanR800-00forwaterbypensionersisatotalinsultinwhatwecallanewdemocracy.

 

Our leaders today do as they please, imagine when we have such water and electricity crisis in the municipality and our Executive Mayor throws a big fancy party worth millions. Our leadership has this tendency that everytime a project has been awarded, every councillor must get a cut of the project.

 

In 2014 a report was handed to the Scorpions containing 26 cases of corruption but nothing happened with regard to the report. A certain group in the municipality is playing a game of enriching themselves by receiving huge kickbacks.

 

There is a list of birthdays at the council that is used to identify those municipal officials and politicians for their birthday celebrations so that someone can therefore benefit out of the money allocated for the fancy parties.

 

For years Madibeng has always been known for its ‘tenderpreneurship’ leanings, the tenderpreneurs have drained the coffers through large, overpriced infrastructure projects, some are left incomplete while others are sub-standard. It is alleged that the Mayor, Ms Mothibe, spent R6000-00 on a birthday cake.

Johannes Modisakeng Common Assault Case

Johannes ‘Skhokho’ Modisakeng on the 26th of May 2015 laid a charge of common assault with the Brits Police Station after he was attacked by a member of the community known as Tamola.

 

According to reports, the incident happened after a small gathering was organised by both Damonsville and Oukasie residents at the Water Purification Plant in Brits in an attempt to remove the ANC Cluster Coordinator and Oukasie School Project CLO as well as the Steering Committee member from their positions.

 

Both communities indicated that it was unfair and unjust for members of the African National Congress (ANC) to always occupy high positions within the municipality to the exclusion of other potential leaders who are not necessarily ANC members.

 

The major conflict emanates from the fact that the incumbents in question are holding permanent and political positions, (ANC Cluster Coordinator and working at Bojanala District Municipality and the other one, School Project CLO and Chairperson for the ANC Branch seeking to become Purification Plant Steering committee member.)

 

It is alleged that during the demonstration at the Purification Plant some of the community members who were present at the Purification Plant were not impressed with thewaySkhokhowasconductingthedemonstration.

 

After the two groups were separated, a group of people comprised of among others, the Project CLO and the other ANC members, including community members, approached Skhokho and demanded that he lend them a Loudhailer so that they could use it to call the public for a meeting.

 

However,SkhokhorefusedtolendthemtheLoudhailersayingthattheLoudhailerdidnotbelongtotheANCandthatitbelongedtocertainmembersofthecommunitywhodonatedmoneyforitspurchase.

 

A certain member of the community who is not even a card carrying member of the ANC stood up and attacked Skhokho in full viewofthecommunitymemberswhowerepresent.

 

According to Skhokho, Tamola further accused him of being responsible for the project delays in Oukasie and also of sabotaging, blocking and disturbing all the active projects in the area.

 

Full electoral state of the DA in Madibeng

According to the Democratic Alliance news report, the biggest test for any emerging democracy comes when the “party of liberation” faces electoral defeat. Some countries like Zimbabwe have repeatedly failed that test. Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF has done whatever it takes to rig every election to stay in power.

 

Others, like Zambia, have changed governments several times, relatively peacefully, through the ballot box. Unfortunately, failed transitions to democracy on our continent have outnumbered the successes. Which list will South Africa join?

 

One of the greatest challenges facing the Democratic Alliance in Madibeng is the battle against corruption and maladministration. They need to bring an end to what is happening in the municipality by exposing the corrupt officials and politicians who exploit the situation by stealing from the public funds.

 

The councillors need to stop covering up for one another as well as lying to the public. If only the DA could put more effort in dealing with corruption and work together with the security agency, the corrupt officials would have no where to hide and this would result in a massive reduction of corruption within our municipality.

 

The ANC councillors must be held responsible for the R1.5 billion missing; money cannot just vanish from the municipal coffers without the knowledge of the officers in charge of finances.Thedisappearanceofthecashhasgotsomethingtodowiththecouncillorsandthefinancedepartment.

 

Till now, I have been confident that we would be counted among the successes. In fact, the ANC at one stage was removed from a seat of power through the ballot box. This happened in Cape Town in 2006, when the DA won 42% of the votes and managed to put together a fragile seven-party governing coalition.

 

The experience of DA government was sufficiently positive to result in an outright victory for the DA (51.5% compared to the ANC’s 31.6%) in the 2009 provincial elections. By 2011 the DA governed 29 local authorities in four provinces (some in coalitions).

 

Last year’s general election gave the ANC the fright of its life, because the result showed how far the DA’s potential extended beyond the Western Cape, into the heartland of South Africa’seconomy.Infact,forthefirsttime,theANCfellbelow50%ofthevoteinbothNelsonMandelaMetro(PortElizabeth)andTshwane(Pretoria).

 

InJohannesburg,theANCmanagedjust52.3%ofthevotesandemergedlookingdistinctlyvulnerable.ItwouldbenaïvetoexpecttheANCtobecomplacentattheprospectoffurtherlossesinthe2016localgovernmentelections,nowjustoverayearaway.

 

It is worth recalling how the ANC responded to its Cape Town defeat. Convinced that the voters had erred in electing opposition parties, the ANC tried repeatedly, and often illegally, to bring down the DA coalition. Eventually the Courts put an end to the ANC’s illegal “coup” attempts.

 

After its defeat in Cape Town and the Western Cape, the ANC turned to the unbridled use of the “race card” to prevent any more DA victories. Its crude strategy is to divide people on the basis of race, by distorting every event and issue to convince voters that the DA is “for whites” and that the ANC is “for blacks” (broadly defined). As in all parts of the world, this guttural appeal to ethnic nationalism has found traction.

But the ANC’s “divide-and-rule” strategy is losing impact. This is partly the result of the “power of example” where the DA is in government. We are able to expose the ANC’s lie that the DA would “bring back apartheid” or “take away people’s grants and pensions” if we won elections. In fact, more and more people are realising that the result of a DA election victory is more effective service delivery, in the interests of the poor.

So the ANC has to change gear if it wishes to implement its “win at all cost” strategy in 2016. During the past few weeks, three deeply disturbing trends have emerged. These are:

ThemanipulationoftheIndependentElectoralCommission(IEC)

Themanipulationofmunicipalboundaries,and

The diversion of state funds for the ANC’scampaign.

Firstly,theIEC:Inthe20yearsofourdemocracy,theIndependentElectoralCommission(IEC)hasbeenaStateInstitutionthatmostpeopletrustedtomanageelectionsfreelyandfairly.

Tombstone unveiling of Alfeous Scara Mashishi

Tombstone of Alfeous Scara Mashishi.

Tombstone of Alfeous Scara Mashishi.

 

 

Since ancient times, it has always been our custom to mark the grave with a stone or monument. Even though a funeral is held for deceased loved ones, it is the tombstone unveiling ceremony that lends an even bigger significance to the African culture.

 

The main reason for this can be attributed to the fact that the unveiling of a tombstone aims to honour the memory of deceased loved ones and as such celebrate their life after death. Although the main focus of a tombstone unveiling ceremony is, as the name suggests, the physical unveiling of the tombstone, it does also incorporate numerous other activities, both preceding and following the actual unveiling.

 

Relatives, friends and extended families of Mashishi gathered together in celebrating the tombstone unveiling of Mr. Alfeous Scara Mashishi at Letlkaneng known as Rietgat on the 14th of June 2015 at 9am.

 

For example, a tombstone unveiling ceremony usually begins by holding a short church service at a family member’shomewhereapriestdeliversasuitablesermon;thisisfollowedbysingingsomechurchhymns.

 

Afterwards some more singing takes place at the graveyard itself. After some time, the actual tombstone unveiling ceremonycantakeplace.Everyaspectrelatedtothephysicalunveilingofthetombstoneisdoneaccordingtotradition.

 

It is important not to deviate from the way it is usually performed, including making sure that the tombstone stays fully covered, not allowing anyone attending the tombstone unveiling ceremony to take a peek at it beforehand.

 

The marker or monument serves to identify the grave so that relatives will find it when they visit, honour the memory of the deceased, and identify the placeofburia.ItiscustomaryforthegravemarkertobeputinplaceandforanunveilingceremonytobeheldaftertheKaddishperiodisover,butnolaterthanoneyearafterthedeath.

 

While many families wait until almost the full year has passed to do the unveiling, it may be done sooner; in Israel the stone is usually placed soon after sheloshim (the first 30 days of mourning).

 

The celebration at Mashishi’s family featured among others Mr. Mashishi’s wife Kgomotso, the children Mapula, Tshepang, Karabo, and the grandchild Neo Mashishi. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all those who had managed to attend the celebration.

 

Miss Earth South Africa 2015 Rumbi Zindi

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Sponsors of the Miss Earth South Africa 2015, on Saturday the 13th of June 2015 organized an event at Ten Rooms called Ten Rooms water project.

 

Rumbi Zindi and her team got the sponsorship from the Madibeng municipality for a Diesel pump and JoJo tanks. The event was graced by various speakers who made remarkable speeches about safety in the area and social issues at Ten Rooms.

 

During the event there was a traditional dance group performing their favourite lyrics against xenophobic attacks that happened at the beginning of this year (2015).

Ethiopian Church of South Africa requests donation

The Ethiopian Church of South Africa is a small yet old and well known church founded by the late Bishop B. Phiri in 1940 in a countryside area called Mamogalieskraal. The church has grown over the years into branches that include Oukasie, Letlhabile, Maboloka and Letlhakaneng.

 

The church is currently overseen by Bishop Z. Mbewe who also leads the Oukasie Branch. The Oukasie Branch has recently relocated to bigger premises in a different section of Oukasie due to the growing number of its congregation members over the past years.

 

The church has therefore built a temporary structure from the remaining materials of the previous building but still has some challenges in terms of space for the congregation. The church therefore, humbly requests any form of donation from individuals, companies or government institutions such as; used or new building materials, furniture and or cash.

 

“We hope that you find this request in order and hope to hear from you soon, for your donations please contact Mr. A Lekota (Evangelist) on 074 804 4424.” said Rev. F Manganye.

 

BRITS HOSPITAL’S CHIDLREN WARDS GETS A MAKE OVER

 

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Hospital Management

Brits District Hospital’s management could not hide their excitement by the colorful transformation of the children’s ward, which is widely known as Pediatric ward on the 8th June 2015 at the hospital. This positive change was orchestrated by the Dietetics’ Department of the hospital and sponsored by our partners – The Academy for Christian Education School, local school in Brits Town.

 

The dull pediatric waiting room is indeed a thing of the past and is replaced by a child-friendlier environment.

 

The Dietetics Department’s Acting Head Ms. Marlene Palm expressed the rationale behind this project, “The 1st of June 2015 marked International Children’s Day so the Dietetics’ Department of Brits District Hospital thought it would be the perfect time to transform the dull paediatric ward.”

 

Palm further said, “Often our Paediatric patients require an extended stay at hospital; usually missing numerous school days. Our aim as the Dietitians of Brits Hospital was to create an environment where children are creatively stimulated even while they are away from school.”

 

According to her, the Dietitians therefore approached the Academy for Christian Education for sponsorship of tables and chairs to help make the ward more child-friendly.

 

The school further supported the hospital initiative with donations of crayons but also contributed towards the Occupational Therapists’ “Toy drive” project, which is currently running at the hospital,” Palm said

 

Palm also said, “To accompany the donated items the Dietetics’ Department designed a colouring in book using the letters of the alphabet and food items for the children to colour-in on the new donated tables!”

 

The principal of the school, Ms M. Williams, congratulated the paediatric team for their concerted efforts in ensuring that the little ones are taken care of at the hospital, “We want to thank you for your great work you are doing for our communities. We know it’s tough but you do it excellently.”

 

Representing the Management, the Acting Allied Manager Ms Francisca Groenewald said, “We are greatly appreciative to the Academy for Christian Education School for supporting the Dietitians in their attempt to brighten up the Brits District Hospital’s Paediatric war

 

On learning about this initiative, the hospital’s CEO Ms Babe Mosuwe could not hide her excitement, “Thank you so much Academy for Christian Education School for sharing your compliments on how you see the hospital and noticing the change in the paeds ward. Wish that this a life-long relationship that will be able to benefit the community more in the future. We share with you the sentiments that children are the future of this country and any little effort in assisting them will be a positive deposit to the future of Madibeng or South Africa at large”

Polokwane hosts seminar on legal aspects of marriage

The inaugural seminar on the legal side of marriage is to be hosted by the Solid Rock Institute at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Polokwane on Saturday 27 June 2015.

 

The three and half hour seminars to be rolled out in four other districts of the Limpopo Province and nationally after the Polokwane launch are aimed at empowering participants to understand different marriage systems,their implications during the subsistence of the marriage,in the unfortunate event of divorce and at a death of a spouse.

 

“Understanding the legal implications of a marriage is one of the cornerstones of a successful marriage and key to protecting the interests of children and parties to customary and civil marriage,” Solid Rock Institute Director,Keneilwe Mabapa emphasised ahead of the launch in Polokwane.

 

Mabapa highlighted that the informative and interactive session scheduled to commence at 9:00 am is targeted at individuals, those living together but not yet married and couples that are planning to get married but who are not sure which marriage system to choose.

 

She added that the seminar was open to those that are planning to get married but not sure how the marital system would affects them, those who are worried about how a new marriage will affect children from previous relationships/marriage and those thinking of changing the type of marriage system to protect their children and or their spouses.

 

“The session will empower participants to structure their marriage to suit their current and future needs whilst protecting the interests of children, extended families and live in partners,” Mabapa stressed.

 

Booking a seat for the seminar can be done through deposit of a registration fee of R300 payable into the First National Bank account of Solid Rock Institute(Pty) Ltd (Account Number 62483121168) with those interested using their names as reference.

 

After payment of the registration fee,the deposit slip is to emailed to solidrockinstitute@gmail.com.

 

For clarity pertaining to the seminar and registration feel free to contact Keneilwe Mabapa at @ 076 884 1842.

Jay and Liani May concert on Saturday 20 June at Brits Mall

Galaxy Grill and Galaxy Bingo hosted the Jay and Liani May concert on Saturday 20 June at Brits Mall. It turned out to be very successful. The afternoon started with Marzanne opening the stage for Lianie. Marzanne is a young upcoming Afrikaans singer with very good stage performance and entertained the crowed with her sharp observations as a member in the crowd said “loadshedding might kick in now,” and she replied firmly that “it is her turn first…”

 

Galaxy Bingo entertained the crowd with a host doing lucky draws with prices ranging from R100 to R2000. The spectators were thrilled with suspense and enjoyed the prices. Lianie May started in time with her performance. The weather was warm and pleasant with a slight chill in the afternoon. Lianie performed her great hits like: “Jy soen my nie meer nie” en “Bel, bel, bel… She entertained the crowd for over an hour and is very good in creating a personal interaction with the crowd. We thank her very much for her performance. In the meantime Jay was behind the scenes taking photographs with his devoted fans. The Brits people was very patient and organized themselves to take photos in turns and Jay was more than willing to sign each and everyone’s souvenirs. Jay joined Lianie on stage with there very popular duets which are in there album Bonnie & Clyde. They intend to release a new album very soon. Jay continued the afternoon performing and brought on stage a chorus of his fans and they sang all together. The famous song Superman, Batman, Spiderman was sang with enthusiasm. The children and parents enjoed the afternoon thoroughly and we thank Galaxy Grill and Galaxy Bingo for giving the Brits community this great opportunity to see these great singers for no fee. IMG_4702 IMG_4703 IMG_4705  IMG_4707  IMG_4709  IMG_4711 IMG_4712 IMG_4713 IMG_4714 IMG_4715  IMG_4718 IMG_4720    IMG_4724 IMG_4725  IMG_4727 IMG_4728    IMG_4732 IMG_4734     IMG_4739 IMG_4740 IMG_4741 IMG_4742 IMG_4743 IMG_4744 IMG_4745 IMG_4746 IMG_4748 IMG_4749 IMG_4750  IMG_4752   IMG_4755 IMG_4756 IMG_4757 IMG_4758 IMG_4759 IMG_4760 IMG_4762 IMG_4763   IMG_4766 IMG_4767 IMG_4768 IMG_4769 IMG_4770 IMG_4771 IMG_4772 IMG_4773 IMG_4774 IMG_4776 IMG_4777  IMG_4779 IMG_4780 IMG_4781 IMG_4782 IMG_4783 IMG_4784  IMG_4786 IMG_4787 IMG_4788 IMG_4790 IMG_4791 IMG_4792 IMG_4793 IMG_4794 IMG_4795 IMG_4796  IMG_4798 IMG_4799 IMG_4800 IMG_4801 IMG_4802 IMG_4804 IMG_4805 IMG_4806 IMG_4807 IMG_4808 IMG_4809 IMG_4810 IMG_4811 IMG_4812 IMG_4813  IMG_4815 IMG_4816 IMG_4818 IMG_4819 IMG_4820 IMG_4821 IMG_4822 IMG_4823 IMG_4824 IMG_4825 IMG_4826 IMG_4827 IMG_4828 IMG_4829 IMG_4830 IMG_4832 IMG_4833 IMG_4834 IMG_4835 IMG_4836     IMG_4841     IMG_4847 IMG_4848 IMG_4849 IMG_4850 IMG_4851 IMG_4852 IMG_4853 IMG_4854 IMG_4855 IMG_4856 IMG_4857 IMG_4858 IMG_4860 IMG_4861 IMG_4862 IMG_4863 IMG_4864 IMG_4865 IMG_4866 IMG_4867 IMG_4868 IMG_4869 IMG_4870 IMG_4871 IMG_4872 IMG_4874 IMG_4875 IMG_4876 IMG_4877 IMG_4878 IMG_4879 IMG_4880 IMG_4881 IMG_4882 IMG_4883 IMG_4884 IMG_4885 IMG_4886 IMG_4888 IMG_4890 IMG_4891 IMG_4892 IMG_4893 IMG_4895 IMG_4896