Monthly Archives: November 2016

Five finalists to compete at Mothutlung Community Hall

Five finalists are to compete for the grand price of R5000 at Mothotlung Community Hall on the 3rd of December 2016.  The winner takes it all.  The Semi finals was epic people came out in numbers to support the 1st Annual Madibeng Dj Knockout Semi Finals at Disofeng Pub, Centreville. “Despite the challenges we had with the owner of the pub, people trying to sabotage us, we managed to keep the crowd alive.  In terms of the turnout, it was a successful event.  The place was still packed at around 8am.”

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“I am happy because this was the first event and it made the difference, attracting many people.  The Finals will be held at Mothotlung Community Hall on the 3rd of December 2016, Presold tickets are available at R40 and at the gate R60.” “Theme is all white, and cool boxes gets in for free.  Perfomances by Dj’s Mjonino, Joze, Tadpole, Master K, Stolen Soul, Terrible Twins, Craezears, Tone2Tone, Shilolo Boys and Jaidee.  Our Mc’s were Duchess from LCR 99.5 FM and TmoTouch.”

“We promising those who are coming high quality palatable entertainment.  We once again applaud the Madibeng Times for their free publicity and LCR 99.5 FM, not forgetting dj’s who participated.” “Our Finalists are Dj’s Papi, TLOvE, Dodoskie, Bronxy and Europower.  They will be given 15 minutes set on LCR 99.5 FM from the 29th of November to the 2nd of December just after 4pm news on THE DRIVE hosted by Duchess.  #100 Madibeng,” said Dj Mjonino.

Twisting and turning cars a township game

Twisting and turning cars is called “spinning,” and it’s a motorsport that has taken South Africa’s townships by storm. Exciting drivers, bursting tyres, seven 20 flips, four 50 monkey flips, 360, tokoloshe, to name but a few of the tricks and awesome skills and tactics that are to be displayed. In the 1980s, a thriving gangster culture gave rise to spinning motor vehicles at funerals, where it became a ritual to steal a car and spin it around in honour of the fallen.

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Then, during the early 90s, when the country looked almost certainly doomed to racial civil war, some youngsters in the country got together and decided to turn this into a recognised sport. They didn’t know what exactly they were doing (stunts, drag racing, whatever), but it all centred on the BMW 325i, the so-called box shape or gusheshe.  It grew from there, and these days it’s on the brink of being a certified official motorsport, having already advanced to a profitable industry with a network of promoters, spinners, and crowds.  Places such as Bapong, Kgabalatsane, Majakaneng and Hebron in Madibeng are where mostly the spinning sports is played.

One would think that the game is dangerous but according to those playing it, they say it is safe and easy to play.  They try some funny tricks, like drag racing and stunts.  People have different perspectives in terms of spinning. People say it’s very dangerous but almost every sport is dangerous.  Some people say they waste money on tyres and petrol. A reality is that you need to spend to make money.  The hilarious part is that when you are watching it, it looks dangerous. But in the car, it’s different. You just have to be 100 percent sober-minded to complete your mission. Their aim is to build a homeground for the spinners so that they can offer training around Madibeng.   The sport is changing the mindset of the people so that they can be entertained by what is done which is a complete different thing to playing soccer or other activity. No drivers are allowed to drink alcohol while driving.  By so doing, they avoid the issue of accidents.  The ring is secure and safe for the crowd. The organisers are asking for assistance from the Local Municipality of Madibeng and request that the municipality should consider their sport.  They need a safer place where they can spin their cars without any disturbance.

SANCO hits back on Department of Health

The Bojanala District Management has released a statement regarding the illegal protest that has taken place at the hospital.  In the statement it read:  “The Bojanala District Management noted with great concern the allegations reported the local media against the Brits District Hospital’s CEO Babe Mosuwe.

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An internal platform was created by the District Management after its intervention during an illegal strike on Monday the 7th of November 2016 to engage with various staff members to probe matters raised by the protesters in their petition. It is alleged that there is no transparency in the financial administration.  Logistics and Human Resources are also a big challenge at the moment.  How many staff members needed in the hospital is a question. The system dynamic is to check as well how many doctors and nurses are needed. SANCO also slammed at the hospital management for poor administration of the hospital logistics.

“We cannot allow the hospital to run without enough doctors and nurses.  We also want to know why the administration is so poor.  The hospital staff members see the problem in the hospital and tried to address the issue to the management who are forever investigating.” “We want transparency and if transparency is not there we will take drastic measures to deal with the situation.  If the CEO run the logistics according to her feelings, that needs to be stopped.  The people on the ground are seeing everything.” “Many people are complaining that they waiting too long at the casualty point.  The allegations at the ward sections are the following: Patients are not receiving proper treatment and they are being shouted at.” “The queuing at the admissions are very long and people are not attended to time.  Staff members saw how the CEO runs the hospital and tried to alert the public therefore we want the investigation to run properly and end very soon,” said SANCO Provincial Organising Committee.  The District Management further noted that the local newspaper published their stories on the 10th of November 2016 without giving it an opportunity to respond as agreed on the 7th of November 2016. “This is unfortunate for the newspaper to ignore its duty as journalists to embrace a principle of seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.” The District Management believes strongly that the local newspaper did not serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. It did come to the management’s attention that some staff members on 7 November called for the CEO to step down and also the Acting Clinical Manager Dr. Caroline Moleko.

As a matter of principle, District Management engaged with the team that was representing the Brits Hospital’s employees to understand their call for the CEO to step down. Management received their petition and constructively investigated the issues. Moreover it reaffirmed its commitment to investigate all the issues raised and further more clarified other issues such as the C-T scan machine that is alleged to have been procured at an amount of R15 million but was not yet delivered. No evidence was produced that such machine was procured. In addition to that, it was further explained that the hospital cannot procure such equipment as it was beyond its authority.  Management further made a call to everyone with information regarding allegations levelled against the CEO and the Acting Clinical Manager. All issues raised by staff members are subjected to an investigation.  Lastly, management has redeployed Mosuwe and Moleko within the district in the interest of their safety following threats in the petition. It is against this backdrop that the Acting Director Mr. Ishmael Moloi is now in charge of the affairs of Brits Hospital. In addition Dr. Jacob Adewole is now the acting Clinical Manager.

The District Management together with the hospital’s board and labour will continue engaging all stakeholders with respect and humility in order to find a lasting solution that will assist in strengthening Brits Hospital’s operations and system. The management would like to categorically state that all the hospital users including in-patients and out-patients are receiving a high level of care. This means that there is no service disruption at all. The management further requests all Brits Hospital’s staff members to exhaust internal channels or platforms to raise their issues and resist raising claims without substance in the public domain.

Weekend Operation Successes

Pretoria : Tshwane North Cluster. :Members of the Tshwane North Cluster were yet involved in a successful operation over the past weekend. Activities that included suspect raiding ,crime prevention ,stop and searches and sporadic roadblocks.A total of 225 arrests were achieved.  Suspects arrested included those sought for Murder ,armed robberies ,business burglary, Illegal possession of Rhino horns ,possession of dagga and shoplifting among others. All suspects will appear in the Garankuwa Magistrates courts soon.

Rape of Nyanga teen by homicidal maniacs ghastly and despicable

The Nyanga township condemned the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl by ten suspects from the same area three of whom are still at large.  The Civic organisation said that the ordeal that the homicidal maniacs have put the teenager through has caused her physical, deep emotional and psychological trauma might take a lifetime to heal.

“We commend police for the swift arrest of seven of the 10 suspects and call on the Nyanga community to assist trace the remaining three responsible for the ghastly and despicable crime that has robbed the little girl of her innocence,” said SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu appealing for united action to stamp the scourge of rape and gender based violence.  Mahlangu called for no bail and harsh sentences against the alleged perpetrators.  “Girl children and women can assist the objective for safer communities over the festive season by avoiding to walk alone in isolated spots and going out with strangers particularly at night,” he stressed.  He urged parents to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of children particular during the December holidays after closure of schools.  “Knowing the whereabouts of children and the company that they are keeping will reduce risks of such horrendous acts and other opportunistic crime,” Mahlangu underscored.

The young victim was reportedly abducted at gunpoint and allegedly raped. She was able to identify her attackers, aged between 18 and 20 years old who allegedly raped her at three locations.

Primindia Park receives maintenance

After many complains by the community of Primindia their pleas have finally been heard. 

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Gomolemo had to complain a little about the park’s conditions saying that only if the park can be fixed and well maintained so that they can be able to enjoy themselves.  Meanwhile, the municipality is trying very hard to deal with the situation. The municipality had been up in arms trying to cut the long grasses and to make sure that the area looks clean.  Bra Mishy Mashaba worked tirelessly to make sure that the calls by the community at Primindia are answered. The municipality of Madibeng established a good working relationship with the community of Primindia and responded to their pleas.  The community in the area had agreed in joining hands together to make sure that the area look clean and that the swimming pools are well maintained so that they can have children participating in swimming pool competitions.

Visitors expect their parks to look at least somewhat tidy, so managers have to find creative solutions to the problem.  The community members in Primindia section believe that the situation will change and their park properly maintained like the rest of the parks in town. The residents say they have been living under the dilapidated infrastructures such as blocked sewers running across the streets and in front of their houses.  They also complained about living conditions saying they had improper housing for a very long time.They further indicated that the government should make all the means to close down the open canal which poses as danger to the community.  They also wanted the railway crossing and their houses to be electrified.

They claim to have been promised better living conditions, the park in good condition, but nothing has come of what they say, only empty promises.  Dumping must be prohibited, the park is used as a dumping site by other community members.  The community want the area to be fixed so that their kids can be able to play sports on suitable sports facilities and swim in a swimming pool which has got clean water in it. The place used to be a centre for the youth to enjoy and play.  Without the following, we believe that the situation will keep on escalating and continue on a daily basis.  It goes without saying that you need to place enough trash and recycle bins in the park to accommodate the amount of trash produced by the visitors.  But mapping out a strategy for where to allocate these receptacles throughout the park goes a long way in keeping the park spic-and-span. Pavilions or other areas where people eat are also prime locations for extra bins.  This park is not only turned into a dumping site but a haven for criminal activities which poses a danger to the society.  The acting municipal manager should engage with the Public Works and other departments dealing with infrastructure in Madibeng to discuss these issues and see how they can resolve the conditions of the park in Primindia so that the youth can start participating in sports. Simply placing recycle and garbage bins in the park won’t always be enough. People will make a bigger effort to keep the park clean if you remind them and if they’re able to find the appropriate receptacles for their trash.

Consider posting signs in the park such as “Please Help Keep Our Park Clean: Recycle.” Also remind people that littering and trashing the park is against the law and punishable by a fine.  Fines for littering depend on location, as well as both the frequency and severity of the offense.  But the fines mean nothing if the laws are not enforced, what often happens with minor cases like flicked cigarettes and dropped soda cans.  Encourage the law enforcement responsible for the park to actively cite offenders. And if necessary, encourage your local or state government to consider raising fines.

Every Drop Counts – Drop the Block

South Africa has experienced little to no rainfall since the beginning of the year.  As a result drought conditions are being experienced across the country.  To date, five provinces are severely affected by the drought and declared disaster areas.

The Magalies Water together with the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Local Municipality of Madibeng has introduced a ‘Drop the Block’ water saving initiative which will literally assist in saving water in the municipality. The Department of Water and Sanitation in the North West Province has embarked on a water saving drive, having introduced the “Drop the Block” campaign in the Local Municipality of Madibeng this week.

“Drop the Block” is an eco-friendly innovation where a block is placed in a toilet tank to save water. It is designed to reduce water use by up to two litres per flush. The campaign is targeting 20 000 households across the municipality and the aim is to achieve this within five days. The department says even though it is convenient and dignifying to have a flushing toilet in your home, toilets are wasting thousands of litres of water daily. It says, however, through this campaign, water usage will be significantly reduced. Residents have been introduced to a small sand filled plastic block which is dropped into a toilet tank. This results in less water going down the drain.

The department has expressed confidence in this new method of saving water. “Drop the Block” Project Manager, Kele Mogamisi explains: “When you have dropped the block it happens once – you drop the block once off.  We are trying to cover all the households in Madibeng with what we are currently doing. This is the first phase and we are going to target more municipalities and the second phase is going to continue in the last quarter of the financial year.”  200 volunteers have been roped in to assist in the door-to-door campaign. They are conducting a door-to-door campaign delivering blocks in the Madibeng Municipal area.

One volunteer, says the initiative will help her community pay less for water. “I feel great about this because we are volunteering and we are doing it for the community. So we are helping the community because we are struggling and the water issue is way too high. We are not working and it feels good to volunteer on something good and doing it on our own.” A home owner who is one of the recipients of a drop block, says this is a good initiative that will bring relief to the community by reducing their water bills. “I am happy to have this block in my toilet because my municipal account has been high because of water usage. I am now expecting to get a much lower account this month,” she says.  The “Drop the Box” campaign is targeting those households that have a nine litre cistern in the Local Municipality of Madibeng and the water and sanitation department  plan  to cover other areas in the province.

Below are some of the water saving tips that can be used by the community.  Community members are advised to turn the tap off between washing your face, brushing your teeth or shaving.  Fix a leaking toilet otherwise it can waste up to 100 000 litres of water. Use a bucket rather than a hose to wash your car.  If you have to use a hose, use a sprayer that can be turned off in between spraying the car.  Using a garden hose could use as much as 30 litres of water per minute. Always water your plants during the early morning hours or in the evening, when temperatures are cooler.  Between 10:00 and 15:00 one can lose up to 90% of water.  Use ‘grey water’ – used water from baths, washing machines and other safe sources – to water your garden.  This tips were simply provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

SANCO Urges Wagpos to treat students equally

SANCO proclaims that Wagpos High School could allegedly be racial against black students.  It is further alleged that the expression raised by SANCO members and some of the parents came after few complaint were made regarding the behaviour rendered by the school management.

Parents allegedly expressed that Wagpos High School in Brits is promoting racism against students.  Apparently, the school is allegedly accused of refusing to admit black students who are coming from black community schools. It is alleged that the whole incident happened when new admissions was supposed to be made for the coming year.  Eyewitnesses revealed that parents had expressed their frustrations after visiting the school to register their children.  The same incident happened last year, students were turned away because of the language policy.   Wagpos High School did comment on the accusations on the 18th of March 2016 when SANCO first went to them about the matter.  They said the accusations are incorrect and that they give all learners a fare chance, regardless of race and language.

The management emphasised that Wagpos is an Afrikaans speaking school and that classes are not held in English, except the English second additional language class. According to the report given by the school management, racism is not tolerated at Wagpos and it is a big offence when someone gets caught making any racial comments.  The school hosts a Autumn school each year during the holidays that benefits 1500 learners from outside, all of them are English speaking students.

The South African Civil Organisation (SANCO) once again intervened in the matter and requested to have a meeting with the school to find out why the school is not treating students equally. SANCO, urged that the school should change their system and policies simply because they are literally benefitting from the government.  “Every year, the school is hosting a matric farewell and receives money from the government.  They are doing business with the government but fail to accommodate black students because of their language policy,” he said. “As SANCO we will engage with the department of education at a later stage to find out what could be the problem with regards to the language policy in the school,” he said. According to the information given, the schools teaching medium and first language is Afrikaans and is designed for students with those particular needs. This first language syllabus develops learners’ ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively they have expressed. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

It is alleged that the school’s focus is agriculture through farming and basically that is the most valuable ‘culture’ of white people and that is why black students are segregated from the school.  The school split and refused pupils because white parents threatened to remove their children.  According to one parent, it is alleged this could be very much expected from the white Brits community known for holding deep racist prejudices. The majority of parents are predominantly white and allegedly wanted to remove their children from the school. The institution gave in to the pressure by the racist parents and therefore this is considered as being racist.  The school denied the accusations and argued that it accommodates pupils based on culture but has since apologised for the remarks. If they were not racist or wrong to begin with, there would be no need for an apology – or has all logic lost its predominance.

The government needs to convene a summit where a transformation charter should be presented to principals and school governing bodies (SGB). The report further says black and white students attend the same classes, not the whites only Afrikaans classes and the black students only in English classes.  Wagpos is an Afrikaans medium school. That simply means what counts for the one counts for the other.  Mathematically, it could be impossible for the school to be a double medium school for the school is already full and the  infrastructure does not allow it.

To clarify the statement, Wagpos is not a racism school according to the management and does not deny English students to be part of the school.  Researchers indicates that Afrikaans is the second biggest language in South Africa and 13.5% of our nation speaks Afrikaans. English is lower than Afrikaans and only 9.6% of our nation speak the language.  The following is what Wagpos had to say about all the allegations;

1. Is the school, the First Language Afrikaans school designed for students whose first language is Afrikaans?  Afrikaans is the (LOLT) language of teaching and learning.  Any learner who wants to receive teaching in this language can enroll at Wagpos.

2. It came into our attention that the school refuses to register black students who are from the black community schools, is it true?  This is definitely not the truth.  No learner has ever been refused to enroll on the grounds of race.  We recently enrolled English speaking black learners.  It was communicated to them that Afrikaans is the language of teaching.  They left the school after halve a week.

3. Some of the parents feel that the school is practicing racism – Is the school practicing racism?  Not at all.  Wagpos endorses the constitution, as well as the School’s Act and in line with it.  Racism is not tolerated.  The school hosts an Autumn school during the holidays which benefits 1500 learners from the outside, al English speaking.

4. It is alleged that the Afrikaans classes are predominately made up of white pupils, while black children are in the English classes.  Is the above mentioned statement correct?  Not true.  The school does not differentiate between learners on the grounds of race.  The school does not have English classes, it is a Afrikaans medium school.

5. How many registered black students and white students are in the school?  Not of any importance.  There are 884 Afrikaans speaking children in the school.

6. SANCO believes that by hosting matric students every year, the school benefits financially from the government and therefore it is against the law that the school refuses to register black students because of the language policy.   If so, is the school intending to change the school policy to accommodate every citizen in this community?

The school is already full.  Infrastructure does not allow the consideration of dual medium.  The school and department communicated at the end of 2015 to address the needs of the English community and an agreement was reached that a task team will be established. The task team put a report together and is in communication with the department regarding the outcome of the report.  Two decades after the end of constitutionalised racism, one of the greatest challenges facing us is to continue fighting for the world as it should be, fighting a new form of racism, which is far different from the racism that reached a climax through the Struggle, but far more difficult to fight and overcome. There is also the issue of ‘chequebook apartheid.’ This divides people according to their annual income – being the have and have nots – an economic freedom fight thus ensues.

We’re not talking about the obvious racists. We are talking about a silent epidemic of hidden agendas of covert racism. The type of racism that declares segregation to be a thing of the past.  Parents expressing their dissatisfaction that their children were refused by the school authorities to register due to the language policy. As a nation, have we made gains in fighting racism? How sad it was to discover a dire truth: racism is alive and well even in school halls and playgrounds. It is racism that excludes and oppresses instead of creating cohesion and inclusion. It is racism that is gentle on the surface, but unrelenting and horribly damaging at its core.

It is racism disguised as cultural differences. White pupils, particularly Afrikaans pupils, are culturally different from black pupils. But Zulu, or Ndebele, let alone Sotho pupils, are not culturally different from Venda, Tsonga or Xhosa pupils. So, where do we draw the line. According to academics, philosophers and psychologists racism includes but is not limited to feelings of hatred or dislike for individuals because of their race, ethnicity or even nationality. More broadly, racism includes support for and or cooperation with laws, policies, and practices that put groups at a disadvantage because of their race or ethnicity and because of their culture.

Essentially then, racism has much more to do with the power and position of an individual’s group in society than with just attitudes toward an individual who happens to be of a certain race or ethnicity.  With that in mind, researchers say it should be easier to see how certain groups can get away with things for which members of another group would be severely punished.  It becomes easier to see how people of certain groups can secure and retain wealth more readily than those of another group. It becomes easier to see how groups with the power use the education system to build up or tear down groups based upon race and ethnicity. Pedagogic or rather educational apartheid is also a reality. This has to do with the know nots and the know hows.

Unfortunately, this quiet, hidden and overt racism continues today because we are not forced to confront these uncomfortable truths. Too many of us have chosen by default to ignore them. Why? Because too many good-minded South Africans are too busy with their lives and their careers to notice it, let alone do anything about it. The point is that, as parents, we should ask ourselves whether our children are learning racism at school.   Are they learning self-hatred or learning how to hate each other? Are they learning it from their teachers or their parents at home? These are the kind of questions we are faced with. We know that children are born without hatred, accepting and loving one another, racism is learnt and taught over the years of adolescence and especially in the teenage years. This is done by stereotyping and seeing bad experiences like crime or bullying as one with a particular culture or race.

They are unaware of the racism that exists in the world when children come into being, but they begin to feel it when teachers, pupils and other adults make these ‘differences’ obvious.  Schools, from the teachers to pupils, must be a representation of our society, an example of our rainbow nation.

Parents unfortunately cannot monitor every moment of their children’s school day. It is imperative to prepare your children for the inevitability of racism. As parents, you should never forget that you are the first teachers your children will ever come to know. You need to prepare your children for the world they will inhabit as adults. Everyone has an interesting heritage or an interesting mix of heritages. Take pride in each one, but not the kind of pride that looks down on others  A true respect for other cultures and races has to start with respect for where we came from ourselves.

Blacks and whites need to continue talking, let us even bring our coloured, Indian and Asian friends into the mix.  Everyone has the burden of winning every racist over, and every racist has the burden of dismembering racism within themselves. The end of racism starts with each of us within ourselves.

Audit outcomes a SupraStar failure

The 2015/16 Auditor General outcomes for the North West Province vindicates the DA’s position that Premier Supra Mahumapelo and his ANC administration are deteriorating and failing the people of the North West, as seven entities received a disclaimer of audit opinion.

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The North West Provincial Government’s irregular expenditure has increased from R2 billion to R2,9 billion in the 2015/16 financial year. There is a total balance of R13.2 billion in unresolved irregular expenditure for the Province. This is R13.2 billion in public money that Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s government has misspent. We consider this to be a SupraStar failure.

The current performance and outcomes can be attributed to a lack of effective monitoring by the provincial leadership as well as the respective departments. We will therefore insist that the North West Standing Committee on Public Accounts investigates each and every breach of the financial rules and laws, and holds those accountable to book. The Provincial Government has failed to implement simple key controls such as record management, regular financial and performance reporting. Furthermore, vacancies in key leadership positions continue to badly impact the ability of proper leadership in the province. Non-adherence to supply chain management laws has resulted in 98% of the irregular expenditure incurred. This means that goods and services are in a way which allows corruption to flourish. The ANC government in the North West has failed to lead by example and to hold officials accountable for poor performances as well as implementing consequences for financial misconduct.

In the past three years, auditees have experienced increased pressure on their financial viability. Most public entities were unable to pay their creditors within 90 days and at the end of the year their debt would exceed the cash they had available. The North West Tribal and Trust Fund financials have been outstanding since 2001; this has resulted in a disclaimer of opinion as financial books and accounts of the 92 individual tribal authorities have also not been submitted for auditing since 1994 as required by the North West Traditional Leadership and Governance Act.

Whilst the province has managed to submit financial statements, the quality and availability of the underlying financial records remain a problem. Auditees are unable to submit credible financial statements and rely on the audit process to produce credible financial statements.

Premier Mahumapelo’s Administration has failed to effectively monitor departments and implement a turnaround strategy to address the financial misconduct and misstatements within the Province. It is clear that Mahumapelo simply does not care enough about public money to protect and guard it. In contrast to the financial negligence in the North West, where the DA governs the AG reported that not one Western Cape department received an adverse audit outcome. Irregular expenditure has decreased to just R28 million in the Western Cape, compared to R2,9 billion in the North West. It is clear that the DA puts South Africa first, unlike the ANC who continues to put itself first.

MEC for Tourism in the North West Province Mme Desbo Mohono

We have learned of the tragic accident at Hartebeespoortdam where a boat allegedly caught fire. We have noted the report that 5 people have lost their lives as a result of this accident. The department and the North West Province send their deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. We wish the other passengers who may be hurt a speedy recovery.

Our heartfelt thanks to the emergency teams that reacted with speed to the accident thus preventing the loss of more lives. More facts on the accident will be revealed after the authorities have done their investigations.

At this point, we urge everyone to treat this matter with the sensitivity it deserves and to allow the families to mourn in peace and to be supported.