Monthly Archives: November 2016

Madibeng Legislature embraces women in its framework

Madibeng Legislature embraces women in its framework and encourages women to carry on and stand up for their rights.  The Local Municipality of Madibeng consists of about 80 members of the legislature.

Political leadership as it stands has got 4 members consisting of the executive mayor, the speaker, single whip of council and the chairperson of MPAC.  Members of the mayoral committee consist of about 10 members of which gender equality prevails. Madibeng consist of 41 ward councillors of which 12 of them are women, with PR councillors standing onto 28 members and 10 of them being women.  This entails that women are still standing intact and strong and proving to be the best leaders of this municipality.

Judging by the character, the CFO secretary, Maggy plays a crucial role in making sure that everything is in order in the office of the CFO.  This derives from women who proves without a doubt to be leaders in the society. South Africa today have official and sanctioned freedom: an exemplary legislative and policy framework that enshrines their equality and rights, as well as protects them from violence, discrimination and harmful practices. South African women have the freedom to achieve in any sphere, and many South African women have gone beyond national boundaries to achieve positions of importance, power and prestige internationally.

This includes the executive mayor of Madibeng, (Jostine Mothibe), the executive Mayor of Bojanala (Fetsang Mokati-Thebe), MMC for Community Development (MP Tlhopane), MMC for IDP, PMS and Legal Services (SM Maunatlala),  the only EFF ward councilor for ward 26 (P Pretorius). How substantive, however, is this equality? And how free are women, really, to be literally and figuratively mobile? Women may have the legislated freedom to achieve equally with men, but in reality the space and opportunity to do so is often restricted by societal norms, gender stereotypes and discrimination. It is in the home that women are most likely to encounter violence and discrimination based on their gender, an indication that attitudes have not kept pace with legislation.  Moving out of the home, into the community and broader society, women continue to face barriers to their literal and figurative mobility.

Women are also more likely to be unemployed than men and if not constrained to the lower-wage sectors of the economy, often encounter a glass ceiling in the corporate world. Many women’s access to education, quality healthcare and justice is also compromised: households are more likely to cite ‘no money for school fees’ and family commitments’ as reasons why girls do not attend school than boys. Women encounter not only indifference, but also violence at the hands of healthcare workers. and fewer than one in five rape cases reach trial – while even fewer results in convictions.  In politics, there seems to have been some regression over time. While women held 43% of seats in the National Assembly in 2009, only 38,8% of seats are held by women in 2014. The powers of decision-making lie firmly in the hands of men, with 65% of the country’s top leadership and 78% of provincial premiers being men. Crucially, an analysis of each political party’s manifesto reveals a superficial engagement with women’s issues and ‘very little focus on tackling gender inequality at a structural level,’ or any real recognition that women’s issues are central to a thriving democracy.

The role of South African women in politics has increased since the end of apartheid through policy changes and organisations set up to enable women’s rights.  Women has shown that the country is faring decently in enabling women to take an active role in government. Women have made strides in most of all sectors of society, the Budget & Treasury office, Community Development, Corporate Support Services, IDP, PMS and Legal Services and Inter-governmental Relations and Special Programmes are government departments in Madibeng led by women. In politics in particular, South African women have come incredibly far.  Before the arrival of democracy in South Africa in 1994, there was a mere 2.7% representation of women in parliament; since then, though, things have changed. Currently women members of the mayoral committee in Madibeng (MMC) comprise 50% of the council.  Leadership positions in politics were previously dominated by men, and women’s entry into the sphere has been included in South Africa’s globally acclaimed narrative of triumph.  One of the success stories of our democracy is that of the representation of women in political and decision-making positions.  The Budget & Treasury office led by Cllr. Nthangeni is a crucial departmental requires more understanding in finance.

Pleasure boat caught up on fire

The Hartbeespoort Dam police has launched an initial investigation into the cause of a fire on board a party boat at Hartbeespoort Dam.  The incident occurred on the 19th of November 2016, with approximately 200 passengers on board the vessel, named Prime Time.

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Three passengers drowned and a fourth died on board the vessel after being trapped in the bathroom during the fire. “In an effort to rescue the passengers from the burning vessel, one of the smaller vessels took on too many passengers and capsized, leading to the drowning and death of the three passengers,” Samsa said in a statement. “According to the Samsa surveyor who was at the scene, the vessel caught fire at the aft [the back of the vessel where the kitchen, the bathrooms and the outboard motors are situated.” Senior paramedic of the Hartbeespoort Emergency Rescue Unit, Jerry Bouwer, told Netwerk24 on Saturday that 20 to 25 people were hanging from boats that could only carry up to eight people after the fire.

Pulane Xaba, a passenger on board the party boat, claimed a cigarette was dropped on a deck where a smaller vessel was refuelling, sparking the blaze.  However, on Sunday, Samsa said that the cause of the accident was not yet known but an inquiry would be carried out in the coming week. “Events in my hometown today confirmed my beliefs with regards to what is called racism.  I can confirm that majority of ZAR population are not racists, whether white or non white.  What we interpret as racism is actually power, greed and entitlement.” “I watched helplessly, with horror, from my balcony when this boat caught fire. I knew it was party goers, mainly from the black community.  The community around the dam, mainly white people, saw disaster and all those with boats, unselfishly, with the love of fellow human beings, without a second thought, rushed to rescue passengers of the boat.”  The Executive Mayor of Madibeng Local Municipality has learnt with regret news of the boat tragedy that took place in Hartbeespoort Dam on Saturday afternoon which is reported to have claimed 4 lives.

“We regret and are deeply saddened by what has happened as we send words of condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones. This is a sad day for us as the municipality and the tourism sector in the province and the country as whole for precious lives to be lost while supporting a good course of tourism in our area. Tourism is one of the key sectors of economy in our area and contributes largely in the livelihoods of our local people. We are nevertheless confident that the ongoing investigations by the relevant authorities will bear intended fruits and as well put measures in place to avoid a recurrence of this nature in future. We urge the affected families to be strong in these trying times as we continue to put them in our prayers”.

Madibeng roads needs proper maintenance

Since the foundation of Vaalbosch village, the main road used mainly by busses has never been maintained or tarred.  The Vaalbosch road is one of the oldest roads in Madibeng yet there has never been any improvement whatsoever. According to community member, Kefilwe Diane, the condition of the road is creating more harm to road users and causing damages to light motor vehicles using the road on a daily basis.  “We have been trying on a number of occasions to get the government to resolve the matter and fix the road.”

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“The only response we get is a number of empty promises.  We want our government to take responsibility.” “If the simple things are not accomplished by our local government, then why are we expected to cast our vote in their favour? The dust caused by the traffic on the road is one of the health hazards especially to those with respiratory problems.” This affects not only motorists, but also pedestrians who have no other option but to walk on this road to and from work every day.  Discomfort in riding along this road and the damage caused to cars travelling on it is unbearable.”

“Our ward councillor’s car, Cllr. Mogorosi of ward 1 is so special that it does not use the deadly gravel road but uses the other road from the other side where there are not many humps.  Everytime when we request a grader, we are being told that there is no diesel.” “We are well aware that the company responsible for grading the road has a written agreement with Thari Transport for safety of the road users.  But why is it so difficult for them to fix or remove those humps created by the motor cars,” said angry community member, Kefilwe Diane.

MEC Mohono saddened by the death of Tourism Board Chairperson

The tourism cartel in the North West Province is saddened as they mourn the sudden death of the Tourism Board Chairperson Mr. David Mogashoa who passed away on Sunday morning (20 November 2016) after being admitted to hospital in Hartswater. 

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North West MEC for Tourism Desbo Mohono conveyed with shock her heartfelt condolences to the family and sympathized with them for their loss. She said that Mogashoa was passionate about Tourism development in the province and that he will be solely missed particularly for his passion of unearthing untapped tourist attractions. “It is with a heavy heart that I would like to send my condolences to the Mogashoa family, their relatives and friends at large. I pray that God grant them the strength to overcome such loss and that they trust in the lord for comfort and healing.

We also have lost a leader, a colleague and someone we looked up to for inspiration”, Mohono added that Mogashoa had a lot to offer in terms of providing leadership in the tourism sector. She said that his passion for tourism development in rural towns such as his home town of Taung was unwavering.  “What a great loss we have suffered. As government we need people of Mogashoa’s caliber, people who not only talk but are also willing to get their hands dirty and do the work. His willingness and unwavering commitment to work the ground was admirable. Team Tourism and the industry at large will forever miss him”, added Mohono. Head of North West Department of Tourism Adv. Neo Sephoti also offered her condolences and encouraged that the family be afforded enough space to grieve.“We have indeed suffered a great loss as colleagues of the deceased. We would also like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends for their loss and pray that they find strength to carry on”, she said Chief Executive Officer of the North West Tourism Board, Loselo Segwe also conveyed his condolences and that of all official working at the board. He said that Mogashoa has been a very active member of the Board and demonstrated leadership qualities in providing strategic direction towards shaping the newly established North West Tourism Board after the split of the North West Parks and Tourism Board in 2014.

“His untimely death leaves a big vacuum in the Board.  His strict and yet progressing style of leadership will be unfortunately missed and his valuable contributions will forever be cherished. Members of the board and the entire staff of the North West Tourism Board take the opportunity to express appreciation for the leadership provided by Mogashoa during time spent with the board”, said Segwe.

Film makers and storytellers need assistance

We are a group of young people who started a company called Pushas Projects. We deal with film making and story telling, so far we have released a ‘kasi’ movie called Tycoons season 1 “kasi life” and the movie is based on hustle, romance and action,” described Herman Motlhalifi. Wilson Nxumala added that with this movie they are trying to deliver a message to the youth that crime does not pay, it all start with a goal, a dream and ability to make it successful through hard work and dedication in order to be successful in life.

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“Our key to success is to think, plan and act, with it we believe that the youth can make it in life without participating in illegal activities,” said Nxumala.  People like Wilson Nxumala and Herman Motlhalifi should visit the following places when seeking funding for such programmes. South Africa offers attractive incentive schemes, including those offered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). The South African Revenue Services (Sars) also offers a tax rebate.

The Gauteng Film Commission’s (GFC’s) Industry Support and Development unit specialises in helping develop outstanding film, television and interactive media projects through support programmes and focused investment facilitation. Every year, the Alter-Ciné Foundation awards a grant of 10 000 Canadian dollars and a few 5 000 Canadian dollars grants to selected filmmakers to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young video and filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation, which was created in memory of filmmaker Yvan Patry, whose documentaries contributed to tearing down walls of silence, denouncing injustice and barbarism, and giving voice to victims of horror.

The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund is the first European based outreach and engagement fund and is open to filmmakers from around the world. The fund looks to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent documentary feature films with a social issue at their core; films which have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level.

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is an international production fund that fosters storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized. Empowering voices in the documentary space that have previously not been heard, the Fund focuses on emerging filmmakers who have a connection to or shared experience with their subject, as well as sharing stories with audiences within and outside that featured community. The Fledgling Fund seeks to explore, support, and deepen the role of documentary film and other forms of visual storytelling in larger social change efforts through grant support focused on outreach and audience engagement, funding partnerships and special initiatives that examine and support emerging trends in the field.

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund helps enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own stories and contribute to a new generation of the African documentary community.  The Fund provides development grants of up to $10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually. In addition, the Fund provides a peer-to-peer mentorship programme, as well as support to attend the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Filmmakers Lab. The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to help remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe on their road to completion. Although the fund looks closely at the financial aspects of a project, the decisive factors remain the content and artistic value.

Since its founding in 1989, it has supported more than a 1 000 projects of independent filmmakers from Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.  The IDFA Bertha Fund supports documentary filmmakers in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art. The fund supports documentaries that make a difference, often by tackling controversial issues such as social injustice, freedom of expression, human rights, poverty, economic justice and education. The Fund not only provides financial support to realize this endeavour, but plays a crucial advisory role as well.

Up-and-coming, independent filmmakers from around the globe are invited to submit documentary film projects highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress. A US$5 000 grant is awarded each year to a single completed “Short-Short” documentary film project. The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. Financed through the Rogovy Foundation, the fund awards grants of between $5 000 and $25 000 to between six and 10 filmmakers for feature-length non-fiction projects that address social issues and inspire others. Our planet is wonderfully diverse. We support film as an instrument for change, delivering greater knowledge, compassion and awareness.

POV, US public television’s premier showcase for independent nonfiction film and video, seeks programmes from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series. All subjects, styles and lengths are welcome. POV offers a highly competitive sum for broadcast distribution of films by US and International filmmakers each season. The Swiss fund visions sud est supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, aims at making them visible worldwide and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland.

The World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The fund supports the production and distribution of feature films and documentaries, with support focused on Latin and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and the Caucasus. The fund supports films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots. “Please help us reach such a goal, our contacts are; for Herman Motlhalifi 079 309 5389 and Wilson Nxumala 079 700 5927.  We are located in Brits and it is our desire to motivate, build and encourage the youth to chase their dreams,” concluded Motlhalifi.

Be aware this Festive Season

South Africa’s police members should be out in full force during the festive season, ensuring that criminals have no opportunity to hide from the law. In a nutshell, community members in Madibeng are advised to be more vigilant as robbers, daylight robbery is reality, robbers are up in arms taking advantage of every opportunity they see. At the time like this, criminals assume that everybody has millions in their pockets – they think people have received their bonuses already therefore they are not thinking of working for themselves but to rob others.

During the Christmas and New Year period there is an increase in festivities, parties, family gatherings, work functions and barbeques. While it’s a great time of year, it can also be a time of excess, especially when it comes to alcohol. The police need to be actively available to make sure that the CBD becomes the safest place in Madibeng. Only if the police can be more visible and available, they can be able to apprehend the suspects and retrieve the stolen items.  The festive season is a good time to reflect on our drinking culture and the way we drink. Research tells us that even when people intend to drink responsibly, it can be difficult to stick to this plan because getting drunk is often an accepted norm.

Drinking and driving is prohibited and also drinking and walking on the road is also not safe.  Drinking should not be the main focus.  The Festive Season does not only go with crimes and drinking but how to save money and to spend money. Do not spend money like there is no tomorrow, now is the time to think about how you will spend your money for the festive season.  Shop were things are far cheaper, shop around first and avoid buying stuff which are sealed in translucent plastic bags especially on the streets you might be scammed.  Such parcels contains items which are not the ones you required therefore you need to act responsibly and avoid supporting illegal activities, you might end up being the victim and spend festive seasons miserable.

What do you think about Donald Trump being elected for american president?

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Enough Makofane

– Obama is old, Daniel is very clever and will bring something new in America.  When someone grows up even the mind grows. Daniel will bring different views in America.  I love his thinking, he can identify what is wrong and what is right.  He must not throw away the missiles that Obama had because he would not know when is the war coming.

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Gloria Molelekwa

– Donald is old and very rich why making him the president.  They should have left Obama to be the president.  Rumour spread that he said he will throw out some of the members from America once he become the president.  Maybe he was elected for his money to invest in America.  What changes will he bring in his age?

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Daniel Magwete

– I believe he is better that Obama and will bring more changes in America.  Donald can change too many things in America, all the things that Obama was not aware of.  He qualifies 100% to be the president.  Youth would love to have someone like him as he will bring employment to them.

Damonsville Community Members unhappy with projects

They even expressed their worries about the way in which the projects are conducted in Damonsville particularly.  They argued the fact that projects are not advertised and that no one is telling the community about what is happening with the projects. They also wanted to know why the municipality is only hiring the same people for different projects.  However, one of the community members said although many of construction company hires are minority, not enough contractors are locally-owned.

The benefit of working with locally-owned businesses is that they are more likely to employ the residents of the neighborhood, though some of the methods are not used.  The community are interested in incorporating community input from the project’s outset. This input resulted in a series of opportunities for local contractors including special orientation sessions for these companies.  They do not know why the machinery was brought in the area without them knowing. They held a meeting with other community members and stakeholders to find clarity and solutions on the problem they are facing.  “There are projects that are given to one person who is a well known business man in the area.”

“As the community we feel disrespected by the fact that when we report such incidents the matter is not handled appropriately, therefore we want change in our own area, we want to take ownership of our own place.” “We have elected councillors and ward committee members who are entitled to deal with such issues.  We do not want anyone to come and dictate and tell us what to do, otherwise we will cause a serious chaos,” concluded Mavis Swanepoel. James Bloem added that he has been staying in Damonsville for more than 10 years and also did not agree with the fact that projects should be awarded to one person and that person claims to own our place.

“This must come to an end, we want change in Damonsville, we want everyone to benefit out of every project that is happening.  Our councillor must take responsibilities serious and make sure that services are provided to the community,” said Bloem.

Hundreds of disabled unite to mark disability focus month

Hundreds of individuals with disabilities, various community organizations advocating for rights of people with disabilities and officials from different government departments gathered together in Potchefstroom, (Witrand Hospital Hall) last Friday, 18 November to mark disability focus month.

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Disability Rights Awareness Month is commemorated yearly from 03-November to 03-December. This year, the North West Department of Health was focusing on raising awareness on health-related disability policies, health promotion amongst people with disability and on addressing challenges that affect people with disability ranging from domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual assault, HIV/AIDS prevention and their rights to quality health care.

The 2016 Disability Rights Awareness Month theme is “Persons with Disabilities Equal Participants in Shaping Sustainable Future.” In her remarks during the workshop, North West Department of Health’s Provincial Disability Manager Ms. Lucy Mashabela said one of the objectives of the gathering was to reassure people with disability of department’s commitment to continue addressing health related challenges they face.

“This is a platform and a positive opportunity for people with disability to share and celebrate the common belief that everyone has the right to a good quality of life. We want people to know that people with disability are part of the community and that they don’t have any special rights, their rights are the same as of those who a referred to as able people. “We want them to know that government cares about,” explained Mashabela.  Ms. Mashabela said all issues that were raised by the delegates would be taken further to form part of the departmental disability programme and policies. “We do want to emphasize that as the Department of Health in Bokone Bophirima, we benefit intensely from feedback such as the one we got from this workshop,” said Mashabela.  She added that the department did not want to see workshops like these being reduced to just events, hence there were multi sectoral approach established to deal with them throughout the year.

Sergeant Tebogo Diphoko of Ikageng Police Station who gave a presentation on domestic violence pleaded with participants during the workshop to report all incidents of violence.  “We as South African Police Services, we are here to ensure you are safe all the time.  I am therefore pleading with you to report any incidence of violence happening to you or to your loved ones. Go to the nearest police station and report the matter. We have well trained officials to assist you with swift service, explained Sergeant Tebogo Diphoko.  Community member, Gloria Fanti (25 years) and a member of Sixteen Steps Disability Centre from Tshing in Ventersdorp, thanked the department for taking such an informative and educational health awareness programme on disability to their district, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

“I am very ecstatic for what the department has done today because I feel that our community is not well informed and still stereotype especially on issues of disability. I wish the department can conduct such workshops on a monthly basis so that people can know that people with disabilities are humans too and have rights, and that they have capabilities and talents that can help move our province, our country, our continent and the entire world forward,” said Fanti. Health screening for hypertension, diabetes, Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol, HIV and Tuberculosis were conducted.

1st Annual Madibeng Dj Knockout Mjoninos Entertainment competition

It’s being quite a journey, and a hectic schedule in terms of running auditions for the 1st Annual Madibeng Dj Knockout Auditions.  Mjoninos Entertainment encountered challenges, however stood firmly and do the best in terms of auditions.

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We had our last audition @Greenlite Pub,Tornado and it was epic,beautiful audience and talented dj’s were present.  I am happy for the support, appreciation and encouragement from people that understands that Mjoninos Entertainment is here to uplift the community of Madibeng by entertaining and unearthing the raw platinum talent.”“Our top ten hot Dj’s who made it to the Semi Finals that will be held this week on the 26th of November 2016, at Disofeng Pub (Centreville, Lethlabile) are Dj Pine, Cooper, Papi, Europower, Small Teeza, SmithdjOntape, Renee, Dodoskie, Tlove and Lastly Dj Bronxy.”   “Im happy we have a female Dj, Renee who will compete with the guys at the semi finals,” said DJ Mjonino. On the 26th of November 2016  judges will take five unique Dj’s who will battle it out for the price of R5000 rands, on the 3rd of December @mothotlung Community Hall.

The winner takes all, and will get a chance to play with Dj Oskido on the 24th of December 2016, at Lethlabile. “We have a great line up for those who will be attending the Semi finals and Grand finale.  We have Dj Mjonino, Joze, Teddy Long, Tadpole, Master K, Brele and Mash, Tone2Tone, Jaidee, Creazears, Zidane, Terrible Twins, Shilolo Boys, Jaytee, Sipido, Slagoty and Small Cash, StolenSole, and our Mc’s are Duchess LCR (99.5) and TmoTouch.”

“Thanks to my team Dj Joze and Dj Teddy Long.  Special Thanks to Dj Oskido, Madibeng Times, Disofeng Pub and LCR 99.5 FM for being part of this wonderful event that will benefit our community in a positive way in the future.  #100 percent Madibeng,” concluded Dj Mjonino. Pre-sold Tickets are available for both Semi Finals and the Grand Finale.  Contact Mjonino on 0729917880, Teddy Long on 0731721836 and Joze on 0789405687.