Monthly Archives: March 2017

Accident at Oukasie leaving behind two people injured

An accident in Oukasie in the early hours of Sunday morning left two young men with injuries.  The vehicle left the road and went into the ditch of water and was stopped by the water.  The young men, both in their 20s, sustained minor injuries that included possible soft tissue injury of the pelvis and a laceration or the head.  They were taken to the Brits District Hospital for treatment. H.E.R.U rescue team responded positively to the scene of the accident.

Accident at the R511 outside Brits

A 32-year-old man was on Monday morning in the early hours to survive with less injuries on an accident when the vehicle in which he was driving overturned on the R511 outside Brits.  He was taken to the Brits District Hospital where he was treated for his shoulder for possible soft tissue injuries.  H.E.R.U rescue team responded positively to the scene of the accident.

Tlokwe building developments halted since 2015 as approval committee fails

All new developments and rezoning in Tlokwe (NW 405) have been at a standstill since 2015, as there are serious problems with the selection of members for the Spacial Planning and Land Management Act (SPLUMA) tribunal. The ANC local government has failed to successfully constitute this tribunal for two years, since 2015, leaving developers high and dry unable to pass a single development plan. This poor management of the selection process comes at the direct expense of our communities who should be benefitting from the jobs that developments will create in Tlokwe.

The latest twist in this tale of mismanagement by the ANC government is that recruitment and selection of members of the SPLUMA will now start afresh, after the decision to restart the process was steamrollered through council by the ANC at a special council meeting on Thursday. This restart of the process will further delay development approvals. The DA raised serious concerns about the existing delays and the fact that this matter had to be referred back to restart a process from scratch. The process must now be completed within 30 days, and the DA will ensure that the ANC administration of Municipal Manager Dr Nomathemba Blaai-Mokgethi is held to this deadline.

The ANC has raised a false argument that the SPLUMA tribunal should also include Ventersdorp representatives, necessitating a restart of the selection process, but this is absolutely false as the Tlkowe SPLUMA could approve all developments in Tlokwe without any reference to Ventersdorp. The ANC is still governing Tlokwe and Ventersdorp “independently”, as they continue to extend contracts in Ventersdorp without re-negotiating them or including Tlokwe Council in the process. One example is a new telephone system of more than R10 million for Ventersdorp; entered without input or approval from the amalgamated council (NW405). Where the DA governs we cut red tape in development approvals and we encourage investors who come in to create jobs, rather than chasing them away, like the ANC in Tlokwe.

Xenophobia in the political institution

Xenophobia in the political institutions has now formed revivalists in the religious arena.  The state since the division between religious power and state institutions over a century have had a positive progress. Due to political scapegoating, many South African citizens perceive foreign nationals as a serious threat that needs to be eliminated by any means necessary. This perception is stronger among the majority of citizens living in poor townships and informal settlements where they meet and fiercely compete with equally poor African immigrants for scarce resources and opportunities. The result is that local residents in these areas have become increasingly convinced that foreign nationals are to blame for all their socioeconomic ills and hardships including poverty, unemployment, poor service delivery, lack of business space and opportunities; crime; prostitution; drug and alcohol abuse; and deadly diseases.

By blaming foreign nationals for its failures to deliver on its core functions and responsibilities, the South African government is unfortunately displaying an obvious if sorry sign of weak and incompetent leadership. The triggers of the violence paint an even more worrying picture of the leadership deficit in the “rainbow” nation. Indeed, the strong anti-immigrant sentiment alone cannot explain the occurrence of violence in some areas and not in others where such negative attitudes are equally strong. Recently, with the ongoing suffering of many people and the exodus of millions of people have become a burden for the rich nations.  The hatred for the poor people has transformed into legislation that prohibit the movement of people to protect the wealthy from the poverty. The consequences of colonial exploitation has now become evident in all its pain.  Xenophobia and Populism discrimination are now the country’s political agenda with government politicians in bracing the vision to separate and conquer.  All governments that support this notion are racing towards war, this only will benefit the imperialists. As the salves do not have voice to say only the controlled media has access to ears and the eyes of the people. 

The prior to 1994, immigrants from elsewhere faced discrimination and even violence in South Africa. After democratisation in 1994, contrary to expectations, the incidence of xenophobia increased.  The recent xenophobic wave of attacks directed at foreigners and the vandalising of their businesses could be a big blow to the South African economy. The foreigners from across the continent have great potential to contribute to the South African economy.  Local businesses fear the violence will have a negative impact on South African business companies operating elsewhere in Africa.  It is vital to realise immigrants are good for a country.

Many countries’ prosperity was built on the sweat and manpower of immigrants who sought asylum in those countries.  Therefore, African immigrants in South Africa are enhancing the economy of this country and should be respected and not be killed and have their properties looted. To the South Africans who assume foreigners have encroached on their jobs, wives and resources, you should know foreigners play a big role in boosting the economy of South Africa.  They create work opportunities for the unskilled local people and also invest in the country. Any violence against African immigrants in South Africa may well jeopardise the growth of the South African economy.

SAMAs Return To Sun City

The 23rd instalment of the South African Music Awards (SAMA) will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on the weekend of the 26th May 2017. The luxury resort in the North West province is the official home for SAMA 23, having hosted 14 of the 22 previous ceremonies since its launch in 1994. The music industry and revelers will see the newly revamped facilities and the modern amenities this world class establishment has to offer. An elated Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA who are organizing the awards commented: “It’s such a delight to be returning to Sun City. The convenience it brings during a weekend of celebration makes it the ideal location for us.

“We invite local music lovers to join the industry as it makes its trip to Sun City later in the year for a party fit for our country and the continent’s finest musicians.”   With a number of music lovers that the awards attract, The Bokone Bophirima province is sure to be abuzz with entertainment and loads of activities in and around Sun City.  The SAMA was hosted at the Durban ICC last year while Sun City underwent a massive multimillion-rand revamp.

Bokone Bophirima Province is excited to partner with the SAMA’s to host this Annual Music event. We are delighted that this will contribute significantly to our Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal strategy through Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT). Further, our Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSDs) stand to benefit from this event through a number of buildup activities such as mini – festivals, artist development workshops among others. As a province we pride ourselves for being blessed with a capacity to host events of this magnitude and we are also proud that we have many tourist attractions on offer. Therefore we believe that this event will offer an unforgettable experience.

Ditsala tsa Mmino host music festival

Madibeng Local Music Group in conjunction with Ditsala tsa Mmino encourages other aspirant musicians to do it for themselves.  They will on the 30rd of April 2017, put their money where their mouth is when they will be hosting a music festival at Letlhabile Community Hall. Ditsala tsa Mmino’s members are from places such as Hebron, Centerville and Letlhabile who decided to form a record company and become their own bosses instead of working under a certain record company to uplift them as professional musicians.

Ditsala tsa Mmino comprises of three profound members, Tumisang Galetuke, Chris Tsebe and Khensani Mahlaule.  The trio have recorded their debut album which they funded themselves.  They accumulated the love for music at a young age and are planning to make it a success. The event will also be used as a platform by many local artists to showcase their God given talents.  One of the group members, Khensani urged the community of Madibeng to come in numbers on the day of the event and support their well organised show. “Tickets are on sale at a reasonable amount of money, different music genres will be featured during the festival.  The audience will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of music from gospel, jazz and afro pop.”

“Remember, charity begins at home, our municipality is one of the best municipalities in the North West Province, therefore we want to nurture the spirit of music.  The group is on a mission to transform Madibeng as the hub of performing arts and further unite Madibeng artists,” emphasised Khensani. He also added that the event is the beginning of their big plans in Madibeng.  This clearly derives from how the group was performing previously, Ditsala tsa Mmino have performed at various places in and around Madibeng.

The reception and the responses by the audience has been overwhelming hence they felt that they needed to attract the bigger audience on the coming event.  This will be done through the quality music.  The group is inviting the community of Madibeng, business people, leaders from all political spheres, church leaders, community leaders and all structures of government and non governmental organisations to support the group at the event.

Free State Stars coach Serame Letsoaka want to lift the Nedbank Cup

Stars came out 2-0 victors over the Lions of the North last Saturday on the 11th of March 2017, to advance to the Last 16 of the competition.  Letsoaka was admittedly pleased with his side’s response to their 1-0 Absa Premiership defeat a week earlier, and praised their change in attitude. “We saw a different attitude from last week’s defeat against Highlands Park, my players played very well and responded very well tactically,” Letsoaka told his club’s website.  “The players came with a good, winning attitude and they knew we had to win this one.”

Having last lifted silverware when he was still serving as Ea Lla Koto skipper, Letsoaka is adamant he can lead the club to their first trophy in 23 years.  “We want to go all the way as far as the Nedbank cup is concerned. I mean the last time we won a cup [Coca-Cola Cup] was back in 1994,” he added. “We are not going to undermine any opposition given to us in the next stage, we will be going all out in every match we play whether it’s cup or league fixtures.  Winning matches will help to build to the next game so it is important that we continue to play well and win matches.”

Stars next face Ajax Cape Town in a league encounter at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday, with two clubs meanwhile exchanging banter in the build-up to the match.

Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo has revealed injury kept Rivaldo Coetzee out of the Nedbank Cup but insists his absence is not the reason behind the club’s shock exit. The Urban Warriors were unceremoniously dumped out at the last-32 by ABC Motsepe League side KwaDukuza United, losing 4-3 on penalties after 120 minutes of action at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium had finished 2-2. The Ajax centre-back pairing of Lawrence Lartey and Erick Chipeta failed to properly deal with the minnows’ attack, making Rivaldo’s absence that much more noticeable.

Menzo, though, refused to accept claims that one man could have altered the entire course of the game, saying: “I don’t think it is only one player [who makes a team] and if it’s only one player than we have a problem. “I trained every day with him so I know what is happening with this team and you can’t say it’s only one player we miss and we lose the game.

“He played the last game [against Supersport United] but he was injured on Thursday, suddenly.” And the former Dutch international goalkeeper also defended his decision to leave Mark Mayambela and Thabo Mosadi out of the squad as he needs to blood in new wingers and saw this weekend’s match as the ideal chance. Menzo also left seasoned campaigners like Nathan Paulse, Abel and Bantu Mzwakali on the bench but, when they entered the fray, they were unable to impose themselves on United and ultimately failed to influence the game.

“I had to make choices because those [Mayambela and Mosadi] are my only two wingers I have at the highest level,” he added.

“So I wanted new wingers and I saw it [against KwaDukuza]. And again as the coach we make choices and football, in life, you make choices and maybe the wrong choices and no problem.” Menzo will be hoping for an instant response from his side when they face Bloemfontein Celtic away on 18 March at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium.