Monthly Archives: June 2017

NUM orders structures to avail resources for Ramaphosa campaign

NUM wants Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to become the next ANC leader. North West Mahikeng NUMANCSACP Cyril Ramaphosa Jacob Zuma Itumeleng Kgajane The National Union of Mine workers (NUM) has ordered its structures to make resources available for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign, to emerge as the leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in December. NUM president Piet Matosa made this instruction at the feedback meeting with members in Rustenburg following the union’s two day Central Executive Committee meeting held this week. The union says the African National Congress’ reputation has been tarnished by the alleged influence the Gupta family has on President Jacob Zuma.
The NUM convened a two day Central Executive Committee meeting this week,
where it took stock of many challenges it faces with and how they can overcome
them. Among them is the union’s loss of membership since 2012, following the rise of
its rival union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu). However,
President Zuma was not spurred. Though the call for him to step down has been there,
this time belts are being fastened, with the NUM ordering its members to avail any kind
of resources to assist their favourite Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the ANC. The NUM President says the ANC’s name has been tarnished under Zuma and only Ramaphosa can save it.
“We are saying as the NUM that, that campaign will not succeed if we don’t put resources of any kind for that project or program to succeed. Because we strongly feel that Cyril Ramaphosa is the only person for now, that can be able to save the ANC from the problem and problems it is facing.” This call has a blessing from the federation to which Num is an affiliate,the Congress of
South African Trade Unions ( Cosatu). “This campaign of comrade Cyril will never
see the light of day, if we don’t avail resources as Cosatu affiliates for the campaign. So, we
are in agreement with what the NUM is saying. There are two resources that will make the
campaign fly, one is human resource that will do the ground work. Two, support the human resource financially,” says Cosatu’s first Deputy President Tyotyo James.
The South African Communist Party has cautioned against the mobilising of financial
resources for any ANC presidency candidate. “On this one, we don’t agree that money
must be mobilised to then campaign for Cyril. Anyone who must be campaigned for must be
on the grounds that politically, organizationally, for the unity of the ANC, that person has
capacity, not how much money was raised in the campaign,” says North West secretary
Madoda Sambatha. Matosa says the NUM is now on a path of regaining the lost ground. Shop-stewards and leadership were urged to serve members accordingly and do away with factional battles.

North West ANCWL endorses Dlamini Zuma for ANC President

The mayor of Bojanala District Municipality, Fetsang Mokati, has been re-elected as the League’s Provincial chairperson. North West ANCANCWL African Union SACPCOSATUSANCON kosazana Dlamini- Zuma Cyril Ramaphosa Bridgette Mogakwe Fetsang Mokati Mimo Nobatana Bitsang
Lenkopane Manketse Tlhape Rustenburg Haartebeespoort Sello Lehari Bojanala District
Municipality Patrick Dintwa The seventh provincial conference of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in the North West, has formally endorsed former African Union Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to become the next African National Congress (ANC) President in December. The ruling party’s Women’s League held its provincial elective conference over the weekend in Haartebeespoort near Rustenburg. The provincial conference was attended by over 700 delegates from across the four regions in the North West. During the conference, the mayor of Bojanala District Municipality around Rustenburg, Fetsang Mokati, was re-elected as the provincial chairperson. Bridgette Mogakwe has also retained her position as provincial secretary. ANCWL Secretary General, Meokgo Matuba, announced the names for the five top positions: “We were able to elect PEC officials, whereby comrade Fetsang Mokati, is the Chairperson, she has been retained. Comrade Mimo Nobatana is the Deputy Chairperson. We have retained as an organisation comrade Bridgette Mogakwe as the Secretary. Comrade Bitsang Lenkopane as the Deputy provincial secretary and comrade Manketse Tlhape as the Treasurer.” The conference also dealt with ANC policies in preparation for the party’s up-coming national policy conference at the end of the month. Provincial secretary Bridgette Mogakwe
says their top priority is the land issue and organisational renewal. “As the ANC Women’s
League we are very clear that in terms of your land, we should reclaim our land from 1652,
not from 1913 – and secondly, we are saying we need also to engage the Department of
Land Affairs to avail the land for women and to mobilise the resources. As the ANC Women’s
League we reject the issue of the super branches at the work place. The branch is the basic unit
of the organisation, and the branches that we are talking about are the ward base where the
community is based.” The provincial conference also discussed and endorsed the position of the League’s national leadership, in supporting Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, to succeed Jacob Zuma as the President of the ANC in December. Bridgette Mogakwe said: “We have pronounced, and we are still confident that we stand by our decision… that out of 105 years that the ANC is existing, the ANC women’s league is 99 years of struggle – now we are saying we are equal to the task, and we are ready, and we are resolute… we want the woman president, not just a woman president… we have pronounced comrade Dr Nkosazana Dlamini
Zuma, and we are going to drive up until we are sure that we achieve what we want as women.”
Meanwhile, the ANC in the province through its Deputy Chairperson, Sello Lehari, has also indicated its support for a woman president. However the South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the province, have a different preference. They all support ANC Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to take over from Jacob Zuma.


Yizo Yizo actor at home found dead

Former Yizo Yizo and Zone 14 actor Jabu Christopher Kubheka, popularly known
as “Gunman” was found dead in his home on Monday… Khubeka was best known for his role as Gunman in popular local TV show Yizo Yizo, where he played along with actors such as Bonginkosi Dlamini, who played Papa Action. Kubheka’s manager said that the actor’s wife found him unresponsive in their home in Shoshanguve on Monday. Despite speculation that his death was the result of suicide, the family is still waiting for postmortem results to confirm the cause of death.

Rebecca Malope is actually not her real name!

The gospel legend Rebecca Malope, once left the country with major trust issues, so much so that it left some wondering if her German cut is even real. The gospel legend Rebecca Malope, once left the country with major t rust issues, so much so that it left some wondering if her
German cut was even real. We know it’s not much of a big deal, considering that South Africa has more serious issues right now, such as #menaretrash and the Gibaba saga to kind
of take it… Sis Rebs has me ntioned this a long t ime ago, so long ago that South Africans did
not know that ‘Rebecca’ was in fact a st age name. She was given the stage name when
she started out, because it was more catchy & separated her private from the public
life. Rebecca’s real name is Ba tsogile Lovederia Malope who hails from the Mpumalanga province. The name stuck on people’s lips after her gospel hit single
‘Moya wam ’ & he r stage name Rebecca was solidified. In her past Rebecca had
survived a lot in her childhood & gospel music lead her on her path to healing. One Twitter user has caused a hysteria after somehow finding out that the gospel legend’s real name is Batsogile Lovederia Malope and not Rebecca. People on Twitter say they feel betrayed by this
‘revelation’. However, some are having none of it as they say they don’t recognise
Batsogile. “I bet even God kno ws her as ‘Rebecca Malope’ not Batsogile Lovederia Malope,”
one said, while others questioned if our country is even called South Africa. These were obviously jokes & o ver reactions. This raised a lot of questions but one thing we cannot doubt is her music. She has released more than 30 hit albums from decade to decade.

Koketso Buys – an entrepreneur passionate about empowering others

North West Mathibestad Unemployment Koketso Buys Business Glam Kraftz Youth Month Lerato Matlala. Unemployment is one of the main challenges South Africa is facing. According to figures released by Statistics South Africa last week, it stands at 27.7% with youth unemployment at 38.6%. To address this problem, government is encouraging South Africans to start their own businesses. One of the young people heeding this call is 27-year-old Koketso Buys. She is the owner of Glam Kraftz, a beauty and event management company. “It is a business that is based on everything glamorous. It is an umbrella of branches which include makeup, makeup classes, events, décor, planning, coordination and also includes what I call Glam Kraftz Empowerhand – it is basically me trying to give back to the community especially where I come from.”

Arthur Mafokate finds himself in a jail cell for assualting his girlfriend

The kwaito legend Arthur Mafokate has managed to find himself in hot water by being embroiled in a domestic abuse scandal. A few reports have suggested that
the songstress, Cici whose real name is Busisiwe Twala and the king of kwaito
Arthur Mafokate have being romatically seeing each other for a couple of months
now. According to Sunday World, Cici alleges that Mafokate dragged her on
the street with his car during a heated argument they had. Sunday World reports
that according to a police statement professed by Cici, the domestic fight was
caused by Mafokate. She said he had received a phone call from another woman while they were in the bedroom around 8pm on Thursday. The “Mnike” hit maker was allegedly arrested. However he also opened a counter case against Cici. The paper claims that Cici is currently in hospital because of the injuries she got on the left hand side of her body from the assault.

Soccer Tournament To Promote Social Cohesion In North West

Residents of the border village of Ramatlabama, in the North West are set to enjoy their weekend at Batloung Sports Ground, thanks to a two-day youth month
and social cohesion football tournament to be hosted by Public Service and
Administration Minister, Faith Muthambi. The four teams that will lock horns on
Saturday are Ikopeleng FC, Miga FC, Makgokgoane FC and 600 FC. Winners will
progress to the finals, where the champions will take home with trophy and gold medals.
However, Minister Muthambi will hand over soccer kits to both the champions and losing
teams. The Manyedi Youth Tournament is not only aimed at keeping young people away
from alcohol and drug abuse, but Minister Muthambi will use the tournament to call
on all communities to unite against the on-going violence against women and girl
children. Minister Muthambi said: “the rights of women should never be violated.
Through this tournament, we want to teach young boys to learn to love and respect our
women and girl children. “Personal safety is a human right. When communities do
not feel safe and live in fear, our country’s economic development and people’s wellbeing
are affected, hindering their ability to achieve their potential. “Again, the National
Development Plan (NDP) is clear that by 2030, people living in South Africa should
feel safe at home, school and workplace and enjoying a community life free without fear.
Our women should walk freely on the streets and girl children play safely outside,” she said.
Since this is Youth Month, the Minister will also use the tournament to reaffirm
government commitment in terms of creating opportunities for young people with the
view of tackling the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Following the advent of democracy in 1994, the new democratic government declared 16 June as National Youth Day and June as Youth Month. This year National Youth Day and Youth Month is celebrated under the theme: The Year of OR Tambo: Advancing the Youth Economic Empowerment. The tournament will also serve as a platform to raise opportunities for dialogue
with the youth and their role towards social cohesion and nation-building. Since 1994, sport has been a unifying force in South Africa. A dedicated focus was placed on transforming this sector to ensure equitable access to sporting opportunities. Minister Muthambi said: “it is this type of tournament that unearthed players like Kaizer Chiefs defender, Eric “Tower”
Mathoho who was spotted by coach, Owen Da Gama when playing for an amateur
team, Tshiombo FC in Limpopo’s Vhembe District. “Remarkable players that you watch
on TV playing for the big teams in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have started
their career from a grassroots level like the SAB league. “Today as I speak, the SAB league
unearthed some of the bigger names including Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Innocent Mdledle,
Lucas Thwala, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Eleazar Rodgers and Ayanda Dlamini to mention but a few. “Those who follow football will agree with me that in 2012: COPA Coca-Cola changed to a U/15 football tournament.

North West Mec Congratulates Gift Kelehe

The North West Education and Sport Development Department MEC, Jonas Lehari wishes to congratulate Gift Kelehe for obtaining position 3 in the 2017 Comrade Marathon which was held in Durban on Sunday the 4th June 2017.The 93rd edition of the Comrades Marathon 86.73 kilometre race from Durban to Pietermarizburg saw Gift Kelehe make a run time of 05:41:48. This is an astounding achievement considering that he won the title in 2015 Comrade Marathon. Gifts’ elder brother, Andrew Kelehe won the same marathon in 2001. “I would like to
congratulate our hero Gift Kelehe for once again flying our province’s flag up high. I hope
our youth and learners are motivated by what a man from this province did in this regard.
It truly shows that nothing is impossible if you put your mind and hard work into what
you love. The department is proud of you son of the soil. The department and province
as a whole always encourage learners to take part in sporting activities as reiterated at the
Sport Lekgotla that was held in March 2017. We also wish to thank all other athletes from
the province for taking part in this historic marathon”. Bokone Bophirima, where champions are made!

Our beloved Mayor making history

The Madibeng Executive Mayor Jostine Mothibe continue making history. For the first time in the history of Madibeng the executive mayor is given the platform to do the live radio budget presentation which was conducted by the Madibeng FM.

The executive mayor conducted the 2017/2018 Medium Term Revenue Expenditure Framework (MTREF) budget and 2017-2021 Integrated Development Plan Policy Statement presented during the council meeting held on the 26th of May 2017. The executive mayor in her statement regarded May a month of very hard work and a stressing period for most politicians and caring civilians including progressive forces from all walks of life. She further said that the municipality have experienced a full might of a dark force rearing its head committed to subjugate the achievements made in the past over 20 years of the peoples freedom and democracy. She presented the budget policy, crafted by the municipality, informed by unique challenges
that confront the current politics, social and economic dynamics. “It is for this reason that we
confidently must take ownership and implement all programmes of this budget and IDP without hesitation.” “For that I will urge all my colleagues to be part of making history and remain in council without making threats to distance oneself from participation during this historical moment of budget adoption, because such an action will indicate the lack of commitment and show of timidity by politicians who only came to represent own peculiar interest forgetting and ignoring the genuine mandate given precisely to represent the plight of the poor communities and unemployed youth,” said the mayor. After which the Economic Freedom Fighters decided to walkout from the meeting before the budget presentation.

Indian community offering helping hand to elderly people in Madibeng

2017 marks 157th anniversary of the arrival of the Indian indentured workers and the birth of this community in South Africa. Durban is home to the largest Indian population in South Africa. Indians in Madibeng are constantly helping elderly people by offering them food and money. The positive role that Indians played in South Africa’s reconstruction and development was an example of how immigrants could help build a country. They contribute to the multicultural
atmosphere of the municipality and many Indian rituals and traditions can still be observed today. South Africa’s culture is one of the most diverse in the world and has given rise to the term “Rainbow Nation”. Indians are playing a huge role in Madibeng by creating jobs and helping the poor. Indian culture and way of life necessitated commodities in our lives.
This is where most of the Indians are able to assist the poor because they have businesses that they operate and generate income to help the others. With SA having 11 official languages and 8 other recognised languages, the rich culture of each of these groups brings its own vibrancy to our diversity. The culture of offering and giving to the poor has been there in existence for a long time. About two decades after Indians settled in South Africa, the Wagg Commission observed that the anti-Indian sentiment was driven by white traders, farmers and workers who feared agricultural competition. In addition, the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce noted a growing fear from white settlers and their demand for all Indian traders to be lawfully required to produce identity documents with a photograph on demand. Despite all this, the Indian trader prospered, much to the disappointment of the other settlers. Many
Indian traders became successful by trading with the local black population in the remote areas by selling items in small quantities and giving items on credit. Often their goods were cheaper than their counterparts. This made the other traders particular the white traders very envious
and prompted them to influence the government to pass numerous laws that would restrict the Indian trader’s right to a living and trade. However, the government failed in its attempts to destroy the Indian trader. Ties between South Africa and India was strengthened with the launch of an initiative which further boosted the economic and cultural exchanges between the
two countries. The South Africa India Business and Friendship Association (Saibfa) was established to promote economic relations and cultural exchanges between the countries. The association developed a broad platform for networking and bilateral non-governmental co-operation aimed at fostering economic prosperity in various sectors from South
Africa and India. India played a significant role in South Africa and it was critical that a networking and business association be present for Indians to have a voice, economically and in business. Nelson Mandela was a recipient of the International Gandhi Award for social, economic and political transformation, which was handed to him by the president of India. This gives Indian business professionals and leaders the opportunity to build business partnerships with their South African counterparts. As Mandela stated: ‘We are certain that the bonds of friendship and solidarity forged over the years will continue to grow.