Category Archives: General Interests

Rustenburg mainroads still underconstruction

Rustenburg roads under-construction for Yarona bus services. Traffic is very slow during the
day and peak hours. Motorists are advised to be very cautious and keep the safest following distance. Other lanes are closed due to the construction taking place in busy parts of the city. People who will be driving to Rustenburg during this summer season will have to be vigilant on the roads to avoid accidents. The municipal vision is that of a world class city, where all communities enjoy a high quality Of life. Whilst great progress has been made in the past six months, substantial work remains to be done over the remaining months to fulfill their
mandate. Message from MMC Planning and Transport cllr. Sheila Shelly Kgomotso Mabale-
Huma ”as the Rustenburg Local Municipality, we believe that a safe, reliable, affordable and
comfortable public transport system is at the heart of economic development of our City as it is
responsible for the bulk of the movement of goods, services and people. Rustenburg is one of 13 metropolitan cities in South Africa identified by the National. Department of Transport (DoT) as being in urgent need of an Integrated Rapid Public Transport System (IRPTS).A system that provides an integrated transport network of safer, faster, affordable and more efficient public transport. The IRPTS is aligned with the objectives of the National. Transport Action Plan, incorporating South Africa’s Public Transport Strategy, which was approved by Cabinet in 2007”. One of the main goals of Yarona is that of enabling all citizens to reach their destination safely, comfortably and with the least inconvenience. Yarona also seeks to promote road safety through mutual respect and courtesy among all road users, be it drivers, pedestrians or cyclists. To that end, universal access is a major component of the Yarona™ system as it accommodates all people, whether they use cars, bicycles, are walking, or are using a wheelchair in order to achieve transportation equity, maximize independence, and improve community livability. Yarona™ ensures that users with special needs are catered for in this state of the art public transport service.

Bird flu case reported in the Rustenburg area

There has been an outbreak of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) or Bird Flu in domesticated wild birds in Rustenburg, around the Bo-dorp residential area. The outbreak involves wild ducks and about 60 other animals involving canaries, swan and parrots are in the vicinity of immediate risk. A media report was released on the 30th of august to warn the public about this outbreak. The disease was detected after deaths of ducks that were kept domestically in a homestead. The ducks had since been sent to the laboratory for
further testing by a private Veterinarian. The birds are kept for recreational purposes and are privately owned. A dedicated team from the Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural. Development (READ) has been set aside to deal with the infected household to avoid spreading the of the disease. A different team of officials has also been deployed to
collect information using Community Policing Forum communication network. This surveillance has started already. An area of 1km from the index point has been demarcated as a zone for surveillance The household affected has been put under quarantine and the terms explained to the owner. The owner was also advised on bio-security measures that were to be taken to prevent spreading of the virus to neighboring houses by humans and also by faeces of affected birds. They have also been advised to secure their bird nets to prevent wild birds from entering them. The Department has assisted the affected family with an effective disinfectant that kills
the virus to be able to disinfect their property and the tools they will be using to clean bird cages and collect faeces. The big trading facilities identified in Rustenburg are all outside a seven kilometers radius from the outbreak index point and all of them have been
officially informed of the outbreak and therefore asked to take additional precautionary bio-security measures. The outbreak has not affected trade in a negative way since all facilities that trade with poultry and poultry products are outside a seven kilometers radius of the outbreak, and have also been asked to upgrade their bio-security measures. The Department has communicated this outbreak to all affected stakeholders including Veterinarians
and farmers and the Provincial Disaster Management Committee has been put on high alert about the situation. The Department would also like to advise the local community to cover their bird feed and water to avoid attracting wild bird to them. The community at large is requested to report any mortality of birds that is noticed to the nearest State Veterinary office.

Dissolution of Eskom Board long overdue- SANCO

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Wednesday reiterated its call for the
Eskom Board to be dissolved following revelations that the power utility had lied when it defended making payments totalling R1.6-billion to Gupta-linked financial advisory firm Trillian and global business consultancy McKinsey. “The impression that Eskom is a cash-cow for politically connected individuals and their families can only be cleared by a judicial commission into state capture because law enforcement agencies which are supposed to have acted
on overwhelming evidence of rampant looting of resources are failing the country,” emphasised SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu. Mahlangu said that Minister Lyne Brown seem to have reduced her role to be that of the board’s cheerleader instead of showing the political will to deal decisively with corruption allegations levelled against Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko and Anoj Singh. “Institutionalised plunder at the power utility undermines the objective of the
National Development Plan and the resolve to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality,” he stressed. He warned that delays in commissioning an investigation into allegations of state capture and Gupta-emails leak is damaging South Africa’s reputation and its economic recovery prospects.

Mayor and MM must go in order to save our municipality

 

The DA of the NW405 Local Municipality has tabled a Motion of No Confidence in the Executive Mayor, Kgotso Khumalo, and Speaker, Elias Mogoeemang. Not only did the Speaker lose control over the administration of the local council but has no capability to apply the Rules and
Regulations to allow for order, fruitful cooperation and governance. Council meetings have become another fruitless gathering which is reduced to a rubber stamp exercise. Meetings are convened without proper notice and in contravention of the Standing Rules of order, agendas are delivered late to councillors and, in some instances, on the day of the council meeting. There is a lack of control during council meetings which also threatens the safety of councillors. Disruptive community members were allowed into the chambers on two occasions and intimidated the councillors during a meeting – this forced the meeting to a sudden closure. Our requests for better control measurements during meetings, to ensure the safety
of all, are ignored by the ANC council. The Speaker’s conduct is a clear consequence
of the total collapse of the municipality under Khumalo and Mogoeemang. We have a letter
in our possession whereby the Mayor asked the MEC for Local Government, Fenny Goaloalwe for intervention in the NW405 Municipality, for the following reasons:
• “Financial and Budget management e.g. preparation and submission of Annual Statements”;
• “Service Delivery”; and
• “Non-compliance in Administration related to HRM and Legal amongst others”.
It is clear that these reasons, which includes all the core functions of local government, are grounds for our motion of no confidence. These are serious allegations of misconduct that the DA has pointed out on many occasions and the ANC chose to turn a blind eye. Meanwhile, they steamrollered the amalgamation, renaming of the municipality and other pressing issues through council without proper consultation, debate or research. In essence, the Executive Mayor’s letter suggests he no longer has confidence in his ability to lead which raises the
question: Why should the opposition or even the ANC have confidence in him? We believe that our community simply deserves better. We need a credible council whereby the rights and needs of our people are protected and promoted. The wheels are coming off in NW 405, just as we warned it would. Infighting, cadre deployment, corruption, fraud and a lack of integrity are claiming their toll. A motion of no confidence is therefore the last resort to save our dying municipality.

Parent Tips for Preventing and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a difficult subject for most people to discuss, and especially difficult for parents to discuss with their children. But as frightening as the topic may be, sexual abuse is a serious and, unfortunately, common problem that affects both boys and girls. In most cases,
the person who sexually abuses a child is an adult or older child known to the victim, often
an authority figure that the child knows, trusts or loves. The offender usually uses coercion and
manipulation, not physical force, to engage the child. What parents should know about child
sexual abuse:
• Most offenders are known to the child; they may be family members, relatives, friends, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and others in positions of authority.
• Children most susceptible to sexual abuse have obedient, compliant and respectful personalities. They may be children from unhappy or broken homes, as these youngsters may be eager for attention and affection.
• Children who are victims of sexual abuse can display many or few behavioral symptoms. They
may withdraw from family or friends, display poor school performance, experience depression,
anxiety, or exhibit aggressive and self-destructive behavior. Or they may not display any outward abnormal behavior.
• Child sexual abuse often involves more than a single incident, and can go on for months or
years.
• Sexual abuse includes any kind of sexual act or behavior with a child, and includes activities
involving genital contact as well as non-contact events- such as showing pornographic images to children, taking pornographic photographs of a child, etc. Tips that can minimize your child’s risk of molestation:
• In early childhood, parents can teach their children the name of the genitals, just as they
teach their child names of other body parts. This teaches that the genitals, while private, are not so private that you can’t talk about them.
• Parents can teach young children about the privacy of body parts, and that no one has the
right to touch their bodies if they don’t want that to happen. Children should also learn to respect the right to privacy of other people.
• Teach children early and often that there are no secrets between children and their parents, and that they should feel comfortable talking with their parent about anything — good or bad, fun or sad, easy or difficult.
• Be aware of adults who offer children special gifts or toys, or adults who want to take your child on a “special outing” or to special events.
• Enroll your child in daycare and other programs that have a parent “open door” policy. Monitor and participate in activities whenever possible.
• As children age, create an environment at home in which sexual topics can be discussed comfortably. Use news items and publicized reports of child sexual abuse to start discussions of safety, and reiterate that children should always tell a parent about anyone who is taking advantage of them sexually. If your child discloses any history of sexual abuse, listen carefully, and take his or her disclosure seriously. Too often, children are not believed, particularly if
they implicate a family member as the perpetrator. Contact your pediatrician, the local child protection service agency, or the police. If you don’t intervene, the abuse might continue, and the child may come to believe that home is not safe and that you are not available to help.
Support your child and let him or her know that he or she is not responsible for the abuse.
Bring your child to a physician for a medical examination, to ensure that the child’s physical
health has not been affected by the abuse. Most children and their families will also need
professional counseling to help them through this ordeal, and your pediatrician can refer you to
community resources for psychological help. If you have concerns that your child may be a
victim of sexual abuse, you should talk with your pediatrician. Your physician can discuss
your concerns, examine your child, and make necessary referrals and reports.

Beauty contests kidnappings in SA

Beauty pageants and modelling contest competitions are now targets for human
trafficking, kidnappings and life losses of women all over South Africa. This is because
of the scarcity of jobs in the country. Now young and old women of South Africa rush
into any offer they get about modelling jobs, without doing background checks of
the agencies that hired them or provide modelling jobs whether their legitimate or
not. In recent reported cases a missing persons docket was opened by organizers of the Miss Earth South Africa beauty pageant‚ who were worried about the whereabouts of one
of their regional semi-finalists. Georgina Cost‚ operations manager at Miss Earth SA‚
told reporters that she last spoke to Claudi Pieterse‚ 22‚ on June 22 and has not heard
from her since then. They were scheduled to meet in East London on Sunday June 25.
She says Claudi Pieterse requested that she must book her a room for an extra day as she
would be arriving in East London. That was the last time she spoke to her. After failing
to get through to her‚ Cost began contacting Pieterse’s “emergency numbers” which the
organisation had in their books. And the Miss SA pageant confirmed that the beauty queen was held up by three armed men on Jan Smuts Avenue in Hyde Park, Johannesburg in the month of June . The organization mentioned in a statement that she managed to exit the vehicle and a good Samaritan came to her aid and drove her away from the scene. Her car and handbag were later recovered at the scene by a security company. Since its women’s month more emphasis and awareness should be made in South Africa for the safety and protection of beautiful talented women of this country.

Google memo emphasising malefemale differences causing outrage

A 10-page memo that went viral inside Google and has been obtained by Gizmodo sees a Google software engineer arguing that women are underrepresented in tech not due to bias, but rather because of inherent psychological differences from men. The memo has been shared repeatedly on the internal network and Google+. Motherboard first reported that the memo existed, and Gizmodo published it in its entirety. The memo titled ‘Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber’ is essentially the personal opinion of a male software engineer working for Google. In the document, the employee argues that he “values diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes.” However, some topics, he adds, now involve “shaming into silence.” “This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed,” and the lack of
discussion brings about “the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology,” the
memo says. The software engineer goes on to claim that the reason why women don’t have a
50-percent representation in tech may be the “differences in distributions of traits between
men and women,” and “discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business.” The traits in question include “biological differences” that are “universal across human cultures” and are “highly heritable.” Women in general have more “openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas,”“a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men,” so they end up working for front desk rather than coding, the memo’s author argues. Women also have “extraversion expressed as gregariousness rather than
assertiveness,” hence, “higher agreeableness,” and consequently, “women generally have a
harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading,” according to the memo. “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” the document says. Feminists on Twitter have reacted with outrage and four-letter expletives. Another issue the author highlights is that “feminism has made great progress in freeing women from the female gender role, but men are still very much tied to the male gender role.” “If we, as a society, allow men to be more ‘feminine,’ then the gender gap will shrink, although probably because men will leave tech and leadership for traditionally feminine roles.” The author concludes that “despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture
and the possibility of being fired. This needs to change.” Following the heated debate that surrounded the memo both inside and outside Google, the company’s new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance, Danielle Brown, issued a statement saying, “Many of you have read an internal document shared by someone in our engineering organization, expressing views on the natural abilities and characteristics of different genders, as well as whether one can speak freely of these things at Google. And like many of you, I found that it advanced
incorrect assumptions about gender. I’m not going to link to it here as it’s not a viewpoint
that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages.”

Ensure your family prospers during national wills week 11- 15 September 2017

Don’t Let Your Family Suffer
Did you know that if you die without a will, your family could struggle to settle your estate?
That means they could be pushed into difficult times because you didn’t have a will.
However, having a will ensures your family need not suffer if something happened to you. Always ensure your family prospers.

Brits soccer academy going against the tights

The so called soccer A team of Madibeng visited the legendary Augusto Palacios Apprentice Academy at Mpumalanga Witbank on Sunday the 3rd of September 2017. The
boys from Brits Soccer Academy lost 2-1 against Augusto Palacios Apprentice Academy, although they lost the match the boys came filling like winners, after the game Augusto Palacios
decided to sit down with them and gave them a recipe for successful soccer careers. The boys
are now welcomed for trials at the Apprentice Academy and they will be playing against Orlando Pirates under 19 in the next coming months. Augusto Palacios is a Peruvian football
coach and a former football player. He’s been recently coaching South African club Orlando
Pirates in the Premier Soccer League. He was Born December 23, 1951 (age 65).
He was more humbled to be interviewed by one of Madibeng Times reporters and he said
“with great pleasure I present, ′my experiences in football′ with satisfaction of 58 years.
“I was trained as an athlete and especially as a person. My experiences in soccer have gone
through five stages” “I. As student II. Aalis junior and amateur player II. As Professional soccer player in Peru IV.As a professional footballer abroad V. As a coach, professional. In my country and abroad”. “I lived in different cultures, what made me more analytical, more cautious on and off the field, though it never was easy, it allowed me greater sensitivity, patience and humility in my putter sports”.

Police Brutality…why?

Negligent police management, poor training, disrespect for law and order, criminal members within police ranks and blatant disregard for internal disciplinary procedures are the chief causes behind the scourge of police brutality gripping South Africa. With 2 462 criminal complaints laid against the police in the 2016/17 administration year and the coming
under increased pressure following the murder of service delivery protesters across South Africa, criminologists and the ICD report that urgent action needs to be taken to resolve the crisis. Of the deaths through police action, 22 percent occurred during the commission of crimes, four percent during escapes, 10 percent during investigations, 46 percent during arrests while 2 percent of those killed were innocent bystanders. According to Alex Ramothole (29) from Damonsville who is a victim of police brutality, it is clear that police management does not know what is going on. Alex appearred at Brits Magistrates court on the 24th of August 2017, for malicious damage to property and trespassing. He says on the night of the 10th of July 2017 he was arrested & assaulted by the police who left him with serious injuries on his right cheeck and the back of his shoulders and that proofs there is a clear absence of understanding from police leadership on how to deal with the use of force. Ranked officials has to take responsibility for the negligence of their employees. Alex alleged and questioned if “the police’s solution for dealing with crime was the use of violence such as extra-judicial executions of alleged cop killers”? This leads to serious fatal police violence with reports of torture and assaults on the
increase, even as police killings are on the decrease. The number of people killed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) is recorded in the annual report by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). There are questions about accuracy. It’s not clear if this includes lethal force used by Metro cops. Also, the killings are divided between deaths in police custody and deaths as a result of police action.