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Sanco disappointed with marks maponyane found guilty of assaulting wife

The South African National Civic Organisation(SANCO) on Sunday expressed disappointment with former Bafana Bafana striker, Marks Maponyane found guilty of assaulting his wife Sylvia
and urged men who are having personal problems to seek professional help instead of raising their hands against women. According to NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane, the football commentator was slapped with a fine of R3 000 or a 6 months suspended jail sentence, and a further R6 000 fine or suspended 24-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to a charge
of assault of Friday. Mjonondwane says the second sentence will apply if he lays his hands on anyone else in the next 24 months. “Maponyane has through this one incident lost the tremendous public respect he had because no one respects an abuser. He would need to apologies publicly, seek counselling and work hard to rebuilt his image as well as to regain the confidence of his fans and millions of soccer supporters who follow him as a match commentator on SABC TV sports channels,” highlighted SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu welcoming the sentence. Mahlangu said that there is nothing macho about lifting a hand against women and girl-children. “Our courts must as a deterrent ensure that those who
do live to regret the moment they crossed the line by imposing harsher sentences to
perpetrators,” he said. He urged communities to unite against the scourge of gender based violence and expose perpetrators. Mahlangu said that public figures like Maponyane as well as Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana and Shaka Sisulu are supposed to be leading the fight against the scourge instead of being on the wrong side of the law. “Most are turning out to be bad role models for young people such as the 19-yearold boy from Siyathuthuka High School in
Inanda who is expected to appear in court on Monday for viciously assaulting a grade 10
school girl,” he emphasised.

Essential safety for kidz

No parent imagines losing sight of her kid until it happens. Prepare your child on how to keep safe if she or he gets separated from you, and learn the fastest ways to find her. Anyone who’s been a parent long enough has experienced the terror of not being able to find her child, whether at an amusement park, a parade, in a store, or wherever else kids can get
lost which is anywhere, sometimes even right in your own neighborhood. On the 10 of August 2017 Dikeledi Mamela appeared at the Brits magistrates court for not being a responsible parent. Dekeledi (22) on the 19th of July left her two kids at a friends house, when she was going to work. Her neighbour spotted the kids walking alone in the street on that evening and picked them up with her car and drove with them home. The kids told her that their mom’s friend chased them away shouting at them saying they are not her responsibility. When Dikeledi came back from work that night she went to her friends house to pick up her kids but there was no one in the house, she went searching for them, until someone came to her and told her that they were seen with her neighbour, she went rushing to her neighbours, but when she got there her neighbour had already called the police. She was arrested just as she arrived. Dikeledi tried to give reason to the officers who were on duty but they didn’t want to hear a word
from her, she spent three nights in a cell and is now on bail. Her case is still going forward until she makes arrangements with social workers. Dikeledi has no relatives or family members close to her who can assist her with care for her two kids. Both her parents passed away while she was still in high school. Most children are found quickly, often even before they realize a parent is looking for them. And possibly every parent’s worst fear is abduction by a stranger or an acquaintance, where the child is taken far from home and harmed or held with the
intent to keep her permanently. Parents need to teach children how to also be safe in situations where mom is not around, some kids are runners, and they won’t realize you’re not
with them until they’re nowhere near you. Either way, tell your child that if you don’t respond when she yells, rather than looking for a store clerk or a security guard, she should stay put and ask the first “mommy” with a child she sees to help her. Why a mom? Women with kids are statistically less likely to be predators and more likely to stay with your child until she finds you.

Supporting, championing and connecting women in creative industries

South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. This historic march was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and society at large. Since that eventful day, women from all walks of life became equal partners in the struggle for a non-racial and non-sexist South Africa. The march was
coordinated by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw) led by four women: Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams De Bruyn. These leaders
delivered petitions to the then Prime Minister JG Strijdom’s office at the Union Buildings.
Women throughout the country had put their names to these petitions, indicating their
anger and frustration at having their freedom of movement restricted by the hated official
passes. The Government of South Africa declared August Women’s Month and 9 August
is celebrated annually as Women’s Day. Women’s Month is a tribute not only to the
thousands of women who marched on that day in 1956, but also a tribute to the pioneers of
the women’s movement in this country, dating back to 1913, when women like Charlotte
Maxeke led the way in establishing the ANC Women’s League and encouraging women to
engage in the struggle for freedom. Pioneers include Cissy, Jaynab and Amina Gool, who
were amongst the leaders of the National Liberation League and the Non-European
United Front of the 1930s. Women’s Month also serves to recall and recognise the work
of Dora Tamana, Winifred Siqwana, Ida Mntwana, Bertha Gxowa, Florence Matomela
and other stalwarts of the 1950s, who led militant women’s formation for the rights of
workers and the rights of women Cre8xion is a non profit organization that supports,
champions and connects creative women from Soshanguve, Mabopane, Garankuwa and
Mothotlung they hosted their second annual campaign at Matlau Store at Mmakau on
the 9th of august 2017 to celebrate women’s month. They are a community of women and
men who help one another to gain courage, inspiration, and the skills to grow their own
businesses. Cre8xion organization is a member of the African Womens Development Forum
grant, making sure resources reach the hundreds of African women’s organisations
that are working in diverse ways to improve the lives of women and African society at large.

Urban culture growing in brits

Urban culture is the culture of towns and cities. The defining theme is the presence of a great
number of very different people in a very limited space – most of them are strangers to each other. This makes it possible to build up a vast array of subcultures close to each other, exposed to each other’s influence, but without necessarily intruding into people’s private lives.Urban culture is the voice of the youth mass of the city who wants to express
themselves creatively. It’s the new artistic identity of the Kids. Obakeng Malefo from Mothotlung is a big fan of urban culture in Madibeng. Moreover he is a big fan of individuals who keep giving this culture of ours a new perspective, He is saying this because its easy to be on the periphery and not change things. Its easy to look at the freedom we have been granted and not do anything as a youth in South Africa. SMB which stands for Sophisticated Brand Monkey are a Madibeng collective who have gone against all these things which are mentioned. They
have refused to sit back and not have a say on Urban Culture in South Africa. Without knowing
it this fashion x music collective x trendsetters have made strides in urban culture. In an interview Obakeng mentioned that he had the luxury to seeing kids come out of nothing.
He witnessed their slow rise in urban culture back in Pretoria when there was no urban culture to speak of. Now that people kind of get the idea on who SMB is and what its all about, He had
an interactive group chart with people that follow him on social media. He talked with them where they spoke about their approach to urban culture in Mzansi. “We’re street scientists so we influence SA Street Culture through fashion, design, music, photography and Events, He said. They have been around since 2010. They took this route because the youth of Madibeng
responded well to their never say die approach to cool and the Brits Urban Culture scene was still on the come up.

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.

Dronabinol and Marijuana in HIV-Positive Marijuana Smokers

Caloric Intake, Mood, and Sleep. Individuals with HIV constitute the largest group using cannabinoids for medicinal reasons; yet, no studies have directly compared the tolerability and
efficacy of smoked marijuana and oral dronabinol maintenance in HIV-positive marijuana smokers. This placebocontrolled within-subjects study evaluated marijuana and dronabinol across a range of behaviors: eating topography, mood, cognitive performance, physiologic
measures, and sleep. Methods: HIVpositive marijuana smokers (n = 10) completed 2 16-day inpatient phases. Each dronabinol (5 and 10 mg) and marijuana (2.0% and 3.9% Δ9-
tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]) dose was administered 4 times daily for 4 days, but only 1 drug was active per day, thereby maintaining double-blind dosing. Four days of placebo washout separated each active cannabinoid condition. Results: As compared with placebo,
marijuana and dronabinol dose dependently increased daily caloric intake and body weight in HIV-positive marijuana smokers. All cannabinoid conditions produced significant
intoxication, e xcept f or lo w-dose dronabinol (5 mg); t he int oxication was rated positively (eg, “good drug effect”) with little evidence of discomfort and no impairment of cognitive performance. Effects of marijuana and dronabinol were comparable, except that only marijuana (3.9% THC) improved ratings of sleep. Conclusions: These data suggest that for HIV-positive marijuana smokers, both dronabinol (at doses 8 times current
recommendations) and marijuana were well tolerated and produced substantial
and comparable increases in food intake.

Teen arrested after shooting and killing his step-father

A 16-year-old son was arrested after allegations
that he has shot and killed his stepfather
during an argument. Members of the
community responded at around 9pm Thursday
20th of April 2017, to report a shooting and
found 45-year-old Gregory Hudson suffering
from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a
hospital, where family members say the man
was pronounced dead. His stepson, 16-year-old
Percy Moon near Sonop, is charged with firstand
second-degree murder, authorities said.
He appeared in court and the statement
reveals that the minor will face a preliminary
investigation. It was said that Percy and Gregory
were arguing before the shooting. Percy, who
was arrested at the scene, ‘never admitted his
involvement in the homicide’, according to the
statement. It was also indicated that Percy was
send to a juvenile while awaiting trail. Percy was
described by the neighbour in the statement as
‘a good kid’ that resided with his mother and the
step-father and ‘didn’t give them any trouble’.
She said: ‘Nobody in the family understands
or knows what went wrong. We’re trying to
understand that ourselves. I’m just at a loss for
words.’ The teen’s mother Angeline Moon said
in court that her son never shown any sign of
disrespect towards Gregory and what happened
is a shock to her. She said, “He was a good kid.
He went to a good school and everything. He
was well-mannered and polite. I have no idea
what might have started the argument. I wish I
was there to prevent it from happening,” he told
court.

Madibeng speaker’s house burned down

The Local Municipality of Madibeng
residents were in shock in the early hours
of Tuesday 18 April 2017, after a report was
made that the council speaker, Cllr. Kabelo
Ntshabele’s house was set on fire threatening
neighbouring buildings. Fire crews responded
to a home in Klipgat shortly following reports
of a fire.
According to neighbours, the home
was destroyed by the blaze and firefighters
continued their efforts to prevent the fire from
spreading to other houses.This raises too many
questions on whether Madibeng leaders are in
trouble. Such incidents happen when political
leaders are corrupt and now have to pay with
what they have. Another reason is that if you
are doing good things to the public you end up
being not the favourate of the others. Imagine
if someone was in the house when the house
went up in flames. Most of the municipal
leaders are now fearing for their lives after this
incident happened saying that who is on the
list for the house to be destroyed.
At the present moment it is not there is no
evidence suggesting what is the cause of fire.
It could be that the fire appeared suspicious.
However, could this be a syndicate where it
is politically motivated or influenced? This
need a thorough research jointly from different
stakeholders working together on what the
causation of the fires are. Just like any fire,
they must work together to determine the
cause, and explain whether this was influenced
politically.
Should the mayor also be in fear of what
can happen to her house or her family? This
is very upsetting for leaders to be intimidated
and threatened in such a way without anyone
being arrested or questioned for that matter.

Job creation in Madibeng a concern to community

In his State of the Nation Address,
President Zuma announced 2011 as
“the year of the job creation” through
meaningful economic transformation and
inclusive growth. What plan do the Local
Municipality of Madibeng have for job
creation.
Rural areas are becoming increasingly
popular destinations for travel, especially
cultural landscapes that allow a glimpse into
how rural people live and work. Agriculture and
Tourism Program improves agriculture value
chain linkages, smallholder access to export
markets, product diversification, increased food
security, and promotion for agricultural products
within the tourism sector of a destination.
Madibeng needs more jobs in tourism, services,
businesses and street workers. Lack of job
creation strategy in Madibeng is a concern and
a worrying factor to all community members.
Elections have the effect of turning the spotlight
on issues of importance for a set period of time.
However, they can also turn the spotlight
away from other issues that need to be constantly
highlighted. Only one party was bold enough to
make jobs created at local municipality level a
focus of its election campaign and that is a cause
for concern for the township economy. Major
municipalities, and the metros, in particular,
serve a number of townships, and their ability
to generate jobs at local level is paramount. If
municipalities are at the coalface of service
delivery, then it is a no-brainier that any role that
government is going to play in the creation of
jobs will come through local government.
The much-maligned black economicempowerment
(BEE) policy is a good example
of a government policy whose roots and
implementation strategy should be fully based
in the local government sphere. While the
campaign focus for one or two parties was on
jobs, BEE should be focused on as a stimulant
for local business growth. Any jobs created
directly by government through the Public
Works Extended Programme will always have
a defined timeframe. In other words, it will
be a temporary form of employment or work
opportunity.
But proper implementation of BEE will
ensure that funds used to create businesses
in the township economy create a longerlasting
kind of work opportunity, one that is
dependent on the longevity of the business
created rather than a project that only lasts for
a while. The funding projects meant to benefit
the youth and women will give the BEE policy
an entry point into helping the most affected
groups of people in the township economy,
youth and women. The far-reaching effects of
the programme will ensure that the constant
criticism that BEE programmes only empower
the already empowered becomes a thing of the
past. With the elections now over, it is time for
municipalities that have been constituted
already to take another long look at the
programmes they have in place already and
decide if these programmes contribute to the
alleviation of the job burden on the formal
economy. Where election results have given
a new party a chance to govern where it has
never governed, the new party has a great
opportunity to partner with entrepreneurs in
the township economy in a totally new way
that will give hope to both entrepreneurs and
job seekers.
There is no magic to the creation of jobs
in both the formal and informal economies,
the creation of new and sustainable businesses
is the only way, in addition to boosting and
supporting businesses that are already in
existence. The tourism industry provides
an important export market for a host of
agricultural products where hotels and
restaurants demand diverse agricultural inputs,
and tourists demand agri tourism experiences
and destination-branded specialty crops to bring
home as souvenirs.
The mandate of the Department of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
includes supporting and promoting agricultural,
forestry and fisheries resources management
through policies, strategies and programmes to
enhance sustainable use, and achieve economic
growth, job creation, food security and rural
development. The department has prioritised
improving food security, creating jobs and
increasing the contribution of the agriculture
sector to the country’s gross domestic product
(GDP). Everyone in South Africa agrees that the
current levels of unemployment and poverty are
intolerable.
Differences arise when it comes to how to go
about reducing unemployment and eradicating
poverty. On the other hand, the businesses say
that the low growth of employment in South
Africa during the last decade is the consequence
of high wage hikes, overprotective and restrictive
labour legislation, and the unproportionate
strength of trade unions. In short, the businesses
believe that the easier it is to hire and fire
workers, the more jobs would be created. During
the last ten years, South African economy has
recorded impressive expansion. However, that
growth did not translate into more jobs.
In 1994, ANC inherited a R800 billion a year
economy. Today, South African economy turns
R2.2-trillion a year, which represents an increase
of 2,5 times. This much larger economy has
about the same number of people in formal
employment as it did in the late 1980s.

Madibeng Local Municipality has pledged full support to the organisers of the Om Die Dam race which is taking place this weekend in Hartbeespoort Dam area. The race is officially opened for everyone in the municipality.

Earlier in the week, the  Executive Mayor of Madibeng Local Municipality Cllr. Jostina Mothibe, joined by Members of the mayoral Committee, Acting Municipal Manager and Departmental Directors met with the organisers of the race led by the race Organiser Johann Von Mollendorf. The Om die Dam race is the largest inland ultra-marathon in South Africa, offering a 50km ultra marathon, a 21km half-marathon, a 10km route and a 5km fun run. Due to the races scenic route via the Hartbeespoort Dam and family appeal, it attracts over 10 000 participants every year and is consistently voted as one of the top national races with the ultra being the flagship event. Races timed by ChampionChip include the 50km, 21km and the10km,, all runners will therefore be required to run with a ChampionChip in order to participate in the event and receive an official race time.  To ensure that your Race Results are accurately recorded  it is important that your ChampionChip is correctly registered in your name with the correct details.  The municipality is committed to addressing all issues related to general maintenance of the infrastructure in the area as well as services to ensure that the race becomes a success.

The meeting also agreed that there should be regular engagements between the municipality and the organisers of the race with the aim of growing the race, maintaining and increasing economic spin-offs that come with hosting the race and as well look at numerous avenues that market Hartbeespoort and neighbouring areas like Brits as tourism destination of choice locally and internationally. Executive Mayor, Cllr. Mothibe who is also expected to open the race on Saturday, said that: “The municipality is committed to supporting this event and ensure that it becomes a success. We  had a very fruitful meeting with the organisers of the wherein we made commitment to deliver on the requests put forward for this week to ensure the race becomes a success. We also agreed to maintain this partnership moving forward and play a key role as the municipality to ensure the maintains it status as one of the best organised races in the country. We all know what great impact the event is making in terms of tourism and general revenue in the area,” concluded the Executive Mayor.