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5 Mines
Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) held a productive stakeholder engage-
ment and fundraising session with the local business and mining sec-
= roads
gets under a thousand million rand from the provincial treasury. The
road asset portfolio of RAL measures in the extent of 20 260 kilo-
tor in Sekhukhune District Municipality on Friday, 16 February 2018. metres of which only 5 974 km is tarred and the balance of 14 286km
During the engagement session at Lapeng Lodge adjacent to is gravel or dirt roads.
Road D737 near Burgersfort, connecting the R37 and Steelpoort, “We are trying our best with limited resources to address the infra-
RAL had identified four opportunities for potential or future strategic structure delivery in the province,” says Mr Matji.
partnerships, estimated at just over R1,12 thousand million based This partnership includes both RAL and the private sector co-fund-
on preliminary technical assessment, as it steams ahead to address ing key economically strategic road infrastructure projects in the
1173km of roads backlog in Sekhukhune District. Limpopo Province.
The total road network (in Sekhukhune) currently sits at 2654km. Since adopting this strategic partnership approach, RAL has raised
Last week Limpopo Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure MEC R382 million and continues to secure more partnerships. R100 million
Nandi Ndalane officiated at a sod turning ceremony for a R316 is the amount targeted for the current financial year.
million road infrastructure project connecting two municipalities and Councillor Stan Ramaila, the Executive Mayor of the Sekhukhune
commercial centres. The project will run over a period of 36 months. District Municipality, in his keynote address described the district as
The purpose of the project is to upgrade from gravel to tar and also “rich poor” as it has thirteen (13) mines operating in the area, yet 51%
rehabilitate sections of the road. of the people of Sekhukhune - the home of chrome - are unemployd.
The targeted roads for strategic private sector partnerships are He urged the mining community and the private sector at large to
roads D4220 at the evaluated cost of R600 million, Steel Bridge work together to assist communities.
at the intersection of D2219 and R555 (R81m), D737 (R40m) and RAL says when the agency build roads, it uses road infrastruc-
D4180 (R400m). ture delivery to create jobs and hire local Small Medium and Micro
Presenting RAL’s current partnerships in Sekhukhune, and the Enterprises (SMMEs) in areas affected by implementation of its road
strategic partnerships overview of Limpopo Province since 2015, construction projects, with 30% and 10% respectively of contract
Chief Executive Maselaganye Matji emphasised on the success of its value ring fenced for local SMMEs and local labourers.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach. “Our private sector part-
ners have confidence in the way we do business,” Mr Matji said. The stakeholder engagement and fundraising session in Sekhukhune, which comes hot on the heels of
“Every little amount contributes, we want you to be part of the RAL’s successful participation at the recent Investing in African Mining Indaba, was targeting four economic
solution to our country, our province and to our local municipality. roads:
We must work as a collective to change how the area where we live
looks,” he said at the Lapeng meeting. 1. The upgrading of 24km of road D4220 from Modimolle to Tjate to Phahlamohlaka to Manoge to Masehleng.
He says since 2015, with the financial support of private sector “The economic benefits of upgrading the road from gravel to tar are massive. It will also make sure the mu-
partners, more especially the mines in Sekhukhune area, RAL has nicipality will benefit from tourism as roads are veins of the economy,” Mr Matji said about this road.
spent R2,85 million on 22 projects in Sekhukhune, “which is higher
than other districts because of the massive backlog in the area.” 2. The single lane Steel Bridge at intersection of D2219 and R555 will be transformed into a “new safe
In 2015, the then new RAL Board and Executive management bridge,” according to Mr Matji.
of the Agency led by the Board Chair, Matome Ralebipi and CEO
Maselaganye Matji, adopted a strategic Partnership approach as part During the consultation session of 16 February 2018, five mines in the area have pledged to work with RAL
of the successful turnaround strategy for the Agency that was just on this project, and other two will include it in their next Social Labour Plan (SLP) consultations with the
returned from administration. community.
Through this approach, RAL is targeting to create partnerships
with the private sector relevant or benefiting from the Limpopo Pro- 3. On the rehabilitation of 17km of D737 from Steelpoort to Lapeng Lodge, described as an economic road
vincial road infrastructure network to help augment its constrained and a bypass, Mr Matji said rehabilitation work has started and there will be further updates on progress.
budgetary and financial resources for the construction, rehabilitation
and maintenance of Limpopo roads. 4. Upgrading from gravel to tar of R17,6km of road D4180, a parallel road to R37, from Ga-Sealane to Ga-Se-
At current estimates, RAL will need R160 thousand million to main- lepe to Atok Mine to R37.
tain and upgrade the entire road network in Limpopo, and it currently Anglo American Platinum has contributed R57 m towards phase 1 of the project (up to Ga-Mongatane), and
RAL will continue with the other stretch of the road (Ga-Mongatane/Ga-Mashabela to Atok Mine).

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3 Escape, one still on the run

Three men escaped from the holding cells at information received and spotted two of the hospital and will appear in the Praktiseer was asked to contact the SAPS.
Tubatse police station in Praktiseer this week three men in different locations. Magistrate’s Court soon on a charge of es- The men were arrested for the following
Monday. Two of them were however traced When Mokone saw that he was cornered by caping from lawful custody. before their escape: Lebambo was arrested
due to the massive manhunt launched by the the SAPS he allegedly started shooting at the By the time of going to press the search con- for rape, house-breaking and theft as well
SAPS after the escape. officers. The SAPS retaliated and Mokone tinued for the third escapee and anyone with as assault with intend to do grievous bodily
The men, Sandile Emmanuel Lebambo (31), was fatally wounded. information that could lead to his re-arrest harm. Mokone was arrested for robbery with
Simon Mokone (23) and Vincent Kgoedi (28) The second escapee, Lebambo was shot in aggravating circumstances, possession of
escaped at approximately 06:30 through the the leg while trying to evade arrest. He was a firearm without a licence and possessioin
roof of the exercise room. allegedly performing rituals when he was of suspected stolen properties. Kgoedi was
The Dedicated Task Team followed up on cornered. Lebambo was treated at a local arrested for murder and attempted murder.
Anyone with information can contact Briga-
dier Lucas Tlhako at 082 5657584 or Colonel
Lazarus Ngele at 082 573 3645 or the crime
stop number 0860010111 or the sms crime
line 32211 or Tubatse Police Station at 013
216 8500 or the nearest Police Station.

Sandile Emmanuel Lebambo.

Above is Tumela Kgoedi. The SAPS is still

searching for him.
Left is Simon Mokone was fatally wounded
during an attempt to re-arrest him in the week.

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And they were
calling to one

“Holy, holy, holy is

the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth
is full of his glory.”

Commissioner Missing
The Police in Tubatse outside Burgers-
fort have launched a search operation
for a missing person, Tokolo Moraba

warns against a 32-year-old male who is residing at

Ga-Makofane village.
The missing person’s mother, Kgakane
Elizabeth Moraba (69), reported that
her son left home through the window

mob justice and he was last seen in his room on

Sunday, 4 February 2018 at about
Mr Moraba is mentally challenged.
During his disappearance he was wear-
ing a blue shirt, black jeans and brown
shoes. He is light in complexion with
short hair and having a gap between
his front teeth.
Anyone with information that can help
in relocating the missing person should
contact Tubatse police station on 013
2168500, 066 4408105 or Col Ngele

The National Budget made easier

Minister launches
The Vulekamali portal, launched by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday, will make
information on the Budget more accessible to ordinary South Africans.
The online portal presents information in a simplified format and shows members of the
public how public resources are generated and used.
The Minister launched the portal during a media briefing at the Imbizo Centre in Cape
Town on Tuesday, a day before he is expected to table the Budget Speech in Parliament.
“We would seek to continue making National Treasury accessible to the broader sections
of South African society. That it doesn’t belong among the elite only, but it must be accessible
The SAPS Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Nneke Ledwaba has fingered to the ordinary South Africans so that they are able to make their inputs, not only in influenc-
and condemned the continuous acts of mob-attacks and killings which are still preva- ing our policy directive as articulated through the budget but also having access to the budget
lent in some Clusters of this Province especially in the Tubatse Policing area outside process, to the information that is contained in the budget…” he said.
Burgersfort. The Minister said the portal will become a good platform for young South Africans, espe-
This condemnation follows the mob-related incident where one suspected criminal cially the academia, to access budgeting information to help them gain critical insights.
was burnt to death inside a car when a group of community members attacked three
suspected criminals before they could allegedly rob a local shop. The other suspects
managed to escape leaving their two cars behind which were then burnt to ashes.
It is alleged that the deceased was driving one of these cars with his two accom-
plices and the other two unknown suspects driving a VVT Toyota were on the way to
Ga-Mokgotho village to commit a business robbery, the local community got informa-
tion before the crime could be committed and attacked them.
The deceased is a 29-year-old man from ga-Mashamothane village near Burg-
ersfort but the forensic investigations are still underway to confirm his identity and his
accomplices who fled are unknown.
A case of murder and two counts of malicious damage to property were opened.
The suspects involved in this said matter are unknown and there is no arrest as yet.
The police investigations are still continuing.
Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in
this mob-attack incident, may contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501
or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the Crime Line sms 32211 or the nearest Police
Community members are warned and cautioned to refrain and stop this unbeara-
ble behaviour because it continues to destroy the spirit of Community Policing which
cannot be tolerated by the law of this country and all those who are still perpetrating
this phenomenon, are going to be dealt with mercilessly and without compromise,
concluded General Ledwaba.

A new president and increased

South Africa went through a series of rapid transport amongst others. Social grants will
developments since last week Wednesday. be increased by around 7%.
During a late night address to the nation, Platinum Gazette asked readers their
President Jacob Zuma resigned. thoughts on the new dispensation in the
Since then a new president, Cyril Rama- country, as well as their reaction to the VAT
phosa has been elected and sworn into increase expected from 1 April 2018.
office. He delivered his State of the Nation
Address (SONA) the next day and Parliament
kicked into action with debates around it.
On Wednesday this week, the previously
postponed Budget Speech was delivered by
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.
The focus of the budget fell on rebuilding
and restoring growth and confidence in chal-
lenging times. Gigaba described the budget
as “tough but hopeful”. One of the main
changes that the public will have to deal with
is the increase of VAT from 14% to 15% as of
1 April 2018. This is the first time that VAT is
increased since 1993.
The budget deals with various issues Mr Ngwato Mankge said: “It is a positive Ms Nompi Mokoena said: “I am happy. I hope
including the much talked about free higher change in the leadership of our country. Our things like shortages of medicine in our clin-
education. A total of R324 thousand mil- new president is complex but transparent. ics and hospitals and the shortage of books
lion is being budgeted for higher education He boosted our economy already. He is for in the schools will be over with Ramaphosa
and training over the next three years. This everyone. I like the fact that he is reducing as president. It will be OK to pay 15% VAT if
includes R57 thousand million for free higher the cabinet. He will get rid of incapable they improve the service delivery to our com-
education and training. Basic education will MECs. He talks about unity in Parliament. munities. It is only 1% extra. But we need to
also get a boost with R35 thousand million I would like for him to unite people from all see what we pay for. We don’t want to only
being budgeted for infrastructure develop- parties. It would be great if he could in- pay for Nkandla”.
ment and R15,3 thousand million for learner Ms Lerato Mohlabini said: “Everything will be clude people from all parties in his cabinet.
and teacher support materials. fine now that he is president. I live in Ga-Ma- I would like it if he for example made the
More than R528 thousand million will noke and they only bring us water when DA’s Maimane the Deputy President. On the
also be spend on social grants. The budget there is a funeral. We only get water when increase in VAT… That 1% is going to kill
also took a look at things such as subsidized someone passed away. We hope now that us. You cannot impose it on the poor people.
public housing, water infrastructure and Ramaphosa is our president they will fix the That increase they should have brought
services and supporting affordable public problem”. once they’ve created the jobs they’ve prom-
ised everyone. Just make that extra 1% for
businesses who can afford it now. It is killing
us ordinary citizens”.

Mr Abram Makoo said: “ I’ve found work

since Cyril Ramaphosa became president.
Things can change and he can lead us! I am
positive about South Africa now!”

Links: Me. Leonie van der Merwe sê: “Hy

gaan ‘n sukses maak. Sy eerste toespraak
was nie te bad nie. Dit lyk of hy wit en swart
gelyk behandel”.

Ms Ruth Modipa and Ms Agnes Harris said: “Ramaphosa is going to do it. He is going to
change the future. It will be bright. Yes, we are prepared to pay 1% more VAT because it will
help with many things like free education and grants. Under Ramaphosa the money will go
where it must and will not be eaten up. It will make a difference for the people”.

VAT - your thoughts and views

Mr Otto Mashaba and Mr Kabelo Mahlake said: “He is a good candidate to have become
president. He will do economic transformation without all the scandals of our previous presi-
dent. We don’t think it is a bad thing that they are increasing VAT but then they must improve
the standard of living. They must stop misusing funds. The arrests for corruption etc. that also
Mr Willy Snara and Mr Oscar Ncedile said: “Things will now be much better. Cyril Ramaphosa took place last week shows that Ramaphosa is serious about improving South Africa”.
must remove all of Zuma’s top guys and those associated with the Guptas. Ramaphosa is a
new beginning for South Africa. Ramaphosa is a brilliant leader. In 10 years Zuma did niks.
Niks! In this time only a nice Nkandla was build. The Zuma charges must now be reinstated
and he must not be treated special because he was the president. We won’t mind paying the Left: Ms Dineo Mokwena and
1% more VAT if there will be free education. We also have a lot of graduates with no jobs. Ms Skhumbuzo Malapane
Ramaphosa must fix the unemployment problem in our economy. People must also realize said: “We think Cyril Rama-
that things don’t happen overnight. It will be gradual. But prosecuting Zuma must be a priority phosa will be a good leader.
and those involved in State Capture must go answer in court”. Our economy improved al-
ready since he was elected.
He will bring good things for
our country. We think he will
unite South Africa. People
coming from Limpopo have
the skills to work with other

Ms Surprise Mashelena, Ms Sibongile Mokoena and Mr Tlaishego Moraba said: “It is good!
Mr Christoph Mokoena said: “We have hope. Ramaphosa can do more than Zuma. He will get rid of corruption and create jobs. It is not
We’ve been waiting for Ramaphosa. He is good that they are increasing the VAT. They should also now increase the salaries and
Mr Emanuel Makgoga said: “We are behind a businessman and he will take care of the
Cyril Ramaphosa. He is a great leader. We grants”.
people of South Africa. The economy will be Left: Mr Kgaogelo Mal-
will support him. The increased VAT is a stabilized. We should also get help from oth-
problem for the people of this country. We apane and Mr Thomas
er countries than Dubai. Our mining econom- Phaswane said: “Cyril
thought it might go down. We don’t know if ic growth will also benefit from him becoming
it is because of the previous leadership – if Ramaphosa is a good
president”. leader. It is good they
they stole the money or not. Malema warned
us about the Guptas. Malema opened our got rid of Zuma. May-
eyes but we thought it was just politics. He be other countries will
was saying die waarheid”. now invest in South
Africa and then it will
create more jobs in
the process. The extra
VAT must be used
wisely for grants”.

Mr Eric Moeng, an attorney from Burgersfort

said: “The VAT increase is quite ridiculous.
It shows they’ve done the announcement of
free education without having been properly
prepared. Now the tax payers must dig deep-
er into their pockets and it is not fair. The
change in president is positive. We welcome Ms Sandra Mavota said: “I think he will
Ms Mokgadi Seopela said: “The change is it as South Africa. In his State of the Nation Mr Elmon Maeyane said: “I’m supporting bring change to South Africa. We need free
good. Cyril Ramaphosa won’t take money. Address he pointed to various plans. If those him. He seems confident about himself and education. It will not be easy, but hopefully
He has only one wife and he can be a good can be put into action we will proudly say we his cabinet. He will be the change in our our new president can make it work. There
leader. Hopefully he can help create jobs. have a good president. I like that he wants economy and this will reduce unemployment. should be free education for all young peo-
The increased VAT will affect me, but it is OK. everyone in parliament to be part of the He unites people. He is not afraid to interact ple, regardless of their background, black or
If they use the money the right way it is fine. change. He was speaking more as the presi- with the people of South Africa. I’m 100% white. Education is what will unite us. That is
People are tired of having their money stolen dent of the country and not only as president positive about our future and the future of this important. I support Cyril Ramaphosa as our
and wasted but if it is well used, let it be”. of the ANC”. country”. new president”.
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Running the Capricorn District

Pulana Maroga Municipal 4 in 1 Marathon
Soccer League Modikwa Marathon Club runners attended the Capricorn District
Municipality 4 in 1 Marathon. The race took place on Saturday the
17th of February 2018 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
second round play Albert Tshosago and Rudolph Mokgomola managed to attend this
race on their own and they both ran the 21.1km half marathon,
Albert finished with a time of 2:30min and Rudolph in 1:37min just
The Pulana Maroga Soccer League continued their com- outside of the top ten.
petition’s second round on Saturday last week. The results These two runners are new to the club and already showing very
were as follow: Mighty Blues ground: Tearing Lions: 3 vs good form.
Arandis Jnr: 1; Golden Spears: 1 vs Young Dribblers: 1; “We would
Mighty Blues: 0 vs Bafaladi: 4. Mohlophi ground: Stone like to con-
Breakers: 1 vs Madrid: 4; Fast 11 Jnr: 2 vs Happy Stars: gratulate
1. Driekop FC ground: Lenareng FC: 2 vs Maruleng FC: 2; these two fine
United FC: 1 vs All Stars: 2; Driekop FC: 1 vs Bull bull FC: runners with
2. Mangabane ground: Batau FC: 2 vs Happy Fighters: 0; the excellent
Real Touch FC: 0 vs Moisele FC: 4; Mangabane FC: 0 vs performance
Mighty Bucks: 3. and wish them
Results for Sunday 18 February 2018: Real Touch ground: all of the best
Lenareng FC: 1 vs Mighty Bucks: 1; Driekop FC: 3 vs for the upcom-
Maruleng FC: 1; Real Touch FC: 0 vs Mighty Blues: 0. Stars ing races,”
ground: Moisele FC: 4 vs Kampeng United: 2; All Stars Jnr: said Willem
0 vs Mangabane FC: 3; Stars FC: 1 vs Batau FC: 1. Barce- Montgomery
lona ground: Bafaladi: 1 vs Fast 11 Jnr:2; Stone Breakers: of the Modik-
2 vs Arandis Jnr: 2; Barcelona FC: 0 vs Happy Fighters: wa Marathon
0. Rovers ground: Golden Spears FC: 2 vs Bull Bull FC: Club.
2; Madrid FC: 3 vs Tearing Lions: 3; Mighty Rovers: 1 vs (Information
Young Dribblers: 2. and photo-
(Information and photographs: Pulana Maroga Soccer graph: Willem
League). Montgomery).

SAPS play
On Wednesday 21 February, the SAPS
Lebowakgomo/Masemola/Magatle (in green)
hosted Saps Dennilton/Marble hall (in yellow)
in a league match for SAPS Capricorn district
stream B.
The hosting team managed to score two goals
in the early minutes of the first half. The goals
were scored by W/O Mphahlele and Const
Montjane. The visitors scored only one goal
in the first half. This was by Const Sephoto.
The half time score was 2-1 in favour of the
Lebowakgomo/Masemola/Magatle team. In
the second half the hosts managed to score
another three goals by Const Mello and Const
Tsima (2) while Const Sephoto scored one
for the visitors to make the final score 5-2 in
favour of Lebowakgomo/Masemola/Magatle.
Other results for Stream B: SAPS Jane Furse/
Nebo/Hlogotlou 3 (goals by Const Shokane
(x2), Const Mgomezulu) vs Burgersfort/Se-
khukhune/Leboeng 2 (goals by Const Lek-
gogola, Secretary Nkadimeng); SAPS Motete-
ma/Groblersdal/Rakgoadi 1 (dressed in white)
(goal by Const Rakgate) vs SAPS Tubatse/
Mecklenburg/Ohrigstad 1 (dressed in blue)
(goal by Admin clerk Montsho).
All matches for Stream A did not manage to
play due to bad weather.
(Information and photographs: Sgt Mvundlela)

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Tubatse Chrome Golf Club prize giving

Tubatse Chrome Golf Club hosted their
annual prize giving ceremony on Friday last
The event took place at Tubatse Chrome
Club with players and their families enjoying
the evening together. A host of prizes were
handed out and the league players congratu-
lated for finishing second in the province. The
state of the course was also discussed and
players - old and new - are encouraged to
join the regular games at the Club.
The following prizes were handed over to the
various winners: Captain’s Cup 2017 winner
- Martin van Rooyen, Chairman’s Cup 2017
Better Ball Winners - D Riekert and J Grobler,
Junior Golfer of the Year 2017 - A Dreyer,
Most Improved Player of the Year 2017 - R
Daneel, Players’ Player of the Year 2017 -
Martin van Rooyen, Talisman Cup Winner
2017 - Martin van Rooyen, Eclectic Winners
- A. Botha and J Smith, Club Champs C-Div
Winner - M Ngobeni, Club Champs Ladies Martin van Rooyen was one of the big winners of the evening.
Winner - A Fourie, Club Champs A-Div Win- Martin van Rooyen, Talisman Cup Winner with Thinus Labuschagne Walking away with prizes ranging from Players Player of the year to
ner - T Luck, Club Champs B-Div Winner - P and Johann Swanepoel. Captain’s Cup Winner.
van Staden, Club Champion 2017 - T Luck.

Above: Annalize
Fourie was the Ladies
Winner of the 2017
Club Championships.
With her are Thinus
Labuschagne and
Johann Swanepoel
from Tubatse Chrome
Adriaan Dreyer was the Junior Golfer of the Year. Golf Club. Left: R
Daneel was the Most
Improved Player.

Players and their families enjoyed the function at Tubatse Chrome Club.