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A number of municipalities had invested money in VBS Mutual Bank, a mutual bank that recently

was placed under curatorship by the South African Reserve Bank.
The reason for the curatorship is that VBS used the short-term investments as a basis to grant
long-term loans to various entities and individuals.
The result was that not enough money remained to pay out the short-term investments when
they had matured. To further complicate the matter, because of the legal setup of a mutual bank
such as VBS, municipalities are legally not allowed to invest their money at such a bank, which is

governed by the Mutual Banks Act (124 of 1993). Section 7(3)(b) of the Municipal Finance Manage-
ment Act states that a municipality may not open a bank account with an institution not registered
as a bank in terms of the Banks Act 94 of 1990; read with the Municipal Investment Regulations,
which regulate the instruments within which municipalities are allowed to invest municipal funds.
Mutual Banks may also not take investments from municipalities. So, if a municipality invests
in a mutual bank, it is against the law, while accepting the investment by the mutual bank, is also
against the law. So in this case, both VBS and the municipalities in question, such as Fetakgomo
Tubatse Municipality, ostensibly did not abide by the law.
As far as could be determined and be gleaned from answers and reports in Parliament, our
own local municipality ostensibly exposed more than R200 million (or more than 30 percent) of the
operating budget (from which expenses such as salaries must be paid) by means of investment in
Photograph: Fetakgomo Tubatse VBS Mutual Bank.
Municipal building in Burgersfort VBS Mutual Bank’s curators say “All Municipal deposits have been effectively frozen and no
further withdrawals of these monies are allowed. No interest will be paid out on these deposits”.
We requested the municipality’s comment on the issue and will report on developments as it
unfolds nationally and locally.

Fetakgomo Tubatse Tel 0832719151 (Editorial) 0835431676 (Advertisements) email:

18 Mei 2018 Fax 0865549031
Burgersfort, Steelpoort, Ohrigstad, Apel
2 NEWS 18 MAY 2018
Daniel 6:5

Finally these
men said,
“We will never
find any basis
for charges
against this
man Daniel
unless it has
something to
do with the
law of his

taken and
submitted by
Stanley Heyes.
Taken in Burg-
ersfort on Friday
11, May 2018).

Six arrested
On 9 May 2018 six suspects Leukau, also in the Groblers-
were apprehended in the dal Cluster.
Burgersfort Cluster by the A former police resevist who
SAPS. The suspects, whose is believed to be the kingpin
ages range from 23 years to behind these crimes, was
30 years, include an ex-po- arrested at Ga-Selala village
lice reservist. in the Mecklenburg policing
In a well coordinated intel- area. Subsequent to his
ligence-driven operation arrest, two pistols and a rifle
comprising of members were recovered at his home.
derived from various police The suspects were subse-
units, these notorious sus- quently linked to the following
pects were picked up one by crimes: • Two armed rob-
The Kishugu Lowveld Air one whilst asleep at different beries at Burgersfort Engen
Show filled the skies in Nel- locations. The members garage. • Two armed robber-
spruit on Saturday, 12 May followed up on informa- ies at NWJ Tubatse Crossing
2018. The photograph was tion about these suspects Mall. • Two armed robberies
taken by and edited on iP- who have been tormenting at PPS garage in Burgersfort.
hone by Platinum Gazette’s community members in the • Hijacking of a Toyota Avanza
Burgersfort Cluster, commit- and murder in Burgersfort.
ting serious crimes ranging • House robbery in Tubatse.
from Murder, Attempted • Four business robberies in
murder, Business and House Ga-Mashamotane and Riba
robberies to Carjacking. Cross. • Attempted murder
One suspect was arrested during a shootout with the po-
in Groblersdal, three others lice last week in Burgersfort.
were cornered at Both- • Carjacking in Tubatse.
ashoek and Ga-Masham- The suspects was due to ap-
(Photograph & Informa- otana villages outside pear in court again yesterday,
tion: South African Police Burgersfort and two were but by the time of going to
Service) arrested in Tafelkop and print had not yet appeared.
18 MEI 2018 NUUS 3

Kgahlanong part of Child

Protection Week campaign
On 9 May 2018, Kohin hosted a campaign graced the event.SAPS (Constable Maluleka Eastern Chrome Mines; Steelpoort
at Kgahlanong High School. The campaign and her colleague); Department of Health Pick n Pay and Tubatse Super-
was tailor made for grade 8 and 9. It has from Eerstergeluk clinic, (Mrs Motebu), all spar.
emerged that most of the learners due to Kgahlanong High School educators as well
lack of knowledge on the issues of life, end as the youth coaches - coach Themba Nd-
up making wrong decisions and as a result lovu, Karabo Masha, Jabulane Mokone and
wrecking their lives. Lifie Tlaka.
28 May to 1 June 2018, is regarded as Child Thank you to all our sponsors for their great (Information and photographs: Lifi
Protection Week. Kohin used this upcoming support: Tubatse Ferochrome; Samancor Tlhaka)
awareness week as a platform for bringing
positive messages. The date of the campaign
was however changed to accommodate the
learners’ preparations for the June examina-
The event went well with delegates from
Kohin; Kgahlanong High; SAPS and Eersteg-
eluk Clinic.
- Constable Victoria Maluleka, urged learners
to be extra cautious when making decisions.
She further stated that once some body is
convicted for any criminal activity, the after
effect will be felt now and in the future.
- Mrs Motebu (a nurse at Eerstegeluk clinic)
gave the grade 8 and 9 a lesson they will car-
ry with them the rest of their lives. She was
talking of TB and other contagious diseases.
She said most children are ignorant now, but
tomorrow they are the ones that come run-
ning for the help they ignored ages ago.
Kohin would like to thank the school’s man-
agement for the opportunity, a thank you
message to all the special delegates that

No more gravel!

The Eerstegeluk road connecting to the road more convenient road to Steelpoort. These
going towards Winterveld has finally been upgrades will probably see to it that traffic will
fully tarred. increase on the new section with less people
There is still work to be done and road signs opting to go past Tubatse Smelter on the
to be painted and installed, but motorists R555 to reach Steelpoort or travel towards
are already taking advantage of this much Polokwane.

Shopping trolleys are one of

Have you seen those essentials to enhance
your shopping experience when
them? buying more than a few essen-
tials. It is however also one of
the most commonly stolen items
from shops as people easily walk
further than the parking area of
shopping centers with them, and
not always returning the trolleys.
Last week a number of Tubatse
SUPERSPAR’s shopping trolleys
disappeared. A reward is up for
grabs for anyone with information
that could lead to tracing the trol-
leys and returning them safely.
Contact Rudi on 076 394 4974,
with your information about the
missing shopping trolleys.
4 NEWS 18 MAY 2018

Glitz and glamour Calvin College held its matric farewell func-
tion on Friday, 11 May 2018.
The learners walked the red carpet into the
their school hall for a function filled with glitz,
glamour, good food and dancing. They also
received messages of encouragement from
their Principal and various other stakehold-

The matrics were treated to a three course

meal and enjoyed their moment in the spot-
light as they walked the red carpet into the
18 MEI 2018 NUUS 5

Grade 1’s on the catwalk The Grade 1 learners of

Laerskool Burgersfort strut-
ted the catwalk on Thursday
evening last week.
They’ve just learned about
different types of clothing
and seasonal clothing in their
In the photographs they are
showing off clothes accord-
ing to the themes: church
clothes and party clothes.
They were well supported by
their parents
and siblings
who loudly
cheered them
on as they

Steelies vier hemelvaart

Steelpoort Akademie het verlede Donderdag saam met die AGS Kerk in Steelpoort
Hemelvaart gevier. Hemelvaart is nie ‘n publieke vakansiedag soos Goeie Vrydag en
Kersdag nie, maar word steeds deur Christene wêreld wyd gevier as herinnering aan
Jesus se hemelvaart na sy kruisiging en opstanding uit die dood. (Foto: Marianie Kleyn-
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Notice of application for an integrated environmental application

Imerys Refractory Minerals South Africa (Pty) Ltd – Annesley Andalusite Mine
Location of the activities:
The farm Annesley 109 KT, and the farm Havercroft 99 KT (existing Annesley Mining
Right) which include the farm Annesley 109 KT, the farm Havercroft 99 KT, the farm
Holfontein 126 KT, the farm Morgenzon 125 KT, and the farm Streatham 100 KT, Greater
Tubatse Local Municipality within the Sekhukhune District Municipality, Limpopo Province.
5km from the old Penge mining town, 5km from Ga Malepe, and approximately 31km
north of Burgersfort town, on the R37 road towards Penge
Nature of proposed activity, applicable legislation, and listed activity applied for:
Remining of mine residue at the Havercroft slimes dam and waste rock dump, Quarry 1 at
Annesley, Segorong waste rock dump and HMS dump.
Category B(11) of GNR 921 of 29 November 2013 (as amended) in terms of National
Environmental Management Waste Act, 2008 (Act No 59 of 2008) (NEMWA) (as
amended), and National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No 107 of 1998) (as
amended) (NEMA) The establishment or reclamation of a residue stockpile or residue
deposit resulting from activities which require a mining right, exploration right or
production right in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002
(Act No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA).
Activity 10 of GNR 983 of 8 December 2014 (as amended) in terms of NEMA.
Transportation of slimes via pipelines to Annesley Plant.
Competent authority and relevant reference number:
Limpopo DMR Section 102 reference number: LP-00062-MR/102.
Mining right number: 73 MRC.
Additional information:
The integrated environmental application is on an already existing mining right, 73 MRC.
A Section 102 procedure will be followed.
Letters will be sent to all I&APs and stakeholders on or before 14 May 2018.
Site notices will be placed at the mine and three additional locations in the area on 18 May
To register as an I&AP of this project, to obtain more information, or submit comments,
please request a Registration Form from BECS and return it to the details provided below,
on or before 18 June 2018.
BECS Environmental (Pty) Ltd, Deshree Pillay, (Cell) 071 387 3404, (Fax) 012 361 0645,, PO Box 72960, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
18 MEI 2018 NUUS 7

Betrekkings/ PMSL results Soccer teams in the

Vacancies Pulana Maroga Soccer

League (PMSL) played
again on 12 May 2018.
The results were: Stone:
0 vs Lenareng: 2. Mo-
hlophi: 0 vs Morethe:
2. Happy Stars: 1 vs
Tshakanya: 1.
Madrid:0 vs Batau: 2.
Bafaladi: 1 vs Driekop
FC: 1. Kampeng: 0 vs
Golden: 2.
Mighty Blues: 0 vs Mighty
Bucks: 5. Tearing: 2 vs
Mangabane: 2. Maruleng:
0 vs Bull Bull: 2.
Barcelona: 0 vs Moise-
le: 1. Real Touch: 2 vs
Mathipa Jnr: 1. All Stars:
2 vs Arandis Jnr: 0.
13 May results: Bat-
au 4 vs Driekop FC 0.
Mangabane 4 vs Golden
1. Tearing: 2 vs Happy
Stars: 1. Mathipa Jnr: 7
vs Maruleng: 2.
Madrid: 1 vs Mohlophi
Jnr: 1. Arandis Jnr: 0 vs
Mighty Blues: 1. Bafaladi:
1 vs Barcelona:1.
Morethe: 1 vs Moisele:
2. Tshakanya: 0 vs All
Stars: 2. Real touch: 7 vs
Kampeng: 2.
(Photographs and results
Pulana Maroga Soccer

SAPS Capricorn League

On Wednesday 16 May 2018, SAPS Lim- Seshego 3 (goals scored: Const Magongoa
popo Provincial office hosted SAPS Matlala/ (x2), Const Makunyane) vs SAPS ORS
Mashashane in a Stream A SAPS Capricorn 2 (goals: Const Mohaleamalla, Sergeant
district soccer league match at Tom Naude Seshoka). SAPS 10111 - 6 (goals: Const
High school in Polokwane. SAPS Limpopo Makhubele (x3), CCO Shogole (x2), CCO
provincial office team won the match 3-0. Muhanelwa) vs SAPS Botlokwa/Sekgosese/
Security officer Thidihwi, Sergeant Magoro Morebeng 1(goal: Const Padima).
and Admin Clerk Boshomane were on the (Information and photographs: Sergeant
scoresheet. Other Stream A results : SAPS Mvundlela)
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Riverside Mashi Summer Cup champs

The Riverside Mashi Summer
Cup concluded on last week
Saturday, 12 May.
The Summer Cup comprised
of 18 events of which 17 con-
tributed towards a points system
and a cup final. The tournament
stretched over the last 7 months.
A total purse of R8000
encouraged players to do their
best and the following players
emerged as winners:
1st – George Fraser; 2nd –
Bertus Swart; 3rd – Johan Cronje
Cup Final:
1st – Jaco Els; 2nd – Martin
Van Rooyen; 3rd – Johan Cronje.
The next summer cup will
start in October 2018 and end in
April 2019. The Club thanked all
the players who were committed
over the last 7 months to partici-
pate in the Summer Cup.
Hendrik Crause congratulates George Fraser Jaco Els won the Cup final and is congratu- Players are welcome to come
who won on points. lated by Hendrik Crause. and join the Riverside Mashi Golf
Club at Winterveld Club in Steel-
poort. The Mashi course is the
ideal way to get a quick round of
golf into a tight schedule.
(Information: Hendrik Crause;
Winners’ photographs: Izelle van