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Ohrigstad Boerevereniging took time out this week by having a record annual golf day at the Lydenburg
Country Club. Last Saturday members competed with vigour in a potjiekos competition at Laerskool
Ohrigstad before the the farmers from the north and south of the town tackled each other in a sort of no
rules cricket match ... More on pages 7 and 8.

Ohrigstad farmers
Gazette take time out

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

Burgersfort, Steelpoort, Ohrigstad, Apel 19 October 2018 Fax 0865549031
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Loyalty recognised at DCM

he value of loyalty and dedica on was hard work. They also thanked DCM for recognis-
recognised at Dwarsrivier Chrome ing the people as one of their main assets.
Mine’s (DCM) Long Service Awards Employees who received awards are: Ramo-
Func on last week, 11 October 2018. sodiwa Maake, Moshoeshoe Seotlo, Thabo
A total of 89 employees were recognised Meso, Elizabeth van der Schyff, Abie Maidi, Sipho
for their contribu on towards the success of Komane, Johannes Lowiesch, Petrus Masha, Mi-
the company. The func on was marked by chael Mnisi, Jan Phasha, Tsotsobane Mashabela,
glitz and glamour as the workforce changed Thinandavha Ramunyisi, Phulushi Magakwe,
into red carpet a re to receive amongst Pieter Greeff, Ngwanakgoro Fenyane, Angelinah
others, a cer ficate and special gi for their Komane, Herbet Tau, Basenyang Malatji, Aron
loyalty towards DCM. The evening empha- Mahsego, Madala Molapo, Dennis Mingana, Lek-
sised the values of teamwork and a posi ve gadimane Makinta, Tlatlakwe Seabela, Makoporo
a tude. The importance of the evening Makola, Moele Moela, Klaas Magatsela, Newton
was underlined as many of the company Simbeye, Taengwa Makawa, Steward Maredi,
shareholders and representa ves of the Adam Mathaila, Elsie Mochaesa, Lebogang
board a ended. Also in a endance were Mafulatha, Leshoene Shai, Samuel Lephaka,
employees from Assore’s head office, DCM Thandi Ngobeni, Mamphi Mahlaphe, Steven
leadership team, supervisors and the partners Maupa, Mapitsi Maboko, Surprise Marweshe,
of employees receiving awards. Thasky Mpofu, Malakeng Mosotho, Motswako
Mr Rian Burger, DCM General Manager, Malapane, Petrus Chiloane, Makwete Marweshe,
praised employees for their dedica on and Moses Mochaesa, Sehlaregola Sepudumo, Patrick
loyalty in a me where people o en feel the Mokoena, Constance Ngwato, Ephraim Mahl-
need to move between companies. He also angu, Kamogelo Mnisi, Annah Koto, Mankhedi,
gave them a message to not forget how they Mmadi, Joel Malepe, Nkwana Tshoma, Meisy
got to where they are - to appreciate the sup- Ndebele, Danny Mabelane, Andries Mmola,
port and value of a team. “Do not just look in Humphrey Mogane, Silas Mehlape, Masweni Ma-
the mirror when receiving an award, look out golego, Ngwako Mamorobela, Anne-Marie Drey-
the window to see all the people who made er, Marantho Riba, Ngwanamphaga Tladi, Aubrey
a difference in se ng you on the path to Butler, Selepe Lekgeu, Lekgowa Malepe, Sam
success,” he explained. Serage, Elliot Maimela, Titus Mohlala, Precious
Mr Desmond Sacco, Chairman of Assore Mazibuko, Sarah Phaswane, Sidney Lukhuleni,
Limited thanked employees for the contribu- Thabo Mashilane, Ntebaleng Thupa, Makanyuga
on they are making towards the success of Tshehla, Thabelo Fenyane, Peter Fakude, Mahl-
DCM. He added that his father who founded atse Leshaba, Selepe Sebulela, Lindzay Beukes,
the Assore Group in 1932 would have been Carika Janse van Rensburg, Zacharias Roos, Batsa-
proud of the team. di Magoro, Madikologane Moloto, Junior Siyaya,
A representa ve from the employees and Thabo Seerane, Elvis Hleta and Nkgaphane Sedidi.
representa ve from Organised Labour also The evening included a three course meal, live
encouraged everyone to keep up the team- entertainment and some dancing as employees
work and thanked everyone involved for their celebrated their me with DCM.

A short formal programme with various speeches took place before the handover of cer ficates and gi s.
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Several elections later and The village of Maseven near De Hoop Dam is split in two

still no bridge by a dry river. A tarred road from Ngwaabe lends access to
the village and a dirt road from the R555 gives acces from
the other side. Joining the two Masevens, which is actually
only one, by means of a bridge, has seemed not to be
possible by consecutive ‘democratic governments’ through
the years. Maybe after the next election ...

Intent on killing? A large number of trucks on our roads have

a total disregard of road rules and do not mind into bully-
ing smaller vehicles, even if it causes accidents with the
accompanying injuries, death and trauma. We contacted the
owners of truck by telephone, got an email address and tried
to get a response. Still no answer when we went to press.

Running dry

The newspaper receives complaints from a regular basis

from reader, complaining about the filth around them in
towns and next to the roads in the area. As can be seen the
local municicipality does try and improve the situation with
more new skips.. We saw these ones in this week. We do
not know for how long it just stood there, bute later in the
week saw that some of them were moved to new locations.
This photograph was taken on Monday this week where the Ohrigstad River passes under the Ohrigstad - In the mean time everyone must work together to keep the
Pilgrims Rest road (R533) just north of the dam wall. The dam is currently 13,5 percent full in comparison environment clean ...
with last year’s 59,6 percent. The weater exciting the dam is but a paltry stream ...
The Buffelkloof Dam that feeds the Burgersfort environs was 54,7 percent full in
comparison to last year’s 99,4 percent (source: DWAF website on 18 October 2018).

CASA calls for action against illegal gambling

CASA, the body that represents the interests of South Africa’s legal casino gambling industry,
as well as the public it serves, has noted an alarming increase in illegal gambling. It warns
that if immediate action is not taken to stamp out these criminal activities, the negative impact
on the economy, and society in general, could be far reaching.
As CASA’s Chief Executive Officer, Adv. Themba Ngobese explains, “Not nearly enough
is being done to combat illegal gambling. There are laws in place but they are meaningless
without a firm and consistent commitment to enforce them. Unfortunately, there will always
be people who believe that illegal gambling and illegal casino activities are somehow victim-
less crimes but nothing could be further from the truth.”
Ngobese elaborates by explaining that illegal gambling operations are eroding the
revenues of licensed casinos and thereby negatively impacting everything from job security,
corporate social investment budgets to their ability to support the economy through taxes.
Licensed casinos currently pay a massive portion (around 36%) of the value that they gen-
erate to the state through various local, provincial and national taxes and levies, and even a
small percentage decrease in revenues can result in dire consequences for a treasury that is
already under pressure.
“In the year ended March 2017, our members experienced losses in revenue of almost
2%, attributable in large part to aggressive illegal gambling activities. That may not sound like
much but for an industry that contributes almost R6 billion in taxes and levies, a few per-
cent points can have a massive knock on effect,” says Ngobese.
Ngobese implores Government to step up with a deliberate and concerted effort to enforce
its laws to protect the regulated gambling industry and the public.
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Pret met verskeie

uniforms by
die kerk
Die vroue van die Christen Gemeente Burgersfort Ext. 10 het verlede
Sondag baie pret gehad toe hulle in verskillende uniforms die diens
bygewoon het. Daar was myn- en konstruksiewerkers, ‘skoolkinders’
en vroue wat net moeder in die kombuis uitgebeeld het. Die vroue het
elk ‘n fooi betaal om hul uniforms te dra en dit was deel van ‘n geldin-
sameling vir die kerk. Die vroue is bedank vir hul goeie ondersteuning
van die inisiatief. (Fotos en inligting: Rosa Williams).

1 Peter 3:15 NIV

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be
prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to
give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this
with gentleness and respect.
19 OKTOBER 2018 NUUS 5

Teachers’ Day celebrated Proudly

On Friday last week Teachers’ Day was
celebrated at Maelebe Primary School.
“Every teacher and leader needs motiva-
South African
tion from time to time and deserve to be
acknowledged,” said Reverend T. Ndlovu
who is the youth coach at the school.
Teachers are also often victims of bullies,
they become discouraged, are looked Tattered and weathered national flags are
down upon, blamed for various things and proudly displayed at local schools and even
are vulnerable to depression. the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court.
The educators were encouraged to keep National symbols such as the flag are meant
up their hard work with enthusiasm. to be something people take pride in, but by
Ndlovu delivered a mes- the look of these flags
sage that God can be photographed during
trusted while we are under the course of the week,
pressure. they should rather opt
The event was conclud- to totally take down the
ed with fellowship and flags and not display
refreshments. anything at all. Or per-
The principal Mr JM haps approach possible
NKoana, the teachers and sponsors for new flags.
the Kohin company were If the state of these
thanked for making the flags are any indication
day’s event possible. of the respect and pride
South Africans take in
these symbols, society
(Information and photo- may be in need of some
graphs: Themba Ndlovu) serious education. Laws
governing these flags
require it to be lowered
at night if not displayed

in a well lit place.

A bus to catch
Chicken (or Dikgogo) is one of
On 27 October 2018, evangelist Angus Bu-
chan will host his next big event in Pretoria.
Hundreds of thousands of people are ex-
pected to attend the ‘It’s time’ event.
Should you want to make use of the oppor-
tunity to attend the event by getting on one
of the buses, please contact 083 719 1118
for bookings.
the most popular food items in the A local benefactor is sponsoring two buses Time of departure from Burgersfort will be
area. as transport to the event. Anyone who confirmed when bookings are made. Those
Last week this vendor went out would like to attend, but don’t have their going to the event should make sure that
of stock - perhaps because the own way of getting there is welcome. Un- they take along enough of their own food
roads were blocked and delivery fortunately, these buses can only accom- and water as the event is far from any
of new chicks was not possible? modate a limited amount of people and shops and due to the high traffic volumes
This week however it was back to bookings on the bus will be done on a first expected, the return of the bus may be very
business as usual. come, first serve base. late.

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Teen South Africa 2018.
The 13-year old model participated in the
pageant in Kempton Park last Saturday.
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Academy and she aspires to empower other
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Noord teen suid Verlede Saterdag het die tradisionele

Noord-Suid krieketwedstryd tussen die
boere van die noorde en die boere van
die suide van die Ohrigstad vallei by
Laerskool Ohrigstad plaasgevind. Suid-
span het eerste gekolf. Hulle het 154
lopies aangeteken in die toegelate 30
Dit was ‘n naelbyt einde waar die Noord-
span 23 lopies van die laaste boulbeurt
moes kry om te wen. Die wedstryd is bek-
link in die guns van die Noordspan met 3
sesse en 2 balle oor in die beurt.
Die dag het ook ‘n potjiekoskompetisie
ingesluit en spanne het selfs volgens hul
tema aangetrek. Die Boerevereeniging
het almal bedank wat die dag ondersteun

Spain too strong

The Burgersfort Mastera had a busy weekend as they participated
in a top 16 tournament at Ledingwe Ga-Phasha Selatole.
The team controlled the first half of the game against Spain and
led 1-0 at half time. In the second half they doubled their lead, but
after 25 minutes Spain came back very strong and managed to
‘n Feestelike atmosfeer en kompetisie in score 4 goals.
goeie gees was deel van die dag wat vir Burgersfort Masters lost the game 4-2.
die hele gesin bedoel was. Any team who would like to arrange a game against the Burg-
ersfort Masters can contact Mr Makgopa on 072 506 7616 or Mr
Mokoo on 072 187 5868.
(Information and photographs: K.S. Makgopa)
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Platinum Gazette
Ohrigstad Boerevereniging golfdag
Ohrigstad Boerevereeniging het hierdie week
Woensdag hul jaarlikse golfdag gehou.
Dit is nes verlede jaar by die Lydenburg Golfbaan
aangebied en die dag is baie goed ondersteun.
‘n Totaal van 124 spelers het deelgeneem en
daar was groot pret tussen die spanne en spelers
op die baan.
Die deelnemers was nie net boere van die vallei
nie, maar ook persone van ander industrie ver-
wante besighede en verskaffers.

Die jaarlikse golfdag is nie net ‘n belan-

grike netwerk geleentheid vir die boere
en ander rolspelers nie, maar samel ook
geld in om die aktiwiteite van die boerev-
ereeniging moontlik te maak. Die baan
het ‘n klomp
uitstallings gehad
van verskillende
Fritz Marx,
voorsitter van
die Ohrigstad Bo-
het elke speler,
boer, verskaffer
en borg bedank
wat gehelp het
om van die dag
‘n sukses te
maak. Sonder
elkeen se insette
en bydrae is dae
soos hierdie nie
moontlik nie.