By Ramotswedi Rammutla
Mahikeng: The North West University has today announced the passing of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and operations at the Mahikeng campus.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing away of Prof Marilyn Setlalentoa, the deputy vice-chancellor for community engagement and Mahikeng Campus operations. She passed away today, 20 May 2021, due to Covid-19 related complications” said NWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dan Kgwadi.
Setlalentoa who has been serving in the position for many years has been remembered as a pillar of the NWU family.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and all her colleagues. We have indeed lost a pillar of the NWU family. We are in regular contact with the family and we will update you regarding a memorial service and funeral arrangements very soon” concluded Kgwadi
By Ramotswedi Rammutla, 14 May 2021
Mahikeng: Twenty nine years old Mmatebogo “Mteigh” Mere is a go getter and ambitious hustle princess. She was born in Kimberley and raised in Mahikeng. A stylist and founder of the brand Mtiegh started her career as a wardrobe stylist for brands like Kaya FM, ABSA, Skip (The clothing detergent), Old mutual, Eskom, Telkom, Coca Cola and Momentum. This taught her how to be a professional, and how to carry a good reputation in public or at work. These lessons helped her start her clothing brand in 2018.
“I think we’re all born for greatness, and you don’t just wake up and decide you want to be a lawyer. It’s about passion. It’s something you are born with. Honestly from a very young age I knew I was going to pursue a career in the entertainment industry… During my primary and middle school I was into acting, then in high school I was a motivational speaker, which helped me develop my event hosting skills. I owe my success to my grade 11 and 12 teacher Sis Kuki Tlhabanelo who groomed me very well. She used to force me to read books; man, I love Sis Kuki with all my heart” says Mere.
She believes that passion is the driver of success. “The fashion industry is not easy, but if you are doing something that you’re passionate about it doesn’t feel like too much work. Yes, challenges are there but we live, we learn and we grow at the end of the day. Never give up on something you really love doing with all your heart, work hard one day u will make it.”
She has learned the importance of being consistent. “I am very consistent when it comes to marketing my product and always getting part time job to financially feed my business growth. It’s not easy but the brand is doing amazingly well from the day I started to date. My long term goal is to open a physical store and create sustainable jobs for the youth to eradicate the high rate of unemployment. Mteigh in the next four years will be the biggest selling brand in SA and internationally.”
Learn more about her on http://mteigh.maftown.joburg/
By Ramotswedi Rammutla, 14 May 2021
Mahikeng: The Sekame Road Mural Festival which began on April 26 was set to continue until the end of May with the aim of introducing art in public spaces around the Capital City of the North West. The project presented by Seabe Communication Group is a first of its kind in Mahikeng. Murals are a common feature in many of the country’s provincial and national capitals; these are often seen on walls, buildings, bridges and open spaces where artists paint and boom images as living exhibitions. The buzz has finally hit Mahikeng with artists steadily bringing their images to life along the Sekame Road (Lowe and Old Parliament building wall, opposite Montshioa Library). The festival is open to all, and the organisers have extended the call to any artists or individuals who are interested in being part of the project.
“We saw a need for art to be taken to the people, that’s why we launched the mural festival and opened the platform to all artists from the Mahikeng area. The first artists to take part in the festival are Thato SBKS and G Tang, who had started on the eastern part of the wall on April 26. The festival aims to feature 18 artists who work with different mediums as well as school going children who will also be given an opportunity to put up images on the wall” says Odirile Majatladi: Director of Seabe Communication Group.
The project is funded by the National Arts Council and aims to expose local artists to the international market by promoting their work through other international platforms.
Abstract expressionist Katlego Peete “Khatanga” from Dihatshwane village in Mahikeng is one of the artists who are part of the mural festival. “The lack of inspiration in my early days as an artist had at some point killed my love for art. I started sketching in primary school and I stopped when I reached Grade 7 because there was no inspiration or motivation to do this, as there were no notable or influential artists or work around where I lived to look up to. Thus I feel this project is important because I want to be one of those guys that can be a motivation to young people to take up art as a career and source of income” says Khatanga.
Khatanga calls his art “cosmic art” he infuses the cosmos into his images as a way of expression. He views his work as a spiritual quest to educate and elevate the spirits of africans through art. He wants to use his art to heal people. “I am attracted to beauty in nature, I am a spiritual person and I believe this to be a calling of sorts. I don’t conform to anything specific; my spirituality gives me inspiration to push the inner man and the souls before the human being, which I believe is the energy that exists in all of us. Thus I do cosmic art to express African greatness. We are more than what we think we are. I look up to pure expression, thus I try to bring through all my paintings and sketches” added Khatanga.
Though he had not finished his part of the mural at the time of going to print, he had put down his concept that he hopes will inspire those walking or driving past. Many other artists had just joined the festival and started adding their images to the wall. The organisers had also invited local businesses and organisations to sponsor some of the murals and also advertise their businesses by using the artists who are currently working on the wall to bring their ideas to life.
“The festival will be launched when all the artists have finished with their murals, and having local community members come paint next to the artists. The closing event will be called “Colour in Mahikeng” and will have creatives from different mediums showcase their work; whether it will be chefs, clothing designers and obviously artists. The opening ceremony will run from 10:00 to 18:00 at the end of the month” concluded Majatladi.
By Ramotswedi Rammutla, 14 May 2021
Mahikeng: The community of ward 6 in Mahikeng Friday, May 14 barricaded roads leading in and out and adjacent to the communities. In Moshawane Village, they had since the early hours barricaded the R503 regional route leading to Mmabatho from the Ramatlabama Border post. They had used passing truck’s trailers to block the route including internal roads with rocks and trees. The protest extended to the Lokaleng, Tlapeng, Mogosane and Mabudutswane villages who had closed the Matlalong road next to the North West University Mahikeng Campus.
The two groups raised issues of poor service delivery. The community of Moshawane had raised issues pertaining to the demarcation of the community and their transfer to the nearby ward 28 which they feel was not properly done, as no consultation was done with the community. Secondly, the community through its leadership said that the councillor meddled in the issues of food parcels meant for the community, which led to them not benefiting in the feeding scheme. The same community had last month raised issues around their land being sold to the municipality for R1, and have since not gotten any response from the Premier whom they had sent a memorandum.
“Last month we were at the Premier’s office to speak to Premier Job Mokgoro to present our grievances; we presented them with our memorandum regarding the issue of the Ramatshaba land (along the R503) which we are fighting for and allowed them 21 days to respond. To date, they have not yet responded with a conclusive answer. We have requested a meeting with them, but since then, they have told us that they have other commitments. On behalf of SANCO, with regards to the land, we want to tell the community that we will continue to fight for the land until we win. The tribal authority has said that they have waited 27 years since their land claims and nothing has happened. We are still to fight on the issue of land because there seems to be some corruption in this regard” said Bernet Masike Chairperson of SANCO NW.
“The current protest was as a result of poor service delivery by the councillor who has not called any community meetings in the last 4 years; choosing to meet with only those he wants. This also is related to food parcels that were meant for the community. The tribal authority and the councillors are meddling in the political issues and are not assisting in addressing standing issues. They take decisions that are not favorable to the community. We don’t have the houses we were promised in 2016 because he favors others in the community, rather than serve the whole community” added Masike.
The community of Lokaleng; “on April 29 we submitted a letter of grievances to the Mahikeng Local Municipality and the response by the mayor was not satisfactory. We want her to explain what she meant in this response that was made on the same day, without sending anyone here to come assess or listen to what we are complaining about. We want to know if she is saying that we don’t know what we are talking about, while we are the one’s complaining” said Rapelang Setlhodi member of the Community Task Team.
“Today she has sent councillor Segoe after noticing that we have closed roads and the local Matlalong cemetery. We will continue with this protest until we get a report from the mayor that explains who she sent from which department to deal with our issues. She must send officials to address us. The councillor was here and did not have any responses, because he has not hosted any meetings in the last 6 years. We have been told what we are talking about in our memorandum is allegations, when we talk about incomplete projects in our communities of ward 6” added Setlhodi.
In response municipal communication manager Gaolatlhe Nkoane said: “In relation to food parcels I don’t know of any programme of that sort being done by the municipality. If this is an arrangement with a private individual donating to the community the municipality would not be involved. With regards to demarcation, the municipality has no involvement in that process, that is solely the responsibility of the Demarcation board.”
Nkoane also added that: “With regards to the roads, we are still in the process of appointing a suitable service provider who can provide the equipment to do all the roads. We are also waiting on the councilors to indicate which roads should be prioritized as soon as that is done and the supply chain process is complete we will draft a programme to attend to it. Regarding the high mass lights, we will have to check in the IDP so we share them across the different villages and prioritize where there is a great need. Water is provided by Ngaka Modiri Molema District municipality, we will engage them with regards to those challenges. Electricity is provided by Eskom they allocate the necessary units to us we will have to verify what we have and how that can be provided”.
The Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality could not be reached by time of going to print.
By Ramotswedi Rammutla, 14 May 2021.
Tlokwe: Born in the dusty street of Taung to a life in Tlokwe and a flourishing career in the Capital city, Pretoria; Resego Chigazana well known as Rocca, a versatile and talented entertainer and media influencer. She started her career at the age of 19 as a broadcaster and presenter at Aganang Community Radio Station in Potchefstroom. The star has had her hand in most of the cookie jars of the entertainment industry ever since. Being one of the first female Deejays in the North West Province alongside Deejay’s Giinja, Devine and TDK they have paved the way for the new crop.
Her consistency speaks volumes; she is now a celebrated club deejay, model, events host, brand ambassador and vocalist. Having hosted shows for big brands and played alongside great names in the Southern African entertainment scene. She was on Miss Sundowns Football Club and the face of hair product Jabu Stone.
“I have been in the industry for years now and this has allowed me to travel around South Africa playing alongside big names. Even though it has its ups and downs, I have always found myself back at it. My love for music and the entertainment industry keeps me going”.
The challenges of the industry are many, but Rocca says that they make it more exciting. “When I started as a club deejay it was a bit hard, yet exciting to be in a male dominated industry. We wanted to change the space, even though the challenges were there. Being a female in the male dominated entertainment industry is not as much about the male dominance but how female deejays relate and support each other. “My only problem is how we pull each other down as female Deejays. When we started there were few of us, now there are a lot of female Deejays coming out. Some call it competition amongst us. I remember I had one female deejay that I looked up to, who spoke foul of me and went to the extent of saying that I can’t play or I can’t do this and that, to try stop the attention I was getting in the industry but because of my personality, I just had to keep my head up and show people that I really know what I am doing and there’s a purpose in that”. All I did was remaining focused and reminded myself why I started pursuing my deejaying career”.
Rocca believes that she cannot be put into a box or be in a set category. “The reason I call myself Rocca and not DJ Rocca is because I can’t put myself in one category. I do love music with all my being, yet my love for media as a whole keeps me curious and wanting to learn more and try other things”.
Asked what success means to her, she said that success is not about the money but it has a much bigger meaning. “We have always had this idea that if you have money or a better life, that is success. But growing up, I’ve had a different perspective when it comes to that. Success to me, especially with what I do, is doing as much as I can and reaching out to a whole variety of people and ensuring they recognise what I do, touching people’s hearts, being persistent and being good at it. That, to me is being successful. Money comes after, as a reward for the hard work I put in”.
Follow her on her handles; Twitter @ Resego_Rocca, Facebook Fan Page@ Resego Rocca Chigazana and on Instagram @ Resego_Rocca.
Tsetse: Youth development organisation, Street KID Media Foundation through Tsetse Ville Scouts has thanked all the sponsors and participants of the Freedom Camp and Hike 2021. The liberation route and commemorative programme took place from April 27 to May 1 at the Botsalano Game Reserve.
The event began with a 35 KM hike to Botsalano Game Reserve from the organisation’s headquarters in Tsetse Village, Mahikeng on April 27, with hundred and twenty (120) participants both youth and adults. This was to commemorate Freedom Day which represents the liberation of South Africans from an oppressive system and marked the beginning of a democratic and all inclusive nation.
“We thank all the sponsors and participants, particularly the Scouts who took charge of the programme. Specifically the Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, Ganyesa, Vryburg and Zeerust District Scouts as well as the NWU Rovers Scouts and individual Scouts leaders from the North West Regional leadership who took part and conducted most of the activities of the camp. We thank you for your selfless leadership. Our sponsors:- The North West Parks Board, The South African Defence Force, Spar, Hydra Aid and Man 2 Man for their continued support as well as the communities and schools that took part in the 2021 event” said Lekopane Nkisa.
The 5 day survival camp is a critical programme that looks to develop leadership, fosters social and life skills among its participants who are put through daily challenges as part of the programme; this allows them to break out of their shells and to collaborate and work with others to survive. The event ended with another 35km hike back to Six hundred and Tsetse Villages respectively. The reason behind this hike is to commemorate International Workers Day; participants are encouraged to value those that work in their families to bring food on the table, as well as provide for their needs. After 5 days away from the comforts they are used to, they get to go back to appreciate what they have.
NPA to review Mpembe and co-accused acquittal
By Ramotswedi Rammutla
Mahikeng: The North West High Court in Mahikeng on Monday, March 29th acquitted General Mzondase Mpembe, Gideon van Zyl, Dingaan Madoda and Oupa Pule of any wrong doing. The four were facing charges of defeating and obstructing the ends of justice; by allegedly concealing information on circumstances surrounding the death of Modisaotsile Sagalala who died in police custody during the Marikana Lonmin wage strike on 16 August 2012.
As well as contravening the IPID Act by not reporting the death and also contravening the Commission‘s Act by not disclosing in their report the death of Segalala.
“The National Prosecuting Authority has noted the judgement of the High Court of South Africa, North West Division… We will study the judgment in order to make an informed decisions after the court found the four policemen not guilty of the three charges they were facing relating to the death of a miner in Marikana.” said Henry Mamothame NPA Regional Spokesperson – North West Division.
Former Police commissioner and others in the dock for Marikana massacre
By Ramotswedi Rammutla
Mahikeng: The North West High Court will hand down judgment on the trail of General Mzondase Mpembe, Gideon van Zyl, Dingaan Madoda and Oupa Pule who are all former senior police officers in Mahikeng today March 29th.
They face charges of defeating and obstructing the ends of justice. This is after they withheld information around the circumstances that led to the death of Modisaotsile Sagalala who died in police custody in Marikana in 2012. Sagalala was one of the fatalities of the Marikana massacre that saw the death of 34 miners after police opened fire during a protracted wage strike.
It is also alleged that Sagalala, who had a gunshot wound on the chest and handcuffs at the back, died at a Lonmin police detention center following his arrest with other miners on 16 August 2012.
The officers allegedly failed to report this matter to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and they misrepresented facts at the Farlam Commission which was set to establish the facts around the deaths of miners during the strike.
According to a state witness who was driving the police truck, he was made aware of the case by other miners also arrested during the protest. “My truck was the last to arrive at the detention centre. When I was reversing, I heard a knock from the back of the truck and people shouting in isiXhosa that a person was dying,” said Constable Dimakatso Mafate to the court in 2019.
“I parked the truck and opened the door. I saw a man lying down dressed in a chequered jacket. I then closed the door and went to inform General Mpembe that a person was dying in the truck. He took my details including my force number saying he was going to make a report.”