Students continue with Shutdown NWU Mahikeng

Student defiance as protest continues with call for free education and historic debt to be scrapped at NWU Mahikeng. Pic by ECR.

Students continue with Shutdown NWU Mahikeng

By Ramotswedi Rammutla


Mahikeng: The North West University in Mahikeng has remained closed since the start of the student protest on Monday, March 15. The university had met with the SRC on the same day to try and broker a deal to allow university functions to continue.

Students who have refused to accept the conditions that have been put on the table in regards to student registration and essentially the national call for Free Fee Education have continued to protest in solidarity with other students nation wide.

The protests that have seen some violent sparks earlier in the week seem to continue to trouble university management.

“The NWU Management had hoped that the situation at the Mahikeng Campus would have improved by now. Regrettably, it appears that some members of the Student Campus Council (SCC) are determined to continue with the blockade of entrances into campus and thus ensuring that the campus does not function since staff cannot access the campus. This is affecting the registration process and other services that registered students deserve” said Vice Chancellor Prof Dan Kgwadi in a letter to staff and students today March 18.

The university has encouraged students to use the online platforms to join the academic programme while those wanting to vacate campus are now allowed.

“The academic activities have begun in earnest and our Mahikeng Campus students may have to participate in these activities online. You are encouraged to liaise with your faculty to make the necessary arrangements. The campus remains closed and students who can leave the campus are encouraged to do so” added Kgwadi.

NW treasury warns of tender scams

NW treasury warns of tender scam

By Ramotswedi Rammutla

Mahikeng: The North West Provincial Treasury has warned service provider in the mining sector of a possible scam involving a bogus employee who has been requesting cash payments for compliance certification.

According to the department; “It has come to our attention that there is a certain ‘David’ claiming to be from the NW Provincial Treasury, who is calling service providers about a mining tender, asking them to pay R2800 for a Compliance Certificate”, said Harry Mashao, Chief Director: Provincial Supply Chain Management in a statement.

The department has confirmed that there is no such employee and that there was no one sent by the department to communicate with service providers regarding tenders or help them with compliance for a fee. Service providers are advised to use official departmental platforms of communication as sources of information.

“We understand that in tough economic times like these, it is easy to fall into anything that promises great returns, however service providers are advised to only rely on reliable sources of information such as departmental websites, newspaper adverts and our Tender Bulletin publication” added Mashao.

The department has extended the warning to service providers in other sectors and advised those affected to report to law enforcement agencies.

Rapist sentenced to 20 years by Vryburg Court

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Rapist sentenced to 20 years by Vryburg  Court

By Ramotswedi Rammutla

Vryburg: The Vryburg Magistrate Court handed down a 20 year sentence to Pheello Baikepi fir two counts of rape.

Baikepi has been in detention since his arrest on Friday, 1 November 2019. He was linked to the rapes through DNA.

“On Saturday, 9 May 2015 the accused met the two victims on their way to a tavern in Vryburg. He waited for them outside the tavern and accompanied the victims when they left at about 20:30, pretending to buy food for them. Along the way, the accused threatened them with a knife, took them to an open field and raped both victims, who were aged 13 and 14 at the time” reports SAPS

General Sello Kwena lauded the Investigating Officer, Sgt Modosaotile Otto of Vryburg Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit, for a job well done.

Three women caught for trying to steal R400 million

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Three women caught for trying to steal R400 million

By Ramotswedi Rammutla

Rustenburg – According to Rustenburg police the formal bail application for three suspects in a R400 million fraud case was postponed to March 24 at the Rustenburg Magistrate Court.

“Palesa Montana (27), Natasha Nakedi (33) and Shirinda Mitimba (33) appeared before the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 15 March 2021 following their arrest on Friday, 12 March 2021.” 

The three had attempted to transfer over R400 million from the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality  into their personal trust accounts.

“It’s alleged that the three accused walked into an Absa branch in Rustenburg and pretended to be Board of Directors for City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. The documents presented to the bank were however confirmed as fraudulent and the matter was reported to the police who then detained the three accused.”

The case was now being investigated by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit.

Mahikeng teacher features Rapper Emtee on a song

Essay Madala aka Dala-dala during his performance during the Annual Spring Brake Festival 2019 were he was headlined together with Tuks Senganga, BlackLez and a hundred other artists. The event is the predecessor of his first ever performance in his home village of Tsetse at the Street KID Hiphop Sessions in 2009. The event still takes place 12 years later at the same venue annually in September.

By Ramotswedi Rammutla

Mahikeng:  Sefako Machidza better know as teacher “Dala-Dala, Chairman or tang (a term used for superstar in Setswana slang)” to his grade 12 learners at Molelwane Secondary School in Mahikeng; has made waves after he featured famous rapper Emtee the Hustler on his latest single SBWL release on March 3.

SBWL a popular term in IsXhosa slang derived from the word “sabaweli” meaning: crave, desire, yearn or want is normally used for things that one cannot have.

“During the National Lockdown in late 2020, me and producer RonEpidemic set out to collaborate on a song; I then invited Kgosietsile “Kmore” Morwe who had previously worked with Emtee on their hit “Unamandla“. Kmore then wrote and recorded the chorus, we played it for Emtee and he loved the concept and instantly wanted to be part of it” said Dala dala.

The single SBWL has received massive reviews and a following with the song being downloaded from this link:  https://iminathi.net/dala-dala-kmore-sbwl-ft-emtee/

A teacher now for eight years he continues to produce winners in the classroom while also balancing a career as an artist. Dala Dala a producer and record label CEO at Loading 99 Music a record label he established in 2016 in Tsetse village to assist upcoming artist with recording studio facilities and expertise. He continues to aim higher and become a role model in his community, because of his experiences as a young person growing up in a village with no opportunities or facilities.

Teacher by day, entertainer by night. Teacher Sefako Machidza is a Business studies educator at Molelwane Secondary School and has an 80% pass rate from 2020. He takes pride in his profession and uses it to give back to his community.

 “When starting out as an artist back then it was tough; I remember we only had headphone microphones to record our music, we would immediately put those on discs and go perform at our local platforms. At the time we only had the Street KID Hiphop Sessions a local programme by Street KID Media Foundation an NGO operating in the arts in our village. It is these challenges that motivated me to want to do more, because people knew my songs and loved them. Since then it has made me want to help all the young KID’s after me” added Dala Dala.

Dala Dala better known as “Essay Madala” says his love for music developed because he comes from a music loving family. “Truly speaking, jazz made me love music; my father, uncles, brother’s and cousin’s loved playing music when I was growing up, so that I think is what influenced me to be an artist”. 

Dala dala started to take his career seriously while studying. He shot his first music video as a student and never looked back after the reactions he received from his peers and fans alike. “It was during my years as a student at the North West University in Mahikeng that I truly discovered and honed my passion and love for music. Moving from my regular fans and now performing on bigger stages I had more confidence. So it was inevitable, when I graduated and finally became a teacher. The passion grew even further because I now could do more including taking lessons on music production and eventually buying my first studio equipment. Since then I have never really looked back” added Dala Dala.

He has produced local hits like “Ontshebileng” by Moj Mabe which reached number 1 on the charts of community radio in the North West and played on national radio. This includes singles like “Dreams” which remains a classic in the local music scene and many other popular songs. He has shared stages with famous artists and continues to learn from these experiences. He was due to release his EP later in 2021. “My EP is also due this year and this is one of the songs from that body of work were I will produce and feature more artists” concluded Dala Dala.

From the dusty streets of Tsetse Village in Mahikeng, to producing distinction in the classroom and now featuring platinum selling South African artists. Essay Madala aka Dala Dala seems to be on a steady incline to stardom. He features Emtee the Hustler and Kmore on his latest single SBWL now available online. 

Supra calls for removal of Dodovu

China Dodovu who will look into large spread corruption said; “I have not elected my self”. Mahumapelo has made calls for the removal of Dodovu as committee chairperson on section 100 intervention effort’s in the North West Province. Picture GCIS

By Ramotswedi Rammutla

Mahikeng: Member of parliament Supra Mahumapelo has called for China Dodovu to be removed as chairperson of the Adhoc Committee on the Section 100 intervention into the North West. The committee was established to review the intervention in the province and make recommendations to parliament. The province has since been under administration after his protracted removal as NW premier.

Dodovu has been a contending voice against Mahumapelo and has been linked to his removal which resulted in large spread protests across the province in 2018. Supra has been reported to be against Dodovu’s appointment as he doubts his objectivity. He has since voiced his distaste to the Chair of the Council of Provinces Amos Masondo on the matter.

Supra won’t vote for Mokwebane commission

NW Provincial Treasury to perform lifestyle audits

North West Finance MEC Motlalepule Rosho tables NW budget speech. Also pronouncing that her department will be conducting lifestly audits.

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By Ramotswedi Rammutla

Mahikeng: MEC for finance Motlalepule Rosho announced in her budget speech that there is a process to appoint a service provider to perform lifestyle audits in the province. This includes the establishment of a forensic unit to investigate corruption in government.

Addressing the North West Provincial Legislature Rosho pronounced; “In response to the premiers (Job Mokgoro) pronouncement in the state of the Province address , Provincial Treasury is in the process of establishing a forensic unit to deal with allegations of identified fraud, maladministration and corruption in provincial departments, public entities, municipalities and traditional authorities, Furthermore, processes are underway to appoint a service provider for a period of 1 year to perform lifestyle audits as pronounced in the SOPA by the Premier.

Supra won’t vote for Mokwebane commission

Mahumapelo will not vote in favour of an idependent panel report against Public Protector.

ANC Member of Parliament Supra Mahumapelo has stated that he will not vote with the DA on report against Public Protector Busisiwe Mokwebane’s fitness to hold office. Picture GCIS

By Ramotswedi Rammutla

Mahikeng: North West representative at the National Assembly, Supra Mahumapelo will not vote with the African National Congress in parliament to establish a commission to investigate the fitness of estranged Public Protector Busisiwe Mokwebane to hold office.

The former premier of the North West now chairs the portfolio committee on Tourism in the national parliament. He has recently written to the ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule and made it clear that he will not support the opposition in pushing a motion against Mokwebane. Mahumapelo has been labelled a supporter of Mokwebane after commending her for doing a great job in January 2020. He has since reiterated that he will not support any DA sponsored motion.

“Myself as an ANC MP,I will not vote for the DA motion coming in a form of a panel report for the removal of the public protector unless the ANC has changed its ideological posture towards parties such as the DA” said Mahumapelo.

The DA has been calling for the impeachment of the Public Protector which is due to be tabled today. The constitutional court has ruled against her bid to have that matter ruled unconstitutional.

Supra calls for removal of Dodovu

NPA calls for more investigation on Khune murder

By Ramotswedi Rammutla 08 March 2021

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Minor appears in child court for Khune murder

Mahikeng: The murder case of Mapula Khune took a 360 turn this morning with the National Prosecuting Authority NPA. Returning the docket for further investigation.

This follows the arrest of a suspect on Friday, 05 March 2021 in Ventersdorp. Following a thorough study of the docket and consultation with the police, the NPA resolved that the docket be returned to the police for further investigations and the accused to be released. 

 

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