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A farming project aimed at teaching high school learners farming skills has started

A high school at Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape has started a project to teach children and community members farming skills. This year, the school is currently farming on 105-hectares of land, the learners are using the land to revive a failed community farming project.…(fx…fx…fx)For the past 12-years the land was not utilised, due to endless squabbles following a successful land claim. The school is working on being the first agricultural school in the Namaqua district region. Reginald Witbooi reports…
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Preparations for the Gariep fees underway

Preparations for Kimberley's 18th cultural festival, the Gariep Kunste Fees, are in full swing. The four day annual event caters for culture, music and theatre lovers. Last year the festival generated revenue of 1.4-million-rand and created 600 jobs. Organisers say this year revellers can look forward to the cheese and wine tent, which has never been part of the festival before. Another new edition to the cultural event is the gospel and string quartet shows where artists like the Soweto String Quartet will be performing. Despite its previous successes, this year the festival is experiencing a few challenges. Organiser, Bernice Versluis…
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Wage increase for Kumba employees

Employees at Northern Cape based Kumba Iron Ore mine have welcomed a wage increase agreement reached between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and their employer. The agreement will see a once off payment of over the 25 thousand rand and an increase of between 8 and 10 percent. The fortunes of the mine have gradually improved over the past few years following the slump that hit the industry a few years ago, which saw many workers retrenched. According to NUM provincial co-ordinator, Lucas Phiri, the agreement will also see a guarantee to keep jobs at the mine for at least three years.
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Former municipal officials ordered to repay proceeds of crime

The Williston magistrates court in the Northern Cape has ordered the former Karoo Hoogland Chief Financial Officer, Marius Botha, and a bogus business owner Ockert Tobias Cloete, to repay the proceeds of crime benefited from a fraudulent tender. The two, together with the former municipal manager were found guilty in May this year, for nine corruption related charges, including money laundering and fraud. The bogus company allegedly received undue payments worth 250-thousand-rand for the delivery and installation of six hundred solar geysers in Williston. The trio are currently on a 10 thousand rand bail extension, following their conviction. The Hawks spokesperson, Philani Mkwalase says, sentencing is expected to be concluded on Wednesday…
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Exco outreach program underway in the province

The Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism Executive Council, will embark on a three day outreach program in the Ubuntu and Umsobomvu local municipalities. The EXCO outreach program will host a series of community meetings, focusing on service delivery and the economic empowerment of women and the youth. Daryll Christians, Executive Manager in the Department, responsible for business development says outreach programs like these fund business initiatives that are deemed viable for the community's economic growth. Christians explains….
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Court appearance of a woman accused of allegedly poisoning three boys and killing one

Written heads of arguments have been filed on the case of a Northern Cape woman accused of allegedly poisoning three boys and killing one at the Mothibistad Magistrate Court, in Kuruman. The defence and prosecution's heads of arguments cited whether the 48-year-old woman should be granted bail or not. This after it was announced that Lesedi Motshwarakgole might be medically unfit to stand trial. Refilwe Gaeswe reports...
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Dagga worth 200 thousand rand confiscated

Police in the Northern Cape have confiscated dagga with the street value of over R 200 000 during routine patrols at Britstown.. Police Spokesperson Captain Sergio Kok says they have arrested two male suspects aged 51 and 54-years old and they appear in court soon....
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Teacher found guilty of forcing learners to fight returned to his post

The Northern Cape teacher found guilty of forcing two boys to fight in front of the whole class, has returned to his post. This has infuriated the mother of a Grade 6 learner who was badly beaten and bruised following the incident. The Du Toitspan Primary School teacher, in Kimberley, was placed on precautionary suspension earlier this month, following the incident. The mother who cannot be identified is angry.
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Racism issue at Precious Gems Educare centre in Kimberley investigated

Precious Gems Educare centre in Kimberley is threatening to sue the parents of a 3-year-old learner who was allegedly called the K word. The parents raised the issue with the school and the department of Social Development and even posted it on social media. They have subsequently been served with threatening lawyer's letters. Neo Bodumela reports…
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Calvinia's Hantam Meat festival attracted thousands of people

Thousands of people once again gathered at the small Northern Cape town of Calvinia for the annual Hantam Meat festival. The festival is now in its 28th year. The festival is a treat for meat lovers, who are exposed to the best chops in the Karoo. Our reporter Reginald Witbooi is attending the festival, and filed this report…
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Magareng municipality dismisses allegations of corruption

The Magareng Municipality in the Northern Cape has dismissed allegations of corruption levelled against them by community members, as unsubstantiated accusations. Residents allege that millions that were set aside for the bulk water supply have mysteriously disappeared. They have since approached the Hawks to investigate. Report filed by Nobelungu Nowapane and voiced by Margaret Mothibi
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A 47 year old woman running a shelter supporting vulnerable women in the province

A 47-year-old Cape Town woman runs an organization in Kimberley that supports vulnerable women and children from far-flung areas around the Northern Cape. Women's Month marked the birth of a vision by the NPO Women-to-Women, which is to provide a safe haven for abused women and destitute mothers and children. The organization works closely with the Kimberley courts that refer victims of domestic violence to the organisation for counselling. Noluthando Ngcakani compiled this report...

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