Mahikeng Local Municipality confers progress report

Honourable Executive Major Councillor KB Diakanyo recently hosted a media briefing to share on work done since she assumed office on 17 August 2016.

“We are happy to announce that our municipality is providing services as guided by the provincial five concretes. The municipality has adopted a five year Integrated Development Plan from 2017 to 2022, which is reviewed annually modelled around the VTSD approach”, explained Diakanyo.

The mayor further indicated the following five local government key performance areas which are adopted by the municipality: basic service delivery; institutional transformation and development; local economic development; financial management and viability; good governance.

The municipal administration is structured into six directorates which impacts on the five key performance areas of local government. Diakanyo also elaborated on the ongoing and implemented service delivery projects. A total of 12,951 jobs is expected to be created between now and 30 June 2022 from the various service delivery projects under these different directorates.

On responding to a question from one of the media representatives, the Municipal Manager Mr Thabo Mokwena indicated that most of the jobs will be on contract basis. Mokwena further pointed out that there will also be opportunities for permanent employment.


SATMA executes promotional campaign

SATMA activation Friday event was held at Gaabomotho building CATA head office on 15 September.  Lucky participants won free tickets and T-shirts, while SATMA nominees from various categories showcased their talent.

A series of campaigns can be expected to take place in Mahikeng, in preparation for the much awaited SATMA awards ceremony. On 29 September the SATMA Awards Welcoming Ceremony and Official Opening will take place; SATMA Awards 2017 Golf Day can also be expected on the same day. 30 September Bikers Cultural Parade, and the SATMA Awards Jazz & African Music Festival can be expected. The main ceremony, SATMA Awards Ceremony and Gala Event will take place on 1 October. For more information log on to



ABSA hosts women in business seminar

Networking, enrichment, motivation, were the order of the day as ABSA Enterprise and Supply Chain Development invited women in business to their event held at Mmabatho Palms on 8 September.

“We have had conferences in the past but nowadays we are focused on making connections that matter, the first connection we need to make is with ourselves”, Nokwezi Luswazi, head of Business Development Support Enterprise and Supply Chain Development at ABSA, alluding to the purpose of the day.  “I was pleased to see that the theme today is be your own hero. Sometimes we look for answers external to ourselves, external to our environment. African women have so much to give because of their rich experiences and knowledge”, said Luswazi.

The key note speaker was Zipho Sikhakhane who is a global speaker, entrepreneur and investor. Born in Madadeni, a small township in Northern KwaZulu Natal, Sikhakhane captivated the audience when she shared the story of her upbringing, challenges and achievements.

One of the speakers was Matshediso Jansen Mwase who is acting HOD of the Department of Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development in the North West Province. “There is nothing more powerful than believing in yourself. You can achieve greater heights by believing in yourself”, said Jansen-Mwase who was presenting under the theme “moving out of your comfort zone”. “No matter your circumstances in life, you will definitely achieve your goals, if you are committed to your dreams”, encouraged Jansen-Mwase who has recently undergone a major ear operation and survived a car accident in 2014.

Proceedings went well despite an unexpected interruption. The programme had to be paused and everyone taken out of the venue due to urgent investigations which had to be conducted by Mmabatho Palms.

Ten people walked away happily as they won free expo visitor tickets to the Enterprise Supplier Development Expo sponsored by ABSA to be held at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg on 20 September. One person also won a price in a form of a stall which will also be sponsored by ABSA.



Mamorake Sedibe holds a Bachelor of Optometrist Degree from the then University of the North, Limpopo Province. Sedibe has been practicing as an optometrist for close to eighteen years. She now shares her knowledge on cataract with us, as it is one of the major contributors to blindness worldwide.


Cataract is the changing of the interior lens inside the eye. Naturally, the inner lens must be transparent. Immediately when it starts to be cloudy it means that cataract is developing. Sedibe explains that this depends to a large extent on where the cataract starts. “If it starts outside of the inner lens, it is going to take long before you realise that you have cataract”. “If it starts on the inside, towards the pupil, it is then a person can notice quickly that he/she can`t see clearly”, Sedibe elaborates. She further clarifies that “if it starts on the inside, already it is going to close your vision. If it starts on the outside of the lens it is going to take longer until it closes your vision”.


Congenital cataract is found in children. They can be born with congenital cataract or it can develop in childhood. This type of cataract can be caused by injury, infection or poor development of the child. Sedibe explains that, although there are cases of congenital cataract, however, it is not very common.

Another example of cataract is acquired cataract which is age related. When a person is young he/she can jump and run. Sedibe argues that it is the same with our eyes. “When you are young the eyes are flexible. The lens is held by cyliary muscles. As we grow older our muscles become stiff and those cyliary muscles are not flexible like before”. “You will find that a person can see properly at a distance but not when it comes to reading. The person prefers to put the book very close when reading. The cyliary muscles have to stretch and make the lens roundish so that the person can see”, Sedibe explains.

Sub-capsular cataract occurs at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a sub-capsular cataract. Furthermore, traumatic cataract occurs when the eye experiences injury. For example, when something hits the eye.


Cataract is treatable only through its removal, which is done through surgery. According to Sedibe, cataract can affect one or both eyes. In a case where it has affected both eyes, you will often find that it progresses quicker on the other side. Cataract is not easily self-diagnosed. The only way to obtain an accurate diagnosis is to consult with a professional. “Not all distorted vision is a result of cataract. If you have developed a blurred vision, consult immediately as a professional is the only one who can do a proper diagnosis”, advises Sedibe.




UNFORTUNATE CONDITION THAT ANNOY US ALL: Understanding hair breakage better

A self-taught hair stylist Malangeni Maqa has more than 20 years` experience in the hair industry. Maqa specializes with dreadlocks, plaiting and afro hair. He strongly asserts that he loves what he does, and also believes that a person cannot work with hair if they don`t love it. The insightful Maqa enriches our knowledge on hair breakage. 


Dry scalp is a major cause of hair breakage. Maqa argues that most people who plait with hairpiece sometimes forget to look after their natural hair. This failure to moisturise the scalp causes the hair to break. Another contributor to hair breakage is failing to rinse the relaxing cream thoroughly. “When I rinse relaxed hair with shampoo, the colour should turn white. A pink colour indicates that the hair was not properly rinsed”, cautions Maqa.

Maqa further points out that when hair drying, no smoke is supposed to show. The smoke is an indication that there are chemicals which are burning, which are not supposed to be in the hair. According to Maqa, this is one of the things that most people overlook as they believe that the smoke is caused by the heat of the hair dryer.

Undoubtedly, hair breakage can affect both short and long hair. Through this experience, Maqa has realised that hair usually starts breaking from the back. The reason for this being that the person leans the back of his/her head against the rinsing basin. As a result the hair does not get rinsed properly at the back.


The enthusiastic Maqa advices that all hair should be relaxed according to its texture. Meaning that it is not compulsory to apply relaxing cream on the hair every month. Instead, it just can be washed and given treatment. “You can stay two-three months without relaxing, only washing and treating the hair. This of course depends on your hair texture”, explains Maqa. “There are other hair textures that can last up to six months without relaxer”, he adds.

Sometimes relaxed hair can have ends and not be equal. Maqa suggests that it is important to cut ends. He further expresses that one should not use any comb for afro hair but only afro comb. For example, a person is not supposed to use comb tail for afro hair as this comb is meant for relaxed hair.

“The most effective way to prevent hair breakage is to keep the hair and scalp moist. Hair food is one product that is best suited to do that”, he advises.


There are various treatments that can prevent the hair from breaking. “If you discover that your hair is breaking, immediately consult with the person in charge of your hair or someone you can trust to handle the problem”, urges Maqa. “You can do your own treatment if you have knowledge and experience with hair. If you don’t, consult a hair expert”, he recommends.

Breaking hair occurs as a result of improper hair maintenance, while excessive hair loss can be a symptom of something more serious such as a chronic illness. One has to be alert about that.






Currently the Provincial Head of Supply Chain Management in the North West, Brigadier Claudine Delia Alexander has been serving the SAPS for over 20 years and continues to show passion and dedication to her work.

“Every human being is created with a specific purpose in life. I have always wanted to become a police officer, it forms a part of my character”, says Alexander, sharing the motivation behind her choice of career.

The 43 year old Alexander, points out that one of the challenges and sacrifices that a police officer faces in the line of duty, includes the risk of loss of one’s life. She commits her life as service to all South Africans.  Alexander further states that since the day she took oath, she knew that the Lord has a plan for her in being part of upholding the Vision and the Mission of the SAPS.

 Alexander confidently articulates the love for her career. “I cannot think of any other career, than being a police officer. My calling is to serve and to be a servant to my colleagues and the community at large”, she says. “It is part of my creation to be a police officer. Once a cop always a cop”, she continues.

In difficult times the highly spiritual Alexander draws her strength from God, family, friends and colleagues. She also explains that professionalism, respect, commitment, passion and integrity are qualities that a good police woman should possess.

Alexander was elected as the SAPS NW Provincial Women`s Network Champion in May 2016. She has also been serving on the National Council of ‘Men for change and Women Network’ from this same period. She echoes confidently “If you strike a Woman you strike a rock”

The main objective of these Structures is focussing on the empowering of Women, raise awareness on Gender issues and Championing Crimes against Women and Children,

People choose a career for various reasons. Passion, commitment and professionalism should be the most prominent attributes.

To be successful and to excel you have to love what you do!