Legendary Cebo Manyaapelo to be laid to rest tomorrow

The funeral service of the iconic Clement Cebo Manyaapelo is said to take place tomorrow 30 November at the North West University Great Hall at 06h00.

This comes after South Africans heard the sad news of his passing on the 22 November, after a long illness. Government officials, colleagues, friends, family came to offer comfort yesterday at his memorial service held at the Freedom Square, SABC.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) expressed their condolences to the Manyaapelo family and friends upon the news of his passing. In a statement the SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said “the country has lost a very great man in Cebo Manyaapelo, and his work will continue to bring us great insight and understanding of the world of sport for decades to come”. “His meaningful contribution to the SABC will remain and continue to inspire all who knew him in his personal and professional space. He will be deeply missed and may his soul rest in peace”, he added.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo expressed his sorrow and disbelief upon hearing the news on the passing of Manyaapelo. “Cebo was a knowledgeable, eloquent and gifted radio personality who was admired and respected by his listeners, young and old. In Cebo Manyaapelo, the North West Province has not only lost a good broadcaster, but an entertainer and a motivator whom many emulated and looked up to”.

“Words seem inadequate to express my sadness about Cebo’s death, and I hope Cebo Manyaapelo’s family, friends and colleagues will find comfort and strength in knowing that the North West Provincial Government and its communities share in this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased family, and may Cebo’s soul rest in eternal peace”, said the heart-broken Premier Mahumapelo.

Manyaapelo affectionately known as CC will be remembered for his immense contribution at the SABC as the former Motsweding FM’s breakfast host for the programme ‘Re tla dula re thabile’ in 1998. He later became a Sports Presenter for ‘Mamepe’, a sports programme on Motsweding FM. He continued with ‘Mamepe’ as well as being a television Sports commentator, for ‘Laduma’ since 1998 until his untimely death. He worked on big special events where SABC was involved, like the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and 2010 and the AFCON 2013 and 2015.

Manyaapelo has a rich history in broadcasting environment which dates back from 1984 as a Sports Presenter for the erstwhile Radio Bop. Cebo, as he was affectionately known to the millions of South Africans was one of the best Sports Commentators in the country. His in-depth, factual, well informed and yet playful commentary captivated many football fanatics to the SABC channels. His ability to use Setswana for football commentary inspired many youngsters and attracted them to the sport field.

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Provincial crime statistics for 2016/2017 released

The MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Dr Mokgantshang Motlhabane together with the North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane released the annual North West provincial crime statistics for the 2016/2017 financial year at Tirelo Building, Mahikeng recently.

These statistics reflect on the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. “With today’s release of crime statistics, we believe that the police will use it to plan properly to ensure that we reduce crime, particularly 17 community reported crimes as set out in the Annual Operational Plan”, said MEC Dr Mokgantshang Motlhabane.

“In essence, the statistics could also be used as early warning to strengthen crime prevention operations and various other strategies meant to ensure that people are and feel safe”, he continued.

When addressing the media, MEC Motlhabane disclosed that they have embarked on a program that is interacting directly with the community as a new approach to curb stock theft. Stock theft is one of the crimes which have shown an increase during the 2016/2017 financial year. Through partnerships, one of their initiatives is to encourage the community to take proper care of their animals and also to mark them.

MEC also highlighted that the commission has made it a point to develop a team that will deal with cases regarding stock theft in areas where the prevalence of these cases is very high. Local units will not be used to do investigations in this regard.

MEC Motlhabane strongly reprimanded lawlessness. “We will never allow a situation of lawlessness in our country. Irrespective of how aggrieved you are, you can`t take the law into your own hands”, he said. “This is a constitutional democracy. We are going to follow legal processes to deal with your dissatisfaction or any illegal processes you have encountered as a citizen. We need to encourage law abiding to all the citizens”, he elaborated.

The provincial crime statistics deal with 21 serious crimes recorded by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and are made up of:

  • 17 community-reported serious crimes
  • Four crimes detected as a result of police action.

The 17 community-reported crimes are grouped into four broad categories, namely contact crime, contact-related crime, property-related crime and other serious crime.

Contact crime as one of the four broad categories of community-reported crimes increased by 0.7 % in the 2016/2017 financial year. Contact-related crimes include arson and malicious damage to property. Contact-related crime as a category of community-reported crimes decreased by 0.2% in the 2016/2017 financial year. Property-related crime as a category of community-reported crimes increased by 6.5 % during the 2016/2017 financial year.

Other serious crime includes all serious crimes not mentioned in the other categories:

  • All theft not mentioned elsewhere
  • Commercial crime
  • Shoplifting.

Other serious crime as a category of community-reported crimes decreased by 6.0% in the 2016/2017 financial year.

Crimes detected as a result of police action are usually not reported to the police but largely detected as a result of the deployment of law enforcement personnel and the use of intelligence.  The crimes are usually recorded after the apprehension of suspects in connection with:

  • The illegal possession of firearms and ammunition
  • Drug-related crime
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Sexual offences detected as a result of police action.

A decrease of 0.1% in crimes detected as a result of police action was recorded in 2016/2017.

Although broad categories constituting 17 community reported crimes show an increase, there are individual crimes which have shown a decrease, amongst which are: Assault GBH -6.5%, Murder-0.7%, Arson -7.6%, Theft General -6.4%, Commercial Crime-7.1% and Shoplifting -0.5%.

To get detailed statistics log on to the SAPS’s website







Your oral health matters

Sometimes you brush your teeth regularly, floss, use mouth wash and still experience bad breath. Halitosis, medical term for severe bad breath, can be uncomfortable for yourself and those around you. Food like garlic and onion can cause temporary bad breath, but not the one you can`t stand. If halitosis persists regardless of good oral hygiene practices, it might be a symptom of something more serious.


The most common cause of halitosis is poor oral hygiene. Dr Kenewang Mogajane who has been a dentist since 1994 observes that it does not mean that when you brush and floss you will do away with halitosis. The way you brush is important, that is, the time you take and also how you brush. “Some people brush quickly, not removing everything. Others brush only on the outside and think the inside is not necessary to brush”. Most people forget the tongue”, she indicates.

If a person if brushing correctly, the mouth causes for bad breath will be eliminated. In a case where the mouth is not the cause of the problem, Mogajane contends that it could be that a person has an upper respiratory tract infection from the lungs, a post nasal drip or maybe an infection in the stomach. In such instances the patient will be referred to a relevant specialist.

The insightful Dr Mogajane points out that mouth breathing, which is common with people who snore or who have a blocked nose, is also another cause of bad breath. “When the mouth is closed, the saliva helps with lubrication and cleaning, even when you are sleeping”, she explains. “Mouth breathing will result in a person having a dry mouth. You can advise such a person to chew a gum, so that saliva is secreted every now and then”, she adds.

Mogajane further shares that when people with diabetes are hungry, they produce ketones, which can cause bad breath. However, this only occurs for a short while as it happens only when the diabetic person is hungry.


“You can`t use a mouth wash without brushing your teeth. It is like applying an ointment on an unclean wound. That is not the correct way”, advices Dr Mogajane who holds a Bachelor in Dental Surgery Degree from MEDUNSA.

In order to keep the mouth smelling fresh it is recommended that one should brush teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day and not forgetting to floss. It is also recommended that a person should visit a dentist after every six months. Mogajane discloses that there is medicine available to counteract bad breath, which of course depends on the cause of the problem.


Maintain healthy vision: informative knowledge on cataract

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.





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Bokone Bophirima harmonious cultural celebration


Tshidilamolomo village, outside Mafikeng was a hive of activity when fifty four Batswana Traditional Leaders with their various tribes centred around the Tshidilamolomo Primary School Sports Ground on 10 November.

“The purpose of the day is to know who we are. To know ourselves and know how we practice and celebrate our tradition”, said MEC Ontlametse Mochware of the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) in the North West Province. “We are also here to introduce the council for traditional leaders, elected recently, under the leadership of Chairperson Kgosi Mabe”. “We have the responsibility to teach our youth. Otherwise we will not know ourselves and we will lose value. If you lose your culture, you lose your value”, MEC added.

“Halala Bokone Bophirima halala! A e kitlane Bokone Bophirima a e kitlane! A se gole setso sa rona a se gole! Re ikgantsha ka setso sa rona re a ikgantsha”, said the keynote speaker, NW Premier Supra Ramoeletsi Obakeng Mahumapelo. Translated the words mean, let North West Province unite, let our tradition grow, we pride ourselves in our tradition.

The Premier disclosed that the NW government plans to make this a yearly event which will be celebrated in September as it is a heritage month. Amongst other things he also urged the traditional leaders to resolve their chieftaincy conflicts as a community, family and not rely on the government to do that for them.

Thirteen of fifty four Nissan bakkies were handed over by Mahumapelo to the various traditional leaders present. “These cars are handed over to enable our traditional leaders to do their jobs properly. They will enable our leaders to move from one side of the village to another to address challenges in the villages”, said Mahumapelo. “I wish for God to strengthen them, stretch out his hand and ensure that all the work that they do in the community is in line with the will of the living God”, added Mahumapelo, handing one of the keys to Kgosi Jacob Sefanyetso.

The event afforded the fifty four Traditional Leaders and their communities the opportunity to each showcase their culture and tradition in song, poetry and dance. Organised by CATA, the event was themed “Re di Neela Jaana”. Loosely translated “this is our way of life in our village in terms of dance, song, poetry, clothing, practice, values”.

Kgosi K.S Lekoko of Tshidilamolomo expressed his gratitude to everyone who made a contribution and to those who came to support the occasion.

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Update on the Zimbabwean situation

BY: The Presidency Pretoria

President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as Chair of SADC, is sending Special Envoys to Zimbabwe and Angola in light of the unfolding situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.

The President is sending the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the Minister of State Security, Adv Bongani Bongo to Zimbabwe to meet with President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force.

President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe earlier today who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that he was fine. South Africa is also in contact with the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF).

The Special Envoys will also be sent to the Republic of Angola to see President Joao Lourenco, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security to brief him on the situation.

President Zuma has reiterated his call for calm and restraint and for the ZDF to ensure that peace and stability are not undermined in Zimbabwe.

SADC will continue to monitor the situation closely.



Local dancer in need of funds to LA

Born and bred in Mafikeng, Chelsea Kristen Davids took her first dance class at Mmabana in 2009 and has never looked back ever since. She did dance lessons in Ballet, Hip-hop, contemporary and also African dance. Even now, she still maintains that true dancers are versatile and do not restrict themselves to only one type of dance. With remarkable experience, awards under her name, the 19 year old is currently teaching dance at New Brighton Dance Company for children of ages 5 and up. She is also a program manager at this company.


Davids reveals that at age 10 she started imitating dance moves she was watching on television. That is when she realised her love for dancing. At age 12 she took her first professional dance class at Mmabana Mafikeng. “That`s when it all started to happen for me, slowly develop and grow to what has become now”, she explains.

The dedicated dancer, Davids, has won several tittles around the country. Of special significance to her was when she became a finalist on Mzanzi`s talent search show “SA`s Got Talent” in 2016. This same year she qualified for World Championships of Performing Arts which were held in Los Angeles (LA) in the U.S.A. In LA she obtained a month`s scholarship to one of the most popular dance studios in the world the “Millennium”. She is also currently the world champion in the 16-17 age group for the Best Female Hip-hop Dancer.

Davids discloses that her experience in LA has taught her a lot about her dancing capabilities and gave her a lot of exposure. “It was over ten countries that were there. In one hotel, one stage, doing that same type of dance”. “I was honoured to share the stage with others and try and learn what they do. Sharing South African dances and experiences with people from other countries”, she says.


The passionate dancer relates that humility, inquisitiveness and respect for their craft are one of the most important characteristics that every dancer should possess. Davids argues that she does not believe that a person is a dancer if he/she is only comfortable with one dance style.

One of the principles which she instills in her students is that, they should have room to explore and master other dance styles. “Whatever you are given, you do it to the best of your ability. You need to do anything and everything to get the necessary jobs. Take part in every audition there is, and try to get all these opportunities”, she advices. “Undoubtedly, if you have passion and love for what you do, you can`t go wrong”, she adds.

Davids further highlights that failure is one of the most important learning curves. “If you fail, get up, dust yourself off and continue, because without failure there is no growth”, she says.


Unfortunately her scholarship at “Millennium” does not cover all the costs. She says she needs close to R65 thousand in order to cover transport, accommodation, food and also some of the workshops she plans to attend that side. The trip to LA is supposed to take place on 11 December and she says so far she has only paid R30 thousand. Just like with her previous trip to LA she accumulated most of the money through fundraising events.

On 25 November she will be hosting another three day event at Gigi`s Restaurant based in Lonely Park here in Mafikeng and hopes that it will go well. “It’s a bit tough not to lie, it`s very straining financially. Generally dance is very expensive. I am grateful for my support system. People who bend over backwards to make sure my dreams and goals are reached”. “I hope I will be able to raise the money. I only have this month. I am hoping with God`s will, everything comes together”, she laments.

Davids appeals to anyone who will like to help by making a contribution, in any way to contact her on the following details.


Cell no: 0728640469

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Training for aspiring tourist guides commences in Taung

By: Kamogelo Pooe

In its endeavour to create a conducive environment for youth entrepreneurship and create methods which will enhance the fight against unemployment within the tourism sector in villages, townships and small dorpies, the National Department of Tourism and the North West Provincial Department of Tourism will for the next three months give ten young people an opportunity to become qualified and registered tourist guides.

This will be done through a three months NQF level 2 certificate in culture site guide training which recently commenced at the Taung Hotel and Convention Centre in the Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District.

Deputy Manager for Tourist Guiding, Growth and Development at the National Department of Tourism, Bakang Makolomakwe said the purpose of the training is to ensure that new entrants were brought into the tourist guiding subsector. We need young people to play meaningful part in tourist guiding and assist in dealing with the scotch of poverty and unemployment in this country.

“This is an NQF level 2 certificate which upon completion will afford these young people an opportunity to better their lives. We want to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the youth even though we know the challenges that are faced by our country with regards to unemployment in general. This is a qualification that is acquired to assist the tourist guides to become legally compliant and professionally recognized in the subsector”, said Makolomakwe.

She added that the National Department of Tourism will continue assisting provinces in capacitating tourist guides and contribute towards the growth and development of the sector.

Supporting the course and assisting in ensuring the realization of this course, Manager for Local Economic Development at Greater Taung Local Municipality, Tshepang Baloyi said that this training was as a results of good working relations between the provincial department of Tourism, the district municipality and the local municipality. She said they work closely in capacitating local unemployed youth in relevant skills programs.

“This is the reason why the department has deemed fit it to bring this training to Taung, we need to capacitate our youth in tourist guiding. In this area there is a dire need for such training because this area is rich in tourism and we have products and projects which needs to be packaged and we don’t have enough young people to assume responsibilities of a qualified and registered tourist guide.” “As the municipality we appreciate this kind of training, these young people will now be qualified and registered tourist guides and when there are employment opportunities within the municipality in this sub-sector they will be the first to be considered”, Baloyi said.

The participants are from various areas across that Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District. One such is Mothusi Maine of Bloemhof near Christiana who said was hopeful that the training will be able to equip them with the necessary tools to be able to actively participate within the sub-sector.

“I am hoping to turn my life around. I hope that this will inspire me to start my own tourism business. We are really grateful for the opportunity as we are from the most rural villages of this province where nothing ever happens. Information about opportunities such as this one is very scarce and I’m grateful that I was able to apply, got interviewed and now I’m part of the ten aspiring tourist guide in this district”, said Maine.

The training will run in phases for at least three months and upon completion as part of their assessment for competency, trainees will be expected to create a route for a guided tour. They will conduct this tour under supervision of a training facilitator.