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					                                 A NEWSPAPER FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEW CONCEPT MINING                                                                                                Issue 8 – December 2007
                                 The views expressed in Izwi Lethu are not necessarily those of New Concept Mining




                                                                                                                                                                                                         Various 5 S teams

              “The New Concept Mining Way”
                      by Henri Visser




           I
                n the previous issue of Izwi                  picture. As a minimum, the or-                  Toyota manufacturing system,            ample, you can use this concept         We have recently launched
                Lethu, you were introduced                    ganisation must move away from                  but Lean Manufacturing history          in human resource management         our 5 S approach into our Pro-
                to Lean Manufacturing by                      departmentalised thinking and                   is little bit more than that. Lean      if you are wasting skills of the     duction, Logistics, Engineer-
           Philip Maxton. It is indeed an                     must move towards seeing the                    manufacturing concepts were             people. You can use these con-       ing and Quality departments.
           exciting concept that has been                     organisation as one entity. From                used by some other very famous          cepts in your financial activities    Each department selected teams
           around for many years. There is                    the customer point of view, we                  manufacturing companies before          to attack the wastes in that area.   of employees who will be the
           an ever increasing need for com-                   are not a separate set of depart-               Toyota did it. Ford automobile             The 5 S system will bring         “groundfloor” drivers of the 5
           panies to become streamlined                       ments. We are a single organiza-                manufacturers used similar con-         discipline     and    standardisa-   S principles. Caps and T-shirts
           in their operations. Lean is just                  tion! So it doesn’t matter how                  cepts to manufacture their model        tion to the Lean Manufacturing       were handed to team members
           that, about doing more with less:                  well each department functions                  T automobile. Henry Ford’s idea         environment. 5 S is all about        to serve as a means of identifi-
           Less time, inventory, space, and                   individually. What does matter                  about continuous assembly lines         introducing good waste elimina-      cation and also to instill a sense
           money. Lean is about speed and                     though is how well we perform                   and flow systems are considered          tion techniques to the system,       of pride and their importance
           getting it right the first time.                    as an organisation.                             as very important concepts of           then making the system free from     in the 5 S drive. Much commu-
              Lean Manufacturing works on                        It is correct to assume that lean            lean manufacturing, even today.         that waste and at the end making     nication took place in the green
           a simple principle. In one word                    manufacturing concepts and                         Lean Manufacturing makes             the system sustainable.              area meetings in the production
           it is based on seeing the bigger                   practices were developed for the                use of several tools to achieve            Once fully implemented, the       departments to expose the em-
                                                                                                              desired outcomes. Many of you           5 S process can increase mo-         ployees to this new concept.
                                                                                                                      would have heard words          rale, create positive impressions       To strengthen the communi-
                                                                                                                      such as “Kanban”, “Value        on customers, and increase ef-       cation, a play was arranged to
                                                                                                                      stream mapping”, “Total         ficiency and organization. Not        enable employees to visualise
                 Merry Christmas to all our employees                                                                 productive maintenance”         only will employees feel better      5 S. The play was performed by


              I
                                                                                                                      (TPM), “Just in time” (JIT),    about where they work, the ef-       a group called Unifrela Artists
                      would like to take this opportunity to wish all our                                             “5 S” etc.                      fect on continuous improvement       who have performed various
                    employees and their families a happy and safe Christmas.                                            I firmly believe that the      can lead to less waste, better       plays at the company in the past.
                  Although sales have continued to grow during 2007, in my                                            success of implementing         quality and faster lead times. Any   The play was based on the prin-
                 opinion, the main achievement has been in strengthening our                                          Lean Manufacturing princi-      of which will make your organi-      ciples of 5 S and used practical
                        bases to support further growth in the future.                                                ples are dependant on two       zation more profitable and com-       factory examples to emphasise
                                                                                                                      factors. Standardisation of     petitive in the market place.        the importance of 5 S. The play
             The working environment in the factory has been greatly improved                                         work and Discipline are            The 5 S system is derived from    also focused on the simplic-
              with the introduction of the 5S’s program and I congratulate you                                        two of the cornerstones of      five Japanese words, all starting     ity of effecting these continuous
              all for the progress made to date. It gives me great satisfaction to                                    lean manufacturing. Stand-      with an “S”. Many western words      improvements.
             see the increasing pride everyone is taking in their working areas.                                      ardisation of work so that      are used as derivatives to give it               Continued on page 2
                                                                                                                      there will be a set way of      more meaning. I have adopted
                  Many employees have been on training courses and the first
                                                                                                                      doing things, and without       the most meaningful words in
                     batch of ABET exams were successfully concluded.
                                                                                                                      Discipline, a system like       my opinion that will be easily re-
                   Management structures have been strengthened in many                                               lean manufacturing will         membered and associated with:
               departments and systems and procedures have been improved.                                             not be sustainable.
                                                                                                                        One simple yet very pow-
                                                                                                                                                      • Seiri (Sort)
               In particular the Logistics department has taken great strides in
                                                                                                                      erful tool used in achiev-        Sort the useful from the unnecessary
               bringing the flow of material from suppliers, through the factory
                    and out to our customers under much tighter control.                                              ing these two objectives is     • Seiton (Simplifying)
                                                                                                                      5 S. It is so elementary in       Everything has a place, everything in its place
                 The reputation of New Concept Mining continues to grow at                                            nature, it is hard to believe
               the Mines and the ever larger installed base of products provides                                      that a 5 S system can cater     • Seiso (Sweeping)
                  us with more momentum for further growth in the future.                                             for the requirements above.       Keeping workplace and equipment in a clean
                                                                                                                      Some people understand 5          condition
                     All of these successes are due to all of our employees
                                                                                                                      S as a system aimed at good     • Seiketsu (Standardisation)
                  working together as a team and we can all look forward to a
                                                                                                                      housekeeping and floor
                          challenging but exciting year ahead in 2008.                                                                                  Routine cleaning and housekeeping becomes a way of life
                                                                                                                      cleanliness. But this con-
                                          Merry Christmas to you all!                                                 cept can be used in broad-      • Shitsuke (Self Discipline)
                                                                                                                      er areas where you have           When 5S becomes a way of life coupled with
                                                       Philip Maxton                                                  any kind of waste. As an ex-      continuous improvement

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                                                                                                N E W S

           “The New Concept Mining Way”
           Continued from page 1
              Hand in hand with the forma-
           tion of the 5 S teams, photo-
           graphs of various non conform-
           ing practices in the company
           were taken and displayed in the
           boardroom. A very powerful tool
           to focus attention on what needs
           doing. The second round of
           photographs one month later
           of the same areas showed a
           remarkable improvement in most
           of the areas. A sure sign that 5 S
           is alive and well!
              When it comes to Lean Manu-
           facturing, no one piece of the
           puzzle is more superior to anoth-
           er, as they all have an important
           role to play. Everyone in NCM is
           part of the lean manufacturing
           system, no matter what depart-
           ment you may work in. In this
           type of environment, people feel
           appreciated and are motivated to
           contribute even more. There is
           no better way to create this sense
           of togetherness and loyalty.
              For New Concept Mining to
           embark along the same road as
           the likes of Toyota, the world’s
           most successful automotive
                                                                 Scenes of the play performed by Unifrela Artists using practical factory
           company, surely says it all about
                                                                               examples to emphasise the importance of 5 S
           our company and where we are
           heading!
                                     Henri Visser




           Meet the Maintenance Team




                                                                                                                                    Back left to right – Andre Kolodziej, Elgin Shibambu,
                                                                                                                                             Rajen Naidoo and Walter Masiteng.
                                                                                                                                                      Front – Petrus Zulu.



                                                                                            Front left to right – Tiaan
                                                                                        Liebenberg, William Boardman,
                                                                                           Eugene Combrink, Sheperd
                                                                                        Nyilika, Karel Bezuidenhout and
                                                                                                   Oddy Mnisi.
                                                                                          Back Left To Right – Nicolas
                                                                                          Mandebuu, Lunga Phakathi,
                                                                                        Carel De Jager, Johan Steyn and
                                                                                              Gerhard Von Benecke.




                          Left to right – Carel Benecke and Gerrie Botha.
                                                                                                                                                 Left to right – Eugene Combrink, William
                                                                                                                                                       Boardman and Nick Pritchard.
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                                                       N E W S
                                                                                     The road is very narrow and         ments in safety since they started
                                                                                     dangerous and makes a trip to       using Hydrabolts, Jackpots and



                                 Mining in Peru                                      Rustenburg look like a dream in
                                                                                     comparison but reaching the top
                                                                                     of the Andes (the world’s longest
                                                                                     mountain range) makes the drive
                                                                                     all worthwhile. The Andes is in-
                                                                                                                         Jackpacks. Operations in the
                                                                                                                         Andes mine a large variety of
                                                                                                                         minerals including gold, silver,
                                                                                                                         copper, lead, zinc and nickel
                                                                                                                         and their mining methods are
                                                                                     credibly rich in mineral deposits   very different to local customers.
                                                                                     and this is evident by the large    The prospects in South America
                                                                                     number of mining



                                               B
                                                       rendan Crompton visited       operations along the
                                                       Peru in September with        mountains.
                                                       the purpose of assist-           All of the mines vis-
                                               ing NCM’s Peruvian office man a        ited were more than
                                               stand at the Extemin 2007 Min-        4600m above sea lev-
                                               ing Exhibition as well as visit a     el and it even snowed
                                               number of NCM’s South Ameri-          several times during
                                               can customers.                        the trip to the mines.
                                                  Extemin is one of the largest      Customers        visited
                                               mining shows in South America
                                               and is very well attended by both
                                               mining and supply companies.                                                           are very exciting and
                                               The NCM stand was very well                                                            Brendan anticipates
                                               put together and was awarded                                                           that more and more
                                               the prize for the 9th best stand                                                       products will be seen
                                               at the show from the more than                                                         leaving NCM’s gates
                                               500 stands present. A lot of inter-                                                    in containers heading
                                               est was shown in NCM’s prod-                                                           off to Lima.
                                               ucts in particular the                                                                   Brendan believes
                                               Hydrabolt.       Visitors                                                              that everyone at NCM
                                               to the stand came                                                                     should be very proud
                                               from mines spread                                                         of the work Juan Quiroga has put
                                               throughout         Peru,                                                  into successfully establishing the
                                               Chile, Argentina, Bra-                                                    office in Lima making New Con-
                                               zil, Bolivia, Ecuador                                                     cept Mining a well recognised
                                               and others.                                                               name in the Peruvian mining in-
                                                  The visit to the cus-                                                  dustry. A big thank you must also
                                               tomers involved a 3                                                       go to all of the production and
                                               hour trip over the                                                        logistics staff who have worked
                                               worlds second high-                                                       so hard to ensure they are able to
                                               est tarred mountain pass which        were very happy with NCM prod-      supply NCM Peru with the prod-
                                               peaks at 4818m above sea level.       ucts and even reported improve-     ucts their customers need.




                                                                                              Suggestion Rewarded
               NCM Sponsors Feeding Scheme




                                                                                       A
                                                                                              ny NCM employee            brought about such a dramatic
                                                                                              acquainted with the        improvement in production
                                                                                              Hydrabolt Department       on a line!


           F
                   or the past year New Con-
                                                                                       will know that we are engaged       Mbongiseni suggested that
                   cept Mining has been
                                                                                       in a constant battle against      we change the manner in
                   sponsoring the Matale
                                                                                       time. There are never enough      which we run Hydrabolt Line
           Middle School Feeding Scheme
                                                                                       minutes in a shift, hours in      4 by adding an additional
           situated in Phokeng. The school
                                                                                       a day or weeks in a month         welding station. By acting on
           feeding scheme was started a
                                                                                       for us to achieve our output      Mbongiseni’s suggestion the
           number of years ago by just two
                                                                                       targets. In the midst of this     production on Line 4 now
           ladies, Kedibone Senne and Leah
                                                                                       constant grind, one young         regularly achieves double of
           Ramong and has now grown into
                                                                                       man removed his head from         what it achieved prior to the
           a staff of over 28.
                                                                                       the scrum, took half a step       change.
              The scheme currently feeds 60
                                                                                       back, and came up with an-          Well done Mbongiseni. We
           children from families in need
                                                                                       other way forward. This man’s     are very proud of you and I
           per day. Children in need of as-
                                                                                       name is Mbongiseni Zungu, a       consider myself very lucky to
           sistance are identified by the
                                                                                       Team Leader on Shift 2            have you on my shift. Keep up
           teachers at the school. A typical
                                                                                         In the past we have tried       the good work and enjoy your
           menu for the day consists of rice        Kedibone Senne (left) and          several methods to improve        well deserved reward for this
           or mielie rice; green beans and          Leah Ramong with Ernest            outputs on the lines with vari-   fantastic suggestion.
           potatoes; pumpkin and gravy             Mogopodi, Director of NCM.          ous degrees of success, but                           Bill Coetzee
           with some red meat alternated
                                                                                       no single improvement has
           with soup.

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                                                       H E A L T H                S A F E T Y                   &       E D U C A T I O N




                          “Henri Star Award”



                  M
                              eeting demand is not the only
                              challenge facing production
                              facilities; doing so at an accept-
                  able quality level is of equal importance.
                  Managing a production facility under these
                  pressures, and at the same time implement-
                  ing improvements in the process, requires
                  a team that is focused on their goals.
                     The Hydrabolt department has been in
                  this challenging situation since its incep-
                  tion. Increasing demand for the product
                  has been the order of the day and to meet
                  demand in a challenging production envi-
                  ronment is never easy. In a tough, target and
                  results driven production environment, it
                  is always a pleasure to be able to reflect and
                  see the fruit of hard work pay off.
                     The Hydrabolt department has over
                  the last two months shown just that. Pro-
                                                                    Back left to right – B Coetzee, C, Horn, N. Kola, C. Mashala, E. Majola, T Gwababa
                  duction figures are at a high and internal
                                                                   Front left to right – R. Rademan, T. Dlomo, H. Visser, P. Kruger, M Zungu, D. Madiba
                  quality levels have improved significantly.
                                                                                    Inset picture – Michal von Beneke and John Dykman.
                  Improvements like these do not come eas-
                  ily and it is only through perseverance and
                  teamwork that it can be achieved.

                                                                               Since the implementation of 5S, this department            team leaders and operators, has made these improve-
                                                                             has also shown the biggest step change in implement-         ments possible.
                                                                             ing the first S – Sorting. Sorting requires the disposal        Well done to the whole Hydrabolt department and
                                                                             of all unwanted items, a first step in housekeeping.          everyone involved in this achievement.
                                                                               The Hydrabolt department, managed by Pieter                  (Pictured are some members of the Hydrabolt
                                                                             Kruger and ably assisted by his foremen, technicians,        team)




              ABET                                                                                                            Education Subsidy

                                                                                                                              N
                                                                                                                                       CM continues
                                                                                                                                       to    provide
                                                                                                                                       children     of
                                                                                                                              employees in need of assist-
                                                                                                                              ance with an Education Subsidy.        For tertiary education the
                                                                                                                              The subsidy applies to primary      subsidy comprises a R15 000
                                                                                                                              education, secondary education      once off award for University or
                                                                                                                              and tertiary education              Technical      College     studies.
                                                                                                                                For primary and secondary         Employees who wish to apply
                                                                                                                              education the subsidy covers        for this subsidy must provide the
                                                                                                                              the cost of school fees, uniforms   Company with the learner’s official
                                                                                                                              and books. Employees who wish       results from matric or their latest
                                                                                                                              to apply for this subsidy must      university or technikon results.
                     Well done to:                                                                                            provide the Company with the        The Management of New Con-
                                                                                                                              learner’s official results from      cept Mining selects the best
                                 Communication in English                                                                     school as well as the proof of      achiever to receive this subsidy.
                    Sipho Buthelezi               Credit                          Numeracy in English                         costs for school fees, uniforms        Annual selections for these
                                                                                                                              and books. The Management of        subsidies take place at the end of
                    Robert Mandla Kunene          Higher Credit         Sipho Buthelezi              Credit
                                                                                                                              New Concept Mining select the       February each year. For applica-
                    Frans Lekala                  Higher Credit         Johannes Maake               Credit                   best achievers and the education    tion forms and more information
                    David Nkwana Mothibi          Higher Credit         Frans Lekala                 Credit                   subsidy is allocated to the top     contact Lysan James, Admin Man-
                                                                                                                              five primary education learners      ager. The closing date for appli-
                    Alfred Thusi                  Higher Credit         David Nkwana Mothibi         Credit
                                                                                                                              and the top five secondary edu-      cations to be handed in is Friday
                                                                        Alfred Thusi                 Credit                   cation learners.                    the 8th February 2008.


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                                                         N O T I C E S            &   A C H I E V E M E N T S



                       5 Year Celebrations
                       in Rustenburg
                                                                                                                                                                         5
                                                                                                                                                                       FIVE
                                                                                                                                                                               YEAR




                          The following Underground Instructors from
                        Rustenburg were recently presented with 5 Year
                        Long Service Awards by Dave Gravett:

                           PE CHAUQUE
                           JB CHIRRINZA
                           VE NKOSI
                           NM NTISANE
                           MP NHATSAVE
                           AL MACITELO
                           AR NAVINGO
                           PM CHICANE




                                                                                Congratulations




                                 Condolences to
                                  Moroe family                                          C        l i           Paulus Nyakallo Linda from the P
                                                                                        Congratulations go to P l N k ll Li d f                       Shop     h birth f his
                                                                                                                                              h Press Sh on the bi h of hi
                      It came as a shock to Andre Calitz and NCM’s Jackpot            twin boys, Katleho and Keletso Linda. They have brought great joy to Paulus and his
                      Department to hear of the death of their dear friend,           wife. Paulus wishes his sons all the best for the future and that God may protect them
                            brother and colleague, Leonard Moroe.                     wherever they go. He also wishes all the employees of NCM a happy Christmas and a
                     Leonard worked for NCM for over 5 years in the Jackpot           prosperous New Year.
                 Department. He was always committed to improving himself
                   and his employees. He was part of the team that assisted
                Jackpots in growing into the market leader in safety products
                                  for the mines that it is today.
                   Leonard was promoted to Assistant Foreman and went on
               to study Production Management enabling him to be promoted
                    to Production Foreman of Shift 2. He was committed to
                  continuous improvement, always open to suggestions and
                      eager to coach his team. He was also a leader in his
                           commitment to God and led by example.
                      He will be sorely missed by everyone at NCM and our                              Please note that the closing date for submissions for
                             deepest condolences go to his family.
                                                                                                         the next issue of Izwi Lethu is Friday 21st March.
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                                      F E A T U R E          –      C A R L E T O N V I L L E




                                                     Gold Region
                                 GOLD WINS THROUGH!
                                              T
                                                      he latter part of 2007 has been difficult for the      fontien); Doornkop; and Bambanani.
                                                      Gold Region as issues surrounding mine safety           2007 has been a challenging year and we look forward
                                                      particularly in the Gold Mining industry have had     to a successful 2008 in view of all the ground work and
                                              a significant impact on mine production in the area with       new initiatives that we have in place. I would like to take
                                              a number of mines closed by the Department of Minerals        this opportunity in wishing The Gold Region team a Merry
                                              and Energy (DME). In addition to this the shaft disaster      Christmas and I look forward to them returning all fired
                                              at Elandsrand Shaft caused production to be stopped for       up in the New Year.
                                              over a month. Despite the negative impact that this has
                                              had on sales, it is pleasing to see that Shaun and his team                                                Gavin Breckle
                                              have still managed to grow the sales
                                              in the region – well done to him.
                                                The Gold Region has achieved
                                              some significant milestones includ-
                                              ing the successful testing and im-
                                              plementation of Hydrabolts in the
                                              Welkom Area. This achievement is an
                                              important accomplishment for the
                                              region, well done to JC and his team.
                                              Congratulations also go to Clive
                                              who has achieved his goal of getting
                                              Hydrabolts listed as standard stock at
                                              AngloGold.
                                                As a team we are excited to be
                                              introducing new products to mines
                                              such as Uranium 1 (Afleases); First
                                              Uranium (Waterpan); Hartees (Stil-




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                                                       F E A T U R E                    –      C A R L E T O N V I L L E




           Feedback from Area Managers                                                                                                 Clive Buthelezi – Klerksdorp Area
                                                                                                                                         Clive is pleased to report that a number of the Uranium
           JC Pretorius – Welkom Area                                                                                                  mines in the Klerksdorp area are now in full production
              JC is pleased to report that he has made a major break-   father with the birth of his first grandchild, Evan Venter to   and using NCM Jackpots and Pumps.
           through for the Gold Region with the recent receipt of       his daughter Simoné and her husband. He is also looking          He is also very happy to report that he has been suc-
           his first orders for Hydrabolts and accessories which were    forward to the return of his son, Willem, from a two year      cessful at getting NCM product into another gold mine
           delivered in November. The products were successfully        working holiday in London. As far as leisure activities are    in Klerksdorp and that they have started using Jackpacks,
           tested in the area since April and have now been accepted    concerned JC started playing golf three month’s ago and        Jackpots and Pumps.
           for use. JC is also happy to report that as at the end of    is hoping to become more competitive with time.                  Clive would like to congratulate AngloGold Ashanti’s
           October Harmony’s Joel Mine is back at full production.                                                                     Kopanang Mine which has just celebrated one million
           Harmony’s new Phakisa Shaft                                                                                                 fatality free shifts.
           is due to start production in                                                                                                 On a personal note Clive is proud to report that his
           a week or two and JC reports                                                                                                son, Clive Junior, who is currently in Grade 2 has been
           that they have already placed                                                                                               nominated best student of the year for his grade at the
           orders for NCM products.                                                                                                    Methodist Primary School in Klerksdorp. Clive, together
              It’s business as usual at Gold                                                                                           with his church, has also been involved with a community
           Fields in the Welkom area who                                                                                               project to tidy up the Joburton township school.
           continue to be very happy with
           NCM products. Gold Fields                                                                                                   Shaun McConnachie – Carletonville Area
           currently use NCM’s Jackpots                                                                                                  Shaun reports that his area is stable and running
           and Accessories.                                                                                                            smoothly. There is a currently a big drive on safety further
              President Steyn Mine contin-                                                                                             to the recent fatalities at various mines in the area, with a
           ue to use NCM’s Jackpots and                                                                                                number of mines having been closed down while under
           Air Pumps wherever they have                                                                                                investigation. Shaun is pleased to report that Elandsrand
           a need for pre stressed units.                                                                                              has recently re-opened after being closed for a month.
              JC is also making inroads at a                                                                                             He is pleased to report that one of his customers has
           new customer in the Diamond                                                                                                 introduced instope bolting at their mines and that the first
           mining industry and JC is con-                                                                                              load of Hydrabolts have just been delivered to one shaft
           fident that he will get them on                                                                                              for a test phase. Shaun does not believe that the Hydrab-
           board as a customer.                                                                                                        olt will remain on test for very long at the mine before
                                                                                Seen at the SANIRE function JC, Gavin,
              The Free State branch of                                                                                                 becoming a standard item following the successful testing
                                                                                       Shaun, Carol and Kotie
           SANIRE held it’s Christmas function in Welkom, and NCM                                                                      of the Hydrabolt in the Free State .
           was well represented. The evening had a Greek theme to                                                                        NCM and Strocam participated in a very success-
           it and was thoroughly enjoyed.                                                                                              ful combined Expo at Kloof where new innovations in
              On a personal note JC is delighted at becoming a grand-                                                                  mining technology were on display. NCM also participated
                                                                                                                                       in a well attended and enjoyable golf day at Mponeng. The
                                                                                                                                       company sponsored a hole and had a unique tee where a
                                                                                                                                       longest drive competition was held by teeing off a Jaeger-
                                                                                                                                       meister bottle with a four pound hammer. The winner of
                                                                                                                                       the longest drive was Alex Boonzaier of Reatile.




                                                                                          Chris Schalkwyk & Ken
                                                                                          Thompson (above) and
                                                                                         Donavon, Gavin, Trevor,
                                                                                              Richard and Chris
                                                                                                         (right)




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                                                                                                S P O R T



                                                                                                                                                           A
                                                                                                                                                                   ndre Calitz, Production
           ADDICTED TO RUNNING                                                                                                                                     Manager Jackpots, Press
                                                                                                                                                                   Shop and Ancillaries, and



           I
               t’s dark; it’s the beginning of     They often forget their families      evening you sometimes carry the                                   his wife Edelweiss are extremely
               June, well into winter! You         and friends especially if focused     stresses of the day with you. One                                 proud of their 12 year old son
               have been running for an            on a major race.                      benefit of running in the evening                                  Ian’s sporting achievements
           hour or so, early in the morning.         I have been running for just        is in springtime, when you can                                    over the past few years. Ian has
             Slowly the sun starts to rise and     over twenty years and still have      smell all the different blossoms,                                 proved himself to be an all round
           the sky has beams of pink, gold         the same passion for running          syringa, jasmine etc.                                             sportsman:
           and pale blue radiating above           and did all those years ago.             I have been fortunate to race                                     For the second year running
           the skyline. There is the morn-           There are races in Johannes-        in a number of countries. In New                                  Ian has achieved the status as the
           ing mist hovering just above the        burg every Sunday, Pretoria every     York, I ran in Central Park. It was                               best tennis player in the Northern
           ground and the beautiful color          Saturday and almost every race        so cold that when I finished the                                   Free State as well as No. 1 in the
           of cosmos greeting you. Words           allows for walkers so if you don’t    race the temperature had risen                                    Free State. He has been chosen
           cannot adequately describe the          want to run, then get fit ….. walk-    to just -1 °C. In the United King-                                by SA Tennis to represent South
           joy of seeing a sunrise like that,      ing! In South Africa, everyone        dom I ran one marathon that was                                   Africa in 2 International tourna-
           but it makes getting up on a cold       thinks about Comrades, but the        labeled “23 hills in 26 miles”.                                   ments being held overseas. He
           morning really worth while.             most beautiful race is the Two           One great thing about running                                  recently won the Doubles in a
             Runners are a strange breed!          Oceans in Cape Town. To reach         is the camaraderie and banter                                     7 country tournament in Mauri-
           They love the freedom that run-         the top of Chapman’s Peak, after      with other runners and specta-                                    tius. He was awarded with a gold
           ning allows: the time to meditate       about 34 km of running, is worth      tors alike. The running fraternity                                medal by the Northern Free State
           as well as keep fit. Unfortunately,      every stride as you gaze down         will assist other runners in dis-                                 Department of Education as well
           road running is a selfish sport.         over Hout Bay, with the view be-      tress. Just watch the last 10 min-                                as by the Free State Department
           Runners tend to only think about        ing one of the most spectacular       utes of Comrades and you will                                     of Education for Excellence in
           their training and coming races.        in this country.
                                                             There are many types of
                                                            addicts and runners are
                                                                                         understand.
                                                                                            All races now have walkers par-
                                                                                         ticipating in the races and the dis-
                                                                                                                                    Sporting               Sport. He has won the school
                                                                                                                                                           tennis championship for 3 years
                                                                                                                                                           running.
                                                            no different. We are “ad-
                                                            dicted” to running. To
                                                            run early in the morning
                                                                                         tances range from 5km upwards.
                                                                                         There are many running clubs
                                                                                         to join and the Walk/Run for Life
                                                                                                                                        Star                  Ian also plays first team rugby
                                                                                                                                                           and has been chosen to play for
                                                                                                                                                           the Falcon South team who are
                                                            sets you up mentally and     club has thousands of members.                                    the league winners in the prov-
                                                            physically for the day. We      To quote Sir Roger Bannis-                                     ince. He has participated for the
                                                            get frustrated if we can’t   ter (the first man to run a sub 4                                  second year running as part of
                                                            run.                         minute mile)                                                      the Northern Free State team par-
                                                              If you want to run,           “Running is creative. The run-                                 ticipating in the Free State Athlet-
                                                            start by walking, until      ner does not know how or why                                      ics Championships. In 2006 Ian
                                                            you feel up to it or run     he runs. He only knows that he                                    was chosen by the Free State to
                                                            a short distance between     must run. He creates out of in-                                   participate in the SA Tournament
                                                            walking spells. Build up     stability and conflict, something                                  and was also chosen for the SA
                                                            slowly so you do not in-     that gives pleasure to himself                                    Diamond Team. In addition to
                                                            jure yourself. Try to have   and others because it releases                                    this he was chosen as the best
                                                            a target, e.g. 10km race,    feelings of beauty and power la-                                  cricket player at his school for
                                                            to aim for. Training is to   tent within us all.”                                              2007 and is in the Northern Free
                                                            build up stamina. If you        But be careful, running can be-                                State team. He has been chosen
                                                            run in the morning the       come addictive, but what a way                                    as Sportsman of the Year for his
                                                            body is fresh and strong,    to get hooked on something.                                       school for the past 2 years.
                                                            whereas, if you run in the                                  Jack                                  Ian not only excels at sport but
                                                                                                                                                           has an academic average of 78%
                                                                                                                                                           and is a prefect.




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       S upp o r te                                                    “World Cup fever hits NCM”
             Clu b!
                                                                                                                                                         p r ize
                                                                                                                                        Som e of t h e
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                                                                                                                                                                               Henri and
                                                                                                                                                                               Geraldine




                                                                                                                                      Andre and
                                                                                                                                        Henri
                                                                                                                                                Henri
                                                                                                                                              and Glenda

                      The lead up to the Rugby World Cup Final was an event that did not escape             From left to right:
                    the corridors of NCM. Employees were prompted to show their support for              Velaphi, Charles, Henri,
                    the Bokke by wearing “Green and Gold” on Friday 19 October, the day before           Corrie, Modidi, Joe and
                    the final. Needless to say, a sea of green and gold greeted us on that morning.                Colin.
                    The canteen was decorated with flags, pictures and a ‘real’ springbuck took
                    pride of place on the wall. Staff were requested to gather in the canteen at                                                                               Henri and
                    lunch time where a quick fun “rugby quiz” was held and small gifts handed to                                                                                Modidi
                    those who got the answers right. History now, but the effort was well worth it
                    with the Boks beating the Roses 15 – 6 in the final. Well done Bokke!

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