Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 VOLUME 35 NO. 50 R2.00 incl. Elephant kills EFAF groomer A ZIMBABWEAN elephant groomer at the renowned EFAF conservancy near Moketsi died after an incident with one of the elephants in training last week Tuesday. The 30-year-old Bizwerk Mojo was busy helping with formal training of the elephant when the incident took place. "its not yet certain what happened or what led to the incident. The incident is still under investigation" Howard Blight CEO of Elephants For Africa Forever said. Bizwerk was rushed to the Tzaneen Medi-Clinic by EFAF staff but died shortly afterward. It’s said that the bleeding caused by a lacerated artery in the abdomen couldn't be stopped and the apprentice groomer passed. Bizwerk Mojo's body will be taken back to his family in Zimbabwe. The incident is still under investigation "According to Howard, Rory Hensman, who has successfully trained or assisted with the training of 45 African Elephants over the last 18 years and is currently the head trainer at EFAF, has never had an incident like this before" "We take great responsibility in the safety of our elephants and our staff’ Howard concluded. Doing well after hippo attack Erica Mathye A LETSITELE man who was attacked by an angry hippopotamus 12 days ago is said to be recovering well at the Polokwane provincial hospital. Ngwako Thomas Selomu was attacked from behind by a hippo while walking home from Neville Phiri farm in Letsitele on Sunday night last week. Selomu said he could not hear the hippo approaching him from behind as he was "deep in though.". After a fierce battle for survival with severe body injuries, Selomu managed to pull away from the hippo’s muscular grips and ran for his life. He was then rescued by a fellow farm worker who happened to be driving nearby. Selomu sufferred extensive injuries to his right arm. The spokesperson for the department of health in Limpopo, Phuti Seloba, confirmed that Selomu was responding very well to hospital treatment. Daai tyd van die jaar ... DIE een maand oue Estephan Potgieter getooi in rooi vir die kerseisoen. Letaba Herald wens alle lesers en adverteerders ‘n geseënde Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige nuwe jaar toe. PAGE 2 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 NUUS IN TRIBUTE Doug Grant ... a ‘Grand Old Man’ By the Old Digger SOLDIER, pioneer organic farmer, community and church leader, sportsman of note and one of the last of Letaba’s ‘Grand Old Men’ died peacefully on Sunday, December 12 at the age of 90. Over the years, he gave me many a good story for my weekly column, ‘Under The Boabab Tree’, and, so now, it is my privilege to write this final tribute to one of the most colourful characters I have ever written about. Of Scottish descent, he was born in South Africa into a family which, back in Scotland, produced a famous brand of malt whisky - now still available but taken over by a huge group. His father, Ian, had a dispute with his own, somewhat unforgiving, father and was sent to South Africa to fend for himself. In other circumstances, Doug would probably have been born in Scotland and entered the family whisky distilling business. Anyway, Ian Grant, while joining in the hunt for the legendary Kruger Millions in 1905, liked what he saw of the Duiwelskloof area and acquired a farm there two years later. Next he married Annie Lawrie Reed, the aunt of well-known Mooketsi farmer, Biss Reed. Doug was duly born on a farm at Modjadji in 1916 as the third son of a family of five. After junior schooling locally, Doug went on to King Edward School in Johannesburg in 1929 and soon showed his sporting and lead- ership qualities. He represented KES at soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics and boxing. He was also a company commander in the school’s cadet corps. After leaving school, he joined his brother Ron on a Lowveld farm and it was then that his rugby promise came to the fore. Until his death, he was the last surviving member of the famed 1936 Letaba rugby team which never lost a match that year. He played centre and impressed a Northern Transvaal rugby selector who offered him a job in Pretoria to play for Harlequins and the possibility of selection for the Springbok team to tour New Zealand in 1937 under the great Danie Craven.But Doug was looking after his mother and declined the offer. Then he was seriously injured in a motor accident that put an end to his rugby career. In 1939, South Africa entered the war against Hitler and Doug enlisted, along with other Letaba men, in the Second Regiment Botha and marched against the Italians in Abbysin- ia.South Africans, even more so now, tend to forget that our soldiers, among them Doug, participated in the great Western Desert battles such as Sidi Rezegh where the Bothas had some 500 casualties. Ultimately, they fought at El Alamein under Montgomery. Doug next went to Italy with our Sixth Armoured Division. Finally, he went to Scot- land and joined his family regiment, the Seaforth Highlanders, and served in the Army of Occupation in Germany. His brother Ron was one of the first South Africans to be killed in the war. After the war, he went back to farming and was one of the first farmers, if not the first, to go the organic route on a commercial basis as early as the 1950’s. He became very involved in the district in sport, farming and politics - remember the old United Party? He was branch chairman.For a while, he sponsored a marathon between Duiwelskloof and Tzaneen. He also was involved in raising the funds to build the Anglican church of St Davids at Duiwelskloof where, appropriately, a memori- al service, was held for him last week. The small church was full. A deeply religious man, he was, by his own admission, ‘not an easy man’ to get on with. He used to say: "I get on with everyone as long as they agree with me in all respects". I certainly enjoyed knowing him. NEWS LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 3 Poacher shot SAPD nommers in Kruger Park DIT is belangrik dat die publiek hulle vergewis van die nommers van die polisie in hul omgewing. AT least one suspected poacher was shot early Modjadjiskloof SAPD het reeds meer as ‘n jaar nuwe landlyn this morning (Wednesday December 13, nommers en nou ook ‘n selnommer. 2006) on the Eastern Boundary of the Kruger Dit is soos volg: (015) 309-1710, (015) 309-1711 en (015) National Park. 309-1712 of selnommer 082 532 4102. Rangers were meticulously patrolling the area after a rhino was poached there earlier this year and observed two suspects climbing over the boundary fence, which also acts as the international border between Mozam- bique and South Africa. One of the suspects was armed with an AK47 Assault Rifle and KNP Field Rangers edged closer to get a better look at them. KNP Field Rangers then shouted to the suspects to stand still and the suspect with the weapon suddenly turned round. Interpreting this as a threat, the KNP Field Rangers opened fire on the suspects, who split up and climbed over the fence back into Mozambique. On further investigation, definite drops of blood were found, suggesting that at least one of the suspects was injured. KNP Rangers are investigating the scene for Not allowed in Kruger Park more evidence. MANY game reserves elsewhere in Africa allow guests to protrude through sunroofs. In Kruger, this is not allowed as it changes the shape of the vehicle and often scares the animals away, thus spoiling the experience for others. Read article on page 4. PAGE 4 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 NUUS Zero tolerance in Kruger National Park! KNP Rangers, Protection Services per- ector, Dr Bandile Mkhize. that time will be fined. pleasant game viewing by oth- sound systems loudly. sonnel and Traffic Officials of the One of the major regulations that are Key to planning a journey in the KNP ers. “People come to the KNP to ex- Kruger National Park will be on high often ignored in the park is late driv- properly is taking cognisance of the Animals have learnt to accept perience the peace and quiet as alert this Festive Season and will have a ing. speed limits and allowing time to view the shape of motor vehicles as well as the beauty of the Kruger Zero Tolerance approach to anyone “In this case, we appeal to with game properly. something that they are not afraid National Park and we call this ex- found breaking the rules. people to plan their journey in the KNP “Our traffic officials are going to of. This is why animals will often perience a ‘sense of place’. Both “We don’t mean to scare anyone properly and allow plenty of time to get show no mercy with people who break get quite close to motor vehicles litter and loud human made noises away from enjoying their holiday in the to their destination, especially if they the KNP’s speed limits, which are 50 without any sign of stress or con- interfere with this ideal, which is Kruger, but we do get repeated requests are travelling long distances,” Dr Mkh- km/h on tar roads and 40 km/h on cern. But as soon as the shape of the reason why our security per- from our law abiding guests that their ize added. gravel roads,” Dr Mkhize added. the motor vehicle is interfered sonnel have been asked to look out holidays are spoiled by those who feel Visitors who arrive at the camp or But by far the most prevalent prob- with by someone protruding for those who break the rules and the rules don’t apply to them. So we entrance gates late can expect to be lem this year has been the amount of above the roofline or a window, issue heavy fines against anyone appeal to all visitors to maintain the fined up to R1 000, depending on how cases where people have either the animals will probably run contravening this basic require- rules and regulations of the park so that late they are. From November to Feb- alighted or protruded out of their away. ment of a national park,” con- everyone can enjoy their holiday,” said ruary, KNP gates close at 18:30 and vehicles, which is not only against the This obviously spoils the ex- cluded Dr Mkhize. Kruger National Park Executive Dir- anyone arriving at the gate later than regulations, but also makes for un- perience for everyone else at that The rules and regulations of the particular game sighting so any- park have been specially printed on one caught protruding or alight- leaflets handed out at the gates, and ing can be given a fine of up to R1 are also displayed on the permit 500, depending on the serious- leaflet, as well as on brown boards ness of the situation. displayed at all entrance and camp Pollution in various forms is gates. also of major concern to KNP Guests who observe people dis- Management. Serious fines will obeying the rules and regulations of be issued to anyone who con- the park are invited to report their travenes any of the KNP’s rules observations to the KNP Emergency regarding littering or playing Call Centre on 013 735 4325. THE couple seen standing on the door sill of this red hatchback are actually in extreme danger, as is the couple with the white sedan. They are all looking to the left of the road and a predator like a lion could be stalking them from the right. WHAT visitors must realise when they come to Kruger is that the roads are indeed public roads and our rules of the road are based on the rules of the road applicable outside the KNP’s boundaries. What this person is doing is not only illegal but immature and dangerous. Our question would be, what would happen if they suddenly came across an elephant and slammed on breaks? The young man would have been thrown forward and probably trampled by the elephant. THIS photograph was actually taken by a KNP official (unfortunately not a law enforcement official), who was verbally abused by the people in the black bakkie after he did his duty and informed them of the rules and regulations as stipulated by the KNP staff Code of Conduct. NEWS LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 5 Fire fighters literally offer blood A group of LFPA(Letaba Fire Protection Association) ’Working on fire’ firefighters filling in the necessary paperwork before donating blood at a mobile blood clinic which visited Westfalia recently. Farmer robbed TWO job hunters returned to a farm where and told the job hunters that he didn't they were denied jobs and took revenge, have any work for them. overpowering the maid, Sarah Baloyi, and Being a Good Samaritan Venter took the holding her hostage with a knife. Ac- two men back to the main road with his cording to Modjadjiskloof police the two vehicle, before leaving for other duties. African men later made off with around The two men returned at about 14h00 and R10 000 worth of stolen goods. overpowered the house worker. They held The two men allegedly came to the farm her with a knife while searching the house. Mooifontein, in the Mooketsi region, look- They made off with cell phones, jewelry ing for work last Friday morning. Frans and a digital camera. Venter the owner of the farm wasn't "We haven't made any arrests but hot present when the men came asking for the tracks of the two suspects" the Mod- work and they were told to wait until he jadjiskloof police department said. returned. Venter returned at about 13h00 PAGE 6 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 CALENDER Kampe se datums bekend SHALOSH bied volgende jaar maandeliks Christelike kampe aan. Die datums is soos volg: 26 tot 28 Januarie 2007: vrouekamp 9 tot 11 Februarie 2007: mannekamp 9 tot 11 Maart 2007: Profetiese kamp 1 (gemeng) 20 tot 22 April 2007: vrouekamp 11 tot 13 Mei 2007: mannekamp 8 tot 10 Junie 2007: Profetiese kamp 2 (gemeng) 27 tot 29 Julie 2007: vrouekamp 24 tot 26 Augustus 2007: mannekamp 7 tot 9 September 2007: Outoriteitskamp (gemeng) 12 tot 14 Oktober 2007: vrouekamp 9 tot 11 November 2007: mannekamp Skakel Hannes Meintjes by 083 650 8360 of na-ure by (015) 345 1139 (telefaks) of Katrien Meintjes by 082 731 8750 vir meer inligting. Ilse en Andrew trou ILSE Smith en Andrew Makkink is op 21 Oktober in die Drakensberge getroud. Ilse is wyle Gareth Smith en Rochelle se dogter. Die paartjie het hulle in Johannesburg gevestig. Plaaslike student vereer vir prestasie SUNE Wagenaar wat tans B.Ed studeer aan die Noordwes Universiteit is onlangs deur die Noordelike Helpmekaarstudiefonds vereer vir haar goeie akademiese prestasies. Sune het haar in die Letaba area gevestig voor sy gaan studeer het. GENERAL LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 7 Message from the new Station Commissioner THIS Christmas message was compiled by partments and the community, to prevent *-Inform your neighbours. *- Close all win- Tzaneen’s new Station Commissioner, As- crime before it occurs. dows and lock all doors. *Ensure the safety of sistant Commissioner KP Ngoveni. "Safety tips that are provided by the SAPS to act your kids, e.g. don’t let them go to a public "CHRISTMAS is a time for giving and caring! against crime together include the following: toilet on their own. For most police officials at Tzaneen Police "*First of all, know your nearest police station "To those officials who sacrifice their family Station, the Festive Season requires ex- number and all emergency numbers. time to ensure the safety of the community, I traordinary efforts to ensure the safety and "*Always tell somebody where you are go- wish you a blessed Festive Season and convey security of all citizens and visitors of the ing. our respect and appreciation for your endless Tzaneen area. "*Don’t display valuables in public and avoid efforts. "During the Festive Season the demand for carrying a large amount of money. "To the community of Tzaneen, I wish you a accountable, effective and service oriented When going away, the following important safe and peaceful Festive Season. The SAPS is policing increases. The South African Police issues need to be taken care of: there to serve and protect; together we can Service is therefore responsible to ensure "*- Get someone to empty your mailbox. make a difference!" safety, by protecting citizens, but also to provide adequate security from those who perpetrate crime. "Hence, policing requires professional law enforcement which does not infringe upon TZANEEN’S new Police Station Commission- human rights.It also requires a concerted effort er, Assistant Commissioner KP Ngoveni. by the SAPS, in partnership with other de- Teddy bears given to orphans IN a project by Macadamia Retirement Village, the Kings Court and Kloof Methodist Church visited Makgoba Village school last Wednesday where 47 orphans received knitted teddy bears, all knitted by Macadamia Village’s Joan Savoury. PAGE 8 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 ALGEMEEN Message from Mopani’s Mayor THE Executive Mayor of Mopani District Mu- human element while enjoying the festive moral regeneration and deepen unity within nicipality, Councillor, Matome Humphrey celebrations. our families which has become the hallmark Mokgobi, sent this Christmas message to the "More than once, have pointed to my worry of our ‘democratic transition. community of Mopani. about the fact that our district ranks highest in ’It is indeed a blessing to all of us that we are "IN THE year that marked the renewal of the terms of HIV/AIDS infections in Limpopo. May a part of the generation witnessing an eventful Executive Mayor of local government mandate, we send our we not forget the ABC message. close of the year 2006. Thanks to the Lord for Mopani, Councillor Christmas greetings and best wishes to all our "My heart goes to disadvantaged citizens the ongoing blessings on us as a people. Matome Humphrey people. who cannot fend for themselves, the orphans, "Let Peace and Friendship as envisaged in Mokgobi. "While all of us are affected with the goodwill physically challenged people, the aging and the Freedom Charter reside in all our hearts! of the Christmas spirit, observance of road those confined in hospital. Let us show them "Kgotso e be le lena!" safety rules cannot be overemphasised. It is warmth and compassion at all times. So be it! important that we do not lose sight of the "Let this Christmas be a time to stimulate PROMOTION LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 9 PAGE 10 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 GENERAL Reverend Dean’s X-mas message IT'S THAT time of the year, wish list are made, opportunity to go to church on their annual we linger a little longer and most times are new products revealed, threats by parents to pilgrimage and for some an opportunity to moved. Regardless of our response we do naughty children are echoed, we can even think about those less fortunate. Regardless of consider others. complain about the secular intent of this sea- our agenda's or views on Christmas the world The real modern miracle is what we do with son, and how Christmas seems lost or that it is and it's economies hang with energy onto this those moments. when we wonder if someone over commercialised. season with great anticipation and expect- is lonely you can be sure they are, or when you Sure enough this may all be true. Yes the ations. dream of mending things the opportunity is 'SALE' signs bring clear indications of a busy More importantly is the reminder that deep closer than ever before, and when these mo- time ahead and that the world is ready to beneath the hustle and bustle of the festivities ments come knocking open your hearts to the celebrate. and rushing around, is the true message of seed that's been sown and you'll discover a For most it seems a really good excuse to Christmas, a promise fulfilled bundled in a freedom from the hustle of this season and spend, for business a great opportunity to boost manger in a town called Bethlehem. The rulers re-discover it's meaning and true reason. What those year end sales, for many Christians an and wise men were enthralled at this occasion, have we got to lose? Remember God is with us, lowly Shepard's testified to the angels and we are not alone, and our circumstances don't their rejoicing, that a virgin miraculously con- have to leave us hopeless. ceived and gave birth to Jesus, and what was all The story is told of a mother who walked an the fuss about. Hope had arrived all cuddled up hour to get to Church and on her return she in a crib. With this hope came the fulfillment of would find her young child waiting a distance prophecies ancient and fresh. For unto us a from the house always expecting her mother to Saviour is born. The message has never died share what she'd heard. One Sunday she out. That's the Good news. It's as alive as it returned and had nothing to offer. So to buy was all those years ago, all we need to do is tell some time from the expecting child, she poked it! holes in her water bottle and sent her daughter RENATE Prinsloom, chairperson of the Letaba Now we may hide behind our approval or off to get some water from the river as she SPCA. disapproval of Christmas and all it's secular rested at the gate. The daughter returned tears displays, but we can never take away the true from her face sorry the water had seeped out. SPCA message message, it's real origin and the awesome opportunities it does bring, funded by this world, highlighted in colour, filled with visuals The mother replied she was like the water bottle empty and dry. Her journey to church was tiresome and empty, and this Sunday she RENATE Prinsloo, chairperson of the Letaba SPCA writes: and music calling us to re-connect to the real had nothing to give. Don't let Christmas leave THE Letaba SPCA wishes all their supporters purpose of Christmas, not even a million the world empty. The message of the manger a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Santa's and all the Sales in the world can take has never changed it's a message of Great love The Letaba SPCA requests all pet-owners to away the Savior in a manger. The promise of and hope. But if we have no expectations we ensure that their animals are taken care of salvation, the hope of the world and the birth of too will be disappointed. The Challenge is when they go on holiday this festive season. greater things to come. where are we looking, and Church what are we Writing a contact number on the inside of Now if we were to be still for just a moment offering. your pets collar with a permanent marker is we would discover that deep down we too Matthew 1: 22-23 strongly advised, incase your animal gets have a longing for truth and good news. We are 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord lost. encouraged to hope again, for mended re- had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin If you have indeed lost a pet, contact the lationships, peace on earth, the moment to will be with child and will give birth to a son, Letaba SPCA at 083 628 9257. pause even to say thank you or you matter. We and they will call him Immanuel"--which Also, don’t forget to have your pets vac- remember those less fortunate or wonder about means, "God with us." cinated against rabies. REV Dean Matthew the loneliness of the aged or orphaned, and we God Bless! Rev. Dean Matthew even dare to consider their needs, and at times ALGMEEN LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 11 Christmas message from our Mayor THE Mayor of the Greater Tzaneen Mu- living close to us. nicipality, Alderman OJ Mushwana, has sent "We need to be cautious of our property, our the following Christmas message to all in his money, bank cards and let’s keep our houses far-flung municipal area. safe. "WE HAVE reached the Festive Season and "I remind those who drink to do so in a Christmas is now very close. I thank Almighty responsible way and not endanger others. . God for keeping Greater Tzaneen Muni- Let’s stay at home and drink and let's avoid cipality and it’s entire community very safe. driving while drinking. "This is the time to create peace in our "May the Lord God keep us all safe and let's families, gathering them together and sharing all enjoy our Christmas". THE Mayor of the Greater Tzaneen Mu- happiness. To love all children and everybody nicipality, Alderman OJ Mushwana. Message from Modjadjiskloof lTHE Mayor of the Greater Letaba muni- process of resolving problems to better the cipality, Joshua Matlou’s, has sent the fol- lives of our people. We urge them to persist in lowing Christmas message to the community their noble efforts. "This has been an eventful year. In March, we held successful, peaceful elections and, for the year ahead, we will work to achieve even more success as we continue to respond to the important challenge of reducing poverty. " May the holidays renew our commitment to working together for the speedy trans- formation to a genuinely non-racial and democratic South Africa full of opportunities and stability. "As government, we are extremely con- cerned that our people are dying and sus- taining permanent injuries unnecessarily on our roads, We therefore appeal to all road users, both pedestrians and drivers, to respect each other by taking all the necessary meas- ures to protect each other and, particuarly, not to take alcohol before undertaking trips. "To all tourists visiting the food basket of Southern Africa, you are warmly welcome. THE Mayor of the Greater Letaba muni- Enjoy your stay during this festive seasons. cipality, Joshua Matlou. "To those of you who have returned to spend Christmas with your families, we say: ’Wel- of the Greater Letaba area. come home!’ As we spend these holidays with "IT IS that time of the year to pause and give our families let us hope that none of us will be joy to all those who worked with us the whole killed as a result of reckless driving. year. "Merry Christmas and a Happy 2007 ! We take this opportunity to thank them for Don’t drink and drive... Arrive Alive.. And making a contribution in 2006 in the difficult Condomise!" PAGE 12 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 ALGEMEEN EGK se Kersboodskap DS Hendrik van Rensburg van die gelie, die goeie nuus aangaande Evangelies Gereformeerde kerk die koms van Jesus, waarna later vertel in sy boodskap van die nog op 101 plekke in die Nuwe engele wat die Kersboodskap eer- Testament verwys word. ste gebring het. Jesus is die tema en die inhoud Die eerste Kersboodskap is deur van die engel se Kersboodskap! Is ‘n engel afgelewer. In Luk 2:8 lees dit nog die kerninhoud van ons ons dat dit met die heerlikheid van hedendaagse boodskappe? die Here, wat rondom hulle Wees bly oor Jesus geskyn het, gepaard gegaan het. Die kwaliteit van die boodskap Dit is insiggewend dat ‘n engel is dat ons moet bly wees, want dit gestuur is om die aanvang van die bring ons by ‘n myn van onde- Christus-era aan te kondig. Die urgrondelike rykdomme en skatte aankondiging het ook met ‘n van die Persoon, Jesus Christus. duidelike en allesoorheersende Hierdie Persoon is die enigste, boodskap gepaard gegaan (Luk volmaakte openbaring van God- 2:10.) delike genade, wysheid, krag, Moenie vrees nie. geregtigheid, liefde en hei- Die inhoud van die engel se ligheid. Kersboodskap was dat nie gevrees Dié goeie nuus demonstreer moet word nie, want Kersfees God se heerlikheid. Dit is waarom gaan oor ‘n goeie tyding van groot daar groot blydskap moet wees. blydskap! Die goeie tyding, waar- Geen wonder dat ‘n engel vir die van die engel praat, is die evan- eerste unieke aankondiging ge- DS Hendrik van Rensburg van die Evangelies Gereformeerde kerk en sy gesin. roepe was nie! Hoe tragies is dit dan nie vandag dat mense met ander dinge, as die Persoon van Christus, vermaak wil word. Wat is die kwaliteit van ons boodskap vandag? Kan dit wees dat ons ons met soveel ander sg "aktuele" dinge kan amuseer en besig hou, dat ons nie meer delf na die onvergelyklike skatte van Jesus nie? Engel se werk stop Dit is egter hier aan die begin van die Nuwe Testament waar die engel se Kersboodskap stop. Die hemelse wese is uitnemend gekies om die eerste Kersboodskap te bring. ‘n Hemelse leërskare het by die engel aangesluit en ‘n loflied gesing: "Eer aan God in die hoogste hemele en vrede op aarde, in die mens ‘n welbehae!" Dan ontvou die implikasies en appél van hierdie loflied en eerste Kersbood- skap duidelik in die Bybel dat die verdere bekendmaking daarvan en uitdra van die goeie nuus aan gewone mense opgedra word, waaraan hemelse wesens geen deel het nie. Mense smaak genade Engele ken nie sonde nie en verstaan nie genade nie. Daarom is hul bediening daardie dag beperk tot die aankondiging en die eerste Kersboodskap. Daarenteen word sondaar-mense, wat die reddende genade van God ervaar, geroep om die goeie nuus verder te versprei en vir die voortgang daarvan verantwoordelikheid te aanvaar. Voorreg om by engele oor te neem Die engel het die voorreg gehad om die eerste Kersboodskap af te lewer. Ons het die voorreg om dit jaarliks, inderdaad, daagliks oral te doen en daarmee te volhard tot by die wederkoms van Jesus! Kersfees is dus nie die tyd om ‘n monument vir die eerste Kersboodskap en die evangelie op te rig nie, maar om andermaal uit liefde aangespoor te word om dit uit te dra en te versprei! Die engele gee nie om dat ons dit doen nie, inteendeel, hulle juig in die hemel oor elkeen wat reageer op die eerste Kersboodskap en wat ons verder uitdra! "We call ourselves the soldiers of Christ, the Army of the Lord, while millions die having never heard the name of Jesus - I wonder what the angels call us"? CT Studd. SAPD boodskap DIÉ Kersboodskap is wees. Mag God al- van Charmaine Beet- mal deur hierdie tyd ge, hoof van Mis- dra". daadvoorkoming by die Tzaneen Polisie stasie, aan die gemeenskap. "Hierdie jaar was vir my ‘n besondere geseënde jaar. Ek wil graag dankie sê aan die inwoners van Tzaneen vir hul positiewe bydrae tot bekamping van mis- daad. Mag hierdie CHARMAINE Beet- kersfees net geseënd ge, hoof van Mis- wees en die jaar daadvoorkoming by 2007, nog ‘n goeie die Tzaneen Polisie jaar vir ons almal stasie. PROMOTION LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 13 PERPETUA MAMABOLO, The Absa consultant who opened the account, SK Sekhula and Colleen Viljoen, Regional Manager Retail Banking services , handing over the check. SK SEKHULA and her husband Simon celebrating the R19 525 won in the Absa Silver account campaign. Big bank winners! TEN Absa customers were given a big surprise competition.. when they won 3 times their monthly salary in During the handing over ceremony Sekhula the Absa Silver campaign. One of these 10 said that this was a life changing event and that lucky winners was a teacher from Modjadjisk- the money will play a big role in her life. Upon loof. asking what she was going to do with her new Customers who opened a Silver account found riches she replied, " I'm going to help before September 30 with Absa and had their my children who are still at school" salaries deposited into that account was auto- "At Absa we constantly strive to change the matically entered into the competition lives of our customers. Each of the ten cus- without them having to fill in anything. SK tomers received 3 times their salary, an ideal Sekhula was astonished when she heard that holiday gift. It pays to bank with Absa" Pierre COLLEEN VILJOEN, Regional Manager Retail Banking services , Mariaan de Beer, Sales Manager she was bound to receive a check of R19 525 Loubser, Managing Executive of Absa Retail Absa Tzaneen, and Mannie Steyn Branch Manager Absa Tzaneen. Front: Perpetua Mamabolo, as she hadn't even known that she entered the Banking Services said. Absa consultant, SK Sekhula, winner of R19 525 and Simon Sekhula. PAGE 14 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 CLASSIFIEDS GENERAL LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 15 Tips for a safe trip WITH 14 125 South Africans having died on South Africa’s roads just last year, holidays are as much a danger to families as they are a treat. With this in mind, ER24, South Africa’s most comprehensive Emergency Medical Care Network, would like to offer South Africans a few simple tips for when they are travelling on long car journeys: - Wear your seatbelt, and make sure every- one else in the car is wearing theirs - Don’t speed or overtake recklessly - it’s better to get there slowly than not at all - Save ER24’s emergency number, 084 124, into your cell phone - Save the contact details of your Next of Kin into your cell phone - Make sure that everyone in the car knows where the family medical aid details are, so that, should you be injured in an accident, they will be able to supply them - Collect an ER24 sticker for your car from your nearest ER24 base before you leave on your journey, so that if you are in an accident anyone on the accident scene will know who to call Taking all of these simple precautions will help you and your family to reach your holiday destination safely, and could end up saving lives. In the event of a car accident Sadly, serious car accidents are a reality in South Africa, and it is always good to know what to do in the event that you are involved in or come across one. Below, ER24 lays out some steps that South Africans can take to help at an accident scene. Before you stop at an accident scene, ensure that it is safe to do so, and assess the scene before you do. Once you’ve stopped, try to alert oncoming traffic of the accident by switching on your hazard lights. Remember that moving vehicles are dan- gerous and may not see you, so, if possible, try to stay on the curb side of the accident. Unless there is no risk of further injury, do not move the patient, as this may aggravate their injuries, especially in patients who may have broken bones, internal injuries or injuries to the neck or spine. Rather wait for the paramedic, who is ex- perienced in emergency care, to arrive on the scene. If the victim is unconscious, turn their head to the side to help prevent choking, but do not move the head of someone who may have a broken neck or a spinal injury, and if you are not sure, it is best to wait until help arrives! If medical assistance is necessary, imme- diately call 084 124. Once you are in contact with ER24’s alarm centre, the operator will be able to ascertain the nature of the accident and will know to alert the correct emergency service i.e. fire brigade, ambulance, traffic department etc. When calling, have all of the following details on hand: - Your name and immediate (i.e. at the scene) contact number - Exact location of the accident including landmarks, street names and the nearest in- tersection, so that emergency services can locate the site as quickly as possible. - Type of incident e.g. motor vehicle col- lision, motorbike accident, pedestrian acci- dent - Number of vehicles involved - Number of injured persons, including a brief description of their injuries and remember, don’t hang up the phone until the alarm centre staff do so first! Emergency Medical Service personnel are taught early on that their own safety comes first, and then the safety of the injured person, and ER24 would like to warn the public that they should not jeopardise their own lives in attempts to save injured motorists! ER24 would also like to remind members of the public that an important part of first aid is keeping the accident victim as still as possible and reassuring him or her until help arrives. By providing a calm, gentle and reassuring presence, you could help them survive a serious injury! PAGE 16 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 ALGEMEEN Boodskap van Agri DIE jaar 2006 was teen verwagtinge 'n lekker agriculturist and those associated with them. landbou jaar. Mag 2007 `n beter en voorspoediger jaar vir ‘n Water posisie wat van ‘n krisis (Tzaneen almal wees. Hieraan sal gewerk moet word - dam was in Desember 2005 slegs 3.8% vol) tot soos ons boerdery gemeenskap kan. ’n redelike posisie verander het, het die basis daarvoor daargestel. `n Prysverbetering het vir meeste landbouprodukte ontwikkel en vir die uitvoerbedrywe van ons gebied het die ruil- koers van die rand goeie pryse beteken. Vleis- produsente het veral by `n langverwagte prysstyging gebaat. Little progress was made in the finalisation of some of the oldest restitution landclaims while the Land Claims Commissioner surged ahead with new claims. Handling of the post set- tlement challenge will require the Department of Agriculture to make imaginative plans in this regard. The district does not need more Sapekoe-like debacles. ‘n Ongelukkige wending ten opsigte van hierdie probleem het laat in die jaar tydens Groter Tzaneen Stadsraad se "Land Sum- mit'gebeur. Onoorwoë rassistiese uitsprake en selfs n aanval op die land se Grondwet het rooiligte aangeskakel. Samewerking tussen alle inwo- ners van ons gebied sal lei tot voorspoed vir almal. Konfrontasie sal dit nie bevorder nie. May Christmas 2006 bring cheer to every LOUIS van Rooyen, voorsitter Agri Letaba. Safety leaflets available at local supermarkets SHOPRITE and Checkers stores have an ex- customers informed about aspects concerning citing range of consumer leaflets to keep their a better and healthier lifestyle. The leaflets provide valuable information on a variety of topical issues such as child abuse, which forms part of the consumer sense range, food and health advice, as well as a recipe range. The latest recipe leaflet, Festive Bak- ing, offers customers five easy-to-prepare and delicious recipes they can use to stock up the biscuit tins for the festive season. These leaflets demonstrate the su- permarket group’s commitment to care for the communities they operate in. The group believes an informed con- sumer is a better con- sumer, and aims to provide information and hints on a range of topics that touches the average South African shopper daily. So, next time you visit a Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper store, remem- ber to visit the con- sumer board where the latest consumer leaflets are dis- played. Electronic versions of the leaflets are also available on www.shoprite.co.za in the Customer Care section. ALGEMEEN LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 17 Haenertsburg seniors treated by Rotary LOCAL residents of the Haenertsburg area were recently invited to a Village Pensioners' Day Meal. Old age pensioners lined up on a beautiful sunny December Saturday morning next to the Haenertsburg Post Office, and were served a hearty meal by their local Rotary Club. Over 220 chicken stew, pap and salad meals were dished out to all who AT a Haenertsburg Senior Citizen's lunch , attended, which included the pensioners, with generous donations from local busi- small children and mothers, who serve our nesses, Rotary Haenertsburg treated "the community 24/7 as well as the police and Mountain Oldies" to a Christmas Lunch at Pot ambulance Services - and many others who 'n Plow. These two nanogenerians (that is lined up and were served with a smile. This aged over 90 years for the non-informed) - was a gesture, by the Rotary to the larger Gwen Moncreiff, left, and Hazel Pile shared a community to spread the fellowship and happy smile and good wishes for the 2006 goodwill celebrated at Christmas, and to festive season. share the spirit of giving. Fire Fighters donate blood LFPA(Letaba Fire Protection Association) ’Working on fire’ firefighters recently donated blood at a mobile blood clinic from Tzaneen which visited Westfalia. From left are Butch Baker, LFPA coordinator, a brave Nomsa Phosa, Veld and Forest Fire crew leader and Juas Rapitsi, the blood clinic attendant. PAGE 18 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 SCHOOL NEWS Unicorn house winners announced AQUILA house were awarded the winning house for academics as well as the Spade for the wining house overall during the Unicorn Preparatory school’s recent Senior Phase prize giving. Sagwati Nkhwashu and Richard Warwick, Aquila’s house captains, hold their house trophies. LEFT: Leo house were awarded the Grade 7 Interhouse Quiz trophy during Uni- corn Preparatory school’s recent prize giving. House cap- tains Tracey Roy and Devon van Heerden with their trophies. SCHOOL NEWS LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 19 Pupils receive academic excellence colours awards THE following Gr 6’s from Unicorn Preparatory school recently THE following Gr 7’s from Unicorn Preparatory school recently received academic excellence awards during the school’s Senior Phase received academic excellence awards during the school’s Senior Phase prize giving. Front from left are, Jackson Dando, Jasmine Jacob, prize giving. Front from left are Chanmari Marais, Francois Maritz and Nikiwe Nubi and Dominic Obojkovits. Back are Lyla Adam and Fezi Anthea Venter. Back are Christopher Altona and Jessica Oosthuyse. Ntsanwisi. Absent: Hennie Botes. THE following pupils from Unicorn Prepar- atory school recently received academic col- ours during the school’s Senior Phase prize giving. Front from left are Michelle Pilusa and Eiren Drake. Back are Ntsako Risiva and Tamsin Scott. GRADE 5’s receiving academic excel- lence awards, front from left are, Lindy Joubert, Cassandra McGaffin, Alexis THE following Unicorn Preparatory school Gr 4 pupils recently Mes and Hayley received academic excellence awards during the school’s Senior Phase Dawson. Back are prize giving. Front from left are, Gabriëlle Krüger, Lebo Maphoto, Amber-Lee de Villi- Nkateko Shikwambana and Samuel Varrie. Middle are Rean Venter, ers, Alexis du Toit Liza Botha, Niki Cilliers and Sphiwe Dlamini. Back are Rebecca and Bronwyn Hyland, Tlangelani Mushwana, Shope Nubi and Bianca Tout. Joubert. CHANMARI Marais, a pupil from Uni- corn Preparatory school, received the Ofcolaco Harriers trophy for outstand- ing achievement in athletics, during the school’s Senior Phase prize giving held recently. PAGE 20 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 SCHOOL NEWS Pupils honoured for outstanding achievements in sport TRACEY Roy and Francois Maritz, pupils from Unicorn Preparatory school, were re-awarded swimming colours during the school’s Senior Phase prize giving held recently. JESSICA Oosthyuse and Herno Matthee, pupils from Unicorn Preparatory school, recently received trophies for sportsmanship during the school’s Senior Phase prize giving. FRANKI-MAY Tooley and Joshua Varrie, pupils from Unicorn Preparatory school, both recently received merit certificates for swimming during the school’s Senior Phase prize giving. SCHOOL NEWS LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 21 Unicorn Senior Phase pupils excel KULANI Baloyi, Daniel Tooley and Hayden Symmonds, all pupils of Unicorn Preparatory School, were recently awarded various junior cricket awards during the school’s recent Senior Phase prize giving. Kulani received the award for best junior fielder while Daniel received awards for being the best junior bowler as well as most promising junior cricketer. Hayden was awarded the best junior batsman as well as the prestigious junior cricketer of the year trophy. THE following pupils from Unicorn Preparatory school all received full colours for cricket during the school’s Senior Phase prize giving held recently. Front from left are Nsovo Baloyi, Tian Koekemoer and Micheal Pirie. Back are Dillen McGaffin and Christopher Altona. TRACEY Roy and Francois Maritz, pupils from Unicorn Preparatory school, recently received REAN Venter and Deepa Kesa, pupils from Unicorn Preparatory school, both recently received trophies for best girl- and best boy swimmer respectively, during the school’s Senior Phase prize awards for outstanding achievement in swimming during the school’s Senior Phase prize giving. giving. ALGEMEEN PAGE 22 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 SPORT LETABA HERALD - Vrydag 22 Desember 2006 PAGE 23 Cecil verwerf Limpopo kleure CECIL Vermeulen, links, Voorsitter van die Tzaneen Boog- skiet Klub het on- langs sy Limpopo Kleure tydens die Boogjagter SA’s wat in Naboom plaas- gevind het, verwerf. Anton Dreyer, mid- del, Noordelike Provinsie Boogjagter Voorsitter het ook sy Limpopo kleure ontvang. Regs is Benito van Leeuwen, Boogjagter Presid- ent van SANIFAA (‘South African Na- tional Indoor and Field Archery Asso- ciation’) en sewe keer Suid Afrikaanse wereldkampioen in boogjag. PAGE 24 LETABA HERALD - Friday 22 December 2006 SPORT Februarie is Driedruk tyd! DIE JAARLIKSE driedruk-kompetisie vier in kompetisie. Februarie sy tiende verjaarsdag en verskeie Bosveld het steeds ‘n gebrek aan genoeg planne is in plek om dit ‘n baie spesiale spelers en Letaba se derdespan sal ingespan geleentheid te maak. word as die Bosvelders sukkel om twee spanne Diè kompetisie, waarby alvier plaaslike vol te maak. rugbyklubs betrokke is, word vir die tiende jaar Die eerste bepaling is op 2 Februarie op deur die LETABA HERALD en die PALABORA Phalaborwa en die tuisspan sal in die hoofwed- & HOEDSPRUIT geborg terwyl die ander hoof- stryd van die aand teen die verdedigende borg, Simpsons Motors, die Delta-agente op kampioen, Letaba, te staan kom. Duiwelskloof Tzaneen en Phalaborwa, vir die vierde jaar en Bosveld sal diè aand sake teen mekaar betrokke sal wees. uitspook. Die kompetisie sal weer die vier Vry- Op 9 Februarie reis die hele spulletjie na dagaande in Febraurie by die onderskeie klubs Letaba waar die gashere teen Duiwelskloof te aangebied word en Duiwelskloof sal vanjaar staan sal kom. die eindstryde, waarskynlik op Merensky, aan- Op 16 Febraurie kom Hoedspruit aan die bied. beurt en die hoofwedstryd diè aand sal tussen Vir die eerste keer ooit gaan Bulletjie-rugby Bosveld en Letaba wees. ‘n deel van die program uitmaak en uit- Die eindstryde gaan op 23 Februarie beslis nodigings is reeds aan verskeie laerskole ges- word met Duiwelskloof as die gasheer-klub. tuur om spanne in te skryf. Die driedruk-kompetisie lok jaarliks duis- ‘n Verdere eerste is dat ontwikkelings-klubs, ende toeskouers - meer as enige ligawedstryde soos die Universiteit van die Noorde en die - en is ongetwyfeld ‘n groot suksesstorie in Universiteit van Venda, ook genooi gaan word plaaslike rugby. Die rugby self is vinnig, op- om by minstens een van die bepalings te windend en spannend en dit is die ideale speel. geleentheid om al die plaaslike rugbytalent op Die kompetisie het onlangs ook goeie nuus een aand by een plek in aksie te sien. gekry deurdat ‘n sterk nuwe bestuur op Moet dit nie misloop nie! Februarie is Phalaborwa verkies is terwyl Duiwelskloof Driedruk-maand en jou Vrydagaande moet by hulle verbind het tot twee spanne in die ‘n plaaslike rugbyklub spandeer word! Sien julle daar! Diana eindig tweede tydens boogskiet SA’s DIANA Vermeulen, Tesourier van jaar skiet, het tussen twee voorm- die Tzaneen Boogskiet Klub, is alige wereldkampioen boog- onlangs as tweede beste in die jagter-vroue geeindig wat onder- land in die vroue afdeling, tydens skeidelik eerste en derde geplaas die Boogjagter SA’s aangewys. is. 252 boogjagters van regoor die Regs is Benito van Leeuwen, Boo- land het aan die begin van gjagter President van SANIFAA Desember by Naboom se, ‘Die (‘South African National Indoor Oog’ bymekaar gekom en mekaar and Field Archery Association’) die stryd aangesê. en sewe keer Suid Afrikaanse Diana, wat maar nog net vir ‘n wereldkampioen in boogjag.