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    Northern Cape


    Boipelo Mere

    THE South African National

    Civics Organisation (Sanco) held

    its three-day elective conference

    in Kimberley over the weekend.

    The conference was attended by

    four of the five districts. The

    Namakwa Region was absent.

    Members of Sanco admitted

    that they had lost influence over

    the years and were seen as the

    poor cousin of the three other

    alliance partners, the ANC, SACP

    and Cosatu, since their last

    campaigns including Asithenge,

    the rent boycott and Asithenge e

    Doropeni in the 1990s.

    At the event it was highlighted

    that Sanco in the province was

    faced with the mammoth task of

    rebuilding its branding within

    the community and had to try

    and eradicate the challenges that

    it was facing.

    The document from the provin-

    cial general titled Building the

    organisation and alliance rela-

    tions stated that the challenges

    Sanco was faced with were a

    lack of administrative support

    and infrastructure, including

    full-time administrative staff and

    an organiser.

    It was also highlighted that a

    lack of marketing and communi-

    cation, including the relation-

    ships in branches, regions and

    provincial structures, made

    Sancos work difficult.

    The newly elected leadership

    said it believed it could improve

    the situation.

    The conference was addressed

    by the chairperson of Cosatu,

    Zam Nkosi of the national office

    of Sanco, and Normal Shushu,

    provincial secretary of the


    The former mayor of the Sol

    Plaatje Municipality emerged as

    the provincial chairperson and

    was also elected to the NEC

    alongside Winnie Ngobese and

    Robert Tsikwe.

    Fourteen other members were

    elected to the PEC while regional

    chairpersons and their secretaries

    become automatic members of the


    FROM the left are, front: PECmembers Vincent Diraditsile (who retains his position as provincial secretary), Helena English (deputy chairperson), Solly Legodi (provincial chairperson),

    Sicelo Williams (deputy chairperson), Thami Eiland (treasurer) and Brummer Maribe (provincial organiser); back: NEC members Winnie Ngobese and Robert Tsikwe.

    Photo: Boipelo Mere

    Members of Sanco

    admitted that they

    had lost inf luence

    over the years and

    were seen as the poor

    cousin of the three

    other alliance part

    ners, the ANC, SACP

    and Cosatu.

    Sanco members ready to rebuild branding

    Conference a success

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    Boipelo Mere

    PHOEBOE DE LA RAY has to pause a

    couple of times to prevent herself from

    crying during her interview with Express

    Northern Cape.

    Describing how difficult it is for her to

    see how people die on a daily basis of the

    Ebola virus, she struggles to find the right


    It is going better than I thought, is her

    response as to how the Northern Cape or

    Kimberley is responding to their fundrais-

    ing for Ebola. The team has put up a small

    stall in an awareness campaign about the

    organisations medical work throughout

    the world including its response to the

    Ebola crisis in West Africa.

    She explains how she and two of her

    team members of Doctors Without Borders

    (MSF) are touring the Free State and

    Northern Cape to raise funds for emergen-

    cy relief towards containing the Ebola

    outbreak in West Africa.

    Kimberley is one of the smaller towns

    throughout the country that the organisa-

    tion engaged with with their Face-to-Face

    travel teams aimed at raising funds to

    support the Ebola response.

    De la Ray was actually impressed at such

    a positive response from locals in the

    seven days that they spent in Kimberley.

    She is pleased that although the majority

    of people that they spoke to did not know

    about them (MSF), they got an idea of

    what they were talking about.

    They know that it (Ebola) should not

    reach our shores for sure.

    Money is the only thing that can stop

    the spread, that is why we raise funds. We

    are bombarded by this virus and we are

    aware that we are not safe from the

    outbreak, she emphasises.

    On their desk is a register called a field

    partner donation form on which the

    community members are encouraged to

    sign and pledge what they can afford.

    Given the fact that this is a smaller

    mall with only one anchor shop, it is also

    heart-breaking to realise how everyone is

    willing to donate, but cannot due to being


    Touching on the question as to whether

    they have any idea of how far the country

    is from the outbreak, she says that one can

    never be sure enough.

    She continues to mention that this

    campaign for funds is just an added effort

    that they as a team make to save South


    She is positive that more funds can put

    South Africa on the map of having good

    programmes, just like the TB and HIV and

    Aids programmes.

    According to De la Ray, the MSF has

    come to the realisation that people woke

    up too late about the Ebola outbreak.

    Still not enough is being done. It is

    such a spreadable and contagious disease,

    with not enough facilities. It broke out in

    Guinea in March already and due to a lack

    of facilities some patients were sent home,

    where they continued to spread the disease

    in their communities and died, she said.

    You know, it is so difficult to watch the

    videos of the people dying of Ebola at

    work. It is only that we have to face the

    reality, she adds, fighting her tears.

    She pleads with businesses, government

    and individuals to come on board to pledge

    and make a difference in stopping the


    According to Centre for Disease Control

    and Prevention (CDC) reports on the

    internet, South Africa has only had 2 cases

    of the Zaire Ebola virus in Johannesburg.

    That was during the 1996 outbreak, where

    one of the two had died. The cases were

    reported to have been imported.

    News24 reported on Friday that the UN

    trust fund that was aimed at raising an

    estimated $1 billion to fight the epidemic

    that had killed around 4 500 people, had

    barely $100 000 left in it.

    The report further stated that donors had

    given cash and non-cash contributions

    worth about $376 million to specific UN


    Money can curb Ebola outbreak

    THE MSF team, Phoeboe de la Ray, Prins Moalafi and team leader, Bongo Maqungo, during their recent campaign against Ebola at

    the Kimpark Shopping Centre in Kimberley. Photo: Boipelo Mere


    (28) and Koos Basson

    (40) were found guilty

    on a charge of posses-

    sion of suspected sto-

    len goods by the Post-

    masburg Magis-

    trates Court on 10


    The two were sen-

    tenced to 12 months

    imprisonment for

    the crime after being

    arrested for posses-

    sion of suspected sto-

    len copper in April.

    During the arrests

    on the Jenn-Haven

    gravel road the police

    stopped and searched

    the suspicious-look-

    ing motor vehicle the

    accused were travel-

    ling in.

    The 160 kg of cop-

    per that was found

    stashed inside the car

    was confiscated, to-

    getherwith themotor



    thiefs get



    Symptoms of Ebola include:

    ) Fever (greater than 38,6C or


    ) Severe headache;

    ) Muscle pain;


    ) Diarrhoea;

    ) Vomiting;

    ) Abdominal (stomach) pain;

    ) Unexplained hemorrhage (bleed-

    ing or bruising).

    Symptoms may appear anywhere

    from 2 to 21 days after exposure

    to Ebola, but the average is 8 to

    10 days.

    Recovery from Ebola depends on

    good supportive clinical care and

    the patients immune response.

    People who recover from Ebola

    infection develop antibodies that

    last for at least ten years.)

    For more news and

    photos go to our

    website at




    Boipelo Mere

    THE Naana family in Camden were

    amongst the ten fortunate families in the

    JTG District to be adopted by the John

    Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust

    (JTGDT) for a period of ten months.

    In support of the nationwide campaign

    of 67 blankets that started in July, stirred

    by the spirit of former President Nelson

    Mandela, the JTGDT accumulated more

    than 70 blankets which were donated by

    the staff of the trust and board of trus-


    During the week of 6 to 10 October, the

    trust went on a visit to the identified ten

    impoverished families in the John Taolo

    Gaetsewe District to donate blankets,

    groceries and in some cases commit to

    build houses for them.

    The Naana family is headed by an

    elderly man named Robert, who has to

    assist in supporting 13 of his dependants

    with his old-age grant. The dependants are

    four chil