Monday, 5 November 2012

Learners explore their talents through ESSP

Karabo Tebele


When the school bell rings, some learners prepare to go home, but learners from Arethabeng Primary School, in Sosshanguve Block L remain behind to participate in extra-curricular activities.

The Department of Education in Pretoria introduced the Extra School Support Programme (ESSP) to motivate learners to participate in sporting events.Extra School Support Programme started in October 2011.

ESSP includes soccer, netball, cricket, volley ball, mini-Cricket and other modified sport codes.Thomas Mhlonga, coach of Arethabeng Primary School said: “After school we keep learners busy to participate in sport in order to influence them to stay away from illegal substances.”

The programme starts from 12:00 to 16h00 Mondays to Fridays.Mhlonga said that the programme also improved the interest of learners in sport.ESSP has learners from grade one to seven who take part in the sporting codes.

Theo Chokwe, teacher of Arethabeng Primary School said, since ESSP was launched, learners were no longer lazy to participate in class.
“Learners are super-active in class and they no longer fall asleep in class where participation is very high. The Department of Education must ensure that the programme hires more participative members to sustain the level of interest within the community,” said Chokwe.

Local band releases their second album

Karabo Tebele

Hawkers, taxi drivers and residents in Mabopane station were dancing to the sounds of Saints Brothers who performed songs from their second album on Saturday.
The Saints Brothers entertained the audience with their second album called Sthandwa ft Xenophia.

Lovemore Magona, lead singer said that their album was released on Thursday with some of the popular tracks like Zinduna’s from their first album that was made in 2009.

“We recorded our new tracks on Thursday with some of our most popular first album tracks.”

Without a financial boost, Magona funded the material of the band and transport from his own pocket.

They performed hit tracks like Epfeni Kababa which explain the current funeral situations that families go through after the death of a father.
Magona said that piracy threatened the album success.
“Piracy is a harmful thing because the success of our album took a good team to produce, but then someone comes from nowhere and sells our music illegally.”
The album Sthandwa ft Xenophia will be on the shelves starting from Tuesday.
At the end of November, the band will leave for Zimbabwe to perform their second album as part of their tour.

Students learn discipline through karate

Karabo Tebele

Mendy Ndala applies his skills against his Sensei-Senpai Lourenzo Lottering.

Honour, self-defence and discipline are values that Sensei-Senpai Lourenzo Lottering is instilling in his senior and junior students with martial arts.

Sensei (teacher or master) Lourenzo Lottering started African Son Dipuo karate programme in May after completing his martial arts belts as a promise to his master and former teacher N. Mazibuko who passed away.

Students practise their Uchi-Dashi martial skills at the Assemblies of God church in Mabopane.

Lottering added that his successful karate programme started as a legacy to his daughter, Dipuo Sibanyoni

Sensei Lourenzo introduced an Uchi-Dashi programme to empower and educate students from four years old and adults of any age on self-discipline through martial arts in Mabopane Block Central view.

Mabopane is plagued by harsh conditions such as drugs, alcohol abuse and theft.

Mendy Ndala, junior student of Lottering said: “I am training as part of self-defence and learning new styles from this programme.”
Lottering said: “This art is not a challenge to any karate school and I give my respect to all masters.”

His karate sessions are on Mondays to Thursdays from 17:00-18:00 and Saturdays from 08:00 to 10:00.

Monday, 29 October 2012

New brooms sweep clean

Tebele Karabo

Since Operation Vat Alles deployed its members in Soshanguve, the streets of Block H and L have never been cleaner.

Operation Vat Alles is a group from ward 36 that was formed in May. Vat Alles members were hired by the  Tshwane metro to ensure the cleanliness of Soshanguve Block H and L.

 The  group does not only sweep streets but also cleans school premises and gathers waste from parks. Memme Kutumela, ward co-ordinator of operation Vat Alles said : " I would like to express my appreciation towards the mayor of the metro for giving us jobs. Not only do we benefit, but the community also reaps the rewards in the form of a clean environment."

Thato Lefakane said the project was aime at giving unemployed residents jobs and empowering them to break the cycle of poverty.

" Vat Alles came to the rescue. Jobs were created and as a result, we can feed our families," said Lefakane.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Usher's ex wife says he confessed to cheating on her

Usher's ex wife insists he cheated on her with one of their bridesmaids before their wedding.

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 While the 'Burn' singer has denied claims he was unfaithful to Tameka Foster during their marriage, she alleges he confessed one incident of infidelity to her after she accused him of seeing two different women.

Tameka told 'Entertainment Tonight': "He admitted to sleeping with one of the two. It was a very disappointing revelation. I had suspected it for some time. I hate to say it, but I somewhat empathise with her. ... She fell into somewhat of a trap."

Tameka recently lost custody of the two children to Usher, and he has said their bitter court battle over the kids means they are unlikely to ever be close again.

He recently explained: "We don't see eye-to-eye. The friend that I was to Tameka, I don't know that I could ever be again, because I really felt like we were friends. She made us enemies in a way that I could never have understood. It wasn't until I was on the stand, where I cried, that I realised, 'Oh this is an attack

25 Sep 2012 | Bang Showbiz

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