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During July 2019, a proudly North West product – Moonshine Reflective Livestock Spray was launched to the communities of Dryharts and Matlapaneng villages near Taung as part of  Mandela Month initiatives.

The innovative product, Moonshine, is a reflective paint for livestock that makes animals visible at night to motor vehicle drivers, thus avoiding accidents and protecting livestock and motorists alike. During the launch, members of the community received the product to use it to spray and thus protect their livestock.

The innovator of Moonshine, Morebodi Memphis Kaotsane hails from Pudimoe Village in the Taung area. He was also present at the launch. Development of the product started after Morebodi won second place in the 2016 North West Innovation Competition that was hosted by the Office of the Premier, NWDC, NWU and TIA.

Since its conceptualisation, the NWU’s Technology Transfer and Innovation Support Office, in collaboration with the NWDC, has been assisting Morebodi with the technical development of the product, which included ensuring that the spray is not harmful to livestock’s hides.

The launch of the product at the innovator’s community of origin near Taung was made possible by the Road Accident Fund (RAF). The RAF has come out in support of Moonshine and have sponsored the first order of two thousand cans. Their vision is to roll-out the product to other provinces.

In a background document to the event, the NWU’s Technology Transfer and Innovation Support office stated that:

“We find great inspiration in the Moonshine project in that it demonstrates:

  • That rural youth innovation is alive and well in the North West Province
  • That our rural citizens can devise solutions to the challenges in their own communities
  • That donkeys and cows play an integral role in the livelihoods of our rural families: behind every donkey or cow, is a family”

Moonshine’s innovator, Morebodi Kaotsane has also been selected as a 2019 finalist in the SAB Foundation’s Social Innovation Awards. The Social Innovation Awards are aimed at innovators, social entrepreneurs, institutions and social enterprises with prototypes or early-stage businesses that can solve social problems. Videos on the finalists are currently being produced ahead of the winners’ announcement, scheduled for later this year.

For more information on Moonshine, contact Morebodi Kaotsane on memphis.kaotsane@gmail.com

Pictured in Dryharts village at the launch of Moonshine Reflective Spray, were, from the left:
Mr Siphamandla Gumbi, Senior Manager: Road Safety at RAF; Ms Malebo Molefe, Provincial RAF Manager, Mafikeng CSS; Mr Morebodi Kaotsane, Innovator of Moonshine; Mr Hannes Malan, Commercialisation and Advancement Technology Transfer & Innovation-Support Office, NWU and Ms Hantie Hoogkamer, Manager Research & Innovation at NWDC.

 

Pictured in Dryharts village at the launch of Moonshine Reflective Spray, were, from the left, front: Ms Ketlareng Polori, Senior Specialist: Commercialization at the Technology Transfer & Innovation-Support Office, NWU; Mr Siphamandla Gumbi, Senior Manager: Road Safety at RAF; Mr Morebodi Kaotsane, Innovator of Moonshine; and Mr Tshidiso Motlhabi, Assistant Director, Stakeholder Management in the Office of the Premier. Back: Mr Hannes Malan, Commercialisation and Advancement at the Technology Transfer & Innovation-Support Office, NWU.

 

The Moonshine launch would not have been possible without teamwork and superb support staff. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the support staff in this picture. From the left: Ms Ketlareng Polori, Senior Specialist: Commercialisation at the Technology Transfer & Innovation-Support Office, NWU; Ms Suzan Boikanyo, Office Support Admin: Research & Innovation Unit, NWDC; Ms Baile Mankuroane, Tenant Coordinator at NWDC’s Taung branch and Mr Gilbert Seikaneng, General Engineering Services at NWDC’s Ganyesa branch.
 


Members of the public are invited to attend a public participation session for the designation of the proposed Bojanala Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The zone will be located in the Mogwase area in the Moses Kotane local municipality.

 

Details of the public session are as follows:

Date: 21 June 2019
Time: 10:00 to 14:00
Venue: Orbit TVET College, Mankwe Campus, Mogwase

Enquiries:
z.cassim@nwpg.gov.za
018 387 7867


The planned installation of an electric fence with security cameras will be fast-tracked following a robbery incident at the Manyane Resort on Saturday 8 June 2019. Manyane is a tourist resort operated by Golden Leopard Resorts (GLR), and is located inside the perimeters of Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

At approximately 21:00 that evening, a group of four or five assailants gained access to one of the Manyane chalets through an open door. The attackers bore knives and threatened the married couple. After attempts by the husband to chase out the attackers were unsuccessful, he fatally shot one and wounded another. The remaining assailants fled on foot with a laptop and its bag.

Resort security, management, and the local police were swiftly on the scene. While SAPS members took statements and processed the scene, the resort’s management supported the couple and moved them to another chalet, where a security guard was also posted.

In the months leading up the incident, Golden Leopard Resorts engaged with Pilanesberg management on the security challenges following breaches in the latter part of 2018 and early 2019. Thanks to that, the patrolling of the perimeter and at the resort have increased. An additional measure is the installation of electric fencing around the camp. Work has already begun in the clearing of the bush and the digging of the trench. The management of Golden Leopard Reports will ensure that this project is fast-tracked and additional manpower from its sister resorts are being brought in to speed up the construction.

From spoor tracking following such incidents, it was found that footprints lead into the park and disappear in several directions near the fence towards the main roads. It is assumed that these criminal elements have found ways to breach the Pilanesberg Reserve’s fence bordering the local towns and then trek through the park at night, targeting lighted areas such as Manyane.

An ongoing concern for the resort is that of a nearby tavern operating into late hours on Friday and Saturday nights. On many occasions has the resort raised its concerns regarding the tavern with the municipality and the local police station.   Apart from the noise disturbance, there is a huge consumption of alcohol and rowdiness at the tavern, which seems to correlate with incidents at the resort on Friday and Saturday evenings. Golden Leopard Resorts will intensify its efforts to come to an amicable agreement regarding the tavern.

Immediate improved security measures implemented

Golden Leopard Resorts (GLR) assures its guests that it is considering all possible measures to increase the security at its resorts and improve the safety of its guests.

  • As an immediate intervention, the resort has recalled all security staff from leave and off days so that there is more security on sight during the upcoming long weekend and winter school holidays.
  • Security personnel from GLR’s sister resorts in Mahikeng will also be re-deployed to Manyane adding to more officers patrolling.
  • The main gate to the camp as well as the entrance gate will, going forward, close at 20:00 and any guest wishing to exit or leave the resort to access nearby facilities such as Sun City will be issued with a special pass-out signed by either the Security Manager or the Resort GM.
  • Guests arriving after 20:00 to the resort must please ensure they have their reservation booking as confirmation and notify reception so that they can alert the gate security.
  • Every vehicle entering the resort at both gates will be thoroughly searched and we ask guests to exercise patience when there are queues.

We value our guests and their experiences and will ensure that we do everything in our power to provide a safe and secure environment. GLR is aware that criminal elements will try to find ways to overcome such and therefore we want to also advise our guests and day visitors to please be vigilant and if at any point you notice anyone or anything that seems suspicious, please immediately bring it to our attention via the front office, security or resort manager.

For inquiries contact:

Manyane Resort General Manager

Stephinah Tshehla

s.tshehla@goldenleopardresorts.co.za

066 481 0601

 

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The NWDC (SOC) Ltd is an organisation that promotes industrialisation of the economy, attracting investments, promoting exports and overcoming the legacy of economic imbalances.   The NWDC has the following employment opportunity:

Chief Audit Executive (Reference Number: CAE001/2019)

Duration of the contract: 5 Years

Salary: Negotiable

Location: Mahikeng

 

Purpose: To direct and manage the overall operations of the internal audit department in order to minimise risks within North West Development Corporation (NWDC).

Requirements: Applicants must be in possession of an appropriate Bachelor’s degree in Auditing or Financial Management or an equivalent qualification. Have a minimum of  10 years experience in internal or external audit from an audit environment, with at least a minimum of 5 years experience at senior management role within internal audit, external audit, governance, risk, compliance or auditing environment.  Relevant postgraduate qualification will be an added advantage. Extensive knowledge and understanding of the operations of the Public and Private Sector especially in relation to the North West Development Corporation. Have a good understanding of the PFMA Regulatory Framework and King IV Code of Good Practice. Have a good understanding of the Public sector policies and initiatives as well as the role of information in the provincial government decision-making. Demonstrated strategic audit management ability and experience. Experience in leading and managing transformation, change, and diversity. Generic management competencies, including strategic capability and leadership, program and financial management. The applicant must be in possession of a valid driver’s license.

Key Performance Areas: Develop an audit plan. Develop a manual to guide the internal audit department’s operations. Compile and recommend operational policies in respect of the unit’s functional activities. Develop a three-year roll strategic and annual audit plan in order to direct the audits for the specific year. Re-align the audit plan as and when changes/risks in the organisation occur. Interpret legislative requirements to develop the structure of the plan and program and present to the Audit Committee. Research key compliance aspects related to controls, risk, accounting procedures and practices, performance management and loss control for inclusion into the plan and program. Develop Compliance and IT Audit Strategy and policy and develop audit methodologies and procedural guidelines. Review financial statements accuracy by making sure that assets and liabilities mentioned in reports really exist, analysing samples of work done and interviewing staff. Participate in the valuation of a business to ensure that the COMPANY is valued according to assets at hand. Manage and control the risk assessments of the organisation high-risk areas are identified and appropriate resources are allocated to high-risk areas. Monitor and control internal audit projects so that the professional standards for the practice of Internal Auditing with regards to planning and documentation are adhered to. Appoint/source external specialists within the fields where there is a lack of skills. Assign auditors to audits based on skills levels and workload. Review the work conducted by Auditors to ensure that working paper files are prepared in accordance with the IIA standards. Provide input and advice where required by the auditors. Liaise with the responsible auditor on the quality review in order to ensure the audit is conducted properly. Oversee the Draft report is complete, accurate and adequately supported by the relevant audit evidence. Conduct follow up audit reports to ensure that agree on corrective actions with management have been implemented and working as intended. Issue an audit report to support follow up actions. Manage follow up audits to check that agreed solutions between audit and management were actually implemented and report deviations to the audit committee. Make certain that audit work in the field of Investigations and Fraud Limitations have adequate resources and correct procedures are followed. Ensure effective management of the budget to ensure that expenditure remains within budgetary constraint. Ensure accurate budget variance reporting. Manage & monitor the budget for allocated cost centre/s. Ensure compliance with administrative controls over funds, contracts, and procurements, to preclude fraud or mismanagement of funds within budget. It is a three year rolling plan.

 

Note: The successful candidate will be required to enter into a Performance Agreement Contract.

 

NWDC is committed to the achievement and maintenance of diversity and equity in employment especially in respect of race, gender and disability.

 

Interested qualified persons are requested to forward the:

  • Detailed and  fully completed compulsory employment application form – click to download
  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Relevant certified academic qualifications and
  • ID copy (not older than 3 months) to

NWDC (SOC) Ltd, P O Box 3011, Mmabatho, 2735,  Applications are to be addressed to Phemelo Matli or email recruitment@nwdc.co.za or hand-delivered to NWDC Head Office, 22 James Watt Crescent, Industrial Sites, Mahikeng. Enquiries may be directed to Ms Mmathapelo Tamako (Snr HR Officer) 018 381 3663.

Closing date: 17 June 2019.

Kindly note: applications that are not compliant with the above requests will not be considered. No late applications will be considered. NB: NWDC reserves the right not to appoint.

Please note: All shortlisted candidates for Senior and Executive Management posts may be subjected to a technical exercise and competency assessment, the logistics of which will be communicated by the institution.

In the event you do not hear from the institution within a period of 21 days after the closing date of the application, consider your application as unsuccessful. The CV”s of the unsuccessful candidate will not be returned.

All short-listed candidates will be subjected to personnel suitability checks. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

 


The NWDC (SOC) Ltd is an organisation which promotes industrialisation of the economy, attracting investments, promoting exports and overcoming the legacy of economic imbalances.  The NWDC has the following employment opportunity:

 INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

POSITION(S):     2 x INTERNAL AUDIT INTERNSHIPS

CONTRACT:         12 MONTHS

LOCATION (S):   HEAD OFFICE, MAHIKENG

STIPEND:              R6000.00 per month

To be considered you must have the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor of Technology Degree (BTech) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Degree Internal Audit or relevant Qualification. Postgraduate Qualification in Internal Audit or relevant Qualification will be added advantage.
  • Have a driver’s license.

Internship applicants must be younger than 35 years. Internship applicants must not have previously served as an intern in the Public Service or Private Sector.

The NWDC is committed to the achievement and maintenance of diversity and equity in employment especially in respect of race, gender and disability.

Interested qualified persons are requested to forward:

  • Detailed and fully-completed compulsory internship application form (Click here to download)
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Relevant certified academic qualifications;
  • Endorsed academic record,
  • Identity document (ID copy), (not older than 3 months).

Submit the complete set of above-mentioned documents to:

NWDC (SOC) Ltd, P O Box 3011, Mmabatho, 2735. Applications are to be addressed for attention Ms. Mmathapelo Tamako or email recruitment@nwdc.co.za or hand-deliver to NWDC Head Office, 22 James Watt Crescent, Industrial Sites, Mahikeng.

Enquiries may be directed to Ms Mmathapelo Tamako (Snr. HR Practitioner) on 018 381 3663.

Closing date: 17 June 2019.

No late applications will be considered. Preference will be given to North West Province residents.

No late applications will be considered.

NB: NWDC reserves the right not to appoint.




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