by Amo Tshabalala

This story follows from last year’s article on Anglo Platinum Mine, now Siyanda Bakgatla, where we wrote about a billboard at the cemetery which stated “This Cemetery is Maintained by Anglo Platinum.”

We established that the mine had not maintained the cemetery until we took pictures and wrote a story on the state of the cemetery. The only time the village cemetery was kept was when the community hired and paid someone to do it.

At the meeting we agreed that the mine will reimburse the community for the expenses incurred. We are glad that the relations are good now; our expectation going forward is that we will not need to follow up to get the mine to do what they have committed to do.

ACT Ubumbano network participants also actively engage with the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), which has just concluded its People’s Summit parallel to the SADC Governmental Summit.


ACT Ubumbano is a network of Southern African and European organisations working for social justice. Among other strategies, we regularly convene platforms and spaces for conversations to explore new approaches to social justice work.

We are looking for the services of a Rapporteur to assist in capturing on record the discussions and decisions of our meetings. These meetings vary in size and form, from board-like discussions involving up to 15 people, to workshops and conferences with up to 60 people. The first of these takes place on 16-17 October 2019.

The following represent essential qualifications in a service provider:

  1. Fluency in spoken and written English
  2. Ability to accurately take minutes/capture verbal discussions in written form
  3. Familiarity with the language and concepts used in social justice and development discourse
  4. Discretion and integrity to keep confidentiality of sensitive discussions
  5. Experience in reporting or taking minutes

Given that most of the convenings take place in Gauteng, physical location in the province will be an advantage.

Interested individuals who fit the criteria above are invited to submit their bids by email only to by no later than 13h00 on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

Each bid should include a brief cover letter with the following:

  • An explanation of your suitability for the position,
  • An outline of how you manage the function of reporting,
  • Your timelines for delivery of a report/minutes (for example, how long does it take you to type up a two-day meeting)
  • Your fee structure.

Please include an extract or example of your previous work.

For more information on ACT Ubumbano, please visit our website at

By Ntwenhle Hadebe

On 17 August 2019, there was a 1st Annual Career Exhibition at Imbali Unit 14 Community Hall. This event was created by Luyanda Meyiwa and his colleagues to provide information and knowledge about careers offered by various institutions as well as development for learners. They invited community FET colleges and universities to give more information on career prospects.

It is women’s month, but in Sekhukhune, South Africa, we still see things that will break your heart. It is on 8 August 2019 just a few hours before Women’s Day but lack of water forced a local woman at Sekhukhune to go and do washing at Semene river. While other women enjoy the 9 August 2019, she will be tired as a result of spending the whole day from taking the water from the river using a bucket, pouring into the washing basins, washing the clothes and  collecting the water again to rinse the clothes and she is few meters from the river to wash without disturbances from animals.

She won’t be able to hang the clothes on the smaller trees to dry but will have to take them home while wet and she walks a distance from the river. Some of the cows that drink water from the river eat clothes and there is dust on the trees since August is not a raining month in Sekhukhune. She won’t celebrate women’s day like others because having no water makes her life difficult.