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  • TEL: 057 357 1304 WEDNESDAY 2931 OCTOBER 2014 WWW.EXPRESSNEWS.CO.ZA FREE

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    Teboho Setena

    AN ensuing crisis has rocked the local

    community radio station Rock FM with three

    board members having quit. Those that have

    resigned, are Eddie Kobuoe, secretary, and

    two additional members, Ntombi Ntsonta and

    Mokati Moledi.

    The trio resigned earlier this month as

    differences over the running of the affairs of

    the station reached boiling point. News about

    the trios resignation was kept under wraps

    amidst the stations management ensuring

    the public that all was well in the stations

    corridors. The resignations have further

    fuelled speculation that the station was

    plagued by factionalism and severe financial

    and managerial problems, allegedly arising

    from a poor management style. The station

    management is currently headed by Sechaba

    Motopi, Azio Thathe, Ezekial Buti, Kenny

    Moholobela and Brian Selekoe who holds a

    dual role as chairperson of the board.

    Kobuoe and Ntsonta cited the alleged

    management style which was based on

    friendship rather than principles as one of

    the reasons to tender their resignation from

    the trouble-ridden community station.

    Express Goldfields & NFS reliably learnt

    that the appointment of Moholobela to the

    influential position of station manager was a

    bone of contention among several serious

    issues crippling the station.

    The position of station manager was

    advertised late in August with the following

    requirements: matric certificate, diploma in

    Finance Administration or equivalent with

    relevant knowledge of corporate governance,

    financial management, human resource

    management, and regulations guided by the

    Public Finance Management Act, and

    Generally Accepted Accounting Practice, as

    well as managerial experience.

    It has come to light that Moholobela, who

    had been the acting station manager and was

    apparently endorsed to the position of station

    manager, does not even have a matric

    certificate. The advertisement stated that

    candidates would be appointed on a fixed

    12-month contract with remuneration of

    R4 500 monthly. It is unclear if Moholobela

    has been offered the same.

    Repeated efforts by Express Goldfields &

    NFS to get comment from Selekoe, chairper-

    son of the board and member of manage-

    ment, were futile. The station is reported to

    owe the state-owned broadcasting signal

    distributor Sentech over R15 000, and that the

    management had been struggling to feed the

    bill.

    Crisis rocks Rock FM

    Differences over running of stations affairs reach boiling point

    EXAMINATION INVIGILATOR CONNIE SMITH monitors the 210 gr. 12 learners of the Welkom High School who began writing

    the final matric examination on Monday. Candidates across the country began writing English Home Language. The last exam

    will bewritten in November, culminating in the final stage of a 12year journey for learners who started school in 2002. TheWelkom

    High School attained a pass rate of 92,35% in the 2013 examination. Photo: Teboho Setena

    Looking to ace important examinations

    For more photos and

    news visit

    www.express-news.co.za

  • 2 EXPRESS, WEDNESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2014

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    Teboho Setena & Motlalepule Mokgosi

    THE era of entrepreneurs in the Goldfields

    marginalised from playing a role in the

    economy of the region seems to be a thing

    of the past. This followed the formation of a

    body known as the United Small, Medium

    and Micro Enterprise Forum which, as the

    umbrella body of existing and emerging

    entrepreneurs, will serve as the voice for

    all affiliated SMMEs.

    Led by a team of nine persons the body

    was launched at an event held in the TS du

    Plessis Theatre in Welkom last Thursday.

    The committee members are Buti Mokeretla

    (chairperson), Mthunzi Tshabalala (deputy

    chairperson), Lele Thibatsana (secretary),

    Joyce Mkefa (assistant secretary), Jeanette

    Sebotsa (assistant treasurer) Isaac Tau

    (treasurer), Sechaba Matsau (coordinator),

    Humphrey Dakuse and Majoro Mosebi

    (additional members).

    Mokeretla says the lack of support for

    entrepreneurs by both the public and

    private sector, including mine companies,

    prompted the establishment of the body,

    and that they hope to break the shackles

    that saw entrepreneurs not contributing

    towards the economic growth of the

    Goldfields and job creation. Mokeretla has

    blamed disunity among SMMEs in the

    region as yet another factor that contribut-

    ed to them being marginalised over the

    years.

    This saw entrepreneurs from outside the

    Goldfields taking full advantage, says

    Mokeretla. The forum will advocate that

    SMMEs in the Goldfields be given a fair

    share of economic opportunities so as to

    empower themselves and create employ-

    ment opportunities.

    Mokeretla believes a united body will go

    a long way ensuring their recognition as

    active role-players in growing the economy

    of the Goldfields.

    The forum aims to among others mobilise

    support for both established and emerging

    SMMEs, market services they offer to both

    the private and public sector and strength-

    en entrepreneurs through empowerment

    programmes to better meet the require-

    ments.

    Mokeretla says they plan to work hand-

    in-hand with the various stakeholders that

    include mine companies and municipalities.

    Failure is no longer an option, we have

    to organise SMME business visionary, both

    new and existing. This can only be recog-

    nised when we are in collaboration with

    the government. However, we cannot

    achieve economic growth without imple-

    menting broad-base economy policies as

    proposed by our government.

    The key to economic development, which

    leads to poverty reduction, also lies in the

    development of SMMEs that are competi-

    tive, resilient and can continue to grow

    even when the market conditions are

    difficult, says Mokeretla.

    Lennox Rubulana, head of the Matjhabeng

    Local Municipalitys Local Economic

    Development, has encouraged SMMEs to be

    more flexible, innovative and responsive to

    market demands, further urging owners to

    bring a fresh business model.

    Gold is no more and it is time we

    embark on our secondary economy which is

    agriculture. We are also modifying the

    tenders statistic with 70% disseminated

    locally and 30% to foreigners, he says.

    Forum aims to empower SMMEs

    THE committee members of the United Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises Forum are from the left, front: Lele Thibatsana (secretary), Joyce Mkefa (assistant secretary), Buti

    Mokeretla (chairperson) andJeanetteSebotsa (assistant treasurer); back:Mthunzi Tshabalala (deputy chairperson),MajoroMosebi (additionalmember), SechabaMatsau (coordinator),

    Isaac Tau (treasurer) and Humphrey Dakuse (additional member). Photo: Teboho Setena

    IN the Express Goldfields & NFS

    edition of 22 October, Kutwane Kareli

    was incorrectly given as the writer of

    the Sesotho column A re Bueng on

    page four. The writer was in fact

    Maria Mofokeng (picture).

    Express Goldfields & NFS unreserv-

    edly apologises to both writers for the

    error and any inconvenience caused as

    a result of this mistake. The content

    and the article were published in good

    faith and not to reflect wrong intent as

    it may have appeared in the public eye

    due to the mistake.

    The newspapers main goal is to

    ensure citizens right of access