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Charne Maddocks & Naveen Daries. Pictures sourced from Social Media.
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With Kimberley’s hockey sensation Charne Maddocks 23rd birthday coming up in June, there’s just so much to be grateful for. She has cracked the South African Women’s Field Hockey team that is heading to the Tokyo Olympics in Japan set for 23 July to 8 August 2021.

From childhood, Charne has been a household name in the city’s hockey aficionado circles and same can be said about her brother Melrick who is fairing well as a coach despite still playing. Charne is a former learner at the Northern Cape High School.

Hailing from Keimoes outside Upington is the globetrotting Naveen Daries who cast herself into the gymnastics history books after getting the nod as South Africa’s second gymnastics representative for team SA at Tokyo. On the downside, her equally talented sister Zelme failed to crack an additional berth allocated in qualifying via last week’s Individual African Gymnastics Championships in Cairo. The two sisters are linked to the Gauteng based Johannesburg Gymnastics Centre.

By Thabo Mothibi /

Charne Maddocks & Naveen Daries.
Pictures sourced from Social Media.


Charne Maddocks
Picture sourced from Social Media.


Naveen Daries
Picture sourced from Social Media.
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Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).

One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.

As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.

Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.

Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..