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The Rep 6 April 2018

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4 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za THE REPRESENTATIVE 6 April 2018 LOCAL IS LEKKER Do you live in Dordrecht – or call Cacadu home? Is Cofimvaba your place of residence or does Stutterheim have a special place in your heart? Send us your news C O U N T RYWAT C H KOMANI NEWS SEND YOUR NEWS Our country correspondents are active in their respective areas and will gather your news. Contact sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za for details of the correspondent in your area. Country news deadline: 10am on a Tuesday. Mitrock celebrates first pomegranate harvest ANDISA BONANI THE Mitrock Production Co-operative in Mitford village near Komani had its first pomegranate harvest destined for commercial use last T h u r s d ay. The project was initiated in 2013. Chris Hani Development Agency (CHDA) chief executive officer Thukela Mashologu referred to the harvest as the most important one, as it was destined for the market for the first time. “As the agency we are proud to be part of such a promising project. The harvested produce will be taken to Johannesburg where it will be processed for various products, including juice. Transporting the fruit costs a lot of money. Sometimes it affects the fruit badly as the fruit may get bruised during transportation. “We have since thought of a plan to have a pack house here where the processing of the fruit would be done in-house.” Mashologu said the agency, had plans to offer bursaries to two young villagers who wanted to study agriculture and would then plough back their skills into the project MOUTH WATERING: A delicious pomegranate harvested from Mitrock Production Co-operative in Mitford village. The fruit is said to have health benefits, such as reducing the chances of prostate cancer in men Picture: ANDISA BONANI once the necessary skills had been acquired. CHDA's responsibility was to facilitate the development of the project, to ensure that there was production on a yearly basis and to help with infrastructural needs like irrigation. The agency had also assisted the project to maintain partnerships with companies like Pomegranate Eastern Cape (Pomec) which was a technical partner. CHDA project officer Andile Jamari said the project started in 2008 in partnership with Ferrero Rocher who specialises in the production of hazel nuts. The project did not succeed due to the land not being conducive to the growth of the nuts. “The Pomegranate proved to be quite a success unlike the nuts. We hope to harvest about 10 hectares and 10 tons of the fruit which will be sold to markets. Our main concern for now is how the markets will receive the HARVEST SEASON: Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) speaker Mxolisi Koyo, left, business partner to the Mitrock Production Co-operative, Phillip Botma of Alterna Fruit and CHDM mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo tasted the first pomegranates picked to ensure they were ready for the markets Picture: ANDISA BONANI produce but we are hoping for the best. “Our challenge with the fruit is that it reacts badly to the sun and tends to have dark blemishes which the market will not accept.” Business partner Philip Botma of Alterna Fruit said he hoped that the next season of harvest would be exported to other countries to ensure a good profit. “I have been in the food industry for over 20 years and I can announce with confidence that this project has a bright future ahead if everyone involved does what they said they would. Pomegranates are not the most difficult fruit to grow if it is planted in the correct way. One way to prevent the fruit from being burned by the sun is to plant in a manner that will ensure that the leaves hang low which will help protect the fruit.” Project manager William Funi thanked the district municipality for its support and for ensuring that Mitford villagers benefited from the project. STUTTERHEIM – CATHCART – Po l i c e have arrested a 26-year-old man after he handed himself over following the death of his girlfriend. Police spokesman Captain Namhla Mdleleni said the suspect allegedly beat the woman after finding her with another man over the weekend. Police are investigating a case of murder. – Rep reporter YOUNG LEADERS: The Sterkstroom School Representative Learner Council was inducted recently, with the theme ‘Leadership and Learning work hand in hand’ the theme of the induction Picture: SUPPLIED STERKSTROOM – Congratulations to Kerry-Beth Berry and Karl Pelser on their marriage, held in the district recently. Kerry-Beth made a stunning bride, accompanied by her matron of honour, her sister Christy and two bridesmaids. The couple will continue to live in Pretoria. Congratulations to Arthur and Sandy Berry as well. FREQUENT readers will know we often report on interesting visitors who have visited our town. Recently, paraglider, Steph Junker arrived at Horseshoe B&B on his motorcycle. Steph has a paragliding company in Cape Town, but was on a tour of South Africa, stopping to paraglide wherever he found a suitable spot. After spending a night in Sterkstroom, he continued to Lady Grey and Lesotho. He sent a video of himself paragliding over L e s ot h o . Many older residents who remember Delene Le Grange will be pleased to know she celebrated her 80th birthday in Johannesburg with her family on the weekend. She lives in PE near her daughter, Michelle. OUR thoughts are with Derric Fuller, who was hospitalised recently. SANDY FUN: Some of the Stutterheim High School Grade 3s who enjoyed a visit to Nahoon Beach in East London recently Picture: SUPPLIED STUTTERHEIM – It is almost time for the Enduro Mountain Cycle Race hosted by Stutterheim High School, which will take centre stage in the town on May 12. The race is being powered by Rance Timber and comprises various events – a 65km challenge, a 45km challenge, a 30km ride, a 20km ride, a 10km ride, a 15km run and a 5km fun walk. Registration can be done at the school, Cycle HQ, EL Cycles or at Sportsman’s Warehouse. – Rep reporter GOOD TO MEET YOU! Pupils from Nobubele Public School in Tarkastad visited Blanco Guest farm last week to close the term. The whole school (Grade 1-4) e n j oye d swimming, a petting zoo that included horses and small farm animals, and trampoline jumping. Principal Fezeka Gxothiwe and a few pupils enjoy petting a horse Picture: SUPPLIED

THE REPRESENTATIVE 6 April 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za 5 Also at Beat the queues and shop online at www.picknpay.co.za* *Some deals may not be available online GET MORE BACK THAN JUST 1% VAT WHAT A WASTE: A classroom floor in the old Swartwater Senior Primary School is littered with textbooks, most still in a good condition, after the school was closed by the Department of Education Picture: ANDISA BONANI Merger sees pupils s u ffe r i n g ANDISA BONANI THE closure of former Swartwater Senior Primary School in Gova village in Cacadu due to the education department’s rationalisation programme has, as a result, left pupils with a treacherous and long distance to travel to school. Pupils from the old Swartwater school, which was closed in 2016 as part of the rationalisation programme are having to deal with the after-effects of the merger with neighbouring Ndzondelelo Junior Primary School. Swartwater was closed due to its low enrolment figure of 92 pupils, which fell short of the required 135. Since the merger of the two schools, pupils now have to cross rivers, which are sometimes flooded, to get to N d zo n d e l e l o . The distance to the new school does not meet the requirement for scholar transport, which, according to the education department, has to be 5km. The rationalisation programme has also left the former school building standing empty and it has since been vandalised, while furniture has been l o ot e d . Gova village headman Mzwandile Magwaxaza said the situation had put parents in a difficult position because they wanted their children to go to school but they worried about their safety when it rained. “Some parents have resorted to hiring people with cars to take their children to school but not every parent can afford that expense. “As parents, it would make us happy if the department gave an alternative to mitigate this problem. The former school building is not safe. “People sleep in the building and it not safe to walk past it in the evening. Windows are broken, electric cables have been stolen and the school books, of which most are still in a good condition, are lying on the floor and yet the department claims to have no money.” Chris Hani education department district director Nkosinathi Godlo was not available for a meeting about the situation that was scheduled with his personal assistant last week, and was not available on his cellphone for comment. R 20 PnP Bulk Lean Beef Mince R69 Per kg 77 17 90 R SAVE R4 SAVE R33 R 80 SAVE R25 Listerine Mouth R PnP Tomato Nescafé Gold PnP White R 22 99 R 19 99 R 19 99 Sauce 700ml 200g Jar Sugar 2.5kg 12.5kg R99.99 SAVE R37 SAVE R4 SAVE R7 SAVE R8 Clover Fresh Milk Assorted 2 Litre Each Sasko Cake Wheat Flour 2.5kg Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice 2kg BUY ANY 4 FOR R 100 SAVE R44 PnP Potatoes 4kg, Onions 3kg, Butternut 4kg, Sweet Potatoes 2kg, Gem Squash 3kg or Tomatoes 2kg R 45 SAVE R20 Ariel Auto Washing Powder 2kg, Liquid Detergent 1.5 Litre Assorted or 3in1 Capsules 15s Each WAS R229 R 199 SAVE R30 BUY ANY 2 FOR Wash Tartar Control, Teeth & Gum Defence, Total Care, Whitening Rinse or Green Tea 250ml Promotion valid at Pick n Pay Supermarkets and Hypermarket in the Eastern Cape excluding Fraaiuitsig, Garden Route Mall, George, George (Pre Cap Centre), Groot Brak, Hartenbos, Knysna, Langeberg Mall, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield and York Street. Excluding Express, Pick n Pay Local Atrium and Beaufort West. Promotional stocks are limited. Prices include VAT, where applicable. Smart Shopper terms and conditions apply. No traders. E&OE. Selected products may not be available at all stores. Selected products have been styled for photography. Visit www.picknpay.co.za, or call 0800 11 22 88. Cellphone rates apply. PRICES VALID 5 - 8 APRIL 2018 AT PICK N PAY SUPERMARKETS AND HYPERMARKET IN THE EASTERN CAPE R27 90 SAVE R8 no name Fresh Chicken Braaipack 5s or 16s SAVE R5.90 *2017 Reputation Institute study Alcohol Not for Sale to Persons Under the Age of 18. Drink Responsibly. COPPERFIELDSTUDIOS_MMECHS1543 LOAD YOUR DISCOUNTS VIA THE APP OR KIOSK R 44 Per kg R 29 SAVE R11 PnP Pure Sunflower Oil 2 Litre PRICE PER NAPPY Size 3 76s – R1.97 Size 4 66s – R2.27 Size 4+ 60s – R2.50 Size 5 56s – R2.68 Huggies Dry 99 Comfort Disposable R149 Nappies Jumbo Pack Assorted SAVE R20 Per Pack WAS R137 R 115 SAVE R22 Amarula Cream Liqueur 750ml WAS R139 R 120 SAVE R19 Firstwatch Imported Whisky 750ml

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