6 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: firstname.lastname@example.org - advertising: email@example.com THE REPRESENTATIVE 6 April 2018 EDITORIAL OPINION Po m e g r a n ate harvest sows seeds of hope THE pomegranate harvest near Mitford is good news, not just for the community members of the village, but for the entire Komani area. The project, which has been ongoing for five years, recently celebrated its first commercial crop which is destined for South African markets. According to the website w w w. o r g a n i c fa c t s . n e t , pomegranates contain anti-oxidants and have anti-viral and anti-tumour proper ties. The fruit also contains vitamins A, C and E and folic acid, the latter which is important for cell growth. So what can success in the growing of pomegranates mean for the Mitford area? Well, apart from the expansion of the project if suitable markets can and are found in South Africa, export is a real possibility. Solid trading relationships – whether here or overseas – mean money in what is an impoverished community. Once proven, it could spell further investment into the project and could, hopefully, spark the rise of similar projects experimenting with other agricultural products in the area. Investment means growth, not only on the monetary front and in terms of development of infrastructure and the establishment of business, but also in that often elusive human emotion – hope. The World Bank’s recent report on poverty in South Africa showed a massive unemployment figure of 27.7%. Poverty brings with it a host of social ills which hope of a better life can help curb. It may not fix all, but hope of a job, of a chance to feed a family and educate children, of the pride of building a home and so many other positive aspects of life, can help turn around the fortunes of a community and an area. What is needed now is hard work and a dedicated focus on ensuring the sustainability and growth of the fledgling project with so much potential. Could the hope of Mitford be contained in the small pomegranate fruit? It’s a real possibility. Winnie – a big tree has fallen WHAT is the use of a big tree in our communities? It provides shade from the harsh sun, shelters us from the wind, provides a home for animals and birds, provides fuel for fire wood to cook and warm our homes, provides fruit for nourishment and is used as a gathering place. That is what Winnie-Madikizela Mandela was to us. A big tree has fallen. If one had to find one word to describe the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela it would be “courage”. She had it in abundance and it made her a persecuted figure by the apartheid regime. During the darkest days of apartheid she, above everyone else, stood as a beacon of hope for the oppressed masses. She showed no regard for her own safety and comfort as she stood side-by-side with the oppressed. As the wife of an icon she could have chosen a very safe, sheltered life for herself and children and gone in to exile – l i ke so many did. She could have chosen the soft option of being the “voice of reason” and only uttered protests against apartheid through polite speeches. She could have kept her head down and concentrated on raising her two young children after her IN TOUCH ... with Phumelele P Hlati husband was sentenced to life in prison and no one would have begrudged her. She could have abandoned the Mandela name and remarried and brought her two children up under “normal” circumstances like so many did during her time. She is the only woman who has ever been confined to solitary confinement for 491 days straight – that is one year and five months.The cruelty she suffered was unimaginable. In the book 491 Days Prisoner 1323/69 she described her incarceration as follows: “Solitar y confinement is meant to kill you alive. It is the most vicious punishment When I was in detention for all those months, my two children nearly died. And they wonder why I am like I am.” A lesser person would have thrown in the towel as so many did and concentrated on raising her two daughters. Not Winnie – she was a different breed and she feared no one. She never saw her life as separate from the lives of her people who were under the yoke of oppression. Did she make mistakes? Of course she did. Show me a saint – then I will condemn her. We owe her big time. May her soul rest in peace. THANK YOU! Prayer Warriors from Whittlesea donated clothing to The Rep's drive for the needy on Wednesday with, from left, Celiwe Soga, Enathi and Kholiswa Keva Picture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA FACE 2 FA C E Q. What inspired you to choose your career? A. I love to work with people, to fulfil their needs and to help them get what they want. Q. What role do you play to make South Africa a better place? A. I help at youth services at my church. Every Tuesday we deal with issues facing the youth. Q. What would you say to encourage the youth to become involved in the running of the to w n? A. The future of any country is young people, but first they must seek knowledge and understanding. This will give them a clear direction when they get into leadership positions. Q. What is your typical weekend like? A. Since I am working during the week, on Saturday I do my house chores and catch up with my friends. Sundays are MANDLA FA LT E N J WA WHAT are your sentiments about the passing of the mother of the nation, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and what did you like about her leadership style? The Rep intern, Pilanathi Rasmeni, took to the streets of Komani to find out. Mandla Faltenjwa from Whittlesea Winnie Mandela stood for the truth. She was a stalwart in fighting against apartheid. Her departure was too soon – my spiritual days where I connect with my God. Q. What is the best book you’ve read so far? A. I love Danielle Steel’s novels. Q. If you were asked by a radio presenter to play a song that would best describe South Africa, what would it be? A. Not Yet Uhuru by Letta Mbulu. It is the best song that describes South Africa. We are free in a way, but we are still slaves somehow. For example, we graduated but we do not get the jobs we deserve, we would have to bribe or sleep with the employers in order to be employed. How can we say we are free when we cannot achieve even small things? Q. Your advice to the new mayor in Enoch Mgijima Local Municip ality? A. This town is dirty and it is full of poverty, crime and unemployment. YOUR VOICE ... vox pops on the street What do you think about ... LU T H A N D O OY I YA BEAUTY ST E R M A N condolences to her family. Luthando Oyiya from Westbour ne She contributed most of her life to the struggle. She fought against apartheid and she has been with our movement of the ANC. Mama Winnie would have liked to see the ANC becoming united and to make service delivery a priority. Beauty Sterman from N e w va l e She was our hero and she with Ndiliswa Gwadela Roads have big potholes. The infrastructure needs maintenance. We are at a risk of facing load-shedding because the municipality owes Eskom millions of rands. Q. What is it that you cannot leave the house without? A. A cell phone, lipstick and my wallet. Q. Who is your role model? A. My late mother. She was a hard worker and taught me much from a young age. She had faith in God and she taught me to respect and to have faith in God. Q. What makes you happy? A. When my dreams come into reality and I overcome life challenges. P H E L I S WA DWENI fought for freedom. We would like to see the women’s league following in her footsteps. Let us celebrate her life as a nation. Pheliswa Dweni from New Re s t We have lost a great leader because Winnie Mandela played a major role in terms of women empowerment. Miranda Mhambi from N e w va l e I remember my grandmother used to share MIRANDA MHAMBI SIVIWE N G C O B O N D WA N A stories about Winnie Mandela. When she was still in Johannesburg as a leader she used to bring goods to them during the apartheid time. Siviwe Ngcobondwana from Mlungisi We are saddened by the passing of our heroine. She has endorsed the new leadership. We also remember that she was the first person to congratulate president Cyril Ramaphosa.
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Please limit letters to 250 words or less FOR THE AGED: The Men and Women’s Guild of the Crouch Memorial United Congregational Church of Komani recently visited the John Vorster Old Age Home to donate books to the residents with, from left, Reverend Neville Jacobs, Eugene Goliath, caregiver Nosipho Mphetshulwa and Ria Faure representing the old age home, Kim van der Berg and Verity van Heerden of the church Picture: SUPPLIED Local Heroes gets a boost THE Local Heroes campaign, spearheaded by The Rep, in conjunction with the Border Kei Chamber of Business and Fresh Stop at Alan Hahn Motors, has received a boost with the addition of Protea SUPERSPAR as a new sponsor. The campaign, which had its first ‘ hero’ in March, aims to acknowledge locals who go the extra mile – whether it is the friendly cashier or the teacher who goes beyond the call of duty or the dedicated police officer – we want to pay tribute to those who make Komani great. Each month’s winner will receive a muffin and a delicious coffee by the Seattle Coffee Company at the Fresh Stop, plus a R250 voucher from Protea SUPERSPAR. The winner will also have his or her photo appear in The Rep and will receive a certificate from the BKCOB. Please contact s o n j a r @ t i s o b l a c k s t a r. c o . z a and send a motivation with your nomination for our April winner. No doubt about climate change WEATHER fundi of Komani writes: If anyone has previously doubted the validity and existence of climate change they must surely be changing their minds. The decreased rainfall and the earlier onset of the change of the seasons are all indicative of the results of climate change. It is something which can no longer be ignored and if we continue to do so, we do so at our own peril. Life as we know it will change as agriculture will have to adjust to new ways of production to ensure sustainability in the future. In the meantime, even residents of urban areas can adjust by adjusting to these changes by saving water and ensuring a more proactive approach to conservation. Give errant drivers more than fines, jail WORRIED of Komani writes: As the death toll once again mounted on South African roads over the Easter period, I wonder if we have the correct approach to dealing with errant drivers. I spent some time on the roads this Easter and it is horrific to see how many motorists simply have no regard for the lives or safety of others. I saw a taxi, transporting a full load of passengers, bypass vehicles on a blind rise. I witnessed as a vehicle, which must have been travelling in excess of 160km per hour, sped past me on a busy road. I just wonder if, in addition to fines and possible imprisonment, we should not be looking at enforced community service and driver’s education for those found to be in transgression of the rules of the road. This could include drivers who are found to be driving drunk or speeding or who are found guilty of reckless and negligent driving to write related tests and to work at accident scenes where they can see the result of actions similar to theirs. Maybe this would serve as a wake-up call. SOCIETY SNIPPETS From birthdays to anniversaries to achievements to notices ... Share your information with us on email@example.com or fax (045) 839-4059 B I RT H D AY wishes are extended to Esther Smit (today), Toy Mulder (April 7), Ernest Littleford (April 8), Jenna Scheepers (April 9), Carol Scharneck and Margaret Wege (April 14), Peter Uhlig and Liesl Nel (April 15), Ndumisa Mkandla, Adele de Koker and Hayley Sutton (April 16), Elisna Nel, Amore Olivier, Matthews Koshy and Lizl Coetzer (April 18), Athi Maduna-Mshede (April 21). BEL ATED birthday wishes to Marlene Larter, Ernest Dowling and Kim Stone (April 4). WEDDING anniversary wishes go to Ronald and Natalie Hardnick and to Andy and Magdel Jerrard, who celebrated on April 5. Best wishes to Clint and Bianca le Roux, who will celebrate on April 13. Belated wishes to Joe and Laura Makowem, who celebrated another anniversary on April 2. CONGRATULATIONS to Marc and Nicolette Bradley who were married in Hogsback recently. WISHES for better health to Dawie Kernekamp, who has returned home after his surgery. CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of the late Michael Genade, Nikkie Herselman, Zambuntu Dyantyi, Katana Bilose, Ntombekhaya Windvoel and Lelethu Gagu. W E LC O M E back to the group of intrepid motorbike enthusiasts from Komani, who explored New Zealand during an unforgettable trip last week. HAVE A LOOK: A Rep reader sent in this photo of his water meter asking how the Chris Hani District Municipality was reading the meter if he was not able to do so. He said he had to pull rubbish out of the meter box and mushrooms were found growing inside Picture: SUPPLIED KOMANI W E AT H E R THERE is likely to be some rain this weekend and temperatures will remain in that pleasant autumnal mode. To d ay ’s minimum will be 12°C, rising to 28°C and there is a good chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Tomorrow there will be a fairly brisk breeze, which will keep the humidity within acceptable levels. The morning temperature will be 10°C and 28°C at the maximum, but there is unlikely to be rain. Although it will be partly cloudy on Sunday, no rain is forecast. The temperature will vary between 9°C and 21°C with high humidity. – w w w. i n f o s i g h t . c o . z a