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DSD takes steps

to fight the virus

Minister Zulu

informs public

on progress


Minister of social

development Lindiwe

Zulu held a press

conference on Monday,

accompanied by Sassa CEO

Busisiwe Memela-Khambula

and NDA CEO Thamo Mzobe,

at which she outlined the

progress her department was

making in the ongoing effort to

combat the spread of Covid-19.

Zulu applauded the frontline

staff for their “dedication and

commitment in carrying out

these essential services”.

“These essential services

would be almost meaningless if

citizens themselves also do not

take responsibility and make

sure that they keep their

distance, make sure they wear

their masks and make sure they

follow the correct protocols.”

Zulu said the department of

social development (DSD)

would make more efficient use

of social media to increase

public awareness on services

provide by the department,

Sassa and the NDA.

She also said ammendments

to the regulations governing

extensions of lapsed disability

grants had been put in place.

“We have published the

regulations which give effect to

the extension of disability grants

from the date they were

suspended until the end of

October this year.

“This extension applies to all

temporary disability grants that

lapsed between February and

M a rch ,” Zulu said.

WAY FORWARD: Minsister of social development Lindiwe

Zulu talks about various issues the department is tackling to

help combat Covid-19 Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

The regulations also apply to

care dependency and foster

child care grants due to lapse

during the lockdown period.

Zulu also acknowledged that

the department had been shortsighted

when considering

regulations relating to the

movement of children in SA.

“In our original plans, we

only looked at people who had

documents that were signed off

by courts,” she said.

The minister said this had

excluded many people.

“We have ammended the

regulations regarding the

movement of children between

co-holders of parental

responsibilities or caregivers as

guided by Section 1 of the

Children’s Act No. 38 of 2005.

“Under the new regulations,

the movement of children

between co-holders of parental

responsibilities who live in

different metropolitan areas,

district municipalities or

provinces is allowed, provided

that necessary requirements are

m e t ,” said Zulu.

She said a number of parents

had expressed frustration with

the process, but she was

adamant the measures were

necessary to ensure the safety of

ch i l d r e n .

Ammendments have also

been made to regulations

regarding social development

facilities and services.

“This has been a long time

coming, because many people

have been complaining that

they have no access to Sassa

o f f i c e s ,” Zulu said.

While she sympathised with

people’s frustrations, Zulu said

the department had to consider

the health and safety of social

development workers wh e n

making decisions.

“With regards to substance

abuse centres and halfway

houses, the newly ammended

directions make provision for

the release of service users from

these facilities upon social

wo r k e r s ’ r e c c o m m e n d a t i o n s .”

The same applies to the

release of GBV victims and

children in child and youthcare


In the meantime, child and

youthcare centres will remain

closed throughout level 4 of the

lockdown until further notice.

“We will continue to

monitor the implementation of

level 4 to review this decision . .

to ensure that whatever decision

is made, it is Covid-19 ready to

protect children and staff.”

The minister noted that the

closure of these facilities has led

to hunger becoming a major

problem in local communities.

“Most of the children that go

to these centres used to have

three meals a day provided.

“We understand the pressure

on parents when these children

are no longer getting food,

especially those that are in the

most under-privileged areas.

“However, I have included

directives to allow provinces to

continue paying subsidies in

order to fulfil their

administrative responsibilities

and payment of stipends.”

On that note, she thanked

NGOs and other nongovernment

organisations for

helping to distribute food

parcels, but asked that they

coordinate their distribution

efforts with local government to

ensure a more efficient process.

She also urged”selfish”

people not to take food parcels

from others or to sell them.

“This is the time for us to be

helping each other,” Zulu said.

GOING LOCAL: A group of ladies from Morgan Bay have

managed to produce more than 1,000 masks for their

community Picture: SUPPLIED

Ladies sew masks

for Morgan Bay


Last week, the GO! & Express

covered a story about a Morgan

Bay resident who managed to

raise more than R60,000 for the

less fortunate members of the

community ('Champion of the

needy', May 7).

However, Terry Gillham isn't

the only one doing good in

Morgan Bay.

One group of enterprising

women, known as the Morgan

Bay Ladies, have decided to put

their talents to use by sewing

face masks for residents.

The project started last

month, and has so far managed

to produce about 1,200 masks.

“We thought that we would

do something because when

everyone comes out of

lockdown, how are we going to

get everyone back to work?”

said one of the women

involved, who asked to remain

a n o ny m o u s .

At first, the group of 10

women sewed masks just for

family and friends.

“Then we realised that there

was a greater need so we started

sewing for the entire village and

then the project just got bigger,”

she said.

Masks were also made for

the township, with 980 being

handed over on April 30.

Morgan Bay wasn't the only

area to benefit from the efforts of

these tireless ladies.

“We sewed masks fro a few

of the nurses in the triage

section at Medicross EL and

then we also sewed for some of

our friends in Kei Mouth,” the

woman said.

Even though their area is

now well-supplied, the Morgan

Bay Ladies are still going, and

are selling extra masks for R25

each. All funds go towards the

fund set up by the Morgan Bay

Ratepayers Association to buy

food parcels for those in need.

The woman advised others

to focus on their communities.

For those who are looking to

assist, she said cash donations

would be best since it would

allow them to purchase material

and contribute to the food

parcel project. For more

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Why the artist is so important

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IAAI help to feed the

hungry in BCM region

Though 78, Klaus and his wife Jenny are not deterred to assist


As the Covid-19 pandemic

continues to hit SA, a

number of charitable

organisations are stepping up to

assist those most in need.

One such organisation is It’s

All About Image (IAAI), started

by Klaus Rodeman and his wife,

Jenny, in February 2018.

Rodeman originally worked

for other already-established

organisations, but decided to

eventually strike out on his own.

“I thought I must go into

charity myself because I

enjoyed it.

“I’m 78 years old, I don't

want to just sit around doing

n o t h i n g ,” he said.

IAAI’s main project at the

moment is collaborating with

other organisations to distribute

food parcels around the Buffalo

City Metro (BCM) area.

Their main partner,

according to Rodeman, is

Blessings From Me to You

(BFMY), which is run by Louise

Leendertz Torr.

“She’s my main ‘partner in

crime’ at the moment.

“We’ve been working very

well together,” Rodeman said.

He said that BFMY was

working in the Greenfields,

West Bank side of EL ,while IAAI

operated in Amalinda.

“Torr puts the food packets

together, I collect them on a

Wednesday and hand them

o u t ,” Rodeman said.

LENDING A HAND: It’s All About Image founders (IAAI) Klaus and Jenny Rodemann a re

working hard to help feed those in need by delivering food parcels during the lockdown. Above,

the couple hand over hampers for new moms and babies to Frere Hospital’s Zukiswa Lwana

earlier this year Picture: SUPPLIED

IAAI has also joined forces

with Global Mercy Missions in

Stoney Drift.

Rodeman has organised a

number of charitable projects in

the past.

The GO! & Express

previously reported (‘Couple

helping babies, moms’, April 5)

how he and his wife had put

together special hampers to

help new mothers at Frere


“We heard that some babies

leave the hospital without

certain basic items and it’s very

important that they have these,”

Jenny said.

“I then had the idea to start

making these packs to help both

the children and their parents

o u t .”

For more information or to

find out how to assist IAAI,

contact Rodeman at

aboutimage49@gmail.com or

on 083-324-5032.

INSPECTION: Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, left, and

Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba visit Cecilia

Makhiwane Hospital in Mdantsane on Monday Picture: SUPPLIED

Mkhize does

hospital check


Progress made by the Eastern

Cape department of health in

relation to Covid-19 came

under scrutiny during a meeting

chaired by health minister Dr

Zweli Mkhize during his visit to

Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital on

M o n d ay.

The minister visited the

hospital to check on the

progress of renovations being

done to accommodate Covid-

19 patients.

The meeting focused

the availability of beds, the

number of field hospitals,

isolation and quarantine sites,

people with positive infection,

the management of Covid-19

confirmed cases or patients and

possible provincial Covid-19


Mkhize was happy with the

report presented by the


In thanking the minister,

Eastern Cape premier Oscar

Mabuyane said: “Th e r e ’s a belief

that things are falling apart.

“No ones believes that thus

far we have screened almost a

million people in the province.

“Working together, we have

every capacity [to fight Covid-

19]. From now on we have to

work flat-out in the next three

d ay s ,” Mabuyane said.

Mkhize said he was grateful

for the efforts of health

practitioners who had wo r k e d

tirelessly throughout this time.

“I salute the army of nurses

at all levels throughout the

c o u n t r y.

“Our beloved men and men

and women, sons and daughters

who carried the torch of light of

in the lives of our people.

“Even in this battle of Covid-

19 they are at the forefront

giving hope to our hopeless

p e o p l e ,” he said.

Project brings water to informal settlements


For the past six weeks, #Asivikelane has

been working with households in

local communities to help improve

access to water and sanitation, and

limit the spread of the coronavirus.

#Asivikelane is a collaborative

project which works with seven other

organisations in 133 informal

settlements across the country,

including in BCM. “The aim of the

project is to collect up-to-date feedback

from informal settlements’ residents on

their challenges specifically with water,

sanitation and refuse collection.

“#Asivikelane then releases the

results with the aim to assist

government to respond in a targeted

a p p r o a ch ,” #Asivikelane coordinator

Vusi Gqomose said.

Shared water taps and ablution

facilities would likely increase the

spread of Covid-19 in informal

settlements, he said.

“In this context, it is concerning that

one out of every five informal residents

do not have consistent access to water.

“Residents in Cape Town,

Johannesburg and eThekwini,in

particular, reported problems with

water pressure, large numbers of

people per tap and poor maintenance

“However, last week’s

survey showed good news of soap and

sanitiser distribution and significant

water and sanitation improvements in

Buffalo City.”

He said the municipality had fixed

15 leaking standpipes reported by the

community in Scenery Park, 26 faulty

standpipes in Mzamomhle, and 14

faulty pipes in Nompumelelo.

“The communities of Chicken Farm

and Summerpride informal settlements

received two water tanks each and the

installation of seven stand pipes in

Reeston informal settlements is

underway, and in Cambridge location,

the municipality has refurbished seven

s t a n d p i p e s ,” he said.

“An additional standpipe has been

installed in Duncan Village [Moscow]

and three standpipes were refurbished

in Duncan Village [Barberton].”

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Eager to enjoy

her grand prize

Ashton scoops the Riverside Resort competition


The Areena Riverside

Resort competition, run in

partnership with the GO!

& Express, was a resounding

success thanks to you, our loyal

supporters and readers.

Amy Koshy, a former East

London resident who is now

living in Lille, France, was our

most-distant entrant and had

this to say: “Thanks, Go! &

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family and friends in my home

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will be able to enjoy their stay when the lockdown regulations allow

HSRC supports

tobacco sale ban


The Human Sciences Research

Council (HSRC) has come out in

favour of the continued ban on

the sale of tobacco products

during the national lockdown.

According to the HSRC,

smokers face a higher risk of

experiencing severe Covid-19

symptoms than non-smokers.

“It is accepted that tobacco

use has a range of negative

health effects, including lung

and heart disease, cancers and

s t r o k e s ,” the report said.

Due to the weakening of the

respiratory system due to

continued tobacco use, smokers

are therefore more likely to

need mechanical ventilation if

they contract Covid-19.

It is for this reason that the

HSRC has voiced its support for

the tobacco ban.

“The current ban on the

purchase of tobacco products

during the lockdown is a crucial

element of trying to reduce the

impact of the virus on patients

and the healthcare system,” the

HSRC said.

The HSRC drew on the 2016

SA Demographic and Health

Survey when estimating the

number of smokers in the

c o u n t r y.

The survey found that 20%

of the population aged 15 o

older smoked tobacco, which

translates to about 8 million

people overall.

“If only 1% of the 8 million

smokers were to contract Covid-

19, this means that 800,000

smokers would be infected


“If an estimated 5% were to

need the ICU, this would

translate to about 4,000 needing

ICU hospital beds and

ve n t i l a t o r s .

“Under current calculations,

this would exceed the

availability of ventilators and

place health workers at risk,” the

HSRC said.

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Mamas help in the fight

STILL IN LOVE: Ralton and Martha Schwarz celebrated their

50th wedding anniversary on Thursday May 16. The couple

were married in 1970 at the All Saints Anglican Church in

Rosemount, East London. They have two daughters and three

grandchildren Picture: SUPPLIED

Three busy

sewing masks


Wearing a mask is an

important measure in

helping prevent the

spread of Covid-19.

However, high demand has

led to a shortage of masks and

other important equipment.

Thankfully, three women

have taken it upon themselves

to sew masks in order to help

their community.

All three are part of the

Clover Mama Afrika initiative.

Amalinda resident

Nomonde Qukula, who is a

seamstress, decided to design

and make masks for the East

London community.

Fellow Mama, Phumla Goje,

is also from Amalinda.

The GO! previously reported

(“Mama Goje cares for and

equips the needy”, February 13)

that Goje was working to help

empower young people and

distribute food in her

c o m m u n i t y.

“Clover Mama Afrika forms

part of Clover’s corporate

sustainability initiative to

empower women across SA

with various skills such cooking

and baking, to food gardening,”

Clover Mama Afrika Trust

manager Professor Elain Vlok


“These skills aim to upskill

the women and allow them to

give back to their communities.”

Vlok said she was proud of

the initiative that the sewing

Mamas had taken during the

lockdown to help their

communities by sewing masks

with fabric off-cuts that they


“This is a wonderful service

that they are providing for their

own members and it is helping

their immediate community,”

she said.

Being a skilled seamstress,

Qukula said she made sure to

use the correct kind of material

when making the masks.

“I sew every day with the

assistance of my son,

KEEP SAFE: Amalinda’s

Nomonde Qukulwa is helping

her community by making

masks to curb the spread of

Covid-19 Picture: SUPPLIED

Asinongambuleli. We sell the

masks for R12 each.

“There are some challenges

with keeping the business

flowing, such as some of the

shops being closed due to

lockdown regulations,”

Qukulwa said.

“Our masks have three

layers, which is also the

preferred design.

”Thicker fabrics are best

suitable because they allow

easy breathing and the masks

made are not to allow liquids

through them.

“They are also comfortable

to wear,” she said.

Qukula said some of the

challenges she faced making the

masks included the high price of

fabric, the high demand

for masks and the inability to

take big orders without a secure

source of fabric.

“This project will not only

help create work opportunities

for people but it will also put

bread on the table to support

families that have been

disadvantaged by this

p a n d e m i c ,” Qukula said.

Our struggling SMMEs support local community


Our own small and medium

enterprises are under severe

threat of permanent closure.

Many of these businesses,

already fighting against the tide

of a struggling economy, are

now closed or partially closed

due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Little Covid-19 assistance

seems to be coming their way

and, at the time of writing, the

current easing has favoured the

large businesses over the small.

The typical definition of a

SMME is one which is owned by

one or a few locally-based

owners who apply their specific

skill to offer goods and services

to customers.

They typically source their

supplies from other local

businesses and they employ

their staff from nearby suburbs.

Importantly, any revenue

earned by SMMEs is usually

spent locally.

Local business plays a

critically important role in the

c o m m u n i t y.

They are the ones who invest

in our general community wellbeing

by supporting our schools

and sports teams, SPCA and

many other worthy charities.

If our local economy is to

thrive, it is these businesses who

need our support.

Local SMMEs also offer

consumers a point of difference

that is sometimes lost when one

gets engulfed under the sheer

mass of a national or multinational


When you deal with Joe’s

Plumbers, you talk to Joe, he

knows your name.

When you have breakfast at

Angela’s Coffee shop, Angela

prepared your food and it is

Angela who you talk to.

When you buy a burger, it

was prepared according to a

home-made recipe and not in

some processing plant far away.

Give a thought this week to

our own community, lets draw

together and help each other

whenever possible.

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Garbanzo, more commonly known as

the chickpea, is far more than a

‘ch i ck ’ or a ‘pea’.

This nutty-tasting legume has

been ’i n - ch i ck ’ for thousands of years.

Today, there are two main types: the

desi - which is darker, smaller and high

in fiber – and the kabuli type, which is

light brown.

Chickpeas are a wonderfully

versatile food, rich in protein and

fibre, just like many other legumes.

Foods such as these help one feel

fuller and less likely to snack on sugary

or refined carbohydrate-rich snacks.

This ancient food that stems from the

Middle East is also packed with minerals

and vitamins.

Scientific research shows ch i ck p e a s

to be extremely valuable in supplying

the essential micro-mineral

manganese, which is known to have a

role in stabilising blood sugar levels.

Chickpeas pack a

nutritious punch


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Chickpea flour, mixed with a little

water and then lightly fried, can be

transformed into a pizza base or


One can even add cinnamon and a

bit of honey for a sweeter treat, or a

pinch of salt, black pepper, paprika or

dried herbs with finely chopped onion

for a more savoury and delightful snack.

There is so much that can be

prepared with chickpeas, including a

delicious hummus spread.

Adding cooked or sprouted

chickpeas to salads is also both

delicious and nutritious.

Cooking dried chickpeas from

scratch can take some time so it’s best to

always soak them overnight to reduce

the cooking time.

Try roasted chickpeas for an

especially yummy snack.

The remaining liquid left over after

cooking chickpeas is called aquafaba

and is an ideal substitute for egg white.

So if you suffer from egg intolerance

or are vegan, you can still prepare and

enjoy treats such as meringues.

In fact, chickpeas are so versatile

they have even be used as a coffee


SA in ‘dire need’ of social


Plato, possibly the most

significant philosopher of

Athens and initiator of the

first institution of learning in

the Western World about

2,400 years ago, posed a

very powerful question that

has echoed through

civilizations and down the


“Is there anything worse

for a state than to be split and

disunited or anything better

than cohesion and unity?”

Throughout the world,

almost without exception,

the realities of the crucial

need for social cohesion

dominates the thinking and

motivation of those who have

the best interests of their

communities at heart.

But then, sadly, there are

those who benefit

economically or politically

from the advancement of

mistrust, disunity and a

breakdown of relations.

Analysis of the reasons for

a lack of social cohesion

generally seems to flag


unfounded suspicion, false

indoctrination and fear of the

unknown as the precepts that

foment and nourish this

dangerous condition.



Roy Hewett

Mahatma Gandhi made

two powerful observations:

“Carefully watch your

thoughts, for they become

your words. Manage and

watch your words, for they

will become your actions.

Consider and judge your

actions, for they have

become your habits.

“Acknowledge and watch

your habits, for they shall

become your values.

Understand and embrace

your values, for they become

your destiny” and

“Relationships are based on

four principles: respect,

understanding, acceptance

and appreciation.”

The inescapable realities

of the political and economic

development of our planet

reflects exploration of foreign

lands, conquests,

subjugation, displacement

and clashes of cultures and

belief systems.

These have been the

cause and nourishment of

strife and disharmony.

The ‘global village’ nature

of our world has added to the

dynamics at play.

This has paradoxically

both added a dimension of

advancing cohesion and

fanned the flames of disunity

in some communities.

Bertrand Russell, in his A

History of Western

P h i l o s o p hy, highlights the

complexity and challenging

nature of the path to social


“Social cohesion is a

necessity, and mankind has

never yet succeeded in

enforcing cohesion by

merely rational arguments.

“Every community is

exposed to two opposite

dangers: ossification through

too much discipline and

reverence for tradition, on

the one hand; and on the

other hand, dissolution, or

subjection to foreign

conquest, through the growth

of individualism and

personal experience that

makes cooperation

i m p o s s i b l e .”

And in our ‘ra i n b ow

nation’, the 2019 Rugby

World Cup win epitomised

what can be achieved when

people unite.

The Springboks’ ra l l y i n g

call of “Stronger Together”

took us back to the halcyon

days of the Mandela era with

its hope and trust, optimism

and belief in the future. Siya

Kolisi, Rassie Erasmus and

their team showed us the

w ay.

Mal Fletcher’s view has

powerful relevance to our

South African context as we

fervently hope for the

rekindled flame of cohesion

and unity to burn brightly to

overcome the effects of the

corrupt and those with vested

interests in disunity.

“Cohesion means

respectful diversity, which is

about much more than the

weak-kneed tolerance,”

Fletcher said.

In SA, we are in dire need

of infinitely more than

“weak-kneed” t o l e ra n c e .

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Readers share their challenges

The coronavirus lockdown has placed people's lives on pause, affecting many in different ways


“The lockdown has caused

drastic changes in my life,

because I am a student and I

have to get used to self-study,

something I’m not familiar with.

“Studying from home is not

easy because there are too

many distractions.”


“The only thing that has affected

us is going out to restaurants.

“But in my area, we’re not

badly affected, it is a bit quiet

because of the taverns that have

closed. The only thing I miss is

going to the beach and being

surrounded by my loved ones.”


“It is emotionally and mentally

draining, having to stick to one

specific routine.

“It is impossible to not go

c ra z y.”


“It has caused disruption and

chaos to my daily routine and

put me in a state of uncertainty

and hence peaked my anxiety

l e ve l s .”


“The lockdown has caused so

many disruptions in our country,

at level 5 everything just came

down to a halt. As frustrating as

it may be, it has helped curb the

spread of the virus.

“The lockdown has made a

huge impact in my life, because

annually I have goals I want to

achieve, and this year my goal

was to be the best in anything I

do. I didn’t have enough time to

accomplish that, now I have to

start from scratch.

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some damage in the education

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bigger picture, which is curbing

the virus.”

Roam the wastes in the

addictive ‘Bedlam Redux’



Welcome to Skyshine's Bedlam Redux,

where death is almost certain, your only

hope for safety is anyone you can find

able to wield a weapon, and your end

goal of a safe haven may not actually


Set in the post-apocalypse, your job

in Bedlam is to drive a colossal machine

called a Dozer from the walled city of

Bysantine to the mythical Aztec City.

The only thing between points A and B

is a wasteland filled with various

factions that all want you dead, and an

extremely angry warlord.

Thankfully, you're not totally

defenceless on your long crawl through

the wastes. Accompanying you and

your civilian passengers are a crew of

fighters dedicated to your cause. Are

they competent? Maybe. Will they be

enough? Possibly. Will they all survive

the journey? Almost certainly not, so try

not to get too attached to any of them.

The journey through the wastes will

call on your skills in resource

management, navigation, turn-based

combat, party-building and gear

upgrades, combining them all into a

package that's as delightfully weird as its


Combat here is turn based, with you

bringing in a hand-picked squad of four

fighters against the various enemies. You

have to play smart to win in Bedlam,

and sometimes the smartest move may

be to sacrifice one of your own to make

a winning play.

Between the pressure to win each

battle, and the intense desire to actually

survive the next obstacle, Bedlam can

sometimes feel like an exercise in

patience. That being said, it does reward

you for soldiering on.

Progress through the game's two

modes will unlock new Dozers, which

in turn start off with different weaponry

for you to aim at particularly tough foes.

On top of that, each Dozer has a special

Elite unit associated with it that you can

choose to have in your party when

starting a fresh run.

No two journeys through the

wastelands, whether they end in success

or failure, will ever be the same for

players. Different crews, different

encounters, different foes and different

battles. And many, many deaths,

whether they be individual fighters or

the whole crew.

Where it shines is in not feeling like

its pushing you too far.

I've never felt it was impossible to

win with the right amount of tactics and

risk taking. All the information a player

needs to judge the situation is given to

them. You know how much damage you

can do to an enemy, an you know how

much they can do in return. You know

the exact explosive radius of an enemy

grenade or the small nuclear device you

can launch off your Dozer.

You have what you need to make a


Of course, there are some issues that

can ruin the experience.

For example, not all of the

mechanics are explained well and can

lead to some confusing situations where

yo u ’re not quite sure what’s going on.

When all is said and done though, I

find myself coming back to this game

over and over. Sometimes it frustrates

me but sometimes it surprises me in a

good way too. I've taken dozens of trips

out into the wastes, some successful,

many more not, but I'd still be happy to

embark on another desert road trip with

my gang.


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WSU digital

search for

rugby talent

Local schools, clubs asked to commend players


The Walter Sisulu

University (WSU) rugby

fraternity is not letting the

Covid-19 lockdown prevent

them from preparing for the

annual Varsity Shield

tournament next year.

The university is looking

into alternative ways of scouting

talent, such as inviting all rugby

enthusiasts to showcase their

skill by posting on social media.

“We are relying on the rugby

enthusiasts to recommend

players who they think would fit

into the style of play of the WSU

All Blacks.

“We are also asking high

school coaches to notify us of

up-and-coming talent from

local schools and clubs,” WSU

All Blacks caretaker coach

Akhona Mgijima said.

These would be pupils wh o

wanted to study and play rugby.

“We will eventually hold

trials to test the players before

we proceed with the selection

in order to find those that we

feel can fit into our system.”

Interested players are

encouraged to first apply to

study at the nearest WSU


“If they do qualify, there will

be a higher chance of being

selected during the trials, which

are normally held around late

N ove m b e r.

“We will announce the dates

as soon as we have the school

schedule after the lockdown

restrictions have been lifted.

“We call on all talented

players from around the

province to look at WSU as their

first option if they want to

continue playing rugby after

high school,” Mgijima said.

TALENT SCOUT: Walter Sisulu University caretaker coach Akhona Mgijima says the institution is

planning to scout for new rugby talent via social media, due to the nationwide Covid-19

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Recalling some of SA’s ‘f o rg o t t e n ’ cricketers

STILL GOT IT: Arthur Short is one of SA’s ‘f o rg o t t e n ’ cricketers Picture: MARK ANDREWS


About 15 years ago this scribe had the privilege of

interviewing Arthur Short who was in East London for

a tennis tournament at Selborne Park.

Who is Arthur Short, you might be asking.

Simply put, Short is one of SA’s “forgotten

c r i ck e t e r s ,” players who were selected to represent SA

on Test tours that were cancelled due to the sports

boycott against the apartheid regime.

These “forgotten cricketers” were thus unable to

make a name for themselves in international cricket.

Short, an attractive Eastern Province top-order

batsman with all the strokes, was selected to tour

England in 1970, and in 1971-72 he replaced Eddie

Barlow, who pulled out of a tour to Australia.

In the interview, Short admitted the cancellations

were bitter pills to swallow.

However, other players were also badly affected.

Who remembers fast bowler Gary Watson?

He was in the team for England but never put on

the green and gold jersey.

He retired from all cricket four years after the tour

after taking exactly 100 wickets in first-class cricket.

What about Peter de Vaal? Or all-rounder

Anthony “Dassie” Biggs? Both were selected for


De Vaal was an attacking left-arm spin bowler for

Eastern Transvaal and a useful batsman. He played for

various teams till 1992-93 when he was 47 years old.

Eastern Province’s Biggs was an off-spinner and

heavy scorer as an opening bat, finishing with eight

centuries in first-class cricket. He and Short usually

got the EP innings off to good, fast starts.

But Hylton Ackerman, Clive Rice and Vincent van

der Bijl, all selected for Australia, managed to gain

international stardom through playing county cricket

in England, with the latter two also representing SA in

the so-called “rebel” tours of the 1980s.

Ackerman, along with a young Tony Greig, who

was later to skipper England, was selected for a World

team which replaced SA in international matches

against Australia in 1971-72.

In the first international he scored a century against

a strong Australian attack. Such a pity it wasn’t his

debut Test match.

It was Ackerman who told this scribe an amusing

story . . . When he and Greig arrived in Adelaide they

were met at the airport by a short gentleman in his

60s, dressed in an old cardigan, who kindly helped

them load their baggage into his car and dropped

them off at their hotel.

“Do you have anything to do with cricket here?”

Ackerman asked him.

“Yes I have, the name’s Bradman,” was the reply.

In the end, SA had to wait until late 1991 before

they played official international cricket again.

They toured India where three one-day

internationals were played, with Rice, 42, named the

first captain of SA after SA’s return to the fold.

But Rice was fated to never play Test cricket.

When India toured SA a year later, he was thought

past his best and was replaced by Kepler Wessels.

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