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Biggest Covid-19 spike
SA records 1,160 new infections in just 24 hours
The department of health
announced on Sunday
May 17 that SA had
experienced its highest daily
number of infections so far,
with 1,160 new Covid-19 cases
recorded within 24 hours.
According to the
department, the total number of
confirmed Covid-19 cases in the
country was at 15,515, at the
time of writing.
“Regrettably, we report a
further three Covid-19-related
deaths, which brings the total
national deaths to 264,”
minister of health Zweli Mkhize
“We wish to express our
condolences to the loved ones
of the departed and thank the
health care workers who cared
for the deceased.”
As of Monday May 18, the
Western Cape was the province
with the most number of
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OF THE DEPARTED
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confirmed cases, with 9,294
The Western Cape was
followed by Gauteng, with
2,329 confirmed cases, and the
Eastern Cape, with 1,936.
“We remain concerned
about the developments in the
Western Cape, with the total
cumulativ cases now
comprising almost 60% of the
national cumulative cases and
the new cases from the province
comprising 76% of the new
cases from the past 24-hour
cycle [May 16 to May 17],”
The situation in the Western
Cape has been cause for much
concern, with Mkhize even
suggesting that tighter lockdown
restrictions may be necessary
there (‘Western Cape’s
numbers spark concern’,
TimesLIVE, May 18).
The Eastern Cape,
meanwhile, was faring only a
little better, with 35 deaths
recorded at the time of writing.
According to statistics
released by the department, of
the 264 deaths nationally, 148
were male and 116 female.
There is also a clear age
disparity in the fatalities.
Most of the deaths have been
in the 50-59, 60-69 and 70-79
age brackets. In contrast, only
one person under 30 has died
due to Covid-19.
NERVOUS:Health minister Zweli Mkhize has said his department is worried by the high number
of Covid-19 infections in the Western Cape Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: East Londoners came together last week to help Gonubie resident Bessie Crous
celebrate her 100th birthday Picture: SUPPLIED
For Gonubie resident Bessie Crous, her
100th birthday on May 12 was going to be a
very special occasion.
“We had a huge party planned for her,”
grand-daughter Belinda Rogerson said.
Family from all over the country were
expected to attend to mark such a
But then the national lockdown was
implemented and suddenly the birthdy
celebrations were put at risk.
“With the coronavirus, obviously
everything came to a grinding halt,”
All was not lost, however, and Rogerson,
along with her sister Sias, came up with an
“On Mother’s Day, I was chatting to my
sister and I said ‘We can’t let a 100th
birthday go by with nothing. It’s not just
another day’,” Rogerson said.
The pair then worked on a special
birthday message, which Rogerson posted
to her Facebook page.
The message asked that anyone who
happened to be walking past their house on
the day please leave a balloon, a birthday
message or even a small chocolate outside
to help the family celebrate this special day.
The post was originally intended just for
their local community but, as Rogerson
said, “it just exploded”.
The first sign of how far the message
ended up reaching came when the family
was putting up their birthday banners
outside their house at 6.30am on the
Tu e s d ay.
Rogerson said that already people were
starting to drive past and drop off gifts or
hoot in support.
And it only got bigger from there.
“There were schoolkids that came and
played the trumpet for her, there was a lady
that came and played her guitar, somebody
was playing the flute, it was incredible.
“The number of people that joined in
and helped celebrate it was incredible,”
“That evening at 5.30pm, the fire
brigade did a drive-by with their fire engine,
Red Alert, and so did a few ambulances.”
She said they were still receiving gifts on
the Wednesday morning.
For Crous, one gift in particular stood
“A lady came on Wednesday to drop off
a teddy bear for me.
“When I was a child I always longed for
a teddy bear. Now I have one and it’s such a
big, beautiful one.
“It was worth waiting 100 years for,” she
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Buckets of gore
and laughs in
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Legendary comedy duo star in ‘Slaughterhouse’
Slaughterhouse Rulez is one of those easy
popcorn films, something you put on when
you don’t want to think too hard.
This horror-comedy takes place in an elite
British private school, the kind that is built like a
palace and has an entire postcode to itself.
The school’s shady headmaster has sold a
portion of the grounds to an even shadier fracking
company whose drilling accidentally releases an
army of angry subterranean monsters.
The students must then pull together and fight
their way to survival.
The presence of legendary comedy duo Simon
Pegg and Nick Frost as simpering teacher and
stoned-out eco-activist respectively is a good sign
of what sort of comedy Slaughterhouse is aiming
at - the over-the-top gore and slapstick of Pegg and
Fr o s t ’s previous work like Shawn of the Dead.
A friend of mine summarised it best: it’s like if
Dead Poet’s Society suddenly became Evil Dead
When the monsters finally arrive, the movie
makes a sudden tonal shift and limbs start flying,
with litres of fake blood spraying everywhere.
Of course, it’s all so ridiculously over-the-top
that you can’t help but laugh along.
It’s not the smartest movie you could be
watching right now but it sure is a lot of fun.
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Help EL child and youth centre
ELCYCC call to community as pandemic puts strain on finances to cater for more than 3,000 kids
As the Covid-19 global
pandemic continues to
threaten the country, the
East London Child and Youth
Care Centre (ELCYCC) has
found itself in dire need of
financial assistance to continue
caring for children from
“We are caring for 125
children in our residential
p r o g ra m m e .
“We also run a community
project which provides
supportive services and feeds
2,900 children and their
families in disadvantaged
communities namely; Ncera,
Fort Grey, Overton, Duncan
Village, Nompumelelo and
Scenery Park,” ELCYCC worker
Larne Robus said.
Robus said the centre was
struggling financially with all
the extra costs brought about by
the pandemic, which had added
pressure to both their residential
and community programmes.
“Funds are running low and
we are faced with the
predicament that it will be a
struggle to cover our day-to-day
costs this month.
“This is why we are asking
the East London community to
assist by contributing financially
or donating non-perishable food
items to our organisation,” he
While the ELCYCC
does receive funding from the
department of social
development (DSD), the
National Lottery Commission,
trusts, corporate funders and
individuals, the current
financial strain brought about by
the lockdown has resulted in
some funding having been
w i t h d raw n .
“Due to the Covid-19
pandemic we have had to take
on new costs such as hand
sanitiser, three-layer face masks,
multivitamins and forehead
thermometers for staff members
and children in care.
“We have also had an
increase in our communitybased
“We will continue to provide
services to the children in our
care, as well as the families and
children within the
communities we serve,” Robus
For more information or to
help, contact Larne on 083-530-
2847 or e-mail him at:
e l cy c c f u n d s a @ g m a i l . c o m
Voting open for
Vincent Park Artist
Entries in the Vincent Park
Young Artist Competition are in!
To vote for your favourite
entry, visit the Vincent Park
Facebook page or
w w w. v i n c e n t p a r k . c o . z a / . SMS
the entry number to 45479
(standard SMS rates apply).
Votes close on Sunday, M ay
This year’s theme is ‘Bringing
GREEN to our Mall’.
“The winning entry will
receive a R2,500 Vincent Park
Gift Card for themself
plus another one for their
s ch o o l ,” Vincent Park
marketing manager Mariaan
“The entry with the most
votes will also be brought to life
by a local mural artist and will
be prominently displayed in the
mall as soon as possible, within
the confines and restrictions
currently in place.
“We ’re also thrilled to
announce that, in conjunction
with the Go! and Express, a
second winner, selected by our
panel of judges, will also win a
R2,500 Vincent Park Gift
C a r d ,” Hartwig added.
GO! & Express marketing
liaison Wendy Kretschmann
said: “The Go! & Express is
proud to partner with this
initiative as it encourages
children to explore their
imagination and express their
c r e a t iv i t y.
“Our loyal and extensive
readership base can show their
support for the children by
voting for their favourite entry.”
SMS votes close on Sunday
May 24. The winners will be
notified by June 5, World
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Lockdown dries up NPO’s funds
Blessings From Me to You’s Greenfieled’s charity shop closed but East Londoner’s step up to help
FEEDING THE NEEDY: Hungry children receive a meal from
Blessings From Me to You, which recently organised a soup
kitchen in Orange Grove, East London Picture: SUPPLIED
NGOs, NPOs and other
that rely on donations to
serve their communities, have
been hit particularly hard during
the ongoing pandemic.
Blessings From Me to You is
one such organisation that has
been struggling during the
“Our only income was from
our charity shop in Greenfields,
and from those sales we bought
f o o d ,” Blessings founder Louise
With the shop being closed
for nearly two months now,
funds are starting to become
s c a rc e .
“Luckily for us, East
Londoners have stepped up to
h e l p ,” Torr said.
Blessings From Me to You
has reached out to the local
community to help through
their various programmes, with
money and food.
Torr said Parmalat had even
chipped in, donating yogurt,
cheese, cream and Sterrie
The organisation has also
teamed up with It’s All About
Image (IAAI), as previously
reported in the GO! & Express
(‘IAAI help to feed the hungry in
BCM region’, May 16).
According to Torr, IAAI’s
Klaus Rodeman collects food
parcels from her and helps to
distribute them around East
Despite their challenges,
Torr was still hopeful. “It’s been
tough, but we’re getting there,”
For more information or to
help, visit the Blessings From
Me to You Facebook group or
their store at 81 Jan Smuts Ave,
ALL ABOARD: In an bid to strengthen the fight against Covid-19, the department of health is
joining hands with Transnet to roll out their clinic on wheels, the Phelophepha Train. Between
the months of May and July, the train will be stationed in Sttuterheim, Mount Ruth in
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LOCKED DOWN: The closed King William’s Town Police Station entrance is cordoned off with
tape, after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 last week Picture: LULAMILE FENI
Covid-19 shuts the
KWT Police Station
The King William’s Town Police
Station was closed on Saturday
May 16 after a 28-year-old
female constable tested
positive for Covid-19.
According to a statement
released by national police
spokesperson Brig Vishnu
Naidoo, the community
service centre would operate
from the hall normally used for
affidavits, behind the police
He said the police were
waiting for the municipality to
provide a community hall and
expected something in place
Naidoo said the station
could be reached on the 10111
emergency police number or
by contacting the station
commander on 082-446-3915,
as the usual numbers were not
ava i l a b l e .
The police station will
undergo decontamination and
the community will be
informed as soon as the station
is ready to be operational
again, the statement read.
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Lilyfontein celebrates 115 years
Lockdown doesn’t dampen Founder’s Day spirit as pupils, staff bake cakes for virtual birthday bash
Ap o p u l a r t ra d i t i o n
celebrated among South
African schools is that of
Fo u n d e r ’s Day, when staff and
pupils come together to
commemorate their school’s
a n n ive r s a r y.
However, like many other
events in 2020, the Covid-19
pandemic has put these plans
on hold until further notice.
One school which has been
forced to forgo its annual
Fo u n d e r ’s Day plans is
Lilyfontein, which was set to
mark its 115th birthday last
Fr i d ay.
Despite the setback, staff and
pupils still found ways to
celebrate the occasion in their
own unique way.
Marketing officer Lisa Van
Wyk said the school decided to
host an #ADVENTURE take over
Virtual Founder’s Day
c e l e b ra t i o n .
“We asked our Lilyfontein
pupils and families to bake a
cake, cupcakes or our
traditional donuts for Friday and
celebrate between 12pm and
12.30pm by eating cakes and
singing happy birthday to the
s ch o o l .
“We encouraged parents
and pupils to take videos or
pictures and upload them to our
Facebook Event page.
“Our marketing team
compiled a video edit of all the
visual celebrations and shared
the love on our School’s
Facebook Page,” Van Wyk said.
The school received birthday
wishes from a number of wellknown
personalities such as
radio presenter Robbie Du
Rand, Survivor SA 2018
winner Tom Swartz, former
Springbok rugby player Akhona
Ndungane, Carte Blanche host
Macfatlane Moleli, Bachelor
SA presenter Jason Greer and
East Coast Radio presenter
“The response has been
awesome and we are stoked to
have them all acknowledge our
s ch o o l ,” Van Wyk said. Before
being forced to cancel their
Fo u n d e r ’s Day celebrations,
Lilyfontein had an entire
“Traditionally we have a host
of activities for Founder’s Day
“It all starts on the Friday
where we have a formal
assembly from 12pm and invite
all our past pupils, educators,
special guest and principals
from years gone by.
“The head pupil from the 10-
year reunion class is invited
as guest speaker.
“This year, it is was going to
be Peter Morrissey who is
currently a doctoral researcher
working on his PhD at
“When a school is as old as
ours, you can’t believe some of
the funny stories that are
swapped and told.
“The school has really grown
over the years and more so in
the past decade,” Van Skyk said.
She added that on Saturday,
the school had planned to hold
their annual derby day against
Stutterheim High School.
“This is always a great family
day spent watching h o ck e y,
rugby and netball and playing
fun games in the school hall.
“Our Eco department
usually has a display of
innovative recycling and Eco
ideas and crafts in the hall foyer
and our creative art department
collaborates with the entire
school with a massive collective
“Finally, we have a small
dinner party with the 10-year
reunion class on Saturday
e ve n i n g ,” she said.
Principal Nick Els said:
“We ’ve been faced with the
challenge of the pandemic, yet
we have made a plan for our
Fo u n d e r ’s Day to continue.
“Lilyfontein has a proud
history, and that history is based
on the collective effort of many
people over the last 115 years.
“We thank and salute people
for their effort and contribution.”
Transnet ship repair facilities fully operational
With the introduction of level 4
restrictions at the beginning of
the month, a number of
industries have been allowed to
According to the Transnet
National Port Authority (TNPA),
the easing of restrictions has
allowed their ship repair
facilities to now operate at
These facilities are made up
of the dry docks in Durban, East
London and Cape Town, along
with the slipways at Port
Elizabeth and Mossel Bay.
“The two components of the
facilities, being the dry docks
and engineering workshops,
will be accessible to agents
subject to strict safety and
precautionary measures as
outlined in the new level 4
Covid-19 regulations,” acting
chief harbour master captain
Sbelo Mdlalose said.
Mdlalose said TNPA was
committed to upholding strict
safety standards during the
While the repair facilities are
open, TNPA said it would still
be following the necessary
health and safety guidelines to
protect all staff and port users.
All port users at the various
facilities will be expected to
adhere to Covid-19 screening
upon arrival, including
Employers are also expected
to regularly screen their staff and
provide them with the necessary
personal protection equipment
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Playstation 4, iOS, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, MacOS
You awaken at the base of a great
tower, and the first creature you lay
eyes on is a whale that is now
talking to you and offering you special
p ow e r s .
Welcome to Slay the Spire, a game
about fighting your way up through floors
of an ancient spire, pitting yourself
against cut-throat brigands, merciless
bosses, and eventually the beating heart
of this mystical construct.
A deck-building rogue-like game,
Slay the Spire sessions can be brutally
short if players rush in without thinking.
Yo u ’ll need to plan out each
encounter in every run if you want to
succeed, and be prepared to alter those
plans as needed.
No victory is guaranteed in the Spire.
Maybe you don’t receive the cards
you need for your planned deck as
rewards, maybe you don’t draw the one
card you desperately need to survive
another turn, or maybe you are just a few
points of health short of what you need.
Are you coping with this
dreadful but essential
lockdown and its irrational
rules? I guess we have to,
h ave n ’t we!
It is indeed a difficult and
trying time but undoubtedly a
huge wake-up call for us to
think about where society is
The daily news is
depressing and call it putting
my head in the sand if you
will, but the headlines at 7pm
are all I watch before taking a
deep breath and returning to
the mediocre programming
television has to offer, with its
You would be forgiven for
thinking that for pensioners
such as myself, life would be a
tad less tedious. After all,
people like me have been
through the mill, have
patience and fortitude with
the passage of time and have
downgraded to the extent that
we are now content to cruise
along as comfortably as we
can in as positive a frame of
mind as we can muster.
Ah, but therein lies the
rub! The danger to mental
wellness at our age is sheer
boredom and for many who
are widowed, loneliness.
In retirement complexes
such as mine, human contact
is appropriately discouraged,
the usual distractions like
bingo evenings and
communal get-togethers have
been suspended and even the
convivial daily dining room
participation has been
Highs and lows of
curtailed for the duration,
with meals reduced to takeaway
There are only so many
books one can read, puzzles
and crosswords to do, calls
one can make and, worst of
all, the mind-blowing and
endless repetition of timeworn
movies on television,
not to mention new drama
series they start, get you
interested in and then
abruptly abort for no apparent
rhyme or reason!
Who co-ordinates these
On the bright side there is
always Skype and the trusty
mobile, unknown in our
youth, for us to keep in touch
with family and friends. It
takes less than 10 seconds to
contact our son in London by
phone, a small consolation at
On a personal note, one
❝ Yo u ’ll need to plan
out each encounter in
every run if you want
Whatever the reasons, Slay the Spire
will punish haste and errors.
Th a t ’s not to say the game is
completely unforgiving though, or
unable to reward smart plays.
Build your deck well and you’ll have
smooth sailing through many of the basic
battles you’ll encounter on your journey
up the Spire. At least, until you meet the
Boss of each floor.
Each Boss is the final gatekeeper of
their respective Spire section and will
require different strategies to beat, with
their own attack patterns and abilities.
It helps that the actions of every
enemy are clearly telegraphed to the
player, so whether they’re planning to
would think that I would be
immune from that sort of thing
because during my early
teens, I was confined to
boarding school life and
inculcated with the
disciplines and restrictions
that went with it.
So the effects of a lockdown
such as this should be
ingrained. Well, they’re not!
Like most of us here, I find
existing in confinement highly
For example, one morning
I stood in the bright sunshine
and fresh air on the balcony of
our little flat here at Berea
Gardens and gazed longingly
out over a slowly stirring
north-east expressway and the
suburb of Stirling to the now
out of bounds sparkling ocean
b e yo n d .
It was a truly beautiful late
autumn day, as it always is
here in East London at this
time of the year.
I literally ached to break
out, grab a towel and take to
the beach, as I would have
done a month or so ago.
“Cabin fever again?” said
my wife Naomi, looking
up from her knitting as I
returned glumly to the sundappled
Remarkable woman is
Naomi. Lockdown has no
effect on her at all.
But then again she is a
tough old English bird, raised
in war-time Britain where at
one time during those
turbulent years it was a daily
occurrence to head for the
underground air-raid shelters
attack, defend themselves, or inflict
status effects, you’ll know what’s coming
to you when you end your turn.
Whether or not you can actually do
something about it is up to you and your
Slay the Spire is a game that rewards
the player for learning how to deal with
varied enemies and events, whether it be
dealing with multiple weaker opponents
or a single, more threatening enemy.
It is also one that encourages a degree
of flexibility when playing through each
run of the game.
The perfect deck will not always
come into your possession, and you will
have to adapt your strategy on the fly if
you suddenly find yourself without the
crucial cards you need in your hand in a
fight, or in your deck overall.
Th a t ’s alright though, as new runs are
just a few clicks away whenever you have
to start from the beginning, each ripe
with the promise of a new shot at the
Spire’s many hazards.
The Spire calls, and it’s time for
another perilous climb. As soon as I get
done talking to this whale.
as the Luftwaffe made yet
another attempt to flatten her
home town of
Portsmouth (forever since
known as “The Smitten City”)
and its navy base.
Shortly after the beginning
of the war, she was evacuated
to relatives in America as a
little girl of nine with other
children of her age.
Only she never made it.
A gallant German U-boat
commander resolved in mid-
Atlantic that this refugee ship,
flying the applicable flag,
would make good target
practice and torpedoed it. In
the ensuing confusion, smoke
and flames, these poor kids
were roped down to waiting
lifeboats from the listing,
sinking vessel in icy, oily
waters and transferred to a
passing tanker and repatriated
to a port in Scotland.
Naomi then spent a week
in an Edinburgh hospital
under observation suffering
shock, seasickness and
Her mother’s hair, by the
way, turned grey overnight!
The old never-say-die
British fighting spirit is still
with her, supporting me
through the present
ordeal, the steadying
influence of my life for the
past 57 years.
So to all those heroic souls
fighting for us in today’s front
line conflict, we salute you.
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Local football club donates food
Mother of five’s cupboards bare
While South African
under the weight of
the country’s prolonged Covid-
19 lockdown, some are feeling
the pinch more than others.
Aware of this struggle for
many, local Zwelitsha All Stars
Social Football Club decided to
help their community by
donating food parcels and
clothing to 11 beneficiaries on
Their programme started in
Zone 8, with the team
blessing 10 families at the
Crossroads Informal Settlements
before going to Barcelona,
where they handed the 11th
parcel to a 79-year-old woman.
The residents were handed
face masks, gloves and
sanitiser before receiving the
parcels, which included rice,
maize meal, sugar, oil, samp
Club deputy chairperson
Thanduxolo Breakfast said they
were deeply affected by the
extreme poverty and poor
health of people living at the
“It is quite an emotional
situation, seeing that our
government is doing the best
in assisting those who are not as
well off,” Breakfast said.
He said after an initial visit to
the area, the players collectively
agreed to donate food parcels.
“Each member contributed
financially and the club added
the rest to be able to purchase
these items, which we hope will
make a difference,” he said.
Club chairperson Thabo
Nkopo said the initiative wa s
the club’s way of helping the
community where they could.
“We would like to extend a
word of gratitude to the
Ginsberg-based Moss family for
their donation, and to our
members and players for their
c o n t r i b u t i o n s ,” Nkopo said.
One of the beneficiaries, 47-
year-old Msindwana Kholiswa,
a mother of five children, is
u n e m p l oye d .
“Thank you to these men for
bringing us food at a time when
our cupboards are empty,” she
Community leader Andile
Ntsokolo, 54, said the
team’s visit was a “God send”.
CHANGING LIVES: Zwelitsha All Stars Social Football Club officials and players, left, hand over food parcels to shack dwellers at
the Crossroads informal settlement in Zwelitsha on Sunday afternoon Picture: DESMOND COETZEE
Sad death of
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SA soccer has been plunged into mourning after the
death of Lamontville Golden Arrows player Nkanyiso
Mngwengwe this week.
Details of his death are still sketchy but the club
confirmed that Mngwengwe died in the early hours of
Arrows chairperson Mato Madlala expressed shock
and sadness after receiving the news of his death.
“I am saddened by the passing away of Nkanyiso‚”
“I remember when he first arrived at Arrows as a
promising footballer‚ full of energy‚ he was always
ready to fight for the team and acquitted himself very
well over the years.
“I would like to extend my sincere condolences to
N k a ny i s o ’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with
you during this difficult time.”
Mngwengwe made his debut for the club in August
2013 and played more than 140 matches for the
Durban side over the years.
The details of Mngwengwe’s funeral are yet to be
Overtakers help members
during tough lockdown
“The Overtakers Sports Club has
members who live far below the
economic standard of living, while
others are not employed and some
depend on piece jobs.
“The state of affairs is even worse
now due to lack of activity. There is
nothing that keep them busy. The
loneliness they may be going through
may cause misery and relapse,” club
ch a i r Noluthyando Mahlangeni said.
To help their members through these
trying times, Mahlangeni said the club
was raising funds to help provide them
with groceries. She said they had helped
eight families of eight so far.
Members of the club raised the
money themselves, managing to collect
The club also received a donation of
R10,000 from East London-based Kivela
Company Secretarial Services.
“The club management wishes to
extend its gratitude to its members for
the kindness and the spirit of
familyhood they continue to display.
“A special thanks to the Kivela
Company Secretarial Services for
the wonderful support the company has
offered to the families of the members of
the club,” Mahlangeni said.
She said their aim was to reach out
to other running clubs and lend them a
“Due to the pressure experienced by
Overtakers members, we could not raise
enough funds to also include other
clubs, but we are committed to
continue with this initiative until the
Covid-19 challenge is over.”
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Time launches site
to motivate youth
New social media sports channel entertains and educates
Local coach and social media
influencer Sesethu Time has
found a way of keeping sport
conversations going for enthusiasts
during the lockdown.
Time recently launched a channel,
#Lockdownconvos with Coach Time,
on social media, on which interviews
with various sport personalities are
“The channel is about engaging
with different sports personalities from
professional to schoolboy level,
each from different sporting codes, and
getting to know them and finding out
about them from a personal
perspective. They also give their
thoughts on the pandemic, as well as
sharing their lockdown routines and
motivation for youngsters,” Time said.
He said the inspiration behind the
channel was to try and take people’s
minds off the lockdown by offering
conversations for the youth, especially
those who wanted to play professional
“The main purpose behind it is not
only to entertain but to educate the
importance of perseverance,
determination, as well self-discipline in
the sporting world,” he said.
Time became an internet sensation
last year, when a video of him giving a
motivational speech to Queens’
College pupils during their PE lesson
went viral (“Coach an SA internet
sensation”, Daily Dispatch, April 5
He said the channel provided
quality, educational content, filled with
humour and enthusiasm.
The videos are broadcast
on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7pm on
Ti m e ’s I n s t a g ra m , @ s e t h u _ t i m e 0 2 .
“I urge people to watch every
Tuesday and Friday should they wish to
gain information about their favourite
sporting heroes and if they want to
e n g a g e ,” he said.
GOING VIRAL: Sesethu Time talks to sports personalities on his own social
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A look at some of SA’s top all-round sportsmen
As the 19th Century drew to a
close, sport began to be
organised between countries,
and with it grew an increasing
number of sportsmen proficient
in more than one code who
were capped as double
internationals or even triple.
However, in those early
years there were set months for
cricket during the summer while
sports such as soccer and rugby
were played during the winter,
making it easier for the talented
to play more than one sport.
Once SA had tasted the joys
and agonies of Test cricket in
1889, five players — Pe rcy
Twentyman-Jones, A H “B i d dy ”
Anderson, Albert Powell, Alfred
Richards and Jimmy Sinclair
— represented SA at cricket as
well as rugby union.
Richards captained SA in
only one cricket Test, later
captaining SA at rugby and for
good measure, also refereeing a
couple of rugby Tests.
However, the most
successful of the five was allrounder
Sinclair, who scored
S A’s first three Test centuries —
one in 80 minutes — and
always batted at a furious pace,
finishing up with 1,069 runs and
63 wickets in 25 Test matches
between 1896 and 1911.
He also played one rugby
Test for the Springboks and one
Sinclair scored a triplecentury
in a Transvaal club
match and also laid claim to the
longest six ever hit. He smashed
a ball over the boundary at the
Old Wanderers ground in
Johannesburg near the railway
line and it was found two days
later in a goods train in Cape
Tow n , about 1,500km away.
During the period just prior
to World War I, Percy Sherwell
became a triple-international,
skippering SA at cricket on two
overseas tours, scoring a century
at Lord’s in 1907, and
representing SA later at soccer
Three other players — Fra n k
Mitchell, Frank Hearne and
Reggie Schwarz, who were all
born in England — represented
England at rugby and SA at
cricket, while Border’s Gerald
Hartigan played five cricket
Tests and six soccer
internationals for SA.
Between the two world wars,
two outstanding sportsmen
made names for themselves.
At the age of 20, Harold
“Tu p py ” Owen-Smih scored a
century before lunch against
England at Leeds in 1929 — a
rare feat at Test level — adding
103 for the last wicket with
Sandy Bell, a record for SA that
stood for 81 years.
At Oxford University, he
obtained blues for cricket and
rugby and also represented the
university as a lightweight boxer
and athlete. He also captained
England at rugby as f u l l b a ck .
Tony Harris was a most
precocious talent for Griqualand
West. As a schoolboy he
played rugby, cricket, soccer,
squash, golf and tennis at a high
level. At 12 he captured the
ALL-ROUNDER: William ‘Buster’ Farrer poses with a copy of the book on his sporting career, ‘All-Rounder: The Buster Farrer
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Griqualand West junior tennis
championship and while still at
school, he played Currie Cup
cricket, scoring a century on his
first-class debut against Orange
Free State in 1933.
In 1937, at the age of
21, Harris was in the Springbok
rugby team on tour to Australia
and New Zealand where at
flyhalf, he partnered with the
dive-passsing Danie Craven
to great success in two
Tests, helping the team
become the first Springbok side
to win a series in New Zealand.
After a remarkable stint as a
fighter polit during World War
2, Harris gained national
colours at cricket as a member
of Alan Melville’s 1947 touring
team in England.
Po s s i b l y S A’s greatest allround
sportsman is William
“Buster” Farrer, who gained
Border colours in six different
sports — cricket, hockey, golf,
squash, badminton and bowls
—– and gained international
colours at cricket and hockey.
Farrer was also a keen longdistance
runner and completed
the Comrades Marathon one
year, running with old cricket
teammate Peter Pollock. Now
83, he lives in Gonubie.