Thursday 28 M ay, 2020
FUNDRAISER RAISES OVER R100K - PAGE 4
MINISTERS DISCUSS SCHOOL
REOPENING - PAGE 4
DA CONCERNED BY CLAIMS AGAINST POLICE
- PAGE 5
SA to move to Level 3
Greatest defence against virus
is stringent hygiene protocols
Speaking to the nation on
Sunday May 24, President
announced that the country
would move to Level 3
lockdown restrictions from
Monday June 1.
“While the nationl lockdown
has been effective, it cannot be
sustained indefinitely,” he said.
“Moving to Level 3 marks a
significant shift in our approach
to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This will result in the
opening up of the economy and
the removal of a number of
restrictions on the movement of
people, while significantly
expanding and improving our
public health interventions.”
Two particularly contentious
restrictions, those limiting
exercise between 6am and 9am,
and the curfew between 8pm
and 5am, will be removed
under the new level.
“People will be able to
exercise at any time during the
day, provided this is not done in
g r o u p s ,” Ramaphosa said.
While the ban on the sale of
tobacco products will continue,
restrictions on alcohol will be
“Alcohol will be sold for
home consumption only, under
strict conditions, on specified
days and for limited hours,”
Public gatherings, with the
exception of funerals with under
50 participants, will remain
prohibited and venues catering
for cultural or sporting
entertainment or exhibitional
events will stay shut.
Ramaphosa noted that one
of the main reasons for lowering
the country’s alert level was to
allow more businesses to
operate and help kick-start the
However, he said businesses
that could reopen would have to
adhere to strict health and safety
protocols such as enforcing
social distancing, and screening
and testing staff.
Ramaphosa said businesses
should allow employees who
could work from home to do so
to minimise the risk of infection.
“All staff who are over 60
years of age or suffer from
underlying conditions such as
heart disease, diabetes, chronic
respiratory disease or cancer
should ideally work from
h o m e ,” he said.
Schools will also open,
though Ramaphosa assured this
would be done in a staggered
manner to ensure the safety of
staff and pupils.
“We will be resuming
classes for Grades 7 and 12
from June 1.
“The school calender will be
revised and the curriculum will
be trimmed so that we may still
recover the 2020 year,” he said.
Ramaphosa said parents
would not be forced to send
their children back to school if
they were concerned.
While acknowledging the
effects the national lockdown
had on SA citizens, Ramaphosa
said it was the right decision.
“I am sorry that these
measures imposed a great
hardship on you, restricting your
right to move freely, to work and
to eke out a livelihood. As a
the country will
move to Level 3
June 1 Picture: GCIS
result of these measures we
imposed, and the sacrifices you
made, we have managed to
slow the rate of infection and
prevent our health facilities from
being overwhelmed,” he said.
He encouraged everyone to
continue to follow the
recommended health and safety
protocols to keep them and
those around them safe. “We
know that the most effective
defence against this virus is also
the simplest: washing our hands
regularly, wearing a face mask,
keeping at least a 1.5m distance
away from other people,
avoiding touching our faces
with unwashed hands and
cleaning surfaces we touch
r e g u l a r l y,” Ramaphosa said.
2 GOT A NEWS STORY? Call our news desk on (043) 702-2125. Find us on Facebook 28 May 2020 GO & EXPRESS
CROSSWORD number 1184
way to victory
‘Kingdoms of Amalur’
The Winter Elves have come to wage war
against the mortal races, and you were not
so lucky as to avoid them. Tragically, you
died but don’t worry, you got better.
And so begins Kingdoms of Amalur:
Re c ko n i n g .
Don’t be put off by that long name though, or
the rather unceremonious beginnings of your
adventures, Amalur has plenty to offer.
With the power to change the destiny of others
now in your hands, and a natural interest in not
dying for a second time, it’s up to you to venture
out and fight your way through various enemies,
help people as you please, and collect plenty of
A relatively straightforward skill system
ensures the game is easy to pick up, and you’ll
never find yourself bound into a single style of
playing if you don’t want to be.
Perhaps a spell-slinging mage looks attractive
in the beginning, but then you want to switch it up
and add some sneaky daggers in. Not a problem.
Suddenly realising the benefits of heavy
armour? Amalur has you covered.
Even its classes, which unlock based on your
skills, can be swapped at your discretion.
Yo u ’re free to explore, fight, craft and interact
as you please in A m a l u r, and there’s plenty of
places to see, people to meet, and big monsters to
‘Tinker Tailor’ spy film
well-made but boring
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, based
on John le Carré’s novel of the
same name, is a Cold War spy
thriller that follows retired spy
George Smiley (played by Gary
Oldman) who is brought in to
hunt down a mole in the British
Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).
To say I enjoyed Tinker Tailor
feels like a bit of a stretch.
It is certainly a well-made
film with superb acting from its
A-list cast and ‘Cold War spy
thriller’ is always a reliably
However, the film’s
dedication to realism ironically
is what made it so hard to get
Th e r e ’s no other way to say
this: Tinker Tailor is mindnumbingly
dull, particularly in
the first half.
One hour in to this two-hour
movie and I kept asking myself
when anything interesting
would actually happen. It’s
mostly Smiley talking with SIS
management about past events
that sound way more fun to
watch then what’s on screen
Thankfully, the second half is
far more entertaining, mostly
because this is when they
actually start doing stuff instead
of just talking.
Is it worth sitting through an
entire hour of nothing, though?
Th a t ’s up to you.
The winner of crossword # 1183 is: Z h a n e
Franzsen Co n g ra t u l a t i o n s !
SOLUTION to Crossword number 1183
A 1x 250g
c offe e
f re e
c a p p u c c i n os
R 10 0
s p o n so re d
C offe e
Send in a completed, correct crossword #1184 for a chance to win a 1x 250g bag of coffee
plus two free cappuccinos valued at R100 sponsored by Cutman & Hawk Coffee.
Drop off the crossword solution before 10am on Tuesday at the Daily Dispatch building in
Beacon Bay, or scan a copy and e-mail it to go co n t est s @ a re n a . a f r i c a
GO! & EXPRESS 28 May 2020 For all your advertising needs call Cheryl on (043) 702-2031 or (043) 702-2122. Find us on Facebook 3
Entrepreneur uses her skills to
help SMMEs during lockdown
CLEVER DISGUISE: A colourful mantis pretends to be a flower
as it waits patiently for its next meal Picture: JAYANTI JEEWA
Eight years ago, local entrepreneur
Zandile Sifika kick-started her accounting
practice and her recent success has
allowed her to help other SMMEs
struggling due to the ongoing lockdown.
“On my first day of opening my
business, a client paid R1,500 into my
account. Being fresh from my second
maternity leave and hesitant about starting
out on my own, this small amount was the
reassurance needed to convince I was on
the right trajectory,” said Sifika.
She now employs five people at her
firm in East London, but she hasn’t
forgotten that first gesture of trust.
Sifika is paying it forward by assisting
other SMMEs in the Eastern Cape navigate
the arduous process of accessing
government funding and tax breaks during
the current Covid-19 crisis.
“Most of our main operations have
stopped completely because of lockdown,
as our clients depend mainly on
government jobs and contracts.
“But as the head of an SMME myself, I
realise how important it is for me to help
others get through this crisis,” she said.
Sifika said assisting SMMEs fitted in to
her overriding goal of creating
employment and helping small businesses
to grow, so that they could play their part
in growing the economy.
PAYING IT FORWARD: E n t re p re n e u r
Zandile Sifika gives back to struggling
SMMEs that are affected by the
Covid-19 global pandemic P i c t u re :
“Small African businesses have shown
me so much support and I am where I am
today because of the support that my
friends and family have given me.
“It’s only right that I should help them
with the skills I have,” said Sifika.
Speaking to The GO! & Express, she
said she never thought seven years ago she
would be a director of her own
accountancy firm, let alone in a position to
After her second child was born, her
husband encouraged her to start her own
firm, and helped land two private clients.
“I enjoyed the possibility of earning
more income with flexible hours, but I
feared that it wouldn’t be stable.
“But when I got back to work, my job
wa s n ’t as fulfilling anymore, I needed a
change. That’s when I decided to register
and open my own practice,” Sifika said.
“Running a business is not as easy as
people think. You work very hard for your
money and you are the last one to get
p a i d .”
Despite the hard slog, Sifika is proud
her effort has resulted in providing a
monthly income for six families –
including her own – and has now set her
sights on opening a branch in Mthatha.
“I have a personal relationship with all
of my clients and they can call me directly,
which gives them a sense of security.”
Although Sifika’s business is taking a
heavy blow due to the Covid-19 crisis, she
said she welcomed the challenge.
“It’s sometimes tough and scary to be
the captain of your own ship. But then I
remember that I can work flexible hours
and I don’t have to be away from home or
my girls for more than a couple of days.
“Most importantly, there is no ceiling to
what I can achieve,” said Sifika.
b ro t h e r s
re s i d e n t s
W E AT H E R
East London looks set to
experience a cold snap this
weekend, so make sure to dress
wa r m l y.
Thursday starts off on a more
pleasant note, with a maximum
temperature of 22°C. Skies will be
mostly cloudy, with a moderate
22km/h wind blowing in from the
We s t .
Friday is notably colder and
sees the temperature drop to
20°C. Despite overcast skies, no
rain is expected. The wind slows
down slightly to just 18km/h but
A switch in the wind to the
southeast will get rid of all the
clouds, although temperatures
will remain stable. Wind speed
drops further to 11km/h.
Things take a rather dramatic
turn on Sunday when the
temperature shoots all the way up
The wind switches towards the
east, bringing some light cloud
cover with it.
While handing out cooked meals to celebrate
Mother’s Day earlier this month, Zwelitsha
resident Kwezikazi Ntulini came across Mfusi
Kosani, 23, standing outside his home.
Ntulini offered him two takeaway meals, but
Kosani asked if he could have another two.
“I had to explain that it was two per
household, but he told me that he lives with his
brother and they do not have anything.
“They cook outside, using an empty paint tin
as a pot,” Ntulini said.
It was this encounter that inspired her to set
up Okuhle Special Project.
Concerned about Ko s a n i ’s situation, Ntulini
went back with him to his home to find out
“Mfusi lives with his brother Sifiso, 27,
and both are unemployed.
“After their mother’s death 15 years ago, the
situation at home turned bad, as she was the
b r e a dw i n n e r,” she said.
Ntulini took some photos of their house, and
posted them on Facebook, which soon inspired
the community to pitch in and help.
“People came and donated eating utensils,
beds and groceries.
“What was more touching was that these
donations came from individuals, not from big
companies or government stakeholders,”
“We developed a committee where there are
people who are assisting me in the Okuhle
“Our goal is to help those who are from a
difficult background, to give them direction
when they feel stagnant,” she said.
To donate or find out more information, call
HELPING OTHERS: Zwelitsha residents step in to help unemployed
Mfusi Kosani and his brother, whose mother died when they were young
children Picture: SUPPLIED
bds 05.2020 C1541
We would like to let you know that as of
30 June 2020, Old Mutual will no longer be the
If you are a
member and have any queries,
please contact your scheme directly on .
DO GREAT THINGS EVERY DAY
Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (SA) Ltd is a licensed FSP.
4 GOT A NEWS STORY? Call our news desk on (043) 702-2125. Find us on Facebook 28 May 2020 GO & EXPRESS
Strong focus on
Ministers meet to discuss reopening of schools
GOING FORWARD: Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has urged communities to work
with police to combat school vandalism Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE
Following President Cyril
announcement on Sunday
about the move to level 3 (see
page 1 for more information),
the Council of Education
Ministers (CEM) met on Mondy
to discuss the reopening of
schools from June 1.
The CEM had previously
decided that senior
management teams (SMT) and
teachers would return on May
25 in order to prepare schools
for the arrival of pupils.
According to basic
education minister Angie
Motshekga, the focus would be
on ensuring that schools meet
the necessary health and safety
requirements in order to
minimise the risk of infection for
staff and pupils.
She also raised concern over
the rise of vandalism of school
buildings, and the resulting mob
violence which saw two
suspects killed by community
members of Soweto recently.
“We appeal to members of
the community not to take the
law into their own hands.
“Communities must protect
schools against vandalism but
must ensure at all times that
violence does not occur.
“We request that the
community should rather work
with the police to bring
suspected perpetrators to
j u s t i c e ,” said Motshekga.
The CEM also welcomed the
recent appointment of the
consortium whose aim is to
monitor the reopening of
schools and ensure they comply
with health and safety protocols.
Resident’s ‘e x e rc i s e ’
to help needy during
this time raises R100k
Earlier this month, the GO! &
Express reported on Morgan
Bay resident Terry Gillham’s
fundraiser which managed to
bring in more than R60,000 ('A
champion for the needy', May
Since then, the amount of
money raised has passed the
“I have to say, when I first
started this fundraiser, I thought
I’d only make about R5,000 or
R 1 0 , 0 0 0 ,” Gillham said.
“If I made R10,000, I’d be
doing extremely well.”
As previously reported,
Gillham’s fundraiser came
about while he explored ways
to exercise during the
l o ck d ow n .
“At the commencement of
the lockdown, with us not being
able to get down to the
beaches, we figured we’d do
some exercise,” Gillham said.
“We normally run on the
beaches and across the cliffs,
but since we’re under
lockdown, we decided to run
up and down our driveway.”
He started slow, with just 15
laps a day, but within a week he
said he was able to do 25 laps
“It eventually dawned on
me that I should try doing
something more to raise funds
for the community,” he said.
The money he raised has
gone towards a fund set up by
the Morgan Bay Ratepayers
Association, which is dedicated
to helping community members
who are struggling during the
l o ck d ow n .
Many donors said the lack of
“middle-men” in the donation
process went a long way to
gaining their trust, he said.
“People felt very
comfortable knowing there was
no middle-man, no politician,
no commission that was getting
p a i d ,” he said.
While Gillham’s fundraiser
may be over, the Ratepayers
Association is still looking for
funds to help residents.
Contact f u n d ra i s i n g .
m o r g a n b ay @ g m a i l . c o m
Te r r y
Mauneen Charter (Business Manager) - 082 921 1136
Chris van Heerden (Product Manager) - 083 708 2754
ĂŚĞŝĞůĚĞĚŝŽ 071 869 0598ŚĞůĂĞŶĂůĞ082 432 5665
ĞŶĚĞĐŚŵĂŶŶĚŵŝŶΘĂŬĞŶŐ 072 738 2540
GO & Express is available to read electronically every week on our
website at https://www.goexpress.co.za/category/e-edition/
Daily Dispatch Building, cnr Quenera Drive and St Helena Road, Triple Point, Beacon Bay
GO! & EXPRESS 28 May 2020 For all your advertising needs call Cheryl on (043) 702-2031 or (043) 702-2122. Find us on Facebook 5
EL muso to feature on
a collaborative album
Blaqverse presents three songs on 90% hip-hop compilation
East London-born musician Mvikeli
Masuku, better known as Blaqverse,
will be featured in a new compilation
album set to be released on June 5.
The album, titled Illchane Studio Album
II: Collaborations, Illcity’s Finest, will
feature music from various artists
associated with Illchane Studio, which is
also based in East London.
“The album is 90% hip-hop, and there’s
one or two pop songs that will be
i n c l u d e d ,” Masuku said.
Of the 22 songs on the album, Masuku
said he featured in three.
Work on the album started in
December, with most of the music being
recorded before the lockdown was
However, the new restrictions did pose
some problems for the production.
Masuku said that there were plans to
shoot videos for some of the songs, but that
had to be put on hold until the lockdown
wa s lifted.
The collaboration comes soon after the
release of Masukus latest album, D aw n ,
which launched in March (EL muso’s
album is ‘new-age poetry’, GO! & Express,
March 26). As previously reported by the
GO!, Masuku said his love for music began
when he was young.
“I grew up listening to a lot of music at
“My aunts and uncles listened to a lot
“From there, I started appreciating a lot
is excited to
feature on a
new album set
to release in
June P i c t u re :
more kinds of music,” Masuku said. In
2016, he was nominated for Best
Newcomer at the Eastern Cape Music
Awa r d s .
Illchane Studio Album II will be
released on all digital platforms on June 5.
For more information, visit the Illchane
Studio Facebook page.
UNNECESSARY FORCE: The DA is concerned about the
increased number of claims being lodged against the police in
the Eastern Cape. Cases of alleged heavy-handedness by the
SAPS during the lockdown are a worry Picture: ALAISTER RUSSELL
Rise in claims
a concern: DA
The Democratic Alliance has
expressed concern over the high
number of claims being laid
against the Eastern Cape SA
According to the DA, the EC
SAPS has paid out more than
R62.8m within the first ten
months of the 2019/2020
This is an increase of R17m
from the year before.
These payouts come from
just 658 claims, with 8,216
claims still pending.
The DA said it was also
concerned with reports of
alleged heavy-handed tactics
being used by the police, which
have seen nearly 20,000 people
arrested for breaking lockdown
regulations since May.
DA shadow MEC for safety
and security Bobby Stevenson
said these figures were revealed
in response to a parliamentary
question posed to MEC Weziwe
Ti k a n a - G x o t h i w e .
“The breakdown of claims
paints a picture of the police
service that is clearly not
upholding the law and
respecting the rights of people,”
“The DA would like to
remind the MEC and SAPS of
the recent Khosa judgement,
wherein judge Hans Fabricius
directed that if any members of
the SAPS have failed to report,
repress or prevent any acts of
torture, cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or
punishment, then they will be
exposed to criminal, civil or
disciplinary action [‘Court rules
in favour of Collins Khosa family
and declares all have right to
life’, Daily Dispatch, May 15].”
The DA has also called for
psychometric testing for all new
DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN: A streetlamp outside Footprints Cafe creates a small island of light in the dark morning
before sunrise Picture: MATTHEW FIELD
W E AT H E R
Button up, folks, it’s going to get
chilly in King William’s Town.
Thursday sees an unpleasant
combination of high winds and
low temperatures, with a
maximum of 20°C. Friday is
worse, with the temperature
plummeting to 15°C. The
25km/h wind from the southest
will bring some light rain.
Saturday will have clear blue
skies, the temperature up only
slightly to 18°C. Things make a
complete switch on Sunday
with the temperature going all
the way up to 28°C.
6 GOT A NEWS STORY? Call our news desk on (043) 702-2125. Find us on Facebook 28 May 2020 GO & EXPRESS
1100 In Memoriam
1220 Congrats / Best Wishes
1230 Birthday Greetings
2070 Health & Beauty
3060 Entertainment General
SERVICE & SALES GUIDE
5010 Education & Tuition
5100 Electrical Services
5120 Building Services
5122 Home Maintenance
5160 Walls / Fencing
5190 Painting / Decorating
5210 Pools, Spas, Accessories
5260 Computer Services
5360 Garden Services
5451 For Sale
5510 Kennels and Pets
5550 Misc Wanted
5570 Removals and Storage
5630 Services Offered
5640 Shuttle Services
6140 Education & Training
6150 Employment Wanted
6170 Estate Agents
6370 Employment Wanted Domestic
7020 Accomm. Off / Wtd
7060 Flats to Let
7090 Houses to Let
7151 Holiday Accommodation
8010 Flats For Sale
8050 Houses For Sale
8161 Business Premises To Let
8163 Business Premises For Sale
9070 Used Car Sales
9381 Motor Sundries
9640 Vehicles Wanted
9200 Used Bakkies / Panelvans
11010 Legal Notices / Auctions
11030 Businesses for Sale
Loans & Finance
Contact: Cheryl Larsen -
043 702 2031
Fax: 086 545 2648
Loans & Finance
CASH immediately when
you pawn your valuables,
even cars, bakkies, caravans,
Buy and Sell and Pawnbrokers
043 726 4333.
SERVICES & SALES
Repair / Services
Fridge, stove, etc. All
done on site. All areas.
Free call out. Call or
068 538 9111.
Fault finding, repairs,
new installations. Prepaid
electricity and water metres
for granny flats supplied
and installed. Call
Derek 082 557 4099.
Accomm. Off / Wtd
flats To Let or For Sale.
Persons between 50-80.
Call Elaine from 8-2pm
043-7029800 Prices have
been reduced Come see.
FOLLOW US ON -
ROUTER: Dlink 4 Lan
ports, R150. SMS 064
Entrepreneur cuts and
cleans clinics’ g ro u n d s
Owner of Mario’s Grass Cutting Service helps community
Being unable to work
before level three of
the lockdown hasn’t
Matuwana and his team from
neatening up the premises of
Beacon Bay Clinic and
The team worked hard
last week to trim the grass
around the buildings for free
as a goodwill gesture to the
c o m m u n i t y.
“I am the owner of
Mario’s Grass Cutting
Service, a business that I
started to improve my
livelihood and that of the
community that I serve,”
“On Wednesday, when I
was coming from Spargs, I
saw how tall the grass at the
“I went inside to talk to
the clinic manager and asked
if they needed a grass cutter.
“She told me it’s normally
Santam support for ECDCG
donated R500,000 to
the Eastern Cape department
of co-operative governance
(ECDCG) as part of its
ongoing efforts to fight the
Chief marketing officer
Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe said the
Eastern Cape was among the
provinces identified by the
company as areas requiring
support in the fight against
C ov i d - 1 9 .
RESIDENTS’ I N I T I AT I V E
the municipality which takes
care of it but it’s been a while
since its been cut.
“I’m happy that what I do
can help the community.”
Matuwana has grown his
business from being the sole
employee with a brushcutter
to now employing a few men
to help him with bigger jobs.
“Due t o C ov i d - 1 9 , t h e
company is struggling
“The Eastern Cape is a
vulnerable area because the
majority of the population live
in the rural pockets of the
p r ov i n c e .
“Currently, 65% of the
Eastern Cape population
resides in rural communities
with limited access to basic
services such as water and
immediate medical care,” he
The R500,000 donation
will go towards relief efforts
co-ordinated by the Eastern
Cape government and will
because there is no money
coming in,” Matuwane said.
“We would like to get any
support from government
and private owned
companies, be it mentoring,
workshops, funds or assets
and a vehicle to grow and
sustain the company through
this disaster and beyond it.
“One day I’d like to be
one of the top businessman
assist with securing essential
medical supplies and
establishing a local
communication drive to
inform and educate
communities on the
necessary health protocols.
Dilotsotlhe said the funds
would also be allocated
towards the acquisition of 76
water tanks that will be
delivered to the various rural
areas in the Eastern Cape.
“There is no doubt that the
national lockdown has
impacted the livelihoods of
the grass at
clinics P i c t u re :
in the world with thriving
businesses that will elevate
society by mentoring and
helping upcoming youth, and
developing the communities
that made me who I am.
“I like what I do and I
hope it will inspire someone
and mostly the youth to wake
up and do it for themselves.”
Contact Matuwana on
many South Africans.
“We are committed to
assisting in tangible ways that
will make a lasting impact,”
Since the outbreak of the
pandemic, the Santam Group
has donated over R400m
towards Covid-19 relief
efforts.These include a R20m
donation to the Solidarity
Fund and CSI initiatives
and R20m to assist Santam’s
CLEAN UP: Concerned residents of Snow Water Road in Dorchester Heights recently organised a project to remove
encroaching water hyacinth from their stretch of the Nahoon River Picture: BRIAN SCHWARZ
GO! & EXPRESS 28 May 2020 For all your advertising needs call Cheryl on (043) 702-2031 or (043) 702-2122. Find us on Facebook 7
Liquor Board offers traders help
ECLB to assist Covid-19 relief fund applicants with information on how to go about the process
The Eastern Cape Liquor
Board (ECLB) has
encouraged local liquor
traders associations (LTAs) to
access Covid-19 relief funding
to protect their traders during
the ongoing national lockdown.
“Regrettably, the board does
not have jurisdiction over the
provision of funding to liquor
traders as its mandate is purely
to regulate the liquor industry in
“However, under these
difficult circumstance, the ECLB
believes it is necessary to
intervene and assist liquor
traders by simply making
information available,” ECLB
spokesperson Mgwebi Msiya
said. After the announcement of
government relief funds to assist
SMMEs negatively affected by
the Covid-19 pandemic, the
ECLB said it had consulted a
wide range of platforms and
government institutions to find
out more about how liquor
traders could access the relief
Msiya said the main purpose
of the consultations was to seek
ways and means of facilitating
access by SMME liquor traders
to these funds.
There are four funds
currently available: the SMME
relief fund, the salary bill relief
fund, the debt relief fund and
the informal sector fund.
“However, it must be clearly
stated that liquor traders must
also qualify according to set
criteria, which includes tax
c o m p l i a n c e ,” Msiya said.
Msiya said the liquor traders
must take responsibility for
lodging an application for relief
He also called on local
liquor trade associations (LTAs)
to nominate a person to assist
The Small Enterprise
Development Agency (Seda) has
said it would assist e a ch
nominated person and guide
them on how to submit proper
For more information,
visit: w w w. s m m e s a . g ov. z a ,
w w w. s e d a . o r g . z a ,
w w w. s e f a . o r g . z a or
u i f e c c . l a b o u r. g ov. z a / c ov i d 1 9 / .
A historic first for Miss SA
In a historic first, the Miss South Africa
pageant will have their top three finalists
represent the country at three of the
biggest pageants in the world: Miss
Universe, Miss World and Miss
S u p ra n a t i o n a l .
While previously having shone in
Miss Universe and Miss World pageants,
this is the first time a Miss SA will take
part in Miss Supranational.
“We are delighted that a third finalist
will now be able to shine on the
“Once Miss SA 2020 is crowned in
August, and the two runners-up are
announced, we will decide which
candidate would do best at which
c o m p e t i t i o n ,” Miss SA Organisation CEO
Stephanie Weil said.
Last year, Miss SA 2019 winner
Zozibini Tunzi won the Miss Universe
title, while first runner-up Sasha-Lee
Olivier attended Miss World.
“It is with great pride and pleasure that
we welcome the Miss SA Organisation as
the newest member of the Supra family,”
said Miss Supranational Organisation
president Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski.
“Miss SA has a long history of
launching the careers of many
“We have been extremely impressed
by the transformation the brand has
undergone in the past year and we are
looking forward to welcoming one of the
top three of the 2020 to the 12the edition
of Miss Supranational.”
Miss SA 2020 will be crowned in the
first weekend of August, coinciding with
the start of Women’s Month.
Entries are still open and will close at
midnight on Sunday May 31.
Visit w w w. m i s s s a . c o . z a .
N AT U R E ’S WAY
WORLD STAGE: Miss SA 2019 and Miss Universe winner Zozibini Tunzi, left,
and Sasha-Lee Olivier, who attended Miss World Picture: SUPPLIED
UP AND COMING: King William’s Town aspiring musician, Bahle Mei,
24, is releasing his debut single Picture: SUPPLIED
KWT muso sharing
message with fans
in his debut single
Aspiring King William’s Town
musician Bahle Mei, commonly
known as Player, released his debut
single, Mess, r e c e n t l y.
The solo artist started his music
career in 2017, citing hip-hop artists
such as Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q as
his main inspiration.
Mei said he wasn’t that much of a
hip-hop fan at first.
“Growing up I used to listen to
house music as my favourite genre,
with a bit of RnB and gospel.
“I come from a female-dominated
family, and they were the ones who
always had the music system’s
remote control,” he said.
“They would tell me what kind of
music they want to listen to while
doing house chores.”
Mei said he first started
developing a passion for hip-hop
near the end of primary school.
“There were times I would be
chilling with my friend, and he
would introduce me to new songs
and would interpret the message to
“I then realised I would use this
platform to send a message to my
peers. Hip-hop is about the
m e s s a g e ,” he said.
Despite the restrictions in place
during the lockdown, Mei said he
was working hard at growing his
He would like to present his
hometown to the country with “the
grace of God” and the support from
family, friends, and his fans.
He is available at Audiomack.
For more information, follow Mei
on Facebook at Playzin McKenzie
c o l o u re d
P i c t u re :
J AYA N T I
J E E WA
Daily Dispatch Building, Cnr St Helena Rd & Quenera Dr,
Triple Point, Beacon Bay. P.O. Box 131, East London, 5200
T: 043-702 2000 F: 086 545 2648
Chris van Heerden : E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ĂŚĞŝĞůĚPhone 043-702 2125 - E-mail: ĂŚĞΛŐŽĞĞĐŽĂ ĞĚŝŽ
Cheryl Larsen : Phone 043-702 2031 - E-mail: ŚĞůΛŐŽĞĞĐŽĂ
ADMIN AND MARKETING
Wendy Kretschmann : Phone 043-702 2280 - E-mail: WendyK@ŐŽĞĞĐŽĂ
DELIVERY ENQUIRIESPhone: 043-702 2239 / 2168 / 2103
Newsdesk (043) 702-2125
Advertising (043) 702-2031
T h u rs d ay
28 M ay, 2 02 0
go ex p ress @ t i so b l a c ksta r.co. za
Historic first for Miss SA - Page 7 King artist drops single - Page 7
POW Boks tough match
When SA team hosted tourney
During the late 1930s, the
Springbok rugby team
superiority on the field by
outplaying Australia and New
Zealand on tour in 1937 and
then beating the strong visiting
British Lions team 2-1 in ‘38.
World War 2 put a stop to
official rugby internationals for
SA until 1949, when the All
Blacks toured SA.
However, what is not
generally known is that a
“Springbok” rugby squad was
formed during the war at Stalag
IVb, a POW camp at Muhlberg
–on-Elbe in Germany in 1944.
Five “internationals” were
played against internees from
other countries who formed
their own teams.
The SA team included eight
players who had represented
their provinces before the
war, two from Natal, two from
Eastern Province, two from
Border, one player from
Northern Transvaal and another
from South-Western Districts.
The balance of the side was
made up of first team club
players from around the country,
including one from the
Buffaloes Club in East London.
The skipper appointed to
lead the Boks was Barend “Fi k s ”
van der Merwe, who later
gained official Springbok
colours as a flank in the first Test
against New Zealand at
Newlands in 1949.
Van der Merwe was
awarded the Military Medal for
bravery at Tobruk.
The team was coached by
Noel Robertson, a former Junior
Springbok who had toured
Argentina in 1932.
After arrival at the camp
from Italy, a “hut rugby league”
was formed, each team with
their own committees, selectors
Springbok supporters were
Internees from Natal
suggested a Zulu war-dance
would be a fitting way to
precede each match and
amateur carpenters and tailors
worked long hours to
manufacture shields, assegais
and all the trimmings required
for the “impis” to perform.
The team wore the national
colours of green and gold and to
do this, the ingenuity of the
prisoners was put to the test.
Jerseys were made by a
professional tailor adapted from
Red Cross issue vests and when
a number of discarded olivegreen
Russian overalls were
discovered in the camp, they
were boiled up together with
the vests and military style
stockings to produce greencoloured
Anti-malaria tablets were
then boiled up to make a goldcoloured
liquid which was
applied to the vest collars and
Shorts were made from
Italian white underpants and
finally, a Springbok emblem was
stitched to the jersey.
Army issue boots were
adapted, with the heels being
removed and made into studs,
while string from Red Cross
BEHIND ENEMY LINES: A watchtower at Stalag IVb, where SA prisoners organised an impromptu rugby tournament between
fellow prisoners from other countries Picture: CREATIVE COMMONS
parcels were used as laces.
Stalag IVb had been a
Russian slave labour camp and
the playing field was a hard
corrugated piece of land, once
the lime pits of buried Russian
A hand-written souvenir
programme was produced in
colour for the third match
against Wales, complete with a
Springbok head and the
heraldic badge of the Prince of
Wales, with the names of all the
players listed inside.
After beating Wales, the
Springboks agreed to play a
World XV, made up of the best
players from rugby-playing
countries in the camp. The date
chosen for the game was May
31, which at the time was
celebrated by South Africans as
A photograph of the SA team
was taken after a German guard
was bribed with black market
cigarettes and the wellrehearsed
Zulu dancers once
again buoyed up the spirits of
the spectators as the World team
There is no doubt that the
spirit of the Stalag IVb
Springboks and the difficulties
they encountered and
successfully overcame in a
prisoner of war camp in
Germany exactly 76 years ago
was entirely worthy of the green
and gold jersey.
The results of the tournament
were as follows:
SA vs Combined New
Zealand/Australia XV 21-0;
SA vs Combined England,
Scotland and Ireland XV 14-3;
SA vs Wales 14-3;
SA vs Rest of the World XV
SA vs Wales [second match]
Dsrac to help those affected by lockdown
Department of sport, recreation,
arts and culture (Dsrac) MEC
Fezeka Bayeni presented a
policy speech about the launch
of the Provincial Relief Fund for
the cultural, creative and sport
sector virtual house sitting in the
Eastern Cape provincial
legislature on Tuesday.
The tabling of this policy
speech effectively marked the
beginning of the sixth term of
g ove r n m e n t .
“The Covid-19 outbreak has
necessitated changes in the way
we do things across society.
“The sport, recreation, arts
and culture sectors are amongst
the most affected due to the
regulations on social distancing
and the prohibition of
“As a result, we have had to
review our plans for the
2020/21 financial year to come
up with more creative and
practical ways of doing
t h i n g s ,” said B aye n i .
She said the department
acknowledged that l o ck d ow n
restrictions had disrupted
many lives and at times created
“The creative and sporting
industries are important
contributors to the economy
and a number of people derive
their means of livelihood from
“As a department, we are
therefore required to develop
short-term and long-term
interventions to mitigate the
impact of the pandemic on the
sectors we are leading, in
particularly to lessen its impact
on the livelihoods of creatives
and athletes,” said Bayeni.
She said Dsrac was
establishing a relief
package targeting artists and
athletes whose livelihoods had
been disrupted by the
“These plans are informed
by national, provincial and local
policy imperatives. They also
provide for a framework that
details the five overarching
outcomes, with associated
outputs for each outcome.
“The planned programmes
of the department will benefit
women, youth, people with
disabilities and diverse
contributing significantly to
nation building and social
c o h e s i o n ,” she said.
REACHING OUT: Dsrac MEC Fezeka Bayeni
announced plans by the department to help
those affected by the lockdown P i c t u re :