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Plea after child drowns

Community blame release of water to dam

ON THE BUTTON

ABONGILE

S O L U N D WA N A

Adistraught Nandipha

Mzimkhulu did not

receive her usual

welcoming embrace from her

four-year-old son Imibongo

when she arrived home from

Cape Town on Monday.

Imibongo drowned in the

Oxkraal Dam at Dyamala

village, Whittlesea, on Friday.

The incident was said to

have occurred between 9 and

10am, when Imibongo was on

his way home, after assisting a

17-year-old boy to take sheep

and goats to a grazing area.

Imibongo lived with his

grandparents and their four

other grandchildren.

A devastated Nandipha, 31,

received the news on Friday.

“I grew up here and I do not

recall anyone drowning in the

dam. It has always been the

livestock that were affected.

“If the water was not

released, he would have made it

a c r o s s ,” Nandipha said.

Imibongo’s grandfather,

Mpumelelo Mzimkhulu, 56,

said at 12.30pm, the 17-yearold

had come to ask if Imibongo

had returned home.

When it dawned on them

that he had not, they began to

search for him in the village

They then contacted the

police, who found one of the

b oy ’s slip-slops at the area

where people crossed the dam.

SAD LOSS: Little Imibongo

Mzimkhulu drowned in a dam

in Whittlesea on Friday last

week Picture: SUPPLIED

At about 2pm, the SAPS life

savers were contacted. They

arrived at 3.30pm, and found

his body in the dam at 6pm.

“We are a deeply grieved.

Imibingo had a great love for

sheep and goats and whenever

his grandmother told him not to

go to the animals with the

herdsman he would cry. The

animals gave him joy,” his

grandfather said.

“He used to say he would

not study, his job would be to

look after sheep and goats.”

Dyamala committee

member Nolutho Matshikiza

said the villagers were holding

the department of water affairs

and sanitation (DWS)

accountable for the drowning.

Matshikiza said the DWS

had a contract with Komani

farmers to release water from

the Oxkraal dam to their land.

However, the water releases

meant people could not cross at

the usual place due to the f l ow.

Matshikiza alleges this is

what led to Imibongo’s death

when he tried to cross the dam

to return home.

“The previous DWS

employee used to warn the

community before the water

was released so those who

planned to cross could do so

e a r l i e r,” she said.

Matshikiza said villagers had

requested two bridges linking

Dyamala to Mabeleni village

and another for Mngqangeni

from the DWS.

“This will assist cattle and

people to cross. We want

fencing around the dam and a

warning to be given to the

residents before water is

released. We also want the

DWS to compensate the family

for what happened.

“We spoke with the farmers

on Tuesday. Two of them

contributed R4,000 towards the

burial and another will do the

tombstone for Imibonge.

“The employee who released

the water also contributed

R 1 , 0 0 0 ,” Matshikiza said.

DWS spokesperson, Sputnik

Ratau said: “All rivers are

government control areas. For

the DWS to safeguard these

rivers to avoid such incidents is

an impossible task. The request

TECH SAVVY: Grade 11 pupil, Chulumanco Khohlakala, from Get Ahead College in Komani,

testing one of the drones that form part of their brand new 4iR STREAM lab. See more pictures

and story on Page 3 Picture: SUPPLIED

by ward councillor

Nomathasanqa Qomoyi for

DWS to compensate the family

will be directed accordingly.

“The situation will have to be

investigated with the relevant

organs of state, including the

CHDM to see whether the

infrastructure downstream of

Oxkraal is still adequate, as

communities have expanded

downstream of the Oxkraal.

Commercial farmers, who are

the registered water users,

request for the release of water

for irrigation purposes.

“In the case of water being

released from Oxkraal Dam, the

request was forwarded to the

operational DWS team situated

at Waterdown Dam, which is

responsible for ensuring [this].

“The ideal [situation] is to

have a communication strategy

in place as to ensure that all are

informed of the situation.

“Communities must ensure

they use the river crossings

provided . . . From the image

where the drowning took place

one can see it is not meant to be

an area for crossing as no river

crossing is provided.”

R3m to fix potholes on Fikile Gwadana Drive

NTSIKELELO QOYO

A substantial R3m will be used

to patch up the pothole-riddled

road into Ezibeleni.

Fikile Gwadana Drive will

be under repair for the next

three months, in what is the first

leg of operation “War on

Po t h o l e s ”.

Enoch Mjigima Local

Municipality (EMLM) mayor

Luleka Gubula was on site

when the consultant contracted

for the repairs was revealed.

The mayor called on

residents to support the project

and work hand-in-hand with the

m u n i c i p a l i t y.

“In May, we promised the

people of Komani that potholes

would be fixed. Today we are

here to honour that promise.

“Car owners have incurred

great costs because of potholes.

“This project will benefit

commuters and the wider

c o m m u n i t y.

“However, we ask residents

to take ownership of the project

and work with us so that there

may be no unnecessary delays.

“We ask the people to be

vigilant because there is a

tendency to stop projects when

stakeholders feel aggrieved by

processes.

“People must have a sense of

ownership, they must not watch

while government resources are

looted.

“[Our duty] is to make sure

that these resources are not

wasted, while also fulfilling our

constitutional mandate to

provide sustainable services.”

Gubula also called on the

department of transport to avail

additional funds to repair the

rest of Komani’s potholes.

“Now that we have started

using the money they allocated,

we hope this will encourage the

department to give us the rest of

the R8m they committed.

“We want to move beyond

the scope of this road and fix all

the potholes in Ezibeleni.”

According to the head of

technical services at EMLM,

Noluthando Nqabisa, the R3m

repairs would start from the

railway line, up Gwadana

Drive, and finish at Ikhala TVet

College in Ezibeleni.

“We have been given R3m

by the department of transport.

“This includes all the project

costs, management and the

actual work,” said Nqabisa.

“In this financial year we will

target all access roads, including

taxi routes, in the Mlungisi area.

“We have already handed

over our application to the

department of transport for the

rest of the funding.”

Ayanda Nocanda, of

Ubuchule Engineers, which will

head the project, said the road

would be repaired over three

months.

The Enoch Mgijima Local

Business Forum has welcomed

the project, though it said a

complete overhaul was needed.

“We welcome the much

anticipated introduction of a

contractor for the pothole

patching project, though the

GAPING HOLES: The first leg of operation ‘War on Potholes’

has started, with R3m allocated for Fikile Gwadana Drive in

Ezibeleni. Meanwhile, Komani residents hope for a similar

project to deal with gaping potholes such as this one in their

areas as well Picture: LUVUYO MJEKULA

ideal situation was to see the

municipality deciding on the

total overhaul and

reconstruction of the road.

“We say this because,

according to construction and

maintenance regulations and

guidelines, the road has long

outlived its lifespan,” said forum

secretary Sakhile Mvana.

Mvana said they expected

transparency in the appointment

of subcontractors for the project,

failing which they would reject

the process.

“We equally recognise the

positive economic spin-offs that

the project brings to the

community of Ezibeleni and

Enoch Mgijima at large, hence

our resolve to welcome the

p r o j e c t ,” Mvana said.

“The forum wishes to

unequivocally state upfront that

we will reject any process that is

not transparent and which

undermines the established

processes and principles of

selecting subcontractors in

accordance with the national

treasury’s Preferential

Procurement Regulations.

“Consistent with the

established principle of 30%

local Small, Micro and Medium

Enterprises [SMMEs]

beneficiation, we will meet the

contractor to, among other

things, discuss subcontractor

packages and the process to

follow in advertising and

selecting those subcontractors.”


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Laundry

tender probe

Documents found in dumped

hospital linen handed to police

WASTE TASTE: Resident Linda James points at the refuse allegedly dumped by residents in his neighbour's yard

Picture: ZINTLE BOBELO

Residents fed up with mess

ZINTLE BOBELO

A pile of waste in a resident’s yard as a

result of illegal dumping which is

claimed to have been there for more than

five years, is a concern for residents in

Bhongweni, Mlungisi.

Xoliswa Feni, whose shack is situated

in the yard - now a dump site - said

residents used her unfenced yard to

dump their refuse.

“There are only two of us living in this

space. It is highly unlikely that we would

have this amount of waste.

“People from other areas come and

dump here.

“Some of us have medical conditions.

This is not good for our health,” she

said.Speaking to The Rep, resident Linda

James said the pile of waste dispersed to

households and the surrounding

environment when there was wind.

He said this was a health risk.

“There are viruses like Covid-19. This

rubbish can negatively affect our health.

“It has been here for more than five

years. Our councillor (Mncedisi

Mbengo) comes, piles it up and takes

pictures without clearing it.

“The municipality needs to

i n t e r ve n e .”

The Rep reported (Cogta MEC visits

Enoch Mgijima for cleaning campaign,

September 25) that the provincial

department of co-operative governance

and traditional affairs (Cogta) recently

launched its cleaning campaign for

municipalities in Enoch Mgijima where

MEC Xolile Nqatha said the campaign

was aimed at encouraging residents to

maintain a clean environment by

preventing illegal dumping.

“Eastern Cape towns are infested with

litter. Cogta will bring back the Vuna

Awards whereby municipalities will

compete on cleanliness,” Nqatha said.

Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality

spokesperson Lonwabo Kowa indicated

that councillor Mbengo had reported the

problem, indicating that due to a

shortage of trucks it had not yet been

addressed. “The municipality has a

problem with irresponsible dumping.

“Ward councillors, including

councillor Mbengo, have played their

role in advocating against this behaviour,

but there has been no change.

“There have been other illegal

dumping sites reported and they will also

be addressed,” Kowa said.

Sada food allegations denied

ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

Department of health

spokesperson Siyanda

Manana has confirmed that

documents belonging to a certain

company were found in between

Komani Hospital’s dumped linen.

The linen was found in a

Mlungisi grazing area and on the

N6 between Cathcart and

Stutterheim recently.

Manana said: “At this stage we

cannot disclose anything.

“The department has handed the

documents over to the police.

“The department is also

continuing with its internal

investigation which is being

conducted by the provincial

department of health security

directorate and risk directorate.”

He said at the moment there was

no set time on when the

investigation would be concluded.

Matthew Goniwe Nehawu

regional secretary Mvuyisi Siko said

the dumped linen should not be

seen as an isolated incident.

“When Nehawu called the

health department MEC, Sindiswa

Gomba, to Komani Hospital one of

the issues we brought forward was

the tendering system concerning the

laundry of the hospital.

“The dumped linen incident

does not come as a surprise, it

vindicates the comrades targeted by

the employer who suspended them

due to the concerns they raised

about the tendering system.”

In this instance, he said, the

health department was to blame

and was in no position to play the

blame game with the service

p r ov i d e r.

“How is it possible for a service

provider to be paid for work done

when the material taken from the

hospital was not stored in a safe

place or destroyed in compliance

with the protocol for medical

wa s t e ? ”

The union had its regional

executive meaning on the status

quo on Tuesday.

“Our regional executive

committee resolution was that

we will escalate the hospital linen

issue at Komani plus the tender

system, the assault and the unionbashing

of our shop stewards to the

district.

“We will organise a march in

solidarity with the members who

have been unfairly treated, raising

the issues we want dealt with.”

He said Nehawu had requested

superintendent-general Thobile

Mbengashe to step down because

“he has failed the department”.

Mbengashe later resigned.

At the moment, he said, the

union was waiting for a formal

report from the department of

health on events at the hospital,

adding that the union would not

tamper with the investigation.

ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

The department of correctional services

has dismissed allegations of offenders

being given unbalanced meals after a

“hunger strike” over the weekend by

Sada Correctional Centre inmates.

Inmates who contacted The Rep

complained of alleged poor hygiene

practices in the preparation of meals,

with some claiming to have found

maggots in their food

They also complained of a lack of

warm water, “unfit” drinking water, not

being allowed visitors in spite of the ban

being lifted, dysfunctional toilets and the

ongoing issue of overcrowded cells.

But departmental communication

regional coordinator, Nobuntu Gantana,

dismissed the allegations and said the

incarceration of offenders under humane

conditions was a core priority, wh i ch

meant offenders enjoyed a balanced diet

and proper hygiene.

Gantana said water issues were a

challenge in the district, which affected

the hot water flow in the centre. The

department had installed tanks and

procured a water cart to mitigate this.

On the issue of overcrowding, she

said the recent special parole did not

help much as most offenders were

serving long sentences.

Gantana said offenders were allowed

visitors.

Deputy minister of justice and

correctional services, John Jeffery, is

expected to visit the prison on Monday.

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4IR lab a boost for rural pupils

Centre provides hands-on experience

ANDISA BONANI

Ezibeleni schools will soon have

the opportunity to use the first 4th

Industrial Revolution (4IR)

science, technology, robotics,

engineering, aeronautics and

mathematics (Stream) laboratory in the

area, which was launched at Get

Ahead College last Friday.

The 21st century science and

technology centre, a project of science,

technology, engineering and maths

(Stem) education specialist,

Sakhikamva Foundation, sponsored by

Software AG, gave the college’s Grade

8-10 pupils and their teachers a unique

opportunity to practise developing

creative, critical thinking and problemsolving

skills.

The college’s principal, Pieter Steyn,

said they wanted the laboratory to be a

community driven project by bringing

in teachers from Ezibeleni schools,

since most of the pupils came from the

area.

“This will happen on a booking

basis where they will eventually bring

in their pupils to utilise the laboratory

and get a glimpse into what 4IR will

bring in the future,” Steyn said.

“The laboratory will give all pupils

hands-on practical experience to

design things that can be printed on a

3D printer, which is fascinating.

“This is a radical step in teaching

and learning and prepares children for

what is to come in the future.”

Get Ahead’s invigorating Stream

laboratory includes tablets, drones,

robotics, 3D printers and app-making

kits. The college pupils showcased the

fruits of artificial intelligence by

demonstrating how the technology

housed in the laboratory worked, by

flying drones and working robotics.

Software AG SA managing director

Kholiwe Makhohliso said community

and skills development formed a big

part of their commitment to their

transformation goals, which were

rooted in uplifting rural communities.

“Our aim is to give access to

technology and tools for the

enhancement of skills of South Africa’s

yo u t h ,” Makhohliso said.

“This has led us to fund initiatives

that put meaningful ideas into action by

directly improving the well-being of

communities and set examples for the

future.

“We believe access to 4IR skills is a

necessity and no one should be left

behind.

“To this end, we have chosen to

partner with Sakhikamva Foundation to

establish innovation labs and 4IR

classrooms in previously disadvantaged

c o m m u n i t i e s .”

Get Ahead Grade 11 pupils Inathi

and Mihle Bongweni said they had

learnt about flying drones through

coding and software applications.

“This is an opportunity for us to

rethink where we would like to see

ourselves in the future and about

sustainable careers.

“This is a big game-changer for us.

The laboratory will enable us, as

children from poor communities, to get

technological experience that could

help us get good jobs.”

CUTTING THE RIBBON: Get

Ahead principal Pieter Steyn

and Software AG marketing

director Tebogo

Makgomagane officially open

the school’s 4IR stream

laboratory during a ribboncutting

ceremony P i c t u re :

ANDISA BONANI

THE CLASSROOM: Get

Ahead College pupils prepare

to fly drones to showcase

some of the things they will

be doing in their newlylaunched

4IR stream

laboratory Picture:

ANDISA BONANI


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SPCA now running charity shop

Successful jumble sale led to permanent store

NTSIKELELO QOYO

The china you no longer

use, car seats in the garage

and old babywear can

help the SPCA to continue

providing animal welfare in

Ko m a n i .

After a successful prelockdown

jumble sale, the

SPCA is now running “Paw s

Awh i l e ”, a charity shop that will

aid the financially strapped

organisation.

Located at The Mall in

Brewery Lane, Paws Awhile has

been operating for three

months.

“The day before lockdown a

bumper jumble sale was held to

raise emergency funds for a

financially stricken SPCA.

“An amazing R12,000 plus

was raised within 24 hours to

assist the SPCA,” Elise Naude

said.

“The success of this jumble

sale prompted the SPCA to step

out in faith and open a

permanent charity shop, the

proceeds of which will be to

keep the SPCA from closing due

to financial restraints,” she said.

Kind benefactors and animal

lovers can drop off old valuables

while thrifty hunters can pop in

and scour for hidden gems.

Everything is welcomed -

from household items to

babywear, sportswear, books,

CDs and DVDs.

The shop also hosts quarterly

cake sales.

The next one will be at the

end of this month.

“Paws Awhile is offering

hampers, where the client will

choose products from a list.

“All quality goods,

beautifully wrapped, along with

a gift card informing the

recipient that it is an SPCA

i n i t i a t ive .

“R100 will be added to the

contents and handed over to the

S P CA .

”A wonderful corporate gift

offering - no fuss, no extra

stress. Please support this

p r o j e c t ,” Naude said.

For inquiries, contact Paws

Awhile manager, Tammy

Borman at 079-977- 2368.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The SPCA is now operating a charity shop located at The Mall in

Brewery Lane. Proceeds are used to aid the local SPCA

Picture: SUPPLIED

Tractor for Lady Frere farmers

NTSIKELELO QOYO

Smallholder farmers in Lady Frere

say they are waiting for the rain so

they can get busy sowing in

anticipation of what they hope will

be a great harvest.

The farmers of the Zingxondo cooperative

recently received a R500

000 tractor from the Eastern Cape

Development Corporation through

the Imvaba Cooperation Fund.

Zingxondo cooperative

chairman Velani Jack said they were

elated at the arrival of the tractor

which was first applied for in 2017.

“Members who had pulled out of

the co-operative are now excited

and are returning. We are happy

beyond words because we now

have everything we need to make

the cooperative a success,” said

Ja ck .

Earlier this year members of the

cooperative received training from

the department of agriculture and

rural development. Last year it also

received 6km of fencing, also

sponsored by the department.

“The support we received from

the department has been immense.

In 2017 we were supported with a

combine harvester while in 2018 we

received input like seeds and

f e r t i l i s e r,” added Jack.

STINK HOLE

Eastern Cape Development

Corporation Imvamba fund

specialist, Simphiwe Ntshweni, said

they were happy that the

cooperative would be able to reach

its full potential.

“By the time the tractor arrived,

they had everything else they

needed. They only struggled with

mechanisation. Last year they only

GOOD TIMES:

Members of the

Zingxondo cooperative

from

Lady Frere

recently received a

tractor valued at

R500 000 from the

Eastern Cape

Development

Corporation. From

left co-operative

member

Nomaphela

Ma’awu, chairman

of the cooperative

Velani

Jack and

Zingxondo village

leader Weziwe

Mpangela

P i c t u re :

SUPPLIED

used 84 of the 120 hectares

available. The tractor will save them

money because in the past they have

had to take out loans,” said

Ntshweni.

HARMFUL SPILL: This

sewer drain in Lagos

Street in Unifound

Location in Mlungisi,

has 75-year-old

resident Mzwandile

Mahashe fearing for his

health. “This has been

going on for a long

time. Municipal

workers do come and

clean around here but

this stays the same. It

does not sit well with

me. They must repair it

because it will harm

people,” Mahashe said

Picture: LUVUYO

MJEKULA

Sanral,

miners’

forum

at odds

NTSIKELELO QOYO

The Chris Hani Mining and Quarrying

Forum (CHMQF) has called on Sanral to

honour its transformation policy.

After the stakeholder engagement

session held by the road agency in Komani

last month, the forum, representing black

quarry miners in the region, said it would

be more of the same, with disadvantaged

groups still left without a seat at the table.

“S a n ra l ’s transformation exists on paper

and not in practice. In the major contracts

for roads in the region not one black miner

is providing material,” said the forum

secretary, Zenzile Meyi.

Sanral recently announced the

upgrading of the R67 between Komani and

Whittlesea, one of the projects totalling

more than R1bn in roadworks across the

p r ov i n c e .

Meyi claimed that engagements with

Sanral had been fruitless and even after a

stakeholder engagement session, miners

were none the wiser on how to participate.

“What concerns us most is that miners’

permits run for a five-year period. We have

members who have never been contracted

to supply and now their permits are about

to expire.

“No black miner has been used in the

R56 and R67 projects. These could be

giving employment to our people, yet we

are still left out,” said Meyi.

Sanral has, however, refuted claims that

no black miners have been contracted.

“In September there was a meeting

between Sanral and the CHMQF where

some of these concerns were raised. The

statement that no material is sourced from

black miners in the region is incorrect,”

said Sanral transformation manager

Thandile Makwabe.

Makwabe said there was another

meeting to be held with the forum to

further hash out the disagreements.

“Sanral cannot deny that more

intervention is required in the mining and

quarrying space.

“As one of the resolutions from the

above-mentioned meeting, it was decided

that Sanral would provide training for the

purposes of empowerment in this field.

However, the CHMQF would need to

indicate which type of training they

require. Sanral has not received

communication to this effect yet,” he said.


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EMLM donates land to university

Gift of 15ha for WSU to develop Komani campus raises fears of ‘skulduggery’ from other parties

ZINTLE BOBELO

Enoch Mgijima Local

Municipality (EMLM)

executive mayor Luleka

Gubula recently announced

that the local authority had

donated 115ha of land to Walter

Sisulu University (WSU) for a

new building.

The announcement was

made during a media briefing

on resolutions taken in an

ordinary council meeting on

September 30.

The piece of land between

Komani Hospital and the Caltex

Garage on the N6 towards East

London is earmarked for the

development of a Komani

campus of WSU.

Gubula said the

development would benefit the

province as a whole. “This item

came to the council some time

in December 2016, but it had

gaps even though the council

had accepted it.

“We requested our technical

team to do some work so we

had concrete documentation

before it was accepted.

“This was done, but it was

delayed. We donated 115ha

only for the building of the

institution and residential area,

nothing else. In the discussion

council had, we clearly said a

memorandum of understanding

between the two institutions

(EMLM and WSU) should

include a revision clause.

“If WSU has not started

building within five years the

land will be taken back,” said

Gubula.

WSU local campus rector

McGlory Speckman

acknowledged receipt of the

donation, adding that internal

processes of informing relevant

stakeholders of the university

was underway and he would

make a statement thereafter.

Opposition parties shared

their sentiments on the matter

and concerns were raised

following this resolution.

DA councillor Lindy

Haggard pointed out that during

a council meeting held on

August 31, council had resolved

that the land could not be given

to the institution. Among the

reasons tabled were that “no

land to be sold/disposed of

without a land audit. Municipal

officials have withheld these

after council has, on numerous

occasions, requested them.

“Water, sewage and

electrical infrastructure of

Komani is already under severe

pressure and will not cope with

the additional need. A broke

EMLM cannot afford to donate,

they should rather seek

r e ve n u e .”

She added that, according to

rumours, the land had already

been given to WSU by a

previous mayor.

“In the council meeting of

September 30 the item came

back and was steamrolled into

action. All the councillors

opposed to it in the previous

meeting were silenced, except

for the DA councillors who

opposed the donation.

“While this municipality is

run and controlled by thugs, the

community will continue to

suffer. Had the municipality

been in a financially stable

position to render effective and

efficient services, maintained

and upgraded infrastructure, the

DA would have supported an

open opportunity bidding,

❝ All the councillors

opposed to it in the

previous meeting

were silenced, except

for the DA

Lindy Haggard

DA COUNCILLOR

which would have maximum

benefit to Komani residents.

Sadly, this is nothing more than

a get-rich-quick for a few and

nothing more,” said Haggard.

EFF councillor Luthando

Amos said he hoped no

corruption had been involved in

the process. “We hope it is truly

a donation because we do not

know what happened in the

background for this land not to

be used as a source of revenue.

“We hope there is no

corruption involved. We

support development and we

want to have that university in

Komani because it will assist in

job creation and there will be

access to education. I hope

there was no skulduggery.”

United Front councillor

Aaron Mhlontlo said he

believed education was one of

the country’s priorities. “WSU

currently does not have a proper

building with boarding

f a c i l i t i e s .”

His only concern was in

relation to the dilapidated

infrastructure and electricity

issues faced by the municipality.

Cope councillor

Nomazotsho Kopolo supported

the decision and highlighted the

importance of education.

POWER COUPLE

Help young star

attain her dream

LOOKING GOOD: Marrick Hykes and Nicole Bexter turned

heads at the Hangklip matric dance last weekend P i c t u re :

MAXWELL LEVINE PHOTOGRAPHY

ANDISA BONANI

A versatile Ezibeleni youth is hoping

to impress talent scouts at the

international arts and talent showcase,

but needs the funds to participate in

the auditions that will take place in

Johannesburg at the end of October.

Multi-talented Siyasanga “C ya ”

Kambi, who will be auditioning for

music, acting and filmmaking,

boosted her musical prowess with the

release of her debut single Ac c o l a d e s

in July, and was signed by

Johannesburg-based talent

management agency, 33 & Me, in

Au g u s t .

33 & Me scouts for talent and

trains artists in Africa for the

International Modelling and Talent

Agency (IMTA).

Kambi will audition before talent

scouts from the IMTA, where the

a g e n cy ’s board member, who will also

be representing the New York Film

Academy, will be in attendance

virtually, as well as a representative

from Tyler Perry Studios, America’s

Got Talent and The Voice America.

However, the local artist needs

financial assistance to cover travel,

accommodation and registration

costs, among other essentials.

Kambi’s success at the auditions

would see her being invited to the

IMTA convention next year, where she

would get the opportunity to rub

shoulders with international role

players in the arts.

“The only thing standing in the way

are the finances I need to get to the

a u d i t i o n s ,” she said.

“I roughly need about R10,000 to

cover all costs, including registration.

“My success at the auditions

would mean so much as it would

open major doors for me, firstly as a

filmmaker as I am already in that kind

of business.

“I have not heard of anyone who

has been to the IMTA convention who

did not get a ‘call back’ or a business

o p p o r t u n i t y.

“This could be my biggest break,

so I need all the support I can get to go

to the auditions at the end of this

m o n t h .”

Anyone who would like to donate

funds towards her trip to the auditions

can call her on 081-585 1547.

READY TO CONQUER THE WORLD: Siyasanga

Kambi, who doubles as a singer and filmmaker,

needs finanical help to attend an audition before

international talent scouts Picture: SUPPLIED

MAN IN BLACK Delmaine Mentoor at the

Hangklip High School matric farewell on

Saturday, October 10 Picture: SUPPLIED


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FUNNY GUYS

LAUGH OUT LOUD: Komani

comedians, from left, show

host Thembani Cawe,

Melisizwe Manzi, Siyabulela

Sizani, Thulani Tembani,

Vusumzi Sono and Mawethu

Soko, who hosted their first

comedy show dubbed

Durrbentsu at Queens Casino

and Hotel, on Sunday. The

event was sold-out thanks to

fans who came out in their

numbers to support local

talent Picture: ANDISA BONANI

SOCIETY SNIPPETS

From birthdays to anniversaries to achievements to notices ... Share your infor mation

with us:

KOMANI

W E AT H E R

Happy birthday wishes are

extended to Andiswa Nyiki

(October 16), Fanie Fourie

and Linda van der Meer

(October 21), Teagan

Barraud (October 22), John

Phillips and Pauline

Roberts (October 23),

Chulumanco Mjekula

(October 23), Marléne van

Heerden, Dot McDonald,

Uhuru Vanda and Suraiyya

Beukes (October 24), Mike

de Beer, Ann Alner, Enid

Crossley, Blake Butler,

Christo Viljoen and

Singatha Jack (October 26),

Gussie Lückhoff, Troy van

der Westhuyzen, Mariska

Schwartz and Adriaan

Rossouw (October 27),

Grant Tromp, Helen

Ferreira, Helena Wagener,

Thoneka Father and Greg

Heath (October 28),

Quintin Wentzel, Divan

Vorster, Jason Howard and

Maureen Edkins (October

29), Priscilla Coetzer and

Geneva Ndlovu (October

30).

It is that time of year when

prefects and head pupils of

the various schools are

being announced.

The fact that some were

announced in time, while

others only became known

after deadline precludes us

from naming them all, but

we congratulate them and

wish all these young

leaders a happy, successful

and uninterrupted 2021.

Condolences are extended

to the families and friends

of Rayne Mentoor, Vuyisile

Ngqaza, Mbuyisa Dlomo,

Mavis Ntungo, Anele Caza,

Joseph Michils, Maria

Krow, Thembisa Zonke,

Zukiswa Nozwana,

Mbulelo Dondolo and

Noluvuyo Mgijima.

May God comfort you.

Considering the chilly nights and some farfrom-warm

days, who would think we are

nearing the end of October... and spring is

supposed to have started weeks ago.

According to the weather forecast,

Fr i d ay ’s temperatures will range between

11°C and 28°C and, while there will be

some cloud about, it will be mostly sunny

with a moderate breeze.

Saturday is scheduled to be a sunny

scorcher, with a maximum temperature of

34°C after an early morning start of 11°C.

However, there will be some breeze to

mitigate the heat somewhat.

On Sunday it will again be mostly

sunny although there will be some cloud.

The minimum temperature will be 12°C

and the maximum 29°C. There will also be

a moderate breeze. —

w w w. a c c u w e a t h e r. c o . z a

YO U R VOICE opinions on the street

What do you think about…

MILANI

MBEWU

After the violent protests in

Senekal over the killing of a

farm manager, The Rep reporter,

Ntsikelelo Qoyo, asked people

in Komani their views on farm

attacks in SA.

Milani Mbewu

from the CBD

There is a problem with farm

killings.

I do not think the police are

doing enough to stop these

crimes, but I also believe

citizens do not value farmers.

MOHAMMED

ABDANI

Farmers play a vital role in

society and every time these

attacks happen they affect us as

a country.

The economy is bad and it

will get worse.

Mohammed Abdani

from Top Town

The only thing I would say is if

farmers are being murdered, it is

not right.

I believe SA is a rainbow

nation. I think the country needs

to move away from segregating

each other in racial groups.

SOYISILE

GXABEKA

A LV I A N O

KRUGER

All this crime is affecting the

c o u n t r y.

As a proud citizen it is hard

to see that the only thing our

country seems to be leading in

is crime.

If it is not this, it is rape.

Soyisile Gxabeka

from Nomzamo

I cannot say decisively that we

have a problem.

If farmers are being

murdered I think it is fair to

explore why such things are

happening.

AYA N D A

M A K AT H A N G A N A

Alviano Kruger

from the army base

Yes, there is a big problem.

Whether it is the farmers

being murdered or the workers

it all needs to stop.

We are all people and have

a right to life and dignity.

Ayanda Makathangana

from Cathcart

Whatever is going on it is not

right. People who stay on farms,

like the rest of us, are just trying

to make a living. They should

not be victimised.

FACE 2 FACE with /

NAME d es i g n a t i o n

QWhat do you do?

AI am a petrol attendant.

What do you enjoy about it?

I enjoy serving people on a

daily basis.

What makes an exceptional

petrol attendant?

A good petrol attendant is very

friendly and is always ready to

serve people, despite the

problems they face.

Are you allowed to get tips and

do people in Komani tip?

We are allowed to get tips.

Some people do give us tips.

What is your worst customer

ex p e r i e n c e ?

I cannot really recall. There

was once an incident that

made me realise that not

everyone will be in the same

mood as you are.

We get rude customers and

very rude customers, but we

have to be humble.

You have to tolerate the

attitude they give you because

at the end of the day “the

customer is always right”.

What is your motto in life?

“Keep your eyes on the prize.”

What place would you love to

visit?

K wa Z u l u - N a t a l .

What is your biggest wish for

SA?

Equal rights and equal

p r iv i l e g e s .

When you are not working

what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy going to church, and

singing praises to the Lord.

I love reading books, and to

write down my plans and

prepare for the future.

What do you love about

Ko m a n i ?

Komani is a very small town,

full of loving and supportive

people. There is much talent

and it is a friendly place.

What I love about it is that it

can groom you to be a better

person.


THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 October 2020 Tel: (045) 839-4040 / editorial: mjekulal@therep.co.za / advertising: charodinev@therep.co.za 7

Single income budgeting

PRIME

P R O P E RT Y

Renting a room, to an

access bond can help

Rep Reporter

Living on a single income is a challenge that

some couples decide to undertake to raise

a young family.

Others, either as a result of sudden

unemployment or disease, have no other option

but to make ends meet on a single income.

RE/MAX of Southern Africa CEO and

regional director Adrian Goslett says those who

have planned to live on a single income have the

opportunity to set themselves up correctly from

the start, while those who have ended up in this

position involuntarily will need to reorganise

their lives to adapt to the reduced income.

“My advice to those who are planning to live

on a single income is to be realistic about what

they can afford and to leave themselves plenty

breathing room so they never find themselves in

a position where they can no longer afford the

repayments on their home loan.

“Bond repayments change every time the

interest rates change, so taking on debt to the hilt

of what a household can currently afford is

seldom a good idea,” advises Goslett.

He also recommends buying rather than

renting, as this eliminates annual rent

escalations and provides an appreciating asset

that can be liquidated in times of crisis.

“If the homeowners have taken out an access

bond, they can treat their home loan as a sort of

savings account that can be accessed in case of

an emergency.

“If need be, the property can also be sold and

the money can be used to see the owners

through the crisis.”

On the other hand, those who have suddenly

found themselves in this situation will need to

identify where to cut down on costs or possibly

leverage the property to access financial relief.

“Homeowners might be able to rent out a

room in their home, either on a short-term basis

via platforms such as Airbnb or on a long-term

basis with the help of a rental agent.

“If this is not possible, then homeowners may

need to downscale,” he recommends.

When considering this option, Goslett

cautions homeowners to factor in all the costs

involved in selling a property to make sure the

result brings about the desired financial relief.

“Many sellers forget that it can cost a

substantial amount to sell a home, from the

bond cancellation fees, home inspection and

compliance certifications, to settling the

municipal accounts as well as paying the agent’s

c o m m i s s i o n ,” he warns.

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3 Beds | 1 Bath | 1 Lounge

Spacious yard situated in a quiet area.

Tiled floor and built in cupboards in

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C 079 181 9320

EQT 8472

SOLE MANDATE

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R2 800 000

5 Beds | 3 Bath | 2 Lounge | 3 Garages | 1 Pool

The ultimate entertainer’s dream home

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C 084 487 8949

EQT 8378

SOLE MANDATE

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This large property is currently used as an office as well as operating

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and well maintained. It caters for clients working in the area as well

as people travelling through the town. The purchase price as listed

is for the property alone and the furniture and naming rights can be

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INDWE R3 000 000

A huge double storey commercial property on a 1980 square

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private functions with toilets, a big garage for 4 cars and 4 outside

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to the Indwe Hospital, Pertol Station and local shops. This property is

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CENTRAL R6 350 000

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C 082 411 3959

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1

DOMESTIC

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1150

Funeral Notices

ARENDS

DOREEN

ELIZABETH

in lewe van

Allenridgeweg

28, Victoria Park,

Komani, sag

heengegaan te

Grens Hospitaal

op Saterdag 10

Oktober 2020

in haar 74ste

lewensjaar. Diep

betreur deur haar

geliefde eggenoot

Patrick, kinders,

kleinkinders, agter

kleinkinders,

breë familie,

Kerk gemeente

en vriende. Die

teraardebestelling

vind Saterdag

16 Oktober 2020

om 2nm in die

Queenstown

Begraafplaas

plaas na ‘n diens

om 12nm by die

woning en om 1nm

vanuit die Victoria

Park Metodiste

Kerk, Wesley-weg,

Komani. Vriende

geliewe kennis te

neem

RUSSELL EN SEUN

Begrafnisondernemers

Tel. 045 839 4012

GINYIGAZI

NONZWENGUBANI

ROSEY

Late of 1380 Koti

Street,

Thulandivile,

Mlungisi, Komani

Born: 03.09.1953

Died: 08.10.2020

Funeral: Saturday

17.10.2020

Starting at home

at 9am (Reformed

Old Apostolic

Church). Thence

to the Lukhanji

Cemetery, for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMNGWEVU

TSHANGISA

SKHOMO

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

Contact Nofisa Makaula on tel: (045) 839-4040 / fax: (045) 839-4059 / e-mail: makaulan@arena.africa or charodinev@arena.africa

1150

Funeral Notices

SIPHENDU

NOFENISHALA

NONDAKUTHINI

Late of

Emmangweni,

Machibini, Lady

Frere District

Born: 15.10.1952

Died: 08.10.2020

Funeral: Saturday

17.10.2020

Starting at home

at 10am (Believers

Church In Zion).

Thence to the

Emmangweni

Cemetery, for the

Interment at 11am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMNUNE

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

LISA

NOMAWETHU

ROSY

BORN: 1993-02-20

DIED: 2020-10-05

FUNERAL: 2020-10-17

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

Thambo Village

at 09H00

CEMETERY:

Thambo

TIME: 10:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

MTOLA

ANDILE

“MASTER”

Born: 1954-08-03

Died: 2020-10-08

Funeral: 2020-10-18

Address: S4 Masabalala

Street,

ůŶŐŝŝŽĐĂŽŶ

Queenstown

Venue: Home

Time: 09:00

Interment:

Queenstown

Cemetery

Rest in Peace

Matshaya

1150

Funeral Notices

MCOTANA

JUSTICE

KHANYISILE

Late of Enyingeni

Tsembeyi, Lady

Frere District

Born: 12.06.1964

Died: 30.09.2020

Funeral: Saturday

17.10.2020

Starting at home

at 9am (Holy

Pentecost Church

in Zion). Thence

to the Enyingeni

Cemetery, for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MVUNDLE

BHAYI KA

KHETSHA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

DAVID

JAMAICA

BORN: 1959-03-03

DIED: 2020-10-08

FUNERAL: 2020-10-17

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at No

3769 Nazo Street Tints

Location, Bofolo

at 09H00

CEMETERY:

Fort Beaufort

TIME: 10:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

ZUBA

ZINTLE

Born: 03/05/1991

Died: 08/10/2020

Funeral: 17/10/2020

Address: 1600 Zone

2, Ekupumleni T/Ship

ŚŝůĞĞĂ

Venue: Home

Time: 09H00

Interment: Dongwe

Cemetery @ 10H00

Lala Ngoxolo

Mamgcina,

Tyhopho,

Nokwindla

1150

Funeral Notices

NG’OBO

MESHACK

Late of 263 E

Sada, Whittlesea

District

Born: 20.01.1954

Died: 09.10.2020

Funeral: Friday

16.10.2020

Starting at home

at 9:30am (Old

Apostolic Church).

Thence to the

Sada Cemetery,

Whittlesea for

the Interment at

10:30am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MGCINA,

TYHOPHO,

NOKWINDLA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

SHENXANE

NOBONGILE

ESTHER

BORN: 1953-03-14

DIED: 2020-10-07

FUNERAL: 2020-10-16

(Friday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

Mbolompene Machubeni,

Lady Frere at 09H00

CEMETERY:

Lady Frere

TIME: 10:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

1150

Funeral Notices

TYELINGANA

NOMPI

ELDA

Late of1027 Zone

1, Ezibeleni,

Komani

Born: 18.04.1945

Died: 10.10.2020

Funeral: Saturday

17.10.2020

Starting at home

at 09:30 (New

Apostolic Church).

Thence to Komani

Town Cemetery

for the Interment

at 10:30

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAGABA

THITHIBA

CIHOSHE

NOZINGA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MPHELA

PULENG

ZANEMVULA

BORN: 2004-04-01

DIED: 2020-10-06

FUNERAL: 2020-10-17

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at No

3180 New Town, (Dalamba

Str) Komani at 09H00

CEMETERY:

Komani

TIME: 10:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

1150

Funeral Notices

BOYANA

MAMATHE

ETHEL TLADI

Late of 947 Zone

1, Ezibeleni,

Komani

Born: 26.11.1953

Died: 08.10.2020

Funeral: Saturday

17.10.2020

Starting at home

at 09:30 (New

Holy Jerusalem in

Zion). Thence to

the Komani Town

Cemetery for the

Interment at 11am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMKOENA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MHATU

NOBAKHONA

MILDRED

BORN: 1946-09-21

DIED: 2020-10-08

FUNERAL: 2020-10-17

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at NO

11 Gumstree Street, Komani

Park at 09H00

CEMETERY:

Komani

TIME: 10:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

Call CHARODINE OR MAVIS

on 045 839 4040

if your business is about to celebrate a special

event/anniversary.

advertising features.

24 Prince Alfred Street,

1150

Funeral Notices

STEMELA

THAMI

HILDA

Late of

Ezingcaceni,

Vaalbank, Lady

Frere District

Born: 25.08.1939

Died: 06.10.2020

Funeral: Saturday

17.10.2020

Starting at home

at 07:30 (Baptist

Church). Thence

to Ezingcaceni

Cemetery, Lady

Frere for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMFENE

HLATHI LISA

JAMBASE

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

NGUZULO

NOLUTHANDO

RINAH

BORN: 1962-08-05

DIED: 2020-10-07

FUNERAL: 2020-10-17

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

No 1034 Westedene Str,

Steynsburg at 09H00

CEMETERY:

Steynsberg

TIME: 10:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

2

PERSONAL

Notices

2180

1150

Funeral Notices

DALINDYEBO

NOZIPHO

BORN: 1958-12-24

DIED: 2020-10-08

FUNERAL: 2020-10-14

(Wednesday)

VENUE: Funeral service

was held at home at No 411

Zone 3 Ezibeleni, Komani

at 09H00

CEMETERY:

Komani

TIME: 10:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

For all

your

Property

Advertising

needs

CALL

045 839 4040

today!

Ask to

speak to

CHARODINE

or MAVIS

2

PERSONAL

Notices

2180

AGM

QUEENSTOWN TENNIS CLUB

Saturday 17 October 2020

CLUBHOUSE – 16:00

Social tennis starting at 2pm

Bring & Braai to follow

Members please all attend.


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5

SERVICES & SALES

GUIDE

5630

Services Offered

MAMA RENA

Herbalist

(20 years experience)

Sixilonga ngespili

nangamazi etc.

Contact: 073 008 9638

6

EMPLOYMENT

6151

Employment Offered

Are you a qualified and experienced

Branch Administrator ?

This may be the opportunity for you

to join our vibrant branch in

Queenstown today!

Overall responsibilities:

Provide Administrative support to

management

Assist with queries and documents

Answer telephones

Complete work schedules

Glass experience will an be advantage

If you’re interested in this position

apply before 18 October 2020

Email CV to Jobs@autoboys.co.za

Queenstown Branch has a

position for a Storeman

With Experience and contactable references.

Must have a drivers. Forklift Licence will be an

advantage.

E-mail your CV to - meredith@steelpipesel.co.za

If you are not contacted within 10 Days of

publication date please consider your

application unsuccessful.

11

LEGALS

11010

Legal Notices

5

SERVICES & SALES

GUIDE

5630

Services Offered

6

EMPLOYMENT

6151

Employment Offered

11

LEGALS

11010

Legal Notices

LOST OR DESTROYED TITLE DEED

Notice is hereby given in terms of Regulation

68 of the Deeds Registries Act, 1937, of

the intention to apply for the issue of a

certified copy of Deed of Transfer Number

T3092/1999CTN passed by PROVINCE

OF EASTERN CAPE in favour of SINDISWA

GLORIA CITHI, Identity Number 700601 0705

08 5, Unmarried in respect of:

ERF 5989 MLUNGISI, in the Area of the

Queenstown Transitional Local Council,

Division of Queenstown, the Province of

Eastern Cape;

which has been lost or destroyed.

All persons having objection to the issue of

such copy are hereby required to lodge the

same in writing with the Registrar of Deeds

at King Williams Town within two weeks from

the date of the publication of this notice.

Dated at Queenstown this 2nd day of October

2020.

Applicant:

Bowes McDougall Inc

27A Prince Alfred Street

QUEENSTOWN

lit3@bmcinc.co.za

045-8073800

5

SERVICES & SALES

GUIDE

5630

Services Offered

UNLOCK YOUR

LIFE WITH

IMMEDIATE

EFFECT

Fortune Telling

Over The Phone

Is Acceptable

All Problems

Contact:

Prof. Konde for

appointment

calls/WhatsApp:

060 483 3868

11

LEGALS

11010

Legal Notices

11

LEGALS

11060

Sale in Execution

LOST OR DESTROYED DEED

(Form JJJ added by GNR.62 OF 25 January 2019)

Notice is hereby given in terms of Regulation

68 of the Deeds Registries Act,

1937, of the intention to apply for the

issue of a certified copy of Deed of

Transfer T7576/2000 passed by ENOCH

MGIJIMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY in

favour of CHRISTOPHER VAN DER MERWE

Identity Number 481023 5165 08 9,

Unmarried in respect of certain ERF

811 WHITTLESEA Enoch Mgijima Local

Municipality District of Queenstown

Province of the Eastern Cape which has

been lost or destroyed.

All interested persons having objection

to the issue of such copy are hereby required

to lodge the same in writing with

the Registrar of Deeds at King William’s

Town within two weeks after the date of

the publication of this notice.

Dated at Queenstown this 16th October

2020.

Applicant:

Smith Tabata Inc

Address: 5 Grey Street Queenstown 5319

e-mail: lee-anneb@smithtabata.co.za Tel.

Tel: 045 807 6300

11

LEGALS

IN THE MAGISTRATES’ COURT FOR THE

DISTRICT OF QUEENSTOWN HELD AT

QUEENSTOWN

Case Number 1160/19

In the matter between:

LEOWILL ENGINEERING CC

Execution Creditor

and

MR NDAMASE T/A S & L BUSINESS

ENTERPRISES

Execution Debtor

NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION

OF MOVABLE PROPERTY

IN PURSUANCE of a judgment obtained in the

Magistrates’ Court of Queenstown and a writ

of execution dated 13 December 2019 issued

by the Magistrates’ Court of Queenstown, the

goods listed hereunder will be sold in execution

to the highest bidder on the 6 November 2020

at 57 KOMANI STREET, QUEENSTOWN at 10H00

in terms of section 66 of the Magistrates’ Court

Act 32 of 1944.

GOODS TO BE SOLD:

1 x KOMMOTSU TLB WB93R, REGISTRATION

NUMBER DCH 733 EC

Dated at Queenstown on this 13 OCTOBER

2020

ATTORNEYS FOR EXECUTION

CREDITOR

Bowes McDougall Incorporated

27A Prince Alfred Street

QUEENSTOWN 5320

Ref: D THOMAS/nv/MAT38734

11

LEGALS

11010

Legal Notices

11060

Sale in Execution

11030

Estate Notices

In the estate of the

late COETZER

SCHALK ULRIG

Born: 04/08/1945

Identity Number

450804 5038 08 8

of 21 ORANGE ROAD,

KOMANI PARK,

QUEENSTOWN, 5319

Estate Number

2749/2020

Date of death

22/06/2020

Surviving spouse:

PRISCILLA MELODY

COETZER

Date of birth:

30/10/1947

Identity Number:

471030 0016 08 6

Creditors and

Debtors in the Estate

are hereby required

to lodge their claims

with and pay

their debts to the

undersigned within

30 (Thirty) days of

the publication

hereof.

ANTOINETTE DE BEER

(EXECUTRIX) MARYKA

ROMANS (AGENT)

Bowes McDougall

27a Prince Alfred Street,

Queenstown 5319

Tel: 045 807 3800

11030

Estate Notices

In the estate of the

late LULAMA KUSE

Identity Number

681114 0888 08 6

of JOE SLOVO

COFIMVABA

DISTRICT

QUEENSTOWN

who died on:

17 AUGUST 2020

Estate Number

2926/2020

CREDITORS and

DEBTORS in the

above Estate are

hereby required to

file their claims with

and pay their debts

to the undersigned

within 30 (thirty)

days from the date of

publication hereof.

Dated at EAST

LONDON on the

6 TH OCTOBER 2020

COOPER CONROY

BELL & RICHARDS INC

ATTORNEYS FOR

EXECUTRIX

4 EPSOM ROAD

STIRLING EAST

LONDON

In the estate of the

late NDABANA VICTOR

MALUSI

Identity Number

660606 5120 08 9

Last address

1103 ZONE 1,

EKUPHUMLENI,

WHITTLESEA, 5360

Estate Number

001553/2020

Date of death

17/12/2019

Surviving spouse

VIRGINIA

NTOMBENTSHA

NDABANA

Identity/Passport

Number:

670827 0763 08 1

All persons having

claims against the

above-mentioned

estate are required

to lodge their claims

with the undersigned

within 30 days after

the date of

publication hereof.

De Wet Shaw &

Baxter Attorneys

P. O Box 1305,

Queenstown 5320

Tel: 045 838 2520

Ref: NDA112/0001

In the estate of the

late TEMBISA

SYLVIA DAVIDS

born: 16/05/1969

Identity Number

690516 0595 08 2

of 16 IBIS STREET,

WESTBOURNE,

QUEENSTOWN

Estate Number

2697/2018

Date of death

2 DECEMBER 2017

The First and Final

Liquidation and

Distribution Account

in the above Estate

will be open for

inspection by all

persons interested

therein at the offices

of the Master of

the High Court,

GRAHAMSTOWN

and a duplicate copy

thereof at the offices

of the Magistrate

QUEENSTOWN, for a

period of 21 (Twentyone)

days from 16

OCTOBER 2020.

PIETER JACOBUS

COETZEE

Bowes McDougall

27a Prince Alfred

Street, Queenstown

5319

Tel: 045 807 3814

Housing

market

shows

re c o v e r y

Report reveals quarter’s

transfers jump by 711%

Based on the figures from the Deeds Office,

the property market has shown some steady

signs of recovery after being brought to a

complete standstill as a result of the national

lockdown during the second quarter of this year.

According to Lightstone Property data, 36,835

bond registrations were recorded at the Deeds

Office over the period of July to September this

ye ra .

This translates into a 26% decrease in the

number of bonds registered year on year.

However, the market is bouncing back with a

53.6% quarter on quarter increase, a considerable

increase on last quarter’s 5,792 bond registrations.

Beyond this, the number of transfers (both

bonded and unbonded) recorded at the Deeds

Office between July and September recovered to

48,160 from the previous quarter’s 3,869.

This translates into a 32% decrease year on

year and an astounding 711% increase, quarter on

q u a r t e r.

Of the 48,160 transfers, 24,666 freehold

properties and 12,769 sectional title units were

sold countrywide (these figures exclude estates,

farms, and land only transfers).

The number of freehold properties registered

decreased by 31% year on year, but increased

hugely from the mere 3,869 that were registered

last quarter.

Similarly, sectional titles saw a 28% decrease

year on year, but also reflected a good recovery

from the mere 1,105 registered last quarter.

“None of us could have predicted the property

market would bounce back as quickly as it has in

this last quarter,” RE/MAX of Southern Africa CEO

and regional director Adrian Goslett says.

“Our company has recorded record-breaking

sales totals for three consecutive months, starting

with R2.4bn in July, followed by R3.2bn in August,

and ending with R2.8bn in September.

“Our prediction is the market will continue to

perform well for the rest of the year, provided we

do not fall into another crisis, and is likely to return

to volumes similar to those we were experiencing

p r e - l o ck d ow n .”

For the third consecutive quarter, the national

median price of sectional titles dropped when

compared to the previous year.

At a median asking price of R970,381, quarter

three reflected a 5% drop year on year.

Yet, despite this drop, the median asking price

for sectional titles saw a small correction with an

increase of 2% from the R953,084 reported in

quarter two of this year.

On the other hand, the current national median

price of freehold homes jumped back to where it

had been in quarter three last year at R1,115,670.

When compared to last quarter, the median

asking price increased by 1%.

The average active RE/MAX listing price was

R3,469,844.52 for quarter three - a 15% increase

year on year and 23% increase quarter on quarter.

The average bond amount granted during this

period increased by 12% since last quarter to

R1,110,000 and by 2% since quarter three last

ye a r.

Properties below R400,000 continue to

account for the largest portion of sales at 28% of

the total transfers.

Properties between R400,000-R800,000 make

up 25.3% of the total transfers, which is slightly

less than the 26.9% for which properties between

R800,000 and R1.5m account. Properties between

R1.5-R3m accounted for 15.2%.

Interestingly, properties priced above R3m

accounted for 4.6%* of the total transfers this

quarter, shifting from the 3% market share it held

last quarter. This makes it the price segment that

reflected the best recovery since quarter two.

The top five searched suburbs nationally on

remax.co.za during quarter three this year were

Parklands at 2,972 searches, Faerie Glen at 2,580

searches, Sunningdale at 2,514 searches,

Bloubergstrand at 2,306 searches, and finally,

Brackenhurst at 2,291 searches.


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RISING STARS

Time to stop, before

democracy derailed

TOP-NOTCH: Athenkosi Kiti, in grade 9 at Get

Ahead College, was awarded first place for

English Motivational Speech in the On the Tip

of Your Tongue Public Speaking National Final

on October 6. This is the biggest national

“live” online competition in public speaking in

South Africa Pictures: SUPPLIED

AHEAD OF THE PACK: Azafunde Ndelu, a

grade 10 student at Get Ahead College,

came first for English Motivational Speech in

the On the Tip of Your Tongue Public

Speaking National Final on October 6. “We

are incredibly proud of our two students,”

says a statement from the school

There is a strategic document

penned by the ANC in May of

1992 which was called “R e a dy

to Govern — ANC policy

guidelines for a democratic

South Africa”.

This was a response to the

unbanning of all political parties

and a start of negotiations which

would later lead to elections and

the subsequent rule of the ANC.

With hindsight would you say

the ANC was ready to govern?

Are they doing a good job of it

today? Were they ready then and

are they now maintaining that

momentum or are we watching a

train slowly reaching the end of

the line and about to derail?

Is there anything we can do

to avoid the derailment? What

can we actually do to make sure

that it doesn’t happen or it

doesn’t derail with us still on

board? Are we helpless? How

did we get here?

Thabo Mbeki once gave a

speech after the death of artist

David Koloane who made a

series of paintings which he

named I m i g o d oy i . He said:

“There would be people who

would want to exploit the

conditions of our people and

behave as U m g o d oy i behaves. It

would be very very important

that we should be vigilant so that

we don’t have I m i g o d oy i taking

charge of our lives”.

Could it be that this has

IN TOUCH

Phumelele P Hlati

already happened and we are

now facing doom?

Can you honestly say that

those in charge of our lives, from

the ward councillor to the mayor

to the provincial government

and up to the president, are the

best we have?

If you look at the sporting

front — I know South Africans

are mad about their sport and it

is central to their lives — can we

say that the best and the brightest

are in charge there?

Have we found ourselves in

the grip of I m i g o d oy i , taking

charge of our lives?

Unfortunately, the latest

events lead one to reach the

unfortunate conclusion that

possibly I m i g o d oy i are already in

the house and in charge of our

lives. The Zondo commission,

with all its flaws and limitations,

has revealed the absurd levels of

incompetence, greed and

outright callousness of those in

charge of our lives.

Today we have dodgy people

exploiting the dire economic

conditions of our young people

to further their own political

ends. We now have people

implicated in serious corruption

suddenly springing up and

organising rallies and marches

and pretending to care for the

plight of the unemployed and the

marginalised.

Where was this

consciousness when they had

the levers of power and had a

real chance to better the lives of

those they claim to care for

today? We now have dodgy

people acting like trade unions,

exploiting the vulnerability of

people to demonstrate a show of

force on the streets to shore up

their shaky positions, a futile

exercise if you ask me.

I think there is no better time

than now to tell these charlatans

where to get off.

Enough is enough, we cannot

allow people to manipulate the

masses for their own benefit.

While we may not do it on

social media like some have

begun to do, we must start

having these conversations now

or face real doom soon.

The local government

election is that opportunity. We

dare not miss it. It is time.

NOTICE

ESTABLISHMENT OF A CELL PHONE TOWER ON A PORTION OF PORTION 2

OF FARM 308 (REGISTRATION DIVISION OF QUEENSTOWN)

Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 74 2(b) of the Municipality’s

SPLUMA bylaws, that the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality has received

an application for a Temporary Departure for the establishment of a cell

phone tower on a portion of Portion 2 of Farm 308 (Registration Division

of Queenstown).

Any person or body wishing to provide comments and or objections need

to do so in writing, along with their name and contact details, within a

period of 30 days from the first day of publication of this notice.

For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr ZC Nxano

during office hours (08:00 - 16:30) on Tel. 045 807 6400 and a copy of this

application may be inspected at the Directorate of Human Settlements

and Land Development at 2C Komani Street, Komani.

UKUSEKA KWE NQABA YE MFONOMFONO KWI SAHLULO SENXALENYE

YOMHLABA U-2 KWI FAMA U-308 ( KWI CANDELO LOKUBHALISA EKOMANI)

Isaziso sinikezelwa ngokwemiqathango ka-Section 74(2) ngokwe

miqathango ye SPLUMA ka masipala. uMasipala wesithili i-Enoch

Mgijima ufumene isicelo sesithutyana sokususwa ukuze kusekwe iNqaba

ye mfonomfono kwi sahlulo senxalenye yomhlaba u-2 kwi Fama u-308

(kwi Candelo lo bhaliso lwase-Komani).

Naziphi na izichaso mazifakwe ngokubhaliweyo kunye ne gama ne

nombolo yonxibelelwano kwi situba sentsuku ezinga phantsi kwemini

eziyi-30 zokupapashwa kwesi saziso.

Malunga neminye imibuze, unganxibilelelana no Mhl. ZC Nxano

ngala maxesha alendalayo (8.00 – 16.30) kule nombolo 083 476 5682.

Ikopi yesi sicelo inokuhlolwa kwiofisi ekwiCandelo loLawulo lweeNdawo

zokuHlaliswa kwaBantu kunye neeofisi zoPhuculo loMhlaba kwisitalato

i-2C Komani, Komani.

MRS NOKUTHULA MGIJIMA

Municipal Manager

Enoch Mgijima Municipality

Private Bag X7111

QUEENSTOWN

5320

NOTICE NO. IPED 05/10/2020

IDP/BUDGET/PMS REPRESENTATIVE FORUM

Notice is hereby given in terms of Chapter 4 of the

Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, No. 32 of 2000,

that the Executive Mayor of Enoch Mgijima Municipality

invites you to the IDP/Budget Rrepresentative Forum. The

meeting is scheduled to take place on the 22 October

2020, at 10H00 on a virtual platform. The link will be

provided to all stakeholders by the municipality later.

This invitation is extended to all Councilors, all Sector

Departments, Traditional Leaders, Religious Leaders,

Representatives from Organised Groups, NGOs/CBOs,

Academic Institutions, Businesses, Implementing Agents/

Parastatals), Community Representatives and other

interested and affected parties.

Enquiries regarding the notice for the virtual IDP/

Budget/PMS Representative Forum can be directed to Ms. Z.

Jamjam during office hours 045 838 2694 or email to

ZJamjam@enochmgijima.gov.za.

N.C. MGIJIMA

MUNICIPAL MANAGER

TOWN HALL

CATHCART ROAD

KOMANI


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Wheelchairs for residents

Donations will help many in Whittlesea, Mlungisi

ZINTLE BOBELO

The donation of mobility

aids by a sports betting

company and a non-profit

organisation has brought joy to

recipients in Whittlesea and

Mlungisi.

Hollywoodbets area

manager Nondumiso Sigaba

said they had opened a branch

in Komani early this year and,

after communicating with the

director of Ukhamba Project

Nobuntu Khondlo, they

discovered there was a serious

need for wheelchairs.

“We have a corporate social

investment project where we

have to give back to

communities. We have selected

this one because it is in the

Chris Hani District Municipality.

“We felt it was time to give

back to this community. We are

not only about making a profit.”

The project received two

wheelchairs, three walkers,

crutches and bedpans. Khondlo,

a former caregiver who took

over the reins from the late Bob

Phato, said after struggling to

source necessities for the

organisation‘s home-based care

services, they were grateful

Hollywoodbets could assist.

Meanwhile, founder of

Siyakudumisa non-profit

organisation Dr Simphiwe

Nqabisa, who is now based in

Cape Town, gave back to his

Whittlesea community by

donating 14 wheelchairs to

people living with disabilities

and 120 packs of sanitary pads

and other items to local pupils.

Nqabisa said the NPO,

which was launched last year,

focused on schools, the elderly,

people with disabilities and

widows. “Our focus in schools

is particularly on the girl child.

We provide things such as

sanitary towels to encourage

pupils to remain in school.”

Ward 26 councillor Papama

Madubedube welcomed the

donation which s h ow e d

humanity to others, something

he saw fading in communities.

THOUGHTFUL GESTURE: Ukhamba Projects, which provides home-based care services in

Komani, recently received a donation of wheelchairs and other equipment from sports betting

company Hollywoodbets, at Rowell Old Age Home Picture: SUPPLIED

TEAM MATES

INTERIM STRUCTURE:

Nafcoc regional interim

structure members, from

left, Nolwando Ngamlana,

Mandlenkosi Pakade,

Ntombie Tabede,

Tembelani Jezile, Chris

Hani district deputy

mayor, Noncedo

September; Blondy Mausi

Mtsi; Mluleki Ranelo,

Lukho Matanzima,

Nwabisa Saul and Tando

Ng'obo Picture:

ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

Union honours all members in Covid-19 fight

NTSIKELELO QOYO

Essential services workers who

were in the front lines during the

countrywide lockdown were

honoured by the Independent

Municipal and Allied Trade

Union (Imatu) last week at the

Mzingisi Skweyiya Hall.

The union, which was also

celebrating its launch in the

region, also c o m m e m o ra t e d

members who lost their lives to

C ov i d - 1 9 .

New members were also

welcomed by Imatu regional

manager, Churchill Mothapo,

who then led the audience in a

rendition of the Jerusalema

ch a l l e n g e .

A scheduled balloon release

for people who had died from

Covid-19 was cancelled due to

the weather.

“We wanted to acknowledge

the work done by municipal

workers during lockdown and

made sure that people still had

access to services,” Imatu Enoch

Mgijima Local Municipality

secretary Soga Sizwe said.

“We also wanted to make

sure workers do not become

discouraged with the many

challenges they face at work.

“The union wanted to say

together we will get through.”

Sizwe said the challenges

faced by the local municipality

were also affecting the wo r k e r s .

“Our municipality is broke

which is affecting workers’

salaries and it cannot employ

the many casual workers.

“Tools of the trade and

protective clothes are also not

ava i l a b l e ,” he said.

Imatu Enoch Mgijima Local

Municipality chairperson

Msimbethi Ntloko added: “We

want people to know Imatu

cares. On the issue of casual

workers, the law is on our side.

“People cannot be employed

for more than six months and

not be retained permanently.

“We want to assure workers

that the union is looking into

this. We will not tolerate

continued exploitation.”

REACHING OUT:

From left, Imatu

regional manager

C h u rc h i l l

Mothapo, with

Monica Stempela

and Imatu EMLM

chairperson

Msimbethi Ntloko.

Stempela and two

other families

received hampers

from the union last

week at the

Mzingisi Skweyiya

Hall, when it

h o n o u re d

members who lost

their lives due to

Covid-19

Picture: SUPPLIED

Komani artist’s debut album

‘August 29’ reflects on his life

ON THE MIC: Komani rapper Blaqscientist is celebrating the

release of his debut solo album, ‘August 29’ Picture: SUPPLIED

NTSIKELELO QOYO

It has been a 15-year musical

journey for Komani rapper,

Blaqscientist, who recently

released his debut solo album,

August 29.

Blaqscientist, whose real

name is Luzuko Sonti, is now a

mainstay in the underground

hip-hop scene, having an

impressive discography that

includes a mixtape and three

extended plays.

August 29, named after the

muso’s birthday, conveys his

personal experiences and

hopes, and uniquely fuses a

wide spectrum of genres.

“I will settle on calling it Afro

t ra p ,” said Blaqscientist.

“The last EP was, in fact,

what I call Xhosa & B [R & B in

Xhosa] and before that I

experimented with reggae.

“The album is a culmination

of all the sounds I have

experimented with,” he added.

The lead track is called D l oz i

La m , a prayer to Blaqscientist’s

ancestors to show him the way.

“All the music is about what

is going on in my life, my

experiences and hopes for the

f u t u r e ,” he said.

Prior to his homecoming, he

was based in Cape Town, later

moving to Johannesburg, where

he studied at the Soul Candy

Institute of Music.

Having now paid his dues,

he has returned to shake up the

local industry.

“I felt there was a lot of talent

here, it just needs people with

the know-how to help artists

break into the industry.

“Not everyone has the

resources to go to places like

Johannesburg to pursue a career

there and I felt it would be a

very positive thing for young

musicians to see that we can

make it here.

“The industry has also

changed. An online presence is

now an avenue people can use

to be recognised.”

The 10-track album is

available digitally on Spotify,

iTunes, Joox, Turnup Music and

Vodacom my Muze.

A hard copy is R70. To order,

call 078-004 3508.


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10s series is still a dream

Much anticipated HPJOC and Fabian Juries

events in Makhanda cancelled as clubs stalled

MAXWELL LEVINE

The 10s series has, over the

years, been one of the

premier sporting events in

the country.

It stretches all over, with

various events in different towns

and cities, culminating with the

finale in Cape Town, which is

the biggest 10s event in the

wo r l d .

These community-based

events are crucial, as they bring

the entire community together

for one day, not only to enjoy

the exhilarating sporting

activities, but also to provide

social cohesion.

Hordes of players and

spectators travel from across the

country to be part of the

spectacle.

The host towns are hives of

activity with local business also

benefitting immensely.

It has been an

unprecedented year with the

coronavirus pandemic, which

has halted most sporting codes.

It was announced earlier this

year by SA Rugby that all club

rugby was cancelled.

School rugby and national

age group tournaments felt the

closure as well.

Only the seven pro teams

and the U21s were allowed to

play when the regulations

eased, but with strict regulations

and no supporters.

Closer to home, the much

anticipated HPJOC10s and the

Fabian Juries 10s in Makhanda

were cancelled.

East London 10s still hangs

in the balance, with a directive

awaited from SA Rugby and the

Border Rugby Union.

This East London showpiece

takes place in December.

The organisers of the Cape

Town 10s have already

announced that the event will

be staged on February 5 and 6

next year.

Victoria Park Scorpions will

represent HPJOC10s at the

event as the current champions,

providing the Cape Town event

goes ahead.

Lockdown level 1 saw the

easing of restrictions on

gatherings.

The minister of sport ,

recreation, arts & culture

published directions on

gathering relating to such

activities on October 7.

It reads: “Sport, arts and

cultural activities, including

both professional and nonprofessional

matches by

recognised bodies, can resume

activities with no spectators at

the venue or precinct of the

venue, subject to testing in case

of professional sport and

screening in terms of nonprofessional

sport.

“The sport body must ensure

that all measures must be in

place before any resumption of

sporting activities.”

However, as per protocol,

that is a government directive

and until SA Rugby decides, the

status quo remains with regard

to club rugby, meaning no club

rugby is allowed.

SA Rugby are the custodians

of rugby in SA, and will take a

decision which will be filtered

down to the respective unions,

who in turn will instruct and

inform their sub-unions and

clubs.

Whatever decision SA

Rugby takes, two crucial

elements will hinder the

resumption of club matches.

Firstly, it will be nearly

impossible to stage matches

without supporters.

Secondly, to test and screen

players and match officials will

be a costly exercise which the

clubs themselves will have to

dig deep into their pockets to

pay for.

For now, it seems a foregone

conclusion that we can only

dream of club rugby in 2020

and the excitement that goes

hand-in-hand with the 10s

event will, for now, remain a

distant memory.

IN THE BALANCE: The exciting 10s series and all the hype that goes with it, is in doubt for this

year Picture: SOURCED

Sundowns fan

club launches

in Whittlesea

SHOWSTOPPER

NTSIKELELO QOYO

Whittlesea Mamelodi

Sundowns supporters are

launching a local club that will

bring them together, and plug

them in to the fan n e t wo r k

across the province.

The club’s interim secretary,

Sinovuyo Sishuba, said the club

was looking forward to

promoting the winning brand

f u r t h e r.

“We have had a fan club

since 2018, but we were not

affiliated officially.

“The plan was to launch last

year, but we had logistical

problems.

“The national shutdown also

delayed plans to get moving

earlier this year,” said Sishuba.

Apart from cheering the

team on at matches, Sishuba

said they would also be

involved in community work to

boost the team brand.

“We are targeting the youth

because we think this is

something cool to be a part of,”

he said.

“As a fan club, we will also

be involved in various

community initiatives like

organising drives to donate to

homes and orphanages.

“We also want to partner

with schools and help where we

c a n .”

Perks associated with being

an “official” fan include getting

a membership card that enables

discounted home game tickets

and also discounted purchases

from official club sponsors.

The launch is on November

1 at the Dongwe community

hall, at which provincial

executive members of the fan

club will be in attendance.

HOT WHEELS: This 2004 BMW 318i station wagon was the coolest thing on four wheels last weekend. Owned by Theodore

Thompson from East London, it won the overall category for the best-modified car at the ‘I Love Stance 2020’ car show at The

Boundary Pub and Grub on Saturday Picture: SUPPLIED

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