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FREAK ACCIDENT:

FA C T O RY

WORKERS REACT

WITH SHOCK

AFTER

COLLEAGUE

LOSES HAND TO

MACHINE P2

Seven hurt in taxi crash

Avanza hit in high-speed car

chase as suspects try to flee

LUVUYO MJEKULA

Ataxi full of commuters

rolled three times after

colliding with a vehicle

fleeing from law enforcement

officers in Komani on

Wednesday morning.

Several passengers who were

in the Toyota Avanza were

rushed to hospital, one of them

with serious injuries.

The incident took place in

Big Street in Mlungisi just before

8am and left onlookers and

passersby in severe shock.

The Rep learnt that the highspeed

car chase started in the

Komani CBD after police were

tipped off about two men who

had robbed an old man at an

AT M .

Residents reportedly stopped

a traffic officer’s vehicle, pointed

out a white VW Polo and a

chase ensued. A Red Guard

officer and a tow truck driver

joined the chase, forcing the

Polo to head towards the

township where it crashed into

the taxi at an intersection.

The taxi driver escaped with

minor injuries to the chest. He

recalled how the speeding Polo

jumped a stop street before

smashing into his taxi.

“The car must have been

going at 80 or 90km/h. I tried to

swerve to avoid it, but I could

not. My car rolled three times

and then slid into the middle of

the road,” said the shaken driver.

He said after manoeuvring

his way out of the car, he joined

in the chase for the alleged

robbers, who had fled on foot.

The passenger was caught,

but the driver managed to flee.

A local breakdown truck

driver whose vehicle is

popularly known as the “Green

Mamba” said he joined the

chase near the Komani post

office and had tried to block the

alleged robbers’ vehicle, but

they had managed to escape

after ramming another vehicle.

A young woman who

witnessed the accident said:

“The white car came from the

direction of the informal

settlement towards [town]. It

was being chased by Red

Guard. We then heard a big

CRASH SCENE: Mlungisi residents watched in shock as this Toyota Avanza and its occupants were caught in the crossfire of a

high-speed chase involving suspected robbers and law enforcement officers that ended with the white VW Polo, in the

background, smashing into the taxi, injuring seven passengers in Big Street on Wednesday Picture: LUVUYO MJEKULA

bang. Some people were taken

away by ambulances and those

in the Polo ran away and were

chased by police.”

Meanwhile, the sister of the

woman who sustained serious

injuries in the accident left the

scene visibly upset. Clutching

her sister’s shoes, she said the

42-year-old from Nomzamo was

on her way to work.

“I heard she was the one

with more serious injuries. I

thank God she came out of the

accident alive,” the woman said.

Police spokesperson Capt

Namhla Mdleleni confirmed the

incident.

“Mlungisi police have

opened a case of reckless

driving after a Polo Vivo hit a

Toyota Avanza. It is alleged that

the Polo was chased when

police received information of a

vehicle with people committing

c r i m e .”

Mdleleni said seven

occupants of the Avanza were

injured and taken to hospital.

She also confirmed that one

suspect was caught and

arrested.

Grieving family seek ‘truth’

ZINTLE BOBELO

A family in Dordrecht have

called for the “truth” and for

justice for the brutal killing of

42-year-old Phakamisa

Jantjie, who allegedly died at

the hands of his lover.

According to police

spokesperson Capt Namhla

Mdleleni, Jantjie, who was an

employee at Abaveleli

Funeral Services, allegedly

had an argument with his 37-

year-old girlfriend on January

15, when she allegedly

stabbed him to death.

The accused was later

arrested for murder.

The incident, which took

place in Bhongweni,

Mlungisi, set off a wave of

outrage on social media, with

users calling for justice for

the gender-based violence

victim after reports that the

accused had been released

on bail.

“We cannot remain silent,

we cannot remain unmoved

when young and charismatic

Phakamisa Jantjie lost his life

to gender-based violence.

“His girlfriend allegedly

stabbed him six times in his

sleep, leaving a bloody crime

scene.

“We mourn together with

his family, friends and

colleagues who are deeply

impacted by the loss,” read a

post shared with The Rep by

Abaveleli Funeral Services.

A family member, who

did not want to be named,

said details of the incident

were sketchy, but that the

family demanded the truth.

“We are concerned with

reports that we have received

because we feel the

information given does not

add up.

“When we visited the

house of the accused, we

were told the argument

started because he [the

deceased] refused to use a

condom.

“We were also informed

that two men had reported

the apparent altercation to

friends who were together

with the pair earlier, before

she insisted they go home.

“Where did the unknown

men come from? I find it

difficult to comprehend that a

woman would stab him to

death, six times. We want the

truth. She was released on

bail in less than a week.

“Justice needs to prevail.”

Abaveleli Funeral

REST IN PEACE: Phakamisa Jantjie, allegedly stabbed

to death by his girlfriend Picture: SUPPLIED

Services spokesperson

Romeo Spalding said the

company was deeply

saddened by their beloved

staff member’s death.

“We will remember

Jantjie in many positive ways,

with a big smile and a great

sense of humour.

“He was always great

with stories. We grieve with

his family.”


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Worker loses hand in accident

Factory denies employees’ grievances on safety

ABONGILE

S O L U N D WA N A

Truda employees reacted

with shock after their

colleague lost his hand

while working at the factory in

Queendustria last week.

An anonymous employee

said Eugene Jali, 28, was

assisting a casual worker to

operate a maize mixer when the

accident happened.

The source said Jali was not

trained to operate the machine.

“After the machine cut his

hand we heard a loud cry.

“When we went to see what

was happening blood was

spurting out. He was writhing

on the floor in a g o ny.

“We all stood some distance

away and watched because we

were frightened. No one

wanted to get near him and

even the supervisors ran.”

Jali was instructed by

supervisors to assist the casual

with the machine.

The employee claimed that

if workers were reluctant to

carry out duties which posed a

danger to their lives they were

threatened with being fired.

Another employee said after

the accident, the workers were

asked to continue as though

nothing had happened.

“We were in shock. They

only care about production and

at Truda the lives of the people

are disregarded.

“Jali was taken by one of the

drivers to hospital. Not a single

supervisor accompanied him.”

Truda Foods South African

Security and Allied Workers’

Union (Saswu) chairperson

Olwethu Samente said: “Last

year the union marched to the

department of labour to hand

over a list of grievances on

safety but no actions were

t a k e n .”

Samente said the company

safety reps were supervisors

who had not received training,

which explained why they ran

away after the accident.

The Independent Komani

Residents’ Association’s (Ikora)

Zolile Xalisa said the civic

organisation would open a

criminal case of attempted

murder against Truda. Xalisa

said Ikora, Saswu and some

workers were interdicted by

Truda from making allegedly

untrue statements on social

media stemming from a

meeting with the company to

discuss hazards at the factory.

“Truda Foods disclosed that

there were 31 injuries to

workers at the factory in 2020.

“Over the years, workers

have been injured in falls and

have even lost a finger in the

m a ch i n e s ,”he said.

Truda Foods CEO Colin va n

Heerden said Truda Foods was

devastated by the incident and

that there was no operational

reason for the accident.

“Mr Jali lost his hand by

opening the blue latch and

putting his hand into the

machine. No one is required to

put their hand into the machine.

“As the danger warning sign

indicates, it is expressly

forbidden to put your hand into

the machine. The big red button

must be pushed in to stop

power supply to the machine.

“The door is then opened by

INJURED: Truda employee Eugene Jali lost his left hand to a

factory maize mixer machine Picture: SUPPLIED

lifting the blue latch. The door is

connected to a limit switch,

which is an additional safety

that will cut power,” he said.

“The safety functions on the

machine did not malfunction,

they were ignored,” He said Jali

had worked for Truda for about

three years and “there is no

question that he was not

properly trained and aware of

the dangers”.

Concerning the 31 injuries

disclosed by Truda last year for

transparency reasons to Ikora

and Saswu, Van Heerden said:

“What they are not telling you is

the nature of the injuries. Truda

records every accident, and

none of the injuries on the list

resulted in hospitalisation.

None of the injuries were

due to poor health and safety

standards, and most involved

people who had slipped or fell.

He confirmed that someone

had lost a finger in the past after

ignoring a sign and putting her

hand into a m a ch i n e .

“All our machinery and

operations meet European

Health and Safety Standards.”

He lashed out at Ikora,

saying it was a ”discredited,

self-elected organisation” and

the “alter ego of three criminal

i n d iv i d u a l s ” who had attempted

to blackmail Truda for their own

personal gain, “and, as a result,

caused the loss of jobs in

Komani and substantial

financial losses to Truda Foods”.

“There are more than 20

cases with the police of violent

acts committed against our staff

by persons affiliated with the

fake Ikora,” he said.

Plea to help Lesseyton family build home

ZINTLE BOBELO

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grandfather whose

mud house was

destroyed by heavy

rains in Lesseyton

wishes to get a proper

home for his two

granddaughters, with

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He plays both father

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granddaughters, but

because of his age it is

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Komani power

outages persist

Businesses left in dark

NTSIKELELO QOYO

It is a new year, yet

power outages and

cable faults are still a

problem in Komani.

Businesses in the

central business district are

still having power outages

as Enoch Mgijima Local

Municipality (EMLM)

struggles to sort out the

recurring cable faults.

Foschini manager

Asanda Nkemo said the

retailer, located in Cathcart

Road, had suffered

constant outages since

December 31. Numerous

calls and efforts by Enoch

Mgijima technical teams

had not helped.

“They usually come

and we have power for few

hours, but it will be off

again soon. Some days

they do not even tell us

they have left and we

operate the whole day

without electricity,” she

said.

Nkeno said the outages

were also affecting the

business. “We are not the

only ones in this street with

It is frustrating for us

because clients often do

not understand

the problem. The business

next to us is constantly off

as well. It is frustrating for

us because clients often do

not understand we cannot

process their payments or

accounts because of the

power and some of them

just leave,” said Nkeno.

Thistledown preschool

located in School Street has

had no power since

January 8. School manager

Esther Dowling said the

outages made it difficult to

keep the school open and

operating a generator every

day was expensive.

“We cannot be in the

dark because we are

working with children. Sso

that means the generator is

constantly on. I have called

the municipality almost

every day since January 8.

“Now they are telling

me they do not really know

why we are not getting

electricity and that they

will need a machine from

Mthatha to sort out this

problem. That is almost

definitely another two

weeks without power.

“It is very frustrating

because there seems to be

no motivation to help us

get power as soon as

possible. Parents have been

more helpful, with some

bringing the petrol we

need for the generator.”

“We need hot water

along with sanitisers to

make sure this place is

constantly disinfected and

clean. We are constantly

using the gas stove, even to

make tea,” she said.

EMLM spokesperson

Lonwabo Kowa said this

was the result of a faulty

cable. “There is a major

cable fault affecting two

addresses, caused by water.

“ The faulty 100m cable

needs to be replaced and at

this stage, the municipality

is trying to source it,” Ko wa

said.

Queenstown cemetery filthy, overgrown

NTSIKELELO QOYO and

ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

A solemn drive into the

Queenstown cemetery has become

more akin to an off-road tour of the

bush as lack of maintenance has

turned the final resting place of

loved ones into an illegal dumping

site for immoral opportunists.

The cemetery, which is

overgrown with weeds, is almost

inaccessible in some areas, while

the many burial sites and

tombstones are completely

unidentifiable.

Victoria Park resident Clint

Hykes said the state of the cemetery

had become a desecration of the

memory of his family members.

“All my family is buried there. I

am angry about it because we

erected tombstones costing a lot of

money to honour our loved ones.

“There has been lack of

maintenance for almost five years.

We pay our rates and taxes, people

at the municipality are getting their

salaries yet they cannot even clean

the cemetery,” Hykes said.

Another resident, who preferred

to be anonymous, said she was

willing to constantly clean the sites

of her family, but even getting to

that area had become a mission.

“There is no way in. I cannot

access our family graves. My

siblings, parents, grandparents and

great-grandparents are all buried in

that cemetery in one row and we

cannot access them. The

municipality is doing absolutely

nothing. They should at least clear

the way and we will clean the

graves ourselves.”

Russell and Son funeral director

NOT CARED FOR: The Queenstown cemetery, overgrown with

weeds, is near inaccessible in some areas. Picture: NTSIKELELO QOYO

Sean Russell said he had been so

concerned about the deterioration

of the cemetery that he had taken to

working in the grounds himself.

“Being a funeral director, the

cemeteries are very close to my

heart. Between June and July I saw

the deterioration at the

Queenstown cemetery and decided

to buy my own tractor-loaderlackhoe

(TLB), which I personally

o p e ra t e .”

With the TLB, Russell said he

had created areas at the cemetery

for extensions, due to the huge

number of Covid-19 deaths which

had resulting in space running out.

“I have been maintaining most

of the cemetery. I have dug 99% of

the new graves while the staff just

closes them at the end of the day. It

has since become my sole job.”

“I tried to convince the staff to

clean up the cemetery as I do their

job, but I have been unsuccessful.

“The cemeteries foremen say the

municipality says it does not have

staff and money for chemicals to

spray, so no cleaning is done.”

Russell said illegal dumpers left

garbage near the road and around

the cemetery. “ I have started

fighting with people for dumping. It

is really a sad state at the moment.”

EMLM spokesperson Lonwabo

Kowa said the practice of dumping

was a problem all over town. He

pleaded with communities to stop.

Kowa denied the staff shortage

allegations. “Work has been done

to establish new cemeteries and

extend existing ones. The

municipality had applied for the

municipal infrastructure grant to

extend and establish nine

cemeteries around Enoch Mgijima.

“Work will begin as soon as all

internal systems and processes have

been completed.”

More expanded public works

programme personnel would be

added to cemetery staff, he said.


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Another successful initiation season

Embo school has reason to celebrate

ROAD TO MANHOOD: The seven initiates who graduated from the Embo Madoda

Male Traditional Circumcision School during the summer initiation season under strict

lockdown regulations display their certificates with the founder, Sithembele Yamaphi

Picture: SUPPLIED

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Machibini-based initiation

school Embo Madoda

boasts yet another

successful initiation season, with

zero fatalities recorded, even in the

midst of the deadly Covid-19 and its

stringent regulations.

The school founder, Sithembele

Yamaphi, said all safety protocols

were adhered to, including the

testing of traditional surgeons and

nurses, daily and evening

temperature testing of initiates and

the wearing of personal protective

equipment for all involved.

“We were very strict when it

came to the rules. We did not allow

any visits from members of the

public and only parents were

allowed to come, after making an

appointment.

“We had the minimum of seven

initiates and all successfully went

through the journey to manhood

without hassles,” he said.

Yamaphi said while the school

received support from Magers

Pharmacy and local private doctors,

government did nothing to assist or

ensure the safety of initiates other

than to enforce the rules.

“Traditional initiation schools

play a huge role in an African male

ch i l d ’s life, yet our government,

which is a custodian of cultural

customs, neglected to support us

with what we required. We were

assisted by being educated about

Covid-19 versus the traditional

practice. Both parents and initiates

were anxious about this season’s

initiation due to the coronavirus, but

we managed to keep everyone safe.”

Yamaphi lambasted the MEC for

co-operative governance and

traditional affairs, Xolile Nqatha, for

not replying to their letter seeking

assistance from government.

“How do you visit an initiation

school the day before initiates have

healed and go home and claim to be

monitoring the situation?

“A gentleman who said he was

from the health department passed

by once, and they call that

monitoring. We have three

traditional surgeons and five nurses,

all of whom had undergone training

for their work. We managed

everything ourselves without help,

but had someone died because of

their lack of assistance we would

have been in trouble. Yet we wrote

to the MEC and were given the runa

r o u n d .”

He said he hoped government

would play an active role in the next

initiation season because the school

was not his, but that of the

c o m m u n i t y.

Ngcobo resident Sitha Mbutuma,

whose son underwent the journey to

manhood at Embo, said he chose

the school because of the positive

reviews it had received.

“We have to do things we have

never seen in the mountains for the

safety of our children and we are

happy they came back alive. The

school was very professional and

strict about everything which made

me at ease, knowing that my child

was in safe and caring hands.

“We were lucky because other

would-be initiates we met at the

hospital prior to going to the school

had to go into quarantine, and by

the time they felt good government

had closed initiation again.

“This really was a tough year for

boys who hoped to go for initiation

but could not. I am happy that there

is a reputable initiation school that

will help in the preservation of our

cultural customs into the future,”

said Mbutuma.

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Residents give

chase after 3

alleged thieves

ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

Three young men who allegedly

broke into the home of a church

minister managed to get away by

fleeing into nearby bushes.

The three alleged thieves were

seen carrying a bed, which they

dumped after learning that residents

were pursuing them.

Local resident, Lizzie Ndam,

who lives near the church in Zone 1

in Ezibeleni, said the incident

happened at 2.40pm.

“My granddaughter who was

outside rushed in to inform me that

there were three youths carrying a

bed out of the minister’s house.

“We immediately chased after

them. I was shocked that something

like this could happen during the

d ay,” Ndam said.

As she was running, she

summoned other youth to also

chase after the alleged thieves,

before they managed to escape into

a bushy area.

Ndam, who went to check on

the church after the incident, found

that the gate lock had been broken.

“The door of the house was

open. The fridge, TV set and dishes

which were broken in the process

were moved near the exit point.

“Another bed stood in the

passage. It was clear that the thieves

had big plans to return for the items.

“The light bulbs were removed

and the cable of the urn removed.

“I could not open a case

because I did not know which items

were stolen and which remained.

“I used my padlock to lock the

church gate,” she said.

The minister who lives in the

house was due to return the next

day, Ndam said. It was not the first

time that the church had been

targeted by criminals, Ndam said.

“Last time an electrical cable

was stolen.

“The new one was installed

underground or they would have

stolen it.”

Ndam said churches had

become targetted by criminals

because they had closed under the

recent Covid-19 regulations.

Burglaries were common in the

area she said.

“We request Enoch Mgijima

Local Municipality to repair the

high mast light in our area which is

not operating.

“When the thieves come to

steal, the dogs bark, but because it

is dark we cannot do anything.”

She added that the church

minister had arrived home on

Sunday and was told where the

three young men who allegedly

broke into his home lived.

However, repeated attempts to

contact the minister by The Rep

were unsuccessful.

Regarding the high light mast,

EMLM spokesperson Lonwabo

Kowa said: “We confirm receipt of

this complaint from community

members.

“Technicians will be despatched

today [Wednesday] to ascertain the

fault and make repairs.”

Ndam confirmed that she had

seen technicians working on the

high mast light on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Capt

Namhla Mdleleni said a case of

business burglary was being

investigated after the church had

been broken into.

No arrests have been made yet.


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No more time for senseless debates

What is it about people that

makes them so prone to

believing in conspiracy

theories and outlandish ideas?

From the myths peddled

during the start of the HIV/Aids

pandemic in the early 90s to

the Y2K conspiracies, to the

Mayan Calendar end of the

world theories, to the present

5G conspiracies and the

vaccine ones.

People are so lazy

sometimes, they rely on

headlines, clickbait and

“influencers” for their

knowledge, and many

dangerously take in those

ideas as truths without even

attempting to verify them.

People believed that the

HIV/Aids pandemic was

manufactured in a laboratory

and specifically designed to

kill off Africans by “the West”.

Others believed that this

pandemic was created so a

market for the “toxic” antiretrovirals

could be sold by the

million to unsuspecting

Africans by the big pharmaceutical

companies for profit.

What then followed was

untold suffering, illness and

death which could have been

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Brian Bennett, Carin de Kramer and

Gretel Moss (January 22), Zaghra

Pillay, Yogis Pillay (January 23),

Janse van der Ryst, Elsie Campbell,

Judy van der Berg, Lynda Hartley,

Odette Ahlers, Woolcott Roberts,

Melanie Pohlmann and Moira

Swingburn (January 24), Rosalie

Forrester, Michelle O'Rie, Marion

Peens (January 25), Tom Hayes and

Robin de Kock (January 26), Selwyn

Schaefer, Angie Helm, Kyla

Breetzke, Tristan Waller, Tamarin

Burmeister and Sesethu Ntlebi

(January 27), Richard de Kramer,

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Mescht, Dale Manthe and Erna

Staffen (January 28), Petrus de Wet,

Tuneera Pillay, Maria Muller, Julian

Fischer (January 29), The Rep editor

Luvuyo Mjekula, Adele Kitching,

Nicolette Bradley and Wendy

Meiring (January 30), Darryl

Meredith, Cheryl McMillan, Heloise

Heuer, Janine Gardiner, Neliswa

Mhlontlo (January 31), Laurika de

Bruin, Charles Tromp, Veronica

Human, Rory Maytham and Sisanda

Sana (February 1), Bobby Bester,

Antoinette van Greunen, Grant

Littleford and Keith Whittal

(February 2), Erich Humpel and

Michelle Lee (February 3), Kim de

Three decades later,

we are seeing similar

conspiracy theories

being repackaged and

spread far and wide

so easily avoided if many

people in power did not fall for

these ideas from medical and

scientific quacks.

Three decades later, we are

seeing similar conspiracy

theories being repackaged and

spread far and wide by the

very pervasive social media

and the world wide web. The

Covid-19 vaccine and the 5G

technology have come in for

some very virulent attacks

from these peddlers and many

intelligent and otherwise

sensible people have fallen

hook, line and sinker for them.

This is sad as many people

tend to trust what famous

people say about any subject.

There is now a very

dangerous movement against

the vaccine and many have

Beer, Nic Nagel and Gabriel de

Jongh (February 4), Juan Reynders,

Cassandra van Jaarsveld and

Charmaine Prins (February 5).

Belated birthday wishes to

Leandri Kleynhans (January 3),

Hester Lemmer and Tracy Birch

(January 5), Celitha Korf (January 8),

Natasha Vorster and Sipho Pele

(January 16), Akhona Mjuleni

(January 20) and Turshia Keys

(January 21).

Th e re are still many people in the

Komani area with coronavirus,

some of whom have had to be

hospitalised, and others who are in

isolation at home. We wish them

patience to wait out the isolation

and strength to recover fully as it

apparently leaves people feeling

very tired and weak.

Condolences to the families and

friends of former Komani residents

Manie Lemmer, Riaan Roodt and

Hilson Shuman and Priscilla

Mesatywa, Amelia Nondyiwane,

Donald Gatyeni, Mandlakapheli

Mdzeke, Angelina Mfaxa, Nozipho

Matoni, Sindiswa Matalala,

Thandiwe Fata, Ntombi Ntise,

Gloria Jama and Zoleka Ketani.

said on public platforms that

they will not take the

vaccination when it finally

arrives. I am not going to reject

their reservations outright and

say none of them are based on

scientific facts — that would

be unscientific on my part.

Suffice to say, all medicines

are not perfect and vaccines

even less so. The fact that these

have been produced in record

time on a new viral outbreak

does raise some concerns that

not all eventualities have been

addressed.

Obviously, the short period

of time it has taken to even

produce a vaccine doesn’t

fully allow for this to happen.

So, should we then wait for

24 months for the vaccine to

FACE 2 FACE with

QWhat do you do?

AI work for the

emergency medical

services (EMS) for the

department of health, as an

ambulance advanced life

support paramedic.

Did you always want to be a

p a ra m e d i c ?

Yes, I always wanted to be an

advanced life support

p a ra m e d i c .

My mother was a nurse

and so I was motivated at

home to try help our

communities where I could

to save lives.

What is your best memory

on the job?

When I was called by an old

woman here in town to

thank me.

She said “thank you, this

is the child you saved. He is

h e a l t hy ”.

I was lost for words.

There are a lot of good

memories in my line of work.

be fully tested like all the

others before it and risk losing

even more lives, destroy

families and decimate

economies? Should we reject

the “imperfect” va c c i n e s ,

which have been shown to be

90-95% effective, from being

used and live with the

hundreds of deaths per day we

are seeing now?

Mind you, even if you

survive the infection and don’t

die, there is something called

“long Covid” which has effects

that linger long after you have

“r e c ove r e d ”. Some regain their

sense of taste and smell

months afterwards, some suffer

from foggy memory for months

while others suffer damage to

their internal organs which

What is your motto in life?

Success is not final and

failure is not fatal.

It is the courage to

continue that counts.

How do you think the

country is handling the

Covid-19 crisis?

Remember Covid-19 is new

so we were never ready for it.

It is always a trial and

error situation, based on

other countries’ experiences

and methods.

We are learning and

improving every day.

To answer, I would say

yes, we are doing our best to

manage it.

Are you going to get

vaccinated, and as a medical

officer, what advice would

you give people who are

sceptical of vaccines?

This is difficult to answer.

I think if the country

could be given

straightforward answers,

may be permanent. This is one

nasty disease, so shouldn’t we

do all we can to avoid

contracting it?

Are these conspiracy

theories so wonderful that one

can risk such debilitating

effects so that we can take part

in senseless intellectual

debates? What comfort or joy

do these conspiracy theory

peddlers derive from such

debates that end up confusing

a lot of ordinary folks? Let us

not fiddle while Rome burns.

The vaccines that are

coming are not perfect, but

they are more acceptable than

possible death or the long-term

effects of long Covid. That’s my

opinion and I stand by it. Can

you afford to differ?

/Thabang Patu EMS officer

people would not be so

sceptical.

What is the name of your

jazz band and how long

have you been performing?

The original name came

from the late Madoda

Malotana.

It was called the Madoda

Malotana Jazz Combo. After

his passing we just called it

YO U R VOICE opinions on the street

IN TOUCH

Phumelele P Hlati

People are so lazy

sometimes, they rely

on headlines, clickbait

and “influencers” for

their knowledge.

the Jazz Combo. We have

been performing since 1999.

What instrument do you

play and what is the best

part about being on stage?

I play the bass guitar. Being

on stage is unexplainable.

You have so many things

going at the same time like

listening to the rest of the

band and interacting with

the audience.

Words will not suffice,

but it is action all the way.

Who do you think will take

the PSL this season and are

you willing to bet a limb on

that?

Hard to say again. I am a

Chiefs fan, but with what is

happening, I would not bet a

limb. I believe they will win

though.

What do you love about

Ko m a n i ?

Music, music, music.

What do you think about …

KOMANI WEATHER

The rainy weather is set to continue

this weekend, but it starts to cool

down from Sunday.

On Friday, the minimum

temperature will be 18°C and

scattered thunderstorms may be

expected from mid-morning. The

maximum temperature will be 33°C

and there will be a gentle breeze.

It will be overcast most of the

day on Saturday, leading to

thunderstorms from about 10am to

early evening.

The minimum temperature will

be 17°C and the maximum 34 °C.

A gentle breeze should help to

cool matters a little.

S u n d ay ’s temperatures will be

much lower, ranging from 11°C to

just 20°C, starting a few days of

much more pleasant living, but on

the other hand the humidity and

discomfort level will be high.

Scattered thunderstorms are again

possible and there will be a

moderate wind. - w w w. a c c u w e a t h e r. c o . z a

ANNELISE

MARAIS

It is a new year and a chance

for a fresh start.

The Rep reporter,

Ntsikelelo Qoyo, asked

people in Komani if they

believe in New Year’s

resolutions and what their

resolutions are.

Annelise Marais

from CBD

I want to be more fit and lose

weight, so I definitely want to

gym more. I would also like

to be more healthy.

Hopefully I can avoid

SIMPHIWE

GARCIA

ASANDILE

CETYIWE

contracting the coronavirus. I

want to be more blessed by

the Lord and walk with Him.

Simphiwe Garcia

from Ezibeleni

There is nothing wrong with

resolutions, but what is more

important is to plan ahead.

One needs to develop a

method that will help

achieve that resolution.

There needs to be

introspection that speaks to

what you want. How will

you get it? When will you get

ANDREW

B E LT E R

it and why? There is no point

in making a resolution

without a way to achieve it.

Personally I do not have

resolutions because I always

try to plan for the day.

I evaluate what I have

achieved each day, week,

month, then finally year.

Asandile Cetyiwe

from Ezibeleni

Yes, I believe in making

resolutions. My personal aim

is to get married this year and

I am looking forward to that.

GRANT

GREBER

Andrew Belter

from East London

I could not be bothered.

Why should I make

resolutions?

Every year is the same.

Just do what you have to do

and you will get on just fine.

Grant Greber

from East London

No I do not have one but I

think it is a good idea to try

and plan a year.

The hard part is always

following through though.


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What to ask an agent when selling

Real estate experts have knowledge of different markets, specific areas, and the effects of Covid

Homebuyers, sellers,

or those simply

curious about real

estate can benefit from

chatting with a qualified real

estate expert.

To get the most out of this

meeting, Adrian Goslett,

regional director and CEO of

RE/MAX of Southern Africa,

outlines a few simple

questions people can ask to

help provide a better

understanding of the current

market conditions.

1. Are we in a buyer’s

market or a seller’s market?

A real estate agent can

help shed light on which way

the market is trending.

In a nutshell, a buyer’s

market is when the supply of

homes is greater than the

demand, and a seller’s market

is just the opposite of that.

“Local markets each

perform differently, so it is

important to meet with a

local suburb expert who

knows your specific market

inside and out and can tell

you accurately about what

the current inventory is like

and if there will be greater

competition with your own

t ra n s a c t i o n ,” Goslett

recommends.

2. How long will the

current housing boom last?

“At the moment, many

places across the country are

experiencing a high turnover

of home sales, partly owing

to the record-low interest

rates. It is possible that certain

markets may soon transform

into a seller’s market.

“Through their experience

in their local market, real

estate agents may have

insight on these swings in the

market and when they expect

to see change,” he explains.

3. How has Covid-19

impacted the local market?

“The pandemic has

changed how many of us live

and work, which has had a

knock-on effect on where we

want to live.

“Each suburb will have its

own unique trend emerge as

a result of these changes.

“For example, there may

be more properties available

in suburbs near to a city

centre as many are choosing

to migrate to coastal towns,”

he says.

4. Are there plans for

development in the area that

could affect the local market?

Real estate agents often

know of changes in their

areas before anyone else

does.

It is always worth

checking in to see if they

know of any upcoming

factors that may affect the

local housing market, such as

new developments that may

affect the flow of traffic or

increase home value.

5. If I am selling my home,

how many days are

comparable houses staying

on the market? And how do

their listing prices compare to

the value of my home?

Knowing how your home

compares to similar listings

can help you make a more

informed decision and can

help provide a rough idea of

how long it will take before

you can expect your home to

sell. Suburb experts can shed

some light on these issues.

6. If I am buying a home,

how do I make my offer stand

out in the current market?

“Buyers first need to know

what kind of a market they

are making the offer in.

“If they are in a seller’s

market, then there will not be

much room for price

negotiations and buyers will

have to put their best offer

forward if they want to secure

the property.

“But if it’s a buyer’s

market, then buyers have a

little more room in which to

negotiate and can go in lower

with their initial offers.

“Local real estate experts

will be able to guide buyers

into choosing an amount that

will be most appealing to the

seller given the local

c o n d i t i o n s ,” says Goslett.

“Local property market

conditions can change

quickly, so a suburb expert

can keep you up-to-date with

trends,“ Goslett says.

How to get into real estate

Ongoing lockdown

restrictions have

unfortunately left many

retrenched or without work –

forcing them to reconsider

their career options and

switch over into an industry

that is able to continue

operating. One such industry

is the real estate market,

which is experiencing

increased activity following

the easing of lockdown

restrictions at level 5 and 4.

During and after the

lockdown, RE/MAX of

Southern Africa reported an

increase of nearly 200 new

sales associates.

The company also

concluded record-breaking

reported sales totals for the

months following the hard

lockdown. This increased

activity can in part be

attributed to pent-up demand

and record low interest rates.

However, it also

highlights the benefits of

being affiliated to a global

brand with ongoing support

and resources to help its

agents become successful

within a challenging market.

“Though it is not an easy

option, a career in real estate

can potentially be one of the

most lucrative professions a

person can pursue provided

one gets the correct guidance

and support when starting

o u t ,” explains Adrian Goslett,

regional director and CEO of

RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

To qualify as a registered

estate agent, one must have

grade 12 and do a 12-month

internship under a certified

principal estate agent as well

as completing a Further

Education and Training

Certificate (FETC): Real Estate

(NQF 4) qualification and

writing the final Professional

Designation Examination

(PDE).

For more information, or

to get in touch with your

nearest RE/MAX office, visit

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Birthday Greetings

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Funeral Notices

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Funeral Notices

NDATA

SITHEMBELE

MICHAEL

Late of Q13

Ntumbuka Street,

Zwelistha, Mlungisi,

Komani

Born: 23.11.1985

Died: 12.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home

at 8am (New Holy

Apostolic Church

in Zion). Thence to

the Komani Town

Cemetery for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MZANGWA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

FIKIZOLO

MSELI

MOSES

BORN: 1962-01-05

DIED: 2021-01-16

FUNERAL: 2021-01-23

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home

at Thornhill Location

Ntabethemba A/A

Whittlesea at 09:00am

CEMETERY:

Thornhill

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

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MBALO

THOZAMILE

Late of Nkonkobe,

Zingquthu, Lady

Frere District

Born: 27.09.1952

Died: 14.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home

at 8am (African

Reformed Church).

Thence to the

Nkonkobe

Cemetery,

Zingquthu for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MADIBA

MCUBE

ZONDWA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

NTSIZAKALO

MILDRED

HLUPI

Late of 679

Mankazana Street,

Cala

Born: 20.10.1958

Died: 13.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home

at 8am (Christ the

Church Ministries).

Thence to the Cala

Cemetery for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMSUKWINI

LAWU

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MSITSHANA

NOVELAKHE

EUNICE

Late of Upper

Ngonyama,

Vaalbank, Lady

Frere District

Born: 09.06.1938

Died: 08.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home

at 10am (Roman

Catholic Church).

Thence to the

Upper Ngonyama

Cemetery,

Vaalbank for the

Interment

at 12 noon

LALA

NGOXOLO

MADLOMO

SOPHITSHO

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

FREYMAN

NOWISE

Late of Edaryini,

Machibini, Lady

Frere District

Born: 25.06.1954

Died: 12.01.2021

Funeral: Friday

22.01.2021

Starting at home

at 8am (Methodist

Church of S.A.).

Thence to the

Edrayini Cemetery,

Machibini for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMGCINA

NOJAHOLO

NTSWENTSWE

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

FILITA

MANDLA

“TA MAX”

Late of R116

Saleni Street,

White City,

Mlungisi, Komani

Born: 23.06.1954

Died: 15.01.2021

Funeral:

Wednesday

20.01.2021

Thence to the

Lukhanji Cemetery

for an early burial

at 8am, followed by

a service at 9am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MSUTHU

MVULANE

NCILASHE

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MPONDWANA

STUKU

Late of Ensum,

Whittlesea District

Born: 11.07.1943

Died: 12.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Thence to the

Ensum Cemetery,

Whittlesea for

an early burial at

08:30, followed by

a service at home

at 09:30

LALA

NGOXOLO

RADEBE

MTHIMKHUU

BHUNGANE

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MENTE

AGRINETTE

BADIKAZI

Late of Mahlubini,

Cofimvaba District

Born: 21.07.1949

Died: 18.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home at

12 noon (Methodist

Church of S.A.).

Thence to

the Mahlubini

Cemetery,

Cofimvaba for the

Interment at 2pm

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAKHUMALO

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

BONASI

NONGAWUME

LEAH

Late of Bozwana,

Lady Frere District

Born: 08.08.1927

Died: 12.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Thence to

the Bozwana

Cemetery, Lady

Frere for the

Interment at 9am,

followed by a

service at home

at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMPONDO

THAHLA

NDAYENI

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

TSOLOLO

CAWE

Late of 625 Zone 1,

Ezibeleni, Komani

Born: 03.07.1953

Died: 17.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home

at 8am. Thence to

the Komani Town

Cemetery for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MDLANE

TUTUSE

NOMDIMBA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MESATYWA

ERIC

SAMWELSON

PAHLO

Late of 439 Zone 1,

Ezibeleni, Komani

Born: 02.11.1940

Died: 17.01.2021

Funeral: Friday

22.01.2021

Starting at home

at 9am

(Nonzwakazi

Methodist Church).

Thence to the

Komani Town

Cemetery for the

Interment at 11am

LALA

NGOXOLO

JOLA

QENGEBA

MPHANKOMO

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

BOOI

PHUMZILE

Late of

Emadwaleni,

Ejojweni, Lady

Frere District

Born: 21.07.1956

Died: 12.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home at

12 noon (Roman

Catholic Church).

Thence to the

Emadwaleni

Cemetery,

Ejojweni for the

Interment at 2pm

LALA

NGOXOLO

JOLA

MPHANKOMO

MQAM

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

CHARLIE

NOMPITIZELWA

JUSTINAH

Late of

Zwelendinga,

Whittlesea District

Born: 17.10.1948

Died: 08.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home

at 07:30 (Roman

Catholic Church).

Thence to the

Zweledinga

Cemetery,

Whittlesea for the

Interment at 09:30

LALA

NGOXOLO

MADLOMO

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MPONTSANA

SABELO

Late of 696

Museveni Street,

Khayelitsha,

Mlungisi, Komani

Born: 27.03.1981

Died: 14.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home

at 9am

(Nonzwakazi

Methodist Church).

Thence to the

Komani Town

Cemetery for the

Interment at 11am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MQWATHI

DIKELA NONI

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MAGONGOMA

THAMELA

Late of EGova,

Swartwater, Lady

Frere District

Born: 13.09.1983

Died: 13.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home at

8am. Thence to the

eGova Cemetery,

Swartwater for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMJWARA

MTIKA

MAZALENI

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012


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PELTENBURG

LIZIWE

CYNTHIA

late of 56 Longview

Crescent, Top

Town, Komani

passed away

peacefully on the

18th of January

in her 65th year.

Sadly missed and

deeply mourned by

her living husband

Marijn Peltenburg,

children, sisters,

brothers,

grandchildren,

extended family

and friends. An

burial will take

place, exclusively

for family on

Saturday, 23rd of

January 2021 and

a memorial service

at a later date.

Friends kindly the

following Intimation

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

NTANGENI

NONGUYE

NORAH

Late of Mateyise,

Tsembeyi, Lady

Frere District

Born: 28.09.1932

Died: 16.01.2021

Funeral: Saturday

23.01.2021

Starting at home

at 8am (Methodist

Church of S.A.).

Thence to

the Mateyise

Cemetery,

Tsembeyi for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMQWATHI

DIKELA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

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SIGOBA

NTOMBOMZI

BORN: 1936-06-05

DIED: 2021-01-10

FUNERAL: 2021-01-23

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held home at

Manyosini Location

Vaalbank A/A Lady Frere

at 09:00am

CEMETERY:

Vaalbank

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

BOBI

ZANEMVULA

MICHAEL

BORN: 1952-08-15

DIED: 2021-01-10

FUNERAL: 2021-01-23

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held home at

Phezukwevenkile Location

Mtsheko A/A Lady Frere

at 09:00am

CEMETERY:

Mtsheko

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

MAKALIMA

NOWATI

CYNTHIA

BORN: 1934-04-06

DIED: 2021-01-14

FUNERAL: 2021-01-23

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held home at 130A

Sada Township Whittlesea

at 09:00am

CEMETERY:

Sada

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

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KHUPHISO

KEAST

BORN: 1948-11-04

DIED: 2021-01-13

FUNERAL: 2021-01-22

(Friday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held home at Lower

Cala Village Cala at

09:00am

CEMETERY:

Cala

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

YANTA

ZAMIKHAYA

WELCOME

BORN: 1965-05-22

DIED: 2021-01-13

FUNERAL: 2021-01-23

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held home at

Ncekemvu location Xolobe

A/A Tsomo at 09:00am

CEMETERY:

Xolobe

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

NDUNA

NTSIKELELO

ΈΉ

Born: 30/12/1943

Died: 24/12/2020

Funeral: 01/01/2021

Address: McBright

Venue: At home

Interment: McBright

Cemetery

Lala Ngoxolo

Ndaba sohlalala

sikhumbula

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MANKAYI

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Born: 25/09/1957

Died: 16/01/2021

Funeral: 22/01/2021

Address: 797 Sada

Township, White

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Venue: At home

Time: 08:00am

Interment: ĂĂůďĂŶŬ

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Lala Ngoxolo

Jola, Dosini

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ESTATE NOTICE

In the Estate of

the Late MATHEW

THOMAS

(Identity No.

5705245197081)

of 70 Wodehouse

Street,

Sandringham,

Queenstown, who

died on 11 October

2020

(Estate No.

003752/2020)

All persons having

claims against the

Estate are called

upon to lodge their

claims with the

Executor within

a period of thirty

(30) days from the

date of publication

hereof. Dated at

Queenstown on this

15th day of January

2021.

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Street, Sunninghill,

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In die boedel van

wyle FRANCOIS

JOHANNES MOSTERT

Boedelnommer:

002014/2020

Identiteitsnommer:

460408 5043 08 6

Adres:

COMPASSBERG

STRAAT 6,

QUEENSTOWN

Datum van afsterwe:

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binne gemeenskap

van goed getroud

was met MARIAM

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MAGDALENA

MOSTERT,

Identiteitsnommer:

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Die Eerste en Finale

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in die bogenoemde

boedel sal ten kantore

van die Meester van

die Hooggeregshof,

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die Landdros,

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van 21 dae vanaf

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In the Estate of the

Late VAN STRAATEN

JAKOBUS ALWYN

born on 28

December 1960,

(Identity no.

6012285057088), who

resided at Westmead,

Molteno, 5500,

Eastern Cape Province.

(Estate No.

1733/2018)

Notice is hereby given

that the First and

Final Liquidation and

Distribution Account

in the above estate

will lie for inspection

at the office of the

Master of the High

Court, Grahamstown,

and a copy thereof

at the office of the

Magistrate for the

district of Molteno

for a period of

21 (Twenty-One)

days from date of

publication hereof.

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ELECTION OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Wednesday

17 February 2021 @ 16h00

IN THE HEADMASTER’S OFFICE,

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Written and signed nominations by

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04 Murray Street, TARKASTAD by

10 February 2021 before 12h00

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In the estate of

the late DALINA

ANTOINETTA VAN

ZYL

born: 07/03/1930

Identity Number

300307 0014 08 0

of 17 SIESTA

FLATS, PRINCE

ALFRED STREET,

QUEENSTOWN

Estate Number

265/2020

Date of death

30 NOVEMBER 2019

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 22

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In the estate of the

late THOMPSON

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FLORENCE

Identity Number

610604 0872 08 6

Last address

1 KAREE STREET,

KOMANI PARK,

QUEENSTOWN

Estate Number

2472/2020

Date of death

06/07/2020

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.

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How to negotiate

annual levy increases

At the end of the financial year,

Homeowners Associations

(HOA) and Body Corporates may

choose to discuss and

implement annual levy

escalations. Should homeowners

feel as though the proposed

escalation is unreasonable, they

may raise any objections to these

escalations at the next AGM.

For those who wish to

negotiate the levy increase,

Adrian Goslett, regional director

and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern

Africa, suggests having all the

relevant facts together to make a

more compelling argument.

“The best way to negotiate a

lower escalation is to review the

H OA’s financial statements to

make sure that the proposed

escalation aligns with the

parameters laid out in the

Sectional Titles Schemes

Management Act (STSMA), Act

no 8 of 2011,” he recommends.

According to the STSMA, one

of the cases in which body

corporate is not obliged to

increase levies is if the body

corporate reserve fund at the end

of the financial year is equal to

or more than the levy income

generated during that year.

If, however, the reserve fund

of the HOA at the end of the

financial year is less than 25% of

the levy income generated

during that year, the body

corporate must make provisions

so that they can provide for a

reserve amount equal to 15% of

the levy income for the new

financial year. In other words,

levies can be increased by 15%

in order to supplement the

reserve fund if it is below 25% of

the total levy income.

When the reserve is between

25% and 99% of the levy

income in that year, the body

corporate should only make

provision for a reserve amount

equal to the repairs and

maintenance items provided for

in the new budget.

“In other words, they can

increase levies by enough to

cover the required repairs and

maintenance to the common

property that has been budgeted

for within that financial year.

If, after doing these

calculations, homeowners find

that their body corporate or

HOA is proposing escalations

that fall beyond these

requirements, then Goslett says

that they have a convincing case

for arguing against the proposed

levy increase.

“Another tactic homeowners

might try is to find out what

similar complexes in

neighbouring suburbs are

charging on their levies. A local

real estate agent can prove

helpful in providing this

information.

“If the proposed levy

escalation will make the levies in

your complex higher than the

levies charged by comparable

complexes, you can argue that it

is in the greater interest of

marketability and overall

property values within your

estate to keep levies as

competitive as possible and the

levy increase should therefore be

r e c o n s i d e r e d ,” he recommends.

Ultimately, levy increases are

meant to be in the best interest of

all who own property within the

complex or estate.

“If ever you are in doubt

about the proposed levy

increase, you may request that

the Body Corporate provide a

justification for their decision.

“Homeowners should also

feel free to speak to their local

RE/MAX real estate advisor who

can help them better understand

whether their levies are fair,”

Goslett concludes.

For more advice around

homeownership or to get in

touch with a local expert from

the world’s largest brand in real

estate, visit www.r emax.co.za.

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HOT NEWS: Komani artist Prince Whyte has been nominated as Artist of the Year by City

Awards, his first major nomination Picture: SUPPLIED

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Local musician

nominated for

major award

‘Surprised’ Afro-rap artist Prince Whyte up for

Artist of Year for his hit track ‘Umthandazo’

NTSIKELELO QOYO

Komani-born musician

Prince Whyte is asking

his fans for support after

he was nominated for his firstever

major award.

Whyte has been nominated

as Artist of the Year by City

Awards for his hit track

U m t h a n d a zo , which he

released late last year.

The Afro-rap artist said the

nomination was a surprise but

he was thankful to fans who

helped him get the recognition.

“I am happy. I did not know

that the song had such an

impact on people.

“It is really a surprise and

u n e x p e c t e d ,” he said.

Whyte first broke onto the

music scene in 2018 when he

released his debut extended

play called, Isikhalo. This was

followed by Honey Moon in

2020.

He believes the song

resonated with people because

they could relate to its message.

“Isikhalo is about genderbased

violence. Many men are

in jail or have had run-ins with

the law, but they do not

understand why. While I do not

condone or promote violence

against women, I try to honestly

publicise what is in people’s

minds.

“I also spoke to friends who

are women and asked them

why they think South African

men are so abusive. Through

those conversations I was able

to articulate their thoughts in

the song as well,” he added.

Isikhalo is available on all

digital platforms.

To vote for Whyte, sms 021

Prince Whyte to 3529. Every

entry costs R3 per sms.


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Community out to fight crime

Forum established due to rife criminal activity

ANDISA BONANI

Soaring crime in Komani

has led to community

members establishing the

Mlungisi Anti-crime Forum,

which seeks to eradicate drug

abuse and provide skills

development to the

unemployed youth.

Residents were concerned

about rife drug abuse and a

subsequent increase in crime,

particularly in Bhongweni.

They say they are also

concerned about growing crime

in Mlungisi and how some

criminal cases remain

unresolved by local police.

Forum interim co-ordinator,

Vuyo Mdodana, who was

recently a victim of a burglary,

said it had motivated him to do

more to help curb crime in the

area.

“The forum was started by

people living in the same street

after the burglary at home, and

we further involved interested

people in other areas as well,

which is how we came to be.

“This effort is a means to root

out drugs and crime endemic to

our society.

“However, our main priority

is to have youth development

programmes where young and

unemployed people can be

equipped with skills.”

The forum’s interim

spokesperson,Viwe Yawa, said

there were known criminals in

Mlungisi who had been

implicated in crimes reported to

the forum, and had since joined

it to help fight drug abuse and

crime.

“In our patrols conducted

during the curfew, we managed

to confiscate knives and other

dangerous items from people

roaming the streets when they

were supposed to be at home.

“We informed the

perpetrators about what was

expected of them as residents

living among us and the

consequences they could face if

they did not change their ways.

“Some have since joined the

group and have been largely

instrumental in identifying

places where drugs are sold in

the township.”

Yawa said the forum was a

non-political formation that

involved residents from wards

17 and 23 in Mlungisi.

Their respective councillors

were involved as community

leaders and not because of their

political affiliations.

“We plan to engage

stakeholders like the SAPS,

community policing forum, Red

Guard Security and the local

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

“Our ward councillors are

aware of our work and are part

of it, including the Mlungisi

Men’s Forum.

“We hope more people will

join us in the fight against crime

and substance abuse so we may

all live in harmony,” said Yawa.

Other members of the

interim forum include

chairperson Denise Sali, head of

safety and security Siphenathi

Maqhula, Yawa, who also

doubles as secretary, and

councillors Andile Ganca and

Mncedisi Mbengo.

PROTECTING THEMSELVES: Members of the newly established Mlungisi Anti-crime Forum

confiscate dangerous items from suspected criminals who they stopped and searched when

they were found in the streets after curfew Picture: SUPPLIED

Residents livid over taxis taking over street

ZINTLE BOBELO

Human faeces, litter and

vehicles blocking their

driveways are some of the

problems residents in

Woodifield Street in Komani

central have had to endure as a

result of taxis flooding the area.

An emotional resident, who

did not want to be named, said

the problem had been ongoing

for more than 10 years, adding

that her frustrated complaints

had fallen on deaf ears.

“It is taxis travelling to Cape

Town. I reported this matter to

the then mayor, Nozi

Makhanda, and also to the

current mayor.

“We are met with rude and

unpleasant behaviour every

time we try to call these taxi

drivers out.

“I will come back from

church and a taxi will be

blocking my driveway. The

driver is nowhere near his

vehicle and I have to wait. It is a

struggle.

“Passengers and taxi drivers

urinate in our yards, I have to

get rid of dirty disposable baby

nappies every now and again.

“I bought my house in 1993,

but I have no peace.

“Some residents have since

moved because of this

s i t u a t i o n ,” she said in tears.

“The street is also known for

prostitution, robbers and drug

dealers and I have been a victim

of house burglary.

“We cannot live like this.”

Another community

member, Vuyiswa Fiki, said

neighbours ended up

quarrelling after blaming each

other over litter thrown in their

yards by taxi drivers and their

passengers.

“Government officials pass

there all the time. They are

aware of what is taking place,

but nothing is being done.

“It is an unsafe environment.

This matter needs serious

i n t e r ve n t i o n ,” she said.

Komani Uncedo Taxi

Association chairperson Sandi

Mgobo, who was not aware of

the complaint, said they would

organise a meeting with the

complainants to discuss their

grievances so that steps could

be taken to resolve the matter.

“As an association that

provides services to people in

the community, we are willing

to listen to their grievances and

ensure that all protocol is

followed in addressing the

m a t t e r,” Mgobo said.

A meeting was scheduled to

take place today [Friday]

between residents and taxi

association members.

Enoch Mgijima Local

Municipal spokesperson

Lonwabo Kowa said last month

the local authority and taxi

association had embarked on a

joint campaign to remove all

illegal taxi ranks, which had

been reported by residents.

“Streets were cleared and a

number of vehicles impounded.

Traffic officials have on many

occasions removed them.

“These are mainly taxis from

Mthatha and Cacadu [formerly

Lady Frere] travelling to

Johannesburg who park in the

street to avoid adding to the

STRESSFUL

SITUATION: A

photograph

taken by a

disgruntled

resident of

several taxis

parked in

Wo o d i f i e l d

S t re e t

Picture: SUPPLIED

Cathcart Road congestion. “Th i s

is unfortunately an

inconvenience for residents.

“More work to alleviate this

and any other illegal taxi ranks

will be carried out by the

municipality, working with the

taxi association,” said Kowa.

ACTION AT LAST

GETTING DIRTY:

Wodehouse Street resident

Sam Smit was both relieved

and disappointed when

Chris Hani District

Municipality finally started

fixing a leak in his street

recently. Smit said he had

reported the leak more than a

month ago Picture: NTSIKELELO

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Sports venues fall into ruin

Much-needed facilities vandalised, abandoned

MAXWELL LEVINE

Once the mecca of

rugby in the province,

hosting international

matches as well as Rugby World

Cup 1995 matches, Premier

Soccer League matches and a

host of other events, Buffalo

City Municipality Stadium is a

shadow of what it used to be,

dilapidated and left to fall into

ruin.

The former home of Border

Rugby is unattended, no

maintenance is being done, it is

virtually decaying and a painful

sight to every sport-loving

person in the region who had

the privilege of watching games

there during its glory days.

The stadium falls under the

Buffalo City Municipality with

the Border Rugby Union over

the years the main tenant, until

the lease was not renewed and

Border Rugby was left without a

home after their eviction.

The municipality is

apparently disinterested in

maintaining the venue, and the

body that is the custodian of

rugby in the region is not

interested in renewing the lease.

Recently the BCM council

approved the lease of the

stadium to Chippa United, amid

an outcry from various sporting

bodies, including rugby.

Invitations for public

scrutiny and objections were

sent out by BCM on media

platforms for the proposed lease

to Chippa, but to date Chippa

Mpengesi and his team have yet

to occupy the venue.

Some feel it is a deliberate

ploy by BCM to let the stadium

go to ruin so that they can attest

that they are not in a financial

position to maintain the venue

and an outside entity is the best

option, hence the lease to

Chippa United.

One cannot help but think

of the Boet Erasmus Stadium in

Port Elizabeth, which for years

was the epicentre of Eastern

Province Rugby. The stadium

has been left to decay, stripped

bare of all its fittings, railings

and miscellaneous steel.

But this stadium only

became redundant when the

metro built the new state-of-theart

Nelson Mandela Bay

Stadium. This site has now been

earmarked for future

development which could

include office space,

residential, entertainment, retail

and tourism activities.

Closer at home in Komani, it

seems the same trend follows,

with all the municipalcontrolled

fields. The demise of

the Dumpy Adams sports

ground is imminent. Once the

best multi-purpose venue in the

entire province, it is a shambles,

in an advanced state of

destruction.

Even after the 2010 legacy

project at the venue, the venue

is in a mess, has been

vandalised and is a hotspot for

crime and drug abuse.

St Theresa’s Primary is just

across the street and is in dire

need of recreational facilities.

Maria Louw Senior Secondary

School is only a few streets from

the Dumpy and another school

that is in desperate need of

sporting facilities.

The venue could have

served these two schools and

produced future stars. It could

also serve nearby schools like

Louis Rex, Nkwanca, Luvuyo

Lerumo and many more.

It is a clear disregard for

human life and disrespect for

the schools by the Enoch

Mgijima Municipality as they

BAD STATE: The Dumpy Adams sports ground is in a shambles. It has been vandalised and is

now a hotspot for crime and drug abuse Picture: SUPPLIED

are in the same vicinity as the

multi-purpose venue.

The less said about

Sandringham the better. To date

the municipality has not taken

responsibility for their actions in

evicting the Sandringham Sports

Club from the venue. A

beautiful venue that served

various sporting codes has been

is ruined.

Mlungisi Stadium is

following in the same direction

with the Thobi Kula Sports

Complex also on the brink of

collapse. Enoch Mgijima

Municipality has failed the

people of Komani, period.

The Victoria Grounds in

King William’s Town has

already been earmarked for a

shopping complex.

The home of Africans Rugby

Club and so many other teams

will be brought down and

instead of upgrading the venue,

sport will once again feel the

indifference of a municipality

which could not care less about

its citizens and recreation.

Cup blow for teams

UP FOR CHALLENGE

NTSIKELELO QOYO

Amateur soccer suffered yet

another blow this week after

Safa announced that the biggest

cup competition, the Nedbank

Cup, would not be available to

ABC Motsepe and regional

league teams.

Last year the competition,

which gives minnows a chance

to swim with the sharks, had a

grand prize of R7m, making it

the most lucrative cup

competition in local soccer.

The introduction of the

national level 3 lockdown,

which brought a halt to amateur

soccer, was the reason cited by

the governing body.

It said it would be

“viewed as irresponsible” to

allow nonprofessional matches

to be played as they could

become Covid-19 spreader

e ve n t s .

The decision comes as a

blow for ABC Mostepe teams

which benefit from competing

in the later stages of the cup and

playing matches with PSL

teams.

Komani-based ABC

Motsepe team Amavarara FC

made history when they

became the first team from the

region to qualify for the last 16

round.

They were eventually felled

2-0 by PSL side and Limpopobased

team Black Leopards.

Amavarara chair Lusapho

Mzwakali said the decision was

both a setback and an

opportunity for his players.

“We cannot subject our fans

to only having a televised

experience once in a blue

moon.

“This year it means that we

only have one goal and that is

to top the league and be

promoted to the GladAfrica

competition.

“With the Cup out of the

way there will not be any other

motivation for the players, who

I know are hungry to play in

front of the cameras again,”

said Mzwakali.

Around the greens

Michele Morris, Melinda Gouws and Jolien

Fritz 15; Tiaan Visser, Fanie Prinsloo

and Reaan Geyer 18; Piet van der Walt and

Peter Littlejohn 30; Nico Visser and

Chantelle Visser 8; Antony Brown and

Sheryl McMillan 16; Stompie Kriedeman

and Jacques van der Schyf 27; John

Knepscheld, Gert Fritz and Jenny Cheetham

8; Tian Landman, Kathryn Muller and

Charmayne Pieterse 27; Andre Scheepers,

Simon McMillan and Esme Singleton 17;

Rowan de Kock, Karen Geyer and Gawie

Pieterse 19.

“It was a nice big surprise to have 21

members and five visitors attend. This is our

first record in a turn-out that we have had for

social bowls. Thanks to everyone for coming

a l o n g ,” Queenstown Bowling Club stated.

ON THE ROAD: Komani Tribe Walkers and Old Mutual Athletics Club runners on the 10km

East London Eye Hospital Virtual Laser Challenge at the weekend. At the back, from left, are

Ntombomzi Nyikana, Karin Janse van Rensburg, Sharon Kriedemann, Liezel Botha, Marquerite

Moorcroft and Janette Samauls. Front, from left, are Shameem Farooq, Seugnet Kirchner,

Helena Wegener and Smartryk Rossouw Picture: SUPPLIED

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