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Colouring-In winners P4


Video leads to fine PAGE 2


Help find Johnny White PAGE 3

Is the third

wave around

the corner?

Massive beach gatherings spark renewed fears


President Cyril


announcement on the

lifting the controversial ban on

the alcohol sales and

distribution has seen many

consumers out in full force in

c e l e b ra t i o n .

This comes after easing of

restrictions was made possible

by the significant reduction in

Covid-19 hospital admissions

across all provinces, thereby

reducing the pressure on beds

and hospital personnel.

East London’s popular

Eastern Beach was jam packed

during the weekend, with many

worried that this was could

mark the beginning of a third

wave of infections.

“We are reiterating the call

to citizens to act responsibly

and adhere to all lockdown

r e g u l a t i o n s ,” said BCM

communication officer

Luxole Komani.

“The municipality’s

command council sits every

week to discuss the city’s

progress. We also call on liquor

❝We must continue to

observe and adhere

to all the conditions

to ensure that liquor

establishments do

not become superspreaders

of the virus

outlets operators, particularly

those operating in townships, to

adhere to lockdown regulations

and not sell alcohol outside the

days that are s t i p u l a t e d .”

Law enforcement officers

have continued running regular

conduct operations to ensure

liquor outlets throughout the

city are adhering to the

necessary restrictions.

“We are calling on members

of the community to continue

alerting us whenever regulations

are breached.

“We also call on residents to

be careful at the beaches, they

must swim within the safe areas

identified by the lifeguards.

They must also avoid walking in

g r o u p s ,” Komani said.

The Eastern Cape Liquor

Board (ECLB) said they

CAUTION TO THE WIND: Many are concerned that the lack of adherence to lockdown

regulations may result in a third wave of infections in BCM Picture: SINO MAJANGAZA

welcomed the lifting of alcohol

ban, but also extend a word of

caution to all liquor traders.

“It is important to realise that

the coronavirus is still among us

and we must continue to

observe and adhere to all the

conditions to ensure that liquor

establishments do not become

superspreaders of the virus, as

this might again compel

government to take the

undesirable action of banning

the sale of alcohol,” said ECLB

CEO Dr Nombuyiselo Makala.

Members of the public

are encouraged to consume

alcohol responsibly and ensure

that every time they visit liquor

outlets, they adhere to all Covid-

19 health protocols, which

include regular washing of

hands, wearing face masks and

social distancing.

Patrons are also urged to

refrain from drinking from the

same bottle or glass and to avoid

sharing cigarettes.

People are advised to report

cases of liquor establishments

that fail to comply with trading

conditions and Covid 19

regulations at the nearest police

station, or call the ECLB on the

toll free number 080-000-0420

or WhatsApp 076-403-6223.

You may remain anonymous.

The ECLB said it will

continue to enforce compliance

with the new regulations and

will not hesitate to take

necessary action against

outlets that are found to be in

breach of trading conditions and

Covid-19 health protocols.

ID ‘misprint’ leaves

woman destitute

14-YEAR AGE GAP: An alleged misprint concerning her date of birth has left Magrangxeni village resident Lele Fani unable to

register for an RDP house and apply for an old-age pension grant Picture: SUPPLIED


Magrangxeni Village

resident Lele Fani is

struggling to secure a

comfortable place she can call

home due to

alleged mistakes on her ID.

Fani is unemployed and lives

on her own in a 3m² s h a ck .

She said she first realised the

problem when she failed

to register for a RDP house, as

her age was incorrectly printed

on her ID.

She said that her actual birth

year was 1958, whereas her ID

book puts the year as 1972.

“The shack is too small, there

is no form of air coming in,”

said Xolisile Sam, a cousinbrother

of Fani who stays in the

❝ The shack is too

small, there is no

form of air coming

in. On days when it is

too hot, she is forced

to sit outside even

though there are

people to see her

nearby Silatsha Village.

“On days when it is too hot,

she is forced to sit outside next

to the shack even though there

are people to see her,” he said

Fani has appealed to the

department of home affairs to

assist her with getting her date of

birth corrected. The error, which

makes her 14 years younger,

has also caused delays in her

applications for an old-age

p e n s i o n g ra n t .

“The last time Fani received

some sort of income was the

R700 she got paid while

working for the Community

Works Programme in

D e c e m b e r,” said Sam.

He said Fani also suffered

from chronic illnesses such as

hy p e r t e n s i o n .

“I am one of many registered

destitutes, I have no hope of

seeing RDP housing in the

Mooiplaas area. The majority of

us stay in mud houses and

s h a ck s ,” said Sam.

He added when they called

the department of human

settlements, they were told to

contact their ward councillors

or the mayor’s office.

The departments could not

be reached for comment by the

time of going to print.

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‘viral’ video

sparks outrage

far and wide

CROSSWORD number 1216

BCM says manager was charged and issued

with a fine of R5,000 for non-compliance


Avideo clip of a party in

popular EL venue

Bucanneers on Saturday

has sparked heated debate

among South Africans.

The clip shows patrons

celebrating and dancing with

no social distancing being

adhered to or enforced.

Only a few masks could be

spotted in the bar, which was

filled to capacity in violation of

the lockdown regulations.

In the video, the DJ is also

seen shaking hands with one of

the patrons.

BCM confirmed that

the manager of Buccaneers was

charged and issued with a fine

of R5,000 for non-compliance.

“We welcome actions of the

South African Police Services

who acted swiftly when the

video showing the contravening

the disaster management act,

surfaced over the weekend.

“We hope that this will send

a strong message to businesses

across the City that noncompliance

will not be

t o l e ra t e d ,” said BCM

Spokesperson Samkelo Ndlovu

The Eastern Cape Liquor

Board (ECLB) said that it strongly

condemned the non-adherence

to Covid-19 regulations by

patrons shown in the video.

“ECLB in partnership with

SAPS will continue to intensify

its monitoring and enforcement

of compliance with Covid-19

regulations and trading


“Blitz operations – wh e r e

liquor inspectors and SAPS

make unannounced visits to

liquor outlets – are being

intensified to ensure that there is

maximum compliance with

r e g u l a t i o n s ,” said ECLB CEO

Dr Nombuyiselo Makala.

“We urge all liquor traders to

adhere to the Covid-19

regulations and the trading

UNMASKED CROWD: A screenshot of the video showing

patrons at Bucanneers partying up a storm and flouting

lockdown restrictions Picture: SUPPLIED

❝ Blitz Operations are

being intensified to

ensure that there is

maximum compliance

conditions. Patrons who visit

liquor outlets are encouraged to

adhere to the health protocols to

reduce the continued spread of

the pandemic,” she said.

“The coronavirus is still with

us, we cannot be complacent at

this stage.”

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Family in desperate

search for sick relative

CCTV camera shows Johnny White leaving Frere Hospital


An Eastern Cape family is

desperate to find an ill

relative who disappeared

under mysterious circumstances

from East London’s Frere

Hospital in December.

Johnny Boeties White, who

is a cancer patient, was

captured on CCTV cameras

leaving the hospital on his own

on December 22.

The provincial health

department’s patient transport

vehicle took him from the Fort

Beaufort Hospital to Frere for

treatment. But he has been

missing ever since.

His brother-in-law Hendrik

Swartbooi said he had been

trying to track him down at both


“I called them on the same

day [December 22] and Frere

promised to check what had

happened there. I’ve had 20

different stories on what

happened to Johnny.

“The quality assurance

person or manager at Frere

promised me the world on

January 25 and said they would

come back to me.

“When she got back to me

on January 28 she said the Frere

wa s n ’t responsible.

“They [Frere] said Fort

Beaufort was responsible. Frere

denied that there was a Johnny

White at the hospital that day

and told me to stop calling


“When I last spoke to Fort

Beaufort, they said they were

doing their own investigation

and according to them, the

patient left for East London,”

Swartbooi said.

White’s cousin in East

London, Rosie White, went to

He’s not mentally ill;

he’s a cancer patient,

though I heard he

was a bit confused on

the day he left Fort

Beaufort [Hospital]

Frere in January to find out what

had happened to him.

“On January 8 I opened a

missing persons report and they

[SAPS] said they’d get back to

me if they had any news.

“I went to Frere on January

22 and the security told me that

nobody by that name had been

there on that day.

“I got a lead from my

cousin’s hospital folder that he

had been there on the day and

had been given an alternative

date to come to the hospital on

January 6,” Rosie White said.

“The police told me the

morgue had been checked and

Johnny wasn’t there, nor was he

in the oncology ward.

“The CCTV was checked

and it recorded that Johnny had

left the hospital.

“We don’t know where he

could have gone as he doesn’t

know where we live now.

“He’s not mentally ill; he’sa

cancer patient, though I heard

he was a bit confused on the day

he left Fort Beaufort,” she said.

On the day of his

disappearance White was

wearing a white short-sleeve

shirt underneath a pink shirt, a

green jacket, khaki pants, brown

shoes and a pinkish hat or cap.

He has a tattoo of a crying

woman on his left leg, is of

slender build and about 1.5m

tall, brown in complexion and

sports an afro. He is 48 years


Swartbooi said he had been

in touch with the Fort Beaufort

hospital since January 28.

“I’m in Cape Town and I

can’t give my family clear

answers about what happened.

“What is most painful is that

his brother died recently and we

have to bury him soon and I’ll

be asked questions I can’t

a n sw e r.

“We ’re going through a

tough time as a family.”

Provincial health department

spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo

confirmed White had been

transported from Fort Beaufort to

East London and dropped off.

“He [White] was attending

an emergency there that

required specialist care.

“The patient was seen by a

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Patient Johnny White has been

missing since taking a hospital transport service from Fort

Beaufort to Frere hospitals Picture: SUPPLIED

doctor and given a second date

for a review.

“When the patient transport

vehicle came back to collect

patients, this patient didn’t get

on the bus.

“Following the complaint by

the family, we did an

investigation. CCTV footage at

the hospital was checked and

the patient could be seen

walking out of the hospital.

“EMS managers advised the

family to check with other

relatives within the East London

a r e a ,” Kupelo said. - Dispatch

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Winners’ ways benefit children

P N A’s Back-to-School

colouring-in competition


With school holidays

having been

extended, a

challenge for many parents and

guardians remains how to keep

young children happily


Thankfully Penny, the

monkey mascot from PNA

Stationers, came to the rescue

with her Back-to-School

colouring-in competition.

Launched in 2017, the

competition’s popularity has

grown extensively over the years

with 40 entries being received

that year.

In contrast, a remarkable

143 entries were submitted in

this season’s

competition, providing the GO!

& Express and PNA Stationers

judges with the challenging task

of selecting winners from

diverse and creative pictures.

At a special gathering, the

winners were awarded their

prizes which included PNA

Stationers hampers for each

recipient and PNA vouchers for

the top three winners.

Overall winner, Hudson Park

Primary school

scholar Catherine Schroeder (8

years old), won a voucher

valued at R1,500.

Second place was awarded

to Ziyana Adams (7 years old),

who attends Crewe Primary

school. Adams received a

voucher valued at R1,000.

Five-year old Jeremy

Mutomba from George Randell

Primary school received a R500

vo u ch e r.

There were also

two runners-up – Stirling

Primary school scholars Jessica

Kahts (8 years old) and Kyra Kok

(9 years old).

The competition is not only

WELL DONE: Second place

winner Ziyana Adams

about winning prizes. It also

encourages entrants and the

public to donate new or preloved

stationery and reading

books to children in need

through “Pe n ny ’s Project” or to

the non-profit organisations

(NPOs) directly.

Over the years, one charity

per year has been selected to

143 entries were

submitted leaving the

judges a challenging

task of selecting

winners from diverse

and creative pictures

CONGRATULATIONS: From left, PNA Stationers store manager Elmarie Krouse, GO! & Express representative Wendy

Kretschmann, overall winner Catherine Schroeder, PNA mascot Penny, marketing manager Maryke Fuls and PNA Stationers sales

representative Matthew Krouse Pictures: CAMERON KRETSCHMANN

receive the community’s


The response to the latest

call for contributions was so

phenomenal that a total of

four NPOs will benefit this year.

These are Noncedo in

Ducats, Cambridge Location

crèche, Carel Du Toit Centre

and Future Roses Educare

(“Future Roses Educare call for

donations”, GO & Express,

February 4 2021) all of whom

would welcome any further

assistance from the public.

It’s a difficult time for all of us

and even more so for those who

had little to nothing before the

Covid-19 pandemic struck.

In so saying, let us remember

Pe n ny ’s words “Giving is Great

and Sharing is Caring”.

BEAUTIFUL: Runner up

Jessica Kahts

GOOD JOB: Runner up

Kyra Kok

FINE COLOURING IN: Third place winner Jeremy Mutomba

with PNA Stationers mascot Penny



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Right on time for

Va l e n t i n e ’s Day

Rhonda’s dating service, Date Rite, launched in East London

Parents threaten to

shut down schools

over enrollment

c o n t ro v e r s y


Those looking for love this

Va l e n t i n e ’s Day might

want to look into Date

Rite, a dating service run by

Cuts by Rhonda owner Rhonda

Dettmann in January.

“Some years ago, I had a

dating agency which I ran for

three years and got 18 people

t o g e t h e r,” Dettmann said.

Due to personal reasons she

I do this after hours

because people think

‘Oh Rhonda, you’re

giving up

h a i rd re s s i n g ’ but no,

I’m not. I don’t

profess to be a guru

but I offer guidance

and experience

had to stop, but in December

she saw a lot of people on the

Facebook group East London

Girls inquiring about possible

dating services in the area.

“I put on there that I had a

dating agency years ago and

was wondering if I should start it

up again,” she said.

The responses, said

Dettmann, were

overwhelmingly positive and so

she started up Date Rite last


“They [clients] come in so

that I see them personally and

they have a form they fill in. I vet

all of them,” Dettman said.

She then goes through her

other members and matches

them according to the results on

their form.

“I do this after hours because

people think ‘Oh Rhonda,

yo u ’re giving up hairdressing’

but no, I’m not.

“I don’t profess to be a guru

but I offer guidance and

e x p e r i e n c e .”

- To sign up, call 079-085-

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The fee is a once-off payment of

R500 for six months.


Dettmann’s dating service is

aimed to help East Londoners



Residents in Pefferville are

threatening to “shut the gates” of

local schools over what they

allege is unfair exclusion of their

ch i l d r e n .

Concerned parents, led by

community leader Schalk van

der Sandt, met outside Jaws

Supermarket on Windyridge

Road on Monday to air their

g r i e va n c e s .

One of the main complaints

was that local schools were

taking in students from outside

the community, leaving local

parents with the hard choice of

either not sending their children

to school or paying heavy

transport costs to send them

e l s e wh e r e .

“What we have a problem

with is [when] your child stays

across the road from the school,

but then they tell you they don't

have space for the child,” va n

der Sandt said.

Schools were also accused

of accepting bribes in return for

enrolling students.

The GO! & Express reached

out to the schools named at the

meeting, but at the time of going

to print, none had responded.

As the meeting went on, a

book was circulated among the

attendees who wrote down the

names of their children as well

as the name of the school they

wished to be enrolled at.

“Most of the kids here don't

have a school for this year

because the parents can't afford

taxi fare and lunch. Why must

the people that live in this area

not go to the schools here?” said

van der Sandt.

He said he would go to all

the schools with the book and

demand that the children be


“We're going to give the

education department two days

[to enroll the children]. After

that, if they don't want to listen

to us, we're going to close the

schools in our area,” he said.

Merrifield embraces drone technology, coding


Drone technology, coding and

3D printing are a digital trio of

cutting edge options now

available to Merrifield Prep

School students as part of the

pioneering iCreate programme

offered at both primary school

and college level.

iCreate is a pioneering

classroom experience launched

at Merrifield Preparatory School

in 2018. The technology will

also be incorporated into

experiential learning at Grade 7

to Grade 9 level as part of the

s ch o o l ’s Design & Technology


“Teaching and learning is

always evolving at Merrifield.

We are passionate about

reaching the individual and

connecting them to the real

wo r l d ,” said Merrifield iCreate

teacher Di Bossé.

SA company Inspire Africa

conducted a training workshop

in drone technology, coding and

3D printing from Monday to

Wednesday this week.

The company does work in

the educational, commercial,

agricultural and industrial

sectors and is a leading

company in their field.

They offer both online and

offline programmes and

curricula that cover

drone technologies and coding

for operation, 3D printing,

robotics as well as IOT.

Matthew Brooks, who

guided teachers through the

Inspire Africa’s comprehensive

education programme, is an

accomplished drone guru,

having 1,500 hours of flight in a

variety of drone ventures, one

being capturing camera footage

for Top Billing shoots.

He has also been involved in

drone building and racing for

the past seven years, besides his

studies in engineering.

Bossé believes these new

technologies underline the

iCreate philosophy and ethos of

innovation, individuality and

creativity that has been

encouraged in students over the

past few years that the program

has been running.

“Step-by-step we will lead

our students through these

technologies as part of our

vibrant, relevant learning at


“Igniting curiosity is an

absolute in any learning and

certainly is part of why we do

what we do,” she said.

“We, as teachers, have been

stretched and are excited to

implement and share what we

have learnt with our students.

“We are also a school that

prioritizes community

engagement and welcome any

collaboration with those who

may want to share in our

journey of teaching and

HIGH-TECH LEARNING: Merrifield iCreate teacher Di Bossé, left, operates a drone that is part of the school’s technology and

innovation program implemented at prep school and college level. Bossé and Merrifield College Design & Technology teacher

Jonno Neethling, right, were part of a workshop held at the school by Inspire Africa Picture: ALISON RANDALL

l e a r n i n g .”

iCreate is an acronym for

“innovation, creativity, research,

engineering, arts, technology

and entrepreneurship”.

Importantly, “iCreate” strongly

emphasises individuality, as in

“‘I’ create”.

A specially designed

classroom has been built on the

Merrifield campus and

equipped to enable all students,

from Grade 1 to Grade 6, to

spend a lesson a week exploring

“out the box” critical thinking.

This is in addition to the

normal IEB school curriculum

pursued throughout the rest of

the week, and is in line with

Merrifield’s goal to equip

students with key 21st Century


iCreate is different from the

s ch o o l ’s iPad learning, running

alongside but more tangible,

project-based and less digital.

The classroom experience

covers skills in robotics, coding,

advanced automation, virtual

reality, artificial intelligence,

practically advanced Lego work

and brain games.


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Memory of rugby

legends lives on

Whether it’s an effect of the

sustained lock-down period or

advancing years, I don’t know,

but my mind has been playing

silly buggers with me lately.

For example the other night

it took me back to my school

years at Durban High a lifetime

ago. I hadn’t given a thought to

the old school since Hashim

Amla became the latest in a

long line of DHS old boys to

win national cricket colours.

But floating back out of the

mists of time came two figures

of that era — Mike Attlee and

Izak van Heerden. Mike was

head boy and captain of rugby

in my second or third year and

the other was a man older rugby

fans will recognize immediately

– Izak van Heerden.

Mike, I believe to this day,

was headed for Springbok rugby

honours until a family tragedy

caused him to quit rugby in his

prime and give his life to the

Lord, while Van Heerden went

on to become a world

renowned rugby coach.

Both, alas, are long gone.

Mike, a fellow boarder, was

a truly outstanding scrumhalf

and he and his half-back

partner, flyhalf Ian “Ginger”

McKenzie, were so well thought

of they were elevated straight

into the senior Natal team (now

known as the Sharks) straight

after they left school.

For many years I reported

rugby for various newspapers in

this province and I don’t

remember too many scrumhalfs

employing the dive-pass.

The nuggety Mike was a

past-master at this manoeuvre

as well as the reverse pass,

when he would completely

flummox an unsuspecting

opposition team by flinging out

a long, back-of-the-hand blind

side reverse pass to a team-mate

who would run on to it at speed

and put his back-line away.

Try time!

Van Heerden, an

acknowledged tactical genius,

made the world sit up and take

notice when he coached the

Argentinians to world

prominence a few decades ago.

As a teacher and senior

rugby coach at Durban High in

my time, he played a big part in

the careers of many a DHS boy

including the nurturing of Mike

Attlee’s remarkable flair.

He was our housemaster

and first team coach. He had

rooms at the end of one of the

verandah dormitory corridors,

taught Afrikaans and doled out

pocket-money once a week.

Three times a week during


Charles Beningfield

rugby season he would get the

rugby-playing boarders out on

the field at the crack of dawn for

a training run.

At the end of the session

Mike would often ask me to

stick around and take a few

passes and for the next 20

minutes or so, while he would

position himself and throw

reverse and dive passes to me as

I ran in from different angles.

Just as well I had good hands

but boy, did my mid-riff take a

pounding from all those pinpoint


Van Heerden, a prisoner of

war during WWII, was a burly,

bespectacled man who always

wore a tweed jacket and a silk

bow-tie. He was a formidable

teacher with a witty manner, a

sharp temper and a repertoire of

ripe language which he used

freely in both the classroom and

on the rugby field.

For the years I was at school,

he always said grace in Latin

before presiding over the meal

at the boarder masters’ table.

That grace I can still remember

word for word.

Van Heerden brought to the

DHS First XV a flair and

panache unmatched by any

other Natal school of the time.

His brand of rugby was

admired far and wide and led

ultimately to his appointment as

chief coach of the Natal

provincial side (Tommy Bedford

was of that era, remember him?)

where he pioneered the “tightloose”

play and where his

strategies of the modern highspeed,

high-intensity forwardbacks

inter-passing game so

beloved of the All Blacks are still

in use today.

He was quoted by Kitch

Christie coach of the 1995

World Cup winning Springboks

as “truly light-years ahead of his

time”. As a result whenever

Natal played, win or lose, full

houses were always assured.

Not being a Springbok,

though, meant Van Heerden

was passed over as coach to the

national side because it was

wrongly assumed at the time

that good players and good

coaches were the same.

An unsung genius at national

level in his homeland, he was

pounced upon by the

Argentinian rugby authorities

who knew very well what he

was capable of and he went on

to forge a long and happy and

relationship with that country.

With the progress since

made by the Pumas, Van

Heerden would have been a

proud man had he been alive

today. Van Heerden returned to

his alma mater DHS after his

rugby coaching days were over

where one sunny morning the

“guru with the golden touch”, as

he was known, dropped dead in

his office at the age of 63.

A rugby field at the school is

named in his honour.

It was a privilege to have

known both men.

WSU apologises for incorrectly

deregistering 127 students


Walter Sisulu University has said

that it assumes full responsibility

for erroneously deregistering 127

students during the 2020

academic year.

The university said that a

number of students were

deregistered last year, which it

said was an “acceptable

p ra c t i c e ” in higher education


“Unfortunately, some

students were erroneously

academically excluded in the


ON THE MOVE: A family of guineafowl cross the road leading

to Nutting Hall in Stirling Picture: MATTHEW FIELD

p r o c e s s ,” WSU said in a


It said that 30% of the

derigestered students were later


“Moreover, the University is

aware that some student

financial records continue to

reflect amounts due despite

d e r e g i s t ra t i o n .

“The latter results from an

unfortunate system backlog

caused by delays esuing from the

Covid-19 national lockdown.

“The WSU student fees

system debits student fees on an

annual as opposed to a monthly

basis, and the lockdown has

slowed the process of crediting

deregistered students

a c c o r d i n g l y.”

The university offered an

unqualified apology to all those

affected and said they were

actively assiting students on a

case-by-case basis to rectify the

issue. An instutional meeting

was held on Monday to seek

solutions to student concerns,

followed a meeting between

WSU management and the SRC

on Tuesday.

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Farewell to prominent

East London businessman


Leo Borman passed away

last week in East London at

the age of 99. He grew up

in the dusty streets of

Grahamstown, South Africa,

born first of seven siblings, to a

humble Jewish family headed

by a fishmonger father.

Early on, Borman developed

communication skills that

would last a lifetime. Speaking

Xhosa and English throughout

his life, he always took time to

stop and chat with people and

learn about them.

The tumultuous 1920s and

1930s did not prevent

Borman from gaining a

chemical engineering degree

from Rhodes University, making

him the first person to go to

college in his family.

Becoming a boxing champ

during his student days must

have honed the reflex and

timing skills which stood him in

good stead for the full life that

was to follow.

After various positions in the

chemical industry and in

management consulting,

Spike in alcohol-related crimes


G ove r n m e n t ’s lifting of the booze ban,

put in place to help ease pressure on

hospitals battling a second wave of

Covid-19 infections, is likely to bring a

slight increase in infections.

Ministerial advisory committee cochair

Prof Salim Abdool Karim issued

this warning after President Cyril

Ramaphosa’s announcement on the

easing of the sale of alcohol last week

that, adding: “It takes about seven to 10

days. I can’t predict how big it is going to

b e .”

But apart from the probable bump in

new infections, fears of increased

hospital admissions are being fulfilled.

Law-enforcement authorities in

greater Durban and Johannesburg on

Sunday said they have had their hands

full with vehicle accidents, a surge in the

number of drivers taking to the roads

under the influence of alcohol and

incidents of domestic of violence.

Abdool Karim explained why

restrictions were required in

g ove r n m e n t ’s response to the pandemic.

Leo Borman leaves behind a successful legacy

Borman was appointed to head

up the Car Distributors

Assembly (CDA) plant in East

London in 1963.

The factory produced many

well-known makes and models

of cars until finally Borman took

the plant into an exclusive deal

to produce the prestigious

M e rc e d e s - B e n z .

His appointment as CEO of

this German-owned company

was made all the more

extraordinary considering the

history of Nazism and the

Holocaust during World War II.

Borman was not only the

leader of Mercedes, and

business associations in the

Border region, but he also

stepped into national leadership

roles as president of the SA

Federated Chamber of Industries

and of the National

Association of Automobile

Manufacturers of South Africa

during the 1970s and 1980s.

Borman’s responsibilities

took him all over the world,

where he gained the respect and

“The first is that alcohol-related

medical conditions like pancreatitis,

motor vehicle accidents and

interpersonal violence ... they use the

same medical facilities in the hospital

that we need for Covid. They use the

emergency room, the casualty

department, the theatres, the ICUs and

the high care, and the oxygen — all the

same things the Covid patients need.

“When you have a situation where

we are having to deal with all the

alcohol-related problems at the same

time as Covid, it’s a massive problem.

That is why we have to restrict alcohol.

We just need to restrict it when the

hospitals are under huge pressure.

“The second reason is for prevention.

We need alcohol restrictions to reduce

the risks for super-spreading events. We

don’t want to have a rebound. Then we

can only ease restrictions when the viral

transmission is very low.

“It is quite low in most of the

provinces. It’s only a few provinces, like

KwaZulu-Natal, where it is still not low

e n o u g h ,” said Abdool Karim.

By Saturday night, KwaZulu-Natal

friendship of people in the

highest echelons of industry,

with whom he felt as

comfortable as with the lowliest

worker on the factory floor.

As a sign of the respect and

success he gained at Mercedes

Benz SA, he was invited to all

major functions and milestones

at the company, even during his

many years of retirement.

He played an important role

in beginning to use business to

support racial integration in the

workplace, and the

development of disadvantaged

South Africans by launching

M e rc e d e s ’ first technical

training academy in South


He was also proud of the

nurturing role he played in the

lives of young German

engineers. This included Jurgen

Schrempp who went on to

become the global CEO of

D a i m l e r- B e n z .

His passion for education

and skills development also led

him to sit on and in most cases

chair the boards of Rhodes

University, The University of

Fort Hare, Clarendon Girls

High, Border Technikon, East

London Technical College and

many other educational


His forthright directness

added inestimable value to any

board of which he was a

d i r e c t o r.

His sense of civic

responsibility prompted him to

membership of the Jewish Board

of Deputies, the East London

Rotary Club, the Community

Chest (which he founded in

1985), the Eastern Cape

Gambling Board, and many

others, including a stint as a

budding politician.

He took this responsibility to

a personal level as well,

mentoring countless people and

helping them find new jobs.

He not only took a keen

interest in the lives and

achievements of his children,

grandchildren and great

grandchildren, but placed his

had more than 40,000 active Covid-19

cases, by far the most in SA. The Western

Cape had 11,200 active cases and

Gauteng 7,600. eThekwini metro police

spokesperson Sen Supt Parboo

Sewpersad said on Sunday that the force

had seen more accidents, domestic

violence cases and complaints of

“partying at residences” in the past few

days, compared with previous weeks.

Garrith Jamieson of Advanced Life

Support paramedics said they had

experienced more road accidents since

the ban was lifted.

“As Covid numbers are decreasing,

alcohol-related injuries are now

increasing, and this will definitely put

pressure on hospitals,” he said.

According to a Sunday Times report

last week, doctors have called for new

laws to enforce responsible drinking.

Dr Ken Boffard, trauma director at

Netcare’s Milpark Hospital in

Johannesburg and emeritus professor of

surgery at Wits said what SA needed was

for the country’s blood alcohol and

breath alcohol limits for driving to be

zero. - DispatchLIVE

siblings and their extended

families under his wing to

provide support where needed

and ensure their continued


His nephew Geoff Meyer

said “he was the doyen of the

Borman family and his care for

each and every one of us was

a m a z i n g .”

Borman was a keen follower

of all forms of sport which he

enjoyed watching on his largescreen

TV whilst discussing

local and world affairs with a

friend. His knowledge of and

insight into international

economics, politics and

philosophy remained intact

until the end.

The legacy he has left in

industry, education, skills

development, international

linkages and philanthropy is


His loyalty to his friends and

family, allied to his boundless

energy and willingness to share

his wisdom and advice will be

sorely missed.

As a former colleague from

the Gambling Board, Keith

Harvey, said Borman “took me

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Borman held various

national leadership positions

under his wing and became my

friend, my mentor, my sounding

board and my guru.

“I have never known anyone

so elderly who was so sharp,

and we could discuss

international economics with

ease. I have never known a

more ethical person and I knew

that he would give good

guidance with any ethical

i s s u e .”

He leaves his wife Peggy, a

son Allan in the USA and a

daughter Andrea in Switzerland,

grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

His granddaughter Hannah

Winter said: “I hope to continue

his legacy of being able to

provide for those he loves and

being a solid member of any

community he was a part of.”


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Netball SA

back in action

SPAR Challenge in Cape Town from March 24 to 31


In light of the relaxation of level 3

lockdown restrictions, Netball SA

has announced that netball

activities would resume effective

Monday February 8.

As previously reported by the

GO! & Express ('Netball SA cancels

all events', January 14 2021),

Netball SA had originally suspended

all activities in order to protect

players and staff from Covid-19.

However, they have since revised

their position after a careful review

of recent events.

“The decision to resume netball

activities was not an easy one,

because we are still amid a

pandemic and we needed to be very

careful on how we will do things

going forward,” said Netball SA

president Cecilia Molokwane.

“This was a balancing act

because key to our list of priorities is

ensuring that we preserve the lives of

all our stakeholders while we play

the sport we love.”

The first event on the revived

calendar will be the 2021 SPAR

Challenge, which will take place in

Cape Town from March 24 to 31.

Teams taking part will be the

SPAR Proteas, the SA President's XII,

the SPAR Baby Proteas (u/21) and

Uganda's She Crains. Namibia is yet

to confirm if they will be sending a


Cape Town mayoral committee

member for safety and security JP

Smith said the city was proud to

partner with Netball SA.

“As the home of Netball for the

next three years leading up to the

2023 Netball World Cup, the

Mother City will again showcase to

the global stage that it can host

major events in a safe environment

despite the pandemic.

“We are looking forward to

welcoming the teams to our city and

for them to experience the beauty of

the Mother City,” he said.

The federation has also called on

local teams that wish to resume

training and host coaching clinics to

submit their risk mitigation plans to

Netball SA for approval.

READY TO PLAY: Netball SA announced that

activities resumed on Monday, February 8


‘Border Rugby situation saddening’


The dysfunctional state of Border

Rugby Union (BRU) has left many in

the rugby fraternity brokenhearted,

including former CEO Syd

L a u b s ch e r.

Laubscher is a true Border man,

having spent half his life serving the

union, from the time of exclusion to

that of inclusion in rugby, when he

was one of the key figures who

helped transform BRU.

He has been a provincial

selector, general manager, executive,

CEO, and president; all-around he

has been with BRU formally from

1971 till 2008.

“I’m a lifelong member of the

Border Rugby Football Union, I

think I’m the only one left, the others

have passed on.

“I’ve been involved with Border

rugby, white and nonracial,”

reminisced Laubscher.

During the time of unification, he

witnessed the union reach

unimaginable heights, he saw the

victory over Wales in 1998 and the

Border Bulldogs take part in the

Currie Cup. The union now finds

itself in a contrasting position, being

under the administration of SA

Rugby, and with all its problems

well-documented over the years.

The union’s downward spiral has

left Laubscher heavy-hearted.

“To see what has happened to

Border Rugby is really hurting me,

the condition of Border Rugby, and

how it has slipped down is quite sad.

“It’s a really sad situation. I can’t

say there’s much hope for this

u n i o n ,” he said.

Laubscher says bad management

and infighting are the pivotal reasons

for the union’s situation.

“Things started to fall apart due to

bad management, then things went

south. From the outside looking in,

as a spectator, it’s bad management

from the executives and infighting.

“The financial wheels of Border

Rugby just fell off, they couldn’t pay

their debts and the players.”

SARU and the Eastern Cape

department of sports, arts, culture &

recreation have been working

together to solve the problems at


Laubscher believes the best

solution to turn things around is for

the sub-unions to be strong and to

get rugby people on the board and in


“We need to get club rugby and

amateur rugby sides to pick

themselves up first, that’s the main

key. We need to get an executive of

not ‘politicians’ but people who love

rugby, that’s the way forward,”

Laubscher said. - DispatchLIVE


❝We need to get

an executive of

not ‘politicians’

but people

who love

rugby, that’s

the way

f o r w a rd

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