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Premier warns leadership

Poor service delivery, audit

outcomes will cost votes

FED UP WITH POTHOLES

ANDISA BONANI

Eastern Cape premier Oscar

Mabuyane has criticised

the Chris Hani District

Municipality (CHDM) for its

lack of leadership, with all six of

its local municipalities

struggling with service delivery

and consistently receiving

“scathing” audit outcomes.

Speaking at a CHDM

strategic planning session last

Thursday, Mabuyane said this

was an election year for local

government, and a time for

reflection on whether they had

fulfilled the mandate given to

them by the masses in 2016.

“You have to answer whether

or not you have met the basic

needs of the residents of the

district, whether you provided

water, sanitation, electricity and

human settlements.

“You have to answer whether

or not you have created an

environment for businesses to

invest in the district to increase

job creation for your residents.

Local government exists

specifically to serve

communities and nothing else.

“I seriously do not know

how you are going to say you

have fulfilled the mandate you

were given by the people wh e n

municipalities in the area have

challenges of

m a l a d m i n i s t ra t i o n ,” he said

s t e r n l y.

Mabuyane said both the

CHDM and the Enoch Mgijima

Local Municipality had mayors,

councillors, speakers and

municipal managers, but there

were cows roaming the town

under their watch.

“Why is refuse piling up in

the streets of Komani, why are

you allowing government to be

cursed by the people? Why are

you allowing people to miss the

cleanliness of the town during

the apartheid days?” he asked.

“If you find it so difficult to

clean the town, how much

difficulty will you find in more

complicated development

initiatives? Are you that blind

not to see what the people are

complaining about in Komani?”

The premier instructed the

troikas of all municipalities,

including the CHDM, to

develop a thorough plan to keep

all towns of the district clean.

“On the week of March 15, I

want to come and join you on a

massive clean-up campaign of

Komani which you should

sustain after I leave. You must

show leadership so that the

residents can follow your lead.”

Mabuyane said the recent

a u d i t o r- g e n e ra l ’s reports on

audit outcomes were very

scathing on the state of financial

management in the

municipalities of the district.

RESIDENTS TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Nomzamo resident Thamsanqa Tyalimpi, pictured, and other Komani residents took it

upon themselves to repair a pothole-riddled stretch of road in Victoria Park on Wednesday. Edmund Hartnick, one of the

residents, explained: “Everyone you see here is a concerned community member because they use this road on a daily basis.

We decided to do it ourselves instead of waiting on empty promises. At the end of the day it [helps us] on maintenance of our

cars and if we leave it like this, eventually there will be no tar road in Queenstown.” Clive Prince of Aloevale added: “The

community is fed up, they voted for councillors but they do not do their job. It’s just promises.” The team relies on donations

from local businesses and other community members Picture: LUVUYO MJEKULA

“Residents see the health

status of a municipality in its

audit outcomes.

“When you get negative

audit outcomes consistently,

residents lose confidence in the

elected leadership and will

either steer away from voting or

vote differently.

“You must learn from what

happened in places like Nelson

Mandela Metropole. It started

with poor audit outcomes which

impacted on service delivery as

the municipality could not

account for finances and it

spiralled out of control.”

Mabuyane said the

leadership of the district

municipality had a great role

model in struggle stalwart Chris

Hani, whose values they ought

to emulate by improving the

livelihood of the poorest people.

He said provincial

government was going to “s ave ”

municipalities in the district

from self-destructing so they

could be fit and healthy to serve

the interests of the people.

“The treasury and cooperative

governance and

traditional affairs departments

will focus on your rescue

mission this year.

“They will also assist you to

improve spending your

municipal infrastructure grant

allocation and revenue

c o l l e c t i o n ,” said Mabuyane.

Last Wednesday, the treasury

department declared the CHDM

budget adjustment “unfunded”,

with some highlighted issues

related to unrealistic revenue

collection projections.

Mabuyane commended the

CHDM leadership for putting up

a fight against the coronavirus,

but said they needed to translate

the same work ethic to other

developmental areas.

The Rep journalists win community awards

STAFF REPORTER

Four of The Rep’s journalists

scooped top accolades at the

Forum of Community

Jo u r n a l i s t s ’ (FCJ) annual

excellence awards.

Adding to the achievement,

it was the first time that The Rep

had entered the competition.

Due to the Covid-19

pandemic, the finalists and

winners were announced

virtually via a YouTube video on

Friday February 26.

Reporter Abongile

Solundwana claimed the

runner-up spot in the coveted

Journalist of the Year category.

She said: “This was

unexpected. It is deeply

humbling and so surreal, but the

glory is the Lord’s.

“I simply labour for the

marginalised, for officials to

account for taxpayers’ m o n e y,

for justice to be served and for a

job well done to be

commended.

“I aim to make a resourceful

impact with every article I write.

“Coming second nationally

as a community journalist is a

sign that I am moving in the

right direction. I owe this to The

Rep’s team effort.”

Andisa Bonani, senior

reporter, came third in the

competitive Hard News

c a t e g o r y.

She said: “The award was

the affirmation I needed after all

the years I have dedicated to

community journalism,

covering hard news about basic

things that immensely affect

people’s lives.

“It is proof of the hard work I

put in, and also exposes the

injustices the communities are

subjected to.”

Talented intern, Ntsikelelo

Qoyo, won the Alet Roux

Award, the prestigious prize that

recognises a rising star with less

than three years’ experience.

Qoyo said: “Working at The

Rep has been one of my

life’s greatest experiences.

“The opportunity to

understudy in such a dynamic

editorial team has made me

become a far better journalist

than I ever hoped to be.

“To me, the Alet Roux Award

is affirmation that anything is

possible if you put your heart

into it and work hard.

“I’d like to thank the people

who have been in the journey

with me the past two years.

“My editor, ‘Mr M’, who

gave me my shot, not just at The

Rep but at journalism.

“The sub-editor, Chux

Fourie, who constantly reminds

us there are standards to be met

at The Rep, and my dear

colleagues, who accepted and

supported me since day one.

“They made the award

possible and I am forever

g ra t e f u l .”

Editor, Luvuyo Mjekula, wa s

the overall winner in the

Editorial Opinion category.

“It feels awesome to be

recognised in this way. It shows

that the effort my team and I put

into our work every day is not

going unnoticed.

“I take my hat off to the

journalists, but also to the rest of

the staff at The Rep because,

without their contribution, these

great achievements would not

be possible,” Mjekula stated.

You are truly the cream of the

crop in our industry, even more

so because of the record

number of entries received,”

read a statement on the FCJ’s

website.

Before the announcement,

FCJ executive director Hugo

Redelinghuys made special

mention of The Rep team as

newcomers in the competition.

Managers at Arena

Holdings, the parent company

of The Rep, expressed their

heartfelt congratulations to the

winners.

“Well done Luvuyo,

Ntsikelelo, Abongile and

Andisa!

“Congratulations and

awesome work,” said general

manager Ryan Megaw.

Chris van Heerden, product

manager for community titles

said: “I would like to

congratulate you for your hard

work and dedication in setting a

high standard.

Fourie said: “Hearty congrats

on all the accolades won by the

editorial staff.”

LUVUYO MJEKULA

ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

NTSIKELELO QOYO

ANDISA BONANI


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Pitbulls’ victim’s family devastated

LUVUYO MJEKULA

The family of the elderly

man who was savagely

killed by two pitbulls in

Ezibeleni last week have been

left deeply traumatised by his

horrific death.

Mawonga Benjamin Peteni,

of Zone 3, was walking in the

street when he was attacked by

the two dogs in the early hours

of Tuesday morning. He died on

the spot.

The pitbull terriers had

Apart from old man’s horrific death, no apology offered, they say

entered a resident’s yard in

Ezibeleni’s Zone 2 and killed his

14-month-old German

Shepherd before attacking

Peteni in the street.

Both dogs were put down

after the intervention of the

SPCA and the police.

Pe t e n i ’s nephew, Vusumzi

Magongoma, said the pitbulls’

owner had not shown any

remorse, which had left the

family even more traumatised.

“We expected the owner of the

dogs to pay us a visit so that we

could discuss the matter and he

might possibly apologise to us.

“If that had happened, we

would be in a better state than

we are in now,” he said.

Magongoma said his uncle,

affectionately known as Bob,

had suffered from a mental

illness and as such, would walk

up and down the streets of

Ezibeleni and sometimes all the

way to Komani.

“Our hearts are bleeding

from this ordeal,” he lamented.

The Rep’s attempts to get

comment from the pitbulls’

owner were unsuccessful as he

refused to comment when

approached, only complaining

that he was ‘judged’ before he

was allowed to speak his mind.

Police spokesperson Capt

Namhla Mdleleni said no action

would be taken against the

ow n e r.

The incident shocked the

Ezibeleni community, though

one resident claimed the

animals had terrorised local

residents before.

“The pitbulls have always

caused problems and we have

feared for our lives because this

is not the first time the dogs got

out of the yard and caused

ch a o s ,” said Simphiwe Qashani.

“They once jumped over the

fence, chased a local dog and

bit it.

“Luckily the owner of the

pitbulls was around and he was

called to assist.

He said Peteni’s family had

every right to lay charges against

the owner.

Peteni will be laid to rest

tomorrow (Saturday) – see

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ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Foundation has partnered with the

Chris Hani Development Agency

(CHDA) to offer the R2.5m

Microsoft Global skills

development programme to 100

youths in the Chris Hani region.

Silulo sourced external funders

to cover the programme, with

CHDA contributing R150,000

towards the six-month course.

The partnership was launched

virtually on Monday.

The students, selected from

Silulo and the CHDA’s databases,

will be equipped with Microsoft,

sales, financial and working

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p r o g ra m m e s .

Silulo Foundation has partners

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provide the content.

This skills package is highly

sought after within the corporate

world labour market, making its

beneficiaries more eligible for

employment opportunities.

Silulo founder and managing

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is a milestone for us. Silulo has

existed for more than 17 years,

bringing skills development to

township areas.

“What is great is that we are

implementing this programme in

our regional area, which creates a

deeper connection.

“We are excited. We are doing

this through our foundation to

make sure that we give back.”

Rani said the progamme

content was relevant in addressing

the requirements of the Fourth

Industrial Revolution.

He said 30% of the students

would be placed in the workplace

after completing the programme.

Rani said Silulo had grown to

43 centres in three provinces, and

had offered training to 60,000

beneficiaries over the last 12 years.

“Our business plays a social

role in skills development,

entrepreneurship and giving back

to the community.”

He added that this was the first

time the company had partnered

with a government entity.

Chris Hani District mayor,

Wongama Gela, said the

partnership addressed the creation

of skilled personnel to respond to

the human resources demands of

the local economy.

“This is a scarce skill in the

economic recovery path which

will assist in strengthening the

district development model.

“The youth face a positive

future on completion of this

programme, which is strategically

designed to address skills needs

and provide real opportunities for

personal development for the

participants.

“We welcome this partnership

i n i t i a t ive .

“Skills development is

undertaken best through strong

partnership between government,

business and labour,” Gela said.

The CHDA’s Zolile Duze said

the agency could not assist

economic development without

providing skills to youth who

would take over the economy.

“What we like about Silulo is

that it is not just training students

but also plans to assist them to be

entrepreneurs in their own right.

“Students please take the

programme seriously. We are

looking at you as future employees

of the district to contribute and

make a difference,” Duze said.

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Thetha Ngayo Art

Online giving Komani

talent exciting chance

ZINTLE BOBELO

TRANSPARENCY: CHDM mayor Wongama Gela speaks during a post-council press briefing at

the institution headquarters on Tuesday Picture: ANDISA BONANI

CHDM warns

on water cuts

Govt departments, businesses asked to pay up

ANDISA BONANI

The Chris Hani District Municipality

(CHDM) plans to cut off water provision for

government departments that owe a

combined R78m, a matter that also negatively

affects the budget of the institution as it struggles

to meet its revenue collection projections.

CHDM mayor Wongama Gela revealed

during a post-council press briefing on Tuesday

that the municipal manager, Gcobani Mashiyi,

had signed no less than 300 notices of intention

to cut off water for the departments and

businesses in the past three weeks.

Gela said a council meeting scheduled for

last Wednesday was postponed after they

received a communiqué from the provincial

treasury department that their proposed budget

for the 2020/21 financial year was declared

unfunded.

“One of the reasons highlighted by treasury

were that we had unrealistic revenue collection

projections. The department indicated that we

have been unable to collect revenue in line with

our projections in the recent past and therefore

had to cut down what we hoped to achieve this

time around.”

The mayor said even though the municipality

had improved in their revenue collection strides

in the second quarter compared with the first,

they still had a long way to go to meet the

projections in the budget.

“This means some of the interventions we

have put in place are starting to bear fruit and we

intend to accelerate that. We also need to

prioritise revenue collection from the business

sector, municipal employees, officials and

councillors, even though the largest amount is

owed by households.

“Once we have exhausted all avenues to try

and recoup the money owed to us without

success, we will have no choice but to cut them

o f f .”

One department owes the municipality a

massive R20m, with the overall household debt

amounting to about R1.9bn, including interest.

Gela said he had no doubt that after their

finance team had worked on the issues

highlighted by treasury, most of which were

related to the cutting down of finances in various

directorates of the municipality, it would come

back funded.

“The directorate heavily hit by the cuts is

corporate services. This directorate encompasses

a lot, including the operations of the municipality

and salaries. We planned to purchase new

computers but had to cut the budget for that.”

The cuts also dealt a blow to plans to add

more jetting machines to the ones envisaged for

purchase earlier. This, in essence, means four less

machines will have to be added.

Gela said some positives included the

approval of their roll-over application for drought

relief by co-operative governance and traditional

affairs, which had since been appropriated

a c c o r d i n g l y.

The Thetha Ngayo Art Online project, a platform

for young people to showcase their talent, is

giving creatives in Komani an opportunity to

audition to be part of a visual arts festival in April.

With the entertainment industry hard hit by the

Covid-19 pandemic, Avela Qwalela, the founder

of Mr Q Arts and Media Pty, said his idea of

starting the project came about after engaging

with different artists in the industry.

“I found a concept that talks to culture.

“This project is a platform for legends in the

industry to exchange indigenous knowledge with

young people as well as the significance of

culture, including the role of traditional leaders.

“It brings skills development, education and

job creation.”

He said the project was funded by the

National Arts Council and supported by the

department of sport, recreation arts & culture.

“More than 116 artists have auditioned in the

dance, drama, poetry and music categories since

the project’s inception in October.

“Entrants from around the province were

required to upload a minute-long video

presenting quality and outstanding performances

in their desired categories.

“The top five poets who were voted for by

Facebook users recently attended a training

session ahead of the big day.

“We will upload videos of the top 25 in dance,

hip-hop and music on Friday.

“We want them to be exposed to an online

audience so they can have a huge following.

“I was able to change young people’s lives

through arts. This industry has a big role in society.

GROOMING YOUNG CREATIVES: Founder

of Mr Q Arts and Media Pty, Avela Qwalela,

encourages young artists to take part in the

Thetha Ngayo Art Online talent project

Picture: SUPPLIED

Leadership, for me, is based on facilitating a

platform for good decision-making.

“While it is something that comes from the

heart, it is also a form of job creation.”

Qwalela said Komani-based artists were being

offered the chance to be part of the experience by

submitting a one-minute video showcasing their

talent. Videos are to be submitted via Whatsapp

on 065-927 6938, no later than Sunday.


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Top five matrics are honoured

Chris Hani west pupils attend virtual ceremony

ANDISA BONANI,

ABONGILE

SOLUNDWANA and

ZINTLE BOBELO

Five top Chris Hani west

pupils were awarded for

their stellar performance

in the 2020 matric exams

during a department of

education virtual c e r e m o ny

r e c e n t l y.

The five pupils, who also

received bursaries, included

Queenstown Girls’ High (GHS)

pupil Sharon Jomon, who

received the premier’s top

achiever award, followed by

Ekuphumleni High pupil

Masixole Matshini in second

place.

Cacadu-based Ntsonkotha

High pupil, Emihle Jaxa, was

first in the historically

disadvantaged institutions,

followed by Kwa-Komani High

pupil Hlakanipha Mpande.

Another Ekuphumleni High

pupil, Masande Daniso, was in

first position in the historically

disadvantaged institutions

cluster B category.

Proud parents s and teachers

celebrated with the pupils, wh o

are set to jet off to some

prestigious higher learning

institutions in the country,

during the screening of the

virtual event at GHS.

An elated Jomon said she

was excited and privileged to

have received the award and

thanked all who supported and

believed in her, including the

teachers who made sure she

received the best possible

education.

“There was a lot of

uncertainty last year because of

the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We did not even write the

mid-year exams to get a feel of

what was to come.

“However, we had to push

and work harder than we have

ever in the past years and we

managed to achieve great

r e s u l t s .”

Jaxa said 2020 was difficult

academically but afternoon

classes offered at his school had

played an important part in

ensuring the matric pupils did

not miss out on school work.

“I am grateful for the bursary

because I did not have other

means to pay for university fees,

so this is a huge relief for my

f a m i l y.”

Jaxa and Jomon will both be

studying at the University of

Cape Town, in chemical

engineering and electrical and

computer engineering.

Schools affiliated to the

Queenstown Education

Foundation (QEF) including

Queen’s College, Get Ahead,

Hoërskool Hangklip and

Hexagon High all did

exceptionally well, with GHS

the highest-achieving.

QEF director of

programming, fundraising and

stakeholder relations,

Jacqueline Wijtenburg, said

GHS was the province’s only

school to record 29 successive

years of a 100% pass rate.

“The GHS class of 2020 also

ranked third in the province for

a Bachelor’s pass rate of 92%

and nine A aggregates.

“Queen’s College increased

its number of Bachelor passes

and number of distinctions,

Hoërskool Hangklip increased

its Bachelor pass rate, Get

Ahead College increased its

overall pass rate, as well as its

number of Bachelor passes and

distinctions, and Hexagon High

increased its overall pass rate as

well as its number of Bachelor

passes.

“Both GAP College and

Hexagon also scored a greater

percentage of distinctions per

learner than the EC provincial

ave ra g e ,” said Wijtenburg.

Ekuphumleni High

improved from 80% to 90.22%.

The school also attained 89

Bachelors passes, 53 diplomas

and 15 higher certificates.

Out of 174 pupils who

wrote the exams, 157 passed.

Acting principal Mzi

Mdlangu said: “We

congratulate our two top pupils

- Masande Daniso who got

eight distinctions, and Masixole

Matshini, who got seven

distinctions.

“Ekuphumleni is the only

school in Chris Hani West with

two top achievers.

“We attribute and dedicate

the achievement to the late

former principal, Lizwe Ngalo.

“He was a hard worker,

dedicated - a man of integrity.

“He used to stay with the

matrics until 2am while they

were studying.”

Siyaphakama High matrics

in Sterkstroom improved by

4.6%, from 62.9% to 66.6%,

attaining nine Bachelors passes,

nine diplomas and four senior

certificates.

School principal Sindezama

Zinganto said: “We did not

expect the results to improve

due to the pandemic. “I am

thankful to God and the

educators who dedicated

themselves in the midst of

losing an excellent maths

literacy educator who passed

on last year.

“The educators made a

commitment to make up for lost

time due to the pandemic.

“Our maths, physical

science, agricultural science,

accounting, English and Xhosa

students got 100% passes.”

Luvuyo Lerumo High

principal, Simphiwe Tyilana,

said the school had showed a

significant improvement, with a

61.4% pass rate compared with

the 48% obtained the previous

year, with 18 Bachelor passes,

19 diplomas and 14 higher

certificates.

“The pupils performed well.

We thought the situation was

going to be worse under the

c i rc u m s t a n c e s .

“We had hoped for a 70%

pass rate. Although we fell

short, we feel it was good

enough.

“There were less higher

certificates compared with the

previous year and we have seen

a lot of improvement.

“Last year’s group was the

best we have had.”

Ngcobo-based N ya n g a

High, which obtained a 95.5%

pass rate in 2019, declined to

84.21%, with 103 Bachelors,

51 diplomas and 22 higher

certificates.

Principal Khulile Qamata

said pupils had to learn under

difficult circumstances after

having to suspend academic

tuition after reported Covid-19

cases at the institution in June.

“This is still a difficult year

because we are dealing with a

matric class that was not taught

everything. The quality of

learning has improved and we

remain optimistic,” he said.

Nkwanca High principal

Nkosinathi Mbutuma said out

of the school’s 223 pupils who

wrote the 2020 final matric

exams, only 140 passed.

The school obtained a

62.8% pass rate compared with

79.8% obtained the previous

ye a r.

The school had 64 Bachelor

passes, 37 diplomas, 39 higher

certificates and 32 distinctions.

“One of the contributing

factors to the decline was lack

of co-operation from pupils and

the plan is to continue with

extra classes, where we are also

assisted by the department. We

ask for parental involvement so

we are able to reach our target.”

Chris Hani west was the

third top performing district in

the Eastern Cape.

Reading for fun flies by at Louis Rex Primary

HAPPY

READING:

Louis Rex

Primary

School

pupils

during

their

Wo r l d

Read

Aloud

Day

celebra -

tions on

Friday last

week

P i c t u re :

SUPPLIED

REP REPORTER

Louis Rex Primary School in New Rest

celebrated World Read Aloud Day 2021

last Friday.

Language teachers and education

assistants dressed up to portray different

characters from books, movies and TV

such as Shrek, Liewe Heksie, Tinkerbell,

Fairy Godmothers, Ladybug and Diary of

a Wimpy Kid, to name a few.

“The aim was to instil a love for

reading and also to develop [pupils’]

reading skills. The main focus was to read

for enjoyment and to use your

i m a g i n a t i o n ,” said a statement from the

s ch o o l .

The story Fly, everyone, fly! was used.

“It is a story by Sihle Nontshokweni,

and Margriet Brink and Leo Daly were

responsible for the illustrations. The theme

of the story was emphasised: You do not

have to be in a real aeroplane to be able

to fly.”

According to the statement, different

props and teaching aids were used such

as the flags of Zimbabwe, England, Brazil,

Japan and South Africa, and paper

aeroplanes. One pupil was dressed up as

a pilot.

“Pupil involvement was vital and each

pupil made his or her own paper

a e r o p l a n e .”

The story can be downloaded on

w w w. n a l i b a l i . m o b i

“Both teacher assistants and pupils

certainly enjoyed the project and we hope

they succeeded in their goal to enjoy

reading and to just have fun.”

All the pupils received an emblem

with the words “Proud to read aloud”,

which they had to colour in and can wear

around their neck as a reminder that

reading can be fun.

Relieved Sada matric inmates

overcome Covid-19 challenges

ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

Sada Correctional Centre inmates

achieved an 83.3% matric pass rate, a

slight increase from 83% in 2019.

The Sada School of Excellence had six

inmates who sat for the final examination,

of whom five passed.

The centre attained two Bachelors

passes, two diplomas and a higher

certificate.

A teacher at the school, Sipho Ntabeni,

said: “2020 was a challenging year due to

the pandemic, but we did our best.

“Our pupils were demotivated and

wanted to drop out, but we made use of

social work services to keep them

m o t iva t e d .

“We had to close for some time, but

when we reopened we kept on track.” Due

to the intervention, only one inmate

dropped out for fear of contracting Covid.

The 24 inmates at the Cradock

Correctional Youth Centre obtained an

87.5% pass rate - a 12.5% decline

compared to 2019 - with 21 passing and

three due to write supplementary exams.

The centre achieved 14 Bachelors

passes, six diplomas and a higher

certificate.

Out of four inmates at St Alban’s

Correctional Centre in Gqebera (formerly

Port Elizabeth) who wrote the matric

exams, three passed (85.9%) and one is to

write a supplementary exam.

They obtained a Bachelors pass, a

diploma and a higher certificate.

Sada, the Cradock Correctional Centre

and St Albans were some of the 17

registered schools which offered formal

education to inmates.

Acting regional communications

coordinator, Thandokazi Marwanqa, said

34 inmates wrote the examinations in the

p r ov i n c e .

“Of them, 29 passed and five are due to

write supplementary examinations.

“The three schools combined recorded

an 85.29% pass rate, a slight decline from

the previous year’s 97%.”

Minister of justice and correctional

services, Ronald Lamola, announced the

results virtually to the inmates.

EC Correctional Services regional

commissioner Phiko Mbambo said: “One

of the pillars of effective rehabilitation for

inmates is education.”

PRISON SCHOOL: Sada Correctional Centre School of

Excellence matric inmates wait in anticipation before receiving

their final results, announced virtually by minister of justice and

correctional services Ronald Lamola Picture: SUPPLIED


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VAN GENSEN DOMINIC

24/02/2017

Today my family is reminded of the devastating

day, 4 years ago, when my Son, and our Daddy,

Dominic left us to be with his Eternal Father.

All we have left is our memories that we can

cherish and the deep love for him in our hearts.

Father Thulani described Dominic as and Angel

because he lived to do good unto others. We

therefore salute and celebrate the life of our

Angel Dominic today.

Treasured Memories of Mamma Alice

and children Zane and Simone

THERESA KATIE KEPKEY

~ 08.03.2015 ~

In loving memory of our dear Mother and Grandmother

who passed away 6 years ago. Always loved and remembered by

your Children, Grandchildren, Sisters & family

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MAGWEBU

MANDLA

Late of

Zwelethemba,

EJojweni, Lady

Frere District

Born: 08.07.1945

Died: 20.02.2021

Funeral: Saturday

06.03.2021

Starting at home

at 8am (The Old

Apostolic Church).

Thence to the

Zwelethemba

Cemetery,

Jojweni for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MGXUBANE

MBATHANE

MATSHAYA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MRUBATA

NOMATEMBA

PRINCESS

Late of Upper

Didimana,

Whittlesea District

Born: 25.10.1935

Died: 22.02.2021

Funeral: Saturday

06.03.2021

The cortege will

proceed to the

Upper Didimana

Cemetery,

Whittlesea for an

early burial at 8am,

followed by a

service at home

at 9am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MADLAMINI

JAMA KA

SJADU

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

NOJAHOLO

NODATHINI

JOYCE

Late of 108 Gala

Street, Atlanta,

Cradock

Born: 01.03.1956

Died: 24.02.2021

Funeral: Friday

05.03.2021

Starting at

home at 9am

(Mission Apostolic

Jerusalem Church

in Zion). Thence

to the Cradock

Cemetery for the

Interment at 11am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MANGWANYA

MAMQADI

NCWINA

MPHANKOMO

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MAYONGO

BEAUTY

NOMALUNGA

Late of 2878

Pambo Street,

Unifound,Mlungisi,

Komani

Born: 01.09.1947

Died: 21.02.2021

Funeral: Saturday

06.03.2021

Starting at home at

8am (Full Nazareth

Apostolic Church

in S.A.). Thence to

the Komani Town

Cemetery for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MANDLOVU

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

JOHNSON

FUZILE

ERAMUS

Late of 371 Zone

3, Ezibeleni,

Komani

Born: 18.09.1974

Died: 25.02.2021

Funeral: Saturday

06.03.2021

Thence to the

Komani Town

Cemetery for an

early burial at

08:30, followed

by a service at

the African Native

Mission Church,

Ezibeleni at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

NQARWANE

ZIDULI

YINTSABE

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MQWEBA

NOLEVEN

NOZONELA

Late of Emanyosini,

Qhugqwaru,

Vaalbank, Lady

Frere District

Born: 11.11.1928

Died: 23.02.2021

Funeral: Saturday

06.03.2021

Starting at home

at 8am (Methodist

Church of S.A.).

Thence to the

eManyosini

Cemetery,

Qhugqwaru for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMZIMA

CEDUMA

BHOMOYI

NXEKO

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

FULLER

ELAINE

HOPE

passed away

peacefully at

Madeira Old Age

Home, Kingsway,

Komani on Tuesday

the 2nd of March

2021 at the age of

89 years old. Sadly

missed and deeply

mourned by her

loving daughters,

grandchildren,

great grandchildren,

extended family and

friends. A Memorial

Service to celebrate

Elaine’s life will

be conducted by

family friend Mr.

Alan Marsh at 27

Buxton Street on

Friday the 5th of

March 2021 at 10

o’clock, followed by

a private Cremation

in East London.

Friends kindly

accept the

following intimation.

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

For all your

Property Advertising

needs call

045 839 4040

today!

BEYI

LUNGELWA

Late of 334 Zone 2,

Ezibeleni, Komani

Born: 26.11.1964

Died: 24.02.2021

Funeral: Saturday

06.03.2021

Starting at home

at 9am (African

Catholic Church).

Thence to the

Komani Town

Cemetery for the

Interment at 11am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MAMQWATHI

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

MPAYIPHELI

JOHNSON

BORN: 1972-10-25

DIED: 2021-02-27

FUNERAL: 2021-03-06

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

A115 Zwelethemba

Location Dordrecht

at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Dordrecht

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

NKUBU

SIBONELO

BORN: 2005-10-20

DIED: 2021-02-24

FUNERAL: 2021-03-07

(Sunday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

Farmini Location Xonxa

A/A Cacadu district

at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Xonxa

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

PIKOKO

BUYISWA

BORN: 1969-01-07

DIED: 2021-02-20

FUNERAL: 2021-03-06

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

KwaGcina Location

Qoqodala A/A Cacadu

District at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

KwaGcina

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

MROLA

NONTOBEKO

BORN: 1938-03-20

DIED: 2021-02-20

FUNERAL: 2021-03-06

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

Tendergate Location

Ntabethemba A/A

Whittlesea at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Tendergate

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

MOHLWAYO

NOMATAMSANQA

TESSA

BORN: 1970-06-06

DIED: 2021-02-28

FUNERAL: 2021-03-07

(Sunday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at 6580

Nkobi street Nomzamo

Location Mlungisi

Township Komani

at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Komani Town

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

MQUTENI

BALISWA

BORN: 1985-12-20

DIED: 2021-02-22

FUNERAL: 2021-03-06

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

Manqundwane Location

Qawukeni A/A Whittlesea

at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Manqundwane

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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ZINGQI

BONGA

BORN: 1978-10-27

DIED: 2021-02-23

FUNERAL: 2021-03-06

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

Sodladla Location

Mabhobha A/A Mt Frere

at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Sodladla

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

NDAMANE

MFUNDO

THIOPHAS

BORN: 1988-09-19

DIED: 2021-02-23

FUNERAL: 2021-03-06

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

Maqhubela location Upper

Ndonga A/A Cacadu

District at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Maqhubela

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

NGINASE

MZWANDILE

SYDNEY

BORN: 1952-04-28

DIED: 2021-02-24

FUNERAL: 2021-03-03

(Wednesday)

VENUE: Funeral service

was held at home at

Kalikeni Location

Tsholomnqa A/A East

London at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Tsholomnqa

TIME: 11:00am

LALA NGOXOLO

NCIBANE, MCIRHA,

NOJAHOLO.

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

Contact us for your

property advertising

needs 045 839 4040

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MGWEBA

NOLUFEFE

BORN: 1981-09-08

DIED: 2021-02-20

FUNERAL: 2021-03-07

(Sunday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home

at Mtshanyana village

CEMETERY:

Mtshanyana

TIME:

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

MAZWAI

ANDILE

NELSON

BORN: 1962-09-21

DIED: 2021-02-27

FUNERAL: 2021-03-06

(Saturday)

VENUE: Funeral service

will be held at home at

1109 Dube Location Sada

Township Whittlesea

at 09:00 am

CEMETERY:

Sada

TIME: 11:00am

PHUMLA NGOXOLO

KOMANI AVBOB

FUNERAL SERVICES

ROBINSON ROAD 29

QUEENSTOWN

Tel: 045 838 2771

Cell: 083 503 8057

VENSKE,

EDNA

FREDA

(nee Meyer)

28/09/38 - 28/02/21

We are sad to

announce the

peaceful passing

of our mother at

Nazareth House,

Port Elizabeth.

Fondly remembered

and missed by Ursula

& James, Jennifer,

Donovan, & Sarah,

Craig and Samantha

and grandchildren.

The memorial service

will be held at the

Milnerton Chapel,

First Avenue Funeral

Home, 1st Avenue

Walmer on Monday,

8 March 2021 at

12 noon.

ŽŝĚĞŝĐŽŶ

apply. Please contact

Ursula 072 108 2652

ŝĨĂĞŶĚŝŶŐ

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MAHOTE

WELLINGTON

UNATHI

Late of Elalini,

Xonxa, Lady Frere

District

Born: 26.05.1986

Died: 23.02.2021

Funeral: Saturday

06.03.2021

Starting at home

at 8am (Roman

Catholic Church).

Thence to the

Elalini Cemetery,

Xonxa for the

Interment at 10am

LALA

NGOXOLO

MQOCO

ZIKHALI JOJO

TIYEKA

RUSSELL AND SON

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Tel. 045 839 4012

PETENI

MAWONGA

BENJAMIN

Born: 18.03.1955

Died: 23.02.2021

Funeral: 06.03.2021

(Saturday)

Address: 66613 Zone 3

Ezibeleni (Queenstown)

Venue: 66613 Zone 3

Ezibeleni (Queenstown)

Time: 09H00 - 11H00

Interment: Queenstown

Cemetery

LALA NGOXOLO:

MQHINEBE

ELVIS SKEPE FUNERAL

DIRECTORS

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LOST OR DESTROYED DEED

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

Notice is hereby given in terms of

regulation 68 of the Deeds Registries

Act, 1937, of the intention to apply for

the issue of a certified copy of title deed,

T 31283/1982CTN, passed by

1. VERNON PHILLIPS Born on 6th of

October 1918

Identity Number 181006 5028 004

2. RAYMUND PERCIVAL PHILLIPS

Born on 30th of November 1930

Identity Number 301130 3025 0013

in favour of

STEPHANUS FOURIE SCHOEMAN

Identity Number 370208 5063 087

Married out of community of property

in respect of certain

1. PORTION 1 OF THE FARM RATELHOEK

122 SITUATED IN THE ENOCH MGIJIMA

LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, DIVISION OF

TARKA, PROVINCE OF THE EASTERN CAPE

IN EXTENT 1547,6765 (ONE THOUSAND

FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY SEVEN

COMMA SIX SEVEN SIX FIVE) Hectares

2. FARM 161 SITUATED IN THE ENOCH

MGIJIMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY,

DIVISION OF TARKA, PROVINCE OF THE

EASTERN CAPE

IN EXTENT 26,3370 (TWENTY SIX

COMMA THREE THREE SEVEN ZERO)

Hectares

3. FARM 162 SITUATED IN THE ENOCH

MGIJIMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY,

DIVISION OF TARKA, PROVINCE OF THE

EASTERN CAPE

IN EXTENT 15,0735 (FIFTEEN COMMA

ZERO SEVEN THREE FIVE) Hectares

which has been lost or destroyed.

All interested persons having objection

to the issue of such copy are hereby required

to lodge the same in writing with

the Registrar of Deeds at King Williamstown

within two weeks from the date of

the publication of this notice

Dated at Port Elizabeth this 24th day of

February 2021.

Applicant: Marianne Friend

Address: 22 Kragga Kamma Road,

Sunridge Park, Port Elizabeth

E -mail: info@mariannefriend.co.za

Contact number: 0827829084

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LOST OR DESTROYED DEED

Notice is hereby given in terms of

regulation 68 of the Deeds Registries

Act,1937, of the intention at apply for the

issue of a certified copy of Deed of Grant

TG802/1998 passed by ENOCH MGIJIMA

LOCAL MUNICIPALITY in favour of ZOLA

SAMSON VUMAZONKE in respect of

certain ERF 1149 EZIBELENI, DISTRICT

OF CACADU, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

which has been lost or destroyed.

All interested persons having objection

to the issue of such copy are hereby

required to lodge the same in writing

with the Registrar of Deeds at Mthatha

within two weeks from the publication

date of this notice.

DATED AT QUEENSTOWN ON THIS 5th

DAY OF NOVEMBER 2020

Anthony Tyaliti Inc.

18 Ebden Street

Queenstown

5319

Tel: 045 838 9785

MOUNTAIN PARK AGRI (PTY) LTD

NOTICE

OF AN APPLICATION FOR THE TAKING OF WATER FROM A

WATER RESOURCE

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NOTICE: 2021/02/HL

PROPOSED REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIVE TITLE DEED

CONDITION, T50/2015 ERF 2224 KOMANI.

Council has received the following application in terms of the Land

Use Planning Ordinance No 15 of 1985 SPLUMA No 16/2013:

Removal of restrictive title deed condition on ERF 2224 to

operate a playschool.

A copy of these applications may be inspected during normal

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2C Komani Street, Komani.

together with valid reasons within 30 days of publication of this

Please contact Mr. U Galada on Tel: 045 807 6400 for queries in

connection with this application

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LOST OR DESTROYED TITLE DEED

Notice is hereby given in terms of Regulation 68

of the Deeds Registries Act, 1937 of the intention

to apply for the issue of a certified copy of Deed

of Transfer Number T17609/1998CTN passed

by Christiaan Arnoldus Jacobus Els, Identity

number 600820 5098 08 7, unmarried, to Edgar

Eduard Flugel, Identity number 321118 5012

00 2 and Janice Joy Flugel, Identity number

420220 0002 00 2 Married in community of

property to each other, in respect of

1. ERF 112 STERKSTROOM, in Enoch Mgijima

Local Municipality Division of Queenstown,

Province of the Eastern Cape

2. ERF 113 STERKSTROOM, in Enoch Mgijima

Local Municipality Division of Queenstown,

Province of The Eastern Cape

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We extend very happy birthday

wishes to Colleen Aylesbury, Mark

Krautz, Yolanda Russell, Evan

Fincham, Cade Raasch and Gerrit

Marais (March 5), Sarel Strydom,

Lindie Wiggill, Zelda van Niekerk,

Sasha McMillan, Kenny Redgard and

Mimiza Mhlekwa (March 6), Wayne

Swingburn, Janet Webb, Denicia and

Denique Johnson (March 7), Jessica

Keel, Karen Maritz, Anneria Marais,

Alasdair McDonald and Nellie

Forward (March 8), Marie van der

Merwe, Steven Dell, Cheryl

Pohlmann, Jenny Murray, Nadia

Labuschagne, JP Jonas, Marizel

Bekker, Jeannette Ludick and Stephen

Butler (March 9), Anel Corbett,

Teagan Muller, Ken Clark, Francesca

Ross, Levern Brecht and Liezel

Reynolds (March 10), Chane

Kitching, Monique Lombard, Natalie

Hardnick and Alida Sahd (March 11),

Ingrid Green (March 12), Bianca le

Roux (March 13), Edonique Winnaar

and Neliswa Benn (March 16), and

former Queenstonian Roger Carthew

and Colette Heuer (March 19).

C o n g ra t u l a t i o n s on another wedding

anniversary to Peter and Verena Uhlig

(March 19).

Condolences to the families and

friends of Nokuthula Mciteka, former

Queenstonian Glyn Thompson, Errol

Hayes, George Phillips, Tiki

Nohanyaza, Zonwabele Meyi,

Mzukisi Jacu, Nomnqwebiso Moni,

Lulama Gxoyiya and Songezo Ningia.

Name changes

saga revealing

HAPPY COUPLE: Conill and Marchelene du Plessis celebrating their special day when they were married at the Old

Apostolic Church in Komani on February 27 Picture: SUPPLIED

FACE 2 FACE with /Dolly 'Dolls' Ngqula

The name changes announced by

minister of arts, culture & sport,

Nathi Mthethwa, have dominated

social media and the media at large.

What this saga exposes is how

ignorant my fellow South Africans

are about their own rich and multilayered

history and how little they

know about the area they call home.

People have for far too long

believed the nonsensical accounts

they were fed by the apartheid and

colonial historians at high school,

whose intentions were to cover up

the atrocities and injustices visited

upon the indigenous peoples of this

great country.

Many people have lost

perspective when it comes to names.

Some believe names mean

nothing and are not a priority in a

country that has such high levels of

unemployment and poverty.

Some argue that the money used

to change names could be better

used by feeding the hungry and

helping the destitute.

If names are not important, why

do 99% of all black Africans who

themselves were given “Christian or

English” names at birth make it a

point today not to do the same to

their own children?

It is because they understand the

importance of a name, for one’s own

sense of self and pride.

Where were these people when

the SA flag was changed after the

1994 elections? Were there no poor

people then?

Where were these people when

Jan Smuts Airport was renamed OR

Tambo Airport?

The very same people who now

talk of Limpopo, Gauteng,

Polokwane and so forth without

thinking twice about it are now

frothing at the mouth because Port

Elizabeth is now given an African

name that represents the people and

the language of origin in that area.

Some, like the DA mayor of

Nelson Mandela Bay, Nqaba

Bhanga, believe that, “While not

disputing the need for geographical

names that portray an inclusive

country, I believe these names have

no relation to and/or connection to

IN TOUCH

Phumelele P Hlati

the people of our metro.” He went

on to say many other things about

how the name itself has no meaning.

As I listened to him on radio, I

cringed at the nonsense he spewed

with such breathtaking confidence.

I waited for at least one of the

radio presenters to ask him in

isiXhosa: “he mfondini uyaziva

uthini kanye kanye”? Loosely

translated “Do you realise that you

are speaking nonsense?”

For whose benefit are they

objecting to the names?

What exactly is their objection

about the names? Who was

Elizabeth Donkin and why would a

whole city be named after her?

Let me be blunt - we do not have

time to nurse the feelings of people

who oppose things for the sake of it.

We do not have time to satisfy a

few who feel they may be living in a

city whose name may not represent

them (whatever that means).

We are in a nation-building

project that seeks to transform this

African country to represent its

people and not be a vestige of a

shameful colonial history.

Nqaba Bhanga and Charles

Nqakula of the ANC regional task

team must fall in line - we have no

time to nurse their bruised egos.

Just because 19,000 or 260,000

or whatever signed a petition doesn’t

mean they have to be listened to at

the expense of everybody else. That

is not how democracy works.

If they feel the process was not

done by the book they can a p p r o a ch

the courts - but in the meantime,

Gqeberha, Kariega, Qonce, Gompo,

and Nqanqarhu it is.

KOMANI WEATHER

Scattered thundershowers may be

expected today, when it will be

mostly cloudy. The temperature will

vary between 14 and 26°C. Humidity

will be high, with a moderate breeze.

On Saturday the minimum

temperature will again be 14°C and it

will be partly cloudy. There is a slight

chance of rain and the humidity will

be down a bit. There will again be a

moderate breeze.

Sunday will be mostly sunny and

the wind will step up a little. The

minimum temperature will be 12°C

and the maximum up to 29°C. —

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

Bangakhula Older Persons' Association

Q1.What does your

position entail?

AI am responsible for

planning the

association's programmes

and activities and for

assessing the register.

Although we have

returned to level one of the

lockdown, we are trying our

best, while subject to

restrictions.

2. What do you enjoy about

being a part of Bangakhula?

We help each other to grow

spiritually and offer

emotional support in hard

times

We exercise, sing and

participate in the Golden

Games.

3.What was your previous

p ro f e s s i o n ?

I used to be a teacher and a

radio talk show host at Radio

Xhosa, now known as

Mhlobo Wenene FM.

4. What advice would you

give to teachers?

A teacher must have a vision.

They must be patient,

because they are dealing

with children who have

issues stemming from home.

As Jesus was a teacher,

the main objective is to teach

and to look after the future of

the pupils.

5. Your advice to matrics

who did not make it?

Keep trying. Do not lose

hope, your life has not come

to an end and neither has the

wo r l d .

6. What's your motto in life?

Motivate and inspire others,

and always remember to

thank God.

7. What are the top five

items on your bucket list?

To do everything to the best

of my ability without

expectation and to always

leave a positive impression,

be it in church, cooking, or

one of my motivational talks.

YO U R VOICE opinions on the street

8. What do you love about

Ko m a n i ?

Komani has a lot of musical

talent - from conductors, to

choral music and jazz

musicians.

Locals are really

dedicated to their craft.

It is a small town with all

kinds of personalities.

When I first came here

the people were warm and

welcoming. The people of

this town are willing to teach

many things.

9. What is your take on the

recent name changes in SA?

I wish officials would get

along and follow the correct

processes.

They should make sure

people agree with a ch o s e n

name.

It should resonate with

their heritage, the same way

Komani was never an issue.

What do you think about …

ANNELIZE DU

PLESSIS

SA recently moved to

lockdown level 1, which

means restrictions were

eased on things like alcohol

sales and public gatherings.

The Rep asked people in

Komani for their reaction.

Annelize du Plessis

from Top Town

I think it is fine to move the

lockdown to level 1, but my

big concern is the alcohol

outlets that have been

opened.

I feel they should still be

given a timeframe. The rest of

A N AT H I

NZIMANI

SIBUSISO

TYUTHU

the things I do understand,

but the liquor shops should

have a limit and only be

allowed to open until Friday.

We know people do not

listen, especially when they

drink a lot.

Anathi Nzimani

from Whittlesea

I do not see any difference in

the president lowering the

lockdown level. The only

thing I want is for him to

open up job opportunities for

the youth, that’s all.

MKHULULI

TA K A N E

Sibusiso Tyuthu

from Ezibeleni

I feel good, everything can

be done now and we can

also work.

What we want now is the

vaccine – we want to get our

jabs so that we do not catch

the virus.

Mkhululi Takane

from Zwelitsha

It was now or never because,

to be frank, people were

dying anyway because we

had nothing to stop the virus.

BONGIWE

GADLELA

I think it is better this way so

that people can live

normally, the way they are

used to living life.

Bongiwe Gadlela

from Nomzamo

It would have been better to

stay on the previous level.

On this current level

people get drunk, stab each

other and break into homes.

Those of us who do not

do these things are victims.

It was better when

everything was restricted.


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Wo m e n ’s football back in play

LFA leadership wants team at Safa regional level

ANDISA BONANI

The Enoch Mgijima Local

Football Association (LFA)

leadership plans to

resuscitate the non-existent

wo m e n ’s football league so

there will be a female team at

Safa regional level.

The planning and

restructuring of the league was

discussed during a meeting at

the Dumpy Adams Sport

Complex on Saturday.

Enoch Mgijima LFA head of

wo m e n ’s football Thembakazi

Koni indicated there were 13

teams in the area that would

have to play against each other

to determine which would

represent them in the region.

“Safa requested that we do

things differently this time. We

will now play according to our

zones per LFA. This means all

zones with soccer teams will

play against each other and

choose the best team to play

against other zone level

winners. We are doing this

because some zones have more

than one team. The Komani

zone has four teams so will play

together and the overall winner

will represent our zone.

“Teams with one team will

automatically play in the games

that will determine the overall

winner to represent Enoch

Mgijima at Safa regional level,”

said Koni.

Enoch Mgijima zones

include Komani, Ezibeleni,

Ilinge, Ntabethemba, Dongwe

and Molteno.

She said the teams did not

automatically qualify to play in

the league. They first had to

register at their LFA and pay

R100, and then with regional

Safa, which cost R500.

“Te a m s need to officially

register with the LFA, but due to

financial constraints we might

end up with eight teams.

“Safa has not explained to us

how the R500 they require will

assist the teams. We do not

know whether the money is for

prizes or not. We have

scheduled a meeting with the

heads of all LFAs in the region

and we will ask all questions

about the money,” she said.

The women’s football league

is set to commence in April.

Old Collegians new

heads have big plans

ON THE BALL

MAXWELL LEVINE

As they say, change is good,

and the winds of change have

blown in the direction of Old

Collegians (OC) RFC, one of

the biggest clubs in Komani.

A new executive was

elected at a special general

meeting last Friday, culminating

a new structure, with the hope

of revitalising the struggling

club and bringing it back to

where it belongs among the top

tier teams of Border rugby.

Once the darlings of rugby

in the VAN area (Victoria Park,

Aloevale and New Rest), the

club has been a shadow of its

former self, dropping from the

top tier Super League to the

Premier League and from there,

relegated to the First Division.

With the calibre of players

at its disposal, it is shocking to

find OC in the lower leagues.

However, in steps Jerome

Jasson as the new chairperson,

taking over from incumbent

Maxwell Levine, who has

relocated to Cape Town.

Jasson is a long-standing

member of OC, having played

for the club and serving a

period as vice chair.

He has deep roots with OC

and his father, the late Winston

Jasson, was a former president.

Jerome was also the first

sponsor, through his company

JJ Motors, of the first three

editions of the popular OC 10s.

He comes into the position

well equipped with business

acumen, coupled with his

passion and love for the club.

Another long-standing

member of the club, Brian

Williams, comes in as vicechair.

He was one of the best

players OC has ever produced.

He excelled in his rugby

career, playing numerous times

for the provincial team and

even touring Italy.

He has been with OC all his

life as a player and coach, with

his most recent position that of

director of rugby at the club.

Another stalwart, Brandon

Adonis, is now treasurer, with

the expertise of working in the

banking sector. He is also a

former club player.

Nicolene van Schalkwyk

has moved from treasurer to

secretary. It is her second term

on the executive, with Riaan

Davids as assistant secretary.

Levine was retained on the

executive to provide expert

advice. He has served on the

OC executive since 2011.

Colin Kemp moves from

player to additional member,

with Deveron Zoopz Loutz

shifting from coach to the

executive as an additional

m e m b e r.

With the executive elected,

the club hopes to solidify their

coaching structures, work hard,

and return to the Super League

within two years.

ATTACK MINDED: Black Stars FC, in yellow, red and blue, faced Rising Stars FC in a friendly

match in Komani recently as the teams prepared for the junior soccer league set to kick off in

April Picture: ANDISA BONANI

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