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>> Children of Esiqongeni are doing it for themselves by fundraising money to fix their toilets which are not working NOKULUNGA NGOBESE

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ACK of proper toilets at EsiqongeniHighSchool,hasprompted the school’s Grade 10 pupils to start fundraising in a bid to repair or replace all toilets that are not working.

The group, known as Y-Cap buddies, aims to have replaced at least eight toilets through donations and fundraising initiatives by the end of this year. School teacher, Thembile Dlamini, said that the project is part of their life orientation practicals, which is to identify those things that

disrupt teaching and learning in schools. Under the theme: ‘Learners unite to renovate their school’, the pupils have applied for funding from potential sponsors, and will print donation forms for all pupils at the school. They will also host events as a fundraising strategy. Group chairperson

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Khanyisani Duma said: “The project deals with all those things that are a hindrance to pupils performing their utmost best at school. In our school, there are so many resources that we do not have, including proper roofs, but our main challenge is the toilets. “All eight toilets are not working. We are using six of them but they are

unflushable and we have to use buckets to flush them. On top of being unflushable, they are leaking, and sometimes you find water flooding classrooms. “When it is very hot, we cannot even concentrate in class because of the smell coming from them.” He further appealed for support.

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Uniforms donated to the needy ECHO REPORTER

>>news@myecho.co.za ITHEMBALAMAGAYE Trading Enterprise donated school uniforms to six needy pupils from McCarthy primary school in Tamboville. The uniforms and cosmetics were given to six girls from different grades at the school. Ithembalamagaye is a company that deals in events, decorations and dripping classes. The owners of the company, husband and wife team Thembi and Enock Cele, told Echo that they want to lend a hand to needy communities, especially children. Thembi said anyone who is grown up has a story to tell about the hardships of life, adding that people have different backgrounds. She said she chose the children with the help of the teachers of the school and area volunteer Khanyi Ndabezitha. “We live in Eastwood where we

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operate our business and we know that there are children who are struggling in the school. Having experienced some of the hardships of life, we decided to offer uniforms to the six girls. We bought them school uniforms, toothpaste, soaps, toothbrushes and rulers. “We are aware that some parents cannot afford some of these things because they are struggling at home. We wanted add on what theparentshavedoneandgiveout to those who cannot have it all. “We are urging other businesses, or anyone who can offer help, to lend a hand and help those who are unable to help themselves,” said Cele. The school principal Thulile Mchunu said they are grateful for the initiative. “We thank Ithembalamagaye for donating the uniform to the children. We are appealing to other people to lend a hand by helping these children,” said Mchunu.

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>> They say they have failed to submit their assignments as a result NOMPENDULO NGUBANE

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TUDENTS at the University of South Africa (Unisa) have missed submitting their first assignments due to a delay in the delivery of their study material. Some of the students, who spoke to Echo on condition of anonymity, said the study material was delivered to the university and dumped in one of the lecture rooms at the institution. The students said they usually receive their study material at the beginning of February, but this year it was delayed. A Bachelor of Education Intermediate student said their study material was dumped in a lecture room. The material was scattered inside

that lecture room and students helped themselves to the material, she said. She said the sad thing was that students took stuff that didn’t belong to them because there was no one monitoring, said the student. Asked how they receive their study material, she said they receive it by post. “We receive it by post normally around the beginning of February. We don’t know what happened this year; we were shocked to see our study material dumped at the university. “Noonewasconcernedaboutitand that is why students ended up taking it themselves. No one cared who the study kit was addressed to. Students took any kit that had the stuff they needed. “That left some of the students with-

out any study material as it was taken by others,” she said. Another student said missing the first assignment has affected them a lot. “The first assignment qualifies one for the first exam. We don’t know what is going to happen because the university seems not to care. It doesn’t help to report the matter to them; they are unlikely to offer help. Students who are funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) have had glitches as a result of the delay. “They have to produce a student card when they buy text books. They have been unable to buy the text books because they haven’t received the student cards,” said the student. Unisa could not be reached for comment following several attempts.

Ukhozi FM DJ Zimdollar’s exciting debut CD PHOTO:NOMPENDULO NGUBANE

(Back, from left) Ward committee member Pius Zondi, Khanyi Ndabezitha, Thembi and Enock Cele, Philile Memela from Cogta (mid­ dle, from left) Snothando Jali, Thandolwethu Phoswa, Amahle Takane, Luyanda Mshengu (front) Elihle Nene (L) and Aphindile Mweli.

A DEBUT recital compact disc by Zimiphi Biyela, affectionately known as Zimdollar, a gifted newcomer to the South African recorded music scene, spellsgreatnewsforlegionsofAfroPop enthusiasts on the hunt for fresh listening material. Released recently under the title, Kwaze Kwamnandi, Zimdollar’s new 12-track disc features an exciting mix of styles. These include traditional music, a dance track and a touch of gospel music among its ingredients – also boasting a wedding song in which Zimdollar is joined by guest artist Sibongiseni Shabalala, a member of the popular Durban-based Shabalala Rhythm group, Sibongiseni Shabalala. “I aim to take listeners on an emotional journey with me as they experience my new CD,” says Zimdollar, who is known to thousands of Ukhozi FM listeners as the presenter of the early Saturday morning show, iKhethelo lo Khozi. Born and raised near Melmoth in Zululand, glamorous Zimdollar, then known as Zimiphi Biyela, her given name, showed early promise as a stage performer while at Sitheku High School. She actively participated in her school choir’s activities, also performing in her school’s drama and musical productions. The enthusiastic young artist then successfully auditioned for the role of Magasela,theprophetesswhoforecast the birth of King Zwelithini, in Mbongeni Ngema’s acclaimed musical production, House of Shaka, which toured

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South Africa in 2004. This afforded her the opportunity of honing her technique as a stage performer, skilled in singing, dancing and acting. Then as a professional member of Ngema’s Committed Artists Company, she went on to further her stage experience by appearing in Ngema’s production of 1906 Bhambada The Freedom Fighter.

After attaining her Bachelor’s degree in Education through Unisa, she taught Zulu, arts and culture and social sciences at Ohlelo Combined School in Nkandla between 2009 and 2011, before joining the SABC as a presenter. Since hosting the entertainment and variety programme mentioned above,Zimdollarwaspromotedtohost Ukhozi FM’s widely popular Sigiya Ngengoma show, one of the station’s flagship programmes, broadcast on Saturdays between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. Tracks featured on Zimdollar’s Kwaze Kwamnandi disc are imaginatively titled: ‘Ithemba Lami’, ‘Amasoka’ ‘Ithonga’ , ‘Usizi’ , ‘Indlala’, ‘Amathanga Amancane’, ‘Kwaze Kwamnandi’, ‘Vuka Sizwe’, ‘Umona’, ‘Emnqamulezweni’, ‘Amathanga Amancane’ (Club Mix); and ‘Kwaze Kwamnandi’ (Instrumental). All the songs were composed by Malcolm Nhleko and Zimiphi Biyela, except Indlala which was composed by Malcolm Nhleko and Mandla KaNozulu. The CD was recorded in 2012 and completed in May 2013 at Maltre Studios in Durban under the aegis of executive producer Mandla KaNozulu. All the tracks were mixed and mastered by sound engineer Malcolm Nhleko and produced by Malo-D. Released by KaNozulu Productions and distributed by KZN Music House, Kwaze Kwamnandi is available in stores now.


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SIKHULE sifundiswa ngobungozi bokuthandana kwezihlobo, kuthiwa uma zithandane kwaze kwafika lapho kuzalwa khona ingane, leyongane izalwa ikhu­ bazekile. Igama ebelisetshenziswa abadala yileli elithi ‘isi­ dalwa’ beqonde ukukhubazeka ekubeni wonke umun­ tu uyisidalwa ngoba sonke sidalwe nguNkulunkulu. Umngane wami uNyikinyibhoxo, umfo kaNdosi, umenywe ngabafundi bakwesinye isikole ukuthi azoz­ ichazela ukuthi kuyiqiniso kangakanani ukuthi aku­ lungile ukuthandana kwezihlobo. Ungicele ukuthi ngimcelele nina bafundi bethu ukuthi nimsize ngemi­ bono ukuze angafunzi izingane ngoshevu. Uthi: “Mntaka Vezi ngisemukelile isicelo salezi zin­ gane ngoba iyangihlupha lengozi yokungazani kwez­

Akufundiswe izingane ngezihlobo ingane zethu. Uma singayilungisi kusekhona isikhathi, kuzokonakala kakhulu. “Okokuqala nje, izingane azazi ukuthi yini isihlobo. Ezikwaziyo ukukwitiza ngesiNgisi zilokhu zithi ‘my cousin my uncle’ kuphele kanjalo,” kusho umfo kaNdo­ si elinganisa ngezandla enyiphile. Imibuzo engifikelile sengigedwa ithi isihlobo siqala kuphi sigcine kuphi. Ngabe sigcina kugogo nomkhulu noma siyadlula lapho? Uma ngiwuNgcobo wasemaQadini, ngihlangane noNyuswa eTanzania bese ngibeka amabili amath­ athu angitshele ukuthi ngeke kulunge ngoba siyizihlo­ bo, kufanele ngenze njani? UMnuz Ngcobo owaziwa kakhulu ngelika “Bat­ hathe Sgidi” owake waba ngumsakazi oKhozini FM kodwa manje osengumbhali wezincwadi, uthe lenkin­ gaidalwawukuthiiningilabantuabamnyamaalizihlu­ phi ngemvelaphi yalo. Uyasincoma isinyathelo sikaNyikinyibhoxo soku­

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Gospel singers invited for auditions ECHO REPORTER

>>news@myecho.co.za GOSPEL singers and instrumentalists around the province, including Pietermaritzburg, are invited to come and audition at the Durban Playhouse today and tomorrow. The auditions are hosted by Tim Omotso Global Outreach (Togo), a non­profit organisation led by TimOmotso.Theauditionswilltakeplaceinfourma­ jor cities ­ Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. Theyareheldtoscoutforthemostskilled,talent­ ed and inspired gospel singers and instrumentalists around the country, said Togo’s media liaison officer Lungile Ndlovu. She said the auditions will not be only showcas­ ing gospel music as a genre, but will also attract a pool of young groupings that will minister the word of God through jazz, iscathamiya, umbhaqanga, op­ era, reggae, acapella and afro pop. “The event is designed to scout and dig out hid­ den gold within the youth of South Africa. This initia­ tive is also aimed at attracting a calibre of singers that will be trained to become professional singers. “The auditions were established in 2007 and they have given birth and seen the rise of the multi international award winning gospel group, Simply Chrysolite.Thegrouphas,todate,wonsevenawards, five of which are international within the space of four years. “We are asking all gospel music singers and instrumentalists to come and audition. We are inviting people from all over the province to come in their numbers. “The auditions will run from 9 am to 5 pm today up until Friday,” said Ndlovu. For more information, contact Ndlovu at 074 236 9041 or 031 030 19039 or email auditions@timo­ motso.org.

Miss KZN high school auditions Last year's Miss KZN High School winners (from left) Siwe Ngubane, Busisi­ we Mayila and Zama Khanya Makhanya. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

ECHO REPORTER IMBALIYESIZWE entertainment is inviting aspiring models to take part in the Miss KZN high school audi­ tions taking place on Saturday at the Edendale Crossing. The pageant, which is open only to high school pupils, is aimed at exposing young people fromdisadvantagedareasto modelling,sothatthey can enter national pageants. Auditions start at 12pm. Those wanting to enter must come dressed in blue jeans and a white t­shirt. Joining fee is R50. For more information, contact Mbuso Nyandu at 079 616 0059


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DO not know whether to be sad or ex­ pectanotherinstalmentoffantasticen­ tertainment from Mzansi Magic’s treat that is the Isibaya drama series. When I heard that Isibaya was grinding to halt this month, I quietly bemoaned the end of real, quality entertainment. But then I did not know whether to be happy orlukewarmwhenaSundaynewspaperre­ ported that in fact, Isibaya is coming back and the story will continue. I am always not sure of part twos, but part one did strike the right chord with its local actors and actresses who are not only handsome and beautiful people who are appealing to watch on screen, but also ex­ ude sexuality. It is very difficult for me to say which character impresses me the most in that

wonderful cast of Isibaya. I find it easy to excuse those characters who speak like they are reading because even that be­ comes a kind of trait of who they are. Be­ sides, their charisma undermines their flows in ways that are not familiar, (or have I become more tolerant with age?). Mkabayi and her brother, Mpiyakhe Zungu, the rich taxi owners, (the latter of which is bewitched and turned into a mkhovu, that is, a person who serves the interests of those that have bewitched him), carry the story so well. I do not have wordstodescribetheamountofhardwork that went into achieving what I see – what a treat! To use an old friend’s favourite phrase, ‘they are so good, they are good.’ Taxiviolenceandtheuseofmutitoma­ nipulate and dominate others are perti­ nentthemesthatareapartofoureveryday lives. Although taxi feuds have gone down nowadays, thanks to the hard work of the democratic government engaging contin­ uously with the taxi industry leadership, it is not unfamiliar to hear of families turned intofatherlessorbrother­lessunitsjustbe­

cause of contests for business and control of routes in the taxi industry. The character of Samson Ndlovu, who is the rival rich taxi owner whose priority in life is to bewitch and dominate the Zun­ gu family, is one of the best characters in that cast of Isibaya. Obviously, everyone knows someone who has been allegedly turned into a mkhovu like Mpiyakhe or who turns others into a mkhovu (or a Mgijimi – a new name given to Mpiyakhe as Samson’s umkhovu, which means the one who runs errands). This sub­theme of the story reminds me how much the modern world has de­ plored and actually fought against slavery and human trafficking. But through muti (i.e. something that is hard to prove in a court of law unless there is hard evidence like a murder scene, weapons and witnesses), the human race still sees people using other people for free labour, let alone those who are killed for body parts to be used for muti. We speak in our little corners about such disgusting and inhuman acts. Yet there is little or nothing we can do about them. The perpe­

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GENERATIONS SENZO realises things are about to go from bad to worse. Sompisi does another disappearing act. Paramedics have to be called in when a fight gets ugly. Patricia al­ most has heart failure when she finds a va­ grant in Mocha Mamas. Ngamla decides to follow Priska’s advice. Nicholas tries in vain to get Akhona to calm down. Choppa does something no­

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ble to help a friend. Dineo is ready to give upthefight.Rubycan’ttakethestressany­ more and breaks down. Dineo is gutted when Dr Xulu gives his diagnosis. Jason is worried about the state of his marriage. Bi­ anca pays MJ a visit. Akhona wants to ask the police for help with her investigation. Priskaiscaughtoffguardbyanunexpected revelation. Senzo is shocked to find out who Will’s visitor is. ISIDINGO CHARLIE continues to feel the burden of her terrible secret, but will she tell any­ one else? Priya and Rajesh make their peace, but will it last? Sechaba plays hard to get when he thinks Lerato wants him to teach her. Bradley’s hospital escape has an unexpectedly sexy consequence. Priya’s struggle with herself and her marriage finds her heading for meltdown. Sechaba suffers an overdose of jealousy with hilari­ ous results. Bradley begins to understand why Charlie hid evidence of the crime. Pri­ ya and Rajesh struggle to communicate with one another. Ntando comes up with a cunning plan for pleasure and seduction.BarkerwantsAlberttopay debts with his winnings, but Albert has other ideas. Priya is cleared to have a child, but how will Rajesh re­ spond to the news that Beth says there is no rush? Lerato is invited to S’khu’s wine­tasting and she’s tempted, but worries about mak­ ing a fool of herself. Violence threatens between Albert and Bradley over a decision he makes about his future. Rajesh’s hopes for a son ignite a fight that could tear his marriage apart. Lerato

at the soccer camp? Scelo and Dintle are faced with a tough decision, but before they can make that decision, will the preg­ nancyberevealedtoall?ThenewsofPale­ sa’s appointment breaks, and Sasha is in­ trigued by the story of the discovery of a dead woman. Gloria’s new scheme pro­ vides her greatest challenge yet ­ commu­ nicating with a French­speaking client!

finds herself the unexpected star of a wine tasting. MUVHANGO THANDAZA and Matshidiso have a show­down after Thandaza discovers the truth about Matshidiso. The Mojalefa fam­ ily’s marriage is dealt a legal blow. Susan and Pfuluwani struggle to accept that Azwindini is gone for good. Ranthumeng and Mampho gang up on Thandaza. Azwindiniseemstohavelosthope.Lerumo is made to feel like a liability by the MMC staff. Matshidiso rubs Thandaza’s face in her defeat. Albert plots the Mojalefa’s downfall. Vusi visits Azwindini in prison. LerumowillnotletAlbertwalkalloverhim. Matshidiso is getting closer to getting eve­ rything she wants. Mrs Gumede makes a revelationthatshocksThandaza.Thanda­ za tries to convince Mrs Gumede to go to the police. Lerumo’s uncle finds a solution to his marriage problems. Tumelo says goodbye to everyone.

RHYTHM CITY BASH receives a cold and frightening threat. Tsetse Fly tries to convince Sifiso to ignore Reneilwe’s age and go for her. Gail is a nervous wreck leaving her son for the first time. David completely overreacts to a small incident with Quinton and takes drastic steps. Niki starts asking questions about Fausto. Bash and Lerato are worried about what the mysterious phone seekers will do. Sifiso goes back to Reneilwe to apologise. David gets incensed by the evi­ dence of poor childcare that he sees Pretti­ ness demonstrating on his newly installed surveillance camera. Bash half­confesses to Niki and begs her not to tell anyone. Gail is furious with David for spying on Pretti­ ness. Interpol comes making enquiries at the club 011. Zozo, the private investigator, comes looking for information and threat­ ens Niki. Lerato suspects Bash is hiding something from her. David tasks Jimmy with solving his problem with Quinton and the nanny. Sifiso tries to spend time with Reneilwe.

SCANDAL DINTLE goes to a clinic to find out whether her period being late means that she’s pregnant. Gogo Ma’Nyathi tells Man­ gi that the problems he is having are the result of Lucas’ actions. Gloria discovers she’s good at acting which is great for her newphonecallbusiness.Scelohastomake a decision when Dintle tells him she’s de­ cided to have a back street abortion. Pale­ sadecidestoapplyforthepositionofMan­ gi’s PA, and Donna tries to assert her will as head of HR. Gloria’s money making schemes get even wilder when she sets out to help someone at NFH. Will the Ngemas find out the real reason why Scelo bombed

DAYS OF OUR LIVES PHILIP tells Victor that Chloe is either moving in or Philip will move out. Nathan defends Melanie when Stephanie verbally attacks her not knowing about the miscar­

riage. Stefano goes against E.J. and injects Rafe with a drug that will erase his memo­ ries. Carly rushes back from her medical conference to be by Melanie’s side. Nicole encourages Taylor to take the job at Titan but E.J. has the exact opposite reaction. Kate tries to get Chad to reach out to Ste­ fano. Abby tells Will and Gabi about the hot jerk she met at Java. Taylor tells E.J. that he can’t dictate what job she takes. Fay returns to town with bad health news forNicoleandTaylor.NicoleinsiststhatFay move in and Taylor can help take care of her. E.J. asks Lexie to put in a good word for Taylor at a hospital in New York. Abby and Chad talk but Abby is scared away when she finds out Chad is Stefano’s son. Jennifer leaves a message for Jack giving him a piece of her mind. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL ERIC attempts to convince Rick that he and Thomas need to learn to collaborate witheachotheraspresidentandvicepresi­ dentofForresterCreations.Steffyexplains toLiamaboutwhenshefoundoutthatshe was with child, and why she has kept it a secret for so long. Caroline shows a less than flattering side of herself by her disap­ pointmentwiththesurpriselocationofher date with Rick. Hope and Steffy verbally lash out at each other regarding the space that they feel that Liam needs to make an informed decision between the two of them.LiamdeclarestoHopethathethinks that their relationship, and any chance of them being married, is cursed. Hope finds comfort in Brooke as she feels that she has been defeated by Steffy. Liam makes a fi­ nal decision about who he is going to pur­ sue a relationship with.

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ANC Chief whip Lizzie Shabalala (L) with Mpho Mkhize.

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HE negative effects of apartheid on the minds of Black people will be felt for many years to come. The laws of the country may have changed, but the minds are still chained by the past. Fear is dominating the lives of the majority of our people. Fear to change and fear to be different is holding the country hostage. Football cannot continue doing things the same way and expect different results. We live in a society that is stuck in the past. Independent and selfreliant individuals become enemies of people. We are a nation that hates progress. Thesecondandthirddivisions are not youth leagues. It is wrong to put restrictions on the ages of players in these leagues. A club like Central Brothers, for instance,wouldlovetobepromoted to the PSL in future. How is it possible with rules that do not apply to every club in the country? Please, let us not confuse amateur football with youth development. It is also not fair on older players who are still keen on playing competitive football. It is these cosmetic changes that are delaying progress. We need to learn that nothing is free in this world. Progress in any field is not dependant on money. One does not need to be rich to excel in football. You need a ball and a bit of space to improve your technical skills. Poorer countries will be fighting to win the World Cup in Brazil in June. Knowledge and high work ethic is more important than money. Anyone can have lots of money but very few can have wisdom. It is easy to steal money for instance while it is impossible to steal wisdom. Footballisnotgoingtogrow and improve if the mind sets do not change. How many coaches have been trained by Safa over

the past twenty years? It is sad that the majority are still waiting for someone to employ them. We have too many certificated people who do not train or coach anyone. We are a nation that enjoys collecting certificates. People find it very difficult to volunteer their services. We are failing to understand that South Africa is a third world country. The majority of people live under despicable conditions. We play football on very bad fields. It is not true that we have better football facilities. I see this every weekend in SAB matches. If the elite district league plays under such conditions, it is difficult to imagine the conditions at lower levels. A lot of opinions have been made about last week’s trashing by Brazil. The reality is that good footballers do not grow on trees. A country that neglects its youth will never dominate world football. We must stop being good in suggestions and start doing the work. We need to equip ourselves with knowledge and start giving our children good football education. It is also important that football puts qualified people in positionsofauthority.Thisbusinessof putting the wrong candidates or friends in key football positions is killing the sport. Lastly, it is worth repeating that the first teacher of football is a mother and father. Too many South Africans are abdicating their responsibilities. You even seethisineducationwhereachild travelsmanykilometreswhilethe father is a principal in the local school. Safa has come up with a Level D course which is suitable for parent coaches. I would recommend that young fathers and mothers attend this course in order to help your children. People must start talking responsibilities otherwise fifty years from now Brazil will be beating us 10-0. Unzima lo mthwalo!

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local administrators is the backbone of the South African Indoor Football Association(Saifa),butoperatingbehindthe scenes is where he prefers to be. The former Maritzburg FA referee, administrator and hard working current Saifa secretary,Ebrahim“Ebby”Hossen,thisweekspoke to Echo. Echo Reporter (ER): Sir, thank you again for your time, but please tell us - who exacty is Ebby? EbrahimHossen(EH):Iamagenuinelocal product.IwasbornandraisedinPietermaritzburg.IstartedmyearlyschoolingatatNizamia Primary Islamic School and later went to M.L.Sultan High School. I stay in Cinderella Park in Eastwood. ER: Did you play any sport during your school days? EH:Yes,Iwasanactivefootballerandcricketer. I also participated in other codes of sport such as basketball, volleyball and athletics. ER:Arethereanyawardsyoureceivedduring your active days? EH:Yes, I received Natal and Northern Natal colours for cricket. I also represented the old Maritzburg FA in soccer and cricket for the Maritzburg Cricket Association. ER: Tell me a bit about your career at club level. EH: I played or joined one of the oldest and popular local clubs in MFA - Young Natalians - in 1986 and played both football and cricket for the club. ER: Besides playing, you also became a well known official in local circles? EH:Yes,Ibecamearefereeandalsoactively involved with the administration, mainly working as a records cleck. ER: I personally know that you became involved in administration when you were still very young, where did the influence come from? EH: I was influenced by some of our local and country’s top sport administrators such as Babs Sithapersad, Ismail Bhamjee, Poobie Govindasamy,S olly Moosa, Raj Seeparsad, Lenny Munro, Dino Singh, Bryan Rupram and the late Mr Rajen Jugmohan. Their guidance and teachings have brought me to the level I have achieved thus far. I am grateful to each one of them.

ER: What are you currently doing at Saifa? EH: Officially, I am called the secretary but I also work as chief operations officer. My current tasks is to run a business with good governance, transparency and equality. This also includes the preparation of fixtures, hiring of venues, registration of players, arranging travel and accommodation for teams and officials, appointments of referees and match commissioners, I approach sponsors and enter into contracts with service providers. All this, and I still have to do the general office tasks. ER: What are the main challenges in your job? EH: No job goes without challenges, with some being minor and others that are more challenging that require the support and guidance of all role players. As a team, no challenge is too big to handle. Our major challenge is finance and we are currentlyseekingcorporatestojoinusasourpartners in promoting Futsal from grassroots to the professional level. ER: For the people not familiar with indoorFutsal, how do you explain it and where do you see it in future. EH: Indoor/ Futsal is a style of football that will allow our football masses to develop skills at an early age. It will help the country to showcase its talent at the various age group competitions that Safa and Saifa have initiated. This type of football is likely to produce better skilled players for all our national teams. I also strongly believe if we are able to secure sponsorship, we could be running our leagues similar to the PSL in the near future. ER: Are you convinced that this type of footeball is now becoming popular around the country? EH: Off course, but we still need more people to join hands like schools and tertiary institutions. We also need ladies teams to come on board and also our regional leagues need to be stronger in all Safa 52 regions. *Saifa/Futsal National League: The local derby between Young Natalians and Maritzburg Spurs will take place Friday (March 14), 7 pm at Carter High School. –Jerry Barnes


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