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A rural Butterworth high school founded by missionaries in 1962 and used to excel on results is now battling to sort out discipline among its pupils. A principal at Cunningham Senior Secondary School, Fundiswa Makwabe, said in 2012 only, 21 girls were confirmed to be pregnant at the school, which is on the outskirts of Tholeni Village. Makwabe said this in the presence of Eastern Cape provincial legislature members and district officials who visited the school, in the past few days. She said the pupils had to be kept at school as law does not allow them to chase the pregnant pupils away. Makwabe also said the school was experiencing “an excessive” lack of discipline among its male pupils. “They do not want to listen to us. They come to the school drunk in

some other days,” Makwabe told legislature members and district officials. District director Mzukisi Jack said the district management became aware of this on January 23 and await a report from the school principal (Makwabe) about all the cases. He said they have a dedicated unit in the Education Social Support Services which deals with such matters. “The following is one example of how the school was serviced in 2012. They are involved in the Peer Education Programme with Ms Bukiwe Qhaba as the Peer Group Trainer for Cunningham and Xalela Nomthokozo being the supervisor of the programme,” said Jack. Ikamva LaseGcuwa also spoke to some female pupils at the school who alleged that some of the male teachers are involved in love affairs with the school’s female pupils. A Grade 12 female pupil, who

asked to remain anonymous, said: “The reason why the male pupils lack the discipline is because they are jealous of seeing their female counterparts having love relationship with the teachers. This thing is rife here and is worrisome.” Jack said: “We are shocked about these allegations because in terms of South African Schools Act, Employment of Educators Act and the South African Council for Educators (SACE)’s code of conduct this constitutes serious misconduct. As the district we will request SACE to investigate the allegations and the outcome will inform us on the course of action to follow.” A teacher at Cunningham who attended the meeting with legislature members told of how the parents ignore them when they are invited on matters concerning their children at school. “Last year we had a case of four boys who were drunk at school. What’s painful is that even

Focus on Dlulisa high school

the parents of the four boys concerned could not pitch up,” said the teacher. Jack said: “The issue of vandalism and drug abuse requires a collaborative and collective approach by different role players like Education officials, parents, community members, South African Police Services etc. Central to this is education, a sense of pride and ownership by the community. The school, as part of the School Safety Programme, has trained drug testing educators to administer it. However, other role players must also take part in the process and random searches must be conducted from time to time.” In September 2011, police spokesperson Capt Jackson Manatha told Ikamva LaseGcuwa that angry pupils at Cunninghum stoned windows of school, damaged desks and chairs. Manatha said the estimated damage that was caused by pupils was about R100 000.

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What’s wrong?...MEC for Education Mandla Makupula speaking to Dlulisa Senior Secondary School pupils in Centane during the opening of schools this year. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi SITHANDIWE VELAPHI

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MEC for Education Mandla Makupula has said the underperforming Dlulisa Senior Secondary School in Mnyameni Village, Centane, will not be provided with more teachers but will be closely monitored by his officials. Makupula’s sentiments came after he visited the school, on January 16, which was recently pronounced the worst performer during the release of 2012 Grade 12 examinations. The school had 22 pupils in Grade 12 last year, with only one pupil passed. Now Grade 12 students at the school believe that Dlulisa will only improve once the department has employed more teachers. The pupils claim the school has less teachers, while the MEC is adamant that there is no shortage at the school according to the department’s ratio. The ratio is the determination of number of pupils in a classroom,

thereby an allocation of a teacher is made according to the number. The Eastern Cape ratio, according to acting education boss Mthunywa Ngonzo, is one teacher per 28 pupils. Makupula said: “There is no shortage of teachers at this school. What we need to agree on is the common understanding of the challenges facing the school. We need to bring all stakeholders on board, which include parents, and make sure we debate all the issues that will make sure that pupils here got to improve its results.” But the traditional leader in the area, Chief Jongisizwe Dlulisa, said the issue of the lack of teachers at Dlulisa is one main reason behind its unconvincing 4.5% pass rate on last year’s matric examinations. “The department of education implemented its deployment programme which severely ate away teachers here. We want our teachers back,” said Dlulisa.

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8 Page 2 Pupils at the school claim there is a shortage of pupils in the Mathematics, Physical Science, Geography and business studies. They also lashed out at the school management for lack of sporting facilities and nearby sanitation facilities.

Pupils also said they do not like the place where their school is situated. This is as Dlulisa is situated in a steep valley at Mnyameni with no fence. “It is not uncommon to see goats roaming in our classrooms, on rainy days, while a teacher teachers us,” said one

pupil. “We also travel more than 7km to and from the school which makes it difficult for us easily get to school during the bad weather. The state of our roads are also not in the good situation,” the other pupil said.

Makupula nodded with pupils on the state of road in Mnyameni. “It was difficult for me to even reach here. Roads are terrible. Then what about the person who travels here on daily basis? Surely something needs to be done here,” said the MEC

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A dedicated and “most accessible” Khanya Community Radio presenter and newscaster, Bonginkosi Ntonjane, started the year 2013 on a high note after he was showered with gifts coming, mainly from Nobuntu, a local stokvel initiative. The ceremony, held at Qhora in Dutywa, was aimed at honouring and appreciating “the good work that the experienced local broadcaster” has been doing. Sir Ntonj, as Bonginkosi is affectionately known as, has been with the local radio station for close to seven years now. Nonkanyiso Voyi of Nobuntu told Ikamva LaseGcuwa recently that the aim to give Sir Ntonj gifts was born out of the fact that he is so

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Parental touch: Bonginkosi Ntonjane, KCR fm presenter and newscaster, with his mother, Nozukile at Qhora Village in Dutywa recently. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi

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accessible. “Sir Ntonj is not the member of Nobuntu but wherever we have events, he is there for us. We use him as our Master of Ceremonies (MCs),” said Voyi, who is also in the executive of Mnquma Hawkers Association. Voyi said they always have monthly giveaway goodies for their members, but Sir Ntonj’s one was so special. “It was an appreciation from our hearts to say we appreciate the work he is doing for the community,” Voyi said. Sir Ntonj’s mother Nozukile was so thrilled with the event dubbed “special party”. “I am so glad. This all happen to a good human being (Bonginkosi). This child promised to blossom at such an early age and I am not surprised with all the good work he is doing now,” said Nozukile. Sir Ntonj: “I am so glad of their gesture. It is always good to have people noticing you. They (Nobuntu) left me speechless. I never expected that. I also would like to thank everyone who came and contributed at that event.” Gifts given to Sir Ntonj included a wardrobe and some household appliances. Sir Ntonj presents among other programmes, a daily spiritual morning show called Sileq’ikhwezi which airs from from 3am to 6am.

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nja enomgada iyiphethel’ imbengwane ilali yaseMnyameni kuCentane. Ukusukela ekupheleni konyaka ophelileyo, lenja ithe gqolo ukuzingela abantu ibalume. UNonwabisile Cengimbo, nongunina kaSanelise Cengimbo (8) olixhoba lesithathu, uthe intombi yakhe yayizidlalela phandle suka weva ngesikhalo kanti seyimkile lenja “inomkhuba yabe iyidlakazile ukuyitya oku” intombi yakhe. “Yamluma elapha ngasegeyithini yakwam. Yamluma emlenzeni wanenxeba nasekhwapheni yamkrwela ke nasemzimbeni wonke nje,” utshilo uNonwabisile. Uqhubek wathi waye wambalekisela esibhedlele ngoko nangoko. “Yanceda ke lonto ngokuba uphilile ngoku ndandinexhala,” utshilo umama walentwazana. Abahlali abayazi ukuba yeyaphi lenja kodwa uNonwabisile yena unezinye uthe: “Mhlaumbi umntu wayo uye warhoxa naye wangathi akayazi kuba seyenze umonakalo omninzi kwaye isaqhubeka isenza njalo.” Abahlali baseMnyameni bathi kunzima ukuyibamba lenja kuba itsibela esifubeni ngokungathi ifuna ubuso obu kanye. Bathi basexhaleni kuba lenja ayikabanjwa isazungula amanye amaxhoba.

A prolonged fight between councillors loyal to the Mnquma Local Municipality executive mayor Bhabha Ganjana and those loyal to the Speaker Nomnikelo Magadla, prompted MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs Mlibo Qoboshiyane to consider placing the embattled municipality under administration. Qoboshiyane said this is because the Mnquma municipal council has resolved to request the provincial government to provide support to rescue them from its “quagmire.” ”As the MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, I am going intervene in Mnquma effectively to restore the credibility of public administration back to degrees described in the constitution of our country. I applaud the council for taking a resolution to request intervention support from us. We will provide support to focus on reenergising the Municipality to revert to delivering services and continuing with the developments currently underway,” Qoboshiyane said. Ganjana recently told Ikamva LaseGcuwa that he was aware of the intervention sought by the municipal council. The MEC said: “With all the legal contests having abated, I am cautiously glad

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Assistance: MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs Mlibo Qoboshiyane with Mnquma mayor Bhabha Ganjana Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi

that a court of law agreed with our advice to them, warning that the decision to extend contracts of some managers were invalid and illegal.” The managers concerned include Ngamela Pakade (Municipal Manager), Mzimasi Mtalo (Director-Community Services), Heavens Ngovela (DirectorInfrastructure Planning and Development), Ndileka Boya (Director-Corporate Services) and Adv Max Bluhm (Legal Advisor). Their contracts were, early last year, renewed for five years at a meeting which Magadla, on several occasions, deemed as “illegal.” At the time of going to print, Qoboshiyane said: “I will present the Mnquma intervention resolution to the provin-

cial executive so that we can announce an identified skilled individual to head their administration very soon. Also, we are to study the latest court judgment and its implication. The Mnquma municipal council will have to review and rescind all irregular council decisions immediately.” The MEC added that his department will detail all irregular decisions to be reviewed and rescinded by the Mnquma council as well as ratification of all proper, legally and lawful decisions of council. “We request that all Mnquma councillors must work together with the identified caretaker municipal manager to be deployed so that they can focus on service delivery, job creation, economic development and fighting poverty and inequality,” he said. Meanwhile the MEC has appointed Mr Monde Sondaba as acting municipal manager in Mnquma. Sondaba will be at helm for the next three months, said Qoboshiyane. “Sondaba have a congruent experience in Municipalities. He is familiar with the local government landscape and is going to a field he knows. This experience, coupled with his prowess, will help us restore Mnquma to focus on its resources, time and energy on developing its communities,” the MEC said.

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Crime Report Rape ordeal of a woman in front of her husband

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32-year-old woman who was asleep with her husband got shocked of her life when she felt someone breaking the door of their shack at Kwa-5 Informal Settlement in the Ibika Township, Butterworth, recently. Police spokesperson Capt Jackson Manatha said: “She screamed as her husband was fast asleep and a male voice from the direction of the door told her to keep quiet. Suddenly a man came through the broken door and instructed the couple to pray.” Manatha said the couple complied with the instructions of the suspect. “He then demanded the cellphones and money. He was given the cellphone . As if that was not enough, the suspect raped the 32-year-old woman in front of her husband. The husband of the victim attacked the suspect while he was raping his wife and the victim also got a chance to assist her husband. The couple managed to overpower the suspect and arrested him. They contacted Msobomvu Police who rushed to the scene. The suspect was taken to Butterworth hospital where he was treated and discharged,” Manatha said. The 30-year-old suspect has been charged with rape, malicious damage to property and robbery. He has since been appeared before court. His case continues.

Several men cleared of charges, but the four remain charged

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harges of murder, attempted murder and public violence were withdrawn from 67 men who were arrested for murder, attempted murder and public violence. The men were accused of spates of crimes at Mrhawuzeli and Mthonjeni Locations in Centane. The crimes are set to have taken place in December. But police spokesperson Capt Jackson Manatha said that the four of the men accused were remanded in custody and were charged with murder of 28 year old man Thabelane Sipili who was assaulted on January 05 2013 and died at Frere Hospital in East London some days later. They were remanded in custody until Monday 28 January 2013 for bail application. The four accused men from Mthonjeni Location are Mkhubelo Bhenya, 60, Sibusiso Makhikhi, 27,Demfu

Sibango, 73, Rhaxaza Mchobololo, 48. Their case continues. Manatha said: “A total of 71 men between the ages of 20 and 82 were arrested by Centane and Butterworth Police on January 22 2013. The suspects were arrested from their homes at Mthonjeni and Mrhawuzeli Locations and are linked to various crimes such as murder, attempted murder and public violence that have been sweeping the two locations during December 2012.” The rift between the two locations led to the death of Sipili from Mrhawuzeli Location and another man from Mthonjeni Location was shot on his upper body. There has been faction fights between the boys of the two locations for the past three years. Police recovered dangerous weapons such as pellet gun, eight axes and two bush knives from the homesteads of the suspects. It is believed that the bone of contention is the issue of land which is at Mthonjeni Location but Mrhawuzeli Location community claims the land to be theirs as they say the land belonged to the forefathers.

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omacingo Makeleni, 71, recently appeared before the Butterworth magistrate court and pleaded guilty to the charge of dealing in dagga. She was sentenced to a fine of R1 500 or to undergo three months imprisonment and the sentence was suspended wholly for three years on condition that she is not found guilty of the same offence, police spokesperson Capt Jackson Manatha said. Makeleni was arrested at Zazulwana Village in Butterworth. The elderly was arrested as her garden was full of dagga instead of maize, police said. The dagga plants were uprooted by police and the weight of dagga is 68 kg with a street value of about R20 000.

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n elderly woman who went to collect fire wood found a man aged 22 years with a deep wound on his upper body bleeding profusely at Bhunga Location in Willowvale. The incident occurred on January 18. The woman alerted the villagers about the scene of crime. The bleeding man was taken to the homestead of a headman. He died while he was waiting for ambulance. A murder case was opened and no arrest has been made. Wil-

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buried the baby in a shallow grave at the garden of her home. It could not be established if the baby was born alive,” said Capt Jackson Manatha.

Young woman Young girl ‘dumped, ‘raped by killed’ her mechanic’ baby 67 year old grandfather no21-year-old Zamabhele Dingiswayo appeared briefly before the Dutywa magistrate court on January 18. She was released out on warning pending Director of Public Prosecutions decision as the docket was sent to Mthatha for the senior prosecutor to decide whether to prosecute or not.Police said a Dutywa villager at Drayini Location in Dutywa saw a dog eating something like a small human head (skull). “He alerted other villagers and they chased the dog. It was discovered that the dog was indeed eating a decomposed head of the baby. Dutywa Police were informed about the incident and they quickly made investigation that led to the arrest of Dingiswayo. It was learnt that the suspect was pregnant. It was further believed that she gave birth and allegedly

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ticed his eight year old granddaughter limping on January 14 2013 during late hours. This happened at Auckland Location in Dutywa, according to police. “The old man requested his domestic worker to inspect the victim. The domestic worker noticed some signs of rape. The domestic worker requested other two elderly women to inspect the victim and they also suspected she was raped. The victim was interviewed by the three women and she implicated the 29 year old suspect who works as a mechanic at her home,” said Capt Jackson Manatha, a police spokesperson. The mother of the young girl is said to be working away from Dutywa. The suspect was arrested on January 16 2013 and has since appeared in court. His case continues. Butterworth on September 2005. Police said the two were drinking liquor when the fight between them ensued. Bashe, 27, drew a firearm and shot Rali who died on the spot. The firearm which he used during the shooting, said police spokesperson Capt Jackson Manatha, was also recovered. The firearm had no licence and that made police to charge the latter for the unlicensed firearm.

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District Matric Results

Upon hearing this, a Butterworth based civil society organisation, We Care Ministries, has promised to be in contact “soon” with the school in a bid to hold up campaigns aimed at empowering teenag-

ers to stop pregnancy and drug usage. Cunningham has not reached a pass rate above 31% on Grade 12 examinations in the last three years. In 2012, the school had 87 pupils and 27 passed with

31%. In 2011, it had 153 pupils with only 14 passed with 9.2% and in 2010, it had 119 pupils with only 34 passed with 28.6%. Jack said: “Definitely it is concerning. Ideally, we would wish all learners to

perform because we do not want anyone to swell the ranks of unemployed. We are hopeful that the school will, once more, improve in 2013 as evidenced by 21.8% improvement in 2012.”

School performance by district during 2012 matric examinations, as provided by Eastern Cape Department of Education. Telephone number: 040 608 4200. Butterworth district (inclusive of Butterworth, Ngqamakwe and Centane) School name 1. Vuluhlanga Sen Secondary School

2. Bongolethu Sen Secondary School

3. Lamplough Sen Secondary School

4. Nondwe Sen Secondary School

5. Sophakama Sen Secondary School

6. Qombolo Sen Secondary School

7. Isolomzi Sen Secondary School

8. Mzamomhle Sen Secondary School

9. Amabele Sen Secondary School

10. Gobe Commercial School

11. Gwelane Sen Secondary School

12. Dondashe Sen Secondary School

13. Blythswood Institution

14. Xilinxa Sen Secondary School

15. Ndabankulu Sen Secondary School

16. Mente Sen Secondary School

17. Pakamani Sen Secondary School

18. Ncedisizwe Sen Secondary School

19. Butterworth High School

20. Nolitha Comprehensive School

21. Zweliwelile Sen Secondary School

22. Msobomvu Sen Secondary School

23.Mtawelanga Sen Secondary School

24. Nomaheya Sen Secondary School

25. Zazulwana Sen Secondary School

No of pupils2012 Passed 2011-% 2012-% 31

26

136

13

17

41

60

8

31

111

46

102

63

50

132

35

233

143

72

24

60

313

86

126

30

29

22

110

10

13

31

45

6

23

82

34

72

44

34

87

23

151

92

46

15

37

192

52

76

18

82.1

70.0

86.2

33.3

48.4

27.3

50.0

46.2

73.9

71.9

37.9

55.4

56.6

37.3

57.5

7.1

54.2

75.6

87.0

77.8

29.0

73.0

70.5

60.0

43.5

93.5

84.6

80.9

76.9

76.5

75.6

75.0

75.0

74.2

73.9

73.9

70.6

69.8

68.0

65.9

65.7

64.8

64.3

63.9

62.5

61.7

61.3

60.5

60.3

60.0

Cofimvaba district (inclusive of Cofimvaba and Tsomo)

School name

1. Mtetuvumile

2. Mzimvubu Sen Secondary School

3. Daliwonga High School

4. St James Sen Secondary School

5. Ndyebo-Ntsaluba Sen Secondary School

6. Tsomo Sen Secondary School

7. Cofimvaba Sen Secondary School

8. Cwecweni Sen Secondary School

9. Falo Sen Secondary School

10. Zigudu Combined School

11. Mangelengele

12. Ncuncuzo Sen Secondary School

13. Nonkululeko Sen Secondary School

14. Arthur Mfebe Sen Secondary School

15. Siyabalala Sen Secondary School

16. Khwaza Sen Secondary School

No of pupils2012 Passed 2011-% 2012-% 34

26

51

176

55

78

118

54

69

17

45

89

14

39

37

49

33

25

49

167

52

71

106

46

57

14

37

72

11

30

28

36

89.7

100.0

67.9

100.0

84.0

92.2

75.3

60.7

81.3

100.0

95.7

74.7

44.4

41.7

88.9

49.2

97.1

96.2

96.1

94.9

94.5

91.0

89.8

85.2

82.6

82.4

82.2

80.9

78.6

76.9

75.7

73.5

School name 26. Gwadana Sen Secondary School

27. Ezingcuka Sen Secondary School

28. Kwantozonke Sen Secondary School

29. Ezingqayi Sen Secondary School

30. Bethel College High School

31. Jongabantu Sen Secondary School

32. Vuli Valley Sen Secondary School

33. Jj Njeza Sen Secondary School

34. Siyabulela Sen Secondary School

35. Tanga Sen Secondary School

36. Zwelandile Sen Secondary School

37. Zanewonga Sen Secondary School

38. Maboboti Sen Secondary School

39. Macibe Sen Secondary School

40. Daluhlanga Sen Secondary School

41. Mtebhele Sen Secondary School

42. Tyali Sen Secondary School

43. Cunningham Sen Secondary School

44. Krazukile Sen Secondary School

45. Ezizweni Sen Secondary School

46. Mgomanzi Sen Secondary School

47. Elukhanyisweni College

48. Jongilizwe Sen Secondary School

49. Dlulisa Sen Secondary School

School name 17. Gobinamba Sen Secondary School

18. Lower Seplan Sen Secondary School

19. Langalethu Sen Secondary School

20. Zwelandile Sen Secondary School

21. AM Mzantsi Sen Secondary School

22.Lukhanyisweni Sen Secondary School

23. Mazibuko Sen Secondary School

24. Sabata Sen Secondary School

25. Middle Zolo Sen Secondary School

26. Isikhoba Nombewu Tech SS

27. Isivivane Sen Secondary School

28. Mdeni Sen Secondary School

29. Hala Sen Secondary School

30. Bubele Sen Secondary School

31. Zwelixolile Sen Secondary School

32. Jongizizwe Sen Secondary School

No of pupils2012 Passed 2011-% 2012-% 25

171

45

47

48

54

200

67

40

105

68

61

15

81

107

97

233

87

47

95

68

99

54

22

15

102

26

27

27

29

107

34

19

45

29

26

6

32

40

34

73

27

13

20

14

19

6

1

76.0

21.6

60.0

73.7

54.8

70.6

38.8

51.5

25.0

36.2

32.8

27.8

50.0

31.4

20.8

45.2

53.1

9.2

19.4

31.3

20.8

12.5

51.9

34.6

60.0

59.6

57.8

57.4

56.3

53.7

53.5

50.7

47.5

42.9

42.6

42.6

40.0

39.5

37.4

35.1

31.3

31.0

27.7

21.1

20.6

19.2

11.1

4.5

No of pupils2012 Passed 2011-% 2012-% 51

14

17

26

54

14

84

53

13

51

33

94

28

26

26

25

37

10

12

17

34

8

46

28

6

23

13

34

10

8

6

5

89.7

85.7

69.2

37.5

100.0

100.0

74.5

55.6

70.0

66.1

70.8

10.3

29.6

37.5

47.8

70.6

72.5

71.4

70.6

65.4

63.0

57.1

54.8

52.8

46.2

45.1

39.4

36.2

35.7

30.8

23.1

20.0

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Commentary

Extraordinary achievement 28.5% of Eastern Cape pupils who wrote matric last year, qualified to study towards a degree. A tiny few of just above 50 pupils in the whole province, which had 87 763 candidates for 2012 Grade 12 class, were recently honoured for their extraordinary efforts by provincial government. Among those was a Butterworth High pupil, Thandiswa Mbusi, who got six distinctions from the seven subjects she studied. Mbusi, who is now studying in Cape Town, wrote for us.

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t all started as a castle in Spain, a simple but vivid drive to make a difference in the world that I live in. To achieve something in life and make both me and my parents proud, I’m exultant to say I’ve crossed half that bridge. Being one of Eastern Cape’s top achievers in the matric class of 2012 just made all the sleepless nights worth it. I was awarded “Top Achiever in the Butterworth District” and I couldn’t be more honoured to be representing my school, Butterworth High School at the Premier’s Awards on January 03, 2013. I will forever be indebted to everyone who had a hand in my success. The year 2012 was quite a distinct year for me in that I have never slaved that hard in all my existence and something tells me this is only the beginning. As a grade 12 learner I made a lot of sacrifices and I was well aware of the positive outcomes of that decision. This made it easier for me to commit to my studies. I set myself some goals and no mountain was going to slow me down. Revising my goals every time I got derailed kept me going the whole time. My friends Tolakele, Scovia, Sikelelwa, Simlindile, Nkosazana and Lungile, who all obtained bachelors degree admission, played a big role in my success, with all their motivation, advices and remind-

ers of prayer time and study time. My mom also played a crucial role because she always helped me with most of my subjects as well as with applications pertaining to bursaries and educational camps. Because of her I learned to rely on the Lord’s guidance and the power of prayer. Now let me share a little background about my upbringing and schooling. I was born in the township of Mdantsane near East London but spent my childhood days at Mtebele administrative area in Ngqamakwe. I then moved to Butterworth where I enrolled at Emmanuel Primary School and did pre-school up to Grade 9. Thereafter I started high school at St James SSS in Cofimvaba but later transferred to Butterworth High School where I did Grades 11 and 12. All my experiences with different people and cultures have helped me mature into an individual who is now able to make conscious decisions in life. What defines Thandiswa Mbusi, you may ask? I have always been someone who believes in hard work and dedication. I am quite resilient in everything I do and although I sometimes try to hide it but I am quite competitive and always strive to push the boundaries to have a lasting impact on people. From time

LETTERS

On Matric exams

Wow, what a good performance to all. Thank you to the educators and the learners. They must keep up the good work and to those who didn’t make it, there's still a room for improvement. It’s still time to them. Thank you to you Ikamva by these wonderful news. Pumza Finini

Kwintazana etyholwa ngokubulala umntwana wayo eDrayini, eDutywa

Ukuba bekukho iimeko ezimnyanzelise ukuba abone ilicebo elibhetele elo, sizakuthini? Kwamanye amakhaya ukukhulelwa kwentombi akufunwa tu. Ukuba ngenyani uyenzile lonto, ibinga bangangacabacuphi. Banga bangacupha nendlela

immemorial I have always dreamed of becoming a Chartered Accountant and I knew the road towards this qualification needed someone with zeal and dedication. Knowing that I have both these qualities, I never doubted my ability to succeed in my envisaged career. However, as we all have to balance life, I sometimes use my spare time to watch movies, socialise on facebook, play some sports and just hang around with my close friend Lungile, listening to Taylor Swift songs. I am very excited about starting university this year and happy to have gained entrance in the top university in Africa, the University of Cape Town. I have been accepted for a Bachelor of Commerce degree (CA stream) and now the journey of a thousand miles begins. I would also like to try out for the varsity track and field team because I have always been a great athlete but had no chance to partake in sports during high school. With my hunger for knowledge and merit which grows in leaps and bounds every single day I anticipate a bright future for myself, with the Lord by my side. If I had the opportunity to appeal to everyone starting grade 12 this year I would just say these few words: you have the last leg of the race left, now is

Editor: Please keep your letters short and to the point. Our email is: sivuyilemb@gmail.com, sms to 071 137 1359 or click like in our facebook page and post your letter. Editor reserves right to publish and edit letters.

ebehleli ngayo lo mntwana ngethuba ekhulelwe. Abanye abazali bayamgxotha umntwana akukhulelwa, kuthathwe zonke iimfanelo ebekade ezifumana. Sibongiseni Nqindi, eDutywa

Ekubulaweni kwentwazana yaseMgomanzi nguyise

NguSathana wendoda leyo kungenzeka ukuba ibimfuna kulomhlaba ungezantsi umntana,lowo akafanelanga nokuvela phambi koMatyi ufanelwe kuvele agwetywe qha yerrr niyasihlaza MADODA ngoku asizokuthenjwa ngabantwana ngenxa yobulwanyana benu sies..! Umfundi wephepha, eGcuwa Yhu yhu yhu andinabhongo usana uluncinci kangaka hay sihlangule bawo kulalali. Zukelwa Magutyana, eGcuwa.

the time to use all the tricks you have amassed throughout the years, keep your eye on the prize and never look back. Mbusi is former Butterworth High School pupil

Can’t put my finger on it With matric results having been released on the 2nd of January this year by the national department of basic education Eastern Cape has recorded 3% improvement from 2011 for 2012, but we still recorded to lowest among the other provinces. Regardless of such an improvement there is still more questions to be asked and thorough introspection is needed if we are to reclaim sit within the country with best results what the province is known of. Government promises have become non factor as mostly nothing comes out of it with mud schools, inadequate teachers, shortage of desks and malfunction scholar transport. The little hype around the AFCON tournament is leaving most of us asking why is our football association not coming to the party and revive the spirit of love for your country and support the team Bafana Bafana with soccer Friday type of programmes. Much has been talked about the team, qualification through the window as hosts but my comment is Lets support the team at all costs and wish them all the best. It is saddening to see shenanigans still continuing in local municipalities with continued in-fighting happening even in 2013. Without naming any, Shame should be what these leaders have encrypted on their foreheads for negative impact they are reputed for. When will service delivery be the order at local government than concentrating on stomach politics than serve the people who voted them into the same offices or jobs? Ikamva lase Gcuwa newspaper welcomes you to the first issue in 2013 and invites you the public to partner with in community engagements, municipal matters our new project this year. Keep those letters, stories and invite coming. Sivuyile Mbatha

EDITOR Ikamva Lase Gcuwa 16a Kilimanjaro Building King Street Butterworth 4960 Email: sivuyilemb@gmail.com


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DOCTOR’S COLUMN If you have any medical questions you would like us to address in the next issue please write to: Dr Natalia Novikova, 58 Deveraux Ave, Vincent, 5200 East London Or sms 0796807821 or e-mail: novikovanatalia@gmail.com

Exercising In New Year

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any people make New Years resolutions trying to achieve various goals. One of the common New Years resolution is to start exercising or to do more exercise. Exercise helps us to stay healthy and happy. People of all ages and all fitness levels can find a way of exercising to suit their life-style and their body. General advice for maintaining good health is to do at least 30-minutes of moderate-intensity exercise at least five times a week and at least 20-minutes of high-intensity exercise at least 3 times a week. Moderate-intensity exercise is kind of exercise that just gets out of our comfort zone. An example of moderateintensity exercise is brisk walking. High-intensity exercise increases our heart rate and the examples of it include jogging, swimming, cycling, playing football, tennis etc. Cardio exercise helps your heart, lungs and vessels to stay healthy. Walking, running, jumping, aerobics are cardio workouts. Weight-bearing exercise help your muscle and

bones to become stronger. This type of exercise is particularly important for older women whose bones become thinner with age. The best exercise for you is the one you enjoy the most. When you plan your exercise choose something you really enjoy. If you don’t enjoy running it’s better to look for alternative exercise, which might be tennis, swimming, boxing etc. When plan the time you will be exercising have realistic goals. If you often have to stay late at work you might be much better exercising in the morning before work. If you love sleeping in you will have to think of a reward for getting early to exercise or exercise at another time. One can go for a run during lunch break. There are many exercises that you can do. If you do not have any medical problems, but you have not exercised before you could start with walking for half an hour every day. Take an opportunity to do exercise at your work place such take stairs instead of lift if you

work in a building with a few floors, go a walk during your lunch break instead of sitting at the table, play a ball with your kids and jump with them on the trampoline. The kids love parents / relatives who play with them and it is great for your relationship to have fun with your children. There are exercises that you can do sitting at the desk such us stretching, moving your legs and arms. Squeezing your shoulder blades a few times a day will help you to stay taller and keep a good posture. There are plenty of exercise you could do at home such as push-ups, sit-ups, weight training. Gardening, housework, playing with the kids are also exercise. Some people may find that exercising with a friend helps them to do it regularly and to put more effort into it. Talk to your friends and see if someone would like to start running or walking with you and you might be able to form a group. It will help you to get healthier and build your friendship.

You can still exercise during your pregnancy especially if you do not have any medical problems. Swimming, walking, weight-bearing exercise that do not involve your tummy are safe in pregnancy. People with medical disorders should consult a doctor on a type of exercise that is safe for

them. Majority of people even with medical illnesses can do some exercise. It is beneficial for people with high blood pressure and diabetes to exercise because exercise may help to low blood pressure and sugar levels. Exercise will help you to stay healthy and happy so make sure you do it regularly and enjoy it!

Differing views on home based HIV testing By Akhona Mshiywa

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IV home-testing is coming to South African and will cost a mere R10 a time and make it easier for people to test when they do not want to go to clinics or private doctors. In July the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of home-based HIV tests that can be purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription. The product will allow people to test for HIV on their own, in the privacy of their homes, without counseling and assistance from a health professional. The testing process involves swabbing your gums inside your mouth, putting the sample into a vial, and waiting 20 to 40 minutes for the results. American biotechnology companies are proposing low-cost versions of home-based HIV tests, for as little as R10 per test, to South African government. This could determine whether affordable home tests become widely available here. The date for the availability of the test kit has not yet been confirmed. According to Babalwa Cinga, an HIV counselor at the East London central clinic, HIV home testing is controversial for a number of reasons. First, the results are not guaranteed: a positive result does not mean with 100% certainty that a person is HIV-positive, and a negative result does not guaran-

tee that the person is negative. The test is meant to be used together with clinic-based testing. If a home test yields a positive result, the tester should visit a clinic for further examination. If a home test is negative, the tester should be aware that the result may not be accurate if exposure to HIV has occurred within the last three months. Landiswa Mangesana from Mdantsane who provides emotional support to people infected and affected by HIV said: “I think it is a bad idea. The suicide rate will definitely go up due to the 100% non-accurate rate result. What is the point because you will have to go to the clinic anyway to retest so I think people should rather stick to the tests done at the clinic.” There is also concern about the emotional impact of home-based HIV testing. Clinic-based HIV counseling and testing (HTC) provides patients with on-hand emotional support before and after the test, which can be very important if the test result is positive. Home-based testing could also lead to one family member forcing another family member to test against his or her will. Doctor Bulelani Mbele, a general practitioner at Engcobo in the Eastern Cape, said: “People should test and know about their HIV status and seek professional help as soon as possible.” He said that he doesn’t fully accept that people should test at

the comfort of their homes as they may be shocked of their results and end up taking their lives or family members. However, affordable home-based HIV tests have the potential to greatly increase the

number of South African who tests for HIV. This is an important consideration as South Africa has more people living with HIV than any other country in the world. – WSU-SNA

Questionable: A test kit that can be used privately by the public. Photo sourced.


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Mnquma Residents Sinking in Water Debts By Sivuyile Mbatha

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time bomb is seemingly ticking for the community of Mnquma with skeletons slowly falling out of the old Butterworth TRC/TLC which governed Butterworth town in the dawn of democracy in the mid, late nineties. A number of residents have received shocking water and sanitation statements to pay in outstanding arrears. Some of these arrears date back as far as1996 and it looks like this will open a can of worms as some have skyrocket to thousands of rands over the years. A resident of Mchubakazi township who did not want his name mentioned said“I was sent a statement of R74 000 from Amathole District for water and sanitation”. The resident claims that they were promised by the former TLC Butterworth municipality that old arrears would be scrapped by the municipality as there was a moratorium signed when Amathole took over providing the service. “I am battling with this problem and don’t know where to start said 64 year old pensioner. A neighbour in the same township Ms Nolizwe Jack “I am so afraid to even open the statement at the end of the month because with what I earn I will never be able to pay this amount”. The temporary employed 49 year old female neighbour leaves with her two unemployed kids. Ac-

cording to her she has tried to make an arrangement to pay R 200 per month for her R 16 366.82 bill which also dates back to 2000. Retired Mvuyisi Mvila of Cuba towship who has lived in the township for more than two decades said, this is an old problem and I don’t any the solution to it. “Politicians are the cause of this whole mess because they came to us residents told us not to pay for these services when they were fighting against each other in the late between 1996 and 1999 at Butterworth TLC. Now we are facing these massive debts at our own peril” said Mvila. 45 year unemployed Mlungisi Maqatya whose home burnt down more than two years ago also added his concern around a bill of more than a R100 000 he said was last sent to them. Living with her 83 year old grandmother and five nephews with no one employed at home said “I don’t know where we will find the money to pay this, we just sit and wait” said Maqatya. Mnquma municipal communications was not able to respond to questions sent at the time of going to print saying they were still looking at the matter and would respond in time. On the other hand Amathole District Municipality communications director Samkelo Ngwenya said the water issue is still a problem for the whole district and would only answer further questions in due course.

I am so afraid to even open the statement at the end of the month because with what I earn I will never be able to pay this amount

DRIPPING: Water pipe drips in town which at times leads to wastage.

Picture : Supplied

FACT BOX

This category B municipality falls under the jurisdiction of the Amathole District Municipality (ADM) and comprises of an amalgamation of the former Butterworth, Ngqamakhwe and Centane TRC’s. Mnquma Municipality shares borders with three other local municipalities i.e. Mbhashe, Intsika Yethu and Great Kei Municipality. This also includes a number of previously administered rural areas. It is approximately 32 995 240 square kilometres and consists of 31 wards. Mnquma Local Municipality has a total population of approximately 297 663 people, 99% of which are Xhosa speaking African. The remaining 1% of the population includes English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Sesotho speaking people. The municipality comprises of 54% female and 46% male of the total population and consists of approximately 75 410 households.


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Biography of ALCOTT GWENTSHE Names: Gwentshe, Alcott Skei In summary: President of the Cape ANCYL and the Chair of the ANC in East London, an organiser of the 1950 and 1952 Defiance Campaign, a banned and banished person. A shopkeeper in East London, Alcott Skei Gwentshe played a key role in the establishment of an African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) branch in East London in 1949, and ‘in organizing East London for the stay-at-home of 26 June 1950 and the 1952 Defiance Campaign.’ Gwentshe was ‘powerful and charismatic’ and was ‘orphaned as result of the Bulhoek massacre.’ He helped to make East London one of the most powerful centres of protest during the Defiance Campaign. He was arrested and tried with other Defiance Campaign leaders in the Cape and received a suspended sentence. The documentation related to his banishment noted that Gwentshe had attended African National Congress (ANC) meetings since 1948. He was active in various towns in the Eastern Cape and was clearly under the watch of the security police. They registered that he addressed meetings in East London on 2-3 March 1952, 8 June 1952 and 23 October 1953; in Port Elizabeth, on 13 April 1952 and 27 September 1952; in King William’s Town on 29 June 1952; in Queenstown on 15-17 April 1952 and 7 February 1954; in Cradock on 15-16 August 1953, and in Uitenhage on 18 October 1953. Gwentshe became the chairper-

son of the ANC in East London and the president of the Cape ANCYL. He was a versatile man, also being ‘leader of the Hot Shots musical band.’ Gwentshe was banned under the Suppression of Communism Act by the Minister of Justice from attending meetings for six months. He was subsequently found guilty of violating his banning order on 26 March 1953 and sentenced to nine months imprisonment. In February 1954, at a Liberal Party meeting he was alleged to have said that disenfranchised people wanted their ‘own people in the Volksraad, they do not want representatives.’ The East London Municipality urged that be Gwentshe’s banished. On 6 July 1954, he was banished from Duncan Village, East London, [Eastern Province, and now Eastern Cape] to ‘Maviljan Farm No.250’ in the Pilgrims Rest district of the Eastern Transvaal [now Mpumalanga Province]. Subsequently, in April 1955, he was banished again to ‘Natives Trust Farm Frenchdale,’ in the Mafikeng district of the Northern Cape [now North West Province]. His new banishment order noted that upon arrival in Pilgrims Rest he declined the job that was offered to him, and it was suspected that he received money from the ANC. It was alleged that he was being visited by ANC members in secret and that there were plans afoot for him to abscond. As his residence in an urban area made it difficult to monitor his movements, it was proposed that he be banished to a

Managers Funeral services group is looking for branch managers / general managers to be located in the Transkei. Remuneration will be based on the experience as well as significant portion from incentives and profit share. Ideal candidate should demonstrate ability to manage: • People • Budgets • Assets and • Clerks. Minimum Requirements: • 5 years in managerial position. • Demonstrate skills in all managerial spheres. • Funeral / Events industry experience preferable. Indicate your application position as follow: Manager Please email or fax your CV’S to: Mr Lizo Nonqane Email : llnonqane@yahoo.com Fax no: 047 491 0534 Email: llnonqane@yahoo.com

DATA CAPTURERS There is an opening for full time data capturers in Butterworth and elsewhere. The following skills and experience are needed • Computer Knowledge. • Financial information systems. • Data administration. Please forward your CV’s marked ‘Data capturers’ for attention: Lizo Nonqane Fax no: 047 491 0534 Email: llnonqane@yahoo.com

locale where it would be easier to keep a watch on him. In 1956, he was arrested in Mafikeng for disobeying the order of the Governor-General to remain on the farm Frenchdale. He was alleged to have left the farm and to be living in Mafikeng location. He was released on bail of £25 (R50). Represented by Joe Slovo, he was found not guilty of contravening his banishment order. Another banishment order was served on Gwentshe in May 1957 to restrict him to Frenchdale. This arose from the Native Commissioner’s (NC’s) problem of Gwentshe continually being in the town of Mafeking and not being able to successfully charge him. It was complained that Gwentshe frequently met with ANC members and that his acquittals encouraged them. In August 1956, Can Themba’s expose of Frenchdale ‘concentration camp,’ in the Drum ‘Banned to the bush,’ focused extensively on Gwentshe, and his flamboyant character. Gwentshe was released from banishment in 1960 to Tsomo, his hometown, in the Transkei, Eastern Province, and now Eastern Cape. His banishment order was withdrawn on 5 August 1964, with a document in Afrikaans bearing the signatures of President CR Swart, Prime Minister HF Verwoerd, and Minister MDC de Wet Nel.It was noted that although there had been accusations of misconduct, no evidence could be found, and the Police Commissioner did not object to his return. He died in the late 1960s.

CATER HIRE ASSISTANTS Cater hire company seeks applications for assistants in the following activities: • Tent Erection and cleaning. • Drapping and decorating. • Video and audio equipment operation. • As well as keyboard playing. Any experience in these activities, please send your CV’s marked “Cater Hire” for attention: Lizo Nonqane Fax no: 047 491 0534 Email: llnonqane@yahoo.com CLERKS Ideal candidate should: • Have good communication skills • Have decorating skills • Preferably have some funeral industry experience • Computer knowledge a bonus Forward your CV’s marked ‘Clerk’ for attention: Ms K. Dondi Fax no: 047 491 0534 Email: kushdondi@gmail.com DRIVERS Ideal candidate should: • Have funeral industry experience. • Be motivated, hardworking and disciplined. • Drivers Licence basic for this position. Please send your application marked “Driver” to: Ms K. Dondi Fax no: 047 491 0534 Email add: kushdondi@gmail.com


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Khaya Community Radio gets provincial nomination Sipheth’ingoma Khanya community radio’s flagship Sunday show received a nod of recognition after being nominated for the best choral show in community radio. Ikamva lase Gcuwa met up with the show presenter, producer and compiler, cool Anele Rhaziya who does the show every Sunday between 09h00 – 12h00. How did you get the news?

Got call from one of the show listeners Captain Jackson Manatha on a particular Sunday who heard the news from Umhlobo Wenene FM. Then we phoned Bulelani Koyo who also does a choral music show at Umhlobo wenene confirmed. Your feeling?

Very happy, excited and cannot mention how I feel. Never thought in my deepest dream I could get to this stage especially working for a small community station. Making the list is a huge recognition shows I am doing something right. Tell us about the show.

It is coral and Jazz show on every Sunday caters for all ages but the radio being a community station we look base of our listener’s majority being rural and a few living in urban. We mix traditional choral, Classical, soloists, a bit of Jazz which is traditional African and western genre. Biggest Challenge?

Little Jazz music background, because I had to learn a lot quickly but sung at school helped me a lot. What would you credit for the nomination?

Hard work and my listeners of-course, because I only use an sms line to interact with them sometimes you not even sure if they are listening. The future?

To improve the show to new levels because I see this as a big step.

Words to your listeners?

Thank you for your support, keep listening to the show and to vote “Sms” CMAEC Best Community Radio Khanya FM 45033

MON-FRI USEKHONA NA? SILEQ’ IKHWEZI MORNING HURRICANE EZASEKHAYA YOPHULE YODE IBEMGQUBAGQUBANE KUQHUMAPHI? SEY’ITSHAYILE? IINDABA NGOBUNJALO BAZO (TUE-THU) EZALENGINGQI (TUE-THU) CRUISING TO MIDNIGHT (MON-WED) EMITHANDAZWENI THURSDAYS HIPPOP MANIFESTO THURSDAYS IMIPHANGA FRIDAYS INTERNATIONAL TOP 20 FRIDAYS FUNKY FRIDAY FRIDAYS

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USEKHONA NA? SILEQ’ IKHWEZI UPHENGULULO LWENDABA WEEKEND BREAKFAST SIHLEL’ NOSAPHO KID’S VOICE ZION TRAIN (REGGAE) EZANGOMGQIBELO (LOCAL TOP 20) EZEMIDLALO YOUTH MOVEMENT SATURDAY PARTY TIME

00H00-03H00 03H00-06H30 06H30-09H00 07H00-09H00 09H00-12H00 10H00-11H00 12H00-13H00 13H00-15H00 15H00-18H00 18H00-21H00 21H00-00H00

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ABOUT US Khanya Community Radio was granted its Broadcasting License in 1997 but started Broadcasting on the 28th November 2000. It is Broadcasting at NO59 Blyth Str in Butterworth. We broadcast mainly in Xhosa 24 hrs a day to Butterworth, Centane, Nqamakwe, Dutywa, Cofimvaba, Tsomo, Stutterheim, Komga, Elliotdale, Komga, Ngcobo, Kei Brigde etc. www.khanya.mobi on your cellphone

SATURDAYS

If you want to advertise with us you can call on the numbers below. Office Number: 047 491 0466

For any Listener who has a displesure/suggestion in our programmes and news, you can call the Administrator during the office hours on 047 491 0466 or ICASA on 011566 3235 FAX: 011 677 1528 Email: nkhanyile@icasa.org.za.

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2012: The year that was

An ANC councillor trying to calm down other ANC councillors, Luxolo Mgandela, left, and Zukile Sogayise during a chaotic council meeting in Butterworth in March 2012 Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

AMATHOLE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY DEPARTMENT OF LAND HUMAN SETTLEMENT & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The ADM is calling for members of its farming community and local municipalities with high impact programmes to submit applications to its Department of Land Human Settlement & Economic Development. Upon receipt of applications the ADM will channel them to the relevant investors and stakeholders.

Community of Mcothoma campaigning against women and children abuse during the 16 days of Activism.

The recently council adopted Revised ADM Agricultural Development Plan suggests seven priority areas on which the District Municipality should focus on. This is done to make a significant impact in ADM’s quest to facilitate agricultural development in its area of jurisdiction, (Nxuba, Nkonkobe, Mnquma, Amahlathi, Mbashe, Ngqushwa and Great Kei local municipalities). The priority areas are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Enabling Environment Livestock Services Irrigated Enterprises Emerging Farmer Support Household Food Security Agro processing Community Forestry Projects

The following criteria will be utilised for the selection of successful applications; CRITERIA POINTS x Demonstration of Job Creation 20% x Poverty Alleviation 20% x Sustainability and Marketing Plan 20% x Skills transfer/development 10% x Involvement of designated groups 15% x Previously Disadvantaged Communities 15%

MEC Majodina at a court appearance of Mabhayi who is accused of Tholeni murderes.

Application forms and print out of priority areas may be collected as from 31 January 2013 from ADM (Agricultural Development Unit) Offices 09th Floor, Caxton House, at no cost to the applicant. Completed Applications must be submitted to the above mentioned unit NOT LATER THAN 11H00 ON THURSDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2013. Please note that enquiries should be addressed to the Agricultural Development Manager: V.V. Kwaru on 043783 4140 or 043 783 2220 or e-mail: viviank@amathole.gov.za Municipal Manager, N.C. Magwangqana Tel (043) 7014000 Fax (043) 742 0337 Email www amathole gov za

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Career Corner Lusanda Mangxamba. email:lusanda.mangxamba@gmail.com

First year at tertiary Happy New Year to all my readers, I hope you are all fully charged and ready to tackle 2013. Since it’s the beginning of the year, this month we will focus on first year at tertiary and how best to organize your life so that this year will be a success for you. Let me just say that if this is going to be your first year at tertiary, congratulations; it is not easy getting into any tertiary institution and to get enough funds to pay for your education so well done for being one of the few to have gotten into a tertiary institution. Tertiary is an exciting period in one's life; I can honestly say that my tertiary years were amongst the best years of my life. The key to succeeding this year is to be organized, put structure into your day and work hard? This article will help you do just that.

5. Take a notebook or exam pad to every lecture and make notes on everything you are lectured on; then file these notes in a file for the subject 6.If your institution has tutorials, prepare for each one thoroughly and attend them. Tutorials can make the difference between passing and failing as they help you prepare for tests and exams 7. Plan your free time Monday -Thursday in a way that you set aside 3 hours minimum to go over work done in lectures, preparing for tutorials and assignments 8. Prepare for assignments well in advance, doing thorough research and quoting all the sources that you used for your assignment

These are the following things you must get right from the beginning:

1. Draw up your timetable with the lecture venues and put it in the room you will working in 2. Get all the textbooks you need upfront or photocopy from someone who has the books 3. Create a file for each of the courses you are registered for. You will use this file to store notes that you getting class, photo copies that you make, tutorials and notes that you make in lectures 4.Attend all your lectures - this is critical as lecturers give out vital information during lectures about test, exams, important areas for the subject etc

Lastly, make time to have fun. Join a club/society/sports team. Tertiary is also about having fun with new friends, some of whom will become important networks later in your career. Use Friday to unwind and catch up with friends. Tertiary is an amazing time in one’s life, before work and other responsibilities take over in your life so go on and make the most of it!

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Rules to remember in life 1. Money cannot buy happiness but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than a bicycle. 2. Forgive your enemy but remember the bastard’s name. 3. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they are in trouble again. 4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them. 5. Alcohol does not solve any problems but then again, neither is tea or coffee.

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WITH MY PEN

by Sithandiwe Velaphi

Let us accept the change, please

Prof Somadoda Fikeni can attest to this column. Eastern Cape residents have remained divided because of the continued use of the former homeland names like Transkei and Ciskei despite the efforts by our democratic South Africa to merge us in one province, the Eastern Cape. What has remained difficult for many of the Eastern Cape people is to accept this change, which was presented to us in 1994. Fikeni is from Mt Ayliff, the so called former Transkei.

Fikeni once told me, while working at Khanya Community Radio, that this thing of people seeing themselves as coming either from the so called Transkei or Ciskei need to be addressed with a speed of lightning. This indeed has left our communities divided. But according to Fikeni, this has also seen many of the province’s resources diverted mainly to the former Ciskei. It is worth stating that my interview with Fikeni on this matter was done in 2010. Fikeni said: “People from the Eastern Cape see themselves as either from the Transkei or Ciskei. They do not see themselves as a collective province.” What is even painful to me is that there are still few media institutions namely the Daily Dispatch and SABC’s Umhlobo Wenene FM which continue to address towns like Qumbu, Tsolo, Mqanduli, Dutywa as Transkei. This, according to me, is nonsensical approach, excuse my language. We re-

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Dutywa district (inclusive of Dutywa, Willowvale and Elliotdale) School name

1. JS Skenjana Sen Secondary School

2. Mida School

3. Lurwayizo Sen Secondary School

4. Xolilizwe Sen Secondary School

5. LM Malgas Sen Secondary School

6. Elliotdale Tech

7. Fort Malan Sen Secondary School

8. Badi Sen Secondary School

9. Vulingcobo Sen Secondary School

10. Lukhozana Sen Secondary School

11.Upper Gwadu Sen Secondary School

12. Lukhanyo Sen Secondary School

13. Ngcingwane Tech SSS

14. Dinizulu Sen Secondary School

15.Ngangolwandle Sen Secondary School

16. Executive Academy

17. Bomela Sen Secondary School

18. Ganizulu Sen Secondary School

19. Mathumbu Sen Secondary School

20. Ngwenze Sen Secondary School

21. Willowvale Sen Sec School

22. Colosa Sen Secondary School

23. Bashee Sen Secondary School

24. Nqabara Sen Secondary School

25. Mazizini Sen Secondary School

26. Zwelidumile Sen Secondary School

27. Dumalisile Comprehensive High School

28. Jongilanga Sen Secondary School

29. Nobangile Sen Secondary School

30. Mpozolo Sen Secondary School

31. Zwelenqaba Sen Secondary School

32. Gwebityala Sen Secondary School

33. Bonkolo Sen Secondary School

34. Nqabisile Sen Secondary School

35. Idutywa School of Excellence

* Data not provide by the department of education

No of pupils2012 Passed 2011-% 2012-%

197

108

9

93

20

77

38

90

60

14

49

18

103

66

186

386

58

75

59

98

33

159

89

89

72

85

92

21

51

37

84

59

101

42

*

166

86

7

70

15

56

25

59

39

9

30

11

62

38

105

193

29

36

28

46

15

70

38

37

28

31

33

16

17

12

25

17

29

12

*

60.1

84.5

66.7

45.1

38.6

42.5

63.8

77.8

31.4

36.8

42.6

61.9

81.9

36.6

61.5

55.4

54.5

52.1

35.6

53.2

36.4

57.5

45.6

38.3

62.9

29.5

27.4

51.4

51.5

40.0

36.9

11.7

48.4

50.0

47.0

84.3

79.6

77.8

75.3

75.0

port stories here on Ikamva LaseGcuwa, on monthly basis, and we had never referred to Cala, Cofimvaba, Centane and Libode as Transkei. These towns, and several others which I have not mentioned, have their names and bigger towns near them for reference. Cala and Cofimvaba is near Queenstown, Centane is near Butterworth and Libode is near Mthatha. For example, may be you have heard people elsewhere in the province saying: “Eish abantu baseTranskei.” When East London is starting to be congested, you hear people saying it is because “abantu baseTranskei”. When there are people who cannot read and write in the province, it is all said they are from the so called Transkei. When there are pupils studying under trees, they are from the so called Transkei. When ladies, elsewhere in the province, cannot dress in the same way as Beyonce or Mariah Carey, they are labelled as Transkeians. In fact when the Eastern Cape resident, elsewhere in the province, cannot do the right thing at the given time, it is because she or he is from the so called Transkei. When there was a book delivery scandal in Limpopo last year little did we hear of references like Venda and Gazankulu, the former homelands of the now known as Limpopo. The problem was at Limpopo, the media told us. But when are children spotted studying under trees in Ngqeleni, it is referred as from the Transkei. Why? Why is difficult for us to accept change? What is even more worrying is that both the Daily Dispatch and SABC’s Umhlobo Wenene FM do not refer to towns like Bisho and Alice as Ciskei. According

to Wikipedia, a search site, Ciskei had a succession of capitals during its existence. Originally, Zwelitsha in King William’s Town served as the capital with the view that Alice would become the long-term national capital. However, it was Bisho (now spelled Bhisho) that became the capital until Ciskei's reintegration into South Africa in 1994. Recently I have read books like Umqhayi waseNtabozuko written by the late South African well known writer and poet, Samuel E Krune Mqhayi. I have also read a book called Kusa Kusihlwa written by Knobel Sakhiwo Bongela, who too has since passed away. In the Umqhayi waseNtabozuko, SEK talks about his life at Tyhume in Alice and also during his upbringing while he was a young boy growing up at KuNgede in Centane. To my surprise, and not the shock, there is no use of the word Transkei or Ciskei. In Kusa Kusihlwa, KS Bongela, from Bawa in Butterworth, talks about a young boy (by the name Mpumelelo) who was born in Lusikisiki but grew up in Mlazi, in the KwaZulu Natal province. Mpumelelo, according to the book, studied at Bythswood in Ngqamakhwe. Again, KS says nothing about the so called Transkei and Ciskei. I then asked myself: “Why are these well known writers silent about these names (Transkei and Ciskei).” If you are still using the name Transkei and Ciskei, please consider it is no longer on South Africa’s constitution. These names do no longer exist. We talk of the Eastern Cape now. Accept the change, please.

72.7

65.8

65.6

65.0

64.3

61.2

61.1

60.2

57.6

56.5

50.0

50.0

48.0

47.5

46.9

45.5

44.0

42.7

41.6

38.9

36.5

35.9

34.9

33.3

32.4

29.8

28.8

28.7

28.6

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Local fans hopefull of Bafana W

ith the African Cup of Nation started the knockout stages with a slim chance in the last game against Morocco in a nail biting draw. South African fans are all hoping that Bafana Bafana make the country proud and go through to at least the quarter and semi finals will be a bonus. Some fans are very sceptical of the team’s qualification to the knockout stages with little confidence about chances of the team in the tournament. Mlungisi Magqaza of Cuba township said, Bafana have proved a lot of critics wrong with their sceptism. “We understand that the team did not qualify for the tournament, with a lot of changes happening in the past six months, it is quite impressing to see them progressing to the next stage. I am very confident that we can pull a big suprise” said Magqaza. A very sceptical Zimele Xabanisa a diehard fan of Bafana Bafana said, I believe in the team if only the coach can keep players like Dean Furman and Bernard Parker in the same roles against Morocco. “Mali is a very different, difficult country to read we need to be very cautious against them”. In all I think the sky is still the limit because the defending champs are out and that means we also got a chance to suprise people”. Although many fans showed a lot of confidence after qualifying for the knockout stages some who are not followers of soccer added their voice to the games noting that the problem with Bafana Bafana is support by the fans. Mandla Matiwane of Mchubakazi township said, I think South Africans need to get behind the team even if they lose. “World cup qualifies are just around the corner and therefore this tournament is a warm up to the next stage”. Bafana Bafana last qualified for the quarter finals more than a decade ago when reached the finals in 1998 in Burkina Faso losing to Egypt coached by caretaker coach Jomo Sono. The team did not qualify for 2004 tournament and disasters struck when they lost all their group stage games in 2006 under Ted Dimitri and have never qualified since then.

Takumi, South Africa's mascot for 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, dancing with soccer fans in Alwal North recently. The Eastern Cape province, through the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, hosted group B matches which featured Ghana, Niger, DR Congo and Mali. Picture: Manzi Vabaza

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Ikamva lase gcuwa January 2013  

Community based newspaper in Butterworth, Eastern Cape South Africa.

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