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Construction well underway on 760 new houses for Dutywa BABALWA NDLANYA
HILE many areas in the Eastern Cape were under siege of protest marches and road blockades over service delivery in recent week, the communities of Dutywa in the Mbhashe Municipality are celebrating the building of houses for them. The Mayor of Mbhashe Municipality in Dutywa, Councillor Nonceba Mfecane, and councillors visited the site in Govan Mbeki Township where 760 houses were being built by the Department of Human Settlements. They looked at the quality of material that was used to build the houses and checked on the progress of the construction. Mayor Mfecane said these houses would change the lives of people who had been staying in shacks, as well as those of local business people who will benefit during the construction of these houses since the building materials were from their shops. â€œThis site was characterized by badly constructed toilets of which some were falling apart. We decided to demolish them so that we could use the land to build decent houses and toilets for our people,â€? said Mfecane. She said that was one of the deliverables they wanted to achieve and her municipality was boasting about their service delivery and ensuring that people from Mbhashe were living a better life. Councillor Mfecane said the construction company was working hard to ensure that they finish building the houses on time and it is planned that construction would be completed in July.
Mbhashe Local Municipality Mayor Nonceba Mfecane (third from left) and Councillors visited Govan Mbeki township to check on the 760 houses currently being built. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
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Mandela museum celebrates with learners AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA LAST Wednesday, February 11, on the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after spending 27 years behind bars, the Nelson Mandela museum in Qunu celebrated this day with learners from several schools in Mthatha and surrounds. The day started with a “Freedom Walk” from Nelson Mandela’s “Victor Verster Prison House” replica at Mandela’s home in Qunu to the Nelson Mandela Museum. The “Young Friends of Madiba” initiative was also launched during the celebrations. “Young Friends of Madiba” will be involved in activating social networks about Madiba’s legacy and also participating on the existing web and social pages, sharing their moments and views about Madiba. On the day, students got the chance to share their views on Madiba’s role to free South Africa. Veteran and community builder, Aunt Laura Mphahlwa, shared her Mandela moments with the learners, encouraging them to take their education seriously, since that was one of the things Madiba advocated wherever he went. “I first met him back in the early 1960’s when he came to Mthatha to meet with my husband who was the headmaster at St
John’s College of Education,” said Mpahlwa. Her husband, the late Mabuto Mpahlwa, was involved in the struggle against apartheid and as a result their children were forced to go into exile, following his arrest during the riots. “I met Madiba again when he attended my husband’s 70th birthday at our home in Ncembedlana. He was such a gentleman and never looked down on the less fortunate,” she said. Mpahlwa said when Madiba arrived for the birthday, the whole township came to a standstill. “He was happy to mingle with the community members and most importantly with the children, encouraging them to go to school for them to become better people.” The Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Museum, Bayanda Nyengule, said they had dedicated February to honouring Madiba’s release from prison with an array of events.
Nelson Mandela museum marketing and communications manager Nokuzola Tetani, member of the council of the museum Vuyani Booi, Veteran Aunt Laura Mpahlwa, CEO of the museum Bayanda Nyengule and Daily Dis patch's Marketing assistant Andile Nduna.
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The arrests followed after the National Treasurer had conducted an audit in the municipality. It was discovered that R2,8 million, which was allocated for service delivery, was missing. After the audit the Hawks were tasked to investigate the matter. The arrested suspects were former and current employees of the municipality, service providers, a prison warder and a councillor from Ethekwini Municipality. “According to our investigation there are service providers who were getting tenders illegally but were paid.” The Spokesperson for the MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha, said it was the municipality who was supposed to take action about the issue if there was a need to do so, not the MEC Mlibo Qhoboshiyane. “The municipality can then forward their recommendations to the MEC, and that is when the Department can act.” The Mayor of Ngcobo Municipality, Councillor Lamla Jiyose, referred the Express to the Municipal Manager for comment but the municipal manager’s phone was continuously ringing with no answer or reply. The Express tried in vain to get a comment from the Secretary of the ANC, Mr Oscar Mabuyane, as his phone was on voice mail.
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February 20, 2014 Isolomzi Express
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THE MEC for the Department of Social Development and Special Programmes, Dr Pemmy Majodina, handed school uniforms to vulnerable pupils in the province last week.
ABAZALI kunye nesigqeba esilawulayo kwisikolo samabanga aphantsi i-The Nice Linga Junior Primary School bazama ngandlela zonke ukuqinisekisa ukuba esi sikolo siyakhuseleka, kulandela iziganeko ezibini zokuqhekezwa kwaso. Ichaza ingxaki abajongene nayo kwesi sikolo inqununu, uNkk Zukiswa Mahlanaba uthe, ingxaki iqale ngenyanga kaNovemba kulo nyaka uphelileyo. “Kwaqhekezwa kwathathwa iimatshini zokucheba ingca kunye nezo kufotokopa. Amapolisa aphinde azifumana kodwa. Xa bekuvulwa izikolo kwakhona kulo nyaka sifike kususwe iburglars zase mnyango, ze kwabiwa iincwadi zokubhala nokufunda,” kubeka yena. Uveze ukuba kungoku nje bazibona bengakhuselekanga kuba le ntlonti abayazi isuka phi futhi isiphelo sayo siza kuba yintoni na. UVumile ukuba esi sikolo kuqala besi ngenaye unogada nalapho bebethembele kwintsimbi zokukhusela iminyango kunye ne-Alarm. Ukanti onguSihlalo wesigqeba esi lawulayo kwesi sikolo, uMnu Mbuyiseli Cima uthe lo mkhwa uza kukhokelela ekubeni lehle inani labantwana kwesi sikolo kuba abazali baza koyikisela impilo zabantwana babo. “Sizamile ukuba sifune uNogada ngokukhawulezileyo noza kuthi ajonge isikolo sethu. Le nto yenzekayo ayisiphathanga kakuhle nathi singabazali kuba kaloku iza kutshabalalisa ikamva labantwana bethu,” kubeka uMnu Cima. Uthe bayabaqinisekisa ukuba amasango esi sikolo ayavalwa ngalo lonke ixesha ngelizama ukukhusela isikolo sabo. Kwelinye icala, omnye wabahlali uthe nabo bengabahlali bazibona benga khuselekanga kuba kaloku lo mkhwa awuzi kugqibela esikolweni kuphela kodwa uza kubachaphazela nabo emakhayeni wabo. “Ayikho ntle le nto yenzekayo kuba kaloku ngoku kuza kuqhekezwa nasezindlwini zethu kuba aba bantwana bahlala apha emakhaya baphuma eziseleni,” kubeka lo mhlali. Othethela iSebe lezeMfundo eMpuma Kapa uMalibongwe Mtima uthe abahlali mabathathe uxanduva lokuqiniseka ukuba izikolo zabo zikhuselekile. “Akusuki mntu kwenye idolophu aye kuba kwenye, kodwa ikwa ngabantwana bala ndawo abenza le nto. Makungathi xa ingxaki ikhonjwa kwiititshala baphakame kuqala, nale ingxaki ifuna bona,” kubeka uMnu Mtima. Woleke ngelithi, xa kusebiwa iincwadi ngabantwana baloo ngingqi abaza kuthi basokole. Kufana naxa kwebiwe ikhompyutha ezikolweni kusokola abantwana balapho kulo ndawo. Yiyo loo nto abazali kufuneka ibe ngabo abathabatha uxanduva ngokupheleleyo. ULieutnenant Colonel Khaya Tonjeni osisithethi samapolisa uthe kwisiganeko sesibini kwalahleka impahla elinganiselwa kwi-R18000 kwesi sikolo ze konakwaliswa iBurglar kwiminyango emibini kunye neengcango ezimbini. “Ukuza kuthi ga ngoku akuka banjwa mntu.”
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Majodina visited Mtyintyini Administrative Authority and KwaNonzame location in Ntsika Yethu and Inxuba Yethemba Municipality in the Chris Hani District Municipality. On Wednesday, 50 pupils from Middleburg and 20 < MEC Pemmy Majodina.
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Clarksbury SSS has stake in Madiba’s will BABALWA NDLANYA THE Principal of Clarkbury Senior Secondary School (SSS) in Ngcobo said they were surprised to learn that their school was also a beneficiary in the will of the late Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. Principal Ayanda Matshayana said his school would get R100 000 and according to the will this money will be used for scholarship and bursaries. “Madiba’s classroom where he did Form 3 was turned into a science laboratory so we
want this money to help pupils who are doing science but who will get best results in their final exams,” he said. He added that this money would also motivate pupils because now they will know that they must focus on their studies, knowing that if they pass their Grade 12 final exams with flying colours they will benefit in the scholarship and bursary. Last month, one of Mandela’s daughters, Ndileka Mandela, visited this school to donate Samsung IPADS to 30 pupils who passed Grade 12 with Bachelors. Ndileka was accompanied by the Secretary of the ANC in the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuy-
ane, and they both decided to adopt Clarkbury SSS since it was one of the schools Madiba had attended (from 1936-1937). Last year Ndileka donated science equipment. The principal believed that this had contributed to the good pass rate. Grade 12 pupils from this school achieved the school’s best results last year in their final exams. “Our Grade 12’s had a 90,57% pass rate. There were 138 students who wrote Grade 12 exams; 30 pupils passed with bachelors; 64 learners passed with diplomas and 31 pupils will write supplementary exams,” Matshayana said. .
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On Thursday, 30 pupils from two different schools of the Mtyhintyini locality in Ntsika Yethu Municipality received 60 school uniforms.
from Inxuba Yethemba Municipality in Cradock received 70 school uniforms worth R900, including toiletries and sanitary towels. On Thursday, 30 pupils from two different schools of the Mtyhintyini locality in Ntsika Yethu Municipality received 60 school uniforms. On these days care givers also conducted door-to-door campaigns in Lusaka locality in Middleburg which is faced with a high number of pupils dropping out of school. The campaigns are aimed at encouraging pupils who had dropped out of school to return to school regardless of the inhibiting circumstances they find themselves in. As part of its mandate of ensuring a safety net for individuals, families and communities who find themselves in vulnerable and distressful conditions, the MEC also launched two food security projects at Mtyhintyini and Lutholoncedo. She said those were launched because children in the Province were faced with enormous challenges, ranging from extreme poverty, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and loss of parents due to HIV/AIDS, which further added to the creation of child-headed households.
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February 20, 2014 Isolomzi Express
Striking university produces top students AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA
“The commitment and dedication I have for my studies will see me graduating in record THE Walter Sisulu University’s accountan- time and I want SAICA to be proud of me and cy students have, despite the many challeng- not regret giving me the chance to be a better person,” he said. es the university The project was faced last year, launched by SAICA, achieved excellent the University of results. Cape Town, the Department of Higher The institution sufTraining and Educafered more than one tion and the Walter strike last year, with Sisulu University both students and (WSU). lecturers displaying All these partners their dissatisfaction. made sure that the Regardless, results funding, administrawere outstanding for tion and academic learners in first, secsupport were providond and in third year ed to the students parwho are on the SAIticipating in the proCA (South African gramme. Institute of CharSenior Executive – tered Accountants) Professional Developprogramme. ment, TransformaA first-year stu- Lindelani Tshazi, a first year Chartered tion and Growth at dent from Harding, Accountant student who excelled last year at SAICA, Chantyl Lindelani Tshazi WSU. PHOTO:AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA Mulder, said that (21), achieved a 90% pass rate. Tshazi said he always wanted to with all the required tools, anything is possibe a chartered accountant and was glad he ble. “These success stories tell us that with the got the bursary to work towards his dream. As the eldest child of five, raised by a sin- right programme in place and with dedicated gle mother, Tshazi knows he would have to personnel, a lot can be achieved. These youngbe the breadwinner soon, hence he was keen sters have done us proud indeed,” said Mulder. Tshazi, together with two fellow students to succeed. “I promise to keep working hard for even who excelled in their studies, Sandisiwe Tsbetter results next year, because I have my hungwana (3rd year) and Mxolisi Makamisi eye on my goal: to be one of the best CA’s in (2nd year), were recently rewarded with SAICA Thuthuka Bursary Fund Achievement the country,” said Tshazi. With the understanding that should he Awards at the Savoy Conference Centre and fail, the bursary would be terminated, Tsha- were addressed by Sizwe Nxasana, Chief execzi is certain that it would never come to that. utive of FirstRand Limited.
Mass roll-out of smart identification cards REPORTER MINISTER Naledi Pandor has announced that the department of Home Affairs is rolling out Smart ID cards to the public with effect from the beginning of February 2014. In this regard, the department has successfully revamped 28 offices across the country to facilitate applications for the Smart ID cards. According to Pandor, the Smart ID card is one of the major achievements of the 20 years of South Africa’s democracy and comes within the context of efforts by the government to consolidate the restoration of identity, citizenship and dignity to all the country’s people. The department is now ready to take applications for the smart ID cards to the following categories:
1. 16-year-old and above first time applicants can apply any month of the year. 2. 60-year-old pensioners born during January and February must approach home affairs offices during the month of February to apply. 3. From March this year, 60-year-olds and above can now apply in accordance with their months of birth. 4. All other citizens should wait for invitations to apply. At this stage, applications for the Smart ID card can only be made at the following offices in the Eastern Cape: Port Elizabeth, Mthatha and King Williamstown. Remember: 1. Exercise patience as the process of rolling out the smart cards will take a few years. 2. The smart ID cards will be issued freely to 16-year-olds, first-time applicants and pensioners who are 60 years and above.
It’s your Business: Andile Nontso Starting your own business ANDILE Nontso of Andile Nontso foundation SMME Development Programme and former KSD Nafcoc chairperson is back this week with business tips. In the last column, we asked all those who want to be in business to answer 9 questions. Today we take you through all the steps to be compliant and ready to trade or tender. Always remember that tenders are not a business and they are meant to boost you in your intended sustainable day to day business. 1. You must register a business which is
PTY LTD as close corporation are no longer valid. You must register with an accountant or business centre or go to ECDC or Seda to enquire. 2. Get a tax clearance and share certificate. 3. Open a bank account with the bank. 4. Get a BEE certificate. Now you are ready to be in the provincial data base. Remember you will have to spend money while you are getting your company right. In the next business column we will discuss generic rules of business.
February 20, 2014 Isolomzi Express
Driver leaves Gogo stranded AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA GOGO Magareth Ntshinka (69) from Ngangelizwe township, Mthatha is demanding a refund from the bus driver who left her and her son stranded at a Rustenburg taxi rank instead of taking her to her Standerton destination. Ntshinka is claiming R1 560 from the driver of the Nobetha Express bus that was travelling from Mthatha to Rustenburg on November 15 last year. She said she was attending her cousin’s funeral that was going to be on the next day, Saturday, but the driver did not turn in to Standerton and went straight to Rustenburg. “When I questioned him about this, he said my query would be resolved in Rustenburg,” said Ntshinka. She said the driver also suggested to drop them on the road for them to hike to where they wanted to go. “The arrogance of that man. How can he expect us to hitchhike from a place we have never been to, in the middle of nowhere?” asked the angry woman. They never attended the funeral and they took a taxi from Rustenburg to Pretoria for them to catch a bus back to Mthatha. “I tried to get hold of the Nobetha Express offices in Mthatha but found out that they have no office and I have since reported the matter at the consumer right offices from where I was sent to the small claims court,” she said. According to her, when the owner of the bus heard that she had been to court, he said there is nothing he can talk to her about but only to her lawyers. The owner of the buses could not be reached for comment before going to print. Mthatha Gogo Magareth Ntshinka is furious that a busdriver left her stranded in Rustenburg on her way to a funeral in Standerton. PHOTO:AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA
Bingo gambling a win for Mthatha REPORTER MTHATHA is the first city in the Eastern Cape to have a licensed Bingo outlet – and growing numbers of over 18 patrons are discovering for themselves the fun of Bingo, says Ritz Bingo Mthatha manager Yolande Manuel. The outlet, in the Mthatha Mall, has joined the slots centre which has been open for around a year. “By going from 80 machines to 120 we have been able to add upmarket bar facilities, comfortable seating where people chill out and a child-minding facility,” says Manuel. She runs Ritz Bingo Mthatha, together with Eric Halgryn and their friendly team. Ritz Bingo is designed to give patrons a casino experience, with plush carpets, comfortable chairs, good food, live entertainment and a well-stocked bar. “Both our patrons and our staff tell us this is a great place to be. We have new standards for adult entertainment in the Mthatha area through our substantial investment in the up-market facility. “Since opening in December we have definitely become the in place to be – and to be seen,” says Manuel.
Security is a top priority of Ritz Bingo, and there are additional security guards stationed in the mall parking area, at the entrance to the mall, and the entrance to Ritz Bingo itself. “This is a place to relax, and we want people to feel safe,” she said. Entrance to the gambling area is strictly for over 18s only. Ritz Bingo Mthatha is a proudly black empowerment initiative, with the majority shareholding being in local black hands. Over 90 per cent of the staff also come from the Mthatha area. “This means that they know who is who in the city, and are able to welcome patrons in true Mthatha style,” said Manuel. The broader community also benefits from the success of Ritz Bingo Mthatha. At least 1,15 per cent of monthly revenue is ploughed back into the community through Corporate Social Investment. On being awarded the licence Ritz Bingo also donated R30 000 to Ruliv, a non-governmental organisation for its community projects. Ritz Bingo also supports local soccer. Musicians and artists are encouraged to talk to Yolande, who would love to help them display their artworks or perform in the bar.
Entertainment February 20, 2014 Isolomzi Express
Umgosi A problem in men’s minds Sometimes you end up asking yourself whether the minds of other men work properly, because sometimes they make us raise questions. Uyakuze umntu athi enomntu wakhe or a wife but on Valentine’s Day he would take out another female instead of his wife or original girlfriend, afike kubo okanye kwakhe sesula umlomo esithi kwiqabane lakhe every day is a Valentine’s day there is no need to go out. Uyazi he blinds umntwana womntu,
naye akholelwe kuba wofika indoda inothando kakhulu xa ivela kuganga or kumosha. Can you allow us to guide you dear men of the soil? Okay, thank you for giving us this opportunity. Listen attentively ke. Ithi daai ding, spend your time on days like Valentines on those that love you unconditionally. Don’t waste it on those that only love you when the conditions are right for them. Uyawuva umgosi team. Like our dude whom we recently
met in Timberlake Spur. Unkabi belimnyama itafula ziziphuzo nokutya and we thought he is with his longtime sweetheart, kanti ngomnye umntu. And apho kubuhlungu khona siyamazi lo sisi ukhutshiweyo ukuba uphandl’apha. Ash, ushiye a good woman ibifika isiphakele nathi xa sihambele kwakhe nokuba sibangaphi na. Oh! Nibhala le nto kuba nikhweletela lo sisi uniphakelayo xa nivela kwezi ndawo zenu? Not at all, we are just conveying what we saw. Mara ke shame kungokuba ‘oophandlapha’ bona bode bakhutshwe ngoobani kuba abanabantu basi‘straight’ babamba ezi dawu-dawu zibhadula apha phandle ungazi ukuba zifuna ntoni zinabantu ezindlini. Hlala kuye wena sisters ungazingenelanga pokothweni kuye nje. Cut off water musn’t be a scape goat Oh! It was nastiest journey ever when we were travelling by taxi to Mbuqe Extension re-
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cently because we had a problem with our Turu-turu. We were at the middle seat and next to us there were two guys who are coming from these SA neighbouring countries. Ash, it was unbearable smell as soon as they move their bodies. No, no maan this is not on even if there is a cut off water but you need to devise means to stop your body of smelling badly. So friendos you need to use roll-ons if you don’t have chance to wash your body because of the busy schedule in your business. To be an enemy of water does not affect you but the people around you kuba asazi nokuba umntu uyaziva na ukuba uyanuka. So please bafethu water is important in our bodies we need to use it. Eintleik , we are also referring to you dear taxi conductors because when you are collecting cash lifting up your armpits we always smell something. Nivile moss. KHANICEBISENI ABA MEYA BENU Nanjengoko usazi kwi-gossip team ukuba chicken is a chicken and we don’t hide anything on this Express land. Uyazi kukhona okusihluphayo la kukhona umeya womasipala ophantsi kwe OR Tambo, soze umfumane efowunini nokuba sekutheni, ukuba ke ufunyanwa ngabatheni asazi nathi kuba oko thina sizama siyi-gossip team kodwa sibuye noboya bentenetya. Kaloku ithi le nto xa ukhokhela abantu ingakumbi abahlupheka nje ngathi ungahlala ufumaneka kuba ikwababo abakuthathe bakubeka kule palamende incinane. Masingaphinde ke sihlangabezane nento yokuba ungayibambi ifowun nokuba sesikushiyele umyalezo ungaphenduli. Ingathi ulibele ukuba usisicaka sethu. Uyeva ke? Sikunika umyalelo wokugqibela namhlanje masingaphinde sidibane nawe ungabambi fowun ungaphenduli miyalezo. AAWU! Bayalibala ukuba ziivoti zethu ezi zibenza babe banesonka namhlanje. Abanye bayazenzela nasezimalini zethu. Nokuba kunamatheko ufike bona bephakelwa kumagumbi aphezulu thina kuthiwe masiye pha kumndilili kanti ifuneka itshintshe le nto ibe ngabo ekufanele kuthiwa batyiswa kumagumbi asezantsi nje ngezicaka zethu. Thina siye phezulu sonwabele ubuncwane beevoti zethu. Injalo moss.
Young people to host dance competition YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA THE Bass Entertainment is to host a dance competition at Jerico Community Hall in Zikhuba Village, Bizana, on March 21 bringing something new in entertainment for the young people of Bizana. Mahlubandile Thole (26) and Yonwaba Somi (25) are young people from Bizana who started Bass Entertainment not only to showcase their own talents in entertaining people but most importantly to also help develop the young people of Bizana to take pride in showing everybody their abilities. These two gentlemen started their company over a year ago, but this is the first major event in their hometown. Thole said that their main aim with the dance competition was to bring young people together to help them deal better with the challenges and pressure that young people are faced with. “We may not be able to save every young person but we can try to make a difference in our community by helping young people discover their talents and make them their hobbies and pastime instead of being out there exposed to drugs and criminal activities,” said Thole. Young people who can break dance, do hip hop moves and also local kwaito and pantsula dancing can participate in the dance competition. The competition is sponsored by the Wild Coast Sun and more sponsors are still expected to join in. Somi said they want to grow competitions of this kind so as to bring development in the small town of Bizana and, most importantly, to end up having someone representing their province in the national dance competition.
February 20, 2014 Isolomzi Express
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AmaMpondo increases chances GREG NOTA AmaMpondo United increased their chances of winning the log title by beating the log leaders 2010 Storm Breakers by 2-0 at the New Rest Stadium in Lusikisiki during their SAB Regional League, Coastal Stream fixture last Sunday. Going into the game, Amampondo United had planned well and had studied the 2010 Storm Breakers to find out where they can be punished. This is why they were able to take the game to the Breakers during the first half and capitalize on the counter attack to score their first goal. United was all over the Breakers’ defence during the first half, which resulted in them making stupid mistakes at the back. United again capitalized on those mistakes which gave them a second goal. The half time score was 2-0. During the second half the Breakers tried to tie the score in vain as United’s defence was too strong and they managed to hold onto their lead for a full-time score of 2-0. The Captain of AmaMpondo United, Lethu Simayi said he was happy that their team won the game and they played according to what they had planned before the game. “We had
planned to take the game to them, which we did, and that is why we managed to win today.” The Coach of the 2010 Storm Breakers, Lucky Madikane, said he had not expected the bad results and he blamed the central defence, saying that they gave the game away. This gave United the opportunity to close the gap in the log table. “Their other advantage is that they have a game in hand and the difference counts to
their favour.” Madikane said they need to change their game plan if they still want to remain at the top of the league. He said his team needed to score goals in order to win the league and they should also maintain momentum. He said their next tough game would be against Qhayiya FC which is also still going to play with against AmaMpondo United. Next weekend The Breakers will be playing
away in Flagstaff. Last weekend results, Coastal Stream:
AmaMpondo United FC 2 vs. 2010 Storm Breakers FC 0, Powerline 3 vs. F.C.P.V FC 2, Iqhayiya 2 vs. International FC 1 and Umngazi Super Sport FC 3 vs. Red Lions 2
Amawisile FC 2 vs. Capital Spurs FC 3, Ocean FC 0 vs. Mthatha City 2, Madikizela All Stars FC 3 vs. Master Kids FC 0 and Bityi All Stars FC 2 vs. Green Mamba FC 1
The 2010 Storm Breakers who lost 20 against the AmaMpondo United need to work hard to remain on top of the league after the United closed the gab between the two. PHOTO:
Sandile ‘Chikoya’ Mnguni in the legends’ corner SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THIS week Express brings readers the life story of a soccer great from Bizana in the Eastern Pondoland. This is none other than Sandile “Chikoya” Mnguni who was born in Nomlacu, Bizana. He started playing football with a plastic ball at the age of 7 with the local boys until he got promoted to the senior team of the Naughty Boys, a team from Nomlacu that tried several times in playoffs for promotion league. The school forced him to leave Naughty Boys since he had to attend senior classes elsewhere and he started his matric at St John’s College. This gave him the opportunity to joined the Happy Brothers which was a feeder team for Bush Bucks. He played along soccer greats like Clinto, Norman, Barhaza, Nceba “Mabobo” Gqoza and many more. Chikoya played in the middle of the park and the player who gave him the hardest time on the
field was Juluka of Thembu Royals. He believed that there was a lot of potential in the players at that time, but that the environment and lack of exposure hampered their chances to become popular in South African football. The opportunities to move to big clubs were very slim, in contrast to nowadays where the gates are even open to people from rural towns. He said the passion of the game was all that was important in those days because there was no money. “We just played for the love of the game,” he said. The highlight match of his life was when they played against Abahlobo and Lizo Gxumisa, the goalkeeper of Abahlobo, saved them from being defeated. “The person who was giving Lizo hard time on goal posts was me and it was a one on one situation and I was sure that I was going to score but Lizo saved the ball and the game ended by draw of 0-0,” he said. He revealed that the standard of football was high during those times but theory that came with a foreign coach led to the dropping of stand-
ards. “Now you have to play according to instructions from the book. South African football needs to develop to restore the pride of this country in football. “We want a better Bafana-Bafana. We are sick and tired of being the laughing stock of other African countries. And if we want a better Bafana, Safa must go and get strong players in the locations and invest money there. But it seems as if it is hard to see the dream flourish because we do not know even the whereabouts of the money received by the South African Football Association after 2010. The World Cup was meant to develop football and how it was used,” he said. After his matriculation Chikoya went back to Bizana and joined his former club the Naughty Boys where he hung up his boots. Presently he is working as a clerk in the community services centre at Mbizana Local Municipality. He is happily married and has been blessed with three children and also owns a home in Nomlacu.
Sandile ‘Chikoya’ Mnguni. PHOTO: SIMBONGILE MDLELDE