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A journey’s end = Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela­Man­ dela at the Mthatha Airport during the arrival of the remains of the late former President Nelson Mandela in Mthatha.FOTO: GCIS

< The funeral procession leaves for the grave site on the Mandela farm in Qunu in the Eastern Cape last Sunday.

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BABALWA NDLANYA BUTTERWORTH Police Station Officials recently bid their Station Commander, Colonel Coert Jordaan, farewell. Jordaan retired after 36 years in the South African Police Service. According to the Police Spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, Jordaan was transferred from Komga to be Station Commander at the Butterworth Police Station in 1996. “He was regarded as one of the best Station Commanders in the Eastern Cape Province. His last day on duty will be December 31. He had previously served in East London, Kei Road, Stutterheim and Komga,” Manatha said. In his speech, Jordaan said he enjoyed each and every minute as the station commander in Butterworth. He appealed to the young members of the SAPS to be disciplined and to love their work. He also called on the members of the SAPS to respect the community and to work smartly with them. Butterworth SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Mzimasi Vukani, described Jordaan as a dedicated policeman and wished him a happy retirement.

Butterworth Police Station Commander, Colonel Coert Jordaan, at his farewell function. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Colonel Coert Jordaan and AC Nqabakazi. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Butterworth police ready to be visible over the festive season BABALWA NDLANYA THE Butterworth Police Cluster is planning to be highly visible in its area during the festive season to serve and protect members of the community. This is according to Butterworth Police

Father arrested for alleged rape BABALWA NDLANYA A MAN (44), suspected of raping and impregnating his biological daughter (15) was arrested by the members of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit in Butterworth last week. Police Spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, said the man from Mpenguza Village in Butterworth was arrested at his home. The rape allegedly took place on May 11 in the Mpenduza Village, while the girl’s mother was away attending a night vigil in the area. “The girl didn’t speak to her mother or teachers about her ordeal. Her mom noticed that her daughter’s stomach was becoming big; she then asked her what happened,” said Manatha. He said it was only then that she told her mother that she had been raped by her father. The mother went straight to the Butterworth Police Station to open a case against her husband. In a separate incident, the Centane and Willowvale Police recovered loads of dangerous weapons from boys in different villages near Centane and Willowvale. The weapons were used during faction fights between the boys from different villages. They allegedly don’t allow others to enter their villages, resulting in fighting.

Cluster Spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, who said they have also asked police officials who were working inside police stations to join police officials who would be on patrol during this time. “We have to cover the whole area, from

Willowvale to Centane. We will make sure that police officials are visible to protect residents and tourists to the area.” He said they had held meetings with traditional leaders, asking them to help in making sure that no homestead holds traditional ceremonies till late.

Letter to the Editor Request for missing and other rugby memorabilia Sadly, in June 2006, while I was at work, someone broke into my garden cottage and Rugby Museum. Among personal belongings, original amateur 15 man code International and South African Provincial memorabilia, including books, lapel badges, long sleeved match worn numbered jerseys and match day programmes were stolen. Details of stolen memorabilia and wants are available on request. The acquisition of the much sought after rugby memorabilia took 47 years. I appeal to anybody who gets offered any of the stolen memorabilia to contact me without any delay. In addition to locating the stolen goods, I’m looking for the following memorabilia on Transkei Rugby: Commemorative tie, lapel

badge, match day programmes, match worn numbered Transkei jersey without sponsor’s logo and without striped sleeves and player’s tie. Furthermore, apart from former International and South African Provincial players from the amateur era, I appeal to readers who could help me to obtain much sought after memorabilia to contact me. I am supporting the following sides: London Scottish and Villager’s Rugby Clubs, Blue Bulls, British Lions, Scotland and South Africa. I can be contacted on 0 083 689 0896. Or write to FJ van der Vyver, PO Box 5122, Pretoria 0001.

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“All traditional ceremonies need to finish early. People have to leave those homesteads by 5pm at the latest.” He said by doing this they were trying to decrease the number of youth being killed while travelling to and from traditional ceremonies.

Ombudsman details In accordance with the editorial policy of the Isolomzi Fever, we invite readers to comment on mistakes in the newspaper and shall correct significant errors as soon as possible. Send info to the Ombudsman of Media24’s Local Press, George Claassen, at george.claassen@media24.com or call him at 0 021 851 3232. Readers can also contact the SA Press Ombudsman at 0 011 484 3612/8 or e-mail ombudsman@presscouncil.org.za.

PLEASE note the next edition of the Isolomzi Fever will appear on Thursday, 16 January, 2014. The Isolomzi Fever team would like to make use of this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe and blessed festive season.


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NELSON MANDELA: A JOURNEY’S END

State funeral for a world icon

Cell phones and tablets were used by thousands to capture Tata Madiba’s last journey to his resting place in Qunu on Sunday. PHOTO: CHRISTIAAN KOTZE

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< Many mourners gathered at public viewing places around Qunu to watch the funeral on big screens. PHOTO: WERNER HILLS

The South African Air Force held a fly­past in honour of Nelson Mandela. PHOTO: WERNER HILLS

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My story about Mandela SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE MTHATA Fever reporter Simbongile Mdledle was among the hundreds of media attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral and was in Qunu in the days before the funeral.Reporters usually tell readers about other people’s views and experiences. In this report Sim tells about his personal experience as a reporter and being part of this sad, though historic, occasion. “I really feel honoured to have been part of South Africa’s history during the reign of its beloved leader, Tata Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela. Even though journalists were not allowed to go close to the grave, just covering the event and telling the world how history was being made, was absolutely out of this world. The next generation will only learn about him in history books whilst the present generation had the priviledge of spending time with this international icon whilst he was still alive. I was only 15 years old when Mandela was released from prison. As a boy from the bun- Simbongile Mdledle.T dus I would never have thought that one day I would be part of his funeral, let alone to see him face to face. The first occasion was in 2003 at the Lusikisiki College of Education where he was handing out ARVs to patients with HIV/Aids. In 2005 I saw him at the funeral of his second oldest son, Makgatho Mandela, and 2007 at the wedding of his grandson Mandla Mandela. Even though I never even shook his hand, it was just a wonderful experience seeing him in

real life at not only on a television screen. His funeral and the days preceding it were, for me, a combination of sadness, celebration and anger. On the first announcement that Tata Mandela was no more, sadness was written on the faces of the people; sadness over the loss of a dearly loved leader who changed the lives of many people in this country. At prayer services held in Mthatha and its surrounds, the mourners’ faces were griefstricken. After the announcement Qunu was as quiet as the grave. People just sat in front of their televisions trying to believe that Madiba was no more. As the first initial days of unbelief and denial passed and people started to accept his departure, they began to celebrate his life. During gatherings, such as his night vigil, people started to sing songs praising him as a hero and emphasizing there would be no one like him. In his hometown and Mthatha, thousands of people were eagerly waiting from early in the morning for his remains to arrive at Mthatha airport. Many people in Qunu complained of not being given an opportunity to see his body, despite the fact that he was born here. The military plane carrying the body of Tata Madiba arrived at 13h30 in the company of two helicopters. The human chain started in front of Mthatha Airport and stretched to his home in Qunu. Mandela has been laid to rest after a long walk to freedom. May his soul rest in peace. Sopitsho, Yemyem, Vela bembhentsele.


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‘Tata Madiba saved my life’ - Akona

SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE A WOMAN who hails from Lusikisiki, Akona Ntsaluba (36), expressed her gratitude to Tata (father) Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela for giving her a second chance in life. She said she was heartedly touched and remembered the day when he gave her a first ARV pill at Lusikisiki College of Education, when she heard the announcement of his departure. After signing a treatment plan during his reign in the presidency, Dr Nelson Mandela visited Lusikisiki, where he gave a first pill to Ntsaluba and other HIV patients after her. “In December 2003, I started taking ARVs and I was honoured because my first pill was given to me by Tata Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela-a leader, an icon who has a golden heart and had passion in helping and saving lives of people, and not forgetting people in rural areas, like Lusikiski. “And of course, in Lusikisiki we will always be grateful, love and remember uTata for giving us a second chance and believing that ARV programmes can work in rural areas, and for choosing to work or support the Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) programme that made us to be proud to say today we have more than 14 000 people on ARV in Lusikisiki, thanks to u Tata,” stressed the mother of two, Ntsaluba.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) regional organizer, Noloyiso Ntamehlo, confirmed that Akona was the first patient in the OR Tambo District to receive an ARV pill from tata Madiba. She also confirmed the figure of people who were on ARVs in Lusikisiki presently. Ntsaluba said the fact that she got a pill from Mandela gave her a power to get more people involved in a fight against HIV/AIDS, defending and protecting human rights and making sure feminist approaches were used in addressing gender violence and HIV. “I used to hear back in the days, when there were songs like ‘Kusasa ekuseni sikhulula uMandela’ (early in the morning we are releasing Mandela) and the majority of people in the country were singing this song, as well as songs like ‘umkhonto we sizwe’. “It is hard to believe that Tata is no more...but we will always remember and honour him. He will always be in our hearts and more especially in my heart as he is the one who gave me a second chance to be with my family, and children, and a chance to fight for the rights of the people in this country. I would like to say thank you Tata for being you and for the golden heart that you had in making sure that children have a better future and people’s lives are saved; you have brought unity to the world,” said the mother of two children.

Akona Ntsaluba next to tata Nelson Mandela’s photographs after receiving an ARV pill from him. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Premier carries on with Mandela’s baton SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Eastern Cape Premier, Noxolo Kiviet, vowed that as a province they would continue with the legacy of tata Mandela to ensure that children are still enjoying Christmas even in his absence. Kiviet was speaking during the Christmas party of children which was held last week Thursday at Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu. Thousands of needy children from Qunu and surrounding areas received gifts such as toys, food and clothes from the Premier. Keviet said they need to ensure that kids don’t feel the absence of tata, as he normally gave them presents at this time of the year. “We will take his baton and carry on. We don’t want to see any kid suffering in this country because of poverty; even tata was against that,” said Kiviet. She stressed that even when schools reopen they would continue as a province to assist the needy children with uniforms so that they could be able to attend school. “There would be no kid who will miss school because of poverty.” The first black president in democratic South Africa passed on last Thursday in his home in Houghton in Gauteng. He was well known of his love for the children and during Christmas time every year he used to host Christmas parties, giving away gifts to the needy children throughout South Africa. Kids arrive in full force at Qunu others praising with songs the role by Madiba in changing their lives and expressed gratitude to his late parents who gave birth to such a wonderful leader. The kids also had a chance to sign on the wall of the Nelson Mandela Museum expressing their pain over losing their grandfather.

EC Premier Noxolo Kiviet and children who received gifts from her.

PHOTO: SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE

Igutyungelwe lilifu eli mnyama indlu yeeNkosi BABALWA NDLANYA INDLU yeenkosi ithi ilahlekelwe kukusweleka kweNkosi yaseQwaninga Administrative Area, eWillowvale kwaye oku kushiye isikhewu esikhulu nanjengoko umntwana wegazi lo ebe zibandakanye kakhulu kwizinto zoku phuhlisa abantu bakhe. UNkosi Zanenxiwa Manxiwa uthe wasweleka emva kokugula ithutyana kwaye walaliswa nasesibhedlele. Echaza uNobhala weContralesa, uNkosi Xolile Ndevu uthe uManxiwa ube ngusihlalo kwistructure saseM-

bhashe kwaye ube luncedo kakhulu esi zweni sakhe. “Ininzi into ebe yenza kule ndlu yeenkosi nebi bonisa ukuba uthanda ukubona uluntu lwakhe luphuhla. Ubonise ukuba yinkokheli kwaye andiqondi ukuba ikhona inkokheli eya kuphinde ifane naye,” kubeka uNkosi Ndevu. Ukanti akukhali iinkosi nanjengoko umntwana wegazi lo ube kwaluncedo kakhulu naku badlali bebhola nanjengoko ebethi anike inkxaso ngamanye amaxesha acele umfa-niswano konovenkile. Umqeqeshi weCity Lovers FC, uMnu Linda Mayeza uthe balahlekelwe kukusweleka kwale nkosi kuba bebe kwazi ukufumana izixhobo zokudlala kuyo.

Abantwana begazi kuquka noNkosi uZanenxiwa Manxiwa osesiphakathini bafotwa komnye umsitho kuGatyana. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLA-NYA


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SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE ITSHANTLIZIYO kumasiko, izithethe nesiNtu ngobubanzi kwidolophu yaseMt Ayliff, uMhlangeqwele ‘Sihlobo’ Mrhabula ukholelwa ekubeni ukulwa ukuziphatha ngokungatshongo khona kwabantwana kunganqandeka ngokuthi bakhunjuzwe ngemvelaphi yabo besebancinane. Ngawo onke amaxesha babeneminyhadala efana nezi-“jadu”, ukhuphiswano lweentombi nabafana neminye iminyhadala ye-siNtu nanjengoko kwakusenzeka mandulo. USihlobo nowazalelwa kwindawo yaseTon-

ti kwakuyo la dolophu yamaXesibe uthi into esamgcine ehlonipha yindlela akhule ngayo esekeleze-lwe kumasiko, nto leyo anqwenela ukuba ingenzeka nakwesi isizukulwana silandelayo nesibonakala ngathi silahlekile. “Ndibona isizwe esimnyama esilahlekileyo nesingazaziyo ukuba siyaphi,” uthethe watsho. Udize ukuba isiko lihamba nentlonipho yilo nto kufanele kuzanywe aba bantwana basebancinane bangasalahleka ngokuthi balandele inkqubo yaseNtshona nebenza bangakwazi ukuziphatha bangene tshitshe kwiziyobisi kwakunye nokwenza izinto e-zinxamnye nesiNtu sabo. Le ndoda neyayisakuba yindlavini ithi em-

Mnu Mhlangeqwele Mrhabula ephakathi kwamaqela akhe ngelixa lokhuphiswano eSigidini eMt Ayliff. PHOTO: SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE

badala bakwazi ukubaluleka kwemvela-phi yabo. Uthe yena akuyo nto ayijonge kakhulu inkxaso e-suka kurhulumente koko uyakuthi urhulumente amfumane endleleni kuba eyona nto ayilwelayo kukuba kungalahleki imvela phi yomntu omnyama. Ngaphandle kokukhuphisana ngeempela veki amaqela kaSihlobo ayacelwa ukuba aye kunandisa kwizinto ezohlukeneyo kuzo zonke iilali zaseMt Ayliff. Oyinkosi kula ndawo uNkosi Mnyamezeli Gaga uliqhwabele izandla ilinge lalo kaMrhabula watsho ebhenela eluntwini ukuba lizeke mzekweni kufundiswe abantwana ngemvela-phi ikwazi ukugcineka.

veni kokuphela kwento eyayisaziwa ngokuba bubundlavini yagqiba ekubeni izenzele into eza kuthi iqhubeke nayo izonwabisa. Ubundlavini ke kula-pho bekuthi kudibane abafana neentombi ko-nwatywe kwizinto ezazifana nemitshotsho nezinye. Emveni kokuphela kobundlavini uthi wagqiba ekubeni aqokelele abantwana abaselula kwilali yakhe kwakunye neelali ezingqongileyo ze enze amakhuphiswano ngomsino wesiNtu ngeempela-veki. “Oku kukuzama ukubagcina bematasatasa ngezinto zakubo bahambele kude kwizinto ezi-ngendawo, nezithi zentziwe lulutsha ngeempela veki.” Uhambise wathi ufuna bathi nokuba sebe-

Elinye lamaqela kaSihlobo lisenza ezidume ngazo kumnyhadala ubuseMt Ayliff. PHOTO:SIMBONGILE

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ECATU celebrates achievements REPORTER THE Eastern Cape Appropriate Technology Unit (ECATU) celebrated the completion of the organic farming (or food gardening and water care projects) implemented in Upper Sinxako and Si-qhungqwini. ECATU has implemented organic farming

or food gardening and agro-processing in 120 households and installed water tanks, water pipes and taps in those two villages. According to Sibongile Somdaka, Business Development Manager, the two projects form part of the Provincial Integrated Anti-Poverty Strategy which seeks to ensure coordination and integration of all poverty interventions by provincial departments and entities.

The strategy was launched by Premier Noxolo Kiviet in March this year. Somdaka said that the centre of the Strategy brings empowerment for their own development, mobilisation and the strengthening of public/private partnerships. Upper Sinxako and Siqhungqwini villages were the two identified poverty sites within the Joe Gqabi District Municipality and are

two of the 16 pilot sites identified throughout the province. The event was attended by officials from the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, the Department of Social Development, the Municipality and local chiefs.

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Lixesha lokugqebha, nootsotsi bajonge ngamehlo abomvu BABALWA NDLANYA ABANTU abaninzi kwilali zase makhaya bathi bangene imigalelo eyahlukeneyo ngenjongo zokuthi ngelixa likaDisemba nabo babe nento yokonwaba kumakhaya abo kwaye babe nokutya nemali yokubagcina ixesha elide. Bambi bathi bohlukaniselane ngemali abanye bathenge ukutya ze bohlukaniselane ngako (ukugqebha).Ubungozi obuthi bube khona kule

nto yomgqebho kukuxhonyiswa kwabantu abasuke be-hlukaniselana ngemali okanye belungiselela ukuya kuthenga. Badala ingozi ngokuthi izigadla abalayishe kuzo ukutya kungo gqunywa ze kuhambe kusiwa, okambe kube khona umntu ohleli ngaphezulu kwako. Nalapho lowo osuke ehleli ngaphezulu usuke ese mngciphekweni wokuba angawa nalapho kwenzeke ingozi. Osisithethi seSebe lezoThutho phantsi kwephulo likaFika uPhila, uDr Tshepo Mach-

aea uthe abantu abathenga ukutya kufanele baqiniseke ukuba akukho mntu uhlala ngaphezulu kwako, kuba lo nto ibeka ubomi bakhe esichengeni. “Abanye abantu bathi bafumane ukulimala ngenxa yalo mkhwa. Abantu mabazi ukuba oku akuvumelekanga futhi akukho semthethweni. Abahlali maba qinisekise ukuba ukutya oko bayo kuthenga baya kogquma ukuze kunga daleki iingozi ebe sino kwazi ukuzi khusela,” kubeka uMachaea.

Osisithethi samapolisa kwiCluster yaseXhora, uMajor Zamukulungisa Jozana uthe abantu abaza ziyo ukuba bane mali abazo kuyahlula mabaxelele amapolisa ukuze abakhusele. Uthe kuye nzeka ukuba kuthi kufika usuku labo lokwahlula iza phuli mthetho zibe sele zisazi kwaye zizilungiselele. “Iziganeko zoku thathelwa kwabantu imali yabo ngeli xesha ziqhelekile yilo nto kubalulekile ukuba basebenzisane namapolisa ukuze bakhuseleke,” kubeka uJozana.

Liquor Board’s fight against excessive use of alcohol intensifies AS the Festive Season starts in earnest, the Eastern Cape Liquor Board will embark on an aggressive campaign to raise awareness and to educate people of the Eastern Cape about the repercussions of excessive use of alcohol, especially drivers. Road accidents continue to haunt our society in more than one way. Alcohol is reportedly one of the leading causes of road accidents in the country. Drunk driving and erratic pedestrians are a huge issue, and according to the Road Transport Management Corporation report, over the 2013 Easter Weekend 60% of fatalities were Pedestrians.

The findings of the study on the socio-economic impact of liquor abuse commissioned by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) in the past year, revealed that a fair share of the country’s most dangerous roads are located in the province of the Eastern Cape and that the number of accidents occurring on these roads is disproportionately high. The Eastern Cape Liquor Board is committed and is working diligently to educate communities about the dangers of drunk driving, ensuring that the number of accidents that take place as a result of alcohol abuse would be reduced.

This initiative is done in partnership with other stakeholders, such as the Department of Transport. The study revealed that Eastern Cape roads contribute significantly to annual road accident mortality rate, specifically on the N2 between East London and Mthatha and on the N2 between Mthatha and Kokstad. Working with other stakeholders, the Eastern Cape Liquor Board will go all out to ensure that drivers are informed about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drivers that are identified as having exceeded alcohol consumption limit will face the full might of the law.

During this time of the year, illegal taverns usually abound and the Eastern Cape Liquor Board duly sends a stern warning to people that trade illegally to refrain from such practices. Similarly, licensed liquor traders are encouraged to obey their trading conditions by, among other things, not selling liquor to the underage children, playing loud music disturbing their neighbourhood and selling liquor throughout the night. In the event where such cases are experienced by community members, we urge them to report them to the Eastern Cape Liquor Board using their Toll-Free Line 080 000 0420.


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REPORTER DUE to the death of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela the Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music festival has moved the date of its concert, which was set to take place on December 15, to Sunday, December 22. This has also necessitated a change of venue from the Buffalo Cricket Park to the Border Rugby Stadium (ABSA). Tickets to this annual gathering of music enthusiasts are still available at Computicket priced at R180. Fans that have already purchased their tickets should not be wary as they can still redeem their tickets on the 22nd December; otherwise arrangements will be made for refunds where necessary. The best of local and continental musical talents will perform in this festival which is a multicultural event aimed at celebrating indigenous African expressions. The main festival starting at 6pm will kick-start with a 45 minute tribute to Tat’ uMandela by way of a collaboration by various artists in the line-up and a moving oration by well renowned Pan African poet Zolani Mkiva. The full line-up includedes Grammy Award winning Angelique Kidjo, Grammy nominees Hugh Masekela (SA), Vusi Mahlasela (SA) and other talented art-

ists such as Ringo(SA), The Soil (SA), Zonke (SA), DJ Zinhle (SA), DJ Oskido and Candy (SA), DJ Pastor(SA), Ndingo Jawah (Botswana), LaPheefa (SA), Asanda (SA), Phaphama (SA). The festival is powered by Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency the National Department of Arts and Culture, Amathole municipality and Buffalo city. Buyel’khaya, which loosely translates to “return home,” does well to encourage and turn the national attention on the cultural wealth that defines the general African experience. The festival is proving to be a great economic driver in the city of East London and surrounds. It has helped to stimulate tourism in the area, with music lovers coming from all over the country to enjoy the various attractions the Eastern Cape has to offer. These include the Nelson Mandela Museum, the Addo Elephant Park, the Shamwari Game Park and many others. Tickets are available at Computicket and cost between R180 and R300. For more information and updates join the Buyel’ekhaya Music Festival on Facebook.

Mafikizolo will perform at the Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival on December 22. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Eastern Cape gospel talent search a success REPORTER THE Eastern Cape (EC) Gospel talent search which was conducted throughout the province was a success. The finals were held recently at Hemmingways Hotel, East London. This initiative was part of the Eastern Cape Government which had created a platform for developing gospel artists to showcase their talent and be assisted to penetrate the Gospel Music industry. This was an initiative led by the MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Mrs Xoliswa Tom. The initiative started last year, focusing on group performances. Last year, the talent search project saw the winner, Starlet, a gospel group from Lusikisiki, securing a recording deal with one of the major record companies in the country, EMI. Through a structured and focused support, the group had released and launched its debut album in April 2013. This year, the focus has been on solo artists. About 500 artists from all eight districts of the province, inclusive of the two Metros, participated at the auditions that ran from July 13 till August 25 at various centres around the province. 108 of these artists qualified for quarter finals that were held at the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre in East

London on November 6. Thirty (30) of these artists battled it out at the Semi Finals that were held at Hamburg Artists Village on November 15. Three high profile personalities who are well experienced in the field of Gospel Music were responsible for assessing the artists. The panel was led by the legendary Sizwe Zako and also had Tshepo Nzimande of Zuz’muzi Music Production and Nomonde Vakalisa of Umhlobo Wenene FM. Speaking his heart out at the semi-finals Tshepo Nzimande had this to say: “I was about to close my record company, but the talent I have seen in the Eastern Cape makes me to think otherwise. I want to raise money and invest in the artists from the Eastern Cape.” “To me they are all winners. That is a reason I have asked the coordinators to coordinate a performance by all 30 semi-finalists singing together as one,” said excited MEC Xoliswa Tom. The winners were as follow first price scooped by Siphokazi Sondishe (Amathole) by doing so she won R50 000 and recording deal. 2. Lutsha Yolelo (Amathole) R30 000 and recording deal, Sharon Johnson (Cacadu) R20 000 and recording deal, Nozibele Mtshutshwane (Alfred Nzo) recording only and Remana Smit (Joe Gqabi) recording only.


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BABALWA NDLANYA UBONISE inkxaso uMasipala waseMbhashe ngelixa eya kunikezela ngomfaniswano kumantombazanyana ayekudlala umdlalo webhola ekhatywayo, nafunda eLudondolo Junior Secondary eDutywa, ngoMgqibelo weveki igqithileyo. Aba badlali baye kukhusela intshinga abathi bayiphumelela kulo nyaka uphelileyo ngokuthi baphume kwindawo yokuqala ngelixa bequbisana namanye amaPhondo kumdlalo owawubanjelwe ePitoli. Aba badlali balibangise eBloemfontein ngoMvulo wale veki igqithileyo nalapho baye kuqubisana namanye amaphondo. Ngaphambi kokuba bahambe, uMasipala uthe waza kubakhapha ngamazwi enkuthazo kunye nempahla zokudlala. Ubanqwenelele uhambo oluhle watsho ebanika izihlangu zokudlala (soccer boots) ezili-17, ibhola kunye nezikhuseli madolo (shin guards). Umqeqeshi wababafundi, uMcebisi Mlandeli uthe bavuye kakhulu kukufumanisa ukuba kanti bathandwa kangaka ngulo Masipala. “Kona bekubuhlungu kuba kaloku abanye abantwana bebengenazo nezo zihlangu zokudlala nto leyo ebisenza kube nzima ukuba badlale. Kodwa noxa kunjalo, bebezibonakalisa ukuba basuka eDutywa kwaye ibhola yinto yabo,” kubeka yena. Uveze ukuba nkqu nabo abazali bavuye kakhulu kukubona uSodolophu waseMbhashe, uCeba Nonceba Mfecane eze kuthi ndlela-ntle kwaba badlali baseze ngobuso elizweni. Ngaphandle koku, lo kaMlandeli ukwathe baqinisekile ukuba le ntshinga ayingeke ithathwe mntu koko baza kubuya nayo kuba yeyabo. “Siqule sali gangatha akukho mntu uza kuma phambi kwethu nanjengoko siziqeqeshile hayi nje kancinane.” Kwelinye icala, nayo inqununu yesikolo, uMcebisi Maboza udlulise ilizwi lombulelo kulo Masipala. Watsho esithi, ngokwenene ukwazile ukuphucula aba bantwana kuba abanye basuka kumakhaya angathathi ntweni kwaye naphaya baya khona abazi kubonakala ukuba baphuma kumakhaya anjani. “Sivuye kakhulu xa umasipala ephendula isicelo sethu naphaya baya khona abantwana bethu aba zukubonakala ukuba bahluphekile, nathi sizibone si-nga bantu ngenxa yoku hoywa nguye,” utshilo uMaboza.

Abadalali baseLudondolo JSS nabayo komela iPhondo kumdlalo webhola ekhatywayo eBloemfontein. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

Ayokumela iPhondo amaqela aseMbhashe BABALWA NDLANYA KULINDELEKE ukuba anduluke kule veki sikuyo amaqela abafundi bezikolo ezithathu ezinga phantsi kukaMasipala waseMbhashe eDutywa ukusingisa eBloemfontein nalapho aza kuba edlala khona imidlalo eyohlukeneyo. Oku kutshiwo nguMnu Andile Siyo nojongene nemidlalo kwicala laseMbhashe watsho esithi, aya kumela iphondo leMpuma Kapa. Lo kaSiyo utsho esithi, izikolo eziza kuthi zili singele eli kuquka abadlali abanga man-

tombazane nadlala ibhola ekhatywayo kwisikolo saseLudondolo Junior Secondary School(JSS), abafundi base-Upper Falakahla JSS abadlala ngaphantsi kwe-under 13 nabadlala umdlalo webhola iNetball kunye nabafundi baseKasa Junior Secondary School abadlala ibhola yenyawo nabo aba ngaphantsi kweminyaka elishumi eli nesithathu. “Abafundi baseLudondolo bathe bazakhela igama kulo nyaka uphelileyo ngelixa bephuma phambili kwitumente eyayibanjwe ngamaphondo ePitoli. Abanye babo bathe bakhethwa ngabaqeqeshi beSundowns abanye ngabe Ba-nyana Banyana,”

kubeka uSiyo. Uthe kodwa okona kubuhlungu kukuba akuka bikho zintshukumo kusukela ngoko babethe ba-tyunjwa kusa thulekile. Ulebele ngelithi ikhona itumente yeKrismesi ebe bekhe bayiqulunqa kodwa okwa ngoku bebe ngeka fiki ezigqibeni ezi zizo. Ngaphandle koku uMnu Siyo uphinde aqeqeshe amantombazane adlala umdlalo weNetball kwisikolo saseBashee High School eDutywa. “Akukho lula ukuqeqesha amantombazane kuba ayatefa, sithi sibaqeqeshele kwibala laseQa-ndu nokuyi lali yam.”

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Isolomzi express 19 12 2013  

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