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Car-spinning enthusiasts came together at the NU11 Arena in Mdantsane to celebrate Enock Spears’s birthday and catch some tyre-smoking action.




Spinners pull out all stops MICHAEL SWARTZ

The event, which was also a celebration of Enock Spears’s birthday, attracted more than 1 500 spectators, who flocked to the arena to witness one of the most anticipated car-spinning events of the year. The event attracted not only the best spin-

ners in South Africa but also young up-andcoming spinners, who got a chance to showcase their skills, heating up the tarmac with some tyre-smoking and engine-roaring action. The N11 Arena is fast becoming one of the top arenas for spinning, with the potential to attract thousands of spectators. This event saw big name spinners from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, Komani and elsewhere. This time there were four women drivers who gave the men a run for their money: Tina Rossouw, Synovia-Juran Naidoo, Shearizine Sandamela and Marushka Aroonslam.

Spinning has seen significant growth over the years, with some of the leading competitors becoming a driving force behind the growth of younger spinners. Spinners have given up on crying out for help from the government and have started investing in building their own arenas. However, the spectators seem more than happy with the existing venues. The organiser of this event from Johannesburg, Ayanda Mbele, said that this event was just a soft launch and they were testing the market in East London to see how the spectators responded. “The Eastern Cape has been asking us to

bring spinning (events to them) and the overwhelming success will determine if we can make and invest in a permanent place in the province,” she said. Mbele also said that the event was a huge success, with eager spectators from all over town coming together to enjoy the exhilaration of spinning cars. “It was truly a rainbow nation event. “The sport is safe and children enjoyed the spinning tremendously,” Mbele said. Wheelz n Spoke will be hosting a ladies’ spinners competition in August, called Spinderella, where at least 25 inland women spinners will compete against their coastal rivals.






HEELZ n Spin brought Mzanzi’s hottest car-spinning talent from across the country to the NU11 Arena in Mdantsane, East London at the weekend, in celebration of their first annual birthday bash.

Pink Fairy Tour de Border a great success P. 4

Dimbaza food garden uplifts and nourishes

Isuzu mu-X takes aim at

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SUV market segment

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Dale College triumph in reunion rugby match P. 8



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Police operations lead to over 100 arrests ZAVELA MAKWABE OVER the past weekend, local police, together with external stakeholders, embarked on Operation Fiela 2 in the Ndevana, Zwelitsha, Bhisho, King William’s Town, Dimbaza and Stutterheim areas within the King William’s Town cluster policing precinct. The operation was conducted from Friday evening to Sunday evening and yielded good results. Police were reclaiming space from the criminals by going on foot and farm patrols and also doing stop and searches in the areas. They managed to arrest more than 100 suspects, aged between 20 and 51, for crimes ranging from possession of stolen property to common robbery, possession of drugs, possession of ammunition, dealing in liquor without a licence, common assault, housebreaking and theft. Dangerous weapons and drugs were confis-

cated during patrols as part of crime prevention. The Mounted Unit was part of Operation Fiela 2 and police patrolled the farms in Kubusiedrift and Stutterheim. Taverns were also visited to check noncompliance and shebeens were closed. Police, with the assistance of environmental health officers, visited spaza shops and one was closed in Zwelitsha for non-compliance. They were found stocking expired goods and selling sour milk that was not pasteurised. A roadblock was also conducted on the N6 next to the Amabhele turn-off. Fines to the value of R6 000 were issued to the motorists. Apprehended suspects will appear in different magistrate’s courts during the course of the week. King William’s Town’s SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Luntu Ngubelanga, thanked the members for their dedication in ensuring that citizens are safe and secure.

He also extended his gratitude to external stakeholders that are always positive and available to be part of the operation in the fight against crime. “We will keep on doing operations and ensure that perpetrators are behind bars,” he added. Members of the provincial FLASH unit (firearm, liquor and second hand goods control) took to the busy shopping complexes in King William’s Town on Friday. They put up a stall inside the mall and distributed pamphlets and responded to questions from members of the public who passed by. According to FLASH Provincial Commander Colonel Chamani and his commanders, Lieutenant Colonel Dayimane and Lieutenant Colonel Ramatsitsi, FLASH officers and staff worked tirelessly as part of the operation, after they saw a need for their services and decided to intervene. The public were keen and curious to learn

about the unit’s work. “This means there is a dire need for this type of service. “Most of the people who came to the stall were informed about firearm applications, renewal, competency and the coming amnesty. “On liquor related matters they were advised about the abuse of liquor and encouraged to drink responsibly.” They were also advised about dangers of theft of copper cable, not to buy stolen goods and how to report suspected stolen goods. Lastly, they were encouraged to report unlawful possession of firearms and other crimes to the police. The awareness campaign was an eye opener to the communities and a lot of questions were asked and answered. “We will continue with these awareness campaigns throughout the major towns in the province. “Next week we are going to East London, at the Mdantsane cluster shopping mall,” said Chamani.

Car enthusiasts enjoy spinning at NU11 Arena in Mdantsane

Supporters of La Gardi, from left, Keanu Arends, Mahsood Mahomed, Farzana Mahomed and Shiraaz Mahomed. PHOTO: ZANE LEE

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Car enthusiasts, both young and old, came out in numbers and braved the cold weather over the weekend to watch the car spinning event in NU 11, Mdantsane. The event was part of a birthday bash celebration for one of its members, Enock Spears. Read the full story on page 1.


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Participants at the Wheelz n Smoke event tried every trick they know to entertain spectators on the grandstands by running on the bonnet and back to the roof again.


< Bad company was one of the outstanding crew at the event as they pulled extraordinary stunts with one of the passengers hanging out the sunroof doing different tricks.PHOTO: ZANE LEE

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East London ladies selected for Miss SA Top 12 REPORTER TWO of this year’s Top 12 Miss South Africa finalists – one of whom will be crowned Miss South Africa 2018 on May 27 – are from East London. They are Thandokazi Mfundisi (24), a final year LLB student at the University of Fort Hare, and Thulisa Keyi (26), who lives in Gauteng but is originally from East London and who is currently doing her articles after graduating from the University of Cape Town. During the announcement of the finalists, pageant organisers also revealed some changes to the pageant which is this year celebrating its 60th anniversary. Traditionally, during the final on pageant night, the Top 12 finalists are reduced to five, from which a second princess is announced, followed by a first princess and then the winner. This year, following the cut to the top five finalists, the organisers will go straight to a top two announcement. One of the pair will be named Miss World South Africa and one will receive the title of Miss Universe South Africa. Both will go on to represent South Africa on the global stage in each respective competition. Gareth Flusk from Sun International, on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation, said, “We are thrilled with the calibre of the finalists in our 60th anniversary

The Top 12 Miss South Africa finalists. At the back from left are Noxolo Ndebele, Margo Fargo, Anzelle van Staden, Tamaryn Green, Tharina Botes and Akile Khoza. In front from left are Bryoni Govender, Thandokazi Mfundisi, Karishma Ramdev, Thulisa Keyi, Tamarin Bensch and Danielle de Jager. PHOTO:YOLANDA VAN DER STOEP year. Any of these contestants would do us proud on the international stage. We are delighted that this year two women will be given the opportunity to shine.”

Thandokazi Mfundisi, who has five siblings, plays netball and enjoys athletics (high jump, javelin and long jump) and kayaking.

She also loves reading, dancing and listening to music. At varsity, she is an active member of the Black Management Forum and a member of Students for Law and Social Justice. She loves eating Pad Thai, listening to Bruno Mars’s music and would like to meet Michelle Obama. Since the age of four – when she started Grade 1 – she has wanted to enter the Miss South Africa pageant. Thulisa Keyi graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BComm Accounting and PGDA and is doing her articles to qualify as a chartered accountant. The 26-year-old lives in Fourways but is originally from Mdantsane in East London. She is one of four children and says her mother has been her pillar of strength since her father was killed when she was 17. She loves exploring new restaurants and markets in Johannesburg, reads and keeps fit at the gym. When she was younger, she used to do karate and can still count from one to 10 in Japanese. She loves pasta but her payday spoil is lobster thermidor. These ladies can be seen onstage at the Miss South Africa 2018, the Diamond Jubilee spectacular with host Bonang Matheba, on Sunday, May 27, at Sun International’s new flagship venue, the Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria. Tickets for this year’s pageant are available at TicketPro at and cost between R160 and R560. For more info go to

ECDC and BATSA sign memorandum in support of emerging EC tobacco farmers REPORTER TOBACCO farming is making a comeback in the Eastern Cape with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the JSE’s second-largest company by market capitalisation, British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA), and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to support emerging farmers. BATSA will fund training in tobacco production and general mixed crop farming, as well as skills development, and will buy and process the tobacco produced by the emerging farmers, while the ECDC will help to identify emerging farmers for inclusion in the programme, facilitate co-funding of co-operatives and programmes, and help to manage and monitor implementation. ECDC’s chief executive officer, Ndzondelelo Dlulane, said this public-private partnership is aligned with their provincial development plan of revitalising the rural economy. “It is a significant milestone in ensuring we realise the objective of not only positioning the province as a food growing area but also develop agro processing in the rural areas,” Dlulane said. The development body will also be responsible for assessing the impact of the project on

emerging farmers and local communities. “As the farmers realise income from tobacco farming, the programme also addresses the issue of food security and poverty alleviation because of rotational food crop farming,” Dlulane added. The Eastern Cape pilot project, which started in 2016 with consultations with the ECDC and the provincial Department of Agriculture, will be expanded in September this year with the planting of 10 hectares of tobacco and 10 hectares of alternate crops. BATSA’s chief executive officer, Soraya Benchikh, said their commitment to transformation had led to the expansion of the programme from 33 tobacco growers in 2016 to 155 tobacco growers this year. “We are excited to bring the benefits of this programme to the Eastern Cape, to create jobs and opportunities for the people of the province,” Benchikh said. “The Eastern Cape pilot project is very significant for BATSA because we are not only contributing to agricultural and rural development in the Balfour area, but kick-starting what will be the revival of Eastern Cape tobacco production in the Katriver region,” Benchikh added. The revival of tobacco production in the Eastern Cape builds on the success of BATSA’s Emerging Farmers Initiative in the country’s

Back row from left are, CFO of British American Tobacco SA Anthony Copty and BATSA’s head of legal and external affairs Ronan Barry. Front row from left are, acting fund manager of Imvaba Fund Simphiwe Ntshweni, BATSA’s head of external affairs Joe Heshu, CEO of BATSA Soraya Benchikh, CEO of ECDC Ndzondelelo Dlulane and ECDC head of trade, investment and innovation Thabo Shenxane. PHOTO: SUPPLIED northern tobacco-producing regions, which since launch in 2011 has: . Facilitated the planting of over 800 ha of tobacco . Planted over 1 000 ha of vegetable crops . Supported more than 3 900 dependents

. Created more than 2 500 jobs . Invested more than R70 million in the programme. Tobacco is currently produced mainly in Limpopo (37.2%), Mpumalanga (54.7%) and the North-West Province (8.1%).

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ECLB roll out campaign against underage drinking ZAVELA MAKWABE IN a bid to mitigate the abuse of underage drinking in school-based youth, the social accountability division of the Eastern Cape Liquor Board rolled out an informative schoolbased underage drinking campaign last week to warn about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption and to further encourage high school learners to refrain from alcohol intake. The division visited Thubalethu High School, Nyiba High School and Sakhululeka High School in Fort Beaufort and Kuyasa High School and Richard Varha High School in Dimbaza. “We thank the Liquor Board for partnering up with our schools in the fight against the abuse of alcohol and underage drinking in our schools and communities,” said Patrick Nqwemesha, a teacher at Kuyasa High School in Dimbaza. “We talk to our learners and warn them about the dangers of using alcohol and drugs, especially the life orientation teachers, but

sometimes a third voice is needed to drum these things in.” Phumlani Fani, a communications officer at the Eastern Cape Liquor Board, told Express, “We were warmly welcomed at the schools we visited. “We are grateful because this is a way for us to engage with young people and educate them about the dangers and the long term effects of early alcohol consumption and we need to spread the message to reach as many young people as we possibly can. “We also tried to make our services more accessible to the general public to report any cases of irresponsible trading in their areas like selling liquor to underage people, trading without a valid liquor licence, trading beyond regulated trading hours, selling to visibly intoxicated people, selling to pregnant women, playing loud music, lack of security on the premises and blocking of driveways by the patrons. “We ensure strict confidentiality,” Fani said. The Eastern Cape Liqour Board can be contacted on their tollfree line 0800 000 420.

The Eastern Cape Liquor Board’s Phumlani Fani with students from Richard Vara High School in Dimbaza. PHOTO:ZAVELA MAKWABE

Pink Fairy Tour de Border a great success ZAVELA MAKWABE THE two-week Pink Fairy Tour de Border has finally come to an end and was a great success, according to Mike Webb, affectionately known as the Pink Fairy.

The Pink Fairy's Tour de Border has been a huge success and various SPCA branches have benefited. PHOTO:ZAVELA MAKWABE

The Pink Fairy has been cycling and running around the Border region for the last two weeks, visiting schools in various towns in order to raise funds for their SPCA branches and to create awareness of the great work that they do and the need for funding. The tour started off in King William’s Town and then moved on to East London. The Pink Fairy visited 11 schools in East London and raised more than R10 000. Many of the schools are still planning to hold their fundraising casual days and this amount is expected to rise significantly still. Selborne Primary was challenged to beat the R10 000 raised by Dale Junior last year. The Pink Fairy then made his way to Port Alfred and Kenton-On-Sea where an amount of over R2 500 was raised and loads of animal feed were collected. In all the towns, the Pink Fairy and his wife, Klara, were warmly received and won-

derfully looked after by the locals. Fort Beaufort had two school visits and R1 070 was raised there. “I then cycled on to Queenstown (Komani) via the Nico Malan Pass. A 15km climb which seriously tested the sense of humour,” the Pink Fairy told Express. “The last 75km into Queenstown was also a real test of character due to loads of roadworks and headwinds. “Once in Queenstown, however, the tour really was amazingly received. Weirs and Queen’s Motors group staff had gone all out and dressed up in pink and were amazingly gracious hosts to us.” On Tuesday, May 8, Queenstown Harriers arranged a 5km and 7km Pink Fairy Training Run, which was a huge success and loads of T-shirts were sold. The following two days were spent on Komani school visits. The schools were enthralled by the Pink Fairy, Klara and Collie Salem the Mascot. To add to the fun and raise money, Webb did the Dale war cry in front of Queen’s Primary and was warmly applauded for it. More than R10 400 was raised for the SPCA in Komani. The Pink Fairy then ran most of the dis-

Young East London artist launches solo career REPORTER NTLANTLA Swana, a 22-year-old BMUS (music technology) student at Nelson Mandela University, will be introducing herself as a solo artist during her debut show at The Barn, Port Elizabeth Opera House, on May 23 from 18:00. Swana is originally from East London and started singing when she was only seven years old. “My vision is to positively impact on the

Eastern Cape music industry and the country as a whole. The need for vibrant young visionaries in the industry has been identified and I wish to fill that gap,” she said. After a varied music career, she recently joined the popular a capella group, Legato, as their new lead singer. During the show on May 23, she will be working with the likes of the legendary Lawrence Matshiza and Mthokozisi Mabuza. The concept of the concert is “Stepping Stone”. “A stepping stone is an action or event that

helps one to make progress towards a specified goal. “Now, I have found this fit for my first ever solo concert as there is a bigger goal in mind, which this concert works towards achieving,” Swana said. The concert will be a mix of jazz and afro soul music, with a couple of contemporary gospel songs. Tickets to the show are R100 per person. For more info contact Unathi on 076 943 9456.

tance to Stutterheim before conducting visits at six schools. “Stutt High School foundation phase children and many smaller schools were absolutely amazing and over R2 400 was raised on top of a totally FULL bakkie load of feed,” said Webb. The Stutt SPCA, who are really battling, were also given a further R3 000 by the Pink Fairy and the King SPCA in order to help them out. The Pink Fairy then finished off by running back to King William’s Town in order to get back to support Dale at their reunion. Until June 8, The Pink Fairy will be visiting King William’s Town schools and raising funds for the local SPCA. The Pink Fairy said he would like to thank Buffalo Toyota for allowing him the time off to do his charity work and for their continued support of the SPCA. The Pink Fairy mobile Toyota Hilux never faltered for a second. He also said a huge thank you to all who accommodated him and Klara on their journey, the staff at the various SPCA and last, but not least, to Klara for her unending patience and support.

Ntlantla Swana.


Prominent Dr Gulam ‘Uncle Bill’ Peer passes away ZAVELA MAKWABE KING William’s Town is mourning the loss of one of its well known doctors, Gulam Peer, affectionately known as Uncle Bill, who passed away recently after a short illness. Born in Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal, Uncle Bill studied medicine in India and returned to do his internship in Pietermaritzburg. He then moved to King William’s Town where he took over his brother, Dr AR Peer’s

practice in 1972 in Smith Street. During that time, he renovated the premises and built up a large clientele of patients. Dr Peer also served as a district surgeon. He married Hava, a qualified Sister and the couple had two children, Shehnaaz and Ebrahim. Shehnaaz and her husband, Junaid Bacus, who are both doctors, have taken over the practice and they plan to continue their father’s legacy. A local reporter who knew Dr Peer very well said, “Every time I visited the surgery,

Uncle Bill would take time out to discuss things of interest to both of us . . . this included sport, cars, motor sport and a wide variety of other issues. “Uncle Bill was a very knowledgeable man and it was a pleasure to converse with him.” His son, Ebrahim, summed up the reporter’s relationship with Dr Peer at his funeral service. “My dad was very fond of you and always mentioned you in his chats about cars and Formula 1. He knew you loved the sport.”

When his staff were asked about Uncle Bill, they unanimously said, “He was like a father to us. We all had a lot of respect for him and he worked hard and treated us fairly. “His patients also respected him and he dealt with them in a friendly and professional manner,” one of the staff members said. The family said they would like to thank family, friends and staff at St Dominic’s Hospital, Life Beacon Bay, doctors and the King William’s Town Renal Clinic for supporting them during this sad time.

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Dimbaza food garden uplifts and nourishes new generation REPORTER THE challenge of feeding around 60 disabled children with three nutritious meals a day, seven days a week is not for the fainthearted. But thanks to dedication, vision and creative solutions, the food garden at the Star Uplifting Centre in Dimbaza, near King William’s Town, is making it happen. This success story started in 2010, when Zoleka Khakana, the centre’s project manager, first joined Star Uplifting. “I’ve always loved growing crops. As a child, my mother made sure I had a plot to plough and cultivate. It’s in my blood,” she explains. “So, shortly after I arrived here, I established a food garden with my colleagues. “We were motivated by a single goal: to grow enough to feed our young residents and produce a small surplus to sell on to the community. Any revenue we raised would be reinvested into our children’s care.” Not only did Khakana’s team achieve their goal, but they have also empowered some of their more physically-able children by teaching them valuable gardening skills they can

use in later life. With their hard work, the garden was soon producing healthy crops of cabbage, spinach, carrot, beetroot and lettuce along with seedlings. But despite this early success, Khakana realised the garden was too small to meet the growing demand. Instead, her team had to find creative ways to increase capacity and output within the same area. With support from Shoprite, and guidance from the retailer’s implementation partner Food & Trees for Africa, Zoleka and her team implemented a series of smart solutions, such as vertical growing spaces and tyre stacks to grow potatoes, late last year. The team also identified new areas around the centre to expand their planting area and received training in permaculture practices to ensure the garden could keep producing fruit and vegetable crops for longer each year. The result is that Khakana and her team at the Star Uplifting Centre are now able to help their community achieve the food and economic security it so badly needs.

Xolani Ronyeni with community members in the food garden.


St Thomas Private School excels in music competition MICHAEL SWARTZ ST Thomas Private School has proved once again that it does not only produce academics, but “Pavarottis” as well. Bass soloist Kuhle Joja excelled in the Motsepe School Choral Eisteddfod. He is seen here standing alongside school choir teacher, Ntombomzi Adonis. PHOTO:SUPPLIED


St Thomas Private School scooped the first prize in the bass soloist category at the ABC Motsepe School Choral Eisteddfod held at the OR Tambo Hall in Zwelitsha recently.

Ndawoni (a bass soloist) also participated in the ABC Motsepe School Choral Eisteddfod and both came second in their categories. Ntombomzi Adonis, the school’s choir mistress praised these youngsters for their commitment. The youngsters were also filled with much joy and appreciation for all the support they received from their choirmaster and they are hoping to participate at national level.


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Knowing Kuhle Joja, the bass soloist from previous competitions, the audience could not hold back the excitement when he took the stage. Joja had the audience on its feet before he could even finish his performance. He represented King William’s Town at the mega district competition that was held at the John Knot Bokwe College in Mdantsane this past weekend. Qhama Ngxowa (a tenor soloist) and Justice


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Isuzu mu-X takes aim at popular SUV segment REPORTER ISUZU Motors South Africa (IMSA) is marking the brand’s return to the rapidly growing sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment with the highly anticipated debut of the seven-seater mu-X. The mu-X is the first vehicle to be launched under the newly established Isuzu Motors South Africa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan. The introduction of the mu-X builds on the legacy of Isuzu’s highly revered previous contenders in this category, comprising the Isuzu Trooper which was sold locally in 1992, followed by the Frontier that was launched in 1998. This is backed up by Isuzu’s proud legacy in the light commercial sector with the KB range, which has been one of South Africa’s favourite pick-ups for over 40 years. “The launch of the mu-X is an important milestone for Isuzu Motors South Africa, as it expands our current product portfolio into the sport utility vehicle category, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the automotive industry, both globally and in the domestic market,” said Dominic Rimmer, Executive Technical Services. “Building on Isuzu’s long-standing heritage, along with the proven reliability and trusted capabilities of the KB, the mu-X introduces an entirely new level of practicality, comfort and convenience that is ideally suited to the adventurous and lifestyle-oriented nature of South African customers,” Rimmer added. Although the trendy mu-X is new to South Africa, it is already a well-established contender in several international markets, having been launched in Thailand in 2013. It is also currently sold in Australia as well as the Philippines, where it is the market leader. The mu-X is powered by Isuzu’s proven 3.0-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel diesel engine that produces 130kW of power and 380Nm of torque. It is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission which has a sequential sport mode. An impressive three-tonne towing capacity makes it a great choice for towing trailers or caravans. Two models are available with

Isuzu's new seven-seater mu-X model is equipped with a fully independent suspension all round. the choice of 4x2 or 4x4 derivatives. The four-wheel drive version relies on Isuzu’s easy to use Terrain Command 4x4 system with electronically selected two and fourwheel drive high-range modes, or 4x4 lowrange for more challenging off-road driving. The mu-X is equipped with a fully independent suspension all round, encompassing a five-link set-up at the rear, that delivers the best balance of ride comfort, handling and off-road capability. A refined yet robust character defines the styling of the mu-X, which embodies the familiar DNA of the Isuzu brand. LED daytime running lights and Bi-LED projector headlamps with auto-levelling functionali-

The interior of the new Isuzu mu-X matches practicality with comfort and luxury. The seven-seat configuration will appeal to both families and adventure-oriented buyers alike. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

ty are standard on both models. Aluminium side-steps, 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and LED rear combination lamps further enhance the mu-X’s dynamic appeal. The interior of Isuzu’s new SUV offering matches practicality with comfort and luxury. The seven-seat configuration will appeal to both families and adventure-oriented buyers alike, thanks to the flexibility of the folding the centre and rear rows of seats. The electronic climate control system caters for front and rear occupants - the latter having access to their own cooling vents for added comfort. A multi-function infotainment unit is a stand-out feature of the mu-X, boasting a nine-inch colour touchscreen display that provides access to the imbedded satellite navigation, audio and communication systems that includes a DVD and MP3-compatible CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Front and rear USB slots are provided, in conjunction with an auxiliary iPod input and HDMI port. Leather trim is standard for the seats, with the driver’s seat offering six-way electric adjustment. The leather-trimmed steering wheel has convenient fingertip controls for the audio and phone functions, as well as the cruise control. Everyday convenience is provided by the keyless entry and start system, along with touch sensor opening and push-button locking functions on the door handles. As expected of a leisure-oriented SUV, a multitude of storage compartments are located throughout the cabin. The Isuzu mu-X is packed with an extensive range of active safety features, including ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce


Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). This is complemented by Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) which can be engaged in low-range 4x4 mode. Passive safety equipment includes dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags, linked to front seat pre-tensioner seatbelts, plus a high-tensile steel passenger safety cell that offers outstanding strength and rigidity. A rear-facing camera aids reversing and parking via the nine-inch full colour display, while a factory-fitted immobiliser and alarm system is standard fitment. Customers have access to a wide range of accessories to personalise their mu-X. This includes functional items such as audible parking sensors, a storage box located beneath the luggage compartment, a tow bar, bonnet guard, weather guard kit for the windows, front spoiler set and rear bumper scuff plate as well as side steps. Cosmetic enhancements are also available, comprising chrome trim adornments for the tailgate and front fog lamps. The Isuzu mu-X comes standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five-year/120 000km bumper-to-bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five-year/unlimited kilometre anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year/90 000km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km/12 months. Extended cover can also be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans and Maintenance Plans Model range and pricing Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4X2 AT6 - R568 000 Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4x4 AT6 - R629 100

New vehicle sales in April reflect deceptive growth REPORTER IRREGULARITY in new vehicle sales numbers continues to contribute to market uncertainty. Based on aggregated data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), April’s sales of 36 346 units reflect a 3.6% year-on-year growth, while at the same time showing a dramatic month-on-month decline of 26.2%. “It’s important to not read too much into

these figures as the overall picture is skewed by the dip in sales observed in April last year as a result of the country’s downgrade to junk status at the time,” said Rudolf Mahoney, WesBank’s head of brand and communications. “As a result, the 3.6% increase in sales in April is not as positive a picture as it may seem. Looking at the month-to-month decline, this is a result of the stronger sales in March, thanks to consumers opting to avoid an increase in VAT and ad valorem which came into effect on April 1.

“A more practical indication of the market’s performance this year is the year-todate decline of 2.6%.” Passenger cars showed an improvement of 6.4% with 23 928 units sold in April versus 22 490 in the corresponding month last year. Light commercial vehicles, however, were down 1.2% with 10 580 units sold. “Dealer sales accounted for 86.6% of the total market, while rental, corporate and government fleets represented 7%, 5.1% and 1.3% respectively. “It’s encouraging to note that dealer chan-

nel sales have been up for the first four months of the year,” said Mahoney. “The slow performance of the rental segment, particularly over the first three months of the year, has weighed heavily on the overall market performance.” WesBank’s forecast of 0.75% growth is still possible, but the market will need to perform better going forward. Sales in May should start to normalise thanks to a full sales month and the second half of the year is expected to be more positive following a similar trend as 2017.


16 May 2018

King William’s Town Express


Boxers duke it out in Zwelitsha Township THEMBELA NDLUMBINI SEVERAL local fighters thrilled the Zwelitsha community recently with a boxing tournament that saw them face off in more than 50 bouts.

to join boxing. Some of them might not be good at school, but through boxing, they can bring food to the table,” said Dimbaza United Boxing Club’s manager, Luthando Maqolo. “We would like to see the Happy Boy Mgxaji and Zolani Tete’s of tomorrow and others,” said Maqolo. According to him, the Dimbaza United Boxing Club (DUBC) participated in 22 boxing tournaments during 2017. “Our mission is to mobilise youngsters and society in general towards boxing as sport. I’m optimistic that the acquisition of new talent will bring a different dimension to the existing team.”

The participating clubs were BC from Ncera Village 4, Home of Champions BC from Ncera Village 7, Zakhele Youth BC, Golden Gloves BC and Welsh Boxing Gym from Duncan Village, Ginsberg BC from Ginsberg and Zwelitsha BC. The tournament was aimed at giving hope to former professional boxers from Zwelitsha and King William’s Town that boxing was be; Boxers in action during the tournament in ing revived in the area. PHOTO:THEMBELA NDLUMBINI “I urge parents to encourage their children Zwelitsha Township.

Friendly match to help Lovedale College assess netball team ELETHU MTIKI

Anelisa Kama flanked by two of her players, Uzusiphe Rhoshinamba and Silindokuhle Madolo. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

IT is going to be the battle of the colleges when the Lovedale TVET College netball team visits Buffalo City College in East London in a friendly encounter this afternoon. The friendly will help Lovedale College coach Anelisa Kama to assess the fitness levels of her players and the new players ahead of the new season. This is their first match since the team was assembled this year. “The girls are working so hard towards their fitness. I believe that this friendly match will help them see how far they are with their fitness level. When we get back from this match we’ll go back to the drawing board to fix our mistakes. But we’re hoping for positive results,” said Kama. She said she has already

spotted potential in some of the new players and hopes that they will add a lot of value in the team. The King William’s Town campus has not yet finalised its squad for the year as they have not held trials. So far, Kama has about 16 players, but the number could go up closer to the date of the trials which has not been confirmed. With the Provincial Colleges Tournament coming up in August, Kama said her target is to reach the final of the tournament and she believes that her players have what it takes to achieve that. “My target for this year is to at least achieve the second position in the provincial tournament and have a few girls who will be part of the provincial team that will compete at national level. I still have a few players from last

year, but with these new players I believe this team can be stronger than that of last year,” she added. Anathi Ntshanta, who is the newly appointed Sports Officer in the King William’s Campus, said today’s friendly would also help strength the relationship between players from both colleges. She said it was very important for the players to get to know each other at the lowest level as they could end playing together for the provincial team that will play at national level against other colleges from across the country. “It’s very important for the colleges to form a good relationship. At the end of the day the players end up playing in the same team at provincial level. So, it’s important for the players to get to know each other,” said Ntshanta.

‘Lack of connections hampers players’ ELETHU MTIKI A LOCAL SAB League coach believes that talent alone is not enough for players to get their breakthrough into elite football if they are not well connected. Themba Simanga, who is the head coach of Moscow United, an SAB League side from Ginsberg in King William’s Town, said some of his players could not play in the topflight because they were not well connected in the high ranks of football. Over the years, the club managed to pro-

Ongeziwe Matika, one of the products of Moscow United FC from Ginsberg. According to coach Themba Simanga, he was praised by the Zambian legend, Kalusha Bwalya, in 2008. PHOTO:ELETHU MTIKI

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duce a number of players who represented the province at national level in various competitions. The players include the likes of Masixole “Rocky” Loli and Ongeziwe “Bond” Matika, to name but a few. Simanga reckons having an agent could be the best solution to this problem. “One of our future goals is to work with an agent because it’s really tough for the boys who come from here. For example, in 2008 at the age of 12, Ongeziwe Matika was one of the players who were recommended by the great Kalusha Bwalya, the Zambian soccer legend. “He regarded Matika as one of the greatest players he had ever seen. But if you think about it, it’s 10 years later and he’s still playing here after the great legend regarded him as one of the best players,” said Simanga. He said they are doing their best to produce as many players as possible to junior national teams as well as to the lower league, but cracking into premier league remains as a huge challenge. “With raw talent, we produce these boys to play for the junior national teams and in the NFD. Some of these players come here and have nothing after that because to break into the PSL does not require only talent, it also needs connections and that’s where we’re lacking. Last year, former Moscow United player, Mihlali Damesi, was called up in the national u/17 side that went to play in Lesotho earlier this year. Damesi is now based in KwaZulu-Natal. Simanga said producing great players had become “normality” and he hailed Ginsberg for having a great pool of talent.



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King William’s Town Express

16 May 2018

Dale College triumph against rivals in 157th reunion ELETHU MTIKI DALE College’s first rugby team powered to a 29-10 victory against old rivals, Queen’s College, at the weekend and continued with their dominance in the traditional Dale College Reunion. The hosts ran in four tries to clinch a victory and extended their reunion’s winning streak in recent years to five. The last time the King William’s Town school lost in a Reunion clash was in 2013 against Queen’s. Having gone to the half-time break leading 10-5, Dale came out in the second guns blazing, with fly-half Ikho Putini making threatening runs and quick passes. “We always knew that Queen’s were going to come out firing, but being our reunion I think the boys stepped up nicely. I think it was an entertaining game to watch. We’re very happy with the win – we’ll take it,” said Dale College Coach Grant Griffith. The visibly chuffed coach said they told the players during the half-time break that the first 10 minutes of the second half were very crucial and would determine the outcome the game. Queen’s director of rugby, Kaya Malotana, gave credit to Dale who appeared as a better side on the day. He said their players did not come to the party on Saturday by making a lot of er-

rors. “I think Dale showed more intensity in breakdown. They were able to disrupt the flow of our game because our game is quick phase ball and we were not able to get that today,” said the former Springbok. “We knew that they’re very good around the ruck. They always play on that offside line and they went away with a lot today; we can’t run away from that. But our boys were just not clinical today,” added Malotana. Dale College captain and flanker, Lathi-thaa Lukasi, could not hold back his tears when he was substituted in the second half. Griffith explained the reason behind the emotional player. “It’s his third year in the first team and obviously his last reunion game. He’s quite an emotional guy. We’re proud of him as captain,” he explained. This weekend, Dale will welcome Grens while Queen’s will travel to Hudson Park in East London. Griffith said his charges need to get their feet on the ground and forget about their victory against Queen’s. He said he was hoping that they would continue with the impressive run.


) Dale – Tries: Ikho Putini, Mzwamazizi Ngalo (2), Emihle Matsinya. Conversions: Siphamandla Krweqe (3). Penalty: Krweqe. ) Queen’s – Tries: Liyabona Maku, Chumani Gatyeni.

Dale College’s rugby champions in action against rivals Queen's College during their 157th reunion match. PHOTOS:JAEDEN PILLAY

Dale College beat rivals Queen's College 29-10 this past weekend during their 157th reunion.

Tornado ready to fight for NFD spot ELETHU MTIKI EXPERIENCED players of Tornado FC are expected to play a key role when the Mdantsane-based outfit competes in the ABC Motsepe League national play-offs in Polokwane early next month. Tornado are in group A together with Dolphins FC,who are the hosts, as well as Buya Msuthu from North West. The Dolphins and Buya Msuthu are making a return to the play-offs, having played in the play-offs that were held in East London last year. Tornado FC head coach Tshepo Motsoeneng acknowledged that his side was drawn in a tough group which promises to produce a high standard of football. “It’s a good group, especially if you’re a South African football lover. I think you’ll see a lot of football being played in that group. We’re up against the hosts as well as Buya Msuthu, which is a good side. You can see that the sparks are going to fly in that group,” said Motsoeneng. Motsoeneng said his charges are ready to get the tournament underway and fight to gain promotion to the National First Division (NFD) next season. He said the preparations have been going well for them and they are not going to the play-offs to add the numbers.

Tornado will go into the play-offs carrying the hopes of the people of the Eastern Cape to have a team in the second tier following the relegation of the Mthatha Bucks to the ABC Motsepe League. Tornado will count on the experience of some of their players who have played in topflight football before. Motsoeneng said the mood in the camp was high and there was no pressure on the players. The Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League champions boast with the likes of Vuyisile Wana who played for Santos, Moroka Swallows and Bloemfontein Celtic in the topflight. They also have Luyolo Nomandela who donned the colours of Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns as well as Senzo Ndlovu who used to play for SuperSport United. “The boys know exactly what is at stake. Everyone is calm; they can’t wait for the play-offs to start. We want to compete in the NFD. With the hard work and dedication of the players I think we’ll do it,” he said. Tornado, who are expected to leave for Polokwane next week, will play their first match against Buya Msuthu on the first day of the competition on June 4 at the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop campus and take on The Dolphins the following day. The playoffs will end on June 9, and only two teams will gain promotion to the NFD next season.


King William's Town Express 16 May 2018  
King William's Town Express 16 May 2018