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Pakama Yoyo (left) was one of the donors at the Big Bleed held in King William’s Town on Saturday. With her is Mncedisi Molose of SANBS. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES
Big Bleed boosts local blood stocks SANELE JAMES
OCAL blood donors have heeded the call by the South African National Blood Services for people to donate blood ahead of the Festive Season. Blood stocks were recently under pressure due to the protests at universities and exams which resulted in many young people not donating blood. Eastern Cape youth collections constitute 32% of the national donations while the youth in East London alone donates 35% of the blood in the province. The SANBS has a target of having enough stock for five days nationally. Stock in the Eastern Cape is currently sitting at 5.1 days. In an effort to ensure that the blood stock levels remain stable, various Big Bleeds have and will be held in the Buffalo City Metro. Residents of King William’s Town rolled
up their sleeves for a Big Bleed that was held on Saturday at the Metlife Mall. The target of 10 were exceeded with 16 units donated on the day. Pakama Yoyo, one of the donors, has been donating since 2007. She said seeing a cancer patient who was in need of blood at Frere Hospital in East London last month reminded her of the importance of consistent donations. Yoyo called on those who are scared of needles to give it a try. “Most people do not want to donate because they are scared of needles. Put the fear away and imagine the lives you are saving with just that one prick. It is worth it and you will never know whose life your blood will save,” she said. Another donor, Kwakho Mboro (18) who donated for a ninth time, echoed Yoyo’s sentiments, saying after every donation he feels like a hero who has just saved lives. Other Big Bleeds are scheduled for De-
cember 9 at the Vincent Park Centre in East London with a target of 30 units. The biggest Big Bleed will be in Berea and Beacon Bay from December 19 to 23 with a target of 20 units per day at each centre. Medical technician at SANBS, Mncedisi Molose, said they were pleased with the response they got from the residents of King William’s Town. In highligting some of the important things a blood donor needs to keep in mind, Molose said a person can donate even if he uses alcohol, but at the time of donation their blood must be alcohol free. “A donor must weigh 50kg and above and the minimum age is 16 years. A donor can only donate every 56 days or 8 weeks,” said Molose. He added that a donor must have eaten at least 3 hours before donating because as blood is drawn out of the body, a person’s sugar levels go down and one could end up fainting if donating on an empty stomach.
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King William’s Town Express
7 December 2016
Children encouraged to report cases of abuse OFFICERS from the Zwelitsha SAPS used their 16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence campaign to educate children on the different forms of violence to which they and women may fall victim and how they should best deal with it. The officers visited the King William’s Town
Children’s Home where they held an awareness session with the children and their caregivers about rape. They were accompanied by a rape victim from Dimbaza who spoke to them about rape and the importance of support and moving forward if one is sexually violated.
She also emphasised the importance of education. Sergeant Thenjiwe Mbebe encouraged the kids to speak and act against violence by reporting cases immediately. It also turned into an early Christmas for the children as the officers donated some much
needed items to the Home. A caregiver from Children’s Home, Nobantu Malibhiji, said they very grateful and humbled to see that the SAPS still had them in their thoughts. “What you have done is a great gesture for which we thank you immensely,” she said. – REPORTER
Contralesa Youth Wing wants Pres. Zuma to pardon King Buyelekhaya SANELE JAMES THE Contralesa Youth Wing leadership in the Eastern Cape has joined the calls on PresidentJacob Zuma, to free the jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Dalindyebo is serving a 12-year sentence for arson, defeating the ends of justice and assault at the West Bank maximum prison in East London. Initially in 2009, the Mthatha High Court sentenced Buyelekhaya to 15 years for seven counts of kidnapping, three of assault, three of arson, and one each of defeating the ends of justice and culpable homicide, but the Supreme Court of Appeal set aside his culpable homicide conviction and reduced his sentence to 12 years. His trial dragged on for five years and only concluded towards the end of 2015. After barely spending a year in prison, members of the Contralesa Youth Wing recently marched to the West Bank maximum prison demanding that Pres. Zuma grant Dalindyebo a “Presidential Pardon”. The memorandum was received and signed by the Area Commissioner of the East London Correctional Centre, Mamokete Magorosi. In the three-page memorandum, the Contralesa Youth Wing said Pres. Zuma and the leadership of the ANC must remember the selfless efforts of their comrade King in exile during life threatening dark days of the struggle and refrain from a vindictive attitude towards the King. They pleaded that the ANC leadership join their Free the King Campaign saying by doing so they would be making a mean-
ingful contribution in fighting for a good cause than only for positions and lucrative tenders. Chairperson of Contralesa Youth Wing Prince Ntsindiso Mdunyelwa said that they are convinced that the non-recognition of traditional leaders’ rights and immunity from prosecution for decisions made in traditional governance structures “is a clear attempt to ruin our traditional leadership in South Africa and eventually slaughter their existence in the exact manner in which they have humiliated and destroyed the AbaThembu Kingdom. “We wish to further place on record that Parliament has and continues to violate the constitutional rights of traditional leaders by not ensuring that they enjoy judicial immunity from criminal and civil liability arising from their decisions in the traditional courts.” Directing his words to the President, Mdunyelwa added that it was unfair for Dalindyebo to be forced to wear inmates’ uniform and first having to apologise to his victims in order to secure early release from prison. Secretary of Contralesa Youth Wing in the province, Andile Gqithani said Kings were not meant to be prosecuted. He added that Dalindyebo’s actions were guided by the then traditional Constitution of the AbaThembu nation. Contralesa Youth Wing’s bid to free Dalindyebo from incarceration were one of many by monarchs, political organisations and religious organisations who submitted petitions asking for the freedom of Dalindyebo. “We denounce and condemn the Minister’s failure to act on petitions submitted by religious and traditional leaders from
Members of the Contralesa Youth Wing marched to the West Bank Prison where AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is serving his 12year sentence, to hand over a memorandum demanding he is granted a presidential pardon. From left is Contralesa Youth Wing Provincial Secretary, Andile Gqithani, Area Commissioner of the East London Correctional Centre, Mamoke te Mogorosi, and Contralesa Youth Wing Chairperson, Prince Ntsindiso Mdunyelwa. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES
across the Republic of South Africa. We also condemn the Minister’s failure to act on the correspondences of the King’s family submitted to the Presidency and the Minister’s failure to act on petitions submitted by the Eastern Cape monarchs,” he
said. The Contralesa Youth Wing has on Friday given the country’s leadership 21 days to act on their demands, failing which would result in them escalating their movement to a national scale.
DA demands release of report on alleged abuse at Bhisho Primary School SANELE JAMES THE Democratic Alliance demands that a seven-month-old report on allegations of the abuse of pupils by educators and illicit conduct by the staff at the Bhisho Primary School is released. The department of Education hired Rapid Response Investigations to probe allegations of minors being caned and physically abused, misuse of school funds, pupils being denied participation in extramural activities due to divisions among staff who are affiliated to Sadtu and those who are not, emotional abuse and poor discipline. DA MPL, Edmund van Vuuren, said in a media statement that on May 5 this year, the Eastern Cape Department of Education assured the legislature’s portfolio committee on education that the report would be
released and its findings implemented within 60 days. However, according to Van Vuuren nothing has been done up to date and the school has been operating without a governing body since last year after the elections were disputed. “Officials from the Department of Education headquarters in Zwelitsha must explain why a report on alleged abuse of pupils at the Bhisho Primary School and the alleged abuse of power by members of the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) has been gathering dust for seven months. What are they hiding and who are they afraid of,” he asked? He said in a caring society where quality education for children is a priority, the unionisation of school governance that favours misconduct and unprofessional behaviour of teachers belonging to a union
would not be tolerated. It is understood that the report makes findings based on the high level of influence of Sadtu in education. Van Vuuren said he had written to the chairperson of the portfolio committee on education, Fundile Gade, to request that the report and the implementation of its findings is placed on the agenda for their next meeting on November 30. “Education MEC Mandla Makupula must explain why this report has been swept under the rug. We do not need a repeat of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s apparent unwillingness to take action against Sadtu on the findings of the “Jobs for Cash” report,” he said. He went on to say allegiance by teachers to a union, rather than looking after the best interests of the children has been hampering quality education in the province
for years. “We need to put our learners first, not the interests of teachers who seek protection from their union against any disciplinary action,” said Van Vuuren. It is understood that there have been meetings taking place behind closed doors on the matter. Department of Education Spokesperson, Malibongwe Mtima said there was legal recourse initiated by the department as some of the involved parties deliberately stalled the necessary processes. “Yes, there have been meetings taking place behind the scenes on camera in and attempt to reconcile the matter but those attempts did not yield the preferred results. Now, we are waiting for the legal recourse to come to its logical conclusion,” said Mtima. He could not give information on the meeting of November 30.
7 December 2016
King William’s Town Express
Quorum approves BCM multimillion sports funding SANELE JAMES IN the absence of a number of ANC councillors at the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Council meeting, councillors of the African Independent Congress (AIC) came in handy as the ANC struggled to make a 51 quorum to approve sports funding applications worth R3.7 million which was opposed by some of the parties. Other opposition parties refused the approval of funding saying it was vague and they needed clarity on a number of aspects pertaining to it and the beneficiaries. BCM mayor Xola Pakati requested the council to approve the R3.7 million sponsorship for four boxing tournaments of R800 000 each and R500 000 for Border Rugby saying it was in line with their attempts to develop sport in the metro. Each event funded by the municipality has a maximum budget of R400 000 each. Special applications for the boxing tournament and Border Rugby, which exceeded the R400 000 limit, were brought before council after the special sports funding committee chaired by Councillor Xolani Witbooi could not approve the amounts as they were above the limit. The metro’s sport committee has already approved and disbursed R5.5 million for 43 sports events featuring netball, soccer, rugby, cricket, karate and boxing tournaments and matches. Democratic Alliance councillor Susan Bent-
ley said it was reckless of the municipality to spend such amounts of money on sport while residents are crying for improved service delivery. Pakati rose from his seat and told Bentley that maybe she had a different meaning of service delivery. “The metro is known for being a sporting mecca, especially boxing. It is part of the municipality’s duty to develop the area it governs and development comes in many ways. Some of the people in these areas we are targeting were previously deprived of participating in such sports, so this also forms part of strengthening the city in sports. “Providing a stage for our future sportsmen to shine and realise their dreams is part of delivering sports services to the people,” said Pakati. Soon after the speaker of the council, Alfred Mtsi, proposed the approval of the applications, the DA’s Olwethu Ntame requested a five-minute recess to caucus outside. When they returned in the house, Ntame rose and told Mtsi they, as the Democratic Alliance, could no longer be part of the meeting. “We cannot sit here and watch the house use its majority seats to abuse public funds,” she said. Moments after the party left the chambers in protest over the issue, EFF, UDM and PAC councillors followed leaving the ANC and the AIC to approve the applications. Mtsi pleaded for political tolerance as the ANC councillors cheered when the opposition
EMPTY SEATS: Councillors of opposition parties walked out of a BCMM Special Council meeting leaving the ANC and IAC to approve the controversial sports fund application. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES walked out. “Members, I appeal to you that if you do not agree with a motion in the house, do not just walk out. Voice your concerns so we can debate these issues. Opposition parties at times do not often see eye to eye because of many factors which is why we need to tolerate one another and afford each other a chance to express their views. The cheering when members decide to
leave the house need to stop,” said Mtsi. Mayor Pakati said, “Saying goodbye when a person leaves is just a term of wishing them well. We all say it and I do not see anything wrong with it. And surprisingly the very same people who just left were complaining of a vague report, yet they are walking out depriving themselves a chance of getting clarity on the matter”.
Bhisho passes Official Languages Bill SANELE JAMES THE Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature passed the Official Languages Bill during its House Sitting on November 30 after extensive engagement with communities and relevant stakeholders across the province. Early this year representatives of the Portfolio Committee on Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, assisted by Oversight Section and Legal Unit officials criss-crossed the province holding public hearings on the Bill. Among others the Bill seeks to provide for regulating and monitoring the use of official languages for government purposes in the Province.
It further provides for the establishment and functions of a Provincial Language Unit and is also aimed at providing for the establishment and functions of language units at provincial departments, provincial public entities and provincial public enterprises. The Use of Official Languages Bill also requires the adoption of a language policy and it will further help to facilitate intergovernmental co-ordination of language units in the Province. The Bill states that every provincial department, provincial public entity and provincial government business enterprise must adopt a language policy regarding the use of official languages for government purposes consistent with the provincial language policy and this
Act. United Democratic Movement’s Thando Mpulu said, “The UDM supports the bill, however, our view is that this bill can be realised when all departments have established institutionalised language units. This will have implications on human capital that must possess the required skills to roll out its implementation. “At the political level the application of this bill will restore dignity to the people of the Eastern Cape by expressing their thoughts in a language that they are comfortable in. As part of the decolonisation programme, this Bill can serve as catalyst to fast track transformation,” said Mpulu. ANC Eastern Cape Member of Provincial
Legislature Nomxolisi Mtitshana urged the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture to also take active steps to accommodate sign language and braille for the blind. MEC for the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Pemmy Majodina said language is an empowering tool to change the world. “Language is used to propose new ideas and this Bill will enhance innovativeness as people will be able to express themselves fluently. “The official languages of the Province are isiXhosa, Afrikaans, English and Sesotho”, she added. She committed to ensure that the Act will be fully implemented in consultation with all the stakeholders and role players.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR WATER restrictions are necessary when the demand for water exceeds the capacity to deliver water. This may be as a result of a water resource shortage, e.g. when a drought occurs and dam levels are low. Furthermore, when a new resource, e.g. a dam or water scheme, has not been built on time it results in the overuse of other dams or schemes to the extent that shortage occurs. Moreover, a water service scheme fails, the best way to ensure water restrictions is to implement the existing municipal by-laws which set a higher cost to the water when water restrictions are gazetted. This financial incentive is often to encourage the user to achieve the 15% restriction required. However, if water users are not paying for water, i.e. non-billing or overuse of free basic water, like in most of our rural municipalities, then the financial incentives do not work. In many cases, the impact of water restrictions has been very slowly realised, in many cases only water rationing, i.e. cutting off the wa-
ter at night or for set periods every day. Communities benefit from water restrictions because they will ensure a safer and consistent water supply and stretch the water over the period of shortage. Water restrictions were gazetted in all the District & Local Municipality areas where Disaster for drought was declared, i.e. Joe Gqabi District Municipality, Chris Hani District Municipality, OR Tambo District Municipality, Alfred Nzo District Municipality and certain local areas of Amathole District Municipality. Also, in the Algoa system area of supply restrictions were gazetted, not for drought, but for a shortage due to the delayed Nooitgedacht scheme. In addition, the Orange–Fish– Sundays Scheme is affected by water restrictions because restrictions were also gazetted in the Orange River beyond the Eastern Cape. Water rationing is a drastic form of water restrictions. The introduction of water efficient equipment in the homes, industry, farms will also
contribute in water use efficiency. Furthermore, we need to find and fix water leaks and/or losses. Introducing other sources of water, i.e. water mix or basket of water sources, e.g. ground water plus surface water, rainwater harvesting and desalination will assist in addressing the challenge of water scarcity as a result of water restrictions. However, all these methods require funding which is often in short supply. Most municipalities are on Level 1 water restrictions, which is public awareness. This level has non-punitive restrictive measures. The recent rain had virtually no impact on the dam levels in the province which means we are not out of the woods yet. Experts are saying that water restrictions may remain in place for the next two years and that we need good rains for at least two years to build up storage levels again, before we can say the drought has broken. Thandile Ngcume (Communication Services, Department of Water and Sanitation)
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King William’s Town Express
7 December 2016
Sunshine Preschoolers graduate THEMBELA NDLUMBINI MORE than 200 proud parents recently gathered at the Oliver Reginald Tambo Hall in
Zwelitsha Township for the annual graduation ceremony of the Sunshine Preprimary school. Well-known Zwelitsha resident Nokwakha
Kwababana, known as Mbhele, is the founder of the school. A total of 34 pupils graduated and is all set to start grade R at different schools next year.
Apart from the graduation ceremony, the children also provided entertainment with their music, dance and drama performances on the stage.
This group of dancers entertained the audience during the graduation ceremony.
This young gospel group also performed at the graduation ceremony. PHOTOS:THEMBELA NDLUMBINI
Some of the graduates proudly show their certificates. They will be going to Grade R at various schools next year.
Some of the graduates proudly show their certificates. They will be going to Grade R at various schools next year.
Organisation changes lives of street dwellers SANELE JAMES THE Ubudlelwane eNkosini Foundation continues to go the extra mile for street dwellers around King William’s Town and hopes to extend their helping hand to other towns. Lack of finances is, however, clipping its wings. The organisation has, since its inception in 2009, reunited many street dwellers with their families and ensured access to health facilities and rehabilitated many. Every Saturday afternoon members of the organisation host street dwellers of different ages for a meal in Alexandra Road and Cross Street. The manager of the NPO, Busisiwe Papiyana, was recently recognised as a local hero for the role she played and continues to play in changing people’s lives. Two years ago Papiyana left her job as an internal auditor at the Department of Public Works to care for those in need. Papiyana established the organisation
with her (then) colleagues of different religious congregations without any formal funding. Ubudlelwane is sustained by its members from their own pockets and occasional donations. Papiyana said local religious organisations played a crucial role in the organisation by providing both monetary support and spiritual support in the form of counselling. “We depend on handouts which do not come regularly, so to keep the fires burning we have to dig deep in our own pockets. The issue of funds is a major challenge, but our determination keeps us going. Also being spiritually strong helps in motivating and restoring hope to those who seem to have given up on life,” said Papiyana. She added that they had invited representatives of government departments to their soup kitchen sessions and they pitched once and promised to intervene, but never showed up again. Among the many who have benefitted from the NPO’s work is Phindile Ndobo who was taken in by the Ubudlelwane eNkosini
Members of the Ubudlelwane eNkosini Foundation with the beneficiaries after a feast on Saturday afternoon. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES
Foundation in July 11 this year. Family issues at his home in Ndevana Location forced him to move out in pursuit of a better life, but little did he know he would end up on the streets using drugs. In 2004 Ndobo found himself on the wrong side of the law and was jailed for two years. When he got out of prison he went back home and started where he had left off –looking for a better life. He said things did not work according to his plans as he survived on doing odd jobs in and around King William’s Town CBD. In 2013 he officially abandoned home to live on the streets where he says things got worse. “From 2013 onwards I was a heavy substance abuser and I had lost hope. There are no rules on the streets –everything goes and its every man for himself. Some would sustain severe injuries during territorial fights and eventually just disappear,” said Ndobo. He said the soup kitchen afternoons held by Ubudlelwane eNkosini Foundation was his only guaranteed source of food on Saturdays.
As a heavy substance abuser who would live days without eating anything, Ndobo’s health began to deteriorate. “I got painful sores all over my body. I had lost weight drastically, but I started noticing that I was getting bigger. I thought I was gaining weight not knowing that I was swelling. Whatever infection I had, it came to my face and affected my eye sight as I couldn’t see. “At that time I had begun missing the soup kitchen sessions, but when I went there members of the Ubudlelwane eNkosini Foundation noticed my situation and intervened,” he said. Since then Ndobo has been living a happy and healthy life at the Papiyas’ house with one other man who was also rescued by the organisation. He assists the organisation during the soup kitchens and says his wish is to see Ubudlelwane eNkosini Foundation grow to help many more street dwellers. On December 10, the organisation will host an early Christmas party for street dwellers at the intersection of Alexandra Road and Cross Street.
Beneficiaries of the soup kitchen dine at their spot of hope with some saying they last had a meal two days ago.
7 December 2016
King William’s Town Express
Abathembu chief to be laid to rest BUNTU GOTYWA THE late chief of Ngangelizwe royal house Chief Daludumo Lennox Mtirara will be laid to rest this Saturday. Chief Mtirara, a Brigadier General in the South African National Defence Force who acted as spokesman for the royal house, was found dead in his Pretoria home two weeks ago after apparently shooting himself. He will be buried near his home in Xhongora village just outside Mthatha. The Amadlomo clan expressed the need to use the funeral to unite the clan, which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since the incarceration of Abathembu
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. One of the elders in the Amadlomo clan, Chief Zwelenqaba Mgudlwa said the internal feud caused by disagreement over the rightful person to act as Abathembu king had to end. Chief Mgudlwa said despite the fighting they remained one family and would pay the necessary respect to their brother despite the differences a faction of the clan had with him while he was alive. Chief Mtirara was one of the royals strongly opposed to Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo taking over the reigns as acting king of Abathembu. He was the leader of the faction that supported King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s
brother Prince Mthandeni Mankunku Dalindyebo’s bid to take over as acting king while the king serves his jail term. His death was reported on the morning of the day of the coronation of Prince Azenathi as acting king. The enrobing went ahead following his death, after his camp withdrew an urgent court interdict to stop the coronation. The third faction in the Abathembu royal family feud was in support of Queen Gowanda Dalindyebo taking over the throne. Royal houses are expected to converge at the home of Chief Mtirara to pay their last respects to the man who never beat around the bush about what he felt was right to say.
Chief Daludumo Mtirara. PHOTO:YANGA SOJI
ECMAS cancelled after third time postponement BABALWA NDLANYA AFTER numerous of postponements of the Eastern Cape Music Awards (ECMAS), organisers have decided to cancel the awards entirely. It has now been cancelled after it was postponed to December 10 due to the National
Council of Province (NCOP) that was going to be held in East London at the Abbotsford Christian Centre. The founder of the ECMAS, Koko Godlo said after lots of consultations between the ECMAS team, sponsors, funders and some participants they all agreed that the timing of the awards was not right.
“Therefore we decided to cancel it until further notice. The new date will be announced shortly. The date of the ECMAS was December 10,” said Godlo. He said all those people who have bought their tickets will be refunded, but the same tickets are still valid for the new date for those who do not want a refund.
Godlo also confirmed that the nominees and votes are still valid for the new date, which will be announced soon. He said they apologise for any inconvenience caused. He said they postponed the event for the third time because they wanted to ensure they use the same venue, as it “is the best indoor venue in the Buffalo City Metro”.
Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture’s Women’s forum extends motherly love SANELE JAMES THE Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture’s Women’s Forum has vowed to make Christmas Day a memorable one for kids at the King William’s Town Youth and Children Care Centre. Last week, under their “Adopt-a-child” initiative, the forum donated party packs to the kids in need. The Forum’s “Adopt-a-child” initiative wants to fill the void of mothers in the chil-
dren’s lives. It is often said that one cannot choose one’s family, but when the Women’s Forum visited the centre, each child was afforded an opportunity to pick a mother among the members who would be their mother for a day. The mothers spent time with the children in an attempt to get to know them better. The event was funded by donations from women in the Department. “The main aim of the day was to make every special child feel extra special and cared for by individuals beyond those that are at the
centre,” said the Chairperson of Women’s Forum, Makhosi Mbedu. Mbedu said their visit to the centre was the beginning of a long term relationship that the DSRAC Women’s Forum will be having with the centre in the future. “We are introducing ourselves to the children of the centre. At a later stage we will visit the home with clothes for the adopted children. This initiative gives us, as mothers, the time to get to know the children,” she said. The donation of clothes will be both hand-
me-downs and brand-new items of clothing. The Women’s Forum is a self-funded initiative and the mothers will be paying for the items out of their own pockets.
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The children at the King William’s Town Youth and Children Care Centre bond with the parents of their choice during an event organised by the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture’s Women’s Forum. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
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7 December 2016
CDC upskills unemployed Hamburg residents REPORTER TWENTY four unemployed people from the small community of Hamburg have been given an opportunity to improve their skills by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC). The community was trained on the following technical skills: bricklaying and plastering, electrical, carpentry, painting and decorating. The training follows the recent commencement of the Hamburg Clinic construction, a R26,5 million project implemented by the CDC on behalf of the Department of Health. The project has created more than 40 job opportunities and it is envisaged that the trained individuals would be absorbed by the project as semi-skilled workers.
“Our aim in providing this training is to stimulate the competencies of unemployed people, particularly the youth in technical skills to boost their chances of getting employment in this project in the first instance. This will go a long way in overcoming the high unemployment rate and lack of skills, as well as reduce the number of povertystricken people in the area,” said Thobeka Gaxamba, CDC Recruitment Manager. CDC’s objective is to ensure that communities benefit from the projects it undertakes through training, SMME development and community work. “The training of the Hamburg Residents is an excellent example of a successful collaboration between the CDC, government and the community, who have all worked to-
The completed Hamburg heritage site after renovations.
gether tirelessly to ensure the project is completed within scope and on time,” said Dr. Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC’s head of marketing and communications. It is the CDC’s practice to integrate training with other community building activities that has a positive impact on the community at large. To this effect, the CDC successfully integrated training with the renovation of the Hamburg Heritage Site, which is an important relics related to arts, history and culture in the area. Furthermore, the CDC presented life skills training that included CV writing, interview skills and career guidance to 58 young people with the intention of improving their job hunting skills and abilities to deal with social issues in general.
The trainees renovating the Hamburg Heritage Site while acquiring skills.
Nissan donates vehicles to South African entrepreneurs REPORTER NISSAN South Africa has donated eight vehicles to dynamic South African entrepreneurs to support and help grow their businesses, in partnership with the National Empowerment Fund (NEF). The sponsorship includes four Nissan NP200 Base models, one NP200 Base+ model, two NP300 Hardbodys and one NV350 panel van. One of the beneficiaries is the FOSST Discovery Centre at the University of Fort Hare, which will use its vehicle to coordinate community-based science projects as
part of its efforts to enable and encourage the youth to follow careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The vehicles were handed over by the Director of Corporate and General Affairs at Nissan Group of Africa, Wonga Mesatywa, and NEF’s CEO Philisiwe Mthethwa at an event at Nissan’s headquarters in Pretoria on November 23. “Small and medium-sized enterprises form the backbone of the South African economy. It is estimated that they provide employment to roughly 60% of the labour force and account for about 34% of SA’s GDP,” said Mesatywa.
“Nissan is in the business of building brands, in producing innovation that excites, and in helping small businesses succeed so that they can continue to create jobs and to support the economy. “We believe that these eight beneficiaries have built strong business models and we hope that our vehicles can make their day-to-day activities a little easier and a lot more fulfilling.” “One of the market failures that confront black entrepreneurs is limited own capital, and the acquisition of a valuable asset such as business vehicles goes a long way towards improving productivity and growth. That is why the NEF
encourages more and more players in the private sector to support enterprise development because it is a direct contribution to inclusive growth. Nissan South Africa must be commended for being a patriotic corporate citizen and embracing the spirit and purport of the BBBEE policy of Government,” said Mthethwa. Other beneficiaries include: . Khuvena Consultancy CC, trading as Engen Palm Valley, a 100% black-owned service station in Roodepoort. Owners Vukani and Nokuthula Khumalo will use their vehicle to transport stock and a variety of day-to-day activities.
. Okubabayo (Pty) Ltd, a manufacturer of atchaar in Krugersdorp, is a B-BBEE Level Two Contributor with 125% B-BBEE procurement recognition. It will use its vehicle to grow its business by increasing its stockist footprint. . Masefane Trading CC is a 100% black- and female-owned construction and civil works company that will use its vehicle to transport equipment to construction sites. . Dandozest is a 100% black woman-owned catering business headed by chef Nontuthuko Constance Shandu. She will use her new vehicle to transport catering equipment.
Hamburg beachgoers set to benefit from Blue Flag project this summer REPORTER HAMBURG Beach is among the beaches that will benefit from the newly launched Tourism Blue Flag project this summer. The project will see the deployment of 200 beach stewards at Blue Flag sites around the country, with the aim of improving the experience of both local visitors and domestic and international tourists at our beaches. The Tourism Blue Flag project will benefit fifty beaches along the South African coastline by providing improved tourism facilities and services, while the beach stewards themselves will receive accredited training in environmental education with the ultimate goal of developing them for further employment in the coastal tourism sector. This exciting new three-year coastal tourism and youth develop-
ment project is being implemented by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) in partnership with the National Department of Tourism. The beach stewards are being hosted by local coastal municipalities and will be easily recognisable to beach goers in their projectbranded apparel. Activities one can expect to see rolling out at participating Blue Flag beaches include: • Fun and interactive environmental education activities for school-going children. • Monitoring beach activities. • Conducting visitor surveys as well as other data gathering. • Providing updates on weather and general beach conditions via Twitter. • Assisting lifeguards by helping to improve water safety at the beach. • Helping beach managers to maintain the high Blue Flag stan-
The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom (middle), with some of the Beach Stewards from the newly launched Tourism Blue Flag Project. PHOTO:SUPPLIED dards relating to safety, environmental management, water quality and environmental education at
their beaches. For a list of all the beaches where the Tourism Blue Flag Beach Stew-
ards will be active along the coastline from November onwards, visit www.wessa.org.za/TBF.
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WSU bridal wear designer top of class SANELE JAMES BRIDAL wear designer Bulelani Masango was voted the best designer at the Walter Sisulu University Fashion Show. A group of 44 designers of the university’s Fashion Department campuses in East London and Butterworth took part in the show that was held at the East London Guild Theatre. Masango’s designs around the theme, “Lighten
One of the designs that stood out in the exhibition.
up the future”, sent the audience into raptures when his models, who depicted a couple on a wedding day with two kids, rocked the stage. In second place was Ntokozo Nomntu whose theme was ‘Gentle Breeze’. Nomntu’s designs were urban wear, highly influenced by the Hip Hop culture. His items featured printed sweaters and baggy pants. In the third place was Es-
Kasi Flava by Sive Twaise. PHOTOS: SANELE JAMES
ihle Mbombo. Masango’s range consisted of English wedding wear followed by traditional bridal wear. The three judges awarded him 10/10 in every aspect on their scoresheets. When tallying the scores, the judges looked closely at the creativity of the designer, colour usage, technical ability and execution, as well as the overall collection of the designer. Jubilant Masango said his range was inspired by
his Xhosa heritage, but, as an entrepreneur, he had to produce items that would appeal and relate to everyone. “Among us black nations there are a lot of tribes with different, yet specific colours and accessories, that serve as an identity. I made sure that I accommodated everyone in my range. I mixed it all up in my traditional wedding dress. “It had the South African look, but the doek was Nigerian and the accessories al-
so represented tribes other than South Africans,” he said. One of the judges who specialises in bridal wear, Wendy Hammond of Wendy H Bridal, said that all of Masango’s designs are exceptional. “Someone who did not know that Masango was a student would swear he has been in the industry for many years. All his designs are on point. He is stylish yet in an organised manner,” said Hammond.
Two other judges, Viwe Ndwandwa, who is a traditional designer, and Junia Menziwa said Masango’s designs were in high demand and the idea of producing both traditional and urban bridal wear would sustain him in the industry. WSU lecturer Aaron Sepeng applauded the students, saying that the 2016 academic year was not an easy one citing the FeesMustFall protest as one of the challenges.
Scottish meets Vintage by Busiswa Kosani.
The diverse African traditional bridal dress that relates to more than 15 tribes.
Ntokozo Nomntu earned a second spot in the competition with this Hip Hop culture influenced range.
Bulelani Masango's English wedding theme bridal wear.
King William's Town Express
7 December 2016
RECIPES: STICKY STOUT RIBS, STOUT BROWNIES
‘Home Sweet Home’ with J’Something . After 50 minutes, open up foil and grill ribs for another 20 minutes until they go sticky and brown. . Remove from oven and serve warm.
REPORTER THIS year, Kaya FM listeners have anticipated the monthly Castle Milk Stout Unplugged sessions with various artists performing live and unplugged during Georgie’s show with bites from wannabe chef, J’Something. In between performances, which took place on the last Friday of every month, Mi Casa frontman J’Something served Castle Milk Stout inspired dishes he conceptualised to the in-studio artists. For the season finale, instead of J’Something introducing the performing artist to listeners, he introduced himself and the South African house music group, Mi Casa. “After cooking up a storm the whole year at the Unplugged sessions, myself and the rest of Mi Casa were honoured to take centre stage at the last event,” said J’Something. Proving that men can indeed multitask, in between musical performances, J’Something served up two new, Castle Milk Stout inspired dishes: Sticky Stout Ribs and Stout Brownies. “I developed a Sticky Stout Ribs where no chef experience is required – the recipe is that easy - and the beastly snack ticks all the right boxes too,” said J’Something. “And the Castle Chocolate Milk Stout adds an amazing flavour component to these brownies, which are strictly for the grownups!” he said. For those who would like to try them at home, see the recipes below: Sticky Stout Ribs Difficulty: Very easy Serves: 2 to 3 Hands-on Time: 20min Total time: 1 hr 25 min [+ 3hr marinade] Oven: 220°C
Ingredients: ) 800g rack of Pork Ribs (or ribs of your choice) ) 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil ) 2 Tablespoon Sesame Seed Oil
Stout Brownies Difficulty: Very easy Serves: 6 to 8 Hands-on Time: 20 min Total time: 40 min Oven: 180°C
Ingredients: Brownies ) ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil ) 2¼ Cups Brown Sugar ) 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence ) ½ Cup Castle Milk Stout Chocolate Infused ) 2 Large Eggs ) 1¼ Cups Flour ) ¾ Cup Cocoa Powder ) 1 Cup Macadamia Nuts, roughly chopped Sticky Stout Ribs.
) ½ can Castle Milk Stout ) Salt and ground Black Pepper, to taste ) 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika ) 2 Cloves of Garlic, grated ) 4 Tablespoon Apricot Chutney ) 2 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
Method: . Combine vegetable oil, sesame seed oil, Castle Milk Stout, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, chutney and tomato paste in a bowl to make the marinade and rub into the ribs. . Seal ribs and marinade in a plastic bag to marinade for as long as you can - remember the more it marinades, the better the flavour will be (marinade for a minimum of 3 hours). . When ready to cook, preheat oven to 220°C. . Wrap ribs in a double layer of foil and place on a roasting tray in the oven and cook for 50 minutes.
Castle Milk Stout Brownies.
. 100g White or Caramel Chocolate chips . 4 Tablespoon Peanut Butter [caramel peanut butter is the best] . 1 Tablespoon Butter . 1 teaspoon Caramel Essence . 2 Tablespoon Castle Milk Stout Chocolate Infused . 1 Tablespoon Icing Sugar . 2 Heaped tablespoon Heavy Cream
. Bake for 25 minutes - it needs to pull away from the sides of the baking tray but be a little undercooked in the middle. . Cool for 10 minutes and remove by tipping over onto a cooling rack. . Cut into squares and allow to cool through.
Method: Brownies . Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a square baking tray that’s about 22cm x 22cm in size. . Mix oil, Castle Milk Stout, sugar and vanilla essence together in a bowl. . Once combined, mix in 1 egg at a time then add flour and cocoa and whisk until smooth. . Add the macadamia nuts and stir through. Pour mixture into your greased baking tray.
. Place a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water making sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl. . Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, caramel essence, Castle Milk Stout and icing sugar to the glass bowl sitting over the pot of simmering water and stir until mixture is melted, smooth and glossy. . Take the bowl off the heat and fold in the cream. . Smooth ganache onto brownies before it gets too cold or sets.
FOCUS ON: YOUR STUDIES FOCUS ON:
What to do if the matric exams wrecked your university plans WITH the matric exams done and dusted, thousands of learners are now entering the long wait to see how they performed in one of the most important assessments they will ever take. But there are also thousands of learners who realise, without even having to wait for January to roll around, that they did not perform well enough to pursue the plans they had and who need to figure out their next steps sooner rather than later.
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These learners, as well as those who have received, or will be receiving rejection letters from their universities of choice in coming weeks, should take heart from the fact that they do have other avenues to pursue and that this bump in the road does not spell catastrophe for their futures, an education expert said. “There are many reasons why a learner’s application may be unsuccessful,” said Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa’s largest private higher education provider. “Sometimes learners left their applications too late or didn’t meet the specific institution’s entry requirements. Very often, specific courses are simply oversubscribed. Whatever the reason, the disappointment will be real. But learners should know that this is not the end of the world,” said Kriel. He said matriculants finding themselves in this situation should identify the reasons why they were not accepted, then focus and work on the alternatives related to the reason for their university of choice declining their application. These include:
1. Marks are lower than the minimum required by an institution. “Each university and private higher education provider set their own minimum criteria, and these requirements vary between institutions,” explained Kriel. “An institution where the demand outweighs the availability of space may set this bar quite high, which means they are likely to accept only students who are very strong academically. Other institutions may have made provision for students who require more support and will, therefore, have
more accommodating admission requirements. “That means it may not be necessary to repeat Grade 12 or rewrite a subject, as there could be alternatives available in your chosen field of study.” Kriel pointed out that prospective students should not be married to the idea that only one institution can fulfil their degree dreams, as all higher education institutions – whether public or private – are subject to the same accreditation requirements in South Africa. The key issue is to ensure that the alternative you are considering is accredited and registered, by checking online at www.saqa.org.za, the SA Qualifications Authority’s website.
2. Not achieving a Bachelor Degree endorsed pass. Few parents and learners are aware of the fact that a one-year Higher Certificate will also give one access to degree study, said Kriel. He said that the SAQA website has a comprehensive list of available Higher Certificate courses at public and private campuses throughout the country. Learners considering this route should specifically ensure that that the Higher Certificate they are considering also has excellent value as a stand-alone qualification, advised Kriel. “This means that a student can enter the world of work after only a year of study, which is great news for those who may need to earn while they learn.”
3. Not having the correct school subjects for entrance into the qualification of choice. “If you didn’t have mathematics and want
to do a science degree you may need to reconsider your career choice altogether,” said Kriel. “But as with entry requirements for grades, school subject choice requirements vary between institutions. Investigating alternatives may leave you pleasantly surprised. “Often the same degree may be designed slightly differently at another institution or another institution is better equipped to support students, for example with smaller class sizes, which could result in slightly different requirements.”
4. Not having applied on time. Many make the mistake of leaving applications too late, but all is not lost. Some institutions may still be accepting applications, but it is imperative that learners approach institutions as a matter of urgency to find out if they have any space left for the 2017 academic year. “Often students apply and get accepted at more than one institution, so it is likely that some space may become available in coming weeks,” said Kriel. In conclusion, he said it is understandable that learners may be despondent in the face of sudden uncertainty about their next move and their future. “But if learners and parents are aware of the very real, quality alternatives available to them, the picture becomes a lot less hopeless. And while it may be painful to let your original vision go, learners will be surprised at the bounty of opportunity that is actually out there, and which can help them make a successful start to the next chapter of their lives.” – REPORTER
7 December 2016
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Hot talent at Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Festival REPORTER THE annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival returns to the shores of East London for its 8th successive year on December 18 at the Buffalo City Cricket Stadium.
Mobi Dixon is in the lineup of performers for the 8th annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival which will take place on December 18 at Buffalo Park in East London. PHOTO: SANELE JAMES
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The 2016 production is brought to music fans in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. In 2015, Buyel’Ekhaya produced a world class production showcasing the best of African music talent to over 22 000 festival goers. The 2016 edition of the Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival promises to be an even bigger and better experience for all festival goers and tourists with a lineup featuring headline acts from iconic Dorothy Masuku, trombone virtuoso Jonas Gwangwa, legendary African pop artist Ringo Madlingozi and multiaward winning DJ and record producer Black Coffee, as well as Siphokazi, Msaki, Aka, Babes Wodumo, Mobi Dixon and many more.
In keeping with its vision to pay tribute to diverse African art forms, this year’s festival will include the inaugural Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Development Programme (see full report on this page). Festival Founder Mrs Hlubi Mazwai, of Mazwai Strategic Communications, believes that it is critically important to provide “a world class line up” to ensure a sustainable and reputable brand. She said, “Buyel’Ekhaya has always been about celebrating what is Eastern Cape, what is South African and what is African; it is about our unique cultural identities, and that is what we aim to deliver in each and every line-up.” Furthermore, Mazwai has promised that “Buyel’Ekhaya remains committed to the safety of all patrons, as it has put together a team of the best security and productions companies in South Africa.” The 8th annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival will take place on December 18 at Buffalo Park. Tickets at R200 are available at Computicket. For more info, visit www.buyelekhaya.co.za.
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7 December 2016
New Volkswagen up! gets better REPORTER VOLKSWAGEN’S compact car, up! has been upgraded with new colours and wheels, new interior design and new comfort features. The newly designed headlights with LED daytime running lights, modified bumper with redesigned front trim strips and a more contoured bonnet give it a sharper, sportier look. New wheels (measuring up to 16 inches) and wing mirrors with integrated indicators dominate the side view. The redesigned rear lights and distinctive rear diffuser create a rounded finish. On the inside Volkswagen is using printed surfaces for the dashboard styling panel manufactured using the in-mould-labelling process (IML). The newly available ambient lighting underlines the exclusive look of the interior. Leather multifunction steering and gear knob are now standard from Move up! The familiar perky three-cylinder 1.0 litre engine has been retained. The 999cc normal aspirated engine has a power output of 55kW available at 6 200rpm. The maximum torque of 95 Nm is reached at 3 000rpm. Ninety per cent of maximum torque is reached between 2 000 and 6 000rpm, ensuring agile performance. From standstill to 100km/h up! takes 13.5 seconds while it pushes a top speed of 173km/h. This engine returns a combined fuel consumption of 4.6 litres per 100km. The new up! is offered in four equipment levels: Take up!, Move up! up! beats and Cross up!. All derivatives come standard with raft of safety features including ABS and four airbags, Electronic Stability Control. Cross up and up! beats will be available in the first quarter of 2017. The new up! is the second Volkswagen model after Polo to be offered with the BeatsAudio sound system. The 300 watt system comprises of an amplifier, six high-end speakers and a separate subwoofer. The infotainment system on board the new up! has been completely redesigned. Standard in Take up! is the 3.1-inch ‘Composition’ with monochrome display, Radio/CD, SD Card and AUX-in. From Move up!, the “Composition Phone” with 5-inch colour display, radio, USB, SD Card, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity functionality is standard. A smartphone with the “Maps + More” app can be integrated with the infotainment system. The phone screen is used as the display for features such as navigation, telephone and car-specific information and VW’s Think Blue. This application is a standard feature only in the up! beats. The new up! can be customised with a number of factory fitted optional features such as 15-inch Spoke alloy wheels, Sound “Plus” package with four speakers in front and two in rear, driver package (cruise control, rear park distance control and multifunction display), winter package (heated seats and front fog lights), roof package (black painted roof and side mirrors), smartphone integration, navigation and panoramic sunroof. Equipment and trim Here are the highlights of standard features fitted in the new up!’s four equipment levels: Take up!, Move up! up! beats and Cross up!. Take up! This derivative has the following standard features:
. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) . Driver and front passenger airbags, plus side head/thorax airbags for front passengers . Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including hill hold and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) . Traction control . Front integrated head restraints . Height adjustable steering wheel . Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering . Composition Radio infotainment system: 3.1-inch monochrome screen, AUX-in socket for external Source: MP3 player, SD card reader and CD player . Full-size spare wheel (including tool kit and jack) . 14-inch steel wheels with 165/70 R14 tyres . Isofix child seat preparation . Remote central locking with two remote folding keys . Manual air conditioning . Tyre pressure loss indicator . Electric front windows . Heated rear window . Heating and ventilation with four-speed fan . LED daytime running lights . Halogen clear headlights with integrated indicators . Interior light delay and luggage compartment light . Centre console cup holder, front x1 and rear x1. Move up! In addition to the features on the Take up!, the Move up! gains the following: . 14-inch steel wheels . Body-coloured door handles and door mirrors . Composition Colour infotainment system: 5-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, USB connectivity . Variable boot floor . Lane cloth upholstery . Chrome-trimmed interior door handles . ‘Fusion’ cloth upholstery
The new Volks wagen up! has been revamped inside and outside. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
. ‘Black Cube’ dash pad . Leather multifunction steering wheel . Side mirrors electrically adjustable and heated . Rear seat bench with 60:40 split/folding. up! beats In addition to the features on the Move up! model, the up! beats gains the following: . 15-inch ‘Radial’ alloy wheels . Red or Black alloy wheel centre caps depending on exterior paint colour . Tyre mobility set . Beats audio 8 channel amplifier, Digital Signal Processor (DSP), 2 x tweeters in A pillars, 2 x woofers in front doors, 2 x broadband speakers in rear, 1 x subwoofer in spare wheel well, 300 watt output . Chrome-plated decorative strip on tailgate . ‘Flash Red’ or ‘Black’ door mirrors with integrated indicators . Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approximately 65% tinted . ‘beats’ decal silver foil stripe with additional colour stripe matching the exterior door mirrors on lower edge of door panel . Unique ‘beats’ logo on B pillar . Carpet mats, front and rear with red stitching . Chrome trim on air conditioning panel and light switch surround . Door sill protectors with ‘beats’ design . ‘beats’ cloth upholstery seat centre section with ‘beats’ logo and ‘Microfleece’ side bolsters . 3D effect upper dashpad with ‘beats’ logo . Multifunction display: instrument cluster
with electronic speedometer, odometer, trip meter, rev counter, fuel gauge and digital clock . Side mirror housings in black or red . Smartphone navigation interface for smartphones up to 5.5 inch with USB connection for charging and data transfer . Seat belts with red stripe . Ambient lighting . Front fog lights . Heated front seats. Cross up! In addition to the standard features in other derivatives, Cross up! gains the following: . 16-inch Cross alloy wheels . 14-inch space saver spare wheel . Front foglights . Ambient lighting . Bumpers in sport style . Black protective side moulding, wheel arches, sills and doors . Silver anodised roof rails . Side mirror housings in light silver.
Retail Prices (VAT and emissions tax included) . 1.0 . 1.0 . 1.0 . 1.0
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Take up! (55kW) R164 700 Move up! (55kW) R178 300 up! beats (55kW) R194 700 Cross up! (55kW) R194 700
Warranty and Service Volkswagen up! comes standard with a 3-year/120 000km manufacturer warranty, a 12year anti-corrosion warranty and 15 000km service intervals.
SAbuilt vehicles thrive in declining new car market REPORTER THE latest aggregated sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) show that the decline in new vehicle sales continued in November. A total of 46 413 vehicles were sold last month, a year-on-year decline of 9.6 percent. Year-to-date, new vehicle sales are now down 11 percent compared to WesBank’s forecast of a 12 percent decline for the year. Passenger car sales through the dealer channel, which is representative of consumer activity, fell 13.8 percent in November.
Despite this, locally manufactured vehicles continue to top sales charts. Year-to-date sales indicate that the most popular vehicles are volume sellers from mainstream brands, while the five top-selling vehicles for the year are all built in South Africa. Bakkie sales remain robust, with year-onyear growth of 1 percent in challenging trading conditions and a declining new vehicle market. This positive performance is due to the introduction of new models, aggressive pricing and sales incentives to attract buyers. However, demand for new vehicles shrunk 4 percent compared to November last year, as
measured through the volume of finance applications received. This is largely attributed to affordability. The average new vehicle financed in November cost R293 500 – a year-on-year increase of 12 percent – and sales volumes for premium brands have declined noticeably. “Consumers continue to battle with affordability in the new market. This is most evident in the premium segments, where sales have fallen markedly,” said Simphiwe Nghona, CEO of Motor Retail at WesBank. “The majority of these premium models are imported and have been heavily impacted by the poor performance of the Rand. These customers are either downgrading and buying
more affordable models from mainstream brands, or moving to the used market.” Affordability has also continued to drive the shift to the used market. November saw record demand for used cars, with 103 713 finance applications received for pre-owned models – 9.8 percent growth compared to November 2015. The average used car financed in November cost R190 500, 5 percent higher than the same period last year. “There are many marketing incentives and finance assistance offers from dealers and manufacturers at the moment,” said Nghona. “Consumers should consider these and take the best deal, rather than looking for a specific car.”
7 December 2016
King William’s Town Express
EXPRESS ON WHEELS: BETTIE GILIOMEE
Ford makes Ranger the automatic choice IN keeping with the trend of double cabs becoming the family car and manufacturers having to polish it a bit to make it feel and be as efficient as the family sedan, while being able to perform like a farm bakkie (when occasionally needed), Ford has added 2.2 litre 6-speed automatic transmission models to its Ranger range. I have always maintained that the worst thing about driving a bakkie (apart from not being able to use just any parking spot), is the manual changing of their gears. No matter how refined the bakkie has become, I have never test-driven one where the manufacturer has managed to take the bakkie out of the manual gearbox. Well, Ford has now taken care of that problem with the addition of nine new 2.2 automatic transmission models. This takes the number of Ford Ranger derivatives to a whopping 36. The 2.2 with the new 6-speed automatic transmission is available in the Single, Super and Double Cab, in 4x2 and 4x4 and three specification levels namely XL, mid-range XLS and highspec XLT. The Ranger testdriven was the top of the range 2.2 TDCi XLS Double Cab 4x4 Auto which retails at R518 900. Features: Apart from the automatic gearbox, one of the best features a bakkie can have, especially on the busy school run with little people moving fast all over the place, is a rear camera – which this model was equipped with. Once you get the hang of getting inside this car, which is obviously rather high and difficult to get into and out of in a dignified manner, you are surrounded by quite a luxurious and spacious cabin. I liked the luminescent blue dials on the speedometer. The multifunction steering wheel features controls for the audio system, it has a trip computer, bluetooth, electronic windows and mirrors and lots of practical stowage places, to name a few. It also features auto lights and wipers – ensuring that these are activated when circumstances require it.
Comfort features for the passengers in the back include an armrest with cupholders. Ride Like all bakkies, especially those with an automatic transmission, it is a bit slow out of the starting blocks, but once it gets going, there is fortunately a very good braking system to get its momentum to stop. I found the automatic gearbox provided smooth transitions and offered a surprisingly smooth ride on my usual route which is basically the urban commute and lots of time spent dealing with peak traffic, traffic circles and speed bumps. The trip computer showed an average fuel consumption during my time with it (which is only on the urban commute) at 11.3 litre per 100km. Safety features Of the new 2.2 TDCi Auto models, five are twowheel drive and four are equipped with Ford’s intelligent four-wheel drive system with Torque on Demand for extreme driving conditions. The Electronic Stability Program is standard on all but the entry-level Base models. The system incorporates Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Adaptive Load Control, Roll-over Mitigation, as well as Hill Descent Control on the 4x4 models. In addition, the Ranger boasts 800mm water wading depth and 230mm of ground clearance. It has a towing capacity of up to 3 500kg.
Ford has added 2.2 litre 6speed automatic transmission models to its Ranger range.
Recommended Retail Prices (incl. VAT) from: 2.2 TDCi XL Single Cab 4x2 Auto R321 900 2.2 TDCi XLS Single Cab 4x4 Auto R431 900 2.2 TDCi XL Super Cab 4x2 Auto R358 900 2.2 TDCi XLS Super Cab 4x2 Auto R412 900 2.2 TDCi XLS Super Cab 4x4 Auto R473 900 2.2 TDCi XL Double Cab 4x2 Auto R396 900 2.2 TDCi XL Double Cab 4x4 Auto R438 900 2.2 TDCi XLS Double Cab 4x4 Auto R518 900 2.2 TDCi XLT Double Cab 4x2 Auto R483 900 All models are sold with a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, five-year/100 000km service plan (optional on Base models), three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 20 000km.
The XLS model test driven had a screen for the rear camera and infotainment system as well as a multifunction steering wheel and trip computer. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
Positive run continues for Ford in November REPORTER WHILE new vehicle sales remain on a downward slope, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues to defy the general industry trend and notched up a fresh set of alltime sales records during November 2016. After securing its best-ever market share of 16,4 percent during October, Ford went one better in November and ended with an all-new record share of 17,3 percent. This was driven by its year-on-year sales climbing by 6 percent compared to last year, with a final tally of 7 245 vehicles for November, thus entrenching its status as the secondbest selling brand in the country. The Ranger was once again Ford’s star attraction in November, topping the light commercial vehicle segment and the industry overall for the second consecutive month and by a significant margin over its nearest LCV competitor. “We are absolutely overjoyed about our sales performance for November, with Ford achieving an all-time share record, our highest sales volume in two years and the best-ever results for the Ranger,” said Neale Hill, Director of Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford Motor
Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region. “The market was down 9,6 percent yearover-year, so for Ford to consistently buck the trend in a declining economy is humbling and reflects the way the market in general is reacting to the new range of Ford products and the exceptional performance, technology and value proposition we offer. “With the Ranger setting another all-time record of 3 680 units in November, it proves the response to this vehicle has been superb. What we’re seeing coming through very strongly is the new 2.2 TDCi Automatic derivatives that are rapidly gaining traction in the market,” Hill added. “We’re also encouraged by the performance of the Everest range, with November being the first month of sales for the extended range which is now proudly assembled in South Africa.” “We have also had great feedback from customers and dealers alike regarding our new Ford Options vehicle financing plan which was launched in November. We expect this to gain strong momentum in the coming months.” The November 2016 new industry sales results, released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), reached 46 413 units and regis-
tered a decline of 4 925 vehicles or a fall of 9,6 percent compared to the 51 338 vehicles sold in November last year. Overall, out of the total reported industry sales of 46 413 vehicles, an estimated 38 557 units or 83,1 percent represented dealer sales, 8,5 percent represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 4,8 percent sales to government and 3,6 percent represented industry corporate fleet sales. The consumer-driven passenger car sector remained under pressure during November and, at 28 334 units, saw a decline of 4 548 cars or a fall of 13,8 percent compared to the 32 882 new cars sold in November last year. Domestic sales of new light commercial vehicles, bakkies and minibuses at 15 632 units reflected an increase of 148 units or an improvement of 1 percent compared to the 15 484 LCVs sold during the corresponding month last year. Passenger cars Following a record-breaking month in October, the Fiesta continued its strong performance and recorded 1 130 sales in November. This contributed to a substantial 19 percent climb in year-to-date volumes compared to last year.
The Focus has followed a similar trend, with the 331 units retailed in November leading to its volumes growing by 15 percent on an annualised basis. Ford’s top-selling EcoSport retained its unrivalled status as king of the compact sport utility segment, attaining 908 units for the month. Notably, the Everest range, which has grown from two to eight models with the launch of the new 2.2 TDCi derivatives, a selection of 4x4 and 4x2 models as well as the highvalue XLS models, also gained significant ground. November sales reached the highest figure yet for the year on 359 units. Commercial vehicles The Ford Ranger notched up its second consecutive month as South Africa’s top-selling vehicle, and as the leader of the highly competitive LCV segment. The 3 680 Rangers sold in November represents a new record for Ford’s trendsetting pickup, ending the month 1 188 units ahead of the nearest competitor. A total of 5 776 Rangers were exported from Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant to markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, reaffirming the sustained high demand for this crucial model.
Toyota claims top spot on the back of leading passenger car sales REPORTER RIDING the wave of buoyant passenger sales thanks to a very robust demand from rental, Toyota South Africa posted yet another charttopping retail result, delivering 10 088 vehicles in November. Segment-leading performances by several of their core models including Corolla Quest (1 137), Fortuner (1 135), RAV4 (462) and Avan-
za (420) saw Toyota top the passenger vehicle scoreboard. Additional valuable contributions came from Hilux (2 492), Quantum (1 518), Etios (1 006) and Corolla (561), enabling Toyota to once again take the crown of overall, best-selling automotive brand for the 11th consecutive month this year. Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, concedes that “while inordinate cash incentives and high stock avail-
ability by a number of brands has temporarily moved Hilux into second place on the sales charts for the month, Hilux volumes are still tracking way above target and we are still set to close off the year in the number one spot. Year-to-date Hilux has a virtually unassailable lead of more than 2 550 sales over its nearest competitor, ensuring it will claim the title of best-selling vehicle in South Africa for the 44th time, an amazing accolade.” Sales of the Fortuner have also been doing
well with the Fortuner notching up an average of 1 336 sales per month since its introduction in April. This evergreen SUV of Toyota commands more than 60 per cent share over its immediate competitor On the commercial vehicle front, Hino recorded sales of 367 units in November, which is the second highest achievement for the year. Toyota Dyna and Hino 300 combined to reach a segment-leading 30.4 per cent market share in MCV’s.
King William’s Town Express
7 December 2016
EC Bees thrash Amavarara 20 to go through to the last 32 TEMBILE SGQOLANA EC Bees from King William’s Town beat Amavarara Football Club, of the Chris Hani District, 2-0 during a highly competitive game at the Dumpy Adams sports grounds in Komani on Saturday. EC Bees is now in the top 32 of the Nedbank Cup. The local team only had themselves to blame for the loss. After playing beautiful football in the first half, they missed a couple of chances which ultimately cost them the game in the second stanza. Bees using long balls from their goalkeeper, managed to break the deadlock 20 minutes into the second half. It was clear that Bees wanted to play long balls to their strikers and their goalkeeper was good at that. With less than ten minutes remaining to full time, the Bees keeper kicked the ball past his opponents, with the ball landing straight to their striker who scored the second goal. Amavarara coach Mzunani Mgwigwi said he is very happy with how his team performed. “The team got the exposure that I have been talking about and now we will be able to compete in the play-offs,” he said. Mgwigwi said they were beaten by the long balls. “Normally we leave one player to cover those long balls, but this time the pace of the game also played a part. This was good exposure for us, so that when we go to the playoffs we are ready to execute,” he said. “We now have to sit down and an-
The Amavarara Football Club team before the game.
Both teams played beautiful football during the Eastern Cape finals of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday. PHOTOS: TEMBILE SGQOLANA
The EC Bees Football Club team before the game.
An Amavarara defender and EC Bees striker battle for the ball in a competi tive first half of the game.
alyse the game,” Mgwigwi said. He said they were there to test the team (EC Bees) and its knowledge. “I respect the team (the EC Bees), but for a team playing in their league to win like that to us, is not convincing. I expected them to win
“They needed the game more than we did, but after the second half, we managed to show them that we are a bigger team,” he said. Njedu said the game shows that there is no difference between the teams. “We enjoyed ourselves and going
convincingly. If they meet a team playing at the same level as they are, they will not make it to the last sixteen,” he said. EC Bees coach Vuyisile Chippa Njedu said the game was tough because they played against a team which played in the SAB League.
to the last 32 teams, I wish we can play against a team which is in our own division so that we can proceed to the last sixteen. This is the second time we are going through to the last 32 and we hope that we will go through to the next round,” he said.
Army wages war against HIV/Aids through boxing NCEBA DLADLA BOXERS representing the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Boxing Organisation took part in a Boxing Against HIV/Aids Tournament at Vernon Gamanda High School in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, on Friday 2 December. The tournament with the theme: “Boxing against HIV/Aids was aimed
at creating awareness of the pandemic among members of the Defence Force and the community,” said SANDF Boxing Deputy National Chairperson Major Phumzile Nxitywa. Training was offered by the army’s Sergeant Monwabisi Ntshona of the South Eastern Cape Army Support base which hosted the event. Nxitywa said the SANDF was very serious about boxing and what the
sport stood for, namely discipline and clean-living. All provinces were represented except for Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Eastern Cape had five boxers participating against strong teams from across the country. “All the teams were represented by elite boxers who represented South African National Amateur Boxing Organisation (SANABO) Open Boxing at International Competitions
here and abroad,” said Ntshona, who himself once represented an SA delegation to Germany to share coaching and officiating experiences. “Some of the boxers, like Asanda Gingqi of NU 10 Mdantsane, represented SA in the Olympic Qualifiers. He comes with the experience of beating in the Mandela Cup a German opponent as well as a Seychelles opponent who went on to fight in the Olympics,” said Sergeant Ntshona.
The best bout of the day on Friday was between international boxers Asanda Gingqi of Mdantsane (the winner in red) against Kirkwood’s Marenene. PHOTO:NCEBA DLADLA
EL boxing sensation, Azinga Fuzile, fights for world honours NCEBA DLADLA RUMBLE Africa Boxing Promotions boss Terris Ntutu has remained true to his promise to East London’s latest boxing sensation Azinga Fuzile that he was going to get him fights that will build his career to world honours. Fuzile, of Duncan Village in East London and known by his moniker “The Golden Boy”, will be fighting against Giorgio Gochisvillo of Georgia in a contest for the WBC Youth Featherweight title over 12
rounds at the Mdantsane Indoor sports Centre this Friday, December 9. This follows a major upset where Fuzile, a former star open boxing (amateur) champion, outgunned, outsmarted and outpointed a vastly experienced Macbute “Macman” Sinyabi of Mdantsane at the Orient Theatre in East London. Ntuthu said that this win launched Fuzile’s career onto the international scene. Fuzile, with a 5 – 0 fight record and tremendous open-boxing experience against international oppo-
sition, will be expected to cruise against Gochisvillo. In the main supporting bout, Ludumo Lamati of Mdantsane, who is another unbeaten bright prospect, will square off against Mudde Ntambi Rabison of Uganda for the vacant ABU All-Africa Junior Featherweight championship over 12 rounds. Lamati, with a 9 – 0 fight record, will face an experienced foe in the Ugandan who has 22 wins, four losses and a single draw in a 27-fight record. The promoter, however, has a lot
of confidence in Lamati’s ability to follow in the footsteps of former IBF world Junior featherweight champions Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu, Welcome “The Hawk” Ncita, Lehlohonolo “Hands of Stone” Ledwaba and Takalani ‘The Panther” Ndlovu by winning a major world title in the division. Luyanda Kana, who has been nominated for Boxing South Africa (BSA) Matchmaker of the Year, has pitted great supporting bouts in six rounders, starting with Flyweights, Xolisile Voyi (Mdantsane) against Lerato Kgole (Johannes-
burg) and Sinethemba Kotani (Mdantsane) against Motswaki Moselesele of the Free State. This will be followed by Junior Lightweights Phumelela Sobahle (Duncan Village) against Bongani Mbiko (Cape Town) and Minifyweights Khanyisa Siko (DV) against Xolani Menze of King William’s Town. Lutho Tsewu of Mdantsane will lock horns with Luyolo Magenuka (DV) over four rounds in the Junior Flyweight division in the opening bout. Admission is R80 and the first bout starts at 7pm.