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14 December 2016
Evicted hawkers block Mdantsane highway Councillor, Zininzi Mtyingizane, managed to stop them. Ngxeke said the following day, on Friday, the officers came again and said they would give them the weekend to vacate the area. “This is totally unfair. The property owner never even tried to address the matter with us. The Buffalo City Municipality is even worse – they go to court to talk about us without even giving a hint. The worst part is that they tell us on Friday that we only have Saturday and Sunday to clear the place. Some of us have containers that need special machinery to remove,” he said. He said they were not going to leave the place unless the municipality or the property owner finds them a decent place to trade. “No shop will operate here until our grievances are attended to. We will shut down the entire Highway if needs be. As we speak we are mobilising other hawkers to join the protest. No business will operate while we starve,” said Ngxeke. Despite the court directive directed to the BCMM as the Respondent, the municipality’s spokesperson, Sibusiso Cindi, said the directive is about a private business and the hawkers, and has nothing to do with the municipality. “At the moment BCMM has read about the event in the media, but we are uncertain as to which law enforcement officials were involved in this and neither are we 100% certain that BCMM were actually involved,” said Cindi. Asked if the municipality would aid the hawkers in any way, he said the BCMM intends to investigate the matter. Cindi added that BCMM was against any form of violence and protestors found breaking the law would be arrested. “However, if the protest is approved and the protestors’ demonstration is peaceful, BCMM will not arrest anyone,” he said. Attempts to get a comment from the property owners bore no fruit as employees at the shops refused to provide Express with their contact details.
SANELE JAMES THE owners of the business premises from which hawkers and informal traders were evicted last week, are set to meet in January with the hawkers. This follows violent protests last week at the R308/916 Sandile Road in Mdantsane Highway, East London, in which businesses were forced to seize operations by a group of hawkers and informal traders who protested against the eviction order. The group of more than 100 protesters barricaded exit and entrance points with burning tyres from 5am on Tuesday morning. Mdantsane and Cambridge SAPS officers were called to disperse the protesters. With only two bakkies, the officers were no match as the protesters split into groups. When the officers tried to calm the situation at one point, protesters would burn tyres at another point. Staff of Pep Stores, Shoprite and neighbouring businesses stood outside their workplaces as the demonstrators showed no sign of stopping. The protesters also threatened of looting the Shoprite store should it open. The demonstrations come after the Buffalo City Municipality had lost a court case in the East London High Court against the owners of the property from where the hawkers were operating - Helix Property Trust. In the court papers, Ahmed Goolam Hoosen Limbada (first applicant), Ayeshe Limbada (second applicant), and Pierre Russel Linde (third applicant) applied for the removal and eviction of the hawkers from their property. Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, the Respondent, lost the case and was ordered to remove the informal traders and hawkers occupying the pavement and street on the property owned and controlled by the respondent. The court then ordered the BCM to re-
= Every entrance to the Mdantsane Highway was blocked by burning tyres as hawkers protested against eviction. PHOTOS:SANELE JAMES
; The remaining hawkers' stands by the main entrance of Mdantsane Highway. move all the informal structures and materials utilised in the construction of informal structures on the property owned and controlled by the respondent. The BCM was also ordered to remove litter and debris left by the informal traders and hawkers, as well as to repair, clean and render fully functional water drainage adjacent to the applicant’s property. According to the court documents, the orders had to be adhered to within 10 days as from November 8, 2016.
Hawkers trading at the Sandile Road next to Shoprite said a week after November 8, BCM Law Enforcement officers came to remove them, but they refused to go as they could not produce the necessary documents authorising them to enforce the eviction. The convener of the protest and representative of the hawkers and informal traders, Simon Ngxeke, said when the officer came the following day with the court order they destroyed three structures on the pavement next to Shoprite, but their ward
Murder accused to spend Christmas behind bars SANELE JAMES Abonga Meqe, Simthembile Lamani, Vuyisa Gololo, Xolisa Njovane and Thabile Jovane who are accused of the brutal murder of two Ethiopian shopkeepers in Gxethu Location will be spending their Christmas behind bars after their case was postponed to January 24, next year. During their first court appearance, the five men abandoned their bail application choosing to remain in police custody. The shopkeepers, Nicer Jameli and Demeka Orgino, of the Kwa No-Amen shop in Gxethu Location were both burnt beyond recognition on the night of Sunday, November 6. It
is alleged that the shop was set alight after a robbery in which the victims were tied up with wire. The perpetrators looted the store leaving only sacks of pig feed. Four more suspects are believed to be at large. During the court proceedings in the Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court, Jameli’s uncle, Aboer Tadesse, had a list of names which he said were the missing suspects. He said he got the names from members of the community. The case drew the interest of scores of local residents and foreign nationals who packed the court room. Officers had their hands full trying to contain those who wanted to force
their way inside. It is said that more than 15 families depended on the store. Residents of Gxethu Location, which is at least 20km away from town, say the store was the only store in the entire village and they are feeling the effects of not being able to shop there anymore. Resident Victor Nkete said the shopkeepers were dearly loved by the community and they had a good relationship with them. “We hardly went to town because we bought everything from them. Their store was slowly turning into a supermarket. The guys connected with the community in such a joyful manner that one would swear they were born here,” he said. Nkete said the death of the two was a se-
vere blow to the whole community as some had lost the groceries that they had prepaid for use during the festive season and for initiation ceremonies as the season was only days away. After the court had adjourned, locals were seen compiling a list of names of those who owed the shopkeepers money saying they would collect the owed money and give it to Jameli’s uncle, Tadesse. They begged him to open a temporary shop at the location saying they were struggling to get much needed household groceries. Asked if they would consider the pleas of their supportive customers and open the shop, Tadesse said they were currently focused on the ongoing case.
‘Traditionel healer’ arrested after conning woman out of R900 000 A MAN (36) was arrested in Beacon Bay by the Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks for stealing approximately R900 000 worth of cash and goods from an East London business woman.
According to Captain Anelisa Feni, Hawks spokesperson, the man allegedly acted as the 58-year-old woman’s traditional healer and apparently managed to con her out of this amount by promising to turn around her fi-
nancial misfortunes. He allegedly stole this money from August 2015 to February 2016. “Our ears are on the ground even during this festive season. We will not tolerate any scammers. If it was up to me all these alleged
scammers would only receive bail in January,” said the Eastern Cape Provincial Head for the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Nyameko Nogwanya.
14 December 2016
King William’s Town Express
R10 million allocated to fix potholes in BCM SANELE JAMES IN a recent survey conducted by Wheels24 with more than 18 000 participants, East London was named as the second worst city as far as potholes is concerned. According to the votes, Johannesburg topped the list with 47% (8518 votes), followed by East London with 23% (4132) and Durban in the third place with 10% (1784). The disrepair and deterioration of Buffalo City Metro roads has been the talk of many social media plat-
forms such as the ‘Buffalo City Crime Spotter’. However, Portfolio Head of Infrastructure Services in the Buffalo City Metro Municipality, Ncedo Kumbaca, says this will soon be a thing of the past. A budget of R10 million has been set aside for road repairs in the Metro. More than 2 000 potholes have been identified in the BCM and the repairs are underway in some parts of the Metro. Kumbaca has called on road users – be it motorists or pedestrians – to report potholes wherever they en-
counter one. Kumbaca said he believed the state of roads in the BCM had an effect on the growth of the Metro’s tourism sector. “Visitors play an integral part when it comes to marketing. If a group of tourists visit the Metro, they will surely tell about their experience when they return to their hometowns. If they say positive things about us, surely more people will want to come to Buffalo City. “This is why we have decided to pay special attention to our roads because roads are the most used fa-
cilities by travellers”, said Kumbaca. He added that East London and its surroundings, Berlin and King William’s Town, were their areas of focus. Last week alone, a distance of more than 200m was patched at Market Street and Beatrice Street. Repairs to the two main streets of King William’s Town, namely Alexandra Road and Buffalo Road, are also on the cards. A frequent road user, Msindisi Booi, who drives from King William’s Town to East London everyday
said he had spent more than R15 000 this year on the suspension of his SUV – something which he said was a result of the BCM’s deteriorated roads. Booi said he was happy to see the roads fixed even though the construction resulted in traffic jams and consequently delays. “When I was in Durban, I saw a number of horrific crashes that were attributable to potholes. “In some instances pedestrians were injured when a driver veered to the pavement after driving through a pothole,” said Booi.
KhoiSans lambast land claims by Nguni tribes THE Senior Chief and Spokesperson of the King of the Hankumqua clan under the Khoisan-San tribe, Ray van Staaden, says the Khoi-Sans are the rightful natives of South Africa and the Nguni tribes’ claims of land are illegitimate. During the ongoing public hearings on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill recently staged in Gompo Community Hall, Van Staaden talked about how his tribe has always been looked down upon. “When the Ngunis descended here before the Whites, we were already here. But because they came in numbers they took over and altered everything as they also alter the history of the country and make it about them. My people have always been given crumbs. This land is ours,” he said. He said the public hearings on the Bill were long overdue. “What is happening today should have happened long time ago. We went through the most hurtful moments – more than anyone else in the land – when Jan van Riebeeck and his cronies set foot in this land. They raped our wives and daughters, and killed our people. And when he got
here he never told us there were other ships coming other than the famous three. He falsified everything, even his name was not Jan van Riebeeck, he was Johan Anthonizsm,” he angrily said. Joseph Kreeling of the Hankumqua tribe shared the same sentiments, but their primary focus was to get their land back. “The Bill will assist us to get our precious land back as the Khoi-Sans. And we believe the Bill will bring restoration of our tradition,” said Kreeling. The Bill provides for, among other things, statutory recognition of the legitimate Khoi-San leadership and communities. It has been in the legislative pipeline since 1997. Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Richard Mdakane, said the Committee believed the time is ripe for members of the public to give input into the draft legislation. The Bill also provides for integrating recognised Khoi-San leaders into existing houses of traditional leadership and doing away with separate structures for the Khoi-San. These will then be called houses of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders. The recognition provisions con-
tained in the Bill do not elevate the Khoi-San communities and leaders to a higher status than other traditional communities and leaders or grant any special status to them. Instead, recognised Khoi-San traditional leaders will, in respect of their recognised communities, perform the same functions as the currently recognised senior traditional leaders. “This is to avoid a potentially divisive hierarchy among SA communities as occurred under the colonial and apartheid regimes,” said Mdakane. The Bill also makes provision for a comprehensive Code of Conduct for all recognised traditional leaders, from the National House, provincial houses and local houses of traditional and Khoi-San leaders, to kingship or queenship councils, principal traditional councils, traditional councils, traditional subcouncils, and KhoiSan councils and branches. The content of the Bill evoked mixed reactions on the floor. Mlulami Nziweni said the Bill would take the nation backwards and even spark unnecessary divisions. Mdakane said after the hearings on the Bill, they would make the necessary amendments based on the public’s views and adopt it.
ADM records fifth consecutive unqualified Audit opinion SANELE JAMES THE Amathole District Municipality (ADM) has received an unqualified audit report of the 2015/16 financial year for the fifth year running. Despite having seven local municipalities under it, Amathole has managed its finances well. It has risen above scandals such as the R600 million controversial toilet project as well as the fact that its former mayor, Nomasikizi Konza, is facing charges of fraud involving R2 million allocated for a beauty pageant which never took place. An Unqualified Opinion is when the Auditor concludes that the financial statements give a true and fair view in accordance with the financial reporting framework used for the preparation and presentation of the financial statements. Making the official announcement on the achievement, ADM Executive Mayor, Nomfusi Winnie Nxawe, said the maintenance of good books is not an easy task. “We have received unqualified audits since the 2011/12 financial year.
I’d like to commend the office of the AG for being a strategic development partner in this journey as it is in our interest to have a government with commendable books,” said Nxawe. “This audit outcome is the culmination of the work that started in 2011 wherein ADM made public undertakings to the Auditor General. Our ultimate goal is to attain and maintain a clean audit opinion come 2016/17 fiscal and with the proper management control systems in place, it is possible,” said Nxawe. ADM Municipal Manager, Chris Magwangqana, commended the collective effort by the ADM management singling out the internal audit team department. “That we were able to achieve this opinion is a collective effort from all internal departments, particularly our Internal Audit team, who ensured that all the requirements by the AG were adhered to,” he said. On the attainment of a clean audit, Magwangqana deems it as possible. “Moving towards a clean audit calls upon us all to be immaculate in implementing our roles within the rules of the law. Therefore, how we
continue to improve our business processes in terms of good governance, financial compliance and internal controls will enable us to achieve a clean audit,” said Magwangqana. Eastern Cape Salga Chairperson Mxolisi Koyo congratulated ADM for the report. “It is important to be able to account to our people about how their money has been spent. The ADM’s consistent unqualified report by the AG is something very commendable. “Yes, there is room for improvement. We are looking forward to a clean audit because that is achievable and one of the municipalities who are very close to achieving that is Amathole District Municipality,” he said. Koyo said no amount of challenge should deter any entity from attaining good books. “Regardless of the challenges there may be, there is no excuse for not achieving good accounting procedures. It is important that we keep local government as a professional entity – something that we want to see in all our 39 municipalities in the province,” he added.
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Senior Chief and Spokesperson of the King of the Hankum qua clan under the KhoisanSan tribe, Ray Van Staaden. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES
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Education MEC calls for cooperation
14 December 2016
10 killed during black weekend on EC roads ODETTE PARFITT
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, has appealed to school principals in the province to implement, and adhere to Post Provisioning Norms – the policy regarding the number of teaching posts allocated to their schools. Makupula made the appeal while addressing a contact session between the department, school principals and school governing bodies (SGBs) at the Walter Sisulu University Hall in Mthatha last week. He said there was a need for cooperation between the department, principals, teachers, SGBs and parents, because the main task at hand was to teach children. Makupula agreed that the province had tradi-
tionally had challenges with the running of the Post Provisioning Norms (PPN) policy due to PPN provincial determinations which fell outside of policy. “The impact of deviating and misinterpretation of the PPN policy . . . resulted in misallocations which benefited fee-paying schools,” said Makupula. He said a process towards correcting challenges was undertaken to determine the 2016/17 PPN, where the PPN policy was implemented strictly according to national standards. Makupula stressed that principals needed to explain the role of the department in the matter to parents to avoid conflict. He said principals should be leaders in their schools, but not bosses. “They must maintain human relations and avoid supervision that may create tension between [them] and teachers.”
< The school principals and SGB members listen attentively to the MEC at Walter Sisulu University. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE
More work needed to ensure safety of initiates – Xasa MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, says it is still realistic to hope that no initiates die during an initiation season. Referring to the Eastern Cape Customary Male Initiation Practice Bill, which was passed recently by the Eastern Cape Legislature and signed into law by premier Phumulo Masualle, Xasa said action spoke louder than words. He said the bill assisted authorities but a lot of work needed to be done to ensure all the boys who undertook the journey to manhood during initiation returned home safely. Xasa said department officials, while working with other agencies, had apprehended a fake traditional surgeon in the Chris Hani District municipality who was using a boy as a traditional surgeon. The MEC said he had received reports that three initiates had died in the present initiation season, one in King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality and two in the Chris Hani District Municipality, but the cause of their deaths was unknown. However, the Department of Health re-
ports that 12 initiates have died in the province since the start of the season. “These things should not be happening. The only wish I have is that the number doesn’t rise from the three we have lost already,” said Xasa. Xasa said one of his visits to initiation schools made him aware that more collaboration by the Department of Health was needed, as he had found there were initiation schools that were not up to the required standard. Medical attention was required by initiates “right on the spot” in some initiation schools, but the Department of Health was on board to offer full assistance. “Not having trained doctors with us during the visits proves difficult for the safety of the boys,” said Xasa. “We find some in need of medical attention and we end up sending them to hospitals and they become overcrowded.” Xasa said with the Bill passed he was confident it would now be easy for authorities to make arrests when the custom was not controlled accordingly. – BUNTU GOTYWA
Shocking revelation on civil claims against SAPS THE Eastern Cape Legislature has heard that the amount paid out in civil claims against the SA Police Service in the province has risen to R51 million for the 2015/16 financial year, in comparison to R28,3 million in the 2014/15 time period. This fact was revealed by the Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana following questions posed by DA Shadow MEC for Safety and Security, Bobby Stevenson, in the Bhisho Legislature on December 8. It was also revealed that there were 5 107 pending claims amounting to a total of R3,5 billion as at October 31 this year. According to Stevenson, this is a result of poor training and a lack of accountability, such as adhering to the basics like writing up their pocket books. “The good name and reputation of our hardworking policemen and –women who work under difficult circumstances should not be tarnished by the actions of lawless elements who simply want to do as they please,” he said.
A total of 781 civil claims have been paid out so far for 2015/16, compared to 667 claims paid out in 2014/15. Stevenson said what is of concern is the claims for assault, which doubled from 62 in 2014/15 to 121 in 2015/16 as well as claims against arrests/detention, up from 863 in 2014/15 to 1 351 in 2015/16, and shootings from 28 in the previous year to 71 this year. Stevenson said the upward trend over the past five years is indeed appalling. The following amounts were paid out over the past five years: • In • In • In • In • In
2011/12 a total of R15 387 026,30 for 506 claims. 2012/13 a total of R23 941 348,18 for 538 claims. 2013/14 a total of R33 698 608 for 663 claims. 2014/15 a total of R28 313 470,31 for 667 claims. 2015/16 a total of R51 035 345,18 for 781 claims.
“This trend has to be reversed as a matter of urgency. It is bad for the image of the SAPS and it is bad for police-community relationships. The DA will continue to monitor professionalism in the SAPS and engage on this matter in the legislature,” he said. – REPORTER
AT least 10 people died in horror accidents on Eastern Cape roads during the past weekend. The province’s dark weekend started with an accident in which the driver of a Toyota Fortuner lost control of the vehicle near Dutywa on Friday at approximately 00:45. “The driver and the passenger were seriously injured when the vehicle overturned,” Charles Bramwell, the Deputy Director of Traffic in the Eastern Cape, says. “The passenger later succumbed to his wounds in the hospital. Allegedly speeding played a big role in this accident.” At 06:15 another accident claimed a life on the R58 between Barkly East and Elliot. “A Toyota Quantum, travelling from Gauteng to the Eastern Cape, with 16 passengers rolled down a hill. A total of 13 passengers, of which one died, were seriously injured and were transported to the hospital.” Another five people, two men and three women, died on impact in a head-on collision between a taxi and an SUV. This accident happened on the N2 near Qando in Tsolo at approximately 09:00 on Friday. “Another passenger was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.” On Sunday morning the driver of a Toyota Avanza died on the R72 between East London and Port Alfred. “An Audi allegedly drove near Kidd’s Beach in the direction of East London when it hit the Avanza from behind,” Bramwell says. “The driver of the Avanza
On Saturday morning two men and three women died in a headon collision between a taxi and an SUV on the N2 near Tsolo. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree next to the road. He died on impact.” The driver of the Audi was also injured after he had lost control and drove off the road. . On Friday afternoon two sisters were killed when they hitchhiked next to the N2 near Dutywa. “A vehicle travelling from Mthatha to Dutywa hit them at approximately 16:50,” Capt. Jackson Manatha, police spokesperson, says. “The ages of the sisters are not known and their names are withheld until their family is informed. A case of culpable homicide is investigated.”
Stateoftheart medical faculty opened SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE first phase of Walter Sisulu University’s state-of-the-art, R85 million Health Sciences Faculty in Mthatha was officially opened last Friday. WSU’s new faculty forms part of its medical school at the Mthatha Hospital Complex in Sisson Street in the suburb of Fort Gale. Construction of the faculty is done in three stages and is funded by the Department of Higher Education’s Infrastructure and Efficiency Fund and the Clinical Fund. The project is aimed at improving and increasing the university’s medical research and academic output, and producing graduates who will enhance health care in rural areas. The new campus will house 2000 medical students. Premier Pumulo Masualle was expected to open the first part of the project officially, but instead sent the MEC of the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane. In his address, Qoboshiyane expressed gratitude to the Department of Higher Education for backing the development and said delegates were there to witness the realisation of a state-ofthe-art facility “in the poverty stricken former Transkei”. He said it was a time for jubilation and that history was made. “As leadership we are changing the complexion of our nation, and we need to be fountains, not a drain, so that the next generation will benefit from us,” he said. Walter Sisulu University’s Vice-Chancellor, Rob Midgley, said it had been a long walk to transform the WSU campus in Mthatha. He said besides the new facility, WSU was in the process of completing the construction of a residence for students at its Butterworth campus, which would open in January 2017. He said at the new WSU faculty in Mthatha the university wanted to produce medical practitioners with skills
; The new health facility in Mthatha. PHOTO:SUPPLIED.
appropriate to improving health care in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape. “We want to produce quality graduates who will improve the health system because the facility has the modern tools to do so. We need WSU to make a difference in the community,” said Midgley. The Dean of Health Sciences at WSU, Dr Wezile Chitha, said they wanted to do more in responding to the needs of the communities they serve. All health science operations would be moved to the new faculty at the Mthatha Hospital Complex. He said the project was critical consolidate and control operations, and to create cohesion for the faculty. “This will lead to favourable conditions for maximum academic performance and research output. The university has one of world’s top eight medical faculties in problem-based community learning,” said Chitha. “With the faculty being strategically positioned and in close proximity to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital and the university’s health resource centre, it means operations such as administration, research, teaching and learning and training will be seamless. We will be able maintain the standards we’ve set.” The completed first phase of the project includes bulk services infrastructure, earthworks, an administration building and a teaching centre for 600 students. The administration building is a 4500m² double-storey structure that will house six clinical offices and 14 smaller clinical offices, with two large boardrooms, and the teaching facility is a 1350m² double-storey building that will be the focal point when entering the campus. On the ground floor, the building will house 10 lecture halls, each of which will be able to accommodate 60 students. The first floor will comprise 20 smaller tutorial rooms.
14 December 2016
King William’s Town Express
CEO of Frere Hospital: teamwork is the key to success SANELE JAMES SINCE Dr Rolene Wagner became CEO of Frere Hospital in December 2012, there has been drastic change for the better at this previously troubled hospital. This achievement has been so significant that Dr Wagner recently received national honours as the winner in the South Africa’s Business Woman of the Year awards in the government category. These awards are annually made by the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA). Dr Wagner obtained an MBChB (UCT) in 1996 and practised as a Medical Officer at Community Health Centres in both the Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces. After obtaining a Master’s in Public Health (Cum Laude) at the University of the Western Cape in 2003, Dr Wagner has held several senior management positions in the Eastern Cape public health sector. These include, Director of Complex and Regional Hospitals (2002/2005), Chief Director HRD (2005/2009), and acting Deputy Director General: HR and Corporate Services (2009/2011). After a brief two-year spell as a general practitioner (GP) at Medicross, Dr Wagner returned to the public sector as the CEO of Frere Hospital in December 2012. Since she has been on the helm, drastic change is visible and widely reported. Records and statistics prove Dr Wagner to be the institution’s top
leader in the past 20 years. Previously, a six-hour wait for medicine at the pharmacy was not uncommon, but now patients wait an average of one hour. Under Dr Wagner’s stewardship, Frere Hospital has seen a significantly lower death rate and complications and greater satisfaction about the service from the patients. Records show that the 900-bedded Frere Hospital has reduced case fatality rates from 5,88 deaths per 100 cases in 2013 to 4,0 deaths/100 at the end of the 4th quarter of 2015. This is an approximate 31% reduction in the total number of deaths. “Average death rates at South African hospitals are purported to be 6,1 deaths/100 cases. We are moving closer to our goal of 2 – 3 deaths/100 as experienced in first-world countries,” said Dr Wagner. The highest quarterly death rates in the Frere adult ICU in 2013/14 was 38% and has reduced to 19% in 2015/16. Deaths in the paediatric ICU in 2013/14 was 32% and has gone down to 14% in 2015/16. Wagner says the current reports compare favourably to first world ICUs where death rates average around 25%. Frere Hospital further had significant decreases in the Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Rates. The hospital has also seen a 9% reduction in drug expenditure despite a reported year on year global market increase of between 12 to 15% per annum. “My team and I agreed that our higher purpose should be based on
Frere Hospital CEO Dr Rolene Wagner in her office. Behind her are some of the accolades she has received. PHOTOS: SANELE JAMES
The team behind Dr Rolene Wagner's swift turnaround of the troubled Frere Hospital are, front from left, Dr James Thomas (Director of Clinical Governance), Lerato Kizito (CEO's Office Manager), Dr Rolene Wagner (CEO of Frere Hospital), Joy Scholl (Acting Hospital Manager and Manager of Clinical Support Services). At the back, from left, are Njongo Gqoli (Director of Finance), Mzukisi Moyikwa (Director of HR and Admin), Anton Strydom (ICT Manager), Sammy Meinjes (Pharmacy Manager), Rae Adkins (Case Manager) and Erol Tonono (Director of Facilities). patient-centred care and through a range of clinical and operational changes we were able to turn the hospital around,” she said. Dr Wagner attributes her success and remarkable achievements to her team. She says one of the key factors that have contributed immensely in their success, as a team, is flattening the management hierarchy and bringing managers onto the top management structure based on their function and relevance to the organisational goals. “I encourage and pair up both men and women on our team to assist each other, teaching each other practical technical skills and sharing knowledge that only comes from experience,” said Dr Wagner. She said being hands on in the daily operations of the organisation and open to her staff whenever they needed her, boosted their confidence and gave them freedom of expression. “In an organisation, regardless of its size, the one mistake leaders should always avoid is ruling with an iron fist. Such approach creates a brick wall between you as the leader and your subordinates. “And the behaviour spreads down to the people you lead and you encounter situations where people do not talk to each other.
My approach is to make everyone aware of their role in achieving our patient-centred goal,” said Wagner. She added that showing trust in every employee’s capability ensured accountability. “Everybody has their weaknesses and shortcomings. Therefore, we need to rely on one another as a team. For instance, as the CEO, I cannot know what is happening in every department and I rely on my colleagues to keep me updated of every detail. And because every member of the team knows they are a link in the chain in their respective departments, they do their utmost to support each other. We work like an octopus – we got the legs and the head, and the head cannot perform its duties without the legs coming to the party,” she said. Wagner’s team of 10 lauded her leadership skills. ICT Manager Antony Strydom said that under the previous leadership, employees at the Frere Hospital seemed to be pulling in different directions. He said since Wagner took over the reins, every member aligned their energy to the team’s goal which is putting patients first and improving services. Acting Hospital Manager and Clinical Support Services Manager, Joy Scholl, said “The social
and emotional support we receive from Wagner takes away the feeling of her being our boss. That makes it easy for us to approach her whenever we have something to say and she is always open for constructive criticism.” Asked about her plans for the Frere Hospital, Wagner said they were currently looking at alternative ways of generating revenue for the hospital. She said they were constantly improving their services to match that of private hospitals with the goal of attracting paying patients. “Patients with medical aid are also increasingly choosing Frere and some medical schemes have already contracted with us to provide chronic medication services to their members. “We have not yet drawn up any agreements with the medical schemes, but we have identified aspects of our service platform and specific service units, such as our oncology and the arthroplasty unit, which deliver excellent patient outcomes. “However, in order to engage with medical aids to provide some of these services contractually, our extra theatres must be fully commissioned. But those are the examples of service units we will be leveraging to generate extra revenue for our hospital,” she said.
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14 December 2016
Doctor warns about the dangers of drinking while pregnant THEMBELA NDLUMBINI HIS parents and grandparents fought for the liberation of this country, and now over three decades later King William’s Town general practitioner, Doctor Sizwe Mxenge, is making a difference also speaking and fighting for those who cannot speak for themselves - unborn babies. Dr Mxenge is a champion of creating awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant which could result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Dr Mxenge is a well-known general practitioner in King William’s Town. His grandparents were the late struggle heroes, Nonyamezelo and Griffiths Mxenge. In an interview with King William’s Town Express, Dr Mxenge said it is one of his biggest ambitions to create awareness about the dangers of consuming alchohol while pregnant. “Alcohol reaches the baby rapidly through the umbilical cord. Regular drinking during pregnancy increases the risk of FASDs such as premature birth, miscarriage, still birth and birth defects which include chronic physical disabilities,” said Dr Mxenge. Babies born with FASD are characterized by facial defects and they are small. “The child will always be small for his age,” he said. In South Africa, the Industry Association
for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) and The Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) have joined forces to fight against FASD. FARR has been funded by the ARA since its founding in 1997 and played a pivotal role in assisting with the notable successes in the area of reducing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Through FARR’s prevalence studies and prevention programmes, it has been able to target specific communities with high records of alcohol abuse and FASD. What happens when a pregnant woman drinks? Alcohol consumed by a pregnant woman, moves into her bloodstream and is carried through the placental tissue that separates the mother and baby’s blood systems, delivering the alcohol directly to the developing tissues of the fetus. This alcohol is especially devastating for the baby’s brain development as the alcohol crosses the blood-brain barrier with ease. How does alcohol affect the fetus? The harmful (teratogenic) effects of alcohol can damage the fetus throughout pregnancy and are not isolated to a particular time of a pregnancy. The severity of the FASD depends on the quantity and timing of the mothers drinking during her pregnancy, together with numerous other factors such as:
•The mothers’ body mass index •Age •Food consumption at the time the alcohol was ingested •Genetics •Other substance use such as smoking How much can pregnant women drink? There is no known safe amount of alcohol pregnant women can drink without raising the risk of damaging their unborn babies. All pregnant mothers who drink alcohol are at risk of producing a baby with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Definitions: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term, which includes all possible disorders associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the most severe form of this disorder. FAS symptoms include: •Small head size •Growth retardation before and after birth (height and weight) •Intellectual disability (brain damage) •Specific facial features in some children •Organ anomalies such as heart defects •In addition, babies/children with FASD may have a variety of learning, behavioural and psychological problems without any physical abnormalities (Additional info supplied by ARA and FARR)
King William’s town general practitioner, Doctor Sizwe Mxenge. PHOTO: THEMBELA NDLUMBINI
Pastor Thando Ngwekazi shares his life’s journey THEMBELA NDLUMBINI WELL-known King William’s Town pastor and events company owner, Thando Sive Ngwekazi, has seen and experienced a lot in his life thus far, from working as a radio presenter and press officer to doing missionary work around the country.
Pastor Thando Sive Ngwekazi. PHOTO:THEM BELA NDLUMBINI
This former head boy of St Christopher’s High School was also the SRC Deputy President and an SCO President at Oxford College in East London. In 2001 he started working as a public relations officer at TACC Recording and Marketing Studio until 2003. He then worked as a radio presenter at Imonti FM before joining Destiny Records as Marketing and Studio manager in 2004. During that time he also did missionary work in the Eastern Cape, KZN, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State and Swaziland. “In 2005, I went back to studying – this time for my Diploma in Business Management - and I became an SRC President at
Lovedale College,” said Ngwekazi. He joined First National Bank as a sales and service consultant in 2007, but still organised events on the sideline, from boxing tournaments to beauty pageants and jazz shows. He has also been the public relations officer of various soccer teams. He obtained his national diploma in Theology at the South African Theological Seminary and is a Pastor. He is currently working for First National Bank as an EBanker and recently started his own events management company called Ndibize Trading. He recently chatted to King William’s Town Express about his life’s journey and advice to young people who he says are challenged by not having an identity and rejection issues which often results in alcohol and drug abuse as well as sexual immorality. ) Spiritual journey I was saved at a very young age and it was the biggest decision I have ever taken – even though it did not make sense back
then. I did everything that a young person does. I struggled a lot with my identity as the child of a single parent. Salvation helped me to be who I am today. ) What motivated you? I was motivated by all the positive people around me and all the positive decisions I took. Now, my wife, Luthando Bulelwa Ngwekazi, motivates me every moment and she always speaks life to me, encouraging me in the ministry and as a father. ) Challenges facing young people and advice The youth is faced with a lot of challenges such as their family background, making decisions which they are not yet equipped to make, life failures, pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse. My advice to them is to accept Jesus as their personal saviour – even though it isn’t easy. No-one is perfect – we are all striving for perfection. Young people should stop judging each other. And giving up should never be an option – no matter what.
ZAVELA MAKWABE NANDIPHA Tembo, a young King William’s Town businesswoman, is a force to be reckoned with. She decided to turn her hobby of making jewellery into a serious business. Tembo started out making earrings and neckpieces for herself and her friends when she was still in school. Her business, Dudlu Ntombazana Creations, was officially registered in September this year and she has already trained and employed eleven people. “This is now a serious business that is a source of income to the people I work with, and that is what motivates me,” she
This is now a serious business that is a source of income to the people I work with, and that is what motivates me,” she said. NANDIPHA TEMBO
said. Dudlu Ntombazana is a Xhosa term used to praise and appreciate a woman. Ntembo said she likes saying “dudlu ntombazana” to her girlfriends in admiration. “At the moment we are only doing neckpieces and earrings. We have big plans for other products, but that’s all at a conceptual stage right now.” Her stunning and unique jewellery, made from beads and/or leather, has caught interest and she has gone international. “We are currently processing an order from a client in the La Reunion Island.” She has also had orders from Germany, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Her pieces range in price from R225 to R400. She said she hopes to collaborate with other creative people to see how they can make a difference in people’s lives. To view her jewellery or place an order, visit her page, Dudlu Ntombazana, on Facebook or @DudluNtombazana on Twitter.
; Upandcoming King William’s Town businesswoman, Nandipha Tembo, wearing one of her jewellery designs. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Young local businesswoman aims high
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14 December 2016
King William’s Town Express
It’s carnival time in King William’s Town SANELE JAMES IT is all systems go for the colourful carnival held annually in three Buffalo City Metro areas, namely Mdantsane, King William’s Town and East London. Mdantsane Township has had its turn on Monday and tomorrow King William’s Town is set to come alive. The two-day event in KWT will be held at the Botanical Gardens with the gates set to open from 16:00. The show features an array of fun and entertainment, from jumping castles, face painting, silver painted statue demonstrations, a cultural extravaganza, dance and live music performances.The show will begin with aerobics tomorrow at 16:00 and end with star-studded stage performances by local and internationally acclaimed artists such as Cece, Lutsha Yolela, Vee, Sholo, Babalwa M, Siseko Pame, Andile Seskona, Mobi Dixon, Naaq Music, and Sdudla & MaThousand. On the last day of the carnival in KWT, (Friday, December 16), Bra Leo, SIZZLE, Moneoa, GIGI, Busiswa are among the performers who will be entertaining. Local acts such as Funda Myalezo, Black Heroes, Nqontsonqa, Qabelimfene Emncane, DJ Nko, DJ Lentor, to name a few are sure to set the stage ablaze. The carnival will move to East
London at the Court Crescent in Eastern Beach from December 20 and end at the Orient Theatre on December 23. The coastal carnival also features a fun-packed programme with a different line-up of performances. Some of the leading items on the menu are a fashion show by local designers, Mr & Miss Carnival, Miss Plus Size, Drag Queen, aerobics, cultural extravaganza, gospel concert, jazz concert, clash of the locals, Battle of DJs, kiddies entertainment, film screenings, drama and theatre shows and a comedy night. Spokesperson of the BCM Sibusiso Cindi said they were expecting a huge turn-out of people of all ages to all the events. He said they had packaged the event to accommodate everyone. “We are expecting over 20 000 to attend and support our events over a period of six days. And we are urging people of all ages to attend – particularly parents. “Lately, we are noticing a trend that the Carnival event is viewed as an event for the youngsters. The BCM’s intention is to cater for the diverse needs of our society,” he said. Cindi said the BCM encouraged responsible partying and was against underage consumption of alcohol. “People that will be attending all our events should be safe and secure,” said Cindi.
Brothers, Aaron and Ethan Naidoo, enjoyed a ride on the 'tiltawhirl' at the Esplanade in East London.
Lyla (left) and Zea Prinsloo on the flying horses at the Esplanade in East London. PHOTOS: SANELE JAMES
King William’s Town Express
14 December 2016
MEC impressed by UFH’s agriculture projects REPORTER THE MEC of the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), Mlibo Qoboshiyane, was impressed by what he saw at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) during his visit to the institution’s Faculty of Science and Agriculture on November 28. During the visit, the MEC was led by the outgoing Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mvuyo Tom, to see the renewable energy centre, Agri-Park, animal traction centre, Nguni cattle farm and the dairy farms. The MEC said he was thrilled that the concept of an Agri-Park, which is a national concept to maximise benefits from agriculture products, started in Fort Hare. He said he was moved to see how different vegetables, including cabbage, carrots, onions, butternut, peas, beetroot, amaranthus, cowpea leaves and sweet potatoes, were dried and sold. The Agri-Park, which provides 30 permanent jobs and more than 50 temporary jobs, also supply dried vegetable soups and breakfast drink premix for schools. “It is wonderful that this institution is already implementing the Agri-Parks concept. I appreciate and will always support this initiative,” the MEC said. Professor Nomakhaya Monde, the Dean of Science and Agriculture, said the Agri-park is about food science and agronomy and it can also be used as a training hub. The MEC’s visit took place after the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DRDAR aimed at promoting agricultural growth, research, development and investment in the province. The department has thus far channelled R6,5 million to the university for the agriculture project as well as the Solar Energy and biogas digesters project. Monde said, “I am happy with the progress made and role played by the DRDAR.” He added that in the development of a provincial agricultural baseline survey, six
Professor Maphweli standing next to the solar panels that provides energy for the dark room where they do solar panel tests. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED teams were dispatched to all six district municipalities. The teams, comprised of UFH and DRDAR researchers, has visited 3 340 villages or farms and administered 201 593 questionnaires while information from 44 239 farmers in 1 265 villages or farms has been processed. In the solar energy and biogas digesters project, where the DRDAR invested R3 million, the Dangers Hoek, Nomlengane and Krwakrwa villages are
targeted and at least 25 full-time jobs are created. MEC Qoboshiyane, describing the partnership with UFH as “solid”, said it is meant to “create new culture, knowledge and dynamism” in the agriculture sector so that the province can maximise the economic benefits of the agriculture sector. He urged UFH to produce students that are equipped with entrepreneurial skills to start their own agri-businesses instead of waiting for employment. The MEC said farmers should be encouraged to invite agriculture students to their farms so that students can be exposed to practical farming while farmers will also get information about the changing trends in agriculture. Decrying that the province had to source engineers dealing with milling plants from outside, the MEC said the
academia should work closely with the government in ensuring that the skills needed to drive government mega projects are available. The MoU seeks to put resources together in order to provide an integrated, effective and efficient service and avoid duplication of effort or resource waste as both DRDAR and UFH has an overlapping mandate in conducting research, training and outreach services. Qoboshiyane said the new Provincial Agricultural Economic Transformation Strategy is advocating partnership and clustering of communal projects so that the sector can prosper. Prof Tom said the institutions of higher learning should open their doors to communities, private sector and government as they are “no longer ivory towers,” adding that what is taught in the classes should have an impact on society.
The University of Fort Hare’s Dairy Factory.
Free tuition for Master’s and doctoral degree students at WSU ALVENÉ APPOLLIS WALTER Sisulu University’s Council has resolved at the end of November that in future postgraduate research students (Master’s by thesis and doctoral candidates) will no longer be charged academic tuition fees. According to Yonela Tukwayo, WSU spokesperson, this decision does not apply to coursework Master’s. Administration fees and where applicable, accommodation fees, will still be charged. Tukwayo said the university trusts that this decision will assist supervisors to attract and retain research students and that the institution will soon see an improve-
ment in its research reputation. The university this year had only 15 doctorate and 315 master’s students. Tukwayo said these measures will hopefully result in that from next year there will be at least 100 doctorate and 600 master’s students. WSU hopes to fund the free research studies with state subsidies. At present it costs R15 000 per year for a master’s degree and R42 000 per year for a doctorate. The university’s research mostly revolves around education and health sciences, which are two of the provinces biggest problems. Tukwayo said that although these are important issues for the province, it has become time to expand the fields of research.
Postgraduate research studies will be free at the Walter Sisulu University from next year. PHOTO: ARCHIVE
14 December 2016
King William's Town Express
RECIPE: CHICKEN KABULI PALOA AND AFGHAN FIRNI
A taste of Afghanistan SASHIKA PILLAY AFGHANISTAN’S national dish, Kabuli Paloa, is a popular savoury rice dish with succulent meat, bold colours and a rich aroma. There are many ways to put together Kabuli Paloa. Traditionally lamb or beef is used but in this recipe, chicken has been used as an alternative. There is also a vegetarian version with vegetables as a substitute for meat. Kabuli Paloa does take quite some time to prepare, which is why the dish is usually reserved for special occasions such as weddings, Eid and family get-togethers. Chicken Kabuli Paloa
For the marinade: 500g chicken, sliced into small pieces 250ml plain yoghurt 1 tspn ground pepper 1 tspn of ground cardamom 1.5 tspn salt
1 tbspn garlic paste
Ingredients: 2 cups of basmati rice, washed and soaked 3 black cardamom pods 4 cloves 1 tspn cumin seeds 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 sliced tomatoes 1 heaped tspn of tomato paste Salt to taste 1.5 tspn sugar 1 cup of dark raisins 1.5 cups of carrots, julienne
Method: 1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and add in chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or ideally overnight. 2. In a deep pan, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add in the cardamom, cloves, and cumin seeds. Add in the sliced onions. Sauté until the onions are brown. Stir in the sliced tomatoes and tomato paste. 3. Add in the chicken. Pour about
Delicious Afghan Firni dessert pudding. PHOTO: SASHIKA PILLAY
Afghan's national dish, Kabuli Paloa. PHOTO:SASHI KA PILLAY
150ml of water into the pan, cover and cook over low heat. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Reserve broth. 4. Meanwhile, drain the soaked rice and place in a pot of boiling water with 2 tablespoons of salt. Place the lid on the pot and cook for about 8 minutes until the rice is soft but not fully cooked. Drain the rice again and return it back to the pot. 5. In a separate pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil heats up, add in the julienne carrots and sugar. Cook over low-medium heat until the carrots are soft or until caramelised, depending on personal preference. 6. Once the carrots are soft, remove the carrots from the pan and add in the raisins. After about a minute, the raisins should start to plump up. Remove the raisins from the heat. 7. Place the carrots and raisins onto a paper towel to drain excess oil. 8. Pour the broth over the rice and add in the chicken. Place the carrots and raisins on top of the rice. Cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
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All’s set for annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Fest REPORTER MAZWAI Strategic Communications invites people to the crown of the Eastern Cape, the annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival as it returns to the shores of East London for its 8th successive year on Sunday, December 18 at the Buffalo City Cricket Stadium. The 2016 production is held 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 line-up featuring headline acts from iconic Dorothy Masuku, trombone virtuoso Jonas Gwangwa, legendary African pop artist Ringo Madlingozi, 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 years’ festival will include the inaugural Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Development Programme where eight upcoming Eastern Cape designers have been chosen for an internship programme with a top designer for 10 days in Johannesburg and have an opportunity to showcase their designs at the Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Show 2016 under the curatorship of world renowned South African designers David Tlale and Thula Sindi. Other designers will include Eastern Cape born Tina Ngxokolo and Mozambican designer Taibo Bacar. The Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Show 2016 is made possible through the generous support of
the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP and M) and will take place on December 16 at the Orient Theatre in East London under the theme “Going Back to Our Roots”. Festival Founder Hlubi Mazwai 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
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14 December 2016
New MOKKA X signals new direction for Opel REPORTER OPEL’S compact SUV gets a preChristmas makeover and part of the update is a name change – it’s now the MOKKA X. The Mokka is already well-established as an urban warrior with over 600 000 sales globally and 2 672 in South Africa. The upper-case style of its name is illustrative of an even bolder approach to modern motoring, while the X in the nomenclature is the new global identifier for future Opel SUV and crossover vehicles. Speaking at the launch of the new Opel MOKKA X, Ian Nicholls, President and Managing Director, GM Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “Opel is on its way to achieving its vision of becoming the second largest passenger car brand in Europe by 2022. Part of this success is a renewed focus on bringing competitive new products to market. In fact, the MOKKA X is the 13th new or refreshed Opel to be launched in South Africa since 2012.” Aimed at drivers who are looking for a vehicle that is safe, family oriented and powerful, the MOKKA X merges functionality, connectivity, technology and safety in a vehicle which is just 4,28 metres from bumper to bumper. A key highlight and most obvious change is the move to new headlight clusters that combine daytime running lamps and LED technology. This allows the MOKKA X to provide owners with a dusk-to-dawn safety advantage and 24-hour illumination. The mechanics remain unchanged along with the four model line-up of Enjoy and Cosmo trim choices in either manual or automatic. Powering all four MOKKA X derivatives is Opel’s proven 1,4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged ECOTEC petrol engine, which produces 103kW between 4 900 and 6 000rpm and 200Nm between 1 850 and 4 900rpm. Zero to 100km/h is reached in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 196km/ h for the 6-speed manual models.
The most obvious change in the exterior of the new Opel MOKKA X is the move to new headlight clusters that combine daytime running lamps and LED technology. PHOTO:SUPPLIED For the two models equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission, the 0 – 100km/h sprint is achieved in 10.7 seconds and they carry a top speed of 191km/h. The average fuel economy of the new MOKKA X 1.4T Enjoy manual is 5,9 litres per 100km, while the MOKKA X 1.4T Enjoy automatic model’s consumption is stated as 6,2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle. The MOKKA X 1.4T Cosmo manual sips 6 litres per 100km, with the MOKKA X 1.4T Cosmo automatic returning a combined cycle average figure of 6,5 litres per 100km. Carbon emissions are rated at 139g/km for the MOKKA X 1.4T Enjoy manual and 154g/km for the MOKKA X 1.4T Enjoy automatic. The MOKKA X 1.4T Cosmo manual is rated at 145g/km with the Cosmo automatic at 160g/km. The interior trim is revised too. The Enjoy model is dressed in Mil-
ano Jet Black upholstery, the Cosmo in Jasmin Jet Black. Dashboard architecture from the new Astra has also been seamlessly integrated, for a more modern look and feel, along with improved ergonomics. The Cosmo now boasts a high-
end infotainment system with R4.0 IntelliLink and a driver display – this connectivity package is compatible with a wide range of media platforms via a USB input and is offered as an option on the Enjoy. Optional on the Cosmo is Navi
900 IntelliLink, which includes a full colour display. The seamless integration of the user’s mobile device makes the MOKKA X the best-connected compact SUV in South Africa. In addition to the optional Navi 900 IntelliLink system Cosmo owners can upgrade to a premium LED lighting package which adds rear LED clusters and auto-levelling headlights with full Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) technology and integrated cornering lights for maximum safety – without negatively impacting other road users. The Mokka’s compact packaging with clever proportions along with the high seating position, extra space, versatility and go-anywhere nature of an SUV have been well-received. “As predicted when we launched Mokka just over 18 months ago, it has grown into a worthy contender in a segment which is experiencing exponential growth all over the world,” said Dominic Rimmer, General Manager Product Planning, GM Sub-Saharan Africa. “In South Africa it has attracted a new kind of buyer to the brand: those who seek a fashionable subcompact SUV which is exciting to drive,” said Rimmer. “With the recent changes which have seen it transform into the MOKKA X, there are even more good reasons for smart young families to come to Opel. “We remain bullish about the Opel brand generally and the product offensive and this continues unabated: between the beginning of 2016 and 2020 the brand will introduce nearly 30 new models worldwide,” said Rimmer.
Warranty and pricing:
The interior of the new Opel MOKKA X has been revised and dashboard architecture from the new Astra has also been integrated, for a more modern look and feel. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
All new Opel MOKKA X derivatives are backed by Opel Complete Care with a comprehensive 5-year/120 000km warranty and come with a 5-year/90 000km service plan linked to service intervals of 15000km. MOKKA X 1.4T Enjoy 6MT R317 500 MOKKA X 1.4T Enjoy 6AT R328 400 MOKKA X 1.4T Cosmo 6MT R357 400 MOKKA X 1.4T Cosmo 6AT R368 100 Options MOKKA X Enjoy R4.0 IntelliLink R6 700 MOKKA X Cosmo – Sunroof R6 500 MOKKA X Cosmo - NAVI 900 IntelliLink R10 700 MOKKA X Cosmo - Premium Sight & Light Pack R25 000
Tata introduces added value with new flash REPORTER TATA has introduced an additional, limited edition variant of its Indica hatch as an added-value offering. The new model, known as the Indica Flash, is based on the Indica LGi model, with several distinguishing features and significant additions to the list of standard equipment. The Flash is now specified well above the standard specification of its main competitors in the market. At the price of R124 995 it is only R6 000 higher than the standard Indica, while the value of the added features and equipment far exceeds this. “We are confident that the Indica Flash special edition is going to be a success as it is a true valuefor-money offering aimed at firsttime buyers and those with a limited budget,” said Kyri Michael, the CEO of Accordian Investments which markets and distributes Tata passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in South Africa.
Externally, people will be able to identify this model with its bold black stripes, incorporating the Flash logo, running along the bottom of the doors, as well as the Flash logo on the corner of the bonnet. The steel wheels have also been replaced with distinctive, spoked alloy mag wheels. However, the scope of the big upgrade comes once one sits inside the Indica Flash. First, there are leather seats with the Flash logo embroidered in the top of the front seats, while the steering wheel has a soft leather grip. An audio system with USB and hands free Bluetooth capabilities has also been added. The Indica Flash is powered by the 1.4-litre engine which delivers 56kW of power and drives the Flash’s front wheels through a five-speed gearbox. Claimed overall fuel consumption is 6.5-litre/100km. The Indica Flash is covered by a 3-year/100 000km warranty and has a 2-year/45 000km service plan plus roadside assistance. There is also a launch special finance package available.
The new Tata Indica Flash. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
14 December 2016
The new Toyota 2.8 GD6 and 4.0 V6 Fortuner models are now equipped with striking 18inch alloy wheels.
King William’s Town Express
Toyota’s Fortuner and Hilux models upgraded THE Toyota Hilux range remains one of SA’s favourite vehicles with the new model having racked up over 30 000 units since introduction in February this year, topping sales charts on a consistent basis. The vehicle market can be a strange beast, with varying trends, buying patterns and market forces shaping it. To this end Toyota has analysed the market carefully and as the company prides itself on being customer focused, conducted indepth customer research. As a result of this approach, Toyota has introduced upgraded Hilux SRX models. Beefedup Body The most significant change comes in the form of the change from the previous “narrow- body” design to the new “wide-body” construction. Metaphorically speaking, the Hilux SRX has been subjected to a rigorous gym exercise programme, with the result that it now stands wider, taller and more prominent. The change to the wide configuration, brings along with it bold, integrated over fenders paired with a wider, front bumper design. This reprofiled exterior adds 55mm to the width of Single-cab and Double-cab SRX derivatives. Xtra-cab models already boast the “widebody” construction, and as such all three body shapes now share the same exterior width dimension. The exterior mirrors inherit turn signal lamps, while retaining the durable matte black treatment and electric adjustment. Inchup Alloy Wheels
tives now incorporate enhanced exterior styling, which are sure to appeal to the leisure buyer as well. The new SRX package perfectly complements the very capable 110kW, 400Nm 2.4 litre GD-6 engine and delivers a bakkie that will work hard in the week, while allowing its owners to play just as hard over weekends too. The model line-up remains as per current with a multitude of configurations, engines and body-shapes, ensuring that there is a Hilux for all. Fortuner brings more bling It can be argued that alloy wheels make one of the most significant contributions to a vehicle’s aesthetics. On this note, all 2.8 GD-6 and 4.0 V6 Fortuner models are now equipped with striking 18-inch alloy wheels. Replacing the previously employed 17inch version, the new alloys are fitted with 265/60/R18 rubber and make use of distinctive counterflowing spokes, with a machined finish accentuating the dual dimensional design. The entry-level 2.7 VVTi and 2.4 GD-6 models retain the stylish 17” ‘dual rib’ alloy wheels. Toyota’s Hilux and Fortuner models have received an upgrade. PHOTO:SUPPLIED The exterior façade is enhanced with a change to wider-track 17-inch alloy wheels (previously steel wheels), shod with 265/65/R17 all-terrain rubber (an increase from the current 225/70/R17 specified items). The new wheels are shared with the Raid-
er grade, lending the SRX some solid street cred. The latest round of upgrades to the Hilux SRX, positions it to occupy a unique space in the LCV market. While retaining its go-anywhere, do-anything utility credentials, the SRX deriva-
Luxurious Leather As an additional bonus, the 2.7 VVTi and 2.4 GD-6 Fortuner derivatives are furnished with leather interior trim, replacing the current textile offering. This luxurious appointment is provided at no cost to the customer, boosting the already high-value proposition significantly.
Have you asked your insurer if… REPORTER IF you are one of the millions of motorists who commute on any of our country’s busy roads on a daily basis, you will be alarmed to discover that only 30 out of 100 vehicles around you are insured. Adding gravitas to this alarming statistic is our country’s road accident rate, which contributes to thousands of injuries and fatalities every year. Coupled with the fact that one car is hijacked in South Africa roughly every 36 minutes, isn’t it about time for South Africans to start viewing car insurance as a necessity as opposed to a luxury? This is according to Jarrod Berman, Managing Director of MotorHappy, who added, “In this day and age – and especially in light of the number of motor related incidents that occur in our country every day – it is up to motorists to accept the responsibility
when it comes to their insurance policies. “While it is compulsory for motorists to take out insurance when buying a new or second-hand car, the majority end up cancelling their policies as soon as they drive out of the dealership. By doing this, they’re ignoring the danger signs which loom ahead, simply assuming that the worst will never happen to them.” Berman believes that one of the mitigating factors why motorists renege on their car insurance policies is not only for financial reasons, but also due to a lack of understanding and education when it comes to insurance. “Every so often, consumers buy into products which they don’t fully comprehend. While ‘in the moment’, they might sign on the dotted line without asking some crucial questions. And then end up cancelling a couple of months down the line – or when the economy pinches at its hardest – because they view their policies as an unnecessary
evil or ‘luxury’,” he said. “It’s thus imperative for consumers to go armed with as many questions as possible when buying any insurance products, as this will ensure that they know exactly what they’re signing up for – no surprises.” Below are some of the top questions which MotorHappy’s call centre, who handles on average 3 000 calls per day, recommends consumers ask their insurance company before saying yes: 1. What is the difference between the retail and market value of my vehicle? 2. Will original (OEM) parts be used for the repair of my vehicle? 3. Can I have my vehicle repaired at a panel beater of my choice? 4. In the case of an accident, who is allowed to tow my vehicle? 5. What is the difference between Private and Business use? 6. What is an excess? 7. If I am not at fault in an accident, am
I still liable for the excess? 8. Is my vehicle covered anywhere else in Africa? 9. Is car hire included in my premium? 10. What is Comprehensive insurance? “Apart from unpacking and uncovering the basics of your insurance policy beforehand, for example what it covers and what it doesn’t, it’s also a good idea to do your homework and sign up with a company which has a reputation for paying out on claims,” said Berman. “Far too often, motorists end up with astronomical bills which they have to cough up for purely because they didn’t ask the right questions, and which their insurer failed to tell them about upfront for the fear of losing out on a potential sale. “That’s another reason why it’s crucial to do your homework, ask the necessary questions and go with an insurer which is not only compliant, but which ultimately also has your best interests at heart.”
King William’s Town Express
14 December 2016
Pressure is piling up on Eastern Cape Bees THE pressure is mounting on the Eastern Cape Bees as they have gone two matches without a win in the ABC Motsepe League. In their last two games, Bees dropped four valuable points in front of their home supporters as they played to two successive 2-2 draws against Morning Stars and FC Buffalo. While Bees are dropping points, their arch-rivals, Future Tigers, have been doing the opposite. Following their 2-1 victory away to Callies in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, Tigers have now moved to 27 points at the top of the log, three points ahead of second-placed Bees. However, Bees have a game in hand and are traveling to Port Elizabeth this week for their catch-up match against Highbury FC at the Gelvandale Stadium. A win against Highbury will see Bees reclaiming the top spot as they have a far better goal difference compared to Tigers. Bees’ head coach Chippa Njedu knows the importance of this clash. “What worries me a lot is the fact that we’re drawing our home games
and these are the games we’re supposed to win. The game against Highbury is must win for us if we’re to remain in the race for the championship,” emphasised Njedu. Njedu admitted that he was left disappointed after his charges drew against FC Buffalo. What aggravated him most was the fact that his side allowed the opponents to come from 2-0 down. “It’s very disappointing. The boys dropped their performance in the second half and made a lot of mistakes. I guess it was not our day because the boys didn’t play their normal game. Even the changes we made in the second half didn’t help,” said Njedu. Despite dropping the points, the King William’s Town-based side has a lot to be proud of. They remain unbeaten in all the competitions this season and they have qualified for the prestigious Nedbank Cup last 32 for the second consecutive season. “We’ll motivate the boys. There’s still a long way to go. There are plenty of games remaining in the league. We still have a great chance,” stated Njedu. – ELETHU MTIKI
The EC Bees team. PHOTO: TEMBILE SGQOLANA
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