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Vuyisa (16) is top matriculant in King William’s Town
Vuyisa Nduneni (16) of Hector Peterson High School in King William’s Town was recently announced as the top matriculant in the King William’s Town District in the national senior certificate exams. She also scooped the MEC’s Top Learner Award which guarantees her a full payment of her tuition fees at the institution of her choice. Here Vuyisa Nduneni is flanked by Education MEC Mandla Makupula (left) and Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle during the awards ceremony held last week. Read more about her recipe for matric success on page 3. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES
CALLS FOR EDUCATION MEC TO STEP DOWN
Masualle says Makupula stays SANELE JAMES
espite numerous calls for the Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, to step down, the premier of the Eastern Cape has made it clear that Makupula is not going anywhere – not anytime soon. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the province, alongside the South African Students Congress (Sasco), Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) have expressed their disappointment in both Makupula and Masualle for failing to improve the state of affairs at the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE). The different organisations are accusing Masualle of dragging his feet in ensuring accountability by Makupula and his department. The calls for Makupula’s head came after the ECDoE maintained its unenviable record of being the worst performing prov-
ince in the Grade 12 examinations by obtaining a pass rate of only 59.3% in 2016. The province saw a 2.5% improvement from the 56.8% obtained in 2015. In 2012 the province’s Grade 12 results displayed signs of improvement from 61.9% to 64.9% in 2013 and 65.5% in 2014, but it dwindled to 56.8% in 2015. In a statement issued by Cosas Provincial Secretary, Samkele Mqai, the organisation highlighted that Makupula’s department has failed to reach the 70% pass mark target of 2014 and, therefore, should be removed. In a post-2016 Matric results media briefing at the Education Leadership Institute in East London last week, Makupula told the media that he did not chose to be appointed to head the ECDoE, but that he was chosen to do so. “I never chose to be an MEC of education. I am a teacher by profession. That is what I was trained for by my parents - they gave me that, and they can never take it away from me. I am a Maths and Science teacher. But politics-wise, the ruling party saw something in me - and they have never told me what it was
that they saw in me. You just get a phone call saying ‘come here, we have decided for you to become the MEC of education.’ You comply and complain later,” said Makupula. Asked if he has considered stepping down, he said he never appointed himself, therefore, it all depended on the province’s first citizen, Masualle. Masualle affirmed Makupula’s leadership at the ECDoE saying it was too early to cast the blame on individuals. He said for the past few years, the entire department has been plagued with problems of temporal seniors which lead to poor administration and subsequently to the late appointment of teachers and the implementation of policies. “If you take a close look, you will realise that at the EDoE we have, for long, been talking of an ‘Acting HOD’, Acting Director. Such issues stall the implementation of plans and the distribution of adequate services. This week, you have officials doing things their own way and the next it is the other person, so it is hard to see which strategy really works for us. But that will change. I assure you,”
said Masualle. Masualle said he was confident in Makupula as the MEC for EDoE. He said with the 2.5% improvement, Makupula has shown that when given the support he needs, he can and will change things around. “Now, we have filled all the crucial vacant posts. Now, we will be able to see who is not performing well. The MEC will also get all the support he needs to run the department,” said Masualle. . The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) condemned the calls for Makupula’s head and criticism directed at Masualle saying it was a politically calculated move to damage the public confidence in the two. “This unfortunate ploy is happening despite the fact that things are shaping up in improving education in the province. Such a counter-revolutionary attack is showing that there are reactionary forces working with our allies to dislodge the efforts for the improvement of education in our province,” said Andile Mosha of YCLSA.
King William’s Town Express
11 January 2017
Top matrics share their secrets to success
Caitlin Smit (18) of Beaconhurst High School in East London believes that if one does one’s best, God will do the rest. Her faith and hard work placed her among the top ten of Beaconhurst High School. Smit obtained seven distinctions. These As in her pocket ensure that she is wellequipped to pursue her dream to become a teacher at the University of South Africa (Unisa). “The exams were rather
difficult, but also fair,” she said. “I am happy about the distinctions for which I hoped. I actually have to thank my family who supported me, encouraged me and prayed for me.” The highlight of the head boy of Beaconhurst High School, Marco van Greunen’s (19), matric year was to be able to hold the reins of his school. But to achieve this and to excel academically was not easy. Despite this big responsibility, he obtained seven distinctions. This year, Van Greunen is going to study BSc at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth and aims at obtaining a certificate in education later. “I see myself in a school – possibly with disadvantaged
children whom I can help.” Joy Sparg (18) of Clarendon High School for Girls in East London obtained distinctions in all seven of her subjects. She has her eye on a career in educational psychology with which she aims at making a difference in the lives of others some day. But besides her academic life, this level-headed learner also excelled and roped in the school’s special prizes, including loyalty, services rendered to the school and because she put the needs of others before hers. “As a result of my many commitments and responsibilities, I had to be very organised to do everything to the best of my ability,” she said.
“Without the support of my family, teachers and my faith in the Lord, my distinctions would probably not have been possible.” Megan Bunting (17) of Clarendon High School in East London also obtained distinctions in all her subjects. “My whole school career I worked for this,” she said. “The recipe of my success was merely to stay focused and to keep a balance between my sport and my studies.” This bold swimmer and hockey player confesses that she would not have survived without her mom’s “nice tea”. “It helped a lot especially with studying during the exam. I am going to study to become a doctor and I hope to
work for a company such as Doctors Without Borders in about 10 years, because I want to travel while I am helping others.” Moya Eybers (18), dux learner of Clarendon High School for Girls in East London, also obtained distinctions in all her subjects. “It took good time management,” she said. “I was well-organised and, therefore, I knew when to say, no. I had the confidence that I would obtain distinctions in all my subjects, but one never knows until one’s results are released.” Her big dream is to become a surgeon or a paediatrician. Between visits to Turkey, Germany and America with the South African national debating team, Rebecca
Mqamelo (18) of Clarendon High School for Girls in East London, managed to obtain distinctions in all seven subjects. “The final exam was very easy,” she said. At times, she was absent for up to two weeks due to the debating team’s tours and she believes that she would not have done so well without her support structure. “But for now I am going to take a gap year to train people, to do voluntary work, to work in Germany, to participate in an international youth programme and also to relax at home. “Thereafter, I hope to study at Minerva School in San Francisco in order to study and to travel the world simultaneously.”
Rebecca Mqamelo (18).
Moya Eybers (18).
Megan Bunting (17).
Joy Sparg (18).
Marco van Greunen (19).
Caitlin Smit (18).
SILKE BOTHA A GOOD support network, time management, a balanced lifestyle, faith and even mom’s tea are some of the things to which East London’s top matrics attribute their success.
Scholarship recipient receives 7 distinctions REPORTER CWAYITA Kweyi from Mdantsane in East London, who was awarded a Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP) Scholarship in 2012, obtained seven distinctions in the 2016 National Senior Certificate exams. After receiving the scholarship, she was placed at Clarendon High School for Girls. She obtained subject distinctions in English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Life Orientation, Accounting, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. Cwayita is the youngest of two daughters and lives with her mother who is an educator. She is described as a natural leader with a passion for community development. In her high school career, Cwayita has started two non-profit organisations namely, Amaqhawekazi and East London Youth Association. She held various leadership roles at school leading the Debate Committee, Interhouse Committee, Bookroom Committee and Hostel Committee to name a few. In March last year, Cwayita and her team won a National Debating and Public Speaking Competition where she was awarded a trip to New York by SAASTA. Cwayita participated in The Herald Matric of the Year Eastern Cape where she won
the Community Service category. Cwayita has been awarded the Gallagher Foundation Scholarship to pursue her goal to study towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town this year. “We are proud of the excellent results that our scholars and partner schools have achieved. We have once again, maintained our 100% pass rate and all our scholars have achieved a bachelor degree pass, the highest category of a matric pass,” SSP said in a media statement. SSP urges all the parents and teachers of brilliant Grade 6 pupils to encourage them to apply for their scholarship which opens every year in June. All those interested can visit their website at www.ssp.org.za to obtain more information on what is needed to apply and prepare early. The Student Sponsorship Programme The Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP), a non-profit trust, has provided educational opportunities to over a thousand of talented South African scholars from lowincome families to attend the best secondary schools in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. With the generous contributions of institutional and individual sponsors from
South Africa, the US, and the UK, SSP awards five-year high school scholarships to academically distinguished scholars. SSP’s vision is to develop “Leaders for South Africa” who are committed to the creation of a non-racist, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperous South Africa as articulated in the South African Constitution. Their hope is that once our scholars become alumni they will remain committed to public service and become people of influence in their respective careers. For more than 17 years, despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, their scholars have flourished when given access to quality high school education. The programme has a 100% pass rate and nearly all their scholars attend or have attended tertiary institutions and a select few have been awarded the opportunity to further their studies in the US. Achievements of the programme ) Over 1 500 scholars have benefited from the programme and many more have been impacted by the scholar development programme. ) 900 alumni – some of whom are studying or working in the most vital sectors of our economy. ) 5 graduates have attended Amherst
SSP Scholarship recipient, Cwayita Kweyi of Mdantsane received 7 distinctions in the matric exams. PHOTO: SUPPLIED College in Massachusetts as Nelson Mandela Scholars. ) 1 graduate is on the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Duke University. ) SSP Scholars hold positions of leadership in student governance, athletics and cultural activities at their schools.
11 January 2017
King William’s Town Express
‘Quality over quantity’, says Makupula on matric results SANELE JAMES THE Eastern Cape might have been at the bottom of the 2016 matric class with a 59.3% pass, but the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, says the quality of results has improved drastically. “Whatever you say, we might be the number last on the list, but we are contributing to the nation. We are giving the country the Bachelor passes it needs. We say quality over quantity,” said Makupula. The number of Bachelor passes in the Eastern Cape increased from 15 291 in 2015 to 15 654 in 2016, representing a 1.3% (363) increase from 17.6% to 18.9%. Makupula said the Eastern Cape was fifth in producing Bachelor passes and fourth in producing Diploma passes. “Yes, we concede that we did not do well, but the class of 2016 proved that the Eastern Cape is on the rise to produce quality results after the poor performance of 2015. “It does not help to have a record of 100% pass rate, yet only 5% of the learners qualify for admission to university. I can boldly tell
you that the majority of our leaners who passed their matric are eligible for university learning,” he said. Two learners from the Eastern Cape were runners-up of the National Top Learner Achiever awards. Anelisa Marwaqana of Mariazell Senior Secondary School in Maluti was second in the Quantile 1 category of the awards while Siphokazi Hlalukana also placed second in the Quantile 3 category. Cluster performance improved from 51.5% to 54.4% in Cluster A, from 55.5% to 57.9% in Cluster B, and from 62.7% to 65.1% in Cluster C. Three districts performed within and above the national pass average and 10 districts had a pass rate of between 60% and 70%, resulting in 14 of the 23 districts performing above 60%. Cradock at 81.2% was the highest performer, followed by Uitenhage at 76.3%, Graaff-Reinet at 76% and Grahamstown at 70.3%. A total of 18 of the 23 districts improved their pass average above the 2015 performance, where only five districts declined in their 2015 performance. Qumbu was the most improved (17.4%) district from 47.9% to 65.3%, followed by Graaff-Reinet (15.8%) from 60.1% to 76% and Sterkspruit (15.4%) from 49.8% to 65.2%.
A total of 14 districts had a decrease in the number of schools obtaining a below 60% pass, whereas four remained unchanged, and five experienced marginal increases. The five are Libode, Lusikisiki, Mbizana, Ngcobo and PE. In Quintile performance, the poorest quintiles performed better compared to 2015: Quintile 1 slightly improved from 48.9% to 49.5%, Quintile 2 commendably improved from 50.7% to 55.9%, and Quintile 3 commendably improved from 54.7% to 57.9%. The richest Quintiles show a combination of a slight decline and a slight improvement although relatively performing well, Quintile 4 slightly declined from 81.9% to 81.5% and Quintile 5 slightly improved from 94.4% to 95.3%. Makupula said it was of biggest concern that 70% of the learners are in Quintiles 1-3 and said much focus would be given to the schools concerned. “In January 2016, the Department adopted a three-year System Transformation Plan to address the 8.6% decline experienced in 2015 and that plan has brought about the current improvements. We just need to intensify it going forward,” he said.
The Plan focuses on transforming the overall education system, while at school level it places a specific focus on 560 viable Quintile 1 to 3 secondary schools. Independent Schools registered encouraging improvements although far below performance levels of Quintiles 4 and 5. In 2016, Independent schools improved from 70.6% to 74.9%. Schools performing below 50% declined by 57 from 405 in 2015 to 348 in 2016 while those performing between 70-80% improved from 86 to 121. Centres between 80-90% improved from 70 to 88, also centres at 100% improved from 37 to 44. Of the 38 subjects written in the EC, only 10 have declined and they are small enrolment subjects except for Agriculture and Business Studies. Improvements were registered in the big enrolment and gateway subjects with: Accounting improving by 9%, from 52.7 to 61.7%, Economics by 0.5% from 53.9 to 54.5%, Geography by 2.5% from 66.9 to 69.3%, History by 2.3% from 72.5 to 74.8%, Life Sciences by 1.9% from 59.8 to 61.7%, Maths Literacy by 0.4% from 55.6 to 56%, Mathematics by 0.2% from 37.3% to 37.5% and Physical Science by 3.7% from 45.9 to 49.6%.
KWT top Matric learner attributes success to parents’ involvement SANELE JAMES VUYISA Nduneni, who is only 16-years-old, came out tops in the King William’s Town District with seven distinctions in all her subjects and she has hailed her parents’ support and involvement in her studies. The Hector Peterson High School learner obtained 87% in isiXhosa HL, 81% in English FAL, 89% Mathematics, 87% in Life Orientation, 88% in Accounting, 86% in Life Sciences and 95% in Physical Sciences. Nduneni, from Debe Neck rural residence, has been accepted to study Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Asked to share her secret to success, Ndune-
ni said her parents played a crucial role in creating a conducive learning space for her. “At home, my parents were involved from day one of my Grade 12 studies. They were there for me socially, emotionally and physically as at times the pressure became too much. They have always told me that I was going to make it and I was capable and that also gave me the courage to do my utmost,” she said. She also advised parents of 2017 Grade 12 learners to do the same with their children and spare them from house chores so they can have enough time for their studies. “My parents made it a point that I get enough time for my studies. After midyear examinations I began attending extra classes and my
parents relieved me from any house chores,” said Nduneni. The jubilant pupil admitted her studies had been mentally and physically exhausting as she would sometimes study from dusk to the break of dawn. In a time where learners struggle to access tertiary education due lack of funds, Nduneni won herself the MEC’s Top Learner Achiever scholarship which will pay for her degree at an institution of her choice. At least 40 top performing learners received bursaries from the MEC’s and Premier’s office. The Premier of the Eastern Cape Province, Phumulo Masualle encouraged the beneficiaries to plough back in the province after com-
pleting their studies. He said his office was in the process of tracking down the beneficiaries of previous years to communicate the same message to them. “We assist these students with a hope of they will also assist in the bettering of the conditions of the provinces. When we were handing out the awards I constantly asked the awardees what were they going to study and the majority of them said they were going to pursue careers in the engineering sector. So this means we fund engineers to improve the conditions of other provinces. Which is why we want to talk to these kids and explain to them that they need to plough back at home before anything,” said Masualle.
Threats to boycott Babes Wodumo after Buyel’Ekhaya festival SANELE JAMES BABES Wodumo’s laclustre performance at the recent Buyel’Ekhaya festival has caused an outcry from revellers who had travelled long distances to see her performance. Babes, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, was riding high this past festive season following her smash debut album ‘Queen of Gqom’, but her popularity took a serious knock after her Buyel’Ekhaya performance which saw her walking on the stage doing adlibs to a song playing in the background. Since then social media has been abuzz with both the organisers and Babes Wodumo saying they are not to blame. Durban-born artist Babes, who is known for her energetic dance moves and her popular club music categorised as Gqom, published a video on Instagram admitting her performance was below par. In the video Babes alleged that the founder of the Buyel’Ekhaya Festival, Hlubi Mazwai, threatened her and made security guards forcefully take her to the stage. “Some old lady of the Buyel’Ekhaya event threatened to beat me up and further threatened that she would send people to kill me. So I was
not okay. I was actually crying,” said Babes. Following Babes’ allegations, organisers of the Buyel’Ekhaya Festival retaliated with a public statement saying Babes was misleading the public. “Buyel’Ekhaya rejects with contempt the allegations placed by artist Babes Wodumo against Mrs Hlubi Mazwai, the founder and festival director of the Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival,” the statement read. The statement further revealed what transpired at the backstage saying the artist was late for her performance which was scheduled for 2:25am. She only arrived at the venue at 3am. Organisers say that upon arrival Babes demanded to first take a shower and refused to go on stage. “Artist manager Sharif Baker and his team tried to persuade Babes Wodumo to take the stage as she was in breach in every way of her contract with Buyel’Ekhaya. Babes Wodumo was made fully aware of the ablution facilities available at the venue, but continued to refuse to perform, and Mr Sharif Baker informed her that there would be legal consequences for her actions, and Babes Wodumo acknowledged that she understood and again refused to perform,” read the statement from the Buyel’Ekhaya organisers. “Mrs Mazwai and the VOC were alerted to the ongoing situation with Babes Wodumo, particu-
larly because around 16 000 festival goers were still at the venue enthusiastically awaiting Babes Wodumo’s performance, which would have had serious security and disaster management implications had she not performed. “Mrs Mazwai was called to intervene as a last resort. Babes Wodumo was adamant that she would not be performing at Buyel’Ekhaya. Mazwai arrived and her actions were as follows: She called for VOC and the entire security cluster to immediately come to the artist marquee parking lot where Babes Wodumo was. She informed Babes Wodumo that her actions were undermining the people of the Eastern Cape and that she would have to explain to the people why she was refusing to perform. “Buyel’Ekhaya has belatedly become aware that Babes Wodumo had a scheduled performance in East London on December 23, 2016 at her own Wololo East London Festival. Babes Wodumo and her management failed to disclose this. This is a great conflict of interest. This suggests that Babes Wodumo was disingenuous in her conduct, and calls to question her intentions when she suddenly refused to perform at Buyel’Ekhaya on the eve of her very own festival in the same city,” explained the organisers. More controversy ensued a week later when
‘Masualle and Makupula to blame for poor EC matrics’ Cosas BUNTU GOTYWA THE Congress of South African Students (Cosas) have expressed disgust in both the Eastern Cape premier, Phumulo Masualle, and Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, for the EC’s poor performance in the matric exams of 2016. The Eastern Cape is again the worst performing province with a 59.3% pass rate, a slight 2.5% improvement from 2015. The learners association said the Premier is to blame for failure to hold the MEC accountable for the continuous woes in matric performance.
Cosas provincial secretary, Samkele Mqai, said in a statement that they were disgusted by the maladministration displayed by the Department of Basic Education under the supervision of MEC Makupula. He said Makapula and the Premier are “only good at manipulation and suspension of HODs without any positivity in the education system”. “As Cosas we also wish to express our disappointments in the Premier for continuously failing to hold the MEC accountable as to what went wrong, as we have not reached the target of 70% that was set in 2014.
“The MEC has not been held accountable. We also condemn the tendencies of celebrating individual achievements by the MEC,” said Mqai in his statement. He added, “It cannot be normal that the five worst performing districts are coming from the Eastern Cape and that not a single district out of 23 managed 90% and above. “It is the sixth year that the Eastern Cape has carried the load of the worst performing province. The last time the province performed better than any province was in 2010 when it performed better than both Limpopo and Mpumalanga with a pass rate of 58.2%.”
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11 January 2017
Eastern Cape artist on the fast track to success ZAVELA MAKWABE LOCAL artist, Malizo ‘Number’ Radebe, owes his rising success as a hip hop artist to ECKaen Entertainment, a Dimbaza based community upliftment movement that motivates the youth by doing charity work and other community service projects. ECKAEN (EC Kaen-ekhayeni), isiXhosa for “at home”, was established in 2009 when a group of young men got together to help promote Number’s music. He had to return home to King William’s Town after having a hard time getting his music career off the ground in Johannesburg. “I was a new artist, signed under a new unrecognised label. We had distribution problems and getting gigs was hard, but I endured because I believe in my talent. Everything was going wrong, however, and my focus shifted. “I started paying less attention to my studies and eventually dropped out. I had to leave the bright Pretoria lights and come back home,” Number said. Number’s second album Hustler’s Payday was released towards the end of last year and was very well received. Free digital downloads of his single titled UBOMI, which was released in July last year, stood at 1 800 only four days after being released and is still making a buzz. A few months later he released his other single, Fresh I Am, which climbed all the way to number one and stayed there for three
weeks in a row on YFM’s Hot99 Chart with Sizwe Dlomo. “I can never thank ECKaen enough,” a very grateful Number said. Philasande Citywayo, one of the founding members of the project, said, “When we heard Number’s songs we were shocked to find out things didn’t work out for him. So we decided to help promote his album. He is so gifted. “The movement is now growing because there is so much talent to be unearthed in the Eastern Cape and we need to grow and groom it from right here at home. “Our fellow brothers just need a little push in the right direction, but the biggest challenge is limited resources. You can have all the talent in the world but if you do not know what to do with it, it’s wasted.” ECkaen Entertainment is a story of amazing brotherhood in a dusty location in the Eastern Cape. Number has now shared a stage with AKA and Khuli Chana thanks to the project. He was lucky to have been among South Africa’s entertainment giants, such as Lira, Zonke, Kwesta, Berita and Thandiswa Mazwai, when they were performing at the Real Countdown Music Festival at the Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium in East London at the end of last year.
; Number speaks to children to motivate them for a brighter future. PHOTO:ZAVELA MAKWABE
Agency commended for developing rural areas REPORTER THE Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) has played a critical role in the development of rural areas and continues to make strides in job creation through agricultural projects. This was the message from stakeholders during a recent engagement session in East London. Speaking during the session, Sithembele Zibi from Mqanduli Farmers Secondary Cooperation said the assistance they received from ECRDA has made them proud to return home because their fields are now green. “We were tempted to sell our maize fields so that they can be residential areas, but thanks to ECRDA we are ploughing and
producing maize,” Zibi said. Zibi is part of the Mqanduli Rural Development Enterprise (RED) Hub, which is processing maize into maize meal and samp that is sold at King William’s Town’s Nicks Food Spar, as well as animal feed that is sold at Mtiza stores. The chairperson of the Standing Committee of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mrs Gqiba, who recently led her committee to visit the RED Hubs in Bizana, Mqanduli, Ncora and Emalahleni, said they witnessed very good work being done. “You have done a great job and we have witnessed your good work. The RED Hubs campaign is a major step towards the improvement of lives of rural people. “There is a clarity of purpose and determination in what you
are doing. In order to develop the area, we need all sectors to have a collaborative approach, as government alone won’t be able to develop. Hence, we need to promote an integrated approach,” she added. ECRDA board chairperson Dr Vangaurd Mkosana described ECRDA as a “team of unapologetic agents of rural development.” “We are stimulating the value chain of agriculture. We need land to be brought back to production and re-ignite commercial farmers in this province. “We need partnership with communities and the private sector to put the Eastern Cape in its rightful place of being the food basket of the country,” Dr Mkosana said. Representing the Department of Forestry, Justice Sigenu said the ECRDA’s role in forestry de-
velopment has helped in realising the goals of the reduction of poverty, job creation and equality in the communities. He said with the six projects they support, they had managed to hire a total of 1 100 people that are supporting about 4 000 families. Joyce Langa, a farmer that has received a loan from ECRDA, said their Sinoxolo Community Nursery, which was started in 2003, had been given a “much needed boost” by ECRDA. “We have managed to fight poverty in our community through the loan we received,” she said. The MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, commended ECRDA for its commitment. “With resilience, Africa has everything that money can’t buy.
ECRDA can trigger development so that we can move forward. “You are driving a new obsession when people see value in agriculture development,” he said referring to the testimonies of the farmers during the event.” The RED hubs created a total of 397 permanent and 679 shortterm jobs. The total amount invested by government in these Hubs over the past three years is about R190 million. Government invested R53.5 million in the Mbizana Hub, while at Ncora R49 million was invested, Mqanduli R41 million and Emalahleni R46.5 million. In the 2016/17 financial year an additional R25 million has been allocated to enhance operations in all the RED Hubs, which will include increasing the hectorage by 2 000ha per RED Hub.
SANRAL announces new R226 million road resurfacing project REPORTER THE South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) has launched a R226 million road resurfacing project between Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort. The resurfacing of the R67 from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort will commence this month and is set to be completed by October 2018. “This road provides a regional link between various smaller towns in the middle part of the Eastern Cape,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s manager. The length of the road to be resurfaced is approximately 70.7km, extending northwards from the intersection to the N2 near Grahamstown
to the intersection with the R63 at Fort Beaufort. “SANRAL has appointed a contractor to undertake what can best be described as a ‘repair, patch and resurfacing’ contract. The road is being repaired where required, resurfaced, and new road markings and road studs will be installed. The contract commenced in November 2016 and will be complete by September 2018. “The following significant intersections are encountered along the route: . N2 (km 0 road marker - Grahamstown) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . Municipal Road (MR0086) (west) to km 0.2 road marker Grahamstown to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . Link road to Grahamstown (km
1.1 road marker) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . District Road (DR02039) (east) to Committees Drift (km 9 road marker) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . District Road DR20396 (east) to Glen Melville Dam (km 15.4 road marker) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . District Road DR02043 (west) to Krans Drift and District Road DR02044 (east) to Committees Drift (km 21.2 road marker) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . Entrance to Fort Brown Police Station (km 22.6 road marker) to be resurfaced. . District Road DR02055 (west) to Douglas Heights (km 28.2 road mark-
er) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . District Road DR92044 (west) to Prieel (km 50.6 road marker) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . District Road DR02059 (west) to Prieel (km 50.6 road marker) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . District Road DR02475 (east) (km 63.2 road marker) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . District Road DR024461 (west) (km 68.8 road marker) to be resurfaced up to the road reserve boundary. . R63 (km 70.7 road marker) surfaced. “The works are located within the boundaries of two district municipali-
ties, which are the district municipalities of Dr Beyers Naude (previously known as Sarah Baartman) and Amathole and in the local municipalities of Makana and Raymond Mhlaba (previously known and Nkonkobe),” said Peterson. “The roadworks comprise proactive preventative maintenance and will include, but is not limited to: the accommodation of traffic, excavation, shaping and trimming of drainage, pavement repairing, pretreatment/ texture slurry, double seal resurfacing, ancillary works and surfacing of existing shoulders.” “Motorists are requested to observe and obey warning signs and reduced speed limits. Exercise extreme caution when travelling through the construction work zones,” he concluded.
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Eastern Cape boy to New kid on the block premiere in USA film fest SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
THE Maqhinebeni born in Mthatha, was earlier known in poetry circles, but has now turned her focus to the music industry. Siyavuya Qhawekazi Mcetywa (22) has put a halt to her poetry and she is now busy pushing her red-hot single Ingubo. She dedicated the song to her late mother. “I grew up in church mission following the guidance and laws of the church. Before my mother left this land she gave me a word to stay focused in church and to keep a close distance to the word of God and the Bible. So, that was Ingubo – my mother gave it to me before she died. In Ingubo those were the words from my mum before her departure from this earth,” she said. Qhawekazi realised only last year that she also has a talent in music. “That’s when I
SANELE JAMES EASTERN Cape-born TV screen darling, Niza Jay, will fly the province’s flag high at a film festival to be held overseas this month. Jay was born Ndiziphiwe Izicelo Ziviwe Azamkela Ncoyini in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. He attended Faith Primary School before moving to Transkei Primary School and finally matriculating from Umtata High School in 2013. He began performing at the age of 5, reciting stories and folk tales at school gatherings. He later went on to perform in school productions of The Jungle Book and Umoja while also participating in public speaking competitions and singing in the school choir. In his matric year Jay wrote and directed an adaptation of Rent: The Musical for his school Drama club annual showcase. After high school he went to the University of the Witwatersrand to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts, which he is set to complete at the end of 2017. In 2015 while doing his second year and having never auditioned for anything, save for his university entrance audition, he successfully auditioned for the role of Kwanda, a principle character in the film The Wound. The drama is set in the world of the Xhosa circumcision ritual, written and directed by John Trengove, known largely for directing the Hopeville TV series. The Wound was shot on location in the northern parts of South Africa between April and May 2016. At the end of 2016, The Wound was invited to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the biggest independent film festival in the USA, in Park City Utah. The festival runs from January 19 to 29 this year and The Wound will have its premiere on January 22. Asked how he felt about his giant leap he said: “I am extremely honoured and humbled to have been part of such a wonderfully made film which deserves all the success it has gotten so far and much more. I would never have imagined that my first role would be one this great, let alone one that would allow me to attend a film festival I grew up associating with only the best filmmakers of our time. I cannot thank John and the rest of the production team enough for this amazing opportunity.” Niza, along with his fellow cast members, musician Nakhane Toure and thespian Bongile Mantsai, who are also Eastern Cape natives, will be in attendance at the festival along with the film’s director and producers. Following its world premiere, the film will go on to open the Panorama Section of the Berlin Film Festival in Germany and its intended South African release is in July this year.
went to the studio and recorded my Afro Soul single,” she said. She revealed that she recorded her single at N TOWN Record in Ngqeleni. With Ingubo she worked with studio owner Mazwi and well-known keyboard player Lucky Dlamini. The 10-track album is expected to be released in May this year. She wrote all 10 songs on the album. Qhawekazi assured her fans that she won’t stop writing poetry even though she is now pursueing a music career. “I won’t stop writing my poems because it is my passion,” said Qhawekazi. She told Express that she was also busy with her book titled 1994 which was expected to be released before the end of this year. You can download her single, Ingubo on YouTube, iTunes and Instagram.
The pride of the Eastern Cape, Niza Jay. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Brian Ndevu to join Algoa FM in East London REPORTER HIS ‘sign off’ on his phone messages reads #HistoryIsBeingWrittenAsWeSpeak and he is right. Mdantsane-born Brian Ndevu will be making history this year as the first East Londonborn presenter at the helm of Algoa FM’s Drive show to the Border area. Ndevu will be taking over the microphone from popular presenter Gordon Graham who, after 20 years with the station, is leaving Algoa FM to follow his other passion, sports presenting. Graham and Ndevu share their love of sport and radio. “I’m an all-round sports commentator, except for netball, polo, chess and such,” said Ndevu, who has been the breakfast show host on Tru FM since his return to the Eastern Cape in 2014. “Brian is one of the young lions who have returned to the Eastern Cape to make a difference after making a name for themselves in Johannesburg,” said Algoa FM operations director, Alfie Jay. “I realised that you do not have to be in a big city to make it. I think it’s critical that we come back and impart what we have learned
so that our province can compete with the primary markets on the same level,” added Ndevu. In Johannesburg, he worked as a continuity presenter and sports commentator on SABC television. He also had a successful career in public relations which included a stint as the head of public relations and communications of the Premier Boxing League. “Our East London based Drive show anchor has to be much more than the voice behind the microphone. He needs to be the face of Algoa FM in the Border region, and Brian’s background in public relations combined with his ability to network easily with anyone from the man on the street to business and government leaders is a real asset to the station,” said Jay. According to Ndevu he fell in love with radio in his teens while listening to stations like CKI, Radio Metro and Radio 5. “I loved television growing up and watching movies at Empolweni, a movie house in Mdantsane back in the 80s, was my favourite escape. “My passion for media became real around 14/15 years old when I’d accompany Dicksy Ngqula to his show at CKI on weekends. I ended up meeting radio icons like Ian Sigola, Putco Mafani, Sharmi Naidoo and Bob Mabena,
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TIEWE GONIWE ACCOUNTS MANAGER and to be honest, they sparked the fire! “I ended up spending my holiday weekends ‘watching’ radio being done,” Ndevu said. Graham said, “Brian is a great guy who totally gets radio. I’ve listened to his show on a number of occasions and I love the way he interacts with his audience. He is personable and I am confident that our listeners will warm to him very quickly.” Ndevu joins the team this month and will start co-presenting with Gordon Graham soon after. Gordon is leaving Algoa FM at the end of March.
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FOCUS ON: BACK TO SCHOOL
Take your kids around the world in lunchboxes Mix together chopped tomato, onion, parsley, crushed feta and half a teaspoon of baking powder with enough flour to form a firm dough. Roll into balls and refrigerate for half an hour, then fry in hot oil until crispy. When cooled, pack into a Ziploc bag, along with a small tub of mayo for dipping.
REPORTER OUT out of ideas for your kids’ lunchboxes? Why not shake things up and take the lead from a few international flavours? There’s a whole world of lunchbox fillings to explore out there, packed with interesting, foreign flair and delicious combinations. Here are some great ideas that are inspired by lunchboxes from around the world, courtesy of Blue Ribbon Bread. Italy Take a (basil) leaf out of Italian lunches by whipping up some lunchbox pizza rolls – simply roll out bread dough (you can usually buy this ready-made from a supermarket) or use readymade pizza bases. Spread over a thin layer of tomato pasta sauce or pesto, then sprinkle over grated mozzarella cheese and dried herbs. Roll up and bake until golden and oozing. Cut slices of the pizza roll for a flavourful lunchbox snack. For mini pizza rolls, try using Blue Ribbon Classic White Bread and flattening it with a rolling pin before adding the rest of the ingredients. Brazil The cuisine of Brazil is as varied as it is delicious, with African and American influences. A popular Brazilian street food that also works well for lunchboxes is elote, a boiled mealie coated with an array of delicious ingredients. Simply boil a mealie or sweetcorn until ten-
Finland Riisipuuro, or rice pudding, is a traditional Finnish dish that’s super easy to make and, if packed in an airtight container, makes for a great lunchbox sweet that’s much healthier than chocolate. Simply cook a cup of rice in full-cream or lowfat milk until it has a soft and creamy consistency (adding milk when needed), then add a small knob of butter and sprinkle of cinnamon. Top with some fresh or stewed mixed berries. Once cooled, pack into a small container, along with a spoon for a nutritious and filling treat.
der. Mix together mayo, grated cheese, butter, salt and sour cream, then spread over the mealie once it’s cooled. Wrap in cling film and pack as a yummy, healthy snack. Ukraine Take inspiration from a classic Ukrainian dish, blini, for a unique breaktime snack. These wholesome pancakes are served with smoked salmon or berries and cream cheese. Mix together cream cheese with a little honey and a drop of vanilla, then spread onto a pan-
cake or flapjack. Top with thinly sliced strawberries or mixed berries and sandwich together (or roll up if you’re using pancakes). Wrap them tightly in cling wrap to make sure they stay fresh and soft until breaktime. Greece Fresh, punchy flavours abound in Mediterranean lunchboxes. Tomatokeftedes, a crispy tomato fritter, is a seriously delicious local delicacy – and great to make in advance for school lunchboxes.
Turkey Turkish cuisine is a delicious combination of Asian and Mediterranean foods. A common savoury treat, borek, is easy to make in advance for school lunchboxes. Mix together chopped boiled spinach with crumbled feta and some extra virgin olive oil, before spreading the mixture out onto a sheet of phyllo or puff pastry and rolling up. Cut into smaller rolls and bake until crisp and golden. For endless lunchbox inspiration, follow Blue Ribbon bread on Facebook or visit
Back to school hygiene tips every kid should know REPORTER IT is January, the time of year when children across the country goes back to school with many starting their school life for the first time. While school is a place where children pick up knowledge, it can be easy to pick up unwanted germs too. “Children mix quite closely to each other, both in the classroom and on the playground. Germs can transfer easily in such situations. Most children are not as conscious of personal hygiene as they should be which can increase their risk of falling ill and result in valuable time spent away from the classroom,” said Dr Kgosi Letlape, handwashing and hygiene advocate. While ensuring that your children have their uniforms and back to school supplies ready for school, it is just as impor-
tant that you instil good hygiene habits that will help protect them from germs that can make them sick. Parents can use these simple tips from Dettol South Africa to help their children maintain proper hygiene at school: . Hand washing is a must Hand washing is an essential part of good hygiene. To eliminate contracting germs it is important to teach your child how to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom, and before and after eating. Kids thrive on routine, so build the washing hands process into a daily task. This makes it a norm and limits the struggles of having to plead and negotiate with them to wash their hands. . Make hand washing fun and exciting Children are more likely to wash their hands if they realise how important it is. As germs can’t be seen or smelt, children
may have trouble understanding that hands are dirty even if they look clean. Parents can come up with hand-washing games or songs to make washing hands fun, and in doing so, children will more likely wash their hands. . Ensure that your child’s fingernails are clean Fingernails are a breeding ground for bacteria. The germs that live under a child’s nails are easily transferred to their eyes, noses, and mouths. Ensure that your child’s fingernails are clipped every week and that they wash their hands before and after eating their lunch at school. . Prevent the spread of germs Teach your children good hygiene habits. Clean hands are important in controlling the spread of illness, especially during cold and flu seasons. Teach them how to wash their hands aft-
er coughing and sneezing, and after touching dirty tissues. Show children how to use a tissue to cover their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze and teach them to put their used tissues in a bin and wash their hands afterwards. . Let your children stay at home if they are not well If your child is unwell, keep him/her away from school until he/she is better. Children should only attend school if they are well enough to benefit and participate, and not spread their germs to others. Helping your child to understand good hygiene will go a long way to helping you and the rest of your family stay healthy. Through the school programmes that educate learners about the importance of hygiene, Dettol is committed to change hand-washing behaviour and aims to educate over 1.5 million learners by 2020.
Is that bag too heavy? Protect your child from back pain! REPORTER NO child should suffer from back pain, should they? And yet, a startling number do, notes the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP). As we start the new school year, parents are encouraged by SASP to think about the following revealing facts pertaining to backpacks used by children: . Many children carry bags on their backs that are simply too heavy for them. International guidelines say children should carry no more than 10-15% of their body weight. . Girls are often smaller than boys, but carry the same weight of books and homework. Recent research showed that 31% of boys carried overly heavy bags, compared to nearly
42% of girls. . A 2003 study showed children were carrying upwards of 7.5 kgs on their backs – that’s about 25% of their body weight for a child of about 30kgs. . From a 2014 study, we learn that: “About 88.2% of pupils reported having body pain especially in the neck, shoulders and upper back.” “About 35.4% of the children reported that carrying the schoolbag was the cause of their musculoskeletal pain.” “The prevalence of lower back pain was 37.8%.” . The further a child walks carrying that load, the more likely it is that back pain may develop. . Ill-fitting bags cause more pain: use a bag with adjustable straps, always ensure there’s no gap between the bag and the back, and
don’t let your child wear a bag over one shoulder only. Why are our children suffering from back pain? As parents, we should be campaigning to ensure that: . No child carries more than 10% of their body weight. . The education system pays attention to this problem and finds ways to issue homework that are lighter or more tech-smart. . Distances from home to school are reduced through transport options if necessary – many of our children walk long distances to and from school. . All schools include physical education and play areas that get our kids running and climbing and jumping. . All schools have lockers or other facili-
ties, so children can safely leave their bags and carry only what’s necessary to each class. . Teachers know the issue and keep an eye out for children carrying too much, oneshoulder usage or badly fitted bags. “Children who have pain in their backs as early as primary school may grow into adults with chronic back pain, so this is a subject that we as parents and health-care professionals need to take very seriously,” said Chantelle van den Bergh, chair of the SASP Paediatrics Special Interest Group. For an assessment of your child, or to find a physiotherapist who works with children, go to www.saphysio.co.za. ) This information was provided by the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) Eastern Cape.
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Storm leaves many homeless in Mdantsane Township SANELE JAMES THE first rain in the first week of 2017, which were a welcome relief for many in the drought-stricken Eastern Cape, has wreaked havoc in Mdantsane Township leaving scores of residents homeless and injured. Strong winds accompanied by heavy rain and hail on January 2, lifted roofs and flattened shacks in the NU2, NU6, NU7 and Slovo Park informal settlements. Those who lost their homes, were sheltered at the NU7 community hall where they received blankets and meals from the Buffalo City Municipality. Slovo Park informal settlement resident, Zoliswa Mqongwana (59), said her family of seven lost everything and they were left with only the clothes they were wearing. She said the school wear of her four grandchildren was also in the wreckage. Another resident of Slovo Park, Nonstikelelo Kakaza (69), said she was at the Mdantsane Shopping Mall to buy electricity with her husband when the storm hit. “The clouds quickly turned grey and the wind began to blow. I rushed to our shack, but realised that I had left the key with my husband. The hail hit me so hard that I could no longer walk. A neighbour saw me and pulled me inside her shack. We lost everything including the new school uniform I had just bought for my 12-year-old,” said Kakaza. Eye witnesses who ran for cover as the storm started, said roofs were flying in the air and at least two people were injured by the iron sheets. The two were rushed to the local Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital by the Ward 20 Councillor, Ntombizodwa Gamnca. Gamnca said the victims will stay at the community hall until the BCM’s Disaster Management team, Social Development and Human Settlements concluded on how they can assist the victims in going forward. “We have 86 names of people who were affected by the storm and we are working closely with the relevant government departments to assist where we can. I am in constant contact with the BCM mayor and departments such as Social Develop-
The wreckage of a shack in Slovo Park that was destroyed in the storm on January 2. ment and Human Settlements,” said Gamnca. The BCM mayor’s spokesperson, Ayabonga Ngoqo, said they had liaised with the Department of Human Settlements who promised to provide temporary structures for the victims. “The most affected areas are the informal settlements. As we went to assess the damage, we established that four houses were badly damaged in NU2. Unfortunately the municipality does not provide for informal settlements. We can assist with food and clothing items, but as far as shelters come into the picture, we are out,” he said. He added that the municipality’s Department of Disaster Management was still busy quantifying the damage and would later present their findings to the Department of Human Settlements and that of Social Development.
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Homeless residents who are sheltered at the Mdant sane NU7 Community Hall as they await assistance from the government. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES
Nehawu demands action on sexforjobs report SANELE JAMES THE National Education Health & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) in the Eastern Cape says the Eastern Cape government leadership is sitting on the findings of the investigation into the sex-for-jobs saga to protect some senior officials that were mentioned in the report. The union says the report has long been concluded and is ready for publication by the speaker who has been assigned to lead and manage the process on behalf of the government. Nehawu has called on the Pre-
mier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle, to ensure that the report is released without further delay and those implicated in the report brought to book and be subjected to the necessary processes immediately. “Failure to release this report will leave Nehawu with no option but to utilise the available recourse at our disposal to force for its publication,” said Nehawu Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Miki Jaceni. Following Nehawu’s demands, Masualle addressed the matter during a media briefing to reflect on the 2016 Grade 12 results. He dismissed the allegations that
they were sitting on the report saying “people are just clutching at straws”. In 2014, allegations of managers using their seniority to solicit sexual favours from junior employees and interns surfaced and Masualle established a four-member team led by Advocate Pretorius Msiwa of the Transkei Bar to investigate the claims. An investigation launched into the matter was completed in December 2014 and the findings were handed over to the affected parties in June 2015. Masualle said no substantiated evidence could be found on the
claims but admitted the abuse of power and autocratic governance at the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta). He said disciplinary steps were taken against the guilty parties. He added that because the investigations mostly ruled in favour of the senior officials implicated on the sex-for-jobs and jobs-for-pals, he commissioned a separate investigative team to explore the matter further. “Because no one came forward with concrete evidence on the allegations, the office of the Premier established its own investigative
team headed by a female with the hope that the female-to-female environment would help. But unfortunately no one came forward,” said Masualle. “The only information that came forward was that of impropriety, which included HR and procurement matters. We submitted such matters to the office of the Accountant General for further probing and I am aware that the office of the Accountant General is nearing completion of the matter. It is with regret to say that the investigations I commissioned did not go any further. So we are not sitting on any report or hiding anything,” he said.
DA Eastern Cape to hold elective congress in East London in February REPORTER OVER 500 delegates will attend the Democratic Eastern Cape Provincial Congress set to be held in East London in February. It will be an elective congress for
all leadership positions in the province. At a DA Eastern Cape Provincial Council meeting held last year at the Fish River Sun, the new Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, announced his intention to
step down and not stand for re-election as Provincial Leader at the next Congress. “The August election was a tipping point that heralds the complete realignment of our politics,” said Veliswa Mvenya, DA Eastern Cape
Provincial Chairperson. “We are growing new leaders in the Democratic Alliance, and we are the only party that can move South Africa forward again,” said Mvenya. “We will continue to grow our support and build a majority for all
South Africans who share our values and vision.” “The Eastern Cape will be a highly competitive battleground in 2019, and we need to have strong leaders within our structures to take us on that path,” Mvenya concluded.
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Return of BSA Awards will ensure Eastern Cape wins big NCEBA DLADLA BOXING South Africa (BSA), the boxing ruling body, is bringing back the BSA awards in order to recognise and honour members of the professional boxing fraternity who have excelled in 2016. The BSA male and female awards will be held at the ICC in Durban on Saturday 28 January. After seven years of absence, the BSA Awards are back and boxing
stakeholders did their nominations in earnest from October 1 to November 2 in 2016. The biggest awards in which Eastern Cape boxing greats have been nominated are Boxer of the Year, which pits against each other, Mthatha’s IBO Miniflyweight Champion Simphiwe “Chain Reaction” Khonco, Mdantsane’s Zolani “Last Born” Tete and Tsolo born and East London-based IBO Junior Lightweight kingpin Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni.
Ndongeni is Khonco’s stablemate at Colin “Nomakanjani” Nathan’s Hotbox Gym in Johannesburg. In the Fight of the Year, Khonco’s IBO World Miniflyweight title fight against Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler, which he lost on points after 12 gruelling rounds, was nominated against East London’s Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile’s fight against Macbute “Macman” Sinyabi of Mdantsane. The fight boxing pundits thought
was a mismatch – between the SA champion Sinyabi with 34 fights and 20 wins via Knock Out and four defeats against Fuzile (with only four fights) – surprised all when Fuzile became the new champion after pounding Sinyabi for 12rounds. East London’s Luyanda Kana is expected to walk away with the Promoter of the Year Award as he brought interesting match-ups to South African rings all year round. With regard to Eastern Cape
women boxers, in the running for Fight of the Year are the fights between champion Noni “She Bee Stinging” Tenge against Hungary’s Silvia Szabados (for the WBF Welterweight title fight) and Unathi “Showtime” Myekeni against Gauteng’s Gabisile Tshabalala (for the SA Featherweight title fight). In the running for the Prospect of the Year are Port Elizabeth’s Ntabiseng Didi, as well as Fort Beaufort’s Sharadene Fortuin and Leighandre Jegels of East London.
Border Women’s Rugby player joins national sevens team ELETHU MTIKI BORDER Women’s Rugby will have to do without the services of their sensational flyhalf, Zintle Mpupha, who has joined the National Sevens Rugby Team. Mpupha (23), who left for Stellenbosch last week, will be part of the national team for the whole year. Mpupha played a crucial role last season in helping the Border ladies win their fourth consecutive Women’s Interprovincial title and Interprovincial Sevens competitions. She was also part of the Springbok Sevens’ team which participated in the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series tourna-
ment in Dubai last month. “I will not be playing for the Border team this year, but I will always be part of the team,” confirmed Mpupha. “It’s not a great feeling at all. But I’m sure that there are players who are capable of filling my position. There are younger players who come from the under 16s, so the team won’t feel my absence.” The multitalented Mpupha was born in Njwaxa Village in Middledrift. She also plays cricket for the Border women’s side. She is hopeful that she will continue with her great performance from where she left off last year. “I hope that my performance will be the same as that of 2016. Being part of the national team will
help me grow, not only as a rugby player, but as a person as well,” stated Mpupha. Mpupha hopes to hit the ground running in her first game of the year in a competition which is set to take place in Japan next month. Mpupha concluded by showering her club coach, Malibongwe ‘Shoes’ Kradu, for a job well done in moulding her to become the player that she is today. “He was so happy for me. He felt that I deserved the national team call-up. Ta-Shoes is a coach, father and a friend. He listens to his players and accepts their suggestions. For that reason he will always have great players. Yes, he’s strict. But he also listens to what his players have to say,” she said.
Border Women’s Rugby player Zintle Mpupha has joined the National Sevens Rugby Team. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Baroka CEO confirms Loyiso Simandla’s future at the club ELETHU MTIKI Loyiso Simandla. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
AFTER a number of questions about the Ziphunzane-born Loyiso Simandla’s future at Baroka FC, the club’s CEO, Morgan Mammila, has come out to end all the speculations about the talented midfielder. Mammila explained that the club still has plans for Simandla and that letting go of him is not an option, at least not for now. This is despite the 26-year-old being plagued by injuries. The former Blackburn Rovers and FC Cape Town right-footed midfielder has made only a handful of league appearances since the Limpopobased side gained promotion into the Absa Premiership this season. “Loyiso is a Baroka player. He’s in
the coach’s plan. Unfortunately injuries are hunting him down.” Many started to take notice of Simandla last year after scoring for his side against Chippa United and Golden Arrows in the Nedbank Cup last 32, just a few months before his side gained promotion into the top flight league. Playing in front of his home supporters at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London against Chippa United, Simandla’s performance kept the fans entertained. According to Mammila, Simandla was scheduled to play in Baroka’s 1-1 draw against Golden Arrows in a league match in December last year, but he had to be pulled out of the starting team owing to an injury. He was in the starting XI and was
injured in the final preparations for the match. Baroka FC will resume their Absa Premiership campaign when they travel to the Eastern Cape to face Chippa United in Port Elizabeth on Feruary 8. Only time will tell if ‘Maloya’, as Simandla is best known in football circles, will be part of the team, let alone having game time. Meanwhile, Baroka are currently lying at the bottom of the PSL log with 12 points from 15 matches. Mammila is confident that the team will not be relegated at the end of the season, but will be in the top eight. “The team will survive. Out target is top eight and possibly we will achieve that.”
Boost for PE soccer team after being bought by King Willliam’s Town businessman ELETHU MTIKI CALLIES coach Bruce July reckons his team is the strongest among the Nelson Mandela region teams in the ABC Motsepe League. The team is owned by Gordon Du Preez, a King William’s Town businessman, who recently bought the team. The Nelson Mandela Bay region boasts a total of six teams in the 16-team ABC Motsepe League in the Eastern Cape. In their debut season, Callies are bat-
tling against the likes of Lion City, SUBS, Young Ideas, Highbury, and Morning Stars for the bragging rights in the Port Elizabeth area. “We’re feared in the Nelson Mandela region. For Lion City, Young Ideas, Highbury, SUBS and Morning Stars it’s like a nightmare when they have to face Callies because the type of football we’re playing is very difficult to contend with,” stated July. If July’s words are anything to go by, more can be expected with regards to Callies’ performance this year, especially due
to its new owner. July’s team is mostly made up of players from the Port Elizabeth area, with only four players from outside. But that could soon be a thing of the past as July, who is also a Mamelodi Sundowns’ provincial scout, looks to beef up his team. “Going forward to 2017, the new owner plans to actually get more players from outside PE. I’ve approached Sundowns as well. We are looking at those fringe players who are not playing. Some of them have just finished matric and will maybe not be able to break into the MDC team. We want
to bring them down to PE to play for us,” said July. On Saturday, Callies played to a 1-1 draw away to Mthatha City at Rotary Stadium in Mthatha. July said their main goal is to finish in the top three at the end of the season. “We’re looking to do very well. Finishing in the top three, being in our first season in the ABC Moptsepe League, would be an achievement for us. There was never a mandate (from the previous owner). The new owner will give us a mandate at the end of the current season,” he concluded.