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COMMUNITY SHOCKED: TODDLER SNATCHED FROM MOTHER’S BED
Toddler found dead
HE community of Mthumbane Township in Port St Johns is in shock following a mysterious incident in which a child (2) was allegedly snatched from her mother’s bed and found dead outside the house a few hours later. The incident happened in Mapeki location in the early hours of last week Saturday. The mother of the child, Nomfundo Tuswa (37), said she was fast asleep in her own room in her three-roomed house when she was woken by the hysterical crying of her baby at around 12.30am. She was surprised that the child was crying outside the house and not next to her as they slept together. “Then I screamed and tried to chase the snatcher but he vanished in the dark. Some community members woke up and tried to chase, but in vain. At around 3am my baby was found dead. I really don’t know who did this to my angel,” said Tuswa. She said she suspected
that the child was taken out through the window as it was opened. According to her, the window had a small hole in it which was closed with sellotape and that it might be that the perpetrator forced his hand through the hole to open the window. Two children of Nomfundo’s late sister were in another room. They didn’t hear anything either and knew nothing about how the baby got out the house. She confirmed that the baby was found with marks on her neck showing that she was strangled to death. “The post-mortem also revealed that her ribs on the left side were broken.” The Councillor of the area, Zwelivumile Mhlabeni, was also shocked by the incident and said it was his first time in Mthumbane to experience such a disgusting occurrence. He called on the community to work handin- glove with the police in order for the suspect to be arrested. The police confirmed the incident and said they were working around the clock to arrest the perpetrator.
Police are working around the clock to aprehend the perpetrator who snatched a toddler from her mother’s bed. The toddler was later found dead. PHOTO AS ILLUSTRATION: FRAUKUECH
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April 10, 2014 Mthatha Express
Nyandeni council approves budget
AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA THE Nyandeni Local Municipality council voted unanimously last week Monday to approve Mayor Thokozile Sokhanyile’s revised 2014/2015 budget report. The budget, together with the IDP report, was tabled at a special council meeting held at the municipality’s council chambers in Libode. Unlike in previous meetings, there were no misunderstandings from the opposition parties in the council. Nyandeni’s budget for this year is R252 745 786 to be spent on the municipality’s budget and treasury, corporate services, planning, community services and infrastructure services departments.
Sokhanyile also highlighted some projects that the municipality will be running with this budget. “One of our projects, which will help to empower the youth co-ops, is the bricklaying and paving of streets, starting in our towns, Libode and Ngqeleni. “We will give machinery to the registered co-ops to pave the streets. This project will assist the municipality in maintaining its roads and also help in creating jobs for the local youth,” said Sokhanyile. The mayor also briefed the council about the proposed new site earmarked for the dairy farm which will no longer be in Mdlankomo, but in the Makhotyana area. “Following the total rejection of a dairy farming project by the community of Md-
lankomo, a new site has been sought in Makhotyana, ward 04 in Libode,” she said. According to the recommendations, the municipality needs to first conduct a pre-feasibility study to determine the extent of readiness of the community and also to try to get local youth with a background in farming to be part of the project. Nyandeni is also planning to fast-track the feasibility study for the Malungeni clay project in Ngqeleni which is aimed at developing the community and also to attract investors.
Mayor Thokozile Sokhanyile.
Massive campaign in schools to fight drugs SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE South African Police Service (SAPS) communication office has embarked on a massive drug awareness campaign in schools around Mthatha to curb drug abuse and selling of drugs in schools.
This effort follows recent reports that Mthatha schools are rife with drug abuse and the main targets of drug lords. The campaign started last week Thursday in Khanyisa Senior Secondary School in Mthatha. SAPS Communication Officer, Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela, revealed that his office was not working alone in this campaign as it has also roped in the dog unit, NGOs and other government departments. He confirmed that drugs are a big problem at Mthatha Schools. The Police’s main focus is to conduct these awareness campaigns at all the schools. “We want to make learners realise that in using drugs they are wasting their lives and ruining their future,” he concluded.
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Centane man arrested for allegedly killing his mother REPORTER A CENTANE local was arrested by Centane Police for allegedly murdering his 70-year-old mother, Elizabeth Nolungile Nibe.
The South African Police Service has embarked on a massive campaign to curb drug abuse and drug dealing in schools in and around Mthatha. PHOTO AS ILLUSTRATION: CITY PRESS
It is alleged that 46-year-old Mphuthumi Shweni kicked and hit his mother against the wall of her house on Monday, 31 March, 2014, at about 5pm at Qolorha (G) Location Msento Village Centane. She died on the scene and had upper body injuries. Police said the motive for the murder is not known but the crime was witnessed by members of the community who contacted the police. The suspect was arrested and charged with murder. He appeared in the Centane magistrate court on Tuesday, 01 April, 2014, on a murder charge. He was not asked to plead and his case was remanded to Monday, April 14. He was remanded in custody.
Electricity woes continue in Mthatha SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE DESPITE several attempts to address the problem of power failures in Mthatha, the problem persists in the town and its surrounds and residents and businesses were left in the dark again last week Thursday. In the past few years power-and sub-stations have been opened in Mthatha in an
endeavour to curb the problem with power failures. In November last year President Jacob Zuma officialy opened a sub-station in Thornhill near Fortgale, but the town’s power woes continue. There are four substations in Mthatha at Sidwadwa, Unitra, Hilcrest and Thornhill. It also has over 200 mini stations. According to King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality Spokesperson, Sonwabo Mampoza, last week’s power
More arrests expected in cloning card case SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Police are expecting to make more arrests with regard to the cloning of ATM cards. This according to the police spokesperson of the Mthatha cluster, Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela, following the arrest of 15 people on Tuesday night last week in Mthatha. Among the suspects which were arrested by
police include nine women who are expected to appear before the Mthatha magistrate court soon. Some of the suspects were arrested in Hartley Qina in Khwezi Township, Mthatha and surrounding areas of Mthatha. Fatyela said in this operation the police discovered 223 cloned cards of Sassa, 11 bank cards, a finger print machine, one skimming device and a computer.
failure was due to a problem in a sub-station at Sidwadwa which affected the entire town and its surroundings. “Our technicians worked around the clock to fix the problem and now things are back to normal. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience especially in Mthatha businesses, government departments and community at large. It was beyond our power,” said Mampoza.
He said other suspects confessed during the interrogation. They are still following leads and more arrests are expected. “We’ve got all the number plates of the vehicles that are used in this crime. They are driving day and night in Mthatha, hunting down their victims. We will work tirelessly to ensure that all are behind bars so that people can be able to withdraw their money without fear,” he said. He called on people who are using ATM’s to be more vigilant.
April 10, 2014 Mthatha Express
Concern over farm attacks AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA CIVIL rights group AfriForum last week expressed concern not only over the number of recent farm attacks in the Ugie and Maclear areas but also about the fact that the ambulance, which was supposed to transport two of the victims to hospital, did not have fuel to do so. Two farm attacks were reported on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in the Eastern Cape.
East Cape learner off to youth camp in Germany REPORTER KAYA Ntikinca of Clarkebury SSS in the Eastern Cape is among five learners from South Africa who will be attending an International Youth Camp in lower Saxony, Germany, from last Sunday until April 18. The camp is held at the Anne Frank House Museum located at Berg-Belsen, a former World War 11 concentration site that is today used as a centre for teaching human rights and civic responsibilities. The youth camp is a partnership programme between Nelson Mandela Museum, the Eastern Cape Government and the Government of Lower Saxony, Germany. The Nelson Mandela Museum and Lower Saxony exchange young people on an annual basis, in what both countries call ‘international youth camps’, where human rights become the most essential part for all learning activities. This cultural exchange programme which will be running for the 7th time this year helps young people in both countries to understand each other’s history and cultures, and become human right advocates in their respective countries. The International youth camp participants are selected by their peers during a national based youth that is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Museum at its Youth and Heritage site in Qunu every. The other four learners to represent South Africa are Goodness Nyembe of Manor High School Kwazulu Natal, Muhammed Ameen Adams of Rhylands High School Western Cape, Vusani Rector Nesengani of Tshwane University of Technology and Nelson Mandela Museum Pioneer representing Limpopo, Mpho Marcia Leshomo of Boithaopo Secondary School North West Province. The above mentioned learners will not only act as Nelson Mandela Museum ambassadors but will represent South Africa.
In the first incident, which took place around 9pm on Wednesday, a man and his daughter were attacked on his farm between Ugie and Maclear. The father was shot in the leg while his daughter sustained a chest wound. Ian Cameron, Head of Community Safety for AfriForum, said the two victims were offered temporary medical assistance in Maclear, even though there was no doctor available, because the ambulance did not have enough fuel to take them to the hospital in Queenstown.
“It is an absolute disgrace that the State is failing so abysmally to execute its duties towards its citizens,” said Cameron. “The country is crippled by corruption, with political leaders who regard public positions as an opportunity to get into the cookie jar instead of serving their communities.” According to AfriForum the attack in the Eastern Cape could possibly be linked to the same suspects who were involved in an attack on an elderly couple 3 weeks ago in the same province. One attacker was apparently wounded during the incident.
Another farm attack took place around 4am on Thursday in the Ermelo district. An elderly couple was brutally attacked and tortured with boiling water and irons. Cameron said it feels like the government is not recognising these attacks as an emergency. “There have been several attacks in this area but we feel that they are not given the much needed attention by the police and the government at large,” said Cameron. He said they would keep putting pressure on all the relevant departments to come up with ways to put a stop to this situation.
Hardware store staff boosts blood stocks AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA STAFF members and managers at Bidu Hyper Build in Mthatha rolled up their sleeves to give blood stocks a boost last Monday. The South African National Blood Services bus parked outside the store very early on Monday morning and soon, scores of staff members, managers and customers made their way to the bus to donate their pint of blood Bidu Hyper Build Chairman, Bilal Khan, said they decided on the campaign due to complications faced by one of their staff members who is pregnant. They wanted to give blood not only to help her during surgery and save the life of her unborn baby but also that of the many others who need a blood transfusion. “This is our support to our staff member and to the entire community of Mthatha and surrounding area. Mostly on our minds are expectant mothers, babies and people involved in accidents,” said Khan. One of the staff members who also donated blood, Zimasa Ntika said she felt good knowing that she had saved someone’s life. “I am happy that I played my part in saving a life and from now on, I will make sure that I donate every two months,” said Ntika. The Public Relations Practitioner of SANBS, Rene Vice, said the drive was a fantastic one with 30 people registered to donate blood and 19 people who donated.
Bidu Hyper Build managers with the Chairman, Bilal Khan (third from the left).
Bidu Hyper Build Chairman Bilal Khan and Vuyolwethu 'Marikana' Mabovana donating blood during the hardware's campaign last Monday. PHOTO:AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA
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IEC announces special votes procedures REPORTER APPLICATIONS for special votes for the general election will open on Monday, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Thursday. Special votes would be cast on 5 and 6 May, as opposed to 7 May when the rest of the coun-
Only those voters whose pre-approved applications were submitted between now and April 17 would qualify to cast a special vote. try’s eligible voters would cast their votes, IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said. There are two categories of special votes. The first is for those who qualify for a home visit due to physical infirmity, disability or pregnancy.
The second category of special votes is for people who will be absent from their voting district on election day. They can cast their votes at the voting stations where they registered on either 5 or 6 May, between 09:00 and 17:00. Bapela said that to apply for either category of special vote, voters need to complete a VEC 1 form, available on the IEC website or from local IEC offices. The form needs to be submitted by hand to the local IEC office in the municipality responsible for the voting district where the special vote would be cast. “The forms will not be accepted at national or provincial offices and cannot be faxed, emailed or posted. Special vote applicants may use a proxy to deliver the VEC 1 form to the local IEC office in the municipality where they intend to vote but the form itself must be signed by the voter themselves.” Only those voters whose pre-approved applications have been submitted between now and April 17 will qualify to cast a special vote. Applicants for special votes will receive the outcome of their applications via SMS or email, and can check their status on the IEC website. Source: Sapa
Frequently asked voters’ questions REPORTER Can I vote . . . Q: Can I vote if I can’t get to my voting station on Election Day because I’m heavily pregnant? A: If you can’t get to your voting station on Election Day for National and Provincial elections because you’re heavily pregnant, you can apply for a special vote. Please see special votes for details . Q: Can I vote if I registered but am now in prison? A: Yes, you can vote in national and provincial elections as long as you have your valid, green, bar-coded ID and you are registered to vote. Check your voter registration status online to confirm that your name appears on the voters’ roll. Q: Can I vote if I registered but have lost my ID with the sticker in it? A: Yes, just get a Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) that will be valid on election day. You can apply for your TIC at the Department of Home Affairs. Please also check your registration details and confirm that your name appears on the voters’ roll. Q: Can I vote if I turn 18 soon AFTER election day? A: No, you must have turned 18 on or before the day on which the elections are proclaimed (published in the Government Gazette) to be able to vote. No exceptions can be made. Q: Can I vote if I will be in another town or province on election day? A: National and Provincial Elections: You need to vote at the voting station where you’re registered to vote. However, if you’re outside of your voting district on Election Day you may vote at another voting station in South Africa. If you’re outside the province where you registered, you’ll only be able to vote in the national election and not the provincial election, and you’ll be asked to complete a VEC 4 form at the voting station.
Municipal Elections and By-Elections: You need to vote at the voting station at which you’re registered. Please remember that you must be a registered voter in South Africa in order to vote. To confirm that your name is on the voters’ roll and to find out which voting station you’re registered at, please check your voter registration status on line or SMS your ID number to 32810. To locate your voting station on a map, please see our online voting station finder. Q: Can I vote if I will be out of the country on Election Day? A: If you are a South African citizen and are registered to vote, but will be out of the country on Election Day, please see special votes for details on how to apply for a special vote (national and provincial elections only). Q: Can I vote if I’m bedridden and unable to go to my voting station on Election Day? A: If you’re confined to your bed and can’t get to your voting station on Election Day for National and Provincial elections, you can apply for a special vote. Q: Can I vote if I’m in hospital? A: If you’re bedridden or in hospital and can’t get to your voting station on Election Day for National and Provincial elections, you can apply for a special vote. Q: Can I vote if I’ve lost my registration sticker? A: You will be allowed to vote as long as your name is on the voters’ roll. If your name isn’t on the voters’ roll and you don’t have your registration sticker, you have no proof that you’ve registered and you won’t be able to vote. Please check your voter registration status online to make sure your name is on the voters’ roll. Q: Can I vote if my new ID book has not arrived yet? A: Yes, you can vote if you have a Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) that is valid on Election Day. You can apply for a TIC at the Department of Home Affairs. Please remember, you will
Voters with special needs have until April 17 to apply for a special vote. Applicants need to complete a VEC 1 form, obtainable on the IEC website or from local IEC offices. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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A: No, you must vote in person at your voting station.
Q: Can I vote on behalf of someone who is unable to get to their voting station? A: No, every voter must vote in person at the voting station.
Q: How do I know if my voting station has changed? A: We try to communicate any changes to you, but please check your voter registration status online before each election to confirm that your voting station hasn’t changed.
Q: Can I vote with my temporary registration certificate (TRC)? A: No, you can only vote with your South African, green, bar-coded ID or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC). You can apply for a green, bar-coded ID or a valid TIC from the Department of Home Affairs. Q: Can permanent residents vote in the elections? A: No, only South African citizens with a green, bar-coded ID book can vote in elections. Q: I am living overseas and voted in the last national and provincial elections. Can I vote in the municipal elections? A: The Muncipal Electoral Act does not make provision for overseas voting during municipal elections due to the fact that you can only vote in the ward where you live. General Frequently asked questions about voting in general Q: I have registered, but I don’t want to vote. Will anything happen to me if I don’t vote? A: No, voting is not compulsory in SA, however voting is an important civic duty and we encourage all South Africans to participate. Q: I’m in the SANDF/SAPS and on duty on Election Day. When will I vote? A: If you’re a member of the SANDF or SAPS and are on duty on Election Day for National and Provincial elections, you can apply for a special vote. Please see special votes for details. Q: Will election day be a public holiday? A: This decision is made by The President in consultation with the Minister of Home Affairs, not by the IEC. However, if election day is a public holiday, the election timetable will say so. Q: Can I vote online or by post?
Q: I registered at a temporary registration station. Where do I vote? A: Voting stations may change from time to time, depending on availability of each voting venue. To find out where your voting station is, please check your voter registration status online. You can then use our online voting station finder to find a map to your voting station. Q: Where can I vote? A: National and Provincial Elections: You need to vote at the voting station where you’re registered to vote. However, if you’re outside of your voting district on Election Day you may vote at another voting station in South Africa. If you’re outside the province where you registered, you’ll only be able to vote in the national election and not the provincial election, and you’ll be asked to complete a VEC 4 form at the voting station. Municipal Elections and By-Elections: You need to vote at the voting station at which you’re registered. Please remember that you must be a registered voter in South Africa in order to vote. To confirm that your name is on the voters’ roll, check your voter registration status online or SMS your ID number to 32810. Q: Why has my voting station changed? A: Your voting station may change from time to time, depending on the availability of the venue and changes in your voting district boundaries. To find out where your voting station is, check your voter registration status online. You can then use our online voting station finder to find a map to your voting station.
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April 10, 2014 Mthatha Express
Elderly demand better houses for safety AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA ELDERLY women at Kwenxurha locality, Mqanduli, say they are vulnerable to crimes targeting women and are demanding that the government do something about their safety. This was voiced by these women during Premier Noxolo Kiviet’s Post State Of the Province Address (SOPA) visit to this area last Tuesday. Kiviet visited the area to listen to the community’s views about the governance in the province, to give them a chance to comment on her SOPA speech and also to listen to their aspirations and suggestions. One elder, Nolukholo Mnqinana, said they were living in fear in the village and their houses were not in a good enough condition to keep the perpetrators out. “We put up cheap doors that make it easy for the criminals to kick them open and get inside. So if the government can come to our rescue and build us proper houses with secured doors, things can be better,” said Mnqinana. Fresh in the minds of the women is an inci-
dent in March last year, where a 89 year-old Gogo and her granddaughter (5) were killed. Boniwe Wayiza was raped and hacked to death with her granddaughter when an intruder forced his way into their hut whilst they were asleep. A man (35) was arrested after his identity document was found at the scene of crime. Kiviet said even though she would have a talk with the Department of Human Settlements, she believed that the safety of elderly women also depends on the entire community. “We need courageous men who put their lives on the line to protect women, especially the vulnerable ones, and also men who raise their sons to respect and protect women,” said Kiviet. She said she did not believe that a proper house or door would stop rapists but united community members, who vow to protect the senior citizens, would. Community members who attended Premier Noxolo Kiviet's visit at Kwenxurha last Tuesday.
PHOTO:AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA
WORLD ALLERGY WEEK: APRIL 7 - 13
Everyone should be allergy aware REPORTER A LEADING pharmaceutical company specialising in allergy medication, chose today which marks the start of World Allergy Week (7 – 13 April), to launch a national campaign aimed at raising awareness among parents and teachers of anaphylaxis – a serious and life-threatening allergic reaction, which is fast on the rise. Pharma Dynamics’ campaign stems from a survey done by the company some months
back involving almost 1 000 learners and teachers from private, government and Model C schools across the country which found that none of the learners nor the teachers knew what to do in case of a severe allergic attack, putting children’s lives at risk. Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, says the campaign, which kicks off this week, will run throughout the month of April to cover as much ground as possible. “Several of SA’s top allergists and health-
care practitioners (HCPs) will be placed at the heart of local community schools across South Africa to help spread awareness to as many parents and teachers as possible. “Education workshops will focus primarily on anaphylaxis – what it is, what triggers an allergic reaction or a severe attack such as anaphylaxis, how to identify early warning signs and symptoms and how to treat it – all done in an effort to save lives. The workshops will also coach parents and teachers on how to deal with and better relate to learners with allergies, who often feel stigmatised as a result of their condition,” she says. According to international studies the incidence of anaphylaxis is on the increase. Figures are scant for SA, but some local clinics that have started to record cases of anaphylaxis say they deal with an average of 20 cases per month, but that the actual figure is likely to be much higher. Van Aswegen says more and more cases are being reported worldwide of children dying at school following a major allergic attack. “The condition is real and should be given the prominence it deserves. It can potentially be fatal if the correct care isn’t given immediately. “It is essential that when your child or a learner in a class has a serious and lifethreatening condition like this to have a plan in place way ahead of time. In most cases, if an anaphylactic attack occurs and is treated quickly with the appropriate medication, such as an adrenaline auto-injector
(a medical device used to deliver a measured dose of adrenaline), the outcomes are good, but there are far too many cases that end up in tragedy. “Early warning signs include itching of the eyes or face and often within minutes it will progress to more serious symptoms such as difficulty in swallowing or breathing, stomach pain, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and/or hives. Anaphylaxis can quickly result in an increased heart rate, sudden weakness, a drop in blood pressure, shock and ultimately unconsciousness and death. If children exhibit any of these symptoms, immediate emergency medical attention should be sought,” advises van Aswegen. Pharma Dynamics has also made additional resources available for free download and printing online via its popular allergy education website, www.allergyexpert.co.za, which both parents and teachers can use as teaching aids in the home or classroom setting. Resources include: allergy poster, colouring-in pages, ‘spot the allergen’ word games, bookmarks, school presentations, allergy check-lists and fact sheets and an anaphylaxis emergency care plan. Dr Mike Levin, one of SA’s top allergists and advisor to Pharma Dynamics will also be available to respond to any online allergy-related queries via the website all year round. Pharma Dynamics’ campaign marks an important step in educating and raising awareness of the physical dangers and emotional toll imposed by allergies among children.
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Youth on mission to revive Port St Johns
THE Chairperson of the newly elected Port St John’s Youth Council, Siviwe Ngcingwana, has vowed that their first priority and mission as the executive committee members of the youth council is to restore the good face of Port St John’s economically by creating economic opportunities for the youth and reducing the high rate of unemployment in the area. Siviwe was recently elected with his EXCO in a two-day summit which was held at Lilly Lodge, Port St John’s. The National Youth Development Agency was invited to attend but no representatives pitched up. Port St John’s communication officer, Pelokazi Pellem, had confirmed that they had received an apology from NYDA stating that
they were unable to attend the summit. Youth from different political parties were represented in this summit and some were wearing the t-shirts of their organisations. Ngcingwana stressed that no one could dispute that Port St John’s is one of the best tourism destinations in the Eastern Cape. Despite this, the unemployment rate is high and 90% of the unemployed youth depend on government grants. “We need to create an environment for young people to be independent, address the issue of capacitating them, provide skills development and focus more on tourism, hospitality and beverage services. “We need to train more young people in agriculture because it is one of the diamonds of the area. We need to invite Seda to provide training and guide the youth on how to form co-operations. We need young people to access grants from all the agencies because all these
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Child participation paramount to development
NOKHWEZI MTANGAYI AND FIKISWA MASISO SINCE the advent of democracy, government in partnership with other organs of civil society, have embarked earnestly towards the implementation of promulgated laws and policies that are specifically childbiased. Most pieces of legislation are based on major international instruments like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children convention (UNCRC) of which South Africa is a signatory. If these instruments can be domesticated and then implemented perfectly they have the potential to provide a new vision for children. If children at a family level are guaranteed freedom to participate in matters affecting them, that could yield positive results and create a good ground for their development. They are empowered and able to make informed choices which could yield good results. While acknowledging that children are vulnerable human beings who require the protection and support from the family, society and state, children are right holders. They have the ability to form and express opinions and to participate in decisionmaking processes that influence solutions. Children are also expected to intervene as partners in the process of social change and in the building up of our democracy. Respecting the views of children means
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Umgosi She is clean in town but her home is like a pig sty There is a buddy of ours who likes to visit our places, but she never invites us to her place. Even if we suggest that we would love to sleep over at her place, she never accepts that. She can wear ke i-attire usisi as she is always dressed to kill. Never mind about special aromas and strong perfumes. We always asked ourselves why she doesn’t want us to visit her place because she stays with her kid. Recently we paid an unexpected visit. Wow! What we saw was astonishing. Her place was so dirty that you can call it a pig sty. She has 50kg of used disposable nappies in the dust bin. On the doorsteps we were welcomed by pots. Kanti kunjani apha emhlabeni. A bed is like the one uGesh used when in high school and we do not think she knows how to sweep the floor.
She is clean on the street but back at home hayi kunzima tata. Sisi try to change the style kungenjalo uyakusihlaza nakwabanye abahlobo abangashaya an unexpected visit as we did but please forgive us it was not our intention to meet the dirtiness we saw in your house. Beware of ‘icofi’ in town Dear readers, niyazi thina asigcini mabibi asingomva we- cupboard and you know good people, God sent us on this Express land to convey iindaba ezilungileyo kwanako konke okuqhubekayo. Oku sizakunixelala kona asazi nokuba senikuvile na or kukhona okukhe kwamehlela. But we believe there is a bit of Satanism practice. Uyeke ke ungawumameli umgosi, mara uyakulicula elakuncamisayo. Phela kuthiwa kukhona ntombazana ithile if not amantombazana ahamba ecofana nezisu zoosisi apha kwi- CBD yaseUTA. Kuthiwa
Were all promised services delivered in Mqanduli? AS we are heading to elections on May 7, Mthatha Express reporter Ayanda Millisa Madikizela went out with the Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet during her visit in Mqanduli to find out if people had indeed received all the services promised to them prior to the previous elections. This is what they had to say:
ucofa kwasisi adibana naye endleleni but it seems as if their/her main targets are pregnant women and sooner lowo uthe waphathwa ezithwele usengxakini. Sithetha nawe nje kukhona oke wolala esibhedlele ngenxa yokucofwa ngulo sisi, yaye ebesegabha igazi. Siyanilumkisa njalo because kuyaqhubeka mampela lokhu sikutshoyo unless ufuna ukukholwa ngokubona nje ngo-Petros webhayibile efuna ukuva amanxeba kaYesu. Wanje dadethu kwenze njani? Mmmm, one eloquent speaker said life is tough if not difficult but our plight with this utterance is that we don’t know ukuba uthi unzima xa kutheni. Nithetha ngantoni bafana bomgosi. Asiqale apha, uyazi kuhlupha kanjani ukukhula nomntu umazi e-right and nilahlekane emveni koko sowubona the shadow of her.
As you know ukuthi we are all over as a gossip team sike sashapa iaround kwaAnkela (Uncle) yenye yendawo yokuphola la eFlagyezitaff (Flagstaff). Bafethu sibona omnye obesicinga ukuba yenye yamanenekazi aye kumgangatho ophezulu eHigh school. Uyazi in those days there were categories of guys and girls in the high school. So iNoluba waye ‘belonged to the first class and she was beautiful usisi. Ash, sibone nje umntu ovele abize uGesh ngegama. “Hayibo sisi undazela phi?” Kubuza uGesh. “Hayibo sasisonke eHigh school eMarelane ndingumngani wecherrie yakho”, utsho lo sisi. OWW! UGesh sebona nge-scar esidleleni. Besingazi ukuba umntu uyatshintsha xa wayemhle abe mbi. Akambanga usisi wakho and akahlupheki kuba she has a decent job but ekhambeni kuthiwa uyangamandla ulala avuke ngabo. Uyabona ke le nto sihlala siyikhalazela koosisi etywaleni, mara abeva bayabuthanda.
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Welcome Sitelo: In ward 22, a lot has been delivered but in other wards, it’s still hard. The only thing we request now is the road.
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Ziphathe Nkundleni: We have electricity in our ward and the community policing forum (CPF) is operating successfully. The only thing we need mostly is the clinic.
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Academy ready for 2014 Schools Cup
REPORTER REGISTRATION for the 2014 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup has now closed and the South African Schools Football Association will shortly be sending the entrants their opening fixtures. One school who got their entry in early is the Executive Academy School in Idutywa whose team manager and coach, Emmanuel Makiti, believes in early preparation. So they are already hard at work ahead of the opening matches in the tournament. Executive Academy won R100 000 as the 2013 Eastern Cape provincial champions in the soccer competition, and they finished 11th at the national finals last year. The plan is to win the provincial finals again this year finish higher on the log at the national finals. Preparations started last year for Makiti, whose first task was to get an SAFA level 1
coaching qualification and he hopes the skills he acquired will filter down and assist the players. “After last year’s national finals, I re-
At the moment, the team is playing friendly games every weekend against schools from their surrounding area, and in this way they are getting used to playing as a team . . . alised I needed a qualification if the school was to progress in this tournament, so I asked the school principal, who assisted me financially to do the course,” said Makiti. The key learnings from the course, Makiti
said, are how to identify a player and select a team; how to strategise when your team is losing a game and the importance of motivating your team. Makiti’s identification process started a week after school started in January with 40 hopefuls attending trials at the school. He selected the top 25 players who were put through a 2-week rigorous training session. They were then put into game situations and from there a squad of 17 players was chosen. “This method works for me as it gives me enough time to get to know players, their strengths and their weaknesses and gives them time to improve,” Makiti said. There are six players from the 2013 team and according to Makiti, they are hungry to do better this year. “I believe the current team is better than last year’s,” Makiti said. “Last year I didn’t have enough strikers, whereas this year I do – as well as good midfielders and defenders. The pressure is also on me to coach them correctly and teach them the basics, but
I am better prepared than last year.” At the moment, the team is playing friendly games every weekend against schools from their surrounding area, and in this way they are getting used to playing as a team and learning to improve their communication on the field. “I have also entered the team into a local Mbombela promotion league,” Makiti said. “This helps the team to improve their skills and they also get to see how other teams play in the league which is more challenging than playing against a school.” Makiti believes that Sanlam and the Motsepe Foundation are doing a fantastic job in soccer development as these are the future Bafana Bafana players. “I make a point of teaching the boys about what Sanlam does as it is important to give back to our sponsors. I also believe that Sanlam is an ideal sponsor at this level as every under-19 youngster needs to understand financial literacy.”
Mhlontlo teams still await kit AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA MHLONTLO soccer teams are still waiting for the Mhlontlo Local Municipality to hand over soccer kit that was donated by the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, in March 2012. Minister Mbalula handed over the kit in the area to help develop rural sports in locations within the Mhlontlo area and the kit was given to the municipal officials to distribute them to the teams.
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‘Drink your water’ say student nurses AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA STUDENT nurses from Lilitha Nursing College, Mthatha campus, participated in a sports day campaign last Wednesday encouraging people to drink water as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Maqokolo added that they also included some light exercising as part of promoting a healthy lifestyle and stalls where health checks such as blood pressure was done. Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) was also invited to service its members at the campus and to present its services
They handed out water bottles around the campus and fined people found to be drinking anything else. The sports day started with a walk from Dellville Road to Mthatha General Hospital, where the college’s premises are. The students, support staff and lecturers then took part in different physical activities such as aerobics and rope skipping. Student Learner Body Affair Coordinator from Lilitha, Pinky Mjali, said normally Wednesdays are their sports day but this day was extraordinary for the campus. “Our third year students came up with the idea of promoting the drinking of water to save lives. So we decided to incorporate the idea in our sports day activities. The day was a great success and we plan to hold it annually,” said Mjali. Organizers Bonke Maqokolo and Buhle Magidigidi said they also want this campaign to be carried through to next year’s group to promote a healthy lifestyle. “Most people do not like to drink water. Hence we decided to dedicate this day just to conscientize people about the importance of drinking water,” said Magidigidi.
to the students who were treated to a massage courtesy of GEMS. Lilitha Principal, Nomboniso Ngqele, said this was a very good initiative by the third year students especially because they had raised the money to buy water on their own. She said the activities were very important
for the entire campus to preserve the status of wellness and to keep the minds of the learners recharged. “Even though we want to add value to drinking water, these activities also lighten up the learning environment for our learners,” said Ngqele.
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< Lilitha student nurses performing aerobics as part of the wellness day. PHOTO: AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA
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April 10, 2014 Mthatha Express
GREG NOTA THE 2010 Storm Breakers FC are now the clear champions for the Safa SAB Regional League Coastal Stream after being in position 2 for eight weeks as AmaMpondo United were on top with the same points but the goal difference was separating the two teams. Although Storm Breakers played a goalless draw in their last match with FCPV, the International FC made sure that they secure their position by beating AmaMpondo United who were sitting comfortably on top of the league by 2-1. That result gave 2010 Storm Breakers victory. The spectators who came in their numbers to watch the game on Sunday at the Flagstaff sports ground celebrated with the 2010 Storm Breakers after the game when it was announced that with the current results they are the champs with 35 points against their
rivals AmaMpondo who remained in the second position with 31 points. Now the 2010 Storm Breakers will have to play against the winner from the Mthatha Stream to get one winner to play in the playoffs representing the region. After those playoffs the winner will secure a space in the Vodacom League. The winner of Mthatha Stream, Mthatha City, will play against the winner from the Coastal Stream, 2010 Storm Breakers, to determine the team which will represent the whole region in the Vodacom play-offs. Both the teams would like to be in the Vodacom League but unfortunately there could be only one winner – the one who will score goals will proceed to the next level. The full weekend results; AmaMpondo 1 vs International 2, Iqhayiya 3 vs Supersport 6, Powerline 1 vs Red Lion 1, 2010 Storm Breakers 0 vs FCPV 0.
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