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Abandoning elderly ‘is not right’ SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
NE of the biggest challenges for the Centre manager of Empilweni Old age home in Mthatha, Reverend Dumalisile Ngcuka, is the fact that relatives abandon the elderly at the centre. In an exclusive interview with Express, Rev Ngcuka said cultural issues are one of the biggest problems. “We cannot change the fact that black people have their own cultural practices. So sometimes they dream about something which requires them to go home because the centre is a home away from home. “But if the relatives are no longer visiting
them it becomes a problem because we are un- families or relatives and to sometimes visit home and spend some time able to help. And they become with them. traumatized, feel lonely and He also disclosed that discarded.” sometimes the employees of He said recently a granny the centre have to take those dreamt about her husband who were no longer seeing who had died and was comtheir families to their homes plaining about being cold and for a weekend. that the gogo was compelled He said they rotate that to go home to do a cleansing role as employees at the cenceremony to respond to her tre to avoid the elderly from dream of her late husband. feeling lonely. “That could be done be“They desperately need to cause relatives were visiting Reverend Dumalisile Ngcuka. be visited not only on Octoher and she told them about PHOTO: SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE ber 1, the International Day the dream.” for older persons, but also He said despite being at the centre they still need the warmth from their throughout the year.
They even appreciate visits from other people who are not family. That is why we encourage people to pay a visit to this centre because it makes them feel better,” said the Reverend. He called on the relatives of old people who are staying there, to visit them frequently because they still need their relatives next to them. Empilweni Old age home this year has accommodated 140 adults from all spheres of the Eastern Cape and it is situated a few kilometres away from Mthatha just opposite Bedford hospital. Thoko Mphothulo, one of the elderly persons staying at Empilweni for three years, said it was important to be visited by people, especially their relatives.
Museum commemorates Madiba’s release from prison February 11, on the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after spending 27 years behind bars, the Nelson Mandela museum in Qunu celebrated this day with learners from several schools in Mthatha and surrounds. Veteran and community builder, Aunt Laura Mphahlwa, shared her Mandela moments with the learners, encouraging them to take their education serious ly. Read story on page 3
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Communities join hands to change KSD SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE communities in the King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality have come together to work hand in glove with the municipality in an endeavour to improve development in the municipality’s jurisdiction. KSD incorporates Mthatha, Mqanduli and Coffee Bay. This is also aimed at avoiding service delivery protest actions. In a meeting held at the Eastern Cape Development Cooperation’s building last week Tuesday, community members and repre-
sentatives from different stakeholders were elected to form a KSD Local Economic Development Forum. According to the chairperson of the newly elected forum, Ndumiso Ngqeleni, their main focus is to assist the municipality to deliver services to the people, especially in the rural areas, and to attract more investors. “We want to work tirelessly to attract more investors in this area. But before we do that we need to change the image of KSD, particularly Mthatha,” he said. Lately Mthatha has become well-known as the city of potholes because of the poor state
Bathi abasoze bavota bengakaluboni uphuhliso SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE BAFUNGE bamanunca iintupha abahlali bakwa-ward 17 ngaphantsi komasipala iNtabankulu besithi abasoze bavote yaye abakhange bathabathe inxaxheba kubhaliso lovoto lokugqibela obeluqhutywa kule mpela veki sisuka kuyo. Bathi ababoni kukhona imfuneko yokuvo-
ta kuba lo nto ayibenzeli nto bona kusukela baqala ukuvota. “Oko kwathi kwangena lo rhulumente kuthiwa ngokwenkululeko thina akukho kwanto sake sayixhamla sibona nje kwezinye iilali ukuba ikhona le nto kuthiwa luphuhliso”, utshilo Xolile Nontlanga obekhokhela abahlali kolu qhanqalazo. Abahlali belali ezinje ngeTonti, Dedelo kwakunye noLunzwana bakwenze kwa-
meeting were members from Nafcoc, the taxi industry and officials from the KSD municipality. The spokesperson for KSD, Sonwabo Mampoza, expressed his gratitude over this initiative. “We are appreciating community participation and cooperation from stakeholders in the affairs of the municipality.” He said he was hoping that the relationship would be long-lasting and that it would be mutually beneficial for the municipality and the community.
of its roads. He revealed that this forum is also going to work as an entry point and improve the communication between the municipal leaders and the community. “We need to encourage community participation. We know that there are people who know the community’s needs and we need to link up with them so that it would be easier to channel service delivery. People must also understand that we are not a political party or anti-political party but we only initiated this to improve development and the economy of KSD,” said Ngqeleni. Amongst the stakeholders who graced the
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February 20, 2014 Mthatha Express
AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA LAST Wednesday, February 11, on the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after spending 27 years behind bars, the Nelson Mandela museum in Qunu celebrated this day with learners from several schools in Mthatha and surrounds. The day started with a “Freedom Walk” from Nelson Mandela’s “Victor Verster Prison House” replica at Mandela’s home in Qunu to the Nelson Mandela Museum. The “Young Friends of Madiba” initiative was also launched during the celebrations. “Young Friends of Madiba” will be involved in activating social networks about Madiba’s legacy and also participating on the existing web and social pages, sharing their moments and views about Madiba. On the day, students got the chance to share their views on Madiba’s role to free South Africa. Veteran and community builder, Aunt Laura Mphahlwa, shared her Mandela moments with the learners, encouraging them to take their education seriously, since that was one of the things Madiba advocated wherever he went.
“I first met him back in the early 1960’s when he came to Mthatha to meet with my husband who was the headmaster at St John’s College of Education,” said Mpahlwa. Her husband, the late Mabuto Mpahlwa, was involved in the struggle against apartheid and as a result their children were forced to go into exile, following his arrest during the riots. “I met Madiba again when he attended my husband’s 70th birthday at our home in Ncembedlana. He was such a gentleman and never looked down on the less fortunate,” she said. Mpahlwa said when Madiba arrived for the birthday, the whole township came to a standstill. “He was happy to mingle with the community members and most importantly with the children, encouraging them to go to school for them to become better people.” The Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Museum, Bayanda Nyengule, said they had dedicated February to honouring Madiba’s release from prison with an array of events. “It is our mandate as custodians of Nelson Mandela’s legacy to preserve it by promoting the footprints that mark his humble beginnings,” said Nyengule.
Bus driver leaves Gogo stranded AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA GOGO Magareth Ntshinka (69) from Ngangelizwe township, Mthatha is demanding a refund from the bus driver who left her and her son at a Rustenburg taxi rank instead of Standerton. Ntshinka is claiming R1 560 from the driver of Nobetha Express bus that was travelling from Mthatha to Rustenburg on November 15 last year. She said she was attending her cousin’s funeral that was going to be on the next day, Saturday, but the driver did not turn in to Standerton and went straight to Rustenburg. “When I questioned him about this, he said my query would be resolved in Rustenburg,” said Ntshinka. She said the driver also suggested to drop them on the road for them to hike to where they wanted to go. “The arrogance of that man. How can he expect us to hitchhike from a place we have never been to, in the middle of nowhere?” asked the angry woman. They never attended the funeral and they took a taxi from Rustenburg to Pretoria for them to catch a bus back to Mthatha. “I tried to get hold of the Nobetha Express offices in Mthatha but found out that they have no office and I have since reported the matter at the consumer right offices from where I was sent to the small claims court,” she said.
According to her, when the owner of the bus heard that she had been to court, he said there is nothing he can talk to her
about but only to her lawyers. The owner of the buses could not be reached for comment before going to print.
= Nelson Mandela museum marketing and communications manager Nokuzola Tetani, member of the council of the museum Vuyani Booi, Veteran Aunt Laura Mpahlwa, CEO of the museum Bayanda Nyengule and Daily Dispatch's Marketing assistant Andile Nduna captured as Dispatch was handing over to Nelson Mandela Museum and the Nelson Mandela Family Posters that were placed in strategic areas for the public to write messages of condolence during the mourning period. PHOTO:AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA
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School gives love to elderly
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE WITH February being the month of love, a dressmaking school in Mthatha has shown love to the elderly living in the Empilweni old age home in Mthatha, so that they do not feel alone during this month of love. Zanokhanyo Dressmaking and Designing school spent the day last week Thursday giving warmth to the aged. They helped them bath, dress and prepare for a tea party. Afterwards they took them to Empilweni’s hall where a prayer service was led by different faith organizations. After prayer, the students and staff members served the elderly delicious snacks, food, meat, drinks and two big cakes. The Director of Zanokhanyo School, Zodwa Tshwane, said this was their way of showing
them love even if they were not with their families. “But we wanted to show them that we love them in our society. “By doing so, we also show them the importance of having them amongst us and stressing that we still love them and we will never stop doing that,” said Zodwa. She said they intended visiting the old age home again. Nomatshaka Mhlaluka from All Saints, Engcobo, who has been staying in Empilweni for six months, said they were so happy to have visitors. “This day reminded me of when I was still at home and when my grandchildren were serving me with delicious food. We appreciated seeing that there are people who still love us. That alone is giving us strength,” she said. The centre manager of Empilweni, Reverend Dumalisile Ngcuka, expressed his grati-
tude to all who had made the old people happy on the day. “The visit showed that we are working together with communities, different institutions and faith organizations.” He called on other institutions to follow in the footsteps of Zanokhanyo School to make the elderly happy. Empilweni is accommodating 140 elderly people of whom 80% are bed-bound. Meanwhile Pick n Pay also showered the gogos with gifts last week as their way of showing love to them.
> Students and staff members of Zanokhanyo School with gogos and the cakes they served them as a sign of showing love. PHOTO:SIM
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Family awaits compensation AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA SHE was promised an RDP house and a well-fenced yard by their councillor in 2004, but nothing has happened since. Nocawe Mkutshwa (48) from the Mpindweni location in Mthatha, said King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality Councillor, Soga Mlandu, promised to build a house for her as compensation, following the construction of a water reservoir in her yard. To date she is still waiting and is currently residing at a relative’s place, since her house had collapsed. “I am not working and I have children to take care of. For a woman my age to be a squatter at family who have their own relatives to take care of, is not right,” said Mkutshwa. Mkutshwa said before the construction of the water reservoir, she was asked to choose between monetary compensation or to be built a house. She chose the house, but according to her she has been sent from pillar to post since. Mlandu now works as the Public Safety and Disaster manager for the KSD municipality. “They’ve been waiting and the councillor is not giving us any straight answers about the promise,” said Sibongile Mbila, a member of the family where Mkutshwa is residing with her four children and grandchildren. She said it was unfair for the municipality not to take care of this family while they are using her yard. “How can they make empty promises to a destitute family? It is not fair at all.” She added that her aunt’s family now reside with them. Their home is overcrowded and they struggle to make ends meet. The Express contacted Mlandu from a meeting in town hall. He confirmed the situation and said he had been trying to push for the house to be built. “It is true what they are saying and the programme is now with the disaster office in the OR Tambo district.” Mlandu said he offered them his help and suggested that they should try to get blocks to start the building. He said he would personally assist with the roofing but they are refusing to help. The OR Tambo district municipality could not be reached for comment due to the strike action at the municipality.
It’s your Business Starting your own business ANDILE Nontso of Andile Nontso foundation SMME Development Programme and former KSD Nafcoc chairperson is back this week with business tips. In the last column, we asked all those who want to be in business to answer 9 questions. Today we take you through all the steps to be compliant and ready to trade or tender. Always remember that tenders are not a business and they are meant to boost you in your intended sustainable day to day business. 1. You must register a business which is PTY LTD as close corporation are no longer valid. You must register with an accountant or business centre or go to ECDC or Seda to enquire. 2. Get a tax clearance and share certificate. 3. Open a bank account with the bank. 4. Get a BEE certificate. Now you are ready to be in the provincial data base. Remember you will have to spend money while you are getting your company right. In the next business column we will discuss generic rules of business.
February 20, 2014 Mthatha Express
Striking university produces top students AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA THE Walter Sisulu University’s accountancy students have, despite the many challenges the university faced last year, achieved excellent results. The institution suffered more than one strike last year, with both students and lecturers displaying their dissatisfaction. Regardless, results were outstanding for learners in first, second and in third year who are on the SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) programme. A first-year student from Harding, Lindel-
Lindelani Tshazi, a first year Chartered Accountant student who excelled last year at WSU. PHOTO:AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA
Mass roll-out of smart identification cards REPORTER MINISTER Naledi Pandor has announced that the department of Home Affairs is rolling out Smart ID cards to the public with effect from the beginning of February 2014. In this regard, the department has successfully revamped 28 offices across the country to facilitate applications for the Smart ID cards. According to Pandor, the Smart ID card is one of the major achievements of the 20 years of South Africa’s democracy and comes within the context of efforts by the government to consolidate the restoration of identity, citizenship and dignity to all the country’s people. The department is now ready to take applications for the smart ID cards to the following categories: 1. 16-year-old and above first time applicants can apply any month of the year. 2. 60-year-old pensioners born during January and February must approach home affairs offices during the month of February to apply. 3. From March this year, 60-yearolds and above can now apply in accordance with their months of birth. 4. All other citizens should wait for invitations to apply. At this stage, applications for the Smart ID card can only be made at the following offices in the Eastern Cape: Port Elizabeth, Mthatha and King Williamstown. Remember: 1. Exercise patience as the process of rolling out the smart cards will take a few years. 2. The smart ID cards will be issued freely to 16-year-olds, first-time applicants and pensioners who are 60 years and above.
ani Tshazi (21), achieved a 90% pass rate. Tshazi said he always wanted to be a chartered accountant and was glad he got the bursary to work towards his dream. As the eldest child of five, raised by a single mother, Tshazi knows he would have to be the breadwinner soon, hence he was keen to succeed. “I promise to keep working hard for even better results next year, because I have my eye on my goal: to be one of the best CA’s in the country,” said Tshazi. With the understanding that should he fail, the bursary would be terminated, Tshazi is certain that it would never come to that.
“The commitment and dedication I have for my studies will see me graduating in record time and I want SAICA to be proud of me and not regret giving me the chance to be a better person,” he said. The project was launched by SAICA, the University of Cape Town, the Department of Higher Training and Education and the Walter Sisulu University (WSU). All these partners made sure that the funding, administration and academic support were provided to the students participating in the programme. Senior Executive – Professional Development, Transformation and Growth at SAICA,
Chantyl Mulder, said that with all the required tools, anything is possible. “These success stories tell us that with the right programme in place and with dedicated personnel, a lot can be achieved. These youngsters have done us proud indeed,” said Mulder. Tshazi, together with two fellow students who excelled in their studies, Sandisiwe Tshungwana (3rd year) and Mxolisi Makamisi (2nd year), were rewarded with SAICA Thuthuka Bursary Fund Achievement Awards last Monday at the Savoy Conference Centre and were addressed by Sizwe Nxasana, Chief executive of FirstRand Limited.
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Third season for SA’s Braai Masters REPORTER SEASON 3 of SA’s toughest outdoor cooking competition is looking for the most daring Braai Masters. Sponsored by Pick n Pay, and hosted by SA’s favourite bush cook and author, Justin Bonello, Ultimate Braai Master has shattered the stereotype of what could be prepared on an open fire for two consecutive seasons and this year is no exception. The third season of SA’s favourite gourmet braai adventure is now open for entries. Are you tough enough to be South Africa’s next Ultimate Braai Master? Season 2 pitted SA’s top 15 braai teams against each other in some gruelling outdoor cooking challenges that saw the winning team Good Better Braai consisting of Braai Master, Jacques Bester and Braai Buddy and girlfriend, Nadia Botha, take home the title, R500 000 cash and the Renault Koleos 4x4 valued at R340 000, together with Front Runner accessories valued at R15 000. Season Three, supported by Coca-Cola, Renault Duster and Total, promises to be the most adrenalin-fuelled braai competition yet, with this year’s competitors travelling 9000km in the new Renault Duster 4x4 on a 60-day road trip of epic proportions. But there are only 15 spots around the Braai Master fire. So if you are keen to compete in SA’s toughest outdoor kitchen, are aged 18 years or older and want to walk away with the title, R500 000 cash, the brand new Renault Duster 4x4 valued at R260 000 and many more prizes, then enter online now via www.ultimatebraaimaster.com by no later than 21 February 2014, or risk missing the chance of a lifetime! Title sponsor and the Pantry Partner, Pick n Pay, will support the top 15 teams with a fully stocked pantry across the 13-part series. “The Ultimate Braai Master celebrates the culture of diversity that defines South Africa as a nation; a one-of-a-kind country that has become a melting pot of culinary creativity – at the centre of which remains the humble braai. “We are proud to be sponsoring the third season of Ultimate Braai Master, which will once again allow us to showcase, through the Pick n Pay Pantry on the show, our wide of-
fering of fresh, local and sustainable products in this uniquely entertaining way,” said Pick n Pay’s General Manager of Marketing, Malcolm Mycroft. The third season will introduce a new judge, South African born Executive Chef, Petrus Madutlela, who will join host Justin Bonello and Executive Chef Judge, Bertus Basson, in putting contestants through their paces. Petrus’s culinary career spanned some of South Africa’s top restaurants before he moved to London in 2010 where he’s worked alongside top Chefs in the Savoy, the Michelin Star Restaurant, Chapter One in Kent, and as Head Chef of The Hengist, a two-rosette restaurant near Aylesford. Petrus plans on returning to South Africa with his wife and young son in May to join the Ultimate Braai Master production. “I am thrilled to be joining the team of Ultimate Braai Master, judging a competition that resonates with my own passion for the braai, the great outdoors, and of course, challenging the creative boundaries of what can be produced on an open fire. I’m especially excited to be coming back home to South Africa with my family, where I dream of opening a signature restaurant and featuring food that’s simple, seasonal and authentic,” said Petrus. Justin and tough Taskmasters, Bertus and Petrus will be looking for teams showing imagination, innovation, a passion for local produce and a flare for flavour. “So much of life is about regrets; the ‘could’ve, would’ve, should’ve.’ The truth is, and I speak from experience, that the Ultimate Braai Master road trip is a life-changing experience and the last thing you want is the regret of not even entering!” said Justin, Short-listed entrants selected from this season’s online entries will have to put their braai-smarts to the test at four regional auditions taking place during March 2014 in Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Durban and Cape Town, where Justin and the Ultimate Braai Master Judges will select a national pool of finalists from which SA’s top 15 teams will be selected - including one Wild Card team as selected by Pick n Pay. The competition starts in May with the series premiering on ETV in time for this year’s summertime braai season.
February 20, 2014 Mthatha Express
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Grannies enjoy snacks during the visit Empilweni Old Age Centre by a Mthatha school called Sinokhanyo. PHOTO: SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
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Umgosi There is a problem in men’s minds Sometimes you ended up asking yourself that, are the minds of other men work properly because sometimes they make us raise questions. Uyakuze umntu athi enomntu wakhe or a wife but on Valentine’s Day he would take out another female instead of his wife or original girlfriend, afike kubo okanye kwakhe sesula umlomo esithi kwiqabane lakhe every day is a Valentine’s day there is no need to go out. Uyazi he blinds umntwana womntu, naye akholelwe kuba wofika indoda inothando kakhulu xa ivela kuganga or kumosha. Can you allow us to guide you dear men of the soil? Okay, thank you for giving us this opportunity. Listen attentively ke. Ithi daai ding, spend your time on days like Valentines on those that love you unconditionally. Don’t waste it on those that only love you when the conditions are right for them. Uyawuva umgosi team. Like our dude whom we recently met in Timberlake Spur. Unkabi belimnyama itafula ziziphuzo nokutya and we thought he is with his longtime sweetheart, kanti ngom-
nye umntu. And apho kubuhlungu khona siyamazi lo sisi ukhutshiweyo ukuba uphandlapha. Ash, ushiye a good woman ibifika isiphakele nathi xa sivakashele kwakhe nokuba sibangaphi na. Oh! Nibhala le nto kuba nikhweletela lo sisi uniphakelayo xa nivela kwezi ndawo zenu? Not at all, we are just conveying what we saw. Mara ke shame kungokuba ‘oophandlapha’ bona bode bakhutshwe boobani kuba abanabantu basi‘straight’ babamba ezi dawu-dawu zibhadula apha phandle ungazi ukuba zifuna ntoni zinabantu ezindlini. Hlala kuye wena sisters ungazingenelanga pokothweni kuye nje.
move their bodies. No, no maan this is not on even if there is a cut off water but you need to devise means to stop your body of smelling badly. So friendos you need to use roll-ons if you don’t have chance to wash your body because of the busy schedule in your business. To be an enemy of water does not affect you but the people around you kuba asazi nokuba umntu uyaziva na ukuba uyanuka. So please bafethu water is important in our bodies we need to use it. Eintleik , we are also referring to you dear taxi conductors because when you are collecting cash lifting up your armpits we always smell something. Nivile moss.
Cut off water musn’t be a scape goat Oh! It was nastiest journey ever when we were travelling by taxi to Mbuqe Extension recently because we had a problem with our Turu-turu. We were at the middle seat and next to us there were two guys who are coming from these SA neighbouring countries. Ash, it was unbearable smell as soon as they
Khanicebiseni aba meya benu Nanjengoko usazi kwi-gossip team ukuba chicken is a chicken and we don’t hide anything on this Express land. Uyazi kukhona okusihluphayo la kukhona umeya womasipala ophantsi kwe OR Tambo, soze umfumane efowunini nokuba sekutheni, ukuba ke ufunyanwa babatheni asazi nathi kuba oko thina
South Africans anxious over not finding love
Bingo gambling a win for Mthatha MTHATHA is the first city in the Eastern Cape to have a licensed Bingo outlet – and growing numbers of over 18 patrons are discovering for themselves the fun of Bingo, says Ritz Bingo Mthatha manager Yolande Manuel. The outlet, in the Mthatha Mall, has joined the slots centre which has been open for around a year. “By going from 80 machines to 120 we have been able to add up-market bar facilities, comfortable seating where people chill out and a childminding facility,” says Manuel. She runs Ritz Bingo Mthatha, together with Eric Halgryn and their friendly team. Ritz Bingo is designed to give patrons a casino experience, with plush carpets, comfortable chairs, good food, live entertainment and a wellstocked bar. “Both our patrons and our staff tell us this is a great place to be. We have new standards for adult entertainment in the Mthatha area through
want people to feel safe,” she said. Entrance to the gambling area is strictly for over 18s only. Ritz Bingo Mthatha is a proudly black empowerment initiative, with the majority shareholding being in local black hands. Over 90 per cent of the staff also come from the Mthatha area. “This means that they know who is who in the city, and are able to welcome patrons in true Mthatha style,” said Manuel. The broader community also benefits from the success of Ritz Bingo Mthatha. At least 1,15 per cent of monthly revenue is ploughed back into the community through Corporate Social Investment. On being awarded the licence Ritz Bingo also donated R30 000 to Ruliv, a non-governmental organisation for its community projects. IMAGE: SUPPLIED Ritz Bingo also supports guards stationed in the mall parking local soccer. Musicians and artists are area, at the entrance to the mall, and encouraged to talk to Yolande, who would love to help them display their the entrance to Ritz Bingo itself. “This is a place to relax, and we artworks or perform in the bar.
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REPORTER WITH February is a month of love, South Africans are facing a stark reality: they are lovestarved. According to a just-released survey, more than 32% of single adults admit to feeling depressed and anxious about not finding love. The national poll, which was conducted by Pharma Dynamics (a generic pharmaceutical specialising in medication for the treatment of depression and anxiety), turned up some interesting results. Three in ten of the 529 single adults polled nationally, said being single makes them feel lonely, while 12% said they felt less attractive and 36% blamed themselves for their loveless situation. The majority however (89%) still firmly believes in true love and 76% said that finding that special someone would contribute greatly to their overall state of happiness. Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics said today’s generation of young people were finding it harder than ever to find fulfilling long-term relationships. “There are a number of factors that contribute to making finding Mr or Mrs Right so much more difficult in the 21st century. Globally, rates of loneliness are increasing as social structures disintegrate. Back in the 80s, the General Social Survey (GSS) collected the
first nationally representative data on the number of confidants (friends, family, soulmates) that Americans had in their lives, and the most common response was three. In 2004, when the survey was done again, the most common response was zero. This marks an important change in our social structure and inevitably impacts on match-making.” According to Pharma Dynamics’ poll, the gym, book and/or dance club seemed to be the most popular hangouts for single South Africans to find love, voted for by 56% of participants. More than 35% of respondents said they are confident about finding their match online, while 26% cited the workplace, 23% the supermarket, 22% the park and 16% still relied on the local pub to produce their perfect mate. She noted there were many pros to online dating, but that one should be careful not to lean on the online dating crutch too much. “Online dating may in the long-run discourage men from pursuing their partners more aggressively, leading to a more passive approach. Instead of walking up to a woman at a café or party after she’s made it clear that she’s interested, a man might not know how to respond and be more inclined to open his laptop and send a message to several single women about how much he likes their profile, while a genuine, opportunity passes by.”
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Legends’ corner SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THIS week Express brings readers the life story of a soccer great from Bizana in the Eastern Pondoland. This is none other than Sandile “Chikoya” Mnguni who was born in Nomlacu, Bizana. He started playing football with a plastic ball at the age of 7 with the local boys until he got promoted to the senior team of the Naughty Boys, a team from Nomlacu that tried several times in playoffs for promotion league. The school forced him to leave Naughty Boys since he had to attend senior classes elsewhere and he started his matric at St John’s College. This gave him the opportunity to joined the Happy Brothers which was a feeder team for Bush Bucks. He played along soccer greats like Clinto, Norman, Barhaza, Nceba “Mabobo” Gqoza and many more. Chikoya played in the middle of the park and the player who gave him the hardest time on the field was Juluka of Thembu Royals. He
AmaMpondo exells THE AmaMpondo United increased their chances of winning the log title by beating the log leaders 2010 Storm Breakers by 2-0 at the New Rest Stadium in Lusikisiki during their SAB Regional League, Coastal Stream fixture last Sunday. Last weekend results, Coastal Stream:
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Amawisile FC 2 vs. Capital Spurs FC 3, Ocean FC 0 vs. Mthatha City 2, Madikizela All Stars FC 3 vs. Master Kids FC 0 and Bityi All Stars FC 2 vs. Green Mamba FC 1
believed that there was a lot of potential in the players at that time, but that the environment and lack of exposure hampered their chances to become popular in South African football. The opportunities to move to big clubs were very slim, in contrast to nowadays where the gates are even open to people from rural towns. He said the passion of the game was all that was important in those days because there was no money. “We just played for the love of the game,” he said. The highlight match of his life was when they played against Abahlobo and Lizo Gxumisa, the goalkeeper of Abahlobo, saved them from being defeated. “The person who was giving Lizo hard time on goal posts was me and it was a one on one situation and I was sure that I was going to score but Lizo saved the ball and the game ended by draw of 0-0,” he said. He revealed that the standard of football was high during those times but theory that came with a foreign coach led to the dropping of standards.
“Now you have to play according to instructions from the book. South African football needs to develop to restore the pride of this country in football. “We want a better Bafana-Bafana. We are sick and tired of being the laughing stock of other African countries. And if we want a better Bafana, Safa must go and get strong players in the locations and invest money there. But it seems as if it is hard to see the dream flourish because we do not know even the whereabouts of the money received by the South African Football Association after 2010. The World Cup was meant to develop football and how it was used,” he said. After his matriculation Chikoya went back to Bizana and joined his former club the Naughty Boys where he hung up his boots. Presently he is working as a clerk in the community services centre at Mbizana Local Municipality. He is happily married and has been blessed with three children and also owns a home in Nomlacu.
Sandile ‘Chikoya’ Mnguni.
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= The 2010 Storm Breakers who lost 20 against the AmaMpondo United need to work hard to remain on top of the league after the United closed the gab between the two.
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AmaMpondo excels GREG NOTA THE AmaMpondo United increased their chances of winning the log title by beating the log leaders 2010 Storm Breakers by 2-0 at the New Rest Stadium in Lusikisiki during their SAB Regional League, Coastal Stream fixture last Sunday. Going into the game, Amampondo United had planned well and had studied the 2010 Storm Breakers to find out where they can be pun-
ished. This is why they were able to take the game to the Breakers during the first half and capitalize on the counter attack to score their first goal. United was all over the Breakers’ defence during the first half, which resulted in them making stupid mistakes at the back. United again capitalized on those mistakes which gave them a second goal. The half time score was 2-0. During the second half the Breakers tried to
tie the score in vain as United’s defence was too strong and they managed to hold onto their lead for a full-time score of 2-0. The Captain of AmaMpondo United, Lethu Simayi said he was happy that their team won the game and they played according to what they had planned before the game. “We had planned to take the game to them, which we did, and that is why we managed to win today.” The Coach of the 2010 Storm Breakers, Lucky Madikane, said he had not expected the bad results and he blamed the central defence, saying that they gave the game away. This gave United the opportunity to close the gap in the log table. “Their other advantage is that they have a
game in hand and the goal difference counts to their favour.” Madikane said they need to change their game plan if they still want to remain at the top of the league. He said his team needed to score goals in order to win the league and they should also maintain momentum. He said their next tough game would be against Qhayiya FC which is also still going to play against AmaMpondo United. Next weekend The Breakers will be playing away in Flagstaff.
See picture and results on page 11.