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The AbaThembu King, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, during his announcement about the land he gave to the DA.
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King gives land away to DA
HE King of the AbaThembu, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, has announced that he had given the controversial land situated between the Holiday Inn and the Ultra City to the Democratic Alliance (DA) to use for its own benefit. The controversial King made this announcement during a DA rally held at the Walter Sisulu University’s Zamukulungisa campus last week. The King recently joined the DA and lashed out at the ANC and President Jacob Zuma for neglecting the AbaThembu Tribe and its grievances. Dalindyebo said no one could claim that
land, since it belonged to him and him alone. “I am giving that land to the DA to do whatever they want with it, because I can see the thieves of the ANC want to steal it. That land belongs to me. I see Tata’s billboards (referring to the late tata Nelson Mandela) erected there. I need them to remove those boards as soon as possible from my land,” said King Dalindyebo. The DA leader who was present during the announcement welcomed the gift from the king. “I thank you,” whispered Helen Zille, hugging the King after the announcement. This piece of land has in the past few years caused tension between the communities of Zimbane, (lead by Chieftainancy of Nosizwe Maxhwele), KwaLindile (led by Nkosi Ntabozuko Njemla) and the King Sabatha Dalindyebo Municipality.
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King never told them that he was going to give the land to DA. He said the two communities and the municipality came together and formed a joint venture to develop the land and they had also engaged the department of Land Affairs in their process to pursue development on the land. According to him the process is in an advanced stage and that construction was expected to start soon. The DA’s leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip, said he had not yet met with the King with regard to the land. “We are still going to contact our legal team to advise us regarding the land. We don’t know anything about the history of the land and the joint venture formed by the municipality and the community.” Trollip said they would look into the matter after the elections.
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As a result the two communities took the legal route. The constitutional court ruled in favour of the communities in 2013 and the municipality had to stop all intended development for which they had already given the go ahead. The two communities went to court after the announcement and the sod turning by the municipality for a huge construction project, including a casino. At the time, the licensing processes regarding the casino had already been finalised. Court processes compelled the multi-million rand project to come to a halt and the land has been deserted ever since. The communities took legal action since they believed that some portions of the land belonged to both communities. Responding to the King’s announcement, Nkosi Njemla said it was just hearsay, as the
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April 24, 2014 Mthatha Express
THE great grandson of the late father of the nation and the first black president of the democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela, called on all South Africans to go and vote on May 7, to honour and defend the dignity of freedom fighters like his grandfather. Nkosi Velile Mandla Mandela was addressing the audience during the official opening of a one-stop service centre for former mine workers at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital Complex in Mthatha. It would be the first election without this international icon. Nkosi Mandela, who heads the Mvezo Tribal council where Mandela was born, said not going to vote would be a betrayal to those people who dedicated their lives in the liberation of this country. “We gained this freedom through agonies and difficulties whilst others lost their lives be-
Man arrested for posession of mandrax SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE A MAN (19) was arrested in Masonwabe Township, in Ngcobo, for being in possession of 19 mandrax tablets in his house. This arrest was part of an operation conducted by the police in the area to root out drugs. According to police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Dineo Koena, the SAPS want to root out drugs in the entire former Transkei and that is why they conduct operations time and again. . In a separate incident a man (58) was shot in the leg at his home of Mqhekezweni in Mthatha. It is alleged that the man was awoken by dogs barking. He went to check in his kraal when he was shot by unknown gunmen. He was taken to hospital. According to w.o. Koena no arrests have yet been made.
fore even tasting the honey of this freedom. The blood was spilt in the streets of this country because people were hungry for freedom, so not to vote would be a grand disloyalty to those who suffered the pain,” he said. Mandla said to vote is to appreciate the role played by people like Dalibhunga (Nelson Mandela) whose dreams were to see a free South Africa. He said people must also defend the dignity of the organization that was led by these icons, the ANC. He expressed his gratitude to the ANC-led government by keeping on marking, as well as maintaining the name and legacy of tata Nelson Mandela.
Nkosi Velile Mandla Mandela addressing the audience at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital Complex. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
Unhappy Sanco members appeal to the ANC for a political intervention SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE DISCONTENTED provincial delegates of the South African National Civic Organization (Sanco), who attended the national conference held in Mthatha in January, have written a letter to the Secretary General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe, asking for a political intervention. This follows a deadlock which resulted in them aborting the national conference. During the course of the conference, an altercation resulted in some members being admitted in hospital. According to the discontented side leader, Zukile Luyenge, legitimate delegates were brutally attacked by the unruly illegitimate delegates during the conference.
“We are not contesting the outcomes, but need the conference to resume. We don’t recognise the present leadership of Sanco,” said Luyenge. He said the affected delegates met and decided to use a two-pronged approach – legal and political. Luyenge revealed that a case had been lodged with the Mthatha High Court. “Since the self proclaimed NEC leadership came into office, we have witnessed suspensions, expulsions, disbandment of structures and all forms of purging of anyone they feel is opposed to their unconstitutional activities.” In a memorandum sent to the ANC, these members stated that the collective from all provinces wished to ask the alliance leader not to recognise any of the leaders that
Usinde ngokulambisa umfundi ekudlwengulweni REPORTER ISEMVA kwe zitshixo indoda ejongene nesityholo sokuzama ukudlwengula intombazana (18) ebisendleleni eya esikolweni kwizifundo zakusasa kwilali yaseCegcuwana kwidolophu yaseNgqamakhwe. Osisithethi samapolisa, uCapt. Jackson Manatha uthe indoda enama-47 ubudala ibanjwe licandelo leButterworth Family
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Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) kulandela ukuzama kwayo ukudlwengula ummangali. “Ngexesha lokwenzeka kwesi siganeko ibiyintsimbi yesi-6 ekuseni ummangali eleqa iimorning classes , nalapho indoda le iye yabamba ummangali ze yaphazanyiswa ngoomama ebebesendleleni eya kukha amanzi. Ubalekile koko akwamn-
cede oko kuba ebesele esaziwa ngummangali noomama abo ukuba ungubani,” kubeka uManatha. Umrhanelwa uye wabanjwa ngelixa ehleli kokwabo esayanyaniswa nesityholo sokuzama ukudlwengula. Kwelinye icala amapolisa aseNgqamakhwe abambe avalela indoda enama 23 eminyakla ubudala kulandela ityala lokudlwengula intwazana ene-14 leminyaka. Isi-
emerged from such an unconstitutional conference and further to provide a political intervention. The memorandum further states that delegates whose voting rights were violated need the ANC as custodian of the country’s constitution and alliance to come to the rescue of Sanco once again as they did in 2006. Responding to the allegations, Sanco President, Mzameni Richard Mdakana, said the leaders were constitutionally elected and that the conference went according to plan. He said Zukile Luyenge was no longer a Sanco member, since he had been expelled by his province. “If Luyenge wants to open an organization he is free to do so, but he must not use the name of Sanco.”
ganeko senzeke kwilali yaseNgwanya eNgqamakhwe. Ixhoba belithunywe evenkileni kwaye belisendleleni ebuyayo ngelixa lidibana namadoda amabini nalapho enye yawo iye yali-tsalela etyholweni ze yalidlwengula. “Indoda yesibini yona kuvakala ukuba ayikhange ithathe nxaxheba kule ntlonti, emva kokuba kuvulwe ityala amapolisa alandele emkhondweni ze wabanjwa umrhanelwa ekwikhaya lakhe.” Woyanyaniswe nesityholo sokudlwengula kwaye kulindeleke ukuba avele phambi kwenkundla yamatyala eNgqamakhwe.
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IN an effort to improve rural learners’ access to education in the Eastern Cape, the province’s Department of Transport has increased the beneficiaries of the Scholar Transport Services by an additional 1 629 scholars. Last year, the department transported
55 537 scholars. In the new financial year the number has increased to 57 166. “This is a clear demonstration of our commitment to education, which is another apex priority of government as we believe in Nelson Mandela’s assertion that ‘education is a potent weapon that can be used to effectively liberate our people from all forms of inequality, unemployment and poverty’,” said Transport MEC Thandiswa Marawu. The Depart-
ment believes that it has made a significant contribution in the improvement of the overall performance of the Provincial Education System since it took over this crucial service in July 2011. The 64.9% Provincial pass rate for 2013 represents a 3.3% increase and a further and sustained increase since the 2011 results, “which was in the same period, when we took over the service,” the department said.
KSD to build two community halls SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) municipality comprising Mthatha, Mqanduli and Coffee Bay, has announced that it has allocated close to R5 million to build two community halls in the jurisdiction of the KSD. The localities that will benefit by this initiative include the Ngcwanguba Administrative area and the Mncwasa village.
According to KSD Executive Mayor Nonkoliso Nkqongwa, the municipality is in the process of rolling out community halls to the people. The tender processes have been completed and the contractors have been appointed,” said Nkqongwa. R2, 250 393 million has been set aside for the construction of the Nothintwa Community Hall in Ngcwanguba and R2 089 842.28 million for the construction of the Manelisi Zibi Community Hall in Mncwasa. The construction of the halls will
create 40 jobs – 20 jobs for each hall. Construction is expected to be complete by August 2014. These projects form part of the KSD’s obligation to render services to its communities. “The Municipality is pleased to be of assistance to its citizens by providing these two community halls. There are so many community halls to be built in the various wards of KSD. Yes, we are committed to the fulfilment of Madiba’s wish for a better life for all,” the mayor concluded.
April 24, 2014 Mthatha Express
Wonkumntu tourism facility revived AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA THE Wonkumntu tourism project has been revived and an amount of R20.7million has been invested in the project by the Department of Tourism. The facility was officially opened last Tuesday by Deputy Minister, Thoko Xasa and King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality Mayor, Nonkoliso Ngqongwa. “We were approached by the municipality to help them revive the facility to develop local crafters, in particular local women,” said
Mthatha craft hub. Xasa. Xasa also promised to offer skills developShe said this facility would give local crafters an opportunity to showcase their talent ment programmes to crafters. KSD Mayor Nonwhile boosting tourism koliso Ngqongwa said in the area. This will develop our they plan to partner The deputy minister community and the with the developed added that the location of the centre – on the N2, entire Mthatha area . . crafters to assist with training under the next to the Mthatha Ul- CHIEF NTABOZUKO NJEMLA championship of the tra City – was great for tourism department. tourist accessibility. “We are so grateful that the department has The facility, which boasts the biggest conferencing facility in Mthatha run by women, responded to our request and we are certain will operate cooperatively with the existing that we will sustain this facility for it to keep
developing our crafters and creating a market for them.” She said the centre would also be used as a business hub to benefit locals including Bed and Breakfast owners. Local Traditional leader, Chief Ntabozuko Njemla, welcomed the initiative and also appreciated the fact that his community members would benefit through job creation. “This will develop our community and the entire Mthatha area and as the community, we promise to look after it,” said the chief. Since the start of this project in 2005, a total of 247 jobs had been created.
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Mother’s alleged abuse was witnessed by neighbours SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE IT is alleged that the mother who allegedly bit off her son’s ear, has a problem with alcohol, which resulted in the abuse of her six children. Each of her six children has different fathers and the woman’s neighbours have witnessed her abuse of the children. These revelations followed last week’s story on the front page of the Express, of a 12-year-old boy whose ear was allegedly bitten off by his mother. The woman is currently behind bars and is expected to appear in the Tsolo magistrate’s court soon. A spokesperson for the Department of Social Devel-
opment in the OR Tambo region, Nomasakhe Nonxuba, confirmed that the boy would not be going back to his mother’s home after being discharged from hospital. After reading the story in the Express, Nonxuba phoned the offices of the publication, revealing that the social workers had visited the home and had found that the mother was abusive and that she had a problem with alcohol. The other four children (two boys and two girls) will also be removed from their mother’s care. “Social workers located the boy’s father. He lives in Queenstown and has agreed to take in his son. The other children will also be placed with their fathers.”
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Wild Coast Casino donates classrooms
YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA WITH the aim of making a difference to communities, the Wild Coast Sun (WCS) recently donated five pre-fabricated classrooms and new classroom facilities at the cost of R803 000 to the Themba Mzize Primary School in Redoubt, Bizana. WCS representatives said this was one of their biggest projects they had been involved with in Bizana since the building of the Trauma Centre at the Bizana Police Station in 2009 and the Mgungundlovu Tribal Hall in 2011. The General Manager of WCS, Alec McMath, said the Wild Coast Sun committee believed that the project would have a telling impact on the lives of the 500 pupils and the communities in the Redoubt area. “The Community Development Committee has been mooting for an intervention to convert mud classrooms for some time and after researching and scouting in the Bizana district, we found one just forty kilometres away from the Resort,” added McMath. The school’s principal, Nomfundo Diya, said that they were very grateful for the donation from the WCS as they were still using old, mud classrooms. “What the WCS has done for
us is priceless. We will never forget this gesture and how special they’ve made us feel.”
A pupil from the school, Ayola Gxumisa, said they were excited about the new class-
rooms and were motivated to go to school every day.
Some of the classrooms out of the five that were donated by the Wild Coast Sun in Bizana recently.
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New Walter Sisulu University student council inaugurated REPORTER THE NEW Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Student Representative Council body has been inaugurated at the institution’s Mthatha campus. Taking oath at WSU’s Zamukulungisa site in Mthatha, the newly elected student body swore to be faithful to the students of Walter Sisulu University, to obey, observe, uphold and maintain the SRC Constitution as approved by the Administrator on February 28, 2014. Amongst other things, the WSU SRC solemnly and sincerely swore to, among others, always uphold the university rules and ’n procedures; promote all that will advance the University, and oppose all that will harm it; and protect and promote the rights of all WSU students Walter Sisulu University held its first electronic Student Representative Council elections on April 3 which were also in line with the university’s new divisional governance system. LourensVan Staden, the administrator of WSU, commended the young student leadership for once again this year, through their cooperation and participation, amending their SRC constitution to be in line with the Institutional statute which prescribes a divisional management system for the Institution. “We congratulate you as you are on the verge of an historical journey as pio-
neers of student leadership in this new divisional system. “May, through your leadership and guidance, the WSU brand be strengthened through reputation-building,” Van Staden said. According to the Administrator, this year’s WSU student elections are groundbreaking for a number of reasons:
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The Mthatha campus elections were won by the ANC Youth League with Sinelizwi Mgontshongo as campus president. In Buffalo City and Queenstown SASCO prevailed victorious with presidents: Mishack Mugabe and Sakhe Mtebe, respectively. The Butterworth Campus president has yet to be chosen.
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Alleged robber dies after community beating THOKOZANI Makwece (30) from Flagstaff died in the Mount Ayliff Hospital last week after being beaten up by members of the Ntabankulu community, after he allegedly tried to rob a local spaza shop. It is alleged that the deceased pretended to be a customer buying bread. When the cash register was opened, he pulled out a 9mm pistol and demand money from the owner. It is said that the owner’s wife witnessed the incident and subsequently called for people to intervene. Responding to her call, people arrived at the scene and allegedly beat the deceased. Apparently they also let dogs loose on the deceased. SAPS spokesperson, Captain Mlungisi Mathidane, said this was the second incident where the Ntabankulu community has taken the law into its own hands and people should be warned, because arrests will be made.
April 24, 2014 Mthatha Express
Pupils to represent Mnquma BABALWA NDLANYA GRADE SIX pupils from the Mpetha Junior Secondary School in Butterworth will be representing the Mnquma District in the Provincial Eliminations hosted by the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs on May 30, in King Williamstown. The competition is aimed at teaching pupils about the importance of water and how to save it. According to Nangamso Nkoyi, these pupils participated in a competition that was held by Department of Water and Environmental Affairs in February this year and won. “The theme was washing of hands and care of sanitation facilities for a healthy life. They partici-
pated in the cultural music category,” she said. Even their attire showed that they were proud of being Xhosa. According to her, the pupils are now practising very hard, because they want to win in the Provincial Eliminations. She said they heard that the competition would be tough, since schools from other districts would also be participating. “We will do our best to win in this category, but we understand that this is a competition, so everybody will be doing their best.” Recently they were invited to show their talent at the launch of the War on Waste and Water Leaks projects that was attended in Butterworth by the Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi.
Pupils from Mpeta Junior Secondary School ready to participate in the Provincial Eliminations of a competition hosted by the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA
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Is service delivery satisfactory? NYANDENI local municipality, covering Libode and Ngqeleni, has been a hive of activity with public hearings on its IDP and budget reviews. Express reporter Ayanda Millisa Madikizela spoke to community members from around Ngqeleni to find out more about their views.
Zandile Nkabi: Nyandeni is a rural municipality so that means most people are faced with unemployment, poverty and health problems. The municipality is playing its part to address such issues but you know they can never satisfy all of us at once.
Luleka Goqweni: A lot has been done in this municipality compared to that of previous years. The education standard has improved and that is all thanks to the new schools that were built in this area, the feeding scheme at schools and no fee schools.
Nokwakha Sandi: We need more projects to keep the women in rural areas busy and give them something to put food on the table. That is all I can say. Women from rural areas must benefit equally with regard to government services as those in urban areas.
Luleka Bambeni: There has been a lot happening in our area such as projects to help in the fight against the spread of HIV/Aids. We have been trained as community health workers to help the needy in our communities.
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April 24, 2014 Mthatha Express
EC foodie best local food blogger - again FOOD blogger and a regular contributor to the Express, Anél Potgieter, who hails from Port Elizabeth, has been awarded for the second year running for her blog, lifeisazoobiscuit.com. She has successfully defended her title for “Best local food blog” at the prestigious 2014 Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards. It is the first time in the history of the awards that a food blogger has won the award consecutively. “Gosh, what a wonderful surprise it was to win the award for the second time in a row! To make it ever more special, it was also lifeisazoobiscuit’s second birthday on the same day,” said Anél. Apart from her blog, Anél is also a regular face on SABC3’s breakfast show, Expresso; she has a weekly food column in the Afrikaans newspaper Rapport, was a contestant on Masterchef South Africa and won the SABC2 reality television show Dinner Divas. Anél said, “I have to admit that I’m ecstatic yet humbled by all the people who have placed so much faith in me. I’m still bubbling with all the ex- Award winning citement and have been so Anél Potgieter. blessed to share my love for food on my blog with so many people. To everyone who supports it, a big thank you!” Commenting on why she believes so many appreciate lifeisazoobiscuit, Anél said, “There is a good combination of old and new recipes, difficult and easy ones. There are also a couple of interesting combinations and from the feedback I’ve received, it seems people love the stories behind the recipes. I believe one should touch people’s hearts and souls through an image, a word or a recipe, and it certainly seems people relate to all of these on my blog.”
Anél’s food journey started due to a disappointing and demotivating experience. “I was incredibly depressed in 2012 after my Masterchef rejection episode. I made it into the top 35. “I started eating my favourite cookies, zoo biscuits, and couldn’t stop. A few weeks later, still eating zoo biscuits as my comfort food, I woke up one morning and decided enough is enough. I needed to write about food and so I started my blog,” she says. Anél credits her mom for teaching her the basics of cooking and the most important techniques, as well as educating her palate. Anél moved to Port Elizabeth in 1984 where she completed her studies and ran her own successful Public Relations company. A great career opportunity at a PR company presented itself and she moved to Johannesburg early in 2001. In 2002 she was transferred to the Cape Town branch and has worked in the whole of Africa and has vast PR and media experience. She is the head of communications at dhk Group Food blogger, – a group of architecture and PHOTO:SUPPLIED urban and interior design companies. “Food is my language and means of communication. I believe I connect with people through the food I prepare. It’s not a chore or pastime; it’s my reason for being. I find that through my cooking I can tell people I love them. I cannot think of a higher calling or greater pleasure. “So with my blog I want people to experience the passion and love, and know they can trust my recipes. They’re all tested and cooked with so much love and photographed by myself. I want it to be a happy blog and a happy place.”
1-minute caramel banoffee pies ANÉL POTGIETER Everyone who knows me well, knows that I would swap my front teeth for any dish that has caramel in any shape or form as an ingredient. Whether it is the old favourite; the peppermint fridge cake with a layer of cara-
mel or those fudge blocks that you get in those long red and white boxes... you know the one, those fudge blocks with the corrugated top edge. Or what about those Wilson’s caramel flavoured toffees that I find in my bag everytime I stop at the garage shop for a litre of milk? Then there is my all time favourite, the tin of caramel condensed milk. This is just too much for me to resist. I have to confess, I can demolish one of those tins all on my own without a twinge of the slightest guilt. My friend Peter came to visit the other day and he wanted something sweet. I decided to take my secret tin of caramel (yes, I always hide a tin of caramel behind a wall of tinned beans, jam or whatever in the pantry) and make a quick caramel banoffee pie. I had a packet of digestives, caramel and bananas in my kitchen. The only ingredient that I was short of was cream so I sent Rick to go and buy some cream. He came home with a tinned cream. Well, it made it even easier. This took a minute to assemble and between the three of us we polished off the lot in double time. What an absolute treat! For more information, visit www.lifeisazoobiscuit.com.
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April 24, 2014 Mthatha Express
Radio DJ mends broken hearts on air BABALWA NDLANYA NTOBEKO Msebi from the Mpheko locality in Mthatha, is a popular radio presenter who is dedicated to building up relationships and marriages by giving good relationship advice. His listeners are calling him bhut’Ntobeko. He is a presenter of Unitra Community Radio (UCR) in Mthatha hosting the Weekend Breakfast Show from 6am to 9am on a Saturday morning and the Sunday Breeze between noon and 3pm. Through his programmes he helps to mend broken hearts in an effort to reduce the high divorce rate. During the week he performs his duties as principal of the Mvezo Junior Secondary School in Mthatha. He spends most of his time
DJ Ntobeko Msebi helps to mould healthy relationships with his shows. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
at the school and does research for his radio programmes in his spare time. Talking to Express, Ntobeko said his Sunday Breeze show is dedicated to married couples, lovers, widows and people who were still looking for love. “I realized that whatever I was saying on radio had a good impact on listeners. This is why my manager allowed me to host this show. “Our intention is to build families and to help people to develop healthy relationships,” Ntobeko said. The music he plays on radio brings hope to the listeners who are single and to those who had lost hope of finding love. He said they are planning an event where they would be talking about the problems facing young couples and to come up with solutions. He believes that his show can help reduce the high divorce rate. Ntobeko is currently also studying law.
Free training offered to seamstresses
DA Gama Textiles, South Africa’s only producer of historic fabric, say they are offering people who make a living from sewing items free training in Zwelitsha, outside King William’s Town. The seamstresses receive tutoring in administration and record-keeping; business planning; finance; sales and marketing; and life skills. The course is five days long, from a Monday to a Friday. The aim of the course is to help seamstresses to increase their production and sales, and thereby make more money. Da Gama Textiles development manager, Faith Ntsholo, said, “Seamstresses must already know how to sew, because during the training course they make an item such as a handbag, a garment or a cushion from scratch. No sewing skills are taught, only innovation in sewing patterns and products. “On Fridays during the course, a Tupperwarestyle party is held, during which the seamstresses display the products they have made and they have the opportunity to try to sell them,” Ntsholo said.
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Ntsholo points out that trainees receive substantial individual attention during the course, because five people are involved in providing the training. The trainers are Ntsholo, a trainer, a training facilitator, a fashion mentor and a communications officer. “The seamstresses also receive one-on-one mentoring after the course,” Ntsholo added. All training takes place at the Da Gama Textiles factory. Up to 15 seamstresses are trained per week. Ntsholo said attendees must book and pay for their transport to the course. “Da Gama reimburses them for that. Then it books and pays for their transport to return home. Da Gama also provides free meals and accommodation on site for the duration of the course,” she added. Seamstresses nationwide wishing to enquire about the training programme or book their place can contact Luvo Desi on 0 040 608 6416 or at firstname.lastname@example.org; Nombeko Lutya on 0 040 608 6413, 0 040 608 6200 or at email@example.com; and Faith Ntsholo on 0 040 608 6202 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OR Tambo on mission to develop sport SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE OR Tambo District Municipality has spent about R100 000 in an endeavour to develop sport and ensure that the youth stay away from drug abuse. The office of community service, led by Councillor Siyakholwa Mlami, handed over sports equipment to boxing clubs of Ngangelizwe and Waterfall during an event that was held in the Waterfall community hall. This initiative of the municipality follows requests by the amateur boxing fraternity to the OR Tambo for assistance with sports equipment. Among the beneficiaries are Master of Disaster in Waterfall, Khulani Boxing club in Ngangelizwe and Pro Active Gym in Norwood. The municipality had spent R100 000 in the initiative that was aimed at developing sport in OR Tambo district. The stables had produced national and international champions like Viwe Mdletyeni, Simphiwe Konco, Goodman Dywili and Bulelani Nama. The champions from Mthatha also benefited from the donation of equipment that would help them in their fights. Councillor Mlami said as the community service office they wanted to ensure that there was no child which would be involved in drugs or criminal activities because there is no sport equipment in their areas. “We want to continue with such handovers throughout the OR Tambo region because it is our main mission to curb drug abuse and crime through sport. “We also want to ensure that boxing champions who are coming from this area, receive special treatment because of the role they are playing in lifting the flag of this region,” said Mlamli. Kholekile Cishe from one of the clubs that benefited, expressed his gratitude to the OR Tambo District municipality for its response to their call. He said the equipment would make a difference and it would help a lot to produce more boxers from the OR Tambo region. After the hand over the clubs hosted 52
bouts which took place in Waterfall Park. The results of the main bouts were as follows: former South Africa champion Bangile Nyan-
gani won against former Eastern Cape champion Samkelo Sotomela; Lunga Sizani former OR Tambo champion won against Wonga
Mlogana; Vuyo Hlekiso beat Lungisa Jiza; Zibele Zokhwe won against Malibongwe; Siyavuya Khoza won against Qhamani.
Members of the boxing clubs that have benefited from donations of the OR Tambo District Municipality.
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April 24, 2014 Mthatha Express
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