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Local hero keeps the streets clean Potholes, traffic congestion and refuse littered all over town, are just three of the things that one cannot possibly miss or avoid when entering Mthatha. One local hero, Thomas Tshitshi, has decided that he is not waiting for the municipality to clean up in his community. Read more about what he is doing to keep his neighbourhood clean on page 6. Here he is with some of the kids that help him keep the streets of Norwood clean.


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November 24, 2016 Isolomzi Express

Tough sentences for tourist killers SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Mthatha High Court, sitting in Port St Johns, last Wednesday sentenced four men to sentences ranging between 22 and 24 years’ imprisonment for the 2013 New Year’s Eve murder of Cape Town holidaymaker Robert Meek. Siyavuya Madikizela (21), Sifiso Mnyandu (23), Jongile Mcologwane (24) and Nceba Zobhula (23) were convicted on charges of murder, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Madikizela, who pulled the trigger of the homemade firearm that killed Meek, was

sentenced to 24 years for murder, while Mnyandu, Mcologwane and Zobhula were sentenced to 22 years on the same charge, four years which were suspended for five years. All the convicted murderers were sentenced to 10 years for attempted robbery and two years for possession of a firearm and ammunition. The sentences for the latter three charges were ordered to run concurrently with the sentence for murder. This means Madikizela will effectively serve 20 years, while the others will serve 18 years. According to evidence presented in

court, late at night on 31 December 2013, the deceased and his family were celebrating New Year’s Eve at Mpande Camp in the district of Port St Johns. Armed with a homemade firearm, the four men, who were then aged between 18 and 21, accosted the deceased and his family, pointed the firearm at them and threatened to assault them with dangerous weapons they were carrying. They instructed the family to lie down and demanded money from them. In the process, they fired the shot that fatally wounded the deceased and they ran away without having succeeded in robbing the family.

During the trial, the four men pleaded not guilty, claiming that the homemade firearm was discharged by mistake and they did not have the intention of robbing the family, but senior State Advocate Sibusiso Nolutshungu managed to convince the court that they were guilty as charged. In sentencing them, the court took the men’s youthfulness and the fact that they had been in custody since their arrest in January 2014, into consideration. The National Prosecuting Authority, through its regional spokesperson Luxolo Tyali, welcomed the sentences, stating they would be an eye-opener for would-be criminals.

Expensive generator was stolen from IsingqiSethu festival SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE A 60kVA generator valued at R250 000 was stolen from the Port St Johns sports ground while the IsingqiSethu Wild Coast Festival was held there. It is suspected the generator was stolen between 4am and 6am on the second day of the event, Saturday, November 5, right under the noses of security guards. The generator was hired by Sound Fantastic to provide emergency back-up power for the sound system and lighting of Magnetic Storm. Dion Strydom of Sound Fantastic said the theft was a blow to the company. He lashed out at the security guards, questioning how a car could have been allowed access to the site and then to leave with the generator without it being checked. Strydom confirmed they had opened a case of theft at Port St Johns Police Station. Police spokesperson in Port St Johns Captain Nozuko Handile confirmed that and said an investigation was underway. Meanwhile, Magnetic Storm has written a letter to the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, highlighting why the Department should be held responsible for

the theft of the generator and facilitate the claim for the replacement of it to Sound Fantastic. The letter was addressed to Mike Sodo of the Department, who signed it. A copy of the letter is in the possession of the Express. Magnetic Storm chief executive officer Glenn van Eck said, “In the original quotation we proposed that we would have a health and safety officer on site and arrange the security ourselves. Nevertheless, the Department however decided to remove this responsibility from us and to allocate it to members of the local organising committee [LOC]. “We were informed that the LOC would take care of all security and safety for the event. Before our staff left the site a day before the incident, they spoke to the head of the security to ensure all was in place, and also checked the venues, which had marshals and two security guards on duty. There was also armed security patrolling.” In the letter, Glenn said the only way the generator could have been stolen was for a vehicle to drive to the site, hook it up, and then tow it away. He stressed that this could only have happened if gate security was either complicit in the theft and let the vehicle in and out, or

This was the type of generator that was stolen from IsingqiSethu Wild Coast Cultural Festival in Port St Johns. PHOTO:SUPPLIED were not at their post. Under such circumstances, the security company or their insurers should be held liable to pay for the replacement generator. Glenn said in this case they did not employ the security company, so they could not be held responsible for the loss of it.

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POLICE from Willowvale arrested a man (27) at Kulomali location in Willowvale last week for allegedly murdering a 38-year-old man. It is alleged that both suspect and the deceased were attending a traditional ceremony when the quarrel between the two started.

ceased in flames. “Community members came in huge numbers to help extinguish the fire, but it was too late to save the life of Deyi as her house was already on fire. “She died inside her house. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage but the Kei Bridge police have opened an inquest docket for further investigation.” Meanwhile, Dutywa police arrested a 45year-old man for dealing in dagga. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday at Ngwenze location in Dutywa. “The suspect was arrested with dagga that has a weight of 2,736kg with a street value of R3 000. The suspect was arrested following police Intelligence revealed that he was dealing in dagga.”

Police Spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said that Lamla Mdlangozi was stabbed in his upper body and died instantly. “Police were called and the suspect was arrested on the scene. Police also recovered a knife from the suspect which is believed to have been used in the murder,” said Manatha. He confirmed that the suspect will appear at the Willowvale Magistrate Court soon. In another incident, a woman from Deyi location near Kei Bridge died in fire. It is alleged that Nongamile Deyi (65), was in her house when the fire started. Police Officers showing the dagga they found Manatha confirmed the incident, stating in Ngwenze location in Dutywa. PHOTO: that a local man saw the house of the de- SUPPLIED

Meanwhile, the Express tried to talk to Sodo from the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, who asked the reporter to email him questions. The reporter did as per his request, but there was no response to the email or a follow-up email from the Department.



November 24, 2016 Isolomzi Express

Tourists’ belongings stolen from mall car park in Mthatha SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE ALL the possessions of a British couple were stolen on their first day in Mthatha after they parked in the underground car park at BT Ngebs Mall. After being in the mall for about an hour, Peter and Colleen Murphy returned to their car to find their suitcases, passports, laptops, toiletries, all their banks cards and jewellery missing. “We had stopped in large cities such as Johannesburg, Nelspruit and Durban with no problems. However, on our first day in Mthatha we were met with such an awful experience,” said Coleen. “We had parked in that car park thinking it would be the safest due to the barriers at the entrance and exit, and the fact that it was well-lit. “We made sure we were parked in view of the stairs, lift and manned ticket booth. We were away from the car for no more than one hour, and returned to find the lock had been tampered with and all our suitcases taken.” Peter said it took them more than five minutes to find security guards. “We were told we would have to go to the police station as they couldn’t contact them to come to the mall. Imagine two distraught tourists in a strange town being told they now had to find the police station whilst in a state of shock,” he said. The police have confirmed a case involving the British couple was opened at Madei-

ra Police Station, and said an investigation was underway. In an unrelated incident, the SA Police recently reported that two men were arrested after they took a wheel from a Toyota Tazz which was parked inside the mall. The two men were chased by the police and were arrested outside the mall. Group marketing manager of Billion Group Debbie Bailey referred all the questions to the centre manager of BT Ngebs Mall, Lolo Sabisa. In his response, Sabisa said he met the British couple immediately after the incident. “Our security personnel on the scene advised that the couple could choose to head to the SAPS station, about 800m from the shopping centre, to report the break-in and to receive a case number for their insurance purposes,” he said. “This was an attempt by our security team to save the couple time as waiting for the police to arrive on the scene was likely to take several hours. While crime is an unfortunate reality of everyday life in South Africa, we continue to work closely with our private security provider and police to ensure the safety of our shoppers at all times throughout the shopping centre. “To this end, we would prefer not to highlight our security arrangements in the media as criminals could use the information to their advantage.” Nevertheless, Sabisa said there were about 70 CCTV security cameras located in

Shoppers in the BT Ngebs Mall in Mthatha. and around the shopping centre. Additionally, he said the mall had a team of 13 in-house security personnel who also patrolled the basement area. In the basement area, two Segway vehicles were used to enable guards to patrol faster, and “an additional four-wheeler bike for greater security re-enforcement and visibili-


ty”. “There is also a roving vehicle and armed guard on site. Our guards also carry portable anti-jamming devices to ensure shoppers’ vehicles are not prevented from locking. Finally, BT Ngebs has a close relationship with the Mthatha SAPS, which is stationed less than a kilometre from the centre.”

Man arrested for planting dagga BABALWA NDLANYA POLICE arrested a man near Butterworth town for the possession of an unlicensed firearm with 15 rounds of ammunition. The suspect was believed to be on his way to rob a local motor car spares shop. Police Spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said the Intelligence driven information led Butterworth Police to arrest the suspect. “The suspect had been charged with possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The firearm, which had it serial number scratched off, will be sent for ballistic testing to establish if it was used in the commission of crimes,” said Manatha. In another incident, police arrested a man at Bawa Village in Butterworth for the cultivation of 66 dagga plants. The suspect was arrested at Bawa Village near Bawa Falls. Manatha confirmed the incident, stating that police were alerted about dagga fields at Bawa Village. “Investigation led to the arrest of the suspect. He had been charged with possession of dagga plants. The dagga plants are valued at R35 000.”

Young woman chosen as ward councillor A YOUNG woman from Enkalweni Village in Dutywa had been elected by the masses of people to serve as ward councillor in Ward 3 in Mbhashe Local Municipality. Yonela Gushelo (23) said even though she is still young, she still hopes to try her best to serve her community. “People must not look at my age, but they must know that God will use me to rescue his people from poverty. Our area is full of challenges because the youth are not working – instead they are abusing alcohol,” said Gushelo. She added that she will host meetings with youth to guide them in changing their ways. In her area there are no roads and they don’t have water. As a result it is hard for cars or ambulances to enter when someone falls ill. “I thank the people of Gwadana Tribal who trusted me and voted me to be their ward councillor.” – BABALWA NDLANYA

A man was arrested for the possession of a firearm and ammunition. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.

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Cele encourages youth on Forestry AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA

the various issues revolving around forestry and youth empowerment were raised. AS part of the on-going Imbizo Focus Week, “We are confident that as government, we Deputy Minister of the Department of Agri- will address these issues as a way of improculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bheki Cele, ving the lives of our people.” engaged with community members at IngquCommunity members from various villaza Hill Local Municipality in Lusikisiki last ges raised challenges including the fencing Friday. of the forests, employment, Cele recognised the signifiand security on their procance of the forestry sector induce. terms of the role it can play in The Deputy Minister enjob creation and economic decouraged the youth to acvelopment, particularly in rutively participate in the agral areas with the theme, riculture and forestry pro‘Speaking to the people about isgrammes offered both by the sues that concern them’ . local government in its vari“The Imbizos give us an opous forms, as well as the Naportunity not only to create tional Department of Agriawareness on government pro- Bheki Cele. PHOTO: culture, Forestry and Fishgrammes, but also to ensure AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA eries, in order to help create that our people have access to a vibrant economy. all essential services offered to them,” said “Youth are becoming more and more interCele. ested in agriculture and it is good to see that He said that he is happy to have interacted the industry is no longer for the elders to enwith the community of Ingquza Hill, where joy their pensions,” he added.

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Villagers’ lukewarm response to R147m waste water project BUNTU GOTYWA LAST week, the OR Tambo Infrastructure Development Department launched the R147 million Tsolo Waste Water Treatment project – but the initiative has received a lukewarm response from villagers in Tsolo. Villagers, spoken to at the event held to launch the project, said they were sceptical about the speakers’ promises of a solution to their water woes as other projects, earmarked for Tsolo, had not taken root. Member of mayoral committee William Ngozi launched the water project in Mhlontlo Municipality next to Dr Malizo Mpehle Hospital. Contractors were already on site, busy with the first phase of the project. The community say they can see work has begun, but they will only cheer for the municipality once they get their water. They say the situation is bleak for them when it comes to clean water as for as long as they can remember, taps have run dry in all the villages forcing them to share drinking water with livestock. Zilungisele Nikelo of Qanda village said taps run dry often in the village. He said the situation should have been resolved long ago. “We have been promised services numerous times. It’s difficult to believe this project will bring relief anytime soon,” said Nikelo. “We will see if this project is able to serve the needs of the communities - only then can we say we are happy the project is here.” Nongenile Khangela of Zingcuka village said she had listened to all the good talk by

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the Infrastructure Department, but would wait until they no longer had water crises before showering the department with praises. Nceba Nodada of Park Homes shared Nikelo’s and Khangela’s sentiments, also

fearing the water project would not reach completion. William Ngozi said the project would service the whole of Tsolo town, and was expected to take 12 months to complete, meaning that in October next year all the work

would have been done. He said the project would bring muchneeded relief to the surrounding communities as Mhlontlo was one of the municipalities that had been hit hard by drought in recent months.

DA calls on Public Protector to investigate PSJ by-election SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Democratic Alliance has vowed that they will ask the Public Protector to investigate an incident that occurred on Friday, November 4, where ANC councillors and council office bearers reportedly wore ANC party paraphernalia and canvassed votes at a Speaker’s Outreach Programme meeting held a few days before the Port St Johns Ward 7 by-elections. The leaders, who were said to be dressed in ANC attire, include the Speaker of Ingquza Hill Local Municipality, Councillor Ntandokazi Chapa, the Port St Johns Local Municipality Chief Whip, Bulelwa Nokanda, the Speaker of OR Tambo District Municipality, Councillor Xolile Kompela, the OR Tambo District Municipality Chief Whip, Councillor Toko Sokanyile and the Speaker of the Port St Johns Local Municipality, Councillor Tandisizwe Khukula. According to the Standing Rules and Or-

ders for the meetings of the council and its committees, no councillor is allowed to wear any clothing or accessory containing partypolitical paraphernalia to any meeting. DA leader and provincial chairperson Veliswa Mvenya said such abuse of state funds for ANC events must stop, the behaviour was totally unethical and all of those responsible must face disciplinary action. “The looting of state resources for partypolitical campaigning is outrageous! It amounts to the ANC’s capture of the municipal budget. This is why the Public Protector has the duty of investigating this matter,” said Mvenya. “The reports said the event, which turned out to be an opportunity for the ANC to canvass votes, was funded by the OR Tambo District Municipality. As far as I’m concerned, those who authorised these payments should pay back the money as this is a contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act as it amounts to fruitless and wasteful expenditure. I will also be report-

ing this to the Office of Electoral Offences of the IEC as this makes a mockery of free and fair elections when state resources are misused.” Port St Johns municipality Speaker Tandisizwe Khukula confirmed that all the leaders who were mentioned, were at the event, and it was a public participation event which was started at the Nyandeni local municipality. He denied that the mentioned leaders were wearing ANC attire. “I was wearing a blue suit, actually all of us were formal because it was a state event led by OR Tambo Speaker Xolile Nkompela. It was only community members who were wearing t-shirts of different organisations,” said Khukula. He said he introduced the candidate, after the event, to the members of the ANC only. He denied that they were canvassing at the event, stating that he was introducing the candidate to the ANC members after the members of the other parties had already gone.

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Learners win Eskom award for app Continued from page 1 STUDENTS often have to visit their university of choice or use its website for online applications. This takes a lot of time and is done while they are not even sure whether they qualify for their chosen course or not. Japheth Nasila says the app is unique and has the potential to go global as access to all universities is made easier. “All you need to do is to put in your marks on the app and it will be able to direct you straight to the university that offers your chosen course. It tells you right

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Villagers fume over Macadamia plantation BABALWA NDLANYA SOME of the villagers at Majingqi Location in Willowvale are not happy about the Macadamia-planting programme that was launched in October this year. These villagers accuse Chief Sibongile Ngwenyathi Dumalisile of failing to seek permission to use their lands for the nut programme. The unhappy villagers have approached the East London legal firms, Bax Kaplan and Russel Inc Attorneys, to intervene in the matter. One of the community members, Mxhasi Sithetho, said in 2010 when the chief’s father retired and he took over as chief, Chief Dumalisile promised to introduce development programmes that would change the area for the better. “We were so happy he came with the advice that we must plant mealies in our fields, but the problem was that we never received a cent from that,” said Sithetho. “He [Chief Dumalisile] never even comes to us to tell us what is happening, up until today. After that [planting of mealies] he planted beans in our mealie fields, but still we never received a cent even from that.” Sithetho said when the Macadamia programme was introduced, he had refused to allow anyone to plant Macadamia trees in his mealie field. “I am not the only one who had this problem. There are other community members who are complaining about the same thing. “If he is using our land, we are also supposed to get something because these are our forefa-

thers’ lands. “In November, I saw that they were starting to plough in my field, even though I told the headman of the area that they should not use my mealie field. “I then went to the police station to ask for advice.” According to Sithetho, police officers advised him to approach the courts. An attempt to take Chief Dumalisile to court on November 1 had failed. However, Chief Dumalisile said a committee made up of members of the community dealt with maize and bean planting, and took decisions about harvests. He gave the Express the contact numbers of members of the committee. “Coming to Macadamia, AmaJingqi Traditional Council, in consultation with the community of 12 villages, gave 300ha of our communal land that had been lying fallow for more than 33 years to the AmaJingqi Investment Trust for macadamia farming,” said Chief Dumalisile. “In line with the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform was invited [to bring about a] community resolution, and the certificate thereof was issued, hence the overwhelming support from many government departments.” According to Chief Dumalisile, the chairperson of the AmaJingqi Investment Trust is responsible for the macadamia farming, and is in a better position to answer questions. The Macadamia project was launched by Senzeni Zokwana, the minister of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in October.

SASSA warned beneficiaries about new scam BABALWA NDLANYA THE South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) had warned community members who are receiving social grants to be aware and be careful of people who want to scam them by sending text messages stating that they should obtain new SASSA cards before January 1, 2017. The warning was made by the Manager of SASSA’s Communication and Marketing Officer Tami Singeni, that the Festive Season is nearing and people with sinister intentions are already targeting SASSA beneficiaries with the intention of cheating them through all sorts of scams. “Social grant beneficiaries had been inundated with text messages urging them to obtain new cards which are green in colour before January 2017. SASSA never communicates with its beneficiaries through SMS and beneficiaries are warned not to respond to any SMS that these imposters are sending to them,” said Singeni. He said SASSA advises all its beneficiaries not to fall for this scam because there is no thruth in the claim that SASSA has issued new cards for

beneficiaries. Singeni said beneficiaries should be on the lookout for people requesting their personal and card details pretending to be from SASSA. “SASSA conducts its business from its own offices and beneficiaries should not accept invitations to any other office. “The second thing that beneficiaries should be aware of is that the SASSA card is not green in colour. The only valid SASSA card has the colours of the South African flag and it will never be replaced by a card that is green in colour.” According to him, the danger of responding to these scams is that beneficiaries could be stripped of their cash or unusual deductions, which they never authorised, would come off their grants in the near future. He said beneficiaries should make sure that they do not give their personal details to strangers because it can also create identity theft. “Once a criminal syndicate has your personal details, they can commit fraud using your name. They (Beneficiaries) should ignore these SMS messages and if unsure, they should call SASSA on 0800 601011.





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Mthatha community welcomes National Liquor Amendment Bill


BUNTU GOTYWA THOSE who are critical of the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery System (Asidi) are silly and criticising for the sake of it.

“ALCOHOL abuse destroys the lives of the community and the youth in particular and, if amending the legislation and increasing the national minimum legal age for purchasing and consumption of alcohol from 18 to 21 among others will help safeguard our communities, let the National Liquor Amendment Bill be passed into an Act.” This is according to a social activist from Mthatha, Lindiwe Makubalo. She made this comment during the public consultation session on the National Liquor Amendment Bill hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), in Mthatha on November 16. Makubalo said the consumption of alcohol among community members, in particular the youth, needed to be regulated on a high scale. She supported the proposed minimum legal age for the purchase and consumption of alcohol from 18 to 21 years of age. “Children must remain children because if they get exposed to alcohol they become vulnerable to the negative socioeconomic impacts of liquor,” added Makubalo. Nomadidi Mrengu, a liquor trader from Idutjwa, also weighed in on the minimum age proposal and supported it. She made a call to the government to hold liable and deal harshly with illegal traders, as, according to her, they are the ones who sell liquor to the youth and trade outside the stipulated trading times. The community was given an opportunity to give inputs to the Bill and encouraged to continue doing so during the open period as the Department undertook a national roadshow throughout the country to gather

Motshekga opens 150th school in Libode

Lindiwe Makubalo commenting during the public consultation session on the National Liquor Amendment Bill hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry in Mthatha PHOTO:SUPPLIED

These were the words of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga during the opening of the 150th Asidi School in the Eastern Cape. The R24-million Bhungu JSS in the Bhungu administrative area in Libode now boasts 11 classrooms, a science laboratory, a resource centre, and a multipurpose and nutrition centre. The school has been around for 57 years and operated in mud structures for the majority of those years. Motshekga admits there are certain challenges, particularly in the Eastern Cape, but the Asidi initiative has no time frame for the completion of the rebuilding of mud schools. “We are building these things for our kids, not for anybody, but we need to be realistic and be honest. We don’t want to build white elephants because somebody

comments and inputs from the public. The Department is currently holding consultative sessions with the public to acquire public input on the National Liquor and National Gambling Amendment Bill and is also conducting education and awareness on the benefits and ills associated with excessive gambling and liquor abuse. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has extended the closing date for inputs on the National Liquor Amendment Bill to November 30. The consultations in the Eastern Cape will also cover the Graaff Reinet and Motherwell areas.

is chasing [us],” said Motshekga. A challenge in the Eastern Cape was that people lived far apart from each other, requiring more schools to be built, of which the majority were not placed in ideal settings. She said it would be a waste of resources in cases like that to build a school that served only 30 learners. Motshekga said the initiative was moving slowly because the department revised the initiative after realising that there were schools on their list which catered for far fewer learners. Bhungu school principal Lenox Bana said the opening of the school was the start of a new era which would bring relief and opportunities. He said before the school was rebuilt, it was in a state that no child should have to experience. “Our kids spent more time cleaning the classrooms than learning because they were made of mud. The situation will change greatly for both learners and parents, and there will be lots of encouragement to spend more time in classrooms learning,” said Bana.

Newly opened Bhungu JSS in Libode.


Local hero from Norwood keeps the streets clean BUNTU GOTYWA POTHOLES, congested traffic and refuse are just three of the things that one cannot possibly miss or avoid when entering Mthatha. Public outrage at the filthiness of the town seems to do little to force the municipality to speed up the clean-up of the town. One local hero has decided that he is not

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waiting for the municipality to have his community in a hygienic state. Thomas Tshitshi, who stays at Third Avenue, Norwood, doesn’t even care about the municipality picking up refuse or cleaning the streets. He’s got two hands and a lot of time to make sure that at least his surrounding area is one of the neatest around.

During his free time, he likes activities that keep children busy. And now, he also uses that time to teach them the importance of clean surroundings. Without any schedules, he can be seen playing with children while they are picking up dirt on the roadside of Norwood street. He says it does not feel like a job or some-

thing he is obliged to do, but something that will have an educational impact on the children he is working with in cleaning the streets. The Express team saw Tshitshi busy in Third Avenue last week during one of his playful clean-up operations with the children around him seemingly enjoying every moment of it.

Limitless are kings of the dance floor BUNTU GOTYWA MTHATHA-based dance group, Limitless, are the reigning kings of the dance floor and many doors are now opening for the WSU’s dance crew. They believe their style – a mixture of hip-hop, isbhujwa and patsula – is what sets them apart from other groups and their fans believe they are the best dancers, hence they voted for them in the Tru FM talent search. The five dance members have only been together for a few months and the Tru FM talent search was their first talent show in which they participated as a group, and already they have taken the crown as the best movers and shakers in the Eastern Cape. If you live in Mthatha and surrounding areas, you might have seen them in a number of music shows where they entertain crowds with their slick moves. As prize they received a tablet with one year’s internet access, call-backs to participate at Tru FM functions and a cool R10 000 for their efforts in winning the competition. The crew is made up of Mxolisi Shezi, Yongama Gebe, Nkosikhona Luthuli, Lusindiso Mnyayiza and Phikolomzi Hlophe, who are between the ages of 19 and 25. Gebe said their mission is for their talent to be recognised by the whole of South Afri-

Three of the five crew members of Limitless Mxolisi Shezi, Nkosikhona Luthuli and Yongama Gebe. PHOTO:BUNTU GOTYWA ca, even though they are based in the Eastern Cape. The crew added that their main goal is

to make it to the SAMA stage and only then will they feel that they have made it in dancing circles.



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People like us Traditional Healers Nobongile Ngomfela and Nomnikelo Phoswa singing at kuTantseka location in Mthatha during a thanksgiving. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

Members of ANCWL posed for the camera during a school handover by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, in Libode. PHOTO:


ECMAS postponed for third time BABALWA NDLANYA THE Eastern Cape Music Awards (ECMAS) have been postponed again to December 10 due to the National Council of Province (NCOP) that is going to be held in East London at the Abbotsford Christian Centre from November 14 to 18. The event was supposed to take place in East London on November 19 before being postponed for the third time. The founder of the ECMAS, Koko Godlo, said they are apologising to everyone, because the event is being postponed for the third time. “We knew about the event of the NCOP and the hall was going to be cleared by 9pm on the 18th but things changed and we were told that the venue will only be cleared on the 19th in the afternoon. “When we discussed this with our technical team we decided that we must move the date because we need at least a minimum of 30 hours to prepare the venue in order for us to deliver a professional and exciting event. We did not want to move from this venue as this is the best indoor venue in the Buffalo City Metro,” said Godlo. According to him all the tickets bought before these postponements would still be valid. People can continue voting for their favourite artists because the votes will only be closed at the end of the day on December 8. Auditors will then determine the winners.

Baliswa Mabhoza, Siyabonga Mqoma, Lungile Bolotwa and Ayanda Madinga posed for the Express photographer in Willowvale.



Nongenile Nyoka and her niece Ntombebandla Dyani demonstrating cakes that were going to be cut at a thanksgiving at Thantseka location in Mthatha. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA




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Athletes who took part in the Weirs Cash Carry 10km Marathon on Sunday.


Malusi is the top marathon athlete ANELE RAZIYA THE only way to win marathons and fun run races is to practice every day so that you can be ready for anything. This is the simple plan of Dutywa born athlete, Yanga Malusi (19), who won his fourth consecutive race in Butterworth over the weekend. On Saturday, the Abahlobo Athletics Club athlete won the Spargs Superspar Birthday Bonanza Great Fast 5km Fun Run. He also won the Weirs Cash Carry and Supermarket 10km, which took place on Sunday. “It is important to practice every day and target races you want to win,” said Malusi. He is also competing in provincial races – something that could give him an advantage over other athletes who only run in Mnquma races. “Most athletes here only run in Butterworth races, however I compete in races all

over the province,” he added. Last year, Malusi won all seven marathons, including fun runs, that were held in Butterworth. The way things are standing now, it seems that history will be repeating itself. Malusi also revealed that he is preparing for the Nelson Mandela 10km Marathon that will be held soon. Formal results . Spargs Superspar Birthday Bonanza Great Fast 5km Fun Run ) Males 1 Yanga Malusi (Abahlobo Athletics Club) won R600 2 Sisa Qalani (Royal Striders Club) won R400 3 Benathi Mgquba (Royal Striders Club) won R300 ) Females

1 Asathi Mvalo (Royal Striders Club) won R600 2 Xoliswa Bici (Nedbank Club) won R400 3 Anelisa Mkhuba (Royal Striders Club) won R300 . Sunday in Weirs Cash Carry and Supermarket 10km ) Males 1 Yanga Malusi (Abahlobo Athletics Club) won R500 2 Xolani Ganca (Butterworth Athletics Club) won R300 3 Benathi Mgquba (Hlazo Athletics Club) won R250 ) Females 1 Busisiwe Gazana (Mnandi Club) won R500 2 Sylvia Sonjica (Abahlobo Athletics Club) won R300 3 Vuziwe Dlavana (Hlazo Athletics Club) won R250

Abahlobo Athletics Club athlete, Yanga Malusi (19), won the Weirs Cash Carry 10km Marathon and the Spargs 5km Fun Run over the weekend. PHOTO:ANELE RAZIYA

Improved Chain Reaction Khonco in the annals of history NCEBA DLADLA TSOLO-born pugilist Simphiwe “The Chain Reaction” Khonco is gradually writing his name in the annals of South African boxing history. This became evident during the Golden Gloves Production (GGP) World Championship Boxing Tournament held at the Orient Theatre in East London last Sunday. Topping the bill organised by GGP boss Rodney Berman in honour of his ailing friend, boxing trainer, manager and promoter, Mdantsane legend, Mzimasi “Bra Mzi” Mnguni who suffered a stroke, the defending IBO world miniflyweight champion Khonco beat over 12 blistering rounds former multiple world champion in the division, Nkosinathi

“Mabhere” Joyi of East London. The fight was all fireworks from the first round with both pugilists throwing good punches to the body and head, while using their hands to defend against the onslaught from their opponents. However, former IBF and IBO world champion, WBC and WBA international champion Joyi with 31 fights, 26 wins, 18 KOs and 5 losses, might have taken the first few rounds of the fight. It is from the 5th round onwards that the younger champion, now with 17 wins, 7KOs and 5 losses in 22 fights, showed his mettle as the force to be reckoned with in the division. An orthodox Khonco had an upper hand with much crisp punches. He was both sharp and sleek and had the great Mabhere’s punches missing the target

most of the time. Three judges scored the fight as follows (Khonco’s score first), 119-111, 116-112 and 118112. Khonco, who recently joined Colin Nathan’s Hotbox Gym in Johannesburg after losing to his boxer Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler for the WBA/IBO world minimum mega-title fight, won the title against another East London foe Siyabonga Siyo in June. His win against Joyi would surely catapult him to stardom. Boxing fans wrote on Facebook after the battle, “Joyi surprised many with his resilience,” said Simphiwe Gwengula, while Masonwabe Salman observed, “Khonco impressed a lot. I congratulate Khonco but want to note that Mabhere (Joyi) is not over the hill yet, as others predicted before the fight.”


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