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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 12. Here he is with some of the kids that help him keep the streets of Norwood clean.

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learners to enter the world of tertiary studies with an app that they have developed. Their undergraduate Admission Programme App has also landed them an Eskom science expo award. Their idea earned them silver at the Mthatha regional stage of the

Awards. The two 17-year-olds from Mthatha, Bashi Kasunga and Japheth Nasila, have developed the App to help learners who want to apply for university. The duo says the app is easy to use and of-

fers all the information needed to do one’s research for an university education, including the courses and bursaries that are available. According to them there is no other app or resource of this nature available. Continued on page 4


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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

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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 Madeira 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 and around the shopping centre. Additionally, he said the mall had a team of 13 inhouse 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 visibility”. “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.”

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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 the Infra-

Waster Water Treatment Works in Tsolo, constructors are currently on site and the project is expected to finish before the end of 2017. PHOTO:BUNTU GOTYWA

structure 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 much-needed 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 Orders 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 reporting 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.

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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

away if you qualify for your chosen field of study,” said Nasila. “Learners waste so much money on the internet and then end up waiting a long time not even knowing if they qualify for the course. The app also provides all the available bursaries in your line of study,” added Bashi Kasumba. The two say the stumbling block so far is funds to make the app available on mobile phones as soon as possible. As the two are still scholars, they struggle to raise the required amount to host the app on mobile phones.


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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 Macadamiaplanting 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 forefathers’ 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

Some of the villagers at Majingqi location in Willowvale are not happy about the Macadamia-planting programme that was launched in October this year.

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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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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 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.

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

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.

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Local hero 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 waiting for the municipality to have his community in a hygienic state. Thomas Tshitshi, who stays at Third Avenue, Norwood, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even care about the municipality picking up refuse or cleaning the streets. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 something 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.


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‘Just For Kids’ helps mothers get kids school-ready REPORTER GOOD grooming for school on a daily basis is a vital routine in any household. Just For Kids understands the challenges faced by busy moms when grooming girls for their first year of school and the sooner this routine is mastered the easier it becomes for both mother and child. The Just For Kids hair range has been embarking on an informative yet entertaining campaign in key Mthatha and Butterworth schools since the end of October. They are highlighting the importance of having a good grooming routine in a fun way to young girls. Using dance and songs, the kids will be engaged to remember their early morning routine mimicked in the dance sequence. They will be introduced to the animated female character, Thandi. The kids will be able to relate to and interact with her as she shares her routine of grooming her textured hair each morning and her haircare regime using the Just For Kids range to keep her hair softer, smoother and more manageable, resulting in strong and healthy hair causing no tears. “Natural hair is a wonderful and beautiful thing, but maintaining textured hair can be chal-

lenging. “The important message is that just as Thandi enjoys pain-free hair grooming by using gentle products that can help, so can they. Caivil Just For Kids is a leader in the child haircare segment and presents our current range designed to take the hassle out of caring for young girls’s hair,” said the Just For Kids brand custodian. “The right hair treatment and scalp conditioning are so important at this early age on your child’s untouched hair. “Just for Kids has a range of gentle haircare products that moisturise and condition a child’s scalp, relieving itching and scratching.” “We are excited to bring the Just for Kids schools campaign to the Eastern Cape, since it has landed well in other regions. “Just for Kids understands the emotions that moms face when sending their little ones off to school in their first year and we want to take the stress out of hair grooming. “We are passionate about hair and want to help moms, kids and the community with these important messages of safe relaxer usage and education on Just For Kids gentle products for more manageable hair makes life easier. “The life skills that kids are taught with the campaign are welcomed by appreciative schools and parents alike.”

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by Soso Mdingi. Tuswa said the album was dedicated to NEW Mthatha gospel sensation Noulsindi- her supporters, and would heal the souls of so Tuswa will launch her many people who were going first CD and shoot a DVD in through troubled times. Mthatha Town Hall this comThe born-again mother of ing Saturday, November 26. four said she drew inspiration from her life for the Some of the big names in tracks, especially the title the gospel music industry, track My life. and faith leaders from the OR “This song tells everybody Tambo region, are expected that my life belongs to God. to grace the event. The route to where I am today Songbird Tuswa, who hails was rough but I endured evfrom Mabheleni location, erything because I knew what Mthatha, stressed her gratiI wanted in my life, and God tude to the Heavenly Father helped me,” she said. for guiding her towards the The dignitaries set to grace official launch of her maiden Sindi Tuswa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED the launch of the CD include album. pastor Cingo of Nkonjani FM, She said it had not been an easy path be- Pastor Maqungqulu of UCR FM, and Revercause emerging artists like her received lit- end Mnyande. tle support from the industry and always Artists who have been lined up to perform battled to promote their releases. on the day include Buli Matu, Yongama “Sindi”, as Tuswa is affectionately Mrwetyana, Sofie Ngcele and many more loknown, has compiled a 12-track CD called cal artists. My life, which will leave gospel enthusiasts Tickets are available at The Mall, Madeicalling for more. She recorded the album at ra Street, Mthatha, at Soft Tech Computers, Mthatha-based Solar Recording Studios, led or via Sindi on 073 990 7858.

Early Christmas at Lujecweni Village

Three of the five crew members of Limitless Mxolisi Shezi, Nkosikhona Luthuli and Yongama Gebe. PHOTO:BUNTU GOTYWA

Limitless are kings of the dance floor BUNTU GOTYWA

Christmas came early for children of Lujecweni Village’s Mthatha Healing Church of God, just outside Mthatha when the children were treated to games and gifts. Church leader, Pastor Zola Noqobo, hosted a Sunday school Christmas party. This is a church programme focused on children by introducing games and teaching them good behaviour. Noqobo said the aim is also to encourage younger children who are not attending church to see the joy of going to church. PHOTO: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 Africa, 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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☎ 086 111 4213 Improved Chain Reaction Khonco of Mthatha 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, Mdant-

sane 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.”

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 Butter-

worth 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

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