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NGRY villagers from Qweqwe Locality and surrounding areas in Mthatha blocked the N2 between Mthatha and Viedgiesville, demanding a quick response from Eskom and OR Tambo Municipality in fixing their electricity immediately.

Police were forced to remove glass, old tyres and zinks that were swept away by the storm that hit their homesteads on Monday, January 2. The residents blamed the authorities, stating that they were dragging their feet in addressing the damage that was caused by the storm. This followed an incident where roofs were swept away by a heavy storm that hit the area on Monday last week. One of the community members, who did not want to be named, claimed they were ignored by OR Tambo Municipality even though

Drivers were forced to drive on the grass because of the residents who blocked the N2 road.


they were severely affected by the storm. “Our area does not have electricity – we are struggling and our food is rotten now because our fridges are not working. What makes us more furious is that the Municipality is not assisting us at all. We are sleeping at our neighbours because our houses were demolished by the storm,” she said. She added that they don’t want to throw stones at cars, but they are willing to take that action if it will make the Municipality assist them. Power cables and electrical poles in

some parts of this area were uprooted by strong winds and blown away. Eskom’s Media Liason, Zama Mpondwana, said Eskom technicians have been working hard since the early hours of Tuesday last week restoring the electricity supply to about 60 000 customers on the eastern side of the Eastern Cape. That includes Elliotdale, Mthatha, Mqanduli and surrounding areas. “Eskom is aware that there are isolated incidents in others parts of the province and these are being attended to. We urge customers to be patient during this time

while our technicians are preparing the damaged electricity lines and fixing the faults. Customers also need to treat all electricity appliances, including low-hanging or broken conductors as line and dangerous. They must not touch or move them,” said Mpondwana. The Spokesperon of the OR Tambo District Municipality, Ayongezwa Lungisa, also confirmed that the Municipality is working hard to give support to the community members and that Eskom is also working hard to fix the power.

ƒ Residents blocked the N2 road and the open space that was used by drivers who were avoiding the main road due to the blockade. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA.





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Four loan sharks briefly appeared in court REPORTER FOUR suspected loan sharks briefly appeared in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court in connection with fraud and their case was remanded until March 6 for further investigation. They were all granted bail of R1 500 each. Police Spokesperson Captain Dineo Koena confirmed the arrest stating that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday last week, while they were trying to withdraw money from an ATM in Mthatha.

According to the National Spokesperson for South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), Kgomoco Diseko, the suspects were found in possession of a load of SASSA cards and stacks of cash. He said police caught them red-handed at an ATM while they were trying to withdraw people’s money to whom they allegedly loaned, money. “Although the law must take its course through the courts, SASSA fully supports the action of the police because the use of SASSA cards as collateral for loans deepens the poverty situation of our beneficiaries. SASSA

cards are the property of the beneficiary and it is illegal for loan sharks to take possession of cards in exchange for loans,” said Diseko. Diseko said SASSA beneficiaries are usually targeted by loan sharks at this time of the year, although in terms of the Social Assistance Act, it is unlawful to transfer or pledge by social grant. According to him, money lenders can be arrested if found in possession of a SASSA card and they wish to thank the police for arresting them. “Abuse of a social grant in this manner can

lead to the grant being withheld, suspended or cancelled and beneficiaries have to take note of this very seriously. “SASSA advises beneficiaries to safeguard their cards and PIN numbers at all times and not give access to these loan sharks under any circumstances. To exchange your card for another one can lead to unnecessary unauthorised deductions on your account,” said Diseko. According to him, beneficiaries should not listen to anyone who tells them that the SASSA Card is due for a replacement, as this is an old trick used to abuse their grants.

Community members urged to stick to traditional ceremony rules BABALWA NDLANYA EVEN though police officers under Butterworth Cluster worked very hard to reduce crime during the Festive Season, they are still blaming some of the community members who don’t want to comply with the rule of informing the police when they are going to have traditional ceremonies in their

homesteads. Police Spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said it seems as if there is still more to be done to educate villagers about this because they want police to be visible when ceremonies are held to avoid conflicts that usually takes place in these events. “This is one of the problems that lead to people being killed and raped at these cere-

monies because the police are not informed about it, so that they can also be part of it (visible policing),” said Manatha. He added that the King of Amaxhosa, King Zwelonke Sigcau, said family members who are hosting traditional ceremonies in their homesteads must ensure that the ceremony is over and that villagers go home by 5pm, but there are still people who host ceremo-

nies over 24 hours. “You find that there are villagers who are murdered at 2am and others are raped while coming from a ceremony in the night because villagers don’t want to stick to this rule.” He said they are asking community members to obey these rules because by disobeying them they are increasing the number of crime in their areas.

Head of Hawks warns public to be vigilant against scammers and false advertising SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation’s (DPCI) – also known as the Hawks – Eastern Cape Provincial Head, Major General Nyameko Nogwanya, has appealed to the Eastern Cape community to be careful, especially as the year begins. He said people must be cautious of many flatulent adverts, taking to scams, bogus

scholarships, lucrative deals or bursaries during January 2017. He said people must be very vigilant and know that easy come easy go. Nogwanya also stated that the recklessness of traditional surgeons that lead to many unwarranted deaths at initiation schools needs to be looked at closely to see whether there is not a third element linking it to trafficking of body parts.

“Trafficking in persons comes in different lucrative ways. People must be careful,” he said. “We have seen numerous cases where people are the victims of well-orchestrated crimes such as deposit scams, traditional healer scams, black dollar scams and human trafficking. All these cases seem to be perpetuated by people with more relations outside South Africa and some extent foreign nation-

als seem to be leading towards victimising our African women, South Africans in particular. People are hereby warned to be very careful of getting into unscrutinised relationships because they become victims of a wellorchestrated crime, under the pretext of love, as a gateway to their monies,” said Nogwanya. He stressed that against all odds the Hawks shall always strive to ensure that people of the Eastern Cape feel safe at all times.

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Element of crime hits hailstorm victims CRIMINALS have seen the hailstorm incident, which recently hit the localities under King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD), as their chance to commit crime. The affected locations, which were hit by the storm on Monday, January 2, include Qweqwe, Payne and some other parts of Mqanduli. Police reports stated that criminals entered houses that were left roofless, windowless or doorless to steal the belongings. Because of this, some residents decided to sleep in those roofless structures to protect their belongings. One of the victims of this crime is Mahlubi Mafongosi, who confirmed that he and his brother sleep in his car to keep watch over their belongings. “As my mother relocated to town, we were left with no choice but to sleep in the car for the whole night to protect our belongings, which were still in the house. We will continue doing so until we get help to fix our house,” said Mahlubi. He said most of the people in his area lost a lot of items due to criminal activities since the storm hit the area. The Executive Mayor of OR Tambo District Municipality, accompanied by the Executive

Mayor of King Sabatha Dalindyebo, handed over tents, food parcels, matrasses and blankets to the victims that have since become homeless. There were 67 homes provided with relief in Qweqwe and Payne. At the time of going to print, both municipalities were still assessing the costs caused by the storm. In the meantime, the KSD municipality has this week called a Council meeting to discuss ways of helping the affected families. – SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE

Cezu Senior Primary School was wrecked by the storm. PHOTO:SUPPLIED


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Matric results 2016 Makupula sees positive in EC poor matric results

Cosas: Masualle and Makupula to blame for poor results



MATRIC results of 2016 are out and again the Eastern Cape is languishing at the bottom as the poorest performer. Five of the poorest performing districts in the country are from this province in Libode, Lusikisiki, Ngcobo, Dutywa and Lady Frere. All five districts registered less than 50% pass rate. The Eastern Cape registered a 59.3% pass rate and despite a slight increase of 2.5% from 2015.It is the only province to register less than 60% which highlights the sorry state of education in the province. MEC for Education Mandla Makupula is, however, positive that the province is on the rise and said that his department can be proud of the “sustainable upwards trajectory.” “The Class of 2016 has had to perform in a very different academic context, where the stakes have risen in terms of levels of

difficulty in all subjects. “The improvements made in 2016 must be seen in the light of intervention programmes the Department has put in place to mitigate the impact of the high stakes NCS (CAPS) curriculum,” said Makupula. Makupula also highlighted that the biggest concern of Eastern Cape matrics was that 70% of them came from the poorest schools, quintile one to three, and recorded 49.5% to 57.9%. The richer schools, quintile four and five, were 81.5% and 95.3% respectively. These results prove that the poorest schools are unsurprisingly the least performing schools in the province. Holy Cross Senior Secondary School is one of the few noble exceptions in this year’s matric results particulary for the former Transkei region. The quintile 3 school produced one of the country’s top performers in Siphokazi Hlalukana who came second in this quintile nationally.

THE Congress of South African Students (Cosas) have straight up expressed disgust in both the Eastern Cape premier, Phumulo Masualle, and Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, for the Eastern Cape’s poor performance in the matric exams of 2016. The Eastern Cape is again the worst performing province with a 59.3% pass rate, a slight 2.5% improvement from 2015. Even without progressed learners the province was the worst performing, attaining 63.3%, an increase of 1.1% from 2015. The learners association said the Premier is to blame for failure to hold the MEC accountable for continuous woes in matric performance. Cosas provincial secretary, Samkele Mqai, said in a statement that they were disgusted by the maladministration displayed by the Department of Basic Education under the supervision of MEC Makupula.

He said Makapula and the Premier are “only good at manipulation and suspension of HODs without any positivity in the education system”. “As Cosas we also wish to express our disappointments in the Premier for continuously failing to hold the MEC accountable as to what went wrong, as we have not reached the target of 70% that was set in 2014. “The MEC has not been held accountable. We also condemn the tendencies of celebrating individual achievements by the MEC,” said Mqai in his statement. He added, “It cannot be normal that the five worst performing districts are coming from the Eastern Cape and that not a single district out of 23 managed 90% and above. “It is the sixth year that the Eastern Cape has carried the load of the worst performing province. The last time the province performed better than any province was in 2010 when it performed better than both Limpopo and Mpumalanga with a pass rate of 58.2%.”

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Mthatha airport safety manager laid to rest

SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Mthatha Airport Safety Manager, who was gunned down on the night of December 25 last year, was laid to rest last weekend at the Ncoti Location in Qumbu. Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Buyiso Phikolomzi Sometsewu, including members of different unions, provincial leadership from the legislature, traditional leaders, his colleagues at the Mthatha Airport and the regional leadership of the ANCYL. Sometsewu, who was also the Deputy President of the Public Service Association (PSA), was gunned down by an unknown man allegedly following a dispute over the cars of the deceased and the accused in Mdeni Locality. It was alleged that he was shot at close range and he was rushed to hospital where he later died. At the time of going to print the perpetrator

Family members and colleagues of the late Mthatha Airport Safety Manager Malombo.

Buyiso Phikolomzi (Malambo) Somtsewu. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

was still at large. Malombo, as he was affectionately known, was described as a very outspoken person, a leader, a decision maker, a unionist and had no fear to approach his managers as a union leader when there was an issue which affected the workers. Addressing the mourners, the Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, revealed that on the day of Malombo’s death she received a WhatsApp message from him reminding her about the

issues which she must prioritise in 2017, which were affecting the workers in the department. A few minutes later she said she received the shocking news of Malombo’s death. Tikana stressed that as the department they will adhere to his vision of seeing Mthatha Airport as a viable institution, employ more people, have more airlines and have sufficient fire fighters. “He was a part of the family and we had a very short time with him but he made a big difference,” said Tikana. She said it would


take the department a very long time to fill the gap he left. Malombo started his professional career under workforce based at OR Tambo International Airport and later joined Bidvest Air also based at OR Tambo. He later joined the Department of Transport as an Assistant Director in aviation based in Bhisho. And last year he was deployed to Mthatha Airport as a Safety Manager. Malombo is survived by both parents, two sisters, three brothers and his two children.

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KIC’s Amarok Campaign brings early Christmas joy to small rural community REPORTER KIC hosted a national ‘Sell Through Campaign’ in conjunction with OK Furnishers where consumers, who purchased a KIC product at an OK Furnishers store during the course of the campaign, stood a chance at winning a Volkswagen Amarok. It started off as a national in-store competition and ended as a community upliftment initiative. The competition ran from August 2016 to October 2016. One of the two national winners, Patrick Gebu from a small rural area called Cala in the Eastern Cape, placed his small town on the map as the first person in the history of the town to win such a mammoth prize. The Sell Through Campaign proved to be more than just a competition. It stood as a community upliftment programme due to the applauding reception Gebu received from his people. The town of Cala came to a standstill as the KIC MD, Chris Hani District Municipality Councilor and the Sakhisiziwe Municipality Speaker jointly stood together to hand Gebu his new car keys and bring joy to the community of Cala as for the first time the town felt that they belong. “I bought a KIC water dispenser refrigerator at the OK Furnishers store in Cala. My eyes instantly saw the stickers on the fridge

which promoted a competition where, if I purchase the fridge, I could win my family a VW Amarok and change my family’s lives. “My wife and I argued about it, but I confidently told her that we will win this car and besides, we grew up with KIC products so it will be better it for us to buy a brand we can trust. Every day when I bought airtime I would SMS the competition two or three times a day. “When I received a phone call from KIC congratulating me on my prize winning I couldn’t believe it. My wife was in shock and still is today. It’s the first car that I have ever owned and believe me, in this area it is difficult to manoeuvre around and with this car I will be able to help my community in running errands for them for a small fee,” laughed a delighted Gebu. The whole town of Cala came to a standstill as everyone gathered at the OK furnishers store to celebrate their fellow community member and his new prize. “This handover means a lot to the Cala community as it is the first time in our town’s history that a resident won a national competition,” a delighted Councilor Mthetho Jack from the Chris Hani District Municipality explained on behalf of the Mayor. KIC’s MD, Michele Caputo, had this to say about the handover, “With a proud South Af-

Patrick Gebu won a Volkswagen Amarok in KIC’s Sell Through Campaign. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

rican heritage, Whirlpool’s local brand, KIC, is built on trust and belief of owning a quality appliance that is affordable at the same time. It brings us immense joy to issue out this prize to Patrick Gebu and in the interim bring an early Christmas to the community of the Chris Hani District Municipality. “We believe its moments like these that matter and for generations, we have helped people make the most of these moments with their families and their communities as trust is forever, and moments like these will live

in the hearts of people forever.” This story wasn’t about a man that won a competition; it was about a man how brought hope to a town that was unnoticed and due to this competition, felt like they belonged. Christmas came early for the town of Cala and the Gebu family. It brought change to the lives of the less fortunate. It is cooperation like this that truly shows the spirit of humanity. At times, small gestures like this make a huge difference to the nation at large.

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writing my poems because it is my passion,” said Qhawekazi. She told Express that she was also busy with her book titled 1994 which was expected to be released before the end of this year. You can download her single, Ingubo on YouTube, iTunes and Instagram.

THE Maqhinebeni born in Mthatha, was earlier known in poetry circles, but has now turned her focus to the music industry. Siyavuya Qhawekazi Mcetywa (22) has put a halt to her poetry and she is now busy pushing her red-hot single Ingubo. She dedicated the song to her late mother. “I grew up in church mission following the guidance and laws of the church. Before my mother left this land she gave me a word to stay focused in church and to keep a close distance to the word of God and the Bible. So, that was Ingubo – my mother gave it to me before she died. In Ingubo those were the words from my mum before her departure from this earth,” she said. Qhawekazi realised only last year that she also has a talent in music. “That’s when I went to the studio and recorded my Afro Soul single,” she said. She revealed that she recorded her single at N TOWN Record in Ngqeleni. With Ingubo she worked with studio owner Mazwi and well-known keyboard player Lucky Dlamini. The 10-track album is expected to be released in May this year. She wrote all 10 songs on the album. Qhawekazi assured her fans that she won’t stop writing poetry even though she is now pursueing a music career. “I won’t stop Qhawekazi. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

UMFUNDISI we-IBandla laseMthini Evangelical Movement kwingingqi yaseMthatha uxhobise uluntu ukuba lulungele unyaka omtsha ngelithi malubhinqe omfutshane ukuze kuthi kwizicwangciso zalo ezingakhange ziphumelele kulo nyaka uphelileyo, lwazi okokuba oko ayikokuphela kobomi. Oku kuthethwe nguMfundisi Khanyisa Mtshazi ngelixa encokola nentatheli yephepha-ndaba i-Express. UMtshazi uthe kubalulekile ukuba abantu babeke uMdali kuqala kuyo yonke into abayenzayo kuba nguye umgqibelelisi. “Unyaka ogqithileyo awuzukufana nalo nyaka sikuwo kungenzeka ukuba kulo unyaka zininzi izinto ezi zakwehla kwimpilo zethu neziza kuba ngaphezulu kweengxaki ebesijongene nazo kulo nyaka uphelileyo. Noxa kunjalo , kufuneka singamlibali uMdali wethu,” kubeka uMtshazi. Kwelinye icala, uveze ukuba, ukuba ngaba umntu khange aphumelele kulo nyaka uphelileyo, loo nto ayithethi ukuba nakulo unyaka akazi kuphumelela. Woleke ngelithi, nkqu nabafundi abanga phumelelanga kumabanga wabo mabaphakame bazivuthulule bazi okokuba nakulo unyaka bangenza umohluko kwiimpilo zabo.

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WOW! After a long time singabonani, gossip team would like to greet you all in the name of Jesus Christ in this 2017. Amen! Shame nabo bayayazi na into enoJesu phakathi? Ewe sothini sikhulele koogogo sithandaza yonke imihla phambi kokuba kulalwe. We are going to refer this utterance to the young people of this beautiful lady South Africa. As we know some of them are going to start a new life experience ngaphandle kwabazali babo, for a first time. They must keep in their minds that you cannot mix pleasure with business. Azikhuli zombini. So their focus must be on their studies. Those who are going to start at tertiary level. must note well that there would be many things that may divert them on their ways.. But, to success, one must know what they put in there and why did they left a precious home.

We don’t want to see you in night clubs zaseUTA kude kuse. Build your future first. Pleasure will follow after you completed your studies. Apho ke uyakuba sewusitya amaqhosh’bhaty’a kho ungabuzwa mntu nokuba ubuye ekuseni na kakade. Hoping that you will take this advice very serious bantrwabam kuba nizodibana nezinto phandl’ apha. Can you please respect your bodies? Uyazi sometimes you fail to understand ukuba why umntu ezakunxiba ngendlela engoxolisiyo ingakumbi the elders. We understand these young women, because it seems as if sis-style kubo le ndlela yokunxiba ingahloniphiyo. And kuyaya ekubeni bavele bahambe ze ngoku aba besimanje-manje. Xa ubona umntu omdala enxibe ngendlela engaginyisi-mathe use ucinge umama wakho kuba

Mthatha community awards winners SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE newly established Mthatha Community Awards showed a bright future, despite the fact that it was held for the first time. The awards is the brainchild of Libodeborn Phathiswa Qakaza, owner of Qakaza Communications (PTY) Ltd. The awards were held in Mthatha and it attracted a huge crowd. According to Phathiswa, the support she received during the coordination of these awards was out of this world. She said it was her wish to see the awards growing from strength to strength and being recognised throughout the province. She added that the mission behind these

awards was to ensure that people from this area are recognised back at home before they obtain national or international recognition. The Mthatha Community awards are expected to take place annually.

yena uyazihlonipha nakweyiphi imeko uhlala enxibe ngendlela endilisekileyo. Ngeke uthi umdala ube uveze isisu esishwabeneyo neminyama ngaphandle. Noko khange sikuthande esikubone komnye ugogo elwandle e-Coffee Bay umntu emdala abe eveze nesisu ngaphandle, kukuqubha ebekutheni kanti oko? Khona, abazukulwana bazakufunda ntoni? Don’t discredit the beautiful women of this soil wena magogo. Umama ngolwazi lwethu zikhona iindawo ekungafanelekanga zibe ngaphandle ingakumbi xa semdala. Perhaps ke asike sithi kukushiyeka ezintweni. Sisitsho nje kwakubona i-old lady elidala lizithe dlu kwi jean lipitseke ngathi izakukrazuka that’s not a good sight. Watch out for fake colleges


As you know ukuthi we love you and we don’t like to see you wasting your time and money in those bogus colleges. Believe it or not there are people who are out there to con our poor people who are hungry for education. Ningamana ukuthi umgosi uthetha izinto zomqala wakhe kanti akuyo info ifele apha. We called on our South Africans to be vigilant when they choose a tertiary institution because many private colleges are operating illegally, bafuna nje imali. Ensure that you acquire detailed information about that particular institution if it is registered or not. Ixesha nemali oyi waste (ileyo) ayibuyi so be careful umgosi is giving you a tip. Okay before sihlabe ngqo ebantwini masithathe izinto zethu zokubhala singene entsimini abafundi bethu basawufuna lo mgosi nakwiveki ezayo. Sharp, sharp.

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Dan’s cricket stars on the rise BUNTU GOTYWA TENNIS might not be the most popular sport in rural areas – especially in the Eastern Cape. That, however, is the biggest motivation that drives clubs like Dan’s Tennis Academy to excel and work hard in introducing this sport to rural children. The academy boasts over 42 students who all come from disadvantaged areas and are unable to purchase their own tennis gear. When the minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, opened the two tennis courts in 2012 at Dan’s place just outside Mthatha towards Tsolo, there was no turning back. The journey towards producing a Roger Federer from Dan’s surrounding villages had begun. The academy is the brainchild of Eastern Cape businessman Dr Dan Pasiya and it is strictly for tennis development of underprivileged rural children. It is now entering its sixth year and already has achieved many accolades in the tennis association.

The biggest being representing the Eastern Cape Province at the South African National tennis games. Just recently, members of the club excelled at the SALGA Games held in Margate, KwaZulu-Natal. Coach Marshall Nonco said there is a bright tennis future in the academy and only great things will emerge in the not so distant future. “We have kids as young as 13 and they are flourishing in this sport. “As you know, in rural areas you either play soccer or netball and Dan wanted to bring unisport (to the area). We have so many medals already. “Just recently (in December) they came back with gold, silver and bronze medals from the SALGA Games, which shows that there is progress here,� said Nonco. Capping off a good year, they offered merit certificates to the academy’s new recruits. The occasion also included exhibition matches for parents to have a glance of what their children absorbed in the academy.

Assistant coach Fundisile Myaka (left) and coach Marshall Nonco (far right) after an exhibition match at the awarding of certificates to Dan’s Tennis Academy’s new recruits. PHOTO:SUPPLIED



Dyaloyi and Mthatha Bucks part ways BUNTU GOTYWA MTHATHA Bucks will be out of action until the second week of February, which should give them a huge amount of time to find a replacement for Coach Eddie Dyaloyi. The Bucks announced on their Facebook page the decision to part ways with Dyaloyi, who had been under pressure after a string of poor results. Bucks said it was in the interest of both parties and the progress of the team to part ways with immediate effect. This follows a series of meetings, which looked at the clubs’ direction going forward. The team said the search for a new head coach would begin as soon as possible, which will enable the coach to have enough time to get to know the players ahead of the league’s second round on February 11. The constant dropping points at home when the team had been leading has played a huge part in the Bucks not moving from mid-table. After starting the season like a house on fire, topping the table after three rounds, Amathol’amnyama’s three-point search stalled, thus they were unable to stay in touch with log leaders. At the halfway point, Bucks are sitting in seventh place with 21 points, 14 points off runaway leaders Thanda Royal Zulu, but only three from a play-off spot. Had Bucks had the strength and hunger to kill off games,

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Former Mthatha Bucks coach Eddie Dyaloyi. PHOTO:FACEBOOK they could have easily opened a huge gap between them and the play-off chasing pack. Dyaloyi helped Bucks narrowly escape relegation last season, soon followed by the talk of playoff qualification this season. Dyaloyi’s parting from the Bucks comes at a time when the team is currently on a run of seven draws in eight league matches, in which many of the matches they were leading. They have only lost twice and have three victories to their name, whereas two of them came from the first two matches.

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