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Service delivery boost

The Mayor of King Sabatha Dalindyebo Local Municipality, Councillor Dumani Zozo, steps out of the grader after he had tested it. He was assisted by the equipment sales consultant of Barloworld, Thanduxolo Pendu. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA



HE councillors of the King Sabatha Dalindyebo Local Municipality in Mthatha handed over a new fleet of vehicles to the municipality last week in order to speed up quality service delivery expected by the community of this area. According to the Mayor, Councillor Dumani Zozo, this fleet includes graders, tractors, TLBs, cherry pickers, trucks, vans and a landfill compactor. He said that, in total, they bought 135 new vehicles. The municipality also introduced a speed enforcement and roadblock bus which are equipped with new technology. Among the things that would be done by this new technology would be monitoring number plates and linking them to outstanding traffic fines. “The fleet would be used in various service delivery programmes, such as road infrastructure, refuse collection and other service delivery related programmes. “The municipality has invested an amount of R120 million to purchase this new fleet through the relationship and partnership with one of the local banks (First National Bank). “When we were sworn in as the leaders of this municipality, I committed myself to do whatever I can to ensure that we bring better changes to this municipality. As the mayor,

I have a lot of responsibilities,” said Zozo. He said there were lots of roads in bad conditions which prevented people accessing essential services, such as clinics and schools. Zozo mentioned that they also saw community members struggling in the dark because of electricity supply problems. “I can say that we are building the image of this municipality. The partnership with FNB was not easy, but we are proud that we have reached this destiny.” He also mentioned that the tractors would be handed over to co-operatives so that they could continue with ploughing. Giving a word of support, MEC for Transport Weziwe Tikana said they knew that the arrival of these vehicles would be a big relief to the community. “Even though we are excited, there will still be a lot of challenges because councillors would want to be the first ones to be assisted.” But those making the decisions would have to be disciplined and make sure the community would be assisted first,” Tikana said. The FNB national head of public sector banking, Nick Montso, said they were very happy to have a partnership with the municipality. “We are responsible citizens who like to plough back to the community. “We are proud to say that we are not here as visitors but to help bring about a lot of change,” said Montso.

The Director for Micros Callabash, Sakhele Skenjana, MEC for Transport, Weziwe Tikana, Mayor Zozo and the municipal manager for King Sabatha Dalindyebo Local Municipality, Mbulelo Sigaba, all stand next to the new speed enforcement and roadblock bus. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA



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Cuba Township residents warn magistrate’s court ANELE RAZIYA ANGRY Cuba Township residents have said if the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court grant murder accused Yandisa Cebisa (32) bail, they will kill him. Cebisa is accused of stabbing Nkosinathi Mbalela (35) and Bongani Rapiya (36) to death at

a tavern in Cuba Township last week Tuesday. According to the Butterworth police cluster spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, Cebisa had a misunderstanding with Mbalela and Rapiya intervened to calm down the situation. The accused drew a knife and allegedly stabbed both men to death. Both died instantly and police arrested the accused. On Friday, Cebisa appeared before the Butter-

Cuba Township residents oppose bail for Yandisa Cebisa at the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court on Friday. PHOTO: ANELE RAZIYA

worth Magistrate’s Court briefly and the case was postponed until July 17. The reason for the postponement was to give Cebisa a chance to get a legal representative so that he could apply for bail. But Cuba residents have promised to oppose the bail for Cebisa. Community Police Forum member, Lucasa Thandwa, said the residents were very angry

and that they could do anything if Cebisa was granted bail. Thandwa said the accused had tried to run away by paying for a taxi that was headed for Cape Town but they managed to trace him and they told police to arrest him while he was on his way to the taxi rank. He added that Cuba residents were very angry after they found that the accused had tried to run away.

Cuba Township residents, picketing outside Butterworth Magistrate’s Court on Friday.


Former Elliotdale police officer gets tough sentence BABALWA NDLANYA A FORMER Elliotdale Police Station warrant officer and his co-accused were given tough sentences by the Mthatha High Court last week after they were found guilty of murdering an Elliotdale station commander. Warrant Officer Phumzile Ngqayimbana (48) from Bongweni Locality in Mthatha and Siyamcela Ntshintshi (38) from Sangqu locality in Qumbu were both sentenced to life im-

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prisonment for murdering Lieutenant Colonel Nomalizo Dukumbana. They were each sentenced to six years for unlawful possession of firearms and three years for unlawful possession of ammunition. These two sentences will run concurrently with the life sentences. Whenever the two appeared in court, they always wore the same clothes they wore on their first appearance in Elliotdale in 2013, after the incident had happened. Handing down the sentence, Judge Zamani Nhlangulela said both Ngqayimbana and Dukumbana were working in the same police station when the incident happened. “The family of the deceased was very (badly) affected by what you did. This incident would stay in their minds for a long time. “Ntshitshi had a clear record, but Ngqayimbana had three previous convictions. “The state knows that you were in custo-

dy for five years, but that would not change the sentence that you are supposed to get,” said Nhlangulela. He described the convicts as people who did not show any remorse, who conspired to kill an innocent woman, who was serving the community. He said Ntshitshi was paid some money by Ngqayimbana; he was then offered transport and a firearm, with the aim of making sure that their conspiracy was fulfilled. “On many occasions, you tried to kill the deceased but you failed, but you did not stop your plan. You were a police officer, but you did not pull (the trigger) yourself in what you were planning. The court does not have statistics about the number of guns that are used to kill women but your pistol was used to kill the deceased.” Nhlangulela emphasised that both convicts are not allowed to have firearms in the future. The spokesperson for the National Prose-

cuting Authority, Luxolo Tyhali, said they were happy about the sentencing and this would be a lesson to other people who still wanted to commit crimes. “This is a great sentence and we are happy about it,” said Tyhali. Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza also welcomed the judgement. “This is a lesson to all of us that no one is above the law. Today we would reach closure to this trauma, however, we would not forget our fallen heroine who sacrificed her life in protecting people’s lives and we salute her. “May her soul rest in peace,” she said. The son of Dukumbana, Luyanda also welcomed the sentence even though he said that it would never heal the wound that was left by the convicts. “My mother will never come back because of them, but thanks to the High Court for giving them this sentence,” said Luyanda.

Various relatives arrested for murder BABALWA NDLANYA A WOMAN (45) from Nombanjana Village in Centane was arrested for murdering her sister (53), but it was not clear whether the incident happened in their home or not. Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha confirmed the incident, stating that the motive for the murder was not clear. ) In another incident, Ngqamakhwe police officers arrested a man (58) for the alleged murder of his son (24) at Ngculu lo-

cality in Ngqamakhwe. Manatha confirmed that the suspect allegedly stabbed his son to death. “The motive for the killing is still not known at the moment.” ) In another incident, a man (44) was caught by community members for the alleged rape of a woman (44) at Phathilizwe locality in Willowvale last week. Both the suspect and the victim were at a tavern in Phathilizwe locality when the incident happened. Manatha confirmed the incident, stating that the rapist allegedly misled the victim

by telling her that her boyfriend called her outside. “Both the suspect and the victim went outside the tavern. “Once they were near a dark area, he drew his knife and threatened the victim,” Manatha said. “He then overpowered and (allegedly) raped her. “She later came back to the tavern and alerted the community about the rape.” Manatha said the man was chased and caught. Police were called to the scene and arrested the suspect.


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Grant beneficiaries still hoping to receive their money YAMKELA FIJI SCORES of community members in Mthatha were still hoping to get their social grants in Mthatha last week, even though they did not get their money from either the South African Post Office or automatic teller machines (ATMs).

Some of the community members waiting in the darkness for their social grant next to the South African Post Office in Mthatha. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Some community members refused to go home as they still had a hope that they would receive their money. When the Express visited the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), lots of people were complaining about their money even though they were in possession of new cards. One of the complainants, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were very disappointed because they did everything they were told to do in order to get their money. “I have been here for two days now, but I was told that my money would be (available) today. Now that I am here they tell me that, as a green cardholder, my money would come

out next month. “That is shocking news to me because I do not know how I will survive this month financially,” she said. SASSA acting chief executive officer (CEO) Abraham Mahlangu, in his statement, said they had noted the challenges experienced by grants beneficiaries during the current social grant payment cycle. “We are aware that beneficiaries are experiencing problems with the electronic payment of their social grant. “What is being experienced is a result of a process of changing from an old to a new employment system for social grants. SASSA is also in a process of phasing out Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), as directed by the Constitutional Court, and introducing the South African Post Office (SAPO) to pay social grants,” said Mahlangu. “We assure beneficiaries that their social grants would be paid in full. “In fact, the funds are already in their accounts. We request beneficiaries to give themselves at least three days to withdraw their grants.”

Career exhibition hosted during air show at Mthatha airport REPORTER THE South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape joined the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison and South African Defence Force during an air show in celebration of the centenaries of two Eastern Cape legends, Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, that was held in Mthatha last week. The event was preceded by a number of build-up programmes in Mthatha as from June 25, under the theme “Live the Legacy towards Empowered Youth of 1976-2018, 42 Years of Remembrance”. Among the honoured guests were the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle and Chief Mandla Mandela. The Eastern Cape SAPS senior manage-

ment formed part of the official proceedings and ensured that police visibility was the order of the day for the safety of the community. The initiative carried a common interest which was the development of the youth in this province, as the event aimed at introducing learners to different careers in the aviation industry. Masualle conveyed his appreciation for the event, stating that they were honouring their own legends from the Eastern Cape province. “It is my wish that this event could be an annual programme to motivate our future leaders,” said Masualle. The newly graduated pilot from the Eastern Cape Airwing, Constable Qondile Dyeke, encouraged the young learners to be confident and fulfil their dreams.

Police officers who attended the Career Exhibition that was held at Mthatha Airport.


Working on Fire teams suppress 14 fires in June REPORTER WORKING on Fire (WOF), which is an Expanded Public Works Programme under the Department of Environmental Affairs, continues to show its commitment in protecting the environment and saving lives.

Since the winter fire season started in June in the Eastern Cape Province, WOF teams have been in and out of the fire line and also put preventative measures in place to prevent fires from spreading and destroying properties. About 14 fires have been suppressed in June,

Working on Fire (WOF) suppressed 14 fires in the month of June.


while only an estimated 1 633 hectares burnt. According to ground operations manager Antoinette Jini, while some teams are busy suppressing fires, others continue conducting fire awareness campaigns in the communities. “We want to make sure that everyone is firesafe and they understand the dangers of starting unwanted fires and the importance of fire belts,” said Jini. The areas in the Eastern Cape that were affected by these fires included Ugie, Matatiele, Ongeluksnek, Mkhambathi, Langeni, Elliot and Tsomo. The Eastern Cape has two fire seasons, the summer fire season in the Western part of the province and the winter fire season in the Eastern part of the province. The WOF programme forms part of the natural resource management assisting in disasters but not as first call-out. Working on Fire addresses the prevention and control of wild land fires through the implementation of Integrate Fire Management principles (IFM). IFM includes planning, detection, prevention, suppression and community fire awareness activities. Currently, the Working on Fire programme employs more than 5 000 young men and women from marginalised communities at 200 bases throughout South Africa. The province has about 589 firefighters based in 26 bases around the province.

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Maize factory in Butterworth may be reopened ANELE RAZIYA Thanda Milling factory in Butterworth. PHOTO: ANELE RAZIYA

THE Department of Rural Development and Land Reforms is in discussion with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) regarding the reopening of the Thanda Milling maize factory in Butterworth. The department’s chief director in the province, Zukile Pityi, said, “The department is busy negotiating with ECDC about the possibility of reopening Thanda Milling.” Pityi revealed this when he was handing over two tractors to Toleni Co-operatives Maize Project in Butterworth recently. The Thanda Milling factory was closed after 1994 and a number of people in Mnquma lost their jobs. The shutdown of the

factory also caused farmers to struggle in storing their maize. But now the department is trying its best to assist Mnquma and Mbhashe farmers through the reopening of the factory. The discussion is at an advance stage and both the department and ECDC has agreed to reopen the factory. Pityi added that they have sent people to assess about the status of the factory because they were also planning to open an abattoir, to sell meat. Regarding the reopening of the factory, the department wants to create job opportunities and also boost Mnquma’s and Mbhashe’s economy. The department is committed to assisting farmers so that they could plant even more maize in the coming years.

Chief Bhalizulu shares advice with young people BABALWA NDLANYA THE chief from Qunu locality in Mthatha has advised young people to ensure that they follow their talents instead of wasting their time with alcohol and drug abuse. Chief Nokwanele Bhalizulu was speaking at the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebration which was held in Qunu outside Mthatha recently. Bhalizulu said young people

should focus on their dreams and stop committing crime because this was a waste of government funds. “If you can do so (stop committing crimes), the number of prisoners’ will decrease because you would be busy chasing your dreams, not committing crime,” said Bhalizulu. She urged the youth to ensure that they fight for what is right. She told them that their talents were gifts from God, but there

are people who don’t want to use them or who choose to do things in a wrong way. Bhalizulu said no one received a talent of raping and stealing from other people. She urged the young and old people to focus on positive things. ; Chief Nokwanele Bhalizulu advised young people to focus. Next to her is Chief Zanomthetho Mtirara. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA

MEC assist with health day at Xume Clinic ANELE RAZIYA THE Eastern Cape Department of Health held a health day at Xume Clinic in Tsomo on Thursday. The aim of the health day was to diagnose the patients who have chronic diseases and other related illnesses.

Eastern Cape Health MEC, Helen Sauls-August, at Xume Clinic in Tsomo. PHOTO: ANELE RAZIYA

The MEC for Health in the province, Helen Sauls-August, lent a helping hand by ensuring eight doctors were present to attend to patients in Tsomo. Sauls-August said, “Xume Clinic is very busy because of the high population and it is also situated in

the rural areas. “The (nearest) hospital is too far away from them and they depend on the clinic,” Sauls-August said. More than 150 patients are helped at Xume Clinic daily. Some of them wait long because of the large number of patients. It is mainly because of that reason that the department decided to bring eight doctors for that specific health day. The department ensured that all the patients were attended to by these doctors. Sauls-August was also impressed with the status of the clinic and she also acknowledged the commit-

ment of the clinic workers and how much they cared for the patients. A patient from Tsomo, Andiswa Phasiya, said that they would love to see these doctors return to Xume Clinic because of the fast pace at which patients were seen, and she also thanked the department for organising the health day. Phasiya said that sometimes the patients can’t be helped immediately because of the high numbers of people who are looking for help at the clinic and the limited availability of doctors. The department has promised that they will bring the doctors again after August this year.

Mbhashe Local Municipality

PUBLIC NOTICE APPROVAL OF SERVICE DELIVERY AND BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (SDBIP) Notice is hereby given in terms of section 53 (1)(c)(ii) and 53 (b) of the Local Government Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003) read together with Section 21A and B of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act of 2000 (Act 32 of 2000) that the Executive Mayor of Mbhashe Municipality, Councillor, S. Janda, has approved the Service Delivery and Budget /Implementation Plan (SDBIP) for the 201 /1 nancial year An SDBIP is a detailed plan approved by the Mayor of a Municipality for implementing the Municipality’s delivery of municipal services and its annual budget in terms of the approved Integrated Development Plan opies of the approved SDBIP are available for scrutiny during o ce hours at Dutywa Library, Willowvale Library and Elliotdale Library, as well as on the Municipal Website: www mbhashemun gov a For further en uiries, please contact Ms Bacela, on 0 5 11 during o ce hours M. Nako MUNICIPAL MANAGER S NDL



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Gymnastic Hub launched at Tsolo school YAMKELA FIJI A GYMNASTICS hub was officially opened at the Tsolo Special School last week. The purpose of this launch was to introduce the sport to the community because of the incorrect perception that it is a sport only white people compete in. The hub was launched with an event for young, ambitious athletes. The co-ordinator and coach, a former professional gymnast, Sipepisiwe Mphoselwa, said that the sport was as important to the children today as it was to her when she was a child. “The gym sessions keep kids busy and away from alcohol and drug abuse. “What happens today gives me strength and hope as I am a true believer in God,” she said. The coach of the gymnasts, Lolo Mjindi, said now that the gymnasts had their own hub, it would also benefit Tsolo Special

School and would be used for whatever events and activities the school wanted to do there. She also said she was willing to train the disabled children too, so that they could participate in this kind of sport. She also advised the coaches to try to get more children involved in sports and try to engage them in activities like this as this would help reduce crime and violence. The president of the Eastern Cape Gymnastic Association, Laura Holdsworts, said she was speechless about the event. One of the gymnasts, Tshali Didi, also spoke at the opening, as she said gymnastics was their hobby and the Hub was their place of refuge. “The Hub gives us a lot of joy and makes us happy; here we make friends. To us, we are also a big, loving family; we are more like brothers and sisters.” The gymnasts were also given a chance to show the audience their talent.

< Gymnasts cut the ribbon at the Gymnastic Hub which was launched at Tsolo Special School.



NPO helps students apply for university YAMKELA FIJI THE members of a non-profit organisation (NPO) in Tsolo, called Transition from High School to University, are on a mission to uplift the standard of learners in Grade 12 who are not exposed to tertiary and bursary information. This NPO was started by young people from Tsolo after they had realised that many students who passed matric, failed to go to the tertiary level due to a lack of knowledge of their options. One of the members of this NPO, Cinga Dlanjwa, said they had seen a need to take part in uplifting the education, especially for learners who are from rural areas. He said they also visit winter school centres and show

learners how to apply to tertiary institutions. “We even ask them to bring their documents and show them how to apply. We also have a social desk where we look at the needs of matriculants who are orphans and are struggling to further their tertiary education,” he said. He said they had invited universities like Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes University and University of the Western Cape this year to conduct career exhibitions in 14 winter school centres around Mhlontlo. The president of the organisation, Siyasamkela Makhetha, together with the executive members, visited one of the winter school centres in Qumbu district where they gave advice to learners.

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Hillcrest singer nominated for SA Afro Music Awards

BABALWA NDLANYA THE traditional Afro-jazz singer, Nomdakazana Dlamini from Hillcrest in Mthatha, has been nominated for two categories in the South African Afro Music Awards.

sic to ensure that they buy a ticket so that they could see me on this day.” She thanked her grandmother, Staff Mpantsha from Eludeke locality in Bizana, who helped raise her.

The awards will be held in Carnival City in Johannesburg on August 4. Talking to Express, Nomdakazana, who is known for her song Ndiko Ndlelá Amany’amadoda, she could not believe it when she was told that she had been nominated. She said she was very happy about the nomination. The first category is best Afro contemporary performance and the second is the best Afro traditional jazz. “The difference in these awards is that we are not voted for by our followers. Instead, they buy tickets at Computicket to go and watch the awards in Carnival City on the day of the event,” said Nomdakazana. She added that she would also be performing at the event. “I am appealing to people who love my mu; The Afro traditional jazz singer, Nomdakazana Dlamini, is one of the nominees for SAAFMA Awards. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Local music legend empowers youth HOSEYA JUBASE ONE of Mthatha’s best known music producers, the legendary Daniel Carlvin Matshasi, better known as Son of Africa, urged all African people to learn, as much as possible, to use time management to succeed in life. He said life is too short and the youth need to open their minds to be independent and start owning businesses at an early age. Speaking to Express after officially releasing his own DVD music video, Son of Africa said that time management is one of the things that has to be taught at school. “Everything needs to have it’s own time frame and you have to tell yourself when and how you are supposed to do something. “A time frame is the key in life and this is how I have managed to survive and it enables me to fulfil many things in a very short period of time,” he said. He added life is not about being personally successful but to empower and groom other talented individuals in your industry. “I am so happy to see many artists (who I have produced) around Mthatha being successful through music. That makes me realise and appreciate what God gave me and that it is working to help others,” he said. Son of Africa, who resides in Slovo Park, Mthatha, started producing music 10 years

; Music producer and legend, Daniel Carlvin Matshasi, better known as Son of Africa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

ago and warned people to be aware that wherever there are people, you will come across disappointments. “At times you will come across positive things, but collaboration is one of the best things in the music industry. “There’s no way that you can be successful without working with other artists,” he said. The Zimbabwean citizen, who inspired many young artists and dancers in Mthatha, including Spider Angels, started operating a studio in Ngqeleni in 2005. He said that it was very difficult for residents to understand the opening of a studio in the rural areas. It was one of the first studios to operate in Ngqeleni. On his DVD, Son Of Africa compiled all the songs that he has released as a producer.

National Science Week to be hosted by two municipalities BABALWA NDLANYA MEMBERS of a non-profit company (NPC), which was formed in 2014 by young professionals, who all grew up in the rural areas of Butterworth, will be hosting a National

Science Week (NSW). Zamanzi-ECD, in partnership with Brewsters Craft PTY Ltd, have applied for and received a funding grant from the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) to host NSW in the

Mnquma and Mbhashe Local Municipalities from July 30 to August 3. According to the chairperson for Zamanzi ECD, Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela, on July 30 from 09:00 to 14:00. The event would be held at Ngwenze Senior Secondary School at Bolotwa location in Dutywa. The second event will be held on the same day from 15:00 to 16:30 at Idutywa King Hint-

sa Campus. Then the third one would be held on July 31 from 08:00 to 15:00 at the offices of the Department of Education in Butterworth. “National Science Week is an annual countrywide celebration of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI), led by the Department of Science and technology,” said Nxusani-Mawela.

Woman overcomes rape ordeal to succeed in life YAMKELA FIJI A WELL-KNOWN young business woman from Stutterheim, who started her own insurance company following an incident where she was raped at the age of 19 by a group of unknown men in her area, is on a mission to motivate young people to follow their dreams. Siphelele Faltain is now the owner of the insurance company, called Faltain Services. Talking about the incident, Faltain said she had been drinking with her friends in a local tavern. When she was on her way home, she met the perpetrators who attacked her. “I thought that was the end of my life not knowing that I would one day be a wellknown business woman who can motivate

other people,” she said. She said she was raised by her grandparents and her life was not easy when she grew up because she did not know her father. She said her father never wanted anything to do with her. “I recently heard that he has passed on. I am a girl with no identity, but I thank my grandparents who played their role in raising me,” she said. She said even though she was raped and later found out that she was HIV-positive, she decided to stand up and do something with her life. “I did not want the stigma to kill my dream, even though at first I thought it was the end of the road.” She advised young people to stand up and chase their dreams. “Never doubt yourself and always put God first.”

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July 12, 2018 Isolomzi Express

HOSEYA JUBASE LEARNERS from different high schools attended a career expo at the Mfenyane Centre between July 2-6. They were visited by young professionals and experienced individuals of the Youth Qhake organisation. “They taught us many things about life and how to behave at universities, to respect others and tactics to focus on our studies as we approach our final exams. “This is the first time I came across this informative and inspired career expo in my life,” said Sithepula Nkosiyazi, a Tholang S.S.S learner, during their winter school sessions. Youth Qhake continues to empower young people in winter school centres around the Eastern Cape. Youth Qhake national chairperson Siphamandla Khaphela said that they went to these centres with young and experienced professionals from various fields who were groomed and guided by the organisation to support the upcoming leaders. He said they mostly visit rural schools with a lack of resources to make sure that disadvantaged schools get all the information and exposure to make sure learners make the right decisions when they choose careers. Also to get a better understanding about minimum requirements needed at tertiary institutions. “We are still calling them to come back because they brought us something different and something that we never experienced in our lives. “If government may intervene to empower rural people like me with this kind of informative gatherings, learners from disadvantaged mud schools in rural areas can pass with flying colours,” explained Sithepula. Sithepula is also looking forward to follow in the footsteps of the young, inspiring professionals who got scholarships in other countries, like the United States of America. Khaphela said they have adopted 16 schools nationally so far and their objective is to provide learners with the needed support, academically and socially. Youth Qhake has already visited four winter school centres in the Eastern Cape Province, namely Thabong Senior Secondary School in Maluti, Mvenyane Senior Secondary School in Matatiel, Zewelakhe Senior Secondary School in Mount Frere

Learners at the career expo at Mfenyane Centre on July 6.


and Mariazell Senior Secondary School, where thousands of learners gathered together. “I can confirm that the feedback is amazing. The learners from these various schools are still continuing to send messages of appreciation. “While we are doing these career expo tours, we also do motivational talks, focusing more on health issues that affect young people at tertiary institutions,” said Khaphela. During the tour, application forms were distributed to all four centres to cater for students who want to apply to tertiary institutions.

; Students from various local high schools gathering information at the career expo that was held at the Mfenyane Centre recently.

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July 12, 2018 Isolomzi Express

Centane Musketeers win annual youth tournament ANELE RAZIYA THE Centane-based team, Musketeers FC, was crowned the new King Zwelonke Youth Tournament champions at the weekend. The impressive Musketeers FC defeated Xhorha-based team, Billie Academy, 3-0 in a very entertaining final at Dutywa Stadium near King Hintsa TVET College on Saturday afternoon. During the final, both teams displayed their

superior football skills and showed a lot of commitment, but the Centane side dominated in ball possession throughout the game. In the first stanza, Musketeers FC managed to score an early goal after missing two clear chances. Billie Academy tried to even the score in the second half, but Musketeers’ defence was equal to the task. In the last 15 minutes, the Centane outfit came back strongly, scoring another two goals to

AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu hands over a trophy to the KSD netball club, which defeated Kei Legends 15-8 in the finals at Dutywa Stadium. PHOTO:ANELE RAZIYA

make the final score 3-0 and sealing their victory. Before the teams reached the finals, Musketeers FC defeated Dutywa All Stars 3-2, while Billie Academy played to a 1-1 draw against tournament defending champions Centane United and won 4-3 on penalties. Meanwhile, the netball finals were played between two Mthatha teams, KSD and Kei Legends. KSD managed to beat Kei Legends 15-8 and won R5 000 and a big trophy, while the runnersup took home a netball kit and a small trophy.

AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu, safety and liaison manager in Amathole Miranda Sinqoto, officials from the Departments of Social Development and Health, and residents watched the games. Event organiser Melinkqubo Ndabokutya thanked all 16 soccer teams who participated in the tournament, as well as the 12 participating netball teams. Musketeers FC went home with R10 000 and a big trophy, while Billie Academy received R2 400 and a kit.

Centane-based Musketeers FC celebrate after winning the King Zwelonke Youth Tournament at the weekend. PHOTO: ANELE RAZIYA

Tete set to join world-renowned gym

MEC steps into ring with boxing association



where he’ll be training at Mayweather’s gym. AS part of his preparations for the pres“This is part of his (Tete) preparatigious World Boxing Super Series, Zo- tions for the upcoming fight. lani “Last Born” Tete will spend a “He was supposed to have left on July month training at Floyd Mayweather’s 2, but Mayweather has other commitgym in Las Vegas in the US. ments in Malaysia. So we would not have had Mayweather’s full attention This has been revealed by Tete’s man- and we want 100% of his attention.” ager, Mlandeli Tengimfene. Spending a whole month in the US Tengimfene said costs a fortune, the Mdantsanebut Tengimfene born WBO banassured that they tamweight chamhave secured a pion will be joined sponsor who will by his trainers, pay for travelling, Loyiso Mtya and accommodation Mhikiza Myekeni, and stipend. when going to the “Also on July 22 US later this (the day of the month. draw), one of the With its worldthings we should class facilities, find out is whethMayweather’s er the fight will be gym is an ideal held in September place for Tete as or October. he hopes to be “After the draw crowned as the we should know best bantamwhether we’ll be weight boxer in fighting on Octothe world among ber 22 or Septemeight others boxber 21. ers who are also “But the tournaeyeing the Mu- Zolani “Last Born” Tete is set to jet to the ment will take hammad Ali Tro- US to join Floyd Maymeather’s gym as he place in Russia,” phy. he said. prepares for the World Boxing Super Next week Series. PHOTO:FACEBOOK The boxers who Wednesday, Tete have been conand Tengimfene will leave for Moscow firmed so far for the tournament are in Russia where they will spend a few Tete, Nonito Donaire (Filipino-Ameridays ahead of the BWSS draw which can), Jason Moloney (Australia), Emwill take place on July 22. manuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) and Ry“When we come back from Russia an Burnett (Ireland), as well as Haoya we’ll be going to the US for a month Inoue (Japan).

JAB . . . cross . . . hook . . . uppercut . . . The Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) MEC, Bulelwa Tunyiswa, held a meeting with the Eastern Cape Boxing Association in East London last week. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the MEC to the boxing association, updating her on the status of professional boxing in the Eastern Cape. It was also an opportunity to raise challenges relating to government and boxing promoters, more especially in the area of boxing development and its preservation as part of provincial sport heritage. The meeting highlighted that boxing is one of the most prominent sport codes in the Eastern Cape and has drawn the attention

of the entire world to the quality of boxers that are produced by the province time and again. Professional boxing, though, is facing stagnation due to the inactivity of boxers. This is weakened by the lack of interest on partnership and sponsor from the private sector. These matters were discussed, but will not be resolved in one meeting as there are other important stakeholders that need to be involved and seek guidance on boxing regulation from Boxing South African (BSA). The engagements will be held with Tunyiswa to turn a new page and make boxing better for the benefit of boxers. MEC Tunyiswa expressed her commitment in supporting all strides made to enhance boxing development.






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Isolomzi Express 12 July 2018  
Isolomzi Express 12 July 2018