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TRADITIONAL POLICING MODEL: ARRESTS TO GO VIA LEADERS’ GREAT PLACES
King, cops team up to fight crime BABALWA NDLANYA
traditional leaders and members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the fight against crime.
EPUTY Provincial PoliceCommissioner, Major General Andries Swart, visited the King of Amaxhosa, King Zwelonke Sigcau, at Nqadu Great Place in Willowvale, with the aim of building a relationship between
Swart was accompanied by Butterworth Cluster Commander Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu and all the station commanders who fall under the Butterworth Cluster.
According to police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, they wanted to renew the traditional policing model because they felt that they are currently leaving the traditional leaders out. “In the past when the police van went to arrest someone within the locality, police officers used to start
at the great places, to inform the traditional leader before they proceeded to the house of the perpetrator, but now that has changed,” he said. “As police officers, we want to go back to that route,” added Capt. Manatha. He said the visit was to make sure
that this procedure would be followed. He said the traditional leaders were also informed that if the suspect was arrested by the community members, they must be brought to the great place until the police officers arrive.
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Willowvale community celebrates Arbor week
To celebrate National Arbor Week, Mnquma Mayor, councillor Sithembiso Ncetezo (left) and portfolio head for community services, councillor Zola Layiti, together with other councillors planted a host of indigenous trees at Cafutweni Junior Secondary School in Milwa Village in Willowvale on Wednesday, September 5. During the event, learners and parents were educated about the importance of preserving trees to beautify the environment, while protecting their homes from strong winds and floods. PHOTO:LOYISO MPLANTSHANE
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Butterworth police vow to curb crime ANELE RAZIYA BUTTERWORTH police station commander, Colonel Andre Arends, said police officers remained committed to combat crime in the Mnquma area. His remarks came after Sonke Gender Justice, the Mnquma Local Municipality and Mnquma Man For Change held a joint march last week Thursday. The march was aimed at calling upon SAPS members to work together with the communities in fighting violence against women and children. In the memorandum submitted by the organisations to the station commander, they requested SAPS members to be more visible in rural areas, especially the villages that are situated far from police stations as they believe that is where many incidents of rape and murder occur. They also suggested that there must be a mobile police station that will assist in fighting
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A LOVE triangle left a woman (28) dead at Good Hope locality in Ngqamakhwe last week. It is alleged that the suspect (37) found the deceased with another man at her home in Good Hope locality and became suspicious that she was cheating on him. Police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, confirmed the incident. “He (allegedly) started to quarrel with and
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Butterworth station commander, Colonel André Arends, signs the memo. PHOTO:ANELE RAZIYA
Love triangle leads to woman’s death BABALWA NDLANYA
Man’s alleged killer arrested
assault the deceased. The other man left when he (the suspect) arrived. The deceased was fatally injured. She was assaulted with a sjambok until she passed away,” said Manatha. Ngqamakhwe police were informed about the incident. They quickly traced and arrested the suspect and charged him with murder. Butterworth Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu condemned the murder of the defenceless woman. He then praised Ngqamakhwe police for their quick reaction in arresting the suspect.
POLICE officers from Msobomvu near Butterworth arrested a woman for the alleged murder of a man (32). The suspect, who was armed with a knife, allegedly stabbed the deceased at Zazulwana Extension Village. Police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, confirmed the incident. “The deceased was rushed to Butterworth Hospital where he died on arrival. Police were informed of the murder. They traced the suspect and arrested her. It is not clear what led to the victim being stabbed.” In another incident, the Butterworth Regional Magistrate’s Court convicted and sentenced Sikhumbule Mdlambuzi (31) for raping a woman (67) at Mzantsi locality in Butterworth. Manatha said Mdlambuzi was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment last week. The court heard that on March 31, 2017, the woman was getting ready for bed at about 21:00 when the incident happened. “She heard the window being broken. When she was about to scream, Mdlambuzi grabbed her and knocked her down. “He raped the victim and ran away. But she managed to identify him. “She reported the matter at Butterworth Police station. Butterworth Cluster Commander Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu welcomed the sentence imposed on the accused.
CRIME ROUND UP ) POLICE from Msobomvu arrested two men and a woman in separate incidents after they were found in possession of three unlicensed firearms, one of which was a pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition. Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said they also arrested a man (30) for possession of suspected stolen property.
) Centane police officers opened an inquest docket after an 86-year-old man died in a house fire. He had been staying at Nyhityhaba locality. His house was seen in flames and police were informed of the incident. ) About 30 sheep and lambs were found in a fenced kraal in a forest between Sangqu
and Thaleni locality after members from the Qumbu Stock Theft Unit, C1, K9 and Sulenkama attended to a complaint of stock theft at Khamastone locality. It is alleged that 52 sheep were reported stolen recently. Police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Koena, confirmed the incident. – BABALWA NDLANYA
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New level of cooperation between police, traditional leaders Continued from page 1 “WE also said that no one is allowed to assault the suspect because that is against the law. They must only be brought to the traditional leader so that they can be kept there until the police arrive.” The special advisor and spokesperson for the king, Chief Xolile Ndevu, said when the police officers visited King Zwelonke, he was meeting with the executive body for the Xhosa Kingdom. “We were very happy when they informed us about the aim of their visit because this would bring back the dignity of our great places and police officers,” said Ndevu. According to him, all crimes that happen in
the rural areas are reported to the traditional leader first before being reported to the police. “When this route was followed, it was easy for traditional leaders to identify people who were troublemakers in society. He said King Sigcau would call a special meeting that would be attended by traditional leaders and the police officers and they would roll out a plan that would be followed regarding this issue. ; Station commanders from Butterworth Cluster, accompanied Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Major General Andries Swart when he visited the King of AmaXhosa, King Zwelonke Sigcau. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
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Traditional leaders to resolve headmanship conflict
HOSEYA JUBASE THE Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders is in negotiation with the leadership of Contralesa regarding the battle of headmanship at lower Ndungunyeni in Ngqeleni. This was revealed by Eastern Cape head of traditional leadership, Namhla Siwahla Dlulani, when she visited angry, protesting youth of Lwandile in Ngqeleni. They are demanding the immediate official appointment of a headman. The fight for the leadership of the Amakhonjwayo between the acting incumbent, Mpumalanga Gwadiso, and Thulane Sithelo began five years ago. Talking to hundreds of young and elderly residents of Lwandile rural area, Siwahla appealed to both affected parties to calm down as the provincial House of Traditional Leaders was still resolving the matter. She did not hesitate to reveal to residents that according to resolutions by the House of Traditional Leaders on March 22 last year, Sithelo is the right one to lead the people of Ndungunyeni, the Amakhonjwayo, according to historical entitlement to the headmanship of lower Ndunganyeni. “I don’t know why Sithelo was not officially appointed because the resolution was that
Sithelo was the right one to lead the community,” said Dlulani. She urged the Nduganyeni residents to give her time, as she was going to approach Contralesa for clarity surrounding the matter of the appointment of permanent headman. Speaking to Express, Sithelo said he was happy that the House of Traditional Leaders was intervening to resolve the serious matter that affects the whole community of Lwandile and Ndunganyeni at large. Thulane said they approached the House of Traditional Leaders in November 2016 and there was no solution until he approached a lawyer. Lwandile residents claimed the slow process of appointing Sithelo as a permanent headman was affecting service delivery. People attending the meeting last week Thursday called on the provincial department of traditional leaders to immediately endorse Thulane Sithelo as their leader. Responding to Express, Contralesa chairperson Mwelo Nonkonyana said they were very concerned with the instability in Lwandile, which has affected traditional dignity and service delivery. “Yes the matter has been brought before the provincial House of Traditional Leaders but we have not yet discussed it. We’ll listen to both affected parties, including the Gwadiso and Sithelo families,” said Nonkonyana.
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KSD Municipality commits to repairing local roads HOSEYA JUBASE ACCORDING to King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality spokesperson, Sonwabo Mampozo, the municipality has a huge responsibility to fulfil its promises of ensuring that the roads are in good quality and accessible in both the rural and urban areas so as to deliver quality service to the people. Mampoza said the municipality was aware of the potholed gravel and tar roads in Mthatha West, especially in Mandela Park and other surrounding areas. “As we speak, the municipality has already started a programme of maintaining roads in the villages that fall under the municipality, namely Khwezi, Mbuqe, Zimbane Valley, Ncambedlana and Mqanduli to name a few. “We are taking the residents’ concerns seriously and in responding to these concerns we are in the process of repairing the roads,” said Mampoza. He said the last time they maintained the Mandela Park roads was in December last year.
“About 10 engineering teams are due to be deployed by the municipality to improve the roads, specifically in rural areas and urban villages.” Mampoza refuted the claims of what people called slow service delivery, stating that the municipality was working thoroughly and following the IDP. He urged residents to continue raising their concerns in the right manner by consulting ward councillors. “We have no reason to ignore the community’s concerns because we all aware that Mthatha has a huge history of natural resources and its ties to Nelson Mandela. Mthatha is the central tourist attraction in the Eastern Cape,” he said. Mampoza said their service delivery approach was focusing on fulfilling their dream of making Mthatha a metropolitan municipality by 2022, creating investment opportunities and ensuring that residents were benefiting. He urged the people to be patient while the municipality looked at each and every petition regarding the concerns raised by the KSD community.
Nombulelo Sibeko (far right, Portfolio Head of technical services) with some construction workers busy repairing the potholes in Butter Cup Street, Khwezi on Monday. PHOTO:HOSEYA JUBASE
Department mourns the passing of a young boy SESONA NGQAKAMBA – NEWS24 THE Eastern Cape Department of Education says it is investigating the death of a 10-year-old pupil outside the premises of the Vukuzenzele Special School in Bizana in the Eastern Cape. The Grade R learner was killed last Thursday. Several reports had speculated that he
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Communities urged to stop harvesting trees illegally
BABALWA NDLANYA COMMUNITY members around Langeni Forest outside Mthatha have been urged by the forest’s management to stop harvesting trees illegally as this is against the law. According to the regional manager of Starlight/ Indwe Security Solutions, Rolan Venter, they are facing a challenge of people entering the forest with unlicensed firearms and harvesting trees illegally. “As a result we hosted many meetings with the community members with the aim of appealing to them to teach their children about the importance of protecting nature. “Another problem that we are facing is that there are Rangers who come to this for-
est carrying home-made guns to hunt animals. We are trying by all means to teach the community to stop this. Whoever comes here illegally will be arrested,” said Venter. He added that people cut the fence when they want to enter. They sometimes even start a fire to get the attention of employees and security guards, while they operate in another part of the forest. Venter added that they hosted an operation in Langeni Forest to make people aware of the devastation they are causing. The operation was attended by the Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), as well as Indwe/Starlight Security Solutions.
Community members have been urged to stop harvesting trees in Langeni Forest. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA
SASCO’s 27 birthday reflects on challenges facing higher institutions HOSEYA JUBASE SOME of the national leaders of the South African Student Congress Organisation(SASCO) celebrated 27 years of the student organisation with Bathandwa Ndondo branch members and other students from various organisations at Walter Sisulu University, NMD in Mthatha. Speaking at the celebrations, the SASCO general secretary, Lwando Majiza, said WSU was once a credible institution of hope for the people of Transkei, but today it was seen with dilapidated buildings along with a lack of accommodation with no connectivity. Majiza said the outlook of universities should change completely, with students
being the biggest stakeholders in any university. He called on universities to be more representative of students and the community, along with businesses, but stated the current status of university councils was too business-driven which he alleged, sometimes led to corruption and fraud. “When I came here and saw the buildings at this university, I was surprised. “Some people called it Makerere, which is a prestigious university in Tanzania one of the best universities in Africa. “The people of this vicinity called WSU the university of Makerere because of the hopes and aspirations they placed in it.” He said the government needed to rebuild the institution to its former glory, and to ensure that the money it provided
was sent to responsible hands. He called for the current university council to be dissolved, if possible, and for a new council structure to be created working together with the Department of Education. “In celebrating this anniversary we have said we are not sure whether we can be happy that we are celebrating 27 years because the challenges that we were faced with back in 1991 – challenges of access, accommodation, recognition of blacks and women – still persist. “That is why SASCO is still here today,” he added. Majiza continued, saying SASCO has an adopt-a-school programme and the organisation’s branches were instructed to go to each and every school in their area and
then choose one particular school to assist. They would help learners with university applications, career exhibitions and helping with subject choices. Majiza said SASCO sometimes failed to achieve what some students demanded because it is a non-profit student movement organisation and doesn’t have enough money to run programmes. He called on other stakeholders to join hands with SASCO in running the adopta-school programme and reaching out to the schools. Majiza promised that by January 4 next year, student movements like SASCO would be visible at all higher education institutions, assisting people to apply. He appealed to the youth to apply early.
MTHATHA EXPRESS | THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2018
Heritage Council to honour Dolly Mzaidume’s legacy HOSEYA JUBASE NATIONAL chief executive officer of the Heritage Council, Sonwabile Mancotywa, and other council members, visited Dolly Mzaidume’s grave on Monday, September 3, to pay respect to the iconic woman of Mbizana who played a pivotal role in the South African struggle. Mancotywa’s visit comes after the family accused the government of not recognising their mother or taking care of her grave. Mancotywa said they were approached by family members including Mzaidume’s daughter, Bulelwa Mzaidume. Mancotywa said, according to culture, they needed to visit the grave before doing anything that would affect and involve the deceased’s name. “We held consultative meetings with family members and ANC members in the region to look at the possibility of opening an NPO named after Dolly Mzaidume to keep her legacy alive,” said Mancotywa. The former Transkei intellectual hero, Mzaidume, died in a car accident in 1995, when some of her children, including Babalwa, were between the ages of three and five. Mancotywa said there was already a building named after Mzaidume in Parliament, in Bhisho and around Mbizana but “these things mean nothing to young people”. The CEO expressed sadness regarding the poor condition of Mzaidume’s grave. “I visited the grave and can confirm that it really is in poor condition and needs to be upgraded. We are in the process of doing a documentary about the hero to keep her legacy alive. Dolly was one of our liberation heroes,” said Mancotywa. He said the documentary would give insights into the life of Mzaidume. “It was an emotional and painful visit for the Mzaidume family because these children were still young when Dolly lost her life. “We managed to talk to the spirit of Mzaidume asking for permission to talk about her name,” said Mancotywa. He said the Heritage Council would work with the family to try to erect a series of monu-
National Heritage Council CEO Sonwabile Mancotywa, together with Dolly Mzaidume’s family members recently visited Mzaidume’s grave. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA ments, restore the grave and open a foundation, which would be led by the family, in honour of her. Describing Mzaidume, Mancotywa said she was an active member of a women’s organisation called Vukani Makhosikazi. “She was also a brave member of the youth league. “She really was a wonderful woman who played a fundamental role in fighting against the regime, specifically in the former Transkei,” said Mancotywa. He said they would work with the family in assisting to launch the foundation and doing the documentary, as well as writing a book about her role in South Africa. “These are our ancestors. “We will form a committee to look at this matter,” he said. Mancotywa said there were many families in the Eastern Cape who were still crying and in pain today, like the Mpendulo family in Mthatha, after members of their families were brutally killed by the apartheid government. “In short the government needs to look at all these families and intervene in helping them,” said Mancotywa.
Traditional leaders want less English in council meetings SANELE JAMES TRADITIONAL leaders that are legally part of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality council say they can’t comprehend what is communicated during council meetings and relay the information accurately to their communities. According to Chief Siviwe Hebe, this is because of the use of the English language during council engagements. “We, as traditional leaders, struggle to keep our communities updated on matters of the council which impact on service delivery. “There was a case where the municipal assets were attached and auctioned off and now we are told that the municipality has been placed under administration. “All of this is communicated in English and we struggle to grasp what is actually said here,” said Chief Hebe in isiXhosa while pleading with the speaker of the council to accommodate them. “We are told that the municipality is moving in the right direction but we can’t fully comprehend the basis of such statements that we are supposed to communicate in our areas because of language issues. Please try to use less English, if possible,” he added. Currently the municipality has no language policy for council meetings and relies on the constitution which says national government and provincial governments may use any particular official languages for the purposes of government. “This must be done taking into account usage, practicality, expense, regional circumstances and the balance of the needs and preferences of the population as a whole or in the province concerned. The national government and each provincial government must
use at least two official languages. Chapter 1, Section 1.6 goes on to say municipalities must take into account the language usage and preferences of their residents. Speaker of the council, Mzoxolo Peter, said the municipal council had a total of 14 traditional leaders and confirmed that they were all isiXhosa speakers. Asked if they’d consider the traditional leaders’ concerns on the use of language he said it was a complicated matter which they would need to look at closely first. “The traditional leaders, including anyone else, have the right to express themselves in any official language of the country. And they reserve the right to demand to be addressed in a language of their choice,” he said. Peter said the municipality would consider publishing an isi-Xhosa version of its council documents if there was a pressing need. Traditional leaders are recognised as stakeholders and part of local government and some of their roles outlined by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) are to advise municipalities in developing the rules and by-laws impacting on rural communities; advise municipalities in the development and planning of frameworks that impact on rural communities; participate in local programmes geared towards the development of rural communities and participate in local initiatives meant to monitor, review and evaluate government programmes in rural communities. Chief Hebe said, however, they found it difficult to execute their mandate as a result of the dominant use of English. Mamkeli Ngam of CoGTA said language usage and policy in council depended on the council.
September 13, 2018 Mthatha Express
Beauty Pageant to groom talented young people
BABALWA NDLANYA A YOUNG woman from Tsolo Village in Tsolo is on a mission to groom young people who want to be models to help take them off the streets. Noluthando Bhitane (22) launched Luwono Modelling Agency (LMA) in Mthatha last year. She hosted Miss and Mr LMA in Tsolo Town Hall last week. She said there were 15 girls and 11 boys who entered this competition. “We are going to host this event annually. We are also planning to visit orphanage
homes and old age homes where we would be doing some donations,” said Bhitane. According to her, she worked with Lulamela Ndabeni, who is a student at Walter Sisulu University in Butterworth, to ensure that her dream was successful. She said this beauty pageant would help young people who want to be models, to boost their confidence when they get on the stage. “What I have noticed is that young people from Qumbu and Tsolo are sitting at home doing nothing; so by doing this I want to keep them busy so that they could stay away from drugs and alcohol.”
Manditwale Wedu-Wedu (left) was crowned the first princess, Lelethu Nojilana (right) was the second Princess and Khanyisile Nqiwa (centre) the Queen of Luwono Modelling Agency.
Former presenter to empower women BABALWA NDLANYA A FORMER presenter at Umhlobo Wenene FM is hosting a special event to empower women and help bring back their dignity. The event will be held at the Savoy Conference Centre in Mthatha on September 22 from 10:00 to 16:00. Zintle “Babe Zee” Mbusi, the founder of Zintle Mbusi Media, is working together with Nandi Mtsokoba, the founder of Sibhuqashe Events, to ensure that this event would be successful. The theme of the event is Dadethu Acknowledge Your Reality. According to Mbusi they decided to host this event to empower women and to give them advice that can help them to live a positive life. “I am always wanting to see women supporting each other. When you see another woman – don’t take her as your competitor, but just know that she is your sister,” said Mbusi. She said all those who are wanting to attend this event must come as they are, they must not pretend to be someone else. “For instance if you are not wearing makeup – we will accept you as you are. We want you to acknowledge your reality.” She added that they were sponsored by the OR Tambo District Municipality to ensure that this event is successful. She said a radio presenter from Umhlobo Wenene FM, Nomonde Vakalisa, would empower women spiritually. The author, business woman and international speaker Zibu Matshobe would also be talking about women and finances, and then Dr Nobuhle Mbulawa from Tsolo would be talking and advising women about depression. Tickets cost R300 per person, R500 for
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September 13, 2018 Mthatha Express
FOCUS ON: YOUR HOME
Are all security ‘must-haves’ really must-haves? REPORTER BURGLAR bars, alarms, gates, beams – there are many security options on the market all being sold as security ‘must-haves’ but how essential are they really? Peter Kruger, district manager (Coastal Outlying) at Fidelity ADT, says it’s important to do your homework and speak to the right people before investing in security. “There are definitely superior products out there so don’t be afraid to ask questions and make the best decisions based on your budget,” he advises. When it comes to the first layer of security, perimeter security, he says having a motorised gate is the best option but if this is not within your budget, then ensuring the area surrounding your gate as well as the area between the gate and the garage is clear of foliage is key. “You don’t want any areas in which a criminal or hijacker could hide or use to their advantage. Walls, palisade fencing and electric fencing are also all effective deterrents if installed correctly. Make sure you use a professional for the job,” says Kruger. Beams also fall within the perimeter security layer and can be very effective if attached to the house. “Free-standing beams are not as effective for several reasons. They are susceptible to lightening damage, they are easily triggered by pets and plant movements, and criminals can easily bypass and damage them. The whole objective of perimeter security is to stop criminals from reaching the house. Beams attached to the house facing the driveway or other high-risk
Are all security ‘must-haves’ really must-haves? areas, for example, can cover a 12m radius, are protected from lightning, and criminals need to get through the 12m radius before they get to the house or can damage the beam. We highly recommend this option and will advise customers on how to use them optimally bearing in mind pets, plants and other factors,” he says. When considering burglar bars, Kruger says burglar bars on the outside of the window are the best option, although they may not be as aesthetically pleasing. “What’s important with external burglar bars is the quality of the bars and the area
where they are anchored to the wall. Don’t go for cheap, thin bars and ensure a professional installs them so they can’t be screwed out of the anchoring walls.” Most importantly, he says, is when you install burglar bars ensure that there is an escape route in case of a fire. “Leave a back door or front door accessible and ensure you have fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in the areas where there are burglar bars.” Sliding doors and slam-lock doors also need to be good quality. “Go for brand names. The lock on basic slid-
ing doors is simple to open with a screwdriver as is lifting the sliding door off its rails. To really secure a sliding door you need an additional latch. Some residents have also cleverly welded a spike onto the door that slides into the wall when the door is closed. This prevents the door from being lifted off the rails. Once again keep fire in mind when installing security doors.” He also points out that with all security gates you need to check that criminals can’t climb over the gap at the top. “And with double storey homes remember that the upper storey doors need to be just as secure as the ground floor doors. This includes sliding doors.” Alarm systems in the house are only effective when properly maintained, tested regularly and are activated. “Too often when there has been a break-in we find that either alarm systems aren’t functioning properly because they have not been tested or maintained, or that residents simply become complacent and don’t arm their alarms. We believe an alarm system is a musthave because it’s the quickest way to get help but residents need to be smart about using their system optimally.” He recommends having electric fences and beams on different zones so they can be activated separately when residents are inside the house. “Ultimately you want to stop criminals before they get to your house. When considering security ‘must-haves’ remember you need a layered approach and invest in good quality products. They will generally last longer if maintained and provide better security, which is the end goal,” Kruger concludes.
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September 13, 2018 Mthatha Express
Presenters nominated for Live Your Dream Awards
HOSEYA JUBASE LUKHANJI FM’s mid morning show and UCR FM breakfast show presenters have joined other talented radio presenters across South Africa in competing for the best radio presenter of the year at Live Your Dream Awards, which is set to take place at the end of September in Durban. Lukhanji FM’s mid morning presenter, Olwethu Yamba, and UCR FM morning show presenter, Wanga Joko, said it was their dream to compete at the national awards competition. Joko started his radio career in 2013, while Yamba started last year. Joko, known as Kanny J, believes working
for the second best radio station in the Eastern Cape with a 400 000 listenership is a big advantage for possibly winning the award but admitted that he needs to work hard to convince fans to vote for him. Lukhanji FM has an estimated listenership of 80 000. Yamba said he hopes Express readers will make a huge difference in voting for him to win the award. The ambitious Butterworth and Mthatha presenters are both campaigning to ask for votes. The voting lines are open until September 23 and the official winner will be announced on September 24. To vote for Yamba SMS LYD 1443 to 45633 and to for vote for Joko SMS LYD 1465 to 45633. Standard SMS rates apply.
Nine bridges to be constructed in EC rural communities REPORTER A NUMBER of rural communities across the Eastern Cape that have largely been cut off from economic and other opportunities are set to benefit from nine bridges to be constructed across the province between now and the end of March next year. This is as a result of a joint partnership between the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, as well as the national Departments of Public Works and that of Defence and Military Veterans. According to a media statement issued
by the Department of Transport, this initiative will see engineers from the department and their counterparts in Defence and Public Works putting together their skills and expertise for the benefit of the poor and disadvantaged communities. “It comes as an answer to call by these rural communities to have their villages reconnected through bridges after some incidents of drownings and near drownings and children missing out on school after heavy rains. “This intergovernmental partnership has a proven track record since it started nearly a decade ago, reconnecting rural
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communities that were previously cut off through these easy to construct and durable Bailey Type Bridges,” the statement read. Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC, Weziwe Tikana, said this initiative is also set to change the prospects of the communities significantly. “These bridges will not only make their lives a lot better, but will also bring significant social and economic benefits to these rural communities and act as a catalyst for local and regional development.” All the necessary arrangements between all the relevant stakeholders, in-
cluding the communities to benefit from this, have been completed. Construction is set to commence soon. The nine bridges to be built are as follows: ) Bilatye ) Jozana ) Sterkspruit ) Fini ) Zazulwana ) Nyosana ) Nkobongo ) Matatiele ) Tora
School receives uniforms from Transformers SA BABALWA NDLANYA MEMBERS of the Transformers SA Project donated school uniforms and sanitary towels to the Matyeni Junior Secondary School in Maclear last week. According to one of the members of the project, Simlindile Gxasheka, they went to different areas as they are trying to change the lives of learners from different schools. “This project is made up of eight members.
Everytime one of our members has a birthday, he or she tells us what they want us to do in order to celebrate their birthday. “That is why we went to Maclear because one of our members, who was celebrating his birthday, wanted to go there,” Gxasheka added. He said on their way there they also went to Mchonco Junior secondary School in Libode where they also donated uniforms and sanitary towels. Gxasheka added that they also went to Limpompo where they donated blankets to learners.
Learners from Matyeni Junior Secondary School in Maclear received uniforms from the members of the Transformer SA Project. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
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Mama Sisulu’s life honoured through memorial lecture BABALWA MAGQWANTI THE Eastern Cape Department of Social Development hosted a memorial lecture in honour of Albertina Sisulu, which was delivered by apartheid activist, Jessie Duarte, at the Engcobo Town Hall. The memorial lecture was to honour the centenary of Sisulu’s birth by recognising her selfless contribution in the struggle and society. It was held in the Chris Hani district, as she is among the struggle stalwarts who were born in this district. Sisulu was not only involved in politics but was also committed to alleviating the hardships of society through community work and to women empowerment. Duarte described Mama Sisulu as a very courageous and loyal woman and spoke highly of her support to the younger women during the struggle. “Her insistence to us as young women was to get an education. “She also taught us what to expect when being detained during apartheid as she was the first woman to be detained in 1962 under the 90-days Act of that time,” said Duarte. “Wherever we travelled across the country as young women in the struggle, we did not have to worry about a place to sleep because a phone
MEC Dr Phumza Dyantyi, the CHDM mayoral committee and Engcobo Acting Mayor, Siyabulela Zangqa, hand over a cheque to Eyethu Primary Co-op. PHOTO: BABALWA MAGQWANTI call from Mama Sisulu to women across the country secured us a place to sleep and be fed.” Duarte also encouraged women to fully participate in local economic development and
spoke against the way women were excluded when it comes to land expropriation. She also touched on gender-based violence and said women were not punching bags and
the issue needed to be addressed. “As the national government, we are saying gender violence can only be stopped by men and women, not just women,” added Duarte. Among the people who attended the lecture were the Eastern Cape MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Bulelwa Tunyiswa, and for Social Development, Dr Phumza Dyantyi. Six women’s centres within the Chris Hani district were also recognised and awarded cheques by the Department of Social Development, namely, Sakhisizwe Survivor Support Centre, Eyethu Primary Cooperation, Central Victim Empowerment Centre, Ngcobo Survivor Support Centre, Nozukile Beadwork Primary Cooperative and Kuyasa Household Food Gardens. Chris Hani District Municipality Acting Mayor, Siyabulela Zangqa, said the lecture by Duarte was a reminder to government officials to work selflessly and be a reflection of the way Mama Sisulu sacrificed her life by working selflessly towards a liberated country. Zangqa also thanked Dyantyi for bringing her services to the people by assisting the women’s centres and cooperatives to end off Women’s Month. “This is a call to local officials to remember that their work reflects the government; therefore they must put service delivery first and not their personal lives,” said Zangqa.
Students release debut singles BABALWA NDLANYA A GROUP of five students from Walter Sisulu University in Butterworth released two debut singles recently. One of the artists, Msondezi Mtsi, said the group is called First Class Terrorists and it is made up of five students who come from different towns. “We decided to start our own thing since we all had one thing in common, which was music. In 2016 we then decided to form a group. We also wanted to work as a team because it is nice when you share ideas,” said Mtsi. He said they released their first single titled “Senzenina” which was followed by another one titled “imbokodo”. According to him they
are also working on their new album that would be released in December this year. Mtsi added that they had visited many stations as they wanted to ensure that their songs are known by the listeners. “What we want to do is to pass the message to other people, because we want to change our country through music to be a better place one day that would be free from crime.”
; First Class Terrorists is a music group made up of students from Walter Sisulu University. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Lusanda and Buthisile Mcinga’s CD launch a huge success HOSEYA JUBASE IT was an enthusiastic and fantastic atmosphere at OR Tambo Hall when national and local gospel artists shared the stage at the Mcinga’s double CD launch recently. During the concert, gospel legend Lusanda Mcinga shared her painful and difficult journey since 1995. She appealed to artists to pray for themselves to never underestimate the power of God. Relating her experience she described how she once made the difficult decision to quit the music industry after being confronted by various challenges. This resulted in her moving to Cape Town. Mcinga who was once arrested years ago after allegedly beating a hawker for selling her pirated CD said she did not blame God, nor did she point fingers at anyone for going through a diffi-
cult period in her life. “God gave me a second career chance and going through that situation I believe he was preparing me for this new wonderful journey and I am going to receive an award in the United Kingdom,” she said. She said at the time it was not easy to even get a single gig and she explained how it was a hectic period in her life. A long awaited performance at the OR Tambo hall was that of Winnie Mashaba who visited Mthatha for the first time in her career. Also performing for the first time in Mthatha and the Eastern Cape at large was Malusi Mbokazi from KwaZulu-Natal. Both Mashaba and Mbokazi expressed their appreciation to the Mcinga family for inviting them to perform in Mthatha. “I have been in the music industry for about 20 years but I have never performed here in Mthatha. It was always my dream to visit Mthat-
ha, and this was now realised thanks to mom Mcinga and Betusile,” said Mashaba. Mthatha artist Ozayo Ndamase also performed and left gospel fans speechless after performing. The double Mcinga’s CD launch Mabaphile’abantu and Highest Praise national tour started in East London last month and will also be held in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Other artists who performed included Butho and Yolanda Vuthela and Thobekile among others.
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Lesotho athletes dominate at Madeira marathon
HOSEYA JUBASE EASTERN Cape MEC of Sport Recreation, Arts and Culture, Bulelwa Tunyiswa, together with the president of Athletics Transkei (ATRA) Lungisile Molwane, praised the private sector’s contribution in developing athletics in rural municipalities around the province. They spoke to Express after the Elliot Ma-
Jenet Mbhele was the winner of the 21km women’s race. PHOTO: HOSEYA JUBASE
deira Pharmacy 42.2km, 21km, 10km and 5km marathon races that were held at the Walter Sisulu University stadium on Sunday, September 9. According to the marathon organisers, all athletes competing in the 42.2km are authorised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to compete in the Comrades marathon, Mandela marathon and many more. Lesotho athletes dominated, claiming the number one position when Ramolefi Motsieloa won the 42.2km. The 21km was won by Tebello Ramakongoana, originally from Lesotho but now staying in Durban and the 10km was won by Kabelo Lesia, also from Lesotho. In the women’s category the 21km was won by Jenet Mbhele from Mzimkhulu in KwaZulu-Natal. Tunyiswa said the department is always encouraging partnership between government departments and the private sectors. “On behalf of the Department of Sport in the province we are grateful and appreciate the Madeira Pharmacy for the important role they are playing in developing sport. This promotes nation building and unity within the communities. “Even president Cyril Ramaphosa is always calling on people to keep their bodies healthy through marathons,” said Tunyiswa. The MEC congratulated the Lesotho athletes for their hard work in dominating and winning the marathon race. “Lesotho is our neighbour so we don’t have a problem with them dominating this race. This shows they take marathons seriously. Congratulations to all the winners,” said Tunyiswa. She said as part of Heritage month athletes across the country will flock to Raymond Mhlaba in commemorating the life of Chief Tyhali, who donated her land to Fort Hare University. Molwana said the Elliot Madeira run is un-
From left are MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa and 42km winner Ramolefi Motsieloa. PHOTO:HOSEYA JUBASE der the rules of Athletics South Africa and Madeira is an affiliate of ATRA. “This is one of the best races we have as Athletics Transkei and we are proud of this race because it attracts international people and athletics is the mother body of all codes. As you can see deputy ministers, government spokespersons, mayors and players from other codes participated here today,” said Molwana. Molwana said although the Eastern Cape is the most disadvantaged and poorest province, it has the potential to produce international athletes. He said some of the athletes competing today came from the national championships
that were held in Port Elizabeth last week Saturday, September 8. Athletics Transkei managed to win four medals, one gold medal, one silver and two bronze medals at this event. Molwana said they produced champions like Lungile Gonqa who represented the country at the Olympic games. He started at 10km and upgraded to marathons. The Elliot Madeira’s 42.2km winner, Ramolefi Motsieloa, said this was the first time he had competed against professional athletes from other countries in a marathon of this nature. He said working hard contributed a lot in winning the race and he thanked God for everything.
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EXPRESS ON WHEELS: BETTIE GILIOMEE
Lighter all-new Suzuki Swift is no lightweight SUZUKI has been breaking its own sales records month after month, with one of their top performers being the new Suzuki Swift, which is the vehicle test driven for this week’s Express on Wheels. The new Swift model was introduced in June this year, offering an all new Swift with only its 1.2 litre engine carried over from the previous model. It has a bold new exterior, more room, boot space and features, but the same good value for money as its predecessor. The Suzuki, which is known for its fuel economy and good level of standard specs, competes in a segment where value for money and affordability are among the main considerations for buyers who are in the market for an affordable, efficient car that offers some safety and comfort features as well. Its popularity lies in the fact that it is a sporty looking vehicle, that is solidly built, fuel efficient and fun to drive, while packed with features. The Suzuki Swift is available in three model derivatives, the entry level GA-model, followed by the GL model and then the top of the range GL model with AMT transmission The GA-model is, despite being entry level, still equipped with an impressive range of features, such as air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors and two airbags. The GL-model adds – among other features – colour-coded side mirrors, front fog lamps, a Suzuki audio system with steeringmounted controls and a luggage cover for the boot. This specification level has full wheel covers and is available with the choice of five-speed manual or five-speed AMT gearbox. The new Swift is built on Suzuki’s “Heartect” platform which is also used for the Ignis and Baleno models. One of the biggest benefits of “Heartect” is the reduction in weight. The new Swift weighs in 875kg, making it one of the lightest vehicles in its segment. This lessens the impact of the fact that 1.2 litre is quite a small engine. Exterior The new Swift is also 4cm wider than the previous model and the exterior has been revamped quite extensively. It sports a funky, well-balanced shape. More prominent wheel arches and shoulder line are combined with bold headlights and a bigger grille in the new design. The rear has also been redesigned and also sports bulky tail lights, which are nice in proportion to the other design elements. The redesign also allows for bigger boot space – something which has always been lacking in the previous Swift models. The boot space is now 268 litres – which is an improvement of 58 litres over the previous model. The GL specification level offers a 60/40 split and foldable rear bench seat.
The roof has a floating appearance due to the blacked out pillars with the rear handles neatly integrated and hidden into the rear pillar. This gives it a modern, classy look. Interior The new dimensions have allowed the designers to increase interior space, especially for rear passengers who now have additional head room. The front occupants also have additional room and I found the driver’s seat to be exceptionally comfortable. The height of the roof gives it a roomy feel despite its compact look from the outside. It has more than enough stowage spaces for bottles, cups and other paraphernalia. Suzuki has retained the Swift’s “driver first” design philosophy. The instrument panel and screen of the audio system is slightly angled towards the driver for ease of use. On the GL-specification level, Suzuki has added chrome accents and a chronographdesign to the instrument panel. All versions of the new Suzuki Swift are equipped with air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, power steering and remote central locking. All models also have a tilt-adjustable steering column, a detailed information display that includes information such as fuel consumption and range, and a security alarm and immobiliser. On the GL-models, Suzuki adds an audio system with Bluetooth-connectivity and USB socket, steering wheel controls for the audio system and electrically adjustable side view mirrors. All in all, the interior has a youthful, sporty look with comfort, space and high level of specs, such as the steering wheel controls for the audio system and electric window in the front and rear being among the outstanding features. Ride The Swift’s K12M engine is known for its good fuel consumption and the new Swift’s fuel consumption is stated at 4.9 litres per 100km in a combined cycle. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox in the GA-model, while buyers of the GL-model can choose between the same five-speed manual gearbox or an Automated Manual Gearbox (AMT). The engine might not be the most powerful one around, but during the test drive, which was mostly on the urban commute with some highway driving, it never felt sluggish and did not lack acceleration power. It is a light car, and except for feeling a bit floaty out on the highway during one of Port Elizabeth’s exceptionally windy days, if offers a surprisingly solid drive. The Swift is always eager out of the starting blocks and not difficult to get to 120km. It’s handling is very good and the steering
On the Swift GL-models, Suzuki adds an audio system with Bluetooth-connectivity and USB socket, steering wheel controls for the audio system. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The new Swift is wider than the previous model and it sports more prominent wheel arches and shoulder line combined with bold headlights and a bigger grille in the new design. The roof has a floating appearance due to the blacked out front and centre pillars. PHOTO: SUPPLIED is responsive and light – perfect for city driving. It is a good combination of sporty handling and a comfortable, sure-footed ride. Engine noise was noticeable at slow speeds, but this disappeared when cruising at higher speeds. All models are sold with Suzuki’s five-year/200 000km mechanical warranty
and a two-year/30 000km service plan.
Suzuki Swift 1,2 GA manual – R159 900 including VAT Suzuki Swift 1,2 GL manual – R175 900 including VAT Suzuki Swift 1,2 GL AMT – R189 900 including VAT
September 13, 2018 Mthatha Express
Karate opens doors for young people in Mthatha BABALWA NDLANYA KARATE Iko Nakamura Dojo in Mthatha recently hosted an event where karatekas were graded. According to the karate instructor, Mgcobo Ngoma, they decided to open this karate practice after they saw that children were exposed to dangerous situations. “We are doing Kyokushin Karate at Norwood Art Centre in Mthatha. We started in 2012 and so far we had produced provincial and national champions and also karatekas
who obtain high ranks in karate,” said Ngoma. He said they also produced two black belts and five brown belts. According to Ngoma, karate also helps to create discipline in children. He added that they are working together with the Department of Social Development and Families South Africa (FAMSA). “Many children are abused these days, but it is easier for them when they are at this practice, because they can report their problems to the social workers. “We don’t get support from government,
The karatekas who were promoted to different karate grades. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA
but most of the time we are sponsored by BP Garage in Norwood and Gram Madikiza, who is a community member.” Ngoma said he is working together with Wandile Ncapayi, a senior instructor, to
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