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LIBODE: R4 MILLION ‘DOWN THE DRAIN’ AS CONSTRUCTION LEFT INCOMPLETE

Community angry over access road SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE

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HE community of Lurhasini locality in ward 10, Libode, which falls under Nyandeni Local Municipality, believe that the R4 million that was allocated to construct a 7.5km ac-

cess road entering the locality was just a “waste” and it just went straight down to the drain. They stressed discontent over the construction of this access road, stating that they needed the municipality to set up a meeting

with the construction company, as well as the municipality to rectify this, because the road was “just a waste”. They also raised their ire for being excluded by the contractor during the process of the construction which resulted in many prob-

lems which affected the homes next to the road and the road itself. The construction of the access road started early September last year and the construction company, NDZ Holdings-Tshevula JZ Civil, allegedly left the site at the beginning of April and it never of-

ficially handed over the road to the community. Community members told Express, that they heard that the constructor only built 6.5km before leaving the project.

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Tractor donation boosts farming co-op

Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform manager in Mnquma, Linda Slevu (left), hands over a new tractor to Macekwana Agricultural Co-op chairperson, Khaya Sijandu, at Dakana Village, Ngqamakhwe, on Thursday. Other farming equipment was also donated to assist the co-op, which already has 55ha of maize planted. See story on Page 4.

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Two unidentified bodies found in Mankosi forest SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE residents of Ngqeleni are perplexed and in a state of shock following the gruesome discovery of two bodies of unknown men near Mankosi forest in Ngqeleni. It was discovered on the scene that both men had multiple stab wounds and their hands had been tied. According to the police reports, the bodies were spotted by a passer-

by, who alerted the community in that area. Police spokesperson in the Mthatha cluster, Dineo Koena, said the motive of the brual killing was not clear and there had been no arrest as yet. Koena said anyone with information may contact Lieutenant Colonel Nadlabi on 079 890 0806 or contact Crime Stop 10 111. Koena urged members of the community to work closely with the police in order to bring the perpetra-

tors of this crime to justice. In another incident in Ngqeleni five men were arrested by Ngqeleni crime prevention members on the R61 road last week. It is alleged that five suspects, armed with pistols, arrived at Philani Store and demanded money at gunpoint and afterwards fled with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. After an intense chase, police managed to arrest them. Two 9mm Norinco pistols with six

rounds of ammunition, stolen money and cigarettes and a silver-grey BMW which had been used as a getaway car were confiscated. Police spokesperson, Dineo Koena, said both firearms would be sent for ballistic testing and the suspects would appear before the Ngqeleni Magistrate’s Court soon, facing charges of armed robbery, possession of unlicensed firearms and illegal possession of ammunition. Meanwhile Mthatha police are investigating a case of malicious dam-

Police seek identity of man hit by car BABALWA NDLANYA CENTANE police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a man, believed to be 65 years old, was hit by a car while crossing the road in Thuthura Village. Police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, said the driver did not see the victim and hit him. “He then took the victim to Butterworth Hospital, where the pedestrian passed away. “The driver reported the accident

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age to property after a Standard Bank ATM was bombed at Myezo Spar in Mthatha last week. A security guard heard some shots fired at the Myezo Engen garage, near the Spar. Koena said it was not clear how many perpetrators committed the crime. “There was no money taken but the ATM was damaged.” Forensic and explosive experts thoroughly combed the scene for clues, said Koena.

Family looking for lost relative BABALWA NDLANYA POLICE from Butterworth are appealing to the community for assistance in tracing Sithandiwe Sukwana (41), who is living with albinism. He was last seen at Eugene Informal Settlement in Butterworth. Police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, said Sukwana went missing as from April 6. “His family only came to report him at the Butterworth police station on May 7. It is not clear why the family delayed to report him as a missing person,” said Manatha. The family member of Sukwana, Bambelela Sukwana said they had searched everywhere for him, but in vain. “He was living alone in Butterworth. We were informed by his nearby friends who were staying next to his shack that he was missing. “We then started looking for him but unfortunately we could not find him. That is why we ended up informing the police. “The problem was that he

did not have a cellphone so we cannot contact him. “Originally he is from Empukane locality in Ngqamakhwe,” said Sukwana. He said they were appealing to anyone who could assist them to come forward with information because they had even checked the mortuaries. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Sukwana can contact 083 422 1184 and 078 286 5233 or the Butterworth police on 047 401 1100.

Sithandiwe Sukwana’s family has been looking for him since last month. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Three men arrested in incidents REPORTER POLICE officers from Dutywa arrested a man (57) for allegedly raping a woman (22) in his room, which is next to a tavern in Dutywa. The incident allegedly happened after the suspect asked the victim to accompany him from the tavern to his room to fetch more alcohol. Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said, “It is alleged that when they arrived at his place, he closed the door, he then strangled and raped the victim.”

) In another incident, Madeira crime prevention members were conducting body searches around the CBD when they arrested two men for possession and dealing in drugs at Mthatha Plaza, last week. Police spokesperson Captain Dineo Koena said a man (22) was arrested for possession of 36 mandrax tablets while a man (24) was arrested for possession of 30 Tik sachets and an amount of R1 735.50. “Both suspects will appear before the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court facing charges of possession and dealing in drugs,” said Koena.


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Music awards postponed due to lack of funding BABALWA NDLANYA THE Eastern Cape Music Awards (ECMAS), which were supposed to be held at the Absa Stadium in East London, have been postponed indefinitely due to a lack of funding. The founder of the ECMAS, Koko Godlo, did not mention the date when the awards would be held. He said the funding he had secured was not enough for this big event. “The main problem was that I did not secure the funding from my main partner, Buffalo City Metro,” said Godlo. He said this has affected lots of beneficiaries of the ECMAS. According to him, they were creating lots of job opportunities, and supporting lots of business from hotels, B&B’s, transport, hawkers, shops and security.

“This was supposed to be our third annual ECMAS but we were forced to cancel it. “The event was supposed to be held on March 28, but it was postponed to May 5 and then cancelled.” According to Godlo, they had also been planning to host a Woza Mzala Africa Music Festival, with popular artists from around South Africa and Africa performing for the whole night. The Spokesperson for Buffalo City Municipality ( BCM), Sam Ngwenya, said they have no comments to make on sponsorship matters and their approval for funding. “The sponsorships for events was done by a Council committee and any organization that applied has a right to submit to that committee to request reasons behind the outcomes of their application,” said Ngwenya. He added that he would advise that the organizers of this event follow that route.

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The founder of ECMAS Koko Godlo, postponed the awards due to lack of funds.PHOTO:

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Lurhasini community angered over poorly built access road Continued from page 1 THE road is eight months old but it looks like a very old road which had never been reconstructed. The steering committee chairperson, Temba Tiya, confirmed the discontent of the community members over the access roads. “It’s only eight months old but you can see it is not totally finished and we don’t know when the municipality will allocate the money to do the road again. “This road needed at least five storm water drains but they just installed one and they just

graded and put only soil instead of a gravel to keep the road strong. This is theft of government money,” said Tiya. The headman in Lurhasini, Tamsanqa Tiyo (Lusu), called on the Nyandeni Local Municipality to intervene in this matter because they don’t know when they will be able to get a financial allocation again for their access road. “This is not what we were looking for when the municipality announced its IDP allocation for this access road,” said Tiyo. The councillor of ward 10, Tobile Mkhosana, distanced himself in the matter stating that he had nothing to do with the construction of the

Community members say the road is only eight months old but it looks like a very old road which had never been reconstructed.

access road in Lurhasini, which is within his ward. “Why don’t you ask the community who told you about the story or Nyandeni Municipality? “I have got nothing to do with the road construction and I am leaving you now,” he said, hanging up his cellphone. Khanyisa Thathani from Tshevula JZ Civil refused to comment, referring the questions to the Nyandeni Local Municipality. The portfolio head of infrastructure in Nyandeli LM, Zamekile Nondlevu, confirmed that he had received a report about the low

standard of the access road in Lurhasini. Nondlevu said that the standing committee had agreed to establish a team to investigate the matter and the council had recently endorsed that. Nondlevu stressed that someone must answer as to why the road was not constructed up to the required standard. “We cannot just allocate the money for the work which would not be up to standard. The contractor, councillor and steering committee must answer why the road was built poorly,” he said. Nondlevu assured that in the next few weeks they would send the team to Lurhasini.

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DRDAR hands over equipment to Macekwana

ANELE RAZIYA RECENTLY the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, together with Mnquma Local Municipality, handed over a tractor and other farming equipment to the Macekwana Agricultural Co-op. The handover was described as a way of motivating and also helping this rural project to plant even more maize. The handover event was held at Dakana location in ward 13, Ngqamakhwe in Mnquma Local Municipality, on Thursday. During the event, project chairperson, Khaya Sijandu, explained how they started their project and

also their intentions behind establishing it. “After we had noticed that many people were jobless in our area and were living in poverty, we called a meeting to sell the idea of forming a project,” said Sijandu. The community were impressed about the idea and they started Macekwana Agricultural Co-op in 2016 with 31 members then they approached DRDAR in Ngqamakhwe area to assist them to start the project. While they where waiting for assistance from the department they were busy buying maize for planting and also preparing the land by cutting small trees and removing unneeded plants. In November last year, the de-

partment sent a tractor to help them to plant their maize and promised to give them tools. DRDAR manager in Mnquma area Linda Slevu said they worked hand in hand with Mnquma local municipality and ECDC assisted Macekwana Agricultural Co-op because they had seen a potential in the project. “The department, together with the Mnquma Local Municipality, drafted a proposal on behalf of the project and submitted it to the ECDC.” Luckily ECDC responded well to the request by buying a tractor to help the project. The Macekwana Agricultural Co-op has already planted 55ha and plan to plant more next year.

Macekwana Agricultural Co-op chairperson, Khaya Sijandu (left) receiving farming equipment and a tractor from DRDAR manager in Mnquma area, Linda Slevu at Dakana Village, Ngqamakhwe, on Thursday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

New bridge for Bamko community SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE lives of residents in a rural village of Bamko in EmaXesibeni, previously known as Mount Ayliff, have been transformed by a new bridge that straddles the village divided by a river.

A new bridge has been built in Bamko village.

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More than 200 residents from Bamko Village have benefited from the newly constructed bridge and a 4km access road. The R2.1 million project by Umzimvubu Local Municipality seeks

to provide easier access to essential government services and other economic activities in the area. Moreover, the project has employed more than 10 residents in their respective special groups with an invested amount of R40 500 on labour. Umzimvubu Mayor, Councillor Bulelwa Mabengu, said the project showed what could be accomplished when communities work together to improve the lives of their residents. The bridge will connect these res-

idents to the graveyards in the upper regions of Bamko Village. “It’s also pleasing to note that all economic opportunities will now be accessed with ease. “As part of encouraging local economic development, local subcontractors are being given work opportunities to assist the main contractors. “This is to ensure that local people are increasingly being employed to do the work, contributing to job creation and skills transfer in the community.” she concluded.


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Mbizana contractor boosted by N2 road project REPORTER THE positive socio-economic effects which were anticipated from the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd’s (SANRAL) N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR) are beginning to materialise. This is especially the case for blackowned construction company, Masakhane Project Managers (Masakhane), who have recently been appointed as one of the suppliers for a major project in the second phase of the greenfields portion of the N2WCR project. After effectively winning a tough competition between four potential sources, Masakhane has been appointed as the supplier of aggregate for the Mtentu Bridge construction, a contract estimated at R54 million. They will be responsible for mining and processing rock from the dolerite quarry at Dudumeni Village in Ward 8 of Mbizana Local Municipality under Ntlenzi A/A, which is between Bizana and Flagstaff. The aggregate for the Mtentu bridge piers and deck will be sourced from this single quarry to ensure a consistent quality and appearance of the concrete. Situated in a remote location across a deep gorge of the Mtentu river, which is a boundary between the rural municipalities of Mbizana and Inqguza Hill, the Mtentu Bridge forms an essential component of the greenfields section of the N2WC route that is set to provide road users with an 85km shorter route and will deliver travel time savings of up to three hours com-

pared to the current N2 route. Once completed the 1,1km long and 223m high Mtentu Bridge will be the highest bridge in Africa and the southern hemisphere. Masakhane has been subcontracted by the main contractors of the bridge, Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (JV), comprised of partners Aveng Grinaker-LTA, a major South African-based construction company and Strabag, a leading construction company in Europe with extensive experience in major balanced cantilever methodology bridge construction. Managing director and founder of Masakhane, Ayanda Notshweleka, was born and raised in Flagstaff. His experience in the construction industry spans over a decade having worked for Murray and Roberts, WBHO and Ugu Municipality. As a quantity surveyor, he founded Masakhane Project Managers, which deals with construction, project management, civil and building, property development, cost consulting and quarry mining, in 2004. Speaking on the boost his company stands to leverage from the 40-month aggregate supply contract, Notshweleka said he currently utilised hired equipment for his projects, but that a contract of this magnitude enabled him, as a black quarry miner, to approach banks for financing to purchase plant equipment, which can cost anything from R30 million up. “Quarry mining is a white-dominated sector in the Alfred Nzo and OR Tambo regions. Initiatives such as this by SANRAL to support black quarry mining companies contribute largely to transformation of the indus-

try,” said Notshweleka. Approximately 45 direct job opportunities are expected to be created through the Masakhane sub-contract. Fifteen locals will be appointed for operations at the quarry. “Masakhane has subcontracted transportation of the material from the quarry to the bridge site to three local trucking cooperatives from Bizana, Flagstaff and Lusikisiki. “Each trucking cooperative will supply five trucks, with each to be operated by two people, a driver and assistant, working out to 30 additional job opportunities. “We also plan to launch a training programme through a local driving school where 15 young women from neighbouring villages of Khanyayo, KwaMadiba and Dudumeni will obtain learners’ and drivers’ licences,” Notshweleka said. The aim is to appoint these women as trainee drivers with the respective trucking associations upon completion of the training programme. Notshweleka added that locals had largely been subjected to steep prices of building materials as a result of transport costs from quarries outside the region. “One other spin-off this project presents is that local contractors and the community at large will be able to access building materials at more affordable rates as the high cost of transportation will be done away with when materials are sourced locally.” SANRAL spokesperson, Vusi Mona further added that, “SANRAL will require several additional local quarries to be expanded or established to supply the quite considerable amount of

Ayanda Notshweleka, founder and managing director of Masakhane Project Managers, has landed a major bridge building contract. PHOTO:SUPPLIED aggregate and crushed rock material required for the construction of the rest of the nine major bridges and 110km of road making up the greenfields section of the future N2 Wild Coast Road. “The Mtentu Bridge aggregate contract is therefore only the first of many similar contracts for local quarry owners that will be realised over the next few years” The Mtentu Bridge site is located on the border between Mbizana Local Municipality and Ingquza Hill Municipality, both 98% rural areas comprising the towns of Bizana, Lusikisiki and Flagstaff, and numerous villages.

Poverty is highly prevalent in the area with the unemployment rate at 43.6% for the 282 000 Mbizana populace and at 51.6% for the Ingquza Hill population of 278 000. Key economic drivers which include agriculture, tourism, mining and the ocean economy are said to be underdeveloped. The Masakhane offices are located in Seaview (ward 8), Mzamba, a village just over 20km from Bizana towards Port Edward. The construction of the bridge started in January. It will continue over a period of 40 months and is expected to be completed by May 2021.


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PSJ to host water lessons Honorary doctorate awarded to leading property developer

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THE small coastal town of Port St Johns will celebrate Youth Day on June 16 by hosting water lessons at Port St Johns Second beach.

The youth from the area, life guards and the community at large will participate in this event to spread more water awareness in the coastal town. The event will be graced by the presence of accredited Swim South Africa instructor and the secretary of OR Tambo District Aquatics, Karen Katz, who has confirmed to Express her availabi-lity on the day. The organiser of the event and the assessor at Port St Johns Life Saving Club, Mziwoxolo Qwalane, called on the young people of Port St

Johns to grab this opportunity with both hands. He said they decided to host the event on June 16 because it is a day where the youth of Mzansi come together to celebrate their day. “As Port St Johns, our focus this year will be on ocean sport and we’ll conduct water awareness, so that our youth would be able to behave when they visit the seas anywhere in South Africa. We need to instil into their minds the importance of safety and the important of sea sport.” Six clubs from around Port St Johns will participate and compete against each other for the first prize. Qwalane said they were still in a process to plan what the prizes would be. He urged the local businesspeople to join hands in this event because of its importance for the people of the town.

The assessor in Port St John’s Life Saving Club, Mziwoxolo Qwalane, is flanked by tourists while he hands out the fliers of an event which will be held in Port St John’s next month. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

REPORTER SOUTH African property developer and entrepreneur Sisa Ngebulana has been recognised for his contribution to society and the national business landscape with an honorary doctoral degree in commerce, which was bestowed on him by Walter Sisulu University (WSU) at a graduation ceremony in his hometown of Mthatha. He is the only person to be honoured in this way by WSU during its 2018 graduation season this month. Ngebulana, the founder and executive chairman of Billion Group – the first major black-owned property company in South Africa, also founded Rebosis Property Fund which, in 2011, became the first black-controlled property fund to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He has returned to Rebosis as caretaker CEO following the recent resignation of Andile Mazwai, and will also continue in his strategic role as deputy executive chairman. Ngebulana said the award resonated deeply on a personal level because of his strong family connection with Mthatha – the town where he spent his formative years. “I grew up with my grandparents in Corhana (a village outside Mthatha) and graduated from the University of Fort Hare – which makes this recognition very special and meaningful,” he told graduates at the ceremony. “Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my grandparents’ business. They owned a general dealer store where I had my first taste of business. They also had a brick field business. This is where I developed a passion for real estate.” The Corhana-born business leader has contributed to Mthatha’s economic development through the landmark property development, BT Ngebs City. Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of his grandfather, for whom it is named, the multi-billion-rand, mixed-use development includes a 60,000m2 shopping mall and – as of last year – the four-star Mayfair Hotel. Late last year, ground also broke on the town’s first casino and entertainment complex. Ngebulana is also credited with conceiving and developing retail assets such

Mthatha-born property developer and Billion Group founder Sisa Ngebulana receives his honorary doctorate in commerce from Walter Sisulu University registrar Khaya Maphinda. PHOTO:SUPPLIED as the Eastern Cape’s biggest shopping centre, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, Hemingways Mall in East London, Forest Hill City in Centurion and Mdantsane City in Mdantsane outside East London. The first three super-regional malls have become the catalyst for surrounding lifestyle developments that include office and residential components. Between 2007 and 2015 in the Eastern Cape alone, the malls created a combined 25 340 jobs during the construction phase and 11 170 post-construction, making Ngebulana’s group the biggest investor and largest job creator in the province. “My wish is for the youth in Mthatha and throughout South Africa to be inspired by my story and to realise that they don’t have to be born into wealth to become successful. “Hard work, dedication and believing in oneself goes a long way to achieving success,” said Ngebulana. Ngebulana has several degrees to his name, including a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Fort Hare, an LLB post-graduate degree from Natal University and an LLM master’s degree from the former Rand Afrikaans University. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

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TRANSCAPE NPO, Tata Waste and Mdumbi Backpackers have teamed up for the third annual Mdumbi Green Fair Music Festival this weekend. The three-day music festival takes place from Friday to Sunday in the village of Mdumbi. Mdumbi Green Fair is the perfect getaway for music lovers who prefer to experience live music in a nature-filled setting. Taking place in the Wild Coast, a rural and historically underprivileged area, the festival seeks to provide exposure and training to the local community in terms of visual arts workshops, catering and sales interactions with a market they would otherwise not have access to, while identifying talent and skills for further assistance through the TransCape NPO’s projects (Mdumbi Education Centre, Mdumbi Eco Centre, Micro Finance project) to help eliminate poverty through skills development. Enjoying support from the Mankosi community workers, as well as the local headman, the festival promotes Xhosa culture as well as tasty local and international cuisine prepared to please even the pickiest palette. Event organiser Astrid Gifford said, “For us it was important that the festival reflected the people of the area its being held in and benefits the people of the area hosting it.” Add to that, sponsorships by the local Nyandeni Municipality, Anix Trading, FitRite Dunlop and BASA (Business and Arts South Africa), this little festival is sure to

amaze and inspire. “I don’t think the Eastern Cape has ever seen a music line-up this diverse, spanning genres from folk and reggae to alternative, hip-hop and more,” said festival organiser and sponsor Patrick Dodon of FitRite Dunlop. Headliners include The Kiffness, who will be bringing their signature brand of soulful electronic music to our neck of the woods. Rock crooner Richard Stirton will be showing festival goers why he holds the prestigious title of The Voice season one winner. Several newcomers included in this year’s line-up include Native Young, who will be serenading the crowd with compelling vocals and beautifully arranged instruments. Reggae band Zionruts Family, bring their signature rollicking, drum-based tunes. Can of Worms return this year with fresh, magnetic energy and musical nods to classic rock and roll, and are sure to strike a chord with folks of all ages. From Cape Town is Trenton and Free Radical, an AfroBeat crossover band collaboration between five musicians is also on the festival’s line-up. “Helping to build communities and providing platforms to empower the underprivileged is an ideology we share with the MGF Festival, so naturally we wanted to support the event,” said the band’s spokesperson, Trenton Birch. For more info, visit www.mdumbigreenfair.com or their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ mdumbigreenfair.


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Boost for Libode school Mthatha businessman helps SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE

A GOOD Samaritan, Bigtime Group, brought a smile to the pupils of Upper Corana Junior Primary School in Misty Mount, Libode last Friday. The company donated full uniforms to about 300 learners at the school. The uniform included sun hats, socks, shoes, jerseys and school bags. This was the third time the company was doing this to the school – the first being in 2016 and the second last year. Most children at the school are orphans and come from child-headed homes. Most cannot afford to buy food, let alone uniforms. Bigtime Group CEO, Justice Maphosa, presented school uniforms to the excited pupils. Of all their CSI projects across southern Africa, the Upper Corana project is very close to Maphosa’s heart. Maphosa, said when they adopted the school there were only two teachers left. The school

Bigtime CEO, Justice Maphosa, with the learners of Upper Corana JPS. PHOTO:BUSISANI NCUBE

was on the verge of being closed. “We are happy with the progress made thus far, but we still believe there is a lot to be done. “We started this without a budget, but we gave our undertaking to do something for the school. I met a lot of children with no uniforms. “I was troubled the day I saw a six-year-old walking barefoot in winter while I was coming out of a car with a heater, wearing gloves. “So, we took a decision to buy the things they needed. I am a man who understands both worlds – I know what it means to be poor; I know what it means to have plenty; I know what it means to be warm; I know what it is to be cold; I was once a street kid in this country,” he said. Maphosa said they made a commitment that no child should sleep hungry and their feeding programme at the school will still continue. “A child who has eaten is not hungry when they go home. We said ‘no’ to our children crossing rivers, being swallowed by the swelling rivers and the river waters, dying in there. They have two buses transporting them to school. We don’t want them to get to class tired, which is why we got the transport system,” he said. The school principal, Nomandla Mavis Ndamase, expressed her gratitude to the company for changing the lives of the pupils of her school. English teacher in the school, Nozibele Mgemani, said the initiative had really helped them because they’ve managed to get more teachers at the school. “Bigtime pays the teachers very well and they are motivated. We’ve also seen an improvement in examination results,” she said. Nobandla Goniwe (70), who has two great grandchildren at the school, said three of her children attended this school. “One is a nurse and two are teachers. It was quite painful to see this school on the verge of being closed. What Bigtime has done feels like manna from heaven. I always tell my grandchildren who attend this school that I want them to learn from Mr Maphosa and to be generous when they grow up,” she said.

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blessed me and my family with these businesses. Somewhere around me or far away is A WELL-KNOWN business guru and philan- a very poor person and sometimes he/she is thropist in Mthatha, Dr Dan Pasiya, has unable to get food, so I have to call that particmade donations to poor families living in the ular person to come closer to share what God localities where his businesses are operating. is given to me with him/her,” said Pasiya. He said there was nothing he needed from Pasiya has spent about R700 000 buying these communities besides prayers to protect groceries and blankets for the poor. his family. The destitute families “Please pray for us so who benefited from this that God keep us in this good Samaritan act were world and continue supfrom Lurasini, Ngolo, porting you,” he said. Mnceleni, Mhlakulo, SidAmong the beneficiaries who were fully prewadweni, Zandukwana and Gunyeni location. pared for the coming winIn this initiative, the ter season was NtombeDan Pasiya Foundation khaya Gingqi from Ngolo worked with the commulocation, who stays with nity members, counciltwo of her grandchildren. lors and traditional lead“I was still thinking of ers to select 10 poor famidividing the little grant I lies from each locality. have to buy blankets beLast Saturday, Pasiya, cause we don’t have blantogether with his family kets, but God answered and management of his my prayer for the winter businesses, officially season when a local man handed over the items to came to me and told me the beneficiaries at Dan’s that I’m among the selectLodge in Mthatha. ed people to receive groPasiya said it was the From left are Dr Dan Pasiya, ceries and blankets from culture of his family to beneficiary Ntombekhaya Gingqi Dr Dan,” she said. share with the poor the and Pasiya’s son, Sture Pasiya. Meanwhile hundreds of people around the areas of PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE things that God had blessed them with. Pasiya’s businesses are He said even if his time on this earth were expected to spend his birthday party with over, he assured the beneficiaries that his him. “I need you to come in November to celechildren would take the baton and continue brate my birthday with me. I have not yet with his charity initiatives. confirmed the date but I need you all to at“Why we are doing this is? It’s because God tend,” he said.


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AN MTHATHA born hip-hop artist has made his presence felt in Gauteng after the recent release of his red-hot 16-track album, Affirmative Repossession. Andile Nonkwelo, aka Andy, from Ikhwezi Township has worked tirelessly to compile his second hip-hop album, which contains love songs as well as tracks about his

ambitions, motivating himself and expressing how much he loves his mum. He said he is already working on his third album. Andy’s artistic career started in poetry when he was still at Holy Cross Private School in Mthatha. Later a passion for music developed, particularly hip-hop. “I wanted to be an author and wrote some books, but music stole the show as I became more interested in music. “Artists like Puff Daddy, Notorious BIG and many other hip-hop artists played cardinal roles to attract me to the genre because when I was listening to their music something developed in my heart. “Then I saw hip-hop as a way to convey my message. “My 2014 album was more like a mixtape but it did well in the charts. “I took a long time to master this album because I was intending to drop a bombshell,” he said. On this album, Andy worked a lot with hip-hop gurus in Gauteng, including Larson, Mavumana Bit and Sihle. This young man from Mthatha, who is currently based in Johannesburg, is dreaming of one day coming back to his province, developing music and producing many local artists. “Jozi has given me a lot of knowledge in the music fraternity so one day I want to grow my people at home in the Eastern Cape,” he said.

< Andile Nonkwelo, aka Andy, from Ikhwezi Township. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE

Afro-pop singer joins big stable SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE A SINGER born in Caguba in the coastal town of Port St Johns, Csana is joining a new music stable, Touch Africa under the leadership of Mdu Ngcobo. Together with her new team, she is working on a single, which is expected to be released in July. Csana, whose real name is Nonguquko Mlaza, started her new venture last week and is aiming to conquer the entire South Africa. The PSJ songbird was signed to provincial recording label Ecavc, formed by the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture under then MEC, Pemmy Majodina, before she joined Touch Africa. Speaking to Express, confident Csana said she was looking forward to entertaining South Africa with her guitar, which she uses to accompany her tantalising voice, to lift up the flag of her home town as well as the Eastern Cape province. Csana believes she has reached her destination after battling for many years to land a recording deal. She has one previous album, released by Ecavc, and ever since then she has battled to release her next one. “This is the start of new beginnings in my life. “I want to work very hard to gain respect in the South African music industry,” she said. She made contact with Touch Africa after the boss of the stable heard her duet with Prince M. “Mdu contacted me; we met and I agreed to join them.” The single has been produced by well-

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known producer, Mutjalifa, who is affectionately known as Mjeks. Ngcobo confirmed the signing of Csana to his stable. “For now we are working on her single and the full album will follow soon. “We welcome her with open arms and we are going to make her a star,” he said. Csana joins famous artists like Naima-K, DJ Kotin, Prince M and many more in the Touch Africa stable.

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Kentane boss hopes team will shine in play-offs ANELE RAZIYA KENTANE United boss, Dr Lungile Zamxaka, is hoping that his side will perform well in the ABC Motsepe League play-offs which will be held at Dutywa this weekend. This follows after United were crowned the SAB Regional League champions in the Mnquma Stream recently. The Centane-based United has finished the 2017/18 season sitting on top of the SAB Regional log with 22 points and they have qualified to play in the ABC Motsepe league play-offs. On Saturday and Sunday United will be competing against three other teams who have won their SAB League streams in the Amathole region in two-day play-offs. Zamxaka said that although they didn’t perform well last time in the same play-offs, this time he is optimistic that his boys will do well.

Ladies to face Lesotho team ANELE RAZIYA SASOL League defending champions, Thunderbirds Ladies, are expected to make history in ladies’ football, especially in the Eastern Cape, when they become the first women’s club to play a friendly match against a national team when they take on Lesotho this weekend. The Butterworth-based team received a call from Lesotho’s national team requesting a friendly match be played at the Walter Sisulu University Bika Campus on Sunday. The news was broken by Ladies’ coach, Thembalethu Apleni, after they received soft points against Golden Stars, who failed to honour their Sasol League encounter which was supposed to be played at the WSU Bika Campus sports grounds over the weekend. “We are still surprised about this request because first of all, we are asking ourselves where did they get our contact details, but at the same time, we are happy about the challenge,” he said. The match will help Thunderbirds Ladies gain a lot of experiences in their attempt to defend their Sasol League title. Last year, Aplen’s charges took part in the Sasol League National Championships in Nelspruit where they won bronze medals. This year, two of their players were selected for the Banyana Banyana squad, while three others were selected for the u/19 national team. Ladies are still doing well in the Sasol League, having played four games and won all of them.

“Our preparations have already started and everything is going well according to our plan for the play-offs,” he said. Last year, United were part of play-offs, but unfortunately things did not go to their way. “We joined SAB League last season and luckily we had an opportunity to play in the playoffs, but things did not go well on our side because we were still learning at that time,” said Zamxaka. He further said they would use the experience they gained this past year in the play-offs so that they could do well this time. Recently, Kentane United were crowned the champions of the Matta Easter Soccer Tournament at the WSU Sports Grounds where they defeated SAB League teams from Mbhashe and Mnquma. The team which wins the Amathole region play-offs will play in the provincial play-offs, where all eight of the regional winners from

< The SAB regional champions in the Mnquma Stream, Kentane United, celebrate after winning the Matta Challenge Easter Soccer Tournament. PHOTO: ANELE RAZIYA

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City Lads still lead Sasol League ANELE RAZIYA PORT Elizabeth-based City Lads are still leading the Sasol League, while defending champions Thunderbirds Ladies continue winning their games in the division. City Lads and Butterworth outfit Thunderbirds Ladies have won the same number of games, but they are separated by only one goal. At the weekend, Lads stretched their goal difference when they demolished Cumakala Ladies by 11-0 in Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Thunderbirds Ladies’ opponents, Golden Stars, failed to honour

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“I approached the guy who ran workshops and then I started my cricket team in Mantusini. “My kids joined the festivals as some were showing skills in this sport,” he said. For his efforts Nqasa was nominated to attend cricket coaching clinics and he had the chance to complete an orientation course. From there things started to gel and kids started to develop an interest in cricket. They started to compete in big tournaments in the OR Tambo region and featured in the Kei Cricket Board events and were even recognised by Cricket South Africa. In an interview with Express, Nqasa said the walk was not easy at all because sometimes he had to dig deep into his own pocket to buy cricket outfits and play on the soil before Cricket South Africa built a small pitch for them. “People were even asked where these talented kids play because there was no cricket pitch, but the talent was there,” he said. Nqasa expressed his gratitude to Kei Cricket for building them a small pitch. Nqasa has already achieved a lot since he took over the development of cricket in the rural areas. He was nominated as the coach of the year in KFC Mini Cricket and selected to coach in the KFC Mini-Cricket programme. He called on the young people in the rural areas to also play cricket because it’s not only an urban sport.

Cricket coach Thabani Joseph Nqasa.

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