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Mqanduli rapist Willowvale man arrested for murder gets life sentence BABALWA NDLANYA
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Mqanduli Regional Court sentenced Velile Mendwana (32) to life imprisonment last week after he had been convicted of raping a 22year-old woman. The incident took place three years ago. According to evidence presented in court, Mendwana, who lives in Bonga Locality in the Nenga area, followed his victim from a tavern where she had been with friends on the night of December 21, 2014. The woman had left her friends behind because she wanted to go home and sleep, but the rapist forcefully dragged her to his home in the same village and raped her several times until the following morning. When the victim arrived at her home, she reported the rape to her mother, who was called by the state as a witness during the trial. Mendwana pleaded not guilty, claiming the sexual intercourse was
consensual and even called three witnesses in his defence. Under cross-examination by Regional Court Prosecutor Melikaya Dyakopu, all the defence witnesses conceded that they were not there during the rape. In aggravation of sentence, the state led the evidence of the victim, who told the court that she was pregnant when she was raped and the father of her then unborn child dumped her when he was told about the rape. Regional Court Magistrate Bonginkosi Mene concurred with the state’s submission that the only fitting sentence for the crime, which is very prevalent during the festive season, was life imprisonment. The National Prosecuting Authority welcomed the sentence with the hope that it would serve as a deterrent to like-minded rapists who intended targeting defenceless women and children, especially during this time of the year.
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The murder was committed near a tavern at Madamini Locality in Willowvale. It is alleged that the two had a misunderstanding which led to the fatal stabbing of the deceased. Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha confirmed the incident stating that the deceased was stabbed on his upper body and died instantly. “The suspect was traced and arrested after the incident,” said Manatha. ) In another incident, police officers from Kei Bridge arrested two women, aged 22 and 25, who were found in possession of dagga. It is alleged that these women were arrested with three men aged between 29 and 31. Manatha said the five suspects were in a Kombi and it was not clear where they were coming from or where they were travelling to. “Six bags of dagga that had a
Police officers from Kei Bridge arrested six suspects who were found in possession of dagga. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Christmas in jail for ‘PSJ cannibal’ SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE A 30-YEAR-OLD Port St Johns (PSJ) resident, who is charged with the brutal killing and slaughtering of his nephew, as well as cannibalism, will spend this Christmas behind bars. Mandisa Gwanya, also known as the “Port St Johns cannibal”, recently appeared before the Port St Johns Magistrate’s Court where his case was postponed to January 23, 2018. Gwanya’s story shocked many throughout Mzansi and attracted a large crowd and various media institutions worldwide. It is alleged that Mandisa attacked his nephew, Kamvelihle Ngala (4), while they were at home together in KwaNtsila Location in Port St Johns. Mandisa slaughtered the boy, drank his blood and skinned him before cooking his remains in a pot. It is further alleged that Mandisa cut out Kamvelihle’s heart and brain and ate them. Kamvelihle’s flesh was found next to Mandisi’s matrass in Mandisi’s room.
When the members of the community first arrived on the scene and asked about the gruesome murder, Mandisa said he was rectifying something in his body. During his first appearance in court, Mandisi asked the court to sentence him because he was guilty of the crime he is accused of and there was no need for the case to be argued. He stressed that he did not want any attorney because there was no need to argue his case. It was then that the court decided to check his mental fitness to stand trial. He was sent to doctors at Fort England Psychiatric Hospital in Grahamstown for evaluation. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson, Luxolo Tyali, said the results of the accused’s state of mind would be announced by the Magistrate’s Court on January 23 in the Regional Court in Port St Johns. “Results will determine if the accused is fit to stand trial or not,” said Tyali.
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A 67-YEAR-OLD man, who is suspected of raping his stepdaughter (9), was arrested at Yako Informal Settlement in Butterworth recently. It is alleged that the mother of the victim had gone to work in the township and left both the suspect and the victim in their shack. Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said when the mother of the victim came back from her work, she noticed that the victim was behaving strangely. “She questioned her daughter, who told her what happened. “A case of rape was then
opened at Butterworth Police Station. “Police acted quickly and found the suspect at their shack,” said Manatha. ) In another incident, police officers from Willowvale arrested three men, aged 32, 37 and 54 respectively, for being in possession of stolen livestock. Manatha said the trio was arrested at Nkelekethe Village in Willowvale. Police officers stopped a white Toyota Avanza and found five goats inside. “Police questioned the suspects and they failed to give a satisfactory explanation,” Manatha said. “They were then arrested and charged with possession of stolen livestock,” he said.
December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
Better year ahead for Eastern Cape farmers REPORTER WINNING a landmark land expropriation court case, expanding an already thriving wool market to include communal farmers and the prospect of rain are just some of the reasons that farmers can head into the new year with confidence in their future. This is according to Agri Eastern Cape president, Doug Stern, speaking after another tough year for Eastern Cape farmers, who have been battling the worst drought in a century for the past three years. “It’s extremely important to remain upbeat,” said Stern, adding that food producers would always have a vital role to play in the South African economy. “While it’s easy to focus on the negatives, there’s a lot that came out of 2017 to be positive about. “One of the major triumphs for Agri SA, which impacts on farmers throughout the country, was the moral victory in a landmark expropriation case where the agreed price for a piece of land in Mpumalanga was adjusted downwards. “We took it to the Supreme Court of Appeal, because we believe that market value is the point of departure for just and equitable compensation for land being expropriated.” Stern said the judge at the Land Claims Court had reduced the agreed price by nearly 17%, citing it being in the interest of land reform as the reason for his action.
“If Agri SA had not won this specific case, it would have allowed the state to put expropriation without compensation uppermost in their sights. This is what made this case such an important victory for land owners.” Another “win” of specific interest to Eastern Cape farmers is the phenomenal growth the wool industry has enjoyed in recent times, with the National Wool Growers Association laying the groundwork among the ranks of communal farmers. “With their assistance, they have managed to increase the wool production from communal areas from 220 000kg, which yielded R1.5 million in 1997-98, to 5,8 million kilograms, which yielded nearly R300 million in the 2016/2017 season,” Stern added. As Eastern Cape farmers grappled with one of the worst, if not the worst, droughts recorded over the past 100 years, Stern said that it was important for producers to bear in mind that prices for commodities produced primarily in the province had reached extraordinarily high levels as result of a national and international short supply. “As a province, we produce most of the country’s ultra-high-quality wool and the wool price has risen to record highs. Mohair also remains a very profitable commodity. “Similarly, meat prices have also escalated as a result of stock losses experienced throughout the province because of the
drought, fires and cold weather, resulting in demand outstripping supply,” he continued. “A region which is of great concern is the irrigation area below the Kouga Dam around Hankey and Patensie. “As a result of the low level of water in the dam, farmers there are being faced with the reality of not being able to plant any vegetables which could result in the prices of vegetables increasing significantly within our province. “Those farmers have decided to rather use any available water to keep their highly productive citrus trees alive, while the citrus industry in the Sundays River Valley has also enjoyed a reasonable season.” Stern said all of the above should motivate farmers to fight for survival, as it highlighted the vital role they played in providing a stable food security programme for the country. “While agriculture in the Eastern Cape may not have had a very good 2017, mainly as a consequence of the drought, I am fairly confident that 2018 will be a better year Agri Eastern
for all farmers in the province, because the probability of getting normal to above average rainfall looks promising.”
Cape president, Doug Stern. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Build children to become leaders of tomorrow – Ndaba Mandela SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE grandson of the late former statesman, Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela, has called on the government to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather to prepare children to lead in the near future. Ndaba was speaking at the Nelson Mandela Museum, Bhunga Building in Mthatha during the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of Mandela’s death. Despite being a freedom fighter, Mandela was known for loving children and putting education first. Ndaba said his grandfather loved children because he knew that they were the future of the country, so the present government needs to take up the baton to build the future of this country.
“Tatomkhulu sacrificed his time fighting to better South Africa. So, we need to respect that. His campaigns in the 1970s were to see South Africa liberated,” Ndaba explained. He called on South Africans and global communities to ensure that they celebrate the role Mandela played during his lifetime. Meanwhile, Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, said it was very important to honour Madiba because he lived to better the lives of the communities and did not live his life for himself, but for others. “During Mandela’s funeral commemoration, 100 white doves were released, as well as 100 candles lighted – symbolising Mandela’s living age and the symbol of a plea for peace in the world which was the core of Nelson Mandela’s international advocacy.
EC Premier Phumulo Masualle and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba, light the candle during Mandela’s commemoration. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
“And it was declared that December 5 would be a provincial event, a day to com-
memorate the life and death of tata Mandela,” Ndaba said.
December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
Billion Group announces new developments for 2018
the Hemingways precinct around the catalytic Hemingways Mall. This will take the form of breaking the ground of a 320-unit residential node next to the mall. Other Eastern Cape projects for the group include the rural town of Ngcobo, where the group will break ground on the Engcobo Mall. In Mthatha, Billion is set to complete its development of the area’s first post-democracy casino by 2018 year end, while in Port Elizabeth, alongside the R2 billion Baywest Mall built by the group, ground will break on a 580unit residential development. According to Billion Group commercial director Vuyokazi Njongwe all the projects under construction would work towards creating contained community environments within carefully planned, people-friendly precincts to ensure the long-term sustainability of the various retail nodes. “2017 has been a year of consolidation in which we have had the chance to focus on our pipeline and reassess what the market needs,” said Njongwe. “This year the business refocused on prop-
AFTER a year spent restructuring and consolidating its property development focus, Billion Group, which was founded by acclaimed Mthatha-born entrepreneur Sisa Ngebulana, has unveiled its plans to dominate the sector next year with investment projects valued at over R6 billion. In line with the group’s defined “live, work, play” strategy, these projects will see the expansion of four existing shopping mall precincts, originally developed by Billion Group, to include residential and office components, including a casino and entertainment complex, among others. Also in the pipeline, is the conversion of office blocks in the Cape Town city centre into luxury residential apartments, as well as two brand-new shopping centres – one for the Eastern Cape town of Ngcobo and the other an off-grid mall in Hebron in the North West Province. Also among the plans, is the expansion of
erty development, following the R5 billion sale of assets and two service companies to Rebosis. We expect 2018 to be a very busy year for us.” As part of the R6 billion investment, coming on stream next year are the following: . A 320-unit residential apartment development in the Hemingways Mall precinct in East London. . Construction of the Engcobo Mall in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape. . The construction of the R100 million Mthatha Casino and Entertainment: a 2 600m2 complex with conference facilities, bars and restaurants next to Billion Group’s 60 000m2 BT Ngebs City Shopping Centre and four-star Mayfair Hotel, and plan to open its doors by the end of the year. This will be complemented later by mixeduse residential and office space, comprising 300 apartments and an office park. Njongwe, who was raised in Mthatha, said the planned developments for the province in 2018 was “a continuation of our unwavering interest in the Eastern Cape, a province that
has, for many years, been neglected. We think that it needs the same kind of infrastructure as the rest of the country.” Another exciting Billion Group project in the pipeline is the 20 000m² community mall in the North West town, Hebron. Having broken ground in late November, the mall is expected to open for business late next year. With its own water supply and sewage plant, it will only need to rely on an outside source – namely Eskom – for electricity. “The aim is to be off the grid – something that we are planning on introducing on all our development projects. The latest design criteria has been used to make electrical consumption as efficient as possible,” said Njongwe. She acknowledged the difficulty of investing in property development amid a weakening economic climate but said it called for bold action and the vision to anticipate market needs. “We will have to deal with tough trading conditions in a tough market, but we will do what we do best: think differently and innovatively. The challenge excites us.”
SASSA paydays normalise from January after December early payment REPORTER
January 4 all over the country, except the Western Cape which will open its paypoints from January 3. Specific and individualised payment dates are printed on payment slips for beneficiaries using SASSA paypoints to ensure that SASSA pays the right grant to the right person at the right time and place. The early December payment, which started on November 28, was welcomed by SASSA beneficiaries. The rationale behind the early payment was to protect beneficia-
SOCIAL grants are usually paid from the first of every month, except in December. As from January next year, SASSA will pay beneficiaries who use banks, ATMs and merchant outlets from January 1, despite the day falling on a public holiday. As usual, this applies to any other public holiday falling on the first day of the month. Payment at SASSA paypoints will start on
ries from the December shopping traffic and its attendant risks, especially for the elderly. The move, however, is misinterpreted as a December double payment by a few and others think another early payment for January is on the cards, which is not true. Social grant beneficiaries are also reminded that upon approval of their grants, they have the right to choose a payment method. They can either choose a direct payment
into a bank account of their choice or a manual cash payment at a paypoint for instance. A beneficiary choosing a direct payment into their bank account makes it easy and convenient because they can receive their money anywhere in the country. Beneficiaries who wish to switch to banks can arrange that at their nearest SASSA office. SASSA, however, does not cover bank charges that may arise in the case of direct payments into private bank accounts of beneficiaries.
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O.R Tambo District Municipality Dear O.R Tambo District Municipality inhabitants and visitors We are at the end of another year and it is the Season to be merry again. Welcome to all our holiday visitors – O.R Tambo DM has been busy to get ready for your arrival and we have an array of a rac ons to oﬀer, including many of our beaches, to enjoy the summer weather. This is a busy me in our district and you will not be short of op ons for things to do - visit our local Tourism oﬃce for more informa on on events, a rac ons and everything to be enjoyed in the district! Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” The Fes ve Season is a me of giving and this year I want you to make a life, rather than a living. Let us try and spread the cheer by giving, whatever we can aﬀord or have, to someone that we know is in need. We can all make a diﬀerence in someone's life in our own way - if each of us contributes.
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Meet Amila Mgcotyelwa, our Christmas baby THANDI SETOKOE LITTLE Amila Mgcotyelwa has been voted as the Mthatha Express front page Christmas baby for 2017. The adorable nine-month-old girl is the first child of proud parents, Sixolile and Lithemba Mgcotyelwa. According to mom Lithemba, baby Amila still loves milk and everything in shades of pink. “She is such a playful baby who loves to laugh and enjoys crawling around the house.” Amila is also said to have a very close bond with dad Sixolile.
“Its clear to see that my husband is the favourite one. Amila’s face lights up whenever he walks in,” the mom chuckled. “I love seeing her face squish up and she smiles her open-mouth smile when her dad talks to her.” Lithemba said they plan on having another baby as soon as Amila turns one. “The sooner the better; we do not want our children to have a huge age gap difference,” Lithemba said. The Mgcotyelwas have no Christmas holiday plans as both parents will be working throughout this festive season. “I will just cook a nice Christmas lunch for my family and make sure that there’s pumpkin – Amila’s favourite meal.”
Sixolile and Lithemba Mgcotyelwa with their daughter, Amila.
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Friendly little Amila Mgcotyelwa has been voted as the ‘Mthatha Express’ front page Christmas baby for 2017.
Christmas comes early for KwaBhaca children’s home residents REPORTER THE children from the Siyakhana Child Care Centre in KwaBhaca, formerly known as Mount Frere, under the Alfred Nzo District Municipality, were smiling from ear to ear recently as they received donations, including food, toiletries, bedding, sports equipment, toys and books from the fastfood chain, Hungry Lion.
“I am so happy today,” said a 17-year-old resident at the centre. “We now have soccer balls and after this I am just going to be playing outside.” This child has lived at the centre since 2014. “Our centre provides shelter for disadvantaged children with the hope of reuniting them with their families in time,” explained Ntombifuthi Gxumisa, programme manager at Siyakhana.
“This is the only organisation of its sort in the area and we care for 45 children. “Our needs are great, but this shows me that we are not alone and people are willing to help,” she said. The handover took place at a Christmas party organised by Hungry Lion. Father Christmas handed gifts to the children and they feasted on the food chain’s meals. “I work as a controller at Hungry Lion. “As staff we were all asked to nominate charities that we wanted our company to support.
“I nominated this orphanage because I can see the great work that they do. “I have supported them for a long time, but to have my work place now supporting them is something else,” explained Wandisile Mbewu. Another resident, 15, said this was a good day and she would sleep like a baby that night. This initiative is just one of the ways that the restaurant chain recognises staff who bring about change and make a difference in their communities.
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Hungry Lion recently visited the children of the Siyakhana Child Care Centre and spread the Christmas season joy. Pictured here are members of the Hungry Lion management and children and staff from the children’ home in KwaBhaca. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
All I want for Christmas is . . . What gifts are on the list for Santa to put under the Christmas tree this year? SIM MDLEDLE AND BABALWA NDLANYA found out from these children what they want for Christmas.
Lumi (3) and his cousin Ivankosi (2) Luningo.
Uyakha Sibangela. PHOTO:GRETCHEN JOHNSTON
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) Lumi (3) and his cousin, Ivankosi (2) Luningo, want to watch TV and want their mothers to buy cake and drinks for them. ) Nhanha Hlengane (4) said she wants to stay with her grandparents because they always slaughter a sheep and give them delicious food for Christmas. ) Ahluma Mjoli wishes her parents can buy her a talking Teddy Bear. ) Lunathi Zweni wants her mother to buy her a cake as a Christmas present. ) Uyakha Sibangela (4) said he wants a Thomas and Friends from Father Christmas and that’s all. ) Kenlyn Le Roux (4) said she wants a Barbie mermaid with a light in the water. That’s all . . .
Nhanha Hlengane (4).
December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
School for physically disabled renovated
BABALWA NDLANYA THE members of Sonke Community Action Team in the Eastern Cape renovated the neglected and forgotten school for the physically challenged learners of Gwadana Special School in Dutywa. According to the government and media
liaison manager, Patrick Godana, there are 34 children who are currently attending this school. He said he and his team’s hearts were always touched when they passed this school because of its situation. “We then decided to do something to bring smiles to these learners. “We understand that there is a new
school that was being built for us, and that it would be used by the children, but they have still not finished building it,” Godana added. “As the members of Sonke Community Action Team, we decided to act while they were still waiting for the new school to be finished. He said the other challenge that was fac-
ing these learners was that they didn’t have any transport to take them to school. “The situation results in some parents failing to send their children to school because of this problem. “It was very painful when I saw one of the learners travelling from Chafutweni area to Gwadana Special School,” Godana concluded.
Madeira police members spread Christmas joy at children’s home HOSEYA JUBASE CHRISTMAS came early this year for the Thembelihle Children’s Home in Norwood, Mthatha, when they received a surprise visit from the Victim Support Centre of the Madeira Police Station. Members of the Victim Support Centre brought packages of food, cake and gifts to bring Christmas joy to the 52 abandoned children at Thembelihle. The children’s home celebrated 20 years of existence this year, as they opened in September 1997. Pumza Mqhayi, a director at Thembelihle, said they are overwhelmed by the packages from the Madeira Police Station. Mqhayi said, “This is the start of a professional relationship. Our children are excited and happy today and we are expecting more of this next time. “They (Victim Support Centre) have
been supporting us for a very long time. “Some of the children living in this home were neglected and abandoned by their families. Some were abused, while others come from families living with HIV.” Madeira Police Station’s Warrant Officer Simon Phantsi said that as a Victim Support Centre , they have an obligation to visit all the orphanages around the OR Tambo District to monitor their work and make sure these kids get better services. “It is the first time we did something of this nature but not the last. We are planning to do more of this in the near future.” Phantsi appealed to all the business people and government departments to visit orphans’ homes just to give them love and support. “What is painful about these children is that some of them no longer have their biological parents, while some of them were abandoned and don’t have a place to go to as we are approaching the festive season,” said Phantsi.
; Members of the Madeira Police Station’s Victim Support Centre with social workers and management from Thembelihle Children’s Home. PHOTO:HOSEYA JUBASE
PSA members donate educational toys to children
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BABALWA NDLANYA THE members of the Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) in Mthatha donated toys to children who are living at the Thembelihle Project in Cedarville, the provincial manager said last week. The aim of the donation was to put smiles on the faces of the vulnerable children who are living in this home. They donated educational toys to the children with the aim of assisting them with their education.
The provincial manager for PSA, Madoda Maxhakana said after they had heard about the situation in Thembelihle Project, they decided to do something. “Some of the children who are living in that home do have parents, but they are struggling to make ends meet in order to support themselves. “Even the director of the home, Xoliswa Luthuli, is struggling to support them since she is using her own money, but she keeps on trying by all means to put the smiles on their faces,” said Maxhakana. He revealed that it was not the PSA’s first
time to assist the communities as this was one of their missions to fulfil as PSA. The Director for the Thembelihle Project, Xoliswa Luthuli, said they were happy to receive gifts from the PSA. “Our children will have a fabulous Christmas because of what the PSA did for us. “They showed that we are also important even though we are facing a lot of challenges in our area because lot of people are not working here. “You find that both parents and children are sharing one room and there is no privacy,” said Luthuli.
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December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
RECIPE: CATHY KNOX’S CHRISTMAS MINCE PIES
Traditional is the way to go this Christmas SWEET, spicy and quite irresistible, today’s mince pies do not contain meat as they did in ancient times and make a wonderful teatime indulgences or dessert, especially when served with ice cream. According to the centuries-old tradition, we should continue eating them until at least January 5, which is known as the Twelfth Night. At least one day for every 12 days is reputed to bring good luck for the 12 months of the New Year. So why hold back? They’re so easy and remember, a slightly rustic artisanal look is right on trend. In fact, there’s only one problem: they get gobbled up as soon as they come out of the oven. Cathy Knox, Mid-Karoo Express correspondent in Bedford, shares her favourite Christmas mince pie recipe with our readers. CHRISTMAS MINCE PIES How to improve the flavour and texture of commercial fruit mincemeat
Ingredients: One bottle of fruit mincemeat Two tablespoons of brandy A pinch of salt Rind of half a lemon, finely chopped, or as much candied peal as you like Cinnamon to taste Half a big Granny Smith apple, coarsely grated Finely chopped almonds (optional)
) Mix everything together and allow the mixture to stand for at least a couple of hours (if not a week) to allow
the flavours to mingle. PASTRY FOR CHRISTMAS MINCE PIES
120g butter 1 large egg 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup sugar (castor sugar is preferred, but white sugar is fine) 2 cups flour, sifted A pinch of salt
Method: ) Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy. ) Add the unbeaten egg and beat well. ) Using a wooden spoon, mix in one cup of flour with the salt and baking powder. The mixture should be quite stiff. ) Now, gradually sift in and mix the remaining flour. If you are really battling with the mixture, splash in a bit of cold water. Do not knead the dough and try to keep it cool at all times. ) Sprinkle flour on your board and rolling pin. ) Roll the dough out, cut into circles and place in a buttered patty pan tray. ) Put the tray in the freezer while you re-roll the pastry and prepare the starshaped toppers. ) Take the pan from the freezer and put the mincemeat in the pies and top with the stars. Work quickly so as not to handle the ingredients too much. ) Put the whole lot back into the freezer for 10 minutes to drop the temperature before it goes into the hot oven. ) Bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes. ) Sprinkle with castor sugar before serving.
A slightly rustic artisanal appearance is right on trend for these time-honoured Christmas favourites. PHOTO:CATHERINE KNOX
Entertainment December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
New EC songbird ready to launch debut album
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE A RURAL girl from Lwandile Location in Ngqeleni wanted her presence to be felt in the gospel music industry throughout Mzansi. Noncedo Mfundisi is launching her debut album on December 23 at KwaMbangi Hall in Ngqeleni. Her 10-track album, with the title track, JesuMhlengi wam, is expected to take Mzansi by storm. This new kid on the block in the gospel music industry is confident that she will make it in this industry, as she has a powerful voice that commands attention. She started performing music at an early age in her rural town of Ngqeleni and then moved to Johannesburg for her studies. On this album, she worked with music heavyweights such as Shedrack Ndlovu, Ntobeko Ma-
cozoma and Thulas Mtshali. Mfundisi went to Johannesburg to further her studies, but the opportunity of recording came her way and she grabbed it with both hands. “It’s when I saw that God can take a downtrodden person to another level because I never thought that I would get an opportunity to record my album. Now, I can see that God loves everybody on this earth”, she said. Mfundisi expressed her gratitude to everyone who supported her along the way. She urged her fans to continue supporting her music. “Without them I’m nothing”, she said. Meanwhile, the artists who will be entertaining the audience during the launch include Nyandeni-born gospel singer Ovayo Ndamase, Mpume Mhlanga, Lusanda Mcinga, Pastor Abraham, Popo Gwadiso and many more. The programme starts at 10am and runs until 6pm. Tickets are available at SPAR.
; Noncedo Mfundisi, from Lwandile Location, will be launching her debut album just in time for Christmas on December 23. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Musicians to entertain Mthatha at Black Coffee Home Coming BABALWA NDLANYA RESIDENTS from Mthatha and the surrounding areas are invited to attend the Black Coffee Home Coming event which will be held at the Country Club, in Mthatha tomorrow. The event will start at midnight and continue until 6am. All the proceeds will be used to buy sani-
tary towels, which will be donated to Efata School for the Blind, Ikhwezi Lokusa Special School and Thembisa School for the Disabled. According to one of the event co-ordinators, Futhwa Mazwana of FM Events, the event was his concept, along with Wanda “Miloe” Ndwandwa of Mylestone Entertainment, and they will be aiming at making sure the event is successful enough that it becomes a regular event.
“This event was held five years ago, but the organisers never had a second event. Then we took a decision to bring it back,” he said. “We then got Manelisi Gibson (our funder), who is the owner of Zibele Construction, and who supported our vision together with Lungile Njozela,” said Mazwana. He said the event was a welcome-home event for people who were working in other parts of the country, as they would be back
at their homes for the festive season. Artists who are in line-up is Black Coffee, Black Motion, Kwesta, Sun-el Musician, P.H. and Tebe. Lockdown actress Zola Nombona will be the host. Tickets at R150 per person are available at Computicket and will be sold at the entrance at R200 per person. VIP tickets will cost R550 per person at Computicket and R650 at the entrance to the event.
The event co-ordinators, Wanda Ndwandwa and Futhwa Mazwana, promise audiences that they will have a good time at the Country Club. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA
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December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
Five pillars needed for Nyandeni LM vision 2030 SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Nyandeli Local Municipality Mayor Mesuli Ngqondwana said in order to achieve Vision 2030 as a rural municipality, they need to forge a partnership with the business community and adhere to the five pillars of their plan. Ngqondwana addressed the audience during the Nyandeni’s Vision 2030 Stakeholder Engagement Consultations at Dan’s Lodge in Libode. Ngqondwana revealed that work on the development plan had begun in November 2016 and consists of two phases. He said the draft Nyandeni LM Vision 2030 Development Plan was drawn up at local municipal level with strategic goals (aligned to the Provincial Development Plan [PDP]) with a number of priority initiatives or focus areas within the five strategic pillars. The five pillars that Ngqondwana mentioned are as follows: 1. An inclusive, equitable and growing economy; 2. An educated, innovative citizenry; 3. A healthy population; 4. Vibrant, cohesive communities; and 5. Capable, conscientious and accounting institutions. Ngqondwana said there were also limited numbers of Local Catalytic projects (LCPs)
which are turn-based on a number of technical and political considerations. “They will require a more focused attention in terms of resources, time and more. And these will lead to a number of secondary and tertiary priorities being reinforced and achieved over the short and medium term,” said Ngqondwana. He said this plan does not deal directly with these secondary and tertiary priorities, which will be the concern of other district and sector policy instruments and plans, such as the Nyandeni LM Integrated Development Plan (IDP) The mayor also emphasised that the draft Nyandeni LM Vision 2030 Development Plan is a living document/plan that is to be updated regularly but reinforcing longterm socioeconomic, human development and infrastructure/basic service improvements in the municipality. He said they need to construct a road which links both Ngqeleni and Libode. “This is what we want and we are capable of doing it,” said Ngqondwana. He said that there is a need of intervention in their health system. He admitted that there is a challenge in the roads leading to the hospital and many patients lost their lives because of these roads. Ngqondwana vowed that as the municipality they will do something to improve the health system and the roads.
Nyandeni LM Executive Mayor Mesuli Ngqondwana.
Ebenezer Evangelical Ministry hosts 20th anniversary celebration HOSEYA JUBASE THE Ebenezer Evangelical Ministry recently hosted their 20th anniversary celebration. Speaking to Mthatha Express during the celebration, Apostle Siyabonga Ntaba Madybi said they are proud of reaching out to the poor people around the OR Tambo region to support disadvantaged homes with food and building houses for those in need. Last year the church handed over a house to Kholeka Khohliso who spent almost a year living in a shack.
“As the church, we are happy to be celebrating 20 years’ joy and fruitful love for the role we played in helping those disadvantaged people.” Madyibi said the Ebenezer Church can’t keep quiet while poor people are suffering. He said, “As the church, we are already rebuilding one of the houses in Qweqwe Village after it was damaged by heavy rain in January 2017 where hundreds of people were left homeless and we will officially hand it over early next year. Speaking on behalf of the OR Tambo region during the celebrations, former Mhlontlo Mayor, who is currently a mem-
Apostle Siyabonga Ntaba Madybi of the Ebenezer Evangelical Ministry cuts the cake for the church’s 20th anniversary celebration along with his wife, Nomfusi. PHOTOS:HOSEYA JUBASE
ber of the OR Tambo mayoral committee, Mandisa Giyose congratulated the church for reaching 20 years’ of existence and commended them for the work they have done for the people of OR Tambo.
Apostle Madybi also urged all the road users to be cautious this festive season to put an end to the high number of road accidents as thousands across the country have already hit the road on their vacations.
Invitation to apply for a learnership – National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution Level 2 (UNEMPLOYED YOUTH LIVING WITH ALBINISM) Prime Electrical is extending an invitation to unemployed youth living with albinism who are interested in obtaining the qualification – National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution Level 2 Number of Candidates required: Two African Males living with Albinism Five African Females living with Albinism Location The project is located within East London, with the Master Artisan Academy of South-Africa Starting Date & Duration The programme will commence on 15 January 2018, and will be offered over a period of 10 months. Cost The training cost is fully funded and successful applicants will receive a stipend for the 10 month duration of the learnership project. Minimum Requirements · Must be a South African citizen · Must be a person living with Albinism · Must be between 18 and 32 years of age · Should not have a criminal record · Should not currently be employed · Must have successfully completed Grade 12 with Pure Maths and Science or should have a full N3 (Technical) · Must be in good physical health and be able to work under demanding physical conditions · Be able to read/write/communicate in English Suitable and short listed candidates will undergo the following selection process: · Written assessments to confirm numeracy and literacy levels. · Practical Assessment · Will undergo a structured interview process. · A medical exam will be conducted prior to final selection. Application Process An Application Letter accompanied by the following support original certified documents must be submitted: · Curriculum Vitae (CV) · Certified copy of ID document · Certified copy of Grade 12 or N3 Certificate (Maths & Science) · Certified copies of any other post school training/studies attended
People from different churches in the area performed during the celebration.
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PEOPLE LIKE US These women were captured by the Express at a church ceremony in Idutywa last weekend.
Couple Sinethemba Madyibhi and Kholosani Sgaqana during their engagement ceremony held at Ebenezer Church in Viegisville, Mthatha.
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Parents Pumelele and Nokwana Luningo happily saw their boys come home safe during the homecoming ceremony in Idutywa.
Bonisile Tiya, Prince Sâ€™ganeko Dalindyebo, Mashumi Ndzuzo, Brenda Mkwe and Simosakhe Memani during their year-end function in Mandela Park.
Liveni and his brother Abethu Luningo celebrated their homecoming ceremony at their home in Bomela Location, Idutywa.
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December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
iable Suspension (AVS) to increase dampening and allow for more dynamic handling. The custom mode allows drivers to personalise the powertrain, electric power steering, AVS and air conditioning settings.
THE Lexus NX, which was the manufacturer’ s first foray into the compact premium SUV market, has received some minor cosmetic surgery and tweaking of its standard specifications. Daring design Underpinned by the iconic Lexus spindle grille, the NX is a prominent member within the Lexus family. Building on the original model’s strong design language, the cosmetic enhancements have freshened up the exterior appearance without altering its sporty, dynamic demeanour. All models receive front styling refinements, with new headlamps, a bold new front grille utilising a chrome frame, altered side grille, bumper and lower bumper elements. At the rear, all models receive new LED combination lamps. The rear bumper and licence plate garnish have also gone under the surgeon’s knife – which tie in with the overall design theme and contribute to the NX’s athletic stance. New naming convention As part of Lexus’ global strategy, the ‘200t’ moniker (signifying a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine) has been replaced by ‘300’. The 300 badging bears reference to offering an equivalent power output to that of a 3.0-litre powerplant – this has been adopted to achieve parity between the petrol - and hybrid engine models’ badging convention. As such the badging has been changed to NX 300 in E, EX and F Sport iterations respectively. Four to two The gateway E-grade model adopts a 2WD drivetrain, delivering power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The change to 2WD from all-wheel drive (AWD) brings with it, a reduction in fuel consumption and vehicle weight. The EX and F Sport derivatives retain the AWD configuration and six-speed automatic transmission. The established 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘fourpot’ engine remains intact, serving up 175kW with 350Nm on tap between 1 650 and 4 000rpm. The engine utilises a combination of port – and direct injection (known as D-4ST) along with Variable Valve Timing intelligent Wide (VVTi-W), to optimise combustion in the pursuit of both power and efficiency. The Hybrid-powered NX300h, uses a 2.5-litre
The new Lexus NX, which was the manufacturer’s first foray into the compact premium SUV market, has received some minor cosmetic surgery on the outside and inside. PHOTOS:SUPPLIED four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. The petrol plus electric coupling delivers a total system output of 150kW. Suspension solidity Lexus has refined the suspension of the NX SUV range to further improve stability, body control and ride comfort. Refinements include a new calibration for the rear stabiliser bar and stabiliser-bar bushing, as well as new front dampers with reduced friction. The Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) on the F Sport models has been upgraded, as debuted on the LC premium sports coupe. Both traditional spring and damper (on E and EX) and adaptive variable suspension systems are designed and calibrated to maximise dynamic performance and cabin space, including separate spring and damper units at the rear, for a lower centre of gravity and minimal intrusion into the rear cargo area.
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December 21, 2017 Mthatha Express
Three countries to play handball in Elliotdale BABALWA NDLANYA TEAMS from three countries are expected to host their Continental Tournament (the players will be playing handball in this tournament) that will be held in April 2018 in Fameni Locality in Elliotdale. The countries that are expected to visit the area of Elliotdale are Zimbambe, Zambia and Lesotho. According to the coach and the owner the of Fameni Handball team, Ntsikelelo Mahlathi, the decision was made in Soweto, Gauteng where they were playing an international tournament from December 4 to 9. Teams from Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique took part in this tournament. “In this tournament, teams from Gauteng and the Province of the Eastern Cape were representing South Africa. “We are proud because we did manage to reach the finals, but unfortunately we did not win.
“The decision was that the tournament will be held in our area since it was last held in Gauteng,” said Mahlathi. He added that even though they were excited about this opportunity, they were still facing some challenges because they don’t have a proper playing ground in their area. He said if the Mbhashe Local Municipality is not assisting them in building the ground, they would take the tournament to Willowvale or to Alice. He said they were proud to take part in the International Tournament because two players from Fameni were chosen to play in the Zone 16 Tournament that would be held in Durban in March next year. The players who were chosen is Ondela Mahlathi and Luyolo Mzwentu. Mahlathi revealed that he had chosen to start the team with the aim of helping the youth to stay away from using drugs and alcohol. “I can proudly say it is easy for students who are playing in my club to be admitted to the universities because of this skill.”
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