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Scholar transport on track SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
HE Eastern Cape Small Bus Council (ECSB) has confirmed that all is well in terms of transporting learners to and from their schools in the Eastern
The announcement calmed the fears following the disagreements between transport owners and the provincial government which erupted towards the end of last year over increments and the delay of payments to service providers in the scholar transport business. ECSB is an organisation responsible for transporting learners by buses and taxis in the Eastern Cape. Speaking on behalf of the organisation in the Alfred Nzo region, top member Sipho Tshekela said so far there was nothing that could hinder the progress in the transportation of learners. “Yes, we had some disagreements towards the end of last year, but we met the office of the MEC and they gave us 6% which is 95c/km. “We get this increment after four years of working without any increase.
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“We accepted the percentage, but we are not satisfied – we are still going to have talks with the office of the MEC, but that won’t disturb the transportation of the learners,” said Tshekele. He confirmed that all the buses and taxis in the scholar transport industry had already been through roadworthy processes and they were at school transporting the learners. Express has learned from reliable sources that the next meeting to discuss further increments and other issues affecting the service providers will take place in March.
We accepted the percentage, but we are not satisfied – we are still going to have talks with the office of the MEC, but that won’t disturb the transportation of learners.” SIPHO TSHEKELA, ECSB MEMBER
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Willowvale man arrested for business robbery BABALWA NDLANYA TWO men aged between 21 and 28 from Nkxankxashe Village in Willowvale were arrested by the Willowvale police for alleged business robbery in the CBD of Willowvale. According to police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha, they robbed a business outlet that is selling fried meat in Willowvale. “They were found with unlicensed firearms, namely pistols, with no ammunition. “They were found with an undisclosed amount of money and pieces of meat where they allegedly committed business rob-
bery,” said Manatha. He said they are expecting to make more arrests that would link them with this business robbery. He confirmed that the firearm would be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were not used to commit other crimes around Willowvale and the surrounding areas. ) In another incident, a man from Lower Gwadu Village in Willowvale was found in possession of two unlicensed firearms. Both firearms had no ammunition. Manatha said he was arrested following information that the police received, informing them the man was in the possession of illegal firearms.
Police investigate a case of culpable homicide BABALWA NDLANYA POLICE from Butterworth are investigating a case of culpable homicide after an accident near Zitulele Township in Butterworth claimed the lives of three people last weekend. It is alleged that a sedan car with four occupants, three men and a woman, overturned on the R409 road from Butterworth towards Msobomvu Township. Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said that the car overturned and the driver died at the scene. The female and a male passenger died at Butterworth Hospital. “The fourth male passenger suffered
some injuries and is recovering at Butterworth Hospital. The female passenger has not been identified and Butterworth police appeals to families whose female member has not come home to contact them at 047 401 1100,” said Manatha. ) In another incident, Ngqamakhwe police arrested a man (29) for possession of an unlicensed firearm – a pistol – with no rounds of ammunition. The suspect was arrested at Mbanga Locality, Mgcwe Village in Ngqamakhwe. Manatha said the firearm will be sent for ballistic tests to check if it was not used in the commission of crime around Ngqamakhwe and the surrounding areas.
Police on the hunt for woman’s killer SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE police in the Mthatha Cluster, Ngqeleni area urged anyone, with information that may lead to the arrest of a man who is accused of strangling and killing his girlfriend, to please come forward or contact the nearest police station. The police’s appeal followed an incident whereby a 20-year-old woman was strangled and killed, allegedly by her boyfriend, at Mamolweni Administrative Area in Ngqeleni. The incident took place in the late hours of January 16 and after the incident, the suspect went on the run and has yet to be found. Police spokesperson Captain Khaya Thonjeni vowed that the police would work tirelessly to ensure that the suspect is put behind the bars as soon as possible. The police report said after the murder, the suspect wrote a letter to the community con-
fessing he strangled and killed his girlfriend and that he was going to hand himself to the police. The community reacted immediately after receiving this letter and rushed to the suspect’s home, where they found the deceased and summoned the police to the area. However, despite his written confession, the suspect never arrived at the police station. At the time of going to print, the suspect’s whereabouts were unknown. Capt Thonjeni called on members of the community to work hand in glove with the police so that they would be able to arrest the suspect. Meanwhile, a 28-year-old man was found dead with gunshot wounds in his upper body at Pondo Street, Ngangelizwe Township in Mthatha. By the time of going to print, the motive for the killing was unknown and there was still no arrest.
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ple of that municipality to heed to the call by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to visit their voting stations. IEC has set aside March 9 and 10 as the dates for address verification in Nyandeni Local Municipality. Ngqondwana said this matter was highly important as it coincided with their quest to make their wards smaller to ease the burden of bigger wards with fewer resources. “Working together in this noble endeavour, we can do more,” said Ngqondwana. He said people needed to grab this opportunity with both hands as it would improve the service delivery around the municipality. “We congratulate our schools that continue to do well in the Grade 12 results, those that have received over 70% and we note with regret those who have underperformed. “We call upon every stakeholder to assist in improving the performance in our schools. “We are pleased to announce that we continue to respect and handle the public purse with care. “In the audit outcome of 2016/2017, we received an unqualified audit opinion with three matters. We have provided a permanent solution to one and we are hard at work trying to find solutions to the two remaining matters. “We understand we have regressed, but we can assure our citizens that by the time the audit for 2017/18 begins, we will be back where we belong. We wish everyone a healthy 2018,” concluded the mayor.
January 25, 2018 Mthatha Express
UDM accuses municipality of misusing vehicles BABALWA NDLANYA THE United Democratic Movement (UDM) in Mhlontlo Local Municipality was not happy about the alleged misuse of two municipal vehicles for political party programmes after municipality members allegedly used the vehicles to campaign for the ANC during the party’s January 8th statement, which was held in East London recently. The concern was raised by the chairperson of the UDM, Councillor Zakheni Nondaka. According to him, they wrote a letter to the Mayor of the Mhlontlo Local Municipality, Councillor Nompumelelo Dywili, asking her if she knew anything about the incident.
“This is a serious matter because one of these vehicles, HSW026 EC, was involved in an accident in one of the Tsolo localities and is beyond repair. What is worse is that it was driven by an unlicensed driver. We need an explanation from Dywili because this is not acceptable,” said Nondaka. He said they wanted to know what Dywili would do about this. Nondaka added that if Dywili was not giving them the proper answer, they would ask her to put this in the report so that it should be discussed in their next council meeting. “If she is also failing to do that then we will contact our lawyers because we will not sit down and watch while the assets of the municipality are misused.”
Dywili said she received a letter from Nondaka, then she forwarded it to the municipal manager to respond. “According to my knowledge, the vehicle belongs to the traffic department. “It only went on the road to manage the traffic congestion as there were many vehicles on the road. It was not used for a campaign,” said Dywili. She added that the second vehicle, which UDM is talking about, was not reported to her. “If the vehicle has a problem, its driver must report to his/her manager who then reports to the municipal manager. The municipal manager did not report it to me. So, I did not receive a report that there was a vehicle that was involved in an accident as the members of the UDM are saying.”
Be cautious before purchasing any vacant land SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Executive Mayor of Umzimvubu Local Municipality, Councillor Bulelwa Mabengu, called on people to be more cautious when purchasing vacant land.
Umzimvubu Mayor, Councillor Bulelwa Mabengu. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Mabengu said people were becoming victims of land invaders who illegally sold land to desperate people. Mabengu’s comment followed an incident in Papanana Location in Ward 16, KwaBhaca, recently, whereby residents in the area illegally occupied municipal land, despite a court order prohibiting land invasions in that area. The area, which is topping the agenda, was ERF 351 which was demarcated as mu-
nicipal land, but community members of Papanana erected fences on it and occupied the land. This is despite the fact that in 2012, the chief in the area and residents were served with a court order. Mabengu said Umzimvubu Local Municipality urged all community members to take strong precautions before purchasing “vacant” land on “offer”. The municipality strongly condemns illegal land invasion and will proceed with the necessary legal action against the perpetrators involved,” she said. Community members who spoke to Express, who wanted to remain anonymous, vowed that they would continue invade the land because it belonged to them, not to the municipality.
Chairperson for UDM, Councillor Zakheni Nondaka, complained about Mhlontlo Local Municipality for misusing vehicles. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA
Woman (85) killed with axe DUTYWA police arrested a 34-year-old man for the alleged murder of an 85-year-old woman from Candu Village, Dutywa. It is alleged that the suspect, who was wearing a balaclava, entered the home of Silvia Thandiwe Dyasi (85) at Mabhleni Locality, Candu Village on Thursday, January 18 around 8.50pm. The suspect, armed with an axe, allegedly hacked the woman to death. The deceased was with her relative when she was murdered. The suspect ran away after murdering the deceased, but he was traced and arrested in Candu Village on Friday, January 20, at about 9pm. He appeared before the Dutywa Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a murder charge. At the time of going to print, the outcome of the court case was still unknown. Butterworth Cluster Commander Brigadier Trevor Mey condemned the murder of an elderly, defenceless woman.
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Water levels are declining due to lack of rain REPORTER MOST parts of the Eastern Cape are experiencing low dam levels as well as decreasing groundwater availability due to a lack of rain. The average dam levels in the province are below 60% – an indication that the drought is here in earnest. According to the Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is encouraging communities to continue using water wisely and sparingly
and to adhere to water restrictions that were imposed by the municipalities. The Algoa and Amatola Systems are struggling to increase their dam levels. Major dams in the Algoa Water Supply System, such as Kouga, are sitting at 7.90%, while Churchill Dam is at 19.29%, and Impofu and Groendal are at 44.12% and 51.80% respectively. Last week’s report stated that the Algoa System is sitting at 25.6%, whereas the previous week it was sitting at 26.3% – a drop of 0.7%. The Amatola System, with six dams serving the Buffalo City Metro, is at 79.2% this
week. A lack of rain is the main cause for the drought, which has led to the low dam levels. Xilinxa Dam is declining daily because of the high temperatures and it is sitting at 5.6% this week and Gcuwa Dam at 35.4%. Mthatha Dam and Tsomo Dam in the Chris Hani District area remain stable at 100%.
“The department is calling on all water users to be aware of the water shortage and to practice water-saving measures to reduce their daily water needs, thereby stretching the declining amounts of stored water, so that it lasts longer. “Communities are requested to use our toll-free call centre on 0800 200 200 to report any water issues,” Ratau said.
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Teachers vow to achieve highest pass rate BABALWA NDLANYA TEACHERS from Somagunya Senior Secondary School at Mbokothwana Locality in Qumbu have vowed to focus more on their learners, as they want to achieve a 90% matric pass rate this year. This was confirmed by the principal of the school, Zolisani Mbokothwana, during the visit of the MEC for Finance, Sakhumzi Somyo. Somyo was deployed in the OR Tambo district for the provincial government’s school visit programme. According to Mbokothwana, learners from Somagunya achieved a 70,1% pass rate in
2017, up from a 23,5% pass rate in 2016. “We had a partnership with the principal of St Johns College, Zolisa Magaqa, who gave us advice and kept on visiting us at our school. Even his teachers assisted us a lot. “The other thing was that learners who were doing Grade 12 stayed at the school and that alone gave us more time to conduct revision. Even the members of the school governing body and parents played a major role,” said Njokweni. He said this year they will continue working with St Johns College because they want to achieve a 90% pass rate. Njokweni said their plan this year was that they will host a parents’ meeting with the par-
ents of the learners who were in Grade 12 where they would make a pledge. “I am very happy about our achievement and I cannot forget the teachers I have. “They did a great job and this (improved pass rate) has motivated them a lot.” On the other side, Somyo appreciated what the school had done to improve their pass rate. “This is a very big achievement and we are happy to see that you are so dedicated in what you are doing because education is the key to success and you have to know that education is the three-legged pot. It needs leaners, parents and teachers to work together in order to obtain good results,” he said.
Finance MEC, Sakhumzi Somyo, visiting Somagunya Senior Secondary School. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA
Outcry over illtreatment of hospital patients SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE ill-treatment of patients, which allegedly took place at Isilimela Hospital in Port St Johns, has triggered the community and political parties to stand up and do a follow-up on such claims.
Derrick Madini next to a patient who was denied hospital access. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
The issues which raised the public ire included poor services, one doctor who services several locations in Port St Johns and Ngqeleni, as well as a lack of care for patients who were admitted to the hospital, while others were returned home even if they were in critical conditions. Owing to the seriousness of these claims, Derrick Madini, the PR councillor for the Democratic Alliance, took a stand to confirm the allegations and visited Isilimela Hospital on January 4.
His aim was to witness and verify community complaints. Speaking to Express, Madini expressed his agony of what he saw in the hospital. He saw a patient being turned away by the hospital because he had no referral letter from the clinic. He said even though he was denied a meeting with the management of the hospital because of the hospital policies, he was very hurt with what he saw in the hospital. “That person was very critical. There was no way the hospital could turn him away because of a lack of a referral letter. The hospital nurses said he had to come with a referral letter from the clinic in order to admit him. He was lying down outside the gate in a critical situation, in pain on a hot, sunny
day,” he said. Madini described the situation at Isilimela as the same as at the Esidimeni Hospital. “We are appealing to the government to take care of our people,” he said. Madini revealed there were several incidents which were reported where people even lost their lives because of poor care in the hospital, while other families were forced to take their relatives out of the hospital. Madini said this issue of referral letters needed to be revisited. The Eastern Cape spokesperson for the Department of Health, Sizwe Kupelo, responded to turning a patient away because of referral letters, said no one could be denied service, however, there were protocols that had to be adhered to. “We will have to investigate such a claim,” he concluded.
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Nigerian gospel artist plans to hit airwaves BABALWA NDLANYA
Tony ‘Great Stone’ Eze plans to hit the airwaves with his new CD. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
A NEW gospel artist from Nigeria, residing in East London, took a big step into the music industry with his award-winning debut single titled Winner-man. Now Tony “Great Stone” Eze is planning to complete his first full album and making his new video titled Kingdom this year. Eze said his single was well accepted by listeners who loved gospel music. He also won the best contemporary gospel song award at the third Kumkani FM Music Awards, which were held in December 2016. He also won two categories at the Gauteng Gospel Awards as the best male artist and best newcomer. “I lost my mother in October 2016, which encouraged me to make a special track in honour of my mom titled Tribute to My Mom. “My CD will consist of 10 songs and I can assure you that I am busy with finalising it now,” said Eze. He said he is hoping that this CD would be released by September this year and his music would mend the broken hearts of many p eople who had lost hop e in life.
New album consoles damaged souls SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE red-hot first album from the Mqanduli-born singer, Zine Gwadiso, was recorded with the intention of consoling damaged souls with the word of God. Gwadiso started 2018 with a big bang as her dream first album came out. Baba Ngiyakholwa was released recently and contains a message that heals those who are in pain. This new sensational gospel artist told Express in an exclusive interview last Friday that she was looking forward to her career in music and she believed she could fly and touch the sky. “I am a daughter of God. So, I decided to spread His word through music to help those who are in trouble.” She said the 11-track album accommodated everybody and it needed people to listen attentively to the message contained in the album. She said her love of music started in her church under Pastor Thembisile Mbele, who played a cardinal role in her life after she lost both her parents. She said at that time she was staying at Mbele’s place in Maxesibeni (Goso Locality) and backed Mbele’s church choir. Later on she came back to Mthatha and joined the Mqanduli Police Choir under Mboniseni ‘DK’ Mfana and later on worked with two Mthatha gospel gurus, Bulela M and Betusile Mcinga, as a backing vocalist. She also worked with many artists from this province including Mazwi Ntshangase, Lindelani Marashule, Fikile Diyo and many more. Zine said her aim was to release her own album. “My dream came true when I met Fuzile Apleni, who encouraged me to work on the album with his assistance. That’s when we managed to com-
pile and release this solid album,” said Zine. She thanked everybody who contributed to her career and appealed to her fans to support her and radio stations to play the music of local artists. “They will never go wrong by buying this album because it will heal their souls,” she concluded.
Zine Gwadiso. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE
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PEOPLE LIKE US ; Sine themba Madyibhi and Nangamso Sigaqana tied the knot recently. Here they are with Mbalentle Madyibhi and Katlego Sigaqana. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Yolisa Nompunga, Eliora Jasson and Razzley Richard in their classroom at Edukid Private School in Mthatha.
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Lizibone Mpukwana shows off his school bag on his first day at Modeli Private School in Mthatha. PHOTOS: BABALWA NDLANYA
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January 25, 2018 Mthatha Express
Community development through agriculture When talking about community development, it could mean a lot of things. Examples include infrastructure, electricity, water availability, access to roads and the development of schools and clinics, to name but a few. SIPOSETU JILATA from Agri EC (PTY) Ltd. recently shared her perspective on development through agriculture. THIS topic is one of my favourites as it deals with the development of communities, which is something I would love to see happening all over the world. One thing we all need to do is to start our own backyard vegetable or fruit gardens. This gives a lot of relief as it decreases your spending and also provides practice in basic fruit and vegetable farming. The nice thing about backyard gardens is that you can use all the vegetable and fruit peels as compost instead of buying fertiliser. However, in some cases, one may need to supplement with manure or other forms of fertilisers. Another thing we need to look at is the development of agri-hubs all over the country. Agri-hubs are very beneficial to small-scale farmers as they provide access to sustainable and profitable markets. This creates a network between farmers, buyers and other large businesses that could need stock from these small-scale farmers. It also boosts the local economy through job
creation. Another factor we need to look at is equipping people with agricultural skills to be able to farm for themselves. This will enhance their entrepreneurial abilities, give them the option of creating something for themselves and create jobs as well. We can approach this by training people in all agricultural scarce skills, e.g. agroprocessing. Fortunately, these skills can be passed on from generation to generation; so; this would be a continuous cycle where everyone would always benefit. The one mistake most small-scale farmers make is to farm without a goal, without a vision. This is very dangerous because it means you are just farming for the sake or having livestock or crops but do not have an end goal for these farming activities. Above all, we need to focus more attention on the agroprocessing side of things. There should be a lot of financial investment into skills and knowledge transfer of agroprocessing. What do we mean by agroprocessing? It
means the processing of raw materials into readily available products from the agricultural sector. Here are a few examples of how we can use agroprocessing to the best we can: . Dairy farmers can stop selling their milk to other companies. They can process it themselves to produce amasi, yoghurt, cheese, etc. . Vegetables farmers can produce atchaar, while those specialising in tomatoes can produce tomato sauce, and others dealing with sunflowers can produce oils for us. . Fruit farmers can produce jams and different types of fruit juices on their own. . Livestock farmers can take the skin from their animals and produce the finest blankets, jackets, mats and other clothing items. . Certain plants can be used to produce botanical pesticides. . Meat can be turned into biltong. The list is endless. These are only a few that were on the top of my head. For us to develop communities as much as
we can, we need determined individuals who have the same end goal. We need to have security for all our faming activities, clean drinking and irrigation water and a team of dedicated and skilled people to see this vision through. The results of agroprocessing will not be seen or felt immediately as it takes some time to penetrate an already existing market, but rest assured that it will yield good results. It requires patience and should, therefore, be considered a farmer’s long-term goal. ) Agri EC (PTY) Ltd is situated at 49 Cumberland Street, Mthatha. Services offered include business registrations, business plan developments and appraisals, marketing of agricultural products, assisting clients with accessing markets (formal and informal), agricultural advisory services throughout all the various agricultural food value chains, monitoring and evaluation linked to advisory services, linking clients with financial institutions and agritourism. Contact Siposetu Jilata on 076 024 6795 or send an email to email@example.com.
Xhosa King praises MEC’s support of black local farmers ANELE RAZIYA XHOSA King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu has urged the Eastern Cape Rural Development MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, to keep supporting black farmers by planting resources so that they can continue with their work. This followed after Qoboshiyane visited black famers in Nqadu Great Place recently to oversee the progress they have been making so far. Qoboshiyane’s visit started in the Mnquma Local Municipality area, where he was impressed by the progress of the black farmers he saw. The Mnquma farmers have already planted 1 700 hectares of maize in different villages, such as Thuthura, Nkente and Dondashe, all of which fall under the Centane area. In Mbhashe, they have planted 135 hectares in Nqadu Village, Willowvale, and their aim is to plant 3 000 hectares. Xhosa King Sigcawu has expressed his happiness about Qoboshiyane’s visit and emphasised that the government should follow all the projects to oversee their progress. “We need the government to make followups to oversee the progress of any project and
today, we are happy to see Qoboshiyane doing that so that he could help if there are challenges,” said King Sigcawu. He added that the government should also continue supporting black famers with farming resources so that they could create their own employment by planting seeds and selling their products at markets. King Sigcawu said they loved to plant maize, beans and other things and, if the government could continue supporting them in the next few years, the Eastern Cape will become the leading province in selling their products at markets. Qoboshiyane said the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform was working together with the Whip Hold organisation to ensure that they supported rural farmers and had already allocated an amount of nearly R30 million for the Mbhashe and Mnquma black farmers. “Our aim is to develop black farmers in rural areas and, as the department, we have put aside an amount estimated to be R8 million, plus R21 million from the Whip Hold organisation, so that we can assist our black farmers,” said Qoboshiyane He added that the black farmers had voiced the challenges they face, such as animals eat-
ing their maize and a need for the storage of their maize after they have harvested. Qoboshiyane said they would help farmers with fencing so that they could protect their maize and promised to speak with Eastern
Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle about the storage issue so that they could make a plan. Centane farmers said they were very happy about the support they had been receiving from the department.
< Eastern Cape Rural Development MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane during his recent visit to Thuthura Farm in the Centane area. PHOTO:ANELE RAZIYA
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ABC Motsepe League teams struggle ahead ANELE RAZIYA ABC MOTSEPE League side Butterworth FC is still struggling to get the maximum amount of points in their matches this year, while the Dutywa-based team, Matta Milan, continues playing to draws in the division. At the weekend Butterworth FC failed yet again to collect the maximum points when they played to a 2-2 draw against Port Elizabeth outfit City Lads at Motherwell Stadium.
Meanwhile, Matta Millan have played to a second consecutive draw since the start of the second round of the ABC Motsepe league. Milan played to a 1-1 draw against Spears of the Nation away from home on Saturday afternoon. The Dutywa outfit has played three games so far this year, of which they have drawn two against Sibanye FC and Spears of the Nation respectively and lost one 3-1 against SUBS at the beginning of January. Matta Milan is still rooted at the bottom of the log with 10 points after the 15 games
they have played so far, while Butterworth FC are sitting in position number nine with 18 points after 15 games this season. In the two previous games, Banzi Siyongwana’s (Butterworth FC) troops played to a 2-2 draw against FC Buffalo at WSU sport grounds recently, while in their first game they were thrashed 4-0 by Highbury FC. The East London-based Tornado FC is leading the log with 40 points after the 15 games they have played so far this season.
EC Bees 6-0 Try Again Future Tigers 2-1 SUBS FC Buffalo 0-6 Tornado FC Highbury 0-1 Mthatha City City Lads 2-2 Butterworth FC Bizana Pondo Chiefs 3-1 PE Stars Spears 1-1 Matta Milan
Other ABC Motsepe league results Lion City 0-2 Sibanye FC
Mthatha Bucks supporters hope for better results ANELE RAZIYA NATIONAL First Division (NFD) league side Mthatha Bucks’ supporters are hoping that their favourite team will turn things around when they host Mbombela United at Mthatha Stadium this weekend. The struggling Mthatha Bucks suffered their first defeat this year at the hands of their old rivals, Stellenbosch FC, in Cape Town at the weekend. Cape Town side Stellenbosch FC beat the relegation side, Mthatha Bucks, by 2-1 at Parow Park. The Mthatha outfit was gunning for the maximum number of points in the game after they played to a disappointing 3-3 draw against KwaZulu-Natal side Royal Eagles at Mthatha Stadium recently. Unfortunately, the Cape Town-based team was equal to the task. Since the second round of the NFD league kicked off this month, Mthatha Bucks have already played three games, of which they have drawn two and lost one. Duncan Lechesa’s chargers are currently sitting at the bottom of the log with 15 points after the 18 games they have played so far this season. Amathol’amnyama, as Mthatha Bucks are affectionately known, will need to turn things around when they host the on-form Mbombela United, who are sit-
ting in position number six of the log with 25 points after the 17 games they have played. In the January transfer window, Bucks have signed more than five players to strengthen their squad in an effort to escape the relegation zone, but it seems the newly signed players are still finding their feet. The last time Mthatha Bucks won a league encounter was in October last
year when they defeated Cape Town All Stars 2-1 during a home game. On the other hand, Lechesa’s troops have been tossed in with Absa Premiership side Amazulu in the competition of the Nedbank Cup last 32 that will be played soon. The game between Bucks and United will be played at Mthatha Stadium on Saturday afternoon and supporters are urged to come early.
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