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PEACE TREATY FAILS TO END VIOLENCE

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Blood spills again in Mthatha taxi war

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ESPITE a number of interventions by the provincial government which resulted in signing a peace accord in Mthatha in April last year, a few months down the line, blood has spilt again on the routes leading to Mthatha, in both the streets and in the taxi ranks. The battle is between Uncedo Service Taxi Association (Usta) and Border Alliance Taxi Association (Bata). In the peace agreement which was signed together with MEC for Transport Weziwe Tikana, all the parties committed to peace and to strive for unity and stability within their areas of operation in the OR Tambo District. Counting the number of incidents related to taxi violence since the beginning of this year in the area, it seems as though that calling fell on deaf ears. At the time of going to print, five people were injured while three lost their lives in incidents related to taxi violence in Mthatha. In a recent incident, two men working as “touters” for Uncedo Service Taxi Association, aged between 30 and 32, were shot by unknown gunmen at Elliot Street in Mthatha CBD.

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It is alleged that the victims were busy touting (organising passengers for taxis) when they were attacked by the two unknown gunmen who alighted from a white Polo Vivo with an unknown registration number. The 30-year-old man died on the scene while the 32-year-old was rushed to hospital with multiple wounds to his upper body. According to the police report, the attack was associated with the taxi violence that is going on in Mthatha. The police report revealed that seven cartridges and one projectile of the 9mm pistol were picked from the scene. Incidents of shootings in Mthatha were as follows: A 49-year-old man was shot and injured in his upper body at Misty Mount in Libode along R61 on January 24. It is alleged that he was shot by unknown gunmen who were passing by in a Toyota Corolla. In another incident, a 39-year-old man was shot at from a parked Toyota Quantum at Misty Mount again on the same date while he was offloading the passengers, but he and his passengers managed to escape unhurt. A 30-year-old man and his 34-year-old colleague were shot and injured at Corhana along R61 on January 25. Continued on page 4

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Family kidnapped during Tsolo armed robbery SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE A FAMILY and their domestic worker were kidnapped from their home in Mbutho locality, about 10km away from Tsolo, by six unknown gunmen. The police report revealed that one family member was a supervisor at Thurston Liquor store in Tsolo. At the time of the incident, the family

were sleeping at home. The suspects arrived at the family’s home, kicked the door open and kidnapped the family, taking them to Tsitsa River between Tsolo and Qumbu. It is further alleged that two of the suspects stayed at Tsitsa River to guard the other family members while four suspects drove to the liquor store with the member of the family who was the store supervisor. On their arrival at the shop, the suspects

demanded money, safe keys and liquor at gunpoint. Provincial spokesperson Captain Khaya Thonjeni said the police were alerted and arrived when the suspects were about to exit the liquor store. He said that the suspects fired a number of shots at the police and there was an exchange of fire. “The suspects managed to flee with an undisclosed amount of cash which was the

cash float, leaving the safe and liquor behind,” he said. He said the police were looking for six unknown gunmen in connection with the case. “Anyone with information should contact their nearest police station. Confidentiality is guaranteed,” said Thonjeni. Later on the family was released unharmed by the robbers who were guarding them while their accomplices were at the liquor store.

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Fleet of cars seized in Ngqeleni area

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IT seems as if Ngqeleni is a hive of car theft following the number of stolen vehicles that were recovered in different areas of the town.

POLICE from Msobomvu Police Station in Butterworth are investigating a case of concealment of birth after a foetus (stillborn baby girl) was found at a rubbish dump. Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha confirmed the incident. “It was found at Walter Sisulu University, Bika Campus in Butterworth, not far from the residence of both the female and male students,” said Manatha. He said it was also believed that the foetus was dumped on the night of January 29. No one had been arrested yet. ) In another incident, police officers from Dutywa are following all the leads that could contribute to the arrest of suspects who were found in possession of eight sheep at Lusizini locality in Dutywa. Manatha confirmed the incident, stating that the Butterworth Cluster OCC members were patrolling around Butterworth when they saw a van, whose occupants were behaving suspiciously, and they gave chase. “The suspects stopped the van and ran away on foot. Eight sheep were found inside the van. A case of stock theft is being investigated.”

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Ten Hyundai H100 minitrucks were confiscated at Ntshilini locality and Ngqeleni town following an intelligence-driven operation that was conducted by Mthatha K9 and Mthatha VCI last week January 29 to 30.

Business robbery suspect still at large SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE FOUR suspects, with their ages ranging between 25 and 30, were arrested after they had robbed a shop in Ngqeleni town on Sunday. The police report said that about six suspects, armed with rifles, robbed a shop, run by foreign nationals, of an undisclosed amount of cash at gunpoint. The suspects fled the scene in a red Volkswagen Fox and a Toyota Avanza. During the police chase that followed, there was a shoot-out between the police and suspects where a 39-year-old constable was injured in his lower body and was rushed to hospital. He was in a stable condition. The report said the police continued to make chase and one suspect was arrested in the Toyota Avanza while five other suspects fled to a nearby forest at KwaNtaka locality in Ngqeleni. During an intensive search operation by NIU, CI, Madeira, Ngqeleni and Libode officers another shoot-out ensued and one suspect, aged around 27, was fatally wounded, while two other suspects were arrested in the forest. According to the police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Thonjeni, two more suspects were arrested at Corhana, driving a red Volkswagen Fox. He said an R4 rifle with double magazine, four live rifle rounds, a 9mm pistol, a magazine with one live round and some of the money that was stolen were confiscated. Thonjeni said one suspect was still at large. All the suspects were expected to appear before Ngqeleni Magistrate’s Court and the firearms will be sent for ballistic testing. Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza said, “We wish our colleague a speedy recovery and we salute him for his bravery. I wish to applaud all those who were involved in a day-long operation. “It is good to show the suspects that they don’t belong to our society, but they belong behind bars.”

According to the police report all the vehicles’ engine numbers were tampered with. Provincial spokesperson Captain Khaya Thonjeni said each vehicle’s cost was estimated to be worth R120 000. Thonjeni said all the vehicles were found abandoned. He said the investigation is underway to establish where these vehicles come from and who owned them. Meanwhile, in the same operation, a 31year-old man was arrested in Ngqeleni town.

The man, who was a taxi driver, was found in a possession of a home-made rifle hidden next to the engine of a Quantum he was driving. According to Thonjeni, the vehicle was also confiscated and the rifle will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if it cannot be linked to recent taxi violence incidents which occurred in the OR Tambo region. The suspect is expected to appear before court soon facing a charge of possession of an illegal firearm.

DA leaders visit Nqadu Great Place REPORTER THE provincial leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape, Nqaba Bhanga, visited the King of AmaXhosa, Zwelonke Sigcau in Nqadu Great Place in Willowvale on Saturday. Nqaba was accompanied by the DA leader from the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Member of Parliament, (MP) Bobby Stevenson, DA Member of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), MP Vusumzi Magwebu, Phesheya Kwenciba constituency leader MP Chantel King, and DA spokesperson, Mlindi Nhanha. “I presented gifts to the king on behalf of DA federal leader, Mmusi Maimane. “After my election as DA provincial leader in the Eastern Cape last year, I made a commitment to visit the kingdoms in the province,” said Bhanga. He said the initiative forms part of an Eastern Cape DA leadership programme launched last year when they met with Tradi-

tional House of Leaders chairperson Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana and members of his executive committee. Bhanga said he was delighted with the manner in which the meeting took place. He said the DA in the Eastern Cape was experiencing radical growth, particularly in the rural areas of the former Transkei and as a result, it was necessary for them to have an ongoing programme of engagement with traditional leaders, as they are campaigning extensively in their kingdoms. “We will continue fostering harmonious working relationships with our traditional leaders for the betterment of our communities.” Sigcau said he was very happy about the gift and did not expect it. “What I can say is that my Great Place is open to any political leaders; I am not a king of certain people with a certain political party but a king of all those who pay allegiance to the monarch of AmaXhosa; those who respect kings and traditional leaders,” said Sigcau.

Members of the Democratic Alliance posed in Nqadu Great Place.

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3 Pharmacist makes history in Mount Fletcher News

February 8, 2018 Mthatha Express

REPORTER FOR more than a century, residents in Mount Fletcher had to travel at least 120km to access private pharmaceutical services, but that is now a thing of the past – thanks to Vumile Mzinzi. Residents from the small town had to cough up R70 for taxi fare to travel to and from Maclear – the nearest town, which is 62km away – to access pharmaceutical services. Others had to pay R100 taxi fare to and from Matatiele, which is 70km away. Mount Fletcher is a rural town in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality, situated at Elundini Local Municipality. The only available pharmaceutical service

in Mount Fletcher was the local Taylor Bequest Hospital which was restricted to inpatients. But 30-year-old University of Western Cape pharmacy graduate Mzinzi brought the services closer to residents when he opened Ithalomso Pharmacy (Colbert Trading Enterprise) in April last year. Mzinzi graduated in 2010 and had been working as a pharmacist at Nelson Mandela Central Hospital in Mthatha before “his lifechanging decision’’ to open his own business in Mount Fletcher. However, he conceded that starting the business, especially in a place where there was none before, was “hectic” to say the least. In fact, he argued that it actually required a lot of research and consultations to ensure

Ithalomso Pharmacy owner Vumile Mzinzi helping customers at his pharmacy in Mount Fletcher.

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that he was investing in a business that would be viable. “I decided to take a risk and open the pharmacy here and I realised that there has never been a pharmacy in this town. “I travelled across all the towns (in the region) and found Mount Fletcher to be a suitable place to run the business and I see prospects of growth. My business is now over a year old and so far it’s doing well with a promising future,” said Mzinzi. By opening the pharmacy and thus bringing the much-needed services closer to the community, the Ngcobo-born pharmacist also created employment opportunities for eight residents from the surrounding villages. The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) helped finance and draw up his business plan as well as with the necessary information to approach other financial institutions. “The business plan helped me because it opened doors of other funders and here is the pharmacy operating,’’ a proud Mzinzi said. ECDC head of risk capital, Phakamisa George, said financing Ithalomso’s business plan falls perfectly within ECDCs risk capital function. This facility assists entrepreneurs with the development of their business ideas up to a stage where they are able to meet the often stringent requirements of financiers. “This support takes the form of facilitation, feasibility studies, development and testing of prototypes, regulatory compliance costs, such as environmental impact assessments, water licences and business plans. ECDC is pleased that it fulfilled this obligation with Ithalomso allowing the pharmacy to secure third-party funding,” George said. When the pharmacy was opened last year, residents rejoiced as that meant they did

not have to go to other towns for the service. Mthatha-based King Sabata Dalindyebo municipal councillor Archbishop Tshepo Machaea, whose parental home is in Mount Fletcher and frequents the areas, described the opening of Ithalomso Pharmacy as a financial relief for residents. “The people of Mount Fletcher got sick like the people of any other area and would go to doctors who would write a prescription to take to a pharmacy,” said Machaea. “Those people had to travel about a total of 140km [to and from] Matatiele or of about 130km [to and from] Maclear and had to pay between R70 and R100 on taxi fares only to get prescribed medication. “Now that a pharmacy has been opened right here in town, residents who want to access pharmaceutical services will save a lot of money and time on transportation,’’ said Machaea.

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Taxi turf war spirals out of control as peace deal fails Continued from page 1 THE police report revealed that the victims were shot at by unknown gunmen in a white Toyota Corolla and a Toyota Quantum. Eighteen cartridges from a 9mm pistol were picked up at the scene. In another incident, a passenger was shot and injured at Gxulu. Last, a 32-year-old man, who was a taxi driver, and his 26-year-old passenger were shot at by an unknown gunman at the corner of Xhosana and Pondo Streets in Ngangelizwe on January 25. The driver died instantly while the passenger sustained injuries to his upper body and was rushed to hospital. Fifteen cartridges from a rifle were found on the scene. In all these incidents, at the time of going

to print, there had been no arrests. Meanwhile, the provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, has assigned a taxi violence task team to look for those responsible for the OR Tambo shooting incidents. “Our job is to restore law and order in Mthatha and its surroundings. Every breakthrough we achieve takes us a step towards our objective,” said Ntshinga. The leadership of both associations have called for peace, stating that they have been calling on their members not to resort to violence, regardless of what the differences were about. MEC Weziwe Tikana and Provincial Commission­ er Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga in one of meetings to maintain peace in Mthatha where taxi violence has flared up. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE

Mnquma Municipality begins process to appoint new manager ANELE RAZIYA MNQUMA Local Municipality Executive Mayor Thobeka Bikitsha recently revealed that they have started compiling the shortlist of candidates who will be competing for the position of Mnquma Local Municipality manager.

Mnquma Local Municipality Executive Mayor Thobeka Bikitsha recently announced that the municipality has started compiling a shortlist for the vacant position of municipal manger.

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This follows the municipality’s first council meeting of the year which took place at Msobomvu Community Hall. Mnquma Local Municipality has been operating without a municipal manager since May last year when Sindile Tantsi passed away in a car accident. Tantsi’s death left a vacancy in the municipality. The Mnquma council decided to appoint Zonwabele Plata to take on the duties of the position until the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs ap-

pointed Themba Hani to take over. Bikitsha said the municipality had received many CVs for the position and the process of shortlisting candidates had already started. “We can assure you that the process of shortlisting has already started and interviews will be done soon,” she said. She assured the public that their plan was to employ a municipal manager before the end of February. An opposition party in the Mnquma Council, the United Democratic Movement, said it was long overdue, but they were happy that at last the manager vacancy would be filled. UDM chief whip Zama Mqolo said the municipality should employ someone who was qualified for the position and who would be able to deliver, instead of hiring someone because he or she was a card-carrying member of the ruling party.

Jubilation as National Health Insurance pilot clinics come on line REPORTER THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has brought joy and jubilation to the hearts of many rural families in the Eastern Cape and heightened expectations in the province of the Free State by launching the first National Health Insurance clinics. According to a statement, the CDC – an implementing agent on behalf of the national Department of Health – is currently launching a total of 11 clinics accumulatively valued at R457 million.

“The projects consist of eight clinics valued at R257 million in the Eastern Cape and has seen scores of job opportunities created with more than 486 people in the province being able to provide for their families (during construction),” CDC said. The work undertaken by the CDC late last year saw the successful completion of three clinics in Maxwele, Nkanga and Nolitha, accumulatively valued at R75 million from the OR Tambo District in the Eastern Cape, while a further five remaining clinics are envisioned to be completed later this year. CDC’s head of marketing, brand and com-

munications, Ayanda Vilakazi, said the jobs created in the Eastern Cape through these projects had resulted in a vast improvement of the lives of the communities in the areas where the clinics were constructed. “Two of the first clinics to be completed – Nkanga and Maxwele – have been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including accommodation for the staff. The aforementioned clinics form part of the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot projects and are blue print facilities for the Ideal Clinic programme currently under development by the national Department of Health,” Vilakazi said.

She said it’s envisioned that NHI will cover services that are delivered on a people-centered integrated health care service platform to ensure a more responsive and accountable health system that takes into account socioeconomic factors while prioritising vulnerable communities. “A platform such as this would be able to improve user satisfaction, lead to a better quality of life, as well as improve health outcomes across the country. “In essence, the NHI will be contributing towards the reduction of poverty and inequalities,” Vilakazi concluded.

The state of the Maxwele clinic and staff accom­ modation before renovations.

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UDM veteran laid to res BABALWA NDLANYA A MEMBER of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in Qumbu was laid to rest at her home at Zilandana Locality in Qumbu last week. Phindiwe Bevu (74 ) was one of the ANC councillors who worked hard to establish the Mhlontlo Local Municipality after the end of the transitional local council (TLC). According to the chairperson for the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Councillor Zakheni Nondaka, Bebu became a member of the UDM in 2016. He said even though Bevu was an elderly person, they learnt a lot from her, as she was one

of the people who went into exile during apartheid. “We have lost someone who had a history in this country and a person who was feeding us knowledge all the time. “We can proudly say that when she was a councillor of Mhlontlo Local Municipality, she did not think of doing anything corrupt or using the funds of the municipality to uplift her own standard of living,” said Nondaka. He said they wished all other councillors could learn a lot from her in providing service delivery to needy people. Bevu’s grandson, Ncedile Bevu, said their grandmother was blessed with 38 grandchildren.

Vetaran politician, Phindiwe Bevu, was laid to rest at her home. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA

Date for permit submission extended REPORTER THE Department of Home Affairs has extended the closing date for payments and submission of supporting documents and biometrics (finger prints) for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) to February 15, this year. In a statement release, the department said the cut-off date was initially November 30, last year and was extended to January 31, this year in the hope that all those who had applied online would have made

the necessary payment and provide the required supporting documents and biometrics. “By January 29, a total of 176 605 applicants completed the entire process, which includes honouring their appointments with VFS and submitting supporting documents and biometrics. “The extension is only for submitting biometrics and supporting documents at 10 VFS offices, as well as for those who had submitted online applications by November 30 but did not pay the prescribed fee. New applications will not be accept-

ed,” the statement read. The department plans to have completed the whole project, including finalising adjudications and issuing all new permits, by the end of September this year. “ZEP permit holders will be allowed to work, study or conduct business in South Africa. The ZEP permits are valid for a maximum period of four years, effective from January 1, this year and expiring on December 31, 2021, notwithstanding the date of issue. “Exemption permits, like the ZEP permits, are not permanent or long-term.

They only serve a specific purpose with a view ultimately to have people returning to their countries of origin, to build their lives anew,” the department said. ) Location/offices for payment and submission of ZEP supporting documents and biometrics on the corner of Leeds and Owen Streets in Mthatha; 58 Stanford Street in Libode; 10 Crowther Street in Ngqeleni; 75 West Gate Street in Port St Johns; 16 Stanford Street in Lusikisiki; 20 Main Street in Flagstaff and 99 Thurston Street in Tsolo.

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6 Fast-food franchise king remains humble News

February 8, 2018 Mthatha Express

REPORTER DESPITE owning 11 fast-food outlets in four towns in the Eastern Cape, Sicelo Mntonga still regards himself as an emerging entrepreneur. In his string of franchise stores, the new baby on the block is the Debonairs Pizza store situated at the newly opened Idutywa Mall in Idutywa. He started the store with a R2 million loan he received from the Eastern Cape Development Cooperation (ECDC). The outlet started operations in December 2016 and employs 21 people. Mntonga said that he had a long-standing relationship with ECDC, which had invested a total of more than R12 million into his ventures over the years. Today Mntonga employs more than 350 people across the four towns. “ECDC made it possible for me to realise my dream and to apply my passion for entrepreneurship. When I started, I only had the vision but had no resources and ECDC effectively came to the rescue. “ECDC opened doors for me, provided the needed funds and I benefitted from lucrative opportunities presented by the Debonairs Pizza franchise. “They made my dream of personal and skills

development a reality,’’ Mntonga said. The Mthatha-based businessman boasts a wealthy resume as a restaurateur, spanning 13 years which has seen him operating stores in Idutywa, Mthatha and Butterworth, while a fourth store is in Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal. His franchises include Debonairs Pizza, Wimpy, Steers and Mugg and Bean – all of which fall under the Famous Brands group. Of the eight Debonairs Pizza restaurants, five are in Mthatha and one in Dutywa, one in Butterworth and one in Kokstad. All three the Wimpy stores are in Mthatha, as is the Mugg and Bean restaurant. He has only one Steers, based in Butterworth. ‘’My passion is to work with people, to develop people, afford entrepreneurship opportunities to our people and improve their lives. “This was my passion from the beginning and I am happy that many people are benefiting,’’ the Ntabankulu-born businessman said. Mntonga has assisted many to become entrepreneurs by offering them partnerships in his business ventures without upfront capital. “Most of our people could make good entrepreneurs or business people, but funding is a barrier in their lives.” ECDC head of development finance and business support Tandeka Rozani said the corporation’s support for Mntonga’s ventures was in

Sicelo Mntonga owns 11 fast­food outlets in four towns. line with its commitment to extending its reach to deserving entrepreneurs in all corners of the province. “This is particularly true for those entrepreneurs based in underserved and largely rural areas. ECDC’s loan instruments are targeted to

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reach entrepreneurs in areas, such as where Mntonga’s businesses are located. “He has demonstrated the skills, acumen and temperament of the type of entrepreneur ECDC intends to cultivate throughout the Eastern Cape,” Rozani said.

Young Mthatha-born chef cooks up a storm in Texas REPORTER MTHATHA-BORN Wandile Mabija is proof that South African-trained chefs are going places and making an impact on other parts of the world. The 24-year-old graduated from the Capsicum Culinary Studio’s Port Elizabeth campus in June last year and now finds himself – just over six months later – as a chef at The Fairmont Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas. The 37-storey Fairmont is the largest and second tallest hotel in the state with over a thousand richly appointed guest rooms and

suites. Sharing his story of how he ended up in Texas, Mabija said, after he had graduated with a diploma in cooking and food preparation from Capsicum, he applied at a travel agency, called OVC, and they assisted him with getting the job. “They made sure everything was done to perfection, from visa applications to accommodation,” he said. “It was tough to leave my family behind, but it was an opportunity too good to pass up.” So, with mixed emotions, the excitement of going overseas for the first time combined with the sadness of leaving friends and fami-

ly behind, Mabija headed off to the United States with no idea what awaited him. “When I first arrived in Austin, it was a bit challenging as I knew nothing about the place and how to go around. I had to learn which bus to take to get to work. I had to also search for places to buy groceries. “To be honest it was an exciting yet challenging experience. It was my first time out of South Africa, so this trip was everything I had dreamt of.” Having always had a love for cooking, Mabija said his mother really pushed and supported him to follow his culinary calling. “I decided to go to one of the open days at

the Capsicum Port Elizabeth campus and I fell in love with the school. That’s where my journey began.” Asked where he sees himself in five years’ time, he said, “Five years from now I want to have travelled to as many countries as possible and learn as much as I can and as much as I need to so as to reach my dream of owning my own restaurant.” Mabija’s ultimate dream apart from owning his restaurant is to one day be able to give back to the needy. “Not just normal food but food that can change their lives. I really want to give back as much as I can,” he concluded.

Beauty princess spends birthday donating school uniform to needy learners SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE 2017 first princess in Miss Heritage South Africa has spent her birthday wisely by donating school uniforms to Nyanisweni Junior Secondary School (JSS) in Qumbu. Babalwa Nomatshaka, from the small rural town of Tsolo, said it was always her wish to bring change to the poor, even before she started a journey of Miss Heritage last year. “When I started the Miss Heritage South Africa journey, I lived by these words, and I still do... ‘You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never

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repay you’. They have kept me going and pushing against all odds, to ensure that the less fortunate are recognised. “It’s really hard for children to excel at school, while their inability to afford school uniform keeps them from attending school. “I planned to spend my day with these children. Seeing a young boy walking barefoot at the school and also seeing the smile on his face after receiving his brand-new school uniform; seeing a young girl whose shoes didn’t fit but was adamant on putting them on; seeing a young girl who didn’t have any school uniform but wanted education, receiving her uniforms; seeing the smiles on those children’s faces. Those moments validated to me that this was worth it,” said Nomatshaka. She stressed that her heart was so full of joy. “These are the moments I live for. “This is something nobody can ever take

Babalwa Nomat­ shaka, in the middle, with learners and teachers of Nyanisweni JSS in Qumbu after she donated school uniforms.

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away from me. I literally stopped myself from shedding tears. “I was so excited for them and myself. This was the best birthday I’ve ever had. “I will forever praise the Lord for creating in me a giving and loving heart. Now, I know those little children will be excited to go to school,” she said.

Nomatshaka expressed her gratitude to Gabhele Project Managers (PTY) Ltd. and Songo Aluminium for sponsoring her initiative, individuals who supported her, family and friends. The school has welcomed the donation, stating that it will make a huge change to the poor.

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BABALWA NDLANYA A MULTITALENTED young man from Hillcrest in Mthatha is playing a major role in grooming the talent of young people at Mthatha Arts Academy. Luyanda Magazi said they decided to start this academy with the aim of developing and uplifting the standards of artists from various categories in Mthatha and surrounding areas. Magazi said he is a singer and a song writer. “I am also singing in the Zammore Band which was established since 2010. “The experience I got from this band led me to work with a lot of artists.

“I also train artists who want to sing,” said Magaza. He said music was a calling and he knew as a child that when he grew up that one day he would be a singer. He and his group had released a single titled Ithemba Lam. Magazi said the single was released in 2015 and was still available to download on Datafilehost. “People can download it and they can also like our Facebook page (Zammore). “I can proudly say that we are very happy to develop something that is coming from our hearts.” He encouraged people to come and join Mthatha Arts Academy because it is free.

Luyanda Magazi wants to groom young artists for future success at the Mthatha Arts Academy. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA


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Nal’ibali shares joy of reading with Mthatha kids HOSEYA JUBASE NAL’IBALI, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, sparked celebrations of World Read Aloud Day across South Africa on February 1 to educate the youth about the importance and power of reading aloud and sharing stories. As part of the celebrations, the Yelethi Eliphulo Foundation visited Sinovuyo Disa-

Elin Sternersen, a physiotherapist from Cenzibe Hospital, assessing one of the children at Sinovuyo Disabled Children’s Centre.

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bled Children’s Centre in Tabase, Mthatha, where the children were given the opportunity to express themselves and show off their listening skills while reading stories. Nal’ibali embarks on this campaign each and every year to raise awareness for the power of reading aloud and sharing stories in children’s literacy development and they issue a special story in certain languages and select individual adults to read it to the children across the country. This year’s awareness campaign followed the release of the results of a global literacy study revealing the magnitude of South Africa’s literacy crisis. It stated that 78% of Grade 4 learners cannot read with understanding in any language. Sinovuyo Disabled Children’s Centre caregiver Nozukile Hadi said she was happy with the Yelethi Eliphulo Foundation’s visit to the school but very disappointed in how the government failed to deliver service to the centre. “Our reason for opening this centre is that disabled children are victims of abuse around the country, but our government still fails to support us though we trying to take care of disabled children.” Hadi said they were suffering as there was no electricity or food and some of the parents failed to pay for their children’s care. The centre was donated and built by Elin Sternersen and Anne Kiaer from Oslo University in Norway three years ago. Meanwhile, Yelethu Eliphulo Foundation founder Bongiwe Nomaqumba said Nal’ibali was targeting 100 000 children across the country to be part of this programme. She said this year’s World Read Aloud

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Bongiwe Maqumba reads a story to the children in celebration of World Read Aloud Day.

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Day story was written by Nal’ibali author Zukiswa Wanner. Nal’ibali celebrated the day by commissioning a brand-new story and translating it in South Africa’s 11 official languages. Nal’ibali also partnered with Blind SA and the Sign Language and Education Development (SLED) to ensure that children in deaf and blind communities were able to enjoy the story through the production of a braille story card and digital video in South

Artist spreading his wings BABALWA NDLANYA AN artist from Qokolweni in Mthatha is dreaming about taking his artwork to new heights. Nangamso Mgwetyana is one of the people who display their work at the Mthatha Airport and in the Mthatha Arts Academy. Talking with Express, he said he developed a love of drawing while he was still young. “When I was at high school, one of my teachers saw my work and took me to the Mthatha Arts Academy. “I then went to Russel Road College in Port

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African sign language. According to Nal’ibali managing director Jade Jacobsohn, reading aloud, particularly in one’s home language, is one of the most important things caregivers can do for children. “By exposing them to the sophisticated words and language not common in conversation, this simple activity helps young children and even babies build a strong language foundation and develop their vocabularies,” Jacobsohn said.

Elizabeth where I studied textile design,” said Mgwetyana. In one of his artworks, Mgwetyana had drawn a picture of well-known gospel singer Bethusile Mcinga. He said the picture was then given as a present to the singer by his record company. “To be an artist is not easy because there are a lot of challenges. Even when you want the material you need, you have to travel to a lot of places in order to get it.” He said even though there are some challenges in this industry, he always enjoys his art because he is doing something that comes from his heart.

Nangamso Mgwetyana demonstrating the picture of the gospel singer, Bethusile Mcinga, that he drew. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA


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Pass rate rises almost 30% after NECT intervention HOSEYA JUBASE

PHONDOLWENDLOVU Senior Secondary School praised the role played by the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) in creating a good working relationship between parents, teachers and the school governing body (SGB) to promote the spirit of Ubuntu in the school. School principal Zolani Lungu said that since the NECT intervention, the matric school results rose to 81% in 2017, compared to 54% in 2016. On January 31, during the NECT and OR Tambo education officials’ visit to the school, the elated principal promised to achieve 100% this year. Lungu said when he was appointed as principal in 2012, the school was in bad shape with an inappropriate structure and underperforming learners. He added that the intervention of NECT, their visibility, and particularly how they

trained the parents, the SGB and learners how to conduct extra classes, was really helpful. NECT is a national educational programme divided into three departments that respectively focus on school management, parents and teaching and learning to provide expert advice on critical subjects, such as Mathematics and Physical Sciences. In 2013, Phondolwendlovu SSS achieved only a 28% pass rate, which has steadily increased to the 81% of last year. It improved in 2014 to 34% and in 2015 to 38% before taking a leap in 2016 to 54%. “It was not an easy journey at all. I remember in 2013, the community was divided about who will lead the school as principal. Some wanted me, others wanted to appoint a local principal. “The school was even burnt down, but in the end, I was appointed and immediately I introduced new systems,” Lungu said. “There was no distinction between the

Some of the Grade 12 learners from Phondolwendlovu Senior Secondary School with NECT members, teachers and officials from the OR Tambo Department of Education.

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governing body and management. First, we had to distinguish between the SGB’s role and what the role of parents, teachers and learners are in the institution. “The NECT contribution and other organisations were very helpful and we managed to turn things around. I am very happy with 81%, but this year we are aiming for 100%.” Lungu agreed that school transport was still a problem for them because they used one bus to transport all the children. “We are a rural school, surrounded by many villages. Some of our learners travel more than 70km, but we managed to persuade the parents that the Grade 12 learners must not benefit from this transport; instead, they need to look for rooms next to the school because we need them to be available.” Sitembiso Mhlungu, a parent and community involvement coach for NECT, said this innovation came out of research that indicated that learners perform well when

parents are directly involved in their careers. “We select parents that are influential in their community and have interest in the education and involve them in school activities. “Parents also assist in programmes to enhance the environment of the school, like cleaning and directly assisting teachers with learners’ programmes.” Mhlungu said they are aiming to close the gap between the parents and the teachers, and also allow the parents to access the school to prevent vandalism by the community. A Grade 12 learner, Botomane Sanele (19), said the NECT programmes was very helpful because they educate them about respect and working hard. Botomane, who was raised by a single parent, said that being a mathematics leader did not mean he’s better than other learners, but that he can assist others to help them pass Grade 12.

From left are Phondolwendlovu Senior Secondary School principal, Zolani Lungu, matric learners Botomane Sanele (19) and Siguqa Anelisa (17), and Khululwa Maqokolo (Life Orientation teacher).

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New Safa boss outlines mission for OR Tambo SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE newly elected South African Football Association (Safa) president in the OR Tambo region vowed to bring change and put in place many developments in the region. Sandile Nowalaza was elected in a recently elective congress which was held in Mthatha. The former vice president to Xolile Nkompela has three new vice presidents – Zwelinzima Swebe, Tobius Xakeka and Zodwa Maphetshana – while Mzwandile Siqaza was elected as the treasurer. Speaking to Express, Nowalaza said his first priority was the development of women in football by appointing them in positions of administration, coaching and refereeing. “I want to improve the SAB team standard so

that we shall have more teams in the ABC Motsepe league. We stand a chance of having a team that can be promoted to the National First Division. I want to strengthen the junior league division starting from under-nine to under-17 and make sure that all teams have juniors,” he said. He said it is also topping his mission of looking for sponsors so that they can have tournaments in the OR Tambo region. “This will attract more teams to join Safa. “We need to engage the municipalities to supply infrastructure because there are no suitable fields, even for SAB League teams,” said Nowalaza. He also stressed that he wanted to capacitate referees at LFA level and coaches. “We have noticed that the most coaches don’t have coaching qualifications, so we need to tackle that,” he concluded.

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These women in traditional outfits were spotted by the Express crew at a traditional ceremo­ ny in Tyumbu, Mthatha. PHOTOS: SIM MDLEDLE

Nozakhe Hlengane celebrated her daughter Likhwezi’s birthday with her brothers, Zingce and Valentino, in Mthatha.

Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa and Zukile Luyenge were seen attending an event in Mthatha. Communi­ ty members carried Thandaza Mketho’s coffin to her grave during her funeral in Ngqeleni last Saturday.

New OR Tambo Safa president Sandile Nowalaza (centre), flanked by vice presidents Zwelinzima Swebe, Zodwa Maphetshana, Tobius Xakeka and Mzwandile Siqaza (treasurer). PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Unlucky Butterworth FC lose against strong Tornado FC side ANELE RAZIYA THE woes continue for ABC Motsepe league side, Butterworth FC while log leaders, Tornado FC, continue their domination of the league, where they have been on top since last year. This past weekend Butterworth FC suffered their second successive loss when they were beaten 3-1 by log leaders Tornado FC at Walter

Sisulu University sports ground on the Bika Campus on Saturday afternoon. The Butterworth outfit’s supporters were hoping that their team would turn things around when they hosted the East Londonbased team, but things did not go in the home side’s favour as they lost all three points. The home side was beaten for the second time in a space of 8 days at their home ground. Recently they were beaten by Bizana Pondo

Chiefs 1-0 in front of their supporters at Bika. Butterworth FC remain rooted to 11th position with 18 points after the 17 games they have played so far. Meanwhile, log leaders Tornado FC is leading the ABC Motsepe league table with 46 points after 17 games they have played and it is clear that the East London-based team is cruising towards the title because the second placed side, EC Bees, have 35 points - 11 points

Bucks disappoint supporters with yet another defeat ANELE RAZIYA THE hot and cold National First Division (NFD) league side, Mthatha Bucks, is still struggling to win two games in a row. Over the weekend Mthatha Bucks supporters were hoping that their team would continue collecting the maximum amount of points when they faced Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandile, but things did not go in their favour. Bucks ended up losing 1-0 against the strong side at Thohoyandou Stadium, on Saturday afternoon. Recently, Bucks defeated Mbombela United by 2-0 at Mthatha Stadium and the supporters were hoping that their team would manage to win back-to-back matches so that they could improve their log standings. However, it was unfortunate that Madzivhandile were too strong for them. Now, Amathol’amnyama are still sitting 15th on the log with 18 points after the 20 games they have played so far. Amathol’amnyama supporters hope that

adrift of the leaders – and they played the same number of matches. ABC Motsepe league weekend results PE Stars 2-1 SUBS Butterworth FC 1-3 Tornado FC Buffalo 4-4 Matta Milan Highbury 2-7 Lion City City Lads 2-3 Mthatha City Future Tigers 1-0 Spears EC Bees 2-1 Sibanye FC Bizana Pondo Chiefs 4-3 Try Again

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Mthatha Bucks lost 1­0 against a strong Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandile at the Thohoyandou Stadium. PHOTO: ARCHIVE their team will be able to turn things around when they host University of Pretoria at the Mthatha Stadium next weekend because this weekend they will participate in the Nedbank Cup last 32 where they will play Amazulu away from home.

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New aces join tennis coaching academy New and established tennis players, together with their head coach, King Marshal Nonco, standing at the back in a white cap.

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SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE DAN’S Tennis Academy has welcomed 26 new signings from different schools around Lurhasini location in Libode this year. The schools included Mngceleni JSS, Lurhasini JSS, Gonyeni Lower Primary school, Mangala High and KT Mchasa SSS. The academy was the brainstorm of business tycoon, Dr Dan Pasiya, a former owner of Mthatha Bush Bucks. Pasiya’s business, Dan’s Lodge, has tennis courts where the young people, particularly from the rural areas, get an opportunity to show their skills after school in this sport code. The academy has already produced tennis players who have featured in provincial and even national competitions. It is also a feeder of the OR Tambo Tennis Federation. The coach of the academy, legendary King Marshal Nonco, said each and every year they recruited new tennis players because they wanted the academy to grow and develop the rural youth. He also said that they wanted to give an opportunity to the rural youth to get to know about this particular sport. “It was our main objective to teach rural youth about the tennis and we involved age groups from 10 to 19 years old. I personally visit schools to talk to the principals and mention the number of learners I am looking for from each school, both girls and boys. “I really appreciate the cooperation I’m getting from the principals of the schools,”

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said Nonco. He said they wanted to take the youth away from drugs and crime. “A child in sport is a child out of court and we need a healthy mind in a healthy body,” said Nonco. The new signings include under 13, 17 and under 19 players, replacing other players who have moved on to compete in other federations.

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