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CITY VISION Thursday, 17 May 2018
Inferno razes 10 homes MZWANELE MKALIPI
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wo children were burnt when a blaze ripped through the Simanyene informal settlement in the early hours of yesterday (Wednesday 16 May) morning. The blaze razed about 10 shacks with many residents left with only the clothes on their backs. Residents told City Vision they were awakened by raging flames; they quickly filled buckets of water to try douse the blaze. It is believed the fire started in a shack where the two children, aged 17 and seven, were asleep. Many residents believe the inferno was started by the illegal electricity connections uses in the area. They say for such incidents to not occur again in future, they need proper electric connections. “If government answers our call for electricity, none of this would happen,” said Noxolo Silala, chairperson of the Simanyene informal settlement. “The promises of electricity and going back on their word are causing such tragedy in these communities. We again call for our informal settlements to be electrified as soon as possible to avert such incidents.” Silala was called around 01:00 and alerted to the blaze. She immediately rushed to the scene, where a “small” fire was still burning when she arrived. “As a result of windy conditions, the fire managed to spread,” she said. “Luckily this time firefighters responded promptly and the fire was doused. Two children, a 17-year-old girl and seven-year-old boy, were injured in the fire.” One of the affected residents, Buyiswa Niki, told City Vision she also received a call that her three-bedroom shack was on fire.
Residents of Simanyene informal settlement rebuild their homes after a blaze razed about 10 shacks on Wednesday morning. PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI “I came as quickly as I could and was shocked to see the fire engulfing this place,” she said. “All my belongings, including a fridge, TV, two beds and clothing, were all burnt to the ground. My children’s clothes were also burnt, so they have nothing to wear – not even a school uniform.” She appealed for donation of clothes and other household items. Lwandle police spokesperson Sergeant
Mthokozisi Gama confirmed they were alerted to the incident in Simanyene informal settlement. “Police were called to the scene and, on arrival, the officers found nine shacks alight,” he said. “The cause of fire is unknown at this stage. A 17-year-old girl sustained minor burn wounds and was taken to hospital by ambulance. The estimated financial loss as a result of property damaged is still not known. We suspect no foul play.”
Looking back at the season that was Now that the Premier Soccer League season is over one can look back at how the clubs performed. Yes, the season has been long as usual. We have seen the hot and cold performances of the previously glamorous clubs. We have seen the diehard supporters sticking to their clubs even though they were performing below par. Eish, people, soccer is not what it used to be, seriously. If we were to talk about one stress causer in our lives, if taken seriously, then soccer in Mzantsi would rate one of the highest. Maybe that is the reason most men frequent the watering holes, as a way of de-stressing from the beautiful game. One day you would be praising your club for an excellent performance, then the very next day they play hogwash. I keep wondering if it may be that way because soccer is now a profession and players only perform to stay afloat. There is no longer a love for the sport. I reckon clubs should now introduce pay per performance – perhaps that way the standard of our soccer would change. Or, maybe we would get players with surnames or names that are relevant. You know, in the old days, by a mere mention of a name or surname you knew there would be fireworks.
Thobile Ndzube Now the names have no bearing and are just simple – no nicknames – and even the ones who have nicknames are less venomous. Well, as I said at the beginning, the season came and went, and congratulations to the champions, Sundowns. Also, congratulations to Orlando Pirates, in second place, and Kaizer Chiefs for getting rid of Steve Khompela. Yes, the writing was always on the wall for this son of the soil. I hope Chiefs will now go and buy good, quality players and leave the buyone-get-one-from-our-neighbouringcountry trend behind.
CITY VISION Thursday, 17 May 2018
‘Nursing is all about caring’ MZWANELE MKALIPI
hey were the most beautiful, angelic people ever. To many of us they were the inspiration to become nurses.” These are words of Martha Matiso, the facility manager at Nomzamo Clinic in Nomzamo, who has been a professional nurse since 1982. The mother of three told City Vision that two nurses in Pretoria inspired her to pursue the profession – and to this day she finds nursing very “exciting”. The 54-year-old remembered the two nurses were shining examples in the township, which was wracked by poverty, unemployment, lack of education and no role models. “They went through the biggest hurdles in their lives and studied far from their homes,” Matiso said. “They were the most beautiful, angelic people ever. They gave us that inspiration to be nurses.” She and others approached the nurses to find out more about the profession and what they could expect. Matiso said she found nursing to be far more than what she was initially told. “It was very exciting because of the various types of care required by patients,” she said. “You can care for a person emotionally, physically and spiritually – that, for me, was exciting. You don’t only need to be a hands-on nurse, you also need to be there with your heart and mind. You connect to a person, soul to soul.” After 35 years in the profession, she still finds nursing enthralling, rendered no less so by profound techno-
logical shifts. Matiso still believes caring in the profession is the same, whether physical, spiritual or emotional. “Once you remove those from nursing, then you will have a problem with attitude within the profession,” she pointed out. “And we’ll have patients being neglected or assaulted, because you have taken the crux out of nursing. You will have an inhumane type of nursing, because the only thing that will count is technology.” So the human touch must remain, Matiso insisted. She arrived in Nomzamo when the clinic opened in 2016; before, she lectured at a nursing college, “equipping and empowering” future nurses. Matiso believes nursing is about maturity, not about age or generational differences. “When you empower and equip a nurse to be a professional, you take into cognisance that they will mature into the profession, and not the other way round,” Matiso explained. “The profession mustn’t accommodate the person, which seems to be the problem nowadays. So many don’t mature into the role, which is a highly problematic development.” On Saturday 12 May, Nurses Day was celebrated globally, which Matiso holds as a day for showing gratitude to nursing professionals and a chance to bring troubled ones back into the old ethos. V Share your views! Starting with the word “news”, SMS your opinion to 36909 at R1 per SMS. Alternatively write us a letter and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 21 May at 12:00.
Martha Matiso, facility manager at Nomzamo Clinic, has been on the nursing profession since 1982. MZWANELE MKALIPI
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This channel was recently cleaned and the City of Cape Town has urged residents not to drop litter around and in it. PHOTO: VELANI LUDIDI
Do not dump in channels – City VELANI LUDIDI
ouncil has issued a plea to residents of the greater Lwandle and Nomzamo areas to refrain from dumping in and around drainage channels. This could cause flooding in the areas, the City of Cape Town explained. On Tuesday 1 May, incensed residents of Wag-’n-Bietjie informal settlement in Lwandle barricaded the entrance to the area with burning objects, claiming they are tired of living in flooded houses after the heavy rainfall at the end of April (“Enraged residents take to streets”, City Vision, 3 May). When the City released a list of flooding hot spot areas, all the informal settlements in the Helderberg were excluded from the list. On Friday 4 May, the City cleared the channel along Broadlands Road, and Anda Ntsodo, Mayoral Committee member for Area East, said workers had found materials that does not belong in the stormwater system (“Channel cleared of rubble”, City Vision, 26 April). “Rubbish and other dumped material blocks stormwater drains along our roads and can also block canals,” he said. “The blockages prevent water from draining away and results in flooding of roads and neighbourhoods if it rains. The public is urged to dispose of their refuse appropriate-
ly and not to dump it in the channels, sewers and stormwater systems,as this results in flooding of roads and neighbourhoods.” Furthermore, Ntsodo said, an incident report provides a record that activates all emergency line departments. “In this case, the City’s Informal Settlements Management Department has indicated that no incident was logged for Wag’n-Bietjie 1 and 2, and that this area is not prone to flooding,” Ntsodo explained. The City is currently removing concrete ramps constructed by local residents in front of the stormwater catch-pit inlets which, Ntsodo said, prevents water from draining into these inlets. At the time of the recent protest, Siyolise Sifili, a mother of four, said she was tired of living in a waterlogged shack. “Our electrical appliances and furniture have been damaged,” she said. “We tried talking to the ward councillor, but he only made promises. We are tired of just talking while we continue to struggle.” Residents also placed the blame the nearby channel and stormwater drainage system, which they claimed fails to drain the water adequately, directing it to their houses instead. V Share your views! Starting with the word “news”, SMS your opinion to 36909 at R1 per SMS. Alternatively write us a letter and send it to email@example.com before Monday 21 May at 12:00.
manded money from the safe. The robbers allegedly made off with R7 000 in cash and nine cellphones forcefully obtained from employees. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported. Police are investigating a case of business robbery. Anyone with information can phone Lieutenant Colonel Franklin Plaatjies of Strand police on 021 854 9100.
CITY VISION Thursday, 17 May 2018
Case against 19 dismissed MZWANELE MKALIPI
esidents of nine informal settlements of Lwandle breathed a sigh of relief when the case against 19 suspects from the area was dismissed in Strand Magistrate’s Court earlier this week. The suspects were arrested and charged with public violence following a protest on the N2 in September last year. Irate residents took the busy highway when residents living in formal housing disconnected the illegal electricity connections to their homes, sparking anger which community members vented on the main thoroughfares. The nine communities comprise Pholile A, TV, Siyanyanzela, Simanyene, Pholile B, New Village, Masakhane and Freedom informal settlements. Mwezi Lugwali, chairperson of Pholile A, told City Vision outside court on Monday (14 May) that the communities’ wish was granted when the case was dismissed. “We know that other people here had done nothing and were arrested in their houses,” explained said. “As the community, we are happy because this is exactly what we were hoping would happen. The arrest came as a result of us moving the protest to the N2, after seeing the snail’s pace at which the issue of the installation of electricity for our communities was being addressed at the time.” Community leaders will now call a community meeting to alert other residents to the out-
The case against 19 suspects charged with public violence, after taking to the N2 in protest of the disconnection of illegal electricity connections, has been dropped. Illegal connections like these in Chris Hani Informal Settlement, are commonplace. PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI come of the court case, Lugwali added. All 19 suspects had earlier paid R500 bail, which was collected by the various communities. The affected informal settlements have seen a number of people, including children, dying as a result of the illegal connections. This is
just one of the issues that has resulted in residents taking to the streets to demand better service delivery. The City of Cape Town has since started the electrification of the areas (“Long awaited project starts”, City Vision, 19 April). It is believed electricity has been installed
in some of the affected areas, although its widespread distribution seems to moving slower than residents would like. V Share your views! Starting with the word “news”, SMS your opinion to 36909 at R1 per SMS. Alternatively write us a letter and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 21 May at 12:00.
Winter dam increase short-lived The City of Cape Town says it recorded an increase in dam levels at about 0,5%, although consumption also increased by 6,7%. It says the collective consumption over the past week was 554 million litres of water per day compared to the 519 million litre consumption of last week. The City says this places Cape Town 104 million litres above the usage target of 450 million litres per day that the national Department of Water and Sanitation has set as a requirement. “Although there has been a slight increase in dam levels of 0,5%, to an overall level of 21,4%, as a result of some rainfall and lower evaporation rates,” said deputy mayor Ian Neilson. “We need to continue to stretch the remaining water in our dams as we simply do not know how much rain we will receive over the winter months. “From this morning (Monday 14 May), our dams are just 0,1% below our water supply level on the same day last year. This is an incredible achievement of water saving by the people of Cape Town, given that the dam levels at the start of the year were at 31%, compared to 46% last year.
The statement was released before the Western Cape High Court reinstated Patricia de Lille as Mayor of Cape Town on Tuesday 15 May. Said Neilson: “We do know that the majority of our water users are doing their best to lower usage to 50 litres per day to get to the requirement of 450 million litres, but there may be a bit of complacency creeping in. I would like to call on all Capetonians to remain on course with their savings efforts. As Cape Town has shown the rest of South Africa and the world already, we are capable of meeting challenges head-on and pulling together to do what is required.” He said from the City’s side, they continue to work 24/7 to help keep Day Zero away. Neilson said in addition to their internal water-saving efforts and their advanced pressure management programme, which is saving approximately 52 million litres of water per day, the water resilience programme will bring more of their augmentation projects online over the coming months. “However, we still do not know how much rainfall we are likely to receive over the winter season, so we simply cannot afford to relax our savings efforts,” he warned.
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CITY VISION Thursday, 17 May 2018
Healing through boxing MARYKE SWART
Lwandile “Gucci” Gugushe, owner of the
Insane Boxing Academy. PHOTO: MARYKE SWART
or former professional boxer Lwandile Gugushe the sport is far more than just that. It is a way to concentrate the mind, relieve stress and improve fitness, but above all, it teaches one control and discipline. The 28-year-old from Khayelitsha opened his own fitness centre, Insane Boxing Academy, in Somerset West in May 2016. He trains mostly children between the ages of five and 15. Starting with 12 members, the club has since grown to a membership of 55. Last year, Gugushe started training with his oldest member to date, a 53-year-old woman. This is an age group he hopes to add to his existing client base, with a special interest in those battling Parkinson’s disease. Gugushe, better known to his clients as “Gucci”, says light non-contact boxing exercise has recently become a popular way of treating the symptoms of the disease. From experience, having assisted his former boxing coach Hendrik Human in his gym from 2010 to 2015, he believes he can make a positive contribution to improve the quality of life for those battling with the disease.
“I’ve been around people who are 60 years and older, so I have an understanding of how to train them.” Gugushe says exercises would include stretching, punching with small weights and light hand punches to focus coordination and balance. According to an article posted on the The Foundation for Living Medicine’s website in April last year, “rigorous, high-intensity exercises, like non-contact boxing that builds core body strength, balance, focusedattention, eye-hand coordination, and many other motor skills, can help Parkinson’s disease patients improve self-control over their body movements”, despite contradicting research indicating that “concussions contribute to the acceleration of brain disorders”. Says Gucci: “I’ve watched a lot of videos of how boxing has helped Parkinson’s patients and it is something I would like to get involved in.” Gugushe started boxing at the young age of 14. “It was a way of taking me out of the location and away from crime,” he recalls. “It taught me how to control my emotions and self-discipline.” He went on to represent Western Prov-
ince at the 2007 South African Championships in Bloemfontein, where he brought home a bronze medal. Gugushe started training with Human who, he says, helped him take his boxing career to the next level. He went on to compete as a SA junior lightweight contender in World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Federation (WBF) title fights. He says his most memorable fight was against former four-time world champion, Takalani Ndlovu, at the age of 24 in 2014. Despite Ndlovu’s win over him, Gucci recalls it as the fight that challenged him the most, mentally and physically, as a young boxer. His decision to open the gym comes from his own experience and how it changed and influenced his life, Gucci added. He hopes to use his skills and experience to produce boxers at a more mature level that can represent Western Province Boxing. His vision is to expand the club and move to bigger premises. “The dream would be to own my own property,” Gugushe says. V Insane Boxing Academy is located at 159 Main Road, Somerset West. “Like” the gym’s Facebook page or call Gugushe on 071 046 6347 for further details.
Tribute to Lwandle’s own ‘Pavarotti’ MZWANELE MKALIPI Local artists from Lwandle and surrounding areas paid their final tribute to the man dubbed “Pavarotti” on Friday 11 May. Lubabalo Tshapelo (26) was a well-known music artist in the area and recently died after a long illness. On the day, the stage was lit up with artists, poets and actors in for a fitting send-off – one which Tshapelo would have appreciated. Pavarotti’s friend Khanyiso Thakholi told City Vision it was hard to believe his friend was no more. “We knew he was sick as this was not the first time he was hospitalised,” he said. “But we always prayed he would survive this one again. When I heard he is no more it really hit me.” Thakholi believes it isn’t just he who has lost a friend, but the greater Lwandle and Nomzamo area as a whole. Pavarotti was very active in the local music industry, Thakoli added, and he was passionate about identifying young talent in his area. “He didn’t only focus on hip-hop, but recruited everyone who was talented, be it a vocalist or a musician,” Thakoli said. “He would mentor and help wherever he could. As a community, we have been robbed a great deal through his death. There are very few people in this area that had as much influence as him.”
A significant number of mourners to paid tribute to Lubabalo Tshapelo (26), better known as Pavarotti, at a gathering held at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Friday 11 May. PHOTO: SUPPLIED The aim of Friday’s tribute, held at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, was to celebrate and honour the artist’s lifelong work, Thakoli related. Thakoli added that he started singing as a result of his late friend’s influence. “So instead of mourning we should rather celebrate the work he has left behind, which will stay in this community forever,” he
said. Childhood friend Thembela Mqokozo related his and Tshapelo’s growing up together in the ’90s, although Tshapelo was younger. “He was an approachable person; a friendly person and a guy with a good heart,” Mqukozo said. “Hearing the news of his death saddend me. Yes, he had not been well, but you al-
ways assume people will get better.” Mqokozo believes last Friday’s tribute could not be more appropriate. Pavarotti will be buried in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape this weekend. V Share your views! Starting with the word “news”, SMS your opinion to 36909 at R1 per SMS. Alternatively write us a letter and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 21 May at 12:00.
CITY VISION Thursday, 17 May 2018
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Sport Page 8 | Thursday, 17 May 2018
SILUKHANYO WINS PENALTY SHOOT-OUT
Football with a cause
enalties were the decider when the soccer teams of two local primary schools locked horns at Lwandle Sports Complex on Saturday 12 May. Silukhanyo Primary School battled it out with Solomon Qatyana Primary School in the final. After the enterprising game ended in a goalless draw, the outcome of the encounter was decided through the spot kicks. After five penalty rounds, the score was 4-4, with both teams missing one kick. It was left to the decider, which Silukhanyo eventually won 3-2. The penalty score ended on 7-6. The games saw six primary schools of the area vying for the bragging rights of being crowned champions of the local schools. A triumphant Xolisa Godwana of Silukhanyo Primary told City Vision that the victory meant a lot to the
Silukhanyo Primary School (Gold T-shirt) thumped Solomon Qatyana Primary School 7-6 on penalties on Saturday, 12 May at Lwandle Sports Complex. PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI school. “This is a great victory to us, as we were wary of our opponents,” he said. “These young boys all know one another and play for different clubs in the community. We want to thank
the community for ensuring that our children are involved in sport and stay fit.” Sazi Ngwantshu, coach and teacher at Solomon Qatyana Primary, applauded his team for their resilience throughout their three matches.
“The boys did very well, considering they had won two matches earlier and had to play the final without much rest,” he said. “They showed great character and even managed to draw with their opponents in the final, who
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had not played earlier as they was on standby.” Ngwantshu felt his boys had “tried their best and wanted to win”, and congratulated Silukhanyo Primary on their victory. “This is a great initiative as it has helped keep these children from the social ills in the community; instead they played football,” he said. The tournament was organised by Simthembile Mfecane, councillor of Ward 85, to raise awareness of child killings after the brutal murder of five-year-old Minentle XXX in June last year. “Our aim is not only to play soccer, but raise awareness about such incidents,” he said. “Around this time last year an innocent child was murdered in this area. We want our children to remember that and know they should always be wary of those around them.” Mfecane urged learners to focus on education and sport, which goes “hand in hand”.
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