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Modern clinic for New Brighton NCEBA DLADLA THERE was jubilation and excitement as members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Health Directorate, Ward Councillors, Community Police Forum (CPF) members and members of the community attended a sod-turning ceremony last Friday of a new clinic for the people of New Brighton which will be built at a cost of R3,5 million. The builders Ulutsha Construction Company has been appointed and the construction of this new modern-day clinic is estimated at R2,5 million. State-of-the-art equipment and medicines to the tune of R1 million will also be available. This follows an outcry from members of the community who felt they needed a new health facility because the clinic at Tshangana Street was described by them as small, dilapidated and a health hazard to both the staff and residents. “There was a huge need for a facility like this - a facility that would cater for the health needs of people from Tshangana and Gunguluza Streets, Avenue A and some parts of Qaqawuli and Kwazakhele,” said an overjoyed Ward 17 Councillor Ncediso Captain. “People complained about this facility and they were right. It was not in a good enough condition to provide a service to them,” added Cllr. Captain. Councillor Captain said the sod-
turning event was a culmination of long processes of consultation between the municipality and the concerned residents who were now very happy about the prospect of a new clinic. Health Portfolio Head Councillor Pat Ndlovu was also enthralled by the developments “that will surely make life easy for the people of the area,” she told PE Express Indaba. “People will continue to use this clinic for serious ailments such as HIV/Aids and TB. Here they will be receiving treatment, counselling, ARVs and other medication. This is indeed good service delivery,” said Cllr. Ndlovu. Project Manager Jerry Baartman pointed out that there will be enough space to provide for private consultations between doctors and patients. The facility, he added, will have ample space for parking and will provide security for both residents and staff. “We’ll protect this clinic. Nobody will come and steal building materials during the course of construction or medicines when construction is complete. “As community crime busters, we also want to assure residents that it will be safe to come to this clinic anytime of the day,” said CPF chairperson Thembinkosi Malgas. Ward Councillors Nomonde Mhlobiso and Noncedo Ngqondi, together with ANC Health Committee Chairperson Tlotliso Khoali and his Deputy Boniswa Tom gave messages of support.
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Councillors Pat Ndlovu (left with spade) and Ncediso Captain (right with spade) turned the sod of the new clinic in Tshangana Street, New Brighton last Friday. They were joined at the ceremony by other councillors, health representatives, mem bers of the CPF, contractors and residents. Photo: Nceba Dladla
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Local lady makes history as female commercial pilot NCEBA DLADLA PORT ELIZABETH’s Oyama Matomela has made history by being the first female pilot produced by the Eastern Cape Department of Transport. Matomela (19), of Sherwood, last week qualified as a Commercial Pilot after completing her studies and obtaining her licence at the internationally acclaimed 43 Air School in Port Alfred. “We salute this young woman who worked very hard in a male dominated environment and made full use of the opportunity she was offered by the Department through our bursary scheme,” said an elated MEC for Transport, Thandiswa Marawu. This former Collegiate High School matriculant who is also celebrating a job offer from the SAPS Air Wing is the fourth student to be awarded a pilot’s bursary by this Department and the first female to do so, according to HRD Director Nomvuyo Bono. “In the previous years we had only male
applicants for the pilot’s bursary. Matomela is our first female applicant and the first to qualify at only 19 years of age. As the department, we are very proud of her record breaking achievement,” said Bono. This being Women’s Month, the MEC Marawu believes Matomela’s achievement should serve as an inspiration to other young girls in the province and country. Speaking to PE Express Indaba last week Matomela could not hide her excitement either. “I am so excited. This whole thing is overwhelming,” said Matomela, adding that she always knew that she would be a pilot one day. Asked to explain, she said as a child her aunt used to take her on tours to the Port Elizabeth Airport and she was fascinated by planes “and especially the pilots.” When they had a project called the Working Experience in Grade 11 at school, she added, she chose to work at 43 Air School in Port Alfred where the whole thing was perfected. And, as they say, the rest is now history.
A ready to fly Oyama Matomela (19) of Sherwood in Port Elizabeth is a very proud Pilot. She is the first female to be produced by the EC Department of Transport’s bursary scheme. Photo: Nceba Dladla
First year NMMU Bcom Ac counting student Zoleka Eso na Mtila won the top spot in the SA Institute of Chartered Ac countants (Saica) Leadership Summit in Johannesburg about a week ago. Photo: Supplied.
NMMU student comes out tops at leadership summit NCEBA DLADLA A WELL-written article in the form of a letter written to a grade 8 pupil giving advice on career options, is what won a Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) B.Com. Accounting first-year student a top spot at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) student Leadership Summit recently. Zoleka Mtila joined 24 other students from Saica accredited universities from across the country at the FNB Conference Learning Centre in Johannesburg where she had the opportunity to mingle with senior business leaders at the summit. Speaking about this essay competition which was in its third year, Saica’s Senior Executive for Professional Development, Transformation and Growth, Chantyl Mulder said the aim was to emphasise the flexibility, potential and status of the country’s Char-
tered Accountancy qualification. She was hoping that it would further inspire the students to persevere with their studies and complete their official training requirement. Mtila won a laptop to the value of R10 000 sponsored by Softline Pastel. “When I entered the competition my aim wasn’t winning but to make the final cut to be here today to meet the industry leaders. I am very happy that I have won though and have taken home a lot of lessons from the sessions we had at the summit. It is the experience we got that matters,” enthused Mtila. “We want to create future business leaders. Communication and the ability to write is a critical skill - people need to be able to communicate and express themselves eloquently. In our profession, written communication is extremely important,”said Mulder, adding that they were absolutely amazed and astounded by the quality of the essays.
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Algoa FM goes casual for Autism INDABA REPORTER LOCAL radio station Algoa FM will also be taking part in Casual Day on Friday with proceeds of their casual day going towards Autism Eastern Cape. This is in support of the station’s human resources manager Thuli Mtila, who has a nine-year-old autistic son. She is a founder of a township support group for autistic children, and also serves on the Autism Eastern Cape Committee. Casual Day, on September 2, offers South Africans one day in the year where they can wear what they want and it is acceptable. The 2011 campaign will be
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Dressing up for casual day on Friday are, from the left, Algoa FM Fastlane presenters Lauren Mungur and Wayne Hart, with the station’s human resources manager Thuli Mtila. Photo: Siyathetha Communications
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Imfama ikhokelela ezinye iimfama kubomi obungcono RIAAN MARAIS KWEZI nyanga zili-10 zigqithileyo, uSonwabo Somyali (26) ubefundisa ubuchule bokuqala kwiimfama zaKwaNobuhle. Le mizamo yenziwa mikhulu ngakumbi kukuba naye sele eneminyaka eli-9 engasaboni yaye olu qeqesho uluhlawulela ngepokotho yakhe. “Ngenyanga kaNovemba nyakenye ndaqaphela ukuba alukho uqeqesho olulungiselelwe abantu abaziimfama kule ndawo. Ndabona kulungile ukuba kubekho umntu owenza into ngale nto,” utsho encume olukaBhlankethe lo kaSomyali ngaphaya kwezo ndondo zakhe zimnyama. “Ngethuba esengumfundi kwisikolo samabanga aphezulu iGelvandale High, uSomyali wayesisiquququ suka wenzakala kumdlalo wombhoxo waba njalo uyatyhaphaka. Iimeko zibange ukuba aye kuhlala nezihlobo apho KwaNobuhle. “Ndithemba ukuba ukwenzakala kwam kwaba licebo likaThixo lokuba ndiye kunika ithemba kubantu baKwaNobuhle. Boncedwa ngubani xa bengena kuncedwa ndim?” Uthi seso sizathu esabangela ukuba asungule umbutho iHelp the Blind and Partially Sighted Society (HEBSO) ekupheleni konyaka ophelileyo. Apha uSomyali ebambisene na-
manye amavolontiyba aqeqesha abantu abaziimfama abamalunga nama-30 abaphakathi kwe-16 ukuya kuma 55 eminyaka ubudala nabahamba ngokuzithemba ngee-walking sticks, bebafundisa ukupheka, ukwenza imisebenzi yezandla nokufunda i-Braille. Abantwana abaminyaka ingaphantsi kwe-16 bona bancediswa ukuba bamkeleke kwispecial schools nezizikolo ezilungiselelwe bona. UCybil Pram (47) owatyhaphaka kwiminyaka emihlanu eyadlulayo ngomnye wabafundi abadala bakaSomyali. Uthi ufunde ukuba akwazi ukuhamba ngokulula endlwini yakhe nokuba apheke ukutya okuvuzisa izinkcwe. Kungokunje umaxhaphetshu ufunda iBraille yaye uthi umzuzu ngamnye yincamisa-mxhelo. “Ngaphandle kukaSonwabo bendingasayi kuze ndikwazi ukuziphilela. Kukhulu endimbonga ngako,” utshilo okaPram. USomyali nongumthandi ongagungqiyo wezemidlalo, uthi uyayikhumbula imihla yokuzibandakabnya nomdlalo wombhoxo. “Ingathi alusaqali ukhuphiswano lwendebe yehlabathi yomdlalo webhola wombhoxo yaye mna ndixhasa amabhokobhoko,” utsho echulumancile okaSomyali. Eyona nto iyinkohla kuSomyali noogxa bakhe abangamavolontiya kwi-HEBSO yile yokuba besebenzisa imali yabo yesibonelelo sokhubazeko ukuqhuba amaphulo abo kule projekthi.
The blind Sonwabo Somyali runs a training centre for the blind in KwaNobuhle. One of his oldest pupils is learning Braille at the age of 47. Photo: Riaan Marais
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‘Don’t waste time’ – Cancer survivors inspire VERA SCHOEMAN IN black culture, many cancer victims take refuge in sangomas and traditional remedies. But a teacher who survived breast and lung cancer wants to encourage victims to seek scientifically proven treatment. “The longer one waits, the more time goes to waste. And in the fight against cancer, time is of the essence. The earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the larger the chance of survival.” This is according to Ms Lerato Mtengwana who talked at a recent function held at the Red Location Museum in Port Elizabeth in celebration of survivors of cancer. It was the first time that these annual celebrations were held in a black suburb. Mtengwana said she was very healthy when she was teaching in George and discovered a lump in her breast one morning in 2009. “It didn’t hurt at all, but I knew instinctively that I had to go to the doctor. “After numerous tests he said my breast had to be removed immediately.” She told with tears in her eyes about her two-year battle against cancer, her fear of dying and the realisation that she herself played an integral part in her healing. “You can either crawl into a corner and feel sorry for yourself while asking God why he let it happen to you or you can stand up believe that you will survive and use the opportunity to strengthen your character”. According to Mtengwana, who recently was diagnosed with lung cancer, she met wonderful people during her illness and she uses her own experience to encourage others. “People, especially in my culture, have a holy fear of cancer and its western
Nicolette Dennis, Lindsay Ziehl and Lerato Mtengwana shared their stories of hope and inspiritation at a cancer survivor celebration function held recently at the Red Location Museum in Port ELizabeth Photo: WERNER HILLS treatment. Because I have been through it, I can take them by the hand and guide them through it”. Mrs Nicolette Dennis received a bone marrow transplant in 2008 after
miobic fibrosis was diagnosed. “I was suddenly confronted by my own vulnerability and mortality. “But a positive attitude, support from family and friends, trust in
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Lira at The Boardwalk ON October 8 and 9, popular Afro Jazz singer and songwriter Lira will per form in Port Elizabeth at The Board walk’s Opskop area.The talented 29 year old has become a South African legend, with several awards and number one hits under her belt. She prefers not to be closely typecast to any specific music genre and prefers freedom of expression.Acclaimed as an accomplished songwriter, she aims to write and perform music that is sincere, empowering and never neg ative. She calls them honest and from her soul. Tickets for her show are available from Computicket and cost between R110 and R170. The show starts at 4pm.
A good taste of wine brought a smile as a patron caught by the camera during last year’s Imbizo Events Wine Tasting Festival in Red Location, New Brighton suggests. Photo: Supplied
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PORT ELIZABETH will be abuzz this September as the second Wine Festival is scheduled to take place at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton township from September 22 to 24. This wine-tasting event is the brainchild of Imbizo Events Chief Executive Officer Mutse Mfuleni to educate and entertain the emerging wine market which is young and accomplished professionals in the township. It is expected to draw patrons from far and wide. “We identified a need for New Brighton to shine. Our aim is that its residents will for three days take pride and ownership of its history as September is Heritage Month,” said Mfuleni. Mfuleni assured patrons from across Nelson Mandela Bay and the Eastern Cape province that South African Award-winning wines will be on offer at the event meant to “commemorate and reso-
nate the African Heritage” whilst at the same time celebrating Tourism Month. “We had a good attendance last year, hence we decided to make this an annual event. What was most gratifying was to see people from all racial lines coming together to celebrate the taste of a good wine, food and music” said Key Accounts manager, Thenjiwe Mjuleni. A Port Alfred-based Hospitality school STENDEN will give talks on food and wine pairing to spice up the event while a repertoire of music from Pop, Hip Hop and Jazz will be on offer. “There will not be security hazards during the event. People will park their cars before the event and return to fetch them safely afterwards,” promised Mjuleni, adding that shuttle taxis could also be arranged to take people to and from nearby destinations. “We shuttled people from the Boardwalk Casino in Summerstrand last year and there is no reason why we cannot do it this year if the need arises,”
Live gospel show to be recorded at NMMU Born in Kwa-Nobuhle, Uitenhage, gospel singer, Zweli Ndlazi, an evangelist at Hope Ministries International, will be collaborating with other local musicians in a live recording of his show, Zweli Lijah Ndlazi - Prophets Journey with God. The COP Band, a 14 piece band, also from Uitenhage, as well as seven vocalists from Nelson Mandela Bay will be performing alongside Ndlazi. The live recording of the show will take place in the NMMU South Campus Auditorium on September 3 under the musical directorship of Siyasanga Dikana from the NMMU. Above and Beyond Sound and Keyframe Media Video will see to the audiovisual aspects of the show. Tickets cost R100 (limited seats) and R50 respectively. For more information call 083 745 0762 or 076 792 1404. Zweli Ndlazi. Photo: Supplied
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NELSON Mandela Bay Schools, playing an active role in the Department of Sports’s drive towards mass participation in sports, were recently rewarded with a donation of soccer balls by the Department of Education. According to the Department’s sports coordinator, Thobeka Ma-
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Kraft Foods R3m project to refurbish PE schools welcome NCEBA DLADLA MORALE is high at a Port Elizabeth township school after its total refurbishment by a local company, Kraft Foods. Zwide township’s Daniels Primary School in Haya Street, is one of the five schools that benefited from Kraft Foods’ Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative offered in partnership with the office of Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor as well as the Departments of Public Works and Education. Other schools that benefited from this R3 million deal are Cingani High School, Fumis’ukoma Primary (both from Motherwell), De Vos Malan Primary (Schauderville) and Fontein Primary Schools from Gelvandale. “We have a partnership with the office of the mayor and the Departments of Public Works and Education for us to assist in the refurbishment of these schools and the building of more classrooms, ablution facilities, libraries and administrative blocks,” said Kraft Food Corporate Affairs and Communications Di-
rector, Patricia Senne. Speaking at the official handing over of the schools in a function graced by the presence of the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, at Cillie High School last week, Senne said the project was part of Kraft Food’s contribution to the betterment of the lives of school children from poor communities - because government, they believe, cannot do it alone. Kraft Foods spent R1 million per annum in three years to refurbish the five schools, according to Senne. “Kraft Foods renovated 15 of our classrooms, converted two classrooms into a hall. They built a minilibrary, a Grade R class, an office and administration block as well as toilets for teachers and pupils,” said an elated school principal Margaret Mvane. Mvane said this total transformation in education was a much needed boost for Daniels Primary, a no-fee school because of the rife unemployment and abject poverty in the area. This act of goodwill by Kraft Foods is a Godsend, she added. “We are so proud! This has changed the environment at our school and given a boost to the mo-
rale of teachers. Without a doubt, as the accounting officer, I can safely say that this is not a wasted investment. The performance of our school will be greatly enhanced,” said Mvane. A library will surely help the pupils in their research and performance in all their Learning Areas, believes the Intermediate Phase HOD Zandile Tata. “This library will help us improve our children’s reading and understanding of text. They will improve in their language proficiency and debates as well. Surely, the lives of our pupils will never be the same,” said Tata earlier. Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile, thanked Kraft Foods for being loyal to the agreement establishment with his predecessor Nondumiso Maphazi. With such partnerships with leading companies as Kraft Food, the mayor said, government can tackle the challenges, legacies and difficulties confronting the education sector and that the education system in this country can produce good leaders and valued professionals like doctors, lawyers and engineers.
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IF IT is red, has a turbo engine and has Enjoy Plus in its name, one can only have one expectation, supercharged fun on four wheels while looking good, and that is exactly the essence of the new-look Astra 1.4T Enjoy Plus.
Exterior: During the course of the past year there have been several new designs of cars that really turn heads. The new BMW 5 series, Volvo’s S60 and Volkswagen’s new Sciroccos spring to mind. Without a doubt the subject of this review, the new Opel Astra, has hit the design nail on the head. I have seen several examples driving around and every time I drive past I cannot help but crane my neck for a second look. Sporty yet elegant is the new Astra in a nutshell. Eagle eye-shaped headlamps, a muscular, yet graceful-flowing silhouette with a striking rear all con-
tribute to create this impression. And the solid door sound test: Yes, you open the door and it feels solid closing with a pleasing thud. Safety is always a major consideration in design and here Opel has made an advance with a new intelligent bumper design that is intended to minimize damage in front and rear end collisions, reduce the potential for injury to pedestrians and vehicle occupants and save on the cost of repairs (See accompanying story)
Interior: I was quite surprised by the spacious interior despite the sporty compact look on the outside. Despite the tapered roofline, head- and legroom are ample even for a maximum of three adults behind. The windscreen design, wraparound intrument panel and centre console all contribute to a sense of spaciousness while all the dials are still close at hand. The buttons and controls on the centre console are straightforward while the steering wheel also houses controls for the au-
dio system. Aluminium trims add to the elegant feel. Special attention was paid to ambient lighting. The Astra’s interior lights are designed to brighten as the key is turned. I especially liked the ambient lights encircling the gear shifter at night which look funky and sporty yet not cheap. This red diffused light is provided not only around the base of the gear shifter but also in the door panels and in the overhead centre console. Added practicality comes with greatly increased and innovative storage solutions. Responding to a survey from 400 potential customers, Opel has greatly improved onboard storage in the Astra’s cabin (see accompanying story on page 25). Storage spaces include door pockets able to accommodate a 1.5-litre bottle; a place for an MP3 player or iPod in the centre console and a miniglove box on the driver’s side. The Astra also sports a three-way adjustable floor in the boot for extra practicality. Items can be hidden in a false floor, or, when it is fitted at the lowest position, up to 370 litres of luggage, groceries or sports equipment can be stored. The seating position is comfortable and adjustable in every way. The wide range of steering wheel and seat adjustment permits the driver to find the perfect driving position.
Features: True to its name Enjoy Plus, the Astra is filled with comfort features. Electric windows, climate control, power steering and central locking tick all the convenience boxes, as well as the audio system with integrated Bluetooth. A full complement of airbags and safety electrics ensures that the ride is not only enjoyed but safe too. The new Astra’s windscreen design, wraparound intrumentpanel and centre console all contribute to a sense of spaciousness while all the dials are still close at hand. The buttons and controls on the centre console are straightforward while the steer ing wheel also houses controls for the audio system Photo: Supplied
Ride: Let’s start with the bad news first since the rest is all good news. I am one of those people who are generally
Interesting facts about Astra’s design Do people actually put gloves in their glove box? That was one of many questions a team of Opel interior designers, engineers and quality experts asked more than 400 potential customers as they researched what people stored in their car and where they put all their personal miscellaneous items. The result: The next generation Astra has clever storage solutions
unparalleled in the compact class. Some are even being patented. A team of 15 worked nearly three years on the challenge. First, using the results of the survey, they compiled a list of the 20 most common items people store in their cars: pens, coins, a flashlight, a road atlas, sunglasses, a wallet, paper tissues, a mobile phone, CDs, sweets, cups, books, magazines, newspapers, fruit, a first-aid kit, a jacket and drinks bottles. And, of course,
gloves! Next, they noted where owners wanted to place the items and looked for practical solutions. This is logical – no driver wants to have an urgently needed map lying in the boot – but it was also a new way of tackling the problem. Traditionally, car companies have simply focused on storage size, and that led to such irritating problems of CDs being stored in the centre console, but the lid with the arm rest on top couldn’t be closed.
The new Astra look sporty yet elegant wit eagle eyeshaped headlamps, a muscular, yet graceful flowing silhouette and a striking rear all contributing to create this impression. Photo: GMSA lazy to gear down when going around a traffic circle or go up a pavement in first gear. I am also quite happy with cars which are happy to pull away in second. The Astra is not one of those cars. It wants to go to second around a traffic circle and I stalled it halfway up pavements several times as punishment for not doing it in first gear. Now for the good news. The 1.4 turbo just revs so happily and feels very strong. Put your foot on the accelerator and the turbo engine does what it is supposed to, getting one off to a flying start. We live in a new age of smaller engine sizes with turbos and it is all good. More power, better fuel economy and better for the environment – a win-win situation for all. On a Sunday afternoon, I took the family for a drive out to Beachview via the area’s notorious potholefilled bumpy roads, for a real world test – and it passed with flying colours. Its chassis soaked up the bumps with ease, despite the 17” wheels. Putting the Astra through curves The solutions in this latest generation Astra are often deviously simple: Coin slots and pen holder spots are set into the inside edge of the glove box. The glove box itself has two removable compartments, making it more practical. A miniglove box on the driver side, just below the light switch, has been added. The centre console accommodates up to nine CD cases, plus a small storage bin and an insert for two cup-holders, which is detachable, depending on trim level. Even storage in the rear has those added touches to make riding in the new Astra pleasurable. There
and bends is no challenge either as it felt solid and composed with virtually no body roll. The 17” wheels ride comfortably, are a standard item and add to the purposeful look of the car. The steering is very light, the gearbox easy to use and the controls feel solid and work well. Town driving with the Astra is very zippy. It is just so easy to live with on the highway. The Opel pulls strongly through the gears and cruises very comfortably even some way above the speed limit. Should traffic build up in front of you, just drop down a gear and hit the go pedal. It really is unbelievable what this 1.4 can do. Overtaking is quick and effortless. Also notable was the absence of road noise.
Price: Test Model: Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy Plus: R267 970 Opel Astra 1.6 Essentia: R221 700 Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy: R241 470 Opel Astra 1.6T Sport: R284 680 is a 12-volt connection for mp3 players in addition to space for drinks bottles. The boot has a tidy indentation on the right side, tailored to fit a traffic triangle and first aid kit. Probably one of the neater tricks the storage team developed is Astra’s patented Flex-Floor, which can be set at different height levels in the trunk, offering further under-floor storage. And those gloves? According to the Opel survey, most owners do not keep them in the glove box. They usually get thrown in the door’s side pocket. (Source: General Motors SA)
Scirocco spells fire with capital R MORNÉ CONDON SO what you want is a performance hatchback – but you don’t want a Golf, because everyone seems to have one. This seems especially true of the GTI, as you can’t turn a corner without seeing one. True, you can get the Golf R, but that just isn’t far enough away from the standard Golf, is it? Enter the Scirocco and you have a hot hatch that is rather different from, and more stylish than the Golf – and if you want something a bit higher up the food chain, there’s the Scirocco R. It is just this very model that I tried recently, the manual version which is front-wheel drive and has a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing 188 kW and 350 Nm of torque. Right off the bat, let me tell you the Scirocco is not as practical as owning the Golf. The boot lid is not like that of the Golf, so there is a high lip which must be navigated when loading and unloading. Also, because of the angle of the rear, the tailgate doesn’t allow much room for accessing the boot. As a three-door it also means that the entry and exit of rear-set passengers is less than ideal. Now that you know all of that, you will realise that the Scirocco R is for the person who
wants a performance hatch and the Golf is for the person who wants a family hot hatch. These are two rather different people, with the former quite happy to live with the practical shortcomings of the Scirocco as long as they can have the extra style and performance. As the R-model in the Scirocco range, VW has beefed up the brakes and fitted an XDS electronically controlled front differential.There is also a new exhaust system and pneumatically controlled shocks. Something that is worth mentioning, Volkswagen has fitted 19-inch Talladega rims to the Scirocco R (as it does to the Golf R) – it goes a long way to making the Scirocco look seriously hardcore. In fact, there are several touches which lift the Scirocco R – the lack of driving lights, which are ditched in favour of air dams, the LED running lights, the low stance, the bi-xenon headlights and smoked rear light lenses as well as a larger rear wing. The big thing for performance fans will be the fact that the Scirocco R will hit 100 km/h from standstill in six seconds in manual guise, while still using just 8.1 litres of fuel for every 100 km on the combined cycle. The CO2 emissions are 189 g/km. This means that while the Scirocco
R can be driven hard, it will still behave at the pumps when you choose to drive more sedately.While DCC (dynamic chassis control) is optional, it was fitted to the test model. This offers Normal, Comfort and Sport settings to vary the suspension, and I must admit it was left in Comfort most of the time.While accelerator and steering response is modified by this system, most importantly DCC operates the adjustable dampers. You want Sport, and the suspension stiffens up, which equates to a harder ride.The Scirocco R is fitted as standard with XDS, an electronic cross-axle traction control system for improved traction and handling which helps to combat understeer.Standard on the Scirocco R models is ABS (anti-lock brake system) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock), ASR (traction control) and XDS electronically controlled differential, driver and front passenger airbags, curtain airbags, Isofix child seat preparation for rear seats, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, Climatronic two-zone air conditioner, rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror. There is also a dusk sensor with
The Scirocco design lends itself perfectly to the R derivative, which is fitted with 19inch rims and a few other “go faster” bits to make the Scirocco R look as good as it goes. Photo: MOTORPICS automatic driving lights, PDC (Park Distance Control), and tyre pressure monitor, amongst other things. Pricing for the Scirocco R starts at just over R400 000 and the vehicles are standard with a fiveyear/90 000 km service plan, a threeyear/120 000 km warranty and a 12year anti-corrosion warranty with
service intervals of 15 000 km. This is what it is all about. See that R badge and you know there’s 188 kW under the hood. The Scirocco design lends itself perfectly to the R derivative, which is fitted with 19-inch rims and a few other “go faster” bits to make the Scirocco R look as good as it goes.
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Real City beat Tomorrow Stars 53. SELBY MADIKANE HUNDREDS of supporters braved chilly weather conditions when Motherwell Football Association (MOFA) hosted its super league games at the Motherwell NU8 Sportsfield on 14th August. Young Destroyers FC had the better of
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la maqela ebentanganye ngo-2-2 kwixesha lomdlalo. Eminye imidlalo ye-NODEFA iqhube ngolu hlobo: Young Stars 1 - 4 Argentina Stars; Young Tigers 0 - 2 Despatch Pioneers; Stokes United 2 - 0 Lion City; Flamingo Stars 1 - 2 All City Stars; Young Callies 0 - 2 Real Rangers; City Style 4 - 0 Temptations; All City Stars 2 - 0 Stokes United; Real Rangers 0 - 3 City Style; Despatch Pioneers 0 - 2 Argentina Stars; Black Aces 3 - 2 Young Brothers.
Gigantic clash between Chiefs and Stars SELBY MADIKANE THE heat was perfect when supporters turned out in droves for the recent clash between Black Chiefs and Sollar Stars at the Veeplaas community fields. Despite Chiefs aggression showing from the start, Stars showed determination. Hard work paid dividends for Chiefs when striker, Masixole Kaya, kicked a thunderous
shot past the advancing Stars goal keeper, Nichola Tofile to open a 1-0 account. Then the Chiefs rubbed salt into their opponents’ wounds, with a well-taken goal by midfielder, Bongani Bekwa, with the score at 2-0 lead at half time. Stars came out in the second half with midfielders, Ludwe Balani and Simhiwe launching attacks. Eventually the final score was 2-1 in favour of black Chiefs.
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City Lads takes top honours in Women’s Month tourney SELBY MADIKANE CITY Lads proudly lifted the SAFA NMB Women’s Month Trophy after thrashing the Warriors 8 – 0, recently at the Finnis Street fields. City Lads’s goals came courtesy of Yandiswa Ncocho, Unathi
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Booi, Nosipho Bottoman, Phakama Durn (a brace) and Nwabisa Kolisi (a hat-trick). Played at the Zwide Stadium, the Women’s Month Tournament, organised by the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) Nelson Mandela Bay Women’s League, had to be interrupted owing to heavy rains, but this didn’t damp-
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