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Youth Circus is in town



HE Circus Leemak will be presenting its biannual circus youth show at the Queendustria Agricultural Showgrounds on Saturday.

The acts will be performed by 16 local youngsters. Gerrit Dekker, the director of Circus Leemak, said that free circus training is provided to kids from 8 years and older every week at the showgrounds. He said he started with the training in 2012 and began to offer his services on a regular basis two years ago. He said the public can expect a fun-filled evening of acrobatics, unicycling, BMX riding, balancing acts and endless laughter. “It’s a show that young and old will enjoy,” said Gerrit. The Circus Leemak will take place on December 3 at the Queendustria Agricultural Showgrounds at 5pm. Tickets are R20 if bought before the show and R30 at the door. For bookings, contact 076 303 7385. ) Tickets are up for grabs to the first ten people to correctly identify which animal is on the Circus Leemak logo, by SMSing the animal name to 076 303 7385. (Hint: the logo is hidden on page 4 of this week’s edition of Queenstown Express)

Unicycling will be one of the variety of acts performed at the Circus Leemak this Saturday. PHOTO:SIPHOSIHLE DYONASE

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Dawn starts ‘Women’s Wednesdays’ TEMBILE SGQOLANA THE DA Women’s Network (DAWN) chose Komani for the provincial launch of their programme as part of this year’s campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The event, which was held at the Methodist Church Hall on Monday, was attended by DA Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson Veliswa Mvenya and Eastern Cape DAWN chairperson Celeste Barker. DA members from around the district attended the event which started with a vigil followed by the release of blue balloons for Petro Nel, one of DAWN’s founding mothers who died tragically in an aircraft accident in Nepal. Barker launched their “Women’s Wednes-

days” campaign, an initiative that will give vulnerable women and girls physical and moral support in their communities on a weekly basis. “DAWN believe that non-violent, peaceful protest has the power to change social norms. We will, therefore, continue to resist, speak, march and picket for freedom, fairness and equality for all women regardless of the circumstances of their birth,” Barker said. She said the main aim is to make a change in the society they live in. Barker said as part of the Women’s Wednesdays campaign women are asked to take two hours every Wednesday and help someone in their community. “We want to make Ubuntu (humanity) a woman thing. If you can visit the sick in hospi-

tal, give them love and care,” she said. Mvenya said the Chris Hani District Municipality has the highest rate of abuse in the province. “We need to stand up and fight the abuse of women. We also need to call for harsher sentences for rapists and abusers. We need to support each other as women,” she said. Mvenya said they are in Komani to give encouragement to abused women and create awareness. “We have noticed that women do not know what abuse is. We are also here to introduce a way women can work in their areas every Wednesday,” she said. “What is important here is that the abusers must see that we are watching them and we need to support each other as women,” she said.

DA leader, Vuliswa Mvenya, addressing the women attending the DA Women's Network programme. PHOTO:TEMBILE SGQOLANA

Various sectors join forces against abuse TEMBILE SGQOLANA THE Enoch Mgijima Municipality, working together with the police, local churches, Department of Health and the Department of Social Development, launched their campaign for the 16 days of Activism against the Abuse of Women and Children on Friday. The event started at Mzingisi Skweyiya hall in Mlungisi, from where they walked to the Mlungisi police station to hand over a petition to the Mlungisi police station commander, Colonel Gcinikaya Taleni. The group then marched to the Thobi Kula Indoor Sport Centre where a petition was handed over to Enoch Mgijima Municipality portfolio head for community safety Adele Hendricks. Speaking during the event, Hendricks said they need to stand up and fight the violence against women and children in the country. “We need to work together in this fight to make our country a crime-free country. Women need to stand up and work together

with government departments to make sure that women are taken care of and are not abused,” she said. She said it is the responsibility of the municipality to join forces with the local churches, the community police forum, the

police and all stakeholders to fight the violence against women and children. “This does not stop here. We need to make this our daily job, we need to make sure that women and children are protected and taken care of,” she said.

Representatives of the SA Police, churches, the Department of Social Development, Department of Health, Enoch Mgijima Municipality and stakeholders took to the streets to launch the 16 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Women and Children campaign on Friday.

Nobuhle Outreach Centre member Adelaide Phillips said it seems as if people have accepted violence as being okay. “Children have anger issues caused by how they were brought up. We must no longer let our children be subjected to abuse and we are ready to stand up and say enough is enough,” she said. Phillips said public servants need to know that rendering services is in line with the rights of people. “Victims have the right to be assisted. Each one of us needs to look at the issues that we need to address. We need to support and empower our people so that they are able to stand up and fight abuse,” she said. She said people need to send the message to all the people out there to inspire change. “It is not only my job, but our job and that of the whole community, to stand up, as violence affects us all. Bullies come from violent homes and all of us need to stand up and be counted in the fight against abuse,” she said. The police and the Department of Health encouraged people to work together and fight gender violence.


Growing concern over violence against women and children REPORTER IN South Africa one out of every six woman is regularly assaulted by their partner and in at least 46 per cent of cases, the men involved also abuse the children living with the woman, says Dr Lerato Dikobe-Kalane, PsychMG (Psychiatry Management Group) board member. In light of 16 days of activism on no violence against women and children taking place worldwide from 25 November to 10 December, Dr Dikobe-Kalane says that social services and the general community needs to actively address the situation and protect those vulnerable to such abuse and violence. She says that the statistics paint a dire picture with a recently released Optimus Study on child sexual abuse and maltreatment finding

that one in every three young South Africans has experienced some sort of sexual abuse by the age of 17. The study is the first nationally representative on the extent and impact of child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Africa. Dr Dikobe-Kalane says that unfortunately many cases go unreported hindering a comprehensive understanding of the full extent of abusive and violent episodes. “Women are still unaware of their rights whilst others are afraid of further violence from the perpetrator if they attempt legal action. This is even more compounded by the introduction of the new Domestic Violence Act, which a lot of women do not fully understand, and the widespread non-compliance to the Act at police station level, where domestic violence cases are not being recorded as they should be.”

She says the prevalence of violence has a negative effect on women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, and may increase their vulnerability to HIV. “Domestic violence can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep difficulties, eating disorders, emotional distress, substance abuse and suicide attempts.” She says that there is help available to victims. Victims can safely approach organisations such as People Against Woman Abuse (POWA), Hlayisani White Door Centre, Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC), Vukuzenzele and Mercy House if they are exposed to any of the following forms of violent situations: . Sexual abuse (whether you are married to the other person or not);

. Physical abuse or assault (for example, slapping, biting, kicking, and threats of physical violence); . Damage to property or anything you value; . Stalking (when the other person follows or approaches you or your children repeatedly); . Economic abuse, that is, when the other person keeps money to which you are legally entitled from you in an unreasonable manner by - refusing to pay or share the rent or mortgage bond for the home you share; or disposing of any property (household goods) in which you have interest, without your permission; . Emotional abuse (that is, degrading or humiliating behaviour, including repeated insults, belittling, cursing and threats); . Any other controlling or abusive behaviour which poses a threat to your safety, health or well-being.



December 1, 2016 Queenstown Express

Public must be vigilant ahead of festive season


SOUTH African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in the Chris Hani District, Namhla Mdleleni, said that the criminal activities that are typically common around the festive season are increasing in Komani. Namhla said this during an information outreach campaign to educate the public about the fraudulent and dangerous scams at ATMs. The SAPS, partnered with the Chris Hani District Municipality and Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS), saw the need to conduct such a programme after many incidents of scams, theft and robbery had been reported in the Komani area since September.

As the festive season is fast approaching, the public needs to be prepared and vigilant of various incidents that usually take place around this time. Mdleleni said that even though these crimes are increasing, they are still less than last year. “So far they are still under control, but we don’t want them to increase; hence we are going to continue with this programme since it is a period for pensioners to receive their money. “We are also going to conduct intensive patrols and we’ve formed a task team where we’ve deployed reservists and clusters around Komani. “Theft out of motor vehicles is escalating and we’re asking for motorists to close their windows and doors properly by checking them physically if they are using re-

Mpendulo’s top achiever

motes to lock them,” said Lwando Helesi from the Department of Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS). “Secondly, hide your possessions in the boot,” said Helesi. Criminals are especially targeting government pension beneficiaries because they know that they are very busy at this time of the year and they are easy targets. “Random people approach pensioners at ATMs with the intention of robbing them. We want to encourage people to be aware of this and ask for help inside if there is no designated security outside.” Helesi urged the public to work with the government and the police to eradicate criminal activities this season in order to prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

Mpendulo Public Primary School held a farewell function and prize-giving for Grade 7 pupils on Wednesday. The school’s top achiever was Mvuyisi Jwaqa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

How to prevent fallling victim to fraud and scams THE police are warning people to be careful when purchasing vehicles online. This follows a recent incident where a person deposited an undisclosed amount of cash in an account to purchase a vehicle that he saw online. After the money was deposited, the seller’s cell phone was on voicemail and no vehicle was delivered to the buyer. A case of fraud was opened for investigation. How to protect yourself from fraud and scams: The simple tips below will help you protect yourself and your family from scams. Scams can cost people a lot of money and cause a great deal of distress. By following these simple tips, you can protect yourself against scams. Phishing and Fraud Scams are methods of deceitfully obtaining personal information such as passwords, identity numbers and credit card details by calling, sending emails or cell phone messages that look as though they come from trusted sources, such as banks or

legitimate companies. Typically, these emails or cell phone messages request that users click on a link in the email, which will direct users to a spoofed website – a site designed to fool users into thinking that it is legitimate – to obtain, verify or update contact details or other sensitive financial information. These emails and messages also contain a telephone number and contact person whom you should call, as you are promised you could win large sums of money. What you should do to prevent falling victim to scams and fraud: ) Never respond to emails or cell phone messages appearing to be from your bank, which request your personal details. Remember that no bank will ever ask you to confirm or update your account details by email. ) Never provide your online ID, password or PIN to anyone and never write them down or share them. ) Do not save your Internet banking password on your desktop. ) Do not leave your computer unattended after you have entered your Internet banking password. ) Always log off or sign off at the end of a session.

) Avoid doing Internet banking in public areas such as Internet cafés, or on any computer that can be accessed by people you do not know. ) Change your PIN and passwords frequently. ) Put sensible transaction limits on your accounts. ) Only provide your credit card details to reputable companies. ) If it looks too good to be true, it usually is. ) Members must apply precautionary measures when purchasing any item online. It is advisable to conduct verification if the company is registered. ) Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust. The SAPS said in a statement they are committed to creating a safe and secure environment for all people in South Africa. This can, however, only be achieved if individuals and communities cooperate with the police by volunteering information on criminals and their activities. “In partnership, the police and the community can act, against crime together to prevent crime,” the statement read.

Ilinge residents encouraged to conserve land YOLANDA DAMANE MSINGATHI Mkhothso from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said global warming is the result of deforestation by people who do not take responsibility for the re-planting of trees in areas where they have removed trees. Mkhotso spoke at the LandCare Awareness campaign hosted by the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform at Ilinge Community Hall last Thursday. Local schools, members of the Community Work Projects (CWP), farmers and nonprofit organizations were invited to participate in the programme aimed at educating residents about the dangers of the exploitation of the environment. The farming and cutting down of trees to sell to other residents, is a means of living for many poor people in the area. This leads to a sizeable loss of trees. Patrick Futshane from the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform emphasized the need for the conservation of

land by those who utilize it. “The most important thing about today’s programme is the fact that we’re here to share information on how we should preserve the land.” Futshane also stated that the province has the problem of people who forcefully take the government’s vacant land for their personal use. “When experts strategise on spaces for dwellings or farming, there are a number of factors considered. But some people don’t want to be ruled by their leaders.” Mkhotso added that the department has various programmes encouraging residents not to destroy trees by burning and cutting them down. “It is vital to take care of trees in order to prevent climate change. Trees are very beneficial to the environment, humans and animals.” The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform handed over trees to the local schools and NPOs, encouraging them to spread the culture of taking care of the surroundings by starting off with the little things such as planting of trees.


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Jazz legend to be buried this weekend TEMBILE SGQOLANA LOCAL jazz artists are mourning the death of one of Komani’s most well-known drummers who passed away last week.

Mzwabantu Sticks Qofu.


The self-taught drummer and pianist, Mzwanantu Sticks Qofu, who was the cofounder of the Together Jazz Band, passed away after a short illness. Qofu used to play for the Heritage Jazz Band, a group headed by Xolela Sopitshi. Jazz musician Sipho Lisa said he first met Qofu when he worked at Pillay’s music shop. “I think his love for music started there. He was a student of the Phahlane family who was a family of great pianists,” he said. Lisa said when he established the Blue Note Bar Jazz Joint, Qofu played there. “He groomed Lungiswa Songelwa, Thenjiwe Nguna, Elethu Kibi and Musa Ndonga. At the time of his passing, I was looking forward to seeing him record his music and

I had approached some of my contacts in Johannesburg,” Lisa said. He said the passing of Qofu is a great loss to the music industry. In 2005, Qofu, together with the late Mthetho Nobhala, Mxolisi Phukwana and the late Mlungisi Guffy Pono, started Together Jazz Band. After the passing of the two members, Qofu taught piano and vocals to the new members. The group had a vision of reviving the standard of jazz in Komani. Together Jazz Band performed at the Home Coming Festival, the Grahamstown Arts Festival, Joe Slovo Freedom High School, Blue Note Bar, Vusi’s Tavern, Jamas Tavern, Empolweni and Smart’s Tavern at Ilinge. The band shared the stage with Stompie Mavi, Stimela, Ringo Madlingozi, Letta and Caiphus Semenya, Sliq Angel, Jimmy Dludlu, Hugh Masekela, Zahara, the late Jabu Khanyile and Jonnas Gwangwa. Qofu will be buried this weekend.

Nolukhanyo celebrates 45th anniversary YOLANDA DAMANE NOLUKHANYO Primary School did not only celebrate their 45th anniversary reunion last Thursday, but also the trust fund which is going to be established by former learners of the school to support any promising students and teachers who are dedicated to developing the school. Former Nolukhanyo students came together and hosted the gathering that gave rise to the idea of starting up their own trust fund. The fund will help any pupil from Ilinge Township attending the primary school who comes from a destitute background to continue with their studies. Thembisa Nkothana, who was a pupil at the school in the late seventies and who is a teacher now, said that they had decided to hold their reunion as part of the school’s 45th celebrations. “Most families in Ilinge are disadvantaged. We have first-hand experience of this and that is why we found it necessary to raise funds so that we can try to assist capable children who wish to continue with their studies,” she said. One of the school’s teachers, Nomatham-

sanqa Yaphi, who has been teaching for over twenty years, said the celebrations signified a great achievement for the school, as it is situated in a very disadvantaged area. “Regardless of the circumstances, the school did not succumb to the dreadful conditions,” Yaphi said, acknowledging the efforts of the former and current principals. Speaking on behalf of the Education Department in the Chris Hani District, Senior Education Specialist, Fuzile Majwete, who also grew up in Ilinge, said the school was the second primary school to be built in 1971 during a time when primary school children had to travel a number of kilometres barefoot to get to their schools. “Today the government is erecting posh buildings for schools. “It gives me great pleasure to proclaim that Nolukhanyo is a growing and viable school. “A number of schools are closing down because they are unstable and parents are voting by walking away with their children. “I salute those parents who are uneducated, but are making sure their children get an education,” said Majwete. Nobantu Stuurman said that taking the position of being the school’s principal in 2002

Nyanisweni Junior Secondary School pupils performed during the anniversary celebrations.


was challenging because the school was already in good standing. “Even so, it is a great pleasure to belong

to something which has a sense of history, and our challenges makes me stronger day by day.”

Narysec honours apprentices YOLANDA DAMANE



THE National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec), a component of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in the Eastern Cape, held a graduation ceremony for 50 participants in the Chris Hani District who took part in their skills development programme. The graduation was held at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre. The programme aims to provide skills and

entrepreneurial training to unemployed youth, particularly those from rural and disadvantaged parts of the province. “This will help those who want to establish their own businesses, as well as those who seek to be employed.” Councillor Mbotshane of Chris Hani District Municipality said what makes this programme significant, is that it assisted people who were unable to complete their matric, as well as people from financially underprivileged backgrounds who were unable to go to institutions of higher learning.

A hospitality graduate at the ceremony, Sinako Willie, said the programme has helped them in various aspects of their lives such as character building and discipline. This will therefore help them to serve as change agents when they go back to their communities. A total of 150 participants from across the province were trained in Hospitality Studies and Film Production. They obtained qualifications in these fields of study from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and Big Fish Colleges.


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The National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec) honoured 50 people who participated in their skills development programme.




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Only few days left to enter for Vote now for Miss South Africa 2017 finalists Front Page C hristmas B aby Christmas Baby REPORTER THE Queenstown Express is looking for a baby to grace the front page of the last edition of the year – which will be published on Thursday, December 15. Parents have until 4pm on Monday, December 5, to enter babies born after December 25, 2015. The Queenstown Express Christmas Baby Competition is aimed at making the day even more special for babies who are celebrating their first Christmas. The winning baby’s photo will be published on the front page of the last edition of this year. Apart from the honour of gracing our last front page of the year, the winning baby will also receive a photo shoot and images on a disk from pixelPerfect photography. The winner of the competition will be rephotographed by pixelPerfect photography. Parents must enter their babies via our social media platforms. There are three platforms to choose from:

Mia Alston has been entered for the Queenstown Express Christmas Baby competition.

Facebook – Queenstown Express On the left of our Facebook page, click on the Christmas Baby tab, which will take you to the entry form where you can upload your baby’s photo and enter all the details. (Do not enter via the Facebook app on your phone. Rather enter from a computer or the full desktop version of Facebook on your phone.) Twitter – @Queen_Express Submit your photo via Twitter; include all the necessary info and then tag @Queen_Express and include QTBaby2016. Instagram – ep_media24 1) Follow us on Instagram 2) Upload your photo and include all the necessary info. 3) Include #QTBaby2016 in your post. Only online entries will be accepted – no photos may be emailed. No photos to be posted on our Facebook timeline.

Yanda Mlalandle has been entered for the Queenstown Express Christmas Baby competition.

The following information must be in­ cluded: , Name and surname of the baby , Date of birth (eg: 2016-10-30) , Gender , Suburb/town you live in. Entries which do not have this information will not be considered.

Monday, December 5. Entry photos need not have a Christmas theme, and baby’s face must be clearly visible. Only babies living in the Queenstown area where the Queenstown Express is distributed, are allowed to enter. All the entries received will be published on our Facebook page in photo galleries.

How the competition will work The closing date for entries is 4pm on

) For more information about the competition, send an email to

FOR the first time in history, the winner of the Miss South Africa competition will be determined by the community via a public voting system. Licence owners Sun International, in collaboration with Cell C, invite members of the public to vote for their favourite Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalist and propel her into the Top 12. The competition’s 26 semi-finalists include only one young lady from the Eastern Cape, namely Zozibini Tunzi, a 23-year-old part-time model from East London, and she needs the community’s help to claim her spot in the Top 12. Tunzi’s first beauty competition was a pageant held in her local church which helped her grow in confidence and she has always been inspired by former Miss South Africa and businesswoman, Basetsana Kumalo. She said that growing up she wasn’t very athletic and was always reading. She is also an unashamed daddy’s girl and a real foodie who loves eating out with her older sister. After the Top 12 is revealed, the public will then be able to vote for the girl they believe Zozibini Tunzi, the only Miss South Africa 2017 should wear the Miss South Africa crown. semi-finalist from the Eastern Cape. The second round of public voting is schedPHOTO:YOLANDA VAN DER STOEP uled to open in February 2017 when the Top 12 Miss SA 2017 finalists are announced. The R25 000 cash prize. All finalists are also able to public’s SMS votes will have a 25 percent weight- take part in the 12-month Cell C internship proing of the overall voting towards the winner, gramme should they choose to avail themselves with 75 percent resting with the official judges. of the opportunity once the Miss South Africa Voting is done via SMS. The public can SMS 2017 competition is over. the number of their favourite Top 26 semi-finalMiss South Africa 2017 will receive R1 million ist to the short code number 45791. in cash from Sun International and Cell C, as Tunzi’s lucky number is 26. well as a bouquet of prizes that includes a car, Each SMS will cost R1.50. Proceeds from the an international holiday and other prizes worth competition will benefit the Cell C Girl Child in excess of R2 million. Bursary Fund. Up for grabs are double tickets Miss South Africa 2017 takes place at the Sun to attend the live Miss South Africa pageant at City Superbowl on March 26. Sun City for 10 lucky voters. For more information visit the Miss South AfThe finalists for 2017 will each receive a rica website – REPORTER

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Entertainment December 1, 2016 Queenstown Express

Hot talent at Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Festival REPORTER THE annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival returns to the shores of East London for its 8th successive year on December 18 at the Buffalo City Cricket Stadium.

Mobi Dixon is in the line-up of performers for the 8th annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival which will take place on December 18 at Buffalo Park in East London. PHOTO: SANELE JAMES

The 2016 production is brought to music fans in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. In 2015, Buyel’Ekhaya produced a world class production showcasing the best of African music talent to over 22 000 festival goers. The 2016 edition of the Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival promises to be an even bigger and better experience for all festival goers and tourists with a lineup featuring headline acts from iconic Dorothy Masuku, trombone virtuoso Jonas Gwangwa, legendary African pop artist Ringo Madlingozi and multiaward winning DJ and record producer Black Coffee, as well as Siphokazi, Msaki, Aka, Babes Wodumo, Mobi Dixon and many more.

In keeping with its vision to pay tribute to diverse African art forms, this year’s festival will include the inaugural Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Development Programme (see full report on this page). Festival Founder Mrs Hlubi Mazwai, of Mazwai Strategic Communications, believes that it is critically important to provide “a world class line up” to ensure a sustainable and reputable brand. She said, “Buyel’Ekhaya has always been about celebrating what is Eastern Cape, what is South African and what is African; it is about our unique cultural identities, and that is what we aim to deliver in each and every line-up.” Furthermore, Mazwai has promised that “Buyel’Ekhaya remains committed to the safety of all patrons, as it has put together a team of the best security and productions companies in South Africa.” The 8th annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival will take place on December 18 at Buffalo Park. Tickets at R200 are available at Computicket. For more info, visit

Fashion designers benefit from Buyel’Ekhaya fashion programme REPORTER ON Monday, November 21, fashion design icon David Tlale facilitated the first ever Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Development Workshop with aspiring young fashion designers and students at the Miriam Makeba Centre of Performing Arts in East London. The Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Development Programme is an empowerment initiative of the Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Festival and is made possible through the generous support of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) SETA, SABC and South African fashion designers David Tlale and Thula Sindi. The Fashion Development adjudication panel went through over 70 creative portfolios submitted at the workshop and eight successful applicants were selected to participate in a 10-day mentorship programme with renowned fashion designer, Thula Sindi. The eight Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Development Mentorship Programme awardees are: . Athenkosi Mgudlwa . Nozibele Nyembe

The eight Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Development Mentorship Programme awardees with fashion designer, David Tlale. . Phindile Makupula . Sandisiwe Dani . Thandolwethu Piliso . Unathi Kweyi . Wendy Virginia Matiwane

. Zikhona Voyi. During the 10-day period, the eight mentorship awardees will also design and produce garments from the Thula Sindi studios in Johannes-

burg from November 27 to December 6. These garments will be showcased at the inaugural Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Show to be held on December 16


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December 1, 2016 Queenstown Express

Local sports clubs graced by department SIPHOSIHLE DYONASE THE Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture recently gave local sports clubs a big boost by donating sport equipment and sporting gear to various football, rugby, netball, boxing and volleyball teams in the District. Fifty teams, including those from surrounding areas of Komani, received equipment after observations made by the department during their annual league games. Thoko Oliphant, Manager of Sport and Recreation, said that the department had initiated Regional League Games in this financial year.

These games included mostly teams from the rural areas and a few recognised teams. She said that this had resulted in the department realising that many teams lacked basic sporting gear. “Some would play in their clothes and some in their tights.” She said that the department decided to help the teams that participated this year – whether they won or not. “The idea was to keep them motivated and to sustain the clubs,” she said. Some of the challenges faced by the teams are transport and standby medical services in the case of emergencies and on-field injuries.

Oliphant said that an amount of R388 000 was spent on transport alone to transfer players during the league games this year. Nicoleen van Schalkwyk, coach of the Old Collegiate Netball Club, said that they are pleased with what the department is doing. She said they can see that the department is trying very hard to give back to the community. “As a club that started last year and did not have anything for us, this is a big thing,” she said. The club received socks, a ball andnetball kit. A proud van Schalkwyk added that five players from the club went on to represent them provincially.


Sports clubs representatives with the Manager of Sport and Recreation, Thoko Oliphant at the handover of sporting equipment.PHOTO:SIPHOSIHLE DYONASE

Cumakala Football Club has high hopes for next season TEMBILE SGQOLANA

play-offs recently.

CUMAKALA Football Club from Lady Frere is putting their town on the map after finishing among the top four women’s teams in the province during the Sasol Women’s League

Cumakala ended this season’s league in position two of the inland stream with only three points separating them and log leaders Red Roses. Due to exams resulting in some

Cumakala FC team thanks its supporters for helping them finish in position four in the Eastern Cape. PHOTO:TEMBILE SGQOLANA

Nomwa thanks his supporters TEMBILE SGQOLANA KOMANI’s legendary runner Malungisa Nomwa thanked his supporters and sponsors for helping him finish the year on a good note. The 60-year-old athlete said he still has it in his bones to continue running. “This year I had a successful year, where I ran better times. I am now busy preparing for the Two Oceans marathon which I have already qualified

for,” he said. Nomwa, who runs for Queenstown Harriers Running Club, said he would be competing in other races next year. “I love running and it is my life. I can’t imagine doing anything else than running,” he said. Among the races that Nomwa ran this year is the Twizza Bonkolo Dam Marathon where he finished the 21km in an hour and fifty-one minutes to take the gold medal in his category. At the Eyasekasi Marathon Nomwa

players not being able to play, the team suffered a huge loss of 2-0 in the play-offs against Thunder Birds from Butterworth. Cumakala coach Wezo Ndike said the team could have played very well if it weren’t for the exams. “The timing for the play-offs was not right as most of my players were writing exams. I had to go there with only 12 players, but next time we will do better,” he said. Ndike said the team has been improving its performance since it started playing in the Sasol League. “Last season we finished the league in position two and the difference was seven points between us and the log leaders. This season we managed to be in position two and only three points separated us from the log leaders,” he said.

He said their aim going forward is to take the league and be the team that will represent the Eastern Cape Province in the national games. “We will make sure that we win at least half of the games next season in order to sit comfortably in the top position on the log. “The improvement that we have shown since the start of the log shows that we are capable of playing among the best teams in the country,” he said. Ndike thanked the supporters who have been behind the team since it

took position 24, finishing the 12km race in just 57:28 minutes. The other races that he competed in were the 5km Roman Catholic Church fund raising race and the Mica 5km fun run. He took sixth position in both races. Nomwa said this year has been difficult for him as he was not able to compete in some of the races due to a lack of funds. “The only thing that kept me going is the love for running. I would like to thank all those who supported me throughout the year and I hope we will work together again next year,” he said.

started playing competitive football. “I want to thank the National Lottery for funding us, because without their support we would have not made it this far. Their support helped us a lot as we have attracted players from other districts,” he said. Ndike thanked Queenstown Express for publishing the team’s progress this season. “The paper kept people informed of the team’s progress and I would like to thank it for that. I appreciate the coverage we received as local football teams,” he said.


Invitation to the IDP Representative Forum Members The Executive Mayor of Chris Hani District Municipality Cllr Kholiswa Vimbayo hereby gives notice in terms of Chapter 4 (Community Participation) and chapter 5 (Integrated Development Planning) of the Municipal Systems Act (No.32 of 2000) that the Chris Hani District Municipality would like to invite all members and stakeholders of the IDP Rep Forum to the CHDM IDP Representative Forum meeting. Date : 09 December 2016 Venue: Council Chamber, 15 Bells Road Town : Queenstown Time : 10H00 am For more information kindly contact the Senior Manager Development Planning Mr N. Gobeni or Mr M. Pumaphi Development Planner, IPED Directorate, 56 Tylden Street Queenstown or email or write to P/ Bag x 7121 Queenstown 5320 Tel : 045 807 4800 or Fax : 045 807 4820 ISAZISO SE IDP REP FORUM Isaziso Kumalungu eIDP Rep Forum Obekekileyo usodolophu kumasipala wesithili saseChris Hani uceba Kholiswa Vimbayo umema bonke abathathi nxaxheba kunye namalungu kwiqumrhu elimele isicwangciso sophuhliso oluhlangeneyo ngokwesiqendu 4 (uthathonxaxheba loluntu) and 5 (Integrated Development Planning) seMunicipal Systems Act (No.32 of 2000) okokuba umasipala wesithili saseChris Hani umema bonke abathathi nxaxheba kunye namalungu ase CHDM kwi CHDM IDP Rep Forum Meeting. Umhla : WesiThoba kweyoMnga 2016 Indawo : CHDM Council Chamber, 15 Bells Road Idolophu : Komani Ixesha : ngeTsimbi yeshumi kusasa Ngencukacha ezithe vetshe dibana kunye noManejala wezophuhliso uMnumzana N. Gobeni; or Mnumzano M. Pumaphi kuledilesi ilandelayo okanye iziswe kwi ofisi yomphathi weDevelopment Planning IPED Directorate , 51 Grey Street , Queenstown , email or P/Bag x 7121 Queenstown 5320 Tel : 045 807 4800 okanye Fax: 045 807 4820 Issued by Mr Mopo Mene Municipal Manager CHDM

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Cape Malay bobotie recipe THIS is a spicy flavourful mince dish which originated from Indonesia. The origins of the name are not clear, although ‘bobotok’ was an Indonesian dish consisting of meat with a custard topping that was cooked in a pan of water until the egg mixture set. It is also one of those dishes that reflects the history of South Africa that meld together to create what we now know as South African cuisine. Bobotie is a Cape-Malay creation, and they (the Malays) spiced it up even more with cumin, coriander and cloves, which was influenced from the Dutch who brought ground meat to the local cuisine in 1652. The spices were introduced by the slaves from Indonesia during the 17th century and the presentation is reminiscent of English shepherd’s pie as we know it today.


500g minced meat (lamb or beef) 2 slices white bread (preferably a couple of days old) 2 tbsp cooking oil

1 large onion, peeled and chopped ½ tsp ground cloves 1 tsp crushed garlic 1 tsp salt (or to taste) 2 tsp curry powder 1 tsp turmeric 1 large egg 3 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp sugar (optional) 6 bay leaves

For the topping: 6 large eggs 1 cup milk


. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. . Pour cold water to cover over the bread and set aside to soak. . Meanwhile fry onions in oil until they are soft and starting to colour, 10 minutes. . Add cloves, garlic, salt, curry powder, two of the bay leaves and turmeric, and simmer for 5 minutes adding drops of water if necessary. . In a separate bowl combine the minced meat with the onion mixture, egg, lemon juice and sugar. . Squeeze the water from the

bread and mix until well blended. . Transfer the mixture into an ovenproof dish (23 x 33cm and about 5-6cm deep). . Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill one day ahead. . For the topping, beat the milk and eggs, then pour over the meat. . Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 minutes until the topping is set and starting to turn golden. . Serve with almond yellow rice and mango chutney.


. Add a couple of tablespoons of mango chutney or apricot preserves to the meat if you like. A grated apple is also sometimes added. . Stir a handful of toasted, slivered almonds into the meat mixture before cooking, or garnish the finished dish with toasted almonds. . One or two beaten eggs can also be stirred into the meat mixture if you like. . Substitute lemon leaves for the bay leaves. For more such recipes, visit

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How to save water one leaky tap at a time REPORTER DID you know that South Africa is one of the top 30 driest countries in the world with an average rainfall of less than 500 millimetres a year? This is 360 millimetres less than the world’s average. The major droughts caused by the lack of rainfall have resulted in water restrictions around the country. It is not all doom and gloom though. The good news is that you, together with Builders, can do something to manage water consumption and make a difference, starting with something as simple as your taps. Leaking taps can waste up to 30 litres of water per hour, which is why reporting any dripping/leaking taps, pipes and toilets to maintenance as soon as you notice a problem will go a long way in putting a stop to wastefulness. If you are the type that likes doing your own handy work, Builders have compiled a few easy steps to ensure that those leaking taps are soon a thing of the past. You will need: . Shifting Spanner . Cloth . Screwdriver (old one) . Water pump pliers . Washer and jumper unit, or washer and set . Scouring pad


When you have all the necessary tools at your disposal, it is time to get to work: 1. Remove the cover to expose the screw which holds the handle of the tap in place and un-screw it to remove the handle. 2. Cover the nose of your spanner with tape so it doesn’t scratch the finish on your tap. 3. Using a spanner, undo the nut around the headpiece assembly, holding the tap body firmly to prevent it from turning on the basin (which could cause other leaks). 4. Remove the washer and unscrew the nut using water pump pliers. Give the whole assembly a rub with a scouring pad to remove any debris sitting on the thread. 5. Fill in the new washer, place the jumper back in the headpiece assembly and replace this in the tap body. Tighten it in place with a spanner. 6. Refit the handle and tighten. Before opening the tap, see if the leak has stopped, then test to see if water comes out of the tap. With these six simple steps courtesy of Builders, you are playing a part in leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations. No matter how small you might think your contribution is, it counts.

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Easy­to­make sticky toffee pudding REPORTER Montagu, suppliers of dried fruit and nuts, is sharing this mouth-watering and easy-to-make sticky toffee Christmas pudding with readers.


. 180g Montagu pitted dates and Dried Fruit Cake Mix (combination of both) . 180ml hot water . 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda . 60g unsalted butter (softened) . 150g dark brown muscovado sugar . 15ml dark molasses . 2 eggs . 180g self-raising flour


1. Soak the fruit in the water with the bicarbonate of soda for about 15 minutes and blend until puree. 2. Cream the sugar and the butter. Then add the eggs one by one and whisk until fluffy. 3. Sift in the flour and stir, but be careful not to overmix. 4. Add 100g of dried fruit mix and fold through, spray a ringmold and

bake in a 160 degree oven for about 45 minutes until cooked. 5. Heat the sugar and the butter until melted and the sugar dissolved. Then add the cream in one go. 6. Boil until the sauce thickens a little and pour over the pudding. You can decorate with more dried fruit if you like. 7. Serve hot or cold. Enjoy! Montagu’s sticky toffee Christmas pudding.


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. 100g muscovado sugar . 100g butter . 100ml cream




December 1, 2016 Queenstown Express


Ford Focus rocks with the RS IF you like a car that idles quietly, that doesn’t attract attention wherever you go and that just gets you from A to B to C with as little effort and (fun) as possible in the most fuel-efficient way, the Ford Focus RS is not the car for you. On the other hand . . . If you like a bold, powerful and loud car that turns heads….. this performance vehicle of Ford will tick all those boxes and give you endless days of driving fun, even if it is just from A to B to C and then back to A. Express on Wheels spend a week on the mom’s taxi route with the Focus RS. This hot ride was also recently named as one of the three finalists in the consumer awards in the performance car category (between R600 000 and R1 000 000). This is quite an achievement as its competitors are the BMW M2 M-DCT and Mercedes-AMG A45 4Motion. The Focus RS is one of at least 12 performance vehicles that Ford is planning on bringing out in the next four years. Production of the all-new Focus RS commenced on 14 January this year at Ford’s Saarlouis manufacturing plant in Germany. South Africa will receive a limited supply of only 300. According to Ford, the all-new Focus RS pioneers the innovative Ford Performance All Wheel Drive (AWD) system, along with numerous advanced performance technologies to deliver exceptional cornering speed, thrilling performance and unbridled driving enjoyment. With a specially engineered 257kW version of Ford’s new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, the Focus RS is the fastest-ever RS model, sprinting from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and hitting a top speed of 266 km/h. Ride Since this is a high performance vehicle, people who would be interested in it would understand all the high-tech language, so – for their sake – I will relay what Ford says about why this car is a perfomance car. According to Ford, “the innovative Ford Performance AWD with Dynamic Torque Vectoring delivers a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed. “To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the Ford Performance AWD system was calibrated alongside the car’s advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torquevectoring AWD. “Other exclusive chassis features include sports suspension with stiffer spring rates and more efficient anti-roll-bars than those found in the Focus ST, and two-mode switchable dampers, which offer a 40% firmer Sport setting for track driving. “A carefully tuned electric power-assisted steering system, working in combination with an optimized front suspension knuckle design and shorter steering link arms, delivers responsive steering with

outstanding feel. “The vehicle’s exterior design has also been developed to support the driving dynamics. Careful aerodynamic optimisation of the front splitter, rear spoiler and underbody features eliminates lift forces, and the final design delivers a balanced performance with zero lift front and rear for optimum high-speed handling and stability”. On the mom’s taxi route I never had to worry about “a balanced performance with zero lift front and rear for optimum high speed handling and stability” (except over a speedbump or two, maybe…), but this is how I experienced the drive in my own words: Number one – it is fun to drive in capital letters. You will never get bored of the roar coming out of those twin exhausts. And the four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Race Track and Drift) tell you enough about what this car is capable of. I kept it on normal. At first I found the ride to be hard – especially in the first couple of gears, but once you get going, it is more comfortable. It was the same situation with the seats – getting into those beautifully sculpted Recaro seats might be a bit tricky at times – especially if you are not as thin, fit and fexible as when you were 16, but as soon as you have settled into those seats, they are pretty comfortable, with some nice lower back support. The steering wheel feels nice between the fingers and the 6-speed gearbox offers great pleasure. I found the digits of the speedometer a bit small, something which had to be checked regularly as with all the power that this car has, one can quickly go much faster than you wanted to or than what the law allows. Its brake system, which features Brembo front calipers, is also very efficient. During my week with it, the trip computer showed an average fuel consumption of a thirsty 15.1 litre/100km.

The Focus RS exterior design is both dramatic and functional, with a more powerful and muscular character. PHOTO: SUPPLIED The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine for the all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the all-new Ford Mustang. The engine has been specifically developed for the high-performance Focus RS to deliver 10% more power with a maximum output of 257kW. An interesting fact is that the EcoBoost power unit is manufactured at the Valencia Engine Plant in Spain, where every RS engine is subjected to a rigorous “listening test” at the end of the production line to pick up any tell-tale noises that might indicate a possible defect and that machines cannot easily identify.

signers worked closely with Ford Performance to focus on the aerodynamic downforce and balance delivered by the design, as well as the cooling demands of the powertrain and brakes. The distinctive rear roof spoiler ensures that no-one is left in doubt of this car’s sporty DNA – and if you are in doubt, the RS logo, which appears all over the car inside and outside, will make sure that you know this is a super special vehicle. Its standard Bi-Xenon HID headlamps feature Adaptive Front Lighting. This adjusts the intensity and angle of the headlamp beams according to the vehicle’s speed, steering angle and distance to objects.

Exterior The Focus RS exterior design is both dramatic and functional, with a more powerful and muscular character. Ford says their de-

Interior As befits a high performance car, the interior is also laden with high-spec features, such as steering wheel controls, a touchscreen with rear camera, park sensors, auto headlights and wipers, to name but a few of the features. It has lots of dials with data and the trip computer’s info as well as the SYNC®2 infotainment system is at the tip of your fingers with the steering wheel controls. Three gauges above the centre console, which is angled at the driver, displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure. The sculpted Recaro seats have bold blue inserts with the blue theme continued in the blue stitching of the leather upholstery. It also offers decent sized boot space and more than enough stowage cubicles. The RS offers SYNC®2 connectivity for the audio, climate control and mobile phones via voice control, and via an 8-inch colour touchscreen.

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As befits a high performance car, the interior is also laden with high-spec features. The sculpted Recaro seats have bold blue inserts with the blue theme continued in the stitching of the leather upholstery. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Focus 2.3 EcoBoost RS 6MT 5-door costs R699 900. Optional extras include metallic paint, Recaro Shell Seats and RS Power/Tilt/ Slide Sunroof.

The power of the second opinion counts for your vehicle too REPORTER IF you have a medical condition and need a diagnosis, the chances are you will get a second or even a third opinion before making any decisions. The same should apply to our vehicles, said Les McMaster, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA). “In the event of a major repair, as correctly diagnosed or, in some cases, incorrectly, consumers often feel backed into a corner and feel like their only options are to tradein, upgrade or downgrade the vehicle through starting a new finance agreement. But this is not always the best decision,” he said. While trading-in or writing-off the vehicle may be sold to you as the only option, this

may not always be the case. “Some consumers get duped into believing that loading the outstanding finance of the trade-in onto the new debt is the best option, but this makes poor commercial sense - especially in a tough economic climate. The only beneficiaries here are the finance houses and the dealership. The consumer ends up with a lesser-value car and a vehicle finance burden over a longer period,” McMaster said. And while writing-off the vehicle may make financial sense for an insurer, it may not be the best option for the vehicle owner. “Especially when it comes to older vehicles, the pay-out may amount to so little that it’s impossible to buy another vehicle. “This may be because the value of the replacement part is disproportionate to the value of the car at the time of the accident,”

McMaster continued. He strongly advises consumers to take the time to get a second or even third opinion on the diagnosed repair. “Go to an independent workshop. Get another quote or even two. In doing so, it may come as a surprise that the initial diagnosis was incorrect or if it was correct that the initial repair quote is exorbitant,” he added. There is no longer a massive divide between what a dealership can offer and what an independent workshop can. The scales are balancing and consumers are finding that independents are versatile in repairs to all kinds of makes and models of cars, their technicians have a wealth of experience and knowledge and the repairs cost less. “There is also merit in finding out about reconditioned parts and whether this is an option for the type of repair needed,” said

Mc Master. He noted that vehicle owners that are out of warranty often keep returning to a dealership for vehicle servicing and repairs out of habit. “The reality is that more often than not an independent workshop can service your car at a much more affordable rate than a dealer can. The key is to use an accredited workshop.” McMaster reminds consumers that it is their right to get a second opinion and not to be bullied or scared into making a quick decision. “Take your time, do the math and call on experts to assist you. Vehicles are a big expense so it’s important that you get the best service, at the most affordable rate from a trustworthy service provider,” he concluded.


December 1, 2016 Queenstown Express


Mazda unveils all­new CX­5 crossover SUV REPORTER MAZDA Motor Corporation unveiled the all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV on November 16 in Los Angeles. The fully redesigned model, which refines every element of Mazda’s design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure, will be launched in Japan in February and is

expected to launch in Southern Africa mid-2017. The slogan for the development of the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 is “An SUV all customers will enjoy,” and Mazda aims to add a new dimension by offering driving pleasure that everyone on board can enjoy - not just the driver. The model is engineered in line with human sensibilities to deliver responsive performance that con-

The new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV was revealed on November 16 in Los Angeles. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

forms to the driver’s expectations. It also prioritises passenger comfort, with a quiet cabin and pleasant ride feel, and adopts G-Vectoring Control, the first of the SKYACTIV-Vehicle Dynamics vehicle motion control technologies. Designed under the ‘KODO - Soul of Motion’ design theme, the exterior is both bold and sensual, and the interior has been crafted to give occupants

a pleasant feeling. The body colour line-up includes the newly developed Soul Red Crystal, which highlights the beauty and quality of Mazda’s KODO designs. The power train line-up comprises the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 petrol, and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engines. All three options offer powerful, linear driving performance and outstanding environmental performance.

The exterior of the new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV.

Launched in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 was the first new-generation model featuring SKYACTIV Technology and KODO design. It has since grown into a core model that is sold in over 120 countries and accounts for approximately one quarter of Mazda’s global sales volume. It has won around 90 awards worldwide, including the 2012-2013 Japan Car of the Year.



Rosberg holds his nerve to win title SINCE that first weekend of the F1 season, back in mid-March, there has been a menacing steeliness about Nico Rosberg that seemed unbreakable. This steeliness, along with astonishing form, has, after eleven seasons and 206 Grand Prix races, made Nico Rosberg the 2016 Formula 1 World Champion. The season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix delivered a tensionfilled race from beginning to end. Lewis Hamilton, starting on pole, needed to win the race with Rosberg in fourth to take the title. Unfortunately for Hamilton, Rosberg stayed in a close second for the majority of the race and – as would be expected – Hamilton tried all he could to win the championship. In fact, Hamilton attempted to back his teammate into the clutches of Sebastian Vettel and

Max Verstappen by deliberately slowing his pace. Less than two seconds covered the top four by the chequered flag, but just as in the other twenty races of this season, Rosberg held his nerve and finished second. Ultimately, Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi GP ahead of Rosberg and a late-charging Vettel. Meanwhile, the two Red Bulls of Verstappen and Ricciardo finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while Raikkonen brought his Ferrari home in sixth. Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez’s seventh and eighth capped a tremendous season for Force India who finished a superb fourth in the constructor’s championship. In his final F1 race Felipe Massa finished ninth ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button’s 17-year F1 career, sadly, came to a premature end with the failure of a

wishbone on the right-front suspension. There will be those who question whether Nico Rosberg deserves to be the 2016 driver’s champion, but the answer to their question is an easy yes. He has won nine Grand Prix races this season and most vitally, delivered stunning qualifying performances under extreme pressure. His ability to absorb the pressure and not buckle under it, has been the key to Rosberg’s success in 2016. In 2014, his inability to handle pressure from Hamilton was there for all to see as he buckled first in Russia and then in Italy and Texas while leading. He went away with the aim of coming back stronger, and he did. His heightened mental strength allowed him the ability to focus on one race at a time. While it seems an easy enough concept, the mental strength re-

quired to successfully accomplish it, under extreme conditions, cannot be underestimated and must be commended. Some will crow about unreliability, specifically Hamilton’s failure in Malaysia. But unreliability has been a part of the sport for as long as it’s been in existence and it will be going forward. It’s as much a part of a Grand Prix season as changeable weather or safety cars. In context, the “unreliability-argument” only goes so far though. For example, while the headlines after the Malaysian GP screamed of Hamilton’s truly unfortunate failure, it didn’t focus much on Rosberg’s drive in the same race. After all Rosberg was dead last after a collision with Sebastian Vettel and recovered brilliantly to ultimately finish third. What’s more, Hamilton’s “fingertrouble” off the start-line in Japan

and Italy, and the crash in Baku, that prompted a gearbox penalty, were all his own doing. The simple, but telling, fact is that Hamilton was simply out-performed by Rosberg. Any world championship triumph depends on the consistency of the eventual winner and the proof of Rosberg’s deserved success is in the numbers. Of the 1 268 laps in the 2016 season the German driver has spent 957, or 75%, in the top three. In addition, in all of the 21 races he never qualified outside the top two and only spent thirteen laps outside the top ten in the entire season. While all these numbers reveal an emphatically imposing season, the only number that Nico Rosberg will care about is the 285 points which have made him the 2016 Formula 1 World Champion.

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Sizzling Nedbank Cup soccer finals in Komani on Saturday TEMBILE SGQOLANA THE pride of the South African Football Association (Safa) in the Chris Hani district, Amavarara, is gearing up for their Nedbank final game against EC Bees on Saturday at the Dumpy Adams. The teams will battle is out for one spot in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup. Amavarara, who is a team from the dusty rural village of Tsembeyi in Lady Frere, represented the Chris Hani District Municipality in the SAB League Nedbank Cup. The EC Bees, who are from King William’s Town, recently won the ABC Motsepe Nedbank Cup while Amavarara triumphed in the SAB League preliminary stages. Amavarara’s chairman, Lusapho Mzwakali, said his team will not go out of the tournament before they get to play, and beat, Premier Soccer League giants Kaizer Chiefs. If Amavarara wins the game against the EC Bees, who are the Goliaths of the game, they will be making history by being the first team from this district to play in the last 32 teams of the Nedbank Cup. Their win will not only be an achievement for the team, but for the whole of the Chris Hani District Municipality. Safa Chris Hani secretary Kholiwe Masabalala encouraged all soccer loving people in the Chris Hani District to come and witness history being made at the Dumpy Adams on Saturday. “We are inviting all our stakeholders,

sporting codes and the residents of Komani to come and watch the game between Amavarara and EC Bees,” she said. King William’s Town Express correspondent Elethu Mtiki reports that EC Bees’ assistant coach, Mokete Tsotetsi, said he is relaxed and not worried about their opponents. The former Kaizer Chiefs defender said they are gearing up to teach Amavarara a lesson. “It’s an SAB League team, a smaller team. Obviously they’ll want to prove themselves. “They’ll be looking to market themselves as well. They’re good. They can play. So we have to be prepared to go there and teach them a lesson.” Amavarara will pose a double threat for Bees – to prevent them from reaching the last 32, as well as handing them their first defeat in all of the competitions this season. Therefore, the King William’s Townbased side cannot afford to underestimate their opponents. “Surely we’d love to keep that (unbeaten) momentum? We’ll work harder to keep that. We will play our normal football,” said Tsotetsi. “We know that they are young and they’ve got energy. So, obviously they’ll want to run for 90 minutes. We’ll have to use our experience and play our normal football. The less they have the ball, the better. They’ll get frustrated,” added Tsotetsi. Bees’ unbeaten run almost came to an end last Saturday when they played to a two-all draw against the visiting Morning Stars at Bhisho Stadium.

The pride of the South African Football Association (Safa) in the Chris Hani district, Amavarara, who is gearing up for their Nedbank final game against EC Bees on Saturday at the Dumpy Adams. PHOTO:TEMBILE SGQOLANA Their sting was a few seconds away from being neutralised as they trailed the Port Elizabeth side by 2-1. But midfielder, Tshepo Ngobeni, equalised just before the final whistle.

“A win against Amavarara will mean everything to the team. It will mean the world to the boys because they will get an opportunity to show their talent to the nation,” said Tsotetsi.

Sharodene ‘Shinzo’ Fortuin set to defend her title against ‘La Gaby’ Bouvier of Uruguay NCEBA DLADLA FORT Beaufort’s female boxer Sharodene Fortuin will defend her WBA International Superflyweight title against Uruguay’s Gabriela Bouvier over 10 rounds at the Orient Theatre in East London this Friday, December 2. Fortuin, alias Shinzo, is also the former South African Female Junior Bantamweight and current IBO World Bantamweight champion. The bout between Fortuin and former IBF Bantamweight Champion “La Gaby” Bouvier

will headline a seven-bout bill brought courtesy of TZ Boxing Promotions bill. The bill is sanctioned by Boxing South Africa (BSA) under the supervision of Service Provider Phakamile Jacobs. Fortuin’s star has been shining bright in SA boxing circles since her professional debut in 2004. With only a single loss in seven bouts, Shinzo last fought in September when she beat Simone Da Silva Duarte on points in East London. Her opponent this weekend is not a pushover though. She is the former WBA World Su-

per-flyweight titlist who defended it twice before losing it to Leonela Paola Yudica of Argentina. In her last fight, Bouvier lost to Zulina Munos of Mexico in a challenge for the WBF female title in September 2015. In the main supporting bout on Friday, newly crowned SA Bantamweight Champion Lindile Tsheme will put the title on the line against challenger Athenkosi Dumezweni over 12 rounds in what promises to be a humdinger of a fight. There will be no love lost when East London’s Luzuko Siyo entertains Gauteng’s Clea-

tus Mbhele in the main preliminary bout over six rounds in the Junior Bantamweight division. In other interesting bouts, the Mvula brothers of East London, Siphosethu (Junior Featherweight) and Luyanda (bantamweight), will square off with Ephraim Chauke (Limpopo) and Mxolisi Nombewu (Mdantsane) respectively over six rounds. Promising fireworks, Mbulelo Dyani will fight against Siyanda Tona in the Bantamweight over six rounds, while Simnikiwe Combo will face Okuhle Ngaka in the Flyweight division.


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