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Eastern Cape Bees sting Amavarara

Amavarara and EC Bees’ players battle for the ball in the highly competitive match between EC Bees from King William’s Town against Amavarara Football Club, of the Chris Hani District, at the Dumpy Adams sports grounds in Komani on Saturday. EC Bees won the game 2­0 and is now in the top 32 of the Nedbank Cup. The local team only had themselves to blame for the loss. After playing beautiful football in the first half, they missed a couple of chances which ultimately cost them the game in the second stanza. Read the full match report on page 12.


Emalahleni is third greenest TEMBILE SGQOLANA


MALAHLENI Local Municipality were chosen as the third greenest municipality in the Eastern Cape and were rewarded with R200 000 in prize money. This is the second year that the municipality achieved third place in this competition.

The award-winning municipalities were announced by the MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Sakhumzi Somyo, and MEC for Cooporative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, during the Eastern Cape Greenest Municipality Awards 2016 that were held in East London. Elundini Local Municipality took first

place followed by King Sabatha Dalindyebo Local Municipality in second. The award seeks to acknowledge municipalities which have gone the extra mile in building capacity and raising awareness about protecting the environment and who have sustainable best practices on issues of waste and environmental management. The programme focused on waste manage-

ment, sustainable energy and conservation, landscaping and beautification, greening and public participation. The municipality’s Community Services director Nokulunga Nyezi said they were thrilled about receiving the award. Continued on page 4




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Good start to festive season for SAPS TEMBILE SGQOLANA QUEENSTOWN cluster police officers are rolling up their sleeves for a crime-free festive season. Police stations in the cluster have, since the beginning of the festive season, had a number of successful operations resulting in arrests. “We have had festive operations by various police stations in the cluster and we have managed to successfully arrest people who were in possession of drugs and those who were illegally selling alcohol, among others,” said Queenstown police spokesperson, captain Namhla Mdleleni. Mdleleni applauded the police

officers who worked tirelessly to fight crime in their areas. “We will be going on with the operations until the festive season ends next year and we hope that the community will cooperate with us,” she said. Mdleleni said police members also showed their support to the families of the boys who were killed in a recent car accident which involved a police officer. “We went there to show our support as human beings to the family. We did not go there to try to interfere with the case. I am assuring the families that the case is proceeding and the necessary steps are being taken against the member involved,” she said. Mdleleni said they gave groceries and a donation to the family.

Government departments and stakeholders speaking on the effects of crime during the crime awareness campaign as part of the celebrations of the 16 days of activism against violence on women and children. PHOTO:TEMBILE SGQOLANA

Awareness to fight crime in Ezibeleni township TEMBILE SGQOLANA IN A bid to fight the high rate of rape and domestic violence at Ezibeleni, the police working together with other government departments and local non-governmental organisations celebrated 16 days of activism against abuse on women and children creating awareness at the Ezibeleni zone 3 community hall on Friday.

Police recovered dagga during their festive season operations. From left are Sergeant Zuko Qonde, Lieutenant Colonel Kutala Taleni and Sergeant Mfundo Tsopo. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Speaking at the event, the Department of Safety and Liaison official Khanyi Nziweni said they were at the area to say enough is enough on the abuse of women and children. “In a meeting with the Ezibeleni station commander we noticed that the area has a high rate of abuse of

women and children and we called on stakeholders to come and raise awareness on the matter,” she said. She said the station commander highlighted the issues. “We want to show the perpetrators that we had enough of the abuse,” she said. Ezibeleni station commander colonel Bekekile Waka said they had decided to host the event in sector 2 which combines Unathi Mkefa, zone 2 and 3 because of the high rate of domestic violence and rape in the areas. “The worst thing is that young children are raped and that affects us all as the community. We met with the Department of Safety in our attempts to address the matter and we decided to host the event here in the affected area,” he said.

Waka said the main cause of the crimes is drug and alcohol abuse in the area. “Most of the accused people when arrested claim to have committed the offences under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drugs and alcohol are the causes of the crimes in our area and these people target old people and children,” Waka said. He said the stolen things during housebreakings are sold just to get access to drugs. “These crimes are psychologically affecting us as it is not a good scene to see a 2-year-old raped. These people target vulnerable people,” he said. He urged the people of Ezibeleni to stand up and fight domestic violence as it affects everyone.

Community listening to the speakers at the Ezibeleni crime awareness campaign as part of the 16 days of activism against violence on women and children.PHOTO: TEMBILE SGQOLANA

Social workers search for family of deceased TEMBILE SGQOLANA THE social workers in Frontier Hospital are looking for the family of Mtutuzeli Ndlazi who died at the hospital.


Frontier Hospital social worker Babalwa Prusent said Ndlazi was

brought to the hospital on September 14 this year, after he was found on the street in the Komani Central Business District. “He was found in Bowker Street near the Shoprite store. He was critically ill at that time. He passed away four days later in Frontier Hospital,” she said.

Prusent said Ndlazi’s address is not known and according to his hospital folder he was born on August 28, 1972. “We need all the help we can get to trace his family,” she said. She said anyone with information on his family can contact Frontier Hospital social workers on 045 808 4200



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TEMBILE SGQOLANA EZIBELENI will be abuzz with excitement and activities when the Ezibeleni Development Agency (EDA) hosts three days of events from December 15 to 17. The EDA is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to uplift the community of Ezibeleni in general and its youth in particular. EDA spokesperson Solomzi Baliso said these events are a continuation of the Easter Soccer Tournament that was organised by various stakeholders. During this tournament Ez-

ibeleni soccer teams competed against each other for the overall title. “Our focus areas currently are sport development, school and skills development and entrepreneurship and tourism,” he said. Baliso said they started the programmes because of the enormous contribution the late Xolile Rha Klaas made to sport development in Ezibeleni. Klaas tragically passed away early this year. “We have decided to honour him in our programmes which we intend to turn into annual events,” he said. He said the programme is a multi-

pronged three-day event. “On December 15 there will be a gala dinner to officially launch the agency. This will be followed the next day by the Rha Challenge where netball and soccer matches will be played. The main game will be between Chippa United and the Ezibeleni XI,” he said. On December 17 the Sebenzela eNana Golf Day Challenge will be held at the Komani Golf Club. “The golf challenge is a fund-raiser for the various programmes of the agency which are all aimed at uplifting the Ezibeleni community,” he said.

Hangklip Primary’s principal says farewell

After nearly 20 years of service as the principal of Hangklip Primary School, it is time for Jannie Pretorius to say goodbye. Pretorius and his wife, Helena, are moving to Port Elizabeth for their well­deserved retirement. Pretorius made a big impact on education and the community and will leave behind a big pair of shoes to fill. However, the school’s staff, learners and parents are granting him a well­deserved retirement. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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Continued from page 1 “In the near future we will get the top award. Our systems for waste and environmental management are up and running. We recently trained recyclers and are in the process of continuing with the construction of the regional landfill site,” she said. Nyezi said they were happy that the strides they had made have been noticed. “We are on the right track on issues like the management of open spaces and have taken park development seriously. We have also started focusing on recycling as one of the key areas.” “Although we were hoping to achieve more, we are not disappointed as we were beaten by municipalities that have far more in terms of resources. Our resources

at the moment are not enough for what we want to achieve. Another weakness is our landfill site that is not functional at the moment,” said Nyezi. Municipal manager Dr Sitembele Vatala said they were satisfied about the fact that they had managed to maintain the position they achieved last year. “This shows that there is something that we are doing right – although there is still room for improvement. The landfill site is one of the areas we are lacking at the moment,” he said. Vatala said funding is a challenge as there is no committed funding other than their budget. “This great achievement is due to the support from the political leadership, collective efforts from the management and the entire workforce,” said Vatala.

Emalahleni Municipality representatives receive their prize at the Eastern Cape Greenest Municipali­ ty Awards. PHOTO:TEMBILE SGQOLANA

Liquor board tells Sterkstroom residents to drink responsibly TEMBILE SGQOLANA IN preparation for the festive season celebrations, the Eastern Cape Liquor Board has embarked on a campaign to encourage people to drink responsibly during their

Councillor Lindile Koltana addresses people at a campaign aimed at fighting alcohol abuse in the Sterkstroom area.



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festivities. The EC Liquor Board, working together with the Department of Trade and Industry, the police, Enoch Mgijima Municipality and the Liquor Traders Association, held a campaign at the Sterkstroom community hall on Thursday to inform the people about the dangers of alcohol abuse. Councillor Lindile Koltana said alcohol abuse is a huge problem in the area. “According to a recent study done by the Department of Social Development, alcohol abuse also affected matric results. We are facing a huge problem of young and old people abusing alcohol,” he said. The EC Liquor Board’s Mgwebi Msiya said during their rounds in Sterkstroom, people complained to them about the abuse of alcohol and the crimes commited by those who are under the influence of alcohol. “Alcohol is used in a wrong way in South Africa. As far as alcohol abuse in the province is concerned, the Eastern Cape is in position four in the country following KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng. “We are a poor province but we spend a lot of money on alcohol,” he said. Msiya said their role as the liquor board

A Molteno drama group also performed during the campaign in Sterkstroom. is to make sure that those who sell alcohol have the right documents to do so. “We give licences to those who meet the requirements. Those who operate without licences are breaking the law,” he said.

He said among the dangers of drinking, is the fact that drunk people often don’t care about being exposed to HIV. “People use their social grant money to buy alcohol,” he said.

Chris Hani district shines at Kamoso awards BUNTU GOTYWA THE MEC for Roads and Public Works, Tandiswa Marawu, recently handed out the Kamoso awards for excellence in the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in the Eastern Cape. Chris Hani District Municipality was rewarded as the best district which has the best run EPWPs programme and also took home the most awards, which included youth development programmes and having more work opportunities. The categories for the awards looked at the application of the projects, environment and culture, infrastructure sector and social sector.

The awards programme was launched nine years ago and this year it was the first time the Eastern Cape rewarded their own EPWPs. The event was hosted by Nyandeni Municipality and was aimed at showcasing progress, impact and success of the EPWP. The Roads and Public Works Department is the custodian of the EPWPs and Marawu said even though there is major progress in the programme, lots of efforts still needed to be applied to ensure it was a success. Although not mentioning the municipalities, she lashed out at some for not taking the programme seriously. She said there were still municipal officials who were clueless about the EPWPs pro-

gramme. However, she added that the Eastern Cape has been one of the top performing provinces since the inception of the EPWP, at times just below KwaZulu-Natal. “This is because of the similarities the two provinces share – both having a high rate of unemployment. They are rural in nature and are implementing highly labour intensive programmes, focusing on rudimentary road maintenance known as the Household Contractor programme,” she said. She added that 2 326 job opportunities have been created through the programme. She posed a challenge to all public entities within the province to consider adopting the methodology, which she says has the potential of creating continuing work opportunities. .

MEC Tandiswa Marawu (third from left) during the Kaboso award ceremony. PHOTO:SUPPLIED


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Queenstown Express readers have their say

Friday, December 9, will mark World Patient Safety Day which is held by the World Health Organisation. Queenstown Ex­ press correspondent, SIPHOSIHLE DYONASE, took to the streets asking locals what they thought of the day, our health care system, how safe we are in our hospitals and whether enough is being done for patients’ safety. ) Thami Ngxeketo: The day is necessary because people only go to hospital when they are in real need of help. So, when people who are paid a monthly salary, are negligent (in taking care of a patient) it affects that patient greatly and it should be addressed. I had once witnessed an incident at a hospital where a man slipped on a wet floor in a passage and the poor man’s genitals were showing. ) Chuma Hlawula: As much

as the day educates health care providers on patient safety, it also teaches patients to take their own safety measures when they are being assisted in hospitals, because the nurses themselves are also busy with their duties. People must be patient and understand that nurses deal with all types of people daily. I have been in a situation once when I fractured my ankle and everybody in the line was helped before me because they looked more sick than I was.

) Veronica Barraud: It is necessary because we read so much in the papers about cases where, for example, people’s records get swopped. Even the cleanliness in some hospitals is a major issue because you might go in there for a minor sickness and end up with a horrible disease afterwards. Luckily, I have not experienced any incidents personally. I think there are some people that are trying hard to address the problems, despite the few re-

) Nomandla Breakfast: This is a very sensitive subject for me because last week I was mourning the passing of my child because of careless doctors. My child was diagnosed with gall stones and I believe this is something that could have been prevented had they operat-

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sources they are given. A long time ago they used to say it’s a calling and I think, for a lot of people now, it’s just a salary at the end of the month.

ed on her immediately. Instead, they chose to give her an appointment for January and she died. So yes, the day is important and because of the circumstance I saw my child in, I can’t say that (all) nurses care for patients.

passion. Fortunately, I have never experienced it happening to anybody I know. Some nurses and doctors do care and some don’t.

) Erin Barraud: Yes, I think it’s important because people don’t worry about their health. I think safety is really important – we all have to go somewhere if we’re sick. I think it’s also important for the nurses to show com-

) Chanel Olfsen: I do think it’s necessary because safety comes first and life is a precious thing. When you go to health care services, you go there hoping to get better and not get hurt. I haven’t witnessed a situation where somebody got injured. I do think nurses are trying their hardest to prevent those situations from happening.

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Pugilists prepare for national cadet champs TEMBILE SGQOLANA PUGILISTS from around the Eastern Cape gathered at the Gali Thembani Special School to prepare for the national cadet championships in Welkom on Saturday. The boxers were selected for the team of the Eastern Cape Amateur Boxing Organisation (ECABO) which will be competing with other provinces in the national event. Eastern Cape team manager Mlulami Menziwa said they had arrived in Komani on Monday. “We are preparing our boys for the championships because we want to take it. I can safely say that we are ready for the champs,” said Menziwa.

The team members are between the ages of 12 and 14 years. Menziwa said their boxers have been preparing at their clubs for a long time and the exams did not stop them from preparing for the national championships. “All the regions in the Eastern Cape are represented in the team and we are going to come back home with the trophy. “This is the third and the final category and we want to close this year on a high note,” he said. He said boxing in the Eastern Cape is slowly returning to what it was many years ago. “We have produced a number of talented boxers and now we see a number of girls coming to join us. Next year we will start a championship for girls to encourage them too,” he said.

Eastern Cape boxers and their coaches were preparing in Komani this week for the national cadet championships in Welkom which will be held this weekend. PHOTO:TEMBILE SGQOLANA


The elderly residents of Bangakhula Older Persons Association having fun at their Christmas lunch. PHOTO:SIPHOSIHLE DYONASE

Senior citizens treated to Christmas lunch SIPHOSIHLE DYONASE THE Bangakhula Older Persons Association held its end-of-year Christmas lunch at Victoria Manor on Friday. The event was aimed at showing appreciation for the elderly residents of Bangakhula. Ntyatyi Gaca, General Manager of the Association, said that these are the golden days of their lives and they need to embrace this and walk tall – regardless of old age aches and pains – “because we are granted the capability.” Gaca urged the relevant departments to take note of the needs of elderly people and ensure that they are not neglected. She encouraged her fellow associates from far-off surrounding areas, such as Cofimvaba, to form their own foundations for the elderly people in their communities. She said a lot needed to be done in the development of senior citizens.

”So I encourage each and every one to start doing something besides sitting at home in boredom,” said Gaca. Sophazi, a member of the Bangakhula, appealed to relatives, friends and neighbours of elderly people to stop taking advantage of old people by making them babysit grandchildren. “These people get lonely too; they need to be regularly checked on.” Qabaka from the Department of Health said that the department has looked into implementing programmes, such as the Central Chronic Medicine Dispensing and Distribution (CCMDD), that will assist the elderly when it comes to collecting medication at their local clinics. “Instead of sitting in queues for hours waiting for your medication, you just have to get registered with the programme to get an SMS alerting you that your medication is ready to be collected on a particular day. The programme, however, excludes TB medication,” she said.

Ilinge SAPS remember fallen colleagues YOLANDA DAMANE THE Ilinge police station Women’s Network and Man for Change, in conjunction with the Community Policing Forum, conducted a prayer session for all persons affected by the scourge of violence. The session was held at the Ilinge community hall last Thursday. Guests from families who are victims of domestic violence and orphans because of violence, were invited to light candles to remember members of the SAPS who had died in police killings. Executive member of the Ilinge police station Woman’s Network, Noxolo NtshepeSambatha, said they had hosted the event as a national mandate to support and let the victims know that the police recognize and empathize with them. “December 1 was World Aids Day. We

were remembering those infected and affected including the children and women who died due to domestic violence,” Ntshepe-Sambatha said. “We are conducting this programme with the CPF who are the representatives of the communities. They know and understand the challenges faced by the community. We are standing together in fighting crime.” Statistics show that Ilinge is one of the areas where public education is needed to close the gaps that have been identified in the investigation and prosecution of rape cases. Queenstown Cluster Commander Major General Sizakhele Dyantji said, “It is important that these cases be treated with care as the testimony of the victim is important for conviction.” Dyantji appealed to the public to come forward, give statements and testify when they witness crimes.







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‘Home Sweet Home’ with J’Something REPORTER THIS year, Kaya FM listeners have anticipated the monthly Castle Milk Stout Unplugged sessions with various artists performing live and unplugged during Georgie’s show with bites from wannabe chef, J’Something. In between performances, which took place on the last Friday of every month, Mi Casa frontman J’Something served Castle Milk Stout inspired dishes he conceptualised to the in-studio artists. For the season finale, instead of J’Something introducing the performing artist to listeners, he introduced himself and the South African house music group, Mi Casa. “After cooking up a storm the whole year at the Unplugged sessions, the rest of Mi Casa and myself were honoured to take centre stage at the last event,” said J’Something. Proving that men can indeed multitask, in between musical performances, J’Something served up two new, Castle Milk Stout inspired dishes: Sticky Stout Ribs and Stout Brownies. “I developed a Sticky Stout Ribs where no

chef experience is required – the recipe is that easy - and the beastly snack ticks all the right boxes too,” said J’Something. “And the Castle Chocolate Milk Stout adds an amazing flavour component to these brownies, which are strictly for the grownups!” he said. For those who would like to try them at home, see the recipes below: Sticky Stout Ribs

Difficulty: Very easy Serves: 2 to 3 Hands-on Time: 20min Total time: 1 hr 25 min [+ 3hr marinade] Oven: 220°C





Stout Brownies



) 800g rack of Pork Ribs (or ribs of your choice) ) 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil ) 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seed Oil ) ½ can Castle Milk Stout ) Salt and ground Black Pepper, to taste ) 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika ) 2 Cloves of Garlic, grated ) 4 Tablespoons Apricot Chutney ) 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste . Combine vegetable oil, sesame seed oil, Castle Milk Stout, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, chutney and tomato paste in a bowl to make the marinade and rub into the ribs. . Seal ribs and marinade in a plastic bag to marinate for as long as you can - remember the more it marinates, the better the flavour will be (marinate for a minimum of 3 hours). . When ready to cook, preheat oven to 220°C. . Wrap ribs in a double layer of foil and place on a roasting tray in the oven and cook for 50 minutes. . After 50 minutes, open up foil and grill ribs for another 20 minutes until they go sticky and brown. . Remove from oven and serve warm.

Sticky Stout Ribs.

square baking tray that’s about 22cm x 22cm in size. . Mix oil, Castle Milk Stout, sugar and vanilla essence together in a bowl. . Once combined, mix in 1 egg at a time then add flour and cocoa and whisk until smooth. . Add the macadamia nuts and stir through. Pour mixture into your greased baking tray. . Bake for 25 minutes - it needs to pull away from the sides of the baking tray but be a little undercooked in the middle. . Cool for 10 minutes and remove by tipping over onto a cooling rack. . Cut into squares and allow to cool through.

Difficulty: Very easy Serves: 6 to 8 Hands-on Time: 20 min Total time: 40 min Oven: 180°C

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) ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil ) 2¼ Cups Brown Sugar ) 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence ) ½ Cup Castle Milk Stout Chocolate Infused ) 2 Large Eggs ) 1¼ Cups Flour ) ¾ Cup Cocoa Powder ) 1 Cup Macadamia Nuts, roughly chopped

. Place a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water making sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl. . Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, caramel essence, Castle Milk Stout and icing sugar to the glass bowl placed over the pot of simmering water and stir until mixture is melted, smooth and glossy. . Take the bowl off the heat and fold in the cream. . Smooth ganache onto brownies before it gets too cold or sets.


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What to do if the matric exams wrecked your university plans REPORTER WITH the matric exams done and dusted, thousands of learners are now entering the long wait to see how they performed in one of the most important assessments they will ever take. But there are also thousands of learners who realise, without even having to wait for January to roll around, that they did not perform well enough to pursue the plans they had and who need to figure out their next steps sooner rather than later. These learners, as well as those who have received, or will be receiving rejection letters from their universities of choice in coming weeks, should take heart from the fact that they do have other avenues to pursue and that this bump in the road does not spell catastrophe for their futures, an education expert said. “There are many reasons why a learner’s application may be unsuccessful,” said Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa’s largest private higher education provider. “Sometimes learners left their applications too late or didn’t meet the specific institution’s entry requirements. Very often, specific courses are simply oversubscribed. Whatever the reason, the disappointment will be real. But learners should know that this is not the end of the world,” said Kriel.

He said matriculants finding themselves in this situation should identify the reasons why they were not accepted, then focus and work on the alternatives related to the reason for their university of choice declining their application.

tive you are considering is accredited and registered, by checking online at, the SA Qualifications Authority’s website.

These include:

Few parents and learners are aware of the fact that a one-year Higher Certificate will also give one access to degree study, said Kriel. He said that the SAQA website has a comprehensive list of available Higher Certificate courses at public and private campuses throughout the country. Learners considering this route should specifically ensure that that the Higher Certificate they are considering also has excellent value as a stand-alone qualification, advised Kriel. “This means that a student can enter the world of work after only a year of study, which is great news for those who may need to earn while they learn.”

1. Marks are lower than the minimum required by an institution.

“Each university and private higher education provider sets its own minimum criteria, and these requirements vary between institutions,” explained Kriel. “An institution where the demand outweighs the availability of space may set this bar quite high, which means they are likely to accept only students who are very strong academically. Other institutions may have made provision for students who require more support and will, therefore, have more accommodating admission requirements. “That means it may not be necessary to repeat Grade 12 or rewrite a subject, as there could be alternatives available in your chosen field of study.” Kriel pointed out that prospective students should not be married to the idea that only one institution can fulfil their degree dreams, as all higher education institutions – whether public or private – are subject to the same accreditation requirements in South Africa. The key issue is to ensure that the alterna-

2. Not achieving a Bachelor Degree endorsed pass.

3. Not having the correct school subjects for entrance into the qualification of choice.

“If you didn’t have mathematics and want to do a science degree you may need to reconsider your career choice altogether,” said Kriel. “But as with entry requirements for grades, school subject choice requirements vary between institutions. Investigating alternatives may leave you pleasantly sur-

prised. “Often the same degree may be designed slightly differently at another institution or another institution is better equipped to support students, for example with smaller class sizes, which could result in slightly different requirements.”

4. Not having applied on time.

Many make the mistake of leaving applications too late, but all is not lost. Some institutions may still be accepting applications, but it is imperative that learners approach institutions as a matter of urgency to find out if they have any space left for the 2017 academic year. “Often students apply and get accepted at more than one institution, so it is likely that some space may become available in coming weeks,” said Kriel. In conclusion, he said it is understandable that learners may be despondent in the face of sudden uncertainty about their next move and their future. “But if learners and parents are aware of the very real, quality alternatives available to them, the picture becomes a lot less hopeless. And while it may be painful to let your original vision go, learners will be surprised at the bounty of opportunity that is actually out there, and which can help them make a successful start to the next chapter of their lives.”



December 8, 2016 Queenstown Express


Ford makes Ranger the automatic choice IN keeping with the trend of the double cab becoming the family car and manufacturers having to polish it a bit to make it feel and be as efficient as the family sedan, while being able to perform like a farm bakkie (when occasionally needed), Ford has added 2.2 litre 6-speed automatic transmission models to its Ranger range. I have always maintained that the worst thing about driving a bakkie (apart from not being able to use just any parking spot), is the manual changing of their gears. No matter how refined the bakkie has become, I have never test-driven one where the manufacturer has managed to take the bakkie out of the manual gearbox. Well, Ford has now taken care of that problem with the addition of nine new 2.2 automatic transmission models. This takes the number of Ford Ranger derivatives to a whopping 36. The 2.2 with the new 6-speed automatic transmission is available in the Single, Super and Double Cab, in 4x2 and 4x4 and three specification levels namely XL, midrange XLS and high-spec XLT. The Ranger testdriven was the top of the range 2.2 TDCi XLS Double Cab 4x4 Auto which retails at R518 900. Features: Apart from the automatic gearbox, one of the best features a bakkie can have, especially on the busy school run with little people moving fast all over the place, is a rear camera – which this model was equipped with. Once you get the hang of getting inside this car, which is obviously rather high and difficult to get into and out of in a dignified manner, you are surrounded by quite a luxurious and spacious cabin. I liked the luminescent blue dials on the speedometer.

The multifunction steering wheel features controls for the audio system; it has a trip computer, bluetooth, electronic windows and mirrors and lots of practical stowage places, to name a few. It also features auto lights and wipers – ensuring that these are activated when circumstances require it. Comfort features for the passengers in the back include an armrest with cupholders. Ride Like all bakkies, especially those with an automatic transmission, it is a bit slow out of the starting blocks, but once it gets going, there is fortunately a very good braking system to get its momentum to stop. I found the automatic gearbox provided smooth transitions and offered a surprisingly smooth ride on my usual route which is basically the urban commute and lots of time spent dealing with peak traffic, traffic circles and speed bumps. The trip computer showed an average fuel consumption during my time with it (which is only on the urban commute) at 11.3 litre per 100km. Safety features Of the new 2.2 TDCi Auto models, five are two-wheel drive and four are equipped with Ford’s intelligent four-wheel drive system with Torque on Demand for extreme driving conditions. The Electronic Stability Program is standard on all but the entry-level Base models. The system incorporates Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Adaptive Load Control, Roll-over Mitigation, as well as Hill Descent Control on the 4x4 models. In addition, the Ranger boasts 800mm water wading depth and 230mm of ground

Ford has added 2.2 litre 6­speed automatic transmission models to its Ranger range. clearance. It has a towing capacity of up to 3 500kg.

Recommended Retail Prices (incl. VAT) from: 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2


XL Single Cab 4x2 Auto R321 900 XLS Single Cab 4x4 Auto R431 900 XL Super Cab 4x2 Auto R358 900 XLS Super Cab 4x2 Auto R412 900 XLS Super Cab 4x4 Auto R473 900 XL Double Cab 4x2 Auto R396 900 XL Double Cab 4x4 Auto R438 900

2.2 TDCi XLS Double Cab 4x4 Auto R518 900 2.2 TDCi XLT Double Cab 4x2 Auto R483 900

All models are sold with a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, fiveyear/100 000km service plan (optional on Base models), three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 20 000km.




As we join fellow South Africans and Christians around the world to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I wish you all a joyous Christmas filled with love.

Chris Hani District Municipality water resources are still under stress due to dominant drought conditions. On the other hand, consumption has alarmingly gone up. We appeal to our consumers to use water cautiously and adhere to set restrictions (stop watering gardens with sprinklers, use bucket to wash a car, fix leaking toilets and report pipe leakages, avoid filling up swimming pools etc), until we see improvement in our water sources. We urge the community to use our Customer Call Centre line 0800100100 for reporting water leaks; disaster incidents; fire and log any complaint or enquiry to ensure effective and efficient rendering of any required service at that point in time.

Afrikaans: Die Chris Hani Distriks Munisipaliteit se waterbronne is tans steeds onder geweldige druk as gevolg van die dominante droogte toestande. Ons doen hiermee ‘n dringende beroep op ons verbruikers om asseblief versigtig te werk met water gebruik en dat die gemeenskap asseblief voldoen aan die waterbeperkings wat ons in plek stel totdat ons kan sien dat daar ‘n verbetering is in ons waterbronne. Om effektiewe en doeltreffende dienslewering rakende enige vereiste diens te verseker op daardie tydstip, doen ons ‘n beroep op die gemeenskap om ons kliente diens inbelsentrum te kontak by 0800100100 vir alle gevalle waar daar enige tekens is van water lekkasies; ramp voorvalle; vuur en enige klagte of navraag. Issued by: Municipal Manager

Executive Mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo

In these challenging economic times, it is equally important that we remember those who are less fortunate, the sick and frail, the hungry, the poor and the victimised, the stranger in need of shelter and or simply an act of kindness.

That’s the spirit that binds us together as the Christian family, a time when we can show gratitude for our own blessings by sharing with others. We salute and honour all those who will be working long hours in health care facilities, police stations, manning our roads, disaster management and water provision, in particular, for ensuring that vital services are delivered for our well-being. On behalf of CHDM Council, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2017. Drive carefully and arrive alive! Save water as every drop counts! A happy festive season to all


December 8, 2016 Queenstown Express

New Volkswagen up! gets better REPORTER VOLKSWAGEN’S compact car, up! has been upgraded with new colours and wheels, new interior design and new comfort features. The newly designed headlights with LED daytime running lights, modified bumper with redesigned front trim strips and a more contoured bonnet give it a sharper, sportier look. New wheels (measuring up to 16 inches) and wing mirrors with integrated indicators dominate the side view. The redesigned rear lights and distinctive rear diffuser create a rounded finish. On the inside Volkswagen is using printed surfaces for the dashboard styling panel manufactured using the in-mould-labelling process (IML). The newly available ambient lighting underlines the exclusive look of the interior. Leather multifunction steering and gear knob are now standard from Move up! The familiar perky three-cylinder 1.0 litre engine has been retained. The 999cc normal aspirated engine has a power output of 55kW available at 6 200rpm. The maximum torque of 95 Nm is reached at 3 000rpm. Ninety per cent of maximum torque is reached between 2 000 and 6 000rpm, ensuring agile performance. From standstill to 100km/h up! takes 13.5 seconds while it pushes a top speed of 173km/h. This engine returns a combined fuel consumption of 4.6 litres per 100km. The new up! is offered in four equipment levels: Take up!, Move up! up! beats and Cross up!. All derivatives come standard with raft of safety features including ABS and four airbags, Electronic Stability Control. Cross up and up! beats will be available in the first quarter of 2017. The new up! is the second Volkswagen model after Polo to be offered with the BeatsAudio sound system. The 300 watt system comprises an amplifier, six high-end speakers and a separate subwoofer. The infotainment system on board the new up! has been completely redesigned. Standard in Take up! is the 3.1-inch ‘Composition’ with monochrome display, Radio/CD, SD Card and AUXin. From Move up!, the “Composition Phone” with 5-inch colour display, radio, USB, SD Card, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity functionality is standard. A smartphone with the “Maps + More” app can be integrated with the infotainment system. The phone screen is used as the display for features such as navigation, telephone and car-specific information and VW’s Think Blue. This ap-

plication is a standard feature only in the up! beats. The new up! can be customised with a number of factory fitted optional features such as 15-inch Spoke alloy wheels, Sound “Plus” package with four speakers in front and two in rear, driver package (cruise control, rear park distance control and multifunction display), winter package (heated seats and front fog lights), roof package (black painted roof and side mirrors), smartphone integration, navigation and panoramic sunroof. Equipment and trim Here are the highlights of standard features fitted in the new up!’s four equipment levels: Take up!, Move up! up! beats and Cross up!. Take up! This derivative has the following standard features: . Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) . Driver and front passenger airbags, plus side head/thorax airbags for front passengers . Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including hill hold and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) . Traction control . Front integrated head restraints . Height adjustable steering wheel . Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering . Composition Radio infotainment system: 3.1-inch monochrome screen, AUX-in socket for external Source: MP3 player, SD card reader and CD player . Full-size spare wheel (including tool kit and jack) . 14-inch steel wheels with 165/70 R14 tyres . Isofix child seat preparation . Remote central locking with two remote folding keys . Manual air conditioning . Tyre pressure loss indicator . Electric front windows . Heated rear window . Heating and ventilation with four-speed fan . LED daytime running lights . Halogen clear headlights with integrated indicators . Interior light delay and luggage compartment light . Centre console cup holder, front x1 and rear x1. Move up! In addition to the features on the Take up!, the Move up! gains the following: . 14-inch steel wheels . Body-coloured door handles and door mir-

SA-built vehicles thrive in declining new car market REPORTER THE latest aggregated sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) show that the decline in new vehicle sales continued in November. A total of 46 413 vehicles were sold last month, a year-on-year decline of 9.6 percent. Year-to-date, new vehicle sales are now down 11 percent compared to WesBank’s forecast of a 12 percent decline for the year. Passenger car sales through the dealer channel, which is representative of consumer activity, fell 13.8 percent in November. Despite this, locally manufactured vehicles continue to top sales charts. Year-to-date sales indicate that the most popular vehicles are volume sellers from mainstream brands, while the five top-selling vehicles for the year are all built in South Africa. Bakkie sales remain robust, with year-onyear growth of 1 percent in challenging trading conditions and a declining new vehicle market. This positive performance is due to the introduction of new models, aggressive pricing and sales incentives to attract buyers. However, demand for new vehicles shrunk 4 percent compared to November last year, as measured through the volume


of finance applications received. This is largely attributed to affordability. The average new vehicle financed in November cost R293 500 – a year-on-year increase of 12 percent – and sales volumes for premium brands have declined noticeably. “Consumers continue to battle with affordability in the new market. This is most evident in the premium segments, where sales have fallen markedly,” said Simphiwe Nghona, CEO of Motor Retail at WesBank. “The majority of these premium models are imported and have been heavily impacted by the poor performance of the Rand. These customers are either downgrading and buying more affordable models from mainstream brands, or moving to the used market.” Affordability has also continued to drive the shift to the used market. November saw a record demand for used cars, with 103 713 finance applications received for pre-owned models – 9.8 percent growth compared to November 2015. The average used car financed in November cost R190 500, 5 percent higher than that of the same period last year. “There are many marketing incentives and finance assistance offers from dealers and manufacturers at the moment,” said Nghona. “Consumers should consider these and take the best deal, rather than looking for a specific car.”

The new Volkswagen up! has been revamped inside and outside. PHOTO: SUPPLIED rors . Composition Colour infotainment system: 5-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, USB connectivity . Variable boot floor . Lane cloth upholstery . Chrome-trimmed interior door handles . ‘Fusion’ cloth upholstery . ‘Black Cube’ dash pad . Leather multifunction steering wheel . Side mirrors electrically adjustable and heated . Rear seat bench with 60:40 split/folding. up! beats In addition to the features on the Move up! model, the up! beats gains the following: . 15-inch ‘Radial’ alloy wheels . Red or Black alloy wheel centre caps depending on exterior paint colour . Tyre mobility set . Beats audio 8 channel amplifier, Digital Signal Processor (DSP), 2 x tweeters in A pillars, 2 x woofers in front doors, 2 x broadband speakers in rear, 1 x subwoofer in spare wheel well, 300 watt output . Chrome-plated decorative strip on tailgate . ‘Flash Red’ or ‘Black’ door mirrors with integrated indicators . Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approximately 65% tinted . ‘beats’ decal silver foil stripe with additional colour stripe matching the exterior door mirrors on lower edge of door panel . Unique ‘beats’ logo on B pillar . Carpet mats, front and rear with red stitching . Chrome trim on air conditioning panel and light switch surround . Door sill protectors with ‘beats’ design . ‘beats’ cloth upholstery seat centre section with ‘beats’ logo and ‘Microfleece’ side bolsters . 3D effect upper dashpad with ‘beats’ logo . Multifunction display: instrument cluster

with electronic speedometer, odometer, trip meter, rev counter, fuel gauge and digital clock . Side mirror housings in black or red . Smartphone navigation interface for smartphones up to 5.5 inch with USB connection for charging and data transfer . Seat belts with red stripe . Ambient lighting . Front fog lights . Heated front seats. Cross up! In addition to the standard features in other derivatives, Cross up! gains the following: . 16-inch Cross alloy wheels . 14-inch space saver spare wheel . Front foglights . Ambient lighting . Bumpers in sport style . Black protective side moulding, wheel arches, sills and doors . Silver anodised roof rails . Side mirror housings in light silver.

Retail Prices (VAT and emissions tax included) . 1.0 . 1.0 . 1.0 . 1.0


Take up! (55kW) R164 700 Move up! (55kW) R178 300 up! beats (55kW) R194 700 Cross up! (55kW) R194 700

Warranty and Service Volkswagen up! comes standard with a 3-year/120 000km manufacturer warranty, a 12year anti-corrosion warranty and 15 000km service intervals.




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Bees thrash Amavarara to go through to the last 32 TEMBILE SGQOLANA EC Bees from King William’s Town beat Amavarara Football Club, of the Chris Hani District, 2-0 during a highly competitive game at the Dumpy Adams sports grounds in Komani on Saturday. EC Bees is now in the top 32 of the Nedbank Cup. The local team only had themselves to blame for the loss. After playing beautiful football in the first half, they missed a couple of chances which ultimately cost them the game in the second stanza. Bees using long balls from their goalkeeper, managed to break the deadlock 20 minutes into the second half. It was clear that Bees wanted to play long balls to their strikers and their goalkeeper was good at that. With less than ten minutes remaining to full time, the Bees keeper kicked the ball past his opponents, with the ball landing straight to their striker who scored the second goal. Amavarara coach Mzunani Mgwigwi said he was very happy with how his team had performed. “The team got the exposure that I have been talking about and now we will be able to compete in the play-offs,” he said. Mgwigwi said they had been beaten by the

long balls. “Normally we leave one player to cover those long balls, but this time the pace of the game also played a part. This was good exposure for us, so that when we go to the playoffs we are ready to execute,” he said. “We now have to sit down and analyse the game,” Mgwigwi said. He said they were there to test the team (EC Bees) and its knowledge. “I respect the team (the EC Bees), but for a team playing in their league to win like that to us, is not convincing. I expected them to win convincingly. If they meet a team playing at the same level as they are, they will not make it to the last sixteen,” he said. EC Bees coach Vuyisile Chippa Njedu said the game was tough because they were playing against a team which played in the SAB League. “They needed the game more than we did, but after the second half, we managed to show them that we are a bigger team,” he said. Njedu said the game showed that there was no difference between the teams. “We enjoyed ourselves and going to the last 32 teams, I wish we could play against a team which is in our own division so that we can proceed to the last sixteen. This is the second time we are going through to the last 32 and we hope that we will go through to the next round,” he said.

The members of the EC Bees Football Club team before the game.


An Amavarara defender and EC Bees striker battle for the ball in a competitive first half of the game. PHOTO: TEMBILE SGQOLANA

The Amavarara Football Club team before the game.


EL boxing sensation, Azinga Fuzile, fights for world honours NCEBA DLADLA RUMBLE Africa Boxing Promotions boss Terris Ntutu has remained true to his promise to East London’s latest boxing sensation Azinga Fuzile that he was going to get him fights that would build his career to world honours. Fuzile, of Duncan Village in East London and known by his moniker “The Golden Boy”, will be fighting against Giorgio Gochisvillo of Georgia in a contest for the WBC Youth Featherweight title over 12 rounds at the Mdantsane Indoor sports Centre this Friday, December 9. This follows a major upset where Fuzile,

a former star open boxing (amateur) champion, outgunned, outsmarted and outpointed a vastly experienced Macbute “Macman” Sinyabi of Mdantsane at the Orient Theatre in East London. Ntuthu said that this win had launched Fuzile’s career onto the international scene. Fuzile, with a 5 – 0 fight record and tremendous open-boxing experience against international opposition, will be expected to cruise against Gochisvillo. In the main supporting bout, Ludumo Lamati of Mdantsane, who is another unbeaten bright prospect, will square off against Mudde Ntambi Rabison of Uganda for the vacant ABU All-Africa Junior

Featherweight championship over 12 rounds. Lamati, with a 9 – 0 fight record, will face an experienced foe in the Ugandan who has 22 wins, four losses and a single draw in a 27-fight record. The promoter, however, has a lot of confidence in Lamati’s ability to follow in the footsteps of former IBF world Junior featherweight champions Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu, Welcome “The Hawk” Ncita, Lehlohonolo “Hands of Stone” Ledwaba and Takalani ‘The Panther” Ndlovu by winning a major world title in the division. Luyanda Kana, who has been nominated for Boxing South Africa (BSA) Matchmak-

er of the Year, has pitted great supporting bouts in six rounders, starting with Flyweights, Xolisile Voyi (Mdantsane) against Lerato Kgole (Johannesburg) and Sinethemba Kotani (Mdantsane) against Motswaki Moselesele of the Free State. This will be followed by Junior Lightweights Phumelela Sobahle (Duncan Village) against Bongani Mbiko (Cape Town) and Minifyweights Khanyisa Siko (DV) against Xolani Menze of King William’s Town. Lutho Tsewu of Mdantsane will lock horns with Luyolo Magenuka (DV) over four rounds in the Junior Flyweight division in the opening bout. Admission is R80 and the first bout starts at 7pm.

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