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Municipal assets auctioned off SANELE JAMES


OVABLE assets belonging to the financially distressed Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality were auctioned off last week to repay a multimillion debt the municipality owes to a civil engineering company which the municipality had contracted to build a community hall in Sterkstroom six years ago (2012). The assets that were sold were tipper and dropside trucks, bakkies, sedans, graders, a TLB, a garbage truck, a powered water cart, fire engines and the speaker’s BMW X5 which was sold for only R405 000. The amount the municipality is said to be owing Milowo Trading is R21 million. But the auction didn’t even make half of the debt. However, attorney of Milowo Trading, Lionel

Trichardt, said they were waiting for a final amount from the office of the sheriff before the end of this week. Lying at the heart of recent events is the delivery of basic services to the ratepayers as some key vehicles for service delivery, like a garbage truck, fire engines, plant and road maintenance machinery, were on auction. Trichardt also revealed that if the auctioned assets didn’t make the desired amount they would soon file papers to have the municipality’s immovable assets which are in the form of buildings and offices auctioned to recoup the monies owed to Milowo Trading. “There are several factors that we still need to look into before taking the next step. “The sheriff will announce this week how much was made out of the auction and if the client isn’t satisfied, we will consider going for the

municipality’s immovable assets,” said Trichardt. The municipality had attempted to interdict the auction but had failed. In its final attempt, the troubled institution had filed papers with the Grahamstown High Court to have the judgement that gave the green light to the auction rescinded. The judgement on the application to have the judgement on the matter reversed will also be announced some time this week and the municipality is crossing fingers hoping that the High Court rules in its favour. The municipality’s accounting officer, Chris Magwangqana, said, “The matter is sub judice which makes it a sensitive matter to comment on. All I can say is that the municipality has presented its facts to the court and all we can do now is to wait for the judgement.”

The speaker’s BMW X5 which was sold for R405 000. PHOTO: SANELE JAMES

Fire engines were among the assets the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality lost in the auctioning off of its assets. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES




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Officer accused of pointing gun and drunken driving SANELE JAMES A LOCAL businessman and a state employee, who is also a father to four kids, is receiving psychological treatment after a police officer stationed at the Queenstown SAPS allegedly pointed his state firearm at him at point-blank range and threatened to “blow his brains out”. This happened last week after the officer, who is being investigated for drunken driving and pointing a firearm, allegedly went over his lane in Robinson Road and bumped the businessman's car on the side. According to the man, shortly after the impact he got out of his

damaged vehicle and stood by the tail light where he was assessing the damage to his Chevrolet Utility bakkie. “As I stood there in shock, the police officer in full uniform got out of his VW Polo and I heard a sound of a clanking metal but ignored it. I then asked him if he realised the damage he had done. In no time, the office drew his firearm, pointed at me and said, ‘I have bumped your car – so what? Leave or I will make you disappear’,” said the traumatised man. He said the officer cocked his firearm and repeatedly told him to leave, but he refused. “After realising that I wasn’t making a move as he instructed me, he then released the safety pin

from his gun and put it to my head. “I remained calm because I didn’t want to give him a reason to shoot at me because I have kids that depend on me. So I slowly walked away and called a tow truck,” the victim said. He said the tow truck and many other people arrived, including the chairperson of a local policing forum, who summoned police, including the station commander of the Queenstown SAPS, Loyiso Ngalo to the scene. “When Ngalo got to the scene the officer attempted to run away but he was chased and caught by his colleagues. By that time he had given the firearm to his male friend who was in the car with two other girls and the man ran away

with it. He told Ngalo that his firearm was at home yet he was supposed to be on duty with it,” added the victim. The Express is in possession of a video with an officer said to be the accused wobbling and struggling to stand still. The video is said to have been taken at a local hospital where the two men had gone for blood testing following the incident. Spokesperson of the Queenstown SAPS, Captain Namhla Mdleleni, confirmed the incident and said the docket has been handed over to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) because it involves a police officer. “A case of drunken driving and pointing of a firearm was regis-

tered with the Queenstown SAPS but the matter was forwarded to Independent Police Investigative Directorate,” she said. Mdleleni also confirmed that the officer was supposed to be on duty when he was caught allegedly driving under the influence and pointed a gun at a member of the public. However, IPID spokesperson, Mosses Dlamini, said the case wasn’t on their list and wasn’t supposed to be investigated by the IPID as the officer didn’t discharge the firearm. Dlamini said he would investigate the matter and give feedback on Monday but he hadn’t by the time of going to print. The victim said all he wanted was justice.

Another fake message targets social grant beneficiaries REPORTER THE South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) recently noted with concern the increasing number of fake SMSs that are circulated to beneficiaries. In a recent incident, SASSA received reports that beneficiaries received an SMS instructing them to re-register their social grants because cash paypoints will be fully phased out by August this year. The SMS reads, “All Sassa recipients. please you have to reregister yourself for Sassa payments. From 1st of June. There

is will be no paypoints anymore. Each 1 has to apply by post office or a bank of your choice. So please collect application forms by office from the 1st of June to take to bank or post office your choice. If you do not re register you will not get paid in August or thereafter. Please share with all state pensioners. Thank you.” A recent statement by SASSA said, “The contents of the SMS are misleading and cause unnecessary confusion and panic among social grant beneficiaries. Beneficiaries are urged to ignore this message as it is incorrect.”

Contrary to this SMS, beneficiaries do not have to re-register their grants; however they are requested to swap their old SASSA cards for the new SASSA card by end of September this year. This can be done at local SASSA offices, paypoints or selected post offices. Furthermore, SASSA would like to clarify that cash paypoints will be gradually reduced (not fully phased out as alleged in the SMS). “Where a paypoint is within 5km radius of a post office, the post office will take over payments for that paypoint. Beneficiaries can also choose whichever method of payment that they

are comfortable with. They can opt for their social grant to be deposited directly into their personal bank account or they can use their SASSA cards to withdraw at ATMS and merchants,” SASSA said. “Should a beneficiary choose to have their grant deposited directly into their personal bank account, they should go to the SASSA office where they registered their grant and request for an Annexure C form. “This form must be completed by their bank of choice and returned to SASSA.” SASSA reiterated that beneficiaries would continue to re-


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MZUKISI Myoyo (41), a convict who had escaped from Hewu Hospital on May 27, was apprehended by the police in Ezibeleni on Sunday. According to a statement issued by Department of Correctional Services Sada management area communications coordinator, Thandokazi Marwanqa, Myoyo was rearrested by the Public Order Police Unit following a tip-off from community members while he was hid-

ing at his girlfriend’s house in Ezibeleni. Marwanqa said Myoyo, who had in previous years escaped custody, had served seven years of his 34year sentence at Sada Correctional Centre for crimes of armed robbery. Area commissioner Thuthuzelwa Makuzeni thanked the community of Komani for assisting in the apprehension of the offender. Makuzeni also thanked the South African Police Service for “their tireless effort in apprehending the offender”.

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REPORTER THE average water levels for dams across the Eastern Cape province have decreased slightly during the past week and are currently sitting at 67.9%. According to the Department of Water and Sanitation, the water crisis remains critical in Nelson

Mandela Bay (NMB). The Amathole Water Supply System dams are, however, showing an improvement on last year, and are at 91.7 % capacity, compared to last year’s 69.6% at this time. The water storage levels in dams across the NMB were, however, below 35% last week. At this time last year they were 38.2%.


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DA to lay charges against former mayor SANELE JAMES THE Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape has announced its intentions to lay charges of corruption, fraud and theft against former mayor, Lindiwe Gunuza-Nkwentsha, and 10 ANC councillors deployed at the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipal council. The DA’s Terri Stander, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP), said in a statement the charges stem from the Auditor-General’s report which reveal over R1 billion in irregular, unauthorised, fruitless and wasteful expenditure which the council tried to write off in March this year. According to Stander, the report further exposed an amount of over R3.2 million which was paid to 10 ANC councillors from September 2016

to February this year after they were illegally appointed as full-time councillors by the former mayor, Gunuza-Nkwentsha. In a council meeting which sat earlier this year, accounting officer at the municipality, Chris Magwangqana, proposed that the monies, that were allegedly paid illegally to councillors, be noted as irregular expenditure. The drama comes just a few days after the DA and EFF councillors staged a walkout prior to the mayor of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, Sisisi Nokuzola Tolashe, presenting her state of the municipality address (SOMA) last week. The two opposition parties cited various reasons to leave the SOMA with the EFF saying there was never a resolution taken by the council to table the state of the municipality. “Everything is decided on in a council meeting

by councillors of the ruling party and the opposition. But the ANC leaders in the municipality decided to have a state of the municipality behind closed doors. As a result the SOMA and the budget are blatant lies and we don’t recognise them,” said EFF leader in council, Luthando Amos, adding that the municipality’s plans and budget didn’t speak to the needs of ratepayers. “We are busy consulting relevant institutions,” said Amos. The DA also accused the ANC-led council of wasting funds that the institution could have channelled to other pressing issues such as repaying Eskom’s multimillion bill that the municipality failed to pay for the month of April. “The municipality’s assets were auctioned a day after the SOMA but the mayor, speaker and municipal manager never touched on that during the SOMA.

“The money could have been used to pay the multiple debts, but they decided to throw themselves a party at the expense of ratepayers,” said the DA’s councillor Zuko Mandile. The DA also alleged that the tent, tables, chairs, sound system, catering and transport for 1000 people at the SOMA which was held at the Sandringham Sports Field is estimated to be over R250 000. “They could have gone for a cheaper and central venue, like the halls that we have, as was the case in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and that cost them nothing,” added Mandile. However, Magwangqana said the municipality’s halls weren’t big enough to accommodate the people they had expected to attend the SOMA hence they opted for an open venue. He also refuted that the hired items for the SOMA cost above R250 000 saying the chairs that were used belonged to the municipality.

More than half a billion budget for 2018/2019 financial year SANELE JAMES ENOCH Mgijima Local Municipality council announced and adopted a budget of R778.2 million for the 2018/19 financial year which Mayor Sisisi Tolashe made bold announcements and promises on, especially in the provision of basic services. With the EFF and DA having walked out before Tolashe delivered her state of the municipality address (SOMA), the ANC-led council used its numbers to make a quorum and adopted the budget. Tolashe said the budget had been carefully structured to cover all 34 wards in the municipality. The final budget depicts an increase of R56,1 million on the R722.1 million the coun-

cil had estimated during the IDP and budget roadshow, but the plans and promises remain the same. With all the promises and guarantees made, part of the municipality’s turnaround strategy to save public funds in the coming year is to improve its services so ratepayers can be encouraged to pay, as well as cutting back unnecessary expenditure by doing away with outsourcing of services. One significant component of the municipality which has put a strain on the institution’s finances is the directorate of technical services, which is closely watched as some of the crucial services such as the provision of electricity and maintenance of roads and related infrastructure are under its guard. The directorate haven’t have a permanent

head since the establishment of the municipality and this has seen the municipality relying on the services of an independent institution to look after its electrical infrastructure. But to this end the municipality has appointed a permanent leader for the department. With more than 40 vehicles belonging to the municipality having been auctioned last week, it remains to be seen whether the municipality will be able to deliver on its promises. The municipality lost a grader, roller, watercart, TLB tipper and drop side trucks which are all crucial in the process of road maintenance the municipality has been touting (Full report on page 1). The municipality’s plan to improve its turnaround time in responding to electrical

faults, which often lead to untimely blackouts, might also be affected as some of the vehicles dedicated to this cause have been sold.

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Helping the less fortunate and making people aware of how beautiful Komani can be if we look after it.

Easy (Like Sunday Morning) by Lionel Richie.

Meyer is the owner of SM Body and Welding Works. Queenstown Express chatted to Meyer on his career and other interests.

What is it about Komani that made you want to open your business within this town? It’s the whole idea of not having options/ “monopoly”. I want to give quality at a reasonable rate for everyone.

What do you like most about Komani? The people. The support from the community is really something special.

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What did you want to be when you grew up? What goals do you have for your business in the next year? To build my relationship with the community and build more business relationships with fellow business owners of Komani.

Where did you grow up? I was born and bred in Queenstown (Komani).

I wanted to be in the special forces for the army.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Tough, funny and scary.

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What schools and other education institutions did you attend?

Shell Ultra City has the best coffee in town.

Maria Louw High School and I further grew my knowledge of welding and steelwork from my work experience at the South African Welding School in Johannesburg.

What’s your favourite thing to do in your spare time? Braaing and spending time with family

Shane Meyer of SM Body and Welding Works joined the Border Kei Chamber of Business early this year. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Toyota Industrial Equipment opens new East London premises REPORTER OPTIMISING what Toyota Forklift can do for their customers is the key message of Toyota Industrial Equipment’s new East London premises, which was officially opened at the end of May.

The new East London branch of Toyota Industrial Equipment.

While Toyota Industrial Equipment, a division of the EIE Group, has been operating in the East London region of the Eastern Cape since 1990, the new premises mark the launch of exciting new initiatives to enhance and streamline customer service. These include the new building offering workshop, service and maintenance, and parts facilities in line with the company’s successful business model to provide its customer with a total solution. In addition, plans to locate technicians in the outlying areas of the province, including Mthatha and Komani, will bring Toyota Industrial Equipment’s expertise right to the doorstep of its customer base, enhancing service and response time. Toyota Forklift delegates at the opening included global and local representation, with

Yoichiro Yamazaki from Toyota Industrial Corporation (TICO), Hiroyoshi Yoshika from Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) together with Gary Neubert and Shumani Tshifularo from Toyota Industrial Equipment, as well as Vuyo Bangazi, general manager of the Eastern Cape region for Toyota Industrial Equipment. “Our exciting new plans for the East London region are an expression of our commitment to maintaining our position as a partner of choice in this region, by proactively servicing our customer’s evolving needs,” said Gary Neubert, EIE Group’s CEO. “The opening of these new premises is also an opportunity for us to express our deep appreciation for the loyalty that has been shown to us by the customers in the Eastern Cape and to reconfirm our pledge to delivering optimal lifetime value for our customers.” Toyota Industrial Equipment’s East London branch provides customers the full suite of the company’s best in-class brands for materials handling and warehousing, container handling, industrial cleaning and industrial power, with support over the complete product life-cycle.

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= The winners of the cake competition at the Methodist Church’s fête and carnival are Owen, Michelle, Edrich, Zoe, Juanique and the overall winner Cayleen Nel. PHOTOS:SANELE JAMES

; Helen and Carl Voogot were among those who attended the carnival and fête.

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Provincial Museum Day celebrated by the Youth ZINTLE BOBELO SPORT, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa congratulated the top three learners who had participated in an essay competition under the theme “Celebrating our Local Heroes and Heroines” during the Provincial International Museum day held at Mzingisi Sikweyiya Hall recently. The three deserving learners were Minentle Zondi, from Alfred Nzo District, who came in third place and who won a digital camera and certificate of participation and Asavela Soxa (second place), from Joe Gqabi District, received a laptop along with a certificate of participation. Grade 11 learner Kwakhanya Giba, from the Buffalo City Municipality, was the overall winner of the competition and walked away with a laptop and a bag, a printer and a desktop for her school. Other participants were given tokens of appreciation for their participation. Giba said she chose to write about former South African cricketer Makhaya Ntini in her essay because she believed that he was a role model for the youth. “He’s my hero because he was found in the rural areas and he is now giving back to the community. I also did not get the information from

the internet, I had the privilege of personally interviewing my hero. I think that’s what made my essay stand out from the rest. “I am happy with the fact that learners have been given an opportunity to expand their knowledge as they had been encouraged to participate in the essay writing competition based on the theme of Africa Month, and sub-theme of International Museums Day. This has enabled learners to embark on research, learn new things and look out for information they would not be ordinarily interested in. The department is planting seeds of success here, and we hope that the gadgets will sharpen the learning skills and performances of our learners, and in turn this will help them to become better leaders of tomorrow,” said Tun yiswa. In her speech, she also highlighted the importance and significance of museum institutions as centres of cultural and educational excellence and mentioned that the event was coordinated by the International Council of Museums. “The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace

< Pictured here at the back from left are Chris Hani District Municipality Speaker Mxolisi Koyo, Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa, Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality community services portfolio head Zukiswa Ralane, front Minentle Zondi (third place), winner Kwakhanya Giba and Asavela Soxa (second place). PHOTO:ZINTLE BOBELO

among peoples. This is therefore a platform to extend museum services to historically disadvantaged communities so that they can be exposed to and empowered with information that would ignite excitement and interest in them, and result in them visiting museums and accessing services provided therein.” Tunyiswa said museums could become vehicles to assist the province in tackling issues such

as human rights abuses, racism, xenophobia, and cultural intolerance. “Our museums should consider how those stories of the past, those collections of historic (and contemporary) objects can be used to promote a fairer, more equal, more socially just society.” The Pakistan South African Association donated R1 000 to each of the three learners for their commitment and diligence.

Youth encouraged to consider agriculture as career path ZINTLE BOBELO DICLA Training and Projects hosted its first annual youth open day last Friday with the aim of building sustainable careers through engaging with the youth. Zabembo Gwabeni, one of the organisers, said the purpose of the event was to honour the youth of 1976. “Since it is now Youth Month, we have decided to have this career development event to equip Grade 11 and 12 learners to expose them to agriculture as a viable and possible

career path. Our main focus on today’s event was to talk about dedication, career development and to motivate the learners through farming innovations.” Gwabeni said only three schools, namely, Arthur Mfebe High School, Ndlovukazi High School and Bengu Agricultural High School, managed to attend the event and hoped that on the next youth open day many schools would be able to attend these informative sessions. “We tried to invite other schools to participate in the event, but they could not attend

‘Express’ readers reach out to the needy REPORTER THE winter season is fast approaching and its footsteps can be felt as temperatures continue to drop. This is a life-threatening season to the less fortunate, especially those without even warm clothing. But with Express readers like Sithandiwe

Sibondana, Nobuntu Mtintsilana and Siphosethu Langa of Mlungisi Township, who recently donated some of their garments which they no longer need, this winter will be a little different from that of the previous years. The good-hearted Express readers dropped four bags of clothes at the Queenstown Express offices to be donated to any needy people on a first-come first-served basis.

due to the June examinations. In the olden days, agriculture was a subject that was there to sort of punish the youth and that resulted in them not showing interest. “We are now trying to prove to them that agriculture is actually a career path that one can choose and can make an impact while making an income,” she added. Grade 10 learner Siphelele Manqola, from Bengu Agricultural High School in Lady Frere, said some schools did not offer agriculture as a subject so such events were beneficial to learners who would like to join the

field. “I have gained a lot of information on how to cultivate, how to irrigate and how to fertilise. “We were taught about packaging and also how to manage accounts. “Before I came here, medicine was my first option as soon as I finished matric but after the session, I am considering agriculture as my first choice. I would like to thank everyone here at DICLA for organising this event. “It has opened up my eyes and I believe that other learners saw how interesting and beneficial the course is,” Manqola said.

SRC provides assistance for hospice The Ikhala Komani Campus SRC donated toiletries and cleaning material to the Mzwabantu Hospice. From left are SRC secretary Nombulelo Ben, deputy secretary Yolanda Sokabo, campus manager Muller du Preez, Mzwabantu Hospice senior manager Thamie Kanuka, SRC chairperson Lusanda Klaas, deputy chairperson Sandi Mpilo and treasurer Nomonde Mlandu. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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THANDO MGEDEZI IN a bid to promote primary prevention, the Sonke Gender Justice NGO in the Eastern Cape organised a football and netball tournament for the youth of Tylden Farms just outside Komani on Sunday. Sonke worked closely with the community of Tylden Farms to host the tournament that was accompanied by Sonke Gender Justice trainings. The aim was to increase their skills and scope in working with men and boys on gender equality and HIV and Aids. Commenting on the decision to use Tylden Farms, Patrick Godana from Sonke Gender Justice said, “While working in and around Komani, we saw Tylden as one of the disadvantaged areas that needed our attention. “We are starting primary prevention of gender-based violence and HIV/Aids here and also trying to encourage parents to participate in their children’s daily activities. “As we came to the end of Child Protection

Week, we were once again reminded that it remains an important campaign on South Africa’s calendar. Approximately one in every three girls and one in every five boys will experience some form of violence in this country before the age of 18.” In total, four football teams and two netball teams participated in the tournament. Tylden United Brothers FC won the football category, while Tylden Girls won the netball accolades. In the football final, TUBS FC won 2-1 thanks to goals from their captain, Avuyile Mtoto, in the first half. Young Boys defender Zukile Tamba scored late in the second half. TUBS FC walked away with a big trophy, gold medals, three-piece playing kit and match balls. In netball, Tylden Ladies won by 14-7 and they also won a trophy, gold medals, netball kit and match balls. Lions Ladies in netball and Young Boys FC in football were the runners-up in the tournament. Both teams walked away with silver medals.

Tylden United Brothers’ players, technical team and management celebrate after winning the tournament on Sunday afternoon in Tylden. PHOTO: THANDO MGEDEZI

Local senior athlete asks for sponsorship SANELE JAMES GOODWILL Nomwa is arguably Komani’s most decorated senior runner, having won 370 medals since he started running competitively in 1991 and is still going strong.

Goodwill Nomwa, the local athlete in need of sponsorship. PHOTO:SANELE JAMES

Nomwa’s collection of medals consists of 16 golds, 160 silvers and the rest are bronze. He first participated in the popular South African ultramarathons, the Two Oceans and Comrades Marathon, in 1993 and was part of this year’s Two Oceans. Nomwa is employed as a general worker at Lukhanji Primary School and will sadly miss the Comrades Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, due to logistical and financial constraints. This has resulted in him

asking for any potential donors to aid him so he can participate in five other upcoming races set to take place in the Eastern Cape. The races are the 21km Border Championships, taking place in East London on June 30, the 42.2km Cradock Marathon set for July 28, another 42.2 race in East London on August 9, Durban Marathon of 42.2km on August 26 and the 50km City to City, set to take place in Johannesburg on September 29. Transport costs for all the races are estimated to be R3 000, R2 000 for accommodation for the races taking place out of the province and a total of R700 registration fees. Nomwa said his undying spirit to run was fuelled by his late fellow athletes Khwakhwa Burwana, Ncedile Mbenge, George Tswahlana, Nelson Nenemba, Themba Ntengo, Bon-



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Motoring June 7, 2018 Queenstown Express


Hyundai i20 gets refreshed design, new flagship derivative REPORTER HYUNDAI Automotive South Africa is continuing its success in the segment for mid-sized hatchbacks by introducing a refreshed i20 line-up with a more modern design and the addition of a 1.4 Active flagship derivative. “The i20 is one of our important models and has been one of our topselling cars for almost a decade,” said Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa. “By updating the i20’s design – both interior and exterior – and introducing the attractive and versatile Active derivative, we are continuing to meet the expectations of our customers to ensure the ongoing success of this model range.” Since the launch of the first i20 range in South Africa in 2009, Hyundai Automotive SA has sold 87 839 of these hatchbacks – making it one of the mainstays in the Hyundai model line-up in the country. “A very low warranty burn rate of an average of R20 per unit per month also indicates the reliability and robust nature of this trusted small hatchback which is a major contender in one of the most competitive segments of our automotive market,” said Anderson. The refreshed i20 range consists of six derivatives, which includes the range-topping 1.4 Active that takes the place of the outgoing 1.4 Sport. The other five derivatives, with a slightly different styling than the Active, are the 1.2 Motion and 1.2 Fluid with a five-speed manual transmission, the 1.4 Motion and 1.4 Fluid with a four-speed automatic transmission, and the 1.4 Fluid with a six-speed manual transmission. The 1.4 Active also comes with the six-speed manual transmission. The Motion package offers the entry-level features list, while the higher specification list of the Fluid and Active derivatives offers more luxury features. A two-year/30 000km service plan is part of the 1,2-litre derivatives’

standard package, while the 1,4-litre i20s come with a three-year/60 000km service plan included in the price. A fresh, more modern appearance The elegant styling of the i20 has been refreshed in several ways. The front of the i20 Motion and Fluid derivatives now features the cascading grille - the family identity uniting all Hyundai models. In addition to its modern and fresh design, the new i20 also boasts a spacious and comfortable interior. In order to make the i20 more appealing and give it more character, the front now features redesigned front bumpers, including the cascading grille on the Motion and Fluid derivatives. The rear of the i20 Motion, Fluid and Active also has updated bumpers and rear combination lamps, creating a more dynamic look. The tailgate has been reworked to integrate the licence plate. Hyundai has also created a bolder appearance for the i20 by adding attractive new 16-inch alloy wheels for the Fluid and Active derivatives, while the i20 Motion runs on steel wheels with neat covers. The Motion and Fluid derivatives have body-coloured front and rear bumper styling The Active has a different grille and fog lights, with silver cladding on the matt-black front and back bumper that indicates its sporty nature. It also boasts a higher ground clearance, making it a truly “active” that lives up to the expectations of its name. Roof rails make the fitment of activity gear such as bicycle carriers or a roof box for camping gear easy on the Active. Customers can choose from six distinctive colours for the exterior: fiery red, marina blue and sleek silver, as well as passion orange, star dust and polar white. Interior design A new dash board and centre console contributes to the neat layout and very functional interior features of the i20. Drivers of the refreshed i20 al-

The rear of the Hyundai i20 1.4 Active has updated bumpers and rear combination lamps, creating a more dynamic look. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

The new Hyundai i20 1.4 Active is available in six different colours, including Fiery Red. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

so benefit from outstanding roominess, with an uncompromised trunk capacity of 285 litres, and 1 001 litres with the rear seatbacks folded down. The new i20 Active distinguishes itself from its Motion and Fluid siblings by red or blue colour trim (depending on the exterior body colour) around the air vent, gear lever console and gear knob. The Active’s seat also boasts colour inlays to add to its bolder nature. Luxury features across the range The revised Hyundai i20 offers an infotainment system in the middle console that integrates seamlessly via Bluetooth with the driver’s smartphone, which will ensure even greater comfort while travelling. The infotainment system, a standard feature across the range, also boasts an excellent sound quality through its four speakers that can be customised by the equaliser on the new seven-inch touch-screen display. The i20 also comes with a USB charger so passengers can recharge their mobile devices, while it also acts as an alternative connection to the music sound system when Bluetooth is not used. An AUX cable port is also provided. The functions of the infotainment system can be expanded to include satellite navigation by purchasing an optional SD memory card for R2 500. Motion derivatives have manual air conditioners, while the Fluid and Active versions come with automatic climate control as a standard luxury feature. All derivatives have glove box cooling by the air conditioner. Fluid and Active derivatives have a storage compartment underneath the front armrest that can move forward for more comfort. Across the range the i20 is equipped with remote controls on the steering for the sound system’s audio control, Bluetooth telephone connec-

tion and the on-board computer, which shows average fuel consumption and speed, distance to empty for the fuel tank, immediate fuel consumption and two trip metres. Two petrol engines to choose from The refreshed i20 range offers a choice of two petrol multipoint fuelinjection powertrains: the Kappa 1 197cc engine with a 61kW maximum power output at 6 000r/min and the Kappa 1 368cc engine generating a maximum output of 74kW, also at 6 000r/min. The 1.2-litre engine’s maximum torque delivery is 115Nm at 4 000r/ min, and the 1.4-litre engine generates 133Nm at 3 500r/min. The 1.2 derivatives come with a fivespeed manual gearbox, while the 1.4s are coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. The automatic transmission for the i20 has four forward ratios. Fuel economy is stated at 5,9 litre/100km for the i20 1.2 manual, 7,5 litre/100km for the i20 1.4 automatic, and 6,5 and 6,7 litre/100km respectively for the 1.4 Fluid manual and 1.4 Active manual. Maximum speeds range from 165km/h for the i20 1.2 manual derivatives to 182km/h for the 1.4 manual. Easy to run, steady on the road McPherson Struts at the front suspension, featuring revised suspension geometry and new tie rod design, greatly enhance steering feedback and precision, while improving handling characteristics. At the rear, a coupled torsion beam axle optimizes the suspension to ensure comfortable driving. Improvements to the trailing arm geometry and rear springs contribute to a more stable and comfortable ride. Ground clearance for the Motion and Fluid derivatives is 15cm, but it was raised to 17cm for the 1.4 Active,

which, coupled with its 16-inch wheels and ample tyre profile, makes the Active a very capable car on a gravel road. The i20s motor driven power steering provides sharper response when the steering wheel is turned, accurate handling, improved fuel economy and reduced driver fatigue. All derivatives have ventilated disc brakes in front and solid disc brakes at the rear, with a four-wheel electronic, four-channel and four-sensor Antilock Braking System and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). Passive safety gets taken care of by a driver and passenger’s airbag in all derivatives and four three-point safety belts, two front and two at the rear, which is equipped with pretensioners and are height-adjustable for front occupants. A lap safety belt is provided for a third, middle occupant on the rear bench. The 1.4 Fluid and Active derivatives also come with LED daytime running lights and fog lights. Competitive pricing The refreshed Hyundai i20 is launched with a competitive price tag for all derivatives, which includes the two-year/30 000km service plan for 1,2-litre derivatives, a three-year/60 000km service plan for 1,4-litre derivatives, as well as the standard five-year/150000km manufacturer’s warranty which is extended with an additional two years or 50000km powertrain warranty across the range.

The prices are: i20 1.2 Motion (manual) - R229 900 i20 1.2 Fluid (manual) - R241 900 i20 1.4 Motion (automatic) - R254 900 i20 1.4 Fluid (automatic) - R284 900 i20 1.4 Fluid (manual) - R266 900 i20 1.4 Active (manual) - R279 900 Service intervals are 15 000km apart.

Don’t take the insurance bait - cheaper is not always better REPORTER THERE are more than 11 million registered vehicles in South Africa, excluding caravans and trailers. According to statistics, the majority of these vehicles – around 60-70% – are uninsured. The Automobile Association (AA) says this means that to keep you on the road, insurance is not a luxury, but a necessity. Statistics from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) indicate there are more than 800 000 crashes in South Africa annually. Based on the insurance statistics, this equates to around 520 000 cars which are involved in crashes and which are uninsured.

And, those motorists who are opting to have insurance, are often choosing insurance based on the lowest available premiums, rather than understanding the benefits and disadvantages of the insurance they are considering buying. “It is sometimes difficult to get insurance which matches your pocket, and which gives you the cover you need or want. For this reason it is necessary for motorists to read their policies carefully, and to understand all the aspects of the insurance they are planning on taking. “Too often, low premiums sound good but fall short when claims are made,” the AA warned. A good example is the excess fee which may be payable when a claim is made. An excess is a fee you pay

towards a claim for loss or damage to your car, regardless of who is to blame. A company offering a low monthly premium, for instance, may require a substantial excess in the case of loss or damage. “When this happens some people are shocked when the costs of repair to a vehicle may be carried entirely, or in part, through the excess fee, with little or no money being paid by the insurer. Lower monthly premiums in this case will not count for much as the motorist still has to pay a big portion of the costs out of their own pocket,” noted the AA. The association said motorists who want to insure their vehicles must understand the terminology of their contracts, and ask for clarifica-

tion of any unclear clauses before committing to a specific insurance policy. Critical questions to ask when considering insurance are: . What is my excess? Is there a different excess for loss and for damage? . Is the excess a flat rate, or is it calculated as a percentage of the loss or damage? . Besides the initial excess fee, are there any additional excess fees payable when I make a claim? . Are there any penalties for claiming within the first six months, or in the first year? (If there are, determine exactly what these penalties are). . What is the turnaround time for claims?

. Will I be covered if other people drive my car? (And, if you are covered, is there a difference in the coverage if the car was driven by an 18year-old driver or a 45-year-old driver?) . Is my car covered for resale or full retail value? . Is this insurance comprehensive insurance? . Are there any limitations on where or when I can drive my car? . If something happens to my car, is car hire included in my cover while it is being repaired or replaced “Insurance is a necessity but it is more important that when taking out insurance motorists understand exactly what they are getting, and how much it will cost them if they do claim,” concluded the AA.


Sport June 7, 2018 Queenstown Express

Yawa hosts coaching clinics at army base THANDO MGEDEZI CHRIS Hani District Schools Cricket Coordinator Viwe Yawa held u/13 cricket coaching clinics at the Komani Army Base on Friday morning. Since last season, children have been encouraged to join cricket through their Physical Education sessions. As a result, the district has six KFC Mini Cricket learners from Grade 1 to Grade 7, both boys and girls. The learners are passionate about mini cricket and through the support from the schools the children played in the structured KFC Mini Cricket League and participated in the Southbourne and Hangklip Cricket Day. Ryser Royal learners put up a good performance by beating the best schools in town and only lost to the

Queen’s junior cricket team. “Before the area and regional festival on September 14 last year, I invited all the club cricket players to come and join us for a bowling and fielding practice session,” said Yawa. “In addition, for the kids it has been a success because we are blessed with parents who care about their children’s interests in Komani. “Cricket is the one sport in our town that’s lost its value in the past few years. The fact that the parents allowed their kids to play cricket and supported them at their games is one of the reasons for our success in Komani,” said Yawa. Yawa was nominated as the Best Cricket Coach for 2017/18 in the Border Region and from July 3 to July 6 he will be at Bomanza in KwaZuluNatal to attend a KFC Mini Cricket national seminar.

“I am grateful and honoured to be nominated as the Best Provincial KFC Mini Cricket Coach. It means I am doing something right. I really think that the School structure has contributed a lot,” said Yawa Komani will play in the Border School league next season. Eight players were selected for the Border cricket programme, namely, Bouitumelo Manyathela, Lonwabele Nelani, Onako Godana, Lutho Makhathini, Zusakhe Ndabambi, Mvano Ndabambi, Onelisiwe Nondumo and Lisakhanya Mkhwebula.

; Viwe Yawa with the eight players who have been selected for the Border Cricket Programme. PHOTO:THANDO MGEDEZI

Empumelelweni retain soccer title THANDO MGEDEZI THE Enoch Mgijima Local Football Association (LFA) under the South African Football Association (SAFA) in the Chris Hani District, together with the main sponsor, Build It, hosted the 2018 Whittlesea Under 13 Build It Schools Soccer Tournament in Dongwe Location, Whittlesea on Saturday, June 2.

Empumelelweni won the 2018 Whittlesea U/13 Tournament. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Queen’s chef in Unogwaja Challenge SANELE JAMES GILBERT van Zyl, a catering manager and chef at the Queen’s College Boys’ High in Komani, is participating in the challenging Unogwaja Challenge for the first time this year. The Unogwaja Challenge was formed to follow in the footsteps of Comrades Marathon legend, Phil Masterton-Smith, who was popularly known as Unogwaja. Masterton-Smith cycled 10 days

from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg where he participated on the Comrades Marathon on the eleventh day because he couldn’t finance a lavish trip. The culture of determination to rise above every challenge spread and gave birth to the Unogwaja initiative. Every year Team Unogwaja follows Masterton-Smith’s path and Van Zyl and crew are currently cycling from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal and they are expected

The teams from Whittlesea that took part in the tournament were Empumelelweni J.S, Mbongolethu Primary, Ixhadi Primary, Mthawelanga Primary, Luvuyo Primary,

to complete their journey of not less than 1500km within 10 days. They cycle a maximum of 180km a day and Van Zyl’s experience as an athlete will come in handy along the way. The group left Cape Town on Thursday last week. Van Zyl joined Team Unogwaja in 2012 when the team spent a night at the school, but he officially became an active member last year –something which he prides himself on. “I am very happy to be part of an initiative which seeks to bring about change in other people’s lives. The trip is fun but challenging at times and life

Lonwabo Primary, Shailo Primary, Sada High, Get Ahead, Christ The King, Nkosemntu Motman Combined School, Lahlangubo Primary, Chibi and finalists Ntabelanga Primary. The tournament was played in a knockout format. The first semi-final was between defending champions, Empumelelweni from Dongwe, and Nkosemntu Motman from Tambo Village. The game went to the penalties after ending in a goalless draw. Empumelelweni won 4-1 on penalties after Motman missed their first three attempts.

is exactly like that,” said Van Zyl. Team Unogwaja’s executive director, Dr Warren Chalklen, said one of the social enterprise’s goals was to raise funds which they would channel towards projects that seek to educate and empower the world. Unogwaja works with various NGO’s and institutions of learning with Vukusebenze Shelter in Cradock, Eastern Cape being one of them. “Our aim is to teach people to accept challenges, face them with courage and ultimately conquer as MastertonSmith did. The NGOs that we work with teach and educate people on how

Women’s football trials postponed

Tornado draw first play-off games



SAFA Eastern Cape has postponed the provincial women’s football trials following the unavailability of the national team coaches who were supposed to act as selectors. The reason for their absence is that the national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, will be playing Lesotho on June 10 in Bloemfontein. The trials ware scheduled for the same day at the University of Fort Hare in Alice. The purpose of the trials was to identify players for the national teams and High Performance Centre (HPC).

The national team coaches from the u/17 to the senior women’s team, assisted by the provincial technical officer, coach Douleen Whitebooi, were to conduct the trials. “We were prepared for the trials, but the national team does have preference when it comes to certain things,” said Whitebooi. No new date for the trials has been set yet. SAFA provincial secretary, Isaac Klaas, said they would wait for the availability of Banyana Banyana’s head coach, Desiree Ellis. “We will check the availability of the University of Fort Hare when Ellis comes up with the new date.”

THE highly anticipated SAFA ABC Motsepe League National Play-offs kicked off on Monday morning in what was expected to be an actionpacked battle for the National First Division qualification at the University of Limpopo in Turfloop. Eastern Cape champions, Tornado FC from Mdantsane, made an appearance during the last fixture of the first day, which was expected to produce fireworks between North West Kings and Buya Msuthu at

15:00. The Group C teams played to a 0-0 draw even though there were clear chances for the Eastern Cape champions. Their second game was against the Limpopo outfit, Dolphins FC, and the home team was no pushover on Tuesday afternoon. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Tornado FC is coached by former SuperSport United and Chippa United goalkeeper, Tshepo Motsoeneng, who believes his team played well in the first game “I’m very happy with the performance of the boys in the first

The second semi-final followed immediately, with Ixhadi taking on Ntabethemba. Ntabethemba became victorious in that game with a 1-0 score and booked a place in the final with Empumelelweni. The final started on a very high note with both teams showing the hunger to win the tournament. Empumelelweni became the 2018 tournament champions thanks to a second-half goal from Mihlali Moyakhe. Empumelelweni will represent the Whittlesea LFA in the Regional Build It play-offs for a place in the provincial finals.

to earn a living and sustain themselves without depending on handouts. With the money we raise we also buy and donate school uniforms to those learners in need,” he said. Up to Wednesday morning, the team had raised a lump sum of R456 302.10 and Komani’s Gilbert had alone managed to attract R37 900. Team Unogwaja continued with their daring journey yesterday on Wednesday with only three days left to the Comrades Marathon. They are expected to arrive in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday and run the Comrades the following day.

game even though I thought we should have scored at least two goals in the first half. “Each team came here nervous, opting to play cautious football in their first game in order to protect their goalmouth. I am very happy with my boys, though. They played really well,” said Motsoeneng. SAFA Eastern Cape Secretary Isaac Klaas is in Limpopo to support the home team and believed that the team from Mdantsane had the ability to play in the National First Division. Only two places are up for the taking in the NFD and all nine teams will be going all out in search of a qualification to the next phase of South African club football.

Queenstown Express 7 June 2018  
Queenstown Express 7 June 2018