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Mother of the nation laid to rest GREG NOTA


ER last wish, namely to be laid to rest with the poorest of the poor, was granted on Saturday, when the late Nomaka Epainette Mbeki, was delivered to her final resting place in the Ngcingwana location in Dutywa.

Speakers at the funeral of former president Thabo Mbeki’s mother, praised her for her magnificent work in assisting the rural poor people, among whom she asked to be buried. MaMbeki was dubbed ‘the true mother of the nation’ by speakers at her funeral, owing to the sterling work she did in mobilising rural women to run community projects in order to put food on their tables, instead of waiting for assistance from government or other organisations. MaMbeki‘s memorial service had to be cut short to allow mourners to proceed to the cemetery, since gusts of gale force winds threatened to blow away the tent in which the service was being held. Among others, the Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, and the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, paid tribute to Epainette Nomaka Mbeki. “MaMbeki was part of a group of people in our history, fighting noble battles and living their lives in pursuit of a better life for all. Today we enjoy the sweet fruits of freedom, because people like her gave up their own freedom,” said Masualle. “Today we stand with our heads bowed in front of Mama Nomaka Epainette Mbeki’s coffin. We do so in honour of a selfless leader of our people. One who held the fort, one who kept the home fires burning when our leaders were prosecuted, one who never gave up on the fight for justice.” Ramaphosa, speaking on behalf of President Jacob Zuma, echoed Masualle’s sentiments. He also thanked MaMbeki for her contribution towards the struggle for freedom, even while her husband was in prison and her children in exile. “She spent her life fighting for peace and the development of the country. “She did so without seeking praise or material gain. She was one of those icons who fought for freedom,” said Ramaphosa. “She remained strong even when she was facing tough times. We will never forget herand will continue with her hard work.”

The coffin of MaMbeki is carried to the cemetery after the memorial service. PHOTO: GREG NOTA

South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ram­ aphosa, being welcomed by Eastern Premier, Phumullo Masualle, with Jeff Radebe at the back. PHOTO: GREG NOTA

Marumo Moerane, a family member, seen with Thabo Mbeki on their way to the cemetery. PHOTO: GREG NOTA

Mandla Mandela and Dali Tambo also attended the funeral. PHOTO: GREG NOTA

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Prayer to end crime and corruption YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA AFTER police met with the community of Vlei and Mdumazulu in an effort to find ways to reduce crime in the area, Ethaweni residents, the Mtontsasa police and traditional and spiritual leaders gathered at Kwa-Qonda Full Gospel Church in Flagstaff last week, to pray for an end to crime and corruption.


This follows numerous fighting incidents between the youth of Vlei and Mdumazulu, as well as rapes and murders in the area. A concerned citizen, Luvuyo Dubazane, believed that the prayer day was useless, since he didn’t believe it would stop young people from commiting crime. He said as long as people were living in poverty with a high unemployment rate, they would keep committing crime. “This place is corrupt because there are no sports grounds and social activities keeping young people busy. Their boredom leads to doing things they would later regret,” he said. Mtontsasa Station Commander, Lieutenant Nontsikelelo Ndunge, said the crime rate in the Vlei and Mdumazulu localities was very high. Police spokesperson, Captain Mduduzi Godlwana, said they hoped that God would intervene and change the bitter lives of young people and to stop their criminal activities.

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Police spokesperson, Captain Mduduzi Godlwa­ na, at the prayer held at Ethaweni village. PHOTO:YANDISA DLEMBULA

Thandisizwe Mgwili, headman on Vlei location, during a prayer for crime and corruption in Flagstaff. PHOTO: YANDISA DLEMBULA

Mtontsasa Station Commander, Lieutenant Nontsikelelo Ndunge, at the prayer held at Ethaweni village recently.


Ivalelwe ngelokubulala indoda kuCentane BABALWA NDLANYA AMAPOLISA akuCentane anqakule avalela indoda yakwilali yaseSomana kuCentane ngetyala lokubulala ityendyana elineminyaka engama-30 kuphela lizelwe. Amapolisa athi okwangoku akakwazi ukulithi pahaha igama likamfi kuba ezinye izihlobo zakhe azikaziswa ngesi sihelegu. Othethela amapolisa aseGcuwa, uCaptain Jackson Manatha uthe umfi kunye nomtyholwa babe nengxabano nekhokelele ekubeni umrhanelwa akhuphe imela ze agwaze umfi kulo mzimba ungasentla, wabe uyasweleka.

“Umrhanelwa kulindeleke ukuba avele ngetyala lokubulala phambi kwenkundla yamatyala kuCentane kunge kudala,” utshilo uCaptain Manatha. Kusenjalo, kunqakulwe kwavalelwa amadoda amabini ngamapolisa aseNqamakhwe ngesityholo sokubulala usomashishini ongumPakistani. Esi siganeko senzeke kwilali yaseSawutana eHlobo Village, kwidolophu yaseNqamakhwe. UManatha uthi kuvakala ukuba abarhanelwa abathathu bangene kweli shishini nalapho omnye wabo aye wathenga ibhotile yeBhiya. “Kuthiwa omnye wabarhanelwa uvele wakhupha isibham ze wadubula umfi kulo mzimba ungezantsi.

Electricity system remains severely constrained REPORTER THE electricity network experienced severe pressure last week with Eskom warning that load shedding was inevitable if people do not cut down on their power usage during peak hours. On Thursday Eskom called on consumers to urgently switch off electrical heaters, geysers, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances since they require voluntary savings of at least 10% in order to manage demand. “We have noted a rising demand especially during peak hours (5pm – 9pm) as the cold weather spreads across the country, said the statement issued by Eskom.

Eskom said they are taking all necessary steps available to keep the lights on, but they require a partnership with their customers to ensure that they reduce electricity usage. “Eskom will utilise all necessary emergency resources at its disposal, but should the demand not decrease, load shedding will be implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid from a total shutdown,” the statement read. In the event that load shedding becomes necessary, Eskom will use the published load shedding schedules which are available on the Eskom website ( Contact the customer call centre on 0 0860 037 566.

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June 19, 2014 Uvolwethu Express

YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA HAWKERS who attended the Ingquza Hill Annual Commemoration at Ingquza Hill, Flagstaff, earlier this month, made a fortune selling their goods to event goers. A hawker, Nomathamsanqa Nxili, said business was always good when there were big events. “People love snacking while they wait.” She said she was selling chips, sweets, vetkoeks, sandwiches, biscuits and fried chips and that she went home smiling since everything had been sold. Customers said they were grateful to the hawkers, since there were no tuck shops nearby and without the hawkers’ snacks, they would have had to go hungry. Thandazile Sibiya said she had decided to sell “umqombothi” (traditional beer), since she knew how the local men love traditionally brewed beer. “Just from the function, I managed to make three times the money I make when I’m selling at home,” she said. The day proved a big boost for local businesses.

Hawkers capitilised on the Ingquza Hill Commemoration.

ANC against ‘sex-for-jobs scandal’ REPORTER THE ANC on Thursday last week condemned allegations that government officials in the legislature in Bisho demanded sex from female interns in exchange for jobs. “We want to make it clear that no one has the right to demand sex from anyone in the workplace anywhere,” provincial secretary Lubabalo Mabuyane said in a statement. “Government institutions have policies in place to deal with issues falling under sexual harassment and these policies must be communicated all the time to employees to be made aware of.” Several newspapers reported that

some officials in the provincial legislature had been implicated in a “sex-forjobs scandal”. Allegations of officials demanding sexual favours from interns in return for jobs came to light. Allegedly, interns who refused the requests, found that their contracts had not been not renewed. It was reported that trade union National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) had asked legislature speaker, Noxolo Kiviet, to investigate the allegations. “We support government’s investigation into the matter and urge anyone with information to communicate with the Speaker’s office, and for those outside the legislature to report matters to the police,” said Mabuyane.

PSJ needs help with unwanted ‘tourists’ SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Mayor of Port St John’s (PSJ) Local Municipality, Mnyamezeli Mangqo, called for national and provincial intervention to monitor the seas of Port St John’s and the influx of “tourists” who end up not going back to their home countries. PSJ is a top Eastern Cape tourism destination, owing to its natural beauty, scenic views, beaches and dense forests. It attracts a lot of tourists from countries like Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and many more. Mangqo agreed there were some tourists who were now permanent dwellers in PSJ who were no longer contributing to the economy of the town. He said that there were small boats often seen entering the seas of PSJ to meet big ships and then returning to PSJ shores. “We don’t know what happens at these meetings out at sea. Normally the ships sail away after having met the boats. In order to monitor the situation, we need assistance from the national and/or provincial government.”

He said as the local municipality they needed to establish more information centres, since they were depending on national information only, with regard to tourists entering the country. “We do not know the number of tourists entering PSJ.” The Express learnt from a reliable source that PSJ had a high rate of drug abuse and an influx of tourists who claim they had come to do voluntary work. It was also alleged that some backpackers were in fact drug lords. Meanwhile, some of the tourists who spoke to the Express, agreed that they would appreciate it if they could get a chance to be fulltime residents in PSJ because of its natural beauty. Marissa Hage from Holland said if she were to leave PSJ, she would miss it. “It is beautiful; people here are friendly.” Yoke Wille from Belgium said she wouldn’t refuse if she could get a chance to be a fulltime resident there, because she was experiencing things there which would be impossible in her home country. “I’d even be happy to find a husband here! I enjoy the traditional food like samp.”

Some of the natural beauty that attracts thousands of tourists to Port St John’s. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE


NGO helps girls with sanitary ware YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA INJONGO Movements, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Mount Ayliff, donated sanitary ware to girls from the Gillespie Junior Secondary School (JSS) in Mount Ayliff. Melisizwe Fikeni from Injongo Movements said the sanitary ware was given to pupils from poor households as identified by the school to make sure that young girls from small rural towns got the education that they needed with nothing stopping them from going to school. “This was our first project and all donations came from people around Mount

Ayliff who also wanted to help,” said Fikeni. Siphokazi Gogela, also involved with the project, said they were willing to go a very long way to help young people. She added that they still had lots planned and were currently collecting sports equipment to donate to sports clubs. Injongo Movements’ staff said they were hoping more people would get involved with their projects, since they wanted to teach people the joy of giving. One of the beneficiaries, Sanelisiwe Siyothula, said they were thankful for the donation, because they could now go to school with proper sanitary ware, making them feel comfortable.



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‘I Can’ reaches out to students

LASHEIGH LUCAS SEVEN students from five provinces have started a support group aimed at bringing about a positive change in education in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape – the province in the country with the lowest matric pass rate. The I Can support group, a non-profit organisation, aims to assist pupils, helping them to achieve better results. “Our organisation seeks to assist students from disadvantaged areas to achieve their dreams,” said final year Analytical Chemistry student at NMMU and secretary general of the I Can support group, Sihle Vatsha. She is originally from Mbizana and wants to motivate and encourage other young Mbizana pupils to not give up on their dreams, irrespective of their personal circumstances and backgrounds. The organisation was started at the beginning of this year. “The idea came about when four of the group members spoke about the difficulties they had faced when trying to get into university, for example not knowing how to choose a career path or even how to apply for university,” said Vatsha. Chairperson of the organisation and Veterinary student at the University of Pretoria, Luyanda Mlisa, said that an organisation tackling these issues were important. “I asked three other people to join the organisation, so that more people could make a difference in the community,” he said. “An organisation like I Can assists people with becoming independent. It creates a platform to develop leadership skills and also allows us to give back to the community without expecting anything in return,” said Agricultural Animal and Poultry Science student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Lunga Ngaleka. The organisation hopes to achieve its goals through academic seminars in as many schools as possible in Mbizana. These seminars would cover topics such as career guidance, calculating university entry points, the process of applying to universities, financial aid, study methods, supply study material,

along with application forms, and help pupils develop stronger communication and writing skills. “Our progress in achieving our goals is going well, however, we do face a few challenges,” said Vatsha. She said getting sponsorship and material, as well as the distance between group members were currently their biggest challenges. Keep reading Express for future details of I Can-seminars.

NMMU student and I Can secretary general Sihle Vatsha wants to help young people from her hometown of Mbizana to further their studies at tertiary level.


Somelele Zituta (17) from Bizana, who dreams about being a well­known cartoonist, shows one of his works. PHOTO:YANDISA DLEMBULA

Young comic cartoonist dreams big Notice

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IN the hope of making a name for himself, Somelele Zituta (17), a grade 10 pupil at Bizana Senior Secondary School (SSS), is determined to live his dream of becoming a comic cartoonist. Zituta lives with his mother and five siblings in the Nikhwe Locality in Bizana. He loves agricultural activities and is a maths and science student. He hopes to become an astronomist if his cartoonist career does not work out. Uvo Lwethu Express reporter, Yandisa Dlembula, spoke to him about his dreams and ambitions. What made you start drawing cartoons?


Umntu obizwe ngezantsi uceba ukwenza isicelo semvume eyodwa kwiKhansile sokumisa iMortuary (abangcwabi) e86 King Edward Road, Umtata Central isiza esingu nombolo 629 eUmtata Nayiphi na inkcaso kwesi sicelo mayiziswe ibhaliwe kuNobhala wedolophi ngomhla okanye ngaphambi kwe 11/07/2014. Iplani okanye iinkcukacha zesicelo zingahlolwa eMunitata Building Cnr Owen & Sutherland St, Umtata 5100, office no. 219(A) unganxebelelana no N Zwane ku 047 501 4060

Igama nekheli lomceli Ilizwe Town and Regional Planners P.O. Box 13636 Vincent, 5217 043 721 1311

I started drawing in 2011. I used to just draw when I was bored, sad, happy and excited. It slowly became a way of expressing myself. What are your cartoons about? They are about fiction stories, mostly based on my personal experience. I also draw the challenges the youth are facing and family politics. What inspires you as a person?


The people that read my work (my fans) inspire me to go further. They enjoy reading my cartoons because they say the car-

toons seem real and many people can learn from them. Who is your role model? My role model is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known as Eminem, because he started out in a situation similar to mine. He too grew up with a single parent and started out drawing cartoons. Despite his challenges and home background, he had a dream and he pushed on, until his dream was real. Zapiro who is a political cartoonist is also my role model. He has no fear expressing his opinions through his cartoons. Where do you see yourself in five years? I need to go through University, but if things do not go my way, I see myself as a well-known cartoonist where my work can be viewed in magazines, newspapers and even on television. If you could be granted one wish, what would it be? I would wish to be given a chance to animate and publish my work for the masses of South Africa, especially cartoon and comic lovers, because my whole life is based on my natural-born talent for drawing.


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No man, this is not on YOU know that as children who grew up in disciplined homes and parents we don’t like to see funny things being practised by old people in front of us. And the discipline we were taught back at home we still maintained even now. We felt we should hide our eyes when we saw women dropping their pants as they expose their bums during the march in Jozi. They were in the national newspapers if you did not see what we are talking about. We wondered what do their children feel seeing the bums of their mothers exposed to be seen nguwonke wonke throughout the country. We give them the moemish of the week and we also call on them to stop that unbearable bad practice because obviously it would harm their children. The only people who have rights to see their bums are their hubbies if not boyfriends. Ash! Basenzela isimnyama abantu sibancinane kangaka.

Mmmm, konakele ezweni sokhile Yebafethu, niyawazi umgosi ngamabali awo and niyawazi ke xa ungachazekanga uyigqithisa inje ngokuba injalo. Kaloku last weekend we were in a company of our old brother kuyokhululwa apha eBrooksnek eNtelly. Hey, sibone esingakuqhelanga kusenziwa ngabantu ekuthiwa zintsizwa zala ndawo. Kuyasothusa ke thina sazi amasiko asebuhlanti, kuba la ndawo yindawo ehloniphekileyo. Bafethu, bekuzakuxhelwa enye inkomo kucelwa izihlobo. Ithe yakuwa phantsi yaxhelwa kwamosha ukufika kwenyama notywala yashiywa apho loo nkomo kwaqondwa enyameni nasetywaleni. Hey yiva esingazanga sakubona. Ukubona iintsizwa zisitya inyama zime ngeenyawo zixhuthisan’okwamakhwenkwe. Omnye esithi “khawundiphe mfethu” nomnye ebaleka negaqa lakhe lenyama. Behlisa

Become our Youth Journo today FROM the people who brought you Citizen Journalist, now comes the new and exciting initiative for our young writers – Youth Journo. Youth Journo is a programme presented by Media24’s Local Newspapers, of which OP Koerante forms part of, that gives high school students the opportunity to share their schools’ news with the rest of the community online. But it is not only restricted to school news – anything that is of importance to teenagers could be submitted under Youth Journo on our website, whether it be dating tips, book or CD reviews or more serious matters like drug abuse among teenagers. To launch this exciting project, OP Koerante will be giving away a laptop to a school that submits the most Youth Journo entries online. To enter for this competition, learners – or rather Youth Journo’s – would have to go to

our website to tell us why their school is the best (only online entries will be accepted).

How to enter Go to The Youth Journo (or his/her parent) must register as a user on the website and then click on “Tell Your Story”. (This could even be the perfect assignment for an essay or great practice in the computer class!) The online form you need to fill in is as easy to use as Facebook. The Youth Journo must remember to fill in his/her name and surname, upload a photo of himself or herself and also mention the school’s name somewhere in the story. Stories should be at least 250 words. What the school does with the laptop, is totally up to them. So what are you waiting for school principal? Motivate your learners to upload their stories today. For further information, contact the Online Editor, Tanya van Zyl at 0 041 503 6059 or send an e-mail to

ke oophopho ngotywala sanethemba lokuba bazakubuyela enkomeni kuqangqululwe. OW! Kanti sikhe phantsi isitya sizele kwakungulowo xa kusiwa ibeer nesitya sokugqibela wavalelisa, inkomo yashiyeka nezihlobo zizenzela. I wonder aba bafana xa sebekhulile bakuba ngamaxhego anjani ngowuphi umthetho wesiNtu abayakuba bewazi? Wanga Bawo wethu oseMzulwini angandibeka nama-gang wam egossip sike sibone eli lizwe ukuba lizakuba njani kwisizukulwana esilandelayo. Uyakwagxeka umgosi. Mara bafethu niyazi yiwaarheid le siyiringayo. Oh!! It was disgusting I wonder when the guys will respect and recognize the importance of a woman on the Express land le nto basoloko besenziwa izinto ezi-useless ngala madoda. We were watching a guy who was driving a white Toyota Corolla in Lusiki Main Street next to KFC punching the woman like he punches a man. Shame, umntwana wabantu wavuka e-dustin sembatshile. Even if ebenze ntoni but it does not necessarily mean makabethwe phambi kwabantu ngala ndlela. And shame nabantu bala dolophu abalamli kwabona until the gossip team intervened. And daai chap was not sorry even after we told him about the wrong he was doing to someone whom he claims to love. That was not love at all broe. But noosisi bethu baphinde bazixhaphazise kuba ngoku uthi lo sisi in the name of love she will never report this monster to the police because she loves him.


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Mawwuuu! Kwaze kwanzima ezweni sokhile. It seems as if there is no age limit in that town Guys as you know siyazithanda izinto ingakumbi ubumnandi. Last week we visited Lusiki and we spent most of our time in Mabaleng and in some couple of boring joints in town. You like it or not the rate of alcohol abuse is high in that town - even the young girls whom we thought they should be still under parental guidance but siyijukuja nabo kuse. And UTA is nothing than Lusiki in terms of alcohol abuse. I wonder kuba bathi abazali uphi umntwana omngakaya kuhambe ubusuku kuse engekho ekhaya. Bayawinwa benjalo nje and baphinde babuyele kwakule ndawo bawinwe kuyo futhi. Amadoda still continue trying to win them even though esazi ukuba uvela umwinweni. Aish! ugogo wayedla ngokuthetha ngento yomlaza I wonder akuyiyo na le besiyenziwa babantwana kula joint. Yiya kwizitalato zala dolophu ebusuku nge weekend ubone izinto ezi ungazaziyo. Shame, khazi kuyiwa phi. Alright, gossip team khawuyeke abantu badle ubutsha babo kuba nawe asazi ukuba wawusenza ntoni ngobakho. Let’s take our pens and leave to find more gossip for next week. Watch this space we are coming back next week. OKAY.

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Youth urged to fight challenges YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA ARTS and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, encouraged the youth to fight the challenges of poverty, unemployment and the spread of HIV and Aids. He made this plight at the launch of Youth Month (June) at the Hector Pieterson museum in Soweto recently. He said that the strategic objectives of youth month were to educate the youth about their history, their heritage and the role that youth played in the liberation struggle by reflecting on the events of 1976. “During youth month, government programmes and opportunities for youth development are highlighted, as well as opportuni-

ties that would help the fight against poverty and unemployment in South Africa,” said Mthethwa. He urged young people to stay focused and to be willing to volunteer their skills, since employment opportunities may stem from this. Young people from around the Eastern Cape said they had faith in the new legislature since it promised a great deal of youth empowerment. Zikhona Ndima from Mount Frere said she prayed that government representatives would stop corruption and really start focussing on youth development. “I’ve had a degree since 2012, but I’m still jobless and sitting at home. I don’t even know how many times I’ve applied for a job. As young people we should boycott nepotism and cronyism,” said Zikhona.

What is the significance of Youth Day and Month? Some see it as an excuse to party while others see it as a way of honouring their hard-fought freedom. Express reporter, Yandisa Dlembula asked young people what Youth Day/Month means to them.

Yonga Juqu: I acknowledge the history behind Youth Day, but there is no sentimen­ tal value, to how it is celebrated these days. The celebrations should be about empower­ ing young people, but instead money is wasted on entertainment and speeches.


Mxolisi Sopiseka: Youth day has no senti­ mental value to me. It is merely there to appease the mind. After the celebrations our youth go back to the struggle of unemploy­ ment, lack of skills development, child headed families and substances abuse.


Sive Madolwana: Youth day or no youth day ­ to me it’s just like any other day, an excuse to party. At the end of the day the youth continue to sit at home with no jobs, no education and no future. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Welekazi Dlanga: Youth day and month to me is all about honouring young heroes. It must be done responsibly.


ANCYL launches Mount Ayliff-branch YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA THE African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) recently launched a Smakamaka branch in Mount Ayliff, to tackle challenges facing the young of the Alfred Nzo District. The newly elected deputy chairperson, Phethuvuyo Nota, said they were going to focus on skills development programmes for young people. “Many young people are unemployed and have fallen into the trap of alcohol and drug

abuse. We want to change that,” said Nota. Other ANCYL members said they were going to push for the development and would strive to enable young people to put food on the table for their families. The outgoing Smakamaka branch secretary, Momelezi Mbedla, encouraged members, urging them not to give in to obstacles. “A leader is not self-centred; a leader promotes unity, accountability and loyalty in order for the goals and objectives of the organisation to succeed.” The new leadership of the ANCYL was warmly welcomed by members.


Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED



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Boxing legend lashes KSD SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE owner of Khulani Boxing club in Ngangelizwe and former boxing great, Mthethunzima “Pressure Cooker” Dumezweni, lambasted the King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality for failing to support boxing in the Mthatha area. Dumezweni, coach of the Eastern Cape team, said the boxing clubs in Mthatha had never received any support from KSD whenever they tried to secure a sponsorship from the municipality. “Every time we knock on their doors for assistance, they say they don’t have money. That alone shows that they don’t care about sport in this area. It is painful if our local municipality fails to assist us, because boxing in particular will never go anywhere if there is no assistance from the local government.” “Wellington prison is full of youths from Ngangelizwe, because there is no support to keep them busy and away from drugs and crime. I’m failing to understand why this municipality do not realise the importance of supporting boxing, because most of the successful boxers in the OR Tambo region come from KSD,” said Dumezweni. He expressed his gratitude to the local business people and OR Tambo District Mu-

nicipality for their support of boxing in the region. Dumezweni mentioned Xolani Sikhenjane as one such businessman who was supporting KSD boxing. “We are humbled by their support. After the elite championships, where OR Tambo became number one in the province, I phoned them, stressing that it was because of their support that our boys did so well in this tournament.” Earlier this year, the sport federations in KSD and soccer legends, raised their dissatisfaction following a number of church events in Rotary Stadium which allegedly left the stadium in a state of destruction. The sportsmen said they were unhappy that the authorities would allow users of the stadium – which is used for both soccer and rugby – to leave it in such a state. KSD spokesperson, Sonwabo Mampoza, said the funding of any sport code depended on the availability of funds in the institution (KSD). “If the funds are not available, we are unable to provide support,” said Mampoza. He suggested that sport organisations start knocking on the door of the Department of Sport for support. Boxing legend Mthetho Dumezweni.


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