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Ntabankulu hospital upgrade is a go YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA
HE renovations of the Ntabankulu hospital was given a go ahead by the Eastern Cape Department of Health during a sod turning ceremony held at the hospital last week Monday. The R320 million hospital renovations are expected to result in 100 beds and will ensure that patients have access to all the other service packages an urban hospital usually has. The people of Ntabankulu had long been waiting for the revitalisation of this hospital which was announced MEC for the Department of by Thabo Mbeki Health Sicelo Gqobana. when he was still PHOTO: SUPPLIED the country’s president during his visit in area on September 2011. The hospital renovations were set to start right after Mbeki left, but due to the World Cup Tournament, the money was diverted to construct the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. After the World Cup was over the hospital board met with the MEC for Health, Sicelo Gqobana who committed that the hospital would be built together with the Lilitha Nursing College next to the hospital before the year 2014 ends. These two projects were set to go together but the construction of the college will start a little bit later than the hospital. Approximately 600 local people would be
employed during the construction of which 200 people would be trained so that they would be able to use the skills gained even when the project was completed. MEC Gqobana outlined the objective behind the whole process of handing over the
project officially to the community. He said they have adopted this hospital as one of the hospitals that help rural communities in a huge way, which was why they had to make sure that it was always serviced and had efficient resources to help the Ntabankulu com-
munity. “We are so excited about the renovations of the hospital but what we are more excited about is the college that will be built closer for our children to study closer to home,” said a community member, Tandabantu Sibisi from Ntabankulu.
Project harvests food security
Members of Mtyhintyini food security project and MEC for Social Development Pemmy Majodina showing the spinach that was harvested by them in their garden. Read more about this exciting project on page 4. . PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA
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King of Amahlubi takes the throne YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA THE MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, officially appointed Nqaba “Sikhokhele” Nota as the rightful chief of the AmaHlubi tribe in May 2013 and he will be officially installed on July 11. This was after numerous family disputes regarding the chieftainship which was temporarily held by Gertrude Thandeka Nota Steven whilst Nqaba was still young and pursuing his university studies. She refused to step down which angered the amaHlubi family members.
Several attempts were made by family members to get Gertrude to step down
The community of Rhode had issues with Gertrude being the leader as she had brought no development to the village. since Nqaba was ready to take the throne as chief. They also said they were not satisfied with
her as she hadn’t brought any development to Rhode village outside Mount Ayliff. The clan was also unhappy about the fact that she was married to the Steven and was no longer representing the clan family name. After having so many temporary chiefs, the family sat down and looked back on the traditional hierarchy to determine the rightful chief. It was decided Nqaba, the grandson of the
Farmers’ Rhode Village road show a huge success YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA
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those who have cattle starting from 50 to 300 and livestock that starts from 100,” said Mazule. At the show the speakers motivated farmers to further develop themselves and grow their businesses. They were also taught about different types of medication that could help in keeping their livestock and cattle healthy. “We want to grow our farms so as to produce the best red meat in the province,” Mazule said. Mike Nkomo, who was part of the organising team for the road show, said it went very well, even better than expected, as the attendance was great and all traditional leaders were present and by that they are planning for this event to be held annually.
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THE Xholobeni community in Bizana has refused plans for the proposed mining in their village as they have questions about the job opportunities and growth that the mining will reportedly bring. Nonhle Mbuthuma, a resident of Xholobeni, said that they still did not want this mining in their area as it would not bring development and that it was just a camouflage to make people rich with the resources that the area had to offer. “What job creation are people talking about? This will need a lot of machine work more than human work. Where is the job creation in that?” asked Mbuthuma. The Xholobeni community had a meeting in April 2013 about this issue and made it clear that they did not want mining in the area. Mbuthuma said people wanted to do as they pleased in their homeland and that was not going to happen because this would be one-sided. He said the people would take and move on, leaving the people of the village with no devel-
opment at all. She said there were many challenges to this mining business. “We have nothing connecting us to the people that proposed this as they never came to us as the community with their proposal; all they want to do is to destroy our area for their benefit.” The Mayor of Mbizana Local Municipality,
We want the majority of people there to vote for the development so that it can proceed . . . - MAKHAYA TWABU Makhaya Twabu said the mining development was still on the cards but the municipality, together with the mining people, are working on changing the mind sets of the Xholobeni community members. “We want the majority of people there to vote for the development so that it can proceed as we are sure that not everybody is against it,” concluded Twabu.
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R21million museum under construction YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA THE Ingquza Holy Cross Mkhambathi Development committee (IHCMD) on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture together with the Independent Development Trust (IDT), handed over the phase one construction site of the planned museum to Delex Construction Company at Ingquza Hill in Flagstaff on February 25. The sod-turning of the Museum, which
will cost R21 million was done by President Jacob Zuma in 2011 when he officially handed over the site for construction. The chairperson of the IHCMD committee, Mzimkhulu Zibi said this was a happy day for them as they were now sure that the museum would be built. He said because the sod-turning ceremony had been done three years ago, the Ingquza Hill community had lost hope that the Museum would be built since nothing had happened after the ceremony.
â€œThis will be a very useful Museum for the young people of the Ingquza Hill as they will learn a lot about the significant history that Ingquza Hill has to offer,â€? said Zibi. The IHCMD committee members said that they were proud of this museum as it would be the pride of the AmaMpondo clan as many fallen heroes died at that place, fighting for this countryâ€™s freedom. Zibi said they chose that location because it is at the centre of all AmaMpondo people, which will be easier for them to visit once
the museum had been constructed. The community of Ingquza Hill were not happy that representatives from the Department of Arts and Culture and IDT were not present to hand the project over themselves but were more at ease when they heard that the museum project was scheduled to start last week Monday and would end on January 1 next year.
A plan of the proposed museum development. < Mzimkhulu Zibi (Chairperson of community committee), Lungile Skenjana (Director of Delex Excell Builders), Nombuyiselo Nyoka (Secretary of the community committee) and Funwell Sibanda (Architectural technologist) at the handover in Flagstaff. PHOTO: YANDISA DLEMBULA
Iingxoxo zokuphuhlisa ulutsha lwaseAlfred Nzo YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA ISIGQEBA sephondo laseMpuma Kapa kunye noMasipala iAlfred Nzo District Municipality (ANDM) bebambisene neGovernment Communication and Information System (GCIS) babebambe iingxoxo zokuqwalasela indima esele ihanjiwe ngurhulumente woluntu e-Ingwe FET College kwidolophu yaseMount Frere ngomhla ka February 12. Ezi ngxoxo bezibanjwe ngeenjongo zokuphuhlisa imfundo enomsila kumaziko eFET Colleges ngenjongo zokuphuhlisa izakhono kulutsha kwanokukhulisa ezoqoqosho. Abaxoxi ebebechophele ezi ngxoxo bathethe
besithi eli lizwe kufunyaniswa ukuba zilithoba iingxaki ezibalaseleyo kodwa ezona ziqatseleyo kukungaqashwa kwabantu abatsha nokungabikho kwemfundo kubo. Lo mhlangano ubujoliswe ekutheni kuphuculwe iizikolo zemfundo enomsila noqoqosho. Kukwaqetshelwee ukuba nenani labafundi kumele ukuba lonyuke liye kufikelela ngaphezu kwesigidi. UMnu Gamalenkosi Nkqayi wakwa Sector for Development Agency (SEDA) eMount Ayliff uthe indima yabo kuku-ncedisa ulutsha olufuna ukuqala amashi-shini kwingingqi yase Alfred Nzo. Kwalapha, beziphakama ngokuphakama izandla zabafundi befuna ukuqonda izinto ezininzi ezingabalula ukwakhiwa kwenda-
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OR Tambo homestead gets a welcome facelift YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA RENOVATIONS to the home of the late ANC veteran OR Tambo at Nkantolo village has finally been completed.
Nosipho Ndzimakhwe during the renovations at the Oliver R. Tambo homestead last year.
The renovations to the home started at the beginning of last year after Tambo’s sister, Gertrude Tambo, complained to the SA government about the state of their homestead and how it did not reflect that they were also part of the fight against the apartheid regime.
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“My brother and I fought so much for this country but we never saw any development when it comes to renovating our home. We have visitors coming from all over to see where Oliver originated,” added Tambo. Nombini Sontsele from Nkantolo Village said that they were overjoyed when they saw OR Tambo’s homestead being renovated as it was embarrassing that someone who was respected in the history of SA had a ordinary home as if he meant nothing to this country. Nosipho Ndzimakhwe who was working at the OR Tambo homestead during the renovations said the money that she got from working there helped her family a lot. “We are very happy with the outcomes of the OR Tambo homestead as it now reflects the role the Tambo’s played in this country for tourists to also respect.
Project harvests food security BABALWA NDLANYA
THE MEC for Social Development,
Pemmy Majodina, launched food security projects at Mtyhintyini in the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality at Middleburg, last week. This project was funded in 2011 with R1,5 million by the department. It has 24 members and it was established by community members in 2004, each member contributing R100 per month. Other donors, like the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGISA), the National Development Agency (NDA) and the Department of Agriculture and Water Affairs also came on board to assist the project in growing it financially. A month ago, members of this project sold some of their vegetables and managed to generate R35 000 profit. They have been trained in project management, financial management, governance and marketing. On the day of the event Majodina handed out school uniforms, school bags, sanitary towels and toiletries to the value of R900 per pupil to 60 pupils from two different schools in the Mtyhintyini Village. The chairman of the project, Sindezama Bokolo, said they were very happy to get such good support from the Department of Social Development. “They are encouraging us to continue with what we are doing and our aim is to ensure that we keep fighting poverty in our area,” said Bokolo. According to the Spokesperson for the Department of Social Development, Gcobani Maswana, the initiative of sponsoring school uniforms, forms part of a continuous programme with the aim of helping pupils in need. “We would like to contribute to more children if there is a need to do so. Our plan is to reach all our municipalities and to assist many pupils through this programme,” Maswana said. He said they don’t assist the children by giving them uniforms only. “The department also makes sure that they further their studies at tertiary level.” Maswana said they were also asking people to ensure that they were taking part in projects to help fight poverty. “ We fund various projects. We also train memebers of the projects to enable them to run and manage the various initiatives.”
March 6, 2014 Uvolwethu Express
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Readers’ views on the Budget Speech < Ogiyonke Cembi: My only concern is the way tax payer’s money is spent in this country, especially the child support grant for young girls who do not even know what hard work and sweat means.
Uvo Lwethu reporter, YANDISA DLEMBULA spoke to people about what they think about the budget speech and this is what they had to say:
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Viewing held for state of the province address YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA THE Alfred Nzo District Municipality (ANDM) together with the Mbizana Local Municipality (MLM) held a State of the Province Address (SOPA) viewing for the Mbizana local communities at Sithukuthezi Community hall on February 21. The SOPA was delivered by the Eastern Cape Premier, Noxolo Kiviet in Bisho where she talked about continuous improvements in producing better matric results, development in terms of service delivery, bursary schemes and job opportunities. She emphasised the need for improving higher education and most importantly renovating health facilities. The Mbizana mayor Makhaya Twabu said they were happy with the SOPA as it also affected development in the Alfred Nzo District. The St Patrick’s Hospital in Mbizana was one of the hospitals in the premier’s address that is being renovated. “We are also going to make sure that the hospital is beautiful inside and outside as we have received many complaints about the St Patrick’s hospital in the previous year,” said Twabu. Ntobeko Mpetshwa from Sithukuthezi said the government should not only pay attention to hospitals but also take a close look at how local clinics were being run. “We have people being treated outside one of the local clinics here which is something we do not like as community,” he added.
Mayor, Makhaya Twabu after the State of the Province Address viewing in Mbizana. PHOTO:YANDISA DLEMBULA
The Sithukuthezi community members with officials from Alfred Nzo District Municipality listening attentively to SOPA.
PHOTO: YANDISA DLEMBULA
Church plays part in encouraging education YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA THE Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) together with the Department of Social Development (DSD) donated school uniforms, including backpacks, to 63 school pupils from around the Alfred Nzo District, at Brooksnek in Mount Ayliff on February 22. Nomgcobo Mgilane from DSD said the program was driven by the promise made by the Social Development MEC, Pammy Majodina who committed to making a difference in pupil’s lives by making sure that they have all their school needs. “This is to make sure that school pupils are not disrupted from their school routine, worrying about
what they do have and do not have,” said Mgilane. Reverend Mzubanzi Hlongwane who was the coordinator of the program said the Methodist Young Men’s Guild named this program as “Bless a child” with the purpose of preaching the word of God by not only preaching but also by showing action. “All the Methodist departments participated in the donations of these uniforms as they all wanted to contribute in making a difference in society,” said Reverend Hlongwana. Majodina was expected to hand over the donations but she could not make it and Reverend Gcobani Vika handed the donations on her behalf. Vika said the government had made it their “baby” to make the children of this country a priority.
Bishop Victor Tshangela blessing the uniforms that was donated to 63 school pupils. PHOTO:YANDISA DLEMBULA
Reverend Mzubanzi Hlongwana with some of the school pupils who received uniforms. PHOTO: YANDISA DLEMBULA
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March 6, 2014 Uvolwethu Express
Referee problem is being addressed GREG NOTA THE problem of referees not pitching up to officiate the games at the New Rest Stadium in Lusikisiki was not because they had attended a workshop but because there is a serious problem which South African Football Association (Safa) is trying to resolve. Two weekends ago football lovers, who came out in numbers to watch their teams, were told that the referees had to attend a workshop. Last weekend there were again no referees to officiate the games and they were postponed again. According to a source, who opted not to be named, the problem in the SAB Coastal Stream league started when there were allegations that some referees were corrupt and were involved in match fixing and referees from Mthatha were used to officiate the games. That problem was resolved but now it seems the local referees are boycotting officiating at the games. Safaâ€™s League co-ordinator, N Sibhekedu confirmed that Coastal Stream were not playing because of some problems. These games that were being delayed were making the leading teams uncertain about whether they would claim the title and proceed to the promotion league next season. The Mthatha Stream played their games as
fixtured last Sunday and all the winning teams scored three goals. Weekend results:
Madikizela All Stars 3 vs Amawisile 1, Capital Spurs 2 vs Mthatha City 3, Master Kids FC 3
2010 Storm Breakers are still sitting comfortably on SAB Coastal Stream log table.
vs Green Mamba 1 and Ocean FC 3 vs Bityi All Stars 0.
PHOTO: GREG NOTA