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Power outage headache for Bizana GREG NOTA

returned home from work and are preparing supper, forcing them to go to bed with empty stomachs. They are also scared that these outages could damage their appliances. A manager from a big supermarket in Bizana, who prefers not be named, said after one of these outages two pallets of meat had to be thrown away. Eskom Eastern Cape Communications and Stakeholder Manager, Ntombekhaya Mafumbatha, said Eskom is not responsi-


IZANA town and surrounding areas were again left without electricity for almost 24 hours last week resulting in businesses suffering losses with products in fridges getting damaged. Home owners are also concerned about these power outages which happen mostly in the early evenings when they have just

ble for the supply of electricity in Bizana Town but the municipality is. They are therefore not in a position to clarify the cause of blackouts in town nor to forecast whether there will be any more outages to come. “Power outages that were experienced in the rural areas where Eskom supplies directly, were purely unplanned. “Eskom has identified the fault and subsequently fixed it. Eskom commits to the community that all planned outages will be

communicated upfront,” said Mafumbatha. Even though Eskom had promised last Thursday that the fault had been identified and fixed, that very same evening the people of Didi Location in Bizana, which is supplied by Eskom, were without lights the whole evening and next morning. Express contacted the Mbizana Local Municipality for comment. They requested that questions be emailed to them-which was done-but at the time of going to press, no reply had been received.

MEC flips switch for brighter future in Phepheni

Alfred Nzo District Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor, Sixolile Mehlomakhulu, with the home owner from Phepheni location, Umzimvubu Local Municipality Mayor Kulukazi Phangwa, Local Government and Traditional Affairs Mlibo Qoboshiyane on a recent visit to assess the electricity situation in the area. Read story

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Shooting scares the Royal house SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Royal family were shocked by a shooting close to the home of King Zanozuko Sigcau near the Eastern Pondoland in Flagstaff on Monday night, May 12. According to reports, the shooting next to the Royal house in Ndimakude location in

Flagstaff prompted people from the great place to urgently call for the police to inspect what was going on as they were not sure whether it was targeted at the Royal family or not. According to reports, the King was not at home at the time of the incident. King Zanozuko Sigcau is the successor of the late King Mpondombini Sigcau who was stripped of the

ANC celebrates its victory YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA ANC members from all around Bizana celebrated the ANC winning the 2014 elections with a braai on May 10. Local leaders were thrilled to see how many people followed them despite the number of protests by communities complaining about the lack of service delivery

in Bizana. Mbizana Local Municipal (MLM) speaker, Daniswa Mafumbatha, said they knew they would win; it was only a matter of what percentage they going to win with. She added that they were delighted to see that people still have faith in them. The MLM Mayor said they were pleased with the outcomes of the elections and were now ready to get back to changing the lives

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kingship after the Nhlapho Commission which was tasked by President Jacob Zuma to investigate who was the rightful king. That declaration that Sigcau was not the king divided the Pondo nation and Sigcau took the matter to court to contest his kingship which resulted in several threats on his life. The matter of kingship, is still in court. Police spokesperson Captain Mduduzi God-

of people for the better. The ANC in Bizana scooped 86.05% of votes where the Democratic Alliance (DA) got 3,65% being the official opposition and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in third place with 3,52%. Zolisa Magwaza from Mathwebu locality in Bizana said they hoped that the ANC would make a difference this time as people voted for it because they still had faith. “We will always be behind the ANC but now it needs to show us that it will also be behind us by making our lives easier and better.”

Boy’s remains found YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA THE remains of a boy (4) who went missing in February, were found with his clothes next to him in a forest in Ngcungeni Locality, Flagstaff on May 10 by someone collecting wood. Community members were accusing and pointing fingers at each after the boy went missing. An old woman from the area was accused of being involved in the child’s disappearance. She was arrested and appeared in the Flagstaff Magistrates Court at the beginning of May. The case was postponed to June 2 pending investigations. Police spokesperson, Captain Mduduzi Godlwana, said that it was an unfortunate situation because no one knew what had happened to the boy at that stage. “We met with the community of Ngcungeni to try to calm down the situation.” Godlwana confirmed that the body of a missing boy was found. He said a post mortem would determine the cause of death.

lwana confirmed the incident and said he received a phone call from the King himself reporting the matter. The police rushed to Ndimakude but the shooting had already stopped and no one was at the scene. He said there were no signs that it was targeted at the great place. “There were no holes in the wall. But police searched the scene thoroughly for clues.”

School’s feeding scheme groceries stolen YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA PUPILS were left with nothing to eat after unknown suspects broke into Hlwahlwazi Junior Secondary School at Holy Cross in Flagstaff, stealing all the feeding scheme groceries during the late evening hours of Monday, May 12. The South African Police Services (SAPS) could not attend to the crime on the same day of the incident as all the vans were allegedly out patrolling in other areas. Parents were distraught with what had happened and they pleaded with the SAPS to investigate the matter and arrest all the people involved. A parent, Zamazizi Cingwana, said what these criminals did was a violation of their children’s right to be fed and their right to education as they will not be able to concentrate well on empty stomachs. “Thieves are not welcome in our community. If the police catch these culprits, they should lock them up because if they are set free, they will continue stealing,” added Cingwana. Police spokesperson, Captain Mduduzi Godlwana confirmed the incident and said a lot of items have been stolen at the school, including the groceries. No arrests have been made so far but the police are investigating. “If anyone has any information about this please contact the Flagstaff SAPS on 039 252 0108 or me at 079 895 0889,” concluded Godlwana.



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Umzimvubu takes stage at Tourism Indaba REPORTER THE Umzimvubu Local Municipality (ULM) was amongst hundreds of institutions and organisations from all walks of life at the Annual Tourism Indaba that was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban from May 10 to 12 to promote their tourism sites. The International Tourism Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three “must visit” events of its kind on the global calendar. They were exhibiting along with wellknown and reputable big players both in the public and private arena and ULM had the honour of networking and exchanging expert information that is of productive value to the Municipality. This was an op-

portunity for the municipality to showcase its local tourism initiatives and tourist attraction points such as the still running waters of Ntenetyana Dam in Mount Frere, gushing waters of the Lugelweni Falls that are visible when driving along the N2 between Mount Frere and Mount Ayliff, the newly built world class recreational park in Mount Frere Sophia Park (Ward 18), Amabhaca Craft Centre and the Cultural-themed Xesibe Tourism Centre in Mount Ayliff. The ULM Mayor, Councillor Khulukazi Pangwa, said that locally produced Aloe products were also part of the exhibition and sold at the Indaba at reasonable prices. “This programme was pioneered through the Department of Local Economic Development together with the Tourism and Economic Development unit of Umzimvubu,” added Pangwa.

The Umzimvubu team at the Tourism Indaba that was held in Durban.


Bizana community members raising their hands during the announcement of the IDP budget. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Small towns developed YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA MORE than R200 million is going to be spent on developing the small towns of the Alfred Nzo District. This was announced during the launch of the 2014/15 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) budget by the Alfred Nzo District Municipality (ANDM) at the Love Life Centre in Bizana last week Tuesday. The IDP was a continuation of the work started by the democratic government to ensure that people are involved in the governance of their municipalities through road shows that were in progress across the district towards the end of the Municipal financial year. The ANDM representatives said that the four municipalities under ANDM had a particular responsibility in achieving the delivery of free basic services, building sustainable human settlements and viable communities, improving all public services, building infrastructure, creating job opportunities and fighting poverty. ANDM Mayor, Eunice Diko, said they had

announced the IDP budget to different communities in order to give people an idea of what the new financial year is going to bring in terms of delivering services to the people so that they do not expect the impossible. “We are determined to help each and every community get what they want, but that cannot all be done in one financial year because of the number of communities we have in our district,” added Diko. A community member from Bizana, Thandiswa Sonjica said they were happy that most rural areas that were neglected in the past seem to appear in the budget.

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The Ministers from the United Methodist Church at the Women’s conference that was held in Bizana.


Church hosts women’s conference YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA THE Khayalethu District United Methodist Church (UMC) held a women’s conference aimed at motivating women and making them realise that they are the pillars of this world. The conference was held at the Bizana Baptist Church hall from May 8 to 11 and was at-

tended by people from Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere and other neighbouring towns. Prayers were done for all the things that women all over South Africa are faced with, such as abuse, divorce and being single mothers. Ways of encouragement were shared to keep women’s belief in God and themselves stronger. Reverend Mcebisi Sali, who opened the conference, shared Bible verses which were set

out to help women keep their faith in God through any situation. “People are going to be faced with problems that might seem impossible to overcome if they have no faith in God,” Sali added. He encouraged women to carry on walking tall because a great reward awaits them in heaven. He told women to respect themselves since respect is shown in the way one presents one-

self among other people. One of the participants in the conference, Mandisa Njokweni, said it was therapeutic for them as they realised that they have so much more to offer the world than they give themselves credit for. “I’m glad I was part of the conference as it made me realise how important I am to God, my children and my family,” added Njokweni.

Some of the women that formed part of the Women’s conference that was held in Bizana.


Water shortages in Bizana YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA RESIDENTS of the Highland locality in the upper parts of Bizana are blaming the Mbizana Local Municipality (MLM) for allegedly switching off their water supply and leaving them without water for a week. Andiswa Mangaliso from Highland said this is not a good way to start off after the elections as they expected problems like these would be less. She said they need to think where they will get water to cook before going home from work. In the morning too they need water to bath and for their children when they prepare them for school. “We want answers for this as we were not notified about this so as to make arrangements,” added Mangaliso.

MLM speaker, Councillor Daniswa Mafumbatha, said the local municipality has nothing to do with the supply of water but rather the District. She did, however, give answers regarding the problem. “What I know is that there is a problem with the water pumps that pump the water to the taps. “It is currently being fixed,” concluded Councillor Mafumbatha who said water tanks had been placed in places where water is needed the most, including hospitals. Water trucks were going around Bizana where water is being supplied to different stations every day. This problem was said to take a maximum of 3 weeks until the tanks are fully fixed. Residents have been urged to make arrangements and find out about the times and stations of water supply.


May 22, 2014 Uvolwethu Express

Mbizana municipality holds road shows


YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA WITH elections done and dusted, it was time for life to go on and the Mbizana Local Municipality (MLM) conducted road shows around the Bizana villages from May 13 to 14 to check on the state of newly funded projects and to get the community’s input on what they think about development of Bizana. The two-day road shows were also aimed at interacting with different communities to get their views and inputs of what they need in their areas. MLM speaker Councillor Daniswa Mafumbatha, visited Zikhuba village where five wards were combined together on the last day of the road shows. The people who attended voiced their views and concerns over empty promises during the question and answer session. A concerned community member, Sandile Mzize, asked many questions about services that had been started in different locations, but were never finished. “Communities are angry because of this government that does not have any sympathy for people drinking water with animals and people living in shacks,” added Mzize. Different people had different questions on service delivery that they needed clarity on. People also gave the MLM possible ways of helping people, especially with regard to supplying water, and said the municipality need to instal tanks for every household whilst the Ludeke Bulk Water System was under construction. Councillor Mafumbatha in conclusion said every question and input had been noted by the representatives of the municipality but they were not promising that they were going to do everything that was asked for as their budget for the 2014/15 financial year was already planned. Manzama Lutshaba expressing her deep concerns during the question and answer session at the roadshows.


Some of the five different community members that gathered at the road show conducted by the Mbizana Local Municipality at Zikhuba locality.


MEC assesses Phepheni electrification REPORTER FOLLOWING his successful intervention to get Phepheni Substation energised by Eskom, Eastern Cape Local Government and Traditional Affairs MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, visited the village in Mount Ayliff last week Thursday to assess the process of energizing and switch-on electricity for the locals. This follows MEC Qoboshiyane’s visit to

the Alfred Nzo District Municipality to attend to protests by local communities who had blocked the road on May 6 complaining about electricity which was not switched on. During this visit he was informed that Phepheni Substation needed energizing following completion of electrification in the area. MEC Qoboshiyane quickly arranged a meeting between the department, the municipalities and Eskom to address factors delaying the energizing of the substation. The Substation was electrified by the municipal-

ity by means of Schedule 6 funding and now needed to be energized. At the meeting it was resolved that Eskom, working closely with the Umzimvubu Local Municipality, must ensure that Phepheni Substation be energised on or before May 9. According to Eskom, the work to energize Phepheni spanned 3 days where they did testing, energised transformers and completed the house-to-house testing and switching on of electricity for customers. The MEC’s visit was to assess how this

work was done, the status of electrification, how many households have access to electricity and how many still needed electricity, as well as the future plans of the municipality to electrify the villages. He also wanted to assess whether the substation was working properly, encourage communities to use electricity wisely and discourage illegal connections. Qoboshiyane said he was happy with the work that was done by Eskom and that he could see clearly that the community members were also happy.

R2 million for youth and small businesses YANDISA POPPY DLEMBULA TWO million rand had been set aside by the Alfred Nzo District Municipality (ANDM) to develop youth and the small businesses in the district.

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Zoleka Busuku when she announces the R2 million set aside by the ANDM for youth and small businesses development.


This was announced during the Mbizana Local Municipality road show at Zikhuba outside Bizana by ANDM representatives last Wednesday, May 14. Zoleka Busuku, Budget and Treasury Office chairperson from the ANDM, said that R1 million appears on the district budget to develop young people’s activities including projects, education opportunities and recreational activities. Another R1 million is budgeted to assist small developing businesses to achieve their goals and objectives. “There is also a budget for the elderly people where they are encouraged to engage in

activities that will keep them busy and most importantly healthy,” added Busuku. Zodwa Sonjica from KwaMadiba locality in Bizana said they were happy to hear that there was a budget for the youth as they have many ideas on how to develop the young people of small towns but they did not know the right channels to tap into for assistance in funding. “We are glad that our local government sees that we need development because we also want to make something with our lives and make sure that poverty does not exist,” added Sonjica. The young people of Bizana were excited with this news as they said they were going to work hard in breaking the stereotypes of people looking down at young people from rural areas and start working towards a better future and development of their small town and putting rural areas on the map of success.



May 22, 2014 Uvolwethu Express

Should elders propose in front of youngsters? You know dear reader it does not go down well when you see an old man whose age is close to your father or more proposing love in front of us as young ones.

Mara siyithandile ireaction kamama because she did not entertain the old man. Khawuzame ukuzibamba mkhulu neSoul Bothers zitsho nje.

In this democratic South Africa we need responsible old men whom we can learn from them. We know ukuthi it’s nature to propose love but ise ingathi the elders can do that in an isolated area not in front of abantwana. Uyabeva abantwana abafundisiweyo? What is a story boys? UGesh boarded a taxi eya eZimbane Valley last week, so in his seat ebehleli nelinye i-old lady nomkhulu nje okula age yotat’omdala kaGesh. This old man was so vocal as a result on that seat he was the one who was cracking the conversation. Kwamnandi ke oko because akumnandanga ukuhlala kwi-seat ekuthulekileyo. Even uGesh ended up joining the discourse. Ekuhambeni kwexesha nako umkhulu eyimosha yonke le nto intle kangaka esithi “Ndicela uthando.” Njani ngoku mkhulu uthini ngomntwana lo nihleli naye xa uthetha ezo zinto? Noko ingathi abadala bangathetha ezo zinto bodwa kwiindawo zabo kungekho bantwana or else umntu azame ukuzibamba de abantwana bangabikho. Shame, perhaps the old man failed to hold back his feelings. Ubungesenokucela ne number na old man, no I understand ukuthi that system does not work to you at your age you believe to go direct. Uyabona ke iyakwayilento eyenza abantwana baphelelwe zizimilo kuba asikho kuqala apha kwaba badala.

Bayenzani ngoku Inkosi? Uyazi bafethu kusiphathe kakubi esikubone kwenzekele Inkosi uJJ ngelixa eqhuba ngesinye isandla ebambe ucango kuba bekubonakala ukuba -iMerc yakhe itshayisiwe kolu cango lwakhe. Besekungekho phakathi na ebelizakumbambela ucango kunokuba Inkosi iqhube kabuhlungu kangaka? Kaloku ngale ngakithi inkosi ihlala ihamba nephakathi layo ukuze ikwazi ukulinceda xa kubheda ihashe layo. Hoping that next time Mjeyi uyakuhamba namaphakathi akho akungombono omhle ebantwini obakhokelayo lowa besiwubona. Or else try to call a breakdown to tow your car away rather than drive in that way because you might cause another accident especially in a busy town like UTA. Uvile moss. Sho.

never mind about the other vehicles and can even overtake and when they see a passenger they can make a dead stop in front of you without any indication. Can someone assist other drivers on the road before they can cause a tragic accident . It’s worse these people their work is to transport people so it need them to change their behavior to be in UTA. Kudlalwa ngabantu apha Yintoni le eyenziwa zezi-politicians yokudlala ngabantu? Siva ngoku the mother who re-

cently said she wants to change South Africa and fight corruption, now uthi she is taking a back seat and everything is handing it over to the youth. Ngubani lowo? Akunguye na lo mama weAgang South Africa, Mampele Rampele othi ngoku uthatha umhlala phantsi. Uthini ngezihlwele zabantu eziye zamlandela zibeka ithemba kuye. Uyabona le nto yepolitics zii-games nje ezinzima, kuyakubancono ukuba abantu balandele igossip team yona yenza sure ukuba ufumana iindaba ezimnandi time and again uyeke laba basoloko beqamba amanga umakusiza ii-elections.

They think they own the road Taxi drivers, can you please understand that you do not own the road and every driver has a right to drive on the road even if he/she is not driving a taxi. But there is a tendency from taxi drivers of thinking that they are the only people to be on the road. The way they drive, they stop, they speed etc. It is disgusting to see the behavior of the taxi drivers on the road. They don’t care they can just stop and they

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Women from the United Methodist Church during the women’s conference that was held in Bizana recently. PHOTOS:YANDISA DLEMBULA

Councillor Simphiwe Magini from Bizana during the road show that was held at Zikhuba locality in Bizana.

Luthando Dana from the Divine Gifts and Healing Ministries church in Bizana dancing during a church service recently.

Albert Sonjica during a question and answer session at the road show that was held by the Mbizana Local Municipality recently.

Reverend Mcebisi Sali at the United Methodist Church women’s conference recently in Bizana.

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May 22, 2014 Uvolwethu Express

Women’s soccer team off to Germany THE EASTERN Cape women’s football team jetted of to Germany last week where they played three games against German opposition teams. The team played two games against TSV Eintracht Immenbeck and another match against Wolfsburg second division team on their arrival. The team is expected to arrive back home via East London Airport this Saturday, 24 May. The team held its training camp in Bunkers Hill grounds, East London, before leaving for Germany last Monday afternoon. The visit by the Eastern Cape women’s soccer team is as a result of the standing twinning relationship between the Federal State of Lower Saxony in Germany and the Eastern Cape government dating back to 1995. Department of sports, recreation, arts and

The team comprised of 15 players, a coach, manager, referee and SAFA head of delegation.

The Eastern Cape women’s soccer team shortly before leaving for Germany last week.


Young soccer stars in action at EC finals REPORTER THE Eastern Cape under-12 Danone Nations Cup provincial finals take place on Saturday 24th May at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London. Among the seven contenders vying for a place in the national finals of the competition, will be Lukholo Junior Secondary School from Mbizana, in the Alfred Nzo District. This is the second time that the school is playing in the tournament and their coach, Zwelethu Mdedelwa, puts their success so far down to hard work, good preparation and believing in your dreams. “We have trained hard and that is what got us through,” he said. “I noticed the teams we competed against were not as well organised as we are.” The team has played 12 games so far this season, and won all of them. Some of those victories were in penalty shootouts, but Mdedelwa says a win is a win and they have given the boys some good practice as penalties might decide some of the games at the provincial finals. “The boys are eager and determined to win the Eastern Cape title this year, but I caution them that the competition at provincial level is a different story and we will be up against the

best teams in our province,” Mdedelwa said. “Last year was the first time we participated in the tournament and we managed

We have a good team, but we need to improve on our passing skills . . . to get to the provincial finals, but were knocked out in the final game by Nkumzimbini JSS, who went on to represent the Eastern Cape at the national finals. We were happy as it was our first time, and the boys played well.” Lukholo will be fielding a completely new team this year as there is no-one back from last year. “We have a good team, but we need to improve on our passing skills, so that is the area we have been focusing on during the build up to the provincial finals,” Mdedelwa said. The coach said the entire team has been responsible for them getting this far in the competition, but if he were to single out an individual, it would be the captain and left back, Siyabonga Zulu. “He is alert and sharp at all times and has the ability to

read his opponents and make the necessary moves. He has been an integral part of the team. I believe he should go into an academy next year to capitalise on his talents and not get lost in the clutter,” Mdedelwa said. The team is training every day at the moment and they are asking the coach to extend the practices for an hour each day. “This shows their determination and passion and it’s good that they are showing initiative but training every day can also be counter-productive so I insist they take a day off once a week for recuperation.” The possibility of a trip to Brazil to play in the Danone Nations Cup World Finals is a huge motivator for the boys, Mdedelwa said. “But I tell them that getting the ball into the back of the net is what will get them there.” The national finals of the competition will take place at Reiger Park on Saturday, 28 June where the team that will represent South Africa at the World Finals in Brazil later this year will be determined. In addition to Lukholo JSS, the other participating teams are Mntonintshi Senior PS (OR Tambo), Hombakazi PS (Nelson Mandela Metro), Sterkspruit Combined School (Joe Gqabi), Caley PS (Amathole), Usenathi PS (Chris Hani) and Bhongweni PS (Cacadu).

culture spokesman Manzi Vabaza said a joint declaration on the twinning was reviewed and signed in Hannover in 2004. “The joint declaration has an array of strategic focus areas and the inter-regional, international competitions and athletes exchange programme which is a direct initiative to social cohesion,” said Vabaza. TSV Eitracht Immenbeck FC visited the province in March last year and played against selected district teams from Joe Gqabi, O.R Tambo, Amathole, Buffalo City, Cacadu, Nelson Mandela Bay and others. The provincial team was selected during the Premier Games tournament held in Port Elizabeth in December and later finalised in Queestown earlier this year. The selected team is composed of players participating in the club development programme and SAFA provincial league. The team comprised of 15 players, a coach, manager, referee and SAFA head of delegation. Amanda November from Dimbaza and Siyamthanda Skeyi of East London were two players from the Buffalo City region that made the squad to Germany. Six players came from the Nelson Mandela Bay region. – Mandlenkosi Mxengi

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