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THEEastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) is on
amission to educate pupils about the dangers
of under aged drinking. The ECLB hosted a
debate called Join Drama and Debating
against Under Aged Drinking in the Ngcobo
town hall, last week.
Anumber of Senior SecondarySchools par-
ticipated in the drama and debating, includ-
ing Mzikayise Dalasile, Nyanga, Clarkburry,
Ngcobo Village, Phakamani and Ngubesizwe.
All schools debated topics pertaining to al-
cohol and they also performed a dramawhich
depicted the problems caused by alcohol.
One of the pupils from Ngubesizwe SSS,
Nontobeko Klawushe, said they were happy
to see the ECLB being part of an initiative
which was educating pupils about the dan-
gers of using alcohol.
We are happy, because teenagers are
thinking that drinking alcohol and abusing it
is a fashion. Sometimes we do things not
knowing the consequences, but after these
lessons we are sure that we will now take a
decisive decision about our lives.
She said she hoped that there would be a
change in the attitudes of the youth before it
was too late. Reverend Nomthunzi Tom from
the Council of Churches said as parents they
were happy to see that the ECLBwas not con-
centrating only on peoplewhowere selling al-
cohol, but also educated people about the con-
sequences of abusing alcohol.
Therewill be a great change after these de-
bates, because our children thought we were
joking when we were saying they must not
use alcohol. Instead theymustwait and be old
enough to make their own decisions, she
Tom said as Council of Churches they al-
ways appeal to parents tomake sure that their
children go to church. They also encourage
children to participate in activities such as
sport, dramaandmusic, in order to keep them
away from drinking alcohol.
Spokesperson for the ECLB,MgwebiMsiya
said they had realized that pupils who are un-
der aged are abusing alcohol. This prompted
them to adopt 10 schools in theNgcobo area,
with the aim of working with them to fight
We want to ensure that this municipality
will be safe in the hands of these pupils who
are the future leaders. We want them to think
before they do. The adoption programme is
planned to last for a period of three years. We
are not only focusing on the Ngcobo Munici-
pality. We will involve all municipalities,
According toMsiya the problems caused by
under aged drinking teenagers are drinking
included poor academic preformance, social
problems, depression and suicidal thoughts.
He said they would also be visiting Cacadu
Local Municipality, Alfred Nzo and OR Tam-
bo District Municipalities to do the same.
Pupils from various Senior Secondary Schools participated in drama with the aim of educating others about the dangers of abusing alcohol. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA
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comment on mitigation measures to ad-
dress the spate of shark attacks in Port St
Johns, particularly at Second Beach.
In the latest incident in March this year,
only the top half of a 72-year-old tourists
body remained after he was brutally at-
tacked by a shark at Second Beach.
The attack was described as one of the
most gruesome shark attacks ever. One of
the eye witnesses on the beach said, If you
look at the wounds, it was a very big shark
and the victim was undoubtedly almost in-
The attack inMarchwas the eighth shark
attack at this beach in the past five years,
which has in the past been described as the
deadliest beach in the world by the Brit-
ish Newspaper The Telegraph.
Members of the Mthubane Community
who spoke to a reporter earlier this year
said that batherswere just recklessly break-
ing the rules of the beach by ignoring the
warning signs. A local DJ JimmyNdamase,
said everybody knows that there are sharks
at Second Beach, but they continue swim-
ming there thinking nothing will happen to
Port St Johns mayor, Mnyamezeli Man-
gqo, confirmed that after previous incidents
the municipality took the initiative to put
warning signs up all over Second Beach to
make people aware of the danger. These
signs explain how people should behave.
The sharks are in their natural habitat and
we dont know everything about their be-
haviour. Still we need to continue creating
awareness of the imminent danger, said
According to Mangqo, in March this year
a meeting was set up with the Department
of Economic and Environmental Affairs
and the OR Tambo District Municipality in
the hope of coming up with solutions to pre-
vent sharkattack fatalities. Wewant provi-
sions for a permanent rescue team with a
boat and we appealed to the Department of
Health to provide a permanent ambulance
for Second Beach. We want to have a quick
response rescue service, said Mangqo.
South Africa, like many other countries,
is investigating several measures in a bid
to protect bathers and surfers. Shark exclu-
sion nets have had success; however, their
application is limited to less energetic coast-
lines and sheltered bays, such as FishHoek,
in theWesternCape. Electrical repellents in
the form of the shark shield and now shark
pod have been developed, and other agen-
cies are working on developing a shark re-
pellent cable. The application involves the
creation of an electric field barrier around
bathing areas. This technology is still in the
testing phase. In addition, several academic
institutions are investigating the use of
electro-magnetic and visual barriers.
. Affected and interested parties are in-
vited to submit their comments or inputs
within 45 days from the date of publication
of Gazette no 37999.
Comments can be sent by post to The Dep-
uty Director-General: Oceans and Coasts,
Department of Environmental Affairs, for
the attention of Chumani Mangcu, PO Box
52126, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002.
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BINGORoyale East London started investing
in the community long before the doors
opened to the public for the first time.
When the Bingo licence was granted, a do-
nation of R30 000 was made to Eastern Cape
non-profit organisation Ruliv. The funds
have been used to support home care givers,
according to Prof Mkhalelwa Mazibuko, the
founder and head of Ruliv.
There will be ongoing support for charity,
as Bingo Royale East London has committed
to donate one per cent of its gross gaming
revenue to socio-economic development,
which is also known as corporate social in-
Bingo Royale East London also has plans to
sponsor a local adult football league team, and
will consider applicants from other sporting
codes for sponsorship, mentoring and other
assistance, according to Yolande Manuel, di-
rector of BOSS Gaming Eastern Cape.
It is estimated that the new Bingo Royale
East Londonwill support over 100 jobs during
BingoRoyaleploughsback into community
These include people working in the Bingo
hall andVinnys restaurant, aswell as suppli-
ers of goods and services to the business.
We are committed to ensuring that as
many as possible of the people who benefit
from these job opportunities come from the
local community, says Manuel.
Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Yolande
has managed Bingo operations in Kenya, as
well as BOSS Gaming Bingo and slots opera-
tions in Mthatha and Matatiele.
BOSS Gaming has a number of Bingo and
slots operations in theEasternCape andKwa-
Bingo Royale is doing more than creating
jobs, she adds.
We are offering a career in the leisure and
hospitality industry through training, skills
transfer and ensuring that promotion ismade
from within wherever possible.
Bingo Royale East London is also support-
ing entrepreneurs from the community.
Certain services are outsourced, and we
also give preference to local companies for the
procurement of goods, she says.
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PORT St Johns local municipality held a me-
dia tour for local media houses last Wednes-
day to showcase what the municipality has
planned as part of their Heritage Month cele-
Mayor Mnyamezeli Mangqo said the mu-
nicipality wants to partner with the media
and relevant stakeholders to make Port St
Johns a national and international tourist at-
traction of choice.
During his speech he did not shy away from
the challenges that could be resulting in the
decrease in the numbers of tourists visiting
Our infrastructure is decayed and has col-
lapsed. The municipality is, however, com-
mitted to address this byworking closelywith
relevant stakeholders including the district
municipality, said Mangqo.
He said work had started on revamping the
entrance to the town, but due to budget chal-
lenges with the Department of Public Works,
the construction had to stop.
Thematter is being resolved andwe prom-
ise to restart the construction before the end
of the year because accessibility into PSJ is
key in our mission to promote it as a tourism
destination, he said.
The beaches in Port St Johns have also had
a lot of negative publicity due to the number
of shark attacks occurring and the fact that
they have been named among the most dan-
gerous beaches in the world.
Mangqo said that they are addressing this
byworkingwith theDepartment of Economic
Development and Environment Affairs,
training more life savers for all PSJ beaches
and erectingmore signs to educate visitors on
what to and what not do during their visits.
During the media tour, various tourist at-
tractions were visited such as The Gap and
Blowhole, which is a popular site for visitors
and tourists as it offers a beautiful sea life
It also has something to offer for those who
like adrenalin-filled adventure as one can
climb down a narrow ladder through the gap.
On top of Mount Ethesinger is an old air-
craft landing strip that was featured in the
popular movie Blood Diamond.
From the landing strip, one also has a view
of Mount Sullivan that forms the dramatic
gateway of Port St Johns.
Municipalityasks stakeholders tounite
The Gap and
Port St Johns.
The view from the landing strip on top of Mount Ethesinger over the town of Port St Johns.
PHOTO: AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA
October 2, 2014
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UBANK, in partnership with the Teba Fund
Trust, hosted an inaugurational soccer tour-
nament at the Dalasile Sports ground in Ng-
cobo last week.
Teba Fund Trust and Ubank in association
with the US Africa Children Fellowship (US-
ACF) and South Africa Israel Chamber of
Commerce donated soccer balls and spon-
sored the tournament providing the schools
with medals, trophies and ensuring the event
was a success. Customer Solution Executive
John Bellis from Ubank, said this was their
way of contributing to the development of
sport in the province.
This is when talent is identified and nur-
tured, at this early stage and this is when fu-
ture stars are made. We are proud to be part
of this initiative, said Bellis.
Preliminary rounds were held in Elliotdale
and Ngcobo, with the final matches taking
place at the Dalasile Sports Ground, last
The first final was between Mbutye Senior
Primary School (SPS) and Lower Sitholeni
SPS. Lower Sitholeni won by 3-0 beatingMbu-
tye. Mzikayise Dalasile Senior Secondary
School (SSS) played with Nobangile SSS.
Nobangile won by 3-1 beating Dalasile on pen-
alties. The match between Tshapile SPS and
Mpame SPS, was won by Mpame, beating
Tshapile 3-0 .
The last match was between Mzikayise
Dalasile SSS andGwebityala SSS andGwebit-
yala won by 3-0. All participants went home
with medals. The winning teams in the first
category went home with trophies and gold
Ubankhosts schools tournament
Nobangile Ladies Soccer with their principal Khulukazi Makaula at Dalasile.
PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA
The Director from the Department of Education in Ngcobo Circuit Miss Khunjuzwa Mngambi (second
from right) with Asthandile Sambatho, Avuyile Dyantyi and Thenjiswa Dangazele.
ASMatric pupils in the Eastern Cape prepare
for their final year examinations the provin-
cialDepartment of Education remained confi-
dent that it would achieve its targeted 70%
matric pass rate.
The 2014 national senior certificate (NSC)
final year examinations are scheduled to start
on Monday, October 27, and the Grade 12 pu-
pils are expected to write their final paper on
Friday, November 28.
Following a recent visit by Basic Education
DeputyMinister Enver Surty to the province,
provincial Education MEC Mandla Makupu-
la said the department has set a 70% matric
pass rate for 2014, adding that he remained
confident that they would be able to reach the
However, in the build up to last years final
exams, the suspended head of departmentMt-
hunywa Ngonzo also told a gathering of prin-
cipals in East London that the province was
confident that it was going to achieve its tar-
geted 70% pass rate.
The 2013matric class recorded an improved
64.9% pass rate, which represented an in-
crease of 3.3% from the 61.6% achieved in
Surtys three-day visit to the province was
aimed at reviewing the state of quality learn-
ing and teaching in schools across the prov-
Makupula said hewas delighted that things
were getting back to normal in the province
and hoped that the province would achieve a
70% pass rate.
Now that the province hasmanaged to ad-
dress some challenges experienced in
schools, a high pass rate for the national cer-
tificate results for 2014will be achieved, said
The department said it has made some sig-
nificant improvements in six priority areas,
including the national school nutrition pro-
gramme, learner and teacher support materi-
al, scholar transport, infrastructure, budget
stabilization, and teacher recruitment.
The provincial education progress report
indicated that the province had made some
progress in terms of teacher recruitment.
Makupula said currently 382 teacher posts
had been provided to address teacher demand
Eastern Cape Province confident of 70%matric pass rate
Education MEC Mandla
confident that the
province will achieve its
targeted 70% matric
supply in Graaff-Reinet, Grahamstown, East
London, Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, and
However, the DA in the province has em-
barkedona one classroomone teacher cam-
paign aimed at forcing the department to fill
over 1 000 vacant teacher posts.
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The R46-million investment by BOSS Gam-
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local economy and prospects for inner-city re-
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Bingo Royale provides over 18s with up-
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Visitors to Bingo Royale East London have
a visible wow experience the first time they
pass through security and enter the premises.
Amodern feature barwith a giant chandelier
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Our approach is to ensure that visitors enjoy
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up-market facility in the area.
The colours of the lighting above the bar can
be changed to match the mood or occasion of
the day. So, for Valentines Day it will all be red,
There is a stage in front of the bar for live
The music is piped through the speaker sys-
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With electronic-based play patrons can en-
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rather than being restricted to specific time
slots as they are in a more traditional Bingo
It is the popular way Bingo is being played
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bouring Vinnys Joint restaurant, another first
for the East London CBD.
The cosy restaurant is the place to meet
friends or to have informal business meetings,
Bingo Royale East London CBD and Vinnys
are open from nine in the morning till late at
Entry is free.
There is plenty of parking in neighbouring
Caxton House for the bingo and restaurant pa-
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New lighting has been installed, and the area
is patrolled by Bingo Royales own security
Some of East Londons favourite musicians
can be seen live on stage in Bingo Royale East
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We see ourselves as a showcase for both es-
tablished and up-and-coming musicians from
East London, says general manager Greg
A stage has been built in front of the iconic
bar for the musicians, who can be seen from
most parts of the venue.
Music is piped through the speaker system
into the smoking area to ensure that everyone
has the opportunity to enjoy the free show.
Bingo Royale East London CBD fully sup-
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tionally acknowledged National Responsible
Gambling Programme (NRGP).
In keeping with the aims of this programme,
the following measures are in place:
There is clear signage stating that no under
18s are allowed into the premises, and Bingo
Royale has a zero tolerance policy towards un-
Security guards at the entrances are trained
to identify potential under-age gamblers and
to ask for proof of age
NRGP signage featuring winners know
when to stop and the NRGP toll-free helpline
number are prominently displayed
There is clear signage at the entrance of the
site warning the public that licensed gambling
activities are taking place within the venue
All staff performing gambling-related func-
tions undergo formal training on all aspects of
the promotion of responsible gambling.
Night life revival toboost CBD
Bingo Royale provides over 18s with up-market entertainment, which includes an old style Italian restaurant, a feature bar and modern bingo terminals. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
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ka imali aye ngayo eMadeira kunye naleyo
alahlekelwe lixesha lakhe lokuba abe semse-
benzini elungisa lo mcimbi woku rojwa kwa-
Kunyanisiwe xa kusithiwa dont judge a
book by its cover because umntu udela nje
isiqu kanti akazi ukuba lowo mntu wazi
umthetho ngaphezu kwakhe.
Siyabulela koonotaxi abathe bathatha inx-
axheba ekusombululeni le nyewe, kuquka
namapolisa lawo aseMadeira.
Kazi babebhatele bonke na?
Normally the VIP area in any event used
not to be full but we were surprised to see the
fully packed VIP area during the Mthatha
Cultural Heritage Festival recently and we
asked ourselves if all those people who were
there had paid the R50.
Xa bonke babebhatele siyaxolisa kepha xa
sijonga engathi ilabantu abamukela amath-
The organisors need to look into the issue
of issuing courtesy tickets to thedifferent gov-
ernment departments and also to the people
who are sponsors of the event.
Instead of giving away those tickets free
they should at least make them available at
a discounted rate to the sponsors.
The way some of the people behaved at the
VIP stand showed thatwrongpeoplewere giv-
en theVIP tickets and thatmadeus again ask,
who qualifies to be a VIP?
Can anyone be a VIP andwhat does it mean
to be a VIP?
Why did they have to keep him with
What we saw in Flagstaff was not on. We
saw a traffic officer driving a Toyota Hilux
bakkie. At first we thought he had gone to
work with his vehicle and later we realized
that the bakkie belonged to an old man who
was a passenger when his vehicle was being
driven by the traffic cop.
The old man was stopped by the traffic cop
and they found some faults in his vehicle. In-
stead of giving him a fine the traffic officer
decided to park the vehicle on the side of the
road alongside their vehicle and continue
with his work whilst the old man was stand-
ing in the sun waiting for the traffic officers
to finish their work as they manned the road
Itwas onThursday and theway the oldman
was dressed showed that he was going to
church since it was Thursday and his appear-
ance was like that of the Pastor.
bantwana bakho kuba lowatata xa umjongile
wayengalingana notate wetraffic cop le yay-
Iyaxaka eyabathethela isipolisa hleli
besithi akukho tyala lenzekile
Iyaxaka eyabathethela isipolisa ikakhulu
kwezi ndawo zihleli zinamaqondo aphezulu
Bahleli besithi akukho nto yenzekileyo.
Kodwa esuke ixake kakhulu awazi nokuba
bajongela phantsi amaphe-phandaba amanc-
inci kuba qho xa ufunda lamakhulu ufumani-
sa ukuba bawanikezile iziganeko ezithe zen-
zeka. Akumelanga ukuba bayawakhetha
amaphepha abawanika iin-kcukacha ngol-
waphulo mthetho ekuhlaleni.
Abakulibalayo ukba amaphephandaba
asekuhlaleni iwo abalulekile kubantu futhi
bawafumana ngaphandle kokukhupha imali.
What we would ask now as the gossip team
is for people to join the newspapers facebook
page and always let us know what is happen-
ing in their areas especially things like crime.
We were surprised last week when our col-
league from the Flagstaff area told us that
therewasa lot of crimehappening in that area
especially rape but every timewhenwe asked
the police spokesperson about the crimes in
his area he always said nothing had happen.
We were also surprised to read in the re-
gional newspaper that there was shooting
next to the house of the Alfred Nzo District
Municipalitys Chief Finance Officer but the
but he was quoted in the regional newspaper.
A young man from Bolotwa location in
Dutywa is appealing to Dutywa Com-
munitymembers and SouthAfricans to
give him support by voting for him in
the South African Traditional Music
Sibongile-Sijadu Potelwa, who is
singing an Afro Fusion will be repre-
senting the Mbhashe Local Municipali-
ty in the 9th Annual SATMA Awards
whichwill be held at Fort Hare onOcto-
ber 17 and 18.
He is a Praise Poet, a recording artist,
an author and aspiring actor. Sijadu re-
citedhis renditions in Isixhosa, isiZulu,
English and a bit of Sotho. He started
praising while he was still young.
I am nominated for the 2014 Satma
Awards in the category of Best Praise
Singer. For me to be able to win in this
category I will need the support of the
community ofMbashe and surrounding
In 2013, Potelwaperformedduring the
Nathi Ngowethu event in celebration
of Saba Mbixanes accolades hosted by
Alfred Nzo District Municipality at
Mandileni Administrative Area in
He also took to the stage during the
farewell event of Auditor General, Ter-
emfontein last year.
When you are nominated it means
there are peoplewho are learning some-
thing from what you are doing which is
what happened to me and I am proud of
Patelwa is currently employed at the
National Treasury offices in Pretoria.
Those who will be voting for him can
sms Satma Sijadu Best Praise Singer to
Praise Poet requests
support from residents
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THE Mthatha Cultural Heritage Festival golf
day was well supported as golfers from all
walks of life came in numbers to take part in
the event at Mthatha Country Club.
Thegolf daywaspart of theMthathaCultur-
al Heritage Festival which sported a full pro-
gramme of both cultural and sporting events.
During a gala dinner peoplewhoare involved
in promoting culture in Mthatha were hon-
oured with certificates of recognition.
Various sporting events were held on the
Saturday, such as a 12 km marathon and fun
walk, aerobics competition and the golf day.
Expresss Greg Nota was there to capture
all the golfing action.
Golfers showmettleat festival golf day
Willie Shawe took part in the golf day. PHOTO: GREG NOTA
showed that the
golf course can be
Deon Steyn puts a the last hole. PHOTO: GREG NOTA
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THROUGH its developments, the South African
Football Association (Safa) of the OR Tambo re-
gion aspires to produce players of high quality,
competent enough to play for the national squad,
Bafana Bafana, by 2019.
Briefing the media in Mthatha, Safa OR Tambo
President, Xolile Nkompela, said they were work-
ing very hard and looking for every possible way
to develop high quality players in the area. The
ORTambo region is capable, andwill produce best
players. We want to produce players of
Mzwawuthethi Nogwazas calibre who will play
for the national team in the next world cup, he
Mzawuthethi Nogwaza, known as Zyre, was
one of the best players the OR Tambo region ever
had. Playing under Coach Professor Ngubane for
Bush Bucks, now known as Mthatha Bucks, Zyre
was one of the most offensive right-wingers in the
team. The retired star was also born, bred and but-
tered in the OR region.
He, Xolile, stressed that in order to develop play-
ers of Nogwazas ilk they need to pay special atten-
tion to the young stars Under 13, 15 and 17. The
SafaORcurrently boastswith 55LocalFootballAs-
sociations (LFA) in Mhlonto Municipality,
NyandeniMunicipality, Port St JohnsMunicipali-
ty, King Sabatha Dalindyebo Municipality and In-
gquzaMunicipality; eachLFAwithmore than 2000
players and at least 99 teams each. The Safa OR
Tambo President is expected to hand over 100 balls
to each LFA on October 28.
As infrastructure has always been the main
challenge in the region, especially in the rural
parts; Nkompela said they were attending to the
predicament including the unfinished Mthatha
stadium. We are working on creating a friendly
sporting environment as we have constructed and
introduced artificial pitches in some of the areas
in the region. And I can confirm that other stadi-
ums are being constructed inMhlontlo onNyande-
He continued and said: Nelson Mandela loved
sport; he was one of the people who made a bid for
the world cup to be hosted in South Africa. The
Mthatha stadium is his legacy so hosting big
games and tournaments at the stadium would be
a greatway tohonourhim.According toNkompe-
la, they are expecting some funds from the Safa
NEC to speed up the construction and the Safa na-
tional President Danny Jordaan and the newly ap-
pointed Bafana Bafana coach, Ephraim Shakes
Mashaba, are set to visit the stadium soon.
Also at the press conference the president an-
nounced the suspension of its members, honorary
president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, Mr Pikolom-
zi Ngceza, Mr Daniel Tonga, Mr Sipho Cingo, Mr
Simbongile Mpolase, Mr Khaya Madikizela and
Ms Rose Tshingana.
Safa OR Tambo President, Xolile Nkompela. PHOTO: SANELE JAMES