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HE Department of
hams handed over a
satellite television set at JSSken-
jana Senior Secondary School in
Dutywa and another to Milton
Mbekela High School in Qunu
The platform features various
learning channels which would
enhance the learning experience
and enable learners to be part of
the digital global village.
Ndabeni-Abrahams, in part-
nershipwith PlatcoDigital, have
been working on a social respon-
sibility programme to roll out
satellite television sets in rural
schools throughout the country.
We want to ensure that our
learners are having access to
new technology so that they
could get better results at the end
of theyear.These televisionswill
assist learners to get more infor-
mation for their studies, she
Principal of the school, Noma-
wabo Sanqu said they were
pleasedwith such a gift from this
department. We are sure that
our leaners will get the best re-
sults. We are always doing well
at the endof the year, but thenew
system will assist us a lot.
According to her theywere the
pride of Mbhashe, since JS Sken-
jananas learners always got
good Grade 12 results. She said
this was the best opportunity to
ensure that they pull up their
socks, so that they could achieve
The Department of Educa-
tions District Director, Mbulelo
Safa confirmed that JS Skenjana
always got great results.
He said theywere sure that the
new television would be a great
help to the school as well as to
other schools in the area.
Schoolgets satellite TV
The Deputy Minister for Communications Stella NdabeniAbrahams showing a learner a satellite televison they will use to access information.
PHOTO: SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
Mbhashe Mayor, Councillor
Nonceba Mfecane at JS
Skenjana SSS during the
handing over of a satellite
July 24, 2014
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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 programmepresented byMedia24s 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 ourwebsite, whether it be dating
tips, book or CD reviews or more serious matters like drug abuse
among teenagers. To launch this exciting project, OP Koerantewill
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 Journos 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 www.isoexpress.co.za. The Youth Journo (or his/her parent) must
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THE Butterworth police have found the body of an un-
known male person which was already partially decom-
posed at Transido premises in Butterworth, on Monday,
July 14. The deceased is estimated to be about 40 years
of age and there were visible injuries to the body. The
cause of death is not yet known.
An inquest docket hadbeenopenedby theButterworth
Anyone looking for a missing person fitting the de-
scription should contact the Butterworth police station
on 0 047 401 1100.
Unknownman (40) found dead
July 24, 2014
INVITATION TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS FOR THE
DEVELOPMENT OF THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN
(RMP): GCUWA DAM
Project Reference Number: ENGX/1403 RMP
PROJECT BACKGROUND AND LOCATION:
OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE:
(especially communities adjacent the dam includes: Zazulwana,
Ingxalathi as well as Mzantsi)
Butterworth Community Hall onWednesday, 31 July 2014 from
Formore information, or to confirmyour attendanceplease contact:
Engineerex (Pty) Ltd has
been appointed by the Department of Water Affairs to undertake the
development of the RMP and associated Business Plan for the Gcuwa
Weir / Dam.RMPwill comeupwith plans that will guide how the damcanbe
used to benefit the local communities, protect the users while keeping the
dam in good condition so as tomaintain the primary purpose of the dam.
The Gcuwa Weir is located in Butterworth Town under Mnquma Local
Municipality within the Amathole District Municipality in Eastern Cape
All Interested and Affected Parties
are invited to a public meeting that will be
to share information and to allow I&APs to participate
in the development of RMP.
MrAluwani Khuswana: Engineerex (Pty) Ltd,
P.O. Box 12107,DieHoewes, 0163
Tel: 012 667 1085
Fax: 086 605 6697
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
SUPPORTERS of various jus-
tice organizations, including
the Sonke Gender Justice Net-
work and the Idutywa Wom-
ens Support Group, gathered
outside Butterworth Magis-
trates Court to give support to
family members of a woman
who was allegedly murdered
by her boyfriend in December
These organizations were
marching to voice their anger
over ongoing domestic vio-
The accused had allegedly
stabbed the deceased multiple
times in the upper body with
a 30cm dagger.
Nkosinathi Xabadiya ap-
peared before Butterworth
Magistrates Court for the
murder of Sandiswa Mhlawu-
li. His case had been remand-
ed to August 12 and the ac-
cused had been granted bail of
work spokesperson, Patrick
Godana, said they were
marching with the intention
of giving support to the family
of the deceased. The family of
the deceased is not getting
support and counselling, even
though theywere traumatized
by the incident. This case has
taken a long time but we want
to tell men that theymust stop
abusing women because what
they are doing is painful.
The Express heard that the
deceased was dating the ac-
cused before she allegedly de-
cided to part ways with the ac-
cused, who refused to be
dumped. Villagers and mem-
bers of Sonke Gender Justice
wanted to know why the sus-
pect was not behind bars.
The Magistrate postponed
the case as more evidence was
needed from the doctor who
examined the deceased.
Organisations support victims family
Members from different organisations marched outside Butterworth Magistrate Court. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA.
EAST Griqualand land claims repre-
sentative, Cyril George Ganger-
dine,,is disputing that the whole of
KwaZulu Natal land belongs to King
Goodwill Zwelithini but claims that
most of the land belongs to the
AmaMpondo King Zanozuko
Tyelovuyo Sigcau, has, however, dis-
missed Gangerdines claims and said
he was distorting the information of
Thiswas after reports that the Zulu
King was about to launch South Afri-
cans biggest claim for land that was
under control of the Zulus in 1838.
Sigcau said they were set to lodge
a claim for the land starting from
Port Shepstone, Harding, Kokstad,
Swartberg, Matatiele, Mount Fletch-
er and Underberg.
We know that these areas belong
to the land of AmaMpondo and it is
well-documented. The late King
Fakus grave is in Marburg outside
Port Shepstone and our intention is
to claim back our land, said King
Gangardine said theZuluKingcan-
not claim the Griqualand (Kokstad).
He said they will deal with this
matter even in the Constitutional
Court and the Khoisan will stand for
Therewas a certain region called
no mans land when Adam Kok
came here in the East Griqualand.
It was made up of three districts,
Mount Currie district (Kokstad),
Matatiele, Umzimkhulu and part of
When you talk about no mans
land, itmeans that therewasnobody
who lives there. It is alsoproven that
throughout KwaZulu Natal you will
findBushmandrawings and the spe-
cialists will tell you that how old are
those drawings. It shows that Zulu-
land belongs to the Khoisan, said
Gangerdine.But King Sigcau disput-
ed Gangerdines claims and said
when Griquas arrived in the East
Griqualand they asked for a piece of
land from King Faku of amaMpon-
do. He also dismissed claims that
King Goodwill Zwelithini and the
Nhlangwini Royal house have land
in that part of Eastern Cape which
they want to claim back.
Gangerdine said the drawings
which are found all over KwaZulu
Natal were providing further evi-
dence that the Khoisan were the
first people in South Africa before
Nguni tribes arrived fromNorthern
He advised all South Africans to
sit around the table or to call the sec-
ond Convening of the Convention
forDemocratic SouthAfrica (CODE-
SA) to discuss the issue of land.
Land claim opens a can of worms
East Griqualand land claims represent
ative Cyril George Gangerdine.
PHOTO: KHAYA MAGENU
July 24, 2014
ASpart of walking inNelsonMan-
delas footsteps of goodwill, Ex-
press publications decided to open
its heart to help the Ncedisizwe
ty, Mbizana, by filling cracks in
the walls and painting the centre
on July 18.
This Old Age Project which has
50 members was identified by Ex-
press employees who saw the need
for assistance at the centre. The
elders were extremely pleased
that their centre was now decent,
beautiful and clean.
Members of the project who
were present while the Express
team was at work, made sure that
all the things needed during the
painting were provided, like wa-
ter and a ladder.
A local professional painter,
Ndumiso Magidela, agreed to
help, as did Nkosinathi Nyathi.
Mzize Noqhamza, a member of
the centre, acknowledged the help
of the Express team on behalf of
Ncedisizwe and said the effort in
helping them was highly appreci-
ated. What you did here today is
not for us, but for you. You will
reap the fruits of this goodwill,
This is what the centre looked like before being painted. Filling the cracks
on the wall is Greg Nota of Express. PHOTO: PHINDILE GQELE
Greg Nota (right) with volunteers who were assisting him in painting the centre, Ndumiso Magidela, a painter by profes
sion, who agreed to give his assistance free of charge (left) and Nkosinathi Nyathi (middle). PHOTO: PHINDILE GQELE
THEPresident of theRepublic of SouthAfrica,
Jacob Zuma, has spent his 67minutes on Inter-
national Mandela Day in the Eastern Cape
home village of the late Dr Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela Day was marked by the
United Nations to be celebrated globally,
whereby people got involved in assisting those
who are in need. Zuma started in Qunu and
proceeded to kuMvezo Great Place, where he
officially opened a Museum and met with the
traditional leadership of the AbaThembu.
From Mvezo Great Place, where Dr Nelson
Mandelawas born, Zumawent on to themulti-
million rand Nelson Mandela School of Sci-
ence and Technology in Mvezo.
Before addressing the audience at the Nel-
auditorium, Zuma unveiled a statue of Nelson
Mandela. The president first started by taking
part in a cleaning up campaign, accompanied
by National Minister of Arts and Culture,
Nathi Mthethwa, Eastern Cape Premier Pu-
mulloMasualle andmanydignitaries fromna-
Addressing the audience, President Zuma
thanked theAbaThembunation for producing
a charismatic leader like tataNelsonMandela.
This isnot adayof speeches, but adayofwork
and a very important day for South Africans,
because this country is enjoying the rare prac-
tice of their hero whose legacy is celebrated
world-wide. We decided as the country to re-
member uTata by cleaning up our country,
said Zuma. Zuma describedMandela as a man
who did good things for his country and who
stood up for the truth until the last moment.
He did good things for liberating this coun-
try andmade us knownworldwide because he
was an international icon.He called on South
Africans to be united and build the nation and
adhere to the teachings of Tata NelsonMande-
la. This is a time of pain for South Africans
because it is the first year we are celebrating
his birthwithout Tata. He said all SouthAfri-
cans needed to follow in the footsteps of inkosi
Dalibhunga (Nelson Mandela) who loved his
The grandson of the late TataMandela, Nko-
si Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela expressed his
gratitude to the South African government for
keeping the legacy of his grandfather alive.
President Zuma spends his 67minutes inMvezo
President Jacob Zuma taking part in a cleaning campaign at Qunu on Mandela Day. PHOTO: SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
July 24, 2014
Councillor Simfunile Budu and KSD Housing Manager, Liziwe Mkwali, handing over the keys to
Masithembele Tokwana. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
THIRTEEN families from Gxididi and Mpind-
weni localities in Mthatha, who fell victim to
aheavy stormhitting the area in 2010, received
new houses last week.
The houses were handed over by the King
Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality in partner-
shipwith theprovincialDepartment ofHuman
KSD Executive Mayor, Councillor Non-
koliso Ngqongwa, assured other victims who
were still waiting for their houses, that they
would get their permanent structures in due
time. The municipality will continue rolling
out houses to all the wards of KSD and tomor-
row, the municipality will be introducing a
contractor which has been tasked to build 1188
houses for the residents of ward 25 and ward
27, said Ngqongwa.
She added that the beneficiaries were very
excited when they were handed their house
keys. They had been residing in temporary
structures since the storm damaged their
houses in 2010. She also apologized for the de-
lay. The delay to the provision of these per-
manent structures is attributed to the long
list of storm victims. We are happy that the
ones that are ready are being handed over,
One of the beneficiaries, Masithembele
Tokwana, said she would be moving in
straight away. I thank the government for
providing me with this house, I am so happy
that I got my house while Im still alive and
I amnot going towaste any time, I ammoving
in today, said the excited Gogo.
Human Settlements has already built about
100 houses for victims of the 2010 disaster.
Each victim got a 40 square meter, four room
house worth R85 000.
July 24, 2014
Kennedy Chitula Mwange
82 Blakeway Street, Mthatha
Office: (047) 050 4430
Fax: (041) 503 6256
Cell: 073 478 7899
PUPILS from the Zithenjini Junior Second-
ary School in Dutywa received tracksuits
and schools bags from the Amathole District
Municipality (ADM) last week.
Since winter has seen temperatures plum-
meting, these less fortunate pupils from
Zithenjini were lucky to receive tracksuits
that would keep them warm when going to
school. According to the Mayor of the Mb-
hashe local Municipality, NoncebaMfecane,
their aim was to assist pupils from this
school, since they had realized that these pu-
pils were coming from poor families.
TheADMalso assisted this school by sup-
plying two toilets. Previously the school only
had four toilets. Two toiltets were used by
teachers and the other two had to be shared
by the pupils, said Mfecane.
According to Mfecane all pupils (158) re-
ceived school bags and shoes, while 98 pupils
also received tracksuits.
One of the pupils who got a tracksuit, Luy-
anda Mkhaliphi, said he was very happy
about what the ADMhad done for them. We
will be like other children who are coming
from better off families now, because of the
support we got from the ADM.We dont have
words to express how we feel to about what
the municipality did for us.
Pupils receive tracksuits
Pupils from Zithenjini JSS wearing the tracksuits they receive from ADM. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
THE Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB)
changed the lives of children
at the Siyakhana Youth Cen-
tre by donating toys and gro-
ceries as part of their 67 min-
Nandipha Sondati from
ECLB said they had decided to
make a contribution to this
home, since they were a gov-
ernment institution looking
after people with alcohol ad-
diction. Sometimes children
are ending up here because of
alcohol. This is why weve de-
cided to assist them.
The Manager of the centre,
Nonceba Matsha, said they
were grateful of the support
they got from ECLB. It is a
blessing to us to be visited by
these stakeholders and this is giving us hope
that we will manage to fulfill our dreams for
She said the centre was currently funded
by the Department of Social Development,
but theywere still inviting other institutions
to assist them.Matsha said theywere speech-
less about what the ECLB did
for the centre, because they
didnt know that they could get
such support from them.
TheAreaManager for theDe-
partment of Social Develop-
ment, Siziwe Mvinjelwa, said
they aprececiated the effort
made by ECLB to assist this
centre. She said as SocialWork-
ers they had a responsibility to
ensure that everybody is get-
Some of the children are
here because of alcohol abuse
in their homes, creating an un-
stable and unsafe situation for
them to live in. We then bring
them to the centre.
Mvinjelwa said other chil-
dren here had been abused.
We are happy to see that there are people
who still care about others, because nowa-
days people seem not to be thinking of those
in need, but only of themselves.
The Manager of Siyakha
na Youth Centre, Nonceba
Matsha doing welcoming
remarks. PHOTO: BABALWA
The staff of Siyakhana
Youth Centre, SAB staff
and ECLB stading behind
the grocery that was
donated by ECLB.
PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA
July 24, 2014
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SURELY dear reader you know about the say-
ing that says when days are dark friends are
Thats what we noticed about a guy whom
we used to see driving with his friends all
night long when we we were still grooving.
They were going to almost all the night
clubs of UTA in one night.
Wawubonanje ukuba therewas a good rela-
tionship kulamajita ehlala endawonye, mara
amanye babengenazikari. Nina gossip team
nanibabona nisiyaphi? Kaloku as you know
we are always on the street looking for gossip
news not booze or girls and we are getting
paid for that. Aish, da man is suffering now
and we dont knowwhere his friends are now
when he is in that situation.
Even though he has no car presently but he
still loves mnandi places even though his
friends are nowhere to be found.
We met him in Chicago as he was trying to
go back to his room.
He told us that he tried to phone the guy
whom he used to jujuma with, but he was
not picking up his cell phone and hewasmen-
tioning his name.
And we know the man he was always
putting pressure on the guy tomove from one
place to another with his car.
Shame we felt bad and helped by transport-
ing him to his room in Norwood.
This isUTAkendoda during your affording
days friends are all over you but when things
are bad they just vanish and not help even
when you need help. Ask uGesh esafika la
wayene friends all over but once his vehicle
was involved in an accident in Tutor Nda-
mase robots they were nowhere to be found.
Mara ke if uphinde wagrand ntwana baza-
kuphinde bavele befuna ukusebenzisa kwa-
Watch out for these herbalists
We fail to understand why people dont
want to listen because we have been telling
them about these brothers from our neigh-
bouring countries but it seems as if abantu
bakuthi abafuni kumamela.
Recently we met a guy who was crying that
SHOPRITE group held its 8th annual TOP-
stars at Sun International-Hemingways
his savings had been robbed by these guys
who promised him that he would become a
millionaire. Kwathiwa makakhuphe yonke
imali ebank to add more fortunes to it.
Naso ke naso isiyatha esikhulu sesixelelwa
ukuba imali engaka masingayikhuphi mara
yenawafostela kuhle kukaMzekeMzekekuba
uboniswe imali ibigcwele ibagkwathiwauku-
ba angakhupha le isebankini inganyeyakhe
le ebeyibona. Engaqale anikwe le seyikhona
nje phambi kokuba aye kukhupha le yakhe.
Shame, our people are.ai shame, bazakuthi
Nditsho entsomini akukho mntu wake
wathi elihlwempu wenza omnye isetyebi, so
bantu bakuthi yekani obuyatha kuba ayikho
Xa umntu ezakunika iimpuku zemali usay-
ifunelani imali ezakuwinisa iLotto ungaboni
kwalapha kuye ukuba lo mntu akakudingi
ukuwina iLotto kuba unezinto zakhe.
Ungavele uthi ubona ukhandlaza ehamba
ngenyawoerenta iqokobhe lematshisi le ndlu
athi uzakukutyebisa nawe uvume lo nto
kodwa uyazibonela nje nawe ukuba uyaze-
dlulela kulo mntu nalapha asebenzela khona
akukho nto ithi angakunika izityhwentywe
zemali. Mfethu umphile lo R80 000 lo gqirha
yincame. Iqale phantsi mara usebenze
ngengqondo yakho iyeke ukukuxelela izinto
TOPstars is a singing competition
for all Shoprite Group workers aimed
at using singing as a tool for ordinary
works to be exposed to goal setting and
empowerment and for workers to real-
ize their talent. Contestants came
from as far as Butterworth to take part
in the competition. They came from
different Shoprite Group chain stores
including Hungry Lion, OK Furnitures, Us-
ave, MediRite and Shoprite Liquorshop.
Masilakhe Konongo, who impressed the
judges with his opera music, walked away as
the 2014 Eastern Cape finalist who will com-
pete in the competitions grand finale in Cape
Town on October 18.
Konongo from Highway Mdantsane Sho-
prite said it has always been his dream to ex-
pose his talent. I started singing opera in
2005. When Im not at work I make sure I am
involved in opera singing, choral choirs and
arts and culture projects. It is my passion.
Shoprite has given me an opportunity to
showcase my talent in other provinces and
thats great exposure, said Konongo.
In its 8th annual TOPstars competition,
a first ever TOPstars CD entitled Allstars
has been launched. TOPstar public rela-
tions officer, Robyn Oliver, said the art-
ists were hand-picked from previous win-
ners and other participants performing on
the collaborative album. The first single
from the album is African Party and is a
song accompanying the first TOPstars
music video, said Oliver.
Renowned music and television person-
ality, Meinie Grove and her AmaGroove
production team who produced the TOP-
stars competition, said she was proud of
the workers who took part in the competi-
Seen here are Arno Abeln, Deputy Divisional Manager at Shoprite EC, Felicity
Lodewyk from Shoprite Group head office, Masilakhe Konongo the TOPstar
winner and Jo-Ann Daniels the TOPstar embassador
PHOTO: ZIYANDA SIDUMO
July 24, 2014
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IN an endeavour to promote and develop
boxing in the entire OR Tambo region,
former boxing legend, Abraham Skhen-
jane, has introduced his boxing promo-
tions company, Punch for PunchProduc-
tion Boxing Promotions, in Mthatha last
Skhenjanas main aim is to develop
boxing talent in the OR Tambo region
and to expose young talent in boxing.
Skhenjane said there were many tal-
ented youngsters in the OR Tambo re-
gion, but that they lacked exposure,
since there was no promotion company
in the area.
We only get promoters fromEast Lon-
doncominghere and theyhave their own
agendas.My companys targetwill be the
deep rural areaswhere Iwas born. Iwant
to ensure that the boxers there get the op-
portunity to display their talent. I estab-
lished this company after seeing that
boxing here is not growing because no
one is promoting it. I want to produce in-
ternational champions from this region
and addmore Koncos here, said Skhen-
He called on government to invest
more inboxing and saidhewouldbe talk-
ing to the municipalities in the OR Tam-
bo District to introduce boxing tourna-
ments in their wards as part of develop-
ing boxing in rural areas.
This former Transkei champ is cur-
rentlyworking alone, but he appealed to
Campaign topromote local boxing
PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
government and theDepartment of Sport
to take part in the development of boxing
in this region. This is for our region and
for our children, soweneed to join hands
to put our talent in the limelight.
He said he wished that government
would bring back boxing to schools. If
learners could participate in boxing
tournaments at schools level, it would be
easier to get exposure and to climb the
ladder to professional boxing.
He said his first step is to host boxing
tournaments throughout the region in
an attempt to recruit boxers.
THROUGH her enthusiasm and love of run-
ning, Elsie Tobo (76) of the Ncedisizwe Old
Age Project in the Lukholo locality in Bizana
still rakes in the medals.
Tobos love for running started when she
was at primary school. Since 2009 she has
won no fewer than nine medals and a certifi-
cate for her running in the Golden Games.
She said she first started by participating
in races for older people in 2009 in Bizana
when shewon the 100m race. Shewas chosen
to represent Bizana in 2010 in East London,
where she won the 400m event. Although she
was reluctant, she agreed to participate and
Hereafter she attended other races in Port
Elizabeth in 2011, Rustenburg in 2012 and Jo-
hannesburg in 2013 where she participated
in 100, 200, 400 and 800m events and finished
first in every single race.
Tobo said she had enjoyed keeping fit all her
life. Running keeps me youthful. Young peo-
ple shouldexercisebecause ithelpsone tokeep
fit and be healthy. They should also stop doing
drugs and drinking alcohol and rather involve
themselves in sport, said Tobo.
On Friday, July 18, Golden games selec-
tions were held in Bizana where a team that
will represent Bizana in East London was
chosen. Tobo was one of the athletes.
Runner (76) still rakes in goldmedals
Old people running for Golden
PHOTO: PHINDILE GQELE