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SA Boxing Awards

Port Elizabeth – It was a star studded event at the International Convention Centre at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth on Friday, as Boxing South Africa held their annual boxing awards. The event featured high dignitaries the likes of minister of Sports and Recreation Thulas Mxesi was hosted by Putco Mafani and Kwena Moabelo.

The evening began with an address from the sport minister, who emphasised the importance of honouring all those who participate in the sport. “Today we look back and applaud the men and women who have worked long hours both in the ring and in the gym. Nominated or not, we salute and applaud your hard work,” Mxesi said.

“Let us continue to expand this sport throughout the country as we all know it has the power to unite,” he added.

The first award of the evening was received by Mandisi Mkile, who collected the Ring official of the Year accolade. The most coveted awards of the evening, Male and Female boxers of the year, was presented to Zolani Tete and Bukiwe Nonina respectively.

Tete, who broke the world record for the fastest knockout in boxing history against fellow countryman Siboniso Gonya in eleven seconds, received a raucous applause as he made his way to the stage. Amongst other awards was Lerato Dlamini who collected the Knockout of the Year award. T

here were guest performances too by local Port Elizabeth acts who set the stage a light amidst the commercial breaks.

Other Winners include:

Phumeza Zinakile (Female Ring official of The Year)

Deon Dwarte (Male Ring official of the Year)

Shereen Hunter (Most Promising Promoter)

Luyanda Kana (Matchmaker of the Year)

Mlandeli Tengimfene (Manager of the year)

James Gradedge (Media Personality of the Year)

Ayanda Matiti (Promoter of the Year)

Lifetime achievement: Thamsanqa Archie Jonas; Basil Brice; Derrick Watson; Elijah ‘Tap-Tap’

  Makatini and Mzi Mnguni.

Simangele Rhadebe (Female Prospect of the Year)

Lunga Sitemela (Male Prospect of the Year)

Special Achievement Awards: Zolani Tete; Nick Lourens; Joy Greyvenstein.

Noni Tenge vs. Prudence Ngubane (Female Fight of the Year)

Gideon Buthelezi vs. Angel Aviles (Male fight of the year).   

Tebuho Zongwana

MBDA announces new head


Port Elizabeth -The Mandela Business Development Agency (MBDA) introduced its Chief Executive Officer in a press briefing held at Tramways this Thursday.

Ashraf Adam will head the agency following a whole year of the agency not having a CEO which consequently led to the agency underperforming and having unfinished projects.

The board chairman Mputumi “Phil” Goduka described the process that led to the hiring of the Adams as procedural, fair and legal following allegations of Adam allegedly failing the psychometric test required for the lucrative position.

After two rounds of advertised recruitment processes had not produced any positive results a headhunting company was hired to find the CEO.

“The head-hunter did everything, got shortlists, interviewed people themselves- actually the last group of people [who were interviewed by] the head-hunter, were most interviewed because the head-hunter had to interview [candidates] for two hours and then they had to come to us to be interviewed another hour” said Goduka.

The newly elected CEO who has over 25 years of experience in the professional environment said he was happy to relocate to the Bay and will do all in his power to promote urban renewal and prevent gentrification.

“My vision for the MBDA is to build on the purpose it was set up for- for it to be an agile implementing agent for the municipality” said Adam.

“We are owned by the municipality, we take our mandate from the municipality, we get our budget from the municipality, in that respect the municipalities 15-year vision will guide us, broadly speaking, but specifically we are in excellent relationship with the municipality” added Adam.

Adam added that the agency has become the facilities manager for the city and they will embrace that until the city can maintain its own facilities. He added that they do not have the skill inhouse to do it.

The facilities include the Tramways Building, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Helenvale Resource Centre, the Campanile, Uitenhage Science and Technology Centre, the Athenaeum and the Donkin Reserve.

Damning reports revealed how the agency had only managed to use a small portion of its budget and has not been performing well. However, the new boss is positive on the plans of the agency.

Naziziphiwo Buso 



Yoliswa Yako elected as NMB chairperson of MPAC


Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Councillor, Yoliswa Nomampondomise Yako, was elected as the Chairperson of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) this Thursday by overwhelming majority.

The Democratic Alliance and its coalition partners voted with the EFF in the nomination making Yako the first EFF councillor to occupy executive   office in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

During an adjournment of the council Patriotic Alliance Councillor, Marlon Daniels, named the nomination of Yako, as a reward for saving the party during the vote of no confidence in council last year.

“With this appointment of the MPAC chairperson position, this was offered to EFF by Athol Trollip as soon as they had voted in his favour  from being removed as Mayor. The Black Caucus (opposition parties in the metro) was contacted by the EFF to ask us to support their candidate Yoli Yako, they have said to us they want an overwhelming majority to support the appointment of Yoliswa Yako for MPAC  chairperson position” said Cllr Daniels.

 Daniels further alluded that the EFF is fooling the broader public and its constituency when they say that they are not in coalition with DA. “They wanted the Black Caucus to support them so that it doesn’t look so obvious out there in the public, and as the Black Caucus we took the decision that we are not going to support that position hence the reason we abstained, to expose them about this arrangement that Trollip has gifted them for saving him “said Cllr Daniels.

Although Yako said she was not sure what the role of the MPAC Chairperson is and that she and EFF will try and acclimatize to the new role. “MPAC chair should be part of the opposition and therefore as EFF we want to be vigilant in making sure there is no corruption that is taking place” added Yako.

Yako also disputed claims of the new position being an arrangement with the DA saying that the EFF and the ANC did not always agree on certain matters. “I think its politicking, its pollitricking, I think its bitter politicians who are not getting the attention they need and therefore divert any kind of progress towards it being an arrangement” added Yako.

National Spokesperson, Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi – although first not aware of this decision said that the party welcomes this decision and defended the position saying the EFF Councillors did the right thing.  “It’s not really an executive position it’s like Themba Godi’s position in parliament which [relates] to public accounts, we are giving warning shots that we are ready to govern as well” said Ndlozi.

 Ndlozi also added this decision was only taken in order to “sustain the public purse out of the hands out of the criminals of the ANC.”

Naziziphiwo Buso



Free Education – The Next Crisis is Student Accommodation

Pedro Mzileni

The free education announcement by government will increase the enrolment numbers across all universities and technical colleges of South Africa. Without a doubt, the government will reach its Vision 2030 target of having 1.5 million students enrolled across all institutions of higher learning in the country. In addition, government has compelled itself to cover all costs associated with fees and subsidies to cater for the increased numbers. President Jacob Zuma set a minimum target of 1% of the GDP going towards funding higher education.

With young people having demonstrated that they possess enough stamina to take to the streets and hold the system on a standstill in times of disagreement, that figure will surely increase up to 3% GDP over the next few years especially when they apply social pressure once more. At the centre of the ever-increasing number of student’s enrolments in universities post-1994, particularly the Black students from poor families, is the perception that apartheid minority rule led to the humiliating proletarianization of the South African Black family and, therefore, a university qualification is an exit footpath from that junkyard into a new trajectory of success characterized by employment, comfort, and prestige.

This social dynamic gives the demand for free higher education legitimacy in the hearts and minds of the overwhelming majority of South Africans. In addition, the government led by the liberation movement elected on the ticket of creating a socio-economically free society for the oppressed black majority, sees political value in investing in free education. In our context, most black people move from the poverty line into the middle-class status through accessing higher education, obtaining a qualification, and securing employment thereof.

It is this class of black people who carry the weight of millions of poor families in this country. As a result, a university appears in the eyes of the ordinary South African, young and old, as a factory that absorbs today’s poor people to produce tomorrow’s middle-class. Therefore, with the wealth demographics of our country remaining stubbornly unchanged since apartheid, the scuffle to access a university in our democracy will continue being a boiling point in the discourse of our political economy for decades to come.

Mass access to universities driven by the progressive funding policies of the democratic government brings into the fold another crisis – infrastructure. It is worth remembering that out of the 26 universities we have in the country, only two universities were built by this government. The illegitimate government of the past built the rest to enrol the white minority. I cannot say much about technical and vocational training colleges in South Africa because the social attitude of our society, the education system at high school level and the material interests of our economic system do not position such institutions as worthy of investment. Honestly, everybody still has their eyes glued on universities only.

On the case of infrastructure, the University of Port Elizabeth had 3500 students enrolled in 1985 and 3000 of them were staying in its on-campus residences. In 2017, it is now called the Nelson Mandela University with 28 000 students enrolled and 4000 of them reside on-campus. The university cannot accurately account as to where exactly the other 22 000 students reside in the city. In other words, the increased enrolment numbers into universities post-1994 were not matched with the same speed in expanding their existing infrastructure.

The new students will need to make use of computer labs, libraries, lecture halls, dining halls, residences, and teaching personnel. The adequate availability of such infrastructure is crucial to the teaching, research, and learning process of a university. For the university to continue being a legitimate institution in society, it must be able to cultivate its entire student body to the existing infrastructure in order to rollout student retention and student success. It is in that value chain where students gain the worth of being in university so that when they complete their qualifications, they go on to be useful citizens who contribute to the realization of social justice. That is the central mandate society gives to universities as enshrined in the National Development Plan.

Residences are a space where students live, learn, and have a sense of community with others. Due to the influx of enrolments, universities have been forced to incorporate the option of off-campus accommodation to their systems. Departments of Student Affairs across the higher education sector are on a constant struggle to avail an equal distribution and quality of resources between on-campus and off-campus residences in order to give students a fulfilling living and learning experience. However, this proves to be a difficult task to execute.

Whilst on-campus residences have all the necessary resources and are highly credited for snowballing the academic performance of students, off-campus residences are privately owned and are known for student exploitation, lack of safety and poor facilities. Students accommodated in off-campus residences find life difficult and they get exposed to many risks that elevate their likelihood of dropping out of university. Furthermore, most off-campus residences are far from the university campus and this exposes poor students specifically to lack of transport, vulnerability in the evening and detachment from campus life. All these challenges threaten student retention and student success.

Government, universities, business and student leaders must welcome the announcement of free education but with one eye focusing on the long-term effects the decision will have on infrastructure. The noble cause of free education would be futile when the infrastructure available is unable to cushion the students who need it the most to succeed. There must be an accelerated effort from all university stakeholders to be comprehensively proactive on the looming crisis of infrastructure backlog to make sure that those whom free education has been created to benefit do not go on to become casualties of a dream deferred.

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NMU Rape Case postponed

Port Elizabeth- The man accused of Raping two Nelson Mandela University students and stabbing the other appeared at the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court this Tuesday.

The accused made another appearance following a postponement when the Judge decided against moving the case to the PE high court.

 Dressed in faded blue jeans 29-year-old suspect heard that the trial had been postponed today to allow him to be tested for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

The suspect did not object to the tests being performed on him in the same breath allowing his results to be known by the court officials.

The case has been postponed to December 13 to allow the tests to be done and for further investigations.

Naziziphiwo Buso

Social issues addressed at Women in Tourism Conference

Port Elizabeth- the Minister of the Department of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, addressed a predominantly women crowd at the Women In Tourism  conference  held at the Boardwalk Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth this Tuesday.

 The two-day conference aims to elevate women in the Tourism sector in not only Port Elizabeth, but South Africa. “Women in Tourism was formed in 2013 with a vision to drive programs that support the development and empowerment of women in the tourism sector” said Minister Xasa.

 She further alluded that she, with the tourism department hope to create permanent and non-permanent staffers, and also unpack the opportunities available in the tourism sector – allowing for women involved to give others advice on how they have done it.
The minister further quoted The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a specialized agency of the United Nations Global Report on Women in Tourism of 2010 which highlights the value of the Tourism sector as an engine for economic development through foreign exchange earnings and the creation of direct and indirect employment.

 A pledge was also signed and presented to the Minister by the men at the conference to support women, and lead radical transformation in the tourism industry.
This conference comes days after the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against the abuse of women and children in the societies.

“The directly links with the 16 Days Campaign in that social factors such as inequality, unemployment, poverty, crime, abuse in all forms need solutions that can empower women and communities” said Xasa.

 A special guest Princess NomaXhosa Jongilana of ImiDushane tribe from Ncera was also present at the event, who took over the Nobhotwe Garden of Goodwill, which is a macadamia nut plantation from her mother.  This plantation has created permanent jobs to over 180 people and many entrepreneurial opportunities.

“The beauty of the concept is that an individual can buy a trees and the trees will be named after the individual, when the time of harvest comes you [as the individual] will get reports of the harvest worth. You will then decide on what social ill you want to contribute in Ncera” said Princess NomaXhosa.

Women present at the conference were also given a chance to exhibit their work and creations that ranged from beadwork, clothes making and food stalls and later a dinner was hosted later that day to allow for all the women network as per the objectives of the Conference

Naziziphiwo Buso


King William’s Town- The Provincial Commissioner of the Eastern Cape, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga hailed the sentencing of the three murder accused as a victory.

They commended the various policing units including the National Prosecuting Authority for the excellent and professional handling of this case which resulted in the sentencing meted out to Jayde Panayiotou’s killers.

‘We commend all those who were involved ,starting from the time of her disappearance up until the perpetrators were arrested and brought before a court of law. The conviction and sentencing of these suspects is the direct result of the sound, fruitful and ongoing partnership between SAPS and the NPA’ Ntshinga said

On 21st April 2015, Jayde Panayiotou (28 ) , a school teacher disappeared and was last seen outside her residence in Deacon Road Kabega Park. She was waiting for her lift to her school in Uitenhage . Police were alerted of her disappearance and an immediate manhunt was conducted by various police units assisted by members of the community in search of Jayde Panayiotou.

On 22nd April 2015, her body was found in bushes in Kwanobuhle. She was shot three times in her chest, arm and head. Between 27th April and 1st May 2015, three suspects including the husband of the deceased were taken into police custody. Two suspects were later arrested.

In September 2016, accused, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke ( 30 ) passed away in Livingstone Hospital while awaiting trial. Luthando Siyoni was released in September 2016 after being held in custody in terms of Section 185 of the Criminal Procedure Act ( he believed that his life was in danger but did not want to enter into the Witness Protection programme).

On 2nd November 2017, after a lengthy trial the three remaining accused were found guilty in the Port Elizabeth High court. Christopher Panayiotou (31) was convicted for murder, Sinethemba Nemembe (28) was convicted for murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances and Zolani Sibeko(35) was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.

Sentencing :

The accused were sentenced as follows :

Christopher Panayiotou : Murder : Life sentence

Sinethemba Nemembe : Murder : Life sentence and Robbery : 15 years. Robbery sentence will run concurrent with the murder sentence

Zolani Sibeko : Conspiracy to commit murder : 15 years imprisonment

Lwando Nomoyi