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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



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


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

Dora Nginza Dr accused of assaulting minor



Port Elizabeth- In the quiet Coega village community I met a deeply devout Christian family and a daughter who is visibly traumatized after being allegedly assaulted physically and verbally by well-known Port Elizabeth Gynaecologist Oncologist, Dr Mfundo Mabenge.

Dr Mabenge allegedly assaulted 16-year-old girl at the Summerstrand Seventh Day Adventist church over the weekend in full presence of the girl’s mother and other church members.

“He came to me and my sister and another woman during the church’s lunch hour and started shouting at us [my sister and I] saying that we were naughty and that we don’t listen. He then turned to look at me and said my behaviour was worse, I then stepped back as he came closer. He poked me in the face then slapped me” said the minor.

It is alleged that Mabenge followed the girl to the bathroom as she was going to freshen her face up after she had been assaulted by the Dr who is also a church elder. As the girl was leaving towards the bathroom she alerted her mom, Koliswa Hoyi, who then questioned why her child was hit by the Doctor.

“My mom then asked him why he had hit me, he then said that he is going to hit me again then began slapping and punching me,” added the teen.
According to the Hoyi the misunderstanding between the two families started at a church camp in Cape Town where her daughter could not sew a skirt belonging to Dr Mabenge’s daughter. The mother, Nontuthuzelo Mabenge, then demanded that the skirt be sewn saying the spirit of the church was to always assist one another which she and her husband have always done. However, the misunderstanding was seemingly resolved by the two girls as they did each other make up on the trip.

Naziziphiwo Buso

“This is some Panayiotou sh*t”- resident of murdered Summerstrand couple.


Port Elizabeth – These were the first words uttered by one of the residents following the murder of his landlords identified as Andre and Lydia Saaiman on the weekend.

The elderly couple that lived at Summerstrand 2nd Avenue were last seen by the source who wants to remain anonymous on Saturday whist making tea.
This morning the bodies of the couple were found with axe wounds by the police in a locked room after the daughter of the couple was heard screaming hysterically following the discovery of what looked like a robbery.

According to our source the house was in upside down, the safe was cleared out, CCTV footage was stolen but no forced entry was noted.

In a twist, one of the three caretakers that work on the many properties owned by the couple has disappeared but has left his room open with no visible packing.

Police are still on the scene.

Naziziphiwo Buso