Who is Moulana Nadeem Khan?

Islamic FocusIn 1988 I started high school and met the best Mathematics teacher in my entire 12-year school career. He loved Algebra and I finally understand why. I’m grateful he only left teacher afterwards. This is the story of how he became a leader in the local community and not just inside the school. My teacher, Nadeem Khan, followed his dream and calling to become an Imam. Read his story below and learn to trust your intuition and follow your heart.

Moulana did his schooling in Uitenhage, completing matric in 1979. Among his early Islamic teachers was Imam Yaseen. The turning point in Moulana’s life was in 1977 when the Tabligh work started. Moulana started going for 10 days, etc and desired to study the Aalim course. Moulana embarked on this dream in 1980 after going on 40 days Jamaat. He enrolled in Newcastle Darul Uloom which offered a 3-year course at that time. He completed the course in 1982.

Thereafter, he did a 3-year Teacher Training Program at Dower College. He completed this in 1985 and started teaching Maths at Uitenhage High School.

In 1991 Moulana was appointed Imam at Masjid Noor, Bloemendaal a post he held for a year. Newcastle Darul Uloom had by now developed a 6-year Aalim course and Moulana went back in 1994 to complete the remaining three years. Among his teachers were Moulana Sema and Mufti AK.

After completion in 1996, Moulana went for one year Jamaat to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In 1998 he was appointed Imam in Masjidul Mu’mineen (Durban Street), Uitenhage, a post he holds to today. Moulana is the Ameer of Nasruddeen Muslim School in Uitenhage and was a founding member in 2000.

He went for Umrah in 1990. Moulana is a member of the Council of Ulama Eastern Cape and is actively involved in community work. He carries out Halaal inspection, marriage counselling, welfare, youth programs, a Marriage/Fiqh/Tafseer Class on Sundays and Hadith Classes on Thursdays. Moulana is married with four children.

source: Islamic Focus

Despatch and Motherwell : restoration of water supply

The water supply to most areas of Despatch and Motherwell is currently interrupted. The Municipality wishes to assure affected residents that it is hard at work at restoring the supply. Motherwell residents can expect their supply to be restored around lunchtime, while supply to the residents of Despatch will be restored later this afternoon. Water tankers have been provided at strategic points.
For more information, please contact Ms Marthie Nel at  082 780 3108, or  0800 20 5050. Residents of Despatch may also contact the Despatch Councillor, Cllr Francois Greyling, at  041 933 1469.
The Municipality regrets the inconvenience caused to consumers.


Issued on behalf of the Municipality by the Acting Communications Director, Ms Marthie Nel, at  0827803108 mnel@mandelametro.gov.za

Market on Penford – 1st of September

Looking to get out of the house and over the winter blues?

Market-on-Penford is a vibrant family market happening in Uitenhage on Saturday 4th August, with plenty to see, eat and buy. 

Market-on-Penford is primarily an outdoor market, and specializes in “Home-made, Home-baked, Home-grown” by hosting hand-picked stalls that sell a variety of arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, dried fruits, preserves, and plants to name but a few.

The market’s vision is to support the local community without compromising on quality products. 

There will be plenty of freshly prepared food to eat for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

You can also treat yourself to an early dessert and cappuccino.

Seating is provided for those who wish to enjoy a meal or just take a break from browsing through the stalls.

The venue is child-friendly with a jungle-gym for children to play and enjoy as well as a number of activities for children. 

The market started in February of this year, and has been running successfully ever since, proving to be a popular community event. 

So make your way to Philadelphia hall, 31 Penford Ave, Uitenhage.

The market starts at 8:00 until 14:00.

Market-on-Penford will take place on the first Saturday of every month. 

For more information or to enquire about a stall, please contact Estelle at 084-651-1865 or market@philadelphia.org.za

You can also search for “Market-on-Penford” on Facebook.

Source : Philadelphia.org.za

R195M Shopping Mall to be Built in iBhayi area Eastern Cape

An illustration of Kinako Mall

Port Elizabeth’s iBhayi area will become a major urban retail hub with the development of the R195 million Kinako Mall at the intersection of the R75 Uitenhage Road and Spondo Road.The development of the mall, which opens in April next year is seen as long overdue to serve a prospective catchment area of 340 000 customers with a total estimated retail potential of R1.22 billion.

The 20 000m2 mall is a 50/50 joint venture development between the Shoprite Group and African Dune Investment. It has, say the developers, a potential to expand up to 30 000m2 and a total of 82 shops. Anchored by a 4000m2 Shoprite store, the mall has also already attracted major retailers that include Clicks, Truworths, Jet, Edgars Active, Ackermans, Pep, Mr Price, Identity, Legit, OK Furniture, Morkels, Capitec, Cashbuild, Home Express, Torga, Franco Ceccato, Rage, Roland’s, Hungry Lion, and Chingo. There will be 995 parking bays and a taxi area to accommodate 37 vehicles.  
Kinako Mall is strategically located to serve the areas of Bethelsdorp; Algoa Park; Kwazekele; Soweto-on-Sea; Zwide; Kwadwesi, Kwamagxaki; Masibulele; New Brighton; Kwaford and Struandale.  The site has high visibility from the surrounding highways and arterial roads and is close to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Missionvale Campus, the Eastern Cape Training Centre and the Dora Nginza Hospital.

A spokeperson of Shoprite Group said his company was committed to bringing shopping closer to the community and was gratified that most of South Africa’s leading retailers had joined them in providing a wide selection of food and fashion retail to a community that had been neglected for years. 

 Gerhardt Jooste,  of Prosperito, the 100% shareholder in African Dune, said the mall would have ‘all the important elements – a great location, fantastic exposure, with 27 000 vehicles passing the site daily and 340 000 people living in the catchment area’. 

Architect Garth Hamilton of Stauch Vorster, said the architecture was an example of successful design ‘that responds to the specific of site and functionality.’

The layout comprises a combination of an exterior strip mall on an external walkway, leading into a covered internal mall  The materials used would be combined to further enhance the design and are functional, robust and beautiful. ‘The natural clay and polished concrete will create an unencumbered backdrop for the display of the tenants’ merchandise.

Source : http://www.sacommercialpropnews.co.za

Wessels joins Glacier Junior Series finalists

Brian Wessels © Glacier Junior Series

Port Elizabeth junior golfer Brian Wessels held off a spirited challenge from Southern Cape’s Jack Duthie and Ronald Baxter from the Eastern Province to claim the 22nd Glacier Junior Series title at St Francis Links on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Newton Park navigated his way around the tough Jack Nicklaus layout in one-under-par 71 to edge out Baxter and Duthie by two shots for the title.

Wessels was delighted to pull through in the last Eastern Cape event and earn the chance to tee it up alongside the other 24 finalists in this year’s series at the national final in October.

The finalists will compete for what is arguably the biggest prize in South African junior golf – an all-expenses paid trip from Glacier by Sanlam to tee it up in the prestigious Orange Bowl Junior Invitational later this year.

A slew of top Southern Cape juniors made the trip to St Francis Bay to tee it up in the last Eastern Province event, but Wessels said he only worried about his own game.

“It was my first Glacier Junior Series tournament, so I didn’t have time to worry about the other players; I just focussed on the job at hand,” the grade 12 Grey High School learner said.

“I played really nicely and I made all the pars that counted. I dropped two shots but I made up for that with three birdies that helped me to a two shot lead.

“I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of teeing it up at the final. I won a 36-hole Junior Tournament in really windy conditions at Humewood earlier this year, so I’m quietly confident that my skills in the wind and at the coast will help me in the final. “

The 22nd tournament on the popular Glacier by Sanlam sponsored series drew a field of 57 players, including four-handicap golfer Imkeleen Meyer, who looked a shoe-in to win after turning in one-under. Although she struggled over the back nine, Meyer still came home in 71 to win Best Nett in the A-Division.

“I struggled a little in the wind over the closing holes and I had some bad luck when my ball spun off the green into a water hazard at one hole, but overall, I was thrilled with my performance,” said the 16-year-old from Dispatch.

“This was my first really big tournament, so I was a little apprehensive but I’m really happy with my performance, especially because I was able to play to my handicap. It was a big stage for me and I feel that I handled my first proper tournament really well.”

Meanwhile 16-year-old Mieke de Ridder carded an 80 off her eight handicap to win the B-Division, while Pieter Zietsman beat former SAGDB learner, Jamie Lee Daniels from Uitenhage for second place by in a count-out on 84.

De Ridder was thrilled to win, although she felt her score could have been even better.

“My putter just went stone cold,” lamented the 16-year-old from Lovemore Heights in Port Elizabeth.

“I was solid tee to green; every tee shot hit the fairways and I hit almost every green in regulation, but I couldn’t sink a putt to save my life. That’s golf, I suppose, but I was still thrilled to finish first.”

De Ridder said the tournament was a great experience.

“You really felt like a professional player out there because the tournament was so well organised,” said De Ridder, who was rewarded with a Cleveland lob-wedge for her first place finish.

“It’s a great pity we don’t have more of these Glacier events in the Eastern Province. Hopefully I can get my handicap down to six so I can challenge in the A-Division next year.”

The series heads into the home straight this August and the country’s leading junior golfers have just three more opportunities to qualify for the national final and earn the chance to challenge for the grand prize.

On August 5th, Thomas Aiken hosts his event at Wanderers Golf Club while Richard Sterne has his tournament at Erinvale Country Club, European Tour winner James Kingston hosts the final event on this year’s schedule on Monday, 19 August at Rustenburg Golf Club. The venue for the national final from 3-5 October will be announced shortly.


A-Division (1-6 Handicap) 
1. Brian Wessels 71 gross
2. Ronald Baxter 73 gross (on count out) 
3. Jack Duthie 73 gross
Best Nett – Imkeleen Meyer 71

B-Division (7-18 Handicap) 1. Mieke de Ridder 80 gross
2. Pieter Zietsman 84 gross (on count out) 
3. Jamie Lee Daniels 84 gross
Best Nett – Andrew Jeffrey 76

C-Division (19-36 Handicap) 
1. Hendrik Brown 38 points
2. Desmond Goeda 33 points
3. Reece Coleman 32 points

Source : www.supersport.com

Your First Job workshop for Unemployed

Welcome to your first job workshop Ramon Thomas, founder and Managing Director of NETucation presents a workshop for people who want to find a full time job in 2013. Maybe you just finished Matric, maybe you have a degree or diploma and cannot find employment.

You will learn the following in this 6 hour workshop:

  1. South African Economy
  2. What Jobs are in demand
  3. Self-Employment and SME options
  4. Attitudes & Action
  5. Research Companies & Management
  6. Preparing for Interviews
  7. Negotiate Salaries + Benefits
  8. Using Facebook To Find Jobs
  9. Writing the Best CV + Cover Letter
  10. Training Your Brain for Success (audio)

Venue: Salvation Army, 1 Bilson Road, Uitenhage near Binnehof (between Baird & John Street)

Time: 08h30-15h00

FEE: R250 per person
DEPOSIT: RJ Thomas: FNB CHEQUE 62053494515
Sandton branhc 254605
REF. Your Cellphone


  • Your own notepad, pencil
  • Current CV printed
  • Newspapers with jobs


Born in Uitenhage, Ramon Thomasis a professional speakers, trainer and group coach. He’s seminars have reached over 250,000 teenagers, teachers, parents and professionals across South Africa. You may have seen in on 3Talk, Special Assignment, eTV, Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Business Day newspapers.


  2. DVD with video interviews from experts worldwide
  3. Facebook support for 12 months after the seminar
  4. Assistance with relocating to Gauteng, Cape Town or Durban
  5. Contact details for > 800 companies in Port Elizabeth Area

PE back soon on schedule of low-cost airline

COMAIR will recommence its flights of low-cost airline Kulula.com to and from Port Elizabeth next week.
Kulula’s marketing manager Nadine Damon said the company would make a formal announcement on Monday concerning which day flights would officially commence but she said they were scheduled to begin later next week. “Our Port Elizabeth flights ended on June 23 due to a major system restructuring which saw us moving on to a global online booking system.
“This system is similar to what is being used by many of the major airlines around the world,” she said.
Damon said due to the complexities of the system the airline opted to roll out the system in various phases.
She said the commencement of Port Elizabeth flights would take place during Phase 2, which was set to start next week.
“It was never a case of us permanently ending our Port Elizabeth flights.
“What is great now is that we will be adding flights to Harare, Livingstone and other cities which customers in Port Elizabeth will be able to fly to directly,” she said.
Damon said other details about Phase 2 would be announced on Monday.
Port Elizabeth International airport manager Azad Cassim said the airport had arrivals and departures daily from British Airways, South African Airways, South Africa Airlink, South Africa Express and One Time, which is the only low-cost carrier using the airport.
Port Elizabeth International airport operations manager Anthony Groom said on average the airport had 27 arrivals and 27 departures every day
Source : Peherald.com


Even though the festive season is over, the National Council of SPCAs wishes to keep momentum going and asks everyone for support. Please see how YOU can assist to improve the lives of animals: – those you live with, those in your neighbourhood and those that the SPCA movement strives to help on an ongoing basis. With your help the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) and the SPCAs country-wide can conduct more investigations, can expand campaigns, increase education and can lessen the suffering of so many animals. The SPCA movement enforces animal welfare legislation and can lay criminal charges against offenders.

The mission of the SPCA is to prevent cruelty to and the abuse of animals, educate the public about animal welfare, and promote awareness of problems of animal cruelty.

Tel: 041 9923016, Address: Schonland Avenue, Cape Road Industrial, Uitenhage.

Keep a lookout for the Uitenhage SPCA’s soon to be launched website http://www.uitenhagespca.co.za/

Audio and Braille books bring joy to the blind

Sithandiwe Velaphi

In a bid to support the visually disabled community, the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, recently launched a free audio and Braille book service at the Elukhanyisweni public Llibrary in KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage.

The project is a joint initiative between the provincial department of arts and culture and the South African Library for the Blind and has been rolled out to eleven public libraries throughout the province.

Elukhanyisweni library is the only one in Nelson Mandela Bay currently offering this service.

According to project coordinator, Pumla Mahanjana, all of the 11 public libraries have been provided with furniture and equipment to aid the visually impaired individuals. Theseinclude audio readers, document readers, computer software, Braille books and other services.

“Not only does this open up opportunities for the visually impaired, it also assists those who are illiterate to benefit from the service,” said Mahanjana.

Nelson Mandela Bay municipal spokesperson Kupido Baron said staff at each library was trained to assist users of the equipment. Baron said public library workshops were also held for members of the local community in order to train them on the equipment, as well as to raise awareness of the facilities available.

Thembisa Blouw from Khanyisa School for the Blind pupil, , said she was pleased with the new facilities available for the visually disabled community.

“I am excited to use the new equipment at the library. At Khanyisa we make use of such facility and it is good to know that our library has also made provision for us as visually disabled residents,” said Blouw.

Source : thenewage.co.za

SA VW Polo hits one million km

After a million kilometres of motoring in an SA-built 2004 Volkswagen Polo, veteran

Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa David Powels hands over a new dashboard cluster to Magriet and Gerrie Esterhuizen for their Volkswagen Polo Classic.

salesman Gerrie Esterhuizen has had the question he has been asking for months answered.

“We always wondered what would happen when the speedometer hit the million-kilometre mark,” said 67-year-old Gerrie. 

He was speaking during a visit as a VIP guest to Volkswagen’s plant in Uitenhage to mark the remarkable achievement in clocking up the huge number of kilometres in his Volkswagen Polo, with its original engine and other key parts.

“After 999999.9 kilometres, the speedometer just shows six dashes, although the trip meter carries on working,” Gerrie’s wife of 47 years, Magriet, said. She had been his constant companion in recent years as he traveled as a salesman from their home is Soutpan, near Bloemfontein, over the testing roads of the Free State and parts of the Northern Cape, North West and Lesotho.

“We travel up to 800km a day from our home and back, often spending more than 10 hours on the road and seeing clients, mainly in small towns in our sales territory,” Gerrie said. “These days we average between 8000km and 10 000km a month. In previous years, we drove more than 12 000km a month.”

Gerrie and Magriet, who have three children and five grandchildren, have kept a meticulous record of their million-kilometre odyssey.

“We reckon the Polo used 66 666 litres of fuel to get to the million mark. That’s an excellent figure of about 700km per 50-litre tank, or 15km a litre (6.6l/100km). Working out the cost over the years at an average of R8 per litre, that’s about R533 000 in fuel costs.”

“But the cost of maintaining the car has been so low we can’t calculate that. We have had two new fuel pumps fitted – one at 200 000km and the other at 800 000km – but the engine has never been opened since we bought the car at Alan Hudson Motors in Nelspruit. Its clutch, starter, alternator, exhaust system, radiator and oil pump are all original. We always ensure that genuine VW parts are used when the vehicle goes for service.”

Gerrie, who has been driving Volkswagens for the past 20 years, added: “I have never experienced such outstanding reliability in any other vehicle I have driven.”

The Esterhuizens were presented with a new dashboard cluster by Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, David Powels and their vehicle was given a special overnight paint, dent removal, and general brush-up package under the watchful eye of VWSA’s Production Director Tom du Plessis.

A company spokesperson said it was unusual but not unheard of for Volkswagen products to achieve such high mileage in various parts of the world.  

When asked what their secret is to reaching over a million kilometres, the Esterhuizens replied: “Drive a well-maintained and reliable car like our million-kilometre Polo.”

Source : motoring.iafrica.com