Strong ties bind Eastern Cape to journey to freedom

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Enoch Sontonga – born in UitenhageIT IS no small feat that Enoch Sontonga – born in Uitenhage in 1872 – composed South Africa’s national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.

And that the designer of South Africa’s iconic flag – said to be the world’s third-best known – attributes his success in heraldry to the nurturing of the Eastern Cape when he was a student at Rhodes University.

Sontonga’s descendants still live in Uitenhage and Frederick Brownell, now in his 70s, lives in Pretoria. Brownell also designed the Eastern Cape coat of arms.

“The powerful impact the Eastern Cape has on people is evident in the immense contributions of Enoch Sontonga and Frederick Brownell,” said Nomfundo wakwa Luphondwana, general manager of provincial communication in the Eastern Cape Office of the Premier.

“Today we celebrate 16 years of freedom and democracy. It marks a milestone in the history of our nation – and a time to reflect and celebrate the journey that we travelled to achieve our freedom and democracy.

“These two national heroes must be commended for the massive role they have played in shaping the symbolic backdrop of South African freedom.”

Sontonga’s beautiful hymn brought comfort and joy to millions of people during the struggle years.


Bull gores farmer in Eastern Cape

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Johannesburg – A 71-year-old farmer was gored to death by his own bull after it broke out of its pen on Wednesday in Kareedouw near Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said.

Superintendent Priscilla Naidu said Alan Desmond Germond of Melkhoutkraal tried to get the bull back into its pen around 09:00.

The bull charged and flung Germond into the air. He sustained an open wound to his stomach.

He died on scene.

The bull was shot and killed on the instruction of Germond’s son who was on his way to the farm from Grahamstown, said Naidu.


source news 24