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Cosatu in Kwanobuhle for Worker’s Day rally

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is celebrating its main Workers’ Day rally in Nelson Mandela Bay, and is expecting a far different atmosphere than the one a year ago which saw former President Jacob Zuma heckled and the event in the Free State eventually called off.

The 2018 May Day rally wil take place at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Kwanobuhle and is set to be addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The event has been talked up as a “building block” for the 2019 general elections.

Last year’s May Day celebrations in Bloemfontein was cancelled amid scuffles between pro and anti-Jacob Zuma groups but Cosatu believes that this year’s event will go smoothly and that Ramaphosa will be well received in the Eastern Cape.

At a press conference last month, Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said the last May Day rally was held in the Eastern Cape 10 years ago, adding that it was a deliberate choice as a first building block towards the 2019 general elections.

“The choice of Nelson Mandela Bay was deliberate to liberate our people from the exploitative and suppression of the workers and communities from the chains of Mayor Athol Trollip and the DA (Democratic Alliance),” he said.

The celebrations was set to kick off at Njoli Square in Kwazakhele, before moving to the Kwazakhele police station and then finally to the stadium where workers will be addressed.

“We encourage ANC members to come to the rally,” she added. “Many of our members are part of the working class and this is a celebration of the gains of the working class.”

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has announced that it will be holding May Day rallies across the country starting at 10am.

The union federation said its main rally will be held in Bloemfontein at the Vista Arena, University of the Free State. SAFTU President Mac Chavalala will address the rally.

In Durban, SAFTU members will assemble at Botha’s Place and march to the City Hall, where SAFTU 1st Deputy President Nomvume Ralarala will address them.

SAFTU National Treasurer Motswari Letshogo will address union members at the Ngoako Sports centre in Seshego.

Source: African News Agency/ANA and IOL

Residents tired of power cuts in KwaNobuhle

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November 8, 2017 Fed-up community, Uitenhage

I’m writing from KwaNobuhle. We have an electricity crisis in Uitenhage – it’s been two weeks. When we called Kwanolec they told us they were striking.

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The second time we called they told us it was Athol Trollip who had stopped giving overtime [payments]. The third time they said they’d answer us in December.

They didn’t have trucks and we should go to Trollip’s office because they were not fighting with us, they were fighting against Trollip.

It’s very tiring because some of our children are pupils and they can’t study at night because it’s dark. We ended up throwing our meats away because they were damaged.

We are a fed-up community and we feel abandoned by our own municipality. It is not taking us seriously and it’s very disrespectful when they don’t even notify us about the switch-off of the electricity.

Please, we need help urgently – we are broken.

souce: Herald Live newspaper

Join The Salvation Army’s Women’s Support Group

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The Salvation Army’s Uitenhage branch invites you to a weekly women’s support group. The Home League’s Motto: She watches  ovr the affairs of her household. This women’s support group is open to all ladies both young and old from Uitenhage, KwaNobuhle and Despatch. Mothers are also welcome to gain support from the more experienced ladies in the group.

The Salvation Army frequently invites guest speakers and conducts a Bible study on the last Thursday of the month. You arel welcome to join in prayer to support each other and the local communities and townships. Below is an example of the topics covered over the last four months.

Women's Support Group Salvation Army Uitenhage

Sometimes you may feel lonely, other times you may experience high levels of stress. There is no need to keep all the problems bottled up inside of you. Women are good listeners, and can understand the challenges faces by other women much easier. Regular meetings area source of rejuvination for every family and every household, every women and every mother.

So when you need some support or help, feel free to join the weekly meetings. Here’s the details:

  • Address: 1 Bilson Road, Central, Uitenhage opposite the Convent Pre-Primary school.
  • Time: 09h30-11h00
  • Contact: Email Major Valerie Potgieter or call Ms Murray on 071-256-7149
  • Cost: FREE!

Who is the Salvation Army in South Africa?

The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole. The movement, founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world.

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2015 Uitenhage School district Grade 12 results

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Solomon Mahlangu High School increased its results from 73% to 76.4%. Attached is out top matriculant who got. 7 level 7s and 1 level 6 – he missed straight As by 1%. Department of Education has given him a bursary for an varsity of his choice in South Africa.

Solomon Mahlangu Grade 12 learner

UITENHAGE School District Grade 12 RESULTS

  • McLachlan 100%
  • Nico Malan 100%
  • Paul Sauer 100%
  • Global leadership 100%
  • Kirkwood High 100%
  • Brandwag 99.39%
  • Riebeek College 98.86%
  • Despatch High 98.57%
  • Muir College 97.14%
  • Daniel Pienaar 96.40%
  • Uitehage High 86.89%
  • Strelitzia 88.67%
  • Humansdorp 83.61%
  • Lungiso 81.16%
  • Solomon Mahlangu 76.40%
  • Gamble Street 75.84%
  • Marymount 74.58%
  • Molly Blackburn 66.95% – until 2014 was always no 1.
  • Limekhaya 65.38%. In Langa in Uitenhage
  • Rocklands 61.70%
  • St Colmcille 56.76%
  • Samkelwe 54.55%
  • John Walton 54.21% Rosedale uit.
  • McCarthy Street 46.85% Rosedale Uit.
  • VM Kwinana 43.30% Kwano
  • Sandisulwazi 41.18%
  • Hankey Sec 39.68%
  • Moses Mabida 39.29%
  • Qhayiyalethu 31.15%
  • Tinara High 28.13% Kwano
  • Nkululeko 27.73% Kwano
  • Zanolwazi 27%
  • Phaphani 26.25% Kwano
  • Patensie High 23.53%
  • Sisonke 22.58% Kwano
  • Thanduxolo 22.39% Kwano.
Uitenhage High School learners with sponsor Denton Goodford
Uitenhage High School learners with sponsor Denton Goodford

VW to benefit province’s youth

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Zanoxolo Wayile Nelson Mandela Bay MayorVolkswagen South Africa, chairperson Hubert Waltl, says he believes the soon-to-be-built loveLife Youth Centre in Uitenhage will be to the benefit of youth in the area. Waltl turned the first sod this week at the site of the planned loveLife centre in KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage.

The sod turning was also attended by Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile. The R20m loveLife Youth Centre aims to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the youth of the Uitenhage area. It will offer young people specialised counselling services and also provide support to teenagers and parents.

“Additionally, it will have outreach programmes covering nearly 20000 young people annually in the 20 surrounding schools,” said Waltl. The centre was Volkswagen SA”s World Cup legacy project, he said.

source: Sithandiwe Velaphi / The New Age

Large funeral for founder of Uitenhage UDF

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POLITICAL activists and ANC supporters are expected to turn out in large numbers for the funeral of liberation struggle veteran and former Uitenhage councillor Nosipho Dastile, who will be buried on Saturday.

The funeral will be held at the Roman Catholic Church from 9am, while a memorial service will be held at the Babs Madlakane Hall in KwaNobuhle at 5pm today.

Dastile, 71, became a well-known political figure in the region as a founder of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the town, the first president of the Uitenhage Women‘s Organisation, and chairman of the ANC Women‘s League in the town after the liberation movements were unbanned in 1990.

Dastile was one of the first councillors in the democratic Uitenhage Transitional Local Council from 1994 to 1999 with figures like current deputy Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Bicks Ndoni and the late Sanco leader Fikile Kobese.

Dastile‘s community involvement took shape while she was a teacher at the Little Flower Primary School and as a volunteer teacher at the Roman Catholic Mission School in Uitenhage.

At the time of her death after a long illness, she had retired from active politics and was a volunteer at the Ruth Dano Creche.

source: Weekend Post

Work on R3,1 Million Clinic Site in KwaNobuhle Starts Today

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The contractor, appointed by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to build a R3,1 million clinic in KwaNobuhle (Uitenhage), will start with the clearing of the site on Monday, indicating the beginning of better Primary Healthcare Services to the community of Gunuluza. Construction is expected to start a week later.

The building of a new 460 square meter clinic, to be situated on erf 21957, 75 Bantom Street, was necessitated since the Mabandla Clinic with three consulting rooms became too small to accommodate the more than 10 900 clients that visit the clinic monthly. As a result nurses shared consulting room space and the inadequate pharmacy room space and small waiting areas did not add value to a visit to this facility as well.

This is now a thing of the past as the new clinic will have six (6) consulting rooms, two waiting areas, a treatment room, a pharmacy, office space and more to enable dignified services to a community with a high prevalence of TB, HIV and High Blood Pressure.

Addressing an appreciative crowd at the sod turning this week, Public Health Standing Committee Chairperson, Cllr Nancy Sihlwayi, encouraged the community to immediately take ownership of the project and to act if they see anything untoward happening on the building site. She said the community is responsible for protecting the new building since it will impact their lives directly in a positive way.

“I appreciate the fact that we can give hope to this community today,” she added.

Sihlwayi also reminded residents that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is the only municipality in the Eastern Cape that deliberately budget and build clinics since the erection of Primary Healthcare Facilities is the constitutional responsibility of Provincial Government.

Dr Ebrahim Hoosain, Acting Executive Director of Public Health, said it is an honour to deliver the clinic and that efficient health services will be provided to so many people.

source: Posted by MyPE on Monday, May 11 @ 12:04:26 SAST

KwaNobuhle farm taking off

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by Sipho Masondo HERALD REPORTER

Uitenhage KwaNobuhle farmersTHERE is a sweet smell of success about a project in Uitenhage that was started to help alleviate the misery of a group of impoverished people – it is now helping to add flavour to German cuisine

While many farms have failed under the government‘s land reform programme, the Uitenhage-KwaNobuhle Farm community project is providing shelter, food and a steady income for its 55 beneficiaries.

Administrative manager Mlamleli Maseti said failure was not an option for the group.

Besides supplying Port Elizabeth export company Dynamic Commodities with sweet baby peppers, the beneficiaries pride themselves on having developed the 38ha farm into a productive operation.

They supply retailers like the Fruit and Veg and Spar groups, BC Brothers and the Uitenhage and Motherwell markets, as well as hawkers, with fresh vegetables like cabbage, spinach, carrots, green beans and beetroot.

Maseti said the secret to making the farm work was listening to the people. “You can‘t make it without the people. When we started in early 2003 the land was bare. There will always be ups and downs where many people are involved because they bring different minds and backgrounds. But we constantly remind them about the purpose of coming together. It‘s about teamwork and having a good support system.”

Maseti said Dynamic Commodities supplied the farm with sweet baby pepper seedlings, which are planted on 10ha. “The produce that we export is huge and the profit is very good. We get about R4 for 1kg, and we are looking at more than 15 tons a hectare. The sweet baby peppers are ripe and we started harvesting last week. This is agriculture and we do experience ups and downs, but generally we are doing well.”

However, he said the crop had not done quite as well last year, when it was piloted for the first time on 5ha after they had entered into an agreement with Dynamic Commodities.

“It was trial and error last year. In the end we managed to break even – we made a little profit. We made mistakes but we have learned.”

Maseti said the farm employed about 50 permanent staff, which escalated to more than 200 people during harvesting season.

He said the farm‘s success was due to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, which leases the land to the group, and to other role players like the Uitenhage-Dispatch Development Initiative, VWSA and the Eastern Cape agriculture department, which assisted in various ways.

VWSA donated about R3- million, which the farm accesses in stages. The agriculture department assisted with farming implements, including a tractor, fencing and irrigation infrastructure, while UDDI provided project management expertise.

UDDI project manager Sandile Adam said the farm was divided into two phases. The 20ha first phase is for conventional farming of vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, sweet baby peppers, spinach and beetroot, under drip irrigation.

Phase2 involves organic and greenhouse farming. “We will have high-value crops like tomatoes and cucumbers in greenhouses on about 18ha. We are already putting up fencing and irrigation systems.”

Uitenhage schools scrum down

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There will be rucking and mauling galore in Uitenhage when eight high schools battle it out in the maiden BK Top 8 rugby tournament at Jabavu Rugby Stadium, KwaNobuhle, today.

The tournament will be played under the auspices of the Uitenhage Schools Rugby Development Committee.

Mncedisi Jafta, a committee member, said they are grateful to businessman Butityi Konki for his financial support in a move to popularise the sport in the area.

He urged parents to come in large numbers because their presence will inspire the future stars to give it their best shot. – Meshack Khotha

Source: Sowetan