Author: Luvuyo Mjekula

By Luvuyo Mjekula The leadership dispute playing out within the Makana Citizens Front (MCF) is headed for the Makhanda High Court. On Tuesday, 23 July, at 9.30, the High Court in Makhanda is scheduled to hear an urgent case to “restore the rightful, legitimate councillors, namely Lungile Mxube, Philip Machanick, Jane Bradshaw, Kungeka Mashiane and Jonathan Walton”, says Mxube in a statement released this morning. “The legitimate councillors are represented by advocates Thomas Miller and Izak Smuts, instructed by Brin Brody of Wheeldon Rushmere & Cole,” he adds. Mxube’s statement goes on to say that on 13 May 2024, the…

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By Singisa Mdungwana These were scenes at the second annual Makhanda Chess Championship at the Kingswood High Performance Centre yesterday. The chess tournament, run by the Sewelo Maths and Chess Community Academy in association with Kingswood College, kicked off the first round at 10am yesterday and continued until late. Local schools including Kingswood College, Nombulelo Secondary, Ntsika Secondary, Victoria Girls High, CM Vellem Primary, Kutliso Daniels Secondary, NV Cewu Primary, TEM Mrwetyana High, Andrew Moyake School of Excellence and a few others, took part in the tournament. Selected winners will represent Makhanda at Graaff Reinet on 3 August. Follow Grocott’s…

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By Luvuyo Mjekula Children of Boy Boy Mginywa Pre-School in Xolani Location got the privilege of learning about the father of their nation, Nelson Mandela, on Thursday. Celebrating Mandela Day with the children aged between two and five years, Nelson Mandela Museum council member Faith Ngandi, narrated to the children a story on the life and times of Madiba. Ngandi had been invited to the preschool by staff of Amazwi Literature Museum, to be part of the Mandela Day celebrations. She took the children through the early life of Madiba, up to the last days of the world renowned icon,…

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By Luvuyo Mjekula A Makhanda men’s organisation’s contributed to Mandela Day in a special way this week, by ensuring the dignity of the girl child is maintained and respected. As the world marked International Mandela Day this week, the Singamadoda Men Empowerment Spaces, donated 87 packs of sanitary towels to girls at DD Siwisa Primary School on Wednesday. The gesture was more than just about celebrating Mandela Day. “The aim was to maintain the dignity of the girl child,” said founder of the organisation, Simo Mawawa Ndyoko. He said the visit to the school was not only about donating much…

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By Asiphesona Wonqwelo Mandela Day comes in the middle of the winter season and the freezing temperatures in Makhanda have not been kind to the locals, particularly those who are less fortunate. This unfortunate reality is exactly what prompted the folks at Food4Futures to use their 67 minutes for Mandela to try and make a difference in the lives of those battling the elements, by starting a blanket drive. Food4Futures is a Makhanda-based NPO, with its primary focus being on hunger alleviation, although they do address other areas of need as well. The organisation supplies food parcels to families who…

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By Staff Reporter On Friday, 12 July, St Andrew’s College hosted Woodridge College for the second-to-last hockey fixture of the 2024 season. The day was filled with thrilling matches as players from both schools demonstrated outstanding skill, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Every game was closely contested and played with the true spirit of hockey. The match results were as follows: 2nds won 4-1 3rds won 5-0 Under 16A won 3-0 Under 16B won 6-0 Under 14A drew 1-1 Under 14B won 4-1 1st XI Hockey match report St Andrew’s College set the pace from the very first whistle, quickly finding their…

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By Staff Reporter On Saturday afternoon at St Andrew’s College’s Lower Field in Makhanda, rugby supporters were treated to an exhilarating clash between St Andrew’s College and Marlow Agricultural High School. The weather was ideal for rugby, setting the stage for an action-packed day of sport and camaraderie. St Andrew’s College showcased their depth and talent across multiple teams, with standout performances noted from the U14A, U15B, U16A, and senior teams. The 1 st XV match did not disappoint. Marlow started the game well, securing early points through a penalty. Undeterred, St Andrew’s College responded with flair, scoring two tries…

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By Staff Reporter The St Andrew’s Preparatory School U11Bs and U13Cs recently faced off against Grahamstown Primary School’s U11As and U13As in keenly contested midweek fixtures. Despite a valiant effort, our U13Cs tired towards the end and lost 43-5. The U11Bs had a slow start but showed great determination in the second half, scoring a lovely team try, although they ultimately went down 19-7. Saturday, 13 July, saw the Prep Rugby Club taking on local rivals St Mary’s Primary. St Andrew’s teams played fantastic running rugby, scoring well-worked team tries. The highlight of the morning was the fiercely contested U13A…

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By Staff Reporter Kingswood College had a hectic sporting weekend, from rugby and netball to soccer and hockey. Senior school sports reports: Rugby: Kingswood 1st XV overcame a spirited Nico Malan team on Saturday at City Lords. Kingswood took an early 10- lead thanks to a penalty and converted try. The game shifted towards the visitors’ favour with some excellent lineout mauls and aggressive breakdown, scoring a try to bring the score to 10-5. Nico Malan followed up with a penalty to narrow the score to 10-8. Kingswood scored a try before half time to enter the break 15-8 up.vThe…

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By Ross Marriner Many retirees complain: "Now that I have retired, I am so busy that – I don’t know how I found time to work before I retired!" Most of us are incredibly busy during all the various phases of our lives, be it starting our careers, bringing up and educating our children, ending our careers and embarking on the retirement journey. For most of us, our busy lives tend to get in the way of our good intentions. We know we should spend more time on our financial plans, but then life happens! The key to investing for…

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