16 February Mdantsane shows great support for Chippa February 16, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Football activities are becoming a norm in East London as a result people who love the beautiful game and have been starved of quality football for so long packed the Sisa Dukashe Stadium to capacity on February 14. Last year, a partnership between Buffalo City Metro and Chippa United football club was formed to bring top flight football into the City after years of not hosting football matches of Premier Soccer League calibre. This has reinvigorated the love of football in the city and has brought much needed recognition for both the City and Mdantsane. Chillie Boys, as the team is popularly known, entered into a deal with the City to bring five football matches to Buffalo City. However, the team has already played two of the matches against Highlands Park in December last year which they won by two goals to nil and played a one all draw against the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns in scintillating game despite the heavy pitch on 14 February. Other PSL clubs to descend to BCM shores are Golden Arrows on the 24 of February, Ajax Cape Town in March 15 and Bidvest Wits on the 6th of May all matches schedule for Sisa Dukashe Stadium. Leading into the game against Sundowns, the BCM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati welcomed the champions to the Metro by honouring the team on their achievement in the African continent. Speaking at the gala dinner held in Hemmingways, Pakati said,” We are here to celebrate with you the achievements that put our country on the continental map in the history of football.” The Chloorkop side won the Africa team of the year and their Head Coach Pitso Mosimane was awarded with the accolade of coach of the year in Africa. Pakati said ,”Your awards were not just compliments for job well done but a beacon of hope that all South Africans can be proud of, there for it feels me with pride to welcome and host the giants of African in Buffalo City.” Giving a reply Mosimane said he was humbled and honour by the gesture the City shown to him and his players. “This came as a surprise but it is always good to show humility when people with influence in the community say inspiring word about me.” “I am humbled and honoured to be acknowledged and be recognised by the municipality. We are grateful of the environment that has been created for us.” On the same week a supporter branch for the Greater East London was launched at the East London City Hall. Chippa United Head of Marketing and Communications Luthando ‘Trompies’ Zibeko said; “The launch of the Supporters Club here in East London is in line with our growth strategy, our theme for the season, Season of Growth. Chippa United is currently the fasted growing football brand in South Africa and we have to create an environment for the Club to launch more branches. The Greater East London Branch covers fans from Engcobo, Tsomo, Queenstown, Butterworth, Ngqamakwe, King Williams Town and Alice and fans can get hold of Chairperson, Bafo Nweba on 072 371 3858 or 078 156 0785 to enquire about membership. Tickets for all the games are available at Ticket Pro, Edgars, Jet and Jekwa Service Station for R40. Related Community roadshows to help NPOs This follows an announcement made by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini after thousands of NPOs were deregistered between August and December of 2012 on the NPO database due to non-compliance of the NPO Act. NPOs registered on the database are required to submit annual financial reports to ensure greater transparency and would normally face removal from the roll if they fail to do so. The first leg of the roadshows took place in the Metro on Monday 14 March in Mdantsane and other roadshows are scheduled to take place in King William’s Town and in the East London area. According to the social development website the registration of NPO is a voluntary facility that enhances the credibility of registered NPO and it is free of charge. The registration of the NPOs will improve the credibility and funding opportunities, allow the organisation to open a bank account and help the NPO with tax incentives. Speaking to BCMM Website, Director Institutional Capacity Building and Support from the Department of Social Development Ndumiso Gola said the purpose of the roadshows was to register new NPOs, assist them with issues of compliance, educate NPOs on good governance, transparency and accountability matters. “The task team is ready to do everything in our power to assist NPOs to meet their legislative requirements and to promote their objectives.” “Currently, there are 64 476 NPOs registered with the NPO Directorate in the Department of Social Development and 36 428 had been de-registered due to non-compliance with the NPO Act.” However, he said the 66 072 NPOs that were non-compliant have to submit their annual reports before March 31. “The de-registered NPOs will be reinstated and reflected as registered on the NPO database, while efforts would be made to assist them to achieve compliance and correct their registration status.” The Task Team for the roadshows comprised of representatives of government, civil society organisations, business and other entities such as the National Lotteries Board and the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Xhanti Msawuli who has an active organistion said, “Ï am here to receive a certificate for my organisation called Xhanti Msawuli Foundation. My organistion develop residents through sport to decrease the rate of crime, alcohol and drug abuse in our community.” One of the beneficiaries Thabisa Loliwe from Mdantsane said, “I’m here to register and gather more information as I possibly can.I have already submit my form now I waiting to receive the certificate for my organisation.” Noluthando Masualle who also attended the roadshow said the information she received will help her a lot when she starts her own organisation. “I am here to gather as much information as possible. I’m currently starting a new organization and I want to be fully equipped and develop my community. She said that people must learn from programmes like these, people must work hand in hand with the government to develop their communities.” “Residents do something to develop your community, we cannot be sitting around folding arms and feeling sorry for ourselves, let’s all do something to develop our communities.” For more information NPOs can visit www.dsd.gov.za/npo to submit their annual reports or they can call any of the following numbers: 012 312 7013/ 012 312 7273/ or 012 312 7748. A list of non-compliant NPOs is available on the department’s website and will be updated monthly. Major developments for Mdantsane urban hub The funding has been allocated under the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant (NDPG) and a precinct plant, designed by the Urban Design Concept Company, was presented to National Treasury earlier this year by a delegation sent by the City. The City on Tuesday 16 August hosted the Mdantsane Urban Stakeholder (Highway) Workshop at Mdantsane Sun Hotel to engage as well as to let them know about the upgrade and development plans that are soon to happen in the CBD. Speaking at the delegates at the workshop, Project Manager from Urban Concept Designs Sopna Kumar- Nair said, “The urban upgrades will focus on expanding and consolidating the existing economic heart of the CBD through the creation of new anchors and facilities. It will also enhance existing streets and creating new tree-lined streets as well as space.” The upgrades will also include the creation of prominent and pedestrian-friendly gateways into the CBD as well as creating new higher density social housing and mixed uses on strategic sites and lastly open up access bottlenecks as well as creating a network of well-connected streets and spaces throughout the CBD. Kumar-Nair mentioned that additional funding will be available from National Treasury to initiate the implementation of the anticipated projects. “The historic, cultural and sporting significance of the hub is also acknowledged in the plan and various opportunities are identified for the further development of these,” adds Kumar-Nair. Acting HoD for Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) Neo Moerane said, “We want Mdantsane to be our pride and joy and that it will happen. After this session as entities we must go back and plan. Remember, this is also a concerted concept to deliver on the IDP budget.” She also emphasised that the Metro is all about township regeneration as well as boosting the economy. A resident from Mdantsane Anelisa Luwa said, “We are so happy that finally Mdantsane will receive the recognition it deserves as it is one the biggest township in South Africa. I am also pleased with the job creation the project will come with.” According to a Council Report a detailed study by Buffalo City Metro is on the cards to determine the exact capacity of existing infrastructure as well as the upgrade requirements in relation to water, sanitation, storm water, electricity and roads. New houses for Mdantsane Cluster Speaking about the initiative Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “These are the housing units built in this area to reduce the number of shacks. We hope you will keep these houses safe and secure.” 87-year-old Alfred Ngqaba, one of the beneficiaries from Ilinge said that it’s a great pleasure to have received a new house and furniture. Another beneficiary who received a new house is Nocawe Dube. Her shack burnt down few months ago. “I did not only receive a new house but also new furniture for my house and I am very grateful to the Metro.” As part of the City’s efforts to build more houses for its residents, Mdantsane Cluster 1 units form part of the initiative. Over 1400 housing units will be built in the area and already 49 units have been completed. Areas that fall under Mdantsane Cluster 1 include Masibambane 156, Masibulele 161, Ilinge 561, Velwano 420 and Dacawa 161. The development is an upgrading of infill areas, it was held back by lack of bulk sanitation. According to a press release issued by the Metro, the Metro’s Engineering Department has upgraded the services to allow for the development of these areas. “These areas are along the Mdantsane Bufferstrip under Ward 12, 14 and 17.” Chippa United & Mamelodi Sundowns Go Head to Head Tickets are available at all Ticket Pro Outlets, including 1. CNA - Hemingways Mall & Vincent Park 2. Egdars - Hemingways & Oxford Street 3. Edgars Active - Hemingways, Mdantsane City & East London (opposite Rhino Cash & Carry) 4. Edgars Connect - Mdantsane City 5. Jet Stores - Hemingways, East London & Mdantsane 6. Jet Mart - Saxon Street & East London 7. PostNet - Beacon Bay & Vincent. Adults - R40.00 Children (12 years & under) R20.00 Gates will be opened three hours before Kickoff. Go and Get Yours Possible Water Interruptions in Mdantsane and Surroundings This burst pipe has significantly reduced the bulk water supply to Mdantsane as a result the distribution reservoirs are critically low, which may lead to water interruptions in some of the areas, especially the high lying areas. The maintenance teams are onsite to do the repairs but it may take more than 12 hours to complete the repair due to the size of the water main and difficult site conditions, which are worsened by Izinyoka. Please inform the Cllrs/ Community and request the consumers to use water sparingly during this period to avoid water outages. This may affect Ilitha, Needscamp, Ncera villages up to Kaysersbeach as Amatola Water are currently sending all the water to Mdantsane. Great plans between Gävle and the Metro The partnership was formed to strengthen local democracy, improve competence and capacity among the parties in their developmental role as service providers through mutual transfer of knowledge and to promote economic growth. The two cities have over the years shared experiences, knowledge and best practices and this year the City of Gävle visited BCMM shores as part of their twinning agreement to strengthen the ties. The visit of the delegation from Gävle started from the 25 - 29 January where various activities and workshops were arranged to discuss future plans, review of ongoing and upcoming projects. The activities for the week-long visit kicked off with a workshop on Thursday 28 January with the aim of discussing key focus areas within both municipalities. The key focal areas will generate project ideas that will be implemented in both cities over the next five years. Some of the key priorities discussed during the workshop range from education, green economy and sustainable communities, infrastructure and economic development. Speaking to the Metro's Website, the Development, Cooperation and International Relations Manager Darby Gounden said, “The partnership between the City and Gävle was initiated in 2002.” “It has provided a bridge to solve problems faced by a developing and developed world and to exchange ideas on how these issues can be resolved,” said Gounden. She also added that the partnership has created various opportunities to tackle issues of a global nature. Speaking about the partnership the Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “It is great to share knowledge and ideas with such a great City. We as the Metro can really learn a lot from Gävle.” He also added that Gävle is counted amongst the centre of economic growth in the world. “The history and contribution Sweden has made towards the foundation of the new South Africa is one which will strengthen the relationship between the Metro and Gävle.” Wrapping up the workshop, City Manager of Gävle Goran Aenell spoke about the various challenges facing Gävle such as population increase, education, job creation, youth development and immigration. “We have various challenges currently facing Gävle, the biggest challenge for us at the moment is the large number of refugees that are entering the country, who are unable to secure employment.” He also spoke about the various projects that have been implemented between Gävle and the Metro. Some of the activities the partnership has implemented include the renewable energy pilot project in Beacon Bay and other areas. Another topic discussed include the implementation of good governance projects through local active political bodies have formed projects to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of lives for all who lives in the municipal area. He also added that the City of Gävle looks forward to working with the Metro sharing and developing ideas which will contribute in the economic growth and benefit both cities. Culminating the visit the Deputy Executive Mayor Xola Pakati, Committee for Engineering, Infrastructure Services and Gävle delegation also visited the Beacon Bay Electricity Offices to view the Gävle/ Buffalo City Renewable Energy Pilot project implementation and phase 2 of the Solar Project. Comments are closed.