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Eastern Cape young soccer players to jet off to Germany in 2019
9 October 2018, 6:25 PM

Five young soccer players from Port Elizabeth will soon jet off to Germany with the opportunity of a lifetime.

They players have been given full scholarships to further develop their soccer potential in Germany in 2019.

This is the result of the work done by a local soccer academy in Nelson Mandela Bay. It was established eight years ago with 15 players.

Currently, more than 100 players are groomed at the Pro Skills Professional Soccer Academy.

The 11-year-old Keandre Adams is one of the players heading to Germany.

However, the soccer academy caters for soccer players as young as 8 years old.

The academy is the brainchild of Marc Manuel. It is situated in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth and aims to get kids away from drugs and alcohol.

Manuel, who holds a UEFA code B licence, says they want to create opportunities for youngsters.

“In our areas throughout Port Elizabeth starting with northern areas, crime is escalating on a daily basis and we are trying to close the gap. We are telling the boys to take a different route in football. I want to create opportunities for youngsters at various pro clubs.”

Andile Lungisa
Lungisa to engage ANC about his future
9 October 2018, 5:20 PM

Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor and Political Head of Infrastructure in the metro, Andile Lungisa, has vowed to engage the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) before deciding about his future as the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC).

The NEC has instructed Lungisa to resign as the MMC as he has a pending criminal case.

The message was communicated to the party’s regional structure by the Provincial Working Committe.

Lungisa is out on bail pending a petition to the High Court for leave to appeal his effective 2-year jail term for assaulting DA councillor, Rano Kayser, during the infamous council meeting brawl of 2016.

The ANC took a resolution during its 53rd National Conference in Mangaung that members facing allegations of improper misconduct must not hold public office.

Lungisa maintains he was defending himself during the brawl.

“When the member of the ANC is attacked what should you do. I cry like a small baby or I run like a baby. Do I defend myself under attack? That’s the engagement we need to have. That’s why I’m saying we need to engage internally, especially with the NEC because it was reported by the PWC that the NEC took a decision.”

Netball ring and a ball.
Kovsies Netball wins Varsity Cup for 3rd time
9 October 2018, 5:03 PM

University of the Free State’s netball coach, Burta de Kock, says she coached a dedicated team that won the Varsity Cup for a third time.

Kovsies Netball, as they are fondly known, took the honours for the first time in front of their home crowd by beating University of Pretoria’s Tuks with 63 goals against 59.

De Kock has lauded the university management for supporting netball at the UFS.

“It’s a wonderful sight to experience the win, all the universities are working very hard but for the cream of the crop, to be successful the gold medal in hand, and we are very privilege to have it”.

Uzalo cast
Uzalo breaks SA viewership records
9 October 2018, 3:01 PM

SABC television drama, Uzalo, has broken all records in the history of television viewing in South Africa, by reaching 10.2 million viewers.

This makes Uzalo the most watched television programme in the country on SABC 1.

Uzalo is a provocative, bold and authentic narrative that tells the story of two family dynasties, the Mdletshes and the Xulus, and the two young men who carry their hopes and legacy’s.

The public broadcaster’s Group Executive for Television Nomsa Philiso says the partnership with Stained Glass Productions is one that keeps exceeding all expectations.

Plane Crash
Pilot dies in plane crash in Limpopo
9 October 2018, 1:20 PM

There has been a second fatal plane crash in two days in separate incidents. A pilot died after his aircraft crashed at Zwartwater farm in Lephalalale in Limpopo on Tuesday morning.

The pilot of the aircraft died on the scene and the gardener of the house was also killed.

Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe says investigations by both police and the Civil Aviation Authority are still underway in Limpopo. Ngoepe says the pilot has been identified by his family.

“It is alleged that on Tuesday morning, the pilot of a light craft departed from Zwartwater farm to the Gauteng province within few minutes after his departure the aircraft lost control and its front end crashed to the ground in the bushes around Enkelfpntein farm, killing the pilot instantly.”

On Monday, two people died when a light aircraft crashed into the backyard of a residential home in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. The pilot of the aircraft died on the scene and the gardener of the house was also killed.




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