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Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

L-R: Dewald Nieman, Eastern Cape Chapter Chairperson; Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile and SATSA Chief Executive Officer, David Frost at the recent Eastern Cape chapter meeting and conference venue site inspections. Nelson More »

IMF delivers SA a vote of confidence

IMF delivers SA a vote of confidence

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook say the onset of a new political leadership in SA has reduced policy uncertainty The IMF has given SA a vote of confidence, revising its growth projections, but also warned that More »

Gender row sees Mark Lamberti resign as Imperial CEO

Gender row sees Mark Lamberti resign as Imperial CEO

Mark Lamberti has resigned as Imperial CEO‚ following an adverse judgment in the case brought by fired employee Adila Chowan‚ whom he called a “female employment equity candidate”. Imperial has promoted its chief financial officer‚ Osman Arbee‚ More »

Key witness in case against Nigerian pastor shot at in PE

Key witness in case against Nigerian pastor shot at in PE

PAMELLA Mabini, the woman who is one of the key witnesses in the case against a Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking and the rape of young girls, was threatened and shot More »

Nelson Mandela Bay residents cry out for jobs as IDP and Budget meetings continue

Nelson Mandela Bay residents cry out for jobs as IDP and Budget meetings continue

IDP and Public Participation meetings currently under-way continues to draw crowds hungry for accelerated service delivery, job creation and crime reduction. The meeting held recently held in the Chatty Community Hall was no different. Hundreds of residents More »


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Eastern Cape pupil joins the ranks of top SA matriculants

Siphokazi Hlalukana flew the Eastern Cape flag high when she was named among the top matriculants of 2016 by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Johannesburg yesterday.

The Holy Cross High School matriculant from Mthatha was named as one of the country’s top achievers at a glitzy event last night.

Siphokazi, 17, performed exceptionally well despite the Eastern Cape expected to be at the bottom of the class again.

At the time of writing, she had yet to be told the grades she had achieved in which subjects.

“I’m very excited and still can’t believe I’ve made it this far.”

Asked what the secret was, she said: “It’s hard work – making sure nothing interferes with one’s studies.”

Her advice to the class of 2017? “Don’t underestimate yourself”.

This year she will be doing applied mathematics at the University of Pretoria.

She will arrive at the East London Airport this morning to attend the provincial top achievers’ ceremony.

Her parents, who flew to Johannesburg with her for the awards ceremony, described Siphokazi as a go-getter.

Her excited mother, Nomthunzi Hlalukana, said the news of her daughter’s achievements had not yet sunk in.

“She is a very dedicated child who always strives for perfection. But I still cannot believe this. I am over the moon.

“It feels as if I am dreaming and if I am, please do not wake me up because I am enjoying this feeling!” she said.

Siphokazi’s father, Thanduxolo Hlalukana, echoed his wife’s sentiments.

“She has made us very proud. We never thought we would be where we are, dining with the minister. The minister’s table is right next to ours.

“We normally see the minister on TV but now we can converse with her because of Siphokazi. It is an honour,” Hlalukana said.

Principal Nokwanele Luthango said they were ecstatic about Siphokazi’s achievement.

“I cannot even express the joy that I feel. I am so happy for her,” she said minutes after welcoming new Grade 8 pupils at the school yesterday.

She said she had told the new pupils that Siphokazi’s achievement was “not a miracle. You work towards it”.

She said since 2015, teachers started offering evening classes from 3.30pm to 8pm. As a result, the school achieved a 93.37% matric pass rate in 2015 – making it the best performing school in the Mthatha area.

“Since 1985 when we produced our first matriculant, we have never performed below 80%.”

Luthango, who has headed Holy Cross High School since 2008, said Siphokazi’s feat was a team effort.

She said there was no secret to achieving a good pass rate.

“It’s hard work, nothing else. Also, you have to keep your teachers happy. The SGB [school governing body] also supports us in everything that we do.

“The evening classes have worked very well for us. Parents also support us because no teacher can stay at school after-hours for nothing,” she said, adding parents paid R150 an hour for the evening classes.

Another Holy Cross High School pupil, Thina Ntlanganiso has been invited to the provincial ceremony today.



Port Elizabeth based record label Radio Active Productions Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of the debut album from Marcus Pitie, titled “The journey” available on digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify, MTN, Vodacom as well as on CD from

Marcus Pities’ long awaited album the journey, recently released digitally and available locally on CD, has already garnered great support from friends and critics alike. Described as easy listening jazz with a sound, which appeals to all irrespective of race or creed, ‘The Journey’ a self-produced collection of jazz instrumentals fuses smooth melodies with soulful performances, a great companion to jazz lovers and music enthusiasts alike.

Having played and produced on other artists albums but still with a desire to one day release his own, Marcus, teamed up with local label Radio Active Productions Publishing and spent seven months in studio, writing, recording, arranging and perfecting a collection of his own tunes for his debut. With musical influences such as Jonathan Butler, Lee Ritenour and Paul Jackson Jnr, there is something on this album that will appeal to everyone. From Sunday afternoon drive companion tunes like cruising, to title track the Journey each song has been crafted to tell the story of Marcus’ musical journey. One which he is excited to share with his listeners Native to the Eastern Cape having been born and raised in Uitenhage, Marcus Pitie has always had a love for music.

Teaching himself guitar at the age of eight to overcome a hospital stay, Marcus continued to add other instruments to his skills set, and has a natural gift when it comes to playing This soft spoken musician, now a husband and father brings a depth to his music, often preferring to let it speak when his words fail When not playing himself Marcus can be found teaching instruments, producing and engineering other local artists.

Launching to radio next month, Marcus has already received great response to his music, through bookings, social media and various interviews.