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September 06, 2012

5-6 October 2012,
Grassridge Dam to Cradock Sports Complex
The 31st edition of the Hansa Fish Canoe Marathon in Cradock on Friday, 5 and Saturday 6 October will extend the race’s run as the most popular event to host the national river marathon championships title decider.
The event this year will host the SA K1 river championships, the 18th time in 28-years since the first national river champs was awarded to the race in 1984 that Canoeing South Africa has decided that the Hansa Fish is the best and fairest event to host the prestigious national river title decider.
For several years the race has been the most popular choice for paddlers, often eclipsing The Unlimited Dusi for entries, and drawing its participants equally form the Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, with Cradock being equidistant almost to the kilometre between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
The success of the Hansa Fish lies in a unique blend of guaranteed water releases, exciting rapids and weirs on the river, warm Klein Karoo hospitality and the festive vibe off the water.
On the water the country’s top marathoners have committed to being on the start line, with several of the big guns, including world champ Hank McGregor and four times Hansa Fish K1 champion Len Jenkins jetting back form the marathon worlds in Rome two weeks before to race Eastern Cape canoeing supporters are also excited about the prospect of Plett “Golden Girl” Michéle Eray making her return to the race after being laid low last year by a crippling wrist injury.
This year the Hansa Fish will wrap up with another of its hugely popular music concerts at the Sports Complex in Cradock, featuring Ashtray Electric and Lonehill Estate on the Friday night and chart-toppers Good Luck and Pascal & Pearce on the Saturday night.
“The Hansa Fish is the country’s premier canoe marathon,” said Riaan van Jaarsveld, SA Breweries Events Manager in the Eastern Cape. “More than that it has all the special ingredients that make it a truly unique ‘total experience’ where the visitors to Cradock can enjoy the warmth of the local hospitality, race hard, and really enjoy themselves off the water,” he added.
The event further enjoys massive support form university students and under 23 paddlers, who enthusiastically support the annual themed competition, offering a prize of the paddlers’ weight in Hansa Pilsener for the crew adjudged to be ‘best dressed’ to this year’s theme, “Pimp Me Viking’.
The Hansa Fish takes place in Cradock on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 October 2012 and will decide the SA K1 River Championships. More information can be found at
HANSA FISH CANOE MARATHON LAUNCHED………The 31st edition of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon was introduced to the media at a very successful media launch held in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. Pictured at the launch are from left Maphale Moloi, Brand Campaign Manager Hansa Pilsener, Riaan van Jaarsveld, SAB Events Manager Eastern Cape, Louis Copeman, Fish River Canoe Marathon Committee member, Johan Steyn, SAB Eastern Cape Trade Marketing Manager. In the front are from left Allan Long, SAB Border District Manager and Pieter Marais, Chairman Fish River Canoe Marathon Committee.

Dit is Skou hierdie naweek

Hierdie naweek is Skou-naweek vir Somerset-Oos.
Afgesien van die mooiste perde in die land, gaan kleinvee soos dorpers, merino`s en boerbokke ook te sien wees.
Kom ondersteun ons Landbougenootskap met dit wat hulle aanbied. Die volgende interessanthede is op die skou spyskaart: jeugskou, huisvlyt, perde, boerbokke, skape, Addo Raptor & Reptile, houtwerk, kos, veteraanmotors en enjins, Skrum-’n-bakkie oor 60m, Ros Turner met haar info stalletjie gaan ook daar wees, modevertonings die Vrydagaand deur plaaslike talent!!!! Pierre Venter gaan sing die Vrydagaand by die skoudans – baie talentvolle kunstenaar van Somerset-Oos wat ook opgetree het by ons plaaslike Biltongfees en nog diep spore gaan trap in SA en oorsee – tans besig met voorbereiding vir die SA Talent Show Case wat gaan plaasvind by die Monte Casino om te kwalifiseer vir optredes in Amerika!!!
Toegang is R10 per volwassene en R5 vir kinders. Vrydagaand is daar ‘n skuurdans ten bate van Gill-Kollege en Laerskool Gill. Kaartjies by Grootplaas Engineering. Gaan geniet uself en ondersteun daardeur ons skole.

Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet has given provincial government departments up to the end of September 2012 to pay their services debts to municipalities or face service cuts. Addressing a closed intergovernmental relations meeting in Burgersdorp as part of the two-day Executive Council Outreach programme, Premier Kiviet asked the Joe Gqabi Municipality and its four local municipalities to cut off provision of services to Departments that have not paid what they owe by the end of September 2012.
Provincial Government Departments owe Joe Gqabi Municipalities a total amount of R9.1million for services such as rates, electricity, water and refuse removal. The amount includes Elundini Local Municipality that is owed the largest sum at R4.79 million, followed by Senqu Municipality at R2.7million, Gariep Municipality at R1.07 million and lastly the Maletswai Municipality at R1.07million. Premier Kiviet said she gave a similar directive in Buffalo City Municipality when serious concerns were also raised about non-payment of service charges by Provincial Government Departments.
During the closed session the provincial government and the Joe Gqabi District Municipality shared information on progress and lack thereof in service delivery as well as suggested solutions to take development efforts to a higher and better level in the District Municipality that has only 5% contribution to the provincial Gross Domestic Product. The Premier appreciated progress made over the past three years in improving audit outcomes of the Joe Gqabi District Municipality and its four local municipalities which moved from one unqualified audit with two disclaimers and an adverse opinion to three unqualified and two qualified audit findings by the AG in 2011/12 financial year. The District Municipality was also praised by the Auditor General for “very encouraging (audit) outcomes”. The Premier also appreciated political stability that cascaded to administrative stability with all municipalities having employed Municipal Managers and Chief Financial Officers and signed performance agreements with all of them.
Although so much still has to be done to improve the quality of lives in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality, areas of good progress include the reduction of poverty from 79% to 63%, 19% improvement of numbers of households earning above R3500 per month to 31%, interventions to ensure quality water supply including an R18 million investment in water treatment projects and monthly checking of water quality, as well as a R7.4 million injection to the Joe Gqabi Development Agency for revitalisation of the Aliwal Spa for enhancing tourism and economic development.
Among the challenges emphatically raised for Provincial Government further interventions are the:
– possible amendment of the funding model for the District Municipality to move beyond population size to cater for massive backlogs in among others water infrastructure that needs over R259million and road infrastructure that needs over R4billion; and
– Massive unemployment through among others declaring the Joe Gqabi and Chris Hani District Municipalities special economic zones (SEZs) that focus on agricultural production and processing in order to create sustainable jobs.
Addressing also stakeholders, Premier Kiviet urged local leaders to be innovative and collectively develop unique local strategies for fighting poverty, under-development and unemployment using their strengths. She urged them to see and exploit business opportunities and follow great examples from many parts of the world. She warned those older than 35 years of age not to wait for hard-to-find job opportunities, but to rekindle the spirit that characterized pre-colonial societies where people were enterprising and more self reliant. She said they should revive the spirit that was destroyed by colonialism, repression, destruction of people’s means of production that forced people to sell their labour as there can be no continued justification of waiting for jobs and government grants 18 years after the attainment of freedom and democracy.
The Premier criticized businesses that claimed to know work, won tenders and delivered shoddy work which resulted in, for example, delays in delivering over 5000 housing units in the District Municipality. Some contractors had to be dismissed, replaced or provided with additional contractors to speed up the construction of houses.
Premier Kiviet, accompanied by Local Government and Traditional Leaders MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane will today 29 August 2012 lead an inspection of a Pilot Train Housing Project, hand-over two of the 140 housing units to needy families at Mzamomhle Township, inspect the Burgersdorp Thusong Service Center as well as a home for the aged before addressing a public meeting in Mzamomhle Community Hall in Burgersdorp.
Other clusters of MECs will visit, inspect and launch other projects in Ugie and Aliwal North today. Transport, Roads and Public Works MEC Thandiswa Marawu will launch a site for Amathuba Jobs Portal and an Expanded Public Works Programme in Ugie together with MEC Xoliswa Tom of Sport Recreation Arts and Culture. They will then address communities in a public engagement session to be held in Ntokozweni Community Hall in Ugie.
MEC Pemmy Majodina of Social Development and Special Programmes as well as MEC Mandla Makupula of Education will visit the Aliwal North Hospital and a burnt-down school for children with disabilities in Aliwal North before addressing communities in an imbizo to be held in Joe Slovo Hall.
The Joe Gqabi Executive Council Outreach Programme is the last leg of the 2012 Exco Outreach Programme that has already covered the Cacadu District Municipality, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Buffalo City Metro Municipalities. The outreach programme seeks to break barriers to communication between various spheres of government, stakeholders and communities in an effort to speed up service delivery.

Read inside this edition / Lees binne hierdie uitgawe
  • The Hogsback Spring Saunter
  • Annette Lovemore visits Blue Crane and Aeroville School
  • PE’s New Port Manager is fitting tribute to Women’s Month
  • MEC must account for what will happen to 2000km of EC Roads
  • Wolmark effens stewiger
  • Gill Primary in Super 12 Rugby Final

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