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CLOSED: Victoria Road in Komani Picture: BHONGO JACOB

 

January
• GHS recorded a 100% matric pass rate for the 24th year, with Uviwe Mkombela first in the Queenstown district. Hangklip also had a 100% pass.
• Residents collected drinking water to send to Aliwal North and Dordrecht.
• The Bonkolo Dam was at 27% of capacity and water cuts were introduced.
• Lukhanji water accounts were found dumped in a stormwater drain in the Aloevale area.
• The municipality was deciding whether to repair or replace the public swimming pool.
• Members of the public asked why the museum was looking so neglected and there were complaints of sporadic refuse removal.
• The Queen’s first cricket XI returned unbeaten from a tour to Durban.
• A decision was taken to name the merged municipality Enoch Mgijima.
• Carol Millington was bade farewell after 33 years at GHS.
• Payment of mayor Nozi Makanda’s medical bill was queried after she was injured in a motor accident.
• There was a desperate plea to save water in Queenstown.
February
• Lukhanji municipality promised to find a new venue for car washers who were given notice to move from Alexandra Road.
• The municipality was hiring a vehicle for the use of the mayor at more than R50 000 a month.
• CHDM received a qualified audit from the auditor general.
• Spartans won the inaugural JJ Motors 10s challenge.
• The Rep reported on a woman who had been living in a pipe in Sandringham for three years.
• Both Queen’s headmasters’ sons scored centuries in cricket matches.
• High jinks were expected at the AGM of the Border Rugby Union.
• Twizza announced their sponsorship of the Cheetahs rugby team.
• The CBD was in the dark for several days because of a power failure.
• CHDM reported a deficit of R542-million in their budget.
March
• Some people investigating the RDP housing dispute received anonymous threatening messages.
• The water shortage in Dordrecht was described as ‘dire’.
• Queenstown’s name was officially changed to Komani.
• Resident Dina Vousvoukis set off to climb to base camp on Mount Everest.
• The Lukhanji council approved a blanket value adding processing plant with a city in China.
• Light heavyweight boxer Luvuyo Sizani went to Cameroon to take part in trials for the Rio Olympics.
• Komani blood donor Richard de Kramer was recognised for giving his 200th unit.
• Mlungisi is to be “transformed into a spotless community to live in,” the Lukhani municipality announces.
• Komani Child Welfare was in dire need of funds.

• Letter writers were still complaining about not receiving water accounts.
• Border Irrigation won the corporate bowls competition at the golf club.
April
* A syndicate robbed several people of cash and goods in the CBD.
* A Komani attorney alleged that officers at the police station took almost two hours to open a case.
* Breakers won the Chris Hani Easter rugby tournament.
* The Komani town hall is to undergo a major facelift.
* CHDM offered discounts to consumers who paid their debts.
* It was announced that Lukhanji municipality and a city in China planned to open a joint blanket business in Komani that would create 180 permanent jobs.
* Three men appeared in court for the first time charged with murder, in what has become known as the ‘taxi trial’.
* Protestors went on the rampage in Cathcart because of reports that the hospital would be downgraded.
* It was reported that there had been livestock deaths in the district as a result of the drought.
* Queen’s first XV beat Selborne 33-29 in their reunion weekend match.
* Cleaning staff at Frontier Hospital went on strike as they alleged they had not been paid for months.
May
* Lukhanji Municipality underspent during the third quarter by 51% or R74.3 million.
* Post Office workers went on strike because they alleged that their agreed-upon increment had been reneged upon.
* The GHS squash team ended top of the log in the national All Girls’ tournament.
* Frontier Hospital’s R500-million upgrade was nearing completion.
* Some schools in the area owed nearly half a million Rand to a stationery supplier and their furniture was attached as a result.
* The Mall celebrated 30 years of trading.
* Lukhanji Municipality received new refuse removal trucks.
* A wandering warthog gored Tubby Milne senior and junior at the GHS swimming pool.
* It was revealed that CHDM was paying rent for two buildings in Cathcart Road, but not using them. The council declined to reveal how much the rental was.
* Lukhanji Municipality was said to be losing huge sums through electricity theft.
June
• CHDM bought 40 bakkies at R9.2-million to improve service delivery.
• Triplet girls were born to Dunyiswa Makhonxa at Frontier Hosiptal.
• The long-awaited tourism facility at the Bonkolo Dam was opened, with the aim of promoting tourism.
• Komani amputee athlete Japie Greyvenstein received a new running blade, thanks to efforts by his friend Peet van der Walt.
• Pandemonium reigned in Komani and surrounding towns when burning tyres were used to block roads in a taxi industry strike.
• Three children died in a house fire in Mlungisi.
• The ANC announced that Kholiswa Vimbayo was their candidate to be mayor of CHDM.
• A body building competition competition at the Queens Hotel drew 66 contestants.

July
* Mayor Nozi Makanda outlined progress made in the district in her state of the municipality address
* The multimillion-rand Ncora Water Treatment Works near Cofimvaba were opened by President Jacob Zuma.
* Komani hip hop artist, Shaun Dapula and film director Siyabonga Nkohla released an action trailer movie called Ghetto 2 Heaven in Komani.
* Plans to revive rugby in the Chris Hani district were announced with the launch of the Chris Hani Rugby League.
* Lukhanji fired controversial supply chain manager Ayanda Nuku.
* Intsika Yethu municipality named one of the best at waste management by the department of environmental affairs.
* Komani cyclist Clint le Roux completed the epic Freedom Challenge, a ride of 2 350km from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl in gruelling conditions and over rough terrain.
* Chris Hani district athlete Lungile Gongqa participated in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil.
* Komani was in chaos as Samwu members set items on fire in the streets and threatened to continue with protest action until Lukhanji municipality addressed their grievances.
* The Aussie Circus arrives in town for a week.
* World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion Ali Funeka defended his title against Ghanaian Justice Addy at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre.
* Samwu members disrupted a council meeting by singing struggle songs.

August
* The ANC won a substantial majority in the local government elections.
* Marteli Potgieter of Komani was a member of the Stellenbosch University Choir which won gold medals at the eighth International Choir Games in Russia.
* The GHS squash team became the top girl’s team in South Africa.
* A new Chris Hani boxing league began with eight teams.
* There was the alleged poisoning of a CHDM employee, who was also held up at gunpoint at the district authority’s offices, resulting in tighter security measures.
* The Queenstown Rotary Club donated a wheelchair to Othandwayo Nchayichibi of Ezibeleni after The Rep published the story about him.
* Former CHDM chief whip Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha became executive mayor of the newly-merged Enoch Mgijima Municipality.
* Former Intsika Yethu mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo elected executive mayor of Chris Hani District Municipality.
* The Dordrecht water crisis deepened as taps and boreholes dried up.
* Former GHS pupil Michelle Danso won the inaugural Miss Ghana South Africa pageant in Johannesburg.

September
* Enoch Mgijima Municipality and Samwu agreed that the two-month long strike must come to an end.

-Police investigate a case or arson after the home of newly elected Enoch Mgijima Municipality executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha was left without anything after a fire destroyed her family home in Tarkastad.

-Komani resident John Duncan makes strides in the rugby fraternity by coaching the Ugandan team to promotion to the Africa Cup 1A championship

-Residents of Ezibeleni cry foul over the condition of internal roads and frequent power and water cuts with both the Enoch Mgijima Municipality and the Chris Hani District Municipality speaking of challenges

-Komani body-builder Anele Sotuko from Ezibeleni wins third prize at the International Federation Body-building South Africa Championships in Durban.

-Popular Eastern Cape- born actors Ayanda Makayi and Oros Mampofu pay special visit to a number of schools in Komani.

-Members of the Goju Karate in Mlungisi who participated in the South African Goju Karate tournament in Bloemfontein selected to represent SA in Canada next year.

-Xhonxa Dam project which will aim to supply more water to the Komani area expected to reach completion by March next year.

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