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NMU future economists visit Coega IDZ

By: Esethu Matetu

Economics is the social science that examines how individuals, businesses and entire societies manage scarce resources. Resources are, by nature, limited. The Nelson Mandela University Economics students took a field trip to Coega IDZ on Wednesday. The trip was indeed a success, students were very excited and seeing a promising future in the career path they are in.

What made the trip more exciting and successful is the fact that it was organised by a 3rd year Economics student Asanda Koyo, who worked along with Thembinkosi Maduna from Coega IDZ. Mr Maduma was the tour guide and took his time to explain more about the field.

The field trip was eye-opening to the students since they learned more about what they are studying and that there is more to economics than they know. ‘I learnt that there is a greater side of economics, or rather more practical side of it. How everything starts from scratch – it’s like building a house, setting up a good foundation…with all the work you learn in University being a guideline. Then the execution part – putting pieces of a puzzle together, bringing about employment structures in order to uplift economic standing’, said Sibongokuhle Klass, 3rd year Diploma in Economics student.

When the students got there they met Mr Samuel who is an Economist who graduated from the University of Johannesburg in Financial Economics, and was a lecture before coming to Coega IDZ. Mr Samuel explained to them what they do in their department, he said that they focus more in market research and attract investors and advise them. He further prepared the students about the challenges they will meet once they are economists and unfortunately was not with them throughout the rest of the tour.

As Mr Maduna was showing them around, he mentioned that they have about 14 zones at Coega but only managed to take the students to 5 of them.

Economics is very important to society and this excursion made the students look forward to their future. “This trip exceeded my expectations. Initially, I had such limited knowledge regarding the world of economics and its applications outside the classroom, but today I got a brief glimpse into its broader usage in real life’’, said economic student, Thanduxolo Piliso.

Societies: Why you should join one

A society refers to a group of individuals broadly distinguished from others on the basis of shared interests, occupation, characteristics, goals and even a common culture. Societies play a huge role in human development and the following article explores the importance of societies and why you should join one.

Varsity is a diverse environment that gives us the opportunity to sharpen our skills, develop our potential and it becomes a crucial aspect of our lives when it comes to finding ourselves and forming our identities. The Nelson Mandela University has numerous societies ranging from Professional, Religious, Arts and Culture, Politics and LGBTIQ Rights to name a few and choosing one that speaks to you is key.

For me, the main purpose of a society is to create a safe space and sense of belonging to its members and that is a necessity in varsity where you can easily feel isolated and overwhelmed. That safe space and sense of belonging is achieved through socializing with people who have the same interests and even share the same sentiments as you.

We come to varsity to seek our purpose and what we are meant to do in this life, you can also find your purpose by joining a society, since they are also formed to bring about change and create awareness on certain topics and there’s nothing more rewarding like seeing the impact and change a society brings to your life and the lives of others. Societies also open doors for personal growth and the diversity within them enables one to learn about topics and other life aspects that seemed foreign before.

We live in a world that has a tendency to conform to social norms and those unwritten social rules and that also comes with a tendency of diminishing the value of concepts we don’t understand. Representation is key in societies as they are diverse and they advocate for the underdogs and outcasts. We have societies that fight for the rights and inclusion of women and the LQBTIQ community.

Teamwork makes the dream work and that is where the importance of societies lie, they are these spaces filled with individuals who share the same goal and vision. Joining one might help with personal growth, bringing change and even making lifelong friends in the process.

By: Andisile Klaas

Mr and Miss Freshette 2018

Port Elizabeth- The Nelson Mandela University (NMU) hosted its annual Mr and Miss Freshette beauty pageant. The audience came out in numbers to see celebrities and celebrate with the new first year ambassadors. 

It was all glitz and glam at the Indoor Sports Center at NMU South Campus last week, where the university held its first year pageant. Hundreds of scholars, parents and supporters filled up the center, looking lavish in their themed outfits of ‘Wakanda’. The show was hosted by the beautiful and talented actress Phindile Gwala, known to most as Nonny from Muvhango.

The dance group ‘Baseline’ opened the show with a very emotional performance, that gradually moved on to being very lively and energetic. When Justin, the leader of the group spoke to Madibaz Radio, he explained how nerve wrecking it was waiting backstage, but all of those nerves disappeared when they stepped out onto the stage. “The crowd always exceeds our expectations and this time they were screaming throughout the entire performance, which really boosted our confidence. We really look forward to performing at NMU again, just to hear the crowd scream that loudly”.

We then spoke to Tahle Mbambaza, Miss Freshette 2017, just to ask her how her experience was as the first year ambassador the previous year, her face lit up immediately as soon as she spoke about her year of reign. She described her experience as a very exciting one, filled with a lot of learning curves and meeting very influential people. She stated that NMU opened a lot of doors for her and helped her gain a lot of confidence. Since the year she had won, was her first pageant, she was grateful for being given a chance and the benefit-of-the-doubt that she was worthy of such a title. The advice she gave Miss Freshette 2018 was: “Don’t lose track of yourself, and do not follow the wave; but create your own.”

The Master of Ceremonies, Phindile was also very excited to be at NMU and explained that it was her first time. She was very humbled by the crowd’s response and, in her own words, “felt like she was in Hollywood”. She fed off the crowd’s energy and thus became extremely energetic herself. As for her and her career, she told Madibaz Radio that she will stop acting on screen and pursue her dream of being in theater. She also told us that her and her husband are in the process of opening a production company, which is where most of her energy will be put in. Phindile would gladly come back to NMU if given the chance.

The contestants looked absolutely breadth-taking and walked with pride and confidence. It was really difficult trying to guess who would take the title because they all had equal strengths. There was no obvious choice, because each contestant could’ve taken it.

Things were done a bit differently this time round because there was no top ten, instead a top thirteen, with six girls and seven guys.

The crowd went absolutely crazy when personal favorite Jason Jacobs would walk on the ramp. He had the biggest following, which was no surprise when he won Mr Personality and Mr Viewers Choice.

The winners of the ultimate prize were Sino Kwanini and Baphi Mabenge. When we interviewed them both, they shared she same amount of shock and gratitude. Since these titles are very big and come with a lot of responsibilities, they are both ready to represent the first years with pride. They mentioned how exciting the entire experience was and also how much they learnt from it. They swore that they would embrace the values of the university in their everyday lives and would gladly take any challenges thrown at them without any hesitation.

The after party was the event that most people were looking forward to, with an incredible line-up dominated by South Africa’s best national acts. There were the likes of Mobi Dixon, Busiswa, Frank Casino and Dj Milkshake. Mobi Dixon mentioned that he looked forward to being at NMU and being in front of the crowd. He also explained that he still gets nervous every time and that night was no different. All he had to do was feed off the energy from the crowd and he did just that!

The lists of all the winners is as follows:

Girls Top 6:

1- Asemahle Swana

5- Sino Kwanini

7- Ntokozo Mzimkhulu

8- Luciana Baatjies

9- Sinethemba Majokazi

10- Asiphumeze Nkula

Guys Top 7:

2 – Kwanele Bhudana

3- Liselani Ndiza

4- Yoneza Luphondwana

5- Khanya Sokutu

8- Jason Jacobs

9- Lwazi Gilman

12- Baphi Mabenge

Miss Personality- Jerolyn Pieterson

Mr Personality – Jason Jacobs

Miss Viewers Choice- Asemahle Swana

Mr Viewers Choice – Jason Jacobs

2nd Prince – Yoneza Luphondwana

2nd Princess – Luciana Baatjies

1st Prince – Liselani Ndiza

1st Princess – Asemahle Swana

Mr Freshette 2018 – Baphi Mabenge

Miss Freshette 2018- Sino Kwanini

By: Zenani Mhlongo

International Women’s Peace Group Voice out in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth – IWPG let out their cry about the coercive conversion programs taking place in the Republic of Korea that kidnapped a young woman in July 2016 for not subscribing to Christianity and she was later killed.

On the late afternoon IWPG gathered at the square just in front of the Kwantu Towers, Port Elizabeth in memory of Ji-in Ku (South Korean girl) a victim of coercive conversion programs. These programs include pastors that lock-up people who do not want to change their religion. They locked up Ji-in Ku with the help of her family. She reported these acts to the President of the country pleading to the president to put an end to these programs as they abuse the country’s right of Freedom of Religion. Sadly she passed away.

The IWPG together with the Port Elizabeth citizens wore mostly black, decorated the tables with flowers and wrote heart warming messages for Ji-in Ku to honour her death.

The IWPG hosted this to share Ji-in Ku’s story, intensify the fight against the coercive conversion programs and to encourage the practise of the Freedom of Religion and also restore peace in all countries. “We work in small communities first and it’s already making a riple effect to other communities and creating a positive mindset in communities” said Caron Strydom the representative of the IWPG. The IWPG will still continue with their initiative.

 Alulutho Qundani



Port Elizabeth – The African National Congress has urged all  ward 1 residents to please vote for Siviwe Ngaba (24), who is campaigning  to be councilor of the ward. ANC held its press briefing on Tuesday at Florence Mathomela.

The ANC started by welcoming former DA ward 1 councilor Stanford Slambart, stating that they are happy to have him on board as he will also be helping and mentoring Ngaba on the journey that is upon him.

“I am happy to be in politics again and I will be able to help because for the past 3 years I took a break from politics people have been reaching out to me for help” said Slambart when asked about how he feels about joining the ANC.

Slambart left the DA  three years after his membership was terminated by Mayor Athol Trollip when he forwarded an email that had racist comments about the former president Jacob Zuma.

“my membership was terminated in the party because I forwarded an email that was sent to me by my former colleague without being aware that there were racist comments at the end of the email, so I was never given a chance to explain myself, Trollip used me as a political pawn and saw it fit to gain support by firing me” said Mr Slambart.

The ANC promised that Slambart is one of the people who will be working closing with Siviwe Ngaba. Ngaba  also expressed how happy he is to be working with someone who has 7 years of experience in politics, helping people especially in the ward that he will be focusing on as well.

“one of the things that I will be focusing on is the issue of service delivery and working with old people trying to understand what things they need from their leaders”

Ngaba has been politically involved in student related matters. He was one of the comrades who fought for free education in 2016, he helped students in getting NSFAS and food vouchers from school.

“I have been politically involved in student related matters, I helped so many students and I have seen how the ANC works and I have been trained so well so I am ready for this challenge”

ANC welcomed more than 50 members yesterday, from COPE and UDM, one of them being Sibongile Maxwell Matala (UDM) and Thembelani Kondile (COPE)

ANC says it hopes that people will go and vote for Siviwe today and that people will join the non-racist, non-sexist party and see how the current government of the Metro is failing its people.  

Nosipho Kewuti 


Madibaz Misery

Port Elizabeth – It was more misery and heartbreak for the FNB Madibaz last night at the Madibaz stadium, as they were succumbed to a 37-5 thrashing at the hands of FNB NWU Pukke, much to the despair of the home crowd.

The much needed victory for the visitors saw them move into the top four of the log for a possible semi-final spot, while the Madibaz remain rooted second from the bottom.

The visitors opened the scoring in the seventh minute as right-wing Dean Gordon latched on to a pass off the back of a maul to complete the set piece with a try. Up stepped fly-half DP de Lange who added the extra two points.

Madibaz were granted a penalty opportunity from 20 metres out, however fly-half Simon Bolze failed to convert the three points. Straight after the first strategy break the Madibaz piled the pressure on Pukke and were rewarded through a try by centre Siphumelele Msutwana who scored in a similar fashion to the opposition. Bolze squandered the two point conversion as leaving the score at 5-7. The home team were then put under a lot of pressure and it would prove to be their undoing after knocking on the ball in their own 22 after forcing a turnover.

This resulted in a Pukke scrum, the pressure mounted and after 9 phases centre AK Nela made it 12-5 for the visitors. Up stepped De Lange who converted the score to 14-5 going into the half. The resumption of the second-half began with the Madibaz immediately on the back foot with Pukke scrum-half Chriswell September opening the scoring with a seven point try as De Lange made it three conversions from three.

The Madibaz then chose to use their Power Play option removing centres Nela and Evardi Boshoff, however they failed to captilise on their two man advantage. They were made to pay for it a minute after the power play, this time through captain Tiaan Bezuidenhout. The Madibaz were then succumbed to a powerplay in the 66th minute which saw Captain Riaan Esterhuizen and substitute fly-half Henrique Olivier taking a two minute break.  Although Pukke failed to score in their powerplay, they did add one last seven point try ten, minutes later to conclude the match with an emphatic 37-5 victory.

Other results:   FNB Wits 30-30 Matie; FNB Ikeys 23-13 FNB Tuks; FNB Shimlas 12-49 FNB UJ

Tebuho Zongwana

Heart-break and Despair for FNB Madibaz

The FNB Madibaz suffered a third consecutive at the Hands of FNB Wits, as they went down 29-32 at the Madibaz stadium on Monday evening on South campus. It was heartbreak again for the home team as they continue to search for their maiden win this season.

Contrary to the result, the Madibaz started on the front foot through a penalty in the fifth
minute through Fly-half Simon Bolze who slotted in three points just outside the visitors 22.

That resulted in a Wits launching a heavy attack, however the Madibaz relieved the pressure turning the ball over in their five. The Madibaz responded with an attack of their own which saw them come close to scoring the opening try, however captain Riaan Esterhuizen failing to control the ball as he knocked it over the line. However, it was not over as the Madibaz won the Wits scrum which saw eighth man Justin Hollis cross the line after five phases.

Bolze added the extra two points to give the homeside a 10-0 lead going into the strategy
break. The first power play went to Wits as they opted to remove Bolze and centre Jordan Koekemoer. It would prove beneficial as Wits Captain Constant Beckerling opened the scoring for the visitors, with Christopher Humphries adding the extra two points. Madibaz took the lead again through substitute Christopher Worthington after another five phases.

The response from the visitors was swift through wing Kwanele Ngema who chased down a loose ball which saw them seven points with Humphries adding the extra two from the tee.

The half concluded with Bolze adding three points for the homeside as they went into the
half trailing 20-16. The second half began at a much slower tempo, until the 53 rd minute when Wits made use of a lineout with hooker Cecil Conradie scoring off the back of a maul. The visitors again upped the tempo scoring another try through substitute Lwazi Monakali. Substitute fly-half David Cary stretched their lead adding the extra two points from the tee, going up 32-16.

The Madibaz refused to relent and responded with a try of their own from vice-captain
Wynand Grassman followed by a conversion from Henrique Olivier. Olivier added two
penalties from the tee narrowing the gap to only three points. The game would not end with a bit of drama as the Madibaz unleashed a heavy attack on the Wits defence in the dying minutes of the game. It was vice-captain Grassman who would turn from hero to villain, as he knocked on the ball in the Wits five as Referee Rasta Rashivenge concluded the match as FNB Madibaz continue to search for their first win this season.


Tebuho Zongwana