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OUNG people who become super-
star celebrities in the blink of an
eye because of their skills in their
fields of play should learn that
fame does not last forever and one
can just as quickly go from hero to zero.
Members of the boxing fraternity in Nelson
Mandela Bay were saddened to experience
this closer to home after the death of former
South African Junior bantamweight champi-
on Nkosana Vaaltein who died last week at
his New Brighton home in Port Elizabeth, af-
ter a long illness. He was 37 years old. He died
on Saturday, May 4 at the RDP home of his
grievingmother Julia Skweyiya-Vaaltein (60)
who was looking after him while he was sick.
Because Vaaltein has not made any provi-
sion for his funeral he might have to re-
ceive a paupers burial if hismoth-
er does not receive financial
support to bury him.
Former boxers who
meet at his home to-
have agreed to pay R100
each to assist with the funer-
al arrangements. But this will
surely not be enough. A good Sa-
maritan must come to assist this
Vaaltein started boxing in 1988
in Dimbaza and turned profes-
sional in Port Elizabeth in 1993.
His 12-year career spanned 32
fights, 17 wins (3 KOs), 9 loss-
es and 6 draws.
He was trained by
Lindile Shushwana with
whom he won the nation-
al title against David
Vinger at Graceland Ca-
sino, in Secunda Mpu-
malanga on 22 Novem-
ber 1998. FormerSABan-
Phindile Gaika also
trained Vaaltein early on
in his career.
Vaaltein, whose star was shining brightly
at this stage, left his home in Port Elizabeth
in 2000 to box in East London. In 2003 he
moved to Gauteng to fight under the tutelage
of decorated trainers Mzimasi Mnguni and
former world champion Dingaan The Rose
of Soweto Thobela respectively.
He was a boxer since he was a child, but
boxing has done nothing for us as a family,
said Julia. According to Julia, when Vaaltein
won the SA title he went to live in a flat in
town before moving to East London and Gau-
Boxing South Africa (BSA) Regional Man-
ager Mthunzi Mapitiza said, I do not know
what happened to Vaaltein. He left Port Eliza-
beth while still at his prime in boxing and I
never saw him again.
I only knew that he was in Gau-
teng but when he came back home
inDecember (2012) hewas looking
very sick and without money.
Julia said that as he was her
child she had to take care of him.
She said that she tried in vain to
have her son included in her
A nursing sister at the
clinic he attended regu-
larly formedication ad-
vised just recently
that I register him for
a social grant with
South African Social
Security Agency (SAS-
SA), and we were told to
wait for three months, but
this was too late, sobbed Ju-
Julia is not financially able
to pay for his burial this Satur-
day 18 May.
The funeral of Nkosana Vaaltein will
be held at Pentecostal Church,
KwaZakhele, this Saturday.
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THE Walmer Link Social Housing Project,
which was officially opened by theminister of
Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale, last
week, has been lauded as the best social hous-
ing project in the country.
This award was made by the Social Housing
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earning between R2 500 and R7 500 per month.
hold income and range from R560 to R2 107 for
a bachelor unit, R606 to R2 250 for a 1-bedroom
unit and R657 to R2 250 for a 2-bedroom unit.
While all phases of theWalmer Link Project
have been completed and 293 of the 347 units
already occupied, the developers Imizi Hous-
ingUtilityarehardatworkon theirnext social
housingprojectwhichwill be situated inResti-
tution Road, Fairview.
According to AnthonyNgcezula, CEO ofMi-
zi Housing Utility, they have started with the
earthworks at the Fairview site and building
will be done in phases over thenext 18months.
Some of the units might be ready for occu-
pation by as early asDecember, if theweather
does not interfere much with construction,
According the Ngcezula, the Walmer Links
SocialHousingProject is a collaborativeeffort
of Imizi and the developer, TheHomeMarket,
both non-profit companies and for public ben-
efit, theNational and Provincial Departments
of Human Settlements, the Nelson Mandela
Bay Municipality and the General Motors
Foundation South Africa.
It is the first greenfields social housing
project in Port Elizabeth.
The Walmer Link Social Housing Project
is a tale of perseverance and just reward for
the directors and staff of IMZI and The Home
Market. After 10 years of slogging away to get
its first project off the ground, and to receive
this award for it, is testimony that there are
people in this city who want to make our city
a winning city, said Ngcezula.
The Walmer Link Social Housing Project
demonstrates that it is possible to provide
good quality affordable rental accommodation
to households that need it. These projects are
in good locations and one of their intentions
is to bring people closer to their workplaces,
thereby saving time and money, he said.
With regard to safety concerns overWalmer
Link being closely located to the Walmer
Township, Ngcezula said no break-ins have
been reported in the two months since the fit-
ting of burglar bars in all the rental units.
Walmer Link is surrounded by an electric
fence with guards on duty 24 hours. All the
units will be fitted with security doors soon.
According to Ngcezula they are also in the
process of upgrading the security system to a
biometric access control systemwhereby resi-
dents will be able to enter and exit the premis-
es by fingerprint identification.
The Walmer Link Social Housing Project. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Baysocial housingproject best in country
THE leader of Agang, Dr Mamphela
Ramphele, will be visiting NMMU today,
May 15, speaking to students about issues