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    PORT ELIZABETH

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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-

    morrow (Thursday)

    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

    grieving family.

    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-

    tamweight champion

    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-

    teng.

    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

    insurance policy.

    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-

    lia.

    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

    RegulatoryAuthority (SHRA). SocialHousing is

    affordablerentalaccommodationforhouseholds

    earning between R2 500 and R7 500 per month.

    Therentalsareonaslidingscalebasedonhouse-

    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,

    said Ngcezula.

    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

    that a