Bidvest Wits are the new Absa Premiership leaders after they overcame the loss of two men to overcome Orlando Pirates during the latest round of action in midweek.
There were also big gains for Mamelodi Sundowns, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Free State Stars and Chippa United, who all won on the road, as the 2015/16 season began to gather momentum.
The Students too were away winners as they edged the Buccaneers 1-0 at Orlando Stadium.
An own goal from goalkeeper Felipe Ovono after 15 minutes was all that separated the sides in Soweto, with the home goalkeeper allowing the a Daine Klate free-kick to slip from his hands and gift the visitors all the points.
Ovono was a hero before then when he saved a penalty kick from Henrico Botes, while Gavin Hunt’s men also had to cope with the dismissals of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Calvin Kadi. Lehlohonolo Masalesa was dismissed late on by referee Victor Gomes.
The result helped Bidvest Wits jump to the top of the log with 16 points from seven games, one clear of Mpumalanga Black Aces and Platinum Stars after they played to a thrilling 2-2 draw at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Dikwena in fact should have won after surging into a 2-0 lead thanks to twin Ndumiso Mabena (21 and 60) penalties.
But Lebogang Manyama and Judas Mosemaedi struck in stoppage time to give AmaZayoni a share of the spoils.
Both are on 15 points, two ahead of Sundowns – the Brazilians spoiling the party for Bloemfontein Celtic, who remained on 14 points in fourth, with a 1-0 win on the day that the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium was re-opened and renamed Dr. Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium.
Substitute Anthony Laffor (69) grabbed the only goal for the Tshwane club, now in fifth place.
They took over from Kaizer Chiefs after the defending champions were held to a goalless draw by Jomo Cosmos at Olen Park.
Ajax Cape Town are a place back in seventh after they too were blanked out in a 0-0 scoreline against University of Pretoria at Athlone Stadium.
Arrows, meanwhile, consolidated their top eight positioning with a shock 2-1 win at SuperSport United, who have now dropped to 14th on the log.
Matome Mathiane (17) and Kudakwashe Mahachi (44) had given Abafana Bes’thende a 2-0 lead, before Kingston Nkhatha (66) nabbed what proved to be a consolation.
Only two teams are below Matsatsantsa on the log. Cosmos and Maritzburg United, the latter suffering a sixth straight loss of the campaign when they went down 2-0 to Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium.
Aristide Bance (75) and Mark Mayambela (88) were on target for the Chilli Boys as they moved to ninth.
Below them sit Ea Lla Koto after they scored twice in the closing eight minutes to overcome Polokwane City 2-0 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Andrea Fileccia (82 and 89) was the hero for the Free Staters as they continued their winning run under Ernst Middendorp.