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Year 17 • Tuesday 19 February 2013 | Tel. 021 853 0211

Labour dispute causes unrest

Protesters from the Lwandle community closed Broadlands Road in Strand on Friday, throwing rocks across the road and setting tree branches alight. In a series of protests over the last month, community members have been demanding that local business In2Food hire more employees from Lwandle. See page 3.

Abandoned baby: still no clues NICOLE MCCAIN

The Department of Social Development is requesting help in finding the family of a baby who was abandoned in December when only two days old. According to a social worker, the baby was found by the police, abandoned under a tree in Macassar, on 10 December. It appears the baby was born in the Macassar Day Hospital, but the mother supplied the hospital with false information. Sithembiso Magubane, communications officer for the Health Department, says every effort is made to prevent the issuing of false information at a clinic. “When a mother comes to deliver a baby at Macassar Maternity Obstet-

rics Unit, an antenatal chart as well as the ID book are requested from the mother. The antenatal chart has all the information that was filled in when the mother opened a new file. “On discharge, a maternal discharge slip is filled in, signed by the mother and the midwife. The security also checks the slip, which is kept in the patient’s file.” While the search for this baby’s family has continued, there is little hope that the parents will be found. Melany Kühn, spokesperson for the provincial MEC for Social development, Albert Fritz, says that between April and December last year, 36 children were abandoned in the Metro East District, in which the Helderberg falls. One of these cases came from the Helderberg. Of the 36 abandoned children, nine were

younger than one-year-old. None of these children’s parents were found. In the event that no family member comes forward to claim an abandoned child, the child is “either placed into alternative care, which includes placing them in foster care of a child and youth care centre, or the child can be declared adoptable” Kühn says. Kühn says that if the parents are found, they could face criminal charges of child abandonment. Magubane says children who are abandoned face a number of health risks. “An abandoned child faces risks such as failure to thrive leading to malnutrition, developmental delays and socio-economic implications as it places a burden on social services.” Hilda Lourens of the Somerset West Ukukh-

anya Centre, which supports victims of domestic violence and child abuse, says mothers could abandon their babies for various reasons. “There are socio-economic reasons, or she could have simply just not wanted the baby. It could also have been emotional. She could have been raped and found out too late to have an abortion, or she could have been abandoned by the father and in turn decided to abandon the baby.” However, Lourens says providing false information at the clinic shows a certain amount of planning, showing the abandonment was premeditated. Anyone with information regarding the abandoned child can contact Pumza Pietersen at the Somerset West office of the Department of Social Development on 021 840 3500.

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Carnival at Zandvliet High Zandvliet High School is hosting its annual carnival on Friday 1 March and Saturday 2 March on the school’s grounds.

The carnival promises entertainment galore, and the school invites all residents to support this exciting day.

Support group meeting The next meeting of the Somerset West branch of the South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group will be on Monday 25 February. It will be held at the Coronation Avenue Methodist Church at 18:00. The director of the Ruach Coun-

selling Centre, Wendy Coles, will present an exercise involving music and play dough. Phone Rudyard or Leila on 021 852 8176 or e-mail rudyardh7@gmail.com for more information on this group and its activities.

Gwendoline Roberts gee twee keer ’n week sop en broodjies aan sowat 100 kinders tussen die ouderdom van twee en 14 jaar.

Gwendoline voed 100 kinders NICOLE MCCAIN Gwendoline Roberts, ’n inwoner van Morkel Cottage, die Strand, het drie jaar gelede ’n sopkombuis begin omdat sy vir haar gemeenskap se kinders wou sorg. “My begeerte was altyd om met kinders in die gemeenskap te werk. Kinders in ons omgewing het gereeld by my brood kom vra. Op 18 Mei 2010 het ek besluit om met ’n sopkombuis te begin om die kinders te voed.” Die sopkombuis is egter harde werk. Gwendoline, of “Wendy wat die sop maak”, soos die gemeenskap haar noem, maak kos vir sowat 100 kinders twee keer ’n week. Die kinders is tussen die ouderdom van twee en 14 jaar, vertel Gwendoline. Sy staan 06:00 Dinsdae en Donderdae op om die sop te maak, wat om 12:00 gereed is. Sy wag dan tot die kinders terugkeer van die skool, voor sy die sop en toebroodjies aan hulle uitdeel. Sy glo haar sopkombuis maak ’n groot verskil in die gemeenskap. “Baie van die ouers is werkloos en die sopkombuis bring weer hoop vir die kinders.” Gwendoline is ook ’n ma van drie kinders, maar sê haar kinders help haar graag om broodjies uit te deel by die sopkombuis. Gwendoline werk net twee dae ’n week as ’n huishulp en moet dikwels haar eie geld gebruik vir kos vir die buurt se kinders . “Omdat ek baie keer my eie geld moet gebruik en geen hulp met die sopkombuis kry nie, wil ek graag ’n beroep op die publiek doen om my by te staan met ’n skenking van groente en brood.” Vir meer inligting, bel Gwendoline Roberts by 072 808 6618.

Gwendoline Roberts maak sop vir meer as 100 kinders in die Morkel Cottage-gebied.

ONDER: Baie lede van dié gemeenskap is werkloos en die sopkombuis gee die kinders hoop, sê Gwendoline.


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Where are their fathers? The Department of Social Development is currently looking for information regarding the whereabouts of family members of the following children: ) A 15-year-old child whose mother, Nobomi Ntsimini, has passed away. The child’s father, Meinja Hanoyi, is believed to be living in Ngeleni in the Eastern Cape. The child is currently in the care of the maternal aunt, Nomini Ntsimini in Lwandle. ) A 3-year-old child whose mother, Nokuzola Pasi, has passed away. The child’s father, who has the surname Nceba, is believed to be living in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The child is currently in the care of the maternal aunt, Nowest Ethel

Gwantshu, in Lwandle. ) Two children aged 19 and 10 whose mother, Nomonde Manyana, has passed away. The last known address of the biological parents is Umthatha in the Eastern Cape. The children are currently in the care of the maternal aunt, Ntkeki Nikiwe, in Lwandle. ) Two children aged 16 and 8, whose mother, Patricia Myoli, has passed away. The last known address of the biological parents is Lwandle, Strand. The children are currently in the care of the maternal aunt, Ntombizakhe Cynthia Myoli, in Lwandle. Anyone with information is urged to contact social worker Zoleka Beqezi at 021 840 3500 or zobeqezi@pgwc.gov.za

Lwandle residents closed Broadlands Road during a protests against In2Food.

In2food will not budge NICOLE MCCAIN The labour dispute between In2Food and Lwandle community members escalated on Friday, when protesters blocked off Broadlands Road in Strand. The community members dragged rocks into the street and set pieces of wood alight. They claim this latest protest is due to the employment of 25 staff members at In2Food. The appointments, which were made earlier in the week, did not include any Lwandle residents, according to community spokesperson Thuliswa Sokhiya. Charly Notle, spokesperson for In2Food, says In2Food will not be intimidated into deviating from its equitable placement programme. “Disruptions to our operations will not serve to dissuade the company from trying to ensure job security for all its employees from all sectors of the Helderberg, nor to attribute the regrettable conduct of this small group to the wider community of Lwandle.” On Tuesday, protesters gathered outside the Strand Magistrate’s Court as a Lwandle resi-

dent appeared on a charge of damaging property during an earlier protest at In2Food. The protest took place on 31 January, as Lwandle residents gathered to dispute the company’s employment equity and saw community members throwing stones which damaged In2Food property, a police vehicle, and vehicles driving past the scene. Charges were laid against a community leader for the damaged property. It was this leader who appeared in court on Tuesday. He was released on free bail and the case has been postponed to 4 March. The series of protests started on 23 January, when community representatives demanded In2Food employ at least 50% of its staff from Lwandle. Notle said that 95% of their staff come from the Helderberg.

Lwandle residents gathered outside the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Vyf verdagtes vas oor dwelms Vyf verdagtes is in hegtenis geneem tydens ’n Garden Village dwelmklopjag op Vrydag (8 Februarie). Die polisie het gereageer op inligting wat hulle ontvang het, volgens Somerset Wes-polisiewoordvoerder, konst. Suzan Jantjies, en het net voor 20:30 by die “bekende dwelmhuis” aangekom. ’n Swartsak met tik en tikstrooitjies is gevind, en het tot die inhegtenisneming van vier mans en een vrou – tussen die ouderdomme van 22 en 44 jaar – gelei. Die verdagtes het 11 Februarie in die Somerset-Wes-landdroshof verskyn en is vrygelaat op R500 borgtog elk. Hulle verskyn weer op 29 April.

Police arrest three in drug raids Lwandle police arrested three suspects on Thursday (14 February) after receiving a tipoff about houses dealing in dagga in Lwandle and surrounding areas. At one house, police found a 42-year-old suspect busy counting 28 dagga stoppe, and another three 25-litre buckets of dagga. A 30-year-old man was arrested at Nomzamo when the police found him with five parcels and three stoppe of dagga. A third arrest was made of a 35-years-old man, who was found in possession of ten dagga stoppe in Asanda Village. All arrested suspects were charged with possession of drugs and appeared on Friday in the Strand Magistrate’s Court. The outcome of the court appearance was not available at the time of going to print.


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Gutted by another fire NICOLE MCCAIN Residents of Mbandezelo Street in Lwandle are slowly rebuilding their homes and lives after a fire swept through the neighbourhood, leaving two men dead. According to the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesperson, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, the fire started just before 05:00 on the morning of Saturday 9 February. It took firefighters over an hour to extinguish the blaze, which burnt ten shacks and three houses to the ground. Two Zimbabwean nationals, Bandla Mayte clears out the remains of his home, now only a shell of 28-year-old Elliot Zuzu and 35- charred wood and bricks. year-old David Chinyanga, to go. I don’t even have a job.” were found dead in their homes. Another resident to have narrowly escaped Police spokesperson, Constable Mthokozisi Gama, says police suspect the two men were with his life was Victor Ntlonze. “I was so asleep when the fire started. The police have shocked. The fire was right by my windows where I sleep. Someone knocked on the door launched an investigation. The Gazette was unable to reach their fami- saying there was a fire and there was no time to open the door. They had to kick it out.” Ntlies for comment. Over 30 people were left homeless, with se- lonze lost his car in the blaze and says he has no means to replace it. “I don’t even have insurveral families losing all their possessions. Bandla Mayte was one of the residents whose ance. I don’t know what to do.” In December 2011, a fire left almost 500 people home was gutted by the fire. “It started in one of the shacks, and spread to the surrounding homeless after 200 shacks were razed. Three houses,” Mayte explains. “The fire was near people lost their lives to the flames. Last year also saw a fire leave 40 people homeour house. We managed to get out, but with less in December, when a man set his girlnothing.” Mayte lived with his two sons, aged six and friend’s home alight after they had an arguseven, and his three sisters and now he has no ment. He then fled the scene and the fire quickidea how to provide for them. “We lost every- ly spread to the neighbouring houses. In thing. Even our IDs and birth certificates. February of last year, 26 people were left homeWe’ve got nothing, and we don’t know where less after 11 shacks burnt down.

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Victor Ntlonze stands next to the burnt out hull of his car, surrounded by the rubble left after the fire

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What you should know in case of fire In the event of a fire, phone the City’s Fire and Rescue Services on 107 (landline) or 021 480 7700 (cellphone) before you make any attempt to fight it yourself. Charlotte Powell, head of public awareness and preparedness at the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre, recommends the following safety tips: Preventing a blaze: • Keep a bucket of water and a bucket of sand ready. • Try to put out small fires, but do not put yourself in danger. • Put out candles and lamps before you go to sleep or leave your home. • Never smoke in bed. • Build homes at least three metres apart to prevent fires from spreading. • Ensure your home has more than one way out. • Keep matches, lighters, paraffin and poisons safe and out of reach from young children. • Take extra care to keep young children safe.

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Lesers gee hul menings SERVICE DELIVERY . When is the City of Cape Town that works for you going to start working for Strand taxpayers? Main Road surface from N2 is a disgrace, particularly at the bend. Come on CCT, play fair. FC VERLORE DIERE . Louise Spagnuolo, jy doen fantastiese werk om mense se verlore honde op te spoor! Jy is beslis ’n engel. Ongelukkig is daar ook sekere mense wat eenvoudig net hulle hekke laat oopstaan wanneer hulle uitry, sonder om om te sien na hul beste vriend! Hierdie mense moet wakker word. Louise, mag die Here jou net seën in die goeie

werk wat jy verrig! P. Steyn, Strand OTM-BEDROG . Banke moet nie net fokus op veiligheidsmaatreels vir Jan Publiek nie, fokus op veiligheidswagte wat moet toesien dat daar nie voorwerpe in gleuwe van OTM’s gedruk word nie. Banke, julle kan wagte ontplooi, want julle maak baie uit die publiek met banktransaksies! Gaan julle dit doen of kom astronomiese bonuses weer eerste? Morkel, Gordonsbaai . Dit is ook banke se verantwoordelikheid om die gleuwe van OTM’s na te gaan vir voorwerpe wat mense se bankkaarte kan kaap! Banke het daai verantwoordelikheid en moenie net die fout by jan publiek soek nie!Banke word wakker! Smit, Somerset-Wes

CAPE TOWN ZONING SCHEME (CTZS) The City’s new single zoning scheme comes into effect on 1 March 2013. Simultaneously, on this date all previous legacy zoning schemes are repealed. The new regulations and zoning map are available and can be viewed at your nearest district office, or at planning.capetown.gov.za. Should you have any enquiries or require further information or assistance, please contact your nearest planning district office or visit the aforementioned website. Enquiries of a general nature can also be directed to lums@capetown.gov.za. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

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Doen self iets Die verval in die klein dorpie van Sir Lowry’s Pass is betreurenswaardig. Ongeag van watter kant ’n mens die dorp binnekom... dis ’n vuil dorp waar die verval sigbaar is – rommelhope op die hoofroetes; plakkerskampe waar ’n mens kyk; smokkelhuise waar musiek blêr; stowwerige, smal sypaadjies; kanale wat met rommel bestrooi is; modderige paadjies vanaf buite-krane in plakkerskampe. Die nuutste geselspunt is Riemvasmaak, en sy onhigiëniese toestande. Waarom moes iemand eers die probleem in die plakkerskamp uitlig voor raadslede en munisipale amptenare hul moue sou oprol en hul werk doen? Hul moes (met beplanning) voorsien het dat kieme in die woongebied sou broei (en versprei) indien die nodige voorsorgmaatreëls nie getref is nie. Hoewel die inwoners van Riemvasmaak deur die Kaapstadse burgemeester, Patricia de Lille, en die Stad Kaapstad vanuit ander plakkerskampe verskuif is “om sodoende beter lewensomstandighede te hê” is daar geen verskil in dié informele gebied nie. Riemvasmaak is net nog ’n plakkerkamp - een van omtrent ses in Sir Lowry’s Pass. Inwoners hier, soos in ander plakkerskampe het minimale munisipale dienste. Raadslede beweer egter dat dit ’n nood-situasie is, maar daar’s geen haas of belangstelling van hul kant te bespeur nie. Mense is in Julie verlede jaar daar gedump, en dit was dit. Inwoners is met die vooruitsigte van huise om die bos gelei. Al wat egter nou vir hul voorlê is nog ’n plakkerskamp - sinkstrukture op ’n hoop wat deur die munisipaliteit opgerig sal word - nog ’n Blikkiesdorp? Die lewensomstandighede van die inwoners tans gaan net vererger in hul beplande woonbuurt, want die paar gesinne sal dan meer as verdriedubbel, en die onhigiëniese toestande wat nie nou beheer kan word nie sal beslis ook vererger. Inwoners van Riemvasmaak en Sir Lowry’s Pass, moenie wag vir ander om dinge vir jul te doen nie, trek jul sokkies op. Dit is nie die munisipaliteit, hul amptenare of raadslede se plig om inwoners se sterte vir hul af te vee en skoon te hou nie.Die dienste is minimaal, maar dit wat daar is moet opgepas word, kyk daarna asof dit joune is waarvoor jy betaal. Is dit nie jou plig as inwoners en verbruiker om te sorg dat die deur nie hardhandig en sorgeloos hanteer word sodat dit nie afbreek nie; dat die toilet wat deur die wind omgewaai is opgetel word nie? Want dis tog daar vir jou gebruik. Staan saam Sir Lowry’s Pass, en maak die verskil wat jul op jul dorp wil hê.

J.WAGNER, Sir Lowry’s Pass-inwoner

ATM fraud response Response to Gazette reporting on a case of ATM fraud, after a reader was robbed of R10 0000: The client’s case was investigated and it was found that there were no characteristics for card skimming, but that the client was a victim of ATM fraud/card jamming. This is where an ATM machine card reader is deliberately tampered with so that a customer’s card will be held in the card reader and cannot be removed from the machine by the customer. The criminal removes the card once the customer has departed. Please remember that even if the above happens with the client’s card, the fraudster cannot use the card without the PIN. All the transactions were made with the card and the PIN of the client. Capitec Bank issued the card to the client as part of the account opening process. She selected her own PIN and the PIN was securely stored by Capitec Bank in accordance with practices as prescribed by MasterCard and Visa. Section 4.9.3 of the Banking Code of conduct states that if the client acts negligently or without reasonable care, and this caused or contributed to the losses, the client may be liable. We are not sure at what time the card was retained but what we do see is that the unauthorised transactions started at 19/12/2012 07:22:33. The client called client care at 07:25 and the card was stopped at 07:26:11. By then R3 000 was withdrawn and R1 000 x 7 swiped for point of sale purchases. Although we have the utmost sympathy for the client’s situation, Capitec Bank cannot be held responsible for actions of criminals and under circumstances where the bank was neither a party to the transactions nor in a position to prevent it. If the client is unhappy with the feedback she may refer the case to the Ombudsman for Banking Services at Telephone : 011-712-1800, Sharecall: 0860 800 900 http://obssa.co.za

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Rape cases becoming more violent, say experts NICOLE MCCAIN Local non-profit organisations and academics have raised concerns that rapes are not only continuing but are becoming increasingly more violent. Ada Buys, manager for PATCH, says that while rape in itself is a violent crime, she is alarmed at the increase in physical violence during sexual assaults. “It’s been much more violent this year. It’s quite concerning to see children who have been stabbed or hit.” She said they had four cases involving physical violence in January alone, where in the past

they would usually have had none. Reinette Evans, director of Rape Crisis Helderberg, says they have also experienced an increase in physically violent rapes. Amanda Gouws, commissioner of the Commission for Gender Equality and professor and gender relations expert at Stellenbosch University, says she finds the brutal nature of recent rape cases deeply disturbing. Gouws points out a few possible reasons for the violence. “Men may feel emasculated because normal masculine roles have men as the breadwinners and fathers. “However, there are more and more broken families and unemployment. Men may feel

frustrated by the empowerment of women.” Gouws says that substance abuse also plays a role, especially in poorer communities where the youth have no leisure activities. Her other concern is how freely available pornographic images are due to technology. She says medical research has found pornography has the same effect as drugs. “It becomes an addiction and there is a need for more and more. It’s not about love or relationships; it’s about satisfaction of bodily urges.” The more violent a rape is, the more likely the perpetrator is to be convicted when the case goes to court. A 2010 Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) survey

New Act to protect victims of domestic violence With increasingly high levels of violence reported in homes and with close relations, parliament has enacted the Domestic Violence Act which serves to establish a framework for the protection of victims of domestic violence. The Act allows for someone (the complainant) who has been subjected to domestic violence to apply for a protection order preventing further acts of domestic violence. Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological and economic abuse; intimidation; harassment and stalking. Domestic relationship includes blood or marriage relations, people cohabiting, spouses and ex-spouses, and those engaged,

dating or in a customary relationship. The legislation allows for a person who has been domestically abused to apply to the closest magistrate’s court for a protection order. An interim order can be granted in the absence of the person alleged to have committed the domestic violence (the respondent). The court orders the respondent to refrain from committing acts of domestic violence, entering the residence and entering complainant’s place of employment. The order also specifies a return date on which the complainant and respondent ought to be at court. On this day a magistrate will listen to each party and any witnesses they have to determine wheth-

er or not the interim order should be made final. When a protection order is issued, a warrant of arrest is also authorised. Should the respondent do what he/she has been ordered not to do, the complainant simply needs to go to the closest police station and report this. The police must then arrest the respondent, who will appear in court to determine whether he/she has been guilty of acting contrary to the order or not. The Domestic Violence Act acts as a tool to prevent further domestic violence against a complainant but also is a tool to ensure that continued acts of domestic violence do not go unpunished.

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found women three times more likely to get a successful conviction if they were physically injured during the rape. Buys says it is easier to get a conviction if there is evidence of physical assault as well as rape. “Children are often so doubted that physical evidence is more believable.” Buys says that because rape cases involve isolation, it often becomes the victim’s word against the perpetrator, and that physical evidence plays a role in supporting the victim’s testimony. However, Evans says she has had many cases which have resulted in conviction, even though there has been no physical evidence available.


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Chinese New Year gift In the spirit of Chinese New Year, Cape Town based Jing-an, the Asian Wellness Experience, hosted a dinner to raise funds for the Bright Lights Centre for Homeless Children in Somerset West. Chinese New Year is celebrated between the end of January and the beginning of February, depending on the lunar system. In keeping with tradition, Chinese children across the world receive a red envelope containing money, called “Foong Pao” or “Lucky Money”. These gifts wish good fortune and prosperity to the children. 2013 is the Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar, and the snake represents kindness, intelligence and wisdom. Chinese New Year was held on 10 February this year and Dr Michael Lan, owner of Jing-An, felt that 2013’s Year of the Snake is special for South Africans, particularly for children. On 9 February, the eve of the New Year, Lan hosted a New Year celebration, attended by family, friends and tai chi students. Before guests enjoyed the colourful food and festivities, they were asked to put money in red envelopes or “Foong Pao” as a donation to the Bright Lights Centre for Homeless Children. Ielhaam Booley, coordinator of the event, collected the envelopes and handed them to Somerset West police officer and representative of the Bright Lights Centre for Homeless Children, Sergeant Niklaas Thysen, who has been training in tai chi with Lan.

Niklaas Thysen and the staff of Bright Lights Centre for Homeless Children with their red envelops.

Children at Bright Lights Centre for Homeless Children were given a donation in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Niklaas Thysen and Ielhaam Booley receive the donations from Michael Lan (left) PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

WEET WAT JOU STATUS IS, WEES VERANTWOORDELIK EN WEN! ONS DOEN GRATIS MIVTOETSE IN JOU GEBIED. Wanneer jy vanaf 17 tot 21 Februarie 2013 getoets word by: Pine Valley, Wolseley (Khanyisa Crèche) • Chris Hani, Tulbagh • Nduli Community Centre • Oppikoppi Crèche, Prince Alfred Hamlet • Witzenberg Community Care Office • Spar, Op die Berg • Jaysham Fruits, Bella Vista, staan jy ’n kans om een van 5 mense te wees wat R10 000 wen! Toetstye: Maandag tot Vrydag 08:00 tot 16:00

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ACDC Express opens The Somerset West branch of ACDC Express, the first retail outlet in the province, launched on 7 February. Mario Maio started the company 29 years ago as a manufacturer of products such as timers and transformers. They made the move into wholesale supply five years later, and have been providing industrial and commercial lighting and electrical supplies throughout the county ever since. “Since then, the company has just grown,” says Mario. Four years ago ACDC Dynamics made the move into retail, seeing a gap in the market for a supplier that was able to offer technical advice to its customers. “We offer strong technical support. We have a call centre to assist with customer queries, and all of our in-store salesmen are technically competent,” says Maio. “We can give you advice on what to install and give you the training, for both domestic and industrial.” But the store is also a way of introducing their wide range of products to local customers, says store manager Brian Joseph. “The franchise shows the outside world what we’re all about. It gives the public access to our product in a more interactive experience. Here, everything is displayed for you. You can pick it up and touch it.” And according to Brian, this combination of expertise and products is going to be a big hit in the Helderberg. “In five years’ time, I see us as a household brand name in the area. People will come to us for everything they need, from contractors to households.” The launch, which was held at the new store on the corner of the N2 and Gerber Boulevard, had representatives from the group’s Italian suppliers as well as local industry members.

ACDC Express staff, from left (behind) are Yandiswa Stuurman, Garth le Roux, Emmanuel Philander, Lee-Ann Thomas, Samuel van Niething, Ohwethu Bhatyi, Marlon Louw and Yolandi Collett; and (front) store manager Brian Joseph.

The management team, from left, Ricardo Maio, Mario Maio, Guida Maio, Brian Joseph.

Franchise manager Ricardo Maio, group manager Mario Maio and store manager Brian Joseph in front of the new store.

Mario Maio at the launch of the Strand ACDC Express branch.

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Rugbyklub gestig om misdaad te voorkom Die onlangs gestigte Erijahville United-rugbyklub het Vrydag ’n skenking van vier klein rugbyballe en twee wedstrydballe van Sport teen Misdaad en Shoprite USave ontvang. Die klub is twee weke gelede deur plaaslike inwoner Nicholas Kordom begin. “Ek het op die ouderdom van 17 my lewe weggegooi met misdaad en ek wil nie hê hierdie kinders moet dieselfde doen nie,” sê Kordom. “Baie van die seuns gaan nie skool toe nie, en hulle werk nie. Dit gee hulle die kans om by dwelms en drank betrokke te raak.” Kordom sê die doel van die rugbyklub is om dié euwels onder die seuns te voorkom. “Ek het besluit om met sport te begin, want dalk hou dit hulle weg van dwelms en misdaad.”

Die Erijahville United-rugbyklub met Nicholas Kordom (links) en Sport teen Misdaad se Vincent Daniels.

Lede van die Macassar-rolbalklub in rooi vir Valentynsdag. Van links (agter) is Charmaine Berman, Christine Bester, Christine Hendricks en Stephen Lott; (middel) Brandon Julies, Georgina Potts, Milly Lott, Elizabeth Charles en Katharina Visser; en voor in aksie is Norah Adams.

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Die manne van die Macassarrolbalklub het die vroue op Valentynsdag bederf met tee en ligte etes. Die klub is drie jaar gelede begin deur Paul Cohen van die Helderberg-rolbalklub, maar met geen veld moes die klub op sintetiese matte in die Nuwe Gemeenskapsaal speel. Die klub het intussen baie gewild geraak en het nou naby 20 lede. “Mense is onder die indruk rolbal is ’n oumens-sport, maar dis nie waar nie,” sê koördineerder

Stephen Lott. Terwyl die oudste lid oor 70 is, is die jongste maar 19 jaar oud. Die klub kom elke Donderdag bymekaar om te oefen en speel elke maand ’n wedstryd teen Helderberg-rolbalklub. “Hulle het laas keer die beker gewen, nou moet ons dit gaan haal,” se Lott. Die klub gaan binnekort ’n stukkie grond agter die nuwe gemeenskapsaal hê om op te speel. Die klub verwelkom nuwe lede en is bereid om afrigting te gee aan diegene wat belangstel. Kontak Stephen Lott by 076 780 4553.

Brandon Julies, die span se jongste speler, oefen op die klub se sintetiese matte.

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