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Winkeliers vrees nóg lang rye NICOLE MCCAIN

Verskeie ondernemings in Macassar vrees dat die lang rye mense wat hul winkeldeure op 1 Maart toe gestaan het terwyl hulle vir hul staatstoelaes wag, op 1 April weer hul sake gaan ontwrig. Winkeleienaars in die sentrum in Linkstraat het gekla dat die sowat 700 mense wat aan die begin van die maand hul toelaes by Shoprite gaan afhaal het, so buite die winkel saamgedrom het dat klante van aangrensende winkels nie by hul deure kon in of uit nie. Een winkeleienaar het gesê dat hy dié dag besigheid verloor het weens die toestroming van mense. Staatstoelaes word sedert die Suid-Afrikaanse Maatskaplike Sekerheidsagentskap (Sassa) se oorskakeling na ’n kaartstelsel by elektroniese betaalpunte uitgedeel, grootliks in winkels. Selfs Shoprite, waar die uitbetalings gedoen word, sê hy word negatief geraak en is op soek na ’n oplossing. Sarita van Wyk van Shoprite sê die oorskakeling na die kaartstelsel, tesame met die uitbeta-

ling van die toelaes op die eerste van elke maand, het ’n reuse-impak gehad. “Shoprite se klante word toenemend verontrief deur die baie lang rye op die eerste dag van die maand, weens verdringing wanneer letterlik duisende ontvangers van toelaes op Shoprite-winkels toesak. Dié probleem word uit die aard van die saak vererger oor naweke en maandeinde en die groep besef dit het ’n negatiewe impak op ons gereelde klante sowel as ander winkeleienaars in winkelsentrums waar Shoprite handel dryf,” sê Van Wyk. Serge Belamant van Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), wat die Sassa-betaalpunte bestuur, sê kaarte wat deur Sassa uitgereik is, is debietkaarte met die Mastercard-handelsmerk op, wat ontvangers van toelaes toelaat om óf met die kaart te betaal, óf kontant in die winkel of by enige OTM te onttrek. Hy sê mense wat toelaes moet kry, kan na enige winkel gaan wat die nasionale betaalstelsel (NPS) gebruik. Sulke handelaars word deur CPS betaal om die diens te lewer, en geniet die voordeel van dié betaling sowel as ’n toename in mense wat die winkel binnekom, en ’n gevolglike toename in omset. Volgens Belaman het sommige handelaars

Shoprite self sê die toestroming van mense veroorsaak ontwrigting vir sy gereelde klante.

Die lang rye wat gewoonlik op die eerste van die maand buite Shoprite vorm, het ander winkel-eienaars raadop omdat hul deure versper word. ’n toename in omset van tot meer as 25% aangemeld. Hy sê daar is ses betaalpunte in ’n 20 km-radius in Macassar, sowel as die betaalpunt by die gemeenskapsentrum. “By Shoprite Macassar probeer die takbestuur en sekerheidspersoneel hul bes om mense wat wag te herinner om in ’n ry en weg van ander winkels se deure te staan. Die winkel gebruik sy sy-ingang vir toelae-ontvangers in ’n poging om die impak op ander besighede te minimaliseer en ander werkbare voorstelle oor hoe om met die saak te handel sal waardeer word.” Van Wyk sê Shoprite het in Februarie toelaes uitbetaal aan meer as 1,3 miljoen mense, en 60% van die transaksies het op die eerste drie dae van die maand plaasgevind. Sy het bygevoeg dat rye dikwels so vroeg as 06:00 begin vorm op die eerste van die maand, en ontvangers kan lang ure in die wind, son en reën staan. Daar was selfs gevalle waar klante flou geword het weens uitputting. Belamant sê CPS werk saam met enige kleinhandelaar wat probleme ondervind soos kontanttekorte, kontantaflewerings, rye-bestuur

of sakemodelle en lojaliteitskemas wat hopelik ontvangers sal aanmoedig om hul kaarte vir aankope te gebruik eerder as om kontant te onttrek, asook om goedere oor ’n tydperk aan te koop eerder as op die eerste dag van die maand. Hy sê die maatskappy het ryvormingsteorieen deurlaatmodelle voorgelê as deel van sy tenderaansoek en “die werklike ondervinding op grondvlak was beter as wat verwag is”. Balamant het bygevoeg dat Sassa nie enige betaalpunte verwyder het nie en deurlopend die behoefte aan bykomende betaalpunte evalueer, afhangend van die aantal deelnemende handelaars en OTM’e in ’n spesifieke gebied. Belamant het Shoprite aangeraai om CPS te kontak vir moontlike oplossings vir hul probleem, of om kreatief te wees in hul bemarking aan begunstigdes. Van Wyk sê Shoprite het reeds die minister van maatskaplike ontwikkeling, Bathabile Dlamini, sowel as CPS en Sassa gekontak om oplossings vir die probleem te bespreek. Tot dan lyk dit of Macassar se ondernemings sal moet voortgaan om die begin van elke maand die lang rye die hoof te bied.


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Heidi sê tot siens

TOEGEWYDE DIENS: Heidi Hendricks, maatskaplike werker by Helderberg Kindersorg.

Heidi Hendricks, maatskaplike werker by Kindersorg, verlaat die organisasie ná 12 jaar van toewyding aan die Helderberg se kinders. Toe Heidi in 2001 by Kindersorg se Macassar-kantoor begin werk het, was daar slegs twee maatskaplike werkers. Heidi en haar kollega, Olivia Adams, het elk met meer as 400 gevalle gewerk. Die kantoor was ’n tydelike struktuur en daar was dikwels inbrake. Soms, ná ’n inbraak, moes die maatskap-

like werkers die kliënte se lêers wat buite rondgestrooi gelê het, gaan optel. Heidi se kollega, Olivia, beskryf haar as hardwerkend, doelgedrewe, gedissiplineerd en ’n sterk werker. “Die kliënte is hartseer om haar te verloor omdat hulle altyd uitstekende diens van Heidi gekry het,” sê Olivia. “Heidi leef beslis haar gesin se waardes uit in haar werk. Heidi is deel van ’n baie liefdevolle gesin wat ander mense daagliks dien, waar en wanneer hulle kan.”

MEV. SUID-AFRIKA IN HELDERBERG: Lynné de Jager, Mev. Suid-Afrika 2011/2012 en die land se verteenwoordiger by Mev. Wêreld, was verlede week in die Wes-Kaap om betrokke te raak by liefdadigheidsprojekte. Een daarvan was ’n besoek aan die Aanhouwen-sentrum in Somerset-Wes, wat met volwassenes met gestremdhede werk. Agter van links is Nicholas Banfield, Lynné de Jager, Minaar van Rooy en vrywilliger Mari Rischmiller. Middel: Kaylie Etson en Tanya Viljoen. Voor: Jason Williams.

MEALS ON WHEELS: Charity organisation Care4all handed a cheque for R36 000 to the Somerset West branch of Meals on Wheels, representing the amount of money raised for the charity over the last few years. Pictured are (from left) Desiree Pienaar, Beauty Ngceba and Eunice Makoshane of Meals on Wheels, with Amber de Wet of Care4all. For more information, contact Amber de Wet on 021 852 2672 or 072 964 9028. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

Faeez Rhoda van Strand gesoek Personeel by Magdalenahuis is op soek na mnr. Faeez Rhoda. Sy laaste adres was in die Strand-gebied. Hy word gesoek in verband met dringende familiesake. Enigeen met inligting word gevra om Riana Barry by 021 948 3637 te bel.


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Concerns raised over project NICOLE MCCAIN Strand community members gathered in front of the Gustrouw sports grounds in Strand on Wednesday (13 March) to raise concerns over a proposed construction project. The project will involve the tarring

of a section of Dennehof Road, which, according to ward 100 councillor Johan Middleton, needs to be upgraded to a proper road. “It is my understanding that the road will be upgraded from Disa Road in Gordon’s Bay up to Broadlands Road, meaning that a section of new road needs to be constructed so that it can link up with Broadway Boulevard at the

Community members are unhappy about the selection of a community liaison officer, as they say they were not consulted about this appointment. PHOTOS: NICOLE MCCAIN

Broadlands Broadway Boulevard intersection.” The project will affect communities in Casablanca, Sercor Park and ultimately Broadlands Park. However, Cassablance and Sercor Park residents say they are unhappy with the way in which the project’s community liaison officer (CLO) has been appointed, saying they were not consulted. Middleton says the procedure followed was to the letter, according to the City of Cape Town’s policy for appointing a CLO. “The city’s database of unemployed members of all of these communities was consulted and the names selected as per the specifications received from the Roads and Stormwater Department. The names were supplied to the contractor. The contractor invited suitable candidates for interviews and selected the CLO.” However, after meeting with community leaders on Wednesday, it was agreed that the community will compile a list of candidates for the position of CLO, allowing the contractor

Community members gathered at the Gustrouw sports grounds in the Strand to raise their concerns over a proposed construction project in the area. to select a new CLO. According to community leader Francis Lucas, other concerns raised by the community, including safety around the work site, were also ironed out during the meeting. The community also raised the concern that the project would not source local labour. Although the city could not confirm the cost or the

number of jobs to be created by the project, Middleton said community members will be hired using the city’s database of unemployed persons in the area. “The communities should not be involved in directing this process as this may result in the favouring of friends and family and not be a fair process.”

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Locals who wish to, find books to read According to a recent survey, South Africans don’t read because they don’t have access to books. The survey, conducted by Pondering Panda and reaching more than 12 000 people between the ages of 13 and 34 years old, found that South Africans enjoy reading, but are prevented from reading more by the cost and availability of books.

The survey also found that more than one in every four people did not have easy access to a library. This after the Gazette reported in August last year that libraries in the City of Cape Town require and ID document, proof of residence and to complete a double sided-A4 application form. The Gazette asked locals about their reading preferences.

Sonwabile Mqikela of Nomzamo says he is not a big reader. “I read the newspaper, and only sometimes books. I would like to read more, but I buy from CNA. Maybe if the newspapers were all free, I could read more.”

Katharina Slinger van Somerset West sê sy vind boeke is baie duur. “Ek lees dikwels die koerant, maar net soms boeke. Ek moet my boeke tweedehands kry, omdat ek kan nie bekostig om boeke te koop nie.”

Drie grypdiewe kry drie jaar elk ILLANA FRANTZ Die drie jong mans wat verlede week ná nog ’n grypaanval (smash- andgrab) by die Gordonsbaaiweg- en Kusweg-aansluiting in hegtenis geneem is, is vandeesweek in die Strand-landdroshof gevonnis. Die mans, Lee-Ashwin Faroa (21), Igshaan Daniels (21) en Vernon Brandt (18), het Dinsdag voor landdros Karen Scheepers verskyn. Hulle het skuld op die aanklag van roof teen hulle beken. Faroa (beskuldigde een) en Daniels (beskuldigde twee) het erken dat hulle ’n voertuig se vensters met bakstene stukkend geslaan het en met geweld die klaer se handsak, wat op die passasiersitplek was, gegryp het. Brandt (beskuldigde drie) het erken hy het die voetoorganger-knoppie gedruk het sodat die verkeerslig na rooi kon verander en ’n voertuig vir die doel van roof moes stop. Ná die insident het al drie weggehardloop, waarna ’n informant die polisie in kennis gestel het. Tydens haar uitspraak het Scheepers gesê die voorval is met voorbedagte dade gepleeg. Sy het die drie mans elkeen tot drie jaar tronkstraf gevonnis. Scheepers het ook gesê sy is beïndruk met die ondersoekbeampte, speursersant Denville Davids van die Strand-polisie, vir die vinnige manier waarop die saak afgehandel is.

A busy week for the Lwandle police

Lwandle’s Felicai Mili says she’s a bookworm. “I read often, almost everyday. I buy newspapers, and I also read books from the library. I don’t struggle to get hold of reading material.”

Samuel Potberg van Sir Lowry’s Pass sê lees is belangrik vir hom. “Ek sal daarvan hou om meer te lees. Dan bly jy op hoogte van wat aangaan in die werêld. Ek lees baie die koerant, wat ek kry van my kafee, en geestelike boeke van CNA.” FOTO’S: NICOLE MCCAIN

Lwandle police, in a joint operation conducted with other law enforcement agencies, arrested three suspects on drug charges, and issued numerous traffic fines on Friday. Early on Friday (15 March), police conducted a raid in Broadlands Village. Police started by searching different houses, and at one arrested a 39-year-old Nigerian national after they found police found 273 g of tik, with a street value of R41 000 as well as R21 000 hidden under the spare wheel in the boot of his car. His car also had two different number plates. The car, tik and the cash were confiscated and the suspect charged with possession of drugs. In Nomzamo, two suspects aged 26 and 28 years were arrested when police found 12 quarter pills and 2 half Mandrax pills and 4 straws of tik in their house. The suspects appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Monday, but at the time of print, the outcome was still not available. During the same operation on Friday, traffic law enforcement officers issued fines to the value of R11 500 for drivers without licences and unroadworthy vehicles during a roadblock. On 14 March, Lwandle police and the provincial firearm and liquor unit issued fines to the value of R32 000 to taverns in Lwandle. The operation was aimed at inspecting legal taverns in Lwandle area to ensure compliance with liquor licence conditions.


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New liquor trading hours A new bylaw governing trading hours for liquor outlets, the City of Cape Town’s Liquor Trading Days and Hours By-law, will come into effect on 1 April. The City has created a special exemption for licensed premises which currently sell liquor for consumption on site. The default trading hours for the sale of liquor

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Community members from the newly formed Sir Lowry’s Pass Neighbourhood Watch underwent training with the Somerset West police last month. This group, from Sun City and Mission Ground areas, patrol regularly and assist in the prevention of crime and safeguarding ofchildren. The training was organized by Johnny Brown, chairman of the Community Policing Forum (CPF), who is mentoring the watch in their initial and learning phase. PHOTO: SUE HILLYARD

Thieves now target dustbins Lwandle police have had their hands full dealing with several theft cases, of a rather unusual item – dustbins. Police issued a warning, urging Lwandle residents to be more careful with their dustbins, following a spike in theft cases reported to the Lwandle police over the last few months. Spokesperson for the Lwandle police, Constable Mthokozisi Gama, says the bins are usually stolen on days when the municipaltiy collects waste and are put out in the street for this reason. According to Gama, the stolen bins are either sold or used by criminals to transport stolen property. “Community members are urged to safe-

guard their dustbin at all times,”says Gama. “If possible, keep the dustbin inside a garage or use a chain and padlock to secure it. If you are not at home, request your neighbours to look after your dustbin and collect it soon after wasteman have collected the garbage. The dustbin should also be marked with paint or printed stickers so that it can be easly be identified.” Gama says residents should also bring their identity document and proof of the ownership of the dustbin when coming to open a case at the police station, and that police will arrest all individuals found on the street with a dustbin who do not have the necessary documents to prove the ownership of the dustbin.

on licensed premises in the by-law is 02:00, but premises zoned for business and industrial use can apply for an extension until 04:00. Those establishments in general business and industrial areas that sell liquor for consumption on their premises may apply to the City to extend the trading hours to a maximum of 04:00. No liquor may be sold by any off-licensed premises at all on a Sunday, except wineries, which may trade from their tasting rooms on Sundays. Traders who would like to extend their trading hours must apply as soon as possible so there is no gap in their trading patterns, which may open them to prosecution. Application forms are available from any of the City’s Environmental Health offices. For more information on the application process as well as online applications, please visit http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/CityHealth/ EnviroHealth/Pages/Liquortradinghours.aspx ) All liquor license holders in the Helderberg are invited to attend a meeting at the Somerset West Library Hall on Tuesday 26 March at 13:00. For more information, phone Johnny Brown on 021 850 1307 (office hours) or 021 852 6428 (after hours).

Trading hours for on-consumption premises: The by-law states that a licensee may sell liquor for consumption on the licensed premises on any day of the week and during the hours of trade as set out in the following schedule:

Category Residential area Guest accommodation establishments; business premises; places of entertainment; sport and community clubs Hotels; casinos Local or neighbourhood business area (including mixed use areas) Guest accommodation establishments; business premises; places of entertainment Sport and community clubs Hotels; casinos General business area Guest accommodation establishments; business premises; places of entertainment; sport and community clubs; hotels; casinos

Maximum permitted trading hours

11:00 – 23:00 11:00 – 02:00 –– 11:00 – 23:00 11:00 – 24:00 11:00 – 02:00 –– 11:00 – 02:00


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Geletterdheid opgeskerp by Danie Ackerman Onderwysers by Danie Ackerman Primêr, Somerset-Wes, het Dinsdag (12 Maart) geletterdheid-opleiding ontvang in ’n poging om die geletterdheidsvlak by die skool te verhoog. Magriet Smit van Word4Word – ’n organisasie wat hom toespits op die opleiding van onderwysers in nuwe tegnieke om leesvaardighede te verbeter – het die kursus aangebied. “Tydens opleiding leer ons onderwysers die Word4Word-leesterapie (ons spesiale resep) wat ons eie terapeute ook gebruik,” sê Magriet. “Dit bestaan uit leesterapie-tegnieke, visuele tegnieke en speelterapie-tegnieke. En natuurlik, ons geheime bestanddeel, liefde.” Magriet sê Word4Word het betrokke geraak by die skool nadat STBB Prokureurs die kursus geborg het. “Danie Ackerman het om en by 900 leerlinge. Hul slaagsyfer vir geletterdheid verlede jaar was 30%. Maatskappye soos STBB maak dit vir ons moontlik om te doen wat ons doen.” Magriet wil ook ’n slypskool aanbied vir 30 ma’s op ’n Dinsdag, sowel as lees-siftingtoetse om vas te stel presies op watter vlak leerlinge is wat betref leesvaardigheid.

Onderwysers van Danie Ackerman (van links) Mandy Reid, René de Vries, Elsa Flaendorp, Lawrence Felton, Shirin Daniels and Sonia Leibrandt het hul geletterdheidsopleiding by Word4Word voltooi.

Onderwysers leer tegnieke om leesterapie toe te pas. Van links is Sonia Leibrandt, kursus-koördineerder Magriet Smit, René de Vries, Lawrence Felton, Shirin Daniels, Elsa Flaendorp and Mandy Reid FOTO’S: NICOLE MCCAIN

Helderberg literacy rates below par NICOLE MCCAIN For many schools in the Helderberg, literacy remains a problem with their literacy rates below the provincial average of just under 40%. The literacy rate is calculated according to how many pupils achieve a 50% pass in a test given by the Western Cape Education Department, for grade 3, 6 and 9 pupils at all schools. In October 2012, over 250 000 pupils from 1 421 public and independent schools took part in the tests, says Bronagh Casey, spokesperson for Donald Grant, the Western Cape MEC of Education. The provincial rate of literacy is 38,9% for grade 3 and 36,9% for grade 6. Although the district is on par with the provincial literacy rates, there are many Helderberg schools that are scoring well below these rates. Some of the lowest scoring schools have literacy rates below 20%. Ronald Rass, deputy principal of Macassar Primary, which has a literacy rate of 29% for grade 3 and 23,8% for grade 6, says a lack of resources plays a huge role in literacy. He says his school would benefit from additional teachers, as well as computer rooms and a better library, but can’t afford it. Godfrey Julies, principal at Rusthof Primary in Strand, which has a literacy rate of 27% in grade 3 and 18,2% in grade 6, says a culture of reading needs to be developed in homes. “Children watch TV instead of reading.” He says another hindrance comes from the education system that doesn’t allow a pupil to fail more than once in a phase. This means

Many Helderberg schools have literacy rates below the provincial average. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

a child who fails grade 1, will be passed to grade 3 even, if he or she has not achieved the expected results in grade 2. This will then impact on their ability to perform in the literacy test in grade 3. Gwen Opperman, principal of Temperance Town Primary in Gordon’s Bay, says large classes often prevent children from receiving the individual attention they need to develop reading skills. “We’ve started the recovering literacy project with Stellenbosch University, and after a few years of working with the pupils in smaller groups, we’ve found the children can now read and write.” Temperance Town has a literacy rate of 22,9% for grade 3 and 29,6% for grade 6. According to Casey, the WCED has a language strategy for all schools in the Western Cape, including the Helderberg. “All schools have been visited by district staff for an analysis of their results. Each school’s language strategy is adapted and improved taking into account where weaknesses of their learners lie. Training programmes will be offered at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute that will focus on developing teachers’ knowledge and skills in the areas of language.” The WCED has also, according to Casey, over the last two years provided millions of textbooks and readers to schools. Julies says parental involvement is vital in improving literacy rates. “Our teachers are doing their best. There needs to be an attitude change at home, and we need parent support.” Rass agrees and says: “Parents need to assist learners at home, even if it means they must sit in on the children’s class.”


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City’s campaign for the homeless

THANK YOU: Patience Reef, who runs a soup kitchen in Chris Nissen Park, would like to thank everyone who made a Christmas party possible for the 150 children who attended. A special thank you goes to Berties Moorings, Minette and friends, Alex Acavalos Villa Vie, St Andrew’s Church, Liesl at One Digital Media, Andre at BP Gordon’s Bay, Albert, Mrs Outer, Ann and Chris, Chris and Chrissie and Jo and Jossie. For information, contact Patience Reef on 072 337 9359.

Prevent diabetes

The explosion in the number of recorded cases of diabetes is a worldwide phenomenon, but these cases aren’t distributed evenly across the globe and developing countries such as South Africa are among the worst hit. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) there are an estimated 840 000 diabetic sufferers in South Africa. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an auto-immune response in the body which causes beta-cell destruction and therefore no insulin is produced. Type 2 diabetes, although linked to hereditary factors as well, is closely linked to lifestyle and is therefore preventable or delayable at the onset of the disease. How do I know if I’m at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes? “If you have any combination of the following risk factors, you should chat to a diabetes specialist who can advise you on whether you should be tested and the various lifestyle changes you can make to prevent or delay the onset of the disease,” advises Sr Karen Pike of Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic’s Diabetic Clinic: ) If you are over the age of 35; ) If you are overweight and if you carry most of your weight around your waist; ) If there is a history of diabetes in your family; ) If you have high cholesterol; ) If you have high blood pressure; ) If you have heart disease; ) If you suffered from gestational diabetes during pregnancy; ) If you fall within a high-risk group, ie if you are of Indian or African descent. How can the onset of Type 2 diabetes be prevented? “By exercising regularly, following a balanced and healthy diet; managing or reducing your stress levels; maintaining a healthy weight; stop smoking and by limiting your alcohol intake,” Sr Pike advises.

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Free book can help students to pass Cape Town-based social learning platform Together We Pass is releasing a free groundbreaking book titled Now What? A Guide to Studying at UNISA. The book, co-authored with the renowned publishing house Paperight, is targeted at UNISA students and will be available from March 2013. The book is free and contains over 30 pages of helpful tools, tips and resources that will benefit any long-distance student or anyone who is studying from home. Students or parents interested in obtaining a copy of the book can pre-order a copy on the Together We Pass website. “Nearly 80% of students will drop out of UNISA,” says Tabitha Bailey, CEO and founder of Together We Pass. “As UNISA takes one-third of South Africa’s university students it is indicative of the education crisis South Africa is facing. We need to do everything we can to support our students, and this is why we created this

book. I took all my years of experience in running UNISA study groups, and consolidated it into a book that will help future students pass.” The book has chapters on issues such as time management, how to study efficiently, exam revision techniques, joining a study group, understanding the question and even a section on study loans. “I really enjoyed reading the book and found lots of helpful tips in it,” says one UNISA student. “I am planning to make my studies a bigger success. I think this book will be very helpful for current students, as well as upcoming students. I will most definitely recommend this book.” Over 550 copies have already been ordered. To order your FREE copy of the book go to: http://www.togetherwepass.co.za/guide-tostudying-with-unisa.php. To connect with Together We Pass go to: www.togetherwepass.co.za or e-mail info@togetherwepass.co.za.

Helderberg residents are urged to consider the best use for their charitable donations, through the Give Responsibly campaign, which will kick off on 20 March. Through the campaign, which will be launched by the Local Network of Care, consisting of organisations working with people living on the streets, the City of Cape Town thanks all residents who give so generously to help the less fortunate, but urges them to please give responsibly. According to sub-council 8 chairperson Stuart Pringle, the City is of the view that giving directly to people living on the streets sustains a dangerous, undignified lifestyle. Giving in this manner, thus keeping people away from the range of services the City offers to facilitate reintegration, prevents people living on the streets from accessing assistance which could really help them. “Giving directly to people living on the street may make people feel good, but has exactly the opposite effect of the good intentions people have when they hand over money, food or clothing to people directly.” The City’s Give Responsibly campaign will start with pamphlets being distributed at various intersections to motorists, providing people with information about where they could give their generous donations.

City to conduct survey on transport needs A survey to research transport needs of residents is currently being conducted by the City of Cape Town. Between the end of February and the middle of June, the City plans to visit approximately 26 000 households across Cape Town, including the Helderberg. The 2013 Household Travel Survey will guide the development of a city-wide Integrated Public Transport Network. “The survey forms part of this administration’s commitment to building an inclusive City and one that responds directly to the needs of communities around Cape Town. This research is important for transport planning as well as modelling future transport scenarios,” said Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport, roads and stormwater. Survey participants will be requested to respond to questionnaires that determine the residents’ current travel behaviour. In addition to the questionnaire, a ran-

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domly-selected sample of survey participants will be questioned on trips during the previous 24 hours and travel choices that they might make under different conditions, eg, if trains were less crowded and cleaner or if car travel was cheaper, would more people use it? Surveyors from the two survey companies appointed by the City to conduct this research will each carry a name tag and an official City of Cape Town appointment letter. Should residents wish to verify the legitimacy of a surveyor contact the number displayed on the top of their letter of appointment. Alternatively contact the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 who will be able to give you the correct contact number. “We know that with key inputs from our residents, we can make public transport in Cape Town a service that meets the needs of all our citizens. We thank the people of Cape Town for their assistance with this project,” said Herron.

The Night Shelter staff, together with the homeless ministry of The Methodist Church, conducted an outreach program to people living on the streets. According to Jo Swart, Night Shelter chairperson, a special church service under the theme Love Your Neighbour was followed by Communion on Wednesday 6 March. After the service the shelter team served homemade soup and sandwiches. Sleeping bags were also handed out. “It was a wonderful experience indeed to have made a difference in the lives of others in need,” said Swart.

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Non-profit Edunova Centre achieves milestone Pupils and teachers had much to celebrate at the Somerset West Edunova Learning Centre’s graduation ceremony on 1 March. Edunova Director John Thole encouraged pupils and teachers to see this as a milestone that must be celebrated as a great achievement. Edunova is a non-profit organisation that provides educational support, through two learning centres, to teachers and pupils of about 33 schools in the Helderberg and 33 more in Philippi. It led a reading development programme for pupils in the Helderberg during the latter part of 2012. Sessions were held every Saturday. The pupils were from the Somerset Methodist, Danie Ackerman, Solomon Qatyana, Umnqophiso and Silukhanyo primary schools. They participated in the Reading Companion online reading programme, provided by IBM, and also wrote their own story books using the same system. Nineteen pupils participated in the reading programme and so improved their reading, writing and communication skills. Twenty books were successfully written with voice-over recordings, with the training and support of Edunova staff. These learners are now ready to support their peers at their respective schools with a view to install in their peers a passion for reading too. Pupils were nominated, became known as the IBM Reading Companion Champs and were subsequently rewarded at the graduation ceremony with an IBM Reading Champ certificate, T-shirt and a writing toolkit. Sydney Hadebe of IBM addressed the participants and was encouraged to see the impact that Reading Companion has had on young children.

The second part of the graduation ceremony was directed towards the 70 teachers who successfully completed their Basic Computer Literacy training course at the centre. The ability to use technology in their teaching is hoped to allow the teachers to teach more effectively and to perform their administration tasks more efficiently. Rodney Nissan of the Western Cape Education Department encouraged teachers to equip themselves fully and also reminded them that technology can only be effective if there is an underpinning learning methodology. Nissan also complimented Edunova on the sterling work being done to keep technology well-used in schools. The Umnqophiso Choir and dance group displayed an impressive production of singing and dancing. For more information about Edunova, dial 021 856 4480 or visit www.edunova.org.

Grade 6 pupil Siphokuhle Mekuto, IBM Readin Companion Champ from Danie Ackerman Primary School (left), with Winnie Makumbe from Edunova.

Thembeka Tafeni from Solomon Qatyana Primary receives her educator certificate from Nolitha Ntshauzana, Edunova facilitator. PHOTOS: BENJI EUVRARD

The Umnqophiso Choir during their performance.

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Skool ontvang sporttoerusting en kontant Temperance Town Primêr in Gordonsbaai het verlede Vrydag 8 Maart ’n broodnodige skenking van sporttoerusting sowel as R15 000 van Riaan Manser Adventures en die Standard Bank Groep ontvang. Die oorhandiging het by die skool plaasgevind en is dankbaar ontvang deur die hoof, Gwen Opperman. Riaan het die leerlinge toegespreek en ’n inspirerende boodskap gedeel oor sy kinderdae en die avonture wat hom bekend gemaak het. “Dit is altyd vir my ’n spesiale geleentheid elke keer wat ek hier kom. Niks laat jou beter voel as om iets vir iemand anders te doen nie. Die gees van entoesiasme wat ek by die leer-

linge aanvoel is ’n inspirasie vir my.” Al was dit tweedehandse sporttoerusting was die kinders baie opgewonde en dankbaar. Hulle het die skenkers bedank deur verskeie sang- en dans-optredes, ondanks die reendruppels van bo. Die personeellede van Standard Bank wat die geleentheid bygewoon het, was so geraak deur die blydskap op die kinders se gesigte dat hulle daar en dan besluit het om hulself te verbind om die skool op ’n deurlopende basis te ondersteun en so ’n amptelike begunstigde te maak. Opperman het haar dank uitgespreek vir die gebaar en gesê sy glo dat met ondersteuning soos dié die skool net van krag tot krag kan gaan.

Die broodnodige sporttoerusting wat aan Temperance Town Primêr geskenk is.

Riaan Manser (links) en Craig Holmes (regs) oorhandig die tjek van R15 000 aan die hoof Gwen Opperman en van die leerlinge.

René Kenny, Standard Bank se bemarkingsbestuurder, verdeel ballonne onder die kinders.

Die graad-7 leerlinge het ’n spesiale lied aan hul skenkers opgedra.

FOTO’S: ILLANA FRANTZ

Boekwurm-bederf in die Strand Strand Biblioteek bied vandeesweek verskeie programme tydens Nasionale Biblioteekweek (18 tot 22 Maart) aan. Die programme sluit uitstallings in, asook gemeenskapsinligting en storie-ure vir kinders. Die Biblioteekvriende sal ook gedurende die week ’n boekverkoping in die voorportaal hou. Benewens baie lekkerleesverhale, is daar ook bibliografieë en titels oor besigheid, be-

marking, finansiële bestuur, rekenaars en legstukstelle teen billike pryse. Die Vriende sal ook sterk swartsakke te koop aanbied om biblioteekfondse aan te vul. Vanjaar se tema is @jou Biblioteek en die publiek word uitgenooi om te kom kyk hoe die biblioteek in hulle leesbehoeftes kan voorsien. Bel Anna-Marie Stadler, voorsitter van die Bibioteekvriende, by 021 852 3277 vir meer inligting.

Riaan het lekker gekuier saam met die leerlinge.

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Easter chick cupcakes Children will love these chick cupcakes, perfect for Easter. Ingredients: For the cake: 1½ cups cake flour 2 t baking powder ½ t salt ¾ cup sugar 2 extra-large eggs ½ cup oil or soft margarine ½ cup milk 1 t vanilla essence For the icing: ½ cup soft margarine 2 – 3 cups icing sugar 2 t vanilla essence

2 t hot water, if necessary shredded sweetened coconut (about 2 – 4 cups) yellow liquid food colouring or the chick cupcakes) Smarties orange gum sweets Method: Preheat oven to 180 ºC. Sieve first 3 ingredients together, add sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Spoon full into greased cupcake pans or paper cups. Bake 20 minutes until done. Cool cupcakes completely on a cooling rack before frosting them with your

favourite vanilla frosting. Place coconut in a resealable foodstorage bag. Add about 8 drops yellow liquid food colouring. Seal bag and shake to mix. Beat the margarine and icing sugar well, add essence and colouring. When used, add water a little at a time. Beat well. Spread icing on each cupcake. Top the frosted cupcakes with either yellow or green coconut. Add eyes with brown miniature candies. Cut orange gum sweets to resemble beaks; place on cupcakes. – Adapted from susikochenundbacken.blogspot.com

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Tai Chi to cut stress Helderberg police officer Warrant Officer Niklaas Thysen demonstrated the health benefits of Tai Chi at a National Police Day function on 6 March. Thysen will be heading a project to introduce the sport to police officers through the quality-of-life programmes run by the police service. “I approached the provincial office late last year regarding Tai Chi as an opportunity to enhance the health and wellbeing of our men and women in blue, given our challenging and stress-

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Players tee off at the new Jamestown Golf Club mashie course at Stellenzicht High School. Photo: Eunice Visage

Jamestown’s own mashie course Saturday 9 March saw the launch of Jamestown Golf Club mashie course at Stellenzicht High School in Jamestown. The club, established in 2001, started off as a recreational organisation whereby members had a platform to play golf socially and enhance their skills through sharing information with their peers. As time passed the club established a Junior Development team in the Stellenbosch

and Somerset West region. This development became an integral part of the club. Justin van Rooyen has competed and won at national level. Kieran Dreyer is another player that excels within the golfing fraternity. Cassidy Williams is the current national ladies junior champion. It i s based on this strong developing background that the club decided to build this mashie golf course. With the picturesque background of the Simons and Helder-

Local athletes to compete in national championships Boland Athletics announced its biggest youth, junior and u.23 team in the history of Boland Athletics last week. A team of 82 athletes will represent Boland Athletics at the 2013 SA Youth, Junior and u.23 Championships from 4 to 6 April in Pretoria. A youth and junior team consisting of 20 athletes will also represent Boland Athletics at the ASA Combined Events and Race Walking Championships that will

take place on 22 and 23 March at the Germiston athletics stadium. Dr Harold Adams, president of Boland Athletics, said that this achievement is remarkable considering that Boland Athletics has the highest qualifying standard in South Africa. “We now have to find an additional R100 000 to assist the team to the championships, but this is a challenge we take up with pleasure. Our children come first.”

Put safety first when training March is an exciting sporting month for cyclists and runners. As race days draw closer, avid athletes will no doubt be going the extra mile to ensure that they are fit and ready. This may mean squeezing in additional training in the early morning or evening, and although training is important, so is your safety, says ADT Western Cape. They provide the following tips on training safely: ) Let someone know that you are heading out and when you expect to return. If you are not home as scheduled, the alarm can be raised immediately. ) Avoid running or cycling in the dark. ) As far as possible, do not go out jogging

or cycling alone, invite family or friends to go with you. ) Before you leave home ensure that your cell phone battery is charged. ) Take along enough money to catch a bus or taxi or make a phone call if needs be. ) Wear bright reflective clothing; reflective strips on your shoes are not sufficient. ) Never go out running or cycling while listening to music through earphones. This might prevent you from hearing an oncoming vehicle, a potential mugger or a vicious dog. ) Vary your route as often as you can and steer clear of very quiet or unsavoury areas. ) Make sure your family and home are safe while you are out.

Dale Simons, chairman Jamestown Golf Club, minister Dan Plato, Lester Allies, Principal Stellenzicht High School, and Norman Mufweba, executive member Jamestown Golf Club.

berg mountains this course is set in an excellent position. Minister of Community Safety Dan Plato, President of Somerset West Golf Club Wouter Geldenhuys, South African Golfing Development André Rossouw and Stellenzicht High School principal, Lester Allies, were all present at the launch of the course held at the school grounds. Plato lauded the Jamestown Golf club on their excellent and selfless work

in and around Jamestown. When thanking the club for thinking of the school, Allies mentioned, “The community needs a proper healthy place where the kids can come and spend their free time and develop their golfing abilities and skills”. Geldenhuys said, “We have a very close relationship with the Jamestown Golf Club, we are like family, and this has been a wonderful 11 years that we have grown close.”


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Macassar cricket The Macassar Cricket Club has advanced to the one-day final in the 2A division of Western Province Cricket Association. The match will be played at the Macassar sportsfield on Wednesday 21 March. The club practises on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:00 at the Macassar sports grounds. For more information, contact Christian Williams on 082 678 9484.

What does future hold for this talented boy? NICOLE MCCAIN

Benjamin Goodman, a pupil at the Rusthof School for pupils with special educational needs (LSEN), has been selected to play cricket for his province. Benjamin (17) plays for the intellectuallyimpaired team, which left for Rustenburg to compete in the South African championships on 16 March. Benjamin also played for the team last year, which won gold at the national championships. Benjamin started at Rusthof LSEN school when he was nine years old and has been competing in a range of sports all through his teenage years. “You can put him in any sport and he’ll do well,” says coach Ricardo Myburgh. “But it was time for him to specialise.” Benjamin now focuses on soccer and cricket, with some athletics on the side. Last year, he was selected to represent his province in soccer and won the 100 m and

200 m sprints at national level. “I’ve always liked sport,” says Benjamin. “Especially soccer and cricket.” But his talent don’t end on the sports field. Benjamin’s teachers have noticed his remarkable leadership skills and appointed him as the school’s head boy. “He’s quiet, neat and always friendly,” says Ricardo. “He really is a remarkable kid.” However, pursuing his sports career has come with many challenges. Although Benjamin will be able to play sports until much later in life, as intellectually-impaired sports have no age limit, funding is very limited for the sports star. He is currently in foster care at Bright Lights home in Somerset West and often needs sponsorship to allow him to compete. Next year Benjamin will have to leave both Rusthof and Bright Lights, which makes Ricardo concerned as to where he will live and if he’ll be able to find work to continue developing his sport. Contact Rusthof LSEN at 021 851 4441.

Benjamin Goodman has been selected to represent his province on the intellectually impaired cricket team.

Sokker-afrigters vir Macassar gesoek Kinders van Macassar sal binnekort hul sokkerskoene aantrek wanneer Sporting Chance en die Helderberg Sportakademie die vierde Kia Motors-straatsokkeruitdaagreeks in Macassar aanbied. Die uitdaagreeks behels sowat 120 kinders tussen die ouderdomme van 9 en 13 en die organiseerders moedig seuns en meisies van regoor Macassar aan om aan die tien weke

lange sokker-uitdaagreeks deel te neem. Die organiseerders het egter nog 20 vrywillige afrigters uit die gemeenskap nodig wat met die toernooi kan help. Afrigters moet elke Vrydagmiddag van 13:30 tot 18:00 beskikbaar wees. Vir meer inligting, bel Lewellyn de Wee by 081 496 2854 of 021 842 3635, of stuur e-pos na lewellyn.hsa@gmail.com.

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