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Year 16 • Tuesday 24 July 2012 | Tel. 021 853 0211

Al meer in pleegsorg NICOLE MCCAIN Die Wes-Kaapse LUR vir gemeenskapsontwikkeling, Albert Fritz, het aan die begin van Julie sy kommer uitgespreek oor die toenemende aantal kinders wat in pleegsorg geplaas moet word. Die Helderberg het sy eie uitdagings om huise vir pleegkinders te kry en die koste daarvan is besig om op te loop. Olivia Adams van Kindersorg Helderberg sê hulle het tans net onder 300 kinders wat in pleegsorg in Macassar, Sir Lowry’s Pass en Somerset-Wes waar hulle werk, is. Samantha Fourie, kommunikasiebeampte van die departement gemeenskapsontwikkeling, sê daar is ongeveer 1 300 kinders in pleegsorg in die Helderberg en hulle behartig sowat 30 gevalle ’n maand. Meer as 800 kinders in die provinsie is uit hul ouers se sorg geneem tussen Januarie en Mei. Fourie beraam dat daar sowat 30 000 kinders in pleegsorg in die Wes-Kaap is. Elke kind wat in pleegsorg geplaas word, is geregtig op ’n R770-toelaag per maand, wat beteken dat in die Helderberg bestee die regering meer as R1 miljoen elke maand. Juanitta Phillips, ’n pleegouer in Macassar, sê die toegekende bedrag gaan nie baie ver nie. “Dit sal nooit genoeg wees nie, maar dit behoort nie oor die geld te gaan nie.” Sy voeg by dat pleegouers dikwels moet wag vir die toelae om toegeken te word. Volgens Adams is die R770-toelaag om ’n kind mee groot te maak slegs ’n druppel in die emmer. Kinders

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word uit hul ouers se sorg geneem as gevolg van mishandeling, verwaarlosing of hul ouers se dwelmgebruik. Die hoofuitvoerende beampte van Kindersorg Kaapstad, Niresh Ramklass, het berig dat armoede ’n groot rol speel in ouers se onvermoë om vir hul kinders te sorg. Volgens hom is dwelmgebruik, veral onder ma’s, ’n verdere oorsaak. Volgens ’n onlangse studie deur die SA Instituut vir Rasseverhoudings blyk dit of dié kringloop gaan voortduur, omdat Suid-Afrikaanse families selde hul pleegkinders aanneem. Tussen 2005 en 2009 het aannemings met 50% gedaal en pleegsorgtoelaes het met 70% toegeneem. Die studie spekuleer dat die tendens voorkom omdat toelaes nie aan aanneemouers toegeken word nie. Volgens Fourie is geen aansoeke vir aannemings ontvang nie; sy was egter nie spesifiek oor watter periode dit insluit nie. “Daar kan ’n verskeidenheid redes wees, onder meer dat die kinders in pleegsorg in hul ouers se sorg teruggeplaas word as die familie se omstandighede verbeter.” Adams sê dat hul dit in hul werk ondervind. “Ek werk reeds vir 11 jaar in die Macassar-gebied en in dié tyd het ek slegs twee aannemings van pleegkinders gesien.”

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Heavy rains at the weekend left water running high in the Helderberg. Around 120 homes were flooded in the David Nkanti and Simyeni informal settlements in Strand, according to Disaster Risk Management’s Mandy Thomas, and a further 400 homes were affected in Solly’s Town and New Town in Strand, says Andile Gxashe, member of the residents’ committee in New Town. Sir Lowry’s Pass residents were also displaced by flooding, and forced to camp in the community hall, although Thomas could not confirm how many families were affected. Seen here, Ilse Afrika and Meagan Samuels cross the full canal in Uitkyk, Sir Lowry’s Pass. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN


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Tuesday 24 July 2012

Words of inspiration NICOLE MCCAIN “We need to do something about literacy.”

Adéle Botha, executive trustee of InspiretoRead, spends her days bringing the joy of reading to children in the Helderberg. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

These are the words of Adéle Botha, executive trustee of literacy trust InpiretoRead. The 43-year-old teacher has spent the last two years bringing the joy of reading to children in the Helderberg and Kayamandi through her literacy programme. She is currently working with almost 300 children in four communities. Her commitment to the children she teaches to read and write is born of a deep love for her fellow man. “I’ve always wanted to contribute to people’s lives in a positive way, and I love kids,” she says. Why did you become a teacher? I was rebelling against my parents when I was young and I wanted to be a social worker. I ended up working for a company assessing risk factors for fraud, and I was frustrated. I was inmy thirties when Idecided to teach English in Korea for two years. That’s when I realised I should have studied

SÊ JOU SÊ! TERUGVOERING OOR DIE STAD KAAPSTAD SE VYFJAAR- GEÏNTEGREERDE ONTWIKKELINGSPLAN (GOP) VIR 20012/13 – 2016/17 Die Stad Kaapstad wil van hierdie geleentheid gebruikmaak om die gemeenskappe te bedank vir hul gewaardeerde insette gedurende die deelnameprosesse in September/ November 2011. Die Stad Kaapstad was en sal altyd daartoe verbind wees om verantwoordbaar teenoor sy burgers te wees en te verseker dat hy die munisipaliteit se sake op ‘n deursigtige wyse bestuur. Om hierdie rede gaan die uitvoerende burgemeester van Kaapstad ’n reeks terugvoeringsessies hou om gemeenskappe oor die GOP vir 2012/13 – 2016/17 in te lig.

education. When I returned, I completed my postgraduate diploma in education while teaching at Tereo Mission School. It was here that I got involved in a literacy project at Stellenbosch University and was introduced to the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust (GSDT) in Kayamandi, where I have been employed since January 2010. Since August 2011 the Uyavula Literacy Project has been registered with the Helderberg Uitreik NPO. The work at GSDT and Uyavula led to the establishment of InspiretoRead. What contribution do you make to the community? We work with outreach pro- Adé le teaches Peach Mabini, Neo Masokhanya and grammes in Firgrove, Lwandle and Lihlom be Nakuthe. Chris Nissen Park. InspiretoRead PHOTO: SUPPLIED teaches children to read and write, with the focus on preschool and foundationphase children. We also train teachers, parInspiretoRead is calling on all busients and volunteers with literacy skills to nesses in the Helderberg to become assist children with reading and writing. involved in the fight against What inspires you? illiteracy. I’m inspired by people who make a differUsing a campaign called the ence in other people’s lives and don’t just “Alphabet of Inspiration”, Inspirelive for themselves. I’m inspired by the chiltoRead is encouraging local busidren, and knowing that God has a special nesses to “buy” a letter of the alphaplan for each one’s life. bet; in return, the name of the sponWhat are the challenges you face in sor business will be printed next to your community? the letter it bought. There is a big challenge with parent inLetters will be sold for R500, and volvement. If you don’t have support at all the funds will go towards helping home, it’s very difficult to get things done. InspiretoRead. It impacts on a child’s performance, confiTo become involved, contact dence and self-esteem. Parents who work InspiretoRead’s fundraising manwith their children on reading have a big ager, Debbie Bone, by sending a mail impact. to debbie.inspiretoread@gmail.com. We try to deal with this by focusing on developing a relationship with the parents. If there’s a meeting, instead of sending out a Do you have an everyday hero in your letter or an SMS, we phone them. community, one you would like to see How would you like to see your commufeatured in Gazette? SMS your local nity in the future? I’d like to see everyone taking hands and stars to 32513; alternatively, send an working together. We should all work toemail to nicole.mccain@helderberg.com. gether for the future of our children.

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New school too far for some NICOLE MCCAIN Christmas Tinto, the new primary school in Nomzamo, opened for the start of term with only one hitch – parents say they have been left in the dark concerning the move of pupils from ACJ Phakade Primary in Lwandle to the new school. Christmas Tinto took in almost 800 pupils from the overcrowded ACJ Pakade to allow for the department to renovate the older school. Parents have approached Christmas Tinto with complaints that they live closer to ACJ Pakade – in areas such as Pholile Park – and that the new school is too far for the children to travel to, says deputy principal Nkosinathi Ndeleni. He adds that other parents, who live near the new school, still have children who are attending ACJ Pakade. “There has been some confusion amongst the parents. There hasn’t been enough consultation, or there’s been a misunderstanding,” says Ndeleni. “With us, it’s not easy. We haven’t been part of the process since the beginning.” He says the school was given a list of names of pupils to be moved by the education department. Bronagh Casey, spokesperson for Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant, says the department considered pupils who lived close to the new school. “The department held several meetings in this regard with the parents. They had the opportunity to voice whether they disagreed with the move.” Casey says that, since the new school opened, some parents have approached the department to ask that their children be moved. “Since Monday, we have had some parents approach us expressing that they want their children moved back to ACJ Phakade. We have also had other parents from ACJ Pakade express that they want

One of the classrooms at ACJ Pakade, where renovations are set to start. The school will receive a new brick-and-mortar building. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN their children to go to Christmas Tinto. We are currently investigating whether an ‘exchange’ is possible.” ACJ Pakade’s principal, Vuyisile Cenga, says the school has stayed in communication with parents about the move through numerous letters. Renovations on ACJ Pakade have not yet begun, Cenga says, despite assurances from the department that work would start this month. Casey says the new brick-and-mortar school will be constructed in phases, and the department has cleared one section of the school to allow for the work to start. The section was cleared last week, says Casey, following the transfer of pupils to Christmas Tinto. “The actual building works should begin soon,” she adds.

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still working and staying on surrounding farms, and will only move to town when they retire in a few years’ time. On the other hand, some residents in Lourensia Park say that most of the homes are unoccupied because the owners are still in the process of renovating or furnishing the houses. Sonnenberg says there is no law that forces the owner to occupy the property they have acquired. However, the responsibility for the property rests with individual owners after they have been handed the keys to their properties. Sonnenberg also warns that the City cannot provide assistance if their houses are occupied in their absence. Both Sonneberg and Van Minnen say a meeting will be held to ascertain who has not yet moved in and why, and to encourage these owners to move into their homes. Neither Sonnenberg nor Van Minnen could confirm a date for the meeting.

Gesinne stem in vir verskuiwing NICOLE MCCAIN Die onsekerheid oor verhuising in Sir Lowry’s Pass blyk opgelos te wees nadat die gemeenskap en die Stad Kaapstad tot ’n ooreenkoms gekom het. ’n Vergadering is verlede Donderdag tussen die Stad en die 52 gesinne wat die ergste deur die vloede geraak is, gehou. Volgens rld. Johan Middleton het 51 gesinne ingestem om na die tydelike verskuiwingsgebied te trek. Anwar Louw, voorsitter van die SA burgerregte-organisasie, het bevestig dat die gesinne bereid is om te verhuis. Hy sê die

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Tuesday 24 July 2012

On Wednesday 18 July, South Africans celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving 67 minutes of their time – one minute for each year Madiba dedicated to the struggle against apartheid – to charity. Helderberg residents opened their hearts with projects ranging from maintenance projects to children’s parties. Around 30 volunteers pitched in to give Khanyolwethu Secondary School a fresh coat of paint, along with employees of Asla Construction, which donated paint and equipment.

The colour of caring NICOLE MCCAIN Lwandle community members came together to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday by giving Khanyolwethu Secondary School a fresh new look.

Around 30 volunteers, joining in under the guidance of community member Ntsikelelo Dada, pulled on their overalls and painted the walls of the school. “We want to change the lives of the teachers and pupils at the school,” says Dada, adding that Khanyolwethu was chosen because the community has seen good results coming from the school in the last year, since principal Eric Titipane took over. Dada got in touch with Asla Construction, which agreed to donate all the paint, brushes

David Mcanda of Lwandle donned overalls to help paint the school on Mandela Day. and other equipment required for the operation. “We’ve been involved with the community for 12 years, and the school is important to us,” says Asla’s David Douglas. “It gives us the chance to make a real difference.”

COMMUNITY CARE: Lwandle police didn’t just stop at 67 minutes, but spent the whole day giving back to the community to mark Mandela Day. The day kicked off with door-to-door crime and HIV/ Aids awareness in Greenfield, Lwandle, in partnership with Ikhwezi Clinic and Yabonga NGO. Police then visited two crèches and the Mama Tom Place of Safety to spend quality time with the children and help dish up food at lunchtime. The police also distributed party packets to the children, leaving them with a smile on their faces. Seen here (at the back) are Captain Melody Erasmus, Constable Zuhanda Swart, Sergeant Kholeka Jack, Constable Monde Majozi, Gerald Schotz, Constable Mkhululi Mawela, Mr Ali and Constable Lizah Nongogo with crèche staff members and children.

MADIBA-PARTYTJIE: Die kinders by Patience se Sopkombuis het Madiba se verjaarsdag behoorlike gevier met koek en koeldrank geskenk deur die werknemers van Beachcomber Tours. On Digital Media het bakkies en lepels geskenk. “Ek wil graag dankie sê vir al die borge wat donasies gegee het,” sê Patience Reef. Patience is hier saam met (van links) Ashwill Jordaan, Graylee Anne Williams en Jenovan Joon. FOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN


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CHILDREN HAVE RIGHTS: A group of Lwandle children took to the street on Friday 13 July to create awareness about children’s rights. The march was arranged by the NGO Yabonga and the Ikhwezi clinic. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN


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What readers said through SMSes Housing ) How long can the government afford to give free houses? I would gladly vacate a 20-year-old, four-room house for a newly built three-room house. Why doesn’t the government build gap houses? Then they can generate an income to fund the RDP houses. Some of us are also waiting for that to happen, but we don’t break and burn and toyi-toyi. We must work to pay huge amounts of rent because we don’t qualify for RDP housing. Banks don’t help us, and yet some pay more money per month for rent every year than those with their home loans. Daphne

Geen vertroue in politici ) Die probleem in Sir Lowry’s Pass en ander dele in die Wes-Kaap strek verder as swak dienslewering. Die DA-regering in die Wes-Kaap handhaaf nog steeds die ANC se transformasiebeleid, wat beteken ervare Afrikaanssprekendes mag nie werk kry nie. Die liberale DA weier om die ANC aan te spreek oor regstellende aksie. Hoe kan enige regdenkende mens nog in die DA glo? Basta met die DA en basta met die ANC. Rynhardt, Somerset Wes ) Die land sit met ’n visielose ANC en ’n dansende Zille terwyl werkloosheid en misdaad gedy. Die Chinese

regering skep vir elke Chinese burger ’n toekoms, ’n beleid wat beslis nie in SA geld nie. Net die Here kan SA red. Nel, Strand ) Zille en die DA het ’n obsessie met loonsubsidies, maar nie ’n obsessie om regstellende-aksie te beveg nie. Zille verdien honderde duisende rande per maand terwyl Afrikaanssprekendes vir jare geen toekoms het nie. Die DA het beslis ’n verskuilde agenda. SA is vasgevang in ’n groot slagyster. Die slagyster moet gebreek word sodat werkskepping kan plaasvind en beleggers na SA kan stroom. Nie die ANC of DA is die antwoord nie, maar wel ’n nuwe regering met visie. R.Smit, Somerset-Wes

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Power cut to strike on 29 July Gordon’s Bay, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and Sun City will experience a power cut while Eskom does essential work on its high-voltage network from 07:00 to 19:00 on 29 July, or the same time on 5 August if weather is bad. Supply could return at any time, so treat all electrical installations as live. See www.capetown.gov.za, or call 0860 103 089.

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Year 16 • Dinsdag 24 Julie 2012 | Tel. 021 853 0211

Fighting fit NICOLE MCCAIN

Children in Sir Lowry’s Pass are arming themselves with a new skill in an age-old tradition – karate. Gerhard Roos has been working with youths at Sir Lowry’s Pass Library, passing on his knowledge of the fighting style, since the library suggested the idea back in 2010. Roos jumped at the opportunity. He admits he isn’t qualified to run his own dojo, but the children he teaches do undergo official grading. Roos started karate after his doctor suggested he become more active, and what started as only a hobby has turned into a passion, especially now that he’s teaching it. “It’s such a ‘wow’ experience,” he says, “to see the impact you have. The children grow in confidence.” He says this confidence is evident in the way the children learn to speak out and defend themselves. He says they also learn self-control, discipline and trust through karate.

The dojo now has a loyal following of between 5 and 10 pupils, 4 of whom have achieved their yellow belts. And Roos says anyone is welcome to join in. “The classes are aimed at children older than six, but if little ones want to join they can. I don’t show anyone the door.” Although he has his regular pupils, Gerhard’s open-door policy means he’s had between 70 and 80 pupils attend at least one class. “That’s the part that makes it tough. Commitment is a challenge. You work with someone and they start to show progress, and then they stop attending classes for a month. Students only pay R5 per class. The money goes towards their uniform and belts. But Roos says those who can’t afford the classes are still welcome to attend. Classes take place at Sir Lowry’s Pass Library on Saturdays at 09:30. For more information you can get in touch with the library on 021 858 1139, or Gerhard Roos himself via email at gerhardroos@gmail.com.

Sibusiso Xotongo attends the weekly karate classes held by Gerhard Roos (far right), along with around 10 other students.

Yellow-belt pupils Cherenique Bouw, Reante Bouw, Sibusiso Xotongo and Azola Mlgas practise at Sir Lowry’s Pass Library. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED


Helderberg Gazette 24 July 2012