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Residents of the Ethembeni informal settlement in Lwandle seen rebuilding their homes on Monday after a fire on Sunday left almost 200 people homeless.
Everything lost in blaze DELIAH BRINKHUIS Lwandle resident Asanda Mini (21) was rebuilding his home yesterday (Monday) instead of studying for his National Senior Certificate Mathematics exams today. Mini is one of almost 200 people left homeless after a fire razed 52 houses in the Ethembeni informal settlement just before 02:00 on Sunday. Mini ,who lives with his 32-yearold sister and her two children (3 and 7), says they lost everything, includ-
ing all his school books, in the fire. According to Lwandle police spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Gama, a case of arson is being investigated after it was reported that a man had allegedly set his girlfriend’s home alight. No injuries were reported. The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management reported that 60 children were among those displaced. They provided food, blankets and building material to the affected residents. On Monday, people manoeuvring
wheelbarrows carrying remnants of the fire or building material, were a familiar site in the area. Many men were seen hard at work toiling in the heat as they rebuilt their informal homes. Bonisile Nogcinisa, who works in the Strand industrial area, was assisted by colleagues who brought wooden boards to him so that he could rebuild his home. Disaster Risk Management has emphasised the importance of fire safety. In a media statement people were urged to “isolate electrical de-
vices and extinguish gas burners, candles, lamps and paraffin stoves, when not in use, in order to prevent fires.” Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Marius Fransman, visited the area that morning. Fransman said he would correspond with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to request “immediate relief” for the residents. Anyone who can assist the residents can phone community leader Simthembile Mfencane on 073 248 0407.
PHOTOS: DELIAH BRINKHUIS
A woman looks on hopelessly at what was left of her house after a fire swept through the Ethembeni informal settlement on Sunday morning.
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Ná verskeie geldinsamelingsprojekte, insluitend een waartydens ’n lid van die VGK-gemeente Strand ’n aand en nag op die kerk se dak deurgebring het, kort die brigade steeds geld. Die brigade se kaptein Annanias Eiman het op Vrydag 18 Oktober van 18:00 tot 06:00 op die kerk se dak deurgebring. Eiman het gehoop dat mense hom met geldelike bydraes sou ondersteun terwyl hy op die dak was, sodat die brigade nuwe uniforms en musiekinstrumente kan aankoop. Maar volgens woordvoerder Johan Kanka was die ondersteuning nie so groot nie. “Ongelukkig het ons nie baie borge gekry nie en die opkoms na die geleentheid was ook power, so die insameling was glad nie wonderlik nie,” sê Kanka. Mense kan steeds geld skenk. Bel Kanka by 021 854 4633 of stuur ’n e-pos na johan.kanka@capetown. gov.za. ) Nog foto’s is te sien by www.bolandgazette.com.
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Eiman maak gereed vir die aand en nag op die kerkdak in Derdestraat, Strand.
Eiman se ondersteuners en toeskouers op die kerkterrein van die VGKgemeente Strand.
St John’s in Somerset West has been in existence for 70 years and offers various training course for businesses. Conducted regularly from the Centre in Oudehuis Street, Somerset West, the training includes courses tailor-made to equip tour guides, gym instructors, farm workers and child carers with essential first-aid skills. Also on offer is First Aid training for level 1, level 1 and 2 combined and level 3 as well as basic home care. Certificates are valid for three years and include a free CPR refresher course, which can be taken any time during the certificate’s period of validation. Training materials are in the form of books, videos and practical sessions. The home care course is aimed at people who need to care for the elderly and infirm at home, or for patients recovering from operations. Other services offered at the
centre include an eye clinic and stand-by duties. The Eye Clinic offers professional testing at affordable prices. The clinic is open four mornings a week, as well as one afternoon a week. Appointments must be made. St John’s volunteers perform stand-by duties at various sporting and fun events in the area. “We would also like to do first aid and home care training in the disadvantaged communities, but for this we need funding to cover costs. “Therefore any business or individual who would like to fund us, are welcome to contact the office for further details,” says Jenny Walker, centre manager. St John’s Somerset West is part of an international organisation, with a history dating back to the 1900’s. For more information, or to assist financially contact 0 021 851 7394 or email 2 email@example.com.
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Gemeente raadop ná vele inbrake en skade Die pastoor van die Bellglen Christen Gemeente Kerk in Macassar, Denver Abrahams, bied ’n beloning van R1 000 aan vir inligting wat sal lei tot die inhegtenisneming van die verdagtes in ’n inbraak. Dit volg nadat daar vir die derde keer vanjaar by die kerk in Irisweg, Macassar, ingebreek is. Ongeveer 32 kleuters word daagliks by die Discovery Kids-kleuterskool op die perseel na omgesien. Sondae word die gebou as ’n plek van aanbidding gebruik. In die jongste voorval op Donderdag 31 Oktober is die diefwering uit die muur geruk en die venster gebreek om toegang tot die perseel te kry. In die eerste inbraak, wat op 9 Mei plaasgevind het, het diewe die kos en matrasse van die kleuters gebuit. Tydens ’n tweede inbraak, op 2 September, is nog groter skade aangerig. Die diewe het toegang tot die gebou deur ’n venster in die kombuis gekry en al die slotte van die koskaste en die yskas gebreek om kos wat vir die kinders bedoel was, te steel. Volgens Abrahams is hulle raadop, want el-
ke inbraak sit hul verder terug. “Hulle het ook twee van die kragproppe beskadig en die voorafbetaalde kragboks so erg verniel dat dit vervang moes word. Ek moes onmiddellik ’n elektrisiën uitkry en dit als kos geld,” het hy gesê. Abrahams voeg by dat daar groot planne vir die uitbreiding van die perseel is. Dit sluit in ’n plek van veiligheid vir mishandelde vroue asook ’n plek waar jeugprogramme aangebied kan word en waar berading aan lede van die gemeenskap gebied kan word. Hy sê egter dat al die uitgawes aan herstelwerk ná die inbrake hul planne om hierdie geriewe ’n werklikheid te maak, vertraag. Volgens Abrahams het hy al drie inbrake by die Macassar-polisie aangemeld, maar het dat daar tot op hede niks van gekom het nie. Die Helderberg Gazette het die polisie om kommentaar genader. Teen druktyd van die Gazette is egter geen kommentaar ontvang nie. Daar kon dus nie bevestig word of daar enige inhegtenisnemings vir die vorige inbrake was nie. Persone met inligting kan Abrahams by 079 088 0447 bel.
Busted for abalone DELIAH BRINKHUIS
A 30-year-old man from Hawston has appeared in the Strand Magistrate Court last Thursday for the illegal possession and transportation of abalone. Brent Dalton was arrested in Gordon’s Bay last Tuesday by the SAPS’s K9-unit after 5 307 shelled abalone was found in a Toyota Fortuner in which he was travelling. According to WO Nico Beukes, spokesperson for the Gordon’s Bay police, the man was travelling from Hawston along Sir Lowry’s Pass Road in the dark coloured Toyota Fortuner when he was pulled over by police at 09:50. The Fortuner, thought to be a courtesy vehicle,
was searched and 18 bags of shelled abalone (5 307) with an estimated value of more than R2 million was found. His next court appearance will be today (5 November). Later the same day at 11:00 the K9-Unit also raided a suspected abalone-drying facility in Asla Park on the N2. According to provincial spokesperson, Capt FC van Wyk, neighbouring businesses reported the smell of abalone in the vicinity. A total of 10 638 dried abalone worth R1,7 million and weighing 482 kg, were found in the building in Asla Park and confiscated. Drying racks, fans, scales and other equipment used to process the delicacy were also found at the deserted premises.No arrests have yet been made.
Pastoor Denver Abrahams van die Bellglen Christen Gemeente Kerk in Macassar by die diefwering wat tydens verlede week se inbraak gebreek is. FOTO’S: ILLANA FRANTZ
Die diewe het die slotte gebreek om toegang tot items soos kos, te kry.
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Illegal dumping still a problem Lwandle on the
brink of protest
After an article about illegal dumping in Sir Lowry’s Pass was published in the Helderberg Gazette (“Dumping an eyesore”, Helderberg Gazette, 29 October 2013), the Gazette this week noticed that the area surrounding the waste container in Nieuland Road, was clean.
However, a container down the road opposite the Rastakamp informal settlement remains an eyesore, with waste surrounding the container. When asked if the City of Cape Town has adjusted measures to keep this area clean, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utilities, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg said no. “The container is serviced twice weekly. Specialised equipment for the clearing of bulkier items, dumped illegally, is deployed across the metro as frequently as resources allow.” A local resident in the area says people from other areas contribute to the problem by still dumping their waste at the containers.
A container in nieuland Road, just before Somerset Forest, was clean when the Helderberg Gazette visited the area yesterday (Monday).PHOTOS: DELIAH BRINKHUIS
This container opposite Rastakamp in Sir Lowry’s Pass is still a hot-spot for illegal dumping.
A visit to Lwandle by high ranking municipal officials on Friday was cut short following rumours that the community was mobilising for a protest. The officials, from the office of Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, and councillors were evacuated when they reached Onverwacth Road where tensions allegedly grew. But, according to local ward councillor Jongidumo Maxheke, the incident was a misunderstanding, and the community was not planning a protest. The visit was intended to create a platform for residents to voice their grievances related to service delivery with the mayor. The officials arrived in Lwandle on Friday morning and were on a walk-about through the area when they were evacuated. A resident of Lwandle who wished to remain anonymous, says the community was merely gathering to share their grievances, when the officials “ran away”. He says the community was not planning to protest but rather wanted to show officials the “terrible” living con-
ditions in the Lwandle informal settlement. He says the community were expecting de Lille to visit Lwandle and became upset when she did not show. Solly Malatsi, de Lille’s spokesperson,says the mayor had to deal with pressing council matters and was therefore no longer able to attend that meeting. “This was communicated to the leaders.” “To showcase her commitment to listen to the concerns of the community, she delegated representatives from her office continue with the meeting in her absence.” According to Maxheke, the “burning issues” in the community are a lack of housing and electricity. He says the lack of electrical connections creates a dangerous situation, because people try to make illegal connections. The Lwandle resident agreed, saying that the lack of houses in the area is a big problem. He confirmed that several Lwandle residents took part in a mass protest in the Cape Town city centre on Wednesday 30 October where several shops and vendors’ stalls were vandalised.
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Massiewe ontwikkeling sal Helderberg vergroot DALEEN FOUCHÉ
An elated Thandiswa Mbele (third from left) received the keys to her new home in the Masincedane People’s Housing Project (PHP) in Lwandle. With her are (from left) project leader Nontsikelelo November Cenga, Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela and councillor Samuel Matha (Ward 85).
Families get new homes
Four Lwandle families are happy to be the owners of the newly built homes in the Masincedane Peoples Housing Project (PHP). Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, did the hand-
ing-over on Friday 18 October. Bruce Oom, spokesperson for the minister, says the housing development will provide for 468 houses on completion and will cost R26,7 million.
Fireworks can only be discharged on Macassar Beach Residents are urged to be cautious when discharging fireworks during Guy Fawkes celebrations today (5 November). The City of Cape Town has identified designated areas for this purpose and the Macassar Beach parking area
in Macassar Road is the designated area in the Helderberg. Pets should be kept indoors where possible. To report a fire, call 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone.
Nog ’n groot ontwikkeling vir die Helderberg, wat volgens plan meer as 3 000 huise en woonstelle sal insluit, sowel as ’n sakegebied van 5 ha, word beplan. Die grootskaalse ontwikkeling van 190 ha genaamd Sitari Fields, is tussen die N2 en die Ou Firgrove Hoofweg (R102), oorkant Macassar, geleë. Daar is voorheen ’n gholflandgoed beplan vir ’n gebied wat reeds omgewingsgoedkeuring ontvang het van die provinsiale departement van omgewingsake en ontwikkeling. Daar is beplan om 1 113 huise en ’n gholfbaan te bou. Die eiendom is egter in 2010 op ’n veiling verkoop voordat bouwerk aan die projek begin is. Die nuwe eienaars het intussen planne ingedien om 2 037 bykomende huise en woonstelle te bou waar die gholfbaan vir die vorige ontwikkeling beplan is. Die nuwe ontwikkelaars doen tans ’n nuwe omgewingsimpakstudie vir die nuwe planne. Indien die nuwe planne goedgekeur word, sal 3 150 huise en woonstelle gebou word wat ’n aftreeoord insluit. ’n Private skool met sportterrein en ’n 5 ha-gebied vir winkels word ook beplan.
Verder wil ontwikkelaars Klein Zeekoevlei (21 ha groot) rehabiliteer. Gedurende die omgewingsimpakstudie sal verskeie vakkundige ondersoeke onderneem word en ingenieurs sal veral kyk na die moontlike uitwerking op verkeer en opgraderings voorstel. Sitari Fields is nie die enigste grootskaalse ontwikkeling wat beplan word vir Helderberg nie. Die Paardevlei-ontwikkeling beoog om meer as 14 000 huise te bou, gepaard met nywerheidsgebiede en winkels op meer as 120 ha oor die volgende 20 jaar. Onderverdeling en hersoneringsaansoeke vir die Sitari Fields-eiendom word tans deur die Stad Kaapstad oorweeg. Cheryl Walters, hoof van beplanning en ontwikkeling by die Stad Kaapstad, verduidelik dat die Stad eers die onderverdeling en hersonering van die eiendom kan oorweeg wanneer die beoogde ontwikkeling omgewingsgoedkeuring verkry. “Dit is die moeite werd om te noem dat die beoogde ontwikkeling ooreenstem met die Stad Kaapstad se riglyne en binne die stadsoom val.” Die Helderberg Gazette verneem dat die projek, indien goedgekeur, in verskeie fases gebou sal word wat moontlik teen einde 2014 kan begin.
Staanplek amptelik in gebruik plek betrokke was Die Macassar-taxinie. Volgens Arthur staanplek is verlede Rhodes, sekretaris Vrydag (1 November) van die vereniging, in gebruik geneem ná het hulle ingestem ’n vergadering verlede om die staanplek te Dinsdag tussen die Sogebruik omdat hul merset-Wes Distriks glo die huidige Taxi-vereninging, wyk staanplek is die 109 raadslid en subraad mees geskikte ge22 voorsitter, John bied vir die staanHeuvel, en amptenare plek is en hulle van die Stad Kaapstad. hoop dit sal in ’n Die tydelike staanpermanente staanplek is die einde van ontwikkel Augustus teen ’n koste Taxi-eienaars- en bestuurders het Vrydag 1 November plek van R1,1 miljoen vol- die onlangs-voltooide tussentydse Macassar-taxi- word. Die staanplek betooi. Taxi-eienaars het staanplek in gebruik geneem. FOTO: ILLANA FRANTZ skik oor twee cheaanvanklik geweier om die staanplek te gebruik omdat, volgens miese toilette en toiletgeriewe behoort binne hulle, hul nie by die beplanning van die staan- die volgende paar weke opgegradeer te word.
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WHOLESOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Tia van Wyk, a Grade 7 pupil at Loreto Primary School in Strand feeds porridge to Urine Maarman from Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. The pupils and a teacher, Beth Forbes, visited the Under His Wings organisation as part of their community outreach programme. Under His Wings, which is run by Pearl Stryders, also has a feeding scheme in Sir Lowry’s Pass where more than 400 children, from toddlers to high school pupils, can enjoy breakfast and lunch daily.
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Stock up on electricity The City of Cape Town’s pre-paid electricity vending system will be shut down for essential maintenance between 21:00 on Wednesday 6 November and 05:00 on Thursday 7 November. This shutdown will disable all vending systems and will therefore also affect all purchases of electricity. Consumers who fall within the City’s supply areas will not be able to purchase pre-paid electricity units during these hours. Residents who are directly supplied by Eskom will however not be
affected. The City apologised for the inconvenience. “Due to unforeseen circumstances during the original upgrade, the required work could not be completed within the allotted time.” Consumers are encouraged to purchase the necessary electricity units beforehand to avoid any hassles. Should residents wish to be updated on the progress of the upgrade, they are welcome to contact the Electricity Technical Operations Centre on 0860 103 089, or SMS 31220.
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Tuesday 5 November 2013
Samaritan thankful for helpfulness after theft of computer On Friday 18 October at 07:40, I naively picked up a hitchhiker at the Sir Lowry’s and N2 intersection while en route to work in Strand, only to have him take my laptop as he got out of the car. I had saved every photo I have taken in the past eight years on this little box. This letter is to express my sincerest gratitude to My Heroes! Firstly, I would like to thank the officer who answered when I called 10111 shortly after the incident. Despite my adrenaline and shock, he was extremely polite, kept the questions short and sweet and immediately sent a unit out to where I dropped off the suspect. I am sorry for not thinking of asking the name of the “angel on the line” but if you read
this, thank you for putting my mind at ease at such a stressful time and for your patience. Secondly, to Constable Khobe and Constable Felix, from Lwandle Police station for your quick response, your calm and professional manner and for making my situation seem like the most important mission of your day. A big thank you to Sergeant Jack, the smiling angel of Lwandle Police station, for the efficient and gentle manner in which you handled my report, despite the absolute chaos around you. With the adrenaline subsiding and the emotions starting to kick in, your smile and chatting kept me calm. Also to Sergeant Damons, who calmly walked into the station just over an hour later with eight years of my life in pictures in his hands.
He and his team had responded to the call within minutes. Armed with the information provided by various witnesses, knowledge of the area, quick thinking and years of experience, they managed to find the suspect and recover the laptop. Sadly, due to the terrain, the suspect managed to escape. I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the two gentleman and two women who had been so observant and helpful in providing the direction in which the suspect had gone as well as his name and where he was likely to head with the item. Speaking out against crime and helping without asking for anything in return, it is your willingness and kindness that gives me hope.
GRATEFUL, GORDON’S BAY
Gazette-lesers lewer kommentaar per sms Polisie lê beslag op dwelms Dis goed en wel dat die polisie op groot hoeveelhede dwelms in Lwandle beslag gelê het, maar dit wen nie die stryd teen dwelms nie! Oop grense maak dit maklik vir dwelms om in groot hoeveelhede na Suid-Afrika en die res van die wêreld te vloei. Suid-Afrika sit nie meer met die sterk narkotiese eenhede wat dwelmsmouse vasvat nie. Die SA regstelsel het Suid-Afrikaners gefaal. Suid-Afrika is
vrot tot op die been van die dwelms. My raad is, voed jou kinders op met waardes en leer hulle die gevare van dwelms voordat dit te laat is. Rynhardt, Somerset-Wes Gewapende rooftogte Dit is goed en wel om “cops” en “robbers” te speel, maar baie rowers gaan voor Kersfees winkels teiken, want mense is werkloos en honger. Hoeveel onskuldige mense gaan in die spervuur beland tussen die polisie en die
rowers? Hoe goed is die polisie werklik om sulke situasies te systap? R.V.R, Somerset-Wes Senior versorging Aan al die seniors in Salvo Park, Firgrove- die tuisversorgers begin weer met hul diabeetversorging op Donderdag 7 November by die Oak Tree-klub, Eikelaan 48 (mnr. Arendse se huis). Bloeddruk- en bloedsuikertoetse, asook voetversorging sal gedoen word. Anne Fischer
No home visits over registration weekend Preparations in the Western Cape for the Registration Weekend for the upcoming elections, which is scheduled for 9 and 10 November, are on track. “Our operations are in place, however there is a misconception that IEC officials will be available to register people at their homes over the weekend if they apply to an IEC office to do so due to illness, senior age or an infliction that would prevent them from visiting a registration station over that weekend. This is unfortunately not possible before or over
the registration weekend,” said Courtney Sampson, provincial electoral officer. People who have requested a home registration will be visited by IEC officials after registration weekend. These persons include those residing in communal homes for senior citizens and frail care institutions. Sampson says in the past the IEC received requests for home visits from able bodied people, which causes a strain on their resources. To sign up for home registration, visit the IEC offices in Strand on the corner of Fagan and Main Road.
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Vanessa Kerchhoff with her son, Vanito, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.
Help broaden Vanito’s horizons DALEEN FOUCHÉ
A single mother of two is reaching out to residents to assist in paying for her son’s school fees as he suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has to attend a special needs school. Vanessa Kerschhoff, from Carey Park in Somerset West, says her son Vanito (8) started school this year at the Gloria Botha School, a private school for children with learning disabilities. She says she is thankful for the opportunity he has been granted and the dedication of the teachers there, which resulted in him showing good progress. However, he has not been attending school for the past month, as his mother was unable to pay his tuition. Vanessa suffers from a disease called De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, which makes her hands barely functional as she is unable to hold items. In 2009, an operation to treat this condition was unsuccessful and the nerve in her wrist was severed. She struggles to pay the R950 for Vanito’s monthly fees as her only source of income is her R1 260 disability grant and her son’s grant of the
TIME FOR MISS BUTTERFLY: The annual Miss Butterfly pageant takes place in the Macassar High School hall on 13 December. This year the event has been extended to include the entire Helderberg, which allows girls from other areas to enter. Young girls interested are urged to enter before 15 November. There are the categories: Juniors (6 to 9 years), seniors (10 to 13) and teens (14 to 17). The event is presented by Easy Events SA and sponsored by the Butterfly Foundation. It starts at 19:00 and tickets are R20. Pictured is contestant Rolene Titus. For more information, phone Esther on 072 452 2010. PHOTO: BERNADETTE ROSSI
same amount. Vanessa explains that Vanito’s grant is used exclusively to cater for his needs According to Vanessa, Vanito was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 11 months. He was born prematurely at 35 weeks, weighing only 1,5kg. He only has 5% vision, a severe speech impediment and has difficulty balancing himself. Vanessa finds raising two sons on a disability grant challenging, not allowing her to provide Vanito with the education he needs. Smiling she describes Vanito as happy, well-mannered child. He’s very sensitive to sound, she says, and cannot handle loud noise. “He is the light of my life and always puts a smile on my face. Everyone who meets him, falls in love with him.” Vanessa says if Vanito does not attend school, his world will become very small and there will be little chance of improving his condition. Isabel Fourie, principal at Gloria Botha School, says Vanito needs specialised schooling. If you can assist Vanessa and Vanito in any way phone her on 082 746 1085.
BADISA-PRAATJIE: Josephine May, ’n maatskaplike werker by Badisa, het onlangs die Young at Hearts-groep in Macassar toegespreek. Anita Jooste (regs), die sosiale misdaadkoördineerder by die Macassar-polisie, het ook wenke aan die groep gegee oor hoe om hulself te beveilig. FOTO’S: BERNADETTE ROSSI
VEILIGHEIDSWENKE: Lede van die Young at Hearts-groep in Macassar luister na Anita Jooste, sosiale misdaadkoördineerder by die Macassar-polisie, se veiligheidswenke.
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Dinsdag 5 November 2013
General - Algemeen
500 fed at Eid event
Kariema Rhoda and Fazlin Hercules enjoyed the lunch.
Gospel Festival in Stellenbosch Make sure not to miss the event of the year with the Each 1 Reach 1 Gospel Festival that will feature South Africa’s top gospel performers. The concert will be hosted at the Van Der Stel Stadium in Stellenbosch in Du Toit Street, opposite the police station on friday 15 November with artists such as Loyiso, Heinz Winckler, Lulu Dikana, and many more talented artists performing. The Each 1 Reach 1 Gospel Festival is a fundraising event for the registered non-profit organisation, Needyland. Needyland is an independent fund-raising organisation established in 2009 to implement and support programmes to alleviate poverty, build business, individual capacity and facilitate access to resources and promote the empowerment of marginalised, disadvantaged communities and their individuals. Tickets for the festival are R150 and are available at Computicket. The gates open at 16:00 and the concert starts at 19:00.
The Nurul Islam Jamaat Islamic Trust of Strand hosted their annual Eid Celebrations on 15 October. The event was held at the Abattoir sports field in Strand and it is customary to slaughter sheep as part of the celebration. According to Shamiel Davids, chairperson of the trust, more than 500 people attended the luncheon. Davids says they were also able to perform the traditional animal slaughtering on the field under the close supervision of the SPCA and with the approval of the mu-
nicipality’s health department. “This was truly a historic event because never in the history of the Muslim community of Strand had there been such an event,” says Davids. He says the organisation hopes to make this an annual event and would like to accommodate more people next year. Attendees were also educated on the slaughtering of animals. The organisation would like to thank all their sponsors as well as the guests and organisers of the event who supported the celebrations.
A few sheep were slaughtered as part of the celebrations. Here Moees Daggia and Zain Van Niekerk prepare the meat.
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Helderberg club cricket off to explosive start Club cricket in the Helderberg got off to an explosive start with some thrilling T20 action and some impressive performances by players in the two-day league matches. Judging from performances from players in the local clubs to date this season should prove to be a good one for most of the local clubs. The five cricket clubs in the Helderberg who are playing in the various Western Province Cricket Association’s leagues this season are: Helderberg Cricket Club (1 C division), Rawson Somerset West, Hottentots Holland and Macassar (2 A division) and Sir Lowry’s Pass (2 B division). The 2013–’14 cricket season in the Helderberg started with the inaugural and very successful Peter Stuurman T20 Tournament. Helderberg, Somerset West, Macassar and Hottentots Holland cricket clubs were invited to the tournament which show cased the impressive array of cricketing talent in the Helderberg. Spectators were treated to some thrilling matches which eventually saw old rivals Helderberg play Somerset West in the final. The hard-fought match could’ve gone either way but in the end Somerset West prevailed and won the nail biter by seven runs. The league T20 followed and the local clubs
again showed good form in this format of the game which was followed directly by the two day league. The cricketers from the local clubs found the initial transition from T20 matches to the two day league very difficult. Thanks to a very determined fight back by Helderberg they were able to draw with Milnerton in their first two-day away game. The draw was chiefly thanks to opener GaryJon Sylvester (114) and stalwart Vincent Castle (102) who chalked up a partnership of 155 as well as a much needed 50 runs by Ebbie Latief. Somerset West found the going against Rylands tough and lost the match by an innings and 50 runs. Although disappointed they vowed to bounce back in their next two-day match with a better performance. Macassar who played against Brooklyn Telkom put up a hard fight but eventually lost the match by 74 runs. Young up and coming Macassar cricketer Cameron Mitchell excelled in the match and was man of the match with his 29 not out bin the first innings and 23 in the second and with bowling figures of 10-2-23 in the first innings and 22-3-11 in the second. With superb all round skills such as this young Cameron is sure to have a long and successful cricket career.
Tony Sylvester, captain and veteran wicket keeper for the club’s fourth team, also known as the ghost squad (because they’re only seen on Saturdays when they play matches) takes a delivery behind the stumps during their recent match against Brooklyn Telkom which Helderberg won by 10 wickets.
Lourensford home to Epic finale again The dramatic new route of the eleventh edition of the Absa Cape Epic, which takes place from 23 to 30 March next year (2014), will once again come to an end at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West. The 2014 route offers participants from around the world an awesome trail that showcases the best that the Western Cape has to offer. Both local and international mountain-biking enthusiasts will be taking on the demanding eight-day mountain bike adventure of 718 km with
14 850 m of climbing. The route, which changes significantly each year, will lead 1 200 cyclists through vast distances of virgin territory, previously untouched by the race. With its challenging and exhilarating landscapes, the stage locations of Robertson, Greyton and Oak Valley Wine Estate await the most prestigious mountain-bike stage race in the world, before riders again finish at the Lourensford Wine Estate as has been tradition since 2007.
Lead group of the 2011 Cape Epic pushes up through steep sand during stage 6 around Oak Valley on the 2nd April 2011.
PHOTO: SVEN MARTIN/CAPE EPIC/SPORTZPICS