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Rosh Hashanah PLANT ’n BOOM: Clara Engelbrecht (72) en haar kleinseun CJ (4) van Lourensia Park, het verlede Vrydag ’n boom ter viering van Nasionale Boomplantdag by hul huis geplant.
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SLP’s plea for power NICOLE MCCAIN
Sir Lowry’s Pass residents living on the temporary site of erf ST 1154-31 have asked the City of Cape Town to give them electricity. Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for human settlements in the City of Cape Town, says that although electrification for the site was not initially planned, the possibility is now being looked into. “The City of Cape Town and Eskom, in whose supply area Sir Lowry’s Pass Village falls, are looking at the possibility of providing tempo-
rary electrification,” Sonnenberg says. Residents say they made the request because they are worried that a lack of electricity create health and safety hazards. Several illegal electrical connections have already been set up, and this is of grave concern to the residents, says community leader Lionel Benjamin. Earlier this year, a Sir Lowry’s Pass woman was killed by a badly earthed illegal connection. The line sent a lethal current through her shack and electrocuted her. The other households on the temporary site are forced to use fires for cooking, light and warmth.
However, the site’s layout does not follow the fire regulation stating that buildings should be at least three metres apart. This, Sonnenberg says, is because the site is temporary. “As this is an emergency area, and due to space constraints, the city’s human settlements directorate has not enforced this. Experience has shown that it is very difficult to police as people often extend into this ‘fire break’, or erect a new structure in it.” Benjamin says there is an added health risk caused by the fires. “People have asthma and are badly affected by the smoke. They have been suffering from the cold, because they can’t warm their homes properly.”
The request is based on humanitarian concerns, says Benjamin. “People’s lives are endangered.” The City of Cape Town could not confirm when any electricity would be installed, as it is still investigating the feasibility of doing so.
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Oud en jonk plant bome
Taxi with a taste for safety
NICOLE MCCAIN Helderberg-inwoners het verlede week hul moue opgerol ter viering van Nasionale Boomplantdag. Die Life Church in Somerset-Wes, in samewerking met die Greenminded Environmental organisasie, het 20 bome aan die Lourensia Park woongebied geskenk. “Ons wou die ouer geslag betrek, in plaas van om slegs op skole te fokus,” het Sonette Smit van dié organisasie gesê. “Op dié manier gee ons dit wat ons daagliks uit die natuur neem, terug.” Dié organisasie het ook 20 bome aan die Strand-gemeenskap geskenk. Rusthof Sekondêr het ’n skenking van 60 bome van die Strand Rotariërklub ontvang en elke klas kon twee bome plant en benoem. Volgens onderhoof René Terhoven is die plant van bome nie net om wetenskap aan die leerlinge te leer nie, maar ook om die skool te vestig.
Tuesday 11 September 2012
NICOLE MCCAIN Lwandle’s Kelly Malizana wakes up long before sunrise every morning to make sure he’s in his taxi and ready to pick up his first passenger – at 03:20.
Die graad-8C klas met van links, Robert Adcock en Mark Stuyck Julies van die Strand Rotariërs, onderhoof René Terhoven en klasonderwyser Myra Julies. FOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN Zukisa Mara, Ilse Pistorius van die Life Church, Sonette Smit van Greenminded Enviromental Organisation, wyk 15 raadslid Benedicta van Minnen, Jo Swart (Life Church) en Lourensia Park-inwoner Jan Everson. FOTO: VERSKAF
After that he fetches another seven passengers, all of them from their homes, and takes them to the train station in Strand. The pick-ups at home are done at no extra cost. Kelly (52), who has been driving his taxi for 15 years, started collecting his passengers at their homes because, he says, it’s not safe for them to walk to the taxi rank at that time. “People were crying that no-one was safe. Skollies would take their phones and their money.
I said to myself: ‘What can I do to help them?’” His solution was to take them out of the dangerous situation by providing his door-to-door service, which he has been running for the last two years. The Macassar Taxi Association found their commuters had a similar problem, and so they also run a door-to-door service now, says the associations’s secretary, Arthur Rhodes. From 04:00, taxi drivers pick up their customers from their homes or the street, and then drop them off at their various destinations, all at no extra cost. The taxi rank opens at 09:00. A second driver in Lwandle who provides a similar service was unable for an interview. 0 Kelly Malizana of KM Taxis on 082 696 7104.
Kelly Malizana with his taxi.
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ACVV-HANDEWERK: Die jaarlikse ACVV Strand se handwerkuitstalling word op 12 September vanaf 10:0016:00 in die Strand stadsaal gehou. Handwerk wat deur die bejaarde lede van die ACVV gemaak is, sal ook te koop aangebied word asook lekker eetgoed met tee en koffie. Bel Jackie Dippenaar by 021 854 7215 vir meer inligting. Dianne Stuurman (links) en Sarah Steve is hier tydens ’n vorige handwerkuitstalling afgeneem.
LOSLIT-SEEROWER: Chadley Thysen, ’n lid van die Aanhouwen werksentrum in Somerset-Wes het soos ’n seerower aangetrek toe hy verlede Vrydag Loslitdag gevier het.
The Strand Community Police Forum invites the residents of Sector 2 to a public meeting on 13 September. Sector 2 includes De Bos, George Park, South End, Beverly Hills, Morkel Cottage and Greenways. The meeting will take place at 19:00 at the Eagle Hall on the corner of Boundary and Brewery Roads. A Sector 3 meeting for the areas of Van der Stel, Gants Centre and Strand North is to be held on 20 September from 19:00 at the Dutch Reformed Church on the corner of Joubert and Van Der Stel Streets. The meetings will look into strategies to build strong partnerships in the fight against crime.
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Complaint campaign From too bright to just right NICOLE MCCAIN
A new patient complaints system being piloted at Helderberg Hospital is yielding positive results, according to the Department of Health. Patients who wish to lodge complaints can now SMS 31022, call 0860 142 142, or email email@example.com Since the launch of the complaints centre last month, 75% of queries were dealt with on the same day, and 50% were resolved overall, the department says. Gazette asked people if they felt the system was a step forward.
Nuhraan Samuels, Strand dink die nuwe stelsel het diens by die hospitaal verbeter. “Die diens was sleg, maar dit het baie verbeter. Ek is baie beïndruk met hoe mense behandel word.”
Robert Meyer, Macassar meen die SMS-lyn is ’n goeie idee, maar dat mense dikwels onnodig kla. “Jy moet net geduldig wees by die hospitaal. Baie mense kla oor niks.”
Philemon Sikhosana from Zola says patients have a right to complain if they aren’t treated properly. He thinks the new system will make it easier for patients to do so. “People don’t always know where to complain. Maybe now things will change.”
“It’ a good idea to have a complaint system, because then the hospital can improve its service,” says Shakeena Andrews from Broadlands Park. “Now, if you can’t get help at the hospital, you can call the call centre.”
“Die diens by die hospitaal is goed, maar die SMS-lyn waar pasiënte klagtes kan aanmeld, is steeds ’n goeie idee,” sê Kraaifontein se Wilhelm Bock.
The fences along Main Road in Somerset West got a make-over after a local business owner decided to pick up where the City of Cape Town left off. The City started painting the wooden fences on the traffic islands in June, but work came to a halt after some residents objected to the colour scheme of red, green and yellow, meant to reflect the City’s logo. “Comments received were that the trial colours were too bright,” says councillor Tandeka Gqada, mayoral committee member for community services. Gqada says the local City Parks office received four written letters and numerous telephonic complaints, after which the City decided to revert to the former colours of green and white. Rose McFall of Rose McFall Properties on Main Road then offered to complete the upgrade. However, bad weather delayed the painting, says Gqada, which has only just been completed. McFall says she took over the painting because she felt the colours were inappropriate for a historical town like Somerset West. As
her contribution for Madiba Day, she decided to pay for the upgrade herself. McFall estimates the job cost her around R10 000, for the paint and the two painters. Ward councillor Stuart Pringle says no money had initially been budgeted for returning the fence to its original colours. Gqada adds: “Rose McFall Properties offered their services voluntarily, and the local City Parks office accepted this as a once-off arrangement.”
Adolf Potberg is one of the two painters who repainted the wooden fences in Main Road Somerset West.
Seven in court Seven men appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on charges of robbery on Friday. They were arrested after the Strand Cash and Carry in Main Road was robbed at midday on Thursday last week. Criminals assaulted the cashiers and demanded money. Police spokesperson Constable Mabulelo Mafuna says the robbers made their getaway in a Toyota Avanza after having helped themselves to cash, cartons of cigarettes and other items. The Strand police gave chase and arrested seven people at the intersection of Altena and Broadway Streets. The officers confiscated guns, and an undisclosed amount of cash. The case was postponed to tomorrow (Wednesday) for a bail application. Anyone who has information that could assist with the investigation is urged to phone Detective Constable Andrew Braaf on 0 021 854 9100.
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Local Imam fights trash with information NICOLE MCCAIN
A local imam, prompted by the illegal dumping at the wetland along Boundary Street in Strand, has launched awareness events for children in the area. Imam Naziem Safodien arranged an education programme to teach children about hygiene, and why it’s important not to dump or litter around the wetland. “The existence of a wetland is very important. We need to appreciate our wetland by looking after it, and not damage it by dumping our dirt in it,” says Safodien. “So our appeal to the public living near the wetland is to look after the wetland.” Bags were distributed to locals to encourage them to dispose of their refuse properly, and
they were educated about the effects of dumping around the wetland. Safodien also distributed toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children. Safodien says the community is also appealing to the subcouncil to place a signboard indicating no dumping is allowed, and to fine any offenders. Ward councillor Johan Middleton, who pointed out that the fine for dumping illegally is R500, says the Metro Police do patrol the area, but people often dump at night. Middleton adds that no-dumping signs are often vandalised or stolen. But, he says, the Solid Waste Department does clean the area weekly. Safodien also says the community has no containers in which to place refuse. Middleton says the community’s concern will be sent on to Solid Waste, and a motion for containers will be put before the subcouncil.
Tuesday 11 September 2012
Wellness Centre for Lwandle The Sizophila Wellness Centre in Lwandle opened its doors last Monday (3 September) In partnership with the Western Cape Health Department and the Strand-based Masincedane Centre the walk-in clinic will primarily offer HIV testing and counselling as well as TB screening, eye screening, family planning and pregnancy testing and blood pressure and blood glucose testing. The centre will also provide homebased
care in certain areas. An additional service is the patient support groups for HIV/AIDS, stroke and hypertension and diabetes patients. The Wellness Centre will provide its services from Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 16:00. Contact the Sizophila Wellness Centre by phoning sister Tessia August on 021 845 8444.
WELLNESS CENTRE OPENS: At the opening of the centre were (from left) Roger Alligham (Masincedane), Gail Viana, Leslie August (Department: Health Western Cape), facility manager Tessia August, Annette Akar and Brenda Jacobs.
Lwandle police station commander Lieutenant Colonel Bongani Mtakati (left) and ward 86 councillor Jongidumo Maxheke at the launch.
Sizophila Wellness centre staff (from left) Mzinisi Rulashe (homebased carer, Masincedane), sister Tessia August (facility manager), Mathilda Januarie, Sibongila Mtshizana and Babalwa Sipondo (lay counsellors) and Thobeka Malizana (homebased carer, Masincedane).
Naziem Safodien hands out bags to encourage the community around the wetland to stop dumping. Seen with him are local children Jamie Lee, Ramone Katz, Danwell Daniels, Joshua Hendericks, Tia Frantz and Rugshana van Niekerk. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN
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Moves like Jagger sorg vir groot lekkerte Zandvliet Sekondêre skool het hul eerste musiekproduksie, Moves like Jagger, op 31 Augustus en 1 September by Macassar Hoërskool gehou.
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LOSLITDAG: Die Gazettespan (van links) nuusredakteur Deliah Brinkhuis, joernalis Nicole McCain en advertensie-konsultant Muhammad Brinkhuis, was ook aan boord met Loslitdag se see-tema op 7 September. Hul kontakbesonderhede is soos volg: Deliah Brinkhuis by 021 841 4292 of firstname.lastname@example.org; Nicole McCain by 021 841 4265 of email@example.com; en Muhammad Brinkhuis by 021 841 4275 of firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesers lug hul menings Smokkelary Ek is ’n inwoner van Helderzicht (Silvertas). Ek ondersteun nie die Lourensia Park-inwoner wat van smokkelary beskuldig word nie. Ek wonder net hoe hy kan smokkel, as die inwoners van Lourensia Park daagliks verby my huis na die Gardens toe stap om drank te koop. Naweke is dit veral erg. Dit gaan reeds sedert verlede Desember so aan.
Toename in aborsies Die feit dat 75 000 aborsies verlede jaar uitgevoer is, wys dat dit buite beheer is. Die gratis mediese sorg van die ANC-regering help die aborsies verder aan. Ouers moet hul dogters met waardes opvoed, want jou liggaam is die tempel van die
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Here. Stop die rondslapery! Piet Steyn, Strand Rondslapery is aan die orde van die dag, want dit is te maklik om ’n aborsie te kry. Die jong dames moet onthou as jy Vigs opdoen gaan ’n aborsie jou nie meer kan red nie! Bestaan die woord trots nie meer in sekere dames se woordeskat nie? Rynhardt, Somerset-Wes Wat van al die aborsie-advertensies wat ons dorp se lamppale en verkeerstekens ontsier? Is dit wettig en het die persoon toestemming? Jean
Bomdreigemente Ek hoop die polisie kry die persoon wat die bomdreigement by Strand-munisipaliteit gemaak het. Mense wat bomdreigemente maak moet lewenslange gevangenisstraf kry. R.Nel,Strand
I went down to Somerset West Police Station and reported the burglary. An inspector was assigned to investigate the case. Somerset West Police Station contacted me on Sunday afternoon and arranged for fingerprints to be taken, during which the inspector came to my home and introduced himself. SAPS Strand went out of their way to keep me informed of the progress and let me know exactly what the thief had in his possession. They were extremely professional and helpful at all times. By Wednesday afternoon the stolen goods that the thief had in his possession were returned to me. I hope that this thank you at least makes a difference and lets the SAPS know that they are appreciated!
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KENNISGEWING 2012/2013 AANSUIWERINGSBEGROTING: OORDRAGTE VAN 2011/2012 FINANSIËLE JAAR
Kennis geskied hiermee ingevolge, onderskeidelik, artikel 28(2)(e) van die Wet op Plaaslike Regering: Munisipale Finansiële Bestuur, 2003 (Wet No. 56 van 2003) en regulasie 23(5) van die Munisipale Begrotings- en Verslagdoeningsregulasies, 2008, dat die oordragte van die 2011/2012 finansiële jaar by die Raadsvergadering gehou op 23 Augustus 2012 onder Item R14.4 goedgekeur is. Ingevolge artikel 21(A) van die Wet op Plaaslike Regering: Munisipale Stelsels, 2000 (Wet No. 32 van 2000), gelees saam met regulasie 26 van die Munisipale Begrotings- en Verslagdoeningsregulasies 2008, lê die gemelde Raadsbesluit en alle ander tersaaklike dokumentasie ter insae by die ondergemelde kantore van die Kaapse Wynland Distriksmunisipaliteit gedurende gewone kantoorure en is ook beskikbaar op die Kaapse Wynland Distriksmunisipaliteit se webwerf by www.capewinelands.gov.za: Stellenbosch (Alexanderstraat 46): Worcester (Trappesstraat 51): Paarl (Hoofweg 194): Ceres (Munnikstraat 27): Robertson (Van Reenenstraat 40): Montagu (Badstraat 50): M. MGAJO MUNISIPALE BESTUURDER
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Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 28(2)(e) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act No. 56 of 2003) and Regulation 23(5) of the Municipal Budget and Reporting Regulations, 2008, respectively, that the rollovers from the 2011/2012 financial year were approved at the Council Meeting held on 23 August 2012 under Item C14.4. In terms of Section 21(A) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000), read with Regulation 26 of the Municipal Budget and Reporting Regulations 2008, the said Council resolution and all other relevant documents may be inspected at the under-mentioned offices of the Cape Winelands District Municipality during normal office hours and are also available on the Cape Winelands District Municipality’s website at www.capewinelands.gov.za: Stellenbosch (46 Alexander Street): Worcester (51 Trappes Street): Paarl (194 Main Road): Ceres (27 Munnik Street): Robertson (40 Van Reenen Street): Montagu (50 Bad Street):
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The police are appreciated! I would like to say a big thank you to the SAPS for their support and superb service. Also a thank you to the good Samaritan who alerted the SAPS, which led to the arrest of one of the individuals, still with some of the stolen goods in hand. Upon wakening on Sunday morning, 26 August, I found that I had been burgled. Luckily I sleep with my bedroom door locked. They had ransacked the rest of the house, helped themselves to food and wine, and were very selective in what they took. I had just opened my garage door to go and report the burglary when an SAPS Strand van pulled up in my driveway. They came to check the property after arresting one of the thieves; my name and address were in my laptop case, which the thief had in his possession.
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RObERTsON HOsPiTAL, LANgEbERg sub-DisTRicT (cAPE WiNELANDs DisTRicT)
Administration clerk: support (Transport) REMuNERATiON: R 108 078 PER ANNuM sERvicE bENEFiTs: 13th cheque, employer’s contribution to the pension fund, housing and medical aid allowance. REquiREMENTs: MiNiMuM EDucATiONAL quALiFicATiON: Senior Certificate (or equivalent). ExPERiENcE: Appropriate experience in a transport environment. iNHERENT REquiREMENTs OF THE jOb: • Valid (Code B/EB) driver’s licence without any vehicle restrictions • Must be willing to work overtime, rotate and/or relieve personnel. cOMPETENciEs (kNOWLEDgE/skiLLs): • Ability to communicate (verbal and written) in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape • Knowledge of and/or exposure to Transport Circular No 4 of 2000 • Computer literacy (MS Excel, Word and Outlook) • Knowledge of FLEETMAN • Knowledge of Government Motor Transport • Knowledge of Telkom Switchboard. DuTiEs (kEy REsuLT AREAs/OuTPuTs): • Handle booking of GG vehicles online and advise applicants • Complete trip authorities and verify legality of driver’s licences and authority numbers • Check and process log sheets • Ensure the effective transport of official passengers, patients’ post, packages and equipment • Perform regular vehicle inspections and arrange for maintenance/repair of GG vehicles • Answer telephone professionally within 3 rings, transfer calls, take messages when necessary and reconcile private telephone accounts • Perform relief duties on an ad-hoc basis and render other administrative duties. ENquiRiEs: Mr P Kleintjies: 023 626-8500
Administration clerk: Finance (Hospital Fees) REMuNERATiON: R 108 078 PER ANNuM sERvicE bENEFiTs: 13th cheque, employer’s contribution to the pension fund, housing and medical aid allowance. REquiREMENTs: MiNiMuM EDucATiONAL quALiFicATiON: Senior Certificate (or equivalent) with Mathematics and/or Accounting as a passed subject and/or Senior Certificate (or equivalent) with experience/competencies that focus on the Key Performance Areas of the post. iNHERENT REquiREMENT OF THE jOb: Valid (Code B/EB) driver’s licence. cOMPETENciEs (kNOWLEDgE/skiLLs): • Ability to communicate (verbal and written) in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape • Computer literacy (MS Excel, Word and Outlook) • Good coordination and problem solving skills • Knowledge of CLINICOM, BAS and ARS Billing Systems • Knowledge of Procedure Manual Chapter 18, UPFS and/or relevant finance instructions. DuTiEs (kEy REsuLT AREAs/OuTPuTs): • Correct assessing, billing, releasing and submitting of invoices (Medical Aid, Subsidised, SANDF, SAPS, DCS, MVA, COID, Foreigners, etc) • Regular follow-up of EDI-rejections, COGNOS reports, unknown lists, medical aid statements, state department claims (SANDF/DCS/SAPS), debt older than 60/120 days, above R 10 000, MVA/COID, payment arrangements and unreleased/suspended cases • Daily, weekly and monthly reconciliation of state monies between systems (cashiers, sub-bank account, banking FINN, BAS, billing, debt collector), debits and credits • Perform cashier duties, manage petty cash and issue FINN 448’s • Assist with case management duties, daily down-time patient visits and electronic/manual medical records • Liaise with, follow-up and handle Medico Legal cases and debtor queries/complaints • Handle, record, order and distribute face value forms/books, in/outgoing mail and Patient Administration stock. ENquiRiEs: Ms C Davids: 023 626-8050/614-8100 Please submit your aPPlication for the attention of mr hJ myburgh, to the District manager: langeberg sub-District, Private bag X617, robertson 6705. iNsTRucTiONs TO APPLicANTs Z83 forms (obtainable from any Government department or www.capegateway.gov.za) must: Be completed in full, clearly reflect the name of the position, name and date of the publication (candidates may use this as reference), be signed, accompanied by a comprehensive CV, the names of 3 referees and certified copies of ID, driver’s licence and qualification/s. A separate application form must be completed for each post. Applications without the afore-mentioned will not be considered. Applications must be forwarded to the address as indicated on the advertisement. No late, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. CV’s will not be returned. Excess personnel will receive preference. Applications, which are received after the closing date, will not be considered. Further communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates. If you have not received a response from the Department within 3 months of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful. It will be expected of candidates to be available for selection interviews on a date, time and place as determined by the Department. As directed by the Department of Public service & Administration, applicants must note that further checks will be conducted once they are shortlisted and that their appointment is subject to positive outcomes on these checks, which include security clearance, qualification verification, criminal records, credit records and previous employment.
M. MGAJO MUNICIPAL MANAGER Cape Winelands District Municipality 46 Alexander Street Stellenbosch 7600
Human Communications C95462
P O s i T i v E A b O u T P E O P L E W i T H D i sA b i L i T i E s
The Western Cape Government is guided by the principles of Employment Equity. Disabled candidates are encouraged to apply and an indication in this regard would be appreciated.
closing Date 5 October 2012 Human Communications C95430E
Year 16 • Dinsdag 11 September 2012 | Tel. 021 853 0211
Macassar se netbalster NICOLE MCCAIN
JAG CHAMPS: The Pronutro Jag runners from Macassar put in an outstanding performance at the five-kilometre fun run held at Lourensford Wine Estate on 2 September. With 15 entries, the first three places in the boys’ event went to these fine runners. Seen here (from left) are Beyano Lewis (third place), Ricardo de Beer (second) and Corné Pietersen (first). Athletes interested in joining the training group can contact Lewellyn on 0 081 493 2854, or attend their practice sessions at Macassar High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15:00. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wat gebeur op sportgebied? Joernalis
Nicole McCain | email@example.com | 021 841 4265
Een van Macassar se sportsterre se talent is onlangs beloon toe sy vir die Boland-netbalspan gekies is. Lauren Martinus (22) het van 2 tot 11 Augustus in die Suid-Afrikaanse-kampioenskapstoernooi in Johannesburg deelgeneem as deel van die Bizhub Boland-span. Na afloop van wedstryde teen 11 ander spanne regoor die land, het die plaaslike span vyfde plek behaal. Lauren het in haar tienerjare as leerling van Hottentots-Holland Hoërskool begin netbal speel. “Een van my vriendinne het gesê ek moet dit probeer, en ek het toe uitgevind dat ek eintlik goed is,” sê Lauren. Dié verdediger het aanhou speel, en is reeds vir die laaste agt jaar op die netbalbaan. Haar betrokkenheid het nie ná skool geëindig nie. Lauren het vier jaar gelede by die Chrysalis Netbalklub in Macassar aangesluit. Sy en 12 ander vroue speel vir die klub, en volgens Lauren kry hul goeie ondersteuning van die gemeenskap. Lauren sê sy beoefen die sport vir meer as net die oefening. “Dis fun. Dit hou my gedagtes van ander goed af, soos dwelms of alkohol en ander negatiewe goed.” Vir meer inligting oor die Chrysalis Netbalklub, bel die klubvoorsitter, Audrey Jacobs, by 078 068 7978.
Lauren Martinus (22) het onlangs vir die Boland netbalspan in die Suid-Afrikaanse kampioenskappe gespeel.