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Leverne Young resigns from Midrand Community Policing Forum.

Former Midrand CPF member says all is not well DISGRUNTLED Midrand Community Policing Forum (CPF) member Leverne Young resigned after accusing the organisation of bending to political influence. Young, chairman of the Vorna Valley Ratepayers Association, also said the CPF failed to address crime issues in the area. She said since becoming a committee member in November last year she had not seen any achievements from the CPF. “The real work is done on the ground by community forums in various sectors, which embark on patrols and initiate crime combating measures with help from police officers,” she said. “The CPF has no programmes to address crime. Members discussed many issues from protest marches to setting up Domestic Watch, but up to this point nothing has been implemented. When I proposed the need to launch Domestic Watch in all sectors they promised to help with funds already raised but, again, nothing.” “The CPF executive committee is dominated by the African National Congress (ANC), and members from other political parties feel

victimised at meetings because ANC members cannot set aside politics,” said Young. Last year local councillor Annette Deppe, a DA representative, walked out of the annual general meeting because ANC members began to sing struggle songs. But CPF deputy chairman Johannes Maringa dismissed the allegations. “We have programmes that will soon roll out and our members are seeking funds from businesses. We were democratically elected not because of our political affiliations but because we were determined to serve our community. In the first year in office we have launched five sector forums in the area. “Each sector forum’s chairman receives instructions from this CPF as they are members of the Midrand CPF committee,” said Maringa. Midrand police station commander Colonel Steven Moodley said he did not allow politics at CPF meetings. “I can’t recall any meetings where I had to call a point of order after political remarks,” said Moodley.

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Midrand police station may relocate to Waterfall City.

Cop shop on the move? PETER RAMOTHWALA peterr@caxton.co.za A FEASIBILITY study on the relocation of Midrand police station has been completed after months of consultation with stakeholders and the community. The police station is set to be built at Waterfall City where a massive development is underway. The provincial police chief work study officer Colonel Benelize Taljaard confirmed that the study was complete. “We await the result, which will be released soon. This will determine if the majority of stakeholders supported the proposed relocation.” The police station move is hoped to boost the safety of residents of the R15 billion Waterfall Estate, part of the 2200ha Waterfall City development alongside Allandale Road that will house permanent residents, businesses, restaurants,

schools, hotels and commercial outlets. But the proposal to relocate the station was met with mixed feelings. Teneth Ngoma, deputy secretary of the President Park Community Forum said the move would cost them in taxi fare because of the distance to Waterfall City. “Currently we receive poor service delivery from the police and relocation will just exacerbate matters,” said Ngoma. Erica Tattersall of Carlswald Plot Watch said, “As long as the police remain accessible to the entire Midrand community.” Midrand Community Policing Forum chairman Nhlankhanipho Nkontwana said they did not see any problem with the relocation as long as the police’s response times did not deteriorate. “We were told that the government would not spend a cent on Midrand police’s spacious new home. But we do need a bigger building as residents often have to queue outside in cold weather.”

Captain Patrick Moya and Warrant Officer Sello Lebea work at the Midrand police Community Service Centre.

Men on a mission CAPTAIN Patrick Moya, a relief commander at Midrand police station, started his career in the police in Daveyton 22 years ago. He has worked at various community service centres. Moya was a member of the Benoni Flying Squad and is a qualified field trainer.

Warrant Officer Sello Lebea started his career at Linden 16 years ago. He moved to Sandton as a detective and later became a fingerprint investigator. Six years ago he was transferred to Midrand where his expertise was again needed in the centre.

Clinic claims it played fair PETER RAMOTHWALA peterr@caxton.co.za MIDRAND police have been investigating a report that resident Ntokozo Mahlangu (23) was turned away from the Carstenhof Life Clinic because he didn’t have medical aid. Midrand police detective head Lieutenant Colonel Herman van Rooyen confirmed they were considering the allegations as part of the investigation to determine cause of death. “The investigation will also establish if there was any negligence on the medical side,” said Van Rooyen. Mahlangu, who arrived with a stab wound

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at Carstenhof Clinic, was transferred to Tembisa Hospital where he died on arrival. The clinic spokesman Chantal Lamont dismissed allegations that he was turned away due to not having medical aid. “He was transferred because there was no cardio-thoracic surgeon to attend to his injuries that night. There was only one on shift and the decision was made by the attending doctor. His family was contacted and agreed to the transfer to Tembisa Hospital. “He could have been transferred to a private hospital for further treatment but the private hospital would have required a deposit as he was not on medical aid,” said Lamont. A suspect in the Mahlangu case, Tshwane Metro police officer Alvin Naidoo (38), was released on a warning, while his suspected accomplice, Vicky Maharaj (30) was released on R3 000 bail after appearing in the Randburg Magistrates Court where he faced a murder charge. Mahlangu was allegedly stabbed at the Shell garage in Noordwyk after the suspects followed him from a party at Crescent Wood residential complex. Mahlangu’s fiance Mellisa Singh thanked the Midrand community for their support. “He will be sadly missed,” said Singh.


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One of the alleged robbers is caught on camera wearing a balaclava.

The gate that robbers lifted off its railings in a daring attempted robbery.

Brazen break-in SANDILE WAKA-ZAMISA sandilez@caxton.co.za

The white VW Polo enters the driveway at 5 George Road and parks at the gate.

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A DARING gang tampered with security cameras, poisoned guard dogs and forced open a security gate in their bid to break into a house in Glen Austin. Six men armed with guns entered Andrew Anderson’s property at 5 George Road and tried to break into the house where Anderson was asleep with his family. The gang spent less than six minutes trying to gain entry to the property before they gave up and left. Their activity in and around the property was caught on 12 surveillance cameras. “At 6.42pm a white VW Polo pulled into my driveway, turned around and parked outside the gate,” said Anderson. “Two men jumped out and went to the two cameras outside the gate. Wearing balaclavas they turned the cameras away but were unaware the cameras have wide lenses. With the help of two more men they lifted the electric gate off the rail, entered the property and gave poisoned bones to the dogs.” Video footage showed two more men leaving the car to join the rest of the gang inside the yard. They tried but failed to open the front door, and turned away, jumped into the vehicle and drove off. Anderson said his family was lucky to have locked the doors and gone to sleep early that evening. “We went to sleep at 6.30pm because the children were returning to school the following day. If the door had been unlocked the gang would have entered.” Midrand police station commander Colonel Steven Moodley said criminals could easily enter highly secure properties. “Criminals are daring in nature, and will do anything to commit a crime”. He warned residents to lock their doors at all times.

A total of six potential robbers are caught on camera inside the property.

Midrand police station phone numbers Station Commander, Colonel Steven Moodley 082-828-6032 Head of Visible Policing Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Pubalakan 079-882-6628 Head of Detectives Lieutenant Colonel Herman van Rooyen 082-467-8451 Women Abuse helpline 0800-150-150 Crime Prevention, sectors 1,3 and 5 Captain Cyril Mashiane 079882-6636 Crime Prevention, sectors 2 and 4 Captain Lionel Chetty 082-467-8390 Sector 1Gareth Slade 084-505-5518 Sector 2 Leverne Young 078-22-4919 Sector 3 Andrew Paterson 084-625-6256 Sector 4 Takis Michalakis 082-651-0214 Community Policing Project Don Norris 082-6881861 CPF Nhlakanipho Nkontwana 082-889-1819


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Xeno attacks are not ayoba SPECULATION about the imminent attack on foreign nationals living in Mzansi has security forces on red alert. But it is the masterminds of these attacks, and the proudly South African public, who should be extremely worried and ashamed. At a time when patriotism is at its peak following the greatest and most successful Fifa World Cup in history, some obviously un-proudly South Africans decided it would be the right time to strike. The timing points to anti-unity individuals whose heads are not properly screwed on. They opted to go out of their way and destroy everything the nation has built over the past couple of months. Perhaps most worrying is the fact that the so-called attacks are based on rumours with no substance or sign of origin and initiator. For the information of the perpetrators, those of us who don’t mind sharing our beautiful country with foreign nationals living here legally will respect people who go public with their intentions. They also owe the nation an explanation on the reasons for the attacks, and should invite the rest of us to debate whether killing foreign nationals is the way to go. Had they been wiser and proudly South African enough, they would know that the solution to problems they have with foreign nationals lies in implementing tighter immigration laws and stricter border post control. This would result in only those foreign nationals with potential to add value to South Africa allowed through our borders. As for the killing, as well as seizing and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, that’s definitely not ayoba.

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The boom on Rose Road is open from 8.30am to 4pm and 6.30pm to 6am.

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Perfectly legal SHARMAINE REUTER sharmaine@caxton.co.za THE closure of Bridle Pass Road in Sun Valley is above board, according to the Road Closure Committee. The committee’s Walter Ehrlich said, “Joburg Roads Agency (JRA) granted us temporary road closure for three months from 1 June and we will apply for permanent road closure.” The original proposal was to erect the boom in Bridle Pass, but it is in Rose Road. The committee assured it had followed legal process. “An engineer visited the site and said the ground on Bridle Pass was not level. It was safer to erect the boom on even ground and the location on Rose Road was nearest,” said Ehrlich. “The approved proposal to JRA had Rose Road as the site. “We applied for the Bridle Pass

closure to effectively stop traffic from Summit to Main roads. Engineers felt Rose Road was the safest.” Ward councillor Annette Deppe said, “Bridle Pass was too narrow for turning vehicles.” Regarding land ownership in Rose Road where the boom was placed, Deppe said, “The person who claims that land ownership appears incorrect. That land was expropriated in 1985 by government as part of the PWV9 project.” Ehrlich agreed. “We don’t have to deal with Paul Fairall and his client here because they don’t hold the right to this land. We are dealing with Gauteng Department of Transport.” Deppe and Ehrlich said they had proof of land ownership and road closure approvals. “Bridle Pass was never built for high volumes of traffic or rat runners,” said Ehrlich. “Convenience for other road users

cannot outweigh the importance and safety of our families.” Meanwhile Paul Fairall, environmental consultant for the landowner, said “The expropriated property can only be used for the PWV9. The landowner has full rights until the province wishes to exercise its rights regarding the PWV9,” said Fairall. “No-one, including JRA, can claim these rights.” Details: roadclosure@gmail.com

New route for committee The Road Closure Committee is a subcommittee of Sun Valley Ratepayers Association. The association has no legal binding on the committee’s actions. Ehrlich said the group would apply for permanent closure under a new organisation. “A new organisation will be mandated shortly.”

Ferraris galore FERRARI owners and fans will converge on Kyalami race track on 24 July to celebrate the ongoing magic of Ferrari. Entry to the showcase of 150 Ferrari vehicles is free. The programme includes an open practice for Ferrari owners, first time race drivers and experienced racers. The track will open at 9am.


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Masondo is on his way PETER RAMOTHWALA peterr@caxton.co.za THE City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Amos Masondo is to visit Region A to engage with community members in an attempt to improve service delivery. Masondo and his entourage will tour Kyalami, Rabie Ridge, Diepsloot, Kopanong, Kaalfontein and Ivory Park on 28 July. In Kyalami, Masondo will visit Kyalami Business Park and the adjacent area where about 7 000 commuters use the rank. Ward 93 councillor Annette Deppe said for the past four years she had applied for a new rank for the area but couldn’t find the budget. “I invited the mayor to have look at the interim rank and see how commuters struggled. On rainy days the rank becomes unusable because it is in the open.” Deppe said last year the provincial government awarded R15 million for the development of a taxi rank but a suitable area could not be found. “I have proposed a multi-level state-of-theart rank. We want the mayor to help out with this situation.” The rank operates in the open on Allandale Road opposite the Kyalami Business Park. Masondo’s spokesman Jacqueline Baloyi said the mayoral roadshow would provide a platform for city council officials and municipal-owned entities to interact with various stakeholders on challenges facing the community. “The mayor and his entourage will also check on service delivery,” said Baloyi.

Mayor Amos Masondo will make a stop at this temporary taxi rank in Kyalami during his roadshow on July 28.

Act now and protect your furry friend from rabies ACCORDING to the Netcare Travel clinic, two cases of rabies have been reported from the West Rand. Dr Pete Vincent of the Netcare Travel Clinics said it is unusual for rabies to be reported from suburbs in Gauteng, but it does occur occasionally. Did you know? The rabies virus is passed on via the saliva of an infected animal. A bite, scratch or lick from an infected animal may cause the infection to be passed on. Infected animals may be highly aggressive or very passive. Some wild animals may lose their fear of humans. Sometimes infected animals foam at the mouth.

Mother in mourning NONKULULEKO MBULI mbulim@caxton.co.za MYSTERY surrounds the death of a sevenday-old baby pygmy hippopotamus at Joburg Zoo. According to management of the zoo, it is believed the baby died of natural causes, but visitor Margo Holt is convinced the death is a result of total mismanagement. Holt said she visited the zoo with her grandchildren and saw the newborn when it was 72 hours old. She claimed it looked emaciated and its mother appeared restless and dehydrated. Tshepang Makganye, executive manager in the animal collection department at Joburg Zoo admitted the possibility of a lack of control over zoo patrons, but did not believe this was the cause of death. “Animals die – it happens in the wild and in here. Our vets conducted a preliminary investigation and nothing pointed to the baby dying of starvation.”

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Cell mast deception KATE HENRY kateh@caxton.co.za CELLPHONE masts have sprung up in some Johannesburg suburbs and no one knows about it. When Kim Sturgeon saw workmen digging a hole, she initially thought it was to fix a water pipe. When the silver pole went up, she assumed it was a street light. It wasn’t until she approached the contractors that she discovered its true purpose. It was a mini cellphone mast, complete with its own control box a short distance away. Further investigation revealed similar poles dotted around several suburbs. They either had lights perched atop or cables strung between them to give them

the appearance of normal street poles. During a casual conversation with a nervous technician working on a mast, he said, “It’s for cell-, er, I mean to enhance the street lights.” It was only after further coaxing that he admitted it was a cell mast, but they weren’t supposed to talk about it.” Johannesburg city councillor Vincent Earp was equally upset. “I have been told this is a pilot project to see how effective the masts are and that the decision was made at the highest levels. “I have never heard of this being passed by city council nor has it informed the residents. It is ridiculous that city council can do this without consultation.” The Midrand Reporter will continue to investigate.

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pando, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica, Siemens global chief executive officer Peter Loescher, Tshwane Executive Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa at the press conference.

Wheels get wired up SANDILE WAKA-SAMISA sandilez@caxton.co.za TO CELEBRATE 150 years in South Africa, the global technology group Siemens introduced its electric car at Kyalami racetrack. Government ministers, dignitaries and journalists were treated to a glimpse of the future at the unveiling of the eCar, an environmentally friendly, green, two-door Porsche. It can be driven for an average 200km before a recharge is necessary. The car uses electric energy from six batteries, and recharging takes six to eight hours. Some had the opportunity to test drive the Porsche on the racetrack. After her ride Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica said, “This event is about the future. The green electric sports car is testament to the fact that our

future must be green.” She said the transport sector was responsible for about 14 percent of greenhouse emissions in the country, and this would reach 17 percent by 2011. “Government is supporting research and development of an electric vehicle with a view to mass production in 2012.” Siemens southern Africa chief executive officer, Stuart Clarkson said, “We have built a sustainable business based on 150 years of strong relationships with our South African customers, and strive to expand our partnership in all business fields with the countries of southern Africa. We plan to invest up to R1 billion in southern Africa over the next two years.” Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor and Tshwane Executive Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa attended the event.

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Help and adopt a guide dog ANIMAL lovers have the opportunity to help the South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind and adopt a puppy to prepare it for training as a guide dog. The Puppy Raising Scheme was developed to provide the association with dogs well-prepared for advanced training and their future work as guide dogs. Volunteers will receive a pup when it is seven weeks old and take it into their homes for 11 to 18 months.

The Puppy Raising Scheme is a supervised programme, beginning with a five-week puppy socialising course at the association’s Training Centre, with more courses in the following months. All training sessions take place during working hours from Monday to Friday. Puppies can only learn appropriate and desired behaviour when puppy raisers teach them, so a home where the puppy is left alone all day during the week will not be suitable. Homes in which puppy raisers work half days are

Pass the peace with Sunandaji IF ALL the advancements in the world are designed for humanity’s peace and comfort, why have we not found peace? Internationally eminent philosopher Sunandaji will dish out the truth about inner peace in a series of free lectures in August. The Indian guru will visit Wits University on 2 and 3 August as part of a tour of South Africa, delivering a series of lectures. Daughter-disciple of renowned philosopher Swami Parthasarathy, Sunandaji had a rare and fortunate upbringing in an ashram surrounded by sages and saints. It was there her father learnt Vedanta, the ancient philosophy of life and living. “At 16 my mind was full of questions and I took them to my father,” she recalled. From that moment, Sunandaji decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and dedicate her life to the study of Vedanta. That was over three decades ago. Since then she has addressed diverse audiences across five continents. “The predicament mankind faces is that we believe acquiring objects and beings will make us happy and peaceful. You can acquire what you want but finding fulfillment through acquisition is not possible,” she said. Peace is within. A cliché you might think, but a timeless truth according to Vedanta. There is no elixir for peace and we all know it is difficult to find it within. “You have to be committed to raise yourself by yourself, no-one can do it for you,” said Sunandaji. “You’re always looking for peace outside yourself but the peace you seek is closer than you think.” Details: info@vedanta.org.za or 031-4611595.

Eskom posers rob home ESKOM has urged homeowners to be cautious after criminals representing themselves as Eskom-appointed Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) installers entered a home. The incident has forced Eskom to suspend all door-to-door CFL rollouts pending an investigation into the incident. Residents are requested to refuse entry to anyone posing as an Eskom CFL installer. Customers who wish to participate in the energy-saving CFLs exchange can still visit the locally advertised exchange points in selected areas. Eskom regrets that a positive initiative such as this exchange programme has been hampered by a criminal element and hopes to resume it in due course.

Weapons on display POLEARMS and staff weapons will be on display at the South African Arms and Armour Society exhibition on 25 July in the auditorium of the Military History Museum in Saxonwold. Details: 011-728-0400.

acceptable. Puppy raisers need to live in Johannesburg or Pretoria. The male pups are castrated at six months, but females are spayed after their first birthday. The association covers veterinary costs incurred by pups on the scheme, as well as vaccinations, de-worming and micro-chipping. When puppy raisers go away on holiday, or bitches are in season, pups will be boarded in the association’s boarding kennel. Food for the pups on the scheme is also sponsored.

Details: Caroline or Monica, 087754-9295 or sue@guidedog.org.za. Among others, pups need to be: Introduced to people of all races and ages, especially children. Taught to relieve themselves only on command when on lead and working – and not to mess in certain places. Able to behave in an appropriate manner in shopping centres, post offices, shops, restaurants and other public places.

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City Parks boss quits NIE CELE citybeat@caxton.co.za JOHANNESBURG City Parks has a new acting managing director, Geoff Cooke, following the resignation of former chief operating officer Luther Williamson. This comes after Williamson and board chairman Griffiths Zabala were temporarily suspended earlier this year following allegations of a series of multi million rand tender irregularities. The announcement was made by Executive Mayor Amos Masondo, who also revealed that no admissible evidence of corruption relating to Williamson and Zabala was found. “The review of the investigation found no evidence of corruption, as required by law, and the report has been referred to the police commercial wing. This effectively means that the police will decide whether or not this matter can be pursued further.” Masondo also announced the appointment of Maropeng Bahula as the new chairman of the board and that Zabala would now be an ordinary board member. Masondo also pointed out that the decisions were made in keeping with the principles of good governance and to

Tickets okay GAUTENG Premier Nomvula Mokonyane believes the provincial government made the right decision when it purchased 4613 World Cup tickets at a cost of just over R4 million. She said, “The decision to purchase the tickets was based on the need for government to take reasonable steps to afford deserving Gauteng residents an opportunity to attend some of the World Cup matches. These included pupils from poor schools, orphanages, special homes and amateur football teams.” Mokonyane also highlighted that MECs were allocated tickets for the purpose of hosting and networking with the government’s strategic partners. According to her the money spent was from a conditional grant for building partnerships. “There is value for the money spent. We can

ensure public confidence in the management of City Parks. City council was committed to clean governance, he added.

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Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng Premier.

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Geoff Cooke, City Parks acting managing director.

account for it. If you asked me what we achieved, my answer would be there are youngsters in the province who want to be like the big soccer stars they saw during the World Cup.’’ But the Democratic Alliance (DA) is not buying this explanation. John Moodey, DA leader in the legislature said there were fan parks and televisions for people who could not afford tickets. “This is a purely frivolous expenditure. These people didn’t invite the press when they bought these tickets but now that they are under fire they use the media to dignify and justify this expenditure. This is not acceptable. Those responsible for authorising this must be held accountable.” Mokonyane told journalists that government used the event to strengthen existing international relations and establish new friendships with some countries that visited South Africa. “A number of commitments were made by some of the visiting countries and these will be followed up with more discussions on specific projects.’’

DONALD LOBELO donaldl@caxton.co.za MAYOR Amos Masondo has thanked Joburg residents for making the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ a success. Masondo said Johannesburg was centre stage since the beginning of the World Cup and the city delivered. Masondo also thanked employees of the City of Johannesburg for their services. “I would like to thank Metro police and Emergency Services, Metro rail workers and all employees who made the past weeks a success,” said Masondo. He was adamant stadiums would not be white elephants post-World Cup, saying they

were multi-purpose and could be utilised for private functions including birthdays and weddings. “We have managers who will ensure that the facilities are utilised. Rugby organisers have already shown an interest in Soccer City, with the Tri Nations securing bookings for games,” he said. The city council would also be looking at improving the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport System as well as the park and ride facilities. Meanwhile, Member of the Mayoral Committee, Bafana Sithole said the city had a committee to monitor rumours of xenophobia, amid fears of xenophobic attacks. “The committee was established before the World Cup.”

New twist in post office tale NIE CELE citybeat@caxton.co.za A GROUP of heritage organisations is planning to institute legal proceedings against the city council to restore the Rissik Street post office building in compliance with the Compulsory Repair Order issued by Provincial Heritage Resources Agency-Gauteng (PHRA-G). The organisations comprise Johannesburg Heritage Trust, Egoli Heritage Trust, Parktown & Westcliff Heritage Trust and the South Africa Institute of Architects. This newspaper was informed by Flo Bird of Parktown & Westcliff Heritage Trust that Neil Fraser, head of the Johannesburg Heritage Trust, had a meeting with Mayor Amos Masondo, and he made clear the group’s expectations and raised their bitter disappointment about city’s council failure to

report on the investigation into the cause of the fire and its effects to date. Bird said, “The meeting was constructive and we believe a satisfactory agreement is possible. But the legal action will not be halted until an acceptable and open process has been adopted to meet the objective to restore the building finish and klaar.” She further appealed to Johannesburg citizens to come on board and support these organisations in this battle. “The Rissik Street post office is one of the most important buildings in Johannesburg and if we don’t win this fight we are unlikely to save any other important buildings in our city.’’ Bird also pointed out that among the answers the group expects is whether the city has the budget to fix the building. “We need to know how are they going fix the building when and how.”

Rissik Street post office which was gutted by fire late last year.


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A will makes a way THE huge multiracial crowds that spilled onto the streets to support Bafana Bafana as the kick-off of the World Cup approached were at a deeper level demonstrating for something much bigger - a different, better South Africa. Before that delirious joy, the country we lived in grumpily was becoming increasingly divided and bitter. The successful hosting of this tournament has been a godsend, reminding us South Africa needn’t remain the same. The crucial question now is what will we settle for, going forward? And to what do we owe our sense of exuberance? Certainly pride in our capability of successfully delivering the world’s biggest and most complex sporting event plays a role. Significantly improved race relations have added to the optimism, with many preconceived ideas across the racial divide dealt body blows. But we’d like to focus on a World Cup issue fundamental to the event’s success, and to our future’s. As usual bank balances helped determine how everyone experienced the World Cup. Some could afford to attend matches, others jolled at fan parks or watched at home or with friends. But critically, no one felt excluded and, for once, race was neutered. No man is an island, the ubuntu

philosophy warns. Our lives are affected by the quality of lives around us. It then makes sense that the present sense of well-being of the better-off sections of society, into which most readers fall, is courtesy of there being a corresponding sense of well-being in those less fortunate. And vice versa. The yawning gap between rich and poor was a primary cause of the sapping pervasive dissatisfaction preWorld Cup. To sustain our present elation we must embrace the World Cup lesson, that our lives are influenced by the lives of others. With this in mind, and to keep alive the spirit of the tournament, from August the Midrand Reporter will devote weekly space to getting to know and care about our less fortunate neighbours, within our footprint or in adjacent areas such as Alexandra or Diepsloot. Success stories, and how these can be catalysts for further charitable work, will feature strongly. Contributions from readers will be integral. The World Cup showed what this country can achieve when we’re all on board. Our challenges are immense but where there’s enough will there’s a way. BRUCE STURGEON Chief executive officer, Caxton Community Newspapers

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Menace in park Concerned park-goer writes: LIKE many Jukskei Park residents, I regularly walk my dog at Robyn Park. Generally the experience is rewarding but a recent experience left me feeling violated. While playing with my Doberman, I noticed a young man seated in an electric blue hatchback, seemingly hesitant to leave his car. At first I thought the man was cautious to exit his car with other dogs around. But I could see no dogs. I also felt it odd that this man was seated with both legs out of the car, his bottom in the passenger seat, despite being the sole occupant and thus the driver of the car. It then became horrifyingly clear exactly what was on the cards: indecent exposure and self-stimulation. At first I thought surely this sort of stuff didn’t happen this easily but, sadly, I was mistaken. Before I could take note of the licence plate, the approach of another park-goer initiated this social delinquent’s hasty cover-up and departure. I implore those living in the area to be aware of such unfortunate activities at our beloved park and, to those who may know this farfrom-gentile-gentleman, to offer hasty disapproval. Name and shame. He appears to be in his late 20s or early 30s, and has blond hair.


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MIDRAND REPORTER

Week ending 23 July 2010

Closure bad Bad news for pupils for our staff Helen Gibbings writes: I READ with interest the article in the Midrand Reporter, Road closure questioned, week ending 16 July as I live on Maple Road and also question the legality of this road closure. As the road closure has prevented taxis from coming down Bridle Pass Road and up Maple Road, it has prevented four of our staff members (and the staff of other households/businesses in the area) who commute from Olievenhoutbos and Diepsloot from getting to work easily. Instead of getting dropped off at or near their place of work, they now have to walk from the Kyalami taxi rank to the bottom of Maple Road which takes about an hour, never mind the weather conditions. The Sun Valley Ratepayers Association seems

to care more that a handful of ladies can ride their horses up and down Bridle Pass Road at times crucial to people getting to work. There are actually plenty of other quieter back roads these ladies can ride on. I ride at a stable near the top of Bridle Pass Road and have yet to see anyone riding or walking on my way to the stables at the times of the road closure. What has been seen is the men manning the road closure beating up someone on the side of the road, I am not sure why. I am also not sure why Annette Deppe got involved as it appears she lives in Maple Road, not Bridle Pass Road. I will certainly object to this closure as soon as I find out where I need to go.

Thanks for your support Mellisa Singh and Mahlangu family writes: WE THANK the community of Midrand for the constant support and comfort during this sorrowful time after Ntokozo Mahlangu’s death. We appreciate the comfort we have received from dear friends and family and all those who loved Ntokozo. He will be sadly missed. We would also like to thank Midrand Reporter

for the great articles; it helped us in this time of need. The Mahlangu family appreciates the sweet words and sympathies from the Midrand community and we are truly blessed to have them as a part of our lives. Sadly we have not received further information from the police with regards to the status of the investigation, and strongly believe that justice must be served.

AS SCHOOL returns to thousands of past pupils. there’s much talk of Each year teachers looming strike action by have to resort to teachers and the scrapping of the Outcomes Based protest, and the Education (OBE) system. government simply fails to prevent the situation This raises questions from repeating itself about the commitment of both government year in and out. In a democratic country and teachers to provide like ours, workers have quality and uninterrupted rights and teachers are education. only exercising theirs OBE was introduced more than 12 years to make their demands heard. ago but until now the They deserve good education department has denied the system working conditions and have a right to basic wasn’t effective, telling us needs. it equipped pupils for the Nevertheless one workplace. And the only SANDILE WAKA-ZAMISA man’s right ends where real outcome was dismal sandilez@caxton.co.za matric results last year. another’s begins. Children have theirs The recent announcement by the Minister of Basic and teachers must consider the future of the Education of withdrawing OBE has been youth. In less than four months pupils will hailed by academics and teachers and one write their final exams and, if not averted, can only hope that major steps will be taken the strike might lead to the loss of a month’s to rectify the mess our education system finds lessons. The impact of this for pupils could itself in. Sadly the damage has been done be irreversible.

Not for heavy traffic Adele Horn writes: I LIVED off Bridle Pass Road until recently and fully agree with the road closures. Firstly, Bridle Pass was never designed to carry the kind of traffic it does now, with taxis, and trucks using it as a main thoroughfare between Centurion and Sandton. To complain about not being able to use the road when the Bluehills/R55 road is closed, is nonsense. One can quite easily circumvent via Fourways and Midrand and, with our new highway system, there should be no reason to want to plod along farm roads. That area of Kyalami is horse area. The people stay there because they don’t want loads of traffic outside their houses. They don’t want taxis flying down the road, scaring horses and running over pets. This area is also a breeding ground of the African bullfrog, an endangered species. Residents know to drive carefully. These poor

critters get killed off in their hundreds every year. Not to mention the rabbit, mongoose, grass owl, jackal and pheasant. I should imagine residents have every right to decide what kind of neighbourhood they live in. They have a right to have their children play in safety, and to protect their financial interests. In my honest opinion, with the increasing crime in the area, controlled access is fantastic. Numerous neighbourhoods in the city have been closed off for safety reasons. Why should this instance be any different? This is a neighbourhood. Just because the area has gravel roads doesn’t mean it’s backwater. There should be no reason for a non-resident to want to use that road. And the fact that they drive like hooligans because there are no traffic cops in sight, makes it even more justified. I support this 200 percent.

They are not concerned about the environment Craig Strong writes: THANK you for the article on the road closure in Kyalami. I work in the area but do not reside in the area, and the best option to get to work is via Bridle Pass Road and Rose Road onto Maple Road. In order for people to get permits to pass through the booms during closure time, you are required to buy a permit from the organisers, who charge for this luxury and decide will be allowed to have the permits. I have a colleague who applied for a permit, which two weeks later is still pending. I have received a few responses from Joburg Roads Agency claiming this is legitimate, and a temporary closure for three months. I wait to see what happens come end August when the validity of this closure expires, and what tricks JRA will try and pull to keep it in place. This group of people must be watched so

they do not sneak through a permanent closure without public consultation. The attitude displayed by those involved in organising this is clear in their response to e-mails to them. The notice was handed out to road users two weeks before the closure. No signage was erected, and the presiding attitude of organisers was that they did not need to consult with the public. What is clear is these people have no genuine concern for the environment, and this is made clearer in their mission statement ‘Preserving and conserving our relatively rural way of life’. Their claim of preservation is also bogus, as the reasoning given to city council when applying for temporary closure was high traffic volumes and speed. What I find laughable is that the PWV9 highway will come through the area in the near future.

Write to: Midrand Reporter, PO Box 1797, Pinegowrie 2123 or fax to 011-889-0683. E-mail: midrandreporter@caxton.co.za


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Natasha stars in top flick SANDILE WAKA-ZAMISA sandilez@caxton.co.za ACTRESS Natasha Loring from Midrand made her big break into the film industry when she landed a role in the award-winning movie, Natalee Holloway. The movie is based on the true story of Natalee Holloway, a teen who mysteriously disappeared while on a school graduation vacation in Aruba in the Caribbean. Natalee was never found. The movie was shot in Cape Town in 2009, and became the highestrated movie in the Lifetime Movie Network’s 11-year history, receiving a Prism award. Loring, daughter of theatre impresario Richard Loring, plays the role of Natalee’s best friend, Hayley, who was devastated after her friend went missing. She told Midrand Reporter that her ability to imitate the American accent landed her the role. “I wanted the role of Hayley as it was one of the bigger roles cast here in South Africa. It was really exciting being involved in a professional American production so soon after graduating.” Loring said she could easily relate to her character. “Hayley is charismatic, vivacious and enjoys life. She loves her friends and feels protective towards Natalee. My friends are really

Erin, a friend of Natalee, Natasha Loring who plays Hayley, Natalee’s best friend, Kim Senogles, Natalee’s other friend, and Amy Gumenick who plays the role of Natalee Holloway. important in my life and if anything had to happen to a friend, that I felt I could have prevented, I would feel so responsible.” Loring’s father opened the Sound

Stage Supper Theatre when she was two years old. “I loved going there, learning all the words of the shows and I cheekily used to call cues to performers if they forgot their lines.”

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Erin Conroy feeds the chimps.

MIDRAND REPORTER

Week ending 23 July 2010

Connor Pearson, Caitlyn Bold and supervisor, Jane Maema.

Children take over zoo KEBA MOTHOAGAE kebam@caxton.co.za CHILDREN are playing their part in the running of Johannesburg Zoo. The zoo is home to the Honey Badger Club, an environmental education programme for children between the ages of seven and 13, that focuses on various aspects of the animal kingdom and the welfare of the zoo’s animals. Members can be spotted wearing orange T-shirts with the words ‘Honey Badgers’. From feeding the chimpanzees to cleaning the elephant enclosure and

many other fun activities, the Honey Badgers are kept busy, one Saturday a month by a supervisor, learning about the demands of being a zookeeper in the process. Once they reach 13, the children can join the Be Mad Club, another zoo programme for pupils in grades 8 to 12 that continues their integration into zoo life. “It’s a great experience for kids as it gets them in touch with animals firsthand. We’ve come to understand what nature is about,” said Honey Badger, Julia Smyth. Details: Johannesburg Zoo 011646-2000 ext 216 or info@jhbzoo. org.za

Zookeeper, Exxon Motlhala, briefs the Honey Badgers at the chimpanzee enclosure.

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Week ending 23 July 2010

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Job seekers receive food

CARSTENHOF Life Clinic nursing staff celebrated Mandela Day and raised over R1 749.00 for the Midrand Soup Kitchen. Clinic spokesman Chantal Lamont said the money would help soup kitchen volunteers Leigh Roos and Suzie Cooper feed scores of job seekers on a weekly basis. “We also donated fresh vegetables grown in the clinic’s vegetable garden,” said Lamont. Kholofelo Mathye (nurse student), Xiluva Mhangwane (clinic secretary), Angie Barford (ward clerk), Yolandi Matthyser (pharmacy clerk), Midrand Soup Kitchen managers Leigh Roos and Sue Cooper, and Chantal Lamont (clinic spokesman). Front, Hannes Olivier (ward clerk) and Daniel Mangena (maintenance assistant), on Mandela Day.

MAKING CHANGES: Lieutenant Colonel Dina Tabane and Captain Rose Mkhuma of Gauteng police’s 10111 centre. As part of Mandela Day they clean a vegetable garden at Bulamahlo home in Difateng section, Tembisa.


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MIDRAND REPORTER

Week ending 23 July 2010

Mandela magic MEMBERS of the Jesus Calls Worship Centre in Midrand went to Alexandra in answer to the Mandela Day call to volunteer 67 minutes of their time. Senanile Dlamini, Vanessa Hlatshwayo and Mphilo Dlamini spent the day helping at the Alexandra Clinic. Besides volunteering their time to do chores, members of the church also donated clothes, blankets and food to the clinic. These were accepted by nursing staff Duduzile Nekulungane, Welhemina Maake and Tiny Sehlapelo, manager of the 24-Hour Unit.

Senanile Dlamini, Vanessa Hlatshwayo and Mphilo Dlamini of Jesus Calls Worship Centre in Midrand with Duduzile Nekulungane (a professional nurse), Welhemina Maake (a staff nurse) and Tiny Sehlapelo, manager of the 24-Hour Unit at the Alexandra Clinic.

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My husband works for a building company, that is not very big. He is supposed to get paid on the 30th of every month, however it is seldom the case! This month he was only paid on the 5th! It is very inconvenient to us as some of our debits bounce! Is there anything we can do to take them on? The only thing is, my husband is scared of losing his job

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In honour of Madiba Members of the Midrand Community Policing Forum, Midrand police and local church representatives dedicated their 67 minutes of Mandela Day to the Peniel Women, Youth and Orphans Development Centre where they donated cleaning materials and a gas heater.

Billy Rudlin, Pastor Dennis and Valerie Shikatala, Colonel Steven Moodley, Given Mazibuko and Johannes Maringa donate a gas heater to the centre.

Midrand community members and Midrand police at the centre.

Midrand resident Kim Rix gets help from the centre spokesman Matshepo Ramphele. Rix and her family donated a couple of mattresses to the centre.

Community events Non-profit organisations are welcome to e-mail details of forthcoming events to Midrand Reporter at midrandreporter@ caxton.co.za July 24. 2pm: Midrand SPCA will be holding its annual AGM at the Midrand fire station at 2 First

Avenue, Halfway Gardens. August 5 and 6: Source Career Expo at Ivory Park Community Hall (Lord Khanyile precinct). Details: Sammy Sehoana 073-0325510 or AfentseProjects@gmail.com

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Do you know these children?

MIDRAND REPORTER

It’s simply magical ABED AHMED abeda@caxton.co.za

MIDRAND Child Welfare has released the names of children who will be placed in foster care should no relatives come forward. A baby boy was found abandoned next to 412 Makhulong section, Tembisa on 15 February. Anyone who wishes to claim responsibility for the child should contact Midrand Child Welfare. The children are: Xolani Dlamini (about 11 months) Simpiwe Changisa (4) Thembinkosi Changisa (11 months) Tinyiko Chauke (about 8) Lulama Zulu (9) Nombuso Radebe (5) Katlego Lukhele (6) Tsepang Madisha (8) Lethabo Mosupye (8) Nqobile Queen Masindane (5) Mfana and Mfanafuti Hlati (16 and 14) Yanga Siboyana (5) Khensani Madikane (about 11) Pretty Mashele (about 12) Musa Masuku (about 7) Dineo Malatjie (12) Lerato Kheswa (11) Jabu Ndlovu (about 1) Ntuli Buti Jeffrey (about 12) Details: Chenai Chidaye, Vongai Chinyoka and Moleko Shivambu 011-315-3522.

SOUTH African magician Ilan Smith foxed local audiences when he predicted the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ final teams and score eleven days beforehand. Smith wrote down the team names and score on a piece of paper, sealed it an envelope and locked it in a safety deposit box at a radio station studio. After the final, the envelope was opened and its contents read live on air. ‘Spain 1, Netherlands 0 Ayoba!’ was witnessed by staff and captured on film. Smith was mentored by the country’s top magician, the late George Moss. Although Smith has performed at international level, he is determined to become South Africa’s greatest illusionist-magician. Citing David Copperfield as his inspiration, Smith says he adds a strong interactive human element to his shows, which he believes is crucial in capturing local audiences. “The art of magic and illusion is just one aspect. My main objective is to entertain and leave the crowd with something to talk about back home. “I regularly generate new material and make it one-of-a-kind so that South African audiences relate to it.” Smith is currently working on his next project in which he plans to thrill local audiences with the biggest illusion and magic show performed by a South African.

Joy and jewels A CHARITY auction will be held in support of places of safety. Prominent women are expected to attend the Joy and Jewels charity auction at Summer Place in Hyde Park on 11 August. Hosted by the Eskom Foundation, the event will see 12 portraits of women and children by social documentary photographer Hannelie Coetzee, and eight pieces of jewellery designed by students from Tshwane University of Technology, on auction. In celebration of Women’s Day, all proceeds will go to iKhaya Lethemba, the Teddy Bear Clinic and Family Justice Support Services. Details: joy&jewels@magna-carta.co.za

Aspiring scientists needed YOUNG scientists will be given the opportunity to represent the country at an international science fair. The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is an annual event on 30 and 31 July, in which pupils develop science and technology projects. These projects will be judged on a regional and then national level, with the winners of the national competition representing South Africa at Expo International. Bursaries and cash prizes are also up for grabs. Details: www.exposcience.co.za.

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South Africa’s very own David Copperfield is illusionist Ilan Smith.

Doo Bee Boobies back with a bang GROWN men in pink tights, Superman suits and lashings of feathers can only be the all-male, all-madness musical revue Doo Bee Boobies, which returns to whoop it up in August. This infamous cult favourite returns to the Joburg Theatre from 5 to 22 August. Expect zany musical sketches ranging from the Dying Swan to a parody of Memory from Cats, and prepare for a helping of saucy satire that’s anything but a drag, darlings. Details: www.showbusiness. co.za

Mark Hawkins, Robert Whitehead and Toby Bentel in the Doo Bee Boobies.


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Cave dwelling humour

Alan Committee marches around his cave much to the amusement of the audience.

MATTHEW WOOD matthew@caxton.co.za PETER Toerien’s Theatre at Montecasino was converted into the likes of a caveman’s home to accommodate the two-hour performance of funnyman Alan Committee in the world-renowned show Defending the Caveman. With a tiger skin rug, cave paintings and television with dinosaur bones for antenna, Committee the caveman spent two hours explaining the resolution of the war between men and women. “Men are hunters, if you take me

to a shopping mall I will focus my instincts on hunting for a new shirt,” said the comic marching up and down the stage with a spear. “Women are gatherers, and like my wife they seem to want to gather practically everything in the mall.” Committee used the theme of the prehistoric age to demonstrate how men and women had barely changed in their ways over the past couple of millennia. The audience screamed in hysterics to the point he had to stop and ask his patrons if they were feeling okay. Jokes were also directed at latecomers to the show. “You’re late.

Where did you park, Bryanston?” A favourite for the audience was his demonstration of the difference between men and women sitting around a table eating chips and dip. “When the bowl gets lower, the women get up and make an effort to fill the bowl. Men won’t get up but make excuses saying ‘I bought the chips’ or ‘I filled the bowl earlier’ or ‘I ate the chips’ or ‘I watched him eat the chips’ and then have a fight.” Warren and Evrille Funston told the Midrand Reporter the show was fantastic while Doug and Aileen Kennaugh described it as hilarious.

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Rilette Haycock, Tancred Melis, Leandri Schwarzendahl and Ruan Haycock thoroughly enjoy the event.

Brent Holme, Gabi Townsend and Graham Beneke cannot hide their smiles after the play.


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Soccer benefits charities ABED AHMED abed@caxton.co.za THE country’s leading fund-raising soccer extravaganza, the Telkom Charity Cup, will kick off on 7 August at Soccer City. The tournament allows the participation of only the four Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams with the most votes from the public. It was announced at a media launch that all 16 Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams were eligible. These are Ajax Cape Town, AmaZulu, BIDVest Wits, Bloemfontein Celtic, Free State Stars, Golden Arrows, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United, Moroka Swallows, MP Black Aces, Orlando Pirates, Platinum Stars, Santos, Supersport United and Vasco Da Gama. Voting can be done via phone or sms, and ends on 1 August. At an official media launch, PSL chief operating officer Professor Ronnie Schloss said the tournament had raised over R40m for charity since its inception 24 years ago. “This year our target is R5m, and we urge fans and teams to help us reach it.” This year’s tournament will have special seating for families, and entertainment for children. “After the diverse attendance of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, we hope the nation supports this day of soccer for charity. We also urge companies to fill up the 8000 suite seats.” According to Schloss, 90 000 tickets have gone on sale at all Shoprite/Checkers stores and Computicket outlets. Voters stand a chance of being one of two daily winners of R500, and are automatically entered into the main prize draw of R10 000. Fans can sms their PSL team of choice to 34620 or log onto www.charitycup.co.za to view phone numbers for voting.

PSL general manager Zola Nkuta, PSL life president Leepile Taunyane and PSL chief operating officer Professor Ronnie Schloss with the Telkom Charity Cup trophy at a media launch.

Jewish festival set to entertain IF YOU thought you would be bored after the World Cup, think again. Limmud South Africa has released its Johannesburg programme, its most exciting and diverse yet. The four-year-old festival of Jewish culture and learning has succeeded in attracting an array of world-class international and local presenters. The programme includes: World-famous archaeologist Richard Freund, a Jewish Indiana Jones who will address findings relating to tabernacles and temples in ancient Israel and new excavations in the city of Yavneh. Modern topics relating to Israel include a discourse on Middle-Eastern affairs with Jonathan Fine, who will address counterterrorism and the threat posed by a nuclear Iran and ex-South African journalist Benjamin Pogrund will compare the situation in Israel to

apartheid South Africa. Those interested in Yiddish and the Holocaust will have a taboo-breaking scholar from the University of Colarad David Shneer to present Yiddish poetry and photography from the Soviets during the Holocaust. There will be a wide range of textual learning including sessions by David Levin-Kruss, a rabbi from the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Limmud also focuses on children from 0 to 15 years of age and has placed a renewed emphasis on multigenerational learning with its family sessions where grandparents, parents and children learn together. The Limmud concert features Rus Nerwich with his expert blends of traditional Klezmer music and modern Jazz. The programme will take place from 8 to 9 August. Details: www.limmud.org.za or Wayne 072553-0164.

Scholarship for underprivileged THE Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP) invites South Africa’s future leaders to apply to join from 2011. SSP identifies high potential pupils in Grade 6 who have the intelligence and drive but lack the financial means to attend some of Johannesburg’s top high schools. It offers a scholarship that covers tuition fees for five years, stipends, various workshops and activities, and psychological support and mentorship. Pupils who wish to apply for the

2011 scholarship should be 12 years or younger and in Grade 6. Candidates must achieve at least 65 percent in maths, English and science, and an overall aggregate of 65 percent, and have a clear financial need. Deadline for application is 27 August. Application forms can be obtained from www.ssp.org.za Details: Busisiwe Maile 010-206-0606, 086687-5121, 073-904-9169 or maileb@nbc. co.za

Local pupils in spelling challenge HALFWAY House primary participated in the District Spelling Challenge. One pupil was chosen from Grade 4 to 6 to represent the school in the English spelling competition. One Grade 4 pupil was also chosen to represent the school in IsiZulu, and another from Grade 6 to represent the school in Afrikaans. Pupils had to study 70 words and were given 15

mystery words at the challenge. Grade 4 pupil Patrick Khumalo achieved 95 percent for IsiZulu, Grade 4 pupil Michael Nyati 95 percent for English, Grade 5 pupil Katlego Rabothatha 95 percent for English, and Grade 6 pupil Sané Mkhize 92 percent for Afrikaans. Kanushka Venkentsamy, a Grade 6 pupil, excelled in English with 100 percent.


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An Acsa player in action against Caxton.

Caxton Cobras’ Wesley Tiel in action against Acsa at the Sandown high school while Kennedy Mudzuli looks on.

Caxton Cobras bow out NIE CELE midrandreporter@caxton.co.za CAXTON Cobras mentor Abed Ahmed’s charm was soured after witnessing his team’s 32 defeat by Acsa in their Supersport Corporate Soccer Champions league playoffs match played in bitterly cold weather at Sandown high school. His tactic for the game was shoot from a distance. The fierce encounter between the two teams could have been won by either side as both played with gusto and determination. Acsa were the first to draw blood via a spectacular header by Xolani Lukhele who mesmerised Cobras every time he was in possession of the ball. Cobras were not to be outdone. They replied with an equalising header after winning a loose ball in the centre, thanks to Ishaq Ismail. In the second half Lukhele’s swift ball was just too quick for keeper Zubair Patel, and gave Acsa a 2-1 lead. But Cobras continued to play like men possessed with a rock solid backline. Their determination paid off as they were awarded a penalty after a handball. Damion van Alphen scored brilliantly from the spot kick to make the score 2-2. Ahmed screamed, “I love it.” Just when everyone thought the game was heading for penalties an unmarked Lukhele received a brilliant pass from his teammate and sent a blistering shot past Patel to ensure an Acsa victory at 3-2.

After the match a dejected and tired Cobras left back, Keba Mothowagae was spotted drinking water at the touchline complaining that he couldn’t play to his best because of too many instructions. “I am considering relinquishing soccer and sticking to cricket and rugby.’’ Meanwhile Ahmed said, “This was an excellent season, we did well to come second in the league. Unfortunately Acsa were lucky to win this one. Good luck to them in their semi-final endeavour.” Full results: Cup quarter final Imperial Bank Limited 8 Unisys 2 Shield game SAB 3 TCF 1 Plate quarter final African Alliance 2 Shoot 1 Shield game Transnet Capital Projects 3 Virgin Mobile 0 Plate quarter final Eskom 2 PWC 1 Plate quarter final GrowthPoint Properties Ltd 1 RMB Team 2 Cup quarter final ADI Global Distribution 3 Pfizer Laboratories 2 Plate quarter final Altech Autopage 2 IDC 3 Cup quarter final ACSA B 3 Merchants SA 2

An Acsa midfielder and Caxton’s Warren Dollie battle for possession of the ball.


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Grant Hayward, Siwe Moyakhe, Gavin Levenstin, Ryan Mathaba, Brendon Paschal and Mbulelo Maliza participate in the open category.

Runners stride ahead Midrand Breakthru Striders’ annual 15km race and 5km fun walk drew participants from all parts of Gauteng. The race took place at Midrand high school sports fields.

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Runners of the 15km race at the starting point.

PETER RAMOTHWALA peterr@caxton.co.za OVER 1 500 entrants braved the chilly winter morning to take on the annual Midrand Breakthru Striders 15km race and 5km fun walk that

started at Midrand high school. The men’s race was a duel between the clubs of Nedbank, Gauteng Striders and Mr Price. Gauteng Striders has won this race for the past three years and it was clear that their challenge was to achieve a fourth.

The best water point winner Mike Wood.

Striders chairman Duane Newman said Gauteng Striders’ Raphael Segodi opened up a couple of hundred metres distance before reaching Norfolk Hill, with Nedbank duo of Enock Maanyadi and Tumelo Motlagale tailing behind him. “But they were not strong enough

on the day and Segodi held his lead to finish in 47:38, eight seconds outside the record. Maanyadi came second in 47:53 with Motlagale third in 48:10 in the 15km men’s race. The women’s race was a very different affair, with some great front

Winner Raphael Segodi is flanked by Nedbank’s Enock Maayandi and Tumelo Motlagale.

running by Irvette van Blerk of Nedbank who won in 56:37, breaking Rene Kalmer’s record. Melanie Joubert of Fourways came second in 65:68, while Maphetang Matlakeng of Mr Price was third in 66:42. SEE ALSO PAGE 23

Irvette van Blerk of Nedbank and Melanie Joubert came first and second in the women’s category.

Midrand Reporter 28 July 2010  

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