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Hidden... It may seem clean and sparkling, but Sandton City apparently has a rat problem.

RODENT DILEMMA Sandton City shoppers smell a rat... or a mouse KATE HENRY THE last place you expect to encounter a mouse is in an upmarket shopping centre. At least one irate shopper said this was a fairly regular occurrence at Checkers Hyper in Sandton City. The shopper said, “I was at the till buying lunch when a mouse ran over my foot. “Last year, the Chronicle reported on the rodent problem in the store, but nothing seems to have been done to address it. Well, maybe not nothing. A few months back I went

to the egg section and saw a black Piet Strydom, regional manager cat perched atop the for Checkers Hyper cartons. When I asked admitted there was Have you seen a T rat? a problem, which he a staff member why the E SMS SCE, followed believed had been cat was there, he said your name and L by it was there because of aggravated by the comment, in less L than 160 characters, construction. “We do the mice. Then the cat to 32690. SMSes disappeared.” have people coming charged at R1. Or U go to joburgnorth. The mice were in weekly to deal with to share this. It’s not that we’re camera-shy when S your views. the Chronicle went sitting still just letting to investigate, but in things happen.” the corners of the liquor section, Strydom insisted that the droppings were spotted, as well as problem occurred throughout the a dead rodent in a trap. shopping centre. “We approached

centre management to suggest the stakeholders get together and do something. They promised they would motivate it, but did nothing.” He denied, however, that the store had ever had a cat. Other tenants agreed there was a rodent problem, which they dealt with on an individual basis. Sharon Swain, Sandton City centre manager said, “We have stringent pest control procedures, including providing pest control services for all common areas.

“Each tenant is responsible for pest control within their own premises. Centre management requires submission of regular pest control service reports. “Tenants who fail to do this are issued with written warnings and have a number of days to rectify the matter. “The Department of Environmental Health also conducts ad hoc inspections of all food operators and distributors within Sandton City.”

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Police Report SANDTON POLICE STATION (011-722-4200) Incidents Morningside: A man was robbed at gunpoint on 22 June at 4.45am on Ballyclare Drive by two men driving a white Nissan bakkie. Jewellery, possessions and a bicycle were stolen. Arrests Assault common 2; theft 8; possession of counterfeit goods 1; fraud 7; shoplifting 13; domestic violence 2; crimen injuria 1; illegal immigrants 63; housebreaking and theft 3; theft of motor vehicle 1; possession of dagga 2; murder 1; trespassing 1; common robbery 1 and reckless and negligent driving 1. BRAMLEY POLICE STATION (011-445-4114)

Arrests Assault 5; theft 4; possession of suspected stolen goods 4; assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm 4; house robbery 3; possession of dagga 2; drinking in public 1 and fraud 1. RANDBURG POLICE STATION (011-449-9000) Incidents Bryanston: On 18 June at 11.30pm a home in Geduld Street was broken into after the kitchen door was forced open and computer equipment was stolen. Arrests Possession of dagga 2; theft 2 and common assault 1. PARKVIEW POLICE STATION (011-486-5000) Information was unavailable at the time of going to press.

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Robbery leads to stolen cache KATE HENRY SANDTON police has recovered a cache of stolen goods that may be linked to armed robberies in the area. Last week the Chronicle reported that the quick action of Sandton police thwarted a robbery in progress in Bryanston. Two men were arrested after a shoot-out with police while trying to ee the scene. Another pair escaped over the back wall of the property. According to spokesman Captain Kym Cloete, it has since been discovered that the vehicle used in the incident was hijacked in Bedfordview. Further investigation led Warrant OfďŹ cer Bruce McIntosh and his team to several properties in Alexandra, Bramley View and

Klipfontein where they recovered suspected stolen property including DVD players, speakers, a grey wall safe and a personalised pen set with the engraving ‘Charlotte Slabbert, Head Girl 2008’. “We also believe the men might be linked to a red Mini seen in the area that is suspected to have been involved in armed robberies. “The mini had interchangeable magnetic boards on the side panels. We ask that those who believe they may have been victims of these men to please come forward and identify the suspects or the stolen property.â€? Details: Warrant OfďŹ cer Bruce McIntosh 071-606-3770.

Card fraudster swipes cash CHRONICLE REPORTER A SECURITY ofďŹ cer at Melrose Arch arrested a 35-year-old woman for defrauding people at an ATM. Further investigation by Norwood police revealed that the woman was previously arrested in Kempton Park for the same offence. “It is alleged that a man in charge hires devices out to several women. While

pretending to assist a victim at the ATM, the criminals swipe the victim’s bank card in the device, which stores the information. “This information is later downloaded and used to commit card fraud. The women are allegedly paid according to the number of cards swiped in the device,� said Norwood police spokesman Captain Phillip Magenedisa.

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Razed... (above) The aftermath of the fire that saw more than 150 shacks burn down, (below) the Al-Imdaad Foundation distributes 150 food hampers and 300 blankets to the victims.

Fire ravages community DONALD LOBELO MORE than 150 shacks burnt down at an abandoned factory in Marlboro just opposite Alexandra. According to Johannesburg Emergency Management Services spokesman Percy Morokane, about 450 illegal squatters were left homeless after the fire started just after midnight. “The fire started at about 3.30am. It took about two and a half hours for the firefighters to bring the fire under control,” said Morokane. A few people managed to save their possessions before the flames spread. Many, however, have lost everything. Lucas Matlala, who lived at the squatter camp, said he was traumatised and had lost everything. “I’m heartbroken because I have nowhere to go. All I’m left with are the

clothes I’m wearing. I don’t know where I’ll sleep because I don’t have any money and I’m unemployed,” he said. Morokane said the building had been condemned and was not fit for human habitation. “The building lacked water and electricity. There was an illegal connection of electricity which might have caused the fire,” Morokane said. A baby sustained minor injuries on her hands but there were no serious injuries or deaths. The disaster management staff was on the scene to organise relief from donors in the form of clothes, food and blankets. Godfrey Sigudu from disaster management said they would wait for assistance with accommodation from the housing department.

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Make the specialised courts permanent DECISION-MAKERS willing, Gauteng and Joburg could be world class. Take for instance the specialised World Cup Courts, which in just over three weeks had heard more than 100 cases, most in Gauteng. More than 50 percent of these resulted in prosecutions and included offences such as the sale of fake Fifa merchandise, fraud, theft, robbery and possession of drugs. Think of what a similar approach could do for Mzansi if these courts became permanent after the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa™ has ended. It means suspects arrested for ‘low profile’ crimes could be prosecuted within a short space of time. Victims of crime and their families would no longer have to sit in court and listen to the gory details of their experiences years after recovering from the trauma. Cases like that of a one-year-old Randburg girl and her minder who

were brutally attacked would be heard and concluded when public emotions were still high. In addition, the High Court would be free to deal with high profile cases. The result would be that those behind the 2005 murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble would have been locked up by now. Also, the case against former police commissioner Jackie Selebi would have been concluded without pushing lower profile matters off the court roll. So, to be world class, South Africa does not necessarily have to host a global sporting event. On the pitch, the World Cup has continued to be a massive party and problems such as transport hiccups experienced in the early days have stabilised. And true to their ubuntu nature, our generous boys in green and gold changed their minds about winning the World Cup and decided to give other teams a chance.

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New, improved station to help reduce crime MATTHEW WOOD DOUGLASDALE police and residents are working together to reduce crime and increase services as the expansion of the police station reaches it final stages. Several blue and white buildings have been constructed, framed with fresh gravel and small garden paths. Aside from enjoying the new look, members of the public will no longer experience the hassle of waiting in long lines to report an emergency. The project includes the upgrade of the police parking area that was previously a dust bowl. The corner of Witkoppen Road and Douglas Drive that was once littered and unkempt has now been paved,

treed and enclosed in a palisade fence. The station has also been equipped with more furniture and eight patrol vehicles. Heading the project is precinct CPF Jean Berdou. “We are extremely pleased with the support and cooperation of the committee, the public, Brigadier Jenny Naidoo and her staff. It really has been an amazing journey.” “We have six new offices, new computer and TV systems with DVD training capability as well fresh coats of paint, new lighting and new floors. The morale of the officers has soared which might explain why crime has been reduced so drastically.”

Alive... Domestic workers and gardeners sing with Penny Steyn to raise their spirits at the Gallo Manor community centre.

Dying young is a crime KATE HENRY GALLO MANOR Domestic Watch took on a different tone this month with a ‘secret’ lesson. Coordinator Penny Steyn roused the crowd with a traditional song before handing over the lesson to her ‘secret’ weapon - Fabien NovéJosserand. Domestic workers sat entranced by an energetic Nové-Josserand who regaled them with tales of his life with HIV for 27 years. Diagnosed in 1983, when HIV/Aids was officially recognised, Nové-Josserand was initially told he might have two years to live. Now he spends much of his time debunking the urban myths and misconceptions which shroud this illness. Nové-Josserand, who has never developed full-blown Aids, explained that one of the ways he found to live with the disease was by befriending it. “I accepted that I would be living with it for the rest of my life, so I tamed it and even gave it a name - Alphonse.” Steyn said, “I know some might think that this is not the forum for this kind of talk, but if you die before your time that is a crime.” Details: 082-461-6968.

Listen up... Fabien Nové-Josserand talks about HIV/Aids.

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Questions over M1 skydeck AMANDA WATSON A SCOPING report by environmental consultants has seemingly paved the way for a proposed skydeck petrol station over the M1. Residents have already objected to plans for a petrol station over the M1 at the Atholl Oaklands on/offramps. The developer, Wealth Evolving Investments (Pty) Ltd, would like to bury six 46m³ and two 23m³ tanks on the southband off-ramp. Coupled with a rezoning application that aims to turn public open space adjacent to the highway into a petrol filling station and related activities, the skydeck could be a fait accompli. The scoping report stated the closest river was the perennial Sandspruit, which flowed from the James and Ethel Gray Park through

the site, where it was joined by a and ground water,” said Laserson. She also questioned the wisdom tributary to flow into a concrete of building a petrol station directly canal past Melrose Arch. “But the Joburg Wetland Audit under high voltage power lines. Laserson added objections to the clearly shows that the proposed skydeck is in a wetland which town planning application were closed on 7 June, but seems to have been conveniently objections and comments Is the skydeck a for the environmental ignored in the latest T good idea? application,” objected E SMS SCE, followed impact assessment (EIA) your name and were ongoing. “The public Marian Laserson. L by comment, in less “I went to a building L than 160 characters, can comment individually to 32690. SMSes on the EIA and register as adjacent to the park at R1. Or and was shown how a U charged an interested and affected go to joburgnorth. person. If anyone has building was flooded to share S your views. any environmental or by rising water at least historic knowledge of the twice this year. “The river in the immediate area, please register as this kind of vicinity is the Sandspruit, a very information is critical to an EIA.” important tributary of the Jukskei Eskom acknowledged receipt River. This is unacceptable and of questions put to it via e-mail potentially ecologically disastrous, and replied it would have answers when you think of oil and petrol soon. spillage washing into the streams

Looking ahead... Bart Dorrestein (chairman, Legacy Holdings) Matifadza Nyazema (executive director, Sandton Convention Centre) and Sepp Blatter (Fifa president) open the new bridge.

Legacy bridges the gap CHRONICLE REPORTER JOBURGERS can enjoy a panoramic view over Sandton with the opening of The Legacy Bridge. The 24m weatherproof bridge over Maude Street links the Michelangelo Towers, Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square, the Sandton Convention Centre and the new Legacy Corner. Officially opened by Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Legacy Holdings chairman Bart Dorrestein, the steel and aluminium glass structure,

pre-manufactured off site, was installed by connecting the second level of the Michelangelo Towers Mall with the upper level of the Sandton Convention Centre. Dorrestein said, “We are honoured and thrilled that a gentleman of Blatter’s world standing has formally opened The Legacy Bridge. We are convinced that this walkway will lead to great rewards and opportunity for South Africa, as our country continues to offer world class facilities in numerous spheres.”

Looking for animal abuser

Where will it go?... The site of the proposed petrol station on the M1.

AMANDA WATSON A SEARCH is ongoing for the owner who left a dog to die. In January, the organisation found a chow cross abandoned at a vacant house in Oaklands. The stench from the property had prompted a neighbour to call the SPCA. An SPCA inspector found the dog was still alive but had to be euthanised because of its extreme suffering. Investigators have found that the house was registered to a Chinese company and they were trying to trace the owners as charges have already been laid in terms of the Animal Protection Act. Charlene Smith of Midway Mall in Corlett Gardens has since come forward with a R10 000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the owner of the dog. No arrests have been made. “The investigation is a slow one,

Horrible... This chow cross was left to die. as they usually are, and the case is in the hands of the police,” said Sandton SPCA manager Charlotte Levin. Details: Sandton SPCA 011-4447730.

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Search for food LEONA DIBAKOANE DURING their school holidays, three young boys brave the freezing cold very early each morning, to dig in dustbins for food. The boys, who cannot be named, are aged 11,12 and 13, and attend Witkoppen primary school. Each morning they walk 8.5km from the Kya Sands informal settlement to Fourways in search of something to eat. “During the term we eat at school where there is a feeding scheme, but it doesn’t operate during the holidays,” said one of the boys. Looking frail and cold, the youngest boy said, “We wake up at 4am to get to the bins before the truck collects the rubbish.” Lynne Cawood, director of Childline, said, “Many children depend on that one meal at school. “When a situation such as this is reported we investigate and refer the children to social workers, but we appeal to churches and businesses in the area to help provide for the needs of their most vulnerable community members.” Doctor Jean Bassett, executive director of the Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre said, “We have established a relationship with the Witkoppen primary school, and provide medical assistance and food for the pupils during school term. But we were not aware of their struggles during the holidays.

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The next meal… The boys look for food to eat. “We do have a door-to-door programme for the needy in the Diepsloot, Kya Sands, Zevenfontein and Thabo Mbeki informal settlements. However we require guardian consent which is why we urge schools to inform parents about us. “If anyone identifies young children as needy please bring them to the

centre where we will perform a medical examination, provide them with food and refer the matter to social workers.” Details: Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre 011-467-3158 or, Childline 011645-2000 or infogauteng@childline.

BAFANA Bafana’s World Cup soccer fans still here, continue adventure is over, but they left enjoying the beauty of the country, and feeling at the tournament in style. The country’s pride was home. Reports that Gauteng restored in the final match as municipalities were owed a our boys pushed themselves staggering R24 billion are in an attempt to rescue the cause for concern. There is no doubt nation’s campaign. our municipalities As things stand, Do you agree? we have made T SMS SCE, followed lack the ability to exercise history by being the E by your name and comment, debt control, a first host country L in less than 160 clear sign some not to qualify for L characters, to 32690. SMSes municipal officials the final 16. charged at R1. Or aren’t performing But despite that, U go to joburgnorth. their duties. Their the team deserves S to share your views. principals, too, are a good pat for failing to monitor a scintillating performance against the the situation. Something drastic needs to French. To those who supported happen or we’ll find municipal Bafana, do not despair. The coffers empty with not a cent boys have learnt a thing or left for service delivery. For some municipalities two on how to play against the big guns of the soccer world, to say that the money owed and we can stand proud of a them is old debt, a result tournament that, so far, has of unemployment and the recession, is a lame excuse. been an outstanding success. Debts must be paid whether Most importantly, visitors continue to marvel at our old or new, finish and klaar. warmth. To all those foreign

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TASSYN MUNRO BLOW your vuvuzelas and stop criticising the South African government and its decisions about hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, said the Minister of Sport Rev Makhenkesi Stofile. The minister addressed the youth at Birchwood Hotel in

Boksburg. He disputed certain critical public views regarding the amount government has spent on the event. Stofile revealed that government had invested about R40 billion in the World Cup. “This was used, for instance, in the construction and renovation of roads, airports, public

transport, hotels, and sport facilities such as the 10 World Cup stadiums.” He said this brought a value that would benefit South Africa for decades ahead and was not just frivolous spending to fuel an international pastime. According to Stofile, the economic impact of the World

Cup was estimated to be R93 billion. “South Africa hosting the tournament has increased employment and improved the skill levels of workers which will benefit the country immensely. In addition, this exciting time will see our country presented as an active and winning nation.”


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Calabash to reclaim name its strong relationship with the stadium would remain until at least 2014. “Full naming rights for a period of 10 years from 7 July 2004 were granted to FirstRand Bank Limited and these naming rights grant us the exclusive rights to name the stadium First National Bank Stadium or FNB Stadium,” said Trehaeven. Since 1987 FNB worked with the then National Soccer League to provide funding support for the stadium to be built.

Future FNB Stadium… Soccer City will be given back its original FNB Stadium name a week after the World Cup concludes.

Reply reveals more tender irregularities GUGULETHU NKOSI Between 2006 and 2009 contracts worth R962 million were awarded without tender to various companies by the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works. This was revealed in a written reply from Bheki Nkosi, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC, to questions posed by Jack Bloom, Democratic Alliance Gauteng spokesman on corruption. The contracts were awarded to companies when Sibusiso Buthelezi and Ignatius Jacobs were head of the department and MEC respectively. Buthelezi resigned in November last year

with a R1 million settlement, after the Resolve Group was tasked with investigating allegations of the irregular granting of contracts. According to Bloom, a few of the contracts awarded were justifiable on the basis of sole supplier, in that they were the only companies able to provide a particular product. He argued that the rest could have been awarded to a number of other companies that provided similar services at cheaper rates. “The contracts that were not awarded on a sole supplier basis should have gone out on open tender in order to get the best

value for money.” Bloom disclosed that the largest contract, worth R537 million, was awarded to Tau Pride and Maziya Construction to complete the Jabulani hospital in Soweto after the previous contractor failed to deliver. Philemon Motshwaedi, spokesman for the Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works, confirmed contracts related to the department at that time had been subjected to a review process. “A total of 207 contracts are under review. The outcome will determine steps or action to be taken in that regard.”

Did you know? According to Bloom, companies that benefited include:  Nomvula Maswanganyi of Acresa Consulting, R3.8 million in October 2007 as task team convener to finalise phase 1 of the turnaround strategy.  Questek, R232 milllion in 2008 for electronic monitoring.  Idzima Training, R6.3 million in June 2008 for reconciliation of traffic fees.  Bhekanani Building Construction, R12.2 million in December 2008 for a new ward at Sterkfontein Hospital.


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CHRONICLE REPORTER FIRST National Bank (FNB) has announced that the Calabash stadium known as Soccer City will retain its original name after the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ has ended. According to FNB 2010 marketing head, Vicki Trehaeven, on 18 July Soccer City will once again be called the FNB Stadium. The stadium had its name changed in compliance with Fifa’s strict sponsorship regulations three months prior to the tournament. But in 2007 an agreement was reached between the Department of Public Works, Soccer City, Soccer Development Trust, South African Football Association and FNB to maintain the future naming rights after the tournament. Reports have surfaced over the past few months that the stadium would be called The National Stadium after the tournament ended. However, FNB confirmed that

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A winter warning

Done... William Nicol Drive’s busiest interchange is now completed.

Freeway upgrades are right on track GUGULETHU NKOSI AND TASSYN MUNRO PHASE 1 of the multi-billion rand freeway upgrades project in Gauteng will soon be completed. According to South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), come April 2011 most freeways under construction would be fully upgraded and an open road tolling system in place. Sanral also announced that, to date, at least R21 billion had been

spent on construction. According to Alex Van Niekerk, Sanral project manager, many milestones were achieved including 34 interchange upgrades some of which are William Nicol, Rivonia and Malibongwe drives, and Gillooly’s. “Some 18 months on, it is incredible to see the amount of work our contractors have managed to complete. We have now completed 80 percent of the first phase.”

Van Niekerk also revealed that roadworks were suspended in most areas because of the World Cup and would commence after the conclusion of the tournament. He explained that the toll system would be put in place once the project was completed. “This ensures that the infrastructure is provided when it is needed, and dedicated funding is available for the maintenance of the roads.”

It will be better... The improved Gillooly’s interchange is expected to ease gridlocked traffic.

TASSYN MUNRO DON’T burn anything, whether it is grass or rubbish, in residential areas. In addition, stop throwing cigarette butts out of car windows while driving or having a braai in windy conditions. These were some of the stern warnings issued by Emergency Management Services (EMS) with regard to winter. This came in the wake of an upsurge of incidents of veld fires in and around the city, some as a result of controlled burns. According to Dr Audrey Gule, executive head of Joburg EMS, in the past weeks many grass fires have darkened our skies, polluted our environment and caused a drain on the city council’s budget. “Over the years, we have seen fires spiral out of control to end up in runaway infernos.” “It is hard to come to terms with the devastation caused as a result of reckless and negligent burning. Although it is our primary duty to lessen the impact of such loss, reacting to calls means committing resources, both human and physical.Sometimes repeat servicing is necessary due to re-ignition. This costs the City of Joburg

Be safe... Dr Audrey Gule, executive head of the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services. millions of rand. Gule urged citizens to be more aware of the dangers they faced during the winter months.

Gauteng owed billions NIE CELE MUNICIPALITIES in Gauteng are owed R24 billion in unpaid accounts for rates, electricity, water and sewerage. The three worst cases are Joburg with R8.4 billion, Ekurhuleni with R7.6 billion and Tshwane with R3.6 billion. This was revealed by Mike Moriarty, Democratic Alliance shadow MEC for Finance, who said this information was contained in the Provincial Gazette Extraordinary, number 77 of 14 May 2010. Moriarty said there was clearly a lack of political will to apply credit control, which meant no end in sight to the culture of non-payment. “There will also be an increasing prevalence in terms of inadequate service delivery as municipalities

find it more and more difficult to pay for resources. “Any businessman will tell you that if you want your invoices paid you cannot allow the arrears to grow and debts to get old. But, in Gauteng, 79 percent of the outstanding money is for bills not paid in over three months.” Meanwhile City of Joburg spokesman Virgil James said the majority of this debt was very old but remained on the books of the municipality. “Account holders are not able to pay because the recession and unemployment have had a huge impact on their commitments. The debt has also mounted because of the economic climate, not our inability to collect.”

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Walk the Talk road closures CHRONICLE REPORTER THE 10th Discovery 702 Walk the Talk is around the corner. The organisers are pulling out all stops to ensure the event runs smoothly and this will include implementing several road closures on the day. On Sunday, 25 July a record 50 000 walkers will converge on Marks Park Sports Club in Judith Road, Emmarentia. This will be the starting and ending point for this year’s event. Four different walks with staggered starting times will take place on the day. These include the 30km, 15km, 8km and 5km walks beginning at 6.30am, 7.30am, 9am and 11am respectively. A number of roads in and around Emmarentia will be closed to traffic on the day. Closures will be effective half an hour before each walk begins. Roads

will be reopened immediately after every intersection is clear of walkers, therefore allowing the least possible time of closure. Please note that the 8km return route will now run parallel to Barry Hertzog Avenue on Clovelly Road, in order to free up traffic congestion. However all participants will cross over Barry Hertzog Avenue into Troon Avenue. Secure parking will be available on the day at the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, to be accessed off Thomas Bowler Avenue from Beyers Naudé Drive.  A comprehensive list of all road closures and detailed route map is available on and www.sandtonchronicle. Details: Discovery 702 Walk the Talk office 011-463-2743.

Doing good... Princess Takamodo and Mayor Amos Masondo

Princess plants cherry trees

No access...A map of the road closures with alternate routes.

Call to extend free pet registration CHRONICLE REPORTER THE Democratic Alliance (DA) in Joburg has called on city council to extend the free pet licensing period for another two months due to general public confusion. Safety spokesman Darren Bergman said he tested the system by phoning the Region E health department and was wrongly advised. “I have tried to get information from the City of Joburg website which also proved unhelpful. My colleague and I have been fielding all sorts of calls that suggest there are too many pet

owners out there, unaware of the by-law, who do not know where to turn for help. “It is important that this good, clean piece of legislation is not marred by poor communication from city council. We should get residents comfortable and behind us on this matter. “As a show of good faith let’s extend the free registration deadline and communicate the by-law and registration more widely.” Details: 082-456-8636.

HEATHER WALKER WHILE in Joburg as the Japanese football team’s honorary patron, Princess Takamodo of Japan joined Mayor Amos Masondo in planting two cherry trees at the Botanic Garden in Emmarentia. Masondo also presented the princess with a bonsai as a gift from the city. “We are honoured that Her Imperial Highness has taken the time to acknowledge the value of the planet by planting her homeland’s national tree,” said councillor Matshidiso Mfikoe, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment. “Thank you for highlighting the importance of greening. You are a champion of our hearts. You and Masondo have demonstrated the importance our countries place on cultivating a healthy environment. The mayor was recently presented with a certificate from the United Nations Environmental Programme that acknowledged his leading role in redressing environmental disparities in Joburg.” Japanese ambassador Toshiro Ozawa

said, “Today’s tree planting cements the close relationship South Africa enjoys with Japan. “To celebrate the century of relations between our countries we intend to plant 100 cherry trees in South Africa. The flowering cherry tree is a well-known symbol of Japan and the 8 000-year-old tradition of hanami (cherry blossom viewing) is popular in many countries.” Japan has the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world, which traces its roots to 660BC. Princess Takamodo was the first member of the imperial family to visit South Africa. Takamodo has degrees in anthropology and archaeology from Cambridge University and is the widow of Emperor Akihito’s cousin. She is the honorary president of several organisations, including BirdLife International and Ikebana International. “I am really enjoying my stay in this beautiful country and am glad to contribute to greening the city,” she said.

Talking bonzai... Pat Richards, Princess Takamodo and Matshidiso Mfikoe


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Accsys honoured with tech award BUSINESS REPORTER SANDTON based national payroll supplier Accsys received the Technology Top 100 (TT100) 2009 Minister’s Award for Sustainability. The award, hosted annually by Da Vinci Holdings and the Department of Science and Technology in association with Eskom, which forms part of the TT100 programme, looks to recognise and reward achievers within the technology sector. At the award ceremony, Accsys went head to head with other companies including Allied Technologies Limited, Bell Equipment Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Hazleton Pumps (SA) (Pty) Ltd. The award recognised the company’s ongoing system development and solution integration, service and support in human resources, payroll administration, time and attendance management, as well as access control. “We are honoured to receive this award which indicates the

recognition from industry and government of the company’s advancement and contribution. Recognition like this is a strong commendation which we hope will continue in the future,” said Teryl Schroenn, chief executive officer of Accsys. “Accsys has demonstrated consistency in growth and has proven that focus, service and dedication leads to success,” said Deirdre Marcus, executive director of TT100.

Moving up… RMB private banker Gareth Kin has seen his hard work pay off after moving up the corporate structures in an incredibly short period of time.

From rags to riches

Winner… chief executive officer of Accsys, Teryl Schroenn, collects the Technology Top 100 2009 Minister’s Award for Sustainability.

Alliance partner of the year BUSINESS REPORTER WOODMEAD-based Document Accounting Solutions (DAS) announced that Equitrac Corporation had been named the Xerox 2009 Alliance Partner of the Year. DAS is the agent for Equitrac, a global print management and cost recovery company. Xerox Corporation’s global

business group said Equitrac’s continued contribution to Xerox, its customers and the printing industry had earned it the award. It was presented at Xerox’s annual business partner conference. “This recognises the significant investment in marketing initiatives and support that Equitrac gives to the Xerox solutions business team and the global sales channels,” said

Noel O’Dwyer, vice president of marketing and strategic alliances at Equitrac Corporation. By forming an alliance with Xerox, Equitrac helped companies like KeyBank reduce printing costs by more than $2 million and eliminated more than 110 million pages of print from their offices each year.

ABED AHMED BANKER Gareth Kin of RMB Private Bank is no stranger to the ‘hard work pays off’ motto. Kin drew himself into a rags to riches story that took him from a temporary entry level position to a private banker in under three years. Dreaming of working in the financial sector, Kin completed his matric at Fourways high school and studied for a degree in investment management at the University of Johannesburg. Once completed, he signed a small short-term contract with Sandton’s RMB Private Bank entry level operations centre which quickly became permanent. He was promoted to the

Sanlam business awards entries now open BUSINESS REPORTER LOCAL businesses can now go head to head in the Sanlam/ Business Partner Entrepreneur of the Year Competition. Entries are only open to owners of emerging, small and medium businesses (sme’s) who can enter in any of the three

categories:  Emerging Entrepreneur (business younger than three years old)  Small Business Entrepreneur (turnover up to R20 million)  and Medium Business Entrepreneur (turnover greater than R20 million, but less than

R200 million). Category winners receive R20 000 while the overall winner can win R100 000 cash and be awarded Entrepreneur of the Year. Initiated in 1989, the award gives recognition to individuals who run successful sme’s.

structured lending division after which he took up the position of private banker. Living the single life at 25, Kin has enough time to complete his honours which he studies parttime. “I always set myself goals and, in the short-term, I intend studying towards a Chartered Financial Analyst degree. Once qualified I’ll set myself further goals.” Kin said he wanted to remain within FirstRand Group as he believed it had a solid structure which suited him. “My philosophy in life is perseverance equals goals. Work hard at what you do, never give up, and you’ll achieve what you have set out to achieve.”

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Waving the flag Anne Spottiswoode writes: THANK you Sandton Chronicle head ofďŹ ce for your fantastic ďŹ&#x201A;ourish of ďŹ&#x201A;ags and marvellous mural. A great display of support for our Boys, and how they brighten up a rather dingy stretch of Jan Smuts Avenue through Craighall! This passionate vibe has been shown by many other businesses and private individuals. Surely only the most curmudgeonly among us could deny that this whole ambiance, including the ďŹ&#x201A;ag-sellers on our kerbs, hugely enhances the festive appearance for

the World Cup? This is such a tremendous international event for us to host, with many potential advantages down the line; however, regrettably, along the way there have been those doomsayers and critics who said we could never bring it off, etc, even wishing the event to be given to Australia to stage. Bet that did nothing but spur our organisers on to even greater efforts. Are these detractors now not a little subdued at the success achieved and the huge enthusiasm shown by locals? The party-poopers, too, who,

despite occupying prominent premises on corner vantage points, have yet to make a single outward gesture of interest or support, might deign not to ďŹ&#x201A;y our national ďŹ&#x201A;ag but have, nevertheless, nailed their own true colours well-and-truly to their prejudicial masts. Many thanks, too, to those involved with the transformation of the long-neglected wedge of land at the William Nicol Drive/Jan Smuts Avenue intersection; so long an eyesore, it has taken this World Cup to improve this, and a veritable host of other things. It now, at last, looks great!

A place called home butâ&#x20AC;Ś NOT NICE: Wolfgang and Marisa Rothbauer sent in this photo of the Sandton taxi rank. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The letter in the Chronicle (week ending 25 June), Gautrain stunning but Sandton leaves much to be desired, is spot on. This is evidence. We took the photo on Sunday with tourists walking around us.

It was definitely there Proudly Bafana writes: WELL done, you have perfectly summarised our feelings in your column last week, Are the ďŹ&#x201A;ags that offensive? As a proud new Bafana Bafana supporter I was so excited to be blessed to have a ticket for Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game in Bloemfontein. But imagine my shock when I drove around the City of Mangaung

the weekend before the game and saw tons of bright ďŹ&#x201A;ags, beanies, vuvuzelas, scarves and all sorts of supporters gear available for sale on every street corner by illegal traders! What on earth has got into Joburg? It has lost the plot completely. Bloem looked like a carnival. Indeed you could feel it, it was there!

Help us find our daschund Robyn Hare writes: OUR black, miniature daschund, Roxy, has been wandering over the fence to the Kyalami race track for the last 13 years. She refuses to keep a collar on, scraping it off on the fence, but has a chip under her skin inscribed with my details. On race days, we normally put her into a courtyard, but on 8 May the lure of people and food

was apparently too strong and she burrowed out under the gate. I think someone may have picked her up, thinking she was lost. The track put out an announcement, we have called the SPCA in case she was taken there, to no avail. I know that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now over a month, but if anyone picked her up or saw her, please contact me on 082-3319548.

H Bokaba writes: THE residents of the squatter camp at the old fruit and vegetable market certainly have a right to call it home. But I do not agree with the sentiment that they are victims of verbal harassment. We hardly ever speak to them. We do not hate those people. We know their plight but we have properties and we are against squatters dumping their refuse along Van Vuuren Street. It is a fact that drugs are sold on the premises. Their clients make u-turns in front of our properties some even feel free to just roll their zol and smoke right in front of our gates. Their children play in Van Vuuren

Street, as they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have places of amusement. They (children) are as naughty as any other kids. They open our mail and throw papers around. If the people selling drugs are not residents of the market why are they not calling the relevant authorities? The police do come but we are not certain whether they are doing their job or collecting bribes? The municipality and the national government must deal with this issue because our houses are depreciating in value. The municipality is also failing to:  Clean that portion of the street ref no : 106959 and 1116-09/06/2010 and numerous letters send to city

Horrible experience with dog hater Betty de Comarmond writes: THIS letter is written to the despicable man I had the misfortune to meet on 19 June. I was travelling on 9th Road through Lombardy, just off Modderfontein Road, when I witnessed a beautiful German Shepherd being hit and run over by a taxi. I made a u-turn as I noticed in the rear view mirror that the injured animal was still alive. The taxi, obviously, did not stop. Some other Good Samaritans who witnessed the accident, also made a u-turn and followed me.

When we reached the poor animal, the owner of the dog, who lives nearby, emerged in his white Opel. I asked him to please take the dog to the nearest vet or SPCA as I could see the dog was in terrible pain. I had no idea where to go for help as I am not from the area. The owner refused, picked up the dog and handed him over to my son, who was with me at the time. My son asked the owner for his cell number. I cannot explain the trauma I went through while driving to ďŹ nd help, with my son crying and screaming that the dog



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parks bears testimony.  We requested City of Joburg to build a retaining wall along Van Vuuren street.  The storm water drain at the corner has not been attended to.  I believe that we are paying rates according to the value of our properties and maybe that is why some of the residents sold their properties in time to avoid such conditions. We are aware that it will take time before they will eventually be moved. To compound our frustrations the ofďŹ ce of the speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response is still outstanding and the ofďŹ ce of the mayor, city parks, roads department simply ignored letters and petitions sent to them.

was dying. After wasting much time, I managed to ďŹ nd a vet when some local residents escorted me to the clinic. But it was too late. The injured animal died just minutes before I pulled up at the vet. I have since tried to call the owner only to ďŹ nd out that he had given my son a false number. You horrid man, whoever you are. Not willing to help in any way, you handed over your best friend to a complete stranger. People like you should not be allowed to own animals. But the wheel turns and your turn will come.

Cops target vendors Kugelina writes from Sandown: I WITNESSED two police ofďŹ cers stufďŹ ng a vendorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ&#x201A;ags into the boot of their unmarked car (they were in full uniform) in Hamlin Street, Highlands North. I had the distinct impression they were taking them for themselves - but this is just an assumption. I stopped to speak to the vendor when they drove off and he said they usually give him a receipt so he can account to his boss for their loss but this time they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I was very upset for him and told him that the next time he must take down the vehicle licence number. I do think a blind eye should be turned in instances like this during the World Cup. It will be interesting to see if zero tolerance will continue after 11 July.


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New road a disaster

GIFT FOR THE POOR: The Sandton Muslim Jamaat (SMJ), and the Muslim community of Marlboro Gardens has distributed thousands of blankets to poor families in Setswetla informal settlement, the Lucky Duck care centre in Alexandra and to the homeless at traffic lights around Marlboro. The SMJ and the community has run the winter warmth project for the past 15 years to help keep people warm during our cold winters.

Proud to be a Gautrainer Lizelle Blignaut writes: I STARTED riding on the Gautrain from this week Tuesday and discovered there is no better way of travelling to the office than the Gautrain way. I absolutely love it. It definitely beats the frustration of sitting in traffic with yet another accident or set of traffic lights out of order. It takes me off the streets with all

the hot spots of hijacking or smash and grab. I am not even talking about being pestered by all the beggars and roadside sellers, a problem that is quickly becoming a distant memory for me. I sincerely enjoy every minute of the total 12 minutes it takes from Rhodesfield station in Kempton Park to the Sandton station. And the best part is the Rhodesfield station is only 6km

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away from my home in Boksburg. There I am, sitting on the luxurious and spacious soft blue seats on board the Gautrain, secretly smiling at all the cars stuck on the roads while we whizz past at a comfortable 160 km/h. And all of this for only R42 per day, plus parking of R9.50. Total cost for a traveller’s monthly pass: R1 124. Joy it brings me: priceless. You go, Gautrain!

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address this major problem and is just adding another street with yet another inefficient intersection causing more problems. The only way to eliminate right turning is to implement one way streets (required in Houghton, Killarney, Mayfair and many other areas, especially where a grid pattern exists). If you live in this area, you will agree that our suburbs are packed with traffic congestion and this new road does not resolve it. What one does when designing a solution is find out what the problem is first, and then suggest a solution that addresses it. Not what the agencies currently do, which is put in place outdated designs and ideas that exaggerate the problems, not address them. The design concepts I suggest consider efficiency. In this way traffic will not stand and will clear quickly such that these once peaceful suburbs can be rid of the congestion and noise. Just as with the traffic circle dilemma on the corner of Chester and Dorset roads, if a problem is not resolved with the correct solutions, it creates more problems which compound the problem. Innovation drives efficiency.

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Yousuf Karrim writes: I READ an article in the Chronicle about the opening of a new road in Birnam. I was hoping this inefficient design would be scrapped. The problem here, as in many other instances in Joburg, is that you cannot have too many intersections too close to one another. This new road cut through the once beautiful park is doing exactly this. There is a far more efficient manner in which this can be done. I forwarded this to the Joburg Roads Agency two years ago before the construction of this road began. But as usual it fell on deaf ears. Firstly, Corlett Drive requires widening. Also, on either side of Corlett Drive are several side roads and parts of Atholl Oaklands Drive which could be used for parking by turning them into one-ways. Right turning is one of the biggest contributors to traffic congestion. This was explained to the person in charge of our roads and he could not understand how this causes congestion. Embarrassing and frightening and we wonder why traffic congestion cannot be resolved. This new road still does not

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Charities benefit from mall CHRONICLE REPORTER SANDTON City’s refurbishment project has helped to support a number of charities and communities. Sharon Swain, Sandton City centre manager, said; “The internal refurbishment of the centre is nearly finished. Every usable fitting has been set aside and matched to

requests from registered charities. Sandton City is proud of its contribution to the community.” Since the recycling initiative started in 2009 six different charities have benefited. Salvaged floor and ceiling tiles helped The Society for Animals in Distress, supporting its programme in nine townships in and around

Tembisa, educating over 14 000 children in animal care every year. Avalon, which assists people with disabilities, used a consignment of floor tiles for its charity shop and residents living areas, while Hyde Park’s MaAfrika Tikkun, a charity that focuses on early development and life skills training, used the tiles, plumbing, bathroom and light

fittings for its Alexandra, Diepsloot and Orange Farm community facilities. The Siyafunda Trust, a boarding school for Grade 4 to Grade 12 boys in Onderstepoort, also benefited from the tile salvaging exercise, as did a previously unusable ward for children with facial anomalies at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital,

thanks to the Smile Foundation, a non-profit organisation that assists children with facial anomalies. A number of doors in varying sizes and in excellent condition, were handed over to the Cancer Association of South Africa for use in the new Paediatric Oncology Unit at Steve Biko Hospital.

Look good, feel good... the new interior of Sandton City.

LOOKING GOOD: Village Walk mall in Sandton produced the winners of its makeover competition. Tootsie Naidoo and Collin Nyatsambo looked like models after each winning a complete facial and hair makeover and goodies. Prizes were donated by tenants of the centre.


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To save dogs...Jolandi Salomons and Gareth Lawrence of ELB Engineering Services with Sandton SPCA Inspector Stephen Maila next to the new dog traps.

New dog traps for strays KATE HENRY FOR a long time now, the Sandton SPCA has wanted a dog trap. Now it has two. The traps were built after Gareth Lawrence of ELB Engineering

Services contacted the Sandton SPCA to ask how they could help. Together with Fred Segers, and Kobus Stoop of Macsteel VRN which donated the steel, they designed and built traps that were

a welcome sight at the non-profit organisation. A pleased Inspector Steven Maila inspected the cages, which were built with pressure sensitive pads that closed the trap when activated.

Giving conservation wings CHRONICLE REPORTER CAXTON Community Newspapers received an Owl Award from BirdLife South Africa at a ceremony at the Military History Museum in Saxonwold. In honour of the 12 owl species in South Africa, each year BirdLife South Africa presents Owl Awards to 12 individuals or companies who have assisted the organisation in achieving its goal of conserving birds and their habitats. Bruce Sturgeon, chief executive officer of Caxton Community Newspapers, accepted the award. It acknowledged the extensive publicity

Caxton gave the 2009 Sappi BirdLife South Africa Birding Big Day in its community newspapers in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. “This took the form of a shop window folder and 15cm x 3cm advert with a combined reach of about 4.8 million readers at no cost to BirdLife South Africa. “The publicity contributed significantly to the marketing of this important annual bird-watching event,” said BirdLife South Africa’s executive director Mark Anderson.

He explained they often were called out to rescue dogs far too frightened for rescuers to get close to. “We have cat traps to help us catch stray cats, but didn’t have any

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Nicely done...Bruce Sturgeon accepts the Owl Award from Peter Sullivan.

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Classic cars scaled down MATTHEW WOOD PAUL Williams has taken his interest in racing cars to a higher level. The Douglasdale resident owns two Alfa Romeos and is the national chairman of Alfa Romeo Owners of South Africa. Since 1972 he has been a member of a club that started at the Balalaika hotel but has since moved to Edenvale. There are eight clubs in the country. But Williams said he couldn’t possibly own so many of these magnificent cars, and collected model versions. He currently owns about five dozen. Williams showed the Chronicle a model of the village Brescia, Italy where, back in the 1920s, the town was the start and finish for the Alfa Romeo racecourse. Aside from numerous model versions of classic cars lined up on the cobblestone road, his toy village included miniature people sitting in cafés watching the cars, with minutely detailed extras such as a cart of potatoes in the tiny vegetable garden. Williams also owns a massive model train track. His pride and joy was his diverse Alfa Romeo collection, which he kept separate from the model village. “I’ve been collecting these model cars for years. They’re not easy to find. Some were expensive and had to be imported. Every year at the annual concourse meeting when our real cars are inspected for cleanliness and originality I put the models out on display.” Williams owns an Alfa Romeo GTV and a 156 series and has also raced in his time. He spends his spare time on his village and train tracks.

Scaled down... Paul Williams with his collection of dozens of miniature Alfa Romeos.

CALLING FROM AFRICA: Ross Atkins of the BBC World Services hosts a special global discussion show, World Cup Have Your Say and talks to students at Radio Today community station in Parkwood.

Cope better with support THE Cancer Association of South Africa offers counselling and support groups to help patients face the challenges related to cancer. The next support group called Hoping is

Coping starts 26 June and will run over four weeks. It aims to provide cancer patients and their families with information and skills to cope. Details: 011-648-0990

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FOR DURBS: Sivuyile Mtwa, Claire Leathum, Tshepiso Sithole and Dominique van Zyl stand on the corner of William Nicol and Sandton drives in their beachwear to promote Durban tourism in Joburg.

Dreams do come true CHRONICLE REPORTER REACH for a Dream Foundation has once again stepped up and made a dream come true. Henk Balje, an 11-year-old who suffers from Spitzoid Melanoma had only one dream: to meet Blue Bulls player Morne Steyn. His dream came true through the foundation and Sandton City’s charity drive which was held throughout December last year. Balje was given the surprise of his life when his parents pulled up at Loftus

Versveld Stadium where he was greeted by foundation members and his hero Morne Steyn. Steyn supplied Balje with a bag full of Blue Bull gear which was signed by the Bulls fly-half. The boy also got a bigger surprise when the other players walked in to meet him and sign their autographs on his collection of rugby cards. Balje thanked Sandton City shopping centre and the foundation for “the truly inspiring dream which would never die.”

Hero… Blue Bulls fly-half Morne Steyn signs Reach for a Dream recipient and Spitzoid Melanoma sufferer Henk Balje’s rugby card at Loftus Versveld Stadium.

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Festival promises to thrill SIPHO SISO ALEXANDRA is ready to host one of its biggest international events, the Football for Hope festival. It begins in the township on 4 July and promises to thrill. “We are more than ready and looking forward to hosting the 32 teams from all over the world, including Team Alexandra, at this once in a lifetime event,” said Mike Geddes of Streetfootballworld, organisers of the Fifa-sanctioned event along with the City of Johannesburg and the Local Organising Committee of the 2010 Fifa World Cup ™. Besides football, the community will be treated to entertainment in the form of music and cultural events, with big names of the music industry in the country, and Alexandra in particular, such as HHP, Skwata Camp, DannyK and Kabelo, Pro-Kid, JR, and many others. “We have held auditions in Alexandra and managed to get top cultural groups to perform at the festival. It is a free event and the community is urged to come early to gain entry as the stadium is not big enough to host everybody. It starts at 10am and goes on until 4pm every day until 10 July. “There will be music, cultural events and football every day,” Geddes said. Among the many countries to be represented will

In action... Members of the media played in a friendly match against Team Alexandra. The game ended 4-4. be Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, England and Tahiti. Geddes called on the community to support Team Alexandra to ensure they win the Football for Hope trophy. Winners

of what is regarded in the football world as the losers final will bag the Alexandra Cup, made by a local artist, while the third cup will be the Fair Play Trophy.

“The Fair Play Trophy is the most important to us as it represents the core values of the festival, which are not about winning trophies but about how people treat one another

and set out to resolve differences and conflicts,” Geddes added. Details: 011-440-3419 or

Protect pets this winter CHRONICLE REPORTER LAST week’s cold snap, labelled by some as one of the iciest winters, has lead animal safety organisations to remind people to protect animals from the adverse weather conditions. Pets should be indoors overnight. In instances where animals are outdoors at any time in cold conditions, they

should be protected from the elements by having a blanket, basket or some kind of shelter. Anyone who can spare items to keep animals warm is asked to donate them to the local SPCA, which will also assist animals in impoverished areas. Details: Sandton SPCA 011-444-7730.

Dinner to help wild dogs CHRONICLE REPORTER THE Endangered Wildlife Trust is holding a black tie dinner on 30 September at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank to raise funds for its Wild Dog Research Project in the Kruger National Park. The Adventure Dynamics Everest team, whose mascot was Frikkie the wild dog, will be there. Frikkie and a number of other Everest collectibles will be auctioned on the night. Details:

Vaughn de la Harpe with Frikkie on Mount Everest.

July is veterinary nurses month CHRONICLE REPORTER THIS year is the second annual veterinary nurses month and Doggypaddle will host a fun day to raise funds for animal rescue facility, Dogtown SA. Last year the organisation raised R2 500 for animals in distress. On 1 July the organisation will host the fun day at 207 Second Road, Chartwell.

There will be displays of dogs swimming, agility, flyball and dancing dogs. For children’s entertainment there will be a jumping castle and pony rides. All proceeds will go to charity. Details: 082-787-2680, www. or alison@doggypaddle.


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World Cup Fever • 19

Fan Zone hosts local artists CHRONICLE REPORTER THE Indawo Fan Zone at St Stithians College in Bryanston is celebrating football magic with a unbelievable line-up of the country’s best local performers. Zebra & Giraffe and Napalma will take to the stage between the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ quarter-final games

on 2 July between 4pm and 8.30pm. On 3 July Flash Republic, DJ Craig Massiv and Ryan Dent will liven up the crowd. Prime Circle and rock darlings The Parlotones take to the stage on 6 July before the 8.30pm semi-final match. Freshly Ground will work their Afro-pop magic on stage

on 7 July ahead of the kickoff. The world’s eyes will be on South Africa as the continent’s first World Cup final kicks off on 11 July. TKZee and DJ Fresh will fan the football fever ahead of the big match at 8.30pm. Details: www.computicket. com or 083-915-8000.

I’m with a legend... Dimphiwe Makhanya, Thabang Mfazwe, Emilio Butraguenos Santos, Xolani Mtshali and Siyabonga Sithole

Locals get real soccer academy KEBA MOTHOAGAE THE Real Madrid juggernaut has landed in South Africa. Los Galacticos, as the Spanish football club is affectionately known, has announced plans to launch the Social Integration and Sport Academy in the country during a media briefing in Fourways. This is part of the Real Madrid Foundation’s goal of aiding disadvantaged children through non-sporting activities such as education and social initiatives. Club legend and director of public affairs and institutional relations, Emilio Butragueno Santos, was joined by Dumisile Nala, the chief executive officer of Childline, in announcing the project

that will seek to better the lives of children through education, human development and social welfare. Santos said, “Our foundation uses the values of teamwork, tolerance and discipline to develop children’s personality and work ethic. We believe South Africa is the ideal place for this to happen.” The universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg together with nongovernmental organisation, the Komati Foundation, also announced their intentions of providing resources to the initiative, promising it would be one of the most successful sport-based social projects in the country.

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SOMALIAN born rapper and poet K’naan who brought us the Waving Flag song will perform at Fan Fest concerts during June and July. His performance of Waving Flag for the Coca Cola Fifa World Cup™ Trophy Tour has taken him to 86 countries and now K’naan will be at the Innisfree Fan Park on 7 and 11 July. Details:

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Week ending 2 July 2010

Pride of Portugal CHRONICLE REPORTER MELROSE Arch is playing host to Portugal at Heart, a festival organised by the Consulate General of Portugal and the Portuguese Embassy. The fair celebrates football and Portugal, showcasing the country’s historic links with South Africa, and its economic and cultural highlights. It includes fashion shows, gastronomic fairs, classical music concerts and performances from Portuguese cultural groups. The centrepiece is the Red Independent Heart, a sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos. This iconic piece – symbolic of Portuguese pride and both modern and traditional – will be displayed throughout the festival. The sculpture inspired the Portugal at Heart logo and slogan, Live Out Your Passion, created by designer Gabriel Abreu, who also created the World Cup logo. “We wanted to support our team with activities that would best portray our country,” said Carlos Pereira Marques, Consul General for Portugal. “Football is undoubtedly a sport that arouses great passion, and the Portuguese are known as passionate people. “What better way to acknowledge this than by bringing an enormous

Portuguese folk dancers at Melrose Arch. Portuguese heart and associating it with the best of what is produced in our country.” Marques said the festival paid tribute to the generations of LusoSouth Africans who represented the vibrant Portuguese community here. It would present to them an image of a modern Portugal very different to the one their parents and grandparents knew. An associated event is the Portuguese presence in the Africa and the East exhibition at Brenthurst library in Parktown

until 31 August. Events at Melrose Arch piazza include:  30 June: recital by Filipa van Eck (soprano) and José Dias (piano) at 8pm.  4 July: screening of Bruno de Almeida’s documentary The Art of Amália, at 7pm.  8 July: screening of the documentary Mariza and the story of Fado, at 7pm. Details: 011-684-1655 or www.

AFRICAN ICON: Cameroonian soccer legend Roger Milla inspects a replica of the Cullinan diamond during a tour of African-owned diamond company, African Romance in Sandton.

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World Cup Fever • 21

Proud send-off for Bafana A near-capacity crowd packed Innisfree Fan Park on the occasion of Bafana Bafana’s 2 - 1 win over France...

Photos: Amanda Watson

Loving it... A Bafana supporter blows a final honk

Loud... Hendrik Mabotja and Philemon Maremane give it horns.

Smile... Sydney, Ronel and Veronica Maconi look forward to the game between South Africa and France.

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Week ending 2 July 2010

Feeding the poor CHRONICLE REPORTER NEARLY 10 000 food packets were distributed in a mammoth feeding scheme. The B’nei B’rith charity welcomed the 2010 Johannesburg Mini Council to assist and on 5 June the first team of councillors arrived to start their shift. Armed with youth and determination they were shown the ropes and the hard work began. Two shifts of councillors led by Mayor Maxine Gussenhoven sorted, poured, packed, sealed and stacked 9 750 packets in five hours for delivery to the hungry in and around Johannesburg. Each packet of dried food can

be cooked with a litre of water and feeds four children or two adults. The ingredients were carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition. Aileen Benn from the All Nations Ministry runs a charity in Alexander and assisted. “The work ethic among the children was fantastic and the fun and laughter was contagious in the packing room but they never strayed from the important task at hand,” said Benn “And as I watched them I thought that if this is the calibre of youth in South Africa, our future leaders are going to be incredible,” added Benn.

Inventors... Constantin Dorr, Fabian Ploch, Phillip Pallamar, Nathan Griffioen, Christopher Pallamar and Dimitra Hiestermann with the solar car they made which will be used in the upcoming South African Solar Challenge.

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Packing for the poor... Colin Schmal honorary life treasurer of the Johannesburg Mini and Junior Council directs Mayor Maxine Gussenhoven in their task.

KEBA MOTHOAGAE IF YOU see what appears to be a solar car whiz past you, know that your eyes aren’t fooling you. Six Grade 10 pupils from the Deutsche Internationale Schule (DSJ) are currently assembling a solar car to compete in the South African Solar Challenge later this year, and had the opportunity to show off their creation at this year’s DSJ schulbasar. The SA Solar Car Challenge is a bi-annual event that includes a

mixture of local and international teams competing in various classes for prizes, prestige and experience. This year’s event takes place between 26 September and 6 October, with the vehicles racing on a 4250km route that begins in Johannesburg progresses through to Cape Town and then Durban before it ends in Pretoria. Team captain, Christopher Pallamar, said, “Besides participating in such an exciting event, we would like to establish the DSJ as one of

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FUN TIME: Teachers and pupils of Tiny Town Education Centre feel the World Cup spirit.

the leading science and technology schools around.” Pallamar added that any sponsorship towards the solar car’s participation in the solar challenge would be appreciated. Members of the public can also provide a name for the vehicle, with the moniker deemed the most flambouyant chosen as the winner. Details: Hein Hiestermann 083456-9929 or Dimitra Hiestermann

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Loving it... Ryan Prijic, Stephen Pierce and Morne van Heerden deliver the performance of the day.

Concert thrills at Crawford KEBA MOTHOAGAE CLASSICAL music lovers were given a special treat when Sandton’s Crawford College hosted a concert featuring some of the finest performers in the genre. Pianist Stephen Pierce, clarinettist Morne van Heerden and American violinist, Ryan Prijic wowed the crowd with solo renditions of classical pieces, before ending proceedings with an ensemble that drew a applause for

an encore. Dennis Tessendorf summed up the audience’s mood, saying, “This was excellent, if not better than ever before.” The school is to organise another concert for 2 July. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Details: Ian and Pat Dunbar 011-807-0297 or ip.dunbar@

Enraptured... (above) Dennis Tessendorf, John Voorendyk and (below) Penny and Martin Nickless

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Diary 29 June: Domestic Watch meeting for Dunkeld, Illovo, Inanda, Melrose, Birdhaven and Athol at Wendy Machanik Properties, corner of Oxford and North roads at 2pm. Details: Penny Steyn 082461-6968 or 29 June: Hurlingham Domestic Watch meeting at Rosebank Union Church, corner William Nicol and Sandton drives at 10am. Details: Penny Steyn 082-461-6968 or 30 June: Birdlife Sandton monthly meeting at the field and study centre Parkmore at 7.30pm. Details: Charmaine 082-336-5125. 30 June: Morningside Domestic Watch meeting at the Sandton police lapa, Summit Road at 2pm. Details: Penny Steyn 082461-6968 or 30 June: Parkmore Domestic Watch meeting at George Lee Club, Holt Street at 10am. Details: Penny Steyn 082-461-6968 or 30 June to 11 July: Witwatersrand Gem and Mineral Club will exhibit gemstones, minerals and how to cut them. New members welcome. Details: Rob 082-260-1563 3 July: Wits Bird Club hosts Boudewyn van der Lecq with a talk on Verreaux’s eagle artificial nesting platform south and manbuilt fish eagle nest north of Johannesburg, at 2pm at the Delta Environmental Centre, Victory Park. Phone Lauraine 083-3871960. 3 July: Jumble sale at St John’s church, Pam Road, Benmore from 9am to noon. Details: 011-783-1033 7 July: Join the Simcha Friendship and Cultural Club for a talk on current affairs with Professor Barry Schoub at the Sandton Shul at 10am. Details: 011-783-5600.

Highly recommended... Neville and Sue Gordon with Helen and Alan Banister.

Hats off to comics MATTHEW WOOD For those of you who enjoy comedy and the thrashing of the piano keys, you won’t want to miss out on the musical antics of Jonathan Roxmouth and Louis Zurnamer in Hats Off. At Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre in Montecasino, the duo pays tribute to British comic songsters Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, reprising their classic tracks such as the G-nu song, Madeira M’Dear and Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud. To keep the performance a little up-to-date and in context, Roxmouth and Zurnamer cracked jokes about Julius Malema, Kurt Darren, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and Eskom between each classic track. To bring the recital to life, the duo donned a different hat for each song. According to the theme of each song, the headgear included construction helmets, mortarboards, bonnets and a mitre. The two comics took turns playing the piano, at times in unison. Audience members were hysterical with laughter, as each song became more outrageous, tackling themes from thermodynamics to cannibalism. Lindsay Husted from Bryanston particularly enjoyed the show and praised the performance for its energy. Neville Gordon from Sandton echoed her sentiments. “I loved it and I would recommend it to anyone”. The performance runs until 1 August.

Take three... Bronwen Gordon, Lindsay Husted and Sandi Husted described the performance as very energetic.

It’s time for the timekeepers THE internationally acclaimed play The Timekeepers is set to wow audiences. Direct from Israel and first presented at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, Dan Clancy’s play is about a German homosexual

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0484 Townhouses /Simplexes /Clusters /Duplexe

ABOVE AVERAGE DOMESTIC Housekeeping, housemen, drivers, nannies, gardeners, cooks, frailcare all with certificates. Fully screened RO028165 with traceable references. Jane (011) 886-7698 (o/h) 078-113-4568(a/h)

LOANS UP TO R50 000 SAME DAY APPROVAL Mary 073 7679 033



0296 Tuition / Education


ABSOLUTE COMPUTER WIZZ Private 1 on 1 lessons. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, E-mail. Never too young or old. Jackie 083-632-3475

CM004881 011 326-1614

0318 Carpets / Furniture / Appliances AA AUCTIONS Barry pays best cash prices for all good, used furniture, appliances, antiques, pianos, etc. Tel. (011) 793-4668/ (011) 793-4478. RO028308

ONE DESK Small executive desk. Totally refurbished. Very special. R10 000 neg. 600 wide x 1,2 long x 76mm high. Tel 076 908 1286 NP009547

MATHS PUBLIC SPEAKING TUTOR TRAVELS 082 851 1328 011 786 9259 (messages) RO028230

0324 Clothing

0407 Accommodation to Let / Share GALLO MANOR 4 Fully furnished and serviced rooms immediately available. Pref. 4 males. Call 073 087 7504

ALL GRADES Science/Maths to Matric by Exp.qual.patient teacher 011-786 4089 RO028221

EXTRA LESSONS Maths, English, Afr 2nd Language Gr 0 - 12. Afternoons & Saturday mornings. Kip McGrath Education Centre. Ernest Ullmann Park - Morningside Manor Call Elsie (011) 804-7551 082-661-6418 Mu006623

We buy Diamond and Gold jewellery for cash. Tel: (011) 787-0814 Randburg Diamond Co. RO028323

0366 Pets & Livestock BEAUTIFUL LITTER OF GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES Looking for a special family to love. They are inoculated and de-wormed. R3500 each. 083 444 0490 NP009544

0396 Wanted to Buy A 2 Z CASH DEALS For Household Furniture & Appliances.Etc.We collect. 082 440 8202 RO028306

0299 Upholstery / Curtaining ABLE UPHOLSTERERS Established 29 yrs. Roger (011) 792-3806 082-324-3402

AABER BUYS Antiques, Collectables, Porcelain, Ornaments, Paintings, Glass etc. Tel 011 442 9039 NP009511

AARON PAYS BEST for antiques, furniture, silver, ornaments & S.A art etc. 072-358-9404 NP009520


ADAM PAYS BEST PRICES FOR ALL KHANS UPHOLSTERERS FURNITURE, •Repairs & Recovery of APPLIANCES, etc. Lounge Suites /Dining-Room 083-727-3579 Suites • Scotchgard • FREE QUOTATIONS !! 082 350 5971 RO028184

RAAM UPHL Uphl. ctns. l/covers. Soft furn & Roman Blinds. Paul: 083-561-7091 Shanti: 084-611-5811 011 886-7539 48 yrs exp.


ALL CASH PAID FOR SA ART, ANTIQUES & JEWELLERY Tel 082-657-2610 7 Days a week RO028313

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0442 Garden Flats / Cottages GALLO MANOR Secure semi furnished cottage for single professional. R3 800pm. From 01 August.

0620 Business For Sale

ON-LINE RETAIL Website & stock. Natural & AN000699 organic products. R125 000.00 o.n.c.o. Bev 082 806 1682 011 397 6366

Tel. (011) 802-3237

GARDEN FLAT WOODMEAD Two beds, one bath, one underground parking. R6500 per month. 084 331 9494 Wendy


0650 Loans / Investments


domestic/ childminder p/f work 082 215 7908 Refs. Eng

OLGAR bSa seeks domestic NOAH Mwn My honest & p/f 5 days work 072 865 reliable seeks houseman & 8052 Refs. Eng KL005709 KL005660 garden f/t work he is a good man you can depend on him BONGIWE SA seeks PATIENCE SA seeks i can recomend everything domestic, childminder p-time domestic, childminder p he does is perfect.His M,W,F. Refs. Eng. /f-time Mon-Fri. Accom. Refs:078 295 1105 Noah 073-032-9787 Refs. Eng. 082-296-9040 073 071 8119 Eng DF091357 DF091331


CHRISTINA Sa seeks PETER Mwn seeks domestic/ childminder/ frail care f/t work with Accom 079 houseman, garden p/f-time Cooks. Accom. Refs. Eng. 338 5767 Refs. Eng KL005704 083-471-2455

WILLIAM Mwn seeks garden p/t 2 days work with Acciom 1 day work for a room 078 543 0766 Refs: 082 555 DF091346 2510 Eng CINDY SA seeks domestic, KL005711 POLITE seeks full or part childminder p/f-time anydays. Cooks. Refs. Eng. time domestic work, with or without accomm. Has refs. 078-166-4419 DF091372 074-700-4653

0893 General Employment Wanted


CLEOPETRA Zim seeks p/f time domestic childminding work.Refs.Eng 084-753-4449


PRICILLAH Sa seeks domestic/ childminder f/t work 071 375 6779 Refs. JK004372 Eng

0899 Domestic Employment Available

FIRST CLASS DOMESTIC & CHILDCARE Placement of Trained Qualified staff: Domestic childcare house management Au Pair Tutors. Courses avail. SPECIALS AVAILABLE DF091365 071 324 9848 Looking for work with room DORCAS Zim seeks p/f time ROSE Mwn seeks domestic, National Registered Trainer to work for also exp in & Provider Dept. Labour. childminder f-time with domestic childminding GM001118 gardening . accom. Refs. Eng. work.Refs.Eng 072 5218 466 073-352-5971 078-272-3893 CH001584 DF091351 JK004374 KL005722

DOMESTIC PEACE OF MIND (EST 2002) For top class Housekeepers, Nannies, Cooks, Drivers. CHEF Full or p/ time. 10yrs exp. Males/ Females who are screened & referenced. 076-129-2694 4 your Peace of Mind CP038486 Call: Julie CODE 08 DRIVER 076 235 6315 SO057187 Mwn with ID 15 yrs exp.

PROGRESS Zim very honest good with kids 5yrs exp seeks domestic f-time Cooks. Accom Eng. 078-747-8644 /Ref:082-953-9997(Jacquline Towell)

Driver OSMAN Mwn with SA citizenship seeks f/t. Code 10+PDP lic. Cooks. Refs. Eng. 072-104-1350

SARAI Mwn seeks domestic, childminder p/f-time 5days. Accom. Refs. Eng. 078-690-4275

EMILY Sa seeks office cleaning f/t 5 days Mon - Fri work 076 851 2131 Refs. Eng

SIBONGILE Zim seeks domestic/ childminder p/f work 078 361 9763 Refs. eng

ELIZABETH Mwn seeks domestic, childminder f/t. Mon-Fri. Acc. 078-312-1945 DF091362 /Ref:083-564-4577 DF091399 ELIZABETH Mwn seeks domestic, frail care f/t. with /out acc. Refs. Eng. KL005697 078-228-1726 DF091416

0895 Domestic Employment Wanted

GLORIA Mwn seeks domestic, childminder f-time with accom. Refs. Eng. 078-281-5903 DF091355



SIPHILISIWE Zim seeks domestic part/full-time 5days. Refs. Eng. 072-223-3765 DF091401

GRACE seeks domestic, childminder, frail care f/t. Acc. Refs. Eng. 073-313-0570

SITHABILE Zim 9yrs. exp. seeks domestic f-time Accom. 078-544-1924 ABDUL MWN seeks f/time SA020804 /Ref:073-539-7033(Kelly de garden houseman DF091404 Assis) work.Cooks.Refs.Eng PARKHURST DF091341 JANE Zim seeks childminder LOANS FROM R1000 078-903-7788 Lock-up parking. Cottage p/f 5days. with/out acc. JK004360 TO R40 000 with bedroom, kitchen & Cooks. 084-879-4371 bathroom. Available ABIGAIL`S DOMESTICS /Ref;072-308-1480(Susan immediate. R3000pm incl W 1 To 36 Months EST 1996 Pugh) /L. Includes fridge & TV Fully Screened DF091375 repayment period. connection. No pets. H/Keepers, Cooks, Nannies, JILLY Zim seeks domestic p Low Interest. Approval Suitable for single person. Caregivers, Housemen, /f any day work 072 703 Deposit and lease required. within 1 hour. Gardeners,Drivers 0617 Refs. Eng (011) 447-1759 KL005662 RO028336 011 789 5127/8 or Amber 074 0336 014 071 425 3491 JOYCE seeks p/f time Mpumi 011 2344 872 domestic childminding SUNNINGHILL CP038444 work.Refs.Eng Beside 073 8164 544 Large secure 082-071-2437 ABSOLUTE JK004373 unfurnished garden NP009522 JOLLY DOMESTICS flat. W/patio. 1 Bed. JOYCE Zim seeks domestic drivers, maids, gardeners, Loans up to R80 000. f/t work with Accom 071 908 caregivers, excel refs Curtains, blinds, Blacklisted welcome. 5510 Refs: Mrs Kate Jordan 072 556 1039 carpets, DSTV. 072-288-6840 083 744 8975 Eng 011 781 5006


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0463 Offices & Shops WENDYWOOD

WINDSOR FURNISHERS 60 m Office to rent. Divided We pay more than anyone into 3 x 20m Offices else for household and office furniture. Fridges and TV`s. Call David 082 4452 131 We also collect. (011) 886-3780 CM005000 AN000693 NP009515

AMOS Sa seeks garden p/t 7 days work with/ out Accom

MOGELE SA seeks domestic full-time with accom. Eng. 078-783-9147 /073-370-1772

0786 Wanted


Call 076 0896 471


0897 Gardener Employment Wanted

DF091342 073 313 2618 Refs. Eng KL005714

"I`M AN 8YR OLD JACK RUSSELL LOOKING FOR A HOME" Circumstances prevail & it`s not possible to keep 2 female terriers together under one roof. Call Sally: 083 267 3669


0342 Jewellery


LOVENESS Zim seeks domestic part-time 3days. Refs. Eng. 082-645-0412

0491 Wanted to Rent


CASH FOR CLOTHING We buy "good" used clothing. Shoes. Linen. We collect. Tel. Sharon 082-412-9823


LILIAN Sa seeks domestic p /f work Cooks with Accom 083 831 9578 Refs. Eng

CHARLES experienced, reliable Malawian gardener, AMANDA SA seeks houseman , cooks, driver DF091388 seeks full/part-time job with domestic full-time 6days. Eng. 083-667-1269 ID and references MY LOYAL DF091371 071-949-0432 HARDWORKING AND DF091345 AN000688 HONEST HOUSEKEEPER All cars & bakkies bought for ANGELINE Zim seeks childminder p/f-time 5days. Excellent Malawian JOHANNA cash.Cheap or expensive. PAULSHOF Accom. Refs. Eng. Seeks work on Wednesdays. housekeeping, gardening Willow Crest Motors 078-013-3627 with 9yrs. exp + ref seeks f Call Tracy on Mark 082-444-9990 2 bed, 1 full bath, 2 parkings. DF091414 /p-time work. 082-931-5004 082-411-6338 NP009531 R6000 per month incl elec. CP038482 /073-653-8536 ARTHUR Mwn with ID seeks p CARS WANTED 24 hr sec. pool. No pets. DF091402 /f-time houseman or garden work NOMVUYO seeks full time FOR CASH with accom. Have home manag GIFT Sa seeks garden/ domestic work, with We will give you more! 084 584 3879 and cooking certs. 12yrs exp. houseman/ driver ( code 10 ) AN000671 Refs: 078-691-1496 accommodation. Has 072 307 8657 DF091397 references. 079-826-1733 f/t work Cooks with Accom SO057170 ML000585 073 663 7535 Refs. Eng ATTALIA Zim seeks


ACCOUNTING AND AFRIKAANS TUITION OFFERED FOR GRADE 10-12 IEB GED AND UNIVERSITY FROM FIRST TO FINAL YEAR LEVEL. AFRIKAANS TUITION OFFERED FOR GRADE 8-12 IEB & GED. Tuition available on an individual basis or in small groups either in your home or in Randpark Ridge. Highly experienced lecturer of 15 years experience with extensive knowledge of International Accounting Standards and Tax offering small groups at highly competitive prices for UNISA, UJ and Wits first year students with excellent results. RICHARD (BA Wits. CIS) 072-2105-429 richardmendelsohn1

TEDDY Mwn he has been with us over 5 yrs. Due to our relocation out of JHB and i have no heitation in KL005671 recommending him for garden M. Tu. Thu. Sat Refs: KETTIE Mwn seeks 078 591 5148 Eng domestic full-time with KL005703 accom. Cooks. Eng. WINNIE Sa seeks domestic f 078-043-9693 GM001215 DF091379 /t work with Accom 072 865 Absolutely fabulous Mwn 0705 Refs. Eng LES seeks p/f time domestic KL005666 maid with 6yrs exp. + refs childminding work.Refs.Eng seeks f/p-time work 073-693-2821 073-058-3484/074-979-9199

Close to Mnet / NEW UPMARKETSECURE Studio from R3800 1 bed from R4300pm 2 bed from R5500pm. All excl W & E

JULIA SA seeks domestic/ childminder p/t work Cooks with Accom & 24 yrs exp 082 364 5322 Refs. Eng




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0805 Business

JUNIOR SECRETARY /RECEPTIONIST For a small law firm, needs good computer, inter-personal and communication skills, and to present well, situated in the Sandton area. Fax CV to (011) 783-2040 or email to CP038460

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0850 Professional

Mark Botha, Peter Assman and Mike Vermeulen KIDSGROUP KELVIN REQUIRES QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRADE R AND TODDLER TEACHERS (2-5 YEARS) Email your CV to kelvinkids or fax your CV to 0865-422-062 CP038463

TEACHER REQUIRED For Pre-Primary extra-mural activity. Mornings only. Own transport essential. Payment per lesson. Pam 011 783 6381


0855 Sales / Marketing


CONSULTANTS Ahead in production behind in personnel. Nice, easy and open market to work in. Successful applicants will have an earning potential of R25 000+. Benefits, incentives, pension fund, etc. No door-to-door. TEL. (011) 475-9054 083 5055 997

CALL: 011 293 6161


0820 General

DJ`S MODEL AGENCY Looking for new faces for Magazine & TV adverts (011) 704-4293 CP038467

SALES REPS REQUIRED Courier and signage, sales exp. ess. Basic + Comm. Email CV to CP038483

TELESALES WEST RAND R9 500 + COMM Exp telesales person to secure appointments for sales force, and admin duties. (011) 493-1811


Dam cold dive JACQUES CLIFFORD NO WONDER divers jokingly refer to it as a treasure hunt. Over the last 48 years Normalair Underwater Club’s annual Polar Bear Dive has produced some interesting finds. “Members have emerged from the water with items such as mortar bombs, computers, shopping trolleys, firearms and ammunition, canoes, false teeth, and spectacles,” said Fick Booysen, chairman of the social diving club. However, besides a bag of shotgun shells, this year’s plummet into the cold and murky depths of Emmarentia Dam did not yield anything as bizarre. According to Booysen one of the most memorable dives involved the discovery of a mannequin. “Visibility beneath the water is almost zero and we basically have to feel our way around. One year a diver was doing exactly that and literally got to grips with a shop dummy’s hand. He thought he had come across a corpse and got the fright of his life!” The Polar Bear Dive provides club members with an opportunity to train in low visibility conditions and also doubles as a community service as divers help to clean the dam. “Despite the water temperature of between eight and 11 degrees Celsius at the

Hardy Johnson examines his find.

moment, the dive is extremely popular. There are prizes up for grabs for the most interesting finds, and participants are required to stay in the water for a minimum of 10 minutes to qualify. “We set a maximum time limit of 30 minutes to prevent divers from suffering hypothermia. After the dive and prizegiving we always enjoy drinks and a braai.” This year’s prizes, which included a long weekend on the south coast and a baited shark dive, were sponsored by African Dive Adventures, Ocean Basket, David John Makeup International, Volcano Pans, and Blue Wilderness. Normalair’s clubhouse is situated on the banks of Emmarentia Dam. It boasts a cozy pub decorated with some neat memorabilia and members meet every Wednesday from 7pm. The club hosts diving trips to destinations around Africa and offers dive courses to novices. In addition the club participates in other sports such as underwater hockey and spear fishing. Normalair is also one of the few organisations to offer scuba tank air fills.  The club’s next scuba dive course takes place in September. Details: D Potgieter 082-5584303,


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Mangena trophy KEBA MOTHOAGAE THE toddlers and soccer players of Alexandra Township have something to smile about. More than 1000 people were present at Marlboro sports stadium for the 2010 Soccer Commemoration held by Gift of the Givers Foundation. Warm clothing, blankets, food parcels and soccer kits were donated to a number of crèches and soccer clubs in Alexandra. Gift of the Givers, a non-

governmental organisation involved in various initiatives intended to uplift disadvantaged communities in South Africa, organised the event in conjunction with Jacaranda FM and the Spectron group. Alex Sheffield and Moroka Line football clubs, each recipients of a full soccer kit, thrilled the crowd in a mini-tournament where the U13, U15 and U17 teams battled it out for the Mike Mangena Trophy. Mangena, a legendary footballer

during the 1980s, was on hand to present the trophy, won by Moroka Line. Thandi Shongwe of Gift of the Givers said, “Today there are no losers, everyone is a winner. This is a way that the people of Alexandra can enjoy some of the spirit of the World Cup.” But, the two teams battled it out and Moroka Line Football Club were the overall winners who recieved the Mike Mangena trophy.

For charity…Ex-soccer player Mark Fish who is involved with charity work, will join other celebrities to raise money for MaAfrika Tikkun at the 702 Walk the Talk in July.

Celebs walk the talk CHRONICLE REPORTER CELEBRITIES Elana Afrika and Mark Fish have signed up to walk 8km in the 702 Walk the Talk to raise funds for charity MaAfrika Tikkun. The radio presenter and former soccer player will be part of the MaAfrika Tikkun Dream Team at the walk in July. Elana and Mark have put their muscle behind the organisation’s project of raising funds for vulnerable children in several of Gauteng’s most impoverished

areas. MaAfrika Tikkun is a non government, non-profit organisation that provides services such as early childhood and youth development, primary health care, feeding, and reaction and emergency relief to improve the lives of vulnerable children. The organisation has a holistic approach to poverty alleviation in children of all ages. Details: MaAfrika Tikkun 011-325-5914 or www.

Winners... Moroka Line Football Club U13 team.

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Not a game… Alan Mann and Mike Evans demonstrate how to disarm a gun-wielding opponent.

Stop me… Fourways’ Deon van Zyl’s attack is blocked by Lise Kluson.

THIS IS NO GAME KATE HENRY IT IS not a sport. It is not pretty. Krav Maga is a form of selfdefence that teaches people how to defend themselves in realistic situations. There is no concept of fair play. To put it simply, anything goes. The only goal is survival. Alan Mann, who runs the Elite Defence Academy class in Bryanston, has been actively practising Krav Maga since 2007, training under Des Brown. “I tried other martial arts but did not find them very practical to real world situations. That’s when I discovered Krav Maga. It teaches people how to deal with armed assailants and has practical applications.” During class, men and women practise kicking, punching, grappling, groundwork, close quarter combat and learning to disarm opponents. Mann also

conducts scenarios, such as ATM robberies and hijackings, so his students can learn how to apply what they have learnt. One could be forgiven for thinking Krav Maga was simply an exercise in violence. But Mann explained it was much more. “The best form of defence is to be able to defuse a situation. If that fails, we teach people a basic self-defence particular to the South African situation.” He emphasised this by praising two of his students who managed to make their antagonists back off before the situation came to blows. Mann concluded, “People of all shapes and sizes can learn Krav Maga. It’s not about power, it’s about technique.” Did you know?  Krav Maga was founded by

Imi Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or). After escaping anti-Semitic authorities in Central Europe, he travelled to Israel (then Palestine) where he trained fighters in physical fitness, swimming, wrestling, use of and defence against knife attacks.  When the State of Israel was founded in 1948, he became chief instructor for physical fitness and Krav Maga at the Israeli Defence Force’s school of combat fitness. He continued to refine his method, later modifying it for civilian needs. Details: www.learn-krav-maga. or 072-135-9226.

Give it to me… Kimberly Shewen starts to disarm Cameron Budge.

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