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CAPE TIMES

NEWS

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

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TV BACKDROP WAS KEY, HSRC FINDS

Vandalism costs us R80m in repairs – city

Salvors stand by after bulk carrier sinks

‘Fifa pressure led to stadium being built in Green Point’

THEFT and vandalism in informal settlements around Cape Town has cost the city more than R80 million in repairs and replacement over the past year, it said yesterday. “For every R3 the city spends of its R125m annual budget for water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements, R2 is spent on repairs and replacements,” mayoral committee member Clive Justus said in a statement. In the past financial year, the council had installed 422 water stand pipes, but had to effect 5 482 repairs to sabotaged or stolen pipes and taps. “In the same year, the city’s utility services installed 2 458 toilets, but had to make 4 302 repairs to cisterns, pans, pipes and ablutions damaged by criminals. Although we’ve installed 2 840 toilets … we have had to effect 1 028 repairs due to theft and vandalism.” Justus said the city, which was upgrading a total of 222 informal settlements, could proceed at three times its current rate if the lawlessness stopped. – Sapa

ANÉL LEWIS Metro Writer ATHLONE or Culemborg were preferred locations for a 2010 World Cup semi-final event, but Fifa forced the City of Cape Town to build a new stadium in Green Point because it was the “more attractive location”. The pressure placed on the city by Fifa to host the World Cup at its preferred venue, irrespective of the financial and social costs, is described in a study by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The HSRC report, based on evidence and correspondence collected between 2005 and last year, noted that Fifa delegates said that the low-cost housing in Athlone would not provide a suitable backdrop for television viewers watching the World Cup. Fifa also imposed “nonnegotiable” time frames on the city, compelling it to build in Green Point, although other sites were being explored. Authors Kamilla Swart and Urmilla Bob note that city manager Achmat Ebrahim said in 2007 that the Green Point stadium project would cost R2.85 billion, with the city council’s contribution limited to R400 million, and an extra R100m being set aside for contingency funds. Most of the funding was to come from the national government. The cost of the Green Point stadium has since soared to R4.5bn. City 2010 spokesman Pieter Cronje said: “Green Point was found to be the only site for the

Mountain’s plaque stolen PARK officials say thieves have stolen a plaque that proclaims Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain a monument. Table Mountain National Park said in a statement yesterday that the brass heritage plaque dated 1957 has been missing since mid-July. Officials said that the plaque is “of huge heritage importance”. The plaque is 150 centimetres long and 70cm wide. It was mounted on a granite rock in the flat-topped mountain’s Platteklip Gorge. An investigation into the theft has been launched. Table Mountain is part of the Cape’s unique floral region and was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 2004. – Sapa-AP

construction of a stadium with the necessary requirements within the deadlines.” But, according to the study, Fifa’s “Bid Book” of stadium requirements favoured Newlands Stadium as the 2010 competition venue, while Athlone would be a practice stadium. In correspondence with the managing director of Western Province Rugby, Rob Wagner, in 2006, however, LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan said the stadiums identified in the Bid Book were not final. A delegation of the LOC, the president’s office, the provincial government and the city council decided that a case should be made to Fifa for Athlone’s 45 000seat stadium to be considered as a quarter-final venue. By February 2006, however, the city and provincial governments had announced that Green Point would be the World Cup venue. Athlone would be used for warm-up matches. The HSRC study said media reports at the time referred to a confidential document that noted Fifa delegates had said in 2005 that the Athlone stadium would not have a suitable background for television images. Fifa also advised the city to expand the Green Point Stadium if it wanted to host a semi-final match. Fifa’s preference for Green Point was in line with theories that a stadium set in a middle and upper-income area close to the city centre would have a better investment return, Swart and Bob said. anel.lewis@inl.co.za

From Page 1 on board to try to keep the vessel upright, according to Mark Steed, of the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC), but then all were flown to Saldanha Bay. “An assessment was made and it was deemed unsafe for any personnel to be left on board,” Smit spokeswoman Clare Gomes said. The ship was drifting and listing at a 45-degree angle before it sank, MRCC spokeswoman Sarene Kloren said. Gomes said the salvage crew would remain in the vicinity overnight and this morning would assess whatever had floated to the surface. Kloren said it was not yet known how much fuel the ship was carrying or whether the containers of sugar had remained attached to the ship. “We doubt there is any serious environmental threat, but the Smit Amandla will make an assessment in the morning.”

LOUD AND PROUD: Artist Sibongile September puts the final touch to a sea kelp vuvuzela. He is one of 24 local workers trained to paint the horns as part of a project to provide sustainable employment and environmental education. The kelpvuvus will also be used as mementos for World Cup VIP guests and visitors. Picture: SAM CLARK

Another city jeweller hit

Bright kelpvuvus make a noise for environment and jobs DEIDRE CRAWFORD THE Western Cape’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Sport and Recreation is embracing a new kelpvuvu – a vuvuzela made of sea kelp – in support of the 2010 World Cup. Local soccer teams will present 20 VIP World Cup guests with the brightly painted kelp horns, which will also be stocked at Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information centres. The kelpvuvus are being produced by The Kelp Learning Project (Kelp), a local initiative started by Grassy Park graphic designer and environmentalist Adam Carnegie, who said he wanted “to provide a sustainable livelihood for people” and educate the public about environmental conservation.

Carnegie started the project out of his garage last year for his son’s school fundraiser, where the kelpvuvus sold out within half an hour. He then expanded into creating more elaborate vuvuzelas and kelp “froghorns”, which were used as environmental education tools in local schools. “Everything is about creating conservation awareness and loud and proud with the vuvuzela,” Grete Hollenbach, production manager for Kelp, said. Twenty-four local staff, trained as painters by Carnegie’s brother Michael, handpaint the kelpvuvus with colourful designs of animals, flowers, stripes and “rainbow warriors” that sport the South African flag and “represent South Africa’s rainbow

nation”, she explained. Carnegie employs a small staff in Cape Town in addition to the main centre located at the Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group centre (KEAG) in Kommetjie and eight artists at the Ocean View Centre for the Handicapped. He said he had financed the project almost entirely on his own as “finding funding has been very difficult”. “I like the project very much because it gives me something to do,” said Sipho Manquina, a vuvu painter from nearby Masiphumelele who used to work as a house painter, but had a hard time finding steady work. Michael Carnegie and the painters collect the kelp along the beaches of the West Coast from Kleinbaai to Port Nolloth

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once every one to two weeks, depending on the weather. It is then dried. The kelpvuvus each made a different noise depending on their shape and were not as noisy as their plastic counterparts, Hollenbach said. Traditionally, kelp horns have been used by whale criers in Hermanus and by Cape fishermen announcing the arrival of snoek runs. “They’ll definitely be going home with a piece of culture of the Western Cape,” said Angus Flowers, spokesman for the Western Cape Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Sport and Recreation, referring to World Cup visitors. For more information go to www.kelpvuvus.co.za/ or phone 021 783 3433. deidre.crawford@inl.co.za

a third incident, this one also involving a jewellery shop, but in another shopping centre. Spokeswoman Carin Loock said burglars had broken into Daniella Jewellers in Gardens Centre sometime during Wednesday night. She said employees had discovered the shop had been burgled when they reported to work yesterday. Jewellery had been stolen but Loock could not say how much it was worth. She said the burglars had disabled the shop’s alarm system and there was no video footage of the incident. Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information about any of the incidents may contact CrimeStop on 08600 10111. caryn.dolley@inl.co.za

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