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Volume 04, 29 October 2013, Week 43

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Palm Ridge escape INSIDE manhunt underway

A final evening of extravagance

Monica Supra

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The two men suspected of helping Vusimuzi Genge to escape from the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court last week have been arrested. Thirty-year-old Genge is accused of murder and house robbery. It seems that the escape was planned long ago and took place in the court’s holding cells on 21 October. Genge was to stand trial for violent and serious crimes committed in Randfontein and Krugersdorp in 2010.

Charges against Genge include murder, house robbery, business robbery, hijacking and attempted murder, for which he was arrested in August 2010. According to Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini, the suspect escaped somewhere between the courtroom and the police vehicle. The Hawks appealed to the public to come forward with information that may lead to his arrest. He is 1.9m tall, well-built, and considered aggressive and dangerous. His

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last known address was Kagiso. It is also believed that that he is armed and the public is warned not to confront him. Anyone who has information may contact the investigating officer, Warrant officer Peet Venter of the Hawks at 071 603 8808 or 011 951 1939. Information may also be anonymously forwarded to Crime Stop at 086 001 10111 or SMS’ed to Primedia Crime Line at 32211 at all hours.


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Alberton, the 1930s Dr Daan and Yvonne Grobler Another major step toward recreation was the purchase of a portion of the farm Elandsfontein on behalf of the Reading Country Club. This too was a product of its time. There was a swimming pool and dance hall at the Windsor Park Country Club, which was taken over by the Health Committee in 1934 and later still renamed Grewar Park, and the Golf Club in Germiston. But National Socialism in Germany was growing more aggressive, and repercussions were felt across the world. An Alberton resident who applied to join the Germiston Golf Club was refused because he happened to be Jewish. And so the Reading Country Club came into being, initiated by a determined group of Jewish businessmen who wanted nothing more than a bit of relaxation and some healthy exercise. It was no mean feat, requiring some 250 founder members contributing 60 pounds each – a staggering sum, when in comparison to the entire Eeufees celebrations had cost 31 Pounds to fund.

Another first on the leisure front was the cinema erected by Mr Joffee. No more scrapping of uncomfortable wooden folding chairs in the Town Hall – this was a touch of Hollywood luxury for young Alberton. For the duration of World War II the entire takings from Wednesday matinees was donated to Child Welfare. From: An Alberton Album, Alberton Town Council, 1997 For any information on the Alberton Heritage Society, please contact Alberton Heritage Society on 011 869 9417 (Beverley-Ann Small). You can also contact the writers of these fortnightly articles at 083 380 4072 or send an e-mail to dgrobler@mweb.co.za. Contact Daan Grobler on his cell number to scan documents and photos. Rest assured that photos or other material will be handled with the utmost of care.

The site of the Reading Country Club in the late 1930s.

A modern view Reading Country Club

Interessanthede by VLU Dinwiddie VLU Dinwiddie het onlangs weer ‘n baie interessante vergadering gehad. Lorraine Ribeiro van Siyabonga Children’s Cottages het by hulle gaan kuier. Sy vertel hoe die tehuis begin het en hoe dinge nou gaan met hulle. Daar is so baie behoeftes waar ons almal dalk ‘n bietjie kan help. Hierdie kinders het maar al die gewone behoeftes wat elke kind het. Hiervan natuurlik is die belangrikste baie liefde en aandag. Hulle het natuurlik ook kos, klere en allerlei dinge nodig. Die dames leer ook meer van China in ons internasionale gedeelte en geniet dan ook ‘n tipiese Chinese dis. Rina Mowbray vertel meer oor die voël van die jaar asook die kunstenaar van die jaar. VLU Dinwiddie vergader elke derde Donderdag van die maand en wil graag alle dames uitnooi om aan te sluit. Skakel gerus vir Rina Mowbray by 082 376 1900 vir meer inligting.

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Futura Christmas Market Futura School will be hosting their first Christmas Craft Market at Sha-Mani Lodge, located at 28 Doncaster Road, New Market, from 31 October to 3 November. The market will be open from 09:00 to 19:00 on 31 October to 2 November and 09:00 to 15:00 on the 3rd. Entrance to the market is R20 per person and there will be more than 100 exhibitors. Shoppers can buy some of the lovely crafts that the students of Futura School made during their skills period. Futura is a school for children with learning disabilities. The school places special focus on skills development. The children use their skills periods to make various crafts such as beaded hangers, mosaic and knitting. Bring your family for a wonderful experience and support a great cause.

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Brokenwings Kuieroggend Marietie Stols en Sheryl Swanepoel wil aan al die gasvroue en hul gaste sê baie dankie vil hul ondersteuning op 5 Oktober. Hul het die dag ‘n groot sukses gemaak. Dankie aan Johan Swanepoel wat die dames bedien het met sy boodskap en sang.

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Dit was ‘n geseënde oggend met Johan se teenwoordigheid. Dankie aan die dansgroep vir hul optrede. Dankie aan elkeen wat die oggend bygewoon het. Brokenwings groete.

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Time flies when you are having fun. Corny, I know, but truthful. I don’t know how much the ladies are going to enjoy the upcoming Movember, but it’s always fun to see how creative the guys are with their mustaches. This is our last Pink Edition and also the last week that we are publishing the Matric Farewell photos. The Absa Currie Cup final also came to an end on Saturday, with loads of ecstatic Shark supporters flooding all the social mediums. A few schools held their annual award evenings and we would like to congratulate all of the students who did remarkably well. Congratulations to the newly elected head leaders of Bracken High School and Marais Viljoen. The most exciting news by far must be that our new and improved website (www. tametimes.co.za) is finally live! You can get all the newest updates on the site and even load your own stories. We would like to invite the citizen journalists out there to post their stories onto the website. We’re looking forward to reading it. Even though October isn’t over yet, the Christmas spirit is slowly making its through town. The Futura Christmas Market will be held again this year at Sha-Mani Lodge and you can definitely expect me to be there, browsing for the perfect hand-made gifts. Remember to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated on the latest happenings in and around the community.

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Police busts drug dealers Six men were arrested in Alberton over the weekend in connection with dealing in drugs. According to Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago, the first suspect was found in possession of five packets of Cat and police later found 95 packets hidden in a trash bin inside his apartment. Kgasago said that the total street value of the drugs was estimated at R30 000. Kgasago said that two Nigerian nationals were found in possession of 28 packets of Cat worth R7000, 40 rocks valued at R6000 and one gram of cocaine valued at R300. Two men were arrested in Brackendowns for possession of one kilogram of crystal meth, estimated at R6000.

Following a tip-off, police arrested a 26-yearold man in a house in Topez Street in Mayberry Park for possession and dealing in dagga, he was found with seven packets of dagga worth R70. All six arrested suspects appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 28 October on charges of possession and dealing in illicit substances.

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Support the little fighter 11 months, 24 operations, 4 different hospitals, and his brave parents stand by his bedside hoping that their little boy makes it through. Baby Sergio was born via an emergency C-Section, two months premature after his mother, Leigh de Sousa, had accident and fell at a grocery store, causing bleeding on Sergio’s brain. Little Sergio De Sousa was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy after birth, and spent 8 months in three different hospitals. In August, baby Sergio was transferred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital where he has been receiving additional treatment. A few months ago Baby Sergio was diagnosed with meningitis and was given 24 hours to live, but hopeful mother Leigh never stopped believing in Sergio, who has undergone many operations and has had many infections but somehow always makes it through. With medical bills on the rise, the De Sousa family have lost their Primrose home and furniture to settle the accounts. The family will be hosting a ladies fundraiser for Sergio in Linbro Park. Tickets are R350 each and includes delicious cocktail finger foods, including sushi and canapés and not the usual sausage rolls and samosas. The entertainment line-up includes a cocktail flair show by one of SA’s leading flair champions. A pole dance demo, belly dancing, and a presentation and goodie bags from Lola Montez. There will also be lovely spot prizes and an auction on some goodies as well as

Baby Sergio de Sousa. raffles. Get your company involved in the good cause, by treating the ladies in the office or your clients to an evening out. If you book a table of 10 tickets you get R50 off on each ticket. For more information on Sergio and his story, visit his Facebook support page: www.facebook.com/supportsergiostreatment.


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Unsung heroine of Alberton

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In any community there are unsung heroes or heroines. Pearl Gabler is one such heroine. Pearl has lived in the Alberton area for 45 years and has been involved in badminton coaching as well as working at Rand Airport. Since her retirement some five years ago, Pearl has been a radio controller with her local CPF (Community Policing Forum). Pearl patrols every weekend and on public holidays, in order that the other volunteers can spend time with their families. A number of elderly people, or those living alone, are connected to the network and Pearl makes contact with these people if they haven’t checked in for a day or two. This means people can remain on their own knowing there is help available should they need it.

One of Pearl’s contributions is to take photos of the dogs in the neighbourhood, so that when a dog is found in the street she can identify where it’s come from and return the dog immediately. In addition, if someone’s pet has been poisoned, Pearl will take round a photo of the dog to the owners as a memento. This unselfish act means so much to people. She encourages people to sterilise their dogs, as this prevents wandering, and she also takes any strays she finds to Alberton SPCA. Pearl is a great animal lover and has five dogs of her own who are her great loves. If you see Pearl out and about, do say hello and thank her for what she is doing. If you would like to get involved with the Community Policing Forum please phone them at 060 493 7424.

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Compliments on service delivery Dave Parkinson writes: Many people, including me, are very quick to crucify bad service and are very rarely prepared to stick their necks out and give compliments for outstanding service. On the evening of Wednesday, 16 October, during the rain, a problem occurred with the electricity pole supplying power to my house, leaving us with no power. I phoned the Customer Care Centre and after quite a few minutes my call was answered. I explained the problem to the centre operator and informed him that this had happened before and then I waited three days before power was restored. Not 15 minutes after putting the phone down a vehicle pulled up at my house with an electrician. I explained the problem to him. He needed a truck with a hydraulic lift to reach the top of the pole, and would return as soon as possible if a truck was available. True to his word, in less than half an hour he was back and after a couple of minutes my power was restored. All this in less than one hour. That has to be fantastic service and well worth a compliment to the electrician, Peter, for such prompt service. Also a compliment to the Centre Operator for passing on my problem so swiftly. I do not have his name but my job reference number might help his superiors to find out who he is and thank him - Reference No: 900771. Thank you guys, keep up the good service.

Meet tame TIMES Face of the Month I have a number of questions regarding the whole e-tolling process, the first of which is: what happens to all the money collected via the fuel levy (I’ve heard figures of R40 billion or more bandied about)? This levy was imposed on us to pay for road maintenance and upgrading, yet I wonder how much (if anything) has actually been allocated for the purpose over the last 20 years. This alone would have covered the full cost of the Gauteng upgrade process. Secondly, what is the actual cost of the upgrading of the highways, excluding the massive cost of the e-toll gantries? We then need to strip out the cost of administering this cumbersome system, which will include a budget for law enforcement. My guess is that this cost will be much more than 40% of the total costs of the whole project, which we are now expected to pay for. The whole argument, which is used in favour of the project, seems to revolve around a “user pays” principal. To state that those who do not use the highways do not gain from the upgrade is nonsense. If the highways are not in place, all roads in Gauteng will take extra strain (which is probably what will happen with people trying to avoid the tolls). As the economic heart of South Africa, an increase in transport costs here will affect prices throughout the country. There is already an exemption for mini-bus taxis that won’t have to pay tolls, so where does the “user pay” principal apply here? Or is this “concession” possibly due to the fact that there will be difficulties in enforcing payment from an industry that is notorious for flouting the law? Let’s look at an alternative funding method.

Ignoring the fact that we already pay by means of the above mentioned fuel levy, why can the authorities not add an extra cent or two per litre to the cost of fuel in Gauteng? The price already differs to other regions, so they cannot claim it can’t be done. Yes, it will mean a little extra strain, spread across all road users, but the cost would be far lower and far easier to administer. Finally, what happened regarding the public hearings that took place a couple of months ago? These were rolled out with great fanfare to appease the public once it became known that there was major opposition to e-tolling. As far as I am aware, there were only dissenting voices at these hearings, yet nothing has changed. I have always been under the impression that public hearings are held to actually gauge public opinion, not just to tick a box on a ‘To Do’ list and then to ignore the outcome of said hearings. What has become of “listening to the voice of the people”? Apart from government, SANRAL and those who will benefit financially from this system, has anybody made positive submissions regarding this system? There are many other unanswered questions regarding this debacle, but I believe that these points alone should be enough to put a stop to the project. It may be an over-simplification of a complex situation, but I believe that this makes a strong case for civil disobedience if the powers that be refuse to listen to the majority and refuse to look at alternatives. Larry Thompson Lets chat, share your views e-mail voice@ tametimes.co.za or tweet us @tametimes.

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Al ooit gewonder wat jou grootste vrees is? Ek praat nie van spinnekoppe, slange of ander uitlandse spesies nie. Ook nie van verdrink of versmoor nie. Ek praat van jou diepste innerlike vrees. Gysie het altyd gelag vir myne, tot hy eendag besef het wat ek regtig daarmee bedoel. My heel grootste vrees op hierdie aarde is dat ek eendag dalk my aardse tyd met die ewige gaan verwissel sonder dat ek werklik gelewe het. ‘n Mens sien hierdie soort ding elke dag. Ek raak sommer hartseer wanneer ek met iemand gesels en besef dat hulle net bestaan. Dood is voor hulle gelewe het. Gys sê altyd dat jy ‘n jong iemand kry, kom ons sê vyftig, wat die lewe aangryp met alles in hulle. Hierdie jong vyftigjariges het gewoonlik ‘n moderne haarstyl, dra klere wat nie lyk asof dit uit die groot depressie ontsnap het nie en rond hul voorkoms af met ‘n bypassende glimlag. Dan kry jy VYFTIG. Die mense wat jy kan sien nie eers die moeite doen om ‘n ‘mid-life crisis’ te beleef nie. Dit sommer net heeltemal oorsien en wag vir die lewe om verby te gaan. Dít is my grootste vrees. Ek weet nie van julle nie, maar ek dink hierdie is die perfekte geleentheid om in die kar te klim en vir my ‘n lekker nuwe lipstiffie aan te skaf - ‘n helder rooi wat wys: ek lewe! Tip: Moenie doodgaan sonder dat jy gelewe het nie.

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How to enter: Send your photo tameface@gmail.com. Attach your name, age, and contact details. Get your friends and family to ‘like’ the page and vote! Category for NOVEMBER 2013: Girls 13-15 years.

How it works: There will be a different category announced each month in which you can enter. The weekly entry photos will be placed on the tame TIMES Facebook page. The photo with the most ‘likes’ will be the Face of the Week and be published in the tame TIMES. The Face of the Week winner will receive a voucher for 1 month free modelling training from Figures Alberton. All photos featured on the tame TIMES Facebook page during the month, will be taken into account when the Face of the Month is chosen. The photo with the most ‘likes’ will be Face of the Month. The Face of the Month will be featured on the Figures Alberton website and also receive a voucher for a 4-month course at Figures Alberton worth R1500.

Ek het onlangs op die internet bietjie probeer navors wie die meningsvormers was wat oor die laaste tyd die wêreld waarin ons leef radikaal beinvloed en selfs verander het. Die resultate was verstommend, maar ek wil graag met julle die top 5 deel vanuit die lys wat Biographyonline.net saamgestel het as die top 100 persone wat die geskiedenis help skep het. Jesus Christus (5v.C – 30n.C) – Geestelike leier, sentrale figuur in Christendom Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) – Skrywer van die Declaration of Independence Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 - ) – Leier in die Soviet Unie wat die oorgang vanaf kommunisme oorsien het Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) – Vreedsame siviele vryheidsvegter Nelson Mandela (1918 - ) – AntiApartheidsleier, die eerste president van die Demokratiese Republiek van Suid-Afrika   Verder af op die lys is Moeder Theresa, Buddha, Albert Einstein ens, wat my toe aan die dink sit oor waar op die lys af ek en jy sal wees. Die vraag wat ek daarom vandag aan elke leser stel is: reageer jy op die lewe dat jy help om die geskiedenis daarvan te vorm? Dra jy by daartoe dat Suid-Afrika ‘n beter land word? Of leef jy maar net voort op jou eie eiland?


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Highway day-pass for non-Gauteng residents *Supplied by SANRAL

People who don’t live in Gauteng don’t have to pay for the upgrading of the highways in that province. However, if they travel on those roads, they will have to get a day-pass - which is easy to do. The application of the user-pays principle is authorised by law and has been carefully considered – in the construction of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and in many other instances – as a matter of policy by the National Treasury, in collaboration with other departments and agencies of state. “There were a few funding methods the Government considered in funding the GFIP. One was the much touted fuel levy, which was found to be unfair and unsustainable in the long. “The fuel levy is a nationally raised tax. It would

be inequitable to expect all road users in the country to pay for heightened levels of road services in Gauteng while they do not enjoy the benefit of similar roads in their provinces. After careful consideration Government decided to use the other funding model, that is, users of the inner Gauteng highways have to pay. The user-pay model is sustainable over the long term and fairer - if you don’t use the upgraded highways, you don’t pay,” explained the communications manager of the South African National Road Agency (SANRAL), Vusi Mona. However, the user-pay principle kicks in for all who use the tolled roads, even those who don’t live in Gauteng but have to travel through the province or have business within it. This is best done by obtaining a day-pass. It cannot be done through a retailer, but there are three other options: Via the e-toll website - www.sanral.co.za; Going to a conveniently located e-toll Customer Service Centres - in some shopping malls and along the highway itself; Phoning the e-toll call centre at 0800 SANRAL (726 725). “If you’re not a Gauteng resident, the e-tolls won’t affect you in any way - except on the occasion that you do have to use them, he e-tolled roads are only 201km in a province that has a road network of more than 3000km and there are plenty of alternative roads in Gauteng,” Mona said.

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Alberton City Hall hosts LSEN School Chess Tournament Elandspark LSEN School hosted the second annual Gauteng School Chess Tournament on 10 October at Alberton City Hall. The event is the brainchild of the LSEN Schools Chess league, which was formed in 2013. Six LSEN schools attended: 2013 Inners – Kempton Panorama, Elandspark, Gresswold, Olympia Park, Pro-Practicum and Roodepark. The event was presided over by Mr Elrich Grootboom, chess tournament director and member of Ekurhuleni Chess. Mr Renier Stash, head coach at Ekurhuleni chess, acted as Data Processor using the FIDE approved Swiss Arbitor program.

Also in attendance were Mr Riaan Vos, chairman of Ekurhuleni Junior Chess, and his deputy, Mr Jurie Strydom; Mr Victor Lemmer from Mighty Men JHB, who launched the event whit a devotion; and Mr Ockert van Schalkwyk, Supersport commentator and an educator at Elandspark, was master of ceremonies on the day. Elandspark would like to thank all who helped to make this day a success. We congratulate the league for a successful event, and would like to invite other LSEN schools to join the league and prepare to attend the 3rd tournament in 2014. Mr M van der Berg CHESS ORGANISER.


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70s and 80s music goes live! Don’t miss Taipan and the resident DJ at the Tudor Inn Pub and Grill at the Brackenhurst Medical Centre, Vermooten St. The band will be playing live on Saturday, 26 October from 20:00. Chill out or dance the night away to your favourite 70s and 80s music. For information phone Tudor Inn: 011 867 3378. Annual December Tennis Tournament Sportsmans Warehouse and Team Harrison tennis academy are hosting their annual December tennis tournament: Venue: Bracken Tennis club Ages: 4 to 18 Beginners Clinic Singles and doubles (Player must be able to serve and score) All tennis players welcome Dates: 2-5 December 2013 Entries close: 22 November Contact: Paola (SA registered tennis coach and organiser) Cell: 082 216 9606

CPF Meeting The New Redruth/Alberante Sector 1B CPF meeting will be held on Tuesday, 5 November at 18:30 at the NG Church in Fore Street, comedy & Belly dancing night New Redruth (opposite the Boma). For further 30 November information please contact Mark Venter at 082 Mystical Belly Dancing School is hosting 927 0170. a Belly Dancing and Comedy Nite show, which includes one of SA’s best stand up NG Church Verwoerdpark Agape comedians Conrad Koch and his puppets, Festival - 9&10 November including Chester Missing. Proceeds will be NG Church Verwoerdpark will be hosting an going to charity. Tickets: R100 per person Agape festival and all funds raised will be used Date: 30 November | Time: 18:00 for outreach projects in the community. Starting Place: Crown Gardens Recreational Hall. time 9:00. Food stalls, beauty pageant, jumping Food and Drinks on sale. castle, beer garden and much more. For more information please contact Joe Niemand will be there on Sunday. Entrance 082 400 1811. fee will be any canned food and a soft collection Alberton Junior Hockey Invitation Are you born between 2007 and 2009 and want to be a hockey player? We are looking for boys and girls who would like to learn to play hockey – no equipment needed.

will be held. Curry and rice lunch. R30, please book. Address: Glen Drive, Verwoerdpark, Alberton. Contact: Teresa Booysens 071 608 0717 / Church Office 011 902 4256

For further information, please contact Bev Rhino Bracelet contact details van Zyl on 082 443 8829 or tame TIMES has received many messages bev.vanzyl@telkomsa.net asking about the Rhino Bracelets. Contact Angelica Aurel on a Alberton Toastmasters Club For better thinking, listening and speaking ngelica.aurel@ymail.com or 082 301 3512. skills, contact Wendy Losper – Lido Hotel, Food & Crafts VP Membership at 083 655 1916 or NIGHT MARKET Underroof Lapa wendylosper@actioncoach.com. DJ Shaun Dell & Family : Swing

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What you as a parent should look out for Child physical abuse is the intentional infliction of an injury on a child. The following are indicators of possible physical child abuse: Physical indicators of physical child abuse: 1) Bite marks. 2) Bruises on uncommonly injured body surfaces. 3) Lacerations. 4) Burns. 5) High incidence of accidents or frequent injuries. 6) Fractures/broken bones in unusual places such as the skull, ribs etc. 7) Injuries, swellings to face and extremities. 8) Discolouration of skin. 9) Blunt-instrument marks. 10) Human hand marks. 11) Multiple injuries at different stages of healing. 12) Evidence of poor care/failure to thrive.

Behavioural indicators of physical child abuse: The child: 1) Avoids physical contact with others. 2) Is apprehensive when other children cry. 3) Wears clothing to purposely conceal injury, such as long sleeves. 4) Refuses to undress for sport or for required physical exams at school. 5) Give inconsistent versions about occurrences of injuries. 6) Seems frightened of parents. 7) Is often late/absent from school. 8) Comes to school early and seems reluctant to go home afterwards. 9) Has difficulty getting along with others. 10) Plays aggressively and often hurts peers. 11) Complains of pain upon movement or contact. 12) Has a history of running away from home.

BEAUTIFUL, an exciting new book released by Alberton resident Ruth Hamilton, was written for every woman who struggles with low self-esteem.  These days we’re completely obsessed with celebrity culture. We have started to believe that if we look a certain way, or use certain products, or frequent “fashionable” places, that our self-worth will increase and we’ll feel better about ourselves. We spend so much time idolizing the rich and famous, comparing ourselves to them and measuring ourselves against what the media tells us is acceptable or “cool”, that we often forget to get to know and like ourselves. The result? A generation of women who suffer from low self-esteem, which in turn affects our relationships, how we think and behave, the choices we make and how we react to different situations. BEAUTIFUL was written for those women who never feel as if they are “enough”. It includes easy techniques to help boost feelings of self-worth, as well as a chapter dedicated especially for teens. Other topics covered in the book are negative self-talk, healthy body image, discovering your talent and how to cope in times of crisis. The

book is available for purchase to the public in e-book or PDF format via Smashwords at www.smashwords.com/books/view/366058. ABOUT RUTH HAMILTON Ruth lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and dreams about owning an island in the Bahamas, good grammar, and a world where all women have healthy self-esteem. Author of BEAUTIFUL - The Modern Woman’s Guide to Healthy Self Esteem, she’s also a freelance writer and editor, proofreader, public speaker, social crusader and single mom. An ambassador for social change, Ruth’s driving goal is to equip, empower and inspire women, regardless of age or circumstance, to discover how wonderfully unique, special, important and valuable they are through the power of healthy self-esteem. As a parent, Ruth believes very strongly that instilling a healthy sense of self-worth in our daughters is vital so that the next generation of women will have the confidence and knowledge to make healthy choices in their lives. For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact Ruth at 073 804 0022 or e-mail ruth@pretty-awesome. co.za.


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Marais Viljoen Prysuitdeling Bracken High Hoërskool Marais Viljoen se jaarlikse akademie- en kultuurprysuitdeling is op Woensdag, 15 Oktober in die Alberton Burgersentrum gehou. Almal wat op akademiese of kultuurgebied uitgeblink het gedurende die jaar is tydens hierdie funksie beloon vir hul harde werk. Tydens hierdie geleentheid het die 2013 Bestuurspan ook die leisels oorgegee aan die 2014 Bestuurspan en is die Hoofleiers en Komitee-lede van die Bestuurspan aangekondig.

Agter: Quinton Rancati, Dewan de Villiers, Wester Visser, Jacques de Necker (Hoofseun), Damian Diedericks (Onderhoofseun) en Righardt Pieterse. Voor: Jennelee van den Bergh, Ansoné Vermeer, Luné Joubert, Angelique Adams (Hoofdogter), Heleen Klut (Onderhoofdogter) en Iselize Swart.

Isabel Venter (Gr. 8) en Quinton Rancati (Gr. 11) is aangewys as die veelsydigste junior en senior op kultuurgebied. Isabel was onder andere lid van ‘n debatspan wat aan die semi-finale rondtes van die ATKV debatskompetisie deelgeneem het asook lid van ‘n Radikale Redenaarspan wat deurgedring het na die landsfinaal. Onder Quinton se vele prestasies is dat hy lid was van die Gr 11 Spraakgilde redenaarspan wat gewen het, asook die span wat deurgedring het na die Radikale Redenaar landsfinaal.

Head Leaders

Bracken High is proud to announce its Head Leaders for the 2014 academic year.

Florence Ngobeni (Deputy head girl), Onthatile Thusi (Head girl), Siyabulela Majikija (Head boy), and Njabulo Mthombeni (Deputy head boy)

Dumbo’s future Oscar winners

The 4 - 5 year olds of Dumbo Nursery School who participated in the Eisteddfod in August. Amy-Lee achieved the highest marks.

Jaco Coetzee (Gr. 10) spog met ‘n gemiddeld van 91.38% en het onderskeidings in sewe vakke behaal. Jaco het ook die hoogste gemiddeld in Inligtingstegnologie behaal (97%), asook English First Additional Language (86%).

The learner with the highest average in grade 11 is Michaela van der Walt, with 91.91% and distinction in seven subjects. She achieved the highest marks in het grade for Business Studies (97.3%), Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal (93%) and English Home Hy is ook aangewys as die Language (86.7%). She also beste tweetalige leerling in received the award for the best bilingual learner in grade 11. graad 10. Dié twee graad 12-leerders is as die Veelsydigste leerlinge aangewys is: Ruan Mentz en Sané le Maitre. Die hoofseun van 2013, Ruan Mentz is ook die leerling wat die hoogste gemiddeld in graad 12 behaal het, met 90.33% en onderskeidings in sewe vakke. Ruan het ook die hoogste punte vir ‘n graad 12-leerder behaal in die volgende vakke: Inligtingstegnologie (96%), Fisiese Wetenskappe (91.3%) en Rekeningkunde (91.3%) Hy is ook as veelsydigste sportman van die jaar, sportman van die jaar en veelsydigste graad 12-seun aangewys.

Venita van den Bergh is the grade 8 learner with the highest average mark (93.89%). She achieved distinctions in all her subjects, including 94% for Arts & Culture, 93,3% for Natural Sciences, 97,3% for Social Sciences, 94,7% for Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal, English Home Language (88,7%) and Mathematics (94%).

Top achiever at Bracken High The annual Bracken High honours evening took place on Wednesday, 16 October. A special Die leerder met die hoogste gemiddeld in mention, matric graad 9 is Brendon Fourie, met 94.78% en learner Nyiko Ngxola onderskeidings in al sy vakke. took the top achiever awards in Maths, Die toekennings vir die veelsydigste leerd- Physical Science, ers gaan aan die leerders wat op akade- Life Science and miese, sport- en kultuurgebied uitgeblink Geography, with an het en ook leierskapsposisies beklee het. overall academic average of 87%. Nyiko Graad 10: Gerwi van Heerden en Tarien was also awarded Steinberg; Graad 9: Monique Adams en the Best Girl Leader Gustav Prinsloo, Graad 8: Dirk Steinberg award and the Dux en Marliese Bothma; Graad 11 Teneal Otto Scholar and Achiever (ook veelsydigste sportvrou van die jaar) en of the Year award. Wilmur Terblanche.


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Bringing the Zanmarie takes all the titles medals home Eleven medals were won between 16 athletes at the 2013 South African X Country Championships. Alberton’s Marais Viljoen Athletics Club had another great 2013 X Country season. Fifteen of the club’s athletes qualified to represent their province in there different age groups at the South African X Country Championships, which was held in Potchefstroom in the North West province on 14 September. Two of the club’s athletes unfortunately had to withdraw; Nicole Van Der Merwe withdrew from the championships due to injury and Joshua Voget due to unforeseen circumstances. From the thirteen Marais Viljoen Athletics Club athletes that ran at this year’s South African X Country Championships, two were crowned South African Champions for 2013. Bernadette Wilson, an u/10 girl, won her 2 kilometer race and became a South African champion. Michaela Murat, an u/11 girl, held on to her title and won the South African X Country Championships for the fourth consecutive year. Between these thirteen athletes from the Marais Viljoen Athletics Club, 8 gold individual and team medals were brought home, making their coach and club chairman Deon Swanepoel very proud. The following three athletes, who are from other clubs, are also coached by coach Deon and formed part of his team,: Tharien Erasmus, an u/16 girl from HR Athletics Club, came third and won the bronze medal. Tharien also received a gold team medal. Clinton Swanepoel from the University of Johannesburg’s Athletics Club came seventh in the Senior Men 4 kilometer race, he received a silver team medal. Charine Kruger, also from the University of Johannesburg’s Athletics Club, ran in the Senior Women’s 4 kilometer race. In total 9 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals were won by the sixteen athletes that competed at the 2013 South African X Country Championships. All these athletes are now looking forward to the 2013/2014 Athletics Track and Field season, which has now started.

Front: Bernadette Wilson, Deon Rabie, Michaela Murat. Middle: Nicole Van Der Merwe, Alicia Schmidt, Robert Rugg, Dylan Van Der Merwe. Back: Clinton Swanepoel, Coach Deon, Charl Kemp.   Absent: Tharien Erasmus, Charine Kruger, Sam Shongwe, Steve Shongwe, Lizo Sibeko, Gloria Shongwe, Joshua Voget, Chane Wilson and Micaela Janse Van Rensburg.

Zanmarie Pienaar, a member of the Alberhart Tennis Club in Randhart, won the open ladies singles and doubles, with Jeanne Schmidt, at the Tuks Open that was held over the last two weekends at the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria. Zanmarie, a former leaner at Marais Viljoen High School, is now a second year B Com Law student at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently ranked 12th on the SATA ranking list for SA open ladies and the tournament included 5 ladies ranked in the top 20. This gives the tournament one of the highest ranking ratings possible for a weekend tournament. Zanmarie started playing tennis at 4 years old and has been coached by Darryl Fourie for the last 10 years. Zanmarie’s performance in the ladies section was equaled by her SA National team member Reinhardt Trollip in the men’s section. Zanmarie and Reinhardt represented the SA team at the Africa Zone VI Games in Lusaka, where Zanmarie won 3 gold medals in the singles, doubles and team event.

SA’s number 1 Ninja Midget The World of Motorsport ZA is proud to announce that Mr Calvin Pitzer competed in the WOMZA National Championships Oval Track Racing – Tar, on Saturday, 12 October, in the Ninja Midget Class. Calvin was one of the 19 competitors on the field. The competition comprised of 3 heats. Heat one, Calvin drew an 11th position, with a 20 lapper, ending in 1st position. Heat two, the grids were pole inverted, with Calvin standing 8th on the grid and ending heat two with an astounding 2nd place. The hard work in the first two heats paid off and gave Calvin pole position in the final heat. Dedicated to his racing, he maintained his concentration level and ended in a victorious first position. Calvin, needs to be commended for his passion for racing. He prepared weeks prior to the race by toning his weight, by ensuring his race vehicle met all the regulation requirements, and post the event all the vehicles were stripped, checking for eligibility, and his vehicle passed all tests. Calvin Pitzer ended 1st overall in his class, thus crowning him SA number 1 in the Ninja Midget Class for the 2013 season.

Alberton’s First Princess

Errin Mostert, grade 10 pupil from Alberton High School, won 1st Princess at the Miss Alberton event.


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Change the Face of Men’s Health

With the year drawing to a close it is once again that time of the year when South Africa’s Mo Bros embark on a hairy journey to “Change the Face of Men’s Health”. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, they help raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically, prostate and testicular cancer and male mental health. In South Africa, Movember has partnered with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), where funds raised from each campaign are allocated towards men’s health survivorship and research programmes. From teachers to CEOs, policemen, doctors, students

and musicians – these dedicated men become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of Movember, thereby prompting conversation around the often ignored issues of men’s health. Movember also sheds light on hard-hitting numbers. According to statistics from CANSA, South African men have a shorter life expectancy than South African women. The rate of cancer diagnoses among men is also considerably higher among men,1 in 6 compared to 1 in 8 for women. Known affectionately as Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, participants re-register each year on www.movember. com. Upon registering either as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista, you have the choice to participate as an individual or to start or join a team.  The rules are simple, once registered, start clean shaven on 1 Movember.  Movember are hosting a series of Shavein events around the country. As these Mo Bros groom their way through the month, they effectively become walking-talking billboards for men’s health issues, driving the conversation, and in turn awareness while securing donations or sponsorship for their moustaches through their grooming efforts and fine moustachery. In 2012 more than 30 000 South African Mo Bros and Mo Sistas registered and donated their faces to the cause for the month, while being supported by the women in their lives. These efforts resulted in R 7,180, 382 million being raised for local prostate and testicular survivorship and research programmes developed and managed with CANSA.

Official Movember rules for growing and grooming a Mo: 1) Every year Mo Bros and Sistas have to re-register on Movember.com. Each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face 2) For the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache 3) There is to be no joining of the Mo to your side burns. That’s considered a beard 4) There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin. That’s considered a goatee 5) Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.

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Other important vision skills needed for learning:      *Eye movement skills      *Eye focus abilities      *Eye teaming skills      *Binocular vision skills      *Visual perceptual skills      *Visual-motor integration If any of these visual skills are lacking or not functioning properly, a child will have to work harder. This can lead to headaches, fatigue and other eyestrain problems. A child should get a proper eye-test at least once every two years. Many families are not fortunate enough to do that for their children; yet those kids are our future and deserve good eye care. “That is why we created a non-profit organisation for less privileged families/children in need of good eye care,” says Werner Fourie, optometrists and owner at The Eyewear Boutique™. The NPO is called Project Cat-Eye and they reach out to areas that do not have access to primary eye care or that cannot afford it. They not only test eyes and give spectacles, but also distribute sunglasses

and readymade readers. As part of Eye Care Awareness Month (23 September – 23 October) tame TIMES and the Eyewear Boutique teamed up with Zeiss Vision and Project Cat-Eye to assist children with eye tests and spectacles. Werner Fourie Optometrists will be donating free eye tests and pairs of spectacles to children in need. Carl Zeiss Vision will be donating the lenses that these children will need. Project Cat-Eye also donated, as part of Eye Care Awareness Month, sunglasses to all the security staff and car guards at the New Redruth Village in Alberton “UV exposure from prolonged hours in the sun in very bad for our eyes and can cause permanent sight-threatening damage,” says Werner. If you would like to donate to Project Cat-Eye or get involved, contact them at info@projectcateye.org.za (www.projectcateye.org.za) or visit them at The Eyewear Boutique at New Redruth Village, 011 869 9705. Look out for next week’s edition to see who the winner of the Guess Sunglasses give-away is!


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Dragon boat race: the good, the bad and the funny

SOJO and Golden City Dragon Boat Club held their 10th Annual Spring Festival at Old Ouens Pub and Sports Bar at Wemmer Pan Lake on 19 October. The event entailed three aspects - the good, the bad and the funny and tame TIMES was there to capture everything. The good The Annual Spring Festival raises funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. A tribute was paid to Rachel Katz from Reach for Recovery who passed away early this year after a recurrence of cancer. She was not only a breast cancer survivor, but will be remembered as the vibrant woman who over the past nine years actively gathered breast cancer survivors to take part in the dragon boat race.

Eight teams took part. The DA team was definitely the loudest and should be awarded the spirit award. New teams that took part were T.U.P.A, Signman and NuDebt, who made a definite splash on the day. tame TIMES took part for their second year. Other regulars were Weir Minerals, Reach for Recovery and SOJO. The SOJO team won for the third year running. Weir Minerals came second, and Signman was third. tame TIMES came fourth. The bad According to Nicky Vakaloudis, CEO of SOJO, the final approval from The City of Joburg’s Joint Operations Committee (JOC) for the event was positive. However, that day JMPD started issuing parking tickets to the public. “This fiasco chased away a good number of

spectators and caused irrefutable damage to the event. No member of the VOC (Venue Operations Committee), apart from one EMS officer, showed up to assist with the safety of the event. Disappointments rolled on when the fire engine did not arrive as promised; only four out of twenty SAPS members were present to police the event; only two out of eight JMPD events and by-law enforcement officers arrived, just in time for their free lunch; the electrical boxes were not operating and the stall keepers had to make other plans to cook food for the public,” Vakaloudis said. tame TIMES has requested comment from EMS events. The funny Hats off to the NuDebt team, as said they made a definite splash at the event. This occurred

after their second race, which they won. With their elated victory the boat capsized with all members having to swim to shore. Their good spirit was seen as all of them came out of the dam with a smile on their face and they were back in dry clothes for the final race. They placed sixth. The organisers would like to thank PIKITUP for providing litter bins, EMS Pier Department for the bicycle medics, the Red Ants for portable toilets, the jumping castle sponsored by Stallion and the SAPS Water Wing team for ensuring safety on the water. Bialla Morena Belly Dancing Studio and Elvis for the entertainment, Old Ouens for the use of the venue, and Clr Bev Turk.


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The scene was set for a fairytale ending for Western Province, with a carnival atmosphere and a stadium filled to the rafters. However, the men from Durban had plans of their own to spoil the party. The Newlands faithful were let down for the first time this season, as the Sharks were purely the much better and more well-rounded team on the evening. The Sharks managed to bring the Currie Cup back to the KwaZulu-Natal shores by easily outgunning Western Province 33-19. It was a bruising affair, typical of a coastal final derby, with bodies being placed on the line at each and every contact situation. Although, on paper at least, Province had a backline filled with flair, the Sharks managed to weather the storm well. There were some anxious moments when the two pocket rockets, Cheslin Kolbe and Gio Aplon, got possession of the ball, unfortunately none of which were converted into points. The Sharks had a torrid time in the scrums but their unbeaten opponents

failed to capitalise on their superior dominance in that area. In all other facets of the game, the Sharks were brilliant and far more efficient. Once again the foundation was set by the forwards, evidencing that it is crucial to stamp your authority upfront. Charl McLeod did more than his part by crossing the try line twice. Man of the match, Pieter-Steph du Toit had the game of his life and it is exciting times that lie ahead for Springbok rugby should he team up with gigantic Eben Etsebeth. Province’s stumbling block might have been the fact that they never really encountered a slump throughout the competition. The Sharks hit their peak at exactly the right time and left their most clinical rugby for when it counted the most. The new Sharks management could not have asked for a better way to get their campaign rolling; and with mastermind Jake White now also in the loop, the Sharks will be targeting new horizons.

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Ready for World Championships Xolani Nxumalo, a trampoline gymnast from the Alexandra Trampoline Club (ATC), has been selected to represent South Africa as a Senior Trampoline Gymnast at the Trampoline World Championships taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 7 to 10 November. Xolani has been afforded the opportunity to compete with the help of donations from sponsors such as Aramex South Africa, who sponsored Xolani’s competition attire as well as his accommodation and meals. Aramex held a handover ceremony in honour of Xolani at their offices in Linbro Business Park, and gave Xolani a cheque for R3000 for spending money as well as a kit bag and other items of clothing to take with to the World Championships. Xolani would like to thank Aramex and everyone who contributed towards the cost of his travel, accommodation, and entry fees. ATC is situated at South Rand Recreation Centre, Geneva Road, South Hills. Anyone interested in becoming a Trampoline Gymnast can contact Glenda at 082 924 7384.


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