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‘Time to relook safety’ Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) officials have met to discuss safety in the park, following recent crime incidents. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

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ikers may hold the key to improving safety on Table Mountain. Following a recent robbery and stabbing incident near Kalk Bay, Table Mountain Safety Forum’s Marc Truss says the forum will be looking at new ways to promote safety and wellbeing on the mountain. Nine hikers were stabbed during a robbery while hiking in the St James Peak area near Kalk Bay on Saturday 13 January. He says the incident has shown the need to better educate mountain users and to improve communication lines, which will allow hikers or cyclists to report suspicious activity. Truss says he believes the recent crimes are isolated incidents, possibly by the same criminals. He adds that stakeholders should start “looking at things differently”. “Know your surroundings and be aware of your surroundings,” he says. “Know the mountain and be prepared with water and warm clothing. Does someone know where you are? Are you in contact


with someone?” Mountain users should create a “game plan”, Truss advises, to plan for the possibility of something happening, such as an accident or crime. “Sanparks is doing a great job,” says Truss. “But the lesson to be learnt here is to follow our safety steps.” Truss adds that hikers are often vulnerable as they are far away from help, exerting themselves and enjoying the environment – which means they may not be as aware of their surroundings and safety. “This is an opportunity for all of us to firm up on our concept of safety,” he adds. “If you see something you’re not comfortable with, report it. We’ll need to look at how to make these lines of communication more open.”

Safety plan Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) officials have met to discuss safety in the park, following recent crime incidents. However, as an urban park, there are safety challenge, explains Sanparks spokesperson, Merle Collins.

“Table Mountain National Park is an urban park, surrounded by a city with more than five million residents. At least 75% of the park is open access with multiple access points across 25 500 hectares. Crime is a challenge in the City of Cape Town and across South Africa and may spill over into the natural and remote areas on the peninsula,” she explains. In a meeting on Monday 15 January, it was resolved that there would be a “redeployment of resources” to the slopes around Kalk Bay. These include joint operations with the police, ongoing surveillance observation points to monitor the mountain, increased patrols in the area, deployment of the TMNP dog unit, identification of possible escape routes to assist the police in apprehending perpetrators, and the gathering of site evidence to assist with a successful conviction. “Given the extent and remoteness of the park, it is a challenge to have a constant presence in the area. However, the safety of park goers is important and it must be stressed that citizens must remain vigilant, given that they enter at their own risk,” says Collins.

Further operational meetings are planned with Law Enforcement agencies to solidify operational plans, Collins adds. “TMNP has appointed a dedicated Visitor Safety Team whose role it is to keep crime to a minimum in the park. And that has produced many successes since its inception. In addition TMNP also boasts a ranger corps, which has as one of its roles law enforcement in the park. These teams are supported by a dog unit consisting of 12 level-four security trained canines,” she says. She adds that TMNP works with the stakeholders on the Table Mountain Safety Forum to keep crime to a minimum and address safety concerns across the park. “The park understands and shares the concerns of members of the public with regard to their personal safety. However releasing unconfirmed information regarding crime incidences in the park on social media may derail ongoing active investigations. SANParks is deeply concerned about any incidents taking place in the park and requests that hikers save the emergency number on their phones.” V In an emergency, call 086 110 6417 or 107/021 480 7700 for TMNP to be contacted immediately via radio.






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Finding her way home NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain Just over a month since her release, a lone turtle has travelled almost 1000km. The Two Oceans Aquarium released loggerhead turtle Yoshi on Saturday 16 December, around 27 nautical miles off Hout Bay (“Fond farewell for famous turtle”, People’s Post, 19 December). Yoshi has been fitted with a satellite tag so that her movements can be tracked and monitored over the next couple of years – something aquarium staff hope will bring a wealth of research data and information.Yoshi’s satellite tag sends her positions to the Argos system, a global satellite data collection platform. The aquarium gets daily updates of her location from their satellite platform supplier, the Department of Environmental Affairs. The aquarium staff then plots the data and calculate the daily distances travelled. They have seen 208 satellite passes since the start of her journey. The most recent one, on Tuesday 16 January, placed her about 65km west of Hondeklipbaai on the West Coast. Her average daily travelling distance is currently 31km. Two Oceans Aquarium curator, Maryke Musson, says Yoshi is behaving exactly as expected.“We expected her to explore – and we have no idea where she came from originally (other than that she was on a trawler) – so we are following her journey with great interest to see where she goes. She is certain-


ly ‘hugging’ the warmer water areas slightly off shore. She has started to move up the West Coast. The water is quite nice and warm at the moment – so she has moved closer to shore – and we assume (knowing her) that she is feeding. She is travelling nice long stretches every day, so we know that she is in good condition and swimming strongly,” Musson explains. Musson says it is expected that Yoshi will travel for at least a year or two, if not more, before heading towards the area where she was originally from as a hatchling in order to reproduce. Loggerhead turtles live for between 80 and 100 years, so given Yoshi’s current age and her display of certain behaviours, it was decided that it was time for her to be released back into the ocean. “Yoshi is an absolute legend, and has been part of our turtle conservation and rehabilitation story for many years. She arrived at the aquarium broken and lost, and it is amazing to know that we contributed to giving her that one-in-a-thousand chance of reaching reproductive age,” says Musson. Loggerhead turtles reach sexual maturity between the ages of 18 and 30 years, so Yoshi is now at reproductive age. Loggerhead turtles have been classified as endangered and that worldwide programmes and initiatives are underway to ensure the survival of the species, it is appropriate that Yoshi has been released in order for her to contribute to the gene pool.

NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at 10:00 in the Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. Please note that limited seating is available for members of the public and, therefore, seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you wish to attend the meeting, you are requested to contact Nadine Damon on 021 400 3708 between 09:00 and 16:00. All requests for attendance must be received by no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to provide your surname, initials and contact telephone number. Visitors are kindly requested to be seated by 09:30.



Climbing for a good cause NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

the cable car to catch down. I will, however, do other routes for all Sea Point hiker the milestone hikes,” he rang in the New says. Year watching the sun Patterson has already rise from the mountain raised over R33 000. he has vowed to conHe’s also been joined by quer – every day for a three international year. climbers so far and has Andrew Patterson, secured donations from an avid hiker and enNew Zealand, Iceland, trepreneur, has put tothe USA, Belgium, Dengether a crowdfunding mark and Germany. campaign in hopes of Although Patterson transforming one milhad been involved in a lion lives in 365 days. number of adventure With his 365 Ubuntu activities in aid of variClimbs initiative, Patous charities, he had terson has pledged to never attempted a hike up Table Mounproject on this scale. tain every day in 2018 Andrew Patterson. Thus began a compreto raise R1m on the dohensive training schednations-based crowdfunding platform, ule, which involved at least three hikes BackaBuddy. up Table Mountain per week. “I aim to empower one million South “I did 87 training hikes over the course Africans who, through no fault of their of five months while also maintaining own, started on the back foot in life,” my leg workouts at gym to try to simusays Patterson. late hiking with overworked legs. I also The funds will be distributed to Habi- only walked up stairs, never using lifts. tat for Humanity to build homes for the I live on the eighth floor, which meant disadvantaged, as well as One Heart for I usually did 24 to 40 flights just at home,” Kids, which aims to teach children the he explains. value and importance of reading and For his final training challenge, Patwriting, and The Sunflower Fund to cre- terson conquered nine peaks in a row, ate awareness around leukaemia in completing a hike up Lion’s Head and South Africa. Table Mountain on the same day. Patterson has decided to dedicate this In the face of the monumental task in year to a cause bigger than himself. front of him, Patterson’s mantra for 2018 “I love keeping fit, I adore hiking, and is: “It’s one step at a time”. the idea to hike every day was born, with “Sometimes you might feel overthe aim to get people to sponsor a mini- whelmed by ideas you have or tasks you mum of R1 per climb,” he says. need to complete. These can all be broBy making a donation via BackaBud- ken down into bite-sized chunks – 365 dy, donors will be invited to join the ex- sounds a lot, but focusing on the one I perience on a day of their choice. Weath- need to do today sounds much more er permitting, Patterson suggests an ear- manageable, doesn’t it? Focusing on just ly 06:00 start or a late afternoon hike the very next step means that before you starting at around 15:00. know it, you’ve completed a quarter of “I’m predominantly hiking Platteklip the climb ... half the climb ... the whole Gorge so that those who have sponsored climb.” can join me (all fitness groups and ages) V For more information or to donate, visit – it’s the most direct route and closest to


Help museum records Help keep history alive by contributing to the Robben Island Museum’s ex-political prisoner database. Anyone with information on an ex-political prisoner is called to submit the information to the Museum’s Heritage and Research Department. This will help maintain a digital memorialisa-


tion of ex-political prisoners who were imprisoned on Robben Island. The public should supply the name of the ex-political prisoner, their possible alias while in prison, prison number and imprisonment period. Also includes should be if the prisoner is alive or dead (and date of death). V This can be submitted the Museum at or 021 409 5108.



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The U3A monthly meeting will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Hall, Camps Bay on Thursday 8 February at 10:30. Guest speaker Rosalind Spears will give a presentation on “The Gardens and Art of Libertas”. Entry is R10 for members, or R20 for visitors.




CBD residents are here to stay C

entral City residents are staying in their apartments for longer. This is the finding of the latest annual residential survey conducted at the end of 2017 by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID). The survey indicates that residents are now living in their apartments for a number of years. According to Carola Koblitz, CCID communication manager, the dipstick survey has been conducted online since 2013, and while results on the whole have remained relatively constant from year to year, there have been some interesting shifts over the course of the past 12 months, in comparison with the 2016 results. “While the respondents are still split around 50/50 between those who own the units in which they live and those who rent, what is clearly evident is that people are now staying in their apartments for a number of years – well beyond three years and upwards,” she explains. “There has been a huge jump in particular in the number of people who now say they have been living in the Central City for more than 10 years.” Koblitz explains that the results from 2014 showed that only 15% of respondents had been living in the CBD for more than 10 years. In the latest 2017 survey, this now sits at 32% – more than double. “What this shows us is that the downtown is building a solid neighbourhood community of loyal residents, living mostly in buildings that were once upon a time office blocks. Before the mid-2000s, with the exception of a few residential complexes that had existed for decades, there were very few residential units in the Central City. The CBD itself was largely a business and retail area. Today, it is home to thousands of people who

Big school for little ones People’s Post readers shared their snaps of their little ones’ first step into their school careers as schools opened on Wednesday.

occupy it 24/7. Of course, they ‘share’ this neighbourhood with the hundreds of thousands who work or study here, but who only experience it during daytime hours.” While the exact number of residents is unknown – and will be until the next official census takes place – it is estimated that the Central City currently has around 3800 residential units in its footprint. “This means that, conservatively, it has the potential for a residential community of around 7000 residents. But it is impossible, without an official census, to know exactly how these units are occupied – whether that be for residential purposes, AirBnB, by owners living elsewhere who use their units for corporate or holiday purposes, or even as business premises for day-to-day office workers.”

Reasons to live in the CDB In terms of age, while Millennials (27% of respondents between 24 and 34 years of age) still made up the largest group of respondents to the survey, there was a significant increase in the responses of those aged 55 and older. In 2016, this had stood at 13% while for 2017 this rose to 20%. “We believe this correlates with another result from the 2017 survey that speaks to the reason why people choose to live in the CBD and this is to be closer to their place of work. In 2016, this stood as the number one reason for 58% of respondents, but in the latest survey this rose to 68%,” says Koblitz. “In my opinion, it probably has quite a bit to do with empty nesters, who are now finding themselves in big empty homes in the suburbs and who realise that, with the kids gone, they can now opt for a more convenient albeit more compact lifestyle.”

Kulthoom Kauthar Moos from Bo-Kaap started Grade R. Jaden Edwin (Grade R) and Jared Kannemeyer (Grade 2) set off for their first day of school in Grassy Park.

Glenn and Bronwyn Runnalls, with their son James who started Grade 1 at Kirstenhof Primary School.




Help send young players on tour NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain


or almost 30 years, boys have been receiving the opportunity to grow in both life experience and rugby skills. The u.16 Vineyard Boys’ Rugby Team will travel to Italy in March on their 29th tour. Organised by former Camps Bay teacher, Eban Tucker, the tour looks to give players an opportunity to play overseas and experience different playing conditions, accompanied by an amazing educational opportunity. “The first tour in 1985 was such a great success that parents and players have continued to want to have their children on

these tours. This is the 29th tour that I am organising and accompanying.” These tours bring to light much of what the players learn in school, Tucker says. “For example, if the players are studying Romeo and Juliet in school, we will go to Verona to see Juliet’s home. The players know Parma ham and Parmesan cheese and so we visit farms to see where these items are produced and manufactured.” The team will also grow their rugby skills, he explains, and the numbers are kept to around 27 or 28 players to maximise the amount of game time each player receives. “The idea of the tour is for the players to learn and grow on the tour. We


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hope that they come back home and their level of play is greatly improved.” Some of the players to pass through the tour’s ranks include Springbok Juandre Kruger, says Tucker. “At the moment Ramone Samuels is playing for Stormers. Dawie Snyman is coaching the Western Province team that won the Currie Cup. Norman Laker is the defence coach of this same team.” As a private tour, players have to cover their own costs, Tucker explains, although discounts and living with host families greatly reduce the expense – and these days, sponsorship is hard to come by. V For more information or to provide sponsorships, email

Independent financial crimes investigation company, IRS Forensic Investigations, issued certificates of achievement to Cape Town Central police officers who went above and beyond the call of duty in investigating fraud cases. IRS senior investigator, Andre van Wyk, presented a certificate of achievement to Warrant Officer Quintis Share for his ongoing investigation into an alleged paper export syndicate operating out of Cape Town. IRS chief forensic investigator, Chad Thomas, says that the State law enforcement agencies and private sector investigators have a common goal: The arrest of criminals. From left are Andre van Wyk and Warrant Officer Quintis Share. PHOTO: LARA CANNING




Festival to address climate issues NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


AZ-ART will host its second International Public Art Festival in Salt River. It will start on Saturday 10 and end on Monday 19 February. Organisers promise that this festival will showcase the rich history, creativity, skills, diversity and style of South Africa’s public artists and will act as a platform for the painting of murals and billboards. During the weeklong festival, the public will have a chance to attend workshops where they will be exposed to the world of street painting and handcrafted art. The festival is free but tickets to the spray-painting workshops and guided tours will be on sale from Webtickets. The theme is “Nature Doesn’t Need Us: We Need Nature”. Alexandre Tilmans, one of the organisers, says the theme is inspired by the current state of climate change and seeks to show the world that artists are also aware of the situation and are actually doing their part to spread the message. “We are not just faced with drought, which is the topic of the day currently. We need to look at all circumstances behind it, and climate change at large is the greatest impact. If we as artists can do our bit to say, let us not just save water but also prevent anything that could possibly have negative effects on nature, why can’t we use our platform for that? We ask for support from the community, as we cannot achieve anything without them,” says Tilmans. He says the festival will also allow developing artists to take part and showcase their talent, and will inspire learners to find their passion in art. “Not many people know that art can be a career and they do not know how

Photo from last year’s festival. to go about getting guidance. Through this annual festival we want to say that we are here for you – let us help you.” In addition to the many local artists that will be participating, the base of the festival consists of six international artists and six local professional artists from suburbs such as Muizenberg, Mitchell’s Plain, Woodstock

and Salt River. Participating artist Rizah “Prefix 66” Potgieter says he has been part of the festival since last year and he enjoys the opportunity to meet with international artists. He encourages youth who are passionate about street art to take advantage of this festival. “Whether a person comes to showcase

their skills or to learn, I guarantee there will be no regrets. There is a lot of exciting things to discover at the festival,” he says. Another artist, Sergio Rinquist, says he is happy he has been invited to be part of the festival and that he is in negotiations with the organisers for further opportunities. V For more information, visit




Discover more on Ardmore ceramics A

rdmore Artists together with their founder are getting set to take you on a fantastical journey through an exhibition at Cellar’s Hohenort Hotel in Constantia. Founded in 1985 by Zimbabwean-born ceramic artist Fée Halsted, Ardmore has gained momentum and has been growing strength to strength each year. It was started on the Ardmore farm, in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. Ardmore has become an iconic South African brand that provides employment and

nurtures creativity in rural KwaZulu-Natal, but the works are sold all over the world Ardmore Ceramic Art is one of South Africa’s greatest creative success stories. In 1985, Halsted started teaching her first student, Bonnie Ntshalintshali, on Ardmore farm. Five years later, in 1990, Ntshalintshali and Halsted jointly won the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the National Arts Festival. The work of the studio’s artists has been

Fee Halsted and Mandla Ngwenya discussing the colour palette of this magical tea pot.

Alex Sibanda creating “Hippo Air Balloon” for the exhibition.

sold at Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s in London and to collectors in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. At its base in KZN overlooking the scenic Lion’s River, you can meet the artists at work, view the Bonnie Ntshalinthsali Museum that houses historic pieces, as well as the Zulu Cultural and HIV/Aids Collections, and take a beautiful piece of Ardmore

home to admire forever. Halsted is turning 60 this year and her birthday celebration will be marked with an exhibition at Cellar’s Hohenort from Friday 16 February to Sunday 18 February from 10:00 to 19:00 with the theme “Voyages of Discovery” VFor more information, visit

Day Zero may be even closer than you think With Day Zero fast approaching, residents are still being urged to save water to push the day further ahead. In a statement, Mayor Patricia de Lille says that Day Zero is now likely and that 60% of Capetonians are still not saving water they must now be forced to do so. The City now says that each person is allowed to use 50 litres of water per day for the next 150 days to make up for the many months of missing the 500 million litre per day collective consumption target. As of Thursday 1 February, new water restrictions will come into effect and the City in now moving to level 6B water restrictions. The new daily collective consumption target is now 450 million litres per day. This will be in place for 150 days, after which the City will reassess the situation. Level 6B restrictions will also limit irrigation using boreholes and wellpoints. The City of Cape Town has also advanced its planning for Day Zero, with approximately 200 sites having been assessed as a contingency plan for Day Zero.

A new water map aims to boost water savings efforts by indicating which properties are saving. The City of Cape Town released the water map last week. The map marks residential properties using less than 10 500 litres per month with green dots. “The greener we go, the more we push Day Zero away. The map shows that many households across Cape Town are working hard to save water as part of the effort to get us through our worst drought,” says Mayor Patricia de Lille. “While consumers save, the City is pulling out all the stops to deliver additional water as fast as possible from groundwater, desalination and water reuse sources. At this critical stage, water consumption remains too high for too many homes. The residential sector uses approximately 65% of our water allocation. This sector holds the key to helping us avoid Day Zero.” Day Zero, when the dam levels reach 13.5% and most taps will be turned off, is estimated at the end of April. Only around 54%

The City will be announcing everyone’s local collection points “his week so that communities can begin preparing for the day taps run dry. “We will also be making detailed Day Zero contingency plans available soon to answer all questions that residents and businesses might have. In terms of the City’s work, we have been working hard to reduce demand through advanced pressure management, massively ramping up the installation of water management devices at high-consumption households,” says De Lille in the statement. De Lille adds that City teams are also significantly intensifying the leak detection and repair programme and are rolling out education and awareness campaigns and extending the use of the treated effluent system, which offsets the use of drinking water for non-potable purposes. “Teams are working around the clock to deliver the emergency plan for desalination, groundwater and water reuse. But, as I have already said, this alone

will simply not be enough to avoid Day Zero without savings from all residents. Cape Town, this is the moment where we can bring about the fundamental behaviour change that is needed to save us all from running out of water. “The time to act for everyone’s sake is now. So if we reduce the demand enough now, we can still get our water delivered to our houses and not have to queue daily for our allocation,” she says. The proposed Drought Charge was dropped after a massive outcry from Capetonians about it being unfair. “I just want you to know that the City proposed the charge because we wanted to keep delivering important and essential services during this crisis. I wanted to continue making Cape Town a city that delivers opportunities for all. We are now going to have to make deep cuts to important projects,” says De Lille. Last Friday, the council voted on a punitive tariff that will charge residents exponentially higher rates for water usage

Map your water usage of households are saving water, De Lille adds. “We need absolutely everyone to come on board because the prospect of queuing daily for an allocation of 25 litres per person is a reality and we must do more to avoid it at all costs.” The map only shows consumption for freestanding houses and not cluster housing, flats or other land uses. In addition, the map shows consumption for the previous month and is updated around the third week of the following month. For example, January consumption information will be available in the third week of February. Consumption is indicated on the map as follows: . Dark green dot: household using less than 6000 litres per month . Light green dot: household using between 6000 and 10 500 litres per month

. Grey dot: estimated readings when the water meter is not read for some reason; or if no information is available for the propertyMonthly consumption for a fourperson household, all using a maximum of 87 litres per person per day, should be less than 10 500 litres (i.e. a light green dot). A two-person household should have consumption of less than 5300 litres (i.e. a dark green dot). Households with higher consumption may have many people living on the property or may have an undetected water leak. Households using more than 10 500 litres per month are not shown on the map. Consumption higher than 10 500 litres per month (no green dot) does not necessarily indicate water abuse. There are many legitimate reasons for this: . High number of occupants or guests in the house . Water leaks that the occupants are una-

above 6000 litres per month to force high users to reduce consumption. Those consuming 6000 litres of water per month are currently paying R28.44 and their new tariff will be R145.98. If a household is consuming 10 500 litres per month they are currently paying R109.50 and will soon pay R390.82. For 20 000 litres a month the tariff will go up from R361.06 to R1536.28. Those using 35 000 litres are currently paying R1050.04 and will soon be paying R6939.57, while those using 50 000 litres are paying R2888.81 and will now pay R20 619.57 “We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water – we must force them. I will personally fight to ensure that the proposed punitive tariff exempts those who are using less than 6000 litres per month. Provision will be made for households larger than four people to ensure that they are not unfairly penalised,” says De Lille. V Contact the City at or enquire at the nearest walk-in centre.

ware of (this happens frequently) . The operation of a home business or B&B on the property . Recently completed building work . Consumption is not shown for group housing or properties with an estimated water reading of over 10 500 litres, or where information is not available “It has been found that high consumers are often unaware of their consumption but are willing to change their behaviour once approached.At this stage, each household should know their monthly consumption and we ask that they take the right action and join Team Cape Town’s water savers. Neighbourhoods should have constructive engagements with one another to ensure that their neighbourhood is painted green “By making consumption information available, we believe it will assist residents and communities to better manage water consumption. It is crucial for everyone to play their part,” De Lille says. V Visit to view the map.




Singing praises of an opera legend SAMANTHA LEE @Samantha_Lee121


he story of the late Ronald Theys – the first man of colour to take to the stage as an opera singer fighting against the apartheid regime – was passionately written by his son Nathan, a director residing in the UK. “This story is not only about my father – it is about honouring people who have got themselves through situations like apartheid to express themselves and be free,” he says. “People have gone through tough times and it is not only my father. There are so many out there who struggled and these are very important stories to tell.” Nathan grew up listening to his father’s stories and the family was never sheltered from the bare truth of life then. “I lived with him telling us graphic bedtime stories of what life was like then and I hope that I can do these stories justice in the film,” says Nathan. The feature film was written by Nathan and the script was entered into the pitching sessions at the Cape Town International Film Festival in October last year where it won first prize.“The story is about a coloured man’s struggle to become an opera singer during apartheid, but then he starts singing professionally and becomes one of the first to do so during the apartheid era,” he says. Ronald struggled during the apartheid era to become a lead tenor with the Eoan Group. He eventually achieved his dreams and performed in more than 300 productions all around the world. Ronald grew up in District Six but was forced to move to Mitchell’s Plain under the Group Areas Act. He also lived in Athlone and performed all over the City at events, shows and weddings, and sometimes even for free.

He joined a group when he was 15 years when his father decided to engage in a rugby old and was in the industry for 30 years. match. His dream was to be part of stage produc“He was a rugby referee and the Eoan tions as a lead tenor but because of contin- Group were preparing for Rigaletto. The ued discrimination, he had to settle for being lead tenor died before the opening night and a choir member they employed in the backmy father but his ground. stubborn, sarHis dream castic nature led could have been him to play rugrealised a lot by on the weeksooner, having ends even been offered a pothough he was sition at the Scotnot supposed to. They tackled tish Opera House before joining him at his neck the choir, but beand he was hoscause they would pitalised and not pay for his could not sing,” wife to travel and Nathan says. live with him, he He was given turned down the an ultimatum opportunity. and the opera He then aphouse waited for plied for a posihim to recover tion locally but and sing the opwas rejected and era. He is dehired as a choir scribed as a pasmember. sionate, jubilant Although he and tenacious was a choir memperson with good ber for more than energy. 15 years, he nev“I was told a story by one of er gave up on his The late opera singer Ronald Theys. dream of one day his colleagues taking the lead. about how they struggled and my father Ronald eventually realised his dream and said: ‘I just want to sing’. So my father in the took to the world stage. Although he was not opera world was a strong figure because he always good at reading opera, his tenacity, trained many of the current opera singers. passion and undeniable voice helped him He also sang in the ‘Coons’ and judged them. succeed. He was a very busy man, making him very “When Nelson Mandela was released he well known in the entertainment industry,” got the opportunity to apply again and in the says Nathan. early 1990s he sang his first lead as a princiHis legacy still lives on, with his name bepal tenor,” says Nathan. ing among the most well known in the opera This opportunity was almost short lived scene worldwide.

“I was at a barbeque in London one year and there I saw opera singers who knew my dad and they were singing on the big stage. They called my dad ‘Pa’. Big singers on the London stage calling my dad Pa!” he says, Ronald died at the age of 72 in June 2004. “Opera singers from all over came and you should have been at the funeral – they rocked the place! It was very uplifting,” he says. Nathan was inspired to tell his father’s story because of his own struggles trying to make it in the UK film industry classed as a black man. “This is very close to home because I am going through the struggle and my father got through his struggle and he is an inspiration to me. We need to see things from a different perspective of hope and courage. I haven’t seen films from District Six, for example and I want to see these stories.” Reading about people closer to home is important to educate future generations on the history of the country, says Nathan. Liesel Priem from production company Mad Little Badger says Ronald’s story is important, as he was the person to cement the opera world at the time.“He created that world that was unknown to the coloured people back then. He struggled to get on that stage, but he got there,” she says. “When you talk about [inspirational men], there are many and he is just one of them that we need to honour,” she says. The film is backed by Mad Little Badger and Stage Five Films. “We want to open it up to the community so that they can also say they had a part in it and that they invested in it to make it possible,” says Nathan. “This story will be made, whether I am here or not.” V To get involved in the movie, to invest or for more information, contact Liesel Priem on 084 989 2803, email or visit the website:




A TOUCH OF MAGIC: Cape Town City Ballet presents a groundbreaking adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s short story, Mozart and Salieri, on the Artscape opera stage from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 17 February. Wednesday shows will take place at 19:30, Saturday shows at 14:00 and 19:30, and Sunday shows at 15:00. Tickets are R150 to R270 from


Drama highlights struggles Alexander Upstairs brings you four chilled evenings as it brings the drama Deficit to its theatre in Strand Street in the CBD. This drama tells the story of a young man who finds himself trapped between financial and academic struggles. It reflects real circumstances in which young people normally find themselves, as the main character is seen striving to find a balance between these two circumstances while facing debt as a result of an unjust system and manipulation. The situation then becomes too much for him and he partakes in a political game as his dreams and academic success are threatened and shattered. Online bookings can be made at or show/thedeficit. You may also reserve your ticket without paying. It is advised that children under the age of 18 be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tickets cost R90 over the counter at the bar or R80 online via credit card. Shows will take place from Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 February at 19:00. V For more information, call 021 300 1652.

FUNNY BUSINESS: Comedian Rob van Vuuren will be on stage for a hilarious hour at the Cape Town Comedy Club on Monday 29 January. Van Vuuren has performed nationally and internationally for twenty years. He has won a slew of awards, including the Comics’ Choice Breakthrough Act Award, as well as several Standard Bank Ovation Awards. He has two Comedy Central Africa specials to his name and was seen recently on Famous Last Words on the same channel. Tickets are R150 and are available from Computicket or Shoprite and Checkers stores.

Share the laughter at comedy club Great specials continue at the Cape Town Comedy Club with half-priced Sundays for selected shows and midweek R50 early-bird tickets for selected Wednesday and Thursday shows. The club will also host the Anti-Valentine’s Comedy Show on Wednesday 14 February.You can look forward to seeing local comedians making light of Valentine’s Day, which is bound to banish those gooey feelings. As the venue arranges the seating, be prepared to share the table, share the laughter

and share the love. Tickets cost R120. Another show follows on Friday 16 February with A Night of Headliners brought to you by Savanna Premium Cider. Another four top comedians will be performing on stage for one night only, so be sure not to miss Lateef Lovejoy, Mel Jones, Dylan Skews and Kurt Schoonraad as MC. There will also be live video mixing performances by SA hip-hop DJ, DJ Azuhl. Tickets cost R190 and include a free Savanna for all and a video mix-tape CD on arrival for the first 100 guests.

Shakespearean showcase A historic production of Shakespeare’s popular comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, will be presented at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre next month. The Taming of the Shrew will run from Wednesday 7 February to Saturday 3 March at 20:15, Mondays to Saturdays. Tickets are R150 to R220. Directed by Tara Notcutt, the production features an allfemale cast and creative team. Notcutt is a celebrated and prolific director. At 31, Notcutt is also the youngest person to direct a play at Maynardville and the fifth woman to do so. Notcutt has worked in many styles, from intimate drama and physical theatre to illusion and opera, and now makes her Shakespearean debut. The production showcases Shakespeare’s wonderful battle of the sexes. Matters of gender, marriage and family come together in this dark comedy about Kate, a headstrong woman, and her tempestuous relationship with Petruchio, the man who is set on wooing and Alicia McCormick and Daneel van der Walt. winning her. In the lead role of Kate is Alicia McCor- Couch, in association with Artscape, the mick (Angels on Horseback: Reloaded; Dirty Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Trust and Words). Daneel van der Walt (Dani and the Liquidmatch Productions, it forms part of Lion; The Rocky Horror Show) stars as Petru- the inaugural Maynardville Open-Air Festichio and Buhle Ngaba (...Missing; The Swan val, featuring an exciting programme of muSong) as Kate’s sister Bianca. Lynita Crof- sic, dance, comedy and more, under the ford (An Audience with Miss Hobhouse; Violet stars at Maynardville. Online) plays Baptista, while Dianne SimpIn the 62 year history of Maynardville son (Rose Red; The Sisters Ugly) is Gremio Open-Air Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew and Ann Juries (Krotoa van Vandag; Hectic has been performed five times – with first Nine 9) plays Grumio. Kathleen Stephens (I production at Maynardville in 1956, then Love You Sally Field and Other Stories; Nasty 1965, 1984, 1996, and 2011. Womxn) is Lucentio, Naledi Majola (The “I am honoured to be directing my first Dangerous Misadventures of Order and Cha- Shakespearean play at Cape Town’s iconic os, All of it, Everything, Now, Together) is Shakespearean venue honouring the vision Tranio, Kate Pinchuck (My Children! My Af- of Maynardville’s founders - to present rica!; Down to a Sunless Sea) is Hortensio and world-class productions of Shakespeare’s Masali Baduza (Nasty Womxn; The Circle of plays in the magic of an open-air venue. It Life: An Adaptation of The Lion King) is is fitting that The Taming of the Shrew was Biondello. the first play presented at Maynardville, Costume design is by Mariechen Vosloo, and now it is taking us into the next era,” set design and decor by Jo Glanville and says Notcutt lighting design by Ronel Jordaan. Choreog- V Bookings will be through Computicket on raphy is by Cleo Notcutt. 0861 915 8000, online at or at Presented by Siv Ngesi and The Pink any Shoprite Checkers outlet.

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uizenberg Dramatic Society and The Masque Theatre present Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 February and Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 March at The Masque Theatre. Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a drama created by Christopher Hampton based on a novel that was written in 1782 by Choderlos de Laclos. It is described as an amoral story and the book was viewed as scandalous at the time of its publication. The story is about the Masquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals (and ex-lovers) who use seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit others. It depicts the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution, thereby exposing the perversions of the so-called Ancien Régime. Christopher Hampton’s 1985 adaption opened in London’s West End and in 1987 crossed over to Broadway with Alan Rickman in the role of the Vicomte de Valmont. The 1988 film adaption by Stephen Frears starring Glen Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer was nominated for multiple Academy Awards including Best Picture. Many other film adaptations have been made and set in various locations and time frames. Tickets are R100. Book at Computicket.

From the stage to the big screen The Fugard Bioscope is rounding off the January line-up of the National Theatre Encore Season. The National Theatre Encore Season is a chance to re-experience some of the most popular recorded live theatre titles of the 2017 bioscope season, featuring the best of British theatre screenings, as well as some new titles from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat, with its full-size high-definition cinema screen and 7.1 Dolby digital surround sound system. The productions are filmed live, transporting you directly into the heart of the action on stage. On Sunday 28 January at 11:00, viewers will explore themes of music, power and jealousy. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer`s iconic play Amadeus, filmed at the National Theatre with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna – the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. Tickets cost R100 and can be booked through Computicket or at any Shoprite and Checkers outlet. Bookings can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. V For more information, visit www.



Jan Braai tackles TransCape

Dance for Parkinson’s uses specialised dance movements to help those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. PHOTO: RUTH SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY


Jan Braai will turn his attention to a fresh challenge when he participates in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter on Sunday 4 February. The race is a 614km journey from Knysna to Franschhoek and, after riding in 25 consecutive Cape Town Cycle Tours, Jan, renowned for his National Braai Day initiative, will tick off another item on his cycling wishlist. An avid rider, he is equally adept on a mountain bike, having tackled events such as the Cape Epic, Wines2Whales and the Berg&Bush.“It’s always been on my radar, but the deal was sealed over a bottle of wine when I was on a cycling holiday in the Klein Karoo and met the founder of the event, Lenore Collett,” he says. Jan, who grew up in Stellenbosch and now lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, is the head of the National Braai Day initia-

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ovements may be large and sweeping or small and sharp; they might be slow or quick, simple or more challenging. Always, however, they are musical.” This is the magic recipe that allows those suffering from Parkinson’s disease to find relief – both physical and emotional – through a specialised dance class, according to Dance for Parkinson’s teacher Carmen Davidson. The dance class uses a model developed

Beyond the fun had in the class, participants soon begin to measure real physical improvements. PHOTO: RUTH SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY by the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York, called Dance for PD, and uses specialised dance movements to help those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Dance for Parkinson’s founder Julie Symmonds has been offering the classes since 2015. Both Symmonds and Davidson are qualified ballet teachers and Symmonds is also a qualified tap-dance teacher. Symmonds was introduced to Dance for Parkinson’s in 2015 through the grandmother of one of her ballet students. Davidson joined her a year later, when her relocation to Cape Town allowed her to pursue her dream. Davidson first read about the programme in 2010 in a dance teachers’ publication. Classes are currently being offered in Pinelands (Mondays) and Mouille Point (Fridays) with a new class set to start on Tuesday 30 January in Fish Hoek. “We are also in the planning stages of starting a class in Constantia,” Davidson says. The classes are open to Parkinson’s disease patients, no matter the stage of the disease. “Everybody performs the first section of the class seated while the body is gradually warmed up and breadth of movement and

spatial orientation are explored,” says Davidson. “Music is a key ingredient in our classes and is carefully chosen to aid the execution of any given movement.” Halfway through the class, participants are given the option to either stand with the support of their chair back or a walking frame or to remain seated. They then perform knee bends and leg and ankle extensions and work on tools for better balance and posture. The final section of the class offers participants the opportunity to move with or without support (or alternatively to return to being seated) and to perform different combinations of simple dance movements in a group or with partners. “One of the most important core principles of this programme is that it is a dance class,” she says. “All participants really enjoy learning about different styles of dancing, whether they have two left feet or have never danced – it is an opportunity to experience something new and beautiful. It gives the participants a sense of freedom and self-expression and gives us all a chance to laugh at ourselves as we explore new dances.” But beyond the fun had in the class, participants soon begin to measure real changes, explains Davidson. “Not all people with Parkinson’s struggle with the symptom of ‘freezing’ (akinesia), but some of our participants do and it is wonderful watching them applying tools we have given them to get themselves moving again,” she says. “All of our participants soak up the dance tools related to improving their balance and express that these give them a greater sense of confidence, especially when leaving their homes.” Other “less visible symptoms” of the disease include depression and difficulty with handwriting, says Davidson. “We have had feedback from participants who report improvements in both of these areas,” she says. “Seeing improvements in our participants in classes is hugely rewarding for us. “One gentleman first attended classes with a walking frame and after a while began coming to class with just a walking stick. Often, he is seen leaving the venue after class holding the stick aloft!” But the most rewarding part of the job is seeing participants open up during classes. “The aspect which absolutely feeds us both is watching how participants enter with trepidation for their first class, steadily realise the lack of threat, connect with people who struggle with similar signs and symptoms, and leave class feeling like a valid member of a dance group – and then return week after week with rarely a missed class.” V For more information, call Carmen on 083 795 5610 or Julie on 082 978 2399. Alternatively, email or visit

Jan Braai, known for his braaing skills, will test his ability on the bike when he competes in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter from Knysna to Franschhoek next month.

tive, which began more than a decade ago. “Since 2005, our aim has been to encourage all South Africans to unite around a fire, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September,” he says. Because 24 September is a public holiday, Jan says they have tried to position the day on that date every year to become South Africa’s national day of celebration, similar to St Patrick’s Day in Ireland or Thanksgiving in the USA. “In short, we want to get 50 million people around braai fires one day per year.” In reply to an obvious question, he says with a chuckle: “My real name is Jan but my surname, as many might guess, is not Braai.Over time I have become known as Jan Braai or Jan, the guy from National Braai Day.” With braaing as his job and cycling as his hobby, Jan is looking forward to the social aspect of the TransCape. “The food definitely excites me,but the TransCape also traverses a truly magnificent part of South Africa, with incredible scenery and beauty,” he says. “Riding point to point from Knysna to Cape Town will be a privilege.” Jan enjoys hearing people’s stories, advice and tips at these events. “Through my television show, the books I write and various other media engagements, people usually know me better than I know them. Sitting next to guys and girls on a bicycle all day, talking nonsense, is also a great way to get to know people.” Adding that the TransCape is famous for its fantastic food, Jan says he does not think he can improve the situation much. “The catering and braai team at the event are very experienced and capable and, frankly, I don’t think they need my help,”



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Bird flu found at 5 sites NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


he public is advised not to take any sudden death of birds lightly, as the province is currently facing an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). This comes after five swift terns from five different sites tested positive for the disease. According to the spokesperson for the provincial Department of Economic Opportunities, Bianca Capazorio, the infected species were found in Melkbosstrand, Strand, Sea Point, Stony Point, Kenilworth and Durbanville. This comes after a statement that was issued by the department about the presence of the virus. Capazorio says the department is currently working with the public, Cape Nature and BirdLife, as well as seabird rehabilitation centres, to investigate this, and more tests are expected to be performed as more information emerges. “As more information emerges, we will test more sites and species,” says Capazorio. Some small local vets have already come on board and have volunteered to help with the situation. Dr Omar Mehtar, a veterinary surgeon in Somerset West says: “I volunteered to be one of the many vets who would be will-

ing to euthanise any sick birds that members of the public find. These birds will then be sent to the State vets’ lab in Elsenberg. Many private practitioners have volunteered to help the State in this regard. I have no clients who are developing farmers or any farmers in general. Farm animals would be treated by vets experienced and specialised in this field.” In a statement, Alan Winde, minister of economic opportunities, announced that no new cases of HPAI have been confirmed at previously uninfected poultry farms in the province since 31 October last year. In December, there was a reoccurrence at a previously infected farm, which was still under quarantine. The statement urges the public to be on the lookout for signs of the disease in birds, including weakness and cloudy eyes, which can later develop into head tremors, lack of balance, walking in circles, seizures and death, and to immediately report it to the relevant authorities. Winde urges poultry owners to remain vigilant and to maintain strict biosecurity measures. He says: “The halting of new infections in our poultry industry is positive news, but we must remain extremely cautious due to infections among our wild bird population. The restocking of

poultry farms continues in Gauteng, and our vets are working with local farmers to make sure their houses are clean so they can start the restocking process. Our veterinary services team has notified Cape Nature, BirdLife and local seabird rehabilitation centres of this latest outbreak of HPAI among wild birds, for further dissemination to relevant stakeholders.” The statement goes on to say that there is currently no preventive vaccine or treatment for HPAI (H5N8). Veterinary Services advise that there is also no benefit to be gained in attempting to control the virus in wild birds through culling or habitat destruction. The H5N8 strain of the virus has so far shown no sign of being infectious to people. Constant monitoring of exposed people in South Africa has supported this. However, people can spread the disease via their hands, clothing and cars. The public is urged to inform their local State vet office or Cape Nature office if they discover groups of dead birds or sick birds. People are reminded to avoid handling sick birds, especially if they will be coming into contact with other birds or bird owners. V For more infromation or to find local State vet office visit

Creative thinkers to be brought together The Netherlands Consulate General in Cape Town is embarking on a new initiative to provide a collective platform. This platform will look to allow for different creatives to share ideas. The Consulate General will soon be hosting its first festival in East City in the Cape Town CBD from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 February. Titled #Cocreatedesign Festival, the initiative aims to celebrate and examine the power of design, while looking to find solutions to current socio-economic and environmental challenges within an African context.

“How can we make cities on the continent work better now and in the future for all of its citizens?” Explaining how the idea came about, Bonnie Horbach, the Dutch consulate general, says: “In the past four years we were fortunate to be a part of multiple projects through our national campaign, #cocreateSA. “What I find is that the best solutions come from society at large and citizen activists who know what is required and how to make it happen. “This festival celebrates what has been achieved and works towards doing more. By sharing and collaborating, we can co-create a world beyond the current challenges.”

Collaboration According to the festival organisers, this will be done in collaboration with the Craft and Design Institute and Future Cape Town, under the theme “Beyond the Crisis”. This festival aims to bring together people from all social backgrounds to work towards the same goal of creating a better tomorrow. According to a statement, “at present, our society is faced with growing inequalities and the severe pressure the planet faces under the weight of environmental stress. “The global population is projected to grow by 2.2 billion people, with more than half the population living in Africa, 60% of whom live in urban areas.

Turning point Rashiq Fataar, chief curator of the festival and director of Future Cape Town, says that society is currently at a turning point on how it chooses to move forward. Through this initiative they want to find out how a collective group of creatives can overcome egos, outdated economic models, social divides and a cycle of no progress to tackle the water, food and mobility challenges in South Africa and Africa, Fataar explains. “This event is a call to action to the public, designers, thinkers and doers working at the forefront of some of the biggest challenges of our time.”

vourite song in his own funny tone, and communicating and obeying rules. “It would be great to see the school supported and growing over the years. If you can dig into your

pocket I can promise that your money will not go to waste. It is much needed. Each contribution will be highly appreciated.” V For more information, visit http://

School calls for funds NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku Friends Day Centre in Maitland is appealing to the public to help it continue helping individuals with special needs throughout the year. They need donations to be able to raise 50% of their annual costs of R4.7m. The centre is run in the form of a non-profit organisation, depending on fees and fundraising to raise the funds to add to the amount provided by government. The school currently has about 103 learners between the ages of two and 44. The majority of the learners suffer from cerebral palsy, spina bifida and epilepsy, among others, and struggle with speech. The school provides different therapies according to the needs of the individual and also covers the cost of transportation. Manager Johann Opperman says that over the years of offering services to the community, the demand for the school has grown and so have the costs, because some of their learners come from disadvantaged families who cannot afford to pay the monthly fees of R1200 for a child under the age of 18 years and R1800 for adults.

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain Drinking fountains on the Sea Point Promenade have become the latest target for vandals. At a ward 54 meeting last month, it was revealed that drinking fountains on the Sea Point Promenade had been vandalised. Mayco member (North) Suzette Little confirmed that water to the three drinking fountains on the

He says that since noticing the struggle parents go through to put their children through school, they have taken it upon themselves to raise funds to cover their costs. “We never turn anyone away because they cannot afford to pay the fees. We understand that they come from different backgrounds, as we have knowledge of the communities we serve, hence we would like to appeal to the public to support this cause and donate to us. They can choose to donate towards the area of their choice. They can donate directly towards therapy equipment or sponsor a child in need through our various mediums of raising funds.” Opperman says the public can choose to donate through bank deposit, website donate button or SMS option, which cost R20 per SMs. He also says the public is welcome to visit the facility and see how it is run. Faizel Isaacs’ son has been enrolled at the school for five years now. He says the school is in need of money to keep providing the best service to their children. He says the school not only helped to change the life of his son, but the lives of the rest of the family. “The school plays a very impor-

The facility needs help to raise funds. tant role for us and every family that has a child there. “My son never liked school before and would not do most of the things he does now such as counting up to 10, singing along to his fa-

Promenade taps under attack promenade had been switched off. “The water on the promenade has been switched off, mainly due to the upgrading which is taking place along various parts of the route. Water to the irrigation systems was also switched off due to the water restrictions. It is also part of the construction plan to re-

move the old water fountains and replace them with new fountains. The fountain at the Rocklands play park was vandalised before the upgrading of the area commenced, Little explains. “At the time, the water had already been switched off for construction purposes. The other

fountains were removed as part of the upgrading of the promenade. There were problems with the new fountain at the Rocklands play park and the contractor is still investigating this in order to determine whether this was due to vandalism or problems with the installation, which is still un-

der warranty.” Drinking fountains are usually targeted for their copper pipes and taps, Little says. “The cost of replacing the pipes and taps could be up to R1000, depending on the length of pipe that was ripped off. If a new fountain has to be installed it could cost up to R5000 including labour.” V Report incidents of vandalism on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

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Teams try qualify for Bayhill AVRIL FILLIES


19 teams of approximately 156 clubs affiliated to the South African Football Association (Safa) and local football associations in Cape Town and surrounding areas are battling it out to be part of the prestigious Bayhill Premier Cup competition that will be held over the Easter weekend. According to Patrick Williams, tournament director, the play-offs are open to all football clubs affiliated to Safa and the local football associations. The play-offs started in October 2017 for qualification for the 2018 competition. “The preliminary rounds are played through a home and away system on the same day. From the 156 teams we need to get to 28 teams in order to get to the final qualifiers, which will be seven groups of four teams each. We call this process the ‘round robin stage’. This round will take place by the second weekend of February and clubs already started with play-offs during the weekend of 13 January at the Blue Downs Stadium in Eerste River,” Williams says. Of the 28 teams, 14 teams will qualify for the main event. “The proper Bayhill Premier Cup tournament will take place from 28 March to 2 April at Erica Park in Belhar. The format of the Bayhill Premier Cup is 32 teams, consisting of eight groups of four teams each,” Williams says. He adds that over the Easter weekend, the

Tina Blackstenius of Sweden managed to leap over a sliding Banyana Banyana captain, Janine van Wyk, in an international friendly match played at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 21 January. Banyana put up a brave fight against the 10th ranked women’s team in the world, going down 3-0. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

teams will be made up of invited teams that will be visiting Cape Town plus the two Premier Soccer League teams, Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City, in Cape Town. “We will confirm the visiting and qualifying teams once all have been confirmed. Teams from local football associations competed the past weekend to progress to the next round before the 28 teams are identified before the second weekend in February,” Williams says. The Bayhill Premier Cup is the leading youth football tournament in the country, and scouts from PSL clubs around the country attend the tournament looking for new prospects for their teams. Many Bafana Bafana players started their soc- Supersport United, cer careers at the Bayhill tournament, including Nasief Morris, Benni McCarthy, Thulani Serero, Ayanda Patosi and Shaun Permall. This is the 29th year the tournament is being held. The inaugural tournament was

the current titleholders, after beating Mamelodi Sundowns in the final in 2017. held at Rocklands Sports Grounds in Mitchells Plain and was won by Matroosfontein. The first team from outside Cape Town to win the tournament was Park United from Port Elizabeth, while the first international

team to win was a Manchester schools side in 2001. Supersport United won the title last year when they beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the final.


Ryan Fredericks, the wicket keeper of Avendale, misses a catch off a late cut from Kraaifontein’s Ambrose Visage in a division 1B league game played at Field Crescent in Athlone on Saturday 20 January. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS