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Cuppa for a cause One of the learners who attends The LifeMatters Foundation’s (LMF) programmes. LMF is the beneficiary of the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party that will be held at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands on Thursday 19 April from 10:00. Read more on page 2.
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ome of Cape Town’s most sought-after informal trading real estate is netting the City of Cape Town over R90 000 a month. At a recent subcouncil 16 meeting, a report on informal trading in the area indicated that traders in St George’s Mall brought in over R91 000 in January. This income amount is calculated by multiplying the number of active informal traders (allocated permit holders) by the particular trading tariff for the area, explains Suzette Little, Mayco member (North).
The second biggest earner for the City is Greenmarket Square, with an income of almost R25 000. Addderley Street falls in as the third highest income, generating between R16 000 and R19 000 monthly. The monthly fee for St George’s Mall is R264 and traders pay R525 per month at Greenmarket Square. Both sites are currently under a partnership agreement between the City and the Central City Improvement District (CCID) to better manage the areas. In addition, law enforcement operations happen regularly and the CCID security staff are highly visible, which creates a safe public en-
vironment, says Little. “Informal trading creates an environment for sustainable employment and develops well-balanced public open spaces where both formal and informal businesses can coexist in a manner that benefits the consumer, within a legal framework,” explains Little. The City is currently busy reviewing Cape Town’s Central Business District Trading Plan, Little adds. “Part of the plan is the reduction of the trading footprint along the congested walkways of Adderley Street. The idea is to restrict trading in parts of Adderley Street and to relocate those effected traders
into economically viable alternative sites. The City will be amending the trading plan and these bays will no longer be available for trading,” she says. “It’s important that the City of Cape Town creates a well-managed environment that supports economic inclusion, which will assist informal traders to operate their businesses in a manner that ensures consistency, self-sustainability and a positive relationship with the formal sector and the community. “The City has always acknowledged the relevance and contribution of informal trading to the economic and social life of the City.”
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CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL
The stories behind the carnival NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
f Franco Pascoe’s life story could be told through a carnival float, it would be this year’s “Catterfly” which represents the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The float represents the transformation Pascoe has undergone since joining the carnival five years ago. He was left without a job after the retail shop he worked in closed and he was introduced to the carnival workshop by a friend. His limited woodworking skills – which he had used to install kitchen cabinets previously – saw him put to work on constructing the floats that accompany dancers on the fanwalk. It was here, while learning about different woodworking tools and types of wood, along with welding, that Pascoe found a new lease on life. “I was a totally different guy [back then]. I’ve found my passion.” The team behind The Cape Town Carnival has been working tirelessly for close to a year to bring the 2018 edition of this beloved annual event to life. Featuring close to 1700 dancing, singing and instrument-playing performers and magnificently designed and fantastically intricate floats, all around the theme “Mother City, Mother Nature”, this year’s carnival will kick off at 19:00 on Saturday 17 March. But float building is hard work. Each one has to be structurally strong enough to safely carry dancers and has to be disassembled to be transported to the carnival route. The floats are then reassembled on site on the day of the carnival – something that means Pascoe and his team are not able to watch all their hard work go on parade. “We’re still working on the day of the carnival, but that just means we’re the first ones to see the floats,” he says. It’s not just the nuts, bolts, woodworking
and welding that make the carnival floats spectacular, Pascoe insists: It’s the narrative that each float tells. “This year’s theme has struck a deep connection with me and has made a change in my life. “The floats tell stories and this year, one of those stories is the importance of nature.” This is perhaps why the “Catterfly” float speaks so much to Pascoe.
“It’s the story of a caterpillar and a butterfly. It shows you can turn into anything you want. It’s the story of me.” Pascoe is an example of one of the major benefits of the Cape Town Carnival: The skills development that takes place among the participants and production crews. Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival, says: “Since many of the job opportunities created by the Cape Town Carnival are seasonal and or contract work, many em-
ployees go on to work in other industries, using skills developed while building floats or sewing costumes for the Cape Town Carnival.” And to Pascoe, every day on the job is a joy. “We don’t work here. We have fun.When you see the floats, remember: We aim to make you happy, to see you smile and laugh, but don’t forget the story behind what you see.”
The “Catterfly” and “African Dream Doll” floats under construction.
Franco Pascoe works on one of the floats. PHOTOS: NICOLE MCCAIN
Each float tells a story under this year’s theme of “Mother City, Mother Nature”.
Young lives matter TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji The LifeMatters Foundation (LMF) based in Meadowridge is an educational non-profit organisation providing both academic and psychosocial support to underprivileged primary school learners in the southern suburbs. Established in 2002 by Meadowridge Baptist Church (now Connect Church) to serve the youth of the greater Constantiaberg area, the organisation has been spreading its wings. Now working with schools in Retreat, Steenberg, Westlake and Vrygrond, their holistic intervention includes two separate portfolios, namely the LifeSkills Portfolio and the Academic Portfolio. The objective of both portfolios is to equip children with the skills they need to stay in school. LMF relies on donations and they are the chosen beneficiary of the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party being hosted by People’s Post in partnership with Spec-Savers. The aim of this event is to raise awareness and collect muchneeded books for the foundation. Alnere Turck, executive director of The LifeMatters Foundation, says they address challenges such as inequality and pervasive academic underachievement through the Academic Portfolio. “The challenges addressed through our LifeSkills Programme are drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, domestic and community-related violence, crime
and dysfunction.” Those attending the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party, taking place at Kelvin Grove Club on Thursday 19 April, are encouraged to bring a book for children aged between eight and 10. “The guests will be bringing books that will be used to supply a new literacy centre at a new school in 2019. We will also use the books in our current literacy centres so that the children have new, exciting books to enjoy. Any funds that may be donated will be used to support our literacy centres. This will go a long way in running our programmes,” says Turck. Last year, LMF launched a nu-
meracy programme at Lourier Primary School in Retreat and it is doing well. “The numeracy programme is in the first year of our initial two-year cycle and it is going very well. We are running the programme at two schools (Lourier and Capricorn primary schools) and currently more than 40 Grade 2 learners are receiving maths support twice a week. In 2019, we will continue working with the same learners and add the new Grade 2 learners that need support,” says Turck VFor more information on The LifeMatters Foundation or to help call 021 712 0383 or email alnere@ lifemattersfoundation.org,
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er; Russel Fox Magician Insane; and Nancy Richards, presenter of SAfm Literature, as MC. Book your tickets and remember to bring an age-appropriate book (ages 8-10), or buy one at the Topline Books stand at the event, to aid The LifeMatters Foundation in its literacy programmes. Each book gets you an entry into our lucky draw. Amazing prizes are up for grabs including designer shades sponsored by Spec-Savers, L.O.V hampers sponsored by Cosmetix, a Ruff Tung garment valued at R1200, a custom crisp white shirt and
a consultation valued at R2500 by Danielle Margaux, a Sport Science Institute gym vouchers, a Cocoafair hamper of bespoke chocolates, a R1000 Spree voucher, a photoshoot by Abigail K. and more. Each guest will receive a goodie bag filled with products, samples and vouchers from SpecSavers, Vida E Cafe, Cocoafair, Cosmetix, Caribbean Tan, Angelfoods Fudgery and more. V Book now at www.webtickets.co.za/ peoplespost or in store at any Pick n Pay. Tickets are limited. V For updates like our Perfectly Posh High Tea Party event page on Facebook. Follow #PerfectlyPoshParty @thepeoplespost on Twitter or @peoplespostnewspaper on Facebook and Instagram.
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TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
Aquarium turtle release a first A
fter four years of rehabilitation, Pemba, an adult Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacae) that was found floating in Table Bay Harbour in December 2014, was released within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on Thursday. Pembaâ€™s rehabilitation and release was made possible through the joint efforts of the Two Oceans Aquarium and uShaka Sea World in Durban. Pemba was admitted to the Two Oceans Aquarium turtle rehabilitation and release programme after a boat-based tour operator found her floating in Table Bay Harbour. An initial examination revealed a fracture on the side of her carapace (shell), presumably from a boat propeller strike. Surgery was performed and the fracture was wired together. The fracture healed within a couple of months. Pemba was under constant veterinary supervision and was treated with antibiotics for the fracture to her shell, as well as a suspected lung tear. Numerous attempts at removing large volumes of air from her coelomic cavity proved unsuccessful. Treatment continued at the Two Oceans Aquarium until September 2016, when the decision was made to move Pemba to the turtle rehabilitation facility at uShaka Sea World in Durban for further treatment. Pemba was still unable to dive. Pemba was transferred to Durban via a private aircraft made available by the Bateleurs, a non-profit organisation that assists with the transportation of threatened animals across Southern Africa. The staff at uShaka Sea World spent the next 16 months working with Pemba who still had buoyancy and lung issues. After a few months it was noticed she was getting
stronger and the decision was made to start the slow process of encouraging her to dive. Pieces of food were placed on the bottom of her holding pool to encourage her to dip below the surface. Initially, she would struggle without success but then gradually she started reaching her food. Over the following months she was constantly motivated to remain longer and longer underwater until eventually she was diving effortlessly without motivation. Olive Ridley turtles feed mainly on crustaceans and she could therefore not be released until she could dive deep enough to find food. Once Pemba had regained her ability to dive, the team began to plan her release. Pemba was fitted with a satellite tag, which was attached to her carapace, before being released. This satellite tag will allow scientists to track where she goes from GPS coordinates transmitted from the tag. Olive Ridley turtles are uncommon along the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal and, unlike the loggerhead and leatherback turtles, they do not nest on local beaches. Small populations of this species of turtle are found off northern Mozambique, Tanzania and north-west Madagascar. Within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (KZN) are numerous inshore and offshore reefs that are considered ideal turtle release sites as they boast abundant foraging grounds with minimal human impact. Mbibi was chosen as the release site because of its location within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Pemba is the first Olive Ridley turtle to be satellite tagged and released off the South African coast.
Pemba, an adult Olive Ridley turtle, was released as a first for South African waters. PHOTO: KEVIN SPIBY/ TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
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ape Town’s iconic “grand dame” is in the midst of a major makeover, which started in December last year. Extensive work is taking place in the City Hall’s auditorium, previously known as the Grand Hall. This classical space is undergoing a once-in-a-lifetime intervention to be fully air-conditioned and gain new flooring and seating throughout. The interior is being completing redecorated, and the stage in the hall will also be rebuilt to incorporate a piano lift and basement storage. The original boarded stage was built in 1905 and was deemed to be too small just two years into its existence. It has since been enlarged a host of times in the course of its long years of service. It was extended into the auditorium, thereby reducing the seating space, and also extended backwards, cropping three of the lower choir tiers below the grand organ backdrop. The new stage will be straight-fronted and will reinstate a teak-panelled front that was long buried under successive forward extensions. This straight stage keeps the stage at its previous capacity and it will be slightly lowered for improved sight lines and enhanced acoustics. It will facilitate a return to traditional straight seating rows within the teakpanelled auditorium. The piano lift and new basement extension will enhance stage management not only with regard
to housing the three valuable concert pianos, but also for orchestral and choir stands and the placing of on-stage rostra, explains Mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond. “The City Hall is a building of civic pride that is used by communities from across the City. It is home to the Cape choirs and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. I am certain that once the new stage is completed, together with the revamp of all the other elements, this grand dame will reclaim her place as an ideal musical events venue,” he says. It’s a race against the clock to make sure that all the work is completed in time for the next season of concerts, Diamond adds. “The major reconstruction works, if all goes according to plan, are set to be completed by the end of June this year, with final commissioning and snagging taking place during July,” he says. “It is amazing to see the gentle transformation taking place under the watchful eye of heritage specialists. City Hall is one of our oldest and most central public spaces, with a rich history that resonates with Capetonians as well as visitors to our City. As a key strategic asset of the City of Cape Town, its upkeep and maintenance has to be done with the utmost care to preserve the integrity of this heritage building and the equipment within. The refurbishment will enhance the aesthetics of this building.”
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One of the ecstatic teams crossing the finish line at the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s wheelchair event last Sunday. PHOTO: WILFRED DIEDRICKS
ifecycle Week, the week leading up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour – which took place on Sunday 11 March – presented an opportunity for people from all walks (or wheels) of life to participate in the event. Around 80 people with disabilities participated in the Cycle Tour’s newest, pilot event: a wheelchair route of almost 3km around Green Point Stadium. It served as an opportunity for participants to raise funds for the Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled (CT APD) by collecting sponsorships for each wheelchair. Organised by Cycle Tour partners, the Rotary Club of Claremont, the wheelchair event aims to give one message: everyone, no matter age or ability, can participate in the Cycle Tour. “Each participant had between two and four friends supporting them and taking turns, much like a relay, to push
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Cup dream alive for Ubuntu L
ocal National First Division club Ubuntu Cape Town caused a major stir in the Nedbank Cup on Friday night when they upstaged their PSL counterparts AmaZulu 3-2 in Durban. The rookies, who bought over the NFC franchise status from FC Cape Town late last year, got off to a dream start when Clinton Fredericks scored in the seventh minute of the contest. They would go on to score two more unanswered goals through Duncan Adonis in the 26th minute and Kamohelo Mahlatsi in the 48th minute. The hosts would respond with consolation goals from Mabhuti Khenyeza and Ovidy Karuru, but it would be Ubuntu Cape Town who would book their spot in the competition’s quarter-finals. In matches involving local sides elsewhere, Steenberg United’s dream of Nedbank Cup glory was dashed when they went down 2-0 to PSL club Baroka FC in Polokwane on Saturday. Goals by Mudzunga Sidumo and Tebogo Sodi ensured Baroka’s passage into the last eight. Tomorrow, Cape Town City FC will entertain PSL giants Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium at 19:30 to battle over the final quarter-final spot.
ABC Motsepe League Santos were subjected to their fourth consecutive draw when they were held to a 0-0 stalemate against Ajax Cape Town’s youth team in Lansdowne on Friday night. The result did not help either team improve their position on the log, meaning that Santos remain in ninth and Ajax in tenth spot respectively. Results: Friday: Santos 0; Ajax Cape Town youth 0 Ace FC 2; Royal Blues FC 1 Jomo Powers 2; United 4 Saturday: D&G Orient FC 4; Barcelona 1 Atlantic Nacional 1; Ikapa Sporting FC 4 Grassy Park United 3; Glendene United 0 Hout Bay United; Steenberg United - postponed Zizwe United 0; The Magic FC 3 SAB League In the space of four minutes added time, Junction Rovers sneaked past Bellstar United 3-2 in an exhilarating SAB Safa Cape Town fixture played in Heideveld on Saturday. With the writing seemingly on the wall for Junction Rovers, the script was torn up and
Barcelona FC goalkeeper Devan Jooste (right) loses the ball in a challenge with D&G Orient’s Siraaj Ederies during an ABC Motsepe League match played at the Greens in Manenberg on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS flipped when Antonio Thomas netted the equalising goal in referee’s added time, which caught the Bellstar team by surprise. Then, in the dying moments of the match,
Rovers’ two Jones brothers – Carlo and Matthew – formed an unorthodox combination that mesmerised the visitors. Rovers were awarded a free kick, which was taken by goalkeeper Carlo, who curled the ball above the Bellstar defence and found his brother Matthew, who hammered the winning goal for a jubilant Rovers team. Earlier, Shafiek Serelina gave Rovers the early lead, before Bellstar took the later initiative through second-half strikes by Meyrick Vlotman and Charles Jaftha, but it was not to be as the Jones brothers’ late heroics ensured the home team held onto their pride. Bluegum United had to fight hard to defend their lead in an away victory against Goal 50 United 1-0 in Heideveld on Sunday. The hosts played with agility and confidence, which rattled the visitors. Early in the first half the visitors grabbed the window of opportunity after Zinedine van Niekerk from the home side was given his marching orders by referee Clint Kader. Goal 50 were reduced to 10 men and they struggled afterwards with a lifeline given to the visitors. Yusrie Bester scored the only goal for the travelling crowd with a superb drive volley that shattered the opposition’s goal net.
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The safer sports fields initiative continued over the weekend. From left are Riedewaan Toefy (Blue Bells CC), Arafaat Basson (Nantes AC), Basheerah Samaai (Nantes AC), Rushin Sedick (Nantes AC), Irafaan Sambou (Blue Bells CC), Isaacs, Razeen Gallie (Blue Bells CC), Faldie Jassiem (Caledonian Roses RFC), Allen Mentoor (Young Idols FC) and “patient” Brendon Lategan (Nantes AC).
Safer sports fields programme trains more first aiders People’s Post freelance sport photographer, Rashied Isaacs, continued with his “safer sports fields” project over the weekend. Isaacs has teamed up with an accredited first aid company, Dunnmore Training, to equip community sport coaches with lifesaving first aid skills. People’s Post reported on the project last year (“Safety no walk in the park”, 14 Febru-
ary 2017), describing how Isaacs had noticed the lack of emergency planning, especially first aid assistance, on the various playing fields in the community whilst working for the newspaper over the past decade. The project has delivered training to over 100 coaches in a three-year period and he encourages other sporting bodies to take the initiative forward.
While Cape universities competing in the FNB Varsity Cup continue to succeed, those who back them have left them floundering in another pecking order. With the FNB Varsity Cup at its halfway mark, their partnership with SANBS (South African National Blood Service) and WPBTS (Western Province Blood Transfusion Service) has already made a difference in South Africa overall. FNB Varsity Cup managing director, Duitser Bosman, is passionate about the difference the partnership has already made. Cape Town-based teams UCT Ikeys, UWC and CPUT are falling behind the teams from other provinces. The Cape Town sides are urging their supporters to get behind their universities by donating blood on behalf of any of the respective teams in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield competitions. Every South African – even those who don’t or did not attend the universities taking part in the tournament – will be able to participate by donating their blood on behalf of their favourite team at any SANBS or WPBTS blood drive or donor centre until 16 April. The university that gets the most people to donate on behalf of their team will win the inaugural Gaz’Lam Trophy. So far, fans have donated over 23 233 pints of blood, which by SANBS calculations equals 69 699 lives saved. “I have looked at the stats and there
seems to be a really good increase in yearon-year collections for February of 5.04%. This is great considering that there was a 2% decline for the same period comparing February 2016 versus 2017. “What is also great is that the biggest increases were seen in donors between the ages of 20 to 30,” says SANBS regional marketing manager Ivor Hobbs. Capetonians can visit any of the three fixed donor centres listed below or visit http://www.wpblood.org.za/aboutdonation/becoming-donor/where-can-i-donate to find out where the mobile units are on any given day. WPBTS is currently running low on the O+ blood type stock. Everyone who donates can donate on behalf of the university of their choice. WPBTS has three fixed site donation clinics: . 22 Long Street on Mondays to Fridays: 08:30 to 16:15, every last Wednesday of the month: 07:30 to 18:45. They are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. . N1 City Mall, Shop 38 on Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 to 17:45, Saturdays: 09:00 to 14:45, and Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 11:45 .Blue Route Mall, Shop G56 on Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 to 17:45, Saturdays: 09:00 to 14:45 and Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 11:45. Public holidays exclude Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday
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40th Cycle Tour race ‘rerun’ S
unday saw the “rerun” of the 40th edition of the world’s largest timed cycle race. Over 30 000 cyclists took on the iconic 109km route around the Cape Peninsula in almost perfect conditions, in contrast to the 2017 edition when high winds at the start and on the course forced the cancellation of the race. “One of our responses to the conditions in 2017 was to move the start for this year’s Cycle Tour to the Grand Parade Precinct. We needed to be responsive in respect of 2017’s challenges and looked to mitigate the wind risk,” commented David Bellairs, marketing, media and sponsorship director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. The weather was indeed a talking point among most of the riders. “What an awesome ride,” said Tony Mcfarlane, a 68-yearold rider who completed his 18th Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday. “Last year was a huge disappointment, so it’s great how the weather turned out today. And I felt really good – I could’ve done another 20km!” he joked. At the sharp end of the field, Nolan Hoffman outsprinted Sam Gaze and Reynard Butler to win his third title in a time of 02:37:30. The women’s race saw a pioneering first when the elite and u.23 women riders were offered the option of a 76km race, starting in Glencairn. This shorter route ensured a clear run all the way to the finish for the women. In the end, Kim Le Court took the bunch sprint ahead of Namibia’s Vera Adrian and
track star Maroesjka Matthew. Unfortunately the race was dampened with the news that three people died in separate incidents during and after the race. “The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is sad to confirm that today, during the 40th riding of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, there were two incidents that resulted in the passing of two of our participants. “A 41-year-old man died of injuries incurred during a racing incident just before 09:00 on the M3 southbound in which a group of 20 cyclists were involved in a pileup. A 69-year-old man later died of a suspected heart attack at Smitswinkel Bay at 10:22. “Our most sincere condolences go out to the families of both these participants,” said Bellairs. He further confirmed yesterday that one of the Rotary race marshals died in hospital late on Sunday. The marshal had been stationed on an S-bend after the Llundudno turnoff. The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear and police are investigating. “Our Rotary marshals have always been integral to the successful running of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Most of them work alongside us year after year in a voluntary capacity. They are part of the Cycle Tour family, as are our riders, and we are deeply saddened by this news. We ask for respect for the family’s privacy at this time. We will communicate further information when we have it, if appropriate,” Bellairs said. “I want to assure everyone that all
measures are taken to ensure participants’ and marshals’ safety on the route. In my 28 years working on the Cycle Tour, there have been only two trauma-related deaths on the
day of the Cycle Tour. Our hearts and prayers are with the families at this very sad time. We have extended our most sincere condolences.”
30 000 cyclists participated in the 40th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.PHOTO: NIC BOTHMA
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