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Lighting up the festive season A scene captured during the annual Festive Lights Switch On event at Grand Parade on Sunday 1 December. The event, hosted by the City of Cape Town, officially marks the beginning of the festive season in the city, allowing families to have a fun time out. Like every year, it attracted thousands of Capetonians, young and old, who enjoyed lots of free, live entertainment; video mapping; food and drinks; and even a laser show.


Clamping down on crime NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


he Sea Point City Improvement District (SPCID) has introduced a device to curb remote car jamming during the festive season. The pocket-sized device aims to prevent vehicle theft and theft out of motor vehicles. It picks up remote car jamming attempts and covers a radius of up to 100 metres. It sends out a signal during a jamming attempt and will be monitored by a security officer. The device has been sponsored by a local business, Live Real Estate, and was handed over to the SPCID on Tuesday 19 November. Heather Tager, the CID’s chief operations officer, says the CID regularly evaluates crime statistics to improve safety and


Heather Tager and Brendan Miller during the official handover of the anti-jamming device. The device fits in a pouch and can be carried around by a single officer.

security in Sea Point. If the device proves to be successful, the CID will acquire more of them. Tager says they work closely with the Sea Point police to identify hotspots. She says car jammers know it will take a while for a motorist to return to their car. “They first watch where the person has gone, look around and then casually open the boot and take out whatever has been left there and, in the meantime, our guys will be around that area,” she says. Tager advises motorists to double-check if their cars are locked and to be vigilant. Brendan Miller, the chief executive officer for Live Real Estate, says it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure their community is safe. He said the device is a pilot project which cost R3 000.



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Make Christmas special Do you want to give back this festive season? Join the Ladles of Love volunteers in putting together the annual Christmas lunch for homeless people on Sunday 8 December. Danny Diliberto, founder of the organisation, says they hope to reach 700 people and extra hands and donations would be welcome. All volunteers will be expected to meet on the corner of St Georges Mall and Church Street at 07:30 to help set up the area. This entails preparing food, live music and gifts for all. “Join us as a volunteer at this very special Christmas event and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. It is a day full of love, laughter and dancing and a great opportunity to meet and connect with some of the homeless community,” Diliberto says. V Interested parties are encouraged to book their slot on Quicket: and for donations visit:

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City volunteers provide 450 years of service A total of 44 volunteers in the city have racked up an impressive 450 years of service, and were commended by the City for their hard work. In a ceremony held at the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre, the Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith recognised law enforcement and

disaster risk management volunteers. “We recognise the many hours and years our volunteers put in to help fellow residents and the impact they make on communities,” he said. “Being a volunteer is hard work as they do it in addition to their day-to-day work responsibilities, juggling expectations from

family and friends and often sacrifice social time. It asks a lot of the individual, so it takes a special and committed person to become a volunteer.” Volunteers take on various duties; assisting at events as medical or peace officers, aiding firefighting efforts during the warmer months and taking part in community outreach and education initiatives organised by the disaster risk management portfolio. Mayor, Dan Plato made special mention of the Macassar unit which received an outstanding service and dedication award for the successful resuscitation of a man earlier this year. He also recognised Davewia Mbasa from the Strand unit, a volunteer since 2011 who successfully resuscitated a six-year-old at the end of last year. Smith added: “All our volunteers are to be commended for their service, no matter how long ago they joined and each one is a hero for giving selflessly. A special mention goes to Donald Rother of Fish Hoek who has 35 years’ service, Pyron Isaacs who has 30 years of service and Franklin Tiemie who has 25 years’ service. The latter are both from Melton Rose. We are grateful for every hour spent on the job. Without them, our reDonald Rother (right) of Fish Hoek has been a volunteer for 35 years, and was given a special award by the sources would be stretched City, handed over by JP Smith. even further.”


Seasonal firefighters put through their paces T

he 119 seasonal firefighters recruited for 2019/20 have started their four-week wildland firefighting training course and are set to be deployed this month. The City of Cape Town’s latest batch of recruits is being put through their paces at the training ahead of being deployed in teams to various fire stations around the metropole to assist with the combatting of vegetation fires over the warmer months. Seasonal firefighters were introduced as an Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in early 2009 to fund the appointment of 40 seasonal firefighters. The programme has since grown to more than 100 firefighters to increase resources and minimise the risk to lives and property, particularly where vegetation and mountain fires threaten the urban edge. “Our city has very different firefighting needs to many others, literally because of the lay of the land, and the seasonal firefighter concept has been an enormous help

to overcome that challenge. They perform a vital role alongside our permanent staff to safeguard lives and property, but their presence also means that we have more resources to deal with the other demands on the fire service, like residential fires and special service calls such as motor vehicle accidents. We are immensely grateful to the thousands of candidates who put up their hands every year to try out for the programme,” says Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith. On average, more than two-thirds of fires dealt with by the City’s fire and rescue service each year are categorised as vegetation fires. Most of these occur over the warmer months from December to April. The programme is very popular among would-be firefighters, with stiff competition each year for the limited number of placements available. In 2019 the recruitment drive saw 1 632


Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith addresses seasonal firefighters.

candidates try out for the physical fitness assessment. Of these, 796 qualified to move onto the written assessment, followed by 249 being invited for one-on-one interviews. The current batch of recruits was selected based on test scores and a vetting process including criminal checks and 31 of these candidates are returning seasonal staff. The training course started on Monday 11 November with induction and orientation, and the issuing of personal protective equipment. All staff will undergo four weeks of theoretical, practical and physical training during the Basic Wildland Firefighting Course, under the supervision of 16 seasonal supervisors. The curriculum’s theoretical content covers everything from City protocols to fire behaviour and weather conditions, firefighter safety and survival, the tools required for the job and fire suppression methods, among others. The recruits must complete a theoretical and practical assessment before their training is considered complete and they are deployed. “This is the final hurdle for our seasonals. “They’ve already gone through a lot to get to this point, and I encourage them to remain focused on the training at hand, so that they are able to realise their goal of being on the frontline. “I also want to extend a special word of thanks to the fire and rescue service staff who devote themselves to this programme each year, not only in the interest of public safety, but also for the development of potential future firefighters,” says Smith.



CID effective in crime fighting The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCIDs) can be proud of the significant role they’ve played in reducing crime in the Mother City over the past year. There has been a reduction of 30.5% in all criminal incidents in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas compared to 2018. The 24-hour GP/OKCID security teams have also made 510 arrests this year and issued a total of 15 308 traffic fines valued at R11 012 600. The role of a city improvement district (CID) is to work closely with all role players, in order to provide supplementary assistance in terms of security, cleansing, social intervention, upgrading and improving public spaces. With strong relationships and open communication channels with police and the City of Cape Town, the GPCID (established in 2001) and OKCID (established early in 2002), are proud of the results of their collective efforts. “It takes collaboration of all role players to ensure that our streets are clean and safe, and a committed team that show up and do their best every single day,” says Marc Truss, chief executive officer of the GP/OKCID. Business and property owners have also experienced the difference that the GP/OKCID has made. “A cleaner and safer environment creates more opportunity for our commercial and retail component, supported by an increase

in tourist activity, which in turn boosts the area’s economy. “Apart from the safety factor, the GP/OKCID has really focused on beautifying the area – I believe they both feed off one another,” shares Chris Boje, owner of Van Hunks restaurant in Kloof Street. “The presence of the GP/OKCID is heavily felt in the area. From the perspective of the tourism industry, their presence helps make guests feel safe, secure, and aware of their surroundings. “They can walk out of their guest house and it feels clean and beautiful,” says Deon de Wet, of Village n Life accommodation and hospitality agency. “I’ve definitely noticed more patrols in the area, and so we feel more of a security presence throughout the day and at night. That makes the world of a difference to the safety within the area,” Kim Whitaker, owner of the hostel, Once in Cape Town, says. “From a property owner’s point of view, the GP/OKCID has made our area safer with an increased presence of visible security. They’ve also allowed tourists to move more freely,” says Brett Shaw, owner of Barefoot Capital. “We need to remain vigilant and committed to making a difference, whilst playing a supportive role to our community. We encourage our residents and property owners to contact us if they have any concerns, and to take a moment to praise our members who go above and beyond their duties day in and day out,” concludes Truss.

Turtles freed The Two Oceans Aquarium conservation team released 34 hatchling loggerhead turtles and one sub-adult green turtle south of Cape Point on Tuesday 26 November. According to a statement, the sub-adult turtle, affectionately known as Alvi, had been part of the Two Oceans Aquarium Turtle Rescue Programme since November 2018, and the hatchlings had been brought to the Aquarium during 2019. Alvi was found by a beachgoing family at Struisbaai, washed up and weak. “Initially, it was difficult to diagnose what was wrong with Alvi, as the turtle had few visible injuries, but the rehabilitation team observed that it had difficulty breathing. An x-ray presented a blockage in the turtle’s oesophagus. With the help of a local veterinar-


District Six to get a huge facelift NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku

and residents moved to outlying areas, not much has been done to restore it. “It is unreal, it is inhumane that we cannot bout R120 million will be invested in re- get District Six right. I want to pick that up.” vamping the look of District Six once He says he is currently discussing the retalks about the project have been finalised. vamping with national government and othThis is according to Cape Town mayor, er officials to come up with a plan. Plato says Dan Plato, who said he is not happy that the Thoko Didiza, the minister of agriculture, area has not been redeveloped 25 years into land reform and rural development, has democracy. bought into the idea and the budget will be He says since the forced removals in Dis- finalised this month to allow the work to trict Six where 2 000 houses were demolished commence early next year. He says the work will begin with the underground infrastructure in early 2020 and old buildings will be revamped. There are 900 affordable houses to be built. “Firstly, we need to get the underground infrastructure in place because you cannot build the top structure if the underground is not done. “The face of District Six will change. That is so important to me,” Plato says. Plato says he will be working with the ward councillors to Dan Plato says the upgrade with change the area.PHOTO: NOMZAMO drive the project.



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Local drifter competes internationally NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku The City of Cape Town congratulated local drifter from the Goodhope Construction Racing Outlaw Series (GHC) on scoring a spot in the prestigious FIA International Drifting Cup in Japan. The City donated racing suits to the team who travelled overseas to support the driver, Juan Stemmet on Monday 18 November. Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said the City would continue to support sport, especially rare codes. He said motor racing is putting Cape Town and the country on the map. Another title sponsor is Total South Africa. Its regional sales manager, Renier Pieterse, added that Stemmet’s talent has to

be nurtured. Stemmet received an acceptance letter to the competition held at Tsukuba Circuit from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December. He was already in Japan at the time of the handover. Joined by the co-founder of GHC, Raziek Rajah, Stemmet is the first local drifter to participate in the FIA Cup. The sevenmember support team left on Tuesday 26 November. Rajah, who is also an executive producer of the Razor Custom Car Show, said they applied and received an acceptance letter on Tuesday 24 September. The team then had to prepare and source sponsorship to make the trip a reality. Rajah said this is their first time at the annual competition. .

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Cannabis fever hits Cape Town NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


JP Smith hands over a suit to chief executive officer of the Goodhope Construction Racing Outlaw Series, Ismail Rajah. PHOTO: NOMZAMO YUKU

outh Africa would be fertile ground to establish a thriving cannabis industry, a gathering in Green Point heard last week. The two-day CannaTech 2019 summit, the first of its kind to be held in Africa, brought together hundreds of people, including businesspeople, pharmacist and scientists from around the world. Speakers said Cape Town has shown a huge interest since the use of cannabis for medicinal reasons was legalised. The country also has sufficient land to grow the plant. Established cannabis growers and budding entrepreneurs said they would like to share information on the business side of growing cannabis. The talk also focused on getting an operational license, knowledge of cannabis

growing, its uses and value in the market. Saul Kaye, CannaTech chief executive officer, said the industry needs buy-in from government to lessen fears about working with cannabis and eliminate the black market stigma. James Scott-Wong, managing partner at AlmaStone, added that: “As this industry is in its infancy and many are seeking direction, we can take a proactive stance, define the market standards and practices, and establish the competitive landscape.” He further said this could be achieved through collaborations. “We can stack culture, expertise, resources and skill-sets to better execute on an action plan to realise a stable supply chain,” said Scott-Wong. Matthew Anderson, chief executive officer at Vanguard Scientific, said the cannabis industry also needs quality management with clear guidelines on compliance.

There were talks, exhibitions and presentations at the CannaTech 2019 summit in Green Point.

Saturday 7 December

Friday 6 December V Green Point: Fabulous Pink Bingo Friday takes place at Lou Lou’s Bar in Cape Quarter Square from 19:00 until midnight. The theme is pink pocket square and the master of ceremonies will be Lilly Slaptsilli. Patrons are promised lots of fun and opportunities to win prizes. Tickets cost R250 per person including a welcome drink on arrival and a two-course meal. Bookings can be made via Quicket: https:// and table reservations can be made directly via

V Green Point: The Cape Centre of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa hosts a free event where the public can observe the sun and the moon. Telescopes will be provided, and the event will run from 15:00 to 21:30. For more information visit Wednesday 18 December V Green Point: Growthpoint Properties Sundowner 10km run-walk takes place at the V&A Waterfront at Table Bay Hotel from 18:00 to 20:00. For more information about entries visit: d046c2e7.



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ith the holiday season upon us, it is easy to get caught up in the hype of a good online deal and before you know it, you are scammed out of your hard earned money and have no holiday to show for it either. Leigh Mulholland of Seeff ShortStay for Hout Bay, Llandudno and Southern Suburbs says with the explosion of online holiday and accommodation advertising and booking sites, it is easy to get caught. She gives some advice and a few important “need to knows” when it comes to booking holiday accommodation. “Do your homework,” she says. “Research to ensure you know who you are booking with as there are so many stories of scammers. Check the legitimacy of the booking agent or site as well as the establishment being advertised. Never transfer money unless you are one hundred percent sure of the legitimacy of the advert and booking agent or site.” Be especially alert when it comes to unknown sites, she warns. According to Sandra Cruz, Rental Property Asset Manager from Seeff False Bay some of the well-known sites include Airbnb, Safari Now,, Tripadvisor and of course the sites of credible local short-term rental agencies. “A next important aspect is budgeting correctly and verifying the actual costs. These adverts are often unclear in terms of what is included and what is not. It is not uncommon for certain activities to be add-ons to the advertised price and there is nothing worse than arriving for your holiday only to find that meals are not part of the deal or you cannot participate in all the activities,” says Cruz. “Double check what is included and whether the advertised rates apply to the period of your booking as peak season rates are

usually much higher. Mulholland says you should also research the costs of restaurants and other facilities in the area to ensure that you budget correctly for your holiday. The terms and conditions of the booking should also be scrutinised so that you know exactly what you are in for. “Internet research and social media can be a great way to find out about unknown places or establishments. Be sure to confirm your booking before departure and find out where to collect the keys and so on,” she says. Mulholland says you should also research the location. “Properties advertised on sites such as Airbnb are often not clear about where they are located and holiday makers can be very disappointed to find that they are not actual-

Be aware of holiday scams.

ly getting a beach location but have to take transport to the beaches,” she says. Finally, check what facilities and amenities are available. “Find out what the accommodation offers, especially if it is self-catering. If you are looking for extras, check up on this, alternatively you may be better off upgrading your booking for better amenities,” Mulholland says. “Scammers and fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated and at this time of year use holidays as one of their tools to scam you out of your hard earned money. They know that people look for good or last minute deals and literally millions are lost to fraudsters in this way.” She added the important final tip of buying travel deals: “If a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”


It’s almost time for the silly season to begin, and time to choose great gifts to give to friends and loved ones this festive season. “As someone who has always loved escaping into a book, even from a very young age, books for me are the ultimate gift, and truly are a gift that keeps giving,” says Candice Noakes-Dobson, author of A Little Horse called Pancakes. Below Noakes-Dobson notes a list of reasons why books are best: . By giving a book you are giving someone a magical world they can explore; . Books last forever; . You never need to worry about getting the wrong size when giving a book and there is a book out there for everyone; . Books are one of the easiest gifts to wrap and you can take them with you anywhere; . Books don’t need batteries and they have a magical ability to keep even the loudest, bounciest beings quiet and content; . Unlike other toys, books won’t hurt if you stand on them in the middle of the night; . A book is a gift you can open again, and again, and again; . Books are a thoughtful gift; they let someone know you spent time choosing something they would really like; A Little Horse called Pancakes book collection is a series of stories written about her young daughter, AnnaB, and her special bond with her miniature horse, Pancakes. The two get up to many adventures, and with the help of all of the other animals that live on Sweet Valley Farm in Cape Town. The books are aimed at children aged 4 to 8 and can be used as an early reader. V For more information about the collection, visit Pancakes on Facebook and Instagram on @pancakesbookcollection and buy your copy on All proceeds from the sale of these books go to the South African Riding for the Disabled (SARDA) organisation.




Call to audition A

frika Ablaze is calling on all dancers, singers and actors to an audition for their upcoming show, I am Rain. The auditions take place on Saturday 7 December from 10:00 to 15:00 at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective at 26 Wesley Road, Observatory. For more information, email: or call 063 367 8691. Alternatively, visit The production will run at the Baxter Theatre in April 2020.

SEE AND FEEL THE MAGIC: Powers of Recall, presented by mentalist Stuart Lightbody will be on at Alexander Bar tonight (Tuesday 3 December) and tomorrow (Wednesday 4 December) at 20:00. Tickets cost R110 prebooked and R120 at the door. Expect an evening of false memories, suggestion and delightful deja vu. Armed with little more than a pack of cards, a pocket watch and some mystery envelopes, Stuart shares impossible illusions and demonstrates the most ambitious mental feat of his career.

Afrika Ablaze is hosting an audition for their 2020 production.


Artist Crazy-J-Suave wins City’s music challenge Following the public vote, Crazy-J Suave, (born Joshua Bukasa) was announced the winner of this year’s Festive Lights SwitchOn Music Challenge. The 24-year-old local hip-hop artist performed with some of the country’s best musicians at the Festive Lights Switch-On event on Sunday 1 December, at the Grand Parade. Crazy-J Suave won a tight competition from 182 other competitors. He bagged a staggering 5 180 votes with his happy and vibey song “Aquafina”. He also took home R10 000. “I’m so grateful and thankful to have this opportunity to perform in front of my city and showcase why I have been working so hard on my craft,” says Crazy-J-Suave. “This means so much to me because I’m trying to inspire and show young people who are in my position that anything is possible if you work hard and stay persistent, and that you will reap the benefits of your labour, so I’m heavily grateful and blessed for this opportunity.” While born in Madagascar, Crazy-J Suave has made his home here in South Africa. Born on 7 April 1995, the “Trappanense” hiphop music artist grew up in Lavender Hill, but moved to Milnerton at the age of 18, where he currently resides. He describes his sound as ‘new school rap’ that he’s created. “I’ve used normal hip-hop elements but with my own twist, incorporating our local slang as well, and it’s also about encouraging the youth to chase their dreams

and do what they are passionate about.” Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith, who met with the talented young performer, noted how popular the music challenge has become. “There is such a diversity of musical talent in Cape Town and this is clearly reflected in the broad range of entries the Music Challenge received this year. “Well-done to everyone who submitted a video but there can be only one winner, so our congratulations go to Joshua Bukasa – Crazy-J-Suave,” says Smith.

Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith and Crazy-J-Suave.

Hit returns to cinema to excite Frozen returns to the big screen this week with its sequel opening at Ster-Kinekor Cavendish on Friday 6 December. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. There will also be a Frozen 2 activation at SterKinekor Cavendish on Saturday 7 December from 10:00 to 15:00.

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Crusaders conquered by Giants SEAN CAMPBELL


hile Grassy Park Crusaders opened the scoring, they struggled to kick on against Maitland Giants as they went down 12-1 at Rooikrans sports field in Grassy Park on Saturday 30 November. Giants secured their win with four runs in the third innings and a massive haul of seven runs in the fourth innings. Crusaders started with Niyaaz Galant on the mound. Giants threatened as early as the second innings with bases loaded and one down. However, they were retired scoreless as Ashwin Kleintjies turned a double play from third base. Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at the end of the second innings as they scored their solitary run when Jaime Mauritz crossed the plate off the bat of Warren Adams. Giants open their scoring in the third inning with four runs from four hits and a fielding error from Crusaders. Crusaders replaced Galant with Lucien Swartz. Swartz, however, came in for heavy punishment as Giants amassed seven runs from six hits including a three-run homerun from Marc Quickfall. Crusaders also made two errors in this inning. American-born Connor Walsh was Giants’ best hitter with three hits. He was well supported by Quickfall, Kyle Ripepi and Altino Elliot who contributed two hits each. Hawaiian-born Eland Tsubata pitched a steady five innings for Giants conceding six

Rehan Peck of Grassy Park Crusaders (left) runs into trouble near home plate as he encounters Maitland Giants’ catcher Kyle Rossouw, who prevents him of scoring a run during a major league game played in Grassy Park on Saturday 30 November. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS hits, walking two and striking out seven hitters. At Chukker Road, VOB Macaws went down 13-5 to Athlone A’s. A’s scored runs in six of their nine batting turns. VOB didn’t help their cause as their pitchers gave away 18 free bases and their fielders made nine errors.

VOB started with the German youngster Lou Helmig who only last 1.2 innings, giving up six runs from three hits, four walks, three hits by pitch. He was replaced by Derick Baylis who kept A’s scoreless for three innings with A’s leaving eight runners on base. Regular catcher Luke November pitched the last three in-

nings conceding two runs in each innings. Cameron Fortuin and Matthew Diedericks shared the pitching duties for A’s. In other Major League results, Bothasig Knights maintained their unbeaten record by beating Van der Stel 12-0, and Bellville Tygers beat Durbanville Villains 13-10. Grassy Park Crusaders recorded their first win when they beat Athlone A’s 18-15 on Sunday 1 December, playing two extra innings from last week’s tied game. Last week, the teams were tied 11-11 after 10 innings and could not complete the game due to poor light. In the Promotion League, second place Helderberg Pirates shocked log leaders Westridge Yankees 14-0 at Stephan Reagan Sports ground in Mitchell’s Plain. Pirates came out with guns blazing, scoring 11 runs in the first inning off the pitching of the usually reliable Luwayne du Plessis. Pirates’ opening runs came from five hits, five walks, and two errors. Darren Chalmers was Pirates’ best hitter batting 5/5. Kieran Clackett was in top form on the mound for Pirates as he restricted Yankees to six scattered hits. This win takes Pirates to twelve points, level with Yankees. In other Promotion League results, Lansdowne Eagles went down 8-2 to Milnerton Mavericks and Battswood beat Silvertree Titans 20-1.

Varsity College celebrates its semi finals win The Independent Institute of Education’s Varsity College Cape Town touch rugby first team celebrated its recent 14-7 victory over the Untouchables in the semi-final game in the Villagers League. The team had a rough start to the league, losing four games, but that quickly picked up with them winning the semi-final. They are now gearing up to

compete in the final against DT Warp. The team has entered the league thrice and won the second division of the league twice. “Our team is very strong and league-competitive. We look forward to a challenging game and hope to win,” said 21-year-old second year B.Comm Economics student and first team captain Josh Wegener.

Gold for Tyra in El Salvador Fish Hoek resident Tyra Buncombe was crowned the women’s world long-distance prone paddleboard champion on Monday 25 November, after winning the 18km race in brutally hot conditions at Playa El Tunco, El Salvador. In a day of high drama, numerous competitors in both the women’s stand-up paddleboard, as well as the women’s prone paddleboard races, completed the three lap course incorrectly and were disqualified. Twenty-year-old Buncombe from Fish Hoek Lifesaving Club, who is competing as a member of the South African stand up paddleboard team, correctly navigated the course amid the confusion and was awarded the gold medal as the first racer to do so. The feat was made more impressive by the fact that Tyra was paddling an unfamiliar paddleboard borrowed from the English

team due to logistical problems in getting her board to El Salvador. As a result, she has been unable to train or familiarise herself with the course since arriving in El Salvador five days before the event. The 2019 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Stand-Up Paddleboard Championships concluded yesterday (Monday 2 December), and included various stand-up paddleboard and prone paddleboard race disciplines as well as stand-up paddleboard surfing. The six-member South African team are competing against 150 athletes from 27 countries in the eighth edition of the annual event. In 2018 Tarryn King from Cape Town became the first South African gold medallist at the event when she won the women’s stand-up paddleboard 200m sprint race.

The Independent Institute of Education’s Varsity College Cape Town campus touch rugby first team is gearing up for the Villagers League final.

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n the wake of the tragic events which saw a young player lose his life on a soccer field, Safa Cape Town (Safa CT) has pledged to increase its safety profile across the local football associations it administers. Saturday 5 October was a dark day for community football when Imtiyaaz Wagiet left home never to return again. Sadly, in a match between Bayview’s u.16 team and Strandfontein, Imtiyaaz collapsed on the field with no medical professional or qualified first aider. According to his coach at Bayview, Mark Rodrigues, he was then loaded into his parent’s car and taken to the nearby fire station. “People tried to resuscitate him. After 10 minutes they took the boy and put him in his parents’ car. They took him to the fire station. At the fire station, they tried their best to keep him alive. He was there for around 10 minutes, but he then passed on,” he says. Two years ago, People’s Post,

through their freelance sport photographer Rashied Isaacs, highlighted the dire need for health and safety personnel on community sports fields (“Safety no walk in the park”, 14 February 2017), but with the tragic events at Westridge Oval last month, Isaacs’ worst fears were realised. According to Isaacs, Wagiet’s death once again highlighted the need for thorough emergency planning for all sports and he is determined to bring about change at the different sporting venues, partnering with an accredited company to offer free first aid training for coaches as far back as 2014. Earlier this year, Isaacs refused to attend any more Safa CT events unless they addressed the apparent safety issues which saw Wagiet tragically lose his life. As a result, Safa CT president Bennett Bailey met with Isaacs to discuss his concerns and to pledge their commitment to the safer sports field project. Bailey then committed to introducing a holistic plan around safety for the 70 000 registered players in the 35 local football associations

(LFAs) he leads. “We have introduced, at a regional level, a constitutional clause where we refer to our medical officer, who is responsible for safety at our events. That we are going to bring and cascade to a local level, so that there is a pathway from local to provincial to national – that we all speak the same language,” Bailey said, adding that these policies now need to be enforced. “One of the things we are going to start with is to instruct all LFAs to appoint a medical officer in terms of the Safa regional and national constitution,” said Bailey. The new local football season starts in April next year, which is the time earmarked for changes to take effect. Bailey hopes that players and other informal associations follow Safa CT’s suit by placing more importance on safety. “It is like boxing where you cannot start the fight without a paramedic or an ambulance being onsite,” he says, adding that even third division clubs will be able to be trained up in first aid.

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“We also want the referees to enforce it (safety standards) also, where if there is not a visible first aider present then that game should not start at all,” said Bailey. He adds this is one of the final pieces to Safa CT’s overall puzzle, whereby they seek to improve the level of performances of football players, which in turn will improve the standard of football being played locally. “Part of that process of identify-

ing talent is to get the right athletes – this is where the safety and our medical officer comes in terms of testing. When we test athletes we will look at all areas – the bio-kinetics, nutrition and all the areas necessary – for scientific support, but with it also, the athlete needs to be fit. We cannot send an athlete for provincial training at provincial teams if this person is not fit or healthy,” he said.

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