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SHAKING THINGS UP: One of Africa’s biggest annual cultural events, the Cape Town Street Parade again did not disappoint this year. Altogether 42 troupes, compromising approximately 10 000 performers, participated in this year’s event on Saturday 4 January. The groups marched from Hanover Street in District Six, along Darling Street past City Hall and the Grand Parade before taking on a route that came to an end in the Bo-Kaap. See story on page 2.

he release of the 2019 matric results generated a buzz in the media this past week with a lot of the attention falling on one school in particular: Rondebosch Boys’ High School. While the outstanding achievements of two of the school’s learners – Gary Allen and Tim Murphy – were mostly responsible for the hype, it also served to highlight the school’s excellent matric pass rate. For the twelfth year, the schools’ matric learners achieved a 100% pass rate and a 98.7% university entrance rate. Together, the school’s 162 candidates achieved a record 468 A symbols. Nine of these A’s belongs to Gary who came second nationally among the Quintile 5 schools. Other top candidates were Madelein Dippenaar from Paarl Gimnasium High School, who was number one in the country, and Anuoluwa Makinde from Milnerton High School, who came in third. Gary says he first heard he was among the top achievers on 2 January. He had just eaten out with friends at a sushi restaurant in Noordhoek and was in the car on his way home when his cellphone rang. He wasn’t told yet that he was second in the country, just that he was one of the top achievers who were being invited (with two of his parents or guardians) to attend a prizegiving ceremony at the Vodacom World Conference Venue in Gauteng on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 January. Gary says he was overwhelmed when he received the news. He got home, rang the doorbell and immediately shared the news with his dad and mom, Spencer and Charleen Allen. “I couldn’t conceptualise it. I walked around for a good 15 minutes, just letting it sink it. You work so hard throughout the year but you don’t expect something like this.” He and his parents were flown up to Midrand and accommodated at the Premier Ho-

tel for two nights where they and the other top achievers got to rub shoulders with industry leaders and ministers. “It was all a bit crazy, you feel like a celebrity, interacting with all the top guys. At a breakfast on 7 January, I sat at the same table as the minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga. It was so cool meeting all these people.” What is also “cool” in People’s Post’s opinion is Gary’s final matric results: English home language: 94%; Afrikaans first additional language: 94%; mathematics: 100%; life orientation: 92%; physical sciences: 99%; information technology: 100%; engineering graphics and design: 95%; accounting: 95% and advanced programme mathematics: 95%. Gary’s secret to his academic success is simple. He says he paid attention in class throughout the year to ensure he understood all the work when he got to the finals. “Anything I didn’t understand, I would watch videos on. And I did as many past papers as I could, compared my answers to the marking memos, and learnt from my mistakes. I did that for almost all my subjects,” he says. Although the government’s website has past papers for matriculants to use, Gary says his go-to website for past papers was Parent24. “It is just much easier to navigate.” His next port of call is Stellenbosch University where he will be studying electrical engineering. “I hope to do my masters after I have completed the course but I’m not 100 percent sure at the moment. I would love to combine my studies with electronic music production, another passion of mine,” Gary says. Tim, the top mathematics candidate in the country, will be studying closer to home. He will begin his studies in actuarial science at the University of Cape Town this year. V Continued on page 4.

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he Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe­jaar), held on Saturday 4 January, again had thousands of spectators shaking their booties as they watched 42 Kaapse Klopse troupes march by. Hosted by The Kaapse Klopse Karnivaal Association (KKKA) and supported by the City of Cape Town, the event featured approximately 10 000 individual performers. The groups marched from Hanover Street in District Six, along Darling Street past City Hall and the Grand Parade before taking on a route that came to an end in the Bo-Kaap. The City supported the event with funding, deployment of City services and assisting with logistical arrangements to ensure a safe event. Mayor Dan Plato said it was a fantastic atmosphere. “The various minstrel groups put on a magnificent performance and ensured that the thousands of people lining the streets were thoroughly entertained. “We want to express our gratitude to all those who made the day possible and the troupes for a wonderful event which contributes a lot to the City’s cultural heritage, development and the local economy,” Plato said.

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Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, said the annual street parade is one of Cape Town’s flagship events. “The City has a vision for the event’s long-term growth and we believe the three-

year agreements we signed with some of the organisations are part of ensuring that. This will ensure the event is secure, safe and has certain guarantees which will assist the event organisers in attracting more corpo-

The event featured approximately 10 000 individual performers.

rate sponsorship,” he said. The street parade is just one of several minstrel, Christmas bands and Malay choir events that the City is supporting over the coming months.

The cultural event dates back to the 19th century.

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The street parade came to an end in the Bo-Kaap.

City’s electricity vending system goes offline The City of Cape Town’s electricity prepayment vending system will be offline overnight on Monday 20 January until the early hours of Tuesday 21 January for necessary maintenance work. “City of Cape Town prepaid electricity

customers will not be able to purchase electricity during this time. “Please ensure that you have sufficient units in your meter prior to this period,” says Mayco member for energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti.

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Nearly 150 babies born on New Year’s Day in the province

Helen Stabrey (secretary), Bronwen Leith (choir director) and Anne Meyer (accompanist).

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Auditions for new choir open NETTALIE VILJOEN

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new choir, called the Cape Town Children’s Choir, is being launched at the Beau Soleil Music Centre, Kenilworth, in January. Bronwen Leith, who has been a piano teacher at the music centre for several years, is the driving force behind this initiative. Leith says the idea had been growing in her mind for quite some time. She met with Marina Louw, the principal of the music centre, in August last year and with Louw’s support, presented the idea to the governing body who gave the go-ahead. Leith says there are some excellent school choirs in Cape Town, including the worldclass Tygerberg Children’s Choir based in the northern suburbs. “However, there are many children in Cape Town who don’t have the opportunity to be part of an excellent choral programme. There is a need, particularly in the south, for children from our communities to have the opportunity to come together and sing in a choir that will bring friendship, develop musicianship and provide the challenge and joy of singing to a high standard.” The choir for children between the ages of nine and 15 aims to start with a minimum of 20 members but would like to grow the choir to 80 children. The first round of auditions were held in November last year. Further auditions for new applicants will be held at Beau Soleil Music Centre in Kenilworth on Friday afternoon, 17 January. Leith says they are prepared to do auditions at schools if there is sufficient interest, and time made available by a particular school. “Fifteen members have already been chosen, and, hopefully, there will be many more to come,” she said. Rehearsals will start on Friday 7 February and will be held on Friday afternoons for two and a half hours and one full Saturday per term. Its repertoire will include songs from a wide range of genres to cater to every taste. Its first concert will be held in May and the choir will also perform at the Beau Soleil Gala Concert which is held annually in September in the City Hall. “As the choir establishes itself, we will be participating in eisteddfods, regional, national and international choir festivals and competitions. We would like to participate in the Choir Festival held in George in August this year, but this will depend on how established we are by then,” Leith adds. She says the vision for the choir is that it will be a place where children develop their singing skills in a positive and stimulating environment; where they will devel-

op friendships with musically talented children from a variety of communities and where they will develop a life-long love for singing. “Our goal is to have a choir of excellence, where discipline and hard work is required, but we also aim to have fun in the process.” Leith is backed by many years of experience in conducting choirs. In particular, she conducted the St Cyprian’s Senior School Choir (Grade 8 to 12) from 2003 to 2006 and she conducted the Junior School Choir (Grade 4 to 7) at Herschel Girl’s School for 12 years where the numbers grew to over 100 choir members. She will be supported by Anne Meyer (accompanist) and Helen Stabrey (secretary), but more staff will be added if necessary once the choir grows in numbers. There will be a membership fee to cover costs such as honorariums, sheet music and concert venue hire, but Leith said it has been kept as low as possible to make it affordable. A limited number of bursaries towards the annual fee will be available for those who need and qualify for financial assistance. Choir members will have to arrange for their own transport to the Beau Soleil Music Centre, however, it is conveniently situated a short walk from Wynberg and Kenilworth stations, the Wynberg taxi rank and Main Road bus route. V To request an audition or for more information, email ctcchoir@beausoleil.org.za

Sr Gillian Hendricks, midwife at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, with mom Zahraah Abrahams who gave birth to the first baby born this New Year’s day.

Public health facilities throughout the Western Cape reported the birth of 149 babies, comprising 67 boys and 82 girls on New Year’s Day, 1 January. The first, a boy, was born at 00:00 at Mowbray Maternity Hospital to mother Zahraah Abrahams. The second was a boy born at 00:13 at Paarl Hospital to Noluyeye Plati. A girl, born at 00:16 at Worcester Community Day Centre to Mellody Bhulawa, was third. Twin sisters were born at 12:10 and 12:11 at Tygerberg Hospital to Chwayita Rubela. Triplets (two boys and a girl) were born at 21:20, 21:35 and 22:00 at Oudtshoorn Hospital to Shadowne Everts. Mowbray maternity was the busiest with 24 births recorded, followed by Tygerberg Hospital with 21 births. “I would like to congratulate all new parents on the birth of their babies on this New Year’s Day. We wish them the very best with new additions to their families. “The first 1 000 days of a child’s life is very important. Provide them with a safe environment and good nutrition,” says Western Cape minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.


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Truck signage ‘ignored’ NETTALIE VILJOEN

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Kenilworth resident has expressed his frustration at heavy-duty truck drivers who cause damage to private and public property and then just race off, ignoring the consequences of their actions. In an email to Ian Iversen, councillor for ward 59, the resident – who wished to remain anonymous – reported the crumbling state of pavements in both Kenilworth Road and Richmond Road. The resident said the manoeuvring of heavy-duty trucks over the pavements were to blame and went on to describe an incident in December last year where a truck driver severely damaged the wall outside Kenilworth House. The resident claimed to have tried to talk to the driver but was ignored. During the conversation, the driver allegedly turned sideways, unzipped his fly, and began to urinate between the wheels of his truck. “This is not the first time a heavy-duty truck has tried to negotiate this intersection, causing damage to the old oak tree on the corner and our trees opposite.” The resident said it was blatantly obvious A Kenilworth resident said a heavy-duty truck caused this damage to the wall outside Kenilthat the streets were too narrow for rigs of worth House. that size, and that overhanging trees, traffic signs and lamp posts were not taken into ac- sending them on the shortest, least-congest- lights would be the electricity department,” count. ed routes, which is problematic.” said Bezuidenhout. According to the resident, erecting more Bezuidenhout said a driver could be held The City’s enforcement agencies can act warning signs was a waste of time and tax- liable for damage to municipal property, against drivers who cause damage to City payers’ money as these signs were simply ig- however, private property owners needed to property if they witness the transgressions. nored. Instead residents should record these claim directly from the responsible parties. The City has a theft loss recovery unit that incidents and share it with council so that In the case of damage to municipal proper- undertakes to recover costs or damages to it could proceed with legal action where pos- ty, residents are encouraged to report such City property. sible for the repair of damage. incidents to the City via the various reportIn response to People’s Post question on Traffic service spokesperson Maxine Bez- ing mechanisms, for example, the call cen- how much money the City spends a year on uidenhout said if a road is not deemed fit to tre, their ward councillor or local subcoun- fixing damage caused in the Western Cape handle heavy motor vehicles, a weight re- cil office. by heavy-duty trucks or how many drivers striction sign would be erected by the roads “Evidence, like photographs or video foot- were brought to book, Bezuidenhout said or engineering departments, and the sign age, need to be provided to support claims. The City’s enforcement agencies did not would be enforced according to the National Complainants may be required to submit an keep statistics with this level of detail at Road Traffic Act that imposes a fine of R500 affidavit as well if the matter goes to court,” hand. “Unfortunately, the City does not keep on a driver that was in contravention of it. she explained. statistics outlining particular instances. The City introduced a prohibitive delivOnce a complaint is lodged, staff is dis- Vandalism and theft statistics/damage is ery truck sign in 2016. patched to investigate reports of damage to consolidated. It would be an immense task “This type of signage applies to all vehi- City infrastructure. to go through all notices issued to determine cles, not only to trucks, destined to the im“The department would depend on the na- the number issued for the particular mediate area. More often than not, drivers ture of the damage, for example, road surfa- offence.” ignore road signage and follow navigation ces, traffic signs and signals would be the V Report incidents of damage to property to the CIty’s systems, such as Google Maps and TomTom, transport department, while damaged street call centre on 0860 103 089.

FROM PAGE 1 “I’m looking forward to university, to being challenged and getting stuck in proper maths – the big stuff,” he says. Tim says he always had an affinity for maths. “One of my distinct memories from Grade R was being proud that I could count to 100. I always enjoyed maths – it is probably the definitiveness of it. When it comes to language, there isn’t always an exact answer, but with maths, even though there isn’t one correct way to get to it, there is always one right answer. Most of the time,” he adds. Tim says he was at home, playing Stardew Valley, a simulation role-playing video game, when he got the call from the Department of Basic Education, inviting him and his parents, Paul and Samantha Murphy, to Midrand. “Thinking back, I actually feel a bit embarrassed because my voice got all shaky on the phone,” he shares. He says that although there was excitement in the house all-round, they were also

shocked at the news. “That night I only got about two hours of sleep. I kept on thinking, ‘Wow, this is actually happening – out of so many people who wrote, you came out at the top’,” says Tim. He too greatly enjoyed the two days spent in Gauteng during the prize-giving ceremony. Tim says he found his fellow top achievers inspiring. “It was great meeting all the top achievers from around the country, many of them with backgrounds different from my own.” Even though Tim is a maths whizz, he isn’t exactly sure how the department calculates who is the top achiever of all of the matric learners who got 100% for maths. “My school-based assessment mark was pretty high going in, so I assume they most likely look at who has the highest combined score,” he says. His results for his other subjects are English home language: 85%; Afrikaans first additional language: 81%; life orientation: 87%; accounting: 96%; information technology: 97%; physical sciences: 97% and AP

Gary Allen, Madelein Dippenaar, Anuoluwa Makinde and and Tim Murphy.

maths: 94%. Tim ascribes his math pass rate to a combined study approach. “I always did past papers, I think that is how everybody does it, but I also combined self-study with group-study. My group of friends got together and we worked on past papers. Not all are top math achievers, so it was a win-win for all of us. I could help them with difficult equations and I saw different approaches to questions and got to work on some of the easier stuff where you can make stupid mistakes.” His maths teacher, Susan Carletti, is another driving force behind his achievement. “I am so grateful to have been taught by Mrs Carletti who was my math teacher for the past five years. She is really the one who set me on this path. Being at the top in a subject, you can become unmotivated. When you get 95%, it is easy to start to think, ‘That is okay, I don’t have to try harder, I already have the university entry mark’. She inspired me to push for the good marks,” Tim says.

Tim Murphy receives his reward from the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.


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Pedestrian killed at Mowbray M5 flyover

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A man, possibly in his late 20s or early 30s, was killed trying to cross the N2 under the M5 flyover near Mowbray on Thursday 9 January. According to Ross Campbell, ER24 spokesperson, the man had been knocked down by a Mercedes Vito van transporting children in the afternoon. ER24 paramedics were on the scene at 16:14 along with the traffic department and another private medical service.

CID on the cards for Pinelands

“The man was found lying face down in the emergency lane and upon assessment, unfortunately, showed no signs of life. He was declared dead,” says Campbell. He said the driver and passengers in the Vito were shaken by the incident, but fortunately uninjured. The deceased was carrying no form of identity. The police were on the scene for further investigation.

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inelands is one of the few suburbs without a community improvement district (CID) but thanks to the efforts of eight residents and 1 165 respondents who completed a perception survey at the end of last year, the process to establish one is well on its way. The Pinelands CID steering committee, made up of Pam Stabler (team leader), John Berry, Carol Clark, Riad Davids, Elaine Gibb, Allan Hobbs, Hermann Schlenk and Jen van Heerden, got the ball rolling in October last year. As part of the application’s initiation phase, the group of volunteers encouraged Pinelands residents to complete the survey which was aimed at establishing residents’ perceptions of Pinelands. The next steps will include the analysis of the survey results, creating a proposed business plan, drawing up a budget to fit the proposed business plan and determining the Pinelands CID boundary map. The survey responses are still under review by the steering committee. The data will be used to help formulate a “business plan” which will be shared – along with the budget – with the community at a public meeting once both have been examined by the City council. The date for the meeting is still to be decided. In information supplied by the steering committee, a CID (also known as special rating area) is described as a clearly defined geographical area in which property owners contribute additional rates to fund “topup” services for that specific area as per an approved proposed business plan supported by a majority of property owners in the area. According to Schlenk, the benefits will be

manifold. Most importantly, it creates a mechanism for property owners and tenants to participate in sustainable development. It also helps to recognise unique needs and challenges facing residential and community precincts, facilitates the recognition of Pinelands as a defined geographic district to enhance or supplement the provision of municipal services and leads to the upgrade of areas and the creation of employment opportunities. In addition, the CID facilitates joint ventures with the City, NGOs, PBOs and the police to improve safety, combat grime and initiate environmental improvements. Accepting social responsibility is another positive outcome – dealing with the homeless, HIV/Aids, vagrants, prostitution or adopting a charity as a project. Schlenk explains that once the CID has been approved by the City, it will be funded from the additional rates paid by property owners within the boundary of the CID. It does not receive any grants or subsidies from the City but does have the powers to raise additional income. “It must also be noted that there are exceptions in terms of relief as per the governing policies. The amount of the additional rates is still to be calculated,” he said. The aim is for the CID to be established and running by the end of this year. “After the City has approved the application, a non-profit company (NPC) will be set up and a board will be elected. The NPC has to register for VAT, open a bank account and be registered as a vendor with the City. This must all be in place before the City makes any payment to the CID,” said Schlenk. V Email the CID steering committee at info@pinelandscid.co.za for more information.

Cop outlines her new vision Recently appointed Western Cape ProvinPolicing will also be supported by an efcial Commissioner, Lt Gen Yolisa Mataka- fective detection service that will investita, took up her post on Monday 6 January. gate and solve reported cases. She kicked the day off with a meeting In a bid to ensure all citizens of the Westwith the police’s Western Cape provincial ern Cape are and feel safe, an effective intelmanagement and community policing fo- ligence capacity will underpin all policing rum (CPF) representatives at the premier’s efforts. office. “I have been keeping an eye on the issue Shortly afterwards, the deputy minister of crime in this province, including crimes of police, Cassel Mathale, and the national against women and children plaguing cercommissioner of police, Gen Khehla Sitole, tain communities. An aggressive response, presented Matakata to the premier of the that involves all stakeholders, is required. Western Cape, Alan Winde, and MEC for Also, the main generators of serious violent community safety, Albert Fritz. crimes, namely drugs, alcohol and illegal Addressing the media after these two en- firearms, are what we will be focussing on,” gagements, Matakata outlined a new vision says Matakata. for policing in the province. In her view, boots on the ground are key High up on her list of priorities is the in addressing crime, but dealing with sociobuilding of cohesion within the police’s economic factors that impede policing initiWestern Cape management team thereby atives remains crucial. ensuring police officers are accountable Matakata appealed for support and comand responsive to community needs. That, mitment from all stakeholders. in her view, will guarantee quality service delivery. She acknowledged that policing the province is no mean feat, but, with all role players on board, she and her management team were set on stamping the authority of the state. During her tenure, the capacitation of police stations as the first line of defence in dealing with serious violent crimes will be intensified. In essence, human and physical resources will be distributed to where Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Yolisa Matakata the needs are. addresses the media at the premier’s office on Monday 6 December.


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Injury cost him a Dubai debut AVRIL FILLIES

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t was disheartening for SA Sevens player Darren Adonis, originally from Mitchell’s Plain, when he could not make his debut in the SA Academy team in Dubai last month due to an injury he picked up during training. “The reality sunk in immediately at the training that I could not participate in an event that I was looking forward to. I am sure that each player in a similar position would feel the same way after looking forward to play for their country and picks up an injury before you set foot on the big stage. I was not only disheartened but also frustrated, and discovering that I had a grade two shoulder tear added to the gloom. Beside my better judgement, I actively participated in the third day of the event, leading to two weeks of unbearable pain,” he says. He left Mitchell’s Plain as a child and moved to Melkhoutfontein, a small town about ten minutes from Stilbaai. Here he completed his primary school at the Bertie Barnard Primary School. He did his high school at Oakdale High School in Riversdale.

“After completing my schooling in 2016 I was recruited into the junior team of the Bloemfontein Cheetahs. I was fortunate to be part of the triumphant senior team during the 2019 Currie Cup. I also joined the SA Sevens Team, also known as the Blitzboks, in October last year,” Darren says. He was born into a supportive family and each one played a role in his rugby career. “They not only played a vital role in my journey as a sportsman, but also in my upbringing. If I had to pick an individual that had the most influence, it would be my mother. She has always been an unwavering pillar that I could depend on no matter the circumstances,” he says. Darren’s main objectives in 7s rugby are to play on the HSBC World Series circuit, participating in more tournaments, the Olympics in Japan and hopefully partake in the 7s Rugby World Cup in 2022 in Cape Town. Darren Adonis.

“I don’t really have any hobbies. In all honesty, I have dedicated a great portion of my life to rugby, and by doing so I gave up on the opportunity to find hobbies. When I am awarded ‘down time’ it is spent with friends, family and my partner,” he says. Being small in stature he was constantly told that he would never make it in the rugby world and that is why he admires Cheslin Kolbe. “We are more or less the same build and height. Cheslin was told that due to his physique he wouldn’t amount to much, but he went on to prove all the naysayers wrong. Just look at his performance during the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year. “My experience with the Cheetahs is one that consists of countless lessons, both good and bad memories, lifetime friendships, and most importantly: if you want to obtain good results, you have to work for it. I also played in four Pro14

matches for the Cheetahs,” he says. When he was selected for the academy team he was filled with excitement and anticipation. “Although I could not participate in every game in Dubai it was a memorable experience, especially when we won the gold medal in the international invitational men’s competition. “My message to young players is to never give up. The road to success will never be an easy one. There will always be naysayers and there will always be criticism. It is up to you to decide whether you’re going to allow these bumps in the road to derail you or if you’re going to set your mind to it and never give up,” Darren says. He is currently training at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports in preparation for the next two legs of the HSBC Series in FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January; and on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February in the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, Australia. These two legs will be held at the end of the month and the team will be announced by the coach, Neil Powell, before they leave our shores.

WELL-MATCHED CONTENDERS: Phillip Johnson of Bellstar United, in purple, clears the ball ahead of a challenge by Junction Rovers player Shafiek Sarelina, during a SAFA CT regional third division league game played in Heideveld on Friday 10 January. Rovers came back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to salvage a draw in front of a large crowd at the Heideveld sport complex. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS


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