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A group of five Capetonians be climbing Mount Everest to raise funds for the Avela Foundation, a recently established non-profit organisation that is committed to helping children suffering from burn wounds on their road to physical and emotional recovery. Read more on page 6.
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partnership to reduce ATM crime in the Central City is set to expand next month. The provincial Department of Community Safety (Docs), in partnership with the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), will fund an additional 35 safety ambassadors to patrol 25 hotpots for ATM crime. Docs currently funds 15 security officers, managed by the CCID, who are deployed to seven hotspot ATMs within the CBD. These seven ATMs were chosen due to high rates of fraud incidents being reported there. The 25 hotspots that will now
have officers deployed to them have been identified using intelligence gathered from cases reported to the police, as well as complaints from the hospitality industry and feedback from CCID public safety officers. The CCID and Docs are part of a task force created by the provincial government specifically to investigate the province’s increasing ATM fraud, and which is using the Cape Town CBD as a pilot site to find the best solutions to roll out across the City and the province (“Task force goes to the ATM”, People’s Post, 12 June 2017). The current project has been so successful that incidents at the seven hotspot ATMs have dropped from 50 over the 2016/2017 festive
period to just two over the 2017/2018 period. In addition, seven incidents were prevented during the hours of the team being deployed, says Muneeb Hendricks, CCID safety and security manager. In a statement released by the CCID, Fred Watkins of security risk management at Docs says: “Identifying capable partners within communities is a critical element of the ‘whole of society’ approach to fighting crime and, as such, the efforts of the CCID within the Cape Town CBD must be recognised. “The success achieved during December and January further demonstrates the importance of public/private partnerships. As of March, Docs and the Depart-
ment of Economic Affairs and Tourism will partner with the CCID to expand this project to 25 ‘hotspot’ ATMs in the CBD. This expansion will see 50 Chrysalis Academy graduates, trained in the safety and security field, deployed as safety ambassadors at these identified ATMs.” The project focuses on crime prevention and education through the visible presence of and public engagement by the ambassadors deployed, explains Hendricks. “We believe that just by having the student ambassadors from the Chrysalis Academy at the ATMs, it will provide a very visible presence in terms of ‘someone is watching’. V Continued on page 3.
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CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL
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ith just over a month until Cape Town’s fan walk is turned into a spectacular show, the Cape Town Carnival is gearing up for the big day. People’s Post is an official media partner of the Cape Town Carnival.The Cape Town Carnival will take place on Saturday 17 March and will, for the first time, boast two Cape Town Carnival village spaces. “This is the perfect place to get into the carnival spirit,” says Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival. Live music will be performed and refreshments will be on offer, so you can take a seat at the available tables and soak up the atmosphere. The villages will provide the opportunity to dress up your look, get your face painted and take fabulous selfies with friends and family and Cape Town Carnival performers. The parade will kick off at 19:00, but there will be various activities from 15:00, including being able to walk in a no-car street and enjoy vendors and mixing with your fellow City dwellers.The Cape Town Carnival plays a vital role in bringing people together from many communities throughout the province, with citizens from disparate demographic and regional groups collaborating before and during the annual spectacle. More than 1500 performers in 43 performing groups from 27 different areas participate in the Cape Town Carnival – a living example
of how an event of this kind can break down social barriers and help to form lasting relationships, says Rachel Jafta, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust. Every year the crowd is revved up by local firefighters who work tirelessly during the summer months when the City has many runaway fires to contend with. Make sure to get the best spot so you can rub baby oil on their buff bods – a yearly tradition. The theme, “Mother City, Mother Nature”, promises to bring to life all the wonders that are in Cape Town, from the harvest bringing abundance from the fields to the City, to the City itself being built by her inhabitants. The theme is one that Douwes notes is particularly relevant. “When we choose our theme, it’s not only about the wow factor; it’s also meant to highlight issues that are facing us and the City as a whole, and to educate both the public and the communities involved in the carnival about these issues.”
In just over a month, the Cape Town Carnival will again light up Green Point’s fan walk.
Time to get revved up at Cape Town Motor Show Enjoy a weekend-long squeal and spin of your favourite wheels brought to you by the Cape Town Motor Show (CTMS) in partnership with the City of Cape Town at Sun GrandWest from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March. The show promises to bring you a variety of vehicles and bikes to view and endless entertainment to be enjoyed by the whole family. You can expect fun-filled accessories, auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, muscle cars, monster trucks, antique and collector cars, engine modifications, sound-off beats competitions, virtual simulations, custom trucks, hot-rods, car wrapping, and much more. Spectators will also stand a chance to win some of the displayed cars or enjoy rides with the specialists as they show off the capabilities of the displayed vehicles. The show will include the automotive industry’s latest creations, featuring classic, luxury and exotic cars from different leading companies across the globe at an international level. You will also get an opportunity to experience Jaguar’s Art of Performance Tour as well as Land Rover’s Above and Beyond Tour, including self-drive and driven expe-
beest 4x4 Challenge Club, pre- ’63 cars, café racers, metal shaping by Anvl Kraft, food trucks, skateboarding and BMX demos, Jack Daniel’s bars, SCAR, Barnet Fair Barbers and the most insane Mutant Desert vehicles. The show is expected to occupy most of the space at the venue from the Market Hall, Grand Arena, the Sun Exhibits Hall and an outdoor area, and will include a drifting zone, nostalgia zone, chill zone, and camping and 4x4 areas.Those attending the show are up for a treat. Tickets are available at Computicket or at the show itself at a cost of R100 per person or R250 special for a family of four. For pensioners and children from 12 to 17 years, ticket costs R80 each and the show is free to children under the age of 12. V For more information, visit www.capetownmotorshow.co.za
Buy your tickets to view a variety of vehicles at the Cape Town Motor Show at Sun GrandWest in March. riences, as well as other a number of other brand activities. Meanwhile a late- ’70s Ford model truck will give a sense of old-school muscle with its roaring engine.
Upping the game It is said that the CTMS has upped the standard this year by adding a number of mouth-watering additions, including a major new outdoor area with the Wilde-
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FROM PAGE 1 “This will already substantially deter ATM fraud and is one of the main purposes of the exercise. “They will give ATM users peace of mind. Plus, they are trained to provide the public with vital information on scams so that they are aware and alert, and do not fall victim to these in the first place,” he says. The safety ambassadors will be managed by the CCID, explains Hendricks. “Should there be any indication of a problem arising, or suspicious behaviour spotted, these ambassadors would also be in contact via two-way radio with the
CCID’s 24-hour call centre and in close proximity to our own patrolling CCID public safety officers,” he says. “[These officers can be on site pretty much immediately should the need arise. It is important to understand that the students are ambassadors, say Hendricks. “[They] will only play an educative and visible-presence role, reporting all suspicious activity to our own CCID public safety officers for further investigation, explains Hendricks. “Even though most would have been trained on the basics of public safety, they are not themselves public safety officers.”
Maitland Paediatric Orthopaedic Cottage Hospital in Newlands received four new wheelchairs from the Women’s International Zionist Organisation.
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Wheels to recovery NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku
radiographer at Maitland Paediatric Orthopaedic Cottage Hospital in Newlands took it on herself to make the lives of her patients easer. When Myra Kamowitz heard about the Women’s International Zionist Organisation’s (Wizo) gesture of fundraising for wheelchairs, she submitted an application and requested that the hospital also be considered as a beneficiary. Speaking on behalf of the hospital, Josephine Joseph says the wheelchairs are needed for the patients’ activities of daily living and to enable them to more easily move around the hospital. Most of the time the hospital moves patients from wards to the X-ray department or to physiotherapy, or from the wards to the ablution facilities, playroom and art room. She explains that prior to the donation, they would wheel one patient at a time. “The purpose of the wheelchairs is to use them around the hospital in the wards and in the physiotherapy room. “We wheel our patients to facilities one at a time to prevent congestion in areas of the hospital.” She explains that these wheelchairs will not be for individuals or to be taken home “unless the patient are between treatments
and are allowed to go home for a few weeks, then we might send them home with a wheelchair which they bring back when they return to the hospital”. “Because we provide surgery to lower limbs, a lot of our children, during their stay with us, are not ambulating, so they need assistance.” Joseph says this good gesture by Wizo will help the hospital cut down on costs as they no longer need to buy new wheelchairs. She says funds that were budgeted for wheelchairs would be better spent on purchasing necessary items such as bandages and implants, to name a few. Tamar Lazarus of Wizo South Africa says most of the time the need to be mobile and move around tends to be taken for granted by many, while to those who are physically impaired it could mean the world. “We often take the ability to move in our home and community for granted – and with that the ability to learn, interact with others, and participate in family life. We are so pleased that we are able to assist, for now, 50 children with mobility impairments, and give them these wheelchairs of hope to enable them to lead active and fulfilling lives.” She says these wheelchairs are aimed at children aged five to nine years old who are able to push themselves. V The hospital accepts any form of donations. To assist, contact them on 021 674 2090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mch.org.za.
Don’t miss all the Marvel action The latest Marvel superhero movie, Black Panther, opens at Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday 16 February. The action adventure starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o will also release in Dbox format at Cavendish. After the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, T’Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful
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Camilo adds The Drifters to the list SAMANTHA LEE @Samantha_Lee121
ocal pianist Camilo Lombard says he is honoured to have the opportunity to back legendary band The Drifters when they come to Cape Town in May. His passion for developing music started from a young age. “Both sides of my family were involved in music and my father was a piano player. On my mother’s side, they were skilled choir directors. I couldn’t escape it and at the age of 12 I became my church’s organist. Then at the age of 16, I took over the choir from my dad and also became the director of the brass band of our church,” he says. He joined Topaz at the age of 19, frequenting the club scene in Cape Town before joining Out of Town later that year. “I perform with Out of Town every Sunday when we host a gig at Lounge 021 in Wetton. Music has been a part of my life
and will be a part of my life for a very long time to come. I have been in the industry for 27 years,” he says. Always the youngest in the band, he was mentored by his Out of Town bandmates and stepped up to be the leader and director of the band, taking on his own projects before becoming a recording artist and ultimately forming Top Dog SA four years ago. “Over the years I have developed a lot of artists who now share the stage with me and for the past five to 10 years we have been backing many international artists who come here without a band,” he says. “I remember one instance where we had the Soul Divas concert and their band had to cancel at the last moment. We got the call from the promoter the day before they were due to appear on a show and we got to the show with no rehearsal and we pulled it off. They were so comfortable with us that they rehearsed with us for the rest of the day and we pulled that concert off in two days.” His bandmates are Charlton Daniels, Mark
Williams and Morne Hoffmester in addition to horn and backing vocals. “The people I share the stage with are people I trust. I trust them musically and I trust their entertainment value on stage. It is great that they are good performers able to play the GrandArena, Carnival City and other big stages in the country,” he says. With rave reviews from well-known international artists, the band is ready for their next feather in their caps. Growing up listening to The Drifters and now being able to back them has brought his career full circle.“My parents and my grandparents used to listen to The Drifters and to be able to play with them is really a huge thing for my career. Songs like ‘Under the Boardwalk’ and ‘Stand By Me’ have been a hit at every single corporate event that I have performed at in my entire career. These guys have churned out several hits on Broadway, and the list goes on and on,” he says. “When you look at these guys performing, they look good, they dress well, they perform well, and just to be performing with this band is amazing. They are in the same league as bands like The Stylistics and they move on stage. It is going to be one for the books. I am very excited about it.” The band has not yet started rehearsing, but they are ready for the challenge. “This is our job and it takes us a few days to get the music together, so by the time The Drifters walk into the rehearsal it will be like them getting into a pink Cadillac,” he says. “If you don’t know who The Drifters are and you sing the song ‘Stand By Me’, then you are connected to them as much as the whole world is. Come to the concert so that you can have the experience of nostalgia and singing along because you know the lyrics to all of their songs. It is going to be a night to relive all the memories of when you met your loved one or you were on the dance floor dancing to the songs you are going to hear on the night,” he says. “Cape Town loves nostalgic concerts. Youngsters and songwriters in the music fraternity should come out and see what it takes to create and present a hit song on a stage. It is one thing to write a great song, but it is another thing to perform it and get a standing ovation for that performance.” V The Drifters will be performing at GrandWest’s Grand Arena on Saturday 12 May. Tickets start at R200 and are available through Computicket.
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From sewing in her bedroom to London’s runways TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji Starting off her business in her bedroom, little did a Plumstead resident know that one day she would be showcasing her designs on the London runway. Curve-friendly designer Mel Brookes (37) left for London Fashion Week yesterday (Monday 12 February) and will be showing her designs on Saturday 17 February. She is expected to be back in the country in the first few days of March. Brookes is a mother of two and is originally from Bridgetown. She now stays in Plumstead and has a design studio in Diep River. She says she’s incredibly excited to showcase at London Fashion Week, as being internationally recognised for her work has always been her dream. “It’s been a huge honour. I feel very blessed for this opportunity. To be chosen from a group of so many talented designers is one of the biggest moments of my career thus far. It’s funny that I have never done a show in South Africa, and to get this opportunity overseas is really amazing,” she
Between environments Maitland Institute invites you to the opening of Nicholas Hlobo’s exhibition taking place on Wednesday 14 February. Hlobo will be installing his craft titled Umthamo at 18:00. Organisers say that through robust occupation of space and sensitivity to the convolutions of process and movement, Hlobo’s Umthamo expresses a relish of the interchange between the macro and micro environments. His work will be on display until Saturday 19 May. Visit www.maitlandinstitute.com.
nine years. says. Fresh out The idea beof high came even school, stronger aftBrookes er she had studied psyher son at chology for the age of 26. a year be“I had to fore moving decide beto Ireland tween beauwhere she ty and fashworked in ion. After the retail ingiving birth dustry for I couldn’t get five years. something Visual mer- Mel Brookes getting ready for the show. that really chandising fitted the and putting colours together to create a sto- way I wanted. It was so distressing to go into ry was something that deeply excited her a shop and the only thing you got were during her international stay. straight clothes. I thought, why not make my Armed with inspiration and experience, own clothes that will accommodate my she headed back to South Africa to study curves and also do something for other womfashion design at the Design Academy of en? I was passionate about this because Fashion. when you feel good in your clothes you feel This is where her passion for fashion be- confident and empowered and so my brand gan and she has been doing this for the past was born,” she says.
Brookes adds that the story of her designs is a personal one and that is why she has such a close relationship with her clients. “There have been people that have supported me since I started. They used to come to my bedroom where I worked and I believe from that we become so connected. I have grown from there and am ready for the next step,” she says. Brookes prides herself in designs that are curve friendly and comfortably chic – everyday clothing for women who want to look and feel amazing, yet comfortable. In keeping with the inclusivity of the Mel Brookes brand, Madeline Stuart will be walking in her show. Stuart is a worldwide phenomenon – a powerful advocate for inclusiveness and diversity in modelling. She is recognised as the world’s first professional model with Down syndrome. Despite being in business for so long, Brookes is yet to launch her business officially. The official launch will take place when Brookes returns from London. VTo see more of Brookes’s designs, visit Indhi Design on Facebook
Change, one step at a time NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
group of five Capetonians will be joining an international team to raise funds for young burn victims – by conquering a mountain far from home. The group will be climbing Mount Everest to raise funds for the Avela Foundation, a recently established non-profit organisation that is committed to helping children suffering from burn wounds on their road to physical and emotional recovery. Hoping to raise awareness and much-needed funds for South African burn victims, founder of the Avela Foundation, Cami Palomo, has assembled a dream team to accompany her on a journey to Everest Base Camp. All funds generated will contribute to the refurbishing of the burn ward at Kimberley Hospital in the Northern Cape. Natasha Nicolakakis from Camps Bay, Mosidi Modise from the Silo District, Green Point’s Lanie van Reenen, Roger-Michael Raad from the CBD and Palomo from Camps Bay will be embarking on the climbing expedition to raise around R2m. In collaboration with the Smile Foundation, they will join another seven climbers from around the world and begin their journey to Kathmandu, Nepal, at the end of April. The hike, expected to take nine days, will begin on 2 May. Hoping to crowdfund a total of R2m on donations-based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, the team have begun vigorous training. Palomo completed an Everest Base Camp climb in May last year for another charity
that also helps burn survivors and they raised over $250 000. “This is a huge amount of money so I decided to do the same for Avela in the hopes of raising close to that amount in order to help Kimberley Hospital refurbish their burn ward. Due to the vastness of the South African landscape, it is of utmost importance to also have a state of-the-art paediatric burns unit in the Northern Cape. Currently, there is only one in South Africa – the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town,” she says. It is estimated that 3.2% of the South African population annually sustains serious burn injuries and an astonishing 68% percent of South African children younger than 14 have experienced scalding burns in their short lifetime. The funds raised will also help fund the U-Matter programme, which assists burn survivors as well as their families with much-needed emotional support, Palomo says. “The physical pain of a burn is horrific, but the worry, fear and emotional pain it causes to survivors as well as their families can be just as difficult. The entire family is affected, and emotional support is crucial for recovery. By providing the right psychological support to burn survivors and their families, burn survivors can once again become full, participating and proud members of society.” In November 2016 the Avela Foundation teamed up with the Smile Foundation to donate the first ever R1.5m laser machine to the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital – a machine that has dramatically im-
proved the appearance of scarring in children who have suffered severe burns. Joining forces for a second time, the respective charities aim to once again bring hope to burn victims. The climb will be a way to honour burn survivors “for their courage and resilience and for never giving up”, Palomo says. “Something else that is very important when tackling life’s challenges is family support. For that reason I have decided to take my two kids – Katie (29) and Teddy (26) – with me, as it is the strong bond within and the strength of a family that enables you to endure whatever life throws at you. Taking part in this expedition is also a lesson for all of us in making dreams come true and never giving up.” The team has been training with early morning hikes up Lion’s Head, as well as individual training such as running, boxing, cycling, and climbing lots of stairs. Members of the public can donate funds to the cause, says Palomo, but there is a bigger role they can play: Having greater awareness, tolerance and compassion for the plight of those who suffer the trauma of burns. “Reaching out to those who suffer and seeing beyond the scars will enable burn survivors to once again live a full and joyous life – one without prejudice. We also invite people to come forward to tell us their stories and to become ambassadors for the Avela Foundation.” V For more information, visit www.avelafoundation.com. To donate, visit the team’s Back-a-Buddy page at www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/groups/ everest-for-avela-2018.
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Reach for recovery members inspire victims of cancer.
Help heal little ones NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku
Cancer survivors race to give hope NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku Reach for Recovery (RFR) members based in Mowbray worked up a sweat at the 2018 Lace Up for Cancer race at the Castle of Good Hope over the weekend to give hope to other cancer survivors in the province. Two teams participated in the initiative aimed at commemorating annual World Cancer Day on 2 February. The eight women are all cancer survivors with different stories to tell. They all say they would not miss an opportunity to give hope to other people going through what they have experienced. Carla Lind, chairperson of RFR, explains that they were not just in-
volved in the actual races, but they made sure their message and support were directly given to all who participated. “On Saturday our volunteers did breast cancer awareness at the RFR stand where pamphlets and pink ribbons were handed out. They also gave practical and emotional support to participants fetching their race numbers and multicoloured laces who have suffered from breast cancer,” she says. Volunteer Dee Jacobs says that her journey with cancer began 30 years ago, when there were too many stigmas associated to it and was very difficult to get support. She says she too has lost loved ones to cancer, hence she could not miss out the opportunity to give her sup-
port to those in need. “There is also a stigma attached to cancer like with HIV/Aids. In some communities you would get ostracised,” she says. She says initiatives like these provide a platform for networking and knowledge sharing among survivors and their family and friends. Another survivor, Sue Gie, gives some words of support to all those affected by cancer: “My message to others who may have just received this diagnosis or to those who have a loved one or friend on this journey is, life is precious and each day is new. Do not give up. Find a friend or help in one of the numerous groups and organisations that will meet your needs out there.”
ig deep into your pockets and help children heal with dignity at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch. The children’s hospital trust is on a mission to raise R13m for the upgrade of the Haematology Oncology Unit and to do so, the trust must raise another R7m before September. According to the trust, the hospital needs a new modernised unit to suit the needs of the patients and allow for the effective functioning of the staff. Fundraising manager, Chantel Cooper, says cancer is a very sensitive issue for children, and the staff at the hospital understand the importance of creating a comfortable environment for them. She says that when the hospital tabled a proposal for the unit, the trust committed to raising funds. Explaining the current status of the unit, Cooper says: “There is an inadequate bathroom facility given the massive burden of infection. There is also inadequate space for the unit social worker as she is currently not able to provide confidential sup-
port to families and caregivers in a comfortable space, and the absence of a dedicated administrative space for clinical research.” Cooper says they have been using different approaches when it comes to fundraising, including digital platforms, individual donors and companies. “We have been receiving a positive response since we started with this eight months ago. We strongly feel that if our communities and local businesses also get involved, we can reach out target and have the project start later this year.” She says the upgrade will be divided into three phases to ensure that services are not disrupted. “This proposed upgrade and development of identified areas will ensure that patients receive the life-saving care and the second chance they need sooner and in the best possible conditions, ultimately improving their chances of recovery. “Families will benefit from the optimal levels of care delivered to their children and from the integration of a dedicated counselling room to help them deal with the trauma their family is experiencing,” says Cooper.
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Save water and the environment NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain Being a water hero means keeping the entire environment in mind. Two Oceans Aquarium spokesperson, Renée Leeuwner, says that while there may be the temptation for Capetonians to turn to bottled water during the drought, they need to bear in mind the implications plastic has on marine life. Bottled water has been flying off the shelves to an extent that shops are limiting the number of bottls one can purchase. “Up to 80% of the plastic currently found in the ocean originates on land. Plastic doesn’t break down and then become part of the environment again – it actually
breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces,” she explains. “These pieces not only pollute our oceans and add to the plastic soup found in the ocean gyres, the pieces are also mistaken for food by animals of all sizes, including plankton. Therefore, plastic is polluting the environment and also becoming part of the food chain. Considering that plastic is a petroleum-based product, the chemicals that are leached are also dangerous to the environment and its organisms.” So using bottled water, while reducing the demand on dams, poses the risk of doing more environmental damage. “More plastic bottles mean more plastic pollution. Our landfills are already filled to capacity and recycling isn’t always done.
Every piece of plastic ever produced still exists. All of these plastic bottles will still be around for a very long time,” says Leeuwner.Instead of resorting to bottled water, Leeuwner suggests taking your lead from the aquarium when it comes to saving water. “We have active and continued water metering and the results are displayed at our visitor services desk. “This way we know when and where we are using water. We have switched off most of the taps in the public bathrooms and have placed hand sanitiser in these bathrooms. We have switched the hot water off in our diver showers to encourage shorter showers to save water and we are harvesting rainwater and using that to clean wet-
suits and other dive gear.” The aquarium is also harvesting aircon condensation to wash floors and water their garden, Leeuwner says. “We are harvesting shower water to flush our staff toilets and have applied signage in public toilets to urge people to reduce their water consumption and to flush less. We are urging our staff to not let any water go down the drain and where possible collect all greywater for reuse.” The key to avoiding excessive water use and increased plastic use lies in determining what your water usage is. “Once you know this, you can easily improve,” she says. V The aquarium is also issuing their visitors with the challenge of saving water, with tips and ideas at www.aquarium.co.za/blog/entry/watershedwednesday-ideas-challenges-and-how-we-feelabout-lifestyle-changes.
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‘Do not panic over water crisis’ NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku
top panicking about Day Zero and find ways to avoid it while still enjoying your lifestyle,” says Marguerite du Plooy from Pinelands after successfully saving her pool. With many storing up drinking water as the drought persists in Cape Town, she says her family was not just worried about drinking water, but the whole change in lifestyle involved in not being able to use their swimming pool. Her family is fond of an evening dip in the pool after a scorching day with the high temperatures currently being experienced in the province. So after giving it some thought and doing a little research, she discovered that the pool could bypass the municipal water system and be connected to a rainwater tank, using very little water, and still continue to work even when it reaches low levels. “Basically it is just giving people with pools a chance to use them for longer. Once the water drops below the skimmer box, a Creepy-Crawly won’t work and the pool will turn green. These pipes [to the rainwater tank] basically allow the Creepy-Crawly to continue to work and then we have use of our pool for longer,” explains Du Plooy.
She says that since the bypass she has noticed a change in the amount of water used in the pool. She says that in order to defeat Day Zero, people need to come up with creative ideas and keep positive minds. “All we need to do is to use as little water as possible, recycle our water and avoid unnecessary usage.” She says although owning a pool sounds
Marguerite du Plooy has found ways to keep her pool running during the water crisis.
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Your pool can aid in saving What should I do with my swimming pool? This topic has resulted in many heated debates on social media as Capetonians try to save every drop to fend of Day Zero. While many have decided to drain and take out their pools, others have come up with interesting uses – like converting it into a pond – and (dare I say it) ideas to keep their pools swimmable throughout the summer without having to use the municipal water supply. The latter is very often met by backlash from (often very rude, judgemental) people that feel keeping your pool full is simply irresponsible. But how irresponsible is it really? If
like a luxury, for her family it is a way to come together and bond. She encourages other families to try bypassing the municipal water system. She says it cost her R1500 to do everything and she is positive her family will be safe in the event of Day Zero, as they will use their pool water to flush their toilets and for other chores requiring recycled water.
you have found a way for your pool to aid in your water savings, then why not maintain it in a responsible manner? I’m a mother of two boys, who between karate and cricket on these hot summer days definitely need a shower or bath at the end of every weekday. To save water our swimming pool has become the “bath” of choice on most days, with the shower taps only being opened on hair-wash days. And before you judge, I have not used a single drop of tap water since December 2016 to keep the pool full enough to maintain. Instead, I invested in an excellent (still affordable) solar cover – that both heats the
water and keeps evaporation to a minimum – and have connected pipes to all my gutters, that lead into the swimming pool. While others are filling up tanks to keep their gardens green, the little rain we’ve had has been just sufficient to help me maintain my pool. I’ve never had green fingers in any case, so my garden just has to do fend for itself. Swim time has been limited to late afternoon – usually only after 17:00 – to further reduce evaporation. Splashing is of course not allowed, and when you get out you find the driest patch of grass for water still dripping from your wet bathing suit. Even the water used for backwashing gets recycled back into the pool after a few days, so not a single drop goes to waste. And if Day Zero does arrive, at least we’ll have a pool to “bath” in. – Cecilia Hume
Car club teaches water savings tips AISHAH CASSIEM @aishah_cassiem Members of a Grassy Park car club took to the streets on Sunday morning with the aim of raising awareness around the current water crisis in Cape Town. Aircooled Fanatics gathered behind China Town in Ottery to kick start their breakfast run, revving their engines with various awareness slogans at hand. Sugen Chetty, the founder of Aircooled
Fanatics, says the group consisting of only air-cooled Volkswagens drove through the City to spread their message as a reminder to locals who often forget to save water. “We drove from Ottery to the CBD and from there to Muizenberg, handing out bottled water and educating individuals on why we should not waste or abuse water. We wanted to show people that we as a car club also care about the current crisis, and we attached messages to our vehicles to send out a positive message,” he says.
“All our cars are older model VWs like Beetles with air-cooled engines, therefore these cars do not need water. This was another way for us to spread awareness from our side. I started the group five years ago in Durban and will continue raising awareness in all communities, both rich and poor. This is not our first and last drive – we plan to have more shortly. The water crisis is real and it is our duty to educate those who do not know much.” V Email email@example.com.
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Springs to be tested for water quality NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
ore springs will be tested as residents look to other water sources. However, despite confirming the testing, the City of Cape Town will not release a list of the springs that are being sampled for testing. Last week, the City announced in a statement that its Health Department is increasing the list of springs designated for sampling amid “the growing popularity of this water source”. Springs and water streams do not form part of the City’s water reticulation system and are not monitored and controlled for drinking water standards, explains Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith“Until now, only 10 springs, located among residential areas, have been sampled once a month, but more sites are being added to the list. However, the testing only includes microbiological tests for disease-forming agents such as E. coli and coliforms.” However, when People’s Post requested a
list of the springs being tested and those that will be added, Smith responded: “The City would prefer not to identify the springs that are sampled, as it may wrongly create impressions about the water quality at these springs.”The initiative is “one of several key interventions to safeguard the public in a time of increased reliance on alternative water sources” such as springs, boreholes and well-points and greywater, says Smith, but the only source of safe drinking water remains the municipal water provided through the City’s reticulation system.“The bottom line is that any spring water should not be used for drinking purposes and that it should actually be boiled or sanitised before using it for cleaning. We always emphasise that the only water that the City can guarantee is safe for drinking is the potable tap water from the municipal reticulation system, and none of the other water sources such as springs, boreholes or other surface waters are safe for drinking,” he says. “Many people indicate that they have been drinking spring water without any adverse
health impact. While this may be the case, it must be understood that as the City does not control the quality of the water that comes from the spring, it cannot be guaranteed as safe.“The potable water sample points in the reticulation system are sampled fortnightly and the results are measured against the SANS 241 standard for drinking water. The samples taken at the springs are also only analysed from a microbiological quality point and no chemical compositional analyses are carried out.”Borehole water is not suitable for drinking or cooking either, Smith says, and the City advises against connecting a borehole water tank to the plumbing system in the home, as it could result in a backflow that risks contaminating the City’s drinking water system. “Residents are therefore advised to limit the use of borehole water to bucket flushing of toilets, and to restrict its use for the cleaning of outside work surfaces and garden irrigation, within the prescribed guidelines of level 6B water restrictions, to an hour a day on Tuesdays and Saturdays,”
says Smith.“It is a fact that up to 80% of water used in the home can be recycled for other purposes like flushing toilets, cleaning outside areas and even laundry, depending on its original use. We commend the residents and businesses who are thinking out of the box to stretch their water supply, but encourage them to do so safely and not put their health and that of their loved ones or employees at risk.” Residents are also reminded that stored drinking water should be handled with care, as it can easily grow bacteria and algae and pose a health risk. Water quality starts declining after three days, depending on storage conditions and container quality, and residents are advised to: . Use clean and sturdy containers of good quality with screw-closing tops. . Get a container that has a tap fitted. . Mark the containers ‘For drinking water only’. . Store the containers in a cool dark place. . Rinse and sanitise the containers and taps once a week, using unperfumed household bleach.
Tuesday 13 February V Newlands: The Historical Society of Cape Town will host a talk by June McKinnon at the Athenaeum, 154 Campground Road, at 20:00. She will talk about the 17th and early 18th centuries at the Cape settlement. Entry is R20 for non-members. Call Liz on 021 671 4553. Tuesday 20 February V Pinelands: The Heart and Stroke Foundation will hold its Mended Hearts meeting at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital at 20:30. Karen Hayward will talk about the topic “walls come down”, an inspirational story of hope and perseverance. Everyone is welcome. Thursday 22 February V Rondebosch: Cape Town U3A will host a talk by Clem Sunter at the Baxter Theatre at 09:30 for 10:30. For more information, call 021 531 5604. Friday 23 and Sunday 25 February V Newlands: The Cape Natural History Club will host a talk by Elsabé Brits, an award-winning South African journalist and author. She will talk about Emily Hobhouse at the Athenaeum Hall in Boundary Road on Friday at 19:30. Entry is R20. On Sunday they will visit Somerset Hospital Museum in Green Point at 10:00 to commemorate its history. The group will meet in Portswood Road at the Medical Museum. Entry is R5 per person and booking is essential. Tuesday 27 February V Mowbray: The Egyptian Society of South Africa will hold their next talk at St George’s Grammar School in Richmond Road at 19:30. Guest speaker Dr Shadreck Chirikure, associate professor in the Department of Archaeology at UCT, will talk about “metals in ancient Egypt”. Entry is free for members and is R25 for visitors. Booking is not necessary. For more information, call 021 557 5082. Saturday 3 March V Kenilworth: A free talk on Deaf Culture and Sign Language will be held at Callow House in Richmond Road 10:00 to 11:30. For more information, contact June Bothma via SMS or WhatsApp only on 083 448 1837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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he streets around the Turfhall Sports Complex in Athlone were abuzz on Saturday morning with over 3000 walkers and runners taking part in the annual race of the Topform Athletics Club. The league race is a favourite among the club runners, as the fast and flat route is the ideal taper-down exercise in preparation for the Peninsula Marathon which happens on Sunday. Topform AC was the perfect host on the day, with the friendly marshals and club officials going the extra mile to keep all the participants happy. “We as a club are grateful for the support we received, as the number of participants are up from last year. Rain was predicted, which never happened, so I guess it was the only disappointment on the day” says spokesperson Ameen Stemmet. Nkosiyethu Sotyantya of Multisport AC (31:07) beat his nearest rival in Carlo Flink of Itheko AC (31:13) in a sprint finish for the title. The ladies’ race went according to form, with Zintile Xiniwe of KPMG AC (36:56) adding another victory to her name.
Last participant over the finish line, Morne Adams from Retreat, being escorted by the Topform marshals.PHOTOS: RASHIED ISAACS
Lynette Shaw from Walmer Estate at the start of the race.
Mtombi Mdawe shows her delight after finishing the 10km walk.
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Santos crush Zizwe United in Lansdowne ANDRÉ CRUYWAGEN Santos crushed Zizwe United 4-0 in an ABC Motsepe Safa provincial encounter played at Lansdowne on Saturday. Santos kept up the pressure to ensure that their visiting counterparts struggled to regain their composure. Santos, which is a club in transition after their dramatic fall from grace, used their home turf advantage to assert their dominance in the ball possession stakes. Wade Crowie, vice-skipper for Santos and son of former Bafana Bafana midfielder Duncan Crowie, proved yet again the quality of the rich and famous legacy of the Crowie clan. Crowie was instrumental with the ball at his feet and spurred his team to a magnificent triumph. With this performance, the 26-year-old Crowie also signalled a clear indication towards potential higher honours, should his service be required. Servue de Wee, Shaun Sopic and Darren Omaticus, along with Crowie, rubbed salt into a wounded visiting team with their goals. SAB League Junction Rovers gained a valuable log point against Greenwood Athletic in a 2-2 draw on Heideveld sports fields on Saturday in an SAB Safa Cape Town fixture. Rovers, with the home crowd on their side, fought hard to secure their league position at the top of the standings.
Modau Jatoo of Santos used an extraordinary method to stop a cross from reaching Zizwe United’s Andile Skelenge, who had anticipated a scoring chance from close range during a ABC Motsepe League game played in Lansdowne on Saturday. Santos won 4-0.PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
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Saadiqa Atar of Athlone finishing her first 5km.
Day Zero for baseball SEAN CAMPBELL It is with great sadness that the Baseball Association of Western Province has informed its members of the suspension of all official and friendly fixtures with immediate effect. As a result, no fixtures were able to take place this past weekend. After a series of meetings between the baseball management committee, baseball clubs and the City of Cape Town, the Western Province executive made its decision. Leon Fester, vice-president of WP baseball, says the decision is purely based on saving what the association currently has in terms of the condition of the fields, and assisting in pushing back Day Zero. “Should we continue playing, our fields will be worse off than they currently are and the City’s rehabilitation process would be further hampered and many more fields would require reseeding, which would need about three years to develop correctly,” he says. A task team has been established to investigate options for games to resume and to present these to the City. The City has committed to assisting baseball in sourcing alternative venues for the preparation of teams selected to represent the Western Province at the National Baseball Championships in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of March.
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he Discovery Get Active weekend took place on Saturday and Sunday, bringing together elite athletes and sports enthusiasts alike to experience an exciting weekend of swimming, cycling and running in the scenic Mother City. Local favourite Richard Murray won the elite men’s section, while the women’s race was won by Vicky Holland of Great Britain. This year, seven visually impaired athletes and their guides took part in the Discovery Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. The event promotes inclusivity, with visually impaired athletes facilitated through a two-person team entry. The athlete and his or her guide are tethered for the run and swim segments of the race, and the cycling is completed using a tandem bicycle. “Team Tandemonium” was made Gavin Kilpatrick (from Claremont), and Constantia’s Michael Harris as his guide. Harris (41), and Kilpatrick (36), who suffers from a rare sight condition known as Stargardt’s disease, which results in the steady degeneration of one’s central vision, challenge the notion that extreme sporting events are impossible for the visually impaired. The duo placed third in a time of 1:11mins. Kilpatrick suffers from a rare sight condition known “This was the perfect platform to show-
case visually impaired triathletes in competition, and provided opportunity for Michael and I to get race experience at a large scale event. “We were both able to gather valuable insights to inform our preparations for the 2018 National Championships in March, where we hope to close the gap on David and his partner,” said Kilpatrick of their achievement. David Jones (visually impaired) and Conrad Stoltz (his guide) were the first mens’ team across the line in 1:07mins. The Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town is one of 18 events on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) calendar, and the only one taking place on African soil. Through the inclusion of a duathlon, and various race distances, it caters for high-performance athletes, weekend warriors and novices alike, with the duathlon event offering those interested in a multisport event the chance to experience the run-cycle-run format.
Gavin Kilpatrick from Claremont (left) and Michael Harris from Constantia.
Bailey new Safa CT president ANDRÉ CRUYWAGEN Bennett Bailey has been elected as the new Safa Cape Town president after elections were held at their AGM on Sunday. Bailey won by a majority vote and spoke with authority to his subjects in his winning speech, rallying his executive with words of affirmation and a new beginning in the province. “Our core business is football and now
Safa Cape Town elected a new executive at their AGM on Sunday. They are (from left): Nomonde Ndyoko, Andrew Bothman, Elton Lotriet, Wayne Weitz, Linda Pistoli and Bennett Bailey. PHOTO: ANDRÉ CRUYWAGEN
it’s time to lead it forward,” said Bailey, who has been elected to run his term until 2021. He attributed his success to the outgoing president, Norman Arendse, who stabilised the ship and made a major contribution towards the game. Safa has made history with its revised constitution, which stipulates that the presidency must be shared with three vicepresidents, with a compulsory post to be occupied by a woman. The new executive consists of Bailey (president), Linda Pistoli (vice-president), Nomonde Ndyoko (vice-president), Andrew Bothman (vice-president), Elton Lotriet (general secretary) and Wayne Weitz (treasurer).