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he Hout Bay Community Policing Forum (CPF) is requesting guesthouse and bed-and-breakfast owners to inform their visitors, especially foreigners, about safety concerns in the area. Toby Adams, CPF chairperson, says many cases have been reported of visitors falling victim to crime. “We are greatly concerned about people walking in the harbour or beach area after dark. Victims are robbed for their belongings and are sometimes even attacked violently. Visitors are not fully informed that it is not safe to walk in a deserted or badly lit area, for example small alleyways on the way to the beach and beach area, as they are vulnerable to being mugged. Valuables

should not be visible or carried in public places,” he says. Following a post about owners of such establishments informing visitors about the dangers, some owners expressed reluctance to convey the message to visitors, saying it would cause panic and prevent people from visiting the area. But Adams says it has to be done. “What can we do? It has to be done. Should we just keep quiet? We are saying it is better to be safe than sorry. I suggest we put it out there. We have noticed that most visitors are dropped at restaurants or beaches by car but would prefer to walk back at night. Don’t walk back, call an Uber. We all need to be safe and tell our visitors to do the same,” says Adams. To ensure safety, the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch (HBNW) has compiled a bro-

chure containing comprehensive information on safety and the do’s and don’ts in the area. “This this readily available for guesthouse and B&B owners to give to their visitors. It’s not anything new. I remember years back when I was in Miami Beach, I was given a document that told me things to do and what not to do to be safe. So it’s not like this is something new. It can go a long way in addressing the problems we have. We just have to be safe. Despite this concern, Hout Bay remains perfectly safe and crime is steady,” says Adams. Doreen Malan, HBNW media liaison, says this year the crime figures as reported to Watchcon for January and February are the lowest since 2012 when they first started collating this information. V Continued on page 4.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 13 March 2018

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domestic and community-related violence, crime and dysfunction.” Those attending the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party, taking place at Kelvin Grove Club on Thursday 19 April, are encouraged to bring a book for children aged between eight and 10. “The guests will be bringing books that will be used to supply a new literacy centre at a new school in 2019. “We will also use the books in our current literacy centres so that the children have new, exciting books to enjoy. Any funds that may be donated will be used to support our literacy centres. This will go a long way in running our pro-

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he LifeMatters Foundation (LMF) based in Meadowridge is an educational non-profit organisation providing both academic and psychosocial support to underprivileged primary school learners in the southern suburbs. Established in 2002 by Meadowridge Baptist Church (now Connect Church) to serve the youth of the greater Constantiaberg area, the organisation has been spreading its wings. Now working with schools in Retreat, Steenberg, Westlake and Vrygrond, their holistic intervention includes two separate portfolios, namely the LifeSkills Portfolio and the Academic Portfolio. The objective of both portfolios is to equip children with the skills they need to stay in school. LMF relies on donations and they are the chosen beneficiary of the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party being hosted by People’s Post in partnership with Spec-Savers. The aim of this event is to raise awareness and collect much-needed books for the foundation. Alnere Turck, executive director of The LifeMatters Foundation, says they address challenges such as inequality and pervasive academic underachievement through the Academic Portfolio. “The challenges addressed through our LifeSkills Programme are drug and alcohol abuse, gangs,

grammes,” says Turck. Last year, LMF launched a numeracy programme at Lourier Primary School in Retreat and it is doing well. “The numeracy programme is in the first year of our initial two-year cycle and it is going very well. We are running the programme at two schools (Lourier and Capricorn primary schools) and currently more than 40 Grade 2 learners are receiving maths support twice a week. In 2019, we will continue working with the same learners and add the new Grade 2 learners that need support,” says Turck VFor more information on The LifeMatters Foundation or to help call 021 712 0383 or email alnere@­lifemattersfoundation.org,

Ladies, flaunt your best frock and join People’s Post in partnership with Spec-Savers, for a morning of fun, fashion, beauty and a delicious high tea in aid of The LifeMatters Foundation­. The Perfectly Posh High Tea party will feature fashion by Ruff Tung and Danielle Margaux, stylish shades by Spec-Savers, the latest make-up trends by Cosmetix, and more. The event will also feature Cathy Steed, once director of fashion at Glamour Magazine and who now heads up her own PR agency that represents various fashion brands, as a guest speaker; Russel Fox Magician Insane; and Nancy Richards, presenter of SAfm Literature, as MC. Book your tickets and remember to bring an age-appropriate book (ages 8-10), or buy one at the Topline Books stand at the event, to aid The LifeMatters Foundation in its literacy

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 13 March 2018

CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL

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f Franco Pascoe’s life story could be told through a carnival float, it would be this year’s “Catterfly” which represents the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The float represents the transformation Pascoe has undergone since joining the carnival five years ago. He was left without a job after the retail shop he worked in closed and he was introduced to the carnival workshop by a friend. His limited woodworking skills – which he had used to install kitchen cabinets previously – saw him put to work on constructing the floats that accompany dancers on the fanwalk. It was here, while learning about differ-

Franco Pascoe works on one of the floats. PHOTOS: NICOLE MCCAIN

ent woodworking tools and types of wood, along with welding, that Pascoe found a new lease on life. “I was a totally different guy [back then]. I’ve found my passion.” The team behind The Cape Town Carnival has been working tirelessly for close to a year to bring the 2018 edition of this beloved annual event to life. Featuring close to 1700 dancing, singing and instrument-playing performers and magnificently designed and fantastically intricate floats, all around the theme “Mother City, Mother Nature”, this year’s carnival will kick off at 19:00 on Saturday 17 March. But float building is hard work. Each one has to be structurally strong enough to safely carry dancers and has to be disassembled to be transported to the carnival route. The floats are then reassembled on site on the day of the carnival – something that means Pascoe and his team are not able to watch all their hard work go on parade. “We’re still working on the day of the carnival, but that just means we’re the first ones to see the floats,” he says. It’s not just the nuts, bolts, woodworking and welding that make the carnival floats spectacular, Pascoe insists: It’s the narrative that each float tells. “This year’s theme has struck a deep connection with me and has made a change in my life. The floats tell stories and this year, one of those stories is the importance of nature.” This is perhaps why the “Catterfly” float speaks so much to Pascoe. “It’s the story of a caterpillar and a butterfly. It shows you can turn into anything you want. It’s the story of me.” Pascoe is an example of one of the major benefits of the Cape Town Carnival: The

Each float tells a story under this year’s theme of “Mother City, Mother Nature”.

skills development that takes place among the participants and production crews. Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival, says: “Since many of the job opportunities created by the Cape Town Carnival are seasonal and or contract work, many employees go on to work in other industries, using skills developed while building floats or sewing costumes for the Cape Town Carnival.” And to Pascoe, every day on the job is a joy. “We don’t work here. We have fun. When you see the floats, remember: We aim to make you happy, to see you smile and laugh, but don’t forget the story behind what you see,”he says.

FROM PAGE 1 “Having said that, we can see that incidents of individual crime like muggings and so on are still high, continuing a trend which started in October last year when we recorded the highest number of this type of incident in many years. The problem areas continue to be the harbour area, the beach and Sandy Bay and the times are usually around late afternoon and evening. “ATM fraud (card skimming) is an ongoing concern and people need to be very careful when someone approaches them at an ATM,” she says.

Do not: . Wander around with high-value cameras, jewellery and expensive brand-name backpacks and bags. . Swim in the river or in the ocean near the river mouth. Due to the drought causing low water flow, the water contains high levels of toxic bacteria which will cause gastroenteritis­. . Discuss your plans, like going for a hike, in front of strangers. . Enter less privileged areas unless you are part of a formal tour group. . Leave valuables in sight on car seats in unattended cars. Do: . Keep passports and credit cards in a separate pocket or belt. Leave unimportant cards with R200 to R300 in your wallet. . Tell your host (or someone similar) where you are going and when you expect to be back. Give them your phone number. If you do not return in time, they can call you. If you don’t answer the call, they will understand that there may be a problem and can take steps. . If confronted: stay calm, avoid escalating the situation, and comply with demands. . Keep your bags close and your valuables in your pockets. . When putting your bag aside in public places, link the bag strap around your chair or table leg – or even around your own leg – so it can’t be slid away from you by someone standing or passing nearby. VHBNW operates a local emergency response centre called HBNWatchcon. Call 021 790 9333 should you experience any problems.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 13 March 2018

CONSTANTIA

Local accused of murdering wife TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji

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aving been married for 30 years, a Constantia man stands accused of murdering his wife. The 57-year-old father of two, who is a general manager, was arrested at his home in Constantia by Diep River police after his wife had been missing for a week. He is facing charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice. His wife, Gill Packham, disappeared on Thursday 22 February. She allegedly left home for work at Springfield Convent School at around 07:00 but never arrived at work. Her car, a greenish

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should the family agree. He has to hand over any travel documents issued to him. He may not leave the province and may not come within 1 km of any international port of entry. He is requested by the State to report every Monday and Friday to the commanding officer of the Community Service Centre at Diep River Police Station between 08:00 and 20:00 In Robin’s affidavit, read out by his attorney, Ben Matthewson, he said that it was in the interest of justice that he be granted bail. The couple has two daughters, one aged 27 who is a teacher and engaged to be married, and the other aged 25 who graduated last year from Stellenbosch University. “My children need me especially at this

difficult time. Being in jail will mean that they have lost both their mother and father. I need my children as much as they need me. I’m still responsible for my daughter and she needs my help to secure employment. I’m on chronic medication and being imprisoned will see my health deteriorate and I can lose employment. I don’t object that my passport be held,” the affidavit read. The case has been postponed to Tuesday 8 May for further investigation. An identity parade still needs to be held, a forensic analysis of the crime scene still needs to be done, information must be gathered from cellphones and the alibi of the accused must be obtained, and the State says it still needs more time to do this.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 13 March 2018

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ergvliet Primary School has picked up the baton on recycling and it is not looking back. The school has shown a significant increase in the recyclable items they are collecting and numbers don’t lie – the school seems unstoppable. The school’s collection rate increased from 9.7 tons in 2015 and 14.7 tons in 2016, to more than 32 tons in 2017 and they are showing no signs of slowing down. Building on the success of its School Recycling Competition around the country, Mpact Recycling recently honoured schools that have exhibited the greatest commitment to the initiative. These schools have increased their paper recycling figures significantly every year, and Bergvliet Primary was one of them.

Mpact Recycling communications manager, Donna-Mari Noble, says the competition, which runs from February to September every year, encourages nursery schools, primary schools and high schools to collect as much recyclable paper and packaging as possible. The programme runs in Cape Town, Gauteng, Pretoria, Midrand, Durban and Richards Bay. “The schools are paid per ton collected, which they can then use to fund various school initiatives such as creating vegetable gardens, painting classrooms or buying books. These schools not only outperformed other schools in their districts, but increased their tonnage consistently over the years,” says Noble. Mpact Recycling congratulates all the schools that took part in the

recycling programme across South Africa. “We would like to see more schools join the programme. “To those who are already part of the programme, please continue to grow your tonnages and help make South Africa a cleaner and healthier place to live,” concludes Noble. Paper and packaging that can be recycled through the school recycling programme includes old memos/letters, cereal boxes, soap boxes, printed paper, photocopying paper, newspapers, magazines, old telephone directories and books, school books, junk mail, catalogues, envelopes, and milk and juice cartons (Tetra Pak). VTo take part in this project, visit Mpact Recycling’s website at www.mpactrecycling.co.za for more information.

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is R80. There will be no sales of secondhand clothing. Call Bridget on 082 777 0767. Friday 23 March Tuesday 13 March V Tokai: The Friends of Tokai Park will hold an annual meeting followed by an insightful talk on the Chacma baboons of the Cape by Professor Justin O’Riain. Meet at 19:00 at the Tokai Library. Refreshments will be served. Call Margaret on 021 762 3170. Saturday 17 March V Constantia: South African Riding for the Disabled Association (Sarda) will hold its monthly car boot sale from 09:00 to 12:00 at the Sarda Centre, Brommersvlei Road. Entry for buyers is free and entry for traders

V Newlands:The Cape Natural History Club will be hosting a talk by Professor Mike Bruton titled “Awesome South African Inventions” at the Athenaeum Hall at 19:30. Entry is R20. Following the success of his 2010 book, Great South African Inventions, published by Cambridge University Press, Bruton has written a more comprehensive book on this topic titled What a Great Idea! Awesome South African Inventions, in which he discusses over 660 inventions by more than 300 South African inventors, as well as many innovative concepts. For more information, contact Douglas Anderson at djandersonza@gmail.com or on 078 751 0159, or Sheila Lewis on 021 782 1620, or visit www.capenaturalhistoryclub.co.za.

Enter HPCA tournament The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) will be launching an inaugural football tournament at the Hellenic football field in Green Point on Saturday 24 March. Proceeds raised at the 16-team, five-a-side event will go towards supporting their cause. “As the national charity for hospice care, HPCA champions and supports the work of more than 108 member organisations, which provide hospice care to around 120 000 people across South Africa each year. World TB Day is on 24 March and many of the member hospices treat TB patients, thus the funds raised from this tournament will go towards the continuation of this vital service,” says communications manager Fatima Allie. A grand prize of R5000 is on offer for the tournament, which is limited to 16 teams. Tickets can be bought at Webtickets or instore at selected Pick n Pay stores. V Email shaun@hpca.co.za or call 021 531 0277 for more.

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From left are Tougeeda Arendse, Fezeka Mkrola-Podane from Pick n Pay Kenilworth and Tina Peterson, Parkhaven Old Age Home centre manager, with Adelaide Jonhson who turned 105 years old last Saturday. This was a day of celebration as Johnson’s fellow residents, friends and family gathered to celebrate her life. Mkrola-Podane made sure there was a large cake and some nice things to eat to mark this milestone­.

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Take positive action I was very heartened to read the article by Nomazamo Yuku (“No one to go dry with local water warriors”) in People’s Post, Constantia and Wynberg on Tuesday 20 February. There are so many complaints about the water situation and so many negative comments about those handling the issues, that I have taken to turning off my radio and avoiding reading newspaper and magazine letters and articles. Plenty of errors have been made to be sure, but griping from the sidelines plays no part in solving or relieving the crisis.

The group mentioned in this article have taken positive action to respond, planning to help the vulnerable, engaging with business owners and others, coordinating community planning. The simple assumption that the 45% who are still above target are struggling to save water, rather than berating them for their non-compliance is refreshing. Thank you Tauriq Jenkins, the Observatory Civic Association and other bodies involved. Well done for taking action. LINDA HENDERSON Plumstead

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I would like to let the people of Cape Town know of my experience at Groote Schuur Hospital. I had a date for Sunday 18 March for hysterectomy surgery but was privileged to have my date brought forward due to a cancellation for Sunday 4 February. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the brilliant doctors and all staff of Groote Schuur Hospital for the amazing work they are doing and their kindness and compassion. I was admitted on 4 February and had

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ore than 20 years after apartheid, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world, according to the Oxfam Report on Global Inequality. The wealthiest 10% earn 50% of the country’s income, while 50% of the population collectively earn only 12%. Against this backdrop of disparity, the Community Chest has been working for 90 years to divert precious resources from the haves to the have-nots in a manner that will effect lasting change. While commemorating this milestone, Community Chest is taking a look at how far it has come for inspiration for the worthy work that will comprise its future. The 1920s were a time of rampant and growing inequality in South Africa, and heeding a call to address the plight of less fortunate communities in the area, in 1928 the Rotary Club of Cape Town established the Community Chest. In its formative years, the organisation thrived under the careful guidance of two men known for their exemplary moral character. The first elected chairperson, Sir Walter Stanford – a staunch proponent of equality – was followed by Sydney Lavis, the coadjutor bishop of Cape Town. Under Lavis’ leadership the organisation was instrumental in the delivery of vital funds to 24 welfare organisations, despite the financial strain that accompanied the Second World War. Lorenzo Davids, Community Chest CEO says: “The financial woes of the Second World War forced many charities to close their doors. However, prompted by then prime minister General Jan Smuts, the public redirected donations to the Community Chest so we could ensure funding went to those who needed it most.” Later on, dedicated leaders such as Robert Blake, Roger Hulley and Amelia Jones continued to carve out an important role for the organisation in the philanthropic world. During its 90 years the Community Chest has been behind some of Cape Town’s most iconic events. In 1951, a theatrical Garden Party was held in De Waal Park. This was later moved to Maynardville and grew into the popular Community Chest Carnival, a celebration of culture and cuisine for 65 years. In 1983, the Twilight Run was launched by former Springbok, Dave Stewart. Now, 35 years later, the run still attracts thousands of participants to Cape Town’s Grand Parade each year. In 1990 the organisation introduced the country’s first scratch-card, the Community Chest Challenge, a move which boosted their annual fundraising target to R10m. “Strategic partnerships have played a huge role in our success, allowing us to play a more active role in improving the lives of many,” adds Davids. This includes helping to provide refuge to children from troubled backgrounds, regardless of their colour or creed, since 1958 – through a lifelong partnership with Leliebloem House. Then in 1985, key partnerships played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Helderberg Hospice for the terminally ill. Now, 33 years later, the thriving hospice provides support to some of the most vulnerable members of our society, “Recently, we have begun redefining what impactful philanthropy is, so through targeted donor funding, we can maximise our ability to achieve this,” says Davids. “The Community Chest was established out of a desire to nurture a country that is prosperous at all levels. To this day, we are instrumental in fostering hope, prosperity, freedom and democracy by ensuring that money is invested to the most worthy of causes,” concludes Davids. Since its beginnings, the organisation has grown exponentially. Now it employs 32 dedicated staff members who are instrumental in securing R60m in donor funding to support over 200 organisations.


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estern Cape health minister, Doctor Nomafrench Mbombo, was at Wynberg taxi rank for a Listeriosis Awareness Drive on Friday. Listeriosis is a disease caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. This bacterium is widely found in soil, water and contaminated animal products, fruits and vegetables. Mbombo engaged with taxi commuters and vendors at the rank to create awareness

and prevent further infections. The Western Cape has 115 confirmed cases reported to the Provincial Communicable Disease Centre for 2017/2018. Of these, 88 are from various areas within the Cape Metro, and 29 deaths have been reported. During her walkabout, Mbombo said the visit highlighted that everyone needs to be aware of this pandemic and how serious it is. The disease has vague symptoms which may include fever, tiredness, body aches and sometimes nausea or diarrhoea. Most vulnerable are pregnant women, those over 65 years of age, and those with a weak or com-

promised immune system. Mbombo says people must not take these symptoms lightly. “If you feel any of the above, please rush off to the clinic immediately. Don’t take anything lightly. We are also urging people around here who sell food to ensure that they wash their hands and maintain a clean work area so that we stop the spread of the disease. We want everyone to be careful,” she said. Following the announcement that the source of the listeriosis outbreak has been identified, the City of Cape Town’s environ-

mental health practitioners said they will assist with the recall of products. Investigations have identified the Enterprise production plant in Polokwane as the source. The Enterprise processing plant in Gauteng and the Rainbow Chickens processing plant in Sasolburg have not been definitively implicated. Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith, said in a statement that the City’s environmental health practitioners will visit smaller outlets to establish if they are aware of the recall and to record volumes of products being kept on site.

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Cup dream alive for Ubuntu L

ocal National First Division club Ubuntu Cape Town caused a major stir in the Nedbank Cup on Friday night when they upstaged their PSL counterparts AmaZulu 3-2 in Durban. The rookies, who bought over the NFC franchise status from FC Cape Town late last year, got off to a dream start when Clinton Fredericks scored in the seventh minute of the contest. They would go on to score two more unanswered goals through Duncan Adonis in the 26th minute and Kamohelo Mahlatsi in the 48th minute. The hosts would respond with consolation goals from Mabhuti Khenyeza and Ovidy Karuru, but it would be Ubuntu Cape Town who would book their spot in the competition’s quarter-finals. In matches involving local sides elsewhere, Steenberg United’s dream of Nedbank Cup glory was dashed when they went down 2-0 to PSL club Baroka FC in Polokwane on Saturday. Goals by Mudzunga Sidumo and Tebogo Sodi ensured Baroka’s passage into the last eight. Tomorrow, Cape Town City FC will entertain PSL giants Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium at 19:30 to battle over the final quarter-final spot. ABC Motsepe League Santos were subjected to their fourth consecutive draw when they were held to a 0-0 stalemate against Ajax Cape Town’s youth team in Lansdowne on Friday night. The result did not help either team improve their position on the log, meaning that Santos remain in ninth and Ajax in tenth spot respectively. Results: Friday: Santos 0; Ajax Cape Town youth 0 Ace FC 2; Royal Blues FC 1 Jomo Powers 2; United 4 Saturday: D&G Orient FC 4; Barcelona 1 Atlantic Nacional 1; Ikapa Sporting FC 4 Grassy Park United 3; Glendene United 0 Hout Bay United; Steenberg United - postponed Zizwe United 0; The Magic FC 3 SAB League In the space of four minutes added time, Junction Rovers sneaked past Bellstar United 3-2 in an exhilarating SAB Safa Cape Town fixture played in Heideveld on Saturday. With the writing seemingly on the wall for Junction Rovers, the script was torn up

Barcelona FC goalkeeper Devan Jooste (right) loses the ball in a challenge with D&G Orient’s Siraaj Ederies during an ABC Motsepe League match played at the Greens in Manenberg on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

and flipped when Antonio Thomas netted the equalising goal in referee’s added time, which caught the Bellstar team by surprise. Then, in the dying moments of the match, Rovers’ two Jones brothers – Carlo and Matthew – formed an unorthodox combination that mesmerised the visitors. Rovers were awarded a free kick, which was taken by goalkeeper Carlo, who curled the ball above the Bellstar defence and found his brother Matthew, who hammered the

winning goal for a jubilant Rovers team. Earlier, Shafiek Serelina gave Rovers the early lead, before Bellstar took the later initiative through second-half strikes by Meyrick Vlotman and Charles Jaftha, but it was not to be as the Jones brothers’ late heroics ensured the home team held onto their pride. Bluegum United had to fight hard to defend their lead in an away victory against Goal 50 United 1-0 in Heideveld on Sunday.

The hosts played with agility and confidence, which rattled the visitors. Early in the first half the visitors grabbed the window of opportunity after Zinedine van Niekerk from the home side was given his marching orders by referee Clint Kader. Goal 50 were reduced to 10 men and they struggled afterwards with a lifeline given to the visitors. Yusrie Bester scored the only goal for the travelling crowd with a superb drive volley that shattered the opposition’s goal net.

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PLAY TO WIN: Learners at Kronendals Primary School in Hout Bay enjoyed a wonderful interhouse gala on Friday 2 March. Congratulations go to Mikaela Bristow (left) who won Victrix Ludorum and Adinnan Cornelius who won Victor Ludorum.

While Cape universities competing in the FNB Varsity Cup continue to succeed, those who back them have left them floundering in another pecking order. With the FNB Varsity Cup at its halfway mark, their partnership with SANBS (South African National Blood Service) and WPBTS (Western Province Blood Transfusion Service) has already made a difference in South Africa overall. FNB Varsity Cup managing director, Duitser Bosman, is passionate about the difference the partnership has already made. Cape Town-based teams UCT Ikeys, UWC and CPUT are falling behind the teams from other provinces. The Cape Town sides are urging their supporters to get behind their universities by donating blood on behalf of any of the respective teams in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield competitions. Every South African – even those who don’t or did not attend the universities taking part in the tournament – will be able to participate by donating their blood on behalf of their favourite team at any SANBS or WPBTS blood drive or donor centre until 16 April. The university that gets the most people to donate on behalf of their team will win the inaugural Gaz’Lam Trophy. So far, fans have donated over 23 233 pints of blood, which by SANBS calculations equals 69 699 lives saved. “I have looked at the stats and there

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unday saw the “rerun” of the 40th edition of the world’s largest timed cycle race. Over 30 000 cyclists took on the iconic 109km route around the Cape Peninsula in almost perfect conditions, in contrast to the 2017 edition when high winds at the start and on the course forced the cancellation of the race. “One of our responses to the conditions in 2017 was to move the start for this year’s Cycle Tour to the Grand Parade Precinct. We needed to be responsive in respect of 2017’s challenges and looked to mitigate the wind risk,” commented David Bellairs, marketing, media and sponsorship director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. The weather was indeed a talking point among most of the riders. “What an awesome ride,” said Tony Mcfarlane, a 68-yearold rider who completed his 18th Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday. “Last year was a huge disappointment, so it’s great how the weather turned out today. And I felt really good – I could’ve done another 20km!” he joked. At the sharp end of the field, Nolan Hoffman outsprinted Sam Gaze and Reynard Butler to win his third title in a time of 02:37:30. The women’s race saw a pioneering first when the elite and u.23 women riders were offered the option of a 76km race, starting in Glencairn. This shorter route ensured a clear run all the way to the finish for the women. In the end, Kim Le Court took the bunch sprint ahead of Namibia’s Vera Adrian and track star Maroesjka Matthew. Unfortunately the race was dampened with the news that three people died in separate incidents during and after the race.

Cyclists were greeted with perfect weather to complete the iconic 109km route around the Cape Peninsula on Sunday.PHOTO: KEVIN SAWYER

“The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is sad to confirm that today, during the 40th riding of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, there were two incidents that resulted in the passing of two of our participants. “A 41-year-old man died of injuries incurred during a racing incident just before 09:00 on the M3 southbound in which a group of 20 cyclists were involved in a pileup. A 69-year-old man later died of a suspected heart attack at Smitswinkel Bay at 10:22. “Our most sincere condolences go out to the families of both these participants,” said Bellairs. He further confirmed yesterday that one of the Rotary race marshals died in hospital late on Sunday. The marshal had been stationed on an S-bend after the Llundudno turnoff. The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear and police are investigating. “Our Rotary marshals have always been integral to the successful running of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Most of them work alongside us year after year in a voluntary capacity. They are part of the Cycle Tour family, as are our riders, and we are deeply saddened by this news. We ask for respect for the family’s privacy at this time. We will communicate further information when we have it, if appropriate,” Bellairs said. “I want to assure everyone that all measures are taken to ensure participants’ and marshals’ safety on the route. In my 28 years working on the Cycle Tour, there have been only two trauma-related deaths on the day of the Cycle Tour. Our hearts and prayers are with the families at this very sad time. We have extended our most sincere condolences.”

30 000 cyclists participated in the 40th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

PHOTO: NIC BOTHMA

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