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Edward Hadje and Gloria Mangani narrowly escaped a fire in the Vrygrond informal settlement on Christmas Day. PHOTO: RACINE EDWARDES


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he City of Cape Town’s Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, reported an alarming 15% increase in the number of formal and informal residential fires in December last year, compared to the same period in 2018. In Masiphumelele and Vrygrond alone, seven people lost their lives in three separate fire incidents. Fire and rescue service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse elaborates on the statistics: “On Monday 23 December 2019, three persons died in a fire in Masiphumelele. The second incident in Masiphumelele was

on Wednesday 25 December 2019. Two adult males died in that fire. On 25 December 2019, two adult males died in a fire in Vrygrond.” Loyiso Stuurman, a Vrygrond resident, lost his brother, Zamxolo Stuurman (35), in the blaze on Berg Street. “He was a domestic worker, landscaper and gardener,” Loyiso says. Standing in his new home built with zinc sheets provided by the City – he explains: “We were in Overcome Heights on that day and at about 23:00, he said he was coming to bed because he was a bit drowsy and drunk. About an hour after he left, the fire was all over. When I came here, I opened the door with my keys but I couldn’t come

in because the inside was on fire.” Where there once stood a fridge, a stove, a bed and all Loyiso’s belongings; there is now only a few donated blankets from his colleagues at Stodels Bergvliet and Zamxolo’s photos. He says the only up-side he can see is that he had taken his documents and certificates to his girlfriend’s place in Overcome Heights before the fire broke out. Gloria Mangani is another Vrygrond resident who was affected by the fire. “I was inside at about midnight. When I woke up, the fire was already here on the corner by my place. I had to climb on the top of the roof and get out.” Mangani and two others share the structure. After losing all their belongings in the

fire, they have been forced to live in even harsher conditions. “We are three, so we have to sleep on the small mattress – a single mattress – and we use some clothes to make it big.” Samuel Freeman, spokesperson for disaster risk management, says 27 structures were destroyed in the three separate fires. Eight informal structures were destroyed and 20 people were affected in the fire in Masiphumelele on Monday. A further eight structures were destroyed in the same area on the Wednesday, affecting 28 people. In Vrygrond, he reports: “Eleven informal structures were destroyed and 25 people were affected.”





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Minstrels dish out a spectacular T

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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Thousands of spectators lined the streets.

The troupes’ colourful outfits did not disappoint.

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

Forty-two troupes participated in this year’s Cape Town Street Parade.

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.

Invitation to all parents

ents of Grade R and Grade 1 learners to submit photos of their little ones for possible publication in our next edition. Email a high resolution image of your child with their full name, surname and grade. Also include the area where you

Has your little one gone off to big school for the first time? Can’t wait to show them off in their new school gear? People’s Post is calling on all proud par-

“The City apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks residents for their cooperation and understanding during this period.” For more information visit

live (not for publication) and you could have a published memento of your little one’s milestone. V Email with the subject line: First day. Deadline for submissions is close of business on Thursday 16 January.


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Fish Hoek High boasts highest matric pass rate in far south On Tuesday 7 January, the Western Cape Education Department minister, Debbie Schäfer, attended the release of the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results in Johannesburg. “It was a happy occasion and I am pleased that we have improved our pass rate (in the Western Cape) to 82.3%,” she remarked. “I am also delighted with our highest yet bachelor pass rate of 43.6%, a close second to Gauteng,” she added. She congratulated the schools in the Metro North Education District for achieving the highest district percentage pass rate in the province – 86.3%. “This district was followed closely by the Overberg District with 86% and the Eden and Central Karoo District with 84.1%. The West Coast District achieved 83.8%. Metro

Central achieved 83.4%, Metro South 81%, Cape Winelands 80.7%, and Metro East 78.3%.” In the deep south, which falls under the Metro South Schools District, Muizenberg High School achieved a matric pass rate of 87.5%; at Simon’s Town High School the pass rate was 87.7%; 66.3% at Masiphumelele High School and Fish Hoek High School achieved the highest pass rate in the area with 98.3%. “As we reflect on the achievements of the Class of 2019, I want to thank all the learners, teachers, district and head office officials and their support teams for their hard work and commitment to making these positive results a reality,” Schäfer said. She added that the results indicate

significant progress has been made in improving the education system and learner outcomes in the province, particularly in poorer schools, since 2009. “Over the past 10 years, schools in Quintiles 1-3 (no-fee schools) have improved their pass rate by 16.7 percentage points from 56.7% in 2009 to 73.6% in 2019. Quintile 4 and 5 schools (fee-paying schools) have increased only slightly during this same period with 2.4 percentage points from 83.3% to 85.7%. “There is still a 12.1 percentage point difference between our no-fee and fee-paying schools, however, it is a great improvement from the 26.4% in 2009 when the current government took over,” she said. “For those candidates who did not achieve their desired results, there are options. I would encourage all learners who did not

pass their exams not to give up and to continue doing whatever they can to complete Grade 12.” Counselling is available for anyone disappointed with their results. They can either approach their school or phone the Safe Schools Hotline on 0800 45 46 47. Those who qualify for supplementary examinations must apply by 31 January 2020. Hard copy applications must be submitted to the Examination Client Centre, Grand Central Building, Lower Parliament Street, Cape Town. Learners can apply for re-marks (R112 per subject) and re-checks (R27 per subject) until Wednesday 22 January. They can apply using the online service: V More information can be found at

Morgan Orgill, a Simon’s Town School learner, says she misses the food and the feel of China.


‘I want to go back to China!’ RACINE EDWARDES @RaeEdwardes


organ Orgill (16) and her mother, Michelle, sent out a plea to the public last year (“Help send her to China”, People’s Post 24 September) to help fund a trip to China. The Simon’s Town School learner has been studying Mandarin as an after-school activity and plans to continue to do so this year in Grade 11. The school’s Mandarin teacher, Liling Yan, nominated Morgan for the Winter Campers trip to China last year. The funds to attend the immersion programme were secured prior to the start of the journey which took place in December last year. Morgan says the visit was a mind-blowing experience. “We were there for two weeks. The first week we went to a university,” she says. Learners from Simon’s Town and other schools were able to build on their Mandarin language knowledge, learn more about the history and traditions in China, and were introduced to calligraphy. “The next week, they took us to the famous places – the Great Wall of China and the Pearl Tower,” she says. “The Great Wall is a walk! I tried to do the whole thing, but my feet couldn’t. It was snowing, but we were getting hot from that walk.” Michelle adds: “It was really a dream come true for her. Even the other day, she said ‘Mommy, I miss China’. She had a wonderful time; the learning experience, the people. She said if she could do it again, she would.” Morgan says China is totally different from South Africa. “You can stay out as late as you want and no one will rob you – and it’s so clean! The people are nice and warm. Some of them actually helped me and told me to continue learning Mandarin, and not to give up.” Her mother says she was hesitant about sending her daughter so far from home but it was the best thing she could have done. “The Mandarin teacher from Simon’s Town School was fantastic. It was such an experience and Morgan was blessed. If it

wasn’t for the people who gave out of their pockets, she wouldn’t have been able to do it. I couldn’t have done it on my own,” she says, thanking all those who contributed. The young learner still has plans to pursue a career in hospitality in China; an aspiration made stronger by her tour last year.


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Simon’s Town School learners and teachers travelled to China early in December last year to expose the Asian culture enthusiasts to the wonders of China.


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unique and quirky art installation aimed at creating awareness around an unknown plastic pollutant and its risk has hit beaches and popular attractions around the country. The Kiickbutt initiative was initiated more than a year ago but gained momentum over the last month. The initiative is aimed at simulating the magnitude of damage created by irresponsible disposal of the butts and what animals encounter as they come across the butts in nature. The 19 life-sized butts are created from decommissioned telephone poles, spray painted to resemble cigarette butts. The installation is funded by WRAPP waste who were motivated to get involved through their passion for responsible waste removal. Clive Amsel, WRAPP CEO, installion artist and environmentalist, says many people do not realise the cigarette butts are actually made of plastic and are one of National Geographic’s top listed plastic pollutants in the world. While they may look like white cotton, the basis of most cigarette filters is a plastic named cellulose acetate, which can take up

to 10 years to fully decompose. The environmental risk is increased in the fact that filters are designed to absorb the contaminants in cigarettes and prevent them from going into the lungs. These contaminants include cadmium, arsenic and lead which are then released into waterways or ingested by animals. “We chose areas that are environmentally sensitive areas but also areas where people tend to smoke and leave their butts,” says Amsel. “As you walk along the beach or take a hike anywhere in the country, you will find cigarette butts scattered all over the place, defacing the natural beauty of your surroundings.” Amsel recently also collected a 2F bottle full of butts while hiking up the Platteklip Gorge trail. The identified areas included Lion’s Head, Llandudno, Table View, Scarborough, Fish Hoek, Platteklip Gorge, Kommetjie and Umhlanga beaches, Tokai, Zeekoevlei and the Cederberg mountains. Amsel says the installation will be around until June and move to other locations, weather dependent. “It seems like a small thing but it has a butterfly effect, a lot of small things add up to a big problem,” says Amsel. Another area of focus is the CBD, as Am-

sel says many drivers discard of their butts on side walks and out car windows. “This enters the stormwater systems, goes out to sea and affects our marine life and shellfish. We end up eating that,” he says. The butts have already caused a stir and Amsel hopes it will change people’s minds about irresponsible disposal of their cigarette butts, and decrease the toxic waste caused by discarded cigarette butts. It is estimated that 18 million cigarettes are smoked around the world daily. “It is a personal choice whether or not to smoke, but at least throw the discarded cigarette butts into the nearest waste bin,” he says. “We are not educating people against smoking, but rather to discard butts in a dust bin or controlled environment.” Aside from the toxicity, the butts also pose a major fire risk. One of the biggest reported veld fires which started on Table Mountain in 2007 was caused by a tourist who discarded of a smouldering cigarette butt out of his car window. Amsel says they have enough funding to run until June and hope to secure additional funding to assist them in continuing at more locations beyond this date. V Follow the Kiickbutt initiative on Facebook and Instagram for more.

Vandalising of traffic signals ‘is a disgrace’ After the three vandalised traffic signals at three consecutive intersections on Prince George Drive (M5) were repaired by the City of Cape Town, vandals have remained true to their word, putting one traffic signal out of order once again. Last year, the signals on Prince George Drive at the intersections of Military Road, Vrygrond Avenue and Capricorn Boulevard North were all out of order, vandalised during violent protests on Thursday 31 October. Before they were repaired, the City’s Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase, said it was too dangerous to fix the problematic intersections. She added: “Those who have been involved in the violent protest have threatened to destroy these signals again should the City attempt to do the repairs.” The signals at the intersection of Prince

George Drive and Vrygrond Avenue/Oude Vlei Road in Marina Da Gama were vandalised on Tuesday 7 January. “This is a disgrace,” says Purchase. “This signal was repaired by mid-December 2019, also as a result of vandalism. It is not even a month later and we are now faced with another emergency repair yet again.” The City is calling on residents to help identify those responsible for vandalising the traffic signal. This is the fourth time in eight months that this signal has been destroyed. According to Purchase, this wilful destruction of public property is endangering the lives of motorists and pedestrians alike. She says traffic flow will be severely impacted this week as most people return to work and with the schools opening for the new year.

“Also, every time a signal is destroyed we spend thousands of rands to get it repaired – it is a waste of money and resources that could have been used for other priorities.” Purchase encourages residents to help identify the perpetrators and to report the details to the police or the Transport Information Centre. “I also want to warn those who target our essential infrastructure that we are investigating avenues for installing surveillance equipment at these hotspots so that we can identify the suspects and have them arrested and prosecuted,” she adds. She encourages motorists to take note of the intersection, which is now a four-way stop, so as not to endanger the lives of other motorists. V Report traffic signal vandalism to the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 or to the local police station.

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Amendments set to come into effect The amendments to the Municipal Planning By-law have been gazetted in the Provincial Gazette. The amendments will be effective as from Monday 3 February. The City of Cape Town’s Council approved amendments to the Municipal Planning Bylaw (MPBL) on Thursday 31 October 2019. The MPBL regulates development and land use in Cape Town.

The amendments are part of the City’s annual review process, and give effect to the policies and strategies that have been adopted by council over the past few years. In the meantime, the City will undertake the necessary training of employees in anticipation of the amendments coming into effect, and host information sessions with professionals in the development industry as required.

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The December school holiday, when locals take time out to relax on the beach and hordes of tourists flock to Cape Town, is always busy for lifeguards. This season, the City of Cape Town recorded more than 13 fatal incidents on its beaches up to Friday 10 January. Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayco member for community services and health, says: “There were 13 drowning incidents between 23 October and 20 December last year. Of those, 11 happened outside designated bathing areas and one happened after hours.” With the False Bay coastline drawing in masses of people who would like to sunbathe on the iconic beaches lined with colourful cabins, or see the penguins and later take a quick dip, the City reports that a number of incidents took place on these very shores. Badroodien says on New Year’s Day, lifeguards assisted at least six individuals who had either gotten into difficulty while swimming or injured themselves on the beach. “Among them was a 65-year-old woman who sustained a broken leg at St James beach. Lifeguards stabilised her and moved her to the first aid room until an ambulance arrived. At Clovelly Beach, lifeguards assisted two 28-year-old men who had been

caught in a rip current.” For the first time since the 2016/’17 festive season, no fatalities were reported on New Year’s Day. Ian Klopper, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Kommetjie station commander, reports their most recent incidents were two kite-surfers who were unable to get their kites back in the air in Misty Cliffs. The two German men appeared to be having difficulty on the evening of Tuesday 7 January and were recovered safely. Badroodien says: “I am immensely grateful to our lifeguards, the other sea rescue and enforcement agencies and, of course, our Identikidz team for the herculean effort to keep the public safe on one of our biggest beach days of the year.” He reported in a statement that 318 lost children have been reunited with their families through the Identikidz tagging system. He adds: “Unfortunately, there have also been several incidents that are of grave concern, including two young girls who were left behind at the beach – their parents only realised that they were missing when they arrived home.” Beachgoers are reminded of the four key messages aimed at keeping them safe: . Swim between the red and yellow flags only where lifeguards are present. . Supervise children at all times. . Beware of rip currents. . Don’t drink and swim.


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hanks to the City of Cape Town’s Identikidz programme, 318 children who were lost on 16 of the Western Cape’s beaches were reunited with their parents this school holidays. Since the start of the programme in midDecember (“Identikids makes a return to beaches,” People’s Post 17 December), more than 121 335 children have been tagged. The programme, which registers and issues young beach visitors with an identification armband, has grown significantly. Already nearly 50% more children were tagged this season. The City is quick to point out, however, that it is not a babysitting service and should not replace the responsibility of parents to supervise their children at all times while they’re on the beach. City’s Mayco member for community services and health, councillor Zahid Badroodien, says it simply means that should a child wander off, the City is able to find their family. “All the children who were lost on our beaches were reunited with loved ones and to date this year, there has been a decrease in the number of children lost. For the same time during the previous season, 82 519 children were tagged and 523 lost,” says Badroodien. Factors which contributed to children going missing on beaches include: . Children come to the beaches without

parents or an adult; . Parents are intoxicated and don’t realise the child is gone; . Parents who leave the beach without their children; and . Parents do not supervise their children while they are on the beach. In terms of water safety, there have been no further drowning incidents since before Christmas, with the confirmed number of fatalities at 13. “We continue to run awareness campaigns to highlight the most common reasons for drowning, to encourage water safety and provide other important information that may reduce potential risks when swimming. Despite our best efforts, bathers still neglect their own safety and our lifeguards have their hands full keeping everyone safe,” says Badroodien. The programme concluded on Sunday 12 January. The weather is set to remain ideal for the beach as the peak of summer approaches and bathers are reminded to heed the instructions of lifeguards and to obey the rules which are there for their safety. “There are still many beach-going days ahead and I want to commend the lifeguards for a job well done. Visitors to the beach have a role to play and I implore them to remain in the designated bathing areas at all times, swim only at beaches where lifeguards are on duty, and to not drink and swim,” adds Badroodien.

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The City of Cape Town’s Identikidz programme has tagged more than 121 335 kids this school holidays.

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Failing doesn’t make you a failure RACINE EDWARDES @RaeEdwardes Waiting for and receiving their matric results can be an exciting time for learners but for some, the stress of finding out whether they passed or failed may be more than they can bear. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), who deal with more than 600 calls daily, have promised to be there for all matriculants after the release of exam results to equip them with the right information to navigate their stress during this diffi-

cult time. While the results came out on Wednesday 8 January, Sadag board member and clinical psychologist Zamo Mbele warns family members to be aware of the long time effects. “The impact of that will continue into the future whether it’s weeks or months,” says Mbele. “(In) managing the anxiety and disappointment of poor results, parents and family may first want to be aware of their own response and not put that too onto the learner. “It is also important to distance the result

from the person. Failing at something does not make one a failure,” Mbele adds. Between January and September last year, Sadag received almost 180 000 calls to its suicide helpline. The group reported that suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth between the ages of 15 and 24 in South Africa. In addition to the help provided by the group, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) also wishes to alert all learners and parents of the services that it offers. “Trauma takes various forms and

shapes,” said the DSD’s minister, Sharna Fernandez, in a statement. “It is largely out of an individual’s control when it takes place. There is no doubt that one’s disappointment around their matric results may trigger trauma.” The DSD has trained professionals, who are more than willing to assist those who require psycho-social support during what may be a very difficult time. V The public can access DSD’s services by visiting any of the department’s regional or local offices closest to them, or by contacting the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250.

First community art exhibition in Scarborough a ‘success’ Local fine arts photographer, Margherita Introna hosted her much-anticipated Deep South Community Art Exhibition from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December. The exhibition showcased works of 29 local artists and more than 100 works; from paintings, to photography, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and more. The first of its kind exhibition was held at the Scarborough Community Centre. The motivation for the show, she explained, was three-fold. “I had a number of personal reasons for wanting to host a community group exhibition. One of the main reasons was that I have been living in my little village since 2015, and other than my direct neighbours (who I had known since before I moved here), I knew absolutely nobody in the village.” In addition to providing a platform for locals to meet, she also aimed to raise money for Tears Animal Rescue and to support and expose local artists. V Visit the website: for more information.

Marc Alexander of the Studio Art Gallery in Simon’s Town opened the exhibition with a speech.

Guests attended the opening of the exhibition on Friday 13 December. The three-day long show of art was well received by the community.

More than 100 artworks were exhibited at the Deep South Community Art Exhibition.

Local and international guests were able to peruse the works at the Scarborough Community Centre.

Art-lovers were intrigued by the range of works to come out of Scarborough.

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A performance that fascinates T

he Hucksters, an acid-tongued exploration of a casual sexual encounter gone awry, will run at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a short season from Wednesday 22 January to Saturday 1 February. The play opened to rave reviews and soldout performances last year. Award-winning playwright Louis Viljoen, known for his bitingly sharp works such The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura and The Demon Bride, directs the award-winning duo Emily Child (The Pervert Laura, The Road to Mecca, Contractions) and Nicholas Pauling (A Steady Rain, Blue/ Orange and The Father) and Nicholas Pauling. A man and a woman meet after not seeing each other for years and what starts off as a

romantic, booze-fuelled evening, slowly begins to unravel into a psychological mystery as an incident from their shared history rears its head. The mistakes of the past become the horrors of the present as these two broken people dig into their previous lives and the lies that lead them to each other. The Hucksters has been described as Viljoen’s best work yet with Theatre Scene Cape Town calling it a “blistering masterpiece”. Writer and literary critic, Karina M Szczurek, described it as “thought-provoking … fantastic performances. It takes a lot of skill to capture the messiness of human encounters with the pressures of violence, complexity and trauma in play”. Viljoen has won Fleur du Cap Theatre awards for Champ in 2013 and The Kingmakers in 2015, both for Best New South African Script and he was the recipient of the Rosalie van der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura. Set and lighting design is by Niall Griffin (Tuesdays With Morrie, The Last Five Years, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hedwig and The Angry Inch). The play contains explicit language and scenes of a sexual nature so there is an age restriction of 18 years. Emily Child and Nicholas Pauling in The Hucksters. PHOTO: V Tickets are R130 and booking is BARBARA LOOTS through Webtickets or Pick n Pay stores.



A BLUES EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED: International blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, Doc Maclean returns to South Africa to embark on his solo acoustic N’ganga Blues tour at Villa Pascal on Friday 31 January. Tickets cost R400 per person and include a two-course dinner. Doors open at 18:30 for dinner and the show starts at 20:00. Booking is advised. To book, call 082 569 4147, 021 975 2566 or go to

ning Santoor player, Rahul Sharma is joining forces with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Brandon Phillips for a magical confluence of the rich traditions of Indian and Western classical music on Friday 21 February in the Artscape Opera House. This world-first concert, Symphony of Santoor, will journey through Indian classical ragas, folk, and light classical music compositions, rearranged for orchestra by Sharma, with the 100-stringed santoor as the starring soloist. Aside from the 46-piece orchestra, Rahul will also be accompanied by a team of musicians from India. Tickets cost between R200 and R600 at Computicket.

Lighthouse Family to shine at GrandWest The Lighthouse Family will perform in South Africa for the first time at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, on Tuesday 24 March. The band has sold 10 million records over the past 25 years. The duo, Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker, formed Lighthouse Family at Newcastle University in the early 1990s. After releasing three albums, they went their separate ways in the early 2000s. Now, almost 20 years later, they have joined forces again to release their fourth album. Their first album, Ocean Drive, released in 1995, went six times platinum and stayed on the album charts for three years, selling 2.75 million copies. They released their second album Postcards from Heaven in 1997, with three top-ten singles – Raincloud, High and Lost in Space – and two top-30 hits. The album also went six times platinum, charting across Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand; selling four

million albums globally. Their third album Whatever Gets You Through The Day, released in 2001, produced the top-10 single I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be. Three years ago, the two began working on their fourth album, Blue Sky In Your Head. They have produced this with the same team they used when they were at their radio-dominating peak, including Colin Barlow, the talent scout who discovered them, and Keith Armstrong, their first manager. “This is such a good 90s band with so many memorable hits,” says Elouise Matthys, spokesperson for GrandWest. “The frontman, Baiyewu, has an incredible, almost effortless, soulful voice that you can’t help enjoying. I am looking forward to their latest album.” Tickets are available from Computicket and Big Concerts, starting from R515. Doors open at 19:30 and the show starts at 20:30.

Date: 15 February 2020 Time: 09:00 – 12:00 (3 hours) Venue: Hoerskool Jan van Riebeeck, Cape Town Price: R200 Purchase tickets via Webtickets X1VYBUNR-QK140120

Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker of the Lighthouse Family are heading to Cape Town to perform their chart-topping songs, in March.


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Injury cost him a Dubai debut AVRIL FILLIES


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