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n an effort to create a sense of community and raise money for a good cause, fine art photographer Margherita Introna will launch the first Deep South Community Art Exhibition this month. It will take place at the Scarborough community centre from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December. The Scarborough resident will showcase local talent – a resource that seems to be in abundance, according to Deep South residents. “There is quite a large artist base here,” says Margherita. “I wanted to create

something like this because there aren’t really many opportunities for local photographers to exhibit their work. So, I wanted to launch an event inclusive of photography and all media.” Mark and Lindy Alexander, directors and co-owners of the Studio Art Gallery in Simon’s Town, have exhibited Margherita’s work at the Harbour Bay Mall gallery. “You’ll find pockets across the country that are concentrated with artists – the peninsula definitely has a lot of artists and good quality artists,” Lindy told People’s Post previously. As the owners of an established art space, they are supporting the upcoming

show of art by guiding the photographer. Last week, People’s Post published a call for local artists to submit their work for the exhibition (“Calling on artists”, People’s Post 26 November); an event which Margherita hopes will grow in the future. Submissions are now closed and she was able to rack up more than 20 eligible artist submissions and over 50 works to exhibit. Margherita says she was impressed by the response from local artists. “Many people have been saying they don’t usually submit their work but because it’s for Tears Animal Rescue, they would like to this time.” Each artwork was submitted for R60

and the proceeds will be donated to the animal shelter. She says Scarborough will be abuzz during the festive season and hopes that, with the other family festivals taking place over that weekend, the exhibition will draw good crowds. Margherita has big dreams for the future of the show, and foresees the formation of an art route around the peninsula. “It’s something I’m building from the ground up. My idea is to grow it from year to year. And it will grow, I have no doubt.” V Follow @deepsouthcommunityart on Facebook for more information and updates on the Deep South Community Art Exhibition.


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 3 December 2019


A combined 450 years of service A

total of 44 volunteers in the city have racked up an impressive 450 years of service, and were commended by the City for their hard work. In a ceremony held at the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre, the Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith recognised law enforcement and disaster risk management volunteers. “We recognise the many hours and years our volunteers put in to help fellow residents and the impact they make on communities,” he said. “Being a volunteer is hard work as they do it in addition to their day-today work responsibilities, juggling expectations from family and friends and often sacrifice social time. It asks a lot of the individual, so it takes a special and committed person to become a volunteer.” Volunteers take on various duties; assisting at events as medical or peace officers, aiding firefighting efforts during the warmer months and taking part in community outreach

and education initiatives organised by the disaster risk management portfolio. Mayor, Dan Plato made special mention of the Macassar unit which received an outstanding service and dedication award for the successful resuscitation of a man earlier this year. He also recognised Davewia Mbasa from the Strand unit, a volunteer since 2011 who successfully resuscitated a six-year-old at the end of last year. Smith added: “All our volunteers are to be commended for their service, no matter how long ago they joined and each one is a hero for giving selflessly. A special mention goes to Donald Rother of Fish Hoek who has 35 years’ service, Pyron Isaacs who has 30 years of service and Franklin Tiemie who has 25 years’ service. The latter are both from Melton Rose. We are grateful for every hour spent on the job. Without them, our resources would be stretched even further.”

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Donald Rother (right) of Fish Hoek has been a volunteer for 35 years, and was given a special award by the City, handed over by JP Smith.

Before release, Alvi was fitted with a satellite tag that will enable the Aquarium and the department of environmental affairs to track its movements at sea.PHOTO: JEAN TRESFON

Turtles freed

The first Alpaca Christmas Fair will be held in Noordhoek on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December. Ohio Alpaca Farm owner, Lorna Ramsden, encourages residents to “come and see our beautiful alpacas in their new short summer coats”. Ramsden says they were shorn two weeks ago and love the freedom of not having a thick woolly coat for the summer. “It is a new experience seeing them at this time of year. You can really appreciate their long elegant necks and delicate bodies. Our

babies are growing fast. “They put on at least 2kg a month and are fast becoming teenagers and are very independent.” Alpaca products and yarns will be on sale from Stonehill Originals in Hout Bay, Quenti Alpacas at Cape Alpacas, Helderstroom Alpacas and Mukuti Alpaca Stud, as well as a beer stall, coffee, pancakes, bread and pastries and a food caravan. V Follow @StonehillOriginals on Facebook for more information.

The Two Oceans Aquarium conservation team released 34 hatchling loggerhead turtles and one sub-adult green turtle south of Cape Point on Tuesday 26 November. According to a statement, the sub-adult turtle, affectionately known as Alvi, had been part of the Two Oceans Aquarium Turtle Rescue Programme since November 2018, and the hatchlings had been brought to the Aquarium during 2019. Alvi was found by a beachgoing family at Struisbaai, washed up and weak. “Initially, it was difficult to diagnose what was wrong with Alvi, as the turtle had few visible injuries, but the rehabilitation team observed that it had difficulty breathing. An x-ray presented a blockage in the turtle’s oesophagus. With the help of a local veterinarian, Dr Malan van Zyl, the obstruction was removed and was discovered to be a plastic bag,” reads the statement. The statement continues to say Alvi’s rescue story went viral with many people being exposed, perhaps even for the first time, to the perils of plastic in the ocean.

Alpaca products and yarns will be on sale at Ohio Farm in Noordhoek at the first Alpaca Christmas Fair.

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Christmas fundraiser for animal sterilisation Tears Animal Rescue is holding its third Christmas Market at the Fish Hoek civic centre on Saturday 7 December from 08:30 to 13:30 to raise funds for the sterilisation of companion animals. While Tears can’t save every animal, patrons’ contributions will help prevent the breeding of animals that will be subjected to a life of hardship at the best; or cruelty and abuse at the worst. Jane Ginsberg, a volunteer at the shelter, says: “Every rand and cent you spend at the market helps our cause. Tears members will be there in full force and there will be a selection of goods from the retail stores – books, bric-n-brac and Christmas-themed

items, including Christmas cards and the 2020 Tears calendar.” Handcrafted items for animals, babies and the house and home will be on offer. There will also be clothing, jewellery, ceramic, beaded wire art, paper craft and all sorts of treats and toys for pups and cats, large and small. A selection of plants will also be available. Tickets for various raffles will be on sale. “A tea garden will offer coffee, tea, slushies, water and cool drinks, as well as cakes, savouries, samoosas, wraps – all things to tempt the taste buds of all food persuasions.”


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Guides reflect on ‘in-tents’ activities RACINE EDWARDES @RaeEdwardes


s 2019 nears its end, the 1st Fish Hoek Girl Guides took time to reflect on the final quarter of the year in the life of a young explorer. The last part of the year, according to adult guide Yvette Stephens, was focused on teach-

ing the girls about navigation and how to best make use of learning opportunities. “We focused on map reading and hike preparation. Six girls were doing their map reading badge requirements, while the others were doing the general map reading course. This was also rounded out by actual practical mapping experience on a company hike at Cape Point during the City’s free-access

week,” Yvette says. It was a learning curve for both the guides and the adult guides who, according to Yvette, took a wrong turn during their hike, “which was a perfect learning opportunity”. She says they encourage parents to join them on the hikes. In so doing, it was found that one of the dads had good mapping expe-

rience and was able to be their map reading tester. For their company service project, the girl guides cleaned the False Bay Emergency Volunteers Service base. Yvette adds: “The girls also cleaned up their ambulance and tested the siren to make sure it works! The girls loved this – and the ambulance is very clean! They fixed their cupboard door (the practical application of our teaching is learning how to tighten screws and how to rewire a plug). Seeing others also delivering service to the community is a great inspiration.” Girl guide Megan says going on the Outeniqua camp was an “exciting, rainy and ‘in-tents’ adventure” for her. She adds: “I managed to survive the ice-cold nights by looking forward to the awesome day ahead which included an enjoyable quilling craft, defeating the tough obstacle course and getting lost in a large maze! But what was by far the best for me was the full-day hike in the drizzle!” This adventure afforded the guides the opportunity to visit the Cango Caves, the Cango Wildlife Ranch and an ostrich farm. “A memorable five nights, but I am glad to be home,” Megan says. V For more information on the 1st Fish Hoek Girl Guides, follow them on Facebook.

The 1st Fish Hoek Girl Guides explored Cape Point, taking advantage of its free-access week.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 3 December 2019


Chance to ‘play like normal kids’ RACINE EDWARDES @RaeEdwardes


ore than 100 residents of Ocean View were given the opportunity to take part in a project to uplift the community – and received a much-appreciated reward for their efforts once they were done. The Sporting Chance Sportsmans Warehouse Street Soccer tournament took place over eight weeks and, despite some gloomy weather, the children of the community were able to play and compete in the sport they love. The tournament also intended to curb gang violence in the community. Coaches and organisers noted a significant

reduction in shooting incidents on Fridays when the children were competing. “For me, this was the first time taking part in anything like that and it was amazing,” says Pauline Robyn, a team coach for the duration of the competition. She adds: “I think it helped a lot because every Friday that we went there to play, there was no shooting – nothing – and no gangsters standing around.” Many of the coaches who do not have fulltime jobs agreed that the tournament gave them purpose and ignited the same feeling of excitement in them that was felt by the children who played the games. “If I look at the children’s faces, it melts

Girls and boys showed their footy skills during an eight-week tournament in Ocean View.

my heart to see them play. We feel like prisoners in our own homes because of the shootings and to see them come out on a Friday to play – they had a chance to be like normal children and play like normal children.” Franklin Cale, Ubuntu Cape Town’s midfielder, came out to the community to see the sporting action unfold during the final matches held on Friday 22 November. At the end of the competition, the team named Newcastle walked away as the 2019 champions, taking home the coveted trophy. Adding to the excitement, Sportsmans Warehouse gave the 120 children who com-

peted and 20 coaches a free pair of Hi-Tec sports shoes each, during the assemblies at Kleinberg Primary and Marine Primary schools on Friday 29 November. Robyn said this would not have been possible without the organiser of the event; Sporting Chance’s coordinator for Ocean View, Shirley Botes. Shirley says the success of the event was evident in the children’s eagerness to participate. “One of the boys asked me if we would be playing again next week.” She hopes to host the tournament again next year to continue to nurture young talent and to curb crime by giving the vulnerable youth a positive outlet.



PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 3 December 2019


Winners in final showdown RACINE EDWARDES @RaeEdwardes


ozo Foundation‘s literacy competition reached its high point on Wednesday 27 November, when competitors in three categories went head-tohead to determine this year’s literacy winners. The first inaugural Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme, headed by the foundation, kicked off earlier this year. Learners from Ikamva Youth in Crossroads, Afrika Tikkun in Mfuleni and the Sozo Foundation in Vrygrond took part to find those who have a special love for literature. They participated in the spelling bee, spoken word and poetry categories. Wendy Abrahams, programmes manager at the foundation, pointed out that, besides teaching the young adults about healthy competition, the contest aimed to ignite a passion for literacy in the learners who predominantly come from underprivileged and under-resourced communities. She opened the finals with a word of encouragement for the noticeably nervous learners. “You’ve all competed, you’ve made it to the finals – you’re all winners. So now it’s just the winners competing against each other. And well done for being leaders in literacy,” she said. In the final round of the spelling bee,

10 learners faced off to be the first spelling bee champion in this competition. Jemima Ndamba Mkobi of Sozo was awarded 2nd runner up for her impressive spelling skills, with Ngawethu Sityebi from Afrika Tikkun earning her spot as 1st runner up and Lelethu Kanayo from Afrika Tikkun taking home top honours. It was only Sozo Foundation learners who were finalists in the poetry competition. The 2nd runner up was Avela Booi, the 1st runner up was Natasha Sibanda and the winner – for her impeccable wordplay – was Zhida Johnston. The three competitors in the spoken word category were Lukho Noyila, Simamkele Jonginamba and Simamkele Zweni. Simamkele came in at number one with her impromptu word on being a black African child in South Africa today. The judges were Zoe Swartz, Sherena Roux, Orelie Kabaye, Neville Williams, Ronel Mannellepie, Mandy Williams and Yusrah Abrahams from Sozo, and Dorothy Dyer from Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Area (Fonsa), a charitable trust which aims to alleviate poverty. After the medals and trophies were handed out, Wendy concluded: “Thank you for taking part in the first Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme. It was for young people to engage and to love and express themselves naturally, through literature.”

Ngawethu Sityebi, Lelethu Kanayo and Jemima Ndamba Mkobi were the top prize winners in the spelling bee category of the Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme.




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t Clare’s Anglican Church of Assisi, Ocean View, held a special thanksgiving service, honouring all those in uniform – especially the police, traffic police, South African National Defence Force, health services, community policing forums, neighbourhood watches, nurses and all those who are passionate about safety. Major General Mzwandile Mzamane, the deputy police commissioner for human resources management, took time out from his usual post in Gugulethu to deliver a sermon as the preacher for the day. He reminded the congregation that they are all called into service. Addressing police

members, he said that 90% of those in attendance are people of faith and serve with their hearts. Mzamane said: “On parade, we take off our caps, place it over our hearts and bow – not before man, but God. There are those rotten apples among us as well, and we will acknowledge that too; praying that they may turn away from being corrupt.” Sharone Daniels,community activist, said the community of Ocean View had been wrestling with gunshots going off almost daily the past week. “Two people were murdered and one person injured. Ocean View police, with the few resources they have, of-

ten have joint operations with other law enforcement agencies and they try their best to maintain order. Together with the community more can be done and there is always room for improvement,” she added, thanking Ocean View police spokesperson Sgt Leon Fortuin for attending the service. She also acknowledged the role of nurses and how difficult it must be to deal with the emergencies they face. “The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) members’ lives are constantly at risk when these shootings occur or their equipment gets stolen. Police vehicles and staff are being stoned many times when there are call-outs and when arrests

Officers and government workers in uniform were thanked in Ocean View.

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need to be made,” she noted. During the service, Mzamane told the state officials that integrity and providing safety are of the utmost importance. “We are not here to serve political parties or the government, but our people, ensuring that law is upheld. Even if it is our own family members we have to arrest them when a crime is committed.” Aubrey Robinson, chair of the Cape Town Youth Cadets, gave a short address with his cadets from Retreat standing alongside him. Robinson agreed to return and see how to assist with establishing a forum for the youth of Ocean View.


PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 3 December 2019

TIME FOR CELEBRATION: The Sozo Foundation’s learners celebrated the end of the year with their graduation ceremony, where they received certificates of completion in each of their courses and received special recognition for the projects they’ve been involved in. The graduation took place on Saturday 23 November at the Bay Community Church in Muizenberg, where residents of Vrygrond and surrounds packed the venue to see their loved ones graduate.


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Intersection is also a danger to humans I am a resident in Marina da Gama who utilises Prince George Drive, past Military Road, on a daily basis. People’s Post quotes Felicity Purchase as stating that it is too dangerous for the City to access the area to do repairs (“Too dangerous to fix traffic lights” People’s Post Tuesday 26 November). However, is it then not considered too dangerous for citizens? It is currently a high risk to travel through this intersection any time of the day, due to both driver behaviour as well as crime, albeit we all know the root cause to be crime. Perhaps it requires some deaths at this intersection to be taken seriously? There is seldom any law enforcement

present most times of the day. Their focus appears to be 16:30 to 17:30, if at all. Having lived here since early 2013 we have seen an escalation in the Vrygrond challenge, which frequently impacts everyone in the area. This issue is not being solved, but is “managed” by the rapid response of the police, who typically close the road. It should be noted that on most occasions Deep Blue (security firm employed by homeowners) is first on the scene. Therein lies the problem that is on this basis the Vrygrond issue is never likely to improve to the point that the traffic lights can be repaired on a sustainable basis. Is the pragmatic answer perhaps a

combination of police enforcement combined with the Military Road traffic light repair? The other two intersections can remain as four-way stops ... So the cost should be less than the R800 000 quoted. The Marina da Gama group has logged this formally with our DA representative, and we got the same answer as in this article. We have also requested a police station to be established in the area, for example, Capricorn Park. Again, this suggestion is still being bounced around. The cost of repairs (borne by tax or ratepayers anyway) is significant, but the lack of action is costing more. BARRY, Email

Law-abiding citizens have no rights I would like to comment on what the Steenberg police spokesperson had to say. He says: “These crimes are made easier to commit by people who keep their valuables in plain sight.” Firstly if a person wants to drive with their “valuables” on the seat next to them, they should be able to. One can’t even drive with your window open because of these people. I don’t like the fact that he is insinuating that it is “our” fault. I was on the street at 03:00 on Thursday 31 October. These hooligans

were throwing rocks at houses, cars and residents. The police were present and said they cannot do anything because they can only act when lives are in danger, not properties. At 03:00 there are people in their properties, hence their lives are in danger. These so-called protesters also stand and burn tyres and chant that they want to kill us and see our (white people) blood. I do not understand how they can stand in front of law enforcement and say this. Is this not threatening the lives of

people or at the least “hate speech”. If I had to go and stand in front of them and call them the K-word, I would be arrested. This is very one-sided. It just shows that law-abiding citizens are the ones who have no rights and the “criminals” have all the rights. No one ever speaks to the residents to get both sides of the story. The traffic lights must be fixed. We pay our taxes and it is our right to be safe. RESIDENT, Email

Steps must be taken to solve the impasse As a resident of Marina da Gama, I have to take my life in my hands a few times a day, trying to get through the three sets of newly installed four-way stop signs, which are totally ignored by many of the motorists using the M5 and its feeder roads. I realise that these three sets of traffic lights were vandalised during the violent protests in October. The Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase, says that it is too dangerous for their teams to enter the areas to make the necessary repairs and that if the lights were repaired, they would be vandalised again. I think that there are two issues here. The first is that there was a reason

behind the protests by the Vrygrond residents. It is very important for everyone to understand the reasons for the residents’ unhappiness which seem to stem from the usual lack of service delivery and land. We need to know what the community, which is increasing in size daily, needs and what our local government is doing about solving the issues. Is there a plan in place and has that plan been agreed with the residents of Vrygrond? How much effort is being spent on satisfying the needs of the residents or is all the effort and money going towards providing more cycling paths, etcetera, in the leafy suburbs? This is probably the case, as the residents of

the leafy suburbs are probably mostly DA supporters and the residents of Vrygrond are probably not! The second issue is that of criminality. There were obviously criminal elements involved in the October protests and I am sure that there are criminal elements involved in the on-going problems surrounding the repair of the lights. It is disgraceful that the council is not taking serious steps to trace and prosecute those criminals responsible for damage to government property. Some serious steps must be taken by the authorities to rectify the situation which is out of hand. ROBIN, Email

Get rid of the traffic lights It is indeed a quite shocking state of affairs. Having lived in the United Kingdom (UK) for many years in the ’80s I got to love the use of roundabouts. Maybe it’s worth doing a follow-up article on the possibility of getting rid of the traffic lights permanently. Sunrise circle works perfectly and there is a new circle that has recently been created on Ladies Mile Road at the new Checkers. Surely this would be a forward-looking solution to the problem on Prince George Drive. TONY, Email

Safety should be prioritised Where were the enforcement volunteers when they were needed on Fish Hoek beach? On Saturday 26 October, Martha Gibson was attacked on the catwalk by a woman who punched her on the side of the face. Martha nearly fell over the railing onto the rocks, and is traumatised. The law enforcement office was closed. The homeless people who live on the catwalk and in the subway tunnel are to blame for community insecurity on the catwalk, Martha says. Martha agrees with mayor Dan Plato who extols the beauty of Cape Town and reminds us that Cape Town has been nominated as the best location on the continent. He calls Cape Town a “wonderful city”, “a must-see destination”. He has his eye on more awards for our city and not once does he mention community safety nor tourism safety. ANGELA BOTHA, Fish Hoek

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 3 December 2019

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


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

Afrika Ablaze is hosting an audition for their 2020 production.

Following the public vote, Crazy-J Suave, (born Joshua Bukasa) was announced the winner of this year’s Festive Lights SwitchOn Music Challenge. The 24-year-old local hip-hop artist performed with some of the country’s best musicians at the Festive Lights Switch-On event on Sunday 1 December, at the Grand Parade. Crazy-J Suave won a tight competition from 182 other competitors. He bagged a staggering 5 180 votes with his happy and vibey song “Aquafina”. He also took home R10 000. “I’m so grateful and thankful to have this opportunity to perform in front of my city and showcase why I have been working so hard on my craft,” says Crazy-J-Suave. “This means so much to me because I’m trying to inspire and show young people who

are in my position that anything is possible if you work hard and stay persistent, and that you will reap the benefits of your labour, so I’m heavily grateful and blessed for this opportunity.” While born in Madagascar, Crazy-J Suave has made his home here in South Africa. Born on 7 April 1995, the “Trappanense” hiphop music artist grew up in Lavender Hill, but moved to Milnerton at the age of 18, where he currently resides. He describes his sound as ‘new school rap’ that he’s created. “I’ve used normal hip-hop elements but with my own twist, incorporating our local slang as well, and it’s also about encouraging the youth to chase their dreams and do what they are passionate about.” Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith, who met with the talented young performer, noted how popular the music challenge has become. “There is such a diversity of musical talent in Cape Town and this is clearly reflected in the broad range of entries the Music Challenge received this year. “Well-done to everyone who submitted a video but there can be only one winner, so our congratulations go to Joshua Bukasa – Crazy-J-Suave,” Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith and Crazy-J-Suave. says Smith.

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She’s taking over the global stages one mesmerizing performance at a time, and now Showtime Australia artist Belinda Davids is set to heat up the Christmas season with the release of her first holiday album: Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas. The Port Elizabeth-born Davids, who just returned from touring the UK and Russia last month, is expected to drop the album on Wednesday 20 November – the same day as her much-anticipated opening night concert in Cape Town, marking a two-year wait for her Mother City fans to catch the diva live in concert again. Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas is a 12track soulful album that is guaranteed to encourage all Christmas-lovers to get into an early Christmas spirit. Recording a Christmas album became a special and personal project for Davids when she realised the significance of spending the festive season with her two children and extended family. “My touring schedule is so hectic, sometimes I barely have time to breathe, so when

From Saturday 14 to Sunday of-a-kind – a must-have for 15 December, Kommetjie’s those who appreciate fine artists will open their studiart. “Even an edition of os to the public and art lovprints is usually handers from all over the Cape pulled one-of-a-kind. When and beyond. you buy something that is Kommetjie Open Studios carefully conceptualised, will allow art lovers to enwith the unique style of the gage with some of their faartist, there is that exclusivvourite local artists and find ity to the artwork, which inout more about the hard fluences the purchase of the work that goes into creating work,” says Holmes. paintings, prints, sculpture, Organisers encourage pottery and high-end craft. Visitors to Kommetjie Open visitors to donate any art Laurel Holmes, an artist Studios can enjoy the best of materials or stationery that and one of the organisers, Joanne Milne’s work. is no longer being used, fabsays the event promotes loric for making up theatrical cal talent and creates a platform for people costumes, and non perishable food like juice to connect and communicate around art. and peanut butter. These can be deposited “Open Studios Kommetjie believes that en- at each studio on the map, which will have gaging with local artistic talent provides in- a collection box. spiring opportunities for cultures to conThe studios will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 nect, and enables communities to grow to- on each day. There is no entrance fee, so gether. It rewards creative and innovative bring your friends and families and enjoy a minds for their talent, and art has the ability wonderful weekend of art by the sea. to share common values and beliefs between V Visit @kommopenstudios to view artists and for a different groups of people,” she says. detailed map of the addresses of the studios and for Each art piece on show is unique and one- updates register on the events page.

Belinda Davids

I can be at home over Christmas and truly be present with my children it is the greatest gift, and super important to me – it’s the creation of memories,” she says. With this album, Davids wanted to give her fans a taste of what her early Christmas memories were like. “These are the classics that were played at Christmas time when I was young. I adore Christmas songs, but they are often so cheesy, so when I sat in the studio I wanted to record those same classics that are timeless and nostalgic, but with a soulful and playful vibe that reflects the diverse musical influences I had in my upbringing. I think we managed to deliver just that,” she says. Some of the festive season classics to expect on the album include: “Silent Night”, “Joy to the World”, “Away in a Manager”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, and “When a Child Is Born”. Davids, who now calls Cape Town home, recorded the album in Johannesburg earlier this year, with studio time juggled between her international touring commitments over four months. It’s been a long time coming for Davids to finally release more solo music; she was just 16 years old in 1996 when she released her debut album Belinda which included the hit single “We Go Together”. “Christmas in my grandmother’s house was a highlight for me, where all her kids and grandkids gathered and there was just always so much presence of family throughout the holidays. We would all decorate the house, walls and the Christmas tree – all while our favourite Christmas classics were playing in the background. It meant the world to be around family and to celebrate Christmas Day with my loved ones,” she says.

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


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

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

Fish Hoek’s Tyra Buncombe was crowned the women’s world long-distance prone paddleboard champion last week.

Crusaders conquered by Giants SEAN CAMPBELL


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

Celebrating a semi final win The Independent Institute of Education’s Varsity College Cape Town touch rugby first team celebrated its recent 14-7 victory over the Untouchables in the semi-final game in the Villagers League. The team had a rough start to the league, losing four games, but that quickly picked up with them winning the semi-final. They are now gearing up to compete in the final against DT Warp. The team has entered the league thrice and won the second division of the league twice. “Our team is very strong and league-competitive. We look forward to a challenging game and hope to win,” said 21-year-old second year B.Comm Economics student and first team captain Josh Wegener.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Safa Cape Town president Bennett Bailey (left) and Rashied Isaacs.




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