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Cuppa for a cause One of the learners who attends The LifeMatters Foundation’s (LMF) programmes. LMF is the beneficiary of the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party that will be held at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands on Thursday 19 April from 10:00. Read more on page 4.
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Call for action NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
ommetjie residents have spoken out against ongoing violent crime in neighbouring Ocean View, urging authorities to step in with a detailed plan of action. In a letter sent to the provincial Department of Community Safety (Docs), police and the City of Cape Town, the Kommetjie Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (KRRA) says “murders and shootings in Ocean View have shocked the people in Kommetjie” and call for “efforts to bring lawfulness and peace for [their] neighbours”. The association has requested
police, Docs and the City, along with the community, to devise “a detailed plan of action which can be monitored against milestones and which will be published so our communities can be assured that you are taking concerted action”. Ewald Botha, spokesperson for Docs MEC Dan Plato, has confirmed receipt of the letter and says it has been escalated to police and City officials. “Despite the Department of Community Safety only having an oversight mandate over policing service delivery in the province, we have a basket of services available to communities to help increase safety on an ongoing basis through targeted interventions and strate-
gic partnerships around a wholeof-society approach to society – everyone has a responsibility to increase safety,” he says. These include the Walking Bus initiative, the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, youth outreaches and meetings with community leaders, groups or individuals as the need arises. Plato’s most recent engagement in Ocean View was last month, Botha says, and he has been on official visits and engagements eight times since the start of last year, excluding the impromptu visits or engagements. “One of our annual engagements, the Policing Needs and Pri-
orities determination process, will be starting in the next couple of months, which aims to bring all safety stakeholders together and devise an implementable safety plan for the community, precinct and cluster for all stations across the province. “However, as per the need expressed by the community through the KRRA, Minister Plato is looking into an earlier opportunity for role players to be able to provide feedback to the community regarding their complaints.” The association has also called on the City to install more CCTV cameras in the precinct as a “proven deterrent to crime”. V Contined on page 3.
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CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL
The stories behind the carnival NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
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 different 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 fantasti-
cally 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
Each float tells a story under this year’s theme of “Mother City, Mother Nature”.
Franco Pascoe works on one of the floats. PHOTOS: NICOLE MCCAIN
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 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.
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FROM PAGE 1 Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews says CCTV cameras provide footage of crimes that is then sent to the police’s investigating officers as evidence. “In the last financial year, an average of 29 cases per month were opened as a result of arrests due to CCTV surveillance footage. “CCTV cameras act as an effective tool in traffic management and offence monitoring, bylaw monitoring, crime prevention and evidence gathering, fire detection and prevention, medical assistance, and event and incident monitoring.” He adds that the City monitors 577 CCTV cameras, but “the CCTV network does not cover all areas”. Cameras are implemented according to the CCTV roll-out plan. “Through the ward allocation budget, the Metro Police Department assists in rolling out licence plate recognition cameras to various areas where the ward councillor has allocated funds for this technology to be installed.” In addition, the association insists the Ocean View policing precinct is underresourced in comparison with neighbouring police precincts. The association says there are 218 officers per 100 000 population, with 262 murders over four years. The figures in Muizenberg, according to the association, are 256 officers and 161 murders, in Fish Hoek 380 officers and 25 murders, and in Simon’s Town 383 officers and 15 murders. “These figures do not take into account the latest deaths. This inequality cannot continue. “The police need to examine their resourcing and increase officer power and other resources to Ocean View,” the association states. Plato explains that complaints about underresourcing of police stations and manpower constraints are “unfortunately not unique to Ocean View and even more unfortunately, not new in the Western Cape”. “I receive complaints almost every day from communities that policing service delivery is being hamstrung by stations being short-staffed and underresourced. “Resource constraints directly impact the police’s ability to respond and in worst case scenarios this could be the difference between life and death, as for those caught between gang fighting and gunfire. “The Provincial Parliament Standing Committee report on underresourcing in the province last year highlighted the extent of the problem with up to 85% of police stations being underresourced in the past and former police commissioner, Arno Lamoer, admitting that the province is understaffed by 3000 police officers. “I continuously raise the issue of well-resourced and trained police officers able to serve our communities with the provincial commissioner and will continue, through our oversight mandate, to work to see the necessary changes are made to ensure that everyone in the province receives the policing service delivery they deserve.” Local police had not commented at the time of going to print.
Roadwork accident investigated NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
nvestigations into the deaths of two construction workers, who were killed during an accident on Thursday 1 March, are underway. The construction workers were employed on the City of Cape Town’s Kommetjie Road upgrade project. The accident took place when a trench reportedly collapsed, leaving two men dead. A third man was injured in the incident. Mayco member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, says: “The City confirms with great sadness that two men, aged 38 and 31, were fatally injured during an incident that occurred at around 11:50. A trench sidewall collapsed while they were installing a new water pipeline system along Kommetjie Road in the Far South. “Martin & East, the company contracted by the City for the Kommetjie Road project,
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confirmed that another man (38) sustained minor injuries and was admitted to hospital shortly after the incident. He has been discharged since then.” When questioned about the cause of the accident, Herron only reiterated that a trench sidewall collapsed and said the cause is being investigated. “The area where the incident happened was closed off with immediate effect. No work will continue in this area until such time as the necessary investigations have been completed. The Department of Labour was informed of the incident and their investigation has started. The City’s appointed safety agent for the project has also conducted an investigation of the site. The outcome of the investigations will determine what remedial action, if any, is necessary.” The project has already faced delays due to the relocation of medium-voltage electrical cables situated in the road reserve of Ou Kaapse Weg, Herron previously told People’s Post (“Cables tie up works”, 19 October 2017).
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PERFECTLY POSH HIGH TEA PARTY
Young lives matter TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji
he LifeMatters Foundation (LMF) based in Meadowridge is an educational nonprofit 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, 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 programmes,” 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.” VFor more information on The LifeMatters Foundation contact 021 712 0383 or alnere@ lifemattersfoundation.org,
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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 programmes. Each book gets you an entry into our lucky draw. Amazing prizes are up for grabs including designer shades sponsored by Spec-Savers, L.O.V hampers sponsored by Cosmetix, a Ruff Tung garment valued at R1200, a custom crisp white shirt and a consultation valued at R2500 by Danielle Margaux, a Sport Science Institute gym vouchers, a Cocoafair hamper of bespoke chocolates, a R1000 Spree voucher, a photoshoot by Abigail K. and more. Each guest will receive a goodie bag filled with products, samples and vouchers from Spec-Savers, Vida E Cafe, Cocoafair, Cosmetix, Caribbean Tan, Angelfoods Fudgery and more. V Book now at www.webtickets.co.za/ peoplespostor in store at any Pick n Pay. Tickets are limited. V For updates like our Perfectly Posh High Tea Party event page on Facebook. Follow #PerfectlyPoshParty @thepeoplespost on Twitter or @peoplespostnewspaper on Facebook and Instagram.
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New sites explored as burial options
While applications for the second Last Man Standing event have closed, there is still the opportunity for schools to compete for R5000. Devon Petersen, Africa’s only professional darts player, has established a new leg to the competition that encourages the sport among the youth. “There is no skill level needed for the school teams. “It is just an opportunity to earn R5000 for your school,” says Petersen. “We want to get schools to enter a team of four learners and a teacher with the top scorers and the top four schools of the group round plays on stage on the Sunday. The top school then wins R5000.” School entries are free and entries for school teams close this Thursday (15 March). The Last Man Standing Darts competition will take place at
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GrandWest from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 March, where the winner will walk away with R30 000 in cash. The doors open at 12:00 on the Friday and weekend passes to watch the competition costs R120. This is the second competition presented by Petersen. Last year’s winner, Deon Oliver, was born and raised in Mitchell’s Plain and now resides in Port Elizabeth. Oliver was among the hundreds of others who travelled to the Cape to compete for the crown. The competition is sponsored in part by Heart FM, Sun International GrandWest, Pixo, AllMySports SA, Unicorn and endorsed by the South African Darts Association. More than R100 000 in prize money will be up for grabs. V For more information visit their Facebook page: Last Man Standing. Alternatively, to enter a school team, email email@example.com
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ou may soon have to lay your loved ones to rest even further away from home, as the City of Cape Town’s graveyards continue to fill up. This was stated during a recent Area South oversight meeting, in which a presentation on local cemeteries was given. Due to the shortage of local burial space and the lack of suitable land to develop, residents in the South may need to consider burial in areas such as Atlantis or Eerste River in future. During the presentation, it was stated that only one cemetery – in Ocean View – in Area South has a lifespan of more than 10 years. Plumstead Cemetery relies on pathway burials and grave reopening, while Muizeberg and Klip cemeteries have a lifespan of three to five years. Noordhoek, Dido Valley, Seaforth and Parish Road (Constantia) cemeteries are full. Ottery Cemetery is also full, but offers grave reopening, the presentation stated. However, there are plans to create more cemeteries which will see South Peninsula residents burying their loved ones in Mfuleni and Somerset West. Mayco member (East) Anda Ntsodo says two new cemeteries will be developed at the Metro
posed to cremation, new and more attractive options are being considered for the burial of cremated remains. “Memorial benches and trees can be considered in parks rather than cemeteries, where cremated remains can be buried in the tree hole or under the platform of the bench. The burial of human remains is limited to cemeteries, whereas cremated remains can be buried in an existing family grave, interred in a niche in the cemetery or at a church, or scattered on land, mountains or in the sea.” Residents can also reduce the demand on cemeteries by considering weekday burials, Ntsodo says. “Currently, 64% of burials take place on Saturdays between 11:00 and 14:00, thereby causing serious traffic jams and overcrowding. Reusing a family grave where there is sufficient depth for a second coffin to be buried on top will also assist in the densification of burials and reduction of demand for new cemetery development. “Statistics indicate that 34% of burials are second interments in private family graves. “The fact that 40% of our community have chosen cremation represents a saving of five rugby fields’ worth of burial space per year, as we are currently consuming seven rugby fields’ worth of burial space per year with the 60% who have chosen burial.”
South-east (MSE) Cemetery in Old Faure Road, Mfuleni, and the Vaalfontein Cemetery in Old Faure Road in Firgrove, Somerset West “The MSE Cemetery Phase 1 (largely civil works) is currently being constructed and will be completed by August. This will be followed by the Phase 2 building contract, the office and ablution facilities and perimeter fencing. The cemetery is expected to be actively utilised by July next year. “The Vaalfontein Cemetery is currently undergoing an environmental approval process which is expected to receive final approval by June. The advertising of the tender for the Vaalfontein Cemetery development is naturally subject to environmental approval and this cemetery is expected to be completed and active by 2020.” Other options, including a cemetery in Tafelsig and extensions to existing cemeteries, are also being explored. Ntsodo adds: “A mausoleum (144 aboveground burial crypts) was built in Maitland Cemetery. If this burial option proves to become more popular, then this concept might well be made available in the Area South cemeteries. “This option is especially suited to existing cemeteries where the water table is too high during winter, therefore prohibiting ground burials. Where communities are not religiously or culturally op-
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Tuesday 13 March V Fish Hoek: Fish Hoek Art Society will be holding a workshop at 14:00 at Nerina Gardens Retirement Village in Recreation Road. Fiona Nichols will be demonstrating tonal values as a valuable instruction/reminder of a pivotal principle of painting. Bring all your equipment for your chosen medium. Wednesday 14 March V Glencairn: The Simon’s Town Community Police Subforum (sector 1) for neighbourhood watches will hold their monthly meeting at 18:30 at Hotel Glencairn, Glen Road. Call Ernest Harris on 021 781 0837 or 083 319 6562. Thursday 15 March V Fish Hoek: Grief Share Bereavement Group will start a new 14-week course from 14:00 to 16:00 at the Fish Hoek Methodist Church. The course costs R150, including course material. To reserve your spot, call the church on 021 782 1569. Wednesday 21 March V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Garden Club will meet at 19:00 in the Minor Hall of the Civic Centre, Recreation Road. The speaker will be Marianne Heron whose presentation will illustrate the gardens of East Anglia. All are welcome. Visitors pay R20, including refreshments. Call 021 785 2386. V Silvermine: Friends of Silvermine walking group will be hiking the outer circuit. Meet at 08:00 at Gate 1 reservoir parking. Call 021 783 0437. Sunday 18 March V Cape Point: The Friends of ape Point will be holding a coastal hike to Buffels Bay and Antonie se Gat and back. Meet at 09:00 just through the pay-gate entrance. Bring the usual hiking gear, snacks, water and Wild/Green card or entry fee of R145. Call 021 712 6004 or 083 746 5705. Tuesday 20 March V Fish Hoek: Fish Hoek Art Society will be going on a paint-out to Groot Constantia. This is the oldest winery in South Africa and a place of stunning beauty. Meet at 10:00 in the lower parking area next to Simon’s Restaurant. Those who need lifts or directions meet at Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 09:15. Bring all your sketching equipment, a chair and hat. Call Ann on 021 782 6897. V Sun Valley: Women Connect (formerly Women Today) will be meeting at King of Kings Baptist Church from 09:30 to 11:15. The speaker is Keri Delport, the director of Autism South Africa. Please bring a plate of eats. Call the church office on 021 785 4200. Friday 23 March V Newlands: Cape Natural History Club will host a talk by Prof. Mike Bruton on South African inventions, at the Athenaeum Hall, Boundary Road at 19:30. Entry is R20. Contact Douglas Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 078 751 0159, or call Sheila Lewis on 021 782 1620. Saturday 24 March V Simon’s Town: The last community meeting for interested parties/stakeholders/members of the Simon’s Town community, to decide the future direction of the Simon’s Town Museum, will take place at the museum in Court Road at 15:00. The board has to reply to the Western Cape Museum Service by 31 March.
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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. 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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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.
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Funderland promises to wow The FunderLand and Kidz Expo, an event which is the first of its kind, will launch at GrandWest on Wednesday 28 March. The event is 11 days of fun which includes illusion, mystery and magic, music and dance, through to high-tech and gaming. The festival and expo will have 25 different “fun zones”, including the “extreme tech zone” and the African Cyber Gaming League’s presence. In addition to this, the FunderLand Talent Search and the FunderLand Mzansi Competition will also take place, which is open to all who attend. “We are going to bring you an absolute FunderLand wonderland, fulfilling both you and your children’s dreams with sheer joy. Whether their passion is robots, dinosaurs, gaming, cooking, sports or computers, FunderLand is ready to fire up the imagination and inspire whilst providing thrills all round. While the kids dance with the colourful Lollos and the cheeky Bop Boppers, rugby enthusiasts will be blown away by the cheerleading routine of the DHL Stormers Girls. Circus-style acts will amaze both the young and the young at heart,” says director Philippa Harvey Luis.
Russel Fox, known as “Magician Insane”, will be joined by the freestyling comedic soccer trickster Kyle Rinquest, in addition to Steven Winter from the Winter Sessions, the unbelievable beatboxer Benji Man, Loki Rothman, Desmond Wells, Stephan Visagie, Nic Stevens, Nadia Louw, Shaun Tait, Quinton Prinsloo, Burger le Roux and Elvis impersonator James Marais. “We are committed to awakening, growing and supporting our country’s incredible creative talent, and are beyond excited to receive our first entries. If your child has a passionate talent we encourage you to help them enter and we have ensured it is super easy to do so. Produced and directed by award-winning producers, the stage is set to be lit in every imaginable way,” adds Luis. Entrants are required to film themselves performing their unique talent, then simply upload the 60-second video to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, or directly to http://funderland.co.za/talent-search/. All details and rules can be found here too, along with the amazing prize details. V Tickets to FunderLand can be purchased on their website at http://funderland.co.za/buy-ticket
Enter five-a-side 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. Each team can consist of eight to 10 players and tickets can be bought at Webtickets or in-store at selected Pick n Pay stores. V For more information, contact Shaun at email@example.com or call 021 531 0277.
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fter four years of rehabilitation, Pemba, an adult Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacae) that was found floating in Table Bay Harbour in December 2014, was released within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on Thursday. Pemba’s rehabilitation and release was made possible through the joint efforts of the Two Oceans Aquarium and uShaka Sea World in Durban. Pemba was admitted to the Two Oceans Aquarium turtle rehabilitation and release programme after a boat-based tour operator found her floating in Table Bay Harbour. An initial examination revealed a fracture on the side of her carapace (shell), presumably from a boat propeller strike. Surgery was performed and the fracture was wired together. The fracture healed within a couple of months. Pemba was under constant veterinary supervision and was treated with antibiotics for the fracture to her shell, as well as a suspected lung tear. Numerous attempts at removing large volumes of air from her coelomic cavity proved unsuccessful. Treatment continued at the Two Oceans Aquarium until September 2016, when the decision was made to move Pemba to the turtle rehabilitation facility at uShaka Sea World in Durban for further treatment. Pemba was still unable to dive. Pemba was transferred to Durban via a private aircraft made available by the Bateleurs, a non-profit organisation that assists with the transportation of threatened animals across Southern Africa. The staff at uShaka Sea World spent the next 16 months working with Pemba who still had buoyancy and lung issues. After a
few months it was noticed she was getting stronger and the decision was made to start the slow process of encouraging her to dive. Pieces of food were placed on the bottom of her holding pool to encourage her to dip below the surface. Initially, she would struggle without success but then gradually she started reaching her food. Over the following months she was constantly motivated to remain longer and longer underwater until eventually she was diving effortlessly without motivation. Olive Ridley turtles feed mainly on crustaceans and she could therefore not be released until she could dive deep enough to find food. Once Pemba had regained her ability to dive, the team began to plan her release. Pemba was fitted with a satellite tag, which was attached to her carapace, before being released. This satellite tag will allow scientists to track where she goes from GPS coordinates transmitted from the tag. Olive Ridley turtles are uncommon along the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal and, unlike the loggerhead and leatherback turtles, they do not nest on local beaches. Small populations of this species of turtle are found off northern Mozambique, Tanzania and north-west Madagascar. Within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (KZN) are numerous inshore and offshore reefs that are considered ideal turtle release sites as they boast abundant foraging grounds with minimal human impact. Mbibi was chosen as the release site because of its location within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Pemba is the first Olive Ridley turtle to be satellite tagged and released off the South African coast.
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new free online directory and mobile site called Building Service Advisor (BSA) – which lists service providers in Cape Town for almost every kind of need relating to home maintenance and repairs, renovations, building and gardens – is making life easy for residents no matter where they are. Service providers range from architects to interior designers, painters to plumbers, locksmiths to landscapers, and a host of others. This idea is the brainchild of Hout Bay resident Brett Emmerson who has been in the building industry for many years. Through his work he has received calls from people asking if he doesn’t know a plumber or tiler who can help them and through this interaction he has managed to build a contact base, which has given birth to the online directory. The website was launched at the beginning of February and is growing fast. Paula Addinall, BSA operations manager, says the development of the website started about three and a half years ago. “We have had a positive response. Though we are still very new it is growing fast and addressing the challenges that we saw. From routine repairs to a complete rebuild, finding a reliable service provider to assist with maintaining – or designing – your home can often be a daunting task, but it has become possible through the website,” she says. Addinall adds that the website uses geolocation, making it easy for people to connect with service providers no matter where they are. “Often tradesmen worked on a word-ofmouth basis and with people moving around, that word of mouth is lost. The website is there to solve that problem. You could be at a holiday home in a different area and need an urgent job done – the website will give you a list of service providers close to where you are,” she says. Emmerson, a builder by trade, wanted to create a comprehensive one-stop shop that could answer the questions he frequently received from clients, family and friends. “From a leaking tap or broken window to a full build, we’ve compiled the names and details of numerous suppliers, busi-
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he Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival, which showcases around 40 productions by dynamic young theatremakers from all over the province, is back. Now in its eighth year, the festival kicked off on Saturday 10 March and will end on Saturday 17 March. The Baxter Theatre Centre will be buzzing with more than 40 different theatre productions and events, featuring close to 150 artists and a line-up which is jam-packed with dynamic and diverse options catering for all tastes during the week-long festival. The award-winning actor and director Mdu Kweyama has been appointed as curator of this year’s festival and he joins the team which is spearheaded by artistic director Bongile Mantsai along with Zoleka Helesi (co-ordinator), Lauren Hannie (administrator) and Monde Myataza (sales and marketing). Kweyama has a master’s degree in Directing from UCT. He is also the 2016 Fleur du Cap New Director Award winner and a former Baxter artist-in-residence. Some of his work at the Baxter in recent years includes Reza de Wet’s Missing and Woza Albert! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon. RAW (Real Art Wednesdays) showcased on Sunday 11 March and will showcase again on Friday 16 March, featuring singers, bands, dancers, rappers, poets and beatboxers, all taking to the stage to entertain audiences. Other performances on the weekend line-up include six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport’s Game Changer and after-school programme. The main festival, with some 28 produc-
tions in the line-up, started yesterday and will run until 16 March with daily shows at 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 19:00. The festival will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday 17 March, where awards will be presented to artists and productions in various categories, while the Best of the Zabalaza Festival winner will be announced. One of this year’s highlights is the introduction of the Baxter’s brand new Platform for Special Talent, made possible through funding from the City of Cape Town. This vital initiative emerged from a need to “bridge the gap” between opportunities for young, new theatre-makers and well-known established ones. The aim is to develop and sustain theatre in South Africa by identifying talented theatre practitioners and providing them with a platform to improve their artistic portfolio and expose it to a wider audience. These artists are creating excellent work and this initiative will provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills through mentorship and immersion in a professional theatrical space, designed to enrich their experience and skills as they build viable careers in the performing and creative arts environments. Five artists and their productions have been identified, namely Chuma Sopotela’s Rest in Love, Thando Mzembe’s Zebra Conspiracy, Bulelani Mabutyana’s Final Chapter, Lwanda Sindaphi’s Kudu and Nwabisa Plaatjie’s 23 Years, a Month and Seven Days, with the latter two having full runs at the Baxter during March. Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot has once again introduced the Zabalaza Challenge where she has bought 40 tickets
at only R30 each to the performances at this year’s festival and she challenges individuals, businesses and the public to join her. “These tickets will be given to learners who cannot afford to buy any. The takings at the door go straight back to the young artists who are presenting their work at the festival. This money therefore goes back into the community so that more plays can be produced by these talented artists.” To join the challenge, go to www.baxter. co.za/ZabalazaChallenge. Another important addition this year is a three-year bursary from City Varsity to one of the participants on the main programme who applies to Zabalaza. The successful recipient will visit the Cape Town campus during 2018 and meet with curriculum advisors to decide on a course of their choice. A oneyear internship at the Fugard Theatre has also been made available for a lucky incumbent selected by the Zabalaza team to hone their craft and gain further insight into the operations of the theatre. Kweyama says: “We are super excited about the programme and I would like to welcome all the performers and theatremakers to the 2018 festival. We are especially proud of the new additions to the line-up and, in particular, the opportunities that we are able to present to the artists.” Tickets cost just R30 for any production, with the exception of the RAW (Real Art Wednesdays) showcases which are R50, and the comedy showcase oMpondo Zihlanjiwe on Saturday 10 March at 19:00, which is R80. V Booking is through Webtickets on 0861110005 or at www.webtickets.co.za, or at selected Pick n Pay outlets. Visit the Baxter website at www.baxter.co.za for the full programme.
Thank you for assistance, care Just a short word of heartfelt thanks to some people who assisted me during a recent unfortunate car accident. It gives one hope and belief in your fellow humans. I was fairly shaken and shocked during a two car collision in which I was involved. The impact forced my car onto its side and made it difficult for me to orient myself and to exit the car. Thankfully some paramedics who were on their way to another incident passed by and stopped. Their swift action helped me to exit the car quickly and safely and before leaving they summoned an ambulance. This assistance in my opinion was a contributory factor in reducing the trauma and discomfort I experienced at the accident. Furthermore another person, an ex-student of mine, Taryn also stopped as a passer-by. She contacted my family members telephonically on my behalf as I was in a state of shock. They (my family members) hurriedly came to the scene and having them with me helped reduce my anxiety and possible trauma at the scene of the accident in my opinion. The people who provided me with a chair to sit on and some water and ice are also thanked for their compassionate assistance. A special thank you also to the neighbourhood watch fraternity who came to the scene promptly. They secured the accident area, organised traffic flow and removed debris from the road. Their swift action ensured that the scene was safe for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists. They also assisted in getting my car back on its wheels so that it could be towed away safely. So this is just a big thank you to the folks mentioned above. You were really of assistance to me in your different ways but mostly you entrenched my belief that people are inherently good rather than bad and willing to help those in distress and need. D FISHER Grassy Park
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Pick up after pooches I am spending several months in Cape Town enjoying the beautiful scenery, lovely weather and local hospitality. However, I am both deeply disappointed and disgusted to find that I cannot enjoy the beautiful beaches because dozens of people are walking their dogs daily, despite large notices at beach entrances clearly showing no dogs are allowed. Within 60 seconds of hitting the sand every excited dog has defecated and it is very rare to see an owner that is responsible enough to carry poop bags to remove the offending mess. After defecating the dogs happily jog along the remainder of the beach peeing every few yards, which is what dogs do naturally. I have seen dog owners completely ignore their dogs faeces, I have seen it pushed, with the foot, under the sand and only one lady I have observed so far, found a used plastic bag but when she picked up the mess she left the bag on the beach. She only went that far because
I was pointedly watching her. This is an utter disgrace, people without pets use the beaches and lie on the sand, young children play in the sand, dig it up to make sand castles or to half bury themselves – doing what children do when at the beach. Not forgetting that the wind and tides will eventually uncover the faeces which will then get carried into the sea. In other civilised countries dogs are not allowed on beaches, if at all, between March and October and any offenders face an instant heavy fine, not to mention verbal attacks from other beach users, and rightly so. Come on pet owners, you know this is not right: It’s a breach of the law and a serious health hazard. Wherever you take your dogs for exercise then please take poop bags with you and dispose of them in the bins provided or at home. SUE SHEA Simon’s Town
Great service, staff at Groote Schuur 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
the surgery done Monday 5 February. I stayed in for five days. In this time I could see how committed, thorough and dedicated these doctors and nurses are to all patients. The medical care and services rendered are professional; the best care is given to each patient all day long. The hospital is clean and spotless. The food is heathy. I would like to send a special thanks to my team of doctors and gynaecology department from the Olarogun Firm. KARIEMA DAVIDS Wetton
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hile 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 South African National Blood Service (Sanbs) has already made a difference. 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 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. The Gaz’Lam Trophy stands for “Igazi Lami” which means “blood brother” in IsiZulu. 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 seems to be a really good increase in year-on-year collections for February of 5.04%. “This is great considering that there was a 2% decline for the same period comparing February 2016 versus 2017,” says SANBS regional marketing manager Ivor Hobbs. “There was significant increase of 9.75% in donations from people who haven’t donated for 12 months or longer. “It’s wonderful to see that through this initiative, we are attracting back regular blood donors
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MATIES ADVANCE IN KENPARK TOURNAMENT: Mitchell’s Plain’s Ethan du Toit of Maties FC (left) and Odwa Malibemi of Masidlale FC compete for the ball during the Kenpark u.23 tournament played on the Westridge on Saturday. Maties scored in the last minute of the game to win 1-0. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
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TUESDAY 13 March 2018 | People's Post | Page 12 | 0021 910 6500
40th Cycle Tour race ‘rerun’ S
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
30 000 cyclists participated in the 40th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. 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 sep-
SERVING TO WIN: The u.13A and u.13B tennis teams from Sun Valley Primary School (SVPS) set off to the George and Knysna region for a tennis festival last weekend. Over the past five years, SVPS tennis has grown in leaps and bounds. Playing against top tennis schools, the A team returned unbeaten and the B team grew tremendously. The sportsmanship on show by both SVPS teams was once again commendable. Pictured is SVPS’s Michael Morgan.
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arate incidents during and after the race. “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 cy-
clists were involved in a pile-up. A 69-yearold 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.”