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Occupants of the land where the former South African National Circus School in Observatory used to be maintain the vegetable garden that they have planted. PHOTO: NOMZAMO YUKU


End of the ‘circus’ for occupants NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


ncertainty surrounds the issue of the illegal occupancy of the land where the former South African National Circus School in Observatory used to operate from. The City of Cape Town has a case pending in court to evict these occupants who say they have nowhere else to go. Zahid Badroodien, Mayco member for community services and health, says once

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this process has been finalised, the building will be scheduled for demolition. City’s spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo explains that the City terminated the lease in June 2017. “The lessee was in breach of the contract, making use of the property for commercial purposes by sub-letting the asset for accommodation purposes when the circus was no longer active,” claims Tyhalibongo. Some of the occupants have stayed at the property for more than three years. In the

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beginning, some of the tenants rented the property from the owner of the circus school, Dimitri Slaverse, “not knowing he was not supposed to rent it out”. The tenants allegedly paid between R1 500 to R2 500 per room, whereas Slaverse allegedly paid a rental fee of R150 per annum according to the City. This continued until the City issued a warning letter about evictions last year. Activities at the circus became less frequent until it finally moved out of the premises in May this year. However, Slaverse left


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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Homeless benefits from acts of kindness TARRYN-LEIGH SOLOMONS @TARRYNS07

due to addictions and couples not wanting to separate. n additional 18 homeless “We have 70 beds people can now be acand 15 mattresses, thecommodated at Elim refore, we cater for 85 Nightshelter after staff of adults sleeping here WP Media (publishers of Pedaily,” explains Shaople’s Post, City Vision and fiek. TygerBurger) put notebooks Housemother Liza and pens aside to make Ortell says she is grateemergency waterproof ful for the efforts of the sleeping bags for the shelWP Media team: “We ter. think it’s amazing as This was in conjunction we are currently out of with Media24’s #1000 Acts of mattresses. Now we Kindness project. can at least cater to 18 The sleeping bags are ma- At the back are Paul Breytenbach and Patricia Abrahams. In front are Liza Ortell more homeless peode with newspaper and plas- (Elim housemother), Shanaaz Karan, Irfaan Saban, Anthony Maroon, David White ple,” she says. tic, creating a warm, porta- and Rosetta Stuurman. V Elim Nightshelter will PHOTO: TARRYN-LEIGH SOLOMONS ble and waterproof emerbe hosting a fundraiser at gency sleeping bag for those in need. “We have a lot of street people coming to The Barnyard Theatre in Bellville on 12 September Manager of the shelter Shafiek Ortell says the gates of Elim Night Shelter daily. They at 20:00. Tickets cost R160. For bookings and inhomeless people come knocking at their normally come for a meal and not for accom- formation call Shafeek Ortell on 061 414 8993 or door every day. modation as they prefer to live on the streets email

A People's Post is published by WP Media, a subsidiary of Media24. WOODSTOCK / MAITLAND 16 391 copies distributed Tuesdays to the following areas: Salt River, University Estate, Walmer Estate, Woodstock, Observatory, Factreton, Kensington, Maitland, Maitland Garden Village and Paarden Island. OTHER EDITIONS People's Post also has the following nine standalone editions: False Bay (30 972) Mitchell's Plain (83 340) Retreat (23 423) Grassy Park (21 838) Lansdowne (21 130) Athlone (30 252) Constantia / Wynberg (30 069) Claremont / Rondebosch (30 843) Atlantic Seaboard / City (29 246) Total print order: 318 495 WHOM TO CONTACT EDITOR: Thulani Magazi Email: REPORTER: Nomzamo Yuku E-mail: SALES MANAGER: Shafiek Braaf Tel: 021 910 6615 Email: MAIN BODY ADVERTISING: Yvette Smith Tel: 021 910 6577 Email: CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: 087 353 1328 Email: PRESS CODE, CORRECTIONS People's Post subscribes to the South African Press Code and we are committed to journalism that is honest, accurate, fair and balanced. Under our editorial policy, we invite readers to comment on the newspaper's content and we correct significant errors as soon as possible. Please send information to the news editor at or phone 021 910 6500. Alternately, please contact the Ombudsman of Media24's Community Press, George Claassen at or 083 543 2471. Complaints can also be sent to the SA Press Ombudsman on telephone 021 851 3232 or via email or

Nominate those elder heroes now Do you know elder superheroes who, despite their age and social circumstances, go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities? Nominate them now for a Community Champions Elders Award. Through the awards, now in its fourth year, People’s Post, TygerBurger and City Vision, in partnership with Spec-Savers, aim to honour those awesome elders who are making a profound difference in their communities­. He, or she, could be the older, active neighbourhood watch patroller walking the streets at 04:00, feeding the children in their street, driving the sick to the clinic, knitting beanies and blankets for unwanted babies or giving free boxing lessons to keep the youth off the streets, all out of their own pockets. Tell us what wonderful deeds they’ve do-

ne for their community.

How to nominate Download the nomination form on the People’s Post, TygerBurger or City Vision Facebook pages or request one from cecilia@me- or call 021 910 6500. Alternatively, collect one from our office located in the Bloemhof Building (3rd floor), 112 Edward Road, Bellville. Nomination forms are also available at the following Spec-Savers stores: . Bayside Centre, Table View; . Blue Route Mall, Tokai; . CapeGate Shopping Centre, Brackenfell; . Cavendish Square, Claremont; . Canal Walk, Century City; . Kenilworth Centre; . Khayelitsha Shopping Centre; . Longbeach Mall, Noordhoek; . N1 City Mall, Goodwood; . Parow Centre; . The Promenade Mall, Mitchell’s Plain . Tygervalley Shopping Centre, Bellville; . Vangate Mall, Athlone and . Zevenwacht Mall, Kuils River.

find a job, but if I can get something and earn enough to sustain the two of us, I would be happy to find a place to stay. This is no way to live,” she says. Some of the occupants have even started planting vegetable gardens, saying they are trying to make life better. They say they are not criminals, but it is their circumstances which led them to find what they thought was an affordable rental property. Gregory Booth, one of the occupants, says they would be happy to leave if they could find alternative accommodation nearby as living in Observatory is convenient. He says they are trying to make ends meet and cannot afford daily travelling costs to look for casual jobs.

He hopes the City will help them find suitable accommodation when the time comes. The issue around this land has caused conflicts in the community. Residents are not sure what the future holds. Some want the space to be used for recreational purposes while others feel it should be left for housing for the less fortunate. The condition of the land, as well as the clubhouse, is deteriorating. At present, there is no maintenance or security system in place. Slaverse, who at first agreed to reply to questions sent by People’s Post, later said he had left the matter to the Trust of the circus to deal with. No response had been received by the time of going to print.

Nominations close on Tuesday 27 August Elders making a difference can once again be nominated in one of two categories: “7080 years” or “80 plus”. Six finalists will be selected and notified by Tuesday 3 September. All their wonderful deeds will be featured in the newspaper in the weeks following, whereafter our readers can vote for the People’s Choice winner. The winners in both categories, as well as the People’s Choice winner, will be announced at a morning tea in Cape Town on Saturday 12 October.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Substance abuse in schools a concern NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


he issue of substance abuse is slowly escalating to schools in Factreton, Kensington and Maitland communities and interventions are needed. The concerns have been raised by the ward 56 councillor Helen Jacobs, a resident Quinton Langeveldt and a deputy principal of Maitland High School, Leon Kapp. They say the communities have been known for having lots of issues, but it is more problematic to see it affecting the school. According to Jacobs, there was an incident that took place recently where a nineyear-old boy was found with drugs, and it was discovered that he had used them. She says authorities on their own will not

be able to solve this through the interventions that have been established, but rather need buy-in from the parents as well. Jacobs says currently organisations have come on board and offer programmes at schools and in the greater communities. She also says they work closely with police to address the issue. Langeveldt says it is sad that government is not doing much to solve the problem before it escalates. He believes that gang violence and substance abuse go hand in hand and if the gang members could be removed from the communities, the situation could be controlled, and children could be saved. Kapp says the school has been dealing with the issue for the past six months and boys are mostly affected. He says the school is trying to tighten se-

curity and searching learners’ schoolbags when there are suspicions, but learners always find ways to sneak “the stuff” into the school premises. He says this has a negative impact as some learners who are using drugs tend to arrive late for school and sometimes leave during school breaks to get a fix, returning to classes “on another level” and disrupt the teaching and learning. Recently, Kensington police joined hands with the department of social development to host a talk about substance abuse at Kenmere Primary School. The station’s spokesperson, Sergeant Angeline Grill says children responded well. She hopes with more programmes children will be aware of the danger of substance abuse. V If you know of any school affected by substance abuse email

W.D Hendricks Primary School has 350 learners from surrounding communities and as it did with the revamp of the park, it does welcome help from the public to improve and create a better and safer place for learning.

Organisations create safe play area for kids NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku Learners at W.D Hendricks Primary School in Factreton can now play freely, knowing they are safe, as two local organisations joined hands to create a safer space. Quinton Langeveldt, founder of the Langeveldt Foundation, says the school is in the heart of a volatile community affected by shootings and substance abuse. As it is his foundation’s mandate to uplift children, he says they approached the school, to improve its old park and the principal, Luzell Cooper expressed her concern about the park that is not safe anymore. She wanted it to be moved to the

back. “She then asked us if building a wall was possible. The foundation then approached Play Sports for Life (PS4L) for assistance as this was a bigger job than anticipated,” says Langeveldt. Through the help of the PS4L, the park was moved and upgraded and is partially completed. Most of the equipment is installed and they are in the process of replacing broken swings, painting the wooden equipment “so the park could look alive once again and can be used and enjoyed by the youngsters safely,” says Langeveldt. “A slab wall has also been put up to secure the park area so that the Grade R learners at the school can play without

the fear of being struck by bullets due to the on-going gang violence,” Langeveldt says. Cooper says children are excited about the park. She says the shootings are becoming worrisome and the school, which is a nofee school, could not afford the costs of moving and renovating it. “We cannot just ask our parents to help because we understand their circumstances, most of them survive off social grants. As the school, we always explore other options to make things happen. We are very thankful to the organisations,” says Cooper. She says the park is only used by the 60 Grade R learners.

Thanks ouma, grandpa or gogo South African pensioners will receive a 50% discount on Groot Constantia’s visitors route tickets every Tuesday in August, starting today, in celebration of World Senior Citizen’s Day. The day was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1990, and today it is celebrated around the world on 21 August to recognise the contributions

that older people make to society. The pensioners will also get discount on 20 and 27 August. They will only pay R52.50 for Groot Constantia’s visitors route experience ticket which includes: . Manor House Museum and Cloete Cellar access; . Three self-guided tours, including a vineyard tour and cellar tour;

. Wine tasting (five wines of your choice); . A Souvenir Spiegelau crystal glass. To qualify, SA pensioners must present a valid SA green barcoded ID or Smart ID. V For more information visit or connect with Groot Constantia via social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @GrootConstantia.


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Growing with an act of kindness NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


eamwork is all it takes for Kensingtonbased Alpha Charity Foundation to stay on top of its game. This follows shortly after their second win at a potjiekos competition at the annual Bikers Charities Western Cape Cancer Run (BCWC) held at Kensington Civic Centre on Sunday 28 July. The foundation’s founding member Kevin Alexander says this is a second consecutive win. “It is mainly the result of the amazing teamwork of our members combined with each member’s passion and tenacity to make a difference in the lives of others. “Secondly, we have some awesome cooks on board like Merle Stober and Lauren Saunders,” he says. The foundation participates in the Cancer Run competitions to raise funds for the cause and contribute to helping the canceraffected community. Alexander says as a non-profit organisation (NPO) this is their way to show they care and understand the hardships of having a sick family member, and he thanked the community for the support. They managed to raise about R1 300 from sales of their three winning potjies. The foundation walked away with a gas cooker and tank, aprons, caps, a hardcover recipe book, and a bottle of wine. Alexander says over the years of their existence, he and other founding members are proud to see the foundation being able to go an extra mile to help. The foundation was founded in 2015 and has been working closely with the Cancer Run team ever since.

Members of the Alpha Charity Foundation in Kensington are hopeful, as support for their initiatives keep growing. From left are Kevin Alexander, Amber Trimm and Merle Stober. However, its key focus is on empowering the vulnerable children and seniors in the community. It hosts various activities including high teas, getaways and annual celebrations to entertain and give hope to the less fortunate. Alexander says over the years they have reached 240 elderly and 30 children. “Since we have started, we have made a

significant impact on the community with the elderly looking forward to our visits and events, children have been made aware of the environment, a healthy clean lifestyle and aspire to be model citizens. “Our beneficiaries at informal settlements like Freedom Farm in Belhar are always in need of our charity drives for food, clothes, and blankets,” he says.

Bobby van der Westhuizen a senior member of the BCWC says the event was a success and he appreciates all the support that they received. He says more than a 1 000 supported the event. BCWC helps people living or affected by cancer pay for medical bills. However, they prioritise bikers.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Four City sites put forward for reinvention T

he City of Cape Town is considering making available four underused City-owned sites to the private sector for carbon-neutral mixed-use. The underused sites are located close to public transport services in Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Diep River, and Goodwood, and could also be repurposed for transit-oriented development. The proposal is the result of the City’s participation in the second round of the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme, a worldwide competition for carbon-neutral developments. The purpose of the programme is to

transform underused urban sites into beacons of zero carbon emissions and resilient development. The second round of the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme will be launched in Copenhagen in October this year. The City has asked Capetonians to comment on the proposal and to submit their feedback by 8 September. “Also, we want to see proposals that address urban sustainability and include features that will address water and energy conservation,” said Marian Nieuwoudt, Mayco member for spatial planning and environment.

The proposed sites are: . Athlone station car park opposite the entrance to the Athlone train station. This site comprises of 3.7ha. Apart from being close to the station, the area is well-served by minibus-taxis and about 8km from the Cape Town central business district. . Kapteinsklip station precinct in Mitchell’s Plain. It is located to the north and south of Baden Powell Drive at the intersections of Eisleben and Weltevreden roads. It comprises of 30.6ha. The site includes underused car parks and undeveloped open spaces and is located on the False Bay coast close to the Mnandi resort and the Kapteinsklip train station. . Moquet Farm in Diep River. The site is on the intersection of Main and Kendal roads and comprises of 2.1ha. The rail station is a block away, and the site is ideal for higher density mixed-use development. . Tygerdal site at the Montevista station, Goodwood. The site comprises of 7.6ha. It is close to major retail and commercial centres. The site is ideal for a mixed-use transit-oriented development and could include different tenure options and housing opportunities to a wide range of income groups. “We have chosen these sites because it will contribute to dense, transit-oriented growth and development along integration corridors. “We want to create more inclusive communities with access to improved services,

job opportunities, and affordable housing and public transport,” said Nieuwoudt. Together, these sites cover approximately 40ha. The combined market value of the sites is R316 million. “By making available the sites to the private sector for development we can ignite much needed urban renewal in these areas, economic growth, and job creation,” added Nieuwoudt. She said sites were also ideal for high-density housing as they were close to train stations, minibus-taxi services, and bus stops. “Should we decide to go ahead, we want to see developments that include high-density housing opportunities across a wide range of typologies, tenures and incomes. It must be affordable and could be balanced with commercial and public uses. Whatever is proposed must enhance the urban environment and improve the quality of life for residents from the area. It must be safe, convenient, and attractive,” said Nieuwoudt. Should the City decide to make the land available for development, the bidders will need to submit design proposals that minimise the amount of energy a building uses for heating, cooling, hot water, lighting, ventilation, electrical services, and so forth. The projects will have to reduce energy demand, use energy efficiently, and use renewable energy, or low-carbon energy. V To comment on the proposal or for more information, visit More information is also available at all subcouncil offices and libraries across Cape Town.

Some of the technicians during the maintenance of the Table Mountain Cableway. PHOTO: NOMZAMO YUKU

Business as usual at cableway NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku Table Mountain Cableway is back in business. It opened on Monday 12 August, a week earlier than expected. Annual maintenance and routine checks, begun on Monday 8 July, was scheduled for completion on Monday 19 August. Managing director Wahida Parker announced the reopening of the cableway at a media briefing at the popular tourist destination on Wednesday 7 August. She invites guests to visit and enjoy the views once again. She applauds the team of technicians for their good work and for finishing ahead of schedule. Parker says the annual maintenance is necessary to ensure the safety of visitors and staff and to abide by the rules regu-

lating the cableway. “Annual maintenance is non-negotiable and ensures we can continue to safely and efficiently showcase our beautiful mountain to more than one million visitors each year – a responsibility and honour that we do not take lightly,” Parker says. Technicians say the work went smoothly despite unpredictable weather. Technical manager Emile Streicher says they replaced the heel and haul ropes, and also tested and replaced the load-bearing components on the cabins. The mechanical overhaul of the rotating floors and cabin door mechanisms in the cable cars were also completed, as well as the maintenance of the hydraulic and brake system. He attributes the good work to great team spirit from all who were involved.


PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Bumper week for traffic department

Officers arrested 176 taxi drivers for outstanding warrants during four operations in Delft, Manenberg, Mfuleni and Kraaifontein.


ver four days, officers arrested taxi drivers for 1596 outstanding warrants totalling nearly R3 million. The first week in August was huge for The City of Cape Town’s Traffic officers who made 300 arrests in total, impounding 134 vehicles and 242 cellphones, and issuing 27 468 fines for various offences. General enforcement activities resulted in the arrests of 16 motorists for drunk driving, 13 motorists for reckless and negligent driving, 84 motorists who had outstanding warrants, 10 motorists on a range of other charges. But it was Operation Reclaim that saw warrant dodgers hit the skids during four operations in Delft, Manenberg, Mfuleni and Kraaifontein. Between Thursday 1 August and Sunday 4 August, officers arrested 176 taxi drivers for 1 596 outstanding warrants totaling R2 742 470.

One of them, aged 50, has 167 outstanding warrants to the value of R230 900. He was also found in possession of a firearm with an expired licence. Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith says that the traffic department continues to be overrun by complaints about the behaviour of taxi drivers. “The taxi industry needs to take responsibility for its actions. I urge errant drivers to pay their outstanding fines, and to start showing greater regard for the rules of the road,” he said. “In recent months, the Cape Town Traffic Service has increased its level of operations in this area, and so it is only a matter of time before you’re caught. “We are also about to increase the size of the Taxi Enforcement Unit, which will significantly improve our ability to respond to the ongoing contempt for the rules of the road by the public transport sector,” said

Smith. Elsewhere on the roads, the Metro Police arrested 42 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol during a series of vehicle checkpoints across the city. They also arrested 12 suspects for possession of drugs, and one for the illegal possession of ammunition. On Thursday 1 August, officers attached to the Metro Police Property Crime Unit were alerted to drug dealing taking place from a red Hyundai at the corner of Main and Station roads in Mowbray. Officers spotted the vehicle and searched, revealing 55 bankies of dagga, four cellphones and R2 250 in cash in a black backpack. The driver and passenger, aged 25 and 24, were arrested for possession of drugs and dealing in drugs and detained at Mowbray Police Station. On the highways, Metro Police officers came to the aid of 54 motorists who had expe-

rienced mechanical breakdowns. Officers stood down at the locations on the N2, R300, Spine Road, Baden Powell Drive and the N1 until the motorists were able to get going again, to prevent them from falling victim to crime. “We renew our appeal to motorists to please ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy and that they have enough fuel to get to their destination. “It’s also important to keep a spare wheel, water, as well as oil in the vehicle, as these are the most common reasons cited for breakdowns,” added Smith. He reminded motorists to save the number for the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on their cellphone so that they could call for help in the event of a breakdown or an emergency. V Residents of the City of Cape Town can call 107 in an emergency using a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.


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Gunshot patients in the spotlight SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA @SihleMusic


Mary Bruce


thank the Lord for my life today, because I could have been gone.” These were the words of a visibly emotional Mary Bruce. The Hanover Park resident shared her story at a media briefing, organised by the provincial health department and Groote Schuur Hospital, on Thursday 8 August. Themed “Gun Shot Injuries at Groote Schuur Hospital Trauma Centre”, the event cast a spotlight on the challenges the hospital faced daily in caring for gunshot patients. Bruce (48) told reporters what happened on Sunday 7 July, the day she was shot. “I was busy hanging washing when I heard gunshots,” she said. When she turned around, she was hit by a bullet in her left leg. Bruce was rushed to Groote Schuur Hospital where she underwent operations on her leg. She is currently in a wheelchair but she is positive she will make a full recovery. “I do believe I will be able to walk again,” she said. She thanked the hospital staff for their care during her stay. She also called on authorities to strengthen measures to rehabilitate teenagers who were involved in drugs and gangsterism. She did not reveal too many details about the person who shot her. All she said was she believed the perpetrator was not older than 17. Bruce was joined by various officials from the provincial department of health, which included the provincial minister of health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Professor Andy Nicol, head of the trauma centre at the hospital.

Nicol presented a PowerPoint presentation, outlining the surgery process for a gunshot patient. During his presentation, he commended the Firearm Control Act, saying “it works”. According to Nicol, the hospital admits 36 gunshot patients per month. He also spoke about a growing trend in gunshot wound patients. “In the past, we used to see single-shot gunshot patients, but that has changed,” he explained. Now most are admitted with multiple gunshot wounds. Mbombo lambasted the media for always pointing fingers at the authorities when things go wrong in the health sector. As an example, she mentioned the outcry over patients who were reportedly sleeping on the floor at some Khayelitsha hospitals. She explained the reason for occurrences like these was a decrease in the available budget, which was further depleted by the high cost of violence-related care. She said the department sometimes finds itself in a position where it has to redirect an ambulance that has been sent out. “We are doing battleground medicine. We rob Paul to pay Pauline,” she said, describing instances where some call-outs had to take priority over others due to the severity of injuries. She also discussed the shortage of staff at hospitals which she attributed to the dwindling budget. In a bid to address the rise in gunshot patients, she said the department was conducting external interventions in the classified “red zone areas”. She explained that data will be collected to determine if progress had been made.

Government calls on women to be vigilant Finding balance between work and family life in a fast-paced environment can place significant pressure on women, affecting their mental and physical health. In celebration of International Women’s Day, which is observed annually on 9 August, the provincial department of health encourages women to prioritise their health and to work with them to find ways to improve their mental and general wellbeing. “Finding balance in our competitive society takes a strain on our women and families and by improving the health of women, this, in turn, enhances the productivity, social and economic participation and development of families. “We are highlighting the importance of prevention and promotion of wellness to build healthy, resilient, wellness-conscious individuals, and families throughout the province,” says Western Cape minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo. The department highlights the services available to women at its health facilities and women are encouraged to take full advantage of their free access to a range of health services available at any public health clinic in the province. The following services are available to women: contraception; pregnancy testing; termination of pregnancy (TOP); antenatal (pre-birth) health care; birth/labour services; post-natal (after-birth) health care; cervical cancer screening; menopause care; tuberculosis (TB) and HIV screening and care; chronic condition care and management; sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment and youth-friendly clinics. They also offer counselling and screening services, which include referrals for mammograms, information on self-examination for breast cancer, general information regarding nutrition and wellness, sexual abuse and rape counselling; as well as mental health screening, counselling and care. The department’s services are not only limited to more mature women, but also

available to young women and Sandra Mentoor (67) from girls who are particularly vulEastridge. She receives a nerable living in societies with state pension and is the sole many social challenges. breadwinner to a household To empower them, the departof five. ment has partnered with NacoMentoor neglected her sa to continue with the Young, health to take care of her famWomen and Girls programme in ily and put food on the table. the Cape Metro Klipfontein ar“I was very sceptical when ea. the community health workThis programme, which has ers knocked on my door to been funded for another three provide home-based healthyears by Global Fund, focuses care. I had negative experienon increasing retention in ces from state healthcare school, decreasing the HIV inciwhich made me avoid going dence and teenage pregnancy, to day hospitals for help,” accelerate prevention to reduce says Mentoor. new HIV and TB infections and “I have diabetes and never STIs, decrease gender-based viotook care of my health previlence and increase economic opously because I had to proportunities for our young girls vide for my family. My neand women living in the Cape glect led to all my toes being Flats. amputated on my right foot “To ensure that the departwhich could have been treatment reaches its Healthcare ed and healed with proper 2030 goal towards becoming care,” Mentoor explained. more person-centred, a Whole of Because of the CHWs perSociety Approach (WOSA) is resistence to provide healthquired whereby all role-players, care, Mentoor finally allowed partners and government bodthem in her home to start ies work together to ensure that treating her health problem. our women and their families “Not only did they assist healthcare and other social me and got me on the road to needs are met to ensure a recovery, but they managed healthier and more well-balto link up the rest of my anced lifestyle in the home,” household with the Departsays Mbombo. ment of Social Development The Community-Based Servifor assistance and helped to ces unit of the department partsolve educational challenges ners with non-profit organisamy grandchildren faced,” tions (NPOs) to help women in says Mentoor. need find well-balanced lifes- Sandra Mentoor being examined at home by Sister Anthea Abrahams All Women’s Health primatyles by utilising Community as part of the Provincial Health Community Orientation project. ry healthcare services are Healthcare Workers (CHWs) to free of charge, and we encourconduct home assessments and assist in to women and families who are unable to age all women, including young girls, to finding suitable healthcare assistance, as visit their local health facility, form part make use of these services to improve their well as linkages for the family to local clin- of a new initiative introduced by the de- health status and well-being. ics and other government institutions. partment called the Community Orientat- V To find out how to make use of these services, These home visits by community health- ed Primary Care (COPC) project. visit or your care workers and healthcare professionals One participant in the COPC project is nearest healthcare facility.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Varsity College netball rises to the occasion T he Independent Institute of Education’s (IIE) Varsity College Cape Town netball first team participated in this year’s University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament at Witwatersrand University recently. The ladies were off to a victorious start as the girls defeated the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) with a 38-31 win. “The girls played fantastically well after being promoted from C to B division. It was important that we got our USSA tour off to a winning start,” says Andrew Howitt, Varsity College Cape Town’s sports coordinator. On the second day of the tournament, the ladies unfortunately lost by the skin of their teeth, 36-35, to the Durban University of

Technology (DUT). On day three the team made a comeback with a convincing 50-33 win against Central University of Technology (CUT). The team lost their opening match on day four, 45-26, to UCT and on the same day, they bounced back by defeating the University of Johannesburg (UJ) with a 34-28 win in game two. On the last day of the tournament the team beat the University of Limpopo (UL) with a win of 48-31 in the final match of USSA tour. “As a newly promoted team the odds were stacked against us in a far more competitive division, however, coming forth to some well-established university’s insured that USSA 2019 was a success and by that we were very proud of the team,” concluded Howitt.

Varsity College Cape Town netball first team who took part in the recent USSA games at Wits.

BEACON HILL CLINCH THRILLING VICTORY: Beacon Hill High School coach, Wilber Beukes (right) could not hide his excitement as he celebrated with Taariq Louw who scored the winner against Cloetesville High School in the final minute of the game, to secure the top position in the Mr Price Foundation High Schools league in Mitchell’s Plain. Beukes, who carries the rank of captain in the police, coaches the school in his free time. Beacon Hill won 3-2. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

YOUTH TOURNAMENT EXCITES: Seth Michaels of Strandfontein United (left) avoids a tackle from Imaan le Roux of Heath Athletic during the inaugural Junction Rovers u.14 tournament held at the Rygate Sport Complex on Saturday 10 August. Strandfontein won 3-1. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

City makes the first move in chess tournament The City of Cape Town’s recreation and in the Premier Division. parks department hosted the official openThe development division provides an ing ceremony of the annual Chess Western opportunity for newly established clubs to Province League at the Proteaville Recrea- participate in the biggest chess league in tion Centre last weekend. A total of 649 South Africa and also for players still withplayers from 26 clubs registered to participate. This prestigious event on the chess calendar will continue until the end of August. “The City is partnering with Chess Western Province and providing them with free usage of our facilities, with medals and equipment on loan for the duration of the chess league. “They have agreed to provide resources including a trainer to teach the game to children currently participating in the after school programmes at some of our recreation hubs,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien. The league is played over six weeks and will be concluded at the Sarepta Recreation Centre on Saturday 7 September, with the top players predominantly featuring Franklin Anthony, head of programmes and events (left).

in the development phases to play chess competitively. The platform given to players in the development section is important for advancing individual chess skills as well as the overall growth of the sport.

“The City supports chess as an academic and mentally stimulating sport, and we want to encourage children of all ages to learn more about it at their nearest recreational facility or library. “We are excited to host this tournament and about the opportunity to expand its reach. “Chess is not always seen as a game for everyone, but it benefits all who play and it’s a fun way of learning how to follow the rules and can help build concentration skills and self-confidence,” said Badroodien. The current league games have already started and were being played at the Proteaville Recreation Centre. Upcoming tournaments, taking place at the Sarepta Recreation Centre: . Saturday 17 August . Saturday 24 August . Saturday 7 September V For more information, about the recreational hubs that will host chess for children at afterschool programmes, please call Franklin Anthony on 021 400 4246 or send an email to

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Runners and walkers explore their city at the Totalsports Women’s Race in Cape Town. PHOTO: MARK SAMPSON

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he streets of Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town were flooded with a “sea of pink” when close to 23 000 runners and walkers joined forces to celebrate National Women’s Day at the Totalsports Women’s Race on Friday 9 August in support of PinkDrive. For the first time since the event’s inception in 2001, the race celebrated Women’s Day across three major cities on the same day. A very happy Annie Bothma from Mouille

Point successfully defended her title when she crossed the finish at Grand Parade in a time of 34:52 seconds. “I came here with only one purpose,” says Bothma. “I didn’t really care about the time. I just wanted to defend my title. The race is challenging because it’s a very hilly course and I knew that Zintle (Xiniwe) is a very strong runner. I like this course because I am strong on hills. I repeated the mantra ‘conquer the hills you are stronger than the hills’. It feels incredible to successfully defend my title today. The vibe

RETREAT SPEAR TITANS: Steward May of Titans Rugby Club in Grassy Park (right) is thumped to the ground in a spear tackle by Retreat’s Jared Johnson, during a Southern league game played at Fairmount High School on Saturday 10 August. Johnson got a yellow card for the dangerous tackle and May came away unscathed. The local derby was won by Retreat 38-29. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

makes this race so special. It’s so beautiful to see all these women unite on one day and run together.” Zintle Xiniwe came in second, while Beetrice Themane finished third. PinkDrive is a non-profit company (NPC) that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering free services to the medically uninsured across South Africa. PinkDrive was present at each event offering free clinical breast examinations and educating on

the importance of self- breast examinations. PinkDrive received a donation of R75 000 during this year’s prize giving. Results: 1. Annie Bothma – 00:34:52 2. Zintle Xiniwe – 00:37:06 3. Beetrice Themane – 00:37:26 4. Christiane Andriaanse – 00:37:53 5. Bulelwa Simae – 00:38:25 6. Yandiswa Shange – 00:39:36 7. Tyla le Roux – 00:39:54 8. Danette Smith – 00:40:17

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