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Trafalgar swimming pool has been reopened after a three-year closure. PHOTO: SAMANTHA LEE-JACOBS


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erfectly framed by Table Mountain, sits soft, green grass and crystal-blue waters. This as the Trafalgar swimming pool facility was officially reopened following a renovation project that was three years in the making. The world-class facility was reopened to the public on Friday 10 January with residents lining up to enjoy the facility. “We are happy to re-open what is essentially a new pool,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien. The pool has been re-tiled, has new piping and filtration systems, and has been

switched from a scum channel to a rim flow. The grass has also been replaced. The upgrades began in 2019 to the tune of R3.1 million despite the facility initially being closed for maintenance in 2017. “The City is committed to providing quality facilities for our residents and visitors, and the work done at the Trafalgar swimming pool bears testament to that commitment. “We have yet to hit the peak of summer, so there is still plenty of good weather on the way for visitors to enjoy the new-look facility,” said Badroodien. Dave Bryant, councillor for ward 115, says the upgrading of the pool was one of the first issues raised with him when he became the councillor in 2016. One of the residents who rallied for this

was Nadiema Safter. “I have lived in Woodstock my whole life and in 40 years of using the facility, it had not been closed once for renovations. I was sad when they closed the pool but, thinking it would be a short time, it was devastating when the pool had to be closed for three years. We then had to travel to Sea Point and Long Street pools. I stayed on top of the development because I did not want to see this become a white elephant,” said Safter to People’s Post. “I am now so proud and happy that we can come home and enjoy this facility. This is a world-class facility and we were worried it would affect the price but the City has shown us they are caring for the needs of underprivileged areas by keeping the prices the same.”

The pool can accommodate 750 patrons and will be open daily between 10:00 and 17:00 until the end of the Easter weekend. Three lifeguards will be posted at the facility during operating hours. Bryant added he was happy to see residents taking ownership of the space. “I thought this would be a great project and that it would be a quick six months but that was not to be. But at the end of this, we have a better pool than we had before. It is probably the best pool in Cape Town today, right here in the historic community of Woodstock and it was worth the wait,” he said. The reopening of the pool also offers a long-standing community organisation the opportunity to revive its projects. V Continued on page 3

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Minstrels dish out a spectacular T

he Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe­jaar), held on Saturday 4 January, again had thousands of spectators shaking their booties as they watched 42 Kaapse Klopse troupes march by. Hosted by The Kaapse Klopse Karnivaal As-

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sociation (KKKA) and supported by the City of Cape Town, the event featured approximately 10 000 individual performers. The groups marched from Hanover Street in District Six, along Darling Street past City Hall and the Grand Parade before taking on a route that came to an end in the Bo-Kaap. The City supported the event with funding, deployment of City services and assisting with logistical arrangements to ensure a safe event. Mayor Dan Plato said it was a fantastic

atmosphere. “The various minstrel groups put on a magnificent performance and ensured that the thousands of people lining the streets were thoroughly entertained. “We want to express our gratitude to all those who made the day possible and the troupes for a wonderful event which contributes a lot to the City’s cultural heritage, development and the local economy,” Plato said. Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, said the annual street parade is one

of Cape Town’s flagship events. “The City has a vision for the event’s longterm growth and we believe the three-year agreements we signed with some of the organisations are part of ensuring that. This will ensure the event is secure, safe and has certain guarantees which will assist the event organisers in attracting more corporate sponsorship,” he said. The street parade is just one of several minstrel, Christmas bands and Malay choir events that the City is supporting over the coming months.

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The event featured approximately 10 000 individual performers.

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

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Mind the butt

Residents were happy to have the pool re-opened.

FROM PAGE 1 The Trafalgar Amateur Aquatics Club, which started in the early 1980s, was forced to close its operation following the closure of the pools as a result of the drought and subsequent renovations. The group facilitated swimming classes for adults and children and had intermediate swimmers. It also had several swimmers competing in events. The club tried to keep the initiative alive by taking swimmers to neighbouring pools but due to several pools being closed down, the available ones could not accommodate the capacity of surrounding clubs. “We tried to keep going but, with no funding, it was difficult,” says Zelda Wildschut, former club secretary. “We are happy to have our venue back and are hoping to revive the club to go back to the strengths of yesteryear,” says club chair Howard Williams. The club will host a meeting at the old clubhouse on Saturday 18 January at 10:00. All interested swimmers who would like to join are welcome to attend. V Call Williams on 082 551 5099 for more information.



unique and quirky art installation aimed at creating awareness around an unknown plastic pollutant and its risk has hit beaches and popular attractions around the country. The Kiickbutt initiative was initiated more than a year ago but gained momentum over the last month. The initiative is aimed at simulating the magnitude of damage created by irresponsible disposal of the butts and what animals encounter as they come across the butts in nature. The 19 life-sized butts are created from decommissioned telephone poles, spray painted to resemble cigarette butts. The installation is funded by WRAPP waste who were motivated to get involved through their passion for responsible waste removal. Clive Amsel, WRAPP CEO, installion artist and environmentalist, says many people do not realise the cigarette butts are actually made of plastic and are one of National Geographic’s top listed plastic pollutants in the world. While they may look like white cotton, the basis of most cigarette filters is a plastic named cellulose acetate, which can take up to 10 years to fully decompose. The environmental risk is increased in the fact that filters are designed to absorb the contaminants in cigarettes and prevent them from going into the lungs. These contaminants include cadmium, arsenic and lead which are then released into waterways or ingested by animals. “We chose areas that are environmentally sensitive areas but also areas where people tend to smoke and leave their butts,” says Amsel. “As you walk along the beach or take a hike anywhere in the country, you will find cigarette butts scattered all over the place, defacing the natural beauty of your surroundings.” Amsel recently also collected a 2F bot-

tle full of butts while hiking up the Platteklip Gorge trail. The identified areas included Lion’s Head, Llandudno, Table View, Scarborough, Fish Hoek, Platteklip Gorge, Kommetjie and Umhlanga beaches, Tokai, Zeekoevlei and the Cederberg mountain range. Amsel says the installation will be around until June and move to other locations, weather dependent. “It seems like a small thing but it has a butterfly effect, a lot of small things add up to a big problem,” says Amsel. Another area of focus is the CBD, as Amsel says many drivers discard of their butts on side walks and out car windows. “This enters the stormwater systems, goes out to sea and affects our marine life and shellfish. We end up eating that,” he says. The butts have already caused a stir and Amsel hopes it will change people’s minds about irresponsible disposal of their cigarette butts, and decrease the toxic waste caused by discarded cigarette butts. It is estimated that about 18 million cigarettes are smoked around the world daily. “It is a personal choice whether or not to smoke, but at least throw the discarded cigarette butts into the nearest waste bin,” he says. “We are not educating people against smoking, but rather to discard butts in a dust bin or controlled environment.” Aside from the toxicity, the butts also pose a major fire risk. One of the biggest reported veld fires which started on Table Mountain in 2007 was caused by a tourist who discarded of a smouldering cigarette butt out of his car window. Amsel says they have enough funding to run until June and hope to secure additional funding to assist them in continuing at more locations beyond this date. V Follow the Kiickbutt initiative on Facebook and Instagram for more.


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New chair appointed for Robben Island Museum F

ormer justice minister, Advocate Michael Masutha, has officially been appointed as the council chair for The Robben Island Museum (RIM). Masutha recently visited Cape Town to meet with the RIM management and company secretary to receive a briefing on various pertinent matters affecting RIM, as well as to undergo an induction as a new council member, at RIM headquarters, together with a recently appointed additional council member to the RIM council, Louisa Mabe. “I’d like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Minister of sports, arts and culture, Nathi Mthethwa, for the confidence vested in me to carry the baton of good governance and uphold RIM’s institutional values,” says Masutha. “A special thank you to the RIM council, collectively, for their support since my appointment as a member and chair; and most importantly, to deputy chair, Khensani Maluleke, for his indelible contribution during his tenure as acting chair.” In December, the former acting chair assured the public that a process was underway in addressing matters

related to the forensic investigation report into the management of RIM, and that an update would be shared this year. “As I take up the role of RIM chair, I am aware of the various challenges that RIM is confronted with at this stage, and part of my visit is to ensure that the necessary arrangements are made for council, at its earliest opportunity, to consider and deal with some of these challenges and I intend to support RIM’s mission and vision as a national museum and World Heritage Site,” says Masutha. In addition, the new chair, following consultation with the minister in December, undertook to prioritise consideration of the said report by ensuring that council, at its earliest opportunity, considers and disposes matters arising there from; including the alleged irregularities and malfeasance that the report addresses itself to. Once council has fully considered the report and deliberated on it accordingly, it would be in a better position to take the public into it’s confidence in response to its findings and recommendations.

Advocate Michael Masutha

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

Identikidz tags reunite 318 lost children Thanks to the City of Cape Town’s Identikidz programme, 318 children who were lost on 16 of the Western Cape’s beaches were reunited with their parents this school holidays. Since the start of the programme in mid-December (“Identikids makes a return to beaches,” People’s Post 17 December), more than 121 335 children have been tagged. The programme, which registers and issues young beach visitors with an identification armband, has grown significantly. Already nearly 50% more children were tagged this season. The City is quick to point out, however, that it is not a babysitting service and should not replace the responsibility of parents to supervise their children at all times while they’re on the beach. City’s Mayco member for community services and health, councillor Zahid Badroodien, says it simply means that should a child wander off, the City is able

to find their family. “All the children who were lost on our beaches were reunited with loved ones and to date this year, there has been a decrease in the number of children lost. For the same time during the previous season, 82 519 children were tagged and 523 lost,” says Badroodien. Factors which contributed to children going missing on beaches include: . Children come to the beaches without parents or an adult; . Parents are intoxicated and don’t realise the child is gone; . Parents who leave the beach without their children; and . Parents do not supervise their children while they are on the beach. In terms of water safety, there have been no further drowning incidents since before Christmas, with the confirmed number of fatalities at 13. “We continue to run awareness cam-

paigns to highlight the most common reasons for drowning, to encourage water safety and provide other important information that may reduce potential risks when swimming. Despite our best efforts, bathers still neglect their own safety and our lifeguards have their hands full keeping everyone safe,” says Badroodien. The programme concluded on Sunday 12 January. The weather is set to remain ideal for the beach as the peak of summer approaches and bathers are reminded to heed the instructions of lifeguards and to obey the rules which are there for their safety. “There are still many beach-going days ahead and I want to commend the lifeguards for a job well done. Visitors to the beach have a role to play and I implore them to remain in the designated bathing areas at all times, swim only at beaches where lifeguards are on duty, and to not drink and swim,” adds Badroodien.

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Correctional services warns of extortion scam Correctional services has issued a statement, warning members of the public of a fraudulent scheme which extorts money from family members of newly incarcerated offenders at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison. The area commissioner of Pollsmoor management, Clifford Mketshane, says there have been reports of family members receiving anonymous, threatening phone calls in relation to offenders at the prison. “According to the B Order under Chapter 1 Admission of Prisoners, Standard Minimum Rule 44 (3), prisoners (un-sentenced and sentenced) must be given the opportunity to inform their next-of-kin of their admission to prison and furnish the address details themselves (should they so wish). “If the prisoner does not wish his/her next-of-kin to be informed of his/her imprisonment, this must be indicated on the back of the warrant and the prisoner must sign

next to this entry.” Mketshane says certain offenders manipulate this right by offering an unauthorised cellphone to newly incarcerated offenders. “By doing so they now have the contact details of the family at hand and this gives them the opportunity to extort money from family members of the newly incarcerated offender.” He says that a call received from a cellphone number by someone purporting to be a correctional services official should not be regarded as an official call. “The correctional centre admissions office will phone you from a landline to inform you where the offender is incarcerated and if he or she has bail or a fine that needs to be paid,” says Mketshane. V For more information on visits or the whereabouts of an offender, sentenced or unsentenced, call Pollsmoor switchboard on 021 700 1170.

Comment on train attacks Albert Fritz, provincial minister for community safety, has called on the public to submit comments that will aid the Western Cape Police Ombudsman (WCPO), in completing a thorough investigation into the police’s inability to bring anyone to book regarding the series of train arson attacks in the province. On Thursday 12 December, a notice was published in the Provincial Government Gazette inviting comments from the public on the investigation before Friday 31 January. Fritz has called on the public to ensure their comments are submitted by the deadline. He approached the WCPO last year to investigate why police had been unable to identify or arrest suspects involved in the number of train arson attacks, which have severely impacted on the Cape Town rail system. “I encourage members of the public to provide their comments to enable the ombudsman’s office to

make an informed finding and recommendations. Submissions regarding the investigation can be made up until 31 January 2020,” says Fritz. The written representations should be marked for the attention of Mr JJ Brand and delivered by hand, post, e-mail or fax as follows: By hand: 6th Floor, NBS Waldorf Building, 80 St Georges Mall, Cape Town 8001 By post: Private Bag X9043, Cape Town 8000 By e-mail: By fax: 021 483 0660 “I have been informed by the WCPO that in the interim, the investigation will continue with interviews and the gathering of evidence. “I am reassured by the progress made and look forward to the outcome of the investigation,” Fritz says.


Top cop outlines her new vision R

ecently appointed state. Western Cape ProDuring her tenure, vincial Commissionthe capacitation of poer, Lt Gen Yolisa Malice stations as the takata, took up her first line of defence in post on Monday 6 dealing with serious January. violent crimes will be She kicked the day intensified. In esoff with a meeting sence, human and with the police’s Westphysical resources ern Cape provincial will be distributed to management and where the needs are. community policing Policing will also be forum (CPF) repre- Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt supported by an effecsentatives at the pre- Gen Yolisa Matakata addresses the media tive detection service mier’s office. at the premier’s office on Monday 6 that will investigate Shortly afterwards, December. and solve reported the deputy minister of cases. police, Cassel Mathale, and the national In a bid to ensure all citizens of the Westcommissioner of police, Gen Khehla Sitole, ern Cape are and feel safe, an effective intelpresented Matakata to the premier of the ligence capacity will underpin all policing Western Cape, Alan Winde, and MEC for efforts. community safety, Albert Fritz. “I have been keeping an eye on the issue Addressing the media after these two en- of crime in this province, including crimes gagements, Matakata outlined a new vision against women and children plaguing cerfor policing in the province. tain communities. An aggressive response, High up on her list of priorities is the that involves all stakeholders, is required. building of cohesion within the police’s Also, the main generators of serious violent Western Cape management team thereby crimes, namely drugs, alcohol and illegal ensuring police officers are accountable and firearms, are what we will be focussing on,” responsive to community needs. says Matakata. That, in her view, will guarantee quality In her view, boots on the ground are key service delivery. in addressing crime, but dealing with socioShe acknowledged that policing the prov- economic factors that impede policing initiince is no mean feat, but, with all role play- atives remains crucial. ers on board, she and her management team Matakata appealed for support and comwere set on stamping the authority of the mitment from all stakeholders.


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Former Miss SA earns doctorate A

fter a seven-year journey at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – which included overcoming Tuberculosis (TB) – former Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green graduated with her MBChB at the end of last year. The 25-year-old said she was excited to receive her medical degree and to start making a difference in the lives of people who need it most. And while she admitted that medicine was not her first career choice, she said she is right where she is meant to be. “I made the decision to study medicine because my father always wanted to be a doctor, but couldn’t. The apartheid era brought many challenges that prevented him from pursuing the career,” she said. “I am blessed that once I started studying medicine, I realised that I really have a love for it. I’d love to make a difference in people’s lives by helping and healing.” Green was diagnosed with TB in the middle of her second year. At the time, she remembers having only one thought: don’t tell anyone. And for a while, she didn’t. But as time passed, she realised that keeping silent about contracting TB was a mistake. Green realised that she could use her diagnosis to educate young South Africans on the potentially fatal disease and help break the stigma attached to TB, especially among the youth. Her seven years as a medical

student in UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences included the full year Green took a leave of absence to concentrate on her Miss SA duties. In 2018, after she was crowned Miss SA, her role required her to decide on a campaign for her reign. By then it had been three years since she was diagnosed and cured of TB. She knew the message she wanted to spread about the effects of TB would be relevant to fellow South Africans. However, she was unsure of how people would react. After discussing her idea with a Miss SA organiser, and receiving full support, she pitched the idea to the pageant board. The Miss SA platform was the perfect fit for her #BreakTheStigmaCampaign. Green said opening up about contracting the disease proved to be healing. “Wanting to deal with my illness by myself was emotionally and mentally taxing. Opening up about it felt like a weight being lifted off my shoulders,” she said. Green received an outpouring of support from TB survivors and became a World Health Organisation and national department of health ambassador. In September 2018, she addressed the United Nations’ first-ever high-level panel on TB. “This experience has taught me never to be afraid to open up about challenges or adversity – and to ask for help,” she said.

Nearly 150 babies born on New Year’s Day Public health facilities throughout the Western Cape reported the birth of 149 babies, comprising 67 boys and 82 girls on New Year’s Day, 1 January. The first, a boy, was born at 00:00 at Mowbray Maternity Hospital to mother Zahraah Abrahams. The second was a boy born at 00:13 at Paarl Hospital to Noluyeye Plati. A girl, born at 00:16 at Worcester Community Day Centre to Mellody Bhulawa, was third. Twin sisters were born at 12:10 and 12:11 at Tygerberg Hospital to Chwayita Rubela. Triplets (two boys and a girl) were born at 21:20, 21:35 and 22:00 at Oudtshoorn Hospital to Shadowne Everts. Mowbray maternity was the busiest with 24 births recorded, followed by Tygerberg Hospital with 21 births. “I would like to congratulate all new parents on the birth of their babies on this New Year’s Day. We wish them the very best with new additions to their families. “The first 1 000 days of a child’s life is very important. Provide them with a safe environment and good nutrition,” says Western Cape minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.

Sr Gillian Hendricks, midwife at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, with mom Zahraah Abrahams who gave birth to the first baby born this New Year’s day.




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Former Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green, having completed her medical degree at the University of Cape Town, is looking forward to making a difference in people’s lives. PHOTO: WILLEM BOTHA

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All-female crew await the call AVRIL FILLIES


he all-female firefighters wild land crew, consisting of 15 women that completed the three month nature conser-

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Mfuleni. “The crew is the result of a successful partnership between the NCC, Chrysalis Academy and the (provincial) department of public works, with support from Vergelegen Wines. The project officially kicked off on 25 November 2019, after a recruitment process was performed,” says Kylie Paul, superintendent of the crew, the first of its kind in Africa. “There were a large number of women interested in the programme and the 15 that graduated were interviewed, performed a fitness test and were then hand selected by a large panel including myself. Every member of Team Juliet completed an elective fire fighting skill phase during their three month programme. All of them loved this part,” she says. Chrysalis Academy is hosting them while they search for accommodation and a base. “We are currently still searching for a home base, looking into many options, but we are lacking a degree of sponsorship on this matter. We are also trying to source a vehicle that could transport us to and from fires. Any support on this from anyone would be greatly appreciated,” Paul says. People’s Post asked why they became firefighters and here are their responses: Zimkhitha Nqetelo (22) from Philippi: “The reason I became a firefighter is to rescue animals and my crew when they need me, also to destroy trees that could be a danger to all of us and animals (widowmakers).” Tarren January (27) from Bonteheuwel, one of the crew leaders): “When I applied to become a firefighter I knew I had to commit myself and that it would positively change my world and my perspective. I always loved being out in nature and exploring the wilderness, also because of my love for animals and new adventure, I decided that being a part of this team, I could contribute by lending a hand to this very important cause. It is an honour to be a part of this mission to save and protect wildlife, as well as human beings – instead of turning a blind eye to the beauty of nature that can be destroyed in the blink of an eye.” Sisanda Bam (25) from Philippi: “I want to be a firefighter to save people’s lives, communities and animals. I also like to work with people.” Sharne Maritz (19) from Retreat:

“When I was young I witnessed my community burn down. It was horrible to see people’s lives burning away. Firefighters came but could only save some of the properties and a few people at a time. At that moment I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Whenever I see a fire-truck drive past me I get filled with excitement, it’s a burning feeling, wishing it was me heading to the fire. Now it is. I can’t see myself doing anything else. I was told I couldn’t be a firefighter because I was a weak woman, yet that did not stop me. It’s tough, dirty, amazing and an important job.” Anelisa Thwasile (23) from Khayelitsha: “The reason I chose to become a firefighter is the love for the job and I am willing to take any chances that may come my way to save the world and to prove to some women and young girls that this is not only a man’s job.” Nyameka Makeleni (25) from Khayelitsha: “A firefighter is the closest thing to a hero. My dream was always serving my community. I am serving my community… I became a firefighter because I love it!” Paul says the male colleagues have been a huge support from day one! “They are so excited to have us and constantly offer advice and assistance in getting started up or on projects. They cannot wait to see us out on the line beside them. The integration with the male contingency has been effortless and really special. “They totally support this project and understand why it is so important. Many of the male firefighters have roots in Working on Fire, where there are male and female firefighters that are integrated into the crews,” she says. Sesethu Stuma (male hotshot, crew leader and very experienced firefighter): “The NCC Juliet Crew, for me, is ready to respond to any fire. From what I saw when working with them on an alien clearing job was that they have the potential and energy. I am looking forward to seeing them on the line.” The women have been undergoing all the relevant wild land and fitness training that is required to perform this highly skilled, amazing and physical job. The crew has officially been on standby and ready to respond to call outs since Thursday 2 January 2020. “We have not received a call out yet, and we have faced some operational hiccups, but are constantly training, studying and eagerly awaiting our first call. As the ladies often say, “When the going gets tough, Juliet gets going,” says Paul.

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Team Juliet, the all-female crew of the Nature Conservation Corporation that are awaiting their first call to fight a fire.

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Team Juliet and Tashmeer Esack doing their Basic Wildfire Theoretical training.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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Load shedding has also taken its toll on softball fixtures of the Cape Town Softball Association, especially the male competition which is played during the week. The second half of the season kicked off with a double header at the Turfhall Softball Stadium in Athlone this past weekend, Saturday 11 January. Westridge Yankees came out tops in the Men’s Major Knockout encounter against Pirates on Sunday. With the score level pegged at 2-2, Yankees came out in full steam in the first tie-breaker innings recording 4 runs. Jason Carelse, with a 0-3 offensive count at that stage of the game, came to light and cleared the fence with 2 runners on base. Pirates could only reply with a solo run, giving Yankees a 6-3 victory. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the Yankees Women Super League team beat arch rivals Falcons in a marathon game lasting nearly four hours. Yankees, after 5 tie-breaker innings eventually ran out 4-3 winners. Lavender Hill easily defeated Tantasport 7-0 in the other Knockout game. Glenthorn A’s are slowly finding their feet when they inflicting a surprise 6-2 defeat on Westridge Yankees in an exciting Super League game on Saturday. Lavender Hill Softball Club meanwhile is continuing in their quest for their maiden Super League honours when they defeated

a lack-lustre Falcons 7-0. Selected results from the Women Super League: Tantasport 11, Heideveld Yankees 1; Falcons 0, Lavender Hill 7; Westridge Yankees 2, Glenthorn A’s 6 Women Major League Westridge Yankees 8, Lavender Hill 3; Falcons 6, Belhar Dolphins 5; Tableview Tornados 8, Kuils River Cougars 10 Women First League: Crusaders 17, Battswood 9; Glenthorn A’s 19, St Martins 2; Lavender Hill 0, Khayelitsha Eagles 14; Blackheath 20, Panthers 7 Women Second League: Falcons 12, Kenfac Phillies 10; Battswood 3, Titans 12 Women Third League Khayelitsha Superstars 8, St Augustines 12; Blackheath 15, Thistles 6; Tableview Tornados 8, Westridge Yankees 12; Normies 12, Strandfontein Mets 9; Heideveld Yankees 7, Stealers 0 Sunday, 12 January 2020 Knockout Competition: Women Super League Falcons 3, Westridge Yankees 4; Heideveld Yankees 0, Glenthorn A’s 7; Lavender Hill 7, Tantasport 0 Women Major League Lavender Hill 0, Westridge Yankees 19; Kuils River Cougars 15, Falcons 19



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