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Public spaces a cause for concern NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku

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rostitution and dealing in drugs – these are some of the social ills Lower Woodstock residents have to contend with at several public spaces in their neighbourhood. These spaces include Douglas Place, Fairview Road Park, Queens Park, Beyers Road Park and the privately owned land in Pine Road, which is just below the City-owned land in the same road. A range of illegal activities is allegedly being committed by homeless people who reportedly have invaded these areas. Although some of the spaces are cleaned from time to time, residents say the City of Cape Town needs to enforce the law and introduce sustainable solutions. When People’s Post visited the area, it looked fairly clean. A group of homeless people were carrying on with their lives. They were not bothered by the presence of other people. At Queens Park, some homeless people car-

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ried their belongings with them, while others were in deep sleep. Fairview and Beyers Parks were clean with a few visitors looking relaxed in the shade and some enjoying the park equipment. The same cannot be said about the privately owned land in Pine Road. The area is filled with shacks and the fence is broken. Resident Shireen McWhite accuses the homeless people of using the spaces like their homes. She claims they not only use the space for illegal activities but to loiter and to sleep. She says the problem has been on the rise over the past five years and has become a threat to residents. “We have written to the ward councillor and the C3 platform on several occasions but nothing is done,” says McWhite. She says, once in a while, the City will clean the spaces but that does not solve their problems. “We need permanent solutions,” she says. McWhite accuses the City of doing an incomplete job at Douglas Place. She says fencing was put up four months ago without a

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gate. It was only installed on Friday 29 November. One of the homeless people, Dimitri Adams, says he has lived in most of the public spaces and keeps moving around to avoid problems. Adams grew up in Woodstock but, due to circumstances, he ended up on the streets, he says. “There are usually a lot of people complaining about homeless people. But what can we do? This is our life and the stuff we carry around is important to us. It is what we survive on,” Adams says. Asked if anything could be done to make things better and improve their relations with the community, he says: “Honestly, there is nothing that can be done; we are not all the same and some are more comfortable here than anywhere else. “If anything has to be done, it has to start with the willingness from each and everyone that is here.” Adams says he understands people are uncomfortable with their presence in the area but says most homeless people have no devious intentions. “We just live in the streets,”

he says. Dave Bryant, councillor for ward 115, says Pine Road properties and Douglas Place are in the process of being transferred to the Social Housing Company (SOHCO). He says the City’s human settlements department is currently mowing and clearing the spaces and they have fenced off its sites in Pine Road. According to Bryant, funding has been provided from the ward allocation budget earlier this year to fence a section of Douglas Place following security concerns. “The fencing has been installed, but an objection was received regarding the type of gate that was proposed and this is in the process of being procured by the City. “It must be noted that these sites have been under the management of the human settlements department for a number of years which has complicated the process of cleaning and clearing as this department has been responsible for these aspects and not the other departments that usually undertake these operations,” explains Bryant.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 3 December 2019

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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: Thulani@media24.com REPORTER: Nomzamo Yuku E-mail: Nomzamo.Yuku@peoplespost.co.za SALES MANAGER: Shafiek Braaf Tel: 021 910 6615 Email: Shafiek.braaf@peoplespost.co.za MAIN BODY ADVERTISING: Yvette Smith Tel: 021 910 6577 Email: yvette.smith@media24.com CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: 087 353 1328 Email: classifieds@peoplespost.co.za 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 Thulani@media24.com or phone 021 910 6500. Alternately, please contact the Ombudsman of Media24's Community Press, George Claassen at george.claassen@media24.com or 083 543 2471. Complaints can also be sent to the SA Press Ombudsman on telephone 021 851 3232 or via email khanyim@ombudsman.org.za or johanr@ombudsman.org.za

he 119 seasonal firefighters recruited for 2019/20 have started their four-week wildland firefighting training course and are set to be deployed this month. The City of Cape Town’s latest batch of recruits is being put through their paces at the training ahead of being deployed in teams to various fire stations around the metropole to assist with the combatting of vegetation fires over the warmer months. Seasonal firefighters were introduced as an Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in early 2009 to fund the appointment of 40 seasonal firefighters. The programme has since grown to more than 100 firefighters to increase resources and minimise the risk to lives and property, particularly where vegetation and mountain fires threaten the urban edge. “Our city has very different firefighting

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 3 December 2019

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he newly elected committee for the Observatory Civic Association (OCA) hopes to create a unified community and be the voice of the residents. The management committee (Mancomm) was elected during the OCA’s annual general meeting held at the Observatory community centre on Tuesday 26 November. They were nominated and voted for only by those who have active membership and arrived on time for the meeting. The newly elected chair, Leslie London, says they are aware of the challenges the OCA is faced with, and it is in his best interest to “make the civic strong, inclusive and

diverse”. One of the key focuses on his agenda is restoring the OCA’s relationship with the ward committee and its councillor which was allegedly broken due to the indifferences as well as strengthening those they already have with other structures in the community. London says he understands that community organisations need each other in order to be effective. He thanked the outgoing committee for its hard work and commitment in the past year. London has been serving the OCA as convener and is now taking over from Tauriq Jenkins who is now a subcommittee member for the arts and culture portfolio. Jenkins served as a chair of the OCA for two

Observatory residents vote for their favourite candidates during the annual general meeting. PHOTOS: NOMZAMO

Festival night market The W56 Traders Association’s annual Unity Festival Night Market takes place at Kensington civic centre on Friday 13 December from 17:00 to 22:00. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Earth Angels organisation for children and adults living with a disability. There will be live music and Christmas carols to enjoy while browsing through arts

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years and has been under fire with some of the OCA’s members since the beginning of this year, accused of bullying and having poor leadership skills by those who resigned from the Mancomm. The feud between Jenkins and those members emerged at the meeting when he was forced to answer questions about his leadership and reasons why some of the members resigned during his term. The back and forth with the concerned members delayed the proceedings of the meeting dividing it into two – for and against Jenkins. Meanwhile, Jenkins acknowledged the allegations and apologised for the misunderstandings he had with those members, saying he had to stand for what he believed

was right for all, not just a few individuals. He welcomed the new committee and agreed with London about continuing creating an inclusive community. He says what some residents fail to understand is the diversity in the community and the gap between the haves and havenots, which he says was the root of the challenges the OCA faced during his term. Sheila Barsel, the newly elected deputy chair, says while the Mancomm has a responsibility to make sure the conflicts referred to do not surface again, they are not turning a blind eye to the needs of the community including dealing with the issue of liquor licenses, street people and big developments. “I think there are lot of basics that we need to go back to,” she concludes.

Tauriq Jenkins and Lesley London hope peace among residents could still be retained and diversity of the Observatory community be embraced. They say the community has a rich history to protect.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 3 December 2019

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bout 40 women from across the city attended a free digital marketing and business development workshop held at Colab Training Solutions in Woodstock on Saturday 23 November. The event titled #SheMeansBusiness, focused on the use of social media for marketing purposes and catered for women in disadvantaged areas. Suraya Williams from Mitchell’s Plain was one of the participants. She says she is now more aware of what she posts on social media. Ferouza Hendricks from Athlone says they had gained valuable experience, learning about skills needed for growth of a business online. Bibi Fatima Patel, from Siyafunda Community Technology Centre was a facilitator. She says there is a gap between women and the digital world. She says women were eager to learn and have a lot of potential to get to grips with technology. Host Tasneem Khan, owner of the Colab, said participants already asked for another workshop, “so that their friends and family can attend.” She says some admitted that they did not know most of the features they were taught including the use of WhatsApp Business. “We are here to uplift each other. Don’t let anyone make you believe that your business is too small, or you are too young or too old to be successful,” concludes Khan.

The workshop was a partnership between Facebook, Awqaf SA, United Women, Siyafunda Community Technology Centre and other organisations. All participants at the #SheMeansBusiness workshop received certificates.

Local drifter competes internationally NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku The City of Cape Town congratulated local drifter from the Goodhope Construction Racing Outlaw Series (GHC) on scoring a spot in the prestigious FIA International Drifting Cup in Japan. The City donated racing suits to the team who travelled overseas to support the driver, Juan Stemmet on Monday 18 November. Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said the City would

continue to support sport, especially rare codes. He said motor racing is putting Cape Town and the country on the map. Another title sponsor is Total South Africa. Its regional sales manager, Renier Pieterse, added that Stemmet’s talent has to be nurtured. Stemmet received an acceptance letter to the competition held at Tsukuba Circuit from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December. He was already in Japan at the time of the handover.

Joined by the co-founder of GHC, Raziek Rajah, Stemmet is the first local drifter to participate in the FIA Cup. The seven-member support team left on Tuesday 26 November. Rajah, who is also an executive producer of the Razor Custom Car Show, said they applied and received an acceptance letter on Tuesday 24 September. The team then had to prepare and source sponsorship to make the trip a reality. Rajah said this is their first time at the annual competition. .

JP Smith hands over a suit to chief executive officer of the Goodhope Construction Racing Outlaw Series, Ismail Rajah. PHOTO: NOMZAMO YUKU


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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 3 December 2019

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t’s almost time for the silly season to begin, you stand on them in the middle of the night; and time to choose great gifts to give to . A book is a gift you can open again, and friends and loved ones this festive season. again, and again; “As someone who has always loved escap. Books are a thoughtful gift; they let ing into a book, even from a very young age, someone know you spent time choosing books for me are the ultimate gift, and truly something they would really like; are a gift that keeps giving,” says Candice . Unlike horses, you really can never Noakes-Dobson, author of A Little Horse have too many books. called Pancakes. A Little Horse called Pancakes book collecBelow Noakes-Dobson notes a list of rea- tion is a series of stories written about her sons why books are best: young daughter, AnnaB, and her special . By giving a book you are giving some- bond with her miniature horse, Pancakes. one a magical world they can explore; The two get up to many adventures, and . Books will last forwith the help of all of ever; the other animals . You never need to that live on Sweet worry about getting Valley Farm in Cape the wrong size when Town, they challenge giving a book and what others perceive there is a book out to be the norm. there for everyone; The books are . Books are one of aimed at children the easiest gifts to aged 4 to 8 and can be wrap and you can take used as an early readthem with you anyer to encourage them where; to read. . Books don’t need V For more information batteries and they about the collection, visit have a magical ability Pancakes on Facebook to keep even the loudand Instagram on @panest, bounciest beings cakesbookcollection and quiet and content; buy your copy on Takeal. Books don’t need ot.com. All proceeds from to be assembled before the sale of these books go they can be given; A Little Horse Called Pancakes is a collecto the South African Rid. Unlike other toys, tion of books about the bond between a ing for the Disabled (SARbooks won’t hurt if young girl and her miniature horse. DA) organisation.

All-women firefighting crew graduates The first all-women firefighting crew, made up of 19 Chrysalis Academy graduates, was stationed at the Chrysalis Academy from Monday 25 November. The trained crew is the result of the academy’s collaboration with the NCC Environmental Services. They, together with 187 young women, who hail from every corner of the province, graduated from Chrysalis Academy on Saturday 23 November. The majority of youth were unemployed when they joined the academy in August. They have all started one-year internships on Monday 25 November, through the department of community safety’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). “From all the reports received on past placements, the majority of Chrysalis Academy graduates are doing well in their placements, and we have no doubt that the new graduates will do the same. We wish them

every success,” says provincial minister of social development Sharna Fernandez. Some students were placed at Portia Primary School while others started internships at municipalities, city improvement districts, community health centres, hospitals, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the academy. “We are pleased that all students will be productively engaged for the next 12 months. “We are grateful to all the partners of the academy for these opportunities and we encourage them to continue to support our graduates,” says Fernandez. The course included a rigorous physical fitness programme, as well as community service in Ocean View and at the academy. The students also participated in a walk against gender-based violence as part of their community phase.

206 young women, who hail from every corner of the province, graduated from Chrysalis Academy on 23 November.

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Hackathon hosted to plan chatbot for the City The first Hackathon by the City of Cape Town was hosted to create a live chatbot for the City’s website. It was hosted in partnership with SAP South Africa (Pty) Ltd, a software company, on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November. Various City IT developers, designthinking consultants and operational subject experts were brought together to compete at developing the most innovative and effective online chatbot, which could serve as a software IT solution, to one of the City business challenges identified at the event. Participating developers, UCT graduates and specialist consultants were split into three teams who each tackled a business scenario presented to them by top leaders with the City. Online chatbots are excellent customer support solutions for government services as they can process service requests in huge numbers; function 24/7; and help governmental departments to fulfil their duties more efficiently.

“We view this Hackathon as part of the City’s initiative to drive innovation within the information, systems and technology department, by exposing our developers and teams to the latest emerging intelligent technologies such as artificial intelligence, with a view to improving the lives of the citizens and reinforcing the City’s commitment to developing a Smart City,” says Mayco member for corporate services, Sharon Cottle. The City’s information, systems and technology department is embracing the concept of intelligent technologies and understands how to leverage these as we enter into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The Hackathon provided the City with access to the latest state-of-the-art SAP Intelligent Technologies supported by a team of SAP experts who provided the City teams with the ability to drive innovation by identifying other suitable and effective scenarios and use-cases while integrating seamlessly into both their current SAP and non-SAP systems.

Participating businesses, UCT graduates and specialist developers attended the Hackathon over two days. From left are: Wafique Mosavel (business), Stephen Minnaar (business), Bradley Malgas (UCT student), Ian Adams (developer) Sharon Cottle (Mayco member for corporate services), Dawn Msibi (manager of the Enterprise Resource Planning Center of the City), Pat Lockwood (manager customer relations), Shyam Velimenti (developer), Charles Benjamin (developer) and Cebile Khumalo (SAP facilitator).

There were talks, exhibitions and presentations at the CannaTech 2019 summit in Green Point.

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Cannabis fever hits Cape Town NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku

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outh Africa would be fertile ground to establish a thriving cannabis industry, a gathering in Green Point heard last week. The two-day CannaTech 2019 summit, the first of its kind to be held in Africa, brought together hundreds of people, including businesspeople, pharmacist and scientists from around the world. Speakers said Cape Town has shown a huge interest since the use of cannabis for medicinal reasons was legalised. The country also has sufficient land to grow the plant. Established cannabis growers and budding entrepreneurs said they would like to share information on the business side of growing cannabis. The talk also focused on getting an operational license, knowledge of cannabis growing, its uses and value in the market. Saul Kaye, CannaTech chief executive officer, said the industry needs buy-in from government to lessen fears about working with cannabis and eliminate the black market stigma. James Scott-Wong, managing partner at Saul Kaye

AlmaStone, added that: “As this industry is in its infancy and many are seeking direction, we can take a proactive stance, define the market standards and practices, and establish the competitive landscape.” He further said this could be achieved through collaborations. “We can stack culture, expertise, resources and skill-sets to better execute on an action plan to realise a stable supply chain,” said Scott-Wong. Matthew Anderson, chief executive officer at Vanguard Scientific, said the cannabis industry also needs quality management with clear guidelines on compliance.

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

lier this year. He also recognised Davewia Mbasa from the Strand unit, a volunteer since 2011 who successfully resuscitated a six-year-old at the end of last year. Smith added: “All our volunteers are to be

commended for their service, no matter how long ago they joined and each one is a hero for giving selflessly. A special mention goes to Donald Rother of Fish Hoek who has 35 years’ service, Pyron Isaacs who has 30

years of service and Franklin Tiemie who has 25 years’ service. The latter are both from Melton Rose. We are grateful for every hour spent on the job. Without them, our resources would be stretched even further.”

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


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ith the holiday season upon us, it is easy to get caught up in the hype of a good online deal and before you know it, you are scammed out of your hard earned money and have no holiday to show for it either. Leigh Mulholland of Seeff ShortStay for Hout Bay, Llandudno and Southern Suburbs says with the explosion of online holiday and accommodation advertising and booking sites, it is easy to get caught. She gives some advice and a few important “need to knows” when it comes to booking

holiday accommodation. “Do your homework,” she says. “Research to ensure you know who you are booking with as there are so many stories of scammers. Check the legitimacy of the booking agent or site as well as the establishment being advertised. Never transfer money unless you are one hundred percent sure of the legitimacy of the advert and booking agent or site.” Be especially alert when it comes to unknown sites, she warns.

According to Sandra Cruz, Rental Property Asset Manager from Seeff False Bay some of the well-known sites include Airbnb, Safari Now, Booking.com, Tripadvisor and of course the sites of credible local short-term rental agencies. “A next important aspect is budgeting correctly and verifying the actual costs. These adverts are often unclear in terms of what is included and what is not. It is not uncommon for certain activities to be add-ons to the advertised price and there is nothing worse

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than arriving for your holiday only to find that meals are not part of the deal or you cannot participate in all the activities,” says Cruz. “Double check what is included and whether the advertised rates apply to the period of your booking as peak season rates are usually much higher. Mulholland says you should also research the costs of restaurants and other facilities in the area to ensure that you budget correctly for your holiday. The terms and conditions of the booking should also be scrutinised so that you know exactly what you are in for. “Internet research and social media can be a great way to find out about unknown places or establishments. Be sure to confirm your booking before departure and find out where to collect the keys and so on,” she says. Mulholland says you should also research the location. “Properties advertised on sites such as Airbnb are often not clear about where they are located and holiday makers can be very disappointed to find that they are not actually getting a beach location but have to take transport to the beaches,” she says. Finally, check what facilities and amenities are available. “Find out what the accommodation offers, especially if it is self-catering. If you are looking for extras, check up on this, alternatively you may be better off upgrading your booking for better amenities,” “Scammers and fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated and at this time of year use holidays as one of their tools to scam you out of your hard earned money. They know that people look for good or last minute deals and literally millions are lost to fraudsters in this way.” She added the important final tip of buying travel deals: “If a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 3 December 2019

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Club introduces girls to soccer NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku

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ick, dribble, run and throw – these words were music to the ears of many first-time football players at the Blackpool Sports Complex in Salt River on Wednesday 27 November. Over 30 girls joined a second training session for the newly-established girls’ soccer team. The team is an expansion to the Salt River Blackpool Football Club. It was officially launched on Sunday 24 November with 12 girls attending the first session. The chair of the club, Mohammed Iqbal Kasker, says the numbers are promising and

sessions are open to all girls without an obligation to join the club. He says for now the aim is to introduce the girls to football and allow them to have fun while discovering their strengths. “We are not having trials here, we are doing this at a community level to uplift, inspire and allow them to have fun in a safer environment,” he says. Due to the numbers, Kasker says they are considering extending their target beyond the initial plan of having an u.10 and u.14. He says if there is a reasonable number of older girls interested, they will add an u.16 team in the new year. He says the club wants to show girls that

they matter and can do anything they put their minds to. He thanked parents who brought their children to training and supported them on the field. Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis was a guest at the session. She was impressed by the number of parents present. “It is really amazing to see parents coming out to give support. Usually, they just drop and pick the children up, which is not good. We need parents to get involved and invest time in shaping the talent of their children. So I hope you did not just come because of me – do this every day. Take them to practise, go watch

them play,” says Ellis. Requel Nel, a parent, took her two daughters and niece to the session, saying the trio is passionate about sport. Girls came from as far as Khayelitsha, Athlone, Lansdowne and Mitchell’s Plain. Shazia Hood, (10), a player from Woodstock says this is a great opportunity to learn, build friendships and stay out of trouble. Another player, Alizwa Rwexana from Khayelitsha, says she is inspired by her brother, Zolani Bobelo who is also a soccer player. She plays for a girls’ team at Wesley Primary School.

Desiree Ellis and Mohammed Iqbal Kasker PHOTOS: NOMZAMO YUKU

Girls are welcome to join the sessions of the newly-established girls’ soccer team in Salt River.

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

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frika Ablaze is calling on all dancers, singers and actors to an audition for their upcoming show, I am Rain. The auditions take place on Saturday 7 December from 10:00 to 15:00 at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective at 26 Wesley Road, Observatory. For more information, email: afrikaablaze1999@gmail.com or call 063 367 8691. Alternatively, visit www.afrikaablaze.co.za. The production will run at the Baxter Theatre in April 2020.

Afrika Ablaze is hosting an audition for their 2020 production.

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

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

Christmas album for Belinda

Paxton releases a new single

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

Local pop-sensation, Paxton Fielies has teamed up with producer Dr Moruti on her latest single “No Distractions” which has been released locally. Paxton joined Dr Moruti in his studio in Soshanguve (Gauteng) to record the single. Dr Moruti has claimed his place in South Africa as a top producer working with the likes of Black Motion, Oliver Mtukudzi, Lady Zamar, Zakes Bantwini, DJ Zinhle, Bucie, Donald and many more. He adds Paxton, winner of the 13th season of Idols South Afri-

Belinda Davids

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

Paxton releases a new song.

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

ca, to this incredible list, creating a single that brings a new wave of music for this talented young singer. Paxton has found a new energy and love for music with the release of this single. “This song is really something special, because before this song, I went through a period where I wasn’t feeling very creative and productive. This song changed all of that, it kept me on my feet and kind of just made me realise why I do what I do. It was really cool to work with Dr Moruti. He has inspired me through his story and his passion for music,” she says. “We only had a couple of days to create something magical and we decided to do it organically. We literally started from scratch and I was in studio with him through the whole process and I think that’s one of the reasons why I feel so connected to this song. When I wrote this song, I wanted it to be something people could relate to, and not your typical house love story. This sound is so fresh and authentically South African with an element of pop which is in my opinion the perfect combination. It is also different to everything else I’ve done and I’m really excited to release it.”


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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Crusaders conquered by Giants SEAN CAMPBELL

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

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

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

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

Varsity College celebrates its semi finals win The Independent Institute of Education’s Varsity College Cape Town touch rugby first team celebrated its recent 14-7 victory over the Untouchables in the semi-final game in the Villagers League. The team had a rough start to the league, losing four games, but that quickly picked up with them winning the semi-final. They are now gearing up to

compete in the final against DT Warp. The team has entered the league thrice and won the second division of the league twice. “Our team is very strong and league-competitive. We look forward to a challenging game and hope to win,” said 21-year-old second year B.Comm Economics student and first team captain Josh Wegener.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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