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Cuppa for a cause One of the learners who attends The LifeMatters Foundation’s (LMF) programmes. LMF is the beneficiary of the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party that will be held at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands on Thursday 19 April from 10:00. Read more on page 2.
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CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL
The stories behind the carnival NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
f Franco Pascoe’s life story could be told through a carnival float, it would be this year’s “Catterfly” which represents the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The float represents the transformation Pascoe has undergone since joining the carnival five years ago. He was left without a job after the retail shop he worked in closed and he was introduced to the carnival workshop by a friend. His limited woodworking skills – which he had used to install kitchen cabinets previously – saw him put to work on constructing the floats that accompany dancers on the fanwalk. It was here, while learning about different woodworking tools and types of wood, along with welding, that Pascoe found a new lease on life. “I was a totally different guy [back then]. I’ve found my passion.” The team behind The Cape Town Carnival has been working tirelessly for close to a year to bring the 2018 edition of this beloved annual event to life. Featuring close to 1700 dancing, singing and instrument-playing performers and magnificently designed and fantastically intricate floats, all around the theme “Mother City, Mother Nature”, this year’s carnival will kick off at 19:00 on Saturday 17 March. But float building is hard work. Each one has to be structurally strong enough to safely carry dancers and has to be disassembled to be transported to the carnival route. The floats are then reassembled on site on the day of the carnival – something that means Pascoe and his team are not able to watch all their hard work go on parade. “We’re still working on the day of the carnival, but that just means we’re the first ones to see the floats,” he says. It’s not just the nuts, bolts, woodworking
and welding that make the carnival floats spectacular, Pascoe insists: It’s the narrative that each float tells. “This year’s theme has struck a deep connection with me and has made a change in my life. “The floats tell stories and this year, one of those stories is the importance of nature.” This is perhaps why the “Catterfly” float speaks so much to Pascoe.
“It’s the story of a caterpillar and a butterfly. It shows you can turn into anything you want. It’s the story of me.” Pascoe is an example of one of the major benefits of the Cape Town Carnival: The skills development that takes place among the participants and production crews. Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival, says: “Since many of the job opportunities created by the Cape Town Carnival are seasonal and or contract work, many em-
ployees go on to work in other industries, using skills developed while building floats or sewing costumes for the Cape Town Carnival.” And to Pascoe, every day on the job is a joy. “We don’t work here. We have fun.When you see the floats, remember: We aim to make you happy, to see you smile and laugh, but don’t forget the story behind what you see.”
The “Catterfly” and “African Dream Doll” floats under construction.
Franco Pascoe works on one of the floats. PHOTOS: NICOLE MCCAIN
Each float tells a story under this year’s theme of “Mother City, Mother Nature”.
Young lives matter TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji The LifeMatters Foundation (LMF) based in Meadowridge is an educational non-profit organisation providing both academic and psychosocial support to underprivileged primary school learners in the southern suburbs. Established in 2002 by Meadowridge Baptist Church (now Connect Church) to serve the youth of the greater Constantiaberg area, the organisation has been spreading its wings. Now working with schools in Retreat, Steenberg, Westlake and Vrygrond, their holistic intervention includes two separate portfolios, namely the LifeSkills Portfolio and the Academic Portfolio. The objective of both portfolios is to equip children with the skills they need to stay in school. LMF relies on donations and they are the chosen beneficiary of the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party being hosted by People’s Post in partnership with Spec-Savers. The aim of this event is to raise awareness and collect muchneeded books for the foundation. Alnere Turck, executive director of The LifeMatters Foundation, says they address challenges such as inequality and pervasive academic underachievement through the Academic Portfolio. “The challenges addressed through our LifeSkills Programme are drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, domestic and community-related violence, crime
and dysfunction.” Those attending the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party, taking place at Kelvin Grove Club on Thursday 19 April, are encouraged to bring a book for children aged between eight and 10. “The guests will be bringing books that will be used to supply a new literacy centre at a new school in 2019. We will also use the books in our current literacy centres so that the children have new, exciting books to enjoy. Any funds that may be donated will be used to support our literacy centres. This will go a long way in running our programmes,” says Turck. Last year, LMF launched a nu-
meracy programme at Lourier Primary School in Retreat and it is doing well. “The numeracy programme is in the first year of our initial two-year cycle and it is going very well. We are running the programme at two schools (Lourier and Capricorn primary schools) and currently more than 40 Grade 2 learners are receiving maths support twice a week. In 2019, we will continue working with the same learners and add the new Grade 2 learners that need support,” says Turck VFor more information on The LifeMatters Foundation or to help call 021 712 0383 or email alnere@ lifemattersfoundation.org,
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Book now Ladies, flaunt your best frock and join People’s Post in partnership with Spec-Savers, for a morning of fun, fashion, beauty and a delicious high tea in aid of The LifeMatters Foundation. The Perfectly Posh High Tea party will feature fashion by Ruff Tung and Danielle Margaux, stylish shades by SpecSavers, the latest make-up trends by Cosmetix, and more. The event will also feature Cathy Steed, once director of fashion at Glamour Magazine and who now heads up her own PR agency that represents various fashion brands, as a guest speak-
er; Russel Fox Magician Insane; and Nancy Richards, presenter of SAfm Literature, as MC. Book your tickets and remember to bring an age-appropriate book (ages 8-10), or buy one at the Topline Books stand at the event, to aid The LifeMatters Foundation in its literacy programmes. Each book gets you an entry into our lucky draw. Amazing prizes are up for grabs including designer shades sponsored by Spec-Savers, L.O.V hampers sponsored by Cosmetix, a Ruff Tung garment valued at R1200, a custom crisp white shirt and
a consultation valued at R2500 by Danielle Margaux, a Sport Science Institute gym vouchers, a Cocoafair hamper of bespoke chocolates, a R1000 Spree voucher, a photoshoot by Abigail K. and more. Each guest will receive a goodie bag filled with products, samples and vouchers from SpecSavers, Vida E Cafe, Cocoafair, Cosmetix, Caribbean Tan, Angelfoods Fudgery and more. V Book now at www.webtickets.co.za/ peoplespost or in store at any Pick n Pay. Tickets are limited. V For updates like our Perfectly Posh High Tea Party event page on Facebook. Follow #PerfectlyPoshParty @thepeoplespost on Twitter or @peoplespostnewspaper on Facebook and Instagram.
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Competition to promote recycling Four years on, the Kenfac-based Frontiers non-profit organisation has revived their community-based Blikkies Klops project aimed at challenging young people to show off their creativity. The project was last active in 2014. Cheslyn Steenberg, the organisation’s spokesperson, says that after realising the need to unite and uplift the youth, members of the group decided to revive the project. However, he says this year’s project is different to the “normal minstrels” as it focuses on actual arts, culture and recycling aspects. Steenberg says participating teams may only use instruments that are made from used tyres, paint tins, beer bottle tops, cans and other recyclable materials. “Each team that enters, no matter their geographical location, must have their uniform made from recyclable material. The objective of the Blikkies Klops is to educate participants about the advantages of recycling and to cultivate social cohesion among communities across the City of Cape Town. “The long-term vision is to have a community-based drill programme that will be rolled out across the more than 12 schools within Kenfac. This particular programme will be discipline focused and aimed at the learners who have difficulty in learning but not limited to them, but also open to any interested learner,” says Steenberg. Entries for the competition will be open from Monday 18 to Saturday 31 March and the competition will take place on Saturday 5 May. According to Steenberg, participants will be expected to spare two hours a day in preparation of their costumes and instruments. V Call Steenberg on 021 400 3994.
CHAMPIONS: Kensington Dance Crew won a gold award at the SA national hip-hop dance championship finals held in Johannesburg over the weekend. The crew scored an opportunity to represent South African in World Championships to be held in Arizona in America in August. The group of nine dancers consists of learners from different schools in the Kensington area.
Join church’s talent show St Agnes Catholic Church, Woodstock invites the community to take part in a talent show on Saturday 24 March. The show is aimed at uniting the catholic community as part of celebrating bicentenary of the Catholic faith in South Africa. It will see interested parties going through closed auditions. From this first phase, only the top four will be selected for the grand finale. The rest will perform at the St Agnes’ annual festival on Sunday 29 April. Selected participants will battle for the title on Sunday 3 June at the Portuguese Association, standing a chance to walk away with a prize of R25 000 that will be split between the winner’s church and their school. Entries are open to all ages. V Call Carolina on 076 022 7740 or Octavio on 076 460 0360 or email churchesgottalent@ gmail.com.
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he SPCA held an animal abuse awareness event at Maitland High School on Friday 2 March where children from the community were taught about caring for their pets. The awareness event was aimed at reducing the high numbers of stray animals due to negligence and mistreatment. SPCA representative, Lucille Boonzaaier, emphasised how children can look after their animals and the importance of reporting violence against animals in the community. Boonzaaier condemned people attacking animals and throwing stones at them, as she said this results in animals running away from home. She also shared some information on various careers the learners can follow if they are interested in working with animals and told them about the work done by the SPCA. The children in attendance said they were inspired by the talk. Junior Ngxwana said the event was informative and highlighted things he had
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taken for granted about animals and that it had encouraged him to change his behaviour towards animals. Ngxwana said he owns a dog, which he cares about, but that he did not pay attention to any other dogs in the community. “Now I know I should ask my mom to report to the SPCA if there is an unknown dog roaming around. Animals need to belong somewhere like children and not be abused. I also learned about how to properly feed my dog and make sure it stays healthy.” He said he has seen dogs and cats living in the streets and felt sorry for them but never knew he could help them. Organiser Mariah Strachan says she decided to invite the SPCA to present the talk following several instances where she witnessed children mistreated stay animals and also not being informed about caring for their pets. “The awareness was of utmost importance after several occasions where kids have thrown stones at dogs in the street. Some kids are keen to go on a group visit to the SPCA to go see what they are doing and some want to go volunteer. One boy suggested getting Adventure Kids Club involved in raising funds for the SPCA.”
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t’s all systems go for the inaugural Vangate Mall u.12 five-a-side soccer tournament this weekend. There is a host of entertainment lined up along with loads of giveaways. Action kicks off at 09:00 when 12 teams will do battle to see who can win the most matches until 16:10. There will also be prizes on offer for the team whose supporters show the most spirit throughout the day, while People’s Post staff will lace up their boots to take on the Vangate Mall in a fun and friendly match during one of the intervals. Former Bafana Bafana goalkeeping coach and legend, Farouk Abrahams, will turn out for the Vangate Mall team and says that he is looking forward to being part of the event. “It is always pleasant to be surrounded by the football family. I love the tournament feeling, especially in Cape Town. It is probably one of the best cities in the Western Cape for a youth football tournament, because there is just a certain flavour to it that I like. There is camaraderie and good sportsmanship that prevails and you are obviously going to meet lots of old buddies again. I like that it is in that area, where the so-called affluent guys must come in and have a look and see that life on the other side of the railway line is not that bad and that people can have fun together in the name of football,” says Abrahams. Teams from Athlone, Grassy Park, Gugulethu, Meadowridge and Mitchell’s Plain have entered to take part in the tournament. “It really reached such a big range of communities in Cape Town and there is lots of excitement around it. We will start off officiating the event with the national anthem. We will have the Orients minstrel group coming to perform to launch the tournament,” says Vangate Mall’s marketing manager, Gouwa Waja-Stemmett. Meanwhile, Abrahams feels that a tournament of this nature only bodes well for the future of local soccer. “The age group (u.12) is a fantastic age group for development. It used to be u.17s who were the top (development age) and then u.15s. But I think that the 11 and 12 year olds are so mature now and because of television exposure they have a lot of coaches on TV. It’s not just a club coach and a school coach anymore,” he adds. He says that although he is well into his 60s, he looks forward to jogging out to play again, but has a rule against playing goalkeeper, the position which made him a household name across the Cape. “It is always fun when it is a social event. I think, that because it is a casual atmosphere. Winning is not the ultimate goal there. It is about having fun and making new friends. As long as they don’t want me to play goalkeeper then I will be fine. I’ve got a strict rule of not playing goalkeeper any longer, for years now, because people expect me to still pull off world-class saves even though I am in the middle of my 60s,” jokes Abrahams. Besides the football and entertainment on offer, the event will be broadcast on live radio throughout the course of the day, with fun activities for spectators.“After the legends match, the tournament will continue. We will have a break where we want to give away prizes to the community. We have lots of different types of vouchers and gifts we will give away, doing little quizzes during the breaks. We do have a R1500 restaurant voucher for the team who shows the biggest spirit. That team will then be able to go to a restaurant in Vangate Mall to enjoy a meal,” adds Waja-Stemmett.
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R60k for special needs school NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku
he only real hope for the vulnerable youth in these communities struggling with poverty, gangsterism, drugs and crime lies in completing their education and becoming employable, productive members of society.” These were the words of Adekunle Oyewo, principal of School of Hope special needs secondary in Observatory, speaking during a
cheque handover of R60 000 from KFC’s Add Hope campaign late last month. Oyewo said the donation will go towards the school’s feeding scheme. Most of the school’s 145 learners come from less-privileged homes. The school offers support groups for parents, involving them in learning interventions specific to their child’s needs. The school has been partnering with Add Hope since 2016. School programme manager,
Laura Collura, adds that the nutrition programme at the school is one of the most important contributors to academic success. “It gives the learners a chance to focus on their schoolwork throughout the day while their physical needs are taken care of through good nutrition. It is about more than the food – it is about learners feeling cared for in the family-like environment. “The enthusiasm of the learners was so genuine and heartfelt on the day of the handover. It was so beautiful to see them getting a chance to thank our benefactors in person with such excitement and genuine joy. Thank you to everyone who contributes to Add Hope,” she says. Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC public affairs director for Africa and Add Hope champion, says they are pleased to be working with their customers to help the communities around Observatory and other vulnerable communities throughout South Africa.
CONSERVATION AWARD: The Observatory Civic Association (OCA) won the annual award for Most Active Conservation Body on Saturday 3 March. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay. They aim was to recognise and celebrate the cultural, linguistic and heritage excellence in the province. Marc Turok of the OCA says the award describes the OCA as a positive example of active participation in heritage matters. Marc Turok (left) is pictured with Tauriq Jenkins, chairperson of the OCA.
Be part of local residents’ association The Woodstock Residents’ Association invites the public to their annual meeting. The meeting will be held at the
Town Hall on Saturday 24 March at 11:00. For more information, visit the Woodstock Residents’ Association Facebook page.
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RED CROSS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Swimming to help others NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku
leven-year-old Abriella Bredell from Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape is happy to finally see her dream of making a difference at a children’s hospital come true. She managed to raise about R158 746 for the ICU upgrade and expansion project at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch. She handed the funds over to the hospital’s trust yesterday (Monday 12 March). She says that after realising the difficulty of seeing a sick child and doing research about public health facilities, she knew she wanted to do her part. “I asked my mother if there were children’s hospitals that needed help. After doing some research
she gave me a few names. I was interested in Red Cross. She contacted them and it all went well. “I did not raise the amount I targeted but I am grateful for the support. Every little thing you do to help others is huge to the beneficiary.” She says she hopes her gesture will inspire others. “It does not matter how old or young, if you have a dream go for it. It is not easy at the beginning, it takes perseverance.” Abriella swam 8 km in three hours and eight minutes, from Robben Island to Big Bay in Blouberg, to raise the funds. Accompanied by her coach, Abriella was the youngest South African ever to tackle this swim. Hospital spokesperson Andrea Sasman says Abriella’s efforts have enabled the hospital to turn
the ICU from a 22-bed into a 39-bed specialised unit with a 10-bed High Care Unit for babies and eight isolation cubicles. This would not have been possible without the support of special people like Abriella, she says. “Abriella and all those who have supported her in achieving her goal, and the time and effort she has contributed, will not only make a difference to children who are currently in the hospital, but will continue to support thousands of children in the years to come.”
Abriella Bredell (right) handed over the cheque to Pauline Solomons, fundraising coordinator at The Children’s Hospital Trust.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FORM 3A NOTICE OF APPLICATIONS FOR LIQUOR LICENCES IN TERMS OF SECTION 37(1) OF THE WESTERN CAPE LIQUOR ACT, 2008 – [REG. 10(1)] Notice is hereby given that the following applications for liquor licences have been lodged with the Western Cape Liquor Authority (the Authority) and with the designated liquor officers at the indicated South African Police Service offices. The applications concerned may, up to and including the 28th day from the date of publication of the application, upon request and free of charge, be inspected by any person, at the offices of the Authority or the designated liquor officer listed hereunder. Copies of an application can be obtained from the Authority after payment of the prescribed fee. Objections and representations must be lodged in writing with the Authority and the designated liquor officer in accordance with section 39 of the Act.
VORM 3A KENNISGEWING VAN AANSOEKE OM DRANKLISENSIES INGEVOLGE ARTIKEL 37(1) VAN DIE WES-KAAPSE DRANKWET, 2008 – [REG. 10(1)] Hiermee word kennis gegee dat die volgende aansoeke om dranklisensies ingedien is by die Wes-Kaapse Drankowerheid (die Owerheid) en by die aangewese drankbeamptes by die aangeduide Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiedienskantore. Die betrokke aansoeke kan, tot en met die 28ste dag vanaf die datum van publikasie van die aansoek, op versoek en gratis deur enige persoon besigtig word by die kantore van die Owerheid of die aangewese drankbeampte hieronder gelys. Afskrifte van ’n aansoek kan by die Owerheid verkry word na betaling van die voorgeskrewe fooi. Besware en vertoë moet ooreenkomstig artikel 39 van die Wet skriftelik by die Owerheid en die aangewese drankbeampte ingedien word.
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Tour hospital for free Groote Schuur Hospital invites members of the public to a historical day that will be held on Friday 16 March from 09:00 to 12:30. Attendees will learn about the history of the hospital and be taken on a free tour focusing on engineering at the hospital. This event forms part of the hospital’s 80th anniversary celebrations. To book for the tour, contact Myrna Freeman on 021 404 2187 or myrna. freeman@ westerncape. gov.za.
Enter HPCA five-a-side tournament The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) will be launching an inaugural football tournament at the Hellenic football field in Green Point on Saturday 24 March. Proceeds raised at the 16-team, fivea-side event will go towards supporting their cause. “As the national charity for hospice care, HPCA champions and supports the work of more than 108 member organisations, which provide hospice care to around 120 000 people across South Africa each year. World TB Day is on 24 March and many of the member hospices treat TB patients, thus the funds raised from this tournament will go towards the continuation of this vital service,” says communications manager Fatima Allie. A grand prize of R5000 is on offer for the tournament, which is limited to 16 teams. Each team can consist of eight to 10 players and tickets can be bought at Webtickets or instore at selected Pick n Pay stores. V For more information, contact Shaun at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 531 0277.
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NEW FOL APPOINTMENT: Friends of Liesbeek River have appointed new members to lead the full-time river team for the next two years. One of the newly elected members, Farrah Schwab, the group’s social media manager, says this team of volunteers aims to leave a legacy of urban-river awareness that motivates the general public to celebrate their local waterways and their accompanying rich ecology. “We are living in the age of the ‘Anthropocene’, which, put simply, is the age in which environmental change is hugely influenced by human action. This stark realisation should be seen as a motivation for regenerative and rejuvenating environmental work to infuse our everyday lives, our educational curriculums and business practices,” says Schwab. She was appointed along with Mncekeleli Klaas who is now a new FOL supervisor.
he head of Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L), Miles October from Kensington, is appealing to the public to donate towards Western Cape Football for the Physically Disabled to help the players attend the Physically Disabled National Games in Bloemfontein during the Easter holidays. October says this is a well-deserved opportunity for the team, and his organisation is trying to make sure the team gets to the national games, but he says they cannot do it on their own. “Any extra funds would come in handy because overall costs involve airfares, accommodation, food, and a bit of spending money. We at PS4L are thrilled to be able to help the team. We regard them in the same way we regard ablebodied sportspeople who commit to a healthy, active lifestyle. That is part of the commitment and objective of our organisation.” The team is made up of 12 players between the ages of 13 and 22 years. They come from different parts of the Peninsula including Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain and Brackenfell. Coach Kevin Valentine says most of the players are affected by cerebral palsy, which is a developmental disability that affects movement, posture and coordina-
Dialysis machines for hospital NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku As part of commemorating World Kidney Day on 8 March, a group of students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) officially handed over two haemodialysis machines to Groote Schuur Hospital on Wednesday 7 March. This group of students decided to help find a solution to the shortage of dialysis machines at the hospital. They launched their fundraising efforts with the Kilimanjaro Climb initiative last year, which saw them raising about R517 000. One of the founders of the initiative, Nicholas Loxton, says they saw fit to align their handover along with the celebration of World Kidney Day to help create
awareness. He says they hope the machines, which are already in use at the hospital, will save many lives, especially of those who cannot afford to pay their medical bills. “We had a number of students constantly express how emotionally draining it was for them to watch patients suffering in the process of waiting for their dialysis turns. It is mostly the disadvantaged people who do not have health insurances that suffer. Our UCT surgical society came up with the idea of raising funds to buy the machines. We then decided on climbing one of the highest mountains. “It was not easy, it took lots of effort, but what kept us going was the positive end result. We received amazing support and to-
day we are proud to share the news,” Loxton says. Loxton says they are grateful to everyone who donated towards and sponsored their initiative. He adds they plan to buy a third machine if all goes well. He says they still need more funding to make this a reality. Loxton encourages those who want to make a difference in other people’s lives to take the first step. Alaric Jacobs, hospital spokesperson, says patients suffering from chronic kidney disease often experience loss of quality of life, heart problems, bone disease, and trouble sleeping. He explains that dialysis is expensive and only a limited number of dialysis machines are available in the public healthcare sector. “A two haemodialysis machines were acquired for the renal unit at Groote Schuur Hospital. The haemodialysis machines will allow more patients to be treated for renal failure. Approximately 10% of people worldwide suffer from chronic kidney disease and need renal dialysis or kidney transplants.”
Some of the UCT students showing one of the Haemodialysis machines.
tion. He says that for him their disabilities are not a challenge, as over the years of coaching the team he has learned different strategies to accommodate each player during practices. “I have been involved with these youngsters since their school days. This tournament would mean so much to them. They are very excited and looking forward to travelling by bus, mingling with other players from other provinces and
seeing different fields. Please help us make this a reality.” He says it hurts him to not receive the same amount of recognition that able-bodied people get when they need help. He says this opportunity will help the team members realise they are as appreciated by society as anybody else and will help remove the stigma associated with their condition. V For more information, call Connor Walsh on 021 461 4436.
The Western Cape Football for the Physically Disabled team
90 years of service More than 20 years after apartheid, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world, according to the Oxfam Report on Global Inequality. The wealthiest 10% earn 50% of the country’s income, while 50% of the population collectively earn only 12%. Against this backdrop of disparity, the Community Chest has been working for 90 years to divert precious resources from the haves to the have-nots in a manner that will effect lasting change. While commemorating this milestone, Community Chest is taking a look at how far it has come for inspiration for the worthy work that will comprise its future. The 1920s were a time of rampant and growing inequality in South Africa, and heeding a call to address the plight of less fortunate communities in the area, in 1928 the Rotary Club of Cape Town established the Community Chest. In its formative years, the organisation thrived under the careful guidance of two men known for their exemplary moral character. The first elected chairperson, Sir Walter Stanford – a staunch proponent of equality – was followed by Sydney Lavis, the coadjutor bishop of Cape Town. Under Lavis’ leadership the organisation was instrumental in the delivery of vital funds to 24 welfare organisations, despite the financial strain that accompanied the Second World War. Lorenzo Davids, Community Chest CEO says: “The financial woes of the Second World War forced many charities to close their doors. However, prompted by then prime minister General Jan Smuts, the public redirected donations to the Community Chest so we could ensure funding went to those who needed it most.”
Later on, dedicated leaders such as Robert Blake, Roger Hulley and Amelia Jones continued to carve out an important role for the organisation in the philanthropic world. During its 90 years the Community Chest has been behind some of Cape Town’s most iconic events. In 1951, a theatrical Garden Party was held in De Waal Park. This was later moved to Maynardville and grew into the popular Community Chest Carnival, a celebration of culture and cuisine for 65 years. In 1983, the Twilight Run was launched by former Springbok, Dave Stewart. Now, 35 years later, the run still attracts thousands of participants to Cape Town’s Grand Parade each year.In 1990 the organisation introduced the country’s first scratch-card, the Community Chest Challenge, a move which boosted their annual fundraising target to R10m.“Strategic partnerships have played a huge role in our success, allowing us to play a more active role in improving the lives of many,” adds Davids. This includes helping to provide refuge to children from troubled backgrounds, regardless of their colour or creed, since 1958 – through a lifelong partnership with Leliebloem House. Then in 1985, key partnerships played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Helderberg Hospice for the terminally ill. “Recently, we have begun redefining what impactful philanthropy is, so through targeted donor funding, we can maximise our ability to achieve this,” says Davids. Since its beginnings, the organisation has grown exponentially. Now it employs 32 dedicated staff members who are instrumental in securing R60m in donor funding to support over 200 organisations.
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he Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival, which showcases around 40 productions by dynamic young theatremakers from all over the province, is back. Now in its eighth year, the festival kicked off on Saturday 10 March and will end on Saturday 17 March. The Baxter Theatre Centre will be buzzing with more than 40 different theatre productions and events, featuring close to 150 artists and a line-up which is jam-packed with dynamic and diverse options catering for all tastes during the week-long festival. The award-winning actor and director Mdu Kweyama has been appointed as curator of this year’s festival and he joins the team which is spearheaded by artistic director Bongile Mantsai along with Zoleka Helesi (co-ordinator), Lauren Hannie (administrator) and Monde Myataza (sales and marketing). Kweyama has a master’s degree in Directing from UCT. He is also the 2016 Fleur du Cap New Director Award winner and a former Baxter artist-in-residence. Some of his work at the Baxter in recent years includes Reza de Wet’s Missing and Woza Albert! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon. RAW (Real Art Wednesdays) showcased on Sunday 11 March and will showcase again on Friday 16 March, featuring singers, bands, dancers, rappers, poets and beatboxers, all taking to the stage to entertain audiences. Other performances on the weekend line-up include six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport’s Game Changer and after-school programme. The main festival, with some 28 productions in the line-up, started yesterday and
will run until 16 March with daily shows at 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 19:00. The festival will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday 17 March, where awards will be presented to artists and productions in various categories, while the Best of the Zabalaza Festival winner will be announced. One of this year’s highlights is the introduction of the Baxter’s brand new Platform for Special Talent, made possible through funding from the City of Cape Town. This vital initiative emerged from a need to “bridge the gap” between opportunities for young, new theatre-makers and wellknown established ones. The aim is to develop and sustain theatre in South Africa by identifying talented theatre practitioners and providing them with a platform to improve their artistic portfolio and expose it to a wider audience. These artists are creating excellent work and this initiative will provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills through mentorship and immersion in a professional theatrical space, designed to enrich their experience and skills as they build viable careers in the performing and creative arts environments. Five artists and their productions have been identified, namely Chuma Sopotela’s Rest in Love, Thando Mzembe’s Zebra Conspiracy, Bulelani Mabutyana’s Final Chapter, Lwanda Sindaphi’s Kudu and Nwabisa Plaatjie’s 23 Years, a Month and Seven Days, with the latter two having full runs at the Baxter during March. Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot has once again introduced the Zabalaza Challenge. She has bought 40 tickets at only R30 each to the performances at this year’s festival
and she challenges individuals, businesses and the public to join her. “These tickets will be given to learners who cannot afford to buy any. The takings at the door go straight back to the young artists who are presenting their work at the festival. “This money therefore goes back into the community so that more plays can be produced by these talented artists.” To join the challenge, go to www.baxter. co.za/ZabalazaChallenge. Another important addition this year is a three-year bursary from City Varsity to one of the participants on the main programme who applies to Zabalaza. The successful recipient will visit the Cape Town campus during 2018 and meet with curriculum advisors to decide on a course of their choice. A one-year internship at the Fugard Theatre has also been made available for a lucky incumbent selected by the Zabalaza team to hone their craft and gain further insight into the operations of the theatre. Kweyama says: “We are super excited about the programme and I would like to welcome all the performers and theatremakers to the 2018 festival. We are especially proud of the new additions to the line-up and, in particular, the opportunities that we are able to present to the artists.” Tickets cost just R30 for any production, with the exception of the RAW (Real Art Wednesdays) showcases which are R50. Tickets to the comedy showcase oMpondo Zihlanjiwe on Saturday 10 March at 19:00 are R80. V Booking is through Webtickets on 0861110005 or at www.webtickets.co.za, or at selected Pick n Pay outlets. Visit the Baxter website at www.baxter.co.za for the full programme.
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Take positive action I was very heartened to read the article by Nomazamo Yuku (“No one to go dry with local water warriors”) in People’s Post, Constantia and Wynberg on Tuesday 20 February. There are so many complaints about the water situation and so many negative comments about those handling the issues, that I have taken to turning off my radio and avoiding reading newspaper and magazine letters and articles. Plenty of errors have been made to be sure, but griping from the sidelines plays no part in solving or relieving the crisis. The group mentioned in this article have taken positive action to respond, planning to help the vulnerable, engaging with business owners and others, coordinating community planning. The simple assumption that the 45% who are still above target are struggling to save water, rather than berating them for their non-compliance is refreshing. Thank you Tauriq Jenkins, the Observatory Civic Association and other bodies involved. Well done for taking action. LINDA HENDERSON Plumstead
Pick up after pooches I am spending several months in Cape Town enjoying the beautiful scenery, lovely weather and local hospitality. However, I am both deeply disappointed and disgusted to find that I cannot enjoy the beautiful beaches because dozens of people are walking their dogs daily, despite large notices at beach entrances clearly showing no dogs are allowed. Within 60 seconds of hitting the sand every excited dog has defecated and it is very rare to see an owner that is responsible enough to carry poop bags to remove the offending mess. After defecating the dogs happily jog along the remainder of the beach peeing every few yards, which is what dogs do naturally. I have seen dog owners completely ignore their dogs faeces, I have seen it pushed, with the foot, under the sand and only one lady I have observed so far, found a used plastic bag but when she picked up the mess she left the bag on the beach. She only went that far because
I was pointedly watching her. This is an utter disgrace, people without pets use the beaches and lie on the sand, young children play in the sand, dig it up to make sand castles or to half bury themselves – doing what children do when at the beach. Not forgetting that the wind and tides will eventually uncover the faeces which will then get carried into the sea. In other civilised countries dogs are not allowed on beaches, if at all, between March and October and any offenders face an instant heavy fine, not to mention verbal attacks from other beach users, and rightly so. Come on pet owners, you know this is not right: It’s a breach of the law and a serious health hazard. Wherever you take your dogs for exercise then please take poop bags with you and dispose of them in the bins provided or at home. SUE SHEA Simon’s Town
Great service, staff at Groote Schuur I would like to let the people of Cape Town know of my experience at Groote Schuur Hospital. I had a date for Sunday 18 March for hysterectomy surgery but was privileged to have my date brought forward due to a cancellation for Sunday 4 February. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the brilliant doctors and all staff of Groote Schuur Hospital for the amazing work they are doing and their kindness and compassion. I was admitted on 4 February and had
the surgery done Monday 5 February. I stayed in for five days. In this time I could see how committed, thorough and dedicated these doctors and nurses are to all patients. The medical care and services rendered are professional; the best care is given to each patient all day long. The hospital is clean and spotless. The food is heathy. I would like to send a special thanks to my team of doctors and gynaecology department from the Olarogun Firm. KARIEMA DAVIDS Wetton
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‘End the cycle of violence and murder’ The Department of Social Development (DSD) is calling on all women who are experiencing abuse to get help and report abuse. This was the call made by the minister of social development, Albert Fritz, in commemoration of International Women’s Day on 8 March. In a statement Fritz said they strongly condemn the continuing incidents of violence and murder of women. “Recent incidents include the murder of 57-year-old Constantia resident, whose husband was arrested as a suspect, and the murder-suicide involving a Lentegeur police officer who had held his girlfriend and her mother hostage before shooting them and himself. “We continue to call on all women, whether from affluent or poor backgrounds, who may be enduring any form of emotional or physical abuse, to seek help and report abuse,” he said. Through the children and families programme and the victim empowerment subprogramme (VEP), the department provides a basket of family support and counselling services, including social work services, for victims of gender violence. The department funds a growing network of 16 shelters for abused women across the province. “The shelter services provide for basic needs like food, clothing and security. The victims can also access psychosocial support and other needed services like medical and legal assistance and skills development to enable economic empowerment,” said Fritz. DSD vows to continue the fight against human trafficking. “We continue to warn the public, especially vulnerable groups, such as women and parents of young children, to be extra vigilant. Nationally, the Department of Social Development has dealt with 220 cases of human trafficking in the 2016/17 year. We can end the abuse of women and children if we continue to work together and build partnerships with communities,” he concluded. VReport any cases of abuse of women and children by approaching social workers at regional or local offices, or by contacting the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250.
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new free online directory and mobile site called Building Service Advisor (BSA) – which lists service providers in Cape Town for almost every kind of need relating to home maintenance and repairs, renovations, building and gardens – is making life easy for residents no matter where they are. Service providers range from architects to interior designers, painters to plumbers, locksmiths to landscapers, and a host of others. This idea is the brainchild of Hout Bay resident Brett Emmerson who has been in the building industry for many years. Through his work he has received calls from people asking if he doesn’t know a plumber or tiler who can help them and through this interaction he has managed to build a contact base, which has given birth to the online directory. The website was launched at the beginning of February and is growing fast. Paula Addinall, BSA operations manager, says the development of the website started about three and a half years ago. “We have had a positive response. Though we are still very new it is growing fast and addressing the challenges that we saw. From routine repairs to a complete rebuild, finding a reliable service provider to assist with maintaining – or designing – your home can often be a daunting task, but it has become possible through the website,” she says. Addinall adds that the website uses geolocation, making it easy for people to connect with service providers no matter where they are. “Often tradesmen worked on a word-of-mouth basis and with people moving around, that word of mouth is lost. The website is there to solve that problem. You could be at a holiday home in a different area and need an urgent job done – the website will give you a list of service providers close to where you are,” she says. Emmerson, a builder by trade, wanted to create a comprehensive one-stop shop that could answer the questions he frequently received from clients, family and friends.
Funderland promises to wow families The FunderLand and Kidz Expo, an event which is the first of its kind, will launch at GrandWest on Wednesday 28 March. The event is 11 days of fun which includes illusion, mystery and magic, music and dance, through to high-tech and gaming. The festival and expo will have 25 different “fun zones”, including the “extreme
tech zone” and the African Cyber Gaming League’s presence. In addition to this, the FunderLand Talent Search and the FunderLand Mzansi Competition will also take place, which is open to all who attend. “We are going to bring you an absolute FunderLand wonderland, fulfilling both you and your children’s dreams with sheer joy. Whether their passion is robots, dino-
“From a leaking tap or broken window to a full build, we’ve compiled the names and details of numerous suppliers, businesses and tradesmen into an easily navigable website and mobi site that can be used every day,” he explains. Especially useful are the 24/7 emergency services that are listed on BSA – critical for those unfortunate yet inevitable times when you accidentally lock yourself out of the house, or your geyser bursts in the mid- The Building Service Advisor there to help you fix your home. dle of the night. PHOTO: AISHAH CASSIEM According to Emmerson, in addition to geo-location, BSA on work completed by the suppliers listed has a geo-specific search tool so that you on its platform. Instead, completed work can search for solutions right in your is evaluated by the customer alone, which neighbourhood. “For example, if you’re is why the star rating system ensures that living in the CBD and you need a plumber you’ll find services and suppliers of the to replace a leaking pipe, you simply input highest quality. your area and the type of service and BSA Any building-related business may list will automatically bring up a list of reputa- its services on BSA’s directory for free. A ble plumbers in the immediate surrounds. company is able to enhance its presence You can also set the radius, controlling the on BSA by boosting its listing to ensure distance from your home that you would that it appears at the top of the relevant like BSA to search,” he says. category list, but it cannot change the way Once your project is complete, you have customers have rated its service. A custhe option of evaluating the service pro- tomer may only rate a particular service vider you used by giving them a star rating once, to ensure the fairness and integrity on BSA (with five stars denoting excellent of the ratings. service). BSA is currently live and available for “In turn, you’ll benefit from ratings that use in the six main regions of the Western other customers have made by being able Cape. After this debut, the handy network to appoint a company that comes highly will expand to cover Gauteng in May 2018. recommended. So BSA doesn’t just let you It will then spread to other provinces in find a plumber in your area, it helps you South Africa before spanning the rest of choose a good one! Not only that, it also the continent. allows you to shop around by presenting VYou can download the free BSA mobi site from options,” he says. the Android Playstore and IOS. For more information BSA elects to remain a neutral party in and services, visit www.buildingserviceadvisor.co.za; your selection process. It does not make follow BSA on facebook @buildingserviceadvisor any endorsements or charge commission and use the hashtag: #BSA
saurs, gaming, cooking, sports or computers, FunderLand is ready to fire up the imagination and inspire whilst providing thrills all round. While the kids dance with the colourful Lollos and the cheeky Bop Boppers, rugby enthusiasts will be blown away by the cheerleading routine of the DHL Stormers Girls. Circus-style acts will amaze both the young and the young at heart,” says director Philippa Harvey Luis.
Russel Fox, known as “Magician Insane”, will be joined by the freestyling comedic soccer trickster Kyle Rinquest,in addition to Steven Winter from the Winter Sessions, the unbelievable beatboxer Benji Man, Loki Rothman, Desmond Wells, Stephan Visagie, Nic Stevens, Nadia Louw and Shaun Tait to mention a few. VTickets to FunderLand can be purcahsed ontheir website at funderland.co.za/buy-ticket/ and there are various packages and passes that can be bought depending on your needs and the size of your family.
“The way Capetonians have come together to beat this challenge shows their strength and determination, thank you to each and every one of you!
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Cup dream alive for Ubuntu L
ocal National First Division club Ubuntu Cape Town caused a major stir in the Nedbank Cup on Friday night when they upstaged their PSL counterparts AmaZulu 3-2 in Durban. The rookies, who bought over the NFC franchise status from FC Cape Town late last year, got off to a dream start when Clinton Fredericks scored in the seventh minute of the contest. They would go on to score two more unanswered goals through Duncan Adonis in the 26th minute and Kamohelo Mahlatsi in the 48th minute. The hosts would respond with consolation goals from Mabhuti Khenyeza and Ovidy Karuru, but it would be Ubuntu Cape Town who would book their spot in the competition’s quarter-finals. In matches involving local sides elsewhere, Steenberg United’s dream of Nedbank Cup glory was dashed when they went down 2-0 to PSL club Baroka FC in Polokwane on Saturday. Goals by Mudzunga Sidumo and Tebogo Sodi ensured Baroka’s passage into the last eight. Tomorrow, Cape Town City FC will entertain PSL giants Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium at 19:30 to battle over the final quarter-final spot. ABC Motsepe League Santos were subjected to their fourth consecutive draw when they were held to a 0-0 stalemate against Ajax Cape Town’s youth team in Lansdowne on Friday night. The result did not help either team improve their position on the log, meaning that Santos remain in ninth and Ajax in tenth spot respectively. Results: Friday: Santos 0; Ajax Cape Town youth 0 Ace FC 2; Royal Blues FC 1 Jomo Powers 2; United 4 Saturday: D&G Orient FC 4; Barcelona 1 Atlantic Nacional 1; Ikapa Sporting FC 4 Grassy Park United 3; Glendene United 0 Hout Bay United; Steenberg United - postponed Zizwe United 0; The Magic FC 3 SAB League In the space of four minutes added time, Junction Rovers sneaked past Bellstar United 3-2 in an exhilarating SAB Safa Cape Town fixture played in Heideveld on Saturday. With the writing seemingly on the wall for Junction Rovers, the script was torn up
Barcelona FC goalkeeper Devan Jooste (right) loses the ball in a challenge with D&G Orient’s Siraaj Ederies during an ABC Motsepe League match played at the Greens in Manenberg on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
and flipped when Antonio Thomas netted the equalising goal in referee’s added time, which caught the Bellstar team by surprise. Then, in the dying moments of the match, Rovers’ two Jones brothers – Carlo and Matthew – formed an unorthodox combination that mesmerised the visitors. Rovers were awarded a free kick, which was taken by goalkeeper Carlo, who curled the ball above the Bellstar defence and found his brother Matthew, who hammered the
winning goal for a jubilant Rovers team. Earlier, Shafiek Serelina gave Rovers the early lead, before Bellstar took the later initiative through second-half strikes by Meyrick Vlotman and Charles Jaftha, but it was not to be as the Jones brothers’ late heroics ensured the home team held onto their pride. Bluegum United had to fight hard to defend their lead in an away victory against Goal 50 United 1-0 in Heideveld on Sunday.
The hosts played with agility and confidence, which rattled the visitors. Early in the first half the visitors grabbed the window of opportunity after Zinedine van Niekerk from the home side was given his marching orders by referee Clint Kader. Goal 50 were reduced to 10 men and they struggled afterwards with a lifeline given to the visitors. Yusrie Bester scored the only goal for the travelling crowd with a superb drive volley that shattered the opposition’s goal net.
Cape teams lag in log
The safer sports fields initiative continued over the weekend. From left are Riedewaan Toefy (Blue Bells CC), Arafaat Basson (Nantes AC), Basheerah Samaai (Nantes AC), Rushin Sedick (Nantes AC), Irafaan Sambou (Blue Bells CC), Isaacs, Razeen Gallie (Blue Bells CC), Faldie Jassiem (Caledonian Roses RFC), Allen Mentoor (Young Idols FC) and “patient” Brendon Lategan (Nantes AC).
Safer sports fields programme trains more first aiders People’s Post freelance sport photographer, Rashied Isaacs, continued with his “safer sports fields” project over the weekend. Isaacs has teamed up with an accredited first aid company, Dunnmore Training, to equip community sport coaches with lifesaving first aid skills. People’s Post reported on the project last year (“Safety no walk in the park”, 14 Febru-
ary 2017), describing how Isaacs had noticed the lack of emergency planning, especially first aid assistance, on the various playing fields in the community whilst working for the newspaper over the past decade. The project has delivered training to over 100 coaches in a three-year period and he encourages other sporting bodies to take the initiative forward.
While Cape universities competing in the FNB Varsity Cup continue to succeed, those who back them have left them floundering in another pecking order. With the FNB Varsity Cup at its halfway mark, their partnership with SANBS (South African National Blood Service) and WPBTS (Western Province Blood Transfusion Service) has already made a difference in South Africa overall. FNB Varsity Cup managing director, Duitser Bosman, is passionate about the difference the partnership has already made. Cape Town-based teams UCT Ikeys, UWC and CPUT are falling behind the teams from other provinces. The Cape Town sides are urging their supporters to get behind their universities by donating blood on behalf of any of the respective teams in this year’s FNB Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield competitions. Every South African – even those who don’t or did not attend the universities taking part in the tournament – will be able to participate by donating their blood on behalf of their favourite team at any SANBS or WPBTS blood drive or donor centre until 16 April. The university that gets the most people to donate on behalf of their team will win the inaugural Gaz’Lam Trophy. So far, fans have donated over 23 233 pints of blood, which by SANBS calculations equals 69 699 lives saved. “I have looked at the stats and there
seems to be a really good increase in yearon-year collections for February of 5.04%. This is great considering that there was a 2% decline for the same period comparing February 2016 versus 2017. “What is also great is that the biggest increases were seen in donors between the ages of 20 to 30,” says SANBS regional marketing manager Ivor Hobbs. Capetonians can visit any of the three fixed donor centres listed below or visit http://www.wpblood.org.za/aboutdonation/becoming-donor/where-can-i-donate to find out where the mobile units are on any given day. WPBTS is currently running low on the O+ blood type stock. Everyone who donates can donate on behalf of the university of their choice. WPBTS has three fixed site donation clinics: . 22 Long Street on Mondays to Fridays: 08:30 to 16:15, every last Wednesday of the month: 07:30 to 18:45. They are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. . N1 City Mall, Shop 38 on Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 to 17:45, Saturdays: 09:00 to 14:45, and Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 11:45 .Blue Route Mall, Shop G56 on Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 to 17:45, Saturdays: 09:00 to 14:45 and Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 11:45. Public holidays exclude Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday
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TUESDAY 13 March 2018 | People's Post | Page 12 | 0021 910 6500
40th Cycle Tour race ‘rerun’ S
unday saw the “rerun” of the 40th edition of the world’s largest timed cycle race. Over 30 000 cyclists took on the iconic 109km route around the Cape Peninsula in almost perfect conditions, in contrast to the 2017 edition when high winds at the start and on the course forced the cancellation of the race. “One of our responses to the conditions in 2017 was to move the start for this year’s Cycle Tour to the Grand Parade Precinct. We needed to be responsive in respect of 2017’s challenges and looked to mitigate the wind risk,” commented David Bellairs, marketing, media and sponsorship director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. The weather was indeed a talking point among most of the riders. “What an awesome ride,” said Tony Mcfarlane, a 68-yearold rider who completed his 18th Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday. “Last year was a huge disappointment, so it’s great how the weather turned out today. And I felt really good – I could’ve done another 20km!” he joked. At the sharp end of the field, Nolan Hoffman outsprinted Sam Gaze and Reynard Butler to win his third title in a time of 02:37:30. The women’s race saw a pioneering first when the elite and u.23 women riders were offered the option of a 76km race, starting in Glencairn. This shorter route ensured a clear run all the way to the finish for the women. In the end, Kim Le Court took the bunch sprint ahead of Namibia’s Vera Adrian and track star Maroesjka Matthew. Unfortunately the race was dampened with the news that three people died in separate incidents during and after the race.
Cyclists were greeted with perfect weather to complete the iconic 109km route around the Cape Peninsula on Sunday.PHOTO: KEVIN SAWYER
“The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is sad to confirm that today, during the 40th riding of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, there were two incidents that resulted in the passing of two of our participants. “A 41-year-old man died of injuries incurred during a racing incident just before 09:00 on the M3 southbound in which a group of 20 cyclists were involved in a pileup. A 69-year-old man later died of a suspected heart attack at Smitswinkel Bay at 10:22. “Our most sincere condolences go out to the families of both these participants,” said Bellairs. He further confirmed yesterday that one of the Rotary race marshals died in hospital late on Sunday. The marshal had been stationed on an S-bend after the Llundudno turnoff. The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear and police are investigating. “Our Rotary marshals have always been integral to the successful running of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Most of them work alongside us year after year in a voluntary capacity. They are part of the Cycle Tour family, as are our riders, and we are deeply saddened by this news. We ask for respect for the family’s privacy at this time. We will communicate further information when we have it, if appropriate,” Bellairs said. “I want to assure everyone that all measures are taken to ensure participants’ and marshals’ safety on the route. In my 28 years working on the Cycle Tour, there have been only two trauma-related deaths on the day of the Cycle Tour. Our hearts and prayers are with the families at this very sad time. We have extended our most sincere condolences.”
30 000 cyclists participated in the 40th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
PHOTO: NIC BOTHMA