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PAGE 6 Woodstock skateboarders will soon enjoy their flips in a safe, spacious skatepark. From left are Mihle Mkencele, Hishaam Stoutz, Jason Macquenn and Ross Hanslo. PHOTO: NOMZAMO YUKU

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Skatepark a reality NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


can’t believe it is actually happening! We’ve dreamt about this from the day we started skating but never thought it would ever happen,” said an excited skateboarder, Hishaam Stoutz, during the sod-turning ceremony at the Woodstock skatepark on Wednesday 7 February. This comes after three years of waiting for the City of Cape Town to implement its promise to establish a skatepark in the area. Local skateboarders will now able to enjoy the new skatepark when it opens in the next four months. Stoutz says he started skating when he was very young and has always dreamt of doing it

in a safe environment with no distractions. He says he is excited that the construction work has started. His friend, Mihle Mkencele, adds that the park will inspire skaters and allow them to openly showcase their skills while keeping them off the streets. He says skateboarding is something that needs regular practice. These youngsters could not hide their joy at the new skatepark and showed off their skills for the officials at the site. The R634 000 park is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park, along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen streets. Mayco member (North) Suzette Little says the park will be a valuable asset for the community and she encourages young people to take

advantage of it. “The skateboard park will be a key outstanding element that will attract more positive activity to the precinct and contribute to the community life in Cape Town. We need spaces such as these to encourage fun and healthy physical activity. We encourage skateboarders to take advantage of it, to own it and make sure it remains in good condition.” “This is one of few skateparks we have in the City that have been pipelined for the Woodstock precinct since 2014.” According to the City of Cape Town, the proposal for this park emerged during discussions with the local community and the skateboarding fraternity about the revitalisation of the Woodstock Town Hall precinct, as part of the World Design Capital co-design ward project in 2014.


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In just over a month, the Cape Town Carnival will again light up Green Point’s fan walk.

Get into the carnival spirit With just over a month until Cape Town’s fan walk is turned into a spectacular show, the Cape Town Carnival is gearing up for the big day. People’s Post is an official media partner of the Cape Town Carnival.The Cape Town Carnival will take place on Saturday 17 March and will, for the first time, boast two Cape Town Carnival village spaces.“This is the perfect place to get into the carnival spirit,” says Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival. Live music will be performed and refreshments will be on offer, so you can take a seat at the available tables and soak up the atmosphere. The villages will provide the opportunity to dress up your look, get your face painted and take fabulous selfies with friends and family and Cape Town Carnival performers. The parade will kick off at 19:00, but there will be various activities from 15:00, including being able to walk in a no-car street and enjoy vendors and mixing with your fellow City dwellers.The Cape Town Carnival plays a vital role in bringing people together from many communities throughout the province, with citizens from disparate demographic and regional groups collaborat-

ing before and during the annual spectacle. More than 1500 performers in 43 performing groups from 27 different areas participate in the Cape Town Carnival – a living example of how an event of this kind can break down social barriers and help to form lasting relationships, says Rachel Jafta, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust. Every year the crowd is revved up by local firefighters who work tirelessly during the summer months when the City has many runaway fires to contend with. Make sure to get the best spot so you can rub baby oil on their buff bods – a yearly tradition. The theme, “Mother City, Mother Nature”, promises to bring to life all the wonders that are in Cape Town, from the harvest bringing abundance from the fields to the City, to the City itself being built by her inhabitants. The theme is one that Douwes notes is particularly relevant. “When we choose our theme, it’s not only about the wow factor; it’s also meant to highlight issues that are facing us and the City as a whole, and to educate both the public and the communities involved in the carnival about these issues.”

ith the next Open Streets event taking place on Sunday 25 February, it’s time to start planning how you’re going to get there. And depending on your mode of transport, you could be in line to win. Between 09:00 and 14:00, 3km of the M4 (Main Road, Victoria Road and Sir Lowry Road) through Observatory, Salt River, Woodstock and District Six will become a car-free corridor for residents and visitors to enjoy as a shared public space. This month’s event will focus on Open Streets Cape Town’s #AtoBChallenge, which encourages anyone travelling to Open Streets to make use of public or non-motorised transport. Carbon dioxide emissions from burning fuels in private cars make a major contribution to the climate change problem, explains Open Streets Cape Town managing director, Marcela Guerrero Casas. “We can tackle this problem in Cape Town by shifting our transport choices, improving vehicle and fuel technologies and reducing the need for transport through spatial planning and the location of facilities.” The #AtoBChallenge builds on the idea of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) concept of a low-carbon challenge previously run in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Run for the first time in Cape Town last year, the #AtoBChallenge saw teams competing to travel from the Central City to the Langa Open Streets event using any form of low-carbon transport. The winning team was the one that completed the journey with the smallest carbon footprint.The #AtoBChallenge gives Capetonians an opportunity to explore transport options, and to interrogate the link between transport behaviour and climate change through experiential learning. It will enable those who normally don’t use public transport to experience it, and those who do, an opportunity to share their experiences.Those who take up the #AtoBChallenge stand a chance to win. Those coming by bus, minibus taxi, train, bicycle, skates or foot will stand a chance to win a bicycle. All you need to do is take a picture or video of yourself commuting to Open Streets Main Road on your chosen mode of

transport, post your picture on social media with the hashtag #AtoBChallenge and tag @OpenStreetsCT on Twitter or @OpenStreetsCapeTown on Facebook or Instagram. Then, share your feedback when you get to Open Streets Main Road. The team will be waiting for you with a small gift at the Open Streets info booth opposite Aberdeen Park.“As usual, the invitation is to move around the City differently by experiencing non-motorised and public transport by taking up the #AtoBChallenge,” says Guerrero Casas. Road closures Some restrictions will be in place for motorised vehicles, including public transport. Between Russell Street and Salt River Road there will be no vehicular access, and between Salt River Road and Groote Schuur Drive the outgoing lanes will accommodate contraflow motorised traffic in both directions. There will be full access to Groote Schuur Hospital. Public transport Public transport operators have been consulted and routes have been amended accordingly. Users are encouraged to take note of the diversions so they can plan accordingly and for those who have time, the invitation is to take part in Open Streets. It is free and everyone is welcome. Anwar Ally, operations manager for Golden Arrow Bus Services, says: “We will endeavour to communicate with our passengers before Open Streets to minimise any inconvenience, and will continue to engage with the organisers to amplify the message. We support the concept and believe it is a positive contribution to our communities. If we can shift people from private vehicles to public and non-motorised transport modes, Cape Town will have a much better transport system” Minibus taxis will make use of alternative routes for the duration of Open Streets. MyCiTi route 102 will run as normal, with marshals at the intersection of Roodebloem Street and Victoria Road giving special access to buses.



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Anxious over demolition plan

NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku Salt River Neighbourhood Watch (SRNW) remains the same as last year. This was decided during an annual meeting that lasted less than 20 minutes, held at hall on Wednesday 31 January. The attendees indicated that they did not want the watch to change. SRNW spokesperson Faldie Isaacs says: “The meeting was short and smoother than we anticipated. Everyone voted that there be no change and indicated that they want us to continue where we left off. The meeting was adjourned.” CPF Woodstock cluster chair-

person, Shakeel Haupt, who presided over the electoral process, says they respect and prioritise the interests of residents. “Once again the SRNW executive still transpires our mandatory foundation as equality, fairness and transparency in all aspects of the organisation. We are growing from strength to strength, supporting our community, and will strive for each resident to be a part of this entity,” says Isaacs. The following positions were filled by elective vote: Nezaar Adams was elected as chairperson, Lionel Kenny as vice-chairperson; Mohammed Bazier remains as treasurer, while the secretary is Muneeb Bassier.

Arcadia Place in Observatory.




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commodation and relaxation for our residents.” She says residents were informed in December 2017. She also confirms the meeting that was held with the residents and their families on Thursday 1 February. She says attendees were informed about relocating and assured that nothing would happen in 2018 and that, in an effort to ensure that none of their residents are disrupted, the home has halted all admissions to Arcadia, “ensuring that all our residents will be taken care of. CPOA assures placements of all the residents to secured accommodation within the organisation. The organisation has over 2000 units.”


Members of the SRNH executive committee.

elatives of the residents at Arcadia Place in Observatory have been left anxious as plans to move the elderly residents due to planned property developments were announced at a meeting held on Thursday 1 February. The home has 166 residents between the ages of 65 and 101. According to Edmund Blumeris from Athlone, a relative of one of the residents, they were given short notice of the new arrangements and they were not consulted. He says management took the decision on their own, inconveniencing the residents and their families. “I only know of the Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA) being the sole deciders on this matter. It is as if the old people just take it as it comes without knowing they have recourse. I am paying for my aunt so I can also raise an objection. This came as a surprise to us and we do not have alternative arrangements for our family members. People are afraid to talk because they do not know what will happen to their elders should they object to this.” According to Blumeris, his 89year-old aunt has been staying at the home for five years now. He says he pays R2700 a month for her. The plans to demolish the 61year-old Arcadia have been



confirmed. Management says the decision to rebuild the facility was taken after thorough observation and determination that the building is no longer safe for the elderly people. Ingrid Jacobs, head of sales and social work, says they have realised the building is worn beyond repair and that immediate action needs to be taken. “Arcadia Place was built in October 1957 and is beyond repair and poses both a health and safety hazard.” Jacobs says they have plans to add three more storeys to the two the home currently has. “The new Arcadia will have four or five storeys to create more space for ac-





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Camilo adds The Drifters to the list SAMANTHA LEE @Samantha_Lee121


ocal pianist Camilo Lombard says he is honoured to have the opportunity to back legendary band The Drifters when they come to Cape Town in May. His passion for developing music started from a young age. “Both sides of my family were involved in music and my father was a piano player. On my mother’s side of the family they were skilled choir directors. I couldn’t escape it and at the age of 12 I became my church’s organist. Then at the age of 16, I took over the choir from my dad and also became the director of the brass band of our church,” he says. He joined Topaz at the age of 19, frequenting the club scene in Cape Town before joining Out of Town later that year. “I perform with Out of Town every Sunday when we host a gig at Lounge 021 in Wetton. Music has been a part of my life

and will be a part of my life for a very long time to come. I have been in the industry for 27 years,” he says. Always the youngest in the band, he was mentored by his Out of Town bandmates and stepped up to be the leader and director of the band, taking on his own projects before becoming a recording artist and ultimately forming Top Dog SA four years ago. “Over the years I have developed a lot of artists who now share the stage with me and for the past five to 10 years we have been backing many international artists who come here without a band,” he says. “I remember one instance where we had the Soul Divas concert and their band had to cancel at the last moment. We got the call from the promoter the day before they were due to appear on a show and we got to the show with no rehearsal and we pulled it off. They were so comfortable with us that they rehearsed with us for the rest of the day and we pulled that concert off in two days.” His bandmates are Charlton Daniels, Mark

Williams and Morne Hoffmester in addition to horn and backing vocals. “The people I share the stage with are people I trust. I trust them musically and I trust their entertainment value on stage. It is great that they are good performers able to play the GrandArena, Carnival City and other big stages in the country,” he says. With rave reviews from well-known international artists, the band is ready for their next feather in their caps. Growing up listening to The Drifters and now being able to back them has brought his career full circle.“My parents and my grandparents used to listen to The Drifters and to be able to play with them is really a huge thing for my career. Songs like ‘Under the Boardwalk’ and ‘Stand By Me’ have been a hit at every single corporate event that I have performed at in my entire career. These guys have churned out several hits on Broadway, and the list goes on and on,” he says. “When you look at these guys performing, they look good, they dress well, they perform well, and just to be performing with this band is amazing. They are in the same league as bands like The Stylistics and they move on stage. It is going to be one for the books. I am very excited about it.” The band has not yet started rehearsing, but they are ready for the challenge. “This is our job and it takes us a few days to get the music together, so by the time The Drifters walk into the rehearsal it will be like them getting into a pink Cadillac,” he says. “If you don’t know who The Drifters are and you sing the song ‘Stand By Me’, then you are connected to them as much as the whole world is. Come to the concert so that you can have the experience of nostalgia and singing along because you know the lyrics to all of their songs. It is going to be a night to relive all the memories of when you met your loved one or you were on the dance floor dancing to the songs you are going to hear on the night,” he says. “Cape Town loves nostalgic concerts. Youngsters and songwriters in the music fraternity should come out and see what it takes to create and present a hit song on a stage. It is one thing to write a great song, but it is another thing to perform it and get a standing ovation for that performance.” V The Drifters will be performing at GrandWest’s Grand Arena on Saturday 12 May. Tickets start at R200 and are available through Computicket.

Camilo Lombard


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Young entrepreneurs show their mettle NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku

Winners of the Cape Town Blockchain Symposium Competition.


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wo local development companies jointly won the first ever hackathon competition hosted in Cape Town. Yuna and Whenmoon walked away with a prize of R100 000, beating more than 80 other participants from around the world. The 10-day Blockchain Symposium Competition was hosted by Linum Labs and AIFMRM. The hackathon initially kicked off with a five-day digital bootcamp, during which participants were trained in overarching fintech trends, as well as the blockchain tools required to develop decentralised applications and protocols. Paul Kohlhaas, Founder of

Linum Labs and one of the hosts, says the event was a success, with lots of ideas shared among the participants. “The event has shown us two things: Firstly that the applications of blockchain technology in improving people’s lives in Africa are immense, and secondly that it is much easier to build those applications than many people think – we just need to work together,” he says. Khungela Mzuku of Yuna says he believes that their project excelled because it is a uniquely African product which solves problems in a cost-effective way. Mzuku says that through the competition they were “exposed to individuals who had gained experience in blockchain space, and they helped us wrap our heads

around the technology. This enabled us to apply all of our newlyacquired knowledge to our idea, and played a role in our eventual success”. Christopher Maree of Whenmoon says the competition was exciting and inspiring as it exposed them to the high standard presented by the other groups. “We learnt an incredible amount from these projects and their usage of this technology. Given the quality of our competitors and the products they produced, we are very honoured to have won. Going forward, we plan to leave the project opensource, encouraging future development through use of our platform in the Ethereum community. As a team, we intend to further our knowledge and exposure in this exciting space,” he explains.

Two schools in Maitland and Kensington won monetary rewards at a nationwide competition run by the Education with Enterprise Trust’s (Ewet) Inschool Entrepreneurship Education Programme. The prize-giving ceremony was held on Friday 2 February at Windermere High School in Kensington. The host school won third prize and received R10 000 while Maitland High walked away with the R25 000 second prize. The competition, titled the Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education Competition, considered the overall performance of the participating schools in each province and schools were required to do various tasks, including community involvement and starting a business. The Windermere learners formed a club and worked together to achieve their goal. The club coach, Bernard de Louw, explains that the competition entry required the school to be part of various projects. “We had to prove what we

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had done for the year by submitting a portfolio of evidence. The portfolio included community involvement such as donations of food and clothing to learners who had lost their homes in a fire in Kensington,” De Louw says. He says they held market days and did arts and crafts, working tirelessly to make sure they won. “I feel so proud of the learners for such a great achievement, which they only started last year. This year we intend to embark on even greater projects for our community.” Skyeler Gasnola, a learner and the chairperson of the club, says they are happy about the win. She says the competition gave them a new experience and motivation to continue being involved with entrepreneurship and community empowerment projects. Tshidi Sekopa, Ewet project manager, congratulated the schools on their achievements, saying that the programme has over the years been encouraging learners to get involved in making a difference in their communities and fighting unemployment.

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Get revved up at CTMS Enjoy a weekend-long squeal and spin of your favourite wheels brought to you by the Cape Town Motor Show (CTMS) in partnership with the City of Cape Town at Sun GrandWest from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March. The show promises to bring you a variety of vehicles and bikes to view and endless entertainment to be enjoyed by the whole family. You can expect fun-filled accessories, auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, muscle cars, monster trucks, antique and collector cars, engine modifications, soundoff beats competitions, virtual simulations, custom trucks, hot-rods, car wrapping, and much more. Spectators will also stand a chance to win some of the displayed cars or enjoy rides with the specialists as they show off the capabilities of the displayed vehicles. The show will include the automotive industry’s latest creations, featuring classic, luxury and exotic cars from different leading companies across the globe at an international level.

You will also get an opportunity to experience Jaguar’s Art of Performance Tour and Land Rover’s Above and Beyond Tour, including self-drive and driven experiences, as well as other brand activities . Meanwhile a late- ’70s Ford model truck will give a sense of old-school muscle with its roaring engine. It is said that the CTMS has upped the standard this year by adding a number of mouth-watering additions, including a major new outdoor area with the Wildebeest 4x4 Challenge Club, pre- ’63 cars, café racers, metal shaping by Anvl Kraft, food trucks, skateboarding and BMX demos, Jack Daniel’s bars, SCAR, Barnet Fair Barbers and the most insane Mutant Desert vehicles. The show is expected to occupy most of the space at the venue from the Market Hall, Grand Arena, the Sun Exhibits Hall and an outdoor area, and will include a drifting zone, nostalgia zone, chill zone, and camping and 4x4 areas. Tickets are available at Computicket or at the show itself at a cost of R100 per person or R250 special for a family of four. For pensioners and children from 12 to 17 years, ticket costs R80 each and the show is free to children under the age of 12. V For more information, visit


Buy your tickets to view a variety of vehicles at the Cape Town Motor Show at Sun GrandWest in March.

V Two readers stand a chance to win tickets for a family of four, and another five readers can each win double tickets to the event. To enter, tell us in an email what your dream car is. Emails must be sent to with “CT Motor Show” in the subject line by Friday 23 February. Winners will be notified by email.


Spring water tested NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain


ore springs will be tested as residents look to other water sources. However, despite confirming the testing, the City of Cape Town will not release a list of the springs that are being sampled for testing.Last week, the City announced in a statement that its Health Department is increasing the list of springs designated for sampling amid “the growing popularity of this water source”. Springs and water streams do not form part of the City’s water reticulation system and are not monitored and controlled for drinking water standards, explains Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith“Until now, only 10 springs, located among residential areas, have been sampled once a month, but more sites are being added to the list. However, the testing only includes microbiological tests for disease-forming agents such as E. coli and coliforms. City Health is erecting warning signs at all of the sites to highlight that the water quality cannot be guaranteed as safe to drink.”However, when People’s Post requested a list of the springs being tested and those that will be added, Smith responded: “The City would prefer not to identify the springs that are sampled, as it may wrongly create impressions about the water quality at these springs.”The initiative is “one of several key interventions to safeguard the public in a time of in-

creased reliance on alternative water sources” such as springs, boreholes and well-points and greywater, says Smith, but the only source of safe drinking water remains the municipal water provided through the City’s reticulation system.“The bottom line is that any spring water should not be used for drinking purposes and that it should actually be boiled or sanitised before using it for cleaning. We always emphasise that the only water that the City can guarantee is safe for drinking is the potable tap water from the municipal reticulation system, and none of the other water sources such as springs, boreholes or other surface waters are safe for drinking,” he says.“Many people indicate that they have been drinking spring water without any adverse health impact. While this may be the case, it must be understood that as the City does not control the quality of the water that comes from the spring, it cannot be guaranteed as safe.” “The potable water sample points in the reticulation system are sampled fortnightly and the results are measured against the SANS 241 standard for drinking water. The samples taken at the springs are also only analysed from a microbiological quality point and no chemical compositional analyses are carried out.” Borehole water is not suitable for drinking or cooking either, Smith says, and the City advises against connecting a borehole water tank to the plumbing system in

the home, as it could result in a backflow that risks contaminating the City’s drinking water system. “Residents are advised to limit the use of borehole water to bucket flushing of toilets, and to restrict its use for the cleaning of outside work surfaces and garden irrigation, within the prescribed guidelines of level 6B water restrictions, to an hour a day on Tuesdays and Saturdays,” says Smith.“It is a fact that up to 80% of water used in the home can be recycled for other purposes like flushing toilets, cleaning outside areas and even laundry, depending on its original use. We commend the residents and businesses who are thinking out of the box to stretch their water supply, but encourage them to do so safely and not put their health and that of their loved ones or employees at risk.” Residents are also reminded that stored drinking water should be handled with care, as it can easily grow bacteria and algae and pose a health risk. Water quality starts declining after three days, depending on storage conditions and container quality, and residents are advised to: . Use clean and sturdy containers of good quality with screw-closing tops. . Get a container that has a tap fitted. . Mark the containers ‘For drinking water only’. . Store the containers in a cool dark place. . Rinse and sanitise the containers and taps once a week, using unperfumed household bleach.


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Ready for international art fair NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


s many artists are preparing to display their work at the sixth Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) taking place from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February, Woodstock-based Margaret CourtneyClarke takes us through her story. She is one of the local artists who will be showcasing their work at the international fair under the representation of SMAC Gallery, which is based in Woodstock. Courtney-Clarke has produced numerous award-winning books and her work has been exhibited and collected worldwide. She has also worked in both Italy and the USA. Talking about her involvement in the fair, she says: “I was drawn to this project by the sheer magnitude of investment by international mining giants that has resulted in accelerated development and the migration of people from rural areas to the fringes of urban areas, resulting in resettlement on deregulated land. This rapid transition is further exacerbated by the scarcity of water.” “There is a lot of wider knowledge and awareness being visually represented at the fair, and I am sure

many locals will see pieces they can relate to, therefore pulling the local community together. Art is a vital contributor to social progress,” she says. She will be showing three photographs and will be signing copies of her new book. “My books are based on my recent body of work titled Cry Sadness into the Coming Rain, published by Steidl and recently released in December 2017. These will be the first copies available in Southern Africa,” she says. The fair now has a new section called Solo, focusing on the production of female artists, offering different perspectives of the widespread socio-political issues faced by women in both the public and private spheres, while also highlighting their contributions. Other local artists who will be rubbing shoulders and displaying their work are Lhola Amira represented by SMAC, Zanele Muholi represented by Stevenson Gallery and Kemang Wa Lehulere represented by Stevenson Gallery, among others. It is reported that for this edition, ICTAF has worked closely with a number of local and international galleries that support the artistic practices of emerging and established artists from around the world.

Margaret Courtney-Clarke

Laugh with your bokkie Take your sweetheart out for a night filled with laughter this Valentine’s Day as local comedians come to your doorstep. Lol Productions brings you Bokaand with Mariam Kerrie at Shawco Hall in Kensington on Wednesday 14 February at 20:00. The show will see a number of talented locals sharing the stage to entertain lovebirds on this special day, including the popular sensation Auntie Mariam Kerrie, played by Waseef Piekaan. Organisers promise that this is the perfect way to spoil your “bokkie” and to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one. The line-up includes Loukmaan Adams, Austin Rose (Noem my Skollie), Monox and more. Booking is necessary as there is a limited number of seats available. Tickets cost R100 per person, or R120 for VIP tickets. V For more information contact, Shameemah Piekaan via WhatsApp on 072 714 9887 or email

Between environments Maitland Institute invites you to the opening of Nicholas Hlobo’s exhibition taking place on Wednesday 14 February. Hlobo will be installing his craft titled Umthamo at 18:00. Organisers say that through robust occupation of space and sensitivity to the convolutions of process and movement, Hlobo’s Umthamo expresses a relish of the interchange between the macro and micro environments, and the interrelatedness of the self with one’s surroundings. His work will be on display until Saturday 19 May. For more information, visit

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Save water and the environment NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain Being a water hero means keeping the entire environment in mind. Two Oceans Aquarium spokesperson, Renée Leeuwner, says that while there may be the temptation for Capetonians to turn to bottled water during the drought, they need to bear in mind the implications plastic has on marine life. Bottled water has been flying off the shelves to an extent that shops are limiting the number of bottls one can purchase. “Up to 80% of the plastic currently found in the ocean originates on land. Plastic doesn’t break down and then become part of the environment again – it actually

breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces,” she explains. “These pieces not only pollute our oceans and add to the plastic soup found in the ocean gyres, the pieces are also mistaken for food by animals of all sizes, including plankton. Therefore, plastic is polluting the environment and also becoming part of the food chain. Considering that plastic is a petroleum-based product, the chemicals that are leached are also dangerous to the environment and its organisms.” So using bottled water, while reducing the demand on dams, poses the risk of doing more environmental damage. “More plastic bottles mean more plastic pollution. Our landfills are already filled to capacity and recycling isn’t always done.

Every piece of plastic ever produced still exists. All of these plastic bottles will still be around for a very long time,” says Leeuwner.Instead of resorting to bottled water, Leeuwner suggests taking your lead from the aquarium when it comes to saving water. “We have active and continued water metering and the results are displayed at our visitor services desk. “This way we know when and where we are using water. We have switched off most of the taps in the public bathrooms and have placed hand sanitiser in these bathrooms. We have switched the hot water off in our diver showers to encourage shorter showers to save water and we are harvesting rainwater and using that to clean wet-

suits and other dive gear.” The aquarium is also harvesting aircon condensation to wash floors and water their garden, Leeuwner says. “We are harvesting shower water to flush our staff toilets and have applied signage in public toilets to urge people to reduce their water consumption and to flush less. We are urging our staff to not let any water go down the drain and where possible collect all greywater for reuse.” The key to avoiding excessive water use and increased plastic use lies in determining what your water usage is. “Once you know this, you can easily improve,” she says. V The aquarium is also issuing their visitors with the challenge of saving water, with tips and ideas at


‘Do not panic over water crisis’ NOMZAMO YUKU @NomzamoYuku


top panicking about Day Zero and find ways to avoid it while still enjoying your lifestyle,” says Marguerite du Plooy from Pinelands after successfully saving her pool. With many storing up drinking water as the drought persists in Cape Town, she says her family was not just worried about drinking water, but the whole change in lifestyle involved in not being able to use their swimming pool. Her family is fond of an evening dip in the pool after a scorching day with the high temperatures currently being experienced in the province. So after giving it some thought and doing a little research, she discovered that the pool could bypass the municipal water system and be connected to a rainwater tank, using very little water, and still continue to work even when it reaches low levels. “Basically it is just giving people with pools a chance to use them for longer. Once the water drops below the skimmer box, a Creepy-Crawly won’t work and the pool will turn green. These pipes [to the rainwater tank] basically allow the Creepy-Crawly to continue to work and then we have use of our pool for longer,” explains Du Plooy.

She says that since the bypass she has noticed a change in the amount of water used in the pool. She says that in order to defeat Day Zero, people need to come up with creative ideas and keep positive minds. “All we need to do is to use as little water as possible, recycle our water and avoid unnecessary usage.” She says although owning a pool sounds

Marguerite du Plooy has found ways to keep her pool running during the water crisis.


Your pool can aid in saving What should I do with my swimming pool? This topic has resulted in many heated debates on social media as Capetonians try to save every drop to fend of Day Zero. While many have decided to drain and take out their pools, others have come up with interesting uses – like converting it into a pond – and (dare I say it) ideas to keep their pools swimmable throughout the summer without having to use the municipal water supply. The latter is very often met by backlash from (often very rude, judgemental) people that feel keeping your pool full is simply irresponsible. But how irresponsible is it really? If

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like a luxury, for her family it is a way to come together and bond. She encourages other families to try bypassing the municipal water system. She says it cost her R1500 to do everything and she is positive her family will be safe in the event of Day Zero, as they will use their pool water to flush their toilets and for other chores requiring recycled water.

you have found a way for your pool to aid in your water savings, then why not maintain it in a responsible manner? I’m a mother of two boys, who between karate and cricket on these hot summer days definitely need a shower or bath at the end of every weekday. To save water our swimming pool has become the “bath” of choice on most days, with the shower taps only being opened on hair-wash days. And before you judge, I have not used a single drop of tap water since December 2016 to keep the pool full enough to maintain. Instead, I invested in an excellent (still affordable) solar cover – that both heats the

water and keeps evaporation to a minimum – and have connected pipes to all my gutters, that lead into the swimming pool. While others are filling up tanks to keep their gardens green, the little rain we’ve had has been just sufficient to help me maintain my pool. I’ve never had green fingers in any case, so my garden just has to fend for itself. Swim time has been limited to late afternoon – usually only after 17:00 – to further reduce evaporation. Splashing is of course not allowed, and when you get out you find the driest patch of grass for water still dripping from your wet bathing suit. Even the water used for backwashing gets recycled back into the pool after a few days, so not a single drop goes to waste. And if Day Zero does arrive, at least we’ll have a pool to “bath” in. – Cecilia Hume

Car club teaches water savings tips AISHAH CASSIEM @aishah_cassiem Members of a Grassy Park car club took to the streets on Sunday morning with the aim of raising awareness around the current water crisis in Cape Town. Aircooled Fanatics gathered behind China Town in Ottery to kick start their breakfast run, revving their engines with various awareness slogans at hand. Sugen Chetty, the founder of Aircooled

Fanatics, says the group consisting of only air-cooled Volkswagens drove through the City to spread their message as a reminder to locals who often forget to save water. “We drove from Ottery to the CBD and from there to Muizenberg, handing out bottled water and educating individuals on why we should not waste or abuse water. We wanted to show people that we as a car club also care about the current crisis, and we attached messages to our vehicles to send out a positive message,” he says.

“All our cars are older model VWs like Beetles with air-cooled engines, therefore these cars do not need water. This was another way for us to spread awareness from our side. I started the group five years ago in Durban and will continue raising awareness in all communities, both rich and poor. This is not our first and last drive – we plan to have more shortly. The water crisis is real and it is our duty to educate those who do not know much.” V Email

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Cluster cops snag dealers A

joint undercover operation by the Woodstock police and Cape Town Cluster Task Team saw two alleged drug dealers arrested in Station Road on Thursday 8 February. The two suspects, a man and a woman aged 23 and 25 respectively, were reportedly arrested after they allegedly sold illegal mushroom plants to officers posing as “buyers” at around 14:10. The officers paid R5000 for the mushrooms, and this amount was recovered after the arrest. The plants were confiscated. The suspects appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 9 February on charges of dealing in drugs. According to the task team spokesperson, Constable Lorencial Johnson, after a successful set-up by the police, the suspects drove to an arranged spot to pick up the officers and then drove off, not knowing they were being followed by other undercover officers. “More undercover officers followed the car at a distance. In order to avoid a car chase through Woodstock’s busy streets, the officers in the car managed to conclude the deal before the car could drive far and the officers got out again. The rest of the undercover officers were placed along the route the suspects would drive and managed to apprehend the suspects in Station Road where the arrest took place,” he says. Johnson explains that the dried-out mushrooms contain an illegal substance that causes hallucinations when eaten. Woodstock police spokesperson, Hilton Malila, adds that officers continued with the undercover operation in Lower Main Road where another deal took place in the vehicle of another suspect and 16g of hydro-critical dagga valued at R2400 was bought from an 18-year-old dealer. “As soon as the deal was concluded the officer signalled to the rest of the team, who quickly moved in before the man could drive off. The arrested suspect appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 9 February,” he says.

Arrests in Factreton Kensington police arrested an alleged drug dealer and four other suspects in Factreton last Thursday 8 February. According to Kensington police spokesperson, Sergeant Angelina Grill, the four suspects were found with 3kg compressed dagga at a house in Ventura Street during a crime prevention operation. They were also found with two illegal firearms and an undisclosed amount of money. She says the firearms were hidden under a kitchen sink inside the house. Grill says the suspects face charges of possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of ammunition and possession of drugs. Zainulabideen van der Schyff, spokesperson for the KenFac Community Policing Forum, says: “The Kensington CPF congratulates our local heroes for their proactive efforts in their ongoing fight against drugs and gangsterism in our precinct.” He says the CPF will continue supporting and working closely with the police to eradicate crime.



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Thousands flock to Topform race RASHIED ISAACS


he streets around the Turfhall Sports Complex in Athlone were abuzz on Saturday morning with over 3000 walkers and runners taking part in the annual race of the Topform Athletics Club. The league race is a favourite among the club runners, as the fast and flat route is the ideal taper-down exercise in preparation for the Peninsula Marathon which happens on Sunday. Topform AC was the perfect host on the day, with the friendly marshals and club officials going the extra mile to keep all the participants happy. “We as a club are grateful for the support we received, as the number of participants are up from last year. Rain was predicted, which never happened, so I guess it was the only disappointment on the day” says spokesperson Ameen Stemmet. Nkosiyethu Sotyantya of Multisport AC (31:07) beat his nearest rival in Carlo Flink of Itheko AC (31:13) in a sprint finish for the title. The ladies’ race went according to form, with Zintile Xiniwe of KPMG AC (36:56) adding another victory to her name.

Last participant over the finish line, Morne Adams from Retreat, being escorted by the Topform marshals.PHOTOS: RASHIED ISAACS

Lynette Shaw from Walmer Estate at the start of the race.

Mtombi Mdawe shows her delight after finishing the 10km walk.

Liam Jacobs and Achmat Arnold from Stragglers Athletics Club in Manenberg.

Santos crush Zizwe United in Lansdowne ANDRÉ CRUYWAGEN Santos crushed Zizwe United 4-0 in an ABC Motsepe Safa provincial encounter played at Lansdowne on Saturday. Santos kept up the pressure to ensure that their visiting counterparts struggled to regain their composure. Santos, which is a club in transition after their dramatic fall from grace, used their home turf advantage to assert their dominance in the ball possession stakes. Wade Crowie, vice-skipper for Santos and son of former Bafana Bafana midfielder Duncan Crowie, proved yet again the quality of the rich and famous legacy of the Crowie clan. Crowie was instrumental with the ball at his feet and spurred his team to a magnificent triumph. With this performance, the 26-year-old Crowie also signalled a clear indication towards potential higher honours, should his service be required. Servue de Wee, Shaun Sopic and Darren Omaticus, along with Crowie, rubbed salt into a wounded visiting team with their goals. SAB League Junction Rovers gained a valuable log point against Greenwood Athletic in a 2-2 draw on Heideveld sports fields on Saturday in an SAB Safa Cape Town fixture. Rovers, with the home crowd on their side, fought hard to secure their league position at the top of the standings.

Modau Jatoo of Santos used an extraordinary method to stop a cross from reaching Zizwe United’s Andile Skelenge, who had anticipated a scoring chance from close range during a ABC Motsepe League game played in Lansdowne on Saturday. Santos won 4-0.PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

Donavan Titus lifted the visitors’ hopes with a superb volley goal that ignited the flames of the hosts and changed the course of the result. Abdurrahman Moses levelled the score for the home team in the 42nd minute from the penalty spot. Confusion reigned in the home squad’s camp, which led to an own

goal being let in and the lead handed back to Greenwood Athletic. The goal reignited Rovers’ ambition and helped them pull off the impossible, storming the goal area of Greenwood in the dying minutes of the game, which allowed Zechariah Arendse to equalise for Rovers seconds before the final whistle blew.

Saadiqa Atar of Athlone finishing her first 5km.

Day Zero for baseball SEAN CAMPBELL It is with great sadness that the Baseball Association of Western Province has informed its members of the suspension of all official and friendly fixtures with immediate effect. As a result, no fixtures were able to take place this past weekend. After a series of meetings between the baseball management committee, baseball clubs and the City of Cape Town, the Western Province executive made its decision. Leon Fester, vice-president of WP baseball, says the decision is purely based on saving what the association currently has in terms of the condition of the fields, and assisting in pushing back Day Zero. “Should we continue playing, our fields will be worse off than they currently are and the City’s rehabilitation process would be further hampered and many more fields would require reseeding, which would need about three years to develop correctly,” he says. A task team has been established to investigate options for games to resume and to present these to the City. The City has committed to assisting baseball in sourcing alternative venues for the preparation of teams selected to represent the Western Province at the National Baseball Championships in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of March.

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he Discovery Get Active weekend took place on Saturday and Sunday, bringing together elite athletes and sports enthusiasts alike to experience an exciting weekend of swimming, cycling and running in the scenic Mother City. Local favourite Richard Murray won the elite men’s section, while the women’s race was won by Vicky Holland of Great Britain. This year, seven visually impaired athletes and their guides took part in the Discovery Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. The event promotes inclusivity, with visually impaired athletes facilitated through a two-person team entry. The athlete and his or her guide are tethered for the run and swim segments of the race, and the cycling is completed using a tandem bicycle. “Team Tandemonium” was made Gavin Kilpatrick (from Claremont), and Constantia’s Michael Harris as his guide. Harris (41), and Kilpatrick (36), who suffers from a rare sight condition known as Stargardt’s disease, which results in the steady degeneration of one’s central vision, challenge the notion that extreme sporting events are impossible for the visually impaired. The duo placed third in a time of 1:11mins. Kilpatrick suffers from a rare sight condition known “This was the perfect platform to showcase visually impaired triathletes in competition, and provided opportunity for Michael and I to get race experience at a large scale event. We were both able to gather valuable insights to inform our preparations for the 2018 National Championships in March, where we hope to close the gap on David and his partner,” said Kilpatrick of their achievement. David Jones (visually impaired) and Con-

Gavin Kilpatrick from Claremont (left) and Michael Harris from Constantia. rad Stoltz (his guide) were the first mens’ team across the line in 1:07mins. The Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town is one of 18 events on the International

Triathlon Union (ITU) calendar, and the only one taking place on African soil. Through the inclusion of a duathlon, and various race distances, it caters for high-performance

athletes, weekend warriors and novices alike, with the duathlon event offering those interested in a multisport event the chance to experience the run-cycle-run format.

Safa Cape Town elected a new executive at their AGM on Sunday. They are (from left): Nomonde Ndyoko, Andrew Bothman, Elton Lotriet, Wayne Weitz, Linda Pistoli and Bennett Bailey. PHOTO: ANDRÉ CRUYWAGEN

Bailey new Safa CT president ANDRÉ CRUYWAGEN


of Mamelodi Sundowns, Wayne Arendse (right), leaps to defend a high ball in the Nedbank Cup match against Cape Town All Stars at Athlone Stadium on Friday. Sundowns won the match 1-0. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

Bennett Bailey has been elected as the new Safa Cape Town president after elections were held at their AGM at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Sunday. Bailey won by a majority vote and spoke with authority to his subjects in his winning speech, rallying his executive with words of affirmation and a new beginning in the province. “Our core business is football and now it’s time to lead it forward,” said Bailey, who has been elected to run his term until 2021.

He attributed his success to the outgoing president, Norman Arendse, who stabilised the ship and made a major contribution towards the game. Safa has made history with its revised constitution, which stipulates that the presidency must be shared with three vice-presidents, with a compulsory post to be occupied by a woman. The new executive consists of Bailey (president), Linda Pistoli (vice-president), Nomonde Ndyoko (vice-president), Andrew Bothman (vice-president), Elton Lotriet (general secretary) and Wayne Weitz (treasurer).

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