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‘Tis the season The People’s Post team wishes all our readers and advertisers a bless­ ed Christmas and a hap­ py New Year. This is our last edition for the year, with the first edition for 2013 hitting the streets on 15 January. Photo: Faisal Martin

Hope for Rylands’ homeless LILLIAN AMOS

A PLAN is underway to help Rylands vagrants have a better quality of life. For several years residents have been complaining about squatters setting up home wherever they find an open space. A common spot for squatters is under the Vanguard Drive bridge down College Road and at the Gatesville Library. The Thornhill Residents’ Association chairperson, Latiefa Omar, says residents can’t cope with the influx. “They have no ablution facilities so they relieve themselves anywhere out in public. They are often intoxicated and fight among each other. Obviously these people are unemployed so they they don’t have money and beg all the time. Whatever money they eventually get they spend on alcohol and drugs and the

cycle starts all over again,” she says. College Road resident Lameez Mohamed says the vagrants’ structures are an eyesore. “For years we’ve been trying to get rid of these people, but they just keep coming back. I do have empathy for them, but there are places they can go to for shelter. Why aren’t they doing that?” she says. Ward councillor Magadien Davids says previous attempts to remove the vagrants have been futile. “Every Friday, Law Enforcement has ‘clean-ups’ and take down their structures. Then an hour later you see the squatters back again,” he says. Subcouncil chairperson George March says some residents add to the vagrancy problem. “Many of the homeless stay and frequent the area because some residents feel pity and provide on-andoff employment, as well as occasionally providing food, drink and

clothing. We as the City have a campaign called Give Responsibly, spearheaded by Social Development. Residents can provide donations to organisations dealing exclusively with street people,” he says. There is hope, though. Plans are on the cards to have the vagrants relocated to the Vygieskraal informal settlement. Earlier this year, the City of Cape Town signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the upgrading of the housing structures within Vygieskraal. The structures would be spaced further apart, ablution systems would be amended and service delivery would become eminent in the development of the Voel Road settlement. The idea is to have the Rylands vagrants “reintegrate ” at Vygieskraal. “This will then hopefully finally put an end to the squatter problem in the area,” says Davids.

Josephine Simons (19) says she has been homeless for just over four years. “I’m from Robertson. My mother died when I was 10 and my father passed when I was 14. I got a boyfriend and we came to Cape Town,” she says. Simons says they then split up and since then she has been homeless. “Life is tough out here on the streets. Most days we go sleep hun-

gry, but this is my life now. I’ve accepted it,” she says. Simons says she is keen about the Vygieskraal move. “I would be so glad if I finally found somewhere to live where I won’t be put out every week and where my ‘house’ isn’t destroyed every week,” she says. The reblocking of the informal settlement will be completed in January next year.

BRIDGE THE GAP: The Vanguard Drive bridge in College Road, Rylands is a favourite for vagrants. Photo: Lillian Amos


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Make their Christmas special He was suffering from Aids-related illnesses and wasn’t expected to see his next birthday. He was sent to the home after his parents, who are farmworkers from Philippi, left him at the hospital and provided staff with a fake address. Today, at the age of 12, Prince has the mental capacity of a three-yearold. His kidneys are collapsing and his liver no longer functions as it should. “I’m fine,” he mumbles, sticking up his thumb. He is a miracle child, project manager Nomakula Mrubata says. “But so are all these other children. They have proven so many people wrong. They have come here

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LIKE ANY other little boy, he talks non-stop and runs around, oblivious to the world. But he isn’t able to get too far, as he is attached to a machine almost as big as he is. Little Prince is dying, but the fact that he has made it through the last eight years is a miracle itself, those who love him say. He is one of 18 children living at the Themba Care Centre in Bridgetown, a home which specialises in palliative care. When Prince arrived at the facility in 2004, doctors had given him only two weeks to live.

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Tuesday 18 December 2012

People’s Post Athlone Page 3

Wheels come off in pavement battle

For the record THE article “Twin tower allegations” (People’s Post, 11 December) incorrectly stated the tender under scrutiny is for the demolition of the Athlone Cooling Towers and not for the decommissioning of the Athlone Power Station. The demolition of the towers was successfully completed in 2010 and the tender process for the decommissioning was in 2011/2012. They were separate tenders. People’s Post regrets the error.

STEEP paving in Rondebosch East is affecting the mobility of wheelchair-bound pedestrians. Since 2008, Christopher Lane, the chairperson of the Civic Association of Rondebosch East, has been negotiating with the City of Cape Town to have paving in Lawson and Heifer roads fixed. They did exactly that, but Lane now says it was not done properly. The concern first came when it was discovered that locals and especially disabled people from the nearby Woodside Special Care Centre and Vera School had trouble negotiating the sidewalk which runs parallel to Seventh Avenue. Lane says residents making unauthorised alterations to the pavements are to blame. “When residents want to improve their property by adding on a garage or paving, it messes with the pavement, causing the levels of the sidewalk to be out of balance,” he says. People’s Post reported on the matter earlier this year (“Seventh Avenue’s bumpy trails”, 3 March) and since then the pavements have been fixed. But according to Lane, they were not done correctly. “The City came to fix the kerb as requested, but now they’re too steep for wheelchairbound individuals to get onto them and there are concerns that some individuals could fall out of their wheelchairs and get hurt if they tried getting onto them,” he adds. Cheryl Beaton, of Woodside Special Care Centre, says most of their children have a nurse who pushes them around, but it would still be difficult for those pushing themselves. “These wheelchairs don’t have brakes and engines so independent people would obvi-

WE ARE OPEN during the festive period FIXED: The pavements were subsequently fixed, but there are now concerns that they are too steep for wheelchair­bound people. Photos: Supplied ously struggle a lot with the new pavements.” Beaton says it helps if the pavements are levelled. “At least the nurses don’t have to push the kids in the road where cars could easily knock them but it doesn’t help if the

pavement is an obstacle course,” she says. Despite several attempts to get comment from ward councillor Anthea Green, People’s Post could not reach her at the time of going to print.

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Tuesday 18 December 2012

Hit the road – safely IT IS hoped more traffic officers on duty will help ensure safer roads this festive season. Aimed at doing just that, Operation Exodus runs until Monday 24 December. Extra traffic officers are monitoring all vehicles leaving Cape Town’s public transport nodes. A focus on the interchanges at, among others, Cape Town Station, Epping and Bellville, will be to patrol the areas and prevent illegal ranking. As part of Operation Exodus, traffic officers will test every vehicle leaving the city’s public transport interchanges for vehicle fitness. Vehicles declared not roadworthy will be suspended and prohibited from travel-

ling further. Officers will also ensure all driver and vehicle documentation is in order prior to the vehicle’s departure. Officers will also screen vehicle loads, especially those of trailers. And vehicles suspected of over-loading will be taken to the nearest weighbridge and goods will be off-loaded if necessary. Spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services, Chief Inspector Merle Lourens, says: “Passengers should also act responsibly by refusing to travel in unroadworthy vehicles. Drivers are reminded to stop regularly to prevent driver fatigue which is a major contributing factor for accidents. “Passengers can play their part by encouraging drivers to stop when they look tired.”

Bus fares hike before new year THE announcement of an on average 5.5% hike in bus fares is expected to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of commuters. The price hike comes into effect on Monday 30 December, Golden Arrow has announced. The public transport service provider says “soaring fuel costs” are a contributing factor, adding the increase has “only been considered after all other cost absorption measures have been explored and exhausted”. Golden Arrow general manager FE Meyer says: “Over the last 12 months the diesel price has increased by 14%, while the nationally determined wages escalated by 8.5%. These two cost items constitute about 74% of Golden Arrow’s total costs. “This is further compounded by the cumulative shortfall in funds from the Division of Revenue Act subsidy allocation, which has not been in line with the contract-

ed escalation rate.” In spite of the challenges, Golden Arrow has continued implementing its recapitalisation programme. In the last year 120 MAN HB2 and 10 Volvo BR7 buses have been added to the fleet at a cost of about R182m. “A decision to increase bus fares is never taken lightly or without careful consideration, but in this case it is simply unavoidable. We have, however, endeavoured to minimise the impact on our passengers by keeping the increase as low as possible and by excluding pensioner fares and most off-peak fares.” Passengers can postpone paying the increased fares until 13 January 2013 in the case of 10-ride clipcards (which are valid for 14 days) bought on Sunday 30 December and until 5 February 2013 in the case of monthly clipcards (valid for 37 days) bought on the same date.


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Passengers’ panic LILLIAN AMOS

ATHLONE commuters maintain they feel unsafe when travelling by train.

GIVING HANDS: Volunteers from Basket of Hope in Crawford recently put permanent smiles on the faces of the little ones from Little Sweetie Pie Daycare in Pooke Se Bos. The children were given early Christmas presents and goodie bags filled with snacks. Photo: Luzuko Zini

One commuter, Ryan Shaheen, who was robbed earlier this year alleges that security guards on the station were asleep when he called for help. People’s Post reported two weeks ago on robbers targeting Athlone station (“Crime off the rails”, 4 December). “I wanted to catch the very first train to Cape Town station, which is about 5:15. Three men approached me and grabbed me to get to my belongings.” Shaheen says he fought off the men, but one of them pulled out a knife. “They then took my phone and some money I had on me. I immediately went to the office where the security guards usually are to report the incident, but when I got there the guards were asleep,” he fumes. He says when he eventually told the guards what had happened they allegedly replied: “What proof do you have you were robbed?” and “What do you want us to do now?” “Was I supposed to be stabbed as proof that I was robbed?” says an agitated Shaheen. “I eventually went to the police and wrote a complaint to Metrorail, but nothing ever came of it. Why are these security firms being paid thousands of rands if they are not doing their jobs? The onus is on them to patrol the platforms,” he says. Stacy Josephs says she was almost a victim a few months ago when someone tried to snatch her bag. “I was getting off the train and someone tried to rob me. There were a lot of people on the station and everyone was in a hurry so I was a bit disorientated at first. When I realised what was happening, I screamed and the thug eventually let go of my bag. Where were the security guards?” she says.

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Josephs says she did not open a case as nothing was stolen. “I was just shocked and angry, because what if the criminal did get away with my bag with all my important documents and money I worked hard for? I would have never gotten them back. These security guards aren’t even in good shape. They wouldn’t have been able to help me anyway. It’s a lost case!” she exclaims. Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz urges commuters who may have experienced incidents to report it immediately. “Our records show no reported incidents in the area. The Railway Police also confirmed that reported crime figures does not support the notion that Athlone Station is a high-risk area.” Swartz compared the number of incidents year-on-year. “We can confirm that crime had dropped by 40%,” he says. He adds that the deployment of Railway police, Metrorail Protection Services officials and contract security guards have contributed to a marked decrease in criminal activity. “Most criminals are opportunists, as a result incidents are mostly random and often a spillover from the surrounds. We continue to collaborate with the appropriate provincial/local law enforcement agencies to collectively address our joint priority of crime prevention”, he reiterated.

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Special songs for Woodside THE Woodside Special Care Centre in Rondebosh East was alive with angelic voices when it hosted a carols by candlelight on Wednesday.

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As part of the event they also celebrated the advancement of their Advent period programme for the disabled at the centre. The care centre is a residential home for children and adults with profound mental and physical disabilities. They provide services such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, 24-hour professional nursing care as well as respite care. Lance Witten was the MC and made the evening very special and fun with his witty banter. The few Woodside residents who were able to HOST: MC Lance handle the windy weather thoroughly enjoyed themselves and joined in wholeheartedly with the carol singing. Everyone at the centre would like to wish all supporters and friends a Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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Scrap yard dilemma LILLIAN AMOS

PINATI ESTATE residents are desperate to have a scrap yard in the area closed down. Neighbours are accusing Scrap Mania in Turfhall Road of escalating the crime rate in the area. Avril Martin lives behind the scrap yard and says she is at her wits’ end. “Firstly, the noise coming from this place is intolerable. Many times my photo frames fall off the walls because of the vibrations coming from the machines these people are using. There are always people burning wires to get the copper from them. It is a health hazard. There are also unsavoury characters hanging around here specifically because of the scrap yard.” Martin believes the scrap yard has opened the area up to criminals because people allegedly lurk about the area looking for goods to steal so it may be exchanged. “They steal people’s gates and all sorts of other things for money. Once my aluminium window frame disappeared and I immediately went to the scrap yard and found it there. I don’t know why this place is still up and running. We want it closed down,” Martin insists. Residents marched to the scrap yard earlier this year to hand over a petition to the owner, but “nothing came of it.” “We won’t give up though. We will do whatever we can to close their doors,” says Martin. Zuleiga George, who has been living in the area for just over 22 years, says they have been having endless problems with the scrap yard since it opened its doors over eight years ago. “I am on the Pinati Estate Safety Committee and I can say without a doubt that our job would be much easier if that place was closed. People come walking through here with their trolleys, but as they walk through the area they steal people’s things.” George says she was in the process of

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Tuesday 18 December 2012

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WANT to lose weight and help a good cause to boot? Here’s how just R20 will help feed needy children in the Athlone area. Bosch X boot camp by professional personal trainer Zahrah Sallie (26) educates women about health and fitness to help them live a healthier lifestyle. The cost to join the four-week boot camp is R400 and training is three days a week for one hour a day. The boot camp is held on the field on the corner of Lawson and Burwood roads, Rondebosch East. On the last Wednesday of the week the boot camp has an open day and women pay R20 to try the camp out. All proceeds from the day go to the Bright Side soup kitchen. “It’s good to help out those who are not fortunate enough to have a decent meal. The R20 goes towards feeding a hungry child,” Sallie says. Three dedicated women run the soup kitchen. Every Wednesday these women prepare 700 sandwiches, which they deliver to Kewtown and Bokmakierie primary schools. Maryam Ahmed, the co-founder of the soup kitchen, says the scheme is thankful for the donation. “Every bit of support we get we appreciate, and it means that we can carry on by feeding the children. With continued support we could expand to another school,” she says. “When we see the children’s faces after receiving the sandwiches, we can see it means a lot to them. It’s amazing how by doing a small thing, you actually making a difference to someone’s life.” Sallie says the boot camp started small when she and a group of friends and family

HANDS UP: Some of the participants work out at the corner of Lawson and Burwood roads, Rondebosch East. Photos: Supplied jogged together and other people started to join. “At Bosch X, our goal is to transform your body into your best shape. We have the recipe to make you rougher, tougher and stronger than you have ever been. Using a combination or functional exercises, core stability and interval training, your resting heart rate will come down, your body fat percentage will drop and more than anything, you will feel better than you’ve ever felt before,” Sallie says. “The amount of woman that are obese in our country is increasing and it’s because of bad lifestyles. I encourage women to change their lifestyle and come to Bosch X to meet new friends that have the same goal.”

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Cleansing won’t take a back seat THIS will be a clean city over the festive period. The City of Cape Town’s Cleansing Services team in the Solid Waste Management Department is preparing for the yearly influx of visitors to the Mother City. To this end, a total of R12.2m has already been allocated and more than 1 800 extra cleansing staff will be employed to meet the increased demands. Refuse removal will continue uninterrupted over the festive season – including on public holidays – with an extra top-up cleaning service at business districts, scenic routes and beaches. The City’s beach programme includes collection of refuse and litter from all beaches and surrounding rocks and grassed areas. Teams will also remove kelp and shell debris from the main recreational beaches. Any dead seals that wash up along the coast, particularly on Strandfontein beaches, will be removed. The City appeals to all to use the litter bins and to dispose of litter at home in the absence of bins at utilities. Wheelie bins will be collected on the usual refuse collection days and services will remain unchanged during the festive period, even on the public holidays. These include Christmas Day (Tuesday 25 December), Day of Goodwill (Wednesday 26 December), and New Years’ Day (Tuesday 1 January 2013). Residents should ensure their bins are placed outside for collection by 06:00 each day. Do not wait for the refuse collection vehicle – have the bin out early. The collection teams might arrive at your premises much earlier than usual as there will be no traffic congestion on the roads. For any Solid Waste service queries, contact the Customer Care hotline on 0860 103 089.


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Page 10 People’s Post Athlone

Tuesday 18 December 2012

A look at the year that was LILLIAN AMOS

IT WAS a year of violence, much-needed upgrades to public facilities and solving the grave issues surrounding Vygekraal Muslim Cemetery. People’s Post takes you back through the year that was. January Malicious rumours made the rounds on social networking sites about the well-established Wembly, Rawoot and Rylands Muslim butcheries in Athlone selling non-halaal meat products. These rumours were posted on Blackberry Messenger and Facebook after e.tv’s 3rd Degree carried a programme about Orion Cold Storage. Orion had allegedly been relabeling and marketing non-halaal meat as halaal. Orion was allegedly importing pork products, kangaroo as well as water buffalo meat, and relabeling these products as beef and halaal. Butchery owners denied all claims that their meat was not halaal. February Upgrades were the order of the day. A series of raging fires destroyed 80 homes last year at the Vygieskraal Informal Settlement leading to the City of Cape Town deciding to start a blocking project to safeguard residents. The reblocking will be done next year where all of the wooden and iron structures will receive considerable infrastructural upgrades. Each structure will be rebuilt, giving every one its own courtyard and will be spaced out

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so that fires would not spread as easily. The project, funded by the Informal Settlement Network and the Community Upgrading Finance Facility, will also look at better sewerage solutions by building a canal. March To beautify and add a sense of “cultural diversity” to Athlone, Nantes Park was scheduled for an upgrade. The upgrade, which costs the City of Cape Town about R19m, is seeing the park being fully equipped with a tea room, a security section for officers, an ampitheatre, a section for craft markets as well as a BMX track for the youth. Before the upgrade it was known as the derelict stretch of land running through Silvertown, Kewtown and Bridgetown. The park was also previously under the spotlight for being a hotspot for various horrific crimes. People’s Post has reported on a number of these incidents, including a decomposed body of a young woman being found there and another incident where an 18-year-old girl was raped on the field by two men. April The petrol price shot to an all-time high at 11.59 a litre and from 1 April, Metrorail slapped commuters with a hefty increase. There were also talks of a taxi fare hike. This left commuters outraged, with its patrons saying Metrorail doesn’t have the right to increase fares because their “service was poor” and taxi bosses “were already making so much money”. Despite the outcry, taxi fares increased. May After years of degradation and neglect, the

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Athlone CBD was one of eight sites earmarked for a multi-million rand upgrade. The project formed part of the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme which aimed to uplift neglected and dysfunctional areas. The basis of the programme is to maintain infrastructure and public facilities in partnership with communities, with the objective of stabilising areas and providing a platform for more effective public and private investment. June GF Jooste Hospital patients were not at all impressed when they were informed they had to travel all the way to Mitchell’s Plain to receive medical treatment while the hospital is upgraded. The upgrade was “long overdue” but patients were worried about the extra money that has to be spent to get to Mitchell’s Plain. The overhaul of the 36-year-old building – which initially served as a convalescent home until it was turned into an acute hospital in 1996 – costs R550m. Provincial health minister Theuns Botha said the building would be demolished and rebuilt over three years, whereafter it will provide patients with a better service. Patients – who come from Manenberg, Philippi, Heideveld, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Crossroads and Mandalay – travel an extra 15kim to get to the Mitchell’s Plain Hospital. July The Vygekraal Muslim Cemetery was bursting at the seams and a request was made to have the graveyard expanded. A cemetery trustee said they could not accommodate requests for burials at the Johnston Road grounds. Families were being referred to other cemeteries like Klip Road in Grassy Park, Pooke Road in Rylands, Mowbray and Swartklip to bury their loved ones. The grounds could suffice three burials a day but the demand was “far greater”. The cemetery’s popularity stems from its historical value. Over a century old, the Muslim cemetery has generations of families buried there so people were unwilling to break that tradition. The land they tried to acquire the rights to are adjacent erven 171553 and 171554. Zoned as public open space, the erven are on Johnston and Carnie roads. Together these two erven constitute to 6326 square metres. The land application is still undergoing a public participation process. August Athlone residents got more good news when a R132 million upgrade and development programme was launched. The City of Cape Town’s Community Service Directorate added Vygieskraal Stadium and the Manenberg and Athlone municipal pools to their list of facilities to be revamped. A total of R3.2m of the project’s funds will

be spent in Athlone. Vygieskraal and Manenberg – which forms part of the greater Athlone area – were the only areas assigned for an upgrade. The makeover is part of the City’s plan to redress the devastating effect of the Group Areas Act. The project is set to be complete by June next year. September Scholars at schools and daycare centres were fingerprinted as part of an initiative aimed at speeding up the recovery of children who go missing. It was a joint initiative between the police and missing children organisation, The Pink Ladies, and piloted in the Nyanga police cluster which includes the Athlone, Lansdowne, Manenberg, Nyanga, Philippi, Gugulethu and Philippi East policing precincts. Police said that while they didn’t have many children disappearing in the cluster, the initiative will be of great help especially when toddlers and primary school learners vanish. As part of the project, police officers and the Pink Ladies volunteers visited schools to fingerprint them as well as document vital details such as eye colour and allergies. October The apartheid-induced divide between the communities of Heideveld and Luyoloville in Gugulethu will soon be bridged – both literally and figuratively – as council started building a pedestrian walkway over the railway line separating the two communities. The project is valued at around R20m. It is expected to be completed by early next year. Ward councillor Anthony Moses said the idea was to create the space for integration between the two communities by building the bridge across the railway line. The bridge starts from Waterberg Road near Heideveld station and extends over the railway line to Gugulethu. The City previously built a similar bridge to connect the communities of Bonteheuwel and Langa. November After years of trials and tribulations, fishmongers in the Athlone area finally got a proper workspace. The City of Cape Town handed over the upgraded Athlone Fish Market to excited hawkers. Planning for the upgrade off Klipfontein Road started more than five years ago. The new market has 10 trading bays, each equipped with a concrete floor, wash-down drainage feeding into the sewer system, water access points, dedicated lighting and customer parking. The City allocated R1.3m to the upgrade and said it’s cleansing department would wash the fish market daily and that bins – in which traders will discard their offal – will be cleaned twice daily.

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Tuesday 18 December 2012

Fun in the sun A HOLIDAY programme for children of Bokmakierie and Hazendal was a hit last week.

CHECKMATE: These two boys learnt the art of playing chess.

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The programme was held from Monday 10 until Saturday 15 December and was hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the Hazendal/Bokmakierie Civic Organisation, Proudly Bokmakierie Community Development Forum, the AFM Church, Metro Police and Athlone police’s Sector Three. Various activities were set up for the children with the intention of keeping them occupied and off the streets where they are usually targets for gangsters and drug pushers.

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City backs klopse carnival THE time is drawing closer for the streets to be filled with colour and tunes as the Cape Minstrels prepare to thrill the Mother City. Last Thursday Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille reiterated her commitment to the annual carnival by signing an agreement with various minstrel association representatives. The signing ceremony is a culmination of an extensive and lengthy process which involved engaging with the various associations to ensure the prestigious event is successful and one all Capetonians can be proud of. “We are formalising our relationship with the representatives of the various minstrels’ associations to ensure that we are fully prepared to make this year’s carnival a spectac-

ular event,” De Lille said. The City has offered to provide R3.5m worth of logistical and support services such as traffic control, safety and security, Law Enforcement and cleansing to ensure that the event is properly controlled and managed in the best interest of the minstrels, spectators and the City. “Since assuming office last year, the administration I lead has worked hard to reach out to different cultural groups to ensure they feel part of an inclusive city,” she said. De Lille remained adamant the City is determined to grow the Tweede Nuwejaar Minstrel Carnival into an event that enjoys the status of similar cultural celebrations throughout the world. “The City recognises the potential of events like this in fostering social cohesion in Cape Town,” she added.

Victory despite the odds LUZUKO ZINI

DESPITE her family having gone through difficult times, one Hillview resident is determined to make a success of her life. Roxanne Jansen (24) graduated from Boston City Campus on 30 November after finishing her one-year travel and tourism course. This was made possible when People’s Post, in partnership with Vangate Mall and Boston City Campus, awarded a R10 000 bursary to a reader last year. Roxanne was the lucky winner and realised her dream of furthering her studies after matriculating in 2006. Hopeful entrants had to write a letter of 200 words or more, motivating why they deserve the bursary and how the bursary will enable a better future. Roxanne says she did not expect to win. “It was a shock to me, because I thought it was a prank call when I received the PROUD MOMENT: Roxanne Jansen (centre) with call telling me I have won,” she her parents Shane (left) and Claudine at her gradua­ chuckles. She says 2006 was a dif- tion ceremony. Photo: Supplied ficult year for her and her family. “My home burnt down and I was also “I had to work so I could help out my doing my matric. It was a tough time for family. I also worked part-time during the us because I ended up not concentrating travel and tourism course,” she says. on my studies. But despite that I passed,” Shane says he is proud of what his she says. daughter has accomplished. “I’m thankHer father, Shane Jansen, (49) is a mis- ful to God for giving my daughter this opsionary worker and says all he wanted portunity and answering our prayers,” he was to be able to provide a good education says. for his daughter, but he couldn’t. Roxanne believes anyone can overcome “It hurt me to see my daughter not be- problems they face as long as they are posing able to continue her studies,” he says. itive. “Determination, hard work and “I’m a missionary worker and never support from family and friends will get had money to pay for her tertiary educa- anyone far in life,” she says. “I would love tion.” to further my studies and get a degree in Roxanne worked part-time and also did travel and tourism.” a six-month office administration course Roxanne is currently working part before she entered the competition. time at a retail store in Claremont.

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LEADER

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Wrapped SAINT Paul says we should “eat, drink and be merry”. That is a perfect description of the festive season. Some people are caught up in the fever-pitch throes of spending, buying and wrapping those gifts. It is the time of year of expectation and returning gifts best left on a shelf. The day after Christmas, Boxing Day, is one of the busiest days in the retail sector, what with all those returns or unwanted gifts being converted to cash. It is also a time, to borrow a phrase, when many buy items they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like with money they have yet to earn. Instead of hovering at a shelf to dither over price versus value, there are countless gifts no store could ever stock. These, too, can be gifted. For those at a loss over what to give to whom, there are options. Cast your glance at others around you. Perhaps they really do not need more clothes, but others would be happy to take your old clothes gathering dust in the corner of your cupboard. What about your “fat” clothes or “thin” clothes you may never again wear? Give it to a shelter or the Salvation Army. Demand is at a premium for blood. This is a product man cannot make. When you donate blood, your own stock is replenished in good time. Spend your cash wisely. Remember a loved one who has passed on in the year by making a pledge to a worthy cause. Pick one in honour of your late relative or friend. There are other gifts you could never buy, like showing some patience towards cashiers. They are particularly under pressure this time of year and could do with some courtesy. Prepare a meal for the homeless, spend some time with people in hospitals or special care centres, give a smile to someone else or a visit to an elderly neighbour. Whatever you give, the choice remains yours.

Jobs first A Christmas without loved ones I AM writing this letter on behalf of those who lost a loved one – whether through illness, accident or heartbreak. For me 2012 (and it is not yet over) has been a year of great loss, pain, hurt, anger and all those emotions in one, but I am still standing. I lost my dad to cancer in March. He was a great man; my mentor, the one I shared my aspirations with, the one who always had a positive spin to things even if it seemed like nothing would come right. His death left a void that cannot ever be filled. Sometimes I walk around and see older men and I long for him. I talk to people and they talk about their dads and I long for him. I comfort myself with the knowledge he wanted me there when he passed on and I was there. I opened the door so he could go peacefully. I sometimes block out that he is gone. I won-

der how Christmas will be without him for the first time this year and it hurts. But I will survive it; others did so before me. I lost my uncle also to cancer a few months after my dad, but he didn’t suffer long. His death is also a great loss to my family. He was a good uncle, spoilt all the cousins and always had time to talk and encourage. Neighbours passed on, too, and people keep saying “it was their time”. I don’t believe in that. God decides when it is our time to go. My family is going through a lot of other things now, but I believe it is because our strength is being tested. We are strong people and will overcome. I wish to say to those in a similar situation: nothing is stronger than our faith in God and I wish everyone a blessed Christmas and everything that is good for 2013. TANYA MISEROOLE

Thank you for a memorable year AS CHAIRPERSON of Subcouncil 17, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the councillors and staff for their hard work and dedication. It has been a privilege for me to work in all areas of the subcouncil. I have been overwhelmed by the commitment of councillors, staff, line departments, organisations and the community who work tirelessly to make the wards in the subcouncil a better place for communities. We have made many memorable visits to sites

within the subcouncil boundaries, meeting so many people and dignitaries. I am looking forward to the New Year during which time we, no doubt, will have the pleasure of meeting many more delightful people who contribute much to the welfare of the subcouncil. I hope and pray you have a safe and happy Christmas surrounded by kindness and warmth and that the New Year brings peace, health and prosperity to you. GEORGE MARCH

THE City of Cape Town is requesting that we, Joe Public, come forward with ideas on how to make Cape Town Stadium economically viable. This statement surprises me because when we give proposals on how to create employment there seems to be no interest, but now we are good enough to try and help the City saddle the white elephant. My response is to sell the stadium to a consortium from across the seas. Now back to us and our unemployment rates. As a country with traditions and cultures, we can never change – no matter how Westernised we want to be. On the Cape Flats we have had hawkers standing on the pavement selling their goods. We have had horse-and-cart teams doing the same. Both created employment and business. I was recently at a fleamarket and admired how people were using a trailer, which they transported with a vehicle, to sell their goods. I saw it as a potential for our youth who cannot find work to operate trailer-orientated businesses. Imagine: with simple guidelines and authorisation and away from other vested businesses we have people selling from trailers parked in authorised demarcated spaces. The possibilities are endless and the main aim is to reincarnate the modernised metal horse-and-cart doing business and creating employment. I have no proposal for our stadium, but am proposing a small solution to a big problem. KEITH BLAKE


OPINIONS

Tuesday 18 December 2012

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Tourism in the Mother City WITH the holiday season in full swing, people from across the country – and around the world – will be flocking to Cape Town to take in her magnificent sights and adventurous experiences. But many a Capetonian has not experienced the countless attractions the Mother City has to offer. People’s Post interns Luzuko Zini and Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn asked readers whether they will be tourists in their hometown.

TRAVELLING: Shaun Colclough says he will be in and out of the province. “I’m going to Stil­ baai with my family for Christmas and then, in the new year, I will go to Kenton.”

PEACEFUL: Reggie Robyn says: “I like visiting the beaches and winelands during the holidays – sometimes I take the entire family. Other times I prefer to travel alone.”

AFFORDABLE: Frank Krieger says: “You must remember not everyone can afford it, but those who can should visit as many tourist attrac­ tions as they can and help those who can’t.”

New venue for VOC festival VOICE of the Cape’s annual festival was declared a “resounding success”. However, the success of the event could not be attributed only to the VOC festival team. “It is due to the hard work and dedication of the festival partners and sponsors,” says Hassiem Bastra, the VOC festival marketing convenor. People’s Post is the print media partner for this event. With 2012 expected to be the last year the event was held at the Cape Town Market in

Epping, VOC has decided to use a more central location for 2013. VOC festival event convenor Goolam Fakier says the entertainment was a huge draw card. “We had a variety of home-grown talent which wowed our festival-goers every day and we have to thank them all. They are our local celebrities and we have to give them first preference.” VOC donates R100 000 of its festival profits in the form of bursaries to 10 deserving students.

Making those pennies last THERE is little doubt 2012 was a tough year financially. Food, fuel, electricity and housing prices all increased and everyone had less money as a result. Now that it is nearly Christmas, it can be tempting to forget these financial hardships and have fun spending on presents and festive food. Unfortunately, 2013 looks like it could likely be another tough year during which the cost of living could continue to increase. The wisest thing to do is to put some money away for next year before doing any Christmas spending, advises an insurance marketing and communications manager, Tendani Matshisevhe. Matshisevhe says economists have predicted the cost of living could continue to increase next year. These figures paint a grim picture: . In 2012, food prices increased more than 10%, with the price of super maize meal rising by more than 60%. . It now costs about R50 more to fill a 50 litre petrol tank than it did at the start of this year. With further fuel increases likely in 2013, the costs of public transport could rise. . If Eskom has its way, electricity prices will rise by 16% next April – and for the next four years after that. Matshisevhe says that with the increasing cost of living in mind, it is more important than ever to think beyond the holidays. “Most of us spend too much at Christmas and when January comes, it is a long and expensive month, where we need to pay school

fees, buy school uniforms and feed our families.” He says it is vital to plan spending carefully. This can be done by paying for next year’s school fees now; keeping money aside for textbooks; planning for holidays away from home a year before the time; and not suddenly taking a trip to Durban on impulse. “It must all be part of your long-term planning and budgeting,” he says. At the same time, Matshisevhe warns not to skip on important payments. “With 44 people passing away on South Africa’s roads every day, you shouldn’t take chances with policies like your life, funeral and disability cover. These are often the first things to fall away over Christmas time, but that is a big mistake.” He says many people make use of stokvels, in which they save money for the year, and at the end of the year use that money to buy groceries for Christmas. “If you do save in a stokvel, make sure it is with people you know and trust and that you are getting the best deal possible.” Matshisevhe says those lucky enough to get a bonus should be wary of spending on impulse purchases. Bonuses can reduce long-term debt like a home loan, or be spent on big projects such as a home renovation. “You don’t have to spend your bonus. You could also put it in your savings product. “It might just come in handy during the rainy days – and we should prepare for lots of those in 2013.”

NO PLANS OF GOING ANYWHERE: Noma­Afrika Menze says: I’m not going anywhere these holi­ days, I will be spending most of my time at the beach.”

LOCAL PLACES: Vuyisa Doro says he will be around Cape Town during the holidays. “Long Street and the beach are the places I will be going to.”

NATURAL BEAUTY: Jenny Spiro says: “We love taking the children to the urban park, Kirsten­ bosch and beaches because it doesn’t cost a cent and the whole family can enjoy it.”

NOWHERE TO GO: Kim Alexander says: “I’m not going anywhere this festive season because I will be working. I have two jobs that keep me busy.”


SPORT

Tuesday 18 December 2012

MINE: Mitchell’s Plain United’s Carl Lark beats Ashley Mckeet and goalkeeper Carl Bau­ emicliter, of ASD Salt River Blackpool, to the ball during a Second Division match at the Santos Academy grounds in Lansdowne on Saturday. Salt River won the game 2­1. Photo: Rashied Isaacs

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STEAMING SEAMER: United Cricket Club’s Igshaan Damon completes his run up during a Western Province Cricket Association 1A League one­day match against Rondebosch Cricket Club at the Tony Dumas Oval in Rondebosch on Saturday.Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

The sporting year that was LIAM MOSES

IN 2012 People’s Post brought readers sport stories of achievement in the face of adversity, as well as hard-hitting, topical and fresh sport news. In this article we look back on a few of the most notable stories of this year. In the first edition of the year People’s Post wrote about Andrew Chin, Ram Barkai, Toks Viviers, Kieron Palframan and Ryan Stramrood, all swimmers from the southern suburbs who won third place in the Performance of the Year category at the annual World Open Water Swimming Association awards. They achieved this after completing a trio of extreme cold-water swimming events in only 10 days in March 2011. We also featured a story on Sven Greef, a 31-year-old father of two and amateur cyclist, who cycled 1 400km from Johannesburg to Cape Town for charity in just 12 days. In February we interviewed Braam Malherbe, a local extreme athlete and adventurer, who had just returned from the South Pole Challenge. Malherbe, from the CBD, spent 25 days in the Antarctic and walked over 742km across the frozen continent. We also brought you the news that Noore Nacerodien, the former vice-president of Softball South Africa (SSA), had been reinstated after having a suspension overturned. Nacerodien, chairperson of the local organising committee for the 2011 International Softball Federation Women’s Junior World Championship, was suspended for failing to attend a SSA meeting to present a detailed report on the tournament. In April mother-of-two Andrea Boettger (43) ran the entire Two Oceans Marathon while pushing her wheelchair-bound son Alex (10). The two both suffer from congenital

CHAMPIONS: Ajax Cape Town were crowned champions of the Engen Knockout Challenge in October after defeating Santos 3­1. People’s Post was the print media sponsors of the tourna­ ment. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images muscular dystrophy and finished the 56km marathon in under seven hours. The Fish Hoek Lifesaving Club also made headlines that month, winning the South African Surf Lifesaving Championships in Durban for the second year running. They were also placed third at the South African Nipper Championships in Port Elizabeth. The Cape Town football fraternity was rocked by controversy in April when the eventual winners of Metropolitan Premier Cup were accused of cheating. Philippi United Football Club were accused of fielding an over-aged and incorrectly registered player in the tournament. SAFA CT subsequently launched an investigation. Former Santos coach Boebie Solomons was appointed as director of coaching at the Mitchell’s Plain Local Football Association (LFA). People’s Post shed light on tensions be-

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MILANO UNITED have rubbished rumours that their newly appointed technical director could soon take up the head coach role at local rivals Santos. Brandon Truter joined the Grassy Park side in late October, after leaving Second Division side Cape Town All Stars earlier that month. Reports of another move for Truter first surfaced on Monday 3 December, when Soccer Laduma published the story online. Truter admits he negotiated with Santos and spent a week with the team, but that no agreement was made. “Milano started negotiating and offered me a contract as technical director. When I signed the contract I notified Santos that I am taking the job at Milano,” says Truter. “There was a bit a bad blood and court action was threatened because they said I had a verbal agreement (with them), but nothing was agreed.” According to Truter, Santos chairman Goolam Allie has claimed he could be joining the

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