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PROBLEMS at a squatter camp in Military Road have left council with no choice but to call an onsite meeting. Ward councillor Dave Bryant confirms that a number of complaints around the “illegal activities” at the camp are streaming in from the community. This Friday, Bryant will have provincial minister for the Department of Transport and Public Works, Robin Carlisle, present at the onsite meeting in order to point out the ever-growing problems at the camp. However, he adds that due to the fact that the land is owned by the national Department of Public Works, “council’s hands are tied”. “We have called this meeting to find solutions because this is turning out to be a major problem for this area and the owners of the land has to address these concerns,” says Bryant. The patch of land, which is plagued with dumping, is found in Military Road, just off Lion Street. Concerns around the camp affecting the image of the Bo-Kaap area are rife, as illegal dumping was found inside and on the perimeters of the camp ( “‘No control over squatters’”, People’s Post, 8 May). A Bo-Kaap resident close to the camp, who wished to remain anonymous, is fed up about the conditions around the settlement and claims the dumping takes a “hefty toll on their health”. The outraged resident says: “This cannot be healthy at all, because we sit here and wonder why we get sick so much and why there are so many flies in our houses. But if you open your front door, it looks like a dump site in your road.” Shariefa Toeffy, a Lion Street res-
NOT MO MOVING: VING: Rachel Visser refuses to be moved from the Military Road squatter camp and insists she will not live on the streets. ident, believes the owners of the land should be held responsible for the situation “spiralling out of control”. The mother of three has witnessed the Old Military Base slowly evolving into the settlement found there today and says: “This problem should have been nipped in the bud. Now we are sitting with many more problems, which will be much harder to get rid of.” She claims that Council had al-
ready received a number of complaints, mostly around the illegal dumping outside the settlement. When People’s Post arrived at the settlement on Friday, dirt was found littered across the entrance to the land. Rachel Visser has been living in the settlement for the past 27 years and claims she was one of the first squatters on the land. She says: “I will not move to the streets. When I moved here, I was
alone, but then all these people came and that is when the problems started.” Visser hopes that one day she could be moved into a house, but will not get her hopes too high as she had been disappointed in the past. As the tears rolled down her face, she says: “They can’t move me and I refuse to go anywhere else but into a new house.” John Witbooi, another squatter
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on the land, is looking forward to a meeting with council and MEC Carlisle. He found this as the ideal opportunity to raise concerns around the housing problems. Witbooi says: “I just want to ask a simple question: where must we go?” People’s Post forwarded a detailed query through to the Department of Public Works for comment, but they were unable to respond at the time of going to print.
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How city bombing changed a life
blown off, and when I hit the ground my skull was fractured. I had blood on BRUCE WALSH’s life changed forever the brain, burst ear drums, crushed on the fateful day he joined colleagues bones in my left arm, and 60% of my for a farewell party at Planet Holly- body had second-degree burns. The debris of the bomb had clogged my lungs wood on 25 August 1998. He walked into the restaurant a nor- and with the uncontrollable internal mal person and woke up in hospital bleeding my organs were shutting with no legs from the knees down, and down.” Bruce was unaware of all this when a badly injured arm. Walsh shared his story at a recent he woke up in ICU a month later at the Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital. Constantia Watch meeting. “My first thought was He said he likes to tell ‘it must have been one his story to inspire people. helluva party’. I tried “We are all confronted to get out of bed, but with choices and decisions didn’t get far and hit and these life choices fall the floor. When the into two categories – winnurse came into the ners and losers. Winners room and told me I are respectable, reliable, had no legs, I didn’t dependable; they underbelieve her.” stand we are here for a purAt that point, Walsh pose. They set goals, have made the decision to perseverance and are acfight. “I set my first countable. They are leadgoal: to get my life ers,” Walsh said. back. I missed my dai“Losers always have exly routine, but had a cuses, have no focus, no SURVIVOR: Bruce Walsh healthy self-esteem perseverance, are emotionally exhausting and have issues. and belief in my abilities.” He had to learn to walk again, which Winners take control – they are survivors, they play their cards well. Losers was a painful, difficult process and he get stuck in a problem, trapped in a wanted to run again, as that was the way he worked through problems. role; they are victims.” “I went home alone and wanted to He said it was hard not to be a loser after the bomb exploded. “I could have take a bath, which wasn’t easy with no been bitter and resigned to a wheel arms and no legs. But I made a plan. chair, but I made a decision to get my Eventually, I started walking on crutches, and gave away the wheellife back.” Before that fateful day, Walsh lived chair, then progressed to walking on alone with his two dogs in a beautiful ‘broomstick’ legs. When people saw me home in Durbanville overlooking a walking around in the mall, they wine estate. “That morning I put on my thought I was drunk.” Once Walsh had adjusted to walking running shoes for the last time.” A dedicated runner, he had attempt- on artificial legs, he joined Walk, Run ed three, but only completed one Com- for Life and started to fight his way rades Marathon, and also completed back to fitness. He eventually completed a 5km fun run and is now managing one Two Oceans. “I locked up the house, left the radio 30 kms a week. Another operation helped Walsh to and stoep light on and went to work. We have no guarantees that when we leave regain the use of his left hand, but he our homes in the morning, will return had to recover on an emotional level. “I was angry at having to say ‘goodin one piece or at all that evening, and so we must seize the moment. That bye’ to my life as a fit 45-year-old. There evening after work I drove to the Wa- was nowhere to hide; a clinical psyterfront and arrived at Planet Holly- chologist helped me to recover and bewood at 19:00. I strolled up to the bar come a winner again.” His struggle paid off and he has rewith two colleagues, took my wallet out of my pocket and then the bomb explod- gained his life – he drives a car and ed beneath us. Both colleagues died walks on a set of “very expensive legs”. and I was blown up into the air. I re- He returned to work as a human remember the intense pain and felt I was sources consultant and is also a motifloating on the ceiling. There was dust, vational speaker. Walsh’s full story is told in his book blood and chaos, people were screaming and I shall never forget the acrid Victor over Victim, published by Husmell of the bomb. My feet had been man and Rousseau in 2003.
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Wednesday 22 August
Tuesday 14 August Camps Bay: Camps Bay Primary School’s Grade 3 pupils will hold a concert based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory until Wednesday 15 August at the school. The show starts at 17:00. Tickets cost R20 for adults and R10 for kids. Refreshments will be on sale. Call 0 (021) 438 1503.
Cape Town: Andrew Marjoribanks of Woolworths will talk at Stonehaven on the supermarket’s latest books at 10:00. Entry costs R20. Call Hermoine Sternberg on 0 (021) 434 9555 for more information. Cape Town: St George’s Cathedral presents the Palissander Chamber Choir, an independent Pretoria choir of 20 years’ standing, in an extract from their festival programme, A Light of Song at 12:30. Entry is free. Call David Orr 0 (021) 424 7360.
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Cape Town: Carol Musikanth will give a talk at Stonehaven on Transcending Gender. The talk starts at 10:00. Entry costs R20. Call Hermoine Sternberg on 0 (021) 434 9555.
Cape Town: The Fikelela Children’s Centre and the Cathedral HIV/Aids Task Team will hold a fundraising benefit at 19:00 at St George’s Cathedral, featuring the Pinelands High Marimba Band, the SACS Jazz Band, Rondebosch Boys’ High’s concert band and the St Cyprian’s and St George’s Cathedral choirs. Tickets are R50 for adults and R30 for scholars.
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Cape Town: The Na’Arot and Kesher Groups will hold a cookie stall at One to One at the Good Hope Centre. Call Hermoine Sternberg on 0 (021) 434 9555 for more information.
Cape Town: Toni Shaked will hold three lectures at Stonehaven on Understanding Your Teenager. Tickets cost R200 for the course. Call Hermoine Sternberg on 0 (021) 434 9555.
Wednesday 15 August
August is Women’s Month. In celebration of this event, People’s Post invites 40 wom en readers to join us on a fabulous bus ride on Wednesday 22 August through Cape Town, stopping at landmark points and ending with a cable car trip up Table Mountain (weather permitting). Enjoy good company and good food in the company of the Peo ple’s Post team. Stand in line to win by SMSing the word “women”, your name and where you live to 34586 by Thursday at 13:00. SMSes cost R1,50. Photo: Supplied
L osing osi ng and gai gaini ning ng Losing gaining llife’s ife fe’’s eexperience xperience xperie nce Dear reader, It seems to be a time of things coming to an end; the London Olympics 2012, Ramadan, cold fronts... The extinguishing of the Olympic flame during the closing ceremony last night, symbolised the end of the world’s most spectacular sporting event that, for the past 17 days, united 204 nations and captivated billions of viewers. In the end, Team South Africa could stand proud with an impressive medal count that secured us 25th place; making it our most successful Olympics since readmission to international sport in Barcelona in 1992. Several factors made the Games a success, including a country united in passionately embracing this historic sporting event, creative collaboration, sheer hard work and the pivotal role played by the thousands of volunteers involved in staging a show of this magnitude. With just days to go before Eid-ul-Fitr (the festival of charity marking the end of Ramadan and celebrated by Muslims worldwide), organisations such as Nakhlistan Feeding Scheme are gearing up to feed thousands of poor families. Last year, Nakhlistan cooked over 150 pots of food for distribution to, among others, mosques and retirement homes and prisons. The ingredients were bought from funds raised during Ramadan; the labour on the freezingly cold night before Eid was lovingly provided by volunteers. Events such as the Olympics, and altruistic initiatives such as Nakhlistan’s cannot unfold with the same efficiencies and success were it not for volunteers who engage in a spirit of charity, positivity and
love for the cause with which they identify. I have been blessed with the opportunity to volunteer for a few years, and while my goal was not to gain any reward from this, the joy and satisfaction I derived after a few hours of lay counselling, outclassed even my best salary. The path to volunteering is not easy and I first offered my services to a retirement home in my neighbourhood – for all of one day. After helping to serve lunch, chat to several elderly people, open a packet of Niknaks for one and gawking at a very young-looking retired woman, I grudgingly acknowledged that I was of no purpose. I did not return. My fault may have been that in my pristine (at that time anyway; I was much younger) mind, my vision of volunteerism extended to sitting on a bench with the late afternoon sun streaming onto me through a window, reading to an adorable granny in a pretty room. Reality check! Not willing to admit defeat though, I assessed my skill set and where I could best impart value. This led me to lay counselling, some late shifts after a full-time job in the media and inadvertently, a journey of self-healing through selfless deeds. As for the cold front, no amount of volunteering will sway what are clearly elements beyond our control. ’Til next time, go well ConnectED is a weekly column by People’s Post editor Feroza MillerIsaacs who can be contacted on email@example.com. People’s Post in online. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za.
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TIME FOR CHANGE: Mayor Patri cia de Lille unveiled three “Rock Girl Safe Space” benches at St George’s Mall to honour the memory of Krotoa van Meerhoff, an inspirational heroine who negotiated for peace and safety in the Cape Colony. De Lille also renamed the public open space after Krotoa. Learners from Red Riv er Primary School helped unveil the benches on Thursday. Photo: Edrea du Toit/Foto24
NIGHT owls will be relieved to know that a dedicated shuttle service is now running the streets in order to avoid having drunk drivers behind the wheel. The Obs Party Shuttle was recently launched and is a project endorsed by the Arrive Alive campaign. Shuttle service pioneer, Hazel Walton, explains that authorities are now forcefully cracking down on those choosing to drink and drive. Walton says: “It is vital that people party responsibly and there’s no better and more affordable way of doing that than making use of the Obs Party Shuttle.” The Shuttle operates on Friday and Saturday nights, between 21:00 and 04:00, which makes a circuit around Observatory and then passes most venues between Observatory and Long Street. “We really would like to get the word out about the pioneering initiative and we can only make this work if people get to hear about this, which could truly save lives,” she says. Student Thole Hilko, 20, a German volunteer and a regular passenger on the shuttle,
recommends the service. “I think it’s cheap, convenient and comfortable. The driver is reliable, trustworthy and punctual,” he says. Hilko adds: “The party shuttle is definitely worth a try.” Another regular user, Observatory resident Martina van Wilkins, believes that the introduction of the service in the area is long overdue. She is impressed with the shuttle, saying: “You actually feel more comfortable knowing that the service is available and you do not have to hold back, but basically go out and enjoy yourself.” Councillor Paddy Chapple is in full support of the shuttle service and believes it is a safer alternative for those wanting to go over the limit. “There is now an alternative that has been introduced, so people should use it and avoid drinking and driving,” he says. He says that the Shuttle forms part of the Premier’s Safe Routes Project. “It was very difficult getting permission for the department, but the important thing is that the service is now available and should be used by the community,” says Chapple. The shuttle operates with travel cards,
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Time to pump it up? World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated by hundreds of mothers at Good Hope Centre last week, but the jury is out whether it’s acceptable to feed your infant while out and about. People’s Post’s Luzuko Zini and Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn asked readers what they thought of “public feeding”.
COVER IT COVER UP: Lisa Godard be lieves breastfeed ing in public can be very uncomfort able, espe cially for other peo ple to see in a mall. “They should have designated areas for women who are breast feeding.”
NOGO: Ja son Müller thinks breast feeding should not be done for public dis play. “It is a very pri vate thing and it is indecent to do it in a place where everyone can see.” TIMING IS EVERYTHING: EVER YTHING: Margaret Vet man advises mothers to plan before their shopping trips and feed babies at home. “If mothers have a routine feed ing time and plan their shopping trip around that, the baby won’t be hungry or agitated at the mall.”
A CHEAPER OPTION: Breastfeeding as a good way to save money on bottles and pumps, says Thembisile Mohapi. “It should be al lowed because it is much easi er and not all people have money for ex pensive equip ment.”
PRIORITIES: Brent Frans is against public breastfeed ing and feels there is a time and place for everything. “It is not nice for a woman to just take out her breast in public. Do it at home.”
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KEEP IT DOWN: DO WN: If done dis creetly, there should be no prob lem, says Kyle Red man. “If the baby has to eat, it has to eat. Just as long as the moth ers don’t flash their boobs.” IT’S ONLY NATURAL: NA TURAL: There is nothing wrong with breastfeed ing in public, says Melis sa Lakay, who has her self done so with her own children. “It is natural. I experienced it feeding my own children when they were ba bies.”
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WORD AND DEED: The three Camps Bay schools launched the Random Act of Kindness week by invit ing the high school pre fects to visit their prepara tory school and share with the younger pupils ideas and thoughts on kindness. The three schools will be collecting stationery and nonperishables for needy schools. The preparatory school will also be sending home Reach for a Dream tins to be filled with coins. Photo: Vivienne Ashcroft
WINNING MOVES: Dance group “Twisted” won the recent “Battle of the Dance Crews” that was arranged by the Camps Bay High prefects to raise funds. Photo: Kiri Roussopoulos
CHECK MATE: A chess tournament was re cently opened by provincial minister for Cul tural Affairs and Sport, Dr Ivan Meyer, at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt. More than 300 players from South Africa and abroad took part. Photo: Jennifer Battenberg
INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CURVE: The Deutsch Internationale Schule Kapstadt sent Grade 11 students, accompanied by two teachers, to visit universities in Munich, Heidelberg and Berlin in Germany during the winter. Photo: Supplied
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People’s Post Atlantic Seaboard-City Edition Page 5 WORK OUT: City Parks, in partnership with the provincial department of Cul tural Affairs and Sport, will be host ing Aerobics in the Garden to celebrate Women’s Month. The classes are open to the public every Friday morning at the Company’s Gardens and will continue throughout the month of August. Ol ivia Carolisen is the aerobics instructor. In class, from left to right, are Talent Moyo, Makaphela Anathi, Agnetha Geftha, Tsebo Mahl ophe, Kholisa Podile, TracyLee Abra hams, Nothemba Gamgana and Portia Tshabalala. Photo: Danielle Karallis/Foto24
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SEA POINT residents are calling for action to be taken at the old Tafelberg school grounds, fearing that the building might pose problems in the future. After a 27-year stay in the area, Tafelberg junior and high schools relocated to Bothasig in June 2010, leaving the building vacant for the past two years. Jeffrey Wallace Andrews, a Sea Point resident, has problems with the building being neglected, claiming that the grounds are “not being maintained”. He points out that the tall grass growing around the old basketball court was not “appealing to the eye” and could have been attended to by the owners. Andrews says: “These are things you can see from the road as you drive through Sea Point.” Another resident, Shelley Smith, wishes to see the building occupied “as soon as possible”, as she believes the school grounds has the potential to “house massive problems”. She understands that the building might have been boarded up and the premises fitted with electric fencing, but says: “I have seen people do the weirdest things and knowing those measures are in place does not make
me feel at ease one bit.” Smith suggests that the building be occupied by an organisation willing to do good for some homeless people, street children or abused women. Smith says: “The premises is ideal for this purpose, but the last thing we want is to see a ridiculous development which serves no purpose for the community.” The Tafelberg school grounds in Kings Road are owned by the Department of Transport and Public Works, who had been leasing the premises out to the Western Cape Department of Education. Around two years ago, the department conducted a feasibility study in order to determine the best use of the property. The Department of Transport and Public Works was unable to comment at the time of going to print. Chairperson for the Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay Residents’ Association, Gary Miller, confirms that the association will object to plans for rezoning if the property were to make way for something “ridiculous like a shopping mall”. “We are very concerned about this property and what might happen to it if it stays vacant for much longer,” says Miller. He says properties such as Tafelberg are more likely to attract vagrants and other “anti-social prob-
lems”. The association receives monthly updates on the situation at the school from the local councillor. According to Miller, rumours are filtering through that a local school is interested in occupying the premises. “These are only rumours and nothing has been confirmed, so I’m only speaking with very little knowledge on the matter,” he says. Ward councillor Beverley Schafer wishes to have more regular communication with the department with regard to the future plans of the property. She says: “We are being kept in the dark around the future of this property, but we understand that a tender process has been started and the department is in the process of finding new occupants.” Schafer had similar concerns around the building standing vacant, fearing that the Sea Point community would encounter many problems in the future. A favourable plan for the site would be to have a local school in the area make use of the property, she says. “Communicating with the residents and schools is important, but we need to see more of this and it’s something I will be requesting from the department,” Schafer adds.
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Exploding with joy
THE Love Bombs Film Festival recently opened to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd of Cape Town movie goers at the Labia on Orange. The highly-anticipated film festival’s opening night showcased three locally pro-
duced short films made by the Film Kru of Joshua Generation Church – The Second Day, iBalaclava and The Prodigal. Each film is hard hitting and well made, and covers a range of genres, from science fiction to action and experimental drama.
GLUED TO SCREEN: The films at the Love Bombs Festival has been pulling in packed houses.
LAUGHING MATTER: Actor Kyle Peters stars in both The Prodigal and The Second Day.
FEELING GOOD: Director Neville Sandama with the talented cast and crew from acclaimed iBalaclava. Photos: Supplied
GREAT TIME:From left, e.tv’s Tanya Nefdt, Charles Champion, producer Laurian Guy, Zikhona Tshona and Geoffrey Butler.
STAR PERFORMER: Director, producer and actor Howard James Fyvie with his very proud parents.
ALL SMILES: Producers Laurian Guy and Nao mi Meyer enjoy the blacktie event.
Make a pos posit itive ive chan change ge today MANY abused, neglected and abandoned children land up in children’s homes. Statistics on children in institutional care are not complete, but it is known that there are 345 registered children’s homes in South Africa, looking after about 21 000 children. Yet there is no support system for children once they reach the age of 18 and leave formal care. There is also a scarcity of alternative care programmes suitable for older adolescents. SA-YES, an NGO, was founded in the UK in 2008 and launched in South Africa in 2010 to develop a unique mentoring programme for this group. It provides them with a mentor to prepare them for life as an independent adult once they leave formal care. SA-YES works in partnership with several registered children’s homes in Cape Town including Beth Uriel, Marsh Memorial Homes and Girls’ and Boys’ Town. SA-YES has developed a programme to fill the gap between child and youth centres and
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A liftclub with a difference A NEW online liftclub has been launched in South Africa. It is free to join. The founders say Liftshare South Africa is a mission-driven social enterprise, which seeks to make a difference in the way South Africans travel and interact with each other. Liftshare South Africa is operated by Patrick Hebbard and Thozamile Javu. Hebbard says: “Liftshare’s main aim is to help people to travel more sustainably by sharing their car journey. Via our online network, we match people with similar journeys, enabling them to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, make the world a better place, and have fun while doing it.” Liftshare South Africa is affiliated
with liftshare.com, the world’s largest liftsharing network. The local website is therefore able to rely on a tried and tested system, which makes registering, and searching for journey matches easy and safe. The benefits of liftsharing include saving money (reduced fuel and vehicle costs), reduced pollution from car emissions, it gives you company on your trip, it can reduce local traffic congestion, and you can make new friends and meet your neighbours. Hebbard and Javu are passionate about improving social and environmental conditions in South Africa. They aim to make liftsharing a way of life for as many South Africans as possible. Visit www.liftshare.co.za.
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City club crackdown NIGHTCLUBS were slammed with fines to the value of R13 500 for contravening regulations.
FEELING GREEN: The Rainbow Warrior is docked at Cape Town Harbour. The ship is one of three Greenpeace vessels and has attracted huge crowds to the V&A Waterfront. The first Rainbow Warrior was bombed in 1985 and the second – an old fishing trawler – was donated last year. On Sunday, Capetonians were taken on a brief tour of the ship. Photo: Yunus Mohamed/Foto24
Roadworthy testing station closed THE Roadworthy Testing Section at the Gallows Hill Traffic Department in Green Point has been temporarily closed. The testing station officially closed last Tuesday for maintenance purposes until further notice. Roadworthy certificates can be
obtained at any of the listed centres, as well as private testing stations appointed by the provincial government, which includes the AA. Visit the Brackenfell Traffic Department at the corner of Kruispad and Reservoir streets; the Durbanville Traffic Department at 93B De Villiers Drive; the
Goodwood Traffic Department at the corner of Hugo and Frans Conradie streets; Hillstar Traffic Department in Plantation Road, Ottery; Joe Gqabi Traffic Department at the corner of Stock and Market roads in Phillipi East; or Kuils River Traffic Department in Fabriek Street.
The City’s Liquor Enforcement Unit, accompanied by the police, conducted operations from Wednesday until the weekend. The operation stemmed from complaints that were received from communities affected by these nightspots. Spokesperson for Specialised Law Enforcement Services, Assistant Chief Nathan Ladegourdie, confirms that nightclub owners in the central business districts of Cape Town, Claremont and Wynberg were issued with fines. In total, 15 nightclubs across the city were inspected. Ladegourdie says: “Of the complaints received from residents, most of them focused on the behaviour and conduct of patrons of the various establishments, as well as the loud music that is played.” The unit has issued a number of final compliance notices to various clubs regarding the complaints of loud music. Should further complaints be received from the affected communities, the music equipment belonging to the establishments will be confiscated, says La-
degourdie. He adds: “The City’s rules are not there for show. They are there to ensure that anyone who visits the establishment is safe and will be able to enjoy themselves without having to wonder if the establishment is compliant or not.” The unit will continue to monitor premises that are non-compliant and are problematic to residents. . Cape Town Central Police needs your help in solving a murder. On Tuesday 31 July at 06:45, a taxi driver was murdered at the corner of Adderley and Strand streets. Warrant Officer Khunjulwa Sam, the spokesperson for Cape Town Police, says a driver of a Siyaya taxi on the way to Sea Point was asked to leave the Woolworths taxi rank. The taxi was filled of passengers. Sam says: “The driver was stabbed by a suspect in front of passengers; someone must have seen the incident.” Anyone with any information can contact the investigating officer, Detective Constable Solomzi Ngunda, at the Operations Room on (021) 467 8081/2 or alternatively 073 358 2312. All information will be treated confidentially.
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Tuesday 14 August 2012
Celebrating a special kind of lady
ITH her meticulously styled hair and perfectly manicured nails, Chedino Rodriguez turns heads as she saunters down the street. People stop to admire the leggy beauty who basks in their attention, greeting politely as she gives a shy smile. She dreams of a house with a picket fence; a flowing white gown on her wedding day. She’s already found her Prince Charming. But the fresh-faced hairdresser still faces adversity and taunts from others who don’t understand her story. Chedino is one of more than 70 men who have started their transition into becoming the women they believe they were born to be. While transgender women may not be fighting apartheid like the 20 000 women who took to the Union Buildings in 1956 in silent protest of demeaning pass laws, their battle is to find acceptance in the rainbow nation. The eldest of three children, Chedino’s mother realised her son was very different when he was about four. “I was the one who was always giggling with the little girls while other boys kicked soccer balls and played with toy cars,” she laughs. “While I was forced to wear blue clothes suitable for someone of my gender, I found a way to make them
more feminine – most of the time my shirts were oversized so that they resembled a summer dress.” Primary school was a breeze for the sociable child who had friends by the dozen. “But high school was a different story,” Chedino recalls. “I realised I was born to be a woman. There was no confusion for me – I was trapped in the wrong body. I started making subtle changes to my appearance, like wearing eyeliner and acting in a more gracious manner. “That’s when the teasing started. Teenagers can be cruel; I was called names and mocked. It hurt, but I knew I was comfortable in my own skin and those who were causing me so much pain just didn’t understand who I was.” While Chedino dreamt of wearing a dazzling gown to her matric ball, she sweated it out in a tuxedo, but decided to never again conform to “what society finds acceptable”. “After I completed high school, I started my transformation to becoming a woman. I started wearing more feminine clothes and styling my hair. I even started investing in pretty frilly panties!” she laughs. But her polished exterior hid a deeper desire to be more than just a man dressed in women’s clothes. “On the inside I wasn’t who I wanted to be. I was confused; I questioned who I was and where I fit in in the world. Was I just weird? Or was there some kind of bigger plan for me?” She read up on people who had had similar experiences and discovered she wasn’t alone on this journey. “I also discovered there was help for me to fulfil my dream of being a woman. I was referred to Groote Schuur Hospital where I was sent to therapists for an assessment. They found I was sound of mind and I made the cut,” Chedino says, her eyes glittering. Proudly, she shows off her new curves, thanks to hormone therapy started in September. “Although there are a few side effects, like tenderness and mood swings, I have no regrets. This is who I was meant to be and I am finally making it happen.”
I am who I was meant to be
RADIANT: Rania Jordan (26) has come a long way since being a confused teenager.
GENDER reassignment is a free service offered by Groote Schuur Hospital, but various processes are instituted before a candidate is selected. A social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist and an endocrinologist would determine the suitability of an individual requesting to undergo the process, hospital spokesperson Alaric Jacobs explains. “As soon as a patient or client is considered suitable, a referral will be sent to the specialist endocrine clinic, which deals with hormonal therapy,” he says. “The waiting list is relatively short and candidates wait about three to four months, but we strive to accommodate individuals where we can.” Hormonal treatment causes a number of subtle changes to transform a person with “primary male characteristics”. Sometimes skin becomes somewhat softer
sneaked out of her home to taste the city’s nightlife. “I felt liberated,” she says, a wistful smile. “I didn’t understand what I was going through, but for once I didn’t have to hide my flamboyancy. I was comfortable in attire our conservative male society frowns at.” Her effeminate behaviour was ignored by her family and she spent “an unhealthy amount of time” trying to conform how boys her age behaved. After matriculating, she moved out of her parental home to live with a friend. “I started a new phase in my life where I lived as a gay man. I wore men’s clothes, but acted more feminine, which came naturally to me.” A familiar name in gay circles as a force in cross-dressing pageants, she realised she didn’t “quite fit in” with the “gay persona. Being male repulsed me. My partners would be attracted to my masculinity while I despised every manly attribute I had. I didn’t want to be a part-time lady – I was meant to be a woman in every sense of the word.” At 23, she was subjected to snide comments and open stares as she started wearing skirts and growing her hair. Hormone therapy to increase her oestrogen levels soon followed. “I put up with the nastiness and hate because I was finally content. I was Rania Jordan and I was happy, but people’s reactions to this personal transformation opened my eyes to what this world is really about. It is truly hard to be different. Society – gay and straight – doesn’t accept people who aren’t the same as they are.” She hasn’t allowed anyone to stand in the way of her happiness. After studying psychology, linguistics and communications, she started focusing on the fight for gay equality, men’s health and HIV/Aids awareness. After 10 years on the pageant circuit, Rania has hung up her skimpy, glittering gowns and retired from pageants after being crowned Miss Cape Town in July last year. “That part of my life is over; I’m living in a new reality now,” she says, waving a perfectly manicured hand.
ess than 10km from Chedino’s Heideveld home, Rania Jordan smoothes down her understated, form-fitting coat and crosses her stilettoed feet. A confident, eloquent figure well-known in the Manenberg community for her gay rights and gender equality activism, it’s hard to believe less than a decade ago Rania was a confused and traumatised boy unsure of where he fit in the world. Rania dismisses her formative years as an “unhappy time”, but is quick to point out her hardships as a child didn’t influence her desire to be a woman. Her fondest memories of her teenage years are the first time she joined a group of gay friends, donned a mini-dress and
hile inroads have been made in terms of acceptance of the gay community, transgender women still face alienation and discrimination, says Gender Dynamix spokesperson Charl Marais. This ranges from hateful comments to not being allowed to use the ladies toilets, all of which are “truly humiliating” to individuals battling to find their place in society. “Unfortunately this doesn’t only happen in public, but also at the workplace,” Marais explains. “The only solution to this is education. Gender Dynamix has already hosted numerous workshops at business-
LOOKING FORWARD: Chedino Rodriguez is realising her dream of being a woman. es, but there is still a long way to go until being a transgender woman is no longer frowned upon.” He adds one would think the gay community would be more empathetic towards transgender women, but this is not the case. “There is a level of division. Many consider transgender women traitors, because most have previously identified as gay men. While there is still much needed to enlighten society as a whole, this includes teaching the gay community there are more than just two ‘acceptable’ sexualities.” Rania agrees Cape Town is light years away from being the inclusive “pink” city it markets itself to be. “Too little is being done to educate people of the dynamic individuals who also form part of the Mother City’s fabric, who don’t fit into the heterosexual and gay confines. Whatever happened to celebrating our diversity?” she says. Despite being part of a group which finds itself in a grey area, Rania plans to celebrate National Women’s Day as a proud member of the fairer sex. “Being a woman is more than cooking, cleaning and bearing children. It’s about how you carry yourself and being the rock in your household. That is who I am – it is who I was meant to be.”
More than just therapy and facial hair growth slows down. Fat tissue deposits may develop in the buttocks and there may be the beginning of breast development. As men and women think differently in many respects, oestrogen may have an impact on the psyche and behaviour. Jacobs says trans women may demonstrate a slightly more nurturing quality. However, the deep voice of a male cannot be changed by additional oestrogen. “Very often the cosmetic result is reasonable, but individuals may still be identified as having undergone gender reassignment. In the individual who is very tall and muscular, oestrogen therapy will not change this to any degree,” he clarifies. “The other aspect is that it becomes impos-
sible to bear children following hormonal replacement therapy or surgery. When trans women desire children, we recommend freezing sperm prior to initiating hormonal therapy.” Candidates on the waiting list for gender reassignment surgery, where a penis is reconstructed into a vagina, may wait for several years to go under the knife. Also the genitals following actual surgery may not be suitable for “normal” intercourse. The procedure is difficult and has multiple potential complications. Jacobs says several operations may be needed to deal with these problems. The State hospital is the only public facility in the country which offers this service. “For several decades, the occasional pa-
tients have been offered this treatment on an isolated basis,” he says. “It is only in the last few years that several patients are being treated in the combined transgender clinic. The purpose is to ensure patients receive comprehensive care by psychiatrists, psychologists, endocrinologists and plastic surgeons.”
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Donor’s lifeline to Maike rator which separates the white and red blood cells and the stem cells. The blood is mixed again and then pumped back into the donor”. A trained courier will fly to get the stem cells, she says. “The date is set for the flight ticket, but the part that makes me most nervous is getting the stem cells in the country within 48 hours of harvesting.” Maike just wants to be normal again. “When I get out I want to travel and go swimming because I can’t do that with the central line in.” Being a stem cell donor, says Maike, is giving someone a second chance at life. “You can be someone’s hero.” Carine shares her daughter’s feelings: “We
need the people of this country to donate for this country. If chosen you don’t have to die to make a difference like with organ donation. You can see the miracle you are to someone else.” Maike’s transplant has been scheduled for month-end. “My family and friends have been everything to me, my support system through the ups and the downs and they have always tried to make the best of the situation which I appreciate so much.” Unspeakable joy beaming from her eyes, Carine says: “We never had a time, but now we can expect a transplant by the end of August and then hopefully three months later we can go home.”
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she was cocooned in an isolation ward at UCT Medical Centre to prevent any contaminaTHEY’VE prayed for a miracle – now a tion. She is allowed out for visits with her cancer patient and her family have one. family in their Rondebosch apartment. Maike says: “It was early the morning Maike Förtsch (18) has been waiting for when my professor came and told me I have this good news since being diagnosed with a a donor. I don’t think I realised at first, but once it hit me I was very happy.” rare blood disease in September. There isn’t much you can do while you’re She has a very rare form of leukaemia and has a 0,0% immunity (“Jewish bone marrow in isolation, she says. “You just wait for tomorrow’s blood results and hope they are betneeded”, People’s Post, 3 July). Overcome with joy, Maike’s mother Carine ter.” She remains hopeful, adding: “I never alFörtsch was elated at the news a donor was lowed myself to let go of the future; I always found. The family appealed for a particular strain kept myself going.” Carine adds: “Only someone who has sufof DNA as all previous attempts at finding a fered through something like this or has exbone marrow donor match have failed. In line with the World Health Organisation perienced a loved one being that ill will truly (WHO) protocol, there is a full clampdown on know what a blessing this is.” She left her biology and Afrikaans teaching any information of the donor. But this is not keeping down the enthusi- job to support Maike since their arrival in asm of a mother whose daughter has been Cape Town while her husband continues to granted a second chance at life: “In five years’ work and take care of their youngest son in time, I am inviting the donor to Namibia for Namibia. “Someone has to earn the money,” she says, jokingly. “And you see Maike a visit!” The bone marrow gift from an unknown do- doesn’t like hospital food, so I cook for her nor has given the Förtsch family reason to every day.” The Förtsch family has been on an emotionlook to a different future. “When Maike gets married, the donor is the first person we are al rollercoaster since first hearing that Maike would need a stem cell transplant. Both her inviting to the wedding.” When People’s Post first reported on Maike, brothers had hoped they would be a match and could save their sister’s life. Carine says their youngest son, at 16, “was so sure he was going to be a match, he started exercising and eating a lot of fruit before he got tested”. They were tested, but none is a match. “We are one of the lucky ones to have found a donor while there are so many people dying because there aren’t donors,” says Carine, smiling as tears pool in her eyes. “We are eternally grateful to this donor who has done such a selfless act of giving the gift of life to a stranger,” she says. Maike, who says she has had to teach herself to slow down and let time past, is relieved she will be able to go home and have a second chance at life. “I would lie and wait wishing I had a donor. Now that I have one all I want is to go home.” The procedure is not invasive, CarFIGHTERS: Maike Förtsch, right, with Matthias Hen richssen, who is also a patient at the UCT Medical Cen ine says, as it is “similar to a kidney dialysis. Blood is pumped into a sepatre. Photo: Supplied TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
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Brave the storm IF YOU don’t like the weather, wait for a few minutes. This is a common refrain from people in coastal cities where citizens experience any of the four seasons in a day. Seasonal weather conditions wreak havoc in the Cape each winter. It includes rain storms which lead to flooding, thunder and lightning which may spark fires, gale-force winds which put seafaring vessels at risk, and declining temperatures. This is a worldwide phenomenon. In North Korea, more than 212 000 people have reportedly been displaced by floods which have forced the country to appeal for food aid. The death toll is undetermined. Hundreds are missing. A similar tale of despair unfolds in the Philippine capital, Manila, where torrential rains have swept away houses, destroyed roads and caused landslides. In a city with some 15 million people, residents have sought escape from the raging floods by climbing onto rooftops waiting for rescuers. In America, citizens live in fear of tornadoes, earthquakes and floods. Who could forget the horror that was Hurricane Katrina when about 80% of New Orleans was left under water? Countries, including South Africa, have to have a back-up plan. While not affected on such a grand scale, Capetonians are not spared Mother Nature’s heavy hand. On the Cape Flats, each year without fail, backyard dwellers and people living in informal settlements face the torrent of rainstorms lashing their makeshift dwellings. Imagine stepping out of bed and into a freezing river running through your house. Imagine the despair of huddling to stay warm, or waking up to find your house ablaze after a candle tipped over? How do you face starting over when you already had so little? Capetonians with little material wealth to spare should consider those invaluable resources: time and expertise. Active volunteering is an option more should consider.
Why are they not punished? WE must ask ourselves how serious we are about solving our devastating drug problem. It astounded me to read an article in the Peoples Post that self admitted drug dealers are released on bail (“Facebook ‘drug’ duo is nabbed”, 10 July). Mature men – aged 22 and 23 – blatantly advertised on Facebook that they were trading in and also using drugs. They unashamedly published pictures to confirm the fact. SAPS reacted by doing their jobs. They arrested them and seized drugs worth R2 600. What more damning evidence could the courts need? They should have been remanded in custody until they appeared before a judge, not a magistrate. Progress has, yet again, been marred by our legal system.
It must be extremely frustrating for members of the SAPS when they do a good job, only to then see it aborted by strange laws. For goodness’ sake, the police caught the perpetrators red-handed. Why afford them bail? Drug dealers should be treated the same as they are treating society. They show no respect for the lives they are ruining and the untold misery they are sowing. They should be locked up and the keys should be thrown away. They are a threat to society. If we are honest about drug dealing, then they should lose all their rights when caught. If this is an example of the attitude and actions of the law in curbing drug abuse, then all I can say is shame, because actions are stronger than words and we are sending the wrong signals to the perpetrators. DAVE
. I find it a bit hard to believe the owners of the two derelict houses in Chiappini Street, Bo-Kaap could not be found. According to my knowledge, an owner needs to pay rates – whether they buy a house or a piece of land from the council – unless they are not paying. . Tony Robinson, have you tried playing the piano without using your thumbs (“The cellphone thumb a challenge to evolution”, People’s Post, Tuesday 31 July)? . Thank you for putting me on the front page of People’s Post (“Toxic Talent”). I appreciate it so much. - Lance Landore . Lowering alcohol limits to stop DUI (“One for the road”, People’s Post)? They should first give us proper public transport so we don’t have to drive after a few drinks! Taxis are too expensive.
Death penalty: other side of the same coin
ONE can understand Koert Meyer’s distress about a convicted double murderer, whom he apparently knew, being sentenced to be hanged to death (“Death penalty is no solution”). Did he consider the pain and distress of the relatives and friends of the two murdered people? Questions he and readers can usefully answer around the death penalty are as follows: . Is he aware that since 1990, when the moratorium on the death penalty was intro-
duced, the over 200 000 South Africans who have been murdered would fill the Green Point Stadium more than four times? . Does he think if the courts had the freedom of the option to impose a death sentence, that the number of over 200 000 murders would have been lower? . Is he aware that a murder accused faces arrest, a right to a bail application, a fair trial with legal representation and the right to cross examine witnesses, the right of appeal to two higher courts and then to the President? The murdered person was given
none of these rights and privileges by the person who murdered him or her. . Is he aware that before 1990 less than 5% of the people who were charged with murder actually received a death sentence and only then after the court heard pleadings in mitigation and appeals? . Does he believe that communities would be less likely to administer “bush killings” and take the law into their own hands if they knew that murderous criminals could face a death sentence? GRAHAM MCINTOSH
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No lightbulb moment for Eskom executives TONY ROBINSON
IF EVER proof were needed that Eskom has lost the plot it came when their CEO Brian Dames recently called on business for a radical reorganisation of working hours to deal with the problem of the evening peak hour. This is the time when the orange or red appeals appear on TV screens asking people to switch off geysers, pool pumps and lights because the Eskom grid is in trouble. The surge in demand for electricity is caused by people coming home from work and switching on electric stoves, kettles and heaters. In a nutshell, domestic consumers are using too much electricity so Eskom wants to clobber business. How’s that for logic? A drastic reorganisation of working hours would hurt business and have farreaching effects on public transport and family life – and it wouldn’t solve the prob-
lem either. Does Eskom really think families will delay their evening meal to 21:00 when Daddy comes home from his flexi-time job? What will happen is that the stove will have to go on again and there will be two meal times – one for the kids and one for the parents. The peak demand period from 17:00 to 21:00 is the big problem area. That’s when the big power stations can’t produce enough electricity to meet the demand so they use gas turbines. These are jet engines which can be started up in a matter of minutes but they use vast amounts of imported diesel. The electricity they produce is at least seven times as expensive as that produced by the big power stations.
The second problem is that most of the free electricity provided for consumers is used for cooking and lighting during the evening peak hour. And then there is stolen electricity which is also used mainly at this time. So it is pretty obvious that the best way to tackle the evening peak is to persuade people to use gas for cooking and heating. Free energy for the poor should be provided in the form of gas which is also cleaner and a darn side safer than the exploding paraffin stoves that cause shack fires. Transporting and selling gas will also create jobs. There may be questions about the supply of liquid petroleum gas (LPG), but it is a lot easier and quicker to import LPG than to build power stations.
Transport study on track
THE City of Cape Town has been awarded the tender to conduct a careful study for the integrated Metrorail services.
This includes the transfer of the Metrorail subsidy functions to the City. The study will fall in line with the City’s plans to create an integrated public transport system comprising of passenger rail, bus rapid transit (MyCiTi), scheduled bus services, minibus taxis and non-motorised transport. It will take around nine months to a year to complete. Rail services are regarded as the backbone of the City’s integrated public transport service and also
plays a fundamental role in achieving the City’s economic and social inclusion imperatives. The City says that this is extremely important growth and is pushing for improvement in the quality, frequency, reliability and safety of this service. It is against this backdrop that the City approached the national minister of transport last year with a view to conducting a due diligence study of Metrorail and its Cape Town operations. “This is simply the first step in the process of ensuring that we put the current fragmented and inconvenient public transport system behind us and facilitate the ushering in of
a system that works, that is safe, that is reliable and that is comfortable,” said Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Brett Herron. The City wants to be in a position to make an informed decision on requesting for the transfer of the rail subsidy, and to be able to present a viable business plan for the future management of passenger rail. The study will go a long way to providing a detailed picture of the current status of the public transport system and will provide a clear indication of what the priorities should be, what resources are required and how long the process will take.
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So it’s a “no brainer” except to the confused people of Eskom. They want to solve what is essentially a domestic crisis by clobbering business and disorganising our lives! As the Chamber of Commerce said recently, Eskom seems intent on solving the wrong problem. What we need is a campaign to promote gas for cooking and heating. We need whistling kettles for our gas stoves. Instead of wasting money of silly advertisements about not filling the kettle, Eskom should promote whistling kettles for use on gas rings. Find a local manufacturer and we will have more jobs in our factories and a new sound in the kitchen. The advertising industry would have a field day – whistle while you save electricity… enjoy the sound of saving money, etc. Gas is a permanent solution to the problem of the evening peak hour. Why can’t Eskom see it?
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World stage premier at Baxter
THE world premiere of South African-born Nobel laureate JM Coetzee’s novel Waiting for the Barbarians will take place at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio on Thursday. In a dramatic coup for the Baxter, Coetzee’s most celebrated novel will be performed as a stage play for the first time. It features a stellar line-up of actors led by Grant Swanby with Nicholas Pauling, Chuma Sopotela, Owen Manamela-Mogane, Chi Mhende, Alistair Moulton Black, Ruben Engel and Anele Situlweni. Set and costume design is by Craig Leo and the musical score by Dmitri Marine. The novel was adapted for the stage and will be directed by Alexandre Marine, and is produced by Maurice Podbrey
of Mopo Productions. Marine, a multiple awardwinning director and recipient of the distinguished Artist of Russia award, began his career as an actor in Moscow. He is the founding member of that city’s Tabakov Theatre and founding artistic director of Théâtre Deuxième Réalité in Montreal. He has himself appeared in several Russian films. Marine has directed over 70 productions in Moscow, Montreal, New York and Tokyo. His Montreal productions of Hamlet, Amadeus, and Mary Stuart all received production-of-the-year awards by the Quebec Critics’ Association. His adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Possessed won a Best Production Award in Baltimore’s City Paper. In Russia, he won awards for his productions of A Street-
car Named Desire and Blue Rose, an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Coetzee, who was born in Cape Town and immigrated to Australia in 2002, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. Waiting for the Barbarians is his third novel. It was first published in 1980 and was chosen by Penguin as one of the Great Books of the 20th century. Waiting for the Barbarians carries an age restriction of 14 years. The play previews at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 August, opens on Saturday 18 August and runs until Saturday 1 September at 19.00. Tickets can be booked through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.co.za.
PREMIER: Chuma Sopotela is car ried by Grant Swanby in Waiting for the Barbarians. Photo: Rodger Bosch
Mezzo-soprano to wow city WELSH mezzo-soprano star Katherine Jenkins has returned to wow Cape Town audiences. She will perform at the Grand Arena on Friday. The Welsh singing star enjoyed phenomenal sell-out success with her previous SA tour. Best known for her unique interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns, Jenkins is one of the world’s most important classical crossover artists. The 31-year-old, who hails from the tiny village of Neath in the Welsh Valleys, released eight studio albums, with sales exceeding seven million units. She has won numerous Brit Awards and platinum albums, and signed the biggest-yet classical record deal when she was 23. She will appear with a full orchestra and her own conductor from the UK, the renowned Anthony Inglis. Her performance will feature an array of popular and classical music. Five double tickets and five CDs are on the line for People’s Post readers. To stand a chance, SMS the word “soprano” to 34586, with your name and the edition of People’s Post you read by 13:00 on Thursday. SMSes cost R1,50.
ON VOICE: Kath erine Jenkins
QUIRKY THEATRE: From Wednesday 15 August until Saturday 8 September the Kalk Bay Theatre will be home to awardwinning director Tara Notcutt’s Mafeking Road. The play is a whirlwind of Herman Charles Bosman stories, told in an exciting new format, using physical theatre and comic book styles. It stars Andrew Laubscher and Mathew Lewis and runs from Wednesday to Satur days at 18:30; dinner is served from 19:00. Tickets cost R75 on 16, 22 and 23 August and R95 thereafter. Tickets prices, in cluding dinner, can be found on www.kbt.co.za. Photo: Supplied
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SEA Point Primary School has rounded up some of Cape Town’s hottest stars to perform in a fundraiser concert at the City Hall on Friday 31 August. Described as “a storm system disguised as a singer” by musician and TV personality Emo Adams, the concert organiser is school music coach and Bo-Kaap resident Mujahid George. George is the season six Idols finalist, now better known for his On Broadway and Barnyard Theatre performances. George and his Sea Point Primary Musical Group will be joined on stage by Satisfaction, the popu-
lar boy band choreographed by Chad Saaiman, as well as rising talents including Zubair Vardien, Megan Herbert, Krista Jonas and Faakir Kalam. Smash hits from the past few decades will be performed, paying tribute to artists like The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber. “It will be a great night out for young, old and everyone in between,” promises George. Tickets cost R60 and can be purchased at the school, or by calling 021 434 5355 or 072 136 2038. Alternatively email email@example.com.
ROCK ON: SAMA awardwinning rock band Zebra and Giraffe embarks on a nationwide tour to promote their new album The Wisest Ones in September. The band will be at Mercury Live in Zonnebloem, Cape Town, on Friday 28 September from 19:00. Presold tickets, at R50, can be bought from www.webtickets.co.za. Alterna tively purchase your ticket at the door at R60. For further details 0 (021) 465 2106. Photo: Google Images
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SOCIAL media is taking Cape Town by storm. Not one phone was unoccupied when Capetonians decided to live tweet a panel dicussion hosted by Cape Town Tourism. Four of the world’s top travel blog-
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QUICK SERVICE: DHL Western Province scrumhalf Dewald Duvenhage clears the ball from the base of a ruck as Province captain Deon Fourie looks during his side’s Currie Cup opener against the Natal Sharks at a raindrenched DHL Newlands on Saturday. Photo: Yunus Mohamed/Photo24
Keeping mum on table tennis coach LIAM MOSES
THE fate of a national table tennis coach – suspended for bringing the code “into disrepute” – will be decided today. Former WP, Boland and national coach Greg Naik has hired a lawyer to help him overturn a two-year ban which, he claims, was illegal and goes against the WP Table Tennis constitution. The Western Province Sport Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport have been forced to step into fray. The two provincial bodies will meet with Naik and Kelvin Smith, acting chairperson of WP Table Tennis, to make a final decision on Naik’s suspension today. Naik, also the chairperson and founder of Boundary Table Tennis Club, in Bonteheuwel, was suspended last month after WP Table Tennis brought charges against him. However, Naik claims the charges are unsubstantiated and the hearings were unconstitutional. “The WP people have always been on my case saying I have a strange manner of running my club, but the results are coming in,” says Naik. “Every year I can show we have a new SA player from the club. They have been trying to get rid of me for years.” Naik further claims the association has not supported Boundary Table Tennis, despite the club having produced several top provincial and national players. He also questioned the manner in which financial resources were distributed. “Every year there is development money coming to the province, but not
a cent comes to this club. Yet we produce the results,” says Naik. He adds the Lotto gave about “R700 000 for equipment” including 70 tables, bags and ball machines which were distributed among the clubs. “When the equipment came they gave us only four tables.” He says other clubs which have failed to produce quality players have received much more. Theo Cogill, Luke Abrahams, Alisha van Rooyen and Jade Sasman are just some of the top players who started at Boundary Table Tennis Club. All four have been in the top three places of the South African table tennis rankings, and Sasman and Cogill also won bronze medals at the African Championships. Naik suspects his suspension is due to late paying of competition entry fees for Boundary’s players, but adds this is not a valid reason. WP Table Tennis, however, remained tight-lipped about Naik’s suspension ahead of the meeting. Hasie Ismail, a WP Table Tennis executive committee member and chairperson of the Livingston-Kenilworth Table Tennis Club, confirmed the suspension, but refused to comment on any of Naik’s claims. “He was found guilty by an independent disciplinary tribunal of bringing table tennis into disrepute,” says Ismail. “The general meeting imposed a sentence of a two-year suspension, with the added factor that if he transgressed within those two years, a further two years will be added. And if he transgresses a second time he will be suspended for life.” Speaking to People’s Post Smith confirmed the meeting, but would not elaborate on the details.
Historical triathlon challenge ROBBEN ISLAND is set to host hardship of a different kind when a triathlon takes place at the heritage site next month. The Robben Island Museum has granted triathletes the privilege of racing two trail triathlons in one day in the first ever TriRobben Island race on the Sunday 9 September. The event offers athletes a historical and prestigious experience and hopes to give participants a diverse experience, with the swim in the harbour, and the cycle and run legs taking the athletes to various landmarks around the island.
Grant Kunneke, the creator of Tri-Robben Island, hopes the race will help educate more South Africans. The morning event will comprise a 400m swim, 14km cycle and 4km run. The afternoon race will consist of an 800m swim, 28km cycle and 8km run. Entries to the race are open until the day of the event and all proceeds will go towards the development and rehabilitation of the island. For more information or to enter visit www.tri-robbenisland.com or 0 082 564 5345.
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NO STOPPING HIM: Natal Sharks hooker Craig Burden slides in for one of his two tries during the Sharks 2523 victory over DHL Western Province at DHL Newlands on Saturday. Attempting to stop Burden is WP centre Marcel Brache. Photo: Yunus Mohamed/Photo24
NOTICE OF MEETINGS OF THE SUBCOUNCILS AUGUST 2012 Notice is hereby given that the meeting of the 24 (twenty four) Subcouncils for the City of Cape Town will take place at the time and at the different venues as indicated in the schedule below: Subcouncil Venue
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BOISTEROUS BREAK: UCT inside centre Andre Coetzer outpaces Christoff Janse van Rensburg of DurbanvilleBellville during the Western Province Club Rugby Super League A match between the two teams at Groote Schuur on Thursday evening. The 3613 loss is the second consecutive loss for UCT. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
Hammies’ dim title hopes
HAMILTONS RFC’s dream of being crowned the Western Province Club Rugby Super League A champions has just about diminished following a victory by Durbanville-Bellville RFC last week. The win was the 14th win in 15 matches for the northern suburbs team, who are likely to represent WP at the annual club championships. Hammies started the 2012 season with their usual high hopes and, at one stage, looked on
SOUTH AFRICA’S top yachtsmen, from clubs around the country, will to drop anchor in Simon’s Town this weekend for the Lipton Challenge Cup. For the first time the False Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) will host the prestigious tournament. The club is also the defending champions. The event, in its 104th year, is SA’s premier sailing competition and attracts top sailors from around the country to compete
track to claim the title. But they can now hope for a second-place finish at best, despite still having a mathematical chance of making up the 19-point difference. However, it is unlikely that Durb-Bell will falter in their remaining games. Durb-Bell romped to a 33-13 victory over UCT at Groote Schuur shrinking the possibility of Hamiltons or Maties sneaking in to claim the title. Maties could also win the league, but will need to claim bonus-point victories in all seven of their remaining games. UCT’s loss could also have stripped away
their hopes of resurrecting their season and finishing in a respectable place. They walked away from Thursday’s game without claiming any bonus points and are sixth the table, with 33 points to their name. Meanwhile, SK Walmers are fifth on the log table and could finish the year further up the standings if they regain the form that saw them win six of their last seven games. Two southern suburbs clubs are trapped in relegation spots. Both False Bay and Villager still have a mathematical chance of ensuring their Super League A status, but realistically Bay could
All aboard for the Lipton Cup in the L26 class. It is expected that between 30 and 35 boats will be competing, each with a crew of six sailors. The opening ceremony is open to the public and will be held on Jubilee Square from 16:30 on Saturday. The first race starts at 11:30 on Sunday,
with one race every day until Friday 24 August. Each race is 12 nautical miles long and lasts for between three and six hours, depending on the wind. A 54-minute documentary on Simon’s Town is also being made and will be screened on SuperSport. Members of the Simon’s Town Civic and
still escape the drop. Villager are stone-last (10th) and will face Victorians, False Bay, SK Walmers, Tygerberg and UCT in their last five games. While False Bay, in ninth place, play Victorians and Maties after their game against Villager. Should they claim a bonus point victory over The Dirty Whites and take away losing bonus points in their last two matches, Bay could avoid the drop if they claim a bonus point victory against Villager. They will also be hoping that both Tygerberg (eighth) or Belhar (seventh) drop points in their remaining games.
Business Associations have already have started to decorate the town in a nautical, navy blue and white theme, and are working together to tidy the town for the film shoot. This includes improving the entrance to the town around the old panel beater shop by adding a garden and removing old signs. The FBYC team will again compete as team Intasure, Andrea Giovanni and Marcus Progli still the skippers.