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GROUNDED: The Japanese Eihatsu Maru longline fishing vessel ran aground at Clifton’s First Beach just after 5:00 on Saturday. Bruce Davidson, National Sea Rescue Institute’s Bakoven station commander, says the 28 Taiwanese crew members and the captain’s dog were on the 50 metre ship and all were unharmed. Operations to salvage the ship are underway, even though they were halted over the weekend due to poor weather conditions and rough seas. See page 3. Photo: Alex Fan Moniz
Boost for public transport COMMUTERS are set to benefit from new and upgraded public transport interchanges, which will see the Cape Town CBD among the hubs sporting a new look. The City plans to invest R321 million towards these projects and will upgrade and expand its public transport interchanges over the next five years to accommodate the growth in demand for access and mobility across the city. There will be specific focus on 25 interchanges. This forms part of the Mobility Strategy, which supports the development of a balanced transport system. It focuses on all elements of the transport system: rail, bus, taxi, cycling, pedestrians, parking management, freight, traffic management and information
and data. Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, says the proposed upgrades will ensure that transport is accessible and inclusive, providing links between the communities and other services. “We want to ensure they become interesting social spaces and a lively part of the city,” he says. The City currently has more than 213 Public Interchanges of different sizes and functionality. These facilities are located along the rail and road-based public transport network where commuters can change between different modes of transportation. “More than 54% of our commuters depend on public transport and as a result, most of the public transport interchanges are over-
crowded due to a growth in demand over the past years. They need to be expanded urgently,” he adds. The 25 projects, including Park-and-Ride facilities at five interchanges to be implemented over the next five years, are in various stages of development. “We are working towards an integrated transport network for the city where the various modes connect seamlessly in a commuter-focused way. The provision of dignified and safe transport hubs is an essential component of an integrated transport system and the planned upgrade and development of these interchanges will support our promotion and prioritisation of public transport over private car usage”. Shafieq Hendricks, a taxi driver on the
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Humbled by your journey Get ready for the new Dear reader, Thank you for your heartwarming, inspirational response to my column last week. As touched as you have been by my story about my mother’s life with cancer, so too have I been moved and inspired by your personal accounts. Your triumphs, challenges and the noble work many of you are doing in raising awareness about cancer, and funds for the treatment of this disease, are truly inspirational. I commend you for the courage and strength you have shown in your own personal experience of cancer and the journey you have walked or continue to undertake with those you love, in the face of a very challenging illness. I have drawn much strength and inspiration from your emails, letters and SMSes and feel humbled by your kind feedback. Enlightened by your prayers and positive thoughts which I have conveyed to my mother, I have learnt much in a short time, and my acceptance around the process of life and loss has begun to grow. The “now” matters more than anything else and realising this, helps to enrich my interaction with my mother and other people who share my life. I continue to regard myself as very blessed to have both my parents. All of us at People’s Post have been so touched by our readers’ responses to “My mother, my hero” that we are publishing them elsewhere in this edition of People’s Post. An issue close to my heart is the welfare and empowerment of women and I am looking forward to attending the 1 000 Women United Against Domestic Violence luncheon, organised by the Wheat Trust this week. This annual event takes place on Thursday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and will see 1 000 women from different backgrounds take a stand against domestic violence; together with the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana
and poet Bulelwa Basse. Domestic violence is cited as the second biggest pandemic women in South Africa face after poverty, with 90% of South African women experiencing physical or emotional violence in their homes every day. When confronted by this alarming statistic, I believe that it is encumbent on all communities to concern themselves with the safety, security and wellbeing of every woman and child in this country. To this end, the work and continued survival of organisations such as the Saartjie Baartman Centre (SBC) for Women and Children, is of paramount importance. I had the privilege of working at this centre a while back and witnessed first-hand the extent of love, support and empowering opportunities given to the many abused women who find their way find there. Organisations such as SBC are often the only lifeline for countless abused women and their children, most of whom have nowhere else to go. Of the many heartbreaking stories I’ve heard, I was most saddened by the story of an elderly woman whose husband began using Tik and started beating her relentlessly. I’m familiar with the facts around domestic abuse; that it not only affects young, poor and unemployed women, but hearing this woman’s story was particularly painful. How sad to see your golden years out this way. I apologise if my column tends towards more serious issues presently, with my only light observation this week being an admission of guilt: I have not been running for two weeks and know that I’ll be huffing and puffing through my planned 10km race on 27 May. Let the games not begin. Till next time, go well! ConnectED is a weekly column, by People’s Post Editor, Feroza Miller-Isaacs who can be contacted on email@example.com. People’s Post is online. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za.
breed of electric buses TONY ROBINSON
ANYBODY old enough to remember those wonderful silent trolley buses that used to operate in cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, will be delighted to know that Optimal Energy plans to build a new breed of battery-powered electric buses in South Africa. The move comes after the decision to abandon the Joule, a very promising and attractive electric car. I’m afraid the odds were always stacked against the Joule. New models are expensive to build and launch because of developmental costs. Then they have to compete with mass-produced cars from established manufacturers. It can be done only with a massive investment and an expensive advertising campaign to overcome the prejudice and create demand for the new vehicles. Another South African, Elon Musk, faced exactly the same challenge at his new home in California. He chose to start small and produce limited numbers of a virtually hand-built sports car, the Tesla Roadster. They would be expensive but would appeal to the wealthy. He made a deal with Lotus in the UK to supply the bodies and suspension while he provided the motors and the lithium-ion batteries. The result was a sports car that handled superbly and could silently accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under four seconds, to match the performance of Porches and Ferraris. The price tag was a bit over $100 000 but they were snapped up by Hollywood A-list stars like Mat Damon, George Clooney and other environmentally conscious Americans. So far more than
1 500 have been sold and a new sedan car and an SUV are on the way. They will sell at half the price of the roadster and be capable of reaching 0 to 100 km/h in five seconds. The sports car has a range of 200 old fashioned miles and the new car will manage 300. Both Mercedes and Toyota were so impressed that they bought shares in the company. (If you want to know more check www.teslamotors.com) The big problem with electric cars is that “petrolheads” don’t like or understand them. They smell different and they don’t roar. But, make no mistake, they are the cars of the future. Optimal Energy will have a much easier time with buses. Firstly they are built in smaller numbers so the economies of scale are not so important and highly automated and expensive assembly lines should not be necessary. But the most important difference will be the marketing, no expensive advertising campaign will be necessary to sell the buses. The buyers will not be “petrolheads” with image and status problems but managers and accountants. They will look at the numbers – the carrying capacity, range and running costs. And this is where electric vehicles do well. They don’t need regular oil changes or servicing and they are ideal for stopstart journeys. They don’t have motors idling while they wait for traffic lights to change. And there will be no need for the overhead wires that limited the old trolley buses. Operators and passengers will love the new smooth, silent electric buses.
Students are living life in the fast lane STUDENTS from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) made history when unveiling their “Formula” built car. The car will compete at Silverstone in the United Kingdom as part of the International Formula Student (FS) motorsport competition in July, when the “Cape Speed” team will pit their car against 110 teams from around the world. CPUT’s Adaptronic Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTL) Programme Director, Professor Oscar Philander says: “We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievement to make it this far in the competition and having been chosen as part of the selected 110, where more than 200 had applied.” Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. Universities from across the globe are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events, which demonstrate their understanding of engineering and the business of racing and to test the performance of the vehicle. At a cost of half a million rand, the project, developed by the AMTL part of the Faculty of Engineering at the Cape-based institution, has taken three years to complete from design to manufacturing. Fifteen students were involved, 10 of whom will travel to Silver-
SET TO GO: Students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology unveiling their new “Formula” car. stone supported by four additional students and four academic staff, totalling 18 team members. “Although it has taken three years to get to this point, we have a long journey ahead as the team heads off to the United Kingdom,” says Philander.
“In addition to building the car for evaluation, they also had to acquire management, marketing and people skills, which has provided them with an opportunity to learn new skills as well as showcase their talent,” he adds. Philander explained that the
competition is viewed by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, transitioning them from university to the workplace. The engineering team consists of 8 Mechanical Engineering Bachelor students, 1 Mechanical Engineering under-
graduate and 1 Mechatronics undergraduate student. Philander explains that the application process took more than six months. “This included the development of a business plan, were the car to go into production; dynamic forecasting for acceleration and braking; team selection, fundraising, safety adherence and responsibility; engineering structural integrity, electrical safety, driver equipment safety, sustainability of materials, design reports, specification and costing.” Once the car arrives at Silverstone it will face a number of tests and receive points based on these tests in addition to the points already received during the application process. A maximum of 1000 points are awarded for the combined static and dynamic tests. CPUT’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Technology Innovation and Partnership, Dr. Chris Nhlapo, says that the institution fully supports this project and looks forward to offering this as part of CPUT SAKRA Racing for years to come. “We continuously strive to support researchers who are involved in research that can be commercialised,” he adds. Other faculties of the institution involved in the project include Informatics & Design Business and Health & Wellness Sciences, who will be responsible for media training, etiquette, photography, filming, brand building, marketing, public relations, health and fitness training, as well as emergency services training.
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Rough seas delay Clifton operation ATTEMPTS to recover the fishing trawler which ran aground at Clifton’s First Beach resumed yesterday (Monday) morning. The 50m Eihatsu Maru ran aground in thick fog at 05:15 on Saturday, with 28 Taiwanese crew and a dog on board. Disaster Management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said 19 of them were evacuated. The remaining crew and the captain are still on board as per the requirements of international maritime law. The dog remained on board on the insistence of the captain, its owner. Solomons-Johannes said marine engineers had initially considered fitting a metal plate to the ship to tow it. However, the plan was aborted. There is reportedly 90 tons of fuel and ammonia on board, along with 50 tons of tuna. The Disaster Risk Management Centre conducted an aerial surveillance on Sunday
WATER WORKS: The Eihatsu Maru ran aground in thick fog at 05:15 on Saturday. Photo: Stu Shapiro
afternoon to prepare for any eventuality. Solomons-Johannes said the salvage operation had been suspended for the day at 16:45 due to unfavourable surf conditions
Another chance to have your say RESIDENTS have been given another opportunity to comment on the location of the Adderley Street cenotaph. The City of Cape Town is proposing to construct a MyCiTi bus station on the present site, outside the Cape Town rail station, pending the successful approval of the request. A heritage assessment was commissioned to evaluate alternative sites for the cenotaph to make way for the proposed bus station. Alternative locations suggested for the cenotaph were the median of Heerengracht, the Memorial Garden in the Company Gardens and the Grand Parade. At the meetings between the City, Heritage Western Cape and a heritage consultant in April and May, CAST IN STONE: The cenotaph in Adderley Street is a HWC required the previous three wellknown landmark. Photo: Bruce Sutherland reports be combined into one revised report which included the proposed ted to Heritage Western Cape. Adderley MyCiTi Street Bus Station and be Comments can be sent to Bridget O’Donoadvertised for another round of public com- ghue at firstname.lastname@example.org or PO ment. Box 1753, Sun Valley, 7985. There will also be a series of meetings held Alternatively contact her on 071 109 0900 with military representatives and particular or via fax to 086 511 0389. stakeholders, to ensure all opinions and comments are taken into consideration. In light of this, the reports are to be re-advertised for public comments and all resiYOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR dents who participated in the initial public BUSINESS’ PERFORMANCE participation process will be notified, should We will help you to they wish to make additional comments. The Reduce costs – increasing profits full heritage assessment report is available Improve processes and efficiencies at http://www.capetown.gov.za/haveyour Optimize resources and processes say. Residents and interested organisations are With more than 40 years’ experience, our invited to comment on the proposed location continuous improvement and supply chain experts by Monday 28 May. Comments will be incluare making businesses better! ded in the final report, which will be submitContact us today via Information.A2C@gmail.com
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Safe ride or fresh air? SUMMER JACOBS
RAIL commuter safety is in question after an incident in which a Dutch man lost an eye after being struck by a rock thrown through an open train window. According to the Passenger Rail Agency of SA, travelling with an open window is a matter of commuter comfort and not safety. People’s Post took to the street to find out if people echoed the sentiments of Prasa.
SAFETY OVER COMFORT: Charles Abrahams says: “Windows should be up at all times. Sometimes people don’t think and they do silly things like throwing stuff at moving trains. Sometimes you have to sacrifice comfort for safety and this is one of those times.”
BETTER EQUIPPED: Busisiwe Sikhayi says: “If air conditioning was installed in trains we wouldn’t have the problem of people getting in jured due to open windows. We can't prevent the actions of those outside the trains, but if we had proper facilities on board it would be a much saf er and smoother ride for commuters.” Photos: Summer Jacobs
NO CHOICE: Commuter Calvin Tofu says: “I think the windows as well as the doors should be closed at all times because peo ple throw dangerous objects like stones and rocks through it. But sometimes the windows are broken and you don’t have a choice but to travel with an open win dow.”
HEALTH HAZARD: Sidney Adams says: “In the old days the Metro Police were always visible on trains. They built small police stations on many stations but they are not being utilised. Also, the windows can’t be closed at all times due to air borne sicknesses such as flu and TB. There should be constant fresh air coming in to prevent health hazards.”
PERSONAL CHOICE: Ivor Britz says: “It’s a mat ter of preference. I would prefer an open window for fresh air.”
KEEP IT FRESH: Cheryl Wessels says: “I don’t like a closed window on a train. When it gets full it can become quite claustrophobic in there. So for my person al comfort I prefer an open window with a fresh breeze blowing through.”
SAFETY FIRST: Tulile Mzinyati says: “For safety purposes I feel that the windows should be up at all times, especially during winter.”
Love – not pedigree – their winning bond FURRY creatures happy to flaunt their lack of pedigree are helping to raise funds for homeless pets. These cats and dogs are entered in the annual online Mutt and Meow of the Year competition. This SPCA initiative is already underway, running until Monday 21 May. The aim: to find the most loved and adored dog and cat. Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson Sarah Scarth says: “The response has been amazing and we’ve been so touched by the heart-warming stories shared by so many pet owners, young and old, and grateful to the dozens of people who have voted for them and donated to the SPCA.” Caitlin von Witt, of Rondebosch, is human companion to love cheat Harry Sweet Potato, who quickly dispatched any competition for his owner’s heart. “With just one visit to the Swartland SPCA, my world became a whole lot brighter when a small, long, fluffy German Shepherd/ Sausage dog caught my eye, but there was one problem,” says Von Witt. “My boyfriend didn’t ap-
SMOOCHY POOCH: Harry Sweet Potato with his owner Caitlin von Witt from Rondebosch.
WIZZ KIDS: Camps Bay Primary School recent ly held a Sci ence and Technology Expo. Pupils from Grades three to seven were encour aged to enter and 38 gold, 34 silvers and 32 bronzes were awarded to the pupils. Adjudicators were very im pressed with the high stand ard of the projects. Here two grade three learn ers, Taya Clarke and Gi na Marks, stand proudly with their gold medal.
HELLO, KITTY: Mary Anne Constable and her mom with Spike, who doesn’t quite like to be picked up. Photo: Supplied prove. So after serious contemplation, I decided to adopt the dog and break up with my boyfriend. And I have never looked back.” Owner of Spike, Mary Anne Constable, of Rondebosch, writes: “I have suffered from depression for most of my life until my cat Spike saved me. Anyone who grew up with cats knows they have a special talent of finding their way into your heart.” Royal Canin Marketing Manager Tarryn Day says: “The unconditional love and special companionship shared between pet owners and their canine and feline friends makes uplifting reading and whether you’ve entered or not, just reading their stories will brighten your day.” Day is one of five judges with the challenging task of selecting the winning entries on Monday. “It’s really easy to enter and with the help of Facebook you can encourage your friends to vote for your pet and at the same time
raise funds for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA,” says Day, who cautions regardless of the number of votes your pet gets, “every entrant stands an equal chance of being chosen” as reigning mutt or meow. Judges will be looking for that special connection between an owner and their pet. “We want to show that rescued animals, whether mixed-breed or pedigree, make treasured companions.” There are also categories for the top cat and dog fundraisers, awarded to the pet and owner who through their votes raise the most money for the SPCA. Each vote costs R1. To enter, upload a photo of your pet together with a short motivation of why your pet is worthy of the title to www.muttandmeow.co.za. Kfm breakfast show host Charmaine Noy and Joanne Lefson and former SPCA Mutt of the Year winner Oscar, are the judges.
Heritage on the big screen THE Fine and Decorative Society of Cape Town presents Heritage Cinema, a lecture by University of Cape Town Film and Media Studies lecturer, Dr Lesley Marx. Cynically dubbed “the Laura Ashley school of filmmaking” by British filmmaker Alan Parker, socalled “heritage cinema” has summoned both vitriol and admiration from critics and audiences. Films are often marked by their relationship to prestigious literary sources, exquisite mie-en-scène, dialogue-driven narrative and the presentation of the past as an opportunity for spectacle rather than analysis. While favouring upper class experience is a marker of these films,
it is also true that the exploration of female desire is frequently given centre stage. This lecture will focus on two Merchant-Ivory films, A Room With A View and Howard’s End and on two adaptations of James’ novels: Ian Softley’s The Wings of the Dove and Wiliam Wyler’s version of Washington Square (renamed The Heiress). It takes place on Wednesday 23 May at 19:30 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the Jewish Museum Gardens. Admission for members is R30 and guests R50. Call (021) 434 4579 or visit www.fads-capetown.co.za for more details.
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Wheeling into a brighter future FIVE seniors from different old-age homes are sitting pretty in new wheelchairs. They beamed proudly at the handover of their new wheels – still in plastic – at the Sea Point City Improvement District (CID) offices. There was a jovial air as Diamond Dealers Club South Africa director Mark Reichman
MOBILE AGAIN: William Dowman tries out his new wheelchair, while Mark Reichman (back) and Zonnebloem staffer Olga Goliath look on.
explained the donation. “People think they have to go to a church or organisation and say ‘here’s a R1 000’. It doesn’t work like that.” Reichman was instrumental in the donation, explaining he was challenged to spend a morning in a wheelchair to experience what the disabled experience each day. “Try going to the toilet, taking a bath or going down stairs while being in a wheelchair. It’s not easy,” he says. “I chose to donate wheelchairs to those who needed them so they could move around better. It is like getting new legs; it makes it far easier to be mobile.” Reichman roped in Sea Point CID chief operations officer Heather Tager to help with his quest. Tager says: “We wanted to find recipients that were really in need of these wheelchairs, so we approached homes that are short of equipment.” She explains they wanted to spread the donation around and not give it to one old-age home. Residents of Zonnebloem Home for Older Persons, in Cape Town; Lilly Haven Old-age Home in Bonteheuwel and Ekuphumleni, Place of Rest in Gugulethu received wheelchairs. The Reverend Kowie Groenewald, Zonnebloem’s manager, expressed delight that one of his seniors, William Dowman (88), received a new wheelchair. Groenewald says the donation “will make his life a whole lot easier”. Solomon ‘Mr Cool’ Khoncwana (80) also took possession of his new wheels. “It feels good to have a new wheelchair,” he says. “My old one was worn out.” Pat Lindgren, the director of Action on Elder Abuse South Africa partnered with the project through Tager. Lindgren was the “middle man” responsi-
READY TO RIDE: Solomon ‘Mr Cool’ Khoncwa na celebrates his new wheels with a slice of cake. Photos: Summer Jacobs
WHEELY CHUFFED: Martha Paulse (90) from Lilly Haven in Bonteheuwel in her new wheel chair, with staff member Monica Beukes
ble for sourcing people in greatest need of the wheelchairs. “It makes me happy that the people in need of these chairs got them. It will make a difference in their lives.” During a celebratory lunch, Tager and Reichman took up the baton by setting a challenge to other businesspeople. “There are many people in need. We want to challenge other businesses to do what we have done. We can see it is possible, it can be
done,” says Tager, gesturing across the room at the seniors. Reichman echoes Tager’s sentiments. “We want to show people it is easy to give by, for example, buying five wheelchairs or 10. Or buying beds or some TV sets for a home. That’s what it’s all about.” For more information regarding the Sea Point City Improvement District call (021) 434 1234/7883.
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Teen’s birthday wish comes true ALL she wanted was to look across at a pool on her 16th birthday.
family at the hotel on Saturday 14 April. Tables were decorated in blue and white, her favourite colours, and there was a birthThat’s what the staff at a city hotel and an day cake. “It was amazing,” Barends enNGO did for Anneqah Barends, who has can- thused. “It was everything I wanted and cer. more.” She was diagnosed with sarcoma – a maligThe teen says she is coping well, but has nant tumour of connective tissue – a month her off days. after her mother’s passing last Mother’s Day. “The chemotherapy affected my nerves so Her grandmother takes care of Anneqah and I move a bit slower. Sometimes I feel sad beher four siblings. cause I can only walk short distances.” Through its corporate social investment Cansa TLC is a non-profit organisation programme, the Peninsula Hotel, in Sea which aims to lead the fight against cancer Point, joined forces with Cansa TLC (Tough through research, educating the public and Living with Cancer). providing support to those affected by canBarends, of Rocklands, celebrated her spe- cer. cial day in the company of 11 close friends and Hotel general manager Chris Godenir says: “Our philosophy of giving back is integral to our development as a hotel, a community and a society, which is something that defines and completes our everyday activities.” In another CSI project, 13 of the hotel staff took part in the 5km Spar Ladies Challenge, in Green Point, on Sunday 15 April. They supported Operation Smile, an international charity which provides reconstructive surgery to children born with facial deformities. They also donated gym equipment to Realistic, a life skills training centre for young offenders and youth at risk.Other charities they’ve supported include the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, SPIRIT: The hotel’s team gave Anneqah Barends a warm wel the Starfish Foundation, the come and served the food on her special day. The team also SOS Children’s Village and took part in the Spar Ladies Challenge in aid of Operation Smile. StreetSmart.
SIXTEEN CANDLES: Anneqah Barends enjoyed a special 16th birthday at a city hotel. With her are the hotel’s general manager Chris Godenir (standing) and Suwabah Barends. Photo: Supplied
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BUBBLES GALORE: Jenn Wallace, John Loubser, Cathy Marston and Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at the Saint Cyprian’s school fundraiser’s ‘Bubbly Tasting’, which took place on Thursday 10 May. Two of South Africa’s leading producers of sparkling wine, made in Methode Cap Classic style, presented some of their show stopping favourites. John Loubser, general manager of Steenberg Vineyards, introduced both Steenberg and Silverthorn – his own – brands and Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira, Graham Beck cellar master, showcased some of Robertson winery’s popular sparkling wines. Cathy Marston will present her next UnWined Introductory South African Wine Course at the Biscuit Mill’s Wine at the Mill, starting on 29 May. The course is presented on Tuesday nights and runs for six weeks. Bookings can be made on www.cathy marston.co.za. Photo: Janie van der Spuy
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The Department of Health has outsourced delivery of chronic medication to a private pharmacy company, UTi Pharma. In a statement, the department says, however, the packaging and delivery of chronic medication to health facilities – especially in the Metro – is still not operating at full capacity. These delays have led to long queues at some clinics, says the department. It says the transfer of the chronic dispensing unit which handled around 180 000 prescriptions to a new service provider UTi Pharma is “an enormous undertaking” posing many challenges, particularly the transfer of patient prescription data from the previous provider to the new provider. Progress is being made, the department says, but it is anticipated that the process will only be fully completed by the end of July. Western Cape health minister Theuns Botha stresses this will be the first province in the country to roll out a medication delivery service. He points out that breaking new ground comes with teething problems. “This is such an exciting project because it represents our government motto of ‘Better Together’.” Once up to full capacity, says Botha, “the system will create the opportunity for patients to live their life to their full potential instead of waiting hours for medication and free up much-needed capacity in our over-
crowded facilities”. To this end, the provincial health department is adopting a hands-on approach and monitoring the process closely. Management receives daily progress updates on progress enabling them to get a clear sense of progress and formulate specific strategies to address specific problems. This includes a daily assessment of waiting times. Botha says with the inception of the chronic medication dispensing six years ago there were similar and worse problems which had to be managed in the first year. He instructed the health department to contract further locums to assist the process until all the challenges have been addressed because “until this issue is resolved, it cannot be business as usual.” All health facilities have been affected to a degree, and in some instances clinicians have had to re-prescribe medicines. Some clinics experienced insufficient stock, while at others with no pharmacy onsite patients were transferred to alternate sites, adding to the workload. These and other factors have contributed to long patient waiting times. Uti Pharma has put in place additional quality control measures and brought in a team of engineers from Belgium to work on the automated dispensing machine to prevent picking errors made during the automated dispensing process. They have worked extended hours – including weekends and public holidays – to address the backlog.
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A family treat at St Paul’s bazaar THE mist and cold failed to keep the faithful away from the bazaar at St Paul’s Anglican Church, in Bree Street, on Saturday. Scores of parishioners, friends and families from all over the city enjoyed this annual event. A variety of food stalls offered delicious treats. Children were entertained with a jumping castle, water slides and train rides; adults browsed through the novelty stalls.
HONOURED GUESTS: Seniors of the church enjoy a tea break. Back, from left, are Hi lary Nun, Johanna Cleophas, Jean Fernandez and Cornelia Johnson. Seated, from left, are Jacoba Sckeepers, Rose Bennett, Helen Helenberg and Thelma Peters.
FIRM FAVOURITE: Felicia Hawes (left) and Deidre Malgraff were at the sweets stall, selling a variety of sweets, chips and popular bazaar baskets.
SWEET: Staffing the cake stall are, from left, Isaac Batchelor, Wilhelmina George and Charlotte Elias.
SWAYING: Parishioners who take ballroom lessons at the church impressed surprised visitors with their remarkable skills.
PLAYTIME: Little ones Mia and Amy had a blast crawling and running around the church hall on Saturday. With the busy tots are their moms, Andrea Papier and Samantha Parson.
FUN TIMES: Cynthia Beckles (left) and Priscilla Townsend spent hours sifting through the wares which were sold at af fordable prices.
FRESH PRODUCE: Hosting the fruit and veg stall are, from left, Charlotte Ohlsson, Linda Thomas and Basil Isaacs.
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Decent marks for Cape water quality CAPE Town’s water is safe. Residents have recently raised concerns about the taste and smell of their tap water. Moenieb Martin told People’s Post the water tasted funny and when heated it would smell. “The water was murky, smelled strange when cooked or boiled and I considered calling the council, but knew I would wait long for a response,” says Martin. The City of Cape Town responded by stating that the water has been contaminated by Geosmin and the compound MIB, but reassures the water is perfectly fit for human consumption. The two compounds are naturally found in rivers and dams and are produced by blue-green algae. An independent water treatment specialist told People’s Post it normally occurs this time of the year when water levels drop and algae is exposed to more sunlight. The specialist says: “The two elements are byproducts of the algae and the physics of removing it from water is complicated, but making use of the activated carbon will take care of the problem, even though it does cost quite a bit.” The smell is musty and persistent, especially when water is heated, but the City says they are fully equipped to deal with the problem after being presented with a Platinum Award in the Blue Drop Awards Programme. The Programme is run by the Department of Water Affairs across all municipalities in the country and the City has won the award for four years in succession.
Importantly, the City’s score for this year increased from the 2011 score of 97.61 percent to 98.14 percent, despite moving from 2nd to 6th position in the overall rankings. City Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Shehaam Sims says: “The City can take pride in this achievement, which reflects our commitment to service excellence and the sustainable provision of drinking water of the highest quality to the community at all times.” The top positions are fiercely contested, with fractions of a percentage separating each spot. This is also in the context of a significant increase in the standard applied to the Blue Drop Programme. The City received the award for Best Performer in the Western Cape Province and the Wemmershoek Water Treatment Plant received the award for the Best Large Water Treatment Plant in the country. The Manager of Scientific Services, Mpharu Hloyi, was recognised by being named as the Runner-up for the Women’s Award. In addition, the City received four other Blue Drop Awards as the bulk provider to areas in the Stellenbosch and Drakenstein Local Municipalities. The City did exceptionally well in the Regulatory Performance Management System (RPMS) and was recognised as one of the top performers in the country by means of the RPMS Appreciation Award. The Blue Drop incentive-based regulation programme endeavours to facilitate and drive continuous and sustainable improve-
ment in service delivery and drinking water quality and to ensure steadfast coverage of un-serviced areas. The Blue Drop process measures and compares the results of the performance of water service authorities and their providers, and subsequently rewards or penalises the municipality upon evidence of their excellence or failure according to the minimum standards and requirements that have been defined in the assessment process. It was noted in the 2012 Blue Drop Certification Report that, “the Department wishes to commend the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality for being consistent in complying with the regulatory requirements of
the Blue Drop Certification Programme. “The constant communication between the municipal officials and that of the Department speaks of a remarkable dedication towards effective drinking water quality management. This would not only be to the benefit of the Cape Town community but also to that of the Stellenbosch and Drakenstein Local Municipalities who are beneficiaries of the Metro’s bulk supply.” The Lead Inspector noted the City has again returned an impressive performance in this assessment cycle, the water quality team has demonstrated their commitment to excellence and have achieved the bulk of the goals set.
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Save our seas MOST of our country is surrounded by the ocean, making the coastline a precious resource. The shores provide us with pleasure, food and income. Originally traversed by the indigenous peoples – the Khoi and San – it has become a vital revenue source. Historically, our harbours offered a safe haven and replenishing station for seafaring nations, including the Portuguese, English and Dutch who plied the Spice Route. Durban has one of the country’s busiest harbours. Given the sea’s dwindling resources in meeting international demand, the Japanese fishing trawler Eihatsu Maru, stranded at Clifton’s First Beach, brings the ability to protect our maritime border into question. There has reportedly been no communiques between the SA harbour authorities and the captain of the Japanese trawler. When the mist cleared, the trawler was already stranded. The NSRI is investigating how the trawler missed the harbour to get trapped on a sandbank about 35m offshore. Two years ago, the ocean in the US’s Gulf Coast was threatened when an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 men and gushed millions of tons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Attempts – and frequent failures – by BP to contain the spill led to the unfolding of an environmental disaster and a political spat. The spill put the sea out of bounds for humans and animals. With 90 tons of fuel and ammonia and 50 tons of tuna on board the Eihatsu Maru, marine and coastal services have much to contend with.
Your SMSes Nothing fun about slave route DO the organisers Itheko and People’s Post have no shame to sponsor the Jive Slave Route Challenge? Are the memories of our forebears now being remembered in a fun run and walk? How do you tell your children about slavery? That it was a fun thing? Do you have the guts to do the same for June 16? I do not think so. ANONYMOUS Farouk Meyer of Itheko responds: How incredibly sad that the author of the SMS has tried to turn a hugely positive celebration of everything the slaves endured and died for so we could be free, into bitter recriminations about the past. How sad that the writer cannot relate to the wonderful experience of walking freely and gazing at the wonder of the mountain, the beauty of the trees and the joy of birdsong of our Fairest Cape that was so cruelly de-
nied to our forebears. Itheko has been one of the driving forces behind this event which celebrates the freedom we now enjoy and which is a tribute to the sacrifices of all who have gone before us. We would, therefore, like to invite the writer to join us on this trip which pauses at each of the critical monuments to the history of the slaves and pray with us at each stage as we remember the massive contribution of the slaves to our heritage. And, as we do so together, may we take time to reflect on the words of Nelson Mandela, who said: “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will experience the oppression of one by another”. People’s Post editor Feroza Miller-Isaacs responds: I fully echo Farouk Meyer’s views and reiterate that our publication is proud to align itself with this positive event. I hope the writer will accept Meyer’s invitation.
Trains of thought . Where does Donald Grant live? Some of those students have to get up a lot earlier than him to get to school. What time does he venture into his office? . All good and well for someone not using public transport. Has he noticed that it is still pitch dark at 6.45? You want our children to get up an hour earlier to do what – be attacked in the dark? On the days they are early and transported on time, what would the suggestion be for them to hang around on stations or to be waiting in the dark outside locked schools? Are you going to provide security at stations and at schools? Then, perhaps, it will work well. . I don’t think Metrorail should fight against the guy who lost his eye because of a stone thrown through an open or broken window. The train I catch is being thrown at all the time. Where should we hide if the trains are over full?
And not to mention poor service, and now the poor scholars have to wake up an hour earlier. It is dark and cold and not all parents have cars. These children have to walk to the station. It is dark and dangerous out there. General . The DA sees to the needs of whites and blacks only. Don’t expect coloured votes. Let the ANC take the Cape, it makes no difference. . Do the wives and family members of Eskom staff have the privilege of driving Eskom vehicles for private use? Please clarify. Taxpayer . Electricity reply to your comment. Try living in Musgrave Park. We don’t even get 50 free units! . I’m not a racist person, but a mother of three children who just want the best for them through school. It is hard due to the fact I can’t find a job. I would love to get more education, but don’t have the money for it. If I was a black woman I would have gotten my education for free. Not fair, I’ve got so much to give.
Are prisoners being released to desperately garner votes? I THINK it is extremely generous of President Zuma to have a lot of criminals’ time shortened and many of them released. I just wonder what the mothers of raped or murdered children feel and the sons of mothers who have been beaten to death? How kind of Zuma to play God!
Or are there different reasons for his generosity, like looking for votes to be re-elected? God forbid. I would have thought that a man with a criminal record, “allegedly”, would be more circumspect of the law instead of playing judge and jury. Every day is a new shock
treatment awaiting South Africans. While I sympathise with people in prison, I am sure it is no walk in the park, but then neither is rape, murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping and stealing people’s property. They should build bigger prisons to protect people on the outside. If the government
could stop its employees from stealing, there would be enough money for proper prisons and prison care with proper prison guards. It all boils down to the dishonesty of public servants. RALPH KRALL
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My mother my hero: readers respond More than just a Cuppa Your mom is remarkable I AM one of those people who believe in things happening for a reason. I have just finished reading your article in People’s Post and have to compliment you on the deep love and understanding you are showing your mother. I would like to invite you to our Cuppa for Cansa fundraiser at Absa Pinelands. The branch and staff sponsor the coffee, tea and cake for R20. All funds raised will be donated to the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA). The HPCA advocacy officer, Eric Watlington, was featured in an article in People’s Post (“Can you lace up for cancer?”, Tuesday 31 January) around the same time I was planning my second Cuppa for Cansa event. On contacting him, he was excited to participate in the event and we raised double the amount of money
we raised the first time. The most awesome part of the day is interacting with people who have or who know someone who has the disease. Cancer affects every one of us – whether we like it or not. People’s Post played a part in establishing the relationship between Absa Pinelands and the HPCA and I would be very honoured if you would join me in having a cup of coffee and a slice of cake in honour of your mother and everyone battling this terrible disease. ANA DE SOUSA Absa Pinelands Branch Manager Thank you for inviting me to the Cuppa for Cancer last week, which regrettably, I was unable to attend. I wish you all the best in continuing your good work and commend you and Absa for creating awareness and assisting in raising funds for the care of those living with cancer. Editor
during and I agree your mom is a remarkable woman of faith. I will pray for your mom. Love your column and shake off those who misinterpreted your comparisons with Easter (“The joy of being connected”, ConnectEd, People’s Post, Tuesday 10 April). I think it was good. JENNY
vious bout. He had five brain operations in five months, but eventually died the following May. He was an inspiration to all with his courage, attitude and behaviour – always full of fun. We celebrated his life on Facebook a few days ago. You and your family will be in my prayers for your walk in your mother’s trials and needs. We have much to thank God for in giving us these examples in our lives. God bless you. MAGGIE JAMES
I AM the mother of a son who, on 3 May 1983, died of cancer of the brain at 18 years old. He developed cancer of the glands (Lympathic lymphoma) when he was 11. He had invasive treatment for a while and was in remission until he was 18. In December 1982 he collapsed and was diagnosed with brain cancer – unrelated to the pre-
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My mother was my best friend I READ your article about your mom and was really touched. I lost my own mom a few years ago. Unfortunately I was not living in South Africa at the time, but she was my best friend as well. Your mom sounds like an amazing lady with a real zest for life. I have always been interested in alternative medicines and have read extensively on the subject. I just wondered if you have
Thank you so much for sharing about your mom (My mother, my hero”, ConnectEd, People’s Post Tuesday 8 May). Just yesterday I received a prayer request from someone whose mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I myself am a mother and grandma. I can’t imagine the pain your mom must be en-
looked at the Rene Caisse Herbal Tea. I tried finding it here in SA, but found there were added ingredients to the original recipe. If it is something you would like to look into, there is a non-profit organisation in the UK that would supply the original herbs which make up the tea. Hope this helps. RAYMOND H DAVIDS
I read your column and it really moved me. I am a breast cancer survivor (2000 and again 2010) and I know the fear and pain involved in the cancer spreading. Together with 18 other women (all breast cancer survivors) I am doing a motorbike trip called the Journey of Hope in October. We ride for a week, stopping at disadvantaged communities and teaching them about early detection and how to do self-examination. We also raise funds for people
who can’t afford treatment and prostheses. I did it last year (I had to learn to ride a 1 000cc motorbike for it) and have decided to do it again this year. Last year I dedicated my ride to one of my best friends for her bravery. She did not survive breast cancer. She sounds a lot like your mom. I would like to dedicate this year’s ride to your mom’s spirit and bravery in the face of breast cancer. It will be a great privilege and honour. You may visit the website Journeyofhope to see what it is all about. KATHY MALHERBE Rondebosch
Monday 21 May Cape Town: The Friends of Welgemeend and the Boerneef Collection will hold an illustrated lecture by Professor Boet Dommisse, outlining the contribution by early Dutch settlers to the development of Simon’s Town. The event will take place at Welgemeend Manor House, off Welgemeend Road, Gardens, at 19:30. Entrance is R20 for members and R25 for non-members. RSVP by emailing email@example.com or call 082 461 9753.
Thursday 24 May Sea Point: The launch of Finger Dancing, an “entertaining, feel-good novel about a Jewish family living in Sea Point” by Cape Town poet and author, Sam Manty, will be held at Wordsworth Books, Piazza St Johns in Main Road, Sea Point. The event will be hosted by comedian and radio talk show host, Irit Noble. For more information please contact Samantha Walt on 082 784 7453 or 021 417-5763.
Monday 11 June Cape Town: The Cape Town branch of the Union of Jewish Women will hold its 79th annual general meeting at the Fire and Ice Hotel in New Church Street at 09:30. Jane Raphaely will be the guest speaker. Please call 021 434 9555 to RSVP or for more information.
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Kat and the Kings are back!
DAVID KRAMER and Taliep Petersen’s hit musical Kat and the Kings opened to the media and VIP’s on Thursday 10 May with a festive atmosphere and to great acclaim. The show, with a new, young and local cast
KAT AND THE KING: Director David Kramer with Dean Balie who stars as ‘Young Kat’ in the show.
of six, along with a live band onstage, runs until August at the Fugard Theatre in District 6. Show times vary between 17:00, 20:00 and 20:30, depending on the date. Tickets are available from R100 through Computicket or The Fugard Theatre’s box office on (021) 461 4554.
THEATRE FANATICS: Grant Isaacs and Natalie DamainHarris with Good Hope FM’s Guy McDonald and Emma Ress . Photos: Allison Foat IN THE DISTRICT: Megan Galloway with Daniel Galloway, the General Manager of the Fugard Theatre.
BROAD SMILES: Grant Peres who plays Bingo, musician Mark Fransman and Carlo Daniels, who plays Ballie.
WAY BACK WHEN: The ushers from the Fugard with Front of House manager Iris Bolton (centre back), all dressed up in their ’50s outfits, in keeping with the period in which Kat and the Kings is set.
FOND MEMORIES: Family members of the late Taliep Petersen came to show their support as well. Aeesha Petersen, popular entertainer Emo Adams, Jawaahier Petersen, Fatiema Petersen and Ashur Petersen.
JAZZ HANDS: Director David Kramer (centre) with the members of the Kat and the Kings cast and band, and friends.
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FLEET OF FOOT: Stormers wing Gio Aplon evades a wouldbe tackler during a Super Rugby encounter with the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday. The home side won the tightlycon tested game 1614. Photo: Peter Heeger
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LUNGING: Milano United player Lesvin Stoffels (in yellow) and Boqwana Terrange of Mitch ell’s Plain United vie for a loose ball during a Vodacom League match at the Santos Academy grounds in Lansdowne on Saturday. Mitchell’s Plain won the game 20, meaning that Milano will have to win their last two games in order to win the league. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
An extreme turnaround for troubled youth LIAM MOSES
FOUR years ago, 22-year-old Ocean View resident, Ricardo Monk, was an illiterate, drug addicted alcoholic, living a violent life with no hope of a positive future. Now Monk has turned his life around and has clear goals and plans, thanks, in part, to a Fish Hoek NGO and their use of extreme sports as a tool for social intervention. “I wasn’t going anywhere. I was just sitting on the streets and doing my thing. We’re young, so we like to smoke weed and do drugs, drink(ing) a lot. “I’m off drugs and I don’t do that anymore because my eyes opened to see that it won’t bring me anything. I’m looking after myself now,” he says. Since it was formed in 2007, LifeXchange has helped around 80 young Ocean View residents to bring about positive change in their lives through a long-term, dedicated mentorship. According to Mandy Rapson, chief operating officer at the organisation, extreme sports play several very important roles in the work that LifeXchange does. “How do you form a mentoring relationship if you have nothing in common? And where do you start? “ So we use extreme sports and adventure activities as a platform for mentors and mentees for shared learning experiences.”
NEW LIFE: Mandy Rapson, chief operations officer of LifeXchange, Keanan Basson, and Racardo Monk. LifeXchange uses extreme sports and adventure to help troubled youth.Photo: Liam Moses Rapson added that taking part in extreme sports together helps to create a bond between a troubled youth and a potential mentee. “If you have never been scuba diving before and I have never been scuba diving before, and we don’t know each other but we go scuba diving together and you’re my dive buddy
and the two of us need to stick together to survive, we’ll have something in common when we come out of the pool or ocean. “So we use it as a platform for mentees and mentors to connect and then build a relationship on that,” Rapson added. The organisation works with around 20 youths at a time, taking them away on camps
and trips to take part in sports such as diving, surfing, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and ultimate Frisbee. A group of the people currently in the LifeXchange programme, including Monk, recently took part in the South African Flying Disk Association ultimate Frisbee national championships at Brookside in Claremont. Keanan Basson (21), also from Ocean View, ended the tournament as top scorer and says that he enjoys playing the sport because it has helped to broaden his horizons. “Where we go play, we play with a lot of people that came from UCT and people from around the world that studies here. “So we connect with more outsiders and even people from abroad. We learn new cultures. When you come out of a coloured community you never mix with people that are not of your race,” he says. Basson has also managed to make a career from one of the sports he was introduced to by LifeXchange and is now a qualified commercial diver. Rapson added that extreme sports helps to show the young people she works with what their true potential is. “Extreme sports is a thing of, if I can do this, what else can I do? And that realisation of ‘I never thought in my life I would be able to ever go surfing and I actually stood up and surfed’, raises the question of what else can I do, I just need to know how to do it.”
Manenberg coach appointed to provincial post LIAM MOSES
A MANENBERG rugby coach has the opportunity to work at the premier level of youth rugby in South Africa. Saaid Blake was appointed as an assistant coach for the 2012 Western Province Craven Week team, after 12 years of involvement with the Western Province Rugby Football Union. Blake, who is currently the head coach at Manenberg-based club MIT Rangers, says that the appointment is the culmination of decades of behind-the-scenes work on rugby fields around Cape Town. “I’ve coached at the MIT Rangers club now for the last 20 to 22 years. It’s been a roller coaster ride. I started coaching juniors and after that, three years ago, I was appointed head coach of the club. They were promoted for three years now.”
Blake added that he was selected because of the performances of sides under his guidance in other tournaments in recent years. “I was head coach of the Academy Week team last year and we were the only unbeaten high school provincial team that won the national week. “There was a sorting process where they appointed coaches and assistant coaches and I was one of the lucky ones.” During his long-running coaching career Blake has worked with some of the brightest young talents to come out of the Western Province set-up. In recent years, the likes of former Western Province centres Johan Sadie and Stephen Dipenaar, Springbok scrumhalf Francois Hougard and precociously talented young loose forwards Nick Koster, Nizaam Carr and Yaya Hartzenberg
have all been under the guidance of this Manenberg mentor. Blake (41) is keen to share his success with the people of Manenberg and hopes that it will help to change the negative stigma attached to the area. “It means a lot for my coaching career and especially the rugby community of Manenberg. “Sometimes people think that Manenberg only has bad people, but there is also a lot of good coming from Manenberg. I use my coaching as a tool to get rid of crime, especially with the youth. I’m trying to help them by using my coaching skills.” Blake has been tasked with whipping the forwards of the Craven Week team into shape, but says that he is equally comfortable working with the backs. The tournament kicks off on Monday 9 July at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
IN CHARGE: Saaid Blake trains one of the MIT Rangers’ junior teams at Primrose Park in Manenberg. Photo: Liam Moses
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Born to run LIAM MOSES
FISH HOEK resident Edward Murdoch believes he has walked more than a million kilometres in his life.
CLEARANCE: Brett Evans of Ajax Cape Town attempts to clear the ball during an Absa Premiership match against Golden Arrows at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. Ajax won the game 41. Photo: Peter Heeger
UCT scalp SK Walmers LIAM MOSES
UCT claimed a hard-fought victory over Schotschekloof Walmers (SKW) after a tryfilled Super League A match at Groote Schuur on Saturday evening. SKW boasted at least three players who represented Western Province in their starting line-up, but the likes of loose-forward Yaya Hartzenberg and wingers Zahier Ryland and Ghafoer Luckan were unable to see them to victory. The hosts outscored their opponents by six tries to three to win the game 36-28, but the margin of victory could have been far greater had the Ikeys’ goal kickers been on form. UCT dominated the match from virtually the first whistle and they opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute when Nicholas Holten slotted a simple penalty. However, Holten’s kick would be one of only two successful attempts in ten, as composure seemed to desert the flyhalf and his fellow UCT kickers, fullback Ross JonesDavies and left wing Paul Cohen. Ikeys squandered 21 points from missed penalties and conversion kicks. The home team scored the first two of their three first half tries through Holten in the seventh minute and Cohen in the 20th, before SKW responded with two converted tries of their own from Ryland and outside centre Winston Williams in the 28th and 35th minutes. This came during a period of dominance from SKW, but UCT had the last say in the first stanza with another try from Cohen. The visitors started the second half on a positive note with a penalty in the first minute, but any hope of resuming their attempt at a fight-back were squashed four minutes later when Jones-Davies crossed the whitewash for UCT’s fourth try.
Just when SKW seemed out of the game, they rallied to score a try through Luckan and two penalties through fullback Adnaan Osman to claim the lead for the first time. However, the lead was short-lived and two tries from UCT outside centre Damian de Allende, in the 66th and 73rd minutes, put the match to bed. In the end SKW’s inconsistent scrums, shaky line-outs, poor decision making and ill discipline were to blame for the loss, and UCT’s ferocity at the breakdown, patience in the attacking third and composure with ball in hand gave them the victory. Zain Daniels, head coach at SKW, said that his side’s failure in several fundamental aspects of the game was the reason for their loss. “Obviously we made simple errors, like tackling errors, very basic stuff. The discipline was bad. On three occasions we were down to fourteen men. That cost us,” said Daniels. “I just felt that our game wasn’t strong enough, taking it to them. The scrums were steady, the line-outs were steady. Although we lost a vital ball, I really think it was steady. We weren’t really competitive as far the set pieces were concerned, but it was the first time tackling that let us down mainly.” UCT will play False Bay in their next match on Friday evening, while SKW have a far more difficult task in travelling to Stellenbosch to face the Maties tomorrow evening. Daniels added that he was positive of his team’s chances against the Varsity Cup finalists, despite the poor result against UCT. “We cannot do worse than this. It’s always tough in Stellenbosch, you cannot go there to lose. You must hold your head up high and go there to win. There’s always a chance. Although it’s difficult with the side we got, barring injury, we should be competitive against any team in this league.”
On Sunday 27 May he will add another 21,1 to his tally when he takes part in the Jive Slave Route Challenge half marathon. Murdoch will compete in the race for the first time this year, and at 79 he will be the oldest competitor in any of the events which form part of the Challenge. The determined Scot, who immigrated to South Africa with his wife in 1997, is a regular road race competitor and has collected close to 100 medals since he started participating in the sport again in his early 40s.Murdoch says the secret to his success in road races, and the reason why he is still able to compete at such an advanced age, are his natural talent, healthy lifestyle and competitive nature. “I haven’t driven a car since I was 21, so therefore I have probably walked over a million miles in my life. I have very strong legs. “I am a determined bloke. I train well, I eat sensibly and when I come into a race and get to the start, I say I’m here, it’s mental, I’m here, that’s where I’ll be.” Before moving to Fish Hoek, Murdoch lived in Plumstead and Wynberg and he says he has always loved South Africa. He currently lives a busy and active life, filling his days with gardening, cooking, bowls, snooker and ballroom dancing, his other favourite sport. In his youth, Murdoch won several major ballroom dancing competitions in Britain and Europe. He no longer competes, but says that regular practice helps him to stay fit and strong. “My other advantage is that I’ve been a ballroom dancer since I was 10 years old, and I was second in the world when I was 30,” says Murdoch. “Over here I use it for the fact that I don’t need to go to a gym because when I’m dancing I’m using every muscle in my body.” Since returning to athletics when he was middle-aged, Murdoch stuck mainly to middle and long distance running, but in his youth his event of choice was the 100 metre sprint. Less than two years ago he went back to his childhood sport when he competed in the 100 metre event at the Western Province master athletics championships and finished third in 16,4 seconds. Murdoch admits that he has al-
MASTER: Edward Murdoch from Fish Hoek will be the oldest competitor. Photo: Liam Moses ways struggled to say no to a challenge, so it makes sense that he could not resist entering one of the unique road race challenges in South Africa. “If somebody challenges me to do something, I’ll have a go. But I’m not daft, I won’t go into danger,” says Murdoch. For more information on the Jive Slave Route Challenge or to enter the race visit www.itheko.org. People’s Post is the event’s media sponsor.
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