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plague. “The City needs to work out a plan to combat and keep the place clean to discourage the rats. Refuse is left outside for a whole week until it is collected, and the waste from informal traders also add to the problem. Walking through the CBD People’s Post observed refuse bags dumped on roadsides waiting to be collected. Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Lungiswa James, says, however, the growing rodent population is not a new phenomenon. “Unfortunately, as in other large cities across the world, rodents will never be completely eradicated. Especially,” warned James, “in the presence of dense human settlements, a steady supply of food wastes and the absence of predators. “City Health is, with the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) and its partners, seeking the assistance of businesses in the CBD in combating the rodent population. We are calling on all sectors, but especially restaurants and food outlets, to manage their food wastes correctly and to implement rodent control measures.” Residents and business owners can implement these measures to assist in keeping the City from becoming a breeding ground for rats: . Use an accredited pest control company to provide a rodent control. . Businesses should use rodent-proof refuse bins. These should be made of a durable material and should have lids that fit tightly. Waste must be removed regularly and busy food outlets should have a daily waste removal contract in place. . Keep refuse holding areas clean and free of food particles and other edible waste matter. Rats are not likely to eat rodent bait when food scraps are available. . Clean and disinfect bins after they have been emptied.
RATS scurrying about in the city centre could deter potential diners - and has business owners worried.
Restaurant owners have now called for extra refuse removal to curb the infestation of vermin. The manager of a Long Street restaurant, who asks to remain unnamed, says he makes every effort to ensure his business premises are a no-go zone for rodents. He says, “They are most active at night when we are at our busiest. They don’t enter the restaurant, but they linger. I am very anal about stuff like that, so I make sure that the restaurant is regularly sprayed with pesticide.” Another restaurant manager says rodent control should be the City’s responsibility. Speaking on condition of anonymity, she says, “We try to dispose of our waste carefully, but how careful can one be? These rats are sharp little creatures, and if they smell food, they will go into just about anything. I have received a complaint or two from patrons about the rats, but if (rats) are running in the streets, there’s really nothing I can do about it. This needs to be handled by the City.” Osman Shabodien, chairperson of the BoKaap Residents’ Association, says he has witnessed rodents “the size of cats” scurrying around in search of food on the city streets. “The City’s response to this has become reactive as opposed to proactive. Before, City officials would conduct routine check-ups – something you just don’t see anymore. The City relies too much on calls from residents about issues. Without that call, nothing will be done,” Shabodien says. Ozzie Khatib, owner of a pest control firm, says the influx of rats could be owing to inadequate waste disposal. Khatib says there are many reasons for rats to proliferate, including “open or overflowing bins”. While they are contracted by businesses and private concerns, Khatib’s company is not allowed to perform pest control operations in public areas. Khatib and Shabodien agree that more frequent waste clearance will help alleviate the
THIRST QUENCHER: Yesterday, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, officially accepted one of two donated dog drinking fountains from Sea Point residents Peter and Janina Cramb. The couple, who has lived in Sea Point for 10 years, will shortly relocate to the United Kingdom. Their stay was so enjoyable that they wished to leave a legacy for others to enjoy. Here, three-year-old Hiro enjoys sipping from the fountain while Janina, Peter and Smith watch in delight. See page 3 for more.Photo: Summer Jacobs
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Unimpressed by pests RATS have always posed a problem to businesses such as restaurants, specifically when these eateries are clustered together.
The CBD is an example of an area littered with these vermin owing to the large amount of garbage that not only restaurants, but also resi-
dential areas dispose of. With the increased sightings of rats on a daily basis in the CBD, People’s Post took to the streets to find out how the public felt about sharing their space with these beady-eyed creatures.
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LOCATION: “I live in Tamboerskloof and we’ve got quite a lot of cats in the area, so I think that helps with the vermin problem. You also have to be careful with the way you dispose of your rubbish. Bins that lock don’t seem like such a great idea because rats can gnaw their way through almost anything,” says Sharon Mayers.
A BIG PROBLEM: “Back in my day the rats were not as big a problem as they are now. I’ve seen quite a few on more than one occasion on the parade and they are getting huge! I think the vagrants also add to the problem because there are many of them in the Cape Town CBD,” says Joan Petersen from Hanover Park.
SANITISE: “I don’t live in the CBD but I feel for residents who have to share their space with those awful creatures. I think the municipality should implement plans to fumigate these areas before it becomes a real health hazard,” says Thandeka Ndevu from Woodstock.
KEEP IT CLEAN: “I don’t know the state of restaurant kitchens in town but what I can say is that rats will never be a problem in a well sanitised area. Perhaps we should give the lockable bins a try. It might help with the problem,” says Allen Myburgh from Mitchell’s Plain.
EYE-WITNESS: “I go to town once a week and I have spotted one or two rats but I’m not sure if they are a problem or not. Where there is food, there will be rats. My personal space is a different story – I make sure to scatter poison the moment I see mice in my house,” says Claudelia Fortune from Steenberg.
TROUBLING: “I don’t go to town a lot but just hearing about the rats irks me. Many of my friends eat in town quite frequently and it concerns me whether the restaurant kitchens they are eating from are clean or not,” says a disgusted Brenda Alexander from Pinelands.
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NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Thursday 26 April 2012 at 10:00 in the Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. Please note that limited seating is available in the public gallery of the Council Chamber, and therefore seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Should you wish to attend the meeting you are requested to contact Ann Curtis on 021 400 3342 between 09:0016:00. All requests for attendance must be received by no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to provide your surname, initials and contact telephone number. Visitors are kindly requested to be seated by 09:30. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER
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Refreshing treat for Sea Point MELISSA LE ROUX AND SUMMER JACOBS
FOUR-LEGGED friends will now be able to lap it up – thanks to the legacy left by a couple who donated two dog drinking fountains to the City of Cape Town yesterday (Monday).
Peter and Janina Crambs, both of whom love to travel, are originally from England and have been living in Sea Point for the past 10 years. After spending most of their time in Sea Point – taking long walks on the pavillion breathing in the salty sea air – the retired couple saw it only fit to add to the exube-rance of the area. Jokingly referring to themselves as weather refugees, the Crambs spend the summer months in Cape Town and return to the UK when the chilly weather begins. Peter says, “We got great service from the Cape Town council. We had a problem with our drains one evening and it was sorted out immediately. We, therefore, just wanted to give something back to say ‘thank you’ to the City.
“We came here in the early 2000s. During that time, I became quite involved in community projects and it was lovely to interact with residents.” One of the fountains will be installed opposite the SABC building next to Rocklands Beach and the other will be placed on the lawns, opposite Oliver Road. Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says the donation of two dog drinking fountains from the Crambs is an investment not only to the people who live in Sea Point, but also to people from all over the city. “We are extremely happy for this donation. It’s not often where someone makes a contribution such as this. Donations such as this adds leverage to many others,” he says. City Parks was tasked with the implementation, construction and installation of the drinking fountains. Smith says, “The space is particularly popular among dog walkers and these fountains are lovely additions to the statues that are already placed along the pavillion.” The dog drinking fountains will allow walkers to have a refreshing splash of water, while also giving dogs a chance to drink from the bottom of the fountain. Peter says there is already an existing dog drinking fountain in Mouille Point. “It seems to be very well used, and I am certain that these ones will be, too. The walk-way is very widely used and I am sure that the dogs will appreciate having a quick stop for water.” An official handover of the fountains was held yesterday (Monday) at the SABC Children’s Playground in Beach Road. The event was pleasantly interrupted by Hiro, a cross between a bull dog and a Boston terrier, who was too thirsty to wait for the proceedings to end. Hiro (3) gulped away, nonchalant of the crowd surrounding him with cameras. Hiro’s owner Shaun Kramer says the fountain was a fantastic idea, and that Hiro likes to quench his thirst there when taking a walk on the promenade.
POWER TO THE POST: People’s Post advertising representatives Sheryl Haupt (second from left) and Michelle Poggenpoel (far right) won awards at the Western Province Newspapers representative of the year ceremony, held in Stellenbosch on Friday, 13 April. Haupt won People’s Post Rep of the Year and Poggenpoel the Merit Achievement. Haupt, who manages advertising on the Cape Town/Maitland edition, attributes her success to team work and her collaborative relationship with the newspaper’s editorial and creative departments. Poggenpoel, who manages advertising on the People’s Post Athlone/Lansdowne edition, thanked her team for their support and expressed “sincere gratitude” to her loyal clients. Haupt and Poggenpoel are flanked by sales manager, Edwin Scott (far left) and People’s Post editor, Feroza Miller-Isaacs. Scott says he is proud of their achievements, given the current challenging economic conditions. “People’s Post has proven to be the preferred marketing tool for many businesses and will continue to establish and strengthen it’s brand within the community it serves.” Miller-Isaacs commends the winners for providing quality service to “our valued clients.” Photo: Supplied
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Boom times for City while the rest suffer T TONY ROBINSON
HERE is an economic theory that public spending should be counter-cyclic.
In practical terms, this means that when the economy slows down and money is tight, the government and municipalities should increase spending in order to keep things moving, generate business and preserve jobs. Nothing wrong with that. It is certainly a time to put savings to work and even borrow money to undertake infrastructure projects. It is also a time when municipalities should get good value for their money (actually our money) because the competition is keen as companies bid fiercely for contracts. So it is not really surprising that the City’s income increased from R13.5 billion in 2008 to R26.8 billion this year. But this, according to the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance and their researcher, Henri Wolfaardt, is too much of a good thing. It is an increase of R13.3 billion, or 98.5 percent and it certainly does give the impression of a rip-roaring spending spree. What really hurts, is that it has come “during a period of economic recession when many businesses were forced to close or scale down operations and tens of thousands were retrenched or had to accept reduced hours and reduced incomes.” While this was happening, municipal salaries increased at an alarming rate. Property rates increases out-performed inflation and the City took full advantage of the savage Eskom electricity tariff increases. So the money to finance the counter cyclic spending was not just coming from savings or borrowings. It was also coming from the hardworking people of Cape Town, The GTCA rubs in the point.
Figures from the National Department of Statistics show that during the two years from December 2008 to September/October 2010, approximately 800 000 people were retrenched. The residents of Cape Town did not escape, yet the City’s budget increased handsomely nonetheless. And it is set to increase by another R3.3 billion over the next 12 months. One may well ask: “Will this runaway spending ever stop? Can residents afford this? Where will they find the money? Who benefits from all this spending?” But let us stay with the theory of counter-cyclic economics. Things are beginning to improve so, in terms of the theory, the City should now cut back on spending. If it was up to me I would appoint a Budget Tsar to go through every department and hack out the wasteful spending. From the abuse of photostat machines and mileage claims to sick leave forms and procurement. In particular he/she should look at the bills from consultants and the spending in the last three months of the municipal year because that is when the race is on to spend the full budget allocation so that there will be a case to increase the allocation next year. In the mean time you can draw comfort from the fact that the Council is being watched by a bunch of hawks in the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance. They represent over 100 civic and allied organisations, so their eyes are everywhere!
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No guts, no glory Dear reader, Excelling in the sales arena in today’s highly challenging economic times, is a tall order. A double-dip recession has seen many businesses fold and crippled others to within a whisker of extinction. Millions of over-indebted South Africans have had to place themselves under debt review. Given this context, People’s Post is very proud of our advertising representatives Sheryl Haupt and Michelle Poggenpoel, who on Friday scooped awards (see page 1) for sales success at the WP Newspapers Representative of the Year ceremony. Retaining clients versus established competition can only be as a result of delivering consistent quality service; applying innovative sales strategy. On the topic of business, I attended Islamic Relief South Africa’s inaugural business breakfast last week and was heartened by the strong entrepreneurial spirit that exists in our communities. I was inspired by the determination and honesty with which small businessmen and women keep going; not dependent on formal employment, and at the fountain of talent. I had a taste of entrepreneurship during my freelance and self-employed years between journalism. I sold everything; from clothing and food to loo paper and a transport service. I know how difficult it is to bring home a few rands, let alone hundreds and thousands. One of my clients, who had not paid several of his suppliers, eventually had to face the music for his unethical dealings. I was one of a few whom he had owed zero, because I stood up to him and demanded cash every time my vehicle transported his supplies. You have to be tough in business, especially when you’re self-employed and have no protection other than your instinct. You bag the profits; so too the risk. You cannot undersell yourself; factor in your labour, time, petrol costs, electricity, phone bill and every other running expense, before setting a price that’s
too low. It must be worth your while; you’re in it for the money! On a lighter note, I’ve started running. After 17 years, I’ve overcome my fear of running, all thanks to the Lion of Africa/Itheko Sport Athletic Club’s head coach Farouk Meyer. Coach extraordinaire, Farouk took me, my colleague Edwin Scott and about a dozen other novice runners on the road and up the hill last week, literally. None of us would have believed at the outset of our run that we could complete a 5km run complete with a steep hill. I made some friends along the way. Like me, some of the other women were anxious about running. I had images of collapsing along the road and having to be embarrassingly carried back to base camp. I’ve always been a runner, until I was told by the coach of a walk/run programme that I’m a walker. And that’s what I believed, but no longer. It’s early days yet, but my challenge is clear: train for the next six weeks to complete a 10km run in the Jive Slave Route Challenge on 27 May. The club caters for beginners to elite runners and trains twice a week at Rhodes High School in Mowbray, meeting at 18:00 on Tuesday or Thursdays. I’m bracing myself for my next run tomorrow. Wish me luck. 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 also online. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za
Annual meeting in Mouille Point
THE Mouille Point Ratepayers’ Association will and particularly the vision for Mouille Point will be hold its annual general meeting on Thursday 5 discussed. May at the Cape Town Hotel School in Beach For more information contact Jane Meyer on Road at 17:30. The Atlantic Seaboard upgrade 082 738 6690.
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LIBRARIAN: FISH HOEK (2 POSTS) Basic Salary: R181 181 p.a. • Ref. LIB 19/12 Requirements: B.Bibl or PGDipl.LIS or B.Tech in Library & Information Science or B.Inf (Hons) • a high level of literacy and general subject knowledge, as well as knowledge of literature in general • experience with public library services • good computer skills • successful candidates will be required to work evenings and on Saturdays on a roster basis. Key Performance Areas: Assist the public with reading and reference enquiries • contribute to collection development • manage information and participate in book discussions • make resources available to students/learners • plan outreach activities to promote reading and library use • perform necessary administrative tasks • assist in liaising with community organisations and education institutions. Please note: Applications may be considered for further vacancies in the department that may arise in the near future. Please forward your application to: Libraries.Recruitment@capetown.gov.za or apply via our website at: www.capetown.gov.za/careers Closing Date: 26 April 2012 Please forward a comprehensive CV and covering letter, via email, to the relevant e-mail address as indicated. Please quote the reference number of the vacancy in all communications. Certified copies of qualifications must be available on request. Visit our website at www.capetown.gov.za/careers No late applications will be considered. If no notification of appointment is received within three months of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
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Wednesday 18 April Cape Town: In celebration of “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day”, the Jacob Gitlin Library and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre will host a free public screening of the documentary film “Swimming in Auschwitz: Survival Stories of Six Women”, at 88 Hatfield Street at 20:00. Limited seating is available. Booking is essential. To reserve your seat, phone (021) 462 5088 or email email@example.com. Stonehaven: The Union of Jewish Women’s Adult Education Division will host a talk by Professor Solly Marks on “A Ramble Through the Bramble – a short trip from the mouth to the nether regions” at 7 Albany Road at 10:00 for 10:30. Entrance of R20 includes refreshments. Phone (021) 434 9555 (mornings only). Cape Town: St George’s Cathedral continues the “Raise the Roof 2012 Concert Series” with “The Trout”, a programme featuring two of the most popular pieces in the entire chamber music repertoire – at the Taj Hotel in Wale Street at 19:30. Tickets cost R90 and are available at the door. Refreshments will be on sale during the interval. Contact Cathedral Di-
Cape Town: The Sendinggestig Museum will host Chris Tokalon and Peter Nordling with “World Music and Beyond” at 40 Long Street. Doors open at 15:30. Tickets are R60. Refreshments will be available. To book, phone (021) 423 6755.
Monday 23 April Gardens: The Friends of Welgemeend and the Boerneef Collection will hold an illustrated talk by Gabriel Athiros entitled “A Cape Odyssey – a series of short stories about the Cape’s fascinating past” at Welgemeend Manor House in Welgemeend Road from 19:30. Entrance is R20 for members and R25 for non-members. Confirm your attendance by sending an SMS to H Le Roux on 082 461 9753. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 25 April Stonehaven: The Union of Jewish Women’s Adult Education Division will host a talk by Jeanette Traverso entitled “The Judiciary and the Legal Profession: Quo Vadis” at 7 Albany Road at 10:00 for 10:30. Entrance is R20 and includes refreshments. Contact (021) 434 9555 (mornings only).
Tuesday 17 April 2012
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Anti-BP spam on the loose LILLIAN AMOS
A CELLPHONE-DRIVEN call for an all-out boycott of a petrol station group has been labelled spam.
This comes in the wake of the most recent – and biggest – petrol price hike to hit South African motorists this month. The hike of 66 cents a litre in coastal areas and 71 cents a litre inland, has seen the price of petrol edging closer to R12 a litre. The hike this month had to factor in government’s increased fuel levy of 20 cents as well as the Road Accident Fund’s levy of 8 cents announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. While the latest increase has set South Africans on the backfoot to juggle finances, it also saw the resurfacing of a chain mail calling on a boycott of BP service stations in a bid to drive down the petrol price. People’s Post is in possession of the email which has allegedly been sent from a “retired Coca Cola executive”. The letter alludes that a successful, concerted effort to boycott BP altogether will eventually result in that petrol station group bringing down their prices of fuel. The South African Petroleum Retailers Association (Sapra) says, however, this is all untrue. The Association’s Peter Noake says the message is spam which has been circulating around the world for at least 10 years. Says Noake, “I have received so many calls asking if it is true and I can confirm that if people were to boycott
BP it wouldn’t help anyone at all. They won’t lower their prices because they have no control over it.” He says the only people who would suffer are the ordinary workers. “People boycotting their local stations will only lead to people working at that specific station suffering because most of these petrol stations are franchises.” Noake says the price of petrol is determined by a number of factors, including the rand/dollar exchange rate and the price of crude oil. South Africa is dependant on oil imports, which means we are at the mercy of the oil-producing (Opec) countries around the world. In addition, any conflict or potential conflict in these regions affect the price of oil, which means there is very little South Africa can do to minimize the impact on the public. The site manager at the Blue Route BP service station echoed Noake’s views, saying they cannot do anything to change the price of petrol. “It is totally out of our control, we don’t make the prices, plus we are just a franchise. If people were to boycott our station, it would affect us directly.” Currently 50 people are employed at this petrol station. That means 50 jobs could be in jeopardy if consumers started acting on the contents of the chain mail.
IN MEMORY: A traditional Navy funeral was held for Admiral Hugo Biermann in Constantia on Thursday. Born in 1916, he served as the Chief of the Navy from 1952 till 1972 and was the Chief of the national defence force from 1972 till 1976. Admiral Biermann died last Monday at his home in Silvermine Village, Fish Hoek. Photo: Michael Hammond
Swimmer lost at sea A MAN (35) from Kwa-Zulu Natal is presumed to have drowned in Bantry Bay after he went missing while swimming near the rocks yesterday afternoon. The man, believed to be on contract building work at a Bantry Bay building site, disappeared while swimming. His clothing and builders helmet were left on the shore but there was no sign of him. Eye-witnesses reported seeing him disappear in the surf while swimming. Bruce Davidson, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Bakoven station commander, says the NSRI Bakoven volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated follow-
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Babies in jail THE gestation period for humans is nine months. Incarceration for criminals can be anything from trial-awaiting to a lifetime without parole. So what to do about pregnant inmates? Should they be allowed to keep their babies, or would it be in the child’s best interest to be removed from a mother who is in prison? There are no easy answers. The effects of crime are evident worldwide. Authorities are faced with an uphill battle to stymie crime. Overcrowding in prisons and the ease with which released convicts return to old habits add to the burden. These are the known variables. A more subjective factor would be a child’s response to being raised by an absent mother. Such a child would be denied a mother’s touch, voice and nurturing. Such a mother would be denied the chance to love her child and, it is hoped, halt recidivism. One cannot, therefore, divorce the moral obligation to both mother and child. The psychological factor – that prison is no place for a child – cannot be overlooked. In a society which fails so many other children – through its failure to aid the abandoned, abused and neglected – should an imprisoned mother not have the right to be with her child? The argument in favour of inmates keeping their children, even for a limited time, could be bolstered by the hope of breaking the cycle of repeat offending, curbing children of inmates from becoming offenders, and facilita-ting that most basic of human needs: bonding between a mother and child. A study in an American prison found that of 65 inmates who took part in a prison nur-sery project compared to a control group of 30 inmates who had had their babies removed 72 hours after birth, 17% of the first group returned to jail. Half of the control group did. The bottom line could very well be at issue. Authorities should weigh up the cost of inmates keeping their babies in prison versus that of keeping a convict.
Your SMSe s Gardens Centre security under control IN response to the article in People’s Post, (“Theft from boots rises”, 3 April). Gardens Centre Management has established a sound relationship with the SAPS and with Sector Two Neighbourhood Watch, and we are in regular talks, sharing ways of ensuring security in and around the centre and in the broader vicinity. In the rare and unfortunate event of an incident, we have the necessary procedures in place to curb and remedy the effect of it. These include contacting the relevant emergency assistance on behalf of the patron, whether it be the SAPS, ambulance service or the fire brigade. A detailed incident report is also compiled. We have further implemented additional security measures in the centre, to assist in combating incidents. Currently, both our security and parking staff do regular rounds on the parking decks; they share the
roles of being vigilant. In fact, the white Golf in question, was spotted by one of the centre’s guards and reported. Guards are trained to approach any suspicious persons and deal with incidents appropriately. To augment all these precautions, we are planning an awareness campaign to shoppers who use the parking area. We would like to urge all customers of the Gardens Centre to ensure that any valuables in their cars are removed from view before entering the centre and that car windows and doors are secured. The safety of our customers and tenants is a priority and we take pride in our customer service and the assistance we provide in order to make every visit to the centre an enjoyable one. ALANA LOCHNER Marketing Manager: Gardens Centre
Medical aid blues over chronic meds WHY is it that one has to fight with medical aids in order for them to refund on chronic medication? When they first sell you the policy, you are assured that you will be receiving the best service. Sign up and see what happens. The best medical aid is your bank where you can receive interest instead of wasting your money on these Medical Aid firms. They seem to forget that without you, they wouldn’t exist. To make matters worse they have the audacity to deduct monies due to you because of their negligence or laziness in not requesting the pharmacists or doctors for codes that only they know. Yet the increases
which are levied yearly they never neglect. There are many people who have cottoned onto this and have now invested their money into a “special” account in the bank. If one must pay 50% of all fees, then what does the exorbitant amount one is paying to the medical aid, cover? V G BEHRENS Pinelands
Just a thought . In response to the letter “Disgust at traffic department”. The writer, rather than displaying such alarming ignorance, should check the facts or refrain from comment. BM . To Elsie De Bruin: how dare you make those stupid comments (“Pensioners take to the street”, People’s Post, 10 April). You must be one hell of a rich pensioner to say that we are greedy. You have a nerve! Bear in mind that food prices were much lower back then in comparison to today’s prices. Think before you comment. Upset pensioner . How can you be so inconsiderate to let a woman stand in a hot penguin suit in 30 degree heat! Please, we live in the 21st century – no more slave labour! I’m utterly disgusted. .Are there any weekend or holiday jobs for teens at school, from 16 years and older and who have no experience? It has to be legal and safe. I know jobs are scarce but some of us teens are diligent! Tohira . I am over 40 and did a course as a porter on a cruise ship for which I paid over R3 000. Now I cannot find work and have three children attending school. .There are things in place
to bring corruption in the open. Now they have a new money-making scheme: toll roads and paid parking. Where and what next? Naz .I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all doctors at Red Cross Children’s Hospital who work so selfishly with all those sick babies and children, as well as comforting parents when they almost give up. You give us hope and are an inspiration to us. From a grateful granny from Lentegeur. God bless you all at People’s Post. Car guards – yay or nay? . Megan Dixon and André Pieterse, nobody forces you to pay car guards! Just hope you never suffer a catastrophy in your lives. These people are only trying to earn a living. Enough already! . Megan Dixon, you must do a lot of shopping to calculate paying car guards R100 a week! Not all guards harass drivers. Where is your compassion for the less fortunate? Mary . Chances are if you were met with aggression it was because he signaled you to wait before pulling out due to another car approaching. The Spar car guards are, as a rule, very friendly and helpful – so much more than the ones at Constantia Village. As a mom with small chil-
dren, their help is very welcome and I really don’t mind tipping them according to the service they give- anything from 50c to R5. Jacky Mangnall, Kenilworth. . Megan Dixon, of course you would agrree with André Pieterse. I would imagine that he has the same mindset as you. If your gripe is with the car guards at Rosmead Spar, then I would want to disagree with you. Are you not perhaps your own worst enemy? The car guards are a soft target just to cover up your selfish attitudes. Nev, Grassy Park . Megan Dixon must do a great amount of shopping if it costs her R100 in tips to car guards. Why doesn’t she do just one trip a week like I do? She would save a lot of money especially on petrol.
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Helpline for patients after delivery delay
On guard -SUMMER JACOBS
WE’VE all experienced it: the uncomfortable situation where a car guard stares at you through your car window after you’ve only popped into the shop for five minutes. Considered by some as chan-cers trying to make a quick buck and by others as noble people trying to make a living, they’ve certainly made their presence felt in car parks ranging from shopping centres to night clubs. People’s Post took to the street to find out your views.
DOUBLE SIDED: “On the one hand it is job creation and on the other it depends on where you are and how long you will be there. If you are only popping into the shop for ten minutes, it seems pointless to tip the car guard,” says Moses Kwisomba from Lotus River.
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BREAD AND BUTTER: “Some of these car guards are highly qualified foreigners who can’t make a living in their own countries. They are willing to do anything to put food on the table and I find that admirable,” says Nadia Moore from Plumstead.
PEACE OF MIND: “I think it depends on where you are parking your car. I feel safe knowing there is someone late at night in the parking lot when I am walking to my car alone,” says Jonathan November from Wynberg.
COMMISSION: “I don’t think we should be tipping car guards if they are getting a salary. We don’t know if they are getting paid by the government for the service they are providing. If they are, it means we are basically giving them commission,” says Sonica Koopman from Pinelands.
CONSUMER’S RIGHTS: “If shopping centres can have security inside their stores why can’t they have it outside as well? We are their clients. Why should we pay for the safety of our possessions as well? I don’t tip them,” says Yolanda Arries from Athlone.
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OVER the past few weeks, hundreds of applicants from across the country have been interviewed and engaged in a green community programme for the 2012 Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol. This year’s activities kicked off in the Western Cape and the Miss Earth regional programme team were hosted at the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel. As part of the organisa- BEAUTY GOES GREEN: Miss Earth South Africa kicked off tions 10-year anniversary, with the regional programme hosted at the Southern Sun Wathe 2012 castings, work- terfront Hotel. Posing for the camera are Western Cape Reshops and programmes gional finalists, Ella Bella, Kim Senogles and Claudia Dehave consisted of differ- genaar at the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel. Photo: Nickie ent elements in each re- Jacobs gion. An intense environmental workshop agenda as the organisation works closely with session on nuclear energy, seabird conserva- SANCCOB on the fight to protect and safetion and each individual’s impact on the earth guard Seabirds. Regional finalists will take was held at the Vineyard Hotel and Spa. part in several community upliftment projects, The Western Cape regional entrants were greening activities and campaigns. A visit to exposed to the problems, solutions and action the Consol factory in Bellville is also schedplans that they would have to implement uled ahead of the finalists’ glass awareness should they go through as national finalists. campaign which will happen in local schools Participants were also exposed to Healing next month. Earth which is a South African produced The 2012 awards dinner will take place in range of body care products. The methods Johannesburg later this year and as part of used are derived from research done on the the celebrations will see much of the organiways in which African women engaged with sations extensive work over the past decade the natural environment; ingredients that our highlighted through different mediums. Miss original ancestors used like the African pota- Earth South Africa’s successful stationery to, chamomile and grape seed, to name a few. drive has almost reached its goal of 10 000 Judges who headed up the judging process stationery packs distributed. An exciting few included UNEP Youth Ambassador and Miss months lies ahead for the lucky few that make Earth Educational officer, Ella Bella, Former it through to the final rounds of this year’s Miss Earth, Catherine Constantinides, former leadership programme. fashion director of Glamour Magazine, Cathy Follow the finalists’ progress on twitter: misSteed, and Good Hope fm’s Sean O. Regional searth_sa or like their Facebook page: Miss finalists also got to meet The Vineyard’s re- Earth South Africa nowned tortoise, Thomas. Western Cape Regional finalists will be actively involved in environmental projects as well as glass awareness campaigns, focusing on the health benefits of glass. Creating much-needed awareness around the critically endangered African Penguin is also on the
A HELPLINE has been set up and will be staffed by a pharmacist to assist patients in need of urgent medication. This is in response to some areas experiencing a delay in the issuing of chronic medication. The helpline has been set up by the Department of Health. This comes after UTi Pharma, the new service provider responsible for the delivery of medicine parcels to public health facilities, experienced initial problems while an im- DELIVERY STANDSTILL: Last week some areas proved dispensing system experienced a delay with their delivery of chronic was being introduced. medication. The Department of Health has introPatients were forced to duced a helpline for patients in urgent need of queue for hours at govern- chronic medication : ment health facilities in recent weeks after the data transfer of we are now experiencing are teething 200 000 patient files to the new con- problems, but they are in the process tractor caused the delay. of being resolved. New business processes and the “However, we do apologise to our pause of new equipment also impacted on tients for the disruption and inconventhe delivery service. ience this has caused. We believe that Medicines have meanwhile been dis- in the long term it will alleviate long pensed manually. queues at facilities and bring about an A government spokesperson reports improved service.” that the delivery of pre-packed preThose experiencing difficulty in colscriptions has now been resumed at lecting their medication can phone the many facilities. helpline on 083 472 9300. Provincial health minister, Theuns A pharmacist can help by guiding paBotha, says the Western Cape is “push- tients to the nearest 24-hour facility ing new boundaries” in terms of medi- where prescriptions can be obtained. cine dispensing. “The new contract with UTi outlined expansion to new outlets and posed new challenges for the provider. What
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Tuesday 17 April 2012
People’s Post Atlantic Seaboard-City Edition Page 11
Local biker leads the pack A
BERGVLIET boy has become Cape Town’s best hope of securing a title in the National Motocross Championship this year after opening up a comfortable lead at the top of the points table.
Justin Sangster, a nine-year-old who attends Sweet Valley Primary School, took control of the 50cc class last month after he won both of his heats at round two of the championship and set new lap records at the Shavron motocross track in Bloemfontein. Sangster, who also set the fastest lap time at the previous event at Sun City in February, says that the secret behind his impressive performances is preparing well before each race. “I train really hard with my coach, Dean Hoffman. I rest for at least three days before a race and try to eat healthy foods and avoid fizzy drinks. “I pray each day and thank God after every race day. My dad sends my bike to Cecil Penny, our great mechanic, who preps my bike before a race and I watch MX DVDs to get myself geared up for a race,” he says. Other Cape Town riders in the 50cc class also proved their worth in Bloemfontein, claiming four of the top ten places. Chris Erasmus finished fifth, while Calum Marriott placed seventh and Oliver Glover took the ninth spot. The only other Cape Town rider to achieve a top-five finish was Anthony Raynard, who earned a respectable fifth place in the MX2 (250cc) class. Raynard set the fastest lap time in practice before the event, but could not withstand the onslaught of current South African champion Kerim Fitzgerald, who won the class quite comfortably.
READY TO RACE: Justin Sangster, a nine-year-old Bergvliet resident, currently leads the 50cc category in the National Motocross Championship. Photo: Supplied
The victory at Shavron has given Sangster a 13-point cushion ahead of his home event in Melkbos later this month. The youngster, who has been described as “gutsy and very determined”, says he dreams of one day riding in Europe or America. “I love the feeling of riding a powerful bike and
speeding around the MX (motocross) track. It’s fun and I’ve made lots of new friends,” says Sangster. The Cape Town National, round three of the National MX championship, will be held at the Melkbos Motocross track on Saturday 28 April. Sangster will certainly be hard to beat on his
home track because the sandy course suits his riding style.
Cape Town could miss out on Afcon action CAPE TOWN could miss out on hosting any games during next year’s African Cup of Nations (Afcon) if the local government cannot agree on several key issues with the South African Football Association and the Afcon Local Organising Committee. The 2013 tournament was originally meant to be hosted in Libya, with South Africa hosting the 2017 installment, but the two nations swapped hosting rights last year after that North African country was beset by political unrest. Cape Town was one of several major municipalities invited to bid to host matches, and it seemed likely that the City would be successful.
However, this has now been thrown into doubt after the City of Cape Town sought clarity from SAFA and the organising committee on several pressing issues, many of them financial. According to Councillor Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee Member for tourism and marketing, these will need to be cleared up before the City will agree to host any games. “The City of Cape Town has repeatedly highlighted its concerns with SAFA about certain contractual obligations and the impact that the possible undefined costs could have on both Cape Town and other municipalities, especially in light of substantial service delivery needs,”
EXPLOSIVE: Duncan Geldenhuys (in dark blue) of Rondebosch Boys High School bursts past Wynberg Boys’ cover defence and heads for the try-line during a U19A match at Rondebosch on Saturday. Wynberg won the game 18-13. Photo: Peter Heeger
said Pascoe in a statement released last week. “The City of Cape Town accepted the South African Football Association’s invitation to bid as a host city for the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament. This was seen to coincide with the City’s strategic position of being a competent and attractive tourism and events destination. However, the cost of hosting the Afcon games will have to be carefully weighed against other pressing socio-economic imperatives currently facing the city.” The key sticking points in the deal are the anticipated levels of expenditure required from the City, the time required to obtain the necessary
legislative authority from the City’s administration to incur the necessary expenditure, the low amount of prospective income the tournament would bring, the assignment of roles and responsibilities, and the inclusion of guarantees from national government about the hosting arrangements in the agreement.
BREAK AWAY: Siya Alam (in blue and white) of Wynberg Boys High School tries to hand off Alex Mather of Rondebosch Boys during a U19A match at Rondebosch on Saturday. Wynberg won the match 18-13. Photo: Peter Heeger
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New method may net more tennis players LIAM MOSES
A NEW, more fun way of coaching tennis to children has come to Cape Town and could help to increase participation in the sport. “Play and Stay” tennis is a system that was developed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after research found that the existing style of coaching often resulted in young players leaving the game soon after taking it up. According to Leon Friemond, manager of performance tennis at Tennis South Africa (TSA), “Play and Stay” aims to keep young players in the game by allowing them to play against each other as GAME, SET: A young player returns a shot soon as possible. “The ITF did under the guidance of her coach Shaun Gila lot of research and they bert. Photo: Liam Moses found that one of the reasons that tennis was not retaining players been involved in tennis for around 20 was because it takes too long before years, recently underwent training on you can actually play a game,” says the system at TSA’s headquarters in Friemond. Johannesburg. “So if an eight-year-old starts to play Gilbert, who runs his tennis academy it takes them too long to start playing at Jan van Riebeeck High School in a traditional game of tennis. If we im- Gardens, Cape Town, believes that the pose adult rules on smaller kids it fun format of “Play and Stay” will see makes the game more difficult and a lot more children staying in the game. “It’s of them will leave the game before they fun-based. Kids play a lot of games imactually master it. So this is an attempt mediately and it’s less techniqueto make the game easier for them.” based. Kids were getting bored,” says The research also discovered that Gilbert. “This really helps them to conyoung players found that normal tennis centrate for two hours and concentraballs moved too quickly and bounced tion is such an important part of tennis. too high. As a result the “Play and Stay” They learn to score, they learn tactics system has introduced three different, straight away. We’ve seen people enmulti-coloured balls for young players joying it, coming back and really having of different skill levels. a good time.” TSA started training The youngest or least-experienced coaches on the concept in February players start on a court that is 11 metres 2008, but the system was only implelong, using a red and yellow ball, which mented at the start of this year after the is softer and slower than a normal ball. ITF decreed that children younger than The young players then progress to a 10 should not play the game with regucourt that is 18 metres long where they lar tennis balls. use an orange and yellow ball which travels slightly faster and bounces higher. The final step is to play on a full-sized court using green and yellow balls which are almost as firm and fastmoving as normal tennis balls. Shaun Gilbert, a coach who has
COMING THROUGH: Tian Fick of Hamiltons bursts away from the Villager defence to score during a Super League A match in Greenpoint on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger
Claims of age cheating hit Bayhill LIAM MOSES
THE local office of the South African Football Association (SAFA) has launched an investigation into the age cheating allegations which recently rocked the Metropolitan Premier Cup.
The annual Under 19 tournament, which has grown into a highlight on the local football calendar, was shrouded in controversy this year after a player from the eventual champions, Philippi United Football Club, was accused of being overaged and incorrectly registered. A formal complaint was lodged against the player, Sinethemba Anta, and the club during the opening rounds of the competition, after an official from Salt River Blackpool claimed that the player in question was still a registered member of that club. However, the subsequent discipli-
nary hearing held by the tournament organisers failed to find conclusive evidence of the claim and no action was taken. Norman Arendse, president of SAFA Cape Town, says that the matter could be solved in the next few days, once the investigation is concluded. “We can only react after the event. The matter has now been referred to a disciplinary committee and the disciplinary committee will get to the bottom of the matter,” says Arendse. “Hopefully as soon as possible, possibly this coming week, we will get an outcome. Either the player is 16 as they say or he is 20 as Salt River Blackpool says he is.” The organisers of the tournament, Bayhill United Football Club and the Bayhill committee, have been subjected to a flood of criticism from the public and a huge amount of media attention since the tournament concluded on
Monday 9 April. The claims levelled at the tournament organisers by the public include; incompetence at dealing with age cheating and incorrect registration, attempting to hide evidence of age cheating so that the competition does not receive negative attention and not allowing SAFA Cape Town to play enough of a role in the tournament. The tournament’s director, PJ Williams, has denied these allegations and insists that the tournament officials always paid careful attention to the issue of age cheating. “We cannot react to speculation, accusations and connotations that float around the park day after day,” he says. “It’s not the first time and won’t be the last time that there are accusations about players being over-aged. It’s been coming for a long time. We only act on facts.” According to Williams, the complaint
made against Anta and Philippi United was the only official age cheating complaint of the tournament. Williams added that the only evidence presented against the player during the disciplinary hearing was a photocopy of a SAFA Cape Town registration card which shows the name Simphiwe Nomfulana but which Salt River Blackpool claim is the same player. The player and his club presented the disciplinary committee with an identity document and a valid registration card. The disciplinary committee found that the quality of the photocopy was too poor to use as evidence. Arendse believes that situations like this one could be the results of fraudulent registrations. “Our player registration system is not foolproof. We have to rely on the honesty of the players and the club officials who register these players. “Because the way it works is that you
come with a registration form, you come with a birth certificate or an ID and you come with a photo. How do we know in the office that the photo that we are shown matches the ID number on the registration form, and that is where the fraud is taking place.” Arendse added that the organisation would be spending R350 000 on a new computer system to upgrade the registration process.