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SEA POINT: INFAMOUS STRIP A ‘HERITAGE SITE’

Graaff’s Pool’s grave state

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

An area known as a cesspool of social ills could be turned around with a spruce up. Sea Point residents have called for the infamous Graaff’s Pool to receive a facelift, which they hope will wipe away the vicinity’s bad reputation. In 2002, the City of Cape Town applied to Western Cape Heritage to have the wall at Graaff’s Pool demolished. Storms had damaged the structure and sharp pieces of metal and concrete protruded from it. Male prostitutes seeking clients, drug dealing and a host of other crimes were often reported to have occurred at the site. In 2005, council partially demolished the wall surrounding the pool, leaving only a metre of the barrier to make the bathing area visible and prevent untoward activities. However, as the pool remains a public amenity, residents have now called for it to be upgraded and given historical prominence. The problem area, which juts off the promenade, has been an eyesore since the wall was demolished, says Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Fresnaye Ratepayers’ Association chairperson David Lazarus. “We’ve expressed concern over its condition. It looks neglected and ugly. The intention was to make the pool visible to prevent anti-social behaviour, but like any other pool it should be made more aesthetically pleasing,” he says. Locals agree that a more appealing appearance would make all the difference. “The pool needs a major facelift – and that’s an understatement,” says local Sindile Mayoli. “Some paving and colour is needed. It doesn’t even look like a pool at the moment. If council upgraded it, installed some benches and educated people about its history, the area would be used more. At the moment there’s the perception that something dodgy is happening here,” she says. Thomas Wheeler believes the pool resembles a war zone. “It looks like a bomb exploded. It should be modernised so that people can make more use of it. Putting some signage up to inform people about the history of the pool would also help. I find many historical places don’t have boards up and you don’t have any idea

MAKE­OVER MATERIAL: Sea Point residents are calling for an upgrade to Graaff’s Pool, known as a hotspot for criminal activities.PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN what you’re looking at,” he says. Upgrades to the pool are constricted by its location, says council’s Department of Sport, Recreation and Amenities director Gert Bam. “The City has tried to look at options to improve that space but conducting work in that area has limitations. It is difficult because of the pool’s exposed and particularly sensitive location, in a zone which is part of the sea but close to the shore, it experiences great winter tides and storms,” he says. There are currently no plans to upgrade the space, and any possible plans will have to be considered carefully, Bam says. But Lazarus believes the pool’s historical character should be recognised and agrees that signage should be erected to explain the area’s history to locals and tourists. Graaff’s Pool was built in 1870 and was named after David and Jacobus Graaff,

whose family owned an estate on the beachfront which included Graaff’s Pool. “Although the natural pool is today known as Graaff’s Pool, access was originally facilitated by Pieter Marais who bought the Bordeaux mansion in 1865. When Marais’ wife fell into poor health, he constructed a path from the front gates of Bordeaux to the natural pool in the rocks opposite. She became an invalid and during hot weather she was wheeled to the pool,” he explains. In 1893, Jacobus bought the Bordeaux mansion from Marais. His wife, Lady Graaff, used to cross the gravel road to go for her daily swim in the sea, but in 1895 a railway service was introduced between Cape Town and Sea Point, leading to her husband building a tunnel under the tracks from the Bordeaux mansion to the beach and extending the walkway to the natural pool where she bathed daily.

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The pool is not of enough significance to divert funding from other heritage sites, says council’s Environmental Resource Management director Osman Asmal. “Due to its age and unique history, some effort could be made with Graaff’s Pool. However, it is not classified as a community amenity that is widely used or of great general interest to the community. The concern around this space has been about the social or crime issues, which is best solved through other means such as a community policing initiative or patrols, instead of diverting scarce resources from other heritage assets in dire need, for example, the City Hall or various city monuments and libraries,” he says. The most productive solution would be to investigate Graaff’s Pool as part of the long term Sea Point Promenade upgrades, Asmal adds.

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TRANSPORT: TACKLING ILLEGAL METERED CABS

Taxi terror

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

Long Street businesses are calling for a crackdown on illegal taxi drivers as they fear for their patrons’ safety. Establishments are now planning to take matters into their own hands by establishing a discount system to encourage customers to make use of permit-holding cabs to help drive unauthorised operators off their road. Fiction owner Tom Kennedy says illegal taxis are more than just a bother. “I was personally mugged in a taxi last year. My phone fell out my pocket and as I tried to reach out to get it, I was hit on the forehead. It’s a huge personal concern, especially when patrons leave slightly inebriated or women travel alone. I’ve heard stories of people being taken to places they didn’t want to go, and having to jump out at stop streets,” he says. In addition, the taxis congest the road, making it difficult for traffic or emergency vehicles to enter. Bob’s Bar owner John Davidson claims to have up to 25 taxis hogging the area in front of his bar in the evenings. The main reason for taxi congestion in Long Street is the high volumes of vehicular and foot traffic, says council’s executive director for Safety and Security Richard Bosman.

“In light of this, taxis roam Long Street looking for clients who are leaving the establishments,” he says. Western Cape Metered Taxi Council chairperson Ayub Baker says congestion in Long Street is caused by a number of factors. “Long Street is a night time hotspot and there is always a demand for taxis. The entrepreneur or opportunist tries his luck. There is also not adequate ranking or resting place for all taxis and private cars during peak time, which leaves taxis standing illegally in order to make themselves visible,” he says. A taxi rank was established by the Cape Town Improvement District in Bloem Street, but this “has limited space and is mainly used by drivers who work from there on a daily basis”, Baker says. “During peak times the rank is inadequate, as would be the case with most taxi ranks. Drivers who operate there do not act favourably should a taxi that is not authorised try and park at the rank.” In an attempt to cut down on the congestion caused by taxis, City of Cape Town officials frequently patrol the area, Bosman says. “Traffic Services are implementing ongoing enforcement initiatives throughout the city to deal specifically with the concerns around meter taxis. Over the weekends, enforcement operations are done in three city areas, including

HALT: Businesses in Long Street are fed up with metered cabs hogging the nightspot. However, the onus also falls on the passenger to establish if the taxi is legal, Baker insists. “Passengers need to be educated as to what a legal taxi looks like. This is not achieved by looking at the vehicle branding or the fact that there is a taxi roof sign, but by determining that two discs are present: an operator card and an operating licence disc or vehicle permit. It’s imperative that the vehicle registration number is the

Long Street,” he says. But businesses are now taking action. Kennedy is in the process of arranging a discount coupon system, which will encourage patrons to use an accredited taxi operator who will offer a discounted rate. Davidson is encouraging patrons to inform the bartender if they are planning to use a taxi, so that the establishment can call a reputable company.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 12 December 2013

Cel elebr ebrating ating egacy acy a lleg

Capetonians united in their grief during a special tribute ceremony held at the Cape Town Stadium last night (Wednesday). Former president Nelson Mandela passed away last Thursday in his Houghton home in Johannesburg. Madiba died peacefully surrounded by his family at 20:50. Here is what People’s Post readers had to say about the end of Madiba’s long walk to freedom and the legacy he leaves behind.

ZUKO XUBA XUBA says Nelson Mandela deserves the global attention his passing has yielded. “He brought about a new beginning. He brought peace to the nation. Viva Madiba.”

ROSH BAT BATCHL CHLOR OR says self­empowerment is one of the most important lessons Madiba taught the nation. “Tata Mandela encouraged us to have ed­ ucation. He always said that we must learn, work hard, sacrifice and we will succeed in life.”

ELIZABETH ELIZABE TH MP MPAMB AMBANE ANE believes Mandela brought change to the world by forgiving and em­ bracing those who wronged him. “People should follow the steps of Madiba. Another person would have said ‘Kill the whites,’ but he forgave them.”

MARIAAN BES BESTER TER says people should try to emu­ late the sterling example the former president set. “Madiba taught us unity and forgiveness. We should all behave like the old man. If Nelson Man­ dela can forgive, so can we.”

SONICA ERA ERASMUS SMUS believes Nelson Mandela’s leg­ acy and all he stood for will live on. “He wanted a free South Africa and he died knowing that he had achieved it.”

ELENOR RICHARDS says the Father of the Nation will never be forgotten. “He was a forgiving man. He spent most of his time in prison but he never held a grudge. He was a man of God.”

LEILANI S SAMUELS AMUELS believes Mandela ultimately sacrificed his life for South Africans. “Spending all that time in prison never made him a bitter man. Instead it made him an honourable man.”

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Saturday 14 December V Lion’s Head: The Friends of Lion’s Head will hold a Christmas Walk along the Alphen trail. The walk requires moderate fitness, with walkers meeting at 08:30 at the park­ ing next to the Alphen Hotel. Call Margaret Moore on (021) 790 2617 or 076 787 9849. Tuesday 17 December V Oranjezicht: The Friends of De Waal Park

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 12 December 2013

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GREEN POINT: REDDAM INTAKE MAY SWELL TRAFFIC JAMS

Pupil increase sparks panic NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

An application to increase the number of pupils attending Reddam House next year has Green Point property owners worried about the suitability of the private school in a residential area. Residents received a notification that pupil intake at Reddam House in Cavalcade Road will swell to close to 700 within the next few years. Reddam House director Sheena Crawford-Kempster says the school has been operating at around 600 pupils for the last several years. In an oversight, council was not informed and this is now being corrected, she says. Locals have speculated that a new route along Modena and Haytor roads will be recommended to parents, fearing more congestion on an already bustling Cavalcade Road. Green Point Ratepayers’ Association cochairperson Luke Stevens is aware of the school’s plans, but says there have been no calls for comment as yet. “On the one hand, a vibrant school with a good reputation is good for the community and 450 pupils is probably not that economically viable. But on the other hand, almost all the traffic problems in Green Point centre around Cavalcade Road. Either a radical change needs to come from the parents dropping off their children, or the school needs to suggest a generous traffic plan,” he says. Cavalcade Road is one of only a few through-roads between Main and High Level roads, says resident Jenny McQueen. “It’s a busy road because it is used by people in other areas of Green Point as well as residents,” she explains. This is exacerbated by traffic to and from the school. Ill-tempered parents are the biggest problem, and have resulted in traffic calming measures being erected in the street, says McQueen. “However, there was the agreement that Reddam would contribute by widening the road where parents enter to allow for twoway traffic, as well as widen the corner of the road. Nothing has come of this yet. If the school did what was agreed, it would help the traffic problems to the extent that more pupils could be accommodated,” she says. Alternatively, the school should consider running a shuttle service from a drop-off point or encourage pupils to use the MyCiTi bus service, McQueen suggests. Crawford-Kempster says the school plans to adjust the entrance to the school to de-

Who are you going to call? Three numbers can help save a life. The City of Cape Town’s 107 Call Centre is expected to drastically increase in call volume over the festive season. Statistics showed an increase of nearly 8 000 calls in December last year, compared to the months before and after the holiday period. Council expects a similar trend this season, Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security JP Smith said after a recent visit to the centre. The 107 line is a single emergency telephone number for use by all people living in and visiting Cape Town. Emergencies – including medical, crime, fire and traffic incidents – can be reported via 107 from a landline, while cellphone users need to dial 021 480 7700. Call centre agents are trained to connect distressed callers to the nearest relevant emergency service provider, such as ambulance, fire and rescue, police or traffic services.

crease congestion. The proposal is to widen the road to move drop-off traffic from the street, as well as creating a left-in, left-out entrance to prevent parents having to cross traffic, she says. Modena and Haytor roads will remain as staff entrances, Crawford-Kempster says. Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron says the City of Cape Town is waiting for the school to submit a Transport Impact Assessment. “Once we have received their formal application, the assessment and development control department along with the Transport Network Operations Department will assess the application to determine the transport impact and necessary road improvements that are required by the school,” he says.

WAY FORWARD: Residents are worried about more infuriating traffic snarls.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 12 December 2013

BO-KAAP: TOURISM USED TO TACKLE UNEMPLOYMENT

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NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

One of your neighbours could soon be leading tourist groups down the streets of BoKaap if a newly registered civic body has its way. Ismail Hartley, chairperson of the Schotschekloof Ratepayers’ Association, says residents are concerned about the quality of the Bo-Kaap tours, as many locals claim to have overheard guides providing visitors with incorrect information. “We have a number of tour guides in the area who are qualified. We would much rather see them give the tours to bring down the unemployment in the area and have the community benefit. Local tour guides are also more sensitive to the neighbours and will not disturb prayer times or the residents’ privacy,” he says. Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy says tourism must always be “sensitive to the needs of the community in which tourism lenses are being viewed”. “The White Paper on the Development and Promotion of Tourism states that with any tourism development in the local communities, local people should be involved in the decision making. I believe that tourism has a greater potential for shared economic benefit for the local community whether in Bo-Kaap, Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain or even Hout Bay,” he says. Communities need to be involved in tourism taking place in their areas, Duminy

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 12 December 2013

BUSINESS: NEW BOOZE REGULATIONS

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Your favourite tipple spot or store may have longer trading hours come February next year. This as a new liquor bylaw will be promulgated in the Provincial Government Gazette next month. It will repeal all existing bylaws concerned with the sale of liquor in the City of Cape Town. Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning Garreth Bloor says the new bylaw is expected to come into effect on Saturday 1 February. “The new bylaw is not an amendment of the previous bylaw – it is a complete revision,” Bloor says. The draft bylaw was developed to provide council with the ability to regulate and police the sale of alcohol in bars, clubs, hotels and shops while allowing responsible establishments to apply for extensions of their trading hours. Bloor says it is “more comprehensive” than the previous bylaw as it sets out all the competencies which the City has to regulate liquor undertakings. It also makes provision on safety and security, and noise nuisances. “Businesses may now apply for the ex-

tension of trading hours during the week and on Sundays for off-consumption trade. According to the existing bylaw, the application for the extension of trading hours can only be made for on-consumption undertakings,” Bloor says. Applications for the extension of on-consumption trading hours will continue as normal. However, applications for extension of off-consumption trading hours can only be made when the new bylaw is gazetted. But the new bylaw has not been welcomed by all. City resident Linda Cornelius says she opposes the pending bylaw. “It’s not going to work. In my community we’ve had proposals for liquor stores and each time neighbours have opposed it,” she says. James Fernie, agrees and says he can’t support the new bylaw. “People have enough access to liquor on other days. So many significant social issues are related to alcohol,” Fernie says. But Graham Halse disagrees and says the new hours will benefit traders. “This will be a toss-up between trading

responsibly and benefiting the economy. We should do more to help employment which, in turn, will improve society,” he says. Brandon Gomez, a liquor chain store manager, says the bylaws will only affect certain communities and only some shops will be open on Sundays. Clive January, also a liquor store manager, says their trading hours will remain the same; they won’t apply for an extension of their trading hours. Bloor says the new bylaw also requires subcouncils to consult with communities on whether an establishment should be granted an extension on the trading days and hours. Extensions of trading hours and days will only be granted under “certain circumstances”, based on consideration of the outcome of public participation, the potential impact on surrounding environments, the proximity of the licensed premises to residential areas and cultural and religious or educational facilities. The track record of the applicant will be taken into consideration.

This includes previous suspensions, amendments, revocation and complaints, planning and zoning requirements, motivation from the applicant to deal with potential negative impacts from operations and the validity of the liquor license and business license. Elton Oosthuizen, chairperson of a local liquor traders’ association, says they are pleased with the new bylaw. “We have a case pending in the Western Cape High Court about this issue. The current bylaw affected us negatively; our main trading days and times are Sundays and after hours. We just want to trade until 20:00. In the past, we were a part of the shebeeners association, then the City regulated us. Now the bylaws govern our businesses,” Oosthuizen says. The City held two rounds of public participation before the draft bylaw was compiled. “The first was in April and received 731 inputs. The second was in October, where 97 handwritten submissions, 134 emails and 18 technical inputs to the draft bylaw were received. A total of 300 people attended the information sessions at the Good Hope Centre as part of the second round of public participation,” he says. The bylaw will only be promulgated in February as all processes, such as extensive public participation and council adoption, need to be completed.

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The Lower Heerengracht Boulevard Circle is to be named after the late Coen Steytler, council has decided. After consulting Steytler’s relatives,the City of Cape Town initiated the process to re-instate his legacy. The road previously named after him was changed to Walter Sisulu Avenue. Steytler played an important management and administrative role in the redevelopment of the foreshore including the reclaiming of land from the sea, thereby opening the gateway to the city. After a public participation process and comment period HONOURED: The Lower Heerengracht Boulevard Circle is to be in July this year, residents named after the late Coen Steytler. PHOTO: BRUCE SUTHERLAND and businesses were invited to indicate their support or objection to the and noted that Steytler was worthy to be renaming of the northern circle to Coen honoured for his contributions to Cape Town. Steytler Circle. A memorial plaque to the late Steytler, at Among residents who participated in the public participation process, the majority a cost of R200 000, will be unveiled in the fuwere in support of the renaming proposal, ture.

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A new fate

Nelson Mandela’s struggle is over. But not his legacy. South Africa is in a prime position to forge a future resplendent with living examples of how we have truly honoured Madiba’s magic. And that magic is still present. One need only hop onto any of the social network sites. Profiles sharing Barack Obama’s deeply moving speech, liking selected Mandela quotes, writing achingly sincere and heartfelt tweets – all physical expressions of our grief and our elation. Yes, elation. Many have divested themselves of refined prejudice and polished racism. Many are free of the blinkers. And they feel fantastic. Many now understand the world in an altered and more informed context. Elation. Freedom. And the recognition that we share this country with so many others, so many people who are different than us, so many who don’t conform to the previous collective comfortable and bigoted notions of How Things Ought to Be. Nelson Mandela shifted a world’s thinking. And he was only human. Imagine what could be achieved if we all strived towards being less selfish? And let’s abandon the word tolerance. That denotes that some level – a smidgen – of disdain still lingers. Nelson Mandela accepted the fact he shares this country, this world, with people markedly different to him. People of different backgrounds as well as different political, cultural and religious beliefs. He made it work. That is why we mourn such a great man. He showed us that peace and understanding and harmony aren’t elusive abstract ideas. They are very real. It’s all part of the Madiba magic within. Rest well, Tata.

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Aluta continua, SA!

This is not the South Africa many fought for. We are not just angry about the e-tolls because it means less money in an already thin wallet every month. We are angry because the people that fought for the freedoms of this country did not surrender their lives so that rampant corruption can continue unchecked, while unscrupulous politicians make a mockery of the justice system. Evil thrives when good people do nothing. The forced e-tolling is a final straw that is enough to make South Africans actually want to fight back against an unjust system. When we decide to stand for something, it means we will inevitably stand against something. The issue is not about having a “white” government or a “black” government. We want to strive and contend for a just government. It breaks my heart when I think of the likes of Solomon Mahlangu – who died a year before I was born – who bravely surrendered their lives for the hope of a better future for the people of this country. His words haunt me: “…Tell my people that I love them and that they must continue the struggle. My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom.” As an Indian woman, I enjoy some of the fruits of freedom that people like Solomon died for. Twenty years ago, I would not have been able to marry the won-

derful white Afrikaans man that I now call my husband. Now, in the new South Africa, finding love across the colour line is not against the law. Despite the hardships that my family has endured, I have been able to work hard and live in an area of my choice, all the while striving for excellence in areas of work and finding ways to make a positive contribution to society. This is not someone else’s problem to fix. This is my country. These are my people. The fight must continue with me because if I do nothing, then I will fail the next generation who inherit a country robbed of its rich potential. I fail myself and the people who gave their lives for my hard-won freedom if I sit back and complain and don’t take positive action. These are the things I can do – and choose to do – to exercise my freedom and redeem the power that I have to bring about positive change: I can speak up in private and public platforms – even when it feels my voice is not being heard. I still have a right to speak. I can exercise my power with my vote. I can still stay dedicated to my country and to my people – and not allow the negativity of a few poison the power of possibility still alive in my hands. I can fight for the country I want to live in. It is my responsibility. CHERYL BENADIE

Time to live Mandela’s legacy Now that the late former president Nelson Mandela is no more, it is time for South Africans to think about our future. Mandela was an icon and great leader who treated everybody the same, no matter what race. He fought for freedom for all.

What we make with that freedom is up to us. If we use it to create chaos and anarchy, his fight was all in vain. We should let his legacy live on by uniting like we like we did with the 2010 Soccer World Cup. JESSIE

Realising Madiba’s dream Much is said about the passing of Rolihlahla Mandela while attention is diverted from the radical changes we are witnessing in our society. He has, like all of us, given of himself unselfishly to build a society in which we live in peace and friendship and where the land is shared and we care for each other. This is not a pipedream. As Africans we yearn to be free from the apartheid bondage which keeps us divided and fighting with each other. As Marcus Solomons said: “Mandela had to close his eyes for us to open our eyes.” And with our eyes wide open, we now realise that 1994 was a step forward. It wasn’t “freedom”, “liberation”, a “revolution” or “the end of apartheid”. It was the beginnings of building a new society. The year 1994 was a negotiated deal between the people and the coloniser. We agreed to end apartheid racism, but failed to address the issue of apartheid capitalism. We agreed to a constitution which is silent on the redistribution of the land and wealth of the country. We kept the apartheid machinery in place and this is evident by the behaviour of our civil servants who behave like the old National Party. The white coloniser is still holding onto our land and our wealth, supported by a small black elite. It is unnecessary for farmworkers and mineworkers to strike for something which belongs to them. So the freedom the media is talking about only applies to a small group of people who are sitting with our resources and money. The Freedom Charter says: “Our country will never be prosperous or free until all our people live in brotherhood, enjoying

equal rights and opportunities”. We are moving forward to realise this society – together as South Africans, rich and poor, black and white, without political parties. Political parties are part of the 1994 compromise. It is this political system that we, the people, are turned into citizens who are ruled by the government. Then every five years we are given the opportunity to be heard by voting for a party of our choice. During that five year period, the political parties have a ball with our taxes, stealing and feeding themselves while the people go hungry. This is not what Rolihlahla stood for. He stood shoulder-toshoulder with his comrades, united to achieve the Freedom Charter. So, to the ANC, the party is over. Humble yourselves to be equal and not superior to the people. Let’s unite like we did before. Together, the people made this country ungovernable and brought the government to the table. We achieved the release of comrade Rolihlahla and all other political prisoners. Let the funeral of comrade Rolihlahla bring us together again. To the rich: the theft of our land and our mineral wealth is coming to an end. You are welcome to be part of the “African Awakening”. We will integrate Camps Bay, Constantia and Sandton with our indigenous African people. These places cannot continue being the playground of the rich while the indigenous African people go hungry. We call on the ANC and the elite to stop keeping apartheid capitalism alive. It cannot be saved; it is a crime against humanity. MARIO WANZA


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 12 December 2013

Milano still on top despite loss SHIFAAN RYKLIEF

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ilano United slumped to their second defeat of the season with a 2-1 loss away to Black Leopards on Sunday. Both sides looked energetic in the opening minutes of the National First Division clash, as they battled to settle to the fast pace. Milano struck first when Lesvin Stoffels headed home from a corner delivered by Farouk Paulse from the team’s first attack in the ninth minute. The home side started to gain momentum

after the 20th minute and grew with confidence as they went in search of the equaliser. Ghanaian Mumuni Abubaker eventually levelled matters in the 35th minute, finishing neatly after a one-two just outside the 18yard area. Leopards continued to apply the pressure in the attacking third and struck the woodwork twice before eventually taking the lead. The hosts were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time and striker David Zulu stepped up to slot home with no hesitation.

HOLDING ON: Trafalgar High School’s Rameez Allie (left) tries to get away from Zwaanswyk High’s Jamiel Smythe during a match in the Voice of the Cape Summer Festival sevens rugby tournament at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

READY TO RUMBLE: The annual Mother City Bat­ tle, an event were muaythai fighters unite against the abuse of women and children, will take place at Ratanga Junction on Saturday 14 December. Fighters, such as Zainodien Amon (left) and Samuel Carstens, from across the country, Switzerland and Afghan­ istan will do battle in the full­contact, K1 Rules event. The event starts at 13:00 until 14:00; ad­ mission costs R150. For more information phone Rayana on 073 077 7040 or visit www.muaytha­ sa.co.za.

Things only got better for Leopards as the match progressed. First Milano’s on-form striker Lesvin Stoffels was forced off due to a thigh injury, then the men from Grassy Park were reduced to 10 men when captain Nazier Jacobs received a second yellow card. Leopards had seven shots on target in the second half, while ten-man Milano managed just three. The hosts failed to take advantage of the extra man, while the Black and Yellow could not pull one back without Jacobs pulling the strings in midfield and Stoffels up front.

TOUGH TUSSLE: Santos left back Cheslyn Jampies (obscured) does battle with Witbank spurs player Sabelo Nyembe during a National First Division match at Athlone Stadium on Saturday. The match finished in a 2­2 draw. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

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THURSDAY 12 December 2013 | People's Post | Page 16 | 0021 910 6500 | ppost.mobi

VICTORY: Jasper Mocke takes first place in the Butlers Pizza Light­ house Memorial race in Fish Hoek on Sunday. PHOTO: PETER HISHIN/CAPE TOWN SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Downwind, with brother Dawid and his partner Lewis Pugh taking the double ski category and Dawid’s wife, Nikki, taking first place in the women’s category. “It was great for the family to all do so well today, especially seeing as one of the legends honoured in today’s race was our dad – of course today, we also honour Nelson Mandela,” Jasper said after his win. “Conditions were windy and tough, but they made for excellent downwind surfing after turning around the lighthouse.”

ocal and international paddling superstars will flock to the Mother City for two of the richest races in surfski competition this week. Cape Town Downwind and Fenn Cape Point Challenge will take place on Monday 16 December and Saturday 21 December respectively. Each race offers R200 000 in prize money. Top paddlers expected to joining for one or both events include American Austin Kiefer, local greats Hank McGregor, Sean

Rice and Dawid Mocke, Valentin Henot from France, Brendan Rice from Australia, Angie Mouden from France, Richard Holme from Sweden and Michael Dobler from Germany. The races form part of the Summer Surfski Festival, which kicked-off with the Butlers Pizza Lighthouse Memorial Race in Fish Hoek on Sunday 8 December. The race was also the last race in the Cape Town Summer Surfski Series. Jasper Mocke took the overall win to signal his intentions ahead of the Fenn and

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From point to point for charity

A group of runners aim to cover a distance almost three times the length of the Comrades Marathon, in the Point Two Point challenge this weekend. Thirteen athletes will run 250km, nonstop, from the Cape Point Lighthouse to the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. The group have set themselves a deadline of 48 hours, but hope to complete the incredible feat in only 36 hours. Event organiser and participant James Davis is confident it’s possible, but admits he is scared. “It’s massive – 250kms is not a great thing, but it is definitely something big. You do get scared, apprehensive and nervous,” the Fish Hoek resident says. “(I am afraid) because I am asking 12 peo-

ple to do it with me. I worry for their safety and health, but they are all willing participants and we will feed off and each other, and just keep going.” The group will start their journey in Main Road at 07:00 on Saturday 14 December. The route will take them onto Baden Powell Drive and then along the N2, all the way to Cape Agulhas. None of the participants have ever completed anything close to the distance. Davis has run 110km, while Armand du Plessis has completed 105km. Du Plessis, from Green Point, says he expects pain and nausea, but is confident he can “deal with it”. “After over 100km you feel knackered, thirsty – like you would kill

for a beer – but very satisfied,” he says. “There is an immense sense of satisfaction that comes from being able to take up a challenge like this and finish it. There is very little that can beat that feeling; when you finish a race like the Comrades, you (feel like you) have conquered a personal mountain.” The runners been in training, running on their own and meeting up at least once a week to train as a group. Davis has also started running to and from gym, and went as far raising his desk so he could stand while working, in an attempt to get used to being on his feet for long periods. However, all of the runners agree mental strength will be more important than physi-

Current World Surfski champion Sean Rice took second place in today’s race, but was still able to narrowly wrench the overall series title from Dawid Mocke. Rice’s brother and current Junior World Surfski champion Kenny Rice took first place in the junior category, as well as the overall junior series. Nikki Mocke took the title of leading woman in the series. V For more information on the race or the series visit www.capetownsurfski.com.

cal strength. Bishopscourt resident Dani Mascher says the Point Two Point is “way beyond my comfort zone”. “It really is a mental thing. You can train your body to a certain point, but after that it is purely about whether you have the mental ability to push through,” she says. “It’s amazing how you can just carry on. It hurts and you’re sore and tired, but you can carry on going. By surrounding yourself with a group of awesome people and having their support, you can’t go wrong such a situation.” Davis initiated the idea while still at school, but has decided to use the run as to raise awareness for three charities – Pink Drive, Back On Your Bike and the Chase Tanner Fund. All of the runners say the work of the charities will help inspire them to the finish line.

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