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SPRING INTO ACTION: ACTION: Visitors to the Green Point Urban Park enjoy the gardens which have burst to life as Spring makes its late appearance. The park has been named Best Maintained Gardens in South Africa by the South African Landscape Institute, and ranked as Cape Town’s fifth most popular destination, which sees 14 million visitors annually. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

TRANSPORT: METERED TAXI COUNCIL GAINS MOMENTUM

Vroom for improvement

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Illegal metered taxi drivers’ days are numbered and can expect a crackdown on unauthorised operations. This comes as the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council is one step closer to being formalised after interim leadership was recently elected. Illegal operators are one of the biggest challenges faced by the industry, and the City of Cape Town will look to cut down on the number of drivers operating without licences, says Siphesihle Dube, the spokesperson for provincial minister of transport and public works Robin Carlisle. “Illegal operations result directly in overtrading within an industry, which invariably heightens tension. Illegal operators also do not hold themselves to the vehicle stand-

ards that legal operators do, which will undoubtedly threaten the safety of their passengers as the vehicles are often not roadworthy. As is the case with minibus taxis, such a situation invariably causes tension that erupt in violent confrontations. We cannot allow this to happen here,” he says. Taxi operators need to have a licence granted by the City of Cape Town, Dube explains. Fiona Herman, the public relations officer for Marine Cabs, says the company fully supports the idea of a sedan meter taxi council. “We would like to see the taxi council empower the industry which, in the past, was never really recognised by local government due to inadequate, inexperienced members. There are many issues, though the main priority should be the illegal operators flooding the market and tarnishing our reputation,” she says.

The council will also look to create uniform standards for vehicles, and Herman hopes it will tackle the issue of parking areas in the city. “We would also like the council to communicate with the operating license board about ranking space in the CBD and surrounding areas due to the fact that there are far more operating licenses than ranking space,” she says. An oversight body will go a long way to making taxis safer, Herman maintains. “There will be a definite impact on all operators to clean up their act and abide by the code of conduct set by the road transportation board. It will also help to beef up on overall presentation, such as drivers’ dress code and vehicle conditions,” she says. However, the council will have no enforcement powers, Dube says, and enforcement will still fall to the City of Cape Town’s Law

Enforcement officers. This aspect worries Andrew Nel, a frequent metered taxi commuter. “How will they prevent illegal operators if they are not the ones enforcing the rules? It becomes easy for the council to become disconnected from law enforcement,” he says. However, Nel does believe the council is needed. “The taxi owners need to get together to standardise rates for routes, co-ordinate how many taxis operate where and implement some standardised disciplinary action,” he says. The council will be made up of separate chambers for individual and fleet owners, and will elect a governing body of 25 members, as well as an executive of nine members with at least three from each chamber, Dube adds.

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CBD: MAKEOVER FOR PUBLIC SPACE GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

Harrington Square rejuvenation

Local artists are called to be a part of the Harrington Square makeover. The square is receiving communal benches and pot plants to compliment the free WiFi now available. The benches and pot plants will all be designed by local artists, after a submission and selection process which is open to the public. Charly’s Bakery, based at the square, is launching a competition for artists in Cape Town to submit designs with the theme of “My Cape Town”. They are to paint the 16 pots and four benches in the square. Paint will be supplied and top designs will win a selection of Charly’s products, says owner Jacqui Biess. “Our aim with this initiative is to get conversations started and to enthuse other businesses and individuals to take action to beautify our city. I wanted to create and be part of a space for people to get inspired, start talking and more importantly start doing! We hope to see the free WiFi in our area connect people and inspire change,” she says. In addition, a tree, bench and armchairs made entirely from recycled tyres, as well as soccer balls in the shape of cupcakes, will be a permanent fixture to commemorate Cape Town’s Word Design Capital 2014 des-

ignation. The installations fall under a project by the Cape Town Partnership, and public spaces are a special focus, says the partnership’s CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana. “Cape Town’s public spaces are fast becoming an essential part of Cape Town’s character. These initiatives have to come from the communities themselves to work. It could be as simple as adding flower planters, but citizens invested in their spaces are seeing the returns. Free wireless is a growing trend in the city, and as a hallmark of many international cities, I hope that this connectivity spreads to make us the most information-accessible city in the country,” she says. The free Wi-Fi is sponsored by Connected Space and users will be directed to a URL where they will log in using their email address. For each active user, there will be a 100MB cap per person, per day. V Design proposals for the benches and pot plants can be submitted to charlysbakery@gmail.com with the subject line “My Cape Town”.

NEW LOOK: The Harrington Street parking is receiving free Wi-Fi and an upgrade, with the help of local artists. PHOTO: CAPE TOWN PARTNERSHIP

SECOND SUPPLEMENTARY VALUATION TO THE 2012 GENERAL VALUATION ROLL (SV02) FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2013/2014 Notice is hereby given in terms of section 49 (1)(a)(i) of the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 (Act no. 6 of 2004), hereinafter referred to as the “Act,” that the Second Supplementary Valuation Roll to the 2012 General Valuation Roll (SV02) for the financial year 2013/2014 is open for public inspection at the venues as stated below as from 21 October 2013 until 29 November 2013. The forms for the lodging of objections are obtainable at these venues. In addition the valuation roll is available on the Council website as from 21 October 2013 (the address is provided below). Properties were selected to appear on the Second Supplementary Valuation Roll to the 2012 General Valuation Roll (SV02) Roll in terms of section 78(1) of Act if the property a) was incorrectly omitted from the Valuation Roll; b) has been included in the municipality after the last general valuation; c) has been subdivided or consolidated after the last general valuation; d) has undergone a substantial increase or decrease in market value since the last general valuation; e) was substantially incorrectly valued in the last general valuation; f) must be revalued for any other exceptional reason; g) of which the category has changed.

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In terms of Section 49(1)(a)(ii) of the Act, any property owner or person who so desires may lodge an objection with the municipal manager in respect of any matter reflected in, or omitted from the valuation roll, within the abovementioned period. Objections may only be lodged in respect of properties valued on the SV02 Roll. The owners of these properties will be notified of their SV02 valuations in writing at the postal address currently held on the City’s database. Attention is specifically drawn to the fact that in terms of section 50(2) of the Act an objection must be in relation to a specific individual property and not against the supplementary valuation roll as a whole. The forms for lodging an objection can be obtained from one of the venues listed below, and can be downloaded from the website. A separate objection form must be completed per property. DATE: 21 October 2013 – 29 November 2013

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MILNERTON CIVIC CENTRE

PIENAAR ROAD, MILNERTON (NEXT TO MILNERTON LIBRARY)

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WEALTH OF HEALTH: The former site of the Peninsula Maternity Hospital will be home to a new facility.PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

HEALTHCARE: CONSTRUCTION OF R65M FACILITY TO START EARLY NEXT YEAR

New hospital for District Six

Over a decade since the historic Peninsula Maternity Hospital was closed, the site will now house a new community healthcare centre as District Six residents return to their former home. The Peninsula Maternity Hospital served thousands of District Six residents before the forced removals. The hospital was merged with Mowbray Maternity Hospital in 1992, leaving the building standing unused. The site, in Caledon Street, has been standing open after being used to house students and as a wardrobe storeroom for Artscape. Two years ago, the majority of District Six claimants voted to have the unused Peninsula Maternity Hospital demolished during a public participation process.

The demolition was suggested as planners reportedly said the renovation would be costly, and the building is not suited to providing high-quality care. This led to the partial demolition of the building last year, says Al-Ameen Kafaar, head of communication for the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works. The demolition was approved by Western Cape Heritage, as well as the Department of Health, land claimants and the District Six Redevelopment Trust, Kafaar confirms. Sections of the old hospital have already been demolished, although some buildings are still standing, says District Six Redevelopment Trust chairperson Anwah Nagia. However, the process seems to have stalled. Nagia is unsure what the future of the old hospital site is, but Kafaar says the plan is to “erect a new District Six Community

Health Centre early next year”. The development of a new R65m wellness centre was announced by Premier Helen Zille earlier this year at a key handing-over ceremony in the former District Six. The healthcare centre will cater to patients from Salt River, Woodstock, Vredehoek, Zonnebloem and the CBD, as well as residents moving back to the former District Six. Michael Lawrence, who was born at the Peninsula Maternity Hospital and lived in District Six, says there is a need for a quality healthcare facility closer to the city centre. “There is a great need for more facilities, especially with people moving back to the area as part of the land restitution process. Hospitals need to be close to home, and there is space around the old hospital site that could be developed,” he says. There is no place for sentimentality, Law-

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A new lease on a better life NICOLE MCCAIN AND TAMMY PETERSEN

As peak tourist season looms, beggars are expected to make more money. Research done by the City of Cape Town’s social development department shows street children are getting as much as R1 600 a day from begging. This, they say, makes it harder for welfare groups to get them off the streets and reintegrated into society. The research shows that 60% of the people living on Cape Town’s streets are there by choice. Many had migrated from other parts of the province to the CBD. Is sharing really caring? Here’s what readers had to say.

SAAIMAN encourages giving responsiTHOMAS SAAIMAN bly. “I’m one of the people who gives them money, knowing that they are not going to use it wisely. Giving them food is the best way.”

CERIZE KOETS KOETS says she would rather hand over food than money. “I don’t know what they will do with the money I give to them. They need a proper shelter where food is provided.”

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DENISE FILANDER finds it hard to believe that street children are making enough money by begging. “Not everyone gives money. Death can come at any time (and) they need to be in a shelter.”

“Prisons don’t reform people.” This is the assessment of Richard Griggs, a monitoring and evaluation specialist in criminal justice. Former inmates and organisations agree, claiming the cells are where hardened criminals are bred. The National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro) has been championing a fiveyear project for non-custodial sentencing, which involves an alternative to imprisonment. And they believe their solution works. The current system doesn’t ask why you committed the crime, Griggs argues. “You end up in jail when all you need are anger management classes. This programme works. People think we’re waiting for solutions, but we already have one. This programme analyses the problem and solves it.” Since the project’s launch, 6 000 prisoners have been removed from the system through non-custodial sentencing. Nicro project manager Regan JulesMacquet says the organisation renders this service by working closely with judicial officers such as magistrates. “Instead of being sent to prison, lowerrisk offenders are sentenced to a community-based sentence,” she explains. Only lower-risk offenders are suitable for the sentencing. The criminal is assessed and recommended to be part of the programme. Battle behind bars John Bower spent three years behind bars for assault after being involved in a bar brawl in 1998. He was only 18. “I walked into jail a stupid teenager and came out a dangerous man,” he recalls. “In the cells, I mixed with rapists and murderers, who preyed on laaities like me who thought they were cool but where just kids trying to act grown up.”

When he was released in 2001, he was already a member of the 26s and practised what he learnt in the cells on the streets. “It was the only life I had known for three years. I was never remotely interested in gangs but behind bars, it’s who you know that keeps you alive.”

Changing behaviour Jules-Macquet says not only are offenders kept out of prison where they are exposed to hardened criminals, but they also take part in behavioural courses. “Prison is not necessary for all offenders. Many offenders can serve their sentence in the community, while having access to much-needed behaviour change services. Prison is an environment not especially conducive to rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders,” she argues. “We believe prison should be reserved for higher-risk offenders and that lowerrisk offenders can be dealt with via noncustodial sentencing.” The organisation’s programme looks at what caused the offender to commit the crime in the first place and works to alter it. “Unless the criminal thinking patterns and behaviours are changed, there will always be the likelihood of recidivism. If we are to fight crime in a meaningful way, we cannot simply punish people without addressing their behaviours and thinking patterns.” Griggs says it’s only a matter of having the programme implemented nationwide. After evaluating the programme, he insists the numbers speak for themselves. “Around 50% of the normal prison population will re-offend. But with Nicro’s non-custodial sentencing, only 2% re-offend.” The cost of removing prisoners from the system should be incentive alone to implement the programme at every court in the country, he adds. In addition, the offender can still support their family during their sentence, which helps alleviate poverty.

Parental rights vs ‘child abuse’ NADINE MOODIE Is spanking discipline or abuse? This age-old issue has been reopened for discussion by government and although no bill has been drafted, organisations advocating children’s rights, experts and the national social development department have raised contrasting views. And while stakeholders decide whether this discussion document should be taken forward as a draft bill and actioned into law, parents, religious groups and organisations are at opposite sides of the spectrum. Is the occasional slap on the bottom a form of abuse?

ZAINAB KITAS says while it’s dangerous to brave the streets, nothing can be done to change their reality. “They’re making enough money. If we give them food only, it doesn’t mean they will stop.”

CAREL VAN VAN DER SCHYFF SCHYFF says the State should play a bigger role. “It doesn’t help to give money because they use it for the wrong things. Why is government not building more shelters?”

AMBROSE NAKILE says he can only afford to hand AMBROSE over something to eat. “We all need money. I can share food but not cash. If I have any leftover food I will give them, but I will never give them money.”

ALFRED NG NGWENYA WENYA believes in charity. “Not everyone is qualified in this country. Some make a living on street. My boss and I always make time to give them food. If I have money, I give it to them.”

Parental rights lost Children need a hiding to give them a warning because that’s how they become obedient, argues Ebrahim Davids, a father. Another parent agrees, insisting government can’t take away parental rights to discipline their children. “Times have changed so much and discipline has left our society, because parents can no longer reprimand their neighbours’ children,” she says. A first-time mother says she always knew she’d have to discipline her children with a hiding. “Parents should not give up their rights; what will happen when children grow older and are disrespectful? Schools already have no discipline. We can’t afford to lose discipline in our homes, too.” Strengthening ties The Family Policy Institute, too, opposes the notion. CEO Errol Naidoo says government does not have the right to tell parents how to raise their children. “There’s a big difference between abuse and child discipline,” he says. “Spanking a child will not harm them; it’s a corrective measure, while hitting to abuse is not discipline. Family is the most important unit in society and we need to strength-

en it. At the moment we have an ill-disciplined government telling families how to raise children. No government has the right to do that.” Sheikh Riad Fataar agrees, saying Islam allows parents to discipline children with a light beating. “If you hit your child in a manner which breaks bones and causes blood to flow, then it’s abuse. The character and morals of society is going down because of a lack of discipline,” he says. Consequences But Patric Solomons, director of children’s rights organisation Molo Songololo, says corporal punishment should be abolished because parents have carte blanche and often exercise forms of discipline which constitutes physical and emotional abuse. “Throwing objects at children is a form of physical abuse. Forcing them to stand in dark corners is a cruel form of emotional punishment; we need to look at ways of reducing it,” he says. “We’ve managed to abolish abuse between adults. Why can’t we do the same for children? We need a combination of support for children and parents who need to learn to cope. Parents often say: ‘I got beaten and look at how I turned out?’ Discipline does not instill values, good behaviour, understanding and consequences.” Different strokes The Parent Centre director Venecia Barries says her organisation does not agree with physical punishment. Children need discipline, love and boundaries, she argues. “Parents need to institute pro-active measures when disciplining their children, such as moving things which could break out of a toddler’s way and creating consequences like taking away older children’s cellphones. Different corrective measures work for different children,” she says. V Do you spank your child? Is it effective? SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.


PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 17 October 2013

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CBD: LOT LABELLED A CRIME HOTSPOT

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A war is raging over the lease of a councilowned parking lot in the City Bowl. Currently leased out by the City of Cape Town, the parking lot on the corner of Strand and Buitengracht streets has been listed as a crime hotspot. Businesses and visitors to the area have complained of safety concerns as the area is frequented by job seekers, street people and criminals. The manager of a local restaurant, who asked not to be named to protect business interests, says job seekers are attracted to the shops in the area selling building supplies. However, they are not the problem, she says. “The vagrants bother the people parking more than the job seekers. People visiting the bottle store often get harassed. There are fights among the vagrants and they stab each other. People have also been mugged and theft out of vehicles is a problem,” she says. Criminals blend in with the job seekers, says Green Point City Improvement District (GPCID) chief executive Marc Truss. “The inundation of people on almost a daily basis leads to loitering and defecating in public, the consumption of alcohol, drunk and disorderly behaviour, the approach to members of the public for donations and at times aggressive behaviour to intimidate and extract a donation,” he says. “When members of the public approach with the intention to hire some individuals, there is no control mechanism in place and it has happened time and again that so many job seekers jumped into a vehicle that the owner was forced to abandon the vehicle and request assistance for their removal.”

Truss says business owners’ complaints are reaching an unacceptable level. “The influx is unfortunately creating the impression that the area is unsafe, filthy and unruly, hence many customers and visitors are turning away once noticing this activity. Security threats include tourists being mugged in the vicinity, theft out of motor vehicles and aggressive behaviour and intimidation,” he adds. The lessee is responsible to secure and manage the site, says Mayoral Committee member for Finance Ian Neilson. The lease will now be up for renewal on a monthly basis. The total lease period was five years but has been extended on a month-to-month basis to consider the inclusion of the site in the City’s proposed parking tender, he says. “The lease is on a month-to-month basis until the site is tendered on a competitive basis,” Neilson says. The GPCID has lobbied to take over the parking lot, Truss says. “The Green Point City Improvement District has submitted an application to the City of Cape Town to support our proposal to manage this area. We believe that it requires an operator who can provide a public benefit besides managing the parking of cars. One has to approach this with a holistic programme in place and very few entities can do so without being a registered special ratings area or CID.” The area also has many social concerns, which law enforcement agencies are hesitant to tackle, he says. “This why we would like to have the mandate to manage and improve the area through a fairly intensive management solution that includes tackling the underlying social problems and potentially managing the job-seeking process in a more structured manner, while improving the area for all,” he says.

LOT OF PROBLEMS: The parking lot on the corner of Strand and Buitengracht streets has been causing headaches after being fingered as a crime hotspot. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 17 October 2013

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PILLAR TO POST: BATTLE OF THE PROMOTERS

Space invaders

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A recent spat between promoters trying to gain the best placement of posters promoting their events has left them demanding more free advertising space. Owner of Mercury, Kevin Winder, was left fuming after his posters were covered up by two other promoters, the Shnit Film Festival and Madame Zingara. “We print around eight posters and place one on each green poster pillar around the city,” Winder explains. “A day after they were posted, they had been covered by another promoter’s posters. It is a major problem when trying to promote low-level gigs and you can’t afford advertising.” The spat was resolved privately, says Sean Drummond, the spokesperson for the Shnit Film Festival. “Our street teams that went out late at night were overenthusiastic, but there was no ill intent and we made that clear to the organisers. We can sympathise with Mercury. By the next day, all of our own posters had themselves been covered by other events,” Drummond says. Madame Zingara marketing manager Nicky-Anne de Beer says overeagerness was to blame for the cover-up. “Posters are the lifeblood of every promoter’s business and the Madame’s minions appear to have been a little too eager to please. Madame Zingara, while appreciative of their zeal, has instructed them to be more judicious about playing nice with others. After all, there is room to play for everyone.” However, Winder says the conflict was caused due to a lack of clarity on the guidelines for placing promotional posters. Permits are required to place any advert or poster on a lamppost, but the City of Cape Town provided green poster pillars around

the city for promoters to use, free of charge, says Department of Environmental Resource Management director Osman Asmal. “There are permits required (and fees to be paid) for posters tied to City lampposts, but the green poster pillars are free and the City has given upfront approval for using these pillars. The published City Tariffs, approved by full council each year, state the display period is deemed to be the time since pasting of posters until the municipality or its agents cleans the pillars, notwithstanding when the event is taking place.” However, the municipality cannot be held liable should posters be defaced or removed by other parties, Asmal adds. There are around 20 green poster pillars in the city, which provided free space for promoters. Drummond says this is simply not enough space. “We place posters in establishments that give their permission and on the green poster pillars. I think the system is a flawed one – as much as it’s great to have the pillars, there isn’t much space for posters, and with the number of events in Cape Town on any given week, this sort of thing happens over and over again and will continue to. A better solution is needed, or more visible space should be allocated,” he WE WANT MORE: Promoters claim there is too little free space for posters in the city, after a recent spat over posters being covered. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN says. However, there are numerous opportunities for promoters to advertise, Asmal says. “There are 62 pillars around the CBD and Roggebaai, Gardens, Sir Lowry Road, BoKaap and Rondebosch. Additional pillars are being considered for the Voortrekker Road area for implementation during this financial year. Event promoters wanting to display in addition to these sites (more posters or other sites) are required to obtain permit stickers for pole-tied posters,” he says.

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Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The day has been observed annually since 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. And as these things go, there is always a theme. This year it is Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty. One wonders how this mouthful will, in fact, eradicate poverty, feed the hungry, secure jobs for the unemployed, get medicine to the sick and dying, and successfully get children through education systems. There is a worldwide need to eliminate poverty altogether and address its evil twin: unemployment. There is a cruelty to the cycle that ensures there will always be poor people. It is sad that they are not just poor in spirit, but also in hope. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says: “If we are to realise the future we want for all, we must hear and heed the calls of the marginalised… Together, we can build a sustainable world of prosperity and peace, justice and equity – a life of dignity for all.” Noble sentiments. It could even work, if all people with the collective will would make it so. The day is set aside to “promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries”. Perhaps now, 20 years later, all nations will work together in the ethos of the theme to step up and be committed to fighting poverty. A start is to redress perceptions of Africa as a begging bowl, Asia as a cheap form of labour fit for exploitation or South America as the route of drug trade. There are exceptions, of course. One small step for mankind would be to see each other as humans, equal in every way. Perhaps then some markets will finally “emerge”.

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Drunk drivers: time to act Cost of tourism

About 2000 years ago, the Bible in Ephesians warned: “Do not get drunk as it leads to debauchery.” That 52% of South Africans who die in traffic accidents had alcohol in their blood is bad news. Since 70% of all assaults are alcohol-related it also suggests little has changed in two millennia. The consistent violence also suggests that our reality requires drastic action if we are to anticipate change. Drivers caught drunk regularly receive suspended sentences and those who kill people ultimately walk free. The reason for this entire acceptance is the reality that drunkenness is part of South African culture. Since we live in a constitutional democracy, it is difficult to compel everyone to listen to logic even in their own interest. What is required is to send a strong message to those who drive intoxicated. Intoxicated drivers should be identified as quickly as possible at the accident scene. Paramedics and hospital staff should treat

accident victims and not the intoxicated driver as a priority. The provincial health department should through ethical interpretation prioritise their spending. This infers fewer resources to heal criminals who shoot each other regularly and more resources for taxpayers who require dialyses. The department could increase the salaries of nurses by spending less on surgery to rehabilitate drunk drivers. Since volumes have been written on the threat of intoxicants, the time for debate is over. Those unwilling to change their behaviour must bear the costs. Since the justice system seems determined to protect drunk drivers the least we can do is not to waste limited public medical resources on them. Capetonians cannot talk about a world class city if we cannot protect ourselves on a public road. YAGYAH ADAMS Cape Muslim Congress

Think before you make your mark In 2014 we (will be) summoned to the voting stations to make our crosses and, hopefully, vote into power the right political party with righteous politicians. Since our country’s democracy a lot of political policies and promises have passed under society’s aspirational bridges. There were some benefits for the man in the street, but that seems to be clouded by the plague of corruption, unemployment, poverty and (lack of) service delivery. We voters have to be realistic (and) critical in our choice. The parties we vote in have to take us on board holistically and as fellow passengers and partners on board the gravy train. We must make our voices and conditions heard so that political promises and contracts are displayed on the placards and at the voting rallies. These promises and contracts must be so binding that whomever (gets) our vote must know it is a binding contract with tight legal timeframes for implementation.

Voting is no more a new phase for us. We have had too many political experiences that we are wide awake as to what we deserve (and to) our political rights. Politicians have to be very careful, correct and constitutional in what their legally binding promises entail. In the past the voter was somewhat forgiving of politicians, but with recession, poverty, unemployment, excessive cost of living, crime, blatant corruption, unaccountability (and) service delivery it could become (much) more violent, vocal and physical. We deserve the best for what is constitutionally willed for each citizen, irrespective of their status in our society. Each voter (should) be very sure where to put that cross (to) dictate who will lead religiously, politically, morally and financially correctly. A quote by George Will says: “Voters don’t decide issues. They decide who will decide issues.” KEITH BLAKE

I do appreciate the attention given to the high cost of local tourism as featured in People’s Post (“Cost of SANParks’ offer”, 17 September). It is not only SANParks which insist on high entrance fees, but also the Iziko Museums. The great majority of South Africans will not be able to afford the R30 adult fee required. Very small children enter free. Tourism should seriously rethink the pricing scale which allows all South Africans to be charged one fee and (tourists) to be charged at a much higher rate. YVONNE BULGEN Melody Kleinsmith, communications coordinator for Iziko Museums of South Africa, responds: Iziko is the custodian of our country’s heritage and operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection-specific libraries in Cape Town. Iziko is a public entity and an NPO, and generates about 27% of its own funding. Operating museums and generating innovative exhibitions and public programmes is costly. All proceeds derived from admission fees, sponsorships, fundraising and partnerships are ploughed back into enhancing visitor experiences. Steady revenue streams from sponsors, private donors and funders are dwindling. Despite these challenges Iziko has consistently brought regular programmes to its visitors. As part of the Heritage Week celebrations, Iziko hosted the Heritage Day, in_Herit festival and provided free entrance to all its museums. While some museums abroad have been reducing staff, selling collections and reducing free access because they are unable to cope with funding cuts, Iziko hasn’t compromised on visitor experiences and programmes. These major factors forced the organisation to revise its admission fee structure for the first time since 2010. Iziko provides several opportunities for equitable and affordable access. These include discounted holiday admission, Free Fridays and free entry on certain commemorative days. Iziko also makes provision for school groups and operates the Iziko Mobile Museum, an educational outreach project designed to take educational museum resources to rural and urban communities that are unable to visit the Iziko Museums.


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Revving their engines for for bone marrow ANDRÉ BAKKES @andrebakkes Every throttle twisted, every piston fired, every engine revved – all in the name of the Sunflower Fund. The second annual Bikers4Bandanas Motorbike Ride at Ysterplaat Air Force Base attracted more than 1500 bikers on Sunday. Bikers, spectators and dignitaries, including founder of the Sunflower Fund Tina Botha and Premier Helen Zille, all stood behind the core issue of the day – to raise funds for and increase awareness of registering on the South African Bone Marrow Registry. Bikers strutted around with wild beards, dark sunglasses and leather jackets, standing as one against cancer. Botha says there were more than double the number of bikes compared to last year. They converged on Ysterplaat Airforce Base in their hundreds and, after buying a colourful bandana, went on a cruise through the suburbs and on the highways. After a short trip they returned to the base. Botha says: “The fund recruits donors to help save our leukaemia patients. This whole thing started when my son was diagnosed with leukaemia back in 1997. We lost Chris in September. Saturday (12 October) would have been his 31st birthday, so Bandana Day is actually on his birthday. All of this is about finding more donors so that parents won’t lose their children to cancer.” Ysterplaat Air Force Base commanding officer Colonel Christo Stroebel handed over a cheque for R68 000 to the fund, which was raised from the bikers’ entry fees.

UNITED FRONT: FRONT: The Olivier family proudly showed their support.

FULL FOR FORCE: CE: Leather-clad Bernard Grace shows off his hot wheels.

SUPPORT: Sean Greeves donned his shades after taking to the streets.

TROOPERS: TROOPER S: Hudson Strydom (9 months) and Jané Visagie (13 months).


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MISDIRECTED: UCT Cricket Club’s Wayne Lombard drives to mid-on during an AMA 20/20 match against UWC at the Wally Wilson Oval in Plumstead on Saturday.

SURF’S UP: Surfers line up on Muizenberg Beach for the 2012 Guiness World Record attempt. PHOTO: MARQUA/EARTHWAVE

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urfing development and transformation is set to receive a boost when the sixth annual BOS Earthwave Beach Festival takes place this weekend. The festival will feature several watersport competitions, lifestyle events and entertainment. People’s Post is the print media sponsor of the event. However, the most important event could be the Muizenberg Outreach Surfing Challenge, which will see four different programmes battle it out in the waves at Muizenberg Beach. Event organiser Paul Botha says he hopes the event will offer the programmes a helping hand. “We want to involve the kids in the festival. As the programmes are doing a great job, we want to give them something for the guys to strive towards,” Botha says. “This is part and parcel of what we want at the festival; we want to make it an inclusive festival. We have formalised it so that the organisations have their own event and they can win prizes.” The organisations which will participate in the Challenge are Isiqalo, the Surf Shack Outreach Programme, the Muizenberg Beach Club and Dreams to Reality. All four organisations aim to assist youths from disadvantaged communities through surfing. The tournament will feature two teams from each organisation competing in two heats of four teams each. Four teams will then advance to two hourlong semi-finals and the competition will climax in a hour-long final. The event is sponsored and supported by Surfing South Africa (SSA). SSA general manager Robin de Kock says the event fits in with SSA’s goal of transforming the sport. “Those organisations involved in the Challenge are all doing a good job, trying to introduce young surfers from disadvantaged backgrounds into the sport,” De Kock says. “Our job is to support outreach organisations involved in the sport.”

De Kock adds transforming the sport is one of organisation’s key goals. “Its always been a focus; we have been involved with those programmes for some time now. It’s something that we see as benefiting surfing. We want to transform the sport and introduce children from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds.” Earthwave will also see several school teams head to Muizenberg for the Western Cape Inter-schools Surfing Tournament. The 12 participating schools will go headto-head in hopes of bagging some of the R10 000 in prizes. “This year we have invited schools from Boland to join us as well,” Botha says. Each team will have five members. The festival will also feature skateboarding and stand-up paddling competitions and an attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the most surfers riding a single wave. An attempt to break the record for the longest game of touch rugby was also set to take place, but has now been cancelled. However, the People’s Post Touch Rugby Tournament will still take place. The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival will take place at Muizenberg Beach from 08:00 on Saturday 19 to 14:00 on Sunday 20 October. V Contact Kahuna Promotions on (021) 783 4965 or kahunasurf@mweb.co.za for further information. Visit www.facebook.com/bos.earthwave for the latest news. V Saturday programme: 08:00 – Xpression WP Longboard Classic; 08:30 – Pipeline Skate Ramps skateboarding; 09:00 – Muizenberg Outreach Surfing Challenge; 10:00 – Battle of the Bay; 13:00 – Western Cape Inter-schools surfing tournament and Adaptive surfing demonstration; and 14:00 – Similasan Tandem surfing championships. V Sunday programme: 08:00 – People’s Post touch rugby challenge, Western Cape Inter-schools surfing tournament and Xpression WP Longboard surfing; 08:30 – Pipeline Skate Ramps skateboarding; 10:00 Battle of the Bay and World Record attempt; 11:00 – Longboard, inter-schools and tandem surfing finals; 12:00 – BOS Dig for Gold Treasure Hunt; 12:30 World Record Attempt; and 14:00 – Awards ceremony and after party.

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Cricket clinic in Rondebosch A group of young cricketers kicked off the new season by sharpening their skills at a coaching clinic. The clinic was hosted by the Cricket School of Excellence (CSE) at Rondebosch Boys’ High School and saw players from across the Peninsula participare. CSE founder Ryan Maron says the cricketers received mental and physical coaching on the two-day programme. “We focused on the technical side of the game and Headstrong, a sport psychologically company, spoke to the cricketers about focus and concentration,” he says.

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Youths kicking out

TEXTBOOK CONTROL: Jordan Callies striker Showen Sture (right) controls a pass as Sporting United’s Tino Adams attempts to make a challenge during the Coke Cup final. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

Callies zoom in on promotion LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT

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ordan Callies has shifted focus on securing promotion after winning the CocaCola Cup on Saturday. Callies qualified for the Safa SAB Regional League promotional play-offs after winning the Rygate Local Football Association (LFA) Super League earlier this year. Coach Anthony Barnes is confident his side can make it into the fourth tier of South African football after the Coke Cup victory. “We are already there; that’s how confident I am,” he says. “We have already beaten Safa Second Division and SAB League teams in the Coke Cup this year.” Callies knocked out several semi-professional sides on their way to the final, including the Salt River Blackpool and Milano United Second Division teams. Callies were also losing finalists in the Rygate LFA Knockout Tournament this year. Barnes says the team is one step away from making it a perfect season. “We achieved our objectives. I said we would win the league and the Coke Cup, and the next one is the SAB League play-offs,” he says. Barnes may be confident, but his players will need to improve in several areas if they are to continue their climb up the professional football ladder. Callies started the Coke Cup final with verve and intensity and raced to a 3-0 lead within 30 minutes. Reagon Brander stole the lead after just two minutes, Shafiek Mally doubled the score just five minutes later and Kashief Alba made it 3-0 in the 25th minute. But instead of knocking the wind out of Sporting United, the third goal caused Callies to slack off and lose concentration. Ebrahim Davids pulled a goal back for Sporting late in the second half and struck twice more in the 30th and 35th minutes to level the scores. The equaliser forced Callies to wake up,

as they reclaimed the lead through the boot of Showen Sturein in the dying minutes of the game. Barnes was happy with the performance despite the poor defensive display. “At the end of the day it was about who wanted it more and we were hungrier. The guys performed well,” he says. “The plan was to secure the game in the first 15 minutes through all-out attack, but we are not used to playing on a field this heavy. They are used to playing on a hard surface, so they had a lot of cramps.” Jordan Callies will face off against the league winners from the other LFA’s affiliated to Safa Cape Town in the promotion play-offs. The date of the play-offs have not been confirmed.

Salt River Blackpool’s Mujaahid Fisher (left) and Newfields Village FC player Siyabulela Magusha fail to make contact with the ball during a FC Kaapstadt Junior Tournament under-11 match at Hartleyvale on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS


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