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Tuesday 19 February 2013
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Vagrancy – the big stink TAURIQ HASSEN
COMMUTERS are calling for vagrants and their problems to be removed from the Cape Town Station Deck and city bus terminus. Problems are mounting as vagrants turn the two transport hubs into their new homes. Anti-social behaviour, vandalism and public indecency are but some of the issues the new settlers have caused. Makeshift structures are erected overnight while vagrants are sleeping under the taxi rank’s overhangs, sidewalks and benches. Salt River resident Aneesah Toeffy uses the station deck every day and claims the problems are “disgusting and utterly embarrassing”. “We have plenty of tourists coming into this country and I’m sure some of them have been exposed to this vulgarity,” she says. Every morning Toeffy is harassed for money and resents the stench of urine and faeces. “I don’t know how anybody can live like that. People put up with these problems as if it was always supposed to be there,” she fumes. Maureen Williams from Oranjezicht, who uses public transport to get to Bellville, is appalled at the scenes on display at both the bus terminus and station deck. “I have been living in Cape Town for seven months, but I can honestly say that I have never seen vagrants living in such conditions in all my life,” she says. Her most disturbing moment came when a vagrant approached her for money, seemingly minutes after waking up, with his genitals partly hanging out of his pants. “It was utterly disgusting and
SETTING UP CAMP: People’s Post arrived at the Cape Town station deck on Saturday and found the belongings of vagrants littered across the sidewalk. Photo: Tauriq Hassen vulgar,” she recalls. “I know it must actually be sad, but I find it concerning because there are many people that are regularly exposed to this behaviour.” The City of Cape Town’s Displaced People Unit conducted an
operation in October after receiving a number of complaints from residents and commuters. The unit attempted to ascertain how many vagrants were sleeping on the station deck and seeking informal employment, as well as why
they choose to sleep on the deck and whether they required any social assistance. During this inspection, the unit discovered that the problems were compounded by some businesses and taxi drivers sustaining the street people with handouts
and casual employment. CEO for The Haven Night Shelter, Hassan Khan, believes that the biggest threat is the public giving handouts to vagrants. “What people must understand is that those handouts keep them on the street,” he says. Around the station deck and bus terminus, there are four shelters with 350 beds available to homeless people. “There is a definite concern around the number of vagrants on the street, but the public is not making it any easier by giving vagrants money or food,” Khan says. He further encouraged the City’s Law Enforcement Unit to continue removing vagrants from the street. “That is their job, because we do not want to be faced with a situation where every public open space is being occupied by vagrants,” he adds. The City’s Executive Director for Safety and Security, Richard Bosman, explains that the City’s Displaced People Unit and Public Transport Interchange Enforcement Unit are conducting the necessary interventions. “These complaints are attended to daily,” he says. Bosman adds that 10 dedicated Law Enforcement officers are attached to the PTI Enforcement Unit, who conduct daily operations on the station deck. Every day the unit removes approximately 60 homeless people and dismantles their structures in patrolled areas. “They alternate their shifts to tackle the vagrancy which peaks in the early hours of the morning and late night,” he says. Continued interventions by police, Law Enforcement and Metro Police is the answer to the problems, says Bosman.
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Property values: numbers are up
warded to homeowners in writing. Alternatively homeowners are able to check the valuation of their property online at www.capetown.gov.za/propertyvaluationsad from Thursday. The General Valuation roll will also be made available for inspection at 17 public inspection venues across the city. The venues will be open to the public from Thursday 21 February until Tuesday 30 April, Monday to Friday from 8:15 until 15:45. “Legislation allows any person to lodge an objection against the valuation of any property on the valuation roll if they believe that the valuation is incorrect,” Reddy explains. Margolius urges property owners to ensure they contact the City if they do not receive their notice by the end of this month. “They are also obligated to check the valuation roll especially if they do not receive a notice as the non-receipt thereof is not grounds for objection. The valuation roll is open for inspection as advertised by the City.” He encourages the public to go to the specified inspection venues if they feel the valuation of their property is incorrect. “I have always found the City of Cape Town’s valuation staff most obliging and willing to help. So if you cannot afford to employ someone to do an objection and you need help, you should go to the advertised venues,” he says. Property owners have been urged to check that their property valuation is correctly valued at the market price in July last year. City officials say “the impact of valuation on rates is not a consideration in the valuation. It is only the question of whether it is market-related or not that is considered”. Margolius reiterates this. “The ability of not being able to afford the rates is not a ground for objection. The rates policy also provides for rebates for the elderly as well as people who earn less than R4000.” Inspection venues include the second floor at the Cape Town Civic Centre; the Alphen Centre in Constantia; Fish Hoek Council Chambers next to the Fish Hoek Civic Centre; Ledger House Consultation Room Two on the corners of Aden Avenue and George Street in Athlone; the Plumstead Municipal Building on the corners of Victoria and Main roads; and Woodlands Community Centre on the corners of Mitchell Avenue and Selene Way.
YOUR rates and taxes on your property could soon take a dip or be increased.
WITH THIS RING: A nervous Moltino Sias slips the ring onto Gene Mybe’s finger.
They ‘do’ on Valentine’s Day MARELIZE POTGIETER
TIARAS and lace stockings, buttonholes and highly-polished shoes. These were evident at the cosy chapel on Robben Island on Valentine’s Day on Thursday. In total, 13 couples from across the city tied the knot at the heritage site. “My stomach was in knots like a washing machine as I stood before the altar,” said Danhaline Daniels (nee Arendse). “But now I’m happy.” The event had a somewhat rocky start when high swells had brides-to-be clutching their future grooms. On the island, couples were called in one at a time for the ceremony, which was officiated by Department of Home Affairs representatives. After saying their “I do’s” islanders and royal guests of Zululand sang for the couples. The bill for the event was footed by the Department of Home Affairs and couples only had to pay for their boat trips to the island.
SPECIAL DAY: Tesia Khonto and Wel lington Lwana head to the island of love.
Lourens and Vicky Walker have been together for 10 years. They decided to marry on the island so that their four children could also enjoy the experience. “It was lots of fun,” Vicky said. “We are relieved.” Anrie and Jean Greeff made their vows while bare foot and understated in front of the altar. Jean wore a shorts while Anrie sported an informal white dress. By contrast, Tesia Khonto wore a blood red dress and lace stockings. “I believe red is the colour of love,” she said. Home Affairs minister Naledi Pandor also attended the ceremonies. “This is an important event. Marriage is about values and is another way JUST MARRIED: Rene Michael and Francisco Bou of making South Africa a gaart celebrate their nuptials. Photos: Lerato Maduna /Photo24 better country.”
Homeowners will this month receive notices of the new valuation of their property. Property owners who are unhappy with the new valuation of their home may appeal the estimated property price during March and April. The impact on this for property valuators is that a new general valuation will be based on property market values as at 1 July 2012 and that the rates and taxes will be payable on the new valuations as from Monday 1 July. The 60-day objection period is short, according to a valuation expert, and upon receiving notices owners should immediately ascertain whether the value determined reflects a reasonable market value of the property as at 1 July 2012. If not, homeowners will need to object themselves or employ the services of a registered valuer to assist them. Valuation expert Jerry Margolius says 60 days is sufficient “for a property owner who is knowledgeable and does not seek professional advice”. He is calling for the objection period to be extended to 90 days “so that proper and unrushed objections can be lodged by the valuers and individuals”. “However, when consulting with a professional valuer, not all do municipal objections and the period then becomes very pressurised and short. There are many large property portfolios which need to be valued as well as leisure and State-owned properties. All these require attention and there is not sufficient time to object,” he explains. The estimated worth of a property as determined by the City of Cape Town determines the sum of rates and taxes payable on a property. Priya Reddy, the spokesperson for Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson, says there are 815 676 properties on the City’s new valuation roll with a total value of R913bn. “The number of properties has increased by 39 925 since 2009,” she says. The new property valuations will be for-
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Tuesday 19 February 2013
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Dirty business TAURIQ HASSEN
WHILE street children at a local shelter are trying to redirect their lives, they are being negatively influenced by prostitution and drug abuse on a neighbouring vacant plot. Prostitution, illegal squatting, frequent dumping and allegations of drug activity sum up the concerns on the plot in Chapel Street. The empty plot neighbours the Homestead Intake Shelter for street children. The shelter accommodates around 35 vulnerable boys. Manager at the shelter, Charmaine Germishuys, was not surprised to hear that the plot is of concern to locals. â€œI really do think that this property is an eyesore and it does not leave a great impression on the shelter when we do receive visitors. All our visitors keep asking what is going on with this land, but we do not have the answers,â€? she says. Germishuys explains that the main concerns for the shelter are the squatters currently seeking refuge on the neighbouring plot. She says drug-related activities, as well as prostitution, have not been ideal scenes for the boys living at the shelter. â€œThey stand at the windows and they look at people abusing drugs. They play in the yard and listen to these squatters talking about these illegal activities,â€? she says. â€œThis is really not a great example for the boys and we hope something can be done soon.â€?
When Peopleâ€™s Post visited the land last week, there were no squatters on the land but there were signs of it being used as a dump site. Resident Abeedah Steenkamp feels that the land has been left to decay and the community is aggravated by the issues stemming from the plot. â€œYou have the land being developed right opposite and then you get this patch that is being allowed to fall into a state of disrepair,â€? she says. â€œIf these problems existed in a more affluent area, this plot would not be standing empty for another day.â€? Steenkamp explains that squatters have now treated the land â€œlike homeâ€?, erecting shacks and gathering with friends for a drink at night. She alleges that the squatters are also involved with anti-social activities such as drugs. â€œThere are times you walk by and you see clouds of smoke evaporate into the air. Then there are times people walk off the site in a completely disgusting state,â€? Steenkamp says. Another aggravated resident, Whaleed Sadie, has had run-ins with the squatters. Sadie confronted them after witnessing a group of men smoking dagga next to the shelter. â€œThey are not supposed to be there and now they bring all these problems to our community,â€? he fumes. â€œI will show no emotion for them. They are the reason why that land looks the way it does.â€? Sadie called upon council to address the issue and suggests that the squatters should
MyCiTi bus stops vandalised NEWLY constructed MyCiTi bus stops are being vandalised. Around 40 bus stops along the Atlantic Seaboard are understood to have been defaced. Some bus stops have been spray-painted , glass panels have been smashed and paving around the bus stop has been removed. The City of Cape Town is urging residents to assist in catching the culprits. â€œI am extremely disappointed that our bus shelters are being vandalised. It is disrespectful and disgraceful that people wilfully damage City property in this manner,â€? says the Cityâ€™s Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Brett Herron. Funds meant to be spent elsewhere to improve the Cityâ€™s services will now be used for repairs. â€œI would like to appeal to all Capetonians to help look after our stops and stations,â€? says Herron. Contemporary and attractive infrastructure, such as the MyCiTi bus stops and stations, are a core component of upgrading the public transport network and the spaces commuters use to access public transport
services, Herron says. The design of the MyCiTi stops and stations are practical in purpose and design, but care has also been taken to ensure that the design adds value to the surrounding landscape and urban environment. They were a factor which helped secure Cape Town the title of World Design Capital 2014. â€œIt is unfortunate that some of this new infrastructure is now the target of criminal conduct,â€? he says. If culprits are caught, they will be charged with malicious damage to property, the City warns.
WHAT A DUMP: This filthy plot neighbouring the Homestead Intake Shelter is believed to be a drug and prostitution hotspot. Photo: Tauriq Hassen be placed behind bars. â€œThese squatters are criminals, not struggling people â€“ just criminals,â€? he adds. Captain Ezra October, the spokesperson for Cape Town Central police, found the concerns to be â€œshockingâ€?. â€œI cannot understand why people are not reporting these incidents to police, because we are dealing with vulnerable children here. If they are exposed to these activities, this is a major cause for concern,â€? he says. October adds that if police were made aware about the problem, the Crime Prevention Unit could have been assigned to the area. He called upon the community to come forward and report the matter to police.
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 Wednesday 27 February 2013 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 Michelle Alberts on 021 400 3708 between 09:00-16:00. 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.
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â€œWe cannot do anything about it if people remain quiet,â€? he says. Anyone wanting to report any illegal activities can phone Captain October on 071 604 8318 or (021) 467 8189. Mayoral Committee member for Health, Lungiswa James, confirms that the land does not belong to the City and is registered to a private owner. James confirms that a notice will be served on the owner requesting that the dumping and overgrowth be removed within 14 days. â€œShould the owner not respond to the request, City Health may proceed to do the required work and recover the cost of doing so from the owner,â€? she says.
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Flight or fight VIOLENT attacks which have spiked across the country are cause for concern in many communities. People’s Post interns Luzuko Zini, TarrenLee Habelgaarn and Tina Burger polled readers to hear how they would react when faced with a potentially life-threatening situation.
SAFETY FIRST: Hlumela Nama says she would scream, take whatever she could find and throw it at the intruder. “Then I would try to get out and run for safety or go to the neigh bours for help.”
RUN AND HIDE: Shafieka Khan feels attacking someone who catches you offguard or who in trudes is not the way to handle the situation. “I would hide and then call the police. If the person finds me I would maybe hit back, but you shouldn’t fight fire with fire.”
TAKE CARE: Chandré Miller says people shoul dn’t just attack or shoot on instinct because it might just be a relative or someone you know. “I wouldn’t just attack because nowa days relatives break into each others’ homes. You never know who it is.”
CAUTIOUS: Keenan Gordon says it is best to think first then act. “Even though at that time you would do anything to protect yourself be cause you feel you’re in danger, the conse quences of your actions will affect you for the rest of your life.”
QUESTION LA LATER: TER: Tabo Molitshwa says he would do anything to protect himself. “I would act first. It’s my house and I have a right to do whatever I want. I don’t know if the person is armed or not so I would protect myself.”
NOT SURE: Nicole Engelbrecht says she does not think anyone in that situation is thinking clearly. “If your life is in danger you don’t have time to think of the consequences. You just act to protect yourself.”
DEPENDS: Amanda Szarythe says her safety is the most important factor. She will first try to establish whether the person is dangerous and what the person is after. “It depends on the situation. I will let my instincts guide me.”
Ride towards safer cycling
THE Pedal Power Association hosts Ride For Your Life on Saturday 23 February. For over a year, Pedal Power has been campaigning to get a law passed to make it compulsory for motorists to pass cyclists with a berth of at least 1.5m. Pedal Power has spent more than R1.5m since the campaign’s inception. On Saturday they would like to turn the road yellow-and-red with cyclists wearing Pedal Power safe cycling jerseys to raise awareness around safe cycling and, in particular, the 1.5m passing distance. The ride will also be dedicated to remembering all those cyclists who lost their lives in the past year while cycling on our roads.
The untimed awareness ride will start at 07:00 at Maiden’s Cove between Camps Bay and Clifton. From there, the group will pedal out towards Hout Bay and back. You do not have to ride all the way to Hout Bay and can turn around when you get tired. Some may even feel like riding all the way to the top of Chappies, or turn around at the bottom of Suikerbossie. Coke will be provided back at the venue, and coffee and food will be on sale. There is no entry fee. Cyclists are to arrive and park at 06:30, start at 07:10 and finish by 09:00. For further enquiries contact Liz Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding the the human body FIND out what makes you tick at the Body Worlds exhibition, now running at the Blue Ocean Exhibitions Centre at the V&A Waterfront. The exhibit recently played host to an educational forum, specifically centred on students in health, medicine, science and nutrition fields. The exhibition runs until Sunday 10 March. For more information visit www.bodyworlds.co.za.
PLAY ON: Samantha Brinkman and Mandi Bell analyse an eyecatching dummy. Photo: John Guest
CURIOUS: Dawn Ellingson and Hilary Barlow of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital with Kobie Farmer and Simone de Clerq.
TALKING BODIES: Evelyn Visage, a Life Scienc es teacher, delivers a speech on the education al value of the Body Worlds exhibit.
Paying it forward pays off
On the day of the interview a counsellor, the group’s first employee, will speak to a ANGELS sometimes appear in snakeskin mother of four who recently tried to kill herself by taking ant poison. Her children shoes. Meeting Greg Wells-Clifton of the group had not eaten for days. “When you walk into a home where Pay it Forward was a reminder not to be there is no food, there is generally other deceived by appearances. Wells-Clifton may look tough on the out- problems such as abuse or addiction,” he says, adding he will not hesitate to have side, but inside he is a softie. He is the founder of the organisation, children and women removed from abubased on the movie of the same name in sive situations. Food assistance is just which the beneficiary of a one of the group’s goals. good deed is asked to repay Wells-Clifton wants to open it to others instead of to the two safehouses for abused original benefactor. women in the Cape Town The NPO has grown raparea. There is already one idly since its inception in such shelter in JohannesAugust 2011 and now has burg, where he lives. Last 3311 fans on Facebook. It month the group held a was formed to assist with braai in Glencairn, where the immediate needs of 54 potential volunteers families affected by tough were able to meet and find economic times. out more about the concept. The group started with a Much of the group’s spondonation of food to one dessorship is from people withtitute family and now proin Pay it Forward, to avoid vides food assistance to 90 people a month. REACHING OUT: Greg corporate red tape. He says one of his proudHe speaks to the people he WellsClifton and the mem helps to assess what has led bers of Pay it Forward est moments was the recent them to their current situa- make the world a better case of Angel, a baby born with Hydrocephalus, a tion. place every day. buildup of fluid inside the “We will never give food on a continuous basis. We never call it skull that leads to brain swelling. He says there was an “outpouring” of charity – there has to be a way forward,” generosity to pay for an operation to drain he says. Economic shopping allows costs to be some of the water. R48 000 was raised in 10 hours. kept down to R6.19 a person per day, and Starting the group has made a difference this includes food, toiletries and cleaning in his own life. “I was a horrible person, products. Wells-Clifton left a career in recruit- not (all the time), but bitter, sarcastic and ment to follow his passion for helping peo- ‘bitey’. Now I like who I am.” Wells-Clifton adds: “I am not a big crier, ple. His phone rings constantly as he juggles but I cry a lot now.” He adds he was recently told: “The day requests for help with calls from those who are able to help – something that can you stop crying is the day you must walk away.” quickly get complicated. Contact Wells-Clifton on 071 841 1488, He says: “By no means am I a pushover.” Straight-talking and direct, he confides visit the website at http://payitforwardhe has been accused of “shooting from the southafrica.org or like them on Facebook hip,” but remarks: “How else is one sup- at https://www.facebook.com/PayItForwardSA/info. posed to shoot?” TERESA FISCHER
Tuesday 19 February 2013
Worked up about unruly job seekers
are gambling and drinking with the little money they make?” she seethes. “Its disgusting and it must be addressed.” DESPERATE job seekers are working on Yusuf Gillian, another worried resident, Bo-Kaap residents’ last good nerve. claims the men sometime even sleep in alleyThe corners of Rose and Strand streets has ways and tiny openings and alcoves between become a known spot for unemployed men buildings at night. The former builder says the men try and seeking a job. But it is believed they gamble and booze the “catch the early worm”, but the number of day away while hoping to land employment. men on the corner quickly swell. “Many of these men are on that corner from A resident, who asks not to be named, is shocked at the scenes displayed on the affect- 05:00 until sometimes 20:00 at night. They get ed corners and is outraged that children are bored and this is when they start drinking, gambling and fighting each other,” he says. exposed to this. People’s Post visited the area. The corners “Our children are exposed to this behaviour. You would like to feel sorry for these un- of Rose and Strand streets was a tableau of employed men, but how can you when they gambling and drinking. Disturbing scenes of men scrambling over each other to force themselves upon a prospective employer also played out. A group of men will surround a car and fight each other off to get the attention of the potential employer. Terrence Nompeyo is far from home and desperate for a job. He is from Queenstown, Eastern Cape. “I stand here every day for the whole day just waiting for somebody to pick me up,” he says solemnly. “I just want to work and I don’t want to cause any trouble.” Nompeyo denies participating in gambling and drinking alcohol, but confirms that is it DESPERATE: Terrence Nompeyo, from the Eastern Cape, is part of the routine on the troubled corners. keen to find solid employment.
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MEN (NOT) AT WORK: Men desperately seeking employment loiter on the corners of Rose and Strand streets in the hope they might score work as day labourers. Photos: Tauriq Hassen “The guys sometimes get bored and that is how they keep themselves busy,” he says. Although residents’ concerns are clearly evident, these issues were never brought to the attention of the City of Cape Town, who confirms that complaints were not received. Executive Director for Safety and Security, Richard Bosman, explains that the City’s Law Enforcement department is able to patrol the affected area on a regular basis, along with police. “The officers will be able to check for antisocial behaviour and other offences that may occur there,” he says. If the men are caught gambling in public, they stand to be fined R300 and if caught drinking, the penalty is R100. “There is a hardware store at this corner where contractors come and pick up day
workers, which attracts unskilled job seekers,” he says. Bosman confirms that a bottle store and a nearby parking area are two of the spaces mostly occupied by the job seekers. The City has already made efforts to tackle one of the spaces, with the City-owned parking area on the verge of being leased to the Green Point CID for managed parking. “This will enhance the security of this area,” Bosman believes. The City encourages any more affected residents to contact the local police station, as the matter is an “enforcement issue for the police”. However, Bosman adds that residents may still continue contacting the Law Enforcement Call Centre on 0 (021) 480-7700 or 107 from a landline.
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IN AWE: Ward councillor Brett Herron (left) was delighted by the verdant public space.
Tuesday 19 February 2013
DEEP ROOTS: A proud Shamiel Soeker in the garden he created.
Photos: Tauriq Hassen
Fairytale ending for problem plot
But it has since been turned into a beautiful community garden. Nine months ago, a property in ONCE UPON a time, a strip of land played host to several anti- Chester Road was plagued with dumping, was used as a nest by social ailments. drug users and was also a place for the homeless to sleep. Shamiel Soeker then decided to take action and started transforming the land, “step by step”, turning into one of the most adored public spaces in Walmer Estate. “Nobody can really believe this is the same spot where all BEFORE: This bleak plot was once plagued those problems hamwith dumping, drug users, homeless people pered the community,” he says. and a number of other antisocial problems. TAURIQ HASSEN
“Flowers and planting brings out the beauty of people.” Soeker now has rose bushes, sunflowers, companion bushes aimed to keep pests away, vegetables, water features, pathways made from sea shells and much more. He explains that over time, the work carried out at the garden attracted school children, fellow neighbours and even recovering drug addicts. It took about six to eight truckloads of dumped construction rubble and domestic waste in order to have the land cleared. “They would all come to the garden and assist in any way they can. Since then the garden has been growing beautifully. We have not seen any of the old problems
was rendered nearly speechless when viewing the finished garden. During last year, Herron accompanied a few residents on a walkabout. The land and the issues stemming from it were listed as a major worry. “He really turned this public space around. It was an eyesore and a space that is typical of urban decay. Now it is a most magnificent garden,” he says. Herron has nothing but praise for Soeker’s efforts. “I have often said, publicly, that the City cannot achieve these kinds of successes alone and that the most successful cases of urban upgrade is where the community takes ownership and drives the project,” he says. “I take my hat off to him.”
Wednesday 20 February
LOVE IS ALL AROUND: On Thursday, pupils and staff from Camps Bay Pre paratory School celebrated Val entine’s Day by dressing in red and white and were encour aged to donate R5 which was collected for the SA Guide Dog Associa tion. Through this collection, the Preparatory School handed over R1 751 to the association.
FUN: St George’s Grammar School held a Valentine’s fun day on Thursday. Besides being a fundraising civ vies day, the high school pupils had their athletics, the Grade 4s made crazy sandwiches and the pre schoolers had a Messy Day. Here preschoolers Zara Berrisford, Kieran Fourie and Zola Turkstra get dirty.
returning to this strip of land,” Soeker says. He also applauded the efforts of people from other areas such as Oranjezicht, Cape Town Community Gardens and Bo-Kaap who conveniently donated manure, compost and unused flowers to weave into the garden. Plans to extend the the verdant belt onto another strip of land, owned by the City of Cape Town, is now on the horizon. This strip of land has similar problems to the Chester Road property. “It really has changed the situation around here and we hope that we do get the permission to extend the garden to that area as well,” the soft-spoken Soeker says. Ward councillor Brett Herron
FILLED: Besides bringing out their inner creative cu linary skills in making crazy sandwiches, learners al so had to produce a magazine and TV advert to pro mote their sandwiches. Looking very pleased with their efforts are Kgomotso Baepi and Regan Haw trey. Photos: Supplied
Gardens: The book and video launch of Challenging Homophobia (teaching about Sexual Diversity) and It Gets Better South Africa (a collection of short videos which discourage homophobic bullying) will take place at 88 Hatfield Street. Speakers will be Dr Lutz van Djik, Andrew Barry and Francois Botha. It starts at 19:00. To RSVP email 2 email@example.com or phone 0 (021) 462 5553.
Saturday 23 February Green Point: A seminar entitled Now is the Time will be held at the Protea Victoria Junction Hotel (opposite the Gallows Hill traffic department) from 13:00 to 16:00. For more information call 0 (021) 595 3850 or email 2 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 24 February Gardens: Janine Neethling and sisters Bridget Rennie Salonen and Lizzie Rennie present Trio with a Twist. After their knock-out debut at the Aardklop Festival last year, there is now an opportunity to enjoy their combined musicianship and performance flair in the Cape. Their programme includes stunning original classical works written for flute, viola and piano, but their uniqueness is shown with their surprising arrangements of well-known South African melodies. The event takes place at the Welgemeend Manor House, Jan van Riebeeck High School in Welgemeend Street, Gardens, starting at 18:00. Tickets cost R100 at the door; scholars and pensioners pay R75. Secure on-site parking. The entrance is in Welgemeend Street. For further information, phone Tamara
on 082 649 9610 or email@example.com Oranjezicht: A Laughter Yoga session will be held in De Waal Park. Meet at the fountain in De Waal Park, Upper Orange Street/Molteno Road, Oranjezicht for the workshop from 09:00 until 10:00, conducted by Sylvester Gasana. Donations appreciated. Call Sylvester on 0 074 513 3514 for further information.
Monday 25 February Gardens: The Friends of Welgemeend and the Boerneef Collection invite you to an illustrated talk by Dr Dan Sleigh and Piet Westra on their recent book, Die Aanslag op die Slaweskip Meermin 1766, an account of the Meermin slave mutiny which took place in February 1766 on a ship belonging to the Dutch East Indian Company. The talk starts at 19:30 at the Welgemeend Manor House, Welgemeend Road. Members are charged R20 and nonmembers R25. Email 2 firstname.lastname@example.org m or SMS H le Roux on 2 082 461 9753. Green Point: Table Bay Toastmasters Club meets at 18:00 for 18:30 at The Swiss Social and Sports Club. Guests are welcome. Meal costing R85 is obligatory. Observe how easy it is to improve your public speaking skills and how to gain confidence in communication skills in a friendly dinner environment. Bookings essential. Phone Ian on 0 074 434 7760.
Tuesday 19 February 2013
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Skater faces charges RICHARD ROBERTS
STRIKE IT: The Izivunguvungu Youth Band often spend their Sundays entertaining, as they did last week at the Highlands House for the Aged in Cape Town. The youthful musicians literally surrounded the senior citizens and inspired them to sing along. This brought rare smiles from the seniors. At least half of the 160 people in the audience managed to give a standing ovation, leaning on their walkers or on each other. The youth band is part of Foundation for Youth, which aims to step up youth development and offer youngsters an alternative to drugs and crime. Anyone able to offer their support via Izivunguvungu, a registered NPO, can contact Mike Oldham on 0 082 445 6857.
STEPS will be taken against skater Dec’io Lourenc’o, the City of Cape Town has confirmed. Lourenc’o skated down Kloof Nek on Sunday 20 January while a vehicle fitted with a video camera recorded his ride. The speed limit on this road is 60km/h. The car was allegedly travelling at 75km/h. The 24-year-old skater and the driver were travelling at a high speed, which activated a council speeding camera. The video of this escapade was loaded onto YouTube. JP Smith, the Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security, last week said the City’s traffic department would be laying a charge against the skater. Merle Lourens, the spokesperson for the traffic department, said on Wednesday the department would not be laying the charge as the video recording was not enough evidence against the skater. Smith, however, is adamant
the City would be taking steps. He indicated the City would issue a correction on Lourens’ statement. Richard Bosman, the executive director for Safety and Security, later said: “The City confirms it will still approach the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to make a charge against the skater. “The City will make all the information of the incident available to the NPA so that it can be investigated and a decision be made in the interest of the public.” He said the skater’s behaviour on the day was dangerous, reckless and illegal. “This type of behaviour cannot be excused as it puts the lives of others in danger. The City is considering issuing him with a fine as he transgressed a municipal ordinance,” Bosman said. When approached for comment, Lourens declined to do so and instead referred queries to Smith. Lourenc’o said he hopes skaters and the government can finally reach an agreement about where they may skate.
Empty nests thieves like best
CAMPS BAY properties that appear to be empty, or are being renovated, are now a soft target for criminals. Police are urging contractors and homeowners to be extra vigilant about securing their properties. A Sedgemoor Avenue house was recently burgled. Two suspects were arrested.
Mervin Faro, an armed security officer, responded to a radio call for back-up at 07:00 that morning from a member of the Camps Bay Neighbourhood Watch. A watchman on the property alerted the Camps Bay Community Security Initiative after spotting two suspects entering the premises. Upon arrival, Faro and the
neighbourhood watch patroller caught the pair as they tried to flee the scene with stolen goods. The suspects had forced open a back window to gain entry. Chairperson for the Camps Bay Community Security Initiative, Bernard Schafer, finds empty houses to be a major concern for the group. “We have properties in Camps Bay that are easy targets for
criminals. There are other houses besides the one in Sedgemoor Avenue that are far more problematic for us,” he says. Schafer encouraged homeowners currently building or renovating their houses to employ night watchmen. “Most of our successes came from night watchmen who communicated with our security,” he adds. “This would definitely help the
Something Somet hing for all at natural goods market THESE days everybody wants to lead a healthy life on a limited budget. Cape Town’s “bird man” and his feathered friends will be attending the Century City Natural Goods Market at the end of this month at Central Park, Park Lane in Century City. Martin Odd – accompanied by Christina the Macaw Parrot and Hector the African White Backed Vulture – will be entertaining the crowds with the Birds of Africa Show.
Visitors to Cape Town’s premier natural goods market will also be blown away by the sounds of Black South Easter. The band takes their name from the powerful wind that sweeps through the Peninsula every so often. There’s an entertaining menu for children with free train rides every 30 minutes on the Ratanga Junction train until 13.30. The market gives shoppers time to celebrate the festive side of life with a glass of organic bubbly while browsing the great selection of quali-
ty products and delicious foods for sale. Visitors can also enjoy boat trips from Intaka Island to Canal Walk. Century City’s Rotary will be on hand to inform people about the community service projects they support, particularly the Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park in Milnerton. For the mutt lovers, African Tails will be hosting an adoption day with the cutest brakkies and puppies. Call (021) 531 2173 or send an email to email@example.com.
HIGH FIVE: Alexi Zannos is the face of the Alexi and Me campaign, the fundraising arm for epilepsy research and education. The funds are for specific research into epi lepsy syndromes which will take place through the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Alexi has epilepsy and his purple hand is the logo of the campaign. The Alexi and Me campaign will hold a fund raising pizza auction evening at Col’cacchio Westlake on Thursday 28 February. Tick ets cost R160. For further in formation visit www.alexi andme.co.za or phone Gillian on 084 681 1227. Photo: Chantelle Visser
cause and we are doing everything we can to tackle the issue.” Captain Dalecia Isaacs, the Station Commander for Camps Bay police, confirms the arrest. She further encourages locals to report vacant properties and homes to the station. “An entry will be made in the appropriate register and the houses will be visited regularly,” Isaacs says.
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District Six reunited
NOSTALGIA: Ibtishaam Solomon, Soraya Gasnola and Sophia de Vos share NOSTALGIA: their special memories.
FORMER District Six residents came together on Saturday at the Upper Cambridge Sports Ground for their annual reunion. The older generation shared memories of their childhood and shared their experiences with the younger guests. Stories of happy times before their forced removal floated around as the former residents reminisced about the good old days.
A DAY OUT IN THE SUN: Nicole Jordaan, Noreen Josias, Natalie Miller and Megan Adams. Photos: Luzuko Zini
REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DA DAYS: YS: Elvis Adams, Theodore Adams and Joe Blacker took a walk down memory lane.
CELEBRA CELEBRATION: TION: Jean and Schoonradd from Westridge.
HA HAVING VING A GOOD TIME: Elvis Adams, Melville Josias and Noel Schroonradd share a joke.
GOING BA BACK CK IN TIME: Cynthia Visage and Codlin Isaacs enjoy themselves at the reunion.
GOOD FRIENDS: Pam Josias, James Abrahams, Marilyn Kloppers, Melvyn Randall and Ivan Fortune reminisce of days gone by.
FRIENDS REUNITED: Greg Brevis, Errol Kruger, Shaun Hawyn, Lindsay Neethling, Peter Valen tine, Mervyn Savage and Kevin Blanchard enjoyed the day.
PR PROUD: OUD: James Abrahams and Melvyn Randall catch up at the reunion.
FAMILY TIME: The Blanchard family came out in their numbers to meet up with former neighbours and residents from District Six.
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Vandalism costs council millions VANDALISM not only hampers the City of Cape Town’s ability to carry out and improve service delivery, it also comes at great cost. In the past financial year alone, vandalism flattened the City’s pockets by close to R130m. In her weekly newsletter, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says the City and the people they serve are in some ways fighting a battle against increasing financial targets, limited resources and a changing environment. “But
there is another direct battle we are fighting, a front that is particularly painful: the battle against vandalism,” she states. “I am not sure that every citizen appreciates the scale of this particular challenge. Some people might associate vandalism with undesired graffiti, or perhaps a defaced sign.” Vandalism includes those things, but it also includes the destruction of robots; the destruction or theft of electricity cables and installations, water pipes and installations; and the blockage of
WRITINGS ON THE WALL: Spraypainted walls and signage are unsightly and difficult to clean.
sewers. In addition to this citywide problem, there are the multiplier effects of disruptions to networks, De Lille explained. “For example, broken streetlights might interrupt the safety grid of an area; a comprised water pipe affects different communities downstream; and a blocked stormwater drain can cause serious damage to the surrounding built environment. “All of these network disruptions have consequences for the people of this city – be they problems in getting to work through water-clogged streets or a feeling of vulnerability and a lack of safety in the dark.” In the financial year to date, the City has spent just over R115m on vandalism related to sewers, just under R7m on vandalism related to water and sanitation and just under R6m on vandalism relating to electricity. Budgeting for these amounts is challenging. “The direct cost aspect is made even more complicated by the over-regulated environment in which we work, in which audited compliance means that it is not easy to deviate from budgets set in the beginning of the financial year. “Repairs on vandalised City property constitute such deviations. Given the scale of our challenges at local government, this particular battle is an especially bitter one for the simple reality
Mother Mot her Earth’s Earth’s close sshave have A NEAR-EARTH asteroid named 2012 DA14 passed the Earth at a distance of about 27 700 km from the Earth’s surface on Friday at 21:24. This may sound like a large distance, but in space terms it’s a very close shave. The asteroid passed within the moon’s orbit and was closer to Earth than weather and communications satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Fortunately, calculations showed that the asteroid would not hit the earth during this pass and was extremely unlikely to hit any man-made satellites. The asteroid will next return to our neighbourhood in 2020.
It was originally thought that there might be a small chance of a collision with Earth on its next approach in 2020, but this has now been ruled out and astronomers have determined that there is no risk of impact for the next hundred years. Unfortunately, the asteroid fly-by was not visible to the naked eye as it was too small. However, it was visible using binoculars or a small telescope. For further information, contact the South African Astronomical Observatory’s Dr Nicola Loaring on firstname.lastname@example.org or 2 (021) 447-0025. Details of the asteroid’s position can be found at www.heavens-above.com.
Monoloë wat skrik vir niks
ELKE meisie moet op een of ander stadium leer wat “daar onder” aangaan en Die Vagina Monoloë wat by die Intieme teater tot Saterdag 23 Februarie plaasvind, is die beste manier om vrouens en tienermeisies in te lig. Deon Meyer, ‘n Afrikaanse skrywer, herroep die belangrikheid van die onderliggende saak en beskryf die toneelstuk as “volwasse, intellegente vermaak wat jou laat lag, huil en bo alles jou laat dink.” DIEP DINGE: Antoinette Louw (‘Inge’ van 7de Laan); Lulu Botha Die Vagina Mon- (Grieta kry Geleerdheid) en Simone Biscombe (Kaapse Kabaret) oloë is reeds in 48 is die talent wat gesien kan word by die Intieme teater. Foto: Verskaf verkillende tale vertaal en word tot Saterdag, om 20:00 by die Intieme Teattans vir die eerste keer in Afrikaans op- er. gevoer. Kaartjies is R90 en kan bespreek work Die toneelspel vind plaas van Woensdag by 078 216 5969.
HARD WORK: Cleaning up after vandals is a timeconsuming and expen sive business. Photos: People’s Post (for illustration only) that it prevents us from doing our job and making delivery progress for the whole city.” To report copper theft phone 0800 222 771. Vandalism is malicious damage to property – a common law crime. Call the nearest police station or Metro Police on (021) 596 1999. If the incident is graffiti-related,
also phone (021) 596 1999. The general call centre number which the public can use to report faults is 0860 103 089; select option 2 for water-related faults, email email@example.com or SMS 31373; select option 3 for electricity-related faults, email firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS 31220.
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A beautiful feast for eyes PEOPLE from across the Cape gathered at the Everard Read Gallery at the V&A Waterfront for the recent opening night of Beezy Bailey’s Dancing in the Woods exhibition.
OBSERVING: OBSER VING: Willie Steyn admires some of the artwork.
FOCUSED: Patrice Boussekey deep in thought.
The exhibition runs until Thursday 28 February. Dancing in the Woods is Bailey’s first solo exhibition in
APPRECIATING: Sarah McCarthy and Ella McCarthyPage. APPRECIATING:
NIGHT OUT: Michael Duelge, Cwenga Qotyiwe and Susanne Bittorf.
MAN OF THE MOMENT: Beezy Bailey (left) with Liz Knight and Charles Shields.
ALL SMILES: Amy McLoughlin with Di Meek.
Cape Town in six years. This powerful body of work includes beautiful paintings and drawings created over the past year, as well as two large bronzes. Using silkscreened images, Bailey invokes his vision by adding trees, birds, butterflies and flowers, using mixed media such as oils, enamel and pastel.
GOOD TIME: Michael Cherry and John Buttersby.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Taryn Selmon, Mark Sandak and Nicci Bailey.
ENJOYING YING THE NIGHT: Jane Flanagan and Tim Butcher. ENJO
FRIENDS: Cathy Abraham and Victoria Lockwood.
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Children’s heart disease in spotlight at congress
HEATED: A team of experts has to deal with a range of fires in the Peninsula.
Partnership key to fire management A TEAM effort is required to respond adequately to wild fires in the Cape Peninsula.
This is according to a statement from the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association, which adds that the Cape Peninsula, with its extensive urban interface, is particularly renowned for often catastrophic fires during the hot and windy summer. While these fires are potentially disastrous to human life and property, it must be born in mind that the Cape biome comprises firedependent vegetation, a spokesperson for the association says. And, as such, it “will continue to present challenges to wildfire fighters”. “The fynbos ecosystem, the definitive vegetation of the Cape, actually needs to burn at regular intervals to maintain the diversity of the species. But if it burns too often, the seed source becomes insufficient to repopulate the burnt area, and if it burns too seldom the fuel that builds up in the form of dense brush will generate too much heat, killing the indigenous seeds that lie dormant.” This makes the challenges of managing wild fires in the Cape extremely complex. A balance has to be achieved between the needs and safety of the communities that border on the mountains and the complexities around the maintenance of our unique floral kingdom, the association says. The difficulties raised by effective fire management cannot be met by a single body. Instead, it requires a concerted team effort drawing on the expertise of professional and volunteer fire fighters who are expert in both structural and wildfires; ecologists and conservationists who can monitor the effects of fires on vegetation; and teachers who can educate the community on the dangers of fire. “What is needed is a controlling body that can take the sum of these parts and effectively meld them into a team that meets any challenges presented by runaway wild fires.” In the Cape metropole this role is professionally handled by the association. They are believed to be unique among national fire protection agencies in the diversi-
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ty it faces in terms of potential fires – ranging from exotic pine forests in Newlands to ostrich farms and Cape coastal fynbos near Cape Point. Within its boundaries are hundreds of kilometres where residential areas border directly on to combustible vegetation. “Add into that mix the numerous informal settlements that are potentially at risk and it becomes clear that professional fire management in the Peninsula and Helderberg areas (which also falls under the auspices of the association) is absolutely essential.” Formed for this purpose, the association is headed up by the Manager of Fire of Table Mountain National Park. Working in conjunction with City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, the provincial Disaster Management Centre, government programme Working on Fire, volunteer groups and aerial fire fighting operations, the association coordinates and manages resources for fire prediction, prevention, suppression, education and management. Many people don’t realise that, in terms of current legislation as promulgated under the National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998, they are “legally and financially responsible for the losses caused by fires that originate from their property. Failure to comply with this legislation means an automatic assumption of negligence in the case of damage caused by fire originating and spreading from your property”. Membership to the association will protect you against these claims and members receive expert advice on fire management plans. Fighting runaway wildfires is costly. The helicopters whose pilots put their lives at risk dropping water on raging fires can cost anywhere between R18 000 and R55 000 an hour depending on the type and number of aircraft required. To this cost must be added those of firefighting crews and vehicles, which can add anything up to R1 500 an hour per team of 10. When major damage is incurred to property, forest or farmland, the costs can spiral up into the millions. Contact the association on (021) 689 7438/9 or visit www.cpfpa.org.za.
Dust off those hik hiking ing boots STRAP up those hiking boots for some fun walks. Saturday 23 February will see a full-day hike up Skeleton Gorge to the aqueduct. This is quite a strenuous hike, so you need to be hiking fit. For more information email Ken Greaves at email@example.com. On Sunday 24 February you can hike from Tokai Arboretum, up through the forest past
the fire lookout and on to the cave for tea. Bring money for drinks. For more information contact Rodney Manicom on 083 440 0054. Sunday 24 February will see an easy outand-back hiking trail which starts in Du Toitskloof. For more information email Charmaine Friel at Charmaine@sherston.co.za or phone 083 230 6793.
CAPE TOWN ZONING SCHEME (CTZS) The City’s new single zoning scheme comes into effect on 1 March 2013. Simultaneously, on this date all previous legacy zoning schemes are repealed. The new regulations and zoning map are available and can be viewed at your nearest district office, or at planning.capetown.gov.za. Should you have any enquiries or require further information or assistance, please contact your nearest planning district office or visit the aforementioned website. Enquiries of a general nature can also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER 24/2013
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way to find solutions to these “unnecessary and preventable deaths was to bring international experts to the country”. To this end, close to 2 500 world experts are meeting to discuss cutting-edge advances in cardiology and heart surgery, how better to prevent adult-onset heart disease and how to improve health service provision for cardiac care. The programme includes transmission of “live cases” from six hospitals: two in Europe and four in South Africa. Delegates can watch heart procedures and participate in the active management of the patients through moderators. The procedures to be performed include heart valve replacement and the closure of holes in the heart with high-tech implantable devices, without open-heart surgery. The congress has attracted the best international heart experts from 110 countries. A series of general interest lectures will be held, including a lecture by Professor Sir Ian Kennedy who headed a two-and-a-halfyear investigation into death and substandard surgery in Britain. His findings, after the biggest medico-legal enquiry yet held, have led to radical reforms in clinical practice worldwide. There is also a lecture about the epidemic of sudden death during sport. Another highlight is the screening of the documentary Open Heart which follows the journey of eight Rwandan children with rheumatic heart disease chosen for life-saving heart surgery in Sudan.
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HEART specialists from across the world converging in Cape Town are to source solutions to prevent unnecessary and preventable deaths. They are meeting at the sixth World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, which runs until Friday 22 February. The statistics speak for themselves. One out of every 100 babies is born with congenital heart disease. In most of Africa, for these with lifethreatening abnormalities, this is a death sentence. With adequate numbers of heart specialists and nurses, the latest diagnostic and intervention techniques, improved care and newer technologies, the survival rate of a baby born with a congenital heart condition should be 95%. In South Africa, six out of every 10 babies born with heart disease in need of surgery or intervention do not get it and die. In many other developing nations it is far worse and the congress aims to seek solutions to this tragedy. In resource-poorer countries, adult survivors of neglected congenital heart disease and those living with acquired heart diseases, like Rheumatic heart disease, have a poor quality of life with chronic illhealth and are unable to work in what should be their most productive working years. The congress organisers feel the best
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Do something SOUTH AFRICANS have every right to feel they are the world’s lament. It is a country riven by horrific sex crimes as well as other acts of barbarism. And given the technological wonders of Facebook, Twitter and other social media, there has been a furious flurry of “liking”, “sharing”, blogging and other prolific internet postings. But such remote activism is not going to cut it. It is not enough. We need to clean up our act. We need to get our hands dirty. Marching while wearing black in the streets isn’t going to be enough. Nor, for all its symbolism, will sticking tape over our mouths. Same goes for moments of silence. Our world needs help. Urgently. Practically. So, what are you doing? How are you getting your hands dirty? There are countless organisations dedicated to helping the downtrodden. Flinging money at our social ills will only take us so far. The biggest, and first, change we can ever make to help this world is adjusting our attitudes. The psychological power trip that all abuse offers is a battle that starts in the mind. We need to constantly reinforce the idea that it is not okay – ever – to inflict such agony. It needs to be part of our DNA that the mere suggestion or idea of such violence causes the body to be ill. The prevention of rape needs to become the norm. It should be anathema to our belief system. Anene Booysen’s death is nothing new. Such gory crimes have plagued our communities for years. There’s Delft and the Bush of Evil, Caleb Booysen (2) from Manenberg who was bludgeoned to death, 11-year-old Annastacia Wiese from Mitchell’s Plain who was raped, murdered and stuffed in the ceiling of her home. It is a litany of shame. Let’s stop waiting for a solution to drop out of the sky. Do something. Get your hands dirty.
Deal with soc social ial ills Have courage to see ‘sickness’ ‘sickness’ HOW is it that a society such as this one rapes, kills, abandons and attacks its women in such huge numbers, daily, year after year? How is it that a society such as this puts men in power who are charged with rape and corruption when 50% of the population are women? Would not a healthy society pick up the fact that certain people you just don’t give power to? I am saying this to bring to light just how deep the sickness in society is. It is a sickness that brings about such hatred and attack of another and it is a sickness that does not support each other, but seeks only to enrich itself. How is it that a society such as this one produces men who behave so poorly? Is it not mothers who bring up their children (and) society who reflects their values on those children? It is from the very bottom to the very top of society that this sickness is reflected. I am saying this to show how the blatantly ob-
vious gets overlooked because of the sickness society carries. If you want to change the world you see, you have to make changes to what you do, what you support and, mostly, what you do not support. Where are your wise ones, your peaceful ones, your caring ones? Why are they not given your attention? Why (are) only the loudest, the ones with the “bling”, the angry ones, the power seekers running the show? Make the deaths of all the women ever raped and abused count for something by having the courage to open your eyes and stop ignoring what is right in front of you. We are all responsible for the world we have created. Finish with blaming others and start by taking responsibility for your world. Every uncaring act, every ignored fact becomes food for sickness. MARTYN TAYLOR Letter edited. – Deputy Editor
All have role in our communit communities ies WE, AS the parents, must take the responsibility to teach our children to be respectful to elderly people and to know who our children’s friends are. We, as South Africans, must unite, take back our streets and fight the abuse of children and women. The community has now taken a positive stand that “my child is your child and your child is my child”. Also we need to operate within the law and
courts. I believe that no parent raises their children to become gangsters or rapists. We must not be afraid to erase illegal activities in our communities, otherwise we will still have problems. We must take ownership in our communities and play an active role in ensuring our youth strive to succeed and we must ensure our youth attend school daily to have a good education. WILLIAM AKIM
Not ‘cred ‘credit it clear’, clear’, so can can’t ’t get work I’VE BEEN struggling since last year to get a job. I’m not credit clear (and) 90% of the time my application is rejected because of this. Most ads even tell you that you should be ITC clear. How do they expect anyone to work? More importantly, how can anyone clear their credit if no one is prepared to give them work? It is so ridiculous and is becoming frustrating. I have a wife and son, and 95% of the time there
is no food, there’s no money for travelling (and) we live off my wife’s salary, which is minimal. How do people survive without getting sick of depression because of stress? I don’t think this is fair, nor (is it) healthy for society. I think this is part of what turns good people to doing bad things just to survive. Is there something that can be done about this? NAME WITHHELD
YOUR editorial “Crisis point” (12 February) on the untimely death of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen provides much food for thought. The same day the leader appeared, I listened to a news bulletin in which a Bredasdorp resident correctly stated that socio-economic conditions often led to antisocial behaviour. If one looks at the plethora of protest actions in recent times around the lack of service delivery in the less affluent areas of our province, then it is clear it will take very little to ignite the raw anger that was displayed following the brutal killing of Anene. That poverty is rife is also not in dispute given the large number of informal settlements all around us. How sad that 18 years into our democracy, we still find the bucket system in use at Phumlani Village in Grassy Park. To get to the point where we will all respect the human rights and dignity of others, those in public office should fix the small things, namely the social evils, first. If a tavern is still open at 3:00, then those who are responsible for Bredasdorp must deal with it without looking for a scapegoat elsewhere. The unacceptably high levels of crime in our poorer communities have indeed reached a crisis point and something needs to be done urgently to address the concerns of those living in constant fear. We can only take our streets back once the “broken window” strategy (fixing small things first) has been implemented so that none of us end up becoming just another statistic. COLIN ARENDSE
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He’s bringing slapstick back COMEDY legend John Cleese returns to South Africa after the sold out success of his 2011 tour.
IN ARMS: Well known dance teacher Mark Hoeben puts Tshamano Sebe (left) and Themba Mchunu through their ballroom dance paces as they prepare for a scene in Athol Fugard’s masterpiece Master Harold ... and the Boys. Photo: Supplied
Master Harold takes to stage Master Harold ... and the Boys will be running at the Fugard Theatre from Monday 4 March until Saturday 30 March. The play is set in the St George’s Park tea room in Port Elizabeth circa 1950. He takes you on a journey of three friends who grow up in a racially divided country. It also deals with political issues, indi-
viduals, and their struggles for life and happiness in a world that is set up to deny them these basic human rights. The play is produced by Eric Abraham and directed by Kim Kerfoot. Tickets are available at Computicket.com and priced between R130 and R150. Alternatively book your seat at the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 0 021 461 4554.
Genre mix a treat for the the ears IF YOU’RE looking for a place the unwind, head for the V&A Waterfront’s amphitheatre. The line-up of free shows running until Sunday 24 February will suit all musical tastes. Sunday 17 February will showcase Henri Kriel, a South African singer, songwriter and accomplished actor. He recently completed a three-song EP while working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Barry van Zyl on drums; bass guitar by Roger Bashew; Paul Malherbe on lead guitar, rhythm guitar and harmonica; and Mark Fransman on the accordion and organ. Kriel’s sound has that old school rock and roll feeling with a belting vocal performance, catchy guitar riffs and a melody that is thoroughly entrancing. Also performing on Sunday 17 February is The Dane Taylor Trio, a Power-Blues/Rock band who will have you rocking out. Heavily influenced by great artists such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon and John Mayer, the trio portrays a keen sense of melody and groove which keeps them honest and energetic. The Nomadic Orchestra is a five-piece instrumental dance band with a strong jazz aesthetic. Their music is described as being in-
SONGBIRD: Catch Faze4 lead vocalist Abigail Bag ley at Jack son Hall, GrandWest tomorrow (Wednes day), Friday and Satur day. The fourpiece local band also con sists of Frank Cuddumbey on keyboards, Ashwin Daniels on drums and Mike Krwaqa on bass. Faze4 specialises in traditional and Cape jazz, but also plays RnB, kwaito, pop and dance music. They per form from 21:00 on the night.
fectious, high-energy dance music that is bound to get your feet tapping. They will be performing on Sunday 24 February. This unique band is strongly influenced by traditional music from South-Eastern European countries including Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. They are also influenced by Klezmer, gypsy and circus music as well as contemporary western party music. Every Saturday this month is dedicated to the talent search competition, Take to the Stage. Twelve unsigned bands have been shortlisted and will battle it out at the amphitheatre throughout the month. Performances on all days are from at 18:00 to 19:00.
See him in action in his uniquely entertaining show John Cleese Live on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Best known for his idiosyncratic turns in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers, Cleese will again bring his unique comedy perspective to audiences. The first half of the show will see Cleese talking to radio man John Maytham in detail about his life up to and including his Monty Python career. In the second half Cleese will talk about Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda and other controversial and hilarious matters. He’ll also answer questions from the audience. Cleese started out as a sketch writer for BBC Radio’s Dick Emery Show and then The Frost Report. After this stardom beckoned and Monty Python was created, with Cleese co-writing and starring in four series and three films. He went on to achieve further great success as the neurotic hotel manager Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, which he cowrote with his then wife Connie Booth. He went on to crack the USA with A Fish Called Wanda which he wrote and starred in with Jamie Lee Curtis. The late 1990s saw the
WITTIER: John Cleese heads for the city. unstoppable Cleese appear in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough and later Die Another Day. His latest film role was as The Guv in the popular South African film Spud. Tickets,between R395 and R510, are available at Computicket.
Catch French violin violinist ist in concert LOVERS of classical music are in for a treat on Sunday 24 February. Acclaimed French violinist Philippe Graffin will perform at the Summer Sunset Concert with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of their principal guest conductor maestro Martin Panteleev. This, the final concert of the Cape Town International Music Festival, promises to be a memorable afternoon. Graffin’s individual style of playing and outstanding achievements have already placed him among the finest of French violin-
ists. The concert at Kirstenbosch will include popular classical works such as Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Overture Fantasy Romeo and Juliette, Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto, Sibelius’ Finlandia and Smetana’s The Moldau. The concerts is from 17:30 to 19:00. Gates open at 16:00.Call (021) 799 8783/8620 or visit www.sanbi.org. WIN! Three double tickets can be won by emailing the word “orchestra” to firstname.lastname@example.org. People’s Post readers can enter online at www.peoplespost.co.za to win three double tickets. Winners will be phoned.
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‘Black and yellow’ ambushed at home LIAM MOSES
MILANO UNITED slumped to a shock 0-1 defeat against stragglers Polokwane City in a National First Division match at Rooikrans this weekend. The Grassy Park side went into the game in third place on the table, with their opponents languishing in third last. Milano started the second-half of their season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Thanda Royal Zulu in the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday and were favourites to take three points on Saturday. And although the match seemed to be going as planned, with the home side dominating the play, it was Polokwane who took the lead in the 20th minute. The visitors launched a counter-attack after rebuffing yet another Milano surge and Tlolane Puleng made no mistake, beating goalkeeper Sherwyn Naiker from the edge of the box. Trailing 0-1, however, didn’t deter the hosts as they continued to commit numbers on attack and hold a high defensive line when in possession. United looked particularly threatening in the second-half, but poor decision-making and inaccurate final balls stopped
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COMING THROUGH: Milano United’s Keanan Thomas reach es for the ball ahead of Polok wane City defender Million Mkhabela in his side’s 01 de feat. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
them from finding the net. Meanwhile, Santos, Milano’s local NFD rivals, fared much better in their clash with Thanda in Kwa-Zulu Natal on Saturday. The Lansdowne side had a tumultuous mid-season break, with Dutch coach Mart Nooij being replaced by Ian Palmer. Palmer lost 3-2 to Vasco da Gama in the Nedbank Cup in his first competitive encounter at the helm, but his side bounced straight back this weekend. Darron Omaticus put Santos in the lead and neither team found the net in the remaining minutes. The 1-0 victory sees the People’s Team climb one place to eighth on the table and the victory offer the title challengers will give Palmer’s side some much needed confidence as they push for promotion back to the Premier Division. Milano will face FC Cape Town in a local derby at Parow Park tomorrow (Wednesday 20 February), while Santos will hope to succeed where their neighbours failed when they host Polokwane City at Athlone Stadium. Milano will again be in action on Sunday 24 February, when they face Bloemfontein Celtic in Free State. Liam.Moses@peoplespost.co.za
Crosscourt action in Athlone A GROUP of squash lovers have set out to revive the sport in Cape Town’s previously disadvantaged areas after forming a club in Athlone. The Mixim Squash Club was formed last month will be based at the Mixim Squash and Recreation Centre in Asar Mini Mall, Belgravia. Chairperson Natheer Price says Mixim aims to change the sport’s reputation as an expensive or elitist sport, and raise awareness on the Cape Flats. “If you go into Mitchell’s Plain, Bontehuewel or Manenberg and ask someone if they know of anyone who plays squash, their reaction is probably going to be ‘what is squash,’” says Price.
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“We want to develop or create awareness of the sport in the community. It’s a sport that is unseen in the media and is becoming a thing of the past. We are trying to uplift the sport in this community, and also develop it in local schools, like Belgravia High and Alexander Sinton.” Price adds the only other players, he knows of, in Athlone and surrounding areas either don’t play competitively or leave the area to play for clubs in wealthier areas. The club currently has around 20 members, one of whom is Mitchell’s Plain teacher and community worker Irafaan Abrahams. Abrahams, who grew up in Athlone and played at the courts as a teenager, says the courts helped grow the game during apartheid. “Top squash players plied their trade there during the apartheid era. It was one of the first squash courts to be erected in a more impoverished area,” he says. “It used to be known as a rather elitist sport, but with that court being erected it made it possible for the locals to come play squad.” He says the sport also acted as a “haven” for him and other youngsters during riots in the mid 80s. “In 1984 and 1985, when we were at high school during the height of the uprisings and the soldiers would line up in Belgravia Road and caspers drove up and down, we would run up the ramp at the courts and the
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SERVING THE COMMUNITY: The founders of the Mixim Squash Club in Belgravia hope to grow the sport across the Cape Flats. They are, from left, Nathier Price, Naseebah Jap pie, Irafaan Abrahams, Ashraf Jappie and Shaheen Jacobs.
gates would be closed behind us and we would have a safe haven.” Abrahams, who raised over R500 000 for charity by running the New York and Chicago Marathons over the last two years, hopes the sport will help other youths the way it helped him. “I have been able to travel thanks to the sport. I played in England. I got the opportuni-
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RIGHT BEHIND YOU: Two Freestyle Motocross (FMX) riders fly through the air during the FMX event at the Hunter’s Extreme Ultimate X. The event was hosted in the V&A Waterfront on Saturday and over 5 000 people attended. Nick de Wit and Alastair Sayer shared the top prize in the FMX category. Photos: Rashied Isaacs
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FLYING MACHINE: Rondebosch resident Badir Chellan entertains the crowd at the Hunters Extreme Ultimate X in the V&A Waterfront on Saturday.
VOB plans to pull out all the stops LIAM MOSES
BASEBALL supporters and players have been promised a “tournament to remember” by the hosts of the upcoming South African Baseball Union Inter-regional Tournament (IRT). The tournament will be hosted by VOB Baseball Club, with the assistance of Lansdowne Eagles and Battswood baseball clubs, at the Chucker Road Sports Complex from Saturday 30 March to Saturday 6 April. Kevin Johnson, chairperson of VOB, says the club and local organising committee (LOC) will be hoping to succeed where past tournaments have failed. “We are trying to make this memorable because, generally, the tournaments (have not
been) memorable. It is done because it has to be done,” he says. “I have played at national and international level. So I want something that the players are going to remember.” Johnson adds many of the past tournaments have not had individual awards after the completion of the event. He says entrance for spectators was free, despite the fact that many players had spent large amounts of money to participate in the tournament. This year will also be the first time in the tournament’s history that the junior and senior events are taking place in the same week. In previous seasons the tournaments were separated by as much as a month, meaning players or officials involved in both senior and junior teams would have to travel to the host city twice.
VOB was awarded the right to host the tournament by the Baseball Association of Western Province late last year and Johnson says the club is “ecstatic”. Darrel Jones, chairperson of the LOC, says visitors can expect an experience that is “original to the Cape”. “We are trying to make sure we have a festive atmosphere at the field. We want both players and spectators, schools and local communities, to come and support the tournament,” he says. “(In the past) there hasn’t been night games, so the idea is to incorporate some night games for the seniors, while the idea is still under discussion for juniors. Normally the night games attract quite a lot of people, because the atmosphere is a bit different. We are hoping to give the country a bit of Cape
Disabled athletes race through Southern Cape LIAM MOSES
A GROUP OF 14 athletes from across the southern suburbs have returned from George after competing in one of South Africa’s largest sports events for disabled participants. The group took part in the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge on Saturday and raced in the five or 10km fun events. It was the second time Manenberg resident Ivan Sidlayiya (44) competed in the event, of which, he says, the best part was socialising with fellow-competitors. “I like taking part in the Oteniqua Wheelchair Challenge because I get to meet other people who have disabilities,” says Sidlayiya. “If you can’t push yourself there are people who help you. It was nice to meet all those people who are also in wheelchairs.” About 2000 wheelchair athletes from South Africa, neighbouring Zimbabwe, and as far afield as Austria and Australia took part in the race. The 14 athletes are all affiliated to the Asso-
ciation for the Physically Disabled (APD) and were assisted through the association to compete in the event. The event comprised a 42.2km and 21.1km event, which together offered a R220 000 prize incentive, while the APD atheletes took part in the five kilometre fun event or 10km race. APD deputy director Millinda Noemdo says the participants benefit more from the social aspects of the event than the physical one. “(The event is) mostly psychological and about social integration,” says Nomdoe. The event offers disabled competitors a chance to compete with like-minded individuals and to show them that they have “potential and ability” to take part. “They will gain some confidence. It’s all about ‘I can’, as in ‘I can be involved’ and ‘I can enjoy myself despite my disability’.” This is the fourth team APD has sent to the race. Belinda Lewendal, an employment social worker at the APD, says the organisation would usually have sent more athletes.
READY, SET, GO! Some of the more serious racers line up at the start of the 2013 Outeni qua Wheelchair Challenge. Photo: Supplied “There would have been more people going, but one of our vans was stolen. We had to reduce the number of people,” says Lewendal. For more information about the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge visit www.georgeocc.co.za.
Town flavour, while we are also hoping to attract the minstrels for a Cape cultural experience.” Around 1 200 of South Africa best junior and senior baseball players are expected to participate in the IRT, which will be played on the 14 fields laid out at Chucker Road. The senior tournament will feature colts (under-21) and senior teams from each region and run from Saturday 30 March to Wednesday 3 April. The junior section will run from Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 April, with under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16 and under-18 teams competing. The LOC is still searching for tournament sponsors. Any businesses interested in sponsoring the event can phone Maritha Williams on 073 490 9291.