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CRIME: FEWER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON STREETS

Safety first While the Mother City gears up for an influx of tourists, community safety structures are concerned that the City of Cape Town may not be prepared to tackle crime over the festive season. According to council’s Festive Season Preparedness Plan, 60 Law Enforcement officers will be made available for the Western area of the city, ranging from the Atlantic Seaboard to Retreat. Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security JP Smith says 64 operational staff were deployed to this area between July and September, according to the quarterly report on the functioning of Specialised and Law Enforcement Services. During the festive season, these officers will focus on contraventions at beaches and public open spaces relating to noise control, illegal dumping, urinating in public, illegal hawking and public drinking, Smith says. The Western area of the city has almost two dozen beaches, including Maiden’s Cove, Clifton and Camps Bay. Between eight and 14 Metro police officers will be on duty per shift throughout the different areas, he says. “We do daily analyses of any challenges that may arise, which will determine where our resources should be optimally deployed in line with good policing standards,” he says. Smith declined to divulge how many officers are usually on duty, for safety reasons. There can never be enough Law Enforcement officers, believes Sea Point Community Policing Forum chairperson Heather Tager. “Enough is never enough. The area is vast and there can never be enough officers. But the plan is comprehensive and concentrates on taking peak times into account. We cope every year, and the City has learnt from past experiences,” she says. Central CPF chairperson Brandon Golding says Metro Police and Law Enforcement numbers are generally low and boosting numbers over the festive season often requires officers to put in overtime. “The festive season numbers are usually made up through overtime or the use of volunteers. The City needs a bigger budget to be able to hire and train Law Enforcement officers. It’s not a quick thing to train offic-

ers – it often takes a year or two. While I’d prefer more officers to be on duty, those are what we’ve got and they will just have to work smarter through more integrated operations with police,” he says. Golding adds that areas with improvement districts will also contribute to safety over the festive season. The preparedness plan makes provision for 20 Law Enforcement officers for liquor, vice and problem buildings – six less than usual. “Based on the quarterly report, the staff complement for the Liquor Enforcement and Compliance Unit was 11, seven for the Vice Squad and eight for the Problem Buildings Unit,” Smith says. “Officers in these specialised units attend to incidents throughout the Cape metropole in response to calls from the public.” Tager believes more officers are needed to enforce liquor and vice bylaws. “The number is too few, but it is an increase on previous years. You can’t really take officers away from other areas to enforce liquor, vice and problem buildings, as it will then leave a void in another area.” This contingent of staff is close to the usual number, Golding says, but the festive season brings an increase in traders who need to be kept in line. “We will probably ask for more officers, as we want liquor bylaws to be policed a bit harder. While outlets may not be closed down over the season, we’d like to see them fined should they transgress,” he says. The festive season is a challenging time for law enforcement, Smith admits. “The season sees an increase of visitors to the city. These crowded conditions increase the opportunity for a vast range of crimes. This, coupled with the abuse of alcohol and drugs, creates an extremely challenging environment for Law Enforcement,” he says. However, Smith believes council’s new Auxiliary Law Enforcement Service initiative will ease the burden on Law Enforcement. “The City will be implementing our new initiative which will see the first 39 fully trained volunteers patrol their communities. The volunteers were recruited from neighbourhood watch structures and appropriate communities across the Cape metropole,” he says.

BODIES IN MOTION: Ballerina Londiwe Khoza will perform in the Cape Dance Company’s annual end of year season, which has become a highly anticipated event on the Cape Town dance calendar. Artistic director Debbie Turner has commissioned two new works for this Artscape season: KeepCover by Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish and Bolero by Christopher L Huggins. The Cadence season will be performed at the Artscape Theatre from 28 November to 7 December. Tickets to this extravaganza, as well as four other events, are up for grabs this week. See page 12 for more. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

TRANSPORT: CODE OF CONDUCT FOR DRIVERS

Taxi industry changes gear

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The implementation of a code of conduct for meter taxi drivers will be enforced from the end of the month. Speeding, unroadworthy vehicles and slack service from this public transport medium may become a thing of the past, as passengers are given a way to report dangerous drivers. The Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, which was established last month, is finalising guidelines for taxi operators, allowing customers to blow the whistle on bad service or conduct, says council chairperson Ayub Baker.

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“The code is a guideline for how the industry should handle customers. It will standardise the industry and operators’ interaction with the public. Instead of customers having a preferred operator, they will be able to receive the same service from all of them,” he says. Metered taxis contribute significantly towards the growth of tourism in the province, Baker says. “Cape Town, for example, is gearing up for an influx of tourists that will come via cruise liners. Metered taxis are one of the preferred modes of transport for such tourists and we are making sure that we are going to provide an honest, quality and efficient service.” Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works spokesperson Al-Ameen Kafaar says the code of conduct aims to address the relationship between taxi companies and drivers, as well as the behaviour of drivers towards the commuters. “Operators and drivers will from now on be subject to behavioural standards as indicated by the code of conduct, and passengers will be able to demand a certain standard of behaviour and service delivery. Commuters will now have recourse whenever they are dissatisfied with service,” he says. The metered taxi industry plays a crucial role in the province’s economy, Kafaar continues, and the industry plays a significant role in relieving the traffic congestion in Cape Town. The code will be applied to the industry as a whole, and any operator not living up to the minimum norms could stand to be

Sunday 24 November V City Bowl: Join the Cape Natural History Club for a guided walk around Cape Town’s old commercial district. The cost is R40. Book with Sheila on (021) 782 1620 or visit www.capenaturalhistoryclub.co.za. Monday 25 November V Zonnebloem: Table Bay Toastmasters Club will host a Humour HopAbout meeting with guest speaker Jenny Morris at 18:00 at The Best Western Cape Suites Hotel. Entry iss R75 with an obligatory meal. Seats are limited. Book through Geoff on 083 280 2456 or visit www.tablebaytoastmasters.co.za for more information. Tuesday 26 November

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V Gardens: The South African Institute of International Affairs’ Western Cape branch will host a talk, entitled Our SAIIA - how it sees the world and what it does, by the organisation’s chief executive Elizabeth Sidiropolous at The Mountain Club of South Africa, 97 Hatfield Street, at 18:15. The address will be preceded by the branch’s annual general meeting at 17:30. Entrance for non-

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: A new code of conduct is being finalised by the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, will give passengers the means to report bad service. PHOTO: NICOLE reported. “As a recourse for drivers who do not adhere to the code of conduct, passengers will now be able to contact a call centre, which will be established, to report the taxi service through the vehicle registration number and driver’s name,” Baker says. In addition, an education programme will

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be rolled out to make the public aware of their rights when hiring a metered taxi. The code is being finalised this week during workshops between the department and the council. The code will then be submitted to the industry for comment and should be implemented by the end of the month.

members is R30. RSVP to saiia.admin@telkomsa.net or call Pippa on (021) 761 4842. Refreshments will be served after the event. Tuesday 26 November V City Bowl: The Iziko South African Museum will host a talk by well-known eco-adventurer and former radio and television personality Patricia Glyn. She will speak about her journey into the Kalahari with famous Bushman Dawid Kruiper and his family in search of traces of the family history. The talk will take place at 18:30 at 25 Queen Victoria Street. Entry costs R60. Saturday 30 November V City Bowl: The guest poet at the next meeting of the Poetry Circle at Central Library will be the well known Cape Town writer, poet and storyteller Diana Ferrus. She writes in English as well as Afrikaans and is best known for her poem on Sarah Bartmann. There will be an Open Mic session to share your own verse or favourite published poem, and this is followed by light refreshment in the Book Room. The Poetry Circle meets between 14:15 to 16:00 at Central Library on the of corner Darling and Parade Streets. For

more information, email focalmr@gmail.com or SMS 083 539 8442. Sunday 8 December V City Bowl: Musicanti Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Erika Naumann, will perform a concert at 18:00 at the St Martini Church in Long Street. The programme includes Monteverdi Scherzi Musicali for three voices and strings with soloists Antoinette Blyth, Lente Louw and Charles Ainslie; JS Bach Concerto for oboe, violin and strings with soloists Carin Bam and Felix Arndt; and F. Schubert Symphony no 3 in D. Tickets are available at the door for R60. For more information contact orchestra manager Willem Thijsse on (021) 790 5310.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

FEELING FESTIVE: Mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday conducted a test run of the city’s festive lights, which will brighten Adderley Street from Sunday 1 December. She was joined by local entertainers Goodluck, Jimmy Nevis, The Rockets, Selim Kagee and carnival characters who provided a preview to what Capetonians can expect at the free public concert at the Grand Parade ahead of the switch-on which will take place at 20:30. PHOTO: TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN

GREEN POINT: PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY PLAN ON THE CARDS

Open Streets talks head for Main Road NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

Green Point is being considered to host an Open Streets event, which will see Main Road closed to traffic. After successful events in Observatory and Langa, Main Road is being considered to hold the pedestrianfriendly event, says Open Streets’ spokesperson Marcela Guerrero Casas. Open Streets is a non-profit organisation aiming to enable locals to reclaim public spaces, encourage interaction between different communities and promote the use of alternative forms of transport. “We are looking at possible streets that could become Open Streets in Cape Town. Main Road is one of many. Others include Bhunga Avenue, Harlem Sttreet in Langa, Main Road in Muizenberg, Long Street and Adderley Street, among others. We have engaged with all of them,” she says.

Green Point residents were engaged in a Talking Streets event last week, which saw locals raising issues around the infrastructure of the fan walk, pedestrian safety and use of public space. “For Open Streets days to take place, the community must drive it. This was our first opportunity to have that discussion,” says Guerrero Casas. “It’s still early days.” Green Point Ratepayers’ Association co-chairperson Luke Stevens says the event is still being discussed, but believes it would benefit the community. “Open Streets is a forum for coming up with ideas or different ways of doing things. One of the things that detracts the most from the area is the toxic line of Main Road, between the homes and the Green Point common,” he says. An Open Streets day would bridge this divide this, says Guerrero Casas. “It would invite everyone to uti-

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

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With 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children looming, the safety of vulnerable members of society is again highlighted. The horrific circumstances in which Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen and a female student in India died speak volumes about how safe women are in society. Both were raped and murdered. And they’re not alone. Charmaine Mare (16) was murdered and dismembered in Kraaifontein; Thandeka Mandonsela (14) was gang-raped and murdered in Johannesburg and Ge-Audrey Green (15) was found murdered and stuffed in a drawer under a bed in Kraaifontein. People’s Post readers speak up about how to fight crime.

ALIS ALISON ON VAN VAN DER MER MERWE WE believes the justice system needs to raise the bar. “There are too many police officers who are corrupt or are lenient to the guilty (parties). I can’t depend on them.”

NOMAZULU NJEMLA says the wheels of justice are either too slow or don’t turn at all, leading to some being too scared to speak out. “If you report a rape today, the rapist is out again tomorrow.”

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CHERYL COTT CHERYL COTTON ON believes the death penalty needs to be reinstated. “If the criminals know what will happen to them they might stop. They rape because they try to prove superiority.”

ARNOLD CHIKWIRA CHIKWIRA says women must look at how they dress as it might “tempt men”. “Women know there are crazy men out there who rape. The justice system has failed to protect them.”

KIM MIT MITCHEL CHEL believes the unemployment rate needs to decrease to minimise crime. “If people are busy at work they won’t have time to think about crime. The law needs to improve.”

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Festive fun to hit Cape Cape Town Town As the Mother City gears up for the festive season, council has planned a line-up of popular events to attract visitors and boost the local economy. Research recently revealed that direct spend on tourism in Cape Town had grown at 5,6% per year between 2009 and 2012. The line-up for the festive season promises to have something for everyone, young and old, from communities across the city. The season kicks off with a free public concert at the Grand Parade on Sunday 1 December at 16:00, featuring a star-studded line-up including legendary Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Nevis, Mi Casa, The Rockets, GoodLuck, Hot Water and DJ Luwayne. Mayor Patricia de Lille will do the annual switch-on of the festive lights in Adderley Street at 20:30 on Sunday 1 December. The Cape Town Summer Market, formerly known as the Adderley Street Night Market, is open from Saturday 14 December to Monday 30 December.

The market, spread throughout the Company’s Garden, has been billed as a one-stop destination for gift-shopping. On Monday 16 December the fan walk will come alive with Reconciliation Day festivities. On Tuesday 24 December, the Christmas bands and choirs will entertain in the city centre. Cape Town’s biggest New Year’s Eve party yet takes place at the Grand Parade on Tuesday 31 December. The bash starts at 18:00. The New Year’s Eve Nagtroepe parade will start after the party at 00:30. The Tweede Nuwejaar parade, which rings in the New Year for a second time, will take place from noon on Saturday 4 January in Darling Street in front of the historic City Hall. The date has been changed to accommodate Muslim residents and visitors who celebrate a holy night on Thursday 2 January.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

LAND REFORM: DISTRICT SIX PETITIONERS MARCH ON PARLIAMENT DEMANDING SPEEDY SERVICE

Claimants take to the streets

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Almost 400 District Six land claimants marched to Parliament yesterday (Wednesday) to present a memorandum to the national Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform. The claimants are demanding a speedy resolution to their claims and that government fast track an amended law allowing late claimants to submit applications for land restitution, says District Six Working Committee chairperson Shahied Ajam. The amendment to the Restitution of Land Rights Act no 22 of 1994 has been published for consideration of Parliament, and will allow for the re-opening of the registration process to lodge claims, says Vuyani Nkasayi, provincial spokesperson for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The amendment is aimed at people who did not lodge claims before the closing date in December 1998. “The amendment is undergoing a parliamentary process at this stage. The portfolio committee on Rural Development and Land Reform is going around the country consulting people on their views about the proposed amendment,” Nkasayi says. The Working Committee’s memorandum offers up remedies for urban restitution, Ajam says. “At the moment, legislation is

centred around housing developments, not around restoring this historical site and the dignity of its residents,” he says. Former District Six resident Shariefa Majiet, who moved to Manenberg during the forced removals, says she is marching for her rights. “We want our houses. The government has taken too long to register our claims. I’m over 70, as are many of us. We’re sick and dying. Must we die before we are allowed to return to the place we were born?” Lavender Hill resident Mogamat Benjamin used to live in MacKenzie Street and still has fond memories of the area. “I used to go to school here. I had friends here. I used to dance in the carnival in these streets. I have lodged a claim, but I’m standing in solidarity with the people removed from District Six. The people must come back. We belong here,” he says. The bare fields in the former District Six are a painful reminder to Yacoob Goodall of his Pontac Street home. “It’s changed so much from the place I grew up. I want to come back. There’s something very sad in my heart when I look at it,” he says. The department is currently completing phase three of a housing project in District Six. Ajam would like to see this third phase of housing developments in the area abandoned, and a 150ha of land given to claimants as restitu-

SPEAKING OUT: District Six Working Committee chairperson Shahied Ajam hands over a memorandum to the head of staff for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Errol Heynes. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN was discussed with claimants who lodged claims before 1998, and any call on how to deal with new claims will be discussed once the process has opened. At this stage, the development of District Six will go ahead as per the people’s wishes,” he says. Nkasayi says the department will respond to the memorandum once they have perused it.

their claims in 1998, and will not be affected by late claimants, Nkasayi says. “The District Six Working Committee is talking about new claims, and at this stage the department has not opened the new land claims process. We are still dealing with valid claims which were lodged before the 1998 closing date. The current development of District Six

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

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STAR OF THE SHOW: Angela Kilian, the lead actress in Sunset Boulevard, with theatre producer Pieter Toerien. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

PAIR: Actors Kyle Grant and Rhys Hewitt-Williams. HAIR PAIR:

Sunset Boulevard recenlty opened to a standing ovation at Theatre on the Bay, where it runs until Saturday 4 January. Sunset Boulevard won seven Tony Awards in 1995, including Best Musical, and boasts one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable and haunting scores. Based on the Billy Wilder film, the play weaves a moving tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition.

Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by Tinsel Town with the advent of “talkies”. Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.

SMILES: SMILES: Brent Adams and Eugene Yiga enjoyed the performance.

RAZZLE AZZLE D DAZ AZZLE: ZLE: Sunset Boulevard cast members Mila De Biaggi, Anton Luitingh and Bronwyn Reddy relax after the show.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain Small businesses will be cashing in on MyCiTi bus commuters as council accepts tenders for retail outlets at its stations. The short-term concession rights for retail opportunities at the various MyCiTi bus stations were granted to Camissa Trading Solutions, which will provide airtime and electricity vending machines and to a small cellphone accessory store at the Civic Centre. Also awarded concession rights was Media Support Services, which will provide and operate a newspaper and magazine stand. Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron says public tenders were invited to determine market interest in opportunities to operate small-scale retail outlets and vending machines. The decision was taken to provide retail outlets as part of council’s commitment to create economic opportunities for small businesses, he says. “The retailers further provide a service to MyCiTi customers, thereby enhancing their experience. Airtime and electricity are needed on a daily basis and quite often com-

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muters cannot get to their local retail outlets in time to purchase these necessities. The provision of these retail outlets is a value-added service to our MyCiTi commuters,” he says. The rental income will also contribute towards the cost of running the stations. Future retail opportunities include the retail spaces at Gardens station, additional spaces at the Civic Centre station, additional spaces for vending machines in locations that will not obstruct passenger flow, and a much larger retail space at the future Century City station, Herron says. However, local Mike Gonyora feels the informal trading sector should be included to boost entrepreneurship. “It’s a good idea to have useful products on sale. Everyone needs airtime and many commuters will read on the bus. However, machines are taking over and employment opportunities for informal traders should rather be created,” he says. Informal trader John Davids often serves food to commuters from the Civic Centre station at his food stall on Adderley Street.

Cape Consumers shares R37-million annual bonus Cape Consumers announced last week that it will pay a whopping R37 million into the accounts of its 42 000 cardholders in its much anticipated 2013 bonus payout this month. “While this means cardholders will have additional money for Christmas and holiday shopping, the payout should bring further cheer to stores in the Western Cape and beyond over the festive season.” So says Monty Stephenson, acting managing director at Cape Consumers. He says that cardholders’ spend grew by 4% during Cape Consumers’ financial year, which ended on 6 July 2013. Cardholder turnover, which broke through the billion rand barrier for the first time in 2013, reached a total of R1.03 billion by the company’s financial year end. “The highest bonus to be paid into a cardholder’s account is R30 023 and the bonus for the top 100 cardholders is an average of R8 941 this year,” says Stephenson. “The latest bonus brings the total of the annual bonuses paid to cardholders over the past five years to more than R186 million.” Annual bonuses are shared among cardholders every November in proportion to the amount they spend during

Cape Consumers’ financial year at any of the 5 600 stores nationwide that accept the b-Smart card. With the bonus comprising up to 5% of cardholders’ expenditure at these stores, the more one shops using the b-Smart card, the higher the bonus is likely to be. In addition, consumers don’t have to be cardholders for a full year to qualify for a bonus. Speculating on next year’s bonus, Stephenson believes cardholder turnover should break another record. “We have recently seen encouraging results posted by Shoprite and Pick n Pay of turnover growth of between 8% and 10%. This suggests South African consumers are possibly seeing an upturn in the economic environment,” says Stephenson. Cape Consumers seeks to increase cardholders’ spend over the next five years to achieve its vision of developing a supplier network and product offering tailored for the family. It has also sought to delight cardholders through a new web-based customer relationship management and transaction system. “This, combined with an experienced team, enables Cape Consumers to drive efficiencies and deliver quality service,” says Stephenson.

“It’s a great idea to have retail opportunities at the stations. Many of my customers

come from the station. It would be good for business if we were allowed to trade there,” he says. However, local Eddy Dawson believes vending machines require less management. “Informal traders will just be a headache. All the machines need are maintenance. People are still getting the opportunity to make money,” he argues.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

ECONOMY: CASH BOOST FOR CRAFT AND DESIGN SECTOR

Creating great opportunities

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

CREATIVE CRAFTS: Council has awarded the Cape Town Craft and Design Institute with a R84 000 cash injection to increase its work with local artisans. PHOTO: SUPPLIED training workshops run by the institute, while creative workshops helped her to discover hidden creativity and design skills. “Especially useful to our business have been opportunities to take part in local trade and consumer shows on the CCDI stand,” Jakoet says. “We were able to find new clients, increase our customer base, test new products and get first-hand feedback from customers as to their likes and needs, as well as what sells and what design aspects to focus on.”

Having established itself in local markets, Chic Fusion products were shown by the institute at Top Drawer in London at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. Chic Fusion was exposed to the international market in 2012 at Ambiente in Frankfurt, Germany. Nearly a quarter of its turnover came from exports that year and the company was chosen to attend a trade show in New York in August as part of the institute’s offering. While Jakoet initially undertook all the

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Thanks to a R84 000 cash injection, the Cape Town Craft and Design Institute will now be able to increase its work with local artisans. The non-profit company was established in 2001 to promote and grow the economic sustainability of the craft and design sector in the province. This sector plays a major role in the city’s economy, providing employment for disadvantaged communities and supplementing the tourism industry, says the institute's communications officer Judy Bryant. “About 40 000 people work in the craft sector in South Africa and contribute R2 billion a year to the economy. For thousands of people in the Western Cape, craft is an entry point into the mainstream economy. Yet these craft producers often do not know how to market their goods, raise bank loans or improve their skills and products,” she says. The institute offers business and product support to crafters, designers and creative entrepreneurs. Over 100 new, sustainable long-term jobs have been created in the province over the last year owing to the institute’s jobs fund project. Some of these jobs were created at Chic Fusion, a felt-making company specialising in accessories and homeware. When Razaan Jakoet first started Chic Fusion, she found that her previous positions as a secondary school teacher and an office manager had given her the administrative skills to run a business. But her skills in costing and pricing, as well as marketing and sales, were sorely lacking. She was able to learn these in the business

work herself, she now employs three people, depending on current orders. “All these factors have allowed our business to show steady growth,” Jakoet says. Cape Town’s craft and design industry is diverse, making it a unique expression of the cultural diversity of the city, says Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning Garreth Bloor. Council recently donated R84 000 to the institute. “The size, composition and growth of the city’s tourism industry is one of the major contributors to the growth of the local craft and design market. This sector links the informal and formal economy in Cape Town and helps to enable the participation of women, youth, the disabled and previously disadvantaged people to connect with the mainstream economy,” he says. The funding was given to the institute to empower small and medium enterprises, Bloor adds. As the institute is an NPO, it relies on funding from bodies such as government to implement its programmes. The funding will be put towards support interventions, Bryant says, such as providing an environment in which craft producers can further develop their existing products and prototype new products; offering training and learnerships to develop craft producers’ skills in creativity, business management, production and marketing; mentoring assistance and a referral system for craft enterprises; and helping craft producers to define their targeted niche markets and to reach them through channels such as local craft markets and consumer shows, retail outlets and trade shows.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

PADDLES AT THE READY: The third annual Oxford-Cambridge Paddle to Read dragon boat race takes place at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 30 November from 9:00. The morning will be packed with friendly yet fierce competition as the two university publishing houses compete to raise funds for reading. The day kicks off with a school vs school race, followed by two fun charity races. The publishing houses then gear up to go paddleto-paddle in the tradition of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race – a major international sporting occasion drawing millions of viewers from around the world. All proceeds generated will be used to purchase reading books for The Shine Centre’s language and literacy programmes.

Surf festival to make waves

FOR A CAUSE: Provincial Community Police Forum chairperson Peter Mead, ward councillor Beverly Schafer, Sea Point police Station Commander Colonel Maehla Lento and Florence Lento.

The Wavescape Surf Festival takes over the Mother City from Wednesday 27 November to Monday 16 December. The line-up this year includes the Wavescape Film Festival, which screens the world’s best surf, adventure and ocean conservation films at Clifton 4th Beach, The Labia Cinema and The Brass Bell. Wavescapes also presents a surfboard art exhibition and charity auction, an evening of talks by ocean thought leaders and a surfboard market and party. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, which is supported by the Save Our Seas Foundation and WWF’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative. The annual Wavescape Art Board Project showcases top artists such as Brett Murray, Mikhael Subotsky and Roger Ballen. Come-

dian Rob Van Vuuren will auction the art boards at a charity auction on Wednesday 4 December at Superette. Proceeds go to the NSRI, Shark Spotters and the Isiqalo Foundation. Fish Fry brings the surfing community together in a surfboard market at the Blue Bird Garage in Muizenberg where educational entertainment activations will take place, while two Ultimate Braai Master teams will compete in a fish braai competition using sustainable fish species, with DJ Cath Grenfell from 5fm spinning the decks. Slide Night moves to the Cape Town Aquarium on Thursday 12 December for an evening of 10 minute presentations by 10 ocean thought leaders. V For more information about the festival line up, visit www.wavescapefestival.com.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 21 November 2013

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), is responsible for the management and payment of social grants. SASSA must ensure that the right social grant is paid to the right person at the right time and place by conducting social grant reviews. WHAT IS A SOCIAL GRANT REVIEW? SASSA is required by law, to ensure that only eligible beneficiaries receive social grants. This entails SASSA checking that a beneficiary’s circumstances still make them eligible for a social grant. Social Grant Reviews also assist SASSA in addressing and eradicating fraud. SASSA CALLS ON ALL THOSE BENEFICIARIES, WHO HAVE RECEIVED CERTIFIED REVIEW LETTERS ,TO ENSURE THAT THEIR SOCIAL GRANT IS REVIEWED. THIS PROCESS MUST BE COMPLETED AT THE NEAREST SASSA CONTACT POINT. FRAIL AND BEDRIDDEN BENEFICIARIES MAY ESTABLISH CONTACT WITH THE NEAREST SASSA LOCAL OFFICE TO ARRANGE FOR A HOME VISIT.

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An all-star cast is set to dazzle audiences in Scrooge, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this festive season. Directed by Lara Foot, the play is set in the present day and journeys back to the early 1900s. It sees funnyman Marc Lottering in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Andrew Buckland and Christo Davids as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. It will also feature Welcome to Cape Town singer Nur Abrahams and Idols runner-up

SUMMER VIBES: Music fans, listen up: the 22nd annual Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concert Series will kick off at Kirstenbosch Gardens with a concert by one of South Africa’s favourite bands, Prime Circle, on Sunday 24 November. Fresh off two European tours, the band has been on the local music scene for the past 11 years. The concert runs from 17:30 until 19:00; gates open at 16:00. Tickets cost R120 for adults and R85 for children aged six to 21. Book at www.webtickets.co.za. People’s Post readers stand the chance to win one of five double tickets to the Prime Circle show. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. PHOTO: CHARL PRETORIUS

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ON THE MOVE: The Cape Dance Company’s annual end of year season has become a highly anticipated event on the Cape Town dance calendar. Artistic Director Debbie Turner has commissioned two new works for this Artscape season: KeepCover by Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish and Bolero by Christopher L Huggins. The Cadence season will be performed at the Artscape Theatre from 28 November to 7 December at 19:30 and also on Saturday 7 December at 15:00. Tickets range between R120 and R140 and are available at Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695. People’s Post is giving away two double tickets to the show. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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STILL HAS THE SKILL: Hanover Park FC’s Gavin Fisher (right) beats YMO St Luke’s player Faadiel Abrahams during the final of Hanover Park’s annual over-40s tournament at the Downberg Road Sports Complex. Hanover Park won 6-0. PHOTOS: RASHIED ISAACS

EXPERIENCE: YMO St Luke’s player Ian Lang (left) shields the ball from Hanover Park FC’s William Bowers during the final of Hanover Park’s annual over-40s tournament.

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wo southern suburbs men aim to row themselves into the history books when they attempt 48 hours of non-stop rowing next month. Noordhoek resident Greg Hunt and Graeme Colman from Plumstead plan to use one fan rowing machine and take one to two hour turns rowing and resting. The pair hope to raise money for charity with the event Rowed to Nowhere. But the original idea was to prove anything is possible, they say. It was during a hike in Noordhoek that the idea came to mind, Colman says. “We were talking about people, optimism, pessimism and being realistic and unrealistic,” he says. “The whole unrealistic thing came from a Will Smith quote: he says being realistic is the most commonly travelled path to mediocrity and that you have to be unrealistic and challenge yourself to overcome hurdles. So we decided to do something that is completely unrealistic to us.” The pair aim to row the equivalent of 648 km during the planned period and are currently hard at work in training. The event will not only test Hunt and Col-

READY TO ROW: Graeme Colman (left) and Greg Hunt aim to row non-stop for 48 hours for charity. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES man’s strength and fitness, but also their determination, willpower and mental strength. Hunt says the event was designed to be mentally and physical exhausting. “It’s brutal and monotonous; that’s what we wanted – something that is going to be as mental as it is physical,” he says.

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Baseball development battle LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT

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aseball officials have accused the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) of poor administration. DCAS selected Devonshire Baseball Club to partner with Fairmount High and Montague’s Gift Primary schools as part a sport development programme, leading to the club’s junior ranks swelling as a result. But the chairpersons of Grassy Park’s Crusaders Baseball Club and Ottery’s Thistle Baseball Club have questioned why their clubs were overlooked for the programme. Thistle chairperson Garth van Eeden says the club has been developing the sport in the area for many years. “Last year Devonshire had one senior and one junior team. They haven’t been doing development at any of the schools in those areas, while we did. I hold coaching clinics at those schools,” Van Eeden says. “Montague’s Gift Primary knows about baseball because of the clinics. The head coach at the school told me he has been mandated to send the kids to Devonshire Baseball Club.” Crusaders chairperson Clinton Fortune believes either Thistle or Crusaders should have been selected as the club to head the programme. “Devonshire moved into a area where there have been clubs for 30 years,” he says. “Now they are depleting other club’s playing resources.” Devonshire’s partnership with the schools forms part of the DCAS Mass Participation, Opportunity and Access, Development and Growth (MOD) Centre programme. The MOD centre programme see schools provide recreational sport and other extra-mural activities to pupils. It also allows schools to focus on particular sport codes or activities. Baseball was selected as the focus code for Montague’s Gift and Fairmount and, as per procedure,

FINGER TIPS: Cody Marais of Silvertree Baseball Club dives to safety at third base, as Westridge Yankees player Carl Rapepi is too late to tag him. The Major League Baseball game was played at the Stephan Reagan Sports Ground on Sunday. Plumstead’s Silvertree won 13-3. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

the closest club to the school is selected as the partner. The school is then provided with all necessary equipment for the sport, while coaches from the club coach at the schools, either on a voluntary basis or as employees of DCAS. Players from the school can then join the partner club or other clubs. Van Eeeden believes the club

should be selected based on its history of development, while Fortune believes the club that has been in the area longer should be given preference. He also suggests clubs should be allowed to apply to head the programme in a tender process. But DCAS spokesperson Daniel Johnson says the process does not allow for this.

SA’s best fighters collide at UMF LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT Glory, national titles and a shot at international gold will be on the line when the national muaythai championships crash into Cape Town next month. The Ultimate Muaythai Fight Night (UMF) will see several of South Africa’s top Muaythai exponents battle it out. Two titles will be up for contention on the night and top performers could also be selected to participate in the inaugural African Championships and World Championships next year. Sifu Quinton Chong, founder of Dragon Power, says only the best will be selected to the SA team. “We like to have full teams (for international tournaments), but it’s not just about going there to represent (South Africa) because we want to get medals,” he says. “We want the strongest guys to go; the

guys who we think are going to make it. Most of the guys we take have a chance to win medals.” Chong adds all fighters will assemble at Dragon Power, head camp of the South Africa Amateur Muaythai Federation, for a month-long course before the international tournaments. The top-billed fight will see Jarred “Rothwieler” Rothwell facing off against Ceeh Khuboni for the national professional title. Rothwell, an Observatory resident, recently returned from competing against the world’s best at the SportAccord World Combat Games in Russia. Widely considered to be the best muaythai fighter in South Africa, he says the experience made him a better fighter. “I feel like it has matured me in the sport; it has (prepared me) mentally. Being physically ready is the easy part,” Rothwell says. “It makes you believe in yourself; that

“The strategy is to link local schools to local clubs,” he says. “The strategy determined the outcome of the process. Tender processes are generally linked to procurement and the Public Finance Management Act.” Johnson adds the pupils at schools with focus codes are allowed to join any club. “While there is a relationship be-

you can challenge the people at the top. That’s where I feel where I now have the edge. I fought at that level and did so well. It gives me a lot of confidence.” Rothwell beat Khuboni on points last year, but is treating the fight as if he’s facing the former SA champion for the first time. “I can’t underestimate him just because I’ve beaten him before,” he says. “He has obviously studied me, so he will know what to do and not to do – the same on my side. I want to beat him again, but I also want to beat myself. I want to put on a better performance than the last time we went head-to-head.” UMF will take place at Dragon Power in Paarden Eiland on Saturday 7 December. Fighters from the Eastern Cape, Durban, Johannesburg, Free State and Western Cape will participate. The African Championships will take place in Morocco from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 January and the World Championships will take place in Langkawi, Malaysia from Thursday 1 to Saturday 10 May.

tween Montague’s Gift and Devonshire, (pupils) may join any club of their choice,” he says. “This message will certainly be communicated to all our coaches.” The procedure does also not allow for the best suited club to be selected, he adds. Crusaders currently play in the Major League, while Devonshire play in the Promotion League.

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