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Squatters make their move TAURIQ HASSEN
INSTEAD of the number of squatters dwindling after intervention as promised, the Old Military Road informal settlement is mushrooming. In August last year, the national Department of Public Works, which owns the land, confirmed that government proposed to relocate the shack dwellers from the area to a patch of land in Blouberg. At the new location, department officials promised access to basic services such as water and electricity (“Squatters to be relocated”, People’s Post, 21 August 2012). But instead of being relocated, locals noticed additional shacks being erected and “none of the promises made were kept”. Anwar Valley, the acting chairperson of the Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood Watch, confirms that there is growth in the contentious settlement. He says the new residents are originally from Mitchell’s Plain, and some are believed to be affiliated to gangs. “This is not right. People cannot just come in here and live wherever they want. For us it is not just about the safety and security of our area, but we try and get our children away from the drugs and other antisocial ailments. How can we do this if dodgy characters such as the new squatters living at the camp keep moving into the area unnoticed?” Valley asks. He was equally upset that only the neighbouring Tamboerskloof land, also owned by the department and separated from the settlement by a fence, was cleaned while BoKaap was neglected. “We feel that this area is not being taken care of, which is why these things (illegal squatting) can happen so easily without anybody noticing,” Valley adds. A resident, who asks not to be named, claims she heard the additional shacks being erected.
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UNWANTED UNWANTED VISITORS: Squatters living in these shacks have permission from the Department of Public Works to live on the land, but the neighbours hiding out in the bushes behind the settlement are a cause for concern. Photo: Tauriq Hassen “I heard all the banging and people moving things around. We were under the impression these people were meant to be moved. “When I noticed these strange faces, I immediately thought that residents were fed another lie from government,” she says. Her main concern is the amount of dirt coming from the settlement, which is dumped on the street corner for council to collect. “Everything is very convenient for these squatters. They get their dirt collected and they don’t have any responsibilities but to drink all day. At the end of the day, we as the residents are left to sit with the problems, while these government officials sit in their fancy houses,” she says. People’s Post accompanied the Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood Watch on
an inspection of the settlement on Friday, where a number of new shacks were discovered in the bushes. Jonathan Davids, originally from Elsies River, is one of the new squatters. He has been living on the streets for 35 years and was introduced to the vacant patch of land by friends. “I have nowhere to go and a person in my situation will take the chance to build a shack on empty land,” Davids says. During an on-site meeting last year, ward councillor Dave Bryant and provincial minister for Transport and Public Works Robin Carlisle were able to get an inside view of the problems around the squatter camp. Members of the Cape Town Community Police Forum, Green Point
CID, Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood Watch and City officials took the time out to brainstorm in front of dirt-infested shed neighbouring the settlement. Bryant is adamant that the City and provincial government are trying their utmost best to sort out the problem, but still maintains that the onus is on the real owners to tackle the issues. “The responsibility lies with the national department and we merely came to the party because that department was not responding to requests for help. However, we can’t evict or access that land without the permission of the rightful owners.” He disagrees that BoKaap is being neglected and argues that “no preferential treatment is given to one side”.
“I will notify the Solid Waste Department to clean up the area, but the national department should really be addressing these problems,” Bryant says. The Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood Watch has handed all new squatters with a notice to evict the land before their next inspection, which will take place later this week. People’s Post once again attempted to gain comment from the National Department of Public Works’ regional manager, Frederick Johnson, but he failed to respond to emails and messages at the time of going to print.
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
When winning is not enough TAMMY PETERSEN
HER eyes are mesmerised by the rapid spinning of the slots. It’s all or nothing; she is down to her last R50 and, if she loses, her children will go hungry for the rest of the week. Basheda is one of countless gamblers financially depending on the spin of the wheel. She earns R400 a week working at a shoe factory and is up to her ears in debt, something which has given her countless sleepless nights. While well-dressed women and men pull out stacks of R100 notes from expensive leather wallets, the mother of four takes her cash from the brown wage envelope she puts in the back of her faded jeans. She first got the taste of fast money two years ago while visiting family in Worcester. “We were simply going to have supper, but something about those bright lights and sound effects drew me to the gambling floor. I had a couple of bucks and decided to give it a shot,” she recalls. From the R50 she fed into the machine, she walked away with R540. “It would have taken me a week – and two nights of overtime – to earn that at work,” she says. “I kept checking my back pocket to see if it was still there. In my book, I was rich. If you’re used to not having money laying around, extras mean the world.” She has since spent every Saturday at the casino, at times spending every cent. “Once I won R2 000,” the 35-year-old says with a glimmer in her eyes before admitting she lost it all within two hours. She doesn’t believe she has a problem, despite admitting she once stole R200 from her sister-in-law. Neighbours have even phoned Social Services after she left her children – aged two, six, nine and 13 – alone for a full weekend while she gambled her wages away. “I don’t know what the fuss was about,” she says, irritably. “My eldest daughter is perfectly capable of taking care of the rest.” Research conducted by the National Responsible Gambling Programme indicates that while 50% of the country’s population does not gamble at all, 2.5% are problem gamblers. A total of 40% are recreational gamblers and 0.5% are pathological gamblers who require medication to stop. The difference between a recreational and problem gambler is that one understands that gambling is simply a form of entertainment, explains Professor Peter Collins, the executive director of the programme. “Recreational gamblers only do it for the adrenaline and excitement while problem gamblers believe gambling is a good way of solving their financial problems. They believe there’s a system to making money and that they can beat the odds while a logical person would know that winning is pure chance,” he says. Gambling addiction is similar to alcoholism as the addict has lost all self-control, Collins continues. “Usually the person is depressed or a substance abuser. It is rare that the addict’s only addiction is gambling.”
IN THE NUMBERS: According to research, 2.5% of the country’s population is problem gamblers, 40% are recreational gamblers and 50% do not gamble at all. Photo: mycalumetpark.wordpress.com Robert spends R3 000 a month at the casino and says he adds his “habit” to his monthly budget. His bond payments are in arrears of over R50 000, his wife has filed for divorce and the plumber has already received two written warnings for absenteeism from work. He insists he does not have a problem. “I’m just going through a bit of a dry patch,” the father of two argues. “I think I’m just out of sync with the machines.” His run of bad luck has lasted over a year. Robert initially visited the casino twice a year with friends, but after he won R15 000 on “the luckiest night of (his) life”, he was hooked on the euphoria that comes with beating the odds. “Since then I started focusing on specific machines and finding certain patterns,” he claims. “I discovered that my favourite games pay out most on a certain day, now that’s the only time I go.” Every Thursday at 23:00, he can be found staring at the spinning slots. “I used to win between R700 and R1 000 a night,” he recalls. After much coaxing, he admits he sometimes spent R1 500 before a big win. “That’s not important,” Robert insists. “The point is I won.” But he also lost the important things in his life. “My wife and children believe I have a problem, but they don’t understand the game. They live with her mother now. I will catch up on the house payments as soon as I figure out how the games changed and my family will come back. You must be willing to take the ups and the downs. I am sure I can stop, but I don’t want to. I like playing the machines.” He considers gambling as a “bad word”. “It’s a game and if you figure out how
ALL ABOUT THE MONEY: The multibillion rand gambling industry is a form of entertainment for some, but a false sense of income for others. Photo: casinogamblingrules.com
things work, it’s fun to play. Right now my timing is probably off; I’m just going through a dry patch,” he repeats. The only way to properly kick the habit is through behavioural therapy, Collins stresses. “But the real tragedy is most don’t want to admit to having a problem as they are too ashamed or too hooked to take that first step. According to evidence gathered from around the world, two thirds of people who sought professional help were problem-free a year later. It is possible to imagine a life without the addiction,” he says. Roseline hasn’t sat in front of a slot machine in over a year. She had herself excluded from the casino in November 2011. The housewife knows she will never see the flashing lights again. But, she says, she sometimes still hears the machine sounds in her dreams. Like Basheda, Roseline can barely make ends meet, which is why she set foot in the casino in the first place. “You can only eat dry bread for so many nights,” she says. “My husband is in a wheelchair and gets a disability grant. I can’t find a job. How do you live on R1 000 a month?” Two years ago she walked through the revolving doors of the casino, hell-bent on taking home enough to give her youngest son a birthday party. “All he wanted was a Barney cake for him and his four friends,” she says. “I barely had enough to feed him. Where would the money come from to make his day special?” Immediately after withdrawing her husband’s grant, she jumped in a taxi to Goodwood. “It felt so wrong to put a R100 note into that machine,” she remembers. “That was supposed to be our electricity money. But five hours later I walked out with a crisp R200 note. I went straight to the bakery to order that cake.” She decided against telling her husband where the money had come from and, since then, she’d kept R100 back each month to support her habit. “That first year I kept coining it. I would walk away with between R100 and R800 profit. I never wasted the money – I spent it on grocery shopping to cook decent meals for my family every night. I even did some home improvements to our dingy house,” she says defensively. But then her luck started to change. “I would lose my money within an hour. Instead of going home with a profit, I would have to use my bread money to keep going. I kept telling myself ‘Just one more spin, the machine needs to warm up’, but it didn’t. For every R20 I spent, I would lose R15 until there was nothing left.” In the early hours of one morning she was forced to hitch-hike to her Hanover Park home as she had used her taxi fare. “The man who gave me a lift insisted I do him a ‘little favour’. When I refused, he threw me out of his car. I walked for about half an
hour until an old man offered to take me home.” But what scared her most was that she would have considered doing the “little favour” – had the man offered her R100. “That night I realised I had a problem. Even though I am poor, I am very proud. But there I was, a mother of three children, thinking of selling my body for cash. What had I become?” That November night was the last time she set foot in a casino. “I will never be strong enough to even have a coffee or watch a show at any gambling complex. You think you’re in control, but desperation and greed are ugly things. Until today, my husband still thinks I was visiting friends and family when I disappeared. And I want to keep it that way.” Mike van Vuuren, the general manager of GrandWest Casino which is part of the Sun International Group, explains a gambler can have himself “self-excluded” from the casino should gambling become problematic. “The Sun International Group regards selfexclusion contracts as legal and binding documents that can’t be overturned. It remains in place for a year and extends to all properties in the group which in the Western Cape includes GrandWest and Golden Valley in Worcester. At the end of the period it is possible to have the contract extended,” he says. Banning, on the other hand, is instituted against patrons for not complying with the rule of law or for violating GrandWest company policy, Van Vuuren explains. Contraventions leading to this ranges from disorderly behaviour to leaving children unattended. Offenders can be prohibited from entering the premises for periods between six months and five years. However, he clarifies the difference between the two is that problem gamblers are barred voluntarily. “As with all addictions, treatment begins with admitting you have a problem. They can discuss self-exclusion with a manager who will advise them to contact the counselling line and will assist them in completing the relevant forms which are signed by both the casino and the problem gambler. “However, this is not a quick-fix problem solver. It is still up to the gambler to seek treatment and to honour the terms of the contract in which he or she effectively agrees not to enter any Sun International property for a period of one year.” Families and spouses can receive three free treatment sessions from the National Responsible Gambling Programme on how to deal with a problem gambler and assist in an intervention, if necessary, he adds. However, no one but the gambler can institute self-exclusion. “As such a step could possibly stem from an act of vengeance, for example, this can only be done through the legal process of a court order,” Van Vuuren says. . Phone the Problem Gambling counselling line on 0800 006 008.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
People’s Post Atlantic Seaboard-City Edition Page 3
Soccer academy focuses on goal TAURIQ HASSEN
OWNERS of a football academy in Oranjezicht have vowed to never give up the fight in a valiant attempt to save their property from being closed down by the City of Cape Town. The African Brothers Football Academy (ABFA) in Breda Street, Gardens has been accused of using the property unlawfully for commercial and business activities. The City claims that ABFA is also in contravention of the City’s Zoning Scheme Regulations. However, a furious co-founder, director, manager and coach of ABFA, Craig Hepburn, refuses to accept the City’s reasons for closure, explaining that thousands of children would miss the facility if closure was on the cards. He says around 30 schools are reliant on the services of ABFA. “It took five years for the City to come out and say that we are operating illegally and that I cannot understand. Plenty of children and schools within the community are heavily dependent on this facility and now they just want to close it,” an angry Hepburn says. Up until now, he, along with other investors, have invested approximately R4 million in upgrading what was once a crimeridden area, filled with vagrants and constant intervention by police. “The last time I checked, it was not illegal to play football in an existing sports facility. My plans were approved, I got the permission and I followed everything which was required of me, only to find out five years later that I’m contravening the City’s Zoning Scheme Regulations,” Hepburn says. The former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and Homeless World Cup winning coach confirms that the academy will not meekly accept their fate, but will rather fight this battle to the very end. “I have had enough now, because all I did was invest in the development of foot-
PERFECT PITCH: The African Brothers Foot ball Academy fiveaside soccer courts have been built in a perfect condition and would be missed if closed down. Photo: Tauriq Hassen
ball in this country. This did not cost the City a single cent and yet they find the need to want to close us down,” he says. “What will happen to all my children in the academy and where will they play soccer?” The academy was started in 1999 with the principle purpose of providing football coaching and facilities to children, some of which are from underprivileged homes. Some schools also use the facilities due to the lack of facilities at their school grounds. When ABFA was initially started, they had entered into a lease agreement with the Gardens Commercial High School governing body, turning the once “vagrant occupied dump site” into one of Cape Town’s most favoured five-a-side football courts. Gardens resident Anthea Williams has a 16-year-old “soccer crazy” son who spends most of his time on the field and noticed a “huge improvement” in his behaviour since playing at the academy. “He loves playing soccer and since he started playing at this facility, he does his homework on time, does his chores, eats healthy and looks forward to running out the door to get onto the field,” she says. “If they closed the facility, where would he go and what would he do?” Her 16-year-old son, Jarred, says: “I have learnt so much since playing at ABFA and if I was asked to support them by protesting against them closing it down, I am fully on board.” Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Belinda Walker, confirms that various meetings had already taken place with ABFA in order to inform them of the requirements and processes of the necessary land use and building plan applications. “The City is not against schools being used for activities other than education, provided the required permission is obtained from the landlord and they comply with the required legislation,” she says. Walker adds that allowing ABFA to “flout the rules” would be unfair to all of the other projects that are currently following the correct procedures. On 16 February 2012, multiple notices were issued to all respective parties requesting them to comply with the City’s regulations before 16 March 2012. A Temporary Departure application was submitted on 16 March 2012 to permit a Place of Assembly, which means to permit participation in sport and watching matches. “An application has been received, but it was incomplete and the request for outstanding information has to date not been received from ABFA or their consultants, which should have been provided by 28 May 2012,” Walker says.
SPECIAL EVENT: The Green Point Urban Park will be the venue for the largest mass Mawlid this Sunday. Photo: Tauriq Hassen
Muslims Musl ims gat gather her for mass Ma Mawl wlid id TAURIQ HASSEN
MUSLIMS from all over the world are expected to flock to the Green Point Urban Park as part of the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him). The park will host the largest mass Mawlid on Sunday with around 30 000 people expected to participate in one of the most important dates on the Islamic calendar. Muslim Judicial Council spokesperson, Nabeweya Mallick, says the event aims to reflect the “Cape Town spirit of gratitude” during the Muslim month of Rabi-al-Awwal. “As Mawlid has been commemorated globally for centuries, we will give recognition to all groups who have maintained the beautiful legacy of celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH),” she says. The event will see many different Islamic bodies and organisations coming together, with some international guests from Mecca and Syria also forming part of the list of dignitaries. Mallick confirms that Sayyed Abdullah Fad’aq from Mecca and Sheikh Muhammad al Ya’qoubi from Syria have been invited to attend the event. “We are urging the community to become
involved with this event in order for it to be a success,” Mallick says. Those attending the first mass Mawlid are encouraged to wear white Islamic wear, with the men urged to wear white turbans. Adequate salaah facilities will be made available for men and women. “We hope that the Cape Town Muslims would attend the event to assist and implement this great initiative,” she says. For more information phone 0 (021) 696 8256 or 0 084 563 7862. Alternatively, visit www.mawlidsa1434.org or email 2 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
Let’s talk about sex TEENAGERS can now legally engage in consensual sexual activities with one another. This comes after Judge Pierre Rabie reportedly ruled that two sections of the Sexual Offences Act are “invalid” and “inconsistent with the constitution”. Sexual activities exchanged between children older than 12 but younger than 16 years old, including kissing in public, used to be seen as a criminal offence. People’s Post interns Luzuko Zini and Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn took to the streets to poll readers on their opinions on this contentious ruling.
CHOICE: Virginia Jaffe says: “No child wants to have sex at 16 if they have a good selfes teem. A child looking to be loved who doesn’t get it from their family will look elsewhere.”
Photos: Luzuko Zini and Tarren- Lee Habelgaarn
GROWING UP TOO SOON: Maarten van den El GROWING saker says he finds it hard to understand why there even has to be a law concerning sex and minors. “If you are 12 years old you shouldn’t even be thinking of having sex. At that age chil dren should be riding bikes and playing out side.”
UNACCEPTABLE: UNACCEPT ABLE: Jamiel Carelse says he doesn’t agree with the ruling as this could lead to children having even less respect for the au thority of their parents. “Now everything is go ing to fall apart. If children are having sex they will think they are adults and that their parents can’t tell them what to do.”
YOUNG: Sarah Jones says: “They are chil TOO YOUNG: dren; they can’t make decisions like that and they are not aware of the consequences. I think the legal age to have sex should be 18 years.”
LITTLE INFORMATION: INFORMATION: Max Rittner says: “Hav ing sex is something natural, but 12 to 16 yearolds are very young. At that age they don’t know enough about the consequences of sex.”
SERIOUS MA MATTER: TTER: Ella Daniels says: “Children are informed about sex these days. I think they might be vaguely aware of the consequences, but not the severity of them.”
BAD IDEA: Mariam Carelse says having a law that makes consensual sex legal for children between the ages of 12 and 16 years old is not a good idea. “If children fall pregnant at such a young age it can have a negative effect on their future.”
Countdown begins to new-look Mardi Gras extravaganza OVER the next three years the Mardi Gras will be managed by a partnership between Extreme Concepts SA, Effective Image and Piscean Events put together by project manager Rayyan Bardien. People’s Post is the print media sponsor of the event, which is from Wednesday 30 January to Saturday 2 February. The partnership combines expertise which will make this Mardi Gras the best yet. Patrons can expect a new feel to the event, which will feature an entirely different structural layout consisting of three arenas. The concept of the entertainment is to cater for various age categories incorporating the
“carnival spirit” of Cape Town, says Bardien. The Miss Mardi Gras, the highlight of the annual event, will host 20 of the top local community ladies, with pre-shows to be held at Club Galaxy and Club Downtown. The event now moves from Friday night to Saturday night as part of the new feel of the show. With the support of the local FMC and CCC some of the costs to host the event have been covered by the sports and recreation department. However this is still far off from actual costs as profits are to be utilised to invest in sport development at the facility.
CDFA president Winston Engeldoe has urged the public to come out on the Wednesday and Thursday of Mardi Gras to support the various teams taking part in the Champions Cup, which will see the winners of the Super League and Premier Division in each age group battling it out to be crowned the Champs at Mardi Gras. Engeldoe says: “We are happy to have such a tournament form part of Mardi Gras as it is a fantastic platform for exposure of the talent within CDFA.” Deon Cleinwerck – from Extreme Concepts SA, an events company with over 20 years’ experience in the local and international arena – says the public is in for a
WHEELY CARING: Project manager for the Wildlands Conservation Trust, Lesley Joe mat, St John sis ter Sandra Safers, DoSomething Now board mem ber Michael Hor vitz and St John Community Projects Manager Glenville Leeden berg hand over the bicycles.
Conferment of Civic Honours Members of the public are requested to nominate individuals, organisations or military units for Civic Honours in accordance with the Council’s Policy for the Conferment of Civic Honours as adopted on 3 December 2008. Civic Honours may be conferred on citizens of Cape Town in the following categories: • • • •
Freedom of the City (person of distinction or military unit) Signing of the Civic Honours Book Freedom of Entry into the City (military units only) The Mayor’s Medal for one of the following: Community Affairs, Social Affairs and Services, Cultural Affairs, Youth Affairs, Recreation and Sport, Conservation, Economic Affairs and Extraordinary Bravery
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treat. He adds the event organisers have reached the final stage of planning for Mardi Gras and that he has moved on site to start the set-up of the Mardi Gras village on Friday 18 January. “You will start to see the village grow with the arrival of the amusement rides and marquees, and this will signal to the public that Mardi Gras is almost here.” Trading times are Wednesday 30 January from 17:00 to 23:00; Thursday 31 January from 17:00 to 23:00; Friday 1 February from 17:00 to 00:00; and Saturday 2 February from 11:00 to 23:00. Entry for adults is R20, while children will pay R10. Pensioners who produce their card will enter for free.
Caregivers’ Care givers’ help on wheels
AN American organisation called Do-Something-Now handed over 25 Qhubeka bicycles to St John home-based caregivers recently. This San Diego based organisation wanted to help cancer and HIV/Aids patients. Do-Something-Now bought the bicycles from Qhubeka, the strategic partner of the Wildlands Conservation Trust. Lesley Joemat, the project manager at Wildlands, decided to give the bicycles to St John caregivers who provide valuable homebased care for patients living with serious illnesses. The 150 St John caregivers work 4.5 hours
per day, and spend hours walking between the 1500 homes of patients. The bicycles will provide transport for the caregivers and enable them to visit more patients. This Trust aims to help rural communities move forward and progress by giving bicycles. The Wildlands Conservation Trust’s Tree-preneur Project was introduced in the Cape with the help of Spier and PSG Konsult Corporate. This project teaches people how to grow and barter indigenous trees for livelihood support, such as food, clothing, building supplies, Jojo tanks and bicycles.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
People’s Post Atlantic Seaboard-City Edition Page 5
Will curtain close on Labia Theatre? TAURIQ HASSEN
A FAIRYTALE ending might not be part of the script for two iconic Cape Town cinemas as their futures continue to hang in the balance. The Labia cinema has been operating four screens on their Art Deco-era Orange Street premises, with two screens opened at the Lifestyle Centre in Kloof Street 12 years ago. Both venues now face a dark and gloomy future after the Kloof Street venue was sold and the Orange Street venue lease agreement expires at the end of May. Owner of the Labia, Ludi Kraus, feels confident that the Orange Street premises can be saved. He confirms that negotiations between the Cape Film Commission, The Labia and the owners of the property, the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works are currently underway. “The Orange Street theatre is our flagship venue and we are negotiating with all parties to avoid the theatre’s doors from closing,” he says. However, Kraus admits that the Kloof Street theatre faces a grim future after the building was sold in August last year and currently has a new landlord. He explains that The Labia has no lease agreement with the new owners and attempts are being made to strike a deal with the new landlord. “We have made an approach to the new landlord, but we have heard nothing from them and if this theatre, which is an add on, closes down, we will have to fall back on our flagship venue in Orange Street,” Kraus says.
UNCERTAIN FUTURE: The future of The Labia Theatre in Orange Street is hanging in the balance. According to information sourced from The Labia Theatre website, the theatre in Orange
Photo: Tauriq Hassen
The building was first opened as a live performing arts theatre by Princess Labia in 1949, with the
Street currently consists of four screens, a 176 seater, a 95 seater, a 67 seater and a 66 seater.
building believed to have been built in the early 1930’s. Gardens resident and avid art lover, Samantha Goharm, is a regular visitor to The Labia and would be saddened if one of her “favourite venues” closed down. “Certainly people sitting higher up in the ranking will eventually realise that there is too much history behind this theatre for them just to close it down,” she says. Goharm is a firm lover of romantic movies and usually visits The Labia for a night out. “They can’t close this place, because funnily enough, I met my husband here and today we are still coming back to the theatre. My life story sounds like something The Labia should be screening,” she laughs. Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Film Commission, Denis Lille, explains that negotiations are currently underway with Public Works. He adds that the Cape Film Commission are negotiating to take over the lease of the Orange Street premises, which expires at the end of May. According to Lille, approximately 75 000 members of the film-watching community supported a proposal for the Cape Film Commission to take over the lease. “It really would be very sad if The Labia did not continue as a film theatre. “The Cape Film Commission has had discussions with the provincial government and there was some support shown,” he adds. Lille confirms that a decision has yet to be taken and the Cape Film Commission are still awaiting and outcome on the matter.
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
A night under the stars TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
ADVENTURE ADVENTURE THRILL: Alexander Ays and Sophia Eichler were ex cited to attend the screening of All.I.Can, an adventure ski movie.
DATE NIGHT: Jolene and Jonathan Bonney enjoy each other’s com pany while watching a movie under the stars.
MOVIE lovers can now take pleasure in experiencing the first open air cinema in Cape Town. The Galileo open air cinema takes place every Wednesday evening, with movie screenings starting at sunset, in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. There are different genres – documentary, foreign, adventure, sport and all-time classics – for movie lovers to choose from weekly. It is a fun-filled experience for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you pack your own picnic or feast on deliciously prepared food and beverages from a variety of vendors on site, it’s an exciting outing for a fun night under the stars.
CHEERS: Sandra and Boris Leyck couldn’t wait to watch the ad venture movie while enjoying a glass of wine.
GIRLS NIGHT: Lara Aucamp and Jocindy Mars were excited to experience something different at the open air cinema.
FUN FRIENDS: In the front are Charlie Gilbert, Jess Baker and Joelene Shap. In the back are Phil Hulse, Verity Beard, Ella Johnson, Scott Reinders, Kyle Dodds and Paddy Muller.
MORE, PLEASE: Michael Quartermain, Kay Quartermain, Olivia Vogal, Melanie Vogal and Robert Vogal. They say this was their third open air movie since November.
GETTING COMFORTABLE: COMFORTABLE: Annalene Philippin, Jaclyn Kern, Barbara Schwarz and Guido Schwarz enjoy a night out.
SUNSET PICNIC: Tasha Perreard, Julien Perreard, Lou Bailey Tiat, Brian Tiat and Anita Bonthuys socialise while waiting for the movie to start.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
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Be on high alert at ATMs
IN SPITE of the popularity of internet banking, many people regularly use ATMs to withdraw cash for smaller transactions.
An electronic payment service says it is a routine that many take for granted and that’s what fraudsters prey on. A recent report by the Spark Cash Index showed that the average cash withdrawal values across South Africa for December 2012 was R485.07, a 5.99% year-on-year increase, a spokesperson for Visa says. While this reflects a greater dependency on ATMs for disposable cash, the electronic payment service cautions the public to take special care when using this service to obtain cash – whether at a shopping mall or at the one-stop-shop at the local service station. The service provider highlights an example in which two men allegedly attempted to defraud an individual at an ATM by pretending to assist the cardholder in making a cash withdrawal. One of the men posed as a bank official while the cardholder’s card was swiped on a skimming device. The conmen were arrested, the spokesperson says. Fraudsters will use any opportunity to commit crimes, from looking over your shoulder to elaborate set-ups such as installing a CCTV camera and skimmer on an ATM machine to steal information about your card. By doing this, it will enable them to potentially create fake credit cards for fraudulent spending – all on your account. The service provider offers three potentially tricky scenarios you may face while withdrawing cash at an ATM and how to better
protect yourself from fraud.
ATMs in suspicious locations You are taking a casual stroll at a leisurely Sunday market when you realise you no longer have any cash and need to withdraw money. You spot an ATM, but as you approach it, your instincts alert you to the feeling you’re uncomfortable with your surroundings. The right thing to do in this situation is to find another ATM machine that you are comfortable using. Always be aware of your surroundings. If the ATM is poorly lit in a concealed location, or if you’re just not feeling comfortable, use another machine. Also avoid counting cash or rummaging through personal items while standing at the ATM. Watch for “shoulder surfing” You are at a well-lit ATM in an area you are comfortable with. There seems to be nothing wrong so you proceed to make your withdrawal. You’ve always had trouble with remembering your PIN, so you quickly take a peek at your note with the number. In the meantime, you failed to notice two shady characters lingering a little too close for comfort. Memorise your PIN and never write it down. Cancel your transaction immediately if you notice suspicious activity such as someone lingering over your shoulder or suspicious equipment on the ATM itself. Also, choose a PIN that is not connected to your personal information, such as your date of birth or phone number. Always take your ATM receipts with you. Keep your receipts to compare against your
bank statements as this is one of the best ways to help guard against fraud. You can also sign up for email or text transaction alerts from your bank so you can be alerted to any transactions occurring from any of your accounts in real-time.
Cash trapped You’ve input your PIN and the screens shows the transaction was successful. However, you don’t see any cash being dispensed by the machine. You assume the machine is out of order and go into the bank to report the situation. After you leave the ATM, a figure comes by and removes a device that is attached to the ATM and takes your cash. Always examine the ATM carefully for devices. Card or cash trapping devices are usually glued or taped to the card reader or cash dispenser. Also, look for extra cameras beyond the basic and generally obvious ATM security cam-
era. If you run into any problems mid-transaction, don’t leave the machine. Instead call the bank from the ATM where your card was taken.
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
Little pupils’ first days of ‘big school’
WEARING shiny black school shoes and bags almost as big as they are, the class of 2025 started their school careers on Wednesday. While teachers struggled to calm the excited children down, the little ones forgot their initial fear of their new environment while making friends and settling in to their new “big school” desks. People’s Post visited three local schools to capture the first lessons of tomorrow’s leaders.
PREPARED: PREPARED: Raid Jaffer is ready to tackle his 12year school career.
FOCUSED: Damica Bailey, Bukho Poni, Kwathitha Zide and Mihle Mtyobile on their first day.
I GOT IT RIGHT: Zachary Collins proudly shows off his first notes.
WELCOME: Some of the new pupils with Grade 1 teacher Mrs Thomas.
LOOKING GOOD: Amal Duminy makes sure every last block is coloured in.
Photos: Luzuko Zini
Photos: Tauriq Hassen
ALL DONE: Achmat Nurudien Jackson (left) and Ismail Scott show off their work.
READING TIME: Pupils start on their first reading book for the year.
LEARNING IS LEKKER: Tamica de Vries could not wait for her teacher and started reading ‘The Wind and the Sun’ on her own.
Photos: Tauriq Hassen
SOLVING THE PROBLEM: SOLVING PROBLEM: Khazimla Malusi gets stuck into his list of tasks for the day, which included pairing some pictures.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
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Premier’s project pays it forward LUZUKO ZINI
IF YOU have finished Grade 12 and have not yet decided on what to do this year, a stepping stone might be waiting for you in government. Pupils who have passed last year’s matric exam but have not been accepted at a tertiary institution or secured a job are being given a lifeline. The Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) project will see 1 000 matriculants from the class of 2012 given the opportunity to work in local government. Zak Mbhele, the spokesperson for the Office of the Premier, says the year-long programme will see the interns assigned with whatever duties the host department assigns to them, usually tasks of an administrative nature. “The project aims to give recent matriculants work place experience and on-thejob skills training to make them more employable in the job market,” he explains. Last year, 850 people took part in the project and over 200 interns were employed in the education department, the provincial education minister’s spokesperson Bronagh Casey says. “Some of them have been employed at primary schools across the Western Cape where they are assisting teachers in the classroom, preparing demonstrations, helping with reading groups and other educational tasks,” she says. “We hope that these interns are gathering valuable knowledge and skills in teaching and childcare and will use these skills in future endeavours, perhaps even taking up teaching as a career.”
Stroll tthrou hrough gh history LOCALS AND TOURISTS can enjoy a twohour Bo-Kaap Meander as part of the 10th Suidoorstefees. The Bo-Kaap Meander takes place on Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February at 10:00, 13:00 and 16:00. The event will help you experience the
At the department’s head office, interns perform clerical, administrative and computer work to develop their planning skills, she says. “Other interns have been extremely valuable in supporting our schools after school hours in assisting with coaching activities and sport. “These interns are gaining new knowledge and skills which will enable them to grow personally and be better prepared to enter the world of work or further study. “So far, all the feedback we have received about our interns has been positive,” Casey says. Applying is easy. Visit www.westerncape.gov.za and click on the PAY tab under the Public Information pop-up. There you will find out more about each department’s selection criteria. Fill in the online application form by 31 January 2013. Applicants need to attach an electronic copy of their identity document and latest matric results. The internship programme will run from 1 April until 31 March 2014. Nozuko Zongwana, who recently completed her school career at Sea Point High School, says she applied as soon as she heard about the programme. “Hopefully, I will get accepted and learn as much as I can so that I can have a clear vision on which career path I want to follow,” she says. Nokuphiwa Tame, who attended Aloe Secondary, is determined to be one of the successful candidates. “It’s an opportunity I can’t miss,” she says.
sights, sounds, tastes, culture, craftsmanship and traditions of the Cape Malay. Choose between the Mosque Route, the Cooking Route or the Trade Route. The meander starts and ends at the Artscape. Bookings at Computicket. For more information visit www.suidoosterfees.co.za or contact Fatima Allie on 082 066 3353.
INFORMED: NFORMED: Potential students are urged to check that the institution they apply at is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Photo: cmc.edu
Beware phony inst institut itutions ions AUTHORITIES, including the police and the Department of Higher Education, are repeatedly issuing warnings for prospective students to steer clear of bogus colleges and educational scams. But while this is sound advice, it may not be enough to actually assist young people in identifying such outfits. Additionally, people may also become unnecessarily wary of all private higher education institutions, limiting their own access to quality education. Dr Felicity Coughlan, the director of the Independent Institute of Education, says that because the private higher education sector is highly regulated in South Africa, with information readily available in prescribed formats, it is in fact easy to identify credible institutions and their campuses – if you know what to look for. “All the key information about the registration of an institution is available in the Register of Private Higher Education Institutions kept by the Department of Higher Education and Training. The information is also readily available from reputable institutions,” she says.
“There are also a few key questions to ask to which there are some simple answers, and if an institution is able to respond appropriately, it is worth considering.” Coughlan says prospective students can do these checks: •All private higher education institutions need to be registered with the department. Any credible campus must be able to show you a certificate to that effect, which details the campus, provider and qualifications. •All higher education qualifications need to be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council on Higher Education. If they are not accredited, they will not appear on the certificate. •All qualifications must be registered on the NQF by SAQA and students should ask for the SAQA NQF identity numbers. “Once you have established these three things, you can be sure you are dealing with a legitimate institution. “From there you can safely turn your attention to the particular qualification, quality and campus environment issues that meet your aspirations and interests,” Coughlan says.
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
Afraid of the big bad wolf?
THE RIGHT MO MOVES: VES: Mila De Biaggi as Penny and Gareth Bailey as Johnny in Dirty Dancing.
Time of your life REMEMBER hearing the line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” on the big or silver screen? Now producers Pieter Toerien, Hazel Feldman and Karl Sydow are taking Dirty Dancing to the stage. See all the moves at the Artscape Opera House as the unprecedented experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing, is relived. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring hit songs performed by a rocking live band, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping Time Of My Life, no audience will be able to sit still. The captivating story takes place at Kellerman’s Resort in Catskill, New York, in the summer of 1963 and centres around the relationship between daddy’s girl, Frances “Baby” Houseman, and talented, intense and handsome dance instructor, Johnny Castle. Baby is a high school senior who is forced to go on vacation with her family. She gets bored and wanders into the staff living quarters of the resort and discovers an under-
MUSIC IN THE AIR: Toya Delazy will be at the Kirstenbosch Sum mer Sunset Concert on Sunday 27 January. The combination of super talent Delazy, with the opening act by Lindiwe Suttle, makes for a fabulous blend of mu sic genres. Delazy has made a re al impact on South African Top 40 Radio with the release of her de but and followup singles Pump It On and Love Is In The Air. This tal ented young singersongwriter trained as a jazz pianist, but her more recent influences lie some where between hip hop, electro, alternative and pop. Her debut al bum Due Drop was released last year. Three double tickets are up for grabs to the event. Email en tries to competitions@san bi.co.za, with the subject “Toya” and your name by Thursday 24 January at 13:00. Alternatively visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter the online competition, which also offers three double tickets. The concert is from 17:30 to 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. For further information and ticket prices, call (021) 799 8783/8620.
world of young men and women who spend all their free time dancing. This world is risqué, sexy and exciting – a world forbidden to Baby. This is where she meets the charismatic and sexy dance instructor Johnny, who is as experienced as she is naive. While Baby is 17 years old and the embodiment of teenage idealism, the magnetic attraction between her and Johnny is inevitable from the moment they meet. She is instantly mesmerised by the sexy beat and risqué movements of his dancing, while he is drawn to her angelic innocence. Playing the leads of Johnny and Baby are UK Dirty Dancing star Gareth Bailey and local girl Bryony Whitfield. Shows run from Tuesday to Friday at 20:00, on Saturdays at 15:00 and 20:00 and on Sundays at 14:00 and 18:00. Tickets, priced from R100 to R400, are available via Computicket.com or 0 (021) 421 7695. Win! People’s Post is giving away two double tickets to the show on Wednesday 30 January. To enter, SMS the word “Dirty” and your name to 34586 by Thursday 24 January at 13:00. SMSes cost R1,50. Alternatively, visit our website at www.peoplespost.co.za and answer this easy question: Who plays Baby in the stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing? Winners will be notified by phone.
TWO good pigs are dead. The mutilated bodies of the brothers, both decorated police officers, were found in their respective homes on the same night in a savage and grizzly revenge crime. The prime suspect, a wolf, is still at large – and he wants the third little pig dead. The Three Little Pigs is a taut psychological thriller set in a world where Animal Farm meets Reservoir Dogs and gives rise to a dark and unexpected take on the classic children’s story. The delightfully twisted collaboration features multi-award-winning artists Rob van Vuuren, James Cairns, Albert Pretorius and Tara Notcutt. Described by critics as “dark, brilliantly acted satire” and “a political
thriller that surprises at every turn”, The Three Little Pigs is a riveting and subversive adaptation of an age-old tale. The Three Little Pigs premiered on the Arena programme at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown last year to rave reviews and packed houses. It was here that it picked up invitations to travel to three other international Fringe festivals, namely the Fringe World in Perth, Australia, the New York Fringe in the United States and the Amsterdam Fringe Festival in the Netherlands. The Three Little Pigs will run at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio until 9 February with tickets between R60 and R120 available via Computicket. There is an age restriction of 13.
CURLY TAILS: Albert Pretorius, Rob van Vuuren and James Cairns are The Three Little Pigs. Photo: Supplied
Exper perience ience a swing swing sensation sensation EIGHTY YEARS after the first explosion of swing, the genre remains as popular as ever. Alistair Izobell’s tribute show Slick Swing will bring this vibrant era to life at the GrandWest Roxy Revue Bar from 8 February to 30 March. In the 1930s American musicians produced some of the greatest songs and singers, many of whom are still acclaimed today. More recently, a Robbie Williams and Westlife cover of the Glen Miller classic Ain’t that a Kick in the Head introduced the genre to new generations. Three dynamic singers and a five-piece band will produce the distinctive swing
rhythm and big band sound. Vocals are provided by the talented Nur Abrahams, Aleshia Solomons and Edith Plaatjes, backed by Don Veno Prins on saxophone, Trevino Isaacs on keyboards, Charlton Daniels on bass and backing vocals, Jayson Delaney on guitar and Keagan Links on drums. The foot-tapping, finger-clicking repertoire contains all the favourite swing standards and the audience can expect to hear Almost like Being in Love, Thou Swell, Paper Moon, That’s Life, Mack the Knife and many more. Doors open at 20:00 from Wednesday to Saturday and the curtain rises at 20:30. Tickets are available from Computicket at R78.
IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING: Edith Plaatjies, Nur Abrahams and Aleshia Solomons will take you on a trip down memory lane. Photo: Supplied
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Art movie lovers say goodbye TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
IT’S the reel deal – Cinema Nouveau at Cavendish Square is no more. It was a week of mixed emotions for art movie lovers as the Cavendish Square Cinema Nouveau wowed the crowd for the last time on Thursday after offering top-notch films for two decades. Lauren Baronet, communications manager of Cavendish Square, says the decision by the mall co-owners not to renew the lease with Ster Kinekor was prompted by a demand to add a new retail offering to the Cavendish Square mix. “Cavendish Square confirms that a major retailer will take over the space occupied by the Cinema Nouveau complex. It is expected the new retailer will be trading from the second half of the year after configuring the space and fitting out,” says Baronet. Although Baronet did not mention which retailer will be taking over the space she says: “The co-owners’ priority is to deliver an offering that meets consumer requirements in a pleasant and safe environment. Where appropriate, the co-owners will seek to improve that offering and build customer traffic that also supports the contribution of the 250 other retailers in Cavendish Square. “This regular attention to the tenant mix is illustrated by the opening of six new stores within Cavendish Square in the last three months.” Shelly Erasmus says she’s been going to the cinema for years and can’t believe the de-
cision was made to close it down. “Over the years I have seen some of the most breathtaking screenings at this cinema and it was so convenient because I live 10 minutes away,” says Erasmus. She says now it won’t be a quick outing for her and other friends any more “because the closest theatre is in the Waterfront”. Mikhaila Johnson was one of the movie lovers who watched the last screening at the cinema on Thursday night. “Les Misérables was a perfect farewell show to watch. It captured the feelings of art cinema and why we all love it so much: sensitive, beautiful, memorable,” she says. “I couldn’t help shedding a tear as I was really saddened to know it would be the last art show at Cavendish. This is truly a great loss to the shopping mall.” Mark Berry, a 60-year-old Claremont resident, says he has fond memories of date nights with his wife over the years. “We are both big fans of the Cinema Nouveau chain, and regularly enjoyed coming on a Wednesday night. We are surely going to miss having one on our doorstep, but going to the Waterfront will be a new outing to look forward to,” he says. After Cavendish Square’s decision to allocate the space to another tenant, Fiaz Mahomed, the Chief Executive of Ster-Kinekor, says patrons to the theatre could in future watch movies at the Waterfront. “Cinema Nouveau commenced trading at Cavendish Square on September 1, 1982 and has since then built a loyal following among art movie lovers in the Mother City,” he says.
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Lace-up for hospice Put your best foot forward to spread awareness TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
CAPETONIANS are being asked to dress in crazy costumes, lace-up and create awareness of the work being done by the Hospice Palliative Care Association around Cape Town. This year will be the second year that a lace-up walk for cancer will be taking place to create awareness not only for cancer but hospice care in the Mother City. The walk takes place on Saturday 2 February at the Old Mutual Sports Field. Eric Watlington, who has been working for the association for many years, says he came up with this idea through his own experiences of cancer and how it affects the patient’s family. “Not everyone is able to deal with a family member who is severely ill and hospice care can help a lot. “However, it is also important for people to understand that hospice is not a place where people go to die,” he says. Watlington thought it was very important to create awareness and educate people on the function of a hospice. “People are referred to a hospice to revitalise them, it’s not just a place to go die. “That’s the important message we are trying to get across by creating awareness through walks like this.” He explains it’s not just anyone that can walk into a hospice – you need to be referred by a doctor as hospices operate on a referral system.
“Every patient is different. It depends on the situation as well as the family and then the doctor decides what would be the best plan of action for the patient,” he says. Watlington explains that although people do sometimes leave hospices fully recovered, their main objective with caring for terminally ill people is to let them die with dignity and not in pain. “Our job is to ensure that patients take their medication, eat properly, are bathed and are comfortable. However, not every patient’s needs are the same. “We want people to know what hospice is about and what services they provide.” The association offers communitybased care where they assist people within their own homes. The services provided for community-based care are home visits, bathes, feeding, wound dressing and sometimes just ensuring that someone is at home if the patient is alone. They also offer limited in-patient care where the patient is then cared for in one of their facilities. “This walk is just a fun day for people to come out and show their support. We have a best dressed competition as well,” he says. “Although there is no entrance fee to take part, we would appreciate a donation of any amount when registering. “You will receive a pair of multi-coloured shoe laces which represent all the different cancers which affect people.”
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
COMPETITORS in the first Olympic event ran naked. Women were not allowed to compete. Fast-forward to contemporary sports history and the natural highs of physical activity and healthy competition take a nosedive in the pursuit of monetary gain and podium glory. Not all sports people are guilty of doping. Yet surely those who do use drugs to enhance their performance and physique, do so well knowing they put at risk the credibility of the sport. Not to mention their lucrative sponsorship deals. The dark cloud that has hung over the head of now-disgraced cycling legend Lance Armstrong has come home to roost. Other world sports people come to mind. Marion Jones. Ben Johnson. There will be others with the proverbial feet of clay. The marriage of sport and drugs is not a message parents and honest sports people would want to send to entry-level competitors. In many cases, children at primary school level look up to their heroes. With Armstrong in the race, everyone else was cycling for second place. It was accepted he’d wear the yellow jersey. He was the leader of the pack. Literally. And he had the trophy haul to prove his dominance on the Tour de France. His admission – whether with or without remorse – to doping notwithstanding, the die is cast. The decision whether or not to strike cycling from the Olympic event, stripping Armstrong of his medals and the expected banning of dopers from competitions and the sport are all reactionary measures. The measure of the athlete lies in what really drives sporting achievers to follow their hearts to run, swim, cycle or compete in extreme sports. Parents and coaches do have a role to play to ensure the message to “keep it clean” gets through to their potential Olympians. Ultimately, though, the decision lies with the individual over whether to achieve without the benefit of performance enhancers or on true grit.
Remember who pa pays ys Cycling Cycling should should rega regain in credibil credibility ity THE revelation by disgraced cycling legend Lance Armstrong that he used performance enhancing drugs to win several prestigious cycling awards has shocked the sporting world. The confessional interview was a major coup for talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey says the interview was the biggest she has ever done in respect of its media exposure in her 25-year TV career. Armstrong’s answers to Winfrey’s direct questions were stark and forthright, but I am unsure whether his confession will grant him the same redemption that disgraced SA Proteas cricket captain Hansie Cronje experienced during the Judge King Commission of Enquiry. Many South Africans shed tears with Cronje as he broke down and wept, and I did not discern this kind of remorse from Armstrong or an overwhelming sense of retribution from the cyclist. I am bewildered by some media reports by the
stance taken by some paranoid parents who are uncertain whether they should allow their children to participate in cycling because of Armstrong’s doping tactics. I don’t believe Armstrong’s indiscretions should taint the sport. My perception is that although there are cheats, the majority of cyclists are clean. After all, it is a comparatively strenuous sport. Stringent and regular doping tests must be instituted for cycling to regain its credibility again. With huge prize money and the intense competition in professional sport, dishonesty will prevail. It is up to the sporting fraternity to achieve the desired prestige attached to the specific code so our children can respect our sporting heroes and look up to role models. MARK KLEINSCHMIDT
Road safety a joint joint respons responsibil ibility ity DRIVERS are far too cavalier about their driving habits. Most don’t seem to have any idea that there are any rules. Some of the things I see on a regular basis are headlight and tail lights that don’t function. Some drivers are still driving with their parking lights instead of driving lights and I still see cars being driven (at night) without lights. I don’t believe I have ever seen a driver “pulled over” for any of these safety violations. Failure to signal properly is confusing for other motorists.
Inconsiderate drivers think nothing of meandering along at half the speed limit, seemingly oblivious to the long line of cars behind them. Even on the motorways we see inconsiderate drivers hogging the right lane, forcing others to pass on the left, thereby inviting an accident. I am also amazed at the attitude of cyclists who expect the motorist to watch out for them and not the other way around. With our narrow roads it is completely unrealistic to give a cyclist 1.5m clearance. BRIAN HOARE
MY LATE dad instilled in his children the basic principles of treating others as you want to be treated, always greeting and always saying “thank you”. I have, in turn, taught this to my children and grandchildren. What I and others have experienced lately is the way staff at some businesses treat customers. When entering these shops or businesses you are greeted by a silence so loud it is quite deafening. The looks and attitudes of the staff gives one the impression you are actually trespassing. When, out of desperation, you address these staff the reaction is that you have disturbed some sort of unseen meditation. Where are the days when a valued customer – the pillar on which the owner and staff placed their future and survival – was given red carpet treatment? No sooner has a customer entered a business premises when they were overwhelmed with customer courtesy. Every pamphlet we are sent or every advert is a message from a business inviting or imploring us to grace their business and spend our monies on their wares. But the staff need to be trained on how to receive and direct the invited customer – whether they purchase or not. Those who show customer courtesy are to be thanked. A quote from Henry Ford comes to mind: It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. KEITH BLAKE
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Get to grips with Lucado’s Grace IT TOOK a while to read Max Lucado’s Grace. Not because it is a difficult read; in fact, quite the opposite. It is conversational, filled with references to Bible chapters as well as quotes from notable men and women in history, contemporary and otherwise. People like Martin Luther and American novelist and non-fiction writer, Anne Lamott. In short, Grace is highly relatable. Anyone will find a story which resonates to a rather personal experience. It is this aspect of Lucado’s title which has made Grace hard to read. I kept turning to moments in my private life and in those in my circle in search of examples of grace. I dare say, for many, like me, grace is a concept hard to grasp. It is one I haven’t really given much thought; that is, until I happened upon this copy. But once I made the effort, evidence of grace would steal into my conscience, begging for attention. It was a light-bulb moment. Perhaps grace is when your teenage son survives to tell the story of how he
was knocked from his motorbike by an elderly driver, and he lives to earn bragging rights from the scars after his foot had, quite literally, been put together by a team of medical experts. Or perhaps it is when your colleague is held at gunpoint and all the robbers took was her cellphone. Though badly shaken, she is stronger for the experience. Or maybe grace is when, after months of uphill, finally landing that perfect job. Take time for introspection and you will find grace where you least expect it. The human condition is to first see the negative. The reader’s guide will help you on that journey of discovery. Grace is a good friend to have. Lucado will aid you in that discovery. And in it you may find other companions, like hope, kinship and a better understanding of living life to its fullest. Two People’s Post readers can win a copy of Grace. SMS the word “grace” and your name to 34586 by Thursday 24 January at 13:00. SMSes cost R1,50. Winners will be notified by phone.
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Team up – for animals
IF YOU’RE an animal lover and happen to enjoy running as well, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA wants you on their team.
Combine your two great loves by signing up as a member of Team SPCA in association with New Balance for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. With a choice between the 56km, 21km, trail run or family fun run, there’s a category for everyone. In 2012, 13 runners raised over R40 000 for the SPCA. Some of them were seasoned racers, while others were first timers, but all were united by their love and respect for animals and a desire to assist in the fight against animal cruelty. Team SPCA members will receive a special goody bag; a limited edition New Balance /Team SPCA running shirt; be featured on the website and in Footprints magazine/ SPCA newsletter as a member of Team SPCA; be invited to attend a pre-race function at the SPCA; and receive tips and guidelines to assist you in raising funds for the SPCA. As a member of Team SPCA for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon,
FOR THE CAUSE: A Team SPCA runner cuddles his dog. you will be committing yourself to raise at least R2 500 – thereby contributing greatly to the funds needed to care for, sterilise and rescue animals in need.
To enter, or for more information, contact Team SPCA manager Natasha Johannes on (021) 700 4155 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Take a hike IT IS hiking season in the Mother City and there are plenty of good places to lace-up for. On Wednesday 23 January there is a hike from Sea Point to the Glen Forest. It is a moderate hike for the fit, at a fairly brisk pace. Walk up into Kloof, a steep uphill onto the mountain, to the Glen Forest and back. For more information contact Brett Hollandson on (021) 439 2607. The Klaasens Multiple Surprise hike on Sunday 27 January is an adventurous route up Cecilia Ridge, passing De Villiers Dam on the back of Table Mountain and up to Klaasenskop. There is plenty of scrambling, exposure and tiny rocky ledges. Contact Peter Phillips on (021) 674 3979 or email@example.com. On Saturday 2 February hikers can take part in the Table Mountain Cable Car hike. This one is for experienced hikers. Hike from the top down to Echo Valley, over to the aqueduct, see the disas, then on to Smuts track, MacLear Beacon, and along the front of Table Mountain. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. On Sunday 3 February hikers can ascend Table Mountain via the huge wooded ravine making the divide between the main massif of the Western Table, and the range of the 12 Apostles buttresses above Camps Bay to Cable Way. Make your own way down. Book with Mario Anthes via email at email@example.com.
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PULLED AWAY: Bergvliet High School player Brett Schroeder plays a pull shot during a match against Wynberg Boys at the Cape Town Cricket Club Super Sixes tournament. The tournament held on Sunday and featured several southern suburbs schools. Photos: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
CONTACT: Rondebosch Boys’ High School batsman Dayaan Galiem (top) hits out during a match against Fish Hoek High at the Cape Town Cricket Club under19 Super Sixes tourna ment.
SLINGER: Raython Adinoll, of Wyn berg Boys’ High School, finishes his runup during a match against Bergvli et in the Cape Town Cricket Club un der19 Super Sixes tournament.
Mutual bag a point against log leaders LIAM MOSES
OLD MUTUAL FC stole a point from league leaders FC Tygerberg in a Second Division encounter in Pinelands on Friday. The young Mutual side were out-performed on the day, and spent around 75% of the match defending, but still managed to hold out for the draw. Former Bafana Bafana striker George Dearnaley, the team’s assistant coach and owner, praised his team for their “commitment, effort and hard work” in securing the point. “We had to sit deep because they are quicker than us. So then you give them the ball, but you try to catch them on the counter (attack),” says Dearnaley “But these are young guys, technically not good enough yet, so they can’t take advantage of the counter-attack. When they get one or two more years, when they are technically better, they will catch teams on the counter-attack and they will score. So from the sideline it looks like long balls, but what they are trying to play is an accurate counter-attack.” Dearnaley adds his tactics were tailored to deal with the with the elements, as well as the opposition. “You have to adjust to variables. One of the variables is the referee, one is the pitch and one is the weather. So with the wind howling, you don’t want to allow balls behind you when you are defending against the wind.” The wind would prove to be a massive factor on the night and a combination of the stiff breeze and the quality of the opposition kept Dearnaley’s side pinned back for most of the first-half. Tygerberg were in complete control, and the first sign of their dominance
came in the 15th minute when a cross from the right flank struck the crossbar of the Old Mutual goal. The visitors were most dangerous on their right wing, but failed to find their forwards with any crossed balls. The balance of territory and possession eventually evened out in the last 20 minutes of the first-half, but neither team had a sniff of goal. The breakthrough came seconds after the restart, when Mutual scored a fortunate goal. Midfielder Courtney Smidt sent a long ball from around the centre circle, but instead of dropping behind the defence for the strikers, the ball was carried over the head of the advancing keeper, into the net, by the wind. The goal seemed to spur Tygerberg on and they resumed the dominance they had in the first quarter. By the 15th minute of the second half they had tested the Mutual keeper Rory O’Brien with three shots, one of which he only kept out with the assistance of the upright. They continued to threaten, pinging balls into the opposition box from both flanks and forcing the Mutual defence into desperate clearances. The visitors’ efforts almost paid off in the 40th minute when a penalty was awarded after the referee judged Ashely Opperman to have handled the ball. Centre-back Christopher Flandorp stepped up, but he was denied by a stunning save from O’Brien. However, less than a minute later Tygerberg were awarded another penalty, again for a handball. This time it was Tohier Martin who took the kick and he made no mistake, levelling the scores with a shot into the bottom left corner. Mutual will face Sakeni United at the Downberg Road Sport Complex in Hanover Park on Saturday.
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KEEP AWAY: South Africa and Western Province player Quanita Bobbs shields the ball from Judith van der Meirin of Belgium during a test match at Hartleyvale on Saturday. Belgium were 32 vic tors. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
Hockey lasses trip against Belgium JONATHAN COOK
THE Investec South Africa women’s hockey team suffered a disappointing 4-0 test-series whitewash at the hands of Belgium. This after they went down 3-2 in the final test at Hartleyvale Stadium on Saturday. The side’s had been deadlocked 2-2 at half-time but Louise Versavel, after a well-struck cross from the right, slapped
ABOUT 40 000 feet will tread the streets of Green Point and Sea Point in aid of charity on Sunday 3 March when the 14th annual Sunshine D Polar Ice Cream 10km Big Walk takes place. Over 7 000 people attended the inaugural Big Walk in 2000 and the event has since grown into one of the biggest sporting events in Cape Town, attracting more than 20 000 participants annually. People’s Post is the print media sponsor. Walkers are expected to turn out in their numbers again this year, and Dr Elias Parker, convenor of the executive committee, believes the walk owes its popularity to the family friendly atmosphere. “This is a clean, family fun-filled road
home the winner with 15 minutes left on the clock. The goalkeepers were kept busy in the end-to-end goalmouth action, but the strikers got enough past them to have been reasonably satisfied with their afternoon. The scoreline opened when SA keeper Sanani Mangisa saved a shot from Jill Boon. A penalty corner then saw Stephanie de Groof stepping up to power in a rasping flick ricocheted off the stopper’s body into the net.
SA hit back five minutes later when Quanita Bobbs fed an early pass to Jade Mayne, who fired a blitzing backhand shot from the edge of the strike zone. Despite SA playing a more patient, measured game than in the previous tests, Belgium again took the lead via the stick of De Groof. SA’s final first-half equaliser came from Lilian du Plessis following two consecutive penalty corners. Both sides had goals disallowed, but SA suffered the mortification of seeing Izelle
Thousands to walk for charity walking event,” says Parker, adding while the event attracts many serious walkers it also has a “bigger social context. The fundraising aspect (also plays a part in which) people identify with the objectives and the fun-filled nature of the event”. This year the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust and Islamic Library will again be the beneficiaries of the money raised by the walkers. Since the first event over R1.35m has been raised for the Hospital Trust and been used to upgrade and maintain the hospital’s facilities and improve life for the hospital’s many sickly children.
Last year alone R150 000 was raised for the hospital, and substantial sums have also been donated to the Islamic Library, the organisation’s other main charity beneficiary. The Big Walk has also donated large sums of money to the League of the Friends of the Blind and Gift of the Givers. Any funds donated to the Hospital Fund this year will be used for the construction of a new radiology department at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, which is expected to cost over R40m. Prizes for a post-race draw include two airline tickets to Dubai and $500 spending
Lategan’s slashing strike from the left side of the strike zone in the second-half smash into the post and stay out. Going into the match South Africa were looking for a morale-boosting win – and Belgium a series whitewash – ahead of the World League round two competition. The tournament kicked off at Hartleyvale yesterday (Monday). South Africa’s campaign starts with a match against Ghana at 19:00 today (Tuesday) and they will be boosted by the return of captain Marsha Marescia.
money; a R15 000 training programme through College of Cape Town; and a laptop with a 320gig hard drive. Other prizes at the draw will include an 84cm TV, several pairs of walking shoes, mountain bikes and PlayStations. All race finishers will receive a medal. Proteas bowler Vernon Philander will also be at the Big Walk. Entry is R30 and forms can be collected at, among others, Tekkie Town outlets, the Islamic Library in Gatesville and the Golden Feather Spur in Vangate Mall. Entries close on Monday 25 February and registration is from Monday 28 February to Saturday 2 March. For more information call (021) 637 1607 or visit www.bigwalk10km.co.za.