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THURSDAY 24 April 2014 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za | Mobisite: ppost.mobi DRIVING PROGRESS: A dec ades old plan to connect Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay via Ocean View Drive has been scrapped, as the Ocean View Road Scheme is up for with drawal. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN
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decades old plan to connect Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay has been scrapped. The Ocean View Road Scheme, which would have seen Ocean View Drive widened and joined to Kloof Road, has appeared before the Good Hope Subcouncil to approve its withdrawal. The Directorate of Transport Cape Town is currently reviewing road schemes to determine which should be retained or withdrawn, including Ocean View Drive. The road scheme was originally drawn up to provide an additional road link between Sea Point and Camps Bay, and sterilised several dozen properties to facilitate road widening, states the report submitted to subcouncil. “The future need for the road scheme was reviewed and it was concluded that the link road as well as the widening and realignment of the existing road are no longer required,” the report stated. There is no proven transport demand for
the scheme and it would prove costly to widen the road due to the slope and gradient, the report states. The road also borders on the conservation area of the Table Mountain National Park. The Road Widening Scheme partially affects 35 properties “whereby a portion of the 35 erven are reserved for road-widening purposes” says Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron. “The Ocean View Drive Road Scheme is currently sterilising the significant portions of land and restricting the development potential of the area. By removing the restricted road widening zoning, the affected properties can be developed to their full potential in an area where densification and the optimal use of space is a major development priority,” he says. Chairperson of the Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Fresnaye Ratepayers’ Association David Polovin hopes the withdrawal signals a shift towards public transport. “Council has invested heavily in the MyCiTi bus service and will probably continue to expand and roll out new routes over time. The withdrawal of road building and road
widening plans is consistent with these policies as well as budgetary constraints, and probably explains the withdrawal of the Ocean View Drive Scheme,” he says. “It would have added considerably to the convenience of connecting Ocean View Drive to Kloof Road, which would have been welcome but not essential.” The abandonment of the scheme is supported by the Green Point Ratepayers’ Association, says chairperson Luke Stevens. “Nobody wants new roads, especially not high up across undeveloped mountain slopes. It is always undesirable to channel additional through-traffic onto what is a residential, local access street. Equally, it is undesirable to widen or straighten such streets in order to encourage speeding cars,” Stevens says. “We need to make better use of existing road infrastructure by continuing to build and support the MyCiTi public transport system, by encouraging pedestrian and cycle traffic. The affected property owners are bound to be relieved the threat has now officially been removed.” Although there is occasionally traffic con-
gestion, the current system adequately serves commuters, Polovin says. “There is a huge demand for land in this area and freeing the affected properties for the threat of expropriation means they will rapidly be converted to building sites supporting large, new houses or multiple dwelling units. The opportunity will not be lost to exploit them, that’s for certain,” he says. The Camps Bay Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association will always support the rationalisation of major traffic routes in this area, says chairperson Chris Willemse. “However, there is no point in expansive schemes when there is no possibility of funding being made available. “The connection from High Level Road or Ocean View Drive to Kloof Road is not inadequate as it stands, so it is not top of the association’s list for attention, especially given the existing problems with the increased traffic via Camps Bay to reach the city, which does need attention and funding,” he says. Good Hope Subcouncil chairperson Taki Amira says the subcouncil supported the report.
MOUILLE POINT: BLUE TRAIN ENGINE NEEDS URGENT UPGRADE
PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
Help choo-choo to chug along NICOLE MCCAIN AND CHEVON BOOYSEN
he well-loved Blue Train in Mouille Point is in need of an engine upgrade. With the refurbishment estimated at several hundred thousand rand, park operators are digging deep. The Blue Train Park has been in operation for more than 55 years. The property is less than 25m from the Atlantic Ocean with a backdrop of Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Table Mountain. Now an iconic feature to Cape Town, this park and miniature blue train captures the fantasies of both young and old. Ward councillor Beverley Schafer was approached by the operators requesting council assist with the refurbishment. She says the project is estimated at R500 000 leaving council unable to foot the bill from the ward allocation budget. “The engines are in serious need of refurbishments and the funds will have to be raised by the operators, the Sea Point Rotary Club.” The club referred People’s Post to Sean Holmes, who has been instrumental in a recent park revamp. “Since 2008, the Rotary Club of Sea Point took an active role in the upkeep and management of the park. Today, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Sea Point, City Of Cape Town and Mouille Point Ratepayers the Blue Train Park is managed and operated as a multi-use kiddies adventure park.
FAMILY FAVOURITE: The wellloved Blue Train in Mouille Point is in need of an engine upgrade. PHOTO: SUPLLIED
The park now boasts a number of fun interactive play structures aimed at kids between the ages of one and 12,” he says. The park is used as a vehicle to raise much
needed charity funds for the Sea Point Rotary Club, which are then donated to various charitable initiatives in and around the metropole, Holmes explains.
“Since the new management team took control of the park in December 2013, a noticeable difference is visible. New exciting play structures, colour, energised staff and cleanliness are prevalent. New play structures include a Mini Zip Line, Dirt Bike Track, Large See-saws and an 8m slide. The improvements to the park are expected to continue over a period of 24 months before the vision of what this space can truly be, is realised,” he says. Holmes says: “The ‘wish list’ refurbishment will require funds in excess of R1m, but will only be possible through generous donations made by local businesses, private individuals, ongoing park operations and sponsorships. For now, its a step-by-step building block process of adding improvements as the resources become available.” Mouille Point Ratepayers’ Association spokesperson Jane Meyer says the association offers the operators of the Blue Train a greatly reduced monthly rate. “We don’t charge them anything during the winter months. We have agreed to put an appeal in our monthly newsletter. The Blue Train Park is a lovely area for children from all over to enjoy, especially since the operator has refurbished many of the play facilities.” Schafer hopes the funds will come from the community. “I don’t want the train to break down and the park to become unoperational,” she says. V Email email@example.com to donate.
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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
VREDEHOEK: ‘LACK OF CONSULTATION’ OVER CONSTRUCTION
High rise has tempers flaring NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
s a new development goes up in Vredehoek, residents are fuming over a lack of consultation. The advertisement of the applications was waived by council and locals say they were not given adequate time to respond to the development, which may see two heritage buildings altered. The block of flats being built on the corner of Exner Avenue and Wexford Road was originally approved for five storeys. This was later amended to include an additional two storeys and alterations to neighbouring buildings. Exner Avenue resident Manuele Martella says the departures were granted without advertising and will create congestion on the road. “Regulations require two parking bays for each proposed apartment. This seems not to have been considered at all as the proposed number of parking bays are only 27 bays for the 22 apartments. This will inevitably reduce the already insufficient parking space available in our road,” he says. The properties adjacent to the development will be negatively affected as the only view of the mountain will be obstructed, Martella says. “The new project shows that the monstrous building with seven floors would be built with sections beyond the prescribed building
GOING UP: A new development in Vredehoek has residents fuming over a lack of consultation, as the advertise ment of the application was waivered by council. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN line. I would like to know for what reason council did not advertise such obvious departures and why the decision was made not to consult the ratepayers of the surrounding erven?” he fumes. Council’s Planning and Building Development Management Department Director Cheryl Walters says the original development for five
storeys was approved in 2010. “In 2013, two further storeys to the 2010 development were approved along with minor external additions and alterations to the existing buildings on neighbouring erven 869 and 870. “Advertising of the applications was waived as they were considered to have no significant adverse
impact on the surrounds,” she says. Exner Avenue neighbour Naude Visser says the developers failed to consult the affected community. “The buildings to be demolished or altered are older than 60 years and have art deco and art nouveau façades. No meeting at which decisions were taken was open to the
public and no agenda and minutes have been made available for public scrutiny,” he says. “No invitations were sent out to people who may be affected by a decision that they have the right of appearance at such meeting. The proposed new development will be out of character with the general architecture in the surrounding area.” The copy of the permit that was circulated to the concerned citizens only gave residents two weeks to respond, instead of the prescribed 30 days, Visser adds. The original plans, approved in 2010, included a demolition permit by council and a permit for Total Demolition granted by Heritage Western Cape, says Walters. “The plans approved in 2013 included the minor alterations and additions to the block of flats. This approved plan also permitted the minor alterations and additions to the two existing double dwellings situated on neighbouring 20 and 16 Exner Avenue. The dwellings remain. Therefore there was no need to demolish them,” she says. “The applicant decided not to proceed with the Sketch Plan proposal for a block of flats on the consolidated three erven,” she says. Geometric, the developer of the site, declined to comment. However, a source at the company who requested to remain anonymous, says the developers have followed the national building regulations “to the book”.
Fundraising book sale in Gardens Well Read Books returns to Garden Centre this month with a two-week fundraising sale in aid of Western Cape NGO Wola Nani. The sale, which has already started, will close on Sunday 4 May. Wola Nani was established in 1994 and operates a variety of programmes to support women, orphans and vulnerable children infected and affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic. The sale will host a selection that appeals to readers, music- and movie-lovers of all ages. There will be a selection of quality cult, classic and collectible CDs, DVDs and books in various genres – including children’s, crime fiction, non-fiction, thrillers, modern classics and biographies – on sale. Wola Nani is isiXhosa for “embrace” and that is what both tenants and shop-
pers have done for the work of Wola Nani, by embracing endeavours to raise funds and awareness. Well Read Books stall convenor Mark Leach says: “We have hosted many successful book sales at Gardens Shopping Centre for Wola Nani. The centre’s community has become like a family to us and their support is overwhelming. We hope to, once again, raises as much as possible for the women, children and orphans of Wola Nani.” The sale will run upstairs on the first floor at Gardens Centre from 09:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and 9:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays. The stall will close at 14:00 on Sunday. For further enquiries or to donate books, CDs and DVDs, contact Leach on 083 342 2261, (021) 424 0497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
Born-frees won’t vote
More than a million “Born-frees” have not registered to vote in the coming election. A study was done by the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) and results showed that only 33.6% of those born after 1994 have registered. This means only 646 313 out of a possible 1.9 million born-frees are ready to tick the voting ballot. It also showed that 60% of South Africans in their twenties and 90% of people older than 30 are registered to vote. Here’s what People’s Post readers had to say.
BELINDA MNTUYEDWA believes there is still too much corruption while the current party leads. “If the president steps down and makes room for a new party, maybe then the Bornfrees will take action and be more involved politically.”
XOLELWA JIYA says it’s different now that apart heid is over. “The youth of today are wrapped in technology. There is nothing for them to fight for, so they don’t feel the need to vote.”
VAL WATT thinks there is no interest in registering because Bornfrees don’t believe in what they are voting for. “They believe the vote has already been cast and their one vote won’t make a differ ence, but the truth is it makes a difference.”
ANTHONY DAVIDS says the name does not depict the truth because most Bornfrees don’t feel free yet. “Apartheid is still alive, because it’s just a turn of hand. They don’t see change so they don’t vote.”
DENVER FRANSMAN thinks Bornfrees do not as sociate their goals with the political parties, be cause most of the youth want to work abroad. “I know of many bornfrees who plan to move out of South Africa.” PHOTO: JODY FORTUIN
RIAAN STEYN believes the youth are unmotivated because they don’t see change or improvement. “The reality is the political parties need to speak through social media to get through to the youth and actually show them they are important too.”
ANN WELMA says the youth are not interested because they don’t believe their vote will make a difference. “It’s a shame that parents who are bitter, influence their children too. That is why there are so many unregistered Bornfrees.”
Keep your payments current Homeowners who employ part-time or full-time housekeepers and gardeners can help their employees’ stability and peace of mind. “Much disruption and heartache can be avoided by making employees aware of the need to regularly pay for their places they rented or bought from the city,” says John Willemse, the project manager of TraceOnline. TraceOnline is contracted by the City of Cape Town to help distribute assistance about housing information, housing payments and to assist people with their contracts and applications. Often temporary workers earn too little to maintain their homes. However, relief is available in the form of an indigent grant for which they can apply and a clear formula can be granted to them. Households with a combined income of
less than R3 200 a month qualify for the grant, but should apply immediately. There are also residents who own City properties who can pay but do not pay or neglect making necessary arrangements. They run the real risk of losing their homes and also being responsible for the legal costs. It can cause great social and personal disruption and due to negligence the family can end up on the street. Employers are, therefore, urged to encourage employees to not ignore overdue payments for City homes under any circumstances, but to immediately make arrangements. Employers can help their employees who lease or have purchased a home from the City to speak to their nearest housing office to ensure a roof over their head. V For more information about TraceOnline phone 086 1997 777.
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UWC hosts food security centre MICHELLE LINNERT @linnertMB UWC, an anti-apartheid bastion, is host to a new research centre that aims to help eradicate hunger. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) last Tuesday launched a new Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the UWC. “This centre of excellence is the first to be co-hosted by an historic ‘black’ university,” science and technology minister Derek Hanekom said. He said UWC had made great strides over the last 13 years and he emphasised that food security was high on the government’s list of priorities.
Acute poverty Hanekom noted that despite South Africa being relatively wealthy, almost 25% of the population was food insecure. “This is largely in the deep rural areas or former bantustans – wherever poverty is at its most acute,” Hanekom said. The centre will run in conjunction with the University of Pretoria and is headed by Professor Julian May and Professor Stephanie Burton. May said: “Food security means all people need to have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for a healthy and active lifestyle.” This centre of excellence (CoE) became the 14th of its kind since the inception of the CoE programme 10 years ago, and aims to make food readily available nationally and locally so all people have access to it, Hanekom said. “Obviously, food security is a subject that requires comprehensive
treatment. It involves questions of agricultural production systems, market dynamics, nutrition, people’s habits and preferences, our social security system, and so on. “This is one reason why achieving food security is such a challenge, and why the centre of excellence approach is particularly appropriate in this case,” Hanekom said.
Overarching questions Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, chief executive officer of the NRF, said: “According to a study released in 2013 by the Human Sciences Research Council, more than half of South Africa’s population does not have regular access to enough food.” UWC stated the new CoE will investigate three overarching questions: VHow global and national food systems are changing and how this affects the sustainability, availability, access and attributes of food. VDetermining who the “food insecure” are: where they are located, what their choices, strategies and opportunities are, their health and wellbeing, and how these aspects change in response to changing food systems. VWhat policies, technologies, interventions and products enable access to affordable and nutritious food in ecological, economic, social and politically sustainable ways. Hanekom added that the new CoE would be bringing together experts and researchers from 19 South African and international institutions. “It will not look at agricultural productivity in isolation, but will take a ‘farm to fork’ approach to the food system.” V Direct enquiries to David Mandaha at Dav id.Mandaha@dst.gov.za or 072 126 8910, or Palesa Mokoena at email@example.com or 083 494 2322 or Luthando Tyhalibongo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 079 880 4655.
PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
TRANSPORT: APLA’S BID TO HONOUR PAC HEROES
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group of The Azanian People’s Liberation Army (Apla) military veterans is lobbying to have several main streets across the city renamed to honour PAC heroes. Claiming that the renaming of street and buildings has predominantly reflected the ANC’s struggle against apartheid, the former soldiers are hoping to honour PAC members who were sentenced to jail and fought in the struggle. The organisation will consider areas such as Kensington with neutrally named streets, such as numerical avenues, as well as a number of busy routes, says Apla chairperson Kwedi Mkalipi. Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron says all streets across the metropole are fair game for renaming proposals. “As part of our commitment to creating an inclusive city, we have a policy in place for the renaming of the streets and public places. We would therefore encourage the community to make an application for the renaming of these streets in accordance with the Naming Policy,” says Herron. The committee assesses recommendations on renaming proposals that have been submitted for consideration, Herron says. “Any person or organisation within the City of Cape Town’s boundaries is entitled to propose the renaming of a street or the naming of a public place, City-owned building, facility or artefact. “Proposals should be made in writing and include the full details of the affected facility, the proposed name change and fully motivated reasons.” The military veterans’ proposal is to rename Voortrekker Road after Imam Haron, who was tortured and killed at the Maitland
Police Station. The Greater Tygerberg Partnership, a non-political organisation with partners from the business sector, community and the academic institutions, does not see the current name is harmful, says director Tienie le Roux. “The term ‘Voortrekker’ is resonant with a common shared history of all South Africans. The name is resonant with the road’s origins as a wagon path from what is known today as Salt River to Bellville which developed from a critical juncture in the path where the wagons outspanned into an ‘uitspan’ called ‘Hardekraaltjie’ or hard surface that is an important heritage asset.” A street name change will result in cost implications for various stakeholders including the City of Cape Town, Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District and local businesses, Le Roux adds. Other areas are included in the discussions, Mkalipi says. Swartklip Road in Mitchell’s Plain will be named after Barry Desai if the proposals are accepted. Desai was a former City councillor who joined the struggle in protest against the Group Areas Act and the forced removal of residents for Distrtict Six. “We are trying to be considerate when selecting names. We would like to put forward names which the community will feel comfortable with in terms of their race and role in the struggle,” Mkalipi says. The association is also looking to rename streets such as Jan Smuts and De Waal Drive, as well as residential roads in Langa, Mkalipi says. “We would like to go as far as naming government buildings such as Groote Schuur, where Robert Subukwe was attended to and died,” he says. V Should main streets be renamed to honour political stalwarts? Starting with the word “Post”, SMS your thoughts to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
MARINE LIFE: SASSI ‘TRAFFIC LIGHT’ INDICATES WHICH SEAFOOD TO EAT
Something fishy on the menu CHEVON BOOYSEN @ChevonBooysen
here are plenty of fish in the sea. But this may no longer be true if sustainable fishing isn’t practised. Sustainable fishing is now being pushed so the public – especially eateries, fishers and chefs – become more aware of the threats aquatic life is facing. The Southern African Seafood Sustainability Initiative (Sassi)is aimed at educating and informing seafood lovers about the advantages of sustainable fishing and also the danger points to sealife if it is not practised properly. Sassi aims to inform and educate all South Africans about marine conservation issues. The programme includes training of fishermen, working with retailers, as well as utilising consumers as a market incentive for better and more sustainable fishing practises. Manager at the WWF Seafood Consumer Outreach Janine Basson says: “WWF-Sassi has three main objectives, namely to promote voluntary compliance to the law – specifically, the South African Marine Living Resources Act – through education and awareness, shift seafood consumer demand away from over-exploited species to more sustainable options and to create awareness around marine conservation issues,” she says. Basson says the amount of fish removed from the sea over the last few decades has spurred on the preservation initiative. “A quarter of total fisheries are now classified as overfished or depleted, and another
FRESH FROM THE SEA: Sustainable fishing will ensure that fish stocks can be replen
ished and will remain on plates for years to come. half of the remaining global fisheries are being fished as hard as they can be. Overfishing, and its associated environmental impacts, is our biggest global environmental challenge alongside those posed by climate change. “Here in South Africa, the situation is not much better, as 79% of key South African linefish species are considered to be overexploited or collapsed by experts,” she says.
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To curb these numbers from rising at an exponential rate she suggests sustainable fishing. “Sustainable fishing is where effective and transparent regulatory systems are in place which manages fisheries resources through an holistic ecosystems approach to fisheries. “Rather, the ecosystem must be managed as a whole as opposed to target species managed in isolation.” So, what stays and what is off the menu? Through a seafood guide, WWFSassi provides consumers with the in-
formation needed to make sustainable and environmentally friendly choices. “The easy-to-use ‘traffic light’ system informs consumers of which seafood species can be eaten with a clear conscience (green), which should be regarded with concern because of specified reasons (orange), and which should be avoided because they are either considered unsustainable or illegal to sell in South Africa (red). The list encourages consumers to always ask three simple questions of their seafood: What is it called? Where is it from and how was it caught or farmed?” This information can be obtained using the WWF-Sassi website or their mobisite which facilitates viewing of the Sassi website using a mobile phone. “Additionally, the nifty FishMS brings the list to you via an SMS. By texting the name of the fish to the number the service will send you an immediate response telling you whether to tuck in, think twice or avoid completely. There is also an app that consumers can download for free from the appropriate app store.” Although aquaculture, or fish farming, can be an answer to overfishing if done in a sustainable manner using sustainable feed sources, Basson says more and more restaurants and eateries are coming to the fore when it comes to sustainable fishing. “Leading chefs in the hospitality industry, which Sassi sees as the gatekeepers to influencing consumer palates, are coming on board with Sassi and incorporating the messaging into their business operations. We work closely with key players in the industry to highlight and celebrate the work that is being undertaken.” Ultimately, our choice of one type of seafood over another really does matter to the health of our marine environment in the country. Basson says: “Remember: you have a choice. Make it green!” V Visit wwfsassi.mobi or sms “fish” 079 499 8795
Entrepreneurs can KickStart their pursuits Grant funding and business development support valued at R6m is up for grabs through a national entrepreneurship programme. The youth entrepreneurship development programme SAB KickStart has opened its 2014/2015 competition entries to entrepreneurs between 18 and 35 years. SAB KickStart, which started in May 1995, is one of the longest youth entrepreneurship programmes and has assisted with the startup of more than 3500 businesses. Entrants selected to participate in the 18-month long programme stand the chance of winning a share of R6m worth of business support, including an international business learning trip. SAB KickStart follows a competition model and provides youth entrepreneurs running small businesses with a comprehensive package of business development support to increase the chances of building sustainable and high impact entities able to contribute towards job creation. In 2013, SAB KickStart’s 14 national finalists created more than 60 jobs within their respective communities, says a statement. The business development support package includes
business skills training, a business development strategy, grant funding and personalised mentorship. Boipelo Nkadimeng, SAB head of enterprise development and community partnerships, says: “Providing this comprehensive business support we believe can make a significant contribution to growing high impact businesses that are sustainable beyond the normal failure period of three years.” The recruitment phase selects 60 entrants who are provided with intensive business skills training for two weeks. During this training, participants are shown how to develop an effective business plan. The best of these plans are selected by an independent adjudication panel and entrepreneurs go through to final and national stages of the competition. An in-depth needs analysis of each finalist business is undertaken which determines the design of a business development strategy, grant funding and customised mentorship. Entries to the competition close at midnight on Friday 30 May. Successful candidates will be invited to a selection interview. V To enter SAB KickStart, visit www.sabkickstart.net, call (011) 881 8493 or email kick email@example.com.
PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
STREET PEOPLE: ASSESSMENT CENTRES TO EASE PLIGHT
Fresh attempt to help homeless There is renewed emphasis on assessment centres for street people. The assessment centres are one of the interventions that the City’s Social Development Department has introduced in recent years to ease the plight of those who find themselves on the streets. The City of Cape Town is spending nearly R18m on funding for assessment centres in the financial year and currently has contracts with eight service providers to operate centres in central Cape Town, Maitland, Muizenberg, Mitchell’s Plain, Bellville, Strand, Table View and Atlantis. Since January, 135 people have been through the assessment process, with 25 of them having already been successfully reintegrated into their communities. The project was created to provide a place where street people could seek assistance. “As with all new initiatives, it has been a period of trial and error and we reached a point where some of the original centres were not operating as effectively as we would have liked. We then refined the criteria and the outcomes and once more put the services out to tender, and now we have eight centres across the metropole,’ says Mayoral Committee member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Suzette Little. The assessment centres are run by various NGOs which provide street people with access to emergency shelters and a profes-
sional assessment of their needs, so that they can then access the services which will help in their rehabilitation. This includes counselling, creation of job opportunities, life skills programmes and reunification with their families. “On the other end of the spectrum, we have those who deliberately migrate to the streets because begging is considered profitable,” she says. “That is why the City has introduced its Give Responsibility campaign to discourage the public from making donations directly to street people and instead support established organisations working with street people.” The Social Development Department will be undertaking an audit of the number of people living on Cape Town’s streets. Once the audit is complete, the results will be analysed and used to inform the department’s Street People Strategy. “We need to constantly reassess whether our existing interventions outlined in our Street People Policy are making an impact. However, it must be borne in mind that the City cannot deal with the issue of street people alone,” Little says. “That is why we work with NGOs and other government departments. We also need the public to join our partnership, because for as long as people continue to give hand-outs, all of our efforts will come to nought.”
Light shed on archives During the celebration of National Archives Week at the Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, from Monday 5 to Friday 9 May, one of the objectives is to shed light on the formation of our parliament. “With the 20th anniversary of the first democratically elected government in 1994 coming up, it is appropriate to the role of Parliament to emphasize a fundamental instrument of government,” says Dr Gustav Hendrich, archivist at the Archives and Records Service of the Western Cape. It is worth mentioning that the anniversary also coincides with the founda-
tion of the first parliamentary session during the British colonial period 160 years ago in June 1854. During this year’s archive week, the exhibition aims to have a close relationship between the archive and Parliament. “The archive repository has a wealth of archival records relating to the development of Parliament. In addition it contains rare photo collections portraying the parliament,” says Hendrich. Some of the activities to be offered including guide tours of the fire rooms and workshops on family research. V Contact Lunette Lourens on (021) 483 0403 or email Lunette.Lourens@westerncape.gov.za.
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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
SLAM DUNK: The German International School Cape Town’s under16 boys basketball team took home the trophy at the Western Cape Top Schools Championships. The boys took the championship from Heideveld with a comfortable ninepoint lead. Luke Pugin, a Grade 8 pupil, received a trophy as Most Valuable Player. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
BOOK WORMS: Camps Bay Preparatory School celebrated World Book Day, which marks Shakespeare’s birthday, on Wednesday 23 April, by holding a civvies day on Thursday 17 April. The pupils were encouraged to dress up as their favourite book characters. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
MAKING A SPLASH: At the recently held interhouse gala at Camps Bay High School, the traditional “Big Splash” took place. This is when all the 2014 matrics jump into the pool and this marks their final interhouse gala during their school careers. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Programme to open doors for girls A cellphone service provider will pilot a mentorship programme aimed at girls. This follows on the success of Cell C’s 12year campaign Take a Girl Child to Work Day. The mentorship programme, called Girl Child Institute of Mentorship (GCIM), involves a network of 35 leading businesswomen and Cell C women executives, who will pledge their time and support to high achieving girl pupils in Grade 12. The network operator has partnered with Adopt-A-School-Foundation to find pupils from around the country who fit the criteria. GCIM will add depth and longevity to the Take a Girl Child to Work Day programme; instead of the girls experiencing a day in the business world, they will take part in a 12month programme under the guidance of a mentor. Jose Santos acting CEO of Cell C, says: “We believe we can do so much more for young people in this country. We are humbled by the support we receive from corporate South Africa, government and civil society. However, we believe we can take it to a new level and have a meaningful impact on more young women through the launch
of this institute.” The vision is for the institute to create opportunities for successful and inspirational women leaders in the country, to join the movement and volunteer their time and skills and make their own contribution to young women pupils. The mentorship programme is the brain child of businesswoman and former politician Cheryl Carolus. Her vision is to ensure that women not only pay it forward in the workplace but reach out to children who have the potential to be someone who can achieve great things. Take a Girl Child to Work Day takes place on Thursday 29 May with the theme Dream, Believe, Achieve. Targeted at Grade 10 to 12 South African girl pupils, the initiative aims to give them the opportunity to visit a place of work and to experience first-hand the world of work and the various career opportunities available in industry and within the public service sectors. More than 50 000 pupils are expected to benefit this year as hundreds of companies around the country participate in this project.
Final call to shape your future Grade 12s showing potential in entrepreneurial work can have their dream realised. The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is offering applicants an opportunity to develop as responsible entrepreneurs by applying for the fellowship. Applicants who pass the initial screening phase of selection are required to write the National Benchmark Test. All applicants who meet the foundation’s requirements in the application phase will be invited for an interview and, if successful thereafter, then invited to attend a Selection Camp where the candidates will be announced.
The Fellowship distinguishes itself from other bursary and scholarship programmes with its holistic and individual investment approach. The Fellowship also offers the opportunity to engage in a personal and entrepreneurial development programme alongside access to university education. The Foundation is seeking individuals who will shape the future of South Africa, individuals with vision, passion, imagination and integrity. Shape your future and apply to be a potential candidate by Wednesday 30. V Visit www.allangrayorbis.org for more informa tion and application forms.
PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
BEAUTY: ‘DANGEROUS CONCENTRATIONS’ OF CHEMICAL
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ired of frizzy, unmanageable hair? It’s best to get clued up before you get that Brazilian treatment. A study by UCT’s dermatology department has found dangerous concentrations of formaldehyde in seven brands sold in South Africa. According to a statement, formaldehyde exists as a liquid, known as formalin, in cosmetic products and is unstable in its gaseous state. Researchers at UCT have found that most commercial “Brazilian keratin type’’ hairstraightening products tested in a study contain unacceptably high and dangerous concentrations of formaldehyde. The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatologists in February. It was led by associate professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo in the Division of Dermatology. Brazilian keratin treatment (BKT) and similar hair-straightening products fix and retain a straight shape even when the hair is wet and their popularity is increasing worldwide, says the statement. A Brazilian mortician is said to have invented the method. The researchers tested seven brands sold in South Africa at the time of the study. All seven products were advertised as international brands, but the study was unable to confirm that all the tested products were imported from Brazil. The maximum safe concentration of formaldehyde set by the US Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel and by most countries, including South Africa, is less than 0.2%. Of the seven commercial BKT brands
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studied, six had formaldehyde levels that ranged from 0.96% to 1.4%. That is five times higher than the legal limit and these included five brands labelled “formaldehyde-free”. “The concentration of formaldehyde in the products we tested confirms recent international data, this in spite of much media attention and regulatory concern,” say the authors of the study. “Heat straightens hair by breaking down temporary hydrogen bonds found between keratin filaments, but the effect is lost when the hair gets wet. The convenience and popularity of long-lasting straight hair has resulted in a flood of products. These brands are known by various names.” Writing in the South African Medical Journal, Khumalo said formaldehyde is associated with eye and skin reactions and adverse pregnancy outcomes. “It is classified as a carcinogen or cancercausing agent. Chronic exposure to high concentration is associated with respiratory and blood cancers such as leukaemia and lymphomas,” she wrote. According to the researchers, high concentrations of formaldehyde, for example in the wood industry, are permitted under strict air control regulations. This is not the case in most salons where the products are used. Authors say the study is limited, as they have not been able to include all internationally available BKT products. “The false labelling of products as formaldehyde-free exposes unsuspecting consumers and hairdressers to adverse effects,” the authors say. “Industry monitoring is needed to improve compliance and protection of hairdressers and consumers.”
ELEANOR FORTUIN says her Brazilian blowout lasted only a month. “I have extremely curly hair so the products did not last long. I won’t try it again because I know they add dangerous chemi cals, but I am still open to other products that can manage my hair.”
ROBYN MYBURGH is pro Brazilian, because she knew her facts before her successful blowout. “My hairdresser informed me about the dangers of fake products and I researched products before I had it done. I would do it again, because my hair is more manageable.”
MELISSA FEBRUARIE had a Brazilian blowout be cause she wanted to have “more manageable” hair, even if it would only be a temporary solution. “I will never do it again, because the smell was horrible and I wasn’t warned about the daylong process.”
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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
For city slickers a day in the country can be a good thing. Refreshing even. An hour’s drive out of the city can help you replenish your flagging reserves, restock your memory bank and be the opiate that your spiritual self needs to revive. You would be leaving behind the mad rush that is city life. The one where the seasons are fast-tracked to the tune of the shopping tills. Christmas comes early every year. In October already! This is followed shortly by Valentine’s Day. Another hyped-up commercialised non-event trained upon your purse strings, where guilt – not love – determines the size of the flowers, outfit and teddy bear. Such a shame that how much you love him or her is determined by your wallet. It also shows such predictability and no hint of imagination. With hardly any breathing space, the Easter holidays creep up upon us. And then comes Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and, coming full circle, Christmas is back again. Then we groan about how we’re going on that diet, following healthy lifestyles and we will visit that dear elderly aunt in the retirement home. Much like the promises to meet up again at family funerals, very little comes of these plans. They’re just words we repeat to ease the conscience. We’re on a perpetual treadmill of expectations from others and ourselves. We shift and shape, make plans and diarise, we WhatsApp and Facebook. We “like” and LOL, and rush about in a social networking frenzy. Throw in the horror that is this April with all these additional holidays and anyone would run for the hills. Just once it would soothe the soul and save the sanity to get back to nature where the seasons, unfailingly, follow each other in a natural rhythm untainted by greed. At the very least, switch off your cellphone and laptop and inhale. It’s best to exhale too.
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Speed bumps are a relief I am overjoyed with the new speed bumps in Vredehoek Road, Vredehoek. It is most welcome as I have on numerous occasions experienced speeding cars on this road. They completely disregard the fact that there is a school there and children often run out into the road without thinking. Thank you to whomever was responsible for this. On this note as well, they have recently made a portion of St James Road a one way to accommodate the MyCiTi bus.
Even though they have narrowed the road where it intersects with Wexford Road, there are still some taxis and cars that speed down this section because it is a one way. If the powers that be could perhaps put one or two speed bumps here it would help tremendously. Thanks for a great publication. Love to read about what is happening in our area. Keep up the good work. EILEEN HUGHES, Vredehoek
ple who so (easily) point fingers should point out and warn neighbours that their children are drug addicts who steal from their parents so that we can be on the (alert) for (the safeguarding of) our own properties. We also want to hear from families of chronic alcoholics who drive while (under the influence) and become potential road killers. To those who have problem family members and who point fingers, please rather raise your hands to God and pray for the salvation of your family. Dare people call them tikkoppe or dronkies? No, there will be lawsuits or criminal actions. We would like families to tell us of their (relatives) who, at ungodly hours, do illegal road racing and so become road terrorists, disturbing the peace and breaking speed limits in our neighbourhoods. We also request that when some in your family dump illegally to please ask them to stop or report them. If you don’t you are also an eco violator. When we apply names to others in future first take a good look in your home and see it does not apply to your family. KEITH BLAKE
I am saddened by former chairperson of the Cape Town Metro, Grant Pascoe’s, decision to resign from the DA to join the ANC. He cut his political teeth with the DA for 13 years and was well respected in the party. He chaired the metro meetings with discerning authority and diplomacy, resolving conflict issues swiftly and earned my respect. Although a comparatively young politician, Pascoe is well seasoned and versed with party procedures and protocols. His sudden jumping ship has left many flabbergasted, and during my brief encounters with him, Pascoe displayed no signs of unhappiness with the DA. It is strange that not a shred of dissatisfaction was noticeable. My only conclusion is that although he displayed excellent leadership as metro chairperson, he performed poorly in the DAled City’s performance evaluation assessment. Pascoe alleges that DA leader Helen Zille is not sincere with coloured people and victimises those who disagree with her. Could he not in his position as chairperson of the metro and hailing from the Western Cape’s largest constituency, Mitchell’s Plain, use his influence and bring Zille’s alleged insincerity to the attention of supporters? The ANC is often accused of the latter. The DA expounds an open opportunity society, free of any discrimination as an important element in its manifesto. Transparency and free speech is encouraged in all its structures. Hence, it is difficult to believe Pascoe’s allegations. My perception is that although Pascoe is fairly charismatic, he does not have a large following or political clout to entice supporters to follow suit and change their allegiance to do significant damage to the DA. Is Pascoe merely being used by the ANC because he is coloured (to) secure votes to win the much contested Western Cape? MARK KLEINSCHMIDT, Kenwyn
from as early as 06:00. . Why does the ANC suddenly want to stand together with other parties to help find a solution to the gang war and killings on the Cape Flats? So many innocent people lost their lives in crossfire already – where were
they all the time? Why now only? We are all human; not puppets. Fed-up . What a blessing to get People’s Post for the first time this year. Thank you so much for an excellent community newspaper. It is very informative.
Treat others with respect The saying goes to speak the truth and the truth will set you free; also, treat others as you want to be treated. When a person or group forms a community organisation, does a community project or (performs) acts of kindness towards (others), some of those who are financially secure will have nothing good to say about these (people) or organisations who want to help the less fortunate. They will criticise the helpers by (saying) they are bringing criminal elements into the neighbourhood. Some of the degrading (names) the less fortunate (and) homeless are called include bergies, suiplappe, vagrants and bosslapers. I recently committed a chronic community sin by daring to give a homeless person a marked trolley so that he can legally operate his recycling business. I have received negative comments (about my) initiative. I want to make it crystal clear I am against people who illegally obtain trolleys or dirt bins and I will be the first to execute a citizen’s arrest if I see (anyone) conveying stolen or suspected stolen goods in a trolley, vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, pram or on a skateboard. On the subject of crime, law-abiding peo-
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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 24 April 2014
SOLAR ENERGY: FOOTWORK RECHARGES LIGHTS
Power to the people CHEVON BOOYSEN @ChevonBooysen
magine pedalling a bike for 20 minutes and by doing this you have charged a light bulb that could last up to five hours. Too good to be true? Not for the Safe Township Lighting project. The Safe Township Lighting project aims to bring affordable, clean, safe and sustainable lighting and energy solutions to offgrid informal settlements and rural households. Headed up by Vijay Mitha, the initiative is recognised as a Cape Town World Design Capital project. “We have technology, which was developed in Cape Town, that is unique in the marketplace. Our LED powered lights – called Nuru lights – provide 30 hours of light. This will, on average, provide about four hours of energy per night,” says Mitha. He adds that once the batteries to these lights are flat, they are re-charged in the community on a machine that resembles an exercise bike, called a POWERCycle. Mitha says: “Gentle pedalling for 20 minutes will charges 5 lights. This pedalling can be done at any time of the day or night, indoors or outdoors and requires nothing more than human power which is in abundance.” The Nuru lights are extremely cost effective and will only cost you R80. Recharge costs are R10 per week for the user of the light. “The people who operate the POWERCycle earn an income from the pedalling activ-
ity, which is sustainable and repeatable, since their customers return each week to recharge their lights.” By taking this approach, Safe Township Lighting is addressing problems of unemployment and the lack of electricity for safe lighting in informal settlements. The lights will be introduced during July 2014 for the purpose of partaking in the World Design Capital with its pay-off line “Live Design – Transform Life”. Mitha says they plan to do just that with the Nuru lights. “We wish to do just that, and as such we are looking to attract funding from corporates, businesses and the general public via our crowd-funding campaign online.” The project will be implemented in the informal settlements of Malawi Camp and Freedom Farm and later it will be rolled out to other off-grid settlements in the Western Cape. Mitha says there are many advantages to using the Nuru lights. “It is safe. There is no risk of shack fires. It is affordable as it is much cheaper than other solutions such as solar lanterns and it also a lot safer and cheaper to use than paraffin and candles. Paraffin and candles are also major contributors to shack fires, which cause numerous deaths and the loss of personal possessions.” he says. Mitha adds that it also provides much needed employment for the youth and other unemployed people in informal settlements. “They are able to assist their community and earn a sustainable income at the same time.”
RECHARGEABLE: Safe Township Lighting is a project focused on supplying sustainable energy in offgrid areas. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Kick cancer in the teeth JODY FORTUIN @JodyF13 If your friend or family member is suffering from cancer, or you just want to help others, put on your dancing shoes and rock out for a good cause. An NGO, Momma’s Over Matters (MOM) is hosting a live entertainment event, Rocking for Cancer at Mercury club in Zonnebloem on Friday 2 May. This is the second year Rocking for Cancer is running and founder of MOM, CaseyLee Jephta wants it to be even more successful this year. “My friend was diagnosed with cancer last year, so this event is very dear to my heart. I want to help her out and all the other beautiful people fighting the same battle,” says Jephta. Rocking for Cancer will start at 20:30 until late and all the money raised at this event will be donated to The Sunflower Fund.
MOM also ran raffles from January until March and most of the money made will also be donated to The Sunflower Fund and the rest will go to the expenses for the Mercury event. “I tried to get hold of different organisations focusing on cancer but The Sunflower Fund was the only one that got back to me, so we decided to honour them,” says Jephta. MOM has organised 11 live, local entertainment acts for the night and they are all performing for free to honour the cause. “Last year we raised R3000 and this year we want to raise the bar and much more,” says Jephta. The ticket prices are R100 for VIP including free drinks and snacks (first come, first serve), R40 for pre-sold tickets and R60 at the door. V For more information on the event or guest list con tact CaseyLee Jephta on 084 450 5959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SLEIGHT OF HAND: Join multiaward winning ma gician Stuart Lightbody in the Ovation Awardwin ning show Illusive at Alex ander Upstairs in Strand Street. The show employs pure sleight of hand art istry, immersed in psy chology and wrapped in imagination. Expect an experience of wonder that is rare, beautiful and illusive. Tickets are R80 in advance or R90 at the door. The show runs until Saturday 26 April at 19:00. Visit shows.alex anderbar.co.za or call (021) 300 1652. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
VISUAL FEAST: Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star in Le WeekEnd, one of the films which will be screened as part of this year’s European Film Festival.
Love’s the theme at film fest Love has many faces, sometimes unexpected, sometimes challenging. Beyond Love is the theme of the European Film Festival to be screened at Cinema Nouveau theatres in May. As the Beyond Love theme suggests, the festival explores some of the faces of love with the screening of 10 internationallyacclaimed films, representing the best of European cinema but never before screened to South African audiences. The European Film Festival (EUFF) runs from Friday 9 to Sunday 18 May, in partnership with 10 European cultural agencies and embassies based in South Africa. All the featured films are the recipients of numerous awards and accolades at international film festivals and competitions, including the Oscars and the Cannes Film Festival. They are the latest productions from the most exciting and talented film directors in Europe at the moment, and a true reflection of Europe-
an cinematographic creativity and diversity. The list of films to be screened during the festival include Paradise: Love (Austria), The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium), The Hunt (Denmark), Stranger by the Lake (France), Barbara (Germany), The Great Beauty (Italy), Tabu (Portugal), Child’s Pose (Romania), Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (Spain) and Le Week-End (United Kingdom). Bookings for the festival are open and special festival ticket rates will apply to make these foreign language films accessible to a wide audience. The festival also features an outreach screening programme and a competition that gives ticket-holders the chance to win a trip for two to France, courtesy of Air France and Atout France (French tourism agency). V For more information about the festival sched ule, bookings and the competition visit the Cinema Nouveau website at www.cinemanouveau.co.za.
Indian classical muso heads for city Legendary Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will be heading to South Africa in June. The grand master of the bansuri, or bamboo flute, will be headlining two concerts, titled Raga Fantasy. Chaurasia will be accompanied on this tour by Subhankar Banerjee on tabla, and Bhawani Shankar on pakhawaj in a concert on Indian classical music. Chaurasia is known for his outstanding contribution in popularising Indian classical music all over the world. His consummate artistry has distinguished him as the greatest living master of the North Indian bamboo flute both at home and abroad. As a musician he is a rare combination of
an innovator and a traditionalist. He has significantly expanded the expressive possibilities of classical North Indian flute-playing through his masterful blowing technique and his unique adaptation of alaap and jod to the flute. Chaurasia has won multiple awards in India and abroad, earned three honorary doctorates, and the prestigious Ordres des Arts et Lettres in France in 2008. He still teaches music at the Rotterdam Music Conservatorium, where he is artistic director of the Indian Music Department. Raga Fantasy will take place on Saturday 14 June at 19:30 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. V Tickets are available from Computicket.
THEATRE: GRAB FOR POWER IN GREAT LAKES REGION
Macbeth with an African twist I
n a radical take on Verdi’s Macbeth, Shakespeare’s story of ambition, treachery and witchcraft is set in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, amid wars and ruthless exploitation. This version was conceptualised, designed and directed by Brett Bailey. Within a swamp of multinational double-dealings, ethnic conflict, brutal militia, so-called blood minerals and glittering Chinese imports, a Congolese warlord and his ambitious wife murder their leader and unleash atrocities upon the crumbling African province they seize. Bailey is a prolific South African artist and the director of AMBITIOUS: Nobulumko Mngxekeza as Lady Macbeth in Brett Bailey’s radi Third World Bun- cal take on Macbeth, set in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. fight, a theatre comPHOTO: MORNE VAN ZYL pany that has maintained its position at the forefront of South Teresa de Keersmaeker, Alain Platel, FausAfrican performance throughout its 18-year tin Linyekula, Luc Bondy and Philippe Boeshistory. Bailey’s works such as EXHIBIT B, mans. The leads in the production are Owen MetOrfeus and Big Dada have brought him resileng as Macbeth, Nobulumko Mngxekeza nown on European stages. Macbeth has been rearranged for 10 black as Lady Macbeth and Otto Maidi as Banquo. South African opera singers and 12 South Af- V Macbeth is at the Artscape Theatre until Saturday rican musicians by Fabrizio Cassol – who 26 April at 20:15. Tickets cost R120 to R160 via Com has previously composed music for Anne puticket or (021) 421 7695.
Fringe fest spectacle for city The National Arts Festival and the City of Cape Town have taken hands to launch a new performing arts festival in the city in September. Based on similar festivals in cities like New York, Amsterdam and Edinburgh, festival CEO Tony Lankester says the new Cape Town Fringe Festival will feature “young, dynamic and cutting edge” talent. “The Fringe model rests on two pillars – firstly the nature of the work on a Fringe is such that it is bold, innovative, exciting and it pushes boundaries for both artists and audiences; secondly a Fringe festival has a business model behind it which encourages independence and sustainability, while costs are shared between performers,” he says. The Cape Town Fringe aims to present around 40 productions in venues in and around the city centre, as well as in satellite venues in areas such as Langa. “Access is critical to the success of a Fringe and was a big factor in our decision to proceed with this project,” says Ian Neilson, acting Mayoral Committee member for Tourism, Events and Marketing says. Neilson says the National Arts Festival (NAF) has 40 years proven experience at hosting perhaps the most significant arts festival in the country. “It has pursued a new strategy of expansion. Cape Town is its first major ongoing foray outside of Grahamstown,” he points out. An association with the NAF will help cement the City’s commitment to placing Cape Town as the events capital of Africa. Nielson also points to the fact that the festival will help increase tourism in what’s usually the still low season in Cape Town. “There is a need to up bed numbers at our hotels and to increase tourists.” The festival will be held at various ven-
ues and theatres around the city, helping to create job opportunities in the performing arts sector and the hospitality industry. “Ticket pricing, choice of venues as well as the scheduling of performances all contribute to making a Fringe Festival appeal to as many people as possible, both traditional and non-traditional theatregoing audiences,” Neilson continues. While the Fringe will use as many as 16 venues, Cape Town’s City Hall will form the ‘home base’ for the event, and will boast several performance venues and a Fringe Hub where artists, audiences and the media will gather at the end of each day. A public call for proposals was made at the launch of the event, with the Festival’s artistic director, Ismail Mahomed, saying that organisers were looking for work that is “brash, bold, cheeky, outspoken, confident, socially aware and independent”. “The Fringe model means that productions will pay a modest registration and venue hire fee, and then take the lion’s share of the box office,” Mahomed explained. “The Fringe itself then manages the bulk of the marketing, ticket sales, venue setup and all the staffing, financial, technical and legal requirements for the event.” The National Arts Festival is a member of the prestigious World Fringe Alliance – a grouping of nine Fringe Festivals around the world which, collectively, reach an audience of over three million people. Lankester, who was the founding Chair of the Alliance, says the network will allow for opportunities to bring international productions to Cape Town and visa versa. V The Cape Town Fringe will run from Thursday 25 September until Sunday 5 October. The call for proposals is currently open and more information can be found at www.capetownfringe.co.za.
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Citizen journalism THEATRE: GET DOWN TO RICHARD’S BISTRO
Kaapse stories on stage EUGENE YIGA @eugeneyiga
fter more than 400 performances since its debut in July 2012, Kaapse Stories from the Mother City continues to celebrate Cape Town culture and cuisine. The dinner/theatre show has performed to people from over 50 countries and has proved so popular that it is currently taking bookings for 2016. It all takes place at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro, the creation of German businessman Roland Seidel and theatre producer Richard Loring. Seidel, who first saw Loring’s African Footprint in 2003, always wanted to offer the tourists on his farm a perspective of the Cape that combined music, culture, and food. But it wasn’t until mid-2011 that he and Loring made the investment decision that eventually became this restaurant. The establishment opened in the middle of an unusually cold winter, and initially had to compete with major sporting events like the London Olympics and the UEFA European Championship. And yet it’s done well, no doubt thanks to the warm atmosphere created by
the relaxed décor and friendly staff. Looking around at the variety of patrons, from families with young kids to friends on a girls’ night out, I got the impression that everyone was having a great time. Kaapse Stories from the Mother City, the venue’s first show, is set in Sea Point and told from the perspective of Grandpa Kleintjies. It’s based on the true story of one family’s struggle to survive racial divide under the apartheid regime. “While all of this might sound like fodder for a story of melodramatic proportions,” explains writer and director Basil Appollis in the show’s programme, “the truth is that when people face uphill battles, they learn life lessons and the Kleintjies’ story bears testament to this.” Of course, that’s only one aspect of the experience. There was also a three-course meal, which was preceded by some wonderfully welcome sparkling wine. The food is described as Cape Malay with a Mediterranean twist. That meant a Bo-Kaap platter for starters (homemade snoek paté, piquant samoosa and roasted Mediterranean vegetables) and a South African platter for dessert (koeksister, malva pud-
ding, milk tart and a skewer of fresh fruit). But wait, there’s more. Inbetween these two served dishes was the main buffet, the maître d’s mention of which elicited gasps of anticipation and groans of approval from the eager crowd. And boy was there a lot of choose from! Korma chicken and prawn curry; baked linefish in a light lemon and parsley sauce; sliced beef fillet; Cape Malay vegetable breyani; and a variety of vegetables, from spicy carrots and green beans (with a hint of nutmeg) to roasted butternut drizzled with honey and almond flakes. In a word: yum! All in all, Kaapse Stories from the Mother City is highly recommended. Whether you’re just passing through the city or are lucky enough to call Cape Town your home, you’re bound to leave with a full belly and a big smile. V Tickets for Kaapse Stories from the Mother City at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro are available from Computicket and include welcome drinks and a threecourse meal. For more information, call (021) 434 6738, email bookings@richard scapetown.co.za, or visit www.richardsca petown.co.za.
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WINE AND DINE: Discover the beauty of Elgin Valley with the annual Elgin Valley Cool Wine and County Festival on Saturday 3 May. The event, sponsored by Nedbank and Orchid Suppliers, will see wine estates in the valley open their doors for tastings and topclass entertainment from 09:30 until 17:00. The day will be separated into three sections – breakfast, lunch and supper – with wine es tates offering delicious meals, fine wines and plenty of entertain ment. A day pass costs R50; lucheons have to be booked before hand. For more information or to book visit www.elginwine.co.za. People’s Post readers stand the chance to win one of two double tickets to the Elgin Valley Cool Wine and Country Festival. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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TWICE AS NICE: Ajax Cape Town won their second consecutive Metropolitan Premier Cup title on Monday after defeating Mamelodi Sundowns 10 in the final.
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Challenge to attract thousands
ver 5000 walkers and runners of all ages and ability are expected to line-up in Darling Street for the fourth Jive Slave Route Challenge on Sunday 11 May. The annual race features a half marathon, 10km run 10km walk and 5km fun run, which follows routes designed to highlight Cape Town’s natural beauty and rich history. People’s Post is the print media sponsor. All of the distances take participants past some of the city’s most important historic landmarks, many of which are related to slavery. Achmat Jacobs, deputy president of hosts
Lion of Africa Itheko Sport Athletic Club, says the race was founded after the club saw a need such an event. “We wanted to start a race that is different from any other races – that is how this concept (was born),” he says. “Itheko is the fastest growing club in the Cape and South Africa. “The club has over 1000 members, with over 200 children in the kids’ athletic development programme. We are the biggest running club in the province, with the second most race entries to the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.” The race will pass the Iziko Slave Lodge,
the Slave Tree Plaque and the Whipping Post and directly through the Castle of Good Hope. Several historic churches and mosques are also dotted along the route. The half marathon will start at 07:00, with the 10km race at 07:15, 5km fun run at 08:00 and the 10km walk at 08:30. Instead of a normal starting pistol, runners in all four events will be sent off by a miniature cannon fired from the castle. All finishers will receive medals and all entrants will receive a coupon to visit the castle next month. Entertainment will start on the Grand Pa-
rade at 09:00 and lucky prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Entries for the race can be submitted at all Sportsman’s Warehouse branches until Sunday 27 April. Online entries can be completed at www.topevents.co.za before Sunday 4 May. Race numbers need to be collected from 16:00 until 20:00 on Friday 9 May and from 10:00 until 17:00 on Saturday 10 May. Late entries can also be completed on these days, and on race day from 05:30 till 08:15. V For more information on the race or the club visit www.itheko.org.
Slower times in Two Oceans tled flu. Elena took third place Runners from Lesotho in a time of 03:43:59 and Olesya snatched two of the top three only managed a sixth-place spots in the men’s Old Mutual finish. Two Oceans Ultra Marathon In the half marathon race, on Saturday, while Russian athletes battled windy condiathletes dominated the womtions from start to finish. en’s race. Defending champion Lesotho’s Lebenya Nkoka Stephen Mokoka won the won the men’s race in a time men’s race in 01:04:16, almost of 03:09:52 and his compatriot a minute slower than his time Masilo Matjiane finished last year. third in 03:12:00. Joel Mmone placed second Second place went to South and Sibabalwe Mzazi was African veteran Hendrick third. The women’s race beRamaala who finished his longed to Lebo Phalula who first Two Oceans Ultra in comfortably ran to victory in 03:11:33 a time of 01:14:00. Nkoka, who finished ninth Rene Kalmer came second last year, attributed his victoin 01:14:23, with Gezashigh ry to focused altitude trainGemeda of Ethiopia taking ing, speed work and strong third in 01:15:02. coaching support. A record number of ath“We work hard as a group AHEAD OF THE PACK: Nina and train together at high alti- Podnebesnova won the wom letes participated in the race tudes,” he said. en’s Old Mutual Two Oceans this year. Race director Chet The team receive signifi- Marathon on Saturday. PHOTO: Sainsbury, who finished his 32nd ultra marathon, says cant support from the Lesotho PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES the weather conditions reMinistry of Gender and Youth, and Sports and Recreation, Nkoka sulted in slower average times this year. “Despite the cold start, things quickly added. In the women’s race it was third-time heated up, which made for a slower overall lucky for Russian runner Nina Podnebesno- ultra marathon and resulted in a record va, who finally won after placing fifth last number of athletes completing the ultra in year and 2011. She crossed the finish line in between six and seven hours,” he says. The wind also contributed to a slower half a time of 03:40:07, while Ethiopian Shitaye Debellu finish three minutes behind her in marathon. Title Sponsor Old Mutual offered a R1-mil03:43:37. Podnebesnova attributed her victory to a lion prize to the male and female runners who break the Ultra Marathon records, but change in coach. For the second year running, Russian Thompson Magawana and Frith van der twins Elena and Olesya Nurgalieva didn’t Merwe’s records remained in place for anperform as they had hoped, as they both bat- other year.
RAW POWER: DHL Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff shrugs off a tackle from Lions hooker Robbie Coetzee during the Cape side’s 183 Super Rugby victory at DHL Newlands on Saturday. PHOTO: MAX BOSANQUET/ACTION PIX
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LIGHTFOOTED: ASD Cape Town’s Chadwin Pe tersen is trailed by two Bidvest Wits players during the Metropolitan Premier Cup quarter finals on Sunday. ASD won 31 to advance to the semifinals. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Urban Warriors do it again LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT
jax Cape Town claimed their second consecutive Metropolitan Premier Cup title after beating Mamelodi Sundowns in the final on Monday. The young Urban Warriors scored early in the second-half and held out until the final whistle to win 1-0 and claim their sixth title. Victorious coach Maaher Davids says his side were out toprove a point. “This is a great achievement for the club and it shows that we have the best academy in the country – possibly even in Africa,” he says. “We weren’t the favourites, but we proved everybody wrong.” Ajax went to into the final unbeaten, but
had a less than impressive start to the tournament. They kicked off with a 2-0 win against School of Excellence, but were held to a goalless draw by Claremont’s ASD Academy and a 1-1 stalemate against Beaufort West City, scraping through to the play-offs from Group B behind ASD. But the defending champions’ fortunes improved in the last 16, as they beat Supersport United 1-0 to advance to quarter-finals and a clash with local rivals Santos. Ajax snuck past The People’s Team 4-3 on penalties, after regular time finished with the scores level at 1-1. In the semi-finals, Ajax edged ASD 1-0 while Sundowns beat Hellenic 1-0. The Brazilians may have started the game as favourites, but Ajax were better in the
opening exchanges. Both sides struggle to retain possession but Sundowns were completely incapable of transition from defence into attack. Ajax kept the Pretoria side pinned back with a high defensive line and constant pressing from the midfield and forwards. The high pressure game eventually paid off when Olwethu Nguye stole possession just outside the box and played Charlton Basson into space on the left flank. The forward made no mistake, sending a scorcher into the top corner, beyond the reach of Sundowns goalkeeper Mpho Mathekhga. Ajax were content to play on the break for the rest of the half, breaking up Sundowns’ attacks and launching counter-attacks out wide.
The game opened slightly in the secondhalf and Sundowns did a better job of finding their attackers. However, the Urban Warriors’ defence held firm and kept ’Downs scoreless. Ajax skipper Yagan Sasman put in a composed performance to lead his side to victory. The skipper constantly tested throughout the game, but seldom erred. “We are overwhelmed to win it,” he said. “Although we were confident, we didn’t expect to win. “Everybody worked hard for each other and it worked out great for us.” Senoane Gunners beat Harmony Academy 1-0 in the plate final, while Glendene United overcame Bidvest Wits by the same score-line to win the mid-section final.
Hammies to use Community Cup momentum in league LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT Hamiltons have switched focus to the revamped Super League A after finishing third in the Community Cup last weekend. The Green Point side bowed out of the competition in the semi-finals. They will kick off their WP club rugby season with against Victorians at home on Saturday 5 May. Head coach Anton Moolman believes the experience gained from the tournament is a victory. “The Community Cup has seen us play more games than we usually would (during this period) and at a higher level than friendlies, but it’s great to be involved
in highly competitive rugby because that’s how players grow,” he says. “Luckily we didn’t pick up too many injuries. The lessons we learned in the group stages and knockout rounds will stand us in good stead in the league this year.” Moolman’s charges looked like title contenders throughout the Community Cup, racking up comfortable victories in all their games until the semi-final. Hammies kicked off their inaugural Community Cup campaign with a hefty 48-9 win at home over Sishen (Griquas) on Saturday 15 March. South Africa’s oldest rugby club secured an equally impressive win in their next fixture, winning 41-12 against Wesbank
(Boland) in Malmesbury on Saturday 22 March. The most impressive victory came against Shumba Ferros (Pumas) on Saturday 29 March, with 10 tries and eight conversions scored and two tries and a conversion conceded for a 66-12 final score. Hamiltons finished the group stages unbeaten with a 43-28 win over eventual champions Rustenberg Impala (Leopards) in Rustenberg on Saturday 5 April. Their impressive form continued in the knockout rounds, with a 40-10 win over Centurion RFC (Blue Bulls) securing a spot in the semi-finals. However, they could not repeat the performance and lost 20-18 to Roodepoort (Li-
ons) on Saturday. “We weren’t at our best and the conditions didn’t really play into our hands,” Moolman says. “There was a lot of dew on the field and we like to play it wide, so we ended up making a few handling errors while Roodepoort kept it close to their pack. We also had ab opportunity to win it right at the end, but we missed it. Roodepoort played the conditions better and they were deserved winners on the night.” They eventually finished as runners-up after losing 13-11 to Rustenberg Impala in the final. Hammies beat defending champions College Rovers (KwaZulu-Natal) 27-18 in the third/fourth place play-off.