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SEA POINT: LICENCE PLATE RECOGNITION TRACKING GAINING TRACTION

Focus on fighting crime

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

Just under R750 000 is needed to get a crimefighting initiative off the ground. The Sea Point Improvement District has raised over a quarter of the R1m needed to install a Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) System, consisting of 14 cameras, along Main Road. The system will extend throughout the local business district as well the main residential areas along Main, Regent and Beach roads and from Ocean View Drive down to the beachfront. It is hoped the initiative will yield a dramatic drop in Sea Point’s vehicle-related crime statistics. The cameras have been installed in several neighbouring suburbs and act as a powerful addition to the existing Cyclops system, made up of only CCTV cameras, explains improvement district CEO Heather Tager. “The cameras afford the CID the means to spot crime in real time and to identify the perpetrators and their vehicles through enhanced optics,” she says. “The improvement district and local businesses have all donated towards the project and this will go towards the initial set up of the first three cameras and technological support.” The cameras are integral in catching criminals using getaway cars, Tager continues. “The hi-tech cameras are capable of zooming in on the make and registration of the vehicle while simultaneously entering this information into a central LPR database. This both logs it and gives pertinent information as to whether the vehicle is stolen or has a criminal history,” she says. The system, already serving Camps Bay, Devil’s Peak, Tamboerskloof and Constantia, has yielded many success stories. “Through the central database, suburbs can link with each other to track criminal activity and trends,” Tager says. The cameras also allow crime-fighting organisations to track syndicates and attacks on ATMs, home invasions, bank robberies and break-ins at business or private premises. Vehicles can be tracked through the network and the perpetrators can be arrested, Tager maintains.

YOU’RE ON CAMERA: A licence plate recognition system may see a drop in crime if the Sea Point Improvement District gets the funding needed for the project. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN The results speak for themselves, agrees Atlantic Seaboard Neighbourhood Watch chairperson Derek Salter. “The benefits have been proven elsewhere. It enables criminals to be tracked and traced and this will help in both reducing crime and catching offenders. This should prove to be a very useful additional tool in tackling crime and we fully support the CID in its efforts to bring this about,” he says. “This technology has been used elsewhere and I’m sure the CID will learn from past ex-

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CRIME: PLUMBER BY DAY, LAW ENFORCEMENT VOLUNTEER AT NIGHT

A civic duty to protect NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

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He is not a billionaire playboy by day and he most certainly doesn’t dress as a flying rodent to patrol the city at night. Yet Earl Fischhoff definitely qualifies for hero status. Fischhoff is a Vredehoek plumber but after hours he wears his blue shirt and lapels, tightens the laces on his boots and straps on his gun to do his bit to keep the city safe. He is one of 39 volunteer Law Enforcement auxiliary officers. He gives of his free time to swell the number of staff on duty. The volunteers boost operational capacity and put more feet on the ground without making a dent in the City of Cape Town’s budget. Fischhoff is an example of active citizenship at work.

Community first He joined the Devil’s Peak Neighbourhood Watch five years ago. “One night I arrived home to find my house swarming with police. I assumed the worst, but it turned out they were looking for a criminal between the four houses and were searching mine. He fortunately wasn’t in my home and we spotted him on a neighbour’s property. I joined the neighbourhood watch the next day,” he says. Keeping his neighbourhood safe grew into a passion, and Fischhoff was hoping to join as a police reservist before he heard about the auxiliary officer positions. “This has more appeal because you go on area specific patrols. You can patrol in your own neighbourhood. The police can send you anywhere.” Members of the Oranjezicht-Higgovale Neighbourhood Watch have also volunteered, chairperson Sheryl Ozinsky says. “It’s all about being the eyes and the ears of police and Law Enforcement. Resources are thin on the ground and without active participation, Law Enforcement officers are not able to prevent or deter crime. The partnership has proven very effective,” she insists. Hands on While Fischhoff tends to cover the City

HAVE YOUR SAY! DRAFT CCTV POLICY The City of Cape Town is in the process of finalising a CCTV Policy. In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, the public and interested parties or groups are given the opportunity to submit comments, input and recommendations on the Draft CCTV Policy from 1 February 2014 to 4 March 2014. Comments, input and recommendations may be submitted by: • • • •

Fax: 086 542 0630 E-mail: cctv.unicity@capetown.gov.za Written submission: PO Box 6955, Roggebaai 8012 (For attention: Director of CCTV) Facebook: www.facebook.com/CityofCT

The City’s Public Participation Unit will assist people who cannot read or write, people living with disabilities and people from other disadvantaged groups who are unable to submit written comments to have their comments, input or recommendation recorded and submitted to the City. Contact the following:

ON DUTY: Volunteer Earl Fischhoff searches for stolen items during a patrol in Sea Point. Bowl, he has on occasion been called up to serve in other areas. “Council needed escorts into Nyanga after receiving reports that there would be a demonstration on the N2. We drove deep into the area to escort council workers. They found 30 to 40 portable toilets full of faeces, and we then escorted them as they removed it to a sewage facility. I’ve still got that smell up my nose. It was terrible!” There have been occasions where his schedule tinking about with cranky plumbing and keeping the city’s streets safe has overlapped. “During a patrol on Camps Bay Beach, the toilets broke. A plumber had been out to fix them but hadn’t done a very good job, so I fixed them. There I was, in my full uniform, busy fixing the plumbing in the middle of the December period,” he says. Fischhoff’s time on the neighbourhood watch prepared him well for the task he performs. While on a watch patrol, he became suspicious of a car and followed it to St James Road after calling in backup. The car stopped and two men got out, attacking a pedestrian and mugging him. “My colleague chased the car and I went to help the victim. When I got to him, there was blood running down his leg. They had stabbed him, and nicked a main artery. When they got to Buitenkant Road, there was just a wall of police vehicles and nowhere to go. I spent two hours in the dock and they all received a sentence of 10 years,” he says. The family man Balancing family life, work and volunteering can be a handful, but Fischhoff always puts family first. “I have dinner with my family every night and spend time with them. When they all go to sleep around 22:00, I go out. Or if they’re watching a soapie, I think ‘No thanks, that’s not for me. I’d rather be out

For disadvantaged groups: Anele Viti at 021 400 1652 or anele.viti@capetown.gov.za

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All in a day’s work Auxiliary officers tackle a range of complaints, says Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security JP Smith. Grievances can range from barking dogs to house break-ins, and officers can receive around 12 complaints in a day shift. Although volunteers, auxiliary officers have been trained extensively in the law and are able to carry out searches and arrests. They have also been trained to carry a firearm. “We’re looking to add powers to the Law Enforcement officers which will allow them to enforce the Liquor Act, search for stolen goods and enforce sections of the Traffic Act. As is, an auxiliary officer can impound your cellphone or arrest you for declining to obey any Law Enforcement officer,” he says. Smith hopes to increase the number of auxiliary officers to around 400 over the next year or two, with an intake of 40 officers every three months. Candidates need to pass a physical assessment and a medical evaluation and are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per month. Application forms are available at Law Enforcement and Subcouncil offices. For enquiries call (021) 444 8235.

holding their next meeting at 18:00 in the observatory’s auditorium. Lauren Schroeder will give insight into evolutionary processes. Entry is R10 for non-members. Phone Connie Feast on 021 689 5921.

For general public participation: Ruché Daniels at 021 400 1766 or ruche.daniels@capetown.gov.za

The draft policy is available at www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay, at subcouncil offices and at libraries.

there making a difference’,” he says. He is enormously proud that his two daughters are following in his footsteps. “My eldest daughter Ashley is very involved with community work and outreach programmes at her school. She’s 17 and in the running for a gold President’s Award. My youngest, Robyn, is 14 and a bit too young for that, but she always asks me if she can join me on patrols,” he says. While he loves having the company of his daughter, Fischhoff is always careful to ensure their safety. Fischhoff’s wife of 28 years, Sylvia, does worry about his well-being, he confesses. “But I always go out protected,” he says.

Saturday 1 February V Gardens: Overeaters Anonymous meets every Saturday at 11:30 at the Gereformeerde Kerk on the corner of Orange and Hof streets. All are welcome. Phone Ingrid on 082 855 4953. Tuesday 11 February V Observatory: The Western Cape Branch of the South African Archaeological Society is

Saturday 22 February V District Six: A reunion will take place for all former residents of Virginia Street and surrounding areas. The event will include ex-Zonnebloem pupils who matriculated between 1950 and 1957, as well as ex-YMO members. Bring your own platters and refreshments as braai facilities will be available. The reunion takes place at the YMO St Luke’s Club House in Upper Cambridge Street from 13:00. Phone Derek on 021 761 7133 or 073 521 0431.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 30 January 2014

CITY BOWL: CHANGE OF PLANS FOR 12-STOREY DEVELOPMENT

Back to the drawing board

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

The economic climate has caused ambitious developers to scale back on a planned office development for the corner of Bree and Pepper streets. The original plans featured a 12-storey office block with an ultra-modern parking lot, but owing to an oversupply of office space in the city centre, developers have gone back to the drawing board. Developer Dan Steyn says the land was purchased with the intention to redevelop. “Our initial scheme was a full bulk development of approximately 5 000m² of office space with a mechanised parking garage which would have provided 150 parking bays. However, the current economic climate resulted in an oversupply of office space in town, as well as new developments such as the Portside building coming onto the market. This forced us to reconsider.” The building was intended to be the first of its kind, housing the city’s first automated parking garage. The parking garage, accessed from Pepper Street, would have allowed drivers to park their cars in one of three mechanised parking slots. The automated trolley system would then transport the car to one of the eight parking levels. One of the former buildings – on the corner of the two streets – has been demolished, while the other is being extended. Approval for the redevelopment was granted in August, says council’s Depart-

STALLED: The economic climate has caused developers to shelve their original plans for the corner of Pepper and Bree streets.PHOTO: ment of Planning and Building Development Management director Cheryl Walters. “Ultimately, the owners elected not to proceed with the approved development and not

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to demolish the building at 21 Pepper Street. Instead, they obtained approval to add one lightweight storey to the building,” she says. “A demolition permit was obtained for the buildings at 177 Bree Street. The buildings were demolished and building plans have been submitted to the City for a new, single-storey retail building on the corner, attached to the building at 21 Pepper Street.” The extension was decided on as the existing structure could not accommodate a conventional expansion, Steyn explains. “We have redesigned the Pepper Street property using the existing structure with a lightweight roof extension, and an internal mezzanine to increase the parking capacity. The 177 Bree Street property has been demolished and will make way for a new retail shop with a roof garden serving the office areas in the existing building.” The demolition of the Bree Street building and excavations for a new building are being recorded by archaeologists, and their findings will be documented and submitted to Heritage Western Cape. The Pepper Street façade was retained, Steyn says. A heritage impact assessment found that none of the buildings were of heritage significance, Walters confirms. However, it is likely that undisturbed archaeology exists below the current floor level of the Bree Street erven.

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“It was therefore a condition of approval that archaeological monitoring takes place during demolition and that the foundations be recorded by an archaeologist,” she says. Sections of the modern, open-plan offices will be ready for occupation in March.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 30 January 2014

HEALTH: HELP MOM RAISE MONEY FOR COCHLEAR OP

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The toddler is a social butterfly, but while those who know her consider her a chatterbox, the words she utters are barely distinguishable. Azraa Jacobs (3) is deaf. Only about R40 000 stands between her and the ability to hear. Her single-mother Mareldia Adonis (27) has to dock up the money to have her toddler fitted with a cochlear implant. It is hoped the operation will be done later this year. The procedure will cost R218 000 for one ear, and Mareldia is forced to host fundraisers for the deficit as the medical aid will only cover R170 000 for the operation. The cochlear implant will have to be done on both ears of the little whirlwind, who was declared deaf at the age of two. However, only one will be done this year. Mareldia initially noticed her daughter wasn’t developing as fast as her other tots her age while watching her interact with a cousin. “I got really worried when I saw my nephew and her playing together. He would speak in longer sen-

tences than her and they were the same age,” she says. After having tests done and being referred to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, it was confirmed that she was deaf, more so in the left than in the right ear. Hearing aids were then fitted to Azraa in April last year when she was two years old. The tot has since been enrolled at the Carel du Toit Centre in Parow where she receives speech therapy and help is given to help her improve her oral communication. Mareldia says since her daughter started at the centre her speech has definitely improved. “She uses small words and will communicate in one or two words. It’s much easier to understand her now,” she says. Since Azraa has been at the special needs school, her mother feels more equipped and confident in helping her daughter develop. The Carel du Toit Centre hosts parent classes and all caregivers are given support on how to help the child develop away from the facility. Although she knows there is a long road ahead before Azraa is able to communicate and listen with ease, Mareldia is optimistic. “The sooner she is able to hear, the

sooner she will then also be able to speak, read and write. This, in turn, means she will be able to attend a mainstream school,” she says. Mareldia will be hosting fundraisers in the buildup to Azraa’s operation and urges all to attend to help raise the required funds. So far she has only been able to raise R10 000 through various events. Carel du Toit Centre principal Ruth Bourne explains that a cochlear implant is very different from a hearing aid. “Hearing aids amplify sound whereas a cochlear implant changes the sound signal into an electrical signal which is sent to the brain so the person can ‘hear’,” she says. Children who have a cochlear implant done, Bourne explains, are those children who are so deaf that they cannot benefit from the most powerful hearing aids. The implant, however, is not a “magic formula”. “It provides the basic sound information and a lot of work is needed to help the child to use that information. Left without any intervention, the implant will make no difference,” she explains. Conditions for eligibility is that an implant must be done before the

HEAR’S YOUR CHANCE: Azraa Jacobs is set for a cochlear implant but needs funds to have it done. With her is her mother Mareldia Adonis. age of three years if a child has been born deaf. Parent involvement and therapeutic support are also very important. “Unfortunately many children cannot have an implant done due to a lack of finances. Acquiring spoken language is then very difficult for them – although not impossible – as they have to rely solely

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The Sunflower Fund is opting for a different vehicle to get the message across that their coffers need your help. They’ll be chewing up the miles on bicycles to also create awareness of their work by taking part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour on Sunday 9 March. And they’re hoping other Capetonians will do the same. The Sunflower Fund raises funds to PEDAL POWER: Rasheda van den Hurk is supportenable the South Af- ing The Sunflower Fund in the Miles4Marrow rican Bone Marrow Campaign. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Registry to expand its database of potential bone sible for educating the public on marrow stem cell donors to help the plight of leukaemia sufferers patients suffering from leukae- and help raise the necessary mia and other life-threatening funds to meet the cost of tissue blood disorders have the chance typing new donors to grow the of finding a matching donor. registry. Rasheda van den Hurk, who If everyone raised a small recently joined the Sunflower sum, collectively it could Fund’s public relations team, is amount to enough to help pay appealing to any interested cy- the cost of R2000 for each donor clists taking part in the Cycle willing to join the registry. Tour to offer their support and V To get involved or obtain a sponsor help raise funds as part of the form, contact Van den Hurk on Miles4Marrow Campaign. (021) 701 0661 or email rasheda@sunVan den Hurk will be respon- flowerfund.org.za.

Wrap a little fighter in love After delivering close to 700 Christmas gifts to children with cancer across the country, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust is starting 2014 with the Get Wrapped Project. This project aims to provide new, single bed-sized blankets to every child in 11 paediatric oncology hospital wards, as well as bedding to over 30 individual childhood cancer-affected families. The reach of the project will stretch from Cape Town to the Free State. The public is asked to donate newly bought, single-bed, soft blankets. Donations will be ac-

cepted until the end of March. Distribution of the blankets will be done in April. In Cape Town, 120 blankets will be distributed to the Red Cross and Tygerberg hospitals. “Children with cancer have very low immune systems due to the treatment they receive. No second-hand goods will be delivered to the Little Fighters, as this is the only way to prevent the risk of infection,” says project manager Mandie Erasmus. V If you would like to donate towards the Get Wrapped Project, contact Eileen van Zyl on 071 384 6573 for delivery arrangements.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 30 January 2014

GREEN POINT: PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM IN MOTION

Scheme waits for green light NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

Recent high-profile soccer games at the Cape Town Stadium have seen numerous perturbed Green Point residents either parked in or circling about to find a parking spot. But this frustration may be a thing of the past if a motion by ward councillor Beverley Schafer is accepted and the area sees the implementation of a parking permit system as used during the Fifa 2010 World Cup. Schafer submitted a motion to the Good Hope Subcouncil to formalise the Green Point Residents Parking Permit scheme around events on the Green Point Common and ensure Traffic Services will patrol the residential area on event days to enforce the scheme. “The event-related congestion in the streets is in proximity to the Cape Town Stadium. The recent completion of the Green Point Athletics Stadium has greatly aggravated an already strenuous

parking situation for residents. In June 2010, the City of Cape Town implemented the parking permit scheme to ensure that residents had access to adequate parking during the World Cup,” she says. The scheme protects specified areas, ensuring that residents are still able to park in certain zones. The area included is bordered by Main, Boundary, High Level and Glengariff roads. Green Point Ratepayers’ Association cochairperson Luke Stevens supports the motion, and is pleased at how effective the system was during the World Cup. “The association performed all the administrative functions of issuing permits, so this cost the City nothing. The resident parking signs had magnetic covers that were removed by a City subcontractor before each event and replaced the following morning. In addition, temporary ‘No Stopping/No Parking’ signs would be placed in narrow residential roads,” he says. Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron says the the system’s ef-

ficacy was due to increased levels of enforcement during the World Cup. Stevens believes the system’s success can be duplicated if implemented. “A widely publicised and consistently enforced and well-understood parking permit system would discourage many visitors from bringing their cars and would therefore reduce traffic. It would also reduce stress for many fans who, not being familiar with the warren of back streets in Green Point, waste hours trawling pointlessly through the suburb in search of nonexistent parking,” he says. Traffic Services and Transport for Cape Town staff currently ensure that residents have access to parking. “Offenders are ticketed and in some cases vehicles are towed away,” Herron explains. The parking problems are also being addressed in council’s draft parking policy. However, there is a lack of council services during events which would hinder implementation of the scheme, Stevens believes. “The traffic department is under-re-

sourced and poorly motivated. They respond in a reactionary fashion only to insistent complaints. They are generally unfamiliar with the parking permit system and not sensitive to the problems that residents face. They tend to operate only on the wide, main arterial roads and ignore side streets,” he argues. However, finding the officers to enforce the permit system would be challenge, Herron says. “Non-compliance with the parking restriction signs requires regular enforcement. The required levels of enforcement are not always available.” However, Stevens believes placing the system in the community’s hand is the key. “A possible solution would be to deputise members of the community or neighbourhood watch. Using their local understanding they could then become pro-active traffic marshals and explain to incoming fans that they are not permitted to park in residential side-streets. They would then also have the necessary authority to enforce the advice,” he says.

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Money wise With the festive season behind us, many Capetonians have been trying to stretch their pennies to recover from excessive holiday spending. Experts say more people have requested debt counselling and in some cases consumers spend their entire salary fulfilling debt obligations. People’s Post readers share their thoughts.

WALEED DU PLESSIS PLESSIS believes credit cards and accounts lead to the financial downfall of many irresponsible spenders. “It allows you to buy now and pay later, but all you get is debt for a very long time.”

RUBY MADLA MADLATHU THU says people should save and budget for the festive season so that they don’t need to borrow money when the holidays have passed. “I had no worries in January,” she says.

CARLOS BANANGILE BANANGILE says previous experience has taught him to spend wisely during December. “I saved my bonus and now I am much better off financially than I was last year January,” he says.

LOWRISKA KLEIN says it’s hard to always pay cash. “We try, but when you need something and you have no choice, you buy on credit. Once you buy on account, you are stuck for a long time”

KEITH P PAPIER APIER says he avoided buying items on credit in December and is reaping the benefits of planning his festive season budget ahead. “You have to use your bonus and plan or you will find yourself in debt.”

ANDILE NC NCUBE UBE says he is very stressed this month as he spent a lot of his salary during the festive season, especially on entertainment. “I could have been wiser because I spent all my money without considering the consequences,” he says.

MARLISE D DANIEL ANIEL says January has been a long month for her because she overspent in December. “As much as I want to deny it, I had to resort to credit. My son started creche this year and that also added to my financial stress.”

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TRANSPORT: CITY TO ISSUE FREE ACCESS CARDS

MyCiTi moves into Hout Bay MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

Commuters in Hout Bay can soon look forward to an easier ride when visiting the city centre. This follows the introduction of two new MyCiTi routes, which will be operational as of next month. According to the City of Cape Town, the new 108 and 109 routes will serve Hout Bay, Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu. The routes will be from the CBD along Somerset Road in Green Point, Main Road in Sea Point, and through Clifton and Camps Bay. There will be 17 stops along these routes. Once in Hout Bay, one route will serve Imizamo Yethu and the main commercial and beachfront areas, and the other route will serve the harbour and Hangberg. Work on the routes commenced last year and were completed earlier this year. Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron advises commuters to familiarise themselves with the new routes as the Golden Arrow Bus Services and mini-

COMING SOON: The MyCiTi bus service will be rolled out in Hout Bay on Saturday 15 February.

bus-taxis currently operating along these routes will be withdrawn. He explains taxi owners have been part of the negotiations for the 12-year vehicle operator contracts. “They are being incorporated into the vehicle operating companies. Taxi drivers have been trained as MyCiTi bus drivers and are being offered other employment opportunities,” he says. Herron adds there has been no resistance from the taxi industry. Free MyConnect cards to all potential passengers in Hout Bay will be provided by council. This card is compulsory for all commuters aged four and over. Cards can be collected from the Hout Bay and Hangberg libraries from Saturday 1 February. The card comes preloaded with 30 Mover points for travel, so each person will only pay R30. He says the City explored the possibility of providing cards at the Imizamo Yethu library but it was too small. “We need to accommodate technical equipment and staff members for the issuing of free cards. We are liaising with the library services department to have a permanent facility installed as part of their future plans to upgrade the library facility,” he says. In the interim, free MyConnect cards are being issued from the MyCiTi bus parked on the sports field across the road from the library. Anyone can get a free card, provided they bring proof of identity in the form of an ID, passport, driver’s licence or birth certificate. Herron explains the conceptual idea to expand the routes from Hout Bay into the southern suburbs is still on the cards. “The conceptual route design is to interlink it with other existing public transport services and routes, to make it easier for passengers to travel to any part of the city as and when they so wish,” he says. V For more information visit www.myciti.org.za

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ROAD SAFETY: IMPOUNDMENT RATE ON THE INCREASE

Cellphones seized during bylaw blitz CHEVON BOOYSEN @ChevonBooysen

BUSTED: This driver was caught using his cellphone while driving down Beach Road, Sea Point.

Eighteen cellphones were confiscated during a blitz by the Traffic Department focusing on the City Bowl, Atlantic Seaboard, the N2 and the N1 last Thursday morning. The latest statistics around cellphone confiscations show that the rate of impoundment has steadily increased, and that as many phones were impounded during the last six months as were impounded during the preceding year. People’s Post accompanied traffic officials during the operation. Reactions from those nabbed for transgressing ranged from apologetic to sheer anger. One irate driver told the officer to keep the cellphone and stormed off. Another screamed that he hated the system.

Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security JP Smith says roads off the main arterial routes were deliberately targeted as people tend to think that enforcement only takes place on major highways. Research has found that a driver who is distracted while using his cellphone could be as dangerous as a drunk driver, Smith says, leading focus to increase on this particular offence. “Those who insist on using their cellphones while behind the wheel need to realise that they too are a hazard on the road,” Smith insists. Offending drivers who use their cellphones while driving will receive a R500 fine and the cellphone will be impounded for 24 hours after it has been confiscated. A release fee of R1 000 is charged when users collect their phones at the respective traffic departments.

BOXED: This driver told the traffic official to keep the cellphone as he wouldn’t pay the release fee.

HOW IT WORKS: Traffic officer Arthur Ripepi explains the rules of the road to an offender.

IN WRITING: A smiling offender – before he was informed of the release fee.

GOTCHA: A driver is fined for jumping a red robot, not wearing a seatbelt and failing to indicate.


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Shooting for the stars in Salt River

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fledging football club has set its sights on changing the area’s social and football landscape. Celtic AFC was founded as the social football team Kids United in 2009, but the Salt River organisation is set to become a formal club and affiliate to a Local Football Association (LFA) this year. Club chairperson and founder Rushdi Khan says the club’s aim is to make it to the professional ranks and uplift the area’s youth. “Our main objective is to take this club to another level and we hope to purchase a

Third Division franchise in the future,” he says. “We also just want to keep the (children) happy and entertained, so that they can stay on a straight path. “We want to unite the community, so that we can erase the scourge of gangsterism and drugs together.” Khan says Salt River hardly has any extra mural activities for children. “If you come into Salt River you’ll sea a lot of children just sitting around on Main Road,” he says. “There are not enough activities for children. There is one other football club in the community, but most of the kids don’t play for the club.”

Khan and a group of friends started the team to play Sunday league football as work commitments prevented them from playing for established clubs on Saturdays. He says the area’s bored children soon started to hang around their social games, Sunday matches and practice sessions, leading to the formation of under-14 and under15 teams. He says the juniors and community members eventually pressured the team into forming a club. Although Khan and the rest of the club are willing to put in the work to achieve their goals, the club is in desperate need of financial support “The juniors are the most important part

of the club; we need them to progress, so we have to build a good junior structure,” he says. “We don’t want to charge any child membership fees, as some parents can’t afford to pay (any fees). That’s why we are looking for a sponsor.” In the past, Khan says, the club’s senior members have held several fundraisers, but they have been forced to dig into their own pockets to cover expenses. Celtic have applied to join the Turfhall and Rygate LFAs. They will decide which LFA to join next month. For more information on the club or to assist in any way, like donations or coaching, phone Khan on 078 041 2732.

Top times expected at annual challenge DIVING IN: Jonno Proudfoot (left) and Thane Williams will brave sharks and rough waters when they attempt to swim from Mozambique to Madagascar to raise funds for the Cipla Miles for Smiles initiative.

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Swimming for bright little smiles A pair of local swimmers are set to brave stormy, shark-infested waters in a record-breaking long distance swim. Hout Bay’s Thane Williams and Rondebosch resident Jonno Proudfoot will attempt to swim 450km from Mozambique to Madagascar in under 35 days in March. The pair hope to raise funds for the Cipla Miles for Smiles initiative, which assists medical services organisation Operation Smile in creating awareness for the plight of children born with cleft lips and palates. It raises funds for corrective surgery. If successful, the Mad Swim will be recognised as a the longest unassisted open ocean stage swim across by the World Open Water Swimming Association. It is also the first time a South African team has attempted this record in the Mozambique Channel. “This is an unassisted swim which means no shark nets, wetsuits, cage, flippers or breathing apparatus,” Proudfoot explains. “Besides the obvious challenge of having to swim 20km in very tough conditions every day, we will also be facing the very real threats of sharks, jelly fish, currents, giant swells, dehydration and excessive sun exposure.” The gruelling journey will begin at Nacala on the central east coast of Mozambique and end at a small peninsula 200km south west of Mahajanga in Madagascar. Williams says the world record attempt will fail if they miss even one day of swimming. “This means if there is a storm, we will have to continue through rough seas to avoid costing the swim,” he says. “I have been swimming professionally

for the last 15 years and currently our training sees us swimming over 65km per week, but realistically we just don’t know what we are going to face out there.” Proudfoot and Williams, although uncertain of what awaits them on their adventure, both say making a difference to someone’s life and creating awareness for the problem of cleft lips and palates will be the thoughts that drive them to complete the swim. “One in every 750 children in Africa is born with a cleft palate or lip, and one in 10 babies born with this condition does not make it to their first birthday,” Williams says. “Malnutrition, medical and psychological problems also compound the problem. Life can be a tough and complicated place for kids and not being able to smile shouldn’t have to limit their experience of the world. I hope we are able to inspire people to help others live lives of confidence through our adventure in raising money for the Cipla Miles for Smiles initiative,” says Williams. To commence the swim by Saturday 1 March, the duo are seeking sponsorship, from corporates, individuals or brands, to fund their vessel to Mozambique. Donors are also welcome to sponsor any amount of kilometres of the 450km swim. All proceeds raised by the swim will go to the Cipla Miles for Smiles initiative. To support the Mad Swim team visit www.milesforsmiles.co.za/make-a-donation. For additional sponsorship opportunities and sponsoring kilometres throughout the journey, visit www.themadswim.co.za.

Cash, glory and a shot at the national title will be up for grabs at the Top Form Athletic Club 10km Challenge on Saturday 8 February. The 21st instalment of the annual race will double as the Western Province Athletics (WPA) 10km Championships this year and the fastest finishers will earn places at the national championships. Race director Alistair Kannemeyer says the course should allow racers to run personal bests with the WPA selectors in attendance. “It’s a flat, fast and safe route, with runners racing through a residential area,” he says. “Most people will probably be doing personal bests and the winner should finish around the 30-minute mark or possibly quicker.” The WPA Championships takes part at a different road race each year. This will be the first time it takes place at the Top Form 10km Challenge. The race will start at Turfhall Sports Complex and progress through different parts of Athlone, Lansdowne, Belthorn and Crawford before returning to Turfhall. To qualify for the national champion-

ships, racers will have to finish within a certain time. Both men and women runners from each age group will be selected. The top three finishers in all categories will take home cash, with prizes ranging between R100 and R500. The first 1 500 finishers will also receive a commemorative coffee mug. Kannemeyer says the race attracted 1 500 runners last year. He expects around 1 800 participants this year. “It’s definitely a draw card that the race is run in the area and we get a lot of participants coming from the greater Athlone area,” he says. “We would like the whole community to support this event.” He says plans are in place to make the race even bigger next year. “Our future endeavour is to make the race disabled-friendly, so that people with disabilities can participate,” Kannemeyer says. “We are excluding a large portion of our residents at the moment.” Entry costs between R20 and R55, and can be completed at Turfhall every day from 15:00 to 19:00 until Friday 7 February, and at 05:00 on race day. The race will start at 06:30. For more information call Kannemeyer on 083 403 3145.

Annual walk in honour of Tata Madiba The 27 For Freedom Walk will commemorate the 24th anniversary of the late Nelson Mandela’s release from Victor Verster Prison – now Drakenstein Correctional Centre – in Paarl on Saturday 8 February. The walk, hosted by the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, in partnership with the Drakenstein and Cape Winelands District municipalities, will feature a 50m toddlers

walk, 5km walk, 10km walk, and 27km walk. This is the fifth instalment of the annual event, which is supported by You, Huisgenoot and Drum. Over R30 000 in prize money will be up for grabs, while there will also be lots of entertainment on the day. Enter online at www.topevents.co.za or at any Sportsmans Warehouse store.

MISSED: UWC Cricket Club’s Mujahied Behardien attempts a pull shot during an A1 League match against Montrose Cricket Club at the Vineyard on Saturday. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES


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OFF TARGET: Nigeria’s Bright Eseme (right) misses a clearance during a African Nations Championship semi-final against Morocco at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. Looking on is Morocco’s Abdessamad Rafik. Nigeria came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 and qualify for the final. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

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GETTING STUCK IN: Mali’s Ibourahima Sidibe (left) and Zimbabwe’s Partson Jaure collide during the African Nations Championship semi-final at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. Zimbabwe won 2-1. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

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he Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) has announced a new club rugby tournament aimed at developing the region’s raw talent. Dubbed the Community Challenge, the tournament is a partnership between the WPRFU and the Boland Rugby Union. It will feature four clubs from each union. The WP clubs participating are Schotchekloof Walmers, Durbanville-Bellville, Tygerberg and Belhar, while Boland will be represented by Hawston, Ceres, Worcester Villagers and Saldanha. The WPRFU says it hopes the tournament will one day produce players for the Stormers. “The Community Challenge will ultimately contribute to the development of promising club players for possible inclusion in the

respective Regent Boland Cavaliers and DHL Western Province Rugby Vodacom Cup and Absa Currie Cup squads,” a WPRFU statement says. “In the future these players could then also come into contention for the DHL Stormers squad.” The union also states the purpose of the competition is also “to strengthen the relationship between WP and Boland, since both unions form part of the DHL Stormers franchise”. The eight teams have been drawn into two groups, and the top two teams from each group will progress to semi-finals to decide the finalists. Durb-Bell, Hawston, Tygerberg and Ceres form Group A, while Group B is made up of Worcester Villagers, SK Walmers, Saldanha and Belhar. Walmers vice-president Moneeb Levy says he expects the competition to be tight.

“We play to win in any competition, but it’s also about preparing for the start of Super League A,” he says. “If you look at where the Western Province clubs finished in Super League A last year, then Durb-Bell have to be considered favourites. It’s going to be quite tough, but you never know – a knockout competition is a knockout competition.” WPRFU says the purpose of the Community Challenge is also to prepare the clubs for their league commitments and give them a better chance to qualify for the Cell C Community Cup next year. Levy agrees, saying the tourney players with another platform to develop, prove themselves and work towards joining the professional ranks. “This will be the platform where we will be able to identify weaknesses and work on it to improve the player,” he says. “It’s not in the hustle and bustle of the Su-

per League A, where promotion and relegation (is a reality) and where a player may be dropped if he doesn’t perform.” The tournament will kick off on Saturday 1 March and the final will be played Saturday 29 March, with all four games played within Boland’s boundaries. SKW will open the tournament against Saldanha RFC in Saldanha Bay. The first games in Cape Town will take place on Saturday 8 March, with all four matches taking place at City Park in Athlone. Two games will kick off at 13:35, while the others will kick off at 14:45.

Glenthorne ballers dominate WP senior women’s team LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT A glut of Glenthorne A’s players were named in the Western Province Softball (WPS) senior team for the annual National Provincial Championship (NPC). The squad was named last week, with 10 of the 17 spots filled by Glenthorn players. Nicole Fortune, club secretary and one of the WP representatives, says all her teammates earned their colours. “If you look at the past, when Glenthorne had just one or two players in the squad, we had teams like Westridge Yankees who dominated the WP team,” she says. “Glenthorne are the defending Super League and Knockout champions, so it can’t be said that we don’t have outstanding players. We earned our spots.”

Five Westridge Yankees and two Falcons Normies players filled the remaining spots in the team. The tournament will be hosted at Turfhall Sports Complex, Glenthorne’s home turf, from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 March. Club chairperson Catherine Erasmus says all the players will bring quality and experience to the Province side. “They are all experienced provincial players, as they have all represented WP at some level,” she says. “They all came through the ranks – from under-12 in the provincial sides. That will bring a lot of experience to the WP side. They will contribute quite a bit.” Fortune says Glenthorne achieved the success over the last two years through hard work and a close bond. “Besides the fact that we train really hard and are dedicated, the group has also been

playing together for seven years,” she says. “We are all friends, hang out all the time and enjoy one another’s company. “We even spend a lot of time together in the off-season. We are more like a family than a team. And having great coaching staff also helps, because they are just as dedicated as we are.” Both Erasmus and Fortune believe the WP team have what it takes to keep the NPC trophy in Cape Town this year. The full WP squad is: Lauren Mulder, Terri Minnies, Candice Ross, Carly Mulder, Courtney Stevens, Nicole Fortune, Alex Fortune, Carla Swanepoel, Lisa Erasmus, Deidre Sasman (all Glenthorn A’s), Megan Cable, Jacky Adonis, Lynn Lekay, Candice Bull, Nuraan Williams (Westridge Yankees), Nicky Jones and Carla Jacob (Falcons).

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