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rovincial government has made land in Sea Point and Green Point available for development. Situated next to Fort Wynyard and the Green Point Common, the Helen Bowden Nurses Home site is the first of four parcels of land in the Somerset precinct to be released for development. The home on the site, currently zoned as public open space, is only partially occupied and is earmarked to be demolished to make way for a 14-storey development, including retail, office and residential space. Environmental, heritage and visual impact specialists have been appointed by provincial government to assess the respective impacts that the development of the site will have on all neighbouring erven, says Siphesihle Dube, spokesperson for provincial minister of Transport and Public Works Robin Carlisle. “These assessments will be included in the Urban Design Report and subsequent rezoning and subdivision application for due consideration, before the rezoning and associated development bulk is approved by council. The property is located away from the Common, separated by Fort Wynyard,” he says. However, the development has raised concerns with the Green Point Ratepayers’ Association chairperson Luke Stevens. “The Helen Bowden Nursing site contains one of the ugliest buildings in the city – we will be delighted to see it demolished. However, we are dismayed to see that the proposal persists with demands for rights that allow for tall, commercial buildings of up to 66m in height,” he says. The majority of buildings surrounding the site are historic buildings and warehouses of five floors or less, Stevens says. “Fort Wynyard, with its heritage-protected viewing arc, lies immediately behind the site. The visual insult of one or more buildings of 14 floors will effectively blockade Fort Wynyard, if not also the stadium. The proposal’s disregard for an interface beyond the site edge at the North and West corners risks permanently excising another entire chunk of land from the remainder of Green Point Common,” he says. A development of this size will also add to congestion, Stevens believes.

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MOVING UP: Provincial government is proposing the demolition of the Helen Bowden Nursing Home to make way for a 14­storey development. “The suburb already finds itself separated from the Common by a chronically overused Main Road directly adjacent to the underused six- to eight-lane freeway that is Helen Suzman Boulevard. We fear the situation becoming even worse. Given the prerequisite to protect the Common from further erosion of open space and given the absence of an adequate, long-term traffic plan, the cheapest and best solution will be to demolish the Helen Bowden Nursing Home buildings and stop right there,” he says. In Sea Point, the former Tafelberg School property on Main Road has been selected as the site for a mixed-use development. This would see the creation of 155 residential units. The historical façade will be preserved, with the creation of a park in front of the building.

Sea Point Action Group spokesperson Shaun Kramer says the property has been on the group’s agenda for years and falls within the Heritage Overlay Protection Zone. “This is a very large project – a total of 4.25 acres. The proposal is not offering to sell the land, but for it to go out on a lease for 30 years. It’s an ambitious project and we are concerned that such a proposal will be fruitless and time-wasting in terms of holding up viable projects which require far less development or building and time to restructure a beautiful heritage site,” he says. “The group would prefer that existing buildings in the main road are improved to create more commercial leasing space instead of having commercial creep into existing heritage and conservation zones. There is a shortage of affordable private schooling on the Atlantic Seaboard.”

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 3 April 2014

LONG STREET: R50 000 A MONTH REQUIRED

Steep cost of plan to pedestrianise NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

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plan to pedestrianise Long Street twice a month has provisionally been given the thumbs up. The closure will see the street, between Wale Street and Buitensingel, free of traffic between 20:00 and 04:00 on the second and last Saturday of every month. A trial run of the pedestrianisation is planned for this month. Only MyCiTi buses and emergency vehicles will be allowed access. However, to pull off the pedestrianisation, a willing party will need to fork out as much as R50 000 a month, says ward councillor Dave Bryant. In a meeting on Tuesday 1 April, Bryant, police, City officials and other interested parties met to discuss the logistics of the temporary closure. While able to provide officers to man the closures, the police, Central City Improvement District and City officials would be looking to the residents and organisations, such as Long Street Business Owners’ Association OnLong to fund the operational costs. In February, Cape Town Central police submitted an application for closure, based on the success of pedestrianisation held on New Years’ Eve. According to the application, the closure “assisted all policing agencies to successfully police the area”. “On Long Street, being an attraction for all levels of the community, driving at night time becomes a congestion of pedestrians as well as vehicles, especially taxis,” states the application.

WALK THIS WAY: A pilot project to pedestrianise Long Street is planned this month. “Emergency vehicles and personnel find it difficult to enter Long Street, which in itself is unacceptable.” On New Years’ Eve, OnLong members providing 20 private security officers to patrol the street in addition to police and CCID officers. The association may be asked to contribute financially again, which would involve fundraising, says Hayley Slater, project manager for the organisation. Spokesperson for Open Streets Cape Town Marcela Guerrero Casas says providing an

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“Maximisiation of resources is key in a city like Cape Town and this is indeed a concern. There is a need to convene all stakeholders from the private and the public sector to explore ways of minimising costs for such a project.” Last year, Bryant submitted a motion to the Good Hope Subcouncil to have Long Street pedestrianised between Wale and Watson streets. Almost a decade ago, property development firm Indigo Properties funded a proposal to close the street over the weekend through drop down booms in an attempt to create a nightlife hub. However, this was never approved by the council, after an investment of thousands of rands by Indigo and the approval of the property owners. Former ward councillor Belinda Walker did not disagree with the proposal but says she was concerned about the impact the pedestrianising of Long Street would have on traffic. “It is important to note that this proposal was received long before the MyCiTi bus system was conceptualised,” she says. Three years ago, rumours surfaced that the road would be closed off, but council had not received any proposals. At the time, the Long Street Residents’ Association did a survey of its members. The survey found residents were evenly divided on the matter, and residents still remain so. Byron Qually, the association’s chairperson, says the discussion around closing the road to vehicles has been going on for some time. He says the closure has never taken place because the “issue becomes quite polarised”.

Trapped in the sex trade MICHELLE LINNERT There is a marked increase of young rural girls being attracted to cities for work and ending up being prostitutes and pimps for syndicates. Up to four cases are reported monthly. All these cases are investigated by the Organised Crime Unit, says Bellville police spokesperson Captain Fienie Nimb. “This unit handles similar cases from all over the Western Cape,” she confirms. Nimb says reported cases come under the police’s attention when crime-combating units conduct sting operations at brothels or when the girls or NGOs lay charges. “Most of the girls come from rural areas or from the Eastern Cape. Cases where girls were brought in from Nigeria and Thailand have also been reported. These girls are usually attractive and young – between 18 and 22 years old,” Nimb says. “They, as well as their parents, are not aware of the nature of the work they are coming to do here.” She explains how the recruitment of these girls usually takes place. “Members of the organisations – which are usually run by Nigerians – befriend local girls, who then do the recruitment. When the (rural) girl realises what is happening, she is locked in and exposed to drugs. They approach girls in nightclubs and are sometimes friends with the girls they recruit,” Nimb says. Wilma Piek, the social services manager of the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District, echoes Nimb’s concerns about women who fall into the trap. “There are so many girls – from rural areas and also African countries such as Nigeria and Cameroon – who are victims of kidnapping and are enticed here with the promise of a job,” she says. “When they arrive, the syndicate supposedly allows them to live in an apartment for free and promises they will start working soon. A short while later, the syndicate insists that the person needs to start paying rent,” Piek says. “Of course, the person does not work and he or she will then be forced to either prostitute themselves or to act as a pimp.”


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 3 April 2014

BO-KAAP: PROBLEM SITES UNDER INVESTIGATION

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alf a dozen Bo-Kaap buildings are under investigation by council’s Problem Buildings Unit. But more than double that number are a cause for concern. Ward councillor Dave Bryant has requested the investigation into seven derelict buildings in the area, but estimates there are at least 20 problem buildings throughout the Bo-Kaap. “Many of the problem buildings are already scheduled for investigation, some have been served with notices and the City of Cape Town is taking direct action on others,” he says. Two of the most notorious problem buildings are 81 Dorp Street – next to Leeuwen Street Park – and the derelict ruins near the entrance to the Prayer Quarry in Chiapinni Street. “The added challenge when addressing problem buildings in the Bo-Kaap is that a vast number of the buildings have significant heritage value which makes an option like demolition much more difficult,” Bryant explains. A fence has been erected between the recently refurbished Upper Leeuwen Street Park and 81 Dorp Street for the safety of park users, Bryant says. “The custodians of the property in question have passed away and there is significant rates debt owed. The City is working with the legal team representing the previous custodians to find an investor who is willing to take on the debt and restore the building to its former glory,” he says. “This building has significant heritage value and cannot simply be demolished. The settlement, including the Upper Leeuwen Street Park, dates to the 1700s and is an important part of Cape Town’s architec-

tural heritage.” The buildings at 88 and 86 Chiappini Street also belong to a deceased estate, Bryant points out. “In this case the buildings have deteriorated significantly and there is now little more than rubble remaining. This property poses a serious health and safety risk to the public,” he cautions. Buildings in Chiappini, Bryant, Lion and Van der Meulen streets have also been billed as a concern. Abderahman Omar has a shop opposite the Lion Street property which has caused him many sleepless nights. “The building has been open for around five years. People come here to dump or smoke drugs. A metal wall was put up which has reduced the anti-social behaviour, but the property has just been left to fall apart,” he says. Resident Amish Kamish says the number of derelict buildings in the neighbourhood is disturbing. “These buildings don’t look good. Sometimes people break in, vagrants sleep there and addicts use drugs there. It makes me worried about my safety. These buildings need to be renovated,” he says. The run-down buildings are a safety hazard, Bryant reiterates. “Derelict buildings are often used as a harbour for petty criminals and drug dealers. Unstable buildings and buildings where dumping is taking place pose the most significant serious health and safety risks to the local community,” he says. Except for 50 Lion Street, all the other properties are on the Problem Building Unit’s list, says Safety and Security executive director Richard Bosman. “No other buildings have been reported as problem buildings in that area and the listed buildings are being investigated as prescribed in the City’s Problem Building Bylaw.”

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Thursday 3 April V City Bowl: The Swing Café Live @ 84 Harrington Street presents a variety show featuring comedy, poetry, live music, DJs and magic. Magic Man will MC, the line up of comedian Tracy Klass, poet Miss Kiki, musician Michael­Ashley Jones and DJs JP SiLVER and Django Flaherty. The show will take place from 19:30. Entry is R30 before pre­sale or before 21:00, R50 after. Book at www.nomadtickets.co.za. Contact jp@nomadcomedy.co.za or 078 446 2955. Saturday 5 April V Newlands: The Friends of Lion’s Head will host a moderate hike of Rhodes Memorial and Newlands Forest from 08:30 until 13:00. The group will meet at Newlands Forest car park. For more information phone Ralph Rosemann on (021) 434 3534. Sunday 6 April V City Bowl: The Musicanti Chamber Orchestra, conducted by

CLOSED: The Sea Point swimming pool is undergoing renovations only weeks before an international tria­ thlon event. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

V De Waal Park: From swing to jazz and everything in between, music fans are in for a treat when the UCT Big Band takes to the bandstand stage. The 18­piece band plus five vocalists will be led by internationally renowned Professor Mike Campbell, in the final musical showcase for the season of the annual Concerts in the Park. For more information visit http://www.concertsinthepark.co.za or contact Charles on 082 451 9339. Tuesday 15 April to Thursday 22 May V City Bowl: The award­winning artist Johann du Plessis will exhibit a series of 30 new mixed­media works in his latest solo exhibition, flash!­back(s), at the Association for Visual Arts. Du Plessis utilises photographs taken en route to Cape Town from last year’s Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, which he has reworked and manipulated his images into an arresting series of vertical and horizontal panels. Visit www.ava.co.za or call (021) 424 7436.

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SEA POINT: LACK OF TRAINING FACILITIES CAUSE WORRY

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from the event were not available for comment. Sport, recreation and amenities department director Gert Bam says no events are scheduled for the pool during upgrades. “As far as possible, events are taken into account. There were no events booked at the pavilion nor were any requested for this period prior to the closure,” he says. “The upgrades and closures were delayed for as long as possible so as not to inconvenience the public. The Long Street baths are open and have always absorbed pool users during bad weather in the past. And it is expected that they will be able to cope with the additional users displaced by the upgrades.” The triathlon event was not directly linked to Sea Point Pavilion, Bam adds. During peak season the swimming pool attracts up to 60 000 swimmers, but some swim all year round regardless of the

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n early start to renovations at the Sea Point swimming pool sees the popular training facility closed only weeks before an international event. The pool is currently undergoing a R3m upgrade to repair the existing rim flows, reinforce expansion joints, fibre line the pool and tile the steps. The renovations were due to start in April or May, but the pool was closed on Monday 17 March. Ward councillor Beverley Schafer says the closure came with little warning and just before an international sporting event, which will bring hundreds of swimmers looking to use training facilities. The ITU World Triathlon Series takes place at the V&A Waterfront on Sunday 27 April and it will be the first year the event is held on the continent. Representatives

weather. The contract period is estimated at three to four months, says Mayoral Committee member for Community Services and Special Projects Belinda Walker, and the upgrade takes place after peak season to ensure public safety. The community was notified of the closure through notices placed on the facility notice boards, Bam says. “We also informed regular visitors verbally prior to the site handover.” Friends of the Sea Point Pavilion chairperson Tony Schalabrieno says the pool has had a number of repairs over the last year, including renovations to the dressing rooms. “It’s a very important upgrade. I questioned the early closure but it was explained that if the work started later, it may be delayed by rain in the winter. It’s unfortunate that the pool has to be closed, but the upgrades have to be done.”

Vehicle licence fee hike proposed Provincial government has proposed an increase of 3.4% on motor vehicle licensing fees in a draft regulation. This proposal will affect 1.7m motorists in the province. Provincial minister of Transport and Public Works Robin Carlisle says: “I have decided once again that, while it is not yet required by law, the proposed increase should be subject to a full public participation process. Last year, following a similar process of full public participation, proposed increases of an average 5.3% were implemented

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Thursday, 3 April 2014

GREEN POINT: SKATE PARK DEVELOPMENT MIRED IN RED TAPE

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lans to create a cycle and skate park in Green Point have stalled. In April last year, the plan to create a new comprehensive space for BMX riders, skateboarders and rollerbladers was announced. The “freestyle” park alongside the Green Point Urban Park will cater for all forms of recreational skating and cycling. However, almost a year later, a final plan for the park has still not been drawn up, says ward councillor Beverley Schafer. “The design of the park was supposed to have started the process of tendering and construction towards the latter part of 2014. The process however has been stalled due to some internal movements of officials within departments. The funding has been made available for the project, but there is no finalised design,” she says. The project will form part of the urban park upgrade, Schafer explains, and funds have been made available through the ward allocation budget that has been put in place for the public open space. The land opposite a gym is earmarked for the project. Should the design not be completed by council, it would have to go to a public company. This would require a tender process which would delay the project even longer, Schafer says. Her vision is to create an inclusive space in the form of a freestyle bicycle park, which will be open to all recreational wheel users. Green Point Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association co-chairperson Luke Stevens says delays are a “common problem” when dealing with council. “This is typical of the glacial pace of progress at the City. The Mayoral Committee whines about civic society holding up development and still does whatever it can to reduce public participation. What we see here is further proof that the real obstacle

to making progress possible together is almost always poor management and lack of motivation and initiative within the operational arms of the City itself,” he says. National Skate Collective founding member Marco Morgan says there hasn’t been much movement on the project since last year, when the steering committee took the concept to council to draft specifications to go out on tender. “There’s a critical need for skate parks and skate facilities in Cape Town, considering the growth of the culture and the sport. There are lots of skateboarders in the area, but I believe, like the Urban Park, the freestyle park will serve and attract a much broader skate community,” he says. Red tape is often a hold up when establishing a skate park, Morgan continues. “We have been working with the City, trying to help them to figure out their position on skateparks. But things still remain very disjunctured as the matter of mandate and responsibilities lie in different departments. Until this approach to planning skateparks is resolved, there will always be hold ups,” he says. “We want to see an integrated approach to skateparks, instead of ad hoc skate parks popping up. We think parks should be located based on accessibility, so that the investment into a skate park can serve a wider and more diverse skateboarding community.” The delay is a shame, as it deprives the community of a public space, Stevens adds. “The skate park, although developed before the current association committee took office, sounds like a very worthwhile project and we fully support it. We would be very willing to provide any assistance we can in getting this to move forward. The outcome of delays like this is that an abandoned piece of useful ground will lie unmanaged and uncared for.” Schafer hopes to “have the City to pick it up again” and start the process in the last quarter of this year, with construction planned for early next year.

HAVE YOUR SAY! REVIEW OF CITY OF CAPE TOWN’S TREE POLICY AND CITY PARKS DEVELOPMENT POLICY The City of Cape Town is inviting the public to comment on the revision of two of its policies, namely the Tree Policy (2002) and the City Parks Development Policy (2005). 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, recommendations and input to the municipality from 1 April 2014 up to and including 30 April 2014. Comments, recommendations and input may be submitted by: • • • •

Fax: 086 576 0441 E-mail: cityparks.feedback@capetown.gov.za Written Submission: Private Bag X298, Cape Town 8000 (For attention: City Parks) Have your say page: www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay

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, recommendations and input recorded and submitted to the City. Contact the following persons: For general public participation: Frederick Venter at 021 400 1768 or frederick.venter@capetown.gov.za For disadvantaged groups: Anele Viti at 021 400 1652 or anele.viti@capetown.gov.za The draft policies will be available for viewing at www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay, at all subcouncil offices and at municipal libraries. Direct enquires to City Parks Management at fax 086 576 0441 or e-mail cityparks.feedback@capetown.gov.za. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER 61/2014

ON HOLD: Plans to create a cycle and skate park on an open plot of land in Green Point have stalled, although funding has been allocated to the World Design Capital 2014 project. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN


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early 20 000 women are expected to line-up for the start of the Cape Town leg of the Spar Women’s Race Grand Prix series on Sunday 6 April. The race, Cape Town’s largest women’s event, will see participants run or walk either 10km or 5km in the surrounds of Green Point. Women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the race. Besides the more than R58 000 worth of prizes, there will be plenty of lucky draw prizes for those who stay for the prizegiving after the race, where live entertainment will be on stage. The main lucky draw prize is R18 000 in Spar vouchers. The first 21 000 finishers will earn a Spar Women’s Challenge medal. Participants will once again hold chil-

dren’s smiles close to heart – Spar Western Cape has announced that R4 from each entry will be donated to Operation Smile South Africa. Both the 10km and 5km races start next to the Greenpoint Track in Fritz Sonnenberg Road and finish on the Cape Town Stadium forecourt. The 10km starts at 07:30 and the 5km at 08:00. In-store entries have closed, but you can still enter online at www.spar.co.za at a cost of R75. The first 21 000 entrants to collect their race numbers at Cape Town Stadium, the registration venue, will receive a free t-shirt and goody bag. Registration takes place on the tomorrow (Friday 4 April) from 08:00 until 19:00; and from 08:00 to 17:00 on Saturday. Late entries cost R85 and will be taken at the registration venue on Friday. V For more information phone Western Province Athletics on 087 700 8264.

TRAPPED: Schotschekloof Walmers RFC’s Milroy Isaacs (centre) is wrapped up by Saldanha RFC players Moreice Reeda (left) and Wesley van Rooy during the Community Challenge Plate final at City Park in Athlone on Saturday. Saldanha won 22­21. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

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ON TOP: Cape Town Cricket Club celebrates after winning the WPCA 1A League at HE Boon Wallace Oval in Plumstead on Saturday 29 March. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

NECK AND NECK: SACS player Matthew Bereetzke and Grey College’s Jose Smith battle for possession in a Nomads Hockey Festival match at Wynberg Boys’ High School on Saturday. The game finished with scores tied at 1­1. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

A father and son duo have plans to carve their way through the opposition when they articipate in the South African Longboard Surfing Association National Championships later this month. Plumstead residents Bobby (44) and Joshua (12) Biddlecombe were both selected to represent the Southern Cape Longboarding Association after impressing in trials at Big Bay in March. Bobby will be participating in the masters category, while his son will compete in the under-14 division. Although the Biddlecombes will be competing in one of the oldest and young- SURF’S UP: Plumstead’s Joshua (left) and Bobby Biddlecombe will repre­ est divisions, Bobby sent the Southern Cape Longboarding Association at the South African says they will be go- Longboard Surfing Association national championships later this month. ing for gold. PHOTO: SUPPLIED “It’s always social when you get to my age relaxed.” Joshua also excels at volleyball and repregroup, but when you’re paddling out in your heat it’s a dog-eat-dog war out there,” he sented the Western Province under-13 side last year. says. He says he is looking forward to having “There are no niceties in it – you have to catch four waves with two scores to count, his father cheer him on as he pushes for a so it’s highly competitive. We don’t go there medal at the tournament. “When I found out, I was very excited bejust to give it a bash. I’m trying to get Josh to see the competitive side to it, because he cause I have never been in a competition exvery relaxed; he is competitive but he just cept when competed in a school competition,” Joshua says. needs a spark to ignite him.” “I am a bit nervous ahead of the national Although they are from Cape Town, the Biddlecombes chose to represent the South- championships, because I don’t know the competition and I have never surfed in the ern Cape due to a family connection. Bobby has been surfing since the age 13, area before. I feel confident, but not as much because I’m not that fit.” while Joshua took up the sport recently. The duo have started working on their fitThe Wescott Primary School pupil has quickly become addicted to the sport and be- ness ahead of the tournament, starting a new lieves he could soon eclipse his father as the exercise regiment which includes crunches, push ups and jogging, as well as surfing at best surfer in the family. “When I’m on big waves it gets very scary, least three times a week. The South African Longboard Championbut on the small waves I overtake my faships with take place at Seal Point in Cape ther,” he says. “I love surfing because I like being in the St Francis from Sunday 27 April to Sunday water and the way I feel when I surf; I feel 4 May.


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PILE UP: Hamiltons RFC’s Gareth Rowe (left) puts in a big hit during a Community Cup match against Shumba Ferros in Green Point on Saturday. Hammies were 66­12 victors.PHOTO: RASHIED

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DRAGGED DOWN: Hamiltons RFC wing Terry Jacobs (left) is tackled by Bernard Janse van Rensberg of Shumba Ferros RFC in a Community Cup match in Green Point on Saturday. Hamiltons won 66­12. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

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amiltons RFC are a single victory away from securing an easier route to the final of the Community Cup. The Green Point side have notched up comprehensive victories in their three Group D games thus far and will seal first place with another victory against Rustenberg Impala (Leopards) on Saturday. The two sides are currently tied on 15 points each, with Hamiltons leading the standings thanks to their greater points difference. The eventual group winner will face the runners-up in Group C, while the second-placed side will face the winners of the group.

Hamiltons coach Anton Moolman says victory is important, but for a completely different reason. “It’s important that we keep on winning from a confidence perspective and for the self-believe of the players,” he says. “You want them to carry on believing in what you are trying to achieve. For me, the most important thing is not who we face in the next round, but about being the best we can be. If we continue doing what we have been doing the results will come.” Hammies kicked off their inaugural Community Cup campaign with a hefty 48-9 win over Sishen (Griquas) on Saturday 15 March in Green Point, scoring seven tries, five conversions and a penalty. They conceded just three penalties.

South Africa’s oldest rugby club secured an equally impressive win in their next fixture against Wesbank (Boland) in Malmesbury on Saturday 22 March. Hamiltons ran in seven tries, converted twice and goaled a penalty, while conceding just a converted try and a penalty to win 41-12. The most recent fixture was Hamiltons’ most impressive. They scored 10 tries and eight conversions, while conceding two tries and a conversion, to beat Shumba Ferros (Pumas) 66-12 at the Stephen Oval in Green Point. Moolman says his side will be looking to treat the fixture against Impala like any other, despite the high stakes. “Impala were the top seed in the group

before the tournament; both (teams) have all to play for to secure a easier route in the draw. But we are just going to go there and do what we do to carry on progressing,” he says. “It’s all about ensuring we hit our straps by Easter Weekend, when the knockout rounds start. We will look to just take it game by game from here.” Roses United (Boland) currently lead Group C on 13 points while Centurion (Bulls) hold second on 12 points. The Boland side can seal first place with a bonus point victory against Noordelikes (Limpopo). Centurion will be looking to claim five points against Brakpan (Falcons), if the Roses slip up.

Sea Point swimmer conquers Arctic waters LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT A determined Sea Point swimmer recently proved that the Arctic Circle’s frozen waters were no match for her. Cecilia Schutte took part in the Winter Swimming World Championships in Rovaniemi, Finland late last month and returned with a silver medal despite facing several challenges. “I didn’t expect to get a medal because I had a shoulder injury, which was not related to swimming, and have only been training for two months. I wasn’t fully prepared,” she says. “I was very chuffed because I wasn’t expecting it at all; it was a bonus.” Schutte is an experienced marathon and ice swimmer, with several records under her belt. She qualified for the World Championships based on her previous accolades. She started ice swimming at the Speedo

Ice Swim in Fraserburg in 2011 and became the first woman inducted to the International Ice Swimming Association. Schutte set two records last year when she became the first woman to swim around Robben Island twice and the first person to swim around the island three times. She also holds the record for swimming an ice mile at high altitude, after diving into minus 2°C water above 3000m at Lesotho’s AfriSki resort. Her experience meant that the freezing -1.5°C water was not the toughest part of the race. “You know you are going to feel pain when you’re doing extreme cold water swimming; it’s very much a mind thing. Your mind needs to tell your body it’s okay,” she says. “But 450m was a new distance for me. As a marathon swimmer, you have time to get into your rhythm. In the 450m you just get in and it’s over; it was very intense so I couldn’t get into my rhythm.”

The World Championships took place in a river. Two days later Schutte completed another ice swim, covering almost 1.8km in another part of the Arctic Circle in Norway. Schutte uses most of her swims to raise awareness and funds for projects at charities and underprivileged schools. She regards it is her duty to use her abilities for a good cause. “When you dedicate yourself on a course – like in life – you can’t just give up,” she says. “It challenges me; the current, weather and cold water is symbolic of the challenges we face in life. When you face challenges in life, you can’t just give up. I want to inspire people to break through their own challenges. When I do talks at schools, it’s inspirational to see a child come up to me and say they can overcome a obstacle at home because of what I have done.” Schutte also works as a motivational speaker and community worker.

ICE COLD: Sea Point’s Cecilia Schutte won a silver medal at the Winter Swimming World Champion­ ships in Finland last month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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