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GREENMARKET SQUARE: CITY’S BID FOR PRIVATE CONTRACTOR TO MANAGE SPACE

Traders’ power struggle NICOLE MCCAIN

Traders at Greenmarket Square are irked at a motion submitted to place the space under private management – again. Previous management by a private contractor ended in disaster, they say, and the entrepreneurs prefer the venue to be run by a body comprised of traders. Ward councillor Dave Bryant submitted the motion to the Good Hope subcouncil. He says the market, which dates to the 1600s and is the second oldest in Cape Town, was mismanaged under previous administration, with allegations of corruption. In 2006, the square was pedestrianised and refurbished, but Bryant says it is still falling

short of its full potential. Bryant says City of Cape Town officials and the Central City Improvement District decided the best way forward would be an external contractor. However, this has traders concerned. “We need the square run by someone that’s going to bring more customers. There is also fighting between the traders that needs to be solved,” says one trader who asked not to be named. Suraya Abrahams has been trading at Greenmarket Square for 24 years. “The City took over from a private contractor that asked high rents. The council is at least doing something for us by cleaning and providing security,” she says.

Her chief worry is that the past will repeat itself. “We can’t afford the high rent that comes with a private contractor. They just want to make money from the poor. It becomes a business. They don’t want to help us. We need a traders’ organisation to give them advice, not a private contractor. We know what will work at the market.” Zaed Pefi has been trading at the market for 22 years and echoes Abrahams’ sentiment. “It’s not a good idea to put a private contractor in charge. The traders should be in charge. We don’t need someone to tell us what to do when we are the ones here. It didn’t work under the previous management. Private contractors just make money out of it, and we already pay more than other

sites in the city,” he says. Bryant says the new contractor would see the City taking on the role of the middleman to avoid exploitation of traders. “The new plan would likely see the contractor being paid directly by the City on a lease basis and reassessed upon the expiry of their lease. Many of the difficulties in the past emanated from issues between trader and contractor regarding payments. By taking this factor out of the equation and assessing the performance of the contractor on a regular basis there is very little room for the level of mismanagement experienced in the past.” He adds that traders are not excluded from tendering.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 3 September 2013

SHOCKING FIGURES: EDUCATION SYSTEM CAN’T COPE

Ugly truth of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

NADINE MOODIE

There is no medication to treat it and those affected never achieve their full potential. This is the horrifying tragedy of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) stalking communities across the globe. Drinking may be an adult’s delight, but it is deadly to an unborn child. Professor Denis Viljoen, an honorary professor in genetics at universities of Stellenbosch and Witwatersrand and chairperson of the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research, says booze affects the central nervous system, and the effects on a child still in development is far reaching. “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the child is determined by the mother’s alcohol usage dur-

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promoted to the next grade regardless if they are competent at concepts taught at lower levels. “Compared with their peers it is evident FAS children have different features such as a smaller head and hands, their ears are positioned lower on their heads and their faces are tiny,” she says. “They read phonetically without comprehension by breaking up words as they go along a sentence. Most of them are more practically inclined and should be accommodated at special schools.” Founder and CEO of FAS Facts Francois Grobbelaar says they’ve started a mentorship programme for expectant mothers. “The mentor visits the mother twice a month and over weekends to ensure she’s stopped drinking because some women struggle to stop consuming alcohol during pregnancy,” he says. “The responsibility lies with the woman to confirm she’s stopped drinking and the mentor will also ask her family members and companion to confirm this. The mentor also observes the woman’s attitude to determine her behaviour. “We’ve had a lot of success with this programme because of the 37 participants, 25 stopped drinking completely, while the other 12 drink less.” The foundation’s CEO Leana Olivier says they have launched various projects enabling teachers with skills on how to teach FAS children. They also have another programme focusing on promoting a healthier lifestyle to mothers. “Everybody should take responsibility for the huge FAS problem South Africa is experiencing,” she says. This has led to the foundation approaching the liquor industry to sponsor and assist with prevention and awareness work. “Even though FAS is not considered a disability there’s an international movement lobbying to get it listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V),” she says. “This will ensure for better management and resources to deal with this condition.”

school, who spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity, says she has FAS children in her class and struggles to fulfil her duty to teach them. “They struggle to grasp concepts and react differently to situations. Some are very passive while others are aggressive,” she says. “These pupils need individual attention and explaining concepts to them takes a long time. Some can’t concentrate and will walk around after sitting still for five minutes to disturb the rest of the class.” Teaching these children is a trial. “Instead of using numbers I use sweets as numbers to explain. An average child in my class takes up to three days to grasp something, but a FAS child can take up to three weeks before they understand,” she says. “I’ve learned that FAS children come from abusive situations, single-parent households and environments where people have turned to alcohol as a saving grace. The sad reality is that many of the children know they have FAS.” The education system does not accommodate children with FAS, so many of them are

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 3 September 2013

GREEN POINT: HISTORIC BUILDING MAKES WAY FOR POSH BLOCK OF FLATS

Heritage loss loss NICOLE MCCAIN

ment, even one professing to include a number of green features. The existing house and garden are rare pieces of open and “Heritage is just a matter of money!” Henning Gawrisch is one of many Green green spaces with old fruit trees in an area Point residents heartbroken and fuming to with many apartment blocks. There will be see a piece of history give way to a swish new construction on three consecutive corners,” says a bristling Kotze. development on Main Road. “How many additional people, parking isThe Richmond, a multi-storey apartment building, will replace the familiar 211 Main sues and related concerns won’t that bring?” However John Edgar, founder of the develRoad, home to the Green Point Chiropractic. “There is nothing wrong with develop- opers Signatura, says the project signifies ment,” says Gawrisch. “But what’s happen- improvements for Green Point. “The building is over 100 years old, but ing in Green Point with all these old and beautiful buildings is a destruction of the ar- process was followed to have the demolition ea’s whole appearance. In addition, the peo- approved by Heritage Western Cape. We’re ple two streets above will suffer with the con- working within the City’s spatial developstruction noises, hours of less sun and the ment plan. Our intention is to beautify the loss of a nice view by this so-called develop- city. We’re giving people the opportunity to buy into the area by building residential ment,” he argues. Green Point local Candice Kotze wishes to homes,” he says. Edgar added developing the area will adretain the garden and open space around the dress several concerns about property, such house. “It’s unnecessary for yet another develop- as people living on site without permission and sections of the building being in disrepair. The new block will have 14 units, with the ground floor flats facing indigenous gardens. The penthouse apartments afford views of Table Bay and Lion’s Head. “The 14 light and spacious apartments have been designed with post-modern panache,” reads Signatura’s website. “The building features an impressive floorto-ceiling glass façade with unique exterior ‘fins’ to break up the light and provide eco-friendly temperature control.” The current building has heritVISION: An artists’s rendering of the Richmond, soon to be age elements, with the garden developed in Green Point PHOTO: SIGNATURA walls appearing to be much older

COMING SOON: SOON: The current building at 211 Main Road, which is soon to be replaced by a swanky apartment block. PHOTO: SUPPLIED than the house and may date from as early as the 1800s, residents say. “The building is a significant heritage asset but it does not warrant any formal heritage protection,” says Osman Asmal, the City of Cape Town’s director of Environmental Resource Management. A 60-year-old building is protected by Section 34 of the National Heritage Resources Act and can only be demolished when a permit in terms of this section is provided by Heritage Western Cape, he explains. “The permit will only be issued if they have established that the building does not have sufficient heritage significance.” Asmal says the building’s heritage was taken into consideration when awarding permission to develop. “However, a permit was issued on the basis that the building underwent a series of non-reversible and insensitive alterations during its life span and the original building has lost its heritage significance due to this.”

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 3 September 2013

POLICING: RESERVISTS DEMAND SALARIES

Community safety costs NADINE MOODIE

Police reservists last week marched to the Union Buildings to let Minister Nathi Mtethwa know they wanted to be included in the formal policing sector. A police reservist, who asks not to be named, says he’s been volunteering for 13 years and does the same job as normal police officers. “I usually work over weekends for a total of 16 hours per month. When I’m on duty, I do the same job which police officers do. The only difference is I’m not getting paid for the service I deliver,” he says. “Some policemen are not as committed to the job and take their time to get the scene of the crime, where reservists do the work because they’re passionate about their communities.” Unlike police officers, reservists work in the areas in which they live. “A lot of people here know who I am and I’m proud to be able to assist my community, but at the same time I have to be careful, because someone could have a hidden agenda.” Reservists wear police uniforms, have guns, drive state vehicles, receive bullet proof vests and undergo the same training as policemen. “If I get shot while on duty I will receive the same treatment as regular police officers,” he says. “Reservists don’t get paid but we should be recognised for the contribution we’re making to the community by increasing our rank to increase the morale among passionate reservists.” Those who want to work in the police force need a Grade 12 certificate, a driver’s license and need to be younger than 35. South African Policing Union (SAPU) general secretary Oscar Skommere says this is not the first time incensed reservists have spoken out. “Some time ago after the issue was raised, Minister of Police Nathi Mtethwa employed some of the reservists as policemen,” he says. “The only reason I can think of which ex-

cluded some reservists is the criteria.” Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) spokesperson Theto Mahlakoana says they’re declining to comment until pertinent internal issues are been resolved. Suspended chairperson of the Western Cape Community Policing Board Hanif Loonat says reservists deliver better services to communities. “They do the job for the love of it and serve with commitment,” he says. “They’re becoming a threat to the police service, because they’re less corrupt. Reservists work at the police stations closest to their homes, so if they do become corrupt they will be exposed by community members.” Loonat believes the moratorium placed on the police stations to allow reservists back into the system needs to be lifted. “We need to employ dedicated reservists again because they ensure safer communities.” Greg Wagner, spokesperson for provincial minister of Community Safety Dan Plato, says the province has no operational control over police and only has an oversight function. Zweli Mnisi, spokesperson for Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa, says their department won’t include the reservists. “The minister’s already relaxed the requirements for police officers by increasing the viable age to 40, a driver’s license is no longer a prerequisite and you no longer need a matric certificate,” he says. “We recognise the role reservists have played in reducing crime and have lifted the moratorium placed on appointing reservists. Mthethwa would like to see reservists, who are interested in the service go to a police college, where they will be assessed individually. It is very possible that those individuals who were unsuccessful at the police college assessment were the ones marching to the Union Buildings.” Mnisi says there’s no guarantee that reservists will automatically become a policeman.

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BIANCE LOURENS LOURENS says volunteers should not expect to get paid. “As a volunteer you offer of your time and you are not forced to help the police fight crime.”

CHANTEL LOB LOBAR AR says reservists should at least get a small stipend for their services. “They are doing a dangerous job. Many others wouldn’t risk their lives if they did not get paid.”

EMILE DENNIS says police reservists should be paid. “Because of the risk and danger involved in the role they must be compensated. They must get preference when permanent jobs do open up. They have the experience.”

EUGENE ABR ABRAHAMS AHAMS insists reservists are being treated unfairly. “They’re doing the same job as the permanent guy so why shouldn’t they get paid? They’re putting their lives on the line. What if they get shot? Do they have any life insurance?”

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Tuesday 3 September V De Waterkant: The long awaited trendtalk#6, entitled The Colour of the Times, is happening at the Plascon Auditorium at 71 Waterkant Street. The focus is on new directions for colour in 2014, social design in Portugal and London, and an overview of the recent “Fall” Collections. Wednesday 4 September V City Bowl: Anyone who has a passion for craft and design is invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Cape Craft and Design Institute at the CCDI Creative Enterprise Training Unit, 2nd Floor, 37 Barrack Street, at 13:00. Visit

during occupation of the property. Apart from the full rates rebate on households earning R3 500 or less per month or whose residential properties are valued at R200 000 or less, the City has added new indigent categories for people who have an income greater than R3 500 and not more than R5 000 per month. If a total household income is between: • R3 501 and R4 000, residents will receive a 75% rates rebate; • R4 001 and R4 500, residents will receive a 50% rates rebate; and • R4 501 and R5 000, residents will receive a 25% rates rebate Residents who registered for financial relief in the past need to re-register to prove that the circumstances that enabled them to benefit from the policy still apply. Rebates are also available to NGOs. For more information phone the City of Cape Town’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089 or visit your nearest municipal office.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 3 September 2013

LAND CLAIM: COMMITTEE DEMAND FULL RESTITUTION

District Six: gloves come off NICOLE MCCAIN

A District Six claimants organisation has raised their voice against the land restitution process. The District Six Working Committee is now demanding the claimants be given the full 150ha of land as restitution. In a meeting on the weekend, chairperson of the committee Shahied Ajam called on claimants to stand up for the land they were forcibly removed from during apartheid. This was spurred on by a recent handover of property to claimants in a housing project in the former District Six. “Last week, 70 families had keys and were happy. Another 900 has a set of numbers and didn’t get anything,” Ajam says. “We are thankful for those houses, but that is only the beginning. We want restorative justice,” he says. Ajam says the former District Six was made up on 150ha, but only 40ha has been made available for land claims. “We want the ground, not houses. The people are entitled to land,” he says. However, the land is simply not available, District Six Redevelopment and Beneficiary Trust chairperson Anwah Nagia insists. “District Six was only 98ha historically, of which only 42 is left. Unless we’re meant to demolish the University of Technology, roads and homes, where will the space come from?” Nagia says the only solution is to ask the City of Cape Town to make land in other areas in the city available, but this would not fall into District Six. “The Trust is not going to do the same as the previous government. We are not going to destroy homes. We are currently engaged in a process of healing.” Ajam says the committee will handle the claims of late claimants once a new legisla-

CLAIMED: The District Six Working Committee is now demanding claimants be given the full 150ha of land as restitution. tion is enacted. He says 50 000 people still need houses in District Six. The amendment to the Restitution of Land Rights Act no 22 of 1994 has been published for consideration of Parliament, and will allow for the re-opening of the registration process to lodge claims, says Vuyani Nkasayi, provincial spokesperson for the Department of Rural Development and Land

Reform. “At this stage the process of lodgement of land claims is still closed. The department has published an amendment bill to amend the Restitution of Land Rights Act no 22 of 1994 as amended. This act will deal with people who have lost land before the 1913 Natives Land Act and also help people who did not lodge claims before the closing date of 31 December 1998,” he says.

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Nkasayi says claims will be dealt with once the process is underway. “In terms of the District Six Working Committee, we will deal with their claims once lodged when the process is opened. I can also mention that there will be a lot of new claims on claims already settled.” Nagia says the Trust will welcome any number of claimants coming back to the area.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 3 September 2013

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In some parts of the country drivers routinely ignore traffic fines with impunity. This will not be the case when – and if – government should introduce the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto), as has been reported. Aarto is responsible for the administration, collection and adjudication of fines related to road traffic offences. Road Traffic Infringement Agency spokesperson Mthunzi Mbungwana said: “The proposal to scrap Aarto is not a consideration. It is the government’s duty to enforce laws and protect citizens’ lives.” Mbungwana was responding to calls by opposition parties and road traffic safety organisations on government to scrap the system plagued by administrative problems. A report handed to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters earlier this year indicated that Aarto fines of R2bn had not been collected in the past two financial years. Aarto – which stipulates that penalty points should be imposed for certain offences and that motorists who repeatedly incur traffic violations should have their licences suspended – has to date only been partially introduced in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Since it became an act in 1998, Aarto was amended several times in the past 12 years, says the SA Labour Guide. Aarto was to have been rolled out nationally in November 2010. The system uses demerit points similar to those used in other countries, including Australia. Demerit points are to be allocated for traffic fines up to a maximum of 12 points, says the SA Labour Guide. As soon as 12 points are exceeded, your driver’s licence will be suspended for three months for each point above 12. That means if you have 10 points on your driver’s licence and you receive a fine coupled with five demerit points, your license to operate a vehicle will be suspended for nine months. Should your licence be suspended for a third time it will be cancelled by the authorities and you may never again drive a vehicle, unless you again apply for and are issued with a licence.

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Do something constructive Your SMSes We live in a country where the laws only apply to those who still believe in them. We have foreigners in our country due to poor administration. They are the ones now standing at the robots trying to earn an income. Where are our locals, rather sitting at home waiting for a miracle to happen to improve their lives? I’m not saying it’s a good thing, but it is better to support “the foreigners” and our newspaper people versus our white counterparts who stand at the exact same robot with a sign begging for money. One cannot escape them any more. They are at each and every robot, putting up a sad

face yet dressed in modern fashion begging poverty! If you really want to complain then get involved in real issues like proposed major developments. We all have a choice in life. If you want to sit on your backside and do nothing, you will become a statistic like the rest of the country. Do something constructive with your life, no matter how small. Just start somewhere, and start today. People have to learn to respect and comply with rules and regulations. Be considerate and do not follow the masses who feel that life owes them. LINDI

Introduce restrictions to halt noise Spring has sprung, sunny days are here and so is the constant noise of helicopters overhead in the residential areas from the harbour over Green Point, Sea Point and Bantry Bay. The noise starts in the early morning and ends after dark; all day every day. The time must have come to take action against this constant noise pollution. Many cities around the world that suffer this nuisance put restrictions on the flights. It is about time Cape Town followed suit.

(There should be) a ban on all flights below 5000ft (1500m) and at least 1km from the coast. Departures from the Waterfront should climb at good rate out to sea. All arrivals should approach from the sea. The only exceptions to the above could be emergency or government helicopter flights. Why should such a densely populated area have to suffer with this constant bombardment of noise? TONY WEST-PADGETT

Frustration of chain store shopping Do not attempt to shop on Mondays at the big chain stores. The motion of the employees is a heavy shuffle from side to side with as little effort to move forward. Do not expect any fast deliveries, do not even try and converse as weekend discussions among employees is a priority that will override your urgent request to purchase something. It is Monday and racks have to be filled, therefore customers need not reach out for stock, packers are usually busy in groups of three or more to operate verbally what needs to be done. Bread, meat and fish stations are available after a few moments of your time.

They were nowhere to be seen; another station’s employee came forward by shouting to the one responsible. She then slugged past me to off-load a few items and mumbled in my direction, timeless in effort. When you approach the cashiers you may become near invisible. No acknowledgement of your presence, only the monosyllable of a card is accepted. And bag. A big drawback is when your item is not scanned properly. There goes the next few minutes of your time because this will involve a hand of the managerial kind. More searching for such a person will occur. ES LILLY

Drug addiction . It’s very easy to blame parents for not taking charge of their addict children when you have no idea how they are reaching out for help. Support groups and listening to other people’s problems did not help me. I was being robbed at home. Everyone has different personalities and you will only know when you are living in this situation. Talk is cheap. These addicts need help, but everyone does not have the money to find help as they have others to care for and need to put food on the table. I think it’s difficult enough to deal with an addict who doesn’t want to help himself or can’t help themselves, and steal to feed their habit. A court order also costs money, because you have to pay a social worker to make the court application. What about the single moms who have to face these problems alone? . My brother-in-law was on drugs for four years. We eventually tried hypnosis and he has been clean for three months. . Naeema, I salute you. You’re a mother after God’s heart. Don’t give up and love them. . I am sick and tired of people who blame everybody but themselves for their children’s drug problems. If they discipline their brats from a young age we wont have this problem, but today the children rule the parents. Stop moaning! Fed up Power struggle . I’m a pensioner who bought electricity worth R100 last month. I only got 47.2 units. I was shocked and disappointed. It takes much more power to switch your geyser on and off. . The City of Cape Town should be ashamed of themselves, charging a pensioner over R5 500 for water and electricity. When you enquire, all they tell you is: “Pay up, (there’s) nothing we can do”. . I am very angry. To think that I save so much electricity – even strain my eyes to save at times – but the people in charge of electricity leave the sub-station lights on during the day and at night, for the second week now. I phoned them twice, but they ignored my message and SMS. We have to save, but they don’t care! Share your views! Starting with the word “Post”, send your message to 32516. SMSes cost R1.


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Discipline: clubs’ responsibility T

he leaders of some of Cape Town’s biggest rugby clubs have spoken out following allegations of violence at a high profile match in Constantia. It is believed two different incidents of violence took place at a Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Super League B match between False Bay RFC and Primrose RFC on Friday 23 August. Both incidents are believed to have involved supporters and players, but the exact details are not yet clear. Violence has plagued club rugby in the union for some years, leading to criticism of the WPRFU. But most clubs believe it is up to clubs, and not the union, to ensure that these events do not occur. Hamiltons RFC chaiperson Michael Reynolds believes the union has done its part to ensure that violence does not occur. “I believe the WPRFU Disciplinary Committee is doing (its) part. WP has put in the effort to clean it up, but it’s up to the clubs,” he says.

“Tempers flare and there is nothing wrong with banter, but it’s up to clubs’ (executive) committees to make an effort to stamp it out. “You do not hear about the incidents as often as in the past. I must compliment the Disciplinary Committee, but they can only act if a case gets brought before them. The clubs are responsible for the control (on these matters). They must root it out and report it, so that Province can take action.” Reynolds adds Hamiltons has forced unruly fans and members out of the club in the past, to prevent violence. Mitchell’s Plain club Collegians had one of the worst reputations for violence at matches, but junior vice president Nasief van der Schyff says the club has managed to stamp it out by taking ownership of the problem. “At times tolerance needs to be shown to each other’s cultures and where we come from; where there is not enough tolerance shown, we get situation like that which happened at False Bay,” he says. “There have been initiatives to foster inclusivity and diversity, respect and tolerance, but I think the responsibility lies with club officials – they have to take responsibility “At Collegians we have made tremendous strides in improving our discipline since 2006. All our players have signed a code of

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conduct. They are continuously reminded of the code and to respect each other, the opposition and the game. Our disciplinary record has been exemplary over the last four years.” Bruce Fraser, chairperson at Claremont club Villager, says the club officials and players need to set the example. “It starts with the club attitude. If the club has the right attitude, it filters through to the fans,” he says. “For example, if I am standing on the side of the field and one of our spectators starts hurling abuse at the referee, I won’t allow it. It’s a question of education and having the committee involved to control what happens on match days.” Retreat RFC chairperson Ivan van der Merwe shares Fraser’s views, adding that better performing referees would aid solving the problem. “There is a lot contributing to it; I have always said that capabilities of the referees are a big contributor to it,” he says. “It would help if the officials go to crucial games to assess the referees. If the people see that the officials are there, it pushes down the testosterone. I firmly believe that there is no excuse for people to behave (in a rowdy manner). Emotions run high, but you should be in control of your emotions.” WPRFU will hold a disciplinary hearing

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