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TAKING A (SEXY) STAND: The intersection of Somer set and Buitengracht oads was invaded by an army of protesters clad in a pointed lack of attire on Satur day. More than 2 000 Capetonians marched under the banner of the SlutWalk – a worldwide protest phe nomenon – filling the streets with chants of “we wear what we want” and “real men do not rape”, their ban ners proclaiming things like “proud slut”, “rapists rape people, not outfits” and “we are so angry we made a poster”. The SlutWalk started as a response to a Toronto police officer’s comment in January that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised”, and takes a stand against the pre vailing belief that women who dress in a certain way are “asking for it”. See picture, page 2. Photo: Hanrie Bosch
Stadium told to hush HANRIE BOSCH
GROUP of Green Point residents, fed up with being “victims of noise”, are trying to put a stop to loud Sunday events at Green Point Stadium and the common. “Why should one suburb be subjected to noise every single weekend?” asks Professor James Luke, former Green Point Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (GPRRA) chairperson. Luke says residents living on the upper slopes of Green Point have an intimate relationship with events held at the common and stadium as “the dome of the stadium creates a perfect sound reflector”. “People come here and think that it’s great fun, but we are subjected to the noise from 06:30 in the morning till late, and I can hear every amplified word.” Luke says he didn’t realise the extent of the issue before he moved to the area – he simply thought others who complained about it were overreacting . “I used to think that these people were being a pain, but after living with it for a while I realise their pain,” he says. The City of Cape Town says that banning events on Sundays will not be viable for the
long-term sustainability of the stadium. “The City has undertaken to ensure that the stadium is operated in a manner that minimises the financial burden to residents and ratepayers,” says Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee member for Tourism, Events and Marketing. Pascoe adds that the stadium was designed as a multi-purpose venue, and that there are no legal restrictions to hosting events on a Sunday. Banning events on a Sunday would also place a financial burden on ratepayers, he says. “The hosting of events contributes to the financial sustainability of the stadium, and any curtailing of this activity will most definitely have a negative impact ... and therefore will impact ratepayers.” Luke, on the other hand, feels the “stadium is not financially viable” anyway, and that “the City will sponsor it forever”. Meanwhile, Pascoe doesn’t feel that the number of events held on Sundays is excessive. “To date, the stadium and Green Point Park have hosted a total of seven events on a Sunday,” he says. Four events – “a wedding, film shoot, a football practice session and an athletics event” – were held in the stadium. Green Point Park played host to its own official opening, a religious event and a cycling event, Pascoe says.
Luke concedes that not all events are equal, noise-wise, but nonetheless says a fixed rule that applies to everybody needs to be established to ensure nobody feels discriminated against. Ward councillor Beverly Schafer says a blanket proposal that groups all events under the same banner would not be viable. “Some events are just too traditional to say no to, like the Argus Cycle Tour. Every event should be judged separately and treated on its own merits.” She adds that noise is “relative”, as Neil Diamond would not be considered noise to some, though an athletics event might. Luke says the final decision on whether to push the matter or not ultimately lies with the GPRRA. GPRRA chairperson Bob Goebel, however, says the association does not share Luke’s views. He adds that the issue has been noted, though. “We cannot condone the cancellation of all events on a Sunday, but all residents in the area need to be taken into consideration as this affects their lives.” For the time being, it seems, Green Point residents opposed to the noise will have to face the music.
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Find the skills for your dream job MANY South Africans have the skills required to start their own businesses, but a lack of information often prevents people from realising their dreams. To create jobs requires a concerted effort by individuals and business leaders, and 93 000 Jobs for Mandela Day, headed by Proudly South African (PSA), aims to inspire everybody to create jobs for a sustainable future. In addition to this, the campaign aims to create a platform for people to access information on topics related to job creation. The problem South Africa has a very high rate of unemployment; a large proportion of out-ofschool youths and adults are not working. Those in low-income households often support many dependants and earn little relative to the cost of living. This is a central contributor to widespread poverty, PSA says. In addition to this, South Africa’s unemployment rate has increased from 24% to 25% , due mainly to the global economic downturn. The power of skills One of the challenges faced when considering job creation is the availability of skilled individuals – an alarming number of people in South Africa lack the skills required for gainful employment and excellence. In 2000, the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) were established as part of the National Skills Development Act with the aim of developing the skills of the South African work force and so improve workers’ quality of life and productivity, to promote self-employment, and to improve the delivery of social services. SETAs To ensure that the SETAs are specific and focused, 25 SETAs were established – each with its own clearly defined sector and subsectors. The SETAs are concerned with learnerships, internships, unit-based skills programmes, and apprenticeships. Furthermore, the SETAs also aim to in-
crease levels of investment in education, encourage employers to be active in the learning process in the workplace, and assist work-seekers to find employment. Proudly South African and the SETAs have one broad focus in common: to build a sustainable South Africa through job creation. To follow is a list of the 25 SETAs and their domains. • FASSET: finance, accounting, management consulting and other financial services. • BANKSETA: banking and related services. • CHIETA: chemical industries and related services. • CTFL: clothing, textile, footwear and leather industries. • CETA: construction industries • DIDTETA: diplomatic, intelligence, defence and trade. • ETDPSETA: education, training and development practices. • ESETA: energy sector. • FOODVEB: food and beverage manufacturing. • FIETA: forest industries. • HWSETA: health and welfare sector. • ISETT: information systems, electronics and telecommunication technologies. • INSETA: insurance sector. • LGWSETA: local government and water services. • MAPPP: media, advertising, publishing, printing and packaging industries. • MQA: mining and mineral industries. • MERSETA: manufacturing, engineering and related services. • POSLEC: policing, security, legal and correctional services. • PAETA: primary agricultural sector. • PSETA: public service sector. • SETASA: secondary agricultural sector. • SERVICES: services sector. • THETA: tourism, hospitality and sport industries. • TETA: transport sector. • W&RSETA: wholesale and retail industries.
APPLICATIONS FOR GRANT-IN-AID FUNDING 2012/2013: SUBCOUNCIL (16): WARDS 54; 74; 77 SUBCOUNCIL (16) of the City of Cape Town invites all non-governmental organizations in Wards 54, 74 and 77 (i.e. CBD, City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard up to Hout Bay) to apply for a grant-in-aid to provide financial support to a project that supports the strategies of the City of Cape Town. Application should be made on a prescribed application form and conform to the following requirements: 1. 2.
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TAKING A (SEXY) STAND: The intersection of Somerset and Buitengracht roads was invaded by an army of protesters clad in a pointed lack of attire on Saturday. More than 2 000 Capeto nians marched under the banner of the SlutWalk – a worldwide protest phenomenon – filling the streets with chants of “we wear what we want” and “real men do not rape”, their banners proclaiming things like “proud slut”, “rapists rape people, not outfits” and “we are so angry we made a poster”. The SlutWalk started as a response to a Toronto police officer’s comment in January that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised”, and takes a stand against the prevailing belief that women who dress in a certain way are “asking for it”. Photo: Hanrie Bosch
Local author reaches for the stars TAURIQ HASSEN
NOVEL filled with historical romance and intrigue has been unleashed – and it all sprang from the imaginative mind of one of Kensington’s own. Jasmina Salie, author of “Family Feud”, says she realised her passion for writing at an early LAUNCHED: Jasmina Salie shows off her book at her Kensing age, when her teach- ton home. Photo: Tauriq Hassen ers chastised her for imaginative compositions that were of adultery on the Day of Holi. “‘Family Feud’ is guaranteed to keep “too long”. “Writing brings serenity to my heart, the reader in suspense until the end, outdoor life, travelling, socialising and when the truth unfolds,” says Salie, who all good things in life pleasing to the Al- has been touring Cape Town to market her new 332-page book, which took her mighty God,” “Family Feud” is “written from the exactly one month to complete back in heart”, says Salie, who describes herself 2006. Salie says “Family Feud” “will enteras a “resilient, determined and truthful person”. Her novel was even tipped to tain the reader with romance, murder make the leap to the silver screen, she and sadness and all the drama of family and village life”. says with pride. She drew inspiration for her book “I sent it to publishing houses in the country and one abroad too, and their from her great grandfather, who settled response was that the script had merit in South Africa many decades ago, and and was for the international market, she believes her story has much to offer but one of the movie companies re- everybody. “It is imperative that all the quired something more conventional,” oppressed over the world read the story says Salie. The book, a romance at with an open mind; all things have a beheart, is set in medieval times, and ginning and an end, and nobody is above chronicles the criminal tyranny of two the law.” On her beloved craft, Salie says, once-compassionate brothers over the inhabitants of a village near Jaisalmer “Writing is truly a blessing, and I would in India. Part of a caravan route, the vil- never have reached this pinnacle in my lage is split in two by a towering wall life if it had the Almighty God not guidthat separates Muslims from Hindus, ed me and instilled perseverance within and it is here that brothers Ashvin and me.” “Family Feud” can be viewed and orMuhmud, masters of the Banarje and Azmeri plantations after their father’s dered at www.justdone.co.za. Alternademise, fall into a life of crime and bru- tively, contact the author on 083 691 2232 tality after one of them witnesses an act or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Table Mountain gets more bite HANRIE BOSCH
A BRAND new recruit to the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) security team is ready to “nip crime in the butt”; Purdy the patrol dog was introduced to her new post on Saturday. The two-year-old German Sheppard stared her rigorous training at just three months old, and is finally qualified to join the other eight dogs currently patrolling the slopes of Table Mountain. Paddy Gordon, TMNP manager, says Table Mountain provides numerous hiding places for criminals, and rangers are often unable to crawl into bunkers and caves in search of them.
“Highly-trained dogs like these are able to cover more space in half the time, and have many advantages over other interventions and deterrents.” Gordon adds that dogs are perfectly suited to the security tasks they need to face on the mountain slopes. “We cannot take urban security methods into nature. Cameras and men on foot are simply not enough... Dogs are agile and quick, and have contributed to numerous arrests of suspects on Table Mountain.” Rangers on the mountain have the perilous job of clearing out known hiding places several times a week, says Gordon. “These sweeps can be dangerous for rangers, as the hiding places are often dark and cramped.
PURDY BIG DEAL: Back row, from left: Paddy Gordon (Table Mounatin National Park manager) and Steve Haywood (Pedal Power Association chairperson). Front: Karin Pohl (Pedal Power general manager), Wiseman Tshangela (Purdy’s handler), Purdy herself, and honoury ranger Sue Smith. Photo: Hanrie Bosch
A guided trip to natural beauty THE Cape Natural History Club will arrange a bus drive up Bains Kloof, followed by a guided walk along the historic Oostenberg Pass – or a tour of Bains Kloof, stopping at Tweede Tol, for non-walkers – on Sunday. Joining costs R250. For more information contact Eleanor on (021) 7621779 or visit www.capenaturalhistoryclub.co.za.
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“In those situations a ranger would rather have a dog than three men behind them.” TMNP only owns four of the eight other dogs on Purdy’s team; the department rents the other dogs “at an enormous cost”; each new dog costs about R16 000, and TMNP relies heavily on sponsors to make their valuable presence possible. As such, TMNP’s honorary rangers started the Gift-a-Patrol-Dog campaign in an effort to gain ownership of all 10 canine companions – and their efforts are paying off. Purdy, for one, was sponsored by the Pedal Power Association (PPA) at a total cost of R22 000 The association will also sponsor her food for the next year. Honoury ranger Sue Smith is delighted at
the growth of the project, pointing out that the mountain protectors have gained four dogs since June. “There is no way to explain what a huge asset they are for us,” Smith says. Gordon is confident of attaining the goal of owning 10 dogs by the time the busy summer season starts, as the project has received overwhelming support. Steve Haywood, chairperson of the PPA, says the increasing number of patrol dogs will go a long way in helping to make the mountain more accessible and attractive to visitors. “Thirty percent of our city is a national park,” he says. “We need to protect and embrace it.”
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Medical mayhem as equipment is stolen AN estimated R383 100’s worth of medical equipment was stolen from a car in Graham Road, Sea Point, last week. Warrant officer Beheki Xulu, spokesperson for the Sea Point police, says the thieves struck after a paramedic parked his car in front of his home on Monday last week. The next morning, at about 11:00, the paramedic was distraught to find nearly half a million rands’ worth of equipment had been taken – along with his car’s speakers. One piece of equipment alone, a Phillips electronic suction unit, is valued at around R280 000, says Xulu, who adds that the goods would be “hard to sell”. The Sea Point police are calling on the public to keep an eye out for people selling advanced medical equipment. If you can help, please call the Sea Point police on (021) 430-3700 or Detective Constable Bantu Phakade on 073 699 0125. •On Wednesday last week, at around 22:45, officers with the Metro Police Camera Re-
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The Montrose Equine youth development programme gives these troubled children a new perspective by introducing them to a gentle councillor who hardly speaks, but says volumes with her soft silence – and has an endless capacity to give piggy-back rides. Horses – or “therapists with hooves”, as Montrose general manager Stacey Doorly Jones likes to call her four-legged helpers – have a remarkable way of neutralising aggression and anxiety. As Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” and no one understands this more than Cindy, a social worker at the Lindelani Place of Safety in Stellenbosch. She has seen a group of boys change before her eyes after only six of 16 sessions in the programme. “The biggest thing that has changed is the respect they show me and others living in the home. They have seen that when you work nicely with a horse, it responds. If you are angry, the horse will run or refuse to move... they are starting to apply the same thinking in their daily lives now.” Jones says horses are adept at mirroring nonverbal communication from humans, which she says makes up 93% of all human communication. Illustrating her point with a memorable example, she says, “A group of girls suffering with eating disorders came in for a session. When we walked into the paddock, a horse started rubbing one girl’s stomach up and down... A different horse went up and
did the same thing. By 45 minutes into the session, this had happened five times. “It turned out that the girl had had an abortion recently, and the horses sensed pain and anguish in that area of her body.” Jones was even more astounded at what happened next. “The horses almost made a circle around her, isolating her from the rest of the group. She just stood there, crying, and got it all out, but she did not once want to talk to us about it… it was a powerful release of emotional distress that only the horses could bring out.” Sea Point resident Herman Lategan, who has spent some time at the programme’s home at De Grendel farm, was sceptical to begin with. “I was very cynical at first,” he says. “I though it was just a bunch of nonsense. But, after working on the farm for a while, it all suddenly started making sense. “The first time I went into the paddock with the horses, they could sense my scepticism. They stood with their backs to me and did not want to interact.” It was a turning point. “It is very strange, and I cannot fully explain it. After a while I could see how the kids were growing and developing… the horses do not judge, and they offer a warm, sensitive interaction that most of these children would never have had.” Though the programme started off just last year, it has already helped 87 youths deal with their daily struggles. It isn’t easy, though; the foundation relies solely on funding and donations to do its work, and it costs R3 500 for each child doing an eight-week course. If you can help the foundation with time or donations, please contact Stacey Jones on (021) 801-6725 or visit www.montrosefoundation.co.za.
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Atlantic intersections intercepted HANRIE BOSCH
A NOTORIOUS intersection in Sea Point has claimed the lives of three elderly residents in the past 10 months, and improvements for the speedy death trap are finally on the cards. The latest such incident at the troublesome Beach Road and Three Anchor Bay Road intersection occurred on 4 August, when an elderly woman trying to cross the road was killed by a car coming from Western Boulevard in Sea Point. According to Beverley Schafer, ward councillor for the area, there are three old age homes near the intersection, as well as one directly opposite it. The library and promenade add to the number of pedestrians in the vicinity. Schafer visited the notorious intersection on Thursday last week and put it to the test herself. The pedestrian light doesn’t give people enough time to cross, she says, adding that she isn’t surprised that some people jaywalk as the wait after pressing the pedestrian button is “at least three to four minutes”. Schafer mentions that she also saw an elderly man with a walker navigating the intersection at great peril. “I got nervous for him, because in the middle of the road the traffic light turned green for traffic, but he was still in the road.” Lourens van Rooyen, manager of the Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged at Sea Point Place, the old age home directly opposite the intersection, says the home’s residents are constantly warned to be cautious when crossing the roads. He says his organisation is pressuring the City to protect pedestrians at the intersection. Signage and, possibly, a ramp over the road, are in the pipeline, he says. Schafer says she too has spoken to City engineers as a matter of urgency. Among the key changes required, Schafer says, are buzzers to let people with poor eyesight
know when it is safe to cross, and signs warning motorists of pedestrians. Crossing times must also be extended, she adds. Structural engineers will make a deeper assessment within the next week or two, Schafer says. Another troublesome intersection under scrutiny is that of Main and York Roads in Green Point. Schafer says residents here have a “culture of parking on the yellow lines”, adding that 120 fines for the violation were issued on the troublesome stretch over the last month alone. The illegal parking, coupled with the wide, funnel-shaped island at the intersection, makes it impossible for two large vehicles to pass one another, resulting in numerous accidents at the spot, Schafer says. “There are three issues to look out for when sorting out these traffic problems: engineering, education and enforcement,” she says. The island will be shaved down in the next few months, and parking pressure will be alleviated once City officials green-light making a section of stadium parking alongside Main Road more accessible, Schafer assures. Schafer adds that the piece of Main Road between Ebenezer and Glengariff Roads is a virtual “no-mans land” as there is no City Improvement District (CID) presence there. “All of these issues are not really sustainable if we do not get a CID in the area,” she feels. The implementation of a CID for the zone still needs to be passed in council. Schafer says the extra law enforcement that will be brought to the area should council give the go-ahead will improve residents’ safety, especially at night. “The strip is very busy at night, and the extra parking marshals and security would prevent other car guards harassing people.”
DANGER ZONE: Ward Councillor Beverley Schafer stands at the notorious Beach Road intersection. Photos: Hanrie Bosch
NO GO: Cars often park in the yellow lines here.
BUMP IN THE ROAD: This island is causing problems for drivers in Green Point.
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FIGHTERS: The Western Prov ince Interschool Judo Champion ships took place at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt – and two Grade 3 girls (seen here) from the Parow branch of the school were awarded their Western Province colours in the martial art. Olivia Schenck (right) took first place in her cat egory and was awarded a gold medal, while Marie Lüders Wilsenach was awarded a silver medal. Photo: Johnny Wilsenach
INNOVATIVE: Kim Jackson and Lou ise Clarke, both preparatory school teachers at St Cyprian’s School in Oranjezicht, have been named win ners in no less than three of the five categories in this year’s Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Teacher Forum. The announcement of the winners in the South African leg of the international competition was made at an award ceremony held at St John’s College in Johan nesburg during the winter school holidays. Sue Redelinghuys, head of St Cyprian’s, says, “These two young teachers define the kind of creative teaching practice that we encourage here, and we are inordi nately proud of their achievement.”
SPREADING JOY: As part of Random Acts of Kindness Week, a Camps Bay Schools initiative set off earlier this month, Camps Bay Preparatory School collected heaps of stationery for Oranjekloof Moravian Primary School in Hout Bay. Seen at the stationery handover on Thursday are Vivienne Ashcroft (left), who handles marketing for Camps Bay Schools, and Camps Bay parent Simone Segall (right). Photo: Supplied
NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Thursday, 1 September 2011 in the Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town at the conclusion of a Special Civic Honours meeting commencing at 10:00. Please note that limited seating is available in the public gallery of the Council Chamber, and therefore seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Should you wish to attend the meeting you are requested to contact Ms A Curtis, tel 021 400 3342 between 09:00-16:00. All requests for attendance must be received by no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to provide your surname, initials and contact telephone number. Visitors are kindly requested to be seated by 09:30.
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Traders count their losses after strike Numerous stalls around the city were loot-
ed by disgruntled municipal workers as the traders did their best to retain what they could of their only means of income. The last day of the strike saw more than 4 894 city staff, or 19% of the city’s workforce, absent from work without authorisation. The violence and destruction were strongly condemned by mayor Patricia de Lille in a
press statement released last Tuesday. “This administration respects the right of workers to strike as a fundamental labour right in our democracy. We do not respect the exploitation of those rights to cause damage and threaten others,” she said. On the third day of the strike, the City of Cape Town announced it had filed an inter-
HELPLESS: Victor Sitcheu watched in horror as the strikers stole his goods. “I lost R800 in stock and two days of business due to strik ers. They stole the entire back of my stall, filled with caps, watches and wallets. When the first man came and stole stuff we told him to go away, but soon more and more came, and we could not do anything.”
DAMAGE DONE: Kudzai Zendera holds some of her broken mer chandise. “Eve rybody has lost something; we are all counting our stock. My friend down the street suffered great losses, with more than 21 of her watch es being stolen. We just don’t know what to do now. I am still counting to see what was tak en.”
PRECIOUS STOCK: Trader Baron Olyn is still in shock af ter the looting. “This is very sad for me to see. I can’t believe it. We [three stalls in the area] protected our stuff and just threw covers over everything, so they could not steal our products. People have been too scared to come in to town, and I have made a quarter of what I normally make.”Photos: Hanrie
AWKERS and traders in the CBD were caught in the crossfire when last week’s devastating three-day strike turned into a lawless looting spree.
LUCKY BREAK: Cherry Ali feels lucky that his Adderley Street stall escaped much of the brunt of the mob. “They passed here, and a man took one packet of chips. I told them to just take it and go and leave me alone. Everybody says I am lucky, as other people had almost everything stolen.”
dict against the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in the wake of the violence. Strikers were warned to stop and return to work immediately. People’s Post took to the streets to find out how traders and workers in the CBD were affected by plundering strikers.
PROFIT LOSS: Louvo Neqelo says her profit has gone down the drain. “They stole more than R1 500 of my stock. There was nothing I could do. If I had tried to stop them, they would have been violent, and it’s better to lose some prod ucts than my life.”
BUSINESS SLUMP: Flower seller Glenda Bowman says the strikers have caused a serious drop in business. “We’ve had very few sales in the past three days during the strikes. Custom ers could not get here. They even broke the window of one of our cars. Now we just hope busi ness picks up.”
DEVASTA TION: Trader Shaheen Ayaz tries to pro tect her wares during last Tuesday’s ri ots. Many traders say they are haunt ed by this im age, and wish that they could have helped her. Pho to: Lulama Zenzile
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Upgrades envisioned for city railways Railway quality under scrutiny THE City of Cape Town will shortly begin working on a comprehensive study of Metrorail to determine the scope and quality of rail services within the metropolitan area. The city believes a more integrated rail and public transport network is needed to better serve residents and build a more connected city. As the backbone of public transport in Cape Town, the Metrorail network requires an upgrade to ensure that it is safer, consumer-friendly and more reliable, the city says. Says councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and
Stormwater, “This comprehensive study will enhance our understanding of the context of the current rail operations, future demand and investment.” The ultimate vision, Herron says, is to integrate the different forms of public transport in the city – including rail, bus, mini-bus, metered taxi – into a tight, efficient system that best serves everybody. As part of the project, an Intergovernmental Transport Political Committee will be formed in October, chaired by councillor Herron. The committee will meet every two months to oversee the process of consolidating public transport under one authority.
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Tuesday 23 August CAPE TOWN: The ANC’s Alex La Guma Branch invites the public to a panel discussion on the media tribunal, facilitated by Idasa. The meeting will take a “frank look at the issues of politics and the media”, and will include panellists Dr Pallo Jordan, Max du Preez and Tony Weaver. The talks take place from 18:30 to 20:30 at Idasa House, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town. For more information contact Idasa on (021) 467-7600
Wednesday 24 August Sea Point: The Union of Jewish Women hosts a talk by Priscilla Nelson, director of St Luke’s Hospice, on “The History of St Luke’s Hospice”
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Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August Camps Bay: Camps Bay High School’s drama department presents “Karnaval” by Pieter Dirk Uys at 19:00 in the school hall. Tickets cost
Take a hike with Meridian THE Meridian Hiking Club will host the following hikes over the coming weeks: • Tomorrow (Wednesday), a hiking will be led up Jubilee Buttress. For more information contact Jenni on 083 324 8866. • On Saturday, a “recce-hike” into Longkloof will be led by Jenni. Call 083 324 8866. • Also on Saturday, hike the Vlakkenberg circuit with Denise;
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Thursday 22 September Cape Town: the Na’Arot branch of the Union of Jewish Women presents Lawrence Anthony – the “Elephant Whisperer” – at the Fire and Ice Hotel in Bree Street at 20:00. Entrance is R100. For more information phone 082 882 3615 or 082 897 7799. orama Trail. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. • On Wednesday 31 August, hike and scramble over Orange Kloof. Book with Nerak by SMSing 076 543 7266. • On Saturday 3 September, work through a 770m traverse with Karen. Book before Friday 2 September by email@example.com or calling 076 543 7266. Visitors pay R15 per hike. For more information go to www.meridian.org.za. groves, the wonderful turtles of Sodwana Bay, and the grotesque fish parasites – the tongue replacement isopod”. The talk takes place at the Iziko Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town. Entrance costs R30. For more information contact Maxine on 072 225 6893.
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Something simply sublime THIS year’s Camps Bay High School fashion show organisers present a “SUB-LIME Cultural Experience”, during which innovative fashion and subculture will meet in splendour, at 19:00 on 9 and 10 September. Booking is essential. Tickets cost R30 and are available from the school receptionist. For more information, or to book your tickets, phone (021) 438-1507.
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A noble fight HUNDREDS of women, and men, took to the streets of the Cape Town CBD at the weekend clad in outfits their mothers would probably frown upon to protest against sexist perceptions that women should watch what they wear or “rightfully” face the bitter consequences. Waving placards and dressed in naughty numbers including mini skirts, boob tubes and fish nets, the skimpy outfits were aimed at showing that a woman’s attire was not to blame for her being raped. And while the internationally recognised “SlutWalk” received much attention on the streets and in the media, the question begging to be asked, is whether a country like South Africa is ready to wholeheartedly adopt this otherwise progressive perspective. Is this just one small step towards chipping away at mountains of tragic misconceptions about women and their sexuality? Statistics reveal that South Africa is the world’s highest ranking nation for reported cases of rape. Ironically, a South African MP tweeted about the SlutWalk wondering whether he would “get lucky” if he had attended the event. The crimson faced MP later apologised claiming he had not been briefed on the reason for the march. But the MP’s comment illustrates the view, in all fairness, held by many South African men (and some women) from all cultures. SA is a nation borne of somewhat conservative roots and paternalistic ideals where the woman has traditionally been expected to know her place; in the kitchen, good for little else except playing a nurturing role. It is true that the New South Africa has ushered in legislation aimed at backing the progression of women. SA women, by law, are the masters of their own sexuality, reproductive health and political views; and with all this in place the time has never been more ripe for social reform. SlutWalks are a fun way for women to convey a powerful message, but the real impact is made in everyday conversations and responses in the home, classroom, office, sportsfield and, even places of worship. It is only once women realise and value their worth, that they stop becoming victims of stereotyping and abuse.
Rich South Africans really care REGARDING the recent remarks about taxing the white people: first of all, that is a racist statement in itself. Drop the word “white” and a lot more people would probably not have been so offended, and would have seen it with more of an open mind! One of the richest and most respected men in America, Warren Buffet, has also suggested this week of taxing the rich more in that country! I mean, realistically, how much money does one person need? How much can you possibly spend, how many things can you possibly own? That is why people like himself and Microsoft’s Bill Gates do eventually reach that point of realising
the power that their money can really make is in making the world a better place, and now pump their mega billions into doing just that! The problem in this country is the endless and massive squandering of our taxes going to lining pockets, tender deals, fraud, corruption, mismanagement, payfor-pals, nepotism, etc. Those are the billions and billions that would have made this country a different place today, and for all who live in it. So, who wants to give more for lining more pockets? I certainly don’t. To ask for more, you have to show how responsible you have been with what you have been given. Reputa-
tions stick like glue, and I’m afraid our national government has cooked its own goose! At least we “so-called” rich can feel good that, regardless of what names we are called, the rich in South Africa (by recent international statistics) are the number one givers of all countries on this planet, of both their time and money! That is a fact, and one I’m content with, and that others should acknowledge and pay heed to, as that in itself speaks volumes about the reality of our South African rich! Apparently they care and give more than anyone else on earth! CRAIG HARRISON Observatory
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. Regarding the De Waal Road flats, I live in the front row of houses but I am just as affected by this mess. The contractors get contractors to do the upgrading and painting but this isn’t up to standard. I am always at home so I can see how they work. And about the druggies, if all the complaining residents point at the same three houses, what are they still doing there? Shouldn’t the department investigate and throw them out? Even small children are part of the problem. Things are totally out of hand – please do something. Dear Tony . I agree that the so called “peace officers” no longer focus on keeping the peace but are more interested in serving petty fines on hard working, tax paying citizens. When we really need them to stop motorists who are either speeding, drunk or taxis that keep doing what they please, we can never find them. What are we actually paying taxes for anyway? We certainly are not getting any service, just abuse and no services in our area. . If Tony Robinson had parked and walked a few metres further, he would be R200 richer, and we would have been spared
yet another futile bleat. Gary . Tony Robinson is of the belief that everyone can break the law a little bit. Take responsibility for your mistake, brother. S du Plessis By the way . Why must council always outsource work? Why don’t they employ people who can do the job? . Table Mountain National Park is clearly a cash-cow for the Parks Board, hence their continued bold abuse of residents. Is it time for TMNP to become CPTMP? . I love dogs but before even thinking of owning own, I would ensure that I train my dog and have a fully fenced yard. I would not want to offend my neighbours with incessant barking and howling day and night. It’s a damn nightmare living with this. Sleep deprived . I can’t understand how the selectors chose De Villiers as coach. He just doesn’t fit in. Lose the World Cup, Boks, and give De Villiers the boot! . Why, when you are over 40, does society make you feel worthless, homeless and jobless? Abba . It finally came on the news that there’s going to be a toll fee to use the N1 and N2 on the Wine Route very soon.
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Experience a whale of a tale THE Jungle Theatre Company’s “The Whale Show” will soon swim into Observatory, returning for the fifth time to the upcoming Out the Box Festival. The story revolves around two characters on a quest to be like whales; they discover that the ocean is under threat, and get everybody involved in taking care of the sea and saving its whales. “Don’t miss this amazing whale tale for families with children aged six and over,” a spokesperson says. “The Whale Show” is one of many environmentally themed plays written and produced by Cape Town’s Jungle Theatre Company, which uses original children’s and family theatre as a vehicle for environmental, social and cultural education. The company thanks the L&S Chiappini Charitable Trust and Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation for funding “The Whale Show” at Out the Box. The show will be enacted at the Observatory Arts for a Sustainable Earth Hub at The Magnet, Old Match Factory (on the corner of St Michael’s and Lower Main Roads), on Sunday 4 September at 10:30, Monday 5 September at 11:30, Wednesday 7 September at 16:00 and Sunday 11 September at 14:00. Tickets cost R50 for adults and R40 for children under 12. Concessions and block bookings are available. To make a school booking, contact Tahirih Cook on
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TOP SPOT: The Alpha School for Autism in Woodstock won first place in last year’s Boomerang EduKite Schools’ Competition.
Take your school to the clouds SCHOOLS have until 19 September to secure a place in this year’s Boomerang Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition, part of the 17th Cape Town International Kite Festival happening on 22 and 23 October and proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health in association with Heart 104.9FM.
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CREATIVE: In second place was Mary Harding School from Athlone. Seen here, from left: Ziyaad Gatap, Do novan Philips, Rashied Andrews and their teacher, Yolanda Gerbach.
The Boomerang Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition, made possible thanks to the support of the Boomerang children’s TV channel, is open to Western Cape primary schools and schools for learners with special educational needs. Each school that enters will be supplied with a free set of blank kite skins to decorate with their interpretation of this year’s theme, “One Sky, One World – Mental Health for All”. On Saturday 22 October the schools will take their decorated kites to the festival for judging, followed by an inspirational mass fly. The three winning schools in each of the two categories will re-
ceive cash prizes totalling R12 000. There is no cost to participate. “Boomerang is proud to be part of this wonderful initiative that sees learners of all abilities creating and having fun to- SOARING: One of the winning schools from last year’s gether,” says competition was Muizenberg Primary, which came Alan Musa, VP third in the mainstream category. Seen here, Scooby and GM of Pan Doo congratulates Caitlin Marais (left), Keisha Shel Middle East don, Charlizee Steenkamp and their teacher, Pat An and Africa for tonelli. Photos: Supplied Turner Broadcasting Systems. “This year’s all the while, big-screen TVs will theme is one that we firmly be- display favourite Boomerang lieve in as it celebrates accept- shows. ance, creativity, unity and underTo enter the Boomerang Edustanding – key model attributes Kite Schools’ Competition, or for for us all to strive towards.” more information on the festival, Boomerang will host a variety contact Cape Mental Health beof activities for kids and the fore 19 September on (021) 447young at heart, from face painting 9040 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visto “character meet-and-greets”; it www.capementalhealth.co.za.
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Derby duel tomorrow TASMIN CUPIDO
IT’S DERBY time again: the two Cape sides in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Engen Santos and Ajax Cape Town, clash horns at Athlone Stadium tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. And – once again – both sides will be going into the match with hopes of finally securing their first wins for the 2011-2012 PSL season. While Ajax CT were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium, Santos returned to the drawing board after a 1-0 loss to BidVest Wits in Nelspruit. Ajax also played to a 1-1 draw to Kaiser Chiefs in the first leg of the MTN 8 semifinal at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday. The last time the two sides met was for a friendly at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 27 July; Santos were the convincing 4-0 victors. The last time the two met in the PSL was in February last season. Then it was a 10-man Ajax team who won 4-3 in a high-paced match. Now both Boebie Solomons’ and Maarten Stekelenburg’s chargers will be wanting to draw first blood as they search for their first win of the league. The match, hosted by Santos, kicks off at 19:30.
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Platinum Stars snatch Paulse TASMIN CUPIDO
AFTER much deliberation about his future and the team to which he will pledge his allegiance for the 2011-2012 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, Athlone local Nathan Paulse signed a twoseason contract with Platinum Stars yesterday (Monday). Paulse will again join Platinum Stars coach Owen da Gama in Rustenberg after being head-hunted by him for a number of years. The two worked together last season when Paulse was on loan from Swedish club Hammarby FC to Bloemfontein Celtic last season, when
ON FORM: Nathan Paulse. Photo: Die Son
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REACHING FOR THE STARS: Former Ajax Cape Town striker Nathan Paulse has signed with Platinum Stars. Photo: Die Burger has one Bafana Bafana cap to his name”. “He started his career with Ajax Cape Town, enjoying success there before joining Swedish side Hammarby in 2008,” the press release said. “He played last season on loan at Bloemfontein Celtic and was impressive in his displays, with his aerial ability giving Phunya Sele Sele another dimension to their at-
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FLYING THE FLAG: Back row, from left: Shahieda Majiet (trainer), Lynn Alexander (assistant manager), Carly Mulder, Lauren Mulder and Lester Smith (head coach). Middle row: Justine Steward (reserve), KaylAnne Stoffels, Kathryn van Boom and Shihaam Nacerodien (assistant coach). Seated: Nicole Alexander, Natalie Abrahams and Alex Fortune. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
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