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Now or never for Table Mountain HANRIE BOSCH

WITHIN just 24 days Table Mountain could be named one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the world, and in just eight days Cape Town could be named World Design Capital 2014. But what does this all mean for the average Capetonian? An independent study from international accounting firm Grant Thornton has projected that each of the Seven Wonders Cities is anticipated to receive an annual boost of R1,4 billion in tourism revenue, along with the creation of an estimated 11 000 permanent new jobs. The study is based on the results of a similar campaign in which 100 million votes were cast worldwide for the new Seven Manmade Wonders in 2007; the study further concluded that tourism to the mountain would increase by about 20%, with approximately 70% of these visi-

tors expected to be international tourists. Councillor Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, says: “Tourism has already increased by 300% at sites where the Seven Manmade Wonders of the Modern World were announced.” The battle for the seven new top slots started on 21 July 2009, when the list was cut from 77 to 28 finalists. Last year this time Table Mountain was in the bottom half of the 28 finalists, ranking at number 14. It is now ranked at between eight and nine – just a few votes short of the title – ahead of the announcement on 11 November at 11:11 GMT. Trends have shown an increase in the number of South Africans voting, says Fiona Furey, Table Mountain campaign manager – “more and more South Africans have been coming on board and making this happen”. Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold says inclusion on the list would also mean

that “children from every corner of the globe will be learning about Table Mountain and South Africa as a destination”; the new Natural Wonders will become part of school curricula across the globe. Meanwhile, Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille is set to jet off to Taipei, where the World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 announcement will be made on 26 October – with the choice lying between Bilboa in Spain, Dublin in Ireland, and the Mother City. The accolade could also change the economic landscape of Cape Town, as Pascoe explains: “Turin, Italy, experienced more visitor numbers in 2008 than in any other year over the half-century, including 2006 when it hosted the Winter Olympics,” after it won the WDC.Pascoe further adds that Seoul – last year’s title holder – was ranked by the New York Times as third in a list of “The 31 Places to go in 2010”, and was described by the newspaper as “a city where design enthusiasts are flocking” in 2009.Du Toit-Helm-

bold says that no matter the outcome, “Capetonians should be proud to be seated under a mountain of such stature, and that we were voted into the final 28 natural wonders of the world”. Furey concludes by saying that Table Mountain can make the list if everybody gets on board: “We need to move away from the ‘Oh, someone else will vote so I don’t need to’ attitude – it’s time for all Capetonians to take ownership of their mountain and vote for it. We all know Table Mountain is already a wonder of nature; let’s give her the global recognition she deserves... It is an opportunity that will never present itself again, either we are on the list forever or off it!” Vote online at www.new7wonders.com, or on MXit by clicking on “My Culture”, adding “Vote4Table Mountain” as a contact, and then voting as many times as you like. Alternatively, SMS “TABLE” to 34874 (SMSes cost R2) or call +1 869 760 5990, +1 649 339 8080 or +44 758 900 1290.

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Where there’s a will, there’s a way Starting today, People’s Post will be publishing a fortnightly legal column. Today’s instalment focuses on wills. •What is a will? A will is a legal document that describes how one’s assets will be distributed after death. It is of utmost importance to have your will drafted in a clear and concise manner, leaving no room for ambiguity. A loosely drafted will can cause many complications. •Why do you need to have a will? A will ensures that the people who are entitled to inherit your assets will receive their inheritance. Certain bequests can be made. A will can direct that a testamentary trust be registered in order to care for children or disabled people. •Update your will It is important to update your will whenever a new event or change occurs in your life – for example, marriage, having children, or divorce. •The procedure in brief A person wanting to draft a will (known as a testator) should consult his attorneys, who will help him do so. When the testator dies, the family will consult the attorneys and the relevant documents will be completed with the attorneys’ assistance. •Nomination of an executor An executor carries out the terms of a a will, and must be chosen carefully by the testator. The executor must be a trustworthy and responsible person who will always act in the best interests of the heirs. There is no concrete rule as to who can be an executor. •Reporting the estate Once all the relevant documentation has been completed and the executor has been nominated and signed the acceptance of trust as executor, the estate can be reported to the Master of the High Court, who will

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Immigrant job seekers intimidated with faeces TERESA FISCHER

“DEHUMANISING”. This is a description of the actions of people who spread faeces along 15m of wooden fencing in an apparent attempt to stop foreigners from sitting on it. The picket fence surrounds the BP garage in Durham Avenue, Salt River. Non-profit organisation Passop (People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty), which advocates for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, has aided several job seekers to submit a complaint against BP to the Human Rights Commission. Lazola Pukwana, coordinator of the Cosatu Young Workers’ Forum, brought the matter to Passop’s attention after he discovered it on Wednesday. Pukwana says he was going to buy something to drink when, “to his disgust”, he discovered the source of a bad smell. “I couldn’t understand it. People explained it was because of the foreign nationals that wait

there for work.” He says he was told it had been like that since Monday last week. He adds he was told that people walking past thought the stench was emanating from the job seekers, and that they then moved to the other side of the road.Pukwana says it also disturbed him to see South African job seekers sit on one section of the fence and foreigners on the other side.There was no faeces where the locals wait, though it is not yet clear whether this was deliberate. “When I spoke to these foreign nationals, they told me it happened before – about a month ago. Rain washed it away,” he says.Continuing, Pukwana says, “It is our responsibility to protect the rights of young workers. It must not happen again.” He told Passop about the incident, and the organisation visited the site to take photographs. It was reported that the manager of the service station would not speak to Passop members, but BP manager Alan van der Walt claims nobody approached him

about the incident, bar a few newspapers. Pukwana says the job seekers suspected the garage was responsible, but they had not personally seen the culprit. Van der Walt says he only found out about the matter on Wednesday afternoon, when he was told people were taking photographs and someone showed him the fence poles. “I got the guys to clean it off immediately,” he says. “It’s disgusting; it’s a health risk. We would never condone something like this,” he says, adding that he didn’t smell the stench as the shop is about 10 to 20 metres from the fence. He says he has “no idea who would do this”. While he has examined the CCTV footage, he says one can only see as far as the outskirts of the petrol pumps. Van der Walt goes on to say he has “no problem” with the job seekers waiting on the outskirts of the garage, but adds that the service station tries to keep them off the forecourt for their own safety. Doug Leresche, Passop parale-

gal officer, says there has been little more evidence forthcoming to help find the culprit, but he feels that, as over 15m of fencing were covered with the excrement, it is “hard to believe” that no one saw the perpetrator. Leresche adds that Passop was also told the police were called on Thursday, and that foreigners without documents were rounded up and arrested. “We believe this is a violation of their freedom of movement, and it is motivated by xenophobic tensions,” he says. Van der Walt says he saw the police were present on the day. “We had nothing to do with that either. We have no grudge against them. It definitely wasn’t us.” Sergeant Hilton Malila, Woodstock Police Station spokesperson, says a “random search”, as part of “normal crime prevention operations”, was conducted on Thursday, and that many arrests were made. Malila says criminals hide among the job seekers, and that everyone is therefore searched.

WORLD­CLASS DESSERT: A sweet and sticky replica of the Cape Town stadium was built on Saturday at Cape Gate Shop­ ping Centre in Brackenfell – using about 15 000 eclairs filled with custard and stuck together with hot caramel. The eclairs were later sold for R10 each to raise funds for underprivileged children. Seen here are Albert Ma­ ritz, Marietjie Bez­ uidenhout and Stephan Drees, hard at work ce­ menting the eclairs together with hot caramel.

Missing A REWARD is still on offer for the safe return of two rabbits, which were removed from their cage at the grounds of a block of flats in Rosebank.One rabbit is black, and the other is brown and tan. If you can help find these beloved pets, please phone James on 082 226 3733.

POLICE DOGS and the police diving team are just two of the attractions planned for a huge open day set to be held by the Claremont Policing Cluster, which includes Rondebosch and Mowbray, on Saturday 5 November. These showpieces, along with a police chopper, the SAPS band and the horse-borne Mounted Unit, promise

partners and Special Rating Area representatives – from the Groote Schuur and Claremont City Improvement Districts).The open day takes place from 11:00 until 14:00 at the Groote Schuur Primary School Grounds in Palmyra Road, Claremont. For further information contact Captain Angie Latchman on 071 604 8370.

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Legal eagles gather THE Western Cape branch of the Association of Arbitrators will hold a talk on the Legal Practice Bill, led by advocate Paul Hoffman SC, at Belmont Centre, Belmont Road, Rondebosch, at 16:30 on Monday 24 October. Entrance costs R80

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Tuesday 18 October 2011

Bishopscourt security breached A

BISHOPSCOURT woman’s home was targeted by robbers after the group of three approached her to ask for directions to Kirstenbosch Gardens. Captain Angie Latchman, Claremont Police Cluster spokesperson, says the incident happened at noon last Tuesday.As the woman was leaving her Upper Primrose Avenue home, she noticed a white Mercedes Benz carrying three people, Latchman says. One approached her for directions, after which she left for an appointment at a nearby salon.After the woman drove off, the men somehow managed to deactivate the electric fencing and open the automated gates. Latchman says there was no damage to the fence, and it is believed that the electronic mechanism of the gates was tampered with. Once inside the property, the men forced

open the main security gate leading into the house. As they approached the front door, they were confronted by the domestic worker.One of the men then grabbed hold of the woman and locked her inside a nearby room. The robbers then went to the main bedroom, where they unlocked a wardrobe and removed a safe, containing several pieces of jewellery, a large amount of cash, personal documents and two guns.The men then loaded the safe into the boot of the Mercedes Benz (registration number CA 871-597) and sped off. The domestic worker told police the robbers were not armed, Latchman says. Police are appealing to anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the perpetrators to contact the case’s investigating officer, Constable Mkhumbuzi Ntantiso, at Claremont Police Station on (021) 6572266 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Play with fire – but do it safely DURING Diwali, the Hindu “Festival of Lights”, the City of Cape Town appeals to Capetonians to be cautious and sensible when attending organised fireworks displays or letting off shop-bought fireworks on Wednesday 26 October. Discharging fireworks is a tradition symbolising the victory of light over darkness and good over evil, and follows a month-long period of fasting and abstinence from meat and alcohol by Hindus. The City has made eight areas available for the public to let off shop-bought fireworks under the watchful eye of public safety authorities – though revellers are warned that they do so at their own risk. These are: Theo Marais Park in Milnerton; Bishop Lavis Sports Field; Wesfleur Sports Field in Atlantis; the Macassar Beach parking area; Macassar Road in Macassar; Swartklip Sports Complex in Mitchell’s Plain; the Maiden’s Cove parking area in Camps Bay; the eastern Athlone Stadium parking area; and the Sunrise Beach parking area at Sunrise Circle in Muizenberg. It is illegal to discharge fireworks anywhere else, and law enforcement authorities will take a zero-tolerance approach to those

who try.The City’s fire safety inspectors and Law Enforcement officials, together with the police Explosives Unit, will conduct inspections at fireworks display sites to ensure that all safety requirements are met. Members of the public who wish to attend these fireworks displays must follow safety instructions given by fireworks operators, event organisers and security personnel, and keep behind safety barriers. Only purchase fireworks from authorised dealers and shops displaying the relevant permits from the police. Informal traders may not sell fireworks without a permit.The City points out that fireworks may only be sold in sealed packages, as received from the suppliers. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to buy or let off fireworks without adult supervision. Residents are also encouraged to keep their pets safe on the day; please ensure that your pets are safely secured on your property, in familiar surroundings and out of harm’s way. To report the illegal sale or use of fireworks, call the Metro Police call centre on 0860-POLICE (765-423) or to the police on 08600 10111.

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BANDANA BUD­ DIES: Michael Kruse and Erin Davey, both Grade R pupils at Can­ nons Creek Inde­ pendent School in Pinelands, cele­ brated Bandana Day with their schoolmates last Wednesday – all in support of The Sunflower Fund, which works to get people on the South African Bone Marrow Reg­ istry. By donating bone marrow stem cells, these peo­ ple give a lifeline to those with life­ threatening blood disorders.Photo: Sup­ plied

SUNFLOWER POWER: The Grade 1s at the Grove Primary School in Clare­ mont also showed their support for The Sunflower Fund. Over 700 pupils and about 60 staff members came to school in their bandanas. HELPING OUT: The school’s Grade 5 stu­ dents were re­ sponsible for selling bandanas in the mornings for over a month. They went from class to class to ensure that eve­ ryone took part in the fundrais­ ing drive. Photos: Supplied

FOURTH SUPPLEMENTARY VALUATION TO THE 2009 GENERAL VALUATION ROLL (SV04) FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2011/2012 Notice is hereby given in terms of section 49 (1)(a)(i) of the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 (Act no. 6 of 2004), hereinafter referred to as the “Act,” that the Fourth Supplementary Valuation Roll to the 2009 General Valuation Roll (SV04) for the financial year 2011/2012 is open for public inspection at the venues as stated below as from 21 October 2011 until 30 November 2011. The forms for the lodging of objections are obtainable at these venues. In addition the valuation roll is available on the Council website as from 21 October 2011 (the address is provided below). Properties were selected to appear on the Fourth Supplementary Valuation Roll to the 2009 General Valuation Roll (SV04) Roll in terms of section 78(1) of Act if the property a) was incorrectly omitted from the Valuation Roll; b) has been included in the municipality after the last general valuation; c) has been subdivided or consolidated after the last general valuation; d) has undergone a substantial increase or decrease in market value since the last general valuation; e) was substantially incorrectly valued in the last general valuation; f) must be revalued for any other exceptional reason; g) of which the category has changed. In terms of Section 49(1)(a)(ii) of the Act, any property owner or person who so desires may lodge an objection with the municipal manager in respect of any matter reflected in, or omitted from the valuation roll, within the abovementioned period. Objections may only be lodged in respect of properties valued on the SV04 Roll. The owners of these properties will be notified of their SV04 valuations in writing at the postal address currently held on the City’s database. Attention is specifically drawn to the fact that in terms of section 50(2) of the Act an objection must be in relation to a specific individual property and not against the supplementary valuation roll as a whole. The forms for lodging an objection can be obtained from one of the venues listed below, and can be downloaded from the website. A separate objection form must be completed per property. DATE: 21 October 2011 – 30 November 2011

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ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

Tuesday 18 October 2011

MAESTRO: Chloe Fortuin (10), who attends Pinelands Primary School, achieved fabulous results in her exam with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music – she got 85%. Her proud grandfather, Edgar, is a mu­ sic teacher himself, and reg­ ularly enters students into the exam. He has achieved good results over the years, he says, but feels Chloe “made history this year” with her results. “Maybe we are looking at a future icon,” he says.


NEWS

Tuesday 18 October 2011

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Tutu adds punch to sexuality campaign A SMALL group of UCT students and staff have teamed up with civil society organisations and high profile individuals to bring the global It Gets Better campaign to Cape Town, with a collection of 18 videos providing messages of hope for youths under fire for having different views on sexuality.

state Hillary Clinton, UK prime minister David Cameron, actress Anne Hathaway, pop stars Adam Lambert and Ke$ha, and even companies like Facebook and Google. “If you experience discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, I want you to know that It Gets Better,” Tutu says. “There are people and organisations throughout this wonderful land that will support you. We should support one another as an act of true ubuntu.” Charlie Keegan, an actor in the South African film “Skoonheid”, reminds young people struggling with their sexuality that “the greatest people who ever lived were people who had to fight their way through times of pain and suffering and a feeling of hopelessness”. “What made those people great was their ability to overcome obstacles that brought the most pain and the most fear.” Nokubonga Yawa, the head of the Grade 9 Khayelitsha Youth Group at Equal Education, tells young people they are protected by the country’s constitution – “We have a right to sexuality, and no one has a right to discriminate.” And Nick Fenton-Wells, UCT’s rugby team captain, says, “We look to encourage sexual minorities who’d like to play rugby to approach the UCT Rugby Club. They are more than welcome.” The videos of the Cape Town arm of the It Gets Bet-

In response to the discrimination of youths with alternative preferences, the local project team, ranging from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to the captain of the UCT rugby team, wants to let youngsters in Cape Town’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community know that “It Gets Better”. A wide range of high-profile individuals and organisations have created videos for the campaign, including US president Barack Obama and secretary of

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GENERAL

Let the sky be your limit al kite – the Swaeltjie, or Swallow Kite – for the Heritage Kite Award. “We invite people to share ‘One Sky, One World’ in unity and friendship with people from all walks of Managed by Cape life,” says Ingrid DanMental Health in assoiels, director of Cape ciation with Heart Mental Health. “We 104.9FM, the event fill the sky with kites takes place on Saturas a reminder that day and Sunday on the mental health is imlawns surrounding portant for all people, Zandvlei in Muizenand that there is not a berg. The skies will be community, a counfilled with magnifitry or a culture where cent creations during people are not vulnerAfrica’s biggest kite able to mental illness festival, which ator mental disability. tracts over 24 000 visiThe Cape Town Intors, including kiters ternational Kite Festifrom Bali, England, val will run on SaturGermany, Indonesia, FUN WITH FRIENDS: Fish Hoek’s Abigail day from 10:00 to Italy, Switzerland and Schuman and Scooby Doo get ready to fly 18:00, and on Sunday the USA. ahead of the Cape Town International Kite from 09:00, so people Local enthusiasts Festival in Muizenberg. Photo: Eric Miller can watch the Rugby are encouraged to take World Cup final. along their own kites, or just enjoy watching There will be free parking at Muizenberg the colourful aerial extravaganza. With kite- High School in Windermere Road, and easy making, kite-flying, various kite competi- access by train to the False Bay and Muizentions, food stalls, kids’ rides and a full lineup berg stations. Entry costs R15 for adults and of entertainment, the organisers promise a R5 for children. All profits go directly to Cape wealth of fine family entertainment. Mental Health to support its free mental For one, the Boomerang Edu-Kite Schools’ health services for impoverished communiCompetition will bring together Western ties. The organisation extends heartfelt Cape children from 40 primary schools and thanks for the sponsorship and support of schools for those with special educational Boomerang, Cape Town Routes Unlimited, needs to decorate kites and take part in a Cape Town Tourism, Heart 104.9FM, Old Mumass fly. Boomerang will also host a variety tual, Peninsula Beverages, People’s Post, of activities for kids and the young at heart, Whale Watchers and SuperSport Let’s Play. including face painting, puppet and magic For more information on the festival and shows, balloon sculpting and interactive Cape Mental Health, visit www.capementalgames with Scooby Doo. health.co.za, www.facebook.com/CTOrganisers will also be looking for the best KiteFest, call (021) 447-9040 or email inexample of the Western Cape’s own tradition- fo@cmhs.co.za.

High school students get their eMzantsi Jumpstart THE eMzantsi Carnival community-building project has been bringing youths from diverse communities together to have fun since 2005. Now that the eMzantsi primary school “twinning programme” is well established in nine schools across the South Peninsula, the organisation is turning its attention to high schools. This year, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, eMzantsi has THE GANG: Seen here are the high school students piloted a development programme participating in the Jumpstart programme. called Jumpstart for students in Grades 8 to 10 at Masiphumelele, Ocean www.emzantsi.org.za. View and Fish Hoek High Schools. Jumpstart participants, donning fabueMzantsi staffers Earl Mentor, Khany- lous recycled costumes, will escort the eniselo Silo and Luke de Villiers recruited ergy puppet, “Solar”, in the upcoming sevaround 25 youths in promotional assem- enth annual eMzantsi Carnival on Saturblies at the high schools for Jumpstart day 3 December. programmes in the July and October holiJumpstart activities continue to take days. place every other Friday afternoon at the Coordinated by musician and theatre brand new Desmond Tutu HIV Foundadirector Janis Merand, the Jumpstart ses- tion Youth Centre, opposite Masiphumelesions featured two days of carnival work- le High School. eMzantsi is partnering shops in dance, drama and recycled crafts. with the youth centre to promote the Creative games, running with this range of health and counselling facilities year’s green Carnival theme “eMzantsi available at its clinic for youths. Goes BOS!”, encouraged the youngsters to Should funding applications be successget to know one another. ful, eMzantsi hopes to roll out the JumpYou can see a short video of the July start programme to all high schools on the Jumpstart, filmed by Lamla Dinga and ed- peninsula. ited by Deon Bing, at www.youtube.com/ Call the eMzantsi office on (021) 785-1515 watch?v=yqUheT2uEW8, and photos at for more information.

Flower power on display at St Francis THE St Francis Church in Simon’s Town will hold a flower festival on Thursday Friday from 11:00 to 16:00, and on Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00.

Entrance is free, but there will be a donations box at the door. For more information phone Beryl Kleynhans on (021) 786-3334.

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NEWS

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Tuesday 18 October Rondebosche: The Friends of Rondebosch Common host Dr John Rogers (previously of UCT) – who will discuss some of the interesting geology of the Cape Peninsula, including the Rondebosch Common – at 19:00 at the Guide hall in Alma Road. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Contact Sue on (021) 686-8968 or Joanne on (021) 685-3451.

Saturday 22 OCtober Pinelands: Cannons Creek Independent School, on the corner of Nursery Way and Princess Path, invites everybody to its annual craft market from 09:00 to 14:00. If you wish to hire a stall and sell your wares, contact Terri van Haght on (021) 531-5011 or at infohs@cannonscreek.co.za during school hours.

Sunday 23 October Rondebosch: The Friends of Rondebosch Common spring flower ramble starts at 11:00. Meet on the grass area on the Campground Road-side of the common. The outing is free, though donations are welcome. The Friends point out that the common will be wet in places, so wear wellies and take a windcheater. The walk will finish at 13:00. Cards and a book on the common will be on sale. Phone Sue on (021) 686-8968 or Joanne on (021) 6853451.

Tuesday 25 October Mowbray: The Claremont Cluster Community Policing Forum holds a meeting in the Hillcrest School hall in Bollihope Road, start-

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ing at 17:30. Advocate Melvin Cloete will talk about the problems faced by police in enforcing laws related to prostitution. For details phone Jonathan Hobday on (021) 689-9456. Mowbray: A double lecture, titled “Classical Music in Ancient Egypt Revisited”, will be given by Jos Koetsier, who comes from a family of professional composers and musicians, for The Egyptian Society of South Africa at 19:30 at St George’s Grammar School. Members enter free, while non-members pay R20. Secure parking is available on the school grounds. Phone (021) 557-5082.

Saturday 29 October Pinelands: The Methodist Church of SA Cape of Good Hope District’s Women’s Auxiliary will hold its 90th birthday celebration at the Methodist Church at 1 Union Avenue at 14:30. All members, past members or interested friends are welcome. RSVP to margie.gibb@mweb.co.za by Monday 24 October, or phone (021) 531-6540. Claremont: The Claremont Congregational Church holds a fete at 222 Main Road from 09:00 until 13:00. Everybody is invited to brows the numerous stalls selling food, white elephant items, secondhand clothes, cake, cheese, plants and more. Plenty of activities will be available for the children. Email ceridwyn.jamieson@gmail.com. Pinelands: A mini fete will be held by the Presbyterian Church from 07:30 until noon. Beautiful crafts, along with good food, books, bric-a-brac, secondhand clothes, plants and more, will be on sale. Phone Marie on (021) 531-8408. Claremont: Timbuktu Books, on the ground floor of Stadium on Main in Main Road, hosts the launch of “The Resplendent Illumination” by Allamah al-Habib Umar between 15:00 and 17:00. The book launch will be presented by Sh Abdurragmaan Khan, who will discuss the Mawlid, and there will be a recitation of the Mawlid and Qasaaid. Attendance is free. RSVP to info@timbuktubooks.co.za or call (021) 671-9819.

MOUNTAIN MAN: Andre Bredenkamp (right), South Africa’s chief Scouts commissioner – and the only South African to have climbed all of the world’s highest mountains, most recent­ ly Broad Peak in Pakistan – was the guest speaker at the recent annual sports awards dinner of Cannons Creek Independent School in Pinelands. Seen with the cliff­hanging legend are, from left: Mike van Haght (Cannons Creek principal) and Jed Johnson (Cannons Creek’s star rock climber). Photo: Supplied

Get on your bike THE Pedal Power Association, aligned with Transport Month, will hold its “Bike to Work Day” tomorrow (Wednesday) in a bid to get everybody to forgo their cars and cycle to work. “Using a bicycle to get to work is much easier than you think,” says a spokesperson.

“Apart from the obvious health benefits related to exercise, as well as savings relating to transport, there are some people who ride to work every day.” Driving is best for people who have to travel more than 10km per trip – “Anything under 10km and you are likely to be faster on a bicycle than in a car or bus,” the association says. For more information visit www.pedalpower.org.za.


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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 Wednesday 26 October 2011 at 10:00 in the Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. 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 on 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. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

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Tuesday 18 October 2011

Neighbours let their hair down THE RESIDENTS of Rondebosch’s Roseland Road, decked out in green and gold in support of the Bokke, put on a lavish street party to give neighbours in their street – and those of surrounding streets – the opportunity to get together and have a little fun. “The warm weather on the day echoed the warm and fuzzy feelings shared while eating, drinking and dancing in the street,” recalls resident Mark Abrahams. Matthew Kempthorne, the area’s new ward councillor, was also introduced to residents during the bash.

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LETTERS

Tuesday 18 October 2011

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Shining a light on ignorance

Ndabeni squatter update THIS anonymous message was received via People’s Post’s SMS line: “Pinelands residents: I fear we have made a grave mistake, voting our councillor Brian Watkyns in again. What is happening to the squatters opposite Ndabeni? This is privately owned land by the police department. Soon their brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins will join. Who will we vote for next?” Alderman Brian Watkyns responds: “I do not normally respond to anonymous correspondence of this nature, especially when it is ill-informed. This is instance, however, does

afford me an opportunity to update readers on this ongoing problem. I have enlisted the assistance of a member of Parliament, David Maynier, to help me get an update from the Public Works Department on its undertaking to remove the squatters. (Although we are all aware that the legal process may take some time). It is also important to note that the November meeting of Subcouncil 15 will be considering an application to rezone this property to enable the police to extend the existing emergency services unit and the Pinelands Police Station.”

Smelly headline headaches I MUST say I felt your headline, “City’s waste service ‘stinks’” (People’s Post, 11 October), completely over the top and unnecessary. You will probably find that the majority, including

myself, are perfectly happy with the collection service. BRIAN JOHNSON Pinelands

Let the mighty pen beat sword THE South African is a very complex spectator in their reaction in what they see, hear or read about in the media that has a positive or a negative effect on their country, community, family and themselves. There is a small minority – and it will always be the poorest community – who will protest in public in a mild or violent manner to, for instance, highlight non service delivery, but the middle or rich class will be vocal in the privacy of their homes behind closed doors, and these protests will only bounce off the walls, achieving nothing. The only time they use ink and become vocal – and then in a fierce patriotic manner – is if the issue is about sport, and this is only a game. Going back to the outdoor protesters, their actions in some cases result in criminal prosecution against them, and after that their original grievance gets no reaction or result. Therefore we can then come to the conclusion that their actions were fruitless, because the sword system was implemented and not the pen method. This week there were reports of corruption, poverty, unemployment, non service delivery and crime, and the community is once again asked to assist them in this fight, but we are

not told how. The only method that will get a response is the power of the the written word in the local newspapers or written correspondence to those who were mandated to head different departments. We should be heard through this medium with a vigorous continuous paper trail that will or can lead to a result. A well factual worded letter or article will compel others to realise the power of the pen and not the wreckage of the sword method. The best part of this written exercise is that it’s recorded for future reference purposes. We can give our opinions and possible solutions using this powerful medium to those in authority, and they must respond in writing. To show the power of the pen we must take note of the following quotes in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, in which it was stated, “...many wearing rapiers (swords) are afraid of goose quills (pens)”. We as ordinary citizens, writers, authors and journalists must use the power of the pen to expose corruption, fight crime, alleviate poverty and highlight the results of unemployment in a paper trail that forces results in a lawful, civilised manner. KEITH BLAKE Ottery

The big donation dilemma NOT a day goes by that some welfare organisation is not asking for funding from either the corporate world or the public. Sadly, charities have become businesses where donations have to be divided into office space, wages, transport and the charity itself receiving the smallest share. I have been doing community work for the past seven years, using my own home and motor car to collect and deliver numerous donations for the various projects I take on. All funding received goes directly to the donor’s preferred project. No money is given out, but necessities are purchased at the best prices available, and I do my homework. Shopping at a chaotic supermarket warehouse in Epping where I can buy in bulk at greatly reduced prices, I was able to put together a family meal for a month costing R60, excluding fresh produce. The parcels came with suggested preparation of meals for a balanced diet. It was a lot of work repackaging split peas, lentils, sugar beans, soup mix, soya stew and mielie meal,

but well worth the effort. Included in the parcels were tinned tuna, tinned baked beans, cooking oil, salt, spices, sugar, tea and biscuits. ePap the most nutritious cereal available, containing a cocktail of vital vitamins and minerals at a cost of R13,50 per month per child up to the age of six, ensures that all the nutrients required are ingested in 25g of ePap. Then so many charities are duplicating what is being done, which is such a waste of money. Twenty organisations running trauma units. Another 50 looking after vulnerable women and children. A further 50 running soup kitchens. How much further could donations go if there was one central outlet run by the hundreds of volunteers giving of their time and labour free of charge? I also have to wonder, if the public is doing so much for the disadvantaged, what is the government’s contribution? JO MAXWELL Pinelands

Appreciate our forgotten elders CHRISTMAS is almost here, and once again my heart goes out to all the forgotten parents and grandparents in the old age homes. I never had the opportunity to know my grandparents, as they passed on before I was able to get to know them. All that they want is to sit and chat. There is nothing worse than sitting in the old age

home, hoping and praying to see a familiar face. Please, people, appreciate what they have done for you. I would gladly change places with anyone who still has grandparents. DESIREE Mitchell’s Plain

THIS is a letter that congratulates Lynn Prins on the fine job she is doing enlightening the rugby fans – especially our women – about the rules that at times can be very complicated. I can assure you that a certain gentleman called Glen (People’s Post SMSes, 11 October) has no knowledge of the game, and if he did would be helping to explain how complicated the rugby rules are instead of criticising a sports writer who is doing her best to help us. Lynn, I hope that you are able to cover all the rules so that, at the end of the day, it would encourage the ladies to become referees. Then whenever the Bokke are playing they would get an honest interpretation of

the game and perhaps win a few games. I have spoken to another sports writer from a good newspaper about the rules and how it would benefit our women if these rules were explained to them so that women may also enjoy the game. I might have been speaking to the wall. Again, Lynn, well done and keep up the good work you are doing and ignore the criticism like water off a duck’s back. I shall be looking forward to your other articles on the rules so that one day you could collate them all together and print them in one issue for future reference and observation while watching the games. Many thanks, Lynn and well done! LESLIE WITTEN

The limits of animal welfare FIRSTLY, I would like to say that this letter is in no way a reflection of the staff at the SPCA. I found the administrators to be caring and sympathetic, and I admire them for the work that they do. My issue revolves around the policy that states that if you earn over R12 000, the SPCA can deny your animal medical care and refer you to a vet. I adopted a cat from a welfare organisation in Hout Bay four months ago. I have always felt that abandoned pets should be the first option when adopting. My cat was not feeling well last night, and I sat up with her all night to monitor her state. I did this because I felt her condition was stable, and I could not afford the exorbitant fees that after-hour emergency vets charge. A rough idea on what consultation could cost is around R600, and that does not include any medication. To administer a drip would cost around R2 000. So, after sitting up with my sick friend all night, I trekked along to the SPCA in Grassy Park at 19:00. I felt confident they would be able to assist, and they also opened up as early as 08:00. When I got there I was number two in the queue and was asked to fill out the paperwork, which asks for your personal details, including your salary details. I answered honestly, and upon submitting my form, I was told that they would not be able to assist me because of my income. The case was then escalated to the head administrator. I explained my story to her, and she confirmed that they would not be able to help me because of the SPCA’s policy on income, and that she would refer me to a private vet. I offered to pay for the cat’s treatment based on my income, but was still turned down. She was very sympathetic, and even offered to have the SPCA vet just have a

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look at her to give me peace of mind. The vet came in, said that the animal’s breathing wasn’t normal, and she needed to have consultation done quite urgently, but again they couldn’t assist me further. As any animal lover would know, irrelevant to income group, race or gender, when your little friend is sick, it is a very traumatising experience. My issue with this policy is, the SPCA is a welfare organisation that desperately needs funding. If people with a higher income bracket bring their pets in, shouldn’t they make allowances for these people? Surely they could do with the extra cash. I am in no way wanting to defraud the system or not pay for my cat’s visit. I just felt that by taking her to the SPCA she would get excellent care, and I could pay them for services rendered. In the end, I took my cat to the private vet that was recommended. The consultation and tests were estimated at just over R600, then there will surely be medicine expenses too. But the vet offers a payment plan, and was very helpful and comforting. Surely the SPCA could do with those funds? I feel that their “no welcome” policy to pet owners earning over the threshold is shortsighted and discriminatory. As a welfare organisation, it is my opinion that no animal should be turned away. An animal shouldn’t be made to suffer based on the income of their owner. Realistically, salaries are not a true reflection of income available for any person, with the current cost of living. I have always held the SPCA in a very high regard. I hope that someone who has the power to change this thoughtless policy reads this, and I ask all readers to say a little prayer for my cat’s health and recovery. AYESHA BAGUS


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LEADER

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Different, but equal THE development of a disabled workforce is an important part of a thriving, modern economy, and it seems only fitting in a country in which diversity is a main draw card. South Africa is said to have some of the most progressive laws and policies in the world, safeguarding the disabled and ensuring employment equity. It was disappointing last week to note media reports revealing that South Africa would need to double its efforts to reach its target of having 2% of its workforce comprise people with disabilities. Speaking at the Disabled People’s International eighth World Assembly in Durban last week, Lulu Xingwana, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, said only 0,9% of the country’s workforce was made up of disabled people. While excellent policies exist on paper, the question remains: how successful is the implementation? Are the spin-offs of these policies reaching those for whom the challenges of being disabled are very real? Are government officials like Xingwana doing enough to drive policies? And is society’s mindset changing rapidly enough to see a real integration of disabled into the workplace? Diversity in the workplace increases the odds of success for any business. A diverse workforce leads to the development of better ideas, and the presence or lack of this innovation can easily translate into sustainability or failure in challenging financial times. The disabled play a special role in making a positive contribution to any working environment, and initiatives like the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise’s Career Fair, launched last week, serves to breathe new life into the economy. This non-governmental organisation works toward sourcing rewarding work for the disabled, and showcased many success stories at the launch. Self reliance encourages confidence. Confident people – including the disabled – make for a healthy populace, and this, coupled with diversity, is good for economic growth.

Your SMSes What happened to privacy? DO residents realise what our government is doing to its citizens when it threatens and intimidates us with fines and imprisonment if we refuse to allow census takers to enter our premises? Fair enough, they have been trained and declared to be free of any criminal record. They are tasked to ask us over 70 questions in 45 minutes. No government can force me to give that kind of information to total strangers! What I picked up on the news smacks of the “big brother is watching you” scenario. We’re steering towards a total control by government over all aspects of our personal lives. I don’t think we elected the government to ride roughshod over our rights to privacy of personal information, mail and protection against identity theft. One government official said that the South African census is in line with other international countries, where taking a census

is normal. Okay, but we do not have to make that kind of comparison for obvious reasons – for example, the type of scams, frauds and crimes we find here that are different to those elsewhere. It is said that all the census takers have been vetted and have no criminal record. Fine! But anything and everything can be faked in South Africa, for example gangsters in SA police uniform hijacking an old lady. In the same way, the census takers’ bibs, IDs, permits, all can be faked. If Minister Fransman comes to my home, I will gladly let him in and answer those questions that will not lead to identity theft. Elderly people in our community are totally helpless, as the number of recent home invasions show. What happens to them when census impostors access them? Don’t laugh! The criminals would be stupid not to seize this opportunity, as they normally do. HERBERT SYRE

Getting back to the write stuff LAST week People’s Post ran a competition inviting readers to write a 300 word letter to stand a chance to win a Sheaffer Prelude 9137 Silver Shimmer Roller Ball with nickel plate trim worth R1 000 (“Win a Scheaffer with the write stuff,” 11 October.) In the headline the pen’s name was spelt incorrectly. People’s Post apologises for the error. •Sheaffer Pens is giving away a total of 10 pens – one for the winning letter in each of

our 10 editions. To enter the competition, email, fax or post your letters, marked “Sheaffer Pens”, to us by 15:00 tomorrow (Wednesday). The winners will be announced in People’s Post on Tuesday 25 October, and the winning letters printed in the paper. Email post@peoplespost.co.za, fax to (021) 713-9481 or post your entry to 240 Old Mutual Building, Main Road, Tokai, 7966.

Local thoughts . What happened to Pinelands’ municipality that our pavements are overgrown? A person can’t walk and enjoy the former Garden City. . A big thank you for the great service my family and I received at Panarottis in Kenilworth! The waiter was just great. Well done Maxwell Dute! With service so super we are going to be back with our friends. Five stars for Maxwell for excellent service! Thank you so much! Mrs Adams, Mrs Mitha and Mrs Harneker Dear Lynn . Thank you, Glen. It’s about time that someone taught Lynn Prins the correct terminology. Veronica Hopwood . Glen, rugby rules or rugby laws, so what! The world plays football, these fools play soccer. No wonder they lose when they draw. Now question the competition rules. They don’t question their attitude in the first place. With their dance they would do better at gymnastrada. Will.i.am . Well done, Lynn Prins. The ref didn’t beat the Boks, they beat themselves with poor finishing. But the supporters are the world’s worst losers and always blame the

ref. He’s only okay when the Boks win. They lost, so no excuses. Russell . The Boks deserved to lose. They are too cocky about how good they are. . The Springboks need a new coach! Disgusted . There’s a time to come and there’s a time to go; turned the Boks into a puppet show; Hoskins in hiding after de Umm went sliding; Bring back White and the Boks will be alright. LOL! Paws for thought . The incessant barking of dogs in Waterbury and Hemyork Streets is driving us mad. Law enforcement agencies, please intervene. . Good on the neighbour for braaiing, now contribute towards the meat and give up your barking dog. End of problem. HB By the way . What is the point of the census? And for whose benefit is is if government and the municipality can’t build enough affordable houses for the millions of homeless and those struggling to own one? And those with no fixed addresses? What about the asylum seekers? . Census 2011 starts, the government will start to count all of us, but the ques-

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Dancers break out the bronze THE Western Cape’s Mlindi Kulashe (19), originally from Nyanga, and Ashley Scott (17), from Hermanus, were awarded bronze medals in the male and female categories at the recent Genée International Ballet Competition, held at the Artscape Opera House. The competition, the flagship event of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), drew to an exciting close as dancers between the ages of 15 and 19 – hailing from all over the world – vied for supremacy in the sold-out two-day semifinals, culminating in a showdown at a jam-packed venue on the final day. “The warmth and enthusiasm that the RAD membership and ballet lovers in South Africa have exuded for the Genée has been phenomenal,” said RAD chief executive Luke Rittner, who handed out the awards on stage. “They have not only come out in numbers this evening to watch and support the young dancers, they have also orchestrated a remarkable number of events and activities all around the country to raise funds for the Genée.” The next Genée International Ballet Competition takes place in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2012.

Celebrate music and sun picnic baskets, chairs, blankets, umbrellas drinks and other refreshments. Tickets cost R50 per person. To book, or for additional information, please call Petro on (021) 674-5761 or 072 601 2848.

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SPRING STRINGS: Camerata Tinta Barocca will play at St Norbert’sin Rubbi Road, Kom­ metje, at 16:00 on Sunday. Soloists Vicente Espi and Quentin Crida will perform violin con­ certos by Vivaldi and Tartini, and there will also be works by Marini and Corelli. Wine and juice will be available at interval. Tickets, sold at the door, cost R90, R70 and R20. For further information call 083 684 7318. Photo: Supplied

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Win tickets to dazzling duet INTERNATIONAL stars Patrizio Buanne and Dana Winner will perform together on stage on Sunday at GrandWest’s Grand Arena in Cape Town. The Belgian Winner has more than 1,5 million album sales under her belt, and her first English language album was produced especially for her South African fans, whom she also surprised with various Afrikaans recordings. Crooner Patrizio, with sales in excess of 2 million albums, has now also recorded an album for South African audiences, with half the tracks in Afrikaans. Both artists will sing in English and Afrikaans during their Sunday show, and will come together in a new duet. The show starts at 17:00. Tickets are available from Computicket between R200 and STAR QUALITY: Dana Winner and Patrizio Buanne. R440. • Stand a chance to win a set of double SMSes cost R1,50. tickets show by SMSing the word The winner can collect their prize at the “PATRIZIO” to 34586 by noon on Thursday. Grand Arena on the night of the show.

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TOP­NOTCH: Mlindi Kulashe and Ashley Scott both won a bronze medal for their perform­ ance at the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition. Photo: Pat Bromilow­Downing

AN open-air concert will be held on Pneumatix Farm, near Somerset West, from 14:00 on Saturday. Artists on the bill include Harmonix, The Glenn Robertson Jazz Band and The Metro Big Band from the USA. Take your

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THE Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village in Green Point hosts its annual Design Now! pop-up furniture, décor and design exhibition from 27 October to 5 November. Curated and conceptualised by interior stylist Tracy Lynch using items available from retailers in the centre, the exhibition will give visitors a chance to experience three “textured, storytelling displays across three different contemporary themes” in the Quarter’s piazza areas. Opening with an auction of bespoke furniture and pieces by a group of top SA designers, the week will also feature a series of workshops and displays by decorators and design personalities such as Karen Suskin, Neil Stemmetand Jacques Erasmus. A live, on-site décor project will also see the transformation of the latest Old Mac Daddy Airstream into a finished product destined for Elgin. For more information visit www.capequarter.co.za or call (021) 421-1111. The Piazza can be found at 72 Waterkant Street, Green Point, and The Square at 27 Somerset Road. Entrance is free.

THE Baxter Theatre promid Kramer CD collection ises a spectacular event and signed poster, plus a with its fundraising extravcopy of the “Some Like it aganza, set to feature David Vrot” poster signed by the Kramer’s new musical cast; and gift vouchers comedy, later this month. from Cavendish Square. For its 2011 fundraising This is Kramer’s first big gala on Thursday 27 Octomusical since “The Kramer ber, the Baxter Theatre Petersen Songbook”, and it Centre in Rondebosche will sports elaborate sets and celebrate the work of South quick costume changes to African music legend Davkeep the fun alive on stage. id Kramer with a special Led by Marc Lottering, the event and a performance of 13 members of the starhis latest musical comedy, studded cast include Chris“Some Like it Vrot”. to Davids, Alistair Izobell, The event, which “promTerry Hector, Abduragman ises to be a mega party”, Adams, Larissa Hughes will help raise much-needand Jill Middelkop. ed funds for the 34-year-old The gala event kicks off theatre, an architectural with guests arriving at and cultural icon in the 18:30 to enjoy complimentaMother City. ry food and drinks accom“The Baxter does not repanied by some light enterceive a subsidy from gov- BAXTER BLISS: Marc Lottering and tainment. Guests will then ernment for operational Christo Davids will hit the Baxter proceed to watch the show costs, so we have to come up with “Some Like it Vrot” at the end at 20:00. with innovative and excit- of the month. Photo: Supplied The after-party will heat ing ways to make the theaup (with more food and tre sustainable, and we are delighted to see drinks) when local singing sensation The corporate and private sector supporting this Black Ties, featuring Lloyd Jansen, Keeno-Lee event,” explains fundraising and campaign and Chad Saaiman, croon the night away. The manager Johann Davis. trio will take guests on a music journey “We would like to encourage audiences to through the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Luther book early – in so doing they will enjoy a jam- Vandross, Earth, Wind and Fire, Lionel Ritchpacked evening of theatre, entertainment, ie, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and many food, drinks and a jol thrown in; they will also more. invest in the Baxter’s success while celebratTickets cost R280; book through Computicking one of our country’s finest artists and mu- et on 0861 915 8000 or at www.computicksicians. All proceeds will go towards the Bax- et.co.za. If you’d like to make a donation to the ter’s productions and projects.” Baxter Theatre Centre, please contact Johann A number of prizes are up for grabs, includ- Davis, fundraising and campaign manager, on ing: a pair of romantic two-night getaways in (021) 680-3983 or 083 299 2604, or at johann.dava deluxe suite at the four-star Lagoon Beach is@uct.ac.za. Hotel; a French perfume hamper; a signed • The production is not recommended for Marc Lottering DVD box set and poster; a Dav- children under 12 years old.

Tango down to Strawberry Fields THE award-winning Cape Town Tango Ensemble will perform on Wednesday 26 October at the Strawberry Fields, 19 Strawberry Lane, Constantia. The ensemble consists of Stanislav Anguelov (accordion and bandoneon), Jack Domagala (violin), Charles Lazar (double bass), and Albert Combrink (piano). Their concert will include evocative tango music by Astor Piazzolla, Salgan, Burli, and Plaza, as well as a few of their own composi-

tions. The venue is in a security estate. There is limited parking outside the house, and parking will be available in Strawberry Lane itself. Drinks will be served from 19:00, and the concert will start at 20:00. Tickets are R105. For bookings or further information phone (021) 701-7466 or 082 715 7813, or email info@lindberg-arts.co.za.


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HISTORY repeated itself this weekend – and now we will see France in the final with New Zealand. Perhaps the French will give the Kiwis the upset of 24 years ago. The weekend saw a tough match when the Welsh gave their all with just 14 men in a bid to defeat the French, after their captain Sam Warburton was sent off for a dangerous tip tackle. The end result was 9-8 in France’s favour. Over at the Wallabies camp, things were going horribly wrong, and some may say it’s a hiding well deserved after last week’s controversial refereeing. Evidently New Zealand were the better team, playing well under pressure – something Wallabies fly half Quade Cooper struggled to do. It seemed as if it was “Cooper versus New Zealand”, as hard tackles were pounced on him with two men charging at him at a time, and the crowd booed whenever he kicked the ball.

The end result to that game was 20-6, and Australia could just not get past the tight defence of their opponents. Another historic moment will go to Craig Joubert, who will be the referee at the final match on Sunday after a job well done this Saturday past. It will be his first time in charge of World a Cup final. On Friday, playoffs for third and fourth will take place between Australia and Wales at 09:30 at Auckland, and on Sunday the final takes place at the same venue at 10:00. Last week People’s Post explained what happens after the mark, and in-goals. This week, People’s Post will take a look at kick-offs and restart kicks. Kick-offs For the kick-off from the centre of the halfway line, you have a number of options. • A long kick-off is a boot deep into the opposition half, leading to good gain in ground but little chance of getting possession when the ball lands. Opposition can kick the ball back or run it back before you get there, so your initial gain in ground may

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SLIP UP: Steven Westraad of Pinelands watches helplessly as he is caught at slip by Tom Westly of Claremont dur­ ing the WPCA Premier League 1A match be­ tween Pinelands and Claremont at Pinelands Cricket Club on Satur­ day.

RUGBY GURU: Lynn Prins, sports reporter. Photo: Tammy Petersen with a drop kick from the centre of the ground. The ball must travel at least 10m. In some cases the game is restarted with a drop kick on the 22m line. It’s called a “drop out”, and can be taken anywhere along the 22m line or behind it. The drop kick simply has to cross the line before it can be caught or picked up. When a kick-off or restart takes place, other players must be behind the kicker when the kick is made. Next week People’s Post will sum up all the rules the paper ran through in previous editions.

Peninsula RFC gives thanks THE Peninsula Rugby Football Club in Lakeside will hold its thanksgiving presentation at Zandvlei for players and spectators alike on Saturday 29 October, starting at 12:00. For more information contact Norman Abrahams on 078 379 3794 or Peter Fischer on 073 873 9952.

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Bring on the bitter Breede LYNN PRINS

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HREE adventurous Cape Town-based swimmers will take on the Breede River at the weekend, starting their endeavour at the source of the river in Ceres on Saturday. The trio, who’ve been practising for their expedition for two years, upped the intensity of their training over the last six months with the Cape Dolphins Swimming Club, coached by Gary Freeling. For five months they swam 20km per week, and two months later increased their distance to 30km. Craig Torr, who came up with the idea for the adventure three years ago, will lead the expedition. He’ll be joined by Liz Webb, who is very experienced with open-water swimming, and has swum the Robben Island crossing with Torr on numerous occasions. “I also swam around Cape Point last year as part of training, where I did 10km,” says Torr. A tremendously excited Richard Willmore, the third member of the

READY: From left: Liz Webb, Craig Torr and Richard Willmore. Photo: Matt Stow

team, says the Breede River expedition will be a tough but exciting challenge. “We will swim over a pe-

riod of 21 days with an average of 15km per day,” he explains. “Our total will be 315km.”

SPLASH: Twenty schools from around the coun­ try took part in the SACS under­ 13 Water Polo Tournament, which started on Thursday and culminated in a final on Saturday. Five of the schools making the quarterfinals were from the Western Cape – namely SACS, Bishops, West­ ern Province Pre­ paratory, Ronde­ bosch and Reddam – with SACS, Rondebosch and Western Province moving on to the semifinals. The final game of four was contested between SACS and Durban Preparatory. After a gruelling three days, 97 games had been played – and Durban Preparatory emerged victorious. Seen, SACS player James Brewer launches an attempt at goal, with Joe Linley of Western Province Preparatory too late to stop him. SACS won this match 4­0.

Willmore adds that the water conditions will depend on the weather. “We will walk and swim for the first

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