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MAN’S BEST FRIEND: It’s that time of the year again! The an nual Pick n Pay SPCA Wiggle Waggle takes off from the Cape Academy of Maths, Sci ence and Technology in Fir grove Way, Tokai, on Sunday 2 December. The popular 4,5km charity dog walk at tracts thousands of walkers and their dogs in support of the SPCA. A discounted entry fee of R35 per person and R25 per dog will be offered to en trants who enter before Friday 30 November, while entries on the day will open at 07:00 and will cost R40 per person and R30 per dog. Registration is essential. Enter online at www.spcact.co.za; via email email@example.com or fax on 0 0866 743 356. Entry forms will also be available at selected Pick n Pay stores, lo cal vets, the SPCA in Grassy Park and SPCA Vet Shop in Plumstead. Here celebrities Liezel van der Westhuizen (right) and Kurt Schoonraad show off their pooches at last year’s walk. Photo: Supplied
Taxi crash claims four TARRENLEE HABELGAARN
A CASE of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Wynberg police after a minibus taxi accident claimed four lives.
Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, provincial police spokesperson, says the accident occurred on Sunday at 00:30. “Circumstances surrounding the accident are being investigated,” says Traut, adding: “No-one has been arrested yet.” Captain André Venter, spokesperson for Wynberg Police Station, says: “It is alleged that two other cars swerved in front of the taxi and caused it to lose control.”
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson Keri Davids says the accident occurred on the M5 in the direction of Wetton just after the Kenilworth turn-off. “A taxi overturned and landed on the grass, off the M5 next to a boundary wall. On arrival at the accident EMS rescuers did not find any of the injured trapped,” says Davids. EMS staff assisted those injured at the scene and transported them to the nearest hospital. Of the four who were killed, Davids says, three are women. They reportedly died on the scene. Davids says of those injured one woman was in a critical condition while another suf-
fered minor injuries. Eight women and two men suffered serious spinal tissue and soft tissue injuries. Four children were also injured in the accident, which is reportedly as a result of two other vehicles dicing. A woman is reported to have said two vehicles were speeding on the M5. She said the minibus taxi was not speeding at the time, according to a daily newspaper report. Davids says a boy sustained severe injuries and was in a critical condition because of suspected fractures, while two other boys had minor injuries. One girl was in a serious condition also due
to suspected spinal injuries and bruises. Davids says the children were transported to Red Cross Children’s Hospital by ambulance. The adults were transported to Victoria and Groote Schuur hospitals by EMS, ER24 and Netcare ambulances. Venter says: “Of the 16 people who were taken to hospital after the accident yesterday, eight have been discharged.” He added that no arrests have been made, but a case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Wynberg police. People’s Post tried to obtain the identities of the deceased, but was unable to do so at the time of going to print.
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IN CHARACTER: Jody Abrahams (Boet Pie terse) and Leon Kruger (John Smit) star in an upcoming TV series based on the Trek Net cartoon. Photo: Teresa Fischer
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BOBBING in the waves, the skuitjie (dinghy) contains two familiar figures – Boet and John of popular People’s Post cartoon strip Trek Net. Trek Net is being turned into a 13-part TV series by Kyknet and the cartoon characters are as alive as the film crew surrounding them. Jody Abrahams plays Boet Pieterse and John Smit is played by Leon Kruger, who also wrote the script. The character Wiseman Sithole will be played by Mbulelo Grootboom. Down at Kommetjie Beach, it is the third day of filming and conditions are perfect. It is warm and still with no sign of rain. The crew say on the first day’s filming in Kalk Bay, they had to contend with an unexpected lightning storm. Some are decked out in wetsuits, and they still need to be on their toes today. Someone’s cellphone plunges into a rock pool with an
the newspaper’s character.” Originally the cartoon characters were to be travelling the world. The name Trek Net was chosen to encompass “everything which falls within the net of life”, says Gomersall. The strip now appears in 18 publications in Africa and also a Norwegian newspaper. Asked if he ever suffers from “writer’s block” Gomersall says: “Every day is a struggle. I stare at a blank screen; it is the hardest challenge in my life. I try to write two a day, sometimes it can take me hours.” As he searches for subjects he says he is aware one cannot be funny to everyone all the time. He says being a cartoonist is not well-paid and Gomersall (58) has to multi-task. The part-time musician and sailor has written 11 children’s stories – sea-related adventures which he is hoping to get published in the future. .The series is being produced by Penguin Films, creators of Madam and Eve.
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ominous splash and soundman Luyolo Dambuza slips on the kelp and he, too, takes an unwanted dip. Filming is expected to continue for a month. Shoot locations include Simon’s Town, Ottery, Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. Dave Gomersall, creator of the cartoon, is on set. “I feel incredibly honoured; it is so humbling. It is a dream which is becoming a reality,” he says, adding the actors are naturals. Each episode will be a story, featuring the typical banter between Boet and John. Gomersall says it will be a mixture of action, comedy and drama, but adds the humour contains meaningful messages – it is not just slapstick. The cartoon was born in pages of People’s Post eight years ago. Gomersall and artist Gavin Thomson accidentally went to the wrong office and former People’s Post editor Annelien Dean seized the chance. Gomersall says: “We were enthused by her delight. She loved the concept, but asked us to give the strip a local theme in keeping with
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Upmarket touch to Kenilworth TARRENLEE HABELGAARN
DEVELOPERS are taking old buildings and giving them a fresh look in a proverbial New York minute. Property developer John Rabie is taking one of Kenilworth’s grand old dames and transforming it into a New York-style apartment block, complete with uniformed concierge, high-tech security and a luxurious lap pool area in a multi-million rand deal. Signatura, a new private-label property company of Rabie’s, has unveiled its first suburban project, called Robyndale, in Kenilworth. They anticipate this new development will be spearheading a mini boom for the suburb after selling out its first two developments in Vredehoek. “Like Vredehoek, Kenilworth is a very attractive area for new homeowners and investors alike and offers superb value,” says Rabie. He grew up in the area and says it has always been a good area for schools, shopping and is appealing to a variety of people. “There is a cross section of young, old, active and family-orientated (people).” Rabie says there is very little valuable land available and, by reviving old buildings and not taking virgin land, they are able to sell at half the price they would normally. It also gives clients the opportunity to become homeowners at an affordable price. Not only has Rabie designed these apartments to be affordable, but to
create a lifestyle for residents. “Like the best apartment blocks in Manhattan, we will have a permanent concierge service on duty in the fully refurbished ‘porte cochere’ (an undercover passageway) to help residents with visitors, deliveries and so forth. “The foyer will be a warm and inviting space, with artwork to make you feel like you’re at home,” says Rabie. He says Signatura is polishing an “old treasure” in Robyndale and offering it at excellent value. “We are spending millions to upgrade security, modernise some key architectural features with the help of renowned architect Juan Bernicchi and putting in a pool with a gazebo for residents, set in a large indigenously landscaped garden,” says Rabbie. Signatura’s “groundbreaking” model for Robyndale offers buyers the option to buy apartments as is or refurbished with contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. Rabie feels this gives owners the freedom to choose what suits their pockets and tastes. “We can take the hassle out of having to coordinate builders or allow buyers to do their own thing. This new development gives buyers luxury at an affordable price.” Ward councillor Ian Iversen says he is very pleased to have the upgrading of old buildings taking place in the area. “I think it is going to have a knockon effect and will add value to the area,” says Iversen. “I welcome the new residents who will be joining the area.”
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Growing better futures at havens JUANITA WILLIAMS
ORGANIC gardener Michael Valentine is on a mission to grow food and save the planet. Trained by Pat Featherstone at Soil for Life in Constantia, Valentine is now concentrating on developing gardens at all the Haven Night Shelters.
He has already established an abundant garden at the Wynberg Haven Night Shelter where he farms veggies, herbs and flowers in door size plots. Once part of the car park, the land has been walled in and is being farmed intensively. As part of this project, Valentine is teaching homeless people how to create an organic gar-
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New toys for traffic officers TARRENLEE HABELGAARN
TRAFFIC officers will be hot on the heels of offenders with the help of the “Hulk” and the Ghost Squad. Cars travelling on the M5 at noon on Wednesday hit bumper to bumper traffic as the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, launched Traffic Services’ enormous mobile traffic centre – also called the “Hulk” – and Highway Ghost Squad Unit at an event held between Kromboom and Klipfontein Roads. This Highway Ghost Squad is a five-man unit that will concentrate on traffic violations causing collisions along the N1, N2, M3, M5 and R300. They also got new motorbikes. “They have been operating for five weeks and have already reported 229 unlicensed drivers on the road, 99 people failed to have their license and 22 drivers driving under the influence,” says Merle Lourens, spokesperson for the City’s traffic department. Smith says since the launch of the ghost squad units, the use of the unmarked, multicoloured fleet allowed officers to apprehend errant drivers unaware and with great success. However, he also says with the increase in the number of road users and a growing disregard of certain traffic rules, the situation on freeways had become a growing concern and city traffic services needed to intervene. “Most road collisions are caused by highrisk moving violations which include reckless or negligent driving, drunk driving, speeding, overtaking in dangerous circumstances and a failure to provide for sufficient following distances”, says Smith. At the event, the traffic department had a full vehicle check point and while People’s Post was there, many fines were issued on the spot as well as people with outstanding warrants were stopped. They also had the
“Hulk” on site. “Hulk is a 26-wheel vehicle that was donated to the City and has since been converted into a mobile traffic centre which is equipped to be linked to the Electronic National Traffic Information System (e-Natis) and is able to process warrants on site. Its estimated value is approximately R2 million”, says Smith. The vehicle was donated to the City by a technological firm and was recently transferred to traffic services. The front trailer houses the generator to supply all the electrical power to the on-board equipment. The right side of the rear trailer slides out to provide extra seating for the public and there is a hydraulic lift at the back to enable handicapped persons to access the “Hulk”. To access information and function effectively, it is equipped with an IBM server, administrator station, five computers, two TVs, four internal speakers, two external speakers, an amplifier, sound mixer, microphone, DVD player and an air conditioner. “The mobile traffic centre will travel the Cape metropolitan area and be used at major events, roadblocks including drunk driving roadblocks, special enforcement operations and for public relations campaigns,” says Smith. “The advantage of processing a warrant on site is that a person will realise the consequence of a warrant of arrest and not responding to a court date, when it is served on them.” He says when a person is found to have outstanding warrants, a copy of the warrant, signed by the magistrate of the court concerned, is printed to effect the arrest. The person has the option to pay the amount as stated on the warrant on site, via the cash facility. “If a motorist has a double contempt of court warrant outstanding, they will be arrested immediately and taken to the police”, says Smith.
THERE IN A FLASH: The new Highway Traffic Ghost Squad will be operating on the N1, N2, M3, M5 and R300 and can quickly respond to incidents thanks to their new bikes.
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Local heroes scoop awards JUANITA WILLIAMS
SUBCOUNCIL 20 paid tribute to individuals and groups who have done outstanding work in their communities at the fifth Civic Honours Presentation at the Alphen Council Chambers in Constantia. Chairperson Ian Iversen says: â€œSince the commencement of this programme a total of 36 individuals and four groups have been singled out for recognition. When one listens to the news or reads a newspaper these days, the depressing stories shake our faith in fellow human beings. â€œHowever, there are many people prepared to take up the challenge of addressing matters concerning security, environment, care of the young and old, arts, civic affairs, sport and protection of animals. They offer their limited free time, energy and skills without asking to be financially recompensed.â€? Councillors Jan Burger (ward 72), Carol Bew (ward 73), Elizabeth Brunette (ward 62), Penny East (ward 71), Matthew Kempthorne (ward 58) and Ian Iversen (ward 59) chose and presented awards
KEEPING SAFE: Doug van der Horst received the award on behalf of the Rosebank NeighÂ bourhood Watch in ward 58 from counÂ cillor Matthew Kempthorne (ward 58). The Watch transformed RoseÂ bank Village Green into a friendly space and underÂ took a project to slow down reckless drivers at the Sawkins Road CirÂ cle.
to their local heroes. Iversen chose Ann Barr, organiser of the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival which has been held at the Baxter Theatre since 1999. She also started the Marimba Festival and has provided wonderful opportunities to showcase the musical talents of children in local schools. The festivals assist in raising funds for musical education, and purchasing instruments for students in schools and colleges. Iversen also singled out Michael Townshend, leader of the Friends of Paradise Park, for an award. Iversen praised the Friends for restoring and upgrading the municipal park and making it a safer place for the community. â€œBecause of their sacrifice, tireless work and community spirit the park is now safer and more peoplefriendly.â€? Kempthorne chose David Silvertsen, whom he described as a one-man powerhouse who keeps an eye on the parks of Little Mowbray. Silvertsen is also treasurer of the Civic Association and helped to start the Friends of the Black and Vygerkraal rivers.
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the influence.” He says a new security company has been appointed, a new fence has been erected around the property and the police have been informed about these concerns on a number of occasions. Chairperson of the Maitland Community Police Forum and Garden Village resident, Charnell Hendricks, confirms the community has “major problems” with the eco village. According to Hendricks, substance abuse is the key issue at the village and the new fence came about as a result of a request from residents to the City of Cape Town in an attempt to separate the residential area from the eco village. The eco village and Maitland Garden Village are separated by Perseverance Road. “The City recently installed this palisade fence around the eco village, but it is not enough as there are children still gaining access to the village,” Hendricks says. The community is now requesting that proper access control be conducted at the eco village to prevent children from getting “easy access to drugs”. Hendricks says: “As a community, we really need to find out who is running the show at the eco village, because we cannot allow our children to be corrupted with these illegal activities.” Human adds: “There are many suspicions and allegations against the village, but we do request police to come onto the property and conduct patrols, which they often do.” Station Commander for Maitland Police, Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Hermanus, explains that with the festive period almost in full swing, concerns of drugs and illegal consumption of alcohol will be raised. “We have discussed this problem in the CPF meeting and discovered that people are now in a festive mood and there will be instances where people do not follow the law. This is something we will be monitoring regularly at the eco village,” she says. Hermanus adds that police were also informed about the drugs being used at an empty block of flats inside the village, but police applied for a search warrant and quickly attended to the concerns. “We will be stepping up patrols in this area because of the festive period,” she adds.
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Offroadster brings versatility LIAM MOSES
THE adage “looks can be deceiving” applies perfectly to the Daihatsu Terios OffRoad. While the compact, shortwheelbase offroader is no ugly stepsis ter in the aesthetic department, at first glance few would expect it to match the capabilities of the larger and more costly 4x4s on the market. Surprisingly, it does just that and in many ways surpasses the competition. The Terios OffRoad is as comfortable on smooth tar as it is on uneven ground, and it handled both surfaces well during the test drive. The potholes and ridges of Main Road Diep River seemed nonexist ent and the bumpy, undulating terrain of a field in Roscommon Road were also no match. Standing at 10cm shy of 1,7m tall and just over 4m long, it is rela tively small for a 4x4. But in this case, that smaller stature could be viewed as a positive factor when taking into account the everincreasing cost of fuel and the versatility of the vehicle. The OffRoad was released in 2010 as a supedup and toughened up version of the regular Terios and has several improvements on the standard car, including a freeflow exhaust, sidestep, bullbar and fog lamps. It also offers increased power, with the kilowatt output upped to 90 from the 77 of the standard model. Dynamite, in this case, comes in a small package. Despite the increased power and weight added to the car by the extras, the fuel economy has not suffered too badly and the 1.5l en gine consumes around 8l of petrol per 100km, only 0,6l more than the standard vehicle. The car has all the bells and whistles and comes standard with a DVD player, GPS, aircon, power steering, roof racks, alarm, electric windows, electric mirrors, heightadjustable lenses in the head lights, Bluetooth connectivity and several other features. Another added benefit to the car is that it is manufactured by Toyota and comes with the same engine as an Avanza VVT. The Terios can climb a curb just as well as it climbs an incline and still fit into the tighter parking spaces, making it useful for anyone who spends time in both the city and country. Although the R284 995 price tag could scare off potential buyers, the features mean that it could be value for money to anyone with an active lifestyle.
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Thrillaminute Landy experience TARRENLEE HABELGAARN
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Added value makes Hayabusa soar
SHE’S A BEAUT! Suzuki’s new Hayabusa.
ANOTHER chapter in the legend of the world’s fastest superbike is about to be written with the announcement of a couple of important new features on Suzuki’s Hayabusa. The idea is to keep the bike at the top of the tree for the 2013 model year. For me, it’s hard to believe Suzuki’s celebrated superbike (named after the Japanese Peregrine falcon) has been with us for nearly 13 years – but it has. Image gallery That’s right, it was more than a dec ade ago, back in 1999, that Suzuki shook the bike world with the announce ment of the ’Busa, a bike that combined massive thrust, unmatched manoeuvra bility and a silkysmooth ride on city streets or the open road. Just like a heavyweight boxer, it’s muscular yet surprisingly agile. While riders rarely need to call on its full punch off the line, the superabun dant power and fleetfooted perform ance inspire confidence in everyday rid ing. If you ever needed more tangible proof of it being the fastest standard production superbike yet made it’s worth recalling that at the inaugural South African speed trials held at Haks teen Pan near Upington in the Northern Cape a few weeks ago only two motorcy
cles managed to go faster than 300km/ h barrier: a pair of Hayabusas! Beneath that sweptback design beats that glorious Suzuki Hayabusa motor. The resonating feel of pure power evokes an attitude of bold authority from both machine and rider. Through many engineering refinements of the original design, the Hayabusa spirit has en
dured. Its incomparable performance deliv ers a fun and sporty ride at any speed, setting the bar high for rivals and defin ing “the ultimate sport bike”. I well remember taking a roadtest unit to a Buffalo Rally in Aliwal North back in 1999, taking in a near country wide trip of nearly 1800km over that
long weekend. The bike was certainly the quickest I’d ever ridden; factor in some of the world’s best biking roads between KZN and the Eastern Cape and you have a ride that sits well in this bik er’s memory. That restrained, refined energy is the presence that turns heads when a Haya busa and rider pass.
During its short history the ’Busa has evolved yet stayed true to its concept – the very pinnacle of highperformance motorcycles. Its sensational power, speed, smooth ride and overwhelming presence continue to fascinate owners and onlookers. Using what is widely regarded as the best braking componentry on the mar ket, the 2013 GSX1300R Hayabusa now has Brembo Monoblock calipers with a new lightweight antilock braking system as standard that will confidently rein in the potentially ballistic speed of the bike. The system will give future riders way greater confidence. Fast as it is, the Hayabusa is equally at home on the highways or city streets. The low centre of gravity that lets it con quer winding roads also makes Hayabu sa a nimble urban predator. Then there’s its highquality finish and attention to detail. The bold design also gives it a unique aura and formidable presence not found on other bikes. Whatever, the new features men tioned above are sure to appeal to lone riders cruising the highway as well as touring couples. . Offered in three new colour schemes, the revised Hayabusa should reach South African showrooms as early as the first quarter of 2013, but the price still has to be officially calculated. – Wheels24
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Feisty Ford Figo
FORD’S Figo gets a rocking new look in line with the automaker’s “kinetic design” language and a number of extra interior features, including the addition of Bluetooth to certain models, all without a price hike.
The Figo, based on the previousgeneration Fiesta, is available with two engines: the 1.4litre Duratec petrol (62kW/127Nm) and turbodiesel Duratorq (51kW/160Nm). Both are fitted with fivespeed manual trans missions. There are two trim levels – Ambiente base and Trend highspec models – with both incorporating the new design elements. The Figo’s lower grille has been revised while the upper section adds chrome detailing. Head and tail lamp clusters are new, too, while fog lamp housings are more aggressive. There are fresh wheel designs. The Ambiente’s cabin adds a new pattern for the seat fabric and a Dynamic Blue centre stack bezel. The Trend’s enhancements include new seat upholstery and the addi tion of Bluetooth to supplement the Figo’s incar entertainment system incorporating radio, CD, MP3 and iPod functions. The system also allows for the connection of cellphones via the car’s audio system and contacts and call history can be managed through the vehicle display. The Figo might be an entrylevel model, but its safety features are top notch, incorporating dual front airbags, antilocking brakes and elec tronic brakeforce distribution. Gavin Golightly, Ford SA marketing manager, said: “The Figo’s contem porary design, solid performance credentials and desirable safety fea tures are refreshing for a vehicle in its class. “It is wellpositioned as a valueformoney prospect and with the addi tion of some new enhancements its overall appeal is further cemented.” The Figo comes with a fouryear or 120 000km warranty and a fiveyear corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 20 000km for petrol derivatives and 15 000km for diesel. Prices:1.4 Ambiente – R118 670; 1.4 TDCi Ambiente – R132 620; 1.4 Trend – R130 080. – Wheels24
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Showing off their metal
A COMMUNITY car show was recently hosted by SSJ Concepts at Maitland High School. Stylish cars, fun and great food were the highlights of the day.
EYECA EYECATCHING: TCHING: A modified Ford Bakkie wowed the crowds.
LINEDUP: A row of shiny BMW racing cars attracted lots of attention.
PULL! The day had some funfilled events lined up, such as a tugofwar.
BRIGHT AND BREEZY: Some car owners could not wait to show off their cars’ awards.
HAVING HA VING FUN: A large crowd turned up to catch a glimpse of Cape Town’s finest cars.
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MORNING LAUGHS: The awards breakfast started off with some fun and laughter at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant. Photos: Tauriq Hassen
HELPING OTHERS: Carol Bosch from Self Advocacy Supporters, Khetiwe Nkuna from the Momentum CSI Fund and Cape Mental Health board member Baba Zide spent the afternoon meeting new people and celebrating the winners’ achievements.
THE prestigious South African Federation for Mental Health National Awards were recently hosted at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant. Awards were handed to individuals and projects for special contributions as well as outstanding programmes to support people with mental disabilities. People’s Post was there to capture the moment.
AT THE FOREFR FOREFRONT: ONT: The award recipients proudly show off their certificates. The winners are from various organisations and groups.
HARD WORKERS: WORKERS: From left are Cape Mental Health’s David Lotz, Alan Crisp and Wayne Burton, patiently waiting for break fast to be served.
SPECIAL MENTION: The Cape Mental Health Self Advocacy Supporters received a special award for their efforts and hard work. From left are the organisation members Shamila Own house, Carol Bosch and Santie Terreblanche.
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Walking away from the pain TAMMY PETERSEN
IT started with a shove. Sheila had been married to Tony for less than a year when they had their first heated argument. “He didn’t like what I was wearing,” she says. “I ignored it because he had never been violent towards me before.” That was 10 years ago. Today, Tony is in jail for assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm after he nearly beat her to death with an iron. The iron was still hot. Sheila’s story could be that of thousands of women around the country, but one mostly only whispered by those who hear their neighbours’ terrified screams at night. Sunday saw the launch of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, an annual event which aims to spread the message that abuse is a scourge which shouldn’t be swept under the carpet. Sheila, a perfectly groomed secretary in her late 20s, doesn’t strike one as a victim. She is confident, intelligent and independent with a defiant, strong air about her. “Looks can be deceiving,” she says, with a wry smile. “I went through hell with that man, but I came out stronger thanks to what he put me through.” She married the diesel mechanic when she was only 19; two months after taking the plunge, she fell pregnant with their eldest daughter. “I was a housewife; Tony believed women
were meant to be homemakers and bear children. Money was sometimes tight and although I wanted to contribute to our income, I had to stay home and do my ‘female duties’.” She was about seven months pregnant when her husband found out she had started applying for work. “I was interested in temp jobs or ‘work from home’ offers. Tony found my CV and accused me of wanting to find ways to meet men. He came pretty close to smacking me that night. I dismissed it; I told myself he had probably had a bad day at work.” About a month after their daughter was born, he shoved her down the stairs. “We had a stupid argument about supper and he lost it. He grabbed me and tossed me down the eight stairs at our back door. When he realised what he had done, he cried, said it was an accident and begged me to forgive him. I did – I didn’t know any better.” But the abuse escalated. “He started smacking me, and later he would beat me with his fists in front of our children. The worst beating came after I spoke to an elderly neighbour and he told me he could see we were having an affair,” Sheila says. “The man was old enough to be my father.” Despite family and friends pleading with her to leave Tony, she blamed herself for what she was going through. “This wasn’t the man I married,” she says. “I would always tell myself I was wrong and I was the cause of his behaviour. Who else could make such a good man so angry that he would do such terrible things?”
The beatings continued for years – for everything from missing socks to looking at another man – until that day he came after her with the iron. “He wanted a sandwich and I asked him to give me a few minutes to finish ironing his shirts. When I looked up, he charged at me like a raging bull, grabbed the iron from my hands and started swinging it at me,” she says. Sheila woke up the next day in hospital. “My arms were burnt and I was black and blue. I don’t know why it took me so long to see I had married a mad man. He was deranged. My children were traumatised and I was a shadow of who I used to be. That was the day I decided I would never be his punching bag again.” She laid a charge and Tony was arrested. “He apologised for his behaviour about 100 times, but I had made up my mind. When that didn’t work, the threats started. I knew I would probably lose everything, but this wasn’t about me any more. It was about my children and what they were being taught. What example would I be setting? That it’s okay to be a man’s rag doll? I knew better,” Sheila says, fighting back tears. More than a year after taking a stand, Tony was convicted of the assault. “I don’t know and don’t even care what the sentence was. I got a divorce and told myself I would rather be a single parent than be dead.” Although she doesn’t live the comfortable life she once had, she is happy to have a place to sleep – peacefully. She now works as a secretary at a manufac-
DESPAIR: Each day women are abused, dam aging them physically and emotionally as this posed image illustrates. turing firm and lives with her elderly parents. “And I have met a new man,” she says. “He is good to me and my children and wouldn’t even think of hurting me. He shouldn’t consider it either – I learnt karate!” Sheila laughs. While she now knows how to hit back, she advises women who are in her “old shoes to buy a new pair”. “No man is worth your pain or tears,” she says. “There are so many good, kind gentlemen out there. All you have to do is find him.”
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FESTIVE LIGHTS SWITCH-ON 2012 Sun 2 December 15:00 Grand Parade
FREE concert featuring LIRA, Freshlyground, Jimmy Dludlu,
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Our entire festive season programme of events is available on www.capetown.gov.za/ctfestivelights #CTfestivelights We work together to build a city that we can enjoy together.
IT has been two weeks since the unveiling of the new bank notes and, already, incidents of counterfeit notes have been reported. The new notes, which proudly displays the face of former president Nelson Mandela, should have the following features: . A watermark of Madiba on the left when held in the light; . A watermark of the animal on the back when held in the light; . The denomination numeral appears in micro-lettering in the animals to Madiba. It can only be seen through a magnifying glass; . Unique serial numbers are printed at the back of each note; . At the touch of the note, you should feel raised printing in certain areas; . There are raised lines at the bottom of the notes for the visually impaired; . A security thread will change colour when tilted; . The number at the bottom right is printed with colour-changing ink; and . When held horizontally to your eyes, the denomination numeral appears in the band below Madiba.
Free Xhosa lessons ARE you interested in learning Xhosa? Why not join Grant Solomon for free beginners classes at libraries across the southern suburbs every week. Athlone Library will host the lessons every Monday at 15:30. Lessons at Retreat Library will be held every Tuesday at 16:00, while lessons at Tokai Library will be held at 18:00. Every Thursday Solomon offers lessons at Rondebosch Library at 16:00 and Claremont Library at 17:00. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Solomon on 072 962 0734.
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Come wine with me TOP wines, top honours and barrels of fun. The annual Diners Club Winemaker of the Year awards was held in Franschhoek earlier this month. Guests made sure they wore their finest to compliment the fine wines and enjoyed an evening of celebrating the best winemakers of the year. A good time was had by all as they sipped on a glass of wine or shared a laugh between friends.
CHEERS: Charl and Suzanne Coetzee (left) with Adele and Benard le Roux (right) raise a glass.
DECKED OUT: Arnold and Alisha Dippenaar the epitome of sleek chic.
TOASTING: Bartho Eksteen, Monique van Heerden and Matthew van Heerden toast a glass. Photos: Supplied
HAVING FUN: Nomonde Kubheka, Dr Bhadra Ranchod and Neo Letuma enjoying their night out.
SOCIALISING: From left Gayle and Nick Dav ies with Chantal Lascaris.
EXCITED: Sue de Groot, Neil Pendock and Sam Rodgers were happy to attend the event.
FUN TIMES: From left, Ossie Sauermann, Jane Ledger, Marisa Logan and Clayton Reabow.
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Barring love? A TOTAL of 17 babies are reportedly jailed with their mothers in this province. Correctional Services Inspecting Judge Vuka Shabalala has expressed concerns about the number of children raised in prisons. People’s Post interns Luzuko Zini and Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn polled readers to hear if mothers in prison be allowed to have their babies with them or if they should be raised by next-of-kin or social services. To see the videos of the readers’ views, visit www.peoplespost.co.za.
BETTER HOME: Shandray Lewis believes there should be a more suitable alternative for the child. “They can put the child in a home where someone else can take care of the child.” Photos: Luzuko Zini and Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn,
DEPENDS ON TIME: John Thomas says it de pends on the sentence the person is serving. “If the mother is serving a long sentence then the father or a family member should have the child. If the sentence is under two years then they should be allowed to keep the baby.”
MOTHERS’ CARE: Erik Rienderhoff feels a child should be with their mother no matter where the mother is or what the circumstanc es are. “No one can care for a child the way a mother does; it is a mom thing.”
NO EASY ANSWER: Philip van Niekerk says he isn’t sure whether or not mothers should have their babies with them in jail. “If there are 100 women in jail and all those babies have to be given to social workers, the homes will fill up. On the other hand it could also be that the chil dren don’t get adopted and then it would be better to have left them with the mother.”
GIVE THEM UP: Catherine Rabie says: “I think they should give the children up for adoption because prison is not good for the baby.”
LAW STEP IN: Hayley Pieterse says having chil dren in a prison is a bad idea. However, having grown up without a mother herself she says she knows how harmful and traumatic that can be to. “The law should care for children and incor porate a system that will best benefit the child.”
WHY PUNISH THE CHILD? Allistair Muller says he feels a child should not grow up in a prison environment as it would be taking their free dom away as well. He says it might leave scars for the child to grow up in such an environment. “To take away a child’s freedom is the biggest crime.”
Where have the leaders gone?
THERE is an old story about an Irish politician who left a celebration to join a protest march. “Excuse me,” he said, “but there go my people. I must find out what they are protesting about so I can lead them.”
The modern version of this story is the politician who watches the opinion polls to see what people think or want and then makes the necessary promises. And this, in a nutshell, is why the world is in such a mess. The principle goes back to Roman times when the politicians knew they could keep the peace by providing free bread and circuses for the people of Rome. It worked, but they had non-voting slaves to do the hard work and the wheat for the bread was shipped in from their conquered territories, mainly Egypt. In the modern world we have had a succession of politicians promising more and more to gain votes and the spoils of office. In France they have reduced the working week to 35 hours and now they wonder why they can’t compete with South Korea which still has a five-and-a-half-day working week. So they have moved a lot of their manufacturing off-shore and parts for their cars are made in low-wage or hard-work countries. Some models are even assembled in India. They export jobs and wonder why there is an unemployment problem. In Greece the retirement age was reduced to 58 when it should have been increased to 68 because people live longer and have become a greater burden on pension funds and the health care system. In the US (former president) Bill Clinton pushed the financial institutions into lending money for new homes to people who were bad risks and would not qualify in the nor-
mal way. No doubt it won him votes, but it also lead to the subprime crisis and a financial melt-down. In the UK people have become expert at milking the social benefit system and they are finding that it is hard to take away benefits granted in more prosperous times by short-sighted politicians. All this has happened because real leaders have been replaced by opinion-pole politicians who are actually followers of the mob, like that Irish politician I mentioned. And no wisdom ever came from a mob. We have seen some astonishing attempts to appease mobs in this country in recent months. All this is why there is so much talk about a lack of leadership. Real leaders are concerned about the long-term future of their countries, not short-term political gains. They are prepared to do unpopular things because they are the right things to do. And, most important of all, they are able to make people understand why it is necessary to take tough measures now to ensure a better future. They move ahead of the opinion polls and lead. The new president of France wants to lengthen the working week. If he can sell the idea it will be an example of good leadership. In this country we face some outrageous demands from workers. A real leader would make them understand they are pricing themselves out of the market and machines can do many of the jobs and work 100 hours a week without complaint. And that appeasement creates even greater problems for the future.
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THE highly entertaining and popular family musical The Little Mermaid comes to the Baxter Flipside stage this festive season from Tuesday 4 December to Friday 5 January.
The shows from Mondays to Saturdays are at 10:00 and noon daily. After a sell-out season at the Canal Walk Theatre this winter, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer’s acclaimed musical version of this much-loved story promises be a festive treat for the entire family. Based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the musical is brought to life with sumptuous costumes, inventive sets, gorgeous puppets and a collection of catchy original songs. Featuring singing clams and big-lipped jelly-fish, witty dialogue and foot-tapping tunes, the show is set to capture the imagination of all ages. Abrahamse directs the stellar cast of six performers, showcasing some of South Africa’s finest musical theatre talents led by Thalia Burt (Hairspray, A Chorus Line) in the title role as the Little Mermaid. The award-winning Earl Gregory (Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar,
Dreamgirls, High School Musical) reprises his role as the lovable lobster. The jealous and evil Sea Witch is performed by Candice van Litsenborgh, wellknown for her roles in Assassins; Show Boat; I Love You, You’re Perfect ... Now Change; Chess; Evita; Jesus Christ Superstar and Much Ado About Nothing at Maynardville. Prince Charming is played by Michael Wallace (A Chorus Line, Annie, Hairspray). Other cast members include Jaco Nothnagel (Elizabeth, Almost By Chance a Woman, Damage Control) as Eel, while Roelof Storm (A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo & Juliet, Kind Hamlet) plays the Tutor and other characters. This production of The Little Mermaid features specially written new music and lyrics by Marcel Meyer, who also designed the costumes. Abrahamse is responsible for the set design as well as the design and creation of the puppets with Izelle Grobler and Marcel Meyer. The orchestrations have been done by Craig Damster and Mother City Records. Ticket prices are R60 for children under 12 years and R70 for adults. Book through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.
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HAPPY COUPLE: In the Lit tle Mermaid. Photo: Supplied
reMUNeratioN: r 63 798 per aNNUM serVice BeNefits: 13tH cHeqUe, eMployer’s coNtriBUtioN to tHe peNsioN fUND, HoUsiNg aND MeDical aiD allowaNce. reqUireMeNts: MiNiMUM reqUireMeNt: Basic numeracy and literacy skills. experieNce: Appropriate food service experience. iNHereNt reqUireMeNts of tHe joB: Willingness to work shifts during the day, weekends and public holidays. • Ability to lift heavy equipment and supplies. coMpeteNcies (kNowleDge/ skills): Ability to read, speak and write in at least two of the three official languages of Western Cape. • Knowledge of appropriate hygiene and safety procedures in an industrial food service unit. • Ability to handle industrial equipment. DUties (key resUlt areas/oUtpUts): Pre-prepare and prepare meals for normal and special diets including tube feeding. • Dish up and distribute the meals. • Assist with the receipt and storage of food supplies. • Maintain general hygiene in the food service unit. • Follow hygiene and safety directives for the use of apparatus and equipment. • Report broken apparatus and equipment. • Maintain the safety measures for apparatus and equipment. • Assist with informal in-service training as required. eNqUiries: Ms Y Nelukalo, tel. no. (021) 799-1123 Cleaner (2 posts) reMUNeratioN: r 59 226 per aNNUM serVice BeNefits: 13tH cHeqUe, eMployer’s coNtriBUtioN to tHe peNsioN fUND, HoUsiNg aND MeDical aiD allowaNce. reqUireMeNts: MiNiMUM reqUireMeNt: Basic numeracy and literacy skills. experieNce: Appropriate cleaning experience in a hospital environment. iNHereNt reqUireMeNt of tHe joB: Willingness to work shifts. coMpeteNcies (kNowleDge/skills): Sound interpersonal and organising skills. DUties (key resUlt areas/oUtpUts): Execute household tasks in order to ensure a clean, hygienic and safe environment. • Execute household tasks in respect of food, linen and clothing. • Keep equipment and supplies safe. • Prevent medico-legal incidents. eNqUiries: Ms S Capes, tel. no. (021) 799-1210 please sUBMit yoUr applicatioN for tHe atteNtioN of Ms Z peter to tHe cHief execUtiVe officer: Victoria Hospital, priVate Bag x2, plUMsteaD, 7801.
IN TUNE: The electrifying Alistair Izobell (right), together with singing sensations Nur Abrahams, Edith Plaatjies and Aleshia Solomons as well as an amazing sevenpiece band will perform Radio Classics chosen by Clarence Ford (left) as the popular Sunday evening radio show host and Heart 104.9 veteran goes live on stage at the Baxter this festive season. The show, which runs from Thursday 22 November to Saturday 5 January, will have fans on their feet and offers a great night out for young and old. Tickets cost between R125 and R150; special pre views will take place on Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November with all seats at R110. People’s Post is giving away five sets of double tickets to the Wednesday 5 December extravaganza. To enter, SMS the word “radio” to 34586 by Thursday at 12:00. SMSes cost R1,50. Photo: Jesse Kramer
iNstrUctioNs to applicaNts: Z83 forms (obtainable from any Government department or www. westerncape.gov.za) must: Be completed in full, clearly reflect the name of the position, name and date of the publication (candidates may use this as reference), be signed, accompanied by a comprehensive CV, and certified copies of ID, driver’s licence and qualification/s. A separate application form must be completed for each post. Applications without the aforementioned will not be considered. Applications must be forwarded to the address as indicated on the advertisement. No late, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. CV’s will not be returned. Excess personnel will receive preference. Applications, which are received after the closing date, will not be considered. Further communication will be limited to short-listed candidates. If you have not received a response from the Department within 3 months of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful. It will be expected of candidates to be available for selection interviews on a date, time and place as determined by the Department. as directed by the Department of public service & administration, applicants must note that further checks will be conducted once they are short-listed and that their appointment is subject to positive outcomes on these checks, which include security clearance, qualification verification, criminal records, credit records and previous employment. The Department of Health is guided by the principles of Employment Equity. Disabled candidates are encouraged to apply and an indication in this regard will be appreciated.
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Walmers wrangle in Community Cup LIAM MOSES
SK WALMERS have hit back at their detractors after the club’s selection for the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Community Cup raised eyebrows amongst local rugby fans. SKW were selected ahead of Hamiltons for the tournament, which replaces the National Club Championship next year, even though they finished below their neighbour on the 2012 Super League A table. Durbanville-Bellville qualified for the tournament automatically as the highest open (non-university) team on the log after finishing second. Many believe Hamiltons, South Africa’s oldest rugby club, should have been selected to join them as the city’s representatives at the tournament However, Moneeb Levy, vice-president of
SKW, says the team’s performances the past season should be looked at in context. “You must look at what we have and what Hamiltons has. With the amount of money they pump in, a team like Hamiltons should win the league every year,” he says. “This year alone SK never played one game at home. The Track was unavailable all year. Even if they have the Green Point Track, they only get it from 1 April. (During) pre-season we must train everywhere. “Maybe Hamiltons are more consistent but the challenges they have are different to what we have. Under the circumstances we do extremely well.” Hamiltons finished the league in third place this season, with 62 points, after 12 wins and six losses. SK Walmers, meanwhile, were fifth at the end of the season, on 48 points, after nine victories and nine losses. In head-to-head competition this year, the teams have each won one of the two games
played. Hamiltons won their home game 2722 in May, while SKW won their home game 15-12 in June. Hamiltons president David Kagan says his club do not feel hard-done by the decision. “We wish them well and may it be a wonderful tournament,” he comments. “We have no problems, because we obviously didn’t meet the criteria. It’s not up to us to question whether criteria is right or wrong – they were awarded a spot.” Levy did not know Saru’s criteria for selection to the tournament, but believes his side deserves to be there for several reasons. “If you look at the Super League A now, if you take away Maties, UCT and Victorians, we have been competing in the league the longest,” says Levy. “It will be our eighth year in succession; people don’t know that. What people tend to forget is that we have played in the National
Club Championships thrice and we won the plate trophy for two years.” A Saru spokesperson, whose name is known to People’s Post, says several factors were taken into account when selecting the teams. “Unions were asked to nominate, but the decision on wild cards was taken by the games and policies committee and the executive committee,” he said. “The criteria used were not strictly on league position, but on a range of factors such as a team’s ability to add value to the tournament through their general appeal, their ability to draw crowds, to promote and develop the game among all South Africans, to ensure the Community Cup is commercially viable and sustainable, to take the game to new markets and areas of the country and to serve the transformation objectives of Saru.” Levy adds the tournament will also help to secure possible sponsorships for the club.
Back to bicycle for Winde LIAM MOSES
PROVINCIAL minister for finance, economic development and tourism Alan Winde will take to the streets on Saturday when he participates in the annual Coronation Double Century. The race will be the first time that Winde participates in a cycling event in almost 20 years and he has had only two months to prepare for the gruelling trek through the Cape farmland. Winde (47) first considered entering the Double Century in June after a challenge by a group of cyclists. He says he decided to take plunge, because he wanted to improve his own health. “For me it’s also about out how I find a mechanism to get fitter and healthier with the READY TO ROLL: Alan Winde will compete in the Coronation hectic lifestyle that I lead,” Double Century on Saturday. Photo: Supplied says Winde. “If you want to convince the public they health, it’s about a modal shift,” says Winde. “If people are able to shift from cars to bicyneed to be healthier you need to led by examcles or public transport, it shifts the load from ple.” The race will see Winde start in Swellendam our roads and moves us to a greener economy and traverse some of the Cape’s hilliest roads, and friendly environment. It also lowers carincluding the R60, R324, R62, R317 and R318, bon emission.” Winde states he has enjoyed training for the in a rough oval, before finishing in the rural race and his goal to finish. town. “It’s in excess of 200km – that is a long way. During the last two months Winde has practised for the race by cycling the 30km distance Yes, of course it does (scare me),” says Winde. “It’s not only the distance. We have to cycle from his house in the northern suburbs to his office in the CBD whenever he can. Two weeks over the Tradouw Pass. My goal is not to break ago he also covered 120km in a single training a speed record, it’s just to finish.” Winde will be cycling with 11 other riders session. Winde also hopes to inspire more Capeto- in the Barely Moving team, who will be riding to raise funds for cancer. nians to cycle to work instead of driving. David Bellairs, director of the Cape Town “It’s exciting that there are more and more people cycling to work. It’s not only about Cycle Tour Trust, will also be part of this team
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CHEST CONTROL: Battswood player Sadwin Braaf controls the ball during a match against Du Noon Academy in Rylands on Saturday. Photo: Liam Moses
Mixed results in SAB League LIAM MOSES
BATTSWOOD FC fought their way off the bottom of the SAB League table when they claimed a narrow victory over Du Noon Academy at Johnson Road Sports Complex on Saturday. Battswood went into the match in last place (16th), on one point, after losing all but one of the six games they had played. The Wynberg club have now climbed up one place after scoring late in the second half to bag a 1-0 win and all three points. Manenberg side Orient FC have also moved up the table following their own morale-boosting victory. Orient beat a youthful Engen Santos FC side 2-0, to move up from ninth to sixth. Orient have now won three games, drawn two and lost two. Oriental Gunners held on to third place despite a surprise 2-0 defeat against Junction Rovers. Gunners, from Athlone, went into the game having suffered only one loss, while Rovers had lost two, drawn one and won three matches. The game finished with Rovers as 2-0 victors and saw them climb from fourth to third. Lotus River side Heath Athletic also succumbed to defeat on Saturday, losing 2-0 to log leaders Zeesha FC. Heath went into the game in third after three wins
and two draws, but has now dropped down to seventh after suffering their second loss. Zeesha now lead the log on 19 points, with a draw earlier this season as the only blemish on their otherwise perfect record. Leeds Lentegeur have jumped up from fifth to fourth after a 1-0 win over Silver Spurs, who held onto 12th place. The Mitchell’s Plain side have now drawn one, lost two and won four this season, while Spurs record stands at three losses, three draws and a solitary victory. RC Athletico lost 3-1 to Durbanville FC and dropped from eighth to ninth, while their opponents moved up from 15th to 13th. Shockwaves FC remained in 14th place despite their 1-0 win, while their opponents X1 Express clung on to 10th position. The victory was the first this season after three draws and three defeats, while Express have lost three, drawn two and won two. Tribes FC moved up two places to seventh on the table after their 2-0 victory over Young Idols, who remained in 11th place. The next round of games will take place today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) at Johnson Road.
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FETCH IT: UCT Cricket Club batsman David Bedingham plays a backfoot drive as United Cricket Club’s Muneer Alexander takes evasive action during a 1A League match at Groote Schuur on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
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PLAY AND MISS: UCT Cricket Club batsman Graeme Baghim swings and misses during a 1A League against United Cricket Club at Groote Schuur on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
WP Cricket defends selections LIAM MOSES
THE general manager of Western Province Cricket has defended the make-up of the union’s junior teams ahead of their participation in a major national tournament. The squads were named in May, after a lengthy selection process which started in October 2011 and will reassemble soon to take part in the provincial youth tournaments in December. Southern suburbs schools traditionally dominate in the player selection stakes – which draws criticism and allegations of bias from across the province – and cricketers from those schools are again the vast majority this year. However, Nabeal Dien, head of amateur cricket at the WP Cricket, says players from all schools in the province are given the same consideration by the union’s selectors. “Our boys schools have the resources to offer bursaries to good cricketers from all are-
as. If you look at the make-up of the sides and the history of their boys, you will find they came from townships and all areas,” Dien states. “If you take Wynberg or Rondebosch, the Wynberg first team has more players of colour than white players. It’s not a question of that any longer.” Dien adds the “independent” and “comprehensive” selection process starts with 22 000 youth players from across the Peninsula, and is then whittled down to A and B sides for the under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19 age groups. He says criticism of team selections is normal at any level and will not affect the process in any way. “As long as we believe we are doing the right thing, then that criticism must come. It’s normal and will continue.” This year players from Pinelands High , Fish Hoek High, St Joseph’s Marist College and SACS have all been selected in under-17 and under-19 teams, but the vast majority of the 13-player squads are made up of cricket-
ers from Wynberg and Rondebosch Boys’ High School. The under-19 side is made up of four Wynberg and five Rondebosch players, and the under-17 team has three and five players from each of those respective schools. Wynberg and Rondebosch have produced some of the country’s best cricketers, and can boast legendary Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis and current coach Gary Kirsten. Dien comments the schools’ financial resources and ability to attract players from other schools with bursaries will ensure they stay on top, unless schools in previously disadvantaged areas can start to match their facilities. “We can’t stop it. The only thing we can do – and it’s not in our hands alone – is to create schools with those facilities,” says Dien. “We must get schools that are equivalent to those schools. At the moment I can tell you there is an attempt to do that at Spine Road High.” Dien adds players from schools in previously disadvantaged areas still make it into the
system despite the imbalance of resources and gave Vernon Philander, JP Duminy, Rory Kleinveldt, Qaasim Adams and Farhaan Behardien as examples. The under-17 youth tournament will be hosted by the WP from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 December, while the under-19 tournament will take place in Potchefstroom from Sunday 16 to Wednesday 21 December.
The squads are: Under-17: Matthew Christensen, Brandon Clacher, Jason Fourie, Chad Johnson, Brydon Karstens, Yolisa Mona, Lyle Rogers, Riaz Sader, Kay Skovgaard-Petersen, Jay Stevens, Tyler Sylvester, Devon Van Rensberg, Nicki Zeeman, Manny Senger (coach) and Bevil Velensky (manager). Under-19: David Bedingham, Dale Brander, Dawood Christians, Clyde Fortuin, Dayyaan Galiem, Imtiyaaz Groenewald, Zubayr Hamza, Alexander Mather, Soya Pono, Jason Smith, Keagan Smith, Hayes Van Der Berg, Bryan Vorster, Clinton Ravens (coach) and Johannes Adams (manager).
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