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THE BIG BLUE AWAITS: The Simon’s Town Penguin Festival always draws a crowd, and Saturday’s festival opening was no different. Several penguins that had been rehabilitated by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) were released back into the wild at Seaforth Beach in Simon’s Town to kick off the annual festival, which aims to raise funds for SANCCOB’s work in protecting marine bird life. Photo: Adeeb Gamieldien

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This resident writes that the “wide variation” in collection times only arose since the City took over collections. Berry says he owns a bin cleaning company that relies on timely collections, and it’s coming under strain. “People moan all the time,” he says – his staff included. Collection sometimes carries on until 21:00, and other areas, such as Kensignton, Maitland and Thornton, are also affected, Berry says. Watkyns says complaints about the service come in every week. He says these include complaints of inconsistent bin collection, varying collection times, missed collections in a whole street, and staff refusing to collect bins or attempting to get money for additional refuse. There has even been a written compliant of drunkenness on the job. “For at least 30 years the refuse collection was done by a contractor with minimal problems and no disruption when municipal strikes were taking place,” Watkyns says. Berry describes a City press release, in which the City gives its reasons for the varied collection times, as “absolute rubbish”. The City release, issued in early

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October, advised residents that the City does not guarantee an exact time for refuse collection on the scheduled day. The City said collection times are dependent on a number of factors, and that the ability to collect refuse in an area is “often dictated to by conditions beyond the control” of the Solid Waste teams. The reasons given included traffic disruptions, weather conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the volume and mass of refuse put out by residents. According to the City, collection times can start as early as 06:00 and as late as 23:00, but it expects to take delivery of new rubbish trucks in the current financial year. Berry suggests that the entire waste removal system be privatised. Rustim Keraan, director of the City of Cape Town’s Solid Waste Management Department, says the City deals with about 800 000 wheelie bins every week. About 25% of these are taken care of by contractors, with each contract running for a period of three years, after which fresh tenders are put out. Keraan adds that the the City has

ordered 40 new vehicles, which are due for delivery over the next nine months. Asked why the decision was taken to use in-house resources to collect refuse, he cites a number of reasons, including improved control and logistical organisation. “A decision was made to arrange the contracted and non-contracted services by, amongst others, geographical area,” says Keeran. Asked whether private services are more costly, he says the costs vary from contract to contract. In response to whether residents would pay more for rates if a private contractor was used, he explains that the City’s tariffs are allinclusive and calculated “across the board”. “There are many variables that affect the costs of rendering the service, and the City does not calculate specific tariffs according to area,” he adds. Watkyns asks for comments on service delivery in the area – excluding complaints related to the strike – to be sent to him by Monday 17 October. Send an email to bwatkyns@icon.co.za or phone (021) 531-3437.

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Sharks and lions – and we’re not talking rugby EVER since they banned seal hunting (clubbing, actually), the seal population has been on the rise, and that has attracted numbers of great white sharks. They are particularly fond of the pups, and the message seems to have spread far and wide that seal veal is on offer in False Bay. We’ve also seen the return of the jackass penguins, and they seem to make a good between-meals snack. Then we have all those people pouring blood and guts into the sea in a sort of ritual sacrifice to the gods of tourism. That really gets the sharks going, and provides plenty of thrills for cage divers. And on the fringes of our territorial waters, we have those terrible Chinese fishermen who catch sharks, cut off their fins for soup and throw them back alive to spread the word about cruel humans. And last, but by no means least, we have the shark huggers who can see no wrong in the monster predators. Their campaigning has ensured that the great white is now a protected species that features regularly in starring roles on the National Geographic channel. Is it any wonder that the confused sharks have turned on us? So we are stuck with the results of over-fishing and under-sealing and then, to make matters worse, we taunt the sharks by dangling tasty humans in cages in their favourite hunting grounds.’n No wonder they get excited when an unprotected bather ventures beyond the breakers.

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Making your money work SOUTH AFRICA’s leading investment publication, Finweek, is about to shake up the local business news market as its new product offering hits shelves in early October. A combination of award-winning financial and business journalists, cutting-edge content from leading providers including the Harvard Business Review, and a blend of print and digital content will provide a one-stop shop for those interested in taking control of their money. “The last couple of years have been incredibly volatile for people trying to manage their money, and investors at all levels are trying to be in a position where they feel MONEY MATTERS: Finweek is set to shake up the business like they have some world with its new offerings. Image: Supplied control,” says Finweek editor Marc Ashton. variety of digital and mobile solutions to With the global financial crisis knock- work alongside its well established print ing investor confidence, businesses hesi- offering. tant to add jobs and a spirit of entrepreFrom October, this includes an interacneurship hitting South Africa, the rede- tive website (www.fintalk.co.za), which signed Finweek will offer more of includes podcasts, video content, webieverything: more experts talking about nars and the opportunity to follow expert your money; more columnists providing portfolios. breaking views on the economy and inAshton concludes: “We won every mavestment landscape; more personal fi- jor financial journalism award in 2011 nance aimed at making finance less with our coverage of investment-related scary; more suggestions on how to earn, matters, and when somebody picks up a save and spend your moneyFinweek’s Finweek magazine they know that they new positioning will see it embracing a are making an investment.”

It really is a mess. Have you ever thought of what would happen to the tourism industry if the Shark Spotters went on strike? The situation is not okay, and no amount of soothing talk by the shark huggers will make it okay. If the argument goes that the sea is their territory and we should respect this and enter at our own risk, then we might as well bring back lions to Cape Point and take our chances there too. At least they might take care of the baboons. Or drive the troops into the suburbs. We could even tether a goat and lock tourists in nearby cages so that they can observe the born-free lions move in for the kill. National Geographic might film that too. It would also teach the lions to associate tourists with food. Baboons and lions in the streets would be very exciting. That’s what most tourists expected to find in Africa, and we should not let them leave disappointed. The truth of the matter is that we have upset the balance of nature, and we are responsible for the consequences. We might have to do some culling, just as they do in the game reserves, to retain the balance between predator and prey, between grazers and vegetation. The other approach is to sit back with the shark huggers and let nature takes its ugly course. What’s a life here or there? After all, we’ve overpopulated this planet, and we should expect a correction, as they say on the stock exchange.

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Don’t leave valuables Gratitude follows on display in cars THE Rondebosch, Claremont and Mowbray police say they have noticed an alarming increase in reported cases of theft out of cars in their precincts. Captain Angie Latchman, Claremont Cluster spokesperson, says the police are once again reminding people not to leave valuables – such as laptops, cameras, bags, cellphones, GPSes and jewellery – in their cars, as this presents an irresistible opportunity for criminals. The police provide the following car security tips: • Keep vehicle doors locked and windows closed at all times; • Do not leave valuable items in your vehicle; • Under no circumstances leave cellphones or handbags on the passenger seat; • Activate your vehicle’s alarm system;

• Do not park in isolated or poorly lit areas; • Be alert and conscious of your immediate surroundings when approaching stop streets and intersections; • Do not stop directly behind another vehicle at an intersection – leave a gap so that you have a chance of a quick getaway; • Be wary of strangers approaching or loitering near your car; • When driving alone, do not respond to strangers asking for assistance, or anyone trying to tell you that there is something wrong with your vehicle – drive to a safe place or nearby garage; • Constantly monitor vehicles behind, ahead and next to you. If you feel threatened or suspicious do not drive into your yard; rather proceed to the nearest police station.

Rabbits still on the loose A REWARD is still being offered for the safe return of two rabbits after they were stolen from their cage, which was ripped out of the ground, at a block of flats in Rosebank. One rabbit is black, and the other is brown and tan. The

brown rabbit has been stolen before, when the owner was living in Rondebosch. It was later found in Athlone, where it had been offered for sale to a woman for R20. If you can help find these beloved pets, please phone James on 082 226 3733.

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THE Voice of the Cape (VOC), the Western Cape’s top community radio station – with a daily listenership of over 300 000 people – hosted its 15th annual festival over the weekend of 29 September at the Cape Town Market in Epping. The “Festival with a Difference” was met with positive vibes from the Cape Town community, drawing about 60 000 festival-goers for the weekend, the organisers say. But the VOC team point out that they can’t take all the credit for the successful event. “It is due to the hard work and dedication of the festival partners and sponsors,” said Hassiem Bastra, VOC festival marketing convenor. VOC donates R100 000 of its festival profits in the form of bursaries to 10 deserving students. Thus far over R600 000 has been donated to more than 70 students. Bastra thanks all festival-goers for their commitment and dedication since the inception of VOC. “Your loyalty does not go without mention; VOC would not be all it is without its listeners and the community at large. You truly make the radio station My Radio Station, Your Radio Station, Our Radio Station.” Bastra also extends his heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors and partners who made the event a success. Stay tuned to VOC on 100.4FM, 95.8FM, 90.7 and 90.9FM stereo; alternatively, visit www.vocfm.co.za.

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WENTY-ONE kilometres is not a particularly long way – but try hiking that distance up and down Table Mountain. The unseasonable heat on the Saturday was just a bonus. The 80th anniversary of the Cape Province Mountain Club (CPMC) will live especially long in the memories of the 35 students, aged between 15 and 18 years, who conquered Table Mountain during a the hiking challenge. The competitors entered the challenge in teams of two, and it was ultimately two girls who took first prize. One of the runners-up, Quinton Joshua, tells People’s Post that he didn’t mind losing to the girls “because they had to work 10 times harder” than him and his teammate Ebrahim Saheb. Joshua thinks about the final standing for a while, then admits

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ADOPTIONS of man’s best friend skyrocketed when the SPCA’s “No Fun Without Your Best Friend” campaign took hold of Cape Town’s animal lovers. Thanks to the awareness drive, the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are celebrating a 290% increase in the number of dogs adopted at the local branch of the association during International Animal Week (which ran from Monday last week until yesterday). The campaign, which has been supported by dozens of wellknown South Africans, celebrities and media personalities since it was launched at the end of August, aimed to encourage Capetonians to adopt rather than buy a dog, the organisers

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great way to get some exercise,” and “The scenery was intriguing,” to “The sport is almost completely free,” and, “It’s great, but tough!” Haupt concludes, “This joint initiative by CPMC and the National Conservation Cooperation was a huge success. “Thank you to all the marshals, hikers, and Table Mountain National Park, and special thanks to our main sponsor, Woolworths.”

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ers were also instructed to carry a first aid kit with them at all times in case of injury. Hiking etiquette is all about behaving with manners, and and never littering. Hikers were given food parcels, and all the wrappers had to be presented after the race to show this commitment. As it turned out, Joshua and Saheb lost by one point, because they “misplaced” a Bar-One wrapper. Says Joshua of the mishap, “Well, I gave the wrapper to my friend, but he put it in his pocket instead of in the bag!” There was a lot of sweat and even tears during the event – some were really disappointed to be forced to give up. One of those who had to turn back (granted, without tears) was Esteve Beyers. He injured his left ankle the day before playing soccer. Asked why he had even showed up the next day, he says, “I was up for the challenge and I didn’t want

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Recycling made simple TERESA FISCHER

HARFIELD VILLAGE residents can now sign up for an affordable recycling service that benefits both the environment and a deserving charity. The collection service was started up by Sally Davidson, a resident and young mother who explains that she has always found recycling to be a simple way to contribute to the environment’s wellbeing. Davidson used to take her recycling to Oasis – an organisation whose mission it is to help people with intellectual disabilities become as independent and productive as possible – in Lansdowne Road, but then looked around for a more convenient alternative. Realising there were no collection companies in the village, she decided to start her own. She says many people would like to recycle their rubbish, but struggle to find the time to sort and drop it off. So, for the last few months, David-

son has been driving around the neighbourhood in her bakkie every week to collect bags of reusable material from those residents who have signed up with a monthly fee of R59 for a bag per week. All they need to do is place all their clean, recyclable materials in a black bag and pop it on the pavement by 07:00 every Tuesday. Recyclable items include paper, cardboard, glass, tin cans and certain plastics. Davidson drops these bags off at Oasis, where the material is sorted and sold to raise funds. Davidson says her service it is not so much a “big business idea”, but her way of making a difference. She offers collection in the following areas: Harfield Village and the area of Kenilworth from the railway line down to Rosmead Avenue and from Kenilworth Avenue up until Wetton Road. For further information phone Sally Davidson on 083 309 2468 or email info@harfieldgoinggreen.co.za.

THE Sunflower Fund’s National Bandana Day happening tomorrow (Wednesday), and everybody is asked to honour the day and support those suffering from lifethreatening blood disorders like leukaemia by wearing a Sunflower Fund bandana, which can be bought from your nearest Pick n Pay, BP Express or Round Table. For more information on becoming a bone marrow stem cell donor, call 0800 12 10 82 or visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za.

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From crisp suits to farm life MANY people see a job as just something they have to trudge through for that paycheque at the end of the month, but people like Livingstone Gxabagxaba (60) take great pride in what they do.

STAR STAFF: Livingstone Gxabagxaba (60), the oldest staff member at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town’s CBD, has been working for the company since 1982.

Gxabagxaba, who has been living in Khayelitsha for over 40 years is the Vineyard Hotel’s longest serving staff member; he has been working for the Petousis family in their hotels since 1982, when he was

employed as a porter at the Townhouse Hotel in the CBD. Gxabagxaba was transferred to the Vineyard Hotel when it reopened after renovations in 1983, and he was one of the first employees to work at the establishment. He will be retiring soon, and plans to move back to his family in Umtata in the Eastern Cape. There, he looks forward to working the land with his four children. With his decades of experi-

ence, Gxabagxaba has a strong message for South African youths wishing to enter the hospitality industry: “You should have passion for people and a great set of values to live by. “Have respect and an enquiring mind. Always be willing to learn, think of your future and keep in mind that you’re are a stakeholder in the business. “You need to play a vital role in making sure guests come back to the hotel – that is your contribution in growing the

business.” Gxabagxaba, who will be leaving for the Eastern Cape on 2 November, says he’s happy and proud of his years with the hotel, and he’s greatly looking forward to get back to his first love – farming. He thanks everybody who has worked with him over the years, and mentions how grateful he is to be fit and healthy enough to enjoy his retirement – though he’ll miss his “second family” over at the Vinyard Hotel.

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TWISTING ARMS: Tana Breytenbach, general manager, and Cheryl Nesbitt, founder of Twister Lifestyle SA. Photo: Andre Bakkes

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Please address completed applications, with supporting documentation for Grants-in-Aid, by no later than 28 October 2011 to: The Acting Subcouncil Manager (David Cedras) Subcouncil 23 Parks & Bathing Building Merrydale Avenue Lentegeur 7798 (E-mail address: David.Cedras.@capetown.gov.za) * All applications for grants-in-aid will be assessed in accordance with the Grant-in-Aid Policy and must conform to the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003. Contact Kenneth Snippers or Marilyn Meyer for Grant-in-Aid application forms on 021 371 4550, Kenneth.Snippers@capetown.gov.za or Marilyn.Meyer@capetown.gov.za ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

HUNDREDS of charities and schools will benefit from “Twister Lifestyle SA”, a new glossy publication that was launched at Buitenverwachting Wine Estate in Constantia last Wednesday. Those who purchase the 528-page book will also be able to “experience Cape Town for less”, since it provides more than R250 000 worth of special deals and discounts at a myriad of outlets. “Twister Lifestyle SA” is only available via charities, schools, fundraising organisations and the Twister website. Charities and schools receive a R50 donation from every book sold. “The Twister Lifestyle book and online specials target a very broad market segment, with something to suit everyone and a deal for every pocket – from grandparents and parents to teenagers and young children, as well as the domestic worker, allowing for value-add coupons to be happily shared by

all members of the family,” says Cheryl Nesbitt, founder of Twister Lifestyle SA. For R350, you get a book filled with coupons and advertisements, and charities and schools get a well-deserved boost. More than 450 suppliers advertise in the book, and they represent some of the top brands in Cape Town. The suppliers were offered free advertising, and in return pass their savings on to consumers in the form of discounts and specials. “In the current economic climate, businesses need all the help they can get to promote themselves,” says Twister Lifestyle general manager Tana Breytenbach, before adding, “We would like to appeal to schools and charities to join us to sell these wonderful books to friends and family members to raise much-needed funds.” Visit the “Twister Lifestyle SA” website at www.twistersa.co.za to buy your copy and support your local school or charity. For more information contact the team on 086 133 5229.


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Minstrels work it out with City TAURIQ HASSEN

NEGOTIATIONS between representatives of minstrel organisations and the City of Cape Town over permission to march through the city’s streets kicked off last week, after the City appointed an independent mediator. Retired Constitutional Court judge Kate O’Reagan has been appointed to the lead the negotiations between the two parties. The negotiations deal mainly with the return of the annual Cape Minstrel Carnival, which wends its way through the historic Bo-Kaap, as well as permission to hold the event on the second day of January from 2012 onwards. The City hit the brakes on the massively popular carnival because the event had grown from an appearance of roughly 200 minstrels a century ago to 46 000 minstrels and more than 100 000 spectators today Though City officials said the minstrels would be allowed to walk through the area en ruote to the stadium, and decided that the annual

event could be staged on 3 January (“Ghoema returns to Green Point”, People’s Post, 16 November 2010), when the time arrived the minstrels were once again prevented from moving through Bo-Kaap. The infuriated minstrel troupes then took to the streets on Monday 3 January in protest. Scores of minstrels in full uniform carried posters and umbrellas and marched on the provincial legislature (“Minstrel sound trumpet in city”, People’s Post, 11 January). The City estimated that around 2 000 people took part in the protest, while the organisers of the protest said up to 20 000 would attend. Minstrel leaders handed over a memorandum of grievances to the City and provincial government, outlining their concerns about the routes and dates of the marches. Solly Malatsi, spokesperson for alderman Patricia de Lille, executive mayor of Cape Town, said ongoing negotiations were part of the “administration’s commitment to building an inclusive city by embracing the diverse cultures of all the people of Cape Town through commemorating culturally significant events such as the Minstrels’

Carnival”. Judge O’Reagan started the peace-making proceedings with a series of meetings between representatives of the City, Province and minstrel organisations throughout Cape Town last Tuesday. “The City is committed to hosting the Cape minstrels’ annual carnival on its original date, and will also allow minstrels to return to their historic route through Bo-Kaap to revive the historic and cultural significance of this event,” said Malatsi. Kevin Momberg, CEO of the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association, said he was delighted to see the City of Cape Town come to the table. He said last year’s protest by the minstrels was a “blessing in disguise” as it gave all minstrel troupes a voice and an opportunity to show the City how much the event means to their culture. “This is a fight for our rightful place, and has been going on for years, but we can proudly say that the City of Cape Town is working well with us, and we appreciate their support in this regard.” Momberg added that the Bo-Kaap Residents’ Association is also represented in the negotiations, and

Allow your hard work to shine WESTERN CAPE crafters and designers have until Friday 2 December to submit their entries for the 2012 Cape Craft and Design Institute’s (CCDI’s) fourth Handmade Collection, which aims to showcase the most innovative handmade products in the province. Work will be selected by a board

of top designers, retail gallery owners and curators, and the products will be unveiled at the iconic Design Indaba in February next year to retail buyers and collectors from across both South Africa and the rest of the world. The works will also be shown off in a glossy catalogue and on the CC-

DI’s website. The products can be made of anything from ceramics, wool and textiles to glass, wood and metal; previous selections have included items such as mosaics, beadwork, embroidery, lighting, jewellery and even homeware made from recycled plastic, fabric waste and bottle caps. Last year’s selection,

ENCORE: Minstrel leaders are locked in discussion with the City of Cape Town over their return to Bo­Kaap. Photo: Die Burger would like to see the minstrels return. “This is a lengthy process, and it’s still early stages, but we are confident that if we are done here, we will have better-controlled events for the future,” Momberg says. Osman Shaboodien, chairperson of the Bo-Kaap Residents’ Association, says members of the associa-

tion, along with the representatives of the minstrel organisations, are hoping to have everything resolved by the end of October. “We have to find a way forward, not only for the minstrels, government or City, but also for the people of Cape Town,” Shaboodien says. “We are sick of being kicked around like a ball.”

for example, ranged from a leather and steel chandelier to a collection of lifelike proteas made from cardboard, and even a crown made of recycled magazine paper, wire and cotton thread. The only limit – aside from “innovation, local distinctiveness, integrity and skill”, the curators say – is that the final product does not measure more than a cubic metre. CCDI spokesperson Marjorie Naidoo says the fact that Cape Town

has been shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014 has “renewed interest from around the world in our creative people and products”. “This is a wonderful opportunity for craft producers and designermakers to show just how bold and skilled they can be,” she says. For more information contact the CCDI on (021) 461-1488 or visit its offices at 75 Harrington Street, Cape Town. Visit www.capecraftanddesign.org.za.


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Book now for the Baxter’s big bash Illuminate the night THE Baxter Theatre promises a spectacular event with its fundraising extravaganza, set to feature David Kramer’s new musical comedy, later this month. For its 2011 fundraising gala on Thursday 27 October, the Baxter Theatre Centre in Rondebosch will celebrate the work of South African music legend David Kramer with a special event and a performance of his latest musical comedy, “Some Like it Vrot”. The event, which “promises to be a mega party”, will help raise muchneeded funds for the 34-year-old theatre, an architectural and cultural icon in the Mother City. “The Baxter does not receive a subsidy from government for operational costs, so we have to come up with innovative and exciting ways to make the theatre sustainable, and we are delighted to see corporate and private sector supporting this event,” explains fundraising and campaign manager Johann Davis. “We would like to encourage audiences to book early – in so doing they will enjoy a jam-packed evening of theatre, entertainment, food, drinks and a jol thrown in; they will also invest in the Baxter’s success while celebrating one of our country’s finest artists and musicians. All proceeds will go towards the Baxter’s productions and projects.” A number of prizes are up for grabs, including: a pair of romantic two-night getaways in a deluxe suite at the four-star Lagoon Beach

Hotel; a French perfume hamper; a signed Marc Lottering DVD box set and poster; a David Kramer CD collection and signed poster, plus a copy of the “Some Like it Vrot” poster signed by the cast; and gift vouchers from Cavendish Square. This is Kramer’s first big musical since “The Kramer Petersen Songbook”, and it sports elaborate sets and quick costume changes to keep the fun alive on stage. Led by Marc Lottering, the 13 members of the star-studded BAXTER BLISS: Marc Lottering and Christo Davids cast include Christo will hit the Baxter with “Some Like it Vrot” at the Davids, Alistair Izo- end of the month. Photo: Supplied bell, Terry Hector, Abduragman Adams, Larissa Gaye, Luther Vandross, Earth, Hughes and Jill Middelkop. Wind and Fire, Lionel Ritchie, The gala event kicks off with Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and guests arriving at 18:30 to enjoy many more. Tickets cost R280; book complimentary food and drinks ac- through Computicket on companied by some light entertain- 0861 915 8000 or at www.computickment. et.co.za. Guests will then proceed to watch If you’d like to make a donation the show at 20:00. The after-party to the Baxter Theatre Centre, please will heat up (with more food and contact Johann Davis, fundraising drinks) when local singing sensa- and campaign manager, on tion The Black Ties, featuring (021) 680-3983 or 083 299 2604, or at Lloyd Jansen, Keeno-Lee and Chad johann.davis@uct.ac.za. Saaiman, croon the night away. The • The production is not recomtrio will take guests on a music jour- mended for children under 12 years ney through the sounds of Marvin old.

IZICELO ZOKUXHASWA NGEZIMALI ZESIBONELELO-SONCEDO KOWAMA-2012/2013: KWIBHUNGANA-23 IBhungana-23 lihlaba ikhwelo kwimibutho ukuba ingenise izicelo zoncedo-mali kumnyakamali oqalisa ngowo-1Julayi 2012, ekwezi Wadi zilandelayo: • • •

IWadi-75: Colorado Park, Highlands Village, Hyde Park, Morgans Village, Philippi, Rondevlei Park, Weltevreden Valley, Westgate, Wildwood, Woodlands IWadi-76: Ikwezi Park, Lentegeur IWadi-88: Lentegeur (south of R300, west of AZ Berman Drive, north of Highlands Drive, east of railway line), New Woodlands, Philippi, Philippi Park

IZIBONELELO-ZONCEDO Izicelo zoncedo-mali zesibonelelo-soncedo mazenziwe kwifomu esemthethweni elungiselelwe oko efumaneka kwi-Ofisi yeBhungana-23, ezineleta eshicilelwe ngokusesikweni igama nelogo yombutho lowo kwakhona ziquke oku kulandelayo: • • • • • • •

Umhla wokumiselwa kombutho lowo Uhlobo lombutho lowo (NPO, iNkampani engeCandelo-21, iziKolo, amaqumrhu ezeMidlalo, uMbutho woLuntu) Iinkcukacha zenkxaso-mali yangaphambili/yakudala umbutho lowo awathi wayifumana kwisiXeko Iinkcukacha zenkxaso-mali yalo mnyaka-mali sikuwo othe umbutho lowo wayifumana kwisiXeko Injongo yenkxaso-mali leyo Iinkcukacha zenkcazelo yeprojekthi leyo eyakuthi imiselwe kusetyenziswa inkxaso-mali le Iinkcukacha zokucazululwa kweendleko zeprojekthi leyo

FOR THE second year running, the Cape Town Diwali Festival will light up the heart of the Mother City as it makes its return on Saturday at Ratanga Junction, Century City. The event provides a vibrant and colourful backdrop to the festive spirit that pervades the city this time of the year, organisers say, and it’s aimed at showcasing the Festival of Lights as a fun-filled occasion for all South Africans, upholding the principle of unity and harmony in a diverse community. “This is a cultural festival that has universal appeal, bringing all people together to foster triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, thus magnifying the awareness of the inner light,” says festival director Thev Pather. Eager patrons will be treated to a variety of tantalising experiences representative of the sights, sounds and tastes of India. Organisers promise entertain-

ment for both young and old, with a talent competition for the young ones, a vibrant stage production journeying through India and the legends of Diwali, and a glamorous “Sari Queen” pageant. Lifestyle workshops, along with a “Mini India Fair”, will also be held, and the organisers say there are loads of fantastic prizes to be given away. The day will round off with a Bhangra Bash and, in true Diwali spirit, a spectacular fireworks display. Lotus FM will broadcast live during the event, and African Lotus Productions will cover it for SABC 2. The event takes place between 11:00 and midnight; tickets cost R40, with children under five entering for free. Buy your tickets at ShowCuts Video Hire in Rylands or through Computicket. • To stand a chance of winning one of 10 sets of double tickets, SMS the word “DIWALI” to 34586 by noon on Thursday. SMSes cost R1,50.

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APPLICATIONS FOR GRANT-IN-AID FUNDING 2012/2013: SUBCOUNCIL 12 Subcouncil 12 invites submissions for the financial year commencing 1 July 2012 from organisations in the following Wards: • •

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Ward 78: Beacon Valley (south-east of Morgenster Street, east of AZ Berman Drive, north of Trampoline Street and west of Alpine Street) – Mitchells Plain CBD – Portland – Rocklands – Westgate – Westridge Ward 79: Beacon Valley (south-east of Trampoline – south-west of Lord Street and Oval Street, north-west of Imperial Street and north-east of AZ Berman Drive) – Eastridge (south-east of Imperial Street, south-west of Don Street and Alphine Road, north-west of Spine Road and north-east of Yellowwood Road) – Michells Plain CBD – Portland Ward 81: Portion of Portland, Rocklands, Strandfontein, Westridge Ward 82: Tafelsig, Wolfgat Nature Reserve (Western part)

GRANTS-IN-AID Applications for grant-in-aid funding must be made on the official application form, available at the Subcouncil 12 Office, together with a letterhead and include the following details: • • • • • • •

date established type of organisation (NPO, Section 21 Company, Schools, Sport bodies, Community Organisations) details of previous funding by the City details of other funding received from the City for the current financial year purpose or aim of grant detailed description of project to be implemented utilising the funding detailed breakdown of project costs

Nceda ungenise iifomu zezicelo ezigcwalisiweyo zeZibonelo-zoncedo ezinamaxwebhu azixhasayo, ungadlulanga umhla wama-28 Oktobha 2011, ku:

Please address completed applications, with supporting documentation for Grants-in-Aid, by no later than 28 October 2011 to:

Mphathi weBhungana oBambeleyo (David Cedras) IBhungana-23 Parks & Bathing Building Merrydale Avenue Lentegeur 7798 (Idilesi ye-imeyile: David.Cedras.@capetown.gov.za)

The Subcouncil Manager (David Cedras) Subcouncil 12 Parks & Bathing Building Merrydale Avenue Lentegeur 7798 (E-mail address: David.Cedras.@capetown.gov.za)

*Zonke izicelo zeziBonelelo-zoncedo ziyakuthi ziphononongwe ngokungqinelana noMgaqonkqubo ongeZibonelelo-zoncedo kwaye kufuneka zithobele uMthetho ongoLawulo lweziMali zikaMasipala onguNomb.56 wangowe-2003.

* All applications for grants-in-aid will be assessed in accordance with the Grant-in-Aid Policy and must conform to the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003.

Ungaqhagamshelana no-Kenneth Snippers okanye u-Marilyn Meyer ukuze ufumane iifomu zezicelo zeZibonelelo-zoncedo, kumnxeba ongu-021 371 4550 okanye u-imeyilele ku- Kenneth.Snippers@capetown.gov.za, Marilyn.Meyer@capetown.gov.za ACHMAT EBRAHIM UMPHATHI WESIXEKO

Contact Kenneth Snippers or Marilyn Meyer for Grant-in-Aid application forms on 021 371 4550, Kenneth.Snippers@capetown.gov.za or Marilyn.Meyer@capetown.gov.za ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER


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Tuesday 11 October 2011

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THE six finalists in the Artscape National Youth Music Competition, the third largest music competition in South Africa, will meet in euphonic battle in the fourth and final round of the competition at a gala concert on Saturday. During this last leap in the prestigious music competition, the finalists will play off against one another with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra for more than R91 000 in prize money. For more infor- MUSICAL MUSINGS: Artscape CEO Michael Maas listens to Sang­Woo mation, or to RSVP Jun of Rondebosch and Lize van der Merwe of Bellville outside the thea­ by Thursday, con- tre as they practise for the final round of the Artscape National Youth tact Keeno Pe- Music Competition. Photo: Supplied tersen on (021) 4237263 or email media@afrikom.co.za. You can at the Artsacpe Theatre, by SMSing the word stand a chance to win one of two sets of dou- “MUSIC” to 34586 by noon tomorrow ble tickets to the gala event, starting at 19:30 (Wednesday). SMSes cost R1,50.

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CROSS-DRESSING chameleon Pieter-Dirk Uys performed before a packed hall at Fish Hoek High School on Saturday in this year’s final Comedy Legends night. A huge success, these comedy nights have raised over R130 000 for the Shark Spotters in the last 18 months. Tannie Evita made an appearance at Saturday’s show, as did LIGHTER MOMENT: From left: Lwando Scott, Francis Goodwin, Pierre old favourites Pik de Vos and Hayley McEwan. Photo: Teresa Fischer Botha, PW Botha and Desmond Tutu. erman’s Restaurant and Shorties Blue Sarah Titley, Shark Spotters project Bottle. manager, extends her heartfelt thanks to She also thanked People’s Post for its adall businesses who supported the Comedy vertising sponsorship. Titley thanked eveLegends series, including Fish Hoek High ryone who sponsored raffle tickets. ComeSchool, Something Different (for the dé- dy Legends will take a break during the cor), eMzantsi Talent Agency (for the mu- summer season, and the Shark Spotters sicians and performers), AP Jones (for sell- hope the world-class entertainment will ing tickets), Graphix4U, Lam It All, Fish- continue in 2012.

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How to help the hungry FOR just one cash note, you can give someone five plates of food. On Saturday, Kenilworth Centre will host a fundraising drive and meal packaging event together with hunger relief organisation Stop Hunger Now. The drive will take place in Kenilworth Centre’s Promotional Court, where shoppers will have the opportunity to contribute. Every R10 donation will translate into five meals – enough to feed a preschool child for a week. More than 200 volunteers will attempt to package 36 000 meals for needy crèches and daycare centres in the greater peninsula. These highly nutritious meals combine rice, soy, de-

hydrated vegetables, flavouring and a mixture of 21 vitamins and minerals into reasonable servings of six that can be safely stored for up to a year. Terry Pollock, Kenilworth Centre manager, comments: “It is a great privilege for Kenilworth Centre to be involved in this very worthy cause. We aim to raise R36 000, and we call on shoppers to join us between 09:00 and 17:00. Come and make a real difference in the lives of thousands of hungry families. “We are delighted that this fundraising drive coincides with Kenilworth Centre’s 36th birthday, as we aim to make a difference in our community.” Malnutrition is particularly acute among young

children in parts of the greater peninsula, says David Jacobs, business development manager of Stop Hunger Now. “Malnutrition at this age can severely impact a child’s ability to concentrate and learn, as well as cause permanent physical and mental arrested development. The meals packed will have a life-changing effect on the over 400 children that these meals will feed over a period of six months.” Since the programme’s inception in 2005, nearly 125 000 Stop Hunger Now volunteers have packaged more than 45 million meals around the world, with over 1,5 million of these meals being packed and distributed in South Africa.

Velocity speeds back into Parow attributes its success to the community it serves. The new showroom is in spectacular condition, and the stock holding has increased to accommodate a variety of choices for clients. With five branches to choose from, there is no place to shop other than Velocity Cars. On Wednesday, join them for a live broadcast from

15:00 to 18:00 on Heart 104.9FM. “Please also join us on Saturday for a free boerewors roll,” the company invites. For further information, contact the branch in Parow on (021) 911-3800/01, Canal Walk on (021) 551-782, Klipfontein on (021) 6969292 or Centre on (021) 6334719.

Cape Town’s own grand garden ONE HUNDRED years ago, Kirstenbosch was an abandoned farm, overgrown with weeds and alien vegetation. Today, it is one of the world’s top seven botanical gardens, and one of Cape Town’s Big 6 must-see attractions, sharing space with the Table Mountain Cableway, Robben Island, Cape Point, the Constantia Vineyards and the V&A Waterfront (for more see www.capetownbig6.co.za). Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of Southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be de-

voted to a country’s indigenous plants. The garden boasts a wide variety of the Cape’s unique plant life, along with plants from all the diverse regions of Southern Africa, both outdoors and in its Botanical Society Conservatory. There are over 7 000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species. The garden – which takes up 36ha of a 528ha estate that encloses protected mountainside supporting natural forest and fynbos, along with a variety of animals and birds – lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region, which in 2004 was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site, making Kirstenbosch the first botanic garden in the world to be included in

a natural World Heritage Site. You can find out more about the garden and its history by joining a guided tour – free after entrance – and relax after your walk in one of Kirstenbosch’s two restaurants. The artistically inclined can join a six-part course of landscape painting lessons with Artist Jill Fearon for the duration of October; they happen from 09:30 till 13:00, Mondays to Fridays. The focus of each lesson will shift from day to day, but the main theme will always be the colour, texture and mood in the garden at this time of year. To book a spot, contact Jill on (021) 715-6500 or 073 507 1027. For more information visit www.sanbi.org.

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Ogle turns up the heat SINGING SENSATION Mario Ogle has just released his brand new album, “Superman”, and is in Cape Town for a three week tour for its launch.

Thursday 13 October Kenilworth: The Grayladies Association presents a cooking demonstration at 19:00 at the Pick n Pay School of Cooking, 101 Rosmead Avenue. The theme is “Perfect Pasta”. Free and secure parking is available. For further information contact Barbara on (021) 671-0820 on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays between 09:00 and noon, or on 082 923 3544. Rondebosch: The Cape Town Family History Society presents Colin Edwards, who will lead a workshop on taking photos with a digital camera, from 09:30 to 12:00 in the St Paul’s Church hall, Main Road. Programmes and registration forms are available from Lois Harley at lharley@buck-

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“Can’t Stop Loving You”, which was nominated for a South African Music Award, and has sold 18 000 copies to date. “What an awesome album to have worked on,” Ogle says in the wake production. “A lot more of my own ideas and writing were put into my second album. The process became something I didn’t want to end! I went into ‘Superman’ wanting it to be better than the first, and I really hope I’ve done that.” Most of the songs on “Superman” were written or co-written by Mario, and the album features several upbeat, feel-good dance tracks, along with a few soulful ballads. To mark his album’s launch, he will be at the Kenilworth Musica store this Sunday at 11:00, as well as Saturday 22 October. You can check Ogle out on Facebook and Twitter, and see his music videos on Youtube. • People’s Post is giving away 10 copies of Ogle’s new album. To stand a chance to win yours, SMS “MARIO” to 345866 by Thursday at noon. SMSes cost R1,50.

SA STAR: The singer­songwriter says he wrote or co­wrote most of the tracks on the album.


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Page 12 People’s Post Claremont­Rondebosch

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Makes census THE time has come, again, for all South Africans to stand up and be counted. Census 2011 kicked off yesterday and will end on 31 October. Among the first to be counted were the homeless and babies born after midnight, after which census field workers took to the streets under a cloud of safety concerns about opportunistic individuals. Assurances were given that all field workers were vetted, and president Jacob Zuma urged all South Africans to be counted and “help us plan well to build a better life for all”. The UN defines a population census as “the total process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analysing and publishing demographic, economic and social data pertaining at a specified time, to all persons in a country”. Participation in the census is a statutory obligation. Some staggering Census 2011 stats: About 156 000 enumerators will collect information for 21 days Government estimates there are 14,5 million households, and some 20 million questionnaires have been printed, each 14 pages, containing 75 questions During the 35 minutes enumerators willspend at a house, people will be asked about their income, workplace and past addresses The last census, in 2001, revealed that there were 45 million people in SA. Results for Census 2011 will be available in March 2013. Stay safe during Census 2011 by keeping in mind that: All field workers must introduce themselves as employees of Stats SA and state the purpose of their visit Official Census 2011 field workers will wear official yellow shirts, a cap and a bag, all bearing the Census 2011 and Stats SA logos, and must produce an identification card containing their photo and ID number and Verify an enumerator’s credentials by calling 0800 110 248/080 between 07:00 and 22:00, or email census2011@statssa.gov.za.

The number is on the wall WITH all the latest technology at our disposal, we seem to think that this will solve all problems at just the press of a button. These days, if you have a computer, you can look up any address you are looking for, and if you press another button you can now even see the actual property on your screens, and we applaud ourselves that we are scientific – very far advanced as compared to our ancestors.This is now fine and well, but now you climb into your vehicle and follow the directions to the address you have plotted from the computer or updated street map. The name of the road is nowhere to be seen, nor are there numbers on the homes or build-

ings, and you now have to play bobby on the beat and do investigation to solve the issue of the address you so desperately seek. This is a serious issue, and has consequences, for example, non-delivery of post, or in the case of emergency assistance from medical or law enforcement, which could mean the difference between life and death. There should be a bylaw with a hefty penalty phase for the non compliance of numbering our homes and buildings. The City must do a feedback session once the 2011 Census officials are done. KEITH BLAKE Ottery

Win a Scheaffer with the write stuff NEXT time you write a letter to People’s Post, your submission may just win you a beatiful Sheaffer pen. People’s Post and Sheaffer Pens are running a letters competition, and invite you to submit a 300word letter for a chance to win a Sheaffer 9137 Silver Shimmer FT roller-ball pen with nickel-plated trimming. Sheaffer Pens is giving away a total of 10 pens – one for the winning letter in each of our 10 editions. In 1912, Walter Sheaffer

took his idea of a pen-filling apparatus that utilises a lever system and put his life savings into founding the WA Sheaffer company in Fort Madison, Iowa. The company’s physical space was modest – filling the back room of Sheaffer’s jewellery store – but the company’s vision was grand. Nearly a century later, it continues to offer generation after generation of innovative, reliable and stylish writing instruments. Sheaffer is distributed by Silveray Statmark Company,

a Bidvest Group Company, and is available from leading stationers and pen specialists. . To enter the competition, email, fax or post your letters, marked “Sheaffer Pens”, to us by 15:00 Wednesday 19 October. 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.

Your SMSes In response . I matriculated in 2006, have a business computing and film-making certificate and no job; my parents are both on pension, and you want to take alcohol away? Really? . Increasing alcohol prices will not work, it just means that less money will be spent on food in the homes that need it! . I have stacks of timeshare points for sale! Contact Andre on 082 881 4149. . Your cartoon on 4 October was in very poor taste. Think of the poor victims and their loved ones. Charlotte Rugby rules 101 . Many thanks to Lynn for succeeding in teaching me the rugby rules. My husband could never succeed, and I am enjoying the rugby now. Susan . So much for People Post’s Lynn Prins being a “rugby guru”, she doesn’t

seem to know or care that rugby is governed by laws and not rules. If you want to be called a guru, at least get the terminology right. Glen A howling tail . If you take your dogs with you on outings to the beach this summer, please make sure you take along water for your dogs as they get very thirsty in the heat. . To the person who complained about their neighbours reporting their noisy dogs to Metro Police: Have you ever considered that if you controlled your dogs you would not be a nuisance to others, and the police can put that time to better use? Try it! . Anti-dog owners, get a life. Dogs are man’s best friends. Don’t be so narrow minded. Dogs have been around for a long time. Take the time to observe them and stop passing ridiculous judgement. They have been around forever and always

For the record THE James Rawlings who SMSed recently about the

month of Ramadaan being holy only to Muslims and

will be. Pull yourself together, geysers. Kris . It’s good that Metro Police address endless dog barking. I too suffer with my neighbours’ dogs who are bored and un-exercised. . FK, your dogs disturb your neighbours’ sleep and raise their cortisol (stress hormone) levels. It means they will die sooner. You are the worst kind of thief. You steal years of your neighbours’ lives. Metro Police, take him away! . Just remember, dogs and animals were here long before we came along, paved over paradise and put them on leashes! . My neighbour braais till the early hours of the morning with smoke blowing into my house. He plays noisy music and I just keep quiet about it. So how on earth can a grown man of almost 50 be so cruel to send me horrible SMSes just because my dog barks. . Dear FK, you are the inconsiderate neighbour that allows your dogs to be a nuisance. Shame on you. Police yourself and your own and free the Metro Police from having to do that for you so they can divert their attention to drug lords and thieves. NW not those of other faiths is from Plumstead, and is in no way related to Dr James Rawlings of Constantia.


LETTERS

Tuesday 11 October 2011

People’s Post Claremont­Rondebosch Page 13

Take back your teachers What to do with ‘rogue riders’ THIS morning, as I turned on my radio, I was awakened to a report that September was the worst month for deaths and destruction on our highways and byways. The person stated that they were becoming stricter in law enforcement, and through the awakening throes I am sure I heard a proposal that driver’s licences of guilty offenders were to be taken away. As soon as I heard this I feared for my safety on the road even more. Imagine guilty offending drivers’ driv-

ing licences are taken away legally, but this offender already had the thrilling feel of driving. This driver will illegally get behind the steering wheel and go on driving. The dangerous part: As he or she is driving, a police or traffic official decides to pull the vehicle off for a normal routine check, what will be the reaction of this illegal driver? It will be similar to a person knowing they have illegal drugs on them, and with all energy and effort employ measures to get away, where-

as a normal, non-licensed driver would stop, knowing a fine would be the result. The possible solution is to suspend the driver’s licence for a period the first time, with a legal threat a second time of a permanent nature, with an endorsement on the licence itself, and to make the offender, every Saturday and Sunday from 06:00 till 18:00, do community services at our mortuaries, police stations and hospitals. KEITH BLAKE Ottery

On the Tutu Dalai Lama tirade IS IT not just typical of the ANC ruling party to retaliate childishly at whomever criticises its decisions and actions? At the receiving end of its latest tirade is the revered Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and clergyman, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in light of this latest debacle in respect of the Dalai Lama’s attendance of Tutu’s birthday celebrations. The cleric has been accused previously by the ANC of blasphemy and sacrilege. This al-

legation and distortion of the facts leaves much to be desired. If we are to respect our constitution and the right to freedom of speech, before the Information Bill relinquishes our right to criticise the ANC, then surely Tutu has every right to voice his personal and honest opinion publicly. Tutu was at the forefront in his criticism of the injustices of the previous apartheid regime, which ultimately led to our democracy and liberation. Tutu may be a thorn in the

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If these senior teachers are taken out of their classes and made to invigilate, what happens to their other classes that they have to teach and syllabi that have to be completed? Does anybody care? Teachers are not allowed to strike, because they won’t be at school to teach the learners, but they have to leave their classes in order to invigilate matric examinations. Double standards? Parents need to know why their children might not have a teacher in the class in the future. Seems as if the other learners don’t have a right to be taught. Parents pay exorbitant fees to have their children educated, and surely deserve the best of a teacher, not an invigilator. Speak up, South Africa! VG BEHRENS Pinelands

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World Cup upsets, historic moments – and rules LYNN PRINS

ON THEIR MARKS: The runners get ready.

Racing for a good cause THE ARD Athletic Club in Grassy Park pulled in over a thousand people with its 10km and 5km Fun Run in aid of the League of the Friends of the Blind (Lofob) and the SPCA. The organisers say they were overwhelmed at the positive response to the charity drive; runners reportedly raved about the “slick organisation and atmosphere” on the route and praised them for a great race. A group of blind runners from Lofob ran the 5km fun run with Irafaan Abrahams, who is also raising funds for education and has been invited to run the New York Marathon later this year. “The flat course went down well with most athletes. “Though we did not see a new Western Province 10km record, we did record a very fast time for an inaugural race.” More than R30 000 in prizes were handed out on the day, including accommodation at the Capetonian

Hotel, 11 pairs of running shoes, rugby shirts and jackets, a garage door motor, and numerous vouchers for spa treatments and gym memberships. “The members and volunteers who assisted on the day were crucial in delivering an excellent race – thanks to all for their contributions,” the club says. “We are extremely grateful for the support of the many clubs that travelled from far and wide to run this race, especially the runners from Knysna, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape and Boland.” The club also extends warm thanks to the sponsors who helped make the day a success. “We look forward to repeating this event on an annual basis, aiming at improving it to be even better in future.” Both organisations set to benefit from the run are based in the Grassy Park area, and serve the greater community of Cape Town.

WHAT A SAD, distasteful and bitter moment it is for the Springboks and all their supporters after their dismissal in the quarterfinal against the Wallabies on Sunday. Statistics show that the Springboks were the dominant team, but at the end of the day the stats was evidently not important. Many feel hurt and betrayed, saying match official Bryce Lawrence favoured Australia. Supporters feel it was an “unfair” match, with 15 men against 16 – which includes the referee. Despite the negativity, the Springboks had several opportunities and unfortunately never took them – and they should rise above the excuses. History has yet again repeated itself, with not one team winning a World Cup back to back. This weekend we witnessed another historic moment as all four semifinalists were seen in the 1987 World Cup, with Australia losing 24-30 to France that year, and New Zealand beating Wales 49-3. On Saturday we will see Australia taking on the World Cup hosts New Zealand, and France will take

on Wales. Who knows? Maybe France will reach the final and punish New Zealand for shattering their dreams of winning the World Cup and lifting the Web Ellis trophy 24 years ago – or will it be the Red Dragons who punish the French? Perhaps the Wallabies will be crowned the champs of another tournament. Only time will tell. On Saturday Wales take on France at Auckland, with the game kicking off at 10:00, and on Sunday New Zealand faces Australia, also at Auckland, with kick-off at 10:00. Last week People’s Post gave insight on the rugby mark rule and hand-offs. This week People’s Post will focus on in-goals and what happens after a mark is called. After the mark The match official blows the whistle after a mark has been called, and the player calling the mark cannot be tackled. Opposition players must then run back towards their own goal line until they are at least 10 metres from the mark, andthe “marking” player gets to kick the ball from the position of the mark, or from behind the position of the mark. In-goals Grounding the ball in the opposi-

RUGBY GURU: Lynn Prins, sports reporter. Photo: Tammy Petersen tion in-goal area results in points being awarded – this is, of course, how you score rugby tries. Grounding the ball in your own in-goal area, however, makes the ball “dead”, and play will then be restarted. There is no concept of an “own try”, unlike soccer, in which you can score for the opposition with an “own goal”. • Next week People’s Post will focus on kick-offs and restart kicks.

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ALOHA: Nigh on 300 runners, walkers and strollers took part in the first Steenberg Vineyard Trail. The weather played its part in the event, and the par­ ticipants donned fancy dress costumes to add to the spirit of the day. Some sped through the vineyards, stopping at the re­ freshment stations just long enough for a swallow of water, while the less competitive stopped by for a sip or two of wine. The best dressed partici­ pants won their weight in wine, and there were more than enough lucky draw prizes to go around. The Steenberg Vin­ yards thank all the organisers, helpers and entrants who made the day a success. Seen here, from left: Antoinette Bishop, Shannon Shortridge, and Mo­ nique Gibson.


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Hero heads to France LYNN PRINS

A FISH HOEK rubgy hero is set to jet off to France after accepting an offer to play for Montpellier Hérault Rugby Club for a year. Conrad Marais, born in Namibia, represented his country in the Rugby World Cup as a wing. He found his love for the game at the age of five at Paul Greyling Primary School in Fish Hoek, and throughout his primary school years he played as a scrum half. It was only when he reached high school that he took up the position of wing – and he scored the second highest number of tries in the country in this position in his years at Fish Hoek High School. In 2008, he made a life-changing decision when he moved to the WP Institute in Stellenbosch, where he says he learned most of his rugby skills. Marais describes the move as an “eye opener”,

and ever since his career has skyrocketed. “In 2009 I played for Villagers Rugby Club in Claremont,” he recalls. “I was only 19 years of age when I played in their first team, and I must add I did pretty well and scored quite a few tries.” In 2010, Marais made his debut in the Vodacom Cup, and at the end of the year he played in the Currie Cup for Pumas of Mpumalanga Province. After that, he made his first appearance with Namibia in the European Tour against Spain and Portugal in preparation for the World Cup. The player’s parents, Francois and Lynette Marais, are overjoyed with their son’s achievements. His mother says the World Cup has been an emotional one. “We’ve seen many World Cups before, but this one has been extremely emotional, tense and exciting. “We always wanted to know whether he would play, or whether he had injuries – it was nerve-racking because he

was so far away and we were not able to be in New Zealand.” Asked about Namibia’s game against South Africa, Marais says, proudly, “It was very emotional, singing the anthem, and at that time I was looking forward to kick-off. Though Namibia were the underdogs in that match, we had as much support as the Springboks, and plenty South Africans cheered for both teams whenever we did something right.” He says Namibia has improved a lot, but feels there is still room for improvement ahead of the next World Cup. The toughest players on the Springbok side, he recalls, were Pierre Spies, Jaque Fourie, and Fourie du Preez. Though he’d like to stay in France for as long as he can, Marais has not forgotten his mother country, and wishes continue playing for Namibia.

READY: Conrad Marais is winging his way to France on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

Proteas skipper gets ready and a double fracture to his right middle finger, which saw him pull out of the Indian Premier League. Nonetheless, the skipper feels upbeat about being back on the READY FOR pitch. “It’s been nice, ACTION: Grae­ being in the middle me Smith, Pro­ again,” he says. “I have tea test cap­ been with the club for tain, enjoys two weeks, and the injuhis practice ries have been pretty run with Clare­ tough. However, I do mont Cricket feel pretty fit – I did Club. mountain biking in the Photo: Rashied forest and swimming to Isaacs keep fit.” And Greg Bing, president of Claremont Cricket Club, says the best way to get good practice in is to play the middle. Asked whether he and the rest challenges are going to be tough of the Proteas were ready to take since Australia came back from a on Australia, Smith answered: series against the Sri Lankan “We have to be ready. I think the team.”

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SMACKED: Daylin Oliver of St Augustine’s fires at the ball during team’s Western Province Cricket Association Amateur 20/20 Group B match with Claremont at the Chukker Road A field in Kenwyn on Saturday. St Augustine’s scored 97/9 in 20 overs, and Claremont scored 98/5 in 18,2 overs. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

A CONFIDENT Graeme Smith, who recently joined Claremont Cricket Club, took the middle during a practice match at Burt Oval in Constantia on Thursday. Working with teammate Sean Savage, Smith batted 70 overs over the two-session match – and he had to reach a target of 175 runs in the first session or pay an undisclosed amount toward the club’s funds. Twenty-five runs got added to the target if either of the batsmen were bowled out. Smith joined the club with the plan of getting game time after he was put out of action by his recent knee injury. He underwent surgery for this in July after colliding with teammate Rahul Sharma while playing for the Pune Warriors in April, and he was forced to withdraw from the Cape Cobras squad set for the Champions League. Apart from the knee injury, he has suffered a shattered knuckle

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