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HE City of Cape Town will soon be installing millions of rands worth of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras along main routes in Wynberg, Claremont, Newlands, Rondebosch and Mowbray. The R4,5 million tender – which is subsidised by the city, SA Breweries and UCT – will be enough to buy around 14 “all weather” industrial cameras. The tender notice has been advertised in a daily newspaper, and the closing date for tender submissions is 12 September. Once installed, Cape Town will bring its total number of CCTV cameras to about 500, which, according to Safety and Security portfolio committee chairperson JP Smith, will further strengthen the city’s claim to be the forerunner of the number of CCTV cameras in Africa.
“We already compare favourably to some cities in the United States and Europe,” he states. However, the effectiveness of CCTV cameras in Cape Town has come under a fire on numerous occasions over the last few years. Concerns involved technical flaws in the CCTV system, including an alleged lack of training for those monitoring the control room screens and a lack of effective communication between the SAPS and Metro Police. But Smith feels “CCTV cameras are always a success”, and have had a “positive impact” on the fight against crime. He also says the private security guards who monitor the screens undergo sufficient training. “The control room is run by the Metro Police, but civilians monitor the screens. We don’t want highly paid officers to sit behind a desk the whole day,” he continues, before adding that the ongoing operational cost of running a project like this is high. “We will see in the future whether it is affordable to monitor all the cameras, all of the time.” Metro Police director Riedwaan Wagiet agrees with Smith’s sentiment that CCTC cameras have been a success in Cape Town, and adds that business people have more confidence in the city as a result. He admits there are challenges, though. “We need people on the ground, because there are never enough response teams. “But how many do you need? If we have five teams, then there can
easily be a sixth incident. It’s a catch-22, really. Another challenge is to install more cameras, but there are obviously budget constraints.” The Metro Police make a 24-hour recording of each of the cameras and keep these for 30 days. If they have to supply evidence to court, they copy the recording onto a DVD and archive it. Captain Andre Venter, spokesperson for the Wynberg Police Cluster, says CCTV cameras are a big plus. “It makes a big difference in crime fighting, especially crimes such as theft and robberies.” He goes on to emphasise that monitoring the footage is just as important as installing the cameras. Executive manager of the Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC), Abdul Kerbelker, says the CIDC and the Claremont police have been in discussions with the City of Cape Town about the optimum placement of the cameras. Underground cabling for them was laid last year already. The public transport interchange in Claremont, which includes the taxi rank, station and bus terminus, will be home to one of the new cameras. Kerbelker, who gathered nine years of experience working with the cameras in the city when he was with the Central City Improvement District, notes that the devices are not the solution to every crime, and that the success of the system relies on effective monitoring, but he says they’re a welcome addition to current crime prevention strategies. “They will increase security in high-risk areas,” he says. Anthony Davies, of the Groote
POUNCING PURDY: Wiseman Tshangela, a Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) ranger, officially received his new crime fighting compan ion, twoyearold Purdy, on Saturday. Purdy has been sponsored by the Pedal Power Association, which will also fund her food for the next year at a total cost of R22 000. The glossy canine is the newest addi tion to the growing TMNP dog squad, and joins eight other dogs that are already roaming the mountain. Park authorities say the dog unit is an indispensable tool in combating and preventing crime on the mountain, and officials are looking forward to growing their dog unit. Photo: Lulama Zenzile
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Traffic officers or tax collectors? O
NE fine Sunday morning in May I parked in Main Road, Fish Hoek, while I dashed into the bank to use the ATM. Five minutes later there was a ticket on my car for parking in a loading zone. The fine was to be R200. It was obviously a mistake. There was no inconvenience to anybody. There was no danger to vehicle or pedestrian. People have always parked in these loading zones on Sundays and at night, and if there was to be some change of policy, surely there would be a warning and an explanation. A simple courtesy slip under a windscreen wiper would have done the trick. That’s just good public relations. That’s how you build and retain good relations with ratepayers. I dashed off an email to the municipality, pointing out (rather briskly, I must admit) that the ticket was unreasonable and more likely to generate resentment than achieve any good purpose. I was asked to fax through the parking ticket and this, together with my note, would be used as my representation against the fine. That done I forgot about the whole matter. I had no doubt that wiser city officials would sort it out, perhaps even have a word with the errant traffic officer about excessive zeal and how counterproductive it could be. My attitude changed, however, when a “final warning” arrived in the post. Yes, they really wanted their R200. It was confirmation that it was all about money
and not road safety or an attempt to protect the rights of delivery services because there are none at 10.30 on a Sunday morning in Fish Hoek or anywhere else. Now R200 would buy a poor pensioner 30 loaves of plain brown bread, enough to last him for two months. And there are a lot of pensioners in Fish Hoek. All good soft targets! Frankly, I wondered if it was revenge for a column I wrote on how the city was spending R150 000 on hopelessly overpowered motorbikes for the traffic department when they could buy more suitable machines for half the price. But no, the manager of Pick n Pay also got a ticket, and I doubt whether he has given similar offence. Now I strongly support vigorous road safety enforcement, and I have even paid speeding fines (like a sinful 72km/h on New Boys Drive) without a murmur. It is now clear to me that we are not dealing with traffic officers. They are tax collectors. Do they get commission like the hated Roman tax collectors of old, or do they just have targets to meet? I don’t know, but I can tell you that they are giving road safety campaigns a bad name. They are undermining the credibility of the city and its law enforcement efforts. They are destroying good relations between the public and officials who have some tough jobs to do. But the council does not seem to care, as long as they get their money. Is this how the city works for you?
GIVING BACK: Paula Mosdel (left) is seen here with Felicity Douglas, senior nurse at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Photo: Supplied
Made with love by Paula INSPIRED by Braam Malherbe’s talk entitled Do One Thing (D.O.T) no matter how small, Paula Mosdel contacted The Sunflower Fund to acquire some bandanas from the previous year’s Ray of Hope. She spent many hours stitching 276 bandanas into duvet covers and pillow cases. On 18 July, Mandela Day, Paula donated 10 duvet cover sets to The Red Cross Children’s Hospital. National Bandana Day is on 12 October and all South Africans are urged to show support for leukaemia sufferers who have lost their
hair as a result of chemotherapy. Bandanas have many uses. Visit their website for ideas and be inspired like Paula. The Sunflower Fund is an organisation that aims to increase the number of bone marrow stem cell donors, from all ethnic groups, on the South African Bone Marrow Registry. For details on how to become a donor, call The Sunflower Fund toll free number 0800 12 10 82 alternatively visit the website www.sunflowerfund.org.za
Stretch yourself into all sorts of poses for charity CAPE TOWN childcare organisation Home from Home continues its fundraising yoga challenge this coming weekend. This innovative NGO has set up 21 community-based homes across the greater Cape Town area, where vulnerable, orphaned or abandoned children are cared for by dedicated foster parents and support staff, including social workers and childcare workers. The homes, which provide love and safety for a maximum of six children each, work on the principle of keeping the children in their own communities, enabling them to grow up in a caring environment that is as close to a normal
home as possible. Now Home from Home, assisted by the Yogaway Yoga and Pilates Studio in Newlands, is working toward opening a haven in Westlake. To help make this dream a reality, all you have to do is join a Yogaway weekend class with one of Cape Town’s top yoga teachers, or support someone who is taking part. Although the weekday classes are at capacity, one can still be part of this wonderful initiative by signing up to attend weekend classes. This weekend’s yoga kicks off on Saturday, when Malu Ovenstone will take a gentle 09:00 class, which
includes chanting. Kate Bell will teach an intermediate class at 16:00. On Sunday, Jaco Janse van Rensburg will hold an intermediate class at 09:30, with the weekend’s yoga drawing to a close with a gentle chanting class at 16:00 led by Aldi Groenewald. The suggested minimum donation for these classes is R100; the funds will go directly to Home from Home. Space is limited, so call Melissa Brake on 082 806 5286 to book a class. You can also visit www.homefromhome.org.za for more information on how to support this initiative.
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Mountain gets more bite TMNP only owns four of the eight other dogs on Purdy’s team; the deA BRAND new recruit to the partment rents the other dogs “at an Table Mountain National enormous cost”; each new dog costs Park (TMNP) security team is about R16 000, and TMNP relies heavready to “nip crime in the ily on sponsors to make their valuabutt”; Purdy the patrol dog ble presence possible. was introduced to her new As such, TMNP’s honorary rangpost on Saturday. ers started the Gift-a-Patrol-Dog campaign in an effort to gain ownership The two-year-old German of all 10 canine companions – and Sheppard stared her rigorous their efforts are paying off. Purdy, for training at just three months one, was sponsored by the Pedal Powold, and is finally qualified to er Association (PPA) at a total cost of join the other eight dogs currentR22 000; the association will also ly patrolling the slopes of Table sponsor her food for the next year. Mountain. Honoury ranger Sue Smith is dePaddy Gordon, TMNP managlighted at the growth of the project, er, says Table Mountain propointing out that the mountain provides numerous hiding places tectors have gained four dogs since for criminals, and rangers are ofJune. “There is no way to explain ten unable to crawl into bunkers what a huge asset they are for us,” and caves in search of them. Smith says. “Highly-trained dogs like these PURDY BIG DEAL: Back row, from left: Paddy Gordon (Table Mounatin Gordon is confident of attaining are able to cover more space in National Park manager) and Steve Haywood (Pedal Power Association the goal of owning 10 dogs by the time half the time, and have many ad- chairperson). Front: Karin Pohl (Pedal Power general manager), Wise the busy summer season starts, as vantages over other interven- man Tshangela (Purdy’s handler), Purdy herself, and honoury ranger Sue the project has received overwhelmtions and deterrents.” Smith. Photo: Hanrie Bosch ing support. Gordon adds that dogs are perSteve Haywood, chairperson of the fectly suited to the security tasks they need to Rangers on the mountain have the perilous PPA, says the increasing number of patrol face on the mountain slopes. “We cannot take job of clearing out known hiding places several dogs will go a long way in helping to make the urban security methods into nature. Cameras times a week, says Gordon. “These sweeps can mountain more accessible and attractive to and men on foot are simply not enough... Dogs be dangerous for rangers, as the hiding places visitors. are agile and quick, and have contributed to are often dark and cramped. In those situa“Thirty percent of our city is a national numerous arrests of suspects on Table Moun- tions a ranger would rather have a dog than park,” he says. “We need to protect and emtain.” three men behind them.” brace it.” HANRIE BOSCH
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Dogs shake a leg DOGS got to make their move on Women’s Day last Tuesday, when the newly-formed South African Dog Dancing Association held its first ever competition in the sport of dog dancing. Twenty-one dogs of every manner competed in the competition, during which entrants had to show off the dance floor skills of their pets choreographed, of course, to music. “It’s a very entertaining sport to watch, and takes months of practise, dedication and patience to teach a dog to perform a routine,” an association spokesperson says. “Dog dancing is a sport that displays the bond between the handler and the dog.” If you’d like to find out more about this unique sport, visit www.dancingwithdogs.co.za.
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Residents launch frack attack TERESA FISCHER
ASWALK, a protest march against fracking, took place on Women’s Day last Tuesday, with about 200 protesters taking to the streets of Cape Town. Fracking refers to a process used to extract natural gas from deposits of hard rock; the complicated procedure involves the use of drilling, explosives and a liquid mixture of chemicals designed to force gas from the newly-fractured rock to the surface. It is currently in the spotlight because petrochemical giant Royal Dutch Shell has application to explore the Karoo for shale gas. Last Tuesday’s event was initiated by photographer Kian Erikson, in partnership with non-profit organisations Climate Justice Campaign and Earthlife Africa CT. According to the organisers, it aimed to raise awareness around the “threat” fracking poses to the most vulnerable in society. “The hydraulic fracturing planned in most of South Africa’s land mass, from the Karoo to the Drakensberg, directly threatens the quality of our air and water, and thereby the health and wellbeing of our people,” says Muna Lakhani of Earthlife Africa. “Resource extraction has made corporations and an elite rich, but
ENVIRONMENTAL WARRIORS: A procession against fracking in the Karoo started at the Natural History Museum in the Company Gardens, moved down Long Street into Strand Street, and wound back to the Company Gardens via Adderley Street. Photo: Jac Kritzinger
SPEAKING OUT: This is just one of the creative posters on display at the antifracking march held. Photo: Jac Kritzinger
local communities remain poor, and are most at risk from the environmental destruction caused by fossil fuel extraction.” Erikson says, worldwide, more and more people are calling for a global ban on fracking – a call that is being echoed in South Africa. Gaswalk organisers say the process requires enormous quantities of water mixed with toxic chemicals, and that Shell has not yet indicated where it will get this water, or how
risks to local communities.” Louw says there is still a moratorium on all fracking applications. According to newspaper reports, Mineral Resources minister Susan Shabangu has said a team tasked with studying the concerns around fracking will give feedback soon. Louw says environmental groups do not have much faith in the credibility of the task team to make an informed decision as, she says, the Department of Water and Environ-
it proposes to dispose of the waste water. “The disposal of fracking waste water poses an additional threat of water contamination,” says Marina Louw of the Climate Justice Campaign. The disposal methods used in the USA, which include injecting it deep underground, open evaporation ponds, trucking the waste water to municipal water plants, discharging it into rivers, spraying it onto roads and fields, et cetera, all pose serious
mental Affairs was not included on the team. Further to this, Erikson claims South Africans are being kept in the dark about who the task team consists of, and that the report is not being made available to South African citizens. “I fear government is merely going through the motions, and that shale gas exploration is inevitable.” For more information about this campaign, visit the “Chase Shell Oil out of the Karoo” page on Facebook.
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THE Friends of Claremont Library are holding a fundraising book sale on Saturday 17 September, and implore everybody
workshop tomorrow at 10:00 in the Mowbray Town Hall. Those present will be given safety tips to help them avoid falling victim to criminals.
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Top musos move it for MyLife THE annual Ard Matthews and Friends Benefit Concert, in support of the MyLife Foundation, will rock Woodstock’s Upper EastSide Hotel on the eve of Thursday 25 August.
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Breeding birds on the radar TERESA FISCHER
TWO beautiful birds are bringing joy to many residents of Harfield Village and proving that nature’s treasures can be found even in the heart of a busy city – but their wellbeing is a fragile thing at best. Resident Francine Becker says the pair of Cape Thick-knees (or Dikkops) have raised generations of chicks at De Heide Special Care Centre on Second Avenue, and all in spite of urban pressures like noise, cats and loss of habitat. “However, recent building activities threaten to disrupt this happy coexistence, and urgent action needs to be taken to ensure the safety of the birds,” Becker says. The building work she refers to is being carried out at the Village Work Centre, which adjoins De Heide. Becker urges everybody in the area to do their bit to protect the birds. She suggests building work or any large-scale disturbance be disallowed near the birds’ nest, and that people refrain from mowing and clearing foliage while the birds are breeding. Landscaping the area in an environmentally sensitive way could help the Dikkops live there in harmony, she says, and asks that great care be exercised when contractors fix the fence through which the birds escape the building work. Cas Muller, chairperson of the
FRAGILE LIVES: This is one of the Dikkops that have made their home in Harfield Village. Photo: Francine Becker Village Work Centre, assures People’s Post that the building contractor working on the site is aware of the birds, and that every care is being taken not to disturb them. Muller says building work, which has already begun, will be complete in December, and points out that only 300m² of the property’s 5 000m² or so will be occupied by the new building. No trees will be removed, Muller adds. • Becker, who has found another breeding pair at the Protea Subcouncil offices in Constantia, suggests that readers’ responses about other pairs would be interesting and valuable for conservation.
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HEAD START: Grove Pri mary School shouts out its congratulations to these talented pupils for studying their way to hardwon bursaries. From left: Emma Leslie (who won a partial bursary to study at Herschel Girls’ School), Siyamthanda Yanta (who got the Bish ops Preparatory Allan Gray scholarship), Zia Schwartz (who also got a partial bursary at Her schel) and Asanda Masoka (who was award ed a scholarship for Wyn berg Girls’ High School).
AWAY GAME: Young hockey and rugby players came all the way from Scotland to play a few friendly matches with our local talent – and to exchange a little perspective in the process. The students, from Mary Erskine School and Stewart’s Melville College from Edinburgh, toured the Western Cape, playing against Paarl Valley, Westerford and Groote Schuur High Schools at the end of last month. The visitors triumphed over the games, which were played with a friendly spirit, and the talented Scots got to spend time with local families between matches. Seen here, Mary Erskine’s finest pose with Groote Schuur’s top hockey talent. Photo: Supplied
ACTION: The rugby players of Stewart’s Melville College in Scotland are seen locked in amicable battle with the stu dents of Groote Schuur High School during their recent friendly. Photo:
CREDIT THIS: Five number crunching pupils from Rondebosch Boys’ High School took part in the har rowing National Accounting Olympiad, held recently by the South African Institute of Professional Account ants. Three of the school’s Grade 12 boys participated in the competition’s second and final rounds – a feat that required a score above 80% for the first round of tough numbers. The school con gratulates head prefect Wil liam Keet, Ashraf Moolla and Mathew Kabot for their outstanding achievement.
JAZZ IT UP: Seven musical masters from Rondebosch Boys’ High School were selected for the National Schools’ Big Band at the Youth Jazz Festival, led by top European jazz trumpeter Frederich Norenheld in Grahamstown last month. Over 350 musicians attend a course leading up to the festival, and of that group around 100 audition for this 18piece band. “It is an outstanding achievement and honour to be selected for the band,” a school spokesperson says, proudly pointing out that this is the first time one school has provided so large a proportion of musicians to the group. Photo: Supplied
ICE MAN: Luke Stringer (Grade 10) of Rondebosch Boys’ High School was select ed to join the under18 South African ice hockey team when it travelled to Mexico to for a third division tournament. The ice fight ers put on a dazzling show of skill and strate gy, and came home having made their way to third place. Stringer started his ice hock ey career in 2009, when he represented the Western Province in the under16 interpro vincials in Gauteng. In 2010, he was chosen for the province’s under18 team, only to take on the interprovincials again in Cape Town in 2011. He currently plays in the posi tion of defender for the Cape Town Penguins in the Cape Town Premier Ice Hockey League. Photo: Supplied
COMPUTER CLASH: Ashraf Moolla, in Grade 12 at Rondebosch Boys’ High School, is one of eight Western Cape stu dents to be invited to take part in the final round of the Computer Olympiad hosted by Standard Bank and the Computer Society of South Africa. A total of 31 591 students entered in April; of these, 2 969 students were chosen for the second round, and the top 17 students will now participate in the final round on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 Sep tember at UCT. Moolla, who came first in both initial rounds, has set his sights on the top of the podium – a position all the more covetable for the additional R100 000 in prize money made available by Mark Shut tleworth for participants using Python, the open source programming language that Shuttleworth used to write the computer software that made him a billionaire. Photo: Supplied
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Pride needs more lions TERESA FISCHER
THE Pinelands Lions pride has been whittled down to only two members – and if the club can’t attract more, it may be forced to close. Member Shannon Filmer, explaining more about what being a Lion means, says membership offers the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, improve the lives of others, network with other Lions, and attend training workshops at no charge. The club holds meetings once a month to discuss general Lions LIONHEARTED: Shannon and Janine Filmer are the two remaining matters and plan good- members of the Pinelands’ Lions Club. Photo: Supplied will projects, among others. ey is put directly back into the community. These monthly meetings are usually an “I have always been interested in helping hour long, and recently have been held at the others and making a difference, but it was local Spur, so the group enjoys supper to- only when I became a Lion that I was able gether at the same time, Filmer says. to channel this desire into something con“A bonus for parents is that the group crete,” Filmer says. tries to include families in their projects “There is nothing better than seeing peowhere possible,” she adds. ple’s faces when you give them something As part of its work toward uplifting the they would never be able to get by themcommunity, the Pinelands Lions have, selves. It is amazing to work in a team, with among others, held bingo evenings, collect- like-minded people, to improve our commued and distributed spectacles to those in nities. need, held Christmas and Easter parties for “We’re often approached by people who various organisations, and arranged dona- need some help, and they approach us betions for the Carehaven Shelter – a home for cause they know we can help them. If Lions abused women and children. did not exist, these people would have noThere is a minimal cost to being a Lion of where to turn to with their needs.” about R50 per month, which goes towards Feeling inspired? Contact Janine on administration. Each Lion’s Club then rais- (021) 531-0678 or 084 514 2404 or email pinees funds from the public, and all of this mon- email@example.com.
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Realising SA’s need for jobs MANY South Africans still do not have the dignity of work.
ith less than half of the South African population being regularly employed, the need for job creation is clear. To create jobs requires a concerted effort by individuals and business leaders, and 93 000 Jobs for Mandela Day, headed by Proudly South African (PSA), aims to inspire everybody to create jobs for a sustainable future. To follow are the details of a number of programmes working in synergy toward this goal. The New Growth Path The government’s New Growth Path states that employment creation will be the most important barometer of South Africa’s progress in economic development, and provides the framework to help meet the goal of creating five million jobs in South Africa by 2012, reducing unemployment from 25% to 15%. Infrastructure development, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, green economy and tourism are key areas under focus in the plan. The Jobs Fund Announced by president Jacob
Zuma in his state of the nation address in February, this fund is aimed at supporting initiatives working toward job creating. The Jobs Fund is also targeted at helping the country’s youth acquire skills while they’re employed. It is envisaged that the fund’s activities will include planning, financing and oversight of the implementation of job creation projects in the country. Enterprise development, infrastructural investment, job-seeker support and assistance to job-creation institutions form a pivotal part of the fund’s programme. Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) The EPWP – established in 2004 to provide essential services and facilities to poor communities, as well as skills development and training opportunities for the unemployed – has developed further under the Employment Intensive Investment Programme. The first phase of the EPWP, implemented between 2005 and 2009, created more than 100 000 work opportunities. The second phase will be carried out up until December 2014, during which R73 billion is expected to be spent. About one million short-
term jobs have been created since the beginning of the second phase in April 2009, with another 800 000 short-term jobs (with an average duration of 104 days) anticipated for 2011-2012. The Youth Employment Subsidy This subsidy aims to raise demand for young workers in the country. To incentivise this, the subsidy compensates employers for taking on young employees in cases where the productivity of the new recruit is unknown. The young individuals, in turn, have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. It is envisaged that the Youth Employment Subsidy will support 423 000 new jobs for young workers in South Africa over its three-year spending period, which will cost R5 billion. The National Skills Fund The National Skills Fund puts money into undergraduate bursaries through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and postgraduate bursaries through the National Research Foundation. It also funds training of unemployed people.
Tuesday 16 August 2011 SPRING FE VER: The Cape Horti cultural Soci ety’s spring Flower and Garden Show will burst into bloom at the Alphen Cen tre in Con stantia on 3 and 4 Sep tember. This regular cele bration of spring fea tures a dis play of interesting and unusual plants alongside an array of more com mon specimens – all grown by members of the society in their Peninsula gardens. Stallholders outside the display space will offer a number of plants and garden products for sale, and light refreshments will be avail able. The show will be open on the Saturday from 12:00 to 16:00, and on the Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00. Entrance costs R10 for adults, while school children enter for free. For more information call (021) 5315713. Photo: Supplied
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Step up and dance THE New Hope Community Upliftment Project in Kuilsriver will soon host its annual dance extravaganza, and invites all applicable dance groups to enter. The event’s date and venue have not been con-
firmed yet; for more information call (021) 906-1267 or representatives Ray Basson on 074 545 2653, Sharon Oliver on 084 659 7801 or Clamentina Booysen on 072 704 6192.
Zille to speak to graduates PREMIER Helen Zille will deliver the annual Margaret Lindsay Memorial Lecture for the Cape Town branch of the South African Association of Women Graduates at 19:00 on Friday in the Rondebosch United Church hall in Belmont Road. The premier’s speech will centre on aspects of the Provincial Skills Development Forum, especially as it may benefit women graduates. A chance to discuss matters with both the premier and other attendants will follow her talk. Secure parking will be available. All are welcome, though seating is limited. RSVP to Shirley Churms on (021) 531-1450 or 082 485 9362, or at shirley.churms@u ct.ac.za. Alternatively, contact Hazel Bowen on (021) 4478989 or 082 851 0835 or at email@example.com.
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DEAD AHEAD: Armed with noth ing but a drum, a keyboard and a handbag full of “devastatingly honest melo dies”, the “beat riddled bril liance” of The Ar rows will hit the bull'seye in Cape Town for one night only at the New Zula Bar in Long Street at 21:00 on Satur day. Tickets cost R70 at the door, or R65 presold at www.webtick ets.co.za. For more information phone (021) 424 2442. People’s Post and the New Zula Bar are giving away a set of double tickets to see the show. To enter simply SMS “Arrow” to 34586 before noon on Thursday 18 August. SMSes cost R1.50 each. Winners will be phoned. Photo: Supplied
TRUE VOICES: 400 years ago after Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most promi nent Spanish Renais sance composer died on 27 August 1611, True Voices (seen here), will sing his Requiem in St George’s Anglican Cathe dral in Cape Town on Sat urday 27 August. The can dlelit performance will be interspersed with organ music performed by An drew Bethke. This work is rarely performed in Cape Town and True Voices is delighted to mark this musical event on the global cultural calendar. Entrance to the concert is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Cathedral’s roof. For more information call (021) 4247360. Photo: Supplied
Time to laugh at loneliness FRESH from a run at On Broadway in Green Point, Paul Snodgrass will be performing his sell-out show, “I’m So Lonely”, at Café Roux in Noordhoek on Friday.
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Fight or plight YESTERDAY close to 150 000 municipal workers embarked on a nationwide strike that has the potential to bring the economy to its knees. In an ironic twist, industrial action – coined as “strike season” by analysts – has become fashionable in SA, a country with an alarmingly high (25%) unemployment rate. The mining industry, as well as paper and pharmaceutical sectors, have seen workers downing tools for higher wages. While this strike is a desperate bid by SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members for an 18% increase, it is also a tragedy for a country as hard hit by global recession as any First World nation. Samwu maintains: “Our demand of an 18% increase across the board, or R2 000, whichever is greater, is very necessary to meet the economic hardships that municipal workers suffer.” Employers’ offer of a 6,08% wage increase falls scarily short. Previous Samwu strikes have led to garbage piling up in the streets. Knowing this, why have municipal bosses not done more to resolve the issue and prevent a strike? The South African Local Government Association (Salga) contends that, if met, the impact of the union’s “unreasonable” demands would have to be passed on to local communities. A further consequence could be job shedding to offset a higher wage bill. The horrible job reality for thousands of municipal workers encompasses rats jumping out of bins into their faces and finding dead babies – for R4 300 a month, a plight worthy of compassion. While empathy is in order, it does not give strikers licence to punctuate their strike with violence. Support for a good cause will abound when the fight is conducted in an orderly, legal way; not the case yesterday, as media reports cited police being pelted with onions and sticks. It is reassuring to know that the city has contingency plans to ensure service delivery during the strike. It is scary to consider what would happen if Eskom’s current talks with unions, aimed at averting industrial action, were to fail. Should an Eskom and Samwu strike run concurrently, we may just find ourselves eating dirt in the dark.
Pinelands ratings area no answer MR Holdsworth has hit the nail on the head, and I will not try to question his thoughts on the matter (“Do a better job in policing Pinelands”, People’s Post, 9 August) – it’s just that I have previously made myself unpopular by expressing my misgivings. I have done this to the same clique who say they speak for and represent the majority of Pinelands taxpayers, and who have been beating this drum for years. Are the numbers that are paidup members of the Pinelands ratepayers’ association, attend their meetings and keep these individuals in office, the majority of the
ratepayers? I do not think so, give or take a hundred people who show a fleeting interest.They want 50% plus one to create this monster, and will then join in milking the taxpayer of his already depleted disposable income, especially pensioners. What tactics will they use to get that support? If you refuse to pay, will your rates become in arrears for them to receive their pound of flesh?They attempt to convince, by telling taxpayers of “the gevaar”, but they do not tell you what they can guarantee. No murders, no rapes, no housebreaking, no car theft, no muggings, no stray loiterers. Because in a de-
mocracy all people have the right to be where they want to be, and their Special Rating Area cannot prevent that. They have not even been able get rid of the blanket man, squatters, or succeed in keeping the old Pinelands Night Watch in operation. What actual success will they be able quantify? The money they will force out of the taxpayers’ pockets and administer as they deem fit cannot guarantee to cure any of these without fail. Only official law enforcement has any chance of success, and this is sadly lacking in Pinelands. MIKE Pinelands
Service delivery: use C3 system I REFER to the letter from Mr Hanekom of Kenilworth (“Councillors not accountable”, People’s Post, 9 August). The Cape Town Municipality introduced about a year ago an electronic system of both receiving and monitoring service delivery complaints from the public. The informal name given to it is the C3 system.I would like to encourage Mr Hanekom, who I know keeps an eagle eye on issues in his neighbourhood, to use the system. All that is required is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving details of the problem plus location. It is always welcomed if a resident attaches a photograph, as that clearly highlights the issue that needs to be addressed. The staff will then forward the complaint
to the correct department and depot for attention. Within a few days the person who submitted the complaint will receive a reference number linked to that specific complaint, which can be used to follow up the issue if necessary. This system records and allows both the complainant and senior management to track the performance of staff in addressing service delivery issues. If a resident doesn’t have access to email then they should phone the contact centre on 086 010 3089, which operates on the same basis as the email section. I would like to urge residents to use this system rather than trying to get hold of a staff member in a depot which they know. IAN IVERSEN City councillor
Your SMSes Bank on it . I suggest that FNB Bank change their slogan from “How can we help you?” to “How can we help ourselves to your money?” Jack (ex-FNB client) . Mr Robin Perry, I suggest you try Capitec Bank, who won’t help themselves to your money like FNB does. Dear Val . Maybe addressing your messages to Val Behrens will convince her to take her moans and groans elsewhere. Gogga . As a fan and supporter of Clicks I must confirm the Pinelands branch is and, for many years, has been shocking with its service, especially the lack of open tills, and the bad attitude when asked to open more tills. . I complained the same morning Ms Behrens did. What disgusting service! They promised us a better service and shop. L Doone, Pinelands By the way . To the lady with the pink scarf in the CLK AMG on the M5 off ramp: You are right. The entire package is stunningly beautiful. MB, Rondebosch . To expect shelters and homes for destitute people to pay punitive electricity charges is unac-
ceptable. Shame on the DA council and Eskom. Granny . Why all the fuss about the riots in England? It is, after all, an everday occurrence in Africa. . L Campbell, those drivers who drive without lights also have their licences, so you can’t blame them. Just this morning I saw a driver making a right on a straight yellow arrow in front of three traffic cops. They just carried on with their pavement meeting. A White . To the management of all Engen garages: I pulled up at an Engen garage and, to my amazement, all my wheels were inflated with different air. The jockey tells me that maybe I was rude to the jockey who inflated my tyres, which is why I have different air inflated in my car’s wheels. It’s not a pleasure pulling up at Engen garage. A concerned driver Problems and solutions . I’m looking for a one-bedroom council house priced under R100 000. Can anyone help me, please? . I am a pensioner and would like anybody to help me with wool donations please. I do knitting for Aids children and orphans. Yolanda [(021) 713-0117)] . To the person who SMSed about being interested in taking care of orphans, please phone me on 074 828 9721.
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Wimpy gets high praise
Riverside Mall’s parking maze CUTTING off your nose to spite your face – very true concerning the new automated parking system at Riverside Mall. It is impractical and confusing, as well as making life very difficult for the elderly, many of them shopping at Checkers to receive the hour’s free parking. Before one could have one’s ticket stamped and presented at the exit, now one has to venture downstairs from Checkers into the ground floor parking lot to have it validated and then go all the way back with one’s trolley to catch the lift to the basement parking.Management would be wise to give all visitors to the mall an hour’s free parking – it would attract shoppers to the mall in general. Heaven knows they need it – Riverside Mall could do with some feet. It is a very quiet shopping centre. JANETTA VAN NIEKERK Claremont Melvina Mullom, centre manager of Riverside Mall, provided the following response from operations manager Qaaid Mesias. It has been lightly edited for length. We wish to confirm
that we have changed the parking management from a pay-on-exit to a pay-on-foot system, with the intention of reducing the major bottleneck of vehicles at the former exit, which has resulted in numerous complaints. We regret the current resultant confusion and frustration levels ... brought about by un-managed changes made during the installation of the new hardware. Following meetings with key tenants, we have met with various contractors and have devised a solution of signs and new road markings that we believe will alleviate the problems. There will have to be only one direction of travel for all entrants to the parking. To enable this the island will be cut back to half its current size. For the next month or two this post will be manned by a parking attendant, who will issue the ticket, explain the direction of flow and hand the driver an A5 flyer explaining the pay-on-foot system. A solid channelling line will be drawn to force left turning only. We
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ON TRACK: A delegation of the International Softball Federation lauded the progress of the preparations.
Softball tourney plans on track MARK WARD
DELEGATION from the International Softball Federation (ISF) tasked with scrutinising Cape Town’s readiness to host the 2011 Junior World Championship has lauded the progress of preparations. Both the ISF director of competitions, Laurie Gouthr, and the world-controlling body’s secretary general, Low Beng Choo, sang the praises of the local organising committee’s chairperson, Noore Nacerodien. The delegation, in the Mother City last week, also attended the launch and draw of the tournament, which takes place from Wednesday 7 to Thursday 17 December at the Turfhall Stadium in Crawford, Athlone. Sixteen countries will be participating in the tournament, and the City of Cape Town is presently upgrading the stadium to the tune of more than R16 million. Nacerodien said he is confident the con-
struction will be completed by early November. Some of the improvements include the laying-on of new turf on the two main fields, the resurfacing of the gravel infield areas, the construction of additional temporary stands, the replacement of all perimeter fencing around the fields, and new seating in the main pavilion. “I am very confident that all the building works will be completed way before the scheduled start,” said Nacerodien. “Our planning is also going according to schedule, and I am very confident and excited that we are capable of delivering a world class event.” South Africa is seeded 12th for the 10-day event, and has been drawn in Pool A along with the defending champions – the USA – and fourth-seeded Canada. The hosts start their campaign against neighbours Botswana, while the third African side, Zimbabwe, has been grouped in Pool B.
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WP look to silence Lions’ roar TASMIN CUPIDO
THE discipline of the DHL Western Province team will need to be in top form when they take on the table-topping MTN Lions in the Absa Currie Cup at DHL Newlands on Friday evening. Allister Coetzee’s chargers will look to improve on their overall discipline, which was the reason for the Cape side’s narrow 21-19
loss to the Sharks this past weekend at Newlands. A lack of discipline at the breakdown and several turnovers sealed the fate of Province, as the Sharks returned to Durban with four points. At the end of the first half, WP were trailing 9-3 in wet and rainy conditions. Despite a spirited second-half comeback, which saw Province leading 19-18 with just two minutes before the final whistle, it was
a last-minute penalty by Sharks flyhalf Frederic Michalak that drove the final nail into the coffin. Michalak was in fine form for the defending champions, with the French international scoring all 21 points for his team (four penalties and three drop goals). Province’s second-half fight back saw prop Brok Harris dot down behind the tryline, with the rest of the points coming from the boot of flyhalf Demetri Caterkillis. WP head coach Coetzee was the first to admit that unforced errors had cost his side in the clash. “We are obviously disappointed with the loss, especially losing at Newlands,” he said. “We played in their half for most of the match and, in the end, it was a crucial penalty that cost us the match – we need to learn from that.” Despite the conditions last Friday evening, Coetzee made no excuses for his side’s performance. “It was tough out there, but it was tough for the other team too,” Coetzee said. “We are beating ourselves by conceding too many penalties. We need to learn from our mistakes, work on our discipline and learn how to win these tight matches.”
Coetzee will be hoping his team – who are currently in fourth position on the log with 14 points – will exercise these new strategies when they take on the unbeaten Lions on Friday. John Mitchell’s troops have been impressive throughout the Currie Cup season, having won five out of five matches and topping the log with 22 points. The young team, with dynamic and exciting players, has been the surprise package this season. Since Mitchell arrival at Coca-Cola Park, the team has grown from strength to strength and lapses in discipline – on and off the field – has not been tolerated by the New Zealander. Under the leadership of flanker Josh Strauss, the performances of Elton Jantjies, Michael Killian and Lionel Mapoe have stood out. Coming off a 17-10 win over the Cheetahs at the weekend, they will be looking to continue their winning form when they come to Cape Town. •The match kicks off at 19:00. Tickets for the clash are available from the Newlands ticket office and any Shoprite and Checkers store.
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