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Tuesday 21 June 2011

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SAPS urged to take care of its members HOUSING BATTLES: Remaining tenants of Parkhof allege corruption in the allocation of housing. TERESA FISCHER

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HE SAPS is remaining tightlipped about allegations that one of its colonels lived at Parkhof, a police residence, while commissioned officers are apparently not entitled to subsidised housing. It is alleged that a Colonel Maduna, who is a former tenant of the Parkhof police flats in Kenilworth, serves on the Provincial Police Housing Committee, which makes decisions regarding the allocation of this accommodation. Parkhof tenants say commissioned officers – that is, the higher ranks – are not entitled to subsidised police accommodation. The provincial police communications office ignored People’s Post’s question relating to the matter. However, when People’s Post later spoke directly to Maduna, he said he is no longer on the Housing Committee, although he is the section head of Property Management, of which the committee is a subsection. Maduna says he did live at Parkhof for some time, but that he was appointed in terms of the caretaker policy, which does not specify ranks. According to Maduna, junior members would have trouble dealing with discipline issues if these involved higher ranking officers. Meanwhile residents of Tafelberg Hof, a police residence in Constitution Street, allege another colonel, who also deals with the allocation of accommodation, is currently living on the premises, where he is said to be in charge. Approximately 20 families still remain at Parkhof flats, where major renovations began a few weeks ago, because they say they have not yet found suitable alternative accommodation that they can afford.

According to Maduna, some of the remaining Parkhof tenants have been living there for a long time and due to the great demand for housing, they need to make way for new recruits. According to Captain Frederick van Wyk, a provincial police spokesperson, eviction orders were served on tenants at Parkhof Court. However, he referred further questions to the national Department of Public Works, saying the building is under the care of this department. Water to the flats has been cut, and the remaining police officers rely on one outside tap. Because the lifts are no longer in service, some are forced to carry water containers up six flights of stairs. Their electricity supply is sporadic, and is at times switched off overnight. One of these police officers, a sergeant, applied to the Housing Committee in February for alternative accommodation, but says he received no reply. “We get no answers; doors get shut in our face. They don’t know what we endure,” says the sergeant, who asked not to be named. He risks losing his job for speaking to the media. According to Van Wyk, the occupation of Parkhof Court by police employees is governed by the Police

Housing Policy, which stipulates, among other things, the length of time tenants can reside at a place of residence. It is understood that this time is three years, after which renewal is at the discretion of the committee, but several Parkhof residents have stayed in the building longer than three years.

But some of these tenants say in this time, their financial circumstances have not changed. The sergeant also wants to know how they can be illegally residing on the property, when rent, water and electricity costs are still being deducted from their salaries. He asks: “How many people are in the same boat, who maybe can’t take the pressure? “One day they are pushed over the edge and wipe out their whole family.” “Then they lay wreathes at your coffin and say they didn’t know about our problems.” “Lamoer [Western Cape’s police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer] wants to talk at police funerals; that won’t help. Here’s his chance to save his soldiers, look how we must live,” he says. Diagnosed with depression, a psychiatrist has booked the sergeant off work temporarily. But he says his incapacity leave has been declined with no reasons given, and he therefore receives a much reduced salary. He is a widower with two children and an elderly mother to support. He suffers from flashbacks of brutal crime scenes and filmed murder scenes, such as the Boipatong massacre, which he says they were forced to watch every day for three months at the training college. “When I try to sleep it is like I am there – the pain is the same. I see the dead baby, the dog that was killed, a murdered mother lying there ...” “My whole life is torn apart. My couch is in Mitchell’s Plain, my cupboards are in Bonteheuwel, my children are in Bonteheuwel, my mother in Delft.” “I know it’s not my place, but my budget relies on it. I am their responsibility. They messed me up.” But he adds that he loves the police. “It’s all I know, it’s all I’ve got. I love helping people; I’ve never

HARD LIFE: Residents of Parkhof flats in Kenilworth collect water from an outside tap. Photo: Teresa Fischer walked past a cry for help, even if its a vagrant and I need to get his blanket back from the person who stole it. But they have failed us dis-

mally.” The officers plan to form a committee to contest the legality of their eviction.

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MEMORABLE EVENING: Shane Wasserfall and Teri Jacobs.

DECKED OUT: The girls from Cannons Creek Independent School held their matric dance on Friday April 15 at De Oude Welgemoed Restaurant.

Master at work THE South African Society of Artists will be holding its next meeting on Saturday 30 July at The Athenaeum, Newlands, at 19:00. Derric van Rensburg, a professional artist and art teacher, will be doing a demonstration of his work entitled “Acrylics in Broad Strokes”. Van Rensburg is well known for his impressionistic-styled paintings influenced by the Overberg region he lives in. After working as a graphic artist, Van Rensburg started painting in acrylics and painting local landscapes.

His work now hangs in homes and well-known galleries all over the world, and he has also exhibited in London, Portugal, Germany and the United States. Non-members of the society are welcome to join them at this demonstration, which will be “exciting and inspiring”. There is a small fee of R10 for members of the society and nonmembers pay R20, which includes refreshments and snacks. Anyone wanting further information can contact Liz Pearson on (021) 671-8941, 082 658 5533 or email Liz at lizp@iafrica.com.

Book your stall now THE Harfield Village Street Carnival will be held on Saturday 26 November, from 09:00 until 17:00, on 2nd Avenue in Harfield Village. To secure stall space, contact Susan at harfieldvillage@gmail.com. The stall fee will be R130 (per 3x

2m space). It is payable on confirmation from the organisers that an inquiry has been received and the application approved. Further details will be provided in due course.

SMART COUPLE: Noluvuyo Sipoyo and Yogie Nhlanhla Po­ telwa. Photos: Supplied

Spreading joy through song THE Freed Hardeman Chorale from Tennessee in the USA has been in Cape Town since Wednesday 8 June “to uplift and to encourage children, teens and the elderly through song”. The group has performed at Boys and Girls Town in Macassar, Grove Primary School in Claremont, Pollsmoor Prison Juvenile Detention Centre, Romot Drug Centre, Christine Revell Children’s Home in Athlone, League of the Friends of the Blind (Lo- GIVING BACK: The Freed Hardeman Chorale singers also donated toys to the fob), Lukhoff Old Age little patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Home in Rosebank, Marsh Memorial Children’s Home in Rondebosch, Age Home in Hanover Park, and at four shopping Woodside Children’s Home in Rondebosch East, malls around Cape Town. Vista Nova School in Pinelands, Lillie Haven Old The Thicket Road Church of Christ in Mowbray Age Home in Bonteheuwel, Ladies Christian Home hosted the Freed Hardeman Chorale singers for the in Gardens, Best Centre Special School, Red Cross duration of their stay. The group of singers will be Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch, Rehoboth Old heading home tomorrow.

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Vehicle plummets off Rhodes drive ONE person died after a suspected motor vehicle collision near the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens yesterday. According to Andre Visser, of ER24, a small hatchback vehicle was travelling on Rhodes Drive in the direction of Hout Bay when the driver and only occupant allegedly lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then left the road and plummeted 20m down a steep embankment before coming to rest on its right side. When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene, they found the male driver,

aged 31, still trapped in the driver’s side of the vehicle. The man had sustained significant injuries, and was later declared dead at the scene. Due to the location of the accident, rescue workers from the Emergency Medical Services needed to use specialised rescue equipment to free the body from the wreckage. Traffic on Rhodes Drive was severely disrupted in both directions. Captain Andre Venter, Wynberg police spokesperson, says the victim was from Bellville, and that the police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

TRAPPED: Rescue workers needed to use spe­ cialised rescue equipment to free the body from the wreck­ age.Photo: ER24

ACCIDENT SCENE: The car plunged down a steep embank­ ment into Ce­ cilia Forest.Pho­ to: ER24

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CLAREMONT Library holiday programme: On Tuesdays at 14:30: . 28 June: Make a paper dragon. . 5 July: Puppet show by the SPCA. . 12 July: Play games in the library. Wednesdays at 10:30: . 29 June: Waste Wise will offer a craft workshop using recyclable materials.

. 6 July: Contribute to a collage – a bird’s-eye view of the countryside. . 13 July: Make a paper zoo. On Fridays at 14:30: . Movies: “Scooby-Doo”, “The fox and the hound” and “Snow White” Please contact Claremont Library for further information on (021) 671-6993, or email Claremont.Library@capetown.gov.za.


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Tuesday 21 June 2011

Power to the City TONY ROBINSON

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SKOM has put up electricity tariffs by 25%, and the City of Cape Town has kept the average increase down to a shade under 20%. This may seem reasonable, but averages and percentages can conceal a great deal, so what does it mean in real money? How will your electricity account be affected? This year there are no easy comparisons, because the steps in the escalating tariff structure have been changed. In the official tariff notice, the percentage increase is described as N/A, or not applicable. The only way to do comparisons is to take actual examples, so let’s take a modest house in the suburbs using 800 units a month. At the present tariff, the householder would be paying R746.48 a month. From 1 July, the bill for the same quantity of electricity will rise to R944.50. That is an increase of 26,5%, or R200 a month. In rands and cents terms, the old tariff (the domestic low) was 93.31 cents. The new tariff is 118.06 cents, so the increase is 24.75 cents a unit. Since the average Eskom wholesale price will go up by 10.5 cents a unit, the City is clearly making the most of the

opportunity to squeeze more profit out of the good people of suburbia. The punishment for small businesses (the ones who are expected to create most of the new jobs) will be even worse. Tariffs for those using less than 1 000 units a month will go up by 24 cents a unit to R1.44. Since Eskom’s average selling price is now 52.25 cents a unit, that’s a mark-up of well over 100% – enough to make an honest retailer blush. Things look much better for

those who can keep their electricity usage below 600 units a month. The bill for, say, 500 units will rise from R466.55 a month to R537.15, an increase of just of R70, or 15.1%. In cents per unit terms, the increase will be a reasonable 14.1 cents. What the new tariffs do is pile on the pressure to save electricity. A measure of cross-subsidisation for the poor is defensible, but the City is not taking the money from the rich. It is taking it from you and I. Last year the domestic high tariffs applied to the extravagant people who used 1 500 or more units a month. Anything less than that was “domestic low”, so the householder who used just 800 units a month (the one quoted above) certainly does not deserve to be treated like the rich and a fair target for our municipal Robin Hoods. The new tariffs will be effective because they will hurt the people who work on tight budgets. The legitimate targets, in terms of Robin Hood morality, will simply pay up, though they may turn down the underfloor heating a notch or two. If you think it’s tough this year, just wait for next year, when there will be no election to moderate the voracious appetite of City Hall.

Holiday fun at Kirstenbosch IF the winter school holidays have you searching for something for the kids to do, then Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is the place for you. From Monday 27 June to Friday 15 July (on weekdays only) the Winter Wonders programme of creative and inspiring workshops and walks aims to engage young people from six years to 17 years old as well as their families. With the garden dressed in its winter coat, there are so many things to do and see. Join the Kirstenbosch Gold Fields Centre team in a fun morning making something useful out of items you usually throw away. Eco Art workshops with Sue Nepgen will have students create unusual 3D clay models of the landscapes they’ve explored. Listening to stories is a magical way of introducing books to chil-

dren. Listen to the true stories of our environment and some of the endearing creatures who inhabit it. Special discounts are available at the bookshop during the holi-

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Nathan van Niekerk (with black top) takes a group of volunteers at PetroSA through their paces at the packaging party. Photo: Gary van Dyk

Packaging party for the poor GARY VAN DYK

TWO rand is all it takes to make a major difference to hunger in impoverished communities, and the Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa organisation wants more communities involved in their activities for winter. Nathan van Niekerk, a pastor in the Methodist Church, heads the organisation’s operations in the Western Cape, and says that the vision of the organisation is to end hunger in all communities. He says that with the focus on youth during June, and for the rest of the winter months, they want to encourage schools in various communities to become a part of their campaign. “We already have 30 schools that will be embarking on a focus week, where they will raise R4 000 each and pack 60 000 meals that will be distributed to school feeding projects, crèches and needy communities. “So far the schools that have signed up include South Peninsula, Norman Henshilwood, Herschel Girls, Zwaanswyk, Plumstead, Sans Souci, Wynberg Boys, Immaculata, Settlers High, De Kuilen, Brackenfell and DF Malan. “What we do is host a packaging event that shows how easy it can be to become a part of ending hunger in disadvantaged communities. “This is a highlight of the Stop Hunger Now programme, where organisations or businesses invite us. Once the targeted number of meals

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Five suspects arrested in the Claremont Cluster MEMBERS of the SAPS Emergency Services Unit arrested two suspects allegedly involved in a housebreaking in Rondebosch on Friday. The officers spotted a white VW Polo with two unknown occupants driving in an extremely reckless manner in the vicinity of Philippi at 19:40. According to Claremont Cluster police spokesperson, Captain Angie Latchman, the members managed to pull over the vehicle and, upon searching it, recovered a flat-screen television, a Playstation with games, as well as two laptops. Initial investigations established that these items were stolen from a residence in Rondebosch the men allegedly admitted to having broken into earlier that evening. The suspects’ vehicle was also discovered to have been stolen in the Mitchell’s Plain area. The arrested suspects were aged 23 and 30. Earlier that day, in Mowbray at 12:30, it is alleged that a 50-year-old man was walking along Kew Road to the nearby 7-11 store when he spotted an unknown man sitting on the pavement. He asked the man why he was sitting

there, and the man replied that he had injured his ankle. When the complainant returned to his residence in Kew Road, he heard noises from his vehicle, and saw the man who had been sitting on the pavement inside his vehicle, a VW Caravel. He immediately alerted ADT, who managed to apprehend the 21-year-old suspect. The next day, Saturday 18 June, at 19:45, a 57-year-old man spotted two unknown persons inside his white VW Microbus, which was parked at his residence in Burg Road, Rondebosch. The suspects then got out of the vehicle and started to flee. Rondebosch police were conducting routine patrol duties in the vicinity of Burg Road at the time, and the complainant managed to flag them down and give them a brief description of the fleeing suspects. Police then gave chase and managed to apprehend the two suspects, as well as third suspect who was parked nearby in a getaway vehicle. Latchman says that all the arrested suspects were due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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CAPE TO CAIRO: The first Tours for Africa Cape to Cairo motorcy­ cle adventure gets un­ der way in Cape Town on Thursday 23 June at 05:00. Tours for Africa is a pioneering adven­ ture motorcycling com­ pany that keeps push­ ing the limits of innova­ tion, creativity and endurance. Besides building goodwill bridg­ es across borders, look­ ing at new business op­ portunities in Africa and allowing business net­ working to progress, the adventures allow the participants to in­ teract with top­ranked officials, ministers and businesspeople, but al­ so with local villagers along planned, some­ times demanding and challenging routes. The first tour consists of 22 motorcyclists (high­profile businessmen from South Africa), two IVE­ CO Turbo Dailys, six crew members and two passengers. To find out more, contact Jessica at kinshasa13@yahoo.com or 084 208 6610. Alternatively contact Tours for Africa on (011) 433­8850 or email info@toursforafrica.co.za.

When life can’t wait A young boy’s battle for life

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OR Reza Price and his family, every day is a precious gift as they wait for a bone marrow donor who could bring him new life. In the Price home, there is a sense of underlying calm – not in a negative sense, but a sense that you know that Zeenat has worked hard, and put a lot of effort into creating an environment where calm is always present, despite ever-increasing odds building against her eldest son, Reza. Over two years ago, this family had their world turned upside down, when Reza was diagnosed with Aplastic anaemia – one week after his 11th birthday, in September 2008. On their way home in the car after a shopping expedition, Reza’s sister noticed him slumped over in the back seat, and thinking he was fooling with her, poked him in the ribs. This evoked no response from Reza, and he was rushed to hospital. Tests showed Reza’s platelet count was dangerously low – one of the symptoms of Aplastic anaemia; a rare condition where the body does not produce sufficient new blood cells to replenish existing blood cells. In Reza’s case, the situation has now become so severe that he is completely reliant on blood transfusions, which he has to have at least twice a week. When you meet Reza, you meet a young man whose character far belies his 13 years. He says he really misses not being able to enjoy a good game of cricket or soccer with his friends, and because of his illness, he has had to stay away from parties and gatherings.

LEONARDO DA VINCI’S Mona Lisa, which is on display at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, was stolen on 21 August 1911 by museum employee Vincenzo Peruggia. The Italian patriot had stolen it by entering the building during regular hours, hiding in a broom closet and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum

He can’t risk compromising his immune system and get infected in any way. He also has to be extremely careful of physical contact because of his low platelet count. For people who are diagnosed with Aplastic anaemia, one of the potential answers is to have a bone marrow transplant – however, the bone marrow donor must be of a match that is near perfect. Both Reza’s siblings, as well as his parents and most of his close relatives, have been tested, but unfortunately none of them are a match for Reza. The Sunflower Fund recruits potential bone marrow stem cell donors to help patients like Reza and many others searching for a life-saving match. By phoning the toll free number 0800 12 10 82 or by visiting the website www.sunflowerfund.org.za, interested people can be informed of the process of becoming a donor. Joining the South African Bone Marrow Registry can save someone’s life. . The Valley Christian Church (VCC) presents a musical fundraiser for the Sunflower Fund on 23, 24 and 25 June in the Fish Hoek High School Hall at 19:00 nightly. The VCC band will be joined by the Fish Hoek Primary School Drama group and the Sarah Cookney Academy of Dance. “Thank You for the Music” will showcase popular music through the ages. Tickets for seats in the hall are R50 and gallery seats cost R100. Tickets will be available at the door if the show has not been sold out. To buy a ticket, phone 082 215 2142. All profits go to the Sunflower Fund.

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PULLING THE STRINGS: The annual Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance was launched at the Fire & Ice Hotel in New Church Street on Tuesday. Festival direc­ tor, Yvette Hardie, gave guests a run­through of the dance, drama and visual arts productions, films, events and conferences that audiences can look forward to from 3 to 11 September at The Little Theatre, the Labia on Or­ ange, the Arts for a Sus­ tainable Earth Hub in Ob­ servatory and at the Fire & Ice Hotel. Bookings open at the end of July, and all details are available at www.outtheboxfesti­ val.com. Here Cindy Mkaza from UNIMA SA – which presents Out the Box – pos­ es with a tall puppet on the patio of the Fire & Ice Ho­ tel. Photo: Supplied

‘Eye fitness is the key’ TERESA FISCHER

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LASSES give some people a wise look, and they have even become trendy in a nerdy kind of cool way, but would anyone choose to wear them if they didn’t have to? Recent courses by Christopher Lane at Bergvleit High School addressed the possibility of becoming less dependant on glasses. “Most people don’t realise the eye is a muscle,” says Lane, who explains the concept briefly without going into too much technical detail. According to Lane, the focusing muscle is rendered ineffective when one wears glasses. He says this can happen quickly, and the muscles reduce to 10% of their capacity. His fitness regime of eye exercises aims to address this. Lane says it is so simple, but he has never heard it from the professionals, and glasses remain a quick fix. “When you are in glasses, your peripheral vision is reduced from 220 degrees to 80 degrees,” he says, adding that what happens as a result is that people move their heads to see rather than their eyes. He adds that when people wear contact lenses, they reduce their natural blinking rate, which is also bad for their eyes. Lane’s message is also that one can lose vision capacity due to bad habits, such as sitting behind a computer for long stretches of time. He says one can, however, learn to look after one’s eyes.

“The eye is a photosensitive muscle [it reacts to light conditions]. Our eyes need variety,” he adds. An architect and furniture designer, Lane says that although he is not an optometrist or opthalmologist, it is his passion to empower people to improve their eyesight without glasses. Back in 1972, he was shown the method, and didn’t wear his glasses again until 1990, when he spent a lot of time in front of a computer. But, he adds, he went back to doing the exercises and his vision is again normal. “When people see clearly, they make decisions quickly,” says Lane. Lane uses the “Bates Method”, developed almost 100 years ago by Dr William Bates, who believed that spectacles were harmful and unnecessary, and published “Better sight without glasses” in 1918. For more information, visit the website: www.empoweringvision co.za. A Claremont opthalmologist, who asked not to be named, says: “Unfortunately every year or so this method raises its head. It would be great if it works, but unfortunately it has been totally discredited and shown to be useless. “If it worked then it would be used by everyone, and there would be no such thing as glasses, contact lenses, lasers, implants and so on for the past hundred years. “The eye is not a muscle; it contains muscles for focusing up close and distance vision depends on a balance between eye shape and length.”


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Youth air their views on today’s challenges That was the opinion of a panel of youths from Cannons Creek Independent High School in Pinelands, speaking to Voice of the Cape’s (VOC’s) Open Lines on Wednesday 15 June, ahead of Youth Day. The learners, who are in grades 10 to 12, said they had great respect for the youth of 1976, and were ready to learn more about the country’s history, but they were also more than ready to move beyond the legacy of

apartheid.Where the youth of 1976 had racism, discrimination and an oppressive regime to confront, the panel highlighted other challenges for their generation. Among a lengthy list of issues, they focused on drug and alcohol addiction, abuse and bullying – from physical to cyber bullying. These were issues that they felt were much more prevalent today than in previous generations, amongst others because drugs were more available today, and because the Internet and social media exacerbated other social ills. However, post-democracy South Africa still has major issues with rac-

Time to travel THE Liesbeek Christian Action Group and the Scripture Union are presenting a Time Travel Holiday Club at the Mowbray Presbyterian Church. The church is on the corner of Highbury and Albert roads, Mowbray. The event will be held from Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July from 08:30 to 13:00. Anyone between the ages of six and 13 can travel back in time and meet some of the characters in the Bible. Entrance is free. Contact the church office during the week between 08:30 and 13:00 on (021) 685-6464.

Historical hunt through Claremont and Newlands JOIN A Whale Of A Heritage Route on Sunday 26 June for a historical hunt on foot, which involves identifying 15 photographic clues in a race against time to uncover various historical attractions in and around various nooks of Newlands and Claremont. Clues will introduce you to brewers, millers, springs, an obelisk, “Papenboom” and the connections to Muizenberg, Glencairn and Simon’s Town. Meet outside the foyer of The Vineyard Hotel from 10:45 for an 11:15 start. Finish by 14:00 in the same area. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This is an easy event, and is wheelchair, pram and guide-dog friendly. The fee is R45 per person. Children aged between five and 12 are half-price, and toddlers are free. Bring along cash for refreshments. Participate at own risk. To register, please email awhaleofaheritageroute@gmail.com, or call 079 391 2105.

Missing any keys? ON the morning of Monday 13 June, a small pouch containing “quite a lot” of keys was found in the hedge surrounding La Gratitude Pre-Primary School in Pinelands. Contact Lynda or Renée on (021) 531-4961.

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GENERAL

Tuesday 21 June 2011

San Remo sold at last VERNA VAN DIEMEN

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HE sale of the infamous San Remo Guest House in Gardens, known for criminal activities such as drug dealing, has been welcomed by the community. Residents, the police, the ward councillor, the neighbourhood watch and schools have all expressed their joy at the sale. The house, on the corner of Krynauw and Camp streets, was auctioned three weeks ago for R6,05 million. The derelict building is in close proximity to Jan van Riebeek School, and has become a serious concern for parents. But nobody is happier about the sale of the property than a resident who narrowly escaped being raped by one of San Remo’s occupants. The 37-year-old Krynauw Street resident said she had watched the auction. “I’m over the moon with this news, but it is not the end. Whoever bought the house still has a huge eviction on their hands,” she says. In February, the woman escaped her attempted rapist, who had jumped over her wall in broad daylight and followed her into the house after she returned home from shopping. “The guy came to rob me. Because I had not made any noise and gave him everything and didn’t scream and fight, when he got to my bedroom he probably thought: ‘She’s not complaining, so I might as well try to rape her.’” The woman says she made her escape when the man turned around to take off his pants. “I ran outside, but he caught me while I was trying to open the garden gate,” she says. She screamed and policemen who had been raiding San Remo heard her screams. “The guy ran away and about six policemen chased him. He ran into a block of flats and the police split up and ran around the flat. Two policemen cornered him and when he

saw that there was nowhere to run, he tried to stab the one policeman, who defended himself. The policeman shot him in his groin,” she says. The man was arrested and pleaded guiltyto the crime, but he has not yet been convicted. The woman, who has lived in the road for two years and a few blocks away for a number of years before that, says the house has been a problem for about 15 years, but unsavoury activities have increased in recent years. Dave Bryant, the ward councillor for the area, says San Remo has been on the City’s list of “problem buildings” for a long time. “It depends largely on what comes in its place, but the eviction of the problem tenants and the sale is extremely positive for the area,” says Bryant. The burning question for everyone is what the new buyers will do with the house, and where the alleged drug dealers will go. Police say they will be keeping a close eye on this. Captain Ezra October, spokesperson for the Cape Town Central police, says they conducted raids on the house almost every day for the 18 months he has been at the station. “There have been successes at that house on a daily basis. They buy and sell drugs from there. Our priority now is to find out where those dealers will be moving to,” he says. Henry Giddy, chairperson of the Cape Town Central Neighbourhood Watch, called the house a “mere slum”. For three years the house has been used as a location to move stolen goods from housebreakings in the Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof area, says Giddy. “We know this through the number of incidents in which the neighbourhood watches and police have also followed suspects running from a (crime) scene entering those premises. “It is also a known temporary storage for drugs that are sold through the network of car

GOOD RIDDANCE: Gardens residents are elated that the problematic San Remo Guest House has been sold. Photo: Verna van Diemen guards in nearby streets.” Giddy says that with the closing of problem buildings such as San Remo and Senator Park, the community in the City Bowl can certainly feel a lot safer in their houses and on the streets. Dr Barry Smith, chairperson of the City Bowl Ratepayers’ Association (CIBRA) says: “As far as I know the CIBRA committee has not discussed this recent sale, but on many occasions there has been disquiet among members of the committee about the drug

dealing. Hopefully this will all change with the arrival of a new owner.” Hammies van Niekerk, headmaster of Jan van Riebeeck High School for the past 10 years, says the sale of San Remo is “a huge weight taken off his shoulders”. “That place has destroyed many young lives. It became so bad that I knew the drug dealers by name. I am delighted and I wish all the new plans for the place well. We will help where we can to turn the house into a place that is worthwhile to the community.”

BILL GATES WANNABES: A team of UCT Information Systems graduates will compete against student software developers from around the world in the Microsoft Imagine Cup in New York. The finals take place from Friday July 8 to Wednesday July 13. From left are Professor Derek Smith, Junaid Parker (team leader), Richard Sadie, Pieter Roodt and Irfaan Imamdin. Photo: Nasief Manie

Celebrating chemistry JOIN the University of Cape Town’s Department of Chemistry in celebrating the International Year of Chemistry from 23 June to 5 July. There will be mini-lectures on everything from molecules, malaria, mineral water and medicine to cosmetics, crystals and computers. For those who prefer meatier subjects, there will be a “behind-the-scenes glimpse

of chemical research at UCT”, “exciting experiments demonstrated and explained”, as well as the keynote lecture, “Chemistry between ourselves: An insight into behaviour”. Reservations can be made by emailing shanaaz.smith@uct.ac.za, by contacting Shanaaz on (021) 650-5179/2712 or by visiting www.chemistry.uct.ac.za.

The politics of shark attacks THE Save our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay is holding a series of talks over the next six months. The first talk is entitled “The politics of shark attacks” by Chris Neff, a visiting American social scientist who has a long and successful history of political

campaigning in the USA. The talk will take place at the Shark Centre in Kalk Bay at 19:00 on Wednesday 22 June, and the cost is R50, which includes soup and rolls. Booking is essential, and can be made by calling (021) 788-6694.

In search of black holes THE SA Astronomical Observatory will have a free public talk on Saturday 25 June, starting at 20:00. Dr Nicola Loaring will talk about “Black holes and where we find them”. After the talk, there will be tours of the site and stargazing, if the weather is good.

For further information, contact Thembela Mantungwa on (021) 460-9319, fax 086 612 7502 or mobile on 071 105 0109. Alternatively, email tm@saao.ac.za, or visit the websites www.saao.ac.za or www.salt.ac.za.

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THINK TWICE, a non-profit organisation based in Wynberg, is facilitating a two-day training workshop on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 June, from 09:00 to 16:00 in Observatory at the Jubilee Community Church. The programmes focus on instilling in

children from five to eight years, a sense of their own self worth, a sense of discipline and respect for others; and the ability to make good decisions, while empowering them to deal with the issues of HIV/Aids and child sexual abuse. Call (021) 761-3338, or email miemie@thinktwice.org.za


GENERAL

Tuesday 21 June 2011 GRACEFUL GALS: These dancers from the Sarah Daniell School of Ballet in Rondebosch performed in the recent Ballet Ei­ steddfod, and won the award for the best novice 12­and­under group, as well as the award for the most outstanding junior group. (Back row, from left to right) Sarah Firth, Nikita Nightingale, Olivia Key, Victoria Fokkens and Nicola de la Harpe. (Middle row) Sarah Sims, Caitlynn Yeo, Ruby Wil­ son and Chloe Whitton. (Seated) Amber Wilson, Jaden Willie and Amy Ha­ rold. (Front) Naomi Fokkens and Ruby Roux.

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Change your world view THE Biblical Worldview Summit practically prepares families to deal with the issues, temptations and pressures of life.

ise their “God-given potential to take positive action to change their world for Christ”. This is accomplished through “a unique programme of guest lecturers, international speakers, authors and key leaders in their fields, special video presentations from all over the world, discussion groups, practicals, outreaches, outdoor activities, projects and interaction with others determined to make an impact on the world for Christ”. Detailed manuals, textbooks and lecture notes are provided as

Families are equipped with the facts and skills they need to deal with “Hollywood, humanism and evolutionism”. Those who understand the ideas that rule the world will have the opportunity to influence the world of ideas. Summit Ministries focuses on life-changing ideas. The summit helps families real-

part of the course. International speakers include Dr Peter Hammond, founder and director of Frontline Fellowship, and a missionary to Mozambique, Angola and Sudan. The Biblical Worldview Summit will be held at Rocklands Campsite near Simon’s Town from Friday 24 June to Friday 1 July. Day visitors are welcome, and there is an entry fee of R20 per person. For more information, contact Frontline Fellowship on (021) 6894480.

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Elgin Marbles revisited Uncovering the past

DADDY IS­ SUES: The dra­ ma department of Rustenburg High School for Girls received top honours at the 2011 Na­ tional Girls Schools Festi­ val in East Lon­ don recently when “Who’s your Daddy?” was chosen as Best Overall Production. Adrian Skelly, head of the English and Drama departments at Rustenburg, says they pur­ posefully avoided themes associated with the stresses of being a teenage girl, and instead opted for a topic far less spoken about – the complex relationships between fathers and daughters. The actresses wore the oversized garments of fathers. As each rid herself of her own “daddy issues”, she divested herself of the weighty clothing to reveal herself as vulnerable. The actresses are: (Clockwise from left) Keshia Samandan (Grade 9), Amy Tanzer (Grade 11), Julia Holzberg (Grade 8), Hannah MacMillan (Grade 12), Robyn Pater­ son (Grade 10), Kayla­Paige Raper (Grade 11), Georgia Carstens (Grade 12) and Catherine Paterson (Grade 12), Photo: Supplied

THE Fine and Decorative Art Society of Cape Town invites you to attend a lecture by Samantha Masters at the South African Museum in Gardens on Wednesday 22 June at 19:30. The lecture will revisit the controversy of ownership of the Elgin Marbles, sculptures removed from the Acropolis of Athens (mainly the Parthenon) and taken to Britain by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s. Greece has long called for their return “home” from the British Museum. However the Parthenon of Athens was a controversial building in its own day, and remains somewhat mysteri-

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LEADER

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Place in the sun WORLD REFUGEE DAY was celebrated around the world yesterday. According to a statement from Home Affairs, “South Africa, as a signatory to the Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, is also a member of the Executive Committee of UNHCR. Government is therefore committed to fulfilling its international commitments to those who legitimately seek protection from persecution in our country.” With an estimated 500 000 asylum seekers in South Africa – of which only 90 000 are formally recognised refugees – South Africa has the most individual asylum seekers in the world. In Cape Town, thousands of asylum seekers are turned away from the Maitland Refugee Centre every month, largely because the office does not have enough forms. Being undocumented makes them vulnerable to arrest, imprisonment with criminals, and deportation. Fleeing their homeland and leaving behind their loved ones is traumatic, without having the added nightmare of red tape and bureaucracy. But the last straw for embattled refugees is xenophobia, and accompanying rejection and intolerance that reinforces the horror they fled from. Learning tolerance can be one of life’s biggest lessons, and when all is going well, it may be hard to show empathy with the sick, the elderly, the disabled, the poor, and refugees who are seen only as “taking away our jobs”. South Africa is not best equipped to harbour hundreds of thousands of refugees because of our developing needs. When all is said and done, a country’s citizens look to government to take care of them, first and always, rightfully so, and then to assist others who are also seeking a place in the sun.

I never alleged bias in report Decision will split psychologists THE decision by the Health Professionals Council South Africa (HPCSA) to bar industrial psychologists from treating patients with acute stress disorder and depression, is not only puzzling, but suggests a lack of understanding about what is happening in the workplace. As a consequence of this decision, an internecine war amongst the different disciplines in the field of psychology has been started, and this is going to split the discipline to our country’s detriment. Some of the conditions that industrial psychologists deal with at the workplace are the harsh treatment of employees by their superiors and colleagues; the effect of family violence in the work situation and assault and trauma in the workplace through accidents, robberies and assault when their workplace is robbed or when they are on their way to work in our very unsafe social environment in the early hours of the morning or evening. The common mental conditions that I have come across are acute stress disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and as a consequence, suicidal depression. Adjustment disorder is another mental condition affecting most of our workers, and when this condition is left untreated, it leads to anxiety, panic disorders and severe depression. All these conditions have a serious toll on family life and all that goes with it. Sufferers of these conditions turn to drugs, alcohol and become vulnerable to

behaving irresponsibly. I am most impressed by companies that have in-house psychologists to assist their workers to deal with the stresses in their lives to make them more productive workers. If it is the work of an industrial psychologist to deal with stress in the workplace, I fail to see why he/she cannot deal with the same stress in a hospital setting. Why should a patient who has been treated by a psychologist for six months in the work place, suddenly have to see another professional because the setting is changed, even though the problem remains the same? Surely, the patient should be given the right to choice of practitioner. Industrial psychologists are ideally suited to deal with mental disorders, where there is a violation of a worker’s rights because their training should equip them to be familiar with labour law. I fear that the current war is about territory, and this is not good for the wellbeing of the patient. The acute shortage of trained people and the severe lack of resources in the country make it ideal for generalist psychologists. Having specialists for everything, as we do in medicine, is ideal, but what do you do when people can’t afford such specialists? DR EV RAPITI Mitchell’s Plain

I WANT to thank you for drawing the public’s attention to the plight of Ms Berger of Building Blocks by printing my letter. I would like to point out that I never used the word “bias” in my letter – that word was added as a title by the editors. My point must not have been clear. I was trying to say that people like those who run Building Blocks, the Safe House in Pinelands, who are sacrificing their lives to help the most helpless and defenceless members of our society, should be helped and assisted, not hounded by reporters trying to write a sensational story, or by bureaucrats trying to enforce every legal statute imaginable, thus causing them to fight bureaucracy rather than fight for the lives of those they are trying to help. Many times I’ve been challenged via the media to “Lead SA”.I believe the media also has a responsibility, perhaps a greater responsibility than the general public, to Lead SA in

helping those who are trying to make a difference, rather than criticising them. BECKY HASTINGS Pinelands Dear Ms Hastings, We focused in our response to your letter last week on your criticism against “the slant” and “the way [we] presented the story” by pointing out that the article had contained only facts and quotes gained from official sources. It was necessary to make this point to counter the allegation in your letter that we had chosen to “slant” and “present” the story a certain way, and to respond to your further request to us to “get the true facts”. The facts we presented were not any less true than facts can, by their very definition, be. It is not desirable that facts be withheld in journalism – that would then indeed be “slanting” a story. We can only try to gather as many facts as possible for the reader to evaluate a matter for themselves. – Ed

e.tv lets it all hang out HOW dare you show a programmes like naked sex on e.tv after the Friday night movie? This is pure porn, and is extremely offensive. Kindly refrain from doing so in future. Please let me have e.tv’s email address so that I may write to them directly.

Furthermore, how do they get away with the adverts on late-night e.tv advertising sex? Is there nobody watching what goes out? Where is your dignity e.tv? VG BEHRENS Pinelands

Remember baby Jordan THE Anti-Murder Campaign hereby wishes to call upon all South Africans to remember baby Jordan Leigh Norton, who was brutally murdered six years ago on 15 June 2005. Jordan’s killing, a day before we celebrated national Youth Day in South Africa, should remind all our people that our country is not always as safe as we would like it to be, especially when it comes to protecting the most vul-

nerable people in society – the children. We wish the Norton family strength and love during this period as they reflect on the events of that horrible day. The Anti-Murder Campaign of SA hereby declares June 15 “Jordan’s Day” in memory of all those children who have been murdered in our country. ROZARIO BROWN Chairperson of the Anti-Murder Campaign


LETTERS

Tuesday 21 June 2011

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MyCiti bus ride a joy Your SMSes In response . Well said, Becky Hastings. If it weren’t for people like Jenny Berger, many more babies would die and children left homeless. . In response to your article on the Rondebosch/Bishops game on Tuesday 14 June, Bishops did not win the game like you published. Rondebosch did. And it was in fact played on Bishop’s sports grounds. Poor editing on your part. Bosch . Regarding the sediment in Liesbeek: a development in Claremont behind Claremont Home Appliances in Princess Road has been discharging sediment into the stormwater system and needs a visit. Mike . When are the Rawson “developers”

CONGRATULATIONS MyCiti. I am so excited about the new MyCiti bus service. I recently took my first ride from Mount Nelson Hotel to Castle Street. What a joy – the bus was on time, clean, the conductress helpful, the times displayed on the delegated bus stop and the fare only R5. My only concern was the very few passengers aboard. Some suggestions: 1. Should this particular bus route include the Grand Parade and Buitekant Street, I am

going to leave our leafy Rondebosch alone and go and build their eyesores somewhere else, please! Cheryl Nel General . If government buys SABC airtime for what they want, then what is the use of paying for a TV licence? If that’s the case, then they must insist that their majority pay the licence. VG Behrens . It will be an honour for the nation to wear Mandela sweaters on 18 July this year and then annually on the 18th. Mrs L Murray . Let’s all just try to take a step back from our so-called hectic, stressed, dayto-day lives and have a look around us and realise just how lucky we are to have a warm, dry place to sleep, and to have food on our table. For all the many comforts we have, be kind and be thankful. Stuart

sure it would attract more passengers. 2. Bus shelters at all stops are needed. 3. Smaller buses in the CBD may be an alternative; and 4. Implementation of further feeder routes in the City Bowl area as soon as possible. Please Capetonians, support their bus service. We need a safe, clean, reliable transport system. MARY BAKER Vredehoek

Same name, different party TO BE applauded is the letter from Leigh Newlands “Voting and the youth”, together with the opening paragraph of your editorial: “The Protection of Information Bill, also known as the “Secrecy Bill”, is nothing but bad news for transparency in government. The Bill seems to challenge the very foundation of which South African legislation is developed – the Constitution – which ensures freedom of expression and that of the press.” A well-known columnist recently reminded us of the opening and other sentences that begin the 1955 Freedom Charter: “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white … The rights of the people shall be the same regardless of race, colour or sex … All national groups shall be protected by law against insults to their race and national pride … The preaching and practice of national, race or colour discrimination and contempt shall be a punishable crime ...”; as well as clause 3 of the ANC constitution, which states that the party will not only be “non-racial”, but “anti-racist and against any form of … ethnic chauvinism”. Nelson Mandela fought for and honoured everything that the ANC represented. And Jimmy Manye and Julius Malema and are members of the ANC? It can’t be the same party, and it isn’t! Someone recently compared them with All Gold tomato sauce. “It doesn’t taste or look anything like the original sauce,” he said, “but it still carries the brand name.” There has been no retraction regarding the disgraceful and churlish invective hurled by Julius Malema at Lindiwe Mazibuko – an educated, well-spoken, intelligent young lady with great presence and integrity – by calling her “a tea-girl to the madam”. So much for being non-racist and non-sexist, as well as adding to his “hate-speech” repertoire. And Zuma, as usual, had nothing to say. Wonder how much his futile trip to Libya cost? And his fathering of yet another two children with another “fiancée” – which means that as president of a country riddled with AIDS and its horrendous consequences (children becoming “heads of households” in over-large, poverty-stricken families) he

has again had unprotected sex. What an example to set. And how Schabir Shaik is doing (I mean dying), and the arms deal, and the neverending government corruption and mismanagement. And now comes the iniquitous Protection of Information Bill. Let us rather call this political party what it really is today: The ANC-ANM. (Arrogance, Nepotism, Corruption – After Nelson Mandela). A racist, incompetent, self-enriching party. It refutes everything Madiba worked for and envisioned. It defames and dishonours the Freedom Charter as well as the ANC constitution. In fact, the closest any party comes to Mandela’s dream (an inclusive non-racist, non-sexist nation, with education and job opportunities for all, with no place for “reverse racism” and “revolutionary” rubbish), is actually the DA. Their slogan “We deliver to all” epitomises exactly what Madiba envisaged. Importantly, the intelligence and integrity of young black South Africans has moved in the direction where effective and fair governance is the criterion; who want better for themselves, and who are sick and tired of a political party that only harps on two strings (loyalty and racism) in order to buy more time to enrich themselves even further. That is why what Leigh Newlands had to say is so important. In a complete role reversal, many of us look to young people today to guide us though the miraculous IT age into which they were born. The future already lies in their hands, and, as she rightly says: “We, as a strong youth force have a relatively shifted mindset nowadays to that of the youth a generation ago.” People like her need to use every ounce of their influence on other young South Africans to diligently guard their futures against the prevailing racist and corrupt ANC-ANM, who fraudulently continue to operate under the distinguished banner of what the ANC of Nelson Mandela strived for and historically implemented. CHARLOTTE CAINE Claremont

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EVERAL big names in the entertainment industry have pulled together to create the first-ever Afrikaans vampire movie, and are using innovative ways to fund the project. A cross genre of comedy and horror, with colloquial Afrikaans dialogue, the story introduces the existence of “blood suckers” in South Africa since the days of Jan van Riebeeck and company. Fast forward to modern-day Cape Town, when two amateur vampire hunters accidentally capture their first-ever vampire, thereby launching into a journey that will take them to the Klein Karoo to track down and kill an evil, blood-sucking prince known as Wyker. By so doing they will fulfil an ancient prophecy. The only thing is that the prophecy is a vampire one, and Wyker knows they are coming. The film will star Darron Meyer (HBO’s “Generation Kill”), Tyrel Meyer (“I now pronounce you Black and White”), Inge Beckmann (“Lark”), Francois van Coke (Van Coke Kartel), Porteus Xandau (“Liefling” and “7de Laan”), Rob van Vuuren (better known as Twakkie), Cherie van der Merwe (“Bakgat” and “Bakgat 2”), veteran actor Andre Roothman (“Arende” and “Known Gods”), Karl Thaning (“Binnelanders” and “Judge Dredd”) and Jack Parow. Shooting will commence in mid-July to mid-August. Cape Town-based producers Benjamin Cowley (Firebird Pictures) and Anton Rollino (One

FANGS: Francois van Coke plays Etienne, a vampire, in the first­ever Afri­ kaans vampire film. Photo: Supplied Step Beyond) have teamed up with director Jon Day (Orange Films), writers Darron Meyer (award-winning writer of “Tornado, the Kalahari Horse Whisperer”) and Tyrel Meyer to produce the first Afrikaans vampire film, tentatively entitled “Bloedsuiers”. Now, “Bloedsuiers” is looking to raise the final R100 000 through crowd funding and an auction. “Bloedsuiers” is the first movie in South Africa partly funded by crowd funding – a method fast becoming popular in the USA and in Europe, whereby filmmakers raise funds in the form of “pledges” from fans to produce and finance their films, and in so doing, provide audience participation in the filmmaking process and building an audience base prior to release. This is the first time this is being attempted to such a degree in South Africa. The crowd funding for “Bloed-

suiers” opens from 20 to 26 June. Fans can visit the website http:// www.bloedsuiersmovie.com/ to pledge. “Not only are you pledging your support toward this project, but you are also helping to revolutionise the way local filmmakers produce films,” says producer Benjamin Cowley. “The success of this model will pave the way for both upcoming and established filmmakers to produce films for local audiences.” “Bloedsuiers” is also hosting an auction from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 June, through www.bidorbuy.co.za. Fans will be able to bid on the dentures (vampire fangs) created specifically for Francois van Coke to wear as the character of “Etienne”, a slimy, greasy vampire in the “Bloedsuiers” teasers. They were fabricated from a mould taken of his teeth.

A night of ballet stars THE International Ballet Gala, which is presented by Mzansi Productions and the Cape Town International Ballet Competition, will take place at the GrandWest Arena in Cape Town on Wednesday 29 June at 20:00. South Africans will be visited by a galaxy of visiting ballet stars for the International Ballet Gala, at the GrandWest Arena for one night only. Audiences can look forward to pas de deux and showpieces from such legendary ballets as “Swan Lake”, “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Le Corsaire”, “Paquita”, “Don Quixote” and “The Nutcracker”. A pas de deux from the Latvian National Ballet’s “Lady of the Camellias” will be performed in South Africa for the first time, while two acclaimed contemporary solos from the 2010 Cape Town International Ballet Competition will be performed for a wider audience. There will also be highlights from Mzansi Productions’ “Carmina Burana” and “Somebody To Love: A Dance Celebration to the Music of Queen”. The stars featured in the line-up,

some of whom are winners from previous Cape Town International Ballet Competitions in 2008 and 2010, are Alys Shee (Canada), Brooklyn Mack (USA), Elza Leimane (Latvia), Hyo Jung Jun (South Korea), Nathan Chaney (USA), Oscar Carmenates (Cuba), Raimond Martinov (Latvia), Tamako Miyazaki (Japan) and Aaron Smyth (Australia). South African-based dancers include Michael Revie (Ireland) and Kitty Phetla. Johannesburg-born Andile Ndlovu, the joint winner of the gold medal in the senior contemporary section in the 2008 South African International Ballet Competition, and winner of the Special Jury Prize in the 2010 CTIBC, returns to our stages from America, where he has been based for the past three years. Ndlovu and Mack, both members of Washington Ballet, recently won the silver and bronze medals respectively in the prestigious Boston International Ballet Competition held in May this year. The Cape Town International Ballet Competition (funded in part by the City of Cape Town) and

A lifetime in six hours THE Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company, in association with Artscape, will present “CA 12-6”, a new work for the theatre devised by the Siyasanga Actors’ Company, from Thursday 23 June to Saturday 9 July in the Artscape Arena.

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A guitar-filled weekend TOP-CLASS entertainers will feature at a musical feast at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate next month. The inaugural International Classical Guitar Festival gets under way at the Simons Conference Hall from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July, and visitors can look forward to melodic entertainment and interesting workshops. The event, organised by Avril Kinsey through Friends of the Cape Town Academy of Music, will include a “Wine Tasting Celebrity Concert”, master classes, informal and formal concerts, as well as the semi-finals and finals of the Second Avril Kinsey Classical Guitar Competition, with more than R80 000 in prizes up for grabs. Kinsey, an internationally-acclaimed classical guitarist, has inspired many young musicians, and has now realised her dream of presenting a festival that celebrates the classical guitar. Three concerts featuring the cream of international musicians will offer the public a chance to enjoy some magnificent music in this beautiful setting. Visitors to the festival will have a jam-packed weekend, with master classes by visiting international and top South African performers, a beginner’s guitar workshop, covering a taste of flamenco, jazz and folk styles, and a workshop on how to build a guitar by Marc Mainguard. Kinsey presents the South African premiere of her talk, entitled “320 Guitar Pieces by 72 South African Composers” on Saturday 2 July at 12:00. Young talent will get the op-

portunity to show their mettle in two informal lunchtime performances on Saturday and Sunday, while the competition semi-finals take place on Friday and the finals on Saturday. The competition has attracted more than 85 young classical guitarists, and includes some new, recently-discovered young township performers. They will all be kept on their toes, as the esteemed panel of judges puts them through their paces. The semi-finals are from 09:00 on Friday 1 July, and the finals will take place late afternoon on Saturday 2 July, followed by the prizegiving at 21:30 at a festive supper. For more information on the festival, visit www.capetownguitarfestival.com, or call Ann Coltham on 082 414 4771. A VIP weekend pass is R350 (for all 13 events, including the gala concert and wine tasting), and a general weekend pass is R150 and covers all events except the three formal concerts. Individual event tickets for the gala concert on 1 July are R200, the Verso Duo concert on 3 July is R100, and entry to the Saudiq Khan performance on 3 July is R100. Book through Computicket. . People’s Post readers stand a chance to win two tickets to Verso Duo (pan flute and guitar), two tickets to the Beginner’s Guitar Workshop by Caroline Blundell (folk guitar), Errol Dyers (jazz guitar), and Saudiq Khan (flamenco guitar). To enter the lucky draw, SMS the word “Music” to 34586 before Friday 24 June at 17:00. SMSes cost R2 each. Winners will be phoned.

Cross-continental jazz conversation STEPS FOR TWO: A host of interna­ tionally­acclaimed ballet dancers will grace Cape Town later this month. Photo: Supplied Mzansi Productions (funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund), are both directed by Dirk Badenhorst. Tickets are available from R80 to R350 via Computicket, or call 083 915 8000. Town is renowned for her natural beauty, her atmosphere and her charm, but under the light of the street lamps, another side of life emerges. Six stories, set in the six hours between midnight and 06:00, paint a picture of the city most people never see. The cast is Michael Inglis, Melissa Haiden, Frans Hamman,

POPULAR jazz songstress, Amanda Tiffin, and internationally-acclaimed saxophonist, Shannon Mowday, will be joining forces for the first time for two concerts in Cape Town. The Fugard Theatre Studio will host the “cross-continental jazz conversation” on Sunday 26 June at 19:30, in collaboration with two top, musicians from Scandinavia, drummer Erik Nylander, and bassist Putte Johander. They will also be joined by pianist, Andrew Lilley, who is arguably one of SA’s finest jazz pianists. The first concert, on

Zondwa Njokweni, Lee Roodt and Anele Situlweni. Designs are by Alfred Rietmann. The Siyasanga Actors’ Company was established in February 2011, and this play marks the company’s first devised work together. The company has already staged exciting productions of two school set works that toured Western Cape schools.

Thursday 23 June, will be held at the Chisholm Recital Room at UCT’s College of Music, and will also be recorded. The second concert will be in the Fugard Theatre’s new studio space on Sunday 26 June, before both leave for Grahamstown to perform at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival. The show starts at 19:30, and tickets cost R110, with discounts offered to the Friends of the Fugard. Booking is through www.computicket.co.za, or phone the Fugard Theatre Box Office on (021) 4614554.

“CA 12-6” has low-price previews at R60 per ticket on Thursday 23 June and Friday 24 June, and low-price performances on Tuesdays at 19:15 and Saturdays at 17:00. Tickets for shows from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20:15 are R80, and can be booked at Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421-7695.


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A joyous celebration of independence THE Embassy of Paraguay in South Africa and the honorary consul of Paraguay in Cape Town, invited guests, friends and members of the Consular Corps of Cape Town, to the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the independence of Paraguay. A concert of Paraguayan music was held at the Artscape Theatre, with performances by singer, Ernesto Latino, and the Saudiq Khan musicians. The one-hour musical concert ended with a cocktail party celebration.

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INALLY the trophy cabinet at Newlands Rugby Stadium is displaying silverware – the DHL Stormers have managed to win their first trophy in the Super Rugby competition by winning the inaugural South African conference in the new format of the tournament. The Stormers finished off the round robin

SILVERWARE: Stormers captain, Schalk Burg­ er, raises the South African conference trophy. Photo: Emile Hendricks

stage of the competition with a convincing 4434 win over the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein at the weekend, and also secured the second place on the combined log. The win also ensured that fortress Newlands will see a home semi-final on Saturday 2 July. The quarter-final stage of the competition will take place this weekend, with the Blues taking on the Waratahs in Auckland on Friday and the Crusaders facing the other South African hopeful, the Sharks, in Nelson, New Zealand, on Saturday. The results of these matches will confirm the Stormers’ opponents in the semi-final at Newlands. However, it can be confirmed that the men from the Cape will not face their South African rivals, as they will face the highestranked qualifier. The Sharks, despite ending on the same number of points as the Waratahs (57), ended in sixth place due to their points difference. So the Stormers will face either the Crusaders, Blues or Waratahs – depending on the weekend’s results. The Queensland Reds, who ended the round on top of the combined log, will face the lowest-ranked qualifier. But for now, the Stormers are not focusing on rugby – Allister Coetzee’s chargers have been given the entire week off to recuperate after a hard, physically-demanding season. The last time the Stormers were given the week off was over the Easter weekend – their last bye after enjoying a one in the first week of the competition. “The break is much needed for the players – they worked hard throughout the season, and this break is a reward for their efforts,” Coetzee said. “This week off will not only give them a physical break, but also a mental break. Gaining a home semi-final is a very pleasing result for us – in the beginning of the season we set out with a goal of getting a home semi-final, and we are delighted that we have done just that.” What may be concerning, though, is the Stormers – and Western Province’s – track

TO THE TRYLINE: Nick Koster of the Stormers out­sprints a number of Cheetahs players to score in the Super Rugby clash between the two teams on Saturday. Photo: Gallo Images record of taking a break before important matches. Last season the Stormers were given a break after a winning streak, but returned to lose the very next match. And during last year’s Currie Cup, the Western Province side was given the week off before the final against the Sharks, after playing brilliant rugby. They proceeded to lose the match in the Shark Tank. At the time, Coetzee told People’s Post: “So perhaps we lost that winning momentum

with the break, but I do not want to look for any excuses.” But given the length and physicality of the current competition, a break may just be what the doctor ordered – only time will tell. . Tickets for the anticipated semi-final at Newlands on Saturday 2 July go on sale on Thursday 23 June, and range in price from R275 to R100. Tickets will be on sale at Shoprite/Checkers, Computicket and at the Newlands ticket office.

KNOCKOUT: The Coca­Cola Knockout Cup championship for 2011 that will be contested by clubs belonging to the Safa Cape Town, was recently launched at the sponsors’ office in Parow. The overall sponsorship of R600 000 will include R375 000 for the running of the knockout cup. Among the Safa CT officials and guests at the launch were (from left) Clifford Marthinus (PRO of Safa CT), Isgaak Isaacs (general secretary of Safa CT), Richard Beryl (sponsors) and Gert Bam (City of Cape Town). The preliminary round of knockout cup matches will take place on Sunday 19 June at various venues, including Rocklands, LFA Rygate in Athlone, LFA Manenberg, South Peninsula FA in Grassy Park and LFA Cape District in Wynberg. Photo: Rashied Isaacs

WP club rugby results CHARGED UP: Graham Knoop of False Bay RFC gets away from Herson Amil of Villager RFC during False Bay’s 18­10 win in a Western Province Super League A rugby match at Brookside in Claremont on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

Correction OOPS! The caption for the photo of the Western Province under-19A schools rugby derby between Rondebosch Boys’ High and Bishops

(Brandon Volbrecht of Rondebosch RBHS is stopped by Che Prins of Bishops) on Page 15 of the 14 June publication of People’s Post incorrectly stated that Bishops won 34-18. Rondebosch RBHS in fact won 34-18. We apologise for the error.

FRIDAY 17 JUNE Division 4: Cities 8 Progress 7. SATURDAY 18 JUNE Super League A: Hamiltons 27 Durbanville-Bellville 34; Villager 10 False Bay 18; SK Walmers 45 Helderberg 5. Super League B: Young Peoples 9 Primrose 14; Collegians 20 Kuils River 25; Tygerberg 46 Brackenfell 25; Bellville RFC 45 Pniel Villagers 14; Hands & Heart 21 NNK 68. Premier League A: St George’s 16 Kraaifontein 5; Stellenbosch-Coronations 22 Goodwood 29; Scottsdene 26 Hamlets 19; Langa 26 Rangers 13. Premier League B: Macassar 30 Silver-

tree 22; Lagunya 27 Strand United 15. Division 1: Northerns 46 Paarl Rangers 14; Kylemore 5 Raithby 24; Eerste River 3 Young Wesleys 5; Busy Bees 22 Strand 14; Young Stars 10 Hamediehs 10. Division 2: Atlantis 9 Rocklands 6; Blue Jets 15 Blue Stars 20; Watsonia 21 Whistling Wheels 20; Temperance 18 All Saints 8; Strand Pioneers 3 Manenberg Rangers 14. Division 3: Violets 13 Caledonian Roses 6; Retreat 18 Young Ideas 23; Perseverance 22 Cloetesvi 4lle 13. Division: Mitchell’s Plain United 0 Khayelitsha 20; Delft 8 Masi 38; Titans 10 Thistle 13.


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Tuesday 21 June 2011

It’s more than a game of chance BRIAN GAFFNEY

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IS the silly off-season for professional soccer – and anything goes as far as some star players are concerned. From Soweto to Sharpeville, and from Lamontville to Lavender Hill, the big guns with R1 million-plus transfer fees on their heads are escaping the pressures of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) by returning to their former hunting grounds in the ’hood. For soccer fans from all walks of life, Lavender Hill was indeed the place to be over the past fortnight to watch some of the stars doing their thing in what is commonly known as a Sunday League tournament. Franklin Cale of Mamelodi Sundowns FC fame – whose wages are in excess of R1 million a year – was a huge drawcard. And so too was another sharpshooter, Er-

KO BLOW: Erwin Isaacs of Santos FC experi­ enced an early knockout blow during his off­ season jaunt with a Lavender Hill club in his return to the ‘hood. Photo: Gallo Images

TOUGH STUFF: Dave Pewtner (right) of False Bay RFC faces off to Dirk du Toit of Vil­ lager RFC, during False Bay’s 18­10 win in a Western Province Super League A rugby match at the Brookside Sports Complex in Clare­ mont on Saturday.

win Isaacs. His current club, Engen Santos FC, could easily slap a R1 million-plus price tag on the head of the Lavender Hill-born and reared Isaacs if they receive offers from fellow PSL clubs. This past Sunday, Ocean View-born Cale, in the colours of Sharp FC, was again the main attraction for the 2 000-strong crowd at the Bodie Street sports field. The venue is an open piece of land bordered by three-storey high blocks of flats, with multi-coloured corrugated-iron annexes that serve as dressing rooms for the majority of clubs during tournaments. Sadly, some of these flats are notorious for the underworld activities that have a negative impact on people’s lives in Lavender Hill. Amid the gloom, however, a heavily burglar-barred Anglican Church stands as a beacon of hope on the opposite side of the field. Calm, however, prevailed during the tournament, with no glossy posters in sight to promote the annual tournament. Word about the tournament was enthusiastically spread by fans travelling on taxis and trains this month. For passers-by, the inkling that something special was happening was highlighted by an over-zealous fan pacing the touchline dressed in a green blazer – awarded to Players of the Match in the annual Nedbank Cup championship matches – and faded jeans. But back to match days when the Sharp FC side with Cale at the helm, opted to tog up in mini-bus taxis and out of the boots of their flashy cars – instead of using the ground floor flats on the opposite side of the venue. This scenario contrasted sharply with the plush air-conditioned and tiled dressing rooms that PSL clubs frequent at the international-standard stadia across South Africa. And so did the bumpy field, which serves as a shortcut for thousands of workers, school children and shoppers throughout the week. Cale played with extreme caution and avoided nitty-gritty tackles. His involvement in the action was closely watched by manager-coach, Ashley Hartogh – another Lavender Hill-born footballer – who has made it big as a regular goalscorer with SuperSport United in the PSL. Sharp FC’s other foot soldiers hailed from the Milano United semi-professional club, as well as from amateur clubs belonging to the Safa Cape Town. But they were upstaged in the championship final by a Lavender Hill invitational side. The local club triumphed 3-2 in a penalty

DOING HIS THING: Franklin Cale, a huge drawcard at Lavender Hill tournament. Photo: Rashied Isaacs shootout, after the score was locked at 1-1 at the end of normal time. And Isaacs? He watched from the sideline, after his Lavender Hill-based club was eliminated in the championship race on Sunday 12 June. The risks of returning to the ’hood of course were high for Cale, Isaacs and Hartogh. Not only did they breach contracts they signed with their respective pro clubs through their actions, but their selling price could decrease substantially if they sustained serious injuries during such unauthorised Sunday League tournaments. But who could blame them if renowned Brazilian super-stars like Ronaldhino, Robinho, Ronaldo and Romario, among others,

have broken the rules by returning to their native country to play in unauthorised offseason tournaments as a means of escaping the excessive pressures they experience with their European-based clubs. And of course it is much more acceptable than the separate pub altercations involving England soccer stars like Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (he was cleared on the grounds that he acted in self-defence) during seasonal breaks in the English FA Premier League championship. But let’s not forget the former talented, yet ill-tempered England midfielder, Paul Gascoigne. The pub brawls he triggered eventually spilled out on the streets.

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