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Village goes green TERESA FISCHER
“THE picnic’s not over until someone starts eating the blanket.” This is one of the comments on the Harfield Village Association’s (HVA) Facebook group, which is used with great success to create a renewed sense of community in the neighbourhood. The association held its picnic in Purley Park on Saturday to build on this sense of community, and celebrate recent work to improve the four parks in the area – Surrey, Hampstead, Princes and Purley Parks. In August, the new committee of the HVA announced its plans for the beautification of the village and its parks. R30 000 was also allocated to this project through the Subcouncil’s annual ward allocation budget. Funds from a previous allocation were also used. HVA chairperson James Fernie says a few years ago a Friends of the Harfield Parks organisation was formed, but few people got involved, and those who did were often the immediate neighbours of the parks. But through meetings with residents and growing a core group of motivated locals, the parks are now the focus of lavish attention. Fernie says: “What is most gratifying is that the parks are now well used, and the community is involved.” He says, to take Surrey Park as an example, people have donated their gardeners’ time for a day, and the HVA refunds them. The fence around Surrey Park was also fixed to prevent people entering the park from the railway line. Sixty bushes were also planted along the railway, which in time will become a colourful
SWIFT MOVES: During the Genée International Ballet Competition, which started at the Artscape yesterday (Monday) and will run until Sunday, the Royal Academy of Dance, in association with Cape Town City Ballet, will present a series of workshops that will culminate in a free performance entitled “Sizodanisa” (“Let’s Dance!”) tomorrow at 15:00. Participating community groups in clude Dance for All, Jikeleza, Zama and CAFDA.For more information call (021) 4627384 or visit www.rad.org.uk. Photo: Supplied screen to hide the tracks. Sandra Meyer, HVA secretary, explains that in Purley Park the ablution block was completely neglected, and a team of residents reported this to the City of Cape Town and monitored progress. She thanks everyone who made donations to the cause, or helped dig flowerbeds. Fernie says there are plans to repaint the metal fencing at Hampstead and Princes Parks, and to continue fencing along Hampstead Road and Third Avenue to increase safety for dog walkers. Fernie says the City’s Parks Department and ward councillors have been very helpful in attempts to beautify the village. “I just get despondent when residents do not fix up the areas outside their own homes,” he says. HVA events are publicised on its Facebook group to motivate residents to get involved. Others use the group page to make suggestions, such as a proposal to hold carols by candlelight in one of the parks. Photos of recent spring blossoms in Surrey Park were also posted on the site to lure people back to their green spaces. Harfield Village resident Gail Morrison says:
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“I have found it awesome to connect with other people from around the neighbourhood in this lovely, relaxed way, and find myself wondering down to the park more often.” Morrision notes: “I think that it is so important to bear in mind that this is an ongoing initiative, so that the parks become an integrated part of the community and so continuously reflect the needs of residents – this means that residents will be using them far more than in the past.” Ward councillor Matthew Kempthorne was at Saturday’s picnic, during which an indigenous tree was planted, and comments that it was great to see the community taking ownership of their public spaces. “Phenomenal work has been done by the committee in keeping the council on its toes,” he says, lightly. Kempthorne appeals to residents of other areas to join their own residents’ associations, which he says are vital. Tom Crafford adds that any upgrade can only be successful if the community assists the council by policing the parks and reporting problems when they happen.
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Celebrating SA’s best Homegrown companies PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN announced the winners of its fifth annual Homegrown Awards competition at a glamorous gala dinner on Thursday. The event, sponsored by PetroSA, was celebrated at the Sandton Convention Centre and attended by more than 450 delegates, including special guests such as councillor Parks Tau, Joburg mayor Herbert Mkhize, Nedlac executive director Cyril Ramaphosa, Baxolile Zwane (acting vice president of trade, supply and logistics for PetroSA), Leslie Sedibe (CEO of PSA), and advocate Dali Mpofu (chairperson of PSA). Sedibe applauded the winners for their great achievement and hard work. “These are the companies that are role models to small and big companies, as these companies are
committed to the values of being Proudly South African. They are buying local to create jobs, and committed to fair labour practice, environmental responsibility and delivering high-quality goods and services. It is a real pity that some of South Africa’s leading corporations and listed companies are not members of Proudly South African, yet they often claim to be a Proudly South African company.” Sedibe challenges each and every company in South Africa to become a Proudly South African member so that they “can truly commit themselves to working together as a nation to create jobs and eradicate poverty in this beautiful country”. The winners of the Homegrown Awards in their respective categories this year are: Product of the year • Optiphi Skin Rejuvenation
Technologies; Service of the year • Cora’s Costumes; • Karan Beef (special recognition award); CSI of the year • Clover Mama Afrika Trust; Environmental (most green) company of the year • Green Office; Best recognised and acclaimed PSA member company (by public voting) • Stormsriver Adventures; PSA/CGF schools governance award • Victoria Girls’ High School (its second Homegrown Award); • Gert Sibande FET College (special recognition award); Best PSA company over the past 10 years • Longspan Gutters; • Karan Beef (special recognition
FASHIONA BLE WIN: The award for Service of the Year was giv en to Cora Costumes. Cora Simp son, owner of Cora Cos tumes, is seen here with Obed Bapela, deputy minis ter of Commu nications, and event MC Tu mi Makgabo. award). Says PetroSA’s Baxolile Zwane, “We are proud sponsors of this event, and it is an honour for us to witness the greatness of our nation
through the efforts of these companies, both big and small. Well done, PSA members; keep flying the flag high so that others can follow.”
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The lies you learn at school TONY ROBINSON
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS discovered America. Sir Alexander Fleming invented penicillin. Thomas Edison invented the electric light. Marconi invented Radio. Elijah Grey invented the telephone. Few people would argue with those statements, but the first four are dead wrong. Columbus never set foot on American soil. He discovered the West Indies, and he may have landed in Central America, but the man who actually landed on the North American mainland was John Cabot, a naturalised englishman who sailed from Bristol in 1497 looking for more northerly route to the East. So why does Columbus get all the credit? Probably because he paved the way for the Spanish Conquistadors who brought back the gold. That got all the attention, and Columbus was seen as the discoverer of the “new world”, which the US came to dominate a few hundred years later.
Cabot landed in New England, but the territory did not become important until much later. He did not survive his second voyage, and is largely a forgotten man. There was no one to blow his trumpet. Sir Alexander Fleming made the observation that mould appeared to kill some bacteria. He tried hard to invent penicillin, but gave it up as a bad job in 1928 and had nothing whatsoever to do with the development of the drug. That was done in Oxford during the war by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain. The manufacturing processes were perfected in America with their help. But Fleming did have someone to blow his trumpet – Lord Beaverbrook, who controlled the press in England. Beaverbrook served on the board of St Mary’s Hospital and he used his papers to promote the hospital and its fundraising efforts. Fleming and penicillin made a good story, and Beaverbrook did not let the truth get in the way of good headlines. He even campaigned for Fleming’s Nobel Prize.
But the Americans objected. They knew the real story and as a result of their pressure, the Nobel Prize was jointly awarded to Florey, Chain and Fleming. The electric light was invented by an Englishman, Joseph Swan. Edison improved it, and most people now give him the credit. The problem with Swan’s globe was the filament, which had a short life. Edison used his vast resources to hunt down a better filament and, as we know, he succeeded. Marconi never invented radio. The real inventor was Nicola Tesla, one of the great unheralded geniuses. Tesla used radio waves to steer a model boat and gave public demonstrations of radio control before Marconi entered the picture. He was trying to sell radio to the US Navy as a guidance system for torpedos. Marconi, wealthy heir to the Guiness for-
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City extends rebate deadline CAPE TOWN residents who need assistance to pay their monthly municipal accounts now have until Monday 31 October to apply for special rates rebates from the City of Cape Town. “Senior citizens who are 60 years or older, as well as recipients of a disability grant or pension, could qualify for rates rebates ranging from 10% to 95%,” says alderman Ian Neilson, executive deputy mayor and Mayoral Committee member for Finance. This year the City has budgeted R1,26 billion to help poor and vulnerable citizens.The upper limit of total household income for these two categories has also been raised from R8 500 to R10 000 per month. In addition, all property owners with a total household income of R3 000
or less per month may apply to be registered as indigent, and may qualify for a 100% rates and refuse rebate. Their arrears may also be written off once during occupation of the property. “Apart from the full rates rebate on households earning R3 000 or less per month, or whose residential properties are valued at R200 000 or less, the City has added a new indigent category for people earning between R3 000 and R4 000 per month to apply for a 50% rates rebate,” says Neilson. “We call on community leaders to assist potential beneficiaries in registering for this financial assistance. “The rebates kick in from the date that the City receives applications and remain valid until the end of June next year. “To date, some 9 698 people have
registered, but we know that there are many more who can take advantage of this financial lifeline.” According to Trevor Blake, the City’s director for Revenue, residents who have registered for financial relief in the past need to re-register to prove their circumstances still apply.“Rebates are also available to bona-fide non-government organisations, public benefit organisations, health and welfare institutions, educational institutions, historical monuments, charitable institutions, sporting bodies, cultural institutions, youth development organisations and animal protection organisations,” he says. For more information on how to apply for the rebates, call the City of Cape Town’s call centre on 0860 103 089 or visit your nearest municipal office.
Safety for the summer season GREAT WHITE season is upon us, the City of Cape Town warns. The predators are typically seen in greater numbers between August and March, peaking in midsummer, and a number of sightings have been made already in Muizenberg, St James and Clovelly. Analysis of the Shark Spotters’ data from the two beaches with the highest number of shark sightings, namely Muizenberg and Fish Hoek, reveals that most (over 65% of sightings) sharks are observed swimming behind the breakers. “This suggests that in most cases sharks are simply swimming past these beaches on their way to another location, and we recommend that wa-
ter users in areas of high shark activity limit the amount of time they spend behind the breakers, far away from shore,” says Alison Kock of the Save Our Seas Foundation. The data have also shown that in the event of a whale stranding, nearby shark sightings increase significantly for up to a week after the stranding. The City forewarns that it will close certain beaches if the risk is deemed too great. Kayakers and surfskiiers are specifically asked to be cautious between Sunnycove and Glencairn Beaches, and people are urged not to swim at Jaegers Walk in Fish Hoek. Surfers should be especially careful between Sunrise Beach and
Strandfontein, as well as at Macassar Beach. People are encouraged to use areas where Shark Spotters are on duty, and to take the time to speak to the spotters about potential dangers. Read the shark spotting signs to find out about the four-flag warning system used, and listen out for the siren call that signals a beach closure. People are reminded that great whites hunt our waters all year round, so there is always a chance of encountering one. For more information, or to report a great white sighting, visit www.sharkspotters.org.za or www.saveourseas.com.
Don’t miss your chance WARD councillor Ian Iversen will hold a rates rebate meeting on Wednesday 12 October in the St Paul’s Church hall in Rondebosch, starting at 10:30. Those who don’t submit their applications by the end of October will not be eligible for a rates rebate. To qualify, applicants must own and live on the property in question, and be at least 60 years old or earn a total household income of less than R10 000 per month. “I would like to encourage residents to attend this meeting and check if they might qualify,” Iversen says. “Council officials will be present to answer individual queries. Rates rebates range from a 100% rebate to 10%, so it is well worth making an application.” For further information phone (021) 7623400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SALUTING VOLUNTEERS: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (cen tre), flanked by Diane Ritson (acting head of the Old Mutual Founda tion) and Kuseni Dlamini (CEO of Old Mutual Emerging Markets), peers at a display of images depicting supported community projects at the Old Mutual Staff Volunteerism Awards function, held in Pinelands on Thursday. During the ceremony, the company recognised those employ ees who are actively involved in making a difference in their communi ties. Tutu – guest of honour – said: “Do a little bit of good wherever you are. It’s these little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Since the inception of the company’s staff volunteer efforts, Old Mutual has collectively disbursed over R30 million to worthy com munity projects. Photo: Mark Wessels
Seen any rabbits lately? A REWARD is being offered for the safe return of two rabbits, which were stolen from their cage – which was ripped out of the ground – at a block of flats in Rosebank. One rabbit is black, and the other is brown and tan. The
brown rabbit has been stolen before, when the owner was living in Rondebosch. It was later found in Athlone, where it was offered for sale to a woman for R20. If you can help find these beloved pets, please phone James on 082 226 3733.
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Have the voice of an angel? CAPE PENINSULA singers up to the age of 30 are invited to try out for a position in the award-winning Pro Cantu Choir. Earlier this year, at the Second Grand Prix of Choral Mu-
sic in Graz, Austria, the choir was awarded two gold medals, and it’s currently listed 10th by the international Interkultur Musica Sacra. Phone 082 571 4263 to arrange an audition.
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Adi’s legacy lives on TERESA FISCHER
HER friends describe Adi Ansems as an amazing philanthropist, who would travel around “literally spreading sunshine” wherever she went. She was just 27 when she died. But her spirit lives on through the Adi Foundation, a group established in her memory. The Foundation, continues the good work of Adi Ansems, who cared about all people, the environment, her city and her country. She was a trained social worker who was on the brink of obtaining her masters in planning and sustainable development when she died in a car accident in November last year. One of the ways in which her loving spirit lives on is Adi Day, which happens every two months and offers an opportunity for ordinary people to have fun and make a difference. For these days, the Adi Foundation identifies enjoyable ways to support established causes, believing that any action, no matter how small, can change a life. “People really want to see positive change in our city and our planet,” says Angi James, the foundation’s administrator. “But with the ever-growing list of people and projects in need, they simply don’t know where to start.” By providing their time, talents and enthusiasm, members of the foundation are able to make a difference, no matter their financial situation. The foundation, which has a core group of about 10 people, already has 95 supporters, The foundation also tries to confine its
TREE PLANTERS: Nicole Joubert, Jenna Hume, Alan Atkinson, Candice Jooste, Dunya Ansems, Cathryn Edwards and Courtney Ellis do their bit for Adi Day, helped by furry friend DemiDog.Photo: Sup plied
uplifting events to one day a piece to make them easily manageable, and also to cut out administrative burdens by finding established causes to support. “If we are painting a crèche, there will be paint. People can roll up their sleeves and get started.” Among the projects given life by the foundation include a food drive, beach cleanup, and “Beanies for Teenies” – a drive to sew and knit over 200 warm beanies for needy children. “We can feel her sunshine shining down on us when we are doing her work,” says Ellis. The foundation has created a video to help spread the word (find the link on www.peoplespost.co.za), and members appeal to the community to get involved by participating in the next Adi Day event, which takes place on Sunday at the Gun Run in Green Point. To take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cecilia’s new eco car park THE Table Mountain National Park reopened the Cecilia car park, which provides access to the Cecilia plantation along Rhodes Drive, on Friday. The parking area was closed in January to make way for the commercial harvesting of pine trees in the surrounding plantation. While the parking zone was closed, TMNP appointed landscape architect Clare Burgess to collaboratively with local stakeholders and partners to design a new, user- and ecofriendly plan for car park. It now provides space for 50 cars in designated bays between planted beds of fynbos shrubs and indigenous shade trees. Restoration of the slopes surrounding the car park, allowing for the gradual regrowth of the indigenous granite fynbos and iconic silver trees, is underway. Cecilia was established as a commercial plantation in 1903, and the land was assigned to SANParks in 2005, at which stage the standing timber had already been sold to a private harvesting company. “From the outset, Park management could foresee that the Cecilia gateway would be at the forefront of public debate around the harvesting of the
tall pines,” says Paddy Gordon, TMNP manager. “We all remember the sad faces painted on the felled timber, replied to by happy faces painted by fynbos lovers.” This heated debate was not simply about pine trees, says Gordon. “It was a battle that spanned the rights and voice of users, a shaded heritage landscape, the legal ownership of the timber, and, of course, SANParks’ national and international mandate to protect the biodiversity of this beautiful mountain chain.” Gordon says that although SANParks had no power to reverse the commercial harvesting, it undertook to invest significantly in restoring the Cecilia gateway as a gesture to show people it values their sense of ownership of the mountain, and does not take their feelings lightly. “The reopening of the Cecilia Car Park has been long awaited, both by users and park management,” Gordon says. “The upgrade that was undertaken here recognises Cecilia as a popular gateway to the park, but moreover it recognises the significant role that Cecilia played in the tree debate.”
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The TMNP’s new take on natural fun DALEEN FOUCHÉ
THE Table Mountain National Park unveiled its revamped activity permit, which allows unlimited yearlong access for a particular activity to parts of the reserve, at a press conference on Wednesday. The My Activity Permit is a restructured management tool to ensure that the impact of activities within the park is properly managed, and that the extraordinary biodiversity of the park is protected. But the debate on the revised permit system was already in full swing before the unveiling last week. In a letter to People’s Post (“Give my dog its own permit”, People’s Post, 16 August), Roy Phillips asked whether it would not be more practical to give dogs a permit instead of people. This way, he argued, a family would not have to buy several permit cards, but only one for the family dog. In response to this debate, and to a request made by the Friends of the Dog Walkers (FDW), the TMNP will now further investigate possibilities for family and couple permits for dog walking in the park; this would offer a discount for each member of a family applying for a permit. But Merle Collins, spokesperson for the TMNP, says this
structure is still to be completed. However, Collins says the TMNP will engage with the Scarborough and Kommetjie Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Associations to offer discounts to residents who only walk their dogs on their local beaches and do not use other park facilities. Collins says residents will be informed of the discounts once they have been finalised. The cost of the activity card is determined by the impact the activity is deemed to have on the park, and ranges from R135 for a dog-walking permit to R280 for a horse riding or line fishing permit. Park manager Paddy Gordon said during the press conference that some activities are prohibited in some areas of the park, depending on the sensitivity of the environment. For instance, dog walking is not permitted at Cape Point. He said this zoning scheme was developed through the analysis of several years’ worth of research. Gordon further explained that a permit holder would not have to pay fees for entering the park when engaging in the permitted activity, but would need a My Green Card or a Wild Card to access the park otherwise. The TMNP recently launched its My Green Card (“Go green and get access to save”, People’s Post, 2 August), which costs R80
and allows 12 entries into the park for one year. Gordon said dog walkers and people partaking in other activities are increasing every season, with over 110 000 dog walkers, 52 000 cyclists and about 80 000 trail runners visiting the park in a year. He said the TMNP’s first priority is to protect the biodiversity of the park, but it also realises the need to make the park accessible to people – hence the restructuring of the permit system. Asked how the permit system would be enforced, Gordon said the park relies mainly on residents to police themselves. He said people need to sign a code of conduct when they apply for a permit. Even so, he warned that the rangers on patrol in the park check for permits, and that repeat offenders would be fined. Gordon said the revamped permit system was developed in consultation with various interest groups, such as Paddle Power and the FDW. The card is available at Boulders Beach, and the TMNP offices in Westlake and Tokai. The TMNP is also negotiating with Cape Town Tourism to make cards available at its outlets. For more information call (021) 701-8692, email email@example.com or visit www.sanparks.org.
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Where toasters go to die PEOPLE travelled from as far off as Hout Bay and Simon’s Town to drop off their “e-waste” in Pinelands, where a whopping total of 3,5 tonnes were collected on Heritage Day alone. E-waste is defined as anything that uses a plug or batteries – electronic goods, in other words. The E-Waste Alliance, in partnership with the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s Western Cape branch and Jeffares & Green Engineering and Environmental Consultants, thanks everybody who dropped off their ewaste during the collection drive, and for contributing towards its success. Compared to last year’s figures, an additional 700kg of e-waste were collected this year, including computers, printers, cables and keyboards. Other diverse items included a stove, washing machines, vacuum cleaner, kettles, a drill, hairdryers, compact fluorescent lamps INFORMATION AGED: Ewaste was dropped off by and batteries. A number of the truckload at Jeffares & Green in Pinelands TVs, decoders, DVD play- for recycling. Photo: Supplied ers, VCRs, cellphones, telephones and fax machines were also and origin of e-waste they’d brought dropped off. in. Many items were broken, but some Findings from the survey indicated pieces of equipment were repairable, that the majority (75%) of individuals and others simply obsolete. The e- dropping off e-waste lived in Pinejunk will now be refurbished and re- lands and Thornton. The greatest perpaired (where possible), or disman- centage (24%) of respondents indicattled and safely disposed of, all handled ed that they usually stored broken or according to integrated waste man- old e-waste items at home. A total of agement principles and in the most 58% of respondents indicated that environmentally safe manner possi- they would like e-waste collection ble. points and recycling centres at conOn the waste drop-off day, around venient sites. 80 people arrived to do their bit for the For more information on the nearenvironment, and many completed a est drop-off or recycling facility in fact-finding questionnaire on the type your area, visit www.mywaste.co.za.
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Tools to grow a better future DALEEN FOUCHÉ
LIVING WAY, a local NGO working to train people to “earn their way out of poverty”, has launched a new agriculture and business training programme in Masiphumelele and Ocean View.
SHARING IS CARING: The pupils of Cannon’s Creek Primary School in Pine lands paid a visit to Molenbeek Primary School in Maitland last week for a day of fun and interaction. The Cannon’s Creek pupils were each asked to take along an extra lunch and drink to share with their friends at Molen beek, and the youngsters spent the day singing and playing together. WINE AND DINE: Pensioners Dries and Marietjie Kleyn, who turn used wine barrels into crea tions of functional beauty, will join several other artists and crafters at the Santam Swartland Wine and Olive Route Farmer’s Market at the Kirstenbosch Stone Cot tages in Rhodes Drive from 10:00 to 16:00 on Saturday. A host of fine wines, olive products and more will also be on sale to show off the region’s best – and a lucky reader stands a chance to win a case of mixed Swartland wines and olive products from the Olive Boutique by emailing fran@hippo communications.com with “Peo ple’s Post Swartland” in the sub ject line before Thursday. To find out more call (022) 4871133. Photo: Supplied
The course will run over two months and cover several topics, including entrepreneurial basics, work readiness, farming skills and agricultural business practices. Richard Lundie, general manager of Living Way, says the course aims to create entrepreneurs who are passionate about growing food for commercial purpose. He says the NGO aims to break the mindset that farming is “just for my own tummy”, and to help people realise that, with the right knowledge and skills, one can run a successful agricultural business. He says this can be illustrated by Living Way’s first tomato crop, grown in a hydroponic tunnel on its campus in Kommetjie Road, next to Capri. Lundie says the 30-by-8 metre tunnel holds 660 tomato plants, and yields around six tonnes of tomatoes in six months. He says the crops are sold to local retailers in the Far South, and the income is “ploughed back” into training programmes. The tunnels currently supply work to three people, and will serve as a place of training for students in the agri-academy. The long-term vision for this training programme is to rejuvenate rural communities and fight
TUNNEL OF GREEN: These tomatoes are grown at the Living Way campus in Kommetjie Road. Photo: Supplied urbanisation. “Our vision was never to start micro businesses in Masiphumelele or Ocean View,” Lundie elaborates. Lundie says the soil in Masiphumelele is too sandy for agriculture, but adds that there are residents in Masiphumelele who own fertile property in the Eastern Cape, but they left their homes there to find work in the city. Popular culture portrays city life as glamorous, and so attracts many South Africans to cities, Lundie elaborates. As such, he says the project aims to empower people to use land productively to cultivate food on a commercial scale. “There are 800 million hectares of unused cultivatable land in Africa,” he points out. Three experts in their fields will be teaching the four courses
to a group of about 20 students. Lundie says the course is “heavily subsidised”, but Living Way will charge a nominal fee of R120 to get students to take ownership of the course and give them the impetus to see it through to the end. People will be able to pay this in instalments, he adds. “Even if a person can only pay R10 a week, it would show his commitment to the programme.” Training runs from 18 October to 9 December. Lundie says some students might be chosen after the course for a year-long intensive mentor programme and further training. “They can then, in turn, go back to rural communities and train others.” For more information on the agri-academy and Living Way, call (021) 785-2597 or visit www.livingway.co.za.
Tuesday 4 October 2011 SPRING HAS SPRUNG: You don’t have to go to Namaqua land to see fields of dai sies – the Kirsten bosch Bo tanical Gar dens is also home to the beautiful Namaqua land daisies, orange para chute dai sies and many other gorgeous spring flow ers.
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FLOWER POWER: The white namaqualand daisies are growing profusely at Kirstenbosch.
DAZZLING: The beautiful orange parachute daisies are also in full bloom.
History gets a little plastic surgery ea’s ward councillor, alderman Brian Watkyns, approached the City with a view to having the plaques replaced in the interest of preserving the history of the area. Clive James of the Heritage Resource Department in the City agreed, and the funds were sourced to do so. Basil Tommy was tasked with finding a manufacturer who could produce a plastic plaque with a brass-like appearance. The City was then faced with the problem of recreating the plaques with the exact wording. Watkyns spent months studying old photographs in the hopes of making out the tiny, blurred-lettering; with
the help of his two ed, the council sharp-eyed sons, cleaned and rehe was eventually paired the stoneable to get about work on each monu90% of the wording ment. Watkyns says right. he was pleasantly Then, while gosurprised to see that ing through some the stolen sundial old papers in his had also been rearchive, Watkyns placed, as he had found the actual NEW HISTORY: Ward coun understood this wording, as ap- cillor Brian Watkyns is could not be done proved by council. seen with the new Garden convincingly with The information of Remembrance plaque. plastic. was passed onto He adds that the Basil Tommy, and after few Pinelands community is indebted months the plastic plaques were to both Clive James and Basil ready, well ahead of Heritage Day. Tommy for their efforts in restorWhen the plaques were reinstat- ing the historical monuments.
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St George’s House needs your help ANDRE BAKKES
THOUSANDS of children in need of care have viewed St George’s Home for Girls as a safe haven since it opened 149 years ago. Today, the second oldest institution of its kind in Cape Town houses 33 girls between the ages of 3 and 18 years, and coming up with the funds needed to give them a fighting chance in life is always hard. Not all of them are orphans, as principal Graeme Cairns explains. “The home is a registered child and youth care centre. It used to be called an orphanage and then a children’s home, but now the correct term is a child and youth care centre.” The home, registered with the Department of Social Development, is the only residential care facility in the Wynberg district that provides for children in need. “Kids come in and kids go out. It is extremely difficult,” continues Cairns. “We cannot help them indefinitely because of our limited resources.
PROUD AND ABLE: Some of the staff of St George’s House in Plumstead are seen standing in front of the child and youth care centre. From left: Freda Snell, Delia Cottle, Ursula Lawrence, Yvonne Engelbrecht, Maureen Abra hams, Graeme Cairns and Alric van Niekerk. Photo: Andre Bakkes environment. “They must understand that St George’s won’t necessarily be their home until they are 18 years old. Many of the children return to their parents or foster parents before that.” While at the home, however, the children are fully integrated into the local community, with most attending schools in the surrounding areas, and they are actively in-
volved in extramural activities, workshops and skills development classes. “We work with them through our programmes, such as our therapeutic and developmental programmes. We teach them the little things, such as how to tie their shoelaces, or how to use a knife or fork.” To nurture the children, the home strives to provide an environment that closely resembles a
Diwali ready to set the sky aflame keep the youngsters busy. Also known as the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali is meant to dispel the darkness and light up lives, and symbolises the victory of good over evil. Hindus celebrate Lakshmi, (goddess of good fortune and beauty), Ganesh (god of wisdom and auspiciousness) and mountain Goverdhan on this day.
The homecoming of Lord Rama – who is said to have defeated the demon-king Ravana – along with Sita and his brother Lakshmana, is also celebrated after their 14-year exile to Ayodhya. Festival organisers say the show will “blow into your hearts and wash away all of your worries”. “The elements of earth, wind, fire and water will be engulfed. Earth
gets in touch with your roots and your culture. Wind is enveloped and swept away by the entertainment on offer. Fire sets your soul alight with the spirit of Diwali, and water allows the light of Diwali to flow in your blood and dance in your veins, bringing all streams to one ocean.” Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says the Hin-
du spiritual practices and traditions hold many important lessons for future generations. “Instead of running after materialism, we should focus on inner search and realisation of self, and work towards achieving moksh [liberation], which was the goal of Hinduism.” Tickets for the event are available through Computicket at a cost of R40. For more information call Lerisha Mudaliar or Thev Pather on 083 415 1580.
THE Cape Town Diwali Festival will light up the sky when it opens at Ratanga Junction in Century City at 11:00 on Saturday 15 October. The festival, held until midnight, will include a Bhangra Bash, a fireworks display, dancing and music. Fine food, exotic fashion, traditional goods and lifestyle items will be on sale, and the festivities will even include a sari modelling competition. A number of children’s rides will
“A lot of staff stay in contact with the girls when they leave, because they often become like mothers to them. Even though the girls must leave when they are 18, one can always help them with advice or emotional support.” As a child and youth care centre, the home’s main areas of focus are to provide shelter for girls in need of care, create a nurturing environment that will cater to their emotional, spiritual, physical, social and educational needs, and to provide social services, quality therapeutic and developmental programmes with a view to reuniting them with their families where possible. By providing specialised care and education, as well as teaching life skills to the girls within a secure environment, caregivers empower them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident people, Cairns says. “When the children arrive, a social worker will spend a lot of time with them,” says Cairns when asked about the difficulty the girls have with acclimatising to the new
warm, loving and caring family home. The girls are divided into four smaller “families” of all ages, each in the care of qualified child care workers, of whom there are currently five. Therapeutic care is provided by a registered social worker, and six other people make up the home’s compliment of 12 staff members. “Volunteers also come in to help us with different aspects,” Cairns says. “At the moment we are in a real need of tutors. Someone must help the girls with their school work in the afternoons, or even after hours. The girls struggle a lot with maths, English and Afrikaans, so we also encourage reading.” The home receives a subsidy from the government, but the funding is not enough to run the facility optimally. “It is way too little,” Cairns admits. “It is never enough. It’s a third of what we need – which is R1,5 million a year – so we depend a lot on the generosity of people out there. “Ideally, we want people to pledge R50 or R100 a month – this would really help us.” If you’d like to make a donation, or you’re willing to help out with tutoring, please contact the home on (021) 797-0262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friday 30 September to Friday 7 October Mowbray: The Off the Wall art and craft exhibition is being held at St George’s Grammar School in Richmond Road from 18:00 to 21:00. The exhibits were produced by talented people at Fountain House SA, a project run by Cape Mental Health for people with psychiatric challenges. Refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Call Suzanne Fouché at (021) 447-7409.
Tuesday 4 to Tuesday 11 October Kenilworth: The Off the Wall exhibition continues at the Gill Alderman Gallery. Contact Suzanne Fouché at (021) 447-7409.
Saturday 8 October Pinelands: The Brown and Annie Lawrence Home and Broadwalk Mews Retirement Village will hold an open morning between 09:00 and 12:00. You’ll get to browse among craft and market stalls, and refresh yourself in the tea garden. There will also be rooms and units on show. For more information email email@example.com or contact Jackie on (021) 530-4400.
Sunday 9 October Rondebosch: The Friends of Rondebosch Common will lead their fourth free spring flower ramble at 11:00. Meet on the grass area on the Camp Ground Road-side of the common. “The common will be wet in places, so wear wellies and bring a windcheater,” the Friends say. “We finish at 13:00. Bring a little money to buy cards, and our book on Rondebosch Common will also be available. “This flower ramble will honour the memory of the late professor Kader Asmal, patron of the Friends of Rondebosch Common.” Donations towards the common will be gratefully accepted. For more information contact Sue on (021) 686-8968 or Joanne on (021) 685-3451.
Sunday 9 October Kenilworth: The Friends of the Kenilworth Conservation Area will lead a spring flower walk, starting at the Wetton Road racecourse entrance gate at 10:30. Adult non-members are asked
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Monday 10 October Rondebosch: South African Youth Education for Sustainability (SA-YES) will hold a presentation for potential mentors at the Marsh Memorial from 18:15 until 19:15. SA-YES was founded in South Africa in 2010, aiming to provide guidance and support to young people in need after they stop receiving government funding at the age of 18. For further information phone Michelle on (021) 788-3807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOURIST TRACTION: These colourfullycostumed dancers, backed by the rhythmic pulsing of a group of drummers, were seen performing outside the Golden Restaurant at Cape Town Central Railway Station on Monday last week – the eve of World Tourism Day. Celebrated on 27 September each year, the day is earmarked by the United Nations to honour tourism and its social, economic and environmental benefits. This year’s theme, “Linking Cultures”, perfectly captured Cape Town’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. The Mother City is on the eve of two important cultural announcements: This month, residents will find out whether their city has been chosen as the World Design Capital for 2014; and on 11 Novem ber, it will be known whether Table Mountain has made it onto the list as one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cape Town is now set for a monthlong celebration focused on making its cultural riches available to all of its citizens. Photo: Lulama Zenzile
Monday 10 October Newlands: Adrian Pheiffer is to speak on “The History of Motor Racing in the Western Cape” at the next meeting of the Historical Society of Cape Town at the Josephine Mill in Boundary Road at 20:00. All are welcome. Entrance costs R20. For more information contact Sybil Havenga on (021) 761-4770.
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Kenilworth: The Grayladies Association presents a cooking demonstration at 19:00 at the Pick n Pay School of Cooking, 101 Rosmead Avenue. The theme is “Perfect Pasta”. Free and secure parking is available. For further information contact Barbara on (021) 671-0820 on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays between 09:00 and noon, or on 082 923 3544.
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Thin blue line A CAPE TOWN car thief died at the weekend, allegedly at the hands of an SAPS officer in Athlone, adding yet another statistic to the increasing rate of police shootings nationally. While police gave chase, the man driving the car failed to stop as instructed, and was fatally wounded. The SAPS illustrated a steady increase in the number of public claims for shootings by police in a report released last week. Based on figures for the year ending March 2010, these claims increased nationally from R426 million to R526 million. Claims for police assault reportedly increased from R380 million to R506 million. While national Police commissioner Bheki Cele says not all such claims are substantiated, the sharp increase remains a worrying indicator. Intimidation and unwarranted violence by police in many communities are serious realities. Some don’t recognise the SAPS as a police service, but rather a militaristic group wielding almost absolute state-bestowed power. While allegations of corruption within the ranks remain rife, police remain at loggerheads with residents. Some suggest the trouble is only worsened by a lack of training and quality recruitment. But is the root of the problem inherited from a society in which the vast majority of the populace feared and loathed the police? This is very possible. While stats like those released last week are concerning, the SAPS are in some regards making an effort. The more buy-in there is from the public for initiatives like community policing, hopefully, the better public and police will relate to one another. And while organisations such as the Independent Complaints Directorate remain open to listen to grievances, we remain on the right track. It is true that SA officers have a long way to go to entrench themselves into some communities, but the fight to take this place is a noble one, and entirely worth its weight in gold.
Giving heartfelt thanks amid grief WE as the Gaffney family would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who supported us during the difficult time of our husband, father and grandfather Brian Gaffney’s passing. Through everyone’s messages of support, personal visits, and sincere
expressions of condolences, we appreciated afresh the immense role he played in so many people’s lives, and the impact his life and work had on people and the community. Thank you to those who shared their personal experiences of Brian at his memorial service at St Cyprian’s Church; your stories about the times you shared with Brian were special, and enriched our memories of him. The stories will always be with us. Thank you to everyone who attended the funeral service. It was hard to say goodbye to him, but having you with us helped carry us through the process.
Your SMSes Brian is still with us in our thoughts every day and we miss him beyond word. But we have been encouraged by the love and support we have received from everyone who reached out to embrace us as a family.May God bless you the way you have blessed us. VANESSA, SASHA, CALLAN AND ZARAH GAFFNEY
Shoppers walk with spring in their step IT would not be fitting to write this letter without indulging in the national debate which has turned every South African into either a rugby selector or a rugby groupie. Whatever your take is on the idea of experience over youth, their national rugby debate speaks to the passion we feel as South Africans about our national symbols like Springbok rugby. Claremont and environs has its own symbols, which make the Claremont experience a quintessentially Claremont one, and which the users of Claremont feel equally passionate about. For some this experience involves Cavendish Square, the Claremont bookstores or a beauty therapy experience at any one of the health experiences in the Claremont area. Y et others consider experiencing the antique wonderland of Dave Porters Antique shop as their quintessential
Claremont, or popping into a club after watching our local and national heroes at play in neighbouring Newlands. Whatever the experience, the Claremont Improvement District (CIDC) would like to frame that experience in a secure, clean and well managed environment. The CIDC prides itself in being able to provide a safe predictable environment, which then can lead to the “wow” shopping or entertainment experience for the user of the Claremont area. The latest national crime statistics published in the middle of September reveal very little if the raw data is left uninterpreted. The trends a busy retail district like Claremont should be checking would be business robbery and business burglary. The significant drop year on year in both these categories speaks to the fantastic relationship between the police and the CIDC in combating crime in the Claremont
CBD.The 36 CIDC security officers in their bright orange beanies, with the emphasis on visible policing coupled with regular joint operations with members of the police, Law Enforcement, and the City of Cape Town, contribute to a comfortability index which makes the retail and entertainment district of Claremont one of the most walkable business districts in the Metropole. This comfortability index is experienced by users of Claremont feeling at ease to move between the northern and southern borders of the Claremont Business District without feeling the need to clutch onto personal belongings for dear life, as every so often a member of either the police, Law Enforcement or our orangecapped security officers can be seen on the horizon. ABDUL KERBELKER Executive manager of the Claremont Improvement District Company
By the way . To my next door neighbour who threw away my rates paper which the postman put in your letter box by mistake: You should be ashamed of yourself. Remember, you will need your neighbours’ help one day. . MEC, please help our meter taxi drivers expose unscrupulous owners. We work under duress and have to work two 24hour shifts. We are often fatigued with no time off, and only earn commission, whilst these owners are cashing in huge amounts off us, tax free. . The tip-off hotline idea is brilliant! Lynne . Please support local musician Tyler Drake on Facebook and on Twitter (@tylerdrak). His new single “On My Knees” will be available on 10 October in various online stores. Holiday help . To the lady asking about holiday points, call the Vacations Authority South Africa. Their offices are in High Street, Bellville, and they can assist you. . In response to the message enquiring about getting rid of holiday points, contact Cape Escapes on (021) 715-8000. Giving a howl about dogs . Whoever said dogs bark to protect owners and property is only partly correct. Most other times they bark at nothing at all, so nobody takes any notice. They’re a bit like car alarms. . I cannot believe people can be so ignorant when it comes to
owning pets. All dogs are not sociable by nature, and the law requires dogs to be on leashes in public places. Children should be allowed to run and play in the parks – not dogs. . Our neighbours have sent the Metro Police to our house due to our dogs’ barking. It just shows that drug lords and thieves have a free run to do what they do, because the Metro Police are too busy harassing dog owners. FK Helping the poor . Damocles, Nakhlistan’s address is 45 Murton Road Rylands. I hope you stay nearby because how are the poor going to get there! Many needy come to my door as well and I can’t help them all, but I try. Why are you targeting Nakhlistan? I’m sure there are more organisations besides them. I suggest you do your homework first by finding out where the other organisations are situated then where the needy stay that knock on your door and send them to their nearest organisation. As the saying goes: If everyone helps his neighbour then who will need help? Shehaam Ishmail . Damocles, you are trying to be funny. On a day to day basis, Muslims give out food. Funny that you don’t know where to go. You mention that you are unable to help them – save your SMSes for 10 days and you will be able to buy two loaves of bread and you will be able to give. Muslims are very giving.
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Tuesday 4 October 2011
Top of the local pops The penguins are upon us ANDRE BAKKES
ORGANISERS are gearing up for two momentous Die Burger Pops concerts on Sunday 16 October, with a host of stellar names already signed up. The stars will be coming out for “free” on a day when the audience and performers will be doing their bit to make this Christmas a little merrier for needy children. People’s Post caught up with two of the artists – mother and daughter Madeegha Anders and Jawaahier Petersen – to hear their thoughts on the upcoming Die Burger Pops. “When I was approached, I was quite taken aback,” says Anders. She looks almost as young as Petersen, but she refuses to give her age, and answers instead, “Whoever guesses right wins a prize!” She continues, “With the amount of talent we have in Cape Town, it was a surprise to be asked. There are like a zillion artists in Cape Town. “We look forward to it very much, and I was given a song I’ve always wanted to do. It was written by a very talented woman – my groot pêl – Mynie Grové. She’s just it!” All the artists will be on stage for the opening and final songs, and in between they will each grace the stage for a particular song. Petersen is also “ecstatic” with her choice of song, but she doesn’t want to divulge what it will be. She will also be one of the Burger Pops guest presenters for Kyk-Net, which is something she says she has looked forward to her whole life. “There will be a big band on stage with a running theme of ‘Swing’. The scale of the show will be a few notches up from what we’re used to,” Anders continues. For someone who has been performing in front of audiences her whole life, it is somewhat surprising to hear that Anders still gets butterflies before she goes on stage.
READY TO ENTERTAIN: Jawaahier Petersen and Madeegha Anders will be the only family act at Die Burger Pops. Photo: Andre Bakkes “I feel sick,” she smiles. “I get so nervous I can’t eat! But all this just adds to the performance. I think you actually need the butterflies to deliver a great show.” Joining them on stage will be André Schwartz, Sarah Theron, Lize Beekman, Nedine Blom, Johnny Davids, Zanne Stapelberg, Gugulethu Tenors, Elle Amor, Rocco de Villiers, Hilandi du Toit and Chad Saaiman – to name but a few. The proceeds will be funnelled into community empowerment; much of the money raised will help three charity organisations – the ACVV, Badisa and Mfesane – give youths a merry Christmas and a life filled with opportunities. Die Burger Pops will hit the Artscape with a matinee at 14:00 and an evening show at 19:00. Tickets cost R80, R150 and R220 through from Computicket. A special family package for the matinee is also available.
THE countdown to the 11th annual Simon’s Town Penguin Festival is nearly at an end. The two days of educational fun, food and family games, all for the benefit of the endangered African penguin, kick off at 10:00 on Saturday – African Penguin Awareness Day – with the beach release of a group of penguins, rehabilitated by Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), back into the wild. “The public is encouraged to come down to Seaforth Beach, Simon’s Town, to witness this moving event,” the organisers say. Children and adults can also meet SANCCOB’s ambassador penguin and “find out more about these charismatic creatures” during African Penguin Awareness Day, which is celebrated across the globe. This year SANCCOB has created a lesson plan to commemorate the big day. It’s available to all teachers, groups, zoos and aquariums; email email@example.com or call (021) 557-6155 to get one. The festival itself promises a range of entertainment for the whole fami-
WIN TICKETS: After a soldout sea son in 2009, the Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company will conclude an other sevenshow run of its popular take on “Red Riding Hood” at Mui zenberg’s Masque Theatre this Sat urday. The play shows at the Masque – 37 Main Road – daily at 11:00. Tickets, priced at R40, can be booked through Computicket or at any Shoprite or Checkers outlet. For block bookings or queries, call Elton on 083 364 8284 or (021) 558 2650, or call the Masque Theatre on (021) 7887911. For more informa tion on the Lilliput Players them selves, visit www.lilliputplay ers.co.za. To stand a chance to win one of 10 double tickets to the show, SMS the word “RED” to 34586 by noon on Thursday. SMSes cost R1,50. Photo: Supplied
Fly away with ‘In the Wings’ WITNESS the story of two sisters as they battle to work past their limitations to create the future the rest of the world sometimes fails to see when “In the Wings” emerges from the wings at On Broadway in the CBD at 20:30 every day this week until Saturday. Written by Jared Kruger and produced by the Chaeli Campaign, the play follows Jo – who wants to study design abroad – and her sister, Kath, who has cerebral palsy and is finishing off high school. The family isn’t exactly flush, and Jo
struggles with the desire to fulfil her potential and the sense of responsibility she feels toward her beloved little sister and her burdened mother. “This is a story about everyday stuff, about choices and, ultimately, about possibility,” a write-up on the play reads. On Broadway can be found at 44 Long Street. Tickets cost R85 through www.onbroadway.co.za; block bookings can be made with Melanie Scrooby on 086 124 2354 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HANDS UP: This year’s Baxter Dance Festival promises a bumper lineup “jampacked with Cape Town’s diverse and dynamic dance talent” from Thursday this week to Saturday next week. The festival will showcase over 50 dance works, ranging in style from con temporary to neoclassical, flamen co, fusion, physical theatre, mod ern, African, jazz, hip hop, belly and Indian dancing. Tickets, which cost R75, R50 and R30 depending on the category, are available through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite or Checkers out let. For discounted corporate or block bookings, senior citizens and charities, contact Sharon on (021) 6803962 or Carmen on (021) 6803993 during office hours. For more information con tact Alethea PattersonCordiglia on (021) 6803963, at alethea.pat email@example.com or on 072 0142 780.
Sold out TICKETS to the final instalment of “Comedy Legends in
the Valley” on Friday, featuring legendary funny man Pieter-Dirk Uys, have been sold out. “Comedy Legends in the
ly, including the “Penguin and Snake” show at the Boulders Beach Lodge parking area at various times throughout the weekend. The centrepiece of the festival – the annual gala auction – will be held on Saturday at Blue Horizon, Red Hill Road, “with a mouth-watering menu brought to you, once again, by Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant”. During the event, conservationist couple Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter will take guests through an evening of fine dining and fundraising. As the official fundraisers for the Burgher’s Walk Restoration Project, SANCCOB will put funds raised on the evening towards uplifting this unprotected area, close to the Boulders Beach colony of African penguins. Tickets for the gala cost R395 per person; for bookings or more information, contact Margaret Roestorf on (021) 557-6155 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on the Penguin Festival in general, email email@example.com or call (021) 557-6155. To download the programme, visit www.sanccob.co.za.
Seriously symphonic tunes THE final round of the eighth Laura Searle Prize for Concerto Playing, which is open to all piano students at the South African College of Music (SACM), will be held at Baxter Concert Hall in Rondebosch at 20:15 next Tuesday. As part of their reward, the magical musicians who come out on top of the Laura Searle competition get to perform a concerto with the UCT Symphony Orchestra. Tickets, which can be booked through Computicket, cost R50; UCT staff pay R45, senior citizens and students pay R35, and scholars pay R25. • A free performer’s class show by Siya
Charles and Friends will be held in the SACM’s Chisholm Recital Room at 14:00 on Wednesday next week. The show, which includes works by Bheki Mseleku and some original compositions, will feature Charles himself (on trombone), Reuben Crowie (drums), Stephen Bell (piano), Darren English (trumpet) and Monique van Willingh (flute). • On Thursday next week at 13:00, the first of three free lunchtime concerts will be put on by the SACM’s composition students in the Baxter Concert Hall. For more information call the SACM on (021) 650-2626.
Butler brings his show home
Valley” is a fundraiser the Shark Spotters beach safety initiative, and features comedy greats like Mel Miller and Bary Hilton.
JONATHAN BUTLER reJonathan turns to South Africa in Butler November for two exclusive performances only in Johannesburg and Cape Town. It’s been almost six years since Butler last performed in Johannesburg; although he was in Cape Town in 2010 for the Cape Town Jazz Festival, and in 2008 for the Jonathan Butler and Friends Tour, “this show will be up close and personal”, organisers say. His show at the GrandWest Grand Arena on 4 November will feature Butler “in a
unique setting, providing intimate behind-the-music stories about his hit songs”; he’ll also perform a number “all the songs you’ve grown to love”, the organisers promise. “The audience will be treated to a special evening, during which Jonathan will tell stories about his music, writing experiences and memories growing up in South Africa and eventually settling in Los Angeles.” Tickets are available at Computicket from R155 to R275. There is also a limited number of VIP hospitality tickets at R750.
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Let your hard work shine The V&A Waterfront welcomes you WESTERN CAPE crafters and designers have until Friday 2 December to submit their entries for the 2012 Cape Craft and Design Institute’s (CCDI’s) fourth Handmade Collection, which aims to showcase the most innovative handmade products in the province. Work will be selected by a board of top designers, retail gallery owners and curators, and the products will be unveiled at the iconic Design Indaba in February next year to retail buyers and collectors from across both South Africa and the rest of the world. The works will also be shown off in a glossy catalogue and on the CCDI’s website. The products can be made of anything from ceramics, wool and textiles to glass, wood and metal; previous selections have included items such as mosaics, beadwork, embroidery, lighting, jewellery and even homeware made from recycled plastic, fab-
ric waste and bottle caps. Last year’s selection, for example, ranged from a leather and steel chandelier to a collection of lifelike proteas made from cardboard, and even a crown made of recycled magazine paper, wire and cotton thread. The only limit – aside from “innovation, local distinctiveness, integrity and skill”, the curators say – is that the final product does not measure more than a cubic metre. CCDI spokesperson Marjorie Naidoo says the fact that Cape Town has been shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014 has “renewed interest from around the world in our creative people and products”. “This is a wonderful opportunity for craft producers and designer-makers to show just how bold and skilled they can be,” she says. For more information contact the CCDI on (021) 461-1488 or visit its offices at 75 Harrington Street, Cape Town. Visit www.capecraftanddesign.org.za.
THROUGHOUT September, Capetonians were spoilt with a monthlong festival of My Cape Town activities in order to celebrate Tourism Month and the value of the tourism sector across the globe. Cape Town Tourism and a host of partnering attractions encouraged locals to explore and enjoy their beautiful Mother City through special offers, discounted vouchers and exciting events. One of Africa’s most-visited attractions – and a favourite among Capetonians – the V&A Waterfront is a mix of extraordinary tourism, leisure, retail and entertainment experiences for all tastes and age groups. For the month of September the V&A Waterfront encouraged Capetonians to rediscover their city through the My Cape Town campaign by partaking in events at venues in the Waterfront locale. This month, the V&A continues its run of activities – the ever-popular Wheel of Excellence has returned, and is once again operating from Market Square. The Smurfs come play at the V&A until 6 October, and the Save our Sea Birds Festival takes place from 10 to 16 Octo-
BREATHTAKING: The famous V&A Waterfront Pierhead is seen before Table Mountain; it’s one of Africa’s mostvisited attractions, and welcomes count less people to the city. Photo: Supplied ber. This is not to mention the Cape Outdoor Adventure and Travel Expo from 14 to 16 October. The V&A continues to fly its flags for the Bokke during the Rugby World Cup, with live screenings of games at the Amphitheatre. The V&A Waterfront has pledged its support for the Springbok Rugby World Cup team, in conjunction
with Plascon, by repainting the Clock Tower in green and gold. Visit on Fridays and don your Springbok jersey for “Bok Friday”. Call (021) 408-7500 or visit www.waterfront.co.za for more information on the V&A Waterfront and upcoming events, or visit www.capetown.travel for what to do in Cape Town.
Kenilworth Centre celebrates 36 years of community service KENILWORTH CENTRE, which has been serving its community for more than three decades, celebrates its 36th birthday during October and has great gifts in store for customers. The centre, fondly referred to by its patrons as their “home away from home”, is managed by Broll Property Services and is part of the Fountainhead Property Trust portfolio. Kenilworth Centre customers
have seen the centre evolve over the last few years, with three major revamps being completed. This dynamic centre includes the country’s major grocery and retail chains, and is one of the few shopping centres that offer free and undercover parking. During its birthday month, customers have the opportunity to win one of 36 electrical appliances, ranging from a flat screen TV to a kettle. All customers have to do is spend
R100 or more at any Kenilworth Centre store between Saturday 1 and Monday 31 October. On Tuesday 1 November, 36 finalists will be drawn, and will be invited to be present at Kenilworth Centre on Saturday 5 November for the grand giveaway. Entry forms are available from the information desk on the ground floor. Believing in giving back to its community and serving the needs
of those in need, Kenilworth Centre is hosting a fundraising drive and meal packaging event together with hunger relief organisation Stop Hunger Now on Saturday 15 October. Every R10 donation will translate into five meals – enough to feed a preschool child for a week. Kenilworth Centre aims to raise R36 000 for Stop Hunger Now. Terry Pollock, Kenilworth Centre manager, says: “We thank each one of our customers for their loyal and
continuous support over the past 36 years. It is heartwarming to see how many parents are shopping here with their families, who were toddlers themselves visiting Kenilworth Centre with their parents 36 years ago. “We appreciate the ongoing feedback that we receive from our customers, as we endeavour to offer our customers the very best shopping experience, and to cater for their shopping needs all under one roof.”
A roller coaster ride of fun and fellowship IRMA TITUS
THE YOUTHS of New Apostolic Church (NAC) branches from around the Cape celebrated Heritage Day with some serious fun in the sun at the famous South African theme park – Ratanga Junction. More than two hours before the park’s gates opened, well over 6 000 youths and ministers converged outside its fences. Tickets had been available since August, and were reported to be completely sold out on the day.
GREEN QUEEN: Western Cape beauty Kim Rival land (24) from Claremont was crowned this year’s Miss Earth South Africa at a glittering gala dinner honouring South Africa’s “green ambassa dors” at Monte casino in Johan nesburg late last month. Yusuf Abramjee, presi dent of Lead SA, crowned 24year old Rivalland af ter she worked her way to the top spot. Seen here, from left: Catherine Con stantinides (Earth Organisa tion ambassa dor), Kim Rival land and Ella Bel la (MC at the event and Earth Organisation am bassador).
The biggest attraction was the wild roller coaster that everyone knows as the “Cobra”. Most of the youths had no problems standing in the long lines – for up to half an hour – to get their few moments of adrenalin overload. The youths were also entertained with performances by the park’s resident characters, but the youngsters themselves owned the stage, as the programme mostly showcased talent from the various NAC Cape congregations, who came from as far off as Wellington and Port Elizabeth.
IN CHARACTER: Seen with Ratan ga Junction’s mascot, Murphy the Meerkat, are some of the mem bers of the NAC’s youth committee, who helped organ ise the event. From left, Raiben Scheepers, Gavin van der Hoven, Al lister Kriel, Owen Peters and Hillyne Jonkerman. EARLY BIRDS: From left: Joshua Cole, Milano Lategan and Justin Swarts, all from Mitch ell’s Plain, beat most of their peers to the Cobra – they made a beeline for it the moment they got into the park.
DEATH DEFYING: Virginie Soha and Shannon Seleke from Bon teheuwel are seen here shortly af ter their wild ride on the Co bra.
COUNTDOWN: Getting ready to take flight with the Cobra are Joshua Cole and Justin Swartz from Mitchell’s Plain.
SPRING SMILES: Seen basking in the sun are, from left: Octavia Tango, Jodie Theron and Rudi Phillips from Hanover Park. Photo: Irma Titus
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Softball season set to sizzle LYNN PRINS
SOFTBALLERS are set to spend another summer of hot days on the playing field when season kicks off this weekend. Grass burns will be nursed and pressure will mount as everyone aims to be the victorious team. Last season, Mitchell’s Plain’s Super League team Westridge Yankees took their game to another level when they were crowned knockout and league winners – and the pressure is on again, as Yankees will have to work twice as hard to keep their titles from their tough competitors. A lot of interesting moves have been made by coaches and players, and spectators can only look forward to an exciting and entertaining season. With the likes of Steven Rodkin (former Yankee) now head coach of Glenthorn A’s, Tanya Price head coach of Falcons, Bronwyn van Heerden with Old Mutual Cubs, and Nazeem Dulvie, senior SA coach, making his appearance
again with the Yankees, the season is sure to be a challenging one. A further shakeup came when Falcons merged with Norman Henshilwood High School in Constantia. Rodkin says both he and his team are very excited for the season. “Last season Glenthorn A’s came so close to winning the league, so our goal will be to win the league this season. However, winning the league is a long term goal, and we have lots of small goals to achieve.” Rodkin adds that preparation has been difficult, since three of his players are in the SA under-19 team. St Martin’s, who were finalists with Yankees in the knockout last season, came blisteringly close to ending up fourth on the log for the league, but Old Mutual Cubs nabbed the position. This season, St Martin’s will be coached by Jillian Alexander, who coached Glenthorn A’s to second place last season. Van Heerden, who joined up with OMC Cubs, says: “My feelings towards the season are positive – I do believe the season will be challeng-
ing, as there have been many changes within the clubs and the level is evenly spread, so I am looking forward to some good, competitive games. “The OMC Cubs have been working hard, and there is a great mixture of youth and experience. They are committed to improving their personal game, and uplifting the standard of play within their club.” Price, meanwhile, says her team is ready to take on the season and secure the title. “We have goals for the club this season, and not just the team. We have youngsters we want to develop and expose to better coaching and more opportunities. “The season will definitely be a competitive one,” she echoes. Yankees coach Dulvie feels similarly: “This season will be a tough one, especially with new team dynamics, and we’re looking forward to an exciting, challenging, and competitive season, since there are new moves everywhere. “Our team is definitely ready, waiting in anticipation.”
CLOSE CALL: Lara Erasmus makes a desperate attempt to slide in safe to home plate, where Sammy Jones of Falcons awaits to tag. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
New players to Yankees’ ranks are Kaylynn Stoffels (from St Martins), Kim Nicholson (former SA player from Falcons, who ostensibly retired a season ago), Aimee Campbell (Glenthorn A’s) and Candice Stephens (formerly of Old Mutual Cubs, and recently returned
from Canada, where she played for Calgary Kaizen). Juliana Forero Becerra from Colombia will make her return to Yankees. Tanta Sports’ Carly Mulder, meanwhile, will now play for Glenthorn A’s.
Vito fires his way into the record books
COVER DRIVE: Proteas test match Captain Graeme Smith is seen back in action on Saturday after his injury. He has joined Claremont Cricket Club, and is playing in the Super League 20/20 Western Province Cricket Associa tion’s amateur games. Claremont beat Bellville during their Saturday match at Burt Oval in Constantia. Photo: Peter Heeger
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A SIMPLE South African pastime got a braai-hard local into the record books and nabbed him the accolade of the longest braai when he tamed hot coals for 32 hours straight on Heritage Day. Vito Polera, a representative of Fruit and Veg City, fired his way into history when he beat previous record holder Jan Braai’s 28and-a-half hour stint by almost four hours at the Food Lover’s Market in Willowbridge. The record setting attempt was a Fruit and Veg City initiative. Says Polera: “It was not as hard as I thought it would be, because the weather was good, and many locals popped in to spur me on.” He adds that the victory is more special as it was done on Heritage Day. “There’s nothing like a good braai to show how much we have in common as South Africans.” Brian Coppin, CEO and co-founder of Fruit and Veg City, says the idea was for Fruit and Veg City to show support for the one day in the year when our common heritage as South Africans is celebrated around a piece of meat on coals. “Breaking the record set by Jan Braai is about keeping the record in South Africa – there have been many contenders for the title since last year, but Fruit
World Cup watch – and yet more rules LYNN PRINS
THE road to the quarterfinals for England nearly ended on Saturday. Scotland nearly dominated the team, but Chris Ashton’s 78thminute try left the Scots with a disappointing 16-12 defeat; their only hope to remain in the tournament rode on a loss by Argentina, but this proved in vain. SA also had a shaky match when they played the Samoans in a fiercely physical clash that sent Frans Steyn, who had been an outstanding replacement inside centre, home with an injury. SA still managed to win their Friday match 13-5 through good defensive play. On Saturday, another major up-
set was seen when Tonga beat France 19-14, and Australia beat Russia 68-22. On Sunday, meanwhile, Argentina crushed Scotland’s dreams when they beat Georgia 25-7, with host team New Zealand destroying the Canadians 79-15 and Ireland grabbing a 36-6 win from the Italians. This Saturday, the first quarterfinal match will be played by Ireland and Wales at 07:00 in Wellington; at 09:30, England takes on France in Auckland. South Africa now faces Australia in the quarterfinal on Sunday at 07:00 in Wellington, and New Zealand will play Argentina at 09:30 in Auckland. SA wasn’t the only team to suffer a casualty during the ferocious games; New Zealand supporters al-
so lost fly half Dan Carter to an injury – he’ll be out for the rest of the tournament. Looking back at last week, People’s Post explained the rules around penalty kicks, free kicks and the 22m dropout. This week, People’s Post will focus on the rugby mark and hand-offs. Rugby mark This rule is used infrequently – when isolated – to get out of trouble. It’s normally the fullback or winger who catches a ball on the fly, but it could be any player who grabs it after it’s been kicked ahead by the opposition and has not yet touched the ground. If the player about to catch the ball is about to be tackled by opposition players – and is in his team’s own 22m or in-goal area – he
and Veg City is the first challenger to bring out an adjudicator from Guinness World Records to ensure it’s appropriately verified and official.” In the time it took to set the record – from Friday 23 September at 09:00 to Saturday 24 September at 17:17 – Vito braaied 74kg of meat, enough to feed 1 300 people through Fruit and Veg City’s corporate social responsibility partner, Foodbank. Through Foodbank, Fruit and Veg City was able to feed 1 300 individuals in need of hot meals on Heritage Day. The Food Lover’s Market sold boerewors rolls and Pepsi for R10 – and the proceeds will go to five primary schools in the area. During his record-breaker, Polera only took two rest breaks, totalling just 17 minutes, in 32 hours. And this Guinness World Record-setting attempt was not without strict regulations. Guinness World Record adjudicator Tarika Vara flew in from the UK to ensure the strict criteria were met. To meet the specified rules, Polera needed to have five types of meat cooking at all times, and was not allowed any assistance, bar moral support from the many onlookers. can call “MARK!” if he makes a clean catch (it’s still okay if the ball has touched any part of the goal posts). After being taken down, play will resume on the “marked” spot, with the catcher’s team in possession. Hand-offs The stiff-arm fend, known as a hand-off, is a tactic employed by the ball-carrier. Ball-carriers run towards defenders, who are attempting to tackle them. By positioning the ball securely in one arm, the ball-carrier can fully extend his other arm, palm-out, locking his elbow. The ball-carrier uses this hand to shove his opponents away at the chest or shoulder. The fend is a push, not a strike. A stiff-arm fend may cause the tackler to fall to the ground, taking him out of the play.
BRAAI ON: Vito Polera in action. Two cameras were required to capture every single minute of the braai, while time keepers and auditors from Deloitte were on hand to audit every moment of the braai. Polera reckons his favourite meat for the braai is “good old Karoo lamb chops”, and that there’s nothing better than a braai with friends. “My favourite place to braai is in my braai kamer. South Africa’s idea of having a braai room is indicative of our passion for braai – we’ve devised a way to ensure that we can braai regardless of the weather, for any occasion!”
RUGBY GURU: Lynn Prins Photo: Tammy Petersen
• Next week People’ Post will focus on what happens after the mark is called, and on in-goals.
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Softballers hit the pitch running LYNN PRINS
WEEKEND training camp in Cape Town showed just how fearless the under-19 softball women are. The squad of 20 are definitely not afraid of swinging a bat facing decent fast pitching, or throwing a ball from the outfield to nail a runner; as the saying goes, “Dynamite comes in small packages.” Getting ready for the upcoming Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC), the girls took on Falcons super league team in a warm-up match on Saturday, and played double matches against Westridge Yankees on Sunday, showing dynamic character toward both teams. However, Lester Smith, coach of the SA under-19s, feels that there is still a lot of preparation ahead. “This weekend was our first match situations, and I am not entirely satisfied with the girls’ performances – there still needs to be a lot of hard work before we can actually be ready to take on the world championship.” The women train on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and hit the gym on Tuesdays at the Sports Science Institute. Leading up to the
JWWC, People’s Post aims to profile a couple of players every week to introduce them to the public. • First up is Western Province player Kathryn van Boom (17). This Grade 11 student at Bergvliet High School plays as catcher for Tanta Sport. Her hobbies include reading and, of course, playing sport; she enjoys the music of The Arrows, James Morrison, and Alicia Keys, with her favourite actor being Ben Stiller. The burgeoning sportswoman – whose favourite foods are lasagne and steak – has some serious life goals: She wants to study at UCT’s Health Science Faculty, and to continue representing her country in softball. Her motivational quote is, “Never be satisfied with what you achieve, because it all pales in comparison with what you are capable of doing in the future.” • KwaZulu-Natal’s Julia Meaker, also aged 17, plays for Ashleys and takes up outfield and catcher positions. Currently in Grade 11 at Durban Girls’ High School, her hobbies include mountain biking, touch rugby and hockey. She enjoys a variety of old and new music, and her favourite actor is Ryan Reynolds. Her power foods are pasta and pizza, and her life goal is
KWAZULU CATCHER: Julia Meaker.
LOCAL: Kathryn van Boom.Photos: Neezaam Karriem
“to be the best me I can be”. She’s driven by two quotes: “The harder you fall, the higher
you bounce,” and, “Adversity can either break you or make you break records.”
TAKE A SEAT: Jadwin Ranck of Junction Rovers (Green) Rygate LFA lands past a kick by Morne Maarman of Woodlands during their semifinal clash on Saturday at Vygieskraal Stadium. Rovers won 40. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
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