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RONDEBOSCH: MYSTERY SURROUNDS SMASHED HERITAGE WALL

Knock, knock?

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GAPING hole is defacing the perimeter wall adjacent to the Groote Schuur Estate, near the presidential residence, in Rondebosch. The wall and the adjacent grassy area – frequently used as a walkway or parking – falls within the jurisdiction of the City of Cape Town. This is according to an anonymous source at the presidential residence, Genadendal who says: “The property where the accident occurred does not belong to Groote Schuur Estate of Genadendal, and belongs to the City.” The debris from the wall was not

cleared away last week. Rondebosch residents, the City of Cape Town, the police and ward councillor Ian Iversen are on a mission to get to the bottom of the cause. Monica Sutherland, chairperson of Rondebosch Ratepayers’ Association, says she suspects a motorist rammed the wall and sped off again. “I’m really concerned about this, because I don’t like seeing this historic wall in this state,”she says. Ward councillor Ian Iversen says the Genadendal administration should not be tight-lipped about the incident. “Right now silence is not an option.

Rondebosch residents are always willing to help,” he says. Rondebosch police’s Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam says they too are grasping at straws. “Nothing was reported and nobody seems to know what happened there,” he says. Claremont Police’s communication officer, Captain Angie Latchman says no accident related to the wall was reported to the Claremont Policing Cluster. In 1995, Nelson Mandela renamed the residence Genadendal, after he visited the missionary town near Riviersonderend and was inspired by residents. Ward councillor Ian Iversen says he

doesn’t know what happened to the wall. “I received pictures from a concerned resident informing me about the state of the wall. I am however prepared to give R1 000 to anyone who knows what happened there,” he says. Sutherland says: “The City of Cape Town reclaimed the land to widen the road, but never did much and today the section looks derelict.” The City’s Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Brett Herron says they are in consultation with the heritage role players and will undertake the necessary repairs after the investigation has been concluded.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 11 June 2013

TRANSFUSION SERVICE: DESPERATELY SEEKING DONORS

A bloody act of kindness TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN

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T TAKES less than 30 minutes to save more than three lives. Whether you are stepping into a mobile or fixed facility of the Western Province Blood Transfusion Services (WPBTS), you are greeted by friendly faces. You are then assisted in completing a health questionnaire before testing your iron levels to make sure they are high enough for you to donate blood. Once you have successfully completed the questionnaire and iron testing, you now ready to take seat and relax. It only takes one small prick to start your

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donation process and less than 30 minutes later you have saved three lives. The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) is a non-profit, independent organisation operating in the Western Cape, supplying safe blood and blood products to all communities in the region from Cape Town to George. Marlize Mouton, a spokesperson for WPBTS, says less than 1.5% of the Western Cape’s population donates blood. Yet research has indicated that 75% of the province might need a blood transfusion during their lifetime. “We desperately need to increase this percentage in 2013 by recruiting 5 000 new active donors on top of regular new donors who enlist annually,” says Mouton. She points out although many people register to donate, very few people are regular donors. “Blood expires and therefore we need more people to become regular donors,” says Mouton. This month is National Blood Donor Month throughout South Africa and countries worldwide celebrate World Blood Donor Day on Friday 14 June. “Various events will be taking place all around the world, on that day, to raise awareness for the desperate need for safe blood and blood products,” says Mouton. “It is also a time for thanking those voluntary blood donors for their gift of life to thousands of unknown recipients.” She says they have 96 emergency blood banks and need about 700 units of blood per day to meet the demand for blood at hospitals in the Western Cape. “Even in this technologically advanced era, blood cannot be manufactured. There are no artificial replacements for this lifesustaining substance we all need,” says Mouton. Reza Price (15) was diagnosed in 2009 with Severe Aplastic Anaemia, a very rare lifethreatening blood disorder. The condition occurs when the bone marrow fails to produce red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. A decrease in the production of these

SAVING LIVES: By becoming a regular blood donor you can help save more then three lives with every unit donated. PHOTO: LAILA MAJIET blood cells puts the patient at a higher risk of bleeding, fatigue and infections. Price’s mother, Zeenat, says he receives blood transfusions every week and sometimes twice a week. She explains his platelet count has never been over five in the last two years, while the normal platelet count should be between 140 and 420. “This is where WPBTS have basically become our savours, literally (acting as) my son’s life-blood,” says Price. Mouton says the collection of safe blood remains an ongoing challenge and the ever increasing demand remains higher than the supply. “No one can exclude themselves from ever needing a blood transfusion be it for emergency treatment, trauma, severe shock, burn wounds and many other medical conditions.’ These conditions include leukaemia, anaemia, and haemophilia,” she adds. Alex Adams, a financial administrative officer who works close to the Long Street blood donor clinic, donates blood every two

months in his lunch time. “I first started donating because my colleagues were doing it but also because blood is so scarce,” he says. “There is never enough blood, there is never enough donors and it is for a good cause, especially with accident rates being so high,” says Adams. He says he has donated nine times previously and has never experienced side effects after a donation. “Donors and recipients are our first and foremost priority. WPBTS ensures both donor and recipient safety,” says Mouton. Every year, WPBTS collects more than 140 000 units of safe blood, used to impact the lives of more than 420 000 people. “Western Cape blood donors alone are responsible for this by their selfless act of giving thirty minutes of their time and 475 ml of their blood,” she adds. Mouton says red blood cells can be stored for 42 days before they expire and therefore it is important that donors donate regularly. “If you have registered to be a donor you can donate every 56 days,” she adds.

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INSTEAD of a painful operation to examine glands and tumours, Groote Schuur Hospital patients can now undergo a modern procedure. The University of Cape Town (UCT) sponsored an endo-bronchial ultrasound scanner to the hospital, making it only the second hospital to have the machine in the country – in both the private and public sector. The instrument can be used to examine

lymph nodes, or any tumour or growth, near or in the tranchea, said Professor Keertan Dheda head of pulmonology at UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital. It uses an ultrasound to form an view through a small camera at the front of an endoscope. It acts as a guide for the doctor to determine where a biopsy must be conducted. The biopsy is a small sample of the affected tissue which will be analysed. So the affected phase in lung cancer can be diagnosed accurately and quicker.

The patient is placed under a light sedation which does not require anesthesia. The procedure is only 45 minutes and the patient can be discharged the same day. It can also be used to diagnose TB and sarcoidosis – a disease which causes chronic infection in the lungs and lymph nodes. Up to 90% of patients will no longer have to undergo surgery, but be examined with the instrument. Dheda said the instrument has already been used to diagnose, among others, lung cancer, TB and sarcoidosis in three patients.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 11 June 2013

CLAREMONT: PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE

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HE revamped ablution facility at Claremont Public Transport Interchange (PTI) opened its doors to the public last week. The building underwent a facelift which included installing child-friendly urinals, basins and toilets that come with modern finishes and electrical dryers for better hygiene. Executive manager of Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) and chairperson of the Claremont Interchange Management Advisory Committee (IMAC), Abdul Kerbelker says the upgrade to this ablution facility is similar to that which can be seen in most modern shopping centres. People’s Post previously reported that the transport hub was due for upgrade (“Upgrade for transport hub”, 14 May), because of the continuous maintenance and repairs which needed to be done to the ablution block at the interchange. Kerbelker says the interchange serves up to 1000 people daily. “The ablution facility was in desperate need of a permanent upgrade, because taps needed to be replaced and the plumbing system constantly needed unblocking,” he says. “The facility cost the City of Cape Town approximately R270 000, which sits well within the modern PTI as it hosts rail, bus and taxi services.” The City’s Mayoral Committee member

for Transport, Roads and Stormwater Councillor Brett Herron says the upgrade was prompted to ensure the ablution block remains operational at this major interchange. “In future, ablution facilities will be included in all the PTIs identified for upgrades or new infrastructures will be built to house these facilities. At the moment upgrades are due at PTIs such as Fish Hoek, Lotus River and Athlone,” he says. “No payment will be required for the use of the facility and the current security services at the PTI will be extended to protecting the ablution facility.” Ward councillor Ian Iversen says the Claremont PTI is well used and it is important that there are clean ablution facilities for people to use. “I am pleased about this particular upgrade. Everything has been refurbished and is well lit with security guards. People can’t live in fear and need to feel safe when they need to use the toilet,” he says. The ablution upgrade took six weeks and provision was made for commuters to use portable loos located next to the facility. Kerbelker says the project was spearheaded by the Claremont PTI manager and project manager for the City, Alec Miller, along with Narima Teegler who is the area manager for Transport Interchange, as well as representatives of taxi associations, Golden Arrow Bus Services, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the police and councillor Iverson.

UPGRADE: The recently completed ablution facility at the Claremont Public Transport Interchange. Pictured here is Narima Teegler who is a member of the Interchange Management Advisory Committee. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 11 June 2013

WEAK RAND: PRICES SET TO SOAR

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ICE, grain, bread, chicken and wheat. These are some of the products South Africans will coughing up more for over the next three months, due to the weakening rand. The weak rand is disadvantageous to consumers. It especially has a negative impact on imported products, said Professor Johan Willemse of the University of Free State’s department of Agricultural Economics. This comes after the rand plummeted to R10,28 to the dollar recently, amid fears of unrest in the mining industry and indications that the interest rates in the developed world may strengthen. The rand has been trading at below R10,00 since the major drop. It was recently reported that the weaker Rand would lead to a bigger profit for exporters, but imported products are more expensive. So the price of which products will increase? Willemse said the prices of a number of products will increase in the next three

months. “We import all our rice, so rice will be very expensive. We also import half of the grain used for bread products, so bread prices will rise,” he said. “Then we have the debate about imported chicken, so the price of chicken will also increase. South Africa imports 350 000 tons of chicken annually. “Two-thirds of our cooking oils are imported, so those prices will also increase. In addition wheat and maize will also rise. These increases have a ripple effect on egg an dairy farmers, because feeding becomes more expensive. “We have become a net-importer and that means that the problem is rather serious – everything we buy is directly more expensive.” Willemse said South Africans will only feel the impact on their pockets in the next three months. The increase is expected to be between 30% and 40% of the base price. “It’s a bad place for the country to be in, because salaries will not be increasing.” People’s Post took to the streets and polled readers to find out how they will be coping in the coming months.

ALETTA JACKSON says South Africans are struggling and have no choice, but to purchase items. “Our salaries aren’t increasing and there’s very little we can do to changes things.”

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MARGUERITE TRIMM says there are no measures she can put in place to see her rand go further. “There’s no contingency plan. Today you’ll have enough and tomorrow something else increases. Times are tough.”

DARION PILLAY says salaries should be adjusted especially for those in poorer communities. “People should try and use staple food like rice more frequently in their diets. You can also save money on electricity by cooking rice once a week and then freezing it for the week’s meals.”

JOHAN MCMAHON says there is nothing you can do about price increases, but there are ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. “Instead of buying take-away chips you can buy a pack of oven chips and make it at home, You can also cook enough food for a few days and freeze it.”

THYS EKSTEEN says although times are tough he is a business owner and can afford to spoil his family a little. He says people just need to be savy with their money. “You can eat out as long as you know where the specials are. People should also learn to buy any brand, sugar is sugar, whether Hullets or no-name brand.”

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 11 June 2013

PINELANDS: RESIDENTS’ FURY ABOUT RESPONSE TIME

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INELANDS residents who are subscribers to Pinewatch are fuming about the security company’s response time. This comes after the suburb experienced a spike in burglaries in the last three months. Residents have taken to vent their frustration on Facebook – Pinelands 531 Crime and Safety Updates page. One resident who’s subscribed to the service for 10 years expressed his concern on the social network saying: “I have been hearing more and more people complain of poor response times. Yesterday late afternoon my alarm was triggered and an officer arrived at my house 18 minutes later. Do you think this is a good response time? I then informed the control room to please have a manager contact me immediately, which was 17:30, I have just received a call now 10:32. Is this

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similar measurements,” she says. “At Pinelands police, we’ve been fortunate to have response times under 15 minutes. The reaction time also depends on how busy the police is. It is therefore important that residents explain the seriousness of the crime to the operator. Serious crimes receive attention first.” Another Facebook page post states: “It is in your best interest to check your alarm every month. Press panic buttons, open windows or doors to see if the alarm is triggered. I am not saying Pinewatch is not partly responsible, just that you need to check. It is your property and your life. Anything could

normal?” Meanwhile, Pinewatch operations director Christopher Blatherwick says Pinelands is divided into five sectors, which are patrolled by five patrol vehicles, with two security guards in each car. “We don’t park at specific points waiting for alarms to be triggered, because this could place the patrol vehicle at a different location to where it is needed, but the car will always remain in its sector,” he says. Pinelands police’s station commander Lieutenant Colonel Helena Mouton says the police has a national target of a 15-minute response time which they have to meet. “I don’t know if security companies have

go wrong with the alarm system – mice chewing wires, dirty contacts, flat batterycheck to see you are alarmed.” Blatherwick says the company is the preferred security service for more than 25% of Pinelands residents. “We have a fleet of 10 patrol vehicles that include five dedicated day and nightshift vehicles. So shift change is done with one of the shift vehicles driving into the suburb,” he says. Ward councillor Brian Watkyns says he’s aware of residents raising concerns about response times for all emergency services. “These complaints usually have validity, but in my personal experience their response time has been good,” he says. Pinelands Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson John Berry says nothing has ever been reported to him about the response times of the security company. “They’re usually very good at responding in a short space of time,” he says.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 11 June 2013

NEW VOICES: CAPE SOLOISTS CHOIR

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DOING IT IN SONG: The Cape Soloist Choir making waves.

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OU would be forigiven doing a double take. A choir made up up of soloists? The newly found Cape Soloists choir made its debut last Saturday. They performed at Bishops Chapel and showcased choral singing, which they hope will take new frontiers within classical music. True to its name, the choir consists of individuals who are semi-professional solo singers and was founded and conducted by Jaco Dippenaar. “An average singer is one who follows the conductor,” says Dippenaar. “But a soloist pays attention to detail and contributes more to the overall product. “These individuals know how to blend with others, without sacrificing the unique sound of their solo voices.” The choir performed compositions by Norwegian composer, Knut Nystedt, who is regarded as the father of modern choral music. “Nystedt’s music was written in 1987, but still sounds super modern,” he says. “In South Africa we got stuck with ba-

roque and romantic music, because people fear entering new musical realms.” Dippenaar put his 18-piece choir together when he identified gifted singers in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, who are humble about their talents and share a passion for choral music. “The plan was to get together and practice once a month, but as time was running up to the concert, we rehearsed weekly,” he says. The conductor says he saw Nystedt who is 97 years old and living in his mercy years, at a concert and at a choral music course presented by the modern music composer in Norway. “Nystedt said he composed the famous composition O Crux for the best choirs to sing, because it has very high and very low notes. “It has always been a dream of mine to conduct the piece the very moving and absolutely striking of music before I die. “The great man is old and has composed beautiful music that needs to be performed. Someone needs to bring the flowers while he’s alive.

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V Observatory: The Western Cape branch of the South African Archaeological Society will host a talk by Dr Jayson Orton, Hunter-gatherers and herders in Namaqualand: done and dusted? The event takes place at the South African Astronomical Observatory auditorium at 18:00. The cost is R10 for non-members. For further details phone Connie Fest on 0 (021) 689 5921.

V Rosebank: There will be no meeting of the Groote Schuur branch of South African Association of Retired Persons (SAARP) Groote Schuur branch, because it is a public holiday and the hall is not available. The outing to Hillcrest Berry Farm on 18 June will go ahead as scheduled. For more information contact Ralph Kelly on 0 (021) 686 0334 or Mercy Boy on 0 (021) 671 6604.

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V Plumstead: Hear2day, an NPO for Hearing Impaired Persons, is hosting a meeting in the main boardroom at the Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic, Burham Road, at 18:00 for 18:30. Jenny Perold, a senior speech therapist at Tygerberg Hospital, will facilitate the meeting, where hearing impaired people will receive advice. Visit www.hear2day.co.za or contact Fred Benning at hello@hear2day.com.

V Claremont: The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in partnership with Life Healthcare will be hosting this month’s Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting at Life Kingsbury, Seminar Room, First Floor, Kingsbury House, Wilderness Road, Claremont at 18:00 to 19:30. Jessica Bacon from the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA will be speaking on ‘Establishing a culture of healthy living’. All interested in the topic welcome. For more information call Jennilee Hey on 0 (021) 689 5347.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 11 June 2013

NEWLANDS: R60 000 STOLEN FROM HOME

Be alert for con woman

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E alert! Police are warning of a con artist entering homes in Newlands under false pretences and making off with valuables. Claremont police’s Warant Officer Lyndon Sisam says the woman, believed to be tween 20 and 30 years old, recently fled robbed one house in Newlands of R60 000 in valuables. She is believed to be pregnant and tall with short black hair. “The con-woman arrived at a Newlands home and told the domestic worker (whose name she knew) she was sent by a ‘Mrs Corrienne’ to take measurements inside the home,” he says. “The domestic worker let the woman in and she realised it was a hoax when the

woman had no tape measure and measured the room by pacing up and down the room.” The woman distracted the domestic worker who became suspicious and went to the neighbours to call for help, when she returned the con-woman fled. Newlands Residents Association chairperson, Graham Halse says he’s not aware of the woman operating in the suburb. Meanwhile, operations manager at Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID), Charl Brooks says the matter has been brought to his attention, but could not divulge more information. Sisam says even though this is the only reported incident, the public needs to be aware of this woman who is operating in the suburb and should not let anyone into their homes unless the visit is confirmed.

Time to tighten your security POLICE have detected an increase in burglaries in Mowbray and Claremont. Mowbray police’s acting spokesperson Captain Deon Matroos says Little Mowbray and Park Estate are the hotspots. “Last week seven burglaries were reported, when computers and electronic gadgets were stolen,” he says. “These items seem to be on the top of burglars lists, because they’re easy to hide.” While Claremont Police’s station commander Colonel Noel Joseph expresses similar concern for his policing precinct with Harfield Village and the section near the

Arderne Gardens being the hotspots. “Even though crime in the suburb has decreased, burglaries are still a problem. Investigations show most burglaries are linked to people who’ve done ad hoc jobs for Claremont residents at their homes. Residents need to exercise caution when employing people to do jobs in their homes, and should be certain that the individuals can be trusted,” he says. Residents not to leave laptops, GPS devices, cellphones on front seats of their cars and not to walk around the suburb with these items in full view.

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OUNG golfers from Rondebosch Boys’ High School are targeting a top five finish at the South African National High Schools’ Golf Championships in Port Elizabeth this weekend. The school’s golf side qualified for the tournament after winning the Western Province Championships in Strand in May. Teacher and coach Rob Dalrymple believes the competition will be tough and says his troops need to be at their best. “We are not a school that focuses on golf. There are some schools where they have some very strong golfers,” says Dalrymple. “We are looking to be competitive at the Nationals, but I don’t think we are going to win. We are hoping to be in the top five. We have had good players in the past, but we have more depth now. In this sort of tournament, where you need three scores to count, you can’t have just one good golfer. All four of the players have to score well to make it work.” Rondebosch have not qualified for the National Championships for in the last five years, but this year they beat out 12 of Cape Town’s top golfing schools to seal their place. Sporting rivals SACS, Bishops and Wynberg Boys’ High School also competed at the WP Championships and lost out, while Red-

dam High finished second to claim the other qualification spot. Stef Fillipi (17), the team’s vice-captain, says all four members of the side will be practising hard to ensure they can cause an upset and surprise their coach. “Winning the WP Championships showed that the hard work we put into our own games has paid off as a team,” he says. “To take on and beat the top schools in the province is a big step for Rondebosch golf. We haven’t really performed that well in the past, so winning a tournament like that lifts the team spirit. “Winning is the biggest goal that we have for the Nationals and I believe we can take it if we perform to our best levels. If we take that it will increase our confidence and team spirit.” Rondebosch currently has 18 pupils playing in three teams in the A, B and C divisions of the WP Golf Union South League. Dalrymple says all three sides are “thrilled” at winning the WP Championships, as the victory was the result of hard work. “The guys that make up our team have been a part of the team for the last two or three years. It’s nice to see the improvement and to see the golfing getting better.” The National Schools’ Golf Championships will take place on Sunday 16 and Monday 17 June. The Rondebosch team leave for PE on Thursday 13 June.

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DOUBLE TEAM: Primrose RFC players Noer Davids and Ramiz Osman tackle UWC’s Warrick Rhoda during a Super League B match in Bellville on Saturday. UWC won 31-15. The loss was Primrose’s first this season. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

FIRE AWAY: Dean Pharo (right) of Pinelands club Jean Marc Ithier Academy shoots for goal as Hazendal FC’s Marawaan Christians (left) tries to put him off during a Coke Cup match at the Rygate Sports Complex on Sunday. Pharo helped his side to a 3-0 win. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

SWING IT: Primrose RFC’s Jason Jantjies tries to stop a pass from UWC’s Frederick Muller during a Super League B game in Bellville on Saturday. UWC won 31-15. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

BIG WINNER: Marliena Richenberg of Lavender Hill won a Burg watch phone, a new bike and R1 500 from Nedbank and the Sports Trust at a prizegiving at Phoenix High School in Manenberg on Saturday. Richenberg is one of many cyclists in the Trust’s cycling development programme. She was the fastest female finisher in the group during this year’s Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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THROUGH THE GAP: Tyren Lee of Rondebosch Boys’ High School sets off on a run during the Mutual and Federal Premier Inter-schools match against Bishops in Rondebosch on Saturday. Rondebosch beat the hosts 22-7. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO

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Glendene conquers league LIAM MOSES

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LENDENE UNITED will launch straight into preparations for the SAFA Second Division promotion playoffs after winning the league on Friday night. United beat Ida’s Valley 5-2 to top the Second Division log after All Stars, who had lead the standings, were docked nine points for fielding an unregistered player in three games this season. Although Stars may still appeal the decision before the seven-day window closes on tomorrow (Wednesday 12 June), Glendene coach Duran Francis says his side do

not have time for a break ahead of their trip to Johannesburg. “The period before the play-offs start is so short, that we will start preparing for Johannesburg as soon as possible. The boys need to get used to the conditions up there,” he says. “It has been a very long season. It started almost a year ago, but this is a part of the business and we just have to try and prepare as best as possible and have a successful play-offs.” No date has been set for the play-offs as yet, but it is believed it will take place over the penultimate or last weekend this month.

Glendene will face off against their counterparts from the eight other provinces in South Africa, in hopes of claiming one of the two National First Division (NFD) spots available. While Francis knows the play-offs will be a challenge for his young, inexperienced side, he has faith that Glendene’s players understand the value of promotion and will fight hard to achieve it. “The boys showed a lot of character. It’s all about the willpower and mentality. In the past every Cape Town team that has finished on top in the league has always done well in the play-offs,” he says. “It’s about mental strength before and

during the play-offs. There are different conditions, different styles of play and different teams and if the players adapt they should do well. “It’s going to be very difficult because there is a lot to play for.” Meanwhile, the other Second Division sides based in the south were not too far off the pace this season. Manenberg side Crystal Palace finished in fourth, while ASD Salt River Blackpool finished in seventh and Lansdowne’s RC Athletico were eighth. Steenberg United finished in ninth spot, while Mitchell’s Plain United were 10th and Pinelands club Old Mutual were 11th.


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