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SOUTHERN SUBURBS: MONEY FOR ‘FUNERAL’
Hoax plays on sympathy NADINE MOODIE
A LAUGH A MINUTE: Stuart Taylor, known to many as ‘The King of Relationship Comedy’, has hit the road again, this time with a unique offering in the form of The Learner Husband Book Launch Tour. The show comes to the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 July at 20:00. After years of performing Learner Husband and writing a book on the subject matter, the comedian has finally put together the book, Learner Husband – A handy guide for avoiding collisions with your wife. It is the unofficial guide to marriage that every couple should read and it would make for equally entertaining reading. Tickets cost R100 and are available from Computicket or call 0861 915 8000. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
sick joke is doing its rounds the southern suburbs, leaving residents in distress. Residents in Rondebosch, Claremont and Harfield Village – who’ve established personal relationships with their domestic workers – say they are being targeted with a telephone scam. Claremont resident Philippa Mitchell says she is aghast at the turn of events last week Sunday. Mitchell was left distraught after receiving a telephone call last Sunday with distressing news about her domestic worker. “The person on the line said he was Prudence’s brother and that he had bad news. He said Prudence passed away in a car accident the night before and that the family needed money to call relatives in Zimbabwe,” she says. “The person put the husband on the line, but I couldn’t make out what he was saying, because he was crying too much. I established he was asking for R500 for airtime vouchers. “I didn’t know how to transfer the vouchers and then they told me I should buy airtime vouchers and send the codes to them, which I did. “They called again and said they needed money for funeral arrangements. I asked how much and they said R4000. I asked how I should transfer the money to them and they by using the Shoprite Money Market system. “I went to Shoprite, but it was closed, because it was 08:30, the person called me again and I told them the shop was closed. They then told me to
go to the Pick n Pay Money Market to deposit the money. “I went and they kept calling, asking when I was going to deposit the money.” Mitchell says she had suspected it was a hoax when a shop assistant at Pick n Pay asked her what the urgency was and why Mitchell was emotional. “They called again and I told them to meet me at the police station with the death certificate so that I could hand over the money to them. I haven’t heard from them since.” Warrant officer Lyndon Sisam of Rondebosch police says he traced the number to individuals in Johannesburg. “The phone has not been Rica’d, but it is working,” says Sisam. “We find that some individuals are bypassing the Rica system and are able to use the numbers as if the phone was Rica’d,” he adds. This is not the first time residents in these suburbs are being scammed, says Sisam. “We had similar incidents last year, where residents were scammed and asked to transfer money into bank accounts. “These individuals were pretending to be from the South African Revenue Services (Sars) or an organisation which looks after the welfare of domestic workers.” Meanwhile, Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) manager Shirley Aldum warns: “Residents need to ensure their staff don’t give their personal details over the telephone as this causes safety issues.”
PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
POVERTY: DAILY CHALLENGES OF LIFE ON THE STREET
Winter worries for destitute drifters TAURIQ HASSEN
nuggled under a sparse blanket and struggling to find comfort on a wet, dismantled cardboard box, he braces himself for the night ahead. As the rain continues to pour down, Ashley van Bloom tries to keep warm under the bridge he calls home. The coals of the fire he and his “housemates” built with a plastic milk crate and branches glows as they seek heat around the brazier. Ashley has been homeless all his life. Over the years he has had to steel himself against the natural elements of a Cape Town winter. And, despite August being known as the Cape’s rainy month, it seems the full wrath of the season has come early, and with it several cold fronts moving across the peninsula since the beginning of this month. Ashley and three other homeless people recently made the bottom of a bridge along the M5 highway their home. Homeless since birth, the 23-year-old had been abandoned by his parents in his birthplace of Worcester. “I started off with nothing and I still have nothing – no family, no friends, no money, not even a warm place to sleep,” Ashley says. He’s never lived in an orphanage. By 17, he was stabbed for food three times, arrested for stealing clothing from a store and hospitalised for pneumonia and dehydration. “Life on the streets is not easy – I had to learn it the hard way. I try to make the best of my situation, but it’s hard. I am not giving up,” Ashley says.
He has never had the opportunity for formal schooling and his personal documents were destroyed in a shack fire. But this has done little to curb his hunger to learn. Ashley would jump over a school fence and eavesdrop at classroom windows during lessons. Selwin Adams uses the same bridge to shelter from the rain. He started calling the streets his home after running away to escape an abusive home. “I would have done anything to get away from my parents. Being on the streets made me feel free and happy,” Selwin says. “I experienced so much on the streets. Now I tell myself I am going to die here.” The 32-year-old has spent six years in jail, been hooked on drugs and abandoned life as a gangster. “Living on the streets is no joke, yet there are people who take their lives for granted. We don’t know where our next meal will come from or if we are going to make it through the night,” he says. “On the surface it may seem as if we are happy to live like this, but we are not.” Both Selwin and Ashley go door-todoor asking for food, clothes and blankets. They collect branches from open fields to start fires to keep warm and rely on disposed food to still the hunger pangs. A study conducted by the City of Cape Town this month shows that 7 000 homeless people roam the streets of Cape Town. Hassan Khan, CEO for the Haven Night Shelter, says demand rapidly in-
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SEEKING HEAT: Ashley van Bloom (23) seeks warmth under a bridge on the M5. PHOTO: TAURIQ HASSEN
Mother City the fittest in the country ELSABÉ BRITS
The Mother City may at times be jokingly referred to as Slaapstad, but it has been crowned the fittest city in the country – beating five other contenders to the title. South Africa’s first Vitality Fittest City Index was compiled by the SA Sports Science Institute and the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) exercise science research unit. The announcement was made on Thursday by Dr Craig Nossel, head of Vitality Wellness, at Discovery in Cape Town. UCT’s Professor Estelle Lambert said inactivity has become a pandemic because people spend their time with technology, rather than being active. “More people will be saved by being active rather than by us convincing them to quit smoking,” she said, adding it is “1.3 million people globally”. Up to a third of non-contagious diseases can be prevented through being physically active, Lambert said. People’s behaviour is largely determined by their environment. Nossel said a previous study found that 70% of South African children spend three or more hours daily watching TV. Cape Town had an advantage over other cities in that it has the best public transport system, while people also use non-motorised transport. Participating cities had to have as little possible reliance on vehicles. In 15 to 25 years there will by a MyCiTi bus stop within 500m of every resident’s front door. The city also has the most parks, sport facilities and areas in which to be active. In Cape Town 68 out of every 100 000 residents have access to such facilities,
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compared to 58 to every 100 000 in Pretoria (second) and 50 to every 100 000 in Port Elizabeth (third). Cape Town was praised for the outdoor gymnasium on the Sea Point Promenade, the Green Point Urban Park and the cycling route between the city centre and Blouberg Beach. Cape Town received the lowest
rating for personal health, but Lambert said this data was taken in 2008. “Facilities and transport have meanwhile improved. The question is: If one establishes the infrastructure, will people use it?” V Share your views. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
On the verge of anger NADINE MOODIE
Pinelands residents are up in arms about neighbours not maintaining their verges. This comes after some residents removed the grass patches and tarmacs on the pavements outside their homes to replace them with white stones, paving, plants or palm trees. The ice-chairperson of Pinelands Ratepayers’ Association, Riad Davids, says residents should feel free to make improvements to their homes. “When you move into the suburb, you’ll notice there’s a certain look and feel about the place. All we’re asking is for people to not do anything out of the ordinary, like placing large white stones on their properties,” he says. “We want people to improve their properties, but within the ambience of the Garden City.” Ward councillor Brian Watkyns says he’s aware of the alterations taking place and knows that many are not in keeping in the suburb’s Garden City ambience. “Some time ago, a resident planted palms on the verge. Pedestrians complained as they were too close to the sidewalk,” he says.
Meanwhile Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Stormwater and Roads, Brett Herron, says the City of Cape Town grants permission to the public to upgrade verges by means of paving and tree planting. “Residents are allowed to change their verges as long as certain conditions (are met), such as the remaining walkways having enough space for pedestrians to walk on,” he says. “Pinelands residents are not allowed to cover the area with white stones and the treatment of verges should be governed by the Town Planning Scheme for Garden Cities. “Residents can, however, apply to the City to alter their verges at a cost, and will be responsible for maintaining their verges.” The section of the suburb near Mead Way was recently declared a national heritage site, which means residents of this garden city need to ensure their homes are in line with the stipulated regulations of Heritage Western Cape. Pinelands is also one of the oldest garden cities in the Cape. The suburb was founded by Richard Stuttaford in the 1920s where war veterans could settle and recuperate after fighting the war.
Booze clash in court CARRYN-ANN NEL Allow the sale of liquor on Sundays and after 18:00 on week nights. This is the plea of the Mitchell’s Plain Liquor Traders Association court application against the constitutionality of the new City of Cape Town Liquor Bylaw. The Association claims certain sections of the Western Cape Liquor Act are unconstitutional. It says the Act does not create the framework for municipalities to determine the trading days or hours of liquor trading. The organisation also wants to have certain articles of the City’s bylaw to be declared unconstitutional. The bylaw currently regulates liquor trading hours from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 and 18:00. The Association lodged the lawsuit against Alan Winde, provincial minister of finance, economic development and tourism, the Western Cape Liquor Board, premier Helen Zille and the City. In a statement businessman and
chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Liquor Traders Association, Elton Oosthuizen, says the organisation was formed to eradicate the illegal trading of liquor and to reduce alcohol abuse. Members of the Association are from Mitchell’s Plain, Mamre, Atlantis, Bonteheuwel, Bridgetown and Lotus River. In court documents, Oosthuizen states that he has now doubt in the fact that Winde has an authoritative role in ensuring that rules and regulations of the industry are met and adhered to. However, he says municipalities should, according to the Act, have the right to determine the trading times and days before provincial government. The respondents are opposing the lawsuit and must still hand in their court application. The case has been postponed to Wednesday 9 October.
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KENILWORTH: MCDONALDS ROBBED
Fast food doesn’t mean fast cash NADINE MOODIE
hree armed robbers – believed to have gone to the Kenilworth McDonalds outlet pretending to look for work – were caught soon after. The threesome, armed with knives and an axe, robbed the McDonalds franchise in Doncaster Road, Kenilworth last week. Wynberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Jimmy Young and McDonalds spokesperson Pheliswa Mayekiso say the incident took place on Friday 7 June. The robbers entered the shop at 19:20. “Staff were held up and the cash taken was recovered after the robbery,” says Wynberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer Silvino Davids. Young says the suspects came to the food outlet earlier that week for job interviews. “I suspect they came to check out the entry points to plan the robbery,” he says.
“They returned on the Friday when they held up customers, opened the tills and took the cash.” When police arrived, street children pointed them in the direction the robbers fled. They were arrested shortly afterwards. Crime information officer Constable Craig Hare says this is not the first time this restaurant has been targeted and robbed. Mayekiso says no employees or customers were harmed during the robbery. “The police were called and they apprehended the alleged perpetrators and we’re currently working with them in their investigations,” she says. When People’s Post asked the restaurant what security measures they put in place to prevent a repeat of the past, corporate affairs director Sechaba Motsieloa says: “We place the highest importance on the safety of our customers and staff and apply strict security measures at all our restaurants.”
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Turn on the lights in one or two rooms; possibly one at the front and another at the rear of the house.” He adds: “Also, never leave the driveway gate open – even if someone is home. if it is pouring with rain or if you plan to only be away for a short while – because criminals could see this as an invitation to come onto your property.” Dale says exercising caution when driving into or out of your property is equally as important. Grey conditions or heavy rainfall could divert your attention from what is happening around you, leaving you vulnerable to being caught off guard by criminals, he cautions. “If you have an electric gate, open it before you turn into your driveway. This will prevent hijackers from boxing you in and allow you the chance to get away. If you have to manually open the gate, leave the key in the ignition and the motor running. However you must take the key with you if you have a child in the car. In this kind of hijacking situation the key is a valuable negotiating tool: they want your car and you want your child.”
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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
NAME AND SHAME: RECORDS ‘VAGUE’
Campaign: what’s in a name? RICHARD ROBERTS
f Jeff Radebe does not react to a plea from the provincial Department of Roads and Transport, it may result in a court case. Robin Carlisle, the provincial minister for Roads and Transport, said on Thursday that Radebe, the minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, recently halted the department’s Name and Shame Campaign. Through the campaign the names of drivers convicted of driving under the influence will be published. It is run by Carlisle’s department, LeadSA and the Cape Argus.
The campaign, which ended in November, was launched to curb drunk driving. Carlisle discussed the decision to halt the campaign with transport minister Ben Martins on Thursday. “I want to ask him to please address this matter with his colleague. If nothing comes of this, we will seek legal advice,” Carlisle said. “We will likely launch an interdepartmental dispute and approach an advocate to advise on the legal options.” Hector Elliot, a departmental official, said the records of drunk driving are no longer supplied to them. These records were, how-
ever, made available to them earlier this year, but the content is vague. “(It only contains) the names and ID numbers, but does not indicate what the perpetrator has done.” It is for this reason that they can no longer publish the names, he said. Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said about 25 drunk drivers were arrested weekly during the campaign. “Since the campaign has stopped, there has been an increase of between 55 and 60 drunk drivers,” he said. But Mthunzi Mhaga, Radebe’s spokesperson, said the department did not “halt” the
campaign, as Carlisle alleges. “There are measures which determine that the information supplied be thoroughly scrutinised in consultation with the Department of Transport, and that it does not include cases which could be reviewed or appealed,” Mhaga said. The department’s duty is to supply the names and details of the penalty “which we are doing”. People’s Post took to the streets to hear what readers thought of the campaign. V Share your views by SMSing the word “Post” followed by your message to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
ANTON ODENDAAL says the campaign shows the potential. “If people see names in the newspaper, they’ll fear being next. But there are other crimes, like corruption, which need more attention.”
NASEEMA HOOSAIN says the campaign has the potential to attract negative attention. “The list could become like a legends list where people would want their names to appear.”
TARQUIN DU PLESSIS says the initiative acts as a deterrent. “Government also needs to think of harsher sentences. By driving, drunk people are putting other lives at risk too.”
TSHOLOFELO MOLAWA remains sceptical and doesn’t think the list changes anything. “Because someone’s name is on a list does not mean it will stop them from drinking and driving.”
The coveted Mutt and Meow of the Year titles are up for grabs. The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA and a pet food manufacturer are in search of the most inspiring pet and owner relationships in their second annual SPCA Royal Canin Mutt and Meow of the Year online competition. It runs until Thursday 11 July. CoGH SPCA communications manager Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet says: “We all love gorgeous cats and dogs, but this competition is definitely not a beauty contest. The Mutt and Meow of the Year competition, apart from being a fundraiser for the CoGH SPCA, aims to remind us all of the undeniable bond that can form between animal and owner, and the joy that results from these sometimes life-changing relationships.” If you’re convinced your dog is the best “best” friend a man can get or you think
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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Dirty business for Black River NADINE MOODIE
ANTI-LITTER: Ward councillor Matthew Kempthorne and Friends of Black and Vygekraal rivers chairperson Jonathan Hobday standing at the section of the Black River where the litter trap will be installed. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
litter trap will be placed in the Black River later this year. This comes after numerous attempts to keep rivers in the Western Cape litter-free. The Black River will be the first of many to receive this invention, with the hope of installing similar ones in other rivers. Last week, 65 paddlers took to the city’s waters in Peninsula Paddle, an annual event. They paddled from Princess Vlei to Milnerton to raise awareness about the city’s rivers. UCT Environmental and Geographical science academic, Kevin Winter says he helped initiate the event to draw awareness about the state of the rivers with the hope of bringing environmental change. “We’re looking at finding ways in which water can connect people to the city. I believe we need to find social spaces around the waterways to connect people across the peninsula to each other and to transform the city,” he says. Meanwhile, ward councillor Matthew Kempthorne says the litter trap will be placed before the Vygekraal and Elsieskraal rivers – tributries of the Black River – to collect dirt in that sitting in that section. “This means we won’t need people going down to that section to pick up the dirt and clean the river,” he says. Winter believes the consequences of poor land management has severe impact on the city’s rivers. “It’s sad to see how people have turned their backs on the waterways by building walls to separate themselves from the rivers, and chuck their litter in the water,” he says. According to Friends of Black and Vygekraal rivers chairperson Jonathan Hobday says the litter trap is a much-needed device. “We’ve found a company to design a non-inflatable device and it’s will probably cost between R200 000 and R250 000,” he says. “Even though we’ve received the go ahead from the City of Cape Town, we still need to raise the money to make this possible. “This trap is a necessity for the city’s rivers, because the litter in the water is affecting water quality and preventing city dwellers from experiencing our rivers.”
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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
BYLAWS: COMMENT INVITED
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lows opportunities for informal traders to place advertisements on their stalls, thereby generating additional income. The current Outdoor Advertising and Signage Bylaw; the proposed amendments to the bylaw; and the Outdoor Advertising Signage Policy are available at: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/ PublicParticipation/Pages/ProposedDraft-Outdoor-advertising-and-SignagePolicy.aspx Anyone who would like to comment on the proposed draft amendments and the proposed policy should submit their comments in writing by Friday 21 June, by email to Debbie.Evans@capetown.gov.za, fax to (021) 425 4448, hand delivery to 13th Floor, Tower Block, Civic Centre, Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town or post to Gavin van Schalkwyk, PO Box 4511, Cape Town, 8000. The comment form for the proposed by-law amendments is available at www.capetown.gov.za/en/PublicParticipation/Documents/Commentary_Form_draft_OABL_Amendments_May_2013_3.pdf The comment form for the proposed policy is available at www.capetown.gov.za/en/PublicParticipation/ Documents/Commentary_Form_draft_OA_policy_may_2013.pdf
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SCIENTIST: Professor William Bond taking a closer look at savannah in India.
RESEARCH: AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
SA scientist to join American think-tank NADINE MOODIE
eet the Justin Bieber of science, who’s just been elected as the foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the USA. “It’s like winning an Oscar, but for science,” says UCT’s Professor William Bond who was elected to the NAS at the end of April. He specialises in ecological sciences and spends his time taking a closer look at the savannah and grass in some of Africa’s most beautiful settings. Since the inception of the academy in 1863, he’s been the fifth African scientist to experience the honour of being elected as a foreign associate. “I’m very embarrassed about being elected, because there are more deserving colleagues, but I must admit, it’s a treat. It’s like being a Justin Bieber of science,” he says. The NAS is an independent body of 2200 members and 400 foreign associates, with 200 members who are Nobel laureates. The academy was established by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Scientists are elected to membership by their peers, for outstanding contributions to science. Bond’s research tries to establish what the world looked like more than 18 000 years ago.
“Carbon dioxide has increased in the atmosphere and my research looks at what plants looked liked under those conditions, with less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” says Bond. “We find plants don’t grow spines under those conditions, because there’s not enough carbon in the atmosphere. “In the past, people only looked at forest and not at trees and grass. “It’s like science fiction, you have to think very hard about what’s happening, because the conditions are so strange,” he explains. Bond never in his wildest dreams expected to be admitted to the academy. “It was only in my late 40s when I started enjoying what I was doing. Before I had no driving ambition, I just did what I do.” Bond will be formally inducted into the NAS at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in April says the election carries delight and uncertainty with it, as he will serve as an editor for reports published by the National Academies Press. He will also work as an advisor in an internationally acclaimed space where he will be able to give an African perspective on scientific issues. “It’s always good to stir up some trouble from Africa, because our authority doesn’t always count at that level,” he says.
CITY APPEALS TO RESIDENTS TO REPORT ILLEGAL SALE OF STOLEN COUNCIL REFUSE BAGS In an effort to combat the theft and resale of City-owned refuse bags, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department will be printing the letters CCT SWM followed by a serial number in black text on all its blue bags as of June 2013. This will ensure that all stolen bags can be recognised and their source be traced. The City is appealing to residents to please not purchase blue refuse bags bearing this text being sold on street corners as these are stolen property. The printed bags will be used for all of the Solid Waste Management Department’s Cleansing Branch activities and programmes. Report any individual seen selling the printed bags on the streets, at traffic lights, or anywhere else, by contacting the City’s Solid Waste Management branch for Loss Control on 021 900 1689 or e-mail Riaan.firstname.lastname@example.org. If any unprinted blue bags are placed out on the roadside they will be deemed to be illegal dumping and dealt with accordingly.
MUSIC-MINDED: The last 30 young aspiring instrumentalists auditioned in Parow last week to compete in the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition. The competition is celebrating its 25th year and takes place at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow from Monday 16 to Friday 20 September. Awaiting their turn to impress the judges are pianist Annie Grieve, from Rondebosch, and cellist Caroline Robertson, from Newlands. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Thursday 20 June 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 (021) 689 5347. Monday 24 June
Thursday 27 June V Newlands: The South African Society of Artists meeting will be held at the Athenaeum at 19:00. There will be an illustrated talk by Dr Hans Fransen entitled “Style: is it stronger than genius?” He will examine the concept of ‘style’ in all various art forms. Entry is R10 for members and R20 for guests. Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Denzil Haenow via email email@example.com. Thursday 27 June
V Mowbray: Cape Support for Mental Health will host a parent and carers support group at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Albert and Highbury Roads, Mowbray at 19:30. Psychologist at Valkenberg Hospital, Dr Stephen Lay will speak about Early Intervention Programmes. For more information contact Marijke Littlefield on (021) 685 4398.
V Pinelands: Mended Hearts will host a talk by Dr Benjamin Bosch on the Introduction to evidence-based medicine. The talk will be held in Conference Room 1, Ground Floor at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital at 18:00. For additional information contact Dawn Pretorius on (021) 447 6268.
Tuesday 25 June
Friday 28 June
V Mowbray: The Egyptian Society of South Africa will hold lectures on The Scourge of the Sea Peoples, presented by Patricia Weckesser, followed by Breaking News by John Lombard. The event will be held at St George’s Grammar School at 19:30. Tickets cost R20 for non-members and is free for members. For more information call (021) 557 5082.
V Newlands: There will be a presentation about the discovery of fynbos by Brian Huntley former director of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens at the Anthenaeum at 20:00. Tickets cost R20. For additional information contact Eleanor on (021) 762 1779.
Wednesday 26 June
V Harfield: Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch is holding a Jammin at Banana Jam Café in 2nd Avenue at 12:00. All residents in the watch area of Harfield, Lynfrae, Belvedere, Claremont Village and Sunnybrae are invited to come meet the team, bid on some interesting auction items and soak up the tropical atmosphere. For more information contact Penny Owens on (021) 6718 719 or Damien Mocke 083 443 1977.
V Pinelands: Stamp Circle’s monthly meeting will be held in the Activities Hall at Pinelands Library at 19:15. Members will be displaying exhibits on Kirstenbosch, flowers and trees. Marilyn Crawford will show her exhibit on Cape Landmarks. One page exhibits will cover the subjects “Bell” and “Fall”. Visitors and those interested Obtain additional information by contacting John (021) 531 1954 or Martin (021) 689 5050. Wednesday 26 June V Pinelands: Line dancing will be held at the Girl Guides Hall at 20:00. Singles and beginners are welcome. Tickets cost R20.
Sunday 30 June
Tuesday 2 July V Pinelands: The Amputee Support Group will meet at in the gym of Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital at 18:30. For more information contact Carol Millar on 083 261 9840.
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In the article “Pinewatch furore” (People’s Post, 11 June) it was reported that Pine-
the instructor June Bothma via SMS or Whatsup only at 083 448 1837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. watch patrol vehicles have two security guards in each car. It is in fact, only one security guard. People’s Post sincerely apologises for this error.
PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Youth at risk
South Africans had a long weekend thanks to Youth Day falling on Sunday. The day commemorates the 37th anniversary of the Soweto uprising on 16 June. In 1975, protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans be used on an equal basis to English as a medium of instruction in secondary schools, says the State website. It says the issue was “not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education”. This was “characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers”. A year later saw more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto beginning a protest march. The protests quickly flared throughout the country in an already politically volatile South Africa. This was a nation on fire and the youth carried the flame of change towards a politically indiscriminate dispensation. In clashes with the police and in the ensuing violence over the following weeks, about 700 people – mostly youths – were killed and property destroyed. The image of a dying Hector Pietersen being carried to safety by a fellow-pupil will remain burnished in the minds of South Africans who choose to remember the ultimate price many paid. Photographer Sam Nzima was quoted as saying he “saw a child falling”. “Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture,” Nzima said, adding later “the police were ordered to shoot”. This year’s theme is “working together for youth development and a drug-free South Africa”. Fastforward to today and the battle has shifted into a social sphere in which other youths may be trapped behind bars of their own making. Again, guns were involved. A case in point: the fatal shooting of Spes Bona High’s Glenrico Martin for which two teenagers were charged. Guns and youths – what a frightening and despairing combination.
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Let down by viewing options Your SMSes
I fully agree with the viewer: etv has lacked in its programmes generally. I’m saying this after inspecting the programmes and movies they play. Many repeats, same movies same time every year, at least twice a year. If its not repeating an old movie, it would be endless WWE and wrestling shows – four or five wrestling shows just with a different name. (There are) endless phone-in commercials and “you could win”. Even commercials are lacking quality and respect to gender, in reference to the latest “Pin Pop-cool things happen” advertisement in which a woman’s chest grows because of the pin-pop. Play Boy
and Bikini Babes just take the cake. As a young adult, who has studied journalism and done good research background on etv, I am extremely disappointed in etv and their materials. I don’t support etv as an Independent Television Channel. I also feel the (representative) of etv who has responded to the first letter is merely sugar-coating and bending the laws and regulations of Independent Broadcasting. Media has messed up the main reason for broadcasting. Thus be the reason for the way in which children act and behave socially. Kelly-Angelique Panti, Claremont
Experiences with Pinewatch I changed to Pinewatch on 1 January because of lower monthly premiums and because I saw a lot more of Pinewatch patrols in Pinelands. On Thursday 28 March I inadvertently triggered one of my infra-reds setting off the alarm. It took Pinewatch’s exchange over 10 minutes to respond! When I queried this unacceptable delay with the operator she said she would get her manager to phone me. She was about to put the phone down when I pointed out that she had not asked for my password. After some argument she discontinued the call. No manager phoned me and I had to initiate contact with Pinewatch. I was told that all calls were recorded, but in this instance something had gone wrong with the recorder. Apparently the operator conceded that she had not asked for my password and Pinewatch advised me later that “the operator in question has been called in for a disciplinary hearing and has been severely reprimanded”. On Saturday 13 April I again, unfortunately, triggered my alarm. This time it took five minutes before a telephone response from Pinewatch. The operator said she was alone in the control room. Subsequent discussions with management revealed that there were meant to be three operators on duty, but that there had only been two on that Saturday and one of them was in the toilet at the time! On Tuesday 30 April I did it again – yes, I triggered three false alarms in a month.
This time it took just over six minutes before a check call from Pinewatch. For none of these three incidents did a patrol car arrive at my house. In discussions with Pinewatch I gathered that their “target” phone response time is two minutes. In the case of the first two incidents the operators undertook to get the manager to phone me. No follow-up calls were received until I initiated. Gordon Legg, Pinelands Thomas Blatherwick, managing director of Pinewatch Security, responds: We have noted recent reports on alleged poor service delivery, but this is not a true reflection of our general customer satisfaction. All customer concerns are taken seriously and we endeavour to deal with each concern individually. Understandably, the recent increase in criminal activity in Pinelands has gotten the community on edge. Our priority is to service our subscribing customers who have mandated Pinewatch to monitor and respond to their alarm activations and call-in requests, which we have been doing successfully for the past 20 years. Patrolling is just one of the many added services we provide to subscribing customers. As the prominent service provider, we encourage concerned residents to coordinate their efforts in conjunction with Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch, police and Pinewatch to increase patrols so we can drive out crime together.
. Please get safe boxes for cellphones at schools, because most teachers chat (on their phones) more than helping the children learn. Or prohibit cellphones at schools. Let them use the office phone for emergencies and more attention will be focused on pupils. Concerned parent . The sooner they implement the smoking restrictions the better. There is a (restaurant) in (the southern suburbs) where patrons sit and smoke themselves stupid. When you open the windows they close it, saying it is cold, yet they come to the venue with no jersey on. Clyde . Tuckshops in triple-storey flats are a nuisance. Running up and down on stairs, writing on our walls and knocking on our doors by children coming downstairs from mobile shop is really a big problem. Also, people sleeping with animals in their flats on second and third floors. Ban mobile shops and animals from flats. . Why must we non-smokers live with all these toxins around us? Ban it altogether. . Regarding the anti-smoking law: you can attack an old lady and steal her pension outside a bank and get away with it, but if she has a cigarette in her hand then she is the criminal? I saw a man relieving himself outside a restaurant. No problem because he was not smoking. Get real. Tess, Fish Hoek . Thank you so much for this new law. I recently stopped smoking when I found out I was pregnant and I don’t want my baby near second-hand smoke. Best decision ever to stop. . What a wonderful dream. Can this really be put into full action, with heavy fines and money used for good food kitchens? We can’t even keep our streets clean or safe. Who will cover this daily or is this another joke? . I cannot wait for the smoking laws to come into place. They should add a law against those smoking while driving. Darryl, Kalk Bay . So what’s next, stop all traffic on the main roads? Dof, really! Viv . Smoking is not good. It’s dangerous and can damage your lungs. Smokers should not smoke next to children and people who do not smoke.
PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Comedy craze at Vista Nova School LAILA MAJIET
t was an evening of fun and laughter, and all for a good cause. Nik Rabinowitz took to the stage as the headlining act at the Friends of Vista Nova (FOVN) Comedy Evening last Monday, 10 June. Angel Campey, Dalin Oliver, Gareth Woods, Kagiso Mokgadi and host Mel Jones had the crowd in tears from laughter. As an annual highlight on the school’s calendar, organisers say the event was a great success. The group of local comedy sensations
packed the show with local flavour and politics, showcasing something for everyone. Vista Nova is a public school for children with special needs. Over the past 10 years the significance of FOVN fundraising activities has grown substantially, says the organisation’s chairperson, Veronica Kreuker. “There has been a steady increase in the number of learners whose parents are unable to pay school fees, resulting in ever-increasing strains on the school’s financial resources,” she explains. V For more information about the school and its fundraising efforts, visit www.friendsofvistanova.co.za.
NIGHT OUT: Carl and Linsay Watermeyer and Karen and Ockert Fransch.
PHOTOS: LAILA MAJIET AND TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
DRESSED TO THE NINES: Demet Karatas and Sonia Esgueira attended the show.
HELPING HANDS: Duane and Gio Fisher helped sell refreshments at the annual comedy evening.
COMEDY FANS: Anja Wilkinson-Bienmueller and Diana Blair.
FUN NIGHT: Shevan Botha and Samantha Perry.
LAUGHS A MINUTE: Fran and Ronald Gorrin.
LAUGHS: Joshua Eksteen and Megan Schilder.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Esmeralda Bailey and Saadiqah Daniels.
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Broadway favourite hits the Mother City TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
he true-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be brought to life in an energising musical at Artscape this month. Direct from it’s successful seasons in Singapore and Johannesburg, the multi-award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys opens at Artscape tomorrow. The show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the other members of the Four Seasons – Bob Gaudio, Tommy De Vito and Nick Massi. The group dominated charts in the 1960s and became one of the greatest successes in pop music history, selling 175 million records globally before they turned 30. The 19 member South African cast includes Emmanuel Castis, Kirsten MurphyRossiter, Jaco van Rensburg, Duane Alexander and Stephen Jubber. Since their first curtain call on South African soil, audiences have responded with enormous enthusiasm. “Being able to be part of this production is a dream come true. Performing in theatre has always been in my blood and I did many musicals at school,” says Emmanuel Castis who plays bass vocalist Nick Massi. He describes Jersey Boys as not being a typical musical. “Usually in musicals the story is driven by the music, but with Jersey Boys the story
and emotions of where they are in their lives, drives the music,” he says. The well-known soapie actor, says although he loves acting on television, theatre has always been apart of him. “I’ve always been going for theatre auditions, but have been waiting for the perfect role,” Castis adds. He says the show has a great cast who have really embraced the story of this iconic group. “This rock band became each others family and having toured and lived together we are also like one big family.” “I realised early that this was a very special story and group, I love it,” says Castis. The show features popular hits of the band such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and My Eyes Adored You. Although the names of these and other songs in the show might not be easily recognised by many, the tunes become more familiar as the captivating tale of the four musicians unfolds and the audience can be heard singing along. Castis says they have received an incredible reaction from audiences who have seen the show and he looks forward to performing in Istanbul, Turkey, after Cape Town. “It’s all about telling the incredible story of normal people. We want people to walk out with a smile on their faces and a smile on their heart,” he adds.
ICONIC: From left Kenneth Meyer, Grant Almirall, Emmanuel Castis and Daniel Buys tell the true-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Season. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Trojans at GrandWest In the wake of the Gladiators era, Teen Trojan Warriors will flex their muscles at Grand Arena. You can watch the filming of Teen Trojan Warriors from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 June from 10:00 to 13:00. The Trojan Warriors show is about mortals who, all starting on the same level, fight their way up each level by participating in a variety of games. On their way up they accumulate points which gets them to the next stage, being immortal status, and finally to the ultimate title, that of Trojan Warrior. Both the filming sessions of Trojan Warriors and the TV series itself will provide great
HOUSE OF MYSTERIES: Monica Nyakatya inspires young clowns Sonwabile Mekuto, Sibabalo Zuma and Sinothando Lufutha to share their magic with young audiences at the Traditional Children’s Magic Festival. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Marvellous magical mayhem The Traditional Children’s Magic Festival is back in Cape Town this winter and is set to trick your mind more than before. The festival will take place at College of Magic in Claremont from 26 to 29 June and aims to thrill young ones with dazzling performances and workshops by some of Cape Town’s most seasoned artists. Parents and their little ones are set to escape the biting cold with a magical tour of the College’s mysterious 100-year-old building, marvel at the astonishing acts of more than 50 magicians, jugglers,
clowns, escape artists to learn the art of magic. The college is the only one of its kind in the world and has been training children and adults in magic and illusion since 1980. “The Traditional Children’s Magic Festival is a highlight on our magical calendar and is a fun, affordable experience for the entire family. We cannot wait to welcome you to our historic house of magic this winter,” says director David Gore. V Tickets for the festival are R50, and include a free magical goodie bag on arrival. For more information contact 0 (021) 683 5480 or visit www.collegeofmagic.com.
thrills for all South African fans of spectacular action entertainment. The audience will get so close up to the action that they will hear every groan and scream of encouragement. They will see warriors being made while the less strong will remain mere mortals. The live action will offer fun for the entire family who can be part of the exciting action and not even strain a muscle doing so. The TV series will be screened weekly over six months. For the live shows, Teen Trojan Warrior will take place from 10:00, while the Trojan Warrior sessions will begin at 18:00. V Tickets, at R50, available from Computicket.
COMIC RELIEF: Gaëtan Schmid’s (pictured) brand new comedy The Belgian is a hilarious trip into the mind of a most misunderstood species – Belgians. Directed by Brent Palmer, it shows at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre, 76 Strand Street. Behind the facade of their clean cut little houses with their neat little front garden and patrolled by smirking garden gnomes, something obscurely wicked is lurking. Schmid’s latest passionate calling is to share with you his wealth of limitless and useless knowledge – “Comic, fascinating, quirky, absurd and surreal stuff that maketh the Belgian and Belgium”. Shows on Thursday 20 June, Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June, all shows at 19:00 and all shows are R80. For bookings and enquiries phone 0 (021) 300 1652. Strictly no under 18s due to the terms of their liquor licence. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Peter Pan takes to the stage Come fly away with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Darling children to the magical Never Land. Get ready to be amazed by all its wonders such as the mysterious mermaids from Mermaid Lagoon, the beautiful Indian princess Tiger Lilly and her brave panther, as well as the fun-loving Lost Boys and evil Captain Hook. J.M Barrie’s much loved classic, Peter Pan, premiers at the Canal Walk Theatre from Sunday 22 June to Sunday 14 July. Tickets cost R70 and are available from Computicket. The show will be directed by award-winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Mey-
er. Peter Pan will be brought to life with breathtaking sets, magnificent costumes, eye-catching puppets, memorable songs and will showcase the talent of some of South African finest up-and-coming musical theatre stars. While Naledi Award winner, Earl Gregory stars as Captain Hook and newcomer, Michael Wallace will play the title role of Peter Pan. V For more information contact or email Vanessa Herbst, PR manager 0 (021) 529 9638 or email@example.com or Wendy Vollmer, marketing moordinator 0 (021) 529 9629 or 2 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 18 June 2013
OPERATIONS: CHILDREN BENEFIT
A scalpel helps them to smile
rowing up with a defect could rob a child of achieving their dreams. But that’s until the Smile Foundation steps in. As part of Smile Week, 17 children from sub-Saharan Africa underwent reconstructive surgery at Red Cross Children’s Hospital last week. The initiative was sponsored by the foundation. Functioning since 2000, the NPO has assisted 1600 children in need of reconstructive surgery. Moira Gerszt, the foundation’s operations executive director, says they started out sponsoring operations for cleft palates and lips, but then expanded services to doing any reconstructive surgery for children. Malik Bougaardt spent most of his life lip reading. Malik’s hearing was impaired as his right ear was not growing properly. His mother, Amina, explains: “There was nothing wrong with Malik before birth, but after he was born, I discovered his earlobe was against his face.” He has had two operations – the first as a two-year-old – to reconstruct his ear. He faces two more operations before the reconstruction process will be complete. “He was a carefree child, but as he’s entering adolescence, I noticed he is becoming more aware of his ear and developed a temper as a defence mechanism against his peers who often poke fun at him,” Amina
says. “Malik wears hoodies to cover his ears because he doesn’t want to draw attention to that part of his body.” She is excited as the surgeon has informed her that Malik’s operation was successful. “The surgery involved taking a piece of his rib and using it to reconstruct his ear,” she says. His third surgery is due in August. Registrar and trainee plastic surgeon Dr Chris Price says the team of doctors working on Smile Week will not only dedicate their time to reconstructing cleft lips and palates, but will also include ear, hand, cranial and facial muscle reconstructions. “Some of these problems are caused by parent’s genes, medication which mothers took during pregnancy, alcohol abuse or congenital disorders,” he says. “Each patient’s operation varies, depending on the severity of their condition and operations can take between 30 minutes and six hours. Most cleft lip and palate surgeries need up to eight operations before the process is complete. These operations require specialised instruments, which the Smile Foundation has made possible.” Gerzst says the foundation has an holistic approach when assisting young patients. “Reconstructive surgery is important, but we also have to ensure patients and families receive counselling and support throughout the process, as it can be a traumatic ordeal,” she says.
Creating awareness about bipolar In recognition of Bipolar Awareness Day on Sunday 26 May and to increase awareness of this mental illness, Valkenberg Hospital hosted an interactive workshop called Bipolar Awareness on 27 May. Valkenberg’s Dr. Neil Horn invited guests to wellness, while Jen Goy discussed several steps to mental wellness, reminding those with a mental illness that they’re not doomed.
Lentegeur Hospital’s Dr John Parker spoke about addiction and discussed some of the technical aspects and drug-related behaviour. Friends of Valkenberg are passionate about creating awareness and facilitating dialogue on mental health V For more information visit www.sadag.co.za or call 0 0800 567 567. To attend a free introductory resilience workshop, email 2 email@example.com.
ON THE MEND: Amina Bougaardt with her son, Malik, who is recovering after undergoing reconstructive surgery at Red Cross Children’s Hospital as part of the Smile Week campaign. PHOTO: NADINE MOODIE
PROPOSED CONVERSION TO ONE-WAY STREET AND DROP-&-PICK-UP ZONES
Parkchester Avenue, Richmond Avenue and Wythenshawe Avenue, Pinelands Due to traffic congestion as well as for the safety of learners, it has become necessary to implement certain changes to the traffic flow around Pinelands North Primary School. The City of Cape Town therefore intends to implement the following changes on an experimental basis from 15 July to 20 September 2013: • • •
Conversion of Parkchester Avenue to a one-way street between Victory Avenue and Richmond Avenue at all times Conversion of Richmond Avenue to a one-way street between numbers 2 and 24 at all times Create a drop and pick-up zone from 07:00-08:30 and 12:30-15:00 on weekdays along the abovementioned one-way streets as well as Wythenshawe Avenue as indicated on the plan. No parking of unattended vehicles will be allowed during these times. Parking outside these zones is still permitted, i.e. 16-20 Richmond Avenue A no-stopping zone on the side of the school at all times to assist with traffic flow An additional pedestrian crossing with appropriate warning signage across Richmond Avenue near 12 Richmond Avenue
The school has undertaken to open more gates during peak hours to spread the concentration of learners at gates.
Plans showing the proposed changes may also be viewed at: • • •
The Roads and Stormwater Department, 3rd Floor, Media City, Cnr Hertzog Boulevard and Heerengracht (above Auto Atlantic), Cape Town Pinelands North Primary School, Richmond Avenue, during school hours Subcouncil offices, St Stephens Road, Pinelands
Comments or objections may be directed to the District Roads Engineer, Johan de Beer, before 7 July 2013 on tel 021 400 6426, fax 021 421 8276 or e-mail Johan.De_Beer@capetown.gov.za. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CTIY MANAGER 109/2013
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TEXTBOOK TACKLE: Violets RFC’s Ismaeel Arendse tackles Ebrahiem Adonis of Hamediehs RFC during his side’s 11-15 loss at Chukker Road in Lansdowne, in the WP club rugby Division One clash on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
Tight encounter in local derby
ivision One stragglers Hamediehs RFC pulled of a surprise, against-the-odds victory over rivals Violets at Chucker Road in Lansdowne on Saturday. Violets and Hamediehs went into the game in second last and first on the table respectively, but the gulf in form and quality had little effect on the result. Despite receiving five yellow cards, conceding the only try and coming in a distant second in the possession stakes, Hamediehs won 15-11. Head coach Zain Daniels was surprised at the victory. “The first half performance was solid, but we should have lost it in the second half. We made too many elementary errors,” says Daniels. “If they had won, I wouldn’t have felt bad as we made so many mistakes – our ill-discipline cost us. The first-round match was close as well; we should have won that one at the death. When old rivals play each other, it is always tight.” Daniels describes his team’s lack of appreciation for the rule book was “pathetic and poor”. “I don’t blame the referee. It was clearly our fault. We were lucky as one of our guys should have been red carded. At half-time I asked them to be more disciplined, as ill-dis-
LIAM MOSES The dusty streets of Cape Town’s informal settlements and townships have long provided football with some its greatest players. If you possess enough talent and determination, and manage to avoid the pitfalls of drugs and gangsterism, football can provide youth with a better life. However, for most youngsters the sport is little more than a hobby or a pastime their parents hope will keep them away from social ills. But since 2003, a Schaapkraal-based organisation has been using the sport to help the city’s poor, homeless and troubled to better their lives without handing them professional contracts. Each year, South African Homeless Street Soccer and registered NGO Oasis, gives a group of people the chance to travel to and take part in the Homeless World Cup. Clifford Marthinus, Oasis founder, says the point of competing in the tournament is not to simply give the players the chance
cipline would cost us the game.” The numerical disadvantage and high error count meant that Hamediehs spent most of the game defending, but Daniels’ team should be credited for putting their bodies on the line to guard every centimetre of the sodden Chukker Road turf. The away side were determined to play their rugby in the opposition half and they heaped pressure on Violets throughout the game, with well-placed tactical kicks. Although Hamediehs attempted to run the ball when in possession in the opposition half, their success was a direct result of staunch, smash-mouth defence that forced the opposition to make errors. Hamediehs flyhalf Abdul Raqieb Burdien kicked five penalties for his side’s 15 points, while his opposite number, Denver Scheepers, scored two penalties and prop Saleigh Schroeder visited behind the try-line for Violets. The loss is Violets’ third in ten games this season and will cut down their lead at the top of the table. The Lansdowne club will look to get their title charge back on track on Saturday 22 June, when Strand’s Raithby Universals visits Chukker Road. Hamediehs, who have now won three and lost seven matches, will hope to keep their late-season revival going against Lagunya away from home.
IN THE AIR: Turfhall United’s Dylon Solomons takes flight as Hout Bay United’s Raymond Samuels looks on during Turfhall’s 1-0 victory in the Engen Knockout Challenge playoffs at The Greens in Manenberg on Sunday. PHOTO: ARSHIED ISAACS
CONTROL: Montague Spurs AFC player Juninho Lombaard shows off his controlling skill, as he holds off the tackle attempts of Helderberg FC player Anathi Mrwata during the sides’ 1-1 draw in the Engen Knockout Challenge at The Greens in Manenberg on Sunday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
Driven to achieve their footie goals to travel to a foreign country, but to open participants’ minds to their full potential. “What we hope is that people can realise that these opportunities are possible for them. They might live in an informal settlement, but they can also better their lives. It’s up to them to take hold of their lives,” says Marthinus. “We can’t guarantee them that their lives are going to change. But we can guarantee that this will make an impact on their lives. They need to use this opportunity to find out how to make it work and count for them.” The Homeless World Cup is an international organisation based in Scotland and has organised the tournament of the same name every year since 2003. This tournament is hosted in a different country annually and can feature up to 70 teams. Last year, the tournament was hosted in Brazil and this year it will take place in Poznan, Poland, from Saturday 10 to Sun-
day 18 August. In order to take part in the tournament players must go through a series of trials and prove to Oasis they are serious about improving their lives, that they will benefit from the programme and that they intend to give back to their communities. Players do not have to be homeless in the traditional sense in order to take part in the tournament, but have to be linked to an NGO in some way. Marthinus says the point of this is to ensure that the players continue to receive support and guidance once they return from the tournament. One of the players who will be taking part this year is centreback Ebrahim Abrahams from The Kraal, an informal settlement in Bo-Kaap. “I had a friend who was in this programme and went with the team to Brazil last year. He was the goalkeeper and he told us about the programme,” he says “I grew up struggling so I don’t want my
child to go through life the same way I did. That’s all that I want. I just want to help all the children who are living on streets right now.” Before departing for the Homeless World Cup, Abrahams and his teammates will go away on a two week-long camping trip to train for the tournament and also undergo counselling. Marthinus says although many people are successful in bettering their lives, some players also fail and fall back into drug abuse or crime. Oasis also runs Oasis FC, a football club which is affiliated to the South Peninsula Local Football Association and has over 150 players. The club has teams in every age group from under-9 to under-19 and does not charge any of the players membership fees as long as they take part in the organisation’s life skills programmes. Oasis also aims to start a street soccer programme involving 20 different areas around Cape Town. For information about the Homeless World Cup contact Oasis on 0 (021) 704 6815.
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New pro basketball league for SA LIAM MOSES
ape Town could have as many as three franchises in a new, nationwide professional basketball league being formed by Basketball South Africa. The Basketball National League (BNL) is set to tip-off in September, with 12 teams across the country playing in two different conferences. Four teams have already been confirmed for the league, with Johannesburg’s Egoli Magic, the Soweto Panthers and Pretoria’s Tshwane Suns set to form part of the Northern Conference and Durban’s KwaZulu-Natal Marlins set to form part of the Southern Conference. Caby Cabanelas, director of the BNL, said three Cape Town teams have already bid for franchises. “There are certain criteria they need to meet and they will need to present their necessary capabilities to BNL. As it’s a franchise basis there will be price of R2 000 000,”
LIAM MOSES Engen Santos FC will face two season-defining moments this week when they take on Mpumalanga Black Aces and Chippa United in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotion/relegation play-offs. The People’s Team did well to fight their way back into contention for promotion after a disastrous start in the National First Division (NFD). But their hard work could all be in vain if they fail to beat Aces and Chippa in the two home games on Thursday 20 and Sunday 23 June. Head coach Ian Palmer admits both matches will be crucial, but says a loss will not be the death of his side’s promotion
he said. “The franchise gives them the right to become a shareholder in the company, the right to appoint a director to the board and the right to participate in the league.” Cabanelas says BNL aims to have at least one team from each province in the league. The tournament will see each franchise play home and away round-robin games, before the top two teams in each conference will battle it out in five games to determine a conference winner. The conference winners will then face off in five more games and the team with the most victories will be crowned BNL champions. Cabanelas could not could not elaborate on potential teams from Cape Town. Joseph Mangadi, chairperson of the Western Province Basketball Association, welcomed the formation of the league and said it will be a massive advantage to the Association’s attempts to grow the sport. “We are extremely excited because we are trying to get more participants. It’s difficult to convince people to play a sport if there is
no professional league,” he said. “It’s also easier to get more media coverage and sponsors if there is a professional league. It will help us professionalise the sport. We have been running on a volunteer basis for a long time. Having a professional league will force us to professionalise at the lowest level.” Basketball is still seen as a fringe sport in SA and, like most other sports, has to play second fiddle to football, rugby and cricket. Cabanelas said the BNL is ready to fight it out with the top three for a slice of the sponsorship, broadcast and match attendance pie. “The global appeal of basketball and its links to family entertainment, music and fashion are about to take SA by storm,” he said. “We have a detailed plan on how we are going to grow the sponsorship base.” Cabanelas added that merchandising deals will also play a large part in making the sport profitable and sustainable in SA.
The People’s Team brace for play-offs hopes. “I don’t think this game is do or die, because we still have to play Chippa soon after that. If we lose it won’t be good and it will be huge setback,” he says. “But we are thinking about that. We are going full-out to get one over Aces and put us in the driving seat. Aces are in the driving seat, because they are the only team with a win. The playing field will be levelled as we will be at home.” Santos had an undesirable start to the play-offs last month when their first match, away to Chippa, finished in a goalless draw. Chippa went on to lose 1-0 to Aces in the
second play-off match. The Mpumalanga side now top the standings ahead of their clash against Santos, who have not had much success against Aces this season. But Palmer will hope recent form and past results are not an indicator of what Thursday’s result will be. The People’s Team drew 0-0 against Aces in their last encounter in Mpumalanga in April, while Aces beat Santos 1-0 at Athlone Stadium in the season opener last October. Palmer says the fixtures has not been kind to his side, but he is confident his troops will recover before their Cape derby against
BOUNCING BASKETS: Neo Khonkhobe of Pinelands Bulldogs holds off the defensive play of GCU Wolves’ Witbooi Riecoleav during the Men’s First League basketball clash at UCT on Sunday. Wolves were 64-62 victors after the four quarters. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS Philippi’s Chippa. “Aces are blessed because all their games are spaced widely. After the match against is, they have six days before they play again. The draw actually favours them,” says Palmer. “Chippa also play us and then have to go to Aces three days later. It’s about how quickly you recover. We have the Sports Science Institute of South Africa on our side to help us regenerate for the next game.” Santos’ fixture against Aces will kick-off at Cape Town Stadium at 19:30 on Thursday 20 June. Chippa United will host Aces on Wednesday 26 June and the final fixture of the playoffs will see Santos travel to Mpumalanga to face Aces on Saturday 29 June.