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RESCUE ATTEMPT A TOTAL of 20 Pilot whales beached at Noordhoek Beach on Sunday morning. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and volunteers covered them with wet blankets which were continu­ ously doused with water to keep them cool and to reduce stress. Five of these died on the beach and nine whales that were suffering were humanely euthanised. One whale managed to swim back into the surf and five others were loaded onto trailers and transport­ ed to the SA Naval Dockyard. They were released at sea by two Navy tug boats. During the night three of these five whales were found beached on Long Beach, Simon’s Town, at 23:30. At about 02:30 yesterday vets humanely euthanised these three whales, which were found to be in poor and deterio­ rating health. According to the NSRI, the False Bay coastline is being monitored to determine if the remain­ ing two whales may also beach. The NSRI says all emergency agencies, private companies and individuals and the media are commended for their efforts. PHOTO: YUNUS MOHAMED/PHOTO24

FORENSICS BUSY: ‘HUMAN’ REMAINS

Bones found in forest TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

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RACING the steps of a late night wanderer led to the discovery of a pile of bones in Newlands Forest. Bones, which members of security service Mountain Men say resemble those of human remains, were found on Friday 15 March in the section of the forest just above Fernwood and the M3. Allan Dillon, owner of Mountain Men, says his team was patrolling the greenbelts, after trackers had picked up a spoor left by someone the previous night. “I was notified by two of my trackers that

they had followed the spoor and it led them to a homeless man sitting alone in the forest. I then dispatched two of my special response team members to interview the man,” says Dillon. “We wanted to know why the man had been wandering around the forest at 03:00 for the past two nights.” While interviewing the man, the response team noticed the homeless man continuously looking at one area of the bush. “One of my team members asked the man whether he was hiding drugs or something else, but he didn’t answer,” Dillon says. They then conducted a thorough search of

the area, specifically focusing on the direction he had glanced towards. Dillon says when he arrived at the scene his team had found a heap of bones in the bush. “There was a skull with other bones stacked on top of it. There was also a bone hanging in the tree,” he says. When People’s Post contacted the Newlands RatePayers’ Association for comment, chairperson Graham Halse, was surprised to hear of the find. Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson for the Claremont cluster, confirms the incident.

She says: “At this stage it is still unknown if it is human bones or not as forensics is still busy with the necessary analysis.” According to Latchman, police records reflect this is the first time bones have been recovered at Newlands Forest. An inquest docket has been registered at Claremont Police Station.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

CONTRIBUTORS: SOARING TO THE TOP

Top honours for People’s Post lensman, cartoonist

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WO People’s Post contributors have been awarded top accolades for their craft. Freelance photographer Rashied Isaacs won the Media Award of the Year at the District Two sports awards on Tuesday 19 March. He was nominated by the William Herbert Municipal Facility Management Committee (MFMC) for the award for photographic coverage of different sport codes in District Two, which includes Fish Hoek, Claremont, Wynberg and Constantia. Isaacs says: “People’s Post has provided me with a platform for my work and to showcase the community achievements for five years. That’s what people want to see and read in their favourite local newspaper.” People’s Post editorial cartoonist Gavin Thomson has been commended for his work at the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

BRIDGE: CRUMBLING CONCRETE

Residents say better safe than sorry TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

ing a fatal problem,” says Green. “It is always better to be ahead of the game than to feel sorry once something that could have been avoided happens.” Allen Perkins works in the area and feels that the bridge is not only a safety concern but an eyesore. “If I was a resident, I don’t think I would be pleased to look at that bridge all the time,” he says. “We are entitled to efficient service delivery but when I see things like robots, pavements and other broken things remaining that way for while, I wonder for what our money is being used.” Ward councillor Ian Iversen agrees with residents’ anxiety about the bridge. “Reinforcement rods, some of which are corroded, can be seen and sections of the concrete have either broken away or, over time, have eroded,” he says. Iversen says he has requested that an inspection be carried out to identify the necessary upgrades.

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NEWLANDS bridge is in need of urgent repairs to avoid an accident, say residents. The bridge connecting Main and Boundary roads is in a poor state. Cement has broken off on parts of the bridge and the balustrade has some sharp edges exposed. Mansoer Mallick, of the City of Cape Town’s department of Roads and Stormwater, however, points out that the balustrade is not a safety concern and will be listed as a priority along with other repairs across the city. He says: “The balustrade in question is perfectly safe and is just badly spalled (cracks below the surface).” “The project will be put on my job list and will be prioritised in line with all the other emergency repairs required over the metro area. We will try to get to it in the next financial year.” Resident Ashley Green says she been taking note of the deterioration and is surprised that nothing has been done yet. “Although it is not a safety hazard it needs to be fixed to prevent it from becom-

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

PINELANDS PRINCIPAL: BROADENS HER EDUCATION KNOWLEDGE

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PINELANDS principal is heading for Finland on an educational tour. Ann Morton, principal of Pinelands North Primary, will be accompanying 14 education specialists on a study tour of Finland in April. Morton says it has been a great pleasure for her to be able to go on these educational trips every second year. “It’s not only a good opportunity for me to learn new information and programmes to bring to the school, but also gives me the chance to experience new exciting countries. It’s like a mini-holiday,” she says. The tour to Finland will be her fifth educational trip and Morton expresses her gratitude towards the school for making it possible for her to go. Lia Nijzink, the school governing body chairperson and Pinelands resident, says the policy of the governing

DO YOU have a little one who is excited to go to “big school” next year? Enrol him today. While it may seem to some that the school year has only just begun, the provincial education department is already planing for the next school year. Applications for enrolment are now open. The department regards early enrolment as a priority for the start of any successful school year as it affects its planning for teaching post allocations, the ordering of textbooks and other learning support

body is to invest in their leaders. “Ann has attended several international conferences in, among others, in Singapore, New Zealand and Lesotho. We send our principal overseas every two years and this investment has been repaid tenfold,” says Nijzink. She adds: “Our aftercare facilities have been improved immensely, we have introduced a programme for our gifted children and our staff is kept at the cutting edge of educational reform.” She feels this is attributed mostly to Morton having been exposed to the latest global education trends. Ko Bohms, the treasurer of the governing body, says the governing body believes investing in their staff is the best investment they can make for their pupils. “Previous finance committees have budg-

eted exceptionally well and this has created an ideal environment for growth and investment in our staff,” says Bohms. Morton will be accompanied by Paul Colditz, the national CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools. They will be researching schooling in Finland, the country at the top of the global league tables for education such as the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). This programme for the international assessment of maths, science and reading for 15-year-olds, is an international exam. Since 2000, Finland has featured at the top of these tables. Staff at the school say they look forward to Morton’s return at the end of April and are always excited to have her share and implement the new knowledge.

Enrol your child for school today materials, the provision of furniture and equipment and school budgets and timetables. If the department does not know approximately how many pupils will be in the system the next year, it is unable to plan effectively so that teaching and learning starts smoothly on the first day of school. There are two phases of enrolment: phase one is currently underway and ends on 21 June; and phase two is from Tuesday

REMEMBERING LOVED ONES: Correctional Serv­ ices minister Sibusiso Ndebele, together with affected families, sym­ bolically released 12 po­ litical prisoners on Rob­ ben Island on Friday. The ceremony coincided with Human Rights Day cele­ brations. The families of the prisoners have been conducting pilgrimages to the island in the hopes of spiritually re­ connecting with their loved ones. Many had expressed the need to exhume the remains of their family members, which have been a mys­ tery for more than 40 years. PHOTO: JACO MARAIS/ PHOTO24

16 July to Friday 6 September. The department urges parents to apply at more than one school as their application might not be successful at their school of choice. Parents are reminded that being on a “waiting list” also does not guarantee their child will be admitted to that school. When submitting their applications, parents need to provide the child’s birth certificate, immunisation card and trans-

GOLDEN PRINCIPAL: Ann Morton, principal of Pinelands North Primary, will be taking an educational trip to Finland in April. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

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WO men suspected of involvement in an armed robbery were arrested by Claremont police last week. The gun used in the armed robbery was later found to be a toy. A third suspect is still at large. It is alleged the three men were walking along Wyndover Road in Claremont when they spotted a garage door standing open at a house. Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson for the Claremont Police Cluster, says one of the men then jumped over the gate and gained entry into the main house via the open garage door. “Once inside he confronted a woman with a firearm,” says Latchman. She adds the assailant held the woman at

gunpoint and robbed her of an ipod and a laptop before fleeing.” The robber fled the scene by jumping over a gate. But in his rush to avoid the woman’s dogs one of his takkies and the toy gun were left at the scene. Latchman says: “A follow-up investigation by officers led to the arrest of two people in the vicinity of the M5 near Access Park. The stolen goods have also been recovered,” She says the police is still looking for the third accomplice. The two suspects – aged 17 and 22 – were scheduled to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on charges of house robbery. The outcome of the appearance could not be determined at the time of going to print.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

SCENIC ROUTE: ONCE A MONTH

Coastal limo ride for little patients TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

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ATIENTS at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital will be spoilt with monthly trips in a limousine. Every month children from a different ward will get the opportunity to drive in a limousine for an hour-and-a-half. The route will go along the coastal roads through Sea Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay, then through Constantia to return to the hospital. Friends of the Children’s Hospital

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(FOCH), the social support arm of the hospital, were approached by Gareth Reed, owner of City Slickers Limousines, who had offered to sponsor a ride for children at the hospital for Valentine’s Day. “It was quite overwhelming as most of the children are very sick and are in hospital for a long time,” says Reed. He says children who are very sick and have to endure extended stays at Red Cross “don’t get the opportunity to come out of the hospital”. He says after experiencing the children’s joy and excitement after the first trip he decided to do a trip for the children once a month. Reed says: “It is all about creating a great time for the kids, especially children from the cancer ward. “You never know when it will be their last

“We partner with the store all the time for birthday cakes and our Meal a Day project and they are always willing to donate, which really helps. “The limo ride takes place during the time that lunch would be served to the children, so Woolworths has offered to donate lunch parcels for the children every month on their limo ride,” says Menigo. Razeen Vollenhoven, manager of the Milner Road store, says each store adopts charities or organisations in their areas to help as a form of their Corporate Social Investment. “Since the Red Cross Children’s Hospital is on our doorstep we are honoured to give to them for everything they do for the community. It is all about investing in our future and it starts with the children,” says Vollenhoven.

so we create an adventure for them to enjoy.” A parent and a nurse also accompany the children on their trip. Liezel Menigo, manager of FOCH, says the organisation was approached by Reed to arrange monthly limousine rides for the children. She says the organisation felt it was a great idea. “We are grateful to the hospital for allowing us to do this great initiative. It is something different and it is not everyday that you hear of patients being treated to limo rides,” laughs Menigo. She explains that the selection is done randomly and each ward will be given a chance to select patients. FOCH has had a close relationship with Woolworths Milner Road, who have also come on board for this initiative.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

PARKS: NAMED FOR ROADS

Bring back original names

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ESIDENTS in Mowbray and Rosebank want parks to retain their historic names. But the City of Cape Town says this is not how the parks are being named. Johnathan Hobday, chairperson of the Mowbray and Rosebank Civic Association, says parks have lost their historical value. Hobday says this is mostly due to the fact that signage identifying the historical names of parks are not there. “I wonder how many people know the original name of the parks in their areas?” Hobday says. He says residents, some of whom have been living in the area for more than 40 years, have voiced their concerns about park names to the organisation. “What we found in our area is that the park names are gone. We (the civic association) think it is a great pity that part of our history has been lost,” says Hobday. Alma Road Park, in Rosebank, and Raleigh Park, in Little Mowbray, are two parks which have lost a piece of history. Hobday explains that Alma Park, as it is known, was originally named Cheetham Park, while Raleigh Park was known as Bloemendal Square. “The only people who would know the interesting names and history of the parks would be residents, such as myself, who have lived here for almost 50 years,” he adds. Cheetham Park was named after Richard Cheetham, a City councillor of the 1940s and father of South African cricketer Jack Cheetham. The Bloemendal Park was named after the farm that was previously situated where the park currently is. Hobday says the civic association has requested council to restore signage indicating the original names of the parks. Belinda Walker, Mayoral Committee

member for Community Services and Special Projects, says City Parks adopted a uniform approach, across the city, to the naming of parks that involved using the adjoining street name as the official name of the park. She confirms that the official names of the parks are indeed Alma Road Park and Raleigh Park. Walker emphasises that the City will not be replacing the signage at the parks as the current signage reflects the correct names for both parks. She says: “There is no record of these names (Cheetham and Bloemendal parks).” According to Walker, City Parks has received a number of requests to have park names changed, based on people who have lived along the park for years, names of councillors and historically famous individuals. Walker explains the City, however, has a formal process to rename any City asset. And if they want to change the name of the park to anything other than the street name, a formal application will have to be received. “It will then go through the renaming committee, which involves a public participation process and various rounds of consultation. “This is a similar process that is followed when street names are changed,” she adds. The City made the decision to implement this uniform process of naming parks based on the streets they border in order to better manage complaints received from residents about the public open spaces. Walker explains because different groups had different names for parks, it was decided that for ease of reference and management, all parks would be named after the streets bordering those parks. She says if any member of the public wants to change the name of a park, they would have to go through a formal process for this to be considered.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

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MAKING A LIVING: Teens are purposefully drinking and using drugs to fall pregnant with deformed babies, community workers say. PHOTO: TAMMY PETERSEN

MBER is three, but is hardly able to walk. Her vocabulary consists only of “Mama” and “no”, and she can’t be left unsupervised for even five seconds. Chantelle gave birth to her a month before her 16th birthday. The toddler has Foetal Alcohol Syndrome – something her teen mother had hoped for. “I needed her to be born this way,” she says as she wipes her daughter’s runny nose. “I needed the money.” Government spends billions on providing financial assistance to poverty-stricken mothers unable to take care of their children. But community organisations in poorer communities say there is a new breed of mother eating at this budget: teen mothers who deliberately abuse drugs and alcohol to ensure their babies are born with disabilities. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) confirms that financially strained parents qualify for a child support grant of R280 – a far cry from the R1 200 Care Dependency Grant given to those caring for disabled children. And while some praise government’s efforts to relieve the plight of parents battling to provide for their children, others argue that it’s leading to “breeding” for a steady income, specifically among cashstrapped teenagers. Chantelle receives a Care Dependency Grant of R1 200 every month. But most of

the money goes towards supporting her alcoholic mother and eight-year-old halfbrother. Her mother raised them on her own since her father “disappeared” in 2001. The single parent then raised her children on child support grants and by selling loose cigarettes at Nyanga Junction. “But there was never enough money in our house,” she says. “We lived in eight different hokkies in people’s yards and were kicked out on five occasions for not being able to pay rent. We had a budget of about R750 a month. It lasted about two weeks and, once that was exhausted, it was elke man vir homself.” She describes herself as “not very bright” and has little aspirations. “I went to school because there was nothing else to do. It was there that I heard from a friend that her mother receives over R1 000 for her crippled brother. To me, that was a fortune,” she says. When her mother sent her baby brother to beg at robots near Turfhall Road to help her make ends meet, Chantelle started coming up with her own ideas to put food on the table. “I didn’t want him standing around and waiting for handouts like a dog. I was too young to get a job, but was also sick of living like a bergie who never had anything,” the teen says. She decided that a baby – hopefully a deformed one – would help her contribute to her family’s income. “You don’t even get R300 for a healthy

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child. What can you do with that money except buy nappies?” After three months of trying, Chantelle fell pregnant. Her boyfriend was 14 at the time. She knew alcohol abuse could lead to the baby she was carrying being born mentally disabled. Ironically, she remembered this from biology class. “I used to have a few beers with my friends at parties so I was no stranger to drinking,” Chantelle says. “I just started drinking a little more, usually about three days a week.” She applied for a grant when Amber was a few days old. “At the time the doctors could not confirm if she was disabled or not. I used to struggle with the little money I initially received. I had no idea raising a child was so expensive.” When the child with the blue-green eyes was nine months old, her mother qualified for the Care Dependency Grant. “Financially things are a little better now,” she says as Amber tugs at her shirt. She is still being breastfed because it’s “the cheapest”. “I look after Amber myself so my expenses are minimal. Her daddy also gives me R150 a month so we are quite comfortable.” And while her daughter is “quite a handful” she doesn’t regret her actions. “I’m sad that she will never be like other children, but she is my little gogga,” Chantelle says as Amber chortles while other youngsters chase a ball down the street. “It’s not only about the money. I love her. She exhausts me, but she has brought so much happiness into my life.” The “handout mentality” is prevalent in impoverished areas missionary worker Rose Arendse says. The mother of two hosts parent support groups at churches across the Cape Flats; the majority of people she speaks to are underprivileged single mothers who receive government grants to raise their children. “The sad reality is that most of these caregivers believe they have no future. They are really breeding to keep the pot going while clutching on to taxpayers’ purse strings,” Arendse says. Poverty and a negative attitude lead to a cycle which will probably see them never make it out of the situation, Arendse explains. “It’s the easy way out. Most will spend the rest of their lives depending on grants and living in the same situations they grew up in. While government provides an essential service and great assistance to people who are honestly struggling. The grant system also leads to a generation of people who will never learn to help themselves.” Annually, 2 000 pupils in the Western Cape fall pregnant, the provincial education department recently confirmed. Only a third will return to school to finish their education. To turn this around, more should be done to help youths realise the consequences of their actions, children’s activist and community worker Shane Lentoor says. “Children have to be taught that, no matter how dire their circumstances may be, there is hope for them to get out of the abject poverty they find themselves in. There has to be an end to the cycle of socioeconomic entrapment,” he says. As a young woman who has not yet fully grown up herself, a teen mother will battle even more than those who have planned for parenthood, Lentoor explains. “A life dependent on the state for an income is not as easy as it sounds. Empower yourself so that you know the long-term results of what you think is a bright idea today. There is nothing more satisfying than achieving great things while maintaining your independence.”


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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

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OISE pollution has kept Pinelands residents awake all night. A resident, who does not want to be named, says she was kept awake by a loud noise coming from Langa recently. She says she struggled to make it to work the next day. The noise – a thumping music from Langa stadium – persisted until midnight. Initially believing the noise to come from Athlone Stadium, she phoned the Athlone Police Station to request relief. “I was politely informed it was not emanating from the (Athlone) stadium, but from Langa and they could do nothing about it. I was also told by the Athlone police that they had received complaints about it,” she says. Another Pinelands resident, Matthew Kearns, says he was also disturbed by the noise. “On a Monday working people have

Racket keeps residents awake to rise early and go to work, and school children to school. I would be astonished if any Langa children could have slept through that unbelievable noise.” He adds: “I should imagine Langa residents who had gone to school and work would have been fairly unrested and groggy that morning, never mind the Pinelands residents.” Warrant Officer Tando Sonjica, spokesperson for Pinelands Police Station, confirmed the noise came from Langa, but also said they could do nothing about it as it was out of their jurisdiction. She says the station received numerous complaints and officers could hear the noise clearly at the station. Colonel Vive Mcaca, station commander at Langa Police Station, says they had re-

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Ward councillor Brian Watkyns says he is concerned about this as he, too, received many complaints. Watkyns says the organisers have applied for another event to take place on Sunday 7 April. “Hopefully police or Law Enforcement will be able to control the next event,” says Watkyns.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

CARINA BRUWER: EXTREME SWIM WITH A CAUSE

Flautist takes to waters for charity I

N A BID to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Sterling EQ lead flautist Carina Bruwer will attempt an extreme swim around Cape Point. The swim will start at Dias Beach and end at Buffel’s Bay. Bruwer and her team – consisting of members of the Cape Long Distance Swimming

Association, the founders of the Trust and her fellow Sterling EQ members – are on stand-by, pending weather conditions. “The Little Fighters Cancer Turst is very close to my heart and has inspired me to return to the water,” Bruwer says. “I have two young daughters and there is nothing more frightening than the thought

of something happening to your child. Innocent children (battling cancer) have to live with that reality every day. The Trust steps in to offer essential support to these families.” The progress of the swim by the former record-setting open water and marathon

FOR A CAUSE: Sterling EQ’s Carina Bruwer. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

swimmer will be updated on social media networks. You can support the course by sponsoring Bruwer’s swim per kilometre. Visit www.backabuddy.co.za. V Corporate sponsors can contact the Trust on 073 729 6155 or mandie@littlefighters.org.za.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

SKYFIE MISSING: Pupils and staff of La Gratitude Pre­Primary School in Pinelands are looking for their beloved Cape Mountain Leopard Tortoise, Skyfie, who was allegedly stolen from the school’s premises last weekend. Principal Renée Meissner says: “The only thing stolen was our Skyfie! It was as if he was the ultimate target and reason for the break­in. This also happens to have happened on his 12th birthday! He is loved and missed by all the children at the school.” Anyone with information on his possible whereabouts can phone the school on (021) 531 4961 or email lagratitude@polka.co.za. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Campground Road at 19:00. For more informa­ tion phone (021) 671 8941 or email secre­ tary@sasa­artists. Sunday 30 March

Tuesday 26 March V Mowbray: Ancient Egypt in Victorian Art is the title of an illustrated lecture by Keith Grenville, followed by Ancient Egyptian Shabtis by Jean Smith, at The Egyptian Society of South Africa meeting at St George’s Grammar School at 19:30. Members enter free, while non­members will pay R20. Enquiries to (021) 557 5082. Wednesday 27 March V Pinelands: The Pinelands Stamp Circle will hold its monthly meeting at the Pinelands library activity hall at 19:15. Members will display exhibits on Cape Art and Cartoon View Postcards, as well as Australian King’s Heads. One­page exhibits will also cover the Globe and Irrigation. Visitors are welcome. For further details phone John on (021) 531 1954 or Martin on (021) 689 5050. V Plumstead: Hear2day, an NPO for hearing impaired persons, will hold an open meeting in the minor boardroom of Constantiaberg MediClinic in Burham Road at 18:00 for 18:30. Beth Cockcroft will speak on Hearing loss: what am I in for? Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information visit www.hear2day.co.za or email Fred Benning on hello@hear2day.com. Thursday 28 March V Mowbray: The Cape Peninsula branch of Reach for Recovery will hold its monthly meeting at the Cansa offices in Main Road at 10:00. The guest speaker will be Fireda Lobser who will speak about hereditary breast cancer. Entry is free. Phone (021) 689 5347. V Newlands: The South African Society of Artists will host an oil painting demonstration by artist Ryno Swart at the Athenaeum in

V Newlands: The Kirstenbosch Craft Market will be held at the Three Stone Cottage grounds, on the corner of Kirstenbosch and Rhodes drives, from 09:00 until 15:00.

WINDFALL: The Vista Nova School in Rondebosch received a hefty donation from Pinnacle Africa. The funds will be used to advance the school, by address­ ing the needs identified by the school’s executive and governing body. Friends of Vista Nova chairperson Veronika Keuker (left) receives the cheque from Tim Humphreys­Davies from Pinnacle Africa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Monday 1 April V Newlands: The Cape Horticultural Society will hold an illustrated talk at The Athenaeum in Campground Road at 20:00. Dr Martin Grantham will speak on his visits to Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, including an encounter with Rafflesia, an extraordinary parasitic plant. Visitors pay R20. For further details call Glenda on (021) 531 5713.

Sat 30th March 11am – 12pm Find KaCey & MaCey hopping around the Centre handing out Marshmallow Easter Eggs. Mon 01st – Friday 05th April 11am – 2pm

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V Kirstenbosch: Children aged six to nine years are invited to attend a fun holiday art workshop, Nature’s Treasure Box, from 09:00 until 13:00. There will be games, stories, a walk in the garden and time to decorate and fill your own treasure box. Cost is R40; booking essential. For further details phone Sally or Michelle on (021) 799 8670.

A Chill area will also be available for kids’ to enjoy a variety of over-sized board games. Don’t miss out on the Daily visits by the Easter Bunny! Sat 06th April 11am – 12pm

Saturday 6 April

Find KaCey & MaCey hopping around the Centre handing out Marshmallow Easter Eggs.

V Pinelands: Pinelands Methodist Church will host a Scarecrow Festival, in aid of Phambili ngeThemba, at the church hall and garden from 10:00 until 16:00. Refreshments will be on sale. Tickets, on sale at the door, will cost R20. Contact Tim Black on 082 494 9932 or tim@reachafrica.org or Margie Gibb on (021) 531 6540 or margie.gibb@mweb.co.za. Friday 26 April V Rondebosch: The Friends of Valkenberg will host a fundraising golf day at Rondebosch Golf Club. The cost of a four­ball is R1 800; pensioners discount on request. For more information or to book phone Marsha van den Berg on (021) 447 2092 or email events@friendsofvalkenberg.co.za.

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12 PHOTOS Beats in the park

PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

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HEY came, they bounced, they conquered. Acoustic tunes from local artists such Farryl Purkiss and Jeremy Loops had the crowd waving their hands and bouncing as one at the inaugural Parklife event on Friday. Held at Kirstenbosch Gardens, it is the first time Parklife, a new and exciting annual acoustic music festival, was held in Cape Towns. Even the chilly breeze did not keep festival goers at home. Adults, children and party animals all gathered to enjoy the acoustic arrangements. Festival headliner Xavier Rudd, an Australian acoustic folk star, had music lovers feeling warmed up as they danced the night away under the stars.

SOCIAL: Mark Loftus, Tatum Prins and Jacquie Green are excited to hear Xavier Rudd perform. PHOTOS: TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

FUN TIMES: Michael Thomson, Dané Nell, Lané van Tonder, Zane Smith and Anja Jerling share a few laughs.

VACANCY BULLETIN EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE DEpArtMEnt oF HEAltH GrootE scHuur HospItAl, obsErvAtory Administration Clerk: Supply Chain Management (Operating Theatre) rEMunErAtIon: r 108 078 pEr AnnuM sErvIcE bEnEFIts: 13tH cHEquE, EMployEr’s contrIbutIon to tHE pEnsIon FunD, HousInG and medical aid allowance. rEquIrEMEnts: MInIMuM EDucAtIonAl quAlIFIcAtIon: Senior Certificate (or equivalent) with Mathematics and/or Accountancy as a passed subject and/or Senior Certificate (or equivalent) with experience/ competencies that focuses on the Key Performance Areas (KPA’s) of the post. ExpErIEncE: Appropriate experience as an administration clerk. coMpEtEncIEs (knowlEDGE/skIlls): Computer literacy in MS Word and Excel gained by attending computer courses. • Proficiency in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape. • Good interpersonal and minute-taking skills. • Typing and data capturing of various reports and documents. • Willingness to take responsibility and work independently under indirect supervision.

EXCITED: From left Jonno, Arne and Casey­Jane enjoyed the event.

DutIEs (kEy rEsult ArEAs/outputs): Assist the Operational Manager and multi-disciplinary team of Theatres. • Provision of professional reception services with emphasis on adequate communication within and outside the organisation. • Provision of efficient administration support. • Provide and maintain a high standard of organisation (C1. Writing up of register, C2. Statistics collation and attending to queries relating to statistics). • Effective monitoring of financial resources with emphasis on cost containment, assisting with ordering, distribution of stationery and required items within the operating theatres as well as performing other tasks as required. EnquIrIEs: Ms M Ross, tel. no. (021) 404-2071 plEAsE subMIt your ApplIcAtIon For tHE AttEntIon oF Ms n MbIlInI to tHE cHIEF ExEcutIvE officer: Groote Schuur hoSpital, private BaG X4, oBServatory, 7935.

FAMILY OUTING: Back from left are Andre Cowie and Christine Streit. Front from left are Marlen, Ysabella and Guadz Foster.

MowbrAy MAtErnIty HospItAl (cHIEF DIrEctorAtE: GEnErAl spEcIAlIst AnD EMErGEncy sErvIcEs) Administration Clerk: Support rEMunErAtIon: r 108 078 pEr AnnuM sErvIcE bEnEFIts: 13tH cHEquE, EMployEr’s contrIbutIon to tHE pEnsIon FunD, HousInG and medical aid allowance. rEquIrEMEnts: MInIMuM EDucAtIonAl quAlIFIcAtIon: Senior Certificate (or equivalent). ExpErIEncE: Extensive appropriate office administration experience or secretarial experience. InHErEnt rEquIrEMEnt oF tHE job: Computer literacy in MS Word and Excel. coMpEtEncIEs (knowlEDGE/skIlls): Good written and verbal communication skills in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape. • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines. • Good interpersonal skills. • Ability to take minutes. DutIEs (kEy rEsult ArEAs/outputs): Deliver an effective and efficient administrative support service to the Deputy-Director: Administration and Supervisor of Support Services, e.g. typing, faxing and photocopying. • Answer telephonic enquiries and arrange appointments. • Complete and file documents according to the filing system. • Arrange and attend meetings, take and distribute minutes. • Set up venue and arrange refreshments, attend Health Facility Board meetings after hours, take and distribute minutes. • Act as reliever to other Departmental Heads. EnquIrIEs: Ms ML Vyver, tel. no. (021) 659-5918 plEAsE subMIt your ApplIcAtIon For tHE AttEntIon Ms cb FlAnDorp to tHE cHIEF eXecutive officer: mowBray maternity hoSpital, private BaG X7, mowBray, 7705.

BOYS NIGHT: From left Morne le Roux, Brett Eve, Travis Gerber and Shaun Osborn came from Stellenbosch to jam to the acoustic beats.

InstructIons to ApplIcAnts: Z83 forms (obtainable from any Government department or www.westerncape.gov.za) must: Be completed in full, clearly reflect the name of the position, name and date of the publication (candidates may use this as reference), be signed, accompanied by a comprehensive CV, and certified copies of ID, driver’s licence and qualification/s. A separate application form must be completed for each post. Applications without the aforementioned will not be considered. Applications must be forwarded to the address as indicated on the advertisement. No late, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. CV’s will not be returned. Excess personnel will receive preference. Applications, which are received after the closing date, will not be considered. Further communication will be limited to short-listed candidates. If you have not received a response from the Department within 3 months of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful. It will be expected of candidates to be available for selection interviews on a date, time and place as determined by the Department. As directed by the Department of public service & Administration, applicants must note that further checks will be conducted once they are short-listed and that their appointment is subject to positive outcomes on these checks, which include security clearance, qualification verification, criminal records, credit records and previous employment.

The Department of Health is guided by the principles of Employment Equity. Disabled candidates are encouraged to apply and an indication in this regard will be appreciated.

closing date: 19 April 2013 TBWA\H400312/E

MUSIC LOVERS: Chantelle Rautenbach and Tanika Hoffman had a great time at the festival.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

TAKE A BITE! People’s Post readers are invit­ ed to be snap happy this East­ er. Submit your favourite photos of how you or your loved ones are taking a bite – literally – out of Easter eggs for our website. Eight­year­old Micaela Pe­ tersen is already getting in on the act. Email your photos to tas­ min.cupi­ do@peoples­ post.co.za, with the word “East­ er” in the subject field. Photos will be uploaded onto the People’s Post website under multimedia photo galleries. Get your family and friends to post comments. The photos with the most comments stand to win vouchers at the Life Day Spa at Canal Walk. Readers have to register on the website to enter photos and to make comments. So get snapping and you could win vouchers for a floatation pool therapy, Middle Eastern mud ritual, manicures or pedicures. Terms and conditions apply. Winners will be notified by telephone. PHOTO: TAMMY PETERSEN

OPINION: BEING WITHOUT SIGHT ‘NOT SO EASY’

Blind faith helps me see clearly G ONE – every little bit of colour and light as I am subjected to five-and-a-half minutes of utter confusion. Blindfolded, I sit among 40 other people in a large room at a League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob) conference, and I feel completely isolated. My heart beats so fast I begin to think it might tear out of my body and burst into a million pieces. Darkness consumes me. Being blind is something unimaginable to so many people. For just those few minutes in a room full of people I experienced what it would feel like to be blind. Blindfolds were handed out and we were not allowed to take them off until the allotted time had passed. Wishing for it to be over, I desperately wanted to see who the person was talking on the other side of the table. I felt so frustrated. Questions rushed through my mind. What if I had to walk

to the other side of the room on my own? Dreading the request from the key speaker to do anything but to sit down in a chair, I was afraid I would hurt myself by walking into, stumbling over, slipping on or falling over something. What if I was asked to eat something that was placed in front of me? What would I taste? Would I know what I am eating? Would I mess on my clothes? Where would the knife and fork be? How do I find a serviette? I would most likely have to ask someone else. And that means I would have to be dependent. It would have required blind faith on my part in the person helping me. Pardon the pun. I could hear others talking, but could not distinguish which side of me the person was sitting. While my other senses were heightened, I was still unable to concentrate on what the key note speaker was saying because the confu-

TINA BURGER

sion of being blind controlled my every thought. I panicked and felt like screaming: “Please let me take off this blindfold now.” A voice nearby said: “I would not be able to cope with this. Can’t we take the blindfolds off already?” The anticipation was killing us. Then I thought about how, for blind people, there is no way out, no escape route back to light, no way of getting back their sight and there was no blindfold that could be taken off later. I immediately gained respect for those who have the courage to face blindness. My favourite poem, John Milton’s On His Blindness came to mind. I felt a deep sadness and realised I never understood the poem until I was blindfolded. Five-and-a-half minutes later my world lit up. I sat there in that same chair admiring the sunlight which I take for granted every day. If colours were cookies I would devour them until I felt sick. I have never been more appreciative for the gift of sight.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Supple gymnasts to represent SA LIAM MOSES AROUND 250 of the province’s best rhythmic gymnasts laid it out on the floor at the second annual Western Cape Gym for Life Challenge (WCGLC) on Saturday. The Challenge, which was held at Swartklip Indoor Centre in Mitchell’s Plain, saw groups of novice and more experienced gymnasts of all ages compete for either top honours in various categories. Eight of the competing teams claimed gold and will now represent South Africa at the World Gym for Life Challenge in July. Elizabeth Cameron Smith, CEO of the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF), says the World Challenge will pit the group against club teams from 20 countries across the globe. “It’s an international club competition, so they compete as individual groups,” she says. “The South African team will consist of 600 members from all nine provinces. About 20 different teams from South Africa will be competing.” Three of the teams who claimed gold at the competition qualified from small group with apparatus category, two participated in the large group with apparatus category and three from the small group without apparatus category. The inaugural WCGLC took place at Bergvliet High School in June last year and saw almost 400 gymnasts do battle. Those who won gold medals at the first event went on to represent the Western Cape at the first

ever South African GLC, hosted at UCT that same month, against 500 other rhythmic gymnasts from across the country, as well as gymnasts from Mozambique. Both the provincial and national challenges form part of a community legacy project started by the City of Cape Town and the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) in 2011. The purpose of the programme is to develop gymnastics in under-privileged communities, while also endorsing exercise and health. The programme saw six trainers employed by the SAGF, with funding provided by the City of Cape Town, who then trained community leaders to coach in areas across the Cape Peninsula. A total of 210 community leaders trained to be coaches in 14 areas in Cape Town. It involved more than 1 000 fledging gymnasts. Smith says she has seen a significant rise in the standard at the competition since the inaugural event. “For example, you can see a distinct improvement in the group from Langa, who have added more gymnastic elements to their item.” The legacy involved groups from areas such as Hout Bay, Kensington, Athlone, Lotus River and Mitchell’s Plain. These groups have participated in two provincial tournaments. V The World GLC takes place from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 July at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

YOUTHFUL GRACE: Shirley Cross (65) from the Triple G Gymnastics Group during her team’s performance in the Western Cape Gym for Life Challenge at Swartklip Sports Centre in Mitch­ ell’s Plain on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

‘The Sandman’ sets his sights on victory

CROWNED CHAMPIONS: Western Province Cricket Club beat the University of the Western Cape to claim the WPCA 1A two­day league title at UWC Oval on Saturday. Photographed with the champions is WPCA President Beresford Williams (back row, far right). PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

HE MAY only be 10-years-old, but Bergvliet resident Justin “The Sandman” Sangster is aiming to take the title in the 65cc class title at this year’s National Motocross Championship Sangster, whose ability to perform in thick sand earned him his nickname, was devastating on his home track at the CTMX Club Championships on Saturday 16 March. He will be looking to again dominate in the second leg in Cape Town over the Easter weekend. The 65cc class promises to deliver some brilliant racing, with at least three national title holders in the line-up. Sangster is the 2012 SA 50cc Pro Class champion and also represented South Africa internationally at the African Motocross Union Championship in Zimbabwe in 2011. The second leg of the 2013 National Motocross Championship will take place at Melkbos Motocross Track on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March. A weekend pass costs R60 per person and children under 13 enter free of charge. Races start at 10:30 on Saturday and at 08:00 on Sunday. Sunday’s racing will be followed by a Monster Energy after-party from 16:00 onwards.

V For more information on the event, contact Karen on 072 369 7356 or sangfam@telkomsa.net.

RACE LEADER: Ten year old Justin Sangster powers his way through the dirt at Melkbos MX track on Saturday 16 March. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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TOUGH TUSSLE: Old Mutual’s Lungisa Ndamane (left) challenges Crystal Palace’s Taariq Daniels during a Second Division match at The Greens in Manenberg on Sunday. Mutual scored in the final five minutes to seal a 1­0 victory over their more fancied opponents. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

Crystal Palace look to turn around defeat

LIAM MOSES A LATE goal was the difference between Crystal Palace and Old Mutual when the sides met at The Greens in Manenberg for a Second Division clash on Sunday. Palace went into the game in sixth on the table, four spots above 11th-placed Mutual, and were heavily favoured to come out of the tie with three points. However, the late goal from Mutual’s Iviwe Seti saw the Pinelands team snatch a 0-1 victory and dent Palace’s hopes of a top six finish. But Bradley August, Palace head coach and co-owner, says his team are still on track to achieve the goals they set ahead of the season, despite the poor showing. “Obviously I’m not very happy with the result, but the wind played a big factor. We

didn’t play very well and I’m very disappointed since we played at home,” says August. “We wanted to finish in the top eight and we are still on track to do that. We never played in the first round so we have games in hand. We are still on the right (and desired) path.” Mutual started the game with the wind at their backs and were given a massive advantage by the blustery conditions, as most of Palace’s goal kicks and clearances were either blown out for throw-ins or drifted back towards their goal. The visitors pressed on their advantage and kept Palace trapped in their own half for most of the opening stanza. They looked dangerous throughout the first-half, but, despite their dominance of territory and possession, seldom threatened to take the lead.

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When the teams switched sides for the second-half, the balance of power shifted as well and the home side replicated Mutual’s dominance of the first stanza. Crystal Palace surged forward, putting Mutual under immense pressure, but were let down by their poor finishing and were kept out by the away side’s last ditch defending. Mutual eventually stole the victory in the last five minutes when a cross from the right flank was found its way into the net through Seti’s diving header. August says his side would have to improve their defending to ensure they do not get caught on the counter-attack in future matches. “We need to work to on the team shape and discipline when we go forward because the goal they scored caught us like

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